blossomrage

Sticky: Photobucket and Bandwidth Resets!

I use Photobucket to upload my pictures. Since I'm not willing to pay, and I'm not willing to compromise the quality of my pictures, I quickly run out of bandwidth. For that reason I'm juggling four(!) accounts.

I thought it might be useful for you all to know when each of my accounts have their bandwidth reset, in case my pictures are down and you'd like to know when they'll be back up. So:

1. (uziwa) - Resets the 2nd.
2. (sarcasmbeast) - Resets the 14th.
3. (tarliachan) - Resets the 21st.
4. (meetme2theriver) - Resets the 27th.
seaskunk

Tutorial: How to DISABLE the "stealth 'hoods" for The Sims 2

It has come to my attention that very few people know that you can actually do this, and rather than explaining it to a handful of people in #sims2chat over and over again, I decided I'd write a little tutorial for how to do it.

Background: You need to know what a "stealth 'hood" is, first. This is the community's loving name for the "neighbourhoods" that attach themselves to every single neighbourhood you make, ever since the Pets EP. (This is what's happening when it says "Creating Pets", "Creating Weather", etc - those are actually the names of the stealth 'hoods!) Basically they are hidden subhoods that contain very little of value and that your sims can never visit (with the exception of the Free Time and Apartment Life ones, more on that below), and the only thing they do is add a bunch of sims to your neighbourhood, which you may or may not want.

These sims are the playable "sim bin" sims, such as Cyd Roseland (Pets), the Ottomas family (Seasons), the Traveller family (Bon Voyage), etc. There's also a number of townies and NPCs included, such as strays, the Garden Club, tourists, social group townies, hobby mavens, etc. You can of course get my cleaned templates if you only want the playables (and some of the NPCs), or the empty templates from MATY if you don't want any of the sims at all.

But if you truly want a completely clean neighbourhood, free of EAxis created scum, there's a better way - disable the stealth 'hoods completely, so that they never get added to your neighbourhood at all!

NOTE: This will not affect any of your existing neighbourhoods! It's only useful for when you create a new neighbourhood (just like the empty/clean templates).

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seaskunk

Happy new year!

Happy 2014 everyone! 2013 was the Year of Pregnancy for me, 2014 will likely be the Year of Baby. I'm two weeks away from my due date today. Little mini-wiggle seems to be doing good in there still, and I'm also still healthy (going for a checkup tomorrow), although I'm getting pretty ready to have my body more back to normal (even though I realize the first few months will still be a kind of exceptional state).
seaskunk

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I've been asked to share these two sims a few times, so now I'm finally getting around to it.

This is Dennis and Michelle Sharpe, parents of Roxie and Edwin Sharpe from Academie Le Tour.

Michelle is also the older sister of Stella Roth, and daughter of James and Sally Chesterson.

Dennis has a strong dislike for Stella's husband, Morty, and as a result Michelle and Stella haven't seen each other in years.

Both of them are Fortune sims.
Michelle's personality: 5/6/4/5/5
Dennis' personality: 8/5/7/2/3

More pictures here.
Michelle's hair is here.
Michelle's outfit is here.
Download is here.
seaskunk

Castaway Build Bundle that doesn't conflict with Life Stories build bundle!

Hi there!

A small update to the Castaway Stories collection. There are 16 floors in the CS build bundle that conflict with floors that are found in the Life Stories build bundle that Argon @ MATY made. This updated bundle fixes those conflicts:

Download here.

I won't be updating the main download as it's very huge to reupload, and you only need this update if you also have the LS stuff in your game. :)

Special thanks to JustSimAround who found the first conflict and alerted me to this problem, and Allisas who helped me look through the files for more conflicts. :)
seaskunk

The Great Extracted Castaway Stuff Collection

Cross-posted from my Tumblr.

DOWNLOADS (two parts because MediaFire is dumb):
Part 1
Part 2

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EDIT:

A small update to the Castaway Stories collection. There are 16 floors in the CS build bundle that conflict with floors that are found in the Life Stories build bundle that Argon @ MATY made. This updated bundle fixes those conflicts:

Download here.

I won't be updating the main download as it's very huge to reupload, and you only need this update if you also have the LS stuff in your game. :)

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This is a collection of ALMOST* all the extracted Castaway Stories Stuff for TS2 that I was able to find.

Most of it is from MATY, but there's also a few other sources, like Gwenke, HugeLunatic, shastakiss and HoneyWell. I've tried to find the best and most functional versions possible of everything.

I've also made a few fixes myself, like making sure the modular stairs show their price and description in the catalog, and updating the bookcase, potty, changing table and mirrors to have all EP functions.

I've also done some slightly unortodox recategorizing of some objects. This is because I started sorting them to my own liking, and was about half-way through before it occured to me to share this. Hopefully you won't mind too much.

NOTE: There is some stuff in the architecture folder, which you can recategorize into Deco/Misc or something if you don't have AL or M&G.

There's also two collection files, one for build (walls/floors/doors/windows/columns) and one for buy/build mode objects, which should make it very easy to find things. cs_corefuncs.package is a file that's required by several of the objects Pescado extracted, keep it somewhere that makes sense.

There is a separate folder with all the recolours for objects that are already in the game.

Clothing, hair and full face makeup is also included (and it all works), as well as a few custom foods, and hyena dog breeds.

You can put the Build/Buy stuff in your Bins folder to remove the custom content stars. CAS stuff is decustomized, and is labelled as BV content - DO NOT DELETE THEM IN CAS OR BS.

Remember to put the script files for the modular stairs in the correct place. If you don't know how to do this or what the Scriptorium is, please google it.

* I say ALMOST everything because I have excluded objects that didn't work correctly, or that were cloned meshes from the main game where the only difference was a recolour, as this seemed redundant. There's also no default replacements of any kind, or careers included.

If anyone finds anything that I've missed, please let me know! If things don't work right, and they're not any of the objects I mentioned fixing above, keep in mind that all of this stuff was extracted by lots of other, talented people who are not me, and it's very possible I won't be able to fix it. But you can let me know anyway.
seaskunk

Happy holidays!

I'm going to be busy with Christmas-stuff for the next couple of days, so I won't be around much. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Winter break/etc!