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Backdoor Lane 46 -- Fake Rowhouse

by plasticbox Posted 14th May 2008 at 9:02 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2008 at 4:21 PM by plasticbox
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Requires NL.
Custom content included: Open Underneath Wooden Stairs by crocobaura -- please follow the instructions in the download thread if you want to install these properly. This lot will work fine if you don't, but you won't be able to select them or use them in other lots (they won't show up in the catalogue, which is what the installation procedure is for). Included as a separate download is frillen's Invisible Driveway -- put it in your Downloads folder before attempting to play this lot.


Update, 2008-05-26:

This seems to work fine. The perpendicular-walls-shrinking feature has been included in LotAdjuster 1.1, which was released yesterday.

LotAdjuster download thread
Here's a tutorial on how to build row houses like this one: Fake row houses

Thanks to all testers!


Description:
After it's become clear that shrinking lots right up to the edge of a building is not a safe thing to do, but shrinking up to one tile from the edge does work, we're one step closer to real rowhouses now -- and probably as close as we'll get: this lot is shrunk with v1.0.0.13 of the LotAdjuster, which allows perpendicular walls at the edge of a lot. With edge-to-edge front and back walls, and only the (hidden) side walls at 1 tile from the edge, it's possible to build a quite convincingly "fake" rowhouse like the one I am uploading here. It's not all that unrealistic in my eyes -- party walls shouldn't be as paper thin as normal maxis walls .. and the one tile empty space is useful for hiding basement slopes.


Known issues:
For a list of known issues that can occur on small lots (or any lot at all) that have nothing to do with the shrinking, please see this post

Do not redistribute this lot without mentioning that it's shrunk; please link back to this thread if you do.


For sims that are sick of living in the suburbs, Backdoor Lane provides an alternative: a couple of small town lots with a more urban look and feel. They fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, creating a maze of backyard gardens and interconnected alleyways when placed in a tightly spaced neigbourhood. Most of them work as corner lots as well as facing the street, creating a very different impression depending on how you place them and what's on the lot next door.


Backdoor Lane 46:
A city house on a 1x2 lot, furnished for up to three sims with room for more. Kitchen/dining and bathroom on the ground floor, living room and three bedrooms upstairs, empty basement. Small garden and one driveway in the backyard, car included.

1 x double bedroom
2 x single bedroom (1 empty)
1 x bathroom
1 x kitchen/dining
1 x living room
1 x basement (empty)

All basics included, with lots of stuff on top. And it has unannoying basement windows!

Playtested for a couple days in Base+NL with no hacks, no crashes or problems found. Playtested by others as well (not sure about their game configuration).

Please note: If you want to make structural changes to this lot, be aware that the last two tiles from the edge are unbuildable in exactly the same way as on all other lots, which includes the outermost tiles of the house in this case. You should be able to modify all inside walls since they're perpendicular to the lot edge, but not the left and right outside walls (parallel to the lot edge), the "fake" front and back walls, the roof, stairs, half walls, foundations, or floor tiles on level 1 and up. However, you can *delete* all of that -- so in order to use this house at the end of a row, you can just remove the bits of fake wall on one side and the last tile of roof .. it should look quite OK then.


See also:
More information for those who are curious about the lot shrinking issues:

Discussion: Lot Size, Orientation, Rotation, etc. -- Research thread @ mts2; the first post has lots of relevant pointers
LotAdjuster download thread -- only post there with issues related to the tool itself!
7PM crash thread @ MATY (historical; zombify at your own risk)
Tutorial: Building to the edge of a lot (EXPERIMENTAL) -- historical, needs an old version of the LE (not available anymore)
Test upload by myself, 2008-04-13
Test upload by aelflaed, 2008-04-17
Test upload by niol, 2008-04-18


Thanks:
This is entirely based on the work of Mootilda and others, I only have the honor to introduce it to the public. Thanks to Mootilda and the fearless testers who've spent so many hours crashing their games during previous research: aelflaed, Inge Jones, MaryLou, niol, Mutantbunny, Rascal, Simsample, KariMinger/Zazazu, DocDoofus, behold_the_muse, baratron, dizzy, ladykatsim, JMP, ebonyspiral, MadameMim, ikbod, mildlydisguised, Emma, Quinctia and everyone else.

Lot Size: 1x2
Lot Price: 46.188§

Custom Content Included:
- Wooden Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Fully Furnished

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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Instructor
#2 Old 14th May 2008 at 11:33 PM
Ever since the game came out I found those 2 empty tiles so annoying... I love the idea of rowhouses.
I was trying to make my own using the Lot Adjuster but I can't build the perpendicular walls right to the edge of the lot like you did for some reason (or the roof either for that matter), maybe I need a newer version of the program, but I couldn't find any...
anyways I downloaded your lot and tested it and I'm sure that with some imagination I can make a whole variety of townhouses!

Thanks!

"Deep down I'm pretty superficial"

Not actually evil.
#3 Old 14th May 2008 at 11:59 PM
QUESTION Not that I'm expecting game corruption, but should it occur, would it affect the lot or the entire neighborhood or all neighborhoods? If I test, it would be in a neighborhood I don't play and I don't mind if it gets borked.

This is a neat research area, I'm glad you all are working on this. Hate that 2 square gap, so annoying. Now if only someone could get raise/lower terrain to work on the edge of a lot too, I would love them forever.

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Test Subject
#4 Old 15th May 2008 at 12:08 AM
plasticbox, you are what I would call a mesiah! I was so sick of the suburbs. In fact, I've been intending to build big cities like New York and Paris and those bloody two tiles destroy the esence. THANKS! You have come up with what everybody has been craving for.
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#5 Old 15th May 2008 at 12:30 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexpilgrim
I can't build the perpendicular walls right to the edge of the lot like you did for some reason (or the roof either for that matter), maybe I need a newer version of the program, but I couldn't find any...

You would need v1.0.0.13 for the perpendicular walls, but that's not publically available at the moment. See the OP, and the research thread for details -- maybe the perpendicular-walls-shrinking can be published, maybe not, that's what we're trying to find out with this test.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CatOfEvilGenius
Not that I'm expecting game corruption, but should it occur, would it affect the lot or the entire neighborhood or all neighborhoods?

Well, we don't know what kind of corruption might occur with this, since we haven't yet seen any =) but *in case* it's like the first time around (the infamous "7PM crash" symptom), it can affect everything the game has in memory if I remember correctly. To be completely on the safe side, you can temporarily move your "real" neighbourhood to the desktop (or anywhere outside the TS2 folder) while you test, then the game has no way to mess with it. (Or, of course, make a backup .. but moving the folder is probably faster)

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Originally Posted by simloyal
plasticbox, you are what I would call a mesiah!

Oh, hey, but this is not my achievement -- in fact I did embarassingly little testing and such in the last time .. it was mostly aelflaed and Mootilda who did all the hard work, from what I've seen. See the credits in the OP, there's *a lot* of people involved who have done much more than I did -- I'm only the PR department =)

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Alchemist
#6 Old 15th May 2008 at 4:26 AM
And a very nice PR Dept., too! Hopefully Mootilda will be releasing this version soon, then you can all play with the perpendicular walls feature.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 15th May 2008 at 4:59 AM
I saw a new dl with your name and I had to check it out. Here you go again. Showing me stuff I want. All of you master modders just keep putting out stuff that's "must have" and I can't resist. You put up a link to frillen's stuff, now my dl folder has grown again. Darn, more picking and choosing to reduce, again. I had to buy a new TV today, geez, $800 I wanted to spend on other things, like a new laptop, more EPs/stuff packs. Well, I did get my money's worth on the old TV, 20+ yrs old.

Wish I could help you out with the test, but I better get off the computer right NOW. Huge thunderstorm pounding my house! Tornado watch, too.

Thank you ALL for all your hard work and great contributions.

Albert - 2/14/1990-6/2007 He was no dog, he was my short, furry, four-legged, person. And I miss him.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 15th May 2008 at 5:21 AM
Yeah, I think they should have included rowhouses in the game. Ah well. With any luck, we can maybe get them in Sims 3.

And it's gone, baby, gone.
Instructor
#9 Old 15th May 2008 at 11:09 AM
Thanks, I'll keep testing and let you know if anything wrong happens... it seems everything is OK for the moment.

As for now I'm using your lot, some as they are, and some refurbished and modernized.

"Deep down I'm pretty superficial"

Field Researcher
#10 Old 15th May 2008 at 2:22 PM
WOW! Brilliant idea, I hate the way every single house in my neighbourhood is stand alone... this will look so much better thank you!!!!!!

=^.^= Treacherous Kitten =^.^=

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#11 Old 15th May 2008 at 4:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CatOfEvilGenius
Now if only someone could get raise/lower terrain to work on the edge of a lot too, I would love them forever.

Actually, depending on what exactly you want to do, this is already implemented in the public version -- try playing around with the "Keep lot edges" feature in the Advanced options. I'm not familiar with it since all I do is flat lots, maybe there's some additional info in the LA thread on how it works; see also this thread.

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Test Subject
#12 Old 15th May 2008 at 7:01 PM
Wauw, it sounds ...fantastic... I love it, I love it, I love it! I will test it asap. Shame the idea everyone has since '04 gets materialized in the last year of The Sims 2. I can say it again, again and again, it is amazing!
Mootilda, aelflaed, Inge Jones, MaryLou, niol, Mutantbunny, Rascal, Simsample, KariMinger/Zazazu, DocDoofus, behold_the_muse, baratron, dizzy, ladykatsim, JMP, ebonyspiral, MadameMim, ikbod, mildlydisguised, Emma, Quinctia, and of course plasticbox;
THANK YOU
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 15th May 2008 at 10:23 PM
Seven new CAS sims in 4 different neighbourhoods - including 2 brand new ones and not one single crash at 7pm or by switching day/night in build mode. Yeahah!
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#14 Old 15th May 2008 at 11:47 PM
Yo, thanks Rascal =) I meant to PM you, but you were faster!

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Lab Assistant
#15 Old 16th May 2008 at 2:11 AM
I am so glad you're back with your visionary ideas PBox. In fact my whole neighbourhood is such a shrine to your work that Im going to rename it Plasticbox-ville...if I could only figure out how...
Field Researcher
#16 Old 16th May 2008 at 6:09 AM
I'll grab this one, though I'm not sure when I'll have time to test. ...though I don't expect any problems!

I wish I had the patience you do in terms of using the Lot Expander to build things.
Instructor
#17 Old 17th May 2008 at 12:41 PM
OK, so I've tested it in a new neighborhood:
I tested with two new families in two different houses that I've been extensively rebuilding and redecorating, as con be seen here and here, and nothing bad happened. I played during several sim-days, went and came back from community lots, went to work, etc...
The only unusual thing is that the first time that a Sim changed to have a bath or go to bed the game paused for about a (scary) minute. In one case the bathtub was 1 tile away from the edge of the lot, but the bed head was 2 tiles away, so I don't know if it can have something to do with lot shrinking.
I also tested the lot as downloaded with one of the families that came with the game (the Ramaswamis), and my game crashed when I had one of them "change "appearance" in the large mirror in the hallway... but again it might not have anything to do with the lot.
Hope this helps!

"Deep down I'm pretty superficial"

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#18 Old 17th May 2008 at 1:16 PM
alexpilgrim, this almost sounds like you're having a problem with Bodyshop CC (since both your crash and the game hanging happened when changing), but thanks for reporting it. Personally I have no idea whether it can have anything to do with the shrinking or not (I only know there were funny/misplaced animations with previous versions of the LA test version, but I haven't seen any reports of crashes).

Does anyone else have this kind of issue?

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Instructor
#19 Old 17th May 2008 at 7:28 PM
It probably has more to do with the gazillions of hair, clothing and make-up in my folders!

I'll keep testing and report if anything else happens, in one of the houses I moved the staircase to the center of the lot, but in the other two I din't see anything strange.

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Not actually evil.
#20 Old 17th May 2008 at 8:13 PM
plasticbox Maybe you could ask people to test without CC, just to eliminate that variable.

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Alchemist
#21 Old 17th May 2008 at 11:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by plasticbox
Personally I have no idea whether it can have anything to do with the shrinking or not (I only know there were funny/misplaced animations with previous versions of the LA test version, but I haven't seen any reports of crashes).
Was the lot shrunk with furniture in place? This version should move objects off the edge, or abort the shrink, to prevent corrupted object animations.
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#22 Old 18th May 2008 at 2:31 AM
Um, dumb question, but where is the lot supposed to get installed? I double clicked the sims2pack, and it said it installed it, but its not in Downloads, its not in LotCatalog, where is it? I want to be able to remove it after I'm done testing it. Am I supposed to get a *.package file, or is it supposed to stay a *.sims2pack? I don't usually install lots, I don't know.

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#23 Old 18th May 2008 at 8:49 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by aelflaed
Was the lot shrunk with furniture in place?

With some of it. I was actually concerned about the stairs rather than Buy mode objects. The unshrunk version is still in the private forum in case Mootilda needs to look at it -- but the dresser thing above, unless it also happens without CC and in an unmodified house, sounds like a CC problem to me so I wouldn't bother her with it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CatOfEvilGenius
Um, dumb question, but where is the lot supposed to get installed?

It goes in Teleport first (all components -- the lot itself, and any CC that's included), and after you run the game it's in Lots/Lot Catalogue (depending on whether or not it's in the hood or only in the bin). To remove it, just delete it from the lot bin in-game. You can delete the sims2pack too of course, if you're done testing.

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Test Subject
#24 Old 18th May 2008 at 10:21 AM
I..I Don't know what to say, this is the best idea ever. Thanks ALOT for the idea with these rowhouses! Must go play now O.O
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#25 Old 18th May 2008 at 3:58 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CatOfEvilGenius
QUESTION Not that I'm expecting game corruption, but should it occur, would it affect the lot or the entire neighborhood or all neighborhoods? If I test, it would be in a neighborhood I don't play and I don't mind if it gets borked.
Good question. Theoretically, anything which the game changes during a play session would be at risk. Since the game updates every neighborhood every time that you play, all of your neighborhoods could be at risk. I would recommend that you move your real neighborhoods somewhere else while testing.

Note that we have done a lot of work in isolating which parts of the shrinking feature are risky, and in restricting shrinking to those things which have no problems. I honestly believe that this version should be safe.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CatOfEvilGenius
Now if only someone could get raise/lower terrain to work on the edge of a lot too, I would love them forever.
The game has some pretty strong rules about what's allowed on the edge - get it wrong and you'll get a "disconnect" between the neighborhood and lot terrains. Usually, these disconnects show up as a blue "tear" at the edge of the lot.

The new (as yet unreleased) version of the LotAdjuster will have some additional features for lot edges, including the ability to flatten the edge and the ability to take the form of the neighborhood terrain. However, moving individual grid points up or down isn't really feasible, because of the disconnect problem.

If you have other ideas for lot edges, please post your suggestions in the LotAdjuster thread. I'll be happy to consider them.

Quote:
Originally Posted by plasticbox
Actually, depending on what exactly you want to do, this is already implemented in the public version -- try playing around with the "Keep lot edges" feature in the Advanced options.
I wouldn't recommend using the (soon to be removed) "keep lot edges" feature. It keeps your existing lot terrain intact while shrinking, which sounds like what you want. However, it is prone to the "disconnect" problem discussed above.
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