Growing Pains

This is the first of my new Farming Simulator 19 series which, like Trucking Digest and Birdshot, will appear as and when 😉 Let me begin by saying that the farm that you saw images from in my last ‘Save Slot post has since been consigned to the recycle bin along with a couple of other early farms during my discovery period in this game. I learnt a lot from it and have started a bit differently this time – you’ll notice an absense of farmhouse in my shots from the current farm for example. Further down the series I’ll explain some of my starting decisions born out my early experiences. For now, I think we’ll take a look at a fairly typical day on Mill Valley Farm which comprises of fields 21 and 22 on this map…

Very early morning and it’s tipping down with rain – any plans on making an early start with harvesting are put on hold. Instead I make an early run to the farmers store for some essential supplies. We got Fertilizer, Seeds and Herbicide…

I need the herbicide to kill off some weeds growing in a crop of Barley which was in one of the fields I bought. At least weed-killing and fertilizing can be done in the wet…

Then it’s time to tidy away the machinery before breakfast – a place for everything and everything some place of the other 😉 At least the rain seems to have almost stopped…

With the sun drying the crops rapidly, we’re off to do some harvesting for neighbouring farms which earns us a payment for our time and the wear and tear on our machinery. We also get a share of the money from the crop – so it’s in our interest to make sure we don’t miss any. This is the first field and you can see what happens if you don’t deal with the weeds – it may be pretty but that crop of oats is going to be around 20% down on what it could have been…

These fields are larger than mine so it takes several runs with my trailer to deliver the harvested grains to the selling point…

On to the second field where the farmer has taken really good care of his Barley crop. I think that took 7 runs to the grain elevator before the job was complete. You really don’t want to be walking behind a Combine Harvester! …

Back to my own farm where I find that my newly sown Oat crop is growing nicely. I’ll have to prepare the other field by ploughing and adding lime in preparation for my other crop which I think will be Canola…

End of the day and it’s time to wash all the mud and dust off the equipment – we all like a shower after a long day’s work don’t we 🙂

More details about equipment and other choices in the next post.

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Trucking Digest

Well – I had hoped to be fitting in a post or two about other games or with some photography but…

Hot on the heels of the Renault T being released into Euro Truck Simulator – and this post will have to serve as the promised review of that truck – On Tuesday SCS announced on social media that the World of Trucks servers were coming down for maintenance. Experience tells us that this signals a community event. They happen a few times each year, sometimes specific to ETS2 or American Truck and sometimes both games. Sure enough, when the servers came back up, we had a new event to take part in. However, this was an event with a difference. We were going to drive for a charitable cause 🙂 The chosen cause was Breast Cancer and full details of the charity bodies to initially receive donations can be found on SCS Software’s Blog. All I can say is Wow SCS – What a great idea!

Needless to say, the community responded very positively and got stuck in straight away. By the time SCS hosted a twitch-stream that afternoon, over 5000 copies of the dlc’s giving the special paint jobs for the event had already been sold and over 130k deliveries had been completed towards the 1 million total target. Bearing in mind that this is mid-week, I would expect activity to peak from Friday to Monday when our fellow virtual truckers who can’t drive during the week are active. So hopefully there will be many more DLC’s sold then and lots of money made for the charities.

We’ve been encouraged to also highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month on social media using our trucking screenshots from this event, in the hope that it will also bring this cause to a wider audience. So, here’s some shots from my participation. Firstly the Renault T in Europe…

…and now, the Peterbilt 389 in America…

I completed my personal goal of 12 deliveries last night – 6 each in ETS2 and ATS. As usual, I will now continue to deliver the special cargoes to help the community complete its delivery target – as will a lot of fellow drivers I know on Twitter. That’s why SCS often refer to us as the Best Community 🙂

My Peterbilt 389 will retain her Maroon metallic Ribbon paint job…

The Renault T has reverted to our company metallic Blue but retains the Breast Cancer Ribbon of Hearts and gets the hanging boxing gloves as a souvenir of her involvement…

What about the Renault T? This is a beautifully modelled truck with a very distinctive engine sound. One of my twitter colleagues has driven the type IRL and reckons the sounds are accurate. The gear ratios combined with the 480HP engine I selected seem well suited to the mix of european roads for normal cargoes. I’m really enjoying driving it – and it will be one of the mainstays of my fleet 🙂

At the time of posting the community had achieved over 250k deliveries 🙂 Keep the shiny side up!

Trucking Digest

Since the last Digest there have been a couple of events – in game and irl…

When I write about my experiences in SCS Software’s Truck Simulator games I never know if I have encouraged anyone who reads my tales to give the games a try. The posts do get a fair number of hits outside my immediate community of friendly bloggers. But I don’t think I have ever seen a comment from someone saying they decided to give the games a try. I hope some of those who have passed through did go on to take a closer look and possibly buy into the trucking dream. One thing I have found out, and it post-dates my starting out in the game, is that you can now download a demo to try it out. The demo is available from the Euro Truck Simulator 2 website and also on Steam. There’s also a demo for American Truck Simulator but that appears to only be on Steam. So, if you want to give either title a try there’s now no excuse! 🙂

A couple of weeks back Euro Truck Simulator 2 was on sale – it happens for both titles 3 or 4 times each year and you can then get the games for £3.74p each. Anyway, I decided to flag up the sale to my Twitter community – which mainly comprises friends from football. Over the last couple of years chatting with the fans I’d found some who were at least vaguely interested in the games after seeing my tweeted screenshots. I’m pleased to report that my tweet advertising the sale resulted in two of our teenage fans trying the demo (which is how I learnt of it’s existence) and then purchasing the game. I did have a minor concern that their parents might not be happy with me introducing them to another computer game when they’re coming up to their GCSE’s. Last Saturday when they were dropped off to catch the coach to our away match I took the opportunity to approach their Mother and apologise. She was having none of it – she thanked me for getting them involved as it’s a relaxing game and just what they needed at a stressful time! In fact, she reckons that she’s going to have a go at the game too! Result!!! 🙂

It seems that everything is happening in Euro Truck currently. Last Digest I was reporting on the new Mercedes-Benz Actros Tuning Pack and showing shots of that truck. Now, with a lot of hype on Twitter, SCS finally released the Renault T. It has been a long wait for the community as negotiations for the rights to publish the truck have been very difficult. But finally Renault Trucks, and the other holders of rights to the famous diamond badge, are all on board. 🙂 Reading between the lines of the pre-release media, there has been a concerted effort between Renault Trucks and SCS Software to bring the modelling of the vehicle fully up to date resulting in a really polished final model. Release to live was finally announced on Tuesday as being 13:00 yesterday. And that left me with an issue for yesterday morning… I had just completed a delivery to Kotka in Finland and I really wanted to buy a Renault T from the nearest Renault dealer to our home base. That meant making my way back to Lyon in France!

Fortunately I was able to pick up a job from Kouvola carrying a load of tree saplings to Milan. That’s a very long drive – here’s the route……and here’s a few shots from along the way…






…Then I had to pick up a simple job across to Lyon……a much shorter drive but a grand total before I even got to the dealership for my new truck of 4415km.

So I spent around 4hr45min real time just getting back to Lyon yesterday. Sometimes this is not a game for the casual player 😉 I hope you liked my inclusion of route maps – something I’ve been toying with for a while. I’ll introduce you to my new Renault T in another post 🙂