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==Quality==
 
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*'''Use Blank Templates:''' All neighbourhoods must be built using blank templates. Before you start building your neighborhood, you need to install clean and empty neighborhood templates. Once your neighborhood is created and you start the game, check the character folder in your new neighborhoodThis should be empty. If you choose to include sims, you may do so after, but the blank templates are a requirement. Most of the templates are available for download by meetmetotheriver so do a google search for them.
|No matter what style or design you choose, your neighborhood should be unique and differentWe already have plenty of perfectly flat grid neighborhoods available, so try to do something interesting that other people haven't already done before.
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**[http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/smf/index.php/topic,10798.0.html Clean Custom Neighborhood]
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**[http://modthesims.info/t/420196 Clean Subhood Tutorial]
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*'''Playable:'''. Make sure you have some flat buildable areas and a practical road grid.
  
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*'''Realistic:''' Getting creative with your terrain sculpting is fine, but remember to strive for realism.
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|A neighborhood that's lumpy all over with few, if any, flat, buildable areas, and very few roads is really not going to be very useful for anyone. Remember, you're creating something that people are going to actually use in their game, so it should be as useable as possible!
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*'''Decorations:''' Your decorating should add to the overall beauty and theme of your neighborhood, with good choices and placement of items - neither too many nor too few. Try to keep your decorations to a particular style - use trees and flowers that make sense for the type of region you're building. Giving your neighborhood a particular unique flavour and style makes it more charming and realistic than just using one of everything, or a random pyramid because it'd look cool.
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|We don't need any heart shaped, spiral shaped, star shaped, etc. neighborhoods.  Getting creative with your terrain sculpting is fine, but remember to strive for realism.
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|No matter what style or design you choose, your neighborhood should be unique and different.  We are looking for quality neighborhoods that have depth to them. It should feel like this neighborhood could really be alive and has some history to it that is as individual as it is. While we are calling this a 'Sense of Realism' we are not trying to exclude fantasy neighborhoods. On the contrary! As long as the neighborhood feels like it could believable exist within its own universe, then it would definitely be considered 'real'.  
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==Screenshots==
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Tip: Sims cannot really be removed from a neighborhood once added, so it's a good idea to keep a backup of your neighborhood before adding sims.  It would be a shame not to be able to share your neighborhood here if the sims do not meet the guidelines, but everything else does.
People want to see what they're downloading! Your screenshots sell your upload - if people don't like the look of your screenshots, they're not going to download - and if your screenshots are too bad, you won't get your upload approved.  
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|We need a main image for your hood, and it should look like how your neighborhood would be presented on a post card. Please do no show map edges and have it at a low enough angle to look pretty. This is a fantastic shot to use as your thread thumbnail. You should also make sure that this image is the one that shows up in the Neighborhood Picker window in game.
 
 
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|We also need a top down view that shows the layout of your entire town. Again, it's better not to show map edges if you can help it, but don't cut off any roads. You can also add a key system to this image to help users match up your lot descriptions.
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Show '''at least THREE other pictures''' of some of the views people will see in your world.  This should be nice scenic views, taken from a lower angle (a sim's eye view, or a low player's eye view).  You can of course take more pictures to show off all the pretty sights.
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* '''at least ONE picture from high above your world, showing the whole thing'''.  If you can't fit it all in one shot, you can take several different shots as long as it's obvious you've shown everything.  You can label the overview pictures with text if you want - just make sure it doesn't cover up too much.
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* '''at least FOUR other pictures''' of some of the views people will see in your world.  This should be nice scenic views, taken from a lower angle (a sim's eye view, or a low player's eye view).  You can of course take more pictures to show off all the pretty sights.
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'''If you have built lots for your world''' as part of a full map, you will also need to have:
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* A '''front picture showing the whole lot''' for at least 5 residential and 5 community lots (if you have less than 5 of either type, you can just show however many you have).  You may choose which lots you show, but we suggest you choose lots that are representative of the overall style of the world.  We have this requirement so both MTS staff and people who may download your world can see that your lots are good quality. You may also include additional pictures like floorplans, backside picture, comparison picture if a lot is based on a real life building. But those are completely optional!
If you have built on the included lots, you will need to give a full set of info and pictures for '''at least 10 lots - 5 residential and 5 community.''' You may choose which 10 lots you show, but we suggest you choose lots that are representative of the overall style of the world.  We have this requirement so both MTS staff and people who may download your lot can see that your lots are good quality.
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The pictures you must include for individual lots are:
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'''If you have made sims for your world''', you will also need to have:
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* A '''close-up picture of the sim's face''', from the front, with the sim wearing a neutral face expression (like a mugshot) - not smiling, laughing, etc., for at least 5 different sims.  You may choose which 5 sims, but as with lots, we suggest you choose ones that are representative of your creator style and quality.  This is so MTS staff and downloaders can see that your sims are good quality.  You may, of course, include other pictures like a full-body picture, posing pictures, whatever, to show off your sim how you like, but please make sure to include at least the above. For sims based on a person or character, you can include a comparison picture of the real person, ideally similar to the close-up picture of your sim.
  
* ''''Front View:''' One picture from the front of the lot, taken from a sim's eye view.
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* '''Floor Plans:''' At least one overhead floor plan type picture of each floor/level.  If your lot has three levels plus a basement, you will need to do four floor plan pictures.
 
 
* '''Comparison Picture:''' If your lot is based on a real-life or fictional lot (for example, a replica of the Falling Water house, the Disney Castle, or the house from the Munsters), you will need to include at least one comparison picture of the lot it is based on.
 
 
 
[[Image:RightArrow.gif|left]]  '''For examples of the types of pictures required, what information you must require, and for much more information on taking good pictures, please see our [[MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Lots_and_Houses|Lots and Houses Upload Guidelines]].'''
 
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If you are including sims with a save file, you will need to give a full set of info and pictures for '''at least 5 sims.'''  You may choose which 5 sims, but as with lots, we suggest you choose ones that are representative of your creator style and qualityThis is so MTS staff and downloaders can see that your sims are good quality.
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You may wish to take optional extra pictures to show off your worldAdditional pictures are good!  Show people all kinds of interesting stuff, all the little details you've put in.
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* '''Neutral Face:''' One picture of the sim from straight-on (not a profile or 3/4 view) with the sim wearing a neutral expression (no big smiles, wide open mouth, etc.)
 
 
* '''Full Body:''' One picture of the sim from head to toe, preferably in a neutral pose (just standing there or walking), not animating wildly.
 
 
* '''Comparison Picture:''' If your sim is based on a real-life or fictional person (a celebrity, character from a movie, tv show, anime, comic, etc.) and not made up out of your own imagination, you will need to include at least one picture of that real-life or fictional person for comparison purposes.  Please make sure it is a large picture so we can see their face clearly, and similar to the "neutral face" picture of your sim.  A picture with them making a big smile, yelling, etc. is not going to help us see that it's a good likeness.
 
 
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==Required Lots==
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A new change has been implemented here. Instead of requiring full images of every lot included in your neighborhood, we are loosening back to what we require of TS3 Worlds. You are only required to show 10 of your lots now. Please remember though, that they are still subject to all of the [http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Lots_and_Houses TS2 Lots Guidelines]. Your moderator also will be looking at the images from your neighborhood to make sure you aren't just doing 10 good lots and all the rest sub par. It is within their right to ask for images of any additional lots to check on quality.
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==Sims and Blank Templates==
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Before you start building your neighborhood, you need to install clean and empty neighborhood templates. This will allow you to create a neighborhood free from any default sims and random townies. This is a requirement. If you choose to include sims, you may do so after, but the blank templates are a requirement. Most of the templates are available for download on MATY, so do a google search for them.
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If you choose to include families in your neighborhood, remember that ever sim will be required to follow the [http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Sims MTS Sims 'Other' guidelines]. It is a good idea to first make a backup of your neighborhood without any of the families in it in case the sims themselves are the reason why your neighborhood is not being accepted. This will give you the chance to create new families and try again, or simply upload without them. After a sim has been added to a neighborhood, it is impossible to remove all it's data from the neighborhood, so if your sims are the only problem with your neighborhood, you can't just delete the characters and try again. It will mess up the neighborhood, and we will not accept it. So PLEASE BACK UP YOUR WORK!
 
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==Right Info/Right Files==
 
Once you have your creation made and screenshots taken, you need to make sure you have all the fiddly bits in order.
 
 
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One of the most important things is to make sure that your neighborhood has a unique number. If two neighborhoods have the same number, one of them will not appear in the user's game. MTS has created a [http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Neighborhood_Numbers_Repository Neighborhood Number Repository] so you can be sure that your neighborhood does not conflict with any existing neighborhoods. If/when your neighborhood is approved, your number will be added to the list to protect you from future neighborhoods clashing. After creating your neighborhood, it will likely have a very low number. You will need to rename all of the neighborhood files and folders to your new number. This can either be done by hand, or with a bulk renaming tool. In your upload you will have to also have to list your number.
 
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==Uploading==
 
 
When you have the required screenshots and you are about ready to upload your world, you'll be ready to do the following last steps:
 
 
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You probably already have a name for your hood - it makes a good title for your upload. 
 
 
* Good world titles: "Oceanside Bay: Small Tropical Hood" or "Garland Falls" - your name for the hood, plus maybe some short descriptive text.
 
 
* Bad world titles: "My first hood!" or "My first upload!!!!1"
 
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You need to write a decent description for your upload.  You don't have to write a novel here, just at least a few sentences about world's theme, history, landscape, people, whatever.  Let people know you've put some careful thought into your creation.  If your English is not good, you can ask for help writing a description in [http://www.modthesims.info/fd.php?f=473 Creator Feedback].
 
 
* Good description: "Oceanside Bay is a cozy seaside community, with windswept cliffs falling into crystal blue water, studded with wide sandy beaches.  As a fishing and seafaring society, Oceanside Bay's residents reflect their love for the sea in their homes' styles and furnishings.  Living in such a small town, everyone is close knit, but they like it that way - and your sims will too!"
 
 
* Bad description: "Plz download and thank!!!" or "Just look at the pictures and download!!!"
 
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* '''Number:''' Total number of lots, and lot sizes and quantity of each (example: 50 total lots - 25 of 20x20, 15 of 40x40, 10 60x60)
 
* '''Number:''' Total number of lots, and lot sizes and quantity of each (example: 50 total lots - 25 of 20x20, 15 of 40x40, 10 60x60)
  
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* '''Residential:''' Number of residential lots, and lot sizes and quantity of each (as above).
 
* '''Residential:''' Number of residential lots, and lot sizes and quantity of each (as above).
 
* '''(Full Map Only):'''  For the 10 representative lots (5 residential, 5 community) you've chosen to include pictures for, you need to also include the standard required info for them.  That means you need a '''description''' of the lot in text, describing its purpose, features, style, etc.  You will also need the '''lot size''' (25x30, 64x64, etc.) and the '''lot price''' (the price of the lot, both furnished and unfurnished).  For more on where to find and how to provide this info, please see: [[MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Lots_and_Houses|Lots and Houses Upload Guidelines]].
 
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Make sure to state whether or not the content is included or not (as downloaders need to know if they need to download it all separately or not).  If you do include content, it must be okay with that content's creatorPlease check their policies. If they don't have a policy, or their site is permanently offline, you can assume it's okay.
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Once you have your creation made and screenshots taken, you need to make sure you have all the fiddly bits in order.  
  
Make sure to state whether or not the content is included or not (as downloaders need to know if they need to download it all separately or not). If you do include content, it must be okay with that content's creator. Please check their policies.
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*'''Unique Neighborhood Number:''' One of the most important things is to make sure that your neighborhood has a unique number. If two neighborhoods have the same number, one of them will not appear in the user's game. MTS has created a [http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Neighborhood_Numbers_Repository Neighborhood Number Repository] so you can be sure that your neighborhood does not conflict with any existing neighborhoods. If/when your neighborhood is approved, your number will be added to the list to protect you from future neighborhoods clashing. After creating your neighborhood, it will likely have a very low number. You will need to rename all of the neighborhood files and folders to your new number. This can either be done by hand, or with a bulk renaming tool. In your upload you will have to also have to list your number.
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For a complex neighborhood, it's possible that your upload will be over the 50 mb file limit that we have at MTS.  You will need to upload your creation in parts.  To do this, you will need an archive program like [http://www.rarlabs.com WinRAR] that can compress a file but split it into multiple pieces.
  
 
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<blockquote>Download all the files. Remove the MTS_Creator_(numbers) from their names and you should be left with Hoodname.part1.rar and Hoodname.part2.rar and so forth. Unrar them together, to do this, highlight all the files together and open them at the same time in WinRar. Then place the resulting folder into your Neighborhoods folder. Place any CC into the Downloads folder.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Download all the files. Remove the MTS_Creator_(numbers) from their names and you should be left with Hoodname.part1.rar and Hoodname.part2.rar and so forth. Unrar them together, to do this, highlight all the files together and open them at the same time in WinRar. Then place the resulting folder into your Neighborhoods folder. Place any CC into the Downloads folder.</blockquote>
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If your upload is rejected or marked as changes required and you're not sure why, ask in [http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=492 Creator Issues].
 
If your upload is rejected or marked as changes required and you're not sure why, ask in [http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=492 Creator Issues].

Latest revision as of 09:16, 29 February 2020

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[edit] Full Neighborhoods

Have you made a new neighborhood in game and want to share it? This guide will walk you through every step of what we require on MTS. After you've read through this entire article, you may start the upload process, which is a bit different for TS2 Neighborhoods. The correct way to upload a TS2 Hood is through our Creator Issues forum. There you will be able to start a thread and add in as many comment posts as you need to include the lots and their images. After you have completed your thread, create another thread in the same forum asking for your neighborhood (with a link to it) to be moved to Moderation.

[edit] Quality

  • Use Blank Templates: All neighbourhoods must be built using blank templates. Before you start building your neighborhood, you need to install clean and empty neighborhood templates. Once your neighborhood is created and you start the game, check the character folder in your new neighborhood. This should be empty. If you choose to include sims, you may do so after, but the blank templates are a requirement. Most of the templates are available for download by meetmetotheriver so do a google search for them.
  • Playable:. Make sure you have some flat buildable areas and a practical road grid.
  • Realistic: Getting creative with your terrain sculpting is fine, but remember to strive for realism.
  • Decorations: Your decorating should add to the overall beauty and theme of your neighborhood, with good choices and placement of items - neither too many nor too few. Try to keep your decorations to a particular style - use trees and flowers that make sense for the type of region you're building. Giving your neighborhood a particular unique flavour and style makes it more charming and realistic than just using one of everything, or a random pyramid because it'd look cool.

Tip: Sims cannot really be removed from a neighborhood once added, so it's a good idea to keep a backup of your neighborhood before adding sims. It would be a shame not to be able to share your neighborhood here if the sims do not meet the guidelines, but everything else does.

[edit] Screenshots

Required screenshots

For all worlds, you must have:

  • at least ONE picture from high above your world, showing the whole thing. If you can't fit it all in one shot, you can take several different shots as long as it's obvious you've shown everything. You can label the overview pictures with text if you want - just make sure it doesn't cover up too much.
  • at least FOUR other pictures of some of the views people will see in your world. This should be nice scenic views, taken from a lower angle (a sim's eye view, or a low player's eye view). You can of course take more pictures to show off all the pretty sights.

If you have built lots for your world as part of a full map, you will also need to have:

  • A front picture showing the whole lot for at least 5 residential and 5 community lots (if you have less than 5 of either type, you can just show however many you have). You may choose which lots you show, but we suggest you choose lots that are representative of the overall style of the world. We have this requirement so both MTS staff and people who may download your world can see that your lots are good quality. You may also include additional pictures like floorplans, backside picture, comparison picture if a lot is based on a real life building. But those are completely optional!

If you have made sims for your world, you will also need to have:

  • A close-up picture of the sim's face, from the front, with the sim wearing a neutral face expression (like a mugshot) - not smiling, laughing, etc., for at least 5 different sims. You may choose which 5 sims, but as with lots, we suggest you choose ones that are representative of your creator style and quality. This is so MTS staff and downloaders can see that your sims are good quality. You may, of course, include other pictures like a full-body picture, posing pictures, whatever, to show off your sim how you like, but please make sure to include at least the above. For sims based on a person or character, you can include a comparison picture of the real person, ideally similar to the close-up picture of your sim.

Keep the following in mind for your screenshots, especially the required ones:

  • Size: 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall is a good size for the smallest pic you would want to upload. Your images can be up to 2560x1440 pixels, and 800 kb, so you have lots of space to work with!
  • Lighting: For most things, it's best to take pictures in an interior room with good lighting. For lots, pictures should be taken during a nice sunny day, for floorplans, take the pictures with the lights ON.
  • Clarity: Neither blurry, nor pixellated/crunchy. Do not size up small pictures to make a large one as this will blur them, and make sure not to use too much compression/too low quality when saving your images.
  • Distance: Take your pictures so that your creation fills the screen without anything cut off at top or bottom - neither zoomed in too close, nor zoomed out too far.
  • Distortion: If you resize your images, retain the aspect ratio so they don't get stretched or squashed. Take care when zooming in and out with the camera that you do not create a fisheye effect on your pictures.
  • Photoshopping: Do not apply filters like sharpen, contrast, etc. to the required pictures, as downloaders want to see what your creation will look like in their game, not your skills at using Photoshop.
  • Attached: All required images must be attached directly to the MTS upload, not just inserted using the img tag, so that even if the pics get deleted from your Photobucket (or other host), the upload on MTS is still complete.
  • Show all items: For most areas, if you are uploading a set, you must take all the required pics for each item in the set. If there is an exception, it will be noted.
  • Picture limit: You may upload up to 100 pictures for a single upload thread, so feel free to add some additional pictures just to show off your work to its best. Of course, keep it reasonable - nobody needs 50 pics to show off one sim or hair.
  • Inline pictures: Inline pictures are those that use the [img] tag to show up in with the description text. So that it doesn't take too long to load, please keep this to no more than 4 pictures done inline, unless you put them inside an [infobutton] tag. To do this, see our guide on post formatting.
Additional screenshots

You may wish to take optional extra pictures to show off your world. Additional pictures are good! Show people all kinds of interesting stuff, all the little details you've put in.


[edit] Information

Title & Description
Give your upload a descriptive title and write a text description for your upload, describing what you're uploading. Your title and description must be in English or provide an English translation. If you are not a native English speaker, using Google Translate is okay. You can also ask for help writing your description in the Creator Feedback Forum.
Lots

You will need to provide some basic information on the lots included in your neighborhood:

  • Number: Total number of lots, and lot sizes and quantity of each (example: 50 total lots - 25 of 20x20, 15 of 40x40, 10 60x60)
  • Community Lots: None / All / Some (list)
  • Residential: Number of residential lots, and lot sizes and quantity of each (as above).
Custom Content

If you have used any custom items in your world, you MUST provide full links and credit for ALL items used in the world. This means any custom build items, objects, patterns, or content used on any included sims must be linked and credited.

Make sure to state whether or not the content is included or not (as downloaders need to know if they need to download it all separately or not). If you do include content, it must be okay with that content's creator. Please check their policies. If they don't have a policy, or their site is permanently offline, you can assume it's okay.

[edit] Files

Lots

Once you have your creation made and screenshots taken, you need to make sure you have all the fiddly bits in order.

  • Unique Neighborhood Number: One of the most important things is to make sure that your neighborhood has a unique number. If two neighborhoods have the same number, one of them will not appear in the user's game. MTS has created a Neighborhood Number Repository so you can be sure that your neighborhood does not conflict with any existing neighborhoods. If/when your neighborhood is approved, your number will be added to the list to protect you from future neighborhoods clashing. After creating your neighborhood, it will likely have a very low number. You will need to rename all of the neighborhood files and folders to your new number. This can either be done by hand, or with a bulk renaming tool. In your upload you will have to also have to list your number.
Zip, Rar, or 7z
To upload your file(s) to MTS, you will need to compress them into an archive file, which makes them smaller and allows you to include many files in one download. The archive file formats we currently accept are .zip, .rar, and .7z.

For instructions on compressing your files into an archive, please see: Creator Guidelines: Creating Archive Files.

  • Do not include multiple archives with the same contents - that is, please don't put your files in both a .zip as well as a .rar because some people only want .zip files. Choose one format.
  • Do not double-compress your files... a .rar file inside another .rar file (or any other archive inside another) doesn't compress it anymore, and it makes it so we can't see the contents without downloading, and also just makes an extra step for the people downloading.
  • The file size limit on MTS is 50 mb. If you exceed this limit you will need to split your archives. This should probably never come up except for large worlds for The Sims 3, or huge sets of smaller items.
Expansion Packs or Stuff Packs required?
Particular items may be added with expansion or stuff packs, and depending on how your creation is made and the item you based it on, your creation may not work for users who do not own that expansion/stuff pack. You need to be sure of which packs are necessary for the items you have made. If users don't have the EP, your stuff may not work! If you are unsure of whether or not your creation will require an expansion or stuff pack, you can ask about it in the appropriate Create forum (under the Create menu on MTS) before uploading.

Make sure you only mark the EPs/SPs required that your upload actually needs! Don't just mark them all! For specifics, please read: MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Compatibility

Split Archives

For a complex neighborhood, it's possible that your upload will be over the 50 mb file limit that we have at MTS. You will need to upload your creation in parts. To do this, you will need an archive program like WinRAR that can compress a file but split it into multiple pieces.

To create a split RAR/ZIP:

1. Find the sims3pack file for the world you have created.
2. Right-click on the sims3pack file and choose "Add to archive" from the menu.
3. On the box that comes up, give your file a name where it says Archive name.
4. Select ZIP or RAR (RAR is preferred).
5. Change "Compression Method" to Best.
4. Under where it says "Split to volumes, bytes" type 9 mb. Leave the other settings alone.
5. Click OK to create your file(s). This may take a few minutes.

When it's done, you will have one or more RAR files, ready to upload.

Include Install Instructions. Because a split archive is not something our downloaders usually deal with, you will need to include instructions on how to put them back together. You may use this text, or write your own.

Download all the files. Remove the MTS_Creator_(numbers) from their names and you should be left with Hoodname.part1.rar and Hoodname.part2.rar and so forth. Unrar them together, to do this, highlight all the files together and open them at the same time in WinRar. Then place the resulting folder into your Neighborhoods folder. Place any CC into the Downloads folder.

[edit] Other

Uploads not allowed on MTS
These items are not allowed on MTS in any category.
Pay/Pirated Content

Everything required or recommended for an upload must be freely available, without having to pay.

  • No uploads requiring pay content: We do not host content (for example, recolours of a pay hair or object mesh) that absolutely require pay content to function in-game.
  • No optional pay, pirated, or stolen content: Even for optional or recommended content not absolutely required for the creation to work (for example, hair on a sim or a couch on a lot), this means:
    • No content you must pay for. This means you cannot use items that are pay, donation, subscriber only, "special gift", etc. type content, anything accessible only when you pay money or subscribe.
    • No content from sites that are repositories of unmodified content when it is still available from the original creator, whether these items are pay or free (no Booty or Simscave, torrents, sites full of stolen content or similar, but the Graveyard and sites that offer recolours or modifications with the mesh are okay).
    • No EA content simply converted to base game use with no other changes.
    • No pirated EA Store content. EA Store content, linked to the legitimate EA Store, is okay though. TS2 store content may be included, with proper credit, since the store is no longer available.
Other content not allowed
  • Items that belong on the adult site: No content posted on MTS can have visible nudity, sexual content, or adult content, and instead must be posted on our adult site, Sexy Sims. This means on MTS, you may not post:
    • Content that contains nudity, which we define as exposing the female nipples, or the butt crack/genitals of either gender, including semi-transparent stuff like a sheer bra. Items that are merely "sexy" like skimpy miniskirts or string bikinis are fine on MTS. Transsexual/transgender items are also not considered adult content unless they contain nudity.
    • Skintones containing genital details - female nipples are okay on MTS but see below regarding screenshots.
    • Images of skintones with uncensored female nipples. Please blur or cover the nipples, butt crack, and genital area when taking screenshots of your skintones.
    • Fine art uploads containing visible nudity.
    • Items with specifically sexual content (sex toys, sexual poses).
    • Items containing swear/curse words
    • Items relating to illegal drugs. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are okay on MTS though.
  • Sexualized children: We do not allow any sexy/sexualized content for baby, toddler, or child sims in any way - no breasts whatsoever on child sims, no "sexy" outfits, etc. If you want to make preteens, make a less developed body for teen sims. Sexualized child content is not allowed at our adult site either.
  • Offensive content: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, bigoted, hateful or otherwise offensive content will not be allowed. Again, also not allowed at our adult site.
  • Gore/violence: We do not allow uploads which feature prominent, graphic violence and/or gore. Examples of things we do not allow would include items centred around mass shootings, images showing explicit violent imagery, cannibalism, and infanticide. Limited violence and gore may be featured if not the dominant focus of the upload, and not excessively graphic. Think a PG-13 movie. If uncertain whether your upload crosses this line, we suggest making a thread in the Creator Issues forum asking for feedback from a moderator before uploading.
  • EXE installers: Creators are not allowed to post exe (or other executable) files for any area of the site but Modding Tools. If your content needs to be installed to a certain directory, you can compress your files and leave the directory structure intact, so you can tell people to just install to Program Files, for instance, and the files will go where they need to. Executable installers can easily hold viruses, and are generally not needed for installing most content.
  • Preorder bonus content: Certain items were only available if you preordered certain expansions or stuff packs from certain retailers. It's unfortunate if someone missed out on getting them, but they can't be redistributed here as EA has made it clear that they do not allow it.
  • Unmodified EP/SP/Store content: While it is common practice to modify and use bits and pieces of game content to create custom content, extracting content from an expansion, stuff pack, or Store item and uploading it unmodified is not allowed on this site. You are welcome to upload significantly modified versions of expansion, stuff pack, or Store content, but you can't just be ripping it and changing one tiny thing (or nothing) just so people who didn't purchase it can still use it.
  • Stolen/reuploaded content: This should go without saying, but do not upload content made by others and claim it as your own, in whole or in part. Don't upload the work of someone else without their permission... if they wanted to share it at MTS, they can easily upload it here themselves.
  • Uncredited content/violating permissions: If any part of what you have uploaded (mesh, textures, alphas, bump maps, coding, etc.) comes from somebody else's work, you MUST provide a link and credit in the text of your post, for the original author. State what you've used of theirs, the author's name, and give a link back to them. You must check the author's policies to see if you can use their content in the way you want, and you may not violate any policies stated. If there are no policies or they don't disallow your type of usage, or the site is permanently offline, then you can assume it's okay. Please see here for more details: Updates and Remixes of Creations.
  • Redirects: If you want to move a creation to another site, please remove your upload from MTS, don't just edit the text to point to a different site.


[edit] Helpful Links

If your upload is rejected or marked as changes required and you're not sure why, ask in Creator Issues.

If you're not sure whether your neighborhood is ready for uploading, use the Creator Feedback Forum to get feedback on it.

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