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Major update live

Welcome to the updated Pitwall. Many things have been changed, and I won't be able to go into detail on every one of them. But I'll try to highlight the most major changes. A full list of the changes can be found at the bottom.

First of all the most noticable, the layout of Pitwall has been redesigned from scratch. I felt the old one was in dire need of an update, and I felt the original Pitwall which was quite "white" still worked best.
The main change is that the page width is now fixed, which makes it much easier for me to style the pages.

Together with this layout update, many pages have been redesigned. Some pages their design has been completely changed, such as the homepage when not logged in. Other pages have been tweaked by adding tabs to make everything much easier to navigate.

New player registrations
One issue that Pitwall has is that the learning curve is steep. I tried to make this better by changing the layout of pages, and by adding all help information to the wiki. The wiki has replaced the old help pages that we had. The reason to switch to the wiki is because it allows us to provide better layout of help pages.

Another change is the tutorial which was outdated and hard to maintain has been replaced by a new system. The new system is much simpler as it can be translated by everyone, and is easy to update text wise. The new system shows a popup when someone visits a page for the first time with information on that page.

Finally, but most importantly, the sign up process has been changed. When people sign up for a team everything is set up so that they don't need to do much before they can go out and race. Their team is set up, a division is picked, they get a random driver, a car is created and suppliers are signed. These options are disable-able. Hopefully this leads to people staying longer, and hopefully this reduces the step to start playing Pitwall. I will be making more changes in this regard in the future.

Development system
This is the big one, and the original reason for the major update. I felt that the old development system was quite repetitive, and that it didn't really provide a challenge. Also coupled with other ideas I changed the system so that development and research are now very different from each other. Basically to understand this system, it's best to forget the old system and start anew.

The research system now works with concepts. Managers need to find concepts. There is always one concept available, but how many are available is unknown. Each concept has a potential value for each characteristic which increases every season. Since every concept has a different potential value, you may start on the wrong concept and may need to change your designs as time progresses. Each time a concept is discovered the chance that someone else can discover the concept is increased. This will lead to a concept being public knowledge after some time.

Once a concept is researched, it's ready to go to the development system. In this new system the development system is stuck to one development path per concept. Once you choose a path, there's no way back. Each development cycle you're able to increase the rating of all characteristics. Choosing the design approach has an influence on the new ratings. Updates can fail and you may end up going backwards, but in general on average each time you decide to develop a part your progress will be positive. Once the development is finished, it remains to be seen whether the upgrade brought exactly what was expected. To speeden this process up, a new testing program "Car development" was created. This doesn't add a lot to the setup (and likewise), but it does speed up the reveal of the development progress and whether the update brought what was expected.

More information can be found on the Research and Development pages on the wiki.

Race script
Several bugs have been fixed, and potential loopholes have been closed. The tyre wear values have been tweaked, and some tyre wear bugs have been fixed as well. The safety car race stall bug which has stalled many races has also been fixed. Finally, together with this update the car calculation formulas, which were always duplicated as a carry over from the old game, are now finally using the same method. So what you see in the cars page is what is effectively used in the race script. Together with these changes, the values to calculate the car performance on track have been tweaked.

Coupled with the introduction of the new development system do we now get a legality check. This was never properly implemented in the previous version and now finally the top 3 and 3 random finishers their car is checked for illegal parts. If an illegal part is found, then the car is disqualified.

Finally in this category have there been changes in the car setup. Mechanics now have a maximum car setup modifier, which influences how high the car setup can become.

The major change in this category is that mounting parts now costs mechanic points. Since it would block people from racing, mounting parts can make the mechanic points go sub zero.

Some changes have been made to make Scouting more interesting and interactive. No longer will there be big restrictions on scouts, and it will be possible to instantly scout someone. Scouting points are generated by your scout team and these can be used to scout persons. The cost to scout someone is different depending on several factors.

Person contracts & negotiations
There were clearly some inflation issues with demands that persons had. The system to calculate the demands have been changed, and demands should be much more realistic now. Because of this, everyone is now able to negotiate a new contract with their staff and drivers for the rest of the season.
The demands of persons are now more frequently calculated (every 7 days), and whether someone is interested in negotiations is now set and doesn't change all the time. The person will inform you when he's ready to sign a new contract with either only your team, with only another team, or with both. Other changes were also done here such as new calculation method of how the power position is calculated, and the maximum contract length is now 3 seasons + 2 optional seasons (clauses).

Teams were getting very rich, and some changes had to be made to keep everything balanced. A cash cost and income tax have been added to prevent teams from sandbagging too much in lower divisions. Cash cost means that a cost needs to be paid on the money that is stored in the bank. Not only does this help to balance, it's also realistic. Secondly an income tax has been created which taxes the income of the week before in a buckets system. A new specialization has been added so that people can optimize their taxes. This will effectively lower the tax rate that needs to be paid.
Next to that are teams now also able to declare bankruptcy themselves. Before it would only be done automatically.

Basically a lot has been fixed. I would suggest to go through the changelog below and search for "FIXED" to get an idea of all the fixes that were done.

Constructive feedback is always welcome in this topic: https://pitwall.org/forum_topic.php?id=7986&forum_id=1.

* General, NEW: New layout
* General, FIXED: Members without a team can now visit normal pages, but no longer team pages.
* General, FIXED: Much more pages are correctly handled by the no team checker.
* Index, NEW: Changed design.
* Career, NEW: Changed design to tabbed layout.
* General, FIXED: Several items which shouldn't be shown to managers who have no team, are no longer shown.
* Team, NEW: When starting a team, members now have the option to automatically set up the team.
* Team, NEW: When starting a team, members now have the option to automatically choose a division.
* Development, NEW: When the first chassis of the season is finished and no cars have been created, the system will automatically create 2 cars.
* Team, FIXED: Team founded message was no longer shown.
* Chat, CHANGED: Performance optimization which should case the page to load faster.
* Racescript, CHANGED: An extra check is performed after qualifying to make sure that the drivers who qualified still belong to their team.
* Press, CHANGED: Message is now also required.
* Suppliers, CHANGED: All logos have the same size now.
* Sponsors, CHANGED: All logos have the same size now.
* Team, CHANGED: Team worth is now also shown for private teams.
* Team, CHANGED: Team worth is rounded.
* Racescript, CHANGED: Tyre wear values tweaked
* Parts, CHANGED: Grip values for hard and medium tyres are now a percentage of under 100%, instead of above as before. Therefore the grip value of the soft tyre will always be the highest.
* Racescript, FIXED: Tyres stay in their temperature and stress levels even after returning to the pits.
* Racescript, CHANGED: Tyre wear is now influenced differently for wear and stress than before when it was the same.
* Drivers: CHANGED: Feedback message is now showing when trying to change coach on Monday and Tuesday.
* Development, FIXED: Staff rating was incorrectly calculated as originally intended.
* Production, FIXED: Staff rating was incorrectly calculated as originally intended.
* Staff, FIXED: Staff rating was incorrectly calculated as originally intended.
* Politics, CHANGED: Junior teams can't vote any longer in politics.
* Development, CHANGED: Junior teams can not research concepts.
* Help, NEW: Help system moved to wiki.
* Finances, NEW: Cash cost.
* Finances, NEW: Income tax.
* Development, NEW: New development upgrade system.
* Session, NEW: Program: Car development testing: improves the unlock of progress of development
* Team, NEW: Teams can now declare bankruptcy.
* Session, NEW: Top 3 and random 3 finishers have 6 random parts checked for legality.
* Session, NEW: Race overview page.
* Session, NEW: Race insights.
* Development, NEW: Overview page
* Racescript, FIXED: Stoppage of script due to deploying of safety car.
* Development, CHANGED: Tweaked points required to develop parts.
* Car, CHANGED: Tweaked values of handling/speed/cornering.
* Cars, NEW: New layout.
* Development, CHANGED: Modifiers only change over time.
* Racescript, CHANGED: New calculation method.
* Desk, NEW: Feedback that the member is not in a division.
* Session, NEW: Feedback that the member is not in a division.
* Development, CHANGED: Finetune was not correctly calculated, and has now more weight to the rating of a part.
* Person contract, CHANGED: Expiration length now has a maximum of 7 days. Which means that every 7 days a new requirement calculation is done.
* Person contract, NEW: Whether a person is interested in negotiations is now set once and not recalculated all the time. This is split between the current team and the non-current team.
* Person, CHANGED: Power position formula re-created from scratch.
* Person, NEW: Power position is now influenced by the current team. Teams in higher divisions will get a lower power position compared to lower division teams.
* Person, FIXED: Negotiations with a person who was not yet negotiating would always fail.
* Person, FIXED: Power position was not always correctly calculated (in case the person was not part of your team).
* Person, CHANGED: Cap on difference between expected wage and market wage used to be 5, this is now 3.
* Person, CHANGED: Maximum contract length is now 3 seasons + 2 options.
* Person, CHANGED: Reduced the effect of motivation on a skill rating.
* Person, CHANGED: Reduced the effect of synergy and discipline on skills by 1/3rd.
* Person, NEW: Concept insights skill for designers.
* Person, NEW: Maximum car setup skill for mechanics.
* Session, NEW: The car setup is now a maximum of either the chassis maximum car setup (calculated by number of km's completed) & maximum mechanic setup rating.
* Cars, NEW: Mounting parts costs mechanic points. These can go negative. The cost depends on the part type, the mechanic mount efficiency stat, and how many times a part has been mounted already.
* Scouting, NEW: Scouting reports are now instant and are no longer done over time. Generating a scout report costs points which is based on the job type of the person, their age, and their ranking. Points are generated each hour and are based on the professionalism stat of the scout team.
* Scouting, CHANGED: Updated design of the page.
* Finances, CHANGED: Debt interest percentage reduced from 6% to 4%.
* Team, NEW: Tax optimization specialization: reduces each tax tier rate by 15%.
* Session, CHANGED: Youth cars and parts are now deleted after each race.
* Race, FIXED: Several car mounting issues for youth and guest races.
* Scouting, NEW: 3 random persons are put forward to the manager.
* Strategy, NEW: New strategy page.
* Person, FIXED: Try to break contract box did not appear.
* Coach, FIXED: Assigning a coach could throw an error.
* Coach, FIXED: Mondays and Tuesdays would never allow unassign coach, even in non-race weeks.
* General, NEW: Google Analytics events.
* Team, CHANGED: Worth calculation formula. Balance, loans and investments are now also included. Division modifier reduced.
* Team, CHANGED: Financial information is now available for everyone to see, even for those who have not yet invested in a team.
* Team, CHANGED: The variance of the share price (when many shares are available) has been drastically lowered. From 75% to 25% of the share price when all shares are available. The maximum (when 0 shares are available) is still 150% of the share price.
* Session, NEW: Compound mounted is now shown.
* Cars, NEW: Weather information is now shown in the Tyres section.
* Cars, FIXED: Over limit of engines and brakes was not properly implemented.
* Staff, NEW: Scout modifiers are now also shown.
* Person market, NEW: Main eligble age filter

December 28, 2021 07:46 pm