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- WinVROC 2.1
- F2 Club Resource Update
- F2 Club
- Core.ini Notes
- GPL 1.2
- The Goof: How it Happened
- GPL 1.2 Premature Release
- NASCAR 3, NASCAR Legends, and VROC
- Gammanet Name Change
- Linking to the Race Room
- Revised VROC Options Page
- New Java Chat
- Bart Westra's core.ini Examples
- More VROC Enhancements
- VROC Enhancements
- GPL Spy Boy 2 Flags
- "F2/F3" Races; Driving Tips
- Brands Hatch
- Sweet Red Candy
- False Alarm!
- Revised GPL Spy Boy
- VROC Mailing List Enhancements
- Revised New User Page
- The Next Generation!
- GPL Spy Boy and
- VROC Server
- Track Converter Update !
- VROC Mailing List
- Brabham Setups from Alison
12/27/99 - David Noonan has published
his NASCAR Oval to GPL Converter. This free utility converts
eight of the best ovals from Papyrus NASCAR 3 (or earlier Papyrus
NASCAR sims) to GPL.
GPL's AI does not cope well with steep banking, so there are
no AI drivers for these tracks. Therefore, these tracks are best
enjoyed by racing on them against other human drivers. For this
reason, the Oval Converter is known as a "VROC Special".
Get the converter at The
Pits. Go to the GPL page and look for Oval2GPL Converter.
A GPL Christmas
a poem by Joe Shaw
12/18/99 - WinVROC
2.1 is here! Larry Holbert has been working overtime on this
new version, which has numerous fixes and new features.
See the Release Notes for information
about fixes and new features in this new version of WinVROC.
[The broken link to the installer has been fixed.]
12/4/99 - WinVROC
is now available! WinVROC is the native Windows client for VROC.
WinVROC, developed by Larry Holbert, is a new, revamped and
internally optimized version of the program known as GPL Spy
Thank you, Larry!
11/28/99 - A new multithreaded VROC server
package developed by Larry Holbert replaced the old server daemons
today. The new server runs on hardware dedicated to the purpose.
Performance is dramatically improved! The wait for race list
updates - which sometimes ran to several minutes - should be
Also, we've added a new section by Michael Carver about forward visibility in online
racing to the VROC Driving Tips page.
If you race online, please read this!
11/24/99 - In the interests of improved performance, we're
considering shutting down the old VROC 1.0 race room. Go here
Also, the F2 Club page has been expanded
and reorganized. There's now a more concrete discussion of the
club's goals, and a request to experienced drivers. If you're
joining club races, please read this!
F2 Club Resource Update
11/22/99 - We've added a resources
section to the F2 Club page. Sounds, setups,
hotlaps, graphics, and more.
11/21/99 - Now you can voice chat with other VROC and
GPL enthusiasts in the VROC FireTalk
chat room. It's free!
VROC F2 Club
11/19/99 - Alison has launched a new VROC
Formula 2 Club. The intention of this club is to provide
a friendly, receptive learning environment for new people just
discovering GPL and VROC. Experienced drivers are also welcome,
and are invited to help teach the newer drivers by example and
by coaching, if invited to do so. Join
11/7/99 - We've added some notes
on core.ini with GPL 1.2 and VROC. For the most part, your core.ini
settings are now redundant, except for a few specialty items.
11/5/99 - GPL 1.2 is here! In addition to fixing GPL
1.1's notorious clock bug, GPL 1.2 contains a number of enhancements
and several new features.
As a result of improved collision detection, a more stable
clock, and improved client/server synchronization, it's now possible
to race much closer to other cars. Online racing is now better
Read the VROC GPL 1.2 FAQ for more
details about the enhancements in this exciting new patch.
Get GPL 1.2 at Papyrus.
Note: GPL 1.2 will install over either GPL 1.0 or GPL 1.1,
as long as you haven't modified the existing GPL executable.
The Goof: How it Happened
10/2/99 - As we reported below, two test versions of the upcoming
GPL 1.2 patch have been published. Here's what happened, to the
best of our knowledge at this time:
Apparently Papyrus sent a test copy of the German version
of GPL 1.2 to Sierra Germany for review and testing. Due to a
misunderstanding, this version was published on the German site.
What happened at The Pits was triggered by this through a
bizarre set of circumstances. One of the members of The Pits
participated in a confidential program of testing GPL 1.2. This
member has an automated mechanism for posting his latest work
to The Pits for access by other members of The Pits staff. When
he triggered this mechanism recently, he didn't realize that
the beta version of GPL 1.2 patch, which he had been testing,
was in the folder being transferred. He would never have copied
it to The Pits intentionally. After this, this member went offline,
and for various reasons didn't go back online for some hours.
In the meantime, another member of The Pits learned of the
German Sierra publication of GPL 1.2, and noticed the GPL 1.2
zip in the upload folder at The Pits. This member assumed this
was the authorized English version of the patch, downloaded from
the Papyrus Web server. He thought the Papy server was inaccessible
because it was so busy responding to download requests, when
in reality it was down because of Papyrus' move to new headquarters.
Quickly, without looking inside it, he moved the zip to The Pits
download area and posted a notice about it, thinking he was doing
all of us a favor.
Both of these members of The Pits have been tireless contributors
to the community of Papyrus simulation enthusiasts, and we are
certain they would do nothing to harm this community. When they
learned of the mistake, both were horrified. The GPL 1.2 beta
patch has been removed from The Pits and an apology has been
Also, Sierra Germany has taken down the German beta version
from their site and posted a notice that the definitive version
will be published next week.
GPL 1.2 Premature Release
10/1/99 - Two test versions of the upcoming GPL 1.2 patch
have been published. A German version was published on Sierra's
German Web site, and an English version was published on several
GPL fan sites.
Communications with Papyrus have been interrupted due to their
move to new headquarters. However, at this time, it appears that
both versions were published by mistake, apparently due to misunderstandings.
Both are incomplete test versions and are time-limited. They
do not function after yesterday, September 30, 1999.
We hope to restore contact with Papyrus early next week. Although
no official date is available, at this time we expect release
of the full version of GPL 1.2 within approximately two weeks.
VROC already supports GPL 1.2, and we hope to have GPL Spy
Boy support for GPL 1.2 by the time the full GPL 1.2 version
Participation on VROC has held steady despite the problems
introduced in the GPL 1.1 patch. These problems have been addressed
in the GPL 1.2 patch, and several significant enhancements have
also been introduced. A preliminary version of the VROC GPL
1.2 FAQ is available, detailing the various improvements.
The GPL 1.2 patch has been thoroughly tested by a number of
experienced GPL enthusiasts, and confidence in its technical
soundness is very high. Several people who have tried the published
test versions of GPL 1.2 have reported that GPL 1.2 is greatly
improved over previous versions of GPL, particularly in online
Along with the rest of the GPL community, the VROC staff eagerly
awaits the release of the full GPL 1.2 patch. We are confident
that this superb new release will result in a greatly improved
racing experience for many users, and hope it will lead to increased
participation in and growth of the GPL online community.
Your patience and understanding is appreciated!
NASCAR 3, NASCAR Legends, and VROC
9/9/99 - Our understanding at this time is that Sierra will
provide a "matchmaking" service similar to VROC for
the upcoming Papyrus simulations, NASCAR 3 and NASCAR Legends.
At this time, it does not appear that there will be any need
for VROC support for these simulations, since Sierra's service
will provide essentially the same functionality.
Gammanet Name Change
9/9/99 - Gammanet has announced a name change which will take
effect shortly, as management of Gammanet transitions to a new
team. GPL Spy Boy 2 and the VROC Chat will be updated as soon
as we know the new name. This should be essentially transparent
to the user. You will not need to download anything new; all
that will be needed will be for each user to restart GSB 2 and/or
the VROC Chat.
Linking to the Race Room
8/22/99 - We've added an explanation of how you can link
to the VROC Race Room from your desktop, or add a Favorite
or Bookmark linking to the Race Room.
Revised VROC Options Page
8/22/99 - We've revised the VROC Options
page and the Racelist explanations
to reflect the current layout of the VROC Race Room.
New Java Chat
8/21/99 - We've added a new experimental Java Chat.
This IRC Chat client, provided by IBM's Alphaworks, connects to to the same
IRC chat server and room as the chat in GPL Spy Boy.
The old Chat page is still available.
Bart Westra's core.ini Examples
8/16/99 - Bart Westra has created some excellent new core.ini
files which you can download
and use to customize GPL. Here's what Bart has to say:
- core.gpl1103.verbose.ini is the most elaborate.
- core.gpl1103.full.ini contains all parameters, 1 line per
- core.gpl1103.minimal.ini contains only the most common parameters.
I made this for people who find core.ini complicated.
Note that these files are examples! You'll need to
edit the values to accomplish your objectives. Bart points out
that the value is more in the comments than in the settings which
Bart has chosen.
More VROC Enhancements
8/16/99 - We have made more changes to VROC. Here's an incomplete
- VROC 2 Java Applet
- display MOTD (Message Of The Day)
- assorted bug fixes
- upload and display all drivers' team and class (and revise
- checkbox for disabling checkpoints
- races are sorted by availability
- removed the forceBandwidth option - always forces.
- created a dropdown list of players, and player names are
generated from player.ini
- Command line parameters are listed in the console at each
launch of the sim. For privacy, in the case of ...to_ip..., the
actual host's ip is replaced with ***.***.***.***
- Bandwidth dropdown list
- The applet now independently supports both the bandwidth
and the forceBandwidth fields in the database. (Previously they
were both tied to the same checkbox.)
- Added driverTeam, driverClass, and VROC Client to data sent
to VROC server when joining a race.
- Don't wait for response from VROC server when joining, ending,
or leaving a race. Previusly, the applet waited up to 5 seconds
for an acknowledgement from the server, creating an unnessary
wait. (In the case of hosting a race, the applet still waits
for an aknowledgement and aborts if it doesn't get "OK".)
- corrected spelling of "synch_method=x" (was missing
the 'h') - Thanks, Randy! This was making it so the Use Old Synch
Method checkbox was not functioning. Now it works correctly
- added a dot between the initial and the last name in the
- VROC 2 Server
- added driver team and class to server and driver database
tables and race laps to server table; enhanced daemons to accept
and report this data.
- fixed assorted bugs in the daemons that were causing huge
- removed obsolete code from launch/end race daemon.
- fixed bug which caused plus signs to be surpressed (thus
fixing the 384KB+ bandwidth option).
There's a known problem with driver teams and classes; right
now; the VROC applet only uploads whatever your choice is in
the applet. If you choose default, the applet doesn't know what
the default will be, so nothing will be displayed. Also, the
current beta version of GSB 2 doesn't upload or display this
Also, there is a known problem with the Server Registration:
if you register an External Server, and then host via VROC or
GSB 2, the Server Registration will be lost and will need to
We plan to address these issues in future releases.
7/13/99 - We have made substantial changes to VROC over the
last few days. Here's a list:
VROC 2 Java Applet
- removed partial screen mode checkbox (this is simply too
- added sync_method checkbox
- made clock rate settable
- show number of races, races displayed
- wide mode
- default registered IP to login-returned internet IP
- make refresh button appear halfway through auto-refresh interval
- fixed multiple appearances of races and "M. Driver"
in the list
- fixed joining the wrong race when a subset is of the race
- fixed inability to include a space in a name
VROC 2 Server
- show drivers in each race in Driver list
- report GPL 1.1 races hosted in VROC 1.0/GSB 1.1
- report Registered Servers on Server Registration page
- detect when VROC Server daemons have gone to sleep and restart
GPL Spy Boy 2 Flags
Until Larry gets a chance to put together help pages for GSB
2, here's a list of the GSB 2 flags:
- B = forced Bandwidth
- C = class restriction
- T = Team restriction
- P = Passworded
- L = Latency restriction
- V = hosted via VROC 2 or GSB 2
"F2/F3" Races; Driving Tips
7/7/99 - We've posted some information about how you can prepare
to join the "F2" and "F3"
races which are appearing on VROC.
We've also added a new page with tips
on driving and racing online, including hints on how to know
when you're ready to race online, what to do when
you spin, how to save yourself
time when being passed, and how
6/20/99 - David Noonan has stunned and delighted the GPL community
with his fantastic new rendition of Brands Hatch.
Brands Hatch is a wonderful track, even more of a roller coaster
ride than Zandvoort. David has elegantly captured the unique
atmosphere of this exquisite British circuit.
David's Brands Hatch is a very small download, less than 400
kb, available at The
Thank you, David!
6/11/99 - Alison's new collection of Ferrari setups exploits
a radical new approach to chassis setup. The gorgeous red cars
from Maranello are stunning: gloriously, sensuously responsive,
yet incredibly forgiving.
[Your new Ferrari] setups
do indeed handle better than low riders.
- Dave Kaemmer
I could run comfortable through
corners that otherwise gave me a heart attack when feeling a
bump...I couldn't believe what I felt and saw....Wonderful, Alison!
Soooo cool to drive....VERY impressive, it really lead me to
rethink my setups.
- Wolfgang Woeger
Holy moly! That's the finest
setup I've ever driven in GPL, my own included. It's as easy
to drive as an F2. A keeper. Congratulations.
- Steve Smith
Alison has come up with some
revolutionary thinking on setting up your GPL racer. ... What
is remarkable about these setups is the grip out of the corners.
... The car seemed very stable all around. I felt like I was
- Chris Moses
Be careful! Reading this Ferrari article and trying
Alison's setups may shatter some of your most fundamental assumptions
about GPL. If you'd rather keep thinking about setups the way
you always have - if you want to keep thinking of GPL as "hard
to drive" - read no further.
Click here only if you dare.
5/7/99 - Sometime yesterday someone stumbled on some VROC
pages that are currently under development. These pages, which
were prepared in anticipation of the GPL patch, stated that the
patch had been released. This, of course, is not the case.
The GPL patch has not been released!
For several months, we have been getting ready for the patch.
The pages some of you saw were part of that preparation. These
pages were under development and were not intended for public
Our plan was to have the new pages ready and to swap those
pages into place when the GPL patch was released, so we could
provide you with enhanced support for the patch as soon as the
patch became available.
To avoid confusion, we have removed these pages. When
the patch is released, we will announce it here immediately.
We will roll out our enhanced support for GPL at that time.
When the patch is released.
Again, the GPL patch has not been released!
To our knowledge, there is no official release date for the
patch at this time.
Revised GPL Spy Boy
4/28/99 - GPL Spy
Boy continues to mature. This is a terrific interface for
VROC, and the bugs in the early releases have been quashed with
a vengeance. Larry Holbert has now made the definitive version
for GPL 1.0 available.
If you haven't tried GPL Spy Boy, or had trouble with earlier
versions, we recommend you download
the latest version now.
VROC Mailing List Enhancements
4/28/99 - The new eGroups-based VROC Mailing
List has been enhanced. It now supports essentially all the
features provided by the VROC Paddock, and in addition offers
the option of having all forum postings delivered to your email
inbox. You can also post to the forum directly from your email
At the VROC Mailing List, you can chat, read and post messages,
add links, add events to the calendar, create and participate
in polls, and more.
If this new facility proves reliable, we will consider phasing
out the Yahoo-based VROC Paddock in favor of the eGroups-based
Revised New User Page
4/28/99 - We've reworked the VROC New
User page to include information about GPL
Spy Boy (which we recommend) and the VROC
The Next Generation!
4/15/99 - A new version of GSB is available now! Get the new
version today at GPL
We've been working hard on changes to GPL Spy Boy and the
VROC server components to improve efficiency and reliability.
More improvements are planned. See GPL
Spy Boy and GPL Disconnects and VROC
Server Enhancements for details.
Warp 95, Scotty!
4/6/99 - A new version of GPL Spy Boy is available! Download
the patch to upgrade your existing GSB at:
Spy Boy 95 Patch
Or download the entire GPL Spy Boy installer at:
GPL Spy Boy
VROC and GSB Changes
4/6/99 - Today has been a major thrash for Alison and Larry.
We've revamped the VROC server and GPL Spy Boy rather extensively.
The result is a much more efficient mechanism for distributing
race list information to GSB.
We've also revised the way data is selected, cutting out the
"deadwood". We no longer list GPL servers which don't
resume responding by the time we think their race is over, unless
they start responding again within 2 hours. We also no longer
list GPL servers that are "Starting".
Also, the races in the VROC applet's race list are now sorted
so that races which are responding (i.e. in Practice or Waiting
mode) appear at the top, and those with faster connection types
(T1, cable, ADSL) appear before those with slower connection
She's Dead, Jim
4/6/99 - Due to performance problems it triggered on the VROC
server, the original GPL Spy Boy release has been retired.
A new version of GSB is ready for you to download now (see
above). Also, the VROC applet interface
is fully functional.
Captain, She Can't Take No More!
4/6/99 - Wow! The introduction of GPL Spy Boy has been a major
Unfortunately, GSB's auto refresh feature placed unprecedented
demands on VROC's mechanism for serving race lists, exposing
a flaw in its design. As a result, VROC shut down last night
for about an hour.
We're working on it. Changes have already been made to VROC,
and a revised version of GSB should be available for your download
In the meantime, please switch GSB to Manual Refresh to avoid
Native Windows Client for VROC
4/5/99 - Larry Holbert has released a native Windows client
for VROC, called GPL Spy Boy. Now those who have not wanted to
download Netscape, or have had trouble with it, can access VROC
through a native Windows application.
Check it out at: http://gpl.gamestats.com/gsb/
Brabham Setups from Alison
4/4/99 - Alison has released a collection of setups for the
Brabham. See the News page at Eagle
Woman's Grand Prix Legends site.
Track Converter Update!
4/1/99 - New versions of David Noonan's track converter and
the Dubai tracks are available. These versions fix the problem
with the missing starter flagman.
If you're racing on VROC, be sure to download and install
the latest versions before racing on VROC!
David's track converter converts certain ICR2/CART and NASCAR
2 tracks to GPL. The converter and Dubai, an original track,
are available at The
These tracks work great on VROC. For more information, see
the News page at Eagle
Woman's Grand Prix Legends site.
3/27/99 - Alison has created two new Internet-based mailing
lists devoted to GPL, one for general GPL issues and one for
specific VROC and online racing issues.
To join, go to the new Lists page.
BRM Setups from Alison
3/27/99 - Some comments from users on Alison's setups for
"I just wanted to drop you a note to say "Thanks"
for giving my already-high keeness with GPL a big boost. I downloaded
your setups for the BRM, which, up until now, I always classified
as a truck!! :o)
"Over the past week I have parked my Brabham in the garage
and have been belting the BRM around Spa, the 'Ring, Silverstone
"Great fun....and a totally transformed package. with
Patrick's brilliant engine sound the BRM now is a delight to
- Bruce Kennewell
"Kudos on your BRM setups. I just gave Spa a go- my first
timed lap was a 3:23.59, which will place me at the top of the
BRM class on Schubi's fastlap board. At Silverstone...I can brake
later and accelerate earlier in your BRM than in any other car!"
"Thanks for providing your insight into setting up the
"..the BRM setups...[are] fantastic! My first timed lap
[at Spa] was 3:27.62 and the next was 3:25.73. When I nail a
lap, I'm sure it will be in the low 3:24 range. Thank you so
much! You make GPL much more enjoyable for me."
3/8/99 - A change made recently in preparation for the upcoming
VROC 1.1 caused a problem: if you updated your VROC setup values
using VROC Setup, the values would be lost shortly thereafter.
This has been fixed. We apologize for the inconvenience!
2/17/99 - Online Tips: Michael
Carver and Paco
Skiinoff have commented on suggestions for cable modem setup
by Michael Justice and PH
Bart Westra has published a detailed
analysis of online issues and suggests some new settings
for the core.ini file.
2/17/99 - We've published Vendor Guidelines
for developers of racing simulations who would like to have their
products considered for support by VROC.
2/7/99 - Achim Trensz reports excellent results with a USB ISDN
device, and Paul Jones reports excellent results with a USB
to Serial Converter. Read Alison's USB
Modem evaluation and reader
reports for more info.
1/2/99 - Just before 6 pm Eastern time, Saturday January 2,
a power outage at Gamestats disabled the SQL database which supports
the VROC race list. This problem has been addressed and VROC
appears to be working normally now.
As a result of this problem, no races were shown in the race
list for about 6 hours. Prior to this, VROC was very busy; I
saw a full list of races in Room 1 just before the problem became
I apologize for VROC's unavailability during this peak period!
Thanks to those who alerted me to the problem and to Gamestat's
sysadmin, who fixed it.
12/6/98 - We've created a club on Yahoo called the VROC Paddock. This contains a message board,
calendar, and a chat that works better than either of the old
VROC chats, which we'll probably do away with.
If you're a VROC user, please join this club and use it to keep in touch!
12/4/98 - We've added a new Troubleshooting page for those
who have trouble joining, or who find that no one joins races
that they host.
11/25/98 - We mis-stated our intentions regarding Netscape
support in our earlier announcement. Some people wish to continue
using Navigator and do not wish to install the full Communicator.
To the best of my knowledge, Navigator 4.07 includes full
Java 1.1 support. Therefore, our previous announcement should
have read thus:
To enable us to take advantage of the full Java 1.1 feature
set implemented in Netscape Communicator 4.5 and Navigator 4.07
and later, we plan to discontinue support for earlier Netscape
Netscape Communicator 4.5 also seems to have fixed the slow-to-die
problem that afflicted earlier versions.
Date of discontinuation of Communicator 4.0x and pre-4.07
Navigator support will be announced soon. Please plan to upgrade
your copy of Netscape as soon as possible.
11/17/98 - After running countless races on VROC, I can say
one thing for sure: a lot of people are finding the Lotus, Eagle
and Ferrari a big challenge, maybe a bit bigger challenge than
they bargained for. For some GPL enthusiasts, the frustration
level must be running very high.
If you're like me, you'll find that it's a lot more satisfying
and a great deal more fun to do a solid, mistake-free drive to
the podium in the Coventry
than to spend half the race extricating yourself and the Lotus
from the weeds.
are the setups to let you do just that.
So now you have a choice: you can keep mowing the grass in
the glamour-mobiles, hoping to maybe catch a glimps of my transmission
now and then. Or you can join me on the podium after a mistake-free
race in your lowly Coventry, and enjoy watching a bunch of Lotus,
Eagle, and Ferrari drivers steam and scratch their heads.
11/17/98 - VROC has been joined by an impressive team of sim
racing advocates and experts to provide technical support for
VROC. These include veteran sim racers John Wallace and Michael
Carver, and writer/racing sim reviewer Randy Magruder.
All three have extensive sim racing experience and an excellent
grasp of the many technical issues surrounding sim racing and
racing online. John and Michael have established a tradition
of being among the most knowledgeable and thoughtful participants
in the rec.autos.simulators
newsgroup. Randy has hosted many races on VROC via his cable
modem, in addition to conducting his own racing series, the Grand Prix Legends
You can contact any of the new tech support personnel through
the newly revised VROC Tech Support
11/12/98 - Due to philosophical differences, we've taken the
difficult decision of bringing our tech support function back
in-house. You will find an extensive list of technical support
resources on our newly expanded Tech Support
Many thanks to Francois Menard. We very much appreciate your
knowledge and your willingness to help, Francois.
11/11/98 - We've added a new Technical
Notes page with information about various aspects of online
racing and GPL. Of particular interest is a dissertation by Doc
Wynne on why first-lap collisions are so violent and become so
The Tech Notes page also contains advice on how to avoid the
most common problems experienced in racing GPL online. This page
is a must read!
11/9/98 - Due to problems with the Leahcim
chat, which seems to interfere with the VROC race list applet
when they share the same page, we've added a new third-party
chat from GamesNET (see
Bjorn's 3D World) for evaluation.
Unfortunately, we can't get the two chats to share a common channel,
so we'll eventually have to go with the one which proves most
11/8/98 - Francois Menard, who contributed his time and expertise
so graciously in the chat during VROC's inital rollout, and frequently
since then, has agreed to take on the role of Tech Support for
VROC. You can reach him through the new VROC Tech
11/8/98 - To enable us to take advantage of the full Java
1.1 feature set implemented in Netscape 4.5, we plan to discontinue
support for Netscape versions 4.0x shortly.
Netscape 4.5 also seems to have fixed the slow-to-die problem
that afflicted 4.0x versions.
Date of discontinuation of 4.0x support will be announced
soon. Please plan to upgrade your copy of Netscape as soon as
11/8/98 - For technical reasons, we've had to split the chat
into its own page. The chat applet, which is a third party applet
over which we have no control, has been loading slowly or refusing
to load. This can interfere with the operation of the VROC Race
To avoid these problems, we've put the chat on a seperate
page, which should open in a new window in the browser. If we
can find a more reliable chat, we mave move back to the integrated
Be sure to click the Disconnect button in the chat before
you host or join a race!
11/8/98 - VROC Beta 3f addresses the multihomed host problem.
Now, if your PC has two IP addresses (for example, if it is on
a LAN and on the Internet via a DUN connection) VROC will ignore
the nonroutable address and use the other. This will eliminate
the need for most multihomed machines to use VROC
Setup's IP Address Override.
Beta 3f also adds USB Modems and Hybrid Analog/Digital Cable
Modems to the list of connection types.
11/2/98 - We added a new To Do
list where you can check out the features we plan to add to VROC,
and ideas for future enhancements. Please check this out if you
think you have an idea for a new feature to be sure we haven't
already thought of it.
11/2/98 - We rolled out VROC Beta 3e just before midnight
Sunday night. This version displays an estimate of minutes remaining
in races currently underway. It also fixes a bug which caused
Pro Long races to incorrectly display as Pro Short.
11/1/98 - VROC Beta 3d is now in place. This release tightens
the player limit, making it fairly unlikely that the host's specified
player limit will be exceeded by players joining through VROC.
Other changes since Beta 3 include:
- Eliminate the Ping button because it was redundant with the
- Refresh the Race List when returning from GPL.
- Show the actual connection type on the Race List.
- Supress the [Join] area if the player limit is exceeded.
- Fixed a bug which disrupted the race list display when people
hosted using beta versions of GPL.
- Minor display improvements such as truncate the player last
name if necessary, and display "Starting" instead of
"Unknown" when the host is launching GPL.
We are aware of a problem in which apparently live races are
disappearing from the list, and are working on a solution.
10/29/98 - VROC Beta 3 has gone live. This new version incorporates
a host of detail changes and two major changes:
- Beta 3 utilizes a Unix-based GPL Query, which dramatically
improves race list refresh time and reduces the workload on GPL
- Beta 3 allows GPL hosts to limit the number of players which
may join the host's race. This should reduce or eliminate disconnects
caused by too many players.
Please execute VROC
Setup to set your desired player limit. In the initial implementation
of Beta 3, the player limit is somewhat "leaky". We
plan future changes to tighten this up, although only Papyrus
can make it totally bulletproof.
Setup now remembers your Connection Type, so please be sure
to reset that if it is not showing correctly on the VROC Race
10/22/98 - Randy Magruder's Grand
Prix Legends World Series web site is up, with rules and
10/21/98 - Randy Magruder has announced his intention of conducting
an online race series. Details will be available soon.