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Functional Pile of Sand

by Danjaley Posted 6th Feb 2014 at 9:35 PM - Updated 26th Mar 2014 at 2:59 PM by Danjaley
52 Comments / replies (Who?) - 5 Feedback Posts, 20 Thanks Posts
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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Update, Feb 10th 2014: I got some issues reported, where the mesh appeared spiky. Although I couldn't reproduce the issue, I have uploaded a new file that should not be spiky now. Also texture and tiling are slightly improved. Please note that the new file will overwrite the old one in your mods-folder, but not in your game. If you update, you'll have to re-place all your sandpiles.
(The attchment still says 6th of Febuary, but the 298 KB zip-file is the new one. The old one was 257 KB zipped and 338 KB unzipped)

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This is an ashamingly simple object, but it has proved indespensable in my game. It's a pile of sand that functions as a pegbox and it's super useful for playgrounds, beaches, junkyards, farms, poor families and many more. You can also CAST it into mud, snow, leaves and many more.

You can even place it in an "official" sandbox with "moveObjects on", so toddlers can finally join their older siblings on the playground. It won't keep children from playing in the sand, provided, there is still enough space in the sandbox.



Yes, the toddler is sitting in the sand. I use clipping on purpose with my own sand, and of course it doesn't alter the hight of the EA sand.

The sandpile is found in Buymode under:
Sort by Funktion/Kids/Toys
Sort by Room/Nursery/Toys
Sort by Room/Outside/Outdoor Activities

Price: 10 §
Channels: One

This object is directly inspired by the many similar creations for Sims 2: For example by bienchen, JK11, Echo, MissezSimmer, feeEssen... and probably many more, but there I stopped researching

Polygon Counts:
Sandpile: 116

Additional Credits:
Made with S3OC, S3PE, Texture Tweaker, TSRW, Milkshape, Blender, their plugins, and of course The Sims. Thanks to the respective programmers.
Also, since this is actually the first object I ever made, huge thanks to all the people who wrote Tutorials on ModTheSims and Simlogical (especially orangemittens), and those who posted in the Object Creation forum.
Tags: #sand, #mud, #outdoor, #toddler, #kids, #play, #toy, #sandbox

Style: Childrens
Room: Nursery
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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Danjaley_sandpile.zip

Size: 298.1 KB · Downloads: 14,825 · 6th Feb 2014
298.1 KB 14,825 6th Feb 2014
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


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Test Subject
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#2 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 9:40 PM
Thankyou for this object that has been missing from my sims 3 game
Lab Assistant
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#3 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 10:13 PM
This is so adorable and a great toy for medieval Sim's kids! Thank you.
is going to be a cat when she grows up.
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#4 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 10:20 PM
This is such a good idea. I love all of your objects!
Test Subject
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#5 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 10:23 PM
I always thought it was weird that toddlers couldn't play in the sand.
Top Secret Researcher
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#6 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 11:32 PM
Very useful when my families are out and about. Much appreciated!
Field Researcher
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#7 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 11:48 PM
I think this is really cute and REALLY useful. The recolorability is awesome. I like the fact that it can become leaves or anything else. This is great!
Scholar
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#8 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 2:00 AM
This looks super useful, thanks so much!
Theorist
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#9 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 3:59 AM
Very interesting, thanks for sharing
Lab Assistant
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#10 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 5:33 AM
Genius!
Forum Resident
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#11 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 6:39 AM
Simply perfect!
Top Secret Researcher
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#12 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 6:48 AM
#awesomesauce
Test Subject
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#13 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 2:58 PM
Yay!!! You just made my day! Thank you!!!
Test Subject
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#14 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 3:02 PM
Great
Lab Assistant
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#15 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 5:51 PM
Thank you so much! It is a lovely idea now my toddlers and children can play together in the sand! :)
Field Researcher
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#16 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 6:31 PM
I'm not playing TS3 at the moment, but this is an amazing item and if I start playing again I am so downloading this!
Forum Resident
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#17 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 8:41 PM
YES! Thank you so much! I've always been annoyed that toddlers couldn't play in the sand. This is AWESOME!
Lab Assistant
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#18 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 9:12 PM
At first I thought "why is that interesting" and then I realized the genius of this object. Many thanks !
Field Researcher
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#19 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 10:07 PM
JAW ON FLOOR!

This is outstanding modding
Thanks a Million!
Instructor
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#20 Old 8th Feb 2014 at 12:10 AM
Amazing, thank you so much.
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#21 Old 8th Feb 2014 at 4:11 AM
Thank you!
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#22 Old 8th Feb 2014 at 10:48 AM
Thank you, each of you for your lovely posts! You all make my day, too.
Test Subject
#23 Old 8th Feb 2014 at 7:01 PM
Can children use them, too?
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#24 Old 8th Feb 2014 at 9:25 PM
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Originally Posted by EllieDaCool
Can children use them, too?


No, I'm sorry, they can't. There is (or used to be) a mod by twoftmama on Simsasylum (registration required) that allows children to play with pegboxes, although this will make them either stretch or possibly shrink. I can't tell exactly, because it seems to be down. I looked through twoftmama's mods and couldn't find it, but try it yourself, maybe I was just being tired, or stupid or something.
Test Subject
#25 Old 9th Feb 2014 at 5:11 AM
Idk about anyone else, but my pile of this sand comes out distorted with a giant spike on one side. Nothing fixes it either. .
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