It is happening again, 1st April is here!
Just like last year and the year before that, we can celebrate the existence of NUTS with a new version again.
In the past year NUTS made a lot of progress even though it seemed quite “complete” even last year. Most notably were added some trains (who knew) which improves the choice a player can make – and also the awesome factor of the set. Namely, PURR tracks got eaten by NUTS as they are now integrated in one newGRF – which happened because MEOW trains are completely dependent on them. Also WetRail vehicles (the wet tracks which were the main surprise in last year birthday) got completely redone and have now 10 vehicles! Plus many other details, but RAINBOW SLUGS are a thing to never forget!
At the same time, NUTS got so huge that became very confusing to new(er) players. Especially lately, I have been trying to make this barrier easier to breach – first of all by adding the wiki which is trying to explain how each vehicle works. Not just that though, another one of steps in that direction making vehicles expire – so only the useful ones remain. And with this version I made all vehicles 1 tile long so you can autoreplace any to any without losing wagons or getting into problems. My intention also was to introduce an Ultimate wagon which could attach to any train and adapt sprites/parameters accordingly, but the obstacles in coding such a thing were way too large. So, I at least added a parameter to NUTS (gets its first parameter after 2 years =D) which makes only universal wagons purchaseable for more simplicity. For full choice you can simply switch it back at any point.
It might be noteworthy that NUTS reached above 100 000 total downloads not long ago, currently counting 100992 times for versions 0-67.