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The Windfall Motel

by Sarasvati Posted 2nd Jul 2009 at 9:02 PM - Updated 2nd Jul 2009 at 2:26 AM by Sarasvati
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.


Contrary to its name, The Windfall Motel has never seen better days. It burst forth from the crust of the earth a sad, shabby wreck of a building so that all may look upon it and drive away faster--sort of like Athena, but with more cocaine.

Tailor-made to the whims of all your homeless, your hobos, your starving artists and your bums, The Windfall Motel is equipped for...extended stays. Memories of all those successful days in your life got you down? Don't worry! There's a bar right off the check-in office that's there to help. Never had any successful days in your life? The bar will help with that too!



The Windfall was built specifically to play families without ever needing to touch your "home" lot. There are 7 rooms total, all of which have a bureau, TV, and private bathroom. There's a "suite" on the top floor for bigger families or people who just like to hog space. There's also a single downstairs that's equipped with a kitchenette, for all your solo sims who aspire to nothing except toast and jam in the middle of the night.

The lot counts as an art gallery, so be prepared for a lot of stupid autonomous art gallery reactions. Prior to uploading, I was going to take out enough art pieces for it to stop being an art gallery, but found the irony too delicious. If you want to change the type of community lot it qualifies as, feel free to manually remove the paintings in Edit Town mode. If enough people find it obnoxious, I'll be glad to do it myself and reupload.

Tested just to figure out the mechanics of really living vagrant-style on a community lot. Some notes, observations, and caveats:

--All beds are sleepable and you can get quick meals out of refrigerators, even if you can't have stoves. Your sim can easily maintain all their needs here without needing to go anywhere else.

--Without being able to lock doors, you'll have no privacy. On the upside, the lot doesn't seem to be very popular with the townies so it's rare that people will walk into your room and use your crap. Yeah!!

--You CAN woohoo/try for baby; however, you cannot choose the bed that is used to do so. Usually sims will go to the bed in the same room, but you can never predict Sim pathing.

--It seems that your kids/teens won't get picked up by the cops for breaking curfew as long as there is at least one parent on the lot, even if they didn't go to the lot together.

--Once you get your babies/toddlers to the community lot, they can stay there indefinitely as long as at least one parent is on the lot. However, if you have more babies/toddlers than sims to carry them, you're going to have to do some juggling to get them all there.

Recommended mods for the smoothest possible play:

No Curfew Police by jonha; will prevent your kid/teenage sims from getting rounded up in the event of no parents around. Let's face it: no cop is going to bust down a motel door to drag a sleeping teenager home because it's past curfew.

Leave the Baby Home by climbingsideways; in the event you have more babies/toddlers to get onto the community lot than you have sims to carry them.

Enjoy, and let me know how it works out for you guys!

Lot Size: 3x2
Lot Price: $47,349
Tags: #hotel, #motel, #grunge, #run down, #worn

Number of bedrooms: 5 or more
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
the_windfall_motel.rar

Size: 1.03 MB · Downloads: 13,614 · 2nd Jul 2009
1.03 MB 13,614 2nd Jul 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. 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.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
 
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 9:30 PM
LOL
This looks useful
*thankies*

Tornado Drills: more effective than Ex-Lax.
Field Researcher
#3 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 9:58 PM
Freaking awesome. I'll test it out.
Instructor
#4 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 10:00 PM
This is really sweet. My hobo sims are sick of sleeping in lounge chairs at the gym so they thank you very much :p

and as a side note, this reminds me so bad of an episode of Supernatural. Run-down motels are awesome
Forum Resident
#5 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 10:18 PM
Wow so many awesome lots today.
I was halfway through creating a motel in my neighborhood, now I can delete it :P
This is just perfect.
Test Subject
#6 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 10:41 PM
wonderful! Thanks much! :D
Test Subject
#7 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 11:22 PM
I can't open this file I get a message saying it is corrupted. Anyone have this problem?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 12:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by thinkdinc
I can't open this file I get a message saying it is corrupted. Anyone have this problem?


Is it the .rar file you can't open or the sims3pack file?
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 12:32 AM
Social decadence and miserability! Alchoholism! Drugs! I like this place! xD
Test Subject
#10 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 12:35 AM
Oh. I see plenty of decadent, rotten, fascinating stories in the future of this amazing lot thanks so much!
Test Subject
#11 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 12:50 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarasvati
Is it the .rar file you can't open or the sims3pack file?


when i try to extract the .rar file i get a message saying it is corrupt. help? i love this. i'm dying to put it in my game.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#12 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 12:53 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by thinkdinc
when i try to extract the .rar file i get a message saying it is corrupt. help? i love this. i'm dying to put it in my game.


Aha, most likely what happened is that the file corrupted during the download. All you have to do is redownload it and try again. If that still doesn't work, make sure you're using the most recent version of whatever archiving program you use. If it comes down to it, I can just send you the file via email, since it doesn't seem to be a prevalent problem.
Test Subject
#13 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 1:14 AM
I upgraded AL zip and Winzip, downloaded again, still get an error trying to extract:

Extracting The Windfall Motel.Sims3Pack Error: CRC mismatch in file "The Windfall Motel.Sims3Pack" in the archive "C:\Documents and Settings\dinc!\Desktop\MTS_Sarasvati_950124_the_windfall_motel.rar"
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#14 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 1:40 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by thinkdinc
I upgraded AL zip and Winzip, downloaded again, still get an error trying to extract:

Extracting The Windfall Motel.Sims3Pack Error: CRC mismatch in file "The Windfall Motel.Sims3Pack" in the archive "C:\Documents and Settings\dinc!\Desktop\MTS_Sarasvati_950124_the_windfall_motel.rar"


I've sent you a PM, we'll get this sorted one way or another.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 1:49 AM
Very "Silent Hill-esque".. I love it!!

~DidaDragonfly~
Test Subject
#16 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 1:56 AM
thank you. most excellent. finally got it to work. i think what happened is that the first time i downloaded it i had a bad connection. i did have a bad connection because it took 5 minutes to download. then the file was corrupted. i trashed it, downloaded it again, but it downloaded in like 1 second.... corrupted.... i did this like 10 times, same story. now i cleared all my temp files etc. and it downloaded in a normal time frame (about 15 seconds) and is not corrupted. so.... i think each time i downloaded it, it just used the temp file already on my computer.

thanks for your help and for this most awesome hotel. i'm going to make it into a flophouse for teenage runaways. think of the fun!
Test Subject
#17 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 2:09 AM
Oh my god. Thanks for this! I'm thinking an entire drug-infested, somewhat "dirty" yet somewhat "pristine" town. It's gonna be badass!

Excellent Underwear Model
to boot
Test Subject
#18 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 3:20 AM
dude...yes! This is perfect for my homeless sims!

<333 definitely downloading this sucker.
Test Subject
#19 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 5:35 AM
Awesome. This gives me a perfect excuse to load my custom station up with Tom Waits. Not that I needed one.
Test Subject
#20 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 6:25 AM
This looks really nice. There's one small problem with the lot however. The door of one of the apartments seems to be set as the front door, so the first thing any sim visiting the lot does, is to run straight there. I'm not sure if it's even possible to choose a front door on community lots though.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#21 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 6:39 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slaphead
This looks really nice. There's one small problem with the lot however. The door of one of the apartments seems to be set as the front door, so the first thing any sim visiting the lot does, is to run straight there. I'm not sure if it's even possible to choose a front door on community lots though.


Sadly, there really isn't anything that can be done about that, since you're right, it's not possible to choose a front door on a community lot. wtb some kind of portal like the phone in Sims 2.
Test Subject
#22 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 11:47 AM
I think I used to live here with my mom when I was a little kid! Good job!
Instructor
#23 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 9:05 PM
I'm getting this gem. Makes for a good slum neighborhood. Great job.
Field Researcher
#24 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 10:21 PM
I love this lot. It's so good looking. Great job with all the little details. Thank you.
Test Subject
#25 Old 3rd Jul 2009 at 11:05 PM
it's like you read my mind
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