ImportantIn the following tutorial willbe used as a placeholder for the directory you installed RCT3 to. Mostcommonly this isC:Program FilesAtariRollerCoaster® Tycoon 3but that may differ on international versions or maybeRCT3 Gold! Or RCT3Platinum! (or when you installed it to a custom directory).One thing you might easily miss is that some versions leave out thetrademark sign and it looks like this:C:Program FilesAtariRollerCoaster Tycoon 3For the less savvy in computer terms, “ folder” and“ directory” are the same and are used interchangeably in thistutorial. 1. Downloading Custom SceneryThe first thing you need to know is how to get Custom Scenery, orCS for short.Your first stop in your quest for CS should bethe on the. Most CS creators post about theirsets there and inform you where and how to download and install them.There is also a in this forum.Often these sets are hosted on a third-party uploader, such asRapidshare or Megaupload. Both options have free downloading capabilityand good sets can remain in storage indefinitely.Another option is to download sets from private servers hosted bymany people from around the world.
One thing to keep in mind though, isthat some of these servers require registration before you download anyobjects. Here is a list of some popular CS hosting sites.The most common is in the.zip format andcan be unzipped by most computers without having to download any extrasoftware. If you do need software, you can use the same one assuggested for the.rar format in point 2.Occasionally, you might find a set that is an executable packaged as a.zip for memory reasons.
Just unzip it and referto point 3.The next most common is the.rar format,which requires 3rd party software (e.g. Or ) to unpack. Only a few sets, such as MaxInfinity’sGothic Wall set, are packaged as.rarfiles.The third format is in the form of a downloaded executable file.Only a few sets are provided in this manner. You just need to run it.In some cases the set gets installed to the wrong directory.
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Refer to.The best place to unpack your downloaded CS setsis to a folder you create for that purpose (e.g. A subfolder in yourCS download folder). Do NOT unpackyour CS sets directly into theStyleThemed folder as this isthe leading cause of errors. ImportantWhatever method/program you use to unpack theCS set, make sure it preserves the directorystructure.Very Important: Do NOT rename anything youextracted! If you do, the set will almost certainly not work!Before continuing, check to see if a ReadMe is present somewhere inthe extracted folders. If so, READ IT!
There are afew sets, such as Disfan1’s table set and Nuclear Fish’s Particle Effectsset that have specific installation instructions in them. Not followingthem can lead to hours of wasted time trying to get the set towork.Now you need to identify the set directory. Look through the folderstructure of the set to find the filesstyle.common.ovl andstyle.unique.ovl. The directorythat contains both files is the set directory.
Normally thisdirectory only contains these two files and one or more subdirectories.Also usually this directory is found directly in the folder you extractedthe set to.Let's take a look at TheCook's Cliff Face Set as an example. Iassume you extracted it to C:RCT3setstemp. You'llfind the following directory structure (leaving out unimportant stuffbefore the temp folder). 3.3. The vaunted “ no:svd: for:sid:” errorIn almost all cases this error tells you that you made an errorinstalling the set. Reread these instructions thoroughly, delete thewrongly installed files and folder(s) and reinstall the theme. If youfollowed an enclosed readme, read this tutorial in full to see whetheryou misunderstood something.If you installed a new version of a theme over an older one andthis error occurs, delete all versions and reinstall.If all of this doesn't help, check (the) forum thread(s) of theset to see if there are known issues. In rare instances the author mayhave made an error, maybe a fixed version has been posted.
If noproblems have been posted, check again if you followed all instructionsto the word and read every post of the set's release thread. Only if allthat failed you should post and ask for help.Make sure to check in Sandbox mode.When playing game scenarios, CS needs to be invented beforeyou can use it.Custom scenery will never show in a Custom Scenario.
The makerof the scenario needs to have added it to the 'scenery to beceomeavailable' or 'available Scenery' list when making the scenario.Solution: Open the scenario in the scenario editor and add the newset to the list.Make sure ALL of the scenery filters areenabled.Make sure you looked everywhere and not only where you expectit to be. For example old sets are often found among thewalls.If you had RCT3 running when you installed the set, restartit. Sometimes it's possible to install CS when RCT3 is running, butsometimes it doesn't work.Make sure it is installed in the correct place, namelyStyleThemed. If the set wasdistributed as an executable installer it is possible that itcreated another directory with or without the ® symbol in theProgram Files/Atari folder (as mentioned aboveGold!
And non-US users are particularlyvulnerable to this) and the CS got installed inthe wrong directory. 3.6. You have two copies of the set running in the game, but only onefolder with the files in yourStyleThemed folderThis is usually the result of a failed installation you didn't fixcompletely, namely you didn't (completely) delete the wrong install. Thestyle.common.ovl andstyle.unique.ovl files are still present in thewrong folder. Due to the way the game analyzes the.ovl files, two options are created in the RCT3menu. To fix this problem, remove the set completely and reinstallit. 5.1. from CoinichI just wanted to thank all of the people who made CS possiblehere, including Belgabor and JonWil.
These people, among many, haveexplored the horizons of Custom Scenery and have made this allpossible.Thanks.I also wanted to thank all of the people out there who have helpedme in the past install CS. It is an often asked question that can getquite tiring to answer, and I thank all who have written similar guidesfor different sites as I can finally understand the work they did to putsuch guides on the net. 5.2. from BelgaborThanks to Coinich for writing this tutorial.Sorry to Coinich for taking so long to edit it =)Also sorry for editing it so much (do you still recognize it?:-p), but I want this to be as clear, concise and thorough as possible,a goal I have hopefully achieved (If not, please recommend changes onthe ). I originally said I want to have lots of pictures inthis tutorial (which Coinich provided), but editing it I started tothink that this was rather more distracting than useful so I left mostout, sorry again Coinich =).