Coaster Addict – Haunted House

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Coaster Addict, a blog series where I share screenshots of my latest Planet Coaster ride and rant a bit about the story I’m trying to tell. As it is close to Halloween, and Frontier recently released the Spooky Pack, it seemed only right to try my hand at creating a haunted house ride using the new Huntsman track ride.

So, beginning at the beginning! Riders board their vehicles in a long entry room with two crackling fireplaces, a pair of lounging skeletons, and some suspect books that just won’t stay on their shelves.

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Next, they are taken to the entryway, where we have a creepy rocking chair, floating candles, and some curtains that mysteeerioouuusly blow without wind. Really trying to hit all of the haunted house tropes here.

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The cars curve around a winding staircase and find themselves face-to-face with the haunted library, filled with skeletons trying to manage a peevish poltergeist that just doesn’t like order.

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Of course at the end of the library we have the knight’s tomb, because that’s what rich mansion owners do with their extra space right? Keep open caskets of long dead nights? It’s good feng shui.

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Of course, no rich mansion is complete without a dungeon, complete with tortured skeletons and “captured spiders”

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I say “captured” because the next scene I am working on is the spider room, where the mansion owner’s pets have escaped. Following that will be my next project, the graveyard. I imagine I’ll finish that up this weekend and have a full ride-through video to post next week. For now, here are two shots of the mansion exterior during the day and at night. I really enjoy the purple lighting and the gargoyles.

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That’s all for now! If you liked what you read/saw, poke around the website a bit, leave some comments, and subscribe! Thanks for reading, and see you next time.

–Ashton

Coaster Addict – The Dueling Mountain

2017-07-19 (12).pngHello and welcome to another edition of Coaster Addict, the blog where I post pictures from my latest bout of shameless Planet Coaster binge. With the arrival of the summer update, I once again started a new park, sadly leaving the Crystal Caverns Log Flume behind (video of finished ride), and striking out for a new park where I could mix terrain. I knew from the very first path placement that the first ride of this park was going to be a dueling coaster inside a mountain, inspired by Disneyland’s Matterhorn.

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As you pass through the main gates, the mountain is immediately visible

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Terrain sculpting takes time, but I think it’s starting to look good

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WIP shot of the queue building

For the storyline behind my mountain I wanted to keep it simple: Mountaineers climb to the top, are attacked by monstrous snowmen (because my 3d modeling skills aren’t good enough for a yeti), and then escape to the bottom on bobsleds. As a result, I have themed the queue as a sort of a mountaineering hub, with climbing gear, maps, and a few blurry photos of the yeti!

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Throughout the mountain, riders have various encounters with the mighty (more derpy than anything) snow beasts, as the coaster careens down to safety.

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You can’t see him now, but there’s a snow monster hiding in that darkness…

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Caught on camera finally…

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The train is just resting right?

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One of the final encounters with the snow beast

That’s it for now! The mountain is almost finished, just need to fix the lighting on a few more areas and add some details. I’ll have a video up soon! If you like these blogs and want to feed my ego, subscribe, share, like, etc. Thanks for reading and see you next time!

 

Diablo 3 – Rise of the Necromancer

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I’ve been playing the Necromancer for about 3ish hours, and I’m already in love. One fo my favorite classes from Diablo 2 has finally made a return, and it’s by far the goriest, corpsiest, necromanciest (these are all words) class in the game to date. Aside from my massive, glowing bone shield (pictured above), everything about the necromancer is gorgeous, and well worth the $15 price tag.

If you’re new to Diablo 3, now is a perfect time to jump in. The game is miles better than it was at launch, and the visuals, while aging slightly over their five year tenure, still look fantastic.

For my full impressions, check out my review on Gizorama!

Coaster Addict – Log Flume

First, before I get into the construction of my park’s newest ride, I wanted to provide an update on the ride I constructed for my last blog, The Marine Institute Expedition. I have finished the ride! Below is a screenshot, and the video can be found here.

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But now, welcome to the Crystal Caverns Expedition!

Players begin by taking a slow boat ride into the Crystal Caverns mine, where they can see various geometric shapes… I mean jewels! I do plan on updating these with some custom shapes later, but for now, they look alright.

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One of the key aspects to the Crystal Caverns ride is that it intersects with the park’s train system.  In the Crystal Mine area is where riders first see the train (if they’re lucky).

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After a brief ride through the lovely Crystal Mine, guests take a wrong turn and end up going down a waterfall.

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At the bottom they are brought into a forest (built in a show building behind the mountain). Here they encounter a few bandits napping.

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That is until they enter the canyon just beyond the forest, where they find themselves in the middle of a shootout.

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The train can see the canyon fight as it passes through the mountain, but it is blocked by the canyon walls for riders of the flume.

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After escaping the canyon battle, riders enter the processing center for all those gems we saw earlier!

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Things are very calm, just some cowboys going about their daily work, until riders enter a room full of explosives where the two remaining survivors of the canyon battle are  shooting wildly. 13

Plenty of explosions later riders board a lift hill (that will have more water effects later).

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There is a section that has yet to be themed following this, but, before the final drop, riders get a pretty awesome view of the park. That wooden behemoth is the Main Street Coaster, and in red behind it is the Marine Institute Adventure (construction detailed here).

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Still work to be done, but I’m really enjoying making this one! Like my galleries? Want updates on when new posts are published? Want to feed my ego? Subscribe and share below!

Thanks for reading

–Mac