Trucking Digest

Thursday July 16th saw the promised release of Idaho for American Truck Simulator. Prior to that release the core game was updated to v1.38 introducing graphical and sound improvements along with some new roads and changes made to facilitate the new DLC. There was also a new ‘viewpoint’ feature included in Idaho – something I will be trying out later this week. Every new release has raised the bar regards the map-modelling and player expectations were high for this release. I think it’s fair to say, we weren’t disappointed!

Along with the release came a short Community event requiring us Truckers to deliver good to or from each of the 11 cities modelled in the game for a personal reward. The Community were required to complete 30 million miles of driving – which would release the community reward. In terms of a Community event, that’s not a lot of miles and understandably was completed in 3 days. SCS Software had anticipated this and the personal reward element will be remaining available for some timme to come so that as many players as possible can get the special paint scheme 🙂

I chose to drive this event in Kenny, our Kenworth K-100e with a 425HP Cummins ISX12 engine and 13 speed gearbox. It’s time I did some manual driving again after the automated luxury of the Mack Anthem 🙂 Here are some screenshots taken in Idaho during the event……as you can see, the scenery is great!

This morning, before penning this post I took a trip down to Jackpot, Nevada, which is a town that has had some changes as a direct result of the Idaho release. Some nice vistas on route 93 along the way and, on arrival I found the old truck maintenance depot has been replaced by a shopping mall!…

That’s the trucking news – Keep the shiny side up! 🙂

Trucking Digest

I’ve had a rest. Much as I love the relaxation of driving around Europe and the US, I probably needed one too. Running up to mid-May I was working hard to clear off some of my outstanding Steam Achievements. I think that drained me a lot – it’s amazing how much work is involved in just playing a ‘game’. Then we had the special event, Operation Genoa Bridge. Normally I throw myself into any community event but on this occasion several things weighed against that level of involvement.

Lockdown – One of the effects of lockdown has been a growing together of the trucking community on Twitter. I now have a number of new friends that I chat with daily. They’re all over the world – The nearest (UK excluded) is in France and farthest is in Australia. It’s a real mix of ages too with the youngest being 13 – I suspect I’m the oldest 😉 Our love of the truck simulator games is the common denominator although photography is another subject that is shared between us 🙂

The friendship quotient played its part in my not getting extremely involved in Genoa Bridge event – some of my friends couldn’t do their quota of deliveries to get their personal awards very quickly due to some real life issues like – Homework (shock horror!) and trying to save a business after the lockdown. I held back to give my friends every chance to complete. But that had the effect of me not getting a real flow on. I did do some deliveries for the community as a whole but once I’d got my own quota complete I didn’t push on to do as much as possible which is what I’d normally have done.

Meanwhile, I’ve been discovering my mojo in Farming Simulator 19 and you’ve had a lot of posts about Oak Glen Farm – there will be more updates. I’ve also tried out a couple of other games that deserve a look from the gamers amongst you – Hardspace: Shipbreaker being the standout one that I will probably be publishing more posts about. I’ve also continued playing The Hunter – Call of the Wild and The Fisherman – Fishing Planet. So there has been a lot going on behind the break from Trucking.

But this week I’ve started to get back behind the wheel and I’ve done some driving each day. I can’t show you the new Genoa Bridge because I haven’t driven across it yet. But I can share some shots of my two DAF’s in action – the 6×4 that I did the event in and wears the paint scheme we were gifted for taking part. It was Yellow and Black but I’ve modified it to DAF’s orange and blue. My original 530HP DAF 6×2/4 is now wearing a new ‘DAFUnityEdition’ white paint scheme – another free update from SCS Software to the DAF XF Tuning Pack DLC in collaboration with DAF Trucks 🙂

Meanwhile, in the US, we await delivery of a new state – Idaho. That’s scheduled for July 16th. Meantime I’ve been doing some driving in Balto, my Mack Anthem. This truck is such a pleasure to drive – I’ve even adjusted to the mirrors!

So, I’m back driving again but I will also be pushing on with my farming and hunting and whatever else… Need to try to balance it all including real-life 😉

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything to do with cars and trucks

Shifting Plant for the Construction Industry…

Ford Cortina mkii…

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