The fear (or not) of releasing content

I guess many readers know me well from the Trainz community and therefore know what I am like with the general availability of my content – or lack thereof for that matter and there is a very good reason why.

To the average user, content for them probably doesn’t take long, but I don’t do normal content, I do really complex projects and these projects stretch for a long time, much of it is down to research, much of it is also down to features which some times, just takes too long. For example, CC3, or 20003 which wears anything other than its own livery it appeared in, has so far up to the point of writing this blog, taken in excess of 5 years. The reason for this is life, but also how hard research material has been. Finding anything more than a description for the cab was hard. Then you know the battle I am up against. A Fowler 0-4-0 shunter that was stretched to an 0-6-0 which has a problem with technical abilities with Trainz (manual gearbox with clutch), longer, but I’ve put it to one side and done other projects.

Rendering a texture, on my Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 Mk4 (See under my computer collection), it took 10 hours (basically my whole shift and a little extra) to render a simple 1024×1024 texture. That is 1024 pixels in width and 1024 pixels in height. Having said that, the CF-18 is an unusually old computer out of my collection, I dread to think what a Pentium III system would do with 3D Studio Max 2009 rendering times – or lack thereof!

Some, I just forget, put it to one side and leave it. But then again, someone reminded me of it, so I got this email:

On my route I have a BR Standard Information Point which you made
(KUID:30051:100154) Would it be possible for you to upload to the DLS
please?
I’m wanting my route to use only items from the DLS so it’s easy for
everyone to find the items.

I naturally thought “Oh yes, are they available?”, a quick check on the Auran Download Station for Trainz shows a negative.

So, I rose to the challenge, we soon know if I did things right or wrong, but after something? Give me a prompt, seriously, I might of put something to one side and actually forgot to do something or forgot about it altogether. It only took 20 minutes to create the thumbnails, insert the right lines and upload, the only question was “why didn’t I do it earlier?”.

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