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Downtown as a Vacation Destination (For the monthly theme of September - All things retail!)

by M.M.A.A. Posted 30th Sep 2015 at 10:32 PM - Updated 26th Jan 2016 at 3:35 PM by M.M.A.A.
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 13 Feedback Posts, 6 Thanks Posts
Hello everyone!

I have had this idea going on in my head for a while now: Downtown as a City vacation destination, instead of it being a downtown subhood. I never liked having old lady Crumple around and I'm always afraid that she might glitch up or something, plus, the Grand Vampires are known to be sneaky youknowwhats who will bite whoever just stands in front of them. Of course there's the Creaturefix for that over at MATY, but then there was the problem with the Downtownies. Yes, Downtown has it's own set of "special" townies, etc... To cut things short, I never added Downtown in the first place to any of my custom neighborhoods (apparently it's glitchy too from what I've read/seen), just to avoid any possible issues that might rise.

With the encouragement of some members (Thank you, JustPetro! I needed that push! :giggler I started working on this and I managed to find a cleaned up version of Downtown as a Base Neighborhood, at Tarlia's blog (Thank you, Tarlia! That made things a bit quicker/easier! ).

And finally, a big thank you to PeniGriffin and especially Jawusa, for helping me out through the conversion process!

So, everyone:

Welcome to Downtown! A City (Mountain) vacation destination!



This vacation destination DOES contain the graves of the deceased Tricous, exactly where they are. The six Downtownie descendant teens, however, are NOT present.

A few new lots have been added just to make it more vacation friendly. (i.e. Hotels and motels were added, campgrounds as well. New community lots were added as well to better suit the vacation system.)

There are two versions: Bigfoot-ed Downtown and Bigfoot-less Downtown. So for those who don't want to have Bigfoot, you may download the Bigfoot-less Downtown, and vice versa! (I'm still working on the Bigfoot-ed version, so please be patient! )

Update: The Bigfoot-ed version is up for download

A Warning about Downtown as a Mountain Vacation Destination Subhood

Due to the complexity of Downtown, till this date, no one has tried to convert it into any other type of subhood (other than a Base Neighborhood), and for this, it is highly recommended that you BACK UP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FILES FIRST and to use this at your own risk! For we have not yet figured out the Dos and Don'ts of this type of conversion.

Before installing this Vacation Destination, please read the following warning which Jawusa kindly have tested for and put together!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jawusa
ETA: I have tested this out.
I think there's still a way to add multiple inhabited vacation destinations of the same type. Using this method. http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=553111
But I don't think that they will add Three Lakes to their neighborhoods after adding your Downtown and vice versa, because of these problems.

You could mention this in the download page:
A warning about Downtown as a mountain vacation destination subhood
- By default, only the first mountain vacation destination added to a neighborhood will have its sims. All other mountain vacation destination will be empty. So, if you add Three Lakes first, then you won't have the Downtown sims and vice versa. They will simply be deleted - and, as you know, EA doesn't delete the sims properly - the junk references can be seen in SimPE. In order to solve this issue, please try this method. The tutorial is written for custom downtown subhoods but it's systematically the same for vacation destination subhood.
- If you plan to add only one mountain vacation destination to your hood, you won't need to use this method.
- Bear in mind that this issue only occurs on vacation destinations of the same type. So it's completely safe to add Asian and tropical vacation destinations after adding Downtown as a mountain vacation destination subhood but don't add another mountain vacation destinations.


Be sure to read the information about the lots that have either been modified or newly built! All the info is available under the Comments tab.

And last but not least: Enjoy! I appreciate any feedback I can get on this! Share if you'd like, but with credits. (Do not upload to paysites, including TSR! )

Installation Instructions:

1- Unzip.
2- Place the DMD1 folder in your: C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
3- Load up your game and any neighborhood (make sure you have read the warning above), and add the destination like you would for the premade destinations. You might need Mootilda's Subhood Selection fixes: http://modthesims.info/d/420924

This upload requires you to have both NL and BV EPs installed.

Additional Credits:
Numenor for his AnyGameStarter which I used to make this (Vacation) Subhood NL+BV compatible.
Mootilda for her Lot Compressor which I used to compress all of the lots and for her helpful HoodChecker (to check and see if there are any problems or not. So far the only problems problems found were invalid memories due to changing lot zonings. However, they are harmless.)
The makers of SimPE EAxis for their Downtown.
Tarlia for her cleaned up version of Downtown.
Jawusa for her empty templates.

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 Nightlife Bon Voyage
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
DMD1 (Bigfoot-ed).zip

Size: 18.70 MB · Downloads: 389 · 23rd Jan 2016
18.70 MB 389 23rd Jan 2016
DMD1 (Bigfoot-less).zip

Size: 17.34 MB · Downloads: 628 · 30th Sep 2015
17.34 MB 628 30th Sep 2015
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 Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads 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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Mad Poster
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#2 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:33 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 1st Oct 2015 at 12:37 PM. Reason: 'The six Downtownie Teen Descendants are NOT present!'
Default House of Fallen Trees (Revamped!)
This lot was renovated into a hotel. This lot contains the graves of the deceased Tricou family! The six Downtownie Teens are NOT present, however.

Lot Description: $-$$$$: Long rumored to possess the spirits of a once notable family, the 'House of Fallen Trees' is the perfect haven for those who seek adventure in the most unusual ways, that no Sim ever understood before, or ever will! It's all fun, though!

4 Suites
5 Bathrooms
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:34 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 30th Sep 2015 at 11:06 PM.
Default Gothier Green Lawns (Revamped!)
Lot Description: Green and peace go hand in hand, and Gothier Green is just that: Peaceful and Green. So when it's your time rest in peace, think: Green, think... Gothier.

This community lot was converted into a camping ground. What could go wrong with that?

6 tents
2 bathrooms
hammocks included
Screenshots
Mad Poster
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#4 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:34 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 30th Sep 2015 at 11:14 PM.
Default Upton Valley Hotel
This lot was built by me. Enjoy!

Lot Description: $$$$-$$$$$: At the Upton Valley Hotel, the highest level of customer satisfaction is the purpose of our establishment! You certainly won't be complaining after staying with us! (Caution: To avoid any guilt, ignore your wallet's complaints.)

8 suites
10 bathrooms
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:35 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 30th Sep 2015 at 11:18 PM.
Default Downton Alley Motel
Lot Description: $-$$$: Sometimes, all you want is a place to sleep when you've got the whole area to explore! Which is why we're here for you!

6 Suites
8 Bathrooms
Screenshots
Mad Poster
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#6 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:35 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 30th Sep 2015 at 11:28 PM.
Default The IFD (Community lot)
Lot Description: Travelling can be quite expensive, especially for a foodie who looks to try out every dish out there. Which is why, to make it cheaper and easier on you, we stuffed everything in one place!

Welcome to the International Food Dome!

IMP NOTE: This lot has all three types of food stands that come with BV, so unless you don't mind the game creating three Stand Chefs NPCs, you'll have to remove two of the three food stands. Otherwise, enjoy!
Screenshots
Mad Poster
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#7 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:36 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 24th Oct 2015 at 1:21 PM.
Default Down to Earth Park (Community lot)
Lot Description: In case you ever wanted to proof or show off your strength to others, how about you try our different activites at the Down to Earth Park? It's so earthy here that people are so down with it!

I think by now you should know what this new lot houses.
Screenshots
Mad Poster
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#8 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:37 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 30th Sep 2015 at 11:34 PM.
Default BF (To be announced later!)
To be announced later when Bigfoot-ed version is uploaded!
Mad Poster
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#9 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:39 PM Last edited by M.M.A.A. : 30th Sep 2015 at 11:50 PM.
Default Any other lot!
Some community lots have been slightly modified to include certain BV objects. This makes Downtown a vacation-friendly destination! I'll leave it to you all to explore and find what got added where.
Mad Poster
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#10 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 10:39 PM
Mad Poster
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#11 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 11:29 PM
Mad Poster
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#12 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 11:30 PM
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#13 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 11:52 PM
Wow! I like the new hotels. They're looking great! Down to Earth Park is also a beautiful lot!
I wish you had included the Tricou teens as well but I can live without them.
Mad Poster
THANKS POST
#14 Old 1st Oct 2015 at 1:15 AM
Thank you - I am really looking forward to playing it!
Mad Poster
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#15 Old 1st Oct 2015 at 1:59 AM
Impressive! What an undertaking!!! Thank you
Test Subject
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#16 Old 1st Oct 2015 at 6:47 AM
Very Impressive I'll be using this probably in my Testing hood First, then possibly in other things.
Trainee Moderator
staff: trainee moderator THANKS POST
#17 Old 1st Oct 2015 at 1:55 PM
I have added your neighborhood in the content lists and in MTS's neighborhood numbers repository
Here and Here. Scroll the page a little and you'll find it under vacation destination subhoods!
Mad Poster
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#18 Old 1st Oct 2015 at 8:31 PM
Thank you all of you for downloading! I hope you enjoy playing around with it! :D

@Jawusa Thanks for updating those pages! Really appreciate it!
Test Subject
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#19 Old 26th Apr 2018 at 2:07 AM
Thanks!
The Tricou family graves dont appear anywhere, in neither the House Of Fallen Trees or Gothier Green Lawns. Is this a bad thing? I downloaded the file that included bigfoot
Mad Poster
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#20 Old 14th Jul 2018 at 9:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZappyBoi
Thanks!
The Tricou family graves dont appear anywhere, in neither the House Of Fallen Trees or Gothier Green Lawns. Is this a bad thing? I downloaded the file that included bigfoot


They should be included. You'll have to make sure that it is the first Mountain Vacation destination added as otherwise, the sims from any destination of the same type added after the first will not appear. It's the way the game works. Make sure you follow the tutorials attached in the description.

I hope you made a back up of your neighborhood before you added this file so you can work around it.