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City [City] Bookend-style Buildings

Discussion in 'Approved Ideas and Suggestions' started by ashrem, Apr 30, 2017.


Are you in favor of this idea?

Poll closed Oct 29, 2017.
  1. Yes

  2. No

    0 vote(s)
  1. ashrem

    ashrem Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2017
    Add event buildings that come in pairs.

    Since this got substantial support on the regular U.S. forum, I'm bringing it here for consideration

    I think some sort of "bookends" buildings (perhaps event prizes as well as regular buildings) would be a welcome addition. Buildings that are available in pairs, with one that has art rotated 180 degrees, but is functionally identical, so that they can be placed on opposite sides of a road or entrance to a key building or area to form a kind of processional. They could be Rampant animals, like one might see on an old stone building entrance. Small cultural buildings would also be ideal. With identical pairs of buildings with only art variations, there is no need for the system to even see them as "rotated," they simply become like any two other buildings, only happen to look good in pairs. Among other things, the following would all make excellent building pairs with opposite facing partners.
    • Unicorns
    • Lions
    • Horses
    • Human/Elf figures holding swords aloft that tilt in one direction
    • trees that lean one direction or the other

    One particularly good thing about the system I'm thinking about is that it actually is possible with minimal effort by artists, and no change in code at all, because the code doesn't need to know anything. As far as the system is concerned, these buildings wouldn't be "rotated" so much as two different buildings that have identical function but different art. There might be a Dexter Rainbow Unicorn, and a Sinister Rainbow Unicorn. A Dexter Stallion Rampant and a Sinister Stallion Rampant. No need for the code to even realize they look alike, it is just two buildings with different art.

    As envisioned, the idea should have no effect on the mechanics of game play at all, while offering purely aesthetic choices that would be popular with players who are interested int he look of their city.

    It does require new art (but I'm presuming that only means a relative simple "flip") and it does not require new mechanics of any kind. And if they were made available as part of an event, it would give added incentive for people to try for the matching prizes. If they end up with an odd number of one vs the other, they might even spend cash to get more tries at a matching pair.

    Would give an extra touch to the looks of your city and would encourage players to try to win both event prizes in one pair, so improve player involvement.

    Possible downsides
    Means double artwork but on the other hand: When presented as 2 buildings, normally 2 buildings would have to be created as well.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 15, 2017
  2. Gandolfus

    Gandolfus Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2017
  3. SoggyShorts

    SoggyShorts Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2016
    Yes please, this is a great idea!
    Even if the mirrors of existing 2x1 buildings were made available on alternating events, that way we could always upgrade either the "left" or "right" building. If they come in pairs as a reward, so much the better.
  4. lika1961

    lika1961 Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2016
  5. Aramina

    Aramina Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    +1 Love this idea :)
  6. Gandolfus

    Gandolfus Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2017
    Seems like a very small bit of coding would allow a choice of L or R, either at claiming or even at placing.
  7. Sir Squirrel

    Sir Squirrel Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2017
    I think this is a great idea!!! +1
  8. ophion

    ophion Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2015
  9. Midnightsidhe

    Midnightsidhe Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2016
    I don't know how I missed this when it was first posted, but this is a fantastic idea. +1
  10. Marindor

    Community Manager
    Elvenar Team

    Feb 26, 2015
    A poll has now been added to this idea :)
  11. TomatoeHu

    TomatoeHu Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2017
    Love the idea :) Very possible Inno's art program has a "mirror image" option
  12. Urvalsandal

    Urvalsandal Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2016
    I just want to remind you, that only square buildings can be flipped without changing it's shape and the shadows would look weird, pointing towards each other. But otherwise..
    TomatoeHu likes this.
  13. Philplessis

    Philplessis Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2015
    either building would indeed have to be different regarding lights and shadows, but it would be feasible :)
  14. Marindor

    Community Manager
    Elvenar Team

    Feb 26, 2015
    Thank you all for voting! This idea has now been forwarded and we can already share that it's very likely it will be implemented quite soon :)