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Featured upload! -West Weasels- A Cozy and Quaint Full Neighborhood

by Phaenoh Posted 2nd Mar 2010 at 7:42 PM - Updated 23rd Nov 2011 at 5:10 AM by Phaenoh
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
It's been a little over a year in the making but I've finally finished this project. Right around the time the achievement stickers came out I finally decided to commit to making a full neighborhood as an upload for you all. Luckily inspiration struck at roughly the same time. I was driving around with my (now) ex-boyfriend, Kalimos, (don't worry, it was an amicable split, we still talk and I'll likely still use him as my male model for my photoshoots) when we could not for the life of us, find the street we were looking for. The trees and shrubs were so overgrown on the street signs that eventually out of exasperation, he exclaimed, "I can't see a darn thing, that could be freaking West Weasels for all I know." (The language was a tad more colorful, but I don't believe it to be appropriate here.) With an awesome name as West Weasels, I just had to come up with something equally awesome, hopefully, you'll agree that I did.

West Weasels is a quaint and cozy little town. I wanted to make it as extra cutesy as possible without going overboard. This fairytale neighborhood was originally intended as a home for all our supernatural sims to live in harmony together. I see it as a fun place for them to live and to come back to after their work day as storybook creatures is over. I see them as actors of sorts. Like the old Looney Toons where the wolf and the sheep dog chase each other on the clock, but when they punch out they are friends, or like the Disney movie Halloweentown, lots of monsters and creatures all living together like no one is different or strange. Then again, this is just how I see it for my game; I purposely left the town vanilla enough for everyone to make up their own story to go with it.

The quaint little town of West Weasels is a perfect place to slow down. Everyone here is friendly, and while some of them have quirks, no one minds.

There are plenty of affordable cute houses here. Seven of the ten on this street can be purchased straight out of pocket. The other homes in this neighborhood are at various price points.

There are plenty of things to do and places to shop at in West Weasels. We have a town square that is a great place to meet people, the city park is a lovely place to take in the outside. We also have an ice rink, a community center with swimming pool, and a row of shops; toys, baked goods, gifts, antiques, and a hair salon.

The old marina features a restaurant, a fish market, and a game hall. The hermit's hut is perfect for an old seadog, afordable and out of the way.

I hope you enjoy playing with this hood as much as I enjoyed making it.

P.S. Its a lot of work to get a project this big completed and uploaded, but I know its all worth it when I get to read all your comments. They really brighten my day, knowing that I've made people happy with my work. Thank you.

OFB, Pets, SSN, and MG Required

Known Issues: Whoops! The skating rink bathroom is missing its door! Be sure to add one in before you send simmies there or they'll be doing the potty dance the entire time they are there! I've fixed this in the separate download for the skate rink if you don't trust your building skills enough to add the black expensive wooden door.

Custom Content Included
Neighborhood Objects by Criquette
- Marina fishingboat single, Marina sailboat single, Marina wood pier short
- Walkway side, Walkway stairs right
Gable Ornament by Marina
- 2tiles - 8tiles
Stairs, Animation, and Ladder by Marvine
Slot Enable Package Countertop Mod by Numenor
Roof Trim Default, and Tire Swing by Phaenoh

Install Instructions:
Download all three files, you need both Part 1 and 2 of the hood and the Downloads archive. Remove the MTS_Phaenoh_(numbers) from their names and unrar them together. Don't forget to download the CC. Trust me you will want the CC I've chosen. I've tried very hard to keep the CC to a bare minimum because I know there are so many of us out there who don't like to use CC or don't like to download it in houses.

Place the folder N327 (number chosen for my birthday, corny maybe but I like it) in your Neighborhoods folder. Place the files from the downloads into your download folder. Start up the game and you should see West Weasels likely at the end of your neighborhoods list and it's custom thumbnail.

This is a multi-part download:

The files you need to install this as a complete neighborhood are in the main post, if you want only individual houses, you can download them from the comments.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
WestWeasels_N327.part1.rar | Description: Requires Part 2 9.00 MB 16,243 2nd Mar 2010
WestWeasels_N327.part2.rar | Description: Requires Part 1 8.73 MB 15,163 2nd Mar 2010
WestWeasels_N327_Downloads.rar | Description: Required 1.51 MB 13,564 2nd Mar 2010
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\


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

Need more information?
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#51 Old 1st Apr 2010 at 4:03 PM
You need to download the CC file as well. Neighborhoods are not packaged like lots, they don't bring the CC with them.
Test Subject
#52 Old 5th Apr 2010 at 10:00 PM
Lab Assistant
#53 Old 7th Apr 2010 at 11:19 PM
Thanks so much, this is terrific! I can't tell you how great it was to just start up my game and have all these great houses and community lots. Thanks so much for your hard work.
Test Subject
#54 Old 13th Apr 2010 at 10:18 PM
Oh dash it! >,< I absolutely LOVE the look of this 'hood, but I haven't got MG!! :'( So not fair. It really is great though, well done for all the continuous effort!!
I'm trying to make my own neighbour hood, but it's taking so long! >,< Keeping at it though so it's all good

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Test Subject
#55 Old 15th Apr 2010 at 8:40 PM
I have been playing this hood for a week now and love it. But I did go to the treefort and found that no one can us any of the ladders or stairs to get into the tree house. But I still love this hood and all the great work you put into it.
Test Subject
#56 Old 16th Apr 2010 at 9:01 AM
Oh wow Now this is a real treat, thank you very much for the hard work and for sharing such a beautiful neighborhood!
I love cute things like this, I feel spoiled !!
Merci beaucoup ;-)

LaGouLue, because I'm Worth It :)
#57 Old 22nd Apr 2010 at 8:03 PM
Congrats on your feature Phae! It is more than well deserved! You did such an outstanding and amazing job!

Thank you so much for your awesome work!
Top Secret Researcher
#58 Old 23rd Apr 2010 at 6:00 PM Last edited by billielith : 28th Apr 2010 at 1:37 PM.
Really, really nice. I really wish I had Seasons installed. It's really cozy, and magic, and wonderful. x

And I might eventually have renters for your Hermit's Hut.

I know I can't do it, but I'm still going to do it. - M. C. Escher
#59 Old 23rd Apr 2010 at 7:14 PM
Someone asked earlier if this could be made into a subneighborhood, specifically a Shopping District. I have never seen that tutorial that HP directed that poster to, but I don`t need it. I`ll just create an arbitrary subhood, use Mootilda`s HoodReplace to copy the terrain, and install the lots by hand. I`m downloading the entire thing [or attempting to, anyway] as I type.

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#60 Old 23rd Apr 2010 at 10:22 PM
That's the method I've used. The tutorial HP suggested will not work for this as its not a Maxis hood.
Test Subject
#61 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 7:59 AM
Wonderful! Thanks a lot
#62 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 1:57 PM
This is AWESOME!!! I just wish I had the mansion and garden stuff pack....
Test Subject
#63 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 7:17 PM
This is the perfect little neighborhood to put all my aging parents in, i feel bad when all the kids move out and then they kind of get forgotten, but this will be the perfect for their retirement home! thanks so much, I love your work, and your style. You are a truly talented creator.
Lab Assistant
#64 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 9:03 PM
Okay, so I'm stupid...was looking forward to getting all the quirky but nice Sims, too. Hmmmm....I have to create my own? :-( lol Ah, well....neighborhood is beautiful. I can't believe the work put into it. Thank you for sharing :-) BTW, I had no trouble getting this into my game AFTER I remembered to change the file names. I kept getting a box insisting I had to insert the disc first...but it downloaded anyway after the file name change...and I'm good.
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#65 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 10:32 PM
If you want the quirky but nice sims, i recommend you download my Sci-F Starters families. I've added all of them to this hood and the are blending in nicely.
Test Subject
#66 Old 26th Apr 2010 at 8:16 PM
I have All expansion packs and Celebration,h&m ,kitchin and bath And store edition and it works great
Test Subject
#67 Old 27th Apr 2010 at 10:37 PM
Oh my god that's amazing.
Test Subject
#68 Old 1st May 2010 at 8:29 PM
I get an error and am unable to open up the Part 1 file. I've downloaded it several times; however, it's still not working correctly. Can you help? Also, do I need to download all the lots/houses as well? Thanks.
#69 Old 3rd May 2010 at 7:13 PM
The instructions for how to open Part 1 correctly have already been posted. Please go back and read them.

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#70 Old 3rd May 2010 at 7:15 PM
You need to download part 1 and part 2 and remove all the MTS_353959 stuff in the front. Then unrar them together (highlight both and click unrar). You need to download the CC folder but not all the individual houses. The instructions are at the bottom of the main post.
Field Researcher
#71 Old 4th May 2010 at 4:35 PM
Congratulations on this huge and talented work, "hats off" as they say in France.
Lab Assistant
#72 Old 5th May 2010 at 10:14 PM
I feel like an idiot... I'm following your directions but I am lost with the 'MTS_353959 stuff' that you say to remove. Is that the cc, because I put that in it's own folder in downloads, but I'm getting that 'extract from a previous volume' error message, as some others have also posted.
I have one folder called N327 that has characters, lots, storytelling, thumbnails, 2 DBPF packages, and 2 PNGI packages. I'm missing the SC4 file and the other 2 PNGI packs. I think the N327 folder should go into the Neigborhood folder, but that dang part 2 rar is giving me fits.
What am I doing wrong?
I just bought and installed M&G so I could download this hood, so I'm dying to play it.
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#73 Old 5th May 2010 at 10:52 PM
Don't unrar anything until you rename the archives. Then select them both at the same time and unrar.
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#74 Old 6th May 2010 at 2:06 AM
I renamed them wwpart1.rar and wwpart2.rar and I get ! C:\Documents and Settings\Donna\My Documents\Downloads\wwpart1.rar: You need to start extraction from a previous volume to unpack N327\Lots\N327_Lot67.package
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#75 Old 6th May 2010 at 4:59 AM
Are you unraring them together at the same time? You can't click unrar one and then the other, the program must be doing them at the same time.
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