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Featured upload! Modular Round Flowerbeds

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 20th May 2006 at 1:38 AM - Updated 23rd Aug 2006 at 9:45 PM by MaryLou & Numenor : Added link to new flowers
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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 is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
MODULAR ROUND FLOWERBEDS
Build flowerbeds at your heart content!

The set works IN ANY GAME CONFIGURATION (base-game alone or with any EP)


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07 JUNE 06 - NEW FLOWERS AVAILABLE! Two additional sets of Flowers (Daisies and Pansies) has been created by MaryLou; you can download them HERE.


20 MAY 06 - UPDATED: Poppies for Quarter-Circle fence; now they are available in the base-game catalogue, too.
Base-Game players, please redownload the archive "ModularFlowerbeds_Flowers.rar".

20 MAY 06 - ADDED: "Collections" (Residential and Community versions) for the Modular Flowerbed Set; many thanks to Loverat for having created them
IMPORTANT: the "Collections" must be put in "EA Games/The Sims 2/Collections", NOT in the Downloads!

20 MAY 06 - ADDED INFO about recolouring the poppies (sorry, I forgot them :p) ; read below, in the "How to create Recolours" section.


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Do you usually disregard landscaping, in your lots? Are you annoyed by all those sharp angles every time you try and build flowerbeds around your house?
You have no more excuses! Building realistic and astonishing flowerbeds is now easy and funny, with the Modular Round Flowerbeds by MaryLou & Numenor!



IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ AT LEAST THIS PARAGRAPH
You can choose to install only some elements of this set, but in any case you must install the MaryLou-Numenor_Flowerbed_Mesh-Circle1x1.package, contained in the "meshes" RAR, because it's the "Repository" for all the recolours of the entire set. If you don't install it, or delete it from the Downloads, expect a lot of flashing blue fences!


Elements available in the set: THE MESHES


In the archive ModularFlowerbeds_Meshes.rar, you'll find all the pieces depicted above, i.e.:
  • 3 different stand-alone flowerbeds (Circle 1x1, Circle 2x2 and Oval 1x2)
  • 2 quarter-circle fences (the "normal" one has the ground inside, while the "convex" one has the ground outside)
  • 2 half-circle 1x1 fences (again in both "normal" and "convex" version)
  • a stand-alone decorative fence post, that can be used over any of the mentioned pieces.
All the pieces listed above are shipped in the three Maxis colours for the "Zig-Jag" fence, i.e. Brown, Recycled Brown and White. The only ground colour provided with the base meshes is an "invisible recolour".
Additional colours for the fences and the ground are provided in separate Recolour Packs (see below).


Elements available in the set: FENCE RECOLOURS


In the archive ModularFlowerbeds_RecolourPack_Fences.rar you'll find 5 recolours for the fences: Biscuit, Dark Brown, Pink, Grey, Green.
In order to provide the best integration with the Maxis straight fences, we have created special recolour packages that apply to both our modular fences and to Maxis fences: therefore, you'll find the same colour when you pick from the catalog a round fence, and when you lay down a Maxis straight fence.
This means that if you delete a recolour for the modular fence, you will lose the same colour for the Maxis fence, as well.



Elements available in the set: GROUND RECOLOURS


In the archive ModularFlowerbeds_RecolourPack_Grounds.rar you'll find 4 recolours for the ground: Gravel, Desert Dirt, Pined Grass, Green Grass.
If you need to fill large flowerbeds with the same ground colour, you can use the special coordinated floor tiles, provided in the same 4 colours listed above.
Again, we have created a recolour package in a unique format, that contains both the recolour for the ground and the coordinated floor tile: deleting one of them will cause the other one to disappear, too.



Elements available in the set: FLOWERS


The flowerbeds work fine with any plant, shrub or tree, though obviously the primary use for a flowerbed is with flowers
But Maxis flowers are arranged in square tiles (or half tiles), so we provide the needed flowers (poppies only...) arranged in all the shapes needed to match the Modular Flowerbeds.
In the archive ModularFlowerbeds_Flowers.rar you'll find the Maxis poppies arranged in 7 different shapes, one for each type of Modular Flowerbed: in the screen above, you can see the three round flowerbeds (in red), the two quarter-circle fences (in yellow) and the two half-circle fences (in blue).
All the poppies provided with the Modular Flowerbed set are shipped with the same colours as the Maxis poppies, so that is very easy to mix and match the flowers at will



INSTALLATION AND USAGE
Extract the packages from the rar archives and put them in the Downloads folder (use an archive program, or the Q-Xpress auto-installer).
In the game, you can find the various elements of the set in these catalogues:
  • Modular Flowerbeds and Fences: "Buy Mode" catalog - "Decorative / Miscellaneous" sub-section; to each item will be associated all the available recolours for the fence and for the ground;
  • Floor tiles coordinated with the ground recolours: "Build Mode" catalogue - "Floor Tiles / Miscellaneous" sub-section;
  • Recoloured Maxis straight fences, coordinated with the Modular ones: "Build Mode" catalogue - "Miscellaneous / Fences" sub-section.

The Modular Flowerbeds can be places either on bare ground or on floor tiles: in this last case, we strongly suggest to "fill" the flowerbeds with flowers or with the provided "grounds". Please note that if you place the Flowerbeds on floor tiles, you can put plants in it only using the move_objects on cheat!
On the other hand, if you place the Flowerbeds on the bare ground, you can use any "spray" terrain paint on it, and you can put plants, trees and shrubs without any cheat.


HOW TO CREATE RECOLOURS
As said, we have created a special, unique package format for our own recolours. Don't try to copy or clone our packages, in order to create your recolours, because it would cause conflicts and crashes.
You should rather create separate recolours for the various elements:
  • Modular fences: open Object Workshop, click "Open..." and select the file "MaryLou-Numenor_Flowerbed_Mesh-Circle1x1.package" (that is the Repository for the recolours); recolour either the "fence" or the "ground" subsets (following this tutorial, if needed), and your recolour will automatically apply to all the Modular Flowerbeds (NOT the Maxis fences, nor the floor tiles).
  • Poppies: use Object Workshop as explained above, and create a recolour for the Maxis' "Papaver's Poppies" (Flowers - Outdoors - Poppies); your recolour will apply to both the Maxis poppies and to the Modular ones, automatically.
  • Maxis straight fences: follow this tutorial in order to recolour the fence; be sure to check the option "Reference original Mesh" when following the tutorial.
  • Floor Tiles: use the Home Crafter Plus.


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
As usual, credits must be granted to Maxis for the original meshes that we have used for this set. Obviously, the original meshes have been heavily reworked by the two of us Believe me: trying to create something that exactly matches an existing object (the Maxis fences and flowers) is *way* harder than create something starting from scratch!




LICENSE AGREEMENT
The Flowerbeds can be included in lots posted on free sites (NOT EXCHANGE!!!), as long as credits are given to MaryLou & Numenor and a link to this page is provided.
If anyone is interested in creating recolours, they can be posted anywhere (even paysites) but NOT INCLUDING the meshes: on the contrary, a link to the meshes on this page must be provided.

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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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ModularFlowerbeds_Meshes.rar 124.5 KB 36,575 20th May 2006
ModularFlowerbeds_RecolourPack_Fences.rar 49.7 KB 33,408 20th May 2006
ModularFlowerbeds_RecolourPack_Grounds.rar.rar 106.2 KB 32,356 20th May 2006
ModularFlowerbeds_Flowers.rar 186.6 KB 33,575 20th May 2006
ModularFlowerbeds_Collections_by_LOVERAT.rar 4.3 KB 29,300 20th May 2006
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. 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\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

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4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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