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RCT Station News Archive - September 2002

On this page, you'll find the news in which was on the site during September of 2002.  Links and images that may be listed below may not work due to maintenance to the site since the posting of the news.


Guide to Dynamite Dunes
Posted Monday, September 30, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I've been working with a few RCT Station staff members, a few of which are no longer with the site, to produce solid guides to the scenarios in RollerCoaster Tycoon. We have the second one posted. You can find the guide on GameFAQs. Other scenarios will follow obviously, but it's going to take a while.
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New Articles
Posted Saturday, September 28, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I have added four new knowledge base articles. It's been a while since I added any, afterall. If you have any articles to submit, feel free to do so!
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Tracks
Posted Saturday, September 28, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I have added five new Steel coasters to the database.
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Buy RCT Stuff
Posted Friday, September 27, 2002 by Red Phoenix

With a few clicks, you can now buy RCT-related things from Amazon.com. Along the right-side of the site are some links which will allow you to buy the various RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games.
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Hours Remaining
Posted Friday, September 27, 2002 by Red Phoenix

There are just hours remaining in the contest. Be sure to send in your entry soon!
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RCT 2 Preview
Posted Friday, September 27, 2002 by Red Phoenix

IGN has posted a 1st Impressions preview of RollerCoaster Tycoon.
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Guide to Forest Frontiers
Posted Friday, September 27, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I've been working with a few RCT Station staff members, a few of which are no longer with the site, to produce solid guides to the scenarios in RollerCoaster Tycoon. We have the first one posted finally. You can find the first guide on GameFAQs. Other scenarios will follow obviously, but it's going to take a while.
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Files Down
Posted Thursday, September 26, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Our download mirror is down right now, which means all of the downloads (saved games and Steve Franks' track packs) are down.
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Icewind Dale II Review
Posted Monday, September 23, 2002 by Ogre

Ogre's Network reviewer Dan Simpson takes a look at Icewind Dale II. Here is a snippet from the review:

"Interplay had a modest hit with Icewind Dale, even though it had to compete against the colossus Baldur’s Gate II and the juggernaut Diablo II. After canceling the RPG “Torn,” Interplay needed a quick influx of money. Enter Icewind Dale II. Originally conceived as a quick sequel, it ended out considerably larger than the first game. Icewind Dale II might dwarf the original even with its two expansion packs, Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster, added in."

Link:
http://www.ogresnet.com/features/reviews/icewinddaleii
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Graham Somers Interview at Ogre's Network
Posted Monday, September 23, 2002 by Ogre

Graham was known to many throughout the Age of Mythology community as Thunder from Age of Mythology Heaven. Just recently he moved from the fan side to the development side when he joined Big Huge Games, developers of the upcoming title Rise of Nations, as their community manager. Here is a snippet from the article:

"Ogre: You work in the same building with some veteran gaming developers, Brian Reynolds, for one. What’s that like?

Graham Somers: Well, generally we’re all working away so you don’t have time to think too much about that. The whole team here is so friendly and helpful, Brian included, so the fact that they are veterans and I am just a newcomer is really a good thing for me. I am learning a lot!

Brian is the guy down the hall. Sure he’s the President of the company and has a spiffy office. When he comes wandering up to you to shoot the breeze though, eating a plate load of olives, he generally strikes you as someone who is easy to get along with."

Links:
http://www.ogresnet.com/features/interviews/graham_somers.shtml
http://www.bighugegames.com/
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Community News
Posted Monday, September 23, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Community News for this week was very, very quiet. Remember, if you're interested in getting your site's latest news on RCT Station, visit this page.


Tycoon Sequel has filled their staff spot for an interviewer, but would like to remind everyone that there are other spots open.
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Water Ride Speed Up Utility
Posted Monday, September 23, 2002 by Red Phoenix

If you remember, a little while ago, I made mention of Doctor J's new utility, which speeds up the lift hills on water rides. I've just added it to the utilities page for download.
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News Archive
Posted Monday, September 23, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I have updated the news archive to include the news from the past three or four months.
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Contest Reminder
Posted Sunday, September 22, 2002 by Rob Tonto

Just a reminder, if you plan to enter the contest, finish up and submit your entry soon! You only have a few more days left.
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New Poll
Posted Saturday, September 21, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I've added a new poll, this time regarding saved game reviews. Below are the results of the previous poll...

Question: What real track recreation would you like to see from Steve Franks?
Voting Results:
Answer: Incredible Hulk, 425 votes (26%)
Answer: Loch Ness Monster, 211 votes (13%)
Answer: Boulder Dash, 155 votes (9%)
Answer: Millennium Force, 677 votes (42%)
Answer: Other (Email me your choice), 140 votes (8%)
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Parks
Posted Friday, September 20, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Jalle, one of our staff members, now has a section for parks.

I have also added Ogre's last Ogrewood park, Ogrewood 10.
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Track Pack
Posted Thursday, September 19, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Steve Franks' latest track pack, Dongo's Race, has now been posted.
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Forum Happenings
Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2002 by Red Phoenix

The RCT Station Awards are up, so vote if you're registered.

Also, RCT Survivor is accepting sign-ups for just a few more hours.
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Paying For Gaming
Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Ogre's Network editor Ogre has just done up another one of his From The Lair editorials on the electronic gaming industry. Here is a little snippet from the article:

"To be perfectly honest I am almost unsure on which way to go on this topic. There are plenty of games out there for which one can buy and play to their hearts content without paying another dime, except maybe for the occasional expansion pack. However, on the other hand you do get what you pay for."

Link:
http://www.ogresnet.com/features/articles/fromthelair/september01
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PC Gamer Magazine
Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2002 by Red Phoenix

In the November 2002 edition of PC Gamer magazine, you'll find a One-Page "Scoop" on RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, a One-Page Advertisement from Eb Games, and a One-Page Advertisement from Infogrames, the game's publisher.
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New Parks
Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I have added 17 new Loopy Landscapes saved games to the site.
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Track Section
Posted Monday, September 16, 2002 by Red Phoenix

The track section is back online. I've gone back to the old file database for the tracks. This will now mean that you'll have to submit track files through email like you used to.

I am still importing the newest tracks from the track system that was setup in the forums. I have already posted 50 track files.

Link:
http://rct.ogresnet.com/tracks/index.shtml
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Busch Gardens San Diego
Posted Monday, September 16, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Mike Robbins' latest park, Busch Gardens San Diego, is now available for download.
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Community News
Posted Sunday, September 15, 2002 by Gif

Tycoon Sequel - They have gotten their forums back up and are seeking more members.

RCT-Trainers - They now have four domain names, rct-2.com, www.rct-2.co.uk, www.rollercoastertycoon2.biz, and rct-trainers.com! More importantly they need file submissions. Any ratings in the files will do!

Ultimate RCT - They need more submissions in all types of files.

RCT2 Empire - They have just opened to the public! Until then please check out the forums and the rest of the site!
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New Element is Back
Posted Saturday, September 14, 2002 by Red Phoenix

You may remember that New Element left Digital Coaster's hosting when their bandwidth problems surfaced again. It now looks like New Element is back up. You can find the new site at http://www.nedesigns.com/. They do have a new site design. Keep in mind that they're still in progress of getting the entire site up, so a few parts aren't quite ready.
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GameSpy Preview
Posted Thursday, September 12, 2002 by Red Phoenix

GameSpy has added a new RCT 2 preview to their site.
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Poll and Contest
Posted Thursday, September 12, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I plan on changing the poll in a few days, so if you haven't voted yet, please do so soon.

Also, the contest ends in a few weeks, so if you haven't started working on the contest, you still have time. We have only received a few entries, so you may have a very good shot at winning this one.
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Huge Update
Posted Thursday, September 12, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Since I have other sections of the site to work on (track database), this will probably be the only public site update for the rest of the week/end.

A huge thanks goes out to Mithras for transferring the saved game and steve franks track pack files to our new mirror, GameBrainUK.com. A big thanks goes out to them for offering to help us out with file hosting. So, yes, this means the saved games section, as well as Steve Franks' track packs are up for the most part.

I added five new saved games to Dantheman's saved games section.

I added a new saved game to Dingo 65's saved games section.

I added a new new workbenches.

Steve Franks' coaster height chart has been updated.

Within the next couple of weeks, I should have multiple mirror sites available for downloading files, meaning, there will be another mirror site, and you'll get the option to choose which of the sites you download each file from. But again, this will take a few weeks to setup.
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Files Down
Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2002 by Red Phoenix

As I indicated the other day, Digital Coaster is now down, so all of Steve Franks' work, as well as the saved games are down. I'm working on mirror sites right now, so with the help of Mithras, we should have the files up by this weekend.
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New Utility
Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Although I haven't placed it on RCT Station's download pages yet, I noticed that Doctor J has posted some news on his TID Website about a new utility, which makes water rides go up lift hills faster. I haven't tried it yet either.
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Community News
Posted Sunday, September 8, 2002 by Gif

I will be taking of the posting of Community News.

RCT-Trainers - Hosting is up fully. They also need files and generally more visitors.

COASTERnet - They are back online at their new permanent address - COASTER-net.com! Be sure to update those bookmarks, and spread the word!

Boballie.com - The contest, "That Was Then, This is now", is over and the results are up! Come over to the site to check out who won. They are also starting a new contest soon so be sure to join it.

Hyper Rails - Hyper Rails is now out, and in stores!

RCTGL - A fixed and improved version of RCTGL Milestone 5 is available now.

Coasterdom - They have just opened, featuring exclusive "Ride Reviews," and a database featuring 1000 Coasters, and 400 parks. Members can keep track of their coasters, using the database.

RCT competition.com - They are back from holiday and have lots of information and screenshots for RCT2. Also a new competition has started, so check it out!

RCT 524 - They need entries for their new competition.
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DC Hosting Problems
Posted Sunday, September 8, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Our primary mirror site, Digital Coaster has been suffering bandwidth problems, and will be shutting down for the rest of the month soon. So, if you're running into download problems with saved games or Steve Franks' section, this is the reason. Please bare with us while we work things out.
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Community News
Posted Saturday, September 7, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I halted the posting of community news over a month ago. You guys can resume submitting it, and I'll try to get these newsbits posted again.
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Weekend Update
Posted Saturday, September 7, 2002 by Red Phoenix

I have added two new parks from Bob Hooley.

Links:

http://rct.ogresnet.com/savedgames/bob/3.shtml
http://rct.ogresnet.com/savedgames/bob/4.shtml
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Track Pack
Posted Thursday, September 5, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Steve Franks has released a new track pack. He's now showing off his recreation of Millbrook Park's Rolly Coaster. You can find it here.
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Saved Games
Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2002 by Red Phoenix

There is 1 new CF/AA saved game and 35 new Loopy Landscapes saved games.
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Contest Reminder
Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Just under one month to get your entries in for the contest. Still plenty of time to do so. If you didn't know about the contest, go here.
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New TRG Site
Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2002 by Red Phoenix

It looks like there is a new TRG website in the works. It's located at http://trg.rctoa.com/. Always good to see veterans coming back in some form.
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Goes Gold
Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Thanks to GameSpot for the news:

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 has gone gold, according to Infogrames, the game's publisher. But even though the game is now complete, it will take a while for the copies to be printed and distributed. The previously announced mid-October release date still stands.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 makes a number of enhancements to Chris Sawyer's successful amusement park management game. RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 also has an official Six Flags license, so players can import real parks.
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M Robbins' Park Pages
Posted Tuesday, September 3, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Mike Robbins' park pages have been stripped down. I mentioned that this would happen recently, and it's now happened. You'll find that section to load much faster, with multiple pages.
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New Poll
Posted Tuesday, September 3, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Thanks to Mike Robbins, there is a new poll. Let us know what you would like to see from Steve Franks in terms of track recreations.
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RCT 2 Video
Posted Monday, September 2, 2002 by Red Phoenix

There is an RCT 2 video on EB Games. I've not viewed it yet, so I can't comment on it. Thanks to Blade for submitting this news.
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Ogre's Network News Poster
Posted Monday, September 2, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Ogre's Network is looking for a news poster. Posted news would be for the main network site, not the fan sites. If you are interested, please look at our jobs page.
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Chesapeake Bay Beach Amusement Park
Posted Sunday, September 1, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Mike Robbins' newest park, Chesapeake Bay Beach Amusement Park, is up now. You can grab it here. I noticed Mike's page is taking longer and longer to load, so I'll be stripping that page down a little. It's time to make it into a few pages.
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New RCTUK Design
Posted Sunday, September 1, 2002 by Red Phoenix

Well, I finally got the new RCTUK design up. Much more work to go, however.
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