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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: 7,384 · 14th Mar 2009
16.5 KB 7,384 14th Mar 2009
ML-NMN_Postcard_AllPurpose.rar

Size: 711.1 KB · Downloads: 8,269 · 14th Mar 2009
711.1 KB 8,269 14th Mar 2009
ML-NMN_Postcard_Xmas.rar

Size: 690.9 KB · Downloads: 7,764 · 5th Nov 2008
690.9 KB 7,764 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Mountain.rar

Size: 652.9 KB · Downloads: 7,994 · 5th Nov 2008
652.9 KB 7,994 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Greetings.rar

Size: 880.6 KB · Downloads: 8,200 · 5th Nov 2008
880.6 KB 8,200 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_FarEast.rar

Size: 643.5 KB · Downloads: 7,828 · 5th Nov 2008
643.5 KB 7,828 5th Nov 2008
ML-NMN_Postcard_Beach.rar

Size: 659.3 KB · Downloads: 8,679 · 5th Nov 2008
659.3 KB 8,679 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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Mad Poster
#101 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 12:38 PM
Don't worry MaryLou, they are your textures that I altered BUT never had any intention of uploading them. They are just for my personal use.

My deviantART, MTS Yearbook Origin ID = Alistu
Lab Assistant
#102 Old 25th Nov 2007 at 4:18 PM
Whoops, sorry, I just EXPLODE when I see an English sentence in the Sims 2, unless:

A: It's a real-life brand
B: Maxis did it.
Test Subject
#103 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 12:07 AM
Hi, I must say you two did a wonderful job! I must say though that my sim wasn't able to buy any postcards because everyone wouldn't stop crowding it like they were addicted and would die if they didn't see it at all times. Pretty much the same problem everyone else is having.
Although I see it is compatible with all expansion packs I will still tell you which I have. I have the base game, university, open for business and pets. I have no stuff packs.
Field Researcher
#104 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 4:32 AM
This is fantastic! Thank you both so much!
Alchemist
#105 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 1:17 PM
Just wanted to note that I haven't found the postcards to be excessively attractive in my game. I have them in a small tourist shop, owned by my sim, along with a couple of clothes racks. The customers use both types of merchandise. I have up to Seasons, missing Pets.

Thanks so much.
Test Subject
#106 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 9:31 PM
you two are simply amazing.......
Field Researcher
#107 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 11:00 PM
This truly is unbelievable.
Why couldn’t Maxis have made something like this for us!
Wait-a-minute! I know!
Getting this for the both of you - I know it will work
moreover, if there is a problem I know you two will fix’s it!!
Thank you so very much MaryLou and Numenor for sharing your
remarkably made 'Postcards Galore.

*´)
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´Platinum*¨)¸;*
Field Researcher
#108 Old 26th Nov 2007 at 11:29 PM
I'm having the same problem as everyone else in that the sims are excessively attracted to the racks. They won't do anything else but browse the racks. I'm going to remove them from my lots until they're fixed. They're ruining my Sim's vacations.
Field Researcher
#109 Old 27th Nov 2007 at 1:14 PM
I wonder if having Pets installed is what makes the racks too attractive, since some of us are having the problem and others aren't having it at all.

Oh, isn't there some way to convince the game that an OFB home business lot can have these postcards? OH well, but I really want to be able to put these in a home business....
Lab Assistant
#110 Old 27th Nov 2007 at 7:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaryLou
The racks can be bought only in non-residential lots;


oh pooh...the way the SUN hoods are set up, the (for example) visitors center that I was going to put the rack in is a residential home business. Or am I reading it wrong, so that you cant put them on a regular home lot, but can if you are a home based business?
Field Researcher
#111 Old 27th Nov 2007 at 9:43 PM
I've been looking and looking for some way to put them in a home based business, Aurelia, and no luck so far.

I've built a lot called Joe's Postcards and put it on Twikkii Island. It's quite simple. The ground floor has a Coke machine, a men's room and a ladies' room including showers, chess, a hula area, and beach access. The upper floor is supported by columns and not enclosed by walls, and is all post cards, cash registers, souveniers and T-shirt racks. It's a very effective lot indeed.

If it were easy to fix the attractiveness I think it would have been done by now. I can live with it as it is--in fact I'm still quite pleased with them and wouldn't necessarily download another set if they'd overwrite these. I just won't set them up so they compete with other high-interest things on the lot, although they might be of use to decoy a surplus of townies away from whatever you want your playable Sims to be doing. I don't know.

Just keep it in mind when you use them that browsing these can be overpowering to the Sims, so put plenty of space around them, and easy access to stairs and doorways that doesn't depend on other people moving out of the way.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#112 Old 27th Nov 2007 at 11:22 PM
Default * Update! *
27 NOV 2007 - UPDATE

What's new:
  • Postcard Showcase - Description: Now the Italian description is shown only for the Italian players; all the others will get the regular English description.
  • Postcard Showcase - Catalog placement: For consistency with the other pieces of the set, now the Showcase can be found in the same catalog section as the racks themselves, i.e. Misc/Misc (normal catalog) or Shopping/Misc (Community catalog).
  • Postcard Racks - Spontaneous purchases: Though no one so far realized this, the racks actually had a bug that prevented the townies to spontaneously buy postcards while in community lots or exotic destinations (they purchased correctly only in OFB shops); now this bug has been fixed, and the townies will correctly pick a postcard from the rack and go to the cash register.
  • Postcard Racks - Attractiveness: The sims are no more obsessed by the racks, and won't go on browsing endlessly; also, when they buy a postcard, they are not forced any more to immediately go back to the rack.
    This has been by far the most difficult bug to fix: the problem (that affects all the objects, including the Maxis ones) is that it's hard to find a "balance" between the attractiveness of different objects: if you put a clothing rack in the same lot with a musical instrument, the sims will just ignore the clothing rack. So, we had to think of an "alternate solution", and we eventually managed to tweak the Postcard Racks so that their attractiveness is the same regardless the Fun advertised by the surrounding objects. It's virtually impossible to perfectly "balance" the attractiveness of an object with a clothing rack and with a musical instrument, but more or less, we managed to do that .
  • Postcard Racks - Residential Lots: Though we designed these racks to mainly be used in exotic destinations and community/commercial lots, we decided to comply with some users' requests, and enabled them for the residential lots, too. Now they can be placed in your homes, so that you can start a home business (we can't think to any different "residential" usage for them )

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

Please visit our sites: www.marylousims2.it and www.numenor-moddings.com
Scholar
#113 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 12:10 AM
This is really a wonderful job !!! How a touristic location without postcards ? Again an amazing addition to the game!! Bravo no BRAVISSIMO you two !!!
And congrats for this highly deserved featuring. :D

All of nature is within us and we are part of all nature (Chief White Cloud)
Alchemist
#114 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 12:58 AM
Thanks for the update (although I hadn't noticed the issues). Do we just download a replacement showcase, or all of the files?
Field Researcher
#115 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 1:10 AM
Please, re-downloads all the files

@aelflaed: I think you have not noticed the issues because yours is a commercial lots ( you have said "I have them in a small tourist shop, owned by my sim" and not a community one.

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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Alchemist
#116 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 2:24 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaryLou
Please, re-download all the files

@aelflaed: I think you have not noticed the issues because yours is a commercial lots ( you have said "I have them in a small tourist shop, owned by my sim" and not a community one.


Yes, it's an OFB lot. And thanks again!
Scholar
#117 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 5:20 AM
this is greak...love the fix! thanks

(and on a unrelated not...can u make a global mod so caffe bars in uni are no longer sim magnets?!)
Mad Poster
#118 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 9:17 AM
Thank you for the update! Now my post office can be fully functional.
Field Researcher
#119 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 12:19 PM Last edited by Silky-M : 28th Nov 2007 at 2:24 PM.
I'm dazzled by the fix and I will download it. I never did find the showcase! So I'm glad you fixed that before I seriously set out to use that part of the set.

Great job!
Field Researcher
#120 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 1:03 PM
Thanks so much for the fix. Can't wait to try them out in my home businesses.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#121 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 3:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silky-M
I'm dazzled by the fix and I will download it. I never did find the showcase! So I'm glad you fixed that before I seriously set out to use that part of the set.


Don't worry, in any case you wouldn't had any problem, because the Showcase is absolutely optional (the postcards can be placed directly on the wall), and it can be added even after you have finished placing the postcards on the wall: the showcase will automatically place itself between the cards and the wall, without moving the cards.


Quote:
Originally Posted by sim~obsessor
can u make a global mod so caffe bars in uni are no longer sim magnets?!

The problem exist in the newer EPs, too, not only in UNI... However, we are sure that there is already such a global fix: if you can't find it here at MTS2, try at moreawsomethanyou.

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

Please visit our sites: www.marylousims2.it and www.numenor-moddings.com
Space Pony
#122 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 5:30 PM
That is very neat. Great job.
Field Researcher
#123 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 8:19 PM
After checking the files with SimPe, I found that the postcards themselves are not recolorable and each postcard has it's own mesh file and recolor. Only the racks and the postcards on the rack mesh are recolorable. Therefore, I assume, that to get more postcard choices, the postcard mesh would have to be cloned and a new texture applied to it. Is this agreeable with your redistribution policy? If not, how can I get more postcard choices?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#124 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 11:29 PM
It's not possible to "add" new postcards to a rack by cloning the existing postcards; each rack has its own set of postcards, that can't be modified, or the rack may have problems. For the same reason, the single postcards are not recolourable at all.

As for cloning the racks or the postcards, we have already explained - in the main post and in the catalog descriptions themselves - that it's forbidden.
Of course, as we said to Menaceman in post #100, it IS allowed to edit or alter the textures of the racks and the postcards, as long as you do that for personal use ONLY and never share with anyone the modified objects.

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

Please visit our sites: www.marylousims2.it and www.numenor-moddings.com
Mad Poster
#125 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 11:40 PM
I just redownloaded and noticed that the new packs don't contain the diagonal mesh for the postcards showcase. Do we still need it?
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