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TrainZItalia 2017: the Turning Point


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#1 UP844

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Inviato 10 novembre 2017 - 12:21

On October 29th, the TrainZItalia Staff met in Brescia to discuss the future of TrainZItalia.

 

Re-organisation of user categories.

 

For a series of reasons, Gold Member subscriptions cannot be purchased any more. The Staff will take charge of the costs associated with the website.

From now on, a user will only be able to gain a Gold Membership by providing active contributions to the development of our website. This contribution can take many forms: asset/route/session creation, betatesting, providing documentation helping the authors of new assets, etc.

Admission to Gold Membership will only take place through invitation by the Staff. No self-nominations will be accepted.

The few remaining “Annual” Gold Members will continue to enjoy their membership until its expiration date. On such date, the Staff will evaluate on a case-by-case basis and through the same criteria set out above, whether to pass them into the “For Life” category or not.

 

Re-organisation of the download areas.

 

To make user participation easier, we have unanimously decided that, as regards to the assets created by Staff members:

All assets (except rolling stock) and all routes will become Free;

As regards to rolling stock, authors will decide on a case-by-case basis. All the rolling stock consisting of simple repaints of Free assets will become Free anyway.

As regards to the assets not created by Staff members, we cannot – of course – decide for them and we well comply with their decisions, so we have already contacted them.

Note: the release of such assets as Freeware does not authorise uploading them on other websites (including the DLS) without the author permission.

 

Download restoration

 

The decision mentioned under the previous point greatly simplifies the restoration process, since no lengthy and difficult investigations to assess the original state of the assets are required.

 

Supported versions

 

Once the restoration of all the previously available downloads is over, we will cease any support for TS2010. Keeping the assets compatible with so many game versions is becoming increasingly difficult and prevents us from exploiting some features that are only present in the newest versions. The compatibility range of any new releases will be decided by their authors.

 

The TrainZItalia Staff


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#2 stlsf4003

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Inviato 15 novembre 2017 - 11:27

Bold move making everything freeware, here's hoping everything works out for y'all! :)

 

On a Somewhat related note.

 

I'm Assuming that all your payware routes and now freeware, correct? 

 

Also.

 

Just how long will it take to overhaul the site for these's changes to be implemented? 



#3 UP844

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Inviato 16 novembre 2017 - 12:28

Our main hope is to stimulate creativity among the users through this move: time will tell if we were right.

 

As regards to the routes:

  • The new Rollins Pass (for T:ANE only) will be released soon, and will include the complete locomotive and rolling stock roster for the Denver & Salt Lake RR: the Team is completing the last pre-launch tests.
  • The old Rollins Pass route (for TS2010 / TS12) will be re-released at the same time: it's still a nice route, but comparison with the new one will prove the great visual advancement provided by T:ANE.
  • The West from Denver route will NOT be re-issued: it is a very old route and it looks terrible even in TS2010. It would require a major overhaul to look barely decent according to today's standards. Moreover, when the route was designed back in 2003 (14 years ago) we didn't have access to a lot of information that is now readily available and, as a consequence, the route contains many errors that need fixing. So far, we only are at the planning stage and we are unable to provide even a rough date of release.
  • The Donner Pass is no more available for sale through the site: please send a PM to Jango for any additional details. This route will also be updated to work in T:ANE, but this will require remaking lots of assets that cannot be modified to work in the latest version of Trainz.

 

In the near future (early 2018), we also plan to re-release (as freeware) all the U.S. steam locomotives still missing, i.e. the Big Boy, the Clinchfield and DRG&W Challengers and the fictitious Huge Boy.

 

As for the time required to implement the changes, it should not take too much: I think three or four months will be enough.

 

:ciao:


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And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here
 
UP844 - KUID: 69593 - Author ID: Pendolino - Join Date: Aug 1, 2002
TS2010 build 49933:   morte_benedico

 TS12 build 61388 Collectors' Edition #405  :uè2:

 T:ANE: no, grazie! (ecco perché)  :impiccato:

TRS19: appena uscirà ufficialmente :mrgreen:


#4 stlsf4003

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Inviato 16 novembre 2017 - 10:36

Our main hope is to stimulate creativity among the users through this move: time will tell if we were right.

 

As regards to the routes:

  • The new Rollins Pass (for T:ANE only) will be released soon, and will include the complete locomotive and rolling stock roster for the Denver & Salt Lake RR: the Team is completing the last pre-launch tests.
  • The old Rollins Pass route (for TS2010 / TS12) will be re-released at the same time: it's still a nice route, but comparison with the new one will prove the great visual advancement provided by T:ANE.
  • The West from Denver route will NOT be re-issued: it is a very old route and it looks terrible even in TS2010. It would require a major overhaul to look barely decent according to today's standards. Moreover, when the route was designed back in 2003 (14 years ago) we didn't have access to a lot of information that is now readily available and, as a consequence, the route contains many errors that need fixing. So far, we only are at the planning stage and we are unable to provide even a rough date of release.
  • The Donner Pass is no more available for sale through the site: please send a PM to Jango for any additional details. This route will also be updated to work in T:ANE, but this will require remaking lots of assets that cannot be modified to work in the latest version of Trainz.

 

In the near future (early 2018), we also plan to re-release (as freeware) all the U.S. steam locomotives still missing, i.e. the Big Boy, the Clinchfield and DRG&W Challengers and the fictitious Huge Boy.

 

As for the time required to implement the changes, it should not take too much: I think three or four months will be enough.

 

:ciao:

Thanks 844!

 

I'll be sure to drop a line to Jango about Donner when i get a chance.



#5 lilnuggetdude

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Inviato 20 settembre 2018 - 01:53

the sooner that the other locos get put up the better, you guys make some of the best UP models out there! keep up the good work!  :su:


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