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|About Return to Misty Moorings|
Return to Misty Moorings (RTMM) made it's first post on the web on November 11th, 2010. (You can go to the bottom of the NOTAM's page and see the entire history of construction). Previously to RTMM was "Misty Moorings, Inc." that was a website for the Misty Fjords area of the flight simming world for FS2004. The page still have some activity and we keep the information online for those folks still using it. Brad Allen called Doug Linn who had run Misty Moorings, Inc and asked if he would be interested in "doing it again" for FSX. With more than a little trepidation, Doug agreed and the two began working on the concept of RETURN to Misty Moorings, the FSX sequel.
With Holger Sandmann's beautiful PFJ terrain from ORBX PFJ, we had an amazing canvas upon which we could paint all kinds of adventure for the Flight Sim community. So looking at this beautiful foundation ... what could be done with it that would give people an even greater enjoyment of these foundational packages?
RTMM Focusing on the JOURNEY - The mission of flight simming is flying a virtual airplane "from here to there". So our focus for our locations not only became the creation of an exciting destination, but to focus on the "journey." Our placement for locations became important as it was a means to draw pilots back into the scenery to see areas they might miss otherwise. Since most of the time of a flight simmer is spent "in the air", our designers were tasked with finding those "special" places that gave the simmer a special experience during the actual journey. The focus of RTMM is still on the journey or "getting from here to there" as we call it. Many of our scenery locations are highly complex, others are absolutely simple. We discovered that we could build a whole harbor town that people would love to visit, but a campground with two tents and a campfire drew as many people. Again, the key is the journey ... it is what simmers do.
RTMM on the Water - Another aspect of RTMM is simming "down on the water." We discovered, with the amazing terrains, the rivers were navigable. And cruising around all of the interesting places in a water vehicle caught our interest. This developed into a whole new way of enjoying the scenery. We created "The Moorings" ... a web page dedicated to people who enjoy virtual boating. You can find many "sail plans" and "cruises" on The Moorings Page. Most of our locations are on the water, and in this area of the virtual world, most of those are connected by water. From the water, in a two dimensional world, the experience is vastly different getting from here to there. It is simply another world RTMM has discovered and developed for simmers.
The Glaciers - Another area that was developed was our exploration of the glaciers in the "ice world" above Misty Fjords. A major project within RTMM is our CIRP Project, "Cambria Icefield Research Project". Ten "ice stations" were positioned out on the ice above the Hyder, AK area. These all have NDB installations so they can be more easily found during the flights over the featureless glaciers. Here again, we've created "ground" tours with hovercrafts that connect the ice stations, complete with markers for the route. CIRP is an entirely different experience that RTMM brings to the flight sim enthusiast.
We have alsorecently added SIRP a "remake" of the SIRP that was highlighted on the old Misty Moorings site. This has been done for us by Mike Broemme. This focuses on locations along the Stakine River.
USFS Cabins - One original aspect of Tongass Fjords X and PFJ was the placement of the United States Forest Service (USFS) cabins. These again, are simple destinations, but difficult to find and a very realistic experience for a "wannabee" bush pilot. Flying "the Cabins" is as close to bush flying as it gets for this area of the world. People, in the real world, rent these cabins and are taken to and from them by the bush pilots in the area. These are "scheduled" lodgings, so they must arrive and be picked up on a schedule. This sounds easy ... but at the incredible changing and low-ceilinged weather of this area of the world, and you encounter a new challenge. Often you must stay below 1200 feet, flying "among" the mountains rather than over them. On "The Cabins" page at RTMM, all of the cabins of the USFS are listed. We have added 27 of the missing cabins and shelters to complete the USFS list. Each has a picture, a map and a flight plan for 1200 foot routes. Flying "the cabins" is another in-depth simming encounter with RTMM.
AI Traffic, Ships and Planes - Our design experts add AI Traffic to increase the realism. We offer FSX Missions for those who love that aspect of FSX. Also we have Trip Tickets and Dispatches that guide you by VFR back into the scenery to many of the locations. You can see the locations when you go the Map Room at Misty's Place and look at the "starting points." There you will find a map for each location, a latitude and longitude for even starting a flight at that location.
RTMM Scenery - To date, we have created over 400 scenery locations with attending missions, dispatches, trip tickets, maps, flight plans, "you name it ... it's here!". No members of the team are "professionals" in this field, just volunteers that enjoy this aspect of our great hobby. We made a decision early on that anything we "create" here will be FREEware and readily shared with everyone (except for commercial purposes). In the two years of operation, we have never had a problem. Anybody is welcome to contribute to RTMM, but there are some RULES for the contributors that are outlined in the "Rules for Contributors" section (button above). Also, our policy and copyright information is available for anyone to read at the bottom of this page (or from the navigation button above).
Setting Up for RTMM - The site itself and preparing your computer to take advantage of all that is available are both complex. We rely on several "object libraries" ... which can be daunting for a newcomer. To make this easier, we have an "Object Library Page" to help with the basic libraries that are necessary, even an "object tester" to make sure you have all of the necessary libraries. We also have a FAQ page that help with some of the frequently encountered problems. The RTMM forum is "the place to go" when you have a question, it is very active and all our designers are there to help you along the way. We take SPECIAL interest in new people who come to RTMM ... so expect to get an answer quickly from people who care about the quality of your RTMM experience. We will meet that expectation.
Where to start? Start at Misty's Place. If you are book marking the site, bookmark Misty's Place instead of the "home" page. Everything you could want to do will be right there on that page. Our navigation buttons take you to all the areas of this complex site quickly. You will find navigation of the many pages and areas is relatively simple. Navigation buttons are everywhere, and you can always get back to Misty's Place from the top menu. We have also added a new menu on the right rail of the HOME page to make finding things easier in this extensive site.
We hope you enjoy flying the Return to Misty Moorings area as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.
|Active RTMM Staff|
Brad Allen - (Co-Founder)
Doug Linn - (Co-Founder)
Dr. Thomas Menzel
You can contact any of these people on the RTMM Forum and drop them a private message there if you like. All are available to answer questions you may have.
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We would like to thank these contributors to RTMM
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|"Rules and Regs" for Authors Contributing to Return to Misty Moorings|
Help (Always) Wanted
Want to be part of the Return to Misty Moorings team? We have a few rules to abide by. First, send us an email with what you are proposing and introducing yourself. This email should have your "real" name as well as, of course, the email address you use for communicating with us. If you would like to join us, you must: Design your scenery, aircraft repaint, AI traffic files or missions using the following criteria:
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|Policy and Copyright Statement|
Copyright Statement for Return to Misty Moorings
The contents of any/all web pages and content on Return To Misty Moorings is subject to the following criteria:
Policy Statement: Our work is freeware, we do not charge for what we have created, nor will we. We believe that what we are creating is for sharing within the Flight Simulator community for personal enjoyment of the hobby. We believe in the open sharing of our files to all individuals for their own personal use. There is no plan, at this time, to share our work with other groups. This is to be sure that our authors are protected from plagiarism and to protect some of our contributors work that have "limited use" terms.
Download at your own Risk! Our files are checked for virus contamination before they are uploaded. But you should always check them too as good personal computer hygiene. If you follow the installation instructions you should have no problems with the files you download from RTMM. However, with so many platforms we will not guarantee a perfect software installation every time. If you run into problems, get on the forum and we'll be there to help you.
Copyright Statement: All content on the web pages for Return to Misty Moorings (RTMM) belongs to Misty Moorings, Inc. The content of RTMM is solely available for individual personal use. No other groups may use any of the information herein, without written permission from RTMM. Any dissemination for the purpose of individual or group remuneration is not allowed and infringes on this copyright statement.
For questions or usage permissions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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