05 Nov 2018

Date Posted: 6th Nov 2018 at 12:18 AM

I've started uploading my Lots to the Sims File Share site, here: http://simfileshare.net/folder/46809/
Check that link occasionally to see whether I've added or updated anything.
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TS2 Technical Odds & Ends

Date Posted: 10th Aug 2015 at 6:23 AM

Just a note to add to the overall TS2 hive mind knowledge base, although this will quickly go down the memory hole:

From time to time, the issue comes up as to which EP disc players use to play the game. Typically - and someone correct me if I'm wrong - most players with all EPs and SPs have to use their Mansions & Gardens discs, since that is the most recent and final game version.
I used to be the odd man out, because my game always asked for my Double Deluxe disc, and nobody seemed to know why.
After reinstalling my game earlier today, this time opting out of installing the Sims 2 Store Edition, my game now also asks for the M&G disc at startup. Well, in my case it's the Fun with Pets Collection, since that includes the M&G Stuff Pack.

In other words, the Sims 2 Store Edition, for those players who have it installed, is a determining factor as to which disc the game asks for at startup.
(As an aside, there were two instances during the install where it asked me whether I wanted to install the Sims 2 Store Edition. The first time was during the install of the Double Deluxe base game and the second time was during the install of the Fun with Pets Collection, which happened to be the last disc I installed.)

I deliberately did not install the Sims 2 Store Edition, since some players who have downloaded some of my Lots appeared to have problems installing them if they did not have the Sims 2 Store Edition (although the Clean Installer seemed to fix that problem, according to some feedback I've gotten). Also, the Sims 2 Store Edition no longer serves any purpose, since the EA store no longer exists. I think this entire Sims 2 Store Edition was just another bad idea from EA, but what else is new.

Anyway, this is not at all important for most players, but just an FYI to add to the overall game knowledge. I'll add this note to my Journal for my own reference.

Discussion thread: http://modthesims.info/showthread.p...d=1#post4840824

Here's another quick FYI regarding my recent reinstall of the game.
I noticed this morning that I was no longer able to take in-game screenshots using the PrtScn key, which I always found to be the easiest and most practical way to take screenshots.
I found out that if I maximized the in-game Graphics/Performance Options Smooth Edges slider to "More", it will then let me take screenies using the PrtScn key.

I don't like cluttering my computer with silly little programs just to take screenshots, so I'm glad I found this solution.

Discussion thread: http://www.modthesims.info/showthre...stpost&t=334971
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My TS2 Tutorials and Pictorials

Date Posted: 20th Apr 2015 at 4:01 AM

Tutorial on how to construct lockable gates (fences) across driveways: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=492525

Tutorial on how to create eaves for Shed Gabled Roofs: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=620249
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TS2 Lot Builders' Odds & Ends

Date Posted: 4th Mar 2015 at 7:06 PM

Here I will list various Odds & Ends I come across while playing and building Lots, with a short description and a link to the corresponding forum discussion thread. I would ask readers to post comments, and especially lengthier discussions, into the linked-to threads, not here.

Problematic Beverage Bars

There are four beverage bars that don't fully work when placed against walls (or other objects that restrict or prevent movement). What happens is that after a Sim mixes drinks (ie, four drinks), they are subsequently not able to access them.
The four bars are:

Bachman Busbar
Retro Lounge "High Liquidity" Juice Bar
Black Lacquer Bar Counter
Double Wood Bar by Romantic Notions

Discussion thread: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=545410

Problematic Chairs & Barstools

Some chairs will block Sims' movements in certain situations, while most others won't.
Besides the Jacuster's "Last Stand" Sectional Booth, which is obvious, there are two chair types that are more restrictive in their allowance of Sims moving around them. They are the Sit-Up-Straight Dining Chair and the "Contorto" Dining Chair by Ernesto Doloroso. These two chair types should always be tested in situations that might be problematical (nearby diagonal walls, nearby objects, etc.).

Also, four barstools have the same issue:
Crankshaft Barstool by You Got Muscle - $205, Apartment Life EP
"The Sample" Bar Seat - $400, Bon Voyage EP
Instant Giant - $500, FreeTime EP
Barstool by Simulated Comfort - $690, Pets EP

Discussion thread: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=549902

Disappearing Telephone Handsets

If certain actions are performed in a certain order, it is possible that the handpieces to telephones can disappear, rendering the phones unusable by Sims and requiring their replacement.

Discussion thread: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=547954

How To Check If A Lot Has Been Occupied

Discussion thread: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=550132
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