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 - EA patched Sims4 on March 22 and altered how the MOO cheat works.
After the patch, these files did not work properly.
For this reason, the following files are considered "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
 I still use these files in my own game with NO ISSUES (8.17.18)
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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Happy House

I had a request once for a large rug.
Larger, still, than I had already made.
It was a project that 
never quite made it to the front burner.
Why do we need exceptionally large rugs?
But the idea intrigued me.
How does one make a large rug 
while also keeping clarity
given the limitations 
to texture sizes?
A quarter rug, rotated and mirrored.
I deem it a Kaleidoscope rug.
The name comes from 
the gadget you look through and rotate
 The tubes length is lined with mirrors
reflecting the shiny trinkets at the end 
in unexpected and trippy patterns.
Which is pretty much how many rugs already look if you stare at them.
[wow man .... duuuuuuude!]
So, while I was at it, I decided to convert a couple more of my meshes
to the S4 platform while also expanding the S3 collection.
First we have the 5X3:
Preview from S3
Same set - preview in S4
 Then, a new size I created that is subtly different
for SFMagazine when I was a featured artist
(in case you missed it - check it out and get that gift set here - page 178)
Preview from S3
Same Set - preview S4
It's called SF series 2 cos, like,
there was a Series 1 given away as part of the gift.
(you did go and read it ... right?)
If you're an S4 player - here is that same set converted 
for you as a bonus:
I don't have a ton of previews
I mean - you all know what you can do with a rug,
Okay - have a look see:
And there you have it.
Hopefully next set will be a little more dynamic
than a few rugs.
Many of you already know that I have been taking it easy
while I wait to have surgery on my shoulder.
I might be out of commission for a spell, but I hope to be back
with a lot more interesting stuff before too long.

Download Today:
Sims 3 (both formats)
(9/5/16 - S4 file is updated with fixed rug plus additional goodies - if you just want the fix download here)
CC Used:
Picture 8: Plant, Coffee Table / Mango | Bench Seating / OhMySims | Bolster / Peacemaker
Picture 10: Candle / Omorfi Mera
Picture 11: Table, Vase, Stool / Exotic Elements | Butterflies / Pocci | Shelving / Awesims
Picture 12: Candles / Mango | End Tables /Youn Zoey
Picture 13: Curtains / DesignSimsAvenue | Coffee & End Tables / Pocci
Picture 14: Mirrors / OM | Black Mirror / Peacemaker | Table, Chairs, Curtains / Mango | Console Table / Youn Zoey

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cover All

 Back in 2010, I introduced this:
Sure for the time I was pleased
It got the job done
but there was something missing
something ...
perhaps style?
Skill ... there we go - skill.

Cut to today. We're in a new era ...
Sims are all emotional ...
everything is candy colors ...
It's just ... great.
Except - how do I convert

Answer? I don't.
I remake it.
Look Ma, I'm LOWER poly count too!
This is what it should have looked like.
And it should have had a sibling.
 And cousins.
And parents ... or is it genetic donors (?) ...
(it's tough being completely politically correct these days)
but more about the rest of them in a moment.

Let's just stare at the original/remake for a moment ...
is that comic sans? oh god no . . . . it's worse than I thought
Okay - quickly moving along ...
So back in 2011 I re-released some rugs on a new mesh
and then cut to 2015 and I am looking in old folders
and I find one set that was never converted ...

You may see where I am going with this ....

So a set starts to form.
It's still small at heart, but 
man is it large in file size.
(not poly size - file size)
First you get 18 new ottomans
(19 for S3 - one to recolor)
 You get a second, taller & narrower 
ottoman coffee table:
Then came the rug discovery - 
Kilim Series 2:
Then I discovered I had amassed 
quite a selection of rug textures ....
Finally I realized there was nothing to sit on
and as LGR points out - there are precious few chairs in S4
so I had to help rectify that:
Counter Stools are a MISC COMFORT category
Have a look at these items set up in rooms:
So go ahead.
Indulge your emotional sims
with some grungy worn textures.
All those candy colors are going to rot their teeth out.
Expose them to something with a history.
Kilim Set SIM3PACK

Again - these are large zipped files - sorry - it was confusing to break it up.

**September 12, 2015 **HEY! Want Ottoman 1 as a seating option? 
The lovely HarmonySimblr has converted this object for your sims seating pleasure! 
Check out her post here!

Enjoy bubbies!

Most of the stuff in the photos is either Game/Store/or found here,
but these are the CC items used:
photo 23 (S3): stove - Exotic Elements
photo 25 (S4): vase - Peacemaker / bird - Mango
photo 28 (S4) - bed, bedding, polygon silhouette animal paintings, end table, lamp - Peacemaker
Photo 29 (S4) - bar - ATS4
Photo 30 (S4) - Candles - Mango

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