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Featuring themed image contests for city-building games.

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    • 40 Entries
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    Show the best scenes from your city
    Season 3 - Challenge #23 - Monthly (47 days)
    This time, in the final Monthly challenge of the season, we're throwing the doors open, giving you freedom to present any of your finest city-building scenes .
    You may enter up to 3 images you've created from your cities, towns or villages. The image(s) can be anything you'd like, not necessarily depicting high density and skyscrapers -- it could even be a more rural or desolate location. Basically anywhere big or small where your citizens reside.
    The winners were the top 3 ranked images, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    In this   Monthly   challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 5  placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
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  2. Updated

    • 38 Entries
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    This challenge is all about the SimCity 4 "Network Addon Mod".
    Basically, how you can use the features to create eye-catching and realistic images. There are numerous components to the NAM -- such as the: RHW , RRW, HSRP and many more !
    In your images, you may use any component, from any version of the NAM . You don't necessarily need the latest version, although it'd be recommended as it contains the latest features and stability. Also, feel free to incorporate other elements which add detail. This may include areas of the surrounding city (MMPs, houses, skyscrapers, industry, forests, rural terrain, etc). Really any custom content which you feel enhances the images.
    This challenge welcomed up to 3 submissions per author.
    See this thread for more info.
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    • 14 Entries
    • 36 Comments
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    Enhance any image using software editing tools
    Season 3 - Challenge #05 - Extended (14 days)
    This challenge is all about enhancing any scene from your cities. It can be anything from advanced compositing, to simple retouching or changing colour balance. It's really up to you, and you don't have to be an expert.
    Obviously the industry standard tool is Photoshop. However, since the word generally refers to all types of image editing, you can use any software of your choice .
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Extended  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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  4. Updated

    • 12 Entries
    • 31 Comments
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    Create an image featuring the natural environment
    Season 3 - Challenge #19 - Extended (14 days)
    Even though we continue to develop cities and towns, nature remains all around us. Away from bustling urban life and technology, the diverse beauty of the natural environment lays waiting. Water sustains life, trees release oxygen, and plants provide vital food & resources to living things.
    This challenge simply involves creating a scene from the natural environment.
    It can be of whatever you'd like, but if any, you may only add limited man-made aspects.
    Preferably, try to make your image as natural as possible.
    The winners were the top 3 ranked images, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Extended  challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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  5. Updated

    • 8 Entries
    • 29 Comments
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    In a virtual world, the hardest test for any builder is to realistically recreate a location
    Season 3 - Challenge #08 - Monthly (45 days)
    City builders value their ability to create realistic images, but how realistic are these scenes? With the improvements BATers and modders have made to the game, and how realistic their creations are, can our builders create scenes which are indistinguishable from real life?
    We want you to submit an image based off of a real world location. Create this image so that it is as realistic as possible, and include a link to the real world site, or an image which you based this location off. Remembering that real life is not as clean and shiny as it is in our imagination, it's dirty, irregular and exciting!
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    In this   Monthly   challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 5  placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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  6. Updated

    • 23 Entries
    • 29 Comments
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    Create an image taken at night
    Season 3 - Challenge #12 - Extended (20 days)
    All cities have a unique atmosphere during the day,
    But once the sun goes down, it's the perfect time to visit Chinatown!
    At 7 o'clock, people hop from block to block,
    Buildings that appear dormant awaken,
    Sparkling bright and shimmering under the moonlight,
    There are many colours, smells and sights,
    Towering from amazing heights, cars can be seen moving in streams of white and red,
    Long before it's time for bed.

    Yes for this challenge, we're simply looking to see your cities alive and active at night .
    Show everyone your best scene, which is brought to life during this time. Obviously skyscrapers play a big role in lighting a city skyline, but you can depict any night scene within an urban (or even rural) environment.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Extended  challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 15 Entries
    • 26 Comments
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    Show a railroad scene featuring a train
    Season 3 - Challenge #16 - Weekly (7 days)
    "Platform 1, for the 23:31 Simtropolis Express service to Long Shore. Calling at: Fairview, Timbuktu, Green Plains, Cabbageville, Maxisland and Long Shore. This train is formed of 12 coaches."
    Over the years, even with advancements in technology, trains and railroads have principally remained the same since their invention in the 19th century. Today, from commuting people at high speed, to hauling tons of freight around, railroads still play an integral part in getting people and resources from A to B.
    For this challenge, we'd simply like you to show an image of a chosen railroad in your city containing a train. It can be any type, with any number of tracks or trains, Maybe a bustling central terminal, a long fast straight, or a mountainous pass. As usual, there are many options here -- be creative!
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 13 Entries
    • 22 Comments
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    Show a city from a wide perspective
    Season 3 - Challenge #13 - Weekly (12 days)
    All cities span vast areas of land -- some multiple miles. Just by close view scenes, you can never fully grasp the sense of scale that a city covers, including the measure of urban sprawl.
    For this challenge, it's time to dust down those wide angle lenses! We're looking to see your city shown over a large area . If planning to use SimCity 4, this could be from one of the lower zoom levels, or even zoomed right out to show the entire city tile. For Cities: Skylines or other 3D game, you could use a bird's eye camera to take the shot.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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  9. Updated

    • 17 Entries
    • 22 Comments
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    Show scenes with a winter theme
    Season 3 - Challenge #21 - Monthly (31 days)
    The ground is frozen by ice and snow,
    Falling from above, it's quite the photo.
    The sun a subtle golden glow,
    Shining o'er the mistletoe.

    For the winter warmth is here,
    People celebrate with festive cheer.
    The smell, sound and sight,
    Of the eternal winter light.

    Yes, this challenge involves creating scenes to celebrate this special time of year (at least as current in the Northern Hemisphere). What brings the sense of atmosphere and warmth to these cold winter months?
    You may enter up to 3 images including anything that is associated with winter as a season . From snow to Santa, it's completely up to you!
    The winners were the top 3 ranked images, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    In this   Monthly   challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 5  placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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  10. Updated

    • 12 Entries
    • 19 Comments
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    Show off the best image you can create with the limited palette that vanilla SimCity 4 provides
    Season 3 - Challenge #01 - Weekly (7 days)
    For the first Challenge of Season 3, we returned to the very beginning and tasked you with showing off the best image you could create with Vanilla SimCity 4.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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  11. Updated

    • 15 Entries
    • 19 Comments
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    Build bridges, and lots of them!
    Season 3 - Challenge #07 - Weekly (7 days)
    The world has become a Bridge Bonanza, so lets explore how bridges have given your citizens an unprecedented amount of freedom! From suspension to stone, for this challenge we're looking for your best bridges. The more the merrier, why stop at one, why not ten?
    As usual, there are numerous ways to go about this. It could be a feature bridge leading into your city, a small bridge in the woods, a pedestrian bridge over a large highway, or something more obscure.
    Use your imagination. Again the choice is yours what image you submit and how you choose to present it.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 22 Entries
    • 18 Comments
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    City Life, show us what makes your city unique and what expresses how Sims live their life within your region. This is a really simple and easy challenge to get you back into the swing of things. Just show what makes your city unique, that could be a public park, your downtown area, a port, your railway network, a historic suburb etc. Really there are no limits on what you show, just show us what makes you city unique and describe it to us.
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    • 12 Entries
    • 17 Comments
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    The backbone of a region's industry, farming plays an integral part to a country's economy. Away from inner-city congestion is the industrious nature of agricultural life. Tractors, ploughs, and combine harvesters all have a job to do. There are so many details on a farm, and each is unique in their own way.
    See this thread for more info.
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  14. Updated

    • 12 Entries
    • 17 Comments
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    What brings tourists to your city?
    Season 3 - Challenge #04 - Weekly (7 days)
    For this challenge we were looking for your most celebrated tourist destinations. What place is unique to your cities, and makes people genuinely interested and excited about visiting?
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
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    • 128 Entries
    • 16 Comments
    Here we celebrate all the amazing images that have been inducted into the Simtropolis Challenges Hall of Fame.
    These images have come from a range of contests, as described in their descriptions.
    This includes  Weekly     Extended     Monthly  and  Custom Content  challenges.
    All HoF images share one thing in common -- they have been voted by you, our member base, as being the best of the best. Congratulations to each and everyone who has made it here.
    So dive in and comment, then submit your own as described in the Simtropolis Challenges .
    Could your image be next?
    Why not give it a try?
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    • 14 Entries
    • 16 Comments
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    Where there's water, there's a way!
    Season 3 - Challenge #17 - Weekly (12 days)
    Approximately 70% of the Earth's surface is water. So it's no surprise that most locations around the world incorporate it in some form. Apart from being essential to life, water has many prominent uses. It helps provide a means of transport, recreation, or simply serves to make the landscape more visually attractive.
    This challenge involves creating an image featuring any transition between land and water.
    This can be man-made or natural, as long as the image shows land connecting with water. The obvious choice is something along the coastline. But it could also be inland, such as a river, lake or reservoir.
    The winners were the top 3 ranked images, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 14 Entries
    • 13 Comments
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    Build a city scene from a previous era
    Season 3 - Challenge #14 - Monthly (44 days)
    Over time, there have been many prominent civilizations. From the Greeks to the Romans and everything in between, each period has been unique. Not only changing society, but leaving behind defining buildings, monuments and structures.
    In its former glory, we'd like you to create and showcase a scene from an ancient civilization , all those years ago.
    You may base your image(s) on any past civilization, and the goal should be to match the authenticity of this bygone era. What were the traditions and ways of life? It doesn't have to be a perfect recreation either visually or geographically, but try to capture the mood and atmosphere during this time.
    Realism and detail always helps, but a big part is to visually produce an image that is overall unique and interesting.
    The winners were the top 3 ranked images, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    In this   Monthly   challenge, rep prizes were given for the  top 5  placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 6 Entries
    • 12 Comments
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    Enhance a vanilla building with a new Lot
    Season 3 - Challenge #10 - Content (31 days)
    The 552 original Maxis RCI buildings paved the way for custom content as we know it. They helped to inspire new creations, in many shapes and sizes. But even though vanilla buildings laid the foundations, one thing lacking is the detail in the lotting. Back in the day, lotting was more of an afterthought, where now it has become an individual work of art.
    For this challenge, we'd like you to restore a vanilla Maxis RCI building to modern standards, by creating a re-lot .
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    In this  Custom Content  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 5 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
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    • 12 Entries
    • 10 Comments
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    Mass transit can help create a stable city, but at its core can be very hectic. Lets see the centres of your transport system. Every great city has one, grand central station for instance, so lets see yours. It can be range from a group of small bus stations, a large train station, to a ferry terminal, or a mixture of them all. Lets try to keep it around mass transit.
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    • 22 Entries
    • 9 Comments
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    Construct and present an urban complex area
    Season 3 - Challenge #02 - Extended (14 days)
    All cities have urban features which provide services, entertainment and make them unique. Large, small, high, or below -- there are various types which can vary in size and appearance, but each have their own vital function.
    For this challenge, we were looking for you to construct an urban feature, and present it in an image. Your image could show the whole area, or just focus on a specific part.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Extended  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 10 Entries
    • 7 Comments
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    Create any Lot to be used in SimCity 4
    Season 3 - Challenge #03 - Content (31 days)
    This challenge is all about creativity. We'd like you to develop any single Lot which can be used in the game. It can be any type, shape or size, and have an unlimited selection of dependencies. Although for obvious reasons, we suggest to keep this reasonable.
    Of course, the obvious tool of choice would be the Lot Editor by Maxis . However, an alternative would be to use the PIM -X , which includes its own advanced editor for creating lots. The choice is yours, and it's really what you feel most comfortable with.
    In terms of the lotting, the rules are completely open. Use any means or technique to create anything to your heart's desire. We only ask that the Lot functions in game, such as a ploppable or growable. A screenshot must be taken showing the Lot built in the game.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Custom Content  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 5 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 5 Entries
    • 7 Comments
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    Create a new Lot for a previously released BAT  
    Season 3 - Challenge #18 - Content (31 days)
    Throughout the years of SC4 content, thousands of wide and wonderful BATs have made the light of day. On the various exchanges, they've come in all shapes and sizes, and continue to do so.
    For this challenge, we'd like you to select any previously released model ( BAT ), and showcase it with a brand new lot.
    Perhaps you feel you could add additional details or refinements, bringing it more to life.
    Today with new props & textures, along with knowledge gained through the community, there may be a wider range of options available to achieve the desired result.
    The winner was the top 3 ranked images, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    In this  Custom Content  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 5 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
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    • 7 Entries
    • 6 Comments
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    Create a Lot designed to accompany a roundabout
    Season 3 - Challenge #06 - Content (31 days)
    Roundabouts are primarily designed with functionality in mind. They're supposed to help the flow of traffic, improve safety, and reduce congestion compared to a normal road intersection.
    However, there is also an aesthetic element to roundabouts. Fillers can occupy the empty space in the middle, and greatly enhance the otherwise boring appearance. This filler could be anything really -- from a simple plantation of trees, to a monument surrounded by fountains.
    For this challenge, we're looking for you to create a 2x2 Lot, which functions as an avenue roundabout filler .
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Custom Content  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 5 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Monthly & Custom Content" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 10 Entries
    • 6 Comments
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    The Rush Hour is close at hand, cars crawl in search of homes, to terrorise y'awl's mayoralty
    Season 3 - Challenge #09 - Weekly (12 days)
    Traffic falls across the city
    The Rush Hour is close at hand
    Cars crawl in search of homes
    to terrorise y'awl's mayoralty
    And Whosoever shall be left
    without a train for leaving down town
    must stand and face the traffic from hell
    and rot inside a cars shell.
    The foulest pollution is in the air
    the funk of forty thousand cars
    and gas guzzling cars from every where
    are closing in to clog your roads
    and though you fight to reduce the traffic
    your body starts to shiver
    for no mere mayor can resist
    the evil of the traffic.
     
    For this challenge, show off the traffic in your city! The worse the traffic the better the image! Any type of scene can be used, so long as there is lots of traffic on your roads.
    The winner was the top ranked image after the voting period, with the final rank determined by the ranking system.
    For this  Weekly  challenge, rep prizes were given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
     
    See this thread for more info
     
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    • 10 Entries
    • 5 Comments
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    Building interchanges in  C:S  is so liberating. The system they have allows for almost any interchange imaginable, and we'd like to see everything that you've imagined! So lets see what interchange sets your city apart. Try keep your interchange as a creation of your own, but if you must use a pre-made one then that's okay too.
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