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GTRL Spotter Plugin for ARCA Sim Racing

GTRL Spotter Plugin for ARCA Sim Racing v1.8



 

The GTRL Spotter Plugin is an add-on for ARCA Sim Racing by The Sim Factory that adds spotter calls, crew-chief instructions, and other helpful sounds.  It is an extension that takes advantage of the scoring and telemetry data made available through the rFactor Internals Plugin.  The timeliness of inside/outside/clear calls have been improved and you will hear Chad Knaus and Chris Osborne provide all of the calls you are used to plus the following:

  • "Coming to the green"
    "One to go" (restart)

  • Laps to go (20, 10, 5, 2, 1, checkered)

  • Lap times that can be enabled/disabled during a race for yourself,
    the leader, the car ahead of you, and the car behind you

  • "Pit road speed XX" (when requesting a pit stop and when entering pit road)
    "Watch your pit road speed" (only played during a race)

  • "5,4,3,2,1, Stop" when approaching pit stall
    Wheel wrenches and wheel removal as tires are being changed
    Crew-chief instructions to repair damage
    "Go go go" when done with a pit stop
    "Stay on the apron" when exiting pit road

 

  • Fuel warnings when getting low and when you are not going to make it another lap
    Tire flat notification including which tire is flat
    Tire warnings for excessive heat or wear including which tire is in trouble
    "Check your gauges" (Engine overheat warning)

  • Notification when you receive a penalty
    Reminders to serve penalty

  • "Leader is in the pits"
    "Leader is closing"

  • Anthem and chatter when starting a race online
    Encouragement when moving through the top 5
    Told to wait until green flag during qualifying

  • Tires remaining

 


Installation

 
  1. Download (save as file) the installation package.

  2. Launch the installer.  IMPORTANT* - make sure you select your ARCA installation folder. The installer defaults to 'C:\Program Files\SimFactory\ARCA SIM RACING'.

  3. Restart ARCA Sim Racing


    The installer does not overlay any files on your system. It does disable the spotter plugin from BCR and the Maxx Power plugin since they trigger redundant events.  Specifically, the install does the following:

  1. Installs Plugins\ARCA_GTRLSoundsPlugin.dll.

  2. Installs GameData\Commentary\GTRL_CommentaryEnglish-USA.ini and GameData\Commentary\GTRL_ARCASoundsPlugin.MAS

  3. Modifies config.ini so that GTRL_CommentaryEnglish-USA.ini is used instead of CommentaryEnglish-USA.ini.
    (Components -> CommentaryFile entry)

  4. Adds a '.disabled' extension to Plugins\Arca_Spotter_Plugin_1.6.dll, Plugins\Arca_Spotter_Plugin_1.7.dll, and Plugins\MaxxxAudio.dll

It undoes all of this if you uninstall it.


Enabling/Disabling Lap Times

 

During a race, you can tell the spotter to give you lap times for the leader, the car ahead of you (in position), and the car behind you in addition to your own lap times. To toggle these options on and off, you need to map the "EXT" commands in your settings. Setup the following four commands (use any available keys):


When you toggle any of these options on or off, the spotter will say "10-4".
 


Using the pit box countdown

 

The spotter needs to know where your pit stall is. In order to teach him, you need to make a pit stop or enter a command when on pit road. When you stop in your box, the spotter will say "10-4" to indicate that he will remember your pit stall location. You can set and clear the pit stall "memory" manually by using a key assigned to EXT Select. Issuing the command when on pit road (you don't have to be stopped) will memorize the location and the spotter will say "10-4". Issuing the command while on the track or in the monitor will clear the memory and the spotter will say "copy that".


Using "tires remaining"

 

If you are participating in a race that limits the number of sets of tires you may use, the spotter can remind you how many sets you have left when you request a pit stop.  Use CTRL+SHIFT+# where # is the number of sets of tires you are permitted to enable this feature.  Use CTRL+SHIFT+0 to disable.  This command will only work when you are parked or in the garage.  You may also manually configure the number of sets of tires permitted by changing 'Permitted Sets of Tires' in GTRLSoundsPlugin.ini.


Using batch files to clear penalties

 

A common issue in ARCA 1.150 is that drivers can be given bogus Stop/Go penalties.  Change 'Build Batch Files=1' in GTRLSoundsPlugin.ini to enable this feature.  When a race session starts, the spotter plugin builds four files containing commands to clear penalties for every driver in the session. You will hear the spotter say "Copy that"  to know that the files have been built.

Stop/Go: clearsg.txt
Drive-Thru: cleardt.txt
Longest Line: clearll.txt
All Penalties: clearall.txt

Anytime you need to clear penalties for everyone, use '/batch [filename]'. So, to clear all Stop/Go penalties, use '/batch clearsg.txt'. Putting this command in a quick-chat key is the easiest way to use it quickly.


Options

 

GTRLSoundsPlugin.ini is located in the same folder as ARCA.exe.  The following options can be changed:
 

[General]
Enable=1 *Enable(1)/Disable(0) the plugin
Create Debug File=0 *Generate a debug file used for troubleshooting
   
[Race]
Permitted Sets of Tires=0 *Number of sets of tires permitted during race.  Use 0 to disable.
   
[Options]
Pit Speed Tolerance=0.3 *MPH over pit road speed before spotter tells you to "watch your speed"
Tire Temp Warning 1=260.0 *Temp of tire when you want the first warning
Tire Temp Warning 2=280.0  
Tire Temp Warning 3=300.0  
Tire Wear Warning 1=0.25  *Percentage of wear remaining when you want the first warning
Tire Wear Warning 2=0.10  
Leader Approach Split Start=3.0 *Split back to the leader (seconds) that you want spotter to start telling you that he is approaching
Leader Approach Split Stop=0.7 *Split back to the leader (seconds) that you want spotter to stop telling you that he is approaching
Pit Stall Warning=3.5 *Seconds away from your pit stall that you want the spotter to start counting you in
Build Batch Files=0 *Set to 1 to create batch files useful for admins to clear penalties
   
[Concord Motor Speedway] *Track-specific section (must match track name)
Override GDB=0 *Set to 0 to specify track info when the GDB file cannot be found.  Set to 1 to ignore values found in GDB file.
Track Length=2414.016 *Track length in meters
Pit Speed=45 *Pit road speed in MPH
Formation Speed=55 *Pace speed in MPH
Formation Laps=1 *Number of formation laps
Caution Laps=3 *Number of caution laps
Qualify Laps=4 *Number of qualifying laps
   
Pit Speed Tolerance=0.3 *Track-specific settings to use instead of those found in 'Options' section
Tire Temp Warning 1=260.0  
Tire Temp Warning 2=280.0  
Tire Temp Warning 3=300.0  
Tire Wear Warning 1=0.25  
Tire Wear Warning 2=0.10  
Leader Approach Split Start=3.0  
Leader Approach Split Stop=0.7  
Pit Stall Warning=3.5  

Release Notes

 

Version 1.8 (02/28/2012)
- Can tell you how many sets of tires you have left.
- Can build batch files useful for clearing penalties for all drivers
- Searches for GDB files in 'Locations' as well as 'Tracks' folder
 

 

Version 1.7 (01/15/2010)
- Scans all GDB files for exact 'TrackName' match. No longer dependent upon folder names.
- Further refinement of "Leader approaching" call

 

Version 1.6 (03/13/2010)
- "Coming to Green" now based on leader's track location. Should no longer overlap with "Green Flag"
- Fix for "Leader approaching" call that could be triggered by slow average lap times
- Update to ARCASetupDiffs plugin to allow spotter identification of penalty type. Version 1.2 of Setup Diffs:
  - Does't request scoring when disabled (to allow spotter to get it)
  - Fixes "Rear Toe" tag
  - Don't write a run if zero laps are completed

 

Version 1.5 (02/20/2010)
- "Green flag" should no longer be late (using built-in trigger)
- Further reduction of first place chatter when battling for lead
- Second attempt to eliminate double report of first lap time in practice
- No longer playing "Stay on apron" and pit box countdown during practice

 

Version 1.4 (01/11/2010)
- GTRLSoundsPlugin.ini can be used to specify pit speed and pace lap info when the GDB file cannot be found. (ex: Concord)
- GTRLSoundsPlugin.ini can be used to override pit speed and pace lap info found in GDB files. (to override, add "Override GDB=1" )
- Changed all commentary INI detail to 1 (no longer need to set spotter detail to 'Full' )
- GTRLSoundsPlugin.ini can be used to set tire temp/wear warnings on a track-by-track basis
- Cleaned up tendency to repeat first place chatter when battling back and forth for the lead
- Reduced the likelihood of getting the same tire temp warning after tire cools on a straightaway
- Stopped giving lap times on a restart (when last lap was under caution)
- Stopped providing the first lap time twice in practice (bug fix)
- Stopped rounding lap times (29.998 was being reported as 30.998)

Version 1.3 (11/29/2009) - Initial release


Known Limitations

 

Plugin limitations
- The "Go Go Go" instruction when leaving your pit stall does not fire until the car rolls forward ever so slightly. If you are applying the throttle, you won't experience a delay.
- The  repair chatter is still played when you turn off repairs

Sim limitations:
- The spotter does not always call you clear and may call you clear without having noted that a car was beside you.


Recommended ARCA Sound Settings

 

 


Credits

 

The plugin was created by Rob Cobb and Robbie Shook in the fall of 2009.  Some sound files are used with permission from Dave Hoffman (http://www.dwarehouse.com/).  Rob and Robbie are both members of the Good Times Racing League (GTRL).  If you are looking for a league where drivers treat each other respectfully, check us out.

Why we built this plugin:

  1. The spotter that comes with ARCA is not up to the standard of the rest of the Sim. The Bridge City Racing (BCR) spotter plugin is very good and we were looking forward to continued improvements; however, a second "audio" plugin (Maxx) was released that added tire wrenches. While a nice touch, this caused concern because we don't need/want a bunch of plugins monitoring telemetry and scoring in order to play sound files.
     

  2. We are attempting to run imported tracks at GTRL and so far it's been a blast. The BCR plugin does not support these tracks. In fact, they release a new DLL every time TSF releases a new track.
     

  3. Robbie was able to get permission to use many sound files and he is very good at creating new ones. Rob has experience writing rFactor plugins (ARCA SetupDiffs).
     

  4. We had some ideas for spotter events that were not in the BCR plugin.

If you have problems or questions, please post in the GTRL forums

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