I am setting up this thread to help others improve their creative skills in the aspects of building,landscaping and decorating..The concept is simple,it will be community involvement in learning and teaching...We want this to be a social family oriented atmosphere...So Please NO Bickering or DRAMA...
We all learn from everyone,beginners and novice builders can actually be the best teachers.As they experiment,we learn new techniques.Experience Builders are great,because they may already have resourceful materials handy to help in the learning process.
This forum will have a monthly theme.It doesnt matter what speed you Create at.You may build one creation a month or 2 a day..following the basic theme of the month would be great.BUT not neccesary.If you have a challenge your working on that doesnt fit the theme.YOU are still more than welcome to show your WIP(work in progress) for Feedback.Posting your pics is very welcome and the more pics you post,the more we can see to give feedback.Hopefully by using this thread you will learn to improve your building skills with cheats such as MOO(moveobjects on/off) and CFE constrainfloorelevation true/false).
We also plan on introducing Terrain Sculpting,reading and understanding floorplans,and designing your own custom builds.My hope is to run themes in conjuction with some of the themed challenges,BUT i understand there are many challenges available,so we will just have to help you anyway we can.So please join the group,participate in showing your WIP's and Also please join in the commenting...When you learn to comment on others work,you also learn to look for the same things in your own works.
Also keep in mind..Opinions are just that..we offer opinions and want opinions..BUT no matter what the final decisions are yours to make..It is your home and your neighborhood after all.
Also we dont do personal walkthrus..there is not enough time to do walkthrus,commenting and play our own games..so please post lots of pictures..we love them.AND never feel like your clogging the thread with them..BUT i know that someone here can give advice on resizing pics.
Personally i use Tinypic.com..you can resize at upload to messageboard size and just copy and paste the code.Plus so far i haven't experienced a limit on how many pics you can upload..plus if you make a new folder for each build.you can always submit the code for the entire folder,for others to view.
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This site will also be in cojunction with TSS (the Simmersociety)click on siggie for directions.LOL.This may have been an idea i have had,BUT it was Ricslady from TSS who has pushed me to start this.So if you are not a member there,please join.Sometimes there are issues with the forums,so its good to have alternative sources to keep up with everything.
Other Threads that have been useful and helpful in my growth as a builder:
These additional sites contain a wealth of information to help anyone advance their skills and get additional advice.I recommend any of them in your quest for knowledge.I have intentions of cross promoting other sites and threads to help everyone involved.
NOW the premise of this site is to help improve skills....THIS IS NOT a request forum.
RULES #1 NO NEGATIVE COMMENTING...even something you dislike can be commented on in a postive nature with a simple (its not my taste).
#2..IF you have issues with another Simmer,Take it somewhere else..This is supposed to be a fun,friendly,safe place for us to relax,and enjoy our VIDEO GAME..REMEMBER it is ONLY a Game.
#3...REMEMBER we do have separate lives and live in different Time zones...Please be patient in waiting for your responses..IF you need quick answers..then always have more than one forum you can pose your questions in.
#4 HAVE FUN..This just a game we enjoy playing..NOT our lives,Don't Let the addiction rules your responses.
#5..PLEASE OH PLEASE GET INVOLVED..we love getting to know each other.And creativity is not limited to just showing us your build..You can show us your stories and any new form of using MOO that you think may inspire someone else.
At this point..Rather thank me clog up this forum with coverpic changing and tutorials.I will let you know i already have that info posted at TSS...Plus i see XOX1 has her post going with Pic editing Info..
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nam24601 wrote:I think there were some issues with the formatting of the list during the transfer ds...I'm gonna fix it up a bit and add it in here. Sorry about that.
darkside266 wrote:Smoky..this would be the post i could use in one of your first two posts.Just highlight and copy this post and then go to one of those and click edit,then paste this post in there..Thank you,Thank You so much...
also more tutorial links provided by Nam:
Tutorials Missing Pics:
They are both detailing the same thing, but notice the dates…not sure if this means plagiarism, but what are the odds of two different people discovering the same thing and making a tutorial about it within 11 days of each other? Just my observation…
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nam24601 wrote:Okay everyone! Sorry I have been MIA for most of the day, but I hope that when you see why you will all forgive me
I have also updated this on the first page, although hopefully Smoky will be willing to share one her posts and stick'em there. Once I get this done, I'm gonna try and catch up...eeek, come on people! Don't you have lives? lol. Says the person who has been staying up all night for about a week with an average of a 3 hour nap every couple days...yeah, gotta get me back on schedule. School tomorrow...but not until the afternoon at least. Okay, gonna stop rambling and let you guys have your siggys. Hope ya like'em.
Signatures: Yay, after a busy day, I have some working signatures prepared for you all! In order to use these, just quote this post and copy and paste the code from here to your preferences. If you want all of the signatures, then make sure you copy the large chunk of code at the very bottom...Just make sure that you right click and paste them in your siggy box, and don’t click anything after, or the character limit will kick in and you’ll lose half of it.
Hope you guys enjoy!
Updated Darkside Groupie
And of course, if you want them ALL:
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NOw as i have mentioned before..This will be a monthly themed project.so as of now,these are the themes i have in mind,I will be open to new suggestions though.Even though a month may have a theme,That doesnt mean you have to follow it...whatever you are doing creatively is fine.we will still try to help you improve.
#2..master suite/bathroom and sitting area
#3..kitchens with islands
#4..sunken or raised living areas
#6.. creative grilling areas
January...Moutainous theme...Homes can be cabins,lodges,cottages,modern or even if your heart desires a shack out in the middle of the woods.landscaping...wild,overgrown,hilly,needs to include a body of water pond/lake/or river.interiors..depends on your style of home you choose.Even old homes CAN have new furnishings.
February...Custom Dream Home Design:MOre info to come
March..at this point I'm thinking Vacation homes...in this category..it will be whatever you feel is the best vacation home you could want in your neighborhood..Landscape and decorate to fit your style.
Aprils project ..we will be working with Modern builds..Landscape to fit the theme of your neighborhood and location..size is up to you..this can be a mini or mansion or anywhere in between..just try to give it unique features and design.try to stick with flat or half angled roof..for your interior try to keep it clean,streamlined,well decorated and uncluttered..imagine this home belonging to someone wealthy.
Mays project Well as May fastly approaches us,i guess anyone wanting to get involved in Mays project may want an idea of whats going on..well its called Aquatic Architech,or floating houses.I have provided a link on page 1 for inspirational pictures..The style you choose is completely up to you,since its your neighborhood your filling.So you may choose a modern,houseboat,boathouse,cabin on lake,Venetian Style home,or even the Boat looking homes you might find in parts of Asia.The main criteria is that your home is surrounded by water on 3 sides,and please include a decorative boat somewhere.Lot choice and size is completely up to you.you can even convert one of the community lots to a residential if you wish so that you have surrounding area to fit your theme.The main thing is to try something new and to have fun with it.
Next..burglar alarms and smoke detectors are good items to install in your homes..But during gameplay,sometimes it is funny to see the reactions when something catches on fire or they are robbed.
CC(custom content)..you can use at your decretion..But please keep in mind.not all CC transfers and if it does.PLEASE warn potential downloaders you have CC,in case they dont want it..Also if you use a particular site and you promote your build here,Please give credit to the CC sites you use..They love the Traffic and downloaders too..and when you download from CC sites.Please give those creators Recs or Thanks also.
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Links i like for finding floorplans:the homes that show are just ones i have bookmarked for future builds..you can use the search feature to find ones you like.Other members may post other great sites for you to choose from also.
We are a site in the making, only open for two months and we are rapidly talking about things to add. By March, we will have our own challenge, Story of the Week. No details will be released yet as we have some work to do still, but do look out for it.
These are just a few of the many resources you can use. Didn't find what you were looking for when looking through those links? Google is our friend! Also, check out your local library, ask local writers, ask a neighbor, just ASK.
I will be updating this frequently, so keep an eye out for new links!
Lol it took me forever to realize I should bookmark this XD
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My strong points are Building Very Strange Buildings, Imaging, Gameplay, Computer Glitch & Game Glitch Workarounds, World History, Whacky Humor, and Old Texican Metaphors!
I am here to inform, and to help when & where I can...
I practice the ancient Chinese Taoist ways of Shaolin.
"Shao" means "small". "Lin" means "footsteps". Shaolin means "small steps".
That is what their teaching method is, they teach and learn in "small steps".
Lessons by XOX1-
"Imaging 101"- A Lesson by XOX1-
This is still a work in progress. It is going to take a little time to make it perfectly complete, because I need to make a lot of custom pictures for it. My "How To Make A Cover Pic Slideshow" & "How to Make a Cover Pic Using Irfanview" has already been completed, and is posted there. It is a high priority project for me, and will be finished ASAP.
I can be communicated with at "The Sandbox". Just click "The Sandbox" siggy below. It is my home on these Forums, and the only thread I check on every day. It's okay to post anything there, because it is a "Helpful and Creative Junkyard Thread".
"MOO" means "Move Objects On or Off". It is a feature of the game that allows you to place objects out of place by overriding the snap-to function of object placement. It can be quite useful in landscaping, and other placing functions of objects.
You can get to it via the "Cheat Code Window".
Hold down the Ctrl/Shift/C keys at the same time.
The light blue transparent "Cheat Window" will appear at the top of your screen.
Just type in moveobjects on / moveobjects off and press the Enter key.
You can also "Rotate to Taste" once the item is positioned to your liking, to get the angle that looks good to you. Holding the "Alt" key down while placing, and rotating will give you more control over the object's movement.
It is also always a good idea to have a Sim test any objects that you have placed using MOO, to make sure that it works, and does not interfere with navigation.
Y'all come back now, hear?
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Since I have had so many issues with this website I have moved over to the new TSS...I will definitely be back if and when this start starts to work though!
Please tell me:
What do you think we need tutorials on?
Would you like your tutorial added to the list?
Let me know...all you have to do is ask!
We all have different ways of learning and sometimes one tutorial will click for one person and not another...so it would be good to see a variety. The only thing I would recommend is that if you are using the ts3 story maker, you do not delete your pics from your media, and/or post it in a thread/blog also. I, for one, know how frustrating it is when you put hard work into something and then it just goes away on an unscheduled vacation...without leaving a forwarding address or contact info! lol
3. nam24601's process of building a shell...I make it up as I go and make mistakes too...this will show the whole thing, mistakes and corrections...I start from an empty lot and end with taking pics for uploading the shell. Feel free to fastforward through the many boring parts. And NO MAKING FUN OF MY MUSIC! lol. Yes, I like New Kids on the Block, and no I'm not ashamed to admit it! (anymore) lol. But the music is a mix, so don't worry, you won't have to hear the same thing over and over...plus, there's always the mute...
Okay, so DS mentioned at one point the possiblity of making an abbreviation glossary...I decided to go ahead and get one started.
MPP my personal preference
YPP your personal preference
IMHO in my honest opinion (I've also seen it used as "humble" opinion)
WIP work in progress
MOO move objects on
CFE constrain floor elevation
PO Personal opinion
CAS Create a Style (can also mean create a sim depending on context)
NP No problem
LOL Laugh(ing) Out Loud
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
LMAO Laughing my “apples” off
IMO In my opinion
YW You’re welcome
TTYL Talk to ya later
ATM At the moment
BTW By the way
IRO In reference of
TTYS Talk to ya soon
CC Custom content
I'll continue adding to it as we find new ones.
I have a new challenge to announce to EVERYONE!
Each week will be different…or the same….or similar…confused yet? Lol
Basically, every week (or more often, if I feel like it, but at least once a week) I will post a clue…or a hint…and you, the participants will need to follow that clue. You will either find another clue or the answer…some may be quick and easy, others may be long and difficult…(ha, thought I would say something bad there, didn’t you!) I'll be updating this weekly over at TSS.
Oh, did I mention there’s a prize? Whoever is the first to send me a PM with the answer and the link of the last relevant post will receive a gift worth up to 200 simpoints.
SO, if there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Congratulations to our Past Winners:
Week 1: Darkside266
Thank you so much for all your help!
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