Wacky Vehicles, New Missions: BeamNG.drive goes Gambler 500


The desert is not exactly uncharted territory for BeamNG.drive, but the latest update to the vehicle simulator takes things to the next level: Partnering with the Gambler 500, the sim adds no less than eight cars in the spirit of the event as well as new missions for players to enjoy in v0.29.

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The Gambler 500 and BeamNG.drive feel like a match made in heaven: The event is a low-budget point-to-point race with an emphasis on wacky car modifications and, most of all, fun. Taking place in Redmond, Oregon from July 14th to 16th.

The '500' in the event name refers to the maximum of roughly $500 competitors should spend on their cars, although spending over that is allowed for paint, stickers, and other modifications that do not make vehicles faster or more reliable to "make sure that everyone was in sh*tboxes", states the event's official website in a post explaining Gambler Cars.

Good, Clean(ing) Fun​

Along the way, competitors not only race, but are also "encouraged to leave the wilderness in better shape than when they found it by picking up trash along the route", as the official BeamNG.drive update post explains. That means that not only is the event a low-budget, fun-focused race, but also includes a commitment to a good cause. The organization has hosted other events with this in mind before, like the 2021 Moab Trash Grab Easter Joop Safari in Utah.

For BeamNG.drive, this means the addition of eight Gambler-ized versions of the sim's car models, such as the aptly-named Poogeon (based on an Ibishu Pigeon), The Incapable or The Unstable (both based on the Ibishu Covet). You can find the full list of Gambler Cars and their descriptions below.

BeamNG.drive - Gambler 500 Vehicles in v0.29​

  • Ibishu Pigeon - Poogeon
    Who doesn't love a wilderness adventure with friends - fresh air, sizzling steaks, and refreshing drinks? Alas, when nature calls in a facility-deprived landscape, problems may soon arise... After ending up in a such predicament, the author of this creation has firmly pledged to never let it repeat! With a rear axle from a truck, a powerful welded bed and a technologically advanced snorkel, this little companion is able to get to any mission-critical location.
  • Civetta Bolide - Iron Owl
    Once burnt to a crisp, this Bolide was taken apart and reconstructed into a 6-wheel engineering marvel. Fitted with a drivetrain from the Bruckell LeGran Campagne, it channels that power to the four rear wheels for a truly unique driving experience.
  • Autobello Piccolina - La Brutta Anatra
    This "ugly duckling" with an Italian flair owes its existence to an antique dealer's resourcefulness and ingenuity. This unorthodox blend of salvaged Piccolina parts, a charming Italian bathtub, and agricultural rear wheels is mounted atop an extended suspension from a classic dragster. Talk about Italian practicality! Now, you can haul vast amounts of garbage and enjoy a bath with rubber ducks after a hard day's work!
  • Ibishu Covet - The Unstable
    This daring abomination's story began with a rear-ended Covet that lay rotting in a farmer's front yard next to a broken tractor. Of course, the only reasonable next step would be to merge the two. The Unstable's drivetrain incorporates an assortment of PTO shafts and 90 angle gearboxes from some old mowers, and a 1.8 engine from a retired Pessima to give it a slight chance of climbing at least something.
  • Ibishu Covet - The Incapable
    Constructed by a friend of the abovementioned farmer, this truck is designed to accompany the half-tractor on its Gambler adventures. Lacking a spare tractor, the creator of The Incapable opted to simply weld the back of a trailer to the Covet shell instead.
  • Gavril Grand Marshal - Grand Scavenger
    When confronted with a pile of rusted pipes, beams, and chains, what's a gearhead to do? Surely, install all of it on a Gavril and let it gracefully rust together with the car. Enhanced with thick metal bumpers and a perfectly engineered snorkel, it's capable of tackling the toughest challenges.
  • Soliad Wendover - Croco
    Surrounded by rumbling vehicles and debris, sometimes it's so refreshing to see something green, alive... with a pair of eyes, a tail and a huge jaw! Its teeth may made of rubber bands, but it's no laughing matter when it bites.
  • Soliad Lansdale - Landslide
    When its engine blew, this van's owners got big dreams of transforming it into a high-roof off-road camper. While the vision was exciting, it's proven to be expensive. What was not expensive, however, is cutting the roof out, adding an upside-down boat for extra headroom, and installing big tires. With its modifications completed, this little camper can go pretty much anywhere now.

Keen observers may spot a brand-new model on this list, as the Soliad Lansdale makes its debut in the sim as part of the update. The van comes in multiple configurations other than its Gambler 500 guise, like an off-road and even a tuning version.

Best of all: The update is free for all BeamNG.drive owners, so if you always wanted to drive a VW Beetle-like car with a bathtub in place of the boot in the front through the desert, now is your chance. A total of 25 new missions on across multiple maps have been added to enhance the fun, and they even include picking up trash along the way - just like the real Gambler 500.


Your Thoughts​

What is your favorite wacky vehicle added in the update? Are you going to give the Gambler 500 missions a try? Let us know in the comments below! And remember: If you have not gotten BeamNG.drive yet, it is currently available at a 20% discount in the Steam Summer Sale!
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But true, VR would make the deicison easier in favour of it.

I play Wreckfest in a VR moviehall on the huge screen however. With some games this works well without causing nausea, with others, mainly first person walking things, it works not good. With Wreckfets, it adds tremedoeusly to the game and it increased the version number of Wreckfest to 2.0 for me. :) Maybe BeamNG is worth to be tried on the moviescreen, too?
 
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Man if this had VR I'd be all over it. Not trying to be militant about VR but my rig doesn't even have a monitor.
This is a simulator, that believe it or not, might be better on a 2d screen than in VR. I am the same way, anytime I am in my rig, it is in VR. My monitor sits on my desk separate from my rig.

Beamng's soft body physics for crashes, and the built in slow motion, are something to behold on a large TV/monitor. Don't get me wrong, I would love VR support for it, but it may be worth picking up on sale, even if you only use keyboard controls, just for the visuals.
 
This version and the one before is causing complete loss of FFB after some minutes playing it out of nowhere, so I stay away from this title...
 
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Love the game, Love the ethic behind it, Highly recommend it.

I don't play it due to lack of VR....
 
It can be played in VR with some love and patience, I dont have the tutorial right now but it supports TRACK IR, and there is a program to port TRACK IR data to STEAM VR, lets say for QUEST PCVR driving. Using Opentrak as input and a webcam. not using VORPX. Its not native, but its a lot of inmersion if you have an Oculus Quest and Virtual Desktop.
 
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As much as I love VR, I personally have no interest in trying to get it to work on titles that don't support it. Its problematic enough getting it to run consistently on titles that do support it.

In fact, how poorly it is implemented across the board was almost enough frustration for me to give VR away at one point.
 
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This version and the one before is causing complete loss of FFB after some minutes playing it out of nowhere, so I stay away from this title...
With what wheelbase does it happen?
 
This version and the one before is causing complete loss of FFB after some minutes playing it out of nowhere, so I stay away from this title...

try reducing FFB frequency, my Simucube2 starts having issues above 1000hz FFB
 
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I play most sims in VR, but I like the rock crawling in BeamNG (and snow runner). That means I typically use the external camera and not cockpit so I can see what my wheels are doing. In this case, I really don't want to play this sort of thing in VR.

This comment is just to show that not every VR enthusiast wants to play everything in VR.
 
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I play most sims in VR, but I like the rock crawling in BeamNG (and snow runner). That means I typically use the external camera and not cockpit so I can see what my wheels are doing. In this case, I really don't want to play this sort of thing in VR.

This comment is just to show that not every VR enthusiast wants to play everything in VR.
I agree, I'm not at all sure this is a good fit for VR, and I play all the other sims in VR.
 
Man if this had VR I'd be all over it. Not trying to be militant about VR but my rig doesn't even have a monitor.
Same here. I have owned BeamNG.drive from the beginning and have been waiting for VR capability for years now. I mean, maybe it´s time to develop VR instead these new "gimmigs"? What a fun that would be. And with motion...:rolleyes:
Man if this had VR I'd be all over it. Not trying to be militant about VR but my rig doesn't even have a monitor.
 
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