Park Of The Week – Deserted Oasis by Matt9537

Normally I would refrain selecting my own work for picture of the week. However, an exception is going to be made here I think.

A large set of islands stand in the tropical waters.

A large set of islands stand in the tropical waters.

The reason – this park came from a set of backups I made and it’s a park file that was lost. When I opened it, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what the file was about – and boy was I taken aback.

I know I used to run a Terraforming shop many years back. This file was newer. However, I didn’t know why I created it or even remember doing it! It was with about dozen other terraformed parks that – when created were instantly put aside.

They are now on the systems so that they will get some use.

Regrettably, I must confess, the terraforming skills in this park (and the others alongside it) were far superior to my current skills (at least in my opinion). What surprised me more was the size of these parks. Considering a standard RCT3 park is 128×128 – this park was almost double that at 230×230!!

A waterfall pours from a mountain into a river that makes its way to the sea

A waterfall pours from a mountain into a river that makes its way to the sea

The size, the detail and the beauty of the park has inspired me to up my game when it comes to terraforming. This, and the fact I was surprised by own abilities makes this my park of the week.

At 230x230 it's one of the biggest parks you can make on RCT!

At 230×230 it’s one of the biggest parks you can make on RCT!

It’s a large, tropical map with rivers, sets of island, mountains and a waterfall

Tutorial – The Drag Mode (Making a Crater)

The drag tool was a mode that I only found fairly recently. Most of my earlier terraformed parks were made without use of this mode. I am going to introduce it to you in this post.

Terraforming can get messy. When raising the ground or lowering it many times the ground moves quicker than you intended. The ground takes on a mind of its own and you are left with a mess.

The Drag Mode is here.

As its name suggests, the tool lets you adjust the ground by dragging it. You can drag the ground up and down getting it to the perfect point before releasing the mouse. No more uncontrollable terraforming!
The tool can be found under the button labelled ’1′ called Terrain Editing Mode.

Where to find the drag tool

Where to find the drag mode

With it selected, you can select a tool (such as raise terrain or lower it). In this example I am going to select a ‘crater’. Now just hold down the mouse button and move your mouse up/down and note how the ground moves accordingly.

Some craters.

Some craters.

In the screenshot (right) I have made a series of craters. In my opinion this mode works well for craters since the crater tool seems to get messy quickly.

I have filled the inside of the crater with mud and the base of the crater with tarmac.

This tool works well for any form of raising or lowering the terrain (however, doesn’t work too well with the tools that smooth the terrain).

 

Park Of The Week – 1 Day Challenge by MarchingEagle1028

Small mountains, small waterfalls witll make your coaster look taller.Small mountains, small waterfalls witll make your coaster look taller.

The landscape that could soon host your ride

I was going to be the European host and judge for MarchingEagles 1 Day Challenge.

When MarchingEagle sent me the park he had made for it, I fell in love with it.

What I enjoyed most from it, was not the amazing terrain painting, it was not the brilliant terraforming but it was the scale.

When I create mountains, they’re big, trying to give the dominating feeling as if you are in a real life mountain range. When I create waterfalls, they’re pouring from great heights – but in MarchingEagles park … he had done the opposite.

That was what was so good.

Small mountains, small waterfalls will make your coaster look taller.

Small mountains, small waterfalls will make your coaster look taller.

His mountains don’t have their peaks in the clouds nor does the waterfall pour from the heavens. He’s created a realistic mountain range and waterfall without the height.

Compared to building on a typical landscape, on this park, rides will stretch far above the mountains making coasters look bigger. With coasters, what? two or three times bigger than the mountains that surround them, that’s going to create an impressive looking ride!

It’s a small park with mountains, river and a waterfall if you want to search for it – or look it up via the author name, MarchingEagle1028.

A close up of the waterfall

A close up of the waterfall

Version 1.1

 Version 1.1

Whilst many people enjoying the current version 1.0 work on the next version has been underway. With a release date planned in the next few days it won’t be long until you enjoy the brand new features.
Version 1.0 will still continue to work so if you don’t want to upgrade, then you don’t have too!

Here’s an overview of the new features:

New search features allowing to be more specific in your searches.

New search features allowing to be more specific in your searches. 

A big change to the search features.
1) You can now search for parks featuring waterfalls
2) Search improved (rather than searching for exact matches, it will return things that contain the phrase).
3) You can search the description, CSO and name of the park file – or all of them together!
4) You can now search based upon date uploaded. For example, uploaded in the last 7days, 30 days or enter your own custom amount of days.

New and updated file viewer showing more detail about the park

New and updated file viewer showing more detail about the park

The results page has more features
They now list the details of the park currently being viewed including the size, terrain, features, date uploaded and how many times it has been downloaded.

V1.1 may be released as soon  as the weekend.
The current V1.0 will still work as it is

 

Park Of The Week:- Insect World by FrontierDevelopments

Insect World by FrontierDevelopments

Despite completing RollerCoasterTyccons scenarios again and again – I was pleasantly surprised every time I opened one up to modify to upload to the manager. Some I remember many I didn’t.

Insect World … I didn’t.

In fact, I was pretty amazed when I opened up the park. The giant spider terraformed over the mountain side with its army of mini spiders.

In my opinion it shows first hand the effectiveness and power that terraforming has on parks and I’m hoping it will be an inspiration to all about terraforming (of course not saying we all have to build creepy crawlies!)

A large spider terraformed onto the enviroment

The giant spider stands over the landscape

It’s found under ‘Large’ and ‘Spooky’ if you want to find it. I can’t imagine what parks or rides will grow around this monster!!!

Blog Away

Just set up this blog which will serve as the place to keep up to date regarding the Park Generator. This is found at matt9537.co.uk.

Use this space to post suggestions, request, report bugs regarding the software as well as to keep up to date regarding the application. New updates to the program will also be downloaded here.

Thanks to the testers! We have just under 60 parks on the system at the moment. Between us can we reach 75?

 

Terra It 3 – Set Of Islands

I’m getting quite into my Terra It series.

Here’s the 3rd instalment  Now I’m using fraps and better audio recording features – so everything should be perfect!

A set of tropical islands – made in about 10 Minutes.

Leave a request on the video or on this post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnOhJl_v67o

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