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Four Invisible Discernment Mirrors for the Sims 2 & Castaway Stories

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Uploaded: 3rd Jul 2014 at 2:42 AM
Updated: 11th Jul 2015 at 11:41 PM - Bugfix: Nov. 13/14
Title: Four Invisible Discernment Mirrors for the Sims 2 & Castaway Stories

BUGFIX: November 13, 2014

This release fixes a critical problem that caused the game to crash to the desktop if a Luxury Mirror was placed on a lot and the Expensive Mirror was not also present in a Downloads folder. Please be sure update your files with this release. My thanks (and apologies) to StephSim for discovering this destructive error. The Luxury Mirror description is marked "Release 2" to identify this update.


To release invisible mirrors that use the discernment features and alien support developed for the Dickens mirrors.


The Discernment mirrors include all the standard features provided by EA's mirrors as they developed through successive EPs, but they remain basegame compatible. Their invisibility allows these mirrors to be used in scenarios where visible mirrors would not be appropriate, such as in wilderness locations, or to give the impression that a Sim is addressing a group of Sims or a religious object while practicing "Speech" or "Romance".

In addition to the standard functions, the mirrors can be used to immediately "Find" a Sim or "Check" the individual details of a Sim (person or animal) on the lot. Sims can also be designated as aliens by menu selection, with their alien status recorded using an Alien Token.

The four models of mirror are identical in function, but set at price points to provide a selection of environment (room) scores. In Buy Mode, each mirror has a default transparent colour (as noted in "Contents" below) but it can be recoloured so that it remains invisible in Buy Mode. In Live Mode, these mirrors are always invisible and intangible - and they can be placed on the same tile as other objects and Sims will walk through them freely.

For those who use StephSim's Gwrych series, note that non-discernment prototypes of these mirrors (with the same GUIDs) were included in some of the lots. These mirrors can be removed and replaced with these discernment versions without any ill effects.


Both the Sims 2 and Castaway Stories mirrors can be found in their respective catalogues in the Mirror section:

The Cheap Mirror (Red): "The Subtle Snoop's Invisible Discernment Mirror", §129, Environment 1
The Moderate Mirror (Yellow): "The Totally Invisible Discernment Mirror", §279, Environment 2
The Expensive Mirror (Green): "The Hidden Romance Discernment Mirror", §679, Environment 4
The Luxury Mirror (Blue): "The Invisible Discernment Mirror of Past Reflections", §979, Environment 6
The Alien Token for tracking alien status is not a catalogue item.


All users except Castaway: please install the contents of sdMirror_InvisibleDiscernment.zip in a Downloads folder. This archive contains the four models of invisible discernment mirror plus the Alien token. Please be sure to include the Alien token no matter which of these mirrors you use.

Castaway users: please install the contents of sdMirror_csInvisibleDiscernment.zip in a Downloads folder. As in the regular game or other Stories games, please be sure to include the Alien token.

Terms of Use

You may include any of these mirrors and the Alien token in uploaded lots, whether free or for pay. The BHAV coding for these mirrors may also be reused, in whole or in part, and I would strongly encourage that the Alien token be adopted as a standard basis for alien identification. In all cases, please provide a credit and link back to this page. Please do not upload the original meshes otherwise than in lots.

Additional Credits

GIMP 2 and Microsoft Paint for graphics processing, sizing, and labeling
Inge's teleporters from the Simlogical site for species and paranormal testing

Jfade's Compressorizer for minimizing file size
Milkshape 3D and Ultimate Unwrap3D Pro, for 3D modeling

Numenor's AnyGameStarter, for development and testing
Phaenoh's Sci-Fi Starter Families were extremely valuable for playtesting

SimPE and PJSE for Sims 2 object creation
StephSim's Gwrych series, for the medieval & fantasy backdrops

Polygon Counts

- All models of Invisible Discernment Mirrors - 2 faces, 4 vertices