I might not be there tonight. I'll be installing a rebuilt alternator into my Civic. Wish me luck. There's only one time I like tight spaces and this is not it.
Giant Bomb Forza Race Night: Thursdays, 10:30 PM ET
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I know we've been a little while without much conversation in here, even during the end of the Super Series and after an astounding GB100 that turned into a GB1000. I'll take most of the blame for that, and with the hopes of not jinxing the situation, say that things might change very soon.
Provided tomorrow goes well, I think it would be safe to assume that the Hyper Series starts the week after. That's January 24th. More details will follow, but know this: It will be seven rounds of three short heat races at fast tracks, assists will be allowed, scoring will be heavily based on level of participation, and if you participated in the GB100 and don't have a Furai, you'll get one soon. Also, Sushi, peewig, Slowbird, and Wormious should feel free to request any other car they want from me at this point. They've earned it.
If tomorrow brings no significant change to the thing I'm trying not to jinx, I'll drop back twenty yards, punt, and then curl up into a fucking ball and cry*.
*not really, but fucking hell it'll be annoying
OK, clearly the connection issue isn't fixed, and pretty clearly I'm the source of the problem. That annoys me, because I'm depriving several of you of a good night of racing. Here's the "drop back twenty yards and punt" option I'm going to invoke until this is fixed:
Forza Race Night "Shit is Broke" Edition
- I will host the first race each week, to see if everyone can connect and have a stable connection.
- If the issue is resolved, hooray! Race Night as usual.
- If connection issues pop up in my lobby, such as choppy lag (Slowbird) or failed connections (Dethfish/mfpantst), then I will turn the lobby hosting duties over to Sushi or another Race Night attendee and bow out for that week.
- Until the connection issue is fixed, I will not be starting any championships. This means the Hyper Series and Super Series III are currently delayed indefinitely. If someone else wants to put a special event or series together, then by all means, feel free to go ahead, and if my situation resolves itself in the middle of a series, I'll gladly pick up the remainder.
I'll keep working on this situation, but there's no need for me to fuck up the fun and cause a bunch of people to depart like tonight. We'll keep this procedure in place until my connection's back to normal.
@Dethfish: We decided PsEG would step out in the event of connection issues because we agreed the connection problem was on his end and can potentially affect 2 or more people. There are still some options left like replacing his cable modem; I've seen firsthand modems developing issues after a few years(likely due to heat and dust buildup).
I encourage everyone to rack up some miles on that Furai during the delay!
We decided PsEG would step out in the event of connection issues because we agreed the connection problem was on his end and can potentially affect 2 or more people.
This is indeed the basic rationale of my decision. While I appreciate the willingness to back out, Dethfish, yesterday's issues affected both you and mfpantst, and restricted Falcon's ability to participate, since he's on limited time. I'd like more people to enjoy Race Night, overall, and feel that a healthy attendance is more important than who's running the majority of the show during these weeks of shaky connections.
Tomorrow, barring unexpected circumstances, I'm going to visit my Internet provider and look into options for putting a new cable modem into the household. My ideal scenario involves owning a modem, rather than using a potentially refurbished and questionable device. Today we discovered that the current modem's from 2008, and has likely been refurbished two or three times. Even if it doesn't fix the problem, removing that piece of junk from the equation for something more modern should provide some benefit, even if it's just the knowledge that the problem lies elsewhere.
@Falconer: they look sorta less box-like now. lol
also has anyone ever heard of Batracer? if so, wanna play Batracer? if not, wanna play a racing manager/sim called Batracer?
edit: They have a classic Trans-Am series that you guys might like. JUST PLAY IT, TRUST ME.
Here's a video I made of last nights Furai race between Sushi, Wormious, mfpantst and myself. It has some music in it, but I made a car noise only version here, just in case people would rather see that. It's not a bad alternative either since those cars sound great. This was a pretty exciting race, which was a little unexpected since there were only 4 people in it. I guess the Furai makes everything better. Unfortunately Sushi isn't in the video much, but he shows up when it matters.
Final Results Pics:
@SushiX: Oh yeah, I remember that Taswell paint job. It was very nice by the way. I didn't even think twice about you having a glitched out paint though because the one that showed up for me looked like a very Sushi kind of paint job, if you know what I mean.
That Furai race was great! Thanks @Dethfish for that amazing video.
Yeah, no problem. I hadn't made anything in a while and I figured it was time for something new. I also have a half finished video on my computer from a few weeks ago. I might get around to finishing it later this week. Maybe.
Agh, at least karma paid me back for my first corner antics. But damn it's fun to put that car in top gear and make a turn way wide so you don't have to slow down. What the rest of you don't know is that was an organic uprising of Furai. One then two then three people chose the car. Then sushi chose something different but came right back with a Furai when he saw what the score was.
@dethfish: I like the first picture (a little oversaturated, but that's fine), so I made it the background for now. I think we need a big shot to really make the background sing, though.
There's a thread on the editing board for requesting backgrounds, but if any of you see a racing game without a background and have a good image for it, upload it to the game's gallery and PM me. I'll check it out, and if I like it, I'll make the change.
Also, here's a fucking great tool for testing images as backgrounds that Chaser made.
Okay duders, my sister's car exploded. What's the least shitty car we can get for $4000. FIVE GRAND is a possible max, but unlikely? I also welcome suggestions of models to stay the fuck away from. We're either gonna go straight used, or maybe get a former rental car (apparently those are pretty okay?).
My mom already said no to a Crown Vic.
@falconer: As far as I know, changing the oil etc. is usually pretty standard. Other things can be weird, like on my Passat the thermostat is behind the timing case, so I'll just never be getting that fixed. But normal maintenance isn't a big pain in my experience (mine is getting close to 170k miles). I could certainly see a Honda or Toyota or something being even simpler in that area though.
Race Night is not dead. In fact, tonight it was more alive than it's been in months!
One note. Let's break out the cat.
- Panoz envy abounded, as we whipped out our Panozes and tried not to ram them into each other and bend them up. It was....liberating.
Anyways! My connection speed has not recovered, but as far as I could tell tonight, the stability was back in full. Therefore, I'm going to suggest things are returning to normal.
If this continues to be the case, then the first Race Night after PAX East, March 28th, will also be the first round of our long-delayed Hyper Series. Now would be a good time to get involved again.
More later. Keep an eye on this thread.
I've got some pretty dumb questiosn for you car experts out there. Is anyone familiar with the news article on the new Chevy SS being based off a Holden model? And if that's true, is there any chance we'll see the Holden brand make an appearance here in the States?
@sparky_buzzsaw: Yes it is, like the pontiac g8 gxp before it and the pontiac GTO before that. And sometimes you see crazy people re-badge their G8's or GTO's with holden badges (because they're crazy), but here stateside you're going to see Chevy, or whatever brand they think can support a true rear wheel drive muscle sedan. :)
Also- and anyone shoot me down if I'm wrong, I think based off of is not giving holden enough credit. I think they're building the model or straight up they designed the model. Anyways, you won't see holden (so sorry I don't think we get that sweet ute they have) come here to the states but you might see their models come over as other cars.
Hey guys! I recently started getting back into Forza 4, and was wondering if there was any spots available to race Thursday nights, and spots in the car club? I remember racing with you guys a while back (I don't blame you if you forgot me), but had to drop out due to conflictions with work and school. Well, I'm back now and looking to race!
Hey guys! I bought the remaining Forza 4 car packs today which I didn't previously own. Any cars in there I should purchase and upgrade for race nights. I previously only had car packs included in the season pass (through April Alpinestars pack?), as well as the Porsche expansion and the Dodge SRT Viper pack.
Also, I probably won't be available to race this Thursday night. It's my spring break, and I'm a bit busy getting some stuff sorted out with school for next year, among other things. I'll try to get on to race, but there's no guarantees. Regardless, I should be good to go the following Thursday (March 21). See you guys then!
The all Furai series, aka the Hyper Series is looking to begin after PAX east is over. Interested participants should own a Furai, find sponsors(in the form of custom paintjobs), and get used to the car as much as they can.
Here is a free tune for the Furai; only needs to have gears adjusted to your liking.
Front Tire Width: 290/30R18, Rear Tire Width: 360/30R18, Wheels: Enkei RPF1
Tire Pressure: F 29.0 R 28.5
Gearing: FD 4.30 1st 2.19 2nd 1.77 3rd 1.44 4th 1.26 5th 1.10 6th 0.98
Camber: F -0.9 R -0.7
Toe: F 0.1 R 0.2
ARB: F 6.00 R 40.00
Springs: F 283.0 R 280.0
Ride Height: F 3.1 R 3.1
Rebound: F 9.4 R 9.6
Bump: F 3.3 R 3.2
Aero: F 551 R 1,102
Braking: Balance 46% Pressure 150%
Diff: Accel 37% Decel 0%
Twelve days without a single comment in the Race Night thread? Inexcusable.
I'm still struggling to put together any lengthy coherent thoughts between coughing fits and attempting to clear my sinuses of congestion, but here's what the Hyper Series rules will be:
- Three short heats at fast tracks, reversing the field by overall standings each time to put the winners in the back.
- Mazda Furais in R2. Consider using a tune like Sushi's posted if you wish -- I think it's the same one I use. If you can't afford a Furai, contact me as soon as possible, and I'll get you one.
- Scoring is based on number of participants in a heat, with the winner receiving points equal to the field size, and decreasing by one point each spot. There's also one bonus point for winning a heat. Therefore, if seven people show up, a heat winner gets eight points, second gets six points, third gets five points, and so on.
- Any and all assists are welcome. This is not a hardcore series.
- I haven't figured out the schedule or distances yet, but let's say we start out at...Road Atlanta, since we've tested so frequently there. I'll tack on five or six more weeks of races as we see fit.
Let's see if we can't breathe some life back into Race Night after PAX East, yeah? Meanwhile, I'm going to try and continue to clear my sinuses so that I can breathe.
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