INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS (Most Popular Question)
Who is this "Amazing
How do you make
these scenery objects?
How do you make
the REAL Rides?
What is a
Do you have any
rides/objects that aren't listed here?
Can you make me
a (insert your dream object/ride here)?
Where can I
find more custom objects for RCT2?
"EARL's World Park" available as a download?
planning to make any more REAL Rides?
Can I link your
Objects and Rides to my website?
Can I host
copies of your Objects/Rides on my website for others to download,
Scenery Objects and
REAL Rides are installed in exactly the same way.
1) Click on the link
to download the file...or right-click and select "Save
As." REMEMBER THE LOCATION WHERE YOU SAVED THE FILE!
You'll need to find it later.
2) Locate the
file you downloaded. It will be a .dat file or a .zip file.
If it is a .dat file, skip to step
3) WinZip is
required to open .zip files. It is a compression program that
bundles files together and makes them smaller for download. I
believe it is pre-installed with Windows XP. To get the latest
version of this FREE program, visit THEIR
Double-click on the
.zip file you downloaded from this site and the WinZip window should
appear. Follow the on-screen instructions to "extract"
the files. If you're unfamiliar with WinZip, check the
"Show Extracted Files" box when it asks.
4) You DO NOT need
to double-click on the .dat files to install them...it most likely
won't do anything anyway except confuse your computer. Copy,
Cut-and-Paste or otherwise move the extracted .dat files to this
folder on your computer:
-- or if you are playing the "Triple Thrill Pack" copy it into the folder --
c:\Program Files\Atari\RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Triple Thrill
NOTE: The new
Rides/scenery will NOT appear automatically in the game. You
need to include them in a new scenario. Use the Scenario Editor
(the little toolbox thingy in the game's main window) to create
a scenario that includes the rides and scenery you want. If
you've never used the Scenario Editor, you may need to consult the
documentation that came with your game.
"Who is this "Amazing EARL" Guy?"
That's a good
question. Best thing to do is visit my main
"How do you make these scenery objects"
I hardly ever use
pre-made artwork. Generally the project begins with me modeling
a 3D object from scratch. This allows me to rotate the object to
create the necessary four views. It also gives me control of the
lighting and insures that the shadows are realistic. I use
"Amorphium 3" for 3D modeling. http://www.amorphium.com.
After the snapshots
are taken of the 3D model, I edit them using "CorelPhotoPAINT."
Any touching up of the images is easier to do a this point. It
also lets me easily chop the pictures into properly sized pieces for
the next step.
Once I'm happy with
the images, they're imported into Doctor J's wonderful "Object
Editor" which creates the final .dat files for use in
RollerCoaster Tycoon. You
can download the Editor at his website HERE.
"How do you make the REAL Rides?"
The artwork is done
using the same method I outlined above for making scenery...THEN it
gets difficult to explain. If you're THAT interested, check out
the RideMaking Tutorials section of the website.
"What is a 'Sim Ride?' "
scenery objects that only LOOK like a ride. Some REAL Rides are
not possible to create accurately due to the limits in RCT2. The
Sim Rides were made before we had the ability to create REAL Rides.
And no...your Park
Guests will not be able to actually ride them. They may comment
on how pretty the scenery is, though.
"Do you have any REAL Rides or objects that aren't listed
Only those I've
created for research...and those which are not complete yet.
DON'T ask me to
email them to you. They'll be posted when they're finished.
"Can you make me a (insert your dream ride or object
Probably. WILL I? Probably not. I have my own
projects in the works, thank you. Look around the web and see if
what you want has already been created. (If what you want is
even POSSIBLE, chances are good that it has been made.) A
good place to start looking is at the RCT2 Objects DataBase at http://www.rct2db.com
As a general rule, I
DO NOT TAKE REQUESTS. I choose projects that interest me
from an artistic or technical standpoint. I tell you now...getting
me to make something that doesn't interest me is probably a VERY long
shot. (And no, disguising your request as a
"suggestion" won't get it made, either.)
Why not try making
the object or ride yourself? Who knows? You may be even
better than ME at this stuff. You never know until you try...
"Where can I find more custom objects for RCT?"
Visit the LINKS
section . There are a lot of resources out there.
"Is 'EARL's World' Park available as a download? "
Due to the
constantly changing nature of this website (and the need to update
it so often), what you see is actually pieced together from
multiple screenshots taken during ride/scenery tests and assembled in
a photo-editing program for the sake of convenience.
World" is just an illusion...much like it's creator.
"Are you planning to make more REAL Rides?"
At the moment, yes!
Like anything I CHOOSE to do in life, I'll continue with these little
projects as long as it's still fun...and I have the time.
"Can I link your objects and rides to my website?"
ANY links must point
ONLY to http://www.AmazingEARL.com/rct2.
Traffic on this site is monitored VERY closely. If unusual
activity occurs, pages will be automatically changed and your links
will be immediately broken. (Don't you just HATE broken
links? So will your site's visitors...)
ride or image files hosted on this site is considered to be bandwidth
theft and is NOT acceptable. Continued breach of this common
internet courtesy may result in the files being removed completely and
this website closed. This is a SERIOUS MATTER...and one of the
reasons I retired last time!
"Can I host your objects on my website for other people to
No. It's not
to be mean...but I do have my reasons. See the "LEGAL
STUFF" page for details.
(...and I WILL be
watching. So will my Lawyer, "Vinny." He
specializes in "Personal Injury" cases...if you know what I
Joking aside, if I
find that this becomes a repeated problem, this site will simply be
closed and my future creations kept for my own enjoyment...which is
why I make them in the first place. Please respect my wishes.
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Maybe I should have said,
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pretty obvious though, huh? Or I could have said,
didnít make a mistake. There isnít SUPPOSED to be anything
on this page. This was just put here so you
wouldnít think I'm a complete screw-up and
left something out...not that I'm PARANOID about
other peopleís perceptions of me or anything."
if I'm not, why would I have to explain a blank page?