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This “In the Spotlight” is dedicated to [ATP] Alcator. Alcator is a true TM player who have been “in the business” since 2005. During his time as a TM player, Alcator has managed to provide quite a few popular tracks, and while he is somewhat of a multi-environment guy, especially Stadium, Coast and Rally is where he has succeeded the most (among his United tracks, that is).
Here are a three of Alcator’s best United creations, one of them being a Desert track:
For United, Alcator has “only” created 20 tracks, but for Nations, this number is closer to 120. According to Alcator himself, the 90 first tracks were of very poor quality, but the process of making these tracks have made him into a much better track builder in United. Practise makes perfect!
Alcator in the TM Community
In April of 2006, Alcator discovered tm-exchange.com, a site most of us know about (in case you don’t, it’s the site frequently linked to here at the blog under the name “TMX” – it’s a site where you can share and download tracks). This is when Alcator became an active member of the TM community.
Today, Alcator’s activities have expanded and building tracks is no longer the only thing he does. For example, he has been a member of the team ATP for quite some time now. Although he doesn’t enjoy larger competition situations, like ladders or leaderboards, he is also active in different community contest, both within ATP and outside.
“Intro should introduce the track, so show it. I can read the trackname in the topright corner”– Alcator
Alcator also considers himself somewhat of a tutor, giving other players help and useful advice. He has even written some great guides on different subjects for the blog your are currently reading. Here are a few of Alcator’s articles:
Additionally, you will most certainly see more great articles from Alcator here at the TMU Blog in the future. In fact, Alcator will, starting next week, be entertaining you once a week with new articles every Tuesday!
At the moment, Alcator is also active in the latest round of TMX Community Tracks.
“I’d like to remind all trackmakers that there are always MORE players who are worse than you, so you should keep that in mind and provide alternate (easier) routes for those who misjump, crash, or slow down by scratching a wall.”– Alcator
Here are a few tracks, all available at TMX, which Alcator recommends you to check out:
- The Trump Card, by Crusard. When played with the full media stuff, this turns the racing game into a first/third person action game!
- Cool Zen, by Bkb_98. A typcial Bkb_98-style track.
- Wallride City, by Skotinka. Difficult track which, if you actually manage to make it, gives a unique feeling of satisfaction.
- ATP BASCO 1, by the ATP community. The ATP community held their own BASCO (Build A Stage COntest), which Alcator participated in.
- ATP Community Track 5, by the ATP community. A community track which Alcator was captain for.
- UT Community Track #1, by UT Projects.
- FlowCoast united, by [ATP]NitroGuy.
- PulsaR – league edition, by PANsen.
- TMX Community Snow Track 1, by the TMX community.
- Darkest, by [ATP]MadSlash.
- Imprezia, by ORA.
Additionally, here are two of Alcator’s own United tracks which he’d like you to check out:
- Kingdom of Tricks (Rally) – a tricky and unique track in the sence that there are several hidden shortcuts.
- All Roads Lead To Rome(Coast) – a multipath track with several videos to go along with it. You can either view a video with 18 cars in it here, or download a larger video (30 cars) at the author comments (TMX) for the track itself.
Did you know?
Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about Alcator:
- In Nations, he created around 120 tracks, reaching the 5th place of most uploaded tracks at TMX Nations.
- He first discovered TrackMania (Original) through a review in a Czech magazine, and later on TrackMania Nations in another magazine which his girlfriend bought.
- He was once banned from the Nations Exchange for bugging the admins. He admits that he deserved it, and has apologized for his behavior, which in turn granted him a second chance.
- He’s using JetAudio Personal Edition to convert any audio format to OGG Vorbis tracks, which can then be used for custom music.
- His 100th Nations track, Masterpiece, is his most awarded Nations track. In United, this has only been beaten by one track, Desert Serpentines, which at the time of writing has three more awards than Masterpeice.
- The custom signs he uses in his tracks are all created using Microsoft Paintbrush.