Very late to this thread as I only just found this forum, but - I most certainly am
a fan of 3D-Ultra! I had the Trains Planes and Automobiles pack since I was 6. I could never get Curse You Red Baron to play past the cutscene, so I basically played the bejessus out of Traintown and RC Racers. About two years ago I managed to find a one-seed torrent that only barely managed to get me the deluxe versions of both. That's sort of why I'm here, actually.
Traintown works fine, but is missing all it's music (both versions had this, actually - I was always mystified by the 'music volume' slider in the preferences pane
) although from this thread I've gathered that this a rather common problem to do with the disk. (I like it better without music anyway)
But RC Racers on the other hand.... It does
have all it's music, and they all play well enough, but this post is about some of the short
music cues (like the loop that plays as each level loads, before the main race soundtrack begins) - They're buried somewhere in the data files for the original version, and playing around with the 'import raw' settings in Audacity proves they're all there and complete, albeit under heavy static - however, in the deluxe version, they appear to be stored as standard audio files that are easily readable, but... they're incomplete. There's bits of the audio there but it violently cuts in and out with silence in the actual file, it's not a playback issue. Probably due to being torrented by the skin of it's teeth from a 20byte-per-second wifi signal from a server with only one (incomplete) seeder. It's a miracle it works as well as it does, actually.
So, I was wondering - I'm a huge soundtrack nerd - You can probably guess what my question is:
Would anyone be able to send me the "level-loading" tracks from their copy of RC Traxxas?
Also, back to Traintown - I found a high-res copy of the original box art and it's staggering how much 'beta' stuff is in plain view on the cover that never made it into the game, as far as I can see by playing it: at least 4 different boxcars, 4 coloured gondolas, a different bridge over the lake and even a different locomotive - That red-and-black '830' from the cover was actually in game at one point.
Now, I'm not much of a computer expert, but I know y basic programming and have been amateurishly hacking my games for most of my life - however, I can't for the life of me figure out how to crack open the files for Traintown to see if any of the juicy beta data is still lying dormant in the finished files - Even being able to include the F3B and the covered gondola in the Layout Tinkerer would be a win for me...
Anyway, enough of my rambling, I'm just glad I've found a place to share this