5th July 2024 v0.52.0

Release: Dialling it to 11! Game Speed Increase!

Dialling it to 11! Release graphic.
Release: Dialling it to 11! Game Speed Increase!

Or rather, 11.4%... faster. As has been on the top of the Member Wish List for some time, the game has now been accelerated to work at a speed of 8 game days to 1 real day from the previous 7 days per real day. I’m testing out a small increase for now to see how it works out and will keep any future increases in review. This also sets some of the groundwork for the planned Turbo, round-based, game mode.

To most people, this basically means more gameplay per real-life day. This applies to both free players and members alike.

This accelerated game speed affects a number of things, such as:

  • Game Time / Money / Overtime regeneration.
  • Classifieds: NPC, Player & Job adverts will now expire more quickly, meaning that the classifieds will effectively refresh a little quicker.
  • MotorNation citizens will buy player vehicles a little quicker, since time is running faster.
  • Estate Agent rentals will bill a little quicker in reality.

Some things won't change:

  • Race Scheduling. Since the scheduling is based on real-life time.

In-game Member Update Improvements!

Member Updates are now more directly incorporated in-game through a new tab on the News page in-game. This helps set the stage for two things:

  1. A Unified Member Update system. Member updates will be published in-game, with a summary with a link posted to 3rd party platforms like Ko-fi and Patreon. Why? It means I can post updates more quickly and easily, avoiding the need to reformat posts for different platforms.
  2. Direct Membership Payments become more feasible, requiring less dependence on other platforms if people choose it.

It also addresses an issue that came to light a little while ago, where annual Ko-fi members lost access to supporter posts after a certain length of time. This was never my intention, and whilst member updates were always available in the forum - albeit with less formatting, I nevertheless apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused!

Classified Tweaks

In addition to the benefits mentioned above due to the game speed increase, classifieds have also been improved in the following ways:

  • After a lot of reflection, the max sell price has been reduced when selling in the classifieds by 5%. This will promote more affordable vehicle choice in the classifieds.
  • Increased number of NPC classified vehicle adverts by 15%.
  • Fractionally reduced repair costs for many vehicles.
  • Slightly increased the profitability of repaired vehicles sold around average price.
  • Fixed a potential classifieds exploit.
  • Incorporated a system to help protect the classifieds against abuse.
  • Fixed an issue with classified job display.

Please note that there is much more planned for this, but as always, changes have to be balanced with the many, many, others.

In the meantime, if you’d like to see more cars in the classifieds, then one of the best ways to help is to get more common UK market models through the Members Choice Polls. These help pad out the classifieds, reduce duplicates and make them more realistic.

New Contribute Section

Whilst there are far bigger plans for this, I've now added a Contribute section in-game to give some guidelines for vehicle photo and statistic submissions for those that wish to do so.

Hopefully, this will shed some light as to what will and won’t likely get included in the game - thank you!

Want to know more about the game and its development? Member’s get the inside track with exclusive member updates! Every contribution matters, with membership starting at just £2.50 a month! (when paid yearly)

Don't miss out on the full experience!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.51.11:

  • Added missing flag for Poland.
  • Joining unlimited races now warns of max class as being U rather than S.
  • Added vehicle class to player news entries for non-uniquely named single race series.
  • Added two own vehicle submissions to the list.
  • Slight tweak to home page emoji spacing.
  • Improved accuracy of real-time vs. game-time calculations.
  • Platform upgrades.

6th June 2024 v0.51.11

Gold Members VIII & Members Choice XXIII Packs!

Gold Member Pack VIII!
Gold Member Pack VIII!
Members Choice XXIII Pack!
Members Choice XXIII Pack!

Like buses, two vehicle packs are coming out at once this time around! The 8th Gold Member Pack and the 23rd Members Choice Pack. These packs feature vehicles belonging to and those that have been chosen by members of the community, respectively.

Gold Members VIII Pack

  • 2000 BWL E30 2.9d SE:

    Putting a diesel engine in a refined executive saloon may have been seen as sacrilegious only a decade prior. But by the turn of the century, the engines were getting more refined. With plenty of torque and improved MPG, they continued to win fans for years to come.

  • 1994 Jeppi Chalakee 4.0 Sport 4x4:

    This generation was more compact than its predecessor but offered improvements in many areas. The chunky American styling will be a tempting prospect for those looking for something a bit different.

  • 1983 Prosher Typ 92 2.0 Lux:

    Created originally as part of a joint project between two major German marques, this model made an affordable entry into the illustrious brand at a fraction of the cost.

  • 1999 Nesson Slither 2.0 R Aero:

    Whilst only sold new in Japan, previous domestic models assured there was plenty of demand back in the UK. The R Aero version furthered its sporting credentials as it fully embraced the now maturing JDM scene.

The following vehicles were also updated:

  • Minor revisions to 1988 Prosher Typ 94 2.5 Turbo.
  • Added additional member owned picture for 2000 Matsurza SP-5 1.8i S.

Members Choice XXIII Pack

  • 2000 Crystal PG Carousel 2.4:

    Another Y2K era, retro throwback. This time, more unusually, the styling is adorning a practical family 'wagon. Loved and derided in equal measure, it is nonetheless pretty unique and unlike many other controversial designs, its retro looks haven't dated beyond the obvious.

  • 1999 Prosher Typ 91 3.6 CG3:

    Preparing for the 21st century, the classic design was sharpened up for the new millennium. This one is one of the lightweight variants, but don't worry, the fried-egg headlights survived.

  • 1982 Lancrossi OCG 2.0 Stradale:

    Somehow looking even more bonkers than its sport car like predecessor, and just before the 4WD revolution, the rally version of this car became the final rear wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship.

  • 1961 Jacquard Mark-E 3.8 OTS:

    Regarded by some as one of the most beautiful cars ever made, this car certainly made waves when it launched in the early 1960s and it didn't stop there. It remained relevant past its replacement and even found a new cultural purpose in the late 90s. Shagadelic baby, yeah!

  • 1980 Fitalia ABF 0.65 De Ville:

    (Bonus) Created by the Italians as a replacement for its 1950s predecessor and then lovingly adopted as a people's car in Poland where it earnt the nickname "Maluch". It stayed in production for an impressive 28 years.

Shop Page Revisions!

Following feedback, the shop has now been updated to help lay out membership options and merchandise in a clearer manner!

Discord Moderator Update

Following the recent Discord moderator recruitment round, which made use of a new “Vacancies” area on the website, I’d like to welcome two new Discord moderators: jm930 & leond__!

Many thanks to everyone who applied. There were far more applicants than I expected and I am very grateful to everyone who offered - thank you!

I would also like to extend a big thank you to outrun1986, for their efforts in moderating the server and all their many other efforts to date.

Previously provided as part of a Member Update.

Development Roadmap Task Count

To aid transparency, and to show how much work is planned and indeed logged, I now plan to periodically update an outstanding task count on the development roadmap page:

This also gives an incredibly simplified metric to show whether the work coming in is greater than the work going out. “Spoiler alert” – it is, with it currently sitting at about 650 tasks.

Previously provided as part of a Member Update.

Want to know more about the game and its development? Member’s get the inside track with exclusive member updates! Every contribution matters, with membership starting at just £2.50 a month! (when paid yearly)

Don't miss out on the full experience!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.51.0:

  • Improvements to news post system.
  • Additional optimisations to vehicle creation process.
  • Fixed a performance bug related to the Player Overview page.
  • Created new Shop page.
  • Simplified and re-worked membership page.
  • Fixed an issue with new memberships matching the wrong account when having a non-distinct username.
  • Added outstanding tasks count to development roadmap.
  • Updated sustainability metrics & development roadmap.
  • Moved News menu links on public site to just below screenshots.
  • Changed text from Create Your Account! to Create Your Free Account!
  • Set cap for max. number of new express courier jobs.
  • Fixed mileage pay appearing for temporary jobs when it shouldn't.
  • Minor addendum to correct typos in recent new set of terms and conditions.
  • Platform upgrades.
  • Added two user car submissions.

4th April 2024 v0.51.0
New Job, Member's Choice & Tweaks Galore!

Plenty to cover in this big release, so let's get started!

Version 0.51 Release image
Version 0.51 Release!
Members Choice Pack XXII image
Including: Members Choice XXII Release!
New Job & Temp Job Changes

New Express Courier Job with a new mileage rate paying perk! This job is for large panel vans only and covers more mileage than the other van jobs!

Other Changes:

  • Job Centre working days are now saved automatically.
  • Clarity improvements to the displaying of body subtype restrictions in classified jobs.
  • Can now specify the general vehicle size for jobs.
  • Fixed: Ice cream vans can no longer do "Man With A Van" jobs. Keeping the doors open would melt the ice cream.
  • Classified Temp Jobs: Consolidated code for payout calculations.
Members Choice Pack XXII!
  • 1998 Portsmouth Poacher 3.5:
    A love of 1930s hot rods brought about a distinctive and brave design. No one would ever accuse you of being boring driving one of these!
  • 2000 Locust Elisje 1.8:
    Take a lightweight sports car and turn it into a track car for the road.
  • 1997 Mazeroni Giburi 2.0 Cup:
    The road-going version of an open cup racing series car. Featuring the highest output per litre of any street car at the time!
  • 1984 Rheanol 15 1.4 Maxi Turbo:
    Another exuberant road-going special from the famed mid-80s rally series!
  • 1991 Clautzia V16T 6.0:
    (Bonus) Born in the 80s, released in the 90s. Dialing 1980s excess to 11 with dual rows of pop-up headlights, big vents a traditional supercar wedge profile!
Vehicle Data Corrections & New Photos

Following feedback from the community, I have updated a variety of the vehicles in-game. There are still many to do, and it will take time, but thank you to those that submitted these!

  • Added new photos for 1982 Verdhent Astrum 1.3 GL and updated stats.
  • Corrected photo and updated cargo capacity for 1989 BWL C18 1.8i
  • Updated cargo capacity of 1977 Verdhent Chivalry 1.6 GL
  • Updated cargo capacity of 2000 Jacquard JS-8
  • Updated cargo capacity of Mitsalithi Celtic 2000 1.6 GLS, 1996 1.3 GLX & 1987 1.5 GLX
  • Updated cargo capacity of Verdhent Nouvelle hatchbacks and saloons
  • Updated cargo capacity of Virvlo P74 and P76
  • Corrected stats of 1996 Marque-Denizen Spinner TD.
  • Updates to vans: Minor name changes and body style data changes.
  • Fixed 1976 Fitalia ACA 2.0 Armando Rally vehicle category.
  • Corrected name and updated stats for 2000 Mitsalithi Lender 2.0 Evo VI Rallisport Edition.
New Vacancies Area & Recruiting for a new Discord Moderator!

A new section of the website has been created to allow me to advertise vacant positions, such as those for new Discord moderators!

Anti-Cheat Improvements
  • Began automated multiple account detection triage.
  • Begin creating an infraction system.
  • Fixed a bug with multiple account checking.
Development Roadmap

Added a section for covering when the next bigger release is approximately scheduled.

Income Goal Progress!

I'm pleased to report that the game now appears to be consistently meeting the 3rd income goal! Whilst this feels like a very long time coming now, it is a big relief to finally start to get some of my financial freedom back. Thank you to all current and past members for making this happen!

I will keep working hard to maintain this and to try and make the 4th income goal a reality as the game increasingly approaches sustainability!

I cover this in more detail in the recent member update!

Usability Improvements
  • Standard vehicle details now show cargo capacity and full body style.
  • Updated map and screenshots for login / screenshot buttons on the main site.
  • Re-worked classified jobs page to work better on mobile devices.
  • Tweaks to news page when displayed on mobile devices.
  • "Please login" link on logged out page replaced with a button.
  • Improved displaying of part size selector on mobile devices.
  • Minor tweaks to the single race event's menu.
  • Tweaks to the main home page.
  • Mobile view screenshots now appear on the main site on mobile devices.
  • Updated some "login" references to "log in" where relevant.
  • Additional note added to account reset page.
  • Added a link to the terms and conditions from the membership FAQ page.
Membership Boosting!

Added the ability to apply membership boosts. More will be announced about this in the future!

Help Section Improvements
  • Added new steps to tutorial discussing the temp. job system.
  • Various improvements to tutorial steps.
  • Re-worked basics help page and re-vamped "back" buttons for help section pages.
  • Re-working help contents page.
Terms & Conditions / Rules / Privacy Policy Update

A revised set of terms & conditions and privacy policy are also being released today. These are designed to be easier to read, give more clarity, remove some ambiguities and help pave the way for the future. As usual, the minimum amount of data is used to run the game and associated services.

If you'd like to know more about the game and its development, then please consider becoming a member and getting the inside track on what's coming up in the future! It all makes a difference and costs from as little as £2.50 a month! (when paid yearly)

Don't miss out on the full experience!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.50.10:
  • Updated the T&Cs and privacy policy.
  • User vehicle submission.
  • Various improvements to the game testing framework.
  • Various and much code re-factoring and improvements across many areas of the game.
  • Fixed issue with vehicles appearing multiple times when viewing players which own multiple vehicles of the same type.
  • Fixed a bug with forum bans.
  • Sustainability metrics have now been updated for April 2024 national living wage and senior developer salary projection.
  • Added note to sustainability page, covering family and life commitment constraints.
  • Updated sustainability metrics & development roadmap.
  • Platform upgrades.

25th Jan 2024 v0.50.10
Small Tweaks & Artistic Sheets!

Welcome to 2024! Just a small update this time round, and I also wanted to share some festive artwork created on the community Discord server during the festive break!

Player Challenge Wager Limits for Newer Players

For players who have accounts less than 28 days old the following player challenge wager limits will now apply:

  • Player accounts less than 14 days old: Max. £50 wagers.
  • Player accounts less than 28 days old: Max. £100 wagers.
  • Player accounts 28 days or older: Max. £200 wagers as before.

These changes have been made as part of the ongoing anti-cheat measures. This will also help protect newer players from unwittingly losing too much money in unfair challenges.

MotorNation Christmas / End of Year Fan-work Event

Credit to one of our Discord moderators, outrun1986, for holding an impromptu event over the festive holidays! With the basic premise being:

"In this event you can submit fan-made work of anything MotorNation related, such as your garage, cars going racing, the signature Ford Capri, heck - maybe even put Wrenchy in there."

Artwork by Maverick74!
Hot Rod / Dragster, artwork by Maverick74!
Artwork by StygiantheDrake!
Synchronised Drift, artwork by StygiantheDrake!

Thanks also to Discord user shaditoes for also submitting the amusing piece called "Wrenchy gets a dui in an au falcon"! Unfortunately, I've not heard back about posting it here, but why not take a look in the Discord thread!

Main Priority & Next Member Update!

Following on from the member update last year, the main priority for the time being will be getting the mobile app ready. There is continued strong demand for this (the game is still playable via mobile web browsers too!) and I absolutely need to make the game sustainable. This will be a major milestone in achieving this!

On the subject of member updates, the next one will likely go out in the next couple of weeks. This will give more details; what changes I am making for 2024 and likely (since I often get carried away) much more!

With new membership perks being regularly added, there has never been a better time to join! It all makes a difference and costs from as little as £2.50 a month! (when paid yearly)

Don't miss out on the full experience!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.50.0:
  • Corrected name and updated stats for 2000 Mitsalithi Lender 2.0 Evo VI Rallisport Edition.
  • Slight tweaks to bailiff script logging as part of anti-cheat measures.
  • Fixed current year appearing twice when viewing a previous year on the public news page.
  • Updated sustainability metrics & development roadmap.
  • Platform upgrades.

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