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MULTIPLAYER Competition Server changes 1.6.5

Discussion in 'ACC Blog' started by Minolin, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. Minolin

    Minolin Staff Member KS Dev Team

    Starting today, we've changed the known cycle to the CP server schedule. A quick summary:

    1) Strict cycle

    We now run a simple, reliable cycle of all known tracks baked into one sequence. Their appearance is based on the date of the last official race (usually the 2020 season, or e.g. 2018 for Zolder).

    Starting with the first january of each year, the sequence is:
    Code:
    mount_panorama
    laguna_seca
    zolder
    silverstone
    monza
    imola
    misano
    suzuka
    nurburgring
    hungaroring
    zandvoort
    barcelona
    paul_ricard
    kyalami
    spa
    
    So far DLC tracks had a special treatment, but with the growing number of extra tracks this is becoming too complicated.


    2) Reduced random track usage

    Until now, we simply ran random track conditions every 2nd day. While the usage numbers indicate there is no clear preference between fixed and random tracks, the appearance of more and more DLC tracks lead to the problem of running vanilla tracks overproportionally often.
    Additionally, both the 2019 and 2020 BoP are very good and already take care of the #1 reason for the random track approach: we do expect to see a healthy car variety anyways, so it is not necessary to keep the random tracks anymore.

    As it is a nice mode that definitively asks for different skills and has its fans, we will offer one "random track" day per month. Instead of "every 2nd day" it is moving to "every 5th of the month".


    3) Advanced weather settings

    After quite rainy CP server settings for a few weeks, we now introduced a more elaborate structure based on probabilities and server split:

    30%: the weather scenario we've seen during the past weeks. Highly dynamic with a good chance for dry weather, but the possibility to turn into a medium rain sequence that will favor wet tyre compounds.
    Inside those 30%, the splits 1 is able to roll the dice for a cold race weekend with strong gravity to medium rain with 5% chance, and the wet setup is the safe bet.

    70%: more traditional CP server weather: high chance for sunshine and dry; but changes are quite possible. if it rains, it will be more of a quick shower in the light rain bracket.
    Inside here, splits 1+2 are able to hit a 5% chance for a comparably hot race weekend (dry, blue sky) where tyre temperatures will be something you want to manage.


    4) BrGT track integration
    To offer a track sequence that won't quickly change in few months, we already added placeholders for the BrGT DLC tracks into the current CP server schedule, replacing them with random track days. They will turn into the corresponding DLC tracks on release day, without changing the rest of the calendar.


    5) json file
    Given the rules above, it should be possible to create a calendar already. For reference, see the attached cpCalendar.json file that contains December 2020 and the year 2021. Modders and content creators offering CP calendar views can use this file to validate their prediction.
     

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  3. gijzijtdood

    gijzijtdood Rookie

    Why did the start hour change from 7pm to 8pm? Now I can't do CP races anymore :(
     
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  4. SimonTemplar

    SimonTemplar Rookie

    I'm in EU and all of a sudden ACC seems to think I'm in the US region? Did I do something wrong?
     
  5. gijzijtdood

    gijzijtdood Rookie

    you should have voted for Trump :D
     
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  6. SimonTemplar

    SimonTemplar Rookie

    It fixed itself overnight, hopefully it stays that way.
     
  7. Dewald Nel

    Dewald Nel Simracer

    Normally it's due to your PC time being incorrect, it probably auto updated when you started your PC today.
     
  8. Dewald Nel

    Dewald Nel Simracer

    This is great, I hated random - join and it's most likely <insert worst tracks here>, at least they're a lot fewer now.

    Will do a few more CP races now for sure.
     
  9. CWZCJ

    CWZCJ Rookie

    Please put the CP time back to previous, it is 1 hour late I can’t do CP racing.
     
  10. gijzijtdood

    gijzijtdood Rookie

    CP server of 8pm didn't work. The counter didn't start. It was Imola split 2/5
     
  11. Frankenstoner

    Frankenstoner Rookie

    Yeah this seems to be happening pretty often in the last days.. It's really annoying.. :(
     
  12. anthonylroy

    anthonylroy Hardcore Simmer

    Same for me
     
  13. gijzijtdood

    gijzijtdood Rookie

    @Minolin
    Again not able to join CP server. 20.00PM
    Registered, but when I try to join the game just flicks back to the main screen!
    What is going on Guys????
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2020
  14. Tried to to my first CP race two days ago but the race never started. Everyone left, time did not start, no one could leave the pits. Its frustrating
     
  15. menos | M6

    menos | M6 Hardcore Simmer

    Sometimes during work on a server, updates do take some time to work on and get to full running condition.
    Give the devs some slack guys.

    If you experience repeated issues like this just leave a really short and matter of fact description with an appropriate ticket in the support section (don't forget to attach your logs per the instructions - only with logs will you provide useful information).
    These tickets will likely stay unanswered but can hold valuable information for the devs who may be working on the server.

    Don't be frustrated.
    If the CP works, great, if it doesn't just jump on one of the public servers and race there or even better make sure you have your calendar planned out with regular league races and single endurance events and enjoy what ACC is best at.
    If that doesn't work, just set up a proper fully simulated race weekend and race the AI. There is always racing to do in ACC.

    ACC is still a continuously improving product and we keep receiving gifts from the devs, so be nice and treat people online like you would treat real people around you.
     
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  16. Minolin

    Minolin Staff Member KS Dev Team

    We've had a bugfix that wouldn't work as intended; I'll deploy it in a minute so today's CP servers should be good again
     
  17. Captain Barracuda

    Captain Barracuda Hardcore Simmer

    Did the bugfix include an Australian CP server, or at least some races on the US CP that are suitable for our timezone?
     
  18. quelus

    quelus Rookie

    This is the greatest change you could have done for ACC.
    I am sure many players will appreciate this.
    Finally, dear God, thank you.
     
  19. Yisus

    Yisus Gamer

    @Minolin do you have participation stats about race lenght and %drivers running? Is there any chance to share some data with us? At least talking about percentage of users who have raced in CP servers order by CET Time would be great to have a look. :)

    I think you could offer a daily race about 90 min lenght, maintaining the classic ones with 45 and 60 mins. :D (I have not seen the numbers but people will love to get the chance to inscribe in that posibility)
     
  20. schumivr

    schumivr Rookie

    I am in the US and for the last few days I am seeing region EU! And the times are also messed up. Is this a bug? Do I have to config something?
     
  21. nfsw55

    nfsw55 Hardcore Simmer

    Instead of the 2h race, which was scheduled for today, I see two 1h races, one at 8pm and 10pm each, is this a bug or as designed?
     

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