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*Recolourable* Holy Smoke modular stairs

by Numenor Posted 12th Mar 2005 at 10:28 PM - Updated 18th Mar 2007 at 11:59 PM by Numenor : Fixed in-text images
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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.
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Recolourable Holy Smoke modular stairs

18 MAR 2007 - BUGFIX
These stairs have been online for almost two years, and so far they worked well. But they had a little bug nevertheless In some games (especially the base-game, without any EP) the catalog icon for the modular stairs was empty. This is because these stairs were made in a very old format (the old "EP Ready format, created when UNI first came out).
Updating them to the current correct format would have meant breaking all the existing recolours (there are so many around the net, not only here at MTS2); and so I've fixed it in a way that... you shouldn't try at home (like they say in TV ).
The important thing is that now the icon is visible in catalog and all the existing recolours still work! :D

Of course, if you never had problems with the catalog icon, redownloading is optional.

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FAQ: Why there is no text file to install with these stairs, like all the other custom modular stairs?
That's because these stairs are intended to override the Maxis originals, and therefore uses the same Maxis text file already installed with the game.
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I think that the Holy Smoke is the most useful staircase, because it lets the sims pass under it. But the standard grey/bluish colour doesn't match *all* the furniture styles.
So, I decided to make it recolourable.
But the internal file structure, and the lacking of a correct filenaming led me to actually clone the original stairs.

At first, I thought to *add* a new modular stair to the catalog, then I thought it would be useless to have two identical stairs, one recolourable and one not.
So I decided to set this staircase to override the original one.
Don't worry, though: I said override, not overwrite When you get bored of my staircase, just delete the package from the downloads folder, and the original staircase will be back in the catalog.

IMPORTANT: this is to be considered an Alpha release! Though it is stable, EP-compliant and works fine, still it's a little "tricky" to recolour.

Installation instructions
Unrar both the attached files to the downloads folder. In the first archive there is the "main" package (the stairs themselves), in the second there are some recolours for the metal part and for the glass parts.

How to create custom recolours
Open SimPE's Object Workshop (current release is v. 029) and choose the "Load Object" tab. Browse the downloads folder and load the "STEPS_90NMNglass_main.package". Proceed with the recolour as usual.
NOTE: you can choose to recolour the metal part or the glass part (or both).
You can use the attached template texture as a guide for your recolours.
Since the original texture contains an alpha channel (transparency), I strongly suggest that you import your custom texture in the package using the option "Build DXT" + "Commit", instead of "Import" + "Update all sizes" + "Commit": using the "Build DXT" creates a more accurate texture.


How to apply the recolour to the staircase
Here come the tricky part, because you will not find the different colours in the catalog (I guess that this section of the catalog doesn't manage multiple colour options).
Choose the standard Holy Smoke stairs from the catalog and place it on the lot. Add the railings if you like, but remember that adding the reailings after having recoloured the stairs may cause their reverting to original colour.
Now, select the Design Tool and click, in turn, on each step: now you can choose the colours for the metal part and for the glass.
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If I ever find a way to recolour all the stairs at once, you'll be the first to know...
But there's a good side effect: you can apply a different colour to each step!
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KNOWN ISSUE
Once recoloured, you should't add or delete railings to the stairs, otherwise it will revert to the original colour. But this "reverting" is only temporary: if you save and exit the lot, and then re-enter it, you'll find that the staircase has again the new colour you applied to it

OK, enough... Download and enjoy! Let me know any (unknown) issues you may find.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_TEMPLATE.rar

Size: 76.1 KB · Downloads: 22,822 · 18th Mar 2005
76.1 KB 22,822 18th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_metal+glass_transparent.rar

Size: 1.3 KB · Downloads: 31,993 · 13th Mar 2005
1.3 KB 31,993 13th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_recolours.rar

Size: 317.5 KB · Downloads: 32,538 · 12th Mar 2005
317.5 KB 32,538 12th Mar 2005
Numenor_HolySmokeStairs_main.rar

Size: 129.6 KB · Downloads: 37,593 · 12th Mar 2005
129.6 KB 37,593 12th Mar 2005
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
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#76 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 6:54 AM
I'm having a problem with getting the colors to work using the design tool in the game. I can't get the second from the top step to change colors, nor can I get the railings to recolor. What am I doint wrong?
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#77 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 7:58 AM
I don't know why, but the second top step is difficult to "click"...
I find useful trying to click it on his side: zoom on the step an rotate the camera to watch the side of the stairs.
Field Researcher
#78 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 9:06 PM
Thanks...I've gotten it to work...I just have to be diligent. What about the railings? Are they supposed to be recolor-able?
Test Subject
#79 Old 11th Apr 2005 at 2:58 AM
I have been looking for stairs like these, great job! Thanks
Test Subject
#80 Old 14th Apr 2005 at 3:46 AM
Fantastic work. Thanks a lot for making this available.
Test Subject
#81 Old 22nd Apr 2005 at 9:11 PM
Love the stairs
The stairs look great & i haven't had any problems with them playing the game. thanks
Guest
#82 Old 30th Apr 2005 at 9:37 PM
Can you make a zip file? Sorry, can't open rar files and this looks wonderful.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#83 Old 30th Apr 2005 at 10:59 PM
One more reason to install a software that can hadle rar archives

Seriously, the server space is limited, if we all would post double attachments (zip and rar), MTS2 would soon break up!
We don't want this to happen, do we?
Test Subject
#84 Old 2nd May 2005 at 9:00 AM
i love them~ thank you ~!
Test Subject
#85 Old 8th May 2005 at 3:32 PM
wow - thanks - it´s great. now i´m happy - because be bored of the old one
Test Subject
#86 Old 8th Jun 2005 at 10:52 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
Now it's your turn... I want to see the best recolours ever! Wooden stairs, "optical" style... I know that the mesh has quite a modern style, but let's try and make someting suitable for more "classical" houses: I'm tired of the traditional stairs, that occupies half of the livingroom!

EDIT:
As for one, this is my contribution: a completely semi-transparent glass staircase. You'll find the package for download in post #1.


MANNNNNNNNN Numenor - ya beat me to the punch! I was going to ask for some transparent staircases in your glass walls post ... but figured I would do a search first and ... here you are doing it already!!!! EEEEESH! LOL

Now, since I have a house made completely of glass, is it ok to throw stones?

"Geeez ... would it kill them to stab eachother? ... Oh ... hehe ... I guess it would!" ~ A Mad Sim Programmer trying to overcome a program error ... lol
Test Subject
#87 Old 14th Jun 2005 at 5:25 AM
I finally finally finally installed a rar extractor so I am in Numenor HEAVEN!! (Please note, I have never once asked for a zip from anybody...) Thank you so very much for the recolorable stairs!!!!!!! I've been raring them all, going to have to go back through all my builds now and start changing them out! You rock!!!!
Field Researcher
#88 Old 16th Jun 2005 at 7:12 PM
Thank you ! it has said many times..but I want to add my thank you either, for the hard work and for willing to share them
Field Researcher
#89 Old 9th Aug 2005 at 4:37 PM
Hello! I wanted to tell you how wonderful this is! I just discovered that some of the stairs are not recolorable, and that was such a shock. I was wondering if you had it in the plan to maybe make the wooden stairs recolorable? That would really be great. Mean while, I am going to enjoy the heck outta these! :O)

I bow to your Talent and Creativity!
~Karr
The ModFather
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#90 Old 9th Aug 2005 at 6:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by karrsareus
I was wondering if you had it in the plan to maybe make the wooden stairs recolorable? That would really be great.


Already done! :D
Here they are: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=53159

And here are the recolourable Wrought Iron stairs: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=55436

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Field Researcher
#91 Old 9th Aug 2005 at 7:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
Already done! :D
Here they are: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=53159

And here are the recolourable Wrought Iron stairs: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=55436



Yep I am a dork! LOL, right after I posted that I finished reading all the way thru the thread, and found the wooden ones...then I forgot to come back and delete my goofy question. Thanks so much for making all of these!
~Karr
Test Subject
#92 Old 10th Aug 2005 at 9:42 PM
Numenor,

Hi, first I want to tell you how much I appreciate all the wonderful things you have created for the sims. Thank you!

Second. I am simply a player, I don't know how to create or recolor. So when I saw your wonderful stairs, and the directions were so user friendly, I figured this was something I could add to my game. Just unrar and add to the download folder.

I did that, just like I add other custom content, for the holy smoke stair, the wrought iron stair, and the wood stair.

Nothing shows up in my game! I put them in a separate folder in my download folder, and absolutely nothing. Are they to be treated like clothing?

Can you possibly point me in the right direction, so I can enjoy these wonderful creations? Any advice or help would be most graciously be appreciated.

thank you
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#93 Old 10th Aug 2005 at 11:56 PM
That's a common mistake...

My stairs are identical to the original Maxis stairs; only, mine are recolourable. Basically, installing my package, you simply enable the ability of the stairs to be recolourable.

Therefore, you can't see a custom stair in the catalog: you only see the original Maxis one. But if you create or download a recolour for those stairs, you can finally change the colour of the stairs themselves (this is not possible with the original "unpatched" verion: you can install as many recolours as you want, but you won't be able to change the stairs colour).

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#94 Old 11th Aug 2005 at 8:56 AM
ok, so if I did it right, then i should see recolored options when I click on it. Just like one sees recolors of other objects added to the game?
I downloaded all your recolors, and some of the ones from other creators, all from mts2, and put them in the game at the same time. No recolors showed up either.
So, to sum up, I downloaded your three stairs, numerous recolors of each, unrared them and added them to a stair folder in my download folder.
All I got was the original, or maybe it was your recolorable mesh, but no recolors. And I really love the white/rusty one you did for the wrought iron stair.
So what am I doing wrong? I have the EP, does that make a difference? Or should they not be in a separate folder within the download folder? Seems like I'm the only one with this problem. I think I might need some more help.
Thank you
Test Subject
#95 Old 11th Aug 2005 at 7:35 PM
I finally got it! Sorry for being so dense........First you place the recolorable stair mesh, ( which looks exactly like the Maxis one) then you click on the design tool.....and there they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you doesn't quite cover it, for the beautiful recolorable stairs, and your help. You are terrific!
Lab Assistant
#96 Old 15th Aug 2005 at 10:14 PM
These are great, thanks!
Test Subject
#97 Old 26th Aug 2005 at 5:36 PM
what do you mean by design tool?
The ModFather
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#98 Old 29th Aug 2005 at 1:17 AM
The design tool is the one that gets selected when you press "R" while in buy mode.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Scholar
#99 Old 13th Sep 2005 at 12:11 PM
I have this and alot of the other recolours for the holysmoke stairs but they aren't showing up in my game, any idea why??
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#100 Old 13th Sep 2005 at 7:20 PM
Are you sure you have read the special instruction about how to apply the recolours? You need to perform a particular procedure, explained in post #1 (see also the pictures attached to that post).

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
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