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Picked upload! Functional Pile of Sand

by Danjaley Posted 6th Feb 2014 at 9:35 PM - Updated 26th Mar 2014 at 2:59 PM by Danjaley
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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.
Update, Feb 10th 2014: I got some issues reported, where the mesh appeared spiky. Although I couldn't reproduce the issue, I have uploaded a new file that should not be spiky now. Also texture and tiling are slightly improved. Please note that the new file will overwrite the old one in your mods-folder, but not in your game. If you update, you'll have to re-place all your sandpiles.
(The attchment still says 6th of Febuary, but the 298 KB zip-file is the new one. The old one was 257 KB zipped and 338 KB unzipped)

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This is an ashamingly simple object, but it has proved indespensable in my game. It's a pile of sand that functions as a pegbox and it's super useful for playgrounds, beaches, junkyards, farms, poor families and many more. You can also CAST it into mud, snow, leaves and many more.

You can even place it in an "official" sandbox with "moveObjects on", so toddlers can finally join their older siblings on the playground. It won't keep children from playing in the sand, provided, there is still enough space in the sandbox.

Yes, the toddler is sitting in the sand. I use clipping on purpose with my own sand, and of course it doesn't alter the hight of the EA sand.

The sandpile is found in Buymode under:
Sort by Funktion/Kids/Toys
Sort by Room/Nursery/Toys
Sort by Room/Outside/Outdoor Activities

Price: 10 ยง
Channels: One

This object is directly inspired by the many similar creations for Sims 2: For example by bienchen, JK11, Echo, MissezSimmer, feeEssen... and probably many more, but there I stopped researching

Polygon Counts:
Sandpile: 116

Additional Credits:
Made with S3OC, S3PE, Texture Tweaker, TSRW, Milkshape, Blender, their plugins, and of course The Sims. Thanks to the respective programmers.
Also, since this is actually the first object I ever made, huge thanks to all the people who wrote Tutorials on ModTheSims and Simlogical (especially orangemittens), and those who posted in the Object Creation forum.
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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Danjaley_sandpile.zip 298.1 KB 12,926 6th Feb 2014
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Style: Childrens
Room: Nursery
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: #sand, #mud, #outdoor, #toddler, #kids, #play, #toy, #sandbox