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Planet Coaster Rides / Re: Enchanted P.O.V
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:04 AM »
Welcome back. :)

There were some great effects in that ride. I loved where the lightning set the tree on fire. Great job.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Lake Liberty Phase 2 (or3?)
« on: October 14, 2018, 10:55 AM »
I thought that 3rd screenshot was a real theme park for a second. Great job!

You can zip all your photos into one .zip or .rar file and upload it. You don't need to upload one photo at a time. But you do need to add a screenshot of something, either your park, or one or two of your images.

You can upload them to the Planet Coaster Depot in the Billboards category. ;)

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Gazua Valley #2 Main street
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:47 AM »
I love the Disney-inspired Main Street. And the flowers in the central planter give it a nice whimsical touch. Beautiful job so far.

Southern California Attractions / Re: San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:47 PM »
I don't know why Disney removed its sky rides in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at WDW. Speculation is simply because of the costs to maintain and upgrade it to new, stricter safety codes was more than they wanted to spend. But now they're building the Skyliner (gondola sky ride) at WDW to transport guests to and from several destinations within the resort. They're building this instead of another monorail line because it's cheaper. The bottom line in most of what Disney does is based on the almighty dollar.

Community Chat / Re: Advice For Members?
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:05 PM »
6. And finally, something more psychological: You are not too old to build theme parks on a computer.
This is a good one. This is a mature forum, with members in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. It's never too late to show off the child inside you, and here you can share your creations and ideas with like-minded and young-at-heart members who won't look at you funny when you say you play computer games or build virtual theme parks in your spare time.

And not to leave out the younger crowd. Yes, there are plenty of young people sharing their work here as well. And I consider them also a mature group of individuals. There's no drama here and no annoying childish shenanigans that you may find on other similar forums. We share our work and our passions, our ideas and our dreams. We support and inspire one another. So what are you waiting for? Whether you play Planet Coaster, Parkitect, Nolimits, or any of the Rollercoaster Tycoon games, come and join us. It's no fun to play by yourself. ;)

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:32 PM »

The Skyfari is an aerial tram that takes guests on a one-way trip from Discovery Outpost to the very back of the park... the area called the Northern Frontier. Or, of course, you can do the opposite and ride the sky tram from the back to the front of the park. The ride was built in 1969 at a price of $2 million dollars, and was very much needed as it was such a trek to get to the back end of the park by foot.

The entrance station in the Discovery Outpost section is built at the base of a small lagoon.

The lagoon is home to the South American Black-necked Swan.

A variety of brightly colored birds are painted on each gondola.

The gondola leaves the station on its air born trip to the far side of the park.

The Skyfari gives guests a great aerial view of the park. This is looking down at Front Street.

Below is the Front Street Cafe & Cantina, with the tip of the Reptile House in view at the very bottom of the screen.

Soaring over the treetops to a height of 190 ft.

The ride offers some great views of the surrounding Balboa Park. This is the California Tower and the Olde Globe Theatre below.

Passing over the Treehouse.

The Treehouse is an impressive structure housing eateries including an upscale, waitress-service restaurant.

The newest addition to the zoo's skyline is the Bashor Bridge, which spans from the Treehouse to the Elephant Odyssey section.

Now take a ride yourself on the San Diego Zoo's Skyfari.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Star Wars Land - Galaxy's Edge (Batuu)
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:20 PM »
For some reason I thought you had finished this park, so I haven't viewed it in a while. Boy, have I missed a lot. Everything looks super. I commend you for your diligence as you keep on plugging away, while continuing to wow us with so much eye candy.

Southern California Attractions / Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:15 AM »
Knott's is not about shopping. It's more about the rides and the food. But there actually are a few very nicely themed shops in the Ghost Town, which I will get to shortly.

Oh yes, taking shots of birds, especially the very small ones, can be very challenging, as they rarely sit still long enough. By the time I've set the focus and clicked the shutter, they've flown off. ;)

Sure  seems like there are a lot of places to eat at this park?
Nairobi Village and Safari Base Camp make up the central hub of the park, so there are several shops and places to eat. As you head deeper into the park, the shops and eateries become pretty sparse.

No screenshots from existing parks! :mad:up: :P

Cavendish's Dik Dik

The Cavendish's Dik Dik are a shy and elusive animal, and can be hard to spot in its enclosure.

So I was pretty excited to see both out and about during a visit to the park one morning.

The Dik Dik is a small species of antelope, and gets its funny name from the sound of the alarm calls of the females. This one is a male, because of its horns. Females don't have horns.

The Cavendish's Dik Dik is found in the scrub lands and savannas of Tanzania.

Here is the male and female together.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Lake Walt: People of Lake Walt #2
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:54 PM »
The mannequins is a very clever idea. The park looks great too, btw. :)

it may become more popular once Thememaker is out and people are creating new scenery...unless you plan on having a new section for this?
I was thinking about changing it from hosting blueprint links to the "best of" UGC. That might work better as people will very likely change their focus from searching for blueprints to searching for the best UGC. We'll see...

Community Chat / Re: SGW Halloween Theme
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:47 PM »
Changed mine
Cool. :)

If anyone else decides to Halloweenify their avatar, be sure to post in this thread so we can easily see who is one of the fun-loving community members, as opposed to all the wet blankets and spoil sports out there. :P JK

Stroller Shop

You can rent strollers and wheelchairs for the day here. The shop also sells a small selection of souvenirs.

Southern California Attractions / Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:29 PM »
Ghost Town

The idea for Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town began in 1940 when Walter Knott decided to build an entire Western ghost town to entertain guests waiting to dine at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The ghost town would also pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents who came to California from Texas by covered wagon in 1868.

This windmill greets guests first entering the park.

A close-up of the dancers who spin around atop the windmill.

Remnants of an old west jail provide a great photo spot.

The Information building.

The FunPIX Photo shop.

Another popular photo spot is Old Betsy.

Besty the Borax Engine land many of the props and artifacts scattered around the Ghost Town, are authentic antiques and machinery that Walter Knott acquired while scouring through old towns throughout California and Arizona. Many of the Ghost Town's buildings were either brought to the farm or built as reproductions modeled after real life buildings found in Calico, California and other authentic old ghost towns.

The Old Windmill was brought to the park in 1940, and actually came from England.

An authentic water pump, I presume.

A stone used in an actual drill contest from 1905, held in Tonopah, Nevada.

Near the front of the town is Hangman's Tree.

During the 1950's the park actually staged hangings of a bandit or outlaw paying the price for robbing the train or the stagecoach. There are no "public hanging shows" today, although Knott's puts on a Halloween Hanging show at a different location during their Knott's Scary Farm Nights.

Deadwood Dick's tombstones can be found on Ghost Town's main street. More tombstones with humorous epitaphs can be found in the graveyard.

This appears to be an old steam roller, although I've not been able to find anything about its history.

You can share this bench with Handsome Brady and Whiskey Bill, two concrete characters created by Claude Bell in 1947. Bell was responsible for creating most of the life-sized statues found throughout the Ghost Town.

This Catawampus is leftover from Jungle Island, in the old Lagoon area across the street. It is one of the last remaining "Wood-imals" created by Forrest Morrow using branches and tree trunks. Jungle Island and the lagoon are now gone, replaced by Knott's Soak City water park.

It seems no one is using this. I thought this would be a nice way for you guys to advertise your blueprints and get more recognition. Also, I was hoping you'd add links to blueprints by other creators that you thought deserving of more recognition. But as no one is adding anything, the Depot is pretty bare, and there's not much incentive for people to check it out, as it offers so little. I'm probably going to discontinue this feature and delete it completely. I thought it was a nice idea to help the community as well as get more traffic to the site. But without community help, it's simply not going to work.

I personally would rather Frontier keep supporting and adding to Planet Coaster for years to come. But I don't really see this happening. When RCT3 was released, we got two big expansions, all within a year's time, give or take. With those two expansions, we got tons of rides and attractions to use. I couldn't give you the exact figures, but probably at least triple what we have with Planet Coaster in the same time frame. Frontier would have to allot a lot of time and resources over a period of at least 4-5 more years to give us what we got in RCT3 in just a year or two. Unless they have absolutely nothing else on their plate to work on, I don't see that happening.

I'll admit that I have heard rumors of a PC2 in the planning stage. Just rumors. But if this is true, than I agree that once UGC is implemented, we may not see any more support or new content for this game. And a PC2 makes perfect sense. There are so many bottlenecks in this game that slow it down because it can't use the resources available in modern computers and Windows 10. Planet Coaster is poorly optimized, and there is nothing they can do to change that without starting over with a new product that can take advantage of Windows 10, Directx 12 (I believe) hyperthreading, multiple cores, and a lot of technical stuff that I don't fully understand. :P

This is another reason that I have shelved my Wonder World project until I know just exactly what's up with the future of Planet Coaster.

RCT Community Board / Re: RCT boards activity
« on: October 10, 2018, 12:50 PM »
So perhaps a point system (including all games) of some sort per specifically park threads, and with this: a front page top 10 of both ‘all time’, and ‘current’ (or whatever names). And the point system based on community votes (and/or mod and/or a created board whom votes). ‘All time’ could be most points ever. ‘Current’ could have a thread decline in it’s points, of some percentage, after a given time, as to ensure this particular top 10 stays relevant to recent projects... or some other ideal point system could be thought up. The point is some kind of top ten threads list on the front page, however it’s handled.

Are you talking about the New Element Designs site? I know that site is mainly RCT2, and it's still active after all these years. So it puzzles me why our RCT3 forums can't stay active.

Our front page does have the SGW Snapshot which showcases parks from all games. Having a front page of top 10 is not something this forum's software is capable of. There is also no mod that can do this for these forums. The Like mod is the only mod that is close to this idea, but it is not compatible with our default theme, thus it was discontinued.

I created a weekly competition a while back where members could post their best screenshots and the community would vote to choose the winner. It failed as there was little interest.

But if someone wanted to run something like this, which would most likely have to be done using the polls and creating a special thread, or even a new board, I would be fine with this. In the past, SGW members took it upon themselves to create contests of their own. The Summer and Winter Competitions were all member run, with me having nothing to do with them. I'd love to see members create competitions and other fun events on their own. That's what kept this site active in the old days. I would be more than happy to help out, create boards, or do whatever you guys would like to try.

Actually, Pietrix008, I had no idea that your first entry was from an existing park. You may have used some images from your park, but the way you made a silhouette collage of several elements hardly qualifies as "simply taking a screenshot and adding a caption." I, personally, would say that your first entry DOES qualify as an entry because of the enormous amount of creativity you put into it.

Unless the other entrants object, I am allowing your first entry for submission.

Community Chat / Re: SGW Halloween Theme
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:08 AM »
Well, I think we have a much more mature crowd here than in the old days when it was mostly kids. So I can understand that members aren't all that interested in changing their avatars or using the Halloween theme. (Although I was at Disneyland a week ago on one of their Halloween nights, and you should have seen how many middle-aged adults were dressed up in elaborate costumes.)

BTW, another way to change your theme is to go into your profile and on the left column under "Modify Profile", click "Look and Layout", and at the top of that page you'll have the option to change your theme. That should make it permanent. I'm not sure why the theme changer on the front page isn't working correctly. I'll have to make some tests. Also, to enlarge pictures in the default theme, you need to right click and choose "View Image".

OK......  So my devil in the flaming pentagram, which I made from scratch, is OK.

But adding zombies and pumpkins to the voodoo idols in Quarantine Island is not?
I'm going to have to say no, it's not. It's still posting a screenshot from an old park, even though you added some extra elements. If we do this for Xmas, I might allow decorating an old park, but since I already stated that screenshots from old parks can't be entered, I'm going to have to stick with that.

Community Chat / Which SGW member do you miss?
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:59 PM »
We've lost a lot of great members over the years. What member do you miss the most and why?
(And if you're reading this, what can we do to get you back?;))

Community Chat / SGW October Poll (Please vote)
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:56 PM »
Do you frequently look at the front page to see view the Recent Posts list? Vote in the poll. Feel free to post any comments you have as well.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Renee Feu Adventure Park - Entry Plaza
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:51 PM »
That's going to be a fancy Guest Relations building. Though nothing wrong with that. It's nice to see you working on a new project, besides your Star Wars park. This one looks like it will be just as good.

RCT Community Board / Re: RCT boards activity
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:46 PM »
I so agree with you, Tomes, about the lack of engaging threads. We have a few members who do that, but the rest seem to put as little effort as possible when posting their parks...probably because they're posting them at a half dozen other places as well. The community has been splintered by all the social media sites, and nothing is ever going to change that.

I know a lot of people miss the Like button, but I have actually seen comments increase because of that. No one ever commented in the Best Pictures thread or What Did You Just Do thread, and now I'm seeing a lot more comments.

I added a SGW Discord for the site, as a place for members to chat live and actually have conversations with each other, but I find SGW members posting projects there instead of here on the forums. So I'm not sure if that is helping or hurting the site. I wish I could come up with something that would make posting here more fun. But I just can't.

Like you said, it's the members who are the ones that have to do that. Members need to create fun and interesting threads. Not simply posting a string of screenshots and saying "Here's the latest update. Bye for now." And members who want comments need to give comments. When I get comments from members, I feel validated and inspired and I want to return the "favor" by commenting on their projects. Comments are very inspiring, and honestly, isn't that the main reason we all post our projects here? I know I've repeated this a dozen times already in the past, but as a community, we need to communicate with each other. Post in each other's threads (Not just our own!) by commenting, criticizing, joking... anything to show our fellow members that we enjoy viewing their threads and we want to inspire them to continue, just like we want to be inspired to continue, and in the long run, to keep SGW alive and a fun and engaging place to visit.

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