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**Updated** Chateau du Graaz - A Brain-busting Adventure

by The Builder Posted 25th Jul 2011 at 8:06 PM - Updated 4th Feb 2016 at 3:31 PM by The Builder : Updating to a refined non-buggy version.
108 Comments / replies (Who?) - 13 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery of Chateau du Graaz?

--- UPDATE ---
- In later versions of Sims one of the chests is not possible to open, stopping people from continuing the tomb.
- Includes slightly more clues
- Story slightly updated
- Minor puzzle-changes later in the tomb

--- General talk ---

Hi folks! Finally I have managed to complete my first tomb project. It would be, as far as I'm concerned, one of the more ambitious tombs in the community. Not because it's super big, but it contains puzzles that require actual thinking in contrast to the tombs we see in the game.

It starts off pretty easy, hopefully, and evolves into some more intriguing puzzles, which you sometimes need to engage with the environment to solve.


When it comes to designing puzzles/riddles, I have been doing that quite a lot for various occasions. However, the most challenging is to find an adequate difficulty level for the "audience", so to speak. So whether you find it too hard or too simple, I hope you will appreciate the concept. And please, leave a comment in the commentary section to let me know what you think. That will help a lot.

I will gladly help out if you get stuck (don't just give up!), and if it gets popular I can post a thread so that people can discuss solutions, so I don't get too much PM:s. This submission is really a shot in the dark, since I don't know if it will be liked or hated. But I sure hope for that all the hours spent to create this will be worth it!


--- Gameplay notes! ---
  • The progression isn't always linear, meaning that you sometimes need to return to rooms where you have already been.
  • For the story, and sometimes important notes, there are text plates distributed all over the area. Read those for hints and some intensifying atmosphere.
  • Pay attention to your visa level. This mission may require 3 days or more to finish.
  • Make sure you have no extra keystones in your inventory when you begin this adventure.

--- Story ---

This chateau belonged to Basile Graaz, an archiologist and professor in Egyptian mythology. The mansion has been deserted for about 20 years now, after all members of the family mysteriously disappeared. No one has dared to enter this cursed mansion ever since. Rumours doesn't only speak of deaths and evil curses, but of a great secret that has yet to be found.




--- Secrecy ---

Please don't have a look at the map if you don't want to get spoiled. Of course I know everyone will do that anyway. I won't blame you... You little gnomes!


--- Non-tomb version ---

You can now find a non-tomb version here.


Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price: Not Applicable
Tags: #tomb, #france, #mansion, #chateau, #french, #puzzle

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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

Sims 3 World Adventures Late Night
Built with Game Version: 6.2.4.0100
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Chateau du Graaz_v2.rar

Size: 2.33 MB · Downloads: 15,582 · 4th Feb 2016
2.33 MB 15,582 4th Feb 2016
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. 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.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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Lab Assistant
#26 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 5:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Builder
It seems like some of you wants a non-tomb version, which I will fix when I complete my current project.


YES!
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 4:25 PM
Brilliant, having so much fun with this tomb. Hope you decide to make more like this. Thank you!!

Edit:
Could'nt use the bath in the first bathroom as it was blocked by the sink I just deleted it.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#28 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 6:19 PM
What a wonderful job! Thank you very much.
Test Subject
#29 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 8:02 PM
If I ever go back to playing TS3, I will definitely download this. It reminds me of Zelda which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sounds like everyone is having a blast trying to complete the quest. Congratulations on a great project!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#30 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 8:31 PM
I'm a Zelda fan myself. So yes, it's some sort of inspired by it. =)

Quote:
Originally Posted by amiehiggs
Could'nt use the bath in the first bathroom as it was blocked by the sink I just deleted it.


This is intended. You will be able to shower later on. The bathtub creates a dense and cosy feeling. And on a text plaque it says that the key was lost in the bathtub drain. That's why the whole lies on the floor next to the bath.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#31 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 8:56 PM
I guess I cheated then lol
I did wonder if it was intentional at first but then thought Nah!! Oh well
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#32 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 10:12 PM
this may be a stupid question, but can you set this as residential and the tomb still work??
Lab Assistant
#33 Old 28th Jul 2011 at 5:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by kittielickie
this may be a stupid question, but can you set this as residential and the tomb still work??
^There might be some community lot-specific items on this, but in general it is totally possible to have a tomb on a residential lot. You just need to be invited inside before you explore.
Scholar
#34 Old 28th Jul 2011 at 9:49 AM
It is, like what you said, a very brain-busting tomb. I felt dizzy after trying to solve it for nearly 3 hours...
Lol, great job to do!

Hey there! :)
Instructor
THANKS POST
#35 Old 28th Jul 2011 at 8:08 PM
Can't wait for the non-tomb version!
Alchemist
THANKS POST
#36 Old 29th Jul 2011 at 9:17 AM
This looks really good. I don't have Late Night, so can't try it - but good job, and if I get LN some time, I will be back!
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#37 Old 30th Jul 2011 at 2:33 AM
FAN TAS TIC! Bravo for this creative effort!!

Yes to a residential version.
Field Researcher
#38 Old 31st Jul 2011 at 5:33 PM
Just wanted to add my "huzzah" to the residential version as well!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#39 Old 31st Jul 2011 at 6:13 PM Last edited by The Builder : 31st Jul 2011 at 8:09 PM.
The residential version is up. =)

http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=450499
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#40 Old 31st Jul 2011 at 11:10 PM
Oh my god, I'm so excited for this. I long exhausted the tombs that came with WA, and thought most of them were pretty simple. I love playing adventure games like the Nancy Drew series (yeah, I'm 20 and I still play Nancy Drew...). Thanks so much for your efforts on this! I'm sure it was incredibly time-consuming.
Test Subject
#41 Old 2nd Aug 2011 at 4:09 AM
I can't place the lot in any of the worlds. Am I doing something wrong? I have all the EPs up through Late Night, so I don't know why it isn't working.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#42 Old 2nd Aug 2011 at 12:50 PM
There are only two lots in France with a size of 3x3.
Mad Poster
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#43 Old 3rd Aug 2011 at 2:48 PM
Thank you so much for this, there can never bee enough tombs in the Sim world.
Test Subject
#44 Old 4th Aug 2011 at 10:27 PM
It's really, REALLY complicated...I love it! It's wonderfully confusing and inventive! You should make more like this!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#45 Old 11th Sep 2011 at 12:49 PM
Im never gonna end this...So much better than EA's.Thanks for uploading :D
Field Researcher
#46 Old 24th Sep 2011 at 9:39 AM
Just wanting to thank you as I spent several hours last night enjoying your creation. Personally rather proud that I did it without cheating as I generally have little patience with mystery/puzzle games, but I have enjoyed the tombs and couldn't stand the spoilage. Your clues worked out just great although I hardly sped through it. I also want to say how impressed I was at the way you captured the mysterious ambiance with the color, layout and decoration. Only thing I would have liked to see more of is danger.

So here's Tera O'Meara (born in game with that name - had to leave it) solving the Chateau's mysteries!



Captain Louie
retired moderator THANKS POST
#47 Old 11th Oct 2011 at 9:11 PM
Told you - be patient and it'll come eventually This is an excellent tomb; wonderful work and congratulations
Forum Resident
#48 Old 11th Oct 2011 at 10:02 PM
I am dying to play this, but I don't have Late Night! How badly is it required?
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#49 Old 11th Oct 2011 at 11:05 PM
I am so lost ... and I LOVE it!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#50 Old 12th Oct 2011 at 7:29 AM
I've just downloaded it. It looks beautifully done. Congratulations!
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