Tail of The Dragon / Deal's Gap 1.0.1

The original route of 11~12 miles with 318 curves from TN/NC USA now in Beamng!

  1. bob.blunderton
    This should be working in 0.15 game version thanks to a hot-fix.

    Another from-scratch custom map by bob.blunderton!
    By requests from my fans and my brother-in-law to be.
    Build time: Over 250 hours...
    A proper review by DavidinArk!

    @fufsgfen did a great video here showing most of The Dragon!

    Another review, for the British take on things (Roasted Bunny) here,

    Clean run with a Viper, no commentary, perfect for viewing at work.

    Drifting run - replay may get jittery but that is the replay itself

    Crash Series that uses this map already by CrashBoomPunk

    Someone took a PIGEON down it, good call!

    This famous route here on google maps, and for 12 miles north of here:

    Low FPS patch (experimental) can be found on page 5 on the discussion forums (look for my main.level upload file), you'll have to patch the file yourself though (it tells you briefly how to do so)
    https://www.beamng.com/threads/tail-of-the-dragon-deals-gap.39818/page-5#post-680479 You may have to scroll down or up to see it.

    If you don't enjoy 13 miles of nothing but curves, you might want to skip this map.

    Requires a Geforce 760 video card, or Radeon R9 video card or better! Basically any 100$ video card that's less than 18 months old, or any 150$ card from 3 years ago or sooner, should get you by.
    You'll want to have a system with at-least 6~8gb of RAM here.
    Route as pictured here from the top of the picture to the bottom of the map where the 129 symbol is http://tailofthedragonmaps.com/tail-of-the-dragon-radar-map/
    This custom map was made from scratch. This is a first beta, but 100% of the tail of the dragon main course from 1 mile south of the 'Resort' to about 3/10ths of a mile north of TabCat creek bridge is there and DONE.

    Release notes (nothing serious):
    Only known issues are "It's a little slow" on systems under the recommended specs for the game, and the water by the dam just doesn't play nicely all the time, (lag) so stay out of it (it's far enough from the main route not to bother anyone).
    Don't go past barricades or trees blocking the road or you'll get to areas I haven't finished yet, or fall out of the map, or see other immersion-breaking stuffs. You were warned!
    AI will stay in lane if you use the SPLIT ROAD option perfectly, for car crash recreation, chases, etc. Only the main route has AI to avoid it ramming into barricades etc, and to help keep the 'traffic on main route only' thing a reality. A 4.4ghz 4790k cpu with 16gb of fast RAM can run 11 vehicles in real time consistently without slowdown at around 35~55 fps - 12 gets lagged a bit but not below 20fps. A slightly OC'ed 3770k may do 9~10 vehicles in real time. Folks with Ryzen processors can do as many as the physics can handle without crashing (about 20, if you don't have gobs of older car mods).
    The AI will turn around at the end of the route, as there is room to, but rarely may get stuck. To avoid this somewhat, use SPAN setting on the AI.
    I never changed the starting spawn-point names from the map's ECA sources, and put the new names in the graphics for the spawns in-stead. I didn't want to risk breaking them as I have done other times, holding up map release and creating much frustration.

    If you're going to do a VIDEO review, please don't go past the barricaded areas as those parts aren't yet done (or save that for last). The main route is the star of the show, as we say. Please focus on what's already done. You can show off the dam if you must, the water does work now (this is different than the private beta).
    If you had gotten your lucky hands on the private beta, this merely fixes the "my water broke" bug, fixes some of the water lag on just the south-end of the map, a somewhat-hidden (NO-TEXTURE) texture dependency, and adds sound to the dam as it was too quiet. To that end, if anyone else has issues, please tab over to the discussion forum and post on there for help or answers.

    Big thanks to all those that helped.

    Credits: Only stuff that's used here have come from the game, though the 'motel' models were originally from Ouerbacker's Black hills, I retextured it somewhat enough to make it fit the theme of the real life counterpart. I created the terrain from L3DT program (which I purchased), and created my own road-graphics. Sign images were taken from searches on the internet and I nor Beamng make no claim of ownership to these and is used on the grounds of Creative Commons & Fair Use acts/guidelines.
    JonasTMT, luchvk, WolfGT and 12 others like this.

Recent Reviews

  1. SuperShep1
    Version: 1.0.1
    Great map. My grandpa rode this recently on his bmw motorcycle, very cool.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      It's no Pikes Peak but it sure IS fun, especially on a motorcycle - that is - if the tourists aren't out hamming it up at 20~30mph.
      Lots of these roads in Tennessee as Roane County gladly shows you (Roane County is a bit under the weather these days since the graphic format changed again in 0.23, and will be fixed someday soon).
      Glad you like this, do turn on the AI with as many cars as you can support and still go 35~45fps (for good control), as it's quite fun to overtake around corners and end up with a Honda Accordion due to a crash from careless driving. Had a ton of fun testing this one and was thankful for someone from the Nevada Interstate thread suggestion it.
      If this map ever becomes toast from an update, do rest assured, I will fix it quickly.
  2. ethanemmett1
    Version: 1.0.1
    I recognise this from when I was a young lad, on holiday in the USA. I stopped off at that petrol station, the vast number of bikers was ridiculous haha. I did not realise it was a well known road. Nice area and a very good recreation the the world of BeamNG.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks! This was made by request after I got Nevada Interstate pretty much finished (less buildings).
      This will get updated one day if I have a chance to make new motel models and the parts tree of shame.
      Tennessee has a lot of cool roads like this, but careful as many don't have guide rails everywhere.
  3. That Car
    That Car
    Version: 1.0.1
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      This map was done by request, and honestly I enjoyed making it just as much if not more than the folks who just want to speed up and down on it.
      Well now you can fly up and down The Dragon virtually without causing unwarranted death and destruction - including your own.
      Seeing as we're stuck inside with Covid restrictions in many places in the world, there's not much better time than now to enjoy this wonder of the driving world.
  4. Taygeta
    Version: 1.0.1
    The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars, is that it is missing traffic signs, and small other details.

    But a great addition to BeamNG, because thanks to this, I learned about this road in the first place, after having driven car sims/games like the last 30 years. Really well done! Thanks!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      When this map was being developed, we didn't really have a good set of road signs (that wouldn't bug out) in the arsenal of map objects. So sorry if it's not quite perfect - but it'll get them one day whenever the map breaks enough to warrant spending time updating it beyond just fixing whatever is broken. Heck I couldn't even make my own models when I made this map. I sure tried hard to use whatever I could find from in-game and other user maps though. It'll be better one day though, I cannot say however when that will be.
      --Cheers, and thanks for the honest review and constructive criticism in how it can be improved one day - every bit helps me make a better map.
  5. Meanie
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thank you so much for this! Always wanted to drive it, but kind of glad I never did it IRL. So much potential for it to end poorly. Fantastic to be able to drive it with no consequences, thanks for your hard work!!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Yes, steep / deep ravines, oncoming vehicles not staying in-lane, random woodland creatures hell-bent on committing suicide via your vehicle, EMS at-least an hour away, blind corners, "lost" commercial trucks abound. There's loads of danger in real life - even before Covid. So do enjoy this virtually, and that way your insurance (and your own body) doesn't get jacked up :)
  6. AX53
    Version: 1.0.1
    Gr8 map. Smooth road and nice looking.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      I worked over the road surface for a LONG time, giving it many more passes of smoothing VS what most other mappers would do. Considering what fun this road is in real life, I felt it deserved the effort.
      Glad you've noticed the extra effort spent!
  7. Ken Gronemann
    Ken Gronemann
    Version: 1.0.1
    Another epic Bob mod. This road is a famous biker route, many twists and turns. So much fun to drive, there's even a guy that takes pictures of your car passing by. Thanks for bringing this to beam!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      The fans of my maps and even in other threads DEMANDED this map. So I HAD to make it, plus I thought it'd be fun. It only took a few months compared to the YEARS on the other maps I've made.
      I'm glad you enjoyed this map, it's quite fun, and I'll put the models for the stores in one-day when I am down that way & get permissions from the store owners themselves.
      --Cheers & Thanks for the review!
  8. Jack5.exe
    Version: 1.0.1
    Love this map, I especially love it as I live in North Georgia
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Ah yes, Georgia, the place that lies just past the seemingly impenitrable ever-lasting construction of Chattenooga. I've been down there, and while the traffic is hectic, the people are lovely.
      Need every bit of reflexes gained in avoiding crashes in BeamNG Drive to survive even an hour on the road in Atlanta though :x Some crazy driving down there!
      Glad to know another local has enjoyed this map.
    Version: 1.0.1
    Another Great Tennessee map!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Who would have ever thought Tennessee had such fun roads to drive on, but oh it has so many. This map is only the tip of the iceberg in what the real world state has to offer. So definitely don't pass up taking the scenic route through Tennessee if you should have the chance to in the future. Make sure to take the kids to Dollywood if you have any, or when you have some. It's a real hoot & the nearby area (not far from this map locale) is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! If you love nature, hiking, lovely people with southern hospitality, and have a sense for adventure, Tennessee has a lot of hidden treasures to offer. That's why I've moved to this state.
      Thank-you for the review.
  10. @dori_dude
    Version: 1.0.1
    awesome, awesome map!!! got to drive the dragon a week or so ago and i have to say its extremely accurate. there's a lot of small changes that could be made to really make it perfect but its really close. its also been a detrimental tool to help me learn the road and practice my lane discipline. thanks so much for this awesome map!!!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Awesome, glad to hear you love it - and welcome to the wonderful but oft-overlooked little slice of 'Murica called Tennessee, where freedom still rings more than many other more oppressive states.
      That road is a whole-lot of fun, I can't even remember who goaded me into doing that one, but whoever it was - I say thanks to them too. I really enjoyed testing it, so much so, that it would have probably taken 5% less time to build if I didn't waste so much time while building it actually playing the thing. It's a hoot! I wish it looked even better, but as of a year or two when it came out, this is the best I could do at the moment.
      IT WILL HAVE CUSTOM BUILDING MODELS ONE DAY! When I get there, I just happen to have a LOT on my plate at the moment with working on my 'Los Injurus' city map (search for it, it's under forums>maps or something like that) that I am working on.
      Yes, it will even have the tree of shame & proper store buildings.
      So do enjoy, and if I am not mistaken, I think someone made a bootleg conversion of this map over to GTAV (I said I didn't mind, but that there were copyright textures from BeamNG in the terrain/trees/some buildings, so they'd have to replace those, if they were to go through with it).
      So very glad you enjoyed this - if you enjoyed it as much as I did testing it out, then you had a hoot. It should be great for AI chases if you put the lane minder on (even if not), an i7 4.4ghz 4790k can/could do like 11 vehicles including your own and stay around 30fps or higher, with no reflections (IIRC) using an RX 480 8gb video board, so do try that! Turn shadows off if you have a slow CPU, turn off reflections and SSAO if you need extra FPS and have a non-high-end GPU.
      Nothing wrong with loving this map, but just don't get killed on the real thing. There's too many fun roads to enjoy driving around here to get wrapped up, and waste it all over one tree/cliff/wall/oncoming vehicle etc.
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