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Post by neiln on Thu 13 Sep - 23:47

As Daniel indicated in his thread on '81, our 1981 mod is finished. One last-minute problem held me up, so I missed the two-year anniversary of our collaboration yesterday. What follows after the links is the Readme contained in the mod files. I hope everyone enjoys this!

mediafire.com file/jwlxwtnun22r1p8/1981_TheAudio.rar

mediafire.com file/12c5nh5czp6c3hc/1981_TheCarsV1.1.rar/file

mediafire.com file/7rlq05032y200e6/1981_TheTracks.rar

mediafire.com file/99d7kez6gxf1rkw/PatchTo1.1.rar/file

mediafire.com file/aytxvcouzay9d43/1981_87_fixed_gens.rar/file

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F1C 1981 Race-by-Race Mod by Neil (neiln1) and Daniel (d4nf1c) / September 2018

This mod includes all the variations in cars and drivers for the 17 teams that qualified for at least one race in 1981--and some cars that didn't qualify, as well (see the Osellas for Spain). We've also included the unofficial South African race at the beginning of the season; Daniel did most of the cars for that one. Be sure to use the tracks we've included because all have the key graphics edited (especially around the starting lines) to be specific to 1981.

INSTRUCTIONS: This mod is intended to be a standalone; simply copy the three folders "1981_TheAudioCommentary" (if you wish to use it), "1981_TheCars" and "1981_TheTracks" over a clean installation of F1 Challenge '99-'02. (I've tried it; it works.) But it shouldn't be too difficult to do your own custom installation (although when I experimented with that I created a mess).

CREDITS: First of all, I want to thank my friend and collaborator Daniel, without whom this mod would never have been finished. Even with his extraordinary help it took us two years to complete it; we first corresponded about it on September 12, 2016, and began in earnest in November 2016. He polished absolutely everything, really sweating the details in a way I have not done working alone (as those with my previous race-by-race conversions of the GP4 mods for 1980 and 1982-1985 know), such as making sure every part of the cars is detachable and consolidating material names in .mts files to make gameplay faster. He also made new cockpits for every team and did extensive testing of all the cars and tracks, especially for AI behavior, which again is the kind of thing that I would have slighted working on my own. Our correspondence, above all, was a continual source of pleasure that kept us both going, reassured that we were not alone in our world-class cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

This mod would also not have been possible without the great carsets created by Pedro RippingCorpse for Grand Prix 4; we thank him for his permission to use his work. He has yet to release his 1981 mod (AFAIK), but, as you would expect, a large part of my work consisted of amalgamating material from his 1980 and 1982 mods.

We also owe a great debt to Luigi 70, who created the Lotus 87s and 88s, which are entirely his work (and the basis for the transitional Lotus raced at Monaco that I cobbled together). He also gave us a good start on the Ligier JS 17, for which I finished the graphics.

Thanks to Paul/On Mario especially for hosting our work and that of others for so long, but also for his work on cars and graphics for earlier seasons, much of which remains in 1981. And speaking of hosting, we like everyone else are massively indebted to Wookey for maintaining his website and Facebook page devoted to F1C. There was a time when I thought "F1C will never die" was sounding pretty weak, but thanks to him and others like the community at race4sim, and hopefully with the pleasure this 1981 mod will afford, it'll start seeming plausible again.

The tracks are largely conversions from the rFactor GP79 mod; I'm not sure anymore which ones I did and which ones were done by someone else. I did most of the new artwork for the tracks myself, but the great Track Megaupdate 1.02 1982-1996, which actually includes a number of tracks for 1981, was helpful. It can be found at http://forum.race4sim.com/showthread.php?tid=2

We hope everyone enjoys the mod. Neil and Daniel



















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Post by Lee67 on Fri 14 Sep - 6:43

Thank you very much! cheers
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Post by MFA on Fri 14 Sep - 15:31

Thank you... Thank you... Thank you...

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Post by titi01170 on Fri 14 Sep - 18:29

Thank you so much! Looking forward to install it!

Best regards,

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Post by Valpaso75 on Fri 14 Sep - 19:10

Super news

Thank you for this great contribute for F1 Challenge

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Post by Sudden on Fri 14 Sep - 22:10

Ohhhhhhh yeah, the day is finally here!!! Once again, thank you very much to you, Neiln1, d4nf1c, Luigi70 and everyone involved. F1 challenge needed a high quality 1981 mod and it's possible thanks to your giant efforts.

Best wishes and million thanks for this gift!! Very Happy

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Post by Kaps on Sat 15 Sep - 23:15

Guys, help please!

For the life of me, I can't get it to work!

As soon as I leave the car-spinner it CTDs, with any car , on any track.

Even if I try to change anything, while in the spinner, car, track, whatever, it CTDs right after the change, even before I click the tick to go to the track.

Trace file doesn't show anything at all, but my guess is I'm missing some file(s) of the game. But what?
I even tried to compare with another installation, and couldn't find that anything is missing...

Any ideas, anyone?
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Post by d4nf1c on Sat 15 Sep - 23:29

Kaps wrote:Guys, help please!

For the life of me, I can't get it to work!

As soon as I leave the car-spinner it CTDs, with any car , on any track.

Even if I try to change anything, while in the spinner, car, track, whatever, it CTDs right after the change, even before I click the tick to go to the track.

Trace file doesn't show anything at all, but my guess is I'm missing some file(s) of the game. But what?
I even tried to compare with another installation, and couldn't find that anything is missing...

Any ideas, anyone?

Hi, Kaps.
If you're in Win10, try creating a shortcut to the exe file. On the Compatibility tab, choose administrator rights and compatibility mode to Win98/ME.
Do the same to your 3DConfig, but in this case (to me, at least) it works with WinXP SP3 compatibility. It still uses administrator rights, though.
Finally, run 3D Config once to get started. I hope this helps.
Best wishes.
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Post by Kaps on Sat 15 Sep - 23:40

No Daniel, I'm on Win7, especially because of F1C.

I've got no idea what to do, for some reason, whichever track I choose, it shows the loading pic of Zolder (?) before it CTDs...
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Post by d4nf1c on Sat 15 Sep - 23:52

Kaps wrote:No  Daniel, I'm on Win7, especially because of F1C.

I've got no idea what to do, for some reason, whichever track I choose, it shows the loading pic of Zolder (?) before it CTDs...

Sent you a PM. Let's see what we can do.
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