One Metro + One Micro District = Another Day in #CitiesSkylines (Grand City of Solaria)

Got to move and house those Cims

Another day and more work to do in the Grand City of Solaria. Recently I did a podcast on Micro Districts and the Soviet Union (see: Micro Districts, the Soviet Union and Modern City Planning). In the most recent streams of Cities Skylines I put the Micro District theory to the test as well as finally building the new Metro system to serve the City.

The following three videos look at where the Grand City of Solaria is or was at as of the 17th June before I started the Harbour District, followed by the Metro being built, and two Micro Districts being laid out.

The Grand City of Solaria as of June 17

The Complexities of Building a Multi Tier Metro System

Building Micro Districts

I did manage to get one of the three Metro Lines working as well. The other two will be done once the Harbour District, and Palpatine Shores are both built up. You might also see the Northern/Southern Lights are enabled when it is night time giving some absolute stunning shots.

Once I have the Harbour District set up I will get some night shots of the Monorail working as it goes through the entire City. The night shots are just stunning.

Next post will cover the Harbour District and Palpatine Shores!

Introducing Grand City of Solaria #citiesskylines

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:

The full strim can be seen here:

I strim at least four times a week at https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

More on Grand City of Solaria soon as I set out the industry and next metropolitan area in the main City!

Welcome to #citiesskylines on Twitch with The Senate

Featured

Affiliate = interactions

Earlier this week my Twitch Channel had hit Affiliate on Twitch. This means you can subscribe, get emotes, cheer for Bits and interact with the City through Channel Points and Subscriptions.

My Twitch Channel including schedule: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001

An introduction in Cities Skylines and my play style

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.

I also run a Discord which can be seen here: https://discord.gg/pX9emeN

Looking forward to seeing you there. We also play Stellaris from time to time as well.

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

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

WHOA – PEOPLE USING TRANSIT – WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT SO WHEN ACTUAL DECENT FREQUENCIES ARE PROVIDED! #CitiesSkylines Highlight

Day 1 and already having to adjust bus frequencies

After some glitches with Twitch I finally got streaming and recording. In the stream I noticed a sea of people heading to a bus station even though it has just opened 5 hours earlier.

A highlight from today’s stream with PEOPLE USING TRANSIT – GO FIGURE:

Provide it and people will use it!

The mass of people already transferring from Metro Rail to the buses in the newly formed Manukau City Centre demonstrates what happens when you put in the transit infrastructure before an urban development not as an afterthought as Auckland does (see: Urban Development in Southern Auckland (Paerata) Demonstration of Infrastructure Deficit Model )

Already I had to increase frequencies on one bus route and will be watching another carefully as it hits 85% occupancy utilisation. Also a summary of thoughts on urban geography and future streams (see: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001/ )

The full one hour video will be up Friday morning.

MARCH OF THE ZONES! We get ready to hit PLAY with Grand Manukau/Layton Cities #CitiesSkylines

We also reach Auckland Transport how to build a 24/7 transit system

Last night I ran the second test Twitch stream of Cities Skylines and Grand Manukau/Layton City. The focus was the Zones around the main City Centre as I prepare to bring the game off Pause and get the simulator going again.

We managed to crash the game in First Person Mode in the end but for the rest the mechanics of the Stream have been ironed out including background audio.

The streaming where we have MARCH OF THE ZONES:

March of the Zones

At the beginning of the video I was also setting down transit lines and setting the budgets. Or rather teaching Auckland Transport how to build and run a 24/7 transit system that runs frequencies no more than every 20 minutes but usually every 5-10 minutes. None of this half hourly or hourly stuff Auckland Transport likes to do and call a frequent bus service!

Finally before the game crash I go down to first person view and some of those towers are HUGE.

Stream Times

  • Summer Time (October-April):
    • Friday: 8pm (GMT+13)
    • Monday: 10am (GMT +13)
  • Winter Time (April to October)
    • Friday: 7pm (GMT+12)
    • Monday: 10am (GMT +12)

Thursday and Saturday streams might happen occassionally

Stream Link: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001/

Hope to see you around!

Transport Line Manager in use