3rd place in the TMU Writing Contest. Written by DABH.
Coppers are the in-game currency of TMU. They can be used to purchase nearly anything – tracks, skins, mods, 3d cars, you name it! Many people have found ways to sell their creations and make coppers. However, for many people, getting coppers is a serious challenge. This guide will hopefully make everyone get a little richer by discussing all the ways to earn coppers.
First off on the list of methods is, as boring as it sounds, patience. Every day you log in to TMU, Nadeo will give you anywhere from 50-80C (coppers). This only works once a day – signing out then signing in again doesn’t work! The reason that Nadeo gives different amounts of coppers to different players is one that you can take advantage of to earn extra every day. If you own TrackMania Original or TrackMania Sunrise, you can associate them with your TMU account to earn the copper bonus. If you register both games, you get 80C/day! To register your games, simply go to http://www.trackmania.com/tmu-registerkey/.
Obviously, waiting isn’t the most fun way to earn coppers. Another good way to get rich is to perform official times on Nadeo tracks (click on the Trophy icon during a track). When you first do an official time on a track, it’s free. After that, it costs 10C each attempt; practice before doing an official time, or you’ll lose more coppers than you gain! Once you complete a Nadeo track with an official time, the prizes are as follows: 5C for Bronze, 10C for Silver, and 15C for Gold. There is no prize for the Author Medal or for custom tracks, but official times still provide an excellent opportunity for copper-earning.
After you’ve played the game long enough, you probably will finish all of the Nadeo tracks with official times. The next level up of copper-making is tournaments. There are a number of groups that have organized free TMU tournaments. One of the most prominent tournaments is the Vogzone TM United tournament. The site (http://www.vogzone.com/) is originally in French, but has a pretty decent English translation (as well as a few other languages). In the Vogzone TMU competition, which restarts every 60 days, contestants simply download the map pack from the ManiaLink “Vogzone”, then upload their best times to the site. The winner at the end of the season is the player with the shortest overall time. The top three players all get tons of coppers, so it is definitely worth a look! For more information on tournaments, look at the “Competitions” section of the ManiaLink start page and the highly active TM-Forum Competitions Sub-Forum at http://www.tm-forum.com/viewforum.php?f=8.
You don’t have to be the best racer out there to win coppers. In fact, the TrackMania United Blog runs many contests that don’t pertain to driving at all! If you look at the contest category, you will find a number of contests involving track design, writing, and artistic skills. The blog also operates a weekly screenshot contest, the winner of which gets a few coppers. Find out more and submit your screenshots at http://tmunited.wordpress.com/tag/screenshots/.
If you play online a lot, there is a way to earn coppers that all racers should keep an eye out for. On many servers nowadays, there are server jackpots and lotteries. JFreu has come up with a very popular plugin that does just this. If you go onto a server with JFreu’s plugin, you will notice a colorful bar on the top of the screen with various menu buttons. One of these buttons will say U.Loto (United Lottery). You can buy tickets for the lottery for varying prices. After a certain time interval, a winner will randomly be selected. This is a very easy and effective way to earn coppers – the jackpots can reach tens of thousands of coppers on popular servers!
Last, but certainly not least, there is the hugely popular ManiaLink system. For those of you who don’t know, ManiaLinks are like mini-websites designed to work only with TMU. There are some great ManiaLink tutorials out there, but ManiaLink creation is beyond the scope of the article. Instead, we will focus on ManiaCode, one of the most important features of ManiaLinks. ManiaCodes allow you to charge coppers for access to certain content. You can set up ManiaCodes for tracks, skins (for cars, environments, buildings, etc.), replays, and joining servers. After you make your ManiaCode, you must register it with Nadeo for it to be accessible in the game. To perform ManiaCode registration, go to https://www.trackmania.com/tmu-playerpage/ and log in with your TMU username (not your nickname) and TMU password. Once logged in, find the section named “Add.” The fields in this section should be filled in as such:
- Code: This determines the URL you type in in the ManiaLink browser to get to your ManiaCode. Common examples are MyTrackDownload and ManiaLink:DownloadSkin – it can be anything as long as it doesn’t use certain characters.
- URL of the XML file: Where you keep your ManiaCode file. This has to be on the Internet – not on your computer (unless your computer is a server).
- Type: Select ManiaCode.
- Coppers Cost: Can be anything up to 500C – just remember Nadeo takes 10% of your profit.
- Beneficial Players: The players that get the coppers from your ManiaCode. Make sure Nadeo gets 10% or an error occurs.
Once you finish typing all this in, hit “Save This Code”. Your ManiaCode is now accessible from TMU, and you can make coppers off of it! The ManiaLink/ManiaCode system is fairly complex, but is probably the most profitable copper source in the game.
In this article, we looked over all the major ways to get coppers in the game. If you ever start to run out of coppers, you should definitely take advantage of the tips in this guide to get your copper stash growing! New and exciting opportunities to make coppers are always out there, so poke around the community and get working. Good luck!