Welcome to our Journal and an Invitation to You.
Date Posted: 27th Apr 2007 at 6:43 PM
Thanks for stopping by and visiting our journal.
N8iveSims is a mod group comprised of several talented creators who intend to bring to the Sims2 world at large genuine NDN stuff (American Indian) - or, at least as close to genuine as Sims2 stuff can get anyway.
Many of us are American Indian and Canadien First Nations from various tribes but there are also people from other nations and cultures in our Mod Group. We are truly an international group and we like it that way. :D
We want to show the world the diversity of our cultures.
There is so much content that we can't make it all in our lifetime. All content put out by this Mod Group will be freely available to the Sims2 community, either through MTS2 or any other free site that the individual creators want to upload to. We really want the kids (and adults) to be able to find our stuff and use it in their games, mainly as an education to them. We won't put out any Hollywood distortions or 'twinkie' stuff. However, the Sims2 game itself limits what we can do so there will be things that aren't exactly right. But hey, it's a game and we'll do the best we can with the materials at our disposal. :D
We invite all interested creators to join our Mod group. The more creators we have on board, the faster we can publish stuff.
You don't need to be an expert, but you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and try your best and hone your meshing skills. If you want to learn how to create some of the fabulous hairstyles and clothing, you will need Milkshape. You will also need SimPE and some kind of photo editing software, Photoshop, Ulead PhotoImpact, etc.
There are many excellent tutorials at MTS2 that you can use to learn how to make stuff well. Hey... I didn't know anything about how to mesh clothing in Nov 2006, but by April 2007, I had a good set of clothing meshes done which alexsrosa recolored. So, if I could do it, so can you. :D
I started this project proposal in November 2006 but the team didn't really do a lot of work until after the December 2006 holiday season. Then they really started cranking out content so even though it's been in the works for 5 months the most work was done in 3 months. Our mod group members put out a Featured quality set in a very short time.
Join us. Can't mesh but are interested in the project? We can use help authenticating our content. A great example of authenticity help is like in this example: Finding a real bow and arrow and quiver as a baseline so our creators have an example to work from: The internet is full of really weird stuff that may in fact be made by NDN people for the tourist trade but it is not authentic. No way - no how.. So, how would an innocent person know the difference if it was made by NDN people? Examples of what I found - There are bows to hang on walls that are so full of fluffy fur grips and long dangly fringes and feathers all up and down the bow arc that how in the world would a hunter ever expect to catch anything with that nonsense? I mean... get real... The fringes and fur and feathers would interfere with the Draw of the bow and all that stuff waving about in the wind would give the hunter away and scare off the quarry. Pretty hungry family if the hunter used that junk. SO. We will not make that kind of stuff.
That was a pretty obvious example to most people but you'd be surprised at the number of people who will think that is a real bow and arrow set used for hunting because it was made by an NDN person for the tourist trade. Now, the guy who made that was just trying to earn money for his family because that is what sells, but it isn't authentic.
The same problem exists for all the tourists going to Venice who purchase the carnival masks made in China or Korea. They don't know what a real mask looks like but the Venetian vendors carry product that sells.
So, we would really appreciate help with authentication so we have good models to work from. :D
We do have a request list going. We will take requests PROVIDED you give a photo of what you expect..(we don't read minds) AND, you realize that we may take some time to get to it. It also has to be something pertinent to our theme and the ability of our creators to make. :D
Anyway, Future journal entries will discuss the ins and outs of creating content for this theme.
We hope to see some new members soon! :D