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Featured upload! Ladder with custom animations

by marvine Posted 27th Jul 2007 at 6:43 PM
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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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This is something I always wanted for my game : a space saver more realistic than stealth stairs and teleporters.
Until now, like many other people I've been happily using Targa's ladder stairs despite the lack of animations - but thanks to Wes_H and his new Animesh exporter for Milkshape, this isn't an issue anymore!

The base object was cloned from Targa's ladder stairs; the mesh was replaced but I kept his original footprint. So this ladder takes only 2 tiles, 1 for the ladder itself and 1 for the landing.

The custom animations are for all ages, except toddlers that can't use stairs anyway; all the locomotion types (sexy, depressed, angry...) will use the same "normal" animation, except the "run" locomotion for which the speed was doubled - pets and ghosts will just jump, at least for ghosts that makes sense

You'll find two different objects below:

- the "Marvine-ladder-animated" with 7 recolours : light wood, dark trashed wood, white, grey, black, blue, and a raw wood texture by Beosboxboy. The base object uses a warm medium wood texture, don't delete that one in game!

- the "Marvine-ladder-animated-metalClone", mesh and texture by Beosboxboy, for an industrial look.

The packages were tested with Seasons and with base game only, I don't think the minor last minute changes will affect that.

Known issues:

- despites all the pains I took, the hands sometimes sink a little in the sides of the ladder, and this is more noticeable on the metal version which uses a slightly thicker mesh. Well it's not too bad with the fading...
- some animation overlays will look weird, like climbing upstairs when holding a baby, or when the sim turns to look at another sim; I didn't figure out how the priorities work so there's nothing I can do about that for now. It shouldn't happen very often anyway, unless you have the nursery upstairs
- when climbing down, the sim turns a little briskly to face the ladder and to walk away; this is the only workaround I found for a skeleton settings issue.
If you notice anything else, please let me know!

Redistribution policy: you're welcome to recolour, clone and modify with appropriate credits - don't upload on pay sites or the Exchange.

Polygon Counts:
Simple ladder: 168 polys
Metal ladder: 1080 polys

Additional Credits:
Biggest thanks: to Wes_H of course, being his guinea pig was a priviliege , to Echo for answering my dumb questions, and to both Echo and John Brehaut for their great tutorials that got me started.

And, of course, to all the people that made this possible with their tools, research and advice!

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
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Size: 138.7 KB · Downloads: 119,045 · 27th Jul 2007
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Size: 605.1 KB · Downloads: 175,471 · 27th Jul 2007
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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\
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  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
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#226 Old 24th Jun 2014 at 1:15 AM
I've wanted a ladder for a while, glad to find one. Awesome job!
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#227 Old 8th Jul 2014 at 7:37 PM
Thank you ! :)
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#228 Old 23rd Jul 2014 at 5:25 PM
Thank you for this! I'm obsessed with building Tumbleweed Tinyhouses at the minute, these are going to make them so much smaller!
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#229 Old 25th Jul 2014 at 8:38 PM
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#230 Old 26th Jul 2014 at 5:55 PM
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#231 Old 30th Jul 2014 at 4:45 AM
Oh my god! This is freakin' genius! Thank you very much! :D
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#232 Old 16th Aug 2014 at 5:42 PM
Thanks! I've had this in my old game, and now that I redownloaded the sims 2 I really missed this.
It's such a space saver for smaller houses!
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#233 Old 5th Sep 2014 at 5:52 PM
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#234 Old 14th Oct 2014 at 4:55 PM
One of the only pieces of CC that I will use in my game. THANK YOU SO MUCH! ^_^ It works great for lofts in a barn, tree forts, playhouses, pretty much anything ^_-
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#235 Old 10th Jan 2015 at 9:33 PM
Thank you so much! Works well with mustluzcats's treehouse. :D
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#236 Old 19th Jan 2015 at 8:20 PM
just what i needed for my tree house, thank you!
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#237 Old 31st Jan 2015 at 12:32 PM
This is probably the best thing I have downloaded so far. Seriously, how can I not find this. A 2 block stairs is like a dream come true for a lot of builders. Thanks a bunch. Highly appreciated.
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#238 Old 23rd May 2015 at 12:54 AM
Thanks You
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#239 Old 11th Jun 2015 at 4:54 AM
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#240 Old 11th Oct 2015 at 10:22 PM
#241 Old 15th Feb 2016 at 8:08 AM
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#242 Old 9th Sep 2017 at 1:23 PM
I can't believe I never thanked you for this. Even though you don't come around here much, thanks! :)
Top Secret Researcher
#243 Old 17th Feb 2020 at 4:44 AM
Still use these to this day, they're indispensable in my game. Thank you so much.
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