Table of Content
Table of Content
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2. Installing & Starting the Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
2.1. Installing the game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
2.2. Starting the game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
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4. The Campaign – First Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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3.1. The Tutorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.2. The Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
3.3. The Scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
4.1. Your First Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4.2. Your first field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
4.3. The first path network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.4. Water, staff & vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
4.5. The first business cycle – The task manager and how to use it . . . . . . 19
5. Levelling Up, Skill Points, Bonuses and Achievements . . . . . . . . 26
6. Capitalism Ahoy – of Markets, Contracts and
Optimisation of Profits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
6.1. Observing and Calculating Market Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
6.2. No Risk, No Fun: Futures contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
6.3. Pepping up the Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
6.4. Hara-kiri – Risk: Gambling on Loan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
7. Levelling Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
8. Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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1. Introduction
2. Installing & Starting the Game
2.1. Installing the game
The game installs automatically, as soon as you insert the CD. Please follow the onscreen prompts, which will take you through the steps to install the game.
If Autorun is deactivated on your computer, you can start the installation by hand
from the disc.
System requirements:
Minimum: Windows XP/ Vista / 7 / 8, 2.4 GHz Pentium or compatible (3 GHz recommended), 2GB free hard disk space, Nvidia Geforce 6800GT, ATI Radeon HD3650
(GTX560, ATI Radeon HD6970 recommended), DirectX compatible sound card, DirectX9 (installed with the game), keyboard, mouse.
Requires a connection to the Internet!
2.2. Starting the game
Thank you for purchasing Farming Giant!
With its unique charm, this game takes you into the countryside and lets you create
your very own farm from scratch, complete with farming, animal husbandry and
processing plants. The game‘s role-playing aspect and skill system provides plenty of
motivation as you continue to improve your staff and unlock more buildings, products and business cycles. Special missions and dynamic market conditions keep the
economy exciting, with changing needs in the cities adding to the variety.
As you can see – despite its colourful graphics and comparatively intuitive controls,
Farming Giant is a complex business simulation game with depth and nearly unlimited possibilities.
This is why we have created this extensive manual for you, to make it as easy as possible for you to get started with our latest Giant.
The creators of Faming Giant at UIG & Actalogic hope you enjoy the game!
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If you are asked to supply a serial number when (first) starting the game, please type
in the registration number that you will find either on the inside of the game box or
on the back of this manual.
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Main Menu:
Continue:
continue existing game
New Game:
start new game (opens the game mode selection screen)
Saved Games: save and load saved games
Profiles:
change, create and delete player profiles
Options:
video & sound options
Credits:
Lists the people who contributed to the game
3.1. The Tutorial
The tutorial explains key steps, what to click on, and the interface. Step by step you
will play the parts of game needed to make everything run smoothly.
Folgen Sie den Anweisungen auf dem Bildschirm, um das Spiel zu erlernen.
3. The Game Modes
Farming Giant comes with three different game modes.
Follow the on-screen prompts to learn the game.
- Tutorial
- Campaign
- Scenarios
Even if you have plenty of experience playing Giant and business simulation games,
we strongly recommend that you finish the tutorial first, and then play the campaign
before moving on to try the challenging scenarios.
The chapter „Campaign – First Steps“ details the first steps in the campaign.
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You can conveniently select and start all tutorial topics from the drop down menu.
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3.2. The Campaign
4. The Campaign – First Steps
4.1. Your First Farm
The campaign forms the heart of Farming Giant, an open-ended sandbox business
simulation game in a dynamic trading environment.
After starting the campaign we find ourselves on the welcome screen. Our meagre
starting capital is displayed at the top-right, and we can settle down ANYWHERE on
the map. However, it would be a good idea to pick a grassed area that is near a city
and not too far from water.
You start out as a young, optimistic Level 0 farmer, equipped with meagre starting
capital to build your first farm. As your experience in crop farming and animal husbandry grows, you level up and little by little unlock new plants, livestock, buildings,
products and commodity chains.
Chapter 4 takes you through all the steps from the beginning of the campaign until
the first time you level up.
3.3. The Scenarios
Here are a number of scenarios and missions which have pre-defined targets for you
to achieve. Unlike in the Campaign, all buildings, machines and products are already
available, and the capital you have is the only limiting factor. Be careful, though:
These scenarios are meant for experienced players who have progressed well in the
campaign.
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Once we have found such a place, we start the Land tool (first icon from the left, in
the bar at the bottom)
WARNING: If you spend too much money on land, you will HAVE to apply for a
loan to build the infrastructure you will need. We recommend choosing property for
a maximum of 220.000!
This shows us WHERE we can purchase land. Click on the icon with the four arrows
to „stake out“ your own claim.
Now let‘s start constructing buildings. We select the „Building menu“ (second icon
from the left) and pick...
If we are happy with the size, shape, and most importantly, the price, we confirm the
purchase with the blue-and-white checkmark.
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... the first main building available in the first tab. The main building stores several
resources that do not require much storage space, and also lets us hire our staff.
We select the building with the blue construction icon next to it and place it on our
new plot. With L-SHIFT + mouse wheel we can dynamically turn the building and
perfectly match it to the borders. Attention: Buildings take time to construct – if the
game is paused, nothing is going to happen!
A cow shed (the only level 0 shed besides the chicken shed) rounds off our buildings for now. Now we should have just enough money left for a few machines, some
cows, fodder and of course our first fields.
4.2. Your first field
We also find a garage in the first tab of the basic buildings. As it is used to manage all
machines, transport vehicles and the associated personnel, it is essential to the farm.
We will build it at a central location, and close to the main road.
Crop plants only grow on fields tilled on our own plot. We use the Field tool for this
(third icon from the left). Unlike when purchasing the property...
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If we agree with the size, orientation (and cost, of course) we confirm that the field
should be established.
... we need to select a square shape. However, we can rotate this square anyway we
like (L-SHIFT + mouse wheel again) and scale it by simply clicking on a corner and
dragging it in any direction. You can also change the size of the field by pressing CTRL
while rotating the mouse wheel.
Grass will grow automatically on the field if no other crops or grain is cultivated.
And it‘s a good thing, too, because all we need for cattle farming is water and grass
at first.
4.3. The first path network
Whereas the cities are already connected, we still need to connect our buildings and
fields with each other and with the public routes.
A minimum distance from the buildings and proximity to the main roads is recommended. We will explain why in the next subsection.
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To do so we select the Road-building tool (fourth icon from the left) and click on the
button with the four arrows again. Now we can set points on our buildings, fields and
available, untilled spaces, which will then be connected with each other automatically if at all possible.
We establish another connection to the shed. To enhance efficiency, it is recommended to connect all buildings and fields directly with the main road.
In this example we have successfully connected the garage, main building and shed
with each other.
In our example we have created a nearly perfect infrastructure. There are paths leading from each building to the next, to the field and to the main road. A path runs
directly from the field back to the main road. Note that roads do NOT have to be on
your property.
ATTENTION: Vehicles CANNOT drive through buildings!
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4.4. Water, staff & vehicles
4.5. The first business cycle – The task manager and how to use it
The work in farming consists of numerous tasks with a multitude of machines, which
need to be repeated regularly on top of everything else. As we endeavour to reflect
these tasks as accurately as possible in Farming Giant, we decided that we could not
adopt a „light“ version á la „Plant crops“ and „Harvest crops“ in the game without
intermediate steps.
Yet on the other hand, manual micromanagement of each and every step would be
too much for any player, except the die-hards perhaps. For this reason, Farming Giant
comes with a powerful tool:
By clicking on the main building you can regulate the number of staff via the small
cartoon farmers at the bottom-right of the screen.. There should be at least 5 in the
beginning. The tap next to the farmers represents the building‘s water supply – we
should supply EVERY building with water!
By selecting the garage we can access the „Buy vehicle“ button. First we will buy a
tractor, a truck for transporting animals, a truck for grains, and in „Additions“ a manure spreader and a grass mower.
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The Task Manager:
Each economic building and field has its own task manager. You can use it to set up
tasks individually, which can be repeated or adapted as required. This means we
select the machine to be used, its destination or point of origin, the activity, or goods
and amount. The game then uses our selection to generate a „mission“ for our staff,
who we can deploy as often as required.
Let‘s take a look at a basic example:
By clicking on our cow shed we can see that we have neither cows, fodder, staff or a
water supply. Although we can manage the latter two with the buttons at the bottom
right, we will need the task manager to store fodder.
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We start it by clicking once on „Vehicle task“.
First we need to select a vehicle. To do so, we click on the Vehicle Selection icon.
We select a truck for grains.
Now we can select one of our garages. As we only have one, the choice isn‘t hard.
We click on the garage.
Now we select the place to buy from. After clicking on a location, a new window
with four colourful icons opens.
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By clicking on the icon with the arrow and the house we can choose whether to store
the product or ship it. As we want to buy fodder, and do not have any to sell yet, we
select „store“ and click on the icon next to it, the product „Grass“ (the only one we
can buy at the moment).
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Now we select the place to buy from. After clicking on a location, a new window
with four colourful icons opens.
The first one (from the left) represents one of your buildings. It can be a shed, a silo
or a production plant. As we do not have any building in which grass is being stored
at the moment, it is not relevant.
The second would be your own fields. To select this one we would need to have a
grass mower instead of the truck we selected, and a field where the grass is ready to
be harvested.
The third icon represents signed delivery contracts. They are only available for sales,
so this one is also not an option and cannot be selected.
We are left with the fourth option, buying in one of the cities or from the warehouses
at the goods stations. We click on this one and find ourselves on the overview map.
If we move the cursor on a city, we can see what it demands – if we can supply that
demand (meaning deliver the required goods) the city will continue to grow and buy
greater quantities and also more expensive goods from us. There is also a northern
and a southern trading center, where we can trade goods.
However, our vehicles have to actually cover the distance first – which takes time and
involves transport costs.. For this reason it would be cleverer to buy directly from the
southern trading center, or – closer still – in Bern nearby.
By clicking on Bern we accept it as the market place for this contract.
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Then all we need to do is specify the amount we require...
... confirm it with the „Start“ button...
Congratulations! You have managed the basics.
All tasks are set up according to the same pattern. The tasks are saved and can be restarted or changed at any time.
The next steps in this example would be:
- Buy meat cows
- Conclude a delivery contract for cows, or find a city with a demand for them
- Harvest the ripe grass and deliver it to the shed
- Deliver excess cows (they multiply by themselves if there is enough fodder, water
and staff) under the delivery contract or to a city with a demand for cows.
… and our truck will leave on a shopping tour!
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If we manage that, not only will we make our first profit, we will also level up for
the first time!
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5. Levelling Up, Skill Points, Bonuses and Achievements
Once we have managed to fill our progress bars for both crop farming and animal
husbandry, we can level up for the first time. „Excess“ experience from the area
worked on the most does not expire, and is credited toward the next level. This means
it is entirely possible to be a level 2 or 3 in animal husbandry, while our success at
crop farming may only be sufficient for level 1 (as in the picture). If we move the
mouse onto the level number „1“...
... we can see which products and buildings will be unlocked at level „2“.
Each time we level up we receive „skill points“, which we can (and should) invest in
our skill tree. Clicking on the small flowchart icon opens a detailed tree.
It is subdivided into the categories Technology, Staff and Production. In Technology
and Production we can improve skills which serve primarily to improve higher quality products (which become available later in the game).
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In the beginning it is recommended to invest in the general skills you can find in the
„Staff“ category.
What is a bonus?
A bonus is a „gift“ that can be found on the map at random. If you click on it, a bonus
item (special seeds, an extraordinary farm machine...) is added to your property. We
can view all the bonuses in „Bonus“ (first icon from the top-left).
What is an achievement?
Achievements are special accomplishments, which the game rewards accordingly.
Such an accomplishment might be a certain amount of animals you bred yourself, a
particular number of products delivered, or having established a complex commodity
chain. We can view all the achievements by clicking on the star (second icon from
the top-left).
6. Capitalism Ahoy – of Markets, Contracts and
Optimisation of Profits
Pulling out the stops: After all, each business simulation games lives and breathes
through becoming filthy rich to ensure the company keeps growing. There are all
kinds of approaches, strategies and tips to do so. We will touch on some now.
6.1. Observing and Calculating Market Prices
It sounds so simple, yet one is easily tempted to ignore it:
prices change continuously, both in the cities and at the trading centres. If you choose
a careful compromise between the current product price and the distance (transport
costs), you can significantly improve your profits. We can view the market prices at
any time by clicking on the market icon in the bar at the bottom. By using the dropdown menu we are able to compare the product prices and their history in all cities
and trading centres.
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Looks like we struck gold here: Meat cows are being traded at the northern trading
centre for the incredible price of 830.28. Not only does that justify travelling a longer
distance to get there, it would also be a good idea to send out several shipments in
one go to exploit the price to the maximum.
However, we will require several trucks and a driver for each truck to do so.
6.2. No Risk, No Fun: Futures contracts
Opinions are divided over futures contracts: Some vilify them as a sure way to bankruptcy, others see them as a tried and tested way to increase profits. In fact, Farming
Giant offers two different types of futures contracts, each with their own risk. We can
access futures contracts via the notice board icon (second mini icon in the top-left)
in the Market menu.
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6.3. Pepping up the Cities
Long-term strategists will rear a „main buyer city“, in which they will be able to sell
very expensive products in future, such as light yoghurt. Before the spoiled consumers can enjoy such gourmet foods, however, the cities and their markets need to grow.
This is where satisfying basic needs plays a role. If we open the overview map (bottom left, first icon above the mini map), we can see cities on the map. As we move
the mouse on the cities...
We can filter futures contracts by city – it is recommended in the beginning to ship
to nearby cities or stations, due to the low capacity of the first available transport
vehicles.
In the overview we can see the type of amount demanded, the type of contract (more
on that soon), the price per unit, the total volume, and of course the penalty if we fail
to satisfy the contract. But first, more about the types of contracts:
Cumulative contracts:
These are deemed met and concluded once we deliver the total units. They are useful for selling excess stock at a lucrative, or at least above-average confirmed sales
price.
Periodic contracts:
Here we need to deliver the specified amount by the expiry date of the contract on a
recurring monthly basis. A periodic contract for 30–40% of our production capacity
is ideally suited to cushion price drops.
The contractual penalty must be taken into account for both contracts. Highly priced
products and a high volume can result in particularly painful fines!
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... we see which goods the city is demanding. If this demand is satisfied, the city
grows and we rear a lucrative market. On the other hand, if we ignore the city, it
will shrink.
Tip: Always nurture two or three cities, so that you always have a good taker, even
when prices are fluctuating.
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6.4. Hara-kiri – Risk: Gambling on Loan
What works for bankrupt banks can‘t be wrong for Farming Giant: A click on the stylishly antique bank icon at the bottom right takes us to the Loans menu.
Here we can take out a handsome sum at not-quite-rip-off interest rates.
Anyone who accepts super-lucrative futures contracts and attempts to meet them with
a farm expanded on debt capital demonstrates impressively that they have learned
nothing from the dot.com bubble, the Asian crisis or the housing bubble. It can work,
though.
But be careful: Neither the ECB, nor the ESM, nor any tax payers will be there to get
you out of the mess!
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7. Levelling Up
Each level unlocks new products, buildings and vehicles. This overview shows all of
them. Please note that this information may change due to last minute improvements
to balancing, and patches released in future.
Level
Building menu
Product
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Small butchery
Barley
Eggs
Beef
Vehicle
Addition
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Small mill
Wheat flower
Chicken meat
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Small pigsty
Flower silo
Millet
Pigs
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Medium cow shed
Water pump
Tomatoes
Corn flower
Pork
Small goods truck
Medium trailer
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Medium shed
Small dairy
Peaches
Milk cows
Milk
Small liquid transport
Medium
grubber
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Medium farm house
Medium chicken
farm
Small juice factory
Oats
White bread
Apple juice
Medium tractor
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Medium garage
Medium mill
Small jam factory
Barley bread
Wheat bread
Peach jam
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Medium grain silo
Small olive press
Green olives
Olive oil
Cheese
Medium grain truck
Medium seeder
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Medium butchery
Water tower
Salad
Peach juice
Cow leather
Medium refrigerator
truck
Medium sprayer
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Large cow shed
Small horse stable
Solar plant
Cherries
Horses
Homogenised milk
Medium harvester
Large trailer
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Medium pigsty
Large chicken coop
Rye
Pickled olives
Cherry jam
Medium goods truck
Medium manure spreader
Big van
Medium plough
Medium grass
mower
Medium planter
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Large shed
Medium dairy
Onions
Cherry juice
Butter
Medium liquid
transport
Large plough
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Large butchery
Small wine cellar
White grapes
Rye flower
White wine
Horse meat
Medium animal
transport
Large grubber
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Small rabbit hutch
Large mill
Medium juice
factory
Turnips
Rabbits
Whole milk yogurt
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Medium olive press
Large garage
Wine depot
Black olives
Rye bread
Rabbit meat
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Large farm house
Beans
Medium horse stable Milk powder
Peach yoghurt
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Large grain silo
Medium jam factory
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Medium rabbit hutch Rabbit furs
Olive oil depot
Pickled black olives
Large dairy
Large liquid transport
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Small soy factory
Large pigsty
Wind turbine
Soy beans
Soy sauce
Cherry yoghurt
Large goods transport
Large planter
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Medium wine cellar
Small sheep pen
Soy sauce storage
Pears
Sheep
Large grain truck
Large manure
spreader
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Large olive press
Large horse stable
Buckwheat
Pear juice
Large harvester
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Medium soy factory
Medium sheep pen
Cucumbers
Wool
Large animal transport
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Large rabbit hutch
Large jam factory
Red grapes
Buckwheat flower
Red wine
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Large juice factory
Beetroot
Grape juice
Pear yoghurt
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Large soy factory
Large sheep pen
Champaign
Sheep cheese
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Pumpkin
Light yoghurt
Large tractor
8. Credits
We wish you loads of fun, high profits, abundant harvests and healthy cattle!
Large grass
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PROJECT MANAGER AND
MISSION MANAGER
Simon Sukljan
Robin Gibbels
GAME DESIGN AND LEVEL DESIGN
Simon Sukljan
Zoran Petrović
ARTWORK AND GRAPHICS
Blaž Porenta
Mark Arandjus
Large refrigerated
transport
Large seeder
Large sprayer
PROGRAMMING AND
CODING
Urban Džindžinovič
Jani Brezavšček
Simon Sukljan
David Pangerl
Dejan Jusufović
MODELS AND TEXTURES
Zoran Petrović
Tomaž Andrej Bavdaž
Darko Hanžič
SOUND EFFECTS AND MUSIC
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Ivan Ertlov
TESTING
tom.io
Frank Stein
Andreas Vogt
Ingolf Seidel
Ole Henrik Güthe
Heinrich Schüür
Marcus Hobusch
Joachim Wietzke
Michael Artz
Niko Keim
Peter Lohner
Mike Grovemeyer
Stefan Rienits
Frank Biermann
Ivan Ertlov
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Ralf Murra
Angela Roggenkamp
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