Retirement Announcement

First of all I would like to issue an apology to modhub.us in my previous post I included them along the pirate mod hosters that do not care about the community or the content creators. The mod was initially uploaded by a Russian site (by it’s admin) and copied to several others.

On contact modhub removed the mod without quibble. I unfairly threw you in the mix with the ‘bad eggs’ so I apologise to you.

From here this post is lengthy, sorry not sorry. I do ask you take the time to read it though as it should answer any questions you might have.

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Over the past 6 or so months I have been toying with the idea of retiring from public modding.

There are multiple factors that lead me to consider it.

1. I’m a Senior Tester. A lot of my time is spent testing the games, the rest of the time I either want to just drive or do something else entirely.

60% of my time testing is done vanilla, so when I do drive for fun I want to see the mods I care about, and to keep 200+ public mods updated is a ballache of epic proportions and I have to put my own private mods that I care about on the back burner to do it.

Add to that for a minimum of 6 weeks a year (per game) we are testing map DLC (god forbid we ever get two+ maps a year or more per game) and this is more time taken away from playing for fun, although there is always a cross over.

Please don’t read this as me being bitter about being a tester though, I get so much enjoyment from helping to get these games as bug free as possible.

2. I don’t really enjoy skinning any more. There’s no real way to say it softly, but skinning just doesn’t interest me like it used to. I used to see a livery in real life, or while randomly browsing truck related images and think “Ooh, I want that in game”. I just simply don’t have that desire any more.
3. I spend most of my time in Blender. My new shtick is Blender, but I’m not very good with it. Most of what I do just never sees the light of day. Some people may really like the SDC like things I put in the custom trailer mod, but I don’t. I think it’s shite. Yeah, I said it, I don’t think it’s good enough. I guess I’m my own worst critic.
4. Other miscellaneous things. But those things are NOT pirates, mod thieves, and other scum of the community.

I have been modding/skinning for SIX YEARS. It didn’t make it this far by being scarred away by the scummy aspects of the community. Sure they are annoying arseholes and have chased off some of the best modellers out there, but to me they are just a piece of dog shit stuck to one’s shoe, following you around like a bad smell until you can temporarily wipe them off in the grass.

I took the piracy of my Trailer Mod last night hard because I feel it will taint this post, I don’t want people to feel like this scum have won. My retirement has nothing to do with them, it was just really unfortunate timing.

What bothers me most is that these sites make money from my work (and all other modders work). Whether it is through clicks, pay per download, ads on the pages etc. They ARE making money off of us and we as modders don’t see a cent. We do it in our own time and most of us don’t ask for anything in return (and that is generally what we get; nothing). Occasionally someone will throw a fiver or more as a donation, and on behalf of myself and all the modders out there, we genuinely appreciate these donations no matter how small.

You may have noticed my WP site is ad-free right now, that is because of saving up some donations to PAY for this site and make it ad-free for YOU, particularly those of you who visit on mobile sites where the ads are fricken atrocious.  Don’t thank me for that, thank the few donators over the years that allowed me to do it.

Going back to that trailer mod; it started as nothing more than some painted SCS sidecages, it slowly became a “what if I did this?” and blossomed over the course of 3 months. It was never even meant to be public, but it got good feedback on my FB group, so I decided (knowing the risks) to release it. I won’t lie, seeing it pirated within a day did make me feel like never updating it again. But it will be getting one last update to 1.5 with some new content before I return my attention to my AI Vans update.

So yes it sickens me that these scum are making money off of my mod(s), while I rarely see anything at all. I often wonder what would have happened if I had gone the paid mod route…

Where does this leave my site/mods?

Well I guess I should soften the blow with some good news. I’m not going any where. The mods that are currently on my site & Steam will continue to be updated for version compatibility as required. I am not just going to abandon everything.

However it is unlikely I will add any new mods, never say never. I will probably be the Hulk Hogan of the modding community. Every time you think I’m finally gone, there’ll end up being ‘one more mod’.

So never say never, if I see something I really like, I might just make it and I might just release it.

It’s also unlikely you will see much new content for existing mods. There are some that mean a lot to me (Wychwood for example) that I will no doubt keep updated for personal use, so if an update is required, it might come with new stuff.

SCS Painted AI Vans: These mods will continue as normal. I fully intend to keep making these so long as SCS push out map DLCs. I feel they add a lot to AI traffic, so these will always keep being made so long as I am able to do so (or until SCS take the idea and do it themselves, please SCS do it yourself, I’m begging ya!)

As far as the trailer mod goes, I have readded it to Steam (actually I only made it friends only, it was always there) and I will leave it there. I will not remove any mod from Steam. I’m not going to punish those who like using my mods because of one rotten waste of space.

What about mods that are no longer on the website?

Below is a list of mods that have been removed. However that doesn’t mean they won’t return, whether they come back depends on YOU at this point. If you think a mod is missing from the list feel free to mention it.

If you would like to see any of these mods return, name them. You have up to three picks, you can do so here and on FB (so the smart ones amongst you will cheat and get at least 6). The more picks a pack gets, the more likely I will update it.

Any that get no mentions at all will probably never see the light of day again.

These mods are not updated for 1.32+ so you should probably remove them.

Arclid
Bacton
Bartrums
Benton Bros
Blair International
Borje Jonnson
Boyes
Bradley Transport
Brooks Bros
Buckfast
Burke
B&Q

Canute
Clugston
David Fox
David Murray
Dicken’s Cider
Dijco
Dilligaf
D. Neal

Elddis
Elite Transport
Elmhurst
Emivas

Fraser
Fuel Duel
GBA Services
Grampian Continental
Graphic Packaging International

Harwood Haulage
H. Essers
Holsten Pils
HSS

James Irlam
Jeavons
J-LR
Jost Group
JR Dixon

Keedwell
Ken Thomas
Knowles

Lawson
Laysoft
Lister
LTS Distribution

Macritchie
Maritime
Mark Thompson
McBurney
McCarthy
McIntyre
McLaughlan
Mermet

PC Hamilton
Pollock
Potter

RAJ Transport
RR Transport
Saints
Shipley
Spiers Hartwell

Thompson Plant Hire
Trailer Training
TW Plummer
Woodside

People who read to the end… Anyone? Hello?

14 thoughts on “Retirement Announcement”

  1. It’s a big shame that some idiots out there have to spoil a great thing for the people who use your mods but fully understand what you are saying, i am not a modder or will be, i don’t have the time or the know how but enjoy using mods that you and others do to make the game more realistic. I wish you all the best and my gratitude for all the skins and mods you have produced which many of us have enjoyed using.

  2. Fair play to you Christopher J. Hopefully they will get the point the scums. Good luck in whatever you want to do next and thank you for all the awesome mods that you made for us.

  3. Lawson
    David Murray
    B&Q
    am so sorry to read that your retiring you make awesome mods a few on your site that you made for me so thank you for what you did not just for me but the community its just a shame a certain few lets the rest of us down i wish you all the best for the future but hope this wont be the final goodbye

  4. sorry to hear you are retiring from public modding Chris but after reading your full post I understand your reasoning behind it and thank you for keeping whychwood because as you know that is also my favourite so enjoy your free time buddy and thank you so much once again.

  5. Sorry to hear your retiring mate,but i can also see were you are coming from with way you feel about doing certain things,all the best for the future.

  6. Hi. I am so very sorry that it has come tae this young fella and as a user of your mods for several years and an admirer of all your mods, I’d like tae thank you for bringing tae Ets2 and Ats a true realism, as I’m now a retired truck driver due tae ill health and continue tae drive thru Ets2. For what it’s worth, I think that your work is art and should be paid for and have noticed over the years the ever increasing multitude of Fakers and Thiefs amid the real modders oot there… I alas will never be a modder which is why we rely on selfless people like yourself and your fellow modders tae go that step further than SCS and bring real life tae a game. I hope that you will reconsider some time in the future aboot coming back as you will be missed very much.. Now for the grovelling bit..lol.. You did mention that if anyone had a mod that was not already updated for 1.33 that you might consider a ” request ” for a couple that were on your list. Well I have a couple o suggestions if I may my friend and that is for the Woodside combo and the McBurney combo and only because I used tae drive for both firms in years gone by.. Please think it over and I hope that you will mod again in the future.
    Your’s sadly and sincerely…David Kennedy…Scotland

  7. thanks for your time and effort over the years, you might not think your trailer mod was any good but i enjoyed.again thank you

  8. Sad to hear this, have been a little off the last week so when I re-visited this site and read this …damn 😦
    Decision is yours and I can’t argue with you on the reasons, piracy is and will always be a pain in the**** .
    NOT picking any,
    NOT that I don’t want to,
    just because they are ALL so good and I can’t choose.
    Still hoping to get inputs/help on the SCS forum if needed.
    Sincerly
    Mike a.k.a m1keY

  9. A mod that I liked a lot were the hotel mods. I came today to see if they still existed but I come across this news. Unscrupulous people making money on the free and hard work of others. I wish the best for you

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