Saturday, May 14, 2016

supah sweet redundancy

Time for something new.
Rehashing, revamping, repairing is fun and all
I jest - it's tedious
but sometimes you have to do something new.

Your sim needs a place to write their novel,
work on their spreadsheets,
troll on teh forums ....
Your sim also needs some color.
Just sayin'

Where better than in a new office suite?
New art (24 images per canvas), 
a couple of display easels (acrylic and wood),
a desk, console, and rolling filing cabinet
(rolling is imaginary)
and even a fancy floor lamp.
Here ... take a look at it in action:
 Some quick notes on this set - 
This is for Sims 3
If you plan on putting the file cabinet below the desk or console
Put items on the desk or console first - THEN place the file cabinet.
You'll quickly see why if you don't follow these 
painfully simple instructions yo.

But wait.
I promised a few improvements to old items.
And I hope I have not disappointed.
Sims 4 saw some conversions of my back catalogue
and some of these items were improved upon.
You, my Sims 3 player, now also benefit from these improvements:
Many of these items needed to be smoothed, remapped, and poly reduction,
but now also include the S4 overlays and:
1 - MiniMAL Chair needed a small repair to a seam
2 - Door Screen - new glass channel (knobs) and 4 channels (BG)
3 - Requested liberated "Is This Art?" Stool
4 - Four channels (BG)
5 - Four channels (BG)
6 - New Glass channel, additional mask for more options, 4 channels (BG)
7 - Still above the norm for polys but lower - new cage - 4 channels (BG)
8 - Bedframe liberated from mattress for more options
9 - Mattress liberated from bedframe for more options
10 - New glass channel for edge refraction
11 - Smoothing essentially 'fixed' this item
CAS as the first options. 
These are new items - manually delete the old ones you have

Here's a few shots in game:
to Sandy at Around The Sims
who helped with critical information
and a couple of files to allow these items to 
be four channels while also being basegame (BG).
to all of the testers too - your feedback was 
a huge assistance in getting this set in shape.

No worries S4 users - you'll see Office Sweet soon
with more items and additional conversions.
Patience grasshoppers.


 Picture 5: Lamp - Exotic Elements
Picture 6:  Butterflies - Pocci
Picture 7: Chairs - Gelina

Sunday, February 28, 2016

three to four

What can I say that hasn't already been said?
Sometimes you just need
to repeat yourself.
Whether it is to punctuate a point
or to better understand something yourself.
This is a case of the latter. 
Sims 4 has been a bit of a hurdle for me.
Strange shader groups, odd bones, soft textures,
... no CAS ...
So, to wrap my mind around this iteration,
I have recreated some of my favorite pieces.
(Some ... and I suspect I will continue to do so over time)

This set is for Sims 4.
Some of these objects have been changed 
for adapting to Sims 4 from Sims 3,
but some have been cleaned up, 
whether that is lower poly counts
or smoothing issues - 
these items have been updated
and improved upon.
(S3 users will see these in my next set).
Let's just get it out of the way ...
what's included:
Door Screen (2011 Green Room set) in 6 presets
Accordion Table (2011 Green Room set) in 26 presets
Salvaged Door Dining Table (2011 Green Room set) in 3 presets/ 2 glass styles
Dress Form (2011 Green Room set) in 6 presets
Acrylic "C" Table (2011 Reflections set) in 8 presets
Domed Wall Mirror (2011 Reflections set) in 6 presets
Leaning Domed Mirror (2011 Reflections Set) in 6 presets
Art Deco Radio (2012 Inspiration: Blog set) in 6 presets
Modern Canopy Bed (2012 Inspiration: Blog set) in 3 presets
Bedding for bed (new for S4) in 8 presets
Picasso Inspired Readymade: Steer Skull (2011 In The Garden set) in 12 presets
Plaque Identifier / Specimen Plaque (2011 In The Garden set &
2015 Is It Art? set) 3 presets each.
Suitcase Victrola (2011 Mementoes Set) in 5 presets
Cookie Jar (2010 Cooking With set) in 3 presets
Vintage Caned Chair (2013 SF Magazine Gift set) in 18 presets
Leon's Mug (2013 Hold It set) in 8 presets
Duchamp inspired Readymade Bike Sculpture (2015 Is It Art set) in 8 presets
Studio Sculpture (new for S4) from the Readymade Sculpture (ea modified mesh)
Bonus: Noodie Cutie Frame (2014 Artwork 2.0 set) in 5 presets
Some of these items were not popular in Sims 3.
That's fine. I love them.
And perhaps giving them a bit of new life,
you'll enjoy them too.

Here - have a look at them in action:

Special thanks to Peacemaker for being a rock
through my many frustration rants, mirror angles, and "blonde" moments.
Door style 6 & Bed style 3 are Peacemaker wood textures.

At risk of repeating myself,

3/9/16: Whoops!! I originally forgot to add the accordion table into the zip file. I fixed it,
but if you want to just download the table you can do so HERE

CC Used:

Picture 1: Sofa/Living Chair/Herbs (on table)/Table Lamps/Flooring - Peacemaker |
Painting Conversion - dreamteamSims | Plant - HistoricalSimsLife

Picture 23: Painting Conversions - dreamteamSims
Picture 24: Medium Pipe - Around The Sims 4
Picture 25: peacemaker-ic - Bayside Daybed & Pillows | dreamteamsims - Painting conversion |
ohmycc - Shadow Boxed conversion | vonndasun - Amarante Sofa conversion | Mango - glass vase/candle |
- glass candle (leftmost) | kiwisims4 - walls

Picture 26: aroundthesims bedside table, dresser/cabinet | inakh Polaroids wall decor |
Poodle painting | omorfi-mera candles | Mango plants, candle, rocking bird

Picture 27: Kitchen cabinets/appliances/sink - Peacemaker
Picture 28: Candle - Mango
Picture 29: Wallpaper - Peacemaker

Sunday, November 29, 2015

by the book

One of the things I miss in Sims4 is clutter.
Specifically: books.
When I am dressing a 'set' for promo shots,
it's the first thing I go to.
I made a few books for Sims 3
and easily, those meshes could be expanded upon.

I expanded.

The books from this S3 set
have been converted for S4
 and expanded upon with 16 new covers in two volumes.
(S4 gets the six original covers in Volume 1) 

Remember. The standing book has TWO slots for each width book.
You can expand your row as long as you want, but do it on the floor first.
Pick up the first book and place on your surface or OMSP

Then from this set
I took the Vintage Open Book
(Eight Dog Chronicles)
 and expanded that into two new sets.
The Japanese Notebook (18 styles) &
Korean Children's Periodical (24 styles)
The Scrapbook Photo Album
has also been converted, but 
also updated for S3.
Tiny texture update to give the appearance
of more pages in the book
(a bit of an oversight, though not a deal breaker, in the original)
For S4, there are 32 styles (8 colors, 4 paper colors each)
and S3 a new multiplier and the four paper color overlays.

Not the most exciting post.
I have been recovering from surgery
and for the past week I have been battling bronchitis.
No guff from you ... I took some pictures (cough cough cough)
So I did something a little different.
I merged files this time as an option.
So for individual files:
For merged files:
3.27.16 - It was brought to my attention that the stacking books
no longer work correctly in Sims 4. EA patched on March 22 and altered how
the MOO cheat works and since this update I can no longer use these books myself
in game (after using them a couple of weeks ago). For this reason, please remove
the following files from your game OR use at your own risk:

  1. baufive_s4_vol1_thickbook
  2. baufive_s4_vol1_thickbook_stackable
  3. baufive_s4_vol1_thinbook
  4. baufive_s4_vol1_thinbook_stackable
  5. baufive_s4_vol2_thickbook
  6. baufive_s4_vol2_thickbook_stackable
  7. baufive_s4_vol2_thinbook
  8. baufive_s4_vol2_thinbook_stackable
 These files have been removed from the above link as of today
which leaves only four files to download.
Sims 3 users - there has always been reports of slotted items sitting on
another slot slowing the game down. If your computer is older/slower/lower end,
please also use at your own risk. Thank you - sorry about this -
I will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully will see these return someday.
These will not be released without slots - I don't see the point.

CC Used:
Photo 2 & 3 (S4) - Ball Candle - Mango / Hurricane Candle - Peacemaker / Jar Candle - Omorfi Mera
Photo 8 (S4) - Sofa / Lamp / End Table / Wainscotting - Peacemaker / Bookshelf - Llenies / Walls - OhMySims / Curtains - Vicarious Living / Candles - Omorfi Mera
Photo 9 (S4) - End table / Hurricane Lamp/candle - Peacemaker / Armchair / Loveseat - VonNdaSun / End Table / Ball Candle / OMSP - Mango / Candles (med/small) - Omorfi Mera
 Photo 10 (S3) - Armchair - SimsOnTheRope
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