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Featured upload! Rivendell - The Last Homely House East of the Sea (No CC)

by Zarathustra Posted 10th Feb 2014 at 10:58 PM - Updated 23rd Jul 2015 at 5:30 AM by Zarathustra : Fixing minor errors
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
No CC required.

And now for something completely different! All my buildings thus far have been modern, urban constructions, but I have other neighborhoods filled with buildings of different sorts as well, and I want to share them too! Hence, I present to you the House of Elrond- Rivendell, Imladris, or the Last Homely House West of the Mountains and East of the Sea. I based my design for this lot off of Rivendell as it appears in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (not including The Hobbit, as they changed the designs for the valley and buildings quite a bit, and I like LOTR better!), so for those of you who want a comparison, I've included a few shots of Rivendell models- one designed for collectors, the other designed (so far as I can tell) for filming in the actual movies. To quote the epic tale of the estimable hobbit Bilbo Baggins, "[The] house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all."

Home to both immortal Elves and mortal men privileged enough to be named elf-friend, the valley of Imladris is a home of peace and good cheer and lore, not of battle or industry. The buildings use forms found in nature and are lined all about with arches, windows, and balconies, so that whether indoors or out, one will always feel a part of the valley itself. The waters of Bruinen flow about this home, and the soft, tranquil sounds of falling water can be heard throughout the House of Elrond. The moss-and-grass covered hills lend shape to the buildings atop them, and the pathways through the trees flow naturally over the landscape rather than cutting through it.

Both indoors and out, Rivendell is a place for life and growing things, with plants growing both wild and cultivated in anyplace you care to look. In designing this lot, one of my primary concerns was getting the feel of Rivendell as close to that of the films as I could, so while parts of the valley are my own design, others are designed based on scenes from the films. Thus, it is only natural that there should be an outdoor gathering place for the Council of Elrond, where beings from all corners of Middle-SimEarth can gather to discuss the greatest problems of their Age. Likewise, Rivendell would not be Rivendell without an arched bridge to allow the Fellowship to pass over the splashing waters of the valley. Other areas, like the gazebo structure or several of the alcove statues, may not be direct copies of anything from the movie, but they still bring the feel of Rivendell into the Sims. In daylight, rays of sunlight can reach nearly every part of the House of Elrond, while at night, beeswax candles and elvish lanterns ensure that none of the Fair Folk will ever have to walk in darkness.

As I designed it, this lot is best suited for those aspiring to the pursuit of knowledge or for the loving environment of a large family, as there is very little here that would serve the interests of a pleasure-seeking or fortune-minded individual. Whether your Sim-Elves are of the green-skinned PlantSim variety, or just regular Sims with pointed ears, Rivendell should bring a sense of peace and calm to even the most stressed-out of Sims. A sanctuary of nature, knowledge, art, and music, this lot can serve as a guiding light in the turbulent world of a medieval neighborhood. Indoors and out, this lot is perfect for quiet contemplation and meditation, for the study of ancient texts, for the composition of soaring melodies, or for the cultivation of growing things to bring more beauty to a world dominated by stone and industry. In my own gameplay I tend towards smaller households, so I've only included two double-beds in the lot, but with as many libraries and sitting rooms as there are, if you choose to move in a larger household, you should have no trouble finding rooms to convert into bedchambers, and if you like the design I've chosen for the interior, I think there are enough examples of how I construed it that you should have no trouble making them fit in with the rest of the home. The House of Elrond is known for welcoming all who come to it.

At 5X6 and over $500,000, this is a massive lot, so it will be slower on some computers, but like my skyscrapers, I DESIGNED it on an old, slow computer, so it is playable- just slower. Also like all my other lots, I designed the lot with no CC and instead just tried to find the Maxis items that best fit the aesthetic I was looking for, but I know there are a good number of uploads by other MTS members that were designed specifically after JRR Tolkien's and Peter Jackson's elvish aesthetic. For those of you who are so inclined, I will be in no way offended if you choose to play this lot with those sorts of modifications. Still, I've worked on this lot long enough that I think even without other mods, it does a pretty good job of capturing the feel of Rivendell. As far as placement goes, it should be clear that this lot looks best in a forested locale, and while it isn't necessary, for a truly Tolkien-esque Rivendell, this lot should be placed at the bottom of a valley or in the foothills of a mountain range. Also, I assume that most of you play neighborhoods with a variety of seasons as your norm, but for those of you who don't, this lot is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful to watch the seasons change on, particularly in spring and autumn, as the budding leaves and flowers of springtime lend even more beauty to the elvish architecture, and fallen leaves bestow it with a feeling of timelessness in keeping with its nearly five-thousand-year history. At any rate, however you choose to play it, I hope it's something you enjoy!

Mellon, namarie.

Lot Size: 5x6
Lot Price: $582,273

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Rivendell.zip 2.88 MB 11,204 11th Feb 2014
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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 .sims2pack file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.

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Lab Assistant
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#26 Old 13th Feb 2014 at 9:55 PM
Love this! No idea what I'll use it for, but I'll find something!
Lab Assistant
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#27 Old 14th Feb 2014 at 12:01 AM
Great job!!! This lot is amazing Any thoughts on a Sims 3 version too??
Alchemist
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#28 Old 14th Feb 2014 at 4:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Diwtay
Great job!!! This lot is amazing Any thoughts on a Sims 3 version too??


Thanks! Glad people like it so much! Unfortunately, I don't have any plans for anything from TS3. I don't own ANY of the Sims 3 games, and with how much effort I've sunk into my TS2 games, I think I'm just gonna stick to TS1 & 2 and maybe start buying programs again if and when 4 comes out.
Inventor
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#29 Old 15th Feb 2014 at 1:20 PM
Your Rivendell is such an astonishing tour de force that, though I suspected it would be unplayable, I had to have it. This morning I sent in Elrond and his teenage daughter Arwen. I had to make a few changes: in the kitchen I added a frig and cooker; a fully-equipped bathroom by each bedroom; a desk in the library for Rod Humble's computer; a garden bench down by the letter box, for chatting to passers-by. Otherwise the lot is completely playable. Thank you for your inspiration!
Test Subject
#30 Old 16th Feb 2014 at 10:12 AM
i cant get housed to work
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#31 Old 16th Feb 2014 at 11:28 PM
W.O.W. pretty damn awesome :o
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#32 Old 18th Feb 2014 at 2:10 AM
Hermosa, gracias
As the mesh crumbles....
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#33 Old 21st Feb 2014 at 7:02 AM
Wow! This is a lovely lot and it has the 'spirit' of the original. Well done especially with no CC. Thank you for sharing it.

hshipton - You may have too much stuff in your download folder to load the house. The lot does work well so look at this page for some things you can try to get your CC to show up. http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:GCCTSU Good luck.
Test Subject
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#34 Old 23rd Feb 2014 at 1:01 AM
thanks!
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#35 Old 25th Feb 2014 at 1:02 AM
Congratulations on the Feature!
Test Subject
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#36 Old 25th Feb 2014 at 12:33 PM
Thanks so much! What a beautiful creation :D
Test Subject
#37 Old 25th Feb 2014 at 1:13 PM
Hi Zarathustra, thanks again for sharing this with all of us I just have a question: Where does it install the house? I do try and keep a list of the names and locations of every mod in case something goes weird. So, do you know in which folder it goes? Thanks so much.
Alchemist
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#38 Old 25th Feb 2014 at 6:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Bubbly
Hi Zarathustra, thanks again for sharing this with all of us I just have a question: Where does it install the house? I do try and keep a list of the names and locations of every mod in case something goes weird. So, do you know in which folder it goes? Thanks so much.


If your system is like mine, it should give you an option to choose what folder anything you download (from any site, not just MTS) goes into, and if you don't assign one, things will automatically be put into a "Downloads" folder. If all else fails, you should also be able to search your computer for any recent downloads, wherever they were saved. If your system isn't like mine, I don't know that I'm gonna be able to be much help! This gives a good overview of what happens and what to do with downloaded content from MTS though, so it's probably more help than me.
Mad Poster
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#39 Old 28th Feb 2014 at 5:39 PM
WOW Great Job! This lot looks so amazing that I will download it just to have it in some of my hoods to look at.
Scholar
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#40 Old 2nd Mar 2014 at 2:50 AM
This is beyond gorgeous!! I don't usually play large lots, but I have to have this!
Test Subject
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#41 Old 2nd Mar 2014 at 1:32 PM
Woah wonderful work ;)
Thank you <3
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#42 Old 4th Mar 2014 at 2:19 AM
I am almost crying! I'm such a nut! Thanks so much for this!
Guest
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#43 Old 4th Mar 2014 at 1:53 PM
good
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#44 Old 8th Mar 2014 at 4:54 AM
th
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#45 Old 8th Mar 2014 at 5:36 AM
Thank you very much it's beautiful!
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#46 Old 8th Mar 2014 at 7:52 PM
thank you so much for this website, I am so greatful. Thanks.
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#47 Old 12th Mar 2014 at 3:52 AM
Awesome attention to detail. Well Done !
Lab Assistant
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#48 Old 14th Mar 2014 at 12:26 PM
Very beautiful!! Thank you. :)
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#49 Old 14th Mar 2014 at 3:29 PM
wowwww thanks <3
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#50 Old 15th Mar 2014 at 12:57 PM
thank
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