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Neighbourhood terrain: Ocean Peaks

by Duds Posted 9th Mar 2009 at 5:14 PM - Updated 7th Mar 2009 at 3:08 AM by Duds
35 Comments / replies (Who?) - 24 Feedback Posts
Hey all,

Been lurking about and not posting, so it was about time to give something back.

Here is my neighbourhood terrain, Ocean Peaks.
I am one of those people that dont like to have the perfectly flat section to build on, so thats why there is a lot of slopped land.

To gain full use of the neighbourhood you will need a few modifications to a couple of files.

To gain access to the edges you can check out this post:

Edited info:
A more recent post has in my opinion better camera angles, zooming and greater access to the edge of the terrain. Therefore I recommend you check out this post and consider using the changes there instead of above:

GunMod's Camera Mod 3.1


I have created a few terrains that have a distinct lack of flat ground because I find it more challenging to design my houses on sloped ground.
The game defaults however keeps the slope you can build on and the slope within the lot pretty tame.

Thus you might find you have the dreaded 'red coloured' no placement allowed when trying to place lots in this neighborhood. To gain access to more locations you need to adjust some settings.

Its helpful to backup the file first in case you mess things up.

To maximize the places available for lots you need to edit the Neighborhood.ini file.
To make it work in all your neighborhoods (i.e. expansion packs), you need to change the neighborhood.ini files in the following directories, (if installed in default locations):
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Sys
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 University\TSData\Sys
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Nightlife\TSData\Sys

Open each neighborhood.ini file with notepad and look for the paragraph that begins with the words [LotPlopTunables]
My setting at the end of the paragraph is:

And to stop the lot becoming too flat when created in the [SmoothingUnderNewLot] paragraph I have changed the value to:
(This will enable lots that have very changable slopes, and can make for very interesting house designs, however the novice designer might want to give this one a miss)

Dont forget to save the changes after your done.

Boatnana’s post has a few more details of allowing lots to be placed on bigger slopes:
Change max slope value **Update Dec 14, 05**

Add all the files to the EA Games/The Sims 2/SC4Terrains directory.
The pictures will let you see an image in the neighbourhood selection screen instead of the green line picture.

Hope you will enjoy this neighbourhood terrain !

Yes, I know that I spelt neighbourhood with a u but I'm from New Zealand :howdy:

Created by Duds !
(feel free to distribute as you please, though would be nice to hear what you think of it)

Updated files:
Included the terrain pictures for concrete and dirt options,
New pictures for lush and desert options,
New Screen shots so you get a better idea of terrain.

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

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Ocean Peaks.rar

Size: 736.8 KB · Downloads: 2,185 · 9th Mar 2009
736.8 KB 2,185 9th Mar 2009
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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35 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 31 Feedback Posts
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Test Subject
#2 Old 29th Mar 2005 at 5:52 PM
This is so cool! I love it! Thank you!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 29th Mar 2005 at 6:14 PM
Its really pretty.

The only thing is, with mountains behind a home, the camera is forced to climb up the mountain and its hard to see everything. :/
#4 Old 29th Mar 2005 at 7:54 PM
Thank you. Your terrains are nice. Love them, but would LOVE to know how you manage to get the pics show up in the terrain selection area without them looking like crumpled graph paper. If you would be so kind as to tell me your secret it'd be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Lab Assistant
#5 Old 29th Mar 2005 at 8:00 PM
very cool, thanks
Test Subject
#6 Old 30th Mar 2005 at 3:14 AM
Chur Cuz your a kiwi?
Love your neihburhood!!! Im from NZ too!! Small world. I dont find many kiwis where i live in the states so im glad to have found one here!! By the way your neihborhood is gorgeous, i have been looking for something just like it for ages! Thanks!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#7 Old 30th Mar 2005 at 6:19 AM
Thanks for the feed back so far,

Mr Biggles,
the nearby mountains can be a pain, but I use cut away walls and work in from the lower sides, If I want to see the Sims view out I get in close and look out. It would be nice to have the water show up when in the home, for that matter other nearby houses!

To get a picture in the neighbourhood selection screen you need to have a picture file (I believe it has to be a .png ) in the SC4Terrain folder that is named the same as the terrain file, [terrainname].sc4 except of course as the picture file extention.

I just went into the neighbourhood, clicked on the camera button, then grabbed the picture (which is recorded as snapshot.bmp in your EA Games/The Sims 2/Storytelling directory) opened a picture editor program and saved as the terrain name in the png format. Then put in the SC4Terrains folder.
From looking at the other files I believe if you want to see a picture when choosing either lush or desert, you need to add a _lush or _desert after the terrain name. (made up a lush and desert terrain to get the ones included above).

Where you may encounter a problem is with zooming out far enough to get a good picture of teh whole terrain, which is where the post...
helps out. (I think I might have increase a value in this file a little more too)
Hope that all helps to get rid of the horrible crumpled graph paper !

Kia Ora, I'm sure there are many of us that feel the same when we leave the land of the long white cloud With somewhere between 4-5 million kiwi's in the world I'm sure there will be others scattered about the place.
#8 Old 30th Mar 2005 at 7:12 AM
Hi Duds,

I want to thank you for taking the time to explain all of that and as thoroughly as you did. I will try it out (probably tomorrow if I get the chance). Anyhow I wrote it all down so I can follow it while offline.

Thank you again

Field Researcher
#9 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 6:05 AM
awesome, thanks!
#10 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 6:21 AM
Hi again Duds,

Just wanted to say thanks again because I followed your instructions and NOW I can FINALLY see the terrains and they don't look like crumpled up graph paper anymore! Thanks again.

Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#11 Old 31st Mar 2005 at 6:35 AM
Glad I could help you out netseeker2 !
Happy Simming !
Test Subject
#12 Old 2nd Apr 2005 at 4:44 AM
Wow! I liked this when I saw the picture. Now that I have it downloaded and in my game, I have to say it is amazing! I also thanks you for the tut on the camera change.
I do have one question. Do you by chance have or know where I can get more terrain decoration. Like the big rock outcrops, boulders, trees water tower, etc. I really dig sprucing up my nieghborhoods. Anyway Thanks! - Robar
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 2nd Apr 2005 at 6:00 AM
yay IM from NZ TOO!! woo go me great neighbourhood! Very cool *downloads*
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#14 Old 3rd Apr 2005 at 8:37 AM
Sorry I don't know of any myself, but I found this post where you can get a few more objects to use:
Field Researcher
#15 Old 7th Apr 2005 at 5:46 PM
Default Ocean Peaks
Duds, I LOVE your Ocean Peaks terrain. I've just recently gotten SC4 specifically to use for making terrains and my first wasn't very successful - I learned the hard way that you have to use a specific road type and that your terrain gets mirrored in Sims 2, and that only a portion of the terrain you create is usable. I did the cheat so I could see and make use of your whole terrain, but it didn't seem to work on the one I did of my own. I'm going to have to revamp it and try again. Thanks for sharing this cool terrain with us. It looks like you've put a lot of hard work into it. By the way, is there any kind of "undo" button when you're creating these terrains in SC4, or are we stuck with what we've done unless we saved it just before we did it?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#16 Old 8th Apr 2005 at 9:06 AM
I am petty sure that there is no undo unless you do a lot of saving/reloading. I think I took out around five $200k loans in SC4 to get to the finished product
Oh, on the city you made, did you use the smallest city size in SC4 ? I read (somewhere) that you have to use the smallest city size possible, so that might be the problem.
Field Researcher
#17 Old 11th Apr 2005 at 12:11 AM
Default SC4 Terrain
Thanks Duds. I've been messing around with SC4 all weekend and I think I've finally got the hang of it. I was using the right size land, I just wasn't using the right size road after all. I went on to make a couple of other terrains and finally wound up with one that I'm trying to upload to the downloads section, but so far my internet explorer keeps crashing. I've tried twice so far and don't know if I should try again or just wait and see if maybe one of the first two went through after all. I'll be mentioning you as my inspiration to making a mountainous terrain - if I can ever get it to upload, that is.

Momicajack :howdy:
Test Subject
#18 Old 14th Apr 2005 at 3:54 AM
This is very pretty thankyou sooo much!
#19 Old 15th Apr 2005 at 11:08 PM
[QUOTE=Duds]Hey all,

Yes, I know that I spelt neighbourhood with a u but I'm from New Zealand :howdy:

kool im frm nz too :bump: haha dat smileys kool
Test Subject
#20 Old 19th Apr 2005 at 4:43 AM
thank you very much! it's one of the nicest i've seen around
#21 Old 20th Apr 2005 at 1:52 PM
LOVE the neighborhood! how can I make one?
Test Subject
#22 Old 21st Apr 2005 at 10:38 AM
Hey, I'm in Wellington New Zealand! Aint that awesome!
Your island is wicked, speaking of NZ, there should be a neighbourhood shaped like it! By the way Duds what part of NZ are you at?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#23 Old 21st Apr 2005 at 11:54 AM
To make up the terrains you need to have Sim City 4, then its a matter of designing the landscape, grabbing the city file and placing it in your Sims 2 SC4terrains folder.

I'm from Auckland, so theres at least 4 kiwi's here.
Test Subject
#24 Old 21st Apr 2005 at 8:04 PM
This is great! Thank you!
26th Apr 2005 at 8:02 PM
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Test Subject
#25 Old 30th May 2005 at 11:50 PM
Pack Grandma's urn and kiss Meadow goodbye! It's moving day!
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