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Better Heavy Industry 1.0

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Welcome to the age of factory automation and mass production. It increases production of the high-density heavy industry by 2.5 times, and makes it pay more taxes too, at the "cost" of also hiring about a third more unskilled workers per factory.

It will leave the low and mid density factories unchanged, because I didn't want to screw up your economy while you still have a tiny city and can't build much else to provide jobs. But as soon as you're big enough to zone for high-density heavy industry, you can demolish the old factories and zone for these more efficient ones. And use the left over space and workforce for, I dunno, manufacturing or high tech.

The basic story is that I hated having to build that much heavy industry, and the pitiful taxes they paid didn't even cover the cost of cleaning up their pollution. I COULD use the wonderful sandbox mod, but it's not very realistic, and trips my suspension of disbelief. I wanted something which still maintains at least a thin pretense of realism.

So the changes are as follows:

- as mentioned, I increased each factory's production by 2.5 times. You'll still need to zone several full square blocks before coming anywhere near a sandbox factory, but you don't have to fill half the map with heavy industry either.

- I've increased their workforce from 3 unskilled, 3 skilled and 2 executives to 4 unskilled, 3 skilled, and 2 executives. On the whole, because you need less heavy factories and can build more manufacturing and high-tech, you'll still end up with a lot less unskilled workers in the city, but I still wanted to have a half-way believable number of them. A city with twice as many elites as unskilled workers is kinda silly.

- I've reduced their profits per unit sold to half (mass-production lowers prices), and increased their maintenance per factory by 6 times, so they don't pay insanely high taxes. They still do pay a lot more tax per factory, but it is still quite a bit lower than an equivalent manufacturing factory. The point I'm aiming at is basically that zoning for it isn't a loss, but it doesn't turn into a cash cheat, either, and it doesn't remove the incentive to build more manufacturing and high-tech instead if you can.

How to install it: just unpack the .zip file in your Paks folder. Any existing high-density heavy factories will be automatically upgraded, so in a large city you'll end up with an instant surplus. Sell it or demolish some.

How to uninstall it: just delete the .patch file from your Paks folder. Any existing high-density heavy factories will be automatically downgraded to the vanilla ones. I.e., large cities will have a massive defficit of heavy industry until you build some more to make up for the downgrade.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This has only been tested with Cities XL 2012. I have no idea if it works with any other version.




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It's really just some xml files that can be edited in Notepad or whatever. You just need to decompress them from the game resources, edit, pack again.

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sorry for the complete noobness but i can't find the pax folder, I did a general searched of both my c and d drive for anything Pax and didn't find it. I'm running sc4 through steam can anyone point me in the right direction?

ps I have turned on see hidden folders (just in case) and the file directory for every other sc4 file is D:\games\Steam\steamapps\common\SimCity 4 

Sorry again for the Noobness

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sorry for the complete noobness but i can't find the pax folder, I did a general searched of both my c and d drive for anything Pax and didn't find it. I'm running sc4 through steam can anyone point me in the right direction?

ps I have turned on see hidden folders (just in case) and the file directory for every other sc4 file is D:\games\Steam\steamapps\common\SimCity 4 

Sorry again for the Noobness

It works with CitiesXL, not SimCity4 :) It is the reason why you can't find it.

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"at the "cost" of also hiring about a third more unskilled workers per factory."

Cost? No matter how much Industrial I zone there is no more being built and there's an unemployment crisis in my city. This will help so much!

Thanks!

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