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Maxis "Lost & Found" #18: "Ball Obelisk" and "Monolith" decorative topiaries

by Numenor Posted 12th Mar 2006 at 3:34 AM - Updated 30th Nov 2008 at 12:07 PM by Numenor : Bugfix: now in catalog even without Nightlife
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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.
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30 NOV 2008: BUGFIX - Now the two topiaries are visible in catalog even without Nightlife (thanks Andynator 11 for reporting).

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While browsing the OFB files, in search of a lost tree (that I didn't find ), I've discovered these two fine decorative topiaries, complete in all their parts; they have a recolourable pot, and Maxis provided also 4 different colours for them!

In the screenshot, you can see the "Monolith" on the left, and the "Ball Obelisk" on the right.

Both topiaries can be found in the Buy Mode catalog, in the Decorative/Plants section.

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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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MaxisLost_MonolithTopiary.rar

Size: 594 Bytes · Downloads: 23,262 · 12th Mar 2006
594 Bytes 23,262 12th Mar 2006
MaxisLost_BallObeliskTopiary.rar

Size: 602 Bytes · Downloads: 23,399 · 12th Mar 2006
602 Bytes 23,399 12th Mar 2006
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

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The ModFather
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#26 Old 18th Mar 2006 at 2:45 AM
ferrarrifanatic - Lol! this is the most frequently asked question ever
The usual check-list (some of these suggestions are obvious, but they are not intended to you in particular; but for all the users):
- be sure you have the custom content turned on (do you see other custom content in your game?)
- be sure you have extracted the .package files from the RAR/ZIP archives
- be sure you have actually put the .package into your downloads
- be sure you have the EP(s) that may be needed for the object to work.


Simsbaby - I agree with pepperdawg (see his/her post above): they seem a preview for the upcoming Add-on Pack that will be released in April; those objects are not in the game, anyway (OK, Maxis may have left "hidden" som objects, but not that many! Lol! )

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#27 Old 18th Mar 2006 at 1:31 PM
Wow! This otta go good with the Mission or European collection! :wave:

No more GTP for me (Grand Theft Posting)
Test Subject
#28 Old 19th Mar 2006 at 1:35 AM
Loser! Faker! Augh!
Test Subject
#29 Old 19th Mar 2006 at 1:35 AM
Loser! Faker! Augh! R U A Girl Scout!?!?!
The ModFather
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#30 Old 19th Mar 2006 at 10:57 AM
Peaceonearth, I'm not a girl scout and you shouldn't post (or worse, double-post) such inconsistent comments. This is a serious forum, be careful.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 22nd Mar 2006 at 1:33 PM
silly Maxis, hiding things.
Test Subject
#32 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 1:40 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
ferrarrifanatic - Lol! this is the most frequently asked question ever
The usual check-list (some of these suggestions are obvious, but they are not intended to you in particular; but for all the users):
- be sure you have the custom content turned on (do you see other custom content in your game?)
- be sure you have extracted the .package files from the RAR/ZIP archives
- be sure you have actually put the .package into your downloads
- be sure you have the EP(s) that may be needed for the object to work.


Simsbaby - I agree with pepperdawg (see his/her post above): they seem a preview for the upcoming Add-on Pack that will be released in April; those objects are not in the game, anyway (OK, Maxis may have left "hidden" som objects, but not that many! Lol! )


But I have open it with SimPE and I can sey that objects in 3d :insane:

how can that.

Alexie
The ModFather
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#33 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 7:08 PM
Tanja, if you have opened a game package with SimPE and seen those objects in 3D, then please tell me which package you have opened, and I promise that all those hidden objects will be made ready for download in a flash! :D

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Field Researcher
#34 Old 27th Mar 2006 at 10:12 PM
Numenor, thank you for finding these topiary's..cool !!
Field Researcher
#35 Old 28th Mar 2006 at 10:05 PM
Wow; that's all I can say. You're Maxis Lost and Found's are simply the best.
Test Subject
#36 Old 30th Mar 2006 at 11:04 PM
Ahh! I want that cow in the window! Someone said it was a "moo moo award"? How do you get that?
The ModFather
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#37 Old 31st Mar 2006 at 8:17 AM
Hernandee: the MooMoo Award is... an award There is a restricted number of people that take note of the creations of the various users, and if they are "the cream of the crops" in a particular fiels of knowledge, they assign the Award to him.

So, the only way to get it is to work hard and publish high quality creations
Good luck!

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#38 Old 31st Mar 2006 at 11:45 AM
That missing tree and the toparies ARE in Family Fun!! Why did maxis leave the tree out though so they could have it in FF instead!? Hmm.. And I always knew that OFB had FF objects in it.. This does not surprise me.

And Numenor? Could you do me a favour? It's weird but could you find the Water Tower (Neighborhood Decoation one) for OFB as that has that flying pig and I'm wondering if Maxis made a whole new object package for it...
The ModFather
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#39 Old 31st Mar 2006 at 8:04 PM
RanmNameHere, it's not the first time that Maxis includes in the Add-on packs objects already released, or "known", anyway

As for the flying pig, where is it? when I place the water tower, a fliying pig should appear?

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#40 Old 6th Apr 2006 at 6:47 AM
ball obelisk and monolith...ty
What a great FIND. Thank you much
Test Subject
#41 Old 6th Apr 2006 at 6:50 AM
the flying pig just shows up...i think you have to have a blimp in place on the neighborhood screen . i have seen it but am not sure when it appeared. possibly it is when a new biz has opened
The ModFather
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#42 Old 6th Apr 2006 at 8:53 PM
Then, the flying pig must be an "effect" and not a normal neighborhood object...
Ergo, it can't be converted for normal lot view.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#43 Old 16th Apr 2006 at 7:27 PM
Well apparently it's attached to the Water Tower Object and you must have it in the nhood to see the pig. I want to know if this is true...
Instructor
#44 Old 18th Apr 2006 at 12:16 AM
That tree, for which you are searching, looks like a larger hibiscus shrub with a trunk - the flowers they used do anyway.

Thank you for taking the time to find these uploads.

HeartDeco
Scholar
#45 Old 21st Apr 2006 at 2:50 AM
Numenor,
You are the BEST!! :baloons:
Thank you! :wave:

"What we say is good for nothing, if we say nothing for good.".
Forum Resident
#46 Old 5th May 2006 at 12:05 AM
thanks you are the greatest

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, she's up"!
Test Subject
#47 Old 10th May 2006 at 7:37 PM
you rock. thanks for finding these.
Blenderized to Pieces
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#48 Old 31st May 2006 at 11:52 PM
:0) I think Maxis makes these 'hidden' items just so our illustrious ,genius modders can 'free' them and make them available to us who don't know how to mod. :0)
Instructor
#49 Old 5th Jun 2006 at 9:00 AM Last edited by HeartDeco : 5th Jun 2006 at 10:01 AM. Reason: to add update
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
Tanja, if you have opened a game package with SimPE and seen those objects in 3D, then please tell me which package you have opened, and I promise that all those hidden objects will be made ready for download in a flash! :D


Hi Numenor,

I have the same problem - No Pic. I came back here to double-check and make sure they were not FFS like the other trees you found. I have OFB and I know the checklist - but still no topiaries.

I am going to redownload them and try again. I'll let you know.

Thank you,
HD

Edit: OK, they are there now. Please see my pics for proof.
Screenshots
The ModFather
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#50 Old 5th Jun 2006 at 11:20 AM
HeartDeco, have you found out why they were not visible in the catalog?

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
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