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|9th Jan 2009, 09:12 AM||Calling all SimNation Builders! #1|
It still continues to amaze me how much Maxis put into all the Sim games, becoming part of our gaming culture way back in the late 1980s. Countless hours spent at the computer building little cities, watching the buildings grow before being demolished by an unchecked natural disaster.
With each new version of the game came new sights to see. SimCity 2000 most notably (to me) had the arcologies that launched into space. SimCity 4 had the emergence of the SimNation as a whole. Sim Park let you build a thriving park that Sims wanted to be in, wildlife to wander through, and Rizzo the annoying frog to pop up and tell you 'She is dead' whenever you clicked on a tree. Sim Safari allowed you to pretend that you actually had the skill to manage a wildlife reserve. Sim Town fostered the kid in everyone with the funny animated buildings that really had personality.
How many players still miss various things from Sims 1? Everyone had their own items that they just couldn't live without, almost all Maxis never remade for Sims 2.
Until Sims 2, everything in the Sims games were sprites set in perspective (for the games that let the camera 'move', with the exceptions of the Sims 1 sims and the pets. Now we can zoom and rotate around our world, being able to build and furnish our Simmies lives to their heart's content.
I hope to find other modders with the desire to rebuild the Sims' collective world as they would know it.
What I'm looking for:
I have been slowly working on recreating Sims 1 things for at least two years now, I have a lot of works in progress that I have started but need to work through some of the bugs, or finish some darn complicated meshes! I would like to keep the projects as high quality as possible so the most people can enjoy them.
If this sounds like a fun and interesting endeavor, leave a post with what you would like to contribute!
|9th Jan 2009, 09:30 AM||#2|
I'd be happy to help! I miss alot from Sims 1!
I can recolour, build and if you want recreate the Sims from SIms 1!
|9th Jan 2009, 07:09 PM||#3|
I can mesh and do BHAVs, my UV mapping and texture skills are practically nil, I have never played Sims 1 but played sim city. If you want me on the team, let me know. I am an ok builder too, and a good copyist.
|10th Jan 2009, 06:56 PM||#4|
I would LOVE to try Making TS1 cloths, maybe using Textures and such from TS2 stuff, Piercing them together, along with (trying ) to make my own I played TS1 and was amazed at the stuff (content and feature wise) that was open, TS2 has/had less... yet more!?
I'd love to join in this project, If you'll let me in
(((BTW: I can Also make sims of the original characters, head models *gulp*, etc. I would prefer to do this actually, But who knows! )))
|10th Jan 2009, 08:18 PM||#5|
I'm really excited that you guys want to help! The last time there was a group om Mod trying to get things together for remaking Sims 1 stuff was when they used to have a request forum (a few years ago) and no one in the group seemed to know what was going on.
I am working on putting a private group together so we will have somewhere to work on the projects. Hopefully invitations will be following shortly.
After feeling like the Lone Modder for Sims 1 stuff, I'm looking forward to the help!
|10th Jan 2009, 10:27 PM||#6|
You did forget one thing, neighborhoods!
I have the TS1 Pets hood and the TS1 Vacation isle hood in my downloads and I can do more (TS1 and any other Sim games)
|10th Jan 2009, 11:07 PM||#7|
Elephant; I'm a Terrain Maker by Trade, so I can help out with that too
((But I'd rather do some BS stuff LOL)) :D
|11th Jan 2009, 12:24 AM||#8|
Since it'd be easier to see what we can re-create, here's a list of the Sim games
Sim Theme Park
Sim City 2000
Sim City 3000
Sim City 4
Sim City Societies (2008)
Did I forget any?
So, when all is finished will it be uploaded here to MTS2?
Something like the Simstones or A Midsimmer's Night Dream uploads?
Also, since I'd like to make some neighborhoods, should there be a Main 'hood, and then each game (including TS1 EPs) could have their own sub-hood off of that?
I'm thinking we can upload the 'hoods like that with lots and decor already added.
It'd be easy to make 'hoods for Sim Safari, Sim Town, and other games that don't have a defined map to base them off of.
|11th Jan 2009, 12:59 AM||#9|
You missed House Party!
|11th Jan 2009, 01:05 AM||#10|
I thought there was a seventh EP.
I added it to the list
|11th Jan 2009, 01:15 AM||#11|
Well I have SC4, SC3000 and the Sims 1 complete installed on various PCs now so I'd love to help with screenshots, terrains, housebuilding... anything that doesn't need too much creativity (I have none!). I can have a go at extracting some textures too- I think SimWardrobe has a program that will do that for Sims 1.
|11th Jan 2009, 01:05 PM||#12|
Sample; You could take pictures of the head moddles, That would help me loads because I haven't got TS1 installed anywhere atm
|11th Jan 2009, 07:56 PM||#13|
Group invites have been sent out and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will work.
Leesester: I would love to have your help! I have a vague understanding of what Bhavs do, so just let me know when things aren't workable or have nothing to do with the Bhavs.
Petchy: I think one of the reasons that it seems like Sims 2 has more, yet less is because Sims 1 had so much highly stylized sets that made a fair amount of the Sims 2 sets seem really bland. I guess EA just assumed that it would be better to just play it safe.
Elephant: You forgot Sim Town on your list (I LOVE that one!)
1.) Yes, that's exactly what I was hoping for. Does anyone know how to make a group like that? Is there any requirements?
2.) That would be really neat. I've downloaded a 'maxis mega hood' before but it wasn't on Mod. Would something like that be too big to upload here, or would we need to link it from elsewhere?
There are the Maxis characters that are already placed and have a tiny blurb about them, but there was no genetics, family trees, or overall story to any of it. What I'm wondering is if making a maxis-like Sims 2 neighborhood complete with a storyline (that keep the feel of Sims 1) would be way too much to work on. It's a neat idea however!
3.) Sim Safari would be fun as a tropical vacation hood. Sim town would be perfect for a Bluewater Village type neighborhood since it has homes and businesses.
Petchy & Elephant: There was also the Hot Date, Makin' Magic, and Studio Town (Superstar) neighborhoods. How do you figure out the scale for laying the roads in SC4 to not end up huge in Sims 2? I tried to figure that out but just ended up confusing myself.
Simsample: I would be thrilled to have someone be able to help with screenshots! Having the files extracted would be a major plus as well. Do you know/can you find how to extract the BMP files from the walls and floors so we could see about remaking them with higher texture quality? I haven't figured it out quite yet.
As for the clothing textures and the body & head meshes I'm pretty sure those are easy to extract.
Do you possibly have a 'clean' install of Sims 1 for getting lot screenshots (with the grid from build/buy mode)? If not I think I can do one on my laptop after I hunt down my registration codes.
|12th Jan 2009, 10:35 AM||#14|
J. M. Pescado
Fat Obstreperous Jerk
Join Date: Oct 2004
I resurrected the TS1 Auto-Flushing Terlet in TS2 already.
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I had to kill because they pissed me off.
|12th Jan 2009, 10:05 PM||#15|
Ohhhh, I saw that somewhere... let me see...
|15th Jan 2009, 01:41 AM||#16|
Pescado- Thanks for the info. I was just thinking about that one the other day and had no idea why EA/Maxis never made one for TS2. Almost all my houses had this one because I got so tired of them clogging up so frequently.
And to make it easier for everyone else, here's Pescado's Terlet.
|20th Jan 2009, 07:06 AM||#17|
If the game had 'Sim' in front of it, I've played it. SimIsle and SimCopter sucked though. And Rizzo, he sucked too.
I can build, mesh, and texture, I'm interested in seeing objects get redone for Sims2. I like the fact that all the Sims1 characters were already incorporated into Sims2, so I'm not too keen on their time warp copies.
|22nd Jan 2009, 06:57 PM||#18|
Welcome to the group Phaenoh! I've sent you an invite to the workshop. :D
|22nd Jan 2009, 10:55 PM||#19|
Join Date: Nov 2004
This sounds really interesting. I do object recolors and would like to help.
More of my work can be found @
|23rd Jan 2009, 02:47 AM||#20|
An invite has been sent. And Welcome!
|27th Jan 2009, 01:27 AM||#21|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Corset, I'd love to help. I can mesh, texture and make good screenies. I also like fiddling around with packages to make them do *stuff* (I admit most of the things I make really have no actual use, but they're fun anyway.
|27th Jan 2009, 06:06 AM||#22|
Great to see you ShanOw! I was wondering if you might find your way here. An invite is on the way. We've been hard at work and getting a lot done, but I personally would get more done if I had some help with the screenshots if you felt like it.
But there is still LOTS to do!
|16th Feb 2009, 09:08 PM||#23|
I would love to help out! I am Qbuilderz, Q, and I can Build lots, Mesh, recolor, and make terrains.
Looking for a challenge? Enter the Building Blocks Foundation Contest! Apply here!
But seriously, it will be fun. Join us.
|16th Feb 2009, 10:07 PM||#24|
Yay! welcome guys.....
|16th Feb 2009, 11:58 PM||#25|
This sounds interesting, I'd like to help!
I can build lots.
I welcome requests - PM me!