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Picked upload! Clean And Empty Neighborhood Templates

by Jawusa Posted 27th Jul 2018 at 1:54 AM - Updated 15th Jan 2019 at 1:27 PM by Jawusa
68 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 10 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Hi all,
I'm glad to say that the clean and empty neighborhood templates I've been working on for years (since 2015!) are finally finished and ready to be uploaded officially... and here they are ready to be downloaded officially.
Anyway, please re-download the neighborhood templates if you had dowloaded the previous versions.



About Use
Basically, these neighborhood templates can be used if you want to make-over the houses/neighborhoods. Rather than making-over the original lots directly, I'd recommend you to use my templates. In this way, you can ensure that your made-over lots are completely free and safe from Sim References. Otherwise, leftover trash files might be transferred with your uploaded lots.

However, you can also use these neighborhood templates to create clean custom neighborhoods with no Townies/NPCs or if you want to play in EA's neighborhoods, but without the playables. Maybe you also want to re-create EA's neighborhoods, in combination with marka93's Beginning Hoods.

These neighborhood templates have been created using Numenor's AnyGameStarter in an empty environment, so, there are absolutely NO sims at the beginning.

Unlike the uploads in the CFF section, I also made non-default neighborhood templates. These are basically cleaned and emptied neighborhood templates, but they were given a new ID number, so they can be used alongside the original neighborhood templates.

The default neighborhood templates REPLACE the original neighborhoods, so, if you install those, you will lose Maxis sims.
However, if you prefer to KEEP the original neighborhoods with their sims. Then, you want the non-default version, which is just a copy of the original neighborhood, but without sims.

I decided to also include bonus versions, such as vacation destinations/universities being main hoods... or main hoods being shopping districts, etc.
You might have to change lot zonings in some neighborhoods (for instance, secret lots), but I guess they'd play well as main hoods.
You'll need Mootilda's Fix Subhood Selection mod in order to use the bonus neighborhoods.

Whatever you decide to do with these neighborhood templates, you're free to do so! Feel free to upload made-over EA neighborhoods using my templates as a blueprint. This is why, I made them. LOL!

About Development
After doing Clean And Empty Stealth Hood Templates, I decided to also clean and empty the other EA neighborhoods. I know this isn't something brand-new, SaraMK over at MATY already did this back in 2006. But it turned out that the neighborhood templates over there still contain sim data and still aren't "empty", since we didn't know about neighborhood corruption back in those days; we thought, using the cheat "deleteallcharacters" would be a safe thing to do.

However, Mootilda found out that this cheat corrupts the neighborhood. Of course, we now know that there's a way to delete sims using the Deleted 2 Method, but even if, there STILL are junk references left, so it's not guaranteed to be 100% safe. Instead, she found a MUCH safer way to delete all characters from a neighborhood without even having to delete any sims. The trick is to create a new, fully empty neighborhood and transfer all of the lots over. She wrote a tutorial for that, which can be read here.

This solves the issue with the sims... but there's still something left inside the lots which needs to be removed as well; as the sims leave Sim References behind. Although the sims are no longer there... and although all of the furnitures have been removed, the sim references are still there.
Mootilda and I did lots of research on this. We first thought the sim references are stored in the furnitures, but this has turned out to be wrong. Actually, you can keep the furniture, it's the leftover Sim Relationships, Wants and Fears, etc that somehow get lost into the lot files and corrupt the neighborhood; not the kept furnitures.

But then, she passed away in 2014, leaving me alone with this mystery. I was only 15 years old back then, which is why, it took me a while to figure out the truth behind the Sim References. BUT I discovered a way to remove them in the end and uploaded the first cleaned-up versions here I couldn't have achieved this without your help, Mootilda! I wish I could upload this with you, since it was OUR research.
Rest in Peace, Mootilda! I can't thank you enough for making this possible. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!

I gave instructions on how to remove sim references in some threads, such as in this one
However, joandsarah77 wrote a proper tutorial on how to clean a lot from sim references, which can be read here. Thank you, joandsarah77!

So, I used Mootilda's tutorial to delete all characters from the neighborhood, but before that, I deleted all sim references from the lots. Method on how to do this is described by joandsarah77 in the link above. In this way, I was able to clean and empty the neighborhoods properly, so it's like no sim has ever lived in the neighborhood.
In the future, I'd like to write a tutorial about how to safely clean and empty a neighborhood, so, you can do this for any custom neighborhoods you want.

About Installation
I actually intended to create a long list with all the neighborhoods and their corresponding paths, but then, I realized that it would be too confusing.
This is why, I also split the neighborhoods into individual posts, so, it is also easier to download the neighborhood templates you really need for your game, according to your EPs.

First of all, if you haven't installed Clean And Empty Stealth Hood Templates yet, I'd advise you to do so now.
After that, you are ready for neighborhood template shopping!

Update: 15th January 2019
For those who use Windows 10 and have difficulties with getting these templates to work.
If you see that the default sims still appear in your neighborhoods despite of installing these empty templates, please try the following.

Apparently, Windows 10 stores the default templates somewhere, which is why, the game still adds the characters to the neighborhoods.
Quote:
Originally Posted by somedaythesun
Windows 10 keeps a hidden copy of program files in a location called "virtual store." I'm not coding-literate, so I'm not sure why it's there, but my game didn't recognize your clean hoods until I copied over the stealth templates to this location


In order to fix this, go to C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES
and install my templates there as well, just like in the normal Program Files. Thank you, somedaythesun for reporting this issue!

The downloads are in the comments, so...
Click on each expansion pack that you have installed to download the templates and it will re-direct you to the download post. Instructions on how to install those are also included in these posts as well. Like the stealth hood templates, you don't need all EPs for one neighborhood template. Only the corresponding EP which the neighborhood came with.

The Sims 2 Base Game
The Sims 2 University
The Sims 2 Nightlife
The Sims 2 Open For Business
The Sims 2 Seasons
The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
The Sims 2 Free Time
The Sims 2 Apartment Life
The Sims Life Stories
The Sims Pet Stories
The Sims Castaway Stories

About Additional Credits
Obviously Mootilda for literally EVERYTHING! For her tutorial on How to safely delete all characters from a neighborhood, on How to Create a Custom Subhood Template and How to Change the Neighborhood Type. For her helpful programs, such as HoodChecker, her HoodReplace and her Fix subhood selection mod. Also, for her research about sim references! I miss those old conversions about sim references with you in the PMs. You taught me so many things I could never learn.
Rest in peace, Mootilda! You've been nothing but help... not just to me.. to literally EVERYONE!

Chris Hatch for modding Mootilda's Lot Compressor so, it's got the option to remove sim references now.
joandsarah77 for writing a proper tutorial on How To Clean A Lot of Sim References based on my instructions.
Numenor for his AnyGameStarter
MTS for being such a great site!
EA for or developing such a great game and creating the neighborhoods in first place
The makers of SimPE And of course, a BIG THANK YOU goes to ALL playtesters, helpers, etc over at the Creator Feedback Forums!
Which include...

marka93
Justpetro
eliset
Tigercat58
CaliBrat
croiduire
maxon
Peni Griffin
Towlie7
MadMagFreak
Serenesce
Katsu_san
pinkdynamite
BoySim
Sunrader
Biara25
blackequestrian09
GneissGuy
Yvelotic2001
Duine
Kukamuukaanmuka
natboopsie
Piggypox
KatieBee
grammapat
Alawren
Airelda
SIMelissa
Redtwoface
SingleClawDesigns
LadySilverwolf
AlexandraSpears
Sabrewulf238
curripata
Daleylife
Chiklia
PlyPlay665
moveobjects
somedaythesun

I'm SO SORRY if I missed anyone. Please let me know, so I can add you to the list as well.

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Download Link.txt 59 Bytes 1,638 27th Jul 2018
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: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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#2 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:09 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:13 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Base Game
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste N001, N002 and N003 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste NE01, NE02 and NE03 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

BONUS: Subhood Versions:
  • Cut and paste BNE1, BNE2 and BNE3 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty Pleasantview Default N001.rar (11.83 MB, 769 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Pleasantview - Default Replacement - BG Compatible
File Type: rar Empty Pleasantview Non-Default NE01.rar (11.83 MB, 407 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Pleasantview - Non-Default Main Hood - BG Compatible
File Type: rar Empty Pleasantview Subhood BNE1.rar (7.85 MB, 304 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Pleasantview - Shopping District Subhood - OFB Required
File Type: rar Empty Strangetown Default N002.rar (7.34 MB, 555 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Strangetown - Default Replacement - BG Compatible
File Type: rar Empty Strangetown Non-Default NE02.rar (7.34 MB, 259 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Strangetown - Non-Default Main Hood - BG Compatible
File Type: rar Empty Strangetown Subhood BNE2.rar (4.30 MB, 306 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Strangetown - Shopping District Subhood - OFB Required
File Type: rar Empty Veronaville Default N003.rar (13.84 MB, 554 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Veronaville - Default Replacement - BG Compatible
File Type: rar Empty Veronaville Non-Default NE03.rar (13.84 MB, 260 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Veronaville - Non-Default Main Hood - BG Compatible
File Type: rar Empty Veronaville Subhood BNE3.rar (8.62 MB, 301 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Veronaville - Shopping District Subhood - OFB Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
My Simblr
My 2015 Yearbook Entry
Alchemist
Original Poster
#3 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:10 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:13 PM.
Default The Sims 2 University
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste U001, U002 and U003 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 University\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\University Life\EP1\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste UE01, UE02 and UE03 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 University\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\University Life\EP1\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

BONUS: Main Hood Versions:
  • Cut and paste NUE1, NUE2 and NUE3 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty SimStateUniversity Default U001.rar (8.39 MB, 625 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Sim State University - Default Replacement - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty SimStateUniversity Non-Default UE01.rar (8.39 MB, 183 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Sim State University - Non-Default University Subhood - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty SimStateUniversity MainHood NUE1.rar (8.39 MB, 139 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Sim State University - Main Hood - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty LaFiestaTech Default U002.rar (7.42 MB, 582 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty La Fiesta Tech - Default Replacement - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty LaFiestaTech Non-Default UE02.rar (7.41 MB, 164 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty La Fiesta Tech - Non-Default University Subhood - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty LaFiestaTech MainHood NUE2.rar (7.41 MB, 124 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty La Fiesta Tech - Main Hood - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty AkademieLeTour Default U003.rar (9.20 MB, 593 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Akademie Le Tour - Default Replacement - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty AkademieLeTour Non-Default UE03.rar (9.20 MB, 167 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Akademie Le Tour - Non-Default University Subhood - Uni EP Required
File Type: rar Empty AkademieLeTour MainHood NUE3.rar (9.20 MB, 129 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Akademie Le Tour - Main Hood - Uni EP Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
My Simblr
My 2015 Yearbook Entry
Alchemist
Original Poster
#4 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:11 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:13 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Nightlife
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste D001 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Nightlife\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\EP2\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste DE01 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Nightlife\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\EP2\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

BONUS: Main Hood Versions:
  • Cut and paste NDE1 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty Downtown Default D001.rar (11.80 MB, 664 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Downtown - Default Replacement - NL EP Required
File Type: rar Empty Downtown Non-Default DE01.rar (11.80 MB, 179 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Downtown - Non-Default Downtown Subhood - NL EP Required
File Type: rar Empty Downtown MainHood NDE1.rar (11.80 MB, 152 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Downtown - Main Hood - NL EP Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
My Simblr
My 2015 Yearbook Entry
Alchemist
Original Poster
#5 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:12 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:14 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Open For Business
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste B001 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste BE01 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

BONUS: Main Hood Versions:
  • Cut and paste NBE1 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty BluewaterVillage Default B001.rar (8.73 MB, 617 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Bluewater Village - Default Replacement - OFB EP Required
File Type: rar Empty BluwaterVillage Non-Default BE01.rar (8.73 MB, 163 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Bluewater Village - Non-Default Shopping District Subhood - OFB EP Required
File Type: rar Empty BluewaterVillage MainHood NBE1.rar (8.73 MB, 153 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Bluewater Village - Main Hood - OFB Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
My Simblr
My 2015 Yearbook Entry
Alchemist
Original Poster
#6 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:13 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:14 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Seasons
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste G001 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Seasons\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Seasons\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste GE01 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

BONUS: Subhood Versions:
  • Cut and paste BGE1 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty RiverblossomHills Default G001.rar (13.06 MB, 492 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Riverblossom Hills - Default Replacement - Seasons EP Required
File Type: rar Empty RiverblossomHills Non-Default GE01.rar (13.06 MB, 158 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Riverblossom Hills - Non-Default Main Hood - Seasons EP Required
File Type: rar Empty RiverblossomHills Subhood BGE1.rar (6.98 MB, 208 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Riverblossom Hills - Shopping District Subhood - Seasons EP + OFB EP Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
My Simblr
My 2015 Yearbook Entry
Alchemist
Original Poster
#7 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:14 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:14 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste A001, M001 and T001 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste AE01, ME01 and TE01 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

BONUS: Main Hood Versions:
  • Cut and paste NAE1, NME1 and NTE1 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty TakemizuVillage Default A001.rar (4.53 MB, 604 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Takemizu Village - Default Replacement - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty TakemizuVillage Non-Default AE01.rar (4.53 MB, 136 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Takemizu Village - Non-Default Vacation Subhood - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty TakemizuVillage MainHood NAE1.rar (4.53 MB, 129 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Takemizu Village - Main Hood - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty ThreeLakes Default M001.rar (5.48 MB, 589 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Three Lakes - Default Replacement - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty ThreeLakes Non-Default ME01.rar (5.47 MB, 126 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Three Lakes - Non-Default Vacation Subhood - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty ThreeLakes MainHood NME1.rar (5.47 MB, 117 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Three Lakes - Main Hood - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty TwikkiIsland Default T001.rar (5.31 MB, 609 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Twikki Island - Default Replacement - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty TwikkiIsland Non-Default TE01.rar (5.30 MB, 134 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Twikki Island - Non-Default Vacation Subhood - Bon Voyage EP Required
File Type: rar Empty TwikkiIsland MainHood NTE1.rar (5.30 MB, 126 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Twikki Island - Main Hood - Bon Voyage EP Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
My Simblr
My 2015 Yearbook Entry
Alchemist
Original Poster
#8 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:14 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:15 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Free Time
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste F001 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Free Time\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Free Time\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste FE01 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

BONUS: Subhood Versions:
  • Cut and paste BFE1 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar Empty Desiderata Valley Default F001.rar (19.14 MB, 450 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Desiderata Valley - Default Replacement - FT EP Required
File Type: rar Empty Desiderata Valley Non-Default FE01.rar (19.14 MB, 142 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Desiderata Valley - Non-Default Main Hood - FT EP Required
File Type: rar Empty Desiderata Valley Subhood BFE1.rar (6.32 MB, 199 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Desiderata Valley - Shopping District Subhood - FT EP + OFB EP Required

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#9 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:15 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 7:15 PM.
Default The Sims 2 Apartment Life
Install Instructions
Download and extract the files. If you're downloading the default replacement versions, backup your existing files first, though. Make sure that you have moved the original templates somewhere other before you put mine.
Don't replace/merge any existing files!

Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste E001 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Apartment Life\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

Non-Default Replacement Versions:
  • Cut and paste EE01 to
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Neighborhoods

BONUS: Subhood Versions:
Shopping District Subhood:
  • Cut and paste BEE1 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Best of Business\EP3\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
Downtown Subhood:
  • Cut and paste DEE1 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Nightlife\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
  • Note: If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, cut and paste it here instead.
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\EP2\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
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File Type: rar Empty BelladonnaCove Default E001.rar (37.46 MB, 484 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Belladonna Cove - Default Replacement - AL EP Required
File Type: rar Empty BelladonnaCove Non-Default EE01.rar (37.46 MB, 170 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Belladonna Cove - Non-Default Main Hood - AL EP Required
File Type: rar Empty BelladonnaCove Subhood BEE1.rar (17.75 MB, 188 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Belladonna Cove - Shopping District Subhood - AL EP & OFB EP Required
File Type: rar Empty BelladonnaCove Downtown DEE1.rar (17.75 MB, 181 downloads)
Description: BONUS: Clean and Empty Belladonna Cove - Downtown Subhood - AL EP & NL EP Required

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Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
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#10 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:17 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 6:20 PM.
Default The Sims Life Stories
Install Instructions
Warning: DON'T put these into TS2, these neighborhood are NOT meant to play in TS2. Instead, download recreated versions of the Sims Stories neighborhoods if you intend to play these neighborhoods in TS2.

Some how managed to import Sims Life Stories neighborhoods into TS2. Some say, if you first move the neighborhoods into a Uni+NL+OFB EP game only, go into each lot and make one structural change, you can move the neighborhoods into an all EPs game. But this is still a experimental approach! You might end up with crashes if you do so.

Which is why you should download recreated neighborhoods for TS2. Four Corners and Bitville are both available for download.

Non-Default Replacement Versions
  • Cut and paste LS01 and LS02 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims Life Stories\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims Life Stories\Neighborhoods
Note: You have to play through the story in order to unlock the story rewards, which is why, I didn't do a default replacement version.
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File Type: rar Empty FourCorners LS01.rar (5.25 MB, 50 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Four Corners - Sims LS Required
File Type: rar Empty Bitville LS02.rar (5.83 MB, 37 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Bitville - Sims LS Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
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#11 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:18 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 6:21 PM.
Default The Sims Pet Stories
Install Instructions
Warning: DON'T put these into TS2, these neighborhood are NOT meant to play in TS2. Instead, download recreated versions of the Sims Stories neighborhoods if you intend to play these neighborhoods in TS2.

While technicially, these neighborhoods CAN be imported into TS2 if you have The Sims 2 Pets EP installed, BUT, it doesn't mean that the neighborhoods are free from corruption then.
There's a NPC controller data (dog show judge) which doesn't exist in TS2. So, importing a Pet Stories neighborhood into TS2 clashes with the NPC controllers, since in TS2, the NPC type number used for dog show judges is used for another NPC (I think housekeeper NPC). And even if you only have all EPs up to Pets but nothing more, there'd still be a missing instance for NPC controllers which could cause corruption.

Which is why you should download recreated neighborhoods for TS2. Garden Heights is available, Mesa Flats and Arbor Falls are still in the works... but soon available as well.

Non-Default Replacement Versions
  • Cut and paste PS01, PS02 and PS03 to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims Pet Stories\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims Pet Stories\Neighborhoods
Note: You have to play through the story in order to unlock the story rewards, which is why, I didn't do a default replacement version.
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File Type: rar Empty GardenHeights PS01.rar (6.88 MB, 32 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Garden Heights - Sims PS Required
File Type: rar Empty MesaFlats PS02.rar (7.42 MB, 35 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Mesa Flats - Sims PS Required
File Type: rar Empty ArborFalls PS03.rar (7.65 MB, 32 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Arbor Falls - Sims PS Required

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
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#12 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 1:19 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 21st Jul 2018 at 6:21 PM.
Default The Sims Castaway Stories
Install Instructions
Warning: DON'T put these into TS2, these neighborhood are NOT meant to play in TS2. Instead, download recreated versions of the Sims Stories neighborhoods if you intend to play these neighborhoods in TS2.

While some might suceed in importing the other Stories neighborhoods into TS2 with a few tricks (which is not recommended, though!), there is absolutely NO chance of success in importing Castaway Stories neighborhoods into TS2. While The Sims Castaway Stories is similar to The Sims 2, it's still a whole game on its own, completely independent from TS2.

The Hood Building Group planned on recreating both neighborhoods, which are also in the works... However, it will never be like the ones in The Sims Castaway Stories. Since TS2 does not support medium-sized neighborhoods and lots up to 100x100 size.

Default Replacement Versions
  • Cut and paste N001, N002 and NeighborhoodManager.package to
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims Castaway Stories\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods
      OR to
    • Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims Castaway Stories\Neighborhoods\(Your User Profile)
Note: You need to replace your current NeighborhoodManager.package file in order to bypass the story and unlock all story rewards.
If you don't bypass the story, the game might crash then, because it would search for sims who don't exist in the neighborhood... so you'd get nothing but errors if you didn't bypass the story.

Known Issues:
No issues for Wanmami island but Felicity Island...

It was really hard to remove the hard-coded story from Felicity Island. Simple re-numbering and changing the neighborhood ID didn't work...
I managed to mod the story's out - so it's a free neighborhood like Wanmami Island...

But it's not perfect yet. The story rewards are all there in my game, however, the travel button is greyed out. Fortunately, you CAN travel but you have to click on the portrals if you want to travel. I'll update Felicity Island if I found out a way of re-enabling the travel button without enabling the story again.
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File Type: rar Empty FelicityIsland N001.rar (10.40 MB, 35 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Felcity Island - Sims CS Required
File Type: rar Empty WanmamiIsland N002.rar (8.41 MB, 39 downloads)
Description: Clean and Empty Wanmami Island - Sims CS Required
File Type: rar NeighborhoodManager.rar (23.3 KB, 25 downloads)
Description: Story Unlocker - Needed to run the clean and empty neighborhoods

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Winter Wonderland is available here
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#13 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 10:07 PM Last edited by Jawusa : 15th Jan 2019 at 1:29 PM.
Default Future Updates
Update: 15th January 2019
For those who use Windows 10 and have difficulties with getting these templates to work.
If you see that the default sims still appear in your neighborhoods despite of installing these empty templates, please try the following.

Apparently, Windows 10 stores the default templates somewhere, which is why, the game still adds the characters to the neighborhoods.
Quote:
Originally Posted by somedaythesun
Windows 10 keeps a hidden copy of program files in a location called "virtual store." I'm not coding-literate, so I'm not sure why it's there, but my game didn't recognize your clean hoods until I copied over the stealth templates to this location


In order to fix this, go to C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES
and install my templates there as well, just like in the normal Program Files. Thank you, somedaythesun for reporting this issue!

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#14 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 3:22 AM
OMG!!! This is so wonderful!
I've been using your 'stealth' hoods for years - now I can have everything completely empty!
I can build and build and build and... well, you get the idea
Thank YOU! (and Moo, who I'm sure is very pleased you've continued the project!)

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and Vintage Stuffeths
Time flies like an arrow ~ fruit flies like a banana
Ah, well... there is that
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#15 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 3:28 AM Last edited by nutese : 27th Jul 2018 at 3:06 PM.
Thank you very much for the downloads and for the sweet way you wrote about Mootilda's help.
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#16 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 3:48 AM
This is perfect timing! I just got a new computer and am about ready to put in clean templates! "Thank you" doesn't seem like it's enough!
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#17 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 11:47 AM
I love you <3 Thank you so much ^^
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#18 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 1:41 PM
I am so glad you stuck to this project!
I look forward to using some of these in the medieval hood I am planning. :D
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#19 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 3:54 PM
I am glad there all done now, thank you for doing all of this.
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#20 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 4:19 PM
Congratulations and thank you!
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#21 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 4:33 PM
THank you a lot! It must have been very hard and long work.
Just a question (I hope I didn't look over it in the thread description). I can't seem to find what i the different between default and non-default when deciding which hoods to download.
What is the difference?

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#22 Old 27th Jul 2018 at 6:15 PM
@lientebollemeis

Sorry, I thought it would be clear... well, the default neighborhood templates REPLACE the original neighborhoods, so, if you install those, you will lose Maxis sims.
However, if you prefer to KEEP the original neighborhoods with their sims. Then, you want the non-default version, which is just a copy of the original neighborhood, but without sims.

The difference is that you can play the non-default neighborhoods alongside with the original ones. With default versions, you cannot do that.

Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods
Winter Wonderland is available here
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#23 Old 28th Jul 2018 at 7:12 AM
Congratulations on completing this, Jawusa
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#24 Old 29th Jul 2018 at 2:08 AM
With this can I way easier make everything like I want to without worrying about curroption or anything c’:
At least I hope I don’t have to worry.
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#25 Old 29th Jul 2018 at 10:30 AM
This might just solve the issue I have with merging main hoods as subhoods. I've wanted to create a sort of megahood with Desiderata Valley as a subhood for some time, but have been hesitating for months. MeetMetotheRiver has some great downloads for that, but to be honest, I didn't want to have to deal with the double characters in the game; nor did I want to deal with hundreds of Maxis characters and really bloat my hood. And apparently, there might have been other things to think about as well. The only setback is that I will have to make my own townies and main-character Sims, but I think I can cope with that. Thank you!
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