WOT Decision Time?

After guiding you through Euro Truck Simulator 2 to the point of buying your first truck it’s time to quickly look at a profile decision that you could have made at the start but which becomes more pertinent at this point in the game. That decision is whether to link your profile to a World of Trucks account.

I’ve assumed that you bought the game through Steam since that is what 90% of players do (often in the sales). Steam gives you lots of in-game achievements to collect. In fact you may have already collected a couple of them by using a ferry or the channel tunnel – Sardine and Choo-Choo respectively. It is the achievements that give additional purpose to your game activities.

World of Trucks (WOT) gives you a forum to upload images to share with fellow Truckers. That may not be important to you but it also provides another source of jobs in the game. Until you bought your truck, the only jobs available to you were ‘Quick Jobs’. Now you can select ‘Freight Market’ jobs which are the ones where you use your own truck. But, if you have connected your profile to a WOT account you can also select ‘External Jobs’.

The jobs and the screens differ in a couple of ways. The Freight Market screen marks where your truck is but gives you the option of selecting a cargo from anywhere on the map so, for example I’m in Le Mans but I could choose to pick up a job from Gdansk! This may seem odd but there are circumstances where you might wish to take a specific cargo from a nearby city – probably because it counts towards an Achievement. Each job has an expiry time in minutes to hours. It’s important to recognise that this is game clock time not real world time. So if you were to pick one of the jobs in the screenshot with a 4 minute expiry, you will probably find it gone by the time you reach the pick-up point! The arrows on the right of each job are important too. They show the urgency of the task and are the only way to guess at how tight for time your run will be once you’ve hooked up to your trailer – that expected time on the left seems to relate to collection though only loosely. The Freight Market jobs only tell you when you actually need to be at your destination once you’ve hooked up – anyone smelling a trap here?! And, once again, this is game clock time – not the time on your watch. One positive in that is that the clock stops if you pause the game.
The external jobs supplied by World of Trucks are different. Firstly, the map not only knows where you are but only offers you jobs in the local area. In most cases this means the specific city you are in although if two cities are very close – Luxembourg and Metz come to mind – then you will see jobs from both. You’ll notice that the variety of trailers is different in my screen shots – that’s because I’m running a couple of trailer mods and not all of these are picked up by WOT for its jobs. Now for the key differences in WOT jobs. The time shown is Real World Time. If the job says 16 hours then you have 16 hours to complete it. Unlike the Freight Market jobs, the clock never stops so if you close the game and go away to do something else your time left to complete the job continues reducing. Normally this is not an issue but you need to understand how long it takes to drive a given distance in the game in real time. A guide figure assuming you’re obeying the speed limits is that 500km will take around 45 minutes to drive. So if you were to pick a job from Limoges to Le Mans that had 38mins left on it you will very likely be late and, as mentioned before, that will incur a massive fine! If you’ve clicked on a job but not hit the take job button you will see the route highlighted and by going to the map screen you can see the route distance which will allow you to estimate whether the time allowed is viable 🙂

Another difference is that once you click the Take Job button in External Market jobs, it’s all yours – you don’t have to rush to the collection point while hoping that the trailer will still be there when you arrive. Now that’s better! 😉

The other reason for connecting your Profile to World of Trucks is their own Achievements which add more targets to aim for……including occasional community events. For example there is the annual Christmas ‘Help Santa’ event and this month they had a ‘Trade Connections – France’ event. The Christmas bauble and the Postage Stamp signify that I completed these. SCS have indicated that they will be doing more of these in future. I think that makes connecting your profile to World of Trucks worthwhile 🙂

So that sums up World of Trucks, your profile and what connecting to it adds to the game. I’ll conclude with a couple of screenshots with our Volvo passing La Chapelle Notre Dame du Puy in Bourganeuf on the D941… And a forward view from the cab on the A28 while driving from Limoges to Le Mans… I forgot to mention in the post about our first truck that I fitted a no smoking sign and a Volvo pennant. Those pennants are a useful addition because they hang out on corners giving an indication of how many g’s you’re pulling through a turn – advance warning of the risk that the truck will tip over! I suggest you fit one 🙂

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Starting Your Trucking Business

I’m not going to go into the details of installing Euro Truck Simulator 2 or setting up your chosen method of control be it wheel, joystick or mouse and keyboard – this is purely about the gameplay.  But… Between starting the game and setting up the controls you will need to create a profile.   Here you enter a user name and a company name so you might wish to give some thought to those before you start.   There is the usual choice of Male or Female and you have to pick an avatar from the supplied images along with a company logo.   None of these are particularly important as they don’t affect gameplay at all.

The other item you have to choose as you create the profile is your preferred truck.   You can choose any one you like and overall it will not affect your future gameplay.   What it does determine though is the truck you will drive on the very first job that the game gives you.   In Euro Truck it really doesn’t matter therefore if you choose Scania for example, or MAN as the trucks have generally similar characteristics in the base game.   In American Truck however, you may wish to select one of the shorter wheelbase trucks because of the variance in turning circles.   The sheer size of the Kenworth W900 can make getting out of the yard with that first cargo problematic if you have no previous experience – ask my Son 😉

So I selected the MAN TGX as my preferred truck.   That will have no influence on my actual first purchase although I already know that my company will have some MAN vehicles in the fleet.   When you complete building your profile the game will start and you will be presented with a map and asked to choose a headquarters city.  At this point I should tell you that I am running the game with three additional maps so I have a wider choice than those who are running the base game.   You might choose somewhere in Germany or the UK.  I have chosen Lyon in France because I like driving in that area.

Once you have chosen your headquarters the game will load your preferred truck at a business in your chosen city with a consignment for another business around the corner.   This is the only time that you don’t get to choose your job.   You will find that this run pays around €360 and offers 1 experience point (XP).   So off you go around the block trying to avoid accidents – damage to the cargo will be deducted at the destination and any fines will come directly out of your bank account which you will find has €2000 in it at the start of the game.   When you reach the destination you will find a green icon in the entrance to the yard.   Stop over that icon and hit the enter key to see your parking options.   Always – no matter how inexperienced you are – go for the hard parking option.   The key to this part of the game is collecting XP so that you can increase you skills and therefore the range of jobs that are open to you.   As your skills increase, so your ability to make money grows too.  So do that hard park and turn your 1XP run into 41XP or even 91XP 🙂   Just a quick note regards American Truck – in that game the first job is over a longer distance which may even take you to another city.

When you successfully park the trailer in the white marked area it will turn green and the message display will ask you to uncouple by pressing T.   Then you will be presented with a job conclusion screen telling you how well you’ve done – anything less than excellent means you’ve probably hit something along the way and damaged the cargo.   If it comes up with a red Late header then you’re really into heavy repayments to the contractor – whatever happens on any job, Late is the worst offence of the lot 😉

Finally – when you close the job completion screen you’ll get to see your Headquarters…

 

…It’s not much to look at, but you’ll be changing that once you start making real money!   I think that will do for a first lesson.  In the next trucking post we’ll get on to moving some actual loads between cities as a hired driver.