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News archive of January 2009

This page contains the news items which were submitted in January 2009. Clicking on the title of a news message will bring you to a separate page allowing you to comment, share or rate the message. Twitter messages will also be visible here.


Las Venturas Playground 2.90 Public Beta

posted by Fireburn on Wednesday, January the 28th at 10:07 PM

Hi there,

As you have probably read on the development blog, 2.90 is almost ready. We already had several beta's, including one small public beta, and now we think it is time to make the beta even bigger.
That is why we will be having a public LVP 2.90 beta tommorow (29/01/2009). The beta will start at 7pm (GMT/1900), that is 8pm Dutch time (GMT+1, 2000), and 2pm New York time (GMT-5, 1400). To find out your local time, go here.

The details of the betaserver are:

HostName: Las Venturas Playground [Testserver]

Please note
One of the changes in LVP 2.90 is the method used to save playerdata. For testing we converted a lot of old player data already.
So you should be able to login. Although the current playerdata at the testserver is 6 weeks old.
If you registered less then 6 weeks ago, or you changed your name, you can't login.
Of course your data will be transfered and converted once we can go live with LVP 2.90.

Have fun, and please report any bugs back to us.
You can use the /bug command to report bugs in-game.

On behalf of the Las Venturas Playground Development Team,


LVP's Crewbitch Results

posted by Sander on Monday, January the 19th at 4:36 PM

Dear players, crew, etc :7
We'd like to thank all the participants in the open LVP Next Top[/s] Crewbitch solicitation.

A few days late, but we are ready to present you the results of this open solicitation.
We had 38 players who dropped an open solicitation in the LVP Next Top[/s]Crewbitch forum.

After a discusussion per player, we made our final list of candidates.
Once again a selection was made, and we are ready to present you 2 new mods:


As an extra result, we have also a list of potential future-mods.
We can't tell you who is on that list, just keep an eye on our Crewlist.

Forum upgrade

posted by Badeend on Wednesday, January the 7th at 1:00 AM

You probably knew our forum was running on prehistoric forum software, some very old scary beta. We thought it was getting too scary so we decided to do an upgrade to the latest, newest, coolest piece of SMF software available. After some testing and research we managed to do it all in a little less than an hour and a half.

We could be changing some little things in the next few days, but I'm pretty sure it won't need any downtime.
If you see anything weird in this new version, please contact me or any other management member and we'll fix it right away.

On behalf of the LVP Management,

Oh, a little edit: Make sure to clear your cache, or else some buttons might not work properly.

2.90 almost out of Alpha phase

posted by Fireburn on Monday, January the 5th at 2:04 AM

The last weeks the developing of 2.90 went rapidly. With over 350 changes and more than 100 new features, we can call this the biggest update Las Venturas Playground has ever seen. The last weeks new code has been commited on a daily base, and a lot of testing has been done with the Beta Team, which we thank for helping us find bugs and make 2.90 even better.
We are now arriving in the final state of the development. No new features will be accepted in 2.90 than the ones already on our to-do list. This of course doesn't mean you have to stop posting suggestions, after 2.90, there will be a 2.91 with more awesome features.
At the moment, our progress developing 2.90 is 98%, with 317 tickets of the 325 being finished. This means that 2.90 is almost ready to go into the next phase, which will be public beta-testing. We will finish all open tickets, and then first test it out with our Beta Team. If everything works well, we will ask you to join us in betatesting, to see if no bugs occur with more players.
We've been working hard to bring you the next version of Las Venturas Playground, and are excited we've come this far. We all love to see this gamemode running on the official Las Venturas Playground server, with more than 100 players.
We will now tell something more about the features that have been added over the last weeks.

  • Car Crusher
    In 2.90, you are now able to use the Car Crusher. This is a fully modelled scrap yard near the Las Venturas Stadium, where you can crush your car. The Car Crusher will then look how your car looks, what modifications it has, and what kind of car it is. Your car will then be crushed and you receive an amount of money based on the scrap-value of your car.

  • Vehicle Imports
    Players often want a car they cannot find. With this new cool feature, they can import a vehicle, ranging from bikes to fast cars to trucks, depending on what the the stock is, and what the vehicle importers get in their deliveries.

  • Platinum Bank Accounts
    We noticed the credit crunch hit our players as well, and that is why we added different type of bank accounts. There will be ATM-machines throughout Las Venturas, where you can bank and withdraw money. As Platinum member you can also choose to automaticly bank your income, to make sure you don't lose your money to taxes or robbers! These are just one of the new possibilities Las Venturas Playground 2.90 will give you as a customer at the San Andreas Bank.

  • Improvements for VIP members
    In 2.90, people who donated, also known as VIPs will get more features ingame. They can access some new commands, they can fly Radio Controlled helicopters and planes, after all, they are the people who keep Las Venturas Playground running!

  • Wanted Levels
    The wanted system has been completly redone. The maximum number of wanted stars you can have will be 6. However, your kills will still be counted, even if you have more than 6 kills in a row. And as extra competition, there will be a title and a cash reward, so try to become the killer with the longest streak, and be the Deathmatch Champion!

  • Lottery
    Want to try your luck? Buy lottery tickets and gamble in this new minigame to win money!

  • Flight Simulator
    Did you always want to be a real pilot, but you don't have enough money to actually become one? Now you can, for free! In 2.90 we implemented a fancy-looking altitude-meter, that will make you feel like a real pilot! And you don't need a high-end PC like you need for Flight Simulator:X, no, this just uses the San Andreas Engine, making sure you can get a real pilot-experience.

  • Grand Theft Auto
    Las Venturas Playground is based on San Andreas Multiplayer, the mod which makes Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas a multiplayer game. In this new minigame, the feel of Grand Theft Auto will be brought to Las Venturas Playground! In this minigame players have to deliver vehicles to a merchant, by which they can earn loads of money!

  • Vehicle Accidents?
    In the current gamemode, crashing a vehicle is just crashing a vehicle. The vehicle gets damaged, but the players who are in it will just be as healthy as they were before crashing from a 200 meter building. But with this new version, that won't be possible anymore. Players now have to drive around more carefully, to make sure they don't get hurt when crashing. Because, when a player crashes, he will get hurt and he will lose health.

The above list just describes some of the new features which will be in Las Venturas Playground, but there are just too many new features to tell you about all of them, so you will just have to wait until you can play this awesome update. As already stated, we are very excited, and we are sure you will be too when playing this new version. In the coming weeks, there will be a public beta when everything goes according to plan, so stay tuned on updates, which will be posted here, and on IRC.
The Development Team and the Management wish everyone a great 2009, which will bring this great update, and more, and we know you will like this as much as we do.

On behalf of the Las Venturas Playground Development Team and the Las Venturas Playground Management,

// Fireburn