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The Starter Legacy 3.2

Posted by psitticism on 2013.05.21 at 11:01


madame_ugly at 2013-05-22 13:33 (UTC) (Link)
Must. Have. Chicken. Coop.

I just know I'm going to cave and buy some EA store stuff. I want a new neighborhood (I only have two) and I want that chicken coop HARD. I was thinking about getting Ambitions, but maybe I'll get some store crap instead (after I check if I can find any pirated store stuff for free, arrrr!)

PONY!!! I haven't played any horses yet so I'm very keen on watching what you do with Starlight. TOO CUTE!
psitticism at 2013-05-22 16:52 (UTC) (Link)
I think you'll see a lot of sales, with TS4 coming out soon. They can't keep charging so much for TS3 content.

I love the chicken coop, but it's really just a novelty. It's not especially useful. You can make a decent amount of money selling the eggs, though. And the chicks are adorable. I'm a sucker for cute animals, in case you hadn't noticed.

Aurora Skies was crazy overpriced, and I really should not have gotten it. But I am AWFUL at teaching toddler skills. I can never get both the parent and the toddler in a good enough mood at the same time for a long skilling session. In TS2, I would just make sure each toddler learned one skill. I would lock the want and wait for just before their birthday to teach the skill. That way, they'd be plat when they aged up, and they'd always age well. I can't use that trick in TS3, so I needed some help! The playpen and walker are the greatest things that ever happened to me, ever. I felt guilty leaving Ethan alone all that time, but he turned out okay!

ETA: Horses are fantastic. Beautiful, and so much depth of gameplay. The Pets EP is so good. My only problem is it takes forever for Starlight to learn skills. I don't know if that's normal, or if my game is wonky. It's a lot of work. But I think the horses are really well done.

Edited at 2013-05-22 05:16 pm (UTC)
madame_ugly at 2013-05-22 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
I just realized what tumblr is good for. http://sims3storerepository.tumblr.com/

I knew they had a bunch of store stuff at MATY but the thread there was confusing and annoying. Tumblr is much easier to understand (in this case).

I see you do have to fiddle a tiny bit with game files (since the freebie downloads are .package not sims3pack) but it seems very straight forward. (hey, I got over my fear of ACR in sims2, so I can do this)

My cheap ass rejoices. I wanted the stupid coop but didn't want to pay for it (since it's not that fancy an item). Now I can (hopefully) get some store content and save my money for Ambitions.

See, I cheat when it comes to needs (play in debug mode) so when it comes to toddler skills I just power through them all as fast as possible. Potty training is the only one that takes more than one session. If there is a trick (like the potty training cheaty trick in sims2 where you could put the kid on the pot and then just keep pulling down their bladder need while they were on the pot until fully trained) I haven't figured it out yet.

Oh, you know I agree with you on Pets. Even the wild animals are really well done. Even the raccoon is cute (though you can tell it's just an edited cat). I love the detail they put on the little critters, too. TS2 was REALLY cheap when it came to the caged pets.
psitticism at 2013-05-22 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
Cool, thanks! I knew they had stuff at MATY, too, but couldn't quite figure it all out. I feel a little bad about piracy... when it was just fan-made content I agreed with it, because I don't think fans should charge for their content, but with the store stuff, it feels a little wrong. Though they do crazy overcharge for most things. Let me know how it works if you do download and install stuff.

I told myself I could only get a new EP each time a new generation is born, to try to spread out my purchases and make sure that I'm actually getting a decent amount play out of the game before I waste my money. Well, I've played ahead a bit and the first babe of Gen. 4 was just born. I found Showtime for cheap, so I grabbed it. Don't even care about the social features, but I am interested in the new careers. It doesn't seem like the best EP, but I guess that's why it's cheap. Installing it now....
madame_ugly at 2013-05-22 18:31 (UTC) (Link)
I tend to split hairs when it comes to EA store stuff. I probably wouldn't take a whole world (complete with items) for free, but small stuff like some clothes and hair? I feel that should have been included in an EP, so I'd "steal" it without a minutes remorse. I feel the expansions are kind of weak as far as hair/clothes in particular and the store is just a way to nickel and dime players which I find WRONG. I'd never pirate a full EP or anything like that (it's wrong to me and I could never figure it out anyway!).

I'm going to use the coop as my test download. I figure try it out with just one item to see if it works.

My "rule" for spending more money on sims3 is I have to really be bored with what I have now before I buy and/or Ambitions has to be SUPER cheap (under $20 or I win a gift card or something like that). Ambitions is really the only EP I actively want (I want the consignment store option and the servos and a new world that has the Curious family). If I noticed any other EPS for super cheap ($10 or so) I'd probably get them just for laughs.

madame_ugly at 2013-05-23 11:05 (UTC) (Link)
It worked. I now have a chicken coop in my game. The process was really easy. The hardest part? I had to get the admin password for my computer from my hubby. Oh, and I didn't have winzip (to unpack the .rar downloads) so I had to get a freebie version. Again, not HARD but just a few extra steps.

I followed these instructions: http://pixelpixies.tumblr.com/installcc

I didn't have time to play at all but I did go into my game and check out the coop briefly and it appears to be working just fine. It was making noises and I saw hens and my sim could interact with the coop.

The only drawback I can see to adding cc as .package files is they seem to be more "laggy" than sims3packs. From what I was reading, the game reads EACH file separately so if you have a ton it takes a while to read them all and causes lag. So if you have a lot of .package you should probably get a cc manager to bundle them to make the reading process faster. I'm going to read up a bit more on that to see if there is some magic number when things start to get laggy. I'd like to add a bit more cc to my game (hairs and clothes mostly) but not if it's going to slow my game.
psitticism at 2013-05-23 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the info! Really good to know! I'll have to try it out. I do have a few package files already, mostly hairs. I haven't noticed any lag, although my game is laggier in general since I installed Pets. Don't think that has anything to do with package files, though.
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