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  1. Oh, I gave him a reason. I gave him a -very- complete reason. 1.) His threads were linking directly to his posts in NE and NOT to the downloads directly (I guess he changed that along the way) 2.) His only posts were directly to NE/his threads at NE 3.) All I asked of him was to upload his files to TPR- and that's it. Sorry for the delay in response - but really one should do a bit more research into the bitching of one person before laying down the laws when the story isn't complete yet. R.D.
  2. Yeah, no. If you're gonna post up videos to your own stuff that's great... but you gotta put more content in to your thread/posts. This isn't acceptable at all. We're happy to host things here, but one of the more important things to note is that content sells. Please add more content in the next 24 hours by editing your post, or I'll be removing it. R.D. Games Forum Moderating Team
  3. I was a bit disappointed in that no mention was made of Tidal Wave/Greezed Lightnin' myself. A mediocre wooden coaster being renovated & a Vekoma Hang and Bang got more attention. This alone makes me wonder what's going on with the Launchingracer there.
  4. Artistically, it's pretty. Nice shots, but I will have to stand by this as well: It is the Twin Peaks of coasterdom. I'm beyond confused myself, and lost entirely on what you're actually trying to show us. I'd strongly consider thinning out the artistic side, and stick to more core-base items. It would really be a better image after all, and show your skills a bit better. Otherwise, you'll be following this path... [youtu_be] [/youtu_be] R.D.
  5. I've moved this here- as I couldn't get the file to load, nor the video to work. I've sent a message to the user to give more details, as well as a better link before I move it back into the general forum. R.D.
  6. I'm pretty amazed with the detail you've put into this front gate... it looks incredible. However, please remember: MORE PICS! Open a thread with at least 5-10 shots! R.D. Games Forum Moderator
  7. Failure in success, and success in failure. I think it's time to go through another early attraction set from DELOS, but one that did not have in the end a long lifespan: Logan's Run. This coaster took from the movie "Logan's Run," a film which was part of the Science-Fantasy movement of the 1970s. Read about "Logan's Run" here. Logan's Run- ride building. The concept of Logan's Run is based upon the storyline of the movie- Once you reach a certain age, you are considered obsolete... and you are led off to your 'great reward' (Which is, like in Soylent Green... death.) However, you are given a chance to escape- via a secret passage, and an underground escape route. Enter the ride itself. Logan's Run was part ride-through, part walk through, and part coaster. Again, like in Soylent Green, a two-station loading system was used. The unloading station was one floor above the loading platform, allowing for the 'escape vehicles' to enter empty furthering the storyline of the ride. A short pre-show outside the platform followed by a ride-through portion took the escapees into the deserts- and into the underground route.... conveniently disguised as a high-speed looping coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard. Four inversions and a launched lift completed this coaster, and it really did deliver a punch. The outdoor ride course. So why was it a failure? Well, in a lot of ways it suffered at being TOO advanced. I had designed the coaster to operate six trains at the same time, and estimated hourly throughput around 2800-3200 guests. Giving it a pre-show & heavy theming, combined with a storyline should have worked. But it didn't. It was a DUD. Lines rarely exceeded more than 150 guests at a time, and the entire queue was never used- not once. In the end, it became a huge liability, and it took up space. I knew this wouldn't be a permanent attraction, unlike the ever-popular Soylent green. In later 'years' of the park's history, it would get replaced... but that's for a future update. MIDWAY AMERICANA Once Logan's Run & other smaller projects had been completed, it was time to create the park's first 'loop' in pathways, and via a connector known as Midway Americana. This small run of flat rides, shops & connector buildings opened up a great deal of flow, and set the stage for future expansions in the park. The primary theme is of 1900's United States, complete with the overall fair goings on, and with attractions that are a bit milder in scale & nature for family audience. Midway America - Part I A few attractions were relocated from other areas in DELOS to fit with the area a bit better. In this area, you can see the Scrambler and the Carousel, both relocated from their original locations. You will also notice two larger structures adjacent to the start of the paths. This was the first time I used gradient transition buildings to help the flow of theme to theme- and to immerse guests from one world to another. Here, the larger of the two transition buildings also houses a food court/infrastructure house, while the other building contains restrooms and other ancillary facilities. I found these became quite useful- and are now a part of most of my major parks. DELOS overview- as of 'now' in history. As DELOS grew, I wanted to use coaster as icons for each theme area. Since the park itself was not heavy on the rides, I had a chance to grow rides based up on what each area could support. In the case of Midway Americana, I wanted... the Barnstormer! The Barnstormer! A good, solid family ride was necessary for this park, one that was not only fun but also a bit thrilling- and easily themed to the Barnstormer pilots of the 1910's. I found that a Schwarzkopf Speedracer would be the right fit- both for theme & for effect, as it allowed me to do more with less- perfect for the park, and perfect for Midway Americana. Barnstormer with theme elements (Including a barn!) added in. Welcome to the Farm! Barnstormer was an immediate hit, and with a 2400 PPH capacity, it fit nicely into the mold of the parks' needs at the time- and still does (Does ANYBODY really think I'd rip out a Schwarzkopf???) Derby Racers: This attraction is based on one of my all-time favourite rides- the Soap Box Derby Racers (Defunct) at Knott's Berry Farm. I've always had a fascination with this ride- but had never installed one on a usable scale before. Since DELOS is my park to do such experimenting in, it was time. Now I've heard a lot from people over the years of "Why don't you use terrain?" And the simple answer is this: I like to be able to bend the terrain to fit a ride, rather than the other way around. It allows me more freedom to build rides like I want, and that will fit with a parks' needs & utility. I do terraform- but it is usually to fit a theme area or ride. This is just such an occasion for it. Derby Racers- pre scenery & terraforming completion. As you can see- this is version 1.1: The stalled cars on the track needed to be fixed- and the layout was modified accordingly through some minor revisions. Trees, a better platform & other accessories finished out the ride, and it opened. In my next DELOS update, we'll take a look at attractions that came, went, and returned again- as well as the redesign of internal park functions & features. R.D. WHEEEE!!!!!
  8. The only issue I have with your new Schwarzkopf coaster is the title on it: No custom Schwarzkopf JetStar II's were made. Instead, they are given the title of Speedracer. Technically (historically) the JetStar II evolved from the Speedracer line (The first Speedracer appeared in 1971- Big Bend, Six Flags Over Texas) while the JetStar II opened the first model in 1972. R.D.
  9. Greetings to the Games Forum- As some of you may have noticed, I took some time off to myself, as I was burned out and quite tired. During the past few months, I've been working on doing new concepts of coasters & rides- both as stand alone coasters, but also as part of experimental parks. I wanted to try new things I'd never been able to do before, either due to time or energy. This is the result of the largest part of the project. DELOS DELOS represents almost four months of work for me- it is the biggest park I've done to date, and the single most complicated build of my life. I wanted to push the envelope, stretch the boundaries a bit, and to try things I'd been thinking about for the past few years. Some of you may have seen the progress on my FaceBook page, but I now am ready to tell the whole story of the park- from the very beginnings, to where it stands now- to what it might hold in the future. So why now? Why do something this big? Because I could. Because I hadn't. I've always wanted to try a park that had immersion attractions- and this was my chance. To start with, I had to to beyond the boundaries of what I'd been working with before- down to pricing & buildings. For the most part, what you see of the structures in this development are based on existing ones I've used before- the entry plaza, admin buildings, etc .are unchanged from other parks, but with more attention to refining things for detail purposes. Parking lots & initial layout of the entry plaza. The entry plaza- pretty much standard for my parks. The first major building to be installed was the park hotel. I've based this building on the endless variety of Hotels/Motels throughout the universe- and it reflects the 'Holiday Inn from HELL" feel as a result. The initial hotel structure before scenery & such are added. The Hotel & grounds after. Medieval World was the first theme area built into the park, and serves as the anchor for the front gate and entry plaza. As I had already worked out the basics of the layout & feel of the lands before starting park construction, it was easier to start filling in the 'missing' areas as needed- including the scenery & location sites of rides, shows & food/restrooms. Something that is very different in DELOS from my other parks is the lack of stand-alone items (Food stands, restrooms, etc.) that are not themed. For the most part, all of those facilities are enclosed in structures at key points throughout the park. More on those details later. DELOS park Medieval World at the start of the park's history. The first few attractions were built into the parks' planning phase; A Schwarzkopf Launchingracer opened the bid for the Medieval World, followed quickly on by a Schwarzkopf Doppellooping coaster. During the first few years, this was about the extent of expansion, as I wanted to revise structures, add more scenery & develop the infrastructure side of the park first- then move on from there. A look at DragonSlayer, the Doppellooping coaster. In this shot you can see The Castle, a structure dedicated to food & other concessions. To the right of it is SpellCaster, and some other small attractions near and interacting with DragonSlayer. Future World: Once the Medieval World area had been setup, and cash was coming in (Yes, I was in fact playing this like I would any other game- based upon money...) I wanted to start the next major phase. Future World represented what I viewed as the opportunity to build attractions I felt would never get the chance to see the light of day otherwise. The first handful of rides were 'stock' in nature (Double Power Tower, SimEx Rideworks, etc.) but then I decided to finally make (for me) the ultimate story-driven attraction... Future World: Phase I Most of the buildings were designed to match each other- the same colour stripes in the same order going down the same places, for example. This was fully intentional, as it brings a more precise feel to this area- which is critical in building the theme of the truly ultra-modern future. At the same time, it builds an ominous feel... as if Big Brother is watching, or that you're steps away from HAL 9000. This constant perfection goes down to the bushes, trees & fencing elements, as you feel as if nothing is left to chance... and you are NOT in control of your future. Looking at the Food Court/concessions building. Liftoff & Re-Entry are the stock S&S Power towers- one launching up, the other launching down. Liftoff & Re-Entry Future World: Phase II & IIb. I have always had a fascination with science-fiction movies & stories, particularly ones of when things go wrong. To that end, I've always had a few ideas for immersion storyline attractions that would bring you into the world of the movie, but do so where YOU are the central star- from the ride queue to the very end of the attraction. I had to refine my thoughts, come up with some better ideas, and visualize the way this could be done in an efficient & effective manor. The first of these rides was one that was #1 on my 'to do' list. SOYLENT GREEN Soylent Green during initial construction: This was the largest building I'd done to date- and certainly the most complicated in every way possible. For those of you who do not know what Soylent Green is, please read below. Read about Soylent Green. For those of you who DO know what it is... keep reading on. I watched the movie "Soylent Green" about a dozen times, trying to figure out how to bring this to life, especially the ride mechanisms & design. I wanted to be able to tell the story in the right manor, with an effort on building up to the ending. After working through the idea of enclosing the majority of the ride, I started the actual construction. Soylent Green during initial construction: This was the largest building I'd done to date- and certainly the most complicated in every way possible. Soylent Green encloses four major zones. The first, a light & warm feeling as you approach the dispatch station (The loading platform) complete with gardens, statues & other effects to make the voyage more pleasant. The loading platform was built so that ride vehicles would enter empty... with no obvious rider evidence. As the ride vehicles exit the loading station, the effect continues, with a slightly darker tone to it- you're going through a beauticul Memorial garden, again with statues, gardens & sterile evidence. Soylent Green with the scenery added You see in front of you a large, marble building, which gives the feeling of a Mausoleum that one would find in a high-end cemetery. Getting closer, the ride vehicles turn 180, so you go into the building via an underground drop- hiding the next series of show elements. Intentionally, the inside of the building is much like a factory- one where something sinister is going on. Approaching the show building Into the ride building, and the start of the show effects. By this point, the guests are a part of the experience. The feel of terror is intentional, as the ride begins the ascent through different levels of what is going on inside the factory. Prior to the final ascent, the ride vehicles are turned 180, as they ascend to the top of the factory. In complete darkness, they emerge from the factory show scenes, and a final plunge into a steel vat- emerging into the ending building in complete darkness. By intention, you do not have any location of where you are, and elements of the show plots are added in for effect (At the top of the tower, the last thing you hear before the plunge into the vat is "it'S PEOPLE! IT'S PEOPLE!" before joining them. In addition, concealing where other ride vehicles are is extremely important- and it shows here. You cannot see other portions of the ride, nor the ending, nor any other ride vehicles as well. This contributes the the solitary feel of the ride- other than your fellow riders. The 'finale' element... The 'ending' to Soylent Green Here is an overview of the entire ride layout. Most of the ride ends up enclosed to help with the show elements- thus the overall size of the project itself. The entire ride-show layout. And finally, the platform building structures. By intention, the ride's exit dumps into the food court/concessions- hiding the 'dearly departed' guests from the rest of the soon-to-ride guests. Looking at the platform area In the next installment, I'll be covering another attraction heavily based upon a movie- and just as ominous as Soylent Green. R.D.
  10. Robb- I'm still here- I needed to step back for a bit before I started to choke people. The stress had gotten to me, and made me very frustrated, so rather than go bezerk, I stepped back. Over the next few months I'll have a bit more time as I'm taking time off from work to get my body back in order. R.D.
  11. Fun spot posted a picture of it... from their FB page. Thus the joy over it.
  12. Why would you need to? If that is your primary goal to do, then don't play the challenge. No need to be mean or rude about it. There's plenty of other places for you to build your rides in that you COULD theme the way you wanted. This is a challenge about ride building, not re-theming everything. R.D. Games Forum Management Team
  13. WOOHOO!!!! I'm thrilled that Wheelie has a new home- and with this, they are preserving a great ride in EXCELLENT condition, as well as adding a top-notch thrill to their already growing lineup of rides. It is always good when a park chooses to preserve one of His works, and I give them Fun Spot many kudos for keeping Wheelie spinning into the future! R.D. Praise be to Anton, Amen.
  14. I will admit I'm a bit late in posting these- but after a rather nasty illness, I finally got around to doing things! Anyway, my Secret Santa delivered quite a bounty of sweet treats... Lots of sweet treats! I've opened up two so far- both tasty. The Chocolate covered Pretzels are G-O-N-E. Hmmmm... Wait. I don't know who the father is! And finally, a big THANK YOU to my Secret Santa- this is a great box of fun! Thanks again, Secret Santa! R.D.
  15. And people think I'm weird for my preferences... Psssh. I've got NOTHING on her.
  16. You must complete your park in it's entirety by October year 5, and submit it to the Games Exchange. Any building after that will be disqualified.
  17. Could we use a brand that we have made up and used for are own RCT2 projects? I am confused by what you mean. In other words, CPM doesn't want to see "BATMAN: THE CLONE" or "POWER TOWER!" or "MILLENIUM" etc. Be creative, and stick to the parks being creative, and not re-hashing of other people's stuff. The park is NOT to be re-branded, either. You will find out when you play... However, I would not remove anything that works. CPM is a HUGE nostalgia fan, and tends to eschew people who remove his rides that work. (In other words, don't touch the coasters. At all.) You may alter the terrain as you like- but keep it to somewhat restricted boundaries, please. Flattening out the mountains, no. Filling in the lake? No. Adding a creek, small hills, etc? Yes.
  18. New Scenario/Challenge is up- and this one is a total-rebuild from the ground up. There should be NO problems with this one faulting, as it's about as bare-bones as one can get.
  19. Incredible shots, Chuck. OL:FOF has been one of those great mysterious wonders of steel for me since 1995 (Scary, no?) when it was announced. Those angles are simply not covered by anybody- anywhere, and are astounding in every way. And that poor schmuck on Grizzly... "DO NOT STAND UP" apparently doesn't apply to him! R.D.
  20. In light of so many issues with the TPR V challenge, I'm going to rebuild the scenario using a stripped down version of the existing scenario/game level. The revisions should make it easier for all people to play, and won't require the add-ons (Either the scenario disks or the Wing Rider add-on). The new scenario will be re-launched on Sunday evening, MDT. R.D.
  21. OK: After reviewing the Scenario itself, and seeing there are a lot of issues with it, I'm pulling the challenge- for now. It will be re-launched with the same game next week, but a revised scenario will be released in it's place. The new scenario will be identical to the one in play- but with general game play revisions to make it accessible to all players. If you have already started with this challenge, please let me know by PM no later than Saturday evening MST, and I will work with you to make sure your entries are valid & useful. R.D. Games Forum Management Team
  22. Just as much as Georgia Cyclone screams it as well... wait... hehheheheh Seriously, GC needs some lovin' of Topper Track proportions. It is a great layout, decent profile & has some very cool elements... but after being beaten into submission by it last February, I don't want to go near it again. OUCH. After riding GC with the Topper Track, and realizing that it is truly amazing to see it come to life again, GR should get it. It would revitalize that ride in ways few could ever imagine.
  23. Beautiful pics, Joey. I can say this park is on the 'to do' list as it looks quite good- and quite different. The theming is over the top, even if the rides don't appear to be... and they DO have a fantastic looking coaster or two there. Not that I'm biased or anything.
  24. OHyaahhhh- Last year was great! I'm willing to ship domestically. R.D.
  25. I should (in theory, hahahahah) have some free time on Friday- I can do some of the general trivia questions for a future update.
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