GTL Skinpack(s)

Add-on skins in GTL


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Stuart Thomson

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Gents, we all know that on certain models in GTL, the skin count is not...bountiful.

Some only have 1, some have 2 but virtually identical, some are just, well, boring.

I've done a few packs here and there, cobbled some community skins together for others...

Now - I know that I can get the critical components of a skin down to make the skin a fairly small footprint on the drive, and a smaller download than a standard "full" skin.

So my question to you, as a GTL community (albeit small but perfectly formed), is this :-

What would you think about a single, standardised RD skinpack covering all the models that need it, ignoring the ones that don't?

Yes, it would be a fairly big download, but it would be a "one-off" download, we could install that single download onto the servers, and everyone would have all the skins, all set out identically.

I'm adding a poll to this so you can easily have your say.
 

Glenn Morris

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I voted for:
"A standard skin pack, big file, one-off download"

That way there's no one rushing around at the last minute who wants to race but needs to download a skin pack first...

Having said that, if there are some exceptional skins that come out in the future, then perhaps we could include them in the game... Likewise, IF the amount of people racing starts to increase....
 
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Andrew Evans

standard skinpack is teh winnar here... and you can always provide subsequent releases later on a la ultimate mini skinpack.... :nod:
 

Stuart Thomson

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Yeah, the pack would be the of the "occasional version upgrade" type, like the mini pack
 

Warren Dawes

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I'm all for the one complete skin pack too, it makes it easy to join all future events without downloading the "latest" small pack, and besides, we can use them for off-line racing too.
 

Steven Palmer

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Standard One off for me,

One question. If we have all the RD skinpacks downloaded to date, do we delete those in favour of the new all in pack? ( OK. 2) will they (the old one's)still be server compatable?
 

Stuart Thomson

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I would probably ask you to delete the "old" packs (as I'd be streamlining the skins as much as possible) before installing the new pack. There would probably be some re-jigged "old" skins in the "new" pack.

But no, they wouldn't work, as they'd not be on the server any more, and GTL requires the server to have the skins installed as well as the clients.

Bear in mind this isn't an immediate thing, though. Next couple of months probably. I'd look to do all the skins myself to keep it standard and relatively small.
 

Stuart Thomson

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Candidates for the skins pack
Definite
Abarth
Jag MkII
AC Cobra (s)
Ferrari 275
GT40
Lotus Elite
Mercedes 300SL
Renault Alpine
Shelby Daytona
BMW CSL(s)
Pantera
Capri
Porsche 906
Porsche 914

Possibles
Ford Falcon
Jaguar E-Type
Shelby GT350
Corvettes (76 class)
Escort

Almost certainly not required
Mini
Alfa Gta
Lotus Cortina
Ford Mustang
Austin Healey
Corvettes (65 class)
Lotus Elan
Porsche 911

Now, those of you who skin, and who fancied an easy way of trying it out, would be welcome to send me your GTL skins (I'd only want the Body & Window files) and I'd try and incorporate them into the pack (Like the Mini Pack in Evo).

Even if the pack (or packs if it made sense to split it) got pretty big, it'd still only be a one-time download.
 

Hans Sneep

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I voted for the one Big pack, it makes things easy .

Something else,there are a few nice mods available : Gordini's - Dino's -
NSU TT's maybe something to look in to?

Hans
 

Stuart Thomson

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Again, the way GTL's structured makes it harder than some other games to implement - but that's not to say we'll never try :good:
 

Richard Kay

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Paul Metcalfe created over 20 Escort skins for a season we ran a couple of years ago. Some nice skins in that pack with some original designs and some Formula 1 based liveries.
 

Stuart Thomson

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TBH - the Escort's got 3 good and different skins in game (blue/white, red/white, black/gold) so that's probably not going to be too high up the list for skinning necessity.

I'm leaning more towards a 3 pack approach now - TC65, GTC65 & GTC76. Still the one time download for clients and servers, but that way any updates won't be the full huge pack, and people can download one at a time if they have slow(er) connections.
 

Stuart Thomson

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It was in a way, but only tangentially - it'd been something I had been thinking about for a while, especially since I found a few skin size shorcuts, so don't blame yourself.

I had genuinely been wanting to somehow get all the cars skinned up so we had variety at all levels and models, but wanted to find out exactly what the feeling was, and whether people would go for a big pack (containing all the skins) or not.
 

Stuart Thomson

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Ok - I'm going to close this one now.

I've decided on an RD standard skinpack, split into 3 downloads each one covering one class (TC65 / GTC65 / GTC76)

Thanks for the comments and all the people who voted.
 
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