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#10701 Old 11th Jun 2021 at 11:10 PM Last edited by AndrewGloria : 11th Jun 2021 at 11:34 PM.
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Originally Posted by simsample
Mine eat it like this:
Which is pretty much how I eat it, only I eat faster. And more. And I don't share my pizza.
That's more or less how I ate it in the restaurant! I wasn't sharing either, and the pizza was nearly as big as that one. I ended up taking two slices home.

To see for myself how Sims eat their pizza, I went to see Antonio Monty and his family. Wednesday started out chaotically at 53 Via Venezia. There wasn't enough in the fridge for Antonio to feed his family with cereal. First idea was to order a delivery of groceries. But he was hardly off the 'phone, when it occurred to him that pizza would be quicker, as they wouldn't have to cook it. So he ordered pizza too. The result was a traffic jam outside the house as a groceries delivery van, a pizza delivery car, and a school 'bus completely blocked the road in both directions. In the end, by the time both deliveries were accepted, there wasn't time to eat anything before the school 'bus left, and Beatrice, Benedick and Berjes Wilsonoff (the Downtownie teen whom Antonio took on to act as live-in nanny to the children) all went to school without any breakfast. Antonio for his part ate his pizza with his fingers, in the front garden, in his underpants!

I wanted to see how a really neat Sim ate their pizza, so when Berjes got home from school (with his first A+ report) he invited Julian round, and Julian in turn invited Andrew, who duly arrived, resplendent in his sailor suit. Now my friend Andrew, a Virgo, is a real neatnik; he's taken (with good reason) to calling me "Mr. Messy". I really wanted to see how he ate his pizza, so we got it out of Antonio's inventory so everyone could eat it. In the event Andrew ate his with his fingers like the other Sims; he held the slice by the crust and started eating at the pointed end furthest from the crust.

So that's it settled. What's good enough for Andrew is good enough for me. In future I'll eat my pizza with my fingers. My mother says that pizza was a traditional Italian workman's lunch, which he carried to work, so it makes sense not to use fingers rather than a knife and fork. (A Scottish workman carries a "piece" to work, and my mother thinks the two words might be related.)

Later in the evening Andrew became hungry again and, when I temporarily made him controllable, he decided to cook some more food. I got him to make burgers for everyone. I noted that they ate the burgers with their fingers too, holding them by the "bun" so they didn't actually have to touch the burger itself. But Sims' burgers are still a sensible size that they can easily hold in their hands. Real Life burgers (as served in restaurants anyway) have recently reached a ridiculous size, with so many things stuffed into them that they need a skewer to hold them together. I've recently started removing some of the contents and eating them with a knife and fork, reducing the burger in its "bun" (which we might call a "roll" in Scotland) to a size that I can hold in my hand and eat the way my Sims eat theirs.

So there's something else we can learn from our Sims -- how to eat our food properly!!

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Alchemist
#10702 Old 12th Jun 2021 at 2:30 AM
Does anyone know where Chris Hatch went? I haven't seen him answering modding questions in a long time. Did he move to a new forum?
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#10703 Old 12th Jun 2021 at 11:48 AM
I was asking this a few days ago, omglo. I haven't heard anything of him for a while, I hope he's still modding! Maybe he has his own site now?

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#10704 Old 13th Jun 2021 at 5:18 PM
Thanks, hopefully he's doing fine wherever he's off to.
Lab Assistant
#10705 Old 13th Jun 2021 at 9:26 PM
I just installed the Ultimate Collection on my new Windows 10 laptop and expected all kinds of trouble but surprisingly after a quick fix with the 4GB patch and installing Graphic Rules Makers, it runs without any issues so far. I'll hope it stays this way once I add my download folder and neighborhoods.
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#10706 Old 13th Jun 2021 at 10:04 PM
I saw this screenshot on insta of someone being nice on what I assume was an FPS game, and the other person being absolutely baffled and insisting they should be toxic. And it made me think.

Imagine if there was such a toxic competitive simming community. Someone calls you a slur bc you used toddler-bot (like aimbot but for toddlers) or a hacker because your sim reached level 10 of the culinary career. A random middle schooler who makes you 1v1 him in Strangetown (which one of you can marry their sim off faster), and when he loses he claims his dad works for EA and will get your account banned. Someone sees your generation 1 Kristen Loste and calls you a noob because you're not on generation 56 like they are. "Wow, I didn't know girls played the sims". Simming competitions on cons.
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#10707 Old 14th Jun 2021 at 5:14 PM
Does anyone else struggle with being torn between downloading hoods, university and vacation subhoods and building their own? I can't seem to find a balance. On the one hand, the updated hoods for download list from Jawusa has so many awesome and useable ones and I could save so much time by just plunking one in, but on the other hand, half the fun for me is building my own designs and then playing with them. So much so that I don't even bother to take proper pictures (I mean, I sort of do but I never remember to share them.)

I do get overwhelmed by how much work it is to build a university campus from scratch as well as a mainhood, subhoods, and vacation hoods - my populations boom and yet I haven't built enough housing yet, or the uni is only half finished, or there's no holiday hood at all, but I just get so much satisfaction from doing it myself. I'm sort of afraid that using someone else's beautiful uni would make it less fun for me. I kind of want to build my own attachable hoods myself - and then that would solve both issues...
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#10708 Old 14th Jun 2021 at 6:46 PM
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Originally Posted by terula8
Does anyone else struggle with being torn between downloading hoods, university and vacation subhoods and building their own? I can't seem to find a balance. On the one hand, the updated hoods for download list from Jawusa has so many awesome and useable ones and I could save so much time by just plunking one in, but on the other hand, half the fun for me is building my own designs and then playing with them. So much so that I don't even bother to take proper pictures (I mean, I sort of do but I never remember to share them.)

I do get overwhelmed by how much work it is to build a university campus from scratch as well as a mainhood, subhoods, and vacation hoods - my populations boom and yet I haven't built enough housing yet, or the uni is only half finished, or there's no holiday hood at all, but I just get so much satisfaction from doing it myself. I'm sort of afraid that using someone else's beautiful uni would make it less fun for me. I kind of want to build my own attachable hoods myself - and then that would solve both issues...

So much yes, and the same with lots when decorating a hood. Although for me it kinda goes away after I spend a long time (read: 30 minutes) on building one lot, then realizing it's ugly.
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#10709 Old 14th Jun 2021 at 9:49 PM
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Originally Posted by terula8
Does anyone else struggle with being torn between downloading hoods, university and vacation subhoods and building their own?

No, because I really really love building neighbourhoods and lots!

@AndrewGloria I was playing Sims 3 today and got a pizza picture for you...
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Alchemist
#10710 Old 14th Jun 2021 at 10:36 PM
I'd like to build my own, but I'm not good at it at all, so it usually doesn't go well.

Now, I'm trying to figure out what those round things with the hole in them on the pizza are.
Mad Poster
#10711 Old 14th Jun 2021 at 10:44 PM
Might I suggest getting out AGS and beginning to build a subhood you'll be able to use multiple times, while using downloaded ones/the ones that came with the game for now? You can take lots you build in AGS and plop them down in other people's hoods for playtest; you can systematically explore what existing neighborhoods do right and what they do wrong and apply those lessons to your own; you can play when you feel like it, build when you feel like it, and take as long as you need to perfect each hood. And when it's ready, any neighborhoods that you're still playing with other subhoods attached, you can delete those subhoods and add your own and keep right on playing.

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Theorist
#10712 Old 14th Jun 2021 at 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by terula8
Does anyone else struggle with being torn between downloading hoods, university and vacation subhoods and building their own?


Definitely! I agree with Peni--though, for me, I don't use AGS, I just have different hoods and folders. I used to have a megahood, Pleasantview with Belladonna, Riverblossom, and Bluewater, but I stopped playing households and got into a major building phase, and then I decided to just reboot the hood entirely from scratch, making all new buildings, sub-neighborhoods, stores, community lots, apartments, etc., and redoing the hood deco. I've slowly been working on it now for about a year, maybe more.

It does take a long time. And my building skills are nowhere near as good as some other simmers, judging by the uploads I see. And yeah, I do get tempted to download a custom hood or a custom lot. My current philosophy, is to just do both. There's no reason why you can't build in one hood and play in another--in one hood you can take your time, build from scratch and then in another, you can just load and play a downloaded hood, with custom lots. But there's no rule that says you can't mesh styles together, either; you can use custom lots or subhoods in that hood you're building from scratch, too.

For me, I'm trying to really push myself to work on my building skills, but that's easier said than done depending on the type of lot. For houses, I'm okay with researching plans and copying a look, modifying floor plans to suit my simming tastes. For community lots, it's a bit trickier--I don't think I'm as imaginative as some others and am just not good at coming up with unique building facades. So yeah, my buildings tend to be very boxy, maybe with some color blocking here and there. But that's okay. If I'm well and truly stuck, I can always find a nice lot to download and renovate it. But I try not to do that first because not only is building for myself part of the fun, but also no one else is going to build something the way I would, with the specifications I need for my hood. And, I have to say, I do get a real sense of pride when I finish a building I really like. Like when I finally move some sims into a house or apartment I built and I find that it has a really good flow. Or like when I complete a square of the neighborhood, lining up the buildings just so and putting in all the decorations and I start to see the neighborhood really come alive. I like those moments.

Do I go back and bulldoze some things, redo them, or change things up? Absolutely. I'm redoing some parts of Pleasantview for like, the third time. But again, that's part of the fun, part of the process. It seems silly, but it took me a while to realize that building is playing, too. It's just a different pace than Live mode, with different highs, lows, and milestones. So yeah, you can definitely do both and take your time with each one, going back and forth between your downloaded hoods and your custom built hoods at your leisure. If you're worried about finishing a hood, or starting a university--sit down and plan. There's fun it that, too, believe me! I love hood planning.

And things don't have to stay the same either, as your town grows and sims move in, maybe the buildings change, too, and so does the university. Think about what things you really need in the hood, what buildings or things you need or would like to have in order to get started playing. Maybe create a bunch of tiers or phases, and that can guide you as well--you need phase 1 complete to move sims in, but the phases there after will be completed as the town grows. So for your university, maybe in phase 1, to get started you need an admin building, a library or a building with classrooms, a dorm, a cafeteria, and a campus lawn. Then maybe as time goes on, you add buildings for each major, and maybe a few more dorms. And then once you have some different dorms, maybe each one gets its own cafeteria and rec space. Maybe a wealthy donor comes along and donates a gym. Maybe some shops pop up along main street. Etc. etc.

So yeah, lots of different ways to approach things. I'm a serial hood restarter, too, btw, so I'm always going to say, go for it--jump in, try a new hood, download it, build it, whatever. It doesn't have to last forever. Just have fun.

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#10713 Old 15th Jun 2021 at 1:58 AM
Unsurprisingly I'm speaking from a creator's perspective rather than a player's perspective... The only neighborhood I've ever consciously designed with the end goal of posting it (one day, I promise (hopefully!)) is my gothic Ivy League-esque university, but I've recently found that having a neighborhood in mind when I'm working on a project, or even coming up with ideas for one, is helpful even when it comes to lot building.

So for instance, I made a map for a modern urban city and populated it with a bunch of my skyscrapers and other urban buildings, and then have gradually been looking at what areas would need to be filled in, as a way of coming up with new ideas for lots to make in the future (this approach has added several churches, a science museum, and a basketball/hockey arena to my "to-build" list in the past year or so).

And then for my more fantastically-inspired projects, I've kind of mapped out a fantasy continent with multiple cultures and supernatural factions that I can use in a similar way (and also have as my go-to whenever I'm trying to think of fantasy settings for any other kind of storytelling too, I've realized). This one I haven't actually made a map (or maps) for in-game yet, but I have come up with a number of new ideas like a far northern mead hall, a desert palace built around an oasis, a very urban Imperial palace for the Three Emperors, etc. Once again, projects I haven't really started yet, but added to my "to-build" list!

So unsurprisingly I've never really been tempted to download/play others' hoods, and if I'm being honest with myself I'm unlikely to finish the ones I just described to the point where I'd actually want to play them, but I do still find thinking about neighborhood design incredibly useful from a building perspective (plus I was one of those people who'd spend free time as a kid drawing up maps for no reason and then trying to figure out the cultures that would inhabit them, so it's not like it's unprecedented in my case either! )

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#10714 Old 15th Jun 2021 at 8:25 AM
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Originally Posted by terula8
Does anyone else struggle with being torn between downloading hoods, university and vacation subhoods and building their own? I can't seem to find a balance. On the one hand, the updated hoods for download list from Jawusa has so many awesome and useable ones and I could save so much time by just plunking one in, but on the other hand, half the fun for me is building my own designs and then playing with them. So much so that I don't even bother to take proper pictures (I mean, I sort of do but I never remember to share them.)

I do get overwhelmed by how much work it is to build a university campus from scratch as well as a mainhood, subhoods, and vacation hoods - my populations boom and yet I haven't built enough housing yet, or the uni is only half finished, or there's no holiday hood at all, but I just get so much satisfaction from doing it myself. I'm sort of afraid that using someone else's beautiful uni would make it less fun for me. I kind of want to build my own attachable hoods myself - and then that would solve both issues...

I do half and a half.

For me, building a whole neighbourhood is too time consuming. I prefer having actual play time, I do enjoy building but I don't have enough leisure time to do much of both, so I'd rather play.
On the other hand, I'm hardly ever fully satisfied with other people's buildings. They may be gorgeous but not exactly suitable to my requeriments as a player, so very often I build my own houses.
So I compromise.
I use other people's (or Maxis!!) neighbourhoods as an starting point, then I build some aditional pieces that I need to make it work to my taste.
Scholar
#10715 Old 16th Jun 2021 at 3:33 AM
Llamas have always seemed to be a thing with the Sim City and Sims franchise, yet there's a distinct absence of llama-related stuff in Buy mode. No statues, no wall hangings; just one small "Llama Xing" sign. There's the picture Sims can paint on the easel, but I can't see any easy way to get that onto a community lot without a Sim having to own the lot. I'd never noticed it before, but I was thinking of giving my apocalypse hood a Temple of the Llama once the Paranormal career (interpreted as Religious) is open, only to realize there are no llamas to decorate it!
Mad Poster
#10716 Old 16th Jun 2021 at 3:41 AM
There is, however, plenty of llama custom content! I believe it was a theme here on MTS once, and people just make it regardless.

Also, look at the university deco. At least one banner has a llama on it, because it's the team mascot, and I believe there's a small statue somewhere. I've got a llama topiary but I think it's custom.

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Mad Poster
#10717 Old 16th Jun 2021 at 10:36 AM
Llamas are the animal of the Sims series, and others as well-in Banished, you can have llamas as animals to raise for food and wool.

And in fact there was an ad for Geico insurance that not only featured Marco Polo as the swimming thing in the Sims 2, Llamas were also part of its tribute to the series. I always laugh whenever I see it because a lot of people would not 'get it' unless they play the game.

Llamas forever!

On the quandary of being torn between downloading neighborhoods and CC or just developing your own, I download tons of the neighborhoods, but only because it's a compulsion to see what ways the game can be extended. The cc is a problem and it hit the wall last night for me. I had to actually take out some of the stuff I never use because the game refused to open. It had exceeded 16,000 items.

I really must restrain myself-but it's a good addiction to have. At least it doesn't harm your budget or your brain.

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#10718 Old 16th Jun 2021 at 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Peni Griffin
There is, however, plenty of llama custom content! I believe it was a theme here on MTS once

Modyourllama.com!
https://modthesims.info/downloads/ts2/38/page/1/?f=469

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#10719 Old 16th Jun 2021 at 1:34 PM
Me: I think I'll play a family or two with my first cup of coffee, maybe work on this long-term relationship I've been setting up.

My game: Sets entire yard on fire for no apparent reason.
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#10720 Old Yesterday at 2:58 AM
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Originally Posted by simsample


Yay, llamas! Thank you!
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