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Featured upload! More Decorative Slots for Maxis Furniture - Dressers, Desks, End Tables, Coffee Tables, Vanity and more (Updated 2008/11/10, Seasons Country Sink and Toilet were added)

by Lord Darcy Posted 28th Jul 2008 at 7:39 PM - Updated 15th Jan 2011 at 2:07 AM by Lord Darcy : v1.05: Seasons Country Sink and Toilet were added.
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2008-11-10: Updated to v1.05. Seasons Country Sink and Toilet were added. (Misc)

2008-09-18: Updated to v1.04. 7 TVs, 4 stereos, all 6 fridges and NL bowling rack were added.
zLdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot_Vanity_Teen-FT.package is now part of Overrides file. Remove it from your Overrides folder.

2008-08-28: Updated to v1.03. AL compatible version was added.

2008-08-09: Updated to v1.02. Coffee tables and 1 end table (Moroccan) were added.

2008-08-02: Updated to v1.01. 2 desks from base game (Value, Central Asian) were added. (1 slot for Value, 3 slots for Central Asian)

2008-07-28: Added an alternative version. You can put two objects over one another in 1-tiled dressers/armoires just like 2-tiled ones.


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For all clutter junkies out there...
This mod adds decorative slots on top of many Maxis furniture, like dressers or vanity tables, as shown in the screenshot.

Unlike "standard" surfaces like tables or counters, dressers come in all different heights. Some low dressers come close to counter heights, but not all of them. I made this mod to cut back the amount of OMSPs that I use in my game. OMSPs are great for objects with standard heights. But I don't want to carry 30+ different OMSPs that are only usable for just one dresser.


Be sure to get ONLY ONE version.
  • LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot.zip : If you have at least one EP or SP (except for Happy Holiday Stuff). Including Deluxe (Base+NL) and Double Deluxe (Base+NL+CEL).
    If you have AL or M&G, get the one tagged with AL.
    (LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-AL.zip)

  • LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-SlotOverlap.zip : Same as above, except that you can put two objects over one another in 1-tiled dressers/armoires just like 2-tiled ones. (See the screenshot below.) I made it as an alternative version, because this feature can be either useful or annoying depending on your preference.
    If you have AL or M&G, get the one tagged with AL.
    (LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-SlotOverlap-AL.zip)

  • LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-BaseGame.zip : Base game, or Base Game + Happy Holiday Stuff.

You must sell and re-buy objects for them to pick up the change.

It will conflict with other similar slot mods like Anoeskab's Maxis More Functional set. Unlike Anoeskab's, which doesn't cover SP objects, mine covers ALL Maxis dressers/armoires (except for Seasons coat rack, for obvious reason) up to Apartment Life, all 3 vanity tables, 5 desks, several end tables/coffee tables, several TVs and stereos, all 6 fridges, NL bowling rack and OFB Decra-Chill food display. (And it's FREE, of course. )

It does NOT conflict with any other my Stuff Pack fixes, like LdDarcy_SPObjectsFix_Downloads_AL.package, LdDarcy_TSSObjectDataFix_FT.package or LdDarcy_SP6TSSArmoireAnimFix.package. Just ignore if Hack Conflict Detection Utility reports a possible conflict.



Files are grouped by object type.

Dresser

2-tiled pre-OFB Large dressers don't have any decorative slots on top. New 3 decorative slots were created on top.
2-tiled Medium dressers already have 3 decorative slots enabled on top by default. But their usefulness is limited., as they can't accept lots of objects that are unprepared for decorative slots. With this mod, they can accept the same kind of objects that can be placed on end tables.

1-tiled Small dressers already have 1 decorative slot on top, but they were never used before IKEA pack. The unused slot is now salvaged. IKEA small dressers will accept the same kind of objects that can be placed on end tables.
2 Step Tansu dressers have 7 decorative slots enabled for each step.

This mod also raises the support strength of all Medium and Small dressers (Maxis and custom alike). No need to turn moveobjects cheat on to put small objects on top of custom low dressers.
(But custom dressers will still refuse to accept objects that are unprepared for decorative slots. Use netmicro's awesome Decoration Transformer to circumvent this problem.)

AL finally created decorative slots on top of most Maxis dressers.
The only exceptions are Teen Surfer dresser and 2 Step Tansu dressers. You still need this mod to put things on these 3 neglected dressers. Get the new AL version.
Slot offsets were adjusted so that they are positioned near the center of the dresser top.
You can put small objects that are unprepared for decorative slots without turning moveobjects cheat on.


Armoire

Armoires don't have any decorative slots by default.
For pre-OFB Large armoires, 3 decorative slots were created on top.
OFB-style Medium armoires also have 3 decorative slots on top, but they are placed more closely than those for Large armoires. Use center slot only, or left and right slots without center slot for the best result.
1-tiled Small armoires have 1 decorative slot on top.


Desk

Slots were added only for 5 desks.
(FT Tech, IKEA Fredrik, Seasons Country, Base Game Value and Central Asian)
Also makes the left side of AtomicAgeKids desk more useful. It will now accept objects that are unprepared for decorative slots.
Each side of shelf desks was given half of newly created slots. Move the object to the other side to use all slots.


End Table

8 end tables from various EPs/SPs which have some space to put things on under the table.


Coffee Table

1 decorative slot was created in the center of all 2-tiled coffee tables. (Some have multiple slots under the table.)
Sims won't put cups or other objects on the center slot, and the animation will be misaligned for small electronics. Use it solely for decoration.
3 one-tiled coffee tables from the various EPs/SPs which have some space to put things on under the table.


Vanity Table

Vanity tables already have 2 decorative slots on each side, but they were never used by the game.
The unused 2 slots are now salvaged. 1 slot (2 for Marble Vanity from Uni) was created in the center.


Decra-Chill

For OFB Decra-Chill Food Display only. 3 decorative slots were created on top. They can be used only after you fully stock the display.
To use with custom objects that were specifically designed with Decra-Chill's height in mind (like mdhttr323's Antique Bakery Set), turn moveobjects cheat on, put the custom objects first, THEN put the Decra-Chill display.


TV & Stereo

7 TVs and 4 stereos from various EPs/SPs which have some space to put things.
TV: Base Game - Moderate & Expensive, BV - Hotel, FT - Comfy & Family, AL - Jock and IKEA - Expedit
Stereo: Base Game Expensive, NL Jukebox, GLS Luxury and FT Comfy


Fridge

1 decorative slot was created on top of all 6 Maxis fridges.


Misc

Contains NL Bowling Rack sculpture, Seasons Country Sink and Toilet.


Wrong existing slot positions were painstakingly fixed.
For dressers and armoires, slot ID references were removed from the front blank tiles to reduce slot overlapping, like IKEA small dressers.



Placement Tip / Known issues:

For multi-tile objects (except for desks), pick only one side for putting the things to avoid slot overlapping.
As of AL, slot overlapping was entirely eliminated in 2-tiled dressers by default.

After you place the object on the slot, press M to move objects to the next slot. (Note: This shortcut does not work in Base Game, and possibly in pre-OFB EPs.)

It is not recommended to put objects with which Sims can interact (e.g. phones, alarm clocks) on the decorative slots, as the animation will be at incorrect height. Use my Usable Counter OMSP for most of medium/small dressers.

Sims will not travel to Seasons Country desk to put homework when they get off the school bus. It has nothing to do with this mod, this desk was designed to block homework route in the first place.

For some unknown reason, TVs, stereos, fridges and sink cannot hold certain objects like OFB craftables.

The center slot of AL Jock TV must be filled from right side. Otherwise Sims will not be able to watch TV, complaining that something is blocking their way.


Installation:

Place in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder.
(Or in a subfolder of Downloads folder.)

The only exception is SP Overrides file for FreeTime or later EP.

zLdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot_Overrides.package (Only needed for FT or later EP)

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 <Your Latest EP>\TSData\Res\Overrides
(or the corresponding folder on your system if your game isn't installed in C:\Program Files)

If your latest EP is Apartment Life, the location will be like this.
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\Overrides

Mansion and Garden Stuff is more like a mini EP than a SP. If you have M&G, you should use M&G folder instead of FT or AL folder.

zLdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot_Vanity_Teen-FT.package is now part of Overrides file. Remove it from your Overrides folder.


Changelog:

v1.0: Initial release. Alternative version added. (2008/07/28)
v1.01: 2 desks from base game (Value, Central Asian) were added. (2008/08/02)
v1.02: Coffee tables and 1 end table were added. (2008/08/09)
v1.03: AL version was added. (2008/08/28)
v1.04: 7 TVs, 4 stereos, all 6 fridges and NL bowling rack were added. (2008/09/18)
v1.05: Seasons Country Sink and Toilet were added. (2008/11/10)


Just to clarify, I didn't steal Anoeskab's work in this mod. I started to make it even before I became aware of the existence of her mod. If you closely look into the file you'll see the subtle difference.


Additional Credits:

Numenor and Atavera for Modding InfoCenter article about Slots
Everyone who contributed to the development of SimPE

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

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot.zip | Description: Uni/NL/OFB/Pets/SNS/BV/FT, or a SP except for Holiday 48.8 KB 34,179 28th Apr 2009
LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-SlotOverlap.zip | Description: Uni/NL/OFB/Pets/SNS/BV/FT, or a SP except for Holiday (2 overlapping slots for 1-tiled small dressers) 48.6 KB 23,979 28th Apr 2009
LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-BaseGame.zip | Description: BaseGame Only or BaseGame + Happy Holiday Stuff 30.9 KB 21,184 28th Apr 2009
LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-AL.zip | Description: AL/M&amp;G 47.4 KB 29,171 28th Apr 2009
LdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot-SlotOverlap-AL.zip | Description: AL/M&amp;G (2 overlapping slots for 1-tiled small dressers) 47.5 KB 30,127 28th Apr 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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. Installation Location:

Place in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder.
(Or in a subfolder of Downloads folder.)

The only exception is SP Overrides file for FreeTime or later EP.

zLdDarcy_MaxisMoreDecoSlot_Overrides.package (Only needed for FT or later EP)

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 \TSData\Res\Overrides
(or the corresponding folder on your system if your game isn't installed in C:\Program Files)

If your latest EP is Apartment Life, the location will be like this.
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\Overrides

Mansion and Garden Stuff is more like a mini EP than a SP. If you have M&G, you should use M&G folder instead of FT or AL folder.

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