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EA Rickety Stone Pattern Fix: Proper Textures

by Nysha Posted 5th Jul 2010 at 5:39 AM
20 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 5 Thanks Posts
Although I don't build as much as I'd like to, when I do build, I build in style. Namely, a style which almost always involves a small building, outhouse, well or wall made of rickety stonework. And EA's "StackStone01Med" pattern just screams haphazard work done by substandard masons! Unfortunately, it also screams inept devs and no quality control.



The pattern looks alright in its default colours, but try changing those to anything even slightly different, and a monster is born - the pattern's horribly sloppy CASt channels bisect bricks, bleed from one stone into the next, and generally look like they were made for a completely different pattern, by a mongoose.
Since I love this pattern so much *cough*, and since I'm always forgetting it's broken until after I've decided to use it and built an entire room around it, I decided it was time it was fixed.


Doesn't it look sexy now? The most noticeable changes I've made are to the shapes of the channels - no more bricks with one end a different colour from the rest, or with a band of a random colour through the middle. I've also evened out the distribution of the channels a little, so your colours are spread more evenly over the pattern; and I've tidied up all the edge bleeding.
I've also fixed the three or four bricks which were two different colours thanks to them being on a seam, and EA being on drugs.

This is not a new pattern, but a fix of an EA pattern; therefore it has four channels and shows up under Rock & Stone, just like the original.
You can see the default colours, as well as a nice eye-hurty lego design to illustrate the old and new channels, below.

Installation:
Once you've installed this fix, existing items which use this pattern won't be automatically fixed - you'll have to CASt them, either to change the pattern to something else and back, or to change one of the colours etc. Even just changing the pattern/colour of another part of the item should update the stone pattern. If you remove the fix, all items will (as far as I can see) automatically revert to EA brokenness.

Additional Credits:
Huge thanks to Delphy, without whose help I'd have got irreparably stuck rather early on in the process.
Tags: #EA, #fix, #stone, #masonry

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Test Subject
#2 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 5:51 AM
Thanks for this. I never used this pattern because whenever I changed the colors it looked awful, but I never zoomed in close enough to realize why, so I just avoided it.
Field Researcher
#3 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 9:44 AM
my hero, thanks a million!

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#4 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 2:24 PM
Yeah, I always pick this pattern and then realise that nope doesn't work and try to find something similar only to find there isn't anything.

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Instructor
#5 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 3:02 PM
I love your description about it! Thanks!
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#6 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 3:55 PM
Beauty! I love this, and many other stone and masonry patterns. Thanks for the fix!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 3:58 PM
Yeah, I always wondered if EA has interns making some of these things. Some of the employees do REALLY sloppy work.
Mad Poster
#8 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 5:26 PM
Yay! I love this pattern! Thanks for the fix!
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 5:58 PM
Thank you. I love stacked stone walls, and now I can actually USE them!

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Test Subject
#10 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 9:51 PM
thanks what a great fix, I use this pattern a lot, one of my favorites

Gregory Jr.
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#11 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 10:59 PM
Now that I know it's broken I MUST have this fix! Damn you for pointing it out and THANK YOU for fixing it.

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Test Subject
#12 Old 5th Jul 2010 at 11:13 PM
Haha, I lol'd when I saw the picture with the before with a sad face and the after with the smiley face.
And thank you for fixing this! Stupid EA couldn't even see the lines between the bricks that they made.
Forum Resident
#13 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 9:27 AM
Justice!
Thank you so much! It was really annoying!

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Lab Assistant
#14 Old 7th Jul 2010 at 6:25 PM
Huh? I didn't notice it was broken. Thanks to this mod, now I won't notice ever. Nice!
Mad Poster
#15 Old 22nd Jul 2010 at 11:16 PM
Do you own Ambitions by any chance? If so, you may wish to take a look at the new floorboard flooring that came with the EP. It has 4 channels but is only really any use if all channels are the same, otherwise you have planks which change colour halfway along. Just like how the blocks on this wall had their channels assigned wrong.

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Alchemist
THANKS POST
#16 Old 19th Oct 2010 at 12:19 AM
Never zoomed closed enough to see that, altough I always saw there was something wrong. It bugged me, thanks!
Test Subject
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#17 Old 1st Dec 2010 at 11:46 AM
Thanks so much. I ♥ it! ^___^
Test Subject
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#18 Old 15th Dec 2010 at 12:20 AM
The whole overview made me LOL. You're rather funny =D grazie for the fix
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#19 Old 15th Dec 2010 at 11:56 AM
Ehehe, thankyou .

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Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#20 Old 3rd Aug 2011 at 8:25 PM
I use this pattern a lot but I'd never have realised the mistakes if I hadn't seen this XD thanks 8D
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#21 Old 13th Sep 2011 at 1:54 AM
It annoys me that we pay so much for these games when EA does such sloppy work. Anyways, thanks for this!