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Builder's Island

by armiel Posted 29th May 2010 at 4:59 PM - Updated 28th Jan 2012 at 3:58 PM by armiel : added version for lower patches
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Hi everyone!

I have been wanting to make this kinda world for some time now, and I finally managed to kick myself to do it.



!!!READ THROUGH BEFORE DOWNLOADING!!!

I like to build, and I like to have easy and fast access on building when I feel like it.
Builder's Island has 13 residential lots, some of them are the most common sizes, and some are smaller than Sims 3 base game provides. I add those with future builders in mind, now that people are getting used to CAW, we are getting many nice worlds to play in.

I could have made just a flat world with the lots, and maybe roads, but I thought that would be really boring. So this little island has some landscaping, so that you could enjoy nice surroundings while you build, and get nice screenshots.

I didn't paint on the lots at all, so they are all base green. I know that world-terrainpaint doesn't travel with the house when it's relocated, so houses made in this world should look nice on any other they are later placed.


Uses for this world:
- To be able to go building fast
- To be able to go to CAS fast
- To be able to test objects fast when meshing

Does not suit playing very well, since there are no spawners, and there are only very few effects. You can of course play on it, but it won't be as fun as in gaming purposes made world.


The facts:

There are 4 layers...
- world
- lots
- plants
- items

There are 13 residential lots, sizes are...
10x10
10x15
15x10
15x15 x2
20x15 x2
20x20
20x30
30x20
30x30
40x30
40x40

All the lots are flat and empty.
I didn't change any lot values, so they cost the same as they would in any EA made world.


Performance:

Map size: tiny
Sims can go: everywhere (world is not ment for playing)
Camera can go: everywhere
Terrainpaints used: 6 types

The world loads in about 4 seconds from main menu to play ready. It might be faster or slower, depending on your computer's stats.

Note:
For some reason some of the lots claim to be different size than they are when choosing them. First I thought I had made mistakes when laying them, but when I count the squares in game, they were correct. So I guess this is just a minor clitch. (Happens sometimes with Sunset valley too)

Game requirements: the Sims 3 Base game

Note:
The world was made with Sims 3 basegame and WA installed, with patch 2.6.11.
This world SHOULD be base game compatible (with latest basegame patch which is 1.10.something I think). If it doesn't work for base game only, please make a comment or PM me and I'll edit the requirements.


I hope you find this useful, happy simming!

Credits:

Thank you Tom for being there, commenting, and giving feedback!


EDIT 31.5.2010!
I had a request to add the .world file of the world so that people with lower patch could use this too.

There are now 2 rars available for download, download only 1!!

Builder's Island.rar has the sims3pack of the world.
Download it if you have base game with patch 1.10 or higher, or WA/HELS with patches 2.6.11/3.2 or higher

Builder's Island for lower patch.rar has the .world file of the world.
Download it only if you have base game only, patched lower than 1.8.

HOW TO INSTALL .world file:

Extract the Builder's Island.world to:

C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\NonPackaged\Worlds

((C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\NonPackaged\Worlds with 64 bit OS))


IF you have happened to install sims 3 to non-default path,
put the file to GameData\Shared\NonPackaged\Worlds in the directory you have installed the game.


This is all new to me, that you can use the world like this too, but if you have questions on installing the .world file I'll try to answer and help the best way I can.

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:


Builder's Island.rar has the sims3pack of the world.
Download it if you have base game with patch 1.10 or higher, or WA/HELS with patches 2.6.11/3.2 or higher

Builder's Island for lower patch.rar has the .world file of the world.
Download it ONLY if you have base game only, patched lower than 1.8.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
builders island for lower patch.rar | Includes .world file of the world+install instructions. Download this if you have only base game patched lower than 1.8.

Size: 6.47 MB · Downloads: 2,346 · 31st May 2010
6.47 MB 2,346 31st May 2010
Builder's Island.rar | Includes a sims3pack of the world. Download this if you have patch 1.10 or higher.

Size: 6.39 MB · Downloads: 13,947 · 29th May 2010
6.39 MB 13,947 29th May 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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Typical
#2 Old 29th May 2010 at 5:40 PM
Veteran Finn
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#3 Old 29th May 2010 at 5:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lewjen
Whoop! It's up!


I'm spinning in my chair, I'm so happy
This is after all my first "world"-upload here :D
Field Researcher
#4 Old 29th May 2010 at 8:27 PM
What a great idea! I spend about 50% of my time building homes for my sims, and this will make it quicker and easier to get my building done. Thank you so much for this wonderful download!
Zombie Socks
#5 Old 29th May 2010 at 9:45 PM
How cute! And tiny lots! Yeeeees! <3

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Field Researcher
#6 Old 29th May 2010 at 10:02 PM
I"v never built a house in the sims 3 yet but have been wanting to this will defenently make it easier for me start building my sims dream home
Test Subject
#7 Old 29th May 2010 at 11:22 PM
You say its not meant for playing, but a bit of modification, it would be perfect for someone going for a castaway/islander neighborhood challenge.

Which incidentally, I wanted to try, so yay!
Test Subject
#8 Old 29th May 2010 at 11:35 PM
It's really good! Except, can we have a least 1 60x60 lot. Some people make legacy houses for their legacy, then move out the sims, add the house, move sims back in. I'd appreciate if you add a 60x60 ty!
Field Researcher
#9 Old 29th May 2010 at 11:56 PM
This is a great idea!! I'm sure lots of builders will find this useful. And it's a lovely little island for anyone who wants a really small 'hood. Very pretty
Mad Poster
#10 Old 30th May 2010 at 12:10 AM
This looks really useful for quick testing, and also as just a nice little neighbourhood, thank you!
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#11 Old 30th May 2010 at 12:40 AM
I love it! This is a really great idea.

There is a 20X15 lot missing, you said there were 2, and I only count one. Please tell me my eyes deceive me :-)
Typical
#12 Old 30th May 2010 at 12:58 AM
Simmiller - There's one 20x15 and one 15x20.
Instructor
#13 Old 30th May 2010 at 1:39 AM
Great idea, great creation Thank you for creating something practical for the creators, Armiel
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#14 Old 30th May 2010 at 8:13 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simmiller
There is a 20X15 lot missing, you said there were 2, and I only count one. Please tell me my eyes deceive me :-)


Quote:
Originally Posted by lewjen
Simmiller - There's one 20x15 and one 15x20.


There is indeed two 20x15 lots (15x20 and 20x15). I was lazy not to list them down separatedly
Test Subject
#15 Old 30th May 2010 at 10:32 AM
great idea! :3 I love making houses and sims xD but whaiting for game to run in normal 'big world' is so... well, not fun & just meh... :/ so thx a lot for this! ^_^
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#16 Old 30th May 2010 at 10:48 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by beckey12
It's really good! Except, can we have a least 1 60x60 lot. Some people make legacy houses for their legacy, then move out the sims, add the house, move sims back in. I'd appreciate if you add a 60x60 ty!


I could probably make another one, with even more lotsizes... All though it would make this one a little useless then, wouldn't it
Test Subject
#17 Old 30th May 2010 at 11:07 AM
Aw, this looks perfect! Sad only that my computer is so moody that it won't let me install the latest patch...
But this one will definitely be bookmarked until I figure out some alternative way to patch my game
Inventor
#18 Old 30th May 2010 at 11:20 AM
Excellent idea, those loading times are so annoying when you want to quickly check a creation in the game!
Mad Poster
#19 Old 30th May 2010 at 4:50 PM
armiel, this is a great little builder island. I've been using a tiny, flat map to build on for some time now.
Really like the idea of nicer screenshots with your island. I thought of doing this at one point, but don't need to now (am lazy like that )

As for adding a 60x60 lot, perhaps a second island? One which not only has a 60x60 but perhaps a 64x64 and some of those odd community
lot sizes found in Sunset Valley or Riverview. That way you keep this one as is, but that's just my opinion.

Well Done, Indeed
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#20 Old 30th May 2010 at 5:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by werismyki
As for adding a 60x60 lot, perhaps a second island? One which not only has a 60x60 but perhaps a 64x64 and some of those odd community
lot sizes found in Sunset Valley or Riverview. That way you keep this one as is, but that's just my opinion.


Thanks for your comment
I don't even have the workfiles for this island anymore, so IF I am MAYBE doing the another Island, it will be a totally new one.

What I would like then, is a list of lotsizes, the weird ones. I don't have Riverview, I have tried and tried to download it with multiple browsers, but it won't download through. I also think I have a saved sims3pack of it, but it won't install cause of newest patches that prevent you installing storecontent you haven't downloaded your self :/

Also, including more and more different sized lots need a bigger world, more landscaping and so on, so it wouldn't possibly be any faster to load than emptied riverview/sunset valley that Flabaliki has already provided us.

But anyways, if someone is willing to make me a list of riverview lotsizes, I will take a look if I might come up with something
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#21 Old 30th May 2010 at 6:39 PM
Heyyyy.... so, if you were to add spawners and suchlike in CAW, it would be playable?
Just asking is all...

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#22 Old 30th May 2010 at 7:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Needfyre
Heyyyy.... so, if you were to add spawners and suchlike in CAW, it would be playable?
Just asking is all...


Yes it would be playable. BUT. When talking about BUILDER'S world, the less extra the faster the world is. I mean putting all spawners and lots of decorations, effects... They all lower the performance, so if we are talking about making a world for BUILDING purposes, I see no sense in putting those in the world.

Making a world for PLAYING is has totally different goals. I for example wouldn't bother on playing very long on a world which has only one of each lot size... If I wan't to make a world for PLAYING, it would have multiple lots of same sizes. Not only that it looks better, you can always change the place of a lot you have built earlier and so on.
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#23 Old 30th May 2010 at 7:23 PM Last edited by armiel : 30th May 2010 at 8:13 PM.
Cause I don't want this upload post to be full of wondering what kinda builder's world to build next and so on, I'm starting a new thread on the matter on Creator Feedback forum. You are all welcome to post your thoughts there. I'll add the link here as soon as I have something to start working with.

EDIT:
Ok, here is the thread at CFF.
Instructor
#24 Old 31st May 2010 at 3:33 AM
Hope you are allowed to do what we talked about!!

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Field Researcher
#25 Old 31st May 2010 at 8:53 AM
This is a great idea Thank you!

for more of my lots check out my blog: smmishing.wordpress.com/
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