There are a couple of minor annoyances that you will find listed in the READ ME included with the folder, but nothing that should cause you real problems.
Beacon Falls has been made as Neighbourhood 7 (N007); to check which neighborhood numbers you already have in your game, go to your My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Neighborhoods folder. If N007 already exists, don't worry: if you're happy editing the files, you can use a utility such as Ant Renamer to update all the file names.
If you are unfamiliar with changing the necessary file numbers then I will be happy to renumber them for you. Contact me using the email address at the end of these intructions, and I'll be happy to send you an alternative.
Beacon Falls 'Full' requires - The base game/ University/ Nightlife/ Open for Business EP's, as well as the Family Fun Stuff SP. (Or any of the later expansion packs)Beacon Falls 'Lite' requires - The base game/ University/ Nightlife/ Open for Business EP's. (Or any of the later expansion packs)
Instructions are the same for the 'Full' and 'Lite' versions of the download
Download and extract the zip file, along with these instructions you'll find a N007 folder. Place the N007 folder into your neighbourhoods folder, if you are using the djsbeaconfalls.package (mentioned a little further down, but only for use with the 'Full' version) then add that to your Download folder and then start up your game.
You should be able to see Beacon Falls in the neighborhood menu.
If it doesn’t appear in the menu, quit the game and try the following:
- Take out the Beacon Falls N007 folder from the above location and place it on desktop (or somewhere else that you consider safe).
- Start up your game and use the 'create a new neighbourhood' button to make some dummy hoods; these are placeholders, and will be deleted after you have everything working. You will need to check which number 'hoods you already have and make absolutely sure that you don't have an N007 folder in your game.
- Go on to make enough dummy 'hoods, up to and including N007.
- Now, quit the game.
- Go into your My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Neighborhoods folder - there you will see several folders with numers from N001, N002 etc, up to N007.
- You must delete the newly created N007 you see there, and replace it with the Beacon Falls N007 folder from your desktop (or wherever else you put it).
- Go back into the game, scroll through the neighborhood selection menu and Beacon Falls should now be available.
- Once you know it is working, you can delete the dummy hoods.
The djsbeaconfalls file:
The hack was made by jfade, who was able to program things to happen to some of the families; things which should make their storylines a little better or worse, in a
similar way to that EA/Maxis used to introduce some of the storylines when making Pleasantview/Veronaville/Strangetown etc. It was an idea jfade suggested, and which
the creators of the families invloved thought would add to the gameplay. In some cases there won't be anything 'bigger' planned than a sim walk-by.
It is completely your choice whether you want to use this hack. It will not harm your game: the effects have been coded only to work with the specific families/sims involved
and it cannot affect your other neighborhoods at all. If you don't want to use it, you don't have to; Beacon Falls will work normally without it. It was created as way of kick starting some of the fun in Beacon Falls!
If you want to use it, add the djsbeaconfallsbonus.package file to your downloads folder BEFORE playing Beacon Falls. requires - The base game/ University/ Nightlife/ Open for Business EP's. (Or any of the later expansion packs) requires - The base game/ University/ Nightlife/ Open for Business EP's, as well as the Family Fun Stuff SP. (Or any of the later expansion packs)