The Lock-Down Streams. #CitiesSkylines , Stellaris Federations and Plenty of DERP, and Traffic Jank

Streaming while in lock-down

My Twitch Channel and times I stream at can be found here: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

With New Zealand going into lock down as of tonight due to Convid-19 I have decided to up my Cities Skylines and Stellaris Federations streams to 6-nights a week at 7pm. The purpose of the Streams is to give people an outlet to talk, maybe meet others (online) and watch me Derp Cities Skylines as I did earlier this week with the Forestry Industry.

I will continue with Valhalla City even with Sunset Harbour coming out this Friday although given how the Mods always break with a new DLC I might start a new City and run it concurrently with Valhalla.

DERPS

If you are thinking it is 90 minutes of me building a City you might be in for a surprise when the Derps do roll and they do roll in. Such as I spend 90 minutes building a Forestry Industry and wonder why the Furniture Factory was not working. The answer will have you going DERP!

Traffic Jank

If I am not building then I am trying to un-jank my traffic as seen below:

It was fixed in the following stream which I will post next blog post.

So come join me at 7 for the Derps, the Janks, the massive battles and all things traffic in Cities Skylines and Stellaris Federations!

Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

Building our First-Ever Cycle Super Highway in #CitiesSkylines (and taking a Tour)

Took five years but here I am!

I have played Cities Skylines for long as it has been out – 5 years. Yet while perfecting transit and freight transportation options my active modes planning was no more than painted cycle lanes, the odd separated cycle lane next to trams or disjointed cycle-ways over a motorway.

Well that changed this month with the construction of the first ever Cycle Super Highway in Valhalla City! Following one of the two smaller rivers that run through Valhalla the Cycle Super Highway connects the Airport to the City Centre. The Super Highway also has branches coming off it connecting the different suburbs and towns on the trip to the City Centre itself.

Here is me building the Valhalla City – Airport Cycle Super Highway:

There might be no commentary from me in this clip as I had the mic off and forgot it was off.

But you can see the cycle-way follow a very scenic trip to the City Centre!

Here is a tour of the Cycle Super Highway as well:

I am aware the video might be choppy as Streamlabs does not like First Person very much…..

Not to worry once Sunset Harbour DLC comes out later this week and the Mods are fixed we will be straight back into Valhalla City building even MORE cycle super highways across the City!

You can find me on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

CITIES SKYLINES HAS BEEN HERE FOR FIVE YEARS? Yeah I have played the game that long! #CitiesSkylines

5 years with this game?

Earlier in the month it was the 5th Anniversary of Cities Skylines. It was also the 5th Anniversary of me playing Cities Skylines and all its DLC’s (expansions) to date as well – tragic I know.

The game and community has evolved so much over the last five years and here is to another five years although I hope we get Cities Skylines 2 by then. Below is a brief highlights video of me playing Cities Skylines over the last five years from Solaria to Valhalla City!

If you want to see me play Cities Skylines live feel free to follow me over on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

Will be Participating in Cities In A Snap – a #CitiesSkylines Competition!

You see me play it now see me compete in it

This Saturday/Sunday I will be competing alongside three others in a two hour quick build version of Cities Skylines.

What is this you ask? Check the video below!

For timings when Cities in a Snap will be on in your time zone check out https://www.twitch.tv/citiesinasnap

I am looking forward to the competition and how my City holds up after two hours of rapid building (or crashing). I equally look forward to seeing you all there this weekend in support to!

Our Very First Tram Ride in Valhalla City #citiesskylines

City Centre established and we take our first tram ride

We finally managed to do it! In the Friday stream of Cities Skylines I managed to finish the Valhalla City Centre and establish our very first tram lines linking Brownville to the City Centre and return.

Below is the highlights from last night’s stream showing the tram rides. I am aware of both the glare in the night view and the buffering at the end as Windows was starting an update (derp).

Some pictures:

I stream again this Sunday as I do some tweaks to the City Centre especially with the parks and a Radio Mast that is out of place as well.

You can find me here including times: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

The Senate has Registered For Cities in a Snap #CitiesSkylines

Can I build a City in two hours

So I got roped in by fellow Cities Skylines player Cazgem to do Cities in Snap. What is Cities in a Snap? I have two hours to build a City. More in my latest video here:

I have registered for the March rotation of Cities in a Snap so I will let you know if I am in that rotation and the times it will stream (usually 9am NZT GMT +13).

You can keep an eye on the current rotation of Cities in a Snap here: https://www.twitch.tv/citiesinasnap/

My channel along with stream times can be seen here: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

Last night’s low key stream can be seen here:

Valhalla City at night

Progress on Valhalla City Comes Along Nicely

Also a nice chat to fellow gamer Caz

Finally I got back into Cities Skylines and work on Valhalla City. I even managed to lay my first bus lines to while the tram lines are still being built.

So how did it go?

Check out my most recent video:

The first bus route for Valhalla City

As for the full stream:

Some pictures as well:

As you can see I have started the farming industry as well.

Next stream should be tomorrow 7:30pm at: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

Introducing Valhalla City #CitiesSkylines

Was recommended, not easy to build on but a beautiful map none the less

I found the Valhalla Map on the Steam Workshop and saw fellow Cities Skylines streamer Caz giving it a whirl the other day and thought to myself I need to check it out – so I did.

Introducing Valhalla City!

The video of last night’s stream where we do get the first house built but no factories yet:

Next stream is Sunday at 7:30pm https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

2020 = New #CitiesSkylines City!

We stripped the assets, we streamlined the mods, we did the spatial planning and away we go

2020 is well and truly here as are the streams (Sunday, Monday and Fridays) on all things Cities Skylines. I also marked 2020 by doing a bit of a clean out of the game in regards to assets and mods to allow the game to run more smoothly. This means also time for a new City using a map I have used before and quite enjoyed (owing to the hydro dam potential).

With all that allow me to introduce Grand Manukau/Layton Cities using the Los Dominos Map with Theme Mixer 2 enabled by TheOwl:

Grand Manukau/Layton Cities

As you can see I have already placed in some highways, bypasses, flood walls (the river floods often once the dam is built) and the cargo rail station. The map is actually a tropical dessert map but using the Theme Mixer 2 I have made it more green – call it the wonders of irrigation and terraforming. However, the temperatures still get above 30C in the day.

Again the twin cities, twin cores urban islands model will be used for this City but I am going to try the 15 minute City model that has come up on LinkedIn thanks to a Mayoral Candidate in Paris.

So far this is what we have before the first house was built in last night’s stream:

And as someone pointed out this junction looks like Jabba the Hutt:

As you might have seen things like bus lanes and light rail are already laid out in a basic formation using the Infrastructure-ahead model. That is I run the basic transport infrastructure ahead of urban development so it is ready to go once the development happens. Unlike Auckland which follows the infrastructure-deficit model which is build the houses first then think about the infrastructure in 30 years time. Remember that is think about it, it will take another 30 years to even start building it.

Light Rail and bus lanes ready to go for when the City Centre starts to get built!

And with that as seen in last night’s stream the first house did manage to get built for our first resident!

The two streams in setting the City up. For some reason Facebook thought the music was Copyright when Paradox has said it can be used for streaming – so go figure!

And the first house and first bus marking the birth of the City

You will need to watch the above video on Facebook owing to that stupid copyright issue that does not exist.

Next stream is on Sunday at 7:30pm at https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

Happy New Year/Decade, Changes to Stream Times and First Stream of the Decade!

Changes to Stream times

Happy New Year and Decade everyone. How was everyone’s break and Decade 3 of the 21st Century kicks off.

Last night I held my first stream for 2020 in which I again managed to set a portion of my City on fire (meaning I need more fire choppers). Also trying to get on top of the high residential demand sounds like an average day in Auckland with no matter how much residential zoning I put down it is never enough.

Below is yesterday’s stream per Facebook:

Stream times

Stream times have changed. They are on Twitch and Facebook are continuing Mondays and Fridays with Monday adjusted to 12:45pm New Zealand Time and 7:30pm on Fridays with Sunday 7:30pm also added. You can catch my streams here: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

Hope to see you there!

Ben Ross aka Palpatine001