Here is a link to a spreadsheet that people in this thread have been using to help track people that need help with artistic accolades (and are willing to help others accomplish the same).
If you want to add yourself to the list/help, the link is here:
So I’m starting to experiment with the vinyl usage accolades since the update on 12/6 (yesterday). Here’s what I have found so far.
Vinyl groups applied to liveries do not count. For example if you apply a bunch of your vinyl groups to a livery, then share the livery, and somebody uses it, it appears to award livery usage and not vinyl group usage. That makes sense… but just gotta test. (I was secretly hoping they would count… that would have made life easier).
Vinyl groups usage seems to only count if the user applies the vinyl to their own design, and then uses it. This inherently limits how much the vinyl groups can spread, because it means that each individual vinyl group has to be applied. But it makes sense. Vinyl groups aren’t liveries… got it.
Vinyl group usage appears to be for distinct/unique users, and as far as I can tell only 1 per user. My son put a big old pile of my vinyl groups on his car and drove around for quite a while (i.e. hours). I got one vinyl group usage for each of the vinyl groups… and that’s it. I didn’t get one usage every 15 minutes or so, which is how it works with liveries.
I’m still experimenting with this, and I’m definitely interested in getting any data/observations from others. I was hoping that the vinyl group usage would be like liveries so that people that are cruising around with your stuff would keep pumping your numbers up. If the usage numbers are more like the likes (which is one per user), then it becomes far more about getting bigger reach/impact rather than getting stuff that might be getting used over and over again.
Honestly… mostly looking to get those last few “paint” category accolades unlocked to finish the “completionist” accolade.
Also interested in this one, some members of our Club want to complete this accolade.
Last night after the update i applied 6 vinyl groups shared by a club member to one of my cars and drove it around in freeroam for about 20 mins. He checked later on and had been awarded 6 vinyl Group uses.
Need to do some more analysis on this though
I’ve published well over 80 vinyls with varying degrees of complexity & I’ll typically only see 1-2 DLs in a 24hr period. I was fortunate enough to have one of them land on the recommended page once & I think I had like 350 in 24hr, but that is very rare to happen (at least for me)
Thus far all of the “uses” have been unique accounts. This is gonna take a minute, if that’s the case. I would have vastly preferred the livery model where you get uses over time, so people rocking it out can rack up your numbers.
I can confirm that the uses don’t have to be unique accounts.
Basically if one person applies all your vinyl shapes to several cars, you will get a use for every file.
So someone needs to apply 1,000 of your vinyl shapes overall, no double shapes on one car though.
Others say they just had someone apply one of their vinyl shapes a 1000 times on the same car.
But that didn’t work for me, so not sure.
People wondered if uses of vinyl shapes are time-based, but in my experience they are definitely not.
Apply and save. I had people drive out the garage (in an online session) and spent a few seconds there, just to be sure. There is probably no need to though.
Ah! I hadn’t tried different vehicles. So unique per account and car? I’ll give that a try. That’s still a pain, if true, because it still doesn’t rack up over time (like liveries do). But it’d instead be counting number of times the vinyl group was applied to a different car. The upside is that would decrease the number of times the vinyl groups would need to be downloaded (which is the slowest part of the process).
I’ll report back in later this morning.
Confirmed. Different car registers new usage stats. Also I only drove for one three minute race, so it doesn’t require a whole lot of time. That’s good news.