Interested in creating something nice with our new release of TSR Workshop? How about creating a plant, a nice new object or why not a pattern? Check out the 4 new tutorials available here and share your fantastic creations with everyone here at TSR!
Here I sit once again, in a hotel across the street from EA in Redwood Shores California, ready to go get some great news and info about upcoming products in the Sims series. This time it's the first Sim3 Expansion Pack, World Adventures. It's a two day event on Thursday and Friday so I have a sneaking suspicion there is more to see than just EP1, especially given that there is already so much info out there about World Adventures already (these fan events are usually before EA start announcing all the details). I'll be keeping you up to date on the TSR blog during the event, with the usual preview once the event is over. Check back during the coming days for the very latest fro EA HQ!
You can follow Steve's adventures on our brand new Twitter page here: http://twitter.com/TheSimsResource
Due to a server problem newly published Sims 3 Sets were empty. This problem has now been fixed.
It's time for celebration!
All those of you impatiently waiting for the new release of TSR Workshop with full support for objects, hair, makeup, accessories and clothing - the wait is finally over!
The public beta, version 0.8.7 is now available for download in our Workshop downloads section.
Please note this is still a beta product and there will no doubt be various bugs left to discover. We have however taken this long closed beta period to make sure as many obvious bugs as possible are fixed and that the version we provide has as many features as possible.
Please note we will not offer any dedicated product support for TSR Workshop since it is not a commercial product. The support you can get is from our dedicated Wiki section with getting started guides and manuals, our user tutorials and our TSR Workshop forums where many of our experienced FA's and SA's are available to answer your questions.
Make sure you read our EULA before using TSR Workshop in your projects and please give proper credit back here.
If you are interested in knowing who made it all possible, check the credits page here.
If you want to support our onward development please consider a donation. The money we get from donations will be used to obtain developer licenses for programs such a 3DS Max, Maya, Lightwave, Cinema 4D and others. With those licenses we will be able to create plugins to be used directly from within those programs and not having to resort to Milkshape only for the mesh import.
Here we go again. Another week, another slew of fantastic artists added to our teams. Please welcome the following:
Sims 3 FA's:
Sims 3 SA's:
Check out their recent and upcoming work and give them awarm welcome in their guestbooks!
All those who had made a transaction on October 14/15 and never received your days, please log in and verify that your days have now been added. If not, contact support.
We weren't going to start up TSRAA immediately for two reasons:
(1) Objects are still in beta form and some of us have already had to make wide-ranging updates to our earlier work. We knew this would likely be the case and so we didn't want bad objects flying out in lots.
(2) TSR needs to ensure there is enough exclusive content available for people who have already subscribed for it (and we're being slow on that, so we need to catch up urgently).
HOWEVER, it is clear that holding back ON TSRAA is causing more than a few problems (and we're REALLY sorry about that), so we're going ahead and launching TSRAA for Sims 3 objects immediately for everyone - including any Featured Artists who wish to participate. We're confident now that Workshop objects are pretty stable and starting TSRAA immediately will hopefully stop any further muddles.
Starting yesterday any lots containing TSRAA FA material is automatically set as subscriber only - so no need to ask in support about this please! This might change further down the road, as it did for Sims 2 - but we won't promise anything regarding this.
A pleading note for anyone making TSRAA objects: it will help Sims 3 players ENORMOUSLY if you can include "TSRAA" in your object descriptions in the Workshop (to be released shortly). That would be wonderful because builders will then know what is safe to use in their lots. And a BIG thank you to everyone who supports the TSRAA with content.
TSRAA now also supports clothing for Sims!
Yes you read that right, all FA's willing to participate in TSRAA and who specialize in clothing can now offer you their entire catalogue of fashion to use on your Sims creations uploaded here on TSR. The same rule is true as for objects, meaning any such Sims will be for subscribers only for the time being.
For anyone thinking "TSR-what?", here's information about the scheme: http://www.thesimsresource.com/artists/tsraa/. It needs a little update, but gives the essence of TSRAA.
Enjoy the benefits of TSRAA and being a part of TSR!
It's not quite ready yet, but we're certainly getting real close now! The current public release is version 0.6.4 and the upcoming version is up to 0.8.4 - as you can imagine that means a LOT of changes and fixes has taken place. Here's what you can expect:
CAS Creation support:
Object Creation support:
Improved 3D preview:
Estimated release date is surprisingly soon - possibly even the coming week!
There's so much talent here right now it's amazing, both new and old showing off their fantastic skills. We are very happy to announce the following additions to our teams.
New Sims 3 Featured Artists:
New Sims 3 Select Artists:
New Sims 2 Featured Artist:
New Sims 2 Select Artist:
Check out their recent work, upcoming work and be sure the give them aw arm welcome in their guestbook! :)
We are happy and proud (as usual) to announce three new additions to our fantastic teams. First off, we have a new makeup and clothing FA star for Sims 3. Please welcome:
Secondly, we have another fabulous addition to our Sims 2 FA clothing team, none other then the talented:
Last but not least we have a new addition to our Sims 3 SA team, please welcome:
Be sure to check out their latest offerings and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!
Our 10yr celebration screenshot competition winners are hereby announced!
1st Place: duochanfan with A Grave Party
2nd Place: maxi king with let's party
3rd Place: marie88 with Sims beach party
4th Place: Dec07 with Baby's (the twin's) 1st Birthday
5th Place: foxysensei with Green Party!
6th Place: grandmajam_of6 with Happy Birthday TSR
Congratulations to the winners who get bundles of great prizes and subscriptions. Thanks to everyone who took part. If you didn't win, try your hand at the Kudos Lottery for a chance to win the upcoming Sims 3 Expansion Pack, or watch out for another competition coming soon.
Today we have a massive update in the artist department both for Sims 2 and Sims 3. So, starting out with Sims 3, please welcome the following familiar stars to the FA team:
Also welcome the following rising stars to the SA team:
Over to Sims 2, please welcome the following additions to our FA team:
Also welcome the following to our SA team:
There are a handful of artists to add once they have answered our invitations so this list will be updated. Regardless, be sure to give them all a welcome in their guestbooks and check out their recent and previous work!
Our 19th Kudos Lottery Draw took place today with 3 winners being sandrakorb who wins their choice of any Sims 1, 2 or 3 Expansion or Stuff Pack, stephanie1225 who wins one of our increasingly popular TSR 2Gb USB Flash Drives (great for storing Sims downloads on), and TheNinthWave who is now the proud owner of a TSR Coffee Mug!
Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket (or many tickets), and you'll be pleased to know that a new Kudos Lottery has already been posted for you to spend some of your hard earned Kudos points on. You might be able to pick up the new Sims 3 EP for free!
We have been hard at work enabling full object editing for The Sims 3 with our TSR Workshop tool. Testing is in the final stages internally and brand new objects are already available on the site.
Moving forward we have now developed an SDK that allows for third party plugin development. The TSR Workshop team is very happy to announce the first plugin, supporting a format, s3asc developed by Wes Howe, used when importing and exporting meshes in TSR Workshop and supported by Wes Howe's MilkShape object plugins. This will not replace our own 3D software export/import plugins, but rather give you a choice as to which you prefer to work with, and compatibility between different tool sets. In order to comply with TSR workshop's EULA the new s3ac plugin comes with an updated license that grants it's users full rights to use the end product in any way or form they choose with no limitations.
TSR has also been granted the rights to redistribute said plugins and will also provide a support forum and regular news updates
through the TSR Workshop site. Check for a public release of both Workshop and the plugins shortly!
It is with great pleasure we present the first Sims 3 Featured Artists focusing on objects. All three are familiar faces here at TSR so please give a warm welcome to:
It is also with great pleasure we announce another addition to the Sims 2 FA team:
We would also like to welcome the following new Select Artists to the growing and talented team:
Give a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out their latest creations here on TSR!
Phew, we've finally reached a level with Sims 3 where we have a steady flow of content coming from our Select and Featured Artists (and much more to come as objects are fully released!). So, now the time has come to do a refresh regarding Sims 2. This means we are going to go through and retire and recruit and handful of Artists from the Sims 2 teams.
This also means we are looking for a few good men/women. There are currently 4 Sims 2 FA positions and as many SA positions as we deem necessary available. If you are interested please let us know by contacting me with a private message (or if I contact and invite you). It could be that you have a Sims 2 site you wish to close or whatever the reason, we'd like to hear about it! The FA positions are incentive based and allows you to make some money from your "hobby" - read more about the Select and Featured Artist benefits here.
The Sims Resource recently celebrated its 10th year online. Can you believe it's been that long? We held off slightly on the celebrations so that the Workshop, the very first Sims 3 Object CC and our shiny new Wiki could join in the celebrations. We also have a special celebration discount on subscriptions so that you can start benefiting from the first, quality CC Furniture to appear for your game!
Added to that we have a 'Party Themed Competition' for you to enter and maybe win some great prizes, a new Theme for you to find some great content for it, and in the forums, Tug and her Mods are digging up some old forum discussions from way back! Check out the old posts and old screens threads for some retro giggles!
To either take a new subscription or top up your existing one with a 10% discount, check out the Subscriptions Page.
Now, to the fantastic new Sims 3 objects you are all itching to put in your games.. check out the Sims 3 Object Database for the latest (we'll be adding stuff all wekend).
Party on people... we Simmers have lots to celebrate!
TSR's Sims 3 Workshop is just about ready to roll out for its public beta with limited object functionality included. This is a huge milestone for the Sims 3 community and a great achievement that we are very proud of here at TSR.
Currently the Workshop is capable of exporting static objects only (animated objects like dining chairs are almost working), although some of the color variants are still not functional is some objects. Lighting and Build Mode objects are also well into testing and should be completed soon. Tables, Sofas and Decorative type items are working well though, and as result, we are ready to roll out the very first Sims 3 Custom Objects for you to download and test in your game! Check them out here, with more being published throughout the weekend.
For more details on Workshop and its continued development, check out its dedicated webpage
During the past few weeks, many hours have been spent by dedicated volunteers configuring, customizing and content building to bring TSR's community a brand new Wiki for Sims 3! In true TSR fashion, this wiki will almost certainly be the easiest on the eye you ever saw but past that, it's packed full of reference tables for all aspects of the game, object catalogs and more!
It's also home to all the documentation and reference guides for The Sims 3 Workshop including in-depth tutorials. Check out your new Wiki today!
We are very pleased to announce further additions to our team of talented Select and Featured Artists her at TSR.
First of all, please welcome the following new Select Artists:
Last but not least, please welcome the following new Featured Artists:
- Apple (Sims 2)
Check out all of their recent work and be sure to give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!
A new release is out that fixes the following:
You can grab the new version here.
TSR is seeking experienced object meshers who would be willing to carry out some real testing over the coming week. Time is tight which is why our selection criteria are also tight.
What you'll need:
The following are advantages but not essential:
In return you'll get exclusive access to the TSR Workshop beta and the ability to test object creation for Sims 3 in a very easy to use tool. We'll also feature your work here on TSR upon launch of our objects database.
Please send a PM with a work sample (a textured mesh you've created to prove that you know what you're doing) to Thomas if you are interested.
We are very happy and proud to welcome the follow new Artists to our growing and talented teams:
Give all of them a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out their recent and upcoming work!
If you are unsure of how to use TSR Merlin when installing Sims 3 downloads, here is the guide for you.
We are happy to report we've just released an update to our Sims3pack/package installation tool. This version includes a proper installation Wizard, desktop icons, installation of multiple files at once and various bugfixes. Head on to the download page and grab your copy now! Installing .Sims3pack content from TSR has never been easier or faster!
We are very happy to welcome two new Featured Artists to our talented team. Both are familiar faces to those of you who has been with us since Sims 2. Please welcome the following:
If you're unfamiliar with their work, take a look at their previous and upcoming projects and give them both a warm welcome in their guestbooks!
We are very happy to welcome the following additions to our growing Select Artist family:
Check out their latest creations and give them all warm welcome in their guestbooks!
If you have problems downloading subscriber items right after you have subscribed, please log out and clear your cookies for The Sims Resource before logging back in again. There's an error with our signup pages for those that subscribe and sign up at the same time, so until that is fixed just clear your cookies and it will work. We'll let you know as soon as this is permanently fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience.
We are very proud to announce the beta of TSR Merlin. This will soon be your best friend when it comes to Custom Content and The Sims 3.
This tool lets you quickly and easily install custom content, mods and other creations in both .sims3pack and .package formats for The Sims 3. You can just as easily uninstall the same content through Merlin's easy to use Download Management facility.
To make installation safer you have the option to view the content of a file before you install it, giving you complete control over what you install into your game.
Points of note:
Post beta feedback, questions and requests in our Merlin forums here: http://forums.thesimsresource.com/forumdisplay.php?f=690
Credits: Jfade for development and Echo for letting us use her libraries.
We are pleased to announce the following great additions to our growing team!
New Featured Artists:
New Select Artists:
Give them all a warm welcome in their guestbooks and be sure to check out their latest superb creations available exclusively here on TSR!
We are very happy to welcome the following additions to our Select and Featured Artist teams:
Be sure to give them all a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out their recent and upcoming releases!
We currently have 4 Sims 3 FA positions available in the following areas:
We will of course keep a close eye on our current SAs and Sims 2 FAs first and foremost, but this is also a call out for those who have not submitted yet that we are currently looking for this type of talent. So if you're good at clothing or make-up, show us what you can do! If you were a star in Sims 2, grab a copy of our TSR Workshop tool, read the introduction tutorial and submit something already! :)
The FA positions are incentive based and allows you to earn money from the amount of downloads your creations gather. More information and details about the FA positions can be found here.
So what are you waiting for?
Our 18th Kudos Lottery Draw took place today with 3 winners being Judy who wins The Sims 3, *Holly who wins a 2 month TSR subscription, and privetNnata who gets one of our increasingly popular TSR 2Gb USB Flash Drives which are great for storing Sims downloads on!
Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket (or many tickets), and you'll be pleased to know that a new Kudos Lottery has already been posted for you to spend some of your hard earned Kudos points on. Next time we are replacing the free subscription with TSR Mugs!
TSR Workshop has now been released as a public beta, get it from the downloads page!
With the recent announcement of our first Sims 3 Featured Artists, the launch of our new Sets Database (going live on monday 20th) and the first creations released from the TSR Workshop tool (published on monday - see link above), you will begin seeing some FA content set to "subscriber only". As we start to build our subscriber features we are also happy to announce a fantastic Summer Sale offer to get you up and running with your TSR Subscription for Sims 3 content!
For a limited period we are offering a massive 30% off the price of a subscription! This discounted rate is fixed for your entire PayPal subscription period, not just the first payment, so if you plan to make full use of TSR for Sims 3 or Sims 2 then now is the time to get the best deal possible! (This offer expires on August 17th 2009. You can start a new subscription at this rate without loosing your existing subscriber days; new days will just be added to your balance)
Subscriber benefits include:
For full details of these features and more check out the "Why Subscribe?" page.
With the addition of our clothing database comes the introduction of two familiar faces here at TSR. None other the truly talented ulkrhsn and Lianaa have now joined the ranks of Sims 3 FA's. Be sure to give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out what they got in store for you all!
The Workshop BETA is being released this week (monday) and will include full import/edit/export functionality. At this stage the tool can be used to create edited clothing and hair meshes as well as completely new make-up and accessories. Hair retexturing is also functional to a certain degree. See the section at the end of this post to learn more about the current capabilities of TSR Workshop in more detail. To take part in the BETA, read the details on the TSR Workshop Website when it goes live tomorrow (monday).
Our early testers have provided some great feedback which has allowed for us to create what we think is a very user friendly tool with powerful features such as export/import functionality for meshes, overlays, multipliers, speculars and masks and the live 3D previews which can be rotated and zoomed allowing you to check your work in real time for seamless wrapping and detail.
The TSR Workshop exports user friendly .sims3pack files which include all meshes and patterns either used or created, to allow for a simple and reliable install method for downloaders.
The TSR Pattern Editor is now integrated into the tool which now includes a fully searchable EA (base game) patterns database.
Well if you are a creator it means you have a very powerful new tool at your disposal which you will no doubt be eager to investigate, play with and maybe even try to break! If you are a downloader it means that you are much closer to seeing brand new items for your Sims 3 game appearing on your favourite download sites.
Some of our Featured Artists are already generating impressive Custom Content with the TSR Workshop as you can see from these previews (click them for a larger image). These will be available to download from our new Sets Database from today.
As with any new piece of software we are anticipating changes as we develop the tool and learn more about how your creations behave when imported into the game. As such we need everyone to understand that these early creations may need updating and rebuilding with later releases of TSR Workshop. We already have the facility for creators to upload updates to their previously released files on TSR and from now on, if your subscription has ended, you will still be able to get updates to files you downloaded during your subscription period. We see this as a step forward to providing you with quality, reliable content for your game during this development process.
For those technically minded CC creators, here is the current status of the TSR Workshop for each content type. You should be sure to read the EULA before using the TSR Workshop to create your own Custom Content.
Clothing: Full support for all clothing types. New meshes are currently limited (see below). This is a work in progress.
Makeup: Nearly full support. Eyebrows can not be recolored in game as of yet.
Hair: Partial support, some items can not be recolored in game yet. New meshes are currently limited (see below). This is a work in progress.
Accessories: Nearly full support. A few items can not be recolored in game. New meshes are currently limited (see below). This is a work in progress.
Complates: Partial support for changing the different steps in the texture generation process (type, alphablending, colors).
Textures: Full support for changing all properties (rgbmask, specular mask, overlay, multiplier etc.) plus Export of all textures and Import of DDS files.
Meshes: Partial support of export/import of OBJ-files (wavefront format). Mesh vertices may be replaced IF the number of vertices is the same. Bone assignments may not be changed. Fully automated process with a live 3D preview.
Patterns: Possible to create/upload new patterns. You may also use existing EA patterns by using our patterns browser.
Variations: Possible to add new and delete existing variations to a creation. This makes it possible to include several versions of the same file in one Sims3pack file.
Export: To sims3pack with auto-generated thumbnails or custom thumbnails.
*UPDATED* We have now made all preview images for EA Store items link out directly to the store page where you can see the full details, as per many requests. Some older items have cached paged but they will all be updated in the next few hours.
We have just added a new feature to the Details page of Sims 3 creations which will show any EA Store or Expansion Pack content required (you can also click "Show Requirements" in the listings). For Store items we show each one with a thumbnail (hover over it for the name). For EPs we plan to list just the packs needed rather than all content but we could also list any TSR downloads required too, and maybe even a link to grab them all if users feel this a great benefit to them.
It's a work in progress so please give your feedback and let us know if this is useful or not, and how it could be used further. Would you like links to the EA Store content directly for example? Maybe you would like to exclude all creations that require EA Store stuff?
We decided to allow them by default because many people have used their free points from game registration and might well have the items needed for a Lot or Sim (hair, clothing etc.). You might also see that a Lot only requires a Store bought fridge or lamp, something easily replaced in game, so we aren't excluding them by default.
We're looking forward to your feedback as we constantly try to improve our user experience on the site!
It is with great honour I present to you the handpicked Featured and Select Artists that made it into the first selection. Without further ado and in no particular order, please welcome the following:
This was a very hard selection process due to the overwhelming amount of quality submitters and great content published on a daily basis. For those who did not make it, consider this the first draft. There are many more invitations to come as we open up more content types (look for an announcement on this very soon). We have now introduced game indicators for the FA/SA badges on each respective minisite. Those who are FA for one game and SA for another will have 2 different badges.
Note: A few SA invitations has not been replied to. If you for some reason do not want to be a Select Artist, please get in touch with me and let me know.
Well done everyone and welcome onboard!
So, does this mean we will begin with subscriber content for Sims 3?
Yes we will, but not yet! For the moment everything remains free for download until further notice. There are some changes regarding FA content this time around also once we decide to make the switch. As it were in Sims 2, anything a FA created would automatically be set to subscriber content - regardless if it was their expertise area or not. This time around each handpicked FA will have one or several expertise areas and only content produced in those areas will be set as subscriber content. This will ensure a high quality throughout our premium content and also offer our FA's more flexibility and freedom.
Look for an announcement soon with a great introduction offer for both current and new subscribers!
The invitations are being sent out today after a thorough review of all candidates. Some will not make it into the FA team this round, but fear not - there's plenty of new content types to be made soon. The invitations now are based solely on patterns, lots and sims. Once clothing, make-up and such content become widely available we will not wait so long with the invitations.
So who are behind those vile decisions? Meet the newly established FA panel! Those are the people that will handle invitations and judge your work here at TSR.
Something that is new in our FA policy this time around is that you will be invited for a certain creation type (in some cases several). This means, only the content of this type that you create will be considered premium content and earn you incentives. Anything else you create will be free for download, until we feel your quality is high enough to match your initial "field of expertise". We will always keep an open dialogue about this with you to avoid any confusion.
The first invitations will be sent out tonight. After this we will keep regular reviewing sessions and send out invitations on a regular basis. Great work everyone so far! If you're not invited this time around, keep in mind you have every chance of getting invited based on your other work that is sure to come in a near future as more content types are unlocked.
Update: Select Artist invitations will also be sent out tonight!
This coming week we will spend some time to try and clear out a lot of pending support tickets. It's been a hectic few weeks since the release of Sims 3 and you'll all soon see the reasons for that as we prepare the public beta testing of 2 new exciting tools. More information to come shortly!
We are proud to present the winners in our big "Sim a Lot" competition. There were hundreds of entries to choose from and very hard to determine the winners. The top 20 list was very close indeed and the following entries finally made it into the top 6:
Incredible work from the winners and everyone else participating. There are so many quality creations no mentioned here so by all means check them out and enjoy!
Winners, please contact Thomas via PM and provide your shipping address and e-mail address (for certificate winners).
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