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  1. Well, that didn't last long. 1st stage went OK. 2nd stage I slipped off the outside of a hairpin left (I hate hairpins) and got high-centered on the snowbank. I did what I usually do in such circumstance in real life, switching from forward to reverse while rocking the wheels. And after a bit of that, it said I was disqualified. End of event. Oh well. You all will have to do without crawfish this time ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Thanks for the info. I was just going by the number of bars in durability shown in the game. Hards have all 3, mediums have 2, softs and wets have 1. Also, I was kinda roleplaying with this. But if there's no rule against going with whatever works, then I'll downsize my tires from here on ๐Ÿ™‚ Ahem. I only barely kissed the walls twice. Unless you consider ALL my driving 1 big mistake start-to-finish, with which I'd agree ๐Ÿ˜„
  3. I'm really confused about tires. I read about how they don't wear out as fast as they should so it's OK to use soft (or wet, which has the same low durability as soft). But I haven't played enough to really have a feel for it yet, and I'm trying to minimize risk in this thing, so I'm going conservative. I did all the long stages on hards. Didn't notice any real difference in grip between dry and wet roads, no doubt because I don't drive fast enough ๐Ÿ˜„ But I did use wets for the final, short stage.
  4. Yay, you made it! Still some crawfish left, don't know about the beer. What tire compound did you use? Do you think it might just have worn out after 3 stages?
  5. Yay! Just in time for the 2nd batch of crawfish, which is an order of magnitude spicier than the 1st. Hope you brought some beer ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. BayouRally

    DiRT Rally 2.0 - In-Game Server Connectivity

    No problems this evening at all, during times when for the last couple days I've had major connection problems. Thanks for the hard work.
  7. BayouRally

    DiRT Rally 2.0 - Share your Screenshots!

    I believe everything my codriver says even when I misunderstand, don't understand, or just didn't listen because I was dealing with the cascading consequences of a previous misunderstanding. I'm crazy that way. So when this happens, it's all his fault, obviously ๐Ÿ˜„. To get back at him, I tell him some line of BS. And because we're obligate symbiotes, he believes everything I say, even when it's total BS. He's stupid that way ๐Ÿ˜„
  8. YAY! Hope you like crawfish and brought some beer ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Yay! Been looking forward to this!
  10. That's a good rule--I see the logic of it-- and it makes me feel better ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm not playing to win, I'm here for the camaraderie and just hoping to survive and gradually get better over a long period of time. Besides, I missed the 1st 1/3 or so of the season anyway. While I've got your attention, I want to thank you personally for all your excellent set-up and other tutorial videos. They've been a big help to me. Please make more ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. It's a real shame about the servers. They're going up and down at irregular intervals. so it's all luck of the draw if they happen to be up when you've got the time to play. I was lucky on the timing so got to do this event, but others won't be able to through no fault of their own, which is disappointing for everybody, not just those directly impacted. How can I see just how bad I am if most drivers can't play? ๐Ÿ˜„ The really disappointing thing, however, is that if the servers keep enough people out of this event, I might get some points by default, which I would feel like I stole. So actually, my "oil leak" makes me feel better, ensuring that I'll be properly last place in a limited field. I mean, if everybody was playing and I did NOT have the "oil leak", I'd be last of the finishers anyway, I'm sure, so the "oil leak" would have cost me nothing. Last by an extra few minutes is still last ๐Ÿ˜‰
  12. BayouRally

    DiRT Rally 2.0 - Share your Screenshots!

    I've decided I quite like the old Legacy RS.. Quick, responsive, works in all conditions and on all surfaces, and VERY forgiving of noob hamhandedness. But those headlights.... ๐Ÿ˜„
  13. I should have mentioned this already but my results are showing under my Steam name, which is "Bullethead". Somebody on these forums already took that name, though, so that's why I'm "BayouRally" here. Anyway, by about 1800 US CDT, I was FINALLY able to get into the club and complete the last 4 stages of Spain so I am "awaiting results" with an intact car. And the leaderboard still shows me as the only entrant, so I'm still #1. Yay me! Of course, my time is VERY slow so EVERYBODY else will knock me down a peg until I settle out at the bottom. All in all, I was pretty happy with the results that were within my control--I was comfortably thrilling (from my novice perspective) and didn't have any major wrecks. HOWEVER, I got hosed by a technical glitch which REALLY slowed me down on stages 5 and 6, probably adding 3-5 minutes to my time. Oh well.... There are some who can't play at all so I count myself fortunate. So, as I seem to be the 1st to arrive at the end of this, once again I'll be boiling up some crawfish for the rest of y'all when y'all get here. Also, I have several blue plastic cases of good ol' highly shaken, unrefrigerated Finnish beer (my other car game is MSC) but it might not be enough for the whole crew, so y'all should probably stop and grab some more as you come into that village at the final finish line. Debrief: SS1 and 2: I thought I did about as well as I could. Lines weren't great, missed a few gears, was probably too cautious in places, but all in all solid rookie performance. SS3: Picked up the pace slightly but really blew the hairpin left after the long straight, lightly nosed the wall, and had to back up. Decided not to push my luck and quit for the night when I got to the service area. SS4: About like SS3, lightly scraped a cliff face on the outside of a 3R about the middle of the stage. Slight cosmetic damage but that's all. Pretty good for me. SS5 and 6: Encountered a bug which caused a big black blob of low-res pixels to flow across my screen, partially or totally obscuring the view. This happened whenever I came by a large flock of spectators but I think it that just made it worse. I think it was really a reflection issue due to the low sun angle and the wet road, and the details of all the spectators' clothing and flashbulbs just made it worse. It was like having your oil tank hit in a WW2 flightsim, with the oil blowing back all over the windshield. So if I couldn't see anything, I slowed down to 1st gear and just navigated by the roadsides visible in the side windows, or maybe the guard rail or white stripe if I could see that. Then I'd go around a bend, the angle would change, and I might have a partial view ahead, so I'd step it up to 2nd gear. Eventually, i'd get past the spectators and could see fine again. SS7: Before this stage, I went into options and disabled spectators. Also turned reflections down a notch. Still had the black blob but it confined itself to the water on the roads so didn't cause any problems. I think also because it was a bit darker so there wasn't as much glare on the road. Anyway I put in another good (for me) performance to finish strong (for me) ๐Ÿ˜„ Here are some pics of the "oil leak". I had time to take them as I was just idling along at the time ๐Ÿ™‚ I decided to play through it until the last service area as the sporting thing to do. So FIDO!! (F... it, drive on!) I rationalized it as spectators throwing waterballoons full of used motor oil at me due to extreme disappointment at paying so much for tickets and then seeing just slow, boring, non-crashing me go by ๐Ÿ˜„
  14. BayouRally

    DiRT Rally 2.0 - In-Game Server Connectivity

    Update for this evening. PC, Steam, Viasat internet, US CDT. Starting about 1730, things began improving. I was able to actually see the list of challenges and careers in events, and even open them, tune the, car, and do shakedowns. But I would lose connection when trying to start an event. This even got me a DNF in the daily in Sweden. But by about 1800, things had gotten pretty well sorted and I did a different daily, then did 4 stages to finish a 7-stage event in my club. Then came back and did the Delta Daily as well. Thanks CM for getting this sorted in time for me to enjoy part of my day off :). I hope things are also getting better for the rest.
  15. BayouRally

    DiRT Rally 2.0 - In-Game Server Connectivity

    Not anticipating how bad things will get before they happen seems to be a common human trait all over the world, not just at CM. #pandemic So, I can't really single out CM in this regard ๐Ÿ™‚ As we say in my business, "Preparations for the next disaster will begin as soon as possible after it has occurred" ๐Ÿ˜
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