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Playable sandbox - 24 versions available - 05/16/2009)

by bienchen83 Posted 20th Jun 2008 at 3:06 PM - Updated 16th Sep 2009 at 9:08 AM by bienchen83
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All Versions Are Compatibe With Apartment Life

Dutch translations added. Biggest thanks to Marshall!
All versions do now contain the right (fixed) digger package again.

Playable sandbox

This set consists of
-the sandbox items (see below),
-one collection for each residential and community lots

For the sandbox items, there are 24 different versions. Not all of these will consist of all items, though.
If you don´t have BON VOYAGE, you won´t get the sand castle and tomb stick.
If any other EP is not installed, you´ll only be missing some of the features mentioned below.

Description: the sandbox items are

-sand (terrain paint)

-sandbox entry - if you have Pets installed, your cats will be able to pee in the sandbox (simply click on the sandbox entry). Their bladder will go up and their hygiene level will decrease a bit. For base game players this item is required to be able to enter the sandbox as Sims cannot go through fences.

-sand castle (Bon Voyage) - can only be removed/moved using the move_objects on Cheat. This works like the sand castle that came with BV, but I made a few changes: There´s already a bit of sand there at the beginning (otherwise you wouldn´t be able to get a pie menu) and when finished or destroyed, the sand castle will not dissappear but revert back to its original state after some time. This will be faster if you have destroyed the sand castle. Hobby enthusiasm has been set to Arts (instead of Nature), and your Sims will gain creativity as well.

-comb stick (Bon Voyage) - the stick has to be placed using the move_objects on Cheat. By clicking at the comb stick, you get the menu option "comb". Your Sims will increase their Science enthusiasm by using this object and they can find several nice - and not so nice - objects in the sand box. Some of the hidden objects also have new interactions like you might have already noticed by looking at the screenshot. If you have the comb stick installed, please do not delete any of the objects that came with this set. If you do so, you´ll have problems when the Sims finds the object you´ve deleted. This is the reason why this download will only be available as a complete set.

-sandbox bucket - your toddlers can play with the water, which will increase their enthusiasm for nature. Their fun level will go up, but the hygiene level will go down a bit. Comes in three colours.

-sandbox mould "turtle"- if you have Pets installed, your toddlers will be able to eat sand from the mould. This will either increase ther Nature or Cooking enthusiasm. If you have Open for Business, you toddles also have the option to flatten the sand, which will increase their Tinkering enthusiasm. All options will give them fun, and let the hygiene level decrease.

-sandbox toys - your toddlers will make music using shovel and sandbox mould. This will raise their Music enthusiasm and Creativity points will be gained.

-digger- toddlers and children can play with this toy, which will increase their tinkering enthusiasm

All objects are categorized in General/Children respectivly Outdoor (on Community lots).

How to build a sandbox:

1. First place the small flowers fence which came with the base game. Leave some space for the sandbox entry (not two tiles next to each other, this won´t look good). Now you can place the sandy terrain paint within your sandbox.

2. (only required if you want to place the comb stick) Now press Ctrl + Shift + C and enter "move_objects on" in the Cheat windown (without the "). Press enter.

3. Now you can place the objects you like.

Download (Choosing the right files):

Now here´s the bad news. There´s not one version of this set but 24 different ones according to which Expansion Packs you have installed.

In order to be able to use all the features of this set, you have to have the following EPs installed: Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage and FreeTime.

All 5 Expansion Packs:

Have them all? Fantastic! Just download version 1 and enjoy.

Base Game only:

Only have base game ? Download version 2.

For all of you who´ve said no to these questions, things are getting a bit more difficult. But if you concentrate a bit, you´ll be rewarded with a version of this set which contains all the possible features for your EP configuration. We´ll start by counting how many of the EPs mentioned above you´ve got installed: Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage and FreeTime.

Please note that if you have Seasons installed, it´s only counted if you have Bon Voyage as well.

Some counting examples :

-you´ve got University, Seasons and FreeTime. This is counted as only one EP, because University isn´t required and Seasons isn´t counted because you don´t have Bon Voyage.

-you´ve got Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons and Bon Voyage. Counted as four EPs.

Now it´s your turn. Count and then choose your version.

1 Expansion Pack:

Open for Business - Version 3
Pets - Version 4
BonVoyage - Version 5
FreeTime - Version 6

2 Expansion Packs:

3 Expansion Packs:

4 Expansion Packs:

Which of the required EPs do you NOT have?

Open for Business - Version 21
Pets - Version 22
Seasons - Version 23
FreeTime - Version 24

Poly Counts:

-sandbox entry - 288
-sand castle - differs with creativity skills, highest is 2313 (same as Maxis sand castle)
-comb stick - 156 (hidden objects: 360, 320, 152, 80, 236, 72, 240, 300, 372)
-sandbox bucket - 754
-sandbox mould "turtle" - 399
-sandbox toys - 174
-digger - 464

Known issues: The set does not work properly with Christianlovs Sim Control Tool II . The sand bucket and sandbox entry will be used to satisfy the Need/Bathroom command. No idea how to fix this (if it can be fixed), sorry.

Additional Credits:
Echo : even though she actually didn´t have to help me out on this project, I´m still glad that she introduced me to modding.
Thanks to akiretremo, Nan and maggieleeqq, Marshall1994 for their excellent translations.

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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Test Subject
#51 Old 5th Jul 2008 at 1:05 PM
I'm sorry but this is a bit confusing: I have all EPs so I guess I'll have to download version 1. That seems pretty clear. But do I also have to download the fixed diggers if I haven't downloaded the sandobox yet? If yes, which one?
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#52 Old 5th Jul 2008 at 4:18 PM
Originally Posted by Loretta_Young_Silks
I'm sorry but this is a bit confusing: I have all EPs so I guess I'll have to download version 1. That seems pretty clear. But do I also have to download the fixed diggers if I haven't downloaded the sandobox yet? If yes, which one?

you´re lucky. all versions are fixed now, so simply download version 1.
8th Jul 2008 at 11:35 AM
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#53 Old 11th Jul 2008 at 12:31 AM
I found one thing annoying. If you assign a toddler to use one of the toddler toys they perform a short action and stop. Impossible to gain skills/enthusiasm this way.

Most of the items use default pie menu options, but I could provide Danish translation for the rest of them. Are you interested?
Field Researcher
#54 Old 11th Jul 2008 at 5:59 AM

thank you very much

I can't speak read and write english. I'm sorry if you can't understand!.
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#55 Old 11th Jul 2008 at 6:02 AM Last edited by bienchen83 : 11th Jul 2008 at 6:10 AM.
To my knowledge the only toy toddlers will only play with for a short time is the sandbox mould turtle? Which toys were you talking about?
Reasons are the following: the flatten sand option uses an animation which cannot be repeated without looking odd.
And the eat sand option is relatively short because the sim kid decides randomly whether it will gain cooking or nature enthusiasm. So I didn´t want to have my toddler play for an hour with this toy just to discover that he or she didn´t choose the enthusiasm I would have liked this time.

By the way, these toys are designed for fun, like playing in the sand pit is in real life. Gaining skill/enthusiasm is thus only a side effect. If you are looking for a way to actually train your toddlers, my other toddler toys might be a real alternative. You can find them here:

I´m actually taking a break from creating right now. Then, the translation would not only be required for the pie menus, but mostly for the text messages and the descriptions. This is quite a bit of work. If you´re still interested, you can contact me per PM.
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11th Jul 2008 at 7:25 PM
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Test Subject
#56 Old 12th Jul 2008 at 6:16 PM
I just want to know if I need to install the two collection packages at the end?
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#57 Old 13th Jul 2008 at 5:44 AM
no, you don´t have to. They are just a way of helping you finding the items in game. But as they are all in the same category, this should not be too hard without using the collections.

Thanks for your comment.
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 12:09 PM
Im a loser and have all Ep's and Sp's so I went straight to VERSION 1!

Just 1 question - will it propper slow down my game, it seems like alotta lotta stuff!

Great Job X

Life is a curious game..
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#59 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 3:33 PM
The poly counts are fairly low and I also used small textures, so: no.
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 26th Jul 2008 at 6:24 PM
This is so awesome!! Great job!! You are going to update for The Sims 2 Life Apartment also?? Do I have to redownload after you updated for The Sims 2 LA??
Test Subject
#61 Old 31st Jul 2008 at 10:29 AM
I downloaded version 7 n it works however i notic that there are 2 collection files should those be downloaded as well? if so where do they go into the collection folder and do i need both? by the way this is awsome... thanks...
Test Subject
#62 Old 1st Aug 2008 at 6:36 AM
Awsome!! yay! now i can have something to do outside besides that stupid swingset
Test Subject
#63 Old 1st Aug 2008 at 9:03 AM
Wow. you truly did and AMAZING job on this. so much effort put into this wonderful creation. thank you SOOOO much.
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#64 Old 4th Aug 2008 at 8:04 PM
Originally Posted by Dee1nOnly
I downloaded version 7 n it works however i notic that there are 2 collection files should those be downloaded as well? if so where do they go into the collection folder and do i need both? by the way this is awsome... thanks...

the collection files are NOT needed.

Again, thanks to all of you for the great feedback.
Test Subject
#65 Old 12th Aug 2008 at 8:22 AM
where can i find FIXEDDIGGER, tried searching in modthesims2 but found no files.
and what are these files for:
COLLECTION_sim2me_sandboxcommunity.rar COLLECTION_sim2me_sandboxresidential.rar

thanx for the upload
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#66 Old 12th Aug 2008 at 12:47 PM
simsexyboi22: Yes, I will update the set for AL if it needs updating, but I don´t think it will need some. It should still work fine.

zeily: The fixeddigger package has now been removed from this page. You can either redownload the version you need or you can download the fixeddigger package here:
The COLLECTION files are - well, collections. If you don´t know what collections are for you will definately not need these files.
Test Subject
#67 Old 13th Aug 2008 at 6:41 AM
I have University, Pets, OfB, Seasons, and FreeTime-- Which one do I download? ;_;
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#68 Old 13th Aug 2008 at 9:02 AM
Originally Posted by kikiluna
I have University, Pets, OfB, Seasons, and FreeTime-- Which one do I download? ;_;

version 15.
Lab Assistant
#69 Old 29th Aug 2008 at 12:55 AM
i have OFB, pets, and seasons but thats about it. which one should i go for?
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#70 Old 29th Aug 2008 at 9:40 AM
Originally Posted by ohtar
i have OFB, pets, and seasons but thats about it. which one should i go for?

version 7.
Test Subject
#71 Old 13th Sep 2008 at 3:21 PM
I am very greatefull for this, because after BV came, I thought this could be done and have asked for it on several sites. Thankyou very much. Bye for now, MiaH

Just happy being around at ModTheSims2, getting a chance to get creative downloads, for my game. Mia.
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19th Sep 2008 at 9:17 AM
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#72 Old 21st Sep 2008 at 11:15 PM
Now THIS rocks!!!!! I have all EP, including AL....are we compat. with Apartment Life or not yet?

Sims 2 Mac Super Collection
Sims 3/WA/HELS/Ambitions/LN/Gen/Pets and doing it ALL on a MacBook Pro now..Hmmm...
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