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12/13/11 - Beta is Here!
12-13-2011, 11:47 AM (This post was last modified: 12-13-2011 11:49 AM by jefffan24.)
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12/13/11 - Beta is Here!
Well 9 months 10 days after I sent the first invite to alpha, TruckingSim, has officially left alpha and entered the beta stage. This is a huge step in the right direction and with it comes quite a few changes and plans for the future. But first off I want to say something:

I would love to thank each of you individually but that would take forever so forgive me, we have reach 4303 drivers without spending a dime on advertising. This means that every single person that plays this game learned about it from a post on the internet, a friend telling them, or some other way spread by you guys. For that I am completely thankful. You have no idea how much that means to me. So again thank you for helping us get to where we are.

I'd also like to thank OTP, Norm and Conroy for their massive help in testing, creating ideas, and coding help. Without them we wouldn't be where we are so please thank them as well!

Finally thanks to TurtleTop for doing the new truck images!

Ok so now for the changes:

1. Ad Agency
2. Joining Companies
2.5 Company Creation Changes
3. Tire Wear
3.5 Truck Purchase Changes
4. New Permission
5. Alpha User Designation
6. Bug Fixes
7. Future Changes

Ad Agency:

This is the biggest change out of everything. The Ad Agency has been re-purposed as more of a classifieds section rather than somewhere people have to go. When your company is ready to create an ad it will look something like this:

[Image: livePreview.png]

On the left is the information you want in your ad and on the right is a live preview that updates as you type. It will also change sizes so that it matches the size you select.

[Image: livePreview2.png]

Once you have picked the size you want, given it a title and message you can press buy (For the time we are still not allowing uploads). Once you press buy your ad will be up for 3 weeks just like before.

Also ad positions are randomly selected as before on a daily basis. What is different is that all ads will be on 1 page as these squares will fit beside each other in the best pattern they can to fit across your screen. It will look somewhat similar to ads in the classifieds of a newspaper. We checked the page with 100 ads and it loaded plenty quick enough so we are not going to be doing pages for now.

On the ad page, ads will have 2 looks:

[Image: myAd.png]

[Image: otherAd.png]

The first ad is what your company's ad will look like (if they have one) this is to make it stand out.

The second ad above is what everyone elses ads will look like.


The final thing about this page is that when you are creating an ad you can leave the page and come back and it will remember what you have in the message box, title box and what ad you picked. I'm hoping this is useful, I know I hate refreshing a page or leaving by accident and losing everything.

Joining Companies:

To join companies you now have to either click on the ad from the ad page (the whole ad is clickable), and it will take you to the company or you have to find the company. Once on the company's page you will see this (assuming you are not in a company and they haven't closed applications):

[Image: join.png]

If you click the join button it will create an application for the company.

Company Creation Changes:
To create a company we have changed it to the following requirements:

10 XP
45,000 miles driven
$7,500

Before you had 10,000 miles driven by the XP of 2.5 So we changed it to 45,000 where if you have a perfect record, your XP will be a little above 10. But if you wreck or get a ticket, you will be over the odometer before you are over the XP.

This only makes it slightly harder to create companies.


Tire Wear:

We have lowered tire wear by 5%. This means they will wear a little slower than in alpha.

Truck Purchase Changes:

Some of you asked before what Tiers were and I said they would have meaning in beta. Well I didn't lie. There are now 5 levels of tiers and each has an XP requirement that you must match before you can purchase the trucks on that tier.

Tier 1: 0XP
Tier 2: 8.5 XP
Tier 3: 23 XP
Tier 4: 43 XP
Tier 5: 70 XP

So now you will be limited to the trucks you can buy, by not only money but also your experience. There is more to this as well that will be added in the future (Talked about later).

New Permission:

When creating a company position there is a new permission to allow that position to post bulletins. So now the people who can post bulletins are:

CEO's
VP's
Contract Managers (anyone with the contract permission)
Now anyone with the bulletin permission


Alpha User Designation:

If you were a user during alpha you will see this icon beside your name [Image: star.png]. Its not much but it will designate you as someone who helped us test alpha.

Bug Fixes:
- No error messages on the stock bank - There should now be error messages if there is an error with your purchase (such as not enough money).

- Winnipeg and Yellowknife being switched, this is fixed. We had to wait until we could clear out all routes to fix this but it is finally fixed.

Future Updates:

We are working on a huge update that will take at least a month if not 2 months to complete. It will pretty much change everything in the game and the strategy involved. We are not ready to announce it yet but I'm hoping it will extend the life of the game as it will be playable for much longer. Endorsements are part of this update which is why you won't see them, I promise we didn't forget about them, we just have big plans for them Smile

Alright guys/gals, enjoy beta, report any bugs you find and please have fun!

As always, questions/comments/suggestions are welcomed in the comments.

Jeff

TS Will be live in a 1-2 minutes - TruckingSim Beta is LIVE!

I am one of the creators and the owner of TruckingSim.com I will be the main person doing the code for the game, if you have any questions please message me. Thanks for all the support everyone has given so far Big Grin

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12-13-2011, 12:05 PM
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Thanks you Jefffan24 !!!


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12-13-2011, 12:23 PM
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Thanks Jefffan, me is Happy Wink

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12-13-2011, 12:37 PM
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Awesome! Thanks again Jeff and team for all your hard work! And I already can't wait for that next big update. It sounds pretty cool! (No pressure or anything... Tongue)

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12-13-2011, 12:40 PM
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wow that was quick. nice work.
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12-13-2011, 12:48 PM
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Salt lake city has chemicals and explosives... 2 of my drivers cannot get loads out of there

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12-13-2011, 12:49 PM (This post was last modified: 12-13-2011 12:51 PM by Ghiby.)
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...thank you for keeping us posted in special with the new changes... it feels good to know what is going on and what is in the works...

...not sure if beta is fully up and running, all tho I found my driver fully reset and I was able to purchase a truck, so I will assume it is... and if it is, then here is a possible bug, no low rating cargo to select out of Salt Lake City... I cannot start a route out of Salt Lake City, not able to select cargo... maybe you can check on this a bit...

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12-13-2011, 12:55 PM
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THank You TEAM

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12-13-2011, 12:56 PM
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Cool, an update that didn't take longer than expected. Not at all directed to you Jeff. In education we learn its at least a week later than promised. Kudos to you and congrats!
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12-13-2011, 01:01 PM
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I put cotton in SLC.

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