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. Jack5.exe
    Jack5.exe
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Love this map, I especially love it as I live in North Georgia
  2. RORCAT
    RORCAT
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Another Great Tennessee map!
  3. @dori_dude
    @dori_dude
    5/5,
    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.
      --Cheers!
  4. scottshamblin
    scottshamblin
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thank you so much. I've never been on the Dragon itself, but I do live in NC and I've been on the Blue Ridge Parkway a few times.
    Are you going to put the "Tree of Shame" in there?
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks! Glad you like the map. It's fun in real life but don't go out of lane IRL.
      The tree of shame will eventually make it's way into the game in time. I don't have time right yet for it but this map will get an overhaul sometime over the course of the next year. I can't pin it down more than that but, just know the map is not abandoned.

      --Cheers!
  5. stenyak
    stenyak
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    This is an absolute blast to drive, really nice map. Thanks!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Yes, in a day and age where most other things anywhere-close-to-this-fun have been long since outlawed, we have one bit of solace around here, and it's these fun back roads. Do enjoy, and know that if you come to Tennessee, there's much beautiful wilderness infested with trees just like this road, and many other fun roads like this one.
      Tennessee, where driving doesn't have to be a chore. Just make sure to come in the summer months and not in the winter when we get the 3-day ice storms!
      --Cheers!
  6. motohead74
    motohead74
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    dude i have been all over this road too . i got all your maps now they all killer maps
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Ah, many thanks buddy.
      Roane County is good for endless cruising, and is the largest map available for this game currently.
      Nevada Interstate was my first map and is great for it's looping 12-miles of bi-directional interstate winding in and out of what looks like the Rocky Mountains/Black Hills (Because it used to be Black Hills!).
      So-Cal Interstate (while it's a bit laggy, and old) still works and is quite a bit of the same fun as Nevada was, as it entirely intends to be the sequel to the first. This has over 40-something miles of unique, hand-designed interstates/highways of all kinds and many many other dozens of miles of surface routes. Most of the mountains function as impromptu jumps, too. There's even a select few off-roading trails - and lots and lots of cliffs! A certain Coyote would feel quite at home here.
      Tail of The Dragon (this map) is of course what seems like a 'never ending twisting snake-like roadway with smoothly banked corners and a forest of trees (because it is a snake-like road through a state forest, which is why it's fun!). This map was originally done by request, but I forgot who requested it. Oops! It's okay, I enjoy playing this more than I did making it. More side-routes may be added one day.
      Roane County progress is on-going, slowly, but still under heavy WiP.

      --Thanks for writing in!
  7. adrian2013
    adrian2013
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    I've got to say. It is a great map to drive around and a pleasure as well.
  8. Bzucko
    Bzucko
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Nice to drive this map on it's never ending winding road ;)
  9. fufsgfen
    fufsgfen
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    This kinda multiplied BeamNG for me, such perfect road to drive on!

    I actually did make it trough with T75 and tanker (11000l of milk), brakes were smoking, but didn't have too many issues. I even made an U-turn at the end of the road, might of been bit more than 3 point turn actually!

    I can't comprehend how Bob was able to do this road, but it is so perfect! Big thank you, this is truly a dream come true.

    All the best to you Bob and have a merry X-mas!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      This was done by request, so if it was you - here you go (I honestly forget, but my Brother-in-Law to-be requested it, too).
      That aside, it's fun! Surprisingly so in fact, as being mostly a highway guy, I was shocked how much it sucks you in even when I was just testing. I possibly would have released this a week to 10 days sooner if I didn't end up testing it for a half-hour to an hour every time I meant to give it a 5~10 minute test.
      Thanks for the kind words & You can be sure this will stay 'maintained' for a good year or two at-least!!! I enjoy this one myself - so eventually I may put the side-road in too that's missing and a few paths.

      --Cheers and have a good Chris's Mess!
  10. psy_lo
    psy_lo
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thanks you for your awesome and very nice work. This is the most incredible road to take a ride in BNG :-)
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      You're very welcome. It was fun to make and a pleasure to test - I often found myself spending 30~45 minutes or more testing when I only needed to spend 5 or 10 minutes. So I knew people would like it, I just did not know it would be this much of a hit with folks (and this was done as a request fulfillment).

      --Thanks for writing in!
  11. The Stigs german cousin
    The Stigs german cousin
    4/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Thank you for creating maps like this, this is probably the best driving road in all of BeamNG! The 4 stars are because it is unfinished, not because I dont think it is an excellent piece of work, which it is.

    There is one minor problem (at least for me) regarding the Ai paths.
    Yes, they kind of work when split road is activated. But they do not really stay in the lane, most of the time the ai cars drive partly on the road pavement right next to the road.
    They are driving to the far right of the road with only the left wheels touching the actual road. This leads to the ai cars crashing into specific trees along the map, which are very close to the edge of the road.
    So the ai is inevitably crashing into the same trees every time.
    It would really be nice to get that working (either by fmaking them stay in the lane or by simply removing these few trees. You can just find the trees by letting a few ai cars drive the whole route at about 30mph)

    Anyways the map itself is really well done, I havent been to the real place but it strongly reminds me of a mountain road in Greece which I have been to several times that looks quite similar.
    Thank you!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks for letting me know, the AI worked just dandy before, I guess now they cut corners more. That stinks. I will have to re-draw the whole route (just for AI, the road won't change).
      Can't remove a few trees unless they're closer than about 3~4' to the road, because that's how the road is and how it looks in real life (it's not far from here, an hour and a half or two hours if you get stuck behind a Buick Oldington on the way there).
  12. RAZOR7652
    RAZOR7652
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    This is by far the best driving road in BeamNG.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks buddy, this was by request and the real life counterpart is one of the best driving roads in the USA. A must drive for anyone who loves driving. Now maybe so many people won't die on the real thing - one would hope.

      There's a new entry into this category as of late - Mount Glorious by B25Mitch (If I remember correctly), it's much shorter than this but still every bit as well made (if not better!). So go check it out if you like this, it's more of the same good stuff.

      --Cheers!
  13. icky427
    icky427
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    very very cool, thanks for all the work! only thing is it seems more bumpy than it should be. ive run it a few times irl and its surprisingly smooth for a mountain road. keep up the good work, im really hoping you get 28 fleshed out at least to where it crosses over the river.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      You shall get your wish when tiled terrain support comes to Beamng (it's planned, and I've pested the developers about it, in a positive way).
      It's a tad bumpy, but only in a few spots, but hey, for free, in a video game, it's not too bad! Glad you enjoyed it!
  14. Misa
    Misa
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    perfect with a rally car
  15. CP100
    CP100
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    One again, Great work as always!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Thanks buddy. This was by request, and also something I knew so many people would absolutely love so much. It was in a way, my 'thank-you' map to the developers, and all the people who stuck with me through my map projects, and the rest of the Beamng.drive community.
      Keep an eye out for my Roane County update, if you've got a top-of-the-line PC (or even last year's model!), do check it out when it's available.
      --Thanks for writing in!
  16. User_229644
    User_229644
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    One long, challenging road. One I enjoy driving at a leisurely rate. Can't wait to see what the updates will bring us!
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Updates will only be to add a trail or two and finish the side roads (and add any trimming I may have missed on the main route, or fix bugs if any are discovered, of course).
      Glad you enjoyed it. It's great to take a leisurely cruise... or haul a truck full of pianos through. Or race with the sports car... but the pianos can be more of a challenge. Never will make it with a full length commercial trailer though - you have been warned!
      Though if someone does manage, I want a video of it.

      --Cheers!
  17. ThatCarGuyDownTheStreet
    ThatCarGuyDownTheStreet
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Could you maybe make a version with less trees? My computer kinda gets butt-raped by this map.
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      Turn REFLECTION DETAIL/settings down or off to help if you have GPU issues. If you have a slower cpu, turn off shadows.
      This can help considerably. If it still doesn't, consider changing your detail settings if you wish to enjoy the map. If you have it on medium, consider 'low' detail. If I remove the trees, from a national/state park route through the woods, it's a bunch of nothingness then.
      You're driving through virgin forest... I don't know how else to say it, there's a (view distance is much less) patch in the forums though for this map, click the discussion tab or read in detail the post for this map on it's resource page, and there should be a link to it. IIRC it may be on page 3 of the discussion forum, not entirely sure at this moment.

      If nothing else, It's time to buy a gpu.

      A Nvidia 1050ti 4gb is a great card that doesn't consume a ton of power and is generally in the 150~200$ range or close to it. There's also a plethora of used cards on the market. This isn't the fastest map in the world, however, there are a lot of trees, I can't really help that. You can't take the trees out of the forest and stuff have a forest :x
      Not one to throw out business names or links, but here's an idea.
      Superbiiz (.com I think) has a great deal going (They did 10 days ago anyways), and you can always look the model up on www.pricewatch.com and compare gpu costs. You might just find something you like cheap, on that site (it's a referral site, it's been around for about 18~20 years though).
      I saved someone 80~100$ on a video card about 10 days ago so do have a look-see. Even Amazon has things cheap sometimes, but careful with Newegg, they've been pricey as of late (I don't Newegg if I can help it).
      A 1050ti 4gb will power though most all games at nearly max settings at 1080p/60fps within reason. Some more or less, but this one, yes, all my maps run good on a 1050/1060 series card. Don't spend more than 200$ on a GPU right now. Always buy what's best price-to-performance, and you can look that up on PASSMARK's site, it will cost you the least while lasting the longest in brute-force terms.
      --Good luck!
  18. zschmeez
    zschmeez
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Just drove this thing twice, and I am blown away. This is the best road I've ever driven in BeamNG.drive. Thank you, sir, for this incredible gift to the community.
  19. LEGOkungen007
    LEGOkungen007
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Big map. not to mutch to look at but the driving and feel of the map is fantastic. Didn't get any lag on the map and it's posible to go exploring of road.
  20. JonasTMT
    JonasTMT
    5/5,
    Version: 1.0.1
    Another awesome map from you! Im sad that I don't have a good wheel, because it will be so cool to drive with a wheel! Thanks for the map!! :)
    1. bob.blunderton
      Author's Response
      You're very welcome.
      Don't feel bad, I'm a keyboard driver here... it's difficult if not impossible with cars like the Bolide. It's not difficult at all with an 88 Pessima AWS (throw a stage 1 turbo on it if it doesn't have one already), the four wheel steering and modest power output provides plenty of power to take you through the corners. Being a somewhat careful driver will easily get you through in one piece, especially if you've been playing the game for 2~2.5 years like I have... with just a keyboard.
      Always a good reason to keep an eye out for a wheel on discount.
      --Cheers! and thanks for the review.
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