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#1 Posted at 2010-07-28 16:23        
     
I don't know if you've all already seen this or not, but wikileaks has posted over 90,000 documents from the Afghanistan war. Literally thousands of after action reports have been posted.

Seeing this, I can't help but think there is an opportunity here. These are ideal mission layouts. They are an insight into the war. They are hundreds of tiny dramas made available to us.

I hope to see as many as possible converted into missions for Operation Arrowhead. I've started the ball rolling, with a mission that should be up on Armaholic soon and can (hopefully) be downloaded here in the meantime.

This mission is based on a real report from Afghanistan in 2006. US forces successfully engaged and killed fourteen enemy men using small arms and mortar fire. The contents can be found online here. It is part of a larger conversion of the Afghan War Diary into ArmaII.


My project is based on the idea that videogames can be a part of our cultural understanding of war. As a journalist, I believe a true story is infinitely more valuable than a fictional one. I would like to see these small stories of Afghanistan translated into a more relatable and human medium than just the textual contents of each report

The reports of the Afghan War Diary are a wealth of information, offering insight beyond what we can see and hear on the nightly news. They are a record of the war unlike any other, and I believe they should be made available in as many forms as possible. Like films, music, and novels before, a simulator like Operation Arrowhead can be part of the cultural landscape and contribute to how we process the war that so many western nations have been embroiled in.

This project is not meant to trivialize, nor does it support camps for or against the war. It is merely trying to be an interpretation of what happened.

I am curious to know who else would be interested in developing missions built around these reports. There are a few that come to mind as being worth the translation.


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#2 Posted at 2010-07-28 16:52        
     
Mission can be downloaded from here:



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#3 Posted at 2010-07-28 17:15        
     
I wouldnt mind helping you recreate these missions. I agree with you that we can better study the war with a simulator like OA. And I speak Farsi and Pushto, so I can give you translations for your missions if they're needed (to give a more authentic taste to the missions). Will the AfghanWarDiary be featured a campaign eventually? or is it a catagory of missions?


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#4 Posted at 2010-07-28 18:38        
     
Very interesting. Also due to the fact that some maps I am working on of Afghanistan take place in some reports;)

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#5 Posted at 2010-07-29 02:28        
     
Thanks for the feedback guys! And thanks for hosting Big!

Essentially, I'd like to see the project grow into an eventual mission pack featuring a number of different authors. A campaign is unlikely just because there is so much happening all over the country over the years that I'd like to see covered.

Really the key to making one is just to have the Afghan War Diary tag before the mission name, and then the wikileaks report info in your briefing. I'll cast a wide net and say that any mission with those two traits qualifies in my mind as a successful progression.

I'm really not a very skilled mission builder, but I think this is something important and worth doing.


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#6 Posted at 2010-07-29 04:07        
     
bout to try it out now, but seems very good, please i hope you continue to create more missions based on RL! like you said in your post it gives arma2\OA a more real feel so to speak, same as how i try to make my base's\fob templates are realistic as possible using my rl military knowlage and farther more that of actual ref pics and accounts from buddys of mine who have severed\severing in the military and many of whom severed on and build real FOB's in RL...so what im saying is...like my templates(many not released) it makes arma2 enjoyable and fun playing...btw not saying other's templates and missions aint good or realistic..as i admire\use, and base my stuff off others too..and would only dream of working with the other great makers of said base's\missions!

btw i was CSAR in RL...anyway to make some missions based off CSAR stuff(would also go great with my hopfuly soon to be finshed CSAR units(not just JP's either..but the whole shibang))..not just what ppl think..like searching for downed pilots, but like in RL many times going in and getting anyone who needs help..civys too maby some "after" I.E.D. attacks, where we fly in to secure the area and evec ppl out(while workign with other branches of the armed forces..even that of other nations), could be alot more interesting then i made it sound lol..as most senarios like that are not accidental, but set up ambushes since insurgents and what not play off our western antics..e.i. leave no man behind type stuff!

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#7 Posted at 2010-08-11 23:13        
     
I was actually already making a mission dealing with an IED ambush when I came across this thread. I thought it was a good idea so I proceeded to go onto wikileaks and found an AAR that was somewhat similar to the mission I was already creating and made some changes so that it would be closer to the actual event. I'm just finalizing the mission now, and it will be the first mission I release to the public.

I'm new to theses forums BTW. I've been lurking around since ArmA 1 but only recently decided to get involved and try to create missions.


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#8 Posted at 2010-08-17 20:45        
     
Another lurking mission maker interested in contributing to the Afghan War Diaries here.I've been creating missions since OFP and historically accurate missions are what I specialize in.I've checked out the wikileaks reports and have started a mission for TF Bushmaster.Does anybody know if it's possible to find a map of the AO's with the grid references?Also if anyone is interested I'm working on a US Base template for the Takistan map.So far it has an Airbase,Firebase,4 FOB's,3 OP's,and 1 FARP.Anyone interested in using it let me know.Great job on the missions created so far,looking foward to seeing more of these missions released.


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#9 Posted at 2010-08-17 22:27        
     
# Razorback : Another lurking mission maker interested in contributing to the Afghan War Diaries here.I've been creating missions since OFP and historically accurate missions are what I specialize in.I've checked out the wikileaks reports and have started a mission for TF Bushmaster.Does anybody know if it's possible to find a map of the AO's with the grid references?Also if anyone is interested I'm working on a US Base template for the Takistan map.So far it has an Airbase,Firebase,4 FOB's,3 OP's,and 1 FARP.Anyone interested in using it let me know.Great job on the missions created so far,looking foward to seeing more of these missions released.


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you mean the Actual AO's in Afghanistan right, or are you talking about a map of Takistan lol? sorry im kinda a bit off today lol! but yeah like you i like making realistic missions and will hopefully have some Afghan War Diaries missions ready soon, and i too love making bases\fob templates i got a few in the works too..and i use my real life experainces and that of my buddys to help aswell, but could probly still use your help cause i'll be damned if i dont get too caught up on one lil thing\error and try for days to get a solution thats both relistic and fits in for arma... and thats why half the templates i make have never seen the light of day(plus i got tons that just need to be looked at by eyes other then mine..as i try to be so damn perfect and it makes me sick, and i give up on them lol)! but very much looking forward to using yours(if you dont mind), as it gives me a different look and opens new idea's in which we all can build on!

p.s. im trying to look online now for a map with the AO's in it! will hit you back asap if i get anything!

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#10 Posted at 2010-08-17 23:55        
     
You can download a Military Grid Reference System converter from here: MGRS Converter It will give you coordinates that can be entered into any map program, such as, google maps. You can also download Google Earth, it will automatically locate MGRS coordinates if you append the coordinates with mgrs.
Afghanistan is the AO, so short of looking up specific coordinates related to specific events I'm not to sure how else you could get specific maps.

EDIT: I have a high definition map of the Qalat Area in the Afghanistan AO, I don't have any grid references or placenames on it at the moment but it certainly depicts the area well: Qalat Area

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#11 Posted at 2010-08-18 00:32        
     
soldier2390,ya I was looking for an actual map of Helmand with the military grid references.But that MGRS converter might be all I need,thank you Pheonix.You sound like me soldier2390,I've been known to spend 15 minutes placing a hesco barrier lol.PM me with your email and i'll get that template out to you.If you have any ideas for it let me know.Who knows,with what you have created and I have created we could have a really cool base template in the works.

If you have Xfire I can send it to ya through there too,my Xfire name is mouth4war


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#12 Posted at 2010-08-18 02:48        
     
I've been known to spend 15 minutes placing a hesco barrier lol
I have aswell, the editor icon for it doesnt match it's proper length...

I am also partaking in this project working on my firs mission currently expected to be released by Monday (the day school is in for me)


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#13 Posted at 2010-08-18 06:14        
     
# Razorback : soldier2390,ya I was looking for an actual map of Helmand with the military grid references.But that MGRS converter might be all I need,thank you Pheonix.You sound like me soldier2390,I've been known to spend 15 minutes placing a hesco barrier lol.PM me with your email and i'll get that template out to you.If you have any ideas for it let me know.Who knows,with what you have created and I have created we could have a really cool base template in the works.

If you have Xfire I can send it to ya through there too,my Xfire name is mouth4war


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hey bro no problem sounds like fun my E-Mail is , i have xfire but i forgot what my info is lol! and yeah 15min on one single Hesco Barrier...sounds like me too lol! and ill tryto get mine fixed up enough to send to you!

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#14 Posted at 2010-09-15 21:11        
     
I have finished my first SP mission for the Afghan War Diary.It is centered around TF Bushmaster from the 3rd SFG.I'm not an expert when it comes to mission making so let me know of any bugs you may come across.

The caweapons_BAF error some have been getting has been fixed.You can download v1.1 here,

TF Bushmaster 10/20/2007 v1.1


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#15 Posted at 2010-09-16 16:16        
     
Please do not get this mission mixed up with 2 of my missions:

http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=11907

and

http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=12001

Both are different versions of "Operation Bushmaster" and not "TF Bushmaster" :-)