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TSR goes open source!

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!

TSR and The Sims 3

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!

Sims 3 Workshop announced!

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.

Update:

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 comes to TSR!

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.

Chat Server back online!

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!

Kudos Lottery Draw

TSR USB Flash DrivesOur 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!

Hunt the Booty Winners!

Our recent Hunt the Booty competition has closed and I am pleased to announce the following winners:

1st Place: Elut
2nd Place: WandaJBowen
3rd Place: simromi

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!

Select Artist news

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:

- cippa1982
- ginebra

Give them a warm welcome and check out their great work!

Compensation days given out

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. :)

Pre-order Sims 3

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 :)

Fake e-mail with a trojan

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 Steve@thesimsresource.com 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!

Our hardware challenges continue

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.

TSR welcomes olcia_olivinea!

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!

Continous hardware problems

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.

The past weeks site problems

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!

Select Artist winners!

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 :)

Vintage Victorian Collection

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!

Treasure Hunt Competition!

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.

TSR Newsletter returns.

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 noreply@thesimsresource.com.

TSR responds to myths & lies.

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?

TSR welcomes b-bettina!

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!

TS3 Official Site username

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:

http://thesims2.ea.com/thesims3-preregister/index.php?languageCode=1

Once this offer expires anyone can grab your username from the official site.  So act now!

 

Select artist Winners!

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 :)

Kudos Lottery Draw

TSR USB Flash DrivesOur 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 Time Collection Updated

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!

Select Artist news

We are happy to announce the following new Select Artists: b-bettina, iLikemusic640 and Udontknow. Be sure to check out their quality creations and give them a warm welcome to the team :)

TSR welcomes wideopeneyes

We seem to be on a streak this month, welcoming a third new FA. This time it's noone less then the talented wideopeneyes. You've most likely seen her great new build sets lately and there are many more to come. Be sure to give her a warm welcome in her guestbook!

TSR welcomes ayyuff!

We are always happy to welcome talented artists to our FA team, and ayyuff is no exception! She's a talented lot artist with an eye for details - be sure to check out her latest and upcoming lots. Give her a warm welcome in her guestbook!

TSR welcomes Angelamveliza!

We are very pleased to welcome another familiar face at TSR to our FA team. This time it's noone less then the talented Angelamveliza. Please give a warm welcome in her guestbook!

Select artist winners!

Here are the winners for January:

1st prize ($50 Amazon gift certificate): Elut
2nd prize ($40 Amazon gift certificate): Wideopeneyes
3rd prize ($30 Amazon gift certificate): Perelinka

Big congratulations and well done! :)

Contact Thomas through a private message and provide the e-mail you want the gift certificate sent to.

Inappropriate ads?

Hello everyone!

It has been reported a few times already about inappropriate ads that started popping up this weekend. We have recently added another Ad Network to our advertising chain. Unfortunately when adding new networks into the pool we need to weed out the inappropriate ads that slip through the filters (they rarely work).

At this time we are aware of the ads that need to be weeded out and we re working together with the advertising networks to track them down and have them blocked. Thanks for your help finding them.

Screenshot Competition Results

The results for our recent Yard & Garden Screenshot Competition are now in! The winners have been selected by our moderators and site staff who had a really tough job on their hands with more than 400 entries submitted! Thanks to everyone who took part for helping us to populate the Yard & Garden theme Screenshots database!

Winners and prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: Beautiful Decay by francien (who submitted many potentially wining entries)

  • A Pre-Order of 'The Sims 3'
  • Apartment Life Shoulder Bag
  • Sims 3 T-Shirt (Large)
  • Signed Natasha Bedingfield album 'Pocketful of Sunshine' (Sung in Simlish on FreeTime EP)
  • TSR Coffee Mug
  • TSR 2 GB USB 2.0 Memory Stick
  • URBZ 'Sims in the City' Baseball Cap

2nd Prize: Fairy Cove by simonettaC

  • Sims 3 'H2goSS' Stainless Steel Drinks Bottle
  • Signed Natasha Bedingfield album 'Pocketful of Sunshine' (Sung in Simlish on FreeTime EP)
  • TSR Coffee Mug
  • TSR 2 GB USB 2.0 Memory Stick
  • URBZ 'Sims in the City' Baseball Cap

3rd Prize: Y&G Competition Entry No. 2 by sakravy

  • Sims 2 Plumbob Phone Strap
  • Signed Natasha Bedingfield album 'Pocketful of Sunshine' (Sung in Simlish on FreeTime EP)
  • TSR Coffee Mug
  • URBZ 'Sims in the City' Baseball Cap

4th Prize: The Winter Garden by giasims

  • 2 Month Subscription to The Sims Resource

5th Prize: Garden-5 by simal10

  • 1 Month Subscription to The Sims Resource

 

Congratulations to our winners! Another screenshot competition will be starting soon with some more great prizes to be won!

TSR welcomes Senemm!

We are very glad to welcome a talented artist to our FA team. This time Senemm has accepted our invitation. You can look forward to many more unique creations coming from him in the future. Give him a warm welcome in his guestbook!

Kudos Lottery Draw

TSR USB Flash DrivesOur 15th Kudos Lottery Draw took place today with 3 winners being FrozenStarRo who wins a pre-order of The Sims 3, ShawnettM who wins a 2 month TSR subscription, and RhondaBlonda who is the very first member to 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.

Page 2 problem

We have finally managed to find the cause for a problem that some users have reported about page 2 being blank.

You can read more about it in the development blog.

Welcome to TSR Version 7!

Update: We now have a Development Blog for you to track progress of updates and fixes we make based on user feedback.

After more than a year of planning, development, coding and testing, Version 7 is here! The obvious thing is the new design but behind all that shiny glass effect is a host of powerful new features designed to make your experience of the site more productive and fun!

The index page has been redesigned to use Pods to feature specific content. These will feature the best of the current content and showcase many of the features on the site, pulling the latest or greatest news into them for your arrival at the site. The new tabbed browsing allows you better control of navigation and gives us more room to expand which was a key requirement for this new version before the launch of The Sims 3.

 

 

Content is easier than ever to find with our powerful new site search with recommendations, better sorting, searching and filtering of content and a new collection of Themes to make it fun and easy to browse particular styles of creations, stories and screenshots. Switching between game content (Sims 1, 2, 3) has been made easier, something we deemed important with the upcoming release of Sims 3.

Browsing the vast databases of over 600,000 creations is now quicker thanks to the table view for downloads, giving you a preview picture and just the basic info you need to browse quickly, loading bigger images in quick loading 'lightboxes' and storing details away on a specific page, only pulled from the database if you need it.

 

 

 

Your personal 'home' at TSR has had a huge overhaul as well. Every member has their own Profile Page which uses the Pod system from the home page. The unique thing here is that you can add, remove and move the pods around to showcase the information you want to at the top of the page. If you are a creator you might want your download archive at the top of the page. If you are more into Challenges, Stories and Screens then put those Pods at the top to show off to your visitors!

There are more unlockable features that you can buy with Kudos too (and more to come after the launch). You can add your own Poll, change the color and style of the page, create a Blog and even install an image gallery which you can expand to host all kind of pictures you want to share with your friendly Sims community!

 

 

My TSR and your personal Dashboard are available to you on every page of the site just a quick click away. These allow you to manage your account, add content, check on your guestbook, private messages, feedback and activity statistics.

Speed of use was also a major part of the new design. You will find most images on the site can be viewed full size simply by clicking on them and having them load in a 'lightbox'. These include articles, screenshots, galleries and news posts. Click one of these screenshots to see! New servers and storage space have been installed and backend server optimizations will continue as we balance the load of these as users put Version 7 though its paces.

Now that we have the Version 7 up and running we will continue to develop the new planned features that didn't make it to the first release, so expect the site to grow over the coming months as we gear up for an exciting time with the Sims 3 release and an influx of new visitors to our community. We all hope you enjoy The Sims Resource Version 7!

The Sims Resource Team.

Update: We now have a Development Blog for you to track progress of updates and fixes we make based on user feedback.

Yard & Garden Competition!

Part of our Version 7 launch includes a new competition with some awesome prizes to be won, things that money can't buy or you wont find anywhere else!

It's easy to enter, just play the game, build a nice yard or garden for your Sims to enjoy and then submit a screenshot to TSR. Check out the Competition Page for the details, and good luck!

4 new Challenges published.

With thanks to Moza for helping me set up and test some challenges we have published 4 new ones along with the launch of v7. The Challenge Wizard has also been updated to use the new servers and web pages.

So today we have the Rock God Challenge by Wolfsim68, Moonlight Becomes You by AnnP35803, Foster Home Challenge by cwykes and the Toe Tapper Challenge by SteveB (me). I hope you have fun with them! We have more being processed so we will try and get them up soon.

Go to Challenges...

Version 7's coming!

The wait is almost over! We have spent most of the Christmas period working long hours and late nights to get TSR Version 7 ready for launch this week and we plan to go ahead with that tomorrow (Wednesday). The site may be unavailable for a couple of hours while we switch things over and reallocate servers to the new version but downtime will be minimal.

We will leave the current version of the site running in case you have problems accessing the new site but it has been thoroughly tested and after a year of design and code we are confident that when you visit us after Wednesday you will be pleasantly surprised with what we have created for you! Once we launch there will be a new competition with some truly awesome prizes, 4 new Challenges and exciting news about a major Sims 3 event next week. You will also have a shiny new Profile Page to call your Simming home to build and play with...

See you there!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us here at TSR! We have an exciting year ahead of us that will see massive changes to the site just around the corner, a whole new game coming out soon and much more! Stay tuned for more information shortly :)

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