Trucking Digest

After the recent hiatus I had some difficulty deciding what game periodical I should write first. In the end, Trucking gets the nod for being easiest to pick up the thread despite there being a lot going on.

You will recall that at the time of the last Digest I was delivering cargoes for the SCS Software Breast Cancer Charity event. Needless to say, the community completed the target 1m deliveries on 14th October with 6 days of the event to go. Since then SCS have been able to make initial donations to the chosen Czech and US charities and to add in a 3rd recipient in Germany! Here’s the story on SCS Software’s Blog. Apart from the pink ribbon dlc’s for my trucks I also treated myself to one of the pink t-shirts marking the event. I expect there will be more charity events for us in the future 🙂

Halloween brought some light-hearted fun for the community with many drivers repainting their trucks in appropriate themes. I opted for buying another Peterbilt 389 and passing ‘Ribbons’ on to an employee. Finished in metallic black with white wheels, I call her ‘The Undertaker’……In cab she has appropriate decor in the form of a special steering wheel and hanging Terminator skull……Ideal for Halloween. Subsequently, for Remembrance Day, I replaced the skull with a pair of dogtags as a mark of respect.

The pace of change remains rapid. Game update v1.36 was deployed on November 5th to American truck Simulator. This was a key enabler for the release of the next state – Utah, which released on November 7th. It also brings full DirectX 11 support but means that the game will no longer run on DirectX 9. The v1.36 for Euro Truck should arrive in late November as a precursor to the delivery of the next map dlc in that game – Road to the Black Sea. And then it’ll be time for the annual Christmas event.

Utah has been an eagerly awaited addition to the American Truck map and it didn’t disappoint. There’s some very nice scenery and some tricksy roads. To lend some perspective to the latter – if I’m driving I10 or I5 through New Mexico, Arizona and California, I can expect to achieve 550-600 miles in a shift. Even using the I15 in Utah is slower and once you’re on the 191 or the 89, well – I reckon I’ve done well to get 475 miles in a shift! One of the big attractions is the Kennecott Mine near Salt Lake City. That is one big mud-pie – here’s The Undertaker climbing out of it with, of all things, a tree stumper……I wonder if they’ve uncovered a petrified forest down there or something? 😉

We also got some new trailers as a result of the v1.36 update. One of those is the Frac Tank – an absolute pig to haul because of its wheels being right at the back! Here we are climbing up the grade from the power plant at Price River on the 191 just north of Martin……you can see how it wants to be on the wrong side of the road! You can also gauge the quality of the work SCS have put into this new map from that image – I had no problem finding the location on google maps. Also in this image is my current truck – The Undertaker has been passed to another employee as I try out one of the more recent vehicles to have become available as a workshop mod.

This is the Kenworth W990 and in real life it’s basically the T680 with a more ‘classic’ styling aimed at the owner-driver who wants something that stands out from the crowd but has a more modern style than the traditional W900. This is Kenworth’s take on the market option that the Peterbuilt 567 addresses with its heritage appearance on the 579 running units (I have shown the 567 before in Digest). I think Peterbilt nailed it but I’m not sure that Kenworth have. However, this is a nice truck to drive and I’m taking time to enjoy her. I initially applied a suitable Heritage paint Job……But with all that chrome (which is standard by the way!) I decided that a plain metallic was going to look better. So she got repainted into the gold scheme you see here……and ‘Rolled Gold II’ was born.

I always mention that a particular truck has been passed to an employee. My personal fleet built up since I restarted my profile when v1.35 was released is as follows: Peterbilt 579, 567 and 2x 389, Freightliner FLB, Mack R600 and this Kenworth W990. There are also 4 other Pete’ 579’s in service with the company. One interesting inclusion to the changes in v1.36 was the ability to see where each of our drivers is on the map. So, this evening I see that our longest serving driver Mille is heading home to Bakersfield from Grand Coulee with a load of Silica in my personal Peterbilt 579……and Simone is hauling a mobile barrier back to her home base at Flagstaff with my Peterbilt 567……She’ll have fun parking that when she gets there 😉 And me? I’m that cockney sparrow up in Sacramento where I’ve just bought a new garage, two Peterbilt 579’s and hired two new drivers. It’s time we tapped into the freight market in that area 🙂

Frac Tanks got a mention in this post. When I prepare to write about my trucking experiences in game I spend some time doing research – usually to check the accuracy of trucks and trailers or to find out some more about new areas that I’m driving to. In looking up Frac Tanks and their uses I found this article about fracking and the impact on Vernal, Utah (where I picked up my Frac Tank load) – I think it’s worth a read. Fracking has certainly caused some controversy in the UK and our Government has just withdrawn its support for Fracking – though the cynic in me say’s that’s a pre-election ploy to gain some votes. Anyway, that’s about as close to politics as Trucking Digest should go 😦

Ok – that’s all for now – keep the shiny side up folks 🙂

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue

Discarded Blue……A baby’s cot left to decay along with the autumn leaves.

Blue Cheatlines and trailer……Once owned by Culina, now possibly an ‘owner-driver’ rig, DN15TWA is a Volvo FH4 with 500HP engine. Was advertised for sale by FleetEx in June this year.

All Blue……Volvo FH 500HP operated by D.R. & F.A.Ford – based in Wem, Shropshire with another base in Chirk.

Screenshot Blue……Finished in the traditional Ford colors, an 8240 Tractor in Farming Simulator 19.

Photos taken this morning for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Catch up with the challenge Here.

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!