Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Consolidation and Spinning-Off of Our Train Content

The SFC Group's Railfan Central and RoadRailer Simulations are going in different directions for 2018.

As you may or may not have heard, we've been in a state of reorganization to refocus our efforts in creating quality tech and gaming content. We've been listening to your feedback closely, and as part of this reorganization, our Train content is getting consolidated or spun-off.

Here are some short, but important updates regarding our Train content:

Railfan Central

Railfan Central (formerly The Penn Central Fan Site) was our real-life railroading branch dedicated to everything trains. Since its launch alongside the RFC Site, we have launched two video series: RailVids and RailFacts, as well as a Facebook page.

However, as part of our reorganization, we are making major changes to it: Railfan Central will be a video series only from here on out. As a result, Railfan Central will be shutting down as an SFC Group branch, and The RFC Site will be closing down on February 3rd, due to lack of interest and low viewership.

Despite the RFC Site's closure however, the Facebook page will continue to operate, and new RailVids and RailFacts episodes will be made, but they won't be focused as much as our tech and gaming content.

Check out the RFC Site:

Follow Railfan Central on Facebook:

RoadRailer Simulations

RoadRailer Simulations is our Train Simulator content-creation branch focusing on repaints, scenarios, and mods that dedicated players haven't seen before or haven't perfected yet. It was formed as an SFC Group branch in July of 2016, and we've continued growing ever since.

However, like with Railfan Central, we are going to be making major changes to RRS as well: Our Train Simulator content-creation branch is getting half spun-off as a independent organization, but will continue to operate normally. We (SFC) will continue to promote RoadRailer Simulations content on our social media, but we won't be promoting it as much as our tech and gaming content.

Future RRS news and updates will be on our RRS Facebook page, as well as our RRS Steam Group, and RRS Discord (links below). However, that's not all: We're also planning on launching a separate RoadRailer Simulations blog on February 3rd, where you'll be able to get detailed news and updates on future RoadRailer Simulations products, as well as the ability to request scenarios and repaints for potential future RRS products, find out what's coming soon, and gain early access to our work-in-progress repaint packs before they get released to the public!

Also, as a result of the acquisition of Global Rail Simulations/AMT Simulations on January 1st, 2018 (see our New Years Update post for more information), and after our CN Dash 8 Repaint Pack's release, we are stepping up on our packaging, such as enhancing the manual and improving the folder layout, on future and existing RRS products, to be sure that EVERYONE understands the installation instructions we include in our PDF manuals.

Finally, future RoadRailer Simulations Sneak Previews and Advanced Preview live streams will be available ONLY on the RRS Facebook page, so if you want to get previews on RRS products (if you're interested that is), why not give the RRS Facebook a follow and like?

Follow RoadRailer Simulations on Facebook:

Follow RoadRailer Simulations on Steam:

Check out the RoadRailer Simulations Discord:


Sorry for the short article this weekend, but we've been working behind the scenes on some new content we hope you'll enjoy, and the changes being done to our organization to give our fans a quality experience.

To conclude this article, we want to continue to make sure you get caught up on what's going on for The SFC Group in 2018, which we hope to be our biggest year yet. As always, thanks for taking the time to read.

Monday, January 1, 2018

The SFC Group - 2018 New Years' Update

The SFC Group would like to wish you guys a happy new year! However, with a new year, comes exciting new changes on our part!

2017 is officially over, and 2018 has come upon us, but that won't stop us from our continued efforts in expanding our organization to new heights, and now we're here to officially announce what we've been up to! So let's get to it before we dilly-dally any further...

1. YouTube Channel Revamp & New Content

Our YouTube channel is getting another major revamp for 2018, as we approach the 1,000 subscriber mark!

We've uploaded over 100 videos in 2017 (not counting live shows) and gained a substantial amount of subscribers, but we plan on increasing both of those amounts for 2018, with new content on the horizon, and a special surprise for when we do reach the 1,000 subscriber mark!

Here are some of the major updates regarding our main video series:

- SFC Plays Train Simulator now includes Train Sim World, and Workshop Mania has been merged into the SFC Plays Train Simulator series. Future Workshop scenario playthroughs will be moved to our new Twitch channel.

- SFC Reviews will now include other games besides Train Simulator DLC (most likely will come later in 2018).

- The third episode of Technology Showdown: Misadventures of Apple & Tux is currently in pre-production. The episode will focus on the character Windows, along with Mojave, Windows' girlfriend. This episode will also be the first voice acting debut of SFC Group Member, Lunala.

- And while we're on the topic of Technology Showdown, our biggest project to date, The Prologue, is slowly resuming pre-production as we finalize our cast and move onto the storyboarding process. The release date is currently unknown.

- The next Shoppers Showcase episode, covering RadioShack, is currently in pre-production and we are planning to release it after Train Sim Month 2018.

- The Railfan Central "RailVids" and "RailFacts" video series have been consolidated into one playlist on our YouTube channel under "Entertainment and Other".

- Bootleg Bonanza has been officially discontinued due to low viewership and we simply ran out of ideas to continue the show. Despite this however, the playlist will stay up, but can only be accessed through the "Playlists" section of our YouTube channel.

However, these new changes will come at a cost; on January 6th, 2018, we will be taking down 19 videos from our YouTube channel, due to low viewership and our increase in production quality. Some of these videos will be kept archived on our part (and possibly may get re-released in the future, but not on YouTube), however only a handful of these videos will NOT be archived, and will be removed permanently from our channel.

Here are the following videos that'll be taken down on January 6th (all of them have been taken down):

RoadRailer Simulations (all videos listed below will be archived):
(RRS will be exiting YouTube; future videos and sneak peeks will be uploaded through our RRS Facebook page and our Twitch channel respectively)

Century County Line - "Carolton Update" Showcase

Century County Line - Carolton Update Teaser

SFC Plays Minecraft (now discontinued; all episodes listed below will be archived):

Block Party - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 11

Best of SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 11 - Block Party

One Day of Survival - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 12

The Minecraft Parable - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 13

Dr. Evil’s Revenge - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 14

The Return of t3c - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 17

The Desert Temple of Doom - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 19

The Chicken Killer - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 21

Hardcore Parkour - SFC Plays Minecraft Ep. 22

SFC Plays Train Simulator (all episodes listed below will NOT archived):

GN Log Empties

Working Wenatchee Wheat

F59PHI and Surfliner Introduction

Bound for Bailey Part 1

The Big Boy Entering Cheyenne Slowly (Version 1)

Light Freight to Red Butte

Laramie Railfanning

The Big Boy Entering Cheyenne Slowly (Version 2)

Of course, that's simply not all: We've already begun working on some new tech videos for our Software Room and Electronics Guide series that we think you'll really enjoy. Some of these were requested, while some of them were made for fun.

Now before we move onto the next announcement, a couple of people have asked us about subtitle contribution in our videos. Well, we can confirm to you that it may not happen for a while as there is not enough demand for it, but we'll think about implementing it if there is such demand, but only on a limited number of videos.

If you haven't yet, subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Now let's move onto some bigger news...

2. The Latest RoadRailer Simulations Expansion

Yes, you heard it folks: The SFC Group has officially acquired Global Rail Simulations (formerly AMT Simulations).

Our latest acquisition of Global Rail Simulations (GRS) brings to our division, RoadRailer Simulations, new content, including its US and non-US add-ons into our family!

As part of the acquisition, we are planning to re-release several GRS products (mostly US add-ons) under the RRS brand, with some enhancements, bundled scenarios, and a PDF manual, just like our other freeware products! The acquisition also gives us the chance to include compatibility with the Searchlight Simulations enhancement packs in some of our add-ons, and it also gives us the opportunity to hop into the non-US repaint business, so expect some to come in the not-too-distant future!

We won't be unveiling what's coming up next in the future for RRS as of yet, but expect some sneak peeks on the RRS Facebook page and our Twitch channel!

Follow RoadRailer Simulations:

Now let's jump into live show territory...

3. SFC Live's Enhanced Format

SFC Live, our live gaming show, will be resuming on January 6th, 2018, with an enhanced format.

SFC Live resumes for the new year on January 6th, 2018 from 7PM to 9PM Eastern as usual. However, we will be introducing an enhanced format to make the live experience better for our fans:

- The pre-show countdown will be removed from our shows entirely; instead we'll just cut to the chase.

- As we've stated before, Workshop Mania has officially been discontinued and moved to our Twitch channel.

- SFC Live Trivia Game 2 is scheduled to conclude on January 27th, 2018, with the 1st place winner receiving $20 worth of Steam credit as usual. SFC Live Trivia Game 3 will premiere on March 3rd, 2018, about a year after SFC Live Trivia premiered. For Game 3, we plan on adding some new and exciting gameplay, such as a new question type.

There might be other surprises too, but that's all we'll tease you with.

Visit the SFC Live page:

Finally, to wrap up this update post...

4. What's Next

The SFC Group is rapidly expanding its system to new heights, while we continue to entertain and educate our dedicated fans. So what's up next for us in 2018? You'll find out below...

These are just the first three announcements for what's coming in 2018, but we have other ones that we'll quickly cover here.

Here are some of the other announcements:

- Our "Everything Trains" department is no more; as a result, Railfan Central has been moved under our "Entertainment and Other" department, and RoadRailer Simulations is now one of our software divisions, but not fully emphasized. Railfan Central's website and Facebook page will continue to operate, but won't be worked on as much as our RRS and SFC Facebook pages. The main focus in terms of Railfan Central will be on its RailVids and RailFacts video series.

- Train Sim Month 2018 is coming along well, and we've already finalized what we're going to be doing for the final Train Sim Month in the trilogy, which you can check out on our blog today.

- If you haven't read the PhobiX Update post yet, our first Linux distro, Phobos, developed by SFC Group Member and PhobiX Software co-owner EDJRMorpheus95, is being delayed due to trouble with the installers. We're also planning on remaking it from scratch, based on Ubuntu rather than Debian itself. As a result, the public beta has been pushed back to early 2018.

Lastly, but not least: we have a special surprise for when we reach 1,000 subscribers. We're not gonna unveil it quite yet though, but it'll be a new way for our fans to support our content, and get exclusive bonuses (which will include our archived content) when they contribute to the supporting of not only our content, but also our organization.


That's about all the time we have when it comes to what's in store for 2018. However, as always, we've got more to come, but that'll be saved for another day.

In the meantime, why not follow us on Twitch for live playthroughs of simulation games (if you're into them that is) via the link below? If you do follow us, you'll get notified of when we start streaming.

Follow us on Twitch today for live playthroughs of simulation games:

As always, thanks for taking the time to read this, and have a happy new year!