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#1 Old 11th Jul 2021 at 1:26 AM

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Default Pond tool/water disappearing bug
Hello, my game has started to display a weird pond tool bug. The shortest I can explain it is that I had a river around my Sims' house built, and many hours later, suddenly that water was gone. I noticed the water was gone while I was busy building a swimming pool (with the swimming pool tool) in the backyard of the house. I did not use the pond tool around that time (!) but I did use some elevation/world building tools (sorry I don't know what it's called in English, but the one that makes the ground look more flat). I am not 100% sure if the bug occured while I was building the swimming pool, or way before and I simply did not notice (I was working inside the house for a long time before this).

Here is a screenshot of the before and after:
Before: https://i.imgur.com/1AgvrVb.png
After: https://i.imgur.com/FBeLNYq.png

I tried recreating the river, and when I hit certain spots, the already existing water just disappears. I made a video showing the problem:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vGi2qjygTA

I have put many items on this lot, mainly many plants and decoration items. I was wondering if this could be causing it? The game seems like it can handle it. My computer is also pretty strong I think, these are the specs:
https://i.imgur.com/peAWCVt.png

I wanted to go through the Sims 3 game problem page, but I got a little overwhelmed and I am very scared I will somehow undo the work I did on this savefile. This is the page I found: https://modthesims.info/wiki.php?ti..._3_Game_Problem

I most certainly want to try the things on that page, but I have a few questions about them:
1) Deleting all your cache files - will this edit anything on my savefile in any way? I am worried I will have to re-do some of the building I did, essentially. If someone could confirm that deleting cache files will not undo my work I will try that.
2) Removing custom content temporarily - if I open the game when custom content is in use, but not in the game, won't it.. break the game? What will happen with all the objects I used that don't exist anymore? I assume it will show a placeholder object or give some sort of error. If I then put the custom content back after re-testing the water bug, will everything be completely like before? Or will I have to repair each individual thing?

Basically I am a little paranoid my many hours I poured into this Sims lot will be ruined or have to be re-done somehow. So if someone could hold my hand and take a look at this with me, I would appreciate it greatly.

P.S. English is not my first language so I'm sorry if something sounds weird.
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#2 Old 11th Jul 2021 at 1:37 AM Last edited by KatyFernlily : 11th Jul 2021 at 10:37 AM.
Sometimes, once you have made your pond and you alter any of the surrounding land, it can make the water disappear. Well, I don't think it disappears, it just sinks.

I can see from the screen shots that your land with the foundation is higher than the one where the water is gone. Perhaps you should use the pond tool last after setting up your property how you want it.

The game has many limits - and you try to work around them.
Mad Poster
#3 Old 11th Jul 2021 at 8:02 AM
https://modthesims.info/showthread....&highlight=pond

placement of objects on certain levels can affect the pond water.

however, from your video, it seems normal. that's just how the glitchy TS3 pond tool works. I recommend finishing everything first before making the pond.

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
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#4 Old 11th Jul 2021 at 8:20 PM
Huh, I've never really found the pond tool very glitchy, but at the same time I haven't used it that much, I think.

I'll try maybe experimenting with moving all of objects out of the way (in the end when everything is done, like nitromon suggested) or otherwise I'm just out of luck I guess
Mad Poster
#5 Old 12th Jul 2021 at 4:37 AM
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Originally Posted by crodevil
Huh, I've never really found the pond tool very glitchy, but at the same time I haven't used it that much, I think.

I'll try maybe experimenting with moving all of objects out of the way (in the end when everything is done, like nitromon suggested) or otherwise I'm just out of luck I guess


I'm not sure how related is the problem in the link I provided. It sounded similar. In that case, it was the position of certain objects in the water which caused the pond tool to bork. So it is probably a good idea to create your river before putting in any objects such as bushes, rocks etc...

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
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