PSA: New Story Blog!

I’ve decided to separate my stories from my downloads, and give them their very own blog. This is partly because I want this blog to focus on my downloads, but also to make it easier on readers who just want to read the stories without interference.

I’m still going to link to my stories from here, since this is where my visitors (and the comments on previously published stories) are, only now when you click on either the teaser pic or the link below it (not on the heading), it will take you to the story on my story blog instead of here. For your convenience the story will open in a new tab/window, so you can easily get back here when you’ve finished reading.

So welcome to read my Nixed Stories! :mrgreen:

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Two TSM Teddy Bears

Two TSM Teddy Bears

Category: Misc. -> Children
Poly Count: Medium poly ( >1200)
EPs Required: None – base-game compatible

I know at least one of these has been done before, but it’s Toddler Month and my medieval tots wanted some teddy bears to hug and I just couldn’t say no to them. So I’ve converted the peasant teddy from the TSM base game and the pirate teddy from Pirates & Nobles. :) (Yes, in the base game there’s a knight teddy as well, but that teddy was evil. Evil, I tell you!) Their poly count comes in at just under 1200 polys, but that’s actually some 400 polys fewer than the base-game teddy, so it’s not high in any way.

Many thanks to BloomsBase for his tutorial on how to transfer TS2 bone assignments to a TS3/TSM mesh, which saved my sanity, not to mention the bone assignments’.

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TSM Rocking Horse

TSM Rocking Horse

Category: Misc. -> Children
Cost: $75
Poly Count: Low poly
EPs Required: Apartment Life

In TSM, you have this charming little rocking horse – but even though it’s in the children’s category it’s purely decorative, so all your little Sims can do with it is to look at it. Now, this might be fun for scholarly Sims, but not so much for everybody else. So, in appreciation of Toddler Month, I converted it – and made it functional. :D Now your littlest Sims can use this rocking horse as it’s supposed to be used – and they won’t just have fun while doing it, they’ll build body skill as well!

This rocking horse requires AL. I tried to see if I could dumb it down, so to speak, and make it so that it would only require [some EP] or above, but it really didn’t like that. So AL it is.

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Six Animated TSM Clothes Chests

Six Animated Clothes Chests

Category: Misc. -> Dressers
EPs Required: None – base game compatible
Poly Count: Low poly (>950)

Yes, I know the TSM clothes chests have been converted and made into functional dressers before, and I wasn’t going to do them at first… only the chests I’ve seen have all been static, and as you might have figured out by now, I have a thing for animated objects. So, I started to think about if there was some chest-like object in game whose animations I could use to make these into functional animated clothes chests – and realised that there was. So I did. :)

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TSM Stereo in LACK Colours

TSM Stereo in LACK Colours

Category: Electronics -> Audio
Cost: $750
EPs Required: University or above
Poly Count: Low poly

So, there I was, minding my own business, scrolling through the TSM game files looking for… something I can’t quite remember, but anyway. There I was, happily scrolling through the files – and then I did a double-take, going “was that file called stereo?” Scrolled back up, and sure enough, there was a mesh called “stereoModern”, complete with textures. :o Now, I’m reasonably sure they didn’t have stereos in medieval times, so my guess is that this was an object from another game (TS3, perhaps?) that EA was using as a template for something and then as per EA usual didn’t bother to take out. But I liked the way it looked, and like I said it had textures and everything… so I went ahead and converted it anyway. Converted, mind, not just recoloured. :P

It requires at least one EP, but it doesn’t matter which one – anything between UNI and AL goes.

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Hunk Smith the Sim

Hunk Smith

A simple blacksmith, lowly born, unlettered and unknown, who toils for bread from early morn till half the night has flown…

So, the hunky blacksmith model (cleverly named Hunk Smith) I used for the blacksmith’s anvil I uploaded recently turned out to be almost as popular as the anvil itself. :mrgreen: I hadn’t planned on uploading him originally but far be it from me to deprive anyone’s game of a good smith, ;) so here he is available for download.

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Secret Scuba Gifts, Part II: Blacksmith’s Anvil + DR Bots

It's Hammer Time!

Category: Hobbies -> Misc.
EPs Required: Open for Business + Free Time
Cost: $1100
Poly Count: Low poly

At leefish.nl, there was recently a Secret Scuba event – you know, like Secret Santa, except you were scuba and scubee instead of santa and santee. We’re all fish of the same pond after all. :) This is the second – and final – part of my gifts; the first one can be found here.

One of the things my scubee Jo wished for was a blacksmith’s crafting station for her medieval game, which made me squee with delight because I am ever so slightly insane. So I promptly extracted the blacksmith’s anvil from TSM, tweaked the textures some, and turned it into a crafting station anvil where your medieval smiths can make… robots? O_o Yeah, that didn’t make much sense to me, either – so I threw in some period-appropriate default replacements for the bots as well. The anvil is not a default replacement, though, it’s a stand-alone object.

Since my scubee had all EPs installed and this was made for her, the anvil requires OFB and FT. I might make an OFB-only version later, but for now, you need both.

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Secret Scuba Gifts, Part I: Birthday Cakes

At leefish.nl, there was recently a Secret Scuba event – you know, like Secret Santa, except you were scuba and scubee instead of santa and santee. We’re all fish of the same pond after all. :) I’ve just posted the first part of my gift for my scubee over there: birthday cakes!

Birthday Cakes for Jo

They’re a Leefish exclusive, though, so go there and get them!

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