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Featured upload! Updated: Get Where You're Going -- Walk Around & Through Blocks

by SilentLucidity Posted 1st Mar 2009 at 8:27 PM - Updated 2nd Apr 2009 at 4:58 PM by SilentLucidity : updates and clairification
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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.
Update: If you have game set-up of earlier expansions, the Collection file for this set probably is not working for you. There is now a new Collection file download just for these people: BaseGame_&_OFB_Collection_Files.rar. There are two clearly labeled folders in it. If you do not have OFB, use the BaseGame Collection Files. If you do have OFB, use the OFB Collection Files. I am sorry for not discovering this oversight sooner.


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Hello! For the clutter-aholics out there I have a few more shelves for you all: Walk Around Blocks and Walk Through Blocks.



So what are these things, anyway?



Well, they are pretty much what the name implies, but here are some pictures to illustrate. Behold, the hall of teddy bears!







Look at the space between those bears, and yet still the Sim can’t pass! How many times have you furnished a room beautifully only to find it just wasn’t playable because of stupid situations like this? (I can’t be the only one who fills hallways with teddy bears…right?)



Enter the Walk Around Block!







Here all the bears have been placed on the standard Walk Around Block. As you can see by the shabbily drawn path now the Sim walks between and around the bears. You know, like any normal person would be able to do. Silly EAxis.



Now the Walk Through Block








In this picture all the bears have been placed on the standard Walk Through Block. Note that this time the Sim took a straight path right though the bears. This block has full Sim and Object intersection, so anything placed on this block will be ignored by Sims.

While that might sound pointless to some, it is very useful in certain situations, like when you are trying to furnish a small house and there is just not enough room to ‘legally’ hold everything you need. One tile objects can be stuck on these blocks and then crammed very close together without blocking Sims’ paths.



Is there anything else they do?



Why yes, there is. These blocks are very strong—see their bulging biceps! They have to ability to hold almost any one tile object, making them essentially weightless and able to be placed on any other surface. So if your deco is too heavy to go where you want it to go, just put it on one of these blocks and lift the where you want it to go. (If you have AL, my Standard Shiftable Shelves do this too, and they shift up and down walls – w00t!)







And like the last set, these also hold Sims without the game crashing that happens with the OFB magisplay.

There are two sizes, one fairly small. There is a comparison picture below to give you an idea of the sizes. And, of course, they all have invisible recolors. I'm not gonna make you have my tacky paint job laying all over your house.



So what’s the catch?



There are some things to note:
  • Only 1-tile objects can be held, and there are even exceptions to that:
    They won’t hold tables and some 1-tile coffee tables
    They won’t hold anything that requires placement only on a desk/coffee table/ end table, like table lamps and small electronics.
    Update Instead there are two separate sets especially for this purpose, which are grey instead of black. The End Table Walk Through set is base game compatible. All objects are usable from these blocks.
    The End Table Walk Around set requires OFB. Sims will walk around these and even step over them, which looks much better for smaller items anyway. The catch is that the objects placed on these are NOT usable. I know, I know, that sucks, makes them pointless, etc, but there it is. Coffee tables don't want to be 'walked around' and OFB magisplays don't want objects to be interacted with. *shrug* I will be trying to see if I can get it to work, but no promises.
    Alternatively, if you don't want four more blocks added, you can just grab the End Table Shelf from the Special Slot OMSPs here. It functions exactly like the Walk Through end table block, has an invisible recolor, and can be stacked on the standard Walk Around Blocks.

  • If you overlap the Walk Around Blocks there leaves no room for the Sims to ‘walk around’ the objects, so don’t do that because it defeats the purpose. You can get things pretty close though.
  • There may be some Sim/Object clipping with the Walk Around Shelves, depending on the size and shape of the object being walked around. Obviously if you use the Walk Through Shelves there will be huge amounts of clipping. You should decide whether you can live with this or not.
  • Most objects can still be used while on these blocks. I haven’t tried every single thing in the game though, so if something doesn’t work I’m sorry in advance for not letting you know.


Wait--what's the difference again?


Just to recap:

The Walk Around Block causes Sims to visibly alter their path to 'walk around' an object. Some objects, like the teddy bears shown, block Sims' paths even though it looks like they shouldn't. When placed on the Walk Around Block the Sims will step around these objects instead of doing the stomp dance.

The Walk Through Block causes anything put on it to become intersect-able with Sims. They will walk right through it as if it isn't there at all.




There are four of these, two sizes each (eight, if you included the End Table Sets). They can be found under Surfaces > Miscellaneous for $0.


There is a Collection File included in the download. This goes in My Documents > EA Games > The Sims 2 > Collections. If you don't have AL, you might need the separate Collection files download. There are two clearly labeled sets in it--one for those with OFB and one for those without it.


There is also a set that will ONLY show up in the Collection Folder, if you don’t want things cluttering your catalog. You must have the Collection File to use this set, and with these you won’t be able to use the eye dropper to get another block—you’ll have to pull one from the collection.


Only download one file of each set! They have the same blocks, same GUIDs, but one set shows in the Buy Mode Catalog and the Collections folder and the other shows ONLY in the Collections folder--not in the Buy Mode Catalog.





Okay, to try to ward off any more confusion...


Here is a break down of what are in the downloads:


Through & Around Blocks.rar has four blocks, two each that allow Sim walk-though and Sim walk-around of objects placed on them. There are four because there are two sizes of each, one biggish, one smallish. But they won't hold end/coffee table restricted items like table lamps and small electronics.


EndTable_WalkThrough_Blocks.rar has two blocks which will hold the end table restricted stuff the original four won't hold (but not heavy stuff or Sims), and when placed on these blocks Sims will walk through them.


EndTable_WalkAround_Blocks.rar has two blocks which will hold the end table restricted stuff the original four won't (but not heavy stuff or Sims), and when placed on these blocks Sims will wall around or step over them. These require OFB and Sims can NOT use objects placed on them--they are just for looks.



ThruAround_NOT_in_Catalog.rar
EndTable_walkThru_NOT_in_Catalog.rar
EndTable_walkAround_NOT_in_Catalog.rar
--These three are the same as the above three files except they DO NOT show up in the Buy Mode Catalog--they ONLY show in the Collections Folder.

If you want these to show in your Buy Mode Catalog, ignore the downloads that say "NOT_in_Catalog".

If you don't want these cluttering your Buy Mode Catalog (but still want them) these three are the downloads you want.

The download BaseGame_&_OFB_Collection_Files.rar has two more Collection file sets in it for people without AL. Both are included: if you have OFB, use the OFB Collection Files; if don't have OFB, use the BaseGame Collection Files.


I am very sorry for the confusion.




The Walk Around Block was cloned from the lawn gnome. The Walk Through Block was cloned from the Moroccan end table. Both are base game compatible.

The End Table Walk Around Block was cloned from the OFB magisplay and therefore requires OFB.

Polygon Counts:
All have the same poly count:
Face Count = 12, Vertex Count = 16

Made with Blender

Additional Credits:
The OMSPs used in the picture are from JohnBrehaut1

Thank you Numenor for the AnyGameStarter, and for the advice on how to make compatible Collection files.

Thank you eletrodj for all your input and advice in tweaking these. I do appreciate it.

Many thanks to Numenor and fisheyes for their information and tutorials on slots.

A ton of thanks to Bobcatben for his SMD importer/exporter for Blender! Thank you!

And boatloads of credit and thanks to MTS--without all the great tutorials on this site and the help forums, I would be totally lost.

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
Through & Around Blocks.rar | Description: All Four Blocks & Collection File -- These show in the catalog. 31.0 KB 29,092 1st Mar 2009
EndTable_WalkThrough_Blocks.rar | Description: These will hold end table stuff like table lamps and small electronics; sims will walk through them. 16.6 KB 12,471 2nd Mar 2009
EndTable_walkThru_NOT_in_Catalog.rar | Description: These are NOT in the Buy Mode Catalog; they'll hold end table stuff ; sims will walk through them. 16.6 KB 9,569 2nd Mar 2009
EndTable_WalkAround_Blocks.rar | Description: OFB Required! These hold end table stuff; Sims will walk around them. 17.9 KB 12,766 2nd Mar 2009
EndTable_walkAround_NOT_in_Catalog.rar | Description: OFB Required! These are NOT in the Buy Mode Catalog; they hold end table stuff; sims go around them. 17.9 KB 9,566 2nd Mar 2009
ThruAround_NOT_in_Catalog.rar | Description: All Four Blocks & Collection File. This set is NOT in the catalog--they show in the Collection folder ONLY. 31.0 KB 11,117 2nd Mar 2009
BaseGame_&_OFB_Collection_Files.rar | Description: If you don't have AL, you might need these Collection Files. 16.2 KB 9,535 2nd Apr 2009
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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Lab Assistant
#76 Old 28th Mar 2009 at 3:52 AM
You had me at hello...ahhhh I just love you for this!
Test Subject
#77 Old 31st Mar 2009 at 1:00 AM
Thank you so much!!! <3 lol "Hello?! Theres a bear in my way"! This really halps.
Lab Assistant
#78 Old 5th Apr 2009 at 8:33 AM
What a terrific idea! I've had this happen often, and now I won't! Whee! Thanks a lot!!
Lab Assistant
#79 Old 5th Apr 2009 at 4:15 PM
useful,very very useful. thanks

"Open your mind before your mouth."
-Chris Motionless from Motionless in White
Lab Assistant
#80 Old 7th Apr 2009 at 5:21 PM
One word: awesome
Lab Assistant
#81 Old 9th Apr 2009 at 9:57 PM
This is a great idea great job!

Nikki

Thank you for everything! You all are great those who create and those who download! Thank you!

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Test Subject
#82 Old 10th Apr 2009 at 10:11 AM
"How often must I tell you to tidy up your room?!"
There´s a cluttery future coming up for my sim kids... :-D
Thank you sooo much!
Test Subject
#83 Old 12th Apr 2009 at 10:05 PM
How do you make it so you can't actually SEE the block? Because they are visible in my game.

"We are all but God's Sims" -Me
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#84 Old 13th Apr 2009 at 7:08 AM
ChrisGriffin, all of the blocks have an invisible recolor. Just use the design tool to switch to the invisible recolor once you have placed the block where you want it.
Field Researcher
#85 Old 13th Apr 2009 at 10:24 PM
I'll definitely be making use of these this summer.
Test Subject
#86 Old 20th Apr 2009 at 4:16 PM
When you use these, do the black squares show up? Or do they become invisible?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#87 Old 21st Apr 2009 at 7:51 AM
xoCSDAox, the invisibility is just a recolor option. You can choose to put them down already invisible, or you can put them down black and then use the design tool to recolor it to invisible. Depending on what you are doing it can be easier to just place it while black and recolor it invisible.
Test Subject
#88 Old 2nd May 2009 at 2:13 AM
Oh wow this is brilliant, simply amazing. I'm addicted to clutter, this will be sooo helpful. Thanks!
Test Subject
#89 Old 14th May 2009 at 2:21 PM
Yipppeeee, now i can finally fill rooms the way i want to and still let my sims move around, i can't wait to have a play around with these. THANKS!!!!!
Test Subject
#90 Old 16th May 2009 at 12:03 AM
thank you so much!
Test Subject
#91 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 12:09 AM
Ha! This is great!
I prefer to walk directly through the teddy bear, thus defying a large amount of important-sounding-scientifical-law-stuff. It also makes my life a lot easier.
Thanks
Lab Assistant
#92 Old 29th Jun 2009 at 1:25 PM
You are amazing .i stood up litterly and clapped my hands ;; i even cried a little ;; ......amazing just amazing.
Lab Assistant
#93 Old 29th Jun 2009 at 1:27 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilentLucidity
ChrisGriffin, all of the blocks have an invisible recolor. Just use the design tool to switch to the invisible recolor once you have placed the block where you want it.


even more amazing
Test Subject
#94 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 5:06 AM
God, i've wanted this since i first started going crazy on the release day of Livin' Large (exactly nine years on Aug 27; yes, i was excited). This is great. I did manage to figure out what I needed though. Perhaps a flow chart would help? "Do you like to have x? [y/n] How about y? [y/n] Do you have AL? [y/n] Then you need this, this, and this download.)

The invisible recolor i noticed (or was that a bug?) is nice to have too. (My first thought when i saw this was actually, "oh, i'll just run this through SimPE real fast and make it invisible and it'll be perfect!")
Test Subject
#95 Old 6th Aug 2009 at 5:51 PM
This is really cool but umm..... what is OFB?

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night."

- Edgar Allan Poe -
#96 Old 6th Aug 2009 at 6:18 PM
"Open for Business".

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Scholar
#97 Old 26th Aug 2009 at 2:24 AM
I like the pictures. Thanks for this!
Test Subject
#98 Old 15th Sep 2009 at 8:48 PM
You ARE A GENIUS! Thank you SO much!
Lab Assistant
#99 Old 13th Nov 2009 at 10:28 PM
Can the walk-around blocks be put by diagonal walls to keep the Sims from getting hung up on them?
#100 Old 16th Nov 2009 at 7:12 PM
Ooo, good question, and excelent idea! My expectation is "Yes, but you`ll need to place them with MoveObjects On", but I haven`t tried this yet.

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