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Designable modular stone stairs, with shape options

by marvine Posted 16th Mar 2008 at 10:39 PM - Updated 21st Mar 2008 at 5:32 PM by marvine : Added manual install instructions
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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.
*no EP required, compatible with any game up to FT*

There is a lot of choice when it comes to modular stairs, thanks to Numenor and some other great modders here - but I was in need of something a little more wild for my mountain lots, which the repeating steps shape doesn't really allow no matter how you recolour them.

So I came up with an idea that didn't turn out badly: each step includes 4 different meshes, that can be revealed/hidden with the design tool. So the default step shape will be a single large stone, but once the stairs are in place each step can be changed separately to 3 other designs.

I was a little wary of the polycount, but in fact it's still considerably lower than some EAxis stairs (550 polys and 288 vertices for each step, for an average of 770 and 1114 for the euro stairs from OFB)

I also made two recolours to match my rocks and waterfall shower.


Scriptorium installation (highly recommended): extract all the files, put the main and recolours packages in your downloads folder, then click the "Scriptorium_ModularStairs" shortcut that should be in the same folder, and put the "301_Marvine_rockstairs.txt" in the window it opens.
If you never edited scripts to install modular stairs, fireplaces or custom walls, in order to avoid confusion and messed-up files, I strongly advise you to use Numenor's Scriptorium! It's a very small program, installs in 1 click, and will allow you to properly, safely and easily install and remove all these special items.


Manual installation: (corrected 03-21-2008, thanks to fsh23)
- Open the "301_Marvine_rockstairs.txt" with Notepad, copy the text
- Go to C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Scripts\modularstairs.txt, open the file with Notepad
- Add a new blank line, then paste the text you copied earlier
You can leave in the "#Marvine_rockstairs" line, it won't be read by the game and will help identify the definition if needed.

If you want to recolour these, it's a little particular: since each design needs a different alpha, for a single texture you'll need 4 recolours, one for each shape; the files can of course be kept separate, but for conveniency I regrouped mine in the same packages.


For my policy, please refer to my profile.

Polygon Counts:
Faces: 5500 - vertices 2880

Additional Credits:
The usual suspects, Quaxi and the SimPE team, Numenor for the CEP and the Scriptorium, and MTS2 for the tutorials and creation forums.
Tags: #stairs, #modular, #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.

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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\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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retired moderator
#2 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 7:46 PM
for this I must worship you till the end of time.
#3 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 7:59 PM
Amazing, simply amazing!

Beautiful work! :D
Original Poster
#4 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:05 PM
Worship is certainly not required, but your approval means a lot to me! I must admit that your work was no little inspiration when putting this together - also your gorgeous elven stairs are among the files I dissected when trying to understand how these crazy modular stairs work
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:05 PM
Two things in this post are fantastic: the stairs and the landscape ! Thanks sooo much for this upload !

I cannot take requests now.

Field Researcher
#6 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:07 PM
Thanks a lot for these fantastic stairs.
Field Researcher
#7 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:16 PM
These are absolutely awesome.
Test Subject
#8 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:23 PM
Totally amazing!

Thanks for this
Field Researcher
#9 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:25 PM
Field Researcher
#10 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:26 PM
Another incroyable creation that requires a hard work. You're not lazy at all.
#11 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 8:41 PM
Wow! I'm stunned. I don't really have a use for these right now, but I'm downloading anyway. :D
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:06 PM
amazing, just so brilliant work. you just got another worshiper

however, despite of being scared to sound dumb, I would like to ask something. What happens if I do not have the Scriptorium?

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Lab Assistant
#13 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:16 PM
You have made a lot of people really really really happy! This is absolute genius!
Field Researcher
#14 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:24 PM
These are inspired (& inspiring). Brilliant item, thank you so much Now off to build ...
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:40 PM
Excellent Marvine! They look fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

~ Sam ~
Original Poster
#16 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:43 PM
Originally Posted by gill_granier
What happens if I do not have the Scriptorium?

I'd recommend that you install it (available here ), so you'll avoid messing with game files and it will have further uses ... It's very convenient and user friendly, and has become a standard for files that require this kind of installation.
But if for whatever reason you can't or don't feel inclined to do so, I added the manual installation instructions to the first post.

Marvine and Beosboxboy at and Gay Sims Club 2
Test Subject
#17 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:43 PM
Gorgeous... beautiful... wonderful... **blows kisses**

Thank you!
Field Researcher
#18 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:45 PM
Stunning stairs and such a wonderful idea! Bravo!
retired moderator
#19 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:47 PM
Confession: I never build, so I won't be downloading these right away. But I know builders are going to flock to these lovely stairs, and they will soon have a place in my Downloads/build/ folder right next to your amazing animated spiral stairs. Thank you for sharing your innovative work.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 9:56 PM
ooo nice

*.* ~Sehana~
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Field Researcher
#21 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 10:07 PM
Fantastic!!! I absolutely love them!!! Thank you so much for these, as well as your other creations, they are wonderful

Thank you,
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 10:21 PM
Brilliant idea... thanks!!

~*~*~*~ Proud supporter of MTS2 ~*~*~*~
Field Researcher
#23 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 10:22 PM
omg where is the buy button this is so awesome,you did a great job,downloading.big thanks for your sharing..
Test Subject
#24 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 10:26 PM
Thank You ! ! !
These are wonderful!
#25 Old 19th Mar 2008 at 10:33 PM
Holy hell, the ingame picture looks amazing - like it's right out of Oblivion, or something. Excellent work!
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