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#76 Old 22nd Dec 2017 at 6:59 PM
I saw the preview photo of the entire university subhood! Looks great! Are you just reusing the Athena Common dorm room? I looks like the lot has been copy and pasted to fill the campus. Is the lot meant to be a template?
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#77 Old 23rd Dec 2017 at 2:42 AM
Nope, while the buildings are all (or at least mostly all) similar styles, there are none that are going to be exact copies of any other buildings anywhere on campus. So the Athena Common is definitely there, but it's going to be the only building with that same design and layout.

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#78 Old 6th Jan 2019 at 5:06 PM
So, I've been working on this neighborhood a fair bit lately, since there's enough different stuff in it that I haven't run into writer's block with it anywhere near as badly as with some of my other projects. Something that occurs to me is that I still haven't found a name that I like though. I want it to sound like it could be one of the Ivy-League universities in the US, but I don't want it to share a name with any REAL universities (Ivy or not), and I'm having trouble finding something... I've been looking at maps of New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces, looking for names to steal, but to little avail. The closest I've come is Saratoga, but I don't love that. Any ideas?

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#79 Old 7th Jan 2019 at 1:18 AM
Shrewsbury.

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#80 Old 8th Jan 2019 at 6:59 PM
Personally, I'd name it after my favorite/most influential real life teacher. For me it would be Burton University. I could go even further and have such things as the Andersen College of Humanities at Burton University or the McBride School of Sciences, etc. etc.

I do think Saratoga State University has a good ring to it.
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#81 Old 8th Jan 2019 at 9:54 PM Last edited by Zarathustra : 9th Jan 2019 at 2:37 AM.
I love that idea, but none of the teachers who'd be deserving have names that give the right feel for an Ivy League institution, IMHO.

I'm definitely gonna do that for some of the individual colleges though!

ETA: Also, since there's probably gonna be somewhere north of 100 individual dorm rooms (of various sorts, since some are traditional dorms, some are suite-style, some are supposed to feel like apartments, etc) on campus once it's finished, what are people's thoughts on furnishing them? My feedback from my Athena Common lot has me convinced that I need to do a bit more than just the bare-bones that you see in most dorm rooms that I've seen at the start of the semester, but both from a time and me-interest standpoint, I don't love the idea of trying to furnish all of them uniquely... Thoughts?

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#82 Old 9th Jan 2019 at 3:28 AM
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I love that idea, but none of the teachers who'd be deserving have names that give the right feel for an Ivy League institution, IMHO.


Yeah, I didn't really want to say it, but my plan only would really work for the main university to have the Ivy League feel if the names are relatively northern European in origin. (Granted growing up in a not super diverse area, the extreme of exoticism was, *gasp*, a Polish name.)
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#83 Old 9th Jan 2019 at 2:33 PM
I'll give you a list of English place names near to where I live that might give you some ideas:

Those are some of the place names that sound like they'd fit for a posh college as well as a manor house!

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#84 Old 11th Jan 2019 at 2:00 AM
Cutsocks is on to something, since most of the Ivy's were named after their benefactors.
Saratoga is in upstate NY, and is best known for its racetrack.
I always liked the names Crouton-on-Hudson or Hastings-on-Hudson (two small toney suburbs of NYC)- maybe because they are like Stratford-on-Avon.

How about a national park name: Acadia, Bryce, Denali, Olympic, Rainier, Zion (my personal list of fav park names)

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#85 Old 13th Jan 2019 at 8:37 PM
These are some of my ideas, a bit gothic and British-sounding with a sense of elitism:

Crow University
University of Cadwallander
Beresford College
Dryden University
Mycroft University
St Combs College

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#86 Old 14th Jan 2019 at 5:44 PM
Mycroft was the smarter older brother of Sherlock Holmes,, so that would make a great name for a college or dorm the super-brainy kids attend.
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#87 Old 15th Jan 2019 at 6:33 PM
OK, so this is the first dorm I've finished where I've tried to convey a suite-style approach, instead of just a traditional dorm-room setup. I'm curious to know how it works for folks, since it definitely calls for a different playstyle, and I especially want to know if there are any major issues with playing a lot like this (for example, it's zoned as a dorm, but there's no cafeteria- instead, each "suite" has a little kitchenette as part of the shared space... bedrooms are blocked by Myne Doors, but each "suite" is accessed through a hotel room door (just for flavor- it should work like a regular door... etc, etc.)

I don't really want to upload this all on its own, just because I'd really like to keep more of this project at least slightly under wraps, so that it's more fun when the whole thing is finished, hence my uploading it for feedback here, rather than uploading it for general use in the download section.

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#88 Old 16th Jan 2019 at 5:40 PM
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Let me know what you think!

From a purely artistic standpoint, I think you've captured the look and atmosphere. It does feel very old, yet warm and rustic, and I like that. However I'm missing a few paintings and old artwork, since you'd expect that from a dorm that's been around since your great grandfather's. Above the fireplaces especially would be neat, and/or in the hallways.

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#89 Old 17th Apr 2019 at 8:32 PM
Bump.

I would still really appreciate getting some feedback on how well the style of dormitory lot I posted earlier this year actually works for people, at least before I start trying to make more of them.

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#90 Old 22nd Aug 2019 at 4:02 PM
Hi Zar, I'd really like test the whole subhood! It looks AMAZING and I'm always wanting more pre-built universities (pretty please?)
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#91 Old 27th Aug 2019 at 7:15 PM
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Hi Zar, I'd really like test the whole subhood! It looks AMAZING and I'm always wanting more pre-built universities (pretty please?)


Thanks! It'll still be quite a while before the entire subhood is finished, but I'll certainly be looking for testers before I'd upload the whole thing for the community... If you want to help right now though, I'd love some feedback on the Poseidon Common dorms I uploaded a few posts back!

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#92 Old 2nd Sep 2019 at 4:59 PM
Oh my gosh, those suite-style dorms are everything - I was actually in the process of editing Athena Common to be the same! (from the UK, so most universities are suite-style)

I'm very much looking forward to this project being completed. I personally use Uni in the main hood (in my own special way, lol) and am looking for as many buildings in this style as it were - they're much like the rabbithole from Sims 3 University Life!

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#93 Old 22nd Sep 2019 at 7:29 PM
I noticed you're naming them after Greek gods, so I think I'm gonna try to build one similar to Athena Common named 'Demeter House' for students who are also parents, with apartments for each student with an extra room for their kid(s) for my own city.

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#94 Old 27th Jun 2021 at 6:57 PM
This is such a lovely project. Hope it's still ongoing!
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