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Mad Poster
#10901 Old 16th Sep 2021 at 6:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by omglo
I know it's a couple weeks until October, but is anyone doing any Sim related Halloween stuff?


I'm pretty sure that GOS will have the annual "Spooky Dip" they sponsor every year-but they haven't announced when it runs, yet.

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Alchemist
#10902 Old 16th Sep 2021 at 7:34 PM
LOL, what a weird post to disagree on. Anyway, I forgot about spooky dip. I was wondering if people were planning to participate in Simblreen. this year or had any plans for Halloween builds, stories etc.
Mad Poster
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#10903 Old 16th Sep 2021 at 10:58 PM Last edited by AndrewGloria : 16th Sep 2021 at 11:13 PM.
A quick but urgent question!

Alan Orr is about to go to university. He's been accepted into LGU, and the taxi has arrived to take him. But the plan was always for Alan and his boyfriend River to go together. I thought I'd get an option to choose friends to go with him, but the taxi is here, and there's no such option so far. Do I get the option later, or do I have to use the Send Teens to University option in the LGU 'hood to send River with him?

Believe it or not, Alan is the first teen in my whole game to actually go to uni. I added the University EP at the beginning of 2017. I am not a "fast" player.

All Sims are beautiful -- even the ugly ones.
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Scholar
#10904 Old 16th Sep 2021 at 11:31 PM
You have to use the Send Teens to University option. If you want to see the cut-scene with a parent sending him off, move Alan into a dormitory on his own initially. If you want the household to have a name other than Orr, you can choose one when you send River, then place River in a different dormitory and move Alan in with him.
Mad Poster
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#10905 Old 17th Sep 2021 at 12:00 AM
Could I send Alan now and then move River into the same dorm as him? And then change the name of the household (possibly to "Orr & Co.")? I would like to have them both in LGU Dorm 2. Both Dorm 1 and Dorm 3 already contain Sims that I made in Create-a-Student, and the Compound Dorm of course contains the Nerdists, so Dorm 2 is the only empty dorm. I believe in moving all new students into a dorm if possible as I believe it should help them to socialise and make new friends. (I like t run things in my game the way I think they ought to be done in real life.)

All Sims are beautiful -- even the ugly ones.
My Simblr ~~ My LJ
Sims' lives matter!
The Veronaville kids are alright.
Mad Poster
#10906 Old 17th Sep 2021 at 1:38 AM
Oh, yes, there's no problem with merging YA households. River will appear in the Student Bin as his teen self and Dorm 2 will be one of the options available to him for move in. When moved into the existing Orr Household there will be no cutscene, but he will grow up (probably into a random awful outfit) at the curb, get any aspiration points for going to college that are due him, and be able to claim a room.

If you want to change the household name, you'll have to use an editing tool. I only know how to do it in SimPE, but possibly others can do it, too. Household names work just like they do in the main hood.

Ugly is in the heart of the beholder.
(My simblr isSim Media Res . Widespot,Widespot RFD: The Subhood, and Land Grant University are all available here. In case you care.)
Link Ninja
#10907 Old 17th Sep 2021 at 2:52 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by omglo
LOL, what a weird post to disagree on. Anyway, I forgot about spooky dip. I was wondering if people were planning to participate in Simblreen. this year or had any plans for Halloween builds, stories etc.



I don't delve into necessarily spooky stuff but take time to make a series of autumn pictures every year since like 2018. It's my favorite season and looks best in October where I live.

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

Mad Poster
Original Poster
#10908 Old 17th Sep 2021 at 1:17 PM
Thanks BlueAlien and Peni. Alan has now moved into a room at Dorm 2 at LGU. He was accompanied by his aging father who seemed quite upset. I think Alan is the first member of their family to go to university. Alan has grown up into clothes that actually suit him, and that I think he might well have chosen for himself. His everyday top is one of sushigal's tropical shirts, and he's paired it with a pair of shiny black shorts similar to the ones that Andrew likes to wear to school. As Andrew says, "Long enough to be respectable, but short enough to be sexy." (They're actually the Maxis "silk" underwear converted to a separate and with a pair of trainers added -- my own conversion.)

I also rather like the new dormies who have generated. Most have CC hair, and several are wearing CC clothes.

Of course I've posted this in the wrong thread. I meant to post in the Stupid/Random Questions thread, but in my haste to get an answer I posted in the Random Thoughts thread instead. Sorry for my mistake! In my defence I can only say that every question starts with a thought. Before I can ask a question about something, first I have to think about it!

So, my thoughts about what's happening: Alan appears to be enjoying his time at university. . . . And I'm enjoying it too.

All Sims are beautiful -- even the ugly ones.
My Simblr ~~ My LJ
Sims' lives matter!
The Veronaville kids are alright.
Scholar
#10909 Old 18th Sep 2021 at 9:53 AM
Someone playing ts2 theme music:
https://youtu.be/IXt-Wt4Z7Uk

Omnia - Fantasy / Mythological / Medieval Hood
Ephemera MoreColorful - SimpleSkin Recolors
Field Researcher
#10910 Old 18th Sep 2021 at 3:12 PM
At last I finished all the biographies of each playable sim of my new neighborhood now I will be able to take photos with some coherence.

This is my favorite sims 2 playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE1...84187152D692D80
Scholar
#10911 Old 20th Sep 2021 at 2:08 AM Last edited by Freefalldreams : 20th Sep 2021 at 2:47 AM.
@Bubblebeam -- I've noticed that TS2 is very good for detecting glitchiness of both computer and user. It's my alert that my simming computer is ready for a defrag (or whatever it's called nowadays -- I miss the Windows 95 interface where you could watch the hard drive getting organized in colour-coded squares!) and also for my own malfunctioning. The first time I experienced anhedonia while playing TS2 was the first time I realized that something I'd experienced since childhood was neither the world being sucky nor me being unappreciative. Basically, if it can spoil TS2, it's a serious problem, and almost certainly NOT YOUR FAULT -- I think this is because TS2 is so good for integrating whatever is bothering you that if it starts to fail to, it's because your own coping mechanisms are failing faster than you can keep up with it. I did fail to heed this last year, for a while, and I'm still negotiating with it -- my slowpoke-scatterbrain new self (not new normal! I'm trying to fix it as fast as a slowpoke scatterbrain can!) is swamped with the idea of picking through my Sun&Moon collection to replace the items that have changed file names (I am not happy about that! I think this must be close to what it's like having to update CC for TS4 patches!), my exaggerated impatience has me considering trying out the RPC for the chance of less glitchy loading (and of course the separates mod) and would have had me merging packages were it not for the reminder that TS2 is still evolving that the Sun&Moon issue gave me, and the useless perfectionist part of me is freaking out that mods are updating too fast for slowpoke-scatterbrain to keep up with (as if that were a bad thing). However, I wouldn't have noticed these issues until they got much worse if it wasn't for the channeling of them into TS2, so even when I'm not playing, it's making it easier for me to figure myself out.

Also, while monolithic domes don't work out in TS2 unless one is willing to use extensive building cheats and/or unlevel walls, trailers are fun to build and allow surprising creativity. I'm still trying to figure out how to use the M&G dome roof more creatively, but as a roof, it has limitations. I'm messing around with the idea of an all-expansions, no-CC, Maxis-styled neighborhood (enough people complain about basegame-only hoods, and while I like them because of the innocence and flexibility, I don't think I could build one -- and besides, I have the UC and am stuck with M&G in AGS, so why not take advantage of it?) and came up with a story about a town recovering from a disastrous storm, counting its losses and rebuilding itself. (Heh, wonder where that idea came from?) I wanted to have a mixture of buildings that could have reasonably withstood the storm and overcrowded trailers shipped in to house the residents who lost their homes...trailers worked, sturdy buildings are a wash for now.

Wait, last year so many people were doing retro-remakes of Maxis hoods, and this year so many are building and making hoods... I think there's a pattern of self-expression modes here. Maybe we wanted to feel like we were in the past and didn't need to worry about the future, and now we're ready to build something new to move into?
Instructor
#10912 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 1:03 AM
I feel like sims ought to know how full or empty their uni performance bar is, and to not roll wants of writing their term paper or doing assignments if it's already as full as it can be without the needed skills. Like, Heather (Huffington), it's great that you want to write your term paper but if you don't wanna gain any skills then it's really quite useless.
Mad Poster
#10913 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 2:13 AM
Unless they're particularly feckless, I read the "write term paper" want as indicating the will to do the necessary research (gaining the skills) to write a good term paper, so I lock it and it stands in for wants to gain the necessary skills. After all, writing the term paper isn't really that big a deal. The hard part is doing the research and putting it together and keeping track of the bibliography and making the footnotes work (which you whippersnappers have no idea how hard that was on a typewriter, holey cheese).

Ugly is in the heart of the beholder.
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Mad Poster
#10914 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 4:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Peni Griffin
After all, writing the term paper isn't really that big a deal. The hard part is doing the research and putting it together and keeping track of the bibliography and making the footnotes work (which you whippersnappers have no idea how hard that was on a typewriter, holey cheese).


**Grad school flashbacks intensify** My bibliography for my master's thesis was longer than most papers I wrote during my undergrad days!

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We lied about having cookies.
Scholar
#10915 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 4:39 AM
What, the paper topic wasn't "Youth in Asia"?

I see unskilled desires to write papers and do assignments as earnest attempts at doing the work, hampered by the student's cluelessness about what they're actually studying and obliviousness to that cluelessness. Sounds about normal for Heather Huffington... If they actually want to make Deans List or graduate (which usually get locked), or fear academic probation, they'll do the skilling -- otherwise, clueless papers are a valid option. Besides, there are other ways to raise the grade bar...

(I may have done something like this. Repeatedly. To the point of being requested by authority to explain the glaring mismatch of different aspects of my intelligence. I suspect they were looking for evidence of paper-buying or other ways...not that there was any to find.)
Mad Poster
#10916 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 8:22 AM
Term papers.
One rolls a want to write a term paper, despite not needing it.
Me: Oh, great! Off to a community lot with computers with all 6 of you then
Forum Resident
#10917 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 4:09 PM
For me, if a sim rolls a want to do their Term Paper, but they haven't skilled, I have them skill just a bit as to not render it a waste. The interaction takes a while, which is realistic, and it isn't exactly kind to the needs either, so having a sim go through all that just to not get their progress bar to at least a pass is a bit... wasteful, looking at it from a pure gameplay perspective. How much of the progress bar they open though, depends on their interest in school. Five, or less, they get it high enough for a C, 6-8 up to a B, and 9-10 up to an A*.

When a game is predictable, it's boring.
That goes for any medium that isn't life.
That's why The Sims 2 is my favourite sims game.
It has elements of unpredictability and everything feels more involved.
The Sims 4 is another story altogether...
Instructor
#10918 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 4:45 PM
I had to take out the Random Marriage/Proposal Reject mod because, although it added an element of surprise to my stories that sometimes worked, too many times it just didn't make sense. There is just no way that a Family Sim who has had the want locked to marry someone since college is going to run away at the altar. I like the element of randomness, but I work hard to get some of my Sims to the point where they want to get married, and it feels like a bit of a waste for a rejection to come out of nowhere.
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#10919 Old 21st Sep 2021 at 9:19 PM
I have decided to give all teens arriving at college a Clothing Grant of §1,000 (Kaching!) So if they don't like the clothes they have arrived in, they can go to the shops and buy something they do like.

All Sims are beautiful -- even the ugly ones.
My Simblr ~~ My LJ
Sims' lives matter!
The Veronaville kids are alright.
Test Subject
#10920 Old 23rd Sep 2021 at 1:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewGloria
I have decided to give all teens arriving at college a Clothing Grant of §1,000 (Kaching!) So if they don't like the clothes they have arrived in, they can go to the shops and buy something they do like.

So,what will happen to the clothes which they will replace??.will they keep them or donate to a poor sim neighborhood?!
Scholar
#10921 Old 23rd Sep 2021 at 1:20 PM
Misheard Simlish, this is too funny
https://youtu.be/tqm9XE0wE6c

Omnia - Fantasy / Mythological / Medieval Hood
Ephemera MoreColorful - SimpleSkin Recolors
Lab Assistant
#10922 Old 23rd Sep 2021 at 6:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pideli
Misheard Simlish, this is too funny
https://youtu.be/tqm9XE0wE6c

That's hilarious. Can't wait to eat lunch with someone and casually say "egghole. Christa famano."
Forum Resident
#10923 Old 23rd Sep 2021 at 10:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewGloria
I have decided to give all teens arriving at college a Clothing Grant of §1,000 (Kaching!) So if they don't like the clothes they have arrived in, they can go to the shops and buy something they do like.

Honestly a great idea, for some reason they always seem to grow up into the worst sets possible for me. They seem to want to make jockey pants a fashion thing.

*Regina George voice* Gretchen, stop trying to make jockey pants happen. They're not going to happen.
Scholar
#10924 Old 24th Sep 2021 at 11:24 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misaki Chan
That's hilarious. Can't wait to eat lunch with someone and casually say "egghole. Christa famano."

Or my cousin's too fresh, even her toes.
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Oops, I just said "Happy birthday, wohoo" to my cousin who also plays sims. Hope it doesn't get misunderstood

Omnia - Fantasy / Mythological / Medieval Hood
Ephemera MoreColorful - SimpleSkin Recolors
Mad Poster
Original Poster
#10925 Old 25th Sep 2021 at 11:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by 90'spromnight
So,what will happen to the clothes which they will replace??.will they keep them or donate to a poor sim neighborhood?!
Well, they keep them, 'cause the game mechanic kind of makes them. Or rather they go into a sort of clothing pool that any playable (of the same sex) in the dorm can wear. But I rather like the idea of giving old clothes to poorer Sims. I was sure there was a mod on MTS (I thought by christianlov, or possibly Mootilda) that allowed you to "acquire" another Sims clothes (and at the same time they "acquired" your clothes) but I've looked through all their mods and cant find it. Actually using christianlov's Gussy Up or his Boutique Clothes Rail to buy clothes also results in the acquiring each others' clothes.

The problem is getting rid of the clothes you and your Sim don't want. Unfortunately Mootilda didn't live to comp0lete the final version of her Wardrobe Cleaner. The one she did upload before her untimely death is far too drastic for my liking. It deletes all the family's clothing except items currently selected for Sims' Everyday, Formal, Swimwear, PJs, Athletic, Underwear and Outer Wear. Many of my Sims have spent thousands of Simoleons building up a collection of clothes that they do like, and I fear they'd feed me to a cowplant if I deleted all the ones they're not currently wearing! Mootilda left us the C# source code for the mod, and I wonder if I could get a C# compiler, and learn enough C# to add the facility to the mod to choose which outfits to keep and which to get rid of. (Mootilda was intending to add this feature.) I did formerly work as a programmer, but I never did any commercial work in any variety of C. (I did a short course in C programming many years ago.) So I'm not sure if I can do it. (And I certainly haven't got even a fraction of Mootilda's talent.) Don't hold your breath -- I'll probably never get round to it.

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My own random thought -- I've discovered that I love playing dorms, especially big ones. There's so much going on in them. When my game goes onto triple speed because my playable students have gone to class, I put it back to slow speed so I can watch what the dormies are getting up to. There's always something happening. I also liked the half dozen dormies who generated when I moved teens into LGU Dorm 3. In fact I'm so happy both with them and with dorm play in general that I've added an extra dorm to LGU. I've added the twelve-bedded Maxis dorm with a Mansard roof, and I'm currently trying to upgrade it to Peni's standards.

All Sims are beautiful -- even the ugly ones.
My Simblr ~~ My LJ
Sims' lives matter!
The Veronaville kids are alright.
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