The fictional backstory:
Recently I received a letter from a solicitor, regarding the last will and testament of a long lost relative called Octavius Golightly. The gentleman had retired a multi-millionaire, and with time on his hands and an unashamed interest in classic coasters, he purchased a large empty plot of land on which to build his own park. He drew up the plans, selected the rides, hired a core team of staff, and then fell seriously ill with pneumonia. Seeing the greedy ways of his children and having recently come across my name, he decided to will me the land and a substantial amount of money on condition that I finished what he had started.
I was stunned and delighted! Upon examining the drawings it was clear that he was no fool, and a park built accordingly would be both popular and profitable. As an added bonus, he left me free reign to build as I wished once his initial layout had been completed -- at that point it would be my park. The solicitor added that should I accept the challenge, there were some boxes of papers Mr Golightly had left to me which he had been forbidden to open. These contained an extensive collection of blueprints for classic rollercoasters, water rides, dark rides, and buildings, from the 1900s up to the 1940s, many famous and some obscure, plus a few modern ride designs. It was clear that for some rides and buildings he had been unable to acquire the prints, so instead he collected photos from which he could reverse engineer them. These filled several albums. Finally, at the bottom of the last box was a pile of park maps. Mr Golightly had taken the best bits from them and incorporated them into his own park layout.
Looking at the financial plan it was clear that the park could not be built in one clean go; it would have to be constructed gradually in order to earn enough money to complete Octavius' dream. As a fine businessman, he had set out the sequence in meticulous detail while leaving room to manouvre should anything go wrong during the process. Armed with all this information, I set to work.The scenario:
The concept for this park is to be a showcase for many of Steve Franks' wonderful real ride recreations, which run the whole gamut from the Lakemont Leap The Dips to Nagashima Spa Land's Steel Dragon 2000. A few of my own rides and recreations will be in there too, and I will credit each contribution as I install it. The main starting area (Octavius' dream) is based on a classic amusement layout framed by two wooden out and back coasters. From there I will expand further, and it is in these newer sections where the majority of the modern rides will be located. I have chosen Steve Franks' Masterbench v1b as the base for the park, as it contains a wide selection of rides and scenery and allows me to build his recreations complete with their amazingly accurate stations and decoration. There will even be a few custom-built mazes for the fainter of heart. As such, I hope it will be a beautiful and fun park with something for everybody. I will add screenshots to the thread as building progresses. Wish me luck!