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Ladder with custom animations

by marvine Posted 27th Jul 2007 at 5:43 PM
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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.
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This is something I always wanted for my game : a space saver more realistic than stealth stairs and teleporters.
Until now, like many other people I've been happily using Targa's ladder stairs despite the lack of animations - but thanks to Wes_H and his new Animesh exporter for Milkshape, this isn't an issue anymore!

The base object was cloned from Targa's ladder stairs; the mesh was replaced but I kept his original footprint. So this ladder takes only 2 tiles, 1 for the ladder itself and 1 for the landing.

The custom animations are for all ages, except toddlers that can't use stairs anyway; all the locomotion types (sexy, depressed, angry...) will use the same "normal" animation, except the "run" locomotion for which the speed was doubled - pets and ghosts will just jump, at least for ghosts that makes sense

You'll find two different objects below:

- the "Marvine-ladder-animated" with 7 recolours : light wood, dark trashed wood, white, grey, black, blue, and a raw wood texture by Beosboxboy. The base object uses a warm medium wood texture, don't delete that one in game!

- the "Marvine-ladder-animated-metalClone", mesh and texture by Beosboxboy, for an industrial look.

The packages were tested with Seasons and with base game only, I don't think the minor last minute changes will affect that.

Known issues:

- despites all the pains I took, the hands sometimes sink a little in the sides of the ladder, and this is more noticeable on the metal version which uses a slightly thicker mesh. Well it's not too bad with the fading...
- some animation overlays will look weird, like climbing upstairs when holding a baby, or when the sim turns to look at another sim; I didn't figure out how the priorities work so there's nothing I can do about that for now. It shouldn't happen very often anyway, unless you have the nursery upstairs
- when climbing down, the sim turns a little briskly to face the ladder and to walk away; this is the only workaround I found for a skeleton settings issue.
If you notice anything else, please let me know!

Redistribution policy: you're welcome to recolour, clone and modify with appropriate credits - don't upload on pay sites or the Exchange.

Polygon Counts:
Simple ladder: 168 polys
Metal ladder: 1080 polys

Additional Credits:
Biggest thanks: to Wes_H of course, being his guinea pig was a priviliege , to Echo for answering my dumb questions, and to both Echo and John Brehaut for their great tutorials that got me started.

And, of course, to all the people that made this possible with their tools, research and advice!

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 5:49 PM Last edited by HystericalParoxysm : 27th Jul 2007 at 6:00 PM.

#3 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 5:52 PM
Very nice. I'll use these for storytelling alongside Targa's.

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#4 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:03 PM
Wow Marvine, very good. I am astounded!

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#5 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:04 PM
Purely awesome. This is very cool, and I just lucked out with the servers. (If I can't get it here, I'm sure I'll see it on InSim. ) Thanks for your hard work! :D

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#6 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:06 PM
This is awesome! Thank you so much, will add it to my game and try it out :D
#7 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:08 PM
this is great! Thanks!

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#8 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:19 PM
wow wow wow these animations look absolutely great. thanks

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#9 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:21 PM
Awesome, Marvine! Thank you so much for making this!

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#10 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:30 PM
Outstanding work! Thanks
#11 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:32 PM
Wow this is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing your very hard work. (I know this could not have been an easy item to create.)
#12 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:34 PM
Thanks a lot!!
The animation!!
I used Targa's ladder, but it needs the anime!?
Field Researcher
#13 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:40 PM
Totally awesome, been wanting this for soooo long! Thank you so much! <3
Test Subject
#14 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:42 PM
Oh my! The animation is fantastic! Very god job.
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#15 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:43 PM
Absolutely brilliant!! Thank you so much

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#16 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:54 PM
Thank you SO much!!!! I use Targa's stairs a lot but i always desired a correct animation!

Your stair and animation look AWESOME i can't wait to try them out, thanks!

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Test Subject
#17 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:54 PM
Fantastic, you are a great animater! Thank's!
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#18 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 6:56 PM Last edited by Canoodle : 27th Jul 2007 at 7:35 PM.
HOLY ****!

Oh my god, Marvine, you're absolutely brilliant! I couldn't be happier! And the best thing is, since the downloads at MTS now don't seem to work at all for me, I'll be probably having the chance to grab these at Insim! :D

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Lab Assistant
#19 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:02 PM Last edited by fanseelamb : 27th Jul 2007 at 7:56 PM.
I use ladders in about every modern home becouse they are compact and look great. Now they look even better with the animations. Beutiful Work!
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#20 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:07 PM
Wow!This is GREAT!Thanks!
Test Subject
#21 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:19 PM
Thanks! I'll DL for sure when I reinstall all my games again.
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#22 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:19 PM Last edited by plasticbox : 27th Jul 2007 at 7:52 PM.
Stellar. Thanks!

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#23 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:25 PM Last edited by fanseelamb : 27th Jul 2007 at 7:57 PM.
These are *beyond* awesome! I've always wished the ladders could be animated.
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#24 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:31 PM
Excellent, love it!!
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#25 Old 27th Jul 2007 at 7:36 PM
Thank you, thank you, you have no idea how badly I've been wishing for proper animations on these stairs!!!
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