As many of you will have noticed, my activity in the LSPDFR scene has decreased significantly over the past few months. There are many reasons for this, the details of which I won't bore you with. It mostly comes down to being busy with other things in my life, as well as LSPDFR becoming less interesting for me having played it for so long and the introduction of frameworks allowing modded GTA5 multiplayer environments (read: FiveM).
How times have changed since when I joined the community in 2015, from me taking an interest in learning to code in C# to having multiple plugins released on the site. It's been one heck of a journey here. I recall well the first 'mod' I uploaded for the LSPDFR community, which was called 'More Jail Points' at the time. This was first published for RAGEPluginHook 0.20. This later evolved into 'More Jail Points & Prisoner Transporter' and is now known as the all-so-familiar Arrest Manager. When I was contacted by @dbock1989, who was so enthusiastic about my More Jail Points & Prisoner Transporter plugin at the time, I couldn't quite believe it. He had been so kind as to create a variety of images related to the plugin (see below)! It frankly couldn't have been a more exciting moment at the time and, alongside other overwhelmingly positive and welcoming feedback, served as a major motivation factor for me to continue learning to code and create plugins.
Following this, I was looking to give more purpose to the LSPDFR traffic stop system. And so, Traffic Policer was born - a plugin originally intended to add a few ambient events related to traffic offences. This has now grown into one of my most feature-packed plugins to date. By this time, some YouTubers started using my plugins in their videos. Not only was this a great way for me to obtain feedback on my mods' user experience, I also watched @Zachary Houseknecht with great pleasure while my ANPR Hit AI lit many of his police vehicles on fire... An absolute howler: https://youtu.be/4D8HshZzWMQ?t=606
Some weeks on and Assorted Callouts was next in line. This was originally created out of a callout idea by @CaptainSugarFree and turned into what is now known as the Pacific Bank Heist. This took about 4 weeks of intensive development to fully complete (and am I shocked at the code quality looking back at it now... works though). As the first of its kind, the callout featured voice-overs and an intense, detailed SWAT based LSPDFR callout. I was incredibly proud for this to be featured on @Jeff Favignano's channel and I see now that the video in question has amassed over 1.9 million views... breathtaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIXKvUyzylA
Moving on again. At this point, @FinKone had managed to get me into YouTube. After having released British Policing Script, longing for an LSPDFR experience closer to home for me, many longed a version of the plugin for international and American users to incorporate the traffic stop improvements and a court system. With that, I released LSPDFR+ by doing my first ever YouTube live stream, which was quite the experience. After this, I released Siren Mastery, PoliceSmartRadio and a variety of other tools and smaller plugins. Many hours of coding, effort, stress, giving support and obtaining feedback had been put in by this point. I was absolutely chuffed to then achieve one million downloads on my published files...
This figure has since risen to over five million.
Following some negative coverage of LSPDFR in some of the Australian media, I'm also very happy that Wired UK decided to publish an overwhelmingly positive article on the whole GTA5 police modding scene: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/gta-5-mods-lsdpfr-british-police?utm_content=buffer9ca53
After PoliceSmartRadio's release - with the infamous April FoolsRadio download giving four thousand people a perhaps frustratingly good laugh - I placed the whole modding scene lower in my priority list. As mentioned previously, this has since been pushed far further down.
Some thoughts on the community's development over time
I would describe the LSPDFR community as healthy. @Sam @LMS and all the other contributors have created something very special for all the right reasons and this is largely reflected in the attitudes of the staff & moderation team and community members. With publishing mods on a popular website like this, unfortunately, comes some drama and negativity - and while I have not always agreed with the way and speed the moderation team dealt with my reports relating to me and my work, they have done a good job overall. The few issues that I experienced were all resolved. From my experience in the plugin side of the modding scene, this continues to be the case now.
One thing I noted during the months that passed is that both experienced but particularly newer modders are now frequently treated with disdain in the scene. The modding scene has grown massively since when I first started and unfortunately, in this area, it shows. Everyone starts somewhere and the fact someone is spending their free time creating something for all of you to download, for free, has become massively underappreciated and taken for granted. Sure, a new modders' release may be full of bugs and be nowhere near as feature-rich as more developed plugins, but this takes time to solve. Had I received the negative feedback I've seen on many a new modder's release page back in 2015, you can rest assured I wouldn't have continued my development here. When providing feedback, by all means, point out the issues, but do so in a friendly, constructive manner, not in an entitled, toxic one. Have a look at the first few comments on my Arrest Manager download page to see what that is like - this was a major factor for me to consider continuing development! It is essential for the development of the LSPDFR modding community that this attitude is changed back to what it was in the 'good old days'.
With all that said, I also hope the release of LSPDFR 0.4 kicks a breath of fresh air into the now somewhat stale core LSPDFR modification. With over 2 years having passed since the latest update of the core modification, I'm sure we all agree that an update would be a very welcome step. From the various preview posts released by the development team, it looks that we all have something great to look forward to there.
'Retirement'? So does that mean you're permanently done with the LSPDFR modding scene?
No, but I won't be actively developing plugins for LSPDFR any more. To be fair, nothing's really changing much now compared to the past few months. I intend to remain as a member of the LSPDFR Testing Team and I'm sure I'll be drawn back in at some point to explore some of the new development options in the 0.4 API. I'll also stay around on my discord and occasionally the forums and I intend to continue publishing occasional videos on my Youtube channel. And yes, for those that know and enjoy it, I'm also planning to continue writing blog posts on UK road safety . If my time and motivation levels allow, I may publish some minor updates to my current mods before 0.4 is released. The fact remains, however, that I would currently classify myself as 'inactive' in the scene. With so much other stuff going on, I simply don't have the time to commit that I used to. It would be a pity to say the least to let all my work slowly deteriorate and waste away. Therefore, I've decided to publish the source code to some of my plugins to https://github.com/Albo1125/. At the very least, I would like it to be a learning resource for other ambitious plugin developers in the scene. At best, I hope other developers will take it upon themselves to improve the code where necessary (yes it is very necessary!) and create pull requests to share those improvements. These can then be merged and released, with credits obviously included for contributors.
Back when I started developing for LSPDFR, very few learning resources were available bar the great example project by @LukeD . This hasn't really changed since, despite the creation of the LSPDFR API repository by LMS (https://github.com/LMSDev/LSPDFR-API) and some posts aiming to document the LSPDFR functions by myself in the API development subforum. A noteable step was the creation of the LSPDFR Developers Discord server thanks to @Stealth22 A full post with current development resources can be found here:
I'm planning to publish the source code to a number of my plugins one-by-one to improve this and give something to the community:
Arrest Manager: https://github.com/Albo1125/Arrest-Manager
Assorted Callouts: https://github.com/Albo1125/Assorted-Callouts
Traffic Policer: https://github.com/Albo1125/Traffic-Policer
British Policing Script: https://github.com/Albo1125/British-Policing-Script
By no means do I claim that any of the code I post is perfect or amazing - on the contrary, far from it. With the experience I have now from studying a BSc in Computer Science, reading through some of my old code makes me want to tear my hair out. This is only to be expected, though - most of my plugins were created as part of my learning experience of C#. Prior to this, I had no coding experience or knowledge. It's fascinating to see how the quality of my code has evolved over time by looking at my various different plugins in order of initial release date.
Wrapping up. I hope this post provides some clarification and closure for those of you wondering where on earth I've been over the past few months. It's been an absolute blast and a pleasure. To all of you who were a part of my journey here, thank you.
In the 3 years of development of RPH including countless sessions via TeamViewer in the early days to "address" issues, I have found that most of the time, if not always, the user did not install it correctly or managed to mess up their system in another way. Only in very rare cases (one example being issues with Chinese folder paths) a fix on our end was actually needed. If you still think the issue is with RPH, feel free to PM me the error report.
I have been wanting to do this for a long time, especially considering with all of the unlocked interior lighting with take down capabilities not facing the proper way and no solution to fixing that just yet this would be a really neat thing to be able to do but as far as I know it isn't possible. There is a spotlight script available that last time I checked still worked though. It just means modelers have to position the spotlights to face forward on models instead of folded down or at weird angles.
So recently I've been thinking about the possibility of movable spotlights on models. I'm no modeler, so this may be completely impossible, though I hope it's not. Maybe this would be in conjunction with a plugin that gives the player the ability to move the spotlight? I know this would most definitely add to the immersion and realism inside the game! I think we all have a preference on the positioning of the spots and this would make for a great addition to GTA modding.
If you have any additional thoughts on this topic please reply to it, even if it's saying this is in no way possible.
So you downloaded a fancy 2015 Tahoe and installed it in the police3 slot, only to find that it rolls more than your eyes when your boss is talking to you. Does your Silverado not drive like a truck should? or maybe your '15 Charger doesn't feel right. There are a lot of options to choose from when deciding which handlingid you want to use for your car. I've compiled a list of what I use for handling lines, and thus far, all have worked just fine. For some of them, such as the Silverado and Expedition, someone else might of found a better handling, and if that's the case, please comment below letting me know what you're using and I'll give it a shot.
Some people like to edit the handling.meta. This is not a requirement, the handlingid is all you need to touch if you just want the basics. Handling.meta is there for those who know a bit about modding and want to refine the handling lines to feel realistic.
For those that might be confused on what the handlingid is, it's one of the top lines in the vehicles.meta.
Here's an example:
All of these will be for police vehicles, I will not be covering modded civilian cars. Also note that this topic really only applies to those who have modded their police fleet.
If 09-10 version, police2
If 2013+ version, buffalo2
Taurus, Caprice and Impala
fugitive (this will make the vehicle feel heavier)
bison (sadler works if you want the truck to feel a little heavier)
tailgater (There is most likely a very better choice out there, I'm just not sure which would work)
Ever want to deal with the actual bullshit Police Officers have to deal with ?
Well! Now you'll be able to.
New callouts on the way!
I have been reading the forms a lot and I have been playing lspdfr for a bit over 2 years now, it is sad to see that development with call-outs has slowed down enormously. With that, I decided to put myself up to the challenge of making a new Fresh call out pack with call-outs that have not previously existed or have not been updated, or simply are just trash. With this idea 5-0 call-outs, I want to create 50 brand new (sort of speak) call outs that the lspdfr community wants to have! I am working on a list now, and I am developing as I speak. I am very busy as I am working on three different projects at the moment, so feel free to leave as many suggestions as possible. This is your chance!
With this list, I'm about to make one of the moderators very happy
You know who you are G
I've got 13 calls on the list right now, different domestic situations will count as different calls, but please if you have any ideas let me know. Here's the list
Names will obviously be changed to be more professional when it comes down to business. Give me all you got! I've got a whole summer!
- Child's bicycle stolen
- Welfare checks
- Suspicious Persons in parked car
(Either having sex or smoking the ganza wonza. Could also be doing nothing, or something. Investigate, you lazy ass)
- Cease and desist violated
- Noise complaint (Tv, Animal, Karoke!)
- Soverign Citizens dialing 911 because i dindu nuffin n know my rights!
- Dumbasses calling 911
- 911 Hangup
- 911 en español 😉
- Animal abuse reports (not a code 3 response)
- Threatening phone calls
- Domestic situations (each one will count as its own call but will have very different outcomes every time)
This topic has been moved to the appropriate forum. Please post in the correct location in the future.
Just to expand, I personally would like to see a callout pack dedicated to "stupid/silly/weird callouts". Things such as
- Person dancing naked on the roof
- Person chasing a chicken down the street with a cleaver (or gun)
- Person calling 911 to order a pizza
- More false/stupid 911 calls that require us to cite the caller.
- Calling 911 while on a traffic stop because you're not happy with the officer. OR, calling 911 while on a traffic stop because you're an entitled prick who thinks he was mistakenly given a ticket.
Just stupid, non serious stuff that actually does happen or can happen.
What we need is more less priority callouts. Shot's fired, back up needed and all the other higher priority callouts have been done to death. Literally every callout plugin available has these already. Things like; welfare checks, stopping people in car parks drinking (either in vehicles or on foot), loitering, people 'tagging' buildings (graffiti), trespassing on private property (residential and commercial properties), domestic disturbance's (noise complaints - fighting, music too loud, tv too loud (could open up to finding someone deceased or in need of EMS).
And more regular police jobs like those I mentioned above. Not everything has to be a code 3, bullets flying ,1000 mile per hour call out because it really isn't anything like that on the job.
Hopefully you'll take those suggestions into consideration and if you need any more ideas feel free to pm me as I have plenty more.
SAN ANDREAS MEGA PACK
Hey everybody.I want to introduce you to a new Mega Pack.This time its different.Im not doing this on my own.Its a collaboration with @Jedahdiah.Im happy to announce that @Sinnisa and @harrison90 are doing our textures.Without them it would be much harder.Please go and check their work out.Our goal is to create a Pack with different Departments/Setups.For now there will be these Districts/Areas/Types.
-Sandy Shores PD
-Paleto Bay PD
-Los Santos PD
-Port Authority/Airport PD
We dont know how many Models we gonna do but me and @Jedahdiah are sure that this is going to be big.In this topic we gonna update you with Screenshots,Ideas and much more.Stay tune and have a nice day.More to be announced soon.
So I wanted to convert a Pierce Firetruck to GTA for some future projects. After not find one to convert, I though about making one myself, and by god is it looking good. here are some screens so far. BTW EVERYTHING has been scratch made by me in ZMod, Yes that's right Zmod. It will also have a working water cannon
I have no release date currently but I do plane to make an ELS and maybe a Non-ELS