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Smaller Food Prep / Counter OMSP

by SilentLucidity Posted 10th May 2009 at 5:39 PM
23 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 5 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.
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Hello all.

This is the Food Prep / Counter OMSP, from this set, made smaller. In my own game I use this a lot, and the large size was getting cumbersome, so I shrunk it.

If you missed it before, this block functions as a counter in that it will hold small kitchen appliances and your sims can also use it to prepare food on. So if your poor sims can't afford a counter, they can use the table, a bed or even the floor, like so:

This block's default placement is on the floor, but it will stack on most of my other OMSP, and probably any others you may have. It is especially useful in small houses where you may only be able to fit one counter. Line these up all over and suddenly you have the equilivant of six counters in the space of only one.

To use it for appliances you will need to put the block on the floor, place the appliance on the block and then place the block on your OMSP. Once you place the block on another surface you will not be able to place anything on it. However, you sims will have no trouble interacting with it to prepare food or to place empty dishes.

Some Things to Note:

  • This is the twitchiest block ever! When placed on the floor it can be very difficult to grab, and once placed on another OMSP it can be very difficult to grab the OMSP holding it. The best way I've found to grab the holding OMSP is to tilt the camera so it is looking straight down at the block and grab in the general area of the OMSP under it. The block itself has a grab-able area that extends clear down to the floor, because the joint is way down there, so straight down view is the best way to go. It will probably take a few tries.
  • If you set the block too far back from the front of the counter, your sims will not be able to reach the appliances on it. Microwaves and toaster ovens sit back far enough on their own, so you will mainly run into this with little appliances like coffee makers if you put them way back against the wall. The sim will be blocked from reaching them by the counter itself, unless you put the counter on a Walk-Through block (found here). With the Walk-Through block you will get some clipping though. There is a picture below illustrating this.
  • These don't work in the corner where two counters come together.
  • If you place the block too close to the wall, the wall will block the sim from using the block. It needs to be about a half-tile space away from the wall to work.
  • This block is just an alteration of the old block, and it will overwrite the old block. You can't have both.
  • This does work with the OMSP controller by julsfels here. I highly recommend it.

What's in the Downloads?

There are two files for download: one in the catalog, and one not, for those of you who have the old one not in the catalog.

The 'in catalog' block will show up under surfaces > miscellaneous, for free.

The 'not in catalog' block will show up in the collection folder only. The collection file is included, but if you already have the old set with its collection file, you don't need this collection file--they are the same and this block will replace the old one in it.

Polygon Counts:
FaceCount = 16, VertexCount = 31

Additional Credits:
Made with Numenor's counter template, and tested with Numenor's AnyGameStarter, so many thanks to Numenor.

Thank you very much to Bobcatben for making the SMD import/exporter for Blender.

Many thanks to the SimPE team for making modding possible, and to MTS for providing a place to share our creations.

Style: Not Applicable
Room: Kitchen Dining
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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
Not_In_Catalog_SmallerFodPrepOMSP.rar | This block will ONLY show up in the Collection Folder. (Only download one!)

Size: 290.9 KB · Downloads: 7,695 · 10th May 2009
290.9 KB 7,695 10th May 2009
In_Catalog_SmallerFoodPrepOMSP.rar | This block will show up in the catalog. (Only download one!)

Size: 286.6 KB · Downloads: 12,827 · 10th May 2009
286.6 KB 12,827 10th May 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 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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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 10th May 2009 at 6:05 PM
wow! great idea, this is lovely, so well suited for mine tiny apartments and cozy little cottages! shame about the problem with picking it up part but who cares, this is good enough, thank you!

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Test Subject
#3 Old 10th May 2009 at 6:09 PM
This is so helpful! Thanks
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 10th May 2009 at 9:45 PM
This looks more like my kitchen. I have about 1 square foot reserved for food prep in my tiny kitchen.

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Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 10th May 2009 at 9:52 PM
cute idea! thx!
Field Researcher
#6 Old 10th May 2009 at 10:21 PM
This means that I can use a table in a kitchen as an island and the sims will use it. Thanks so much.
Forum Resident
#7 Old 11th May 2009 at 2:16 AM
You. Are. AMAZING. :D

Seriously, this is absolutely perfect -- I've always been a fan of cluttering up my rooms, but it's frustrating when you need to reserve so much space just so your sims can use the counter. This is going to be used and abused so much in my game, I swear. Thank you thank you thank you. <3
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 11th May 2009 at 8:03 AM
I'm very glad you all like it , and I hope the awkward grabby-ness of it isn't too much of a hindrance. The old, bigger one was even worse, as far as that is concerned, so this really is an improvement.
#9 Old 11th May 2009 at 10:25 AM
great work!

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Mad Poster
#10 Old 11th May 2009 at 12:34 PM
Brilliant and funny idea ! I love them ! Thanks for sharing
Test Subject
#11 Old 7th Jun 2009 at 5:41 AM
Can it go invisible? I mean, It's really awesome and perfect for my move-making but I kinda need it to to be invisible and not bright blue.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#12 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 12:19 PM
melle555 Sorry for the late reply - Yes, these do have an invisible recolor. In fact, they work well with the OMSP Controller by julsfels here, which makes it crazy easy to make them all invisible (or visible again) at the same time.
#13 Old 13th Nov 2009 at 6:10 PM
That's really a good idea. Thx for sharing. It's working very well.
Field Researcher
#14 Old 5th Dec 2009 at 12:44 AM
Congratulations and thank you for all your beautiful creations that enrich the lives of our Sims.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 8th Dec 2009 at 3:37 PM
I know it's been forever since you've had a question or feedback, so I'm sorry about that.
When you say it won't work on corner counters, you mean directly on them, right? Could I, say, use 45degreeangleorrotation and put this on a counter-height omsp to get the same effect? Or is it something else blocking the area from being used?

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Test Subject
#16 Old 16th Apr 2010 at 6:59 PM
LOL ^^ funny stuff

Lab Assistant
#17 Old 23rd Jun 2011 at 4:41 AM
LOL food prep on the toilet, bahaha, aah this download is great
Lab Assistant
3rd Oct 2012 at 9:26 PM
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Lab Assistant
#18 Old 3rd Oct 2012 at 9:26 PM
This is the worst thing I've ever downloaded. It's a nightmare pain up the bum to select this thing and move things around. It's worse than any other OMSP, sorry.
Test Subject
#19 Old 28th Feb 2016 at 10:44 PM
Thank you
Top Secret Researcher
#20 Old 2nd Jul 2016 at 10:05 AM
#21 Old 19th Feb 2017 at 5:47 PM
Thank you
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 1st Mar 2019 at 6:55 PM
Whenever my sims use this, the item reverts back to cyan instead of staying invisible - is that an error on my end? What should I do to fix it, other than shelling out §15 every time or having my sims cancel their actions to use the corkboard?

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Top Secret Researcher
#23 Old 24th Nov 2020 at 7:15 PM
This is genius! Thanks for sharing