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Boat Update

Posted by Atashi at 2015.11.25 16.50 in News

The Formula Wai racing boats have been updated today.

The most notable change is that the boats are no longer destroyed, when their health reaches zero!

As before, the engine does blow up, throwing a couple pistons out, and the back of the propeller cage / rudders still falls off leaving debris in the water.

What’s different is the boat remains drivable! Just… slower. You can get back to the pit lane where the boat is fully repaired, same as before!

A damaged FW-2 limps to the pit lane for repairs.

A damaged FW-2 limps to the pit lane for repairs.

The ‘destroyed’ boat is slow enough that drivers will have a strong incentive to pit before catastrophe, but the difference is now they are still in the race – no more DNFs!

(Technically you can still DNF if you quit the race.)

The other change is in Manoever mode, the lower rudder has returned. It was there in the original FW-1 boats, but due to script constraints was removed with the early FW-2 versions.

Finally, there is an updated HUD to go with the updated boats. No new features, but it’s been tweaked to work with the newly-unkillable boats.

To find out how to get your free updates, click here!

Series Six Concluded

Posted by Atashi at 2015.11.19 9.16 in News, Racing

With the 20th regatta yesterday, our sixth season has come to a close.

I think it was a fairly successful season, we had a few new faces join us for a couple races, and one new driver join us for all the races – Ilaria not only made it to all 20 regattas, but also took 3rd place overall in the points!

Second place went to Sandi Omlet once again, after leading the drivers’ championship for a few regattas.

Kim Link held on to her 1st place overall for another season, besting Sandi by 15 points after 20 regattas / 160 races.

Series 6 Totals

Our official races are now on hiatus, likely until January, when we’ll begin Series Seven!

Until then, we’ll continue to meet every Wednesday and Sunday at 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern) for practise races. During the off-season we do a bit of experimentation with the boats, the format, the course.

See you all at the hydrodrome!

Boat Scripts Updated

Posted by Atashi at 2015.10.14 13.55 in News

The boat scripts were updated today to resolve a problem that was discovered in the races on Sunday.

This update also includes some other minor fixes and improvements.

It’s not mandatory, but encouraged, that all racers upgrade to the latest version.

Click here to find out how to get your free update!

If your boat is highly customized you can just copy the scripts from an update boat into your own boat. All three scripts must be updated together. There is also one new object in the boat inventory, “Oil” which should be copied too.



Race / Course Info Beacons

Posted by Atashi at 2015.10.11 10.15 in News

New around the Hydrodrome, are a number of beacon lights. These are mounted on the concrete bollards, or floating on simple metal can-style buoys.

Race Beacon

These beacon lights blink in different colours to provide information on the race or the track status. Each colour has a different meaning.

Hopefully this will help convey information to the drivers while they are out on the course.

  • Cyan / light blue means the track is open and clear, and in Timing Mode.
  • Magenta means the Open Qualifying round is now in session.
  • Red means that we are preparing to race.
  • Green means that an official race is currently in progress.
  • White signals the checkered flag, meaning the race has been won and any drivers still on the course are now on their last lap.
  • Amber indicates that there is wreckage on the course and drivers should proceed with caution.

The reasoning behind these beacon lights is that drivers aren’t always able to see everything happening in chat, so may not realize when qualifications start, or that there is a damaged boat somewhere on the track.

Hopefully folks will get used to the beacon colours. If not, it’s at least another indication that something has changed and they should pay attention.