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The Pond in July (Small Update)

by macarossi Posted 30th Jun 2007 at 9:29 PM - Updated 5th Jul 2007 at 2:12 PM by macarossi : A small update
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
It has been so unbearably hot the past week that all I could think of was of a nice cool retreat from the heat. And here it is - the pond in July
I placed the objects form the Pond Collection under the category Build Garden Centre, but actually some of them are found under different categories in the game catalogue.
Items in Build Mode - Garden Centre:
The Sacred Lotus - 948 polys
4 recolours
Bog arum - 926 polys - 2 recolours (First image)
Mosaic Plant - 656 polys - 3 recolours (5th image)
Thalia Dealbata - about 900 polys -no recolours
Taro - 752 polys - 4 recolours
Pagoda Rocks - 640 polys - 5 recolours matching the stone texture of the waterfalls
Required Eps - none
Known Issues - none

Items in Buy Mode
Ground Plants: These are under Decorative Plants in the game catalogue.
Aubretia - a ground cover plant for rockeries - 1140 polys - 3 recolours
Trillium - a ground cover plant - 1080 polys - 4 recolours
Vincas - a ground cover plant - 1070 polys - 2 recolours

The Four Plants rar contains:
Fritillaria - 1128 polys - 3 recolours
Border Lilies - 1102 polys - 4 recolours
Cleome - 1056 polys - 3 recolours
Verbascum - 1014 polys - 4 recolours

Pond Border Stones - 734 polys; 4 recolours
Required EPs - none
Known Issues - none

The Waterfalls and the Floating Hippo Fountain:
These can be found under Decorative Sculptures
Floating Hippo Fountain - 1416 polys - 352 per tile; no recolours
Required EPs - University
Known Issues - none
Features - fully animated; can be placed on the water surface without cheats
The Function "Add Soap" has been disabled; Th hippo occupies 4 tiles. Make sure that you have 4 tiles free so that you can place the hippo on the pond surface without any cheats. You don't need to make the bottom of the pond even. And of course, you can always use the moveobjects on cheat to place the plants nearer the hippo fountain.

Cascading Waterfall - 1899 polys - about 475 per tile; 3 recolours;
Small (Pool) Fountain(second image) - 1002 polys - about 250 per tile; 3 recolours;
Required EPs - Nightlife and the Glamour Life Pack
Known Issues - the waterfalls are bigger than the 4 tiles they occupy. Place them at the edge of the pond or in the water, so that the sims won't pass through them.
Features: both are fully animated. They can be placed on the water surface without using any cheats.

A rather inept attempt to make an animated gif of the waterfalls:

Waterfall Base Game(the fourth screenshot) - 859 polys; 3 recolours
Required EPs - none
Known Issues - same as above
Features - fully animated, designed to be placed on water surfaces or on terrain. The animation for the waterfall is different from that of the other two, because I had to use only effects from the base game.

The picture shows an overview of the pond and the waterfalls.
Yes, you can still use the pond for fishing:

As always, feel free to recolour the objects. Please do not upload them to pay sites. Thank you.

Atavera for the tutorial Addding an Effect to an Object
Jonesi for the wonderful terrain paint
Quaxi for SimPE Inge Jones
and last but not least Numenor for the tutorial Changing the Object Placement

Small update (02.07.07) I added the sound of running water to the Base Game Waterfall for a more realistic effect. The new file is Waterfall BaseGameWithSound.rar. Please note that you cannot have both the old and the new package file in your Downloads folder because they share the same GUIDs. If you decide to have the waterfall with the sound effect, just replace the existing file with the new one, when prompted.

Update 05.07.07
Thanks for telling me about the GUID conflict for the Floating Hippo Fountain and the Pond Border Stones. The files have been replaced with the correct ones. Please replace the older files with the new ones, because the old files overwrite the original Maxis objects. Accept my apologies for the inconvenience.

Polygon Counts:
Tags: #pond, #plant, #hippo, #fountain, #waterfall, #stone, #rock

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 University Nightlife + 1 SPs
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Pond Plants_macarossi_PondCollection2007.rar

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PagodaRocks_Pond Collection2007.rar

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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 the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
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#26 Old 30th Jun 2007 at 11:55 PM
Absolutely amazing,thank you!!!

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#27 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 12:31 AM
Super job on this! Thanks for sharing you hard work.
Lab Assistant
#28 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 12:34 AM
This is one of the most beautiful set that I've seen for the sims 2 in a long time. Everything is gorgeous and you even have working waterfalls!! Definitely first time I've seen anyone make them; I've had many lots that I think just don't look the same without a waterfall.

People in bamboo houses should not throw pandas!!
...Hey! That means you, Mr. Bamboo and Kaguya!...
Field Researcher
#29 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 12:37 AM
This is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. :0)

Let me know if you use any of my recolors in a story, video, etc. I'd like to see it!
Field Researcher
#30 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 12:38 AM Last edited by JLonier : 1st Jul 2007 at 12:44 AM. Reason: is thanks
Exquisite! Thanks.

#31 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 12:48 AM
It was late but I wanted to test it before going to bed. It's marvelous ! I was confused with the 2 types of the rocks (pagoda and border stones) but the result in a short creation time is impressive. Bravo Macarossi !! I've noted the names (and the essential informations ^^) for create a collection with this stunning work and tomorrow I will remanage this little parc. But sincerly you deserve this quick featuring ! A lot of thanks !

All of nature is within us and we are part of all nature (Chief White Cloud)
Test Subject
#32 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 1:05 AM
all i can say is "wow"
#33 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 1:15 AM
Yeah. Your set is so amazing especially waterfalls and hippo.

Update: July 2009-I am back now to make invisible and tranparent recolors again in sims 2. You can pm me if you want your objects to be invisible and transparent from now.
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 1:24 AM
What a fabulous set, I love all your stuff.Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 2:01 AM
You know, the fountains alone are so beautiful that I'm willing to buy myself a copy of Glamour Life Stuff just fot that!
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 2:17 AM
Good Golly Batman! Someone has been hard at work... Thanks SOO MUCH!

Let me guess, you picked out yet another colorful box with a crank that I'm expected to turn and turn until OOP! big shock, a jack pops out and you laugh and the kids laugh and the dog laughs and I die a little inside. - Stewie (Family Guy)
Field Researcher
#37 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 2:28 AM
* Mouth drops open* *Stares* *Drools* *Downloads*

You. Are. Amazing.
Lab Assistant
#38 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 2:51 AM
Beautiful, beautiful work!

~*~*~*~ Proud supporter of MTS2 ~*~*~*~
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 3:17 AM
Absolutely amazing work!!! Every piece is unique & beautifully done!!! Thank you for sharing this, masterpiece,,it will be enjoyed!!!
Field Researcher
#40 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 3:40 AM
Great job, congrats on the feature...well deserved.

Yes I agree as well, quite shallow and pedantic....
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 4:16 AM
Macarossi these are some of the most beautiful objects i've seen ! Thanks for sharing them with us!
Moderator of Extreme Limericks
#42 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 4:44 AM
Oh wow, this whole set is gorgeous! Spectacular job, as usual.

There's always money in the banana stand.
Lab Assistant
#43 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 4:50 AM
This is absolutely beautiful, there arent too many creators who emphasises on landscaping, so thanks heaps for creating something so beautiful
Lab Assistant
#44 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 5:07 AM
This is stunning; you can never have too many plants and beautiful landscape things. I can't wait to use them in I must go build a dee da dee daaaaa *skips away*
Test Subject
#45 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 6:10 AM
always the most beautiful plants and outdoor deco from you! thanks!
Forum Resident
#46 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 8:01 AM
OMG this is the most beautiful fountain and waterfall i 've ever seen in my life!gorgeous work!love it a lot!thanx 4 all hard work!
Test Subject
#47 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 8:14 AM
This set is most wonderful macarossi. Thank you very very much
Addicted to Capuccino!
retired moderator
#48 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 8:46 AM
Very good job, I love this set! Thanks

Sorry I can't take requests anymore!
And I will probably never convert my creations for TS2 to TS3.
Lab Assistant
#49 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:13 AM Last edited by JLonier : 1st Jul 2007 at 11:09 AM. Reason: is a thanks
So great i love it woh.A Big Thanks
Lab Assistant
#50 Old 1st Jul 2007 at 9:29 AM
Wow what a work. I love this pond. Thank you so much for this great download.
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