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Springville - a new Neighbourhood (only basegame needed)

by himawara106 Posted 21st Jan 2010 at 8:19 PM - Updated 5th Apr 2010 at 11:12 AM by Delphy
175 Comments / replies (Who?) - 24 Feedback Posts
This is my first neighbourhood upload for the sims 3 - so please be kind.

You find in Springville all rabbit holes, many community and residential lots. It is a small neighbourhood and I playtested it and it runs very smoothly.

All collectibles and fish species can be found in the neighbourhood. There are many fishing spots, beach spots, a waterfall and other things to explore.

You can change ingame residential to community lots and vice versa.

I hope you like it - please leave a "thanks" if you like it or comments for suggestions etc.

  • Map Size: Small
  • Spawn Points: all from the basegame

  • Routing Info: Sims can go everywhere except into the water or on the top of the mountains.
  • Layering: Two layers: one for the lots and one for the game objects and spawning objects
  • Textures: I have used 6 textures

Total Number: 52
Residential (20):
20x18: 1
20x20: 4
26x33: 1
20x30: 3
30x30: 3
30x20: 7
40x40: 1

Rabbitholes (all, 16):
Jail: 40x40
Military: 54x44
Cemetery: 64x32
Hospital: 30x40
Stadium: 33x50
Small restaurant: 22x11
Police: 30x30
Science: 64x64
Wellness: 22x21
City Hall: 48x64
Corporate Towers: 36x32
School: 22x39
Restaurant: 18x16
Theater, Bookstore, Grocery: 64x32

Community: (16 - empty lots)
20x22, 8x15, 30x20, 6x8, 30x30, 20x25, 22x20, 18x14, 40x30, 40x25, 20x28, 30x30, 20x20, 40x56, 50x40, 20x30

You only need the basegame to play this hood.

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

This is a multi-part download:

Unpacking: When I upload here, the system gives the files two unequal names and so you can't extract it at once. You have to extract the first and when it asks for the second you have to choose it (it should be in the same folder).
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date

Size: 5.63 MB · Downloads: 40,759 · 21st Jan 2010
5.63 MB 40,759 21st Jan 2010

Size: 8.58 MB · Downloads: 45,998 · 21st Jan 2010
8.58 MB 45,998 21st Jan 2010
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. 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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Forum Resident
#2 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:26 PM
I love this! Thank you!!!

Nacho average teen.
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Test Subject
#3 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:29 PM
Nice! Thanks!
Test Subject
#4 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:32 PM
Looks hella better than the ones on official site. I'll give it a spin. Thanks.
Test Subject
#5 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:44 PM
How do I install it? Just like the rest of the files? Why are there 2 files? I'm sorry if these questions seem to be silly but this is my first world I want to download. You did a really nice job! :-)
Test Subject
#6 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:49 PM
Thanks so much, this is a lovely neighbourhood, wish I could live there too!
thank you for sharing !!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:52 PM
Wow... its beautiful! I love the area around the lake :D
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:52 PM
not sure if this is only me but i downloaded both files, then my computer informs me that part 2 is absent even though i have both files...not sure whats going on here
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:50 PM
Thanks for sharing.This is the first world I'll try out in my game.
#10 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:53 PM
Nicely done...I'm anxious to try it out...thank you for sharing Springville!
Test Subject
#11 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:58 PM
I can't install it too, same problem as sim3blog
Mad Poster
#12 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 9:12 PM
Great, a new world to try out! Looking forward to playing with it, thank you! (Also, re the others who mentioned problems with the two parts of the file, they both extracted and joined up fine for me, so it's best to try it again.)
Test Subject
#13 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 9:44 PM
It downloaded fine for me too. To the people who are having issues, this is how I did it:

First download both files before extracting either of them. That is, save them to your computer, don't 'Open' them.
Once both are fully downloaded, then open up the first file using WinRAR (or whicever program you use for extracting .rar files).
Extract the Sims3Pack file to the Desktop.
It will prompt you to browse for the other file. Browse and select the other file. It will automatically join them together.

Hope this helps! And thanks himawara, this town looks great, and doesn't have an excessive amount of lots like some of the others I have seen.
Test Subject
#14 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 9:45 PM
I also am having problems. In my case, I receive a message that both files are broken. They do end up joining, but the result is an unreadable file.

"The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it, seems to me the deepest root of all that is evil in the world." ~ Max Born
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 10:03 PM
thanks, this is a great. i'll give it a go today, been waiting for a new neighborhood and this is great.

Love The Sims Always
Test Subject
#16 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 10:43 PM
My files are saying they are corrupt please help me! :S
retired moderator
#17 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 10:43 PM Last edited by kiwi_tea : 21st Jan 2010 at 11:13 PM.
Hi himawara106, congrats on the upload. Springville definitely has charm, but there are one or two issues you might like to address in a new version if you get some time later. I've captured some screens in-game to show you what I mean.

Camera Routing

You can route the camera around some places that you probably shouldn't, such as behind the big mountains (with the pretty terrain painting). Easily fixed with a tighter derouting mask.

Water edges + Lot Edges

These are difficult, I know. You need to spend some more time tidying them up, though. Remember that the landscape has a rubber band effect when you draw/flatten lots that are near each other, so try to place lots on flat land that isn't too close to other lots, and only after you've finished terrain sculpting. Water edges are very difficult, and can take hours of smoothing and reflattening to fix, but it's worth the hard work. You can also hide them under flora and boulders.

Roads Buckling

Your roads are very uneven and this makes cars undulate about while driving. Use the gradient tools and your keen eye to get them a bit flatter and more driveable.

Random Objects Embedded in Terrain

When you're placing objects, make sure you press the ESC key when you want to stop. If you don't, you'll find random objects are left where ever your mouse was sitting when you changed a tool. This also accounts for the underwater trees in the lots/water edges pic above.

It's playable as it is, but with a little polish more it will be an utterly perfect little island. Thanks!

Test Subject
#18 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 11:34 PM
Great job, I don't do well with creating neighbourhoods myself, and I really needed something new =)
Test Subject
#19 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 12:02 AM
What is a rabbit hole?
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 12:45 AM
I like. Kind of feels like the small town I grew up in.
Field Researcher
#21 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 1:07 AM
maybe Kiwi_Tea can do better themselves if they want to so thoroughly rip through your hard work..

nice job on springville.
Test Subject
#22 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 1:33 AM
it's constructive criticism, kiki. Kiwi is helping by letting the creator know some of the problems with their work. great job!
Test Subject
#23 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 1:37 AM
Way cute, I absolutely love it.

(Kiwi_tea isn't "ripping" on it, 'kiki, just offering helpful pointers.)

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Mad Poster
#24 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 1:52 AM
(Kiwi doesn't need to be bashed for trying to help, `kiki. And if you had bothered to read, hima said they were open to any suggestions for improvement.)

I really love this world, himawara106! I've always like the smaller towns.
Test Subject
#25 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 1:54 AM
I love it thank you for all your hard work!!!!
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