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Test Subject
#9251 Old 15th Jan 2021 at 6:12 AM
@lucy: Pretty sure those are booby traps from Generations and/or Supernatural, set by children/teens/fairies. Pranks can be set up for sims in general or specific sims, and will not set off for the prankster.

Question: Has anyone thrown a gift-giving party on a community lot? My host family won't interact with the gift rug, other than to call guests to open presents. Surely that's not working as intended?
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#9252 Old 15th Jan 2021 at 5:27 PM
@zoe22 Just chiming back in to say that that suggestion for my question about short walls worked great! Thanks so much for that. I thought I was about to lose my sanity trying to figure that one out lol.

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#9253 Old 18th Jan 2021 at 5:24 AM
Is there a way to make movement on various lots, such as houses, easier or less time consuming? It shouldn't take my sim an hour to come down for breakfast starting from when he gets out of bed.
Scholar
#9254 Old 18th Jan 2021 at 6:21 AM
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Originally Posted by BlackjackGabbiani
Is there a way to make movement on various lots, such as houses, easier or less time consuming? It shouldn't take my sim an hour to come down for breakfast starting from when he gets out of bed.


This is why I prefer smaller houses! Also, I prefer 2 story houses because the path from one place to another can be shorter than in 1 story houses. 3 stories seems to lose the advantage. I always make the stairways doublewidth, or if I'm using spiral staircases I prefer to have 2 of them in opposite corners of the house. Hallways are usually 3 spaces wide and also short! Bedrooms do not have to be bigger than 4X5 spaces unless they have other uses. EA likes to make houses with a lot of diagonal walls and weird crannies- if I use one of their houses I usually redo the interior walls to make straightforward spaces. I'm pretty sure that diagonal walls subtract navigable space on both sides.

There's a lot of furniture placement combinations that are technically "legal," like the coffee table right in front of the couch, and they don't exactly necessarily cause route fail, but they might cause a sim to go out of their way to get places. So I like to leave open walking room on the way to everything a sim has to go to repeatedly. Also I usually do the public parts of a house-kitchen, living room, eating area- as a great room, open-plan sort of thing, though I tend to place the stairs and half-bath in a way to break up the floor and guide traffic. Keeping the furnishings rather simple might help, so you don't have a kitchen the size of a hotel's with twenty countertops all bedecked with small appliances between the stove and the refrigerator. I have also come to the conclusion that dishwashers are worse than sinks for routing and getting the work done.
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#9255 Old 18th Jan 2021 at 6:12 PM
NRaas Relativity can also be used to make time (the sim clock) go a bit slower, so sims won't take as long to get places
Scholar
#9256 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 6:26 PM
Is there is a way/mods to micromanage autonomy of Zombies?

I wanted to make some playable zombies but do not like that they autonomously turn other sims into zombies. I disabled the lunar cycle because of this. I play the world similar TS2, going through every household time to time with NRAAS master controller instead of playing a single family, which I prefer more control over what happens in the town.

Not sure if this can happen with Nraas SP, so I didn't make this a WCIF question.
Scholar
#9257 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 10:09 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackjackGabbiani
Is there a way to make movement on various lots, such as houses, easier or less time consuming? It shouldn't take my sim an hour to come down for breakfast starting from when he gets out of bed.


In some of the larger, more complex lots I have built for story telling I've found that using ladders speeds things up considerably. They are easier to place than stairs, take up less space, and are certainly a quicker way of getting from one floor to another. One of my castles has four storeys above ground and four dungeon levels below. Three of the towers have ladders going from the topmost level right down to the lowest. I click where I want my sim to go, he heads for the nearest ladder and... zip, he's down in an instant.

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#9258 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 5:32 PM
Is there any way to age up Sims with aging off without having to remember to enable testing cheats all the time?

I keep aging off on a per town basis with NRaas. I just like playing a family as long as I want without having to worry about an actual age counter. However, I can't seem to be able to age them up with the birthday cake when I'm ready to. It always says "No one on your lot is able to age up" or something similar. Is it blocked from functioning if aging is turned off?

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Test Subject
#9259 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 11:15 PM
I’d bet NRAAS master controller can do that somehow. But worst case scenario could take the sim into CAS with it and change their age?
Scholar
#9260 Old 27th Jan 2021 at 12:54 AM
(Debug mode) Testingcheatsenabled true - (click on sim) age up
along instant Nraas master controller -> Sim -> Immediate > age up

I don't use aging off as I prefer shorter lifespans but I use these two when aging up sims, but I don't know if they work with aging off. Perhaps it's my specs, but testingcheats one tends to crash when aging up several sims at the same time.
Mad Poster
#9261 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 4:22 PM
Is there a modded ceiling fire sprinkler somewhere for TS3? I tried looking for one but  kept being lead to old posts on sites like Yahoo talking about the garden sprinkler which isn't what I want, nor is it the same thing.

I haven't touched TS3 in over a month. Last night I decided to play and a fire broke out in the livingroom because of the fireplace.  To add further insult to injury, the fireman that showed up, didn't help put the flames out. He stood around, waited for the fire to be put out by my sim, then I got the pop-up about being more careful. 

It's a good thing don't have cowplants installed.  There may have been a unfortunate 'accident' if I did.
Instructor
#9262 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 5:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
the fireman that showed up, didn't help put the flames out. He stood around, waited for the fire to be put out by my sim, then I got the pop-up about being more careful.
I can imagine the situation in my head. So typical of NPCs in this game. Same with my exhausted babies and toddlers starving, lying outdoors in dirty diapers, while the babysitter watches TV or eats snacks from the fridge and demands to be paid for doing nothing. I wonder why the parents never actually kicked the babysitter's ass for this.
Mad Poster
#9263 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Wojtek
I can imagine the situation in my head. So typical of NPCs in this game. Same with my exhausted babies and toddlers starving, lying outdoors in dirty diapers, while the babysitter watches TV or eats snacks from the fridge and demands to be paid for doing nothing. I wonder why the parents never actually kicked the babysitter's ass for this.

The situation shouldn't have bothered me like it did, but I wasn't in the mood NPC nonsense. I just wanted to play my game in peace with no drama.

I use NRAAS Story Progression and don't allow anybody in my hood to have children unless it is a playable household and even then, I won't play a different household until the baby at least a child.  I can't stand seeing the TS3 burrito babies being left in the snow, abandoned in parks, being left on sidewalks, ect... I realize they are just pixels but it bugs me so no babies unless I'm in the mood to play that way.
Lab Assistant
#9264 Old 22nd Feb 2021 at 4:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
I realize they are just pixels but it bugs me so no babies unless I'm in the mood to play that way.


Agreed. Sometimes I cheat one of my sims to friendship with the adult just so I can take care of their baby for them (using Master Controller to instantly age them up if all else fails). The store child care items (baby plat mat, baby swing, playpen, walkers, etc.) have high advertising. If you scatter them around lots, it seems NPC sims will use them fairly regularly. If you don't want to spend money in the item mall, Around the Sims has some really cute versions (like turning the playpen into a little ball pit).
Mad Poster
#9265 Old 22nd Feb 2021 at 9:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Tacitala
Agreed. Sometimes I cheat one of my sims to friendship with the adult just so I can take care of their baby for them (using Master Controller to instantly age them up if all else fails). The store child care items (baby plat mat, baby swing, playpen, walkers, etc.) have high advertising. If you scatter them around lots, it seems NPC sims will use them fairly regularly. If you don't want to spend money in the item mall, Around the Sims has some really cute versions (like turning the playpen into a little ball pit).
Thanks for the tip.  I'm currently busy mucking around with lots, but I'll certainly check out Around the Sims. 
Field Researcher
#9266 Old 27th Feb 2021 at 1:44 PM
Not a stupid Sim thing per say but a stupid launcher thing... first it says "it's recommended to play with just a few packs at a time". So I make an adjustment. But then it says "save files may not work correctly if you don't use the right packs." Like... it just told me to remove packs? Apparently it wants me to play with JUST two or fewer packs... what's the deal here EA? You made all these packs... but then you say "oh actually, only play base game please. Because the other packs we had you shelve out money for is too intensive. So don't." I dunno... it just bugs me that it's "recommended" to just play with a few packs at a time.

Also... for some reason Bridgeport... that came with Late Night if I'm not mistaken, is disabled even if you have Late Night activated. You need additional packs for it to show up. For some reason...
Apparently you need High Loft stuff for it to show up. Odd.

Oh and can I say how annoying it's to have to download additional store neighborhoods via that old Sims 3 site?
Mad Poster
#9267 Old 27th Feb 2021 at 6:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Craft90
Not a stupid Sim thing per say but a stupid launcher thing... first it says "it's recommended to play with just a few packs at a time".

Everyone on a Patch1.69/Origin controlled game potentially sees that message regardless of the strength of their system. The best advice is to ignore it and check the box that says "stop telling me this nonsense" (or whatever it actually says). It's fine to run all packs if your system can handle it. And no, in most cases you cannot load a saved game that has already "seen" one of the Expansions without it present. The Stuff packs shouldn't matter and add no real overhead anyway, but substitutions for items used will be made if they do not load.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Craft90
Also... for some reason Bridgeport... that came with Late Night if I'm not mistaken, is disabled even if you have Late Night activated. You need additional packs for it to show up. For some reason...
Apparently you need High Loft stuff for it to show up. Odd.

The only requirement for Bridgeport to load is Late Night. Stuff Packs like HELS are never an expansion or game save requirement. Afraid there may be something else going wrong there.
Mad Poster
#9268 Old 27th Feb 2021 at 6:47 PM
I have been away from Sims 3 for several months, so I don't remember how to fix stuff like this. One sim in my active couple is a virtuoso and spent most of the evening practicing guitar for his job. When he went to bed, his husband kept getting the "React to Noisy Sim" action in his queue and could not sleep in the same room. When I turned my sound up, I could still hear the guitar from when he was playing earlier. The radio was not on, and the sound seemed to be only around him.

How do I fix this so he doesn't keep waking up his husband?

its a couple I made in CAS and put into Hidden Springs.
Mad Poster
#9269 Old 27th Feb 2021 at 7:07 PM Last edited by igazor : 28th Feb 2021 at 1:50 AM.
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Originally Posted by Orilon
I have been away from Sims 3 for several months, so I don't remember how to fix stuff like this. One sim in my active couple is a virtuoso and spent most of the evening practicing guitar for his job. When he went to bed, his husband kept getting the "React to Noisy Sim" action in his queue and could not sleep in the same room. When I turned my sound up, I could still hear the guitar from when he was playing earlier. The radio was not on, and the sound seemed to be only around him.

How do I fix this so he doesn't keep waking up his husband?

its a couple I made in CAS and put into Hidden Springs.

If you have NRaas mods in play, do a MasterController reset of the residential lot (from the lot menu).

The other way: Retreat to Edit Town, evict everyone in the household to the side of the map, copy the lot down to the bin, bulldoze the uninhabited one, replace it with a copy, and move everyone back in without having left the screen.

Either way should fix the current problem. What's causing it, if it keeps recurring, may be more of a mystery.
Field Researcher
#9270 Old 27th Feb 2021 at 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by igazor
Everyone on a Patch1.69/Origin controlled game potentially sees that message regardless of the strength of their system. The best advice is to ignore it and check the box that says "stop telling me this nonsense" (or whatever it actually says). It's fine to run all packs if your system can handle it. And no, in most cases you cannot load a saved game that has already "seen" one of the Expansions without it present. The Stuff packs shouldn't matter and add no real overhead anyway, but substitutions for items used will be made if they do not load.



The only requirement for Bridgeport to load is Late Night. Stuff Packs like HELS are never an expansion or game save requirement. Afraid there may be something else going wrong there.

The game can't even recognize my graphics card. It's a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB card... I would expect it to be able to run the game... I also got a 6 core/12 threads CPU and 16GB of RAM... if that's not enough to runs Sims 3 then oh boy.

You'd think so wouldn't you! But when I try to only load Late Night on a fresh install/no CC, Bridgeport doesn't show up... I have to add HLS. But maybe that's because my base game is the Starter pack which contains base game, Late Night and High-Loft stuff pack?
Scholar
#9271 Old 28th Feb 2021 at 12:11 AM
"But maybe that's because my base game is the Starter pack which contains base game, Late Night and High-Loft stuff pack?"

That will be it, for sure.
Mad Poster
#9272 Old 28th Feb 2021 at 1:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Craft90
The game can't even recognize my graphics card. It's a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB card... I would expect it to be able to run the game... I also got a 6 core/12 threads CPU and 16GB of RAM... if that's not enough to runs Sims 3 then oh boy.

The game doesn't formally recognize any graphics cards on its own that were released to market after late 2013 as it went out of development just around then, in Jan 2014 (except for the new 64-bit Mac version which does recognize newer cards on Macs, but that one is a very different story). Not formally recognized doesn't mean the card isn't being used, it means it gets a usually inferior set of default settings in Game Options. Formal recognition can be obtained with some some relatively simple sgr file edits, but in most cases it doesn't really accomplish a lot. Much more important than this is getting the frame rate capped since TS3 has no functional built-in fps limiter and a GTX 1060 will run wild on frame rates if not tended to.
Alchemist
#9273 Old 28th Feb 2021 at 12:29 PM
Has anyone made ani's savvier seller mod work? I installed it and forced sims to visit the lot, but nobody would buy anything. I tried to open up a community lot instead, there was ONE person out of maybe 10 who looked at an item, but nobody bought anything

what does his name even mean?
Field Researcher
#9274 Old 2nd Mar 2021 at 6:43 PM
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Originally Posted by igazor
The game doesn't formally recognize any graphics cards on its own that were released to market after late 2013 as it went out of development just around then, in Jan 2014 (except for the new 64-bit Mac version which does recognize newer cards on Macs, but that one is a very different story). Not formally recognized doesn't mean the card isn't being used, it means it gets a usually inferior set of default settings in Game Options. Formal recognition can be obtained with some some relatively simple sgr file edits, but in most cases it doesn't really accomplish a lot. Much more important than this is getting the frame rate capped since TS3 has no functional built-in fps limiter and a GTX 1060 will run wild on frame rates if not tended to.

How do I cap the frames? I didn't know it could be an issue...
Mad Poster
#9275 Old 2nd Mar 2021 at 7:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Craft90
How do I cap the frames? I didn't know it could be an issue...

Use the Nvidia Control Panel to set up a profile for TS3.exe (for Patch 1.69) or TS3w.exe (with the "w" for 1.67). Arrange for Vertical Sync (On or Adaptive, whichever one works better), Triple Buffering On, and set the max frame rate explicitly to the refresh rate of your monitor or just under it. Most monitors are 60 Hz, so the goal becomes 60 fps or under. Some can run higher (75, 144, etc.).

To see the frame rates you are actually getting in-game, Ctrl+Shift+C to bring up the cheats console and type fps on (enter). As you play and move the game camera around, the displayed frame rate should never exceed the refresh rate of your monitor, or at least not by very much. To make the display go away, cheats console again and type fps off (enter).

If the Nvidia Control Panel settings are not enough to cap the frame rates, then we move on and add in another tool such as Nvidia Inspector or RivaTuner Stats Server (RTSS). I use RTSS myself because all of my cards are AMD and not Nvidia to begin with, and AMD's own control panel tools have never done the job for me.
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