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 Post subject: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:47 pm 
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Reseda wrote:
Have you ever played the Incentive Freescape games? They were a milestone in games development that is largely ignored by the gaming media.


In 1995 I was given an Amstrad CPC6128, a dot-matrix printer, and a cardboard box containing tons of games and software on rather weird looking 3 inch disks. This was the first computer my family owned and at the time my parents said they couldn't afford a PC (which at the time I thought stood for Proper Computer) so I had to make do with the Amstrad.

Three of my favourite games were Driller, Dark Side, and Total Eclipse by Incentive which used true 3D graphics powered by Freescape. The graphics were rather blocky and the movement slow but I thought the way they worked was amazing.

My school replaced its Acorn Archimedes with PCs running Windows 95 that year. I thought this was spectacular at the time and in IT lessons I used Microsoft Word with its WYSIWYG interface and saved files to a hard drive, whilst at home I used Tasword with its clunky keyboard and text interface and saved files to floppy disks. I think I was the only kid who used an 8 bit computer at home which was a surefire way to make oneself unpopular in the playground - and everyone knew why...

However, there was one software package inside the cardboard box that could make any Pentium owning kid very envious. It was the 3D Construction Kit by Incentive that enabled me to create my own 3D games using Freescape. You can watch the video that came with it on YouTube to get an idea of what this magnificent software package could do. I was hooked on it and would spend hours and hours creating and fine tuning my own games. It was so addictive even if the end results were a bit clunky. I have never encountered any other users of the 3D Construction Kit and have wondered how many people bought it.

Is anybody else here interested in creating 3D graphics or games?


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     Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
    Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:34 pm 
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    Hello Aneez,

    There were a great number of 3D Construction Kit Users.

    I have been gathering a huge amount of 3DCK material for the User Group and the homebrew games.

    Did you keep any of your own 3DCK creations? Perhaps they too can be preserved?


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       Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
      Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 10:20 pm 
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      I saved all my 3D games onto 3 inch disks and they are stored away somewhere. It might take some time to find all of them. What is the best way to transfer them to a PC?


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         Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
        Post Number:#4  PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 7:16 pm 
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        Hello Aneez,
        I don't know how to salvage the files from 3 inch disks. But I had a twenty year old cassette containing my own 3DCK created C64 game, and I posted a thread at the friendly site of Lemon64 asking if anyone has the knowhow on how to salvage the data. Wouldn't you know it, someone one replied who offered to do it for me, and what's more, he lived only a few miles away!

        In these days of retro, there is a big push for preserving old projects before they are lost in time forever. So I would advise you to find an Amstrad enthusiasts site, and post a thread there explaining your desire to preserve your disk data.

        It would be great to have your projects preserved and available for all to play under emulation.


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           Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
          Post Number:#5  PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 7:30 pm 
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          Aneez wrote:
          I saved all my 3D games onto 3 inch disks and they are stored away somewhere. It might take some time to find all of them. What is the best way to transfer them to a PC?


          The only other Amstrad 3DCK game that I am aware of is PD game "Adventures in 3D Computer World" which was reviewed in Amstrad Action August 1993


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             Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
            Post Number:#6  PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:47 pm 
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            Hello Aneez,

            Check out the brand new website at:

            http://www.3dconstructionkit.co.uk/

            If you do restore your projects, please send them there for everyone to enjoy!


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               Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
              Post Number:#7  PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:34 pm 
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              It appears to be the start of an interesting website. I shall upload my games when I find them.


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                 Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
                Post Number:#8  PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:12 pm 
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                Hello again Aneez,

                Just to let you know, the site 3dconstructionlkit.co.uk now has a homebrew Amstrad 3DCK game, called "The Bomb Room". It's a great game.

                I hope your own projects can be preserved too, so that they are not lost forever and can be played by all. Whatever state of completion your projects were in, I'm sure lots of people would love to see them.


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                   Post subject: Re: Freescape and the 3D Construction Kit
                  Post Number:#9  PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:12 am 
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                  I haven't had the chance to dig out my projects yet. Does anybody know where sells rubber belts for the 3 inch disk drives used in the Amstrad CPC6128? A hi-fi shop nearby sells drive belts for all sorts of bygone stereos but they can't find one that fits.


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