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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.

HOW TO INSTALL:

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.

OR

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.

Enjoy!

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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301_Marvine_rockstairs.rar

Size: 230 Bytes · Downloads: 67,351 · 17th Mar 2008
230 Bytes 67,351 17th Mar 2008
Marvine_ModularRockStairs-REC2.rar

Size: 176.2 KB · Downloads: 62,815 · 17th Mar 2008
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Marvine_ModularRockStairs-REC1.rar

Size: 159.1 KB · Downloads: 64,236 · 17th Mar 2008
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Marvine_ModularRockStairs-MAIN.rar

Size: 200.7 KB · Downloads: 75,552 · 17th Mar 2008
200.7 KB 75,552 17th Mar 2008
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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
#51 Old 20th Mar 2008 at 11:59 PM
thank you again, you are very kind
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 12:20 AM Last edited by Canoodle : 14th Apr 2008 at 9:05 PM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
I was searching for something like this .it is so great .Big thanks
Test Subject
#53 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 12:23 AM
No! It still isn't showing in my game( What's happening?
Test Subject
#54 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 12:29 AM Last edited by fsh23 : 21st Mar 2008 at 1:39 AM.
Ok, they've overwritten "almost indestructable stairs in concrete"... and there is only one of them. No recolors or anything. They don't look like yours, only the texture.

Now I have pasted your text under BV TSdata instead. Now it doesn't overwrite any more but there are still no recolors, and they don't look like as they should (that is, like the ones in your pictures).

if you can
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#55 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 12:42 AM
Omg omg omg - these are the best stairs since Numenors recolourable wooden and lethe_s elven stairs =) An absolute must have for us who love building outdoor realistic. Ty so much for sharing and for having this brillo idea!

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#56 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 12:48 AM Last edited by CynicalChick : 21st Mar 2008 at 7:32 AM.
wow, that looks sooo natural... Great work!
Field Researcher
#57 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 1:05 AM
Wow, just wow, simply gorgeous and so inspiring to create fantasy and nature styled type homes, love this.

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#58 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 1:25 AM
Spectacular!
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#59 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 1:23 AM
*bows down*

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Field Researcher
#60 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 1:30 AM
thank you thank you thank you

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Lab Assistant
#61 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 1:57 AM
Fantastic, thanks so much
Forum Resident
#62 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 2:01 AM
WOW. I cannot find word to say what I feel. wonder and joy, I think. I can already figure them in game.... thank you marvine. thank you thank you thank you
Test Subject
#63 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 3:17 AM
Insanely beautiful!
Test Subject
#64 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 6:03 AM
This is so unique! Great job
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#65 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 7:12 AM
Fantastic!! You did a wonderful job.

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#66 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 8:07 AM Last edited by whoden : 21st Mar 2008 at 8:12 AM. Reason: Forgot a question
How do I change the stairs in-game? Do I need an extra program?
Also, and I don't know if the stairs did it, but when I installed them, my neighborhood cam got all wonky for a bit. But after I deleted and re-installed them, it kinda fixed itself. Explanation?
Forum Resident
#67 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 9:24 AM
You really do make some awesome stuff for our sims! Thanks a million for sharing so generously!

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Lab Assistant
#68 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 12:53 PM
Wow, my first reaction was so filled with happy, surprised profanities that it can't be repeated here, but suffice to say these are glorious! Finally something for nature trails that won't clash with... well, anything. Thank you so much!
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#69 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 1:59 PM
So awesome! Thanks! :D

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Test Subject
#70 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 2:15 PM
Absolutely brilliant! I'd like to get rid of all the game stairs and just use yours.
Instructor
#71 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 3:41 PM
This is possibly the most amazing custom content ever created! I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :D
Forum Resident
#72 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 3:58 PM
...........maxis guys must be astonished to see what a modder can actually do.....WOW!!!! thank you veeeeeeery much!!
Lab Assistant
#73 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 4:07 PM
Oh...my...God...*dies* This is possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! My kudos to you!

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#74 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 6:24 PM
Fsh_23,
My bad - I didn't realize that if the EPs brought more modular stairs, then the numbers I indicated are already taken for other stairs >_<
So in this case, I guess that pasting my script in the same location *without changing the numbers* should work fine and not overwrite anything - unless you just delete it and do the Scriptorium install, which won't mess with the scripts at all (the new definitions are added in a special folder).

Whoden,
These stairs aren't related in any way to the neighbourhood camera so this must have been a coincidence.
Once the stairs are in place on your lot, they just show the basic single stone shape; you need to use the "design tool" (looks like swatches of cloth on a ring) in build mode to choose the shape and colour of each step individually.

ATTENTION: 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.

Thank you all for the feedback, this wouldn't have been possible if Numenor didn't figure out how to make modular stairs recolourable in the first place!
From there is was just a matter of personal need and curiosity, and I'm really happy that you like the outcome
Test Subject
#75 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 7:12 PM Last edited by Canoodle : 14th Apr 2008 at 9:07 PM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
These are absolutely fantastic. I've installed them and the waterfall shower in my caveman lot and it turned out great. Thanks so much!
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