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Featured upload! The Pond in July (Small Update)

by macarossi Posted 30th Jun 2007 at 10:29 PM - Updated 5th Jul 2007 at 3:12 PM by macarossi : A small update
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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.
It has been so unbearably hot the past week that all I could think of was of a nice cool retreat from the heat. And here it is - the pond in July
I placed the objects form the Pond Collection under the category Build Garden Centre, but actually some of them are found under different categories in the game catalogue.
Items in Build Mode - Garden Centre:
The Sacred Lotus - 948 polys
4 recolours
Bog arum - 926 polys - 2 recolours (First image)
Mosaic Plant - 656 polys - 3 recolours (5th image)
Thalia Dealbata - about 900 polys -no recolours
Taro - 752 polys - 4 recolours
Pagoda Rocks - 640 polys - 5 recolours matching the stone texture of the waterfalls
Required Eps - none
Known Issues - none

Items in Buy Mode
Ground Plants: These are under Decorative Plants in the game catalogue.
Aubretia - a ground cover plant for rockeries - 1140 polys - 3 recolours
Trillium - a ground cover plant - 1080 polys - 4 recolours
Vincas - a ground cover plant - 1070 polys - 2 recolours

The Four Plants rar contains:
Fritillaria - 1128 polys - 3 recolours
Border Lilies - 1102 polys - 4 recolours
Cleome - 1056 polys - 3 recolours
Verbascum - 1014 polys - 4 recolours


Pond Border Stones - 734 polys; 4 recolours
Required EPs - none
Known Issues - none

The Waterfalls and the Floating Hippo Fountain:
These can be found under Decorative Sculptures
Floating Hippo Fountain - 1416 polys - 352 per tile; no recolours
Required EPs - University
Known Issues - none
Features - fully animated; can be placed on the water surface without cheats
The Function "Add Soap" has been disabled; Th hippo occupies 4 tiles. Make sure that you have 4 tiles free so that you can place the hippo on the pond surface without any cheats. You don't need to make the bottom of the pond even. And of course, you can always use the moveobjects on cheat to place the plants nearer the hippo fountain.

Cascading Waterfall - 1899 polys - about 475 per tile; 3 recolours;
Small (Pool) Fountain(second image) - 1002 polys - about 250 per tile; 3 recolours;
Required EPs - Nightlife and the Glamour Life Pack
Known Issues - the waterfalls are bigger than the 4 tiles they occupy. Place them at the edge of the pond or in the water, so that the sims won't pass through them.
Features: both are fully animated. They can be placed on the water surface without using any cheats.

A rather inept attempt to make an animated gif of the waterfalls:


Waterfall Base Game(the fourth screenshot) - 859 polys; 3 recolours
Required EPs - none
Known Issues - same as above
Features - fully animated, designed to be placed on water surfaces or on terrain. The animation for the waterfall is different from that of the other two, because I had to use only effects from the base game.


The picture shows an overview of the pond and the waterfalls.
Yes, you can still use the pond for fishing:



As always, feel free to recolour the objects. Please do not upload them to pay sites. Thank you.

Credits:
Atavera for the tutorial Addding an Effect to an Object
Jonesi for the wonderful terrain paint
Quaxi for SimPE Inge Jones
and last but not least Numenor for the tutorial Changing the Object Placement

Small update (02.07.07) I added the sound of running water to the Base Game Waterfall for a more realistic effect. The new file is Waterfall BaseGameWithSound.rar. Please note that you cannot have both the old and the new package file in your Downloads folder because they share the same GUIDs. If you decide to have the waterfall with the sound effect, just replace the existing file with the new one, when prompted.

Update 05.07.07
Thanks for telling me about the GUID conflict for the Floating Hippo Fountain and the Pond Border Stones. The files have been replaced with the correct ones. Please replace the older files with the new ones, because the old files overwrite the original Maxis objects. Accept my apologies for the inconvenience.

Polygon Counts:
641
1416
741
859
1014
1102
1056
1126
1140
1080
1072
1899
927
656
752
1018
948
1002
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
FourPlants_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 420.0 KB 72,268 30th Jun 2007
GroundCoverPlants_macarossi2007.rar 437.4 KB 67,386 30th Jun 2007
CascadingWaterfall_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 566.1 KB 71,841 30th Jun 2007
Waterfall_BaseGame_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 435.2 KB 69,436 30th Jun 2007
PagodaRocks_Pond Collection2007.rar 507.6 KB 70,470 30th Jun 2007
WaterfallSmall_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 544.1 KB 70,782 30th Jun 2007
Pond Plants_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 748.4 KB 78,958 30th Jun 2007
Waterfall_BaseGamewithSound_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 427.9 KB 69,604 2nd Jul 2007
Fountain_FloatingHippo_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 238.7 KB 58,763 5th Jul 2007
PondBorderStones_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar 207.4 KB 63,908 5th Jul 2007
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


Need more information?
 
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Test Subject
#76 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:07 PM Last edited by JLonier : 2nd Jul 2007 at 8:23 AM. Reason: is a thanks
WOW!! A well deserved featured set!!!
Its awesome Thank you so much for sharing!!!
Field Researcher
#77 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:19 PM
OMG this is beautiful! *Falls over* Thanks so much!

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Field Researcher
#78 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:20 PM Last edited by nychic_emt : 1st Jul 2007 at 9:25 PM. Reason: re d/l'd- no prob
Another gorgeous and amazing set!! Thank you for sharing your hard work!! Congrats on another 'feature'

I attempted to d/l, and the cascading waterfall - pool collection file says that it comes to an unexpected end of archive when I attempt to open it.. Is anyone else having this problem? or is it just me? I have tried 4 x now, with no luck.

Ok..I tried it one more time.. and got it.. sorry, and thanks again!! :D

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Field Researcher
#79 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:25 PM
I feel like hitting the thanks button just isn't enough, this is such a beautiful set. I love all of your stuff, keep it coming! And thank you!
Test Subject
#80 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:25 PM
omg this is actually the best damn thing ive ever seen in ts2

Thank u thank u thank u ur far too kind.....
Lab Assistant
#81 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:28 PM
Going to download this now and hope I can put it together right It's incredible! Thank you.
Test Subject
#82 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 10:03 PM
absolutely beautiful , what a lovely addition to the game Thank you so much!!!!!!
Lab Assistant
#83 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 10:15 PM
Your talents know no bounds! Amazing!

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Instructor
#84 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 10:45 PM
As usual, you never, ever, disappoint! This creation is amazingly beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with the rest of us.
Field Researcher
#85 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 10:53 PM
This set is absolutely amazing....You are an amazing & talented creator! I hope I can make my waterfall as beautiful as yours! Maybe you would share yours (just a blank lot with your amazing waterfall) with us that have no clue! (Smile) Thank you again!

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Field Researcher
#86 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 11:07 PM
uifuiazfugz......I'm sorry, my jaw just hit the keyboard! this is breathtaking. thankyou.

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Test Subject
#87 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 11:08 PM
I agree it is amazing and I thank you so much! I hope that maybe you could upload the lot for those of us that can't recreate your beauty. Thanks!!
Forum Resident
#88 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 11:16 PM
I love you!
Forum Resident
#89 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 11:38 PM
Absolutely fantastic objects! Thank you for all the work and for sharing!
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Test Subject
#90 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 11:40 PM
Wow this is awesome, awesome and once more awesome!!! It looks great I love it so much you are great! thumbs up!
Field Researcher
#91 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 12:03 AM
It' perfect, thank you!!
Lab Assistant
#92 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 12:31 AM
This is one of the most beautiful and natural sets of creations I have seen for this game. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is obvious that you worked very hard. It is appreciated. You should be very very proud of yourself. Great job!!!
Scholar
#93 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 1:24 AM
you're work is amazing, thank you!
xo

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Test Subject
#94 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 1:42 AM
This is a breathtakingly beautiful set Macarossi. Thank you SO much. Thank you too for making some things that we can all enjoy and use, even without all the expansion packs.
Instructor
#95 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 2:21 AM
You have outdone yourself. Thank you so much.

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Test Subject
#96 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 4:58 AM
Oh yes, macarossi strikes again!!! What a amazing Set and fantastic work you did once again. A million thanks to you as a magnificent artist.
Test Subject
#97 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 5:45 AM
macarossi,
You are truly an amazing and talented creator!!! You have made the best I have seen anywhere. Including pay-sites!!And you shared this with us. Bless you. Out of everything I have seen (and with a hippo too) this work is the most exquisite!!! I downloaded the pond the second I saw it. I have it in my game now, and it looks spectacular! The only thing is the hippo which does show up in statues won’t “place”. I do have all the games, so am I doing something wrong? I want to make mine as perfect as yours, but I can’t seem to place the hippo. I really like hippo’s too. Can you help me on this? And THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Melanie Sisson
Instructor
#98 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 8:42 AM
has anyone tryed this set with seasons an does it get in the way of fishing?

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Field Researcher
#99 Old 2nd Jul 2007 at 9:48 AM
Incredible work
The Pond`
This probably one of the greatest sets I’ve ever seen!!
This is beyond belief how magnificent this will be for a
Garden or forest.

Everything you have made, I have loved and I thank you with my whole heart!
Thank you seems so little of a word to say -
It has been an honor to have your `Creations in my game.

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