Interview with ToonTowner
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Where did your first hear about Hasbro's Rollercoaster Tycoon? And
what did you think of it once you played it?
ToonTowner: Believe it or
not I was introduced to the game by my Mom. She was totally addicted
to it so I tried it will visiting her and ended up playing til about
5 in the morning. Needless to say I had to have the game, but as
a Mac user it was a bit of a problem. I eventually solved the problem
with a program called VirtualPC and now have a PC as a second computer
so there are no issues anymore.
What's your opinion of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2?
ToonTowner: I think, after
all is said and done, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 will be a better game
than the original. Right now though, I would have to say there are
a number of problems that need to be addressed in the game. Among
them are giving back the stuff that was taken away and increasing
the object limits in the game. I understand the need for limits
(especially with custom scenery, but 256 would have been a more
What do you think of the plugins system (importing scenery) RollerCoaster
ToonTowner: I think most
members of the community know that I am fully embracing custom scenery
use in the game. I think it's a fabulous addition to the game and
we've only begun to see the possibilities it will create. Right
now I have a park planned which will only use custom scenery, it's
a very long term project though. As for the plugins system itself,
I would love to see it a little easier to organize your custom scenery.
Maybe he could have a custom folder within the objdat folder.
It looks like an RCT 2 expansion pack will be released in May 2003.
What would you like to see specifically in the game?
ToonTowner: A few changes
to the program code would be nice. I've already mentioned increasing
object limits for scenery items, but would also like to see the
ride and banner limits within a scenario increased. Also as previously
mentioned I would love to get the paths, wall and land textures
that were taken away returned. But most importantly, more flat rides.
The lack of new flat rides was definitely my biggest disappointment
What sort of RCT/RCT 2 utility would you like to see developed that
isn't already available?
ToonTowner: I would love
to see some sort of utility to install/uninstall and keep track
of custom scenery objects in the objdat folder. Also as a RCT parkmaker
I really miss the build through and zero all clearance functions
from the beast trainer when developing parks so if a trainer out
there was to bring that back I'd be very grateful.
You're known on the RCT Station Forums for your scenery development.
What's the most difficult piece of scenery to make?
ToonTowner: So far I haven't
undertaken anything that I would say was particularly difficult
to make. I've been using photoshop for most of my editing and would
love to learn how to use a 3d package when attempting some more
elaborate scenery. But for now I'll stick with what I know and keep
What piece of scenery would you like to be able to create, but cannot
for whatever reason?
ToonTowner: I try to make
scenery that is versatile and will have many uses so right now I'm
waiting anxiously for wall and fence editing functions so I can
finish the bamboo walls to go with my thatched roofing. After that
I only have plans for things that I know I can make and haven't
really thought ahead too far.
What do you think of the RCT community right now?
ToonTowner: I've noticed
the community seems to be losing a lot of long time members at the
moment. I'm not sure whether it's just a normal ebb and flow or
if the game is wearing out for some of the members. I know RCT2
wasn't all a lot were expecting it to be, but hopefully the expansion
will address some of the problems and maybe we'll see some peeps
What would you ask Chris Sawyer if you had the opportunity?
ToonTowner: Why did you never
make a Mac version? (j/k) Probably something not related to RCT
at all. I'm not one of those peeps who thinks CS did a bad job on
RCT2, actually I suspect he was rushed to have it done by a specific
date and probably didn't have time to iron out all the wrinkles
and include everything he would have liked. I think we can blame
Infogrames for any shortcomings the game may have.
What's your favorite real coaster recreation that was made by someone
in the community?
ToonTowner: I have to claim
ignorance on this question as I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and
we have no theme parks or coasters nearby therefore I have very
little to compare a recreation to. I do have to say that I have
looked at and enjoyed many of Steve Franks recreations tho.
What's your favorite real park recreation that was made by someone
in the community?
again, not really qualified to answer this question and to be perfectly
honest most recreations are a bit boring for my tastes. I find real
life to be much more boring than the possibilities the game provides.
If you could be someone (alive or dead) for one day, who would it
be, and why?
ToonTowner: Easy...my wife,
so I could appreciate how truly tolerant she is of me! (and she'll
never read this so I really am not just sucking up)