Earning Money

That’s what we’re here for in the real world and in Truck Simulator. The only difference is that you can always delete your profile and start up again in the real world – it’s called bankruptcy 😉 Ok – I think I may have got a bit confused there somewhere!

If you’ve done your first trip and you’ve got €3000 in the bank, you may be thinking that you can take out a €100k loan from the bank and buy your first truck immediately. Well, good luck with that! Firstly, only the most basic of the trucks are available to purchase. Most trucks and upgrades are limited by your skill level. You can cheat… I see there is a mod that makes the required level 0 for everything but I wouldn’t go there. The artificial limitations placed on what you can buy are unrealistic but I think it’s best to work within them if only to make you feel that you’ve earned that new truck!

Much more importantly, if you take that loan you’ll have to pay back €2888 per day and that means you have to earn €2888 along with enough money to cover your maintenance and fuel costs in order to make a living.   And that assumes you’re a good driver and don’t get fines or collide with other traffic – which those of you who have been reading my posts will recognise as a high probability occurrence due to the ai in the game :-( So the message is – be patient. The time to buy is around a dozen trips away:-)

I log my drives in excel. It’s up to you whether you choose to do the same but I find it a means of engaging with the game – a bit like filling out the swindle-sheets after completing a delivery. The log is one reason why I can tell you of all my adventures and if you get involved in Truck Sim’s you may want to log your adventures too. If you’re flying airplanes in one of those sims you should be keeping a log – that’s what Pilots do, so why not truckers?

I present you with my log from the first few drives…

Dijon – Metz Lumber 24t € 3,750
Metz – Frankfurt Canned Beef 28t € 5,315
Frankfurt – Düsseldorf Lighting Fixtures 18t € 5,064
Düsseldorf – Brussels Tyres 16t € 5,601
Brussels – Carlisle Paint 23t € 5,174
Carlisle – Hannover Leibherr 954 19t € 9,802

I’ve mentioned that this is a chance to learn about the different trucks and to Illustrate the point I started out in a MAN TGX then had a DAF XF for the run to Frankfurt – didn’t convince me that I should like DAF’s!   The run to Düsseldorf produced another Volvo FH16 Classic but then the drive to Brussels gave the opportunity to try out a Mercedes Benz Actros.   This run caused me a minor embarrassment as I overran a red light incurring a €160 fine.   Brussels to Carlisle was a surprise as the truck provided was a MAN TGA – courtesy of MADSTER’s mod.   That was a real pleasure – I’d forgotten how nice a truck the TGA is to drive (Now driving one in my main profile!).   The Carlisle to Hannover run with the Renault Premium was fun too but for different reasons – had to have eyes in the back of my head at every junction  and whenever there were roadside barriers.   A trailer that needs watching and that’s all part of the fun 🙂   Here we go with a couple of images from these early runs…

MAN TGA – Lovely truck to drive 🙂

Hauling the Leibherr excavator with some fool tailgating!

 

Once in a Month of Sunday’s…

…I actually get to come home!

Options and Mod’s

Before taking that first job to begin building our company, I thought this would be a good time to look at game options as these affect gameplay. On the main screen click on the cog icon just to right of centre at the bottom. You will now see the Options menu. The gameplay menu is available from here. But, before you head off to that area, I just know the music is starting to get on your nerves, so pop into the audio menu first to turn it down! 😉

Ok, now to the Gameplay Menu. The decisions made here affect the realism of your game so you should give some thought to your choices. The good news is, you can get to the options menu at any time and alter settings if you are not happy about something – even in the middle of a job! There are two main sections of which the first deals with game settings. You probably won’t need to change these as they mostly tend towards the realistic. The odd ones out are the parking dialogue options. I leave those on because there’s always that parking job that is taking too long and the dialogue gives you the chance to opt out when dinner’s ready 😉

The truck setting section is more important for realism buffs. Braking intensity and trailer stability are important. The position of the braking intensity slider I have chosen is based on advice in a forum from a Volvo truck driver – he felt the braking was about right in that position. It’s not an exact science though and some trucks seem to brake more/less harshly than others especially if you are using non-standard trucks. My trailer stability setting is a bit of a guess 😉 Advanced trailer coupling should be checked – it probably needs to be renamed realistic trailer coupling as when un-ticked it becomes easy trailer coupling! You probably want to turn off automatic engine and electrics start unless your chosen control settings mean you need it on. Turn on Airbrake simulation – this means that the brakes will run out of puff if you over use them! Turn on Realistic Fuel consumption too – otherwise every run will be something like 38l/100km regardless of cargo weight, engine size, etc. You can set up the cruise control to your personal preference.

Mod’s or Modifications – these are another way of improving the game experience. This is a screenshot of the Mod Manager. At a basic level the game is fine without mod’s but a by adding some key ones in you can improve the ‘Immershun’. Initially you will probably want to stick with the in game icons for parking and job collection – but when you are confident in your parking you could add in the HN Immersive Symbols mod which replaces those. Ignore the truck mods in the same picture – they’re something you may wish to add in the future for your enjoyment rather than as an immersion enhancement. If you look in the column on the right though you will see in the centre DP’s Realistic Traffic – this mod makes the ai more variable throughout the day with busy and slack times. It also makes the behaviour more realistic with some drivers taking greater risks. That’ll keep you on your toes – Highly recommended 🙂  There are also the Real European Companies and Real European Gas Stations mods. All of these immersive mods are found in the Steam Workshop and are updated automatically once you have subscribed to them. When starting the game you will need to open the Mod Manager and activate each of the mod’s you have installed.

In this second screenshot are a group of traffic and trailer mods made by Jazzycat. These will make the traffic on the roads and the cargoes available for you to haul more varied. I can still remember driving in Germany after installing the Bus pack and being pleasantly surprised to see a Belle Coaches vehicle in their blue and yellow colours. These mods are too large for the Steam Workshop so you will need to download them from ets2downloads (one of several download sites). Just search for Jazzycat. There are instructions on how to install these to your game on the page but also there are plenty of videos on YouTube to show you how.  A word of warning – make sure you click on the correct download button as there are a lot of adverts and other things on the downloads site.  I think that’s enough for this post – we’ll be taking some jobs as a driver available for hire in the next post.

Germany – Austria Border