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GEEX 2011 TrackMania Canyon Tournament 10th Anniversary
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 08 October 2021 02:38 AM (PDT)
Attention all TrackManiacs! The Friday Night Gamers (Team FNG) are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the first LAN tournament after the release of TrackMania 2 Canyon on the ManiaPlanet platform. On 14 Oct 2011, Ubisoft in partnership with Intel, sponsored a TM2 Canyon tournament hosted by the Friday Night Gamers at the Gamers and Electronics Expo (GEEX) in Sandy, Utah at the South Towne Expo Center.
It was an incredible collaborative project involving many of the top map builders of the day, Nadeo, Ubisoft, Intel, the Friday Night Gamers and the awesome finalists who competed in the local live tournament.
We invite all to join us for a trip down memory lane as we play the 10 final maps on the:
Saturday 16 Oct 2021
1:30pm Mountain; 9:30pm CEST
This will be a "for-fun" tournament and will be tracked using the TournaMania software I built for the original GEEX tournaments. Our server is set to hold 80 players and we hope you will help us fill it up.
We look forward to reliving the excitement of the original GEEX tournament and enjoying some legendary classic maps built by the amazing TrackMania community.
The new TrackMania is here!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 01 July 2020 09:24 AM (PDT)
Today is the day! Ubisoft Nadeo has officially released their next installment in the wonderful Trackmania series.
It is a fresh new take on the popular Stadium environment, and has some incredible new blocks, physics tweaks and extras to make it thoroughly enjoyable. The ice is crazy fun to play around on, and the reactor boosts are a hoot.
This version of the game is subscription-based with three different offerings, Starter (free), Standard ($9.99 USD/year) and Club ($29.99 USD / 1-year; $59.99 USD / 3-year).
There are different limitations on the lower tier of subscription, such as not being able to share your custom skins with other online players, or creating clubs and running dedicated servers. Find out more on the official Trackmania website.
The game is available on Uplay and the Epic Games store.
The Friday Night Gamers are excited to play with you! Join us in our Friday Night Gamers club server "Team FNG - Utah"
Community Launch Trailer
Official Launch Trailer
And I would like to send a special thank you to the fine team at Nadeo! They allowed me the honor of helping them as an Alpha Tester for this game, and were kind enough to include all the alpha testers' names in the credits!
It's been a fun ride, literally. Can't wait for the good times awaiting us in this new game!
TrackMania Nations Remake Announced
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 02 March 2020 12:23 PM (PST)
Nadeo has officially announced a new revision of TrackMania Nations! It will be released on 05 May 2020. I'm super excited to see it.
Also enjoy an interview with Florent Castelnerac (Hylis) of Nadeo about the upcoming game!
Warcraft I and II released on GOG.com
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 28 March 2019 12:14 PM (PDT)
It finally happened! GOG.com is taking FNG back to its roots by releasing Warcraft I and II... and you can get both for only $14.99!
Both are made to run on modern machines, and Warcraft II allows you to play the classic or a newer one that can scale to higher resolutions. I'm not going to say any more because I need to go purchase my copy. LOL
We may have to play this a few times in future Friday Nights ... too bad this didn't get released a couple years ago -- that would have been a fantastic way to celebrate FNG's 20th anniversary.
"Ready to work..."
ShootMania Storm: Royal - The Return of Nukes in the Underground
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 17 February 2018 05:24 PM (PST)
When a player steps onto an underground block, the mode will auto-switch the weapon to the Nucleus weapon again, and back to whatever the player had originally when entering the underground block after exiting. It's a little different than before. In the screenshot below, the weapon will switch before you're actually in the tunnel, because you're detected as underground before you actually make it into the tunnel... so it switches a little earlier on some blocks, but feels exactly the same on others. Some above-ground tunnels don't switch still either, so it's not QUITE there, but it's very close.; and still super fun.
Ubi Sale - All TrackMania Titles 70% off!!! (Uplay and Steam!)
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 16 February 2018 01:24 PM (PST)
TrackMania titles at 70% off!
EDIT: The sale is also on Steam! (To filter non-maniaplanet games try this link - but it won't include TrackMania 2 Canyon, so you'll need to go to the other link for that.)
ShootMania Storm is also on sale... $6.79 on Steam
There is a catch... you will have to purchase on UPlay and install/launch it the first time from there (unless they have a way of providing your game key through the UPlay UI now...) Once launched, login with your normal ManiaPlanet account so the title can be tied to your ManiaPlanet account. After that you can log in to the standalone ManiaPlanet application and enjoy the title there.
Calling all Friday Night Gamers to complete your collection! We're still trying to put together at 20th WANniversary TrackMania tournament that will cover all TrackMania titles through history (TrackMania United Forever and TrackMania 2 [ManiaPlanet]). We will be able to pull this off using only two servers, but we'll need all who wish to participate to complete their collection!!!
TrackMania 2 Canyon and Stadium Servers Back Online
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 20 May 2017 01:57 PM (PDT)
Also, I had to recompute maps so there are limited sets of maps on each server for now. We'll add more back as we go along.
My goal now is to revive the Valley server and get prepped for Lagoon next week. After Lagoon is released and I have a standalone server for it, I will revive the TM2 Title Pack server as well (which will allow us to play all 4 TM2 environments on the same server.)
After all that is complete, I will assess which Server Controllers have caught up with the ManiaPlanet 4 (MP4) updates and see which might be the best to run on our servers.
Some of the slight tweaks in the Stadium and Canyon physics take a little bit of getting used to, but I'm finding most of the older maps that I tested on our servers are as easy, and potentially easier to drive than before. None of them became unplayable after the MP4 changes.
Enjoy! More to come...
Team FNG TrackMania Servers Down for a Bit / ShootMania Server Still Live
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 19 May 2017 01:31 PM (PDT)
The new ManiaPlanet 4 updates are pretty awesome, but extensive. This means maps for our servers must be recomputed and I haven't had time to do so yet, with the exception of ShootMania. I have 12 maps recomputed and working with our new TeamFNG_Royal script that works on the Royal title pack now.
We have officially moved the mode over to the Royal ladder/title pack and are still a 90k server. The script needs a few kinks worked out (like getting our emblem back on the pole and spawn points) - and I still need to test to be sure the laser is one-hit eliminations. We also need to figure out a way to get nukes auto-switched in the tunnels again (they disabled that in MP4). I may forego fixing that depending on the feedback we get from the players on our server.
Our TrackMania servers will be down until I get a chance to start recomputing some maps -- since we keep a lot of nostalgia tracks, I'm certain I will be the one needing to recompute them. I'll also pull more down from ManiaExchange AS we get the server spun back up. It might be a couple of weeks to get the old ones going again.
I will also be spinning up a Lagoon server, and we will have the TM2 Title Pack server (which will host all 4 environments in one) after next week when Lagoon is released.
I'm excited to see if we can get some maps made for our Royal server that have TrackMania cars in them too. If you make one, please let us know so we can share it on our server!
Stay tuned... more ManiaPlanet goodness to come...
TrackMania 2 Lagoon Coming 23 May!!! ManiaPlanet 4 Available Today!!!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 09 May 2017 03:00 PM (PDT)
Nadeo and Ubisoft made my day today!
Ubisoft announced today that the Lagoon environment is finally coming to ManiaPlanet! Mark your calendars... 23 May. I don't know pricing yet... stay tuned.
And get amped... the ManiaPlanet 4 update has a bundle of awesome new things available for map and mod makers, including wallriding for ShootMania (see "Power Paths"), TrackMania cars in (can be weaponized depending on the mod), turrets, shields and new weapons in ShootMania. It is packed with all kinds of goodness.
Another exciting thing for Team FNG is that I've figured out how to get our TeamFNG_Royal mode to actually run under the Royal title pack where it belongs now. I'm pretty excited to see how that goes.
One bummer is that they've disabled the default switching to nucleus weapon in ShootMania when you are in a tunnel. That will make some of our classic maps not as fun, but we'll see if we can figure out how to get our TeamFNG_Royal mode to still honor that mechanic. Might take some time, but we'll try to keep that "Pre-Beta2" classic mode we've always had on our server.
I'm looking forward to other fun things awaiting us in the new ManiaPlanet.
You will notice some slight changes in physics and handling in the existing TrackMania 2 cars, but I think you'll enjoy it.
Team FNG's ShootMania Royal server goes 90k
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 01 September 2016 06:31 AM (PDT)
Royal dedicated servers) to bump our server up from a 60k to a 90k.
More points points with your pew pew
The reason I waited so long is because we run a special script that makes our server play by the pre-Beta 2 ruleset (where the storm comes in closer to the pole and lasers are a one-hit elimination.) We enjoy those rules better than the rules post-Beta 2. Also, we have classic maps that we don't ever want to get rid of (like JumpStart, CliffJumpers, etc.) that were built around the old rules, and break somewhat if played on servers with the new.
Be mindful that this will only affect your score on the Storm ladder, not the Royal title pack ladder. Because we run a custom script, we are required to run on the Storm title pack. This is another reason I held off on trying to go more than 60k on our server. The rules are a little different when not doing Royal and I didn't think our server qualified. I'm grateful today to say that we do qualify and have bumped the points limit on our server to 90k.
TrackMania Turbo Goes Open Beta for Xbox One and PS4
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 18 March 2016 10:43 AM (PDT)
announcement on GameSpot
(Thanks to Bomajoe for this news!)
Those that own Xbox One and/or PS4 are in for a treat. Get an early glimpse of the wonderful world of TrackMania a few days before its release next week on 22 March.
Links to access it on your consoles are provided at the GameSpot article.
TrackMania 2 Canyon screenshot featured on Intel's XMP site
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 02 January 2016 09:40 PM (PST)
Talking tonight with Thundr about a new gaming desktop he'd put together, we got on the topic of Intel's Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) technology. If you follow the link, you'll see one video game screenshot at the top of the article ... and one only (the rest of the photos are of gamers.)
Of all the video games chosen to be represented for this article about gaming RAM, guess which one was chosen?! That's right, one of the best gaming franchises ever made... TrackMania!
This mega-awesome screenshot of TrackMania 2: Canyon was a fantastic choice for the Intel site; and one I use as a desktop wallpaper.
I really wish this game was more marketed in North America. It is so awesome and many North Americans still don't know about it. Yes, it's on Steam, but it's rarely highlighted except for once or twice a year when it's on sale on Steam. Unfortunately it usually goes on sale when more well-known titles are also on sale. We had one time when a surge of 10,000 new North American players came to TrackMania 2: Stadium when it was on sale for $1.99. I hope we'll see more of that so we can get more North American TrackManiacs!
Anyway, back to the XMP story... I run TrackMania on a machine with XMP RAM and it runs as fast as I drive in TrackMania. If you're using XMP RAM in an Intel motherboard, make sure to set the XMP profile in your motherboard's BIOS so you can take advantage of this great technology.
Then get into some TrackMania and come race with the Friday Night Gamers!
TrackMania Turbo - Coming 27 Nov 2015!
Posted by That One Guy - Last Updated: 15 June 2015 09:56 PM (PDT)
Friday Night Gamers... get ready!
Nadeo and Ubisoft revealed today at E3 TrackMania Turbo, a $19.99 title that looks to be comprised of all TrackMania 2 environments enhanced (Canyon, Stadium and Valley), and features a brand new environment called Lagoon Rollercoaster!