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).
It is now possible to upload a new revision of the file of an already published Sims 3 creation, for example if you have fixed a bug or done some other improvement.
You do this by clicking the Edit icon for the specific item in the list of Published items in the submissions area. Above the images you have the option to browse for a replacement file in your Filestorage. You also need to enter a short description what has been fixed in this new file revision. After having updated the item it will now be placed under the "Pending Updates" tab, waiting for the TSR submissions staff to approve the update (meanwhile the item will still be published with the old file). Once the update has been approved, the item will be moved back to Published status with the revisions increased by one, and the new file will be the one which is downloaded.
As we are aware of some problems with patterns (materials) created with the first version of Sims 3 Workshop (S3W), where the pattern simply does not show up in the game, we recommend submitters of patterns created with that version to upgrade to the latest version and redo the pattern there. Once that is done, upload the file to your Filestorage, and use the new file replacement feature to submit the new file.
This release has the following changes/fixes:
Info regarding updating: Those of you that needs to update patterns created with v2 of the tool will get the chance to do so sometime tomorrow (wednesday). Until then feel free to submit new patterns using the new version of the tool. More info about this will be posted tomorrow.
We've entered a new game era with Sims 3. This also means we are establishing our Artist Teams for the new game. All current Sims 2 SA/FA will remain listed as such for Sims 2 and still enjoy the benefits that come with being a Select or Featured Artist here at TSR. For Sims 3 everything starts over and everyone submitting here are potential candidates.
So what does it mean being a TSR Select or Featured Artist? Here are the benefits in short:
Select and Featured Artists have the following benefits:
Select Artists have the following SA only benefits:
Featured Artists have the following FA only benefits:
So how do you become selected you might ask?
It's quite simple: submit your work to TSR. We've been looking at Sims creations for the last 9 years and we know what is and isn't good enough to make the grade. Initially we will invite Artists to both teams starting in July. After the first teams have been announced, the Select Artists will be handpicked by the Featured Artist team (during the weekly chats) while Featured Artists are handpicked by TSR staff. Invitations are sent out by mail and private messages. It does happen on rare occasions that we go outside of TSR and invite Artists to our teams at both levels.
What are we looking for?
We will be looking for all types of Artists as Custom Content creation evolves. Initially we will invite a handful of exceptional Pattern, Sim and Lot Artists. Further down the line there will be positions open for Clothing, Hair, Objects, Make-up and basically any type of Custom Content you can create for the game.
When we review an Artist's potential we look at several factors. A good creation that works well in the game is essential of course, but it is also important to create beautiful previews for your creations - this is overlooked by many exceptional Artists, so please take your time with this! Having your own unique style as well as a popular style is also important - there is room for both (take Cyclonesue's original Rust and Industry series or Cashcraft's massively popular Victorian series as good examples). Last but not least it is also important to present your creations with a proper title and description - understanding what your creations are in a search result should be obvious, not hard.
All in all, consistently submitted high quality creations that are presented well with beautiful previews, meaningful names and proper descriptions are what we will be looking for - are you up for it?
How do you apply?
Simple. You don't! By submitting to TSR you've already started the process and we have already begun reviewing the many quality uploads pouring into our databases,. If you are good enough, you will be noted. So don't hesitate to submit your own quality work today, tomorrow or whenever you feel ready for the challenge :)
Good luck everyone!
/Thomas and TSR Staff
We have released a new version (184.108.40.206) of the plugin.
Please note the support for PNG and BMP files changes the requirements on your images, we'll post an additional tutorial soon covering this.
We'd like to take this opportunity and thank the following for their help: Delphy, Rick, Inge_Jones, Peter Jones, Karybdis and jfade. Thanks!
With the launch of our patterns tool we've also opened the floodgates for custom patterns submissions. Mind you those are new and unique patterns, NOT recolors of the standard EA patterns. So head on over to our patterns section and take a look at what you will see a lot of in the coming days! Or why not head over to the Workshop site, grab the tool and submit your own patterns!
Our first plugin to the Sims 3 workshop tool in development has been finished and is now available for a public beta.
We have a forum set up for this here. This is your place for support and troubleshooting (do NOT use TSR support for this, you will not get a reply).
We have just launched our Sims 3 "Build a Lot" competition to celebrate the availability of Custom Content here on TSR. If you feel like winning a $100 Amazon gift certificate, 6 month subscriptions, TSR USB sticks or mugs - check out our competition page for details! Everyone is welcome to participate and the competition starts right now! Show off those architect skills of yours :)
Sims 3 submissions are now up and running - Both Lots and Sims. We will be posting Submission Guidelines for Sims 3 content over the weekend along with our first help pages for getting stuff out of your game and onto the site. For those of you willing and able already, you can upload your Sims Submissions which are exported directly from CAS now. At the moment we only accept Lots that don't contain any Sims. Submissions of Sims that have been exported out of the game will follow soon.
This order of additions might not make much sense on the surface, but the technical processes of drawing all of the data from the uploads follows naturally this way. You will soon see that we have made the process of submitting content much easier for the submitter and more accurate for the downloader. We take the images, traits, favorites and all manner of other details right out of the Sims3Pack file so that you don't have to do it manually, giving the downloader a true picture of what they might be getting. See this example. We also rather cleverly take all of the clothing type images and combine them in one. Neat eh? You can still upload your own artistic previews though.
Finally, I have published the first two of my Strategy Guides. I always do a Food Guide for the Sims games as it's an aspect I always explore to the full. This time I also did a Fishing Guide as it very much runs alongside Cooking, as does Gardening which might well follow. Be warned that there are many spoilers in there, but if you need a leg up, or want to see what's on offer, check out the Strategy Section.
We are happy to report that our Workshop tool is progressing nicely. Much of the necessary research has been completed and we have begun the process of putting it all together and to make some magic happen. In an effort to speed things up and make sure the community gets to see custom objects in the game sooner rather then later, we have decided to make the backend part of this project open source. Together with the likes of Delphy, Inge_Jones, Peter L Jones, Echo, jfade and Karybdis (to name a few, others to follow) we will pool our knowledge together and solve the challenges ahead of us as a collaborating team. More updates to follow :)
Edit to clarify: The Open Source team are working on the code that will allow us and other websites to develop software to support Sims 3 Custom Content. They aren't working on the TSR Workshop directly, they are working on the generic libraries that as Open Source, anybody can use. /Steve
Edit no 2: Those names mentioned above was a list of modders supporting open source in the past. All have acknowledged their participation in Sims 3 and this project with the exception of Mootilda and Atavera (thus their names are removed). We're sorry for the confusion!
There has been quite a few questions regarding this, so I'd like to clarify our plans for The Sims 3.
1. Will you provide custom content for The Sims 3?
Yes, we will continue to provide/host custom content in the same way as we do now for The Sims 2. Once the game ships we will accept submissions for lots and patterns. Once our Workshop tool is ready we will accept submissions for all other type of custom content that you are used to (new mesh sets, clothing, hair etc). We will begin a new team of Featured/Select Artists focused on The Sims 3 (not all will jump onto the The Sims 3 bandwagon) - look for this announcement once CC is fully enabled. This also means we will continue to provide both free and subscriber content, like we do now.
2. What about subscriptions - will the subscription I buy now also give me access to The Sims 3 content?
Yes it will. There will always only be one subscription type and it gives you access to all our catalogues of content. There will not be a The Sims 3 only subscription.
3. What about Screenshots, Stories, Challenges etc?
Our ambition is to provide this as well for The Sims 3. The official site will focus a lot on movies and machinima, but for those hooked on writing stories the way we present them we will continue to provide this feature. Challenges the way we do them now will require some more time, we'll see what happens.
Hope this clears up some of your thoughts and concerns regarding our future plans for The Sims 3!
The TSR team have been developing a Custom Content tool for Sims 3 for some time now. We have all been spoilt with the level of customization for Sims 2 and want the Sims 3 CC experience to be even better. This time around we have decided to publish our own set of tools.
Many people are aware of our CC tool for Sims 2 which is used by some of our FA’s and invited creators, but we never made a public release. This time around we plan to release a freeware tool for the whole community!
To find out more and to follow development, check out the dedicated pages for the Workshop at www.thesimsresource.com/workshop.
Just to clarify some questions:
1. The tool will be free for everyone to use, no limitations.
2. Content produced with the tool can be uploaded anywhere you want, there are no restrictions such as only uploading to TSR.
3. We will not claim any ownership over any content produced with this tool, the EULA is there to protect the artists. Hope this answers some of your concerns!
Summer is here and we want to take this opportunity to release a slew of new material for a previous TSR Collection, now renamed Sims Summer. There are lots of high quality content available for download in this Collection so check it out and look for several high quality releases coming out this week.
Many of you are aware that we have been on the receiving end of some pretty nasty attacks recently, one of which included hacking our Chat Server. Our IRC Client had been running quite happily for some 3 years without update or restart but I guess that was its downfall in the end, so we have reconfigured with the very latest clients and up to date security fixes.
Anyway, the TSR staff, moderators and chat room regulars are hanging out ready to welcome you to their domain! Join in the chat anytime day or night using any of the methods described on our Chat Page. See you there!
Our 17th Kudos Lottery Draw took place today with 3 winners being DiamondSim who wins The Sims 3, tambriah who wins a 2 month TSR subscription, and ancsie18 who will receive one of our new TSR 2Gb USB Flash Drives. These are great for storing Sims downloads on, so be sure to try and win one yourself next time!
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. Once again we are offering up The Sims 3 so it has to be worth a ticket or 3!
Our recent Hunt the Booty competition has closed and I am pleased to announce the following winners:
Congratulations to them and a huge thanks to the hundreds of people that took part. 86 people successfully found all 13 chests! Look out for another cool competition soon!
First off, here are the winners for April:
1st prize $50 Amazon gift certificate goes to Sosliliom
2nd prize $40 Amazon gift certificate goes to Qaen
3rd prize $30 Amazon gift certificate goes to missy_sceeter
PM Thomas with the e-mail you want those certificates sent to.
Secondly, we are happy to introduce the following new Select Artists:
Give them a warm welcome and check out their great work!
We have now given out 7 free days to all who subscribed or had a subscription from April 24th until now. Those days are useable when you want to use them (you can activate them at will). You can access them by either clicking on the calendar icon on top (if you're an active subscriber) or by going straight to http://www.thesimsresource.com/mytsr/status. You will find the number of days at the bottom of this page along with activation links.
Soon we'll also offer everyone within this time period a 30% discount if you choose to renew your expired subscription.
Once again, we are veery sorry for the hardware problems and we hope this makes up for some of your lost time. :)
We have teamed up with Direct2Drive to offer pre-orders for The Sims 3. This offer gives you some exclusive bonus items on top of the game itself, so make sure you check it out!
Soon we will also offer different bundles for those who wish to subscribe to TSR and pre-order The Sims 3 at the same time - you can expect nice discounts on those packages so stay tuned for more information!
A point of note is that this ad will show for both subscribers and non-subscribers up until the date of The Sims 3 release. It's a static non-animated ad so hopefully it won't be too annoying for you :)
It has been brought to our attention that a malicious Trojan is being sent out to different members of this site. The e-mail is made to look like it's coming from [email protected] and contains an .exe file. Whatever you do, do NOT open this file! Just delete the e-mail straight away. This is not a mail sent out by us! In case you've already received and opened this mail, please see more information about this Trojan here: http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2003-121116-2134-99&tabid=2
Lets hope none of you have been infected yet!
If only hardware would play nice for once! After a fairly stable week we have once again experienced a server lockup. Since this lockup require one of us to manually reboot a server it has taken much longer then necessary (our servers are not in anyone's bedroom, unfortunately).
We are truly sorry for this bad experience many of you newcomers and long time members to the site goes through. Once we can safely say our site is stable again we will give 7 free days to all current subscribers and those who were subscribers when this hardware issue began (mid-April). We will also offer a 30% discount to everyone who wish to re-subscribe again (you need to have a subscription history longer then 2 months).
A point of note regarding our subscriptions is that once premium content for Sims 3 is available on TSR, the same subscription will apply for both Sims 2 and Sims 3 content. So feel free to take this opportunity to re-subscribe in good time for the new game as well as our continous Sims 2 updates.
We are proud to welcome another great fashion designer to our Featured Artist family. This time it's the talented olcia_olivinea! Be sure to check out her latest offerings and give her a warm welcome in her guestbook!
As you've surely noticed by now we are still experiencing hardware problems. We've taken several new servers into use and they do not want to play nicely with the rest in the cluster. One going down eventually brings everything to a halt etc. We're working our way through this however at the best of our capacity and we hope to have a more stable solution in place shortly. Thank you all for your patience through this - we will compensate you for the downtime once we've completed this.
For those wondering about your submissions - they will be processed as soon as we're done with this hardware fix.
Here's an update regarding the last weeks site problems. We had a pretty critical hardware failure on saturday evening last weekend, which resulted in one of our central database servers needing a replacement. Given it was the weekend, this took a bit longer then necessary and as a result most of sunday evening the whole website was offline.
The new hardware is now in place and we've also rewritten a lot of the backend code handling downloads, load balancing, caching of pages etc. We are very sorry for all this trouble you've experienced and once we are confident the site is fully operational again, we will grant all subscribers extra days to make up for the downtime. Should there be hickups during the weekend ahead, rest assured we will do our best to keep them at a minimum as we finetune the new setup.
Thank you for your understanding and patience!
Here they are, the winners for March:
- 1st prize $50 Amazon Gift Certificate goes to Monica
- 2nd prize $40 Amazon Gift Certificate goes to Ricci2882
- 3rd prize $30 Amazon Gift Certificate goes to BBKZ
PM Thomas with the e-mail those certificates should be sent to. Good job everyone :)
We have just updated the Vintage Victorian FA Collection to include almost 2,000 downloads and created its unique design too. Victorian is one of our most popular searches at the site, so check out this updated Collection if that's your thing!
Our latest competition gives you the chance to win a pre order of The Sims 3 Collectors Edition as well as a swag bag of Sims booty and TSR Merchandise. All you need to do is browse the site and look for the booty left lying around by the Pirates that visit TSR every day. Check out the competition page for more details.
After a long break, the TSR Newsletter starts rolling out again tonight. With a new design and some different content, this newsletter will initially be rolled out every second month (it used to be monthly). It takes around 3 days for the mailer to send it out to everyone that has the newsletter enabled in their account settings so hopefully yours will appear in your inbox this weekend. If you have a spam blocker and want to receive the newsletter, be sure to allow mail from [email protected]
Recent accusations and the ongoing slander and defamation of TSR have prompted us to take the unusual step of posting a response.
Most of this goes without saying for our dedicated and loyal user base, but for the fence sitters and naysayers, it will no doubt be of interest.
Read our statement... TSR: Accusations, Lies, Bullying?
You probably saw this coming already, nonetheless it is with great pleasure we welcome the talented b-bettina to the team of FA's here at TSR. Be sure to check out her latest and upcoming creations for some classy styles to wear! Don't forget to give her a warm welcome in her guestbook!
We have just received exclusive community news from Maxoid Drea. For a limited time TS2 users will be able to retain their usernames on the official site for The Sims 3.
Log in and follow the instructions here:
Once this offer expires anyone can grab your username from the official site. So act now!
A bit late to the party, but here are the winners for February!
1st prize $50 Amazon Gift Certificate goes to Lirunchik
2nd prize $40 Amazon Gift Certificate goes to cathee
3rd prize $30 Amazon Gift Certificate goes to Veronn
PM Thomas with the e-mail those certificates should be sent to. Good job everyone :)
Our 16th Kudos Lottery Draw took place today with 3 winners being lyoung965 who wins a pre-order of The Sims 3, Ashkesidhe who wins a 2 month TSR subscription, and Nan who will receive one of our new TSR 2Gb USB Flash Drives. These are great for storing Sims downloads on, so be sure to try and win one yourself next time!
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. Once again we are offering a Pre-Order of Sims 3 so it has to be worth a ticket or 3!
Nursery and toddler items seem to be very popular in our search lately so myself and Tom have spend some time adding to the Nursery Time Collection created by our Featured Artists. While Tom created the artwork for this Collection I have added some 2,500 archive items to the ones published during the original Theme Week.
To view a selection of the most popular creations and to get a great overview of what the Collection has to offer click here, but be sure to check out the whole collection to avoid missing far more great creations!
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