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Crystal Ball Computer for Fantasy Sims *UPDATE: RECOLOURABLE GLASS CRYSTAL BALL + Fix for chess-playing

by Esmeralda Posted 14th Jun 2011 at 8:48 PM - Updated 11th Feb 2013 at 11:50 AM by Esmeralda : UPDATE - fixed to enable chess-playing
52 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 10 Thanks Posts
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.
UPDATE 11 FEBRUARY 2013: Thank you to instantmagic for letting me know that it wasn't possible to play chess on these computers - I cloned these from the 'Cheap' computer, because they were a roughly similar size and shape, not realising that the Cheap computer didn't have a 'Play Chess' interaction. I never, ever noticed that! I've now made updated packages of each of the three computers to include the interaction script from the Expensive computer, and sims can now play chess on these. Please just copy the new packages, dated 11 Feb 2013, into your packages folder and let them overwrite the old ones. To be on the safe side, also delete your cache files, in particular scriptCache.package, from your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 folder, so that any reference to the old script gets deleted.

25 OCTOBER 2012: MAJOR UPDATE! Have now figured out how to make recolourable/repatternable glass, so I made a recolourable version of the glass crystal ball. See the Download tab for the new item, in the PETS version download, which now contains three versions of the ball: the new glass one, the original solid one, and the original non-recolourable glass one. I kept the non-recolourable glass one because it is a bit more clear and transparent than the recolourable version, and you might still find that useful. All three can be used in your game at the same time - they do not conflict with each other.

(Please note that neither of the two new updates above apply to the obsolete non-Pets version, which I won't be updating.)


OCTOBER 2011: Fixed to work with patch 1.26/Pets, thanks to Grant Hess's RigFix. The new files, in the filename beginning with PETS, are on the Download page. They are NOT backwards-compatible. JUNE 2011: Added solid recolourable version of the crystal ball, thanks to a suggestion by murfee, whose idea of a Palantir sounded appealing!

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Here's a computer in the form of a crystal ball that you can use for your fantasy or historical sims, so that they don't have to look so anachronistic using a modern PC. They will use it just like a regular computer, but their keyboard-tapping animations will look sort of like mystical gesturings towards the crystal ball.

It comes in two parts, the crystal ball (computer) and its stand (desk). These need to be used together - if you place the 'computer' on a regular desk, it won't place properly (will sink into the surface of the desk, as it's much lower than a default computer in order for the typing animations to look like spellcasting - if the ball was at default height, the hand positions would be too low).

The recolourable glass crystal ball and the solid ball each have one recolourable/patternable channel, and the 'desk' has two channels, one for the top and base, and one for the body. Below are recolour examples of the recolourable glass ball and the desk (see the sixth screenshot in the thumbnails at the bottom of the page for examples of the solid ball):

These are found in the Study/Office category, under the Computers and Desks sections. The crystal ball costs 1000 simoleons and the desk costs 300.

As well as fantasy and historical sims, it can also be used for modern-day witches and mediums, such as Mrs Crumplebottom who has just set up as a psychic below.

I find it can also look useable as a futuristic device, if recoloured with, for instance, a metal texture such as below - here we see Pollination Tech #9 communicating with his home planet, and also doing a bit of maintenance work as well:

Issue: Unfortunately, I was unable to get rid of the clicking keyboard noise or the small floating red and green 'power' lights.

Thanks for looking, hope you'll find this useful!


INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

Unzip the .zip file and copy the .package files to your Mods\Packages folder. If you don't have a Mods\Packages folder and/or don't know how to install .package files, please see full instructions here: http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php...g_Package_Files

Polygon Counts:
Crystal Ball: 833
Desk: 374

Additional Credits:
Made with s3oc, S3PE, plus (2012 updated version) Texture Tweaker and TSR Workshop.
Desk is a modified TS3 pedestal mesh.
Thank you to orangemittens for the great easy-to-follow Tutorial on creating a glass object.

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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
EsmeraldaF_ComputerCrystalBall.zip | Description: OBSOLETE - use ONLY if you HAVEN'T upgraded to Pets or patch 1.26 1.02 MB 5,382 14th Jun 2011
EsmeraldaF_PETSComputerCrystalBall.zip | Description: Pets/patch 1.26 or later ONLY - NOT backwards-compatible. Contains all three crystal balls (original glass, recolourable glass, recolourable solid), and pedestal desk. 1.05 MB 5,689 19th Oct 2011
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

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.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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Lab Assistant
#26 Old 15th Jun 2011 at 4:14 PM
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Originally Posted by LE102071
Consider this a second request for a Palantir... this would be awesome as that. Thanks for what you've done with the crystal tho.. amazing!


Third! haha I think it'd be really neat to look like there was fog, or some sort of color in the crystal, to make it look like the Sim was casting a spell :D
Field Researcher
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#27 Old 15th Jun 2011 at 7:13 PM
Amazing i love it.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#28 Old 15th Jun 2011 at 7:24 PM
I've now added a recolurable solid version of the ball - thanks to murfee and to those who seconded that idea!

Quote:
Originally Posted by morphead
Actually it is possible to apply a channel to glass to have transparent patterns.

Interesting, I didn't think that was possible! If I can find out how, I'll see about adding a recolourable glass version.
Field Researcher
#29 Old 15th Jun 2011 at 8:48 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by murfee
But from the bottom of my heart, thank you SOOOO much for this BRILLIANT creation! I am going to put this in every lot I can slap with a broomstick!


There's a broomstick????? Where?????

Be the type of Christian that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says: "Oh no! They're up!"

"You call me a Jesus Freak like it's a bad thing!"

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." - (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
Forum Resident
#30 Old 16th Jun 2011 at 8:05 AM
I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy too and this is the perfect addition to my magical objects. I think you did a wonderful job. Would you be interested in making the desk invisible with Buzzler's Vanishing Script. If not, may I give it a try?

Sometimes the Dragon wins and I AM the Dragon!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#31 Old 16th Jun 2011 at 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Winterhart
I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy too and this is the perfect addition to my magical objects. I think you did a wonderful job. Would you be interested in making the desk invisible with Buzzler's Vanishing Script. If not, may I give it a try?

That's an interesting idea! To be honest, I wouldn't want to do it, as it depends on a mod that can be broken by EA's cruddy updates (I saw that Late Night caused big problems for the modded invisible objects) - I find it a pain to keep having to re-test my own three mods to make sure they still work every time EA releases another patch and am not keen on adding a modded item that also needs checking/updating! But if you do want to do it yourself and don't mind having to keep on top of the updates, then yes, please do give it a try, you're welcome to do so.
Top Secret Researcher
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#32 Old 16th Jun 2011 at 3:48 PM
Yay for the recolorable update!

And Ditto for Pollination Tech #9, he's so resemblant that I first checked the upper part of the page for the Sims 3 logo lol. I downloaded a moon world and would be delighted to use your Pollination Tech #9 as a dynasty founder! Are you going to upload him?
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#33 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by MiniMimi
Yay for the recolorable update!

And Ditto for Pollination Tech #9, he's so resemblant that I first checked the upper part of the page for the Sims 3 logo lol. I downloaded a moon world and would be delighted to use your Pollination Tech #9 as a dynasty founder! Are you going to upload him?

Thanks for liking my PT#9! I originally intended on uploading him, but I had a problem with stringy wrinkles appearing under his nose after reshaping it, thanks to EA's dodgy TS3 facial sculpting - see pic below - and I don't think MTS would accept him like that. I couldn't figure out how to get rid of the wrinkles, and put the project on hold. If I can find a way to solve that problem, I'll try submitting him!
Screenshots
Test Subject
#34 Old 18th Jun 2011 at 6:22 PM
A fantastic idea. Absolutely amazing!!! Thank you very much.
Top Secret Researcher
THANKS POST
#35 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 11:17 AM
Indeed, that's very odd. Maybe it's the nostrils gone wild from tweaking the nose too much. Maybe putting back a default nose & tweaking it again would do the trick? But I guess you've already tried that. Yeah I too had sims with 'broken' face parts due to that stupid system - broken mouth being the most common - that's so annoying. Good luck trying to repair him!
Alchemist
#36 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 1:58 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Thank you SO much for making a recolorable version!!!!!! I'm SO happy; my day really can't get much better than this! I love it; it's bloody perfect, and once again: I am so full of gratitude for what you have done Thank you
Alchemist
#37 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 2:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simaboder
There's a broomstick????? Where?????


There are quite a few TS3 broom decor objects I have, if you're interested:
http://forum.simsnieuws.nl/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=1405
http://www.prosims.ru/showthread.php?t=26419&page=3
http://www.aroundthesims3.com/objec...asonal_02.shtml
http://the13thsim.webs.com/apps/for...0-21-days-left-
http://www.thesimsresource.com/down...room/id/945149/
http://sims3.simcredibledesigns.com/index.html The Alchemy Halloween Series under Seasons on Page 2
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#38 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 8:49 PM
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Originally Posted by murfee
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Thank you SO much for making a recolorable version!!!!!! I'm SO happy; my day really can't get much better than this! I love it; it's bloody perfect, and once again: I am so full of gratitude for what you have done Thank you

Aww, I'm so glad you like the new version, thank you so much for such a nice post, it really makes my day if someone appreciates my humble efforts! Hope you can find a good suitable custom pattern with which to make a nice Palantir!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#39 Old 4th Jul 2011 at 5:38 PM
I absolutely love this! It is perfect for some (most) of my sims who live in houses without electronics!
Field Researcher
#40 Old 18th Jul 2011 at 4:10 AM


Thanks so much! Now if I can only find a bicycle that looks and behaves like a broomstick.

Be the type of Christian that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says: "Oh no! They're up!"

"You call me a Jesus Freak like it's a bad thing!"

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." - (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
Test Subject
#41 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 5:01 PM
LOL Love it! I never would have thought of this item. You're clever; thanks for sharing your talent and ingenuity with us!
Test Subject
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#42 Old 3rd Aug 2011 at 9:25 PM
Your wings and this crystal ball computer are really creative and wonderful! Thank you, EsmeraldaF.
Test Subject
#43 Old 8th Nov 2011 at 4:57 PM
I LOVE THIS CREATION!

I do see your method of madness and I wanted to make a suggestion (maybe)... I also would like an option of the crystal ball computer only as well as the already made table. The reason for this suggestion, I have already downloaded the adjustable invisible table into my game. So being able to put the crystal ball/computer on the adjustable table, would allow me to adjust the crystal ball to the same height as the table you have, which would give me the "PERFECT" effect! for my storyline, to have the "crystal ball levitating in mid air effect" I think it would be great to have both, one with and one without the table, either way this is still an AWESOME creation you made!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#44 Old 11th Nov 2011 at 9:25 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lifecomic
I LOVE THIS CREATION!

I do see your method of madness and I wanted to make a suggestion (maybe)... I also would like an option of the crystal ball computer only as well as the already made table. The reason for this suggestion, I have already downloaded the adjustable invisible table into my game. So being able to put the crystal ball/computer on the adjustable table, would allow me to adjust the crystal ball to the same height as the table you have, which would give me the "PERFECT" effect! for my storyline, to have the "crystal ball levitating in mid air effect" I think it would be great to have both, one with and one without the table, either way this is still an AWESOME creation you made!

Not quite clear what you're asking for, the computer can already be used on any table or desk, it's just that the computer sits low and will sink into a regular desk, hence why my custom desk is lower than normal. So I would guess that if you have an invisible table, you can just put the computer on that and the computer will look like it's floating in mid-air?
Lab Assistant
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#45 Old 10th Feb 2013 at 11:11 PM
First I love this, and the desk! Great desk which can hold a regular computer too, I am unhappy with only one thing, The crystal ball pc that I have does not give my sims the choice to play chess. And I use that a lot.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#46 Old 11th Feb 2013 at 10:37 AM Last edited by Esmeralda : 11th Feb 2013 at 11:43 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by instantmagic
First I love this, and the desk! Great desk which can hold a regular computer too, I am unhappy with only one thing, The crystal ball pc that I have does not give my sims the choice to play chess. And I use that a lot.

Wow, that is really strange - I'm surprised that nobody (including myself!) noticed it before. I wonder if it's because this item was made before Pets and then converted to be compatible with post-Pets rigging - maybe something got lost in the conversion process. I'll try later to re-clone it from scratch and see if that restores the missing interaction. Thanks for letting me know!

ETA: Ah, I found the problem - I cloned these from the 'Cheap' computer, because they were a roughly similar size and shape, not realising that the Cheap computer didn't have a 'Play Chess' interaction. I never, ever noticed that! I've now made updated packages of each of the three computers to include the interaction script from the Expensive computer, and sims can now play chess on these. Please just copy the new packages, dated 11 Feb 2013, into your packages folder and let them overwrite the old ones. To be on the safe side, also delete your cache files, in particular scriptCache.package, from your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 folder, so that any reference to the old script gets deleted. Will update the original post.
Test Subject
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#47 Old 29th Jun 2013 at 3:47 AM
I'm tempted to do a little happy cry. I'm attempting to slowly phase out and replace all mod cons in Dragon Valley, where my Disney Princesses (and princes, villains etc) and Epic Fantasy characters live. Computers do not fit in here. So basically between this and your rideable dragon, you're like a godsend!

I'm now looking through all of your other downloads.
Test Subject
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#48 Old 25th Mar 2014 at 4:22 AM
This makes for a really great replacement computer for sims who would not usually be found with a computer!

Would there be a way of turning this into a laptop/portable version?
i wonder if a holo-computer version would look cool? (computer introduced in into the future expansion) (they also have a "look up friends on holoweb" interaction and flashing lights which would be a cool feature for a crystal ball)
Field Researcher
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#49 Old 3rd Jan 2015 at 5:51 PM
Great idea! Now I can really consider playing a fantasy setting. Thanks!
Test Subject
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#50 Old 2nd Feb 2015 at 4:26 AM
@mimbug and the magical floating as well

Thank you very much for this Esmarelda ^_^
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