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CAST yourself a chimney!

by armiel Posted 31st Jan 2011 at 6:37 PM - Updated 29th Oct 2011 at 3:39 PM by armiel
101 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 22 Thanks Posts
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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
First of all, a huge thank to Inge from Simlogical for helping me make these. Thank you for all the countless hours you spent working on these with me, thanks for your patience with all my questions and frustration. Thank you

Thanks to LeeFish for making me make these and dragging Inge to #create so she could help me. Thanks for testing. Thank you

CAST yourself a chimney!

After some playing with all the fake chimney pieces, I was told that all this could be made so that EA fireplaces used my pieces automatically instead of the original un-castable chimneys.

That started a time of fiddling with pieces, mappings, weird files I had never heard of, programs I only barely knew how to use, and a lot of testing :P

I am happy to finally present you the REAL CASTable CHIMNEYS that are placed automatically when you place an EA fireplace

What did I do then?
There is a file on rar that allows EA chimneys to use my castable chimney pieces instead of EA's non-castable ones. At this moment it has been impossible for me to make individual files for all the fireplaces, so I have made one file, that changes the chimneys of 6 EA fireplaces.
I have also made improved chimney pieces. Mapped them as good as I ever could, and made them work together without seams.
The chimney cap that the smoke comes out, that I couldn't get working my making a replacement, so Inge was kind enough to recolour it for me, to use black instead of red bricks.
I also made a fake chimney cap bottom, which doesn't place automatically. It is optional for you to download and use.

Here is a picture of the fireplaces that can use the new castable chimneys:

I can't give you the names of the fireplaces, as I play in finnish. They are all found in the build mode, next to the EA original fireplaces. Prices are the same as originals.

Info you should read:
- All though there is only one file that changes the behavior of the fireplaces (base, wa, amb), you CAN use the file even if you only had only base game, or just ambitions for example. The fireplaces of EP's you don't have, show on your catalog, you just can't use them.
- The lack of EP's does not make your game crash, this has been all tested by many testers.

What do I download?
NEEDED: Download armiel_CAST yourself a chimney!. rar for the chimney pieces and the file that allows the fireplaces to use them.
OPTIONAL: Download armiel_chimney_cap_fake (optional).rar to get the fake cap bottom.

How to use?
I have made a video about how to use these.

If for some reason you can't watch the video, here is a basic written how to:
- place the files from the rar(s) to your mods/packages folder.
- run the game
- make a house
- place a fireplace
- cast it (only the part behind fireplace has ability to be clicked for cast, you need to drag the pattern in cas-tool to the rest of the pieces.)

How to use the optional fake chimney cap bottom?
(also shown on video)
- open cheat panel by ctrl+shift+ C and type in: moveobjects on
- you need to have floor of grid on the floor you want to place the piece.
- place a fake cap bottom (found in misc. deco)(the piece can be moved up and down by holding mouse and dragging, if you have patch 1.17 or higher)

Additional Credits:
Inge Jones for being such a great help and making these possible!
Leesester for making me do these and testing.
Flabaliki, Werismyki, Daluved1, Zandvoort and a friend of Inge for testing.

Milkshape, TSRW, S3PE, S3OC, Photoshop, Paint.NET, UVMapper and Lithunwrap for being the programs I used making these.

Everyone at #create for support!

Cmomoney for pointing me to the right direction with vertices. Thank you!

I didn't want to fill this post with pictures. There are few more in the screenhots, about tiling, and some other pics.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy these!
Please credit with a link when using on your creations

Download the chimneys for Pets fireplaces here

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 3
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armiel_chimney_cap_fake (optional).rar

Size: 20.6 KB · Downloads: 15,623 · 31st Jan 2011
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armiel_CAST yourself a chimney!.rar

Size: 126.5 KB · Downloads: 31,480 · 31st Jan 2011
126.5 KB 31,480 31st Jan 2011
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

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Mad Poster
#2 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 7:08 PM
Oustandingly Brilliant!!
#3 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 7:25 PM
Fantastic. I can't tell you how many times I have been frustrated because of the in game chimney when I am trying to build a modern home. Thank you for sharing.
Test Subject
#4 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 7:28 PM
I was happy with yours fake chimneys, but now I am very happy. Thank you.
#5 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 7:36 PM
Sooo much work! But the end results are fantastic!
Addicted to Capuccino!
retired moderator THANKS POST
#6 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 7:50 PM
Thank you Armi, awesome
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 9:20 PM
Fabulous <3
Test Subject
#8 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 9:32 PM
Thank you so much for your hard work, It will be so nice to be able to cast the chimney to match the house. And thank you for the video.I'm a show me kind of gal this was great.
Sesquipedalian Pisciform
retired moderator THANKS POST
#9 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 9:40 PM
Excellent - thank you for all the hard work you put in, it really shows and these will be a MUST_HAVE for TS3 builders from now on.
Veteran Finn
retired moderator THANKS POST
Original Poster
#10 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 9:42 PM
Thanks to everyone, you guys are spoiling me with all the nice comments
#11 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 9:57 PM
I am very happy to see this! Thank you very much for making and sharing them!
#12 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 10:28 PM
You are a genius ! Your new creation sounds like a must-have.
A huge Thank you and a big hug.
Forum Resident
#13 Old 31st Jan 2011 at 10:44 PM
These are even better than your other ones! Wonderful work. I hate using other people's CC when I build a house, but these are a must. Thanks Armiel.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 12:24 AM
Wow wow and double wow!!!!!!!! This is excellent!!!! I can't believe EA didn't make chimneys CAStable, and the types of houses I make look terrible with the default red-brick!!! Thank you!!!!
Zombie Socks
#15 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 3:24 AM
*bows* Thank you so much!
Forum Resident
#16 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 4:59 AM
Oh, my, thank you times a million.

CAST-able chimneys. Now it's perfect.
#17 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 5:52 AM
Thanks for this awesome addition to the game. Saw the video you made and added it to my favorites. Thumbs up!

PS: thanks to Inge, glad you both made this happen.
In the Arena
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#18 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 6:52 AM
Nicely done, armi! Now we have variety...yay!
Forum Resident
#19 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 7:13 AM
It's simply overwhelming! A long time already the sim-community is rather unhappy with these red brick chimneys and now - after your wonderful work is done - we all can enjoy our individual taste. Thank you very, very much for your great work!! :-))
Test Subject
#20 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 7:33 AM
Fantastic news! I've been using your fake chimney pieces, but these are even better! Well done and thank you for making these.
Rabid Recoloring Renegade
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#21 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 4:21 PM
Oh you sweet darling you! Thank you so much for this. I've been patiently waiting for someone to figure this out. Wonderful work!
Test Subject
#22 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 4:53 PM
AWESOME! How would I go about adding fireplaces to this that I have downloaded? This would be for my own personal use and not for distribution.
Veteran Finn
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Original Poster
#23 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 4:57 PM
Phthon, you can delete the EA chimney pieces from custom fireplaces and use the pieces from these with moveobjects on. all the pieces are in misc deco.

For that use i also have the fake chimneys that are available here at mts.
Test Subject
#24 Old 2nd Feb 2011 at 4:25 AM
thank you so much! this has been driving me nuts since i got bg!
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 3rd Feb 2011 at 3:33 AM
this crashes my game, i have all EPs installed, i also have the other previous pieces you made.

Thanks 4 sharing ur Hard work of art w/us.
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