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Picked upload! Black Mesa - Base Game [no cc]

by HugeLunatic Posted 26th Jun 2012 at 6:11 AM - Updated 17th Aug 2012 at 7:20 PM by HugeLunatic
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Overview
Black Mesa has been an on again/off again, love/hate relationship going on for just over a year. The stickers...oh the stickers! There is also a distinct lack of good, desert terrain hoods. It seems the vast majority of hoods all have some sort of lake or river running through. The first few months (try nine), were spent sporadically building a house or two before I really dug in and started building. Almost all of the houses were made right outta my head, only the large estates were based off real house plans. There were even a few trials of using cc; but then I'd be giving up my challenge of building a base game, no cc hood. One of my biggest obstacles was finding the right hood and in the end I couldn't. So I made one!

This is a complete neighborhood, all lots are placed and the 'hood is decorated. There are no character files and all houses were compressed by Mootilda's Lot Compressor.



Back Story
Or...whatever.
It was never known exactly what was going on in Black Mesa, or what caused the disappearance of most of the towns buildings and residents. All that remains of its previous tenets is the barracks, church, and cemetary. The old barracks have been renovated into loft living and the church doesn't appear to have aged a day. A new generation has moved into Black Mesa and have built it up into a modern town. But beware of the terrors of the age old cemetery.

Note: The cemetery is actually empty, you'll have to kill some sims to fill it up.



Terrain
This is a custom terrain created by me to have the roads close together so that it fit my small lots better. I used a Maxis base game terrain and obliterated all roads except the outer lying ones, I then built new ones using the layout of Merrycliff by wgroome as a guide. If you want just the terrain it is Black Mesa sc4. Feel free to use it for your own new hoods and include it any you share, but please give credit and a link back here.


Defaults
These are the defaults I have in my game and that you see in the screenshots. None of these package with the lot, they simply change the way things look in the game.
  • Terrain & Road Replacements by eclectica - I'm using RoadDefaults_MaxisMatch and TerrainDefaults with no Radiance
  • Loft Bed w/o Canopy by Me
  • Bedding by Me - currently not available
  • Independent Expressions - Shop Window FIX by Me Note: This was fixed in an EP...or something. plz see thread.
  • Default Wall and Floor Edge by Psychosim - Wall top is either by Maranatah or edited by me, can't remember.

Installation
This hood is N299, if you already have one you'll have to alter the number to something not already in your Neighborhoods folder.
  • Unzip the N299.7zip file and place the N299 folder in\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods.
  • Unzip Black Mesa sc4 and place the .png's and the .sc4 file in Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\SC4Terrains.

Cheats Used
CFE - to create dummy levels; one or two houses use this to create a staircase with a landing. Not used on usable objects such as furniture!!
moveobjects on - overused(probably) on outdoor plants, you may need a no garden mod to avoid foot stomping

Credits:
aelflaed - Desert Mini's
Mootilda - Several of her tools used during/after building
CEP by Numenor

..almost forgot to give credit for the name to my son. When he saw it was originally Mesa Valley, he insisted I change it to Black Mesa.

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

This is a multi-part download:


Unzip the N299.7zip file and place the N299 folder in\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods.

Unzip Black Mesa sc4 and place the .png's and the .sc4 file in Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\SC4Terrains.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Black Mesa sc4.rar 534.3 KB 6,219 26th Jun 2012
N299.7z 8.90 MB 7,828 26th Jun 2012
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\

-or-

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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