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Transpo-Nexus Civic Center
Overgrazing by Llamas and excessive use of Reticulating Splines resulted in rising sea levels which terra-formed vast regions of inland islands now connected by highways and railroads spanning out from the Transpo-Nexus Civic Center.
This urban feature includes the Simolean Bank, the Simulator Office, institutions of Nanotechnology, Quantum Research, Arcology and Astrosimiology (for the terra-forming of asteroids). Currently, engineers are working on a device that will eradicate those pesky invaders from the anti-sim world.
Just in case someone would want these for a CJ or whatever, I've extracted the .BMP image files from the .IXF files using the BMPext32 program. It only works on plain 3000 and not unlimited. Here's samples:
I had to use the .7z compression to make it fit as an attachment.
I've seen a few other peep's images turning into this and now mine have too:
So, every guide and Shoppe I've created are now worthless. And they want $400 per year to allow me to post images here on Simtropolis.
Simtropolis = where to keep images ? I had a FROG, now PHOTOBUCKET there is a box in Simtroplis. But there is no single Bank. We see that all the work turns to dust. There are normal thoughts?
I tried to work with OneDrive by Microsoft - but it only gives a link to my jpg. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
Full size version (~4MB) of the GIF on the first comment.
Please keep in mind that a time lapse animation was one of the official suggested ideas for this challenge on the forum thread.
An animated GIF displaying my recreation of the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas in Meteora, Greece along with some of the surrounding scenery. Wanting to feel closer to heaven, the locals would build their monasteries high in the sky, perched precariously on the edge of sheer granite rock cliffs - truly an amazing sight to behold.
One of the frames in this picture (fall) was originally featured in my "Greece - Part II" update in my CJ, True Earth, so for this GIF I decided to showcase Meteora in its entirety with Spring, Summer, and Winter frames as well. Each frame showcases extensive custom lotting, intricate MMPing, and custom content creation (various terrain mods created for this picture + a number of new MMPs made/modded heavily)
The first frame starts off with summer in Meteora. Predictably, this time is the most popular season for tourists to come visit Meteora. The harvest season that begins in late summer is a big attraction as well for tourists.
The second frame displays some of Meteora's famous fall foliage. Oaks and maples among others will come alive, displaying various shades of red, orange, and yellow. This coupled with the much more comfortable temperatures makes it a great time to come visit.
The third frame shows off Meteora blanketed under a layer of snow in the midst of a snowfall. Despite Meteora's relatively close proximity to the Ioanian and Aegean Seas, it's just high enough in the mountains (1,000-2,000 feet above sea level) to receive regular snow in the winter. Additionally, the mountains will essentially "block out" gusts from the sea, allowing for temperatures to vary wildly. For those wanting to visit Meteora in the wintertime, be prepared for frigid temperatures and constant frost.
Before looping, the fourth and final frame shows Meteora in the spring. The cold winters often delay Springtime for a bit, but when it comes it can truly be quite beautiful. Be prepared for fog/rain showers however, a common site during this time of the year.
By Cyclone Boom
With the conclusion of the NAM Showcase, it saw the end of the second ST Challenges season. Now on a break, we’d like to welcome your suggestions and ideas. How can they be improved for the next season? What went well, and what would make the events even more fun and engaging?
We’ve got a few ideas of our own, but specifically we’d like hear your thoughts on:
- New theme ideas: Please post in the "Ideas Bank" topic, where ideas can be collected.
- More challenge types -- E.g. Gameplay tasks, such as population or using / creating certain plugins.
- User-hosted events: Should these be brought back in some form?
- Would it help to raise the image size limit (e.g. to 3 MB per image)?
- Always allow more than one image? Like the NAM Showcase allowing 3 per author.
- Length of the submission / voting periods for the challenge types.
- Thoughts on the current method of voting.
- Should authors be made anonymous until after voting? They could be changed to a "placeholder" account before being revealed.
- Has it worked well so far?
- Any small tweaks?
- Change amounts awarded?
- Expand the places which gain rep (e.g. top 5 or 10)?
- Also for the Best Picture Comp -- Rep for round wins + entering the Hall of Fame?
- How frequently should they run: Is the balance right?
- Run more simultaneous challenges?
- Use the calendar to plan the events a few weeks in advance? Would this make it easier to prepare for entries?
Please also let us know any other suggestions you have.
These events aren’t possible without your participation, so we’d like to give you chance to shape their next direction.
~The Challenges Team
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