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Sims 3 : Yes, it has finally happened.

First, there will be no pics in this post.  It's just going to be rambling.  Why not pics?  Well, my home PC (yes, I finally have a working home PC--it's been a LONG time) has no internet access at this time and I'm too lazy to drag pics to another computer to share them.  That and I really haven't taken any.  Ok, I took two to check out how the pic thing works (but more because I had an elderly alien visit my household the very first night I played and I got the family cat, Hypnotoad, to greet the alien--it was worth getting a pic).

So, no pics.

I was going to do a list of what I like and don't like but it was boring.  So I'll just boil it down to this:

Sims3 seems to be a bridge between PC and console.  It really has feels of both.  Right now it's a matter of NOT comparing it to sims2.  It really is a whole different game.  I noticed it the most with the socialization aspects.  You have to really work at that crap now.  No more talking on the phone with a sim for hours and hours one night then inviting them over the next day and BOOM you're best friends (or lovers, whatever).  And with the story progression on, stuff changes.  Sims aren't just going to sit around single waiting for you to pair up with them.

So, about the sims I'm playing.  I have one household in each neighborhood.

Appaloosa Plains (Hills? I can't remember) is home to Millie and French Vanilli and their cat, Hypnotoad.  I think the big focus of this family is going to be Hypnotoad (and other pets stuff).  Hypnotoad has already wormed his way into my heart by meeting an elderly alien.  So I'm going to see what all I can do with Hypnotoad.  Millie wants to find a unicorn, so that shoudl be a fun goal (and Hypnotoad can help her with it, hopefully by bringing home critters for her to display--suppposedly unicorns like to see sims tending to a huge variety of critters).  I'm sure they'll have at least one kid and do a bit of a legacy.  I'd love to do a pet legacy with this household.

The other neighborhood (I forget its name) is home to Jasper Farnsworth.  I've played more with Jasper.  As of this writing, he's now a pet owner (cat, Leela), has a live in lover (Tammy Spencer), a bastard child (Brook), and a second lover who's blowing up his phone calling all the time and sending him GIFTS.  Well, technically Molly was his FIRST lover.  He met her when he was delivering lettuce to the restaurant (which totally seems like a cover for selling weed).  She called him for a date and then gleefully gave it up to him on that very first date.  Molly claimed to have a boyfriend but clearly doesn't act like it (she's a party animal and hopeless romantic so I guess that's the equivalent of the sims2 romance sim?  sure seemed it).  I was worried about Jasper being a home wrecker but given how much Molly is bugging him, her home is not wrecked.  But Jasper's might be.  Since Jasper was spoiled for choice (with two women he was interested in) I decided to let the "try for baby" decide who he'd pair off with.  Each woman got an initial woo-hoo then a try for baby (usually the next morning).  It took with Tammy and I liked the challenge Tammy posed. She didn't give it up easily and was single when they met (unlike loose Molly).  Tammy had also invited Jasper to a party (though he didn't manage to go because I forgot when it was and every water delivery device in his house broke at the same time) and the next day when she came over (at Jasper's invite) she was wearing a tiger outfit.  Jasper is very fond of cats so that was a sign that Tammy was the one (that and she got knocked up in their try for baby shower tryst).  Tammy is also quite fond of pbj and was nice to Leela (Jasper's newly acquired cat) so that sealed the deal.

Tammy is quite a challenge but pretty fun.  She went into labor at Jasper's house then proceeded to drive them both to the hospital in a crazy blizzard.  The baby was named without any input from me (which I liked) then they went to Tammy's house where I was informed Tammy was rich (as was new daughter Brook).  I was kind of hoping Jasper could move into Tammy's house instead but it's probably best he didn't since Tammy's boyfriend lives there (with two other sims).  A day later I finally got Jasper warmed up to her enough to move her (and Brook) into Jasper's dinky house.  Now I need to figure out build mode so I can add a second story to the house (using Tammy's money).

Leela (cat) has already made it to level two of hunting and once the snow receeds she's going to test her skills.

Jasper's lifetime wish it to have 15 cat friends.  I have a "welcome strays" gnome in his yard but so far it's only lured in dogs (who bark all the time and tear up the old newspapers).  I think I'll have him tool about the neighborhood looking for cats to befriend while he adopts all the elderly cats from the shelter (just because I feel bad for them).  Tammy will get a regular career (since it's her LTW) and I'm hoping they'll marry (since they both have the want) and have one more child (I don't want Brook as the heir if I can't edit her last name to make her a Farnsworth--and I do kind of want a boy child so I can name him Hubert).

I might post a few pics now and then but only of really fun stuff.  Since I'm late to the game (really late) I don't feel the need to do a full out legacy and all that.  Folks have already seen it.  I'll probably take pics of mostly aliens and cats, the two things I like the most.

So far, I'm enjoying sims3.  It's fun to have a game to play again but I don't know that I'll be obsessed with it like I was sims2.



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Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
The perk that helps me a lot is Never Dull, and it's not that expensive. Sims don't get tired of your sim saying the same things over and over again.

You can change last names by taking the sim in question to City Hall and (maybe paying a fee?) getting it done there. I had to do that with Chrissy Pandemic since the game didn't officially recognize them as married even after they exchanged rings, so the kids would all have the same last name.

Your games sound fun! I'm not getting the Pets expansion so it's interesting to hear how it plays out for you. And gratz on an alien on the first night!
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to look over the perks a bit more. I hadn't even got to that yet. I did laugh at the one moodlet about small talk (can't remember the name of it). It had this "meh" face on it and a quip about small talk being boring but they got a positive boost from it (just a small one).

I'm definitely enjoying all the newness with moodlets and all that. I look at them all and snicker frequently.

Thanks for the tip about city hall. I know it's a petty thing but I really like having the Official Last Name on the offspring (even if no one knows but me).

Speaking of the last name, it was a random one. I love the random name generator in the build a sim. I had the first name I wanted then just rolled til I found a last I liked. (build a sim is really fun--I love being able to recolor the clothes and hair, it makes having a cc free game not such a big deal)

Jasper Farnsworth's crew is definitely fun. I particularly enjoy when things conflict. Jasper initiated shower lovin with each lady then berated them about "bad behavior for a guest" after the deed was done. He's awful uptight for a guy who just busted a nut. (and the shower stall must be a tardis and/or those were some flexible sims, that's all I'm saying).

When an elderly alien showed up the first night I was like "ok, now what do I want to see?". It was great but I wasn't ready to get exactly what I wanted so easily (and fast).

(and yes, I did splurge and buy generations when I saw it on sale for $20. I don't anticipate getting any other eps for this game, I think by the time I exhaust what I have I'll be over sims3 entirely).

I'll have to get some snaps of pet related stuff, like the unicorn (if I see it). I also want to have ghost kittens and breed small to large sized dogs (one thing I always wanted in sims2).
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot - I don't know how many save games you keep, but there's apparently a bug if you keep too many in the folder. I just save mine to the same file all the time, but since you can actually save them to separate files now, if you get too many save games, the game just won't be able to save one day. You have to remove a bunch of the save game files to make it work again.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Good tip. I've just been over writing the same file, do I only have two saved games(one for each family I have). Unless you mean there's something like the cache file you used to have to delete each time before playing s2.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
No, it's not the groups.cache. If you're overwriting the same file then you should be fine. But I'm sure you've seen in the Options "Save As..." and that's how you can make new save files. So if you started a family and wanted to save them in their house before trying out something new, you could make an alternate save file. Then maybe go back to that same save file later if you wanted to see what they'd be like if you didn't do the new thing.

Saving to the same file shouldn't be a problem, as far as I can tell.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Omg an elderly alien! <3 It was PT#9's Sims 3 version showing up just for you! :D
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
HAH. That has to be it. I'm being repaid for all the times I scolded folks for not loving the minty green alien skin and/or dissing MY PT9 and his high waisted shorts.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
LOL Hypnotoad. :P

I so totally agree with you about it being rather like a console game. In fact, the times when I've enjoyed TS3 the most was when I was playing it as if it was a console type game. As in, I would have a sim in a world with a goal, and then I would achieve that goal and allow the rest of the world to evolve as it would. Then I'd pick another sim and have another goal, and so forth and so on.

I found it's best to save your world often, since it still continues to be extremely buggy and it seems the longer you play a household/town the more chances it has to randomly stop working. Sometimes you can get them back by copying the town and using your new copy as your game. I will do that too. Copy it and then delete the old version. Sometimes they seem to run better when you do that, or it could be my imagination.

So what EP's do you have? Pets, Generations, and Seasons? Those are good ones.
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
I do save frequently while playing. It's the only good thing about how slow fast forward is (when the whole household is asleep). So you make a copy of the hood to the desktop in case things get wonky? I'll have to keep that in mind. But since I'm approaching this like a console game, I'm trying not to get too attached. Lord, how many times did I lose all progress when I played castaways for ps2.

Yes, I have gen, pets, and seasons only. I think I've spent just about enough cash on ts3, now. (technically I only spent $20 since base+pets and seasons were Christmas gifts totaling only $40)
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I went a long time before finally caving and buying Sims 3. I have pets and the one with the invisible friend doll. I really want to have one of those in my game but my sim isn't even married yet so...
I do love the animals and my sim has the best named cat ever! She got him from a friend who had a litter of kittens and I got to pick one. My cats name is Evil Genius! How could I turn down a pet with such an awesome name! :D
Apr. 3rd, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
That is an awesome name. There were only dogs available when I had my sim adopt his cat, so we had to go the shelter route. It turned out to be a fun choice, now I get to "save" all the old fart cats (though a lot of them have mean traits so this could prove irksome).

I only caved because I couldn't think of anything else I wanted for christmas and they went on a great sale. I got base+pets for only $20. I couldn't say no to that.
Apr. 4th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hope you continue to have fun with this. This is oddly coincidental as I thought about you twice yesterday.

Once when I saw that there will be chickens for TS3. (First chickens and then the rest of the farm?)

Then secondly whilst I was reading a legacy and the main character looked quite like your icon, even if said character was purple.

Have fun and I'll be interested to hear just what you get up to and exactly what tickles your fancy.

PS Aliens. I'm envious. I'm not sure that I can have them on my laptop, it may be too much. I'm being too tightfisted and too much of a scaredycat to just buy and try.
Apr. 5th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm going to name the first born alien baby Gheez in your honor. I'm hoping Jasper Farnsworth (who is a very pale shade of green) will be my first abductee. But now that he has a baby in his house, things have kind of gone pear shaped. Why do I always have to hurry up and breed my sims?

You know if I had internet access on that machine I would have downloaded some of your sims. I'll probably end up putting some cc in once I get the hang of the game (and figure out how to add cc to the game).

I'll have to find a flash drive at home so I can share the two screenshots I have (of the elderly alien). He's quite a looker.
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