CoursePlay is only for the PC version of the game!
CoursePlay is a mod for the computer version of Farming Simulator, and as far as I am aware at Feb 2016, cannot be used in the console versions of the game.
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I am always asked about CP or CoursePlay for Farming Simulator 2015 (and still for FS 2013 which has the same processes), the most frequent question is ‘What is it?’ followed by ‘How do you install CoursePlay?’ next is ‘Where do you get it from?’ Finally, that last most asked question and hardest to answer is ‘How do you use it?’
Beginners CoursePlay Tutorials
I was looking through my old videos, and I don’t think I ever posted a couple these. The videos may answer some questions for you. I will also write the answers for you here too! So, here we go..
What is CoursePlay?
CoursePlay is used to record your own courses in Farming Simulators. It can do things that the ordinary AI ‘Hire a Worker; automatic driver’ cannot. It can do things like drive a tractor with tipper wagon, that empty a harvester and take the crop to your silo or a sale point, all on its own.
All I do it start the harvester and set the required vehicle with tipper to service the harvester. Then I go off and do other things. When I return the harvesters is finished and the crop is in my silos.
You can even have more than one Tractor with tipper driving on the same course, so if the silo is far away, one vehicle can be waiting on the harvester to reach its fill level for being emptied, whilst the other is busy delivering the corp to the silo. One of the other best ways to do this is to have CP drive a chaser bin to empty the harvester and deliver it to the edge of the field to fill other tractors with tippers that then take the crop where you want it.
The chaser bin, (sometimes called an ‘auger-wagon’ or ‘overloader’ as I prefer to call it), can be used to keep many harvesters empty. So it is the only other vehicle that is on the field. It then takes the crop to meet other vehicles, usually at the edge of the field.
Virtual Farming Mistakes! I see lots of people making virtual farming videos but mostly they are not playing properly. Generally, you should never run over your crop! Nor can normal wheeled vehicles go onto a field. Like when you see people driving articulated lorries onto a plowed field. I’d like to see a mod to slow down those vehicles and even get them stuck on the field, which is generally what happens in the real world.. I digress…
Another thing CP can do is work at the Bio Facility – shovelling silage from the main bunker into the hopper. Below is a video example of working at the Bio Facility in FS13.
How Do You Use CoursePlay? (That’s up to you)…
This question is the hardest to answer, because ‘How you use CoursePlay’ is up to you. there are lots of ways to use it. You could just use if for simple drive to courses and do everything else yourself manually. A lot of people use CP this way, (But that is usually because they do not realise that it can do a lot more, like put liquid-manure on a field, and when the liquid-manure-tank is empty, go back and fill itself, then return to the field and start again where it left off! Those are more advanced courses than I will show you here.
So – How do you use CP? The answer: – The simplest course to make.
When you just want to drive a vehicle from point A to point B where you have to do that trip many times, it’s a real chore. Just right-click the mouse, this switches on CP and you should see a grey box pop up.
Click ‘START COURSE RECORDING’ and drive from point A to point B, observe the correct rules of the road and directions on junctions especially when you have AI traffic to contend with.
When you get to point B, set a ‘WAIT POINT’ then drive forward a few more feet and stop, then click ‘STOP COURSE RECORDING’. If you do not set a ‘Wait Point’ the vehicle will immediately start to head for the start of the course again. Also make sure that the wait time is set to ZERO. You then need to SAVE the course by clicking the disk icon in CP. Then finally, make a save game – ‘save’ to add the CP course to your main game save.
Give the course a name that describes the course and one you will remember, like F02 to F34 (Field 2 to Field 34).. Make another separate course to go back. That should have got you started on the road to building more complicated courses. And that is the scope of this ‘HOW TO’ – but there are many more complicated courses to build. e.g. See / search for ‘CoursePlay Transfer Course’.
There is a PDF with the FS15 mod that has interactive tools inside it.
How do you install CoursePlay? How to install the CP mod.
See the video further below, but simply and basically, download the mod and put it into your mods folder. The CP mod may need to be renamed to zzz_CoursePlay, (adding “zzz’s” to the mod tells the game to load other mods first and load CP last or near the end). Sometimes you have to do this because mods like maps and vehicles have to be loaded before courseplay.
How To Download Mods: I always keep the original downloaded files safe and separate in a folder called FS15 Mods Store.- I download mods to my downloads folder, creating a new separate folder with the name of the mod for each different mod. If it then needs extracting I do that in its own folder. I move the whole download to my mods store on a different hard drive so that it frees up space on my main hard drive.
I also like to add a notepad note to keep a copy of any text info about the mod from the download page; including where I got the mod from and its creators. If I like a specific mod, I search for more mods by the same developers. Lastly, I take a copy of the main mod file put it into my mods folder.
Errors and Fixes: If you have any problems, try making a copy of the mod, put it into your mods folder and rename it to add zzz_ Zed’s and underscore. If you already have some mod files called zzz_ add more ‘Z’s’ to make it load last. You can also empty your mods folder and only put in the mods you are using for a specific map. This is the best way to run mods, but it is also the most inconvenient.
A little work in the field..
Where to get CoursePlay:-
DOWNLOAD FROM: I don’t know if these links are always going to work. The mod sites move things around from time to time. They shouldn’t do that; logically it’s in their interest to keep files linked in the same places for when people recommend the downloads like I am doing here. Its out of my control, if these links don’t work, search for ‘CoursePlay for FS13 or FS15’
The CoursePlay Manual https://courseplay.github.io/courseplay/
FS15 Download Links
FS13 Download Links
Hope that helps…
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