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Contains 9 2x2 lots to choose from. Each lot has a different character, animation, and a variety of props from SC4 Deluxe.
All lighthouses cost 4000§ (Simoleons), earn 100§ a month, slightly reduce air and water pollution nearby, and have a moderate local park and landmark effect.
All lighthouses are in the Reward Menu and are available for immediate plopping. The Maxis Reward lighthouse is not replaced and becomes available as usual.
No External Dependencies:
The dependencies in version 1 have been removed. I am using a smaller texture pack that I made for my lots which is included, and have replaced the Bus Stop with an extended Toll Booth Platform.
The 'BaseTexturesElements_Grass.dat' is an internal dependency required for the lots above; it is included in this package in the folder 'z_Grass Base Textures'.
I have made a 500K Base Texture Volume with textures I made for my lots linked below. If the texture file below is used then delete the ' z_Grass Base Textures' folder as the textures are the same and don't need to be loaded twice.
Base Textures Vol 1 Elements
To install select the folders for the lighthouses you want to use and delete the other sub-folders. Don't delete the 'z_Grass Base Textures' folder unless you are using none of the lighthouses which require them or are using the larger texture volume (see above).
Copy and paste the 'Lighthouse 2x2 Lot Pack V2' into your User\Documents\SimCity 4\Plugins folder.
This lot has been tested in-game, it was found that at least 2 of them are required to almost completely reduce pollution across a large tile as well as to provide water across a grid of pipes covering the whole tile. It was tested also with the Utility Radius and Traffic Pollution Modd. Use the Data View and Cheetah Speed to monitor changes in water supply, air and water pollution. The pump is programmed to consume a very small amount of water so plop the pump in a non-polluted area as tests indicate it will not immediately clean its own base area and may fail to operate.
Location: Water Menu under Utilities Menu, and Power Menu for 1x1 Generator
Lot Size: 5 (width) by 6 (depth)
Water Produced and Treated: 1,000,000 cubic meters per hour.
Pollution Reduction: -1200 over 300
Plop Cost: 25,000§
Maintenance Cost: 10§
Jobs: 15§, 290§§, 15§§§
Moderate Landmark and Park Effect.
Transit and Network Enabled
Power Consumed: 200 MWh (megawatt hours)
Dependency: Included base texture .dat file.
FOLDER: Radical Water Pump and Pollution Reduction V1
File: List of Alternate Water Systems.txt
File: Preview and Install.html
SUB-FOLDER: Radical Water Pump and Pollution Reduction
This is the folder inside the unzipped title folder to be placed in your User\Documents\Simcity 4\ Plugins folder. It contains 2 files: 1. the Radical_Water_Pump.SC4Lot, and 2. the BaseTexturesElements_RadicalWaterPump.dat file with base textures extracted from my Vol.1 Base Textures Elements package. If you use the larger package then delete the smaller .dat file included as the textures don't need to be loaded twice. The larger package is linked below:
Base Textures Vol 1.1: Elements, for SC4 1.1.0
SUB-FOLDER: 500 MWh Power Generator 1x1
I've added a 1x1 lot to generate power for the water pump. If you use the Data View Moisture Mod to locate a high volume of water it may be in a remote area, otherwise a non-polluted area may also be in a remote area. The power generator is equal to 2½ times the wind power plant.
The 2nd preview shows the progressive reduction of air pollution; the reduction of water pollution is about the same. The test city has 2 heavy industry areas and congested traffic generating severe pollution over the entire tile. A third radical water pump would completely eliminate both across the entire tile.
The 3rd preview shows at bottom Cori's Data View of Moisture mod which uses the radiation data view to show changes in moisture from rainfall. In more complicated terrain the moisture data view is useful to see where to place water pumps which depend on aquifers. The mod is linked below:
Cori's DataView - Moisture v 2017.01.22 by @CorinaMarie
The top 2 frames show the progressive increase of water-flow over the entire tile. Water pipes are tedious to place in large tiles requiring about a 30x30 grid. To make the task of watering the tile easier use the Utility Radius and Traffic Pollution Reduction Modd by RalphaelNinja linked below:
UtilityRadius TrafPollution Modd by @RalphaelNinja
The last preview is of this .SC4Lot in production in the Lot Editor for anyone who has enjoyed using SC4 as a design tool, creating .SC4 city tiles, and who may be considering taking the next step of creating .SC4Lot files. Using Lot Editor is not much more complicated. Below is the tutorial that got me started almost a year ago.
Lot Editor: Beginner's Tutorial by @jbbry232
The science-fiction descriptions for alternate tech. lots with radical improvements helps to fit the lot conceptually into the game while justifying what others might simply call a 'cheat'. This one is a bit of a whopper, but entirely plausible.
Water is compacted into super-dense ice crystal cubes and delivered to the Aquifer generators by vertical descent from orbit. Anti-grav. tech. is used to manage the very heavy cubes (not shown). The cubes are then decompressed and the water is pumped into the aquifers, providing fresh-water to civilization and to ecosystems suffering drought. The added benefit is improvement of atmospheric, tectonic, and tidal ⇌ (equilibrium), and saltwater pH balance for life-support of the Earth. This tech. may also be used to re-pack glaciers effective to surface albedo and global climate improvement .
To install copy and paste the Radical Water Pump and Pollution Reduction folder into your User\Documents \SimCity 4\Plugins folder.
To also install the power generator copy and paste the 500 MWh Power Generator 1x1 folder into the folder above.
A curious situation happened to me with a given city. It was (is) a losing situation : high unemployment, dwindling funds, no growth, etc... So I though to nuke the city. If I choose the option from the main Region map to delete the city, everything gets erased including the topographical map. I didn't want that, of course. So I decide(d) to erase everything with the B/V options. Once that done, I reset my Moolah back to 500 000§. That's when I asked myself "Am I cheating or not". On this case, I didn't think so.
But then, changing the city/region/mayor's name, is it cheating ? I don't think so.
Using Ctlr+x to have all the techniques, then yes that's cheating. So there is a subtle from cheating or not. What do you think ?
(BTW, I think that outright cheating is a way of showing a very low opinion of yourself)
I have downloaded Peg's Brigantine Water Mod, but when I go to extract the files, my Norton AV declares its unsafe and deletes it. I have downloaded other Peg Mods with no issues (Streams, Ponds, Utopia, SPAM, etc.).
Has anyone else had this happen and do you know a workaround? Simtropolis has an excellent reputation of keeping viruses and other bad things out of the community, so I find it hard to believe it could be a virus. If anyone would like to investigate this, here is the file Norton Insight removed and quarantined as a medium risk:
and the .exe file:
Thank you so much for your help!
An application for post-nuclear technological civilization.
8 (width) x 4 (depth) Lot Size. Power and Water produced: 8,000,000 MWh/ Gal. per hr. Water Treatment and Recycling: 1,000,000/ 60%, Maintenance Cost: 0, Monthly Income: 50000. Landmark and Park Effect: 10 over 20, Pollution Reduction -10 over 50. Transit and Network enabled. Maxis Night Lighting. Location: Power Menu, Business Deals, Trash Presort Ordinance
The textures file below is no longer a dependency. I've extracted the 4 metal textures and included them in the folder containing the lot. If the texture file below is used then delete the 'BaseTexturesElements_Metal.dat' (40K) file in the 'Cosmic Neutrino Power Plant' folder as the textures don't need to be loaded twice. (The metals textures .dat file may be freely used and included in works other than for the purpose of this lot.)
Dependencies: Base Textures Vol 1 Elements for metal base textures.
FOLDER: Cosmic Neutrino Power Plant
There are now 2 sub-folders containing 2 versions of the power plant, one has the 50K business deal, and the other has a 50K cost for plopping the lot but no business deal. Use either the 50K PlopCost folder or 50K BusDeal, not both. Select one and delete the other. The lots are copies of each other so the game will not separate them into independent lots. Neither have maintenance costs.
What this power plant (hypothetically) does is filter neutrinos from the origin of the universe that are the background static before all construct of atomic matter. The series of high power super-cooled magnetic plates slow down the neutrinos until they exert inertial force which is converted to thermal energy driving electric generator turbines.
For the electric power needs of the entire world, only one of these plants is required as its capability of generation of power vastly exceeds what the demand would ever be for civilization on Earth.
This power plant requires no use of any other fuel and produces no waste or radioactivity. There are no costs involved in either construction or maintenance as the power plant, once operating, eliminates the need for any form of abstract valuation of property, labor or resources. There are no security risks in the operation of this power plant as there is no excess of source, transmission or storage of energy.
Dedicated in memory of March, 11, 2011.
To install first open the Cosmic Neutrino Power Plant folder and choose one of the versions, delete the other sub-folder. Copy and paste the Cosmic Neutrino Power Plant folder into your User\Documents\SimCity 4\Plugins folder.
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