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Wright Terrace Gardens RCT-3

Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:23 pm

Hello peeps, it has been some time since my last post, and I have returned to my RCT-3 after some renewed inspiration from a couple architectural threads and posts at another forum, particularly concerning the Frank Lloyd Wright "Falling Water" house...

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So, I am right in the midst of a new resort and park, "Wright Terrace Gardens", with "Wright Tower" the featured resort.

Now, the main thing about this build, is getting the "house", what will be the lobby for the resort, getting that structure situated over a waterfall and making it all work.

So at first, I considered natural looking landscapes, ones of course built to support waterfalls, like these...

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But, getting to make these waterfalls actually work can be quite a pain, I had made up my mind to build a new landscape especially for this build...

But then, taking into account the basic cubism or "rectanglism" of the house, why not build a more artificial type hillside to put this project in? It will lose some of the stark contrast between nature and the modern design, but I could perhaps compensate for that in some ways, and maybe find other aspects to exploit...

So here is where we are at with it, I thought you might like to watch it being put up as I build it.

Here we start with a very basic 'L'-shaped form...

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A bit further along, we add reflecting pools...

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That waterfall is about 60 feet tall!

This building both collects and recycles ALL of it's water, it is totally independent of city water and sewer, and what you are seeing is one of the last phases of returning the water to potable: aeration and UV exposure from the sun...

Where the prominent patio on the house is, here I have envisioned a swimming pool, and the challenge is getting this pool over the waterfall cleanly with no support structures pools normally have...

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I had to go to extraordinary means to get what I wanted from this software, here I have to put a base block in place, then raise the land so I can place a pool section, then I have to take the land back down, 3 steps for what would normally be only 1.

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And we keep up this process...

Now that pool looks maybe small by the pics, it's actually 60 x 170

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A few more pieces in place, we turn the waterfalls back on and there's our pool...

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Here a second pool has been added...

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Also, the floor of what is going to be a Chinese Restaurant instead of the spacious lobby of the resort as I first imagined.

Here we see that going up and the back of this part of the build where the real working parts are and things start getting a bit more complicated...

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Might as well get a head start on the lighting, one of the fun parts, but one that can also be very difficult and frustrating too...

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On this build as I have been doing the last couple years, everything is built from the inside out, and I want this resort the most functional of all!

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I decided that at this point I need to do a preliminary "peeps test" just to make sure, if they don't like what I have so far, there's not much point to any of it...

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And it seems the general peep consensus is pretty good, we have a rating of 645 with only two pools and no actual rides.. plus, we already won the tidy park award. :-)

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This is still a WIP, but much more has been done to the park than can be put in this starter, so much more to come including coasters, here is a sneak peak at two,

Gravity...

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And Green Lantern...

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Re: Wright Terrace Gardens RCT-3

Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Looks really good!
May I suggest adding a Master-Blaster, a flying coaster and a suspended swinging coaster?
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Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:00 pm

Thank you for your post and nice comment! Yes, actually, Green Lantern is a flying coaster...

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And you know what, I had first tried an inverted hairpin coaster, it got pretty good ratings, but just didn't have as many track pieces as the flying coaster.

For Gravity, I had considered the robotic arm coaster, but I guess they expect all the thrills to come from the robotic arm because it sure wasn't going to come from the track... up at a 45, down at 45, a large curve and small curve, and that's it for track.. not even a banked turn, it was a huge disappointment.

So, for "Gravity", I decided to go with a vertical coaster.

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Lighting can be fun and adds a wonderful extra dimension to RCT, and there are many types of in-game and custom lighting, but as mentioned it can also be a huge pain and especially lighting pools, they are the hardest, next is shrubbery.

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I had to take flood lights on poles and sink them down and fudge a bit to get the lighting just right, the top pool still needs some too.

And I finally got the roof over the Chinese restaurant...

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Much more work to go, I have to add another level or two, but looking a bit more like the Wright house guys?

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Here I have added the top two tiers, whew, didn't think we'd ever see it...

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I'm going to cover that top "crazy paving" patio with some more attractive path covers, there are many styles available to choose from.

You wouldn't believe how much trouble I went through trying to place that brown overhanging planter guys, it took almost a full hour!

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Some of this custom scenery ("CS") is a real pain to put up... I tore up a good section of the main pool last night trying to get one little Eames garden light in place... in the end it just couldn't be done.. was actually "impossible" and I had to abandon it and move along.

I added some boulders at the base, just a few, it's easy to get carried away with something like that, and any more would start to take away from the overall instead of enhance... it took more than an hour to decide just how to place the few I did include...

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A lot has been added to the back. that large glass canopy is illuminated along with another one of my patented illuminated planters waiting for dusk...

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I put four of them here, just what this side of the building needed, some light and shrubbery...

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Still going to put low planters between them.

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I still have a lot of details to put into this part of the build like, I need lighting and more interior work in the Chinese restaurant, but we are more finished than not and soon I must start building the stack, "Wright Tower" and all of it's associated parts. It must be the most functional high-rise yet!

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Much more to come!

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Re: Wright Terrace Gardens RCT-3

Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:24 pm

Hello folks, I managed to get the Chinese restaurant pretty much squared away, I spent quite a bit of time and feats of acrobatics just getting those four lights on each overhang for a total of eight lined up... I had to tear off the roof a couple times and do other upheavals to put in the tables and chairs, the interior lights, the double buffet and Asian-style scenery...

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Inside I have tried to put together enough adornments for this expansive floor space...

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And I see the Loudermilk twins made it through the main gate... :/ ^

I was very much worried about getting actual working tables and chairs because in-game scenery can't be placed directly on pathways like that black tarmac, so I had to tear the roof off once again and do major surgery to the tarmac and other things beneath the restaurant...

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It's really a Chinese/American restaurant, they have Chinese dishes like spaghetti, and also many American favorites like Chop-Suey.

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I still have plenty of odds and ends to attend to here at Wright Terrace like lighting and enclosing the shop stalls and a bit more shrubbery of course (!)

But if you look closely in the top left corner of this pic you can see what will be another huge project for this park: Wright Plaza...

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And I'm just tinkering around with ideas for that Building for now, first I have to finish and then put up a high-rise next to what we have so far.

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Re: Wright Terrace Gardens RCT-3

Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:47 am

Here we have the base of Wright Tower going up along with the upper floor of the new restaurant...

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(Yes, I decided to ditch RCT and go Lego! :cool:)

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Here is the floor of the house restaurant, still haven't picked a theme for the restaurant if any, maybe a fancy New York style steak house or "surf-'n-turf" and a lounge area maybe...

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I like to make sure land masses line up for stairs early on and use game glass as a measuring stick too. ^

One last look at the giant Lego before the stack goes up...

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One thing I really, really wanted for this build and have for years before I ever heard of the falling water house, was a triangular pool, a right triangle...

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These pools can be a very frustrating experience, I almost gave up the notion twice to settle for a couple multi-level, lapped rectangular pools, glad I persevered because the result was pretty much what I wanted...

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Placed it right across the big Kleenex box to break those rectangular lines...

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And next to the new pool we have the pathway part of Wright Tower up over the lobby, this will make it fully functional and allow peeps to wander the rooms and floors...

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Here we see the first floor of rooms on top of the lobby. The rooms are 1300 sq. ft. with a 200 sq. ft. patio space.

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Lol, RCT-3 interior scenery is pretty hit and miss, sometimes you have to make sectional sofas out of glass blocks etc, lol.

So here is the high-rise, it's 10 stories of two deluxe suites for a total of 20...

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I could have made it much taller and thought about adding at least two more floors... But, for the sake of the game software not locking up, I settled for a more modest 10 floors.

Now, I guess it's okay, but it really needs something more doesn't it, something to set it apart from all the other "big glass box" buildings we see... Wright wradiators...

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Inside we have done our best to accommodate you in spacious luxury, (and notice the shrubbery :-) all the rooms have big screens, 100 meg internet access and full work stations for those using the cloud...

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I think that's one of my favorite movies playing on the tele...^

There are still a lot of details to be tended to, some major things like installing the elevator for those lazy peeps, but I do feel as though we have crossed a major milestone, whew!

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Now it's on to the new restaurant next door and also a theatre that is another part of the complex.

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Thx :)

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