MTS2:Creator Guidelines/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.
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.
For all worlds, you must have:
If you have built lots for your world as part of a full map, you will also need to have:
If you have made sims for your world, you will also need to have:
|Keep the following in mind for your screenshots, especially the required ones:
|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.|
You will need to provide some basic information on the lots included in your neighborhood:
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.
Once you have your creation made and screenshots taken, you need to make sure you have all the fiddly bits in order.
|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.
|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
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.
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.
|Uploads not allowed on MTS|
| These items are not allowed on MTS in any category.
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.