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  1. More images from my ctiy (Simtropolis) from Designer City. The images are from the city building game app Designer City. <---- Still in progress, you can still see alot of empty areas on the sides
  2. Moscow

    For anyone going to Moscow, a trip down the heart of the city is a must. We begin our journey with a drive down Tverskaya Street - the most well-known road in all of Moscow. This crowded shopping district has existed since the 12th century, and the streets are lined with historic architecture wherever you look. Even with some light rain, its Russian charm is still undeniable. As we make our way around the city, the rain begins to pick up considerably. Endless rows of commie blocks dominate the surrounding landscape - their bleak repetitiveness serves as a fitting backdrop to the elements. October brings the first snow of the year - creating a beautiful atmosphere around many of Moscow's most famous landmarks such as the Lomonossov Moscow State University. Completed in 1953, its imposing facade has served as the perfect symbol of Moscow - a powerful city that serves as the financial, political, and economic capital of Russia. Once the calendar crosses over into December, temperatures plunge into the negatives as the entire city turns into a winter wonderland. Moscow is one of the coldest major cities in the world - with temperatures as low as -44F being recorded, it takes a lot to brave these months. While it may be cold outside, it's not cold enough to stop us from visiting one of Moscow's most famous tourist attractions, Red Square. Few places on earth can boast such a collection of historic buildings in one location - with the Kremlin, State Museum, St. Basil's Cathedral, and many more within walking distance. Once the seasons change and the elements begin to clear up, a beautiful, sleek city emerges. Despite still being in construction, the Moscow International Business Center (Moscow City) boasts one of the most impressive skylines in all of Europe (and in the world). Its one of a kind collection of skyscrapers on the banks of the Moskva River include the Federation Tower, City of Capitals, and Naberezhnaya Tower - all of which are equally stunning. While Moscow may be known for it's past historic architecture, Moscow City makes it clear that this is also a city with an eye on the future. NOTE: Two of these scenes (Moscow City & Red Square) feature a handful of sketchup models from sites like 3d warehouse, as there were no close replacements for certain buildings I needed. These are real models imported into the game with 3dsmax, they are like any other BAT you would use. Some editing was done though to add effects like extra nightlights and snow. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "2016: Year in Review"
  3. This is from my city "Simtropolis" from a game called Designer city (available on the playstore and appstore). It's summer now, and what better place to be other than the beach?
  4. Simtropolis: Military Base

    This is the military base of my city, Simtropolis from the game Designer city (mobile city building game).
  5. Sydney

    Our trip to Sydney begins with one of the world's most recognizable buildings - the Sydney Opera House. Built in 1973 - its unique white seashell shape truly sets this skyline apart from the rest. Sitting just behind it is the Royal Botanic Gardens - opened in 1816, there's no better place to take a stroll on a sunny day. Just as recognizable is the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge - built in 1932, it's one of the best ways to cross the harbour. At night, its distinctive lights dominate the surrounding waters. Water taxis are a great way to get around the harbour, and the Circular Quay (whose name contradicts its squarish shape) near the CBD is one of the most popular destinations in the entire city. Sydney is a city known for it's suburbs. In fact, it's got 555 of them - but few are as beautiful as Lavender Bay. It's easily reached by water taxi, has great views of the Harbour Bridge and the skyline in the distance - not to mention being ranked consistently as one of Sydney's most livable suburbs. It's a great place to call home. A rainy day in the CBD. Some of Sydney's most recognizable buildings can be found near Hyde Park - such as the MLC Centre, which held the title as the city's tallest building for 15 years. Nearby is the Sydney Tower - completed in 1981, you can enjoy some exotic cuisine 360 degree rotating restaurant. Another scene from the CBD - some of Sydney's tallest buildings - Deutsche Bank Place, Chifley Tower, Aurora Place, and Governor Philip Tower tower over the Royal Botanic Gardens. However, it's at night that these buildings truly come to life. And finally, some overviews of the city. Special thanks goes out to all the various creators at 3D Warehouse, as many buildings here were imported from there (too many to list). If you're interested, just search "Sydney" there and you'll find many of the same models I used - you'll need to have basic gmax/3dsmax knowledge to get the model into the game however, but it isn't very difficult. The highway system is modular, for an insight of how I created it and the process behind it, please take a look at the comments section of my "City Overview" and "Night Scenes" ST challenge entries. A pic illustrating how I set it up and some of the pieces in game can be seen here. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver
  6. Tour of Africa: Johannesburg

    Our Tour of Africa begins with one of Africa's most iconic cities - Johannesburg. With nearly 4 million people in its metropolitan area - this is South Africa's largest city, and has one of the best skylines in all of Africa. With a unique combination of various architecture styles and plenty of famous landmarks to boot - there's plenty to do and see here. The famous Orlando Power Station was in use for nearly 50 years - but since the late 90s, its been transformed into a tourist center, with colorful murals painted on its walls and base jumping becoming a popular activity. To make it into the city itself, one of the most traveled routes is over the Nelson Mandela Bridge - completed in 2003, its one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Construction of the bridge was quite tricky, as it directly runs over 43 different rail lines - but construction was completed without disrupting any of them, and its been a popular tourist attraction ever since. At night, this bridge turns into a spectacle - for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the bridge's lighting system was upgraded extensively, and a new rainbow colored scheme was installed. If you can make it here at night - the striking color show will certainly be worth it. We've made it into the CBD - and there's no better time to see the city than during a beautiful South African sunset. Despite a little fog and rain - the landmarks here are still quite stunning, like the Carlton Centre. Completed in 1973, its been the tallest office building in Africa ever since. At night is when the city really begins to come alive, however. The streets of Johannesburg are typical of any other African metropolis - there's people and cars filling every last inch of pavement. It may be chaotic, but the life and energy of these streets makes visiting this city a special experience. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: Introduction" Thanks to @Namiko, @GoKingsGo, @Yarahi, @Tonraq, @juliok92012, @AlexSLM520, @RandyE, @raynev1, @mike_oxlong, @Odainsaker, @scotttbarry, @nos.17, @mattb325, @matias93, @mrsmartman, @bobolee, @Fantozzi, @Marushine, @_Michael, @CorinaMarie, @Manuel-ito, @bladeberkman, @RobertLM78, & @Toby Ferrian for all the likes!
  7. This is from a mobile game called Designer City.
  8. Toba - Bay of Saitama

    • Update #5 || Toba - Bay of Saitama • ############################################################################## • Toba is a small town located in bay of Saitama. It has a population around 55.000 inhabitants and as most of these villages located in the bay of Saitama it produces rice and fish. It is located in the South of Handa peninsula, almost where the bay of Saitama begins. From Toba you can reach the new Saitama's airport very Quickly because is located nearby and since the last year is also possible reach Kawasaki easily due the new Tunnel that cross the bay of Saitama and connects Kawasaki with Handa Peninsula. • • Towns like Toba are very popular in the last years, why ? It's quite simple. Here you can find all you need to have a normal life...the transport is perfectly connected with all parts of Saitama and the rest of Japan but life here is much simpler and easier than a chaotic urban area...• • Yes, Toba is also connected with the rest of the Prefecture by train. Trains are really important in Japan and every single village of town must have their railway lines and stations. You can reach from Toba using the train one of the Saitama's central stations in 1 hour more or less... • • The noise from the trains is part of the city, there are trains crossing the city and reaching the train station during all day, there are some trains at night too • • There is nothing really important or special in this town, standard layouts for roads and buildings. Everything has to be efficient here. [In the center of those pictures you can see the city hall] • Toba is also connected by the Highways system of Saitama. • • Some of the streets and areas of Toba, as I said is a quiet and normal location of the metropolitan area Saitama • • This is the port of Toba. Its and old port and in the past most imporant part of this town. Today the port is used by the inhabitants of Toba and it has not an important role in trade of the prefecture, but in the past this port was important to bring fresh fish to a big number of person in this area when the transport system was not that good... anyway the Toba's port is very popular among people of this small town and they love to visit it every day to buy some fresh fish or get some of the ferries to go somewhere in the Prefecture...• • Students and workers, the trains are filled with them and they come from city center every single night... • • The natural barrier that protects the bay of Saitama from big waves makes it possible to built all those big and small ports along the shore. As you can see the protections are not really large. This also affects the number of inhabitants, making possible more urbanization areas along the bay • • Thanks for your visit and I hope you enjoy this update about TOBA • ############################################################################## ~ Greetings from TOBA, Saitama Prefecture ~ ############################################################################## Greetings / Saludos / Groeten # Jonathan.
  9. Although three years old, I just ran on this version of SimCity for telephones and tablets. It is a very different game from SC 3-4-2013. It looks like a simplified version but still rather complete. I went thru the tutorial a little bit and found it quite enjoyable, while waiting for the bus. Wanna try it?
  10. So i was wondering if there is any way i could change the config or something to make it so resources never run out, such as water, ore, coal and oil. If not, could somebody possibly make a mod? I will donate 10 dollars on the spot. If you want me to increase it, fine
  11. For more information, go to the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI-fUK7O3w8
  12. This is from my city "Simtropolis" from a game called Designer city (available on the playstore and appstore). It's summer now, and what better place to be other than the beach?
  13. Here's the old town part my city: Right next to it, some villas and commercial zones, and pedestrian mall streets.
  14. Simtropolis beach

    This is from my city "Simtropolis" from a game called Designer city (available on the playstore and appstore). It's summer now, and what better place to be other than the beach?
  15. Hi, It's been some time since I came to Simtropolis, I only came every once in a while to check things out, and I noticed that Simtropolis have been slowly dying. The chat which is my favorite place rarely have anyone. I have some suggestions that can help revive Simtropolis to it's former glory, to make Simtropolis great again - pun inteded. I'll break it into parts. The STEX: Choosing from the categories which game you would like to download stuff for is very annoying, simpler approach would be best, for exemple when you enter STEX you will have 3 clickable images, each one will take you to the STEX of the approprate game, for exemple a clickable image for SimCity 2013 STEX, another one for Cities skylines, and another one for SimCity 4, and more if there is. Currently when I choose to enter the STEX for SimCity 4 (or the other ones) the listing is using the webpage space very inefficiently, it looks messy and ugly, I liked Simtropolis as it was before, now the while website looks very messy and not inviting at all as it used to be, what happened? On a positive side, I like the extra options that we now have to have a quicker access to see our activity in the forum or in the STEX, also the sorting options, those are great and can be useful for many. The Home Page: it looks messy, the featured city journals don't look as it used to be, and the frame of it is a little boring. The STEX Featured and the Newly Added Files sections look not as good as it used to be, the featured stuff images should be bigger to fill all that wasted empty space and maybe take those sections to the top of the home page right above or right under the featured city journals section or maybe on the side. Somewhere less far away from the top of the page. The "From The Gallery" is not being used much and it's navigation is not inviting to use, as a proof for that you never find any like or comments on gallery images. It's a bit not user-friendly. Simtropolis Challenges Winners Podium section should be higher in the home page. Basically I think that you need to show the best stuff at the home page to impress and invite new comers and to make them stay, try to put best quality stuff and add more variations. The Forums: The forums sections is fine and looks great, no problem there. The City Journals: In just few words, it's ugly, it's a bit of a mess, it used to be better in the past, easier to navigate and easier to find stuff. The chat: No problem there, but I have an idea to make it alive again, along with Simtropolis, everyone are mostly using smartphones now, why not an app for Simtropolis chat? Or an app that let players watch the city journals, the forums and enter the chat (they don't need to download from the STEX or anything, but maybe seeing the STEX files and commenting on them would also be useful), it should be a light app for quick use, people don't chat from PC as often as before. I imagine something like a cross between Instagram but with a chatroom for everyone to chat in, something like messengers' pop out chat window that is easy to use and won't force you to quit any other running apps or to stop playing your game to type a word or two in chat. I think it will be a big update and would bring some life back to Simtropolis. Also maybe some advertising for Simtropolis on Facebook or other places? Or simply Youtube videos? I don't know.. I'm just not sure what you can do about this, esspecially the funding for that. I also suggest to add a bit more ads to Simtropolis to bring more funding to your website to keep improving and doing the great work! Maybe a video ad from time to time, or an optional section of the website where members can watch ads or leave ads playing to help Simtropolis? Ads in a Simtropolis app that can be desabled by making a payment would make more sense. Another way to bring more funding to Simtropolis is to have a shop section where you sell game keys for Cities Skylines, SimCity 4, and the other city building games, and even strategy games like Age of Empires or Age of Mythology and others... basically concentrating on building games. These are just my opinions All the best
  16. SimCity 4 Is Still Great

    SimCity 4 is a spreadsheet that will never be balanced, but that’s what makes it so fun, even 14 years after release. Yesterday, an article about SimCity 4's Network Addon Mod, a comprehensive mod for roads and traffic in SimCity 4, reached the front page of r/Games.”Not only has SimCity 4 survived, it has thrived with new creations offered daily by content-makers, and has even evolved with substantial player-developed modifications like the Network Addon Mod,” author Dirktator wrote. While that’s definitely true, and the thriving mod community for SimCity 4 is a joy to browse through, after playing until two in the morning I can safely say that SimCity 4 also holds up on its own. Full article: http://kotaku.com/SimCity-4-is-still-great-1796823071
  17. South Asia

    Our journey to South Asia begins with a trip to the countryside - and the timeless rural beauty of the many tea plantations that dot the Sri Lankan countryside. The ones near Kandy are perhaps the most well-known - they've been making the famed Ceylon Tea ever since the British first colonized this area back in the 1800s. As the hillsides climb higher and higher, the strength of the tea leaves increases accordingly - making this one of the strongest teas in all of South Asia. No trip is complete without having a cup first - so make sure you make a stop over at the Ceylon Tea Museum first. The Indian Ocean is one of the most beautiful places on the planet - and it doesn't get much better than the thatched roof resorts of the Maldives. This island country south of India is world-renowned for its sunny weather, pristine beaches, and stunning resorts - from the diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, there's always something exciting to try out. We now move into India, and our first destination is the famous Ganges River in Varanasi. This is the most sacred river to the Hindus, who make up 80% of India's population - and by cleansing in it, they wash away their sins. All sorts of religious ceremonies and festivals are held here - and for any Hindu, it's a lifelong ambition to make it here at least once. Sadly though, modern times have been tough on the river - pollution levels have reached staggering heights, and it's now one of the most polluted waterways in the world. An ambitious cleanup project is planned in the upcoming years - but little progress has been made thus far. We move north to the capital of New Delhi - where you'll find some of the most stunning buildings in all of India. Our next stop is one of the most unique structures in all of India - the Lotus Temple. This flower shaped Baha'i House of Worship has become quite a famous attraction - with over 70 million tourists visiting since it was first opened back in 1986. Under Baha'i law, all religions and faiths are welcome here - making it a popular social event place in the city. Wanting a centerpiece for his new capital, Indian king Shah Jahan had the particularly impressive Red Fort built in Delhi from 1639 - 1648, which contains a massive complex surrounded by towering red walls. This grand fort holds pavilions, offices, workshops, mansions, expansive gardens, and just about anything else a king could ever need - no wonder he inscribed the words "If there is a paradise on Earth, this is it" inside. (full size link here) Our last stop is the most iconic landmark in all of India - none other than the world famous Taj Mahal. Wanting a grand tomb for his wife, Indian emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra from 1631 - 1648 and covered it with gleaming white marble - and to this day it remains one of the most marvelous buildings on the face of the planet. Starting in 2004, tourists have been able to view it at night - making for one of the most magical experiences imaginable. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Replies for "South Asia (Preview)" @TekindusT Thanks for the kind words! @_Michael Glad you enjoyed it - thanks! @Jeffrey500 Thank you! There may be another preview coming.. so keep your eyes peeled @kelistmac Thank you @mike_oxlong Thanks for the comment! @tariely Thanks for the kind words Yeah, I paid very close attention to that on the plantation pic, glad you liked it @Akallan Thanks for the nice comment! @raynev1 Thank you, glad you liked it! @kschmidt Thanks for the comment! And good catch too, they certainly do seem to share some similarities! @Golhbul Thank you! Usually when I'm doing exotic updates like this one and others, there just won't be enough existing BATs to make it work - so sometimes I'll have to find some custom models to import into the game with 3dsmax (3d warehouse and cadnav.com are good places to start). More recently, I have been BATing various models w/ 3dsmax - I intend to do this for a number of future updates as well and I hope that I'll be able to get them to a stage where I can release some of them in some sort of pack. As for the Red Fort scene, I sorta combined both methods that I listed above - I started off with some basic models from 3d warehouse, made a number of modifications to them, and I then I made all of the various road pieces and whatnot from scratch with BAT. And finally, big thanks to @Fantozzi, @RandyE, @_Michael, @Pluispixel, @MushyMushy, @v701, @Jeffrey500, @mrsmartman, @CT14, @Yarahi, @kelistmac, @Artimus, @mike_oxlong, @Manuel-ito, @tariely, @Akallan, @raynev1, @Jolteon, @kschmidt, @nos.17, @scotttbarry, @Ducio, @bobolee, @Elenphor, & @svenson for all the likes!
  18. BATs by Bipin

    This will be the home for all BATs by Bipin, as I'm sure you figured by the title. These won't just be any BATs though, these will be ones centered around a cohesive theme. In other words, I'll be making the BATs that you've always wanted, but never gotten; the essential BATs no one has ever got around to making. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I'll start off with something that is essential to any city; suburbs. While we have older suburban houses from the 50's up to the 80's, its difficult to find modern houses. So with that, I present to you... I've made all this in 8 hours today, I worked hard! On top of that, this is my first time making anything in 3dsMax, so I hope you like what I've done so far. As a side project, I'm also in the process of creating retaining walls and ramps for FARHW-MIS: Now, none of these are rendered, but there is a reason to that. Whenever I try and download and subsequently run BAT4MAX, the .mzp unzips itself, instead of opening an install prompt, so if anyone has suggestions as to what I can do, let me know. I'm running 64 bit Windows 7. I hope you enjoy my seeing my progress so far, comments, questions and any other concerns are always appreciated!
  19. SimCity 4: Minderia

    Minderia The land of Technology On February 4, 1991, the US State of Minderia was granted independence after a referendum on the issue the previous year. Located on a giant island west of Los Angeles, it shares a water border with the United States, and its capital is Minderia City, which was only founded in 1977. This SimCity 4 YouTube City Journal is meant to follow the growth of the seven major cities of Minderia. In the end, (sometime in 2020) we will have a city journal finally worthy of being on the City Journal section of this site (which is probably when ST 10.0 will be released) Without further ado, here's Part 1 of the series! Here's a rundown on what has been done in this video. In the first entry to this series, we make the interchange of Highway MA4 and MA7 on the South Split as well as build up a retail park, which will be moved further down south because it doesn't exactly look realistic where it sits now. Other than that, I forgot the skyscraper re-lots from KOSC, yeah. Gonna half to download those before the next episode.
  20. Scenes From Africa

    Our trip to Africa starts off in Lagos, Africa's largest city. Getting anywhere around town seems to be an impossible task with the never ending flow of traffic. Street vendors and hawkers are on every street corner, and the massive crowds of people everywhere adds to the congestion. In order to go anywhere, using the bright yellow danfos (buses) are almost a necessity - they're virtually everywhere in the city. But just when we thought the traffic was bad enough around our hotel - one of the local markets spills out onto the streets. This in turn forces one of the main roads to shut down and everything comes to a complete standstill for a couple of days. We're limited to touring the city by foot at this point, but at least we get to check out many of the beautiful goods that the local markets have to offer. After our stay in Lagos, we start traveling East - right into the heart of Congo. All the roads from this point forward are dirt covered - which potentially makes rainy season a real headache. Fortunately for us, we don't run into any problems for the time being. Along our way, we get to meet numerous tribes, observing their rituals and getting a chance to see how the locals live. The mud and thatched roof huts they call home have been a mainstay for thousands of years - and we can see why, noting their sturdiness and ease of build. Our next stop in our African journey is northern Tanzania where we take our Jeep through Serengeti National Park. The views from the ground are amazing, almost immediately spotting large herds of elephants, giraffes, and zebras. However, to get an even better view, we decide to board a hot air balloon instead. It's wildebeest migration season, and we get an excellent birds-eye view from our balloon - also finally spotting a couple of lions on the prowl as well. Once we get back on the ground, we finally start to make our way out of the park - but not before stopping a few times to let a herd of Giraffes make their way across the road. We board our plane and arrive next in Madagascar, being sure to see it's famous Avenue of the Baobabs. Not only are they perhaps the world's fattest tree, but they also can live for 2,000 years or more - they're truly marvelous as they tower high above us. However, just as we make our way out of the area, we're met with an unexpected surprise. We thought we left the traffic back in Lagos - but evidently we were quite wrong, getting stuck in a cattle traffic jam on numerous occasions. Once we make it back to the mainland, we travel a couple hundred miles West and make our way across the Zimbabwean border. After getting lost more than a couple times and finally getting some much needed help from the locals, we're able to locate Great Zimbabwe, nestled in the middle of the Zimbabwean foothills. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, all that's left is a collection of ruins scattered around central and western Africa. Despite their current state, you can still get a sense of the power and greatness that these walls once held. Our final destination is perhaps Africa's most famous - Victoria Falls. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, these awe-inspiring falls truly live up to the title. Once we get there, we're sure to try out a little whitewater river rafting - it's the middle of the high season and the river is in full force. However, there's still something that's a little more dangerous that we have to try out. Our tour guide takes us back up to the top of the falls, and we board a small boat to Livingstone Island near the middle of the Zambezi river. We slowly move our way across the lip of the falls, careful not to take one wrong step on any slippery rocks along our way. Finally, we reach our destination - the infamous Devil's pool. We take the plunge, and the only thing protecting us from a 300+ foot drop is a small submerged rock barrier on the edge. We take a deep breath, carefully leaning over the edge to catch the view of a lifetime. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! Thanks -korver
  21. Hello people! My name is Seb and I am here to keep SimCity 2013 (SC5) alive with my mods I'll attempt to make for you4 OWN wishes. Please take note of that : I do not modelize 3D objects, I only make mods with SCPak. I am very handy although. Here is a list of what I am able to do at the momment with SCPak : Modify ControlNet system (Production, Usage, Bandwith, info mods) Modify megatowers (Levels, crowns (for real)) *Soon: New levels, new megatowers, new crowns (later). Create new working modules without overriding the original ones and integrate it to a building. *Soon : custom buildings with custom modules.Please take note i am currently working on a huge ControlNet project wich will allow me to make even better mods. This could allow me to make CUSTOM GREATWORKS, CUSTOM OMEGACO SYSTEM and CUSTOM Crowns who will use ControlNet.Here is a list of things I can't do : custom maps, custom roads, custom layers, custom hud/ui (would be too long), custom 3D models, megatowers colors modifications.
  22. Note: This is in reference to Windows 7 64 bit / 1 step instant guaranteed performance and running with absolutely ZERO CRASHES EVER! Over time, I've read so many 'fix's' or attempted 'fix's' for installing and successfully running Simcity 4 on a windows 7 PC, from setting the affinity, or switching to compatibility mode, administrator, or windowed mode. I've tried pretty much all these and I still had problems, and I know of many players whom simply have held on dearly to the XP operating system, which is now so far out dated, considering it was released 12 years ago. The problem people have with installing Simcity 4, rush hour or whichever, is they allow it to auto install in the C:\Program Files (x86) directory, as we know, any changes in this directory require admin authorisation, and for some reason it just does not work well with Simcity 4. I simply installed it in C:\Program Files, note that it is not the (x86) directory. This directory has free reign and does not require admin for changes, anyways the point of all this, is I have now clocked over 120 hours of game play, with over 200 plug-ins, and had absolutely not 1, crash. I have it running on max graphics, max everything, and it runs perfectly. This fix is so simple, so extremely basic, I'm not sure why I have never seen it posted anywhere on the net on any site, perhaps this has already been covered, It is something so basic, I would be surprised if it hadn't already. But the main thing is, IT WORKS! Mechalic * Note : Please post on here, if this has worked for you as well
  23. After a long break, we return to continue our story once again! A lot has happened since I was gone, so this will be a big update... The town has really grown over the years, and despite the threat of fire and economic problems early on, all the towns are now flourishing. However... It's been relentless...the heat... it just doesn't end. Today in particular is even hotter, with temperatures soaring to an outrageous 98 degrees here in Woodland, while the neighboring River City is a more bearable 95 degrees. In the middle of November. Yes, that wasn't a typo. Normally, we would be getting cold fronts around this time, and the average highs around this time are usually 75 degrees. But not this year. Why is it so hot around this time? The planet's seasons. In this planet, every 5-7 years, we get an extreme version of what most call "El Nino." (Note, that this CJ takes place on another Earthlike-planet but that's for a future update long in the future...) Today was a fateful day...The day the town would be changed forever... "This heat is killing me and this city. If this doesn't end soon, I'll have to cut power to sector..." (weather channel in the background) Weather Channel: Temperature records are being broken everywhere... We got a massive cold front conflicting with the warm air mass that has stagnated over this region. This will bring relief in a few days but not without severe atmospheric instability. We have a massive wall of thunderstorms moving southward... I call Ben on the phone... Ben: "Hello?" Me: "It's me, I'm coming over, we need to ask Matt for more power or this town will run out of air conditioning" (It's around 3 PM by now) I quickly take the 5 minute drive to Ben's mansion: *Ben is my business partner/Co-Mayor and best friend who has helped me with negotiations all throughout the years. He owns 3 of the CO$$$ shops in the town (including the one with the blue roof to the right of the mansion) He dedicates his time to his family who lives in this city as well, and does his best to make it a better place) "Did you hear about the thunderstorms?" Asked Ben. "Yes, they can't be too bad" I said. "Hopefully it'll bring relief from this heat by the end of the week..." "Ben, we need to call Matt (Woodland River City), we need more power or this city's going to shut down!" Ben dials the phone and calls Matt... Matt: "Hello?" *Matt is the mayor of Woodland River City, the neighboring town west of WL Town. North of WL River City is District 1, and South is Pleasantview. Ben: "Hey, it's Ben here, mind sending us more power over here? We don't have enough for this city and it's getting worse..." Matt: "Are you crazy? We're overloaded here, Pleasantview and District 1 already asked me, I got no more!" Give me the phone... (Ben hands me the phone) Me: "It's the Major, how much do you want? Look, I'll give you $10K, $20K..." Matt: "No can do major, if I give you more power, I'm going to have to cut my city's power and my townsfolk are going to kill me. They're already mad about the fire...Do you want that on me? Do you really wan- A deep, booming thunder bellows outside, shaking the windows. Matt: (Still on the phone) "What was that?" "I think thunder..." I said. (I put the phone on speaker) Then, a loud explosive bang/thunder is heard on Matt's end... proceeded by: Matt: "Holy ****...Oh my god, I gotta go now!" *Hangs up* Ben looks at me with a worried expression. "I have never heard him curse before. Ever." He said. We go back inside and turn on the Weather Channel Weather Channel: A massive super-cell is moving southward above the frontal boundary... Far from most populated areas but any small towns are under severe tornado warning, including - Just then, a white flash. The power goes out. Another loud thunder follows. We go back outside... The sky is beginning to look Ominous, it's like two sides taking over...one side it's a beautiful day, the other side it's a nightmare. It looked like a wall ready to swallow us up. The beautiful day side would get smaller as the storm moved in. Me and Ben urgently got in the car and we drove up to the fields, just outside of the industrial zone to check the storm out and get a photo for the news: (Note the freight trucks trying to get as much freight as possible to the warehouse before the storm) Me and Ben stand in the fields, looking out at the massive storm clouds. We take a photo of the scene... Just seconds later, the wind picks up and then, hail...lots of hail... We make a mad dash to the barn nearby as we get pummeled by hail and dust blows in our face. We run practically blind but make it inside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzS3S1chOiI (Play this during this scene, I don't know how to embed the video in) "We need to get everyone to safety. I have a feeling this storm's going to be bad," said Ben *Glass breaks* (I look down and pick up what appears to be a baseball-sized hail) "hmm...what makes you think that?" I asked sarcastically as I held the chunk of ice in front of him The hailstorm only lasted for about 10 minutes, with only a few larger pieces falling. Panicked townsfolk ran to the nearest stores as they were caught off guard. After that, a downpour that affected mostly the East Residential area (4:47 P.M.) Once the rain let up, we came back outside. The shape of the super-cell storm was very well-defined. The sun came out once more, for the last time. At least, today...Before the massive storm would swallow us up... (Note the bridge to the left where the river is, that's the bridge to Matt's Woodland River City. Pleasantview is on the lower left and Woodland town is in the middle) "Wow...I have never seen anything like this in my entire life." Said Ben. "I mean, I always wanted to but not here!" We drove to a near commercial building that still had power somehow and turned on the TV. Weather channel said it's only going to get worse... Just then, Matt calls... Matt: "MAYOR!! You need to GO!! Take everyone to a shelter NOW! I just saw the most massive tornado...it is huge and it's moving straight for ya...I'm warning you!!" "We need to find a shelter, Thousands are going to die if we don't." I said. "Where the heck are they going to go?" Asked Ben. "There's no basements... He paused. "Wait! I forgot, I installed a siren a year ago...It was meant for fire alerts but it could be used for this too. It's pretty loud! I never tested it but I think if we sound it, everyone can evacuate or take shelter, but where?" "The High school" I said, "The Gym walls have reinforced concrete, and it's the strongest building in this town! There's no basements here, only in River City" "Alright, major," Said Ben," The alarm is in near the town square, in the back of one of the two Waffle houses. Go sound it off. I have to drive to the west sector to pick up family members and a few kids. I'll also call the school's principal and the news crew to alert everyone. Now Go!" (Ben drops me off and drives to the West Sector) Amazingly, given the ominous clouds above, once the news crew got updated on the situation, they basically took over all channel for an emergency broadcast hopefully that may save a lot of lives. This is kind of what virtually every TV in the city got to hear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDnTDY4JmwE (It wasn't this exact message but it was similar, the difference is obviously instead of Alabama it would say Woodland City, and it would be telling everyone to head for the high school instead of underground but this is just to give a rough idea of what they heard. Scary...) Just then, the tornado appears just North of the town....I drove over to the Waffle houses: After asking around where the alarm was, to which no one knew, I call Ben, who was at The West Elementary School Me: "Ben, where the heck is the alarm? I can't find it?" (Ben in the red van left of the plaza near the playground as he picks up his family, cousins and kids to take to the shelter) Ben: "It's in the back of the building, look for the little pulley" Me: "Got it!" One of the Kids shouted "Mom, it's the tornado I see it!!" Ben: "Let's go! Now!!!" With everyone in the car, he speeds off... The siren finally activates... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIypdzgZAaI The loud siren echoes throughout the town. It is then when the real panic begin to set in. Residents rush to Woodland Town High School's gym by the hundreds. Some drive, and others walk from the nearby houses/apartments, while others evacuate to WL River City. (As the alarm blares, people head into the school The gym is located on the lower right Wing of the school from the main entrance) Officer: "Come on, move it! We have little time!" (Chatter of people in the background) The wind starts picking up again. Ben: (On The phone) "I'm on my way back to pick you up" Me: "I'm right at the Main Street intersection" As Ben Drives, the tornado can be seen in full view. Here's what they basically see: (Even though this is a real life example, they were driving next to a farm so just imagine that the buildings on the left are the West-Sector Homes! People who had no time try to leave or run to the nearest buildings (or wherever they can at this point.) Either way... Times up... (Note the traffic from people STILL trying to evacuate to WL River City on the Lower left...The only road that leads out of town) As Ben Drives down Main street, a second, even bigger tornado appears from the North Industrial sector moving south It's heading right for us, we gotta go now!!! Step on it!! The School's just two blocks down!! "I yelled as I jumped into the car with the frightened family and kids... *Brakes screech* "Come on!" Yelled Ben, "We need to go!!" The roaring begins to get louder as the tornado approaches We make the mad dash against the wind to the school entrance, as well as the two kids. The gym is located on the right wing, just right of the main entrance LET'S GO!! LET'S GO!!! HURRY!!! We barely make it into the shelter. The roaring from the tornado is just deafening as I enter the gym with at least 1000 people crammed inside. We huddle together with the kids as begin to cry. "Oh my god, it's right over us!" Yelled the mom. *Cries and screams are heard in the background* Help us!!! Loud unbearable roaring followed by glass shattering... To Be Continued...
  24. Chapter 3: Fire! Fire!

    The city's on fire!!! We need help! We have no fire stations! Oh man... So last update, I got yanked away from what I was doing by my adviser, who was panicking. I come outside to see smoke, and drive to the burning houses. What started this fire anyways? Citizen 1: Our gas heater, it exploded, and they're all on fire... Alright, get everyone out of their houses, this fire's going to burn. You, get some buckets, and you get your hose from the house. I want everyone, all of you to help! Citizen 2: It's overpowering us! Back away!! The house explodes just as he says that. Oh (4-letter word)! There it goes... It is a scene from hell. The mix of smoke from burnt house and trees fills my nose, children are crying as they watch their house burn with people going back and forth to and from the two pools (look in the above image) in a panicked, desperate attempts to try to stop the fire. The wind causes the fire to jump to the other side of the road... Citizen 3 (inside house): Hurry up! The fire's coming, get this stuff out! (Child: Mommy my doll!) I got it don't worry! Half the neighborhood is already gone. Can our collective efforts put out this fire? Some sims, in sheer panic run to their cars, and some stand with the few things they were able to salvage from their house before the fire got them. Citizen One: Alright, let that one burn, the fire ain't going to spread... (Scene from fire, people watch the last house burn down) The fire destroys the entire street, but the rest of the town is spared. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and we were able to rebuild: A gap where for some reason, houses wouldn't build. It is now a place where children like to play games like hide-and seek, and climb the trees! Good night! First traffic map of Woodland: City from above: -------------Western Expansion------------- A new road that extends west of the main town... This new area will soon have houses and farms, and will be dubbed the Western Residential Sector... Population is currently 875 Sims from this point on, and we're making a small profit, while barely scraping by with money. I wait a few months, then save up for...farms! We got massive Agricultural demand! It's farmin' time! Land is cleared for the new farms: New farms for more food: Woodland's very first water tower: Costing only $50 a month and pumping 1900 cu/mo of water. (Funding was cut to $10 for now) Several stores open up near the tower to make great use of the water: Industrial Relocation/Expansion I don't like the industries being so close to the main commercial/residential areas, so it's time to demolish! ----------Northern Industrial Sector---------- The new industrial sector is built north of the main town, away from the main city and with plenty of room to expand! mmmmmm...Yummy pizzas! I'll take one with pepperoni please! Yes, fresh from the farm materials taste amazing, their pizza practically slide off the crust A new block of houses are built to satisfy some of the high low wealth demand: -----City Beautification----- Our city's first park: A nice playground with a community garden: Another park is built at Central Square, consisting of a tennis court, basketball court, and baseball court. This also includes a new church just north of the park: Things are now great! We're making nearly $500 a month, population is over 1000 at 1,624, farms are booming, small shops/restaurants are opening and there are more things for the kids to do here! Next update, we shall visit the neighboring town (Woodland River Town) to pay Mathew a little visit (the guy that stopped the obliteration from last update) and make a few deals So yep, good times to come... ...And to think that I almost obliterated this town!
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