About this site
eal Time Strategic Carnage, or RTSC, is a one man, part time pet project. Its a hobby. It has no "community", no fora, no online gaming clan or presence. Its all self funded, too. It is just a guide about one of my favourite subjects, real time strategy games on Windows PCs, presented in boring, old fashioned, un-trendy html.
There are no job vacancies here, nor am I looking for any staff or volunteers. However, feel free to mention any fave games or yours - I keep an info page on them at Other RTS Games. For those who have a few comments, complaints, links or other tidbits, or even have their own pages to link to, just email me. If I think its worthwhile I'll add it to the site.
The views of RTSC are not necessarily the same as those it links to; linking to a site does not necessarily imply any endorsement by RTSC. Many of the sites listed are often English speaking, since I'm monolinguistic and RTSC is very Anglocentric as a result. I've linked to pages that I thought might be relevant to the subject concerned, and heaven knows, you might find them useful.
Real Time Strategic Carnage has nothing to do with that other RTSC site, RTSCommunity.
Updates are made when I get the time and tend to be intermittent, especially of late. You should consider everything in here to be a perpetual work in progress. Articles will quietly evolve news or from the passing of time (e.g. "StarCraft was released last year" might become "StarCraft is several years old now") or simply because the article was completely wrong in the first place and has been amended since. I've always imagined RTSC to be a "live" object, not a historical document, although I'm keeping backup versions over time.
I used to have a lot more time to myself, but since leaving visual effects and animation business to work in the games industry at Interzone Games, getting weighed down by a mortgage and discovering the horrors of home renovation, my time has become a helluva lot more precious. I'm also a CEO in a small corporation in that ubiquitious spaceship MMO, EVE-Online, a huge time sink in itself.
The first priority of RTSC is substance first, frills second. As a result, the ghastly red type banners and graphics that were supposed to be temporary stopgaps have somehow become permanent. I'm making an effort on a half-decent design now, time permitting.
I claim copyright over the RTSC branded banners, the general purpose graphics, and of course, all my writing and the effort collating all this.
I don't claim copyright over the other web-site banners and screengrabs containing copyrighted material - like unit designs, map backgrounds, animated effects and explosions, banners and badges representing other web-sites or software, etc., promo material or software titles. The original copyright of the graphics of characters, map and tileset images, title banners, trademarks, company logos, etc. are the copyright and work of the original producers and artists of the games they came from. They remain only at the patience and forebearance of the original owners - and I'll confess, I rarely ask permission for badges myself - I have enough trouble keeping up with keeping the site current.
Most RTSC illustrations have been screen grabbed when playing the games themselves - or using any associated map editors. Some images are built up from a series of screen grabs to illustrate a particular aspect of the game. The backgrounds in RTSC are all heavily modified screen grabs.
The only thing I can safely declare to be completely mine is all the fevered scribbling and the obvious RTSC badges and table graphics. Much of the writing it is based on my personal observations, netgaming experiences, and research, which may or may not be correct, as well as my undoubtably incomplete studies of many sites I've mentioned here. Use at your own risk - I'm not responsible for any corrupted game installs or accidental nuclear launches that may occur from using this stuff.
I work on the asumption that most banners or badges are designed by webmasters to get as many hits to them as possible - and this hypothesis seems to have held true in the half decade RTSC has existed. Artwork not made by me (banners and badges usually) remain at the tolerance and forbearance of their original creators, subject to removal the moment I cross any lines.
Some links will have invariably expired, and maintaining the wretched things is a neverending task. Even some major servers go up and down like yo-yos, taking out entire chains of mod and fan sites. I make a point of searching for lost links to find their new home - if they have one. This takes time and tracking down, and sometimes it can boil down to being patient for a few months before they resurface again under a new name.
However, if any link persists in going nowhere it eventually gets culled. A lot of RTSC links only get fixed because people point them out to me - so don't be shy letting me know something's died here.
If you're really feeling keen, you can even link to this site.
There's a whole swag of RTSC link buttons and URLs you can use, here.
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Last modified Sun, Apr 27 2008 by Lindsay Fleay