Mount the falcon 4 ISO using Daemon Tools or insert the original Falcon 4 CD into your cd-rom drive
Run the BMS installer
Controls and Settings
If you are new to BMS, your first job is to setup your settings and controls and data cartridge. The controls are a series of bindings that you need before you can perform basic flight, the data cartridge is a program you load into BMS in order to have good functionality in your aircraft's avionics, including default configurations for your multi-function displays (MFDs). Without a data cartridge you will have to manually setup your avionics everytime you fly, and when you press the countermeasures switch, which controls the deployment of chaff and flare, nothing will happen.
To set up your controls I recommend following this video here.
Make sure you having a working throttle and rudder. If you don't have a twist axis on your joystick, you can assign keys or joystick buttons to represent the rudder.
Here is a list of controls and instructions on installing a data cartridge:
Learning Your Shit
Now that you have your controls and settings out of the way - it's time to learn the game.
I highly recommend my series of video tutorials on YouTube to begin with. Someone on the BMS forums (doom) was also nice enough to create a series of study notes for these videos here. These videos have been very popular on the BMS forums and have been effective at teaching noobies the basics.
You can support your studies by a myriad of other sources:
- Register on the BMS forums - In order to view the forums, you must register. But you should because the BMS forums is filled with people that know their shit and you can receive some good answers if you post a question there. Also check out the articles here.
- BMS Manual - the BMS manual can help you with specific functionality of unique BMS features, although it's not tailored for general gameplay learning. There is also a bunch of related documentation including navigation charts and actual combat aviation field manuals in Falcon BMS 4.32\Docs
- Allied Force Manual - The game manual for Falcon 4 Allied Force is overwhelmingly relevant to BMS - it covers all aspects of play and it probably the most valuable resource.
- How to Multiplayer Guide - Read this guide I wrote on the basics of multiplayer procedure and process
- Read the stuff in this forum
Once you have an idea of how to fly and the basics, it's time to jump into the campaign. Slot in as a #2 or #4 in a random flight and follow what the AI says - try to finish the mission. If it's boring, just back out and slot into something else. Keep doing this until you get a grasp of the campaign gameplay.