Trainz Community Express Archives
Wow, a busy few weeks here for the Trainz team. Some exciting announcements will be coming your way soon(tm). Over the past week I have been finalising the details for both the new beta test group and the Trainz Third-Party Support Program. I would like to thank all of you who have sent in your expressions of interest. All of the successful applicants for the beta-test group should have now received their email invitation together with the Non-Disclosure agreement. Please return the completed agreement as soon as possible so that we can get you up and running with the testing process. As to what they will be testing, well that is a secret (tm) at this stage, but all will be revealed in the not too distant future. As to the Third-Party Support program, the emails with the NDAs will start to go out today. If you are a third-party content creator and have not as yet forwarded your expression of interest in participating, please send your details through to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We will be revealing our plans for the Trainz Third-Party Content Program over the course of the next week on the private forum area that supports the program.
The Trainz crew are so busy on the next stage of Trainz that we will not be updating the news this week. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements that are not all that far away!
In this week's Trainz website in the spotlight I'd like to introduce you to the guys from the Swedish Train Workshops :
We are 3 members in STW or the Swedish Train Workshops: Mats "emges" Strid, Jan "Janne" Kärrbäck and Fredrik "Skogen" Skog. Fredrik and me are working in the smithy producing our detailed models. Janne is standing by the easel providing high quality textures for the models. When not creating models, Fredrik is handling the swedish forum and beta testing Trainz. I'm also responsible for our website. I almost forgot that we also have the ever-present quality assurance inspector and test engineer too. Not quite real members but without them we'd have no one to blame when bugs crop up:)
Our main goal is to create more freeware Trainz content specific to Sweden, such as locomotives, rolling stock and landscape objects. We try to focus on the historical side of Swedish railroads. We think this is a very important dimension as everything change with time. By creating not just a realistic landscape but also the right era we will get that extra touch of recognition. If at the same time we learn and spread some historical knowledge about Swedish railroads, all the better.
The electric engines from Sweden are our favourites. All from the experimenting years in the 1910s through the glorious 40s to today's hi-speed trains. Although some members are not quite as enthusiastic about the latter rocket trains:) We have a very long wish list of things to do and we take decisions together of what we most want to see next.
STW actually started as a joint MSTS and Trainz project. However we soon found out the difficulties in making content for both games and now focus solely on Trainz. The ease of creating and support of the Trainz community is fabulous and very inspiring to us all.
We decided to make our website (http://msts.e-buzz.net/stw/) all in English as we've found out that there are many enthusiasts outside Sweden curious about Swedish railroads too. We wish to invite them all to visit and download our material. The website is intended to give the feel of an early 20th century company catalogue aimed at train operators looking for new stock to their business. The cost is not the historical one but rather a comparative price based on the performance of the engine. Perhaps a taste of what it could look like when Trainz Boss is around:)
So far we've created 6 engines from 1925 to 1950. From the early wooden chassis express train Ds to the heavy freight hauler Ma, built in 1950s and still used today. All have unique models, textures, animations and engine data. Also we have over 20 passenger cars from the 60s to today plus some high detailed freight cars in the works. Many landscape objects are on the way too. We are right now in the process of converting them all to SP3 and it's proceeding very well.
The members of STW are very dedicated and very motivated, and on top of that - are having a great lot of fun!
Fantastic work guys! If you would like your Trainz website profiled in a Community Express please feel free to email a description through to email@example.com.
The Screenshotz for this week are of Tolaris' Acela, check it out as they are stunning. Thanks for contributing the screenshots Boweavel.
Don't forget to stop by at the Download Station and get your hands on the awesome Amtrak Acela Train set created by Tolaris. Now for this week's Download Station Report...
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The Trainz forum waffle thread of the week has to go to "What Should Auran Do for Christmas" started by Drucifer. On the topic of waffling, I know a few of you thought that I'd forgotten, taken my eye off the ball and overlooked the 'Great Waffle Outbreak' from a few weeks back. I remember, and therefore the following wafflers receive the 'Red Card' and a post deduction of 50 (
) for their contributions to the infamous thread. And just because I feel like it,
receives a deduction of 100 posts ;)
Until next week .......