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Offline thundercrack83

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1540 on: May 23, 2009, 03:18:33 PM »


We Begin...at the Beginning! (Or, Constructing Marathon Island)
6 November 2008

The first update of the Commonwealth of Marathon. An in-depth look at the terraforming methods and details that were used in the construction of Marathon Island.
See—Walls!
9 November 2008

An examination of different choices for seawalls, as well as how to handle a slope issue.
Adventures in Lotting (Or, The Scourge of "Repetitive and Boring")
Part I: A First-Time Foray

13 November 2008

Gauging the temperature of the waters of the LE for the first time in the hopes of making some small lots for Marathon Island's waterfronts.
Photoshop, a Mosaïc, and Industrial Disease
15 November 2008

Using Photoshop and a wonderful tutorial to create and manipulate mosaïcs.
Sunken Highways, A Tutorial
17 November 2008

A tutorial documenting and illustrating the step-by-step process for making sunken highways.
The Highway is Alive Tonight
Part I: So, Baby, Do Not Be Frightened

20 November 2008

Highways come to Marathon Island...How they get there, where they end up.
45°
24 November 2008

A question is answered on the topic of gradual ground highway curves and their incorporation into the highway network on Marathon Island.
The Highway is Alive Tonight
Part II: Nobody's Kiddin' Nobody About Where it Goes

27 November 2008

A continuation of the highway network construction on Marathon Island, begun in Update VI.
More About Marathon
Part I: History—From Introduction to War...

2 December 2008

An introductory look at the Commonwealth of Marathon as a geopolitical entity, beginning with a history.
You're So FAR(R) Away From Me
5 December 2008

The Commonwealth of Marathon examines the then-newly released Fractional Angle Roads (FAR) and Railroads (FARR).
Constructing the Westmoreland Avenue Tunnel
11 December 2008

An in-depth look at the construction of the Westmoreland Avenue Tunnel on the northern shore of Marathon Island, where a highway tunnel navigates beneath Westmoreland Avenue.
STR...Simply Tremendous Rails!
(Or, ST—(A)Ren't These Amazing?!!?)

22 December 2008

Trial and error with the then-newly created Single Track Rails (STR).
Arteries, Obsessive-Compulsiveness, and Triskaidekaphobia
29 December 2008

Psychoses, neuroses, and the addition of primary avenues to Marathon Island are discussed and constructed.
Two Months Down...A Look Back!
3 January 2009

The first update of 2009. A statistical examination of the first two months of Commonwealth of Marathon.
On the Tedium, Trepidation, and Eventual Fulfillment of Cartography
Part I: From the Game to the Drawing Board...

6 January 2009

A step-by-step illustration of creating map using the traffic view option from the game and Photoshop.
On the Tedium, Trepidation, and Eventual Fulfillment of Cartography
Part II: From the Drawing Board to...You!

10 January 2009

A continuation of Update XV.
Westmoreland Tunnel East End, Redux
19 January 2009

Development on the eastern end of the Westmoreland Avenue Tunnel is revisited, with significant changes from Update XI.
An Impromptu, Interrogative Intermezzo
21 January 2009

Alliterations abound as a question about how to connect sunken highways to service roads with on-ramps is answered.
Hey, Bono—These Streets Do Have Names!
26 January 2009

Creating a full-sized map of Marathon Island and its streets, also naming the streets and explaining the origins of their names.
A Complex From a Complex
Part I: Envisioning and Delving

6 February 2009

Conceptualizing and breaking ground on Marathon's first full-fledged, large-scale custom LE endeavour—the Centennial Quay Sports Complex.
A Complex From a Complex
Part II: The Perils of Parking and Access (And an Aside...)

10 February 2009

Parking and street access are pondered for the Centennial Quay Sports Complex and former Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra's birthday is celebrated.
Don't You Feel Like You're a Rider on a Downbound Train?
Part I: Construction!

19 February 2009

Another large-scale custom LE project opens on Marathon Island, with the foundations laid for the Marathon North Train Station and corresponding North Station Quay.
Don't You Feel Like You're a Rider on a Downbound Train?
Part II: Completion...For Now, At Least!

22 February 2009

Contuining the construction of the North Station Quay and peeking into the world of non-slope-conforming props.
A Bridge is Only as Strong as its Supports
1 March 2009

A realism issue is addressed, with the rails for the North Station are adjusted to account for bridge supports.
Deep in the Heart of Textures...
2 March 2009

Voting for the textures to be used for North Station Quay begins.
Choosing Textures, Round 2
4 March 2009

A continuing ballot for the North Station Quay's textures
The Crux of the Conundrum and a Corresponding Query
6 March 2009

More alliterations, and some texture-switching in order to accommodate a slope issue.
Presenting the North Station Quay
12 March 2009

The North Station Quay is completed and unveiled.
A Complex from a Complex
Part III: Christening Centennial Quay!

20 March 2009

After a month of planning, building, toiling, revising, re-building, bulldozing, re-planning, and other gerunds, Centennial Quay is shown in its entirety.
Wading—Cautiously, Tentatively, and Other Similar Adverbs—Into a Region
26 March 2009

Marathon's Thirtieth (XXXth?) Update takes the Commonwealth of Marathon regional with planning and construction of a region.
One Down, Seventeen to Go...
2 April 2009

One of the eighteen medium-sized tiles that makes up Marathon Island is finally developed completely.
Developing Abitibi Square
15 April 2009

Neither a cold nor Tax Day can derail the development of a new area on Marathon Island.
The Commonwealth of Marathon Presents...The Commonwealth of Marathon!
20 April 2009

The region officially known as "The Commonwealth of Marathon" is introduced.
Expanding Abitibi Square
26 April 2009

Originally developed in Update XXXII, the Abitibi Square area is expanded.
Inspiration from the Home of the Trail Blazers
28 April 2009

Portland, Oregon, serves as inspiration for a new section of Marathon.
Six Months!
5 May 2009

Marathon's six-month birthday!
For All the Girls Down at Sacred Heart
Part I: Enough Procrastinating!

7 May 2009

The arduous and challenging dilemma of building around diagonals begins.
Q&A on Some Trial and Error
19 May 2009

Tackling the seemingly slapdash method of enhancing, editing, or otherwise manipulating images with Photoshop.
Birthday Wishes for a Great Friend
27 May 2009

We wish our great friend and mentor Robin (rooker1) a happy birthday.
TE, or Not TE? That is the Question!
5 June 2009

Answering the age-old Shakespearean question of whether or not to use transit-enabling.
That Abitibi Square Just Keeps on Growin'!
8 June 2009

Growth continues in the Abitibi Square area of Marathon.
Why Finish One Project...When You Can Start Another!
Part I: Introducing and Planning

21 July 2009

Lack of focus and fragmented thinking dominate as a new project begins.
Finally Finishing Something!
19 August 2009

Finally, something is finished.
Why Finish One Project...When You Can Start Another!
Part II: Welcome to "The ABQ!"

1 September 2009

Acadie-Bathurst Quay makes her debut in Marathon.
Introducing Commonwealth Hall
7 October 2009

Presenting a new government building by, and for, the people of Marathon.
To Market, To Market
Part I: Introduction and Background (OSITM 4-in-1, Day 1)

8 November 2009

A look at the inspiration and beginning phases of Marathon's new city market.
To Market, To Market
Part II: I Know the Pieces Fit!

3 December 2009

Piecing together our new market.
To Market, To Market
Part III: Welcome to the Grand Opening!

7 December 2009

Grand opening of the Châteauguay Hall Marketpalce.
· · · — — — · · ·
5 February 2010

A power outage rocks Marathon, sending distress calls far and wide.
Electric Surges Free!
10 February 2010

Electricity returns to Marathon, after an unexpected outage.
On the Way to Whitley Bay
18 February 2010

Our maiden voyage off Marathon Island leads to a seaside community.
Brothers Under the Bridge (And Tunnel)
Part I: Feels Just Like a Piledriver!

12 March 2010

A massive infrastructure project begins, connecting Marathon Island to the regions beyond.
Brothers Under the Bridge (And Tunnel)
Part II: Where the Beginning Leads to the End...

15 April 2010

Update L's project concludes.
'Twas Serendipity, Perhaps?
1 May 2010

A catastrophe shines new light on an old tile and reveals new potential.
The Highway's Jammed with Broken Heroes!
3 November 2010

Leaving the island again highlights some highway building on the mainland.
A Not-So-Common, Uncommonly Commons
18 February 2011

Constructing a large memorial common in Central Marathon.
352¼!? (Or, Introducing Telegraph Park)
5 February 2012

Marathon awakes from dormancy after almost a year with a new project.
First of the Ninth
8 November 2017

After a five-year entr'acte, we observe Marathon's ninth anniversary.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
26 November 2017

We christen a new palace.
R(eally) H(ard) W(ork)!
3 March 2018

Acquainting ourselves with the crown jewel of the NAM Team—the RHW.
The Clear Ringing of Silver Asphalt Trumpets
21 March 2018

RHW dabbling continues with interchanges.
A New Day
2 April 2020

2020 brings the world to a crawl, and brings a new look to Marathon.
Nouvelle Abitibi Square
22 July 2020

Reorganizing and re-building Abitibi Square in the "new" Marathon.
Tonight, I'll Be on That Hill!
Part I: Remembrance

22 October 2020

Development and construction of consecrated ground on Marathon's highest point.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2020, 02:18:23 PM by thundercrack83 »

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1541 on: May 23, 2009, 04:20:42 PM »
Congratulations on your place in the HoF, well deserved.   &apls And I am quite happy to stumble onto your catalogue of updates, very handy.

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1542 on: May 23, 2009, 05:16:42 PM »
Great Table Of Contents. It's an update in it's own right.
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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1543 on: May 23, 2009, 07:31:24 PM »
Dude Dustin there is no need to apologize whatsoever this is your MD if you want the top of the page its your man and beside with that killer of a TOC its well deserved!!! WOW!!!!!

BTW love that new Trier station from Jasoncw that you have once again did some magic with!!!!

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1544 on: May 24, 2009, 05:37:23 AM »
That's a great Table Of Content my friend, excellent presentation and title of updates !
Looking forward to more.

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1545 on: May 24, 2009, 07:54:13 AM »
That is a great Table of Contents!

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1546 on: May 24, 2009, 09:21:07 AM »
Great work on the catalogue of updates!  ;)
(but update 13 is missing in that list...)

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1547 on: May 24, 2009, 11:38:11 AM »
Congrats on your HOF election!  :thumbsup: &apls A truly amazing feat, given how young this MD is.

You also have an impressive Table of Contents, neatly organizing all of your previous updates. I am anxious to see your latest LE project come to life!

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1548 on: May 25, 2009, 02:38:28 AM »


io_bg: Thank you!

Alex (Tarkus): Thank you so much, Alex! I'm so happy that you enjoy things here in Marathon, and something tells me that, come December, we'll be inducting Tarkusian Cities into the Hall of Fame, too. I know that's where my vote will be headed! Take care, my friend!

bat: Thank you so much, my friend!

evanator: Thanks, my friend! Your words are very much appreciated!

Alex (Driftmaster07): Thank you, Alex!

metarvo: Hi, there! Thanks so much!

Luke (Luke09): Thanks so much!

kwakelaar: Thanks, my friend! I'm happy you like the new catalogue, too. I hope it makes things easier!

darraghf: Thank you, my friend!

Pat: Ha! Thanks, my friend! I just wanted to make sure nobody was trying to steal any honors or anything like that! Take care, my friend!

Arthur (art128): Thank you, Arthur!

Alex (Driftmaster07): Thank you, Alex!

bat: Thanks, my friend! And 13 is missing on the catalogue because there is no 13, there's two 14s to avoid any fears of the number 13. Hope that answers your question!

Dan (dsrwhat316): Thank you, Dan! I have to tell you that, without your help with all things LE, Marathon would be even close to where it is now! I owe you a huge debt of gratitude, my friend! Hope to see you here again soon!



Well, I spent the weekend at my girlfriend's house in the Lehigh Valley, where we battled some pretty heavy...



...thunderstorms...



...with hail, and intermittent loss of electricity. And as we know, no electricity means no router or modem, leading to no Internet. Not to mention, it also means no charging of the laptop, so I've been hit and miss for the past few days.

That doesn't mean that I've been doing nothing though...



Still making and plugging in the puzzle pieces for the cathedral square!

Oh, and I noticed this early today...



Thanks to all of you great friends, Marathon has become one of the Top 10 Topics at SC4D by Replies! We just crossed the 44,000 view threshold, too! Things just keep getting better and better, and I know who I have to thank...

...

...

...ALL OF YOU!

More to come...Thanks again!

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1549 on: May 25, 2009, 04:07:16 AM »
Wow. Every day here, we reach a milestone!
Congrats again Dustin
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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1550 on: May 25, 2009, 06:00:20 AM »
No electricity, no router, no modem, uncharged laptop - what a great opportunity to spend a nice weekend with the girlfriend!  :D

The Trier Station look very good! Nothing is overdone, looks very realistic!  :thumbsup:
Very good idea with the Table of Content, it's a must with so much valuable stuff and so many fans  :thumbsup:

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1551 on: May 25, 2009, 07:34:27 AM »
Interesting update :thumbsup: , sorri to hear about ur power loss :'( , the storm that hit you decided to head to southern Jersey spearing me and my relaxing trip yesterday around central Jersey..... $%Grinno$%

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1552 on: May 25, 2009, 09:30:11 AM »
Congrats on over 1550 replies (and for the top 10 topic by reply!) and for over 44000 views! &apls &apls &apls

The textures for the cathedral square are good! Looking forward to more from that square!! ;) ;)

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1553 on: May 25, 2009, 10:40:43 AM »
Why... Your welcome! AND Congratulations!  &apls

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1554 on: May 25, 2009, 12:28:37 PM »
Congratulations about the hall of fame :party:!And keep it up
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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1555 on: May 25, 2009, 01:45:08 PM »
No electricity, no router, no modem, uncharged laptop - what a great opportunity to spend a nice weekend with the girlfriend!  :D
I was thinking that :D

Its looking superb as always Dustin, and a serious well done about getting into the HoF.

btw, you inspired me to reinstall SC4, (for the second or third time :D) and I had some fun. Then you posted that ToC and that inspired me to go and create a ToC keeping majiggerydodad (shameless plug:) which can be found here (instructions [linky]).

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1556 on: May 25, 2009, 03:42:36 PM »
Looking good, Dustin. This project will be finished pretty soon, so I'm starting to wonder where we'll go from here.

Later...
Joan

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1557 on: May 25, 2009, 03:57:08 PM »
That plaza is coming along nicely!  Looking forward to seeing the final detailed version! 

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1558 on: May 25, 2009, 05:12:27 PM »
I like the amount of custom loting in this MD!  &apls  &apls

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Re: Commonwealth of Marathon
« Reply #1559 on: May 25, 2009, 11:20:41 PM »
Dustin Congrats on becoming one of the top ten boards here on sc4d!!!! looking very well with the puzzle pieces for the cathederal square!!!

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