Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines

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Random Tree Rotation for Natural Disasters
 
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Random Tree Rotation for Natural Disasters

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Hey all,

many of you may have noticed that ever since the release of Natural Disasters (C:SL version 1.6) Boformer's Random Tree Rotation mod no longer worked properly: trees disappeared when viewed from certain angles, and textures were flickering wildly. And as we all know, when trees disappear and textures flicker, you're gonna have a bad time!
So I decided to take a peek in the mod's source code, and it turned out that the fix was a very simple one: one of the methods called by the mod was renamed by CO, which lead to the erratic behavior described above. After fixing the method call, the mod seems to be working as new again.

Full credit for the mod obviously goes to Boformer: all I did was renaming one method, a 'feat' a Chimp with a laptop and Visual Studio probably could have pulled off just as well :P


So if rotating trees is your thing, sub now and enjoy!!!




NOTE 1: I initially fixed the code solely for my own amusement, but since this is such a popular (and for many players vital) mod, I felt I had to share the fun with you guys. I haven't tested the mod on anything but my own computer with my own mod collection, so I cannot guarantee the fix will work for everyone. This means that usage is at your own risk.

NOTE 2: this mod is as-is. Feel free to try it out, but I am not offering support except for the most critical of errors. Nor am I going to add or change any functionality - after all, this is and will always remain Boformer's work.

NOTE 3: probably needless to say, but if you're going to use this mod, un-sub from the original version, or in the very least disable it in-game (if you haven't done so already).

NOTE 4: unfortunately, for various players this mod is still causing vanilla trees to flicker wildly when zooming out. I'm not actively trying to fix this issue, because this mod doesn't really have my priority, but any bit of info is still welcome, as it may bring me closer to a solution. In other words, this mod is currently put on ice, but it's not completely abandoned!

PRO-TIP
If you want to use this mod and get rid of the tree flickering, I suggest having a look at Prop it Up!
This mod is not solving the flickering itself, but it allows you to replace every vanilla tree in your city with Workshop trees in just a few clicks. Unlike vanilla trees, Workshop trees don't suffer from the flickering problem, so see this as a work-around for the flickering issue. As an additional bonus, replacing all vanilla trees with Workshop trees makes your city look infinitely better!
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71 Comments
pdelmo 12 hours ago 
I have mode this simple guide for people to follow that are using worksop trees. As I seen a lot of people just dont know that the issue with flickering is easy solved http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=912847630 . @gravage and @judazzz thanks for the comments.
Big Bad Nonja 12 hours ago 
So, was Bo just too lazy to type the new code? Why didn't he just update his mod with your one re-written line and update? We really don't need two versions, just his updated one :P ;) :)
Judazzz  [author] 16 hours ago 
@gravage - gotcha! Thank you for the feedback :)
gravage 16 hours ago 
@Judazzz: Yes, my vanilla trees did flicker but I've replaced all vanilla trees as of now.
Judazzz  [author] 17 hours ago 
@pdelmo - I think this is because this is a re-release of an existing mod, made suitable for the Natural Disasters DLC (so those who do not own that may still use the old one...) However, this version is not without problems, because it may cause vanilla trees to flicker, which is pretty irritating and distracting. So I can understand why it doesn't have the huge subscriber count as some other mods have. Besides that, I'm pretty pleased that my other mods, which unlike this one I did make from scratch, have much more subscribers ;)

@gravage - have you notice any wildly flickering vanilla trees when zooming out since you subscribed to this mod? Or have you replaced all vanilla trees already?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm curious whether the flickering tree issue affects everyone, or just a "lucky" few (I'm not actively looking for a fix, but any tidbit of new info could cause an unexpected brain-fart that does bring me closer to a fix).
gravage 18 hours ago 
@pdelmo: Heheh ... yeah, I always skipped passed this mod (and others concerned with detailing) because I was never interested in visual detail, but as of late I've been inspired by the incredibly beautiful cities some people are featuring on their YouTubes channels (I learned about you on Pres's channel) using assets like yours (you are an incredible artist, by the way). I have to admit, once I subscribed to this mod I was amazed at what a difference it made. So, don't lose hope my friend, more of us are coming round to the detail side ... ( ;
pdelmo Apr 25 @ 2:46am 
Only 10,000 odd Subscribers this makes me sick!!!!
Judazzz  [author] Apr 13 @ 2:04pm 
BTW: as an alternative you could give a different mod called Prop it Up! a try, which allows you to replace all vanilla trees with Workshop ones - this also removes the flickering (it only happens to vanilla trees, for some reason). If you do, please read the mod's description closely so you understand what you are doing, because it's a pretty powerful tool.
Judazzz  [author] Apr 13 @ 2:03pm 
Apparently the mod works for some (me included), and not for others.
In the mod description I wrote that I simply uploaded the mod as-is , which basically means that what you see is what you get (and support is only limited to game-breaking errors). I only made a few small changes to the code which did the trick for me (and quite a few others as well, apparently), but unfortunately I have no intention to give the code a thorough check-up, let alone completely rewrite it from scratch.

So for the time being I have no real intention to invest time in RTR, as some of my other mods have a higher priority. This may change over time, but for now it basically boils down to the mod either working for you (which is great), or not (for which I'm very sorry, but alas, that's the way the cookie crumbles...)
Shank Apr 12 @ 7:02pm 
I just got this mod and went in the game. when I zoom out a certain distance the trees are flickering. unsub for nopw and will check back later.