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#1 Millennium

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 05:31 AM

With GPL reaching it's 20th anniversary this year I'm thinking about making a video about the impressive achievements of the (modding) community.
Things that immediately come to mind are ofcourse tracks like Targa Florio, Spa '67, the 1967X mod etc. But I'm also looking for some less obvious and known facts.
Like what was the very first mod for the game? (I remember a video that showed very primitive wings on the original cars) How did it start? (Because the game didn't really had mod support)

I was wondering if some of you could share some interesting facts/stories?

Exact dates are not necessary, but the month or year would be nice to make a sort of timeline.


Greetings,
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Edited by Millennium, Jun 26 2018 - 05:33 AM.


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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 05:51 AM

I think 1965 was the first full mod?

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 06:05 AM

http://srmz.net/inde...rsts#entry82363



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Edited by John Woods, Jun 26 2018 - 06:08 AM.


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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 07:01 AM

Given the amount of work that's involved in a complete mod, I think they are all milestones. But there have been some advances which, IMHO, have stood out just a little more:

The 1969 mod (May 2007?): The first historical mod with wings, enabling scary speeds through corners, a real thrill. (EDIT: After writing this, of course I remembered that the Thundercars mod was released before the 1969 mod, and was the first with wings. But I didn't install the Thundercars straight away because ( a ) I was already so busy with other mods, and ( b ) the Thundercars were 50% fantasy, so they didn't appeal to me as much. But for historical accuracy, of course the Thundercars should come first.)

The 1966 mod (Dec 2007?): The first time that the seven car limit had been broken. SIXTEEN CARS???!!! Crazy! :shock: :woot: :clap:

The 1967 Sports/GT mod (Nov 2010?): Cars with closed bodywork, opening up a whole raft of possibilities.

The V2 rasterizers (mid-2008?): Making GPL smoother, prettier and more consistent.

The 60fps patches (2009?): Again making GPL smoother and so much more immersive.

The development of the GEM front end (Jurassic era? ;) :D The GEM copyright splash screen says "2003-2009".): I first came to the online GPL community here at SRMZ in 2004, a while after GEM was released. But when I discovered all the mods that were available, it became obvious that GEM was a superb tool to keep all the GPL settings under control, and to enable GPL drivers to switch mods, carsets etc much more easily.

Pribluda (2003-2004?): Denis Fedorovs' original version was one of those "How on earth did he do that?" moments in GPL history, but Amir Kamals' update (Feb 2008?) added so many options so that drivers could set things up just as they wanted. For a hotlapper like me, who enjoys the sheer thrill of driving historic cars at the edge, even with no-one else on track, Pribluda is an essential add-on.

Sorry, I can't remember any specific dates for any of these milestones, maybe others could help out with that? (EDIT: I'm searching back through my GPL archived files to work out some dates, but they may not be 100% accurate.....)

Edited by Saiph, Jun 26 2018 - 07:33 AM.


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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 07:47 AM

Thanks! I will also take a look at all the old topics but this info is very helpful!

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 08:18 AM

Hello Erik,

That`s a good idea.

I guess the news section of my website could be of help:
Many links won`t work anymore but you can see when GPL stuff was released. :)

+++ GPL NEWS +++ GPLworld
http://www.gplworld....ix-legends.html


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(2012-07-18) GPL.tv v0.2.7 released - now supports new GPL mods

(2012-07-17) Riverside 1971 new track for 1971 Can-Am Mod released

(2012-07-13) GPL Riverside 1971 Track Promo Movie - Can-Am 71 - Onboard Porsche 917/10 [HD]

(2012-06-18) Empfohlenes Fahrer Verhalten/Recommended Driver Behaviour (German) back online

(2012-03-31) Isle Of Man Mountain Course - New Progress Video

(2012-03-17) Stratos Rocks FPS/CTD Fix for Stratos Mod (Beta)

(2012-02-27) Zolder 1967 Track for GPL F2 Mod released

(2012-02-04) GPL Zolder 1967 Promotion Movie - Track Test Matra MS5 FVA [HD]

(2012-12-23) Enna Pergusa 1967 Track for GPL F2 Mod released

(2011-12-23) GPL 1967 F2 Mod released

(2011-05-21) DQ - A Grand Prix Legends Movie (GPL) put on YouTube

(2010-12-17) GPL 1967 F2 Mod Preview Movie (Online Tests - Ferrari, Protos, Snetterton, Enna Pergusa)

(2010-12-02) GPL 1967 F2 Mod Previews Thread at SRMZ

(2010-11-26) GPL Replay Analyser v7.9 released

(2010-11-11) GPL Setup Manager v1.1.8 released

(2010-11-11) GPL 1967 Sportscars Mod (GT Mod) released

(2010-11-04) 1967 Sportscars Mod - Preview Infos, Readme, Screenshots, ...

(2010-09-29) GPLPS`s Blog (information on current GPLPS projects)

(2010-09-28) 1967 Sportscars Mod Preview (GPL GT 67) - HD Movie

(2010-08-30) GPL Test Mod released (by brr aka Petteri Pajunen)

(2010-07-25) 65 Mod Steeringwheel Helmet Texture Error Fix by MECH (aka Martin E.C. Huiskes)

(2010-04-21) Stratos Mod released

(2010-04-12) Online Grid Tool v1.3 (by John Smith)

(2009-09-18) Online Grid Tool v1.1b (by John Smith)

(2009-09-29) Targa Florio released

(2009-09-25) 67 Patch v1.3 released

(2009-06-22) GPL 60 fps patch version 2 released

(2009-06-16) 69 Patch v3.1 released

(2009-06-16) Grand Prix Legends Wiki

(2009-05-28) Setup Guide 0.91 by Niels Heusinkveld (beta)

(2009-03-13) 66 Patch v2.0 released

(2009-03-01) GPL 60 fps patch version 1 released

(2009-02-21) 65 Patch v2.0.2 released

(2008-11-20) GPL Setup Comparator

(2008-06-27) Replacement Rasterizers (D3D, OpenGL) / Mirror @ SRMZ

(2008-06-27) Rouen Historical 2.0

(2008-06-15) Montjuich Park Fix

(2008-06-07) Zandvoort multi season graphics update

(2008-06-05) The GPL Global Race Calendar

(2008-05-23) GTV Track Updates hosted @ SRMZ

(2008-04-21) Very Nice Addon For Monza by Seegert 2008 (final)

(2008-03-17) GPL TCR

(2008-03-12) New Jackseller Track & Car Updates

(2008-02-16) GPL 1966 Mod Light (Voodoo) Carset by Achim Kraft

(2008-02-02) Pribluda 1.1

(2008-01-14) Oulton Park Track Update / Oulton Park Track

(2008-01-09) GPL Replay Analyzer 7.80 beta 6

(2008-01-04) Syracuse Track Update

(2007-12-26) GPL 1966 Mod

(2007-12-24) GEM+ 2.5.9 & iGOR 1.1.0.14

(2007-10-29) RebelRacer`s Track Sounds

(2007-10-22) GPL Setup Manager

(2007-10-02) GPL Sound Player v5

(2007-05-31) A Day In Heaven - GPL movie by slowmoe (aka Rudolf)

(2007-05-01) GPL Easy Installation Guide v1.0

(2007-04-23) GPLPS GPL Installer

(2007-04-12) 1969 Sounds v0.2 by Ducwolf (aka Wolfgang Buthe)

(2007-04-08) 1969 Mod Final released

(2007-03-11) Montjuich Park track, setups & guide

(2007-03-05) 1965 Sounds v0.2 by Ducwolf (aka Wolfgang Buthe)


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@Saiph: The 65 mod is missing in your nice list. ;)



Stefan

Edited by Stefan Roess, Jun 27 2018 - 05:18 AM.


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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 12:16 PM

Don't forget Bruce Johnson.  If my memory is correct, he was the first to really delve into modifying individual car graphics with his Brabham, Honda, and Lotus.
He would gradually release little upgrades that blew everyone away.

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 12:17 PM

Just a thought...

There's here, (been around awhile), gpllinks.org, (been around in some form since 1999 or so, gpl++the add-ons, (been around since 2001), the GPL Wiki, GPLRank, VROC and IGOR, The Credits List...

Things that are, have been, or represent the infrastructure of Grand Prix Legends on-line.



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Edited by John Woods, Jun 26 2018 - 12:17 PM.


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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 12:20 PM

Good point John, I should defenitely also look at sites like these that have played a very big part in this community! This is gonna take some time to research and also get all the facts right, but it's a fun project.

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 12:56 PM

Along that line, a wayback link to the Magnus Thome's original GPL Track Database...

https://web.archive....rackdb.d2g.com/

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 01:19 PM

When John went negative. Some called it a miracle.

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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 02:56 PM

All Lee's patches

http://gplmotorworks.gplworld.de

There's something else as well, which came into my head and then left immediately, due to my quick memory loss 😁

I'm sure it will come back to me in the coming days 😁

Oh and Pete's decision not to leave srmz, after he said he may leave us, last year ? 😁🤣👍

TP:

Edited by twinpotter, Jun 26 2018 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted Jun 26 2018 - 06:38 PM

Trackbuilding  is a parallel road with it's own milestones wich are the tools needed to make possible the fantastic collection of tracks and addons we enjoy actually. Tools made especifically for each aspect of the big job.

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Posted Jun 27 2018 - 03:55 AM

I'd think that everything that got the ball rolling was when some maverick thought:

"Mh, how do 3do files work? Let me crack it open and see what happens."

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Posted Jun 27 2018 - 08:17 AM

Nice idea for a video. :)
There are plenty of release dates and significant moments, though in my personal opinion, I'd filter that to the major releases (mostly mods and patches, milestone tracks).

Maybe you can also find something significant for the more recent years at Jani's Twitter account:
https://twitter.com/gplrecently

(I suppose our YouTube Channels are too insignificant for that, @Millenium :lol: )

Edited by GrandPrixYannick , Jun 27 2018 - 08:21 AM.





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