Fine tuning the city to avoid massive rebuilds and expensive motorways
Once you have settled into the basic mechanics of Cities Skylines with a functioning transport system, the zones nicely laid out and the civic infrastructure all working does the fun really begin.
Fun what fun?
As the city gets larger it gets more complex as an organism especially if playing modded as I do. This means regular check ups across the City to make sure the transport and transit systems are working as optimally as they should. The good news is that most fixes you come upon are not major and can be done very quickly and cheaply. That said from time to time a major overhaul might be needed but that is for another day. The point being that six lane roads and motorways are not and should not be the go to fix – PUBLIC AUTHORITIES TAKE NOTE.
In this post I go through some medium and advanced play throughs in using some extended tools to help fine tune your City as well as giving it more realism. Note: I use Real Time Mod which simulates the full day/night cycle and includes the rush hours, shopping, events, and shift work effects upon a City. More HERE.
Standardised Cargo Terminals that also work for Transit Hubs
Using Traffic Flow Tool, TMPE, and basic fixes to get traffic going
Tactical Urbanism 102 in Antarctic City – the Downtown
Tactical Urbanism 103 using one way streets in a leisure district
Using TMPE, Line Marking Tool, and Decals on Roads (Advanced Play Through)
Using Transport Lines Manager to check up on Transit
Of course as the City continues to grow and evolve more checks and tweaks are done, especially as more transit lines are added and old ones might need replacing.
In Cities Skylines your city can fail in one of two ways; population abandons it because your City Management was less than desirable, or the City has become too successful and both housing and infrastructure have not kept up.
Well for Valhalla City we had a case of the latter. After the ore and farming industries opened up we had a massive influx of residents which meant an influx of traffic to boot. Queue the City’s housing and infrastructure in a bit of a pickle. So over the space of several streams (or strims) I attempt to fix one crisis after another. But unlike the real life New Zealand Finance Minister we do not engage in tinkering, we engage in full blown Public Works – NO HOLDS BAR!
So did I fix both sets of crisis that had hit Valhalla City? Find out in the full video streams of the week’s play below. For live streams see: https://www.twitch.tv/palpatine001
The September 20 fly through:
What does the future hold for Valhalla? Tune in and find out!
Apologies for lack of blog material recently with things being busy at home. What I will do is write a post at least once a week summing up what I have been doing on my City with highlights from Twitch.
In the meantime some highlights from Valhalla City:
We do zoning, we do traffic, we ride trams into rendered tunnels, we do sign writing and we do detailing.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.