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  1. There is a tutorial on how to make heightmaps here: http://www.msu.edu/user/bowlby/rrt3/tutorials/Microdem/Tutorial1.htm I downloaded and played SMRR Demo. Looks cool but plays like a baby's toy. No sophistication at all. I beat the competition hands down on the hardest levels after one try. I too will be going back to RT3 for my railroad "fix".
  2. I went to graduate school at U of M and have been a big fan of theirs from my earliest days. Slowly I'm coming around to rooting for the Spartans, but still like to irk my students by wearing a U of M sweatshirt on days when the two play each other.
  3. Greetings Haven, I went to the Durand Station last summer with my in-laws. My FIL has an HO scale layout in his basement, and we took him to see the layout at the Durand Station. Quite impressive! Where are you from? Must have been somewhere in mid Michigan if your dad worked in Durand. Glad to see another Michigander among the RT3 fans. Best regards, Wolverine@MSU
  4. Rikki- You might want to check out the "Strategy" section over at Hawkdog's Forum. There are tips for particular scenarios available here: http://hawkdawg.com/Forum/index.php?showforum=14 and zipped files of a whole bunch of strategy stuff and general info gleaned from the old Gathering Forum that's available here: http://hawkdawg.com/Forum/index.php?showtopic=66 Welcome to the group. Like you I get totally absorbed in playing this game.
  5. DON'T DO BUSINESS WITH ECOST.COM!!! I tried to purchase a couple of Secure Digital cards from this company and they never shipped them. It's been 3 weeks since I first contacted them about the error and have gotten the runaround from Day 1. Both items were supposed to have rebates, but now the time is past to collect the rebates and they still haven't even let me know what the deal is. The first "Account Executive" I spoke with said an investigation would be started, which would take 3 - 5 business days to complete. A week later I called and found out that the investigation hadn't even been initiated. The second "Account Executive" said that the first would notify her supervisor immediately and get back to me. The next week, I spoke with the supervisor who said she was out of the office and that she would need to have the warehouse do an inventory count, which would take 24 hrs, but that she would contact me with the results. 48 hours later I phoned, but could not speak with the supervisor (she was away from her desk) but I left a voice message sying I wanted to cancel the order, since one rebate had already expired, and the other would expire before I recieved the item. Now, three weeks later, and I still haven't heard from them. My only recourse was to call my credit card company to dispute the bill (which by the way went very smoothly, and they said I didn't have to pay the disputed amount, and that they would look into it, Citibank Mastercard by the way). I also sent an email to Ecost.com stating that I wished to cancel the order and that if the items were shipped, I would consider them a gift and would not pay for them and would only return them at their expense. I had read a post where this happened to another person, and they were charged to return the items to Ecost even after the order was cancelled and they shipped anyway. Another sneaky thing this company does is to advertise low or no shipping costs, but after you submit your order and give your credit card number, the company bills you for a "handling fee" on each item ordered (around 3% of the cost of the item). Since this charge has already been levied against your credit card, the only way to get out of the deal is to call and cancel the order, which may or may not fly. Numerous posts have said that items advertised as "in stock" get backordered, sometimes for weeks at a time. The company spun-off from its parent company, PCMall, last April, and from the comments I've seen about them, then number of bad reviews since April far outweigh the number of positive reviews. My advice is to stay away from this company!!!! If anyone else has advice about online companies, pro or con, feel free to add to this thread.
  6. Take a look at these posts. I had the same problem at first. It downloads for me just fine if logged on before trying to download. http://theterminal.dune2k.com/forum/index.php?topic=171.msg908#msg908 and: http://theterminal.dune2k.com/forum/index.php?topic=171.msg915#msg915
  7. d3d9.dll should be in your \windows\system folder (It is at least on my Win98 SE installation). I think it's part of the DirectX installation, so if you've installed the latest version of DirectX it should be there. As far as I know, the only other file you need is the Photoshop plug-in (dds.8bi) to go in your \Photoshop\Plug-Ins\File Formats folder. If you don't have these files, PM me your email and I'll send them to you.
  8. Photoshop 7.0 should be able to do it. Here is the link to the file(s) you need: http://developer.nvidia.com/object/photoshop_dds_plugins.html You might also take a look at the documentation at the bottom of this page: http://developer.nvidia.com/object/nv_texture_tools.html I've used it and it works OK. What problems are you having?
  9. There is an add on available somewhere (I've forgotten now, but may be at Photoshop home page) that allows for the creation/editing of PK4 files. Its called "dds.8bi". Check these sites: http://developer.nvidia.com/object/nv_texture_tools.html http://rwc10.tripod.com/DDSopen.htm
  10. Got it figured out. If I tried to download a map without logging on, I got the logon screen, which i completed, but then when I go to download I get the : Warning! It seems that you are not allowed to download or view attachments on this board. Please login below or register an account with The Terminal. Login Username: Password: Minutes to stay logged in: Always stay logged in: Forgot your password? Error message. If I login before trying to download everything works OK. You might try it yourself: Don't log on, try to look at an attachment and you'll get the above message with the Logon boxes. Then logon by filling in the boxes, and try to download or look at an attachment.
  11. I'm a registered member but I can't view attachments or download maps. What do I need to do to be able to do these things?
  12. Try the "Page Down" (PgDn) key to scroll from station to station.
  13. Do you like to build vast railroad empires? Do you like to haul lots of freight and run lots of trains? Do you like Managers? Do you like the idea of not having to build Maintenance Sheds and Water Towers? Do you like to make lots of money for yourself? Are you interested in learning about the early history of Micigan and her towns and cities? If you answered yes to all the questions above (OK, even if you answered no to the last question) then this scenario is for you. There are a number of interesting features in this scenario, and although it's not as structured as AZRR in terms of historical accuracy, it makes for a fun play. It's an updated version of my RT2 scenario that was made late in the days of RT2, just before RT3 came out. Mich1830.zip Mich1830.txt
  14. Yes. Whatever you did seems to have made pages load much faster. Thanks, and I'll be visiting more often now.
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