Red dots on route map?
Post by iconPost by bmertens | 2019-11-30 | 16:02:12

I've figured out the red dots scattered around the route map are other boats. But, are they,
a) All the boats in the race?
b)The subset that VR chooses to show you on screen?
c) Boats requesting routings from zezo?
d) None of the above?

I've noticed that they get sparse in number late evening North American time (middle of the night in Europe). For that reason, I've assumed they were routing requests. Now with a bunch of them on a northern route in the RORC Transat I'm not so sure.

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Post by iconPost by zezo | 2019-11-30 | 16:31:45
It's c) indeed, and positions get cleared more often around the weather updates. But then players tent to click more often during that time, so the positions are real.

In the rest of the time they could be a bit stale - sometimes you can observe a trail of red dots caused by single player over an hour.

And sometimes someone gets inspired and paints a message on screen by shift-clicking (please don't. it wastes CPU resources ;-)
Post by iconPost by bmertens | 2019-11-30 | 17:17:56
Thanks. That last bit might have been best unsaid. Think you can expect a dick pic covering the south Atlantic tomorrow morning :o
Post by iconPost by YourMomSA | 2020-02-08 | 01:56:23
A random thought... Would it be difficult to make three colors of dots, instead of having them all red? One color each for full pack, no options, and partial options. It would be fun to see where the non-FP lead dots are.
Post by iconPost by tyghfg | 2020-02-08 | 09:30:42
I would love to see that kind of ranking in vr, sth like irc, to know how good your performance is compared to what you got. Most big regattas have line honours winner and irc winner, mostly iam forced to choose which options will give me the best advantage and than its hard to say who my opponent really is. So far the closest we can get are races in light straight up or down wind conditions, so the only thing needed to be competitive are ls,pw,and ph.
Post by iconPost by YourMomSA | 2020-02-09 | 15:51:07
I don't think VR would ever do it because giving people the satisfaction of "winning the no-options group" reduces the incentive to pay for options. But it occurred to me the other day that Zezo would know when people request a routing whether they're requesting it with full pack, no options, or some combination of partial options... so... logically color-coding the dots should be possible. It just don't know if it's easy enough to be a fair ask.
Post by iconPost by zezo | 2020-02-09 | 19:11:19
It's trivial (one line of code) for two groups like it was before - pro options and no options. Not sure how to get meaningful results now - maybe have to make some tests. With the foil and the polish there are too much possible combinations to color-code them all.

Post by iconPost by YourMomSA | 2020-02-09 | 20:27:38
Thanks for considering it. I wasn't trying to suggest colors for every possible combination of options. I agree there are too many to be meaningful. My thought was three colors... One for people running simulations with the full pack, one with no options at all, and the third to just be for anyone who has one or more options turned on without having all turned on.

Post by iconPost by zezo | 2020-02-18 | 14:24:18
The full option boats are red in the Magellan race now. All other combinations are blue.
Post by iconPost by mcmgj | 2020-02-18 | 18:04:03
i agree too

Post by iconPost by YourMomSA | 2020-02-18 | 15:06:05
Nice, thanks!
Post by iconPost by pianais290 | 2020-02-24 | 20:53:29
Hello, this display of blue and red dots is very beautiful, but now it is quite difficult to distinguish the black dots in the middle of a large blue spot. (I'm color blind, sorry). Would it be possible to use a lighter blue so that the black dots stand out better.
Thank you in advance.


Post by iconPost by zezo | 2020-02-25 | 10:48:58
I'm reusing the isochrone color. Changed to the lighter blue in the Caribbean race. Does it work for you now?
Post by iconPost by toxcct | 2020-02-25 | 13:49:45
I see it way lighter now, but it doesn't bother me, i'm not color blind and I can live with it ;)
Post by iconPost by pianais290 | 2020-02-25 | 22:48:15
Good evening,
Thank you very much for the speed of change, it is much more comfortable for me.
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