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Interview with Golo2. March 2010 21:17
Posted By: View User Profile HawkGer Permalink | Comments (2)

 

 

From our friends at tmaniacs, Hawkger translated an interview with Golo! Since I [Januy] haven’t got much free time for the blog atm this is a really nice surprise that tmaniacs allowed us to publish it! Many thanks, TManiacs for letting us publish their interview, and of course HawkGer for making an outstanding translation and sharing it with us from the RPG Blog. Now, TMX; Enjoy this interview with Golo!

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More than two months ago the German TM-blog Tmaniacs published an interview-article in which Golo gives answers to a wide range of topics regarding RPG, making the interview especially interesting as Golo is one of the only few authors who builds United RPG-tracks. I found this piece of writing so interesting that I decided to translate all of it into English so that a broader audience can read it. So if you like to know more about Golo and his ideas on RPG and TM in general, keep on reading!

 

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Screenshot from Golo's newest RPG, The Lost Island
 

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Author Showcase - Andree28. October 2009 21:32
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (20)

Welcome to the Author Showcase, a project founded by Natzke on Trackmania Nations Exchange. We already made a lot of Interviews, with famous users like Ron Turbo, Panis and GanjaRider, but also normal TMX users like Quat or SeaDevil! We have gotten a lot of positive reactions to it. And we now got the great news that we can publish our Interviews on TMX Blog! We hope you enjoy it!

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Today (or actually tonight, over here in Holland), we get a bit back in time. Widely known in the community, by his name and for his tracks, he has reached a nice place between the so called “TMX Legends”. Going way back to the first TMX, Natzke interviewed this man who somehow found a way to get rid of the Trackmania Addiction. We introduce to you:

Andree!

1. Please tell us more about yourself (birthday, real name, place of birth, height, weight, favorite color) and your background?
My real name is André Karlsen. I'm living in Harstad, Norway. Harstad is a small city in the north of Norway with around 23 000 people. Not so many days before I turn 39 of age. I have a wife and two children aged 7 and 10. I'm working at a endoscopy unit as a nurse. I prepare the examinations of the stomach, colon and all other parts where we can use a instrument with a camera to have a closer look. During the examinations I assist both the patient and the doctor.
Its always nice to have some computer skill and know your way with all the different gadget we use. I love my job and my family. I try the best i can to support my children with the schoolwork and all their soccer matches and training.
Height: 190 cm. Weight: 105 kg. Favourite colour: Green (i have worked four years in the Norwegian army and just love the colour)

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Author Showcase – Rose Tattoo20. April 2009 17:02
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (8)

Welcome to the Author Showcase, a project founded by Natzke on Trackmania Nations Exchange. We already made a lot of Interviews, with famous users like Ron Turbo, but also normal TMX users like Quat or SeaDevil! We have gotten a lot of positive reactions to it. And we now got the great news that we can publish our Interviews on TMX Blog!  We are really happy with it, and it’s even a bit special because it is the 10th Interview! We hope you enjoy it!

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Hey there TMX nutters, here is the new interview! Number 12 already! Right on time I suppose. This time with a very known user, maybe not because of his tracks but because of his epic server. Maybe the most known TMN-server ever, Rose Server! Of course you have raced on it at least one time, so of course you also know the man behind that masterpiece of a server! We present to you:

Rose Tattoo!

1. Please tell us more about yourself (birthday, real name, place of birth, height, weight, favorite colour) and your background?
My name is Maik and I was born 19.05.65 in Dresden. Now I live in Hamburg more than 20 years and I’m married with my lovely wife who is also driving TMN together with me. I work in a laboratory as super visor and my wife is a singer.

2. What made you become a trackbuilder and who make biggest influence at your beginning? (If for any reason you're not mapping, please tell why?)
I’m not a mapper, I did just made a few stupid maps when we started to play TMN in the beginning of 2006
One map got many awards but only because of my work as server admin, at first I wanted to delete all maps but later I thought it should be ok because its just a game...
I started again with help of Swensen as tutor but I had never time enough because of the server work and I felt as I would waste Swensen´s time.

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Author Showcase - TimeBreaker13. April 2009 22:02
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (24)

Welcome to the Author Showcase, a project founded by Natzke on Trackmania Nations Exchange. We already made a lot of Interviews, with famous users like Ron Turbo, but also normal TMX users like Quat or SeaDevil! We have gotten a lot of positive reactions to it. And we now got the great news that we can publish our Interviews on TMX Blog!  We are really happy with it, and it’s even a bit special because it is the 10th Interview! We hope you enjoy it!

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Here it finally is, number 11 of the Author Showcase on the Nations Exchange. It’s very late, but we can still upload it today thanks to the effort of the author. And we are very sure he helped you before, he is a really active and always in for some feedback. A legend to some, maybe a normal user to some, but never an enemy. Here is:

TimeBreaker!

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? What made you become a trackbuilder, and who is/has been your biggest influence?
My name is Marco, I'm 21 years old. I live in Germany, near Hamburg. I'm about 6' 1" tall and love mediterranean cuisine, you can't delight me for german specialities. My favourite color is turquoise and I like all kinds of pets. I'm still living at home, but I'm starting apprenticeship as IT specialist for application development, so I won't live there for too long (hopefully). I'm an honest, modest and neat person with propensity to perfectionism. In my freetime (that means besides school and TMX) I hang out with friends, partying or doing sports.
The first tracks I made were all about trying out anything in the editor, this caused the tracks being way too long and platform-ish without real flow. I had no real aim for the first tracks, but once I started with some serious tracks (fullspeeders mostly), I just wanted to make tracks that are fun for wr-hunting with some unqiue sections that make my tracks remarkable. With time I got more and more into the technical tracks, I learned how to slide and at this point and even today, I really was impressed of some builders such as DerFeineHerr, Arild, keek, BanzZai, hoheb, Hock, Namusis and many more.

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Interview: On the recent closure of ESWC13. April 2009 10:42
Posted By: View User Profile MrA Permalink | Comments (7)

Some people may have already found the news elsewhere that ESWC is to be closed down.
From their parent page, www.games-services.com:

Paris, April 5, 2009
Games-Services SA ceases all activities. Its liquidation has been pronounced by the Commercial Court of Paris March 30, 2009. In consequence, all the employees and managers have been relieved from their duties and laid off April 2nd, by the adjudication. The process of liquidation, which is starting this week, will notably organize the potential trade-in or resale of the company’s assets including the Electronic Sports World Cup and Overgame.

As most of you know, TrackMania Nations has been a regular fixture in recent ESWC events and so, while we appreciate that, for the people directly involved, there are more important issues than TrackMania, we thought we should talk a little to Nadeo about what this can mean for TM and in fact for them, and for the future.

We managed to gain a few moments with Florent Castelnerac, Director of Nadeo:

TMX Blog: How does this news about ESWC's problems affect Nadeo, if at all?

Florent: It affects Nadeo emotionally. We like the team behind ESWC and even had a great lunch at the company with all of them once upon a time. It is a long story that ends with this news. It is sad. Otherwise, it does not affect Nadeo. It reduces the potential to share ideas, vision and projects for the future, but we are totally independent from the ESWC. It also affects me if some players can not get their money or enjoy this years final.

TMX Blog: Trackmania Nations Forever is built on being a part of world tournaments, are there other competitions or organisations that Nadeo is looking at for TrackMania (and maybe future 'Mania games) to be a part of?

Florent: Yes and no. We would be glad for other world tournaments to grab TM as a key game. It could help to multiply the stories among the community, and we like community stories. Otherwise, we think that future of TrackMania competitions will be what they will be. If esports want to be strong, it needs more games like TM. Sincerely, I think TM is the best game designed for a wide audience esport discipline, but it does not mean it is still enough. The fall of big events or powerhouse bring the fall of an established world of esports, where violence issues, difficulty to watch matches and rights issues are real limits. We hope that TM is one game for a new generation of esport games. Other Mania games may or may not enter in this category one day.

TMX Blog: We are living in tough ecomomic times, its the first recession for a generation of young people and young companies. How is this for Nadeo? Do you see problems or opportunities, or is it 'business as usual'?

Florent: The fall of the economy is first the fall of a fake economy. I think TrackMania and VirtualSkipper players are real and really want to play it. It makes us stronger than others to go through these difficult times. If our partner were in difficulty, it could makes us some, but Nadeo has a good reputation, the team is quite small and we would probably find a way to finance future projects if we would be in bad shape. At the moment, the company can only congratulate itself for staying solid on a solid platform such as PC online games. The drop of the shelves are largely compensated by the increase of digital distribution.

We would like to wish those personally affected by the situation our sincere regards. We also wish to thank Nadeo for letting us take even more of their valuable time in answering a few questions about a difficult subject. Hopefully many of you will have found this of genuine interest.

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Author Showcase - SabineGoth6. April 2009 20:27
Posted By: View User Profile Januy Permalink | Comments (14)

Welcome to the Author Showcase, a project founded by Natzke on Trackmania Nations Exchange. We already made 9 Interviews, with famous users like Ron Turbo, but also normal TMX users like Quat or SeaDevil! We have gotten a lot of positive reactions to it. And we now got the great news that we can publish our Interviews on TMX Blog!  We are really happy with it, and it’s even a bit special because it is the 10th Interview! We hope you enjoy it!

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Well, here is our 10th interview! *woohoo little party*. We really want to thank everyone for their support, especially the interviewed author. Or should we say Ex-Boss? Here is the most famous women on TMX:

SabineGoth!

1. Please tell us more about yourself and your background?

I was born on the 4th of March 1964 in Utrecht (centre of Holland), which makes me an oldie here. But nowadays, I live in the northern parts of Holland, near Groningen to be more specific.
My favourite color might be black .... Lived in Australia for a short time, grow up in Culemborg and Geldermalsen (NL) ... fresh fruit every spring/ summer ...

After finishing Highschool, I followed a school to be a butcher (with 3 other ladies, and 20 men)...yes really...
I did it for 10 years, I discovered pig-meat will give me infections on open wounds, so I had to quit. So I had various jobs over the years, but since oct. 1996 I am working at the postal office.

2. What is your daily routine and your favorite daily activity?

Wake up around 3.45...drink some coffee. eat, and go to work...Yes, life is a bitch.
Well, when I get back from work, my dog is happy, so I take him out for an one hour walk...
After, some housekeeping, cooking &  ofcourse, TMX ...

3. Can you share with us how you became the TMX boss?

Back in 2007, I was asked to become a moderator by ScottMC, our former Nations Boss.
He helped me a bit, getting along, but soon after he had to go because of private matters.
There was a small interbellum without a real NationsBoss, and then MrA asked me to be the next boss.
Although it happened pretty quick, I accepted and learned a lot along the way.
Actually, I learned a lot in a short time, but I did have a great teacher: MrA.

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Interview with JayPee, one of the Founding Fathers of TMX29. March 2009 23:23
Posted By: View User Profile Jozii Permalink | Comments (18)

In relation to the anniversary of TMX, we decided to do an interview with one of the founding fathers of the site: JayPee Cool

How did it all begin? How did you discover TrackMania, and what lead to the start of TMX?

First a little of my personal TM history.

Well... I don't remember how I heard of Trackmania exactly, probably during one of my browsing sessions back then. But somewhere in 2003 I got my hands on one of the first beta versions of trackmania and I've been hooked ever since, somehow I always keep coming back to playing trackmania, I just can't seem to put it away :)

The first (beta) version I played only contained the desert environment back then (which is still my favorite environment) and it really got me hooked on playing online. I'm not much of an online player, I usually prefer offline singleplayer games and Trackmania is to date still the only game I play online.

When the game came out officially, published by Digital Jesters back then, I bought it instantly. And really played it to bits, that's when I met Ross (MrD). Back then he built really cool short mirrored tracks which I still remember playing with great fun. While playing, MrD and Mannijack (the founder of the clan Fools On Wheels) invited me to join Fools On Wheels (FOW for short). And we enlisted in the first ever trackmania league. I remember the first race we ever played which was against the Grouiks. We'd never heard of them but they sure made an impression because the completely slaughtered us on the track. They kept coming in first, second and third every race but even if we lost big we had so much fun.

In total I think I've played about 6 seasons of trackmania leagues. First with Fools on Wheels and later when FOW stopped some of us joined team crazyCarz.

During our time in Fools On Wheels MrD and I gotto talking about our work and discovered we're in the same field being software development. I was trying to develop some small TM tools like a track manager (which actually never got completed) and somehow we got to talking about creating an international TrackMania track website. Especially because back then all the websites available were french.

When TMX first started as a website, what was your role in it? Was it you or MrD, the second creator of TMX, who took the initiative?

I don't remember exactly who took the initiative but somehow it came up in one of our online conversations to start building an international website. MrD had the technical know-how to create a website in a short time and somehow he thought I had the creative know-how to make it look good Wink

From the get go we were, perhaps overly, ambitious and had the idea that we were creating the best track website around. That it actually became the biggest and best track repository online I never could've dreamed of.

How would you describe the development TMX has made from when it first started to what it has become today? Are there any special moments you specifically remember? Were there any obstacles along the way, or did everything run smoothly?

When TMX first started we had a track of the week which we handpicked by playing all of the uploaded tracks. Soon after there was no way we could play all the uploaded tracks so we got rid of that pretty quickly. That is also one of the moments I specifically remember, frantically playing through all the track and trying to keep a list of the best tracks around.

From the start everything has run pretty smoothly I think, especially within the time I was involved with the website. Probably due to MrD's excellent coding skills.

TrackMania is a French game, and TMX is one of the few big websites that run only in English. Would you imagine TMX to expand by offering multiple languages, like many other TM websites do?

The main goal when we started TMX was to provide an english site for all the non french speaking people. Back when we started the community was mainly french so we wanted to serve others too. I don't know if it's necessary to offer more languages than only english. I think english is a perfect universal language, but maybe that's because I don't speak french or german ;)

What are your hopes for TMX in the future? Would you imagine it to continue on a steady path, or would you like to see it grow even further?

The only thing I think TMX really needs in the near future is a complete redesign of the graphics of the site. It all feels a bit dated, the current design is v2 of the TMX and it has been online for many, many years. When and if the site gets redesigned I hope to be a part of that.

And as the site's size is concerned... We always need more tracks...

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