News
23/12/2021 v0.28.0
Bumper Christmas Release!

As we begin to say goodbye to 2021... I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (fingers crossed) by releasing some significant changes to the game. Now as is often the case, there is a lot more to come but the following begins addressing one of the most significant aspects holding back the game, no not the class system (although there are plans for this in the new year!) - the scalability of the game going forwards as the player base grows.

I will be covering how the game has done in the past year and what is planned for next year in a member's exclusive post either tonight or tomorrow. However, without further ado here is this release details:

Single Race Improvements!
  • Split up Special Events into the different types! Allowing for easier & more granular navigation.
  • Three Wheels On My Wagon! MotorNations premier racing series for vehicles with only 3 wheels!
  • Special events now always appear, increasing capacity by approx. 60% and allowing people to setup vehicles for specific events at any time.
  • Added test track to run what you brung event track rota
  • General re-working due to special event changes
Classified Improvements!
  • Initial car viewing is now an enquiry rather than a visit! Taking far less time and no money.
  • New Job - Airport Taxi! Take people and their clobber on their package holidays!
  • Classifieds now supports multiple job pages! This opens the doors for a wider variety of jobs going forwards
  • Increased number of classified jobs to 18
  • Further tweaks to classified advert photo appearances - Colour Ads now appear slightly washed out to reflect the simulated paper
  • Minor increase in the Classifieds paper noise effect
  • Fixed job page numbers in classified index
Members Choice Pack V!
  • 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood 8.2 Seventy-Five American land yachts don't get much bigger than this!
  • 1998 Lotus Elise 1.8 Lotus returning to its roots and doing what it does best - lightweight sports cars!
  • 1996 Nissan Stagea 2.6 260RS Autech Version Perfect for hauling the kids and engaging in Tokyo highway battles at the same time!
  • 1990 Land Rover Defender 2.5 110 LWB 200 Tdi A British institution on wheels.
  • 1996 Toyota Starlet 1.3 Sportif Providing reliable transport for octogenarians for many years!
  • 1996 Toyota Hi-Ace 2.4 D PowerVan S SWB Great for trades people of all types. Paint splatters on the rear optional.
  • Bonus! 1996 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Harlequin! Celebrating the 350th vehicle in the game! For when you can't decide what colour you want your car to be, simply choose ALL.
Support Portal Improvements!
  • Added Membership FAQ page to Support Portal
  • Support Portal is now categorised

I will be taking some holidays over the Christmas / New Year so development will mostly pause then. I will continue to monitor the game, perform any hotfixes as necessary and perform admin as usual during this period.

The past year has been fantastic, but I have worked incredibly hard so I am looking forward to some well deserved rest!

And as a final reminder, I will be sending out a Member Update shortly! Otherwise, I wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Thank you for playing MotorNation!

Andrew T.

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1.49 a month! Those joining and maintaining their membership during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.26.12:
  • Can now record build numbers, domestic markets for vehicles and the number of wheels!
  • Added more snow to logo!
  • Fixed winter mobile MotorNation logo being taller than original
  • Updated development roadmap & sustainability metrics
  • Fixed bug when trying to enquire about advert with insufficient time
  • Fixed error accessing adverts with invalid ids
  • Fixed exploit where you could buy a car directly via classifieds without travelling
  • Slight improvements to single race back end to assist with testing and debugging
  • Fixed new special events not switching between tracks like they should have
  • Given Quotex the title of 'Contributor' in the forum for sterling services to vehicle stats and photos! A big thank you!
  • Added titles to diamond and platinum emojis
  • Made it easier to include and update text where individual image attributions for images cannot be feasibly directly given.

13/12/2021 v0.26.12
Gold Member Pack II!

I am pleased to announce the release of the second Gold Member Vehicle Pack featuring six vehicles owned, or previously owned, by the generous members of our community! They are:

  • 1997 BMW M3 3.2 i Evolution
  • 1996 Chevrolet Impala 5.7 SS
  • 1998 Eagle Talon 2.0 TSi
  • 1998 Isuzu Rodeo 3.2 LSE
  • 1995 Nissan Pathfinder 3.0 SE
  • 1982 Opel Rekord 2.0 S

If you are not a Gold Member or above but would like your vehicle including them please take a look at the Membership page for details about becoming a Gold Member (or above)!

If you are a Gold Member and have previously submitted your vehicle then it is likely to be in the next pack! If you have submitted more that one vehicle, or different versions of it, then they have been put on a reserve list to hopefully include at a future date!

Please Note: This is not the same thing as the Members Choice Voted Vehicle Packs!

Special Event Tweaks & Middleweight Race

Following the release of the previous special events, the following tweaks were made following community feedback:

  • Introduction of a new Middleweight Special Event for vehicles over 1300KG
  • Increased min weight for Heavyweight series to 1600KG
  • Amended American Muscle series to be 3 doors or less

I am aware that the special events, or at least the new ones, don't appear to be switching between tracks like they should. I aim to rectify this in the near future. For example the American Muscle race should not always be on the drag strip!

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1.49 a month! Those joining and maintaining their membership during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.26.9:
  • Began adding some infrastructure for player preferences
  • Added 2 new manufacturers
  • Added new engine type
  • Own Car Submission link now only appears when logged into the game
  • Updated game sustainability
  • Hotfix for operand type error for new race restrictions

03/12/2021 v0.26.9
Heavyweights, Muscle Cars & Hot Hatch Classics

I'm pleased to announce the following new special events that have been released into the game! They will appear periodically in the special events section, but this is more likely as I have increased the number from 7 to 10.

  • Heavyweight Face-off: A special event for cars that pack a punch in both performance and weight.
  • American Muscle: There is no replacement for displacement, prove your big-block is the most tricked out of them all.
  • 80s Hot-hatch Showdown: Put on your sunglasses and put your favourite cassette in, it's time to see which classic hot hatch is the top dog.

There will be further changes to the special events in the coming weeks and I plan to do a Member Update early next week. For now, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Auto-refuelling Improvements

Various improvements have been made to the way the auto-refuelling is handled in the game:

  • News items are now more description, correct and useful
  • Auto re-fuelling can put in smaller amounts of fuel when player has little money
  • Fixed a bug with auto-refuelling calculations
  • Auto re-fuel now only posts news item on success

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1.49 a month! Those joining and maintaining their membership during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.26.2:
  • Added new image licence types
  • Added 4WD as a drivetrain option
  • Added Christmas banner and car animation
  • Development roadmap progress bars now show a percentage
  • Players can now have a max of 5 received and outstanding challenges
  • Various tweaks to classified advert format
  • Fixed vehicle naming and created bespoke advert title mechanism
  • Downgraded state of the nation update so it looks as it did before
  • Fixed non-members being incorrectly thanked for previous support
  • Further work supporting the formatting of player names

24/11/2021 v0.26.2
Members Car Pack IV, Image Attributions & Mugs!

So, there's a lot to cover in this news update! A summary is provided below and members have been given additional details via a members update as to why some of the below was essential for the future of the game as well as other potential opportunities!

Members Car Pack IV

Slightly later than planned due to delays caused by the image attributions, but it's here!

  • 1985-1989 Bedford Astra Van
  • 1970-1973 Datsun 240Z
  • 1971-1973 Datsun 240ZG
  • 1998-1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V RS450 Ralliart
  • 1969-1975 NSU Ro 80
  • 1998-2000 TVR Cerbera Speed Six 4.0
  • 1996-2000 TVR Cerbera Speed Eight 4.2
  • 1997-2000 TVR Cerbera Speed Eight 4.5

As usual there may be minor specification or year differences due to what I was able to find and a big thanks to all members for participating in the poll and the next poll will be starting very shortly! A big thanks also to those that helped provide details / photos for the above vehicles!

Image Attributions

It is now possible to attribute images used in the game, this is very much still a work in progress but provides the essential capability to credit images as appropriate and provides a distinction to which images are licenced and which are place holder images which may be replaced at a later date.

This will be critical to the future of the game, should allow more images to be included and provide credit where due. As usual if there are any objections to images used within the game by the relevant copyright holder, then they will be removed.

More details about this can be found within the updated Terms & Conditions.

MotorNation Merch!

MotorNation now has official branded items available in the Redbubble shop!

If you drink liquids then there are now mugs available! Available in standard or tall varieties! If you like covering things in stickers or magnets, there are those too!

More products are planned as well in future, so keep an eye out if you are interested!

Development Roadmap & Sustainability page

As per the banner adorning some of the key pages of the website, is an updated State of the Nation post which gives an overview of the new Development Roadmap & Game Sustainability pages! (you need to be logged in to access them)

These show how the game is progressing and how secure the future of the game is. More insight is available to members. See the membership page for more details!

Classified UI Improvements

It is now possible to browse the classifieds from start to finish and back again using the 'page curls' at the bottom of the page! The mottling effect is now visible on all pages, making the classified vehicle adverts look distinctly more authentic then they did before!

More changes are planned for this, this is just the beginning.

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1.49 a month! Those joining and maintaining their membership during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.23.17:
  • Updated development roadmap and game sustainability metrics
  • Updated site terms and conditions with a slight tweak to the privacy policy
  • Various behind the scenes improvements to the car adding process to enable image attributions
  • Increased default spacing in player garage to aid touch screens and increase consistency
  • Various backend improvements and refactoring
  • Tiny tweak to tiny car image on a certain mobile resolution
  • Fixed next page curl appearing too far off the edge of the page across different resolutions
  • Implemented player challenge sending limits
  • Minor formatting improvements on forum
  • Minor improvements to help pages
  • Changes to membership page formatting and inclusion of roadmap perks
  • Added initial multiple account detection script (no action taken - yet)

27/10/2021 v0.23.17
Job System Tweaks & General Improvements!
Job System Balance Tweaks

Following player feedback, I am pleased to announce the following tweaks to the job system:

  • Taken jobs are now re-populated straight away after one is consumed
  • Un-taken classified jobs now get snapped up by citizens faster
  • Slightly reduced variance in taxi job pay-outs
  • Slight buff to chauffeur base pay
  • Buff to pizza job base pay and reduced variance in pay-outs
  • Buffs to base pay for Curry, Chinese and Tofu delivery jobs

Please note that there are still many other improvements planned!

Members Choice Car Pack IV Voting has now closed!

The latest members car pack poll has now closed and the next one is now open, so if you are a member - ready your nominations if you haven't already! The next poll will close at midnight on 21st November 2021!

The results from the latest poll are:

  • 1980s Bedford Astra 1.3 L Van
  • 1972 Datsun 240Z
  • 1996 TVR Cerbera
  • 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V RS450 Ralliart
  • 1971 NSU Ro80

These are planned to be added to the game in the next 2-4 weeks.

Other Improvements
  • Improvements to car list, you must now select a manufacturer
  • Added note to head-to-head races making it more obvious that some tracks are far away and can take a lot of fuel to travel
  • Petrol station now reports if you don't have enough money to re-fuel
  • Fixed a bug where auto-refuel was using an outdated fuel price per litre
  • Fixed rental renewal issue where active but overdue rentals were ignored
  • Added confirmation when quick selling cars
  • The game now thanks lapsed members for their previous support
  • Added forum boards for car clubs and help discussions

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1.49 a month! Those joining and maintaining their membership during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.23.9:
  • Added platinum and diamond icons on forum threads and who's online pages
  • During races it now re-checks the player car to help guard against duplicate re-fuelling
  • Fixed car list not showing trim level
  • Further backend logging improvements
  • Improvements to code quality to tighten up the code and help reduce bugs going forwards

21/10/2021 v0.23.9
Members Choice Car Pack III & Race Payout Tweaks!

Slightly later than planned, but say hello to the latest member chosen* vehicles!

  • 1990 Bedford Rascal 1.0 Van
  • 1996 Ford Escort 2.0 RS Cosworth Luxury
  • 1998 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 CL 3dr
  • 1998 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 CL 5dr
  • 1995 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 GLX 3dr
  • 1998 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 TS
  • 1993 Suzuki Cappuccino

* There may be minor specification or year differences due to what I was able to find!

As usual a big thanks to all members for participating in the poll and a reminder that the next poll closes on the 24th October 2021! A big thanks also to those that helped provide details / photos for the above vehicles! I am currently looking into ways I can attribute contributions to the game which will also allow a greater variety of photos to be used - fingers crossed!

There have also been some minor amends to a few existing vehicles (see changelog) with more to come and some work has been started to address how the game handles larger vehicles such as vans as they are distinctly more top heavy compared to cars...

Lower Tier Single Race Payout Buff

I've made some tweaks to the payouts for the following:

  • Slightly increased payouts for F & E class Single Races
  • C Class and below single races now give payouts down to 12th postion, from 10th

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1.49 a month! Those joining and maintaining their membership during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.23.0:
  • Various backend enhancements to what data can be stored for vehicles
  • Fixed Citroen XM alternate pic being post-facelift, re-using other for now since unable to find replacement
  • Fixed Fiat X1/9 appearing as X19
  • Fixed Citroen CX being a hatch instead of a saloon
  • Added car list to help section
  • Added Discord link to site footer
  • Updated main home page
  • Implemented new basic membership price
  • Increased membership lapse grace period to help allow for payment delays
  • Fixed issue with player names when viewing another player
  • Hotfix for best times error (more in-depth fixes required for formatting issues)
  • Changes to forum player name formatting

11/10/2021 v0.23.0
Gold Member Pack I & Own Car Submissions

Formally announcing Gold Member Own Car Submissions and the first complete pack made of such vehicles!

How do the own car submissions work?

If you are a Gold Member (or above) you may submit your own car for inclusion into the game dependent on several requirements. For more details, please view the new Own Car Submission page! You can access it when logged into the game and accessing Support and then Own Car Submission.

Simply put, it is my way of saying thanks in addition to the other perks, to those voluntarily offering more support financially to the game. Without this support, the game is not sustainable, and I will have to divert my time elsewhere. This also allows people to effectively keep their vehicle 'alive' in some capacity in the game, even if the vehicle has long since been scrapped. Think of it as a digital car museum, perhaps.

Gold Member Pack I
  • '93/'95 Saturn SC2 1.9 Twin Cam
  • 1998 Skoda Felicia 1.3 LXi Estate
  • 1983 Honda Prelude 1.8 EX
  • 2000 Toyota RAV4 2.0 Giant
Basic Membership Price Increase

I will be increasing the basic membership from £1 a month to £1.49 a month for new sign-ups. This will not affect existing Members. The game has evolved a lot since I first set the basic member tier pricing last year(?) and I believe it now provides more value. Free players continue to have access to a lot of content; The game will however, need to shift to more new features being member exclusive to survive long term.

I will be making this change on Monday 18th October so I would advise that if you think you might like Membership, then it will not get any cheaper than at present!

The reasons are simple: I am self-employed, working hard and need money to live on. At present a lot of the standard membership is eaten up by the payment providers (nearly a third) and I feel that the game is well onto its way in providing reasonable value which with your support, will only increase. I would love to keep working on the game but I need the players help to let me do that!

There is however good news to both the new and existing members! With the price increasing, you will also gain slightly more votes in the Member polls! Increasing to 1.5 from 1 to be exact 🙂 Not much but it all adds up!

Thank you for your understanding and I very much appreciate the contribution from all existing members!

New Membership Tiers

As well as the changes to basic memberships I will be launching new higher tiers over the new couple of days which will for now be broadly in line with Gold Memberships in terms of benefits with the exception that such Members will gain additional voting power and a new, more exclusive name plate as a thank you. Existing Gold Members who have offered more than the minimum may qualify for an automatic upgrade to the next tier (at no additional cost) if they are not far off!

I plan to create a post to Members outlining how the game is fairing, as a follow-on from the "State Of The Nation" post very soon!

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! (£1.49 from 18th October) Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.22.0:
  • Jobs now show a numerical value for cargo capacity in addition to a description
  • Advanced vehicle stats show more details for cargo capacity where available
  • Slight buff to import car values
  • Added support portal
  • Removed body style requirement from chauffeur jobs as prestige requirement is enough
  • Man with van and takeaway jobs now have condition restrictions
  • Slight tweak to garage rental renewal message
  • MPVs can now do taxi work
  • Fixed error when viewing invalid player challenge
  • Log recording efficiency improvements to be used for multi-account detection
  • Added C class track day special event
  • Increased special events to 7
  • Slight increase to number of computer classified adverts
  • Locked accounts can no longer play the game
  • Introduction of medium length vehicle names
  • Improvements to short vehicle names
  • Went through the game fixing incorrect car years

27/09/2021 v0.22.0
Garage Rental is here!

Introducing a new member feature - Single Garage Rental!

Finding the next house upgrade a little hard to reach? This allows members to rent a garage for £50 per game month (approx. 4 real days) giving players an extra parking space - especially helpful in the early stages of the game and for those wanting a dedicated vehicle for doing jobs!

Members can cancel at any time via the Estate Agent providing they have a free parking space. Renewal is automatic and will be taken when the player has the relevant funds available. As in real life, it is often a good idea to leave some funds in reserve.

Please note that this isn't player owned dealerships / garages - this will be something that will be coming (likely much) later.

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.21.3:
  • Added new estate agent front page with buy and rent options
  • Fixed error when people try to view another players car that doesn't exist
  • Added note that only members get adverts with pictures on classifieds advertise page
  • Fixed text only adverts with visit link going out of bounds
  • Added new bug report sent page
  • Fixed tutorial not paying completion bonus
  • Fixed non-gold members appearing in Gold on player challenge screen when player viewing as a gold member
  • Fixed single race taking time when not enough money for race fee
  • Implemented a soft minimum number of bargain cars
  • Separated chauffeur jobs from courier jobs
  • Separated man with van and courier jobs
  • Reduced number of ice cream van jobs

16/09/2021 v0.21.3
Discord, New Job Types & Job Related Tweaks!
MotorNation is now on Discord!

You can join the channel with the following link Join the Motornation Discord

Please note however that the Forum, Bug Reports and Member updates will continue to be the main form of communication with myself as Discord is distinctly more chaotic by nature. I will however pop into Discord from time to time and Discord is the perfect place for live chats, looking for people to challenge to a race and so forth with other people who play the game!

New Job Types!

I am pleased to announce three new job types:

  • You can now sell ice creams with the ice cream van!
  • "Man with a van" jobs
  • Tofu delivery
Job Related Tweaks

I've had quite a lot of feedback relating to the job system and whilst there is a lot more to be done I am pleased to announce a number of improvements:

  • Empty job slots are re-populated faster
  • Taxi jobs will always be available
  • Slightly reduced number of takeaway delivery jobs as they are less popular

Please note that the job system is still relatively new and I am working hard to improve this and other parts of the game which have come under increased strain due to a large influx of players.

More players and the enthusiasm that has been generated is fantastic but please note it will require some patience as I try to get on-top of things!

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.21.0:
  • Fixed error when someone tries to view a dealer car that doesn't exist
  • Fixed error when players try to decline or cancel non-existent challenges
  • Added exception in the event of player account reset failure to assist in tracing a rogue error

14/09/2021 v0.21.0
Members Car Pack II, Van Racing & Track Days!

Following the previous member car pack poll, I am pleased to announce the release of the Members Car Pack II, as chosen by members of the game!

Members Car Pack II!
  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2.7 TD
  • 1980 Bedford CF1 2.3 Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van
  • 1989 Austin Mini 1.3 ERA Turbo
  • 1998 Subaru Legacy 2.0 GTB Twin Turbo
  • 1992 Vauxhall Astra 2.0 GSi 16v
More Special Events!

To celebrate such an eclectic range of vehicles and to partially address capacity issues in the game, I have also doubled the number of Special Event single races from 3 to 6 and introduced the following new special event types:

  • F Class Van Racing (Ice cream van racing anyone?)
  • E Class Van Racing
  • E (& F) Class Track Day
  • D (& under) Class Track Day

The track days are basically an unofficial race in the present context of the game rather than an informal track day for now at least. But this should allow an overspill from the main single race events, and whilst the pay is lower, the fees are cheap and it gives an opportunity to try your cars out on the Test Track!

Finally welcome to all the new players, it's great to have you all on board and many thanks for the amazing support received to date - thank you! As a consequence I have also upgraded the server to better meet the increased demand.

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.20.10:
  • Fixed a bug with car price calculations
  • Fixed advertise car page showing incorrect years
  • Will no longer take race fee when attempting to join a full single race lobby
  • Added new forum board for classifieds and car trading
  • Fixed an error when players try to view another player that doesn't exist
  • Fixed a bug where a player could view another players vehicle as their own

10/09/2021 v0.20.10
Player Challenge Exploit Fixed

Thanks to a tip-off by a couple of players, I was made aware of an exploit involving player challenges. This should now be fixed and I am very grateful to these players for bringing this matter to my attention as it could, and I strongly suspect has, been used as a cheating exploit to gain additional funds. I also believe it will have likely has been used in conjunction with multiple accounts, which is also against the game rules.

I am aware that some players are finding it perhaps too slow going at the beginning with money too easily lost and too slowly gained. This is something I am actively working to address, and previously resulted in the 'Temporary Jobs' functionality being added to the game. I also aim to make some balance tweaks and improve some winnings from the single races. This does all take time.

As MotorNation is a multiplayer game, it does rely on people playing by the same rules, being aware of an exploit and not reporting it goes against these rules. It is also a disservice to other players that aren't aware or do not wish to use such cheats as they are not allowed.

If players also make money through un-approved means, then it will also make it harder to balance the game for the future as it distorts the picture. It's also worth mentioning that there are far grander plans to aid progression through the game, but this is a longer term plan and the game as it is now will feed directly into that. So I need to know what is working and what isn't.

It also potentially creates a large overhead for myself to rectify the abuse of any such exploits, which is time that would be better spent improving on the game. Various activities are tracked in the game for this reason, so if you do it I can track it if I so wish. Therefore can I kindly ask that, as per the game rules, could any exploits that are found please be reported to myself via the 'Bug Report' feature and not used. If you are not sure, then please ask!

Thank you for your understanding!

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.20.0:
  • Exploit fix to stop player challenge winners gaining wagers that the challenger doesn't have
  • Can now only challenge a player if you have the money for the wager available
  • Forums now show membership status
  • Made the Help - Basics page a bit nicer
  • Tightened up the code to fix a bug in the tutorial
  • Overview page now shows basic income and expenses
  • Re-worked overview UI structure
  • House type now resets during a full account reset
  • Fixed poll appearing on the 2nd page, not just the first
  • Implemented the ability for polls to close automatically

20/08/2021 v0.20.0
Version 0.20 - Bumper Content Pack!

To celebrate the game reaching version 0.20 I'm pleased to announce the biggest content pack thus far, featuring:

The Millennium Car Pack II!
  • 2000 Vauxhall Astra Coupe 2.0i 16v Turbo
  • 2000 Mazda 626 GSi
  • 2000 E240 Elegance
  • 2000 Peugeot 406 Coupe
New Vehicle Upgrades!

New upgrades for minor tweaks to car setups:

  • Chassis Braces
  • Sport Anti-roll Bars
  • Upgraded Fuel Injection
New Special Events!
Kit Car Road Rally

Inspired by the Maxi Kit Cars of rallying in the 90s and 2000s! Such as the Peugeot 306 Maxi!

Junior Road Rally

A more accessible form of rallying, featuring smaller engines, budgets and less weight but just as much drama. Inspired by the small hatchbacks rallying against the rally beasts during the 90s. For example: Dave Metcalfe pushing a Vauxhall Nova to the absolute limit!

The number of special events at any one time has now also been increased to a maximum of three!

As always, thank you to members and donors for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.19.6:
  • Implemented a different service for sending emails
  • Game moved between server providers

16/08/2021 v0.19.6 (Updated 17/08/2021)
Notice: Server Move & Ko-fi Memberships!

Updated 17/08/2021: Server move now complete!

I was notified on late Friday (13th) that the server which MotorNation is hosted on will be migrated elsewhere on Wednesday. However, I will instead be moving to another server provider for a number of reasons which I will shortly outline to members / supporters via Ko-fi / Patreon. I expect this will happen today (16th) or tomorrow, apologies for the short notice.

This will necessitate some downtime whilst I port across the underlying database that powers the game. Basically I will have to turn off the existing MotorNation, backup the database, and restore it on the new server before turning everything back on.

From a player perspective this will mean that at some point the game will be turned off, and then all being well, shortly after will be turned back on. However, as the server itself will be moving there may be a delay with some ISPs whilst their cache updates and they point to the new server motornation.net is hosted on.

Therefore for some the move should be fairly seamless, but for others it could take up to a day before they are able to login and play again. The vast majority should be back in action in an hour or so I'd imagine.

Sorry for the inconvenience! It is unfortunately unavoidable..

New (& cheaper) Payment Provider - Ko-fi!

As per the recent email to Members, MotorNation is now on Ko-fi! This has the following benefits for you and me:

  • It’s cheaper for you with no need to pay VAT (since the money is paid direct to me and I earn (way!) less than £85k a year). So, by comparison membership is £1 and Gold Membership is £3.50 total - like it should be and not plus VAT added as with Patreon.
  • With Gold Memberships I get a greater cut, £3.10 vs. £2.73. Standard Memberships at £1 are broadly the same.
  • It should allow me to offer one-off membership payments via a Ko-fi shop in future. This will save me some time setting up my own bespoke shop.
  • I should soon be able to integrate it more closely with the website for smoother membership activation.
  • It allows people to pay one off donations to the project if they so wish.
  • Ko-fi is registered in the UK so it’s a more natural fit.

Please note that Patreon will continue to be supported!

Members Choice Car Pack II Poll Update!

As per the update on the forum, this poll will now close on Sunday the 22nd of August so that I can begin adding some of these vehicles to the game! I expect a new poll will start around then and I will advise which vehicles were selected.

As always, thank you to members and donators for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.19.0:
  • Added membership banner ad for non-members
  • Added Ko-fi as an alternative, and cheaper, membership option
  • Challenger can now see race result times in their news feed
  • Fixed a bug when removing parts
  • Fixed the damage reporting machine
  • Fixed classified ads showing wrong year

06/08/2021 v0.19.0
Members Choice Car Pack Poll - now live!

I have now released the first ever Member Car Pack Poll, or indeed any poll, in MotorNation!

This will allow Members to submit requests for certain vehicles via the in-game forum. The more votes, the more likely it will get picked but it is discretionary and subject to some rules. For example, the vehicle must be suitable for inclusion into the game and must have been available in 2000 when the game is set.

As per the Patreon Member post, I am hoping to run one of these a month depending on Member engagement. I am anticipating that this poll will close on Sunday the 5th of September.

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you would like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please find more details on becoming a member via the Membership page!

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I will be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! Every little make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for supporting the game at this early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.18.4:

  • Can now reply to a thread via each post, not just at the end
  • Added state of the nation blog post
  • Added member only forum
  • Fixed forum pagination
  • Wedding and chauffeur jobs year requirements now meet in the middle at 1985
  • Sent a car from 2001 back to the future
  • Can now login with username or email
  • Fixed a bug when the next race hasn't been scheduled yet

15/07/2021 v0.18.4
Members Choice Car Pack I!

Following on from discussions in the forums, I'm pleased to release the first Members Choice Car Pack! This includes:

  • 1990 Ford Transit 2.5D Panel Van
  • 2000 MGF 1.8 VVC
  • 1988 Ford Mustang GT
  • 1993 Citroen ZX TD Volcane
  • 2000 Renault Clio 172

In future I will implement a voting system where Members can nominate cars either they or someone else has submitted. I then plan to release one pack of these member chosen vehicles a month. I will announce more about this to members in due course, but for now, time to start building those wish lists!

Those with a keen eye may notice that there are a couple of diesels up there. It is worth noting that diesel isn't yet fully implemented into the game, so for now they will fill up at the same cost as petrol. I'd also like to implement 4-star and super unleaded (probably won't bother with LRP...).

In other crazy news, the game is has hit 400 players. That means it will have doubled in a month and a half!

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

For this game to be sustainable, it needs your support. I'd be able to deliver bigger and better features as well as more content! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at an early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.18.0:

  • Added note regarding recording of best times
  • Various backend improvements to support the running of the game as it expands

07/07/2021 v0.18.0
Odd Jobs & Advanced Stats

Following on from the Odd Jobs update, I've made a number of improvements:

  • Advanced stats are now available via clicking the new button when viewing a car, showing additional attributes including cargo capacity, doors and vehicle category e.g. prestige.
  • Removed cargo requirements for takeaway delivery jobs

This should make the odd jobs a bit easier to use and now means that you can deliver takeaways in your favourite Reliant three-wheelers if you so wished.

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

The more support the game gets, the bigger and better features as well as content I'll be able to add! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at such an early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.17.0:

  • Following recent font size change, fixed uninstall upgrade text being squashed
  • Prestige cars are now defined more consistently between odd jobs and the classifieds
  • Added country flags to the vehicle Origin field
  • Amended a cars incorrect cargo capacity value
  • When viewing a car in the dealership it now shows the mileage
  • Fixed car picker engine size bug
  • Added tiers to classified jobs so there are always a variety of jobs to take
  • Now shows notification on classified job completion
  • Added notice that jobs are updated daily (in game time at least!)

03/07/2021 v0.17.0
New feature - Odd Jobs!

Introducing the first part of a refresh of the classifieds functionality and also a significant new feature - Odd Jobs! This allows a player to take up temporary vehicle-based jobs by trading game time for a chunk of money. Fancy being a pizza delivery driver? Probably not, but now you can! Like classic cars? Why not take a job as a Wedding chauffeur? Enjoy the company of intoxicated people? Drive a taxi!

This feature is important as it now means that anyone can make a reasonable income in the game without needing to have a competitive car in the races or getting lucky selling a car for lots of money in the classifieds (which is especially hard with cheaper cars - as in reality).

You can find this new feature in the new classifieds contents page, accessible via Classifieds on the map as usual. I hope people enjoy this new feature and I hope to provide more content for this in future.

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

The more support the game gets, the bigger and better features as well as content I'll be able to add! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at such an early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.16.1:

  • Fixed a bug related to pagination in the forums
  • Lots of back-end improvements

06/06/2021 v0.16.1
200 Player Car Pack!

In celebration of the game surpassing 200 players, I present the 200 Player Car Pack! This includes:

  • 1989 Volvo 240 GLT
  • 1999 Nissan 200SX
  • 1991 Jaguar XJ220
  • 2000 Lexus IS 200

As you can see there is a distinct 200 related theme going on with this pack! Further updates are on the horizon but that is it for now - enjoy!

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

The more support the game gets, the bigger and better features as well as content I'll be able to add! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at such an early stage.


27/05/2021 v0.16.0
Road Rally & Race Restriction Update!

The Road Rally special event has now been updated following the completion of the first stage of a new game feature - race restrictions. This means races, and specifically special events, can have restrictions beyond simply the car class. This will allow for far greater variety of races going forwards.

As an example, the Road Rally Special now has a number of specific restrictions to match the World Rally rules of the time, namely restrictions such as being limited to a maximum of a 2.0 litre engine, 300BHP, at least 1230KG in weight amongst others. Expect more in the not too distant future!

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

The more support the game gets, the bigger and better features as well as content I'll be able to add! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs as little as £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at such an early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.15.0:

  • Race restriction warning for current car no longer appears when the player owns more than one vehicle.
  • Join race popup should no longer show broken cars as if available for selection.
  • Moved wrenchy to the bottom left away from most CTAs
  • Added part size filter to player garage
  • Slight re-wording on advertise you car page
  • Cars below £1000 are now slightly more likely to sell
  • Some usability improvements to Player Garage

13/05/2021 v0.15.0
Run What You Brung! (& Account Resets)

I have made some tweaks to the game and I have introduced a new special event, Run What You Brung - a drag race event. This event is intended as a bit of fun where anyone can bring whatever car they own to pit its might (or not) against the random cars of other players. Keep an eye out on the special events for this event appearing, which should now be easier as two special events are now available at the same time!

In other news, players can now reset their accounts if they so wish. Perhaps you hate your car and don't want to wait for your money to replenish? Or perhaps you just messed up in some way and wish to start over. This is now possible via 'Reset Account' in the 'Account' section when you are logged into the game. You may only do this once to help protect against abuse, however concessions may be made to members if necessary. Please do this instead of creating a new account where possible.

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

The more support the game gets, the bigger and better features as well as content I'll be able to add! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at such an early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.14.25:

  • Added note and modal to registration page re: multiple accounts per player
  • First tutorial step is now more specific in that it gives you a financial reward for completion.
  • Renamed Exit Tutorial to Abort Tutorial as it does abort it permanently and must be reset if user wants to resume.

30/04/2021 v0.14.25
Prestige Car Pack I! (& further car trading tweaks)

Yep it's that time again, say hello to another four cars from the year 2000 as part of the ongoing main dealership population! Namely:

  • 2000 Jaguar XJ8
  • 2000 Jaguar XJ8 V8
  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL500
  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

In addition to this, I have made further tweaks to the player classified ads to make it more likely that cars will sell. I also found a small bug which meant expensively priced cars were taking a little longer to sell then they should and in general I've made it so cars are again slightly more likely to sell.

As always, thank you to members for your support! If you are not and you'd like to support this project in addition to gaining further insight into the game, please consider becoming a member via Patreon.

The more support the game gets, the bigger and better features as well as content I'll be able to add! It really does all make a difference and during Beta it only costs £1 a month (+VAT) or regional equivalents! Those joining during Beta will also benefit from a permanent discount going forwards as a thank you for joining at such an early stage.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.14.15:

  • Fixed a couple of cars that had missing alternate pics
  • Single race join popup now shows a message where the player owns no qualifying cars
  • Overtime allowance is now done in real time
  • Many game screenshots updated
  • Slight improvements to registration page
  • Tweaks to membership page

14/04/2021 v0.14.15
Millennium Car Pack I!

Say hello to another four cars from the year 2000! Namely:

  • 2000 Hyundai Amica 1.0 GSi
  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz A Class 1.4 A140 Elegance
  • 2000 Jaguar S-Type 3.0 V6 SE
  • 2000 Peugeot 306 2.0 XSi

This forms part of the on-going work to populate the year 2000 car dealerships as they look a little sparse.

Hopefully content updates will become more frequent now that I've got the player classified ads into a reasonable state. However the method for adding cars to the game could do with improvement, so there will be some on-going effort as part of this!

If you'd like to know more about the process behind this and what is to come then please take a look at Patreon if you're a member! If not, please consider supporting the game. The more support it gets, the better it will become. It really does make a difference!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.14.11:

  • Fixed player car upgrade popups in classifieds and part size not appearing correctly
  • Fixed occasional error when buying a car from another player

07/04/2021 v0.14.11
Player Classified Ads - Further Improvements

Following on from the last update, changes have been released which allow classified ads to last two (as before) or three game weeks (game week = real day). As well as this, I've tweaked the pricing factors so vehicles should have a (very) slightly higher chance of selling.

Also when your advert expires without sale, you will now get a news entry so it should be slightly easier to keep track of when this happens!

If you'd like to know more about the process behind this and what is to come then please take a look at Patreon if you're a member! If not, please consider supporting the game. The more support it gets, the better it will become. It really does make a difference!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.14.7:

  • Add a link to the MotorNation RedBubble shop and added details onto the Membership / Support page
  • Combined membership and support the game pages

31/03/2021 v0.14.7
Minor Game Update

This update irons out some kinks with the second stage of the player classified adverts fixing some bugs and more noticably, members can now advertise 4 cars at once - an increase from 2. One bug resulted in cars not selling when they should've if they had been raced previously. This should now hopefully be fixed.

If you'd like to know more about the process behind this and what is to come then please take a look at Patreon if you're a member! If not, please consider supporting the game. The more support it gets, the better it will become. It really does make a difference!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.14.0:

  • Updated the privacy policy and terms & conditions following the implementation of privacy friendly site analytics
  • Added some help text to provide more insight into player classified ads
  • Fixed a bug where a player classified ad couldn't be deleted

17/03/2021 v0.14.0
It's here! Player Classified Ads - Stage Two!

Following on from the last news post, the second stage of player classified adverts are now live! What does this mean?

Computer driven MotorNation citizens will buy cars from players!

This means that it is now feasible to buy and sell cars for profit within the game! Therefore races are no longer the only main income stream (in addiiton to passive income) and this should hopefully open up a lot of possibilities.

As usual the work that has gone into this is far greater than is immediately obvious. Underneath the game is a complex model involving probabilities that resulted in me needing to consult GCSE/AS-Level Maths books to get my head around it!

If you'd like to know more about the process behind this and what is to come then please take a look at Patreon if you're a member! If not, please consider supporting the game if you enjoy it or like the concept behind it. The more support it gets, the better it will become. It really does make a difference!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.13.0:

  • Quick car sell price reduced from 90% to 80%
  • Can now longer advertise cars for more than the new value (for now at least)
  • UI improvements relating to joining races, especially when player owns more than one car
  • Fixed race positions not always being as expected
  • Fixed cars with broken bodies not appearing as class X
  • When a player has a broken car it now gives a more appropriate warning when they attempt to travel
  • Fixed 'car in classifieds' warning not appearing when player has a full garage
  • Can now view player car details when advertised in the classifieds
  • Can no longer install upgrades to advertised cars

08/02/2021 v0.13.0
Player Classified Ads! Part One.

This is the first major update to the game since the Beta was launched. The first stage of the player classifieds adverts are now live! What does this mean?

Players can now place their own adverts in the classifieds!
  • Members can list up to 2 full colour(!) photo adverts
  • Free players (Citizens) can list one plain text advert
  • If you buy a car from a player with upgrades fitted, you get those too!
  • Advertised prices are based on the approximate value of the car. For now at least there are limits in place, these may be relaxed later.
  • Adverts currently last for two real days - two weeks in game
  • Keep track of your adverts in the in-game Diary

Please note that this feature is in a very early stage and a lot of work is planned for it in future, including computer citizens buying cars from players and eventually - haggling! If you spot any issues or exploits then please report them via the 'Bug Report' page in game.

If you'd like to know more about the process behind this and what is to come then please take a look at Patreon if you're a member! If not, please consider supporting the game if you enjoy it or like the concept behind it. The more support it gets, the better it will become. It really does make a difference!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.12.13:

  • Improved handling if player tries to get in a car that doesn't exist or they don't own it
  • Fixed bug when trying to buy a car from the classifieds that doesn't exist
  • Fixed some car exploits

19/01/2021 v0.12.13
Post Beta Launch Updates

The first round of publicising the game has been a success! Sign-ups increased massively and the game is very nearly at 60 players which is fantastic at a relatively early stage and with still comparatively little advertising! The concept of the game does seem to appeal, with a lot of engagement on social media and whilst the game is still in very early stages, it is seemingly interesting enough!

Much of the work that has gone into the game thus far lays the foundation for the future. This work will have to continue alongside more content or features, however it is hoped that soon I'll be spending more time on the latter which is when the more exciting stuff with happen :)

The next significant update will be re-introducing the player classified adverts, so people can advertise their own vehicles in the classifieds! More detail can be seen on Patreon if you're a member! If not, please consider supporting the game if you enjoy it or like the concept behind it. The more support it gets, the better it will become. It really does make a difference!

Other noteworthy changes since v0.12.3:

  • Slight UI improvements to used and main dealers
  • Fixed bug when trying to buy a car from used dealership with not enough money
  • Fixed issue where a player with a broken car can't login
  • Forum avatars were appearing too big on smaller devices
  • It is now possible for admins and moderators to pin threads
  • Improved forum page buttons
  • New players now get 48 hours game time

04/01/2021 v0.12.3
Japanese Car Pack!

Happ(ier) New Year - fingers crossed. Great to see people signing up and hopefully enjoying the game.

As per the title, as well as some minor fixes this update introduces four new Japanese cars to the game. These comprise of:

  • 2000 Honda S2000
  • 2000 R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R
  • 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition
  • 2000 Nissan Primera 16V Sport

Note that these are all 'new' cars as far as the game is concerned, although you may spot some in the classifieds if you are lucky! I intend to flesh out the main dealers somewhat as most cars in the game are pre-2000, so they look a little empty.

Other noteworthy changes since v0.12.0:

  • Logout note added re: time/money replenishing
  • The game now supports news items for 2021, as well as 2020
  • Logins/session timeouts will now always re-direct to news page
  • Updated more not enough time/money messages to say come back later
  • Race join bug hotfix

News From Other Years

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