I had a set of things, mainly revolving around the computer games that I play, that I hoped would happen this spring. Most of them didn’t and it’s time for some explanations.

Lets start with Farming Simulator. I have often thought about kicking this off again but just like back in December, Truck Simulator has been eating much of my playing time. There was also a lot of time spent on The Hunter – Call of the Wild when I wasn’t trucking. Then Giants Software announced the proposed release of Farming Simulator 2022 – sometime in the last quarter of 2021. At that point, I decided to wait for the new game which will include seasons and other improvements! I can’t promise a return to Boundary Farm to begin with though 🙂

So, if I’ve been hunting, why haven’t I been writing about that? Well, I did, sort of… There were 2 posts in January and I pressed on for a while after that progressing my new profile….

…But there never seemed a good time to write about it and then there was the ‘Dogs’ update. We were going to get Bloodhounds to aid our tracking and to be our companion in the field. It would have made for a good time to post about the game. Unfortunately, the dogs had ticks – or should I say, were bugged – causing a number of issues. I was lucky, because I was too busy in Euro truck at the time of the release, I didn’t get the chance to begin playing with a dog before the issues came to light. Expansive Worlds issued a hotfix to get around the most glaring of the problems but fell into the trap of ‘fix one bug – create two more’. I have stayed away from the game and will only return when the worst of the bugs have been eradicated. Expansive Worlds are a small team and I sometimes wonder if they should take a leaf out of the SCS Software playbook and do open beta’s for their changes – the player base is very loyal and would happily pitch in to catch bugs before the release of a new update.

In the background I have continued with Car Mechanic Simulator – a fun game that I play off and on. Here’s a recently restored Chevy Corvette…

…I have stopped playing that game now because… The 2021 version is due to be released soon – can’t wait 🙂

Warframe is dead – for me and my Son. Too many changes that seem to have no real gains for the player. We both stopped playing over a year ago – and there are a lot of other players who did likewise. But the game continues to prosper with new players joining to replace those who have given up on it. In many ways, Destiny 2 has become what we thought Warframe should have been and Alasdair is enjoying playing that.

The Fisherman – Fishing Planet. One of those games that sits there patiently waiting for you to come back. Pushed into the background by The Hunter, I went back earlier this week for the first time in several months and once again fell in love with the relaxed gameplay. There’s something special about waiting for that first bite in the cool mist of dawn…

…It took me a little while to remember what baits might work best for different fish and at different locations, but it’s all coming back. I found that I had a very unbalanced set of rods, floats and baits in my kit along with a plethora of lures that duplicated each other, so I’ve had a late spring clean 😉 Expect a ‘fishing’ related Birdshot post sometime soon!

And that brings me to Trucking… The less said the better as that’s really a subject for a Trucking Digest and you can expect one of those very soon 😉

I thought I’d share some more screenshots from Car Mechanic Simulator 18. These are the cars I have completed rebuilding this week. If some of the names seem a little strange it’s because those vehicles are not officially licensed by the manufacturer.

Reptilia R2…

Chieftain TBX…

DC Typhoon…

Chieftain Bandit…

Sceo LX550…

The last was a complete basket case when I bought it from the scrapyard but diligent searching for the the missing body parts meant that the rebuild didn’t cost an arm and a leg 😉 I probably made around 60K on that car alone when I sold it – I don’t keep detailed records like I do for my trucks! The other cars all made a good profit with the exception of the DC Typhoon which I’ve decided to keep. And all that money washing around means I’ve been able to treat myself to a Porsche 911…

The Kids – I christen them as such purely because they’re so much younger than me – have recently discovered Car Mechanic Simulator 18. I know this because they’ve been excitedly tweeting about it 🙂 My long suffering followers will recall me first showing some screenshots from this game and even a spoof car sales advert quite some time ago. In fact, I bought the game when it was on early access so I have some history. I’ve played it in spurts because it’s that sort of game – addictive in short bursts, after which a break is probably wise. But, with other games taking my attention, I haven’t played for a year! With the reawakened interest generated by the youthful enthusiasm, I guess it’s time to take another look. Now where did I leave that Wrench?

Things, or more importantly this Plymouth……were exactly where I left them. It became a simple case of rebuilding the engine……and the running gear before selling the car for a good profit…

I make it sound simple but it actually took me something like 20mins to remember what keys do what and how to use the camera to take images 😉 In fact the Camera has had some changes and now works much better than it did before. That’s a positive improvement. There have also been a number of upgrades to the game in the form of new DLC’s with licensed content from several car manufacturers. A couple of other vehicles have been snuck in by the developers in the upgrades like this Sceo XL550 that I bought from the junkyard… It wasn’t as clean as that when I bought it – I’ve already fixed the frame and started repairing the bodywork and doors. I’ve also rebuilt the engine… The car is now already worth $50k more than I paid for it despite the scrapyard charging over the odds in the first place – If you’re buying from the junkyard remember to choose your cars well to counter that overpricing unless it’s a vehicle you simple must have for your collection like this Alfa Romeo Giulietta……There’s a lot of work to be done on that classic before it’s showroom ready! That’s an example of the huge number of fan created mod cars also available from the Steam Workshop for this game!

Coming back to the game has made me do some reassessment of the cars in my personal parking. Some will be fully refurbished and sold like this ‘Salem Flamino’ for example……and this Plymouth Volare……in which latter case, I really want one with the wood trim! Other cars will just pass through – being rebuilt to showroom condition to make money. For example this Chevelle SS……which I fully rebuilt including the engine……and repainted to a deep metallic blue… You might wonder why I didn’t keep that Chevelle? Because I already have one in my collection that I lucked upon in a barn – unlike the standard one with 290HP or so, the one I’m keeping has…..an 820HP supercharged engine! I think it will get repainted in that lovely dark blue though 🙂

That brings us up to date with Car Mechanic Simulator 18. I’m now trying to play a little of each of my favourite games every week. That’s more variety for me and more variety for you 😉 Hope you have enjoyed the images – more from CMS18 in a future post 🙂