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Strategy puzzle games by Sacada

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LOGistICAL Update #537

An update to get the keyboard shortcuts functioning (WASD).

- Update to algorithm to find towns in large clusters of towns.

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LOGistICAL Update #529

A couple of updates over the last week.

First one that went out this week was an update to the redistributables, so there was no change to the game.

This new update has one major new change and a few smaller issues addressed. It will go out slowly across all servers over the next 24 hours.
 

Build #529

- Change of backend architecture to LOGistICAL for preparation of LOGistICAL V2. This is the main change of this build.

In summary, LOGistICAL: Version #2 will be based on more detailed mapping data. Roads will be intricate and "towns" will be more closely constructed out of actual shops, malls, industries and land use, etc.
The gameplay will continue to be similar and evolving, creating many new and interesting modules to play.



So far each LOGistICAL module has been designed with towns and then connecting the towns with roads.
This new architectural model now has an infrastructure of roads with towns sprinkled between them.

My first example test build includes 1,400 "towns" and has over 26,000 road segments with around 150,000 nodes. Each node is either a town, a road junction or a bend in the road.

Due to this large change, the routing algorithm had to undergo a massive change and optimisation. Using the old algorithm would take minutes to compute routes, but the new one is instant or just seconds across the whole map.
This new algorithm is backward compatible so you will be able to enjoy the routing benefits in all current modules, especially the larger ones like LOGistICAL: Russia.



As you can see from the images, I have also changed the graphics. I am still working on that.

There will be many changes in the near future, but what I want to continue to do is to make the system work for all the current modules. So far, so good.
 

General fixes

- New routing algorithm to speed up route planning
- Fixed a town in Brazil that had a blank resource
- Text written on the dash for superfast trucks changed to white
- When dragging mouse show uncompleted town with a completed resource for town need to show as dark green
- Once a truck is sold highlight the first truck of the current module on the truck list 
- keypress "U" = sell truck
- keypress "Y" = "Yes" on message box

Thanks everyone who continues to support and purchase the LOGistICAL games and give me the opportunity to continue to build more.

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LOGistICAL Update #526

A few updates to all LOGistICAL servers covering some new changes both front and back end.
 

General


- Filter for industries by 1. number of inputs or 2. type of industry.
S = Storage
♧ = Fruit, vegetables and plants
♥ = Animals
♢ = Minerals
♤ = Geneal Industries

- End of the road of non-discovered towns shows as red dot.

- Keypress for pins. 
P = to cycle through pins. 
O = for pin off.

- Fix for low priority messages not showing up.

- New speedo for high speed vehicles (2x and planes).

- When dragging trucks over the map, tint the town popup the colour of the town that is being hovered over.
- When dragging trucks over the map, darken the town popup for towns whose roads all smaller than size of truck.

- Changed the truck boost amounts in the truck shop to "M" and "k" for large amounts.
- Close the truck list down when selecting a different town.
- Fixed the two achievements that were popping too early from popping too early.
- Stopped depots from having industry purchasing power.

- Fixed another problem with the "low priority" messages closing, or not closing.

- Truck sizes have been reduced on the map
- Trucks are dimmed more when dragging trucks/resources
- Fix for some locking when upgrading industry to level 3

- Region Summary (click right side trophy): Fixed truck IDs.
- Region Summary: Added "SOLD" after truck if truck was sold.

- Updates to tutorials.

- Depots at end of roads not triggering the "visit" if no one ever went back to the depot.

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LOGistICAL Update #503

A few updates to all LOGistICAL servers covering some new changes both front and back end.
 

General

- Updated the High Score/Leaderboard table titles to reflect the different types of tables.
- Modified the drag truck that highlights other towns that also require the resource to include all towns
- Adjusted the map sensitivity when clicking on towns
- "?" on industry building tool to show current industries and towns that can take industry on map. Mouse over to read and mouse down to activate.
- Only show single region on town popup when both region and sub-region have same title
- Fix for wrong towns showing up when dragging inputs, outputs or road resources
- When showing other towns that require a dragged resource (in grey) they interfered with highlighting industries. Fixed.
- Sold industries that required and upgrade continued to show the upgrade when it was dragged. Fixed
 

Globe

- Set the module name instead of country title for modules that have different module title.
 

Caribbean

- Created a Caribbean flag.
- Fixed truck and plane purchasing contracts that weren't triggering.
- Nerfed towns in Antigua and Barbuda (already on Caribbean Live).
- Removed duplicate town, Road Town in British Virgin Islands.
- Added Discovery contracts.
- Removed some building restrictions from Guadeloupe.
- Removed double road in St Kitts
- Fixed Jamaican Airline spelling
- Nerfed a town that no-one had done yet
- Fixed achievement "Fix road between Basseterre and Cayon"
- Added wood to a town in Jamaica so it can be upgraded to level 3 if other options have run out.

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LOGistICAL Build #486

Updates for LOGistICAL games, across all servers.

Summary:

  • Ability for you to change the time saving interval in Settings (big game = big save)
  • Manually save by clicking the save icon (top right)
  • Save count down timer in front of the save text (bottom center)
  • Enlarged yellow town circles
  • Numbers on the yellow town circles when dragging vehicle    
    • Top Number: The number of resources that a town requires (>10 = star)    
    • Bottom Number: Approximate number of tons required for selected resource
  • Lightened the light blue glow behind towns that have industries that will satisfy the town needs
  • Added a line from the currently selected town to the town popup
  • Added ABC Islands module
  • Sound editing on the truck sounds
  • Removed the continuous truck murmer when sound is on. Now as short truck sound
  • Changed the "Level 3" goal to "Max Level" as some industries don't require a 3 tier upgrade (eg Tutorial)
  • Dim the trucks in extra modules when playing more than one module at a time
  • Approximate distance indicater when dragging a vehicle
  • Updated the Flinders Island tutorial to include "Basic Mechanics" of game playing
  • Set the Flinders Island industries to not require upgrading (except for the apple orchard, which is a tutorial)
  • Fixed new airplane achievements that weren't popping - Added Xmas2017 achievements to the ABC Islands module
  • Added and Xmas2017 flag
  • Updated the Tutorial flag
  • Removed the constant text over the flags (bottom right), so they only appear on mouseover
  • Fixed and highlighted blue the region on the town popup. Clicking will show status circles on the map
  • More French Translation (thanks HunterBill)
  • More Italian Translation (thanks Desangre)
  • More Russian Translation (thanks Shylight)

This release will automatically be available for all LOGistICAL games and DLCs.

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LOGistICAL Update #473

Truck Sorting

As the current highest requested feature, you can now sort your trucks.


Trucks are sorted by clicking on the "palette" icon at the top of the truck list. 
The "palette" icon can be earned by upgrading the paint factory in Sydney, AU. This reward will be extended to other module shortly.

This "palette" icon can also modify the colour of your trucks. Click the truck when in "paint" mode.
 

Towns with multiple industries with same input

Trucks delivering to towns that have multiple industries with the same input would stop the truck once one of the industries was full.

If the truck's "unload all" (little green button) is on, then the truck will continue to deliver to the town until all the industries with that input are full.
Once all industries are full the extra within the truck will be evenly distributed across all the industries and then the truck will stop.
 

Playing Multiple Modules at Once

I have fixed a few issues that existed when having multiple modules open.
 

- Module Speed

Each module has its own maximum game speed but the whole game only had a single speed, so would have to adjust when moving between modules.

Now every module has its own speed and all other modules running in the background won't be affected by any change of speed of the currently selected module.
This includes trucks speed, town consumption and industry production.
 

- Industry Reset Bug

When having a module open and you complete a town and then upgrade or build an industry within that town, those industries would reset back to their last status within the save file, if you opened up a subsequent module.

This bug has been a problem for some time, but with the help of some great testing, I have been able to reproduce the problem, locate the problem area and fix for a solution.
 

- Industry and Resource Knowledge

When having multiple modules open, all the discovered industries of the first module would be visible in the second module.

Now when changing between modules the list of known industries is recalculated.
 

- Town Buildings

For the extra loaded modules that aren't currently being played, the town images on the map are no longer shown.
 

Towns with Industries

Now all towns that contain industries default as "shown" on the map to help find them easier.
 

Currently Selected Town

The currently selected town is now default as shown on the map.
 

Turned off the background truck sound

The continuous murmur of the trucks in the background which was on for each truck and also went louder and quieter depending on how close you were to the truck, are now switched off.

I found that the amount of truck loaded sounds was cutting other sounds short, including the music.
There is more work to do in this area.

 

Betas and Release

This build is currently available on LOGistICAL: main, Russia and Wisconsin betas.

I will slowly release across all the modules over the next few days as it has been hard to fully test every aspect of all these functions.

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Mini Update #467

A mini update to bring you some new requested features and also fix a few loose ends on the last release build (LOGistICAL: USA - Wisconsin).
 

9 Coloured Pins



There are now 9 different coloured pins you can use to pin a town.
Continue to click the pin at the top of the town popup to cycle through the colours and eventually back to none (unplucked red pin).
 

High Score Pins

Nothing to do with the coloured pins mentioned above, these are pins scattered throughout the interface that you can mouse over to get the high scores, instead of them seemingly randomly popping up all over the place.


There are 7 High Score Pins, basically moving from left to right across the interface, getting more detailed with each pin.

They are represented in 3 different colors:
"Blue" - Towns, sorted by most towns descending, score desc, time taken asc
"Red" - Score, sorted by summed score descending
"Green" - Efficiency, sorted by highest efficiency descending (Town level only).

"G" - Global Blue, 
"M" - Current Module Blue
"R" - Current Region Blue
"C" - Current Sub-region Blue
"T" - Current Town Blue (sorted by date/time completed asc)
"S" - Score of the current Town Red *
"E" - Efficiency of the current Town Green *

* - only show up when the town is complete.

# - I have only just started using the region breakdown terminology of region/sub-region which is not a standard used across the globe nor LOGistICAL.
There are many breakdowns that could be used, for example: country/state, state/region, region/county, etc. In the past I have just avoided any terms where possible.
 

Statistics High Scores

Within the Statistics screen (F2) you can hover over any of the 3 coloured columns to show the high scores of those modules, regions and towns.

The 3rd column, that was the same as the 1st column, is now sorted by number of towns, time taken and then score (prior to number of towns, score, time taken).

The far right thin column may display an "!". This indicates that your statistics score does not equal your High Score.
I am currently working on a process of syncing these values, which I hope to have out over the next week.
 

Russia Nerf

Not nerfing the whole of Russia's 5,838 towns, just one.

One town in the LOGistICAL: Russia module (Novyy Urengoy, Yamalo-Nenets Region, Ural, Russia) slipped through dev, past the testers and onto Live, being over twice the general allowed difficulty.

Usually we pick these up, but this module is so huge that no tester or player has completed the module after being released for over a month. I don't think it will be long now.

Thanks 737737 for pointing out its extreme level of difficulty.
 

Town Popup

A stretch of the top section of the town popup. It was getting a bit crowded up there.

A couple of fixes where the animations in the town popup appeared over the wrong icons.
 

Release

This build is now released to all servers.

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Build #457

No new module this month with so many players still working their way through Russia. Lot of new stuff and build fixes...

Over 70,000 LOGistICAL High Score Tables


LOGistICAL is built over many different games but all plays back to a single huge game, so should the high scores... and now they do.
I have built a LOGistICAL High Score server that will aggregate all your games to a single series of high scores. At this point all high scores are based on town completion. This can expand with player interest.

There are three types of High Scores over the Grand Total, each Module, each Region, each Semi-region and each Town. That is over 70,000 of them, all dynamically created, with includes your Rank in each.

There are three types of High Score tables...

1. Blue:

This sorts by the number of towns completed and duration of play between the first and last towns.
This table is similar to the current ones on Steam but also include the duration of game play with the shortest first.
For Town high scores, it is by the date completed.

2. Red:

These tables sort descending on you aggregated score. To see how a score is calculated click on resource needs of a completed town.
Soon you will be able to replay maps or parts of maps (including specific towns), so you can improve your score.

3. Green:

Efficiency tables are sorted descending on your play efficiency.
Efficiency is the amount of resources at town requires divided by the amount of resources that you delivered.
Efficiency is only calculated at the Town level.

To get to the high scores, click on the left hand "Towns Completed Trophy" on the money window (F2) and hover over any of the blue, red or green columns. It may take a second to first download a result.
Click on any row to drill into the Module, Region and Sub-Region.
 

Update:

High score tables are now visible if you:
- mouse over the left trophy on the money window (total towns complete)
- mouse over the right trophy on the money window (module towns complete)
- mouse over the town title on the town window (current town)
- mouse over the sub-region title on the town window (sub-region towns complete)
- mouse over the regions title on the town window (regions towns complete)

At this point only towns of currently loaded modules are loaded into the statistics screen. I will soon include the towns when clicked on a sub-region.

Game data is uploaded to the server when the game is saved (every 2 minutes and upon X exit of the game).
Back dated game data is uploaded by the module at every save (2 minutes) until all modules have been uploaded. This is a once only process and once complete shouldn't happen again.
There is only 1 copy per SteamID per town, so any players that have multiple games running will only get the first uploaded. Subsequent uploads will fail with a data conflict.

There are many future things that can come out of these tables.
For example getting notified if you have moved up a place when completing towns. Being notified of interesting high score facts of other players. Tagging friends so you can see how they are doing.
 

Town Icons at 50% Region Completion


Once you reach 50% towns completed within a Region, the icons of those not finished change from grey to red. If the town has an industry it will show purple.
 

Air Transport fixes/enhancements

A few new fixes for the Air Transport including:
- If you deliver to a town and achieve something (ie town finish, industry input full, road fixed), then the conveyor belt will auto retract to the airport, instantly.
 

Brighter maps

The maps' overlay has been dimmed to show the underlying map better. Brighter in the day and darker at night.
 

Region Circles

Already, if you click on an incomplete region in the achievements window, it will show town circles indicating completion status for each town of that region.
This can now also be done by clicking the region title in the town popup window.

To turn the circles off, click a town on the map.
 

Multi Module play

If you play multiple modules at once, the current non-played one will dim.
Towns with resources in other modules won't show up when hovered over.
 

Multi truck save hotspot

The 1,2,3,4 hotspots for the multi-truck save were slightly out. Fixed.
 

Xmas Scores are Huge

The Xmas scores for completing towns often sit in the billions and even trillions, which throw out the overall grand total.
These scores are now divided by 1,000,000 so they sit better with the overall scores, especially the totals.
These will be evident from the start on the High Score tables. If they don't update on your statistics page, open the Xmas module and then save.
 

Industry Upgrade at High Game Speed

When upgrading industries at high game speeds, an 8t truck can't effectively complete 2 x 4t town upgrades.
This would most likely be due to the huge speeds blowing the cargo out of the top of the truck. Tarpaulins for the trucks should stop this (or a code tweak).
 

Other

The menus where looking a bit worse for wear, so have been given a redo.
Money at the start was showing various incorrect values. Fixed
Money and Buttons window now showing up on startup. Fixed
 

Release

There are many other smaller fixes as well.

This version is now available on LOGistICAL [beta] and LOGistICAL:Russia [beta]. Feel free to test it now.
The final version should be released over the next week.

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Build #387

This is a post build for the new "town needs" screen with circles plus a few mini updates.

* Reduced amount of text in the town popup
* Mouse over text popups for cargos and industries
* Enhanced mini pie charts with colour coding for industries and roads in town popup
* Fix to stop trucks teleporting with the "skip (T)" button
* Ability to show ALL the town icons across a map
* A few configuration controls on how the map looks
* A few fixes in various modules including Japan and Canada
* French and Russian updates

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Multi Truck Select

The first release version of Multi Truck Select (MTS) is now live on all LOGistICAL servers.
 

How it works


https://i.imgur.com/HAC60Ll.png
 

Selecting multiple trucks

Hold control key down and click on truck icon, truck name or truck cargo image in the truck list.
Background of truck will highlight yellow.
Originally selected truck will also be highlighted and be added to group.
Click again to deselect a truck.
 

Dragging trucks

Continue to hold control and drag the last truck from the truck list onto a town on the map.
Drag any truck on the map to drag the group on the map.
Drag any item from the town popup onto a town on the map to move the group.
All trucks will try to set up the new route if possible.
Any trucks that can't change route (ie already on delivery) should ignore new route and display error.

Click or drag a truck not in the group and you will deselect the group
 

Start/stop, dump all and repeat route

Start/stop, dump all and repeat route buttons are now clickable in the truck list so you don't have to open the truck dash for each truck and click on the required button. It is nice to quickly click down the list changing each truck.
I encourage using this method and very quickly it will become second nature.

For multi-select...
Hold control and click a button to toggle all the selected trucks.

Don't hold control and click a button to toggle just the selected truck.
 

Future Enhancements (soon)

Selecting with shift key.
Ordering trucks.
 

Thanks and Feedback

Thanks to all those that beta tested this functionality and those that gave great input for future enhancements.

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Hi-res Brighter Maps

A small LOGistICAL update with the new high resolution, brighter, more colourful, maps.

Italy

Florida

Giving LOGistICAL a bit of a face lift. Modules done so far include...

* LOGistICAL (Australia and Tutorial)
* Isle of Man
* British Isles
* Norway
* Italy
* New Zealand
* Japan
* US: Hawaii
* US: Oregon
* US: California
* US: Florida
* US: New York (Coming Soon)

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Statistical LOGistICAL List View

There is now a new view in Statistical LOGistICAL (F2).


New "List" view for statistics. Though not "Search", it comes pretty close.
- All columns are "click" sortable.
- Default sort is alpha-numeric on "Town Name"
- Click to swap between "List" view and the original "Tree" view.
- Click on town title to show town popup and center map on town
- Ctrl-Click on town to show town popup (no map move)
- F2 to open (as per original)
- Ctrl-F2 to open without refresh (sorts and open sections stay)
- Selected mode (List or Tree) saves with game save
- Towns not found are not clickable.

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Build #346

Another update towards to release of the Italy module.

 

Road dashes and Colour

Broken roads now have different dashes depending on the resource need to repair it. Dots and dashes distinguish them. There are only around 6 types, so not too hard to tell.

The colour of the broken road ranges from dark red (> 300t required) to pink (<20t required).
 

Broken Achievement Images

The in-game achievement images broke when the modular builds came out.
Regions that didn't have any industries to upgrade or roads to repair would never get completed images within the overall achievement graphic.
This has been repaired, so once you have a single town complete in that area the broken image will complete.
 

Tooltips and no Cicada

New tooltips have been added that will hover over all the different parts of the game popups.
Check them out, there might be something there to learn.
Also, if you think I should add a bit of information to any of them, let me know and that can be done.
You can turn them off in the settings and if you ever want to see them again, hold the control key down and mouse over the area so they pop up again.
 

Save game speed

A bit of work in this area to speed up the save process of saving your game.
More to come later.

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Build #342

Small build with a few post fixes to last big build.

Fix achievements tab not selecting.
Fix achievements having blank line in some modules.
Mouse over shrunken notifications to expand. (nb. Close all coming soon).
Optimised night/day code and graphics.

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Build #338

This is fairly large build. It is the precursor to moving into a new structure of LOGistICAL games and add-ons.

This new structure links full, independent LOGistICAL games back to this original LOGistICAL game by sharing the same save game across them all. LOGistICAL: British Isles is the first of those games.

Here is a "simple" architectural diagram to show how LOGistICAL fits in with the Steam architecture.


Other things...

Background Textures

Background textures were turned off for a while as I dealt with lag and lockup issues. These issues have been mostly resolved with a new heart transplant, so the textures are back.
The new textures cover the entire map.

Since the textures were defaulted to "off" for new games for quite some time you may have to turn them back on. See Settings, Map, check on. The slider was to make the graphic fade but is now only working with the non-textured mapping.
 

LOGistICAL both Night and Day

Just so you know how hard you are working to fix these towns, LOGistICAL now moves between night and day. There is no advantage/disadvantage at this stage (coming soon), but you will see it in the background graphic.

 

Statistical LOGistICAL

Statistics are now available by clicking on the town trophy icon in the top panel, center screen.

Statistics are shown for all the modules that you own, including towns, roads, industries and a score.
You can drill into any module's statistics that have an asterisk (*). You can drill down through the regions to the towns.

Many stats may start as zero. To populate them load the DLC and then save your game (eg move a truck). You should only have to do this once.
On a slow computer, I found it easiest to just load a few modules, save, restart, check statistics and then load more.

Leaderboards will be added to the statistics soon.
 

Total Towns, Roads and Industries

These values are displayed when you mouse over your money in the top middle panel).
Since the "modular load" build of LOGistICAL, these values have not always been totally accurate, especially the roads and industries.
These have been fixed and are now totals of the statistics page, so if you can query them by drilling into them.
These values will only be fully accurate once you have loaded all the your game modules.
 

Dumping cargo

Once all towns are full, there maybe no where to deliver cargo from an industry that isn't fully upgraded.
You can now transport cargo to completed towns. There is no payment but the towns will gladly accept it.
 

Town Needs

Sometimes when there are town "needs" items that get duplicated. eg. a town may require bananas and fruit. Fruit also contains bananas. The collective groups will always show after the single items.
When this happens, you can't use bananas as a part of the fruit, as it will continue to be delivered into the banana line item.
Now the duplicate icons will no longer appear within those groups.

Towns decide where the incoming cargo goes with their own priority order.
If the town requires an item for their town needs and an industry within the town also requires that item, then the town "needs" get first priority.
The industry icon will now be displayed with a padlock over it until the town's needs have been completed.
 

New Tutorial

Flinders Island has been retired as a tutorial. It will soon appear as part of the Australia main map.

A new tutorial is now available and it is all about motorcycles.
This Isle of Man is known for its annual motorcycle races. The island is small and the bikes race around at crazy speeds.

Well, the Isle of Man wants motor bikes and lots of them. You are to build up all the industries that eventuate to a final product of producing motorcycles.

This tutorial is voluntary to all players that have passed the original tutorial.
There is no completion objective to allow you to move into the main games.
Just click the globe and click the country that you want to play and your initial truck(s) should appear with the first contract.

Achievements for the Isle of Man will only be available in the British Isles module.
 

Other things

Pause has been fixed and modified.
Pause now stops the trucks, industries production and town consumption.
While in pause you can still move trucks around the map and all the other general game play mechanics.
There is a pause icon in the center of the screen when the game is paused.

SPACE BAR is now a shortcut for pause.

The depot flag now sits over the town dot, so when zoomed out you can find it easier.

Iron ore in UK and BI modules has been hard to find, even for the most avid of players, so there is now a hint contract to help you find it.
Hint: If you are having trouble finding an industry within the map, try using an internet search. "Most" industries are placed where they should be.

A few minor fixes in the British Isles and Isle of Man modules.
 

Please Beta Test

As always, I would love you all to try the beta version out before it gets upgraded to Live (within the next 10 hours).

Beta uses the same save file as Live, so none of your game play will be lost.

I have set this beta to use the UK map, not the BI map, so it would be great to see if those playing UK find the new changes (eg Republic of Ireland and the Chanel Islands).

To play this new beta, right click on LOGistICAL in your Steam library, select Properties, select the "betas" tab, select "beta" from the drop down list. There is no password.

Thanks all for playing and hope you are all having fun doing so.

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Build #331

A small update with a few small fixes for United Kingdom DLC.

* Depot Towns in UK were requiring town needs. Fixed.

* Community page showing latest LOGistICAL news, screenshots and articles.

* Truck spikes to help identify what you were up to on that save game.

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"LOGistICAL - United Kingdom" or "LOGistICAL: British Isles"?





Due to new Steam rule there is now a cap on the amount of achievements that a game can have (5,000). LOGistICAL can no longer create any more achievements for the main game and DLCs, but the ones that currently exist will not be affected.

Due to this, and also as it being part of a plan that I had already put into place, LOGistICAL is now going to provide complete games for various countries, states and/or areas instead of only DLCs.

All up, this should be a positive move for those that like to "complete" games, those that like to collect achievements and also those that just like to play the game.

The game mechanics won't actually change that much.

Unfortunately "LOGistICAL - United Kingdom" was released just as the new rule was put into place and was promoted without any achievements, and now no achievements can be created for it.

I have contacted Valve and they have offered to give all the current owners of "LOGistICAL - United Kingdom" DLC free ownership to the new "game" version of this module.

I will look after getting your save game and all achievements working in the new "game" module.





To avoid confusion, the new "game" version will be titled "LOGistICAL: British Isles" and will include England, Scotland, Wales, Northern and Southern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Around an additional 350 towns (on top of L-UK) making it around 2300 towns total.

LOGistICAL: British Isles will also cost more than the current LOGistICAL - United Kingdom DLC by around 30-50%.

Release date for LOGistICAL: British Isles should be around 4th August if all goes as planned.

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Build #329

A new build to address lag, fps and lock up issues on LOGistICAL.

Hopefully the game runs smoother for all players, not just those that were having issues to begin with.

The main focus was for the lockup when maximising or enlarging the game.
The secondary focus was to increase the frames per second (fps) from 20 fps to 30 fps.

I decided to allow the game to run 50% faster in all aspects, not just the graphics as it is much more comfortable and enjoyable.

There are a few issues I am still working on that I hope to complete over the next few builds. I noticed sometimes when starting a game there can be stutters in the animations when mousing over towns. These disappear after a few seconds. Also when running at 1080p there is sometimes stuttering when first dragging trucks onto towns. These also disappear after a few minutes of playing.

So overall it is looking better on my boxes and hopefully better on yours as well.


There have also been a few small additions as well.

The popup messages from when towns, industry or road repairs are complete now sits at the bottom right of the screen, once you have completed a bunch of towns (about 50).

Fixed a few flickering issues as well.

Re added the texture maps. Not on by default.

Changed green maps to steel-blue.

Added slider for general gray maps.

Fade out trucks and region titles when looking where to build industries, so you can see the dots.

A few Canada fixes.

This new version is currently on beta for anyone who would like to give it a test run. To be completely safe, use the copy game button next to the load button when you start your game.

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Build #320

This is a big build with a major rewrite of the back-end in order to allow for single game loads (ie single DLCs).

So now you can load a single DLC straight from the globe without having to load the main game and all the other DLCs in your library.

There were a few glitches along the way and with the help of a great bunch of beta testers I managed to subdue the bugs (hopefully all of them).

The whole game should speed along at a nice pace now.
 

Languages

The first rollout of the language module is included in this build.

There are tutorials in Russian, German, Finnish and Spanish. Russian and Spanish continue into the Main modules contracts. Slowly more languages and parts of the game will get added.

Click the language flag or anywhere on the Notice form for the default English language.
 

Game Files

Generally you can just click load and it will load the top file, which is most likely the last game that you played.

The game file list has been updated to a file requester. You can now have a huge amount of tiles. Beware that the more files you have the longer it takes to cloud load.

Instead of the usual eight files, there is now a daily file save that has the number_reverseDate format (eg 00002_20170630.sav).

Each time the clock ticks over to a new day, a new file is saved.

The number is incremented if:
A file is loaded that is not of that format (eg, the old files)
A new game is started
A copy game is clicked

If you click a file with a lower than the top number, then that game is continued but will have the new date (if it is a different day), so a new file is created if a new day.

To assist any issues or corruptions that may occur along the way, a rolling 10 minute interval file is also saved with the format "backupSave_10-MinutesPastTheHour.sav", so every 10 minutes you get a new additional save that writes over the last 10 minutes save of that time period (hope you get what I mean there).
Anyway, in short, if you have a problem with a game you can go back a bit and redo it.

Clicking on any file in the list will show the number of trophies the file has and also the date and time it was saved (UTC date format).
 

Playing Modules

Once you have a game loaded/started, you are faced with the globe. On the globe you can click any of the DLCs that you own and it will load only that DLC (except if it has dependencies upon another, eg NZ).

You can play that modules as you always would have.

If you want to play a second module, then click on the globe and click another module that you own (green countries).

When that loads, you will have two flags in the bottom right corner. You can now click on those flags to jump between the modules. Both will continue to play.

There were a bunch of other minor fixes that also went into this build.


Again, a big thanks to those that participated in the beta trial. The feedback was excellent and I think we ended up with a reasonable improvement.

Let us know if you find any issues.

The new build will go live shortly (about an hour).

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Build #314

This beta build has changes to large sections of the backend of the game, so there are lots of changes and not many new additions.

If you would like to help and give this a test run it would be most appreciated. The more it is tested, the better it will be. It would be best to only test this if you have a lot of experience with LOGistICAL and know your game well. Often I don't get to test as much as I would like and then have to deal with the problems that arise which takes me away from creating more content and upgrades for the game. So again, your testing help would be most appreciated.

I have created a "beta testing" forum to isolate these posts. It is open to all at the moment, so please post all feedback into that forum or pm me.
 

Modular Load

"Modular Load" is a term I have given to this build where only the modules that you are wanting to play in the current session are loaded.

You will now find the globe loading and game loading super fast. There will now be a pause when you load your first and subsequent modules.

You start with the globe (except for a "new game"), click on a country (module) that you own and it will zoom into the map view of that country.
If you want to play another module/country at the same time, then click the globe in the bottom right hand corner and then click that country on the globe.

Some modules auto-load, eg NZ and the tutorial auto-load AU.

There shouldn't be a limit to the amount of modules you can load, but I think we might run into problems after the 5th. I will test and change if necessary.

A list of flags appear in the bottom right hand corner. Click on a flag and it should take you back to that module where you were last playing, with the currently selected truck and town.
 

What has changed

A lot has changed. In fact, so much has that it would be hard to list, but the interface hasn't change much at all.

All the data was already modularised, but the save game file wasn't. To be backward compatible things haven't changed a great deal in that area, but there are a lot more checks on load and save to ensure that data is not lost or overwritten.

Only the towns, roads, contracts, regions, states and metadata for that module are loaded. The trucks are all there, but only the ones for the loaded modules are visible.

I have had to rewrite a few areas including the regions, contracts popup, the map display, the hi-res map display and many others.
 

Summary

Once this build is stable, LOGistICAL will load super fast and also play faster. It will also enable the adding of new modules without bloating the game.
You should be able to sit comfortably and play half a dozen modules at once.
 

Things I still want to add to this build

Place the word "Loading" on the map when the module is loading.

There is a pause every so often if you drag the map around a lot. That one is driving me nuts as I can't quite figure out where it is happening.
 

How to

This build can be accessed via the Steam "beta" program.

You should back up your save files before you do this.
They are most likely in the default directory of "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\ 
<Your Steam ID> \573060\remote".
When you start the game, you should also create a second copy of the game you wish to play with. That is done by the copy icon to the right of the game file. Try to keep the original save game file prior to this update, so you can always go backwards and check things. I have about 5 simultaneous spawns from the original.

To access the build, right click LOGistICAL in the Steam library, select properties, select the betas tab and select "Modular Load beta" from the drop down list. If "Modular Load beta" is not in the list you will have to restart Steam first.

Thanks for giving this a go.

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