About This File
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION MOD
I-HT Filler Set 1
1 - INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW
This is a set of 12 ploppable filler lots for high-tech industry (I-HT) that can be used to complement grown industrial areas with some open yards, walls, and several types of cargo stacked outside. The set has been made for the IRM and, as such, blends in well with I-HT areas because it uses the same base texture, and the green fences look rather modern and suitable for high-tech industry.
You will find these lots in the landmark menu, conveniently grouped together right under the I-M fillers. Names and descriptions are bilingual once again, i.e. if your SimCity installation has a German locale, you will automatically see German names and descriptions. All other locales will display English names and descriptions.
The lots with stacked cargo on them will be restricted to relatively level ground - after all, you wouldn't stack containers or pallets of cargo on an incline! The open areas and walls, however, are highly slope-tolerant, which makes them extremely versatile fillers. Check the existing I-D filler set for more details.
Most props have been highly randomised. In some cases there is not only a random selection of the particular prop to appear, but also a certain probability wheter any prop will appear at all - or not. This has been made to maximise variation and visual interest. This time around, there are no stacked pipes, but you'll get an assortment of chemical tanks instead - this seemed somewhat more high-tech to me.
When you have these lots on your mouse cursor, you will notice orange-coloured bars being displayed on them. These are positioning indicators that show the position and alignment of the most important props before you plop so there is no trial and error involved. Play around with it a bit, and I'm sure you'll find it to be self-explanatory. After plopping a lot, the positioning indicators will appear once for a second or so, and then disappear forever.
In terms of game stats, these lots are almost neutral. They do not contain any park/landmark effect, cause a negligible amount of pollution, and cost §7 to plop / §5 to bulldoze each. There are no running costs whatsoever, so plopping a lot of these will not harm your budget even in the tiniest starter town.
INSTALLATION: I recommend extracting the ZIP file into your main IRM folder (...\Plugins\IRM\). After installation, a new folder called "I-HT Filler Set 1" should have appeared, which contains the 12 lot files you will need in order to use this set. However, there is no technical necessity to use this folder; any place inside your plugins will work.
2 - THE TECH STUFF
Not much this time, since these are pretty plain eye-candy lots. As mentioned above, use with the IRM is recommended and will yield best visual results, but there is no technical interdependency.
3 - DEPENDENCIES
If you already have the I-D filler set or the I-M filler set, you have all you need.
If you use these lots as an extenstion of the IRM, there will only be one additional dependency:
SFBT Essentials - for the diagonal overlay, the fences, and those nifty positioning indicators.
If you use these lots as a standalone set, you will also have to download the following dependencies:
Maxis Buildings as Props - for the security building at the entrance
BSC Mega Props Jestarr Vol.01 - for most of the cargo props and some ancillary objects
BSC Mega Props Jestarr Vol.02 - some less important props
BSC Mega Props Gascooker Vol.01 - for the containers and a dumpster model I used.
4 - FINAL WORDS
Phew, this concludes the series of ploppable filler lots for the IRM! This is also going to be the last IRM upload you're going to see for a while - this year at least. I've had enough of it for now. In the running month, I have uploaded 369 lots for you guys and gals to enjoy - that will have to do for a while.
Some time next year, I guess I'm going to "IRM-ify" some popular industrial BATs. This is likely to happen one by one. However, all this is pure theory right now. I'm going to enjoy the holidays without touching the Lot Editor, and I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year, too.
T Wrecks, Dec 19, 2012