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Track Name
Name: Download CCP#13 - theHOOK
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By:   cranberries
Version: 13-Dec-2015
Released: 13-Dec-2015
TMX id: 6444797
LB Rating: Classic Leaderboard Track Classic!
Track Details
Game: TM Nations Forever
Type: Race Style: Offroad
Envir: Stadium Routes: Single
Length: 1m Diffic.: Intermediate
Mood: Sunrise
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Author Comments

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The entire track is inspired by this title it refers to a musical idea that catches the ear of the listener ... so I made many parts that are kinda like "hooks" ^^ where you have to "throw" your car around tight corners ...

but, a bigger point I want to make is about track-building in general
I often see authors neglect two of the most important things in a track: the start and the finish ... if you want to make a track that stands out, you have to have a catchy start, but also a stand-out finish ... what you have in between is also important, but not as important as those two ... the start section is the most played part of the track - you don't want this section to suck ^^ ... and the finish section is what the player is going towards, it's the goal of the entire track - why would you make a random or a mediocre finish line!? -,-

anyway, the idea is, you gotta have "the hook", just like a song has - maybe it's the opening that you immediately recognize, or a catchy line you can't get enough of, or the buildup towards the end ... it's the same thing with a track - you gotta have "the hook" in your track

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I know this is becoming a rare event an actual cranberries release
so it's no surprise that this is also a STATEMENT track
in case you don't know what that is, here are some warnings:
- don't play this track, if you can't handle dirt in general !
- don't play this track, if you are not open to different ideas and styles !
- don't play this track, if you hate dirt related bugs ! (gear or jumping)
My intention is to share my ideas in hopes that I can inspire others

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Style: Dirt
Length: 1min
Difficulty: Intermediate / Expert
Mod: Arctic Breeze
Intro: No
GPS: ghost replay
Outro: simple camera

Video: made by   Ozon -

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My previous CCP entry - a dirt duo - hope you can check it out:
CCP#25 - Chasing Rudolph by   Pantseri_Cranberries

Other STATEMENT tracks I made over the years:
"[ x ] per [ i ] mental - [CTC]"
".cl!rtY ' .rn!X ' .uP"

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Originally posted by cranberries ...
... as I said above, this track is a statement, and that statement is: TrackMania is about the player! not about the track/author! that means, the track/author is NOT the main character here, the player is! ... and that's YOU! ... but even so, I do not expect everyone that plays this track to like it, but I DO expect everyone who plays this to give their 100% and when you really do that, totally and utterly give your best you'll see that there are no good or bad tracks ... in the end and on any kind of track, only the player matters !

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Have fun! ... Never stop improving yourself! ... and Keep playing Forever!

User Comments
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  cranberries 13-Dec-2015
There were no comments for this track. -,-


And now, there are also awards for this track huge thanks to:
o1.   wormi - yeah, the finish is a bit tricky, go go under 1min
o2.   Golo - huge thanks for your "amazing" award
o3.   King. - I like the mod because the dirt road stands out
o4.   aiden.KraL' - read the AC again, the hook is in the middle idd
o5.   stefan_markus - hey, so glad you like the scenery here
o6.   MR - yup, blocks are not usually played like this
o7.   HardDance - so glad you said that, it's exactly my intention
o8.   XDC - thanks so much for playing
o9.   Konix - yeah, this time it's not about eye candy
1o.   Hitchy - nice round time you have there, hacks ftw
11.   Levon - hey, thanks so much for stopping by
12.   One. - you stole my line, hehe, thank you playing
13.   Triple.shoot - you're right, so I tried to limit road to minimum
14.   devo. - hehe, love that comment
15.   dow|.Dave. - oh wow, awesome surprise
16.   Quat - well, you know, the mod is in the spirit of the season
17.   Razo.'R |R4a - nooo, y u jump high -,- hope you play again
18.   superJu - big thanks, so awesome of you to say that
19.   JaniX - that's true, thanks so much for playing
2o.   Crashtestdummy - finally! it's not just me that likes the S & F
21.   shad0w - awesome surprise, hope to see new dirt from you
22.   apX.Magik :3 - HUGE thanks for your awesome words
23.   Sky.esu - you're amazing! ty for playing a nice time already
24.   I FEEL SO SPECIAL~ - ty so much for saying that
25.   «Baba»3231 - I'm also amazed, will continue to build this way
26.   Cyber_Dragon - that's why I cleaned the snow off the track
27.   craxx - gone - hey, awesome to have u here
28.   !k7 - I respect everyone's opinion, ty for playing
29.   nair - I know this track is not your style, but huge thanks
30.   eyebo.wp - hey, thanks so much for playing online
31.   vgr - hey, awesome surprise, nice to see you active again
  wormi 13-Dec-2015
December has more dirt maps than the other 11 months combined soon! Allez CCP!
  shortz.esu 13-Dec-2015
This is the hook

sorry had to take my opportunity :b
  stefan_markus 13-Dec-2015
  wormi 13-Dec-2015
tried my best to be faster but impossible... is there a way to not jump like 1 sec in air before finish
  cranberries 13-Dec-2015
I think it's unavoidable to have a clunky jump there but I did manage to get speedier and flatter jumps into the finish, rather than slow with bigger air time ... you just have to find a good line from the CP to the finish, which is something that you have to practice to get right
  Hitchy 13-Dec-2015
no hax, just skill , got a round time again
  cranberries 13-Dec-2015
hehe well, that :00 always stands out more than any other time
  aiden.KraL' 13-Dec-2015
Quote ...
you have to have a catchy start, but also a stand-out finish

was referring to this ^
  |PT| CakeyFA 13-Dec-2015
the ending is such a pity..
  apX.Magik :3 13-Dec-2015
indeed, its a bit boring still a pleasure to drive either way!^^
  cranberries 14-Dec-2015
I think |PT| CakeyFA is talking about the weird drop&jump
I guess it's one of those things that "works if you get it"
for me, it's just a little thing I found and seemed exiting and fresh
so I left it in and I don't have problems with it I got used to it

@Aiden ... well, my rant in the AC and the track itself are to be taken separately AND together because I'm making many points, which some you can find in the track, but not all of them are represented in the track itself ... so just take it as a sort of general opinion / advice
  !k7 25-Dec-2015
Award corrected! I hadn't read your statement correctly
I totally agree with your statement
  cranberries 25-Dec-2015
oh, I see ... well, the ending is indeed weird, but I had to choose between including it or not, and I took the creative path instead of the safe one as you can tell ... mainly because I think the track needed a little bit of oomph after all that technicality but I understand your point too
  ViN <3 11-Feb-2017
Classic Status? ok.

  cranberries 26-Feb-2017
  Switch 04-Sep-2018
In case you read this...

This track gives me mixed feelings. It's probably the easiest dirt track I've ever played. The lines really aren't hard to figure out, and the very low speed makes it easy to drive consistently well here - for the most part. I'm a big fan of those tracks that don't require too much time to drive correctly.

However, the downside of all this is, it quickly gets boring. Like, the first 20 ? 25 ? seconds are quite repetitive, it's all left - right - left - right and again, and even in the rest of the track there's not much beyond that. I get it that it's pure dirt driving (which I usually enjoy alot) but for some reason it just doesn't click it for me here.

Either way, I can see that this is a good track, with a nice atmosphere as well. I just happen to not be a huge fan of it.
  cranberries 08-Sep-2018
it's okay I appreciate your comment and the replay \o/ GG
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User Award   shad0w 13-Dec-2015
been checking TMX more often again recently.. especially because of the CCP. i was hopeing to see some dirt tracks among all these FS and tech tracks ^^

I really like this track! It's technical but yet very flowy and smooth. For sure something different. I jsut can't say anything else then this atm cuz the lst time i gave an award here is like 2 years ago lol x)

Keep it up!

User Award   apX.Magik :3 13-Dec-2015
well done, i like it quite a bit^^ It's insane-ly easy and suprisingly fun even though its a bit too slow imo, but all ccp maps should be like that, really fun to play instead of annoying transitions or parts of maps which so far i haven't seen many, maybe just that one or two were a bit too hard for a total nub like me Love the atmosphere though i think that without the mod (the two runs i did before it loaded) it looked better but im glad that you decided to make it have a winter theme good job overall, quite a pleasure to drive
User Award   Sky.esu 13-Dec-2015
love it & will hunt it after christmas
User Award   I FEEL SO SPECIAL~ 18-Dec-2015
What a tight map, so many tight slow turns. Suprisingly enough, I like it aswell!
Stands out a bunch from previous dirt maps I've played, which is great, since I greatly enjoy when mappers build differently from a "normal" style.
The ending is as been pointed out before, a bit odd. Though it's something I'm kind of getting used to. Nevermind that, everything is great.
User Award   «Baba»3231 18-Dec-2015
I'm just amazed that all these turns are actually enjoyable.
Great track.
User Award   Cyber_Dragon 18-Dec-2015
i hate snow even more than dirt
User Award   craxx - gone 20-Dec-2015
very nice dirt track cran
User Award   !k7 25-Dec-2015
I agree with your STATEMENT.
Low speed and tight turns definitively stick well to dirt roads and you just proved it. The only part I hate is the finish: I understand that it is important to try new stuff but you push the envelop too much with that end imo.
This track is still very fun to hunt and I cannot do anything else then to recommend it with a precious award.
Good job!
User Award   nair 25-Dec-2015
You will not see an replay of me from this because it's not my type of Dirt that i like. But i will give you this award anyway.

User Award   eyebo.wp 11-Jan-2016
Enjoyed this on PPO! Great one!
User Award   vgr 15-Feb-2016
I like it
User Award   Pecorenzo 06-Oct-2019
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