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Instructor
#3526 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 4:00 PM
Doctor Ashley had only use of the Base game and Stuff pack to create the house so the choices were limited. She posted her house on YouTube and gives a rundown of the finished build. I love the "drawing room" design myself and want to get hold of that wallpaper and those curtains!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgB3SBr8Ps4

Apparently she has an explanation of the build and why she chose what she did but I haven't seen that yet.
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#3527 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 7:56 PM
She doesn’t explain why there’s a toilet in front of a window.

It’s honestly a 9/10, but the tiny details are burning me up lol

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#3528 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 10:13 PM
If I had done it, the haunted house trait would appear to random occupied houses, and then the trait would be removed once the Ghost-Busters(tm) removed the ghost and then another house would become haunted. You know, kinda how they did it in Sims 3.
I guess EA is afraid EA will sue them if they rip off Sims 3 tho'. Just about everything they copy from Sims 3 was done in a lame way. Just look at wands! Magic wands in Sims 3 had different prices and had different spell efficiency and accuracy. Sims 4? Doesn't make a difference if you even have a wand. Also, Sims 3 had brooms that were different speeds. sims 4? The Rocket broom is just as good as the magic mop (I prefer the magic mop)

Sims are better than us.
Alchemist
#3529 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 10:37 PM Last edited by Sorceress Supreme : 24th Jan 2021 at 10:00 PM.
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Originally Posted by matrix54
She doesn’t explain why there’s a toilet in front of a window.


I'm actually guilty of the same thing myself, many times too. Hey, sometimes you just don't have enough room in your bathroom and you do what you have to do.
Instructor
#3530 Old 23rd Jan 2021 at 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by matrix54
She doesn’t explain why there’s a toilet in front of a window.

It’s honestly a 9/10, but the tiny details are burning me up lol


If you live in a uk house or flat that can make it look more authentic. Our bathrooms (unless you are rich) are SMALL! Especially in old houses where there hasn't been a proper toilet before. I knew an old lady who said her parents were the first to have plumbing put in and everyone in the neighbourhood came to see it! Putting it under a high window made it less likely for you to be seen. Honest!
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#3531 Old 24th Jan 2021 at 12:00 AM
She (or a dev team member) just had to turn it 90%. The toilet is literally on the panes of a very tall window.

I’m only nitpicking because it’s actually a good build, with some rather strange choices (like wrought iron railings inside, which was probably a choice made by Maxis, not her).

I wish they’d stop telling builders to stop using more wallpapers than a few. No one playing the game actually cares.

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#3532 Old 24th Jan 2021 at 8:24 AM
I could only get half-way through Carl's video, because I couldn't stand anything about this pack. (Sorry Carl.)

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Instructor
#3533 Old 24th Jan 2021 at 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ~MadameButterfly~
I could only get half-way through Carl's video, because I couldn't stand anything about this pack. (Sorry Carl.)


I turned it off because I saw that he was using a mod with it (seen on choice of actions in video) and I'm not watching any videos by anyone playing with mods when testing a new pack. The only first videos of a pack I watch now are those showing the build and buy items and those later explaining things like platforms and such.

I'm buying it as I like what I've seen so far and the things hinted at, like interactions with other packs by the Gurus.

What annoys me about any of these videos that game-changers and even Doctor Ashley's house is that, given we can make basements why don't they make more use of them, especially in a haunted house. What about the attics too? Surely ripe for haunting. No imagination! The first thing I did, when given those new ladders was a ladder to a loft.
Top Secret Researcher
#3534 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 7:53 AM Last edited by Emmett Brown : 27th Jan 2021 at 5:32 AM.
https://youtu.be/7ElSf47MVVA <- Lilsimsie builds a house for the new stuff pack.
Imagine getting a crush on someone one third your age because she can make elegant houses while speaking like an auctioneer, without a single "uh" or "like"!

Sims are better than us.
Mad Poster
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#3535 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 2:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Hamishmc
What annoys me about any of these videos that game-changers and even Doctor Ashley's house is that, given we can make basements why don't they make more use of them, especially in a haunted house. What about the attics too? Surely ripe for haunting. No imagination! The first thing I did, when given those new ladders was a ladder to a loft.


For the styles are architecture haunted houses are generally associated with, basement can be problematic looking with foundations.

For example - last night I tried to build a home with a basement staircase walk-down, and the foundation warped around it, and it looked really bad. Consistency is keep when building a space and TS4’s foundations, while helpful in many ways, can be very annoying when paired with stairs.

Sadly, building a home around attics can also be problematic. It’s hard to get a mansard roof to look how you want in TS4 and you can’t really put windows on them (which is why they should be objects, not made with the roofing tool). Heaven heaven help you if you build an attic with just roof pieces.

Deciding when and where to have an attic walk up is also problematic and you’ll probably have to build the house around the attic’s access. A ladder is discrete, but you may not have the design space for a small room to put a ladder because there are stairs or a bathroom in the way.

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Mad Poster
#3536 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 3:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Emmett Brown
https://youtu.be/7ElSf47MVVA <- Lilsimsie builds a house for the new stuff pack.
Imagine getting a crush on someone one third your age because she can make elegant houses while speaking like an auctioneer, without a single "uh" or "like"!

Hmmm, no.  I'm more inclined to give the whole thing a "Ewww".... and she is a auctioneer.  Somebody has to peddle TS4 to her 12-year old fan base while saying from one side of her mouth that TS4 is the best game ever, while the other side spends time complaining about things like fruit bowls.  Packs are the greatest thing since sliced bread for two weeks, then magically they suck are are full of bugs and problems.

Credibility....who needs it.  If people say something enough, it must be true especially if it is on the internet. 
Instructor
#3537 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 3:44 PM
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Originally Posted by matrix54
For the styles are architecture haunted houses are generally associated with, basement can be problematic looking with foundations.

For example - last night I tried to build a home with a basement staircase walk-down, and the foundation warped around it, and it looked really bad. Consistency is keep when building a space and TS4’s foundations, while helpful in many ways, can be very annoying when paired with stairs.

Sadly, building a home around attics can also be problematic. It’s hard to get a mansard roof to look how you want in TS4 and you can’t really put windows on them (which is why they should be objects, not made with the roofing tool). Heaven heaven help you if you build an attic with just roof pieces.

Deciding when and where to have an attic walk up is also problematic and you’ll probably have to build the house around the attic’s access. A ladder is discrete, but you may not have the design space for a small room to put a ladder because there are stairs or a bathroom in the way.


In the UK, in Victorian and Edwardian times, we had the "coal hole" accessible from the road into which the coalmen emptied their sacks. and there was a link to the kitchen. Crippen killed his wife and buried her in the basement too so we had ways of using them early on! I tend to add my basements with links by the stairs so that they don't look too out of place or from a side of the kitchen to make laundry or boiler rooms.

I do agree about access to the attics but enclose mine in a small 1 x 8 section with a door. from the upstairs hall. Unfortunately Maxis hasn't provided us with let down stairs yet but the new ladders work well!

Lofts here tend not to have windows so in a bigger house they don't show outside and can be enclosed entirely by the roof upraised to enclose them. Usually there is a Laundry Stuff bulb lighting them in my games.
Mad Poster
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#3538 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 4:17 PM
I would absolutely love a ladder Sims can hide, and walk under as needed. However, asking for a spiral staircase is like asking for the moon and stars.

We got teleporters in Realm of Magic before we got actual elevators. Make it make sense.

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Instructor
#3539 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 5:51 PM
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Originally Posted by matrix54
I would absolutely love a ladder Sims can hide, and walk under as needed. However, asking for a spiral staircase is like asking for the moon and stars.

We got teleporters in Realm of Magic before we got actual elevators. Make it make sense.


I've always wanted escalators but we haven't had them in any of the Sims games, even when we could make shopping malls. How is it much more difficult to slowly move Sims up those when they can easily walk up ordinary stairs?

I expect spiral stairs to come sometime at the end of the packs, probably when we get round walls and turrets. Maxis are giving us a little of what we want in each pack I suppose. We can but hope. Did Grant Rodiek say they weren't possible in Sims 4? I can't remember.
Mad Poster
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#3540 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 9:26 PM
We probably won’t get escalators because they serve the same exact function as stairs. They’re also only really seen in malls or airports, which we can’t really ever get. We’d likely over ever see them in a pack purely about businesses.

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Mad Poster
#3541 Old 25th Jan 2021 at 10:34 PM
*sigh* Get to Work could have added, but no. Make it boring.

P.S. Sorry for my bad english.
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#3542 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 2:21 AM
Get To Work shouldn’t have had businesses to begin with. Businesses should have had an entire expansion pack centered around it instead. Businesses are treated like an after thought, honestly.

Instead of just Magnolia promenade, imagine an entire metropolitan area (like Belladonna Cove, with high, medium, and low rent areas) rich with boutiques, salons, studios, shops, museums, parks, cafes, restaurants, pubs, lounges, and night clubs - all venues Sims can own and manage. Given the nature of the town, Sims are also able to rent out apartments in the area. Perhaps even rent apartments above shops.

Of course, with new businesses comes with new hobbies, new venues, new architecture, designer home decor, and smart apparel, as well as tacky business clothing.

I would absolutely love to own a lounge and schedule entertainment, plan drink and food options, customize staff apparel, and organize event nights, while also dealing with entitled or unruly customers.

Even in terms of playing these lots, business would give players so much content to play and experiment with.

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#3543 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 7:48 AM Last edited by matrix54 : 26th Jan 2021 at 8:00 AM.
Another point, some of the debug items have minor gameplay associated with them.

Like, Sims can actually eat from the candy jar, and Sims can talk to the dolls to comfort themselves. I swear, I hate how much attention they put into this stuff pack because it's so niche.

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Lab Assistant
#3544 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 7:37 PM
Nice costume! Just like I expect.

Taiwan Soul!
Smeg Head
#3545 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 9:28 PM
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Originally Posted by yaohui
Nice costume! Just like I expect.


The Naked Truth...

It would have taken them all of five minutes to make a new buff for Bonehilda, or give the very same buff the Jungle Adventure Skeletons get, - seeing that's exactly what she is - that forces the skeleton costume to remain as long as the buff remains, no matter what clothing change shenanigans the NPC does. (Maybe they incorrectly assumed that when doing the barefaced JA skeleton copy-paste trick, that the "stay in costume" buff would somehow come along with. Doh!) A stuff pack, they only had a few things to get right. But oh no, fucked it up as per usual. If released with this normal clothes changing malarkey, - no last minute fix, then guaranteed the following patch will include said JA skeleton buff, or new copy version of it, made for Bonehilda. Gotta hand it to them, though, they are the most reliably consistent developer in the industry. For all the wrong reasons. Their Maxis logo should be that of a sim in clown costume face palming. Very apt. Always relevant.

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#3546 Old 26th Jan 2021 at 10:04 PM
Sims can't make sacred candles with the candle making stations.

I just...


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Field Researcher
#3547 Old 27th Jan 2021 at 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by matrix54
Sims can't make sacred candles with the candle making stations.


I guessed right!

My twin officially owes me five bucks.


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Mad Poster
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#3548 Old 27th Jan 2021 at 5:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Dixieland
I guessed right!

My twin officially owes me five bucks.



It was honestly a missed opportunity. We even have special wax for it, but they do a grab animation and 3 candle spawn in the Sim’s inventory. Also, the wax and the candles don’t stack in your inventory at all.

With the amount of gameplay offered for $10, it’s fine but that extra layer of pack connectivity would have been nice.

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Alchemist
#3549 Old 27th Jan 2021 at 5:04 AM
I am just starting. My Sim just held her first seance and summoned someone. I am having fun but having to relearn 4 as have not played it in so long.





Mad Poster
#3550 Old 27th Jan 2021 at 6:05 AM
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Originally Posted by matrix54
Get To Work shouldn’t have had businesses to begin with. Businesses should have had an entire expansion pack centered around it instead. Businesses are treated like an after thought, honestly.

Instead of just Magnolia promenade, imagine an entire metropolitan area (like Belladonna Cove, with high, medium, and low rent areas) rich with boutiques, salons, studios, shops, museums, parks, cafes, restaurants, pubs, lounges, and night clubs - all venues Sims can own and manage. Given the nature of the town, Sims are also able to rent out apartments in the area. Perhaps even rent apartments above shops.

Of course, with new businesses comes with new hobbies, new venues, new architecture, designer home decor, and smart apparel, as well as tacky business clothing.

I would absolutely love to own a lounge and schedule entertainment, plan drink and food options, customize staff apparel, and organize event nights, while also dealing with entitled or unruly customers.

Even in terms of playing these lots, business would give players so much content to play and experiment with.

Save that for paralives, lulz.

P.S. Sorry for my bad english.
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