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Land Grant University

by Peni Griffin Posted 7th Feb 2016 at 1:53 AM - Updated 9th Feb 2016 at 8:47 PM by Peni Griffin
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Land Grant University is a new institution of higher learning serving Simerica's heartland in the face of local skepticism. Located on bluffs where the Simourris River joins the River Simmissippi, easily accessed by Highway 13.5, LGU - understaffed, underbudgeted, and under the gun - is ready to start educating anybody and everybody who can scrape up a scholarship, becoming the center of a vibrant culture full of energy and drama!

The Campus
Built in an empty, Base Game + University environment in AnyGameStarter, with no CC except for development tools and corruption squashers, on a dandy map which M.M.A.A. generously built to spec for me, Land Grant University consists of a core campus clustered around a quadrangle (actually four 3 x 3 lots), with classroom buildings and service facilities in the first ring and dormitories in the second. Space has been left in the second ring for players to add new facilities according to taste and preferred expansion packs. Student residences and small businesses serving the college population are scattered outside this area, including a hidden Secret Society Lot, two Greek houses, and shopping and entertainment venues.

Community Lots (including Secret Society) - 16 3x3; 5 2x3
Student Residential Lots - 2 3x3 (Annya Var Fruhm Sorority and Nagard Annya Hoh Fraternity); 12 2x3
Dormitories - 4 3x3. Dorm 1 - 8 students, Dorm 2 - 9 students, Dorm 3 - 15 students, Compound Dorm - 5 students.

(See the Comments section for more details on some these buildings and their inhabitants.)

The campus is available in both empty and populated versions, with care taken to generate no NPCs at all in the empty version. The populated version contains ten playable sims in four households, 24 dormies, and 25 NPCs: one each taxi driver, cook, barista, bartender, mail carrier, newspaper girl, coach, streaker, llama mascot, and cheerleader; three teen cashiers; and 12 professors.

Playable Households

Annya Var Fruhm: Ida Juana Knowe always dreamed of being in a sorority. Helen Wheels's mother's sorority's national foundation is willing to donate a sizeable house. But with Helen's sister Daisy defecting to join a band, Helen chasing boys, and Ida Juana's grades in perpetual jeopardy, will they ever attract enough people to fill it up?
Nagard Annya Hoh: Andy Bellum and Hi Thyme were able to talk the donation of a house and a pool table out of Hi's dad, and they're all set to introduce Greek culture to LGU! But first, Hi wants to meet some girls who will actually like him, and Andy has some guys he's certain need ventrilofarting.
The Printer Sisters: Now that JoAnn Gutenberg and her friend Dot Matrix have recruited the talented Daisy Wheels to play bass, the Printer Sisters are ready to rock this campus! If only JoAnn can keep from being swamped with classwork, Daisy can resist the lure of the sorority, and Dot can balance the pursuit of love with the pursuit of percussive excellence.
Nerdists: Labeled "geeks," "dweebs," "nerds," and "losers" in high school, Sara Bellum, Cliff Notes, and Hugh Knowe are delighted to find kindred spirits in college. But can the friendship survive Sara's overprotective big brother and the influx of new experiences?

(See the Comments for more details on each household and a sample floorplan of one of the available residences. Note that pictures have been taken at various stages of playtest in different game configurations and slight discrepancies in view distance, clothing, NPCs, etc. are to be expected.)

Known Issues:
Due to a glitch associated with resetting a neighborhood that has an inhabited dorm, the trailers at the Compound Dorm may appear to be empty of furniture in live mode the first time you enter them. This can be solved by exiting and re-entering; or if that doesn't work, by moving the Nerdists out and in again. (Or into another dorm entirely, the Compound Dorm being one of those lots that if you don't love it, it will soon be on your last nerve.) This should be a one-time occurrence with no negative ramifications.

Credits and Acknowledgments
I'd still be wrestling with the map if M.M.A.A. hadn't come through for me. All credit for gorgeousness is due to him! Thanks to all my playtesters, but particularly Jawusa , who generously and patiently helped me work things out when I screwed up. Sophie David's buyable career rewards made building the Secret Society and classrooms much simpler. And of course everyone making populated neighborhoods and subhoods to share owes a tremendous debt to the work of the late lamented Mootilda , who showed us how to make ‘em without breaking ‘em.

Installation Instructions:
Choose either neighborhood and unzip the UPGL folder to the University Neighborhood Template folder in your game program files. The exact filepath will vary slightly depending on your game installation, but once into your program files it should be EAGames/Sims2/EP2University/TSData/Res/NeighborhoodTemplate. If you see U001, U002, and U003, you're in the right place.

If you wish to have both the empty and populated versions available, you can either swap them in and out as needed; or choose one to rename, making sure you also rename all the files inside all the folders consistently. The creator can take no responsibility for user error or confusion when trying to use both versions.

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
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UPGL_Populated.7z | A new Sims2 campus, complete with playable students, dormies, and the whole nine yards

Size: 27.18 MB · Downloads: 5,294 · 7th Feb 2016
27.18 MB 5,294 7th Feb 2016
UPGL_Empty.7z | A new Sims2 campus, completely empty

Size: 17.50 MB · Downloads: 1,941 · 7th Feb 2016
17.50 MB 1,941 7th Feb 2016
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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 23rd Jun 2018 at 5:00 AM
Thanks! This university will be a great addition to my custom neighborhood!
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 24th Jun 2018 at 3:33 AM
By the way, when I attached LGU to my neighborhood with another college, the game didn't copy NPCs from the second uni. Is there a way to fix it?
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#53 Old 24th Jun 2018 at 3:57 PM
Are you sure it didn't? The original dormies have lower numbers and will be called first to fill dorms, so it may take awhile for the LGU dormies to show up.

Ugly is in the heart of the beholder.
(My simblr isSim Media Res . Widespot,Widespot RFD: The Subhood, and Land Grant University are all available here. In case you care.)
Lab Assistant
#54 Old 25th Jun 2018 at 4:04 AM
Originally Posted by Peni Griffin
Are you sure it didn't? The original dormies have lower numbers and will be called first to fill dorms, so it may take awhile for the LGU dormies to show up.

I think so. I'm checking my neighborhoods with Mootilda's HoodChecker, and I'm getting some memories with no subject if I attach the second uni to my neighborhood. If I attach it to others without universities, then it's totally fine.
Lab Assistant
#55 Old 25th Jun 2018 at 5:10 PM
Also, I've noticed all the dormies are fine. However, I can't find some NPCs like mascots from the second university whichever one I add. If LGU is the first one I attach, then everything is perfect. I'd like to attach others, like Quadington, and be sure I don't corrupt the nieghborhood.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#56 Old 25th Jun 2018 at 8:16 PM
Corruption shouldn't be a problem, though of course you should always back up your neighborhood before doing anything as major as adding a subhood. The only thing that should cause a serious problem would be if the internal ID numbers for the two subhoods matched, and if you're nervous you can easily check that in SimPE. Open the template files for the subhoods in SimPE and choose IDNO for each. In the bottom half of the screen you'll see a field for UID (Unique ID Number). If these numbers match each other, change one of them, commit, and save.

I'm pretty sure LGU and Quaddington don't conflict, but there's nothing like seeing for yourself.

Every hood gets memories with no subject from time to time. That's one reason you run Hoodchecker - to remove grit like that from your system.

Ugly is in the heart of the beholder.
(My simblr isSim Media Res . Widespot,Widespot RFD: The Subhood, and Land Grant University are all available here. In case you care.)
Site Helper
#57 Old 5th Jul 2018 at 12:56 PM
Peni, I downloaded the empty version some time ago but never got around to using it. But just recently I've been motivated to test out a new mod for uni, and I thought to finally use your campus.

It's really great! You've nicely captured the feel of a state college experience. I love the playability of all the lots I've taken my sims to so far, and Dormitory 1 is serving beautifully as the home for my test-sim household (The GuineaPigs, of course). I especially appreciate how you've made the various quads and academic buildings feel different from one another, and how they each provide plenty to do while not having content that overlaps too much. (Redundancy of offerings among community lots is a pet peeve of mine, but I know it takes conscious effort to avoid!)

*Ongoing TS2 informational projects (come on by to contribute, get info, or spectate!): (1) the SimPE Preservation Project and (2) Conflict Tracking for the 3t2 Traits Project Mods
*Need a Pescado mod? Use his hack directory: in the first post, find the link for your latest EP, then go in hacks/
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 22nd Aug 2018 at 12:43 AM
I downloaded this and was super excited to play it. I put it in C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 University Life Collection\EP1\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate\U004 and installed it in my neighborhood. I opened it in game and the subhood showed up with all of the hood decorations, and lots placed. However, the lots were empty! They were designated as community, residential, or dorm, and were named, but there was no architecture. Just empty lots. I have no clue how this happened or how to fix it. Any help would be much appreciated.

Edit: It was because I renamed the folder containing the subhood, but the lots were all still referencing UPGL. No help necessary!
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#59 Old 22nd Aug 2018 at 6:15 PM
Glad you sorted that out yourself since I didn't see it till this morning. Have fun!

Ugly is in the heart of the beholder.
(My simblr isSim Media Res . Widespot,Widespot RFD: The Subhood, and Land Grant University are all available here. In case you care.)
Field Researcher
#60 Old 23rd Nov 2018 at 10:46 AM
2018 and i came back to download wide spot and see this! thanks :D
Test Subject
#61 Old 12th Dec 2018 at 11:13 PM
I'm slightly confused. I downloaded both versions and put them in the university NeighborhoodTemplate folder, after renaming the empty one and all its files. When I wanted to add a university subhood to one of the neighborhoods in the game, the empty LGU showed up just fine, but the populated one wasn't there and I have no idea what I may have done wrong (since one works fine and the other doesn't). o.O
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#62 Old 13th Dec 2018 at 11:47 PM
Hmm...I think I screwed up here! If I didn't give the two versions different instance numbers, you may be stuck swapping them in and out as needed. Since I didn't say anything about having done that, I bet I didn't.

The only way I know to access the instance number is in SimPE, which doesn't like opening subhoods, though there may be a way around that. I know I could do it if I still had the AGS setup I did development in, but I don't. I'll see if I can muster the energy to experiment and see whether I can find it out.

Ugly is in the heart of the beholder.
(My simblr isSim Media Res . Widespot,Widespot RFD: The Subhood, and Land Grant University are all available here. In case you care.)
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 19th Feb 2020 at 12:41 AM
This is a really nice university and I appreciate the empty hood possibility. You put in a lot of creative effort here and it shows!
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