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Picked upload! Proteus Shape-Shifting Modular Stairs System

by d4RE Posted 23rd Jun 2018 at 10:08 PM - Updated 26th Jul 2018 at 12:58 AM by d4RE
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Here's a sample of the stairs in this download:

Actually, that's a bit misleading. Because they are all the SAME single modular stair package.

I'm soooo excited to share this upload with you guys, because, finally, I've been able to create an object that does everything I want it to. I've been frustrated for the last year or so that I can't mix and match rail types on modular stairs. Mainly, because I wanted to make a set of modular stairs for my Sims that had balusters every 2 or 3 steps instead of every. single. step. Back when I was working on the Glass Rail Stairs, I recalled marvine's Designable modular stone stairs, and had a closer look at how she pulled off the trick of changing the step shapes. Now I had not only the idea of shape-shifting modular stairs, but some clues of how to pull it off, too. So I've been working on these and researching different aspects of object creation since September in order to make this modular stair mod happen. I'm quite proud of the result, and I hope you like them as much as I do.

Here's the staircase I had in mind back when I first started this project:


These are modular stairs, and since they are custom, they need to be put into the game's script files to be recognized and enabled to work. With the stair file is included a text file designed to work with Numenor's Scriptorium to do just that. If you don't have the Scriptorium installed, I highly, highly recommend that you grab it and get it installed right away. If you still insist on doing it the old-fashioned way, there are instructions included in the .rar file for manual installation. With the Scriptorium , all you have to do is click the Modular Stairs shortcut inside your Downloads folder and copy the text file into the folder that opens.

Recolorable Subsets:
The steps and balusters are recolorable.
There are four wood colors, which cover the steps, the handrails, & the baluster posts.
There are four glass colors, and four hardware colors.

The hardware and handrail colors are slaved to the baluster colors. This means there are a few limitations on recolorability: The recolor choices have both a wood color and a shape in the name. (You can view them in-game by using the boolprop testingcheatsallowed true cheat, thus invoking debug mode.) Hardware colors Dullmetal, Copper, Gold, and Silver are linked to the wood colors Ltwood, Redwood, Darkwood, and Varnished, respectively. (Redwood will always have copper hardware, ltwood will always have dull, dark will always have gold, varnish will always have silver.)

The step wood colors are independent of these, so you can have lightwood steps with redwood rails, or whatever combo you want, but the rail (technically, the baluster color) color will determine the color of hardware.

Changeable Shapes:
Steps and balusters have changeable shapes. And, through the magic of slaved Subsets, the rails and hardware change to match the baluster shape you chose.

There are two shapes for steps: closed and open
There are three shapes for balusters: post (what most modular stairs already have), glass, and empty

*Shapes are changed via the design tool, by picking the right recolor choices. ( I wish I could fix the design tool popup icons to make this easier, but the debug method outlined above is the best I can do at this time. Sorry.)

**There is a a small limitation on baluster shapes: The top and bottom steps can only have post baluster shape. The other options will be available, but I only included a mesh on those steps to support the post.

Technical info:

All textures are EAxis, manipulated in GIMP
OR, created in GIMP, SimPE, and/or Blender

In-game price - 61
Catalog Placement - Staircases>Connecting Stairs

Polygon Counts:
norail: 88 (step-82, baluster-2, hardware-2, rail-2)

leftrail: 432 (step-62, baluster-230, hardware-116, rail-24)

leftrailend: 242 (step-80, baluster-66, hardware-72, rail-24)

leftrailtop: 258 (step-96, baluster-66, hardware-72, rail-24)

rightrail: 432 (step-62, baluster-230, hardware-116, rail-24)

rightrailend: 242 (step-80, baluster-66, hardware-72, rail-24)

rightrailtop: 258 (step-96, baluster-66, hardware-72, rail-24)

railing: 802 step-62, baluster-460, hardware-232, rail-48

railingend: step-80, baluster-132, hardware-144, rail-48

railingtop: step-96, baluster-132, hardware-144, rail-48

Additional Credits: SimPE - thanks to Quaxi and all the talented people who helped him create this essential tool CEP (another essential tool) - thanks to Numenor and RGiles

MTS - thanks to Tashiketh for perhaps this MOST essential tool

thanks to jfade for the Compressorizer
thanks to HugeLunatic for her guidelines for building modular stairs

very special thanks and recognition for marvine whose brilliance and innovations are still inspirations for any aspiring Sims2 creator

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ProteusModularStairs.rar | Description: Shape-shifting recolorable modular stairs 578.4 KB 2,756 23rd Jun 2018
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: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
4. Install Scriptorium Files: Put the .txt file(s) in your in the proper Scriptorium folder (Scriptorium_ModularStairs, Scriptorium_Fireplaces, Scriptorium_CustomLights, or Scriptorium_Walls). You will find these folders inside your Downloads folder once the Scriptorium is installed.

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The Great AntiJen
retired moderator THANKS POST
#2 Old 24th Jun 2018 at 12:49 AM
That's some pretty impressive work there d4RE
Mad Poster
#3 Old 24th Jun 2018 at 8:45 AM
Something special you have done here, thank you.
#4 Old 24th Jun 2018 at 5:48 PM
This is amazing! This definitelly deserved to be picked! Great job :D
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 25th Jun 2018 at 5:31 AM
Great job!
Needs Coffee
retired moderator THANKS POST
#6 Old 25th Jun 2018 at 11:14 PM
We love your new stairs, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 27th Jun 2018 at 4:27 AM
And proud you should be. What a nice set of highly customizable set of stairs that offers a lot of variety.
Thank you for sharing these!
Test Subject
#8 Old 28th Jun 2018 at 7:09 PM
Great work!
Test Subject
#9 Old 30th Jun 2018 at 9:10 PM
This level of variety and customization was desperately needed in my game. Really impressive, thanks!
Top Secret Researcher
#10 Old 1st Jul 2018 at 10:19 PM
So infinitely pretty and so much variety. Thanks for this!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#11 Old 2nd Jul 2018 at 10:07 PM
I'm glad you folks like them, and that I"ve crashed nobody's game . Thanks for all the nice comments. I seem to be in a staircase rut right now, so there's a few more using this method coming fairly soon.
Test Subject
#12 Old 11th Dec 2018 at 6:36 AM
These are fantastic! Would it be possible to get a black wood recolor?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#13 Old 11th Dec 2018 at 11:54 PM
Originally Posted by elvisgrace
These are fantastic! Would it be possible to get a black wood recolor?

That's a pretty good idea. I've been wanting some white, too. Gotta warn you though, I'm kinda slow about getting things done. Probably be a week or so before I get to it.


We have been stuck too long with "New Mesh" as the apex of creation.
_ WesHowe
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 26th Dec 2018 at 6:26 PM
A great idea and beautifully executed, D4re. Many thanks for sharing!