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Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Duplode on Today at 06:43:52 PM »
Knock yourself out.

Time wise, we gather in the chat Sunday at 20:00 GMT as originally suggested?

Sounds good! I'll try to be around tomorrow.
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Cas on March 27, 2020, 10:06:53 PM »
Count on me!
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Overdrijf on March 27, 2020, 04:33:37 PM »
Knock yourself out.

Time wise, we gather in the chat Sunday at 20:00 GMT as originally suggested?
General Chat - R4K / New R4K v2 system and permanent competition
« Last post by Cas on March 26, 2020, 10:45:23 PM »
I've been working for several days on the new, version 2 of Race for Kicks. I have to say it's a great experience. I keep on learning PHP and I'm getting much better at it. I can't believe how fast I manage to add features. It's like I've written an engine with about five to seven times the power of R4K v1.5 and it's only taken me a few days, but of course, there are bugs to fix and I have to beautify it a little bit (something I'm not great at).

As I had said in another forum, the top change will be that a permanent competition will be added and the basic race system will be working on top of it. I already have this working. Only needs some minor touches. For example, while permanent races will allow you to choose any set of rules from a list and any car, the R4K races should require one certain set of rules (normally, always R4K OWOOT) and one or more cars for that race (usually one, or the three of the DTM pack). Until now, the race system is working the same way as the permanent track system.

pipsqueaks will be able to post on the chatroom, but also to send private messages to other pipsqueaks. When something relevant happens, such as a replay or track uploaded by that pipsqueak being verified or rejected, the pipsqueak will receive an automatic PM. The chatroom is already working. The PM system, I still have to build, but it's a lot simpler than what I've already made.

I am very satisfied with the track image generator that now displays tracks with Bliss graphics without me having to create the image outside the website and upload them like I used to do on v1.5.

Races have profiles they can edit, including changing their passwords and including a picture that will be displayed in the chatroom, beside their messages. This is specially comfortable for myself, since administrators can use this section to edit permissions. In the past, I had to do this manually from CPanel.

As I mentioned, now some pipsqueaks will be able to post tracks. When you post a track, an administrator or moderator has to validate it and it becomes available for the permanent competition. Later on, a race manager (usually, the administrator) can create a race out of this track and give it rules and a deadline.

While I don't plan on using this feature much, it is possible in R4K v2 to have more than one race running at the same time. In the future, I might add the option to have a particular pipsqueak moderate a certain race and not others.

When posting a replay, now publicity and verification are separate, which means you can make your replay public even before it's been verified.

Anyway, I just wanted to share what I've got so far and if you want to know anything about it or have suggestions, I'd live to read them and see what I can implement. I also want to make sure that R4K is a cooperative as possible with ZakStunts and does not cause any conflict, so if a feature or the way it's implemented should be inconvenient for ZakStunts, please let me know and I'll make some touches. Thank you!
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Cas on March 26, 2020, 10:26:19 PM »
Well, that sounds good. My personal feeling is that I would really like to try your system with one or two sub-tracks in effect, but I also feel that sub-tracks are a little short and maybe we could also have an extra full-sized track. If we have enough time for several races, it'd be nice to have that as diverse as possible :)
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Overdrijf on March 25, 2020, 07:50:22 AM »
I meant pick a second subtrack from this one for the second race. That's the benefit of this format, you automatically have several backup tracks.

Of course if someone would just really like to make another track that's fine with me as well. In that case the map doesn't need to conform to this format or have other people making choices.
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Cas on March 24, 2020, 11:34:50 PM »
That is a really original idea!  But hey... you mean only one of those nine tracks will be raced?  That is, the whole track file will have a single modification so that one of the sub-tracks is the valid one and the others will just be scenery, right?  Laps will be very short, so there will be lots of them.

Now if we do more than one race, you mean pick two sub-tracks from this track or make another track with 9 sub-tracks to pick one from them?
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by afullo on March 24, 2020, 07:06:18 PM »
Nice idea! I'm available to make the choice in case!
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Overdrijf on March 24, 2020, 03:58:05 PM »
No wait, I've got a better weirder idea.

It all started with my concept. We're all a little weirded out by the current situation. Isolation, boredom, loneliness and even death itself are looming over us. So I thought: you know what we need? More of that. We need a proper pipsqueak quarantine facility.

Below I've posted 9 tracks, each around a bit under a minute in length. I've included them both as an image and as an attached track file. These tracks are called Quarantine Room 1 through 9. Each track can be obtained by replacing the lone arrow shaped highway piece in the split track section of that track with a start/finish pointing in the same direction. (As per the "Le Stunts" format we don't want to ever cross the finish line, which is why the start/finish is on a side track.) We're going to be doing one of these 9 tracks. Dreadnaut, as the person who took initiative for this live race, gets to say which track, and post his choice somewhere early this weekend, after which I'll supply the ready to go track for everyone who wants to join. But sd4000, as the first person to respond, gets to name which car we'll be using. This can be any car, but if it's a car from outside the current Zakstunts lineup there needs to be a way to download it. He has to make up his mind before Dreadnaut posts and the other way around, so have an answer ready in your head before this weekend. This way sd4000 will know roughly what kind of track he's picking a car for, but not which exact one.

Yes, it's overly complex, what were you expecting?

(If we want a second or backup race Cas can pick the track and Afullo the car, even if he can't make it to the event itself.)

Anyway, here it is:

Have fun picking!
Live Races / Re: Live Races 2020
« Last post by Overdrijf on March 24, 2020, 11:51:49 AM »
Always happy to race on an Overdrijf track, go ahead! ;)

I'll post the track Friday, giving everyone two days to have a look.
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