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The Leaderboard-Hunt is back!23. June 2013 11:52
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (4)

Hey Community!

Some of you probably already noticed the rising Leaderboard-Scores on TMNF-X in the last time. If we take a look at the leaderboard (http://tmnforever.tm-exchange.com/main.aspx?action=userrecords&mode=0&id=7#auto) we are able to see, that already some people are hunting the high LB-scores and many other players have replays on High-LB-Maps and a LB-Score of 40-60k. The goal now is, to increase the players LB-score and to increase the LB-score of new tracks in this way.

Why?

Last April and May (2012) many people were hunting tracks on TMNF-X and in this way they were able to generate new classic-maps (http://tmnforever.tm-exchange.com/main.aspx?action=threadshow&id=4818238&page=auto#auto). Moreover - and that's the most important thing - it was incredibly much fun to hunt these tracks, because all tracks had ten and more active replays, so it was a fun challenge to drive against the other guys from the community. Now we try to bring these times back!

How?

Cranberries and TimeBreaker once explained how the Leaderboard works:

Main WR Leaderboard:
Takes an average of your best 10 times on normal tracks. Go to 'Find Tracks' and sort by "Best Rated for Main LB" ( LB Rating - Highest ) to find the ones worth the most points. The scores of the tracks are based on the rating of those who have a time on that track. So the higher you get in the LB the bigger difference you will see in Track Ratings after you post a new replay.
The No.1 player in the main LB adds 10,000 to the tracks LB rating, with everyone else adding less than 10,000 according to how close to the No.1 in them main LB they are. If there are already 10 replays on a track, then setting a time will add the difference between the total of the old top 10 and the top 10 with your time, (if it works out less then there is no change).
Replays on the Main Leaderboard expire after 30 days. This means they only count towards your best 10 if you posted them in the last 30 days. This means you have to set new good records to maintain your score. But as you only need 10 active good times, this should still be manageable without being forced to invest a huge ammount of time.

So what we try is to get a active hunting community back and we already succeeded in parts - We have new tracks which reached more than 60k LB!

List of new and well-hunted tracks:

Bumaye by eSU.jacoB

pre.cision #1 by Sky.'

Smooth hunter 2 by Switch

A list of tracks which can get a better LB: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5

There will be more hunters uploaded soon and maybe we are able to generate new Classic Maps and hopefully also some tech or dirtmaps will be pushed to higher LB-Scores!

Join the fun!

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Wake me up when..3. September 2012 21:26
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (9)

Hey Guys,

finally I decided how to go on with the blog post: Every monday you will receive a bigger Blog-Post with different topics, and maybe from time to time a little surprise ;-)

Here a little overview about the topics today:

#Community Question – Talking about the future of Trackmania

#A new month started – Time for the MTC!

#Random Stuff - # Superduper stuntcompo for swags, YOLO-edition! New Nadeo-Recs


Community Question

Again I asked a lot of people one or two questions. How does Trackmania look like in 2018? It was a "What if"-Question, no one knows if there will be a active TM-Community or a new TM-Game in 2018. What about the environments? The graphics? There are still many open questions, so I hope you guys will discuss the future of this game in the comments!

Infi: I do hope the game developers learn and make the borders for creativity disappear, which means they make it possible to change block's length, height and width and add more blocks, moving blocks and the possibilty to create own ones and mix everything with everything. Apart from that the game is awesome as it is, thus there's nothing more to add in my opinion.

Will you buy it? Depending on the activity of good old TMUF/NF- exchange, i'll decide whether to buy it or not.

Pascow: It's still the good old stadium with some new features and much better graphics and fixed driving-bugs.

Will you buy it? If I still have fun playing tm then, I'll buy it for sure.

dan!el: It's the ultimate hybrid of TMF and TM2. The most innovative feature of it - custom car characteristics for every track you make, so driving experience from each race is unique. Another game features are astonishing graphics and ultra realistic sounds.

Will you buy it? For sure I'll buy it!

Cephid: I can't say anything to the look, as I also was suprised by the look of Canyon. Will I buy it? That depends on the price, but probably yes. I would probably buy.

Enryx: For me it should have 2 Envis from TMUF, 2 from TM² and 2 new ones. Same TM spirit: no collisions between vehicles, Timeattack and round online matches/servers. TMUF modes (race stunt platform puzzle) and not a Maniaplanet-like organization (4 example you buy the game and you have the 6 envs, not like buying the 2nd/3rd/... env in the future).

Will you buy it? Before, I would try to get access to the closed beta (as I did for TM2), to free try the game, understand my feeling about the new envs, etc.
When beta is over it depends if I liked it or not, I'll buy it or not. If the game would be like I guessed (with "old" envs) I'd probably buy it (at least I'd play more those old envis than the new ones^^). If it's all brand new, it depends on my impressions (example: I didnt buy TM2 after betatesting, not my drive-style, etc etc ;/)

Lapos: I didn't buy TM2 cos there is no island car, and i won't buy any future versions of TM if there is no island car.

MoaraShira: Of course I would buy it.

!nFernOxid: A good question. If Nadeo release some more Tm's, what I really think, I hope they will release a new stadium version. With a Trackmania in the year 2018 I think there will be much more- and less buggy blocks in the editor and so mapper can use even more blocks for creative tracks. But all in all I don't think many things will be changed especially in the online game, because Nadeo want to keep the game ''for guys with skill''. Maybe some new maps with new blocks for offline hunting, that’s it.

Will you buy it? I don't think I'll buy the game. It's not because the game isn't my taste or something like that it's because in 6 years I'm 21 so I think I won't have time to play such a game even if it's great. Nevertheless I think we should us get surprised by Nadeo in the following years.

Pi | agent: Mhmm...thats a damn hard question. Already couldnt imagine how the trackmania 2 will be But yea..I hope it has same Stadium part in it. For me its the best of all in trackmania. Furthermore I think there could be new environments. But what for new environments? Mhm..Driving on planets? Moreover it should have new different blocks for the editor, a bigger selection. Also it would be great if there is an extra programm to mix own blocks. Yea..thats how I think a future version could look like And if I will buy it? Mhm..it would be great if there would be a free version of it, ofc with some restriction. And if I like it than and still drive tm I will buy it for sure!

Kadzio: Nadeo made a few "TrackMania" series and then a "United" version. It won't be a big surprise to see something like this. Now they made "TrackMania 2 Canyon", I expect something like "TrackMania 2 Offroad" and after some versions "TrackMania 2 United".

What is the worst scenario that can happen? In my opinion the worst scenario is that: Nadeo still makes "ShootMania" and does with it something like with "TrackMania".

Zogger: The worst scenario would be that they change the spirit of TM too much like they did with TM2 which I personally totally disliked. It would be cool though to have some more blocks and to be able to create blocks yourself. Also a "realtime multiplayer editor" would rly rock, so you could build tracks together at the same time.

What is the best scenario that may happen?

Fabio_m: Well I don't believe technology will envolve so much in 6 years but in the best case scenario if technology really evolves then it would be cool to see a virtual reality experience in trackmania, thing about some VR goggles and you siting on an hidraulic chair that gives you the same feeling as you would feel if you drove those cars Something like the movie tron but with tm cars would be great too.

Quat: Well, I don´t need a completely new Trackmania. An update like from TMN ESWC to Nations Forever would be great. This means, lots of new blocks, but no new driving-physics, maybe some new road- and platformblocks and so on. Trackmania and the Stadium Environment belong together as nothing else. Furthermore, they should optimize the graphics. I don´t need a TM with Crysis-graphics, but it often feels like TM doesn´t support my ATI-GPU, which means I have bad looking shadows, totally unconstant framerates (if VSync is disabled) and some minor graphic-problems.
All in all; I don´t need a new TM, but an update would be nice (hopefully earlier than 2018).

DrKris: I think the handling and speed are same, but graphics have become better, its very realistic. It would have rain, mist, sunshine cloudy weather, you can choose it when you have choosed the mood for the track. It would have more blocks to build a map and MT you can make much cooler too. I would like it like TMNF2 and TMUF2, then you only need to buy the TMUF2 so TMNF2 is free.

 

I agree with many opinions here and I'm glad to see so many views here. What is the best scenario that may happen for you? Do you think there will be an update or even a new stadium-mode? Actually there are many possibilities to make a better TrackMania, but the question which no one of us is able to answer (at least I think so :-D) is, if Nadeo is going to do something like this. I'm curious to see more thoughts in the comment section!

MTC:

5x5-Area was the theme of the last months MTC on TMUF where tracks must be built in a 5x5 area. The only limit on height was the editor limit. A difficult theme for sure, maybe even harder for environments like coast to build a nice map here, but creativity in Trackmania makes everything possible, ask Joost :-D 27 authors were inspired by this theme and created great new tracks. Only the judging process isn't finished yet, which is absolutly understandable by this huge amount of maps!

On TMNF the authors challenge was to build a track for the theme Contrast and you had to use contrasting surface changes/transitions in your track. Five submitted tracks are the result and congratulations to the winners Pascow & Shox with their duo-fullspeeder "/2estricted II"! In contrast to the TMUF-Exchange the low amount of participants this time is obvious, but hopefully this will change in the next month and we see more than 25 participants in both exchanges!

The theme for the MTC September in the TMNF-Exchange is "Flip it". So gogo, build and see your car spinning through the air!

Random Stuff:

*Zogger and Sapphiron are hosting a competition on TMNF-X randomly with funny challenges and great scoringsheets. This time it was called # Superduper stuntcompo for swags, YOLO-edition! and your task was to build a you-only-live-once-swag-scumbag-track. Three guys participated but these hilarious ideas deserve more attention :) Zogger decided that there is no winner this time. Who needs winners when you have SWAG#?

*Some new Nadeo-Records were uploaded in the last days in both exchanges. In TMUF-X Jadis, Jason and Reija drove records on the maps Puzzle A5, TMN Bonus A-3 and TMN Race G-0. Reija also drove a new WR on A06 Obstacle in the TMNF-Exchange, but racehans got it back just a few days later. So he got his 12th WR on a Nadeo-Map in TMNF back! Sick job!

 

That's it for today, live your life, you only die once, have a nice day,

Sky

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No time, but a question27. August 2012 19:17
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (7)

Heya TMX!

No time today, but an important question. You saw now some of the articles and my question is "What would you like to read in future here? Which articles did you enjoy? Which were somehow boring?"

Thanks a lot, guys,

Sky

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Mixed Monday #120. August 2012 22:53
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Hey guys!

Where to start at a mixed monday? Maybe with two sick records in the nadeo and classic-leaderboard driven by two dignitas-guys. Guess what, one of them is Karjen :-D The other one is Carl Jr. who drove a new WR on the probably most-hunted ESL-Map. He managed to drive a 54.13 on ESL-Hockolicious so the Top 10 times here on TMX are now in a section of 0.10 seconds on a 54 second-long track. Moreover Karjen finally got a Nadeo-WR back on TMNF-X! He drove a 26.72 on C01-Race and took the WR from eSuba.tween who still have a 26.74. Check this recs out, they are worth watching it a near perfection ;-)

Send me your funniest TMX-story!

Something funny happened to you a long time ago or just recently? A great comment or awesome situations?

Send me this moment via PM so we can share it with everyone! :-)

 

Thanks for the tips concerning the environments, the good luck wishes and the support. It's great to see that the community supports the blog.

 

Good night :-)

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Series Saturday - Announcement18. August 2012 23:31
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (4)

Wazzup guys!

Just a short news today for you. It's about the first series for our "Series Saturday" in the next seven weeks and maybe I can need your help ;)

During the next seven weeks, you'll get a presentation of all Trackmania-environments here! I'll start with "Bay" next week. So make sure to send me all bugs, facts and tricks you know concerning this environment.

I'm out for today

Sky :-)

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Revival of the TMX Blog15. August 2012 20:02
Posted By: View User Profile Sky Permalink | Comments (14)

The 2nd March 2010.. well that's actually a long time ago.

It is the date of the last article here. It was an interview with Golo, a RPG-builder. In this time I wasn't active on TMX, and I was a bit sad as I saw that the blog was inactive when I discovered TMX. People like HawkGer, Velocity or ziem0n posted articles from march 2009 till march 2010. People which aren't that active or even inactive now. I thought to myself that it is time for a revival of the TM blog!

My name is Martin, at TMX and ingame I'm named "Sky" and it seems to me that maybe 2% of all Trackmaniacs are named "Sky". A bit annoying, but hey, who cares? Wink

I'm from Germany, Hanover and since I'm working, the blog-posts will be published mainly in the evening or a bit later during the night - for those guys who are from europe. I like to write, to talk, pizza, the german city "Freiburg", trains and soccer/football. Actually I'm happy with my job and my life, since I'm able to work at the things I like (besides girls Laughing). I'm playing tracks from TMX since a pretty long time mainly for fun, but I started in the beginnings of 2012 to be active in the community. Hopefully some of you around here now me. I'm neither a great builder nor a great driver, but fun is the most important thing in your free time and I have a lot of fun with Trackmania.

You can expect:

  • Daily news - at least I hope so - only at sunday I won't write a new article.  Sometimes the articles are long, sometimes they are short.
  • Interesting interviews, series and news.
  • Updates about recently set Nadeo-Recs, the funniest TMX-moment of the week (requests would be great) and a lot of more informative and fun categories.

Well, as you can see my english isn't perfect and I have to write a lot on my own for the blog to make you guys happy. But it is great for me to do this, so don't worry. I just hope that you are as happy as me about the revival of the TMX blog. If you also wanna write an article for this blog just ask me, guest articles are always great!

Tomorrow I'm going to publish an author showcase, so stay interested, visit the TMX Blog, leave a comment and constructive feedback.

Greetings

Sky

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3D Test, test TrackMania 2!23. January 2010 15:30
Posted By: View User Profile Fastforza Permalink | Comments (42)

With TM2 rolling out in the fourth quarter this year. Benoit Vandangeon, had taken the opportunity and gave the new TrackMania 2 3D Engine a test with this outstanding short preview of the new environment to be featured in TrackMania 2. This only a snippet of what's to come later this year.

 

 
 
Check out the full preview of the new 3D Engine at Vimeo or at TM Tube!
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FireBrand shows images Trackmania Wii22. January 2010 13:33
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (28)

Yesterday Nadeo has uploaded a new announcement on their website, containing images of their new Trackmania for the Wii that is being made by FireBrand. Well, new, it’s still the same environments, but it will probably have a new campaign and other features. But read it for yourself :) From the Forum Topic;

Race on more than 200 tracks divided into six drastically different environments, and numerous game modes!

TrackMania on Wii also offers the incredible and essential track editor, giving the opportunity to create an infinite number of personal tracks! Then share your craziest creations with your friends, thanks to the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection! Of course, multiplayer modes are included: Hotseat mode, 4 players split-screen, and especially online play using Nintendo Wi-fi connection! Compete against your friends and join online players from all around the world!

scr_01 
More...

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Are you happy?22. January 2010 12:51
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (0)

From the TMX Forums;

Hello

If you've recently fired up good ol' TrackMania, then I can be assured you've been asked the following question: Are you happy? With this being a quick poll, where you get the choice of: Yes, No or No Opinion. This was rather dull and useless. If Nadeo want a better response than a mere yes or no answer, they should've let players give a detailed response to there choice. This option was not given. However, we have started this topic to obtain your detailed response into this.

Rules you MUST obey when responding to this ...
This is a one response topic. One reply per user.
Do NOT discuss any responses posted here. Use the alternative thread here!
Non useful responses will be removed, same applies for double posting.
This topic must be kept as clean as possible for Nadeo to read.

If you would like to change your response. Do so by editing your original post. Do NOT post again.

Remember to use this thread to respond to each others responses.

Responding ..
Answer: Yes/No/No Opinion
Detailed Response: Message here.
Please make sure Answer and Detailed response are clearly bolded [b][/b]

TMUFX Poll
TMUFX Discussion
TMNFX Poll
TMNFX Discussion

So, leave your comment about Trackmania in one of these topic!

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Best wishes for the 2010!31. December 2009 17:06
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (3)

Dear Bloggers,

The 31th of December, the last day of the year. The last day of the Blog in 2009, which was in my opinion a splendid year for the Blog.
Not only did it get it's on Tab on the TMX websites, it also got a remake and cool support from the community.

I have full trust that 2010 will be a great year for the TMX Blog, and that TMX itself will also have some changes with the new Trackmania coming that year.
One thing is for sure, the TMX Blog will be there to report about it!

Take care, don't hurt yourself with the fireworks (or Alcohol), and we will see you in 2010!

 Best wishes from the TMX Blog Crew.

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