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Welcome to the small town of Mayhaven! As always it's a decorated neighbourhood, using deco made by Criquette. After Portland, the previous project, it was about time to get back to what is really fun about making neighbourhoods: shaping terrain and making hood deco fit into it.
Piece from Mayhaven tourist brochure:
Our town is located among the outlets of several major Simcity rivers, including the grand Carnen river. Visit Lighthouse Island, the lighthouse was built in the very beginning by the first settlers. On a beautiful day (and we have many of those here!) we recommend you take the trip over the Winslowe bridge and charter a sightseeing trip from our local small airport. There's nothing like the view from a plane! Or, if flying is not your thing, why not go hiking to the north? First thru the large forests and then up in the mountains. No shame in taking the car though, the mountain road is an impressive piece of construction. But even the old town of Mayhaven takes many days to explore, we'll cover most of the sights on the following pages, but we would like to mention the docks by the harbour now. With all the little shops and cafes it's not something to miss, the atmosphere is one of a kind! When it is time to leave we recommend that you take the coastal train route west, which begins right here in Mayhaven. From the train station it heads straight up into the rolling hills offering very scenic views of the ocean and incredible terrain! Or maybe you do not wish to leave? Plenty of available beach lots next to the Carnen river...
As a decorated neighbourhood can't be packaged (like a house or sim) you need to download the custom content yourself. The neighbourhood will work if you do not download everything. Please remember to place the cc into the downloads folder before you start the game, as the cc will not appear if you add them after you have opened the neighbourhood once.
To install Mayhaven, open the .rar file and move the folder named N158 to your EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods folder. You'll find them in your "My documents" folder. You can also just download the .sc4 file if you want to decorate everything yourself. Pretty much all of the terrain work was done in Simcity 4, so placing stuff like bridges and roads should be easy.
On the subject of trees and EP requirements: There are MANY trees and they might produce lag instead of oxygen if your computer isn't strong enough. Remove some of them if it gets laggy. Or if you want to get rid of all of them you can do that pretty quickly, thanks to Mootilda and the HoodReplace utility. Simply copy everything except the trees over to a blank neighbourhood, make sure to select remove trees in HoodReplace.
EP requirements: Apartment Life is required, but there is a way of working around that too. First of all, one EP will always be required for decorated neighbourhoods, and I chose AL because around 25% of members here has that EP (number might be misleading due to useless brain).
Copying Mayhaven over to a blank neighbourhood in your game using HoodReplace is possible, and it shouldn't matter what EP combo you have. You MUST have one EP though, 'hood CC doesn't work in basegame only. I have tried this method, but not as much as I would have liked too, so it's on your own risk if you try it. (Make a back-up first and/or use an AnyGame!)
Also worth noting is that some maxis deco comes from different EPs, so if you don't have the right EP deco such as the lighthouse, water tower and some trees will not appear.
And that was a whole lot of text, all thatís left now is to say that I hope youíll enjoy this neighbourhood, and give you the shopping list of Criquettes CC that you need.
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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. To install: Take the N158 folder located in the .rar and place it in your Neighborhoods folder. Make sure you have the cc you need before opening the neighborhood. Otherwise they won't appear.