Pitwall news

Disqualifications, result calculations, tyre compound rules and more

In a long overdue news post, I can talk a bit more about the updates that were recently added in the game. Apart from the bug fixes in the game (bit.ly links and redirection for new users) this was primarily focused on race script fixes and updates.

The biggest change which allowed me to make other changes was the results calculations which has been removed from the race script and inserted into the hour update script. It not only allows us more time to check that everything is right before points are awarded and bonusses are paid. The events in the first division race have proven that, but also that it will probably be even better to move the result calculations to the day update. As long as the calculations haven't been done, the race page now shows the unofficial results with a new view that gives an overview of the race. Also new in this regard is the starting grid before the race.

This change of calculations was also necessary since another new feature is introduced: disqualifications. The game can now disqualify drivers, or hand out time penalties. These have been introduced already, since from now on drivers can get penalties for causing a collision or jumping the start (also new). Time penalties vary from 5 to 10 seconds.
If a car is not legal, then the driver can be disqualified from the race. This is something that is not possible this season yet, but will be next when the new compound rules (also new) come into play. Compound rules have been created so that the team can be required to use a number of different types of compounds. But the rules can also be written so that a certain compounds needs to be used a certain amount of times. For example: it could be required to use the soft tyre 2 times and the hard once. Just like in real life, these compound rules only count if it stays dry. Once there's one rain drop on the track, it's no longer necessary to satisfy these rules.

Luckily, we have a politics system in which you the managers can vote. We will be requiring the usage of 2 compounds just like in real life F1, but the vote is on whether we require the usage of the soft tyre (which will be tweaked to last longer next season). The vote is on and expires at the end of the week.

The next release will shift its focus for one cycle from the race script to the layout and the step it takes to start playing this game. The game has a bit of a step to take when you start playing. This because the tutorial is not great, the layout on some pages is very messy. Because of these reasons I've made a few changes which are currently being implemented on the beta.
First of all, the help system is being ported to a wiki. This will allow the help pages to display content in a more interactive way. The current help pages can only show text, but no tables, images, ... The downside is that we will lose translations, but I think the benefits outweigh that.
Secondly, the tutorial has been removed and will be replaced by one or two popups which guide the player into the direction where to get help. The many changes in the game meant that the tutorial was outdated quite a bit. If the player knows where and how to get help or more information, then that will help. It's also an approach that other games have taken, since it's better than the "hold my hand" approach.
Thirdly, new teams are now entered in a division by default, and get drivers/staff and a developed car by default. These options can be disabled, but the found a team page explicitly advices new players to not disable those options. This will allow new members to get started straight away. A later update in the race script will also mean that they can do a private test on their first day at Pitwall, so that they can get running straight after registering. Other changes in this area are for example that a "car" on the Cars page is automatically created when the first 2 chassis of the season are finished.
Finally, the general layout has been redesigned. The idea was to get rid of the gray website with too many buttons on pages. This change had already started on the current layout, but it will be even more clear on the new layout. I returned to a white website since I feel the original Pitwall still had the best layout, which was also white. The background I feel made me have to use too many layers over each other, which wasn't always great for visibility. So that has been removed as well. An example of a new page can be found here. Some pages have already been designed, but for now I've only focused on the new homepage (see link above), the chat, forum, calendar and career pages. The main design is done, so creating the new pages will go quite quick. Keep an eye on the beta if you're interested in the new designs.

Posted October 12, 2020 09:37 am by Frank Van Laere.

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Team merchandise

As was discussed in the chat last week, I pushed development for the fans section forward since there were concerns that it was no longer working as intended. I looked into it, but the truth is that before it wasn't working as intended, and people were getting too much money from it. Because of a fix in something slightly related the bug got fixed.
Managers had obviously already gotten used to and planned in the extra surplus in fans income. So it wouldn't have been fair to say that they're out of luck. Because of those reasons, I pushed the changes that were long overdue for the Fans section.

When Pitwall 2 was created, it was originally planned to introduce what was introduced today. But since other stuff had a higher priority, it was pushed back and honestly not looked at again. Everything on the fans page was quite unclear, and it shows the original direction that I had taken with Pitwall 2; everything is hidden, and you'll have to notice the changes - bad game design idea. It has been my intention and I have been making everything much more transparant in Pitwall, and thus this update also reflects that change of direction in the game.

The old fans page allowed the manager to set a price and an image level. The image level is still there, and it now displays the modifiers which it influences. The team discipline has been slightly tweaked. The fans increase has been tweaked quite a lot.
Before fans would join the team based on the results and this parameter. The parameter was much more extreme before since it was the only parameter. How it works now is can be seen from the "Fanbase" section underneath "Fans modifiers". All the parameters are listed there, which start with the base value which is 100%. After the addition or subtraction of the parameters which play an influence we get to the total. This total is applied to the number of fans who want to join based on the results that you scored. So if there are 100 new fans who want to join after a result, and your fans modifier is set to 85% then you will only have 85 fans who join.

Before fans would pay each time they join and that would be it. This has been changed by introducing the merchandise sales. The idea is that your fans will pay for team merchandise on average once every 2 seasons. This depends on two modifiers: supplier and pricing. The supplier can be changed once per season, and plays an influence on the weekly sales and fans increase. The pricing is similar to what we had before, but now the manager can't set his own price any longer. He has to choose ranging from "Very cheap" to "Very expensive", which also play an influence on weekly sales and fans increase, but they also show the average price per product.
As I wrote above, before the fan would pay each time he joined. This has been removed and the fans will pay once every 2 seasons on average. The amount that they pay depends on the "Average product price" for the pricing category that was set, and on the sales modifier. The payout is paid during the weekupdate, and is also shown in the "Merchandise sales" section. A team is allowed to change its pricing for merchandise twice per season. After that they will need to wait until the next season, just like when they hit the limit for suppliers or image level.

Apart from the fans changes, there have been minor layout tweaks such as on buttons, feedback messages, and panels.

Posted August 31, 2020 11:11 am by Frank Van Laere.

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Season 24 rules published

The rules for season 24 have just been published. Car wise and racing wise nothing much has been changed. The biggest change is in the prize money. It has been increased quite a lot, but this is coupled with a gameplay change which means that from now on the prize money paid out will vary from division to division. The highest division (1) will get 100% of the stated prize money. Division 2 will get 65%, and division 3 gets 40%. The reason for this change is as it only makes sense since development costs more in the higher division, and we don't want to encourage teams to sandbag in the lower divisions.

Another rule change has been introduced which specifies how many drivers can take part in a session of the same team. Currently this is unlimited which means that a team could run as many different drivers as they want per session by swapping them over all the time in the car. From season 24 this will be limited to 3 drivers in the normal week sessions, and to 2 drivers in the off season testing only weeks. This does not mean that you need to drive with your first and second driver. You can still drive with 2 youth drivers in the testing only weeks. You just need to choose which driver you want to drive with.
From next week on a driver will also be able to participate in just 1 race session per week. This change was necessary to prevent drivers from participating in multiple race sessions per weekend, and potentially gaining much more driver training than was originally planned. This would lead to overpowered youth drivers, which is something that was reduced in recent changes.

The racescript has also had a small tweak, but that change will also be introduced just next week. The pitstop errors were too uncommon and they have been slightly increased. This will make the pit stop practice multiplier more important again.

There have been calls to re-allow refueling, so we will run a politics decision on that this week. It will mean that refueling in the race is allowed again. Since if we push that through I want to keep strategies open, we will not reduce the maximum fuel tank size so that people can still try to finish a race with really short pitstops.

Posted August 15, 2020 11:28 am by Frank Van Laere.

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Season 23

Welcome to season 23 everyone! This season was supposed to be the season of the introduction of Parc fermé, but the majority of managers have decided that this rule change should not be adopted and this was of course respected.

Just like in real world, there's a crisis raging in Pitwall. We've had to adopt our calendar to the situation where we can't travel. Therefore, there will be races this season where we race on a track that we've already raced on. Also, the races are in the European area to reduce the amount of travel. Normally, hopefully, things should be back to normal next season.

Suppliers have also been affected, and we've seen the first big changes in suppliers since the leaving and joining of suppliers was announced. Which supplier leaves and joins is determined and discussed by the admins, with me having the final say. The page on the admin panel where we can make changes to who joins/leaves was updated and improved last season to make sure that no changes can be made to suppliers joining or leaving for the next season and the season after that. This was necessary, since if we would make changes now for suppliers of next season, then there would be no warning message for the managers. This is what happened. Changes were made last season for this season (we obviously hadn't thought about the pull out mechanism), and because of this there was no news center announcement for some of the suppliers that pulled out.
Obviously this was our bad, but we won't be making any other changes (refund of admin points, re-instating suppliers, changing supplier contracts, ...) since the game functionality worked as intended, there was just no announcement. In real life this happens as well (many examples to sum up). I will make some changes to the supplier pages so that it's clear which supplier is pulling back.

Enjoy season 23! The focus is still on the race script, and we should have some more changes and fixes (to youth races) coming up to that soon.

Posted July 27, 2020 03:25 pm by Frank Van Laere.

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Staff skills

In the past development updates it became clear that there was a big issue with the skills of staff that was not correctly updating. In fact, the skills have remained virtually the same since the start of Pitwall, apart from the persuade skill. This was never intended, and had to be corrected.

I removed the faulty code, and created a new system which is much easier than the overly complex system that was in place. The new system updates the skills of each assigned staff each day. There are several factors which play an influence apart from the maximum skill and talent of a person: age is the biggest factor, but the role of the person (head staff gains optimally compared to junior) and the division the person is working in (not that big of a difference).

To correct the incorrect past 21 seasons, I have run a script which has looked at the age the person would have been at that point, and have done corrections. Because of that a lot of staff have jumped in skills and therefore I also ran an extra reputation ranking and rating calculation script. The skills of staff will now improve like they were supposed to all this time.

Posted June 9, 2020 04:22 pm by Frank Van Laere.

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Politics

Today the world of Pitwall has become a bit more democratic with the introduction of Politics. This module allows managers to vote for rule changes in the published rulebook for the upcoming season.

The governing body can propose one or more rule changes in a proposal. This is then published after which all active managers get a notification in their news center. They can then vote to approve, reject or abstain to vote. Making a vote costs 500 administrative points. Most votes will require 50%, but this number can vary depending on several factors.
If managers vote for, then they agree with all the proposed rule changes, against then they are against obviously, and when they decide to abstain they want to remain neutral but they will keep the vote for a next proposal. Abstaining can be interesting in case you want to save up votes for future proposals where you want to throw more weight into the scale. You can vote with a maximum of 3 votes, and it's not possible to accumulate more than 3 votes.

The first proposal has just been sent out of the door, and it is related to a new rule that was also introduced over the weekend: parc ferme conditions. This rule is currently set not to be enforced next season, but if enough people vote in favor (50%) then it will be adopted into the rule book next season.

In the future it will be possible for managers to create proposals, which will cost a lot of administrative points and have other requirements. But for now we will stick with the governing body making rule change proposals. Of course, the governing body keeps its veto right, but we intend not to use it too much.

Go out and vote! Next up is a new strategy page that is coming soon, and I will try to fix the bugs with the cars not getting of the grid in some races.

Posted June 7, 2020 11:17 am by Frank Van Laere.

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Scouting and person discovery changes

The scouting and person discovery section of the game has received an update over the weekend. The point of these changes was to make it easier for managers to discover the undiscovered potential. Especially in the staff section there are much better staff which never end up getting a job since it's too difficult for managers to find them.

Scouting gameplay changes
The blue stars got their introduction in a recent update. They are used to indicate how good the potential and current rating of persons are. If the "Known" statistic is not at the maximum level, then the stars will be blue. The known statistic can only increase, and increases by competing in races for drivers, or by being assigned to a position for staff. There are some small other parameters that play an influence to that, but that's the general idea.
There have been two changes in this area. First of all, from now on scout reports also play an influence in the known stat. Each time a scout report is generated, the known stat will increase slightly. The idea is that people talk, and some information will always be exchanged between teams.
The second change is that before the known stat would play an influence on the (blue) rating stars in an incremental way. This means that the person would always get low stars when he was unknown. They would increase as he would become known. This was kind of annoying, since it meant that all only-slightly-known persons would be low in stars. This has been changed so that it can work in two ways. Each person has an offset factor which reduces as the person becomes more and more known. How big this factor is depends from person to person. So some people can start off as a big talent, and reduce in rating big time. Or others could be a bit under rated, and increase in rating slightly over time.

If someone isn't known yet, then there are no stars to display. So I analyzed the flows, and it was quite clear that scouts keep rotating the same persons all the time. The only chance that fresh blood would enter was when a team would hire an unknown person. The original idea was that you can only scout someone if he has a job, but that restriction has been lifted now to open the market all the way for undiscovered potential. This means that from now on scouts will also be able to file scout reports for staff which are not contracted to a team, or to those who are contracted to a team but not assigned to a role.
The changes above should open up more staff talent, but driver talent suffered from similar issues albeit not that big. A small change has been made so that more driver talent should appear in the scout reports. Before youth or guest drivers without a team who competed in a division in the same season before would get preference when youth or guest drivers are invited to participate. This restriction has also been removed. This means that guest and youth drivers who are without a team will always be decided on a random basis.

Scouting page changes
The scouting page used to be a page with lots of panels crammed together on one page. The information that was shown was also quite generic and didn't offer that much information and still required you to click the person to see details. Because it's a vital tool in discovering new talent, I decided to make some changes to the scouting and market pages.
The scouting page is now split up into several tabs, and more scouting information is shown on the knowledge tabs. This should make it easier to spot great talent.
As a quality of life improvement it's now also possible to re-scout persons which were recently scouted, so that you can get more information about a person. And it's now also possible to easily decrease the number of requested reports.

Finally, the scouting page also allows the manager to specify that scouts should only scout staff which are teamless (free staff). This works similarly to the free driver only check box.
Some changes that are planned but that didn't make the updates yet are a redesign of the scout settings on the top of the page, and the removal of a news item each time there is a new scout report. These will be changed by a daily grouped scout report message.

Job market page changes
The job market page offers a lot of details on persons at a single view. Or at least, it should, but you could only really see the experience statistic before. This is not that great information wise, and therefore this page also received a long overdue update.
First of all, the table which shows the information will now also resize depending on the screen size which should be better for mobile devices. And due to that change, I could also implement dynamic columns to be shown. This means that skills per person are shown. For example: designers will get their skills shown, while drivers will get the average of each skill category shown.
Some columns which didn't offer the most critical information have been removed, and the talent statistic has been added. The contract expiration is changed into a more readable format, and youth drivers get their actual role shown instead of the generic "Youth driver". From now on it's also possible from this page to quickly add a person to the scout queue, without requiring a page redirect.
The age options have also been changed so that they make more sense. Each youth age has been replaced by the minimum and maximum age per series, so that the eligible drivers can be listed.

Other changes
Some small but handy changes as well on other pages. The cars page quantity and tyre type fields now default to a default value, which should save some clicks.
And the loophole page has been slightly tweaked so that it offers a bit of a better overview. More changes are coming in that area in a later update, so apart from the layout not much was changed.

If there are any questions, let me know in the chat.

Posted May 24, 2020 05:57 pm by Frank Van Laere.

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Season 22 changes

One week later than originally anticipated, the changes for season 22 have been released. The focus for these changes are still mainly located in the upgrade of the race script. This script is one of the oldest scripts in the game and was in dire need of an upgrade. It's the most complex script as well however, so changes take quite a bit of time and need to be scheduled one by one.

Race script
Thanks to the changes from the previous update which allowed a car to be created automatically and a strategy to be automatically set, I was able to finally get rid of the old system that prepared the cars for the race. This dated back to the first version of Pitwall, and meant that youth and guest drivers drove with parts that were not created in the same way as normal teams their parts are created. This meant that changes to that newer system were never reflected. To give one example, the tyre temperatures were never properly working for youth drivers. Thanks to these changes, the cars are all using the same parts and a real comparison is possible again.

Another reason why I wanted to implement the automatic car creation and strategy set up was to allow automatic qualification. From now on teams will see their drivers participate in a qualifying session once we're 30 minutes before the end of the qualification session. The driver will see his car set up automatically, and qualify. Another change is that if no strategy was set up (in case the manager forgot to set one, or the driver qualified automatically), then the driver will get a strategy automatically generated.
The strategy calculation has also been tweaked and improved to give better results, and will from now on also fits the correct tyre if the car is available. Also, it will take the current fuel tank into account if there is one already mounted to the car.

Because of all these changes, I could enable the guest drivers again. Before they would fill up the grid to 12 drivers (so if there were 10 normal drivers, then 2 guests would be added). But this number has now been increased to 20 to give better racing.

Several other things have been fixed, which include the tyre selection code which has been completely changed. There were issues with tyre selections in the past, and the script would not find any tyres if the replacement tyre was set to "Medium". Also, the alternative part selection has been changed so that it also takes the part condition and kilometres remaining into account. This functionality has been improved and should give better results.
Finally there have been many performance improvements to the race script. This is something that you won't notice immediately, but it means that the script will need less time to calculate lap times and to set itself up. This means that the race will lag less behind in case there are many races with full grids.

Youth series
There have been several changes to the youth series as part of this update. These changes may not always be popular, but they were necessary as I started seeing 14 year olds with maxed out skills which is obviously completely unrealistic. I have therefore completely re-calculated how the skill progression would be realistic and made some changes.

Before, a youth series would mean that it's all the same in terms of how fast a youth driver would progress skill wise. This would mean that the person with the same talent and the same coach had the same progression per lap in the U6 series as in the U12 series. This is no longer the case. Each youth series now has a skill improvement stat which determines how fast the skill improves. The idea is that the lowest series don't have the highest improvements, but the middle of the youth driver education is the most important, after which the boost starts to decline again.
From now on series also have a limiting factor on skill. This means that a driver will only be able to progress so much in each series. Once he hits the ceiling, he won't be able to improve the skill any longer which has hit the ceiling.

Another change is that the efficiency of a coach is now much more strict. Before it didn't matter that much how many series a coach would be coaching. It mattered, but not enough. This has been tweaked now so that managers will need to make choices in which youth area they want their efficiency to be the best. The efficiency stat determines how much the boost that a coach can give matters. If there is a low efficiency, then the extra value that the coach can bring to a youth driver is lower. This is not a stat which is determined by the skill of a coach, as each coach starts with an efficiency of 100% if he's managing one series.

Finally, the coach his "Coaching" stat is now used to determine how high a coach can take a driver skill wise. If the coach has a coach skill of 8/20, then he won't be able to train driver skills which are higher than 8/20. This means that if you want a star driver, that you will need a star coach as well.

Since these are a lot of changes which require a good overview, I also created a new drivers page which makes it far easier to manage your driver line-up. It gives you visual feedback on whether a youth driver is being limited in his series maximum

Person changes
All of the above have meant that it's vital to get good information on how skilled persons are. I felt that this area was still not ideal, and have made some changes to the way it's calculated how detailed the skills are. The progress statistic (which determines how detailed skills are) are now influenced by rank, number of races done, your coaches and scout reports. To give even more clarity, I have added an extra box on the person page which allows you to see how detailed the information is, and where it's coming from.
Also visible from now on is the condition of a person. If he has gotten injured in a session, then it will now show the date from when he can start racing again.

During all these changes I needed to do some research in the teams and noticed that the wages for persons (drivers and staff) are still very, very low. Especially when you compare these to the income, then it's clear that this was improperly balanced. Therefore I made some changes in this area. When a person determines his base wage, he also looks at what others are earning. If others were earning 2,5 times more, then he would cap what he would ask by 2,5. Meaning that he should actually ask more, but he didn't since it would be a big increase. This multiplier has been changed to 5. The base wage that he would ask based on his skill and reputation has now also been multiplied by a multiplier. In general it will mean that you can expect an increase in contract wages.

Team reputation
The team reputation ranking has been under fire for some time now, and probably rightly so. I also invested time in this area so that the ranking should now better reflect the true ranking of teams. This ranking used to be calculated solely on the basis of recent results. This has been changed into a part of recent results, but also to a permanent part. This permanent part does not decrease over time like the recent results, but is dependent on several factors: top 10 persons (drivers or staff) which are signed to the team, the amount of races the team has done, the HQ level, the financial situation of the team and the number of titles whereas a higher division title counts for more.
The recent results are still sort of calculated as before, but teams who are no longer in a division will get an extra reputation decrease for not competing. And junior teams only get 30% of a reputation score for results since their point is not to become the best team in the game, and they're exclusively racing in division 3 where it's easier to get a good result.

The game was lacking a page which showed the ranking of the teams. This page is now available on the teams page by clicking the "All teams" button on the right top. This will take you to a page where you can see the top reputation ranking in global terms, but also per division number. This page now also show the richest teams, just like the old version of Pitwall. And this will also show you that we had a big problem income wise versus expenditures.

Other changes
There have been several other changes, and I would highly recommend you to check them out on the Status page (Game info > Status). But in a nutshell, here are some of the other changes.

Several layout updates such as tabs which get a nicer styling. The contract section of persons has also been changed. On the desk the labels are changed so that the page looks less busy, and the links at the bottom of news items are now normal links.
The cars page has had its drop downs removed, and they have been replaced by buttons which allows you to faster go through the page. More changes can be expected on this page since it's still a bit "heavy".

The forum has been changed into a single forum. In the previous iteration of the game the forum was much more active, but this has been largely replaced by the chat since that was visible from the top navigation bar. To get the forum back into the spotlights, I've also added a section for the forum in the communication widget (which before only held the chat).

Apart from all the other bug fixes that have been done, I have also closed the loophole which allowed junior teams to search for loopholes in driver contracts. Which could be used to the benefit of the main team.

I hope you all enjoy these changes. I will continue to work on the race script which will involve changes in how the car ratings are calculated, and we get one step closer to an improved race script.
Let me know if there are any questions (forum/chat).

Posted May 4, 2020 10:18 am by Frank Van Laere.

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Shares and personal balance reset

As announced earlier, I was going to reset the personal balances and the shares as this system was exploited in the past. Because I wanted to prevent that people would take this information and exploit more things, I've already taken action and reset the shares. The shares have reset to 20 instead of 100 for each team that is in a division, and all other teams have had their shares removed. Also, it's no longer possible to buy shares from teams who are not in a division.
The personal balances (which benefited from the exploits) have also been reset to 20 000 000,- per manager. New managers will now also have 10 000 000 in cash when they start playing.
I know it's not a popular decision, but the personal life section has always been for fun and therefore I decided to take these measures to keep that section fun. I reduced the number of shares from 100 down to 20 to make the shares market less of a micro management thing to do.

Posted February 8, 2020 11:01 am by Frank Van Laere.

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Season 21 changes

Those who follow the chat will notice that I've recently been able to pick up the development pace a bit for Pitwall. The game hasn't had a lot of development recently due to other projects, but planning has never stopped and soon I'll announce a host of features which will take Pitwall to a next phase.

Person negotiations & fixes
Before I started this new phase, which you may call Pitwall 3.0, I wanted to clean up some bugs and correct some imbalances. The person negotiations bug should be fixed now, and persons will be less likely to change their demands all the time now.
The most recent change is that the person market page is now split off from the person page. This should make the page cleaner, and it should provide more info to the user. It's not completely done yet, but we're nearly there. You're also able to check the entire ranking now due to pagination. The search panel is integrated into this page now as well, and the "No teams" filter has been fixed so that people who used to have a contract are now also shown.

Skill visibility
Next I made some changes to the skills for persons. The visibility of a skill starts with no knowledge, to x/3 and goes up to x/20, giving you a better idea of how good someone is in that skill. This is influenced by how known a person is. The more "progress" you have on the person, the more skills you can see. Progress towards the full skill is achieved by being assigned to a race position, ranking, coach knowledge and scout reports. As an external team there isn't much you can do to quickly increase that value other than scouting, so that you get to know the talent and the full skill set of a person. Yesterday some changes were pushed through in this system. Before the "assigned to races" would be a public stat. This has now been split off into a private and public part. The public part is the same as before, but it allows to go higher now up to 60%. This means that if a driver races, then by just racing the driver can unlock 60% of his skills to be seen for others. The rest needs to be compensated by scouting, reputation and coaches. The new part is that the private section is reserved for teams who the person raced for. This new part allows for 40% of the skill set to be unlocked, on top of the public part. This means that a driver his skill set can be unlocked for 100% by just racing. It will require 30 races to completely unlock this skill set.
Another change in this system is that before scout reports would only count for the current season, and those for last season for 50%. All other scout reports would not contribute toward progress to see the full skill set. This has now been removed and every scout report will always count. There is no longer a limit where a report won't count any longer. After 5 seasons there is no longer a drop, and a report will still count for 25%.

Pitwall 3.0
It has been briefly talked about before, but I've planned to make some drastic changes to the game in certain sections where the game is really lacking a fun factor or where it's just too complex. The main focus of this update is to make the game more playable, easier to get into, and to introduce the new race script.
The idea was to develop all the changes on the beta server, and once it would be done to import them into the main game all at once. I've already tweaked this slightly, as some of the PW3 changes have already been integrated. Such changes are the performance improvements (which caused some issues a couple of weeks ago), the skill system mentioned above, negotiations which automatically renew, and some other smaller changes.

The biggest change will be the race script. The current one is in need of an upgrade, and I decide to start again from scratch as the way it will work will be completely different. I won't go too technical, but the script will be constantly running which will make some tasks easier and which will give admins more power to easily restart the script in case of difficulties. Apart from tweaks and bug fixes there will be a new highlights system which should immerse you more into the race. Also introduced will be cooling which will require a bit more choices which need to be made which can hamper performance, and new parts which will be introduced.

Other changes for this version will include changes to the youth tiers. These will be reduced in size to 4 tiers, but more drivers will be assignable in the bottom tiers. And it will be possible to set strategies for these races. Development and production will get an update as well, but I won't reveal too much on that yet.

The sponsors system will get a complete overhaul. The sponsor relations system will be removed since it's very hard to maintain and it will be replaced by a couple of sponsor stats which will influence how sponsors see you. The goal of the PW3 update is to make it much clearer which stats make a difference, and these changes are part of that.

Finally, the personal section will be completely reset. There are a couple of managers who are billionaire due to the imbalanced shares system we had in the beginning. This creates a major imbalance and I decided that we will just reset that section. The public teams will remain public, but all shares will be available on the market again. The number of shares that are created when a team goes public will be reduced to 20 however.

Automatic qualifying and strategy
Another change which was planned for PW3 was automatic qualifying and strategy. I decided to already push this forward to this version so that we can get more racing on track. I will try to get this system ready before the start of week 3. The idea is to get more cars on track during the season, even for teams which are inactive. By default every team will opt in to automatic qualifying, which used to be a paid feature on PW1. This means that teams who have not qualified 10 minutes before the end of the session will automatically go out and do a lap. This will qualify them for the race, and an automatic strategy will set the drivers up for the race. It will be possible to also set a strategy calculated for the managers who have qualified, or you can still set one yourself.

All of these changes for PW3 may be pushed forward if it makes sense. I will try to keep you guys updated on the progress, but don't expect all the changes above to be ready in the current season.

Good luck in season 21 to everyone!

Posted January 27, 2020 08:13 am by Frank Van Laere.

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