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Cyanide's Yearly Stage Contest
NewsIt's back! The yearly edition of Cyanide's stage creating contest has now been launched. Basically, the contest's purpose is to find stage creating talents for the upcoming version of Pro Cycling Manager - so winning this contest could end up with the winner being an official stage maker of Pro Cycling Manager 2007! The main prize, however, is the possibility to choose a game from the Focus-catalogue.

This is what the announcement said:
Stages creation contest 2006
There we are at it again...

In order to find out the best designers in the community and the evolutions, we are planning again a stages creation contest.

This contest is open to every Pro Cycling Manager 2006 player (not a judge Razz ). We strongly recommend the different countries' communities to take part in it to be able to discover their talented designers.

The involved will have to do a mountain stage of 2000m of positive height variation. No imposed place.

The stage's length will have to stand between 150 and 250 kilometers.
You'll be able to choose by yourself if the arrival will be uphill or not.
The limit of time to give back the stages is set at Monday the 1st January 2007 at 23h59.

Stages notation :

The stages evaluation will be done by a few people jury : Wawan, Wizaja, Freire and myself.

The stages will be noted and a classification should be published in January. No reclamation will be accepted against the classification. This notation of course won't be objective because of its artistic part. We'll try to be as impartial as possible.

We'll have a strong looking at the following points :
- Turns (pins, variety, not too much turns but enough)
- 2D profile
- the passes summits
- « Isolated buildings » utilisation
- Cities places
- Forest places
- Realism and cohereance of the stage (place of beginning and arrival, passes choosen...)
- Global render of the stage
- Lakes or seas are better, as bridges, tunnels or secondhand roads


We'll strongly penalize the stages including the following points :
Non-respect of the little flat zones between downhill and an uphill sections.
3D surcharge which would make the stage unplayable (too many buildings, too many cities, too many roads...)
Too high declivities due to hazardous villages or crossroads
"Flying" objects over the road


Stages sending :
The persons taking part of it will have to send their creation to the following adress : concourspcm_AT_cyanide-studio.com (replace _AT_ by @)
The sending will be done by mailing of a .zip or .rar file which will absolutely need the following files :
- The stage xml file
- the bmp file (the map)
(With the same name as the xml file and 512*512, 1024*1024 or 2048*2048 pixels)


Prizes :
The contest's winner will be able to choose a game of his choice in the Focus ones's.

The best stage makers may be asking to help for the next Pro Cycling Manager's official stages. Very Happy
Weekly News #1
News

Welcome to the 1st edition of "Weekly News" at PCM.daily - your #1 English PCM-site!
Since it's the first edition, we'll have to introduce the small concept first. Basically, all sites have at some point though: "Is this "news-stuff" enough to make it to the frontpage?" - and in many cases, it's never posted. But most times, they're actually good news which to many are useful.
Therefore, we've made Weekly News which tells the news which normally wouldn't make it to the frontpage. These are usually posted as close to the end of the weekend as possible. So, let's get off with the first edition ;)

PCM Spain Pack released:
Normally, this pack would absolutely make it to the frontpage, but since the website opened a few hours after it was released it wasn't mentioned. So, now we do!

By many, it's called the best DB to date - and much, much better than the Atess DB. It doesn't have as many teams as Atess, but it does have 88 well-worked-through teams, plenty of new races (f. e. GP de Llodio, Tour of Georgia, Tour of UK), faces of a lot of riders which are true to reality - and of course, a lot of graphical stuff.
However, the most important thing, though, is the riders' skills and the realism of the results, and to most, this seems like the most realistic DB released to date.

The database can of course be found in our Downloads section. Also, please notice that a small fix for the database has been released. That can also be found in our Downloads section.

DB Nation goes into 2nd edition:
The pretty popular Nations DB which lets you play with the national teams has now gone into the 2nd edition. It now has more teams completed, more graphics and more realistic stats than before.

You can download it from our Downloads section or directly by clicking the following link: http://www.pcmdaily.com/downloads.php?cat_id=1&download_id=91

PCM.daily League gets going:
Slowly, the PCM.daily League has now started with most victories for Chuck who - at this point - leads the standings. If you want  to read more about the races you can check out Chuck's blog which describes the races ridden:
http://www.pcmdaily.com/infusions/member_pages/blog/blog.php?readmore=8&site_id=45

You can also participate yourself. Start by reading the rules, register for the league and search for players at the forum. Good luck!

Also notice that we're currently working on finding a prize for the guy who's leading the table at the end of January.

Cyanide Forum Awards has started:
The yearly awards at the official forum has started. These results will show who's been the best at making different kinds of updates for PCM, f. e. databaes, shirts, stages, etc. - and it'll also show who has the best humour, and who in general has been the best member of the community - the winner of the "Member of the Year"-award.

To read more, look here: http://www.cyanide-studio.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=50081

First poll ends - still trust in the world of cycling:
Our first poll has ended - you can find the exact results by clicking the "Poll Archieve"-link at the bottom of the current poll.

The first poll surprisingly showed that people still trust today's cyclists even after the Puerto case which is still to have a real outcome. 33 % answered that they thought that only between 6 and 20 percent of the cyclists are doped. The second highest vote-winner was "Between 81 and 99 %" - so it seems as if the Puerto Affair has splited the fans in two.
8 % voted that the thought all cyclists were doped.

General site updates:
- As mentioned earlier, we'll be down on Tuesday, but actually I also noticed that we had some down time during the night between the 1st and the 2nd - most weren't awake at that time, but I sat in a plane from USA to Denmark, so I didn't really have anything else to do ;)

- You can now view the latest 8 topics at the front page - on request from a member of the site, Thomas.


- The rules of the PCM.daily League has been updated a little to avoid confusion on some points. 

Jape's Save Game Editor
DownloadsToday, we added a new, interesting file to our Downloads-archieve - it's the Save Game Editor, made by Jape. People usually fiddled with all kinds of converters to f.e. change their riders' morale, the sponsor's confidence, etc., but with this new tool you can forget about converters.
It's very easy to use - as Jape says: "Even a chimp should be able to handle it."

The design of it is also very "understandable" and sensible. The screens are designed, so that everybody is able to understand what they are about to change.
The editor can be found in our downloads section. Click "Read more" to see screenshots of the program.
Scheduled downtime
NewsToday, I got an e-mail saying the following:

"Dear Mike,
 
Due to relocation of the webserver on which your site resides, your website will not be available for approx. 2-3 hours.

The relocation of your webserver is scheduled to happen somewhere between 18:00 and 05:00 Tuesday night (5th of December).

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause."

I know it's not the best way to start a website, but as you can see there's not really much I can do. As the e-mails says, we apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
Interview with Clément Pinget
Other GamesNot too long ago Cyanide announced that they would make a PSP (Playstation Portable) version of their most popular game, Pro Cycling Manager. After that, not much has been revealed - but now, Clément finally speaks. The PSP-version is  coming, and it will definately not just be a converted version of the PC-version.

To read the full exclusive interview with Clément, click the "Articles"-link in the right menu-bar.
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