I'm looking to set up a keyboard-only control configuration for FS2.
A little background: The last time I went on vacation, I installed Descent II on my ****ty, old Gateway laptop. I rather surprised myself with how easy it actually was to ditch the joystick in favor of keyboard-only, after more years of play than I care to admit to. That same summer also marked the death of that laptop's keyboard. It finally had the courtesy of putting itself out of my
misery, which made it pretty easy to rationalize the purchase of a new laptop. It's no gaming rig, but it's easily
got enough graphics processing power to run retail FS2.
Problem is, the controls for Descent II don't even compare to what's necessary to fight effectively in FS2. Without posting that enormously ugly D2 config, it centered around WADS and exploiting the fact that the cursor keys on the old laptop were right next to a few other keys (Control, Shift, and End). While the new keyboard's cursor keys are located around a similar number of keys, I'm not sure that's necessarily enough. That led me immediately onto the path of WADS + JILK, or something similar, but it starts to get complicated when both sets of flight controls have other critical functions competing.
Translating my usual number-pad controls, but the right-hand side of my keyboard needs to pick up all of the functions I would usually place on a joystick. That's a lot of competing, very oft-used functions.... Two keys for maneuvering on each of three axes (pitch, yaw, and roll), and then you get into weapons, both firing and selection.
To clarify, yes, this will be a mouse-less configuration.
Blah, blah, blah, external mouse, blah, blah, USB peripheral, blah, blah.
Shuddap. I'm not looking for product recommendations.
Anyway, I'm just seeking some guidance, regarding where to go from the starting point of my D2.