Interview with Carrie
In this interview, Red Phoenix interviews
Carrie Holsinger, former webmaster of Tycoon Resource.
Where did your first hear about Hasbro's Rollercoaster Tycoon?
Carrie Holsinger: I have always
been interested in roller coaster/theme park games. I thought Disney's
Coaster was the best. I was searching for some more information
about it on the Internet one day and I came across The
First RollerCoaster Tycoon Site. I started looking through the
site and I found some great information about a new game by Hasbro
called RollerCoaster Tycoon. I decided to download the demo and
I have been hooked ever since.
Once you got your hands on the game, what did you think of it?
Carrie Holsinger: I was so impressed.
I had played games like Theme Park and Disney's Coaster, but neither
of them had the options and graphics that RollerCoaster Tycoon has.
I found myself playing it until all hours of the night. I was totally
How did you get involved with MGON?
Carrie Holsinger: Once I had
gotten familiar with RollerCoaster Tycoon, I decided to start my
own website so I could show everyone my parks and rides. I decided
to name it RCTopia. I found a great host at The
SimGamer's HeadQuarters and a lot of people started sending
in their designs. During this time, I was also starting to get hooked
on The Sims. I decided to start my own website for that too. I was
surfing the net for a host and noticed that The
Sims Resource was offering hosting. I e-mailed Steve Bonham
with the idea of combining my two sites into one. I then decided
to keep them separate, so I named my new site Simtopia. After a
couple months, I realized that running two sites at the same time
and working 8 hours a day was kind of tough. I decided to see which
site everyone wanted me to keep online, so I started a poll. Steve
had visited RCTopia and read of the problem I was having, so he
asked me if I would like to be the Site Manager of a new site MGON
was developing called Tycoon Resource. I immediatly said yes, since
I had a much better knowledge of RCT and was leaning towards keeping
RCTopia open. We then took everything from RCTopia and put it into
Tycoon Resource. I guess you could say that for the most part, RCTopia
was the basis for Tycoon Resource. I then closed Simtopia and here
When did Tycoon Resource launch?
Carrie Holsinger: November 2000
What are your thoughts on the
Official Rollercoaster Tycoon site?
Carrie Holsinger: I am very
disappointed in the way it has been run. When the game first came
out, it was updated all of the time or at least once in a while.
Now, it's like it is just taking up space on the Internet. I believe
that if you have an official website for a game as popular as RollerCoaster
Tycoon, then you should show as much support for it as you can.
I was just recently able to get an interview with Chris Sawyer for
RCT Station. What are your thoughts on his responses for some of
Carrie Holsinger: I was very
impressed with some of his answers. It was really cool learning
about how he got started in the gaming industry and the kinds of
tools he uses. It was also great to hear his thoughts on different
topics, such as the official RCT website and the possible expansion
of RCT. I really liked the variety of questions that were asked
too. They covered a wide range of topics and Mr. Sawyer gave some
very well thought out and thorough answers.
What do you see in the future of Rollercoaster Tycoon, and give
some examples of new things you would like to see integrated into
the game, should the series continue.
Carrie Holsinger: I definitely
see a bright future for RCT. Mr. Sawyer himself has said that there
is a possibility of a new version of RCT. I for one would be thrilled
if RCT 2 ever came out. After seeing what he has done with the original
RCT and it's expansion packs, I can't wait to see what he has up
his sleeve for the next go-round. If there were to be a new version
of RCT, I think I would definitely like the see a night and day
mode, a ride the rides option, and of course new rides. The thing
that would make me the most happy though, would be for RCT to get
the support that it deserves.
What has been the most difficult thing with keeping Tycoon Resource
up and running?
Carrie Holsinger: I think the
most difficult thing has been dealing with the major delay of the
Monopoly Tycoon release. Since the site was also launched with the
intent to cover Monopoly Tycoon, it has been disappointing that
we have not been able to provide any new information for quite a
while. I'm afraid that it is causing people to lose interest in
Do you have any plans for new features on Tycoon Resource that you'd
like to share?
Carrie Holsinger: Yes, we have
lots of things that we would like the add. There has been some talk
about adding an Intense roller coasters section. We have also been
discussing the addition of two more games, Venture Tycoon and Zoo
Tycoon. We also hope to be able to add more information on Monopoly
Tycoon very soon. And as always, we are still looking for ways to
add more great things for RollerCoaster Tycoon!