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Posted 9th Feb 2012 at 1:41 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2012 at 12:30 PM by armiel - Viewed 438440 times. Direct link to this thread
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Tags: #kitchen, #livingroom, #bathroom, #bedroom, #storage, #counter, #island, #cabinet, #cupboard, #shelf, #shelving, #modular, #door, #drawer, #deco, #slot, #armiel
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"It was suppose to be a simple, small set." - Certain Finn
"EA makes some objects modular - I take word modular to whole new dimensions. " - Certain Finn again
"It looks quite cool, but I'll still prefer Skylanders." - Certain Finn's kid
Buy Set - DIY
I did it again, a simple small plan for a set turned into something huge. This is my Buy Set (part one I hope) and I have made it so that you could have more choices on decorating your simmies homes.
The idea was simple - a modular kitchen with some pieces that would go together and be rearrangeable - but you know me, can I keep it small and simple, no. ^^
This set has counters, doors, drawers, cupboards and cabinets, and some various bits, for you to create unique and interesting rooms. All of the pieces are made to go together, so you'll have "endless" choices. Please read the post carefully, I'll try to explain what this is all about.
The counter, cupboards and cabinets are "host" objects, with slots for the rest of the pieces. So when you compile the item the way you want it to look, you can then move it around freely - all objects placed on the host will stay put. There are slots in the front corners for doors and drawers, and then there are slots in the middle for shelving, dividers, and clutter. The framed doors and drawers also have slots for the glasses/planes, and for handles of course.
This is a big set, that consist of 119 object files + one master texture file, making the total number of files in the set 120! Most of the objects are repo-linked to the master texture file armiel_DIY_Buy Set_Textures.package, to keep the file sizes small.
Two of the files are sims3packs and have their own textures within their files, they are the DIY Counter Top and the DIY Counter Island. The objects are made as sims3packs due to how making them as package files in TSRW breaks the textures in the corner pieces and any pieces placed after those. Thank you to the mods who allowed me to upload them as sims3packs, as while I can make objects, making modulars in S3OC/S3PE combo is too much for my head.
Below are the detailed informations about object names, prices, recolourable channels, polycounts, number of slots, number of presets, and catalog location. A word of warning! It's a big list.
Counters, Island, Cupboards and Cabinets
Planes for door frames
Glass for door frames
Planes for drawer frames
*The misc. storage category will be known as misc. armiel from now on
All of the objects except glasses, have 3 channels enabled, but they only use the first channels (numbers above). I left the channels open for future addons, to make using CAST easier.
The meaning and use of the slots is explained below on the how to use-part.
The objects with 2 presets - the first preset is darker, EA counters matching preset, and the other one is lighter to have brighter shades of colors, matches closely to the study room objects for example.
While the polycount of a single item in this set is not too high, it may grow quite big per tile, if you use a lot of the small pieces + a ton of clutter in one tile. Example on compiled item polycount: Counter top + base, 2 plain doors and 2 modern handles = 238 poly. Still not high at all, but you get the point.
DOWNLOAD, INSTALL, USE!
Here are the instructions on what to download, how to install, and most importantly, how to use the set!
What to download?
I have tried to make this as easy as it's possible for you. All of the files come in one rar, thanks to the repository method which allows us to keep filesizes small.
Contents of the file:
armiel Buy Set - DIY -folder containing subfolders for object types, and the texture file.
The two sims3packs
How to install?
Download the file
Extract the sims3packs to Downloads-folder and install them via the Launcher (If you don't know how, read here)
Extract the folder containing the package-files to Packages-folder (If you don't know how, read here)
Note about the sims3packs: As explained above, I made those two items sims3packs on purpose. You can try extracting them to packages if you feel you don't want to install/use sims3packs, BUT - making them package-files may (and most likely will) break the corners and cause the textures to act oddly. Using CC Magic by grathes causes the same issue, as it fiddles the sims3packs. You can use it, but prepare yourself for some ugly corners and islands (You can cast them back to normal)
Note about the texture file:Do not in any circumstances delete the texture file (unless you want to get rid of whole set of course). If you delete it, you can't CAST the objects, at all. Are warned.
Note about the rest of the files:You can safely delete any file you do not wish to use from the folder.
How to use?
I have both written instructions, and a video, for you. It's a bit long, and has a staggering Finn blabbing on it, but it should still show you how you can use the set. See the video here: LINKY
If you prefer written instructions, click the button below.
If you read the object information sheet above, you'll know that the pieces are found in two places - The counter objects are in counter category, and the rest of the pieces are found in misc. storage. The items are priced by size, so for example, all pieces that fit full counter (from bottom to top) have "counter full" in their name, and cost 18. The pieces that have "small" in their name, are smaller than a full counter, and pieces with "medium" in their name are bigger than full counter. Pieces with "Big" or "Full" are the biggest pieces, and only fit in the cupboards.
The counter comes in two pieces - the top and the bottom. Let's make us a counter with two glass doors and a shelf to place objects on. Here is a little Gif of what we are making, with pic of each phase, with little circles showing where the slots for the objects are.
Start by placing the counter tops (DIY Counter Top) where you want the counters to be. Then place the bottoms (the DIY Counter Base) under then top. Next we need to find the DIY Shelf Counter Inside. It's in the misc. storage, and costs 10. Place it on the counter bottom. It will snap to a slot, and you can raise it to decider height by holding down the mouse button and pushing the mouse up. Then you can place some deco on the shelf if you feel like it.
Next, place the DIY Kitchen Counter Divider. It has a foot print on the bottom, so it will snap to either or the middle slots. make sure you place it to one closer to front.
Then we need to find the door frames. They are called DIY Door Frame Counter Full. The doors, all of them, have their foot print on the left bottom corner. The counter base (as the cabinets and cupboards, and the divider shelves) have slots for the doors in their front corners. So you can place one door frame to the left bottom corner of the counter base. You'll see it snapping to the slot. Then, to place a right side door, you will need to rotate the door 180 degrees. Then you can place it on the counter base right bottom corner. You should now have two door frames on your counter base.
Last, we need to place the glass objects. For a full counter, they are called DIY Framed Glass Counter Full, and they cost 18. Their foot print is at the bottom middle, and the frames have a slot for them on their bottom middle, so just place the glass near the door frame, and it should snap to place. Then repeat for the right side door (no need to rotate!). Then place the handles, left and right. You may need to hover around the frame a little, so that the handle will go to it's place (remember, with any object, you can move to next slot by pressing "m".). Finish with some nice CAST.
If you understood what I'm trying to explain here, you should now have a counter with 2 glass doors and a shelf.
The rest of the objects work with same principal, and I'll try to explain the use of every object in the individual comment posts. If you're still confused after reading the comment posts, please see the video, and you can see with your own eyes how the objects work.
You can see the closeup pictures of the objects, and read a bit more of the various uses, in comments.
CREDITS AND THANKS
Once again I have a huge list of people and programs I am thankful to - without them this set would not exist! So, not in any special order...
Thank you to
My kid, Leefish (Leesester), Inge, Jaguwar, Heaven, Missroxor, PharaohHound, Whiterider, HystericalParoxysm, #create and #supersekritchannel in general, the developers of the tools
Tools that made this possible
Dashboard, Photoshop, Paint.Net, TSRW, S3PE/S3OC, TT3, Milkshape 3D, UVMapper, Lithunwrap
ADDITIONAL POLICY JUST FOR THIS SET
You may include the sims3packs to lots you upload to THIS site. Do not include my files to any lot you upload to other site, especially the Exchange and TSR.
Please enjoy this set, and have fun exploring its possibilities. I did hours and hours of testing, and could not run to a boring moment where I would have used all the options the set has. I have attached few pics below, they are just few choices of what you can do with the set.
/me shuffles off to plan part 2.
Please do not ask what and when - You'll see if and when it's up.
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.
For Package files:
1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).
For Sims3Pack files:
1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).
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#kitchen, #livingroom, #bathroom, #bedroom, #storage, #counter, #island, #cabinet, #cupboard, #shelf, #shelving, #modular, #door, #drawer, #deco, #slot, #armiel