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amal81's attempt at citymaking in simcity4

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    Here are some screens from my very first city journal, which was created way back in 2004 on a simcity fansite called simtropolis.com under the username amal81.















    This was my own interpretation of London, England by looking at various architectural documentaries and old satellite photos stored at our university's planning and urban design department. This was way back (2003-4) in the days of dialup (yes 33.6kbps) internets without the help of something like google earth.

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    Default More pics of the city of London





    A bird's eye view:





    Posh Chelsea terraces:




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    nice :clap:

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    Kudos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirankumargb View Post
    nice :clap:
    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Kudos.
    thank you!

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    Good one

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    My second CJ called "Portage la Prairie" (That name was generated by a random name generator)



    The town started as a farming place. It slowly developed into a medium sized city with growing prosperity.



    Local cathedral:



    Seaport and pier:



    shopping district:



    Bird's eye view:



    The university:



    Suburbia:


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    More shots:

    High tech industrial area:



    High density commercial district:









    More updates later.

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    Great work Amal:clap:

    Question for both amal & J4k,

    Is this game available on PS2? or you could name some similar games for playstation.

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    Thanks

    Nope I don't think this one is available on PS2 AFAIK. Its an old game.

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    wow good job buddy !!

    But, how do u ever do well in that game..... no matter what i do i end up with a huge loss

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    great effort amal :clap:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajan1311 View Post
    wow good job buddy !!

    But, how do u ever do well in that game..... no matter what i do i end up with a huge loss
    If you really want to learn...you should check out the community at simtropolis.com and check out their omnibus section. It has all the tutorials you'll ever need.

    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    great effort amal :clap:
    thanks
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    The game is a strategy game and needs a lot of planning ahead. As 18lama said, read the tutorials on Simtropolis.

    Or you can cheat also. Download a coastal casino that gives insane amount of money every year to the mayor.
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    Or a palm tree single 1x1 lot which gives 4billion $$ to your treasury every month.

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    A found a similar game,its called as Roller Coster, bit less complex and easy to play, you are given a huge land in which you have to install rides and other stuff to attract more people into your theme park, each level got different objectives and hurdles in terms of park location, shape, rides available.

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    Yes its called roller coaster tycoon.

    atari/rollercoastertycoon/

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RollerCoaster_Tycoon

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    how long did it take to build ?

    My city is full of brickwalkups .... some condos in between ....... Lot of air pollution due to the neighboring industrial area . No demand for my commercial district . Rich ppl refuse to move into my city ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    how long did it take to build ?

    My city is full of brickwalkups .... some condos in between ....... Lot of air pollution due to the neighboring industrial area . No demand for my commercial district . Rich ppl refuse to move into my city ?
    You will need to build up a lot of small and medium sized cities...slowly the prosperity of the entire region will grow and rich people will slowly move in.

    Shortcut: on simptropolis.com...look out for ralaphaelninja's mods. They can help you a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    how long did it take to build ?

    My city is full of brickwalkups .... some condos in between ....... Lot of air pollution due to the neighboring industrial area . No demand for my commercial district . Rich ppl refuse to move into my city ?
    Tip: Build recreation areas and gardens. Nothing like these to attract wealthy citizens.

    @amal, I think I have seen your CJ (portage ...) on Simtropolis.
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    really? do send me a link if you come across it again.

    I tried searching but could not find it.

    Ok here's the final update for this city journal. I found more images on imageshack. It is from the same region Portage La Prairie.

    The city is called Brockville. The images might appear to be in random order because imageshack has removed certain images...don't know why.











    This is a real Megapolis with a population exceeding 1 Million.

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    More pics:











    The city even had some space left for a beach.




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    Nice beach front.

    What I meant was "I remember seeing this city on Simtroplis in 2006". I was intrigued by an Indian contributor.

    Very nice pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just4kix View Post
    Nice beach front.

    What I meant was "I remember seeing this city on Simtroplis in 2006". I was intrigued by an Indian contributor.
    Thanks...You should've contacted me...I was looking for someone from India all the time to talk to. I found being between so many Canadians all the time, a bit wierd...lol.

    If you wish you can tell me your ID via PM.

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    LOL. I was just a leecher at Simtropolis - downloading Stex and Mods. Visited CJs for ideas and interest. Never contributed anything.
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    How do you think I got 5800+ posts there? I am a forum games specialist. got a trixie award too...just for that.

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    What did you like most of the Stex add-ons? I found that the retaining walls, city walls, highway walls as the most exciting, simply because they bring so much real life to the game.
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    I liked the tall skyscrapers and terrace (The ones which you see all over England) like buildings. I also liked parks and plazas, which can be used to fill up empty spaces. So the city looks like a paved paradise, not a dirt bucket like our cities are.

    I liked Peg's (Pegasus) retaining walls and other puzzle piece lots...but found them too tedious to actually use them.

    The best mod made by Peg is the seasonal woods.

    There were so many cool mods...My plugin folder had expanded to more than a GB and that too when there was no BSNL BB.:P

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    This is all greek to me

    1. what do i do about air pollution ?...... My current city has become an industrial hell hole ..... mostly dirty and manufacturing type .... Hi tech industries wont come up even thought theres great demand for it ... guess its because of the pollution

    and congrats ... great screenshots

    2. did you lay the roads and bridges before zoning areas ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    This is all greek to me

    1. what do i do about air pollution ?...... My current city has become an industrial hell hole ..... mostly dirty and manufacturing type .... Hi tech industries wont come up even thought theres great demand for it ... guess its because of the pollution

    and congrats ... great screenshots
    Simtropolis.com - Online City Building Community

    get registered on simtropolis.com and follow the link I gave you, it will solve most of your problems.

    2. did you lay the roads and bridges before zoning areas ?
    I play really big cities in sandbox mode. I acquire loads of money...and than do things my own way. Its more fun that way. Gives you a lot of creative freedom.

    If you make a good city after this; Rep me.

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    @amal, do you remember a guy at S'polis who had made Minas Tirith look-alike? Or was it a map?
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    Nope, sorry. I checked STEX...found nothing.

    I did find some middle earth maps.

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    I definitely remember something. I showed it to my son also (who is also somewhat interested in the game).
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    Very useful link
    rep+
    Can you please tell me which other authors in simtropolis upload some great stuff maps,mods,skins and the like

    spread some repo

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    Just look for the most popular files...I haven't downloaded any mods for nearly 3 years. So I would not know who is the current fav. But you can look for Pegasus (for parks, tress, lakes, water bodies etc.) and Bixel, NDex for sky scrapers.

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    @Shadow, give me till the weekend. I will tell you my favourites.

    PEG makes beautiful mods and add-ons.
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    @Shadow: Also look out for really huge capacity schools and hospitals. They will save you from all the micro management. And one such school or hospital can serve one entire medium sized city.

    Back in the day there used to be beautiful Japanese mods available at Simtrop. I don't know whether they are there or not atm.

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    ok

    i went thru some gameplay guides ........... my gameplay has improved drastically .... gr8 site

    j4k did u also use a money modd ?

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    ^ I am glad you liked it.

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    Yes. I used the Coastal Casino cheat.

    I have created cities without the cheat also. But to try out all the Stex downloads such as parks, walls, pond kit, etc. I had to cheat also.
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    Actually medium sized cities can be managed without cheating even on hard level. But Large cities need a lot more money initially when starting afresh.

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    omg!!!

    just today got to see this thread...

    when i read the topic i thought lama was making some city planning or something related to loans... lol lol... its cause of most time on opera mini....

    great job done... actually i thought to rep but already given you yesternight or day before that, so i need to spread some more love... but i will do ... for sure...

    :-)
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