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Designable modular stone stairs, with shape options

by marvine Posted 16th Mar 2008 at 11:39 PM - Updated 21st Mar 2008 at 6:32 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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Blenderized to Pieces
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#101 Old 15th Apr 2008 at 3:24 AM
So beautiful! thank you! :D
Test Subject
#102 Old 15th Apr 2008 at 5:55 PM Last edited by ragus29 : 15th Apr 2008 at 6:10 PM. Reason: redo
Default can't open file.
Love the stairs, just can't seem to get the .txt file. I have used the Q-Xpress install, that didn't work and so I tried to just manually put it in a folder and do a local install. Just won't open for me. I did a search on My Computer and no file is there. Any input would help. (I have downloaded the stairs with no problems with Q-Xpress. Q-Xpress shows that it did download the .rar, just won't open it.)
Original Poster
#103 Old 15th Apr 2008 at 11:07 PM
Ragus, when you say "manually put it in a folder", did you unrar the file? I'm not sure how the Q-Xpress install works, but the rar files should be extracted with a rar extractor.
If you don't have one, you can download a free rar extractor like 7-zip or the trial version of Winrar.

As an alternative, you can copy the text pasted below:


modularStairs 301
objectID landing 0x00063E8D
objectID placeholder 0x00063E8C
objectID step 0x00063E8E
objectID topStep 0x00063E8B
objectID bottomStep 0x00063E89
catalogTextIndex 301

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Lab Assistant
#104 Old 16th Apr 2008 at 3:39 AM
I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been scouring downloads sites for something like this since forever and nothing has come anywhere as close to what I was searching for as this does.

Now I am off to fix up some of my lots (rubs hands with delight)
Test Subject
#105 Old 20th Apr 2008 at 10:33 AM
This is incredible, thank you so much for sharing
Test Subject
#106 Old 24th Apr 2008 at 11:59 PM
Magnifique ! Thanks a lot to share all your genius works Marvine !
Test Subject
#107 Old 25th Apr 2008 at 6:34 AM
Holey moley Marvine!
You've always made beautiful boys, but you've outdone yourself! These are absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to make a mountain sanctuary for them. Thank you so much for all of your exceptional quality work!
Space Pony
#108 Old 30th Apr 2008 at 11:30 AM
These stairs are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you very much! I agree with Sadisticpyro: they are like the graphics in Oblivion, which I love. :-)
Forum Resident
#109 Old 3rd May 2008 at 5:13 PM
wow, thanks so much. these would look great anywhere outdoors, even on the beach!

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, then what about an empty desk?

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#110 Old 6th May 2008 at 3:52 AM
Unbelievable!!! Thanks these look amazing, can't wait to try them out in game!!

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#111 Old 28th May 2008 at 1:49 AM
Just toooooooo COOOOOOOOOOL!
Test Subject
#112 Old 15th Jun 2008 at 10:00 PM
this is pretty cool
#113 Old 23rd Jun 2008 at 10:59 AM
Another wonderful idea! They look very realistic. Keep up the good work, Marvine - it's very much appreciated.

* Pickles *
Lab Assistant
#114 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 4:35 PM
My god Marvine, is there no end 2 ur talents..... first the spiral stairs (which in my opinion Maxis ripped off of urs with the new ep Apartment Life) and now these stairs!!

I will never stop worshipping u dude! Carry on with these outstanding creations For if u stop simming then the simming world would b at a loss!
#115 Old 2nd Jul 2008 at 12:35 AM
Fabulous ! I don't believe I've missed it till now.. why am I always the last ? Why is nobody telling me ?
Thank you very much !

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The ModFather
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#116 Old 5th Jul 2008 at 9:27 AM
A smart idea, created in and efficient way, with astonishing results... like all your creations!

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#117 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 7:29 AM
Great work! Awesome!

"There's no greater proof of ignorance than to think that the inexplicable is impossible."

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Field Researcher
#118 Old 15th Jul 2008 at 10:59 AM

thank you very much

I can't speak read and write english. I'm sorry if you can't understand!.
Test Subject
#119 Old 12th Aug 2008 at 1:31 PM
I have a problem when I place it, It says "Can't place top landing"
What shall I do ?
Lab Assistant
#120 Old 19th Aug 2008 at 9:17 AM
Forty Years Later During Thanksgiving: "And that, kids, is when Marvin got the greatest idea ever..." **whispers** "She tells this story EVERY year!"
Test Subject
#121 Old 11th Sep 2008 at 12:34 AM
Thank you! I've wanted to build my own Hogwarts castle for ages but I didn't have any good stairs to match the movie ones, and thankfully, now I can do it!
Test Subject
17th Sep 2008 at 1:43 AM
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#122 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 12:24 PM
Just perfect!
Test Subject
#123 Old 23rd Jan 2009 at 10:11 PM Last edited by TabbyCool : 23rd Jan 2009 at 10:18 PM.
I downloaded the stairs after installing Scriptorium, but didn't get a Scriptorium shortcut - should this be included in the download? I'm off to find my Scriptorium folder to dump the script into!

The stairs look great though, thanks

Edit... Ignore me, I'm just being dense, found the shortcuts in my main downloads folder!
Test Subject
#124 Old 2nd Feb 2009 at 1:23 AM
I feel absolutely stupid asking this, but which file do I download? These stairs are amazing...I won't give up until I find out! =)
There are 4 I download all of them? Or just one?
Such a confused child =)
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