ROTT Video Capture #1 [ UPDATED ]

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joefish2Rise of the Triad is a game I really loved working on. Well, the original one, I didn’t work on the newer Interceptor version.   ROTT was by far my personal highlight of my 20 years working in the videogame industry.   Not only was I a mapper in the game, I was a character in the game.  I played the second boss character, “Sebastian Krist”.  To that, we were all digitized for the game.  We all got dressed up, stood on a rotating board, so multiple angles could be captured, and did death scenes, all of that.   This was in 1993 mind you, so tech back then was a lit more primitive than it was today.

The reason I’m bringing all this up is I recently discovered something I had hidden away from the old days.  When my old company was sold recently, I went looking through all the stash of stuff I had from many a moon ago, and discovered several things from Rise of the Triad.  However, one that has NEVER been seen to this day was this one:

ROTT VHS Capture Tapes

It is the collection of VHS tapes we used to digitize the characters for Rise of the Triad.  The same VHS tapes we made back in 1993.   Surprisingly most of it was still accessible.  If you look at the large version of that picture, a couple of them say “stuck”.  Those were ones that my VCR would only play to a point, and then no more.

However, I was able to get the majority of that transferred over to digital and is now on the computer.  So the physical tapes no longer need be stressed over whether they can play or not.

The reason I’m bringing all this up is I had a chat with the new owners of 3D Realms as well as Apogee Softare LLC about the contents of this, and they all agreed that I can release some clips of this, so here you go.   Given this coming December is the 20th anniversary of the release of Rise of the Triad (v1.0 shareware came out Dec 21, 1994), I thought it might be nice to do some historical stuff for the game in the run up to that.   So here’s the first of my captures from the sessions.   A few notes about the sessions:

  1. The majority of the content is boring as hell.  You might think it would be fun to watch through all of those tapes (at two hours each), but it really isn’t.   Trust me, I tried.
  2. There’s little to no sound.  There was sound recorded, but the volume levels are so low, you can barely hear anything that was said.  Even if you CAN hear anything it’s fairly inaudible anyway.  The majority of the tapes are just a low hum for sound.  I thought about muting it, but someone will scream “We’re gonna miss something”.  :)
  3. I think I have all the characters – both the ones that were in the game, and the ones that were cut.   I will look into that and make sure.  It’s a lot of tape to go through.  I THINK I have them all, but I’m not 100% positive.  :)

The first one up is Steve Quarrella, who did the “low guard” in Rise of the Triad.  He was known for saying “DIE!”.  If you played ROTT, you killed him quite a bunch.  :)    The people that appear in this video are: Steve Quarrella (guard), the late great William Scarboro, Tom Hall, Steven Hornback, & Scott Miller.

There will be more videos later on once I get a list of all the people I have usable video for.   Let me know what you think of this.

UPDATE:  After seeing the positive feedback to the video release, I decided to go back and re-do “Video 1”.   When I did the first video initially, I just randomly took a chunk of a couple of minutes out of the footage without much thought as to what was in there.  I decided to go back and pick some stuff with a better intent of capturing the session.  So here’s a “second” ROTT Video Capture #1.  It is also much longer.  Check it out:

UPDATE: Video #2 in the series is out.  You can check it out here.


  1. Joe, this is great. I Love Apogee and Rise of the Triad. Thanks for this!

  2. Very interesting indeed! piece of history!

  3. Amazing stuff Joe. Great to see this stuff – so happy I was able to contribute to the reboot – keep it coming!

  4. Matheus Fraguas says

    This is indeed a piece of history.
    Would be cool to recapture from these vídeos and use it in-game with higher resolution.

  5. The quality of the 21 year old VHS tapes probably isn’t good enough to do that. But that’s an interesting idea. :)

  6. This is cool, thank you for sharing!

  7. This is awesome man. Hope you are able to do the others, including the chars that were cut – people have wondered about these for years and there aren’t many good images of em out there.

  8. Amazing!
    I used to play Rott very much back in the days and this stuff you show here is something that’s really cool to watch. I really loved that game and what you show here is truly a piece of history :)
    Hope that you can bring the rest of the videos up, that would be awesome!

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