Commonly Available Resources Of Lovely Stuff Like Instructional Specialised Tutorials
*Acronym created by CorinaMarie
The following article has links to various threads, tutorials, websites etc for any new players or others who are a little overwhelmed with information overload on the Simtropolis site.
Be aware you will have to do some reading on the threads but there is some very good information in them and I think you will find them helpful.
Have fun with the game and happy hunting!
PLEASE Feel Free to Make Your Own Suggestions
MODS YOU WILL WANT TO HAVE
NAM (Version 35 just released) - Here
This will actually fix bugs in the game. Even Vanilla players should have this.
There is a custom installation available so if you don't want all the bells and whistles you can get a pared down version if your computer can't handle the entire mod.
When using NAM it's highly recommended to get the SC4Fix.dll because that prevents crashes when hovering a puzzle piece over a TE lot. They say it's a good idea even without NAM installed.
Here is another link to the SC4D Wiki: NAM Tutorials section. It's not anything like complete, but hopefully in time this will be home to all the NAM documentation online.
FILLER SET FOR IRM - Here
Essential for good looking industry.
He did a fantastic job with this and I gather it took two years to complete. A big thank you to T Wrecks; it really makes a difference.
SPAM - SPAM MOD for all those farms you want to create - found on the PLEX
EXTRA CHEATS PLUGIN - Here
You will want this for sure even if it is just to plop a commercial or industrial building in your city. Sadly Residentials cannot be plopped as they will abandon. It does way more than that!
HiTech Industry fix. - Here What is this?
Below is the blurb from the file download.
Short summary: due to a presumable rounding/arithmetic error, almost every IH lot in the game didn't offer any high wealth ($$$) jobs so far, while still creating demand for R$$$ residents though.
- Tutorial for applying the HiTech Industry fix - Here
MARSH'S EXTENSIVE MAYOR-MODE PLOPPABLES LIST - Here
This has stuff you are going to want and should know about.
Note:#1: SimPeg's files along with Paeng's files are available on the PLEX, here at Simtropolis. Marsh crossed them off the list as sadly SimPeg disappeared in July/2015 due to server issues.
Note#2: SC4Devotion LEX requires you to be a registered member in order to download.
LIVIN IN SIM'S TOP TEN MODD SUGGESTIONS - Here
Some of his suggestions are already listed here such as the NAM and the Extra-Cheats but his other suggestions are quite useful.
City Tile Background - Blue skys with/without clouds - Here
Replaces the ugly grid background on the edge of your city tiles. Below is a small blurb from the file download description.
This mod replaces the default Maxis city tile background by the realistic sky texture. Sky Background Mod Day Set 1 contains 7 different textures (various colors, with and without clouds).
You can choose only one texture at a time. Please read the enclosed readme carefully.
Cori's Shoppe Series:
A great way to personalise your region, is to install mods that alter the Terrain, Rock, Water, Beaches and Trees used. With just these few mods, you will totally transform how your game looks. Cori / @CorinaMarie has been kind enough to create a series of "Shoppe's" where you can browse through all the available options to find your perfect set. Check those out with the following links:
- Cori's Rock Shoppe (Linkys to and Pictures of every Rock Mod)
Cori's Water Shoppe (Linkys to and Pictures of every Water Mod)
Cori's Beach Shoppe (Linkys to and Pictures of every Beach Mod)
Cori's Terrain Shoppe (Linkys to and Pictures of every Terrain Mod)
Cori'sJolteon's Tree Shoppe (Linkys to and Pictures of almost every Tree Mod)
C.O.R.I.M.A.P.S. - A Tutorial for SimCity 4 (Quick alternative realistic map making method)
Want unique maps? Try this! Her tutorial for map making is brilliant! No hyperbole intended.
I wasn't interested in making maps myself but as I was creating this article I thought I should read up on it. Who knew clouds and map making went together. I'll have to try it myself.
Check out @rsc204's* tutorials - These are really good and worth your time.
New to the NAM? Check out my tutorials on YouTube. Latest upload: Guide to new NAM 35 features.
*p.s. - I'm MGB over on SC4D and a member of the NAM team.
Another tutorial recommended by rsc204 (not his) Tutorial here
Note: The tutorial is playing at Intermediate level; recommend beginners use the "easy" level but will give you a good overview.
The two tutorials below are actually in the Simtropolis Omnibus - I found these very helpful:
Making-money-the-easy-way by soldyne
“Can't Find It? Ask Here” - Here
This Simtropolis thread is a “Must Read” IMO. You will find all sorts you didn't know you wanted. As well, if you include a screenshot of a building or whatever you saw and can't find the file etc. someone will most likely know what it is and give you the file link. How cool is that?
Plugins Folder Management
Links to discussions about managing your plugins folder - highly recommend doing this "before" you download masses of content. If you don't think about organising this beforehand you will regret it. Advice from someone (me) who didn't know about this and now has to spend too much time sorting things out...so be warned.
The two threads are relatively recent and the second thread has actual pictures of people's plugin folders. This will give you some very good information about how to manage your plugins. These are suggestions only as everyone has their own way of thinking but it will give you an idea of how some of them manage an astronomical 7 GBs of content.
CasperVG's Custom Content lists - Here
Thanks to @Yarahi for the recommendation.
Categorised by type - eg:
- Ports, Harbour and Industrial
- Railways and Stations
It's a treasure trove even if it is a bit old. It will keep you busy with downloading.
“Disclaimer”: The STEX links do not work and it is beyond the scope of this article to fix anything, however you can Google the creator's name ie: “frogface on STEX” and at least one file will come up, click on his activity, click on “files” and you will get the complete list of his files on the STEX. I tried this with 2-3 creators names and it seems to work fine.
LEX links seem to be working.
BACK TO SC4 - Here
@CorinaMarie suggested this thread which has some more information.
Initially when I looked at it quickly, I thought I would simply delete the duplicates, however I didn't realise there was a rather longer list than expected.
@RandyE's DOS directory list (Do look up some of the files mentioned)
(More) Basic Fixes
WEBSITES WITH CUSTOM CONTENT
Many SimPeg files and others are over there. Her website has other goodies you may want to investigate as well. Do browse!
(to download you need to register on the site)
Working Man Productions website - Here - some good content there.
Non-English SC4 Custom Content Sites - Here
I pulled out some of the links as they were scattered about in the thread.
Polish: SimCityPolska - Here
French: Toutsimcities - Here
German: SimCityKurier - Here
Not Sure: Capital SimCity - Here
*Japanese SC4 site links - Here
*Note about the Japanese sites listed above at SC4Devotion - not all of the links work and I understand they frequently change or disappear.