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Ocean Haven - Island Neighborhood

by Duds Posted 12th Feb 2006 at 1:33 AM
22 Comments / replies (Who?) - 22 Feedback Posts
Neighborhood terrain - Ocean Haven - by Duds at MTS2.

INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

Add all the unzipped files to the EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains directory. The pictures will let you see an image in the neighborhood selection screen instead of the green line picture.


INCREASING CAMERA OPTIONS FOR INCREASED VIEWING

To allow better camera angles, zooming and greater access to the edge of the terrain I recommend you check out this post out:

GunMod's Camera Mod 3.1
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=97642


BACKGROUND TO DESIGN AND HOW TO PLACE MORE LOTS ON SLOPING GROUND

I have created a few terrains that have a distinct lack of flat ground because I find it more challenging to design my houses on sloped ground.
The game defaults however keeps the slope you can build on and the slope within the lot pretty tame.

Thus you might find you have the dreaded 'red coloured' no placement allowed when trying to place lots in this neighborhood. To gain access to more locations you need to adjust some settings.

Its helpful to backup the file first in case you mess things up.


To maximize the places available for lots you need to edit the Neighborhood.ini file.
To make it work in all your neighborhoods (i.e. expansion packs), you need to change the neighborhood.ini files in the following directories, (if installed in default locations):
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Sys
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 University\TSData\Sys
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Nightlife\TSData\Sys

Open each neighborhood.ini file with notepad and look for the paragraph that begins with the words [LotPlopTunables]
My setting at the end of the paragraph is:
MaxLotSlope=80.0

And to stop the lot becoming too flat when created in the [SmoothingUnderNewLot] paragraph I have changed the value to:
SmoothingTalusAngle=35.0
(This will enable lots that have very changable slopes, and can make for very interesting house designs, however the novice designer might want to give this one a miss)


Dont forget to save the changes after your done.


Boatnana’s post has a few more details of allowing lots to be placed on bigger slopes:
Change max slope value **Update Dec 14, 05**
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=47544


If you're looking for an Ocean type Island with more roads, here is the terrain I use for my standard neighborhood called Ocean Peaks
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=53886


If you give it a go I hope you will enjoy this neighborhood terrain !


Created by Duds !
(feel free to distribute as you please, though would be nice to hear what you think of it)

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
Oceanhaven.zip

Size: 651.0 KB · Downloads: 5,821 · 12th Feb 2006
651.0 KB 5,821 12th Feb 2006
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 SC4Terrains Folder: Cut and paste the .sc4 and .png file(s) into your SC4Terrains 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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22 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 21 Feedback Posts
Forum Resident
#2 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 3:06 PM
This is really pretty.

Onyx Sims is now open!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 3:29 PM
Ohhh man!! That is awesome!! Soooo niiiice! can't thank you enough! My sims will be heavenly touched!! *yippi!! :o)

Your individuell painting on www.meineleinwand.de!!
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 3:49 PM
Oh My God! It's Wonderfoul!!

After about 2 years of long absence, I'M BACK! :)
Guest
#5 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 3:55 PM
hey how do u after u download it and it ask u 2 humm....double click a costum .I need help with that!!!!!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 4:07 PM
WOW, this is like WOW! Love it! Thank youuu!

Is it so small a thing
To have enjoy'd the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done...

~~Find some of my stuff at www.simplysimsational.org~~
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 6:11 PM
Stunning!! thanks!
Test Subject
#8 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 6:57 PM
amazing! how on earth did you do that! :insane:

At first I thought people who were called weird were weird, but now I know it's the people who call people weird that are weird.
Top Secret Researcher
#9 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 7:54 PM
Truely stunning! I rarely (like maybe one other time), down load neighborhoods, but this one is just too special -- I've got to have it!
Moderator of Extreme Limericks
#10 Old 12th Feb 2006 at 9:17 PM
That's absolutely beautiful! Wonderful job!!

There's always money in the banana stand.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 13th Feb 2006 at 2:21 AM
This is beautiful!! I can't wait to see how it looks once I get my games working !!! And then when I have the view neighbourhood lots and whatever from the house, like in the background, it's going to look absolutely STUNNING.

Can't wait!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 13th Feb 2006 at 3:16 AM
Beautiful, Absilutely beautiful. This will make a good downtown for my pirates hood.

"Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc." We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.
Not just pretty words." -Addams Family
Inventor
#13 Old 13th Feb 2006 at 7:30 AM
You did great jobs with your neighborhoods. Thanks for sharing.
Instructor
#14 Old 13th Feb 2006 at 8:44 PM
AWESOME!Thank you

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Test Subject
#15 Old 14th Feb 2006 at 1:34 AM
Wonderful job. Very beautiful!
And thanks for the tips on placing lots on slopes. I was hoping to find something like that.

You can find my lots and other creations on TSR.
Proud member of TSRAA and S2HBAA. :)
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 14th Feb 2006 at 6:33 PM
What do you need to download for the neighborhood to work?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#17 Old 15th Feb 2006 at 12:46 AM
Thanks to all those that have left comments so far,
It makes it so much more rewarding when you hear appreciation for your efforts!

Bad Kay,
You need to download the zip file and extract the files, (one .SC4 type and five .png picture files)
Then just put all into your 'SC4Terrains' folder under:
My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains

If you know how to get to your Downloads folder you need to go up one level of folders and you should be able to see the SC4Terrains folder.
Drop the 6 files into that directory and next time you load your game you need to choose to create a custom neighborhood.
Look for the file: Oceanhaven.SC4
Then choose terrain (lush etc), give it a name and select the tick.

The five images are used to show the neighborhood and the type of terrain you can choose from (lush-green, desert-light brown/tan, dirt-mottly brown, concrete-grey)

I hope that helps but reply again if this wasn't quite what you needed.

Happy simming,
Duds
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 26th Feb 2006 at 9:52 PM
Duds, im having some difficulty downloading your hood, and i really like it. I tried the Clean Installer and the WinRAR etc, and no luck. Can you give me some advice as too what to do.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#19 Old 27th Feb 2006 at 6:31 AM
Hi Secun687,

I guess first up I should ask if you are running a PC with windows ?

Next is whether you have successfully downloaded it to your harddrive.


The files are "archived" in zip format, which if you are using XP should be able to be 'unzipped' by double clicking on the file, ( Oceanhaven.zip ), You will need to put all the files to a place that you can find again.

Next a little about the Oceanhaven.sc4 file...
A neighborhood file is not like your normal download on this site for example:
name of file.package
It is not like a house file either where you can use Clean Installer to clean out unwanted items etc, for example
name of house.Sim2pack
It is basically a file that holds information that defines the height of land in the neighborhood (anything above a certain level is above water, while lower level are covered in water). It also has information on where the roads are.
The file extension for neighborhood terrain files is .sc4,
for this neighborhood the file name is Oceanhaven.sc4

There are also 5 files starting with Oceanhaven with a file extension of .png these are:
Oceanhaven.png
Oceanhaven_concrete.png
Oceanhaven_desert.png
Oceanhaven_dirt.png
Oceanhaven_lush.png
These are image files that allow you to see a small picture of the terrain in the neighborhood selection window (the one that you are first presented with when you start the game).

All the .png files and the Oceanhaven.sc4 file need to be put into the:
My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains folder.
One way is to highlight the files, select copy (right click or via Edit menu) goto your My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains folder, make sure you click on the folder and then choose paste (such as via the edit menu).

If you view the folder it should show all the Oceanhaven .png and .sc4 files somewhere in there.

then all should be good for your to start the game, choose to add a custom neighborhood, and select the Oceanhaven.sc4 file from the list presented. Continue with selecting a terrain type such as lush then give it a name and clikc the tick.....

Let me know how it goes !
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 27th Feb 2006 at 10:22 AM Last edited by Secun687 : 27th Feb 2006 at 10:50 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duds
Hi Secun687,

I guess first up I should ask if you are running a PC with windows ?

Next is whether you have successfully downloaded it to your harddrive.


The files are "archived" in zip format, which if you are using XP should be able to be 'unzipped' by double clicking on the file, ( Oceanhaven.zip ), You will need to put all the files to a place that you can find again.

Next a little about the Oceanhaven.sc4 file...
A neighborhood file is not like your normal download on this site for example:
name of file.package
It is not like a house file either where you can use Clean Installer to clean out unwanted items etc, for example
name of house.Sim2pack
It is basically a file that holds information that defines the height of land in the neighborhood (anything above a certain level is above water, while lower level are covered in water). It also has information on where the roads are.
The file extension for neighborhood terrain files is .sc4,
for this neighborhood the file name is Oceanhaven.sc4

There are also 5 files starting with Oceanhaven with a file extension of .png these are:
Oceanhaven.png
Oceanhaven_concrete.png
Oceanhaven_desert.png
Oceanhaven_dirt.png
Oceanhaven_lush.png
These are image files that allow you to see a small picture of the terrain in the neighborhood selection window (the one that you are first presented with when you start the game).

All the .png files and the Oceanhaven.sc4 file need to be put into the:
My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains folder.
One way is to highlight the files, select copy (right click or via Edit menu) goto your My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains folder, make sure you click on the folder and then choose paste (such as via the edit menu).

If you view the folder it should show all the Oceanhaven .png and .sc4 files somewhere in there.

then all should be good for your to start the game, choose to add a custom neighborhood, and select the Oceanhaven.sc4 file from the list presented. Continue with selecting a terrain type such as lush then give it a name and clikc the tick.....

Let me know how it goes !


Yes Duds it did work this time the oceanhaven did finally show up, however i just noticed that i did not see the waterfall when i went into the neighborhood. How can i download that or do i have to get the Hack for that to show up?

Update:Also I found the waterfall by numenor' again thanks for the very nice neighborhood.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#21 Old 27th Feb 2006 at 12:29 PM
Good to hear you got it to work,
I hope you enjoy it !

I used two waterfalls then place one of the big neighborhood rocks over the top to get the effect.

Happy simming !
Test Subject
#22 Old 20th May 2006 at 10:34 PM
Another great neighborhood Duds. I'm going to make this one my downtown area altough I don't think it would be possible to have an "uptown" on these islands. Oh well I'm not complaining XD

Quote:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
Test Subject
#23 Old 30th Dec 2007 at 10:22 AM
It's so pretty!! but it doesn't work.. when i click that oceanheaven.zip on the screen comes the text: NOT FOUND.. what i have to do whit it??? But still is amazing and hopefully my sims can move there soon!