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Where can I find a guide to the multiplayer server listings?

Discussion in 'ACC General Discussions' started by Colechops, Aug 1, 2021.

  1. Colechops

    Colechops Rookie

    Can someone please tell me where to find a guide to the multiplayer server list? I'm using PC if that makes a difference.

    In other words, when I look at the list of public multiplayer servers, how can I find out information like the times when practice, qualifying and racing will take place? When the list says "Q 2'/ 15'", it's probably something to do with qualifying, but what exactly does it mean? What is the funny looking little orange bar chart that appears on some listings (these are the kinds of things I'd like to kn0w)

    Some stuff is pretty self explanatory, like "requirements: SA 50" seems to mean I need safety rating 50+ to join, but a load of other stuff isn't explained for folks new to ACC multiplayer (like me). I've tried searching on Google and in these forums, but I can't find anything that explains how to interpret the listings or how to know what time a race is due to start - is someone able to direct me to a useful resource?

    I want to ease myself into multiplayer online racing in a friendly, respectful way, so I'd like to have a pretty good idea of what's going on before joining a race.

    Thanks :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2021

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  3. Ecnelis

    Ecnelis Hardcore Simmer

    "Q 2'/ 15'" - Qali is 15 minutes long, it's in progress and it has been running for two minutes already (13 minutes left + waiting time). It's the same thing with the race session.

    Orange bar - weather randomness, or something like that. Higher bar - higher chance for challenging weather, like rain.
     
  4. Colechops

    Colechops Rookie

    Thanks :)

    If it hasn’t already started, how can I tell when the whole session is due to start? I can’t see anything in the listings - what am I missing?
     
  5. Colechops

    Colechops Rookie

    And is there somewhere that actually explains all of this? There aren’t even any tooltips – I would have thought there’s some explanation somewhere.
     
  6. Ecnelis

    Ecnelis Hardcore Simmer

    There is no countdown to next sessions on servers list.

    Just look at time left in previous session. You can also add one or two minutes of waiting time... or more, it depends on server settings.
     
  7. Colechops

    Colechops Rookie

    Thanks :)

    I guess I’ll find out more of how it works by just jumping in and having a go.
     
  8. Oblit0r

    Oblit0r Alien

  9. Thomas Fun

    Thomas Fun Simracer

  10. Colechops

    Colechops Rookie

    Thanks for the replies – I guess where Kunos leave some stuff unexplained, the community provides the help that’s needed :)

    I’ll check out those links.

    > it's pretty self explanatory

    I reckon it’s self explanatory if you’re already familiar with it. What the cloud with rain icon means – I think I can work that out easily; “Q 2’/12’” needs a little more help ;)
     
  11. Oblit0r

    Oblit0r Alien

    upload_2021-8-2_18-28-38.png

    Lobby name:
    upload_2021-8-2_18-28-59.png

    Sessions:
    upload_2021-8-2_18-29-18.png
    Free Practice 1 = 2 minutes
    Qualifying = 15 minutes
    Race (current session, highlighted in white) = 20 minutes
    The race hasn't started yet, that's why it just shows '20' and there's no '19/20', for example. Maybe they're waiting to grid or are on the formation lap.

    When a session is in progress:
    upload_2021-8-2_18-31-1.png
    R 8 / 20 means there's 8 minutes left in the race session.

    Requirements to join the lobby:
    upload_2021-8-2_18-32-7.png

    upload_2021-8-2_18-32-29.png
    Not allowed to join race session whilst in progress.
    This is only for the Race session, all other sessions you can join whilst they're in progress.
    Most lobbies have this turned off, meaning you can join most races mid session. If you do join a race that's in progress, you will get a 2 minute countdown timer preventing you from leaving the pits.

    Wet race at night with variable weather:
    upload_2021-8-2_18-39-43.png
    If no variability icon is shown, it means weather is fixed.

    upload_2021-8-2_18-40-34.png
    -Track name
    -Season number (different seasons have a different balance of performance)
    -Mixed means you can choose GT3/GT4/Super Trofeo and Porsche Cup

    Above the server list you can select which class you want to race.
    upload_2021-8-2_18-42-38.png

    upload_2021-8-2_18-43-55.png
    -You can select to only show the servers you are eligible to join by clicking 'Accessible'. This will filter out servers with requirements that you don't meet, and possibly also DLC you don't own.
    -Select ping limit.
    -Sort by amount of drivers or ping.


    Personal tip:
    Forget about ALL of the settings in the 'Advanced' tab. They barely work if they work at all. Just open the server browser and sort by amount of drivers. Then just scroll and look for a track you want to join.
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2021
  12. Ecnelis

    Ecnelis Hardcore Simmer

    You are right. I got confised by my latest sprint racing with very short sessions... And I'm still a bit confused: there are even 3-minutes time difference between servers list and the real time left on server (for example: "Race 14/20", I jump straight into server and... over 16 minutes of racing left). Strange.
     
  13. Colechops

    Colechops Rookie

    @oblitor wow! That’s very detailed and generous. Kunos should hire you to do their documentation :D
     
  14. Rogue Leader

    Rogue Leader Simracer

    I notice that all the time. I'll jump into a session with like Q2/15 and there will be anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes remaining.
     
  15. It never was quite accurate, unfortunately. Same for information at the loading screens while joining the the session.
     
  16. Rogue Leader

    Rogue Leader Simracer

    Good point, I would say 99% of the sessions that I have been in that showed rain on the loading screen were bright sunny days.
     
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  17. pankykapus

    pankykapus KS Dev Team Staff Member KS Dev Team

    There's rain on the loading screen if the server weather has rain bias, i.e. it's guaranteed to rain if the clouds move above a certain threshold. But the rest of the weather settings can still prevent it.
     
  18. Thomas Fun

    Thomas Fun Simracer

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  19. budgetek

    budgetek Gamer

    I also recommend not to use the refresh button in server list. In my case 99% of the servers dissaper from the list after pressing this magic button
     

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