The FA's at TSR would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season. A Special Greeting to the Guys at TSR. Thank you for making TSR a special place to be!
We have set another batch of over 10000 items permanently free today. You will find tons of fantastic creations from all our Sims 2 superstars such as ulker, iLikeMusic640, Murano, *Bunny*, Jirka, MsBarrows, Shakeshaft, Dot, Liana, Simal10, Chazdesign, Cashcraft, Sims2sisters, Xandher, Cyclonesue and many others.
A new and convenient login option has been added to TSR to allow you to log in quickly and conveniently via Facebook. The first time you do this, Facebook will ask you to allow the TSR App which links your account but will not be seen again. On future visits a single click of the FB login button will have you logged in and ready to download instantly.
Facebook login can also be used for creating new accounts if you are not yet registered, saving you the time and effort of going through the registration process here at The Sims Resource.
It's been a long time since last time, but here are our new artists!
Sims 3 FA:
Sims 3 SA:
Check out their latest creations, write in their guestbooks and give them a warm welcome :)
Last week, TSR Featured Artist riccinumbers went to EA UK to get some playtime with the next Expansion Pack, Seasons. Check out her Blog to see what she found and to see her exclusive screenshots taken during playtesting.
As some of you may have noticed our forums went down today. This was not a problem with TSR rather a problem with our provider Invision. For the time being we are redirecting all forum traffic to the site, as soon as the forums have been restored we will direct it back to our forum.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
We have set another batch of over 5000 items permanently free today. You will find tons of fantastic creations from all our Sims 2 superstars such as Murano, *Bunny*, Cashcraft, Windkeeper, Xandher, Cyclonesue and many others.
Achievements have been 'on their way' since we launched Version 8 of the site and went some way towards replacing Kudos. There are several achievements which members can attain and most of them have 6 levels. They are displayed on your Profile Page and give visitors an overview of your activity on the site including which games you have created for, any Artist achievements, social activity and more.
You can also see a full list of possible achievements along with your current score and standing for each on your own Achievements page. More are planned so expect to see the list grow in time. We may also tweak some of the levels once we get a better picture of what people are achieving. This is a kind of 'version 1' of the feature so your feedback for improvements is welcome.
Sorry it took so long but we hope you enjoy this Kudos replacement.
Oh, while on the subject of Kudos we still get people asking where the free days went. These were becoming unmanageable and were replaced with the very popular Today Only feature, where 3 top quality Subscriber downloads are made available each day.
We also launched The Vault where we have now set over 360 subscriber items permanently free, with new ones added daily. I hope that helps clears things up.
We have decided to dust off even more of our old Sims 2 content and release it for free. Among the over 6000 creations set permanently free today you will find lots of great creations from Sims 2 superstars such as Windkeeper, Cashcraft, Xandher, DOT, Simtomatic, Shakeshaft, Spaik, Cyclonesue, Sunair and many others. Enjoy!
Many of you are probably familiar with Pinterest already, but did you know TSR has it's own Pinterest page as well? You can go here and check it out right now »
We will be adding Pinterest buttons throughout the site shortly as well.
It's a great day to be a Sims 3 fan! Today we have released a new feature on the site called "The Vault". In short, we will begin setting our very oldest Sims 3 content free on a daily basis, a minimum of 1 set/creation per day, but on average many more than that. You can visit "The Vault" right here and check out what we have already set free for you!
You will see the best creation from The Vault each day in the daily Featured Items rotation on the index page, together with the three Today Only downloads, making sure you don't miss out on anything (they are conveniently branded "NOW FREE!"). You will also find the three Today Only downloads and two highlighted creations from The Vault on the first pages of Sims 3 sets, Sims 3 show all and Sims 3 featured items.
All Today Only and The Vault releases will from now on coincide with the normal publishing hours, meaning 9.15 am CET.
We will be testing out new forms of advertising when you download these now free items, so don't be surprised if you should stumble upon an interstitial or popunder while getting those freebies. We welcome your feedback on the use of additional ads in exchange for more premium downloads, which we are sure you will enjoy!
It's time again for a new batch of artists. We have also done a big sweep among our inactive artists to make room for new and fresh talent. Please welcome the following artists:
Sims 3 FA:
Sims 3 SA:
Sims 2 SA:
Give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out their latest releases!
We have decided to dust off some of our old Sims 2 content and release it for free. Among the over 5300 creations set permanently free today you will find lots of great creations from Sims 2 superstars such as Windkeeper, Cashcraft, Xandher, *Bunny*, Sunair and many others. Enjoy!
As you might recall, TSR embarked upon a new 'University' project for people wanting to learn the dark art of creating objects for The Sims 3. Well, it has been a great success with our first candidates graduating with nice, new sets..
Please join us in congratulating them on their hard work and achievement! We now have a couple of openings in the university if you too would like a chance at learning to create. For more details, please see our University page
This week will be the last week where you can buy a subscription at our discounted Summer Sale prices. Enjoy!
To date we have had over 7,500 participants in our Member Survey 2012.
A huge THANKYOU to everyone that took part. We are building this information into our Media Pack for advertisers which will be live on the site very soon.
We promised prizes for 3 lucky winners so here we go with the first 3 randomly drawn from the submissions:
Congratulations to them (emails are already sent out for you to claim your prizes).
Thanks again to everyone for their continud support for TSR.
Due to the site problems caused by the power outages, all transaction information on the TSR accounts from credit card payments done on June 29th have unfortunately been lost. This means that the subscription days that have been added on the 29th, are no longer there.
After some investigation, it turned out not to be possible to link the payments again to the right TSR accounts.
All credit card payments (not the ones done through Paypal) done between 2012-06-29 04:00 and 2012-06-30 04:00 GMT have been refunded.
If you have done a credit card payment on that day, please start a new order in our Shop to activate a subscription on TSR.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience in this matter.
Due to the power outages in The United States Area, TSR's cloud server was down on June 30. When the server came back live, it turned out the database was damaged and needed to be replaced by a back-up from early in the morning of June 29.Unfortunately this has caused many problems on the site.
Subscribers that started a subscription or have done a payment on June 29 are not working right away and need to be activated manually. New subscriptions will be activated as soon as possible. Subscribers have already received 2 extra days on their running subscriptions. For subscriptions that were running out this weekend, TSR has added a whole week, so they will be able to use their last download days also at the next weekend.
Update: Most subscriptions have been activated now. If you started a subscription or had a renewal on 29/30 june and it's not been activated yet, please contact support about this, and include the transaction ID that you can find on your Paypal receipt and the email address you have used for your paypal transaction.
Creations, stories and screenshots uploaded on June 29th are lost. If you have submitted something on TSR on that day, please check if anything you uploaded is still there. If not you will have to re-submit your creation. All download counts for Friday are unfortunately lost. Comments posted on creations and in guestbooks on June 29th are also gone.
Update: Due to the changing of the database, we have not received any support issues that were send in by email the past days (untill July 3rd, 11 pm Western European time). Please send in a new support issue if you have sent in an issue by mail and it still needs to be resolved.
If you have created a new account on June 29th, your account will be gone and you will have to sign up again for a new account if you want to log in on TSR.
If you have downloaded CC on June 29th, you will not see those downloads in your download history.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience.
It's time for a new round of artist announcements! Please welcome the following amazing artists:
Sims 3 Featured Artists:
Sims 3 Select Artists:
Sims 2 Select Artists:
The TSR 2012 Member Survey is now live. You might have seen the popup when you logged in but if not, go here to take part in our member survey. You will be able to download one of Newsea's most popular hairs ever on completion of the quick 10 question survey. You will also be entered into the prize draw to win a MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse, an Expansion Pack of you choice for The Sims 1, 2 or 3 and even a TSR Coffee Cup or USB Stick!
The overall data collected in this survey will be for the use of TSR to help dplan the future of the site and to develop our advertising media kit. No individual user information will be shared with any 3rd parties.
The 'Today Only' feature has proved to be very popular since our launch of TSR Version 8. From today, instead of offering one subscriber only Featured Artist creation for free, we will be offering three!
These creations will be sponsored by an extra advert, seen before download. This is part of our ongoing assessment of the way we serve the Sims gaming community. If players like to see more "freemium" content simply by seeing extra ads then we are keen to assess how much further we can go with this kind of content in the future.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated. More ads, more premium downloads? Let us know in the comments box below.
For subscribers, the newly expanded 'Today Only' box on the index page will disappear (as they have full access to all of the premium content anyway).
As the title says, the oldsite url will stop working this coming friday. We have left it open until now as an opportunity for those with kudos points to purchase free days. We feel it is now time to shut down the old site however so take this opportunity and purchase any remaining free days you can until friday (if you have kudos that is).
The next Flip This House contest has started. Take part to win free access to TSR's premium downloads or content from the EA Store.
Email services are now functional again, we are very sorry for any inconvenience this problem may have caused!
TSR members are being targeted in the community by people trying to cause trouble. Please remember that nobody from TSR will ever ask for your password for the site. If anyone approaches you on Facebook, Forums or Chat, claiming to be from TSR and asking you for your login details, do not give them out!
Passwords stored at TSR are encrypted. Staff, Admins and Mods do not have access to your passwords used, but not all sites work that way. We strongly advise that you use a different password on TSR to any other website, mail account etc. This is good practice for all sites, not just ours.
We take safety and security very seriously and are verified and certified daily by Norton Secured, powered by VeriSign (click the logo at the bottom of any page).
Safe Surfing Simmers!
We have a new batch of artists to announce today. Please welcome the following artists to our teams:
Sims 3 Featured Artist:
Sims 3 Select Artists:
Make sure you check out their latest and upcoming creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!
Have you ever wanted to mesh, downloaded the tutorials and just get lost? Do you have the desire to make Custom Content for your game and just do not know where to begin?
We are now offering 3 slots for those willing to study and learn together with our best artists via Skype. All for free of course. Who knows, maybe you will be our next Select or Featured Artist!
Learn more on this page and apply now!
We have (finally) added the attributes for clothing back as filters on the site. Just wait for the cached pages to clear and you will be able to filter all clothing by gender, age, style and type. This works different for Sims 2 and Sims 3 however. For sims 2 you need to use the subcategories to narrow down your search results, while in Sims 3 you can use the filters to narrow down your search. Enjoy!
I have seen reviews of the MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse before and from what I recall, most reviewers commented on the failings of the main feature of the mouse, that being that it changes color based on the mood of your Sim. Well, not anymore!
The folks over at Madcatz have sent us a Mouse to take a look at. They seem to be having a push on promoting this product now that it's had a software fix and is becoming more widely available. I have been playing with the mouse recently while giving the Showtime EP a run for its money and I can say for sure that with the new drivers, the mouse performs like a charm, with a little touch of Showtime magic rubbing off on this comfortable to use, laser mouse.
Inside the mouse is a Plumbob which lights up either red, yellow or green depending on the mood level of the Sim you have selected. On the side of the mouse is 'The Sims' logo, adding to its charm and making sure everyone knows you're a true fan if the game.
The Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse is now available to buy worldwide for $24.99 from GameShark (UK £19.99, Europe €24.99).
Better still, we have 3 of these multicolored rodents to give away to our visitors, courtesy of MadCatz UK. There are two ways to win one. Post a comment here telling us why you would like a MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse of your own. Two randomly selected members will have a mouse shipped to their own front door. You can also head over to our Facebook Page and 'Like' the post there to be in with a chance of winning the 3rd of our free giveaways. Or try both (though we are limiting one win per person either way). Due to me being off on holiday for a couple of weeks you have plenty of time to click and post. The draws will take place on the weekend of May 5th/6th. Good luck!
Visit the MadCatz Store on GameShark.
Download the latest 32 and 64bit drivers here.
Exciting news for TSR Workshop users! We have just released a new version of Workshop that handles up to 3 joint/bone assignments. This means no more running your object though Milkshape for those of you who do not like or want to use Milkshape!
This TSRW Enhancement will work for any 3d program that can export .obj format and has been tested for objects with up to 3 joints/bones in Wings. This will allow you to bypass Milkshape completely for most common meshes if your program handles .obj export.
You can find the new version of TSRW here: TSR Workshop 2.0.39
Read the new tutorial Assigning Joints in TSRW on our wiki!
Now it is possible to create objects with only free software for The Sims 3. If you always wanted to try creating objects make sure you read Angela's new tutorial on how to Create a Coffee Table in Wings 3D.
The beloved download buttons are now back on the browse page for our subscribers. Just hover an image and you will get them and can thus download straight from the browse pages like you're used to. We hope you enjoy those changes and let us know if there's something else you're missing.
We've been busy fixing bugs and making changes based on user feedback.
Things we have fixed:
- To avoid confusion, clicking the image in browse view no longer opens the quickview for non-subscribers, it takes you straight to the download page instead.
- Activate free subscriber days is now accessible from the account page in the bottomright box (granted that you have any that is).
- When you sign up for a new account and click the activate link you end up on our new welcome page that will help you get started using TSR (http://www.thesimsresource.com/welcome/).
- Direct links to view an artists downloads is now added to the minisite index pages, instead of only being accessible from the artist menu.
- Reported search problems on the download pages have been fixed.
- Fixed so that you could actually download the free "Today only" creation as a non-subscriber.
- Fixed screenshot and story submissions.
- And of course lots of other bugs you probably never knew about :)
Things we are working on:
- Adding direct download links to the browse page for subscribers (they will appear when you hover the image).
- And lots more.
Consider v8 a foundation for a new, improved and more modern TSR. We will continue to tweak the site for the best possible user experience. Since the launch of v8 we have seen signups increase a lot and the subscription rate is improving as well. Overall we are very pleased with the new site so far and with time we hope all of you will be as well. Not everyone likes change, but sometimes it's inevitable. Enjoy your weekend!
1. Where are my Kudos!??
Kudos are being replaced with our new Awards system. While it is not yet functional, it will be soon, and we know you're going to love it. If you earned enough Kudos for Free days, _you can still use them_ but you need to do it within the next three weeks or they will expire. (To use them go to http://oldsite.thesimsresource.com) If you were using Kudos for minisite perks, they are no longer needed. Now everyone has their own profile page!
2. A profile page?
Yes, now everyone has one. To access your page, make sure you are logged in, and click the 'My Profile' link in the top left corner of the TSR page.
3. Can I customize my profile page?
To some extent, yes. You can add a banner image, post in your blog, fill in your 'About Me' profile and feature your creations (if you have any). There are plans to make a few tweaks in the future, such as letting users decide what content to display, but the main focus for the coders right now is bug fixes, so that will have to wait.
4. How do I customize my profile page?
Once you are logged in, you can hover your mouse over your username in the top left and see the menu of actions available. Click on "My Account" and you should see areas for personal information, updating your blog, uploading a banner image, etc.
5. How do I download?
If you are not a subscriber, you will need to click on the Name of the Download located under the preview image. It will open the Details page where you should see the download button under the image. This is just like it was in v7 where you had to click the 'Show Details' link, except now you're clicking on the name itself. If you are a subscriber, you can click the preview image, which will open a Quick View popup with a download button.
6. I'm on an Featured Artist's minisite and I can't find the downloads...
Across the top of the page you will see a row of links. It should have the artist's name followed by Downloads then Studio then the envelope for private messages and so on... click on the word Downloads, choose the game if necessary and then you will see all of the downloads by that artist.
7. How do I sort the downloads?
When you access a page listing several downloads, you should see a Toggle Filters button on the left. Click that button to open up the filters menu.
8. I think I found a bug, what should I do?
Report anything that isn't working by either opening a ticket in our support system, or by posting it here on the forums - http://forums.thesimsresource.com/index.php?/forum/221-tsr-version-8-public-beta/ You can also leave comments or suggestions on the forums.
Many, many months in development, Version 8 of TSR is now live! Created from scratch, designed from the ground up using the latest technologies and software and hosted on our new Cloud setup, Version 8 is the slickest, fastest and easiest to use version of the site we have ever had. The site is already bursting with new features but there’s more to come during the coming months too. Let us run you through some of the changes:
The new index page focuses on the latest and greatest creations from our Featured Artists and lets our regular visitors find exactly what they need quickly. For Subscribers, the Featured Items area now shows more content with larger previews with a handy thumbnail of the latest 8 featured creations as well as the current most popular subscriber downloads.
Page navigation at the top of every page has been carefully designed for quick page loading, a clutter free clean menu system and to allow you to switch sections of the site with as few clicks as possible. Some sections of the site have been reorganised, such as moving Tutorials into our Sims Wiki.
This cool new feature replaces the free days we used to give away with Kudos. Every day a new Set or creation is plucked from the subscriber only section of the site and offered for free! You can see which amazing creations are to be set free in the coming days too, so be sure to check back regularly to build up your own collection of premium content if you are not a Subscriber. Remember, if you just can't wait, you can unlock the entire database with one of our Subscription models.
As we have removed the old Kudos feature from the site we have introduced a new and exciting way to encourage our members to actively take part in our community. Awards will be given to members who engage in lots of different activities on the site, which will be proudly displayed on the new Profile Page. These range from submitting, downloading, posting in Guestbooks and Comments and many, many more. The feature is still being developed at the moment so a placeholder is shown on the profile pages. This will roll out in the coming months.
Subscribers are our power users and this new feature is designed specifically for them. While browsing our enormous databases of downloadable content, simply clicking the preview image of the item you are interested in pops up in a clean lighbox with all the info you need about the creation, its creator, more images, included items and those all important download and basket buttons so that you can grab content in 2 quick clicks without even leaving the browse pages.
The Profile Pages are fully featured and include things that were previously earned through Kudos, giving everyone the same feature-rich 'home' on TSR. Showcase your creativity and get great feedback from our community of dedicated Sims players that make up our ever growing 'family'.
There may still be some errors for some of you, even though we have tested this site for quite some time including the public BETA. A requirement that comes with TSR v8 is that you need a modern browser. We will no longer support Internet Explorer 7 and below - you will need to upgrade to version 8 or above (9 is recommended). Chrome, Safari, Opera and Firefox we recommend the latest versions, although most versions will work fine.
If and when you encounter errors and bugs, please report them by sending in a support ticket. Our team will then create a ticket in our task management system to ensure it will be taken care of. For general feedback and discussion (and bugs if you prefer) we have a temporary forum dedicated to the Version 8 bugs/feedback which you can find here.
If you have serious issues at any time using the new site, or if you want to use up your old Kudos, the old version can be reached for a limited time at oldsite.thesimsresource.com.
Enjoy the new site!
Today we have a new artist update for you all. Many inactive artists have been removed to make place for fresh talents. Did you miss Newsea's hairstyles? We have found a perfect replacement with the same style and high quality! Together with Cazy and Ulker they will provide you with all hairstyles you can possibly want on a regular basis.
Sims 3 Featured Artists:
Sims 3 Select Artists:
Sims 2 Select Artists:
Check out their old and new creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!
The last pieces of TSR is now successfully moved into our new state of the art cloud facility at Amazon. You should notice by now how much faster the site is in every way. This means we are now doing the final touches to version 8 of TSR, a huge facelift that will further improve your experience here. We hope to have a public beta available within the next few weeks.
We are happy to announce the next round of artists here at TSR. Please welcome the following great talents to our teams:
Sims 3 Featured Artists:
Sims 3 Select Artists:
Sims 2 Select Artist:
Check out their recent and upcoming creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!
Today a lot of work has been done on restructuring our forums. The change to Invision was a bumpy one but is now complete, including all attachments. Many bugs affecting member login have been fixed and all seems to be stable now.
Work has therefore begun on restructuring the forums and removing or merging many old sections to try and make the whole thing easier to navigate. The 'OT and Chit Chat' forum has been removed. We have a chat room, and social networking has come a long way since we started that forum so it’s a bit redundant now. The game help sections have been moved into their game specific forums so that if you are a Sims 3 player you should find everything now under one roof. Mac threads have been merged into General Discussion in all game sections but with shiny new Mac 'Prefixes' on those threads, something you will start to see more of as we continue to develop the forums.
If you consider yourself a power user, don't forget that you can change the skin of the forums from the TSR design to the IP.Board design by changing the theme with the link in the bottom left corner. This also provides a search feature which is still missing from the TSR design.
Further changes will be made over the coming days as we slowly move content out of forums we wish to retire, while maintaining the wealth of knowledge and information these old forums contain. TSR's forums are the oldest existing Sims forums online with history going back 12 years to before The Sims was released!
More details will be posted as we add new features to the forums over the coming weeks. Visit the TSR Forums.
It has been a year full of fantastic custom content, the birth of many new talents in our ever evolving community as well as unforseen surprises such as the Pets patch and the following custom content dilemma. A couple of developments worth mentioning:
- We have seen our Facebook page grow from a couple of thousand fans to closing in on 60 000 as the year ends, and growing quickly much thanks to our daily lotteries and many great updates.
- We have established a new support and submission team that has greatly improved our customer relationships and also made sure all submitted custom content works as expected, much thanks to extensive testing.
- We have begun moving the entire site into the cloud, a move that will be completed by the end of January 2012 and greatly improve site speed and uptime (2011 has been a shaky year!).
- We have moved the entire forum to a hosted solution on a new and modern platform. The forum is also prepared for the release of TSR v8 with a new modern style and the new header and footer.
- The submission pages have been transferred into the cloud and updated to suit the upcoming release of TSR v8 with a new style throughout and the new header and footer.
- We made a big change to our download archives, setting 87 000 Sims 2 files free and over 11 000 Sims 3 files free.
- We now host over 800 000 downloads for Sims 1, Sims 2 and Sims 3. A big majority of those files are free for everyone to download!
- The Pets expansion came out and ruined a lot of custom content. Thankfully our skilled programmers released a tool called Rigfix that helped many thousands of our users fix their downloads.
This is just a summary of noticeable happenings throughout the year. The biggest change is yet to come really soon in the coming year, namely the full release of TSR v8. We have been working diligently behind the scenes redesigning every portion of the site and introducing many modern elements into the site functionality.
Also coming back next year is our large collaborative themes, this time taken to a new level. Our first theme will be an entirely new world complete with custom content, stories, scenery, movies and tales to draw you right in and give you an opportunity to experience it all yourself thanks to extensive installation instructions.
And as usual we will continue to expand our artist teams and introduce new talents to the world of custom content. We have many great artists who are blooming under the supervision and guidance from our fantastic Featured Artist team in our popular Skype discussion groups.
We look forward to another successful year with you and wish you all a Happy New Year!
Here is our official Christmas Toast video created by Minraed and Gissence, with custom content from our amazing artists and a speach by yours truly :) Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_180901&src_vid=tYdfxFs8isY&feature=iv&v=XfsqU2hoaFs to watch the video. Enjoy!
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