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My CXL Sketchbook

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I recently got my hands on the newly-released Cities XL 2011, and decided to start a CJ about my various "city-sketches". Cities XL really gives me the freedom to create cities I used to draw in sketchbooks, hence the name.

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Thanks for viewing!

Live life to the fullest. 8)

-DC


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Angelic: I hope these pics provide a better view. 2.gif

Roger51: Thanks Roger!


The transportation options for CXL 2011 is for sure one of my favorite aspects in the game. I am a big transit guy, so I was bound to have one of these types of updates. 2.gif

 Here is a day in the life of the transporation planner of Plainview, Baltimore's most prosperous city thus far. Enjoy! (As always, click for full resolution on the images)

Mr. Thomas Bellamy, trnasportation planner of Plainview, starts out his day with his commute across the Chesomac River over to the Heardquarters of Metro Operations, located on the far right.

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Today, his job is quite simple. He is to venture out into the sprawling metropolis of about 150,000, and observe how his newly established transportation infrastructure is running. First, he takes the metro to 1 of the only 2 stations in the city, disembarks from the train, and uses a maitenance entrance to get on the median between the metro tracks. Transportation planner isn't always a family-friendly job in Plainview.

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Tom then hurries back to the metro station, and catches the bus that is a block away. So far, so good. The bus arrives right on time, and the bus driver even greets him as he boards. He hops off the bus at the Vine City Bus Stop, and mingles with commuters, interviewing them about the new mass transit system. Waving as the next bus comes to the station, Tom bids farewell to his fellow mass transit enthusiasts. Tom was sastified with his work, and humbled by the public's reaction. 

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Just as dusk came over the metropolis, Tom stole one more glance from the blacony of his highrise apartment. Tom was pleased that he would have some positive news to report to the mayor amid Plainview's rough economic times. But what pleased him more, was that he had succesfully fulfilled his father's dream of Plainview becoming a bustling city full of content inhabitants. 

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Thanks for viewing.

Live life to the fullest! 10.gif

DC

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That bridge, it-it's monstrous. 9.gif

Jesse Swiss, first let the poor sod build some more 3.gif

We'll eventually see a CBD sprouting out in the centre 4.gif

I like that 'big mamma' walking to the bus, gives you a feeling that the city is peaceful and organised..

Hmm, yes....

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Well, I've been pretty busy with real life the past week or so, but I wanted to post some replies to get some life into this thread!

I will try to post some pics this weekend, if I have time!

Jesse Swiss: Yes, at this point it's all suburbs and not very exciting, but the fun stuff will come soon!

Angelic: Yes, soon.....when I am done with exams, maybe? 3.gif

Glad you think the city is peaceful, that's my goal.... 3.gif

DC

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Mrdazza460: Thanks much, that was definitely my goal when I created it.

Madri: Thanks! I liked the Marta trains too, I just had to download them!

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It's been a good while since my CXL or SC4 CJ update; a few months by now, I s'pose. I have played both SC4 and CXL for a long time (was in the original CXL 2009 beta, in fact), and I like them both. To be honest, I would probably play CXL a lot more if we could just create more custom content for it (i.e. buildings, mods, etc.). As a matter of fact, I am not really sure what stage the whole "figuring out how to put 3ds models into the game" process is at, but if someone does now about, I'd be very thankful if you dropped a comment bringing me up to date with the situation.

At the turn of the year, the CXL forums seemed active, now a lot of the big CJs have been slow for a while. I know that the CXL forum site that Focus Home runs is much more active, but I'd really like to get some life back into these forums and CJs.

So, I dug up some aerial pics that I haven't posted yet, and I'd like to share them with you. They're nothing special, but it'll give ya something to look at in case you read my little rambling above.

Hope you all enjoy, and I hope I can work myself back into these forums and CJs, and hopefully spark some excitement in them. :)

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Take care,

DC

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Nice city DCMetro34 a litle town which can grow very and convert to a beautiful metropolis. great job,continue with the same project.

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Great work DCMetro!! I rarely venture into the CXL forums, but there are a lot of awesome creations here, including yours! :) Keep up the great work, I like that small town!

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Sanfe96: Thanks so much, and that is exactly what it's becoming! :)

Damastius: Thanks DM, I love transit. :D

Mikeaut1: Much thanks to you Mikeaut! Thanks for venturing!! :D

Well, I did play some CXL over the weekend, and my city now boasts about a 500,000 person population. I have some traffic maps and satellite views (Fun to look at, I know :P ) to show everyone. The maps were taken at 400,000... and 500,000. This is just to show the growth of the city so far...... in the next few days, I'll take some zoomed in pics, and throw together a story about them, kinda like I've been doing.

My graphics card chipset >.< wasn't really cooperating this morning, so I couldn't take any detailed pics in high quality for you guys. I have been saving up for a while... and I am looking to buy a graphics card that I can plug into one of the expansion card slots on my laptop. If you guys know of any that work well with CXL, please don't hesitate to point me in that direction! As of now, I'm a little clueless. :P

So bear with me on the detailed shots (I know they're a much more enjoyable read). :)

Anyway, here is an aerial traffic congestion view at 400,000 inhabitants.

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And, another at 500,000 citizens.

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And, the accompanying satellite view for 500,000 people.

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As an added bonus (how car salesperson of me :P ) I'd like to show you some custom content I was working on.

It was an MTA subway train! :D

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It was a reskin of Skimbo's MARTA train, I believe. My only problem was.... when I went in game, this happened. >.< As you can see, the area of the car where the doors are s'posed to be is another texture.

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What I think the problem was, was that Skimbo's model had wider doors. So, in my model, it would have needed to take up the same amount of space, but my doors were actually smaller. So... that's the only reason I can think of, but again, if any of you guys have any ideas of what could be causing this; please, please don't hold back!

Of course, this isn't the final model of the train, but I wanted to show you guys to see if you had any insight into my problem. :)

Comments are always welcome, and greatly encouraged! :D And I also tip my hat to you if read this whole update!! :P

DC


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Nice expansion. That city now houses 500.000 inhabitants? Thats wierd, my city is somewhat (actually a lot) bigger than yours and only houses a mere 900.000 citizens. Must be because I have CitiesXL 2009.

Anyhow, try to make it more personal and place the lots yourself instead of using the zone option.

Nice work on the custom content!

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City continues with good growth. have been very risky putting the line underground in a small town about 150k inhabitants normally I expected to double, to 300k inhabitants. But if it works good... >.<

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Hello everyone!! :)

-ICE-{man}: Yes, the city does have 500,000 residents. Most of the city is high density or medium density, with only the original location of City Hall containing the low density areas. Thanks for your advice on making it more original by plopping my own buildings, look for that in the next update. I am so used to SimCity 4 where all you do is zone, zone, zone. :P

Sanfe96: You're right, it probably wasn't a good idea in the beginning, but it's seemed to pay off now that the city has 500,000 residents. :)

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I promised you some pics of my 500,000 person city that actually showed what the city looked like, and today I have just that. :D

As for the MTA train, progress is slow and steady at this point. When I get one thing to work, something else goes wrong, but that's how it goes, huh? :P It's a real challenge getting some of the textures to line up on the sides, but I'm working on it. ;)

And this is my current version of the MTA train...

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I know the border doesn't fit this pic at all.... but I couldn't find a shade of pink that looked right, either. :P

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In the upcoming days I will take some more pics, and have a big update with my re-texturing of vehicles!

Until then, take care! :D

DC


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-ICE-{man}: Thanks, you'll like the new ones. :)

Madri: Thanks, and yes... I'm still working on the MTA trains..


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Hey everyone!

I had a burning desire to play some CXL, which was probably due to the fact that Focus Home announced CXL 2012, which will over 1000 buildings, 60+ maps, and will be user-friendly on the modding front. :D

I haven't looked too much into it all... but does anyone know if we are going to be able to create buildings from scratch for the next CXL? By their description, it kinda sounded like it... but I was wondering if anyone had a definitive answer.

Either way, it's coming out in only a few short months, and sounds like it will be quite the addon for all us 2011 players.

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So in the last update I promised I would give you guys some pics of Newport, my largest city. So, I took some shots, one of them being at night. It was a pretty nice shot in my opinion, but there was a big black spot at the top of the pic from where the mountains are. You couldn't see the mountains since it was night, so I stared at the pic for a minute or two, before deciding how to fill all that empty space.....

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Now that was a long intro for a pic. :P I like to photoshop my CXL images more than my SC4 ones because CXL images are more realistic. SC4 basically gives you the same image every time, just at variable zooms. CXL really gives you the freedom to go virtually anywhere.

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Okay, so my city has topped 570,000 citizens now. :) I didn't build much to it yesterday when I played, but I did give it's transit system a facelift. Before yesterday, we had 2 of the 3-line bus terminals; one for each side of the river. Yesterday, I bulldozed both of them, and plopped a nice 12-liner downtown.

Now almost everywhere in the city is covered by a bus route...

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And the traveler satisfaction really showed the citizens' content!

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That's all for now; I should have some more pics in the near future! :)

-DC

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Thanks Brian!

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So... in short I lost all my cities, and have been working on a new one that has about 125,000 people now. School recently began, so I am busy obviously, but I did have time to take some pics. No extravagant photoshopping here... but I really wanted to post these pics. :) I really enjoyed the photoshopping I did for the storm pic in the last update, so hopefully I'll have time to do that for my next one.

As you can see, most of the pics are in the same general vicinity. Reason being, I had recently built a metro line and some other land-bridges for the first time and wanted to feature those. :P

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Also, my current bus lines... I will have a pic of my metro lines in the next update. :)

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As always, thanks for viewing and commenting! Simtropolis is such wonderful online community; I'm glad I'm a part of it. :)

DC


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Great update, I love what you've done with those elevated roads and the rail bridge.

Sorry to hear you lost all your Cities .. I hope it inspires you to do bigger and better ones though!

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