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Neighborhood decorations can be placed anywhere.

by saramkirk Posted 27th Dec 2007 at 1:14 AM - Updated 30th Jan 2008 at 8:30 AM by saramkirk
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What It Is

It's a hack that allows all neighborhood deco to go inside lots, go on top of roads, go on land, and go on water.

For example, the palm tree groves that came with BV refuse to go on the edge of water, screaming at you that they can only be placed on land... even though you are placing them on land. Damn game. And the lighthouse that's on a rock used to ony be allowed in water, but now can be placed on land, too.

Pretty much all the deco objects are included. All the trees, rocks, buildings, BV objects, signs, etc. The ones that aren't included are things like flowers and fields, which can't be seen from inside of lots anyway, and so are useless anyway.

This REPLACES my "bonus rock hack" that's on MTS2. It does not replace the smaller rocks, so don't remove those. The hack you'll want to delete had the name of smk_Boulders_place_in_lots.package

What To Install

There are several files inside the zip. Basically, each EP added some nhood deco. So get the files for all the EPs you've got, as well as the base game. For example, if you have NL and BV only, you would get the base game hack, the NL hack, and the BV hack, but not the OFB or Seasons hacks.

Technical Info

Provided for reference... can be used to edit custom objects.

There are four things that can be changed about the way nhood objects are placed.

All of them are changed in the Neighborhood Object XML (XNGB), which is located inside a file called catcanhobjects.bundle.package in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\XXX\TSData\Res\Catalog\CANHObjects (where XXX refers to the base game or specific EP). For custom objects, this would be inside the .package file you downloaded, of course.

placementsurface refers to whether an object is allowed on water or land.
Acceptable codes are 0x00000000 (land), 0x00000001 (water), 0x00000002 (water and land).

allowedinlot refers to whether you can place an object inside of a lot.
Acceptable codes are 0x00000000 (no), 0x00000001 (yes).

allowedonroad refers to whether you can place an object on top of a road.
Acceptable codes are 0x00000000 (no), 0x00000001 (yes).

removeonlotplop VERY IMPORTANT!!! If you do not disallow this, the object will NOT be placeable inside of lots or on roads, even if you allowed it in allowedinlot and allowedonroad.
THE CODE YOU SHOULD USE IS 0x00000000. Do not use 0x00000001.

Practical Applications

You might be wondering how all this stuff can be used in the actual game.

Here are some pictures of a beach lot, where the yucky edges/seams have been disguised by rocks, and a community "pond" that is actually a disguised swimming pool. If you have ever tried to disguise a swimming pool using just plants, you know how dumb it looks to have a jungle growing around all four edges of the pool. Using the rocks gives a more natural appearance. Take note of the way the rocks extend INSIDE the swimming pool, giving the underwater sides a natural, rough look. I put this example together too hastily, so not every edge of the pool was concealled; ideally you would make the rocks extend slightly more inside the pool. Invisible fences (available on MTS2) are used to keep sims from walking through any nhood object inside the lot.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
5th Apr 2009 at 5:05 PM
This message has been deleted by mikorox. Reason: I am an idiot! o_0
#51 Old 30th Apr 2009 at 10:33 PM
Okay, then. It looks like this isn't being updated for either FT or AL, then? That is sad, indeed, but understandable.
Test Subject
#52 Old 4th May 2009 at 5:08 PM
Wow thanks, I really need this for my neighborhood, because I am making castaways, and the roads are there, so if I put the rocks there, it will work.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 thank you so much for this!
Test Subject
#53 Old 11th May 2009 at 10:59 PM
will this work in base game alone? and since I only have base game will this make it look like my sims aren't living in the middle of nowhere?
Lab Assistant
#54 Old 6th Sep 2009 at 3:56 AM
Nice one!
Test Subject
#55 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 1:45 AM
Holy awesome
Test Subject
#56 Old 22nd Nov 2009 at 3:47 PM Last edited by emanuellara : 22nd Nov 2009 at 3:50 PM. Reason: done it rong
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OMG perfect! lol I've bean wanting 2 make a sims 2 castaway type movie since last year and was jst surfing mts2 and found it. I love it and will give u loads o credit in my movie CREDITS... lol get it credit, credits?

Some people are like slinkies. Not good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down stairs. :')
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 10:06 AM Last edited by TigerSoundNet : 29th Jan 2010 at 5:21 PM.
Originally Posted by saramkirk
What bugs would that be, since you've deleted your other post?

(kuna666) it doesn't work for me....

will this work in base game alone? and since I only have base game will this make it look like my sims aren't living in the middle of nowhere?

I will try to answer that question. . .

smk_BaseGame_allowedinlots_hack.package is not ep0 compliant.
Or it is not for the base game alone or not ep0-only, if you wish?
(Unless you just want a mess of rocks in your Lot's Neighborhood view?)

Saramkirk, there are dozens of non ep0-only packages like this, on MTS2. (In this case, these Neighborhood rocks are simply not found during lot editing.) So, specifically, which Build or Buy Catalog should these be in?

But these are ep0-only compatible, with three colors, even . . .
Plus, you will get a barbecue pit and a spa, to boot!
The Rock Collection

... Jim ...
Test Subject
#58 Old 29th Jan 2010 at 9:59 PM
this is sooo cool, thank youu soo much!! xD
Lab Assistant
#59 Old 14th Jul 2010 at 1:22 AM
At first I was like.. "I guess I'll get it. This hack would be useful." Then I saw the pictures you attached and went, "What am I saying?! This is a MUST-HAVE!" hahaha thank you so much for creating - the technical stuff looks difficult - and sharing it with us on MTS2! You rock!
#60 Old 11th Aug 2010 at 9:15 PM
How did I miss this? This is freaking AWESOME! Mow I can actually use some of the neighborhood decor without worrying about lot placement. Thank you so much!
Field Researcher
#61 Old 9th Nov 2010 at 5:38 PM
Thanks a lot for this. Now I'll be able to fill those narrow gaps between the houses and to decorate the shorelines the way I want.
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 18th Dec 2010 at 11:45 PM
GAH! I don't know if you did this on purpose, or what, but it cuts down on lag SO MUCH when making forests!

I have fairy sims, but all the trees neccessary to make things look really takes a toll. Very choppy, few second-long pauses. I had to delete half the trees!

But with plays like the trees aren't even there! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 21st Feb 2011 at 10:30 AM
For some reason its not working for me. I have NL, UNI, OFB, and AL. Im not sure im understanding your mod, is it supposed to be where you can see the surrounding neighborhood objects while on your lot, or is it supposed to enable you to add neighborhood objects to your sim lot?

Say for example the ocean waves in pleasantville, If I put a house down near the ocean I cant see the waves. Hell i dont even see the water, just a sinking blue terrain, looks awful! With this mod is it supposed to enable me to see the waves, water, boats, and such?

Or is it while im on my sim lot i can add these items to my lot, like say for example i wanted to make a pool with some rocks surrounding it, i could use the neighborhood rocks for that?
Test Subject
#64 Old 12th Jan 2012 at 1:32 PM
This is great, thank you so much!
Test Subject
#65 Old 17th Jan 2012 at 6:10 AM
THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for something like this for a while!!
Test Subject
#66 Old 15th Mar 2012 at 4:11 PM
Great job on this, just what I needed. I'm happy I found it again, you know it's a good creation when I can remember it years later.
Test Subject
#67 Old 10th May 2012 at 7:08 PM
Does anyone know if this mod is compatible with the Apartment Life EP? I have every Sims 2 EP and I'm wondering, since this was obviously made before AL was released, if it's still okay to install and will work properly?
Test Subject
#68 Old 2nd Aug 2012 at 2:02 PM
so do i extract this file into...

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\XXX\TSData\Res\Catalog\CANHObjects

or E:\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
retired moderator
#69 Old 2nd Aug 2012 at 7:04 PM
@rosedreamer101- click the 'Install Instructions' tab for details.
Needs Coffee
retired moderator
#70 Old 30th Apr 2013 at 7:05 AM
I installed these into my Downloads folder and I still can't place the steam train deco across a road.

"I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives." - Unknown
~Call me Jo~
Test Subject
#71 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 2:21 AM
Where do i have to install them? In downloads folder?
Field Researcher
#72 Old 18th Nov 2013 at 5:46 AM
This mod is fantastic. It really makes lots look more beautiful
Test Subject
#73 Old 17th Dec 2013 at 5:01 PM
The palm tree example you talked about is precisely why I started looking for deco online. I was getting really ticked off trying to make a little island paradise for my new neighborhood and trying to get just close enough to the water to place the damn trees was really annoying me. Thanks so much, I can actually make a little island decoration now!
Lab Assistant
#74 Old 21st Apr 2014 at 12:16 AM
I am looking forward to playing with this to see what kinds of creative fun you have unlocked for all of us. By the comments others have left, you have just given me hours more life out of building lots and neighborhoods. Thank you!
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