Move Over Dahlen
I was looking through the downloads and one of my favourite creators commented that she was building a library using the Dahlen bookcases from University. I thought hmm, I should empty those and stuff. So I did. I hope you like Doris Day
So this is what you get - 6 modular pieces, 4 of which are fully functional bookcases - if you leave them empty books appear from nowhere.... The two small bits are purely decorative and have NO bookcase functions. They have slots though. And slots - need books.
The books are purely decorative and have NO bookcase functions - there are two "types" of books - the fullshelves on the right of the picture (numbered 1 to 9) and the mini-stacks on the left (numbered 1 to 6). These books are placeable pretty much everywhere that you can place a small deco object.
I imagined that people might want to build book cases that went round corners so in the Dahlen extras file are some edge bits for the outer corners (like in the shot with the alien). The deco pieces will go over a door and the sim can still use the door - same for the edges - they are intersectable by objects and sims so there should be no routing issues.
What files to download?
Usually I don't split uploads up like this - I hate having to download 50 million separate files instead of just one, so I hope you will forgive me for that, and here is the explanation of why I have done this.
If you are looking to use a collection file and want to keep things in the catalog tidy then there are COLLECTION files and CATALOG FILES. The items in the collection files will NOT show in the game catalog but only in the collection file. The CATALOG files will show in the catalog.
The Extras and bookstacks are just base - so there are only two options - collection or catalog.
The dahlen bookcase is a university item, but it is partly slaved to a basegame bookcase and uses a booktexture identical to the base game bookcase books. So - I made it basegame and slaved it to the Basegame Craftmeister Booknook. (GASP - now you now why I called it move over dahlen .) However, as of FreeTime the functions of bookcases were expanded by EA and so in this upload there are BASEGAME (BG) and FreeTime and above (FT) files, split into CATALOG and COLLECTION.
I used the same GUIDS for all variations, so you can only have one set. Don't forget to get the COLLECTION FILE - it has a custom icon of a blue leefish on a bright yellow background.
The BOOKS - Placement tips
To make it totally flexible on the flat cases each shelf has three slots. One on the left, one in the middle, one on the right.
a full stack will fill a WHOLE shelf (so you put them in the middle slot). If you put them on the outer edges they will stick out - I did it deliberately with some - it can look quite nice.
a mini stack (numbers 1 to 4) will fill a single slot so you can have them any slot
a ministack (numbers 5 and 6) will fill half a shelf - so you put one on the left, one on the right, leave the middle empty
Press M to cycle through the slots
On the corners there are 4 slots per level - 2 per shelf. The ministacks 5 and 6 fill the shelf, the other ministacks (1 -4) are for either right or left. Most of them fit fine. You can't really use the long pieces on the corners.
Using the Over the Door Bit
The over the door bit is fully intersectable by objects and sims, but unfortunately I cannot guarantee that the objects you place in the slots are also fully intersectable. Following a tip from MSD I made a table thing that you can place an object on and pick up and put down - and pow - intersectable object. Then staying in buymode place it on the shelf you use over the door. The object will be intersectable and you can use the door properly with it opening and closing.
Henry's suit by fanseelamb, paintings by Plasticbox.
iCad, HugeLunatic for helping with the collection file, FantasyRogue for her great sharing policy - (I snaffled some book colours from one of her uploads - you can find that HERE), SimPE and MTS
Netmicro for this awesome object
Bookstore Available: I also made a small bookstore using these bookcases - you can find it
Wow! This looks so awesome.
OMG! just after i made a library you create this! now i can go back and fix it, it'll look BEAST! THANKS!
This looks waaaay cool! Thanks for sharing!
Wow! Brilliant! Awe-inspiring! Superb! Superlicious! Thanks a lot, will help with my lot building
Very neat, although I'm not getting the reference to Doris Day. I'm imagining that it would be possible with these to build some cool shelves around beds and platform beds - college style. Love your ideas.
Geez, leesester, I think you've been reading my mind. I've been working a project over at Plumbbob Keep making recolors for the books of Maxis bookcases- and as I complained to people over there I love the Dahlen bookcase but it lacked the second subset so that book recolors would show. I was able to get a fix for that, and have workign recolors now for both that bookcase (and all the books it links to), plus the lovely deco books you did earlier for the other bookcase. But now! Now my libraries and book stores will be truly impressive.
Again, thank you!
Well I'm old, so when I think of the song Move Over Darling I think of Doris Day. And Darling sort of sounds like Dahlen...and yea. Um.
Yes, the mini pieces will work well in a college set up I think. They are shiftable with AL, but they are wall pieces. I might make a coffee table that goes with the bookcases.
Recolors huh? I will have to toddle on over to the Keep and have a look
This is the most awesomest thing I've seen in a long time. My life is now complete and I can die happy. *nods*
*head explodes calculating all the new possibilities*
*headless body drops to floor*
*head pieces form "Thank you!" on the ceiling*
I really like the collection vs catalog idea. I hate having to rifle through several hundred items looking for one small tea cup or a rubber ducky to place on a shelf. this is great.
WOW! so great!
Exactly what I needed!
Anyone who thinks TS2 is a *dead* game needs to be smacked soundly across the face & sent to bed without any dessert.
I'm glad that other people are enjoying TS3 (no matter how much that concept still baffles me) but I am truly ecstatic that there are still so many amazing modders, lot builders & object creators out there making TS2 even more incredibly awesome than it already is!
Weeee! More goodies for me!
(That crying sound you here is my Downloads folder. Just ignore it. I always do!)
This is a quality download. A lot of things I go "oh, this looks cool, I'll download it" and then never touch it. This isn't one of those things.
Oh my giddy great aunt, so many books. Books everywhere. This bookworm has just gone into meltdown. I love this so much :D
Nice! I'm oldish too (it's always relative, isn't it?) and have enjoyed lots of Doris Day movies and songs, but don't recall that one. Thanks for sharing.
This will be a really great addition to my game. I love shelves for decorating, but I like to have a purpose for most of the stuff that fills my Sims' houses instead of a bunch of useless clutter. The decoratable (is that a word? lol) bookshelves is a great idea.
These are incredibly useful. Thanks so much for making them!
Brilliant, thank you! =)
This is awesome!!! I love this bookcase! Thank you!
I think I have more collection files than itens in the catalog! Who remembers of getting rid of them when pouring the downloads folder? LOL
I'm going for the catalog version... Thank you!
Oh my giddy god, this is awesome. Thanks!
ICad wood colors for these already exist at http://fifthformatstchristophers.blogspot.com/ (you will have to scroll down to the post dated August 17).I haven't actually tried these recolors in my game yet but I guess one can't go too wrong with them.Thank you very much for this awesome set!
This is beautiful and fantastic. Great job!!!
Thank you very much for the link to the recolours
Well, I have some small bugs about the small shelves. They cannot be pulled out of the catalog even though I've tried each catalog and collection version for BG and FT. Does anyone have the same problem? I am eager to use it and this problem is so frustrating.
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