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Competition 2012 / ZCT126 - Twenty-twelve
« on: January 03, 2012, 02:42:25 PM »
2012 - Twenty-twelve...
The 12th season...
...maybe 20 pipsqueaks? :)

Competition and Website / ZakStunts 2012 rule changes
« on: January 03, 2012, 02:07:15 PM »
Only a few rules were modified for the new season. Changes are as follows:

  • We have again 12 tracks, one each month.
  • To avoid confusion, the deadline of each track is put back to 20:00 GMT+1 on the last day of the month.
  • Tracks are available on or before the 4th of each month. If the track is available before the 4th, leading time is not calculated until  0:00 GMT+1 on the 4th day of the month. (this guarantees I have enough time to update the site)
  • Your FOUR worst results don't count, as opposed to the TWO worst as until now. We all have less time to race.
  • To compensate the above change, bonus points are awarded to frequent pipsqueaks. This is called EB, "Endurance Bonus" After replays were submitted for 8 tracks during a season, participation on each additional track attacts bonus points. Just as LTB, these points accumulate, do not affect the track scoreboards or team scores, but are included in the seasonal scores:
    • 9. track = +1 point
    • 10. track = +2 points
    • 11. track = +3 points
    • 12. track = +6 points
  • Car bonuses are not reset but continued from their state at the end of 2011

I guess that's all. Opinions are welcome.

Stunts Chat / Stunts R Us content available!
« on: November 18, 2011, 03:10:16 PM »
Many of you cannot remember the Stunts Webzine maintained by Alain between 2002-2004. The site and its contents were most interesting and unique, but lost for a long time.

I was able to retrieve 19 articles (including invaluable interviews) and a couple of news pages.
If you are able to retrieve other pages, let me know and I will put on site!

Chat - Misc / Stunts towns
« on: June 15, 2011, 05:31:33 AM »
Would be a nice location for the next world meeting, having races with the OWOOT rule :D


Stunts Forum & Portal / Future of the community
« on: June 12, 2011, 05:50:22 PM »
Just read the first article on the history of online Stunts racing:

I noticed the following:
- my English was awful back in 2002 :)
- we have come a long way. A really long way
- many of our dreams have come true - WSMs being the greatest dreams fulfilled. ZCT100 being another (for me, at least)
- check the visitor and pipsqueak numbers mentioned in the article - we do complaim a lot lately., but do we really have a reson to complain?
- I really need to write a new part of the history, before its forgotten, as the last part was written in 2006. Or someone else needs to write it. We just closed another era, you know. Where did we stop in 2006? 6th generation - Age of MeganiuM. What happened since? I would say:

2007-2008: 7th Generation / Decline - and no new generations appeared after this seventh!
2009: Renessaince / Rebirth, I would also risk 2nd golden age of Stunts.
2010-now: Grey days, stumbling in our footsteps, moral and motivational crisis
from now onwards: 8th Generation maybe? a transformation of priorities? who knows...

What do you think?

Competition 2011 / ZCT115 - Anniversary
« on: January 30, 2011, 09:41:00 PM »
10 years... 115 tracks... and hopefully a lot of pipsqueaks on the scoreboard!  ;D

Competition and Website / ZakStunts 2011
« on: January 21, 2011, 11:36:53 PM »
The site was prepared for 2011. New cars were added to the system, and the code was updated where it was necessary. I also introduced the track display code written by caesar. Possibly I will also code an automating replay archive system, but it depends on my free time.

In any case, the competition is ready to go. Would like it to start with february, or should we keep March, as planned? Vote is open until the 28th!

Competition and Website / Stunts HQ relocation
« on: December 04, 2010, 01:51:29 PM »
Hi All,

big changes are coming... in February 2011 I will move to Shanghai, China with Andi + Barnabás. I was offered the challenge and opportunity to help our company start a China branch office as the operations manager. And I accepted. :) We will sign a one year contract, after that we can reassess whether we would like to spend more time far from our home.

I will keep Zakstunts and running on the same server in Hungary. At the current fee of 4EUR/month it is affordable and I would not like to spend time on moving the site...
I am sure I will also have time to prepare the 2011 season during the winter holidays end of this year. But I am also sure I will be totally busy and probably unable to dedicate any time for the site during January and February (and perhaps March), as there is a lot to be arranged before we go and after we arrive.
I see the following options regarding ZakStunts:

1. Prepare the site for 2011, but postpone the season start when we have relocated and settled in a bit (March or April)  
2. Start as planned with the 1st of January and have a break after the first track.
3. Start as planned and hope for the best, that I will be able to do the required updates.

I feel bad enough already due to the very little time I was able to dedicate for the site in the past months - I would rather prefer option 1, than a soulless and manager-less competition in the first months of 2011.

What do you think?

Stunts Chat / Web show on Stunts at Pixelmusement
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:44:10 AM »
I was recently contacted by Kris Asick, who is doing a webcast on old DOS games. There were already 25 episodes, and guess what - the first one was about Stunts.

You can check the webcast here:

lets discuss our opinions here - Kris is looking forward to our comments.

Here is his mail quoted:

On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 3:48 AM, Kris Asick wrote:

    I'm kinda mad at myself for forgetting to tell you or anyone else in the Stunts community about this...

    My name's Kris Asick and I'm the host and producer of a new web show called Ancient DOS Games, where in each episode I take a look at an old DOS game and go over how to play it, how to legally obtain it, and how to get it running on modern systems using DOSBox, source ports, or other means.

    My very first episode of Ancient DOS Games covered Stunts... I do one episode a week and am already up to Episode #25... yeah, I'm a little late in letting you know about this. Here's a link if you want to watch the review:

    The reason why I've finally remembered is because early this morning, I managed to get all of the best Stunts tracks I've ever made uploaded to my website, along with pictures and short descriptions of each of them. You can check them out here:

    I wanted to post in the forums about this, but couldn't figure out how to without registering, and it seems kinda pointless to register for a forum I'm not going to be active in. I'd greatly appreciate it if you could make a post about this on your forum, or if you could point out the magic "make a new post" button that I can't seem to find. ^_^;

    In any case, I find the community you and the other Stunts fans have built impressive. I hope you continue to have success with keeping your competitions and such going!

    --- Kris Asick (Gemini)

Competition and Website / new cars for 2011
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:04:54 AM »
My plans:

I want to finally complete the car count to 15.
The Ranger will be dropped out of the available cars. I want to keep cars real. Speedgate and Skyline are expected to stay.
That means we need two new cars.

One of them will be the Lotus Esprit. Sorry this is a must... :)
The other is up for a vote. Which car would you prefer?

Competition 2010 / ZCT111 - One on One
« on: August 31, 2010, 10:14:10 PM »
But who on who?
Ok just kidding. :) Hope you will enjoy the track!

Competition 2010 / ZCT109 - Rotten Potato
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:24:41 AM »
comments welcome

Competition 2010 / ZCT107 - Timeless
« on: May 02, 2010, 03:24:22 PM »
a little late, but the new track is available. The deadline does not change!

Competition 2009 / MOVED: Re: Guest tracks?
« on: February 04, 2010, 01:20:14 PM »

Competition 2010 / ZCT104 - Back in time again
« on: February 01, 2010, 08:58:17 AM »
After the initial mistake, the new track is identical with ZCT22, first presented exactly 7 years before! Enjoy!

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