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Picked upload! Three Honest to Dickens Mirrors for Discerning Victorians - with Custom, Base Game & Castaway Meshes

by Sophie-David Posted 22nd Apr 2008 at 3:30 PM - Updated 9th Aug 2010 at 5:42 PM by Sophie-David : Made title more explicit
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This download is part of the Victorian London Creator Challenge
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Upgrade Notice, April 26/08

To benefit from this upgrade, please be sure to replace the Dickens recolours as well as the three mirror meshes. This applies to Castaway too.

1) All mirrors now report on the FreeTime secondary aspiration, as shown in the picture of Chrissy wearing the blue sweater below.

2) The Dickens mirror has been remeshed and optimized. Not only is the noticeable seam gone where the righthand panel joins the righthand arc, but the mesh now uses 44% less faces and 25% less vertices. The back is now non-recolourable and lower in resolution, but the front and sides are if anything somewhat higher in resolution. When one Dickens mirror is reflected in another the glass of the reflected mirror now becomes transparent, which conforms to the way that all EA/Maxis mirrors are designed.

3) The Strangetown characters Chloe Singles, Lola Singles, and Johnny Smith should logically be half aliens. However I discovered today that they are genetically full aliens and corrected the lookup table accordingly.

4) Please note that my Maxis Match Metallic Mirrors are now also mirrors of discernment, with optional Castaway support.

Proceedings of the charity auction at the Royal Society of Muddlers, Robert Soakem of Soakem & Sons, Auctioneers, presiding

Lot 30, ladies and gentlemen: a most unusual collection of mirrors. The first item an authentic replica of a mirror found in the home of Mr. Charles Dickens at 48 Doughty Street in this fair city. Any one of you so fortunate as to attend one of Mr. Dickens's famous oratories might well wonder at how he developed such a finely tuned delivery. The answer of course was that he practiced long hours in front of his many mirrors, for which he had a great fondness.

Now in all fairness ladies and gentlemen, I must admit that this mirror has seen better days. The gilt finish is worn in places, although the glass is quite unblemished. But this is by no means an ordinary mirror! Mr. Dickens was known for his perceptive and accurate wit, his honest but at times indelicate observations on those in society, and his conscientious inquiries into the plight of the unfortunate poor.

But not only that, but it must be admitted that Mr. Dickens also dabbled in the occult sciences, and indeed this mirror may be the result of his researches. For here, ladies and gentlemen, is a most interesting device, one that not only displays the outer appearances, but may discern the most intimate of details to the practiced of eye, insights worthy of Mr. Dickens himself. Is Lady Agatha really only thirty as she claims? Are the aspirations of that pressing young suitor entirely honourable?

And too, what of the unspeakable horrors that wander our streets at night? Rumours of vampires, werewolves, and all manner of unearthly creatures. They may appear perfectly normal in outward appearance. But this occult mirror will reveal the truth of the matter, without fail. Worth every penny, at a reserved price of 1110.

May I add that there was a recent tale of a gentleman, a Castaway Story of one stranded in a far ocean, how he completely lost track of his days. And although the savages of that dark land had potions and elixirs that slow the toll of aging, he knew not that he had grown old, for he had not a mirror to tell him the simple truth. Thus he returned from that place old and withered, when there was no need.

Yes, it would prudent to consider this device very seriously! And indeed your whole household may protected in like manner. For this same science has also been applied to a porcelain mirror, suitable for a lesser room, with a reserved price of 205. Lastly there is this simple design in plain wood, such as the servants might use, reserved at 105.

Now then, what am I bid for the lot?

The "Alien" Question, as reported in the Thames Daily Mirror, April the first, in the year eighteen hundred, nine and seventy

The honourable member for East Wessex, Lord Horatio Higgenbottom, rose to address the Commons:

There have been pressing questions in the House of late, in regards to what has been called the "Alien" Question, on the matter of unearthly creatures who are said to have descended upon the City. As we all know, her majesty's government offers assistance to those unfortunates who have been abducted by these foul creatures, in the manner of scholarships. I am pleased to announce today that this scholarship benefit will also be available to those who claim descendence from an unnatural union with these aliens, at the rate of 1500 for a one-quarter alien, double that for a half-alien, to quadruple in the unlikely and as yet unproven case of a full-blooded alien.


All users except Castaway: please install the contents of DickensMirrors_discernment.zip in a Downloads folder. This archive contains the Dickens mirror and two recolours, the Porcelain Quaint mirror, the Simple Value mirror and the Alien token. Please be sure to include the Alien token no matter which mirrors you use.

Castaway users: please install the contents of CastawayMirrors_discernment.zip in a Downloads folder. As in the regular game or other Stories games, please be sure to include the Alien token.

Terms of Use

You may include any of these mirrors and/or the Alien token in uploaded lots, whether free or for pay. You may also make and distribute your own recolours other than in lots, provided that the original meshes are not included. The BHAV coding for these mirrors may also be reused, in whole or in part, and I would strongly encourage that the Alien token be adopted as a standard basis for alien identification. In any of these three cases, please provide a credit and link back to this page. It would also be nice if you sent me a PM with a link to your creation, but this is not necessary. Please do not upload the original meshes or original recolours otherwise than in lots.

Additional Credits:

Phaenoh's Sci-Fi Starter Families were the partial inspiration for this project, and were extremely valuable for playtesting
Inge Jones, pljones, and Pescado at this SimPE forum thread for their invaluable help with game version testing
I also made extensive use of the Inge's teleporters from the Simlogical site for species and paranormal testing
For the presentation, I used clothing and scenery from The Dark Project, particularly in the case of Chrissy
SimPE, PJSE, and CEP, which together make it all possible
Milkshape 3D and Ultimate Unwrap3D Pro, for 3D modeling
Corel WEB.PhotoPaint, for texturing and colouring
Microsoft Photo Editor and Microsoft Paint, for PNG file conversion and screen capture cropping
Numenor's BaseGameStarter Pro, so handy speeding up the development process

A Baker's Dozen (Only For Those Who Need to Know!)

1) By selecting either Check Self or Check Sim, these mirrors detect the paranormal status, age group, days to next age transition, gender and aspiration of any Sim currently on the lot, whether the mirror is used at home or on community property.

2) If animals are present, Check Pet will display the gender, species, age group, and days to next age transition of any creature on the lot.

3) The camera will zoom in on the selected Sim or Pet, which makes the mirrors handy for finding a lost character. For situations in which the player wishes to locate a special character, such as a Grand Vampire or the Leader of the Pack, this feature is particularly useful.

4) These mirrors support the base game and all subsequent expansions, as well as the three Stories games. The enhanced Check Self feature, now applicable to all ages from child through elder, is available in all versions. In all but the base game, Check Sim... and Check Pet... are also available. The particular mirror functions that were added later, such as Change Appearance of Toddler and Change Appearance of Pet, are supported in their appropriate expansions.

5) The Stories editions do not contain the full Ask dialogue options that the regular game supports. The aspiration feature of these mirrors is therefore very convenient when playing these games, to help determine what makes a visiting character tick.

6) Castaway Stories does not indicate character age, even though Sims do age just as they would in the regular game. Again, these mirrors are particularly valuable in this situation. Apart from a modification to give correct catalogue placement, the Castaway mirrors are identical to those for the standard game, and use the same GUIDs. Note that the Porcelain Quaint and Simple Value mirrors are normally hidden objects within Castaway.

7) FreeTime has complicated the aspiration system with the introduction of secondary aspirations. The mirrors correctly report on the secondary aspiration, if present.

8) The following paranormals are decoded, including up to any five types in combination: Quarter Alien, Half Alien, Three Quarter Alien, Full Alien, Friendly Rabbit, Death Angel, Zombie (including Hula Zombie), Grand Vampire, Vampire, Servo, Werewolf, Plantsim, Bigfoot, Spirit of the Lamp, and Ghost.

9) The following animal species are detected, but since combinations appear to be impossible within the game none are supported: Incongruous Bird (Penguin), Orangutan, Wolf Leader, Wolf, Large Dog, Small Dog, Skunk, Cat, Hyena, and Jaguar. (Actually one combination only is supported: that of Ghost plus species name, for example, "Mata the Ghost Jaguar")

10) All age groups are supported, including Young Adult. For animals, the mirrors differentiate between the correct form for infant animals: whether Puppy, Kitten, or simply Baby. The unique transition of Plantsim Toddler directly to Adult is also properly identified.

11) The game does not appear to have any convenient system for detecting the alien skintone genotype. These mirrors identify the legacy aliens in Strangetown by using a GUID lookup table. In addition, the children of legacy aliens are detected by an alorithm that checks if either of their parents were aliens. Another algorithm analyses the memories of both parents to determine if the child was born as a result of an alien abduction. For purpose of generational tracking, and the calculation of what portion of alien heritage a Sim may have, the mirrors set a special Alien token. The results of these calculations are also used to adjust the Miscellaneous Skills token's Alien Abduction value. This value is used to determine scholarship benefits, with one scholarship of 1500 awarded for each quarter portion of alien heritage. For technical details, please refer to this thread. And thanks to Echo for her useful question about supporting alien twins!

12) The Quaint Porcelain and Simple Value mirrors use the repository technique to support all the recolours available for the originals. There are many recolours that may be downloaded for the Value mirror, of which you will find five sets under my profile.

13) The Dickens mirror is made to occupy the full width of its tile so that several mirrors may be hung side by side and appear to join up. However, like any other full width wall hanging (the Lady on Red painting is a good example), part of the frame will be cut off if the object is placed in a corner. If you really need to have the mirror in a corner, please use boolProp snapObjectsToGrid false to adjust its lateral position.

Polygon Counts:

The Dickens mirror has been reduced to 697 faces and 791 vertices. The Quaint Porcelain mirror contains 678 faces and 578 vertices, and the Simple Value mirror contains 96 faces and 192 vertices, the same as the EA/Maxis originals. The Castaway and regular game meshes are identical.

Custom Content by Me:

- Honest to Dickens Mirror of Discernment
- Silver Recolour of the Dickens mirror
- Bronze Recolour of the Dickens mirror
- Porcelain Oval Mirror of Discernment
- Simple Value Mirror of Discernment
- Alien Token for tracking alien status

- Honest to Dickens Mirror of Discernment, for Castaway
- Silver Recolour of the Dickens Mirror, for Castaway
- Bronze Recolour of the Dickens mirror, for Castaway
- Porcelain Oval Mirror of Discernment, for Castaway
- Simple Value Mirror of Discernment, for Castaway
- Alien Token for tracking alien status, for Castaway

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
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