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Mayhaven, decorated neighborhood

by zaxis Posted 24th Aug 2009 at 7:37 PM - Updated 22nd Aug 2009 at 10:36 PM by zaxis
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

Welcome to the small town of Mayhaven! As always it's a decorated neighbourhood, using deco made by Criquette. After Portland, the previous project, it was about time to get back to what is really fun about making neighbourhoods: shaping terrain and making hood deco fit into it.

Piece from Mayhaven tourist brochure:
Our town is located among the outlets of several major Simcity rivers, including the grand Carnen river. Visit Lighthouse Island, the lighthouse was built in the very beginning by the first settlers. On a beautiful day (and we have many of those here!) we recommend you take the trip over the Winslowe bridge and charter a sightseeing trip from our local small airport. There's nothing like the view from a plane! Or, if flying is not your thing, why not go hiking to the north? First thru the large forests and then up in the mountains. No shame in taking the car though, the mountain road is an impressive piece of construction. But even the old town of Mayhaven takes many days to explore, we'll cover most of the sights on the following pages, but we would like to mention the docks by the harbour now. With all the little shops and cafes it's not something to miss, the atmosphere is one of a kind! When it is time to leave we recommend that you take the coastal train route west, which begins right here in Mayhaven. From the train station it heads straight up into the rolling hills offering very scenic views of the ocean and incredible terrain! Or maybe you do not wish to leave? Plenty of available beach lots next to the Carnen river...

As a decorated neighbourhood can't be packaged (like a house or sim) you need to download the custom content yourself. The neighbourhood will work if you do not download everything. Please remember to place the cc into the downloads folder before you start the game, as the cc will not appear if you add them after you have opened the neighbourhood once.

To install Mayhaven, open the .rar file and move the folder named N158 to your EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods folder. You'll find them in your "My documents" folder. You can also just download the .sc4 file if you want to decorate everything yourself. Pretty much all of the terrain work was done in Simcity 4, so placing stuff like bridges and roads should be easy.

On the subject of trees and EP requirements: There are MANY trees and they might produce lag instead of oxygen if your computer isn't strong enough. Remove some of them if it gets laggy. Or if you want to get rid of all of them you can do that pretty quickly, thanks to Mootilda and the HoodReplace utility. Simply copy everything except the trees over to a blank neighbourhood, make sure to select remove trees in HoodReplace.
EP requirements: Apartment Life is required, but there is a way of working around that too. First of all, one EP will always be required for decorated neighbourhoods, and I chose AL because around 25% of members here has that EP (number might be misleading due to useless brain).

Also worth noting is that some maxis deco comes from different EPs, so if you don't have the right EP deco such as the lighthouse, water tower and some trees will not appear.

And that was a whole lot of text, all that’s left now is to say that I hope you’ll enjoy this neighbourhood, and give you the shopping list of Criquettes CC that you need.

CC used: (not included)
Marina piers and boats set
Decorative Road Pieces Set
Regional Airport Set
Athletic Fields Set
Modest Embankment Set
Ultimate Railway Set
Bus Transit Set
Road Bridges Set

Additional Credits:
Criquette (for the deco), Numenor (for AnyGameStarter) and Mootilda (for HoodReplace).

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 Apartment Life
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MayhavenSC4terrain.rar | the SC4 file, if you want to decorate the terrain yourself.

Size: 555.0 KB · Downloads: 10,824 · 24th Aug 2009
555.0 KB 10,824 24th Aug 2009
Mayhaven.rar | the decorated neighborhood

Size: 240.0 KB · Downloads: 18,202 · 24th Aug 2009
240.0 KB 18,202 24th Aug 2009
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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
#2 Old 24th Aug 2009 at 8:39 PM
You don't even know how excited I get when I see you've uploaded something new! Your neighborhoods are so beautiful!!
Sesquipedalian Pisciform
retired moderator
#3 Old 24th Aug 2009 at 8:50 PM
This turned out so good, its lovely, and thanks for the tip on the hood replace - I think my old lappy would struggle big time

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Field Researcher
#4 Old 24th Aug 2009 at 9:24 PM
I've been using your Carnen Hood for months -- it's so incredible! Now you've given us yet another awesome hood! Thank you! I love having them in my game.
#5 Old 24th Aug 2009 at 10:35 PM
This is beautiful!
Forum Resident
#6 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 6:01 AM
This is such a fabulous neighborhood. Thanks so much!
Mad Poster
#7 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 9:59 AM
This is awesome, Zax! ::

This allows me to see into the minds of people! That's right, I can actually see what they're thinking!
So long as what they're thinking is exactly what I think they're thinking.
#8 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 10:20 AM
Absolutely beautiful neighborhood! Thank you so much. =)
Captain Louie
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#9 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 11:52 AM
This is SO AMAZING zax! I tolf you that you had something awesome going! You impressed me after all and have a nice new star to boot

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Lab Assistant
#10 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 2:14 PM
I can so imagine building some industrial ports by the beach (if you don't mind me ruining the scenic views, it's just my style ;P ) and small cafes (my fav!) all over with row houses and big ones on the other end. Ahhh!! My imagination for a perfect neighborhood is going wild, damn, I really need to my un-customisable (sp?) sims 3 'hood a break. THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU :D

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Test Subject
#11 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 7:57 PM
O MY GOD! This is wonderful! You're great
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#12 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 11:30 PM
awesome work!

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Mad Poster
#13 Old 26th Aug 2009 at 12:12 AM
Very pretty. Can we use it easily without a camera hack?
Field Researcher
26th Aug 2009 at 9:15 PM
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#14 Old 27th Aug 2009 at 1:35 PM
This is awesome, i love Criquettes stuff but never had the ability to place it well so thank you!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 28th Aug 2009 at 8:06 PM
Amazing as always! Will you be creating neighborhoods for TS3 when/if the editor comes out?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#16 Old 29th Aug 2009 at 8:12 PM
Thank you everyone!

QBUILDERZ Yey, new star. :D

nantp179 Really cool that it inspires you, even if you're going to ruin the view. :D

crocobaura I haven't tested it without the camera mod, but the town is pretty much in the middle of the map so it should work.

Sheldrake Gonna have to try it atleast. If they release it and it's a good tool.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 29th Aug 2009 at 8:45 PM
Ya, hopefully they will release the tool soon, because I also want to try it out. It makes no sense to not include it with the basegame.
Test Subject
#18 Old 30th Aug 2009 at 2:36 PM
I love it! i honestly do! thank you so much!

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Field Researcher
#19 Old 2nd Sep 2009 at 7:32 AM
This is exquisitely designed. You did a VERY good job. Thank you for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 22nd Sep 2009 at 11:12 PM
Thank you for all your hard work! I hope to see more, I am a dedicated Sims2 fan.
Test Subject
#21 Old 21st Oct 2009 at 10:07 AM
Can this work on Freetime? I don't have Apartment Life....
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#22 Old 22nd Oct 2009 at 4:32 PM
Originally Posted by Gozaimas
Can this work on Freetime? I don't have Apartment Life....

Read the description.

So it looks like I'm stuck here forever on this floating island with Sarah and Skeleton Harvester.
Forum Resident
#23 Old 15th Nov 2009 at 9:17 PM
Fantastic work!

"If you suspect you won't like the answer, then don't make the question"
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 27th Dec 2009 at 11:35 PM
This is amazing! I <3 your neighborhoods so much that I uninstalled all my other EPs and installed AL so I could use them! :DDDD
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 14th Mar 2010 at 12:19 PM
Hi zaxis, your neighborhoods are wonderful, I just wish there was any way for mac users to play them :-(

The HoodReplacement tool doesn't work for mac and there is no Appartement Life EP for us either. Maybe you could just upload the sc4 terrains?

I think lots of people don't have AL, but almost everybody has Nightlife, wouldn't that work?

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