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Builder's Island

by armiel Posted 29th May 2010 at 3:59 PM - Updated 28th Jan 2012 at 2:58 PM by armiel : added version for lower patches
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Hi everyone!

I have been wanting to make this kinda world for some time now, and I finally managed to kick myself to do it.



I like to build, and I like to have easy and fast access on building when I feel like it.
Builder's Island has 13 residential lots, some of them are the most common sizes, and some are smaller than Sims 3 base game provides. I add those with future builders in mind, now that people are getting used to CAW, we are getting many nice worlds to play in.

I could have made just a flat world with the lots, and maybe roads, but I thought that would be really boring. So this little island has some landscaping, so that you could enjoy nice surroundings while you build, and get nice screenshots.

I didn't paint on the lots at all, so they are all base green. I know that world-terrainpaint doesn't travel with the house when it's relocated, so houses made in this world should look nice on any other they are later placed.

Uses for this world:
- To be able to go building fast
- To be able to go to CAS fast
- To be able to test objects fast when meshing

Does not suit playing very well, since there are no spawners, and there are only very few effects. You can of course play on it, but it won't be as fun as in gaming purposes made world.

The facts:

There are 4 layers...
- world
- lots
- plants
- items

There are 13 residential lots, sizes are...
15x15 x2
20x15 x2

All the lots are flat and empty.
I didn't change any lot values, so they cost the same as they would in any EA made world.


Map size: tiny
Sims can go: everywhere (world is not ment for playing)
Camera can go: everywhere
Terrainpaints used: 6 types

The world loads in about 4 seconds from main menu to play ready. It might be faster or slower, depending on your computer's stats.

For some reason some of the lots claim to be different size than they are when choosing them. First I thought I had made mistakes when laying them, but when I count the squares in game, they were correct. So I guess this is just a minor clitch. (Happens sometimes with Sunset valley too)

Game requirements: the Sims 3 Base game

The world was made with Sims 3 basegame and WA installed, with patch 2.6.11.
This world SHOULD be base game compatible (with latest basegame patch which is 1.10.something I think). If it doesn't work for base game only, please make a comment or PM me and I'll edit the requirements.

I hope you find this useful, happy simming!


Thank you Tom for being there, commenting, and giving feedback!

EDIT 31.5.2010!
I had a request to add the .world file of the world so that people with lower patch could use this too.

There are now 2 rars available for download, download only 1!!

Builder's Island.rar has the sims3pack of the world.
Download it if you have base game with patch 1.10 or higher, or WA/HELS with patches 2.6.11/3.2 or higher

Builder's Island for lower patch.rar has the .world file of the world.
Download it only if you have base game only, patched lower than 1.8.

HOW TO INSTALL .world file:

Extract the Builder's Island.world to:

C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\NonPackaged\Worlds

((C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\NonPackaged\Worlds with 64 bit OS))

IF you have happened to install sims 3 to non-default path,
put the file to GameData\Shared\NonPackaged\Worlds in the directory you have installed the game.

This is all new to me, that you can use the world like this too, but if you have questions on installing the .world file I'll try to answer and help the best way I can.

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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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