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Diamondbar Delta - Beach Lots Galore

by Caupi Posted 23rd Sep 2007 at 6:35 AM - Updated 30th Sep 2007 at 2:53 PM by Caupi
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 19 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

Want to go swimming but the open ocean is just too cold? Sharks got you down? Tired of getting seaweed in your hair? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then Diamondbar Delta is the perfect place for you! The neighborhood's shallow inlets keep the sharks out, and the water at a toasty summer temperature. We can't guarantee you won't get a stray piece of seaweed or two, but it should be easy to spot and avoid in these crystal clear waters.



Diamondbar Delta is a neighborhood made specifically for the beach lots included in the Bon Voyage EP. Each road fronting on the water will accommodate a beach lot - assuring they do fit is about as much fun as poking yourself in the eye (repeatedly) with a dull pencil, but I somehow avoided this temptation and made it so.

Thumbnails for different terrain types have been included in the zip, so no picture taking from you is necessary unless you really want to. The file should be unzipped into \My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\SC4Terrains.

Note: To be able to fully utilize the available property, a camera mod such as GunMod's Camera Mod is highly recommended...or else you're going to end up with mostly land and not many beach lot ready areas.

Comments, suggestions and random thoughts are always welcome. Enjoy!

Important (tenative) information for beach house downloaders!

People are having problems with custom neighborhoods and some downloaded pre-built beach lots not fitting (I've tested with my own and other people's custom beach neighborhoods, my own and others' downloaded beach lots) - here's what I *think* is going on:

If you download a house originally built in a 'hood with a beach (road) that is LOWER than the neighborhood you are trying to import it to, it will not fit. Maxis 'hoods tend to have very low beach roads, most user created 'hoods have higher roads (SC4 being the PITA that it is). This means that you will probably have issues trying to place houses built in "stock" neighborhoods on custom ones.

If you download a lot that is built on a beach (road) HIGHER the one you are importing to, it WILL fit. This means that most beach lots build in custom 'hoods will fit in Maxis hoods, but may not fit in other custom 'hoods if their beach level is higher than your original build site.

Unfortunately, there's really no way for you to know what neighborhood the houses were built in unless the uploaders state it in their posts.

Tenative information/discovery until I can mess with it some more, this is just what seems to be true from my own fiddling. ::sigh:: I really wish there was a more accurate map-builder than SC4 to do this in. Will update if I figure anything else out.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
DiamondbarDelta2.zip

Size: 1.48 MB · Downloads: 2,767 · 23rd Sep 2007
1.48 MB 2,767 23rd Sep 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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 SC4Terrains Folder: Cut and paste the .sc4 and .png file(s) into your SC4Terrains 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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19 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 18 Feedback Posts
Test Subject
#2 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 5:34 PM
This is just what I've been looking for.
Good job!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 6:07 PM
this is hot..i luv it^^

Live..Laugh..Love..
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
retired moderator
#4 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 6:25 PM
I'm impressed. I made a beach lot hood too, and I had to use the method of poking myself in the eye with the dull pencil method to make sure that every size lot fit everywhere it should. Congrats.
Test Subject
#5 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 8:06 PM
I cant download that It makes an error and contains only 1 file.
Its a perfect neighborhood.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 8:54 PM
this is neat! You did a great job!

~Ashley~

"Whatever female-based, emotion-driven dilemma you may be dealing with right now, you have my sympathy. But right now, we need to break this down into male-based, fact-driven logic." Jackson Rippner Red Eye
Test Subject
Original Poster
#7 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 8:55 PM
I appreciate all the comments, thanks everyone

mizzseal -

I replaced the zip with a new one...the original zip that I uploaded seems fine on my desktop but for some reason I got the same error you did when attempting to download it.

The new zip is working as intended at the time of posting...hopefully the gremlins stay away. Please let me know if you continue to have issues.
Test Subject
#8 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 9:27 PM
yay! thanks a lot!

Wish I could prove I love you
But does that mean I have to walk on water?
Forum Resident
#9 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 9:52 PM
How did you get the edges so smooth in Sim City 4, what tool did you use?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#10 Old 23rd Sep 2007 at 11:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Galactica94P
How did you get the edges so smooth in Sim City 4, what tool did you use?


I have a love of the quick level tool. It doesn't give the prettiest results, but it's a lot less likely to get me resorting to poking my own eyes out than the soften edges tool (which makes it extremely difficult to get consistent edges).
Top Secret Researcher
#11 Old 24th Sep 2007 at 3:18 AM
Now we shall be able to have tons of ocean lots and of all sizes.
Thank You
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 24th Sep 2007 at 5:12 AM
i had download this nice terrain but and error comes out..the picture are there but the terrain aint..............thnx anyway for sharing this lovely piece..if it gets updated let me

Live..Laugh..Love..
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 24th Sep 2007 at 5:13 AM
i had download this nice terrain but and error comes out..the picture are there but the terrain aint..............thnx anyway for sharing this lovely piece..if it gets updated let me know

Live..Laugh..Love..
Test Subject
#14 Old 24th Sep 2007 at 7:37 AM
It works now No errors this time and all the files are as they should be.
Great work
Test Subject
#15 Old 24th Sep 2007 at 3:43 PM
This is WONDERFUL! Since the day Bon Voyage came out I've been waiting for someone to do this. Thank you.

Susie & Kenny
She's an angel, he's a devil - perfect!
Test Subject
#16 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 5:37 PM
its lovely but i cant seem to get downloaded beach lots to fit they are definatly beach lots but they just wont fit anywhere
Test Subject
Original Poster
#17 Old 25th Sep 2007 at 10:01 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetpea190980
its lovely but i cant seem to get downloaded beach lots to fit they are definatly beach lots but they just wont fit anywhere


Hmm. I tested the neighborhood with my uploaded beach lots and they fit fine (built in maxis neighborhoods and one of my other custom ones, no problems)...I haven't downloaded anyone else's to check the fit, though. I can't think of a reason they won't fit. Can you PM me a link to one you've downloaded that won't fit and I'll check it out?
Test Subject
#18 Old 27th Sep 2007 at 6:56 PM
any of the beach lots on here except the pelican lane ones wont seem to fit they just stay red and cant be placed
the pelican way ones seem to fit though
Test Subject
Original Poster
#19 Old 28th Sep 2007 at 6:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetpea190980
any of the beach lots on here except the pelican lane ones wont seem to fit they just stay red and cant be placed
the pelican way ones seem to fit though


Ok, you seem to be right.

What I *think* is going on is that the terrain you originally build your lot on has something to do with what beach terrains you can place them on. I pulled some of the "stock" terrains into SC4 to look at them, and their beach level (where the road sits) is much lower than the ones in my neighborhoods.

What I'm assuming is that other players who are uploading beach lots are building them on "stock" terrains/neighborhoods, which may make the beach (road) level too low to use on my neighborhoods. On the converse side, it seems that lots built on my neighborhoods (at least the ones I've made) are placeable on the "stock" terrain beach lots - I've placed and tested lots built in Diamondbar on the maxis neighborhood beaches, no problem.

I will try to create a terrain as close to the level of the stock neighborhoods as possible to check it out for sure, it's just going to be a horrible process as those beaches are below the grid line I'll do my best and report when I've got something.

Until then, If you're using either the Copperhead Causeway or Diamondbar neighborhoods to build/upload houses, they should be placeable on any beach lot in any neighborhood, at least I haven't run into any conflicts so far. Unfortunately, I can't do much about the lots that others have built on different terrains not fitting, at this time.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention, sweetpea, I'll work on it.
Test Subject
#20 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 8:56 AM
Hey your neighbourhood is really good. Your so clever. Thanks for it.

Can you please tell me if it is possible to make bigger lots? I want to design some things and make farms and I cant coz the lots arent big enough. If you know how to make them bigger can you please tell me? Thanks a bunch.