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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
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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.
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 5,398 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 5,741 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.


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