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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: 7,382 · 14th Mar 2009
16.5 KB 7,382 14th Mar 2009
ML-NMN_Postcard_AllPurpose.rar

Size: 711.1 KB · Downloads: 8,266 · 14th Mar 2009
711.1 KB 8,266 14th Mar 2009
ML-NMN_Postcard_Xmas.rar

Size: 690.9 KB · Downloads: 7,762 · 5th Nov 2008
690.9 KB 7,762 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Mountain.rar

Size: 652.9 KB · Downloads: 7,992 · 5th Nov 2008
652.9 KB 7,992 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Greetings.rar

Size: 880.6 KB · Downloads: 8,198 · 5th Nov 2008
880.6 KB 8,198 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_FarEast.rar

Size: 643.5 KB · Downloads: 7,826 · 5th Nov 2008
643.5 KB 7,826 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar

Size: 659.3 KB · Downloads: 8,677 · 5th Nov 2008
659.3 KB 8,677 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\
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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 6:55 PM
Amazing!!!
#52 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 8:35 PM
Holy crap this is amazing!

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Scholar
#53 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 10:00 PM
Test Subject
#54 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 10:13 PM
This is just unbelivable! Amazing! Thank you!
Forum Resident
#55 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 10:41 PM
Cool. Thank you!

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Forum Resident
#56 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 11:42 PM Last edited by CynicalChick : 21st Nov 2007 at 5:07 PM.
you always amaze meeeeeee. thank you!
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 11:52 PM
I am also not seeing any pictures, aside from the thumbnail loaded to MTS2 - shows a "No Hotlink" animated gif instead. =)

(But great idea! Thanks for this awesome backwards compatible item!)
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 20th Nov 2007 at 11:58 PM
It's nics, but I'd like Simli-*gets shot*
Field Researcher
#59 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 12:01 AM
Please don't take this as criticism--I am seriously in awe of this! But...

May I please ask if they're supposed to be so fascinating that the sims ignore everything else on the lot in order to browse through them? I don't know if I've done something wrong...when Sims won't even stay in a hot tub or bowl, or busk or skate or poke their enemies, because they want to look at post cards, it changes everything about a community lot....

At any rate, don't put these near doorways or stairways as businesses do in real life...they'll totally obstruct traffic! It's a wonderful new item and brilliant, but I wonder if you could balance this out just a bit, please, so my Sims are willing to eat and play and buy cell phones with these on the lot.

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 buy.
Alchemist
#60 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 12:13 AM
Awesome idea Sims *should* be able to send postcards indeed...and you two have done a wonderful job, as always!

If wishes were fishes we'd all cast nets
Instructor
#61 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 12:25 AM
Yet another thing that was missing and I didn't realize it you made it. THanks
Mad Poster
#62 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 12:42 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nelson340
It's nics, but I'd like Simli-*gets shot*


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!

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Instructor
#63 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 1:52 AM
This is awsome, very brilliant and nice. How can I thank you?
Your ideas gives the game soo much extras!

/Lisen
Field Researcher
#64 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 1:58 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silky-M
May I please ask if they're supposed to be so fascinating that the sims ignore everything else on the lot in order to browse through them? I don't know if I've done something wrong...when Sims won't even stay in a hot tub or bowl, or busk or skate or poke their enemies, because they want to look at post cards, it changes everything about a community lot....


I just play tested these and they function perfectly but I am experiancing the same thing with the attractiveness of this item. Within a short time every single sim (townies and controlable sims) on the lot was "browsing" the racks and doing nothing else.

They really are wonderful but is there a way to make sims want to something other than browse them when they are on a lot?
Top Secret Researcher
#65 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 3:14 AM
Um, I guess these work for other people, but both times I have downloaded and installed them (all the files, because I wanted all the versions, and it looks like that was okay to do) they didn't show up in the correct place in the catalogue. Instead, a cardboard-looking picture showed up under wall hangings. The catalogue description for that was in Italian, though judging by my rough internet translation it was about postcards. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Well, obviously there is, but do you know what it is?
Field Researcher
#66 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 5:18 AM
I think I'm going to make sure that when I use these, they are the ONLY thing on the lot. They are just too attractive. Here's a screenie:



This is one of my best community lots, my tweaked version of MUSICAL OASIS, a lot I apparenty didn't get here but which is a cool guitar-shaped building. There is a lot to do on this lot, particularly music, which is ordinarily a high-interest thing, but nobody is performing now, and Sims who can't get to the postcards because of the mob just leave the lot. I understand the buzz! but please tweak this so that it becomes part of the community lot instead of taking over? Or offer a second version. Since there is no "buy a postcard" want, and I play heavily for the aspiration points...well, you get my drift.

The WTC vacation card caught my eye this last time I was playing, and all I can say is the world would sure be a much, much better place now if we could all still vacation there. 'Nuff said on that. Thanks for including that...I do like the cards you have in the collections I've seen so far.
Mad Poster
#67 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 5:32 AM
Wow, this is truly amazing, I never even thought of such a thing to be able to exist! I'm not surprised that this is featured. Thank you for your work!
Lab Assistant
#68 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 5:58 AM
I bow to your greatness! Thanks for this, I thought it was a fun idea in Sims 1, but you two have made it even cooler!
Field Researcher
#69 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 6:27 AM Last edited by Silky-M : 21st Nov 2007 at 10:05 AM.
I don't mean to belabor the point here but, wow, in two days of testing this--it hasn't malfunctioned once despite too much other CC. Not one Sim on two community lots with postcards went to buy themselves or a friend coffee, usually the most-desired amenity of any lot:



This is a double screenshot while paused at the same moment. Nobody was anywhere near the bar or the cappacino machine, or doing anything else, and my active Sim Serafina was buying herself a postcard. Some minor photoshopping was done to "illuminate" the postcard and generally spiff up the scene.

I edited this to make that clear...and again this isn't criticism, just an aspect of this set that may be undesireable on the typical multi-activity community lot. I think these racks need to be placed carefully so that the throngs they draw won't kill your traffic flow, and I am not seeing any Sims moving away from them.

Did you dust these cards with something highly addictive?
Field Researcher
#70 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 8:39 AM
@ cnj6768, Rainncandy,Zelia Theb:
I think you can have a block for the referrer information.
Usually this happens because the images are stored on a different web server than the one you are visiting (MTS2), in this case the MTS2 server sends a request to my web server to obtain the graphics, this request includes the referrer information.
Do you have a security internet or a personal firewall like "Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall" that could block the referrer information?
Try to enable MTS2 to receive the referrer information, creating a rule that permits this in your security internet sw.

In the meantime you can visit my site (link in the signature), and look at if you can see all the relative images.

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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Lab Assistant
#71 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 9:48 AM
go to simwardrobe.com there can you find more things for ofb
Field Researcher
#72 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 12:16 PM
MaryLou, i dont have any firewalls or security, and i can only see the no hotlinking gif. (Using Firefox too)

And.. I love the postcards they are awesome :D

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Field Researcher
#73 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 12:28 PM
You two make us mere mortals drool with envy, amazing! Thankyou

You're lying to Sam like he's your wife. Which kinda makes me your mistress.
Lab Assistant
#74 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 1:25 PM
This is absolutely perfect for my Baleen Island hood (a SUN site) for the visitors center...I may even attempt recolors for the locals!!! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#75 Old 21st Nov 2007 at 2:58 PM
What a great, amazing work, thank you so much!!!
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