FUEL: REFUELED is an enhancement modification for the game FUEL, which brings multiple bug-fixes, improvements and the addition of various new content.

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A look at the changes made to FUEL: REFUELED in order to support user-created content (such as custom races, vehicle colors etc.).

Posted by Vetron on Dec 14th, 2010
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T he base game of FUEL has never been that accessible to user-created content, simply due to the fact that the files are mostly packed into huge archives. This can make making changes to one specific race script quite difficult and virtually impossible to then share with other people without requiring them to manually edit the files. This is where FUEL: REFUELED V15.3 [BETA4] comes in...


File Structure

In order to allow user-created content to be shared easily, the file structure has been significantly changed. No longer will the game rely on the large packed files, instead referring to individual files for each script (such as each race script). In the main FUEL directory there is a folder entitled 'FUEL_REFUELED' which will now house all the unpacked scripts. Within this folder will be easily recognizable sub-folders such as 'Challenges' and 'Vehicles'. In the Challenges folder will be sub folders identified with each zone number, e.g. 'Z01' (i.e. Offshore Shack) and then within this zone folder will be the races themselves, each identified by their race number (000 to 190).

The advantage of having this file structure is that it allows users to one-click install new scripts via the mod manager, with no manual editing of files or navigating complicated directories required. Also the scripts needed to create your own content (such as a custom race) are now housed in a user friendly set of files and folders, which does make editing (and debugging) them considerably easier.

Custom Challenges

Challenge - [Z01_008]

From the release of V15.3, custom challenges are fully supported - including the ability to share your own created races on the forums, allowing users to download and install easily with one-click via the mod manager.

So how easy is it to create these custom races? Well the answer is pretty damn easy now! Below is an extract from an example race script.

Java code:

EMD_SetStartPos -9139 0 39602
EMD_SetStartRot 0 5.6 0 1.000000
EMD_SetEndPos -9139 0 39602
EMD_SetEndRot 0 5.6 0 1.000000
EMD_SetCheckpoint -9181 0.000000 39697 -0.000000 -0.25 -0.000000 1.000000 1
 

There are only three values you have to worry about... the coordinates X & Y (the larger numbers above) and the rotation (0= south, east = 1.5, north = 3, west = 4.5 etc.). The coordinates can be viewed from the debug mode, and rotation figured out by simply looking at the in-game compass. Like I said, its now pretty easy to create your own custom track. I'll be writing a more in-depth guide soon, but it should be simple enough to work out the values given.

Custom Vehicle Colors

'VGA' Vehicle Color Scheme

It's not just custom tracks that can be edited and shared, even something as trivial as the vehicle color palette can be manipulated down to the detail of each individual vehicle. I plan to extend this to vehicle handling as-well at some point too.

Sharing Your Creations

In preperation for the release of V15.3 in a few days time, I have set up two new boards on the forum. One for custom challenges and the other for vehicle color themes. You can post here with description and a download link. The best content will be packed up and posted on the main FUEL: REFUELED ModDB page. I will likely be releasing custom track packs that users can install. These will be optional downloads.

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Croco15
Croco15 Dec 14 2010, 10:56pm says:

Well, I now own Fuel because of this mod. VERY good job on this.

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InvertedVantage
InvertedVantage Dec 15 2010, 8:52am says:

I am seriously impressed with this mod. Can't wait to install FUEL again and try it out.

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ddraigcymraeg
ddraigcymraeg Dec 15 2010, 1:48pm says:

This sounds very promising. Something I always thought would be cool, would be to do a rally type race with checkpoints that utilized the whole free-roam map area for multi-player. This was not in the original game. IIRC, there was only free-roam where you could set target points to go to. Not very exciting.

So in a nutshell, could I use this mod to do a massive all-map rally race utilizing the whole game world? (The game is called FUEL, so I'm also wondering if I would need to compensate for fuel too ).

If so I will probably get FUEL for the PC :-)

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Vetron
Vetron Dec 15 2010, 3:02pm replied:

What you want to achieve is possible, but not necessarily with this update. However within the game there is an advanced race editor that is accessible via the set of internal debugging tools that the devs 'forgot' to remove from the game - this works exclusively for creating custom online races and bypasses the distance / checkpoint limitations that are enforced in the standard editor. Screenshot: Moddb.com - This tool is available in the default game, but I reworked the text strings (adding notes on the controls) to make it user-friendly in the mod.

Heres an example race I just created using the advanced tool... Moddb.com - the race length is a massive 828 km :D - You could use this to get the result you want.

The release discussed above focuses on enabling the sharing of offline races only for the moment. Sharing multiplayer tracks that have been developed outside the game is something I would like to experiment with. The basic principle of how it will work being very much the same as what I have in this update, but I really need to do some extensive multiplayer play-tests to ensure everything works correctly online in terms of compatibility before I enable it.

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ddraigcymraeg
ddraigcymraeg Dec 15 2010, 4:42pm replied:

Thanks Vetron. Will check this out.

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