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Swimmable Lake (BaseGame)

by plasticbox Posted 1st Dec 2007 at 5:31 PM
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
No EPs required.
Custom content included: a transparent floortile by RGiles, a column by Reyn, and Open underneath Wooden Stairs by crocobaura.

If you want to install the stairs properly, please follow the directions given in the thread linked above. This lot will work just fine if you don't, but you won't be able to select or change the stairs or use them in other lots (they won't show up in the catalogue, which is what the installation procedure is for).

Swimmable lake on a 3x3 lot, with bathrooms and a small grilling area. Looks nice at night and in winter as well, and is fishable if you have Seasons. Playtested in the base game and in Base+SSN.

See this tutorial for info on how to make lakes like this one.

For non-basegame users, I recommend frillen's floortile hider (it's not basegame compatible, or I would have used it) -- if you put that on the swimming surface, the floortile edges become invisible and the whole thing looks truly seamless. Right now, the edges are mostly hidden by plants, but from some angles you can still see them.

Known issues (that I can't do anything about):

* Because the swimmable surface is slightly underneath the visible water surface, sims dip a little deeper into the water than usual when they swim (see last pic). I don't mind this, to me it looks simply like a less grandmotherly style of swimming.

* When jumping off the diving board there's one point when the sim's feet clip through the board -- I think this is also a side effect of the water surface being lower than the game thinks it is. I haven't been able to take any pics of this due to my playtesting sim being such a wuss (she refused to dive no matter what) .. but it's not really noticeable in-game, since that part of the animation goes by really fast.

Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price: N/A

Custom Content Included:
- Wooden Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Blue Transparent Tile by RGiles
- Timber Column by Reyn

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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Size: 1.14 MB · Downloads: 23,761 · 1st Dec 2007
1.14 MB 23,761 1st Dec 2007
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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. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.
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#2 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 6:45 PM
They told us we could do it.
They gave us tutorials,
but non of us thought of spareing the aggony of failture by giveing a pre-made on at your disposal, UNTIL NOW.


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Test Subject
#3 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 7:21 PM
Thank you so much, I've been dying for one of these in a .zip! Mac users worldwide salute you :P
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 7:30 PM
Thank you for this pretty house. And it has a lake where you can swim in. Thanks. :D

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Field Researcher
#5 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 7:37 PM
Nice work - thanks for sharing
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 7:47 PM
Okay, I totally love this. Thank you so much!

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#7 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 8:01 PM
Great job! Thanks for sharing it with us.
#8 Old 1st Dec 2007 at 8:16 PM
Wheee I've always wanted one of these, terrain paint lakes just ain't my thing. lol This will be PERFECT for the mountains vacation destination!

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Lab Assistant
#9 Old 2nd Dec 2007 at 1:21 AM
This is wonderful!

I am just wondering, how do you do it?
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#10 Old 2nd Dec 2007 at 1:34 AM
Nicky123, see the tutorial linked in the OP.

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#11 Old 2nd Dec 2007 at 6:51 AM
Oh Gosh! I am just in awe of your talent. A thousand thank you's could not describe how much gratitude I'm feeling toward you right now. This should definately become a featured item.
Field Researcher
#12 Old 2nd Dec 2007 at 1:27 PM
Great job! Specially if we consider that no EP is required
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 2nd Dec 2007 at 8:15 PM
Oh a nice little home for my sims.
Thank you very much.

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Field Researcher
#14 Old 3rd Dec 2007 at 4:23 AM
#15 Old 3rd Dec 2007 at 4:55 PM
A lovely spot! Thanks,
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#16 Old 10th Dec 2007 at 11:38 AM
Originally Posted by emblysims
Thank you so much, I've been dying for one of these in a .zip! Mac users worldwide salute you :P

You can download rar files, you know, by control or option-clicking on the link. You then use a program like UnRarX to unzip the file.

Lab Assistant
#17 Old 13th Dec 2007 at 2:03 PM
This is so cozy... up until that ol' fart Crumplebottom comes and ruins your peace (lol). Thanks!

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Test Subject
#18 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 6:21 PM
This is so great, it's what i've looking 4.
Thnx, again!


Test Subject
#19 Old 12th Feb 2008 at 12:50 AM
Thanks! This looks really great! I'll remember to recommend this to my friend. =) I think she'd really love it.
Test Subject
#20 Old 3rd Mar 2008 at 10:56 PM
This is really beautiful, it's stunning! Great Work!

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Test Subject
#21 Old 20th Mar 2008 at 8:30 PM
i saw how to make this on
Test Subject
#22 Old 16th Nov 2008 at 10:11 PM
A swimmable lake.



I doubt I'll have understand how to make this will come in QUITE HANDY! 8D

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14th Dec 2008 at 4:14 AM
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#23 Old 4th Sep 2009 at 6:29 PM

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Test Subject
#24 Old 15th Oct 2009 at 5:33 AM
Its beautiful, :>
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 17th Oct 2009 at 12:50 AM
This lot is amazing, and really captures that feeling I remember of going to the lake. What I especially like is the simplicity, and how it's not overly elebortate. You've got the lake and a restroom, and that's usually about it.
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