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Postcards Galore! *UPD 05 Nov 2008*

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 20th Nov 2007 at 1:55 AM - Updated 4th May 2014 at 3:37 PM by leefish : fix broken images
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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.
POSTCARDS GALORE!
Countless postcards for your sims!
by MaryLou & Numenor


UPDATED 05 NOV 2008: BUGFIX
Fixed a bug affecting games including IKEA and/or Apartment Life
(the purchased postcards were not added to the sim's inventory)
>>> Please re-download <<<




Get a postcard from your favourite exotic destination, decorate your house
with some fine-art postcards, express your best wishes for your friends'
special events, donate a sweet postcard to your loved ones!
Unchain your heart and purse, and get caught into the postcards galore!!!



OBJECT DESCRIPTION
This is a set of six postcard racks, each one coming with its own set of buyable and usable postcards; for a more good-looking placement of the postcards on the wall, a separated (optional) wall-mounted showcase is included; a diagonal version is also provided for each postcard, and for the showcase.
The postcards can be bought from racks in any community lot, and can put for sale (in racks or as single cards) in commercial lots. The purchased postcards can then be used as home decorations or given as a gift to other sims.

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
  • POSTCARDS BUYABLE FROM RACKS - Unlike most of the decorative objects (including the small ones), that must be bought from the game catalog, you can buy the postcards only from the postcard racks, like in real life!
  • POSTCARDS SELLABLE IN SHOPS - Create your own shop and sell any kind of postcards! The Racks will automatically change their exterior look from "full" to "half" to "empty", while the customers purchase the postcards.
  • AUTOMATIC MESH - The racks will automatically adapt their mesh to their placement: mounted on a wall, placed on the floor or installed over a counter or table, they will always look at their best! The same feature applies to the single postcards: whenever they are placed over a surface, an elegant metal holder appears to support them.
  • GAME ADAPTIVITY - The postcards and the racks will take advantage of the Expansion Packs that you have installed: additional EPs enable additional functions, while keeping perfect backward compatibility!



IN-GAME USAGE and GAME REQUIREMENTS
You can find the postcard racks in the Residential catalog, in the section Misc/Misc; or in the Community catalog, under Shops/Misc
The racks allow numerous interactions and functions, but some of them require specific EPs (NOTE: with "EP" we mean an actual Expansion, not a Stuff Pack).
Depending on the game configurations, the racks will work in community, commercial and exotic lots, as well as in residential ones (including "home businesses"); the single postcards will work in commercial and residential lots. In detail, here is what you can get with the various game configurations :
  1. WITH BOTH OFB AND BV INSTALLED:
    • Community Lots - Townies and playable sims can browse the racks and buy the postcards, that will appear in their hand and - after the payment at the cash - in their Inventory, too.
    • Commercial Lots (owned by a playable sim) - All the sims can browse the racks and purchase the postcards, that will appear in the sims' hands and inventory. It is also possible for the lot owner to put for sale single postcards, placed over tables and counters, or attached to the wall; but in order to sell them, the owner must first go himself to an exotic destination or to a community lot to purchase them (this is needed only once: after the initial sale, the single postcards can be restocked at will).
      The shop owner can perform all the standard OFB interactions: offer objects to customers, restock, etc. While the sales go on, the racks will change their exterior look from "full" to "half" to "empty" (empty racks won't allow further sales until restocked).
    • Commercial Lots (visited by a playable sim) - They work exactly like a community lot (see above).
    • Residential Lots - It's possible to take the purchased postcards out of the sims' inventory, and use them to decorate the house, placing them on the walls (with or without showcase) or over tables (the metal support will automatically appear). It's also possible to place the racks themselves, into a residential lot: this way, it's possible to build a home business.
    • Exotic Destinations - They, too, work like normal community lots, but with the difference that some racks can be used *only* in the "proper" destination (e.g. tropical postcards only in tropical destinations); racks placed in improper destinations will look almost empty, and a descriptive message will alert the buyers about the unavailability of those postcards.
      The postcards currently in the sims' inventory can be given as a gift to other family members or visiting sims.
  2. WITHOUT OFB, BUT WITH BV:
    In this case, the main difference is that - of course - it's not possible to create and run business lots; as a consequence, the postcards can only be bought from the racks (it's not possible to sell single cards in community or exotic lots).
  3. WITHOUT BV, BUT WITH OFB:
    Without BV, no exotic lots can exist; the "touristic" racks won't suffer for any limitation, and can be placed in any lot community or commercial lot.
  4. WITHOUT BOTH OFB AND BV, BUT WITH AT LEAST ONE EP NEWER THAN NL:
    In this case, the racks can only be placed in normal community lots; the purchased postcards will be included in the sims' inventory, so that they can be used later on, as home decorations or as gifts to other sims.
  5. WITH THE BASE GAME ONLY, OR BASE+UNI:
    In this case, the sims have no personal inventory (it was first introduced with NL...); as a consequence, the postcards can't be purchased by playable sims. The townies will spontaneously buy postcards, occasionally, but they will be just fake purchases.
    The racks can be placed, of course, only in normal Community lots.


GAME COMPATIBILITY
Keeping in mind the limitations described above, the entire Postcards set is compatible with any game, including the base-game only; of course, the more EP you have, the more functions and interactions will be available.


INSTALLATION
Very simple! Just unpack to your Downloads folder. If your computer hates rar archives, use the Q-Xpress. NO ZIP!
For your convenience, the provided rar archives contain a sub-folder structure, so that you can just unpack everything to your Downloads folder, and the files will be neatly grouped in subfolders into your Downloads.
Attached to this post, you will find SIX archives, each containing one rack and all the related postcards. They are completely autonomous: you can choose to download them all, or just one, and they will work perfectly fine in any case.
In detail, here is a list of the available archives:
  • "Touristic" Postcard sets (read above about their usage in "improper" destinations):
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Beach.rar contains the "Tropical" set (rack + postcards)
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_FarEast.rar contains the "Far East" set
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Mountain.rar contains the "Mountain" set
  • "Generic" Postcard sets (usable without any limitation):
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_AllPurpose.rar contains the "All-Purpose" set, i.e. a set of cards suitable for everything
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Greetings.rar contains the "Greetings" set, i.e. a set of "fine art" (= more expensive ) cards suitable for special events (marriage, graduation, etc.)
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Rack_Xmas.rar contains the "Christmas" set, another "fine art" set suitable for the upcoming holidays: cheers!
  • Optional Showcase
    • ML-NMN_Postcard-Showcase.rar contains the optional wall-mounted postcard showcase. This is NOT required, actually, because the postcards can be placed directly on the wall; but it looks so nice that it would be a pity not to download it
NOTE: there is one single file, named "ML-NMN_Postcard_Accessory.package", that is shared between all the sets; for your convenience, we have included it in each of the six sets. Therefore, if you install multiple sets, it will be overwritten every time: it's normal and intentional, so just click Yes when asked.

RECOLOURS
The racks have two separate recolourable subsets: the metal structure and the actual postcards.
You can create recolours for one or both parts using Object Workshop: click "Open..." and browse to the rack; then, proceed as usual.


All the racks already come with 5 different colours for the metal structure (except the Christmas rack that only has two colours). Moreover, we have created some "special recolours" for the postcard, to make the rack look not fully restocked (so to add some visual variety to the lots).
Please note that the "special recolours" for the postcards can be used only in community and exotic lots: they are NOT usable in OFB commercial lots (in such lots, the texture is automatically managed depending on the stock level).

ATTENTION: Due to the frequent changes in the Maxis code, and to the complexity of these objects, the recolours can be picked from the catalog only if you have Seasons installed; without Seasons, you have to pick the default colour from the catalog, place the rack in the lot and then apply the desired recolour using the Design Tool.


REDISTRIBUTION POLICY
DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE
You can freely create recolours, and post them on any site, but DON'T INCLUDE THE MESHES IN YOUR RECOLOURS; post a link to this thread, instead.
Like all our creations, we allow to include these objects in lots uploaded to completely free sites (NO EXCHANGE!); however, BE WARNED that the game will NOT correctly include the entire sets (rack + related postcards + accessory postcard) in the lot: unless you are experienced enough to manually include in the .sims2pack the missing files, we strongly suggest that you remove any postcard-related object from your lots, and ask the users to download the postcard sets directly from this thread.
Remember that it's FORBIDDEN to post the postcard sets separately from the lot (i.e. not included in the .sims2pack file); in any case, you have to grant credits to MaryLou and Numenor and provide a link to this thread (not just to MTS2!).


F.A.Q.: Are these postcards really countless?
Well, no, actually... But anyway they are too many to manage for a single sim!
Tags: #postcard

Style: Retro Contemporary
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
ML-NMN_Postcard_Showcase.rar

Size: 16.5 KB · Downloads: 7,383 · 14th Mar 2009
16.5 KB 7,383 14th Mar 2009
ML-NMN_Postcard_AllPurpose.rar

Size: 711.1 KB · Downloads: 8,267 · 14th Mar 2009
711.1 KB 8,267 14th Mar 2009
ML-NMN_Postcard_Xmas.rar

Size: 690.9 KB · Downloads: 7,763 · 5th Nov 2008
690.9 KB 7,763 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Mountain.rar

Size: 652.9 KB · Downloads: 7,993 · 5th Nov 2008
652.9 KB 7,993 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Greetings.rar

Size: 880.6 KB · Downloads: 8,199 · 5th Nov 2008
880.6 KB 8,199 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_FarEast.rar

Size: 643.5 KB · Downloads: 7,827 · 5th Nov 2008
643.5 KB 7,827 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar

Size: 659.3 KB · Downloads: 8,678 · 5th Nov 2008
659.3 KB 8,678 5th Nov 2008
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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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Mad Poster
#76 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 4:47 PM
I'm afriad I have to report the same results as other users here; when placed on a lot they are all that a Sim will pay attention to and interact with. They only react to each other if there are no empty spots to browse at so they talk to each other until a spot becomes free. The Sim who has stopped browsing will also immediately leave the lot afterwards.

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Field Researcher
#77 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 5:16 PM
This is very cool! Gives me something to add to my businesses! Especially great for the gift shops! Thanks so much to both of you for another incredable addition to our games!
Lab Assistant
#78 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 6:52 PM
Wow. I really am awstruck. This is truly brilliant. I have been a bit down in the dumps lately, becuse I am truly atticted to downloading and while there is always great content on this and the other sites I frequent, one that I use to go to shut down. Between the 4 sites that I visit daily, as well as the many sites I visit on a weekly basis, I was assured that I would find somthing that would change my game play and make me so excited to play. It has been months since I have found somthing like that. But you did it. I truly love this idea and cant wait to put it in my game.

Thank you!
You have brightened my day.

I can quit dowloading coustom content anytime I want, I just don't want to...and no I do not have a problem.
Test Subject
#79 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 6:54 PM
You two are amazing! This is fantastic, and they're so pretty in the game! Kickass job, as usual!
Test Subject
#80 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 10:21 PM
thanks once again for an AMAZINGGGGGG creation. this is just beautiful.
Lab Assistant
#81 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 12:06 AM
I knew you two had been quiet for too long... ;D
Test Subject
#82 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 12:08 AM
I also love these postcards, but I am also getting the addiction problem. My sims won't do anything except browse the postcards. Is there a way to tone down the attractiveness? Thanks for all the hard work ya'll put into these.
Cathy
Lab Assistant
#83 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 12:15 AM
Hmm yes I do have norton (Can't get rid of it, actually). I'm a firewall dummy..can't figure out how to fix it, so I will go with just visiting and checking them out. =) But at least I know what's happening! Thanks MaryLou.
Field Researcher
#84 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 1:26 AM
This is just so incredibly awesome; great work! :D

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Test Subject
#85 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 5:18 AM
This is a sick download!! I'm so loving this, sweet work!

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Lab Assistant
#86 Old 22nd Nov 2007 at 8:25 PM
How cool is that!!! I love the idea and the postcards (how could I have lived without them? ^^) and how it's done and everything ^^ I'm excited and can't wait to use them~~
Thank you so much for sharing - for all of your outstanding work, it's better than best! *giving 12 stars out of possible 10*
Test Subject
#87 Old 23rd Nov 2007 at 1:25 AM
This is amazing! Great work on this! :D

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You do know, that if you type in 'boolprop testingCheatesenabled true' in create a family, then when you play your sims, you can max or deplete the motives (and some other stuff, like skills) all you want!
Top Secret Researcher
#88 Old 23rd Nov 2007 at 2:46 AM
Gosh! This is freaky cool!
The most funny thing is that a couple of days ago i was thinking of a postcard shop for my sims as it would be awesome with Bon Voyage additions, and i thought "Bleh, Maxis missed that... "
See, it's a 'tradition' in my country: almost all the town shops, tobacco sellers, tourist shops, village shops & even big gas stations have postcards lol ^^ so now i can make realistic shops in every theme possible
Numenor & Marlou, you're so talented! Just HOW did you do that?
Thank you for this fabulous addition; you just made my day! *happy*
Lab Assistant
#89 Old 23rd Nov 2007 at 11:17 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Menaceman44
I'm afriad I have to report the same results as other users here; when placed on a lot they are all that a Sim will pay attention to and interact with. They only react to each other if there are no empty spots to browse at so they talk to each other until a spot becomes free. The Sim who has stopped browsing will also immediately leave the lot afterwards.


I had the same happen, my playable Sim got a flashing browse Icon. And nonplayables have done nothing at all. Everyone was still on his Place like a Sculptue. A nice view decorative Sims everywere on the Lot. Only some conversation started. Even with Bar on the Lot.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#90 Old 24th Nov 2007 at 12:37 AM
Thank you all for the reports (and for the thanks! ) We appreciate very much your bug-reports and your gaming impressions, and we never take them as criticism, so don't worry and keep reporting!

About the excessive appeal of the racks - We are checking why this happen; in our earlier tests, the sims didn't concentrate that much on the rack, but now we can confirm that they *are* excessively appealing. We are working to better tweak the racks and make them less addictive.

(@ Daisie) About the showcase description - You are right, it's our fault Dealing with 93 files in total made us forget to translate that description; we'll post the fixed version soon.

About the racks missing from the catalog - The racks can be bought only in non-residential lots; you should find them in the Buy Mode catalog: depending on the EP that you have installed, you can find them in Misc/Misc (if browsing the normal section, i.e. the one you normally use in residential lots) or in Shopping/Misc (if browsing the community catalog)

If you need to contact us, PM directly to "Numenor" or "MaryLou".

Please visit our sites: www.marylousims2.it and www.numenor-moddings.com
Top Secret Researcher
#91 Old 24th Nov 2007 at 12:48 AM
Thank you for the response. The sentence that had me thinking I could buy them on residential lots was this one: "You can find the postcard racks in the Residential catalog, in the section Misc/Misc." But I understand now.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#92 Old 24th Nov 2007 at 1:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silky-M
It also might be helpful if you clarify that customers don't actually buy them from the racks but only browse--a cash register is required for them to

We didn't think to specify that a cash register is needed in order to buy the postcards because, after all, nothing can be bought in game without a cash register...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Daisie
The sentence that had me thinking I could buy them on residential lots was this one: "You can find the postcard racks in the Residential catalog,

We have cleared it up now in the main post

If you need to contact us, PM directly to "Numenor" or "MaryLou".

Please visit our sites: www.marylousims2.it and www.numenor-moddings.com
Field Researcher
#93 Old 24th Nov 2007 at 5:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaryLou & Numenor
We didn't think to specify that a cash register is needed in order to buy the postcards because, after all, nothing can be bought in game without a cash register...


We have cleared it up now in the main post


This is the phrase that made me think I could just put some postcard racks in my nightclub lot:

"you can buy the postcards only from the postcard racks"

You can buy many things without a cash register in game, such as cappucino, drinks at a bar, and so forth. Cell phones, MP3 players, game players, too. That's how I initially thought these functioned. In real life there are often little boxes with slots so you can put in your quarters and take the postcard (or candy, or whatever) without having to stand in a line and pay. At least there are here.

It's no big deal--I just went in and cleared room for a cash register after I saw that they could only "browse" and not "buy" without a cash register. But these will go into quite a few lots that wouldn't ordinarily need a cash register...or so I think. I'm really glad to see that you're working on the attractiveness problem and aren't offended that we brought it up!
Test Subject
#94 Old 24th Nov 2007 at 5:50 AM Last edited by miss_dione : 24th Nov 2007 at 6:07 AM.
These look great, and I can't wait to try them in my game. I'll be looking forward to the update with less attractiveness. Now for a slightly unrelated question: How do I get my cash registers to sit diagonally on the corner like in your screenshots. Thanks again.

ETA: okay so I figured out my question about the corners myself and have downloaded the SEP.
Field Researcher
#95 Old 24th Nov 2007 at 11:12 AM
I've seen this in-game now and I can't think of any download I've been more pleased with or more impressed by. I especially like the way the cards display on the wall after a sim has bought them, but the whole idea just seems so....right!
Yes, there is an issue with the racks being a bit too appealing at the moment but I'm sure you'll fix that soon enough. I can't say I found it much of an issue anyway.
Lab Assistant
#96 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 12:32 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Menaceman44
Was that going to be "Simlish"? I fancied them in Simlish as well so I've edited the textures with English text on them in SimPE.

Anywho, fantastic work to the both of you!


Actually, yes it was. Are you going to post the textures, or do I have to earn four hundred bucks so I can buy Photoshop and do it myself?
Test Subject
#97 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 1:40 AM
Hello, it appears to just be happening to me but I placed it into the market in the three lakes vacation community and my playable sims can not purchase the postcards. it goes into the que and disappears. It's a rack hanging on the wall, at first I thought it was because it was being swarmed by a bunch of townies but when I had the sim shoo them all away and go look for herself it made no difference. Let me know if I did something wrong. It's a awesome mod, I would love for it to work for me. By the way I have all the expansions installed and all stuff packs except for H&M and Teen.

Thanks!!
Test Subject
#98 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 3:05 AM
You two are awesome!!! I was missing you guyz, but, dang! What to say? Totally frickin awesome. Thanks for sharing your talent!
Forum Resident
#99 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 5:22 AM
Can you make it so we can send postcard to someone when in vacation, like in Sims1? Maybe you have to make a custom mailbox like in Sims1 Vacation. And then when we play the sim that we send him the postcard, the mailman delivers it in the mailbox. Thank you.
Field Researcher
#100 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 10:18 AM Last edited by MaryLou : 25th Nov 2007 at 12:58 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nelson340
It's nics, but I'd like Simli-*gets shot*

Quote:
Originally Posted by Menaceman44
Was that going to be "Simlish"? I fancied them in Simlish as well so I've edited the textures with English text on them in SimPE.
Anywho, fantastic work to the both of you!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nelson340
Actually, yes it was. Are you going to post the textures, or do I have to earn four hundred bucks so I can buy Photoshop and do it myself?

I'm very sorry that I have to remember that is forbidden clone, edit and post my and our works in any way without our permission!
If you don't like English text, that we have made on purpose, you have to create a new recolour with your own NEW textures.
I hope that Menaceman has edit the textures only for his personal use: he can NOT post or share them in any way.

If you like my creations, you may consider to make a little donation to support my site and my modding activity.
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