A Soviet, Albert Speer, Russian/British Nuclear Steampunk Hybrid mess
Time for a new city in Cities Skylines however, Palpatine City won’t be going anywhere as I will come back to it for more detailing and tutorial content.
This time I decided to run the City known as Grand City of Solaria to a theme and what a mess of a theme it is (deliberate). The city will follow a Soviet post 1945 theme but I am mixing a bit of Albert Speer design, British/Soviet Nuclear Steampunk into the mix as well. By nuclear steampunk it builds on an original idea in the 50 and 60’s that everything would be nuclear powered (including ships, planes, ovens (microwaves are actually nukers) and power too cheap to metre (not sure if it was nuclear cars or battery cars recharged by the grid powered by reactors)) with design blending brutal-ism and late Victorian/Modernism. I believe the Fallout game series might represent this best before the missiles flew.
The map chosen was Elena Fall 1 which allows two cities to be built at two very different heights.
You can see where I am starting the City as well
Laying the foundations
So we started with the nuclear power station, the Central Soviet Hall and its Spires, and the Tribune area. From there the rest of this part of the City will be moulded around them with a second City on the lower Plains to the right.
As you can see I have added 1930’s Zeppelins as sky buses and because they were equally the rage as well as atomic power – the MONORAIL!
I am using the European Theme to control the buildings so 21st Century design buildings do not pop up.
Now I can hear everyone saying ZEPPELIN rides so one Zeppelin and one Monorail ride coming right up:
As for someone wanting to take their dog for a walk? Well this happened – we rode the bus:
I usually engage in Macro-Detailing – that is using the Zones and infrastructure to “detail” my city however, more recently I have been engaged in Micro-Detailing or going right down to site level to detail a City with props and decals to make the City look more realistic.
The game uses mods and assets to custom assets to spice up my cities and various themes are used depending on the City.
So I have been watching Detailer Supremo Slay3K doing Detail work on his city since the beginning of the year (Slay’s Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/slay3k ). I have never been one for micro detailing owing to patience and to be honest being tad lazy but last night I thought lets spend a few hours doing this – so I did!
Twitch told me I streamed for 3 hours and I did not even finish the roundabout at the Airport. So yep micro detailing does certainly take a lot more time than I would spend macro-detailing (using zones and roads to detail the city at high level). But you can see my first attempt at using Procedural Objects to customise assets for the roundabout.
More can be seen here:
Plenty more to do as I got an entire City to do with just highway signs alone. But am enjoying so will stream it more alongside normal city play.
Slowly getting use to the new DLC + Japan Content Pack
After a small interruption on Sunday I have managed to settle back into Cities Skylines DLC + Japan Content Pack with the continued build of Palpatine City. Palpatine City uses the Craters Fall Map that came with the new DLC and is based around a small flat area in the centre of map surrounded by mountains while criss-crossed by rivers.
It might not look like much land area but that does not mean NOT to use your imagination. So let’s take an initial tour shall we?
I did not have my usual Mods and assets until last night (still do not have my Tram roads yet) so using the Vanilla tools proved to be interesting if not derpy.
But one thing I do love about the new DLC is the transit hubs in which I got two laid down thus far. They being the Inter-City/Metro Bus Hub (thus opening connections with the region rather than rely on an inter-city train station which is both expensive and floods young cities with more tourists than the infrastructure can handle at that time).
I managed to set up a Salmon and a general fishing industry that catches, processes and either sells fish at the market or sells it for export thus generating revenue for the City.
Trolley Buses! I despite not being a fan of them (cheap version of a tram) I decided to build a Trolley Bus circuit to serve the tourist area of Palpatine City.
As of last night this is where we are with Palpatine City:
The City has matured into a nice young town with most amenities now provided for the population. The next phase is to bolster the Industry which still faces strong demand as well as making sure we have workers for the factories, mines and farms. Later on in the week I will be starting on the City Centre, and Metropolitan Airport Complex.
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!
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!