In any park, the station of a rollercoaster
can mean a lot. It can ruin the coaster, or make it better. With
just a bland station, the ride will look dull. But with an elaborate
station, your coaster will look a lot better. In Station Building
101 I'll tell you how to build a good, elaborate station.
Start with the basics. Raise a big
chunk of land up. This'll be your station. You can make it wider
than 12 units, even though 12 is the max. This'll leave room for
the start of the lift hill and the break run.
From this point you can go in several
directions. One way is water. Water takes up a lot of space and
doesn't look too bad. Depending on the coasters theme, you can theme
it using the provided objects in RCT. Egyptian, Roman, or even Space!
Though if you're like me, you like to mix and match different themes
to make your own theme. For this tutorial, we'll do a station with
Start by setting up the land levels.
You want to put the land one below where you want it to accommodate
for the water. Always leave an edge, to make it more realistic.
Next, add the water. This is the best
part about the station. Without the water, you'd have an ugly station.
After adding the water, there are several
things you need to do. The first, never leave your border around
the water more or less than one unit above the water. Less than,
and it's unrealistic, more than you can't see the water.
The second, you need to add the ice
edges where the water ends. This creates a waterfall effect, and
works better than the other waterfall methods for a station, because
it is so compact.
This is the point where you do whatever
you want. You can leave the station as it is, terra form it, add
trees, scenery, whatever. Get creative. Use interesting wall patterns.
As long as it doesn't look too ugly, it'll be good. I chose castle
theming for mine, but you can do whatever you want.
Some other tips are to start the lift
hill in the station. You can save a lot of room this way. You have
all that space in the station. Why go and put the queue line outside?
Hide it in the station. It'll hide the eyesore, and save you space
at the same time.
Anyways, have fun, and go wild! Don't
be afraid to try anything unusual or different. If you don't like
it, you can always delete it. Why knows, you could end up with something