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TrackMania 2 Canyon and Stadium Servers Back Online
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 20 May 2017 01:57 PM (PDT)
Also, I had to recompute maps so there are limited sets of maps on each server for now. We'll add more back as we go along.
My goal now is to revive the Valley server and get prepped for Lagoon next week. After Lagoon is released and I have a standalone server for it, I will revive the TM2 Title Pack server as well (which will allow us to play all 4 TM2 environments on the same server.)
After all that is complete, I will assess which Server Controllers have caught up with the ManiaPlanet 4 (MP4) updates and see which might be the best to run on our servers.
Some of the slight tweaks in the Stadium and Canyon physics take a little bit of getting used to, but I'm finding most of the older maps that I tested on our servers are as easy, and potentially easier to drive than before. None of them became unplayable after the MP4 changes.
Enjoy! More to come...
Team FNG TrackMania Servers Down for a Bit / ShootMania Server Still Live
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 19 May 2017 01:31 PM (PDT)
The new ManiaPlanet 4 updates are pretty awesome, but extensive. This means maps for our servers must be recomputed and I haven't had time to do so yet, with the exception of ShootMania. I have 12 maps recomputed and working with our new TeamFNG_Royal script that works on the Royal title pack now.
We have officially moved the mode over to the Royal ladder/title pack and are still a 90k server. The script needs a few kinks worked out (like getting our emblem back on the pole and spawn points) - and I still need to test to be sure the laser is one-hit eliminations. We also need to figure out a way to get nukes auto-switched in the tunnels again (they disabled that in MP4). I may forego fixing that depending on the feedback we get from the players on our server.
Our TrackMania servers will be down until I get a chance to start recomputing some maps -- since we keep a lot of nostalgia tracks, I'm certain I will be the one needing to recompute them. I'll also pull more down from ManiaExchange AS we get the server spun back up. It might be a couple of weeks to get the old ones going again.
I will also be spinning up a Lagoon server, and we will have the TM2 Title Pack server (which will host all 4 environments in one) after next week when Lagoon is released.
I'm excited to see if we can get some maps made for our Royal server that have TrackMania cars in them too. If you make one, please let us know so we can share it on our server!
Stay tuned... more ManiaPlanet goodness to come...
TrackMania 2 Lagoon Coming 23 May!!! ManiaPlanet 4 Available Today!!!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 09 May 2017 03:00 PM (PDT)
Nadeo and Ubisoft made my day today!
Ubisoft announced today that the Lagoon environment is finally coming to ManiaPlanet! Mark your calendars... 23 May. I don't know pricing yet... stay tuned.
And get amped... the ManiaPlanet 4 update has a bundle of awesome new things available for map and mod makers, including wallriding for ShootMania (see "Power Paths"), TrackMania cars in (can be weaponized depending on the mod), turrets, shields and new weapons in ShootMania. It is packed with all kinds of goodness.
Another exciting thing for Team FNG is that I've figured out how to get our TeamFNG_Royal mode to actually run under the Royal title pack where it belongs now. I'm pretty excited to see how that goes.
One bummer is that they've disabled the default switching to nucleus weapon in ShootMania when you are in a tunnel. That will make some of our classic maps not as fun, but we'll see if we can figure out how to get our TeamFNG_Royal mode to still honor that mechanic. Might take some time, but we'll try to keep that "Pre-Beta2" classic mode we've always had on our server.
I'm looking forward to other fun things awaiting us in the new ManiaPlanet.
You will notice some slight changes in physics and handling in the existing TrackMania 2 cars, but I think you'll enjoy it.
Team FNG's ShootMania Royal server goes 90k
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 01 September 2016 06:31 AM (PDT)
Royal dedicated servers) to bump our server up from a 60k to a 90k.
More points points with your pew pew
The reason I waited so long is because we run a special script that makes our server play by the pre-Beta 2 ruleset (where the storm comes in closer to the pole and lasers are a one-hit elimination.) We enjoy those rules better than the rules post-Beta 2. Also, we have classic maps that we don't ever want to get rid of (like JumpStart, CliffJumpers, etc.) that were built around the old rules, and break somewhat if played on servers with the new.
Be mindful that this will only affect your score on the Storm ladder, not the Royal title pack ladder. Because we run a custom script, we are required to run on the Storm title pack. This is another reason I held off on trying to go more than 60k on our server. The rules are a little different when not doing Royal and I didn't think our server qualified. I'm grateful today to say that we do qualify and have bumped the points limit on our server to 90k.
TrackMania Turbo Goes Open Beta for Xbox One and PS4
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 18 March 2016 10:43 AM (PDT)
announcement on GameSpot
(Thanks to Bomajoe for this news!)
Those that own Xbox One and/or PS4 are in for a treat. Get an early glimpse of the wonderful world of TrackMania a few days before its release next week on 22 March.
Links to access it on your consoles are provided at the GameSpot article.
TrackMania 2 Canyon screenshot featured on Intel's XMP site
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 02 January 2016 09:40 PM (PST)
Talking tonight with Thundr about a new gaming desktop he'd put together, we got on the topic of Intel's Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) technology. If you follow the link, you'll see one video game screenshot at the top of the article ... and one only (the rest of the photos are of gamers.)
Of all the video games chosen to be represented for this article about gaming RAM, guess which one was chosen?! That's right, one of the best gaming franchises ever made... TrackMania!
This mega-awesome screenshot of TrackMania 2: Canyon was a fantastic choice for the Intel site; and one I use as a desktop wallpaper.
I really wish this game was more marketed in North America. It is so awesome and many North Americans still don't know about it. Yes, it's on Steam, but it's rarely highlighted except for once or twice a year when it's on sale on Steam. Unfortunately it usually goes on sale when more well-known titles are also on sale. We had one time when a surge of 10,000 new North American players came to TrackMania 2: Stadium when it was on sale for $1.99. I hope we'll see more of that so we can get more North American TrackManiacs!
Anyway, back to the XMP story... I run TrackMania on a machine with XMP RAM and it runs as fast as I drive in TrackMania. If you're using XMP RAM in an Intel motherboard, make sure to set the XMP profile in your motherboard's BIOS so you can take advantage of this great technology.
Then get into some TrackMania and come race with the Friday Night Gamers!
TrackMania Turbo - Coming 27 Nov 2015!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 15 June 2015 09:56 PM (PDT)
Friday Night Gamers... get ready!
Nadeo and Ubisoft revealed today at E3 TrackMania Turbo, a $19.99 title that looks to be comprised of all TrackMania 2 environments enhanced (Canyon, Stadium and Valley), and features a brand new environment called Lagoon Rollercoaster!
I will be contacting Nadeo to get more information, especially to find out if the platforms will all be able to play together and to see if Turbo will be a title pack available through ManiaPlanet or only through the Uplay store. (It better be standalone through ManiaPlanet!!!)
Stay tuned!!! For now, enjoy the trailer!
TrackMania Turbo - Announcement Trailer - E3 2015
Fond FragDolls Farwell
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 05 June 2015 04:17 PM (PDT)
It's official. Ubisoft has decided to retire the Frag Dolls team. This video was put together by Daze and includes many, if not all of the Frag Dolls' alumni. We're sorry to see them go, but know that they are doing awesome things: advancing their careers, education etc.
We are grateful for the time the Frag Dolls spent with the Friday Night Gamers, especially during the ShootMania Launch and TrackMania 10th LANniversary events! ThatOneGuy is especially thankful for the opportunities he had to meet some of the Dolls in-person at PAX Prime 2012 Seattle, and during his recent trip to San Francisco.
We wish each Frag Doll continued success and happiness in the different endeavors you pursue. Thanks for a fun ride!
(Oh, and we still expect you to play ShootMania and TrackMania with us in the future sometime. You can't escape that easily!) ^_^
Good Game Dolls!
ManiaPlanet Sale - 75% Off This Weekend!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 03 April 2015 03:36 PM (PDT)
ManiaPlanet is having a sale on TrackMania 2 Canyon and ShootMania this weekend for 75% off!!!
TrackMania 2 Stadium - $2.50!!! (3-pack = $6.25; 5-pack = $10.00)
ShootMania - $5.00 (3-pack = $12.50; 5-pack = $20.00)
It's insane awesome. You can get 5 licenses for the price of 1.
Take advantage of this killer sale if you need to fill some gaps in your ManiaPlanet titles, or if you'd like to gift some to friends that aren't already playing with us!
(Technically the sale wasn't supposed to start until 04 Apr, but it looks like some of the titles are going up early. I will update this post if the other titles also go on sale.)
Best Wishes to SiREN
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 31 March 2015 10:24 PM (PDT)
SiREN hosted our epic TrackMania 10th LANniversary party in November 2013, which was hosted as a hype session precursor to the official 10th LANniversary party in December. It was 2.5 hours of awesome, where we pulled off the first (that I know of) All TrackMania Environments worldwide LAN/WAN tournament across three servers.
It was an incredibly special night and we are grateful SiREN was a part of it.
On behalf of the Friday Night Gamers, I would like to wish you the best of luck, SiREN, in your new adventures with Twitch... and you'd better keep in touch!
A Nice Postcard from the Frag Dolls & Best Wishes for Pixxel and Sabre
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 27 February 2015 11:06 PM (PST)
My family and I received this nice postcard from the Frag Dolls today.
As many of you know, I met some of the Frag Dolls at PAX Prime in 2012 and have been a part of a couple of fun projects with them since, including the ShootMania Launch Party (twitch stream [about 3 hours in]), the TrackMania 10th LANniversary (twitch stream [entire stream]) and a "Dolls n' Devs - ShootMania Storm - Interview with [my good friend] Edouard Beauchemin" [around 45 minutes in; but the best part happens at a timestamp that results in an error on twitch *sad face*].
We have really enjoyed out experiences with the Frag Dolls and wish them continued success in their endeavors. We're thankful for your support in our events too, and we are still going to hold you to a ShootMania Royal match on our servers in the future! Thanks for the postcard, Siren!!!
In other news... a couple of months after the sad announcement that our friend Pixxel was leaving the Frag Dolls, we learned this week that Sabre is also leaving the Frag Dolls and they both left touching videos for the fans.
Thanks for all the fun Pixxel! Even though you handed it to me several times in ShootMania we still love ya. ^_^ We will miss you and hope your new adventures rock! We still want you a part of our Team FNG vs the Frag Dolls ShootMania Royal match in the future.
You are awesome Kim! We hope your new adventures at Ubisoft as Associate Producer are epic and our best wishes go with you. You're still on the hook to come play ShootMania Royal with the rest of the Frag Dolls with the Friday Night Gamers, don't think this change gets you out of it! ;)
Good game to all of our Frag Dolls friends! Lots of love from the Friday Night Gamers.
Pre-Order Grim Fandango on GOG.com!!!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 13 January 2015 06:41 AM (PST)
GOG.com is releasing the classic point-and-click adventure "Grim Fandango" (as "Grim Fandango Remastered"), and you can pre-order now for $14.99 and it is expected to release on 27 Jan 2015, just two weeks from now!
DRM-free as always. I love how GOG.com listens to their community and tries to make the games available that they want the most. Make sure to get on and vote for your favorites (including helping the Friday Night Gamers raise the counts for Motocross Madness and Motocross Madness 2!)
I can't wait for the end of January! GG GOG!
That One Early Christmas Surprise from Nadeo
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 04 December 2014 01:46 AM (PST)
Check out the surprise Nadeo sent me today!
I've had some amazing adventures with Nadeo and Ubisoft through TrackMania and ShootMania, from the GEEX 2010 TrackMania United Forever tournament, to the epic GEEX 2011 TrackMania 2 Canyon tournament just after the game's release, to PAX Prime 2012 where we showed off the ShootMania beta.
I loved those shirts! And Nadeo was kind enough to make me a jersey and now I feel like an adopted member of the team. It was a super awesome gift that I'm honored to have.
I wish Nadeo many more years of success with the ManiaPlanet franchise, and hope that we will see many more TrackMania environments for its next decade!
While we're on that subject, I should remind everyone that TrackMania 2 Stadium and ShootMania Storm are free-to-play until April 2015! Check them out if you haven't already!
Thanks again Nadeo for showing the spirit of giving that makes Christmas so great. I hope we can all remember to be as giving with our family, friends and neighbors during this Christmas season.
From our team to yours, may you find much joy this month and throughout next year! Merry Christmas!
GOG.com - Little Big Adventure Free Today!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 07 November 2014 08:25 AM (PST)
gog.com through their "Vive La France!" promotion!
Little Big Adventure is a qwirky adventure game I very much enjoyed back in the days I was first learning to build and fix computers. GOG.com is offering it free for 24 hours if you click on the link above, and is offering its sequel at 75% off!
There are a lot of other great games like Syberia, Syberia II and Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood.
Go GOG, or go home.
FNG Motocross Madness 2 Records Restored
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 30 October 2014 02:28 AM (PDT)
Thanks to the help of the Internet Archive "Wayback Machine" I was able to restore the missing records to our live site. This will make the upcoming Turkey Bowl LAN party more enjoyable as we make a long overdue comeback to MCM2!
Go check out what you're up against at our Motocross Madness 2 page. Some of the scores have VCR files that you can load in the game and watch the replay of the record being set. I don't know about you, but I'm setting my sights on shattering Dave Holland's records on "Machkeu Basin" and "Snowfields".
I'm really looking forward to some high-flying, spring-loading good times with you all as we bring back this epic classic to Friday Night Gaming! I can't wait to hit Bear Mountain and Halfgrand Playground for some intense stunt matches, "have a ball" in the smaller arenas playing Stunt Ball Tag, and get "TIMERED!" on the National tracks we love so much.
See you at the races!
ManiaPlanet servers have been updated to 2014-10-16
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 23 October 2014 07:39 AM (PDT)
Please let me know if you run into issues on any of them.
ARK Racing Presents the Cyprus Cup - August 2014
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 24 July 2014 07:46 PM (PDT)
Last November during our TrackMania 10th LANniversary Celebrat10n party, we had an epic online tournament spanning all of the TrackMania environments. Some of the ARK racing team participated in that tournament.
Now, for nearly the entire month of August, the ARK Racing team proudly presents the Cyprus Cup. Each weekend in August they will be racing 3 maps in Time Attack mode in the TrackMania 2 Canyon environment. 120,000 planets will be awarded in this competition; the breakdown can be found below.
Full details can be found at the ARK Racing website.
A Note to Steam ManiaPlanet Players
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 17 July 2014 03:12 AM (PDT)
I'm so glad we have seen a huge influx of player in the world of ManiaPlanet in the last 72 hours, thanks to an incredible Steam sale titled, "From Paris, With Games."
The sale found TrackMania 2: Stadium marked down to $2.49 USD. Within 3 days, our Team FNG servers have seen over 2000 new players, many of which I had the pleasure of meeting and helping them learn about the epic awesome that is TrackMania. Our ShootMania Royal server also found some new friends as its price dropped to $4.99 USD.
With the excitement building around TrackMania 2 Stadium, new Steam players have also been investigating and adding Canyon and Valley to their collections. By now many have come to find a slight frustration with the Steam version of ManiaPlanet where they have to dump out to Steam to switch game titles.
Good news! You can download a standalone ManiaPlanet installer and use your ManiaPlanet account in it to play all titles without leaving the application! You also get access to the "Universal Demo" which allows you to play any ManiaPlanet game title, whether you own it or not. If you don't own it, it will be unrestricted for 48 hours, then 1 hour/day (more if less than 100 players are in the title playing.)
I have confirmed with Nadeo that, due to limitations in the Steam version, the Universal Demo is only available in the standalone ManiaPlanet.
Please see the official Friday Night Gamers website for full details on why and how to get the standalone ManiaPlanet installer.
See you at the races!
FNG TrackMania Servers' Record Keeping is Back!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 07 June 2014 02:08 AM (PDT)
Sadly, we don't get to take advantage of the new script-based "Time Attack" mode which gives us the cooler in-game scoreboards that are themed per environment, but we'll live for now.
For those that run TrackMania servers that are having a hard time with Records Eyepiece in XAseco2, it is because you need to run your server in the legacy "Time Attack" mode, not script mode with the TimeAttack.Script.Txt ...
It took me a while to figure that out.
I may start investigating to see if XAseco2/Records Eyepiece has plans to support the scripts. If so we'll stick with them.
If not, I'll investigate newer server controllers that support the new script modes as well as keep records. If I can find a good one, I might switch over, but XAseco/XAseco2 have done us well for so long, it will be hard to give it up.
FNG ManiaPlanet / TrackMania / ShootMania Servers Restored
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 26 May 2014 06:26 AM (PDT)
Our TrackMania Canyon, Stadium, Valley and TM2 (all environments) servers are back online (no controllers for records yet though, still working on that.) Our ShootMania Royal server is back (also with no controller.) The CardMelee server will be back later after I get a chance to download the new ManiaPlanet 3 compatible version of the Title Pack.
I'll have the records controllers back for our TrackMania servers back as soon as possible; then will work on the controller for Royal... After that I'll tackle CardMelee.
Thanks again for all your support.
FNG ManiaPlanet / TrackMania / ShootMania Servers Temporarily Down
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 19 May 2014 11:08 AM (PDT)
Thank you to those that frequent our servers, and we're sorry for the inconvenience. We'll get them back online as soon as we can, and hopefully be playing with you soon.
That One Collision with a BushMonkey
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 08 February 2014 01:23 AM (PST)
Stay tuned! Rumor has it that Nadeo will be releasing full demos of TrackMania and ShootMania in April, so everyone can try all available modes in limited timed sessions. That will let Team FNG show others how fun the game is on our servers before they buy.
Netflix - a new DRM Fail
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 08 January 2014 06:19 AM (PST)
I was trying to punch up some "Doctor Who" while I exercise today (08 Jan 2014).
I guess it's no longer alright to have your computer set to the correct date.
DRM sucks. Just sayin'...
The fix... Looks like a Silverlight file called mspr.hds somehow got corrupt. All I had to do was delete it from:
... and I'm back in business.
(Did I mention DRM sucks? Necessary evil for streaming content, I know, but still...)
Merry Christmas; Steam TrackMania Sale; and Return of MCM2 to FNG
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 24 December 2013 11:52 PM (PST)
I hope the holidays fill us all with the spirit of giving and joy and peace throughout the season and all of next year.
And I can't help but mention this, because I thought the TrackMania deals going on during its 10th Anniversary celebration were amazing, but today's Steam Flash Sale is AMAZING! Too bad most of you won't see it until it's gone, but the entire franchise, "Celebra10n TrackMania Complete Pack" is marked down to $14.99!!!
This deal is ONLY on Steam and only until 3:00AM Mountain Time on Christmas Day... so if you happen to be reading this during that time, go now and pick it up! You won't regret it.
In other good news, dGamefather and I got Motocross Madness 2 working in Windows XP virtual machines this week, using VMware Player 6 and our copies of XP we used to run before upgrading to Windows 7. It still has the overlay glitches, but they're more than doable so far. We have it working with both Logitech and Xbox controllers, and now just need to test the networking side of it.
It means some really great news for Friday Night Gamers to return to some nostalgic MCM action!!!
Enjoy your Christmas, and we will see you at the races on Friday night!