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Gunn
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Gunn
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When LFS was young, many of my racing buddies and I used to have a server running where we just freely lapped and raced around, experimenting and sharing setups, using the whole map and not just the black bit, sometimes driving the other direction without penalty. This used to be possible in normal race mode, but now a server has to be in 'cruise' mode to be used as a free-for-all session. The word 'cruise' has earned a negative reputation so that I won't host a free session anymore for fear of it being ignored by casual racers. The 'sandbox' sessions we used to enjoy come from an era of LFS where you would make friends and enjoy LFS without running a serious event-style session.
Those days seem to be gone forever now.
Gunn
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Quote from Scawen :Hi Gunn, are you using your actual Gunn username? The master server reports that you are S3 licensed and have 3 unlocks remaining, so in theory it should work. That message about confirming name and password is what it normally says to demo racers.

No I first tried updating one of my other accounts. But the unlocks are not being used up despite the server apparently confirming the account details. I have downloaded the manual update but have not yet patched in case you want more info on the anomaly.

*EDIT
OK, strange, I got it to update after a couple of tries. Seems to be OK now. I'll try my other accounts when I'm back home and let you know if there are any issues. Thanks for your time.
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Gunn
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Same issue here except that I am connecting to the master server and getting a response. Never had any issues in the past. I get a message that my name and pass are confirmed then nothing changes. Game has not updated.
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Gunn
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Before S1 was released, all we had was a demo. In fact, in the early days I think we had just one car. There were no skidmarks, the windows were not transparent and many features which we enjoy today were not yet implemented. By the time S1 was released I would have already played over a thousand hours. Even back then the barely-evolved demo was good for racing, goofing around with friends, drifting, whatever.
I couldn't afford to buy S1 when it came out. A friend bought it for me. When the S2 license was released I got it right away. When the S3 license was released I got it right away. So you can call me a fanboi or you can call me passionate about this sim, and I'm ok with either.

Back when I discovered LFS there were several car games in development or on the market. The reason why LFS captured my heart was because the developers had released a free version for us to try. It was really easy to get people on board and we built a strong community way before S1 was even available. Demos for other car games were limited either in features or by a time limit, or some other restriction which prevented the player from being able to truly decide if their money would be well-spent on a particular game. LFS did it differently, and as features were implemented the demo got updated too. This way of doing things has been very successful. Just like in the very beginning, any newcomer can try this fully-featured game and actually experience an online community as well.

There may always be those who can't pay, those who won't pay, and those who can pay. They are all fans of Live For Speed, and they perhaps wouldn't be if the demo were not as it is. It's a bloody good demo and it leaves you wanting more, but if you can't have more you don't lose respect for what the game has to offer. You know what it has to offer and you can enjoy it fully.

If you feel that the 'demo community' should be buying licences, then maybe try to encourage them to do so by promoting the advantages of upgrading. Those who take advantage of the free product (for whatever reason) are not doing anything wrong. The demo is there to present the gameplay and physics as they actually are, it's free, it's fun and it has enough content to try out a FWD car, a RWD car, and an open-wheeler. A free mini-game which is a great advertisement for Live For Speed.
Gunn
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Quote from Forbin :They don't give trans children hormones. They give them hormone blockers to delay puberty and allow them to choose how to proceed at an older age.

Also, your post above is incredibly ableist and transphobic,

Children should be left to develop normally until such a time as they are mature enough to know whether or not they are suffering from gender disphoria. 'Transphobia' is a stupid word invented to insult somebody who disagrees with you. The word has no contextual meaning in reality. Words such as this are designed to shut the conversation down simply because you are not comfortable with it. If you can't handle other people's opinions then your argument is null and void from the beginning. The current social justice cancer sweeping the globe is a deplorable situation for all people everywhere. Labeling people as 'transphobic' is a weak and pathetic method of trying to avoid them voicing their own particular view. Harden-up, cupcake.
Gunn
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Sure beats stitching it together by hand. Good job.
Gunn
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Quote from CommandoAir :Is it the attachment that takes up the bandwidth?

Only if it's viewed or downloaded Smile
Gunn
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I'm lucky I went with Photobucket in the early days, but one day that will go, too, I'm sure.
I've made over 400 skins and most of them are large files so it's probably a good thing I didn't post them on the forum as attachments Smile
Actually, I think I might have only posted one skin here ever Taped Shut
Gunn
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Quote from CommandoAir :Thanks for all the help Smile

It seems like it isn't worth trying to skin them separately and I think everyone else does it all as one.

Also, as an off topic question, instead of putting my skins in the finished skins post, would it be okay to make a general post in the WIP section to put all my skins in? It just makes more sense to do that to me.

Yeah WIP section is probably the best. I haven't answered this question in a while but basically we wanted to keep the main skins section uncluttered.

An alternative would be to create an account on a image sharing site where you could maintain a permanent gallery (as opposed to using the forum attatchment function). This way the storage and bandwidth load isn't being carried by the LFS forum server. So, if you are planning on posting a lot of content, please consider the above option.
Gunn
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Here is an example of just colouring the tips. It's far from perfect, but depending on which colours you choose, you might be able to disguise it a little more than I have here...

Gunn
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The thing that the pipes are attached to is the muffler, so it's generally ok for that to be the same colour as the pipes. There is certainly a texture overlap between the muffler and the pipes so you can never skin one without affecting the other. There are few places in LFS skinning where this is an issue (the driver's suit being the most extreme example).

Hopefully the images below will help to highlight how this part of the car is mapped.


Gunn
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Quote from cargame.nl :Ahaha.. It already ended until some moderator popped up, lol. Great move.

The thread is being reported, so a mod shows up. Big surprise.
Gunn
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Just go here: http://www.barkingpig.org/msz/
No need to add them to your post.
Gunn
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It's ok for some people to think it's too expensive, and ok for others to choose to invest in future content (just like most of us have always done with LFS), and for others to pay because they support the project or for whatever other reason.

We've been told there is more content on the way in the near future. Perhaps it will be good value for some, perhaps not so much for others, but we just can't know that.

Nobody has an 'incorrect' opinion, since value is a subjective and personal thing. So why argue? Can we reign this thread in now please before it gets too ugly?

Cheers.
Gunn
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Quote from DANIEL-CRO :1. Create a 4096x4096 skin
2. Put it to your skins folder
3. Load in LFS ...
4. Copy skin to separate folder and resize to 1024x1024
5. Upload to LFSW resized skin using the same name as one that is 4096x4096 //obviously you had to do that before if you wanned others to see your skin, and ever since LFSW accept only 1024x1024 skins
6. Use it online
7. Profit? Big grin

Only purpose of that check it to stop people using skins that others can't see (white car). You can still use 4096x4096 skins no matter what on your own computer (localy), but other people (remote) will see your skin as 1024x1024 version. I don't see any issues/problems with that feature. Shrug

Thanks for telling me a bunch of stuff I already know.

You assume that I want to share all of my skins on LFS World - I don't.
You assume I care if somebody has a white car - I don't.
You assume that I have time to make a low quality version of all my skins - I don't.
You assume that it is all about resolution - it isn't, even most of my 1024 skins are too big for LFS World.

For me this feature is a pain in the arse. If you want to use custom skins it is now mandatory to use LFS World. LFS has always had the best support and features for skinners. Let's face it - it's the only part of the sim that we can truly mod. This feature is no use to me at all. It's an unecessary annoyance. Another hoop to jump through before you can go online. The public server experience has always been so dreadful that I haven't joined one in over five years anyway. If I did join a public server I couldn't care less if a bunch of wreckers can see my custom skin or not, but more likely it is that I'd be lapping alone for an hour and not see another racer, let alone the skin they are using.
Gunn
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Quote from DANIEL-CRO :LOL, you can still use 2048, 4096, ... skins localy Razz

Oh, I'll just stay offline then? You still need a skin uploaded to LFS World to use a skin locally.
Gunn
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I don't like this feature. My skins are too large for LFS World. So now if I want to use my skins at all in LFS I have to make a poor-quality version and then upload it. I'd like to see this feature removed. I also have hundreds of skins so uploading them all to LFS World is not practical.
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Gunn
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Quote from danielroelofs :

@Gunn:

Maleisische Grand Prix: Kuala Lumpur, 27-29 Maart
Bahrain Grand Prix: Sakhir, 17-19 April
Canadese Grand Prix: Montreal, 5-7 Juni
Britse Grand Prix: Silverstone, 3-5 July
Hongaarse Grand Prix: Budapest, 24-26 Juli
Belgische Grand Prix: Spa-Francorchamps, 21-23 Augustus
Japanse Grand Prix: Suzuka, 25-27 September
Russische Grand Prix: Sochi, 9-11 Oktober
Braziliaanse Grand Prix: Sao Paulo, 13-15 November
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Yas Marina, 27-29 November

These grand prix will be broadcasted live on the BBC. You also can watch them by using the Iplayer app in google chrome. Than it won't say that you are not from UK and you can't watch it, instead it runs very smooth. Although I still prefer a live stream as I think SkySports' broadcast is much more fun.

Those races will be broadcast here too, but I'm going to boycott them because the rest of the races have been hijacked by Murdoch. I've been following F1 since 1978, but it's about to end.
Gunn
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I can't watch the F1 tonight because it isn't on TV. If they want to grow the sport, this isn't how to do it.
Gunn
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The post reporting gets a bit a comical after a while. Maybe some of you guys would enjoy the forums more if you simply ignored each other outright?

Just sayin'.
Gunn
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I don't know how to help you with your particular issues, digitalx, but even if I could, car mods like these are not permitted in LFS and we don't discuss them here. Thanks for understanding.
Gunn
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Essentially this suggests that the EU are attempting to collect taxes from people who are not their citizens. I'm pretty sure that the 'powers that be' haven't thought about what that really means.
Gunn
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Quote from TheFirestoneHD :i have a question where i put .psd files????

PSD files are an Adopbe Photoshop format. You can try to open these files in your graphics software and edit them, then export as DDS or JPG to work in LFS. Most PSD files that you download for LFS are likely to be skin files or skin templates, or some other in-game texture.
Gunn
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Quote from cargame.nl :A moderator is like a judge, clean from any assumptions. You clearly are not. I take your reply back to the community and ask who you actually are. Lets see if somebody can explain.

Oh and I did more then enough to improve LFS.

A moderator is simply a person who has agreed to take on the job of mediator/organiser/cleaner-up-of-shit. There is no authority associated with the position whatsover. So when you try to cause conflict on the forum and a moderator calls you out on your snide comments and baiting, they aren't acting from authority, thay are just taking out the trash. It isn't fun to do, it isn't even important, it is just necessary. I don't take it personally and I don't care if you do choose to take it personally.

Indeed you have contributed amicably to the community over the last several years, which is why I find it very disappointing to see your role here reduced to trolling and baiting. Any credibility and respect you may have earned is now evaporating every time you post negatively. This is a pity as you clearly have been a member in the past who has helped others to enjoy this sim. Now you seem determined to adopt the tired old stereotype of the forum troublemaker.

Attacking my own role is fruitless. I have been involved with LFS since way before S1 was released. Apart from moderating LFS forums since back when we were on RSC, I have (and do) run various LFS sites and have poured more than one thousand dollars of my own funds, and thousands of hours of my free time into community-building and supporting LFS. I have helped to improve the way LFS skins are mapped and produced skinning tools and methods which are not only widely used in our community, but have also now been adopted by devs of other sims. I also reproduced the artwork that was used for the LFS shirts. I declined to be compensated for this effort (although reward was offered). I have run servers and organised events within our community. I have participated in almost 400 online races. I own three S2 licences. I continue to support our community without complaint and without any tangible personal benefits apart from making some great friendships which continue to flourish within and outside this community.

As for assumptions, your present avatar says a lot about the type of identity you are trying to adopt currently on our forums. Assumptions aren't required when you clearly want to be 'that guy who takes shots at the devs on their own forums'. Your attitude smacks of 'look at me everybody, I'm doing it again, watch me get banned - I'm somebody'.

That you are also publicly flogging a dead horse in regards to your attitude towards the development of this sim, even though you know that the methods you employ to do so are going to be unsuccessful, is deplorable from a community member like yourself who in the past has been helpful and respectful about such matters.

At the end of the day I'm calling you out on your specific posts in this thread which can't be passed off as discussion about Westhill Progress by any reasonable person who has witnessed your barbs and jibes. If you have a genuine improvement suggestion - post it in the appropriate forum. If you have something genuinely useful to impart to the devs, send them a polite email outlining your concerns. But for the sake of other members who come here to read the progress report about Westhill don't continue to pollute this thread with your nonsense remarks which are obviously crafted with the intention of causing friction. Of course you are not the only one who has done so or continues to do so, but I believe you are intelligent enough to reflect on the nature of your actions. Your recent posts deserve moderation, don't insult your own intelligence by implying otherwise.

*Your most recent post in this thread is much more mature, and in line with what I might expect from a member like you. What's wrong with being reasonable like this in all of your posts?
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