Park / Front Range Coal Field

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  1. Front Range Coal Field by Sundae's Best 5 votes [26.32%]
    • CoasterCreator9
    • Six Frags
    • posix
    • MorganFan
    • ottersalad
    Percentage of vote: 26.32%
  2. Prism City by Hawaii 0-Five 11 votes [57.89%]
    • RobDedede
    • Turtle
    • Ethan
    • RWE
    • Hex
    • Astroturd
    • Ling
    • Top Gun
    • alex
    • Levis
    • chorkiel
    Percentage of vote: 57.89%
  3. Golden Gardens by the Barnacle Heads 3 votes [15.79%]
    • SavvyAdam
    • pants
    • OddmentsAlchemyLab
    Percentage of vote: 15.79%

17 Comments

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  • posix%s's Photo
    Retracing our collective footsteps
    Round 6 | Match 2
    VS
    VS
    Liampie (75%)
    Scoop (20%)
    bigshootergill (5%)
    Terry Inferno (60%)
    Gustav Goblin (20%)
    Kumba (20%)
    Lurker (100%)

    Voting Rules
    - You should only vote if you have viewed both parks in game.
    - Take your time to reflect on each park. The poll stays open for three days, not three minutes.
    - Everyone but players belonging to either team in the match may vote.

  • AJ-%s's Photo

    dang a triple! C'mon Hawaii 0-5!! 

     

    FrontRange-

    This is really sick, i always love mining and industrial themes in rct, it works super well! This is no exception, this is cut clean and simple and really effective. Solid layout, i love the really fast swooping section through the ditch and tunnel, always a sick thing to do. The mine train is alright, would've loved more breathing room but whatever! map sizes lol. Looks fun none the less!!

     

    GoldenGarden-

    Woo! More lurker is always great! This is fun, really feels like the anthesis of your other park! Inverted hairpin is a fun choice. Love how it hugs the terrain. The dark pink center piece is a cool touch, that color is the perfect choice for there!

     

    Prism CIty-

    SLAY 

  • RobDedede%s's Photo

    The impressive hacks in Prism City and the consistent rainbow motif caused it to win my vote. I would put Front Range Coal Mine in 2nd due to it pulling off a more RCT2-esque park layout in LL with 2 nice layouts and some cool-looking mine infrastructure. Golden Gardens was very pleasant but its size and amount of content compared to the other 2 parks put it in 3rd place for me.

  • Turtle%s's Photo

    Great to see three more parks, thanks to everyone involved. I really liked them.

     

    Prism city gets my vote here, it's a busy map but everything is set in it's place really nicely and it works well. Love the rides, and you've done well to get a pretty abstract theme and make it feel like a real setting. 

     

    I really liked Front Range as well, very serene and calm setting and a really beautiful map. But overall it felt a little lifeless when up against Prism City.

  • CoasterCreator9%s's Photo

    Golden Gardens

    A supremely charming park with excellent landscaping, foliage, and ride interaction. Peepability in LL is certainly something special, and honestly contributes a lot to the overall atmosphere. A valiant effort, but may struggle a little against the other two parks due to the relatively smaller amount of content present.

     

    Front Range Coal Field
    Lovely work. Love the layouts, love the atmosphere. The mine structures are really nice, and the overall composition of the park is quite nice. It's really very appealing from any viewing angle and I appreciate that a lot. It's a little more subdued than the other two parks, but I personally don't mind that. Excellent example of classic parkmaking.

     

    Prism City
    I enjoyed this a lot more than I initially expected to! I appreciate the use of greenery and color here, and there are some nice subtle hacks interspersed throughout the park. The containers were a nice highlight in the port. Coaster layout is good, though I wish those rapids were not so hidden.
     

  • Faas%s's Photo

    Golden Gardens is an absolute delight. Never change Lurker! 

  • posix%s's Photo

    Hard vote between Sundae and Hawaii for me, but since former is so much my alley I went with that. Always tricky when you use the wooden wall texture a lot since it's not window friendly. The tunnel solution doesn't really do it for me, but nevertheless the park has some amazing macro and is overall quite elegant. The stuff we don't get enough of.

     

    Hawaii was both technically and stylistically interesting. You're carving a modern day LL meta out for yourself Terry and it's exciting to see. The last person who had a strong vision in LL was pierrot, so I think you should definitely be proud. The composition here was troubled and didn't come together for me. I think you want to work on park layouting and stylistic cleanliness, as currently I think it's too mixed. I guess however that's exactly your thing.

     

    Lurker, your park was sweet and endearing, but ultimately a bit boring to be frank. Didn't think it stood a chance against the other too.

  • Ling%s's Photo

    Front Range Coal Field - Good classic old school design entry. I actually think Anthracite is the more interesting of the two though - the decorative structures and the way it's nestled back between them and also in to the hillside looks great. 

     

    Prism City - That scrolling sign is so dope. Love the clean city aesthetic in LL, all the cool tones and the nice bright foliage. Vaporwave-ish but not in an ironic way. This is definitely one of the more innovative LL parks we've seen. Ultralight's layout is dope. If I hadn't seen the comments here I'm not sure I would have noticed the river rapids.

     

    Golden Gardens - Hard for a park like this to stand up in a contest with much larger maps, but I appreciate the cuteness. Foliage is a bit scattered. This would work great as a low intensity area in a broader high fantasy or medieval park. Almost Shire-ish?

  • Hex%s's Photo

    I think everyone has something to be proud of here.

     

    Sundae's Yest(erday) has a very strong inverted layout and a solid supporting coaster layout.

    Lurker completed another solo that has a fantastic Hairpin layout.

    O'ahu Crew made a sick multi-layered rainbow town with a great Floorless layout.

     

    I like layouts. That is all.

  • Astroturd%s's Photo

    Front Range Coal Field:

    Nice choice of coaster color and appropriate name. Really pleasant macro. I found the buildings to be lacking in detail even for LL. There are some good ideas like the conveyer belts and the single rail pullies. I agree with Ling, Anthracite Adventure is even more enjoyable than Canary,

     

    Prism City:

    Love this take on an urban theme. The trains of Ultralight Beam look awesome. The "refracted light" around the lighthouse looks great. The spiral stairs are less convincing. The park becomes harder to read as the red end of the spectrum is approached.

     

    Golden Gardens:

    Love that this is peepable. The hairpin layout is really nice. The path in the back is conspicuously without rides or buildings. Seems like you ran out of time.

  • MorganFan%s's Photo

    Three very nice LL parks here.

    Golden Gardens feels very retro in the best way. The atmosphere is charming and very lively. I especially love the area by the junior coaster and maze. While I really like what is here, it felt slightly lacking in a way. Maybe a couple more larger rides to finish out one of the edges of the map. All in all though this is a very strong entry and holds its own against the other two. Also holy hell Lurker, you are a machine! I can't wait to see your inevitable full size LL solo.

    Prism City is impressive and eye-catching. Lots of flashy things to look at here. It kinda feels like a retro Sonic map if that makes sense. The theme is cohesive across the map except a few spots that felt out of place (personally the lighthouse and dock/crane areas felt a bit forced to me). Although the more I looked at it, the more I found gripes with it, it's definitely an impressive feat in LL.

    Front Range Coal Field is the winner for me. Very clean throughout, and just some classic LL vibes. The invert is imposing without taking up too much space, letting the surrounding areas breathe. Even though this map has less going on in terms of movement than the other two, it doesn't fail to capture my attention. The mine train is stellar as well. The use of texture is tasteful across the board, and makes for a very satisfying viewing experience. It makes me wish there was a full size park of this.

    Three fantastic entries that each team should be proud of. Glad we could end the contest with a strong LL showing.

  • Levis%s's Photo
    It seems I'm still in time, so here are some of my thought on the parks in this round! Note that I used OpenRCT2 to open all of them (I do have LL linked). And apparently people get annoyed by me saying a welcome message is a con so I will stop saying this allthough I still believe you should just always include it unless you have a very good reason not to.
     
    === Front Range Coal Field ===
     
    Pros:
    - I liked the minetrain lay-out except the first drop instantly going into a helix, but the rest of the ride was nice, some really nice interactions.
    - Allthough it feels a bit plain I do like the overall atmosphere. It really gives a mining village/area feeling. I would have loved to see it have a bit more happy vibes in it but the bit grim tone is fitting.
    - The sand under the path to give a nice edge effect is done well, I think I personally would have gone for another colour but It does add a nice splash of lighter colours so defently an improvement in general.
    - The foothpath as parasols is done nice, I might have gone for a different colour to make it a bit more clear what is happening there, but it's a nice touch to make the supports dissapair completly to make it edgeless.
    - I think the park as a nice balance of bigger and smaller rides and more and less intense for the size it is. Feels like a balanced park.
     
    Cons:
    - The whole park feels a bit plain. But because the park description said "just for fun" I can understand that this was probably just build to try some things out and not really aiming for very high level of detail etc. So this is probably the type of park which was orginially intended to come out of this contest but most people ignored this, and therefore it now feels a bit under par.
    - The stats for Canary are a shame, I do wonder if this is due to the difference between open and ll? I feel like there should have been some kind of mid section brake run on the diagonal part after the cobraroll to slow it down a bit and be less intense in the looping afterward etc.
    - Some of the bigger foiliage areas felt a bit to random to me and could use a bit more attentions I think.
    - I do wonder why the launched freefall car is coloured while all other rides which aren't tracked rides are completly black, it feels a bit out of place now. Same goes for the merry goes round.
    - It's a shame you didn't use any minecarts, as far as I know these are in LL too right? would have loved to see some on some rails somewhere, think it would have added to the park just as the conveior belts.
     
    Overall a nice little park which has some nice atmosphere but feels a bit unpolished in different areas like the naming of the staff etc. But you can feel the people who made it did take care of it being a nice an functional park.
     
    === Prism City ===
     
    Pros:
    - I love the entrance sign and how it's done.
    - This parks feels to me what would happen if X250 and JKay would build a park together in LL. Not sure if that is what you where going for but I like the atmosphere a lot.
    - The beach chairs are a awesome idea.
    - The abstract balls lowered into a opening in the ground to make it look like nice windows is a thing I don't remember seeing before, it's probably be done before but I still like it and it adds a lot here.
    - Jeeej for using chairlifts, I feel like they are always underused so if people do use them and in such a nice way where they interact well with the rest I like that!
     
    Cons:
    - The park is set up in a way where it should continue in different sides (as stated by the paths etc) but the colours of the rainbow make it suggest this is the end, so it this only suppost to be 1 area in a bigger park? I feel that if it would have different areas it wouldn't fit the theme that well so I think it would have been nicer it this was set up as a stand alone thing which doesn't suggest to be part of something bigger.
    - I feel like the foilage  made the concept less strong with the foiliage not really going with the color theme. I know how hard it is to make an area without foiliage at all (Mirror Maze reminded me of that again) but I feel you could have pulled it off here, or could have done more with flowers etc.
    - Some of the gray roofing felt a bit boring and maybe could have used an extra splash of colour.
    - I felt that the ultralight beam was borderline to long but especially really could have used some block section to make it operate with more than 2 trains.
    - The park really could have used some more food/drink stands etc. It's a shame to see no toilets etc build in the park.
     
    First wanna say that I did the click the guy nobody ever clicks on and reading all the different names gave me a very big smile! Also unless I mistake windows 4,5 and 6 didn't exists, after 3.1 we went to 95. and you did miss windows NT and ME (allthough NT was more of a server orientated version). Still the park had a really nice atmosphere and made me think back to some of my favorite builders from the time either intentional or not. So in the end the park go my vote.
     
    === Golden Garden ===
     
    Pros:
    - Small and cute amosphere
    - The dense foiliage combined with open area's make it feel nice and forresty
    - It's peepable!
    - I like it that you were able to put quite a few rides in such a small area
    - It's nice that you also thought about the toilets and foods and drinks. I think one more shops with merchandise or something like that would have served the park well, or maybe like a small drink stall in the back of the map where it's just a hiking trail.
     
    Cons:
    - I feel like the jungle flowers felt out of place, they dont fit with the scale of the rest of the park
    - The garden glider was missing some gardens I felt. If you call your coaster like that I would expect a bit more garden to glide over.
    - I felt that the queues for the coasters wheren't really interacting with those coasters. I would be nice to see some more interaction.
    - The station for the garden glider felt a bit underdone compared to the rest, most other buildings had windows etc in the walls but this one didn't.
    - I don't like the rocky road lay-out that much, it really feels to short, I think it would have helped to have it do more than one circuit.
     
    Overall a nice a cozy park which felt a lot like the old dutch/belgium timeline parks. It felt minimalistic and thought out and still ready for more expension. But for a contest like this I really felt it was missing that eye catcher. I don't think that something in this style couldn't win, but I do think you need to bigger eye catching ride or scenery piece to make it stand out while now it's all a bit to underwhelming to get the attention it needs.
  • ottersalad%s's Photo

    Prism City:

     

    Wowee. This is fantastic. The lighthouse was highlight for me, along with the scrolling entrance sign. The variety of structures and buildings in the city made the overall park very unique and fun to comb through. This would go well against many H2H parks which says a lot about how good this park is, but also how not laid back and casual this contest ended up being. Coaster layout was nice, but 3 loops was a bit excessive. 

     

    Golden Gardens:

     

    Scenario vibes, simple, yet enjoyable. Just not a lot of content in comparison to the other two parks.

     

    Coal Field:

     

    Canary is a great layout. Love how bright it is in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the park. I'm definitely a fan of the stupid long queue! Anthracite Adventure was cool too, love the double lift, rarely see that, but had some pacing issues near the end of the first half. The RC trucks was a cool idea. To echo CC9, very subdued park, but hits all the right notes. 

  • Gustav Goblin%s's Photo

    Poll is closed so I'm assuming I can review now.

     

    Front Range Coal Field: Funny to see this name pop up as I'm actually from the Front Range! Not sure if this park refers to the Front Range in Colorado but still. This is a nice little realism map with a cool underlying theme. Canary is a wonderful layout, but I do wish the diagonal brake run was functional as the second half of the layout is taken way too fast. Conversely, Anthracite Adventure feels a bit sluggish in areas, but I would also call it the highlight of the park. It's a great supporting coaster with even better theming around it. The RC trucks are also a really neat idea. Honestly though, I feel like this park is missing some movement and atmosphere that would take it over the top. If the whole park was like the Anthracite Adventure area with some more immersive theming and even some moving minecarts I think it would have really stood out. Considering Liam led Black Sea Deluge for R5 though, this must have been a fast build and I respect the effort to get a quality park out that quickly. Well done!

     

    Oh and The Shaft. Ha. Ha ha ha.

     

    Golden Gardens: Was not expecting even more classic Lurker but I can't say I'm not here for it. Just like the core theme of the park, this is a golden example of your style shining through. It's a very homely little park with some simple yet effective archi and adorable coaster layouts. The jagged landscaping gives it a real sense of depth and magnitude and works super well for LL. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if it's the more open back half or the map size itself but this park feels a lot smaller than the rest. What's there is very very nice, but it just doesn't feel like a lot. Regardless, I still love this park to bits. Lurker, you've been a joy this contest. A 245% builder share and a W behind it is a damn good showing for your first H2H.

     

    Prism City: Little reflection on my experience with this park. Terry and Kumba are free to sum it up on their own if they'd like. This was by far the most fun build for me in this contest. There was always something going on with the other parks I worked on outside of my Culinarium guest spot, but this was just a smooth, speedy process from start to finish.

     

    Believe it or not, this whole city rose from the ground in not even a month! Around the R4 deadline, Walto tipped me off to Terry brainstorming another LL park after he finished Undertaker. I asked him about it and he said he wanted to do something City of Dreams-esque. I already had a LL park in the works we could have easily finished, but it was far below the level of quality seen in the rest of the contest and I thought it would be better to start anew.

     

    Smitten by this idea, I threw together some test archi which got a good response from the rest of the team. We hadn't come up with the rainbow/prism thing yet, so I was going for a City of Dreams look with the castle walls and aqua windows. Miami 2040 was also a huge influence on the overall style of this park.

     

    Attached Image: Prism City test archi.png

     

    Terry was still finishing up Undertaker at this time, so while Recurious was building on Endswell I threw together a quick B&M floorless layout (with some early differences, shoutout to Zarathustra for the suggestions to improve it), defined a map shape, plopped down some buildings, and threw down a rough path layout. I also had an Arrow shuttle loop as a supporting ride early on, but I scrapped it almost immediately. This was the first time the whole contest I forced myself to do the layout before anything else, and it was working far better than I could have imagined. Once all was said and done, I was really feeling it!

     

    Attached Image: Prism City pre-Terry.png

     

    Everything changed the next day when the sixth round was announced with an extended deadline. Our big ambitious concept was far more doable with an extra week on the table. Around this time, I started tinkering with the Prism City name, which was a throwaway name for a MMO game my little brother came up with for a story. It was a working name at first, but the more I sat on it the more I thought of having abstract prisms and refracting light play a major part in the park. Everything finally clicked when I came up with the lighthouse that refracted light across the city. Not only did this set the tone for the park's overall theme, but thinking of ways to pull it off also led me to conceptualize the scrolling sign at the entrance.

     

    On the topic of the scrolling sign, it was originally going to be way more ambitious than it turned out and there were going to be more of them. My initial attempt was an 18-car train, but LL wouldn't let me paint trains with more than 12 cars so it hit the backburner. Later in, we attempted to hack a second train onto the first track, but I would need to do this to four ghost trains stacked on top of each other and it would've just been a nightmare. I ended up using two nine-car trains instead to save time and stress, which did the job but not nearly as well. With that said, I am glad to see the reception it got.

     

    Early attempts at neon lights using coaster trains, as well as my first whack at a Luna Park-style billboard. My initial thought was mimicking the UFO lights in The Architects. Shoutout to Terry for suggesting I use ghost train vehicles to remove the necessity for a chain lift. Yes, somehow that never came to me.

     

    Attached Image: Prism City lights 1.png

     

    Attached Image: Prism City lights 2.png

     

    At this point, Terry had hopped on the map and was making his presence known. Our schedules worked perfectly together, as he was mostly active during the night when I was working on Endswell. The archi went up lightning fast, and he had already gotten the freeway and chairlift in place as well. He also added an island which he wasn't exactly sure what to do with but I saw as an absolute goldmine for an entrance. Meanwhile, I was adding abstract station windows and walkways to liven Terry's buildings up. We were doing teal, white, and gold for windows at this time, but I decided to nudge a rainbow motif to match the Prism City name. Terry then came up with having the entire overview resemble a rainbow which I thought was too good to pass up.

     

    Attached Image: h2classic_9-1_rainbow.jpg

     

    A huge revelation that would end up defining the park was finding a trick Fatha did for windows in Busch Gardens San Simeon; dropping an abstract cube into a chairlift tunnel. I put them to work in the entrance and they were a smash. Unfortunately this entrance didn't make it into the final release, but these cubes ended up all over Prism City. Terry took it a step further by using other kinds of abstract scenery as windows.

     

    Attached Image: Prism City old entrance.png

     

    We eventually got to a point where we had a workflow going and Terry started delegating tasks to me, the biggest of which was the port. While it was a bit of a pain to plan, everything fell into place when I started placing the cranes and filling the gaps with buildings and shipping containers. I originally did the shipping containers using river rapids and go-kart track. There was also going to be an industrial pier/boardwalk, but we just couldn't find a good spot for it and decided to let the open ocean speak for itself. The port wasn't nearly as detailed as it ended up being in the final release, and it would have stayed that way had we not begged and pleaded for a third builder enough.

     

    A big change came about a week before the R6 deadline. I was on vacation with only ORCT2 on hand, so I'd be AWOL from Prism City for about four days. Around this time, we had managed to convince Kumba to shake off the LL rust for the first time since Musket and H2H8/8. Kumba ended up taking Prism City to a whole new level of detail, completely overhauling my lighthouse, entrance, and port. It was amazing seeing him work his magic and I really think his contributions made Prism City a real winner. I was much more focused on Endswell during the last week of the contest so I wasn't very involved with Prism City's development, but I did return during the last few days to add some more details and get the neon signs ready.

     

    Overall, super fun build. Took me long enough to actually treat this contest as a for-fun deal. Huge props to Terry for kickstarting this idea and carrying most of the weight. Best new LL player since alex IMO and absolutely H05's MVP. Equally huge shoutout to Kumba for willing to step up as the third builder and push this one over the top. Pretty surreal collabing with two of my earliest influences and all in all I'm super proud of what we did. Loopy Landscapes has been an absolute joy to build in, far more so than I was expecting. I definitely want to do more with LL, especially to try and strengthen my macro and layout skills.

  • Lurker%s's Photo

    Since the match is over I'll put my thoughts down.

    Front Range Coal Field:
    Nice ride layouts, interaction and the overall macro planning. I like how the theme is done here and the park definitely feels very classic. Also those RC trucks are a neat touch, loved that.

    Prism City:
    Love the theme here, and how it's done trough the bright, shining cityscape. So much action, content and detail packed in while still feeling classic, this park is one of my favorites from this contest.

    Golden Gardens:

    This park was actually made earlier in the contest, and was mostly just meant to be a "Spare" park to meet the LL minimum if it was needed and for me to gain some LL experience. When it started looking like I'd need to build a solo for the last round I made the mistake of trying to build an RCT2 park which came out very poorly, and I ended up having to hurry and polish this up as much as I could and submit it. 


    Looking back I should've just stayed with LL and built a 60x60, even if it was just a bigger version of this park.

     

  • alex%s's Photo

    Cool writeup Gustav. I loved the park. I am curious though why you didn't use any of the coloured land edges besides pink-red. Like surely the yellow/green/lilac edges would've been perfect here?

  • Gustav Goblin%s's Photo

    Cool writeup Gustav. I loved the park. I am curious though why you didn't use any of the coloured land edges besides pink-red. Like surely the yellow/green/lilac edges would've been perfect here?

    Terry had them in the park at one point, but I felt it would look a little better with more neutral colored buildings and colored accents in the glass and awnings. Looking back, sprinkling them throughout their respective sections in small doses could have definitely livened up the archi a bit, but I do remember not being a fan when they were more prevalent in the park.

  • posix%s's Photo

    Winner:

     

     

    5
    Sundae's Best
    11
    Hawaii 0-Five
    3
    Barnacle Heads