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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
166 Comments / replies (Who?) - 22 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
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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Test Subject
#126 Old 18th Feb 2009 at 4:21 AM
It says compatible up to FT. Has anyone tried these with AL? And if so, were there problems?
#127 Old 28th Mar 2009 at 3:10 PM
Originally Posted by madformods
It says compatible up to FT. Has anyone tried these with AL? And if so, were there problems?

Ineuit said they worked fine in AL,

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jus nou drein jus daun
#128 Old 28th Mar 2009 at 3:12 PM Last edited by Gingerxyz : 13th Apr 2009 at 1:40 PM.
Originally Posted by Ineuit2
It works perfectly fine in AL (for me at least), so possibly you could change that?

Works fine in M&G too

no power in the verse can stop me
ge smak daun, gyon op nodotaim
jus nou drein jus daun
Lab Assistant
#129 Old 8th Apr 2009 at 3:28 AM
Wow... these are absolutely beautiful... I just got them into my game successfully and I nearly cried when I saw them set in place! They are seriously the most beautiful stairs that I have ever seen in a Sims game!
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#130 Old 10th Apr 2009 at 6:41 PM
THIS IS AWESOME!!! I love it... thanks so much!

Check out my tutorials: For TS4: Eyelashes and for TS2: Eyes and Eyes 2
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Lab Assistant
#131 Old 28th Apr 2009 at 10:43 AM Last edited by TezaG78 : 2nd May 2009 at 12:27 AM. Reason: wanted to add something
Thanks, I love this!

But I can't seem to find them anywhere. I've put the .txt file were it's supposed to be since I've got the program. What can be wrong? Are they supposed to show up among the other stairs?
#132 Old 3rd May 2009 at 6:53 PM
This is amazing! I shall now fangirl you, but not in an obsessive or stalkerish manner.
Test Subject
8th May 2009 at 5:35 PM
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#133 Old 8th May 2009 at 5:42 PM
I love your stairs they are just AWESOME. I have got a littel problem whit the Instalation i forgot to copy the .txt and put it in the rhite place. Ps sorry fore my spelling im not so good at English.
Test Subject
#134 Old 11th Aug 2009 at 5:25 PM
OMG!! this is a fantastic creation. That was the missing piece of my puzzle. Cheers :3
Test Subject
#135 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 5:36 PM
These are gorgeous!!! I'd been hesitant to delve deeper into my gardens - but with these stairs the options are limitless! Thanks for using your creative design skills for the greater good of all sim-kind!
Test Subject
#136 Old 4th Sep 2009 at 12:08 AM
i love the stairs, but i cant seem to find any option to change shape or textures, i installed all of the files and scriptorium. the stairs show in the game just not any of the features that make them unique. please help,as i have installed them three times, and it is the same

[duh i should learn to read, the design tool is how that works, its shear genius i tell you]

thank you for all your hard work

Hail Eris goddess of discord
Test Subject
#137 Old 16th Sep 2009 at 8:53 PM
Reaaally, really beautiful! You are so talented, this is amazing!
#138 Old 16th Sep 2009 at 9:15 PM
::nab:: --I`ve got a lot that these would be PERFECT for.

Idea: Is it possible to add an INIT BHAV to these that would assign random meshes to individual steps at placement time?

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Test Subject
#139 Old 21st Sep 2009 at 12:42 AM
Can somebody please make this for TS3!
Test Subject
#140 Old 10th Oct 2009 at 1:27 AM
i would like to say thank you for the stairs , the seem to look nice but for some reason i can not find them after i have downloaded and installed them on my game , oh and the landscape is to die for u really knowwhat ur ding , bu if u could help me with the small problem i am haveing with the stair i would be forever ,in your debt
Field Researcher
#141 Old 1st Dec 2009 at 10:37 PM
These stairs are just so AWESOME. Great idea and great work!! Thanks!!
Test Subject
#142 Old 15th Dec 2009 at 2:50 AM

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Test Subject
#143 Old 9th Feb 2010 at 4:47 PM
These stairs are super-cool.Dude,you've got talent.
Test Subject
#144 Old 19th Feb 2010 at 3:48 AM
I need help with these stairs. I tried to add the stair manually but the instructions say to get the code from the TXT file. I can't find one. Can anyone help me?
Test Subject
#145 Old 10th Jun 2010 at 6:13 PM
thows are beautiful
pleas make some for the sims 3
i wold use them every where
#146 Old 11th Jun 2010 at 8:27 PM
kaylee2280, the text file is in the fourth archive [the last one]. It is also the only file in that archive. I`ve linked directly to the correct file for your convenience.

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Test Subject
#147 Old 8th Jul 2010 at 10:42 AM
WOW thanks!!!
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#148 Old 12th Jan 2011 at 6:03 PM
Can you convert this stair to the sims 3?
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