In the Spotlight – [ATP] Alcator

As a result of the TMU Raffle.

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

Alcator Recommends

Here are a few tracks, all available at TMX, which Alcator recommends you to check out:

NATIONS

  • 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.

UNITED

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.
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24 Responses to In the Spotlight – [ATP] Alcator

  1. djoszee says:

    Nice reading stuff, I enjoyed it. Looking forward to your articles 🙂

  2. insane says:

    cool one 😉
    would be great if there would be some more articles about some personalities of the TM community (always some great reading material)
    good job

  3. djoszee says:

    Maybe a ‘tracker of the month’ or something? or ‘tmu player of the month’? Don’t do it weekly, because then it won’t be that special.
    Dood idea insane, I agree with you about the reading material. (I enjoyed reading, as stated above) 🙂

  4. Hastings says:

    So many interesting infos about Alcator I didn’t know … and great that his personal tastes are included, that’s cool. 🙂

  5. Alcator says:

    Jozii omitted information about my upcoming wedding (April 14th) 🙂

  6. Andree says:

    Great article
    Please make more 😀

  7. JumperJack says:

    congats alcator!! 😉

    and one really nice article… 🙂

  8. Weird says:

    i agree with all of the above. tracker of the month sounds like a good idea, also looking forward to tuesdays at the TMU blog. 🙂

  9. Jozii says:

    Wow, didn’t know this sort of things was so popular 😀

    I think “Tracker of the Month” sounds interesting (better name, anyone?), but what determines who that is? Would it be an unknown player or one of the most known around? (The first would be good for drawing attention to those who deserve more than they get, but it would be harder to do in reality, while the latter would still be a cool thing for the “elite” of the community 😉 )

  10. JumperJack says:

    what do you think about both, known and unknown track builders?! 😉

    better name: Builder’s Showcase maybe?! 🙂

  11. Jozii says:

    If it’s only once a month (which I agree that it should be, or the “value” of it would decrease) I’d like the name to suggest so, for new readers or readers who don’t know of the concept.

    And doing one for each is unlikely to happen 😛 This sort of thing takes a lot of time and effort to write (especially if the person written about is being difficult and doesn’t say much – Alcator was easy in that way, because he had a lot to say 😛 )

  12. Jozii says:

    Sorry for double post, but I should also add that that’s the main reason to why this should be about already “famous” players – then it’s not too difficult to find things to write about.

    Also, a suggestion for determining who is the Tracker/Builder/Whatever of the Month is to let people first nominate (or perhaps that shouldn’t be done by the public but behind closed doors?) others and then let everyone vote for their favorite.

  13. djoszee says:

    Maybe you should do semi-famous builders. People like ora, smokey and ganjarider get enough atention anyway. Uknown people wouldn’t have much to say, so it would get boring very quick.

    Just my two cents

  14. Jozii says:

    Still hard to select somebody… But if we do the nomination thing where you (the readers) nominate people, it could work…

  15. Alselius says:

    Awesome article Jozii!!!
    Continue writing that kind of texts, really enjoyable and nice way to get to nkwo people who play TMU.
    And hey, gongrats Alcator for the wedding!

  16. JumperJack says:

    i should write about famous and no-famous-no-unfamous builders. djoszee might have said that smokey and ora get enough attention anyway, they do have a lot to talk about, and others do want to read their stories. (smokey’s for sure, if they’re as funny as his award-comments 😛 )

    i like the nomination idea too, but i can’t imagine how to realize that… after all, talking about (pretty) famous builders seems to me the best idea because you can write about it, and people like to read about them… 🙂

  17. Jozii says:

    JJ, then people cpuld nominate famous authors 😛

    But hey, I think I’ll do the nomination, with recommendations from you guys (just comment or e-mail Jozii@pp.inet.fi), then you guys can vote for who to “win” 😀

  18. alcator says:

    Thanks for the best wishes, people 🙂

    But don’t forget to click on those tiny little bluish letters in the article and then to click on that nifty little “Award this track” links 🙂 Just kidding…

  19. Jozii says:

    Well, that’s partly what the post is for – advertising your stuff, Alcator 😀

    So yes, people, the links aren’t there to look good! 😛

  20. alcator says:

    Yes, the links are there to look bad. (Be careful when talking to a mathematician. My mother once told me: “Go buy a bread, and if they have rolls, buy ten.” I returned with 10 breads, reporting: “Yes, they did have rolls!”)

  21. Jozii says:

    Haha 😛 Funny! 😀

  22. Hastings says:

    Famous authors? Boring. Unfamous authors? Even more. How about presenting INfamous authors, like Fallout or GLUK? 😉

  23. Jozii says:

    How about not limiting it to authors (although most names would probably still be taken out of TMX)? I mean, there are others out there too 😛

    Also, “famous” authors are what is popular to read about. Sure, less famous ones could need the attention, but it’s not as interesting to read stuff about a complete stranger than someone you have at least heard of…

  24. smok3y says:

    Wow this is awesome reading 😛
    more posts like these please 😀
    great work Jozii keep it going 🙂

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