I want to go to this event so much that I would (and can!) put another £30 in and have a team of 2. However, we run the risk of scaring some people off if we make it a 2 per team event. Maybe we could make it a mix of 2 and 3 person teams? Or is this too unfair then? Its not as if anything is at stake, its only for fun after all!
I know in a 2 man team each driver will be driving for 1 and a quarter hours, but it doesn't have to be all at the same time, it can be 20-30min stints which should be OK.
I am sad that there is not the same interest as last year, and I am also sad that the Devs are not going, but I do not want this to put anybody off coming...
@tristan - lippy has confirmed but it is not updated in the first post!
Also there are potentially two other drivers in danowat (travel arrangements dependant) and bozo who I asked and is waiting to confirm his arrangements.
Other than that, I can do no more...except join servers and start asking random people if they are in the UK and want to come...
You are absolutely right about Teams, I agree completely.
However, this issue is with the national standings (described as National Teams by Rudi) where everyone with the same nationality is taken into consideration. This score is affected by the people who sign up with the full intention to race, put 1 hotlap in, get -40 points for not showing up and then don't race again for the entire season. This brings the average of the entire nation down.
I am not saying that the people that do this are wrong, because they could have perfectly acceptable reasons for not racing the entire season, I just don't think their results should get used in the National Standings in much the same way that the Individual Standings no longer show anybody with 0 or less points.
I am 31, and don't drink alcohol at all (go on, get the comments/shock out of the way now ).
I will gladly team up with you Decibel, which means we just need one more! I see Dan is already in a team, but his teammate (Lippy) has not confirmed yet. Perhaps if he does not confirm, we can call ourselves a team?! We could call our team "The A-Team" as...that....is.....errr....from our era....!?
Waddya think guys? Possibly leave me out of the team name decision, eh!
I wasn't sure at first, but having read Rudi's post again (and again!) I actually do agree with his point and do think that this is the best way to do it.
I, however, don't think that doing it both ways is the right way, because then which one is the "right" one. Which one do people use to tell which is the best Country? Pick one and stick with it, I say (IMHO).
I have searched for this bug, but I have found nothing, so here it is.
When I upload a hotlap, the notification window pops up and tells me that I am in position x (in the example attached 143rd), but then in the actual hotlap list it shows me as 103rd. I have seen this everytime I have uploaded and have just assumed that it is the way it does it, but I thought it was about time I mentioned it to you.
I had a solid race, made just one mistake in the chicane, but not too much damage. The scariest thing was seeing Andy1080 and Fiendi catching me all the time. I took it for granted that Andy1080 would overtake me and take 8th, but Fiendi made a pitstop (presumably to fix damage) and was the fastest man on track catching me every lap!! Andy1080 did overtake me, but then put it in the wall which let me back through with 3 laps left. Then Fiendi was closing me down, but as he had been lapped, I made it to lap 35 and he didn't - close or what.
Anyway, finished 8th after starting 15th - I will take that. (especially as I seem able to stay connected to servers better these days)
I am a loner, so I will need to team up with two others if anybody wants to arrange this with me before the event. I will be coming down from the Huddersfield area, so if anyone around there needs a lift, just PM me and we can arrange something.
As I have mentioned before, I think that FOX on AS2R (Aston Club Reverse) is a fantastic combination. bozo, atomant and myself had a REALLY close 7 laps (of 14) which was the most exhilerating LFS racing experience I have had yet, so it definately gets my vote.
If it helps anyone, I have found links to all the tracks mentioned in Google Maps. They are all available in detailed satellite images with the exception of Whilton Mill which is just outside the detail. It gives you an idea of where it is though.
I have raced (many years ago) at Buckmore Park for a MacMillan Cancer Relief event. It is a very nice track, which looks small when you look at it but seems big when you drive it. The event was organised OK, nothing special, but I do remember that beforehand they set out strict rules for driver changing and refuelling but nobody (except us of course ) took any notice - and they didn't give any penalties or anything for it. It was a charity event though so more to raise money that actually compete!
EDIT - Correct links now (sorry again)
PS for those interested, our team started 1st and finished 3rd (2 hour endurance race)
I missed it last year and so I would like to try and make it this year. Put me down pending location/cost etc, but I am really keen! At the moment, I am looking at bringing the wife and kid and staying over the night before, so I will not have any room to take a passenger. However, if this changes I will post again.
This refers to the racing line the AI cars take, ie not the actual visible marks on the road, just the path the AI uses to get around the track. If you set it to OFF, the AI will have to learn the track themselves, if you set either of the other two options then the AI will learn from your driving line around the track.
Relating to disconnections, this will not affect anything.
I myself have problems with disconnections. I can stay connected to some servers without any problems at all for ages, with or without other people connected. But then on other servers, I disconnect. Sometimes after 5 minutes and sometimes after nearly 2 hours!
My belief is that the problem lies with internet routing somewhere between myself and the server, and this depends upon where in the world it is. I have been playing BF2 online quite a bit lately and I have not been disconnected once, however the net code here is obviously massively different.
At the moment, whenever I play online now, I am keeping two pings going in the background, one to the server I am on and one to www.google.co.uk - as yet I have not been disconnected while doing this, but I have only been online once!
Unfortunately, the only thing this will prove is that my connection to the internet does not go down - just the connection to the server I am playing on. If this is the case - I have no idea what I can do about it - if at all anything!!!
I am using a 512K ADSL connection with a Netgear DG834G router.
Wierd one this combo for me. I prefer the faster cars like the MRT and with the Inferno set I am already into the high 56s, but I think I can get lower but I will struggle to hit the 55s barrier. The bit I am not looking forward to is the track and 35 laps of it. This is going to be tricky, to say the least.
Do you know what, I absolutely agree with you. F1 is at the edge of technology, and I love it when Ferrari pull something out of the bag that no-one else thought of and pinches it at the post! Didn't happen much last year, but maybe this year...
As for A1GP, I don't have Sky so I can't watch it, but it doesn't make me want to watch it...wierd I know, but true.
We went down to the British GP last year. It was really good. I went down Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday were the best, Sunday was very strange indeed. We sat in the stands at the end of the Hanger straight - and I am not joking the noise was deafening (albiet beautiful at the same time). However, after about 6 laps I was configused and did not know in what order people actually were. If you know the helmets (which I didn't) it is possible, but otherwise its impossible to tell whos is where. We couldn't hear the loud speakers and the big, sorry huge screens were just too far away to read the text at the bottom.
My advice, if you do go, sit very near to a screen or take binoculars or have a radio and earphones with you as the commentary is broadcast on a local frequency.
Other than that, it was the best birthday present I have ever had! Especially as we were actually flown down in a small Cessna plane on the Sunday - cut out loads of waiting in traffic!
Tracing route to 188.8.131.52 over a maximum of 30 hops
1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 192.168.100.1
2 21 ms 20 ms 20 ms lo2.lon-th1dgw.uwclub.net [184.108.40.206]
3 20 ms 52 ms 24 ms f1-0.lon-gs1pbr.uwclub.net [220.127.116.11]
4 347 ms 457 ms 263 ms osm-g4-1.lon-th1br.mistral.net [18.104.22.168]
5 191 ms 21 ms 18 ms osm-g4-1.lon-gs1br.mistral.net [22.214.171.124]
6 116 ms 18 ms 19 ms ge-1-2-0.414.ar2.LON3.gblx.net [126.96.36.199]
7 21 ms 21 ms 20 ms so1-0-0-2488M.ar3.LON2.gblx.net [188.8.131.52]
8 20 ms 20 ms 20 ms tiscali-1.ar3.LON2.gblx.net [184.108.40.206]
9 19 ms 20 ms 20 ms so-3-1-0.lon22.ip.tiscali.net [220.127.116.11]
10 20 ms 20 ms 20 ms ge0-1.lon.rapidswitch.ip.tiscali.net [18.104.22.168]
11 * * * Request timed out.
12 22 ms 20 ms 23 ms 22.214.171.124
This implies I go a long way to get to this server, could be part of the problem. The mistral.net ones seem to be the biggest problem. Hmmm, more testing.
The only thing I do know is that you can not host a server and connect to it through the master server if your server and you are on the same internet connection.
You can connect to it over the LAN, or try to get somebody external to you to connect to it. If your firewall is turned off - it should work, as long as all traffic coming into your external IP address is being forwarded to your server. This can be done two ways - 1) just forward the ports, but this requires a fairly reasonable firewall/router, or 2) forward everything to your server. The latter will be possible on most routers.
I do have to agree with you franky, however, it is difficult to prove anything as there were other racers on the server who did not disconnect and others that did. Most people stayed connected (there was about 15 people in total including host). I personally disconnected three times over the period of 1 hour, only once was in the middle of a race though. Then later I connected to another server with 3 other racers and stayed connected for the best part of 1 hour with no problems at all.
I want the problem to be something that is in my control, but I fear that it is out in the wild blue yonder of the mass of inter-connected routers and server they call the Internet.