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Ardmore Falls National Park
Ardmore Falls National Park is situated on the south coast of the Isle of Lethaon. Featuring the tallest cliffs in all of the Star Isles at over 350 vertical meters, the climbing centre at Ardmore Falls attracts climbers from all over the world. At the top of the mountain adrenaline junkies can bungee jump from the rope bridge over the rushing mountain river. Camping, fishing, climbing and more, Ardmore Falls National Park is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
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.
3rd Place entry from Classic Model, New Lot (S3-18-C)
11 Bonus Points
25 TOTAL Points
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A large Southern California styled strip mall for your shopping pleasure. Features plenty of roomy parking blocks so your Sims don't have to spend 20 years trying to back out of a parking space anymore.
3rd Place entry from Nature Scenes (S3-19-E)
11 Bonus Points
39 TOTAL Points
Challenge Results Data | Leaderboard Rankings
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Located in the heart of the Kenyan Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria is home to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingos - every year millions of them migrate to it's algae infested waters. The lake boasts some of the most impressive wildlife in all of Africa - hundreds of species of birds call the lake home, and you might even see a couple zebras if you look hard enough. Geysers and hot springs dot the shoreline, creating a truly unforgettable landscape.
Some notes on Lake Bogoria.
Flamingos were not photoshopped in, they came from this mod on SC4 Devotion here.
The geysers were also an in-game mod, they can be found here.
And finally, the water mod used can be found here.
By ST Challenges
Results Announced Here!
What brings tourists to your city?
Season 3 - Challenge #04 - Weekly (7 days)
Thanks to @Mymyjp for the challenge idea.
Around the world there are countless places that attract tourists. Visiting famous cities, landmarks, experiencing diverse foreign cultures, or simply taking in the sights and smells. You can travel thousands of miles across the Pacific by air, or take a road trip south. There is always something new to see and do, wherever you go. It's these memories which last a lifetime, and make you want to keep exploring.
Yes, it's time to get into that holiday feeling! For this challenge we're looking for your most celebrated tourist destinations. What place is unique to your cities, and makes people genuinely interested and excited about visiting? There are numerous ways to go about this. It could be a notable building or structure, a prominent natural feature, or something more obscure. You could even give a brief background in the description, explaining the history behind the location. Use your imagination. Again the choice is yours what image you submit and how you choose to present it.
See the Possible Ideas section below for a few examples.
This is a Weekly challenge running for 7 days.
Your image must feature a place which attracts tourists (in gameplay terms, or theoretically).
You may use any city-building game -- including SimCity 4, Cities: Skylines, SimCity (2013), and CitiesXL / XXL.
Please submit only one image for this challenge.
For the purpose of voting, please check your image has a full title & description.
To qualify for entry, please ensure your image is uploaded to the submissions category, and complies with these requirements.
Here are a few ideas to get you started, just giving examples of ways to go about this challenge:
Note: The following is not a complete list, or a requirement:
A sunny destination Beach Resort Landmark Unique natural feature (e.g. special hills, cliffs, waterfall) A heritage attraction -- the site of a historic or significant event. Memorial A unique building or architecture Something located in a rare or unusual place. A special event Castle Forest or National Park Amusement Park Museum Zoo / safari
New Leaderboard System
As mentioned in the announcement topic, this season will be using a brand new leaderboard system.
Each challenge will award points to all participants, based on your placing. The higher the position you come, the more points you'll receive. It also gives an extra incentive to take part, even if you don't reach the podium. Then at the end of the season, prizes will be awarded based on your overall standing.
Full details and the current standings can be viewed in the following topic:
The winners will be the top 3 ranked images after a 6 day voting period. Reputation prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries, and the overall average rating. See this topic for more info.
For this Weekly challenge, rep prizes will be given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
Good luck to all!
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