Think You Could Design a Real Coaster?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:33 PM
Don't know if this is already on the RCT Forum or not, but Hershey's is sponsoring a coaster design contest. Your design could win 100 grand. Or a candy bar. Or nothing. They're saying the winning design will (might?) become an actual coaster built in Hersheypark.

http://www.hersheys.com/back-to-school/

They're calling it a back to school thing and saying the prize will pay for college, but the contest is open to all ages. Go for it, young bucks (and does).

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:45 PM
Hmmm...I'm thinking of sending in a design for the fun of it, but I wonder if you just send a track file, or if you can send a park file with scenery...

And I wonder if Soaked content is legal.

Kinda vague rules they give there :)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:50 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Not really. The rules kind of state you must use the demo version of the game.

Or am I reading that wrong?


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:50 PM
Can I design a real roller coaster? Probably. I'd even venture to say it'd be reasonably easy for me.

Can I design a real roller coaster in Roller Coaster Tycoon 3? Hell no.


--Madison

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:55 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Not really. The rules kind of state you must use the demo version of the game.

Or am I reading that wrong?


Well, in the overview it mentions the demo, but the offical rules say nothing of the sort. I figured it only mentioned the demo because no purchase is necessary...I could be wrong, though.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:51 PM
The demo language could be to provide the "no purchase necessary" clause that is all the rage in contests.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:55 PM
My math skills are weak so, no, I could not design a real rollercoaster.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:11 PM
What coaster types are available in the demo version? I would assume that only coasters that can be built in the demo would be eligible for submission.

Jerry

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:16 PM
Well those are the invert and woodie. They already have an invert and a couple woodies so I'm hopeing you can use other coasters.

i'm not sure what to put here..

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:31 PM
or maybe they want you to use invert and woodie only, because they could have been aiming to build an invert or woodie already.
You can't judge a book by it's cover but you can judge a coaster by the screams
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:45 PM
To enter the contest you must create a rollercoaster using the RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 demo. Remember, you can only submit one entry. Submit your creation by using the form below.

What I think they did was modify the demo and made there own demo for a certain type of ride or whatever.


Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:46 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Thank you, Kyle.

It only seems obvious that there'd have to be a level playing field for entrants.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:50 PM
Ah...you already responded....:)

I might do the contest but I don't have a lot of faith in myself for coaster design, although if you download the demo it might give you an insight (sp?) to what they might be getting in the future. ;)

I don't think I am that good at the game, Although I am glad they seperated it into age groups. It might be a bit easier this way, though I'm not sure. ;)

I'm just happy your over the age of 18 Gonch. ;) *** Edited 6/15/2005 6:52:38 PM UTC by Kyle Fobe***


Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:03 PM
A copy of the email I sent the PR Department:

Hello Hershey Park, I was just wondering if you need to download the demo version of the game, or if you can use the real version of RCT 3 if you have it?


I have limited hard drive space and downloading a 600 megabyte file for a game I already have seems stupid, unless there is a good reason of course. :)

Also, in the demo version of the game I have played before, there are only 2 coasters available. Wooden and Inverted. Now, you already have plenty of wooden coasters, and 1 inverted coaster, so I don't understand?

Unless the developers conjoured up a whole new demo for you, in that case I would install it. :)

O well thanks for being helpful and answeing some of my questions.

Sincerely, Kyle Fobe

PS- We have a forum topic at Coasterbuzz.com dedicated to this, where questions about the game have been asked. If you would like to post a response or possibly email the webmaster with a response. That might be helpful also. Thanks again Hershey! *** Edited 6/15/2005 7:04:45 PM UTC by Kyle Fobe***


Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:15 PM
How about...

A launched inverted wooden shuttle coaster with 2 train operations. Now that would be interesting

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 3:36 PM
DawgByte II's avatar Hey.... there's 33,333 4th place prizes (per age category)... a coupon for a free Take 5 Hershey bar! I'm betting my chances of winning that are pretty good!! I know I won't have much of a chance for 1st place since I have to go against all other peeps 20 & older... but I can aim for the choclate bar.

If someone downloads the demo, let us know what coasters there are to use... 'cause if it just requires the track file, then I'm sure we can use the full version of RCT to create the track & export it out just the same... so as long as that type of coaster is a part of the demo.

...I know if I'm playing for money or choclate, I'm going to be taking my sweet (no pun intended) time & do it right... even if it isn't really the "No Limits" kinda freedom that would make it a lot more competitive.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 4:03 PM
I downloaded the "Demo" from the site. It is no demo! all it is is a open playing field. With One type of coaster - an Anton standard looper. Which dosn't make sence, since they already got Superdooperlooper. And it's not even called RCT3 Demo, its called RCT3 Coaster Editor. When you start it, it shows the contest rules and everything. So yes it's a version made just for the contest. And It also has some Soaked! feartures. My Idea, I don't really care, but I'm going to submit a Floorless and see what happens.

-Colin-

*** Edited 6/15/2005 8:04:40 PM UTC by Colin Fisher***


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 5:14 PM
DawgByte II's avatar Well, the Anton Standard Looper is actually a good choice. I was playing around with it, and it has every single element you could want in a steel coater EXCEPT overbanked turns... but everything else exists including 90 degree drops, steep lifts, twists... etc, which can make for some tight & original designs.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 5:18 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar No scenery, no terraforming, just the Anton Looper saved as a track file and $25,000 to work with.

Interesting.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:38 PM
You mean that's what takes up 600 mb's? Wtf? F'in Publisher takes up 500! I have 2.24 gigs left is it worth it?

Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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