Going for Gold

CRYSTALDOME-2019-45-2Somewhere in that between-Christmas-and-New-Year smudge, I found myself watching not Going for Gold with Henry Kelly, but The Crystal Maze with Ed Tudor-Pole. This won’t surprise anybody who’s been here for any length of time; indeed, the surprise will probably come from the fact that it’s been a while – at least a year! Coming straight after Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, it was difficult to tell where one ended and the other began. But the hit of nostalgia was perfect for the time of year.

It was the final Christmas special I happened across, where the Maze was opened up to not the celebrities who seem to plague the revival, but children. Loud, obnoxious, ridiculously fortunate children. Though they might have me dropping the volume at times, or otherwise just downright jealous, it was a very sweet thing for the show to do. Indeed, it became all the sweeter when these kids made short work of puzzles which stumped the so-called ‘grown-ups’.

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Anyway, after taking another look at the set I thought I’d have another go at recreating the Crystal Dome stage, the heart of the Crystal Maze. I would hope to be better equipped than three years ago, when I last attempted this. Certainly, it’s much more realistic in terms of scale; the sixteen-foot dome now rather more snug but still commanding the space. The endearingly naff scaffold decoration is also more carefully done. The tokens are, as previously, a balancing act, trying to get a neat texture whilst going easy on CPU. Fun revisit overall, though, and certainly simpler than last time.

Still waiting for The Crystal Maze VR, by the way.

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Happy New Year to all who visit, especially to those who continue to do so. Let’s hope 2019 is a year of grabbing those golden tokens with minimal deduction of silver. Let’s win that murder mystery weekend!

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24 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Happy New Year Jacob and I wish you a great year

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  2. Wow Jacob, very cool, I’ll take some of those gold tokens. Happy New Year.

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  3. Andi Muhammad Rifki said:

    excuse me.

    my name is Rifki and I am from Indonesia.

    I really am so interested with your recreation of the UK set of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. I am a huge fan of the show and I really want to use your set. I am recreating the classic graphics of the show (my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2X4WGRVWOm_l_l5IS2WgGg) and I want to use your latest set (as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQbJRGs0fy8) as the video background. Am I allowed?

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    • Jacob said:

      Hi Rifki,

      Thanks for asking. Yes, feel free to use the video above if you’d like.

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  4. Jacob,

    Wow we at The Crystal Maze Fan Blog love your latest Maze visuals! Just wonderng if we can post them on the blog and far and wide for fans to see. I can credit your images and link to your blog.Even Producers and Crew of the original and new series follow the blog.

    I totally want to see a Crystal Maze VR game too. Cheers. Neil

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    • Jacob said:

      Hey Neil,

      Thank you so much! I’m a reader of your blog and would be thrilled if you wanted to share these. Keep up the great work!

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      • You are welcome Jacob, post will go live in next hour or so. It’s given me an interesting topic to write about. Got another exciting interview coming up in the next few days, as well as something special to write about, I’ve uncovered another prop from the original 90’s set and I am picking it up in the next few weeks. I am sure you will agree my Maze collection is off the scale now. Our fan group have been thinking about doing a Crystal Maze Convention, like a Comicon.

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      • Jacob said:

        Nice one, thanks again! It’s great to see so much love still out there for the show; it’s testament to the skill of all who worked on it.

        Your collection is awesome – pretty jealous of the crystals, I have to say! Maybe you’ll track down the Aztec skeleton soon 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        Great stuff. I agree completely; The Crystal Maze is absolutely perfect for the VR format, and I’m sure that it would sell. I’m glad you’ve seen the Doom mod, too, it’s a brilliant piece of work. Imagine that with six players and today’s graphics!!! One day, maybe.

        Once again, I really appreciate the share. Cheers Neil.

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  5. Jacob is your virtual reality maze not exportable into VR? You could approach the Production Company once you’ve finished it. If you have a finished product, that you can support, they won’t say no. The Doom MOD is bloody incredible. I know nothing about DOOM tbh but I would get it just to explore the virtual Maze, it is so good!!!

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    • Jacob said:

      They would probably need to be refined quite a lot – my Futuristic project, for example, came to an abrupt end because my machine couldn’t handle much more, and that was only the entrance. Someone more clued up on 3D might be able to smooth them out, I suppose.

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      • Ah yes, I can imagine you would probably need a NASA Super Computer to play The Crystal Maze in such high definition VR lol Can you please make us a game, even it’s one very well made Zone, or just the dome!

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  6. Jacob, first part of the Badham interview is now on the Maze Fan Blog. Meeting him in person next week as well!

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    • Jacob said:

      Great stuff, Neil. Crazy reading about all the challenges the hangar presented, but they certainly made it work! Look forward to more.

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      • Jacob, check the Blog for my meeting with Nick today, I now own a Medieval Egg Timer from the Crystal Maze 90s set!

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      • Jacob said:

        Fantastic! You’re definitely a Crystal Maze Historian now 😛

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