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07-14-2005, 07:41 AM
Please help! In the screenshot below, I was experimenting with some of the new RCT2 features in RCT3 like building coasters through rock wall faces. But through trial and error, I've come to realize that we can't "color" a rock face like we did in RCT2 by clicking on the top of that particular grid-square.

On the waterfall in the background, I used the "remove exposed terrain tile edges" feature under the "smooth terrain" button to make it look less box-like, and then painted it, but in the nearer waterfall structure I had built a coaster throughout the inside of the mountain. I am having great difficulty in making it look less like a box than a hill, which is what it's supposed to be. And most disturbing of all, I can't seem to figure out how to paint the rock-wall facing above the places where the coaster enters and exits the hill. It makes it look VERRRRRRY unrealistic with that brownish-gray, squared-off look. Can someone PLEEEEEZE help?


You can see above how the area under the waterfall on the left side where the ride isn't coming out of the mountain has been smoothed and colored grassy green, whereas the area above where the coaster enters the mountain is the same ugly, flat, gray, sheer-faced, squared-off, unrealistic looking wall-face that the others that haven't been toyed with in the screenshot below are.


Thanks to all who can help me solve this problem, so I can move on to bigger and better park building.

P.S. I'd settle for being able to make it look man-made like brick or something of the sort, but not 3-D computer gray, you know?

07-14-2005, 09:38 AM
Yikes! man I think u went about it the hard way there man. I always find it easier just to make the hill realistic and then building the coaster through it adjust the areas where my coaster is going to enter and exit the hill when u make a big box like that its hard as heck to make it look natural. I suggest u make your waterfall hill like u did the one in the background then adjust the tile where the coaster is going to enter and exit the ride Ill post a pic as soon as I can showing u what I mean .

07-14-2005, 09:41 AM
The reason I did it this way was because in the one in the background, I can't seem to get a coaster through it without damaging the waterfall. It bites.

Thanks for your reply, I'll be waiting to see what you've got.


P.S. You'd think that the interface of the program wouldn't be so hard to adjust to make it like RCT2 where we selected what the sides of a square would be underground and then click on the square, you know what I mean?" Why didn't they just do that? The way it's designed is cool in many ways, but absolutely ignorant in so many more, especially all the ramifications built into the requirements of making a successful waterfall. You know, like you can't build small ones, you have to have a complete staight line of squares at the top, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

07-14-2005, 10:05 AM
it is possible to make your coaster go through the water fall without damageing it. it just take a litte bit of tweaking the land scape. granted in the process it may disapper but u can always bring it back Im working on some pic right now to show u

07-14-2005, 10:35 AM
hold on problems with my images

07-14-2005, 10:47 AM
http://img298.imageshack.us/img298/6123/help17yo.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)Ok here is our water fall
http://img298.imageshack.us/img298/7092/help26pg.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us) I used the free form terrain tool to make a vertical serface for the coast to go through
http://img298.imageshack.us/img298/6282/help34dm.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us) did the same for the other side notice the water fall disappeared
http://img298.imageshack.us/img298/5996/help42bm.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us) I then used removed expolesed surfaces tool to remove the uglyness of the section I had to carve for the tunnel granted its not perfect but it can be done with a bit more tweaking it can be made to look pretty natural

07-14-2005, 10:56 AM
Hope this helps sometimes Im not real good at explaing things so if your still haveing a hard time let me know. for what u want to do with waterfalls on all sides will be a little more difficult to work with but it can be done just do what I did but on all the side of your landscapeing

07-14-2005, 11:02 AM
I've come to realize that we can't "color" a rock face like we did in RCT2 by clicking on the top of that particular grid-square.
Actually, we can.

On the terrain painting tools, you see 2 options. One looks like it's spraying the top of a hill (top button) and the other looks like it's spraying a hillside (bottom button).

The bottom button is what will allow you to paint the cliff faces. Albeit, there are not many different options for this, at least it's something better than the standard gray.

07-14-2005, 11:07 AM
yeah its a shame its limited I use to like in the old RTC when u could pick the plank board look and click on top of the hill and wooha la planks

07-14-2005, 02:35 PM
Thank you so much Twenty One and Caffinated! I'm going to go try it right now. Thanks!

07-18-2005, 10:21 AM
[quote]yeah its a shame its limited I use to like in the old RTC when u could pick the plank board look and click on top of the hill and wooha la planks [quote]

I loved the old PLANK sides from RCT2!