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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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Test Subject
#151 Old 29th Mar 2011 at 9:18 AM
Default you're a GENIUS! Love your work!
It's amazing! that there are still extremely talented people here!!! this modular Stone stairs and the waterfall you did, is definitely the best i've download! thank you so much!
Test Subject
#152 Old 10th May 2011 at 4:27 PM
I could never get this to work in my game but it’s so cool thank you for making it.
Test Subject
#153 Old 1st Aug 2011 at 1:50 PM
THESE ARE PERFECT !! Thank you , these will go great in My gardens Thank you for sharing with us marvine .
Test Subject
#154 Old 30th Jul 2012 at 4:03 PM
thank you these are perfect for my hood!
Field Researcher
#155 Old 12th Aug 2012 at 8:27 PM
Oh wow! Why did I not see this fine post before? xD This is precisely the sort of stairs I imagine and yearn for in my Historical 'Hoods. And I founds eeet! Yay! Thank you tenfold, friend.

@ tidez manning: And zomg! Hi, Tye! *hugs*
#156 Old 5th Sep 2012 at 3:16 PM
This is one of those things I wished I could have for my game but didn't think was possible, now you've proven me wrong. I'm totally stoked to be wrong too! Thanks so much for taking the time to provide this most fine and awesome creation!
Test Subject
#157 Old 6th Dec 2012 at 9:32 AM
oh, this is too beautiful
Test Subject
#158 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 10:47 PM
Access denied.
#159 Old 3rd May 2013 at 9:35 PM
I would download this if i knew how to make hills like that..
Test Subject
#160 Old 21st Sep 2013 at 5:58 AM
I didn't see "Option" to change how the modular stairs will give me any change shape? any tutorials for this ?
Test Subject
#161 Old 13th Oct 2013 at 8:45 AM
OMG - its great, beautiful and only perfect. Thanks so much :)
Test Subject
#162 Old 20th Oct 2013 at 3:59 PM
Realistic! Gorgeus:)
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Test Subject
#163 Old 23rd Jul 2014 at 8:15 PM
There are't words to define this job! It's sensational, fantastic!! I would never imagined that this could be possible! Thank you very much! :D
Lab Assistant
#164 Old 27th Aug 2015 at 3:00 AM
I remember when you posted this...
Lab Assistant
#165 Old 14th May 2018 at 11:45 AM Last edited by st_d : 14th May 2018 at 11:46 AM. Reason: (clarity)
if anyone still has trouble making these show in-game: for me it didn't work to place the script where Scriptorium says to put it, nor in the Scripts folder directly, and yes, trying to edit the modularstairs.txt says "access denied". what did work was making a copy of modularstairs.txt, adding the contents of the custom script right at the end, then over-writing the original. hope this helps someone

saint_diana, true Ravenclaw, perpetually amused that Galadriel is Arwen's granny
Test Subject
#166 Old 15th Apr 2022 at 3:04 AM
I love these. Thank you!
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