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Thank you so much to all the competitors and judges for this competition.

I joined SGW just so I could try my hand at improving my PC building skills. The competition was the perfect opportunity to do that, as it put pressure on me to actually produce results on set challenges.

I'm so sorry I couldn't put the time required into the last two challenges, but real life/priorities... you know the drill.

Congratulations to you all. An age-old cliche, but we are all winners for sticking with it to the end. I'm sure we've all learnt such valuable lessons from the competition. I could reel off a list of a dozen for starters!

Thanks again - it was a pleasure getting to know you all a little, albeit virtually!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Final Challenge
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:12 AM »
Dear PC friends,

Please forgive me, but I haven't been able to do anything on my park since the last challenge. Not a thing. In an exciting time for my career, I am starting a new job this week, and also have deadlines for finishing a book and applying for two major research fellowships. I hope (and know) that you will understand that real life must take priority over video games, and thank you for your understanding.

However, I won't leave you empty handed. I have uploaded my park to the workshop, but - and a big but - there are NO custom images included, therefore all the billboards in my park will appear blank, and the lovely swimming pool/hotel rooms that I made in the last challenge will be completely blank too.

I'm sorry I couldn't show you my park in its true light, but I think you might find the unfinished product interesting, as it shows how I went about constructing things. Look on the bright side!

Anyway - if the points system remains the same - I will gladly accept my 6 points, and thank you in advance for the wonderful time I had completing the challenges. This competition brought me to SGW, and unfortunately time and real life just caught up with me towards the end.

For what it's worth, here is the bare and barely functioning Lakeview Heights...

(EDIT - if you DO want to see the custom images/billboards working, I have provided a link to download them all. BE WARNED - THERE IS NO NAMING CONVENTION - SO IF YOU DOWNLOAD THESE, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AS THEY WILL ALL (131 items) NEED DELETING MANUALLY ONCE YOU ARE DONE WITH MY PARK!)

PARK DOWNLOAD: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1506607178

ZIP FILE FOR IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kouwwjkzor3fpaw/LakeviewHeightsPhDisney.zip?dl=0


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May I ask whether scoring for this round will be identical to the other challenges, or are more points available? I'm sure I saw a previous challenge which had points above and beyond the usual maximum of 30. Thanks!

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Oh wait - we can upload the files we've used? That's fine then, because this is the first park I've ever used images, so everything in my Frontier Development/User Media is for this park alone. In that case, I might be fine!

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When you say 'post links to images used' - is this on billboards? If it is, I'm screwed. I've used well over 100 and cannot recall where I got them from? Basic Google Image search for most of them...

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 26, 2018, 12:08 PM »
Very good, Forgath. I really like the simplicity yet grandeur of the design.

Reminds me of a central/Western European castle, perhaps from the Bavarian Alps, for example. Fantasy but with some links to the real world.

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 26, 2018, 10:21 AM »
Do it Forgath. I’d personally like to see the judges award you points, even the minimum, for posting screenshots after the deadline, given your personal circumstances.

I’m sure my fellow competitors would concur.

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:23 AM »
Fair enough! I shall leave the eight as they are!

Looking forward to seeing some more hotels and midways soon!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:10 AM »
Providing I switch one of the photos before the Saturday deadline, I’m not breaking the rules am I?

Happy to provide an overhead shot and lose my weakest existing screenshot, so long as I’m not breaking the rules.

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:10 AM »
I’ve massively enjoyed the contest too. Please don’t take my remarks further up as negative criticism. I was just musing about why we might be losing players. The organisers know better than I about what works and what doesn’t.

As for the comments regarding my entry: thank you! I am expecting to be penalised for lazy building, as I know the use of billboards is a touchy topic in PC circles. Unfortunately with my limited time this week it was all I had at my disposal!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 23, 2018, 05:04 AM »
There are ideas in this entry that people will be stealing for years to come.  Did you make the entire hotel out of billboards, including the mattress?  Wow.

Billboards were used in the hotel room for the mattress, walls, carpet, window/curtains, and pictures on the wall. The bed is haunted house pieces, and the pillows/long cushion thing are candy pieces!  ;D

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:52 PM »
LAKEVIEW HEIGHTS

Hi all. Like many other posts, time and real life work/family commitments have somewhat caught up with me this week. Therefore, I present to you, early, my rather limited attempts at this challenge.

Welcome to BLACK BEAR LODGE, which can be found next to Planco Church on a previously empty lot of land.

As you approach from the main intersection, here is the sign advertising the hotel and its amenities:



As we pull in, we can see the main entrance more clearly. The area has been landscaped to have a wilderness lodge feel.



Having being dropped off, we make our way to reception. The rustic feel of the interior results from lots of wooden beams, and pictures of black bears adorn the wall behind the check-in desk.



Let's take a look inside our room. Basic, but comfortable.





Finally, let's take a peek at the swimming pool. There's a nice cafe in the lobby where you can look out over the pool. The leisure slide is particularly popular with the kids!







There we go guys. I'm sorry I couldn't produce something more substantial, but you know how it is when gaming has to be relegated to the last priority. I wanted to submit though, so it is what it is.

Thanks as always for your support and comments, and I look forward to seeing the other entries coming in!


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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:17 PM »
Fair comments! I'm new to the board and so this is the first competition I've entered or indeed seen. If this is a new format which was discussed, I'm happy to go along with it!

Like I said - the judges spend their own time judging and coming up with challenges, and I thank them for that. It's just disheartening to see dropouts because of lack of time/lack of inspiration, and I don't know what the solution is to that.

I guess the old saying "you can't please everyone" comes to mind!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 22, 2018, 10:20 AM »
Sorry to hear you're leaving the competition Dan and Neitsab, but respect your decisions, and at least you've let us all know :)

Food for thought for the competition runners: I too have been feeling that the competition has been rather intense for several weeks in a row, with challenges that really do require significant time input to be successful. The competitions are great fun - and it was entering the competition that made me join this forum in the first place. However - are the competitions too big? Too long? Too stressful? Too time-consuming?

Personally - even if it resulted in an incomplete park, or only one "land" from a park - I would be far more in favour of a format which was similar time periods, but less to do. An example:

Challenge 1 - build a ticket office/entrance (2 weeks)
Challenge 2 - build a gift shop and food court (2 weeks)
Challenge 3 - build a themed flat ride (2 weeks)
Challenge 4 - build a coaster (2 weeks)
Challenge 5 - build a dark ride (2 weeks)
Challenge 6 - complete the park/area

It might seem tremendously unambitious, but speaking personally, the chance to micro-detail a smaller building/ride, rather than have to worry about building an entire midway or entire hotel resort would probably make it even more enjoyable, and indeed encourage others not to drop out, as it would be less time-consuming if they didn't want to add as much detail.

Just a thought. Keep up the great work organising the competitions though, and as always, thank you to the judges for the time they put in writing the feedback.

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Now that the results are out, I thought you guys might be interested in seeing how big the show building is for Canada - The Ride, and how pleased I was with how I hid it behind the entrance building. I'm going to add extra detail to it in the final challenge by adding a fake outer building to cover the black (and rogue trees popping up), as well as add some backstage areas.


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Well done all! JP a worthy winner.

Absolutely delighted and humbled with second spot!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:56 AM »
Usually that would be the case, but you’re talking to Dr Let’s-Think-It’s-A-Great-Idea-To-Build-A-Holiday-Inn-Across-A-Road!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:33 AM »
Without wishing to give too much away, are you happy for us to combine the hotel/midway into one project, as odd as that sounds?

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:12 AM »
English aint my main language, so i have to ask: what is a classic midway?

Midway isn't used in British English either. Think it's an American term.

My understanding is that it's like a row of buildings containing arcade games, shops, air hockey/table football games. Like what you'd get on a pier at the seaside. To any Americans on here, please do correct me if I'm wrong.


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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #5
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:39 PM »
My Holiday Inn was praised for the build but criticised for placement. Am I permitted to demolish it and rebuild elsewhere as part of this challenge if I so wish?

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:20 AM »
Anyone have any clue how many challenges we'll be getting? Given the two week (+ a day or two) cycle, Challenge 5 would take us to around 24th/25th August, and after that Challenge 6 would take us to around 11th September. Selfish reasoning only, but once September hits, time starts to be much more precious to me. Not sure if it's the same in the USA where the majority of you seem to be based, but in the UK, August is a month when there's no school/college/university, but September is the start of the new academic year. As my name hints at, I work as a lecturer in a university, and once September comes around, it's back to it!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 16, 2018, 10:27 AM »
Hope all is ok.

Definitely stick with us please. The more the merrier. It’ll be good to still attempt the individual challenges even if the park as a whole isn’t to your liking.

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 16, 2018, 07:32 AM »
Wow Neitsab. Wow! Incredible work!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:42 AM »
Indeed. I make it six entries, and champ's on top of that (Sorry champ!).

Challenge one had ten, challenge two had eight, challenge three had eight, and now we have six (and a half!).

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 16, 2018, 05:18 AM »
Should be an enjoyable one for the judges to consider, this one.

A shame Neitsab couldn't get an entry in, although probably a blessed relief for the rest of us, as the last entry was outrageously good!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:36 AM »
JP, you could put a toilet and a tree down for a challenge and it’d still get 25+ points. You ooze talent!  :o

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:14 AM »
Haha thanks JP. Don’t worry yourself too much. Me working at 100% can still be outdone by you working at 50%. You’re insanely talented at this game.

Funny you say that about my ride. I didn’t want it to be too immersive, which sounds odd, but I like to stick to realism where possible. Even at Disney you can see the roof of the buildings and lighting cables/emergency exits etc. I think being able to see, even subtly, the show building walls/ceiling adds to the realism in a strange way.

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:48 AM »
LAKEVIEW HEIGHTS

Welcome to the newest installment of Lakeview Heights.

We are delighted that Old Man Jenkins finally agreed to sell up, and the newest areas of the park have been built on his former farmland.

The expansion consists of two parts - CANADA PLAZA (sponsored by Air Canada) - which contains a dark ride major attraction, a flat ride, two food/drink outlets, a gift shop, an information kiosk, an ATM, and some toilets. The second area is the FEDEX ARENA (sponsored by... well, it's obvious!).

Let's start with the Arena. This is a 3,000 capacity stadium which hosts the world's first outdoor musicals straight from Broadway, but also doubles up as the new home of Planco FC, the area's newest football (soccer if you're that way inclined!) team. Here is a view from the new multi-storey car park (parking garage) of the South Stand, the ticket office, and some food/drink outlets. You can see Planco FC staff handing out cheap tickets and balloons.



Here's a view of the arena set up for a live music concert. The stage has been temporarily installed, and a large screen sits waiting to be used. The football team aren't too pleased about the state of the grass after the last concert...



Next we move to Canada Plaza. First, let's call at the flat ride, WILD NIAGARA. The entrance is a lovely floral area with a pond that fires water into the air in front of the sign. Ride Photos are available on this attraction, and can be seen on the right hand side near the exit. Full cover is provided in the queue, which is themed blue/white like the rest of the ride and surrounding scenery.





Let's take a quick look in the gift shop now, CANADA TRADING POST. We are still waiting for a few items to be delivered, so the offering is fairly limited, but we have some lovely ride t-shirts for Canada - The Ride and Wild Niagara, as well as novelty hats and local artwork for sale.





Finally, the big one. CANADA - THE RIDE is a dark ride which takes passengers through four different scenes. You'll have to watch the video to find out where it takes them! There is a HUGE show building which has been cleverly disguised behind the grand entrance building and a berm with trees and bushes. This entrance is heavily inspired by the parliament buildings in Ottawa. The atmospheric queue line, which you will see briefly in the video, has television screens on the walls showing scenes from around Canada.





Here is the POV - enjoy!




(Full disclosure - one Workshop item used: the polar bears in the dark ride)


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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:03 AM »
A great first two entries.

FCP: I’d argue this is your strongest work yet in this competition. Love the dog plane and the imagination behind the tractor tour!

BH: usual high praise for you! I like the consistency in colour and style, something I could learn much from!

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SGW Competitions / Re: SGW Summer Competition 2018 - Challenge #4
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:18 PM »
Or you can simply do what people did before the Time Machine. Just show screenshots of the interior at night.

That's what I'm doing. Showing exterior shots during the day, and my POV will be at night.

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