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I'll be using this thread to keep track of railways that need tunnel work and which ones are completed. Feel free to do the same and join in the fun of getting these finished:
Aether Line: All tunnels complete. Track broken at Belthil - switches you to the wrong side and then sends you backwards. Pending repairs.
Cerelia Line: FULTON JUNCTION IS BUSTED - sends you back the way you came. Tunnels complete from FULFWOTZ to LOST. CLEMENTINE underground needs lighting. Both 'FOUND' STATIONS are incomplete. Transition to underground in FOUND is unfinished. Transition underground past KALDARON is unfinished. *CERELIA LINE IS SEVERED HERE!* Lines are good from MODAORA to RIVERWOOD.
East Shire Transit: Line still under construction
Dulcia: Rail around DUOMO could use some attention. Otherwise, Dulcia is COMPLETE.
Empire: All tunnels complete. Tunnel between SAGUARIA and PALUSTRIS is a good remodel opportunity. [Line is unfinished].
Franco: Appears to be primarily a rail line in theory only. Good service to Lythia from New Venice.
Hestia: All tunnels complete.
Juris: All tunnels complete. Potential remodel opportunities between Knavobuki and Woodstock. Woodstock station is barren.
Lamia: All tunnels complete and whoever did them did a great job.
Mainland Metro: Complete.
Nysa: All tunnels between HAVANA and ABERDEEN need work, along with bridges. ABERDEEN tunnels are messy. All complete after ABERDEEN to HYRULE. Tunnels good to VENICE. Second Leg from HYRULE to VALASHU: There is no station at ASPERTIA. Also, there is no ASPERTIA. Otherwise, all tunnels on second leg are COMPLETE.
Quintus: All tunnels complete between GONG-CHENGSHI and SEABRIAR. SEABRIAR Station is not finished. Lots of remodel potential with tunnel between HEARTHSTONE and SEABRIAR. All remaining tunnels from SEABRIAR COMPLETE.
Skira: Remodel potential w/ tunnel between ACADIE and ATHITICA. Tunnel leaving KELIMANJARO toward PHASMA is unfinished.
Thule: Still under construction.
West Shire Rail: All tunnels complete
Zelos: All tunnels complete.
I thought it prudent to update the tribe on the nature of pixel art and how it relates to us here on the Shire. There are a lot of newcomers to the server lately (which is awesome, go tell your friends to join too), and it seemed like an opportune time to revisit the age-old question, "why is pixel art banned?". Now, we're not covering this now because there was a violation - on the contrary, the newer members have been following building rules well. But, it's good to revisit 9 1/2 year old rules now and again just as a good refresher, and nip this in bud before it might blossom into a problem.
Some of you may have come across Pixel Art on the Shire. And it's true, there is some pixel art on the server. But when we say pixel art is banned, we mean the giant, one dimensional, pixel-art-for-pixel-arts-sake kind of pixel art. Stuff like:
These sorts of pixel arts have no practical application on the server. A small handful of you especially bright players may have noticed the Shire is a cohesive world - complete with roads, trains, ships, and planes. A world of cities, towns, empires, and dark secrets. It doesn't have.... nonsensical pixel art. Imagine this for a moment... look outside your window right now, wherever you may be. Can you imagine a flat, woolen Sonic the Hedgehog at the end of your street, 50 meters tall, precariously swaying in the wind, moments away from collapsing and crushing your house? No, that's absurd.
Now, that being said, as I mentioned, there IS pixel art on the server. But, as the title suggests, pixel art is not always pixel art. What might be some examples of non pixel art pixel art? Any thoughts?
Yes, you in the back with the mohawk. "Statues?" YES! Excellent answer. Statues are a great example of non pixel art pixel art. In fact, I'd argue statues are pixel-art adjacent, at best. They're practical, they make sense in the real world, they're three dimensional. Great example. Any other thoughts?
Yes, Allison, you have your hand up. "Billboards?" Allison! Genius! That's a great one. Billboards. We know them, we love them. Actually I hate them, but I digress. Billboards are a necessary evil in some of our bigger communities. Fulfwotz has them. Orikami has them. And of course, Clementine has them. They're unavoidable in a modern society. Along these same lines might be signs for businesses, or large ads in, say, a baseball stadium. Let's see, can we get one more suggestion on when pixel art is not pixel art?
Brandon, are you on your phone? "Yes". I said no phones, please. And please spit out your gum. Do you have any thoughts on this, Brandon? "uhhhh... what about like... what if no one can see the pixel art?" Ok... Ok I see where you're going with this. So, underground? "Uhhh yeah, yeah underground". Great point, Brandon. Underground is a great place for pixel art. One of the hallmarks of the Shire is large, hollow mountains, and 99% of them have something interesting inside of them. That can mean funny easter eggs like pixel art. If you've got an itch to make some fun (yet tasteful) pixel art, doing so underground is a great place.
I've complied a number of screenshots from around the Shire showing what is acceptable pixel art (and a few examples of what is not). How bout you flip on through this here album. As always, if you have any questions, just ping me or another admin here or on discord.
Peace and hair grease.
Oranjestad is still mostly locked in to 2016-era blocks and it's probably going to stay that way.
The Mainland though! That project started.... August maybe? All buildings remodeled, all roads, landscapes... Spaicol, Malac, Jenner, Smoot, and everyone else crushed it but it still took months. Spillover is still ongoing w/ Schaufensterpuppen and New Brumley. And funny enough the Mainland renewal was just before we got lanterns. So that still needs to be done.
BLOODMIST- Several Bloodmist residents have reported seeing subway entrances popping up all over town. These brightly lit stairwells into the underground have been showing up on several street corners over the past few days. But the Secret Police have denied knowledge of any subway system. According to our research into the issue, there are no records of the Bloodmist Transit Authority ever creating a subway system. Or getting one approved. Or even having discussed building one.
Nor has there ever existed a Bloodmist Transit Authority.
The only hints can be found in the brochures littering the entrances, describing the ease with which we will now commute, the hungers we will sate, the time we will travel, the times we will travel, the happy memories we will never be able to shake loose – even when we wake up screaming.
There is no logo on the brochures, just smiling faces, with teeth – unusual in their shapes, colors, and spacing, but otherwise quite normal-looking teeth – and the phrase, “Oh, the place you will go!” written in heavy sans serif font across the eyes of smiling train riders, clutching tightly to bags and metal rails and each other.
The pages of the brochures are scaly, brown, and translucent, like wings of a majestic insect.
Finally, there’s a crudely-drawn map of the new transit system, all routes resembling spasming tentacles and all passing at least once through a common point deep beneath the center of Bloodmist.
Cars are impersonal machines that close us off from humanity, and with the rising cost of gas and the large iridescent tongues that have been growing from Route 800, many think the subway will be a positive addition to our community.
The Bloodmist City Council has officially denied any involvement in the fantastic new subway system. We have this direct from a fair-haired and hollow-eyed child they’ve sent with the denial tattooed on his inner lip. “NEVER APPROVED,” it reads.
Just a quick aside. We’ll get back to the subway news in a moment, but…would anyone like a child? Because I’m never quite sure what to do with the messenger children the City Council sends us? I’m not even sure if the child is completely…sentient. This one just stares blankly ahead, and…oh! Nope! No, he’s wandered off. Never mind!
Also, we’re getting reports that a press conference was just held in front of the ashen shell of the Public Library – which of course was burned down last night, and it’s only a matter of days until we’ll need to burn it down again. Several masked figures, having called the press conference, claimed responsibility for the subway system.
Their masks have the countenance of very concerned deer.
One of the figures spoke to reporters.
“We took the matters into our own hand, even without approval. We don’t need approval of the City Council or the Mayor,” the spokesperson explained. “We do and say what we please. That shirt looks awful on you, by the way.”
Apparently here they pointed to Shire Global News writer Lauren James, who usually wears very nice shirts…it’s really her bangs that don’t work, uh, I think. I mean, I like bangs, but they just frame her face too dramatically, especially with those thick-rimmed glasses.
Press conference attendees said they could see something moving behind the spokesperson’s deer mask. I am told that the black-charred grounds of the library are covered in roaches as well.
I am now being told by a different dead-eyed child in my office, via complex facial expressions, that if you are anywhere near the site of last night’s victorious fire at the library, please do not step on the roaches. We recognize that there are tens of thousands of these vermin, but we’ve been informed by inside sources – and this really unsettling zombie child – that these are proprietary roaches. If you look closely at one of the many cockroaches crawling up your arm, you’ll notice that they have slogans scrawled across them. Um, “Ride the trains,” “Everything is fine,” “Tenderize yourself as needed.”
I have just been handed a press release by another small child. He has…such deep, blue eyes and so many freckles, he is…smiling, and there is something dark moving behind his teeth.
The press release is covered in roaches.
According to the release, the City Council says we owe today’s increased productivity to our glorious new mass transit system that just appeared this week.
We still do not know who the deer-masked transit people are, or whether they are people at all. Perhaps they are thousands of roaches packed inside a business suit, hiding behind a mask. Or perhaps the mask was not hiding them at all, but hiding us – sheltering them from our immature minds.
But now, there is a subway. Now we can go anywhere, and perhaps we can know anything if we ride for long enough.
Readers, there’s another child in the office. This one is faceless, covered in denim and dust, with a long swoop of unruly brown hair covering what would be the right eyebrow. The child is holding a handwritten note. It reads:
“Because of construction, all subway service is suspended until further notice. For your convenience, free shuttle buses will be provided. At the moment of greatest despair and hopelessness, when you least expect it, a shuttle bus will come to you. Thank you for your patience.”
The future of urban planning is here. And, like our own imminent futures, it is buried in the earth.
[[(I'm not this good of a writer. This is a modified transcript from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, ep. 29)]]