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Clean And Empty Stealth Hood Templates

by Jawusa Posted 22nd Feb 2014 at 8:25 PM - Updated 15th Jan 2019 at 2:32 PM by Jawusa
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Do you want to get rid of those Maxis families which always appear in your neighborhood's bin?
And you don't want to delete them because this corrupts your neighorbood?

Then this is something for you!
These stealth hoods don't contain any annoying universal families and NPCs...

I used Numenor's AnyGameStarter to create empty neighborhoods using an empty Anygame with no Maxis content.
I copied everything over with Mootilda's HoodReplace and if necessary, I copied the lots from the Maxis stealth hood into my stealth hood. (only Hobbies and Magic)

I had to copy the hobby lots and the witch lots because every neighborhood needs them.
That's why EA created a stealth hood for them but they filled it with unnecessary sims...

These stealth 'hoods have been thoroughly checked with Mootilda's HoodChecker and no errors have been found.
You also don't need all 5 expansion packs for 1 stealth hood.

The "Pets" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Pets
The "Weather" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Seasons
The "Exotic Destinations" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
The "Hobbies" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Free Time
The "Magic" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Apartment Life

If you have all expansion packs, then you can download all 5 stealth hoods.

Before downloading,
Make sure you make a backup of your existing template first.
You may want the stealth families or NPCs back.

Note: These templates will ONLY affect new neighborhoods or neighborhoods that haven't been loaded yet. In short, neighborhoods that don't already have the original stealth hoods installed. Meaning, if you saw loading screens like "Create Pets"; "Create Weather"..., then these templates will not change anything but future neighborhoods!

To install them, put them to your install location...
By default, it is C:\Program Files\EA GAMES
If you have Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, it is C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

Pets Stealth Hood (Pets)
Install instructions: Put the P001 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Pets\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\EP4\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Seasons Stealth Hood (Weather)
Install instructions: Put the G002 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Seasons\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Seasons\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Bon Voyage Stealth Hood (Exotic Destinations)
Install instructions: Put the V001 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Free Time Stealth Hood (Hobbies)
Install instructions: Put the F002 folder in in your C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Free Time\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Free Time\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Apartment Life Stealth Hood (Magic)
Install instructions: Put the E002 in your C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Apartment Life\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Update: 15th January 2019
For those who use Windows 10 and have difficulties with getting these templates to work.
If you see that the default sims still appear in your neighborhoods despite of installing these empty templates, please try the following.

Apparently, Windows 10 stores the default templates somewhere, which is why, the game still adds the characters to the neighborhoods.
Quote:
Originally Posted by somedaythesun
Windows 10 keeps a hidden copy of program files in a location called "virtual store." I'm not coding-literate, so I'm not sure why it's there, but my game didn't recognize your clean hoods until I copied over the stealth templates to this location


In order to fix this, go to C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES
and install my templates there as well, just like in the normal Program Files. Thank you, somedaythesun for reporting this issue!

If you are confused, which file you should download...
Here's a better view of it:

- P001 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Pets
- G002 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Seasons
- V001 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
- F002 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Free Time
- E002 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Apartment Life

Additional Credits:
Thanks to:
- Numenor for the AnyGameStarter - without him, I had to deinstall all of my EPs and I wasn't able to create an empty neighborhood
- Mootilda for her HoodReplace and Hood Checker - without her, I wouldn't be able to do anything. Changing 'hood's ID to stealth, copy everything from one neighborhood to another and checking for issues...
She was the most helpful one here. Thank you very much!
- somedaythesun for reporting the Windows 10 issue

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 Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
G002.rar | "Weather" without any characters

Size: 158.3 KB · Downloads: 17,483 · 22nd Feb 2014
158.3 KB 17,483 22nd Feb 2014
P001.rar | "Pets" without any characters

Size: 186.8 KB · Downloads: 17,632 · 22nd Feb 2014
186.8 KB 17,632 22nd Feb 2014
E002.rar | "Magic" without any characters BUT with lots

Size: 2.20 MB · Downloads: 21,116 · 22nd Feb 2014
2.20 MB 21,116 22nd Feb 2014
F002.rar | "Hobbies" without any characters BUT with lots

Size: 4.70 MB · Downloads: 20,905 · 22nd Feb 2014
4.70 MB 20,905 22nd Feb 2014
V001.rar | "Exotic Destinations" without any characters

Size: 187.6 KB · Downloads: 17,786 · 22nd Feb 2014
187.6 KB 17,786 22nd Feb 2014
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#2 Old 22nd Feb 2014 at 8:32 PM
Thank you for this!
Test Subject
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#3 Old 22nd Feb 2014 at 8:59 PM
What is the difference to the Clean Neighbourhood-Templates on MATY?
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#4 Old 22nd Feb 2014 at 9:08 PM
The neighborhood templates on MATY were cleaned using a different, less safe, technique.
Field Researcher
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#5 Old 22nd Feb 2014 at 9:28 PM
Thanks for this & an extra kudos for remembering to leave the Hobby/Witch lots alone.

Nice to have better/safer clean templates available for us compulsive 'hood tweakers!
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#6 Old 23rd Feb 2014 at 5:22 AM
Thank you so much. This'll save me hours of work!
Mad Poster
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#7 Old 23rd Feb 2014 at 3:41 PM
Great there here now.
Thanks for all the work.
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#8 Old 23rd Feb 2014 at 6:50 PM
Thanks for all the hard work. I can't wait to try these.
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#9 Old 24th Feb 2014 at 12:44 AM
Awww. People actually complain about these families? I like having them around! I myself usually don't play the Maxis families (except for Stella Terrano, who is too cool for words), but I like having them around and I get a kick out of seeing Samantha Ottomas waddling around like she does. So in every neighborhood or subneighborhood I play in, I just take all of the families in the bin and stick them into one or two out-of-the-way, high-occupancy apartment complexes or dormitories, then leave them alone and let them do their thing forever after. There's nothing wrong with having a few more people to come home from work with your favorite Sims, right?
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#10 Old 24th Feb 2014 at 7:42 AM
I might consider this in future, but now I play with ALL the bin families - I actually like them. The Travellers and the Ramaswami's are 2 of my favourite Sims families ever. I
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#11 Old 24th Feb 2014 at 10:33 PM
Well obviously if you like having the same families in all your neighborhoods then these templates aren't for you.


But for those of us that like creating truly custom neighborhoods (or simply tire of seeing the same people in every 'hood) these templates are a must-have item!
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#12 Old 25th Feb 2014 at 2:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pizzatron-9000
Awww. People actually complain about these families? I like having them around![...]

Yeah, I like them too, but I think five Julien Cooke in five different neighbourhoods is at least three too much, and I don't need another Julien Cooke in every future hood I play either.
Thanks, Jawusa
Mad Poster
#13 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 3:20 AM
Does the game still generates new Townies and new NPC's with these installed?
And what exactly happens in my game, if I install this now...do the existing EA people vanish? Do they stay there..and it only take effects if I create a new Subhood/Hood?
Thank you.

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#14 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 11:54 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 26th Feb 2014 at 12:23 PM.
My templates don't contain any NPCs but they spawn, when they are needed.
If a NPC witch is needed, the game will generate one and will only use that witch.


If you install my templates and load a neighborhood for the first time, the game won't add the "stealth" families and NPCs which always appear in your neighborhood's bin. (ex. the Ottomas family or the Cooke family)

This is great, if you want a truly custom neighborhood which only contains your created sims and no other EA sims.
Or if you hate the bin families (like me) and want to get rid of them.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#15 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 12:13 PM
I'm playing with the MATY Clean Templates so far, cause I want no MAXIS-Sims in my Hood.
I edit each and every Sim - including Townies and NPC in SimPE.
Can I simply relace the MATY Templates with yours?
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#16 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 12:39 PM
Yes, you can replace the templates in the NeighborhoodTemplate folder.
This will attach my "stealth" hood templates to your future neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, my stealth hoods won't be attached to your current neighborhoods because they may already have the "stealth" hood templates, which are probably the ones from MATY.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
Mad Poster
#17 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 2:32 PM
I am still wondering what you guys mean by "stealth" and google translate came up with something that sounded so bad..lol.
Anyways. Thank you Jawusa. So I can either...rename my EA Games folder, and before launching the game for the first time, install your templates and I am done?
Or..can I just instal them now, even though I have all Maxis sims in...and only have clean hoods if I create new ones?.
Sorry but..this is confusing.

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#18 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 3:42 PM
"Stealth" hoods are secret and hidden sub-hoods which always be added to your neighborhood, if you load your neighborhood for the first time.
I guess, your game is in French.

So in French the name of these secret "stealth" hoods are: Animaux (Pets stealth hood), Météo (Seasons stealth hood), Destinations exotiques (Bon Voyage stealth hood), Passe-temps (Free Time stealth hood), Monde de la magie (Apartment Life stealth hood)

I'm sure you already saw these names in your game, if you create a new neighborhood, right?
Unfortunately, the secret "stealth" hoods contain a lot of sims. So that's why, I created empty secret "stealth" hoods for truly custom neighborhoods without maxis sims.

Please check the Install Instructions (above, at the download page), to see, how to install these secret "stealth" hoods.
It is different.
These stealth hoods can't be moved to the Downloads or Neighborhoods folder.
You have to put them somewhere other.

I described it in the Install Instructions

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#19 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 7:37 PM
Thank you Jawusa. NO..my game is in English. I cannot stand the lame french translations.
When I load a new Hood, I have.."Creating weather...Creating Pets..magic..etc.
But Stealth?..never heard of it!
But now I know what they are!!! lol

Oh..and another question please, before leave you alone forever...these templates of yours are just the stealth hoods..but the base Hoods (veronaville, strange town..and the other) will still be created..right? and maxis sims will be in them..whether I play those hoods or not...or I am really off here.

I'll check your instructions again. Thank you.

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#20 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 8:09 PM
Feel free to ask anytime.

Anyway, yes if you create a new neighborhood, it won't add the "stealth" sims but the NPCs of Pleasantview (this means there's a Goopy GilsCarbo, Kaylynn Langerak etc. but no garden club members)

But you can avoid that by renaming the "Neighborhoods" folder which is located in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\UserData to something else.
This can also be done, if you want to attach a sub-hood into your neighborhood.

You can just rename the "NeighborhoodTemplate" folder which is located in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res to something else.
This is also true for universities, downtowns and vacation destinations... just go to The Sims 2 University/Nightlife/Bon Voyage instead of The Sims 2 Open For Business and rename the NeighborhoodTemplate folder to something else.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#21 Old 26th Feb 2014 at 11:41 PM
Oh!!! i thought renaming those would make the game cre...no! never mind ahah..this is not My Docs...
I'm happy now.

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#22 Old 28th Feb 2014 at 1:14 AM
No more Ottomai and annoying ass Travellers for me! Thank you so much!
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#23 Old 4th Mar 2014 at 10:12 PM
Finally, I can rid myself of unwanted bin families, thank you!
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#24 Old 18th Mar 2014 at 10:22 PM
Thank you! And Thank You! And a dozen more Thank Yous!!!

Every neighborhood I've ever gotten attached to has eventually borked. I never realized I was preborking every custom neighborhood I'd ever made by deleting the default sims! You've just fixed the most annoying problem I've ever had with the sims!

Thank You!
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