Interview with Red
In this interview, Rob Tonto interviews
Red Phoenix, webmaster of RCT Station.
How did you become the webmaster of RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: A long time ago,
I came across RCT Station, which was at http://rct.ogresnet.com
at the time. RCT Station was a very small site at the time, only
an update once in a while. I noticed that the webmaster also ran
Through The Ages (http://www.throughtheages.com), which is a fan
site for the Age of Empires series by Ensemble Studios. TTA, as
we call it, was updated all the time, which told me that the webmaster
didn't have time for RCT Station. So, I emailed him (Ogre) about
what was going on with RCT Station. Basically he said that he didn't
have the time to update RCT Station as much as he'd like to. Long
story made short, he and I contacted eachother on ICQ and talked
things over, and decided I could do the job
How does it feel to be the webmaster of a popular RCT fan site?
Red Phoenix: It feels wonderful!
I know we get a fair amount of visitors and I'm glad people continue
to come back.
Why should people visit RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: Well, I can't say
too much about that, I guess. RCT Station is one of the more "fresh"
RCT sites out there. I make a good attempt at making an update of
some sort each day of the week, and when there's not anything mentioned
on the main site, there's always something going on behind the scenes.
What tools did you use to design RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: Actually, the original
webmaster, Ogre, is still with the site, and he does all major designs.
I do know that he uses FrontPage 2000 for the design and Paint Shop
Pro for graphics.
What are some additions you would like to see in an RCT 2?
Red Phoenix: Well, I'm one of
the few RCT fans that don't have "Ride your own ride" at the top
of their wish list. Although I would like to see that feature in
RCT 2, it's not something I'd use all the time, and it's not a priority.
There's no ONE thing I would like to see, just the normal add-ons,
like new rides, new entertainers, new track pieces, nothing specific,
I guess. I'm going to add a section for this on the site when I
What is your opinion of the official RCT site?
Red Phoenix: The official RCT
site was one sweet site when the ride exchange was there. Once it
went down, the entire site went down. It's been a huge disappointment
since then, and I'm really hoping that Infogrames, who purchased
Hasbro, will take the project and turn it into something we can
all enjoy and respect.
What are some of your favorite RCT fan sites?
Red Phoenix: This could be a
touchy subject, since people could take it personally if I don't
choose their sites, so don't take it personally. In no particular
order, my favorites have been Cav's RCT site, Danimation, Tycoon
Resource, the Official RCT site (when it was in its prime), RCT
UK, and Chocobogo's. I didn't visit Chocobogo's all that much, but
there were a lot of downloads available. One RCT site that I think
deserves mentioning was RCTOA. The site may not have had a huge
number of downloads available, but there was one hell of a community
What is the hardest part of running a major fan site?
Red Phoenix: There are two things
that make it difficult. The first being the number of submissions
I get. By the time I get six submissions up, I have two or three
times that coming in. It's insane! The second would be my modem.
I'm still in the slow 56K dialup technology. It's just pathetic.
It takes a long time to upload these big files (saved games, for
What is your opinion on trainers and how you think they should be
Red Phoenix: Trainers should
only be used to "tinker" with the game, and not to win the scenarios.
It's the main reason, in my opinion, Chris Sawyer added so much
anti-cheat code in Loopy Landscapes. Just use the trainers to change
the water color or change the lift hill speeds on mega parks, or
something like that, but don't cheat on the scenarios.
Do you think trainers and other utilities have helped RCT's popularity?
Red Phoenix: Oh yeah! Workbenches
and trainers have lengthened the replay value of the game. You don't
always have to do the scenarios. You can work on a mega park or
You have already interviewed Chris Sawyer, but what is one question
you would ask him that he would have to answer?
Red Phoenix: I'm not sure there
is any ONE question I would need an answer. If there was one, I
would have asked it, I guess.
Is there anyone else that helps with RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: Let's see here.
Ogre, Mike Robbins, Phil, Steve Franks, Madman, Water Monkey, and
Metromaster all do something on the site. Ogre and I are the only
ones who do any updating on the site. I handle about 99% of the
updates. All of the previously mentioned people (except Metromaster)
are moderators on our forums.
What are plans for the future of RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: There's a huge
Help section the staff and I have started, but that won't be made
available for some time. Other than that, we'll just have to see
what comes up. It also depends on Chris Sawyer, and the possibility
of RCT 2.
You have been having server issues at Game Tropics. Will this affect
the future of RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: Not as far as I
can tell. The server issues have settled down quite a bit, and the
forums seem fairly stable at the moment.
How did you discover RCT?
Red Phoenix: I saw a two-page
advertisement in an issue of PC Gamer magazine. The first thing
that caught my eye was the green faces that were in the ad. It was
a must-buy type of reaction at that point.
What were your reactions to RCT?
Red Phoenix: It was addictive
as hell. I got very little sleep for some time. Other than the addiction,
it was very fun and very easy to play. There wasn't a huge learning
curve that you might find in some games.
How do you feel about Sim Theme Park vs. RCT?
Red Phoenix: I've never played
STP, so I can't say much about it. From what I've seen, it looks
How many hours a week do you spend on RCT Station?
Red Phoenix: Too many.