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Can I save a city without growing it? Doubts about regional growth

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Hello folks, so I got back to SC4 a few months ago, I only played it as a kid and now I'm getting to know the alghorithms and the mechanics of the game.

I read in some place in the internet that if you load up a city, play for a while without any growth, then save and close the city, the whole regional growth will be affected negatively because you played that city without doing any growth. So you need your city to grow at least 10% each time you play it otherwise it messes up the region. I can't remember where I read this.

Can anyone confirm or deny this? I hope it's not true because I'm focusing on building a lot of RHWs atm and I got little time to play so whenever I do, I just build for a while on pause mode and then save and go to sleep, I hope I'm not affecting my region.

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What that is referring to is the regional demand influence in your city which is added to the current demand in a given city tile.

Let's say you have two city tiles A & B which are side by side and they have some form of transportation connection between them. You play A for a while and grow it to 1000 Sims (or whatever size). You save, exit to region, and then go into B. When you arrive in B you will have some extra demand based on A's current size and demand. Let's say you tinker around in B laying out roads, but do nothing else, save, then exit. Then if you go back into B that wee bit of extra demand from A won't be there.

However, instead of exiting B then re-entering B you could go back into A, run about a years time, save, exit and then load B and the extra demand reappears.

Overall, it's not something to worry about in the slightest. I tend to play one tile for days, exiting one night and loading the same tile the next day. Sure, I'm mostly working without the slight regional demand modifier, but it's no big deal.

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  • Oh I finally understand it now, I was really worried that my city would shrink in size because of that, but I'm much more tranquilo now.

    Gonna get back to watching Colombia and England *:D

    Thanks Corina, appreciate that.

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