WIP Beta released Grooved Test Range, Nevada 0.8

A military airbase perfect for your test flights

  1. CarlosAir

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    Grooved Test Range is a restricted military installation located somewhere in the Nevada desert. Many of the new military aircraft are tested here. It's the perfect place to fly aircraft, with a huge runway, and plenty of space to do manoeuvres.

    But if flying is not your thing (for whatever weird reason), Grooved Test Range and it's surroundings feature many kilometres of both asphalted and non-asphalted roads for you to drive in. Oh, and don't forget about the runway, it's a perfectly safe place to put your cars to the limit. Runways are some of the best places to do drag-races and such.

    Please note that the map is WIP, so there is some unfinished/unpolished stuff.

    Anyway, enjoy the map :).

    Old content [v 0.2] description and images (saved for historic purposes) in the spoiler below.
    [Check the "Overview" tab for images of the current version]

    I didn't want to release this map at this "early" stage, as I think it still needs way too much work. But because I think I won't be able to work on it for some time, I'm releasing it now so you can at least enjoy it in it's current state if you want.

    The map is pretty Huge, though kind of empty at the same time. In the future I would like to add more life to the map. Adding more roads, "villages" and stuff. There's plenty of space for all that and much more :p.

    The map is obviously unfinished, it also lacks many of the "airport stuff" I would like it to have. These will come eventually. Atm, it only features very basic stuff. Texturing and modelling of the current static objects is not finished. And the terrain needs work as-well.

    Also, keep these things into account:
    -Possible Performance Issues
    -No custom collision meshes for static objects.
    -No different LOD's for meshes.
    -The runway and taxiway's asphalt might get blurred and "mixed" with the dirt surrounding when viewed from oblique angles in the distance in some computers.
    -Extreme bumpiness on some roads sections that might leave them impracticable. Terrain needs to be flattened. **Use the roads at your own risk** :p
    -Grass/bushes "under" some roads. Causing some weird results.
    -Flickering grass/bushes & they are too big.
    -Some roads behave like dirt.
    -Many other problems :p

    Installation:
    Copy the zip directly to (user)/Documents/BeamNG.drive/mods . No need to extract.

    Screenshots, the good stuff :p :


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    Also, the map is the one featured in this video (though a slightly older version):



    The release is supposed to contain problems and a lot of unfinished stuff, but feedback is very welcomed anyway.

    Have fun! ;)
    It's really enjoyable to fly the B-25 here :p.

    ONLY WORKS ON EXPERIMENTAL VERSION

    If the map crashes when loading, check that your Mesh and Texture settings are set to "High". That is most probably the problem.
    Hope it helps! And sorry for the inconvenience, I don't really know how to fix that.

    PD: The name might change in the future.
    PD2: I suggest you set your Anisotropic filtering setting to 16x for sharper runway markings.
    PD3: This map is not only for planes, is also fun to explore it from the ground. :p
    PD(3!-2): Yeah, the zip file name is missing an "r". But I'm too lazy to re-upload it just for that :p

    Do NOT re-upload to any website.
     
    #1 CarlosAir, Dec 21, 2014
    Last edited: May 25, 2016
  2. randomshortguy

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    WOW.

    My new favourite map!!

    Nice work Carlos!
     
    #2 randomshortguy, Dec 21, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  3. TYLERTJ

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Awesome map!:rolleyes:
     
  4. MultiGamerClub

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Going to thest it with B-25 (the bomb plane :p)

    + speed cars.

    +Rep
     
  5. alphatronic

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Nice map!
     
  6. Aboroath

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Very cool, I've seen all the screens with that awesome runway in it. Thank you! This map will surely get used by future aircraft makers and I already think of it
    as a sort of BeamNG "area51".:cool:

    EDIT: Does this map have a particular affinity for experimental or stable?
     
  7. CarlosAir

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Thanks for the comments!

    An Area 51 or similar air force base in the middle of the desert was exactly what I had in mind.

    And I've only tested it on experimental, I hadn't thought about that. Are you having problems on stable? I'm going to try it there now anyway.
     
  8. Aboroath

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Haven't downloaded yet but figure the question is certainly relevant these days....lol. Will download right now.

    Okay this is what I've got:

    screenshot_00051.png

    Vehicle and objects spawning at original map co ordinates? I moved terrain down to match spawnsphere and buildings but decals stayed at terrain height.

    This is stable build. Seems like a quick fix though. I'll try it in my experimental back up.
     
    #8 Aboroath, Dec 21, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2014
  9. CarlosAir

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Ok, just checked it. Works fine in both versions for me. There shouldn't be any problem.

    Edit: Just seen your posted problem in the stable version. That's some weird sh*t. I'll take a look at what might be causing it. Though, as I said, works fine for me in the stable version.
     
    #9 CarlosAir, Dec 21, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014
  10. Zero

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    My game crashed when loading this map, I'm using experimental.


     
  11. CarlosAir

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    That's bad :(
    Did you install it like I said in the first post?
    Are there any error messages appearing?
    Could you post your torque.log file? (found in your cache folder)

    Is it working for everybody else?

    Enough questions already. :p
     
  12. Aboroath

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Experimental shows up good. I will keep looking into my stable issue.

    screenshot_00000.jpg

    For experimental I had to take the Grooved Desert folder out of the levels folder and place it with all the other levels.

    - - - Updated - - -

    screenshot_00004.png
    heh heh heh
     
  13. 14ramosr

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    This map is really cool, good job so far!
     
  14. Bubbleawsome

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Subbing!
    And I hate to ask, but is that plane released Aboroath?
     
  15. 14ramosr

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Im pretty sure its not going to be released, IIRC, its another private project
     
  16. Zero

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    1. Yes I did, I put the .rar inside documents>beamng>mods
    2. Only the crash report.
    3. Ofcourse, here you go :)
     

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  17. Aboroath

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    No sir, just a .dae static. It could probably be made to operate in Blender I imagine.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Is anyone else having issues running this map in stable?
     
  18. Gryphon1234

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    This is a very ambitious project. Looking forward to what it will be in the future.
     
  19. NistingurA

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Pretty nice map :) if there was a multiplayer in beamng you could make awesome drag races :D
     
  20. CarlosAir

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    Re: Grooved Range Desert w/ Airport

    Yeah, me. :p

    I was wrong. The thing is that my second installation of BeamNG wasn't really the stable version as I thought, but was rather an older version of the experimental, so I tested it there thinking I was testing on stable.
    It turns out the map doesn't work as expected in stable. I'm experiencing the same problems as you.
    So, in the meantime, I'm going to put a warning on the OP until I can find a fix. I'm sorry you'll need experimental for now. :(

    So, question for the devs or anyone else who knows: Doesn't the terrain's MaxHeight value work in the stable version? That seems to be the problem, that value seems to be ignored/not recognized on the stable version. Any possible alternatives?



    I'll need to look more carefully the log, but for now, can you try clearing the game cache and seeing how it goes?
     
    #20 CarlosAir, Dec 22, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014
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