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shamengoddess
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:47 pm
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anyone know of a bridge tut, or patient enough to do one!!!

I have been trying all after non to do a "Bridge" with a lowered elevation pillars water and floor tiles...any thoughts???

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:57 am
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I can think of two basic methods--bridges based on decks and bridges based on foundations with cantilevered floors.



Hedon Bridge

Hedon Bridge is based on decks, with foundations added for the solid piers. The important thing is to build out from a starting foundation, in this case the house. I built the house, then extended the back enclosed deck, then the first segment of the bridge as an open deck, then a foundation for the pier, and so on until I had crossed to the island where I built the foundation for Egbert's observatory.



Morningside Cemetery Bridge

Here's a little preview of a story I'm working on--the bridge at the North Morningside Cemetery. I just built an open deck across the water and added stairs, railings, and lights.



Castle Bridge

This is a draw bridge from a castle that I never finished. It's based on a combination of an open deck and foundations. Now for a quick little tutorial on how I do drawbridges.


How to Build a Drawbridge


1. Dig a moat




2. Run a foundation across the water to make sure it's level at both ends.




3. Chop out the parts of the foundation you don't want.
The maximum unsupported span is 4 squares.




4. Add some flooring to make the bridge.




5. Add some castle walls and paint it real purdy.


Note that you can use the water tool to add water and adjust shorelines even after you've built the bridge. It's OK for the foundation to be under water. Don't use the normal shovel tool to lower the terrain around the water; it will lower the water.

There's no way to build a bridge without using a foundation of some kind, which in turns means you need steps on the approaches to the bridge.


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:11 am
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For obvious reasons, I promoted this thread to tutorial status. Grin

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shamengoddess
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:37 am
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ty...I feel sooo blonde now!!! lol I had tried everything, except using the foundation!!!!!

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:04 am
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Idle curiousity... How do you do waterfalls?

(Remember, I don't have the game yet, so it's really idle curiousity...)

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:26 am
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You use 'boolprop constrainfloorelevation false' and adjust the level of the terrain around a watercourse. It doesn't make a very convincing waterfall because there's no turbulence, but at least you have water that has some dimension to it.

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