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  1. I wondered about us having a more social evening's drive round the AC "Island" in our off week, too. Maybe we could have it as an open mic night, where we can chat freely while blatting round in our cars of choice just exploring? One of us would have to host it - as the simracing.gp servers dont yet have that map available, but that shouldnt be too hard to set up.
  2. I didn't get the chance to practice this week - so I'm very pleased with my 3rd place. Looks like there was some good duelling in the lower half of the field...
  3. Based on the very poor state of the technical playtest on PC, I cant say I'm surprised. I know lots of people leapt to EA's defence with "but it's an old build" - but it was clear to me that it wasn't *that* old and was a long way from being where it needed to be. I cant help but think that a 5 week delay isn't going to make much of a difference. I fear 2042 is still going to release in a poor rushed state (just like every other Battlefield TBF) I get that EA are desperate to have the game release in "the Holidays" or it will screw their year profit projections and tank the share price, but I just want a decent BF game and if it needs another 6 months, take it.
  4. A nice new "free roam" island map has been released. Union Island - it's a real island of St Vincent & the Grenadines. Located in the Caribbean sea I'm getting really strong Test Drive vibes Comes with three setups... - Freeroam : 30+ km, 45 pits, no AI line, no cameras, no race start, one time gate in Ashton if you want to create your own lap - Scenic : 17.5 km, 24 pits, AI line, Cameras, hotlap/race/weekend, physical bales - West : 12.2 km, 24 pits, AI line, Cameras, hotlap/race/weekend, physical bales And it even has a little "teaser trailer" with a backstory featuring some footage from MS Flight Sim for good measure: https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/union-island.45276/
  5. The dreaded COVID has descended on the Valver household. My 13yr old daughter tested positive on Monday (presumably picking it up from school) and now my wife and I dont feel quite right either. Just had my PCR test, so will get some results tomorrow... This may or may not impact my ability to practice/simrace. So if you dont hear/see me for a bit - well, you know why.
  6. I played it in 4K on on an Xbox One X (not series) and it ran smoothly and stutter free... the series X should eat this for breakfast without a second thought, surely!
  7. Just finished it. Glorious. Best game of 2021. Grinning from ear to ear.
  8. I'm just over half way with this and absolutely loving it. It presents no real gaming challenge a few jumps here and there and a bit of "Simon" pattern matching. But its utterly glorious. The visuals are brain meltingly gorgeous. The audio is superb - the guitar riffs that play are so so good. I love the style, the humour and everything about it. Brilliant! It's Bill and Ted meets Yellow Submarine.
  9. I just downloaded this based on the intriguing comments here. I've just played for almost 2 hours straight, in awe at the visual and audio landscape. Spectacular. I reminds me of Bill and Ted *air guitar*
  10. If you fancy yourself as quick in a Bentley (cough @Erik) then there's a new ACC hotlap competition to enter for some real world prizes... https://bentley.sro-esports.com/ 1st place: Fanatec Bentley Wheel; 2nd place: Voucher on Fanatec store; 3rd place: Bentley Collection gift.
  11. After @Meers asking how to pronounce Bathurst yesterday, I found someone online who repeatedly (on purpose for fun) refers to the track as Bat-Thrust. And now I can't stop thinking of it as that. So I thought I'd share that edit: And now Im imagining the old classic batmobile hooning round Mount Panorama. Dinner dinner dinner dinner Bat-thrust! I wonder if I can download that car as a mod for AC? 2nd edit: Of course you can! https://www.racedepartment.com/threads/the-batmobile-classic-60s.201410/
  12. Well I enjoyed tonight a lot. Especially race 2 where I was hanging onto @SANtoOos's bumper for lap after lap. I actually had a *race* for once Congrats to "slow" @Erik for a double win! Not sure how everyone else fared but my connection to the server clearly wasn't up to much for the first half of race 1. In the highlights below you'll see what I was following - cars warping and crabbing all over the place. It was quite distracting. Haven't yet found out if the kids were downloading stuff, or if it was the server at fault... but it did eventually clear up. Race 1: Race 2:
  13. So in England we all already argue over how the word Bath is pronounced anyway. I'm from the south, so I say bath as 'barth'. anyhow ...the area was named as Bathurst after a Lord (who's name was pronounced Barth-Hurst) However the Aussies seems to say it more like Ba-thurst, even chopping out the "r" sound to make it more like Ba-Thust But if you want to get it right go with... Mount Pan-Oh-Rah-Mah
  14. I should be able to head into the server at 19.00 to keep it alive...
  15. Last night I took part in the second round of the Dads Go Sim Racing "Friday Free For All" championship on simracing.gp 39 people registered, 22 raced. So still a bigger grid than I'm used to with you guys. This week it was two 30 minute sprint races at Bathurst. One in the afternoon and one at night I qualified 12th, and was very happy to finish 10th in the daytime race, and 6th (!) in the night race. Great fun. Good bunch of lads and a decent spread of ability made me feel welcome and comfortable racing with them. I may have caused a small pile up at the top of the mountain in race 1 though I practiced in the Honda on "our server" as our Championship race next week is also at Bathurst (which is convenient!), so @davejm, if you see a time in the Honda from me, you can remove it as I'll set a proper 'muk lap in the Ferrari later.
  16. @extremepabs, do you use a controller through choice, or is it an issue of not having space/family approval/cash for a wheel setup? If someone in the group has an older wheel they could sort you out with, would that be of interest?
  17. What an exciting start to the new Season! I loved the racing tonight. I was chuffed to pull off a 4th place spot in qualifying, and then so so annoyed with myself being one of the drive through penalty mob at the race start. Back to 10th - arse. I had some great fun chasing down @SharkyOB over about 6 laps. I had some good pace and made up a few places. Happy to finish 5th (6th adjusted). There were clearly some server shenanigans going on tonight. Looking at the replay file I downloaded, I can see @EuroVapeSim2warping off the track, @milko gets booted out completely towards the end, and there's some horrible warping/lag evident around lap 29 from @SneakyNinja Cars driving sideways and all sorts.
  18. I've been away camping with the family this last week - so not had an opportunity to set a time or do any practice. I'm just going to wing it tonight lads - wish me luck While I was away I didn't have any electricity, but I did still get some wheel time. Rate my setup: edit: after posting this I've just noticed the mismatched front tyres. Shocking setup error!
  19. Yes, I cant realistically see me earning a single point in the whole championship with that point scoring scheme! There are 34 drivers signed up for an insurance 'crash for cash' scam next week @Bathurst
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