Modding Update

Just a quick note to say that I’m very busy with real life things at the moment. I’m approaching the end of my degree and have a lot of coursework (and stress). This along with working and doing mum stuff means I don’t have much free time, and my brain is often too fried to look at modding.

I haven’t abandoned my TS4 custom content. I’m aware that a few need updating, specifically the auto-hire mods, the indie maxi skirts, and the mod that hides the lot trait FX. I will be updating these but please remove temporarily until I get the chance to review them.

As for my TS3 mods… I’m struggling to play TS3 at the moment, my computer has decided it doesn’t like it and overheats or has power issues. This isn’t so bad with TS4 as it has short load times, but when my computer decides to die on TS3 after I’ve waited for 20+ minutes for it to load it’s really demotivating. So I’m afraid I’m not currently maintaining my TS3 content and have no plans to in the near future. I’m leaving them up in case anyone wants access to them. If anyone else wants to adopt my TS3 content, then that’s absolutely fine with me!

Thank you for your understanding and patience! I know how frustrating it can be! ❤

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My Ideal Expansion and Game Pack Wishlist

In an ideal world we’d have ALL THE THINGS!!! And so I thought I’d make a post about all the things I’d love to see in the game and how I think they could be compiled. I tried to spread things evenly under umbrella themes. For example, I’d love for all the base game careers to have expanded options such as work-from-home; active careers; or just more interactive supportive features. But I’ve spread the careers evenly between packs.

Expansion Packs!

* Country Life: Seasons with a farming twist!

– Weather, seasons and in-game calendar!
– Seasonal crops.
– Country themed world!
– Community festivals: farmer’s market; craft fair; spring fling; harvest festival; etc.
– Community activities: egg hunts; baking and craft competitions; fairground games; mechanical bull.
– Updated recipe and ingredients system.
– Updated culinary career: gives active/work-from-home component to chef and mixologist tracks incorporating updated recipe system and nectar making.
– Basic weather related activities: splashing in puddles; raking leaves; woohooing in leaf piles; sunbathing; snowman building; etc.
– Crafts: canning/preserve making; flower arranging; nectar making.
– Farm animals: cows for milk; chickens for eggs. Horses! LLAMAS!!!
– Greenhouses
– Sprinklers
– meat and dairy crops (because sims)
– community opportunities: go to the town notice board to receive opportunities to help out your neighbours and get rewards.
– New community centre venue!

* Generations:

– Active schools! Customise your schools: public or private? Set the curriculum. Choose a uniform.
– Return of the TS2 headmaster!
– Proms
– School clubs: science; chess; newspaper; art; ballet; soccer; etc.
– Active education and childcare careers: work at an existing school or open your own! Run a nursery or work as a home-based childminder.
– Child Development Skill
– Improvements to Weddings
– Pre-teens!
– New activities and objects: ballet; soccer; normal sized telescope!
– More playground equipment.
– More pranks!
– Punishments (with different options for different families).
– Customisable imaginary friends!
– Small campus world: with different pre-made schools and a central park/playground area.
– New venue: School

* Superstar:

– Optional Fame System: hire an agent and start your path to fame! Or fire them and go back to a life of anonymity.
– New world: Studio Town! Based on LA.
– Active update to musician career. Form a band, practice in your garage and play gigs. Hang-out at the recording studio. Record music videos. Eventually play sell-out concerts at the big stage arena!
– Drums (new instrument)
– Rock radio station.
– New Fashion Career: sketch fashions as a designer or hit the catwalk as a model! Sit as an artists model (or hire a model if you are an artist). Judge others as you’d like them to judge you.
– Updated writer career: You can now become a celebrity writer and hold book signings. Or flex your journalistic muscles and get the latest celebrity scoop (who cares if you made it all up if it sells copies!?). Hit the fashion shows and make or break designers and models with you scathing reviews. Give gigs, plays, concerts and records five gold plumbobs or five rotten llamas.
– Acting/Directing career: whether you are a thespian working the stage, or a rising star with an eye for the silver screen, you can make it or break it in the acting world!
– Updated comedian career to allow for active gigs!
– New event: autograph session.
– Cosmetic Surgery option for CAS.
– Hire a photographer! Whether you are a fashion model in need of headshots, a magazine editor in need of a perfect front cover image; or you are getting married and want to remember your special day! An NPC photographer can capture those special moments for you.
– New venues: theatre; arena; recording studio; film studio; fashion house; publishing house.

* Pets:

– Cats and dogs.
– Small pets: rabbits, snakes, birds, rodents.
– Pet shops!
– Active vet career.
– Active pet stylist career.
– Active pet trainer career.
– Agility courses.
– Pet shows.
– Argh! Werewolves!

* University:

– New world with different themed campus sub-hoods to choose from (Elite; Science and Tech; Art and Design) and a shared community lot district.
– LOTS of courses (more like TS2 than TS3) that give different benefits, and boosts to various careers.
– Dorms: find a perfect dorm to suit your needs and move in alone or together with other friends as part of your active household, but you better grab the best dorm rooms quickly before they fill up with NPC students!
– Sororities and Fraternities: join an existing Greek House or apply to start your own! Each one has different requirements; activities; perks and rush events so choose very very wisely! Once you become a fully fledged member you can expect life-long benefits and perks!
– Scholarships, fees and student loans.
– PILLOW FIGHTS!!!
– STREAKING!!!
– JUICE PONG!!!
– JUICE KEGS!!!
– Secret Societies: There are rumours that these exist but you don’t really believe it. But if they DID exist you can be sure one would be an elite gang of world-leaders that are definitely not called the Simluminati and do not use spies and propaganda tools. The other would absolutely not be a criminal network ruled by a super villain and a string of cat burglars and hackers, and you are certainly not planning on overthrowing said crime lord and taking over the band of stylish misfits. That is not a secret entrance, stop looking over there!
– Student Tribes: Will you hang out with the arty students, the rebels, the jocks, the geeks, the activists, or the socialites? You are more likely to find certain types of student on certain lots and in certain districts: the jocks are found at the gym or sports field, the socialites can be found on the elite campus, and the rebels can be found at the bar. Getting in with the right (or wrong) crowd could unlock certain interactions and campus secrets!
– Updated base game careers to add active options and more interactions and objects:
– Athlete: pick a team (Granite Falls Bears? San Myshuno Llamas? [Insert name of farming world here] Cows?) Be a mascot and wear the costume! Become a cheerleader. Do gymnastics to entertain the fans! Pick a specialist sport: Athletics; Gymnastics; Body Building; Swimming. Compete to win scholarships and prizes!
– Updated Astronaut career to add active component. The space race is on so you’d better get used to zero gravity!
– Business: brush up on your presentation skills with the white-board; learn to negotiate over a relaxing game of golf; become a pro at the stock market; invest in local businesses until you can perform a hostile takeover (own community venues like bars and art galleries; hire and fire NPCs; earn a tidy profit from each owned business with minimal effort).
– Criminal: You got in with the right wrong crowd at uni, first it was just some light grade hacking; then you moved on to siphoning funds from the bank; finally you found an old printing press and started printing your own notes (I loved that in the Secret Society in TS2). Your burglary skills have improved, you can now break in to Sims’ homes and into banks! Other Sims might get a surprise visit from criminal sims in the middle of the night.
– Secret Agent: Actively infiltrate clubs and societies to gather information; use classic techniques to spy on other sims like the old ‘hiding behind two shrubs’, ‘rummage through trash’, and ‘look cool in a classic mac and fedora’. Work from the Super-Duper-Secret-Society HQ where you might print propaganda on the printing press, infiltrate online crime syndicates; or use the spy-centre to keep a close eye on any shady sims.
– New Venue: Bank/Financial – for investors to work at; criminals to rob; and sims to get loans (university can be expensive!).
– New Venues: Dorms; Greek Houses; Secret Society.

Game Packs:

* Tropical Island

– Escape to a tropical island: stay at a luxury resort or rough it on a deserted island.
– Sunbathe on a beach towel or on a pool lilo.
– Enjoy the pool bar.
– Play beach or pool volleyball.
– Relax in the hot springs.
– Make sandcastles
– Snorkel or comb the beach for shells and sea glass.
– Find a treasure map an search for buried treasure.
– Explore the pirate ship!
– Meet the locals and learn the hula!
– Explore ancient ruins.
– Buy a vacation home.
– Tiki and Nautical themed items.

* Winter Vacation

– Stay in a cosy log cabin in a snow capped mountain resort.
– Enjoy active sports such as snowboarding or skiing.
– Skate on the ice rink or frozen lakes.
– Build and igloo and camp out!
– Learn how to make beautiful ice sculptures.
– Relax in a sunken hot tub!
– Drink new hot drinks like mulled nectar, spiced apple juice, and cinnamon infused cocoa!
– AVOID THE YETI!!!
– Learn to yodel (but try not to start an avalanche!).

* Hobbies and Interests (Based on TS2 Freetime)

– Declare up to three specific interests for each Sim and customise their personality more!
– Choose from many interests such as: fashion and beauty; gaming; cooking; gardening; science; history; music; sport; art and culture; motoring; etc
– Your Sim will naturally choose to do activities that fulfil their interests, and their wants will reflect this.
– Complete activities and read magazines to further your Sims knowledge of a particular interest.
– Become an expert in your hobby and inspire and tutor other sims.
– New objects include:
– CARS!!! – your motor-heads will love restoring vintage automobiles or working on the engine of the latest sports car. Tinker with the engine, upgrade the radio, give it a new coat of paint and wax to a shine! Add decals, body-work and upgrade the suspension if you really want to impress and get some woohoo action on the back seat! But remember, you’re going to have to learn to drive first!
– A sculpting station and pottery wheel for your arty types.
– Updated painter career to allow for work-at-home/active.
– Updated Tech Guru Career to allow work-at-home/active.

* Magic Pack:

– Whether you want to be a wizard (Harry), a witch or a fairy, you’ll be able to customise your magical Sims in CAS with a wide variety of options just like Vampires! Will they have wings? Elf Ears? Will the hide their true form?
– New themed CAS and Objects: Sorcerer or Woodland.
– A new Magical world based on classic dark fairy-tales.
– A new Magic Skill (even humans can learn simple magic and tricks but it won’t come as naturally and is more likely to go badly wrong!).
– A magical festival where you can pick up supplies; duel other magical sims; or impress others with your tricks.
– Will you use your magic for good or mischief?
– Magical recipes and potion making!
– Magical plants and rare ingredients.
– A beehive for honey and beeswax.
– Candle making (from the bees wax and other ingredients): different candles have different effects.
– A spinning wheel (if you’re lucky you might spin some golden thread, a very rare and expensive ingredient).
– Magical wands and spells!
– Spells and potions range from simple to expert! Simple magic uses cheap, easy-to-find ingredients and help with day to day things like cleaning the house or cheering up friends. Higher-level magic will require more costly and rare ingredients but will have dramatic effects such as summoning a Sim from beyond the grave; petrifying a sim into a stone or gold statue; creating a familiar (if you have Pets); or instant fame (if you have Superstar). I like cross over features, so would love a ‘vampirification’ spell for example.
– Performing magic on your home lot can spawn magic crystals, mushrooms and other magical phenomena! This can sometimes be helpful, providing ingredients for spells, or it can cause a nuisance!

Random Thoughts on City Living

Ok, let’s get this one over with… Apartments. I was so disappointed to hear we can’t build our own apartments with City Living. I’ve been building pretend apartments since the base game and was really looking forward to making them run more smoothly. The pretend ‘apartments’ I have now are sort-of functional, I like that door locking was patched in, because that’s really helpful for keeping the right Sims in the right spaces. But there are issues surrounding money management, where other sims in other apartments will be earning money from their careers or spending money on food, and it’s not very realistic to have 4 households who are supposed to be living in separate apartments having a shared bank account! So, there are things I hope to see in the future, like having individual funds for sims as well as the ‘household funds’ and to be able to move money between them as we do with retail and business funds. I’m hoping that we will get more tools to help us build our own apartments and dorms in a University expansion.

Some of us are thinking ‘We can’t build our own apartments!’ and while we can’t build City Living apartment lots, we can build functional apartments already, we’ve been doing it since the base game, we just need a few more tools to help make them more functional.

I also see people saying ‘this pack has nothing for builders, it concentrates on gameplay’. I’d like to question this idea a little. Firstly, if builders aren’t interested in gameplay, then why are they bothered about the functionality of apartments? To someone only interested in building, we have been able to build ‘apartments’ since the base game. And there is a TON of new content for builders to stick their teeth into in this pack, there are some gorgeous new windows and doors, and interesting architectural pieces that can be seen in the trailers. Also, it appears there is advanced window placement options, with windows placed on foundations, and stackable windows. So, while I sympathise with the concerns, if we look at it critically, there is actually a lot of stuff for builders in this pack.

Apartments also give players a new challenge. I can’t wait to see what the community does with these small spaces! Our interior design skills will really be challenged if we choose to decorate a tiny apartment on a budget!

Gameplay wise, these apartments look very interesting and fun to play! I personally loved TS2 Apartment Life and I loved the experience of having interesting neighbours. I really get the same feel from this expansion, and I love the concept of starting out in a very questionable flat with faulting plumbing, insect infestations, and a creepy landlord! Then working your way up to a cool artists loft, and maybe eventually to a swanky penthouse! I love that I now have new ways for my Sims to live, that I can tell their stories in new ways. Is this sim a ruthless businessman with a modern luxury high rise? Or are they a bohemian rebel artist, spray-painting motifs onto their bare brick walls? And my Sims can now rent instead of owning a property, which makes things much more realistic! I love the idea of traits for lots, and that each apartment will have different perks or faults. I think that will be really interesting!

Do I still feel a tinge of disappointment. Yes. But if I put that one annoyance aside this really does look like an amazing pack with a ton of content! Some of the highly requested objects are making a return: basketball; the gaming console; karaoke; a keyboard; and graffiti! The world looks great! I like that the different districts have their own unique theme, it reminds me of Urbz. I love the idea of festivals like Geekcon! And I’m thrilled that we’re getting more variety of cultural influences because that reflects the diversity of cities in real life. It also allows more players to reflect their own cultures in the game. It’s inclusive, and that’s great!

There will still be more content that we haven’t heard about yet. I’m interested in hearing more about the three new careers (politics; social media; and critic) and learning more about how these will function. I’m so pleased that the podium will be making a return, and that Sims can hold protests again!

We need to ask ourselves if this pack has enough good stuff to outweigh our disappointment over apartment restrictions. For me, this is slightly pouty but enthusiastic YES!!!

TS4 Download: Plain Romantic Garden Dress

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I love the shape of the Romantic Garden dress, but I thought I’d get more use out of an unpatterned version. Perfect Valentine’s Day dates! I removed the texture and added shadows, then made a variety of colours. You can feel free to make your own recolours too! If you use this item in your game I’d love to see screenshots! ❤

!!! The Romantic Garden Stuff Pack is required for the mesh. !!!

Download Here!

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News: The Sims 4 Get to Work Retail Gameplay Trailer

Squeeeee… it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for!!! (By ‘all’ I mean TS2 Open for Business fans who like TS4) The RETAIL TRAILER has been released!!!

I… AM… SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!! I’m going to have soooooo many shops! My sims will have so much STUFF!!! Then they can sell their stuff to other sims who want more stuffz! And all my sims will be poor and have no water or electricity because they can’t afford to pay the bills but then they’ll look at all their STUFF and be happy anyway. YAY! \o/

And don’t forget you can also check out more Get to Work trailers on the official The Sims youtube channel HERE!!!

Mod: Let Me Give You a Tip

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First of all, I need to sing the praises of Ani’s Tax Collector mod! I use this mod aaaaaaaaaaaaall the time and it’s absolute genius! I have lots of cloned items that use the object code of her useful donation box script, and this is one of them! It’s a simple clone of the tip jar used by musicians, only I made it so that it can be used on its own and placed on more surfaces. It points to Ani’s donation box code so it has lots of options: you can set the name of the tip jar (here it is named after my Crumpleton Park Tea Rooms) and set the owner. This is a super useful object if you play rotationally! Sims visiting Belinda’s business can actually leave her a tip! You can choose the exact amount your sim will leave as a tip too! I’m afraid I don’t know how to change the text, so a little imagination is required: sims can give a tip (‘make a donation’) collect or even steal tips (‘make a withdrawal’)!

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Sims even get a nice little moodlet for being so generous!

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Important!!! First, you need to have Ani’s Tax Collector mod installed.

Then download the tip jar here!

Simply unzip the file and pop it into your normal mods folder. It should not conflict with anything as it is a cloned object, it just adopts Ani’s code. ^.^

Mod: Wave Station – Less Seal Attacks

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The wave station is such a fun item! And it’s great we have more to do at pools and beaches. Only… why is that seal so mean? I don’t know about everyone else, but he seems to know my sims off their boards all the time!

I think the seal is a really cute feature of the object, I just wanted the seal attack to be more of a special event, not something that happened every time my sims surf. So I made this mod to reduce the chance of a seal attack. You will still see the little guy swimming and splashing about as usual, but he’ll just be friendlier.

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You MUST own the wave station and have it installed for this mod to work. It is not a cloned object, it just overrides the file that determines how often the seal attacks.

Just unzip the file and pop it in your mods/packages folder.

Click here to download!

Mod: 3 Mods That Will Change Your World

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Here are three mods that will change your world, literally!

I made these environmental mods by request, they change the roads, lighting/sky/water/cloud colours and settings, and the terrain of certain worlds.

Mod 1: Midnight Hollow style lighting override

This is a lighting mod that will effect EVERY world. It overrides things like lighting, bloom, sky colour, water colour and textures. It is adapted from the colour ramps and inis from Midnight Hollow, and will give a similar effect in all worlds. It can quite dramatically change the feel of each world.

These pictures are of Barnacle Bay. The bright and colourful base game style is replaced by something much more realistic and dramatic.

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Mod 2: Base game road replacements (Dragon Valley)

This was a tricky one! I replaced all the asphalt and concrete road textures, one-by-one, in Hidden Springs with the road textures from Dragon Valley. A happy side-effect was these textures were replaced in all the early worlds: Sunset Valley, Riverview, Barnacle Bay, Appoloosa Plains and Hidden Springs. This means you can give these worlds a new look, and it helps if you want to make a historic or fantasy world and get rid of those inappropriate modern textures. Any custom world using the base game textures will also be affected. To get the old textures back, simply remove the mod.

Barnacle Bay:

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Riverview:

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Sunset Valley:

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Hidden Springs:

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Please note, one corner on the crosswalk looks darker than the others. I’m not sure why this is, but if I can fix it I will update the mod.

Mod 3: Replacement sand texture (Barnacle Bay)

This mod replaces the dark orangey sand in Barnacle Bay with a lighter sand from the base game. Due to it being an override, the terrain still looks dark from a distance, but when you zoom in it looks lighter.

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Used together, these mods can give Barnacle Bay a whole new feel! Or you can use the mods separately if you just want one effect.

These mods will conflict with other mods that change the same resources. Be particularly aware that you can only install one lighting mod at a time.

Click here for the lighting mod!

Click here for the road texture mod!

Click here for the sand texture mod!