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Old 21-03-21, 00:51   #101
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He helped me in me the past and I basically grew up with his videos... that's a huge loss, indeed. I will always remember him with a smile. I wonder why the decision of obscuring the YT channel, exspecially if some videos are still downlodable...

Fairwell, Great One. Let us know if there is something interesting beyond the Floating Islands. I will look forward to it.
This is exactly how I feel, I remember that he used to have this vivid idea of celebrating Christmas with TR members, sharing letters, it was an amazing experience.

I grew up with his videos, Bacon Lara, Lara in the Opera. They were the best.

Naming the secret forum as a tribute for him would be the best course of action, so he remain with us forever.
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Old 21-03-21, 02:44   #102
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I'm going to miss Chi and his videos, they always made me laugh, even if I was in bad mood.
May he rest in peace.
What is the secret message? ...or where should I look?
I was thinking about that to, here's what I wrote earlier....

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...I see he left us a secret mysterious message, I will have to search through his past threads, to find this message, unless someone beats me to it.

This is like a secret easter egg that you get in Tomb raider games.
Maybe The Great Chi wanted it to be like that.

RIP The Great Chi
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Old 21-03-21, 05:48   #103
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I've had a lot of love for Chi's videos growing up. When I was young I found his videos, and being an avid Tomb Raider fan in my childhood years, he inspired me to even create a Youtube channel back in '09 just so I could like each of his videos. I'm happy that people on this forum are making an effort to preserve his wonderful content. It's an incredible loss for the TR community and I simply had to make an account to simply share my love for him. I remember talking to him a few times through comments on his videos and he was really a kind person. I wish his family all the best.

Thank you, Chi.
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Old 21-03-21, 06:23   #104
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Here is a download to the Archive I made a few months ago
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OcW...ew?usp=sharing

(If it turns out TheGreatChi or his son doesn't want some of his videos to still be on the web I'll remove them from my Drive :])
Awesome! Thank You!! And yes, that is totally fine! I believe Chi just didn't want them on YouTube, if his videos could still be hosted on a platform that didn't run the risk of getting copyright-blocked, then I believe he would be OK with it. At least this is the impression I got with past conversations with him...


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Seems some lucky people have stored copies of his videos over the years and coming forward now with them, Here's a spoof one of Micheal Jackson's Thriller that Chi made, its called Thraller using XNAlara models, I do remember it on Youtube. Taken from a Core Design page tweet on Twitter. Note in the picture top left corner is the word 'NewYork' which is the file used to make the video, is that clue where he lived. I wonder


Download... https://www.mediafire.com/file/ss28g...aller.wmv/file
Awesome!! Thank You!! Also, yes, that is an interesting take regarding whether he might've lived in New York or not. A couple of years ago I PM-ed him asking what country he lived in, and he made the joke "United States of Trump." I just assumed he was joking and lived in the US, but the MediaFire download links say they were uploaded from the UK, and he did have a Chinese/Mandarin background, so at this point I'm really not sure... It is something now I wish I had asked him more about. Chi was relatively secretive regarding his personal life, but I'm sure there is at least one person somewhere out there he did tell... Hopefully they'll be willing to come forward with the info

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He helped me in me the past and I basically grew up with his videos... that's a huge loss, indeed. I will always remember him with a smile. I wonder why the decision of obscuring the YT channel, exspecially if some videos are still downlodable...
According to private conversations I've had with him in the past, he started removing videos that weren't garnering much traction anymore. He would also remove videos that got hit with a Content ID Claim (Copyright Claim) as he didn't want ads to appear in his videos. I remember him telling me in PM last year that he was pretty dissatisfied having his videos hosted on YouTube, but didn't really know of any other alternative where he could host them...

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Thank you both very much for sharing what you have of Chi's work. Uploaded everything you've shared onto my Internet Archive account: https://archive.org/details/the-grea...-archives-2.7z
You are awesome!! Thank You!!

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There will be three stars on the Tomb Raider Forums logo when it returns for The Great Chi and rr_carroll and Spong. Others will appear in time, sadly.





This is an awesome idea, and a great way to permanently memorialize him and others on TRF!!

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I've had a lot of love for Chi's videos growing up. When I was young I found his videos, and being an avid Tomb Raider fan in my childhood years, he inspired me to even create a Youtube channel back in '09 just so I could like each of his videos. I'm happy that people on this forum are making an effort to preserve his wonderful content. It's an incredible loss for the TR community and I simply had to make an account to simply share my love for him. I remember talking to him a few times through comments on his videos and he was really a kind person. I wish his family all the best.
Very similar story to time, except just a few years later! I created my YouTube channel in 2014, after watching him for around 4 years. I also finally joined Tomb Raider Forums that year as well, with guidance from him. His videos made up a lot of my childhood memories...

Hopefully you choose to stay on the forums!! Chi would want you to!! Aside from a bit of toxicity (which you can't really avoid anywhere, especially in a place as big as TRF) most people here are generally friendly and willing to help when needed!! It's a great place to meet a lot of avid Tomb Raider fans
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Old 21-03-21, 09:15   #105
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Old 21-03-21, 12:17   #106
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Here is a download to the Archive I made a few months ago
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OcW...ew?usp=sharing

(If it turns out TheGreatChi or his son doesn't want some of his videos to still be on the web I'll remove them from my Drive :])
Thank you CircusBabysGal. I have downloaded both these and the videos from his fairwell video and I will go through his secret forum and see if any more download links are active. Then I will try and contact The Great Chi's son and ask for permission to put his videos online in a more permanent space.
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Old 21-03-21, 12:17   #107
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Chi was very fond of Christmas, whenever xmas was near he would always come up with something.

In one of these events of sending Christmas letter to one another in the TR community, I had to send a letter to Mom Bekki, but my english back at then, well it was questionable at best. Chi came forward and helped me, even fixing some grammar and writing issues.

When I received the letter I was so delighted, because I actually got a letter from Chi. Rest in peace my friend.
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Old 21-03-21, 14:23   #108
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Hey everyone! I've got some of Chi's Playable Mods and Music uploaded to the Internet Archive!!
This is going to be a long post, so please try and bear with me!!

EDIT - Mods & Songs are now also available for download on The Great Chi's permanent archive setup by tlr online. Download HERE!

First, we have the Music archive, which you can access by clicking on this link: https://archive.org/details/TheGreatChiSongs
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This is a collection of songs from legendary Tomb Raider modder The Great Chi that were used in some of his modding videos that he published on YouTube. The songs are separated into two folders, one is original songs Chi created, and the other folder contains songs that Chi did not create (most of the songs he used were relatively obscure and not well known. He did this to try and avoid YouTube's Content ID system, but it always seemed to be hit or miss.)

Please note that this is NOT a definitive collection of every single song used or created by Chi (In fact, this collection is missing a good majority of them!) These are only ones that I managed to have in my collection!
Songs Included In This Archive!
Songs Created by Chi -
  • kelluva saari.wav - Used in Chi's first Kelluva Saari video!
  • living like a zombie.wav - Used in Chi's HALLOWEEN CHRONICLES video!
  • Swim like a dolphin.WAV - Used in multiple videos by Chi. If memory serves me, I believe the first video the song was used in was the Mine Cart video he did in around 2014, as a remake to the very first video on his channel, as the song in the original got a copyright claim...
  • thegreatchi.wav - If memory serves me, I don't believe this song was ever used in a video. I believe I extracted it from one of the playable mods...
  • Sheep music (Folder) - All of the music in that folder was from Chi's SHEEP IN THE CITY video Chi did 2-3 years back...
Songs Used by Chi (Not Created by Chi) -
  • 07 The Prisoner.wma - Used in THE MANSION PRISONER video! One of Chi's earlier vids...
  • 1990 Power Themes 90 Track 10 Danger Man (Drake mix).wma - Used in the original upload of THE PSYCHEDELIC GARDENS OF TR1 video! (Chi re-uploaded this video in 2020 with different music, and shortened a bit...)
  • Something Lurking In The Dark.mp3 - Used in a couple of the Bacon Lara videos!
  • Xmas H Music (Folder) - Used in Chi's 2015 Xmas video, Hero In Search of the Tree Fairy!!

Next, we have the Playable Mods archive, which you can access by clicking on this link: https://archive.org/details/the-great-chi-playable-mods
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This is a collection of mods from legendary Tomb Raider modder The Great Chi that were used in some of his modding videos that he published on YouTube. Many of these were obtained from the original videos, were Chi would offer download links to some of his mods so the fans could play them!

Please note that this is NOT a definitive collection of every single mod created by Chi! These are only ones that I managed to have in my collection! (I believe you can find more on some of Chi's threads on Tomb Raider Forums!!)
Playable Mods Included in this Archive!
  • Attack of the kitties (TR4) - I remember this vaguely. It was a short video Chi did in late 2012 as a New Years' 2013 thing. I forget the exact premise behind the video, but I remember asking him for the mod download, and he graciously did provide one!!
  • Cable car (TR3) - I believe this was from one of the Kelluva Saari videos, if I remember correctly... This one is from 2015. This one is temperamental, and may take you a few tries to get running... Make sure you read Chi's ReadMe file!
  • Chi's Vegas Cut (TR2) - I remember Chi did a video at one point (all the game's files say 2015, so we're sticking with that... ) where he heavily modified the Nightmare In Vegas level, which was the bonus level in the Tomb Raider 2: Golden Mask PC-exclusive expansion! I remember very little about the video, as I only watched it one or two times...
  • Greatest shortcut (TR4) - The video for this mod (of the same name) was released in 2012, but the mod wasn't released until 2014. He modified an existing TRLE level to create this!! I don't remember why he decided to upload it (it may have been me asking him to, I don't remember...) He may have used this mod in another video too, I can't remember... but there's something gnawing at me that's saying he did at some point...
  • Island (TR2) - Once I launched the level, I had vague memories of it, but I couldn't tell you what video this was associated with... The ReadMe & Savegame files have a 2013 date, so there's that...
  • Island demo (TR4) - If memory serves, I believe this was the mod for the first Kelluva Saari video! The ReadMe & Save-Files have a 2015 date. A couple of the save-game files wouldn't load for me though, so you may not be able to gain access to the whole map without using some modding tool to change the start position of Lara...
  • Mine Cart (TR3) - This mod is from 2014, and was a recreation of the first video Chi ever uploaded to YouTube!! I remember him telling me he recreated it because the song he used in the original video had received a copyright claim, so he removed the video (he didn't like it when his videos had ads in it, so if they received a copyright claim, he just removed them) and decided to recreate the video since it had been up on YouTube for 6 years at that point...
  • Outside The Cage (TR2) - Another mod for which I do not remember what video it was associated with. Again, it's a mod I remember vaguely, but that's about it. No ReadMe file, but the level-file & my save-game file have a December 2012 date, so there's that...
  • Red Ghost (TR4) - Some long-time fans probably remember this video!! This was a relatively popular one!! I don't remember much of the premise behind it, other than it was an AOD inspired video, with a pretty funny backing audio track. The mod is pretty cool though!! The ReadMe and Data files have a 2012 date.
  • Sophia Attack (TR3) - I remember this one very well!! (Partly because I actually created a Kyle's Tomb Raider episode on it, which you can watch HERE if interested!) This mod was created in 2014, where Chi did some interesting modifications to the level where Lara fights Sophia Lee.
  • THE CAVES OF DOOM (TR2) - This is yet again another level that I am unsure what video it was associated with... It's another one I also did remember vaguely when launching it, but that's about it! The ReadMe has a 2013 date...
  • Times - Access to Cutscene (TR4) - This gives you access to the Tomb Raider: Times Exclusive beginning cutscene where you can wander around in, granted it has been heavily modified by Chi. I do remember Chi using this in a video, but I don't remember the premise behind the video. The data files have a 2016 date.
  • TRC Spooky Churchyard (TR5) - This level is associated with THE HALLOWEEN CHRONICLES video from 2014! It was a fun Halloween video featuring some XNALara scenes. This modified the churchyard from the title screen and made it a bit more "spooky." A fun little thing to wander around in!!
  • Von Croy (TR4) - This is once again another mod for which I have no idea what video is associated with it. On the surface, it just looks like Lara was replaced with Werner Von Croy, but I'm assuming there's more to it than that if you play it for a bit (I just launched it to make sure it still worked.) The data files have a 2015 date.

Phew... that took a while!! Hope you all enjoy!!

EDIT - I noticed that the text is so squashed together that it's pretty hard to read. I was using the[LIST] BB Code, and unfortunately, you can't create spaces in-between text when using that. I decided to alternate bolding and not bolding the text, so hopefully that makes it a bit easier to read!!
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Old 21-03-21, 15:22   #109
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You are a legend, thank you Kyle.
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Old 21-03-21, 16:20   #110
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I'm heartbroken. When I first came here trying to mod Tomb Raider games, Chi was always helpful and was a great mentor. He was the first friend I made here, and though I wasn't active much, his Fairwell video made sure that I came back and paid my respects. I'm sorry, Chi. You were awesome and I wish I was here more before you weren't. You truly were "The Great" Chi. I'm gonna miss you buddy.
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