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Gwrych Medieval Great Hall (2 VERSIONS)

by StephSim Posted 15th Jun 2010 at 12:53 AM - Updated 17th Oct 2010 at 2:21 AM by StephSim : Post Uploading Minor Edits
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Gwrych Specialty Lot: Great Hall

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August 2010 Update
I used many barrel and invisible objects created by Sophie-David. David has updated his "Ye Olde Copper Barrel & Sack Miscellany" collection (found HERE with "ehanced animation, meshes, thumbnails and extra recolours". Be sure to peruse the thread, download what you want and overwrite those files in your Gwrych Downloads in-game folder. David's invisible items can be found HERE, HERE and HERE. There is also a very unique update to the Apartment Life Mailbox that you may find useful found HERE.

I mainly used the trash barrel, the trash bucket, the simple barrel (with slots), the simple bucket (with slots) and the barrel endtable, as well as a few choice bucket contents (apples, fish, wheat, etc.). I also used the invisible dishwasher and a few invisible mirrors. However, there are other objects in these sets that will be used in the Gwrych March, Barony, Other Gwyrch Lots and Gwrych Fantasy Island collection of lots which will be uploaded separately as they are completed. So please checkout the above links and decide for yourself what you wish to include. The files sizes are nominal and while there is a great selection of choice, once you get to see the objects in action and familiarize yourself with how things work, it's so WORTH it from a Medieval point of view.

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Note
There are 2 versions of the Great Hall available. One is a Community Lot and the other is a Residential Lot.


We do not exist simply to toil. There are times of great merriment to be had! Welcome to the Great Hall and do enjoy ye visit!

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GWRYCH GREAT HALL - COMMUNITY LOT


LOT INFORMATION
Lot Type: COMMUNITY LOT
Lot Size: 3 x 2
Lot Cost: 0 Simoleons Community Lot

Lot Description:
This lot is an exquisite example of Medieval life. Great Hall's were places of feasting, spiritual celebration and merriment. This lot has a Banquet Room (restaurant) with a King's dining dais and seating for 12 others (including a private table for 2 in the kitchen). There is a musicians balcony above the great hall, a bar, a kitchen and indoor restrooms (3 toilets/2 sinks/1 shower using barrels) in the tower. Outside your Simmies can play darts, play chess, compete in ax throwing, sleep in "fortune teller" tents, paint or be painted, watch or participate in a sword duel on stage, have their fortunes told (crystal ball television), have a barbecue, paint or shop (for jewelry and animal collars).There are 2 additional toilets and 1 shower in outside sheds. Total toilets 5, Total showers 2.


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UPDATE OF GWRYCH GREAT HALL - RESIDENTIAL VERSION
(as of June 15, 2010 at 11 PM Pacific Time Zone)

I have added a residential version of the Gwrych Great Hall to the downloads section. The zip file is called GwrychGreatHallRESIDENTIAL.


LOT INFORMATION
Lot Type: RESIDENTIAL LOT
Lot Size: 3 x 2
Lot Cost: 201,380

Lot Description:
This lot has a Banquet Room (dining room) with a King's dining dais and seating for 12 others (including a private table for 2 in the kitchen). There is a musicians balcony above the great hall, a bar and a kitchen. The tower includes 2 bedrooms (each with a shower and a toilet) and the lower floor of the tower is a parlour and a full bathroom. Outside your Simmies can play darts, play chess, compete in ax throwing, sleep in "fortune teller" tents, paint or be painted, watch or participate in a sword duel on stage, have their fortunes told (crystal ball television), have a barbecue, paint or shop (for jewelry and animal collars).There are 3 additional toilets and 2 showers in outside sheds.

Amenities:
Sleeps 4 (2 Beds and 2 Tents)
Total toilets 6, bathtubs 1, and 4 showers.

The layouts are basically the same with the following exceptions.

1. I moved the bar out of the tower and placed it where the restaurant podium was.
2. The tower was remodeled on the interior to include 2 bedrooms (for the Steward and the Cook/Scullion) and a small parlour and full bathroom.
3. I turned the Cashier shed into a toilet and shower.

Here are a few Preview images of the Tower modifications made for the RESIDENTIAL VERSION of the lot:

Gwrych Great Hall TOWER REVISION Floor 1
Gwrych Great Hall TOWER REVISION Floor 2
Gwrych Great Hall TOWER REVISION Floor 3
Gwrych Great Hall Bar Area

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Below I'm sharing my layout for Gwrych Prison Towers, Gwrych Jousting Field and Gwrych Great Hall. I have placed the lots in the aforementioned order across from the main Gwrych Kingdom Castle.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: INVISIBLE OBJECTS
There are invisible refrigerators and dishwashers throughout all of my Gwrych lots. Where you see food buckets and barrels, there is usually an invisible refrigerator and where you see buckets with dishes in them there is usually an invisible dishwasher. Basically the buckets and barrels with stuff in them, tend to be refrigerators, dishwashers or trashbuckets in disguise.

In addition, when you see the Maxis Witches Podium, please note there is an invisible mirror occupying the same tile. While the podium still functions as normal, you can access the mirror by clicking around the leg of the podium. I have also placed the Maxis communal shower inside barrels in several of the lots. All works fine.

Please keep these things in mind!

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KITCHEN SINK CLUTTER DRAMA
Please read this if you are having problems AFTER entering a lot or are receiving an error message about "counters without doors". Otherwise, view this as general information about Gwrych lots.

Apparently, you CANNOT use "move objects on" to place objects on the back of a counter where there is a kitchen sink. In some of my Gwrych lots, I found an error with placing sponges in the back corner of counters that have kitchen sinks. Initially, I thought it was that sponges could not be placed on counters where there is a kitchen sink, but have since discovered that no objects should share the counter tile when there is a sink in the counter. If you have found you were receiving a counter error when entering a Gwrych lot with a Sim...there may be objects sharing kitchen sink counter space (like the hour glass, sponge, plant or jars) that I overlooked in the process of fixing this problem. Please understand that this may NOT be the issue if your game is constantly crashing. It is just one possible solution I offer. Testing the Gwrych lots on different computers has resulted in ALL Gwrych lots being playable from this end. As errors are encountered during game play, solutions are also sought. If you are only having problems with a few lots, this may (or may not) be part of the problem. To fix this problem, all you need to do is to load a new version of the lot, enter it WITHOUT A SIM and delete any objects that are sharing a counter with a kitchen sink. Also, if you notice there seems to be no sink in an area where there should be one (especially bathrooms and kitchens)...try adding a sink to the empty counters. If you cannot place a sink on a counter, that counter should be deleted and put back in the game before adding a sink. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Remember, enter the lot WITHOUT a Sim to make changes.

Adding clutter to the back slots of counters that do not have a kitchen sink appear to work just fine. So clutter away on counters without sinks!

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RECOMMENDED DOWNLOADS TO ACCENT YOUR GWRYCH GREAT HALL

* OTHER TENTS AND RECOLOURS
I only included the Mesh for 1 of the tents from Parsimonious due to not wishing to exceed my 10MB upload for this lot, but you may wish to grab the recolours for the squared tent and/or the circular version.
Thousand Stars Tents and Recolours

* METAL SWORDS AND SHIELDS
I just love the shiny authenticity of medieval sword and shields. Be aware that the poly is a bit high for these (which is why I couldn't include them in my lot)...but it typically is for metallic objects. JavierMC20 is working to downsize them if possible. I still use them in my personal medieval lots though.
Family Coat of Arms by JavierMC20
Family Coat of Arms Recolours

* DECORATIVE SWORDS
There are some really awesome decorative swords in the "Fantasy Section" of Blacky's Sims Zoo found HERE. Please note that the site is a German language site and that you must register/log-in to download.

* ADDITIONAL OPTION FOR DUELING SWORD
This lot includes John Brehaut's Functional Warrior Sword found HERE. You DO NOT need to download this object (as it is already included). I merely would like to caution you that this sword includes several options that will prove deadly for your Sims. Please keep this in mind. There is a "fight" and "practice" option available for the sword as well. Paladin also has "Dueling Swords' on his site that are for practicing only if you prefer these. I cannot include them in the download, but you can GET THE DUELING SWORDS HERE.

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NOTE
The Dirt Road and Grass Replacements are by sunni9676 and can be found HERE.

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MAXIS RECOLORS (Included in the Zips File to be Added to Your Downloads Folder):
- Nightlife Black Stove Recolour by Ailias
- Spring Onion Card Table Recolour by Parsimonious
- Greystone Fireplace Colonial Recolour by Mia86
- Fallout Easel and Piano Recolours by Purity Project
- Medieval Wood Counter and Juicerack Recolours by sophisim
- Brown Dart Board Recolour by Macey246
- Maxis Grey Wood Community Phone Recolour by BillySims139
- Medieval Quilt Recolour by Gwenke33
- Invisible Dishwasher by Sophie-David
- Invisible Mini-Fridge by Sophie-David
- Medieval Hanging Wine - Shop Sign by sunni9676
- Podium Recolor #3 by girlfromverona

Custom Content by Me:
- 2 Medieval Floors
- Gravel Stone Terrain
- Moss Brick Terrain
- Beach Grass Terrain 1
- 5 Medieval Terrains
- 4 Medieval Walls

Custom Content Included:
- Athelyna Set: Barrels, Sink, Stool and Toilet by -Maylin-
- Le Chateau Door by -Maylin-
- Red Lantern Mesh and Black Recolour by -Maylin-
- Edge Smoother Gray by Ailias
- Baking Set: Tall Bread Basket, Basket of Rolls and Double Loaves by mdhttr323
- Oil or Vinegar Drizzler with 1 Recolour by Buggybooz at Mod The Sims 2
- Ancient Guardian Rock Wall by Rebecah
- The Invisible Window by Rebecah
- Cracker Barrel Chess by Aligeth @ MTS2
- Knight by gromit
- Medieval Money Chest by Crocobaura for the Dark Project
- Insane Sorcerer Crystal Ball TV by wintermuteai1
- Small Shield and Swords by Dr. Macabre
- 3 x 4 Floor Rug by Nicolafred
- Fur Rug Recolour by 15pupmaus49
- Weathered Wall and Dark Barnwood Floor by DL_Muslow
- Magnificently Medieval Armchair by Huge Lunatic
- Shining Knight Hanging Lamp by Huge Lunatic
- Warrior Sword Stand by JohnBrehaut1
- "Pirate Bay" Single Door by Kate
- Decorative Community Pay Phone Cover and Rustic Recolour by Kate
- "Thousand Stars" Tent by Kate
- B-A-C Tall Untied 3Q Curtain and Red Recolour by Khakidoo
- Wall Banner Mesh with 2 and 3 Story Banners by Lethe_s
- Mortar and Pestle by Lethe_s
- Tarot Deck by Lethe_s
- Medieval Wall Banner and Recolour by Marina Sims 2
- Medieval Wall Flagpole and Recolour by Marina
- Medieval Wall Torch by Tarox
- Medieval Bench Chair by Tarox
- Medieval Ax Stand by Tarox
- Enchanted Harp by Dr Pixel
- Medieval Table Center and End by mia86
- 2 Egyptian Pottery Vases by thunderwitch at Blacky's Sims Zoo
- Invisible Floor Tile by moonlight_muse
- Pedestal Planter by macarossi
- Roman Outdoor Stone Table and Chair by Tarox
- Decorative Puddle and Waterbucket by Sophie-David
- Ye Olde Cooper's Barrel Set: Barrel Trashcan, Buckets, Tables, Chairs and Recolours by Sophie-David
- Invisible Mirror of Past Reflections by Sophie-David
- Crossed Swords by Blackypanther at Blacky's Sims Zoo
- Targas SupaFridge Revamped by Lord Darcy at MTS2
- Medieval Column 2 and Recolour by UK1967
- Medieval Flag by UK1967
- Stoneage Grill by Speedymaus22 at Blacky's Sims Zoo

Additional Credits:
Thank you Sophie-David for the decorative water buckets and supporting my Sim crazy endeavors!

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special 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 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
GwrychGreatHallRESIDENCE.zip

Size: 9.74 MB · Downloads: 2,461 · 16th Jun 2010
9.74 MB 2,461 16th Jun 2010
GwrychGreatHall.zip

Size: 10.00 MB · Downloads: 3,301 · 15th Jun 2010
10.00 MB 3,301 15th Jun 2010
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13 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts
Field Researcher
#2 Old 15th Jun 2010 at 3:32 AM
Running out of adjectives to describe your work! It's amazing! Thanks!
Forum Resident
#3 Old 15th Jun 2010 at 5:07 AM
So detailed! Awesome work!
:D

Remember, being paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.
Wiki Wizard
#4 Old 15th Jun 2010 at 10:25 AM
Holy moly, another incredible lot, you just astound me with your talent, and you use CC so effectively!


It's ok, we all laugh-snort occasionally!
Check out some of my other stuff here.
Scholar
#5 Old 15th Jun 2010 at 1:13 PM
great lot! thanks a lot for all your hard work!

The end of magical Pegasaus's era through the world of sims
Top Secret Researcher
Original Poster
#6 Old 15th Jun 2010 at 3:33 PM Last edited by StephSim : 16th Jun 2010 at 3:25 PM.
Thanks for the compliments everyone!

EDIT

I've updated the thread. There is now a community version of the Gwrych Great Hall and a residential version as well! Enjoy the downloads.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Field Researcher
#7 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 12:12 AM
Hi Steph! I'm just loving everything you've made so far I'm so excited - I'm getting a new notebook at the end of the month and I plan to set up my actual medieval hood. Everything I've been doing so far has been the 'tester' hood, but your creations now allow me to get a true hood started without waiting any longer. I can't wait to get your lots in there and move some Sims into them! It seems like now is the best time to play a medieval hood with so many wonderful contributions to the theme by the community. It's nearly a proper expansion with all the custom content available. Thanks so much for your efforts - they will be played and enjoyed xoxoxo

Visit these sites for more Medieval downloads: Sunni Designs, Plumb Bob Keep, and The Medieval Smithy.
Top Secret Researcher
Original Poster
#8 Old 17th Jun 2010 at 5:08 PM
sunni
You are most welcomed. I can relate to the idea of actually pulling the medieval theme together in totality and actually being able to play with the fruit of one's labour. I also thank you for your additions (especially the Base Game NPCs).

Are you making any more of those BTW? I think you did the bulk of the Total NPCs by completing Base Game NPCs as many of the NPCs are redundant. Or am I oversimplifying it? I know you made an instructions guide and provided templates, but my passion is in lot building and some texturing. Everything else frustrates me.

Today I'm taking a small break reassociating myself with building lots in Base Game only. It's sort of like living in a fully loaded mansion for a year and then returning to a necessities only 1 bedroom mobile home. Such a transformation can be depressing or an inspiration. I'm hoping for the latter.

Thanks again!
~*~Stephanie~*~

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#9 Old 23rd Jun 2010 at 1:57 AM
oh goodness steph you are killing me....
i am missing 5 of the exp/stuff packs listed in the required section (university, glamour, family fun, teen style, m&g, holiday) and i downloaded it anyway :P
wait i cant count im missing SIX. well. it won't kill my game, will it?
Top Secret Researcher
Original Poster
#10 Old 23rd Jun 2010 at 3:09 AM Last edited by StephSim : 24th Jun 2010 at 12:40 AM.
Geez nilll -

With the next Gwrych set I'm preparing to upload there will be 6 or 7 lots that use minimal EPs/No CC (as well as the regular EP and CC loaded lots)...but the minimal EPs/No CC lots will be UNI - NL and OFB for the commercials and UNI & NL with BV or UNI with AL for the residentials. UNI includes medieval objects (especially doors and windows) that I must have on the lots where I don't use CC. NL includes the community stove and restaurant podium I need for restaurants in hotels.

That's always been my beef with creating "medieval" lots is that you really can't enjoy them in medieval style without using CC and several of the EPS and STUFF packages. But, I shall build a few Gwrych Moderne lots for those who can't download the regular set.

I honestly can't tell you what it will do. I usually don't advise loading them...but I know that some people have had success in doing so for one reason or another. Typically, Stuff Pack things simply disappear or are replaced. As for University... it has the Medieval doors and windows and I did use them in this lot, so I'm not sure it will work at all. Sorry. I can't help you with this at all. If you are going to do this, I'd say back up your Sims 2 folder first.

Take care.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#11 Old 23rd Jun 2010 at 6:06 PM
thanks for the quick feedback!!!
i think i will try installing the lots (dd i mention i got the jousting field too???) maybe because im crazy.
I'll tell you if it does anything to my game... i have downloaded lots (from Tarox's site) that have said "university required" and i am succesfully and very happily using them in my game. I have done that with custom content as well. so i hope it works ^^

As for the minimal stuff-pack lots, i would suggest (highly) that you at least use some cc in the lots, such as the Athylena stuff and stuff from parsimonious or Tarox. I know none of those require anything but the basegame! just a suggestion though

anyway your lots are beautiful and i am very inspired by your gorgeous Gwyrch kingdon-- i myself adore playing the medieval theme! thanks again!
Test Subject
#12 Old 23rd Jun 2010 at 6:14 PM
well it didnt work... the simscleanpack installer wouldnt let me. bummer.
now, however, i am going to stalk these pictures and meticulously recreate this great hall in my game *evil laughter*
if that's ok with you, of course, steph (ill never upload it as "my own" i promise)!
Top Secret Researcher
Original Poster
#13 Old 24th Jun 2010 at 12:31 AM Last edited by StephSim : 22nd Jul 2016 at 4:50 PM. Reason: OCD Grammar Correction
My medieval custom Content List is long and while some of the objects are base game only, others are not for sure. It gets to be a bit of a hassle trying to keep up with which things are, so using all EPs and Stuff Packs for the medieval project is a great help in that department as it gives me the freedom to include any object I desire. In all honesty I think if you had University and Mansions and Gardens (which works more like an EP than a Stuff Pack)...then it might have worked. One never knows!

About including CC in the Gwrych minimum EP lots. The point of creating those lots are for downloaders who don't want massive amounts of CC or who don't mind the necessary EPs. It's a special (really separate) set of Gwrych-like lots. Also these lots take longer to create because of all the Any Game Starter hopping around and the extra attention to detail needed to make it look good enough for me to upload. By not using CC, it will make uploading a lot easier. For the regular Gwrych (WITH CC and ALL EPS/STUFF PACKS), the creation time is a little less for me...but the UPLOADING takes a lot longer mainly because of Custom Content. So...I won't be including CC in that small special collection I will upload next.

As for using the images to recreate the lot, I don't mind at all. I would suggest downloading the objects from the main Gwrych thread with the 45 lots. There are 4 Gwrych User Objects zips on the main (first) post.

I'll leave you to your adventures! Take care.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#14 Old 24th Jun 2010 at 6:08 AM
thank you very much steph! You have been extremely helpful
And I understand your reasons for no CC lots too, very considerate of us poor simmers with missing ep and sps! I'll check out the objects downloads. toodles!