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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
#76 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 4:06 AM
This is awesome, I can't wait till I get Pets and Bon Voyage.
Test Subject
#77 Old 13th Oct 2008 at 4:12 PM
Sorry for being late to this thread but i want to download this file but am uncertain which one to download, so thought I'd ask first.

I have uni, nightlife, OFB, family fun, pets and seasons, which version do I need?
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#78 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 6:39 AM
Originally Posted by KerryHolmes
Sorry for being late to this thread but i want to download this file but am uncertain which one to download, so thought I'd ask first.

I have uni, nightlife, OFB, family fun, pets and seasons, which version do I need?

This would be version 7.
#79 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 7:59 AM
My turn.

I have:
* Double Deluxe = BaseGame+NightLife+CelebrationStuff
* H&M Fashion Stuff
* IKEA Home Stuff
I will be adding Teen Style Stuff at the start of November, and I expect to add all of the Stuff packs before any of the Expansion packs.

I understand that because I have IKEA Home Stuff but not FreeTime, I have the FreeTime game engine without the rest of FreeTime.

Which version do I need?

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Test Subject
#80 Old 14th Oct 2008 at 6:13 PM
Originally Posted by bienchen83
This would be version 7.

Thank you very much, downloading now.
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#81 Old 15th Oct 2008 at 7:08 PM
I´m not that familar with the stuff packs, but my guess would be that you´ll have to download version 2 (BaseGame, because Nightlife is not required for these downloads).

The IKEA stuff pack does not allow for enthusiasm raises I suppose, so the FreeTime version is not likely to work.
#82 Old 15th Oct 2008 at 7:40 PM
Thanks, bienchen83, both for the download and for the advice.

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Test Subject
#83 Old 23rd Oct 2008 at 12:28 AM
I only have nightlife, which one should i get?
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#84 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 11:47 AM
Nightlife is not required, so you should download the base game version (version 2).
Field Researcher
#85 Old 6th Nov 2008 at 7:36 PM
Is this compatible with apartment life? I have all expansions and some of the stuff packs, which should I download?
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#86 Old 7th Nov 2008 at 10:08 AM
It is fully compatible with Apartment Live. And you should download version 1.
Test Subject
#87 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 4:54 AM
This looks great but I have a problem, I don't know which one to get. I have NL, Uni, OfB, BV, and Apartment. Which one should I get?
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#88 Old 10th Nov 2008 at 10:03 PM
version 8.
Test Subject
#89 Old 15th Nov 2008 at 12:23 AM
Thanks very much!
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#90 Old 16th Nov 2008 at 10:28 PM
OMG!!! thanks for making this :D
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#91 Old 21st Nov 2008 at 10:09 PM
wow that is amazing this is the best sandbox i have ever seen i am so loving you for thsi
Test Subject
#92 Old 23rd Nov 2008 at 11:10 PM
i just got pets and seasons, and so far, those are the only two eps i have (other than nightlife) but the chart doesn't tell me which one to download
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#93 Old 24th Nov 2008 at 7:49 PM
Version 4. Seasons only counts if you have Bon Voyage as well. As you don´t have BV, you have only 1 EP according to my charts.
Test Subject
#94 Old 27th Dec 2008 at 4:19 PM Last edited by Alexej : 27th Dec 2008 at 4:26 PM.
Hello bienchen83,

thx for this good work. But i´ve allways troubles with the digger although i´ve downloaded the patch. The kid take the digger and then the digger isn´t seen anymore.

Best regards

PS: i´ve downloaded all things from your homepage.
Test Subject
#95 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 1:22 AM
It´s great!, my toddler sims thanks you!
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#96 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 8:08 PM
Hi Alexej,

could you tell me which version you downloaded and at what time?
If you gave me your mail adress, I´d send you the right version of the digger.
Mad Poster
#97 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 11:49 PM
This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it in my game.
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#98 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 11:57 PM
This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it in my game.

(You have obviously put a lot of work into this!)
Test Subject
#99 Old 10th Jan 2009 at 8:15 PM
um i onley have seosons and nightlife with do i download??????????????
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#100 Old 11th Jan 2009 at 1:36 PM
version 2
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