Monday, 27 November 2017

F1 Challenge 99'-02's main post. Developer's toolbox, links repository and permission obtainment politics.



EA Sports - F1 Challenge '99-'02 - PC version

A videogame title developed by Image Space Incorporated






Get the game in any of these resources! 



Other basic resources about F1 Challenge '99-'02: 






Introduction
Hello everyone!

May I introduce myself, my name is Cristian Luis, and I am an F1 Challenge '99-'02 player and modder since April 2007.


Welcome to this blog, which acts as the biggest links repository of F1 Challenge '99-'02! Here you can get, search and/or discover everything you need about modding in F1C, but that is just a small part of what this blog dedicated to the video game title afromentioned preserve. 

Here, you can find the F1C developer's toolbox ─downloadable through MEGA and Mediafire─, links from the past and from the present, car packs, track packs, all download sections that ever existed in F1C, tutorials, other repositories, exclusive websites, stuff about other sim-racing games, developer sections, scientific articles about F1 Challenge '99-'02, other communities (from F1C and other sim-racing platform games), graphic card setup optimizations and much more!

As (maybe) you can perceive, my aim with this webpage is to make a Bible attempt about all contributions and mods released for F1 Challenge '99-'02. As for me, in my times as an active modder, I did my best to keep this community alive and being ethic with the stuff I personally did, optimized and shared, as well as being inclusive with new players. Actually I am retired, but my principles are the same. Moreover, albeit I am not active anymore, this page is going to be updated from time to time.

This blog is not an ask me anything section, as well as not a place where you questions about modding and/or gameplay are going to be solved. If you have come here with that purpose, I suggest you to go to the F1C communities section, and ask your doubt(s) in any of them (Wookey F1C Forum, F1 Challenge VB 
or Constrictor Modding Team are good choices.

With that said, let's get down to business. 


I present you the developer toolbox, with more than 90 applications, having most of them tutorials, online (internet) and offline (saved webpages, PDFs, etc.). The F1 Challenge '99-'02 developer toolbox have everything you need about modding in F1C. The rest is about learning a lot, solving your issues asking to other members in the community and testing a lot by dint of debugging again and again.

F1 Challenge '99-'02 developer toolbox version 4 (including lots of tutorials in PDF format):
MEGA: https://mega.nz/#!F48BBJqJ!vIoyuP9Hw5MTR4jbV_5wP2eOeE8IedI9VzZk1zqErkI
MEDIAFIRE: http://www.mediafire.com/file/4vn7japwj0gd0d4/F1C_Developer_Toolbox_Version_4.rar


WARNING: DELETE YOUR PREVIOUS DEVELOPER TOOLBOX IF YOU ARE GOING TO DOWNLOAD THIS ONE!

With this package of contents, any of can help to contribute to the F1C community and share improvements (improved AIW's, circuits, release of add-ons, optimize stuff, etc.), if you want. You can even convert tracks and racing cars from other racing simulation platforms (mostly from rFactor 1.) If you are going to convert any stuff for public and/or free use, please never forget to ask for permission to their original authors. You can read the politics of permission obtainment in this page, in the final part of this post.

Start messing around with any of the application that you want to use for your own purposes in F1 Challenge '99-'02!





Library of hypertext references

Anything about F1C, rF and rF2 physics (albeit many of the tutorials are for rFactor and rFactor2, all of them are applicable for F1C, since ISIMotor 1.5 has become the basis for further releases by Image Space Incorporated):

Useful links, communities and/or download sections (F1C): 


Facebook communities about F1C: 


Websites from the past about F1C exposed thanks to Internet Archive (You must edit manually the links and figuring out the links pattern for navigate through part of the website): 


Other racing platforms and communities (most of them are also download sections): 


Career Mode in F1 Challenge '99-'02 (only works on Formula One mods): 


Best practices (when solving compatibility issues, creating a host in multiplayer, modding, resolution tweak, playing or before publishing a mod):


F1  Challenge '99-'02 in triple screen:

Recommended FOV (field of vision) for these resolutions (by MatroxRulez.) This is the general FOV to edit in your default.cfg file. Editable with Notepad:

LocalCam=COCKPIT 

Fov=(120-130, 120-130) 
Clear=TRUE 
Color=(164, 218, 249) 
ClipPlanes=(0.225000, 500.000000) 
LODMultiplier=(1.000000) 
MipmapLODBias=(-1.500000) 
Size=(1.000000, 1.000000) 
Center=(0.500000, 0.500000) 
Flags1=(0) 
Flags2=(0) 
RadiusLimits=(0.000000, 0.000000) 
OrientationRate=(35.000000, 35.000000, 25.000000) 
PositionOffset=(0.000000, -0.080000, -0.1500000) \\(Left-Right, Up-Down, Back,Forward) 
OrientationOffset=(0.050000, 0.000000, 0.000000) 
Radius=(0.000000) 



FreeTrack (play F1C like using Oculus VR, resources only. You are the one who has to configure and setup FreeTrack):

VFX-3D Head Tracking="0" // Enable this option if you have a VFX-3D HMD and you want to enable head tracking (VFX driver v. 2.6 must be installed) ---> Change its value to 1 for enable Head Tracking.


Extras (helpful resources):


Game Reviews:


Scientific articles about F1 Challenge '99-'02:



Politics of permission obtainment

As our hobby in this racing sub-genre known as sim-racing exists for a long time, there are a lot of content (cars, car packs, tracks, track packs, fixes, optimizations, tweaks, setups, textures, 3D models, guides, tutorials, user manuals, physics files, mods...) that have been made by people who maybe do not care anymore to answer for e-mail when requiring permissions to convert or adapt. Or they just aren't notified of the messages sent to them by other modder enthusiast.
On the other hand, let's talk about F1 Challenge's leechers: talented modders with unexploited potential. This post is precisely written for those who like to mess around with F1C stuff, using content developed by other people without their prior permission and/or giving credit to them (whatever the reason it is). I am conscious and good connoisseur of how comfortable is to develop any modded content on your own, using as a basis the material of others without crediting them... due to the fact that there are so much different authors that makes pretty crazy the task of giving merit to all of them. Writing your name or abbreviation on the stuff you have been modifying during weeks or months is also quite appetizing. 

From here, I will give my best to ease you all the ethic procedures and permission barriers to release a mod based on others work properly. I want to give you and a chance to improve as a community, and as modders. F1 Challenge '99-'02 welcomes any of you who just want to create the mod you want to see without being dishonest about its basis, creation and conception.
 Let's srart as soon as we can! This writting assumes you know how to do modding in F1 Challenge '99-'02. The official Policy for publishing content from other authors and/or converted from the work of others in any F1C community should be:

1) Convert cars and/or tracks for yourself (from rFactor2, Grand Prix Legends, GTR, Automobilista, rFactor, GTL, F1 2002, Grand Prix 4, GTR2, Assetto Corsa, Nascar Thunder, Project Cars, Nascar Racing, NetKar Pro, Reiza2019, GTR3, etc.), and test them thoroughly to debug until all errors are fixed. If you get stuck, feel free to ask for some help in any forum related to the game (communities are the best bet).

Get the F1C developer's toolbox (and everything you need for playing and updating the game) here: 
http://f1challenge9902repository.blogspot.com/2017/11/f1-challenge-99-02-links-repository.html

2) Include EVERYTHING you know about the origin of the vehicle/track in a readme.txt file. Take your time to investigate who is (or who are) the original creator(s) of the car/circuit you decided to put work, and give special attention when reading the credits file(s.) Respect the original work of other authors and give them their deserved credit is a must. Do not pretend you build from scratch if it is not true. Remember: t
here is a difference between someone who modify stuff from others, but credit them... and those who credits themselves for all the work they have stolen and edited, deleting all information about the original authors.

3) If you pretend to publish it, read the read me file shared by the content creator. Have in mind these principles:

─Some authors authorize full editing and just ask to be credited in your own readme;Some authors ask for written permission for any re-use in any other mod;Some authors don't authorize any modification but authorize re-use in mod as long as all files are included and untouched;Some authors don't authorize any use at all of their work;

4) Ask for permission to the author(s) if there is any e-mail available (or account in other forums like DrivingItalia, ISI Forums, NoGripRacing, RaceDepartment, rFactorCentral, Sim Racing Mirror Zone, etc.) The original product must have at least one year of existence in Internet in order to do any activity related to conversion and public share. Otherwise, do not publish anything.


If an original publication is too recent, wait at least for one year in order to ask for permission (for example, if a user called Krientsen creates a brand new 1972 Formula 2 mod for rFactor or any other sim-racing platform, and he releases it on June 24th, 2015, you can start to ask for permission and convert to F1 Challenge '99-'02 what that author has created ─ with Krientsen's permission given ─ from June 24th, 2016 [one year of time between the publication of that original stuff and the release of the conversion project] onwards.)

5) After you have sent him a message, wait for an answer at least for 30 days. Do your best to contact the correct(s) content creator(s).

6) If answer is OK or there is no answer after 30 days, feel free to share. When releasing the mod, car, carset, track or track pack, the title must include the name of its original author(s), not yours. Do not share if there is no way of contact the content creator of the work you are converting, unless you credit him instead of yourserf, your group or any related who have been part of your group without being an original author of the modification you have edited/improved.


If the answer turns out to be a "no", respect the decision of that modder and have your new content exclusively for personal use. 

7) If any author(s) complain, retire it if he/she proves ownership. Do your best to be genuine, receptive, patient and empathic to him/her. Understand his/her feelings. If the result of your conversation with him/her concludes with the erase and deletion of the hypertext reference(s), send publicly an apology note to that content creator and available to anyone of the community you are part in. Be sincere, ethical and whole in that note.

8) Official stuff (mod[s], cars[ets], track [pack], conversions, etc.) from other sim-racing platforms such as iRacing, rFactor2, Automobilista, Codemasters F1 series or Assetto Corsa (whatever) are not allowed by any means, because of reasons related to licenses ─ unless the one who release it proofs permission obtain through video recording his/her mailbox/private messages box, with zero manipulations of the facts ─.


That's all for now. Have fun, dear users!



Don't forget to add this webpage in your favorites or bookmarks if you are a (hardcore) F1C player/modder!



Kind regards to everyone,


Cristian Luis

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