PSA for anyone organising their TS3 CC: download Sims 3 Thumbnail Extractor!
I have just downloaded a tool that will save me so much time in my CC re-organisation. Honestly, this just had me staring at my screen and going “Seriously? Holy crap!”
It’s the Sims 3 Thumbnail Extractor by Killc*a at MTS. All you do is leave it at default settings, choose a folder to scan, wait for a few seconds, and it will extract all the THUMB and ICON resources (if both exist within a file, it will extract both) inside everything in that folder. It works on package files and Sims3pack files, and it does it in seconds. (You can also choose individual files if you don’t want everything in an entire folder extracted.)
Prior to this I had been going through each file one at a time, opening it in S3PE, finding the THUMB or ICON files, using the option to open them in Paint, hitting Save As > JPG, typing the first letter of the name and scrolling to find the correct name, hitting the End key to go to the end of the filename so I can backspace out the .package or .sims3pack bit– Well, you get the general idea. Lots of work for one image. All of that work now takes literally seconds with this thing.
The video above will show you just how quickly it works. That folder contains 1,397 package files by LunaSims. To go through them individually would have involved several hours of non-stop work. This program processed them in a couple of seconds.
It managed to do 1,354 out of those files, meaning that 43 of them don’t have THUMB or ICON files, but it’ll be easy to sort those out, load them into my game and take screenshots of them.
My only bugbear is that it saves the images as PNG files, but there are tons of file conversion programs out there that will convert those to JPGs so you can save a bit of space.
(Now all I need is a program that will take the hundreds of extracted package files from a Sims3pack lot [which have gibberish names] and delve inside their XML files to rename the file with the actual item name, so that I don’t have to!)
Yup! I use this tool all the time, especially when making preview pics for the CC sets I upload. 👍
Magnus:Mm! These waffles are unbelievable! Even better than your French toast. Alec: I’ve been getting good, aren’t I? Magnus:Mm-hmm! Alec: I’m thinking about taking the next step…Crepes. Magnus:Ooh~! Careful, a man can get used to this type of treatment. Alec: Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet~!
– Shadowhunters S03E16
MY THOUGHTS & CC CREDITS
WHAT is Chairman Meow doing in that gif? (－‸ლ)
Sorry these are coming SO late; it’s finals week, on top of RL stuff, so I REALLY don’t have time to do any of this, but I can’t just do NOTHING for Magnus Lightwood-Bane’s birthday! Who needs sleep, amirite?
I was of course inspired by the 3B Waffles Scene that….hooo boy. 3B, man. Cursed and blessed at the same time, like wtf.
CC CREDITS (WIP)
- Waffles, strawberries, bacon & eggs, toast & jam, butter, pitchers X X, fruit
33: Rotational player 43: LGBTQ+ Player 48: Nomad (my avatar sim Sakura’s gameplay especially) 51: Retro Player (TS3 Simmers represent!) 54: Urban Planner (World Editor mode, not CAW) 56: Matriarchy (25%) Patriarchy (75%) 58: Child/Baby Hater (I don’t hate them, there’s just less they can do)
Apparently the characters are being worked on with a team or something, and there’s a reveal/trailer planned for 2020 once everything’s ready to be officially shown. I am so stoked; I can’t freaking wait; this is ridiculous. TAKE MY MONEY.
You can’t outrun destiny just because you’re terrified of it. Henry Cavill is Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher arrives December 20, 2019.
*sigh* Urgh, lord. I just don’t know. I pray it’s good. I seriously do. I
want another Game of Thrones series to just marinate in for the next 10 years. But there’s so
many decisions they made here that I just don’t like. This is
one of those shows that’s gonna have to grow on me.
December can’t come fast enough; I’m done waiting!
don’t like puzzle games and platform games and stuff. But Tetris might
be one of the very first games I ever played, and to this day it’s just a
ton of fun. Very nostalgic.
Vampires, medieval, bishounen, great story? Sign me up! I got into Castlevania while I was neck-deep in all things gothic and dark and creepy. It’s such a fun game! The Prince of Persia-esque mechanics with swinging from the whips and chains were freaking hard, and the dungeons were cool, and
I love the out-of-place cartoony summons, that dial back the creep factor just a smidge so I don’t feel I’m trapped in Dark Souls where everything’s tryna give me a frikkin heart attack. I wanted so many more Castlevania games. But nooooo~! It’s all about effing pachinko machines now!
Jim Sterling said it best: F*k Konami. >_<
8. Warriors Series
The ham and cheese of it all in this delicious sandwich of a Chinese, Japanese, and Asian mythology hack and slash series. Delicious. Tedious and predictable AF. But still delicious. Unfortunately, Koei just about tanked Dynasty Warriors with the more recent installments. U_U And it’s so hard to play the Samurai Warriors games since they bailed out on effing localizations, like thanks, that’s rude. >_>
7. Shin Megami Tensei/Persona
I freaking luuurve
how effed up and zany and twisted this dystopic cyber-ish world is. SMT
and Final Fantasy have hands down the best summoning systems in games (Pokemon does NOT count), with an entire array of multicultural pantheons incorporated into
the in-game universes. I swear, just researching the references they use
is half the fun for me, cuz I’m that kind of nerd; sue me. :P
Legend of Dragoon
I never got into Final Fantasy 7 the way other folks did, cuz I was busy playing Legend of Dragoon, baby~! ^0^ The FF7 train whizzed on past me, but that was fine. I was happy right where I was. LoD’s battle mechanics were HARD, but SO good to master. I was always excited to keep progressing; the story’s one of the best I’ve EVER played (ROSE! My bish!); and the worlds and cutscenes and music were BEAUTIFUL. When TF is Legend of Dragoon getting it’s next-gen remaster with Cody Christian voice-acting Dart, Sony, huh, HUH. HUH!? >_<
5. Tomb Raider
My girl! ^0^ YES, I’m the RL archaeologist who’s never seen a single Indiana Jones movie (cuz eff ALL that racism), but you best believe I saw both the Tomb Raider movies, and played a crapton of the games! XD Gravity deaths, T-rexes, zombie samurai and all. Werk it, queen. With your double pistols. And Double-D cups.
I hate 1st-person perspective in games, in literature, everything. If they hadn’t added a 3rd person I’d’ve been like nope. But yeah, Skyrim’s freaking epic. It’s got DRAGONS, for starters, and sith lord lightning spells, and giant open worlds to explore, full of lore and magic, and one of the most amazing soundtracks of all time, and did I mention the dragons? I was so hyped for Elder Scrolls 6, but with Bethesda being frikkin INCOMPETENT lately *(*cough* Fallout 76 *cough*) I dunno about ES6 now. :\ If it stinks, I won’t be surprised. But Todd Howard KNOWS the entire community will FUS RO DAH his arse if it bombs! >_<
3. The Sims
Skyrim’s Hearthfire EP tried it, but NOTHING compares to The Sims franchise, allowing us to create our characters’ entire lives in a game. From birth, to childhood, adulthood, the elder years, death, and even afterlife, in The Sims we can control and customize every aspect of the characters’ story, to fit our own unique tastes and style. And that’s why I love TS3 the most out of the bunch, with it’s in-game Create-A-Style, open world with CAW and Edit Mode, and so much more. I wish all games had non-linear customizeable aspects where you can just sit back from the main story and quests; take a gander at your surroundings, build a house, marry that cute NPC you bumped into in the marketplace, have some babies, and let Alduin just do his thing till the next Dragonborn comes along; cuz I’m retired and living my best life in this here village; bye Felicia. 8)
No game franchise has ever made me cry as much and as hard as I did than while playing Final Fantasy. Holy. Crap. Their stories? THE BEST. EVER. You get seriously ATTACHED to these characters! Aerith, Angelo, Vivi, Sir Auron, Fran, Fang, the Regalia…they’re FAMILY! XD And the villains? ICONIC. Simply iconic. Eff Dark Souls; the side-bosses in FF are frikkin IMPOSSIBLE. SO dang good! And I love the touches of in-universe continuity, with Phoenix Downs, chocobos, cactuars, tonberries, airships, and the strangest fashion choices I’ve ever seen. Say what you will – what I HAVE – about certain polarizing entries in the series, but that’s just because we KNOW there’s a certain standard FF has, and a bar it’s classic titles have set, that you just don’t sneeze at. You just DON’T. (But FF15 was a piece of shhiiii~!)
1. THE WITCHER 3
If y’all can’t tell, I LOVE me some RPGs. Give me a set of beautiful ancient/medieval worlds to explore, full of elves and dwarves and of course MONSTERS; and protagonists with magical powers and big freaking swords, and I’m in it to win it, baby. Suffice to say: I WAS NOT READY for TW3. I STILL haven’t recovered from how good that game was! Even the MINIGAME within the actual game was legendary (Gwent had me BROKE, lemme tell you). And the Blood and Wine DLC was…like….something else; bumped it from a 10/10 to a 15/10, easy. The combat, the world building, the characters, the dialogue, the sidequests, the main plot, the MUSIC, UGH. If Netflix effs up The Witcher tv series Imma be MAAAAD.
So, this is how I made the Banishment Window from TS4 Realm of Magic. I didn’t extract the meshes – that was thanks to @deniisu-sims.
Tuck yourselves in for quite the doozy; this is a biggun.
I just exported the textures and meshes from Sims4Studio, doing all the exact same steps from the TS4 Tutorial I posted here, to get the .obj & .png files into Milkshape.
First thing I did was identify all the group parts, to know what’s what. There’s a front and back part of the actual window frame, and a front and back of the window glass. I deleted the shadow mesh, cuz I can’t be bothered.
Fortunately, there wasn’t much UV Map editing that needed to be done, just a quick adjustment to the glass meshes. This is what everything should look like:
Now, I had never made a window a day in my life; never even tried. So, I cheated. ^_^ The RoM window I wanted was a simple circle, that perfectly matched the 3x1 circle from Into the Future. So that’s the one I cloned.
Export EA’s HLD mesh, cuz you’ll need it for reference in Milkshape.
Imported into Milkshape, you’ll see where TS3 windows sit, compared to TS4. Select all your TS4 meshes, and Move them to sit right on top of TS3’s, as close as you can manage.
Now, pay attention to EA’s group names:
Group 0 is the rear glass
Group 1 is the front glass
Group 2 is the rear frame
Group 3 is the front frame
Rename your TS4 groups accordingly. I Regrouped/Merged the Trim with the Front, to stick with TS3′s 4 groups. And I Deleted the Shadow mesh, as I said, since the ITF one didn’t have one. (Not that I’d’ve cared, in any event. :P )
Now, Assign EA’s bone/joint – DO NOT FORGET to do this; it’s super important that anything with glass has a joint assigned to it, or the glass will be 100% invisible in-game, and won’t that suck. :P
Now, believe it or not, you’re ready for TSRW! First part’s nearly over! ^0^
Export your mesh out of Milkshape, and Import it into TSRW.
Now, before we get to the EVIL part (*cough* wall masks *cough*), lets do the easy bit first, and get your textures ready.
Delete EA’s extra variations, and make your own. I made 4.
Looks nice, right? WRONG!
Now, before you do another freaking thing, assuming everything’s gravy only to be DUPED once you’re in-game and everything looks like ca-ca, head into your Material Editor and set your shader to Phong Alpha and change the Alpha Mask Threshold to 100 on the 2 front & rear window frame group meshes.
For the love of all things sacred, DO NOT click the Yes button when it prompts you. CLICK NO.
Remember to do the same for Group 2 and Group 3.
Once you’ve done that….we’re ready to address the frikkin elephant in the frikkin room.
Time to mess with Wall Masks.
Dun Dun DUUUNNNN!
So… *takes a fortifying swig of Pepsi* …Wall Masks. This utter crapfest.
The green is the TS3 wall. That white crap should NOT BE THERE – that’s wall tearing that WILL appear in-game, which is NOT sexy.
On the side are all the wall mask textures. Looks like 6, but really it’s only 3, because this 3x1 window is 3 tiles wide in-game. (If you make a 2x1 window, you’ll have 4; if you’ve got a 1 tile window you’ll have 2, yada yada).
So anyway, we’ve got the left side of the window on one tile, the middle, and the right. I exported one of each, and opened them in GIMP/Photoshop.
The top portion needs to be painted over with white, to get rid of the unwanted transparent parts there. You don’t want to paint over too much, or you’ll mess with the glass part. But because of the thick window frame mesh, we’ve got a fair bit of leeway.
So block off the tippy tops of the left, middle one especially, and right wall mask textures, and re-import them. It’ll take some fiddling with until you get it right.
I can’t tell you how much time I wasted fiddling with TSRW’s built-in wall mask editor tool. It was a effing crapshoot for me. Just way easier to edit the textures itself.
So, make sure you do all the same steps for your MEDIUM Level Detail mesh!!
You might think you’re done, right? Technically, yes, you would be…if we were working with a 1x1 or 2x1 window. But sadly, things are about to get a whole lot more effing tedious. Why?
CUZ EFFING DIAGONAL WINDOWS. >_<
Don’t export your sims3pack just yet.
Just Save your progress.
Keep your current project open and running, but
start a New Project too.
Looking at TS3′s windows, you’ll notice that the 3x1 windows have an extra diag 3x1 version, unlike the 2x1 or 1x1 types, which have diagonal windows built in. But eff my life, I picked the hardest type right out the gate on my very first try, cuz YOLO, right? >_>
In order to enable diagonal versions on your regular window, you have to Copy/Paste the RK (resource key) from the diagonal window into the regular one.
With your Diagonal Window project open, go into Edit > Project Contents > OBJD > Edit > Open in S3PE.
Double-click the OBJD and click the Copy RK button.
Now bounce back to your Regular Window project – you should have BOTH projects open, remember.
Open your Regular windows’ OBJD in S3PE, and click the Grid button.
Click where it says DiagonalIndex, and you’ll see a dropdown list with a tiny arrow next to it. Click the arrow.
I’ve already done all this, but on a fresh run the top box will say Type: 0x0000000.
Click the Paste RK button, and it will change to whatever you copied from the Diagonal Window RK. Click Save.
Now make sure you scroll down the dropdown list, and you’ll see that your new OBJD entry is all the way at the bottom of the list. Click it so it’s selected, and click Commit. Save your progress, and close S3PE.
Now, if you’ve been looking carefully, you’ll notice that there are TWO OBJD entries for both the Regular and Diagonal windows. So yup, repeat those steps again for the 2nd OBJD entry.
Let’s get the big one out the way first: I DID A THING! ^0^
TS4 to TS3 RoM Window
REQUIRES INTO THE FUTURE EP; sue me.
Has 4 recolorable variations. I recommend using the No Stencil Mod to remove the overlays on the moon and rose variations, if you want 2 extra variations without the colors. I could have just added them in…but I forgot. So you only get 4. Oops.
[EDIT] There’s a Diagonal Window included, because it’s linked to the the regular one, so you need to install both for the regular one to work diagonally. I don’t make the rules. :P
TS4 to TS3 RoM Arches as Wall Art
I just don’t have enough time or patience to figure out how to make windows AND arches. So I cheated and just made the arches as wall art. SUE ME!
Movin’ too fast, life is movin' in slow-mo I’m a god, better ask if you don’t know Homie, better put your pride aside~! I’m a Benz and you’re more like a Volvo Your best stuff looks like my worst Synapses fire and burst Got the whole crew with me ‘Bout to deal damage, you know we ain’t average! I ain’t gonna say this again but this is my time, better look in my eyes I’m a genius in disguise, wear my heart on my sleeve And you forced to oblige to a king in his prime~! Everybody get in line~! Sit back, watch the stars align~! I finesse like my life on the line Was a diamond in the rough and now I shine~! ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
I keep on shattering time I might just leave you behind Homie, you stuck on rewind You should quit sleepin’ on mines You got your back on recline When I damage your delicate spine Please don’t act all shy and surprised They be like, they be like what you mean~~!?! What is your winning scheme~!?! I got a giant team! Big as my self esteem! Run it back, run it back, runnin’ man They think they go hard, I’m like come again You run out of time when I’m bustin’ in While you stumblin’ I got this blade in my hand for your punishment! ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
A boy genius from the rough streets, Ekko turned to music as a way to
express himself. His prodigious lyricism and technological savvy could
have bought him a way out, but instead, he chose to stay and uplift his
neighborhood. Now, he fiercely resists the temptations of fame and
glory, garnering a following among the young and hopeful who see him as
an avatar for their own potential.
Ekko’s parts were amaaaaazing~! The rap, the animation, everything. 🔥💯
Unfortunately, he was also the effing hardest to recreate as a sim. The hair took forever cuz I suck with scalps, the tattoo had to be heavily modified cuz it did NOT look like an X when I had it fully across his face, and the blackights just didn’t do what I wanted them to for his dance segment. So, I just made do with what I could. U_U
LoL True Damage INSP: Qiyana - Latina Rapper, Singer
(Sleepin’ giants, sleepin’, sleepin’ giants!) Shuttin’ it down, been underground Now my people all up in this place Spinnin’ this thing, gold on my ring, royalty up in my veins I’m loco, think I’m so cold, I stay stuntin’, ain’t no goin’ back Now they ask where QiQi’s at; I’m like you can’t hang with that! Ay, no one can stop us, they’ll try, but they won’t Ay, nada nos puede parar–oh, no! ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
Qiyana is the daughter of Latin music royalty. With her family’s
esteemed reputation, she has an easy path to superstardom—and yet, she
has her eyes set on something grander. With her brash confidence and
rebellious persona, she is determined to change the game in not just
music, but the entirety of pop culture.
We’re wide awake now, our eyes are wide open We’re runnin’ this world, we’re keepin’ it turnin’ We’re livin’ like giants, yeah, giants We’re bigger than giants, we’re giants! You thought that we were weak, but we’re comin’ right back This time, you’re gonna see how we do it like that We’re livin’ like giants, yeah, giants We’re bigger than giants, we’re giants, woah~!
♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
Senna rose to fame with her stunning vocal range and iconic sense of
style, but when a shady adversary from her past imprisoned her in a
restrictive record deal that took away her creative independence, she
vanished from the spotlight. After years of living in the shadows, she
now emerges as the lead singer of True Damage with her mind set on
defining her legacy on her own terms.
I made Senna a genie-vampire hybrid cuz Senna was literally trapped in a magic lamp in LoL. XD
Anyway, as soon as I saw Keke Palmer’s name I was like WHAT!? Since when did Akeelah grow up? And when did she start singing!? And where have I been?! :P Her voice was some prestidigitation in GIANTS! XD WERK.
LoL True Damage INSP: Akali - Group Founder & Korean Rapper
After the worldwide success of K/DA, Akali made it her mission to
recruit accomplished and up-and-coming artists to form a new supergroup:
True Damage. Never before has a crew been comprised of such diverse
talent, ranging from natural lyricists to renowned producers to
legendary vocalists—all ready to disrupt the music industry.
– League of Legends
MY THOUGHTS & CC CREDITS
IMO I feel the main reason people are keeping up this asinine TD vs K/DA battle is cuz of Akali, and her iconic presence in Popstars with the neon look during her rap.
Compared to her BE HONEST lackluster part in GIANTS.
Because as a song composition, GIANTS was cooler than Popstars, mostly due to Ekko’s raps and Senna’s singing the chorus. You can argue that Popstars had the better music video & animation, but without Akali’s part in it, we wouldn’t have seen HALF the negative reactions out of people saying True Damage’s wack and K/DA’s the “better band” – even though there’s literally no contest cuz True Damage is a diverse Hip Hop group and K/DA’s a female K-Pop group – that’s apples and oranges. :P
I honestly think people are just salty cuz Akali takes a significant backseat in GIANTS, to let Ekko shine, with his own neon part. Akali’s part was fine – girl has serious rap skills, no question – but it was nothing as memorable as Popstars’ neon moment.
And that’s fine, too! If only more music groups gave everyone their moment in the spotlight.
As enigmatic as he is skilled, Yasuo is the veteran producer all others
turn to for inspiration. His beats transcend genre, painting whole
universes with wild textures of sound. Notoriously selective about his
collaborations, Yasuo sees True Damage as his platform to revolutionize
how society experiences music.
2. YouTube celebrities or normal celebrities? Myself.
3. If you could live in anywhere where would that be? A magical land where the toxic ‘isms of society don’t exist (capitalism, racism, sexism, imperialism, colonialism, classism, homophobism–yeah I just made that up effing sue me).
4. Disney or DreamWorks? Studio Ghibli.
5. Favorite childhood TV show? Alvin and the Chipmunks, according to my mom. There was also the Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Josie and the Pussycats – yeah, those were the days.
6. The movie video game you’re looking forward to most in 2020? Cyberpunk 2077! ^0^ The hype is real!
7. Favorite book you read in 2019? All I read is Anne Rice nowadays, and you know WHAT?
8. Marvel or DC? DC for life! Nowadays Marvel’s all style and very little substance. (DC’s got a lot of substance but no style, LOL! Those movies…. U_U
Best villains EVER, though.) But yeah, I only saw the first Avengers movie and got sick of it – I liked a bunch of the X-Men, Hulk and Iron Man movies though, and Black Panther.
9. If you choose Marvel favorite member of the X-Men? If you choose DC favorite Justice League member?
Superman’s the greatest superhero of all time–fight me, chumps.
10. Night or Day? I AM THE NIGHT
11. Favorite Pokémon? Jigglypuff. Naturally.
12. Top 5 bands: Fleetwood Mac, Within Temptation, Evanescence, Muse, Avenged Sevenfold. \m/ Rock on! \m/
15. America or Europe? Asia and Africa. The West is trash, meanwhile all they do is go to other countries teaching people to hate themselves and demonize their religions and dismantle their governments.
16. Tumblr or Twitter? Tumblr. Obviously.
17. Pro choice or Pro life? Don’t get me started on abortion, and these effing scumbags who have the nerve to tell women what to do with their own bodies cuz the patriarchy’s alive and well lemme tell you; and these bloody hypocrites ordering women to take care of babies they DO NOT want or CANNOT financially or mentally raise, then get mad when people go on WIC/welfare, or the foster care centers are overcrowded – and then they have the nerve to take people’s kids away and give them to the most disgusting trash on earth who use the kids as slaves or molest them or have their minds all effed up and they grow up to be effed up adults – and yet abortion’s the problem with society?! What about those scrubs impregnating girls left and right and leaving them to fend for themselves!? And y’all KNOW it’s really just the effing medical system and effing pharmaceutical companies and all their effing government overlords not wanting the private clinics to undercut their money, effing greedy scam artists!
18. Favourite YouTuber: I mostly watch video game streamers and movie/game reviewers; beauty gurus & cosplayers who make their own wigs & costumes & such (especially drag queens cuz they’re the best); and ancient history documentaries (some play ancient history video games & watch period movies and analyze them).
19. Favourite author? Gosh golly her name is on the tip of my tongue….
It’s been months since Lana stopped update, with more cc-reblogging simblrs, now it seems to be easier for us to find reliable sources of cc update. However,
Lana’s case proves
the idea of relying on a certain small group of people to update the cc is far from a sustainable approach.
To make sure every (or most of) newly-released cc to be covered, we can:
use a crawler program to monitor tumblr: with tumblr’s crappy search function, I think we can all agree it won’t be a reliable method.
find a platform for all creators to update their works, which is basically TSR & MTS, only now in this case, it’s tumblr. Tumblr also offers group blog (not the new group chatroom service) which I learned recently that it allows unlimited multiple members to make/edit/reblog/delete posts under at least one administrator. [details of tumblr group blog]
It is this service I believe can be better applied to solve our post-Lana challenge.
Sharing cc among different platforms can be a pain in the a** for most creators, at least for me lol. But, as a member of this said group blog, creators can reblog their posts painlessly. The process is exactly the same with reblogging among one’s own sideblogs.
‘Course we still need admins to maintain the tagging system and monitor abuses or rule-breaking activities, but comparing to follow 200+ creators and scrolling through all the new posts daily to make sure every piece of new cc is updated, I’d say that’s a piece of cake, a very tiny one.
Besides, a group blog is not attached to any specific user, which means if the original owner of the blog left, the blog still keeps running under other admins control, or in the worst case, the only admin left, thena random member will be promoted to be the admin for the blog to keep running. However, the admin has the ultimate control, including the power to delete the whole blog, and can’t be demoted to be a member, so we must be extra careful when selecting our admins.
Other than that, we also need to set some ground rules like:
every post has equal exposure: Only new cc should be reblogged and for once only. Another point I ‘d like to stress out is that this new Lana should be designed to introduce new creations to the broader community. We have tons of awesome TS3 cc, but they are shared among many cc-finds already. Let’s give newcomers and less known creators a stage to shine.
no controversial cc will be allowed: To avoid jeopardizing the whole blog, all conversions should be reblogged with clear and detailed credit.
Whoever break these rules will be warned and even removed according the extent of violation.
I started pis3update to promote the latest cc in this February, and the past 9 months shows this is quite a burden for one person, even with the aid of powerful extensions. The stress of worrying I might neglect or miss any new cc is not healthy and very likely to force me back to fully focus on cc-creation.
We keep saying it’s vital to remain flexible and fun with the game and tumblr, but how are we supposed to do that without this daily obligation turning into a job to be done? Maybe I regard this as a task because how I started it, unlike other diligent cc-finds. In spite of that, if we don’t have a reliable system for this, we will always have another Lana disaster, only with different names.
Instead of having a certain group of people to serve the community, why don’t we share the responsibility as a community? With everyone doing their little share, we can build a sustainable mechanism, even if some of us leave.
Therefore I’d like to try the group blog idea with pis3update and its 600 followers, along with some necessary adjustment ofc, such as improvement over the tagging system & layout. There will also be a submit option for creators who has concern over joining such a group blog as a member.
I’d like to know your opinions over this proposal, please spread the word so we can get more people involved and improve the project. If you would like to support this idea as a creator, please do let me know so I can invite you when the new system is ready.
Sounds interesting! (For a while I actually thought that was how Lana was organized, before I realized the blog was really run by one person)
I remember when Anime Finds changed hands, and the person it was given to then shut the blog down when they retired from simming, like why TF didn’t they just pass it along to someone else? The same way they got it?
@s3animefinds has multiple members for that very reason. (Only downside is that no one’s been creating anime CC for TS3, LOL!) But we did it cuz we realized it was a bad idea to leave resources for the community in the hands of just one person.
And that was way before Lana left. I was shocked that only one person was running that monster of a blog, especially since Tumblr allows for blogs to have multiple owners.
Cuz I agree, it can be tiring running a Finds blog. And these days it’s so much more important that TS3 simmers have the support and exposure and inspiration to want to stick around and share and make CC, and for all of us to work together to keep the community going, despite the shenanigans.
(And I also agree that we REALLY need a brand new site, just for simming, especially designed for sharing and following The Sims content, like TSR & MTS & Simblr & the official forum, all mushed together.).