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[0426 UPDATED BUG FIX] ARKHELIOS - A murder mystery and sci-fi scripted hood by redandvidya and nappe

by redandvidya Posted 23rd Mar 2021 at 10:33 PM - Updated 27th Apr 2021 at 9:18 AM by redandvidya
44 Comments / replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts
04/26/2021: All name bugs, including sims, lots, and bios are now fixed. Apologies for the wait as I had a brutal two weeks of school finals, only could get back to my gaming PC now. Thank you!

It's here!! It's all finally here! An original, unique hood that resulted as the first collab between Red (simstate) and Nappe (nappe-plays-the-sims).

Founded by Abraham Helios and disillusioned citizens protesting laws limiting freedom of expression (or freedom of partying) ARKHELIOS is embedded in the midst of nowhere between mountains no normal sim would dare climb. The community managed by itself up until the untimely death of Abraham. As succession is called into question and secrets unravel, will the inhabitants of ARKHELIOS be able to find peace again or plunge into chaos?

What is Arkhelios? Arkhelios is a 10 household, 50+ sim story hood that revolves over the founder, Abraham Helios, being suddenly murdered! Find out who the killer is and look into all the drama and storylines of all the families!

What does Arkhelios require and is it CC-Free? Arkhelios was created with the Ultimate Collection in mind, so you'll need all EPs and SPs for everyone to work as advertised. Arkhelios does come with some CC, but it's purely for lore reasons and it's only a little bit! Arkhelios REQUIRES a camera mod to play all the households.[/B]

How long does Arkhelios take to complete? We recommend you play through all the households in this playing order. Please note that YOU ONLY NEED TO PLAY THEM for 1-2 DAYS at a time to solve the main mystery, no need for full rounds!

More features of Arkhelios:
  • Scripted events for all households!! With custom notifications!
  • A secret puzzle in the hood you have to solve!
  • After you'll solve this secret puzzle, you?ll know who the killer is in a "machinima" style cutscene!
  • Secret easter eggs everywhere! Will you find them all?

Custom Content Included:



Notes: Certain behavior changing mods like Story Progression can cause a lot reset, which will break the scripted events. In that case, I recommend taking out SP to finish the main story, and then putting it back in once you've completed the story :D

Note 2: Certain pics in the game might trigger your eyes- some of them are photosensitive. If you have sensitive eyes, please take care and don't play for now!

Don't wanna listen to the same old Sims 2 music while playing this hood? We have two Spotify playlists based on the story of Arkhelios!! We put a lot of care in them, we hope you like them! [ Playlist One | Playlist Two ]

Lastly, here are all the statistic stuff for the households:

Neighborhood Number: ARKH
Number of Lots: 16
Number of Sims: 68, including Townies and Pets

Lot Statistics:
  1. Fontana (5x4 Lot) : $370,148
  2. Chun (3x2 Lot) : $87,225
  3. Rivales (5x3 Lot) : $170,088
  4. Helios (3x2 Lot) : $77,976
  5. Hydes (3x2 Lot) : $92,818
  6. Bellamy (4x3 Lot) : $125,744
  7. Mishra (3x3 Apartment Lot, shared with Soileh) : $72,160
  8. Soileh (3x3 Apartment Lot, shared with Mishra) : $66,992
  9. Durant (3x4 Lot) : $87,126
  10. Armstrong (2x2 Lot) : $29,493

Enjoy! - PSYCHDUO (Red & Nappe)

Additional Credits:
And of course, what wouldn't be a download post without crediting and thanking some people?

lazyduchess​ who helped a lot: she helped on the modding stuff, and is responsible for making this hood as unique as it is! Thanks!
whattheskell​ who gave feedback on the hood and playtested it! <3
reginacyrkonia for feedback and help on making the video and giving filming tips to me, a newbie! <333
general inspiration for arkhelios style: katatty​ and moocha-muses​'s nekojima, penig​'s widespot, eddysims​ for photos, skell (again) for story.
special thanks to some people who helped: ara-fusilli, xwhitepolar, premiumfeel, bob aka lapis, MAGLX, ri2xe, residentgoth, superlegal, thybrid21, zan
special thanks (nappe): Hans, 70% dark chocolate, free meditation videos, weird apartment neighbor

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 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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ARKHELIOS! (v.1.05A Final x2) - Story Hood by Red & Nappe.zip

Size: 53.86 MB · Downloads: 1,327 · 27th Apr 2021
53.86 MB 1,327 27th Apr 2021
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 the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
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Scholar
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#2 Old 23rd Mar 2021 at 10:46 PM
Looks awesome!
Test Subject
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#3 Old 23rd Mar 2021 at 11:29 PM
Okay this looks phenomenal. Looking forward to playing this!
Instructor
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#4 Old 23rd Mar 2021 at 11:39 PM
I am THRILLED to see that ARKHELIOS has arrived here at MTS! This was a joy to help play test. This final version has just been placed in my game . Thank you for the time, thought, and work put into this little community. Definitely different and the perfect cuppa tea for those of us who enjoy both Sci-fi and a good mystery.
Trainee Moderator
staff: trainee moderator THANKS POST
#5 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 1:41 AM
Ooh, I've seen this earlier on Tumblr and already downloaded it there, lol. I haven't had the time to play in this neighborhood yet (I'm kinda busy these days, lol), but I'm very looking forward to playing the scripted events in this neighborhood. It looks beautiful! I love desert themed neighborhoods!
Lab Assistant
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#6 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 8:28 AM
I'm having trouble with the game crashing after loading the Fontana household. Any ideas?
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by LauriMizutani
I'm having trouble with the game crashing after loading the Fontana household. Any ideas?

Remove your folder with mods.I played in all households without mods and there were no crashes.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#8 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 11:47 AM
The city is wonderful! It's so much fun to play in! Thanks to the creators. You have done a great job. Well done!
Lab Assistant
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#9 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 1:29 PM
I have downloaded your neighbourhood and I will play it as soon as I have some spare time! I really enjoy desert towns, this is giving me Arizona/Nevada vibes with the paranormal elements. I'm gonna give you some better feedback once I have played it! Meanwhile, congratulations for your dedication and effort.
Test Subject
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#10 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 7:15 PM
This is an awesome hood! I'm really enjoying finding the clues.
Field Researcher
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#11 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 8:23 PM
I LOVE murder investigation stories and puzzle solving, can't wait to play this neighborhood!
Test Subject
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#12 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 8:30 PM
This looks absolutely awesome! I'm excited to get this installed and give it a go! Been a while since I booted up TS2 .
Field Researcher
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#13 Old 24th Mar 2021 at 11:51 PM
I begin to have many neighborhoods to play and do hundreds of generations xD! Thank you very much! It looks amazing and the characters seem so funny. Downloading.
Test Subject
#14 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 4:23 AM
Question [AND SPOILER]






Can we add stuff in buy mode? I noticed...a door missing
Mad Poster
THANKS POST
#15 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 10:31 AM
I downloaded your new version of this neighborhood and I must say it's fascinating. I'm going through all the families and their backgrounds and memories. Quite impressive to see such a complicated interconnected mystery, and sometime I'm going to actually play this game! Good job!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#16 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 12:55 PM
Hello all! Quick announcement, I just noticed that the version that was ORIGINALLY uploaded to MTS is a slightly older version with the sadly prevalent broken name bug. This has been fixed and corrected. Please redownload the file, and I hope you guys enjoy Arkhelios! Thank you for all the love and support <3
Test Subject
#17 Old 27th Mar 2021 at 2:48 AM
I think the scripted events aren't working for me
Test Subject
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28th Mar 2021 at 7:12 AM
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Test Subject
#18 Old 28th Mar 2021 at 8:35 AM
Hi! I'm having a problem and I don't know if it can be fixed, but I play my game in Brazilian Portuguese and ALL the names have been translated and nothing makes sense. Is there a way to fix it?
Instructor
#19 Old 30th Mar 2021 at 7:34 AM Last edited by teafortwo : 30th Mar 2021 at 11:28 PM. Reason: I am old and slow
Default Problem With A Residential Lot
Oh no! Moving troubles. As time has gone by Sims have moved in and out of homes. Sims who have either graduated or dropped out of University have moved back home. A few Sims have moved out either into a new home or a shared home. And then there was an odd problem with Darcy Mishra, Adam Bellamy and thier infant daughter. They attempted to move into the Helios lot (Jealousy is a Disease). Cain has passed on, his daughter, her partner and twin children moved to a home in another town. The vacated Helios home was renovated specifically for Darcy and Adam. So, they moved out of the apartment and into thier new home. For some reason, although they had moved in, the lot remained in build mode making it and the family unplayable. So, I moved them out and into another recently renovated home. No problem. At the same time Narcissa Soileh moved out of her apartment and into the Fontana lot with no problem.

I'm thinking that the problem lies with the previously occupied Helios residence despite the fact that the Lot Inspector found there to (possibly) be nothing amiss. Decided to leave it vacant.

LATER: Attempted to add a new household to the community by moving them into the vacant Helios lot. Same thing happened. Map shows them living there, however, the lot remains vacant of Sims and in build mode. So, it is the lot (in my game) and not the Sims.

UPDATE 3/30/21 IMPORTANT LESSON: It was suggested that the mail box and trash bin may have been missing. These were present. However, the trash bin was at one side of the home and the mail box sat away from the curb. Moved both to the curb which allowed a family to complete the move in. Because many of us refurbish vacated lots this it is good to keep in mind that placement (location) of these objects can matter.
Test Subject
#20 Old 30th Mar 2021 at 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by teafortwo
Oh no! Moving troubles. As time has gone by Sims have moved in and out of homes. Sims who have either graduated or dropped out of University have moved back home. A few Sims have moved out either into a new home or a shared home. And then there was an odd problem with Darcy Mishra, Adam Bellamy and thier infant daughter. They attempted to move into the Helios lot (Jealousy is a Disease). Cain has passed on, his daughter, her partner and twin children moved to a home in another town. The vacated Helios home was renovated specifically for Darcy and Adam. So, they moved out of the apartment and into thier new home. For some reason, although they had moved in, the lot remained in build mode making it and the family unplayable. So, I moved them out and into another recently renovated home. No problem. At the same time Narcissa Soileh moved out of her apartment and into the Fontana lot with no problem.

I'm thinking that the problem lies with the previously occupied Helios residence despite the fact that the Lot Inspector found there to (possibly) be nothing amiss. Decided to leave it vacant.

LATER: Attempted to add a new household to the community by moving them into the vacant Helios lot. Same thing happened. Map shows them living there, however, the lot remains vacant of Sims and in build mode. So, it is the lot (in my game) and not the Sims.



Has the Helios lot lost its mailbox or rubbish bin somehow? If I remember rightly, if one or both of those are missing, it can't enter live mode. At least that's the issue I had on a different neighbourhood recently.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 31st Mar 2021 at 4:02 PM
I was wondering if someone could message me with the scripted events that are meant to happen as unfortunately despite taking out both story progression and ACR it looks like the lots have indeed reset and the lined up actions not taking place. I have a lot of other mods still so that makes sense, but I've played a few households now so don't really want to remove them all and start again.
I do still see the pop-ups with the prompts so that's good, but just want to know what i'm missing from lined-up events so I can at least do them myself?

I'm loving snooping through everything in each family and all the fun details so far!!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#22 Old 2nd Apr 2021 at 4:38 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sillysoraya
I was wondering if someone could message me with the scripted events that are meant to happen as unfortunately despite taking out both story progression and ACR it looks like the lots have indeed reset and the lined up actions not taking place. I have a lot of other mods still so that makes sense, but I've played a few households now so don't really want to remove them all and start again.
I do still see the pop-ups with the prompts so that's good, but just want to know what i'm missing from lined-up events so I can at least do them myself?

I'm loving snooping through everything in each family and all the fun details so far!!


Honestly if the scripted events don't work for you just let the game run it's course. You may miss SOME stuff but generally all the stuff could happen through free will. For example, people at the Fontana lot will still probably fight, same for the Durants... You can still get Kaeileen to attempt to kiss Zane and it'll still fail. Just enjoy playing the hood :>
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 2nd Apr 2021 at 6:41 PM
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Originally Posted by redandvidya
Honestly if the scripted events don't work for you just let the game run it's course. You may miss SOME stuff but generally all the stuff could happen through free will. For example, people at the Fontana lot will still probably fight, same for the Durants... You can still get Kaeileen to attempt to kiss Zane and it'll still fail. Just enjoy playing the hood :>

Thanks for the reply! In the end I just removed my downloads folder until I'd played each household for a day then added them back in after Loved it, thanks for all the hard work and creativity put into it! There needs to be more hoods with custom scripts/queued actions
Test Subject
#24 Old 9th Apr 2021 at 3:40 PM
I want to play, but in my Russian language game half of sims names translate into Russian. I don't remember what to do with this, in SimPE maybe
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#25 Old 13th Apr 2021 at 8:07 AM
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Originally Posted by I_am_dead
I want to play, but in my Russian language game half of sims names translate into Russian. I don't remember what to do with this, in SimPE maybe


Idk that should've been fixed, the version I updated this to SHOULD have all the names normally- I have no idea what's going on in your game, apologies
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