Is there any interest in a Giant Bomb Trackmania server?
I'm generally just a casual player but I have run a server a little bit in the past and do have the server space and bandwidth for one if people are interested.
Also feel free to submit tracks that I should put on the server as I will just be running a bunch of my old favorites (generally full speed stuff) until people suggest others.
I'll likely get started on setting it up later but wanted to see if there was any interest first.
If you are a free Nations user you must follow these instructions before being able to connect to the server.
In order to join the server with a free account it will have to be added to your favorites.
To add it to your favorites, once you log in click "Explorer" on the left side.
In explorer, if you hover your mouse at the top edge of the screen for a second a web address bar will show up.
Type tmtp://#addfavourite=thelsdj2 into that web address and the server will be added to your favorites.
To go to your favorites, click on Play Online then click on Favorites.
If the tmtp link doesn't work you may need to download and run: http://www.stabb.de/tmf/gbxtmtptools.exe There you have to put in the path to your trackmania dir which is something like:
"c:\program files (x86)\steam\steamaps\common\trackmania nations forever" and then click the "Register tmtp:// Protocol" button which should fix the tmtp link problem.
This will add the server to your favorites list which per: http://www.tm-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=27226 is the only way that free players can connect to anything but the developer run servers.
So once you have the server added to your favorites you can pick it from there in game.
For those with United (the paid version) you can just browser to the server under All -> USA -> California -> Giant Bomb TrackMania Server OR use the magnifying glass under the server browser list to search for "giant bomb" (without the quotes). Make sure after you connect you bring up the ESC menu and add to your favorites so you can find it later.