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Home of the Month March 2013 Round #3

We are pleased to bring you ROUND #3 of the HOTM contest!  As of today’s date there are over 450 entries - wow! The Fansite reaches over a quarter of a million Sims players from around the world making the HOTM competition the contest to win – and you can’t win it if you’re not in itSo what are you waiting for? There is still plenty of time to enter – 7 days to be exact! 

The staff at the TSS Fansite have come down with a touch of 'medieval fever'! We went gaga over these impressive dark ages inspired designs. The following three homes to make it to the top 25 are dark and brooding but we love dark and brooding – don’t you? 

Bettina Couch Paris – Medieval Castle


Bettina has created a stunning castle with a curved path leading up to what we believe to be a tomb for the great Lords and Kings of days gone by. Creating the curved path was achieved by lining the pathway with shrubs to hide the square tiles. You may think this design required a lot of stacking but we have good news for all you  budding design enthusiasts out there – while the Huaca Temple Counters  have always stacked by simply placing the counters on top if each other,  now the Blissful White Column, Tempest Black Column, Loguinn (stone) Divider and Loguinn (stone) Corner stack effortlessly as well! This is not to take away from Bettina’s skill – there is still stacking in this design (over doorways) and the use of the room-door/window- picture technique that enables one to place a door or window or art without the use of a room. Bettina’s artful eye make this design one of exceptional style and, um, dark beauty!

Indira – Medieval Age


The winner of last month’s HOTM contest is back with an enchanting design focused on the medieval age. Indira also uses the curved path technique and does a good job at convincing us that the pathway is very long indeed. She achieves this by a clever use of perspective by creating the walkway narrower the 'further' away it is.  We love how she recreated the Maze of Mystery using the Cherry Laurel Hedges. Indira also uses the grouping technique to good effect.  This is a great example of an excellent design without having to use the stacking technique.

Jess D. - Medieval Sorceress Garden


Jess’s design is by far the most blood curdling. We were going to drop by for a visit as we do with many of the entrants homes but after noticing the welcome mat (a combination of Huaca Traps and the Cold Snap Winder Bonfire) we thought better of it. Even if we were courageous enough to gain entry onto this property we fear the worst! We would likely be slain in the Noblesse Archery Ground or offered as a sacrifice to the gods in the Magic Stone Circle.  All joking aside, we really love what Jess has done with her place! Jess uses expert stacking technique, interesting composition and a ghoulish sense of humour. 

What do you think? Do you love these as much as we do?   Are you going to create your own design and submit it to the HOTM contest?

I've mentioned stacking and other illusion techniques throughout this post and I am pleased to inform you that soon we will have a dedicated section on The Sims Social Fansite for 'tips and tricks' related to The Sims Social home design. The Fansite is partnering with top designers throughout the Sims Universe to gather the latest and best tutorials and tips available anywhere! Stay tuned for a further announcement!

You Could be Next ! Enter March’s HOTM Contest – there are still 10 days to enter!

Do you want a chance of being crowned the HOTM designer as well as winning 250 Sim Cash? We are accepting HOTM entries from now until March 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on April 10th. In addition to new designs we will be including all of the qualifying designs posted in the old forum for July and August's contest. That's right - this will be the BIGGEST contest in Sims Social history! To enter, simply register at our brand new and improved Sims Social Fansite Forum and post your design(s) to the HOTM March 2013 thread. You may also want to post your 1) Tile Art, 2) Inspirational Homes, 3) Plumbobs Around the World, 4) Fan Art or 5) start your own topic in the forum.

What you need to do to enter:
  • Post a screen shot of your Sims Social Home on the new Sims Social Fansite Forum. (If you include a photoshopped entry you must also include the same design without being photoshopped. Entries must be original and created by the entrant and cannot be copies of someone else’s designs. It is wonderful to be ‘inspired’ by someone else’s work, put please enter your own creative designs in the HOTM contest).
  • Post a link to your Face Book profile. (We need this to award your prize to you should you win. Please remember to include this as many past entries were disqualified because they failed to include this vital information).
  • Post a screen shot of a post to your profile wall showing that you have “shared” one of our Fansite postsNEW: Extra points will be awarded if you also share the HOTM Fansite post.
Entries will be judged using our point system where our Fansite team members will choose their top 25 entries. The top 25 entries will be posted on our Fansite Page from April 1 to April 7th, 2013 to be voted on by you. The top four and winner will be determined through points gained from the number of ‘likes’ they receive from you as well as points afforded by our Fansite staff based on the designs Style, Space, Design, Flow, Composition, Artistic Elements (texture, form, shape, colour, line and tone), Creativity, and Originality regardless of Sim Cash items, house value or use of expert stacking and design techniques.  The winner will be announced on April 10th, 2013. Good luck!

So what are you waiting for? Enter your designs for a chance to win and to be profiled in:
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We can't wait to see your HOTM Submissions! Happy designing!

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