Welcome to blazingrender.net!

This website is dedicated to the Blazing Render engine, a real-time 3D rendering engine developed by Argonaut Technologies Ltd. throughout the 1990s.

While it did not become massively popular in its time, several cult-classics did end up utilizing the engine, including Carmageddon and Microsoft 3D Movie Maker.

Open Source Info BRender Tools BRender Credits
BRender Games

On May 3rd 2022, Microsoft 3D Movie Maker officially became open-source, in conjunction with BRender itself. Now both released under the very permissive MIT license, what once cost thousands of GBP can now be downloaded by anyone, anywhere.

None of this would have been possible without the dedicated software archaeology work of Foone Turing, not to mention everyone who worked at Argonaut.

The following are various links to the original BRender source code releases, as well as other BRender erratica and attempts at modernization.

Various source releases:

- Microsoft 3D Movie Maker

- BRender 1.1.2

- BRender 1997

- BRender 1.3.2

Previously discovered SDKs:

- BRender for OS/2

- BRender x86 1.1.2

- BRender Evaluation Kit 1.2

Other sources:

- Foone wiki on BRender

- Carmageddon wiki on BRender

- Various Carmageddon-related BRender tools

- BRender files archive

Porting & Modernizing BRender:

- bjrkk: BRender 1.1.2 + SDL2

- bjrkk: BRender 1.1.2 + CMake

- bjrkk: 3DMM Ported to BRender 1.1.2

- Foone: 3DMM Forever

- crocguy0688: BRender CrocDE

BRender Tools:

Blender Plugin

Blender plugin for importing and exporting BRender SDK/Carmageddon models.


Kaitai Struct Definitions File

Kaitai Struct definitions file for BRender datafiles. Can be used to parse most files in the BRender SDKs. Should work with Carmageddon 1 files.


BRender Credits:

(Courtesy of Foone Turing)

Role Personnel
Programming Sam Littlewood, Dan Piponi, Simon Everett, Philip Pratt
Ports Simon Everettm, Philip Pratt, Patrick Buckland, Zareh Johannes, Anthony Savva, Stainless Software Ltd.
Testing Philip Pratt
Project Management Stefano Zammattio
Technical Reference Manual Crosbie Fitch, Philip Pratt
Tutorial & Installation Guides Robbie McQuaid
Marketing Paul Ayscough, Mitra Faulkner
Sales Edwin Masterson
Artwork Michel Bowes
Technical Support Neela Dass, Tony Roberts, John Gay, Jon Wolff
With Thanks to Pete Warnes, Mike Day, Tim Gummer, Vinay Gupta, Marcia Petterson, Jez San

BRender Games:

Title Year Platforms Developer
3D Movie Maker 1995 Windows Microsoft Kids
Alien Odyssey 1995 DOS Argonaut Software
FX Fighter 1995 DOS Argonaut Software
Bob Bondurant's High Performance Driving 1996 Mac Fathom Pictures
Bundesliga Manager 97 1996 DOS Software 2000
F1 Manager 1996 DOS Software 2000
FX Fighter Turbo 1996 DOS Argonaut Software
Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker 1996 Windows Microsoft Kids
+ Big Blue Dot
Nihilist 1996 DOS Bits Corporation
Privateer 2: The Darkening 1996 DOS, Windows Electronic Arts
Carmageddon 1997 DOS, Windows, Mac Stainless Software
Carmageddon: Splat Pack 1997 DOS, Windows Stainless Software
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos 1997 Windows Argonaut Software
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors 1997 Windows Studio Fish
F1 Manager Professional 1997 DOS Software 2000
I-War 1997 Windows Particle Systems
Motor Mash 1997 DOS Eutechnyx
Pete Sampras Tennis 97 1997 DOS, Windows Codemasters
Search And Rescue (SAR) 1997 Windows Interactivision A/S
Sensible Soccer '98 1997 Windows Sensible Software
Sensible Soccer: European Club Edition 1997 Windows Sensible Software
Bundesliga Manager 98 1998 Windows Software 2000
Carmageddon II 1998 Windows, Mac Stainless Software
Play with the Teletubbies 1998 Windows Asylum Entertainment Ltd.
Queen: The eYe 1998 DOS, Windows Destination Design
Uprising X 1998 PlayStation 3DO
I-War: Defiance 1999 Windows Particle Systems

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