Link to Luth’s forum post with all Maxis/SimGuru sourced information on the pack
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This blog post includes links & summarizes what was in the video::
I) June 13/22 Surprise SDX II) June 14/22 Game Update (expected timing, what’s expected in it & how to prepare, & III) Random Tweets re Items in the Werewolves Game Pack (Jun 13/22).
1) Surprise SDX (June 13/22):
FYI, if you go in your game you will see there is an SDX, this is just to prepare the game for tomorrow’s update, no new content was added per this tweet by the Sims. But it looks like we’re getting meteors to go along with the new ‘back pocket observatory’ (i.e. the new telescope, see below for more information on that!)
II) June 14/22 Game Update
The usual time for game updates is 10 am Pacific, here’s a screenshot of when that is in a few time zones:
Lunar cycles affect werewolves (and other occults) more than regular sims, but regular sims are impacted a bit too. Kids can ask about the lunar cycles. You can customize lunar cycles, i.e. their length, freeze it on one cycle and turn it off completely.
3) New beard
Screenshot from livestream, same beard, two different angles:
4) Two new terrain paints
Note new items added to base game do not show with a ‘new’ flag.
Majority of assets are gender neutral Two cute outfits for toddlers Something for kids – showed hat, 3 hairstyles & one outfit but I wasn’t sure if that was everything. One new aspiration in CAS (new category too), once you complete it, you unlock four other aspirations, so five in total.
New fuller beard coming to base game with update.
You can link/unlink forms Werewolf fur has the same customizations that cats and dogs fur has Werewolves can wear clothes or not Werewolves don’t wear shoes While toddler and up are considered werewolves, only teen and up have beast forms.
Note I included a sped up version of the CAS in my highlights video, this shows CAS items available for everyone & items for creating werewolves.
Note along with the beard, lunar cycles are coming in the base game update, as are two new terrain paints. Lunar cycles affect werewolves (and other occults) more than regular sims, but regular sims are impacted a bit too. Kids can ask about the lunar cycles. You can customize lunar cycles, i.e. their length, freeze it on one cycle and turn it off completely.
They showed how the tunnels worked. They are rabbit holes with pop ups where you decide what to do (reminds me a bit of space adventures). You can unlock paths to quick travel between the 3 tunnel entrances. They can be more dangerous for non werewolves.
We see Greg, who is a werewolf, seems to be a loner and is hard to befriend. But if you do, you can woohoo with him.
Werewolves, including Greg, can be seen in other worlds. However, you can disable that under pack settings.
Here are the ways to become a werewolf:
Create a new sim as a werewolf in CAS
Born in game (greater blood vs dormant?)
Create in game:
ask to be turned into a werewolf
or get werebies (from bite or from tunnel adventures).
Being asked is the quicker of the two options to turn a regular sim into a werewolf, but the second one you can be ‘cured’ before you turn into a werewolf.
They showed a sim turning into a werewolf after asking to become one and showed the different stages (they get very uncomfortable and their hunger goes down very quickly so they need to eat a lot during the time between getting bitten and becoming a werewolf. They will rampage the first time they become a werewolf. My highlights video includes footage from the stream where the sim was bitten (after asking) and when the sim becomes a werewolf for the first time.
There are two werewolf packs, Moonwood Collective (Kristopher is the leader) vs The Wildfangs (Rory is the leader). Here is a screenshot of some of the sims in the pack, Kristopher and Rory are shown.
There is lots of lore in the new pack. You can learn some by talking to the residents of Moonwood Mill. You can also learn some lore on the new Werewolf Books. Werewolves, especially those with certain abilities, can get more from the books (these aren’t skill books). More details on new books, from tweet shared after the livestream:
Only teens and up can have a ‘beast’ form, but toddlers and children can learn to howl, they can get growing pains, toddlers can bite their toy, and children will get excited about beating up their siblings like they are the alpha of the house.
They showed ‘fury’ and what it does, if it maxes they will go on a rampage, temperaments can build fury. Werewolves can have 22 temperaments, 18 appear naturally and 4 are unique (see tweet).
Werewolves have abilities – some (25) you buy with points as they level up and 6 that are dormant. Here’s a link to the SimsVIP article where they show the ones they were able to see when the SimGurus hovered over them in the livestream.
The objects look grungy to tie to the look of werewolves reclaiming things from abandoned buildings. They mentioned learning more in the game, so I expect we will get more information in their catalogue descriptions.
We will be getting two new terrain paints in the base game update that have been used in the new world.
I show a sped up version of what was shown in the livestream in my highlights video, but here’s a couple of screenshots:
Telescopes coming with the pack, however there is a telescope coming with the base game update that precedes the pack. Link to tweet.
I thought I’d create a post that has information on issues and workarounds/mods to help with wedding ceremonies in the new My Wedding Stories game pack.
My Wedding Stories has a lot of bugs and doesn’t seem to work properly. That said, I’ve been able to hold a successful wedding ceremony, even without using mods, see my video here to see that in action (and to see some of the issues 😊 )
If you’d like to see it, part 1 shows my set up of the wedding.
Here’s a link to my video where I show how weddings turn out with the use of some of the mods I mention in the mods section below. 😊
⚠️Note if you use the TOOL mod, there was an update for it to be compatible with the new world without the update you can’t see the new word. ⚠️
Sims can’t get married with an officiant: If your sims can’t get married if they try to use an officiant, the action will hang. Cancel/reset your sims and choose either say vows or say vows and kiss. Do not choose an option with an officiant. I recommend not asking anyone to be an officiant at all, I noticed that my sim of honour, etc. didn’t stick when I asked a sim to be an officiant. I think this may be the EA AHQ report for this issue: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/MWS-No-way-to-activate-the-officiant/m-p/11316525#M208162
Wedding cakes will spoil, even if they are put in the fridge. See mods (one by Ravasheen & in Bienchen’s mod batch) linked in the mod area that can help with that. Alternatively, if a sim with the ‘fresh chef’ trait makes the cake, it will never spoil. You get this trait by completing the chef aspiration, or you can use the cheat ‘traits.equip_trait Trait_FreshChef’ to add it to one of your sims, just make sure cheats are on (‘testingcheats on’ or ‘testingcheats true’, don’t include the quotes for any of the cheats noted here).
Cut the cake doesn’t work, unless you place it in the middle of a round dining table (thanks to Bienchen for that tip). Feeding cake to your spouse will also complete the tradition.
Guests don’t show up in wedding attire (this has a bug report on EA AHQ). Carl’s mod, linked below, can help with this or alternatively you can use Bienchen’s mod, also mentioned below (you need to choose one or the other as they conflict).
Only one sim can walk down the aisle, action will freeze if you try to get two sims to walk down together. I recommend only using one sim to walk down the aisle, or I have had luck sending two sims ‘up’ the aisle. Carl’s mod helps with this too.
Can’t walk down the aisle with a wedding bouquet.EA AHQ report. I just recommend not using a bouquet when you walk down an aisle, or if you can/do use mods, this is also fixed with Carl’s mod.
Issues with doing a toast: If you want to do a toast, have your sim request someone else to toast, this will complete the tradition.
Can’t toss bouquet: I have had success throwing the bouquet when you specify who is to catch it. If you are having problems, try resetting the sim who is doing the bouquet throw.
My Wedding Stories Laundry List:
Note that EA released a My Wedding Stories Laundry List on March 3, 2022 which listed some of the things they are working on and hope to have in a game update soon, though this will follow an already planned update that will precede it. I expect the planned update will be for the release of the next unnamed Kit. See my video on that.
Mods to Help With My Wedding Stories:
Note choose which wedding fix mod you want to use as they will conflict with each other. So either use the Carl Sims wedding fix mod, Zero’s wedding fix mod, or the appropriate Bienchen mods.
Carl Sims Wedding Fix Mod:
Carl Sims has released a new version of his mod that adds base game weddings pack if you have the pack, among other things. Here’s the link if you use mods (you need both files and script mods need to be enabled, the latest version was released Feb 28). Just place these mods directly in your mods folder, they do not need to be unzipped. https://www.patreon.com/posts/wedding-stories-62954976
Screenshot with details on what Carl’s mod fixes (the final version has all the fixes in the prior versions).
TwistedMexis Dual Wedding Systems Mod:
If you just want to add base game weddings back, TwistedMexis has what he calls a ‘light weight mod’ that let’s you do that. Now available to the public. https://www.patreon.com/posts/63098728
Bienchen Batch Mods that Includes Mods that Help with MWS:
Bienchen has released some mods to help with My Wedding Stories issues – available as a batch download. The batch download also has a notes file to explain what is there. I took all the english notes and compiled them into a document, which I’ve also included a screenshot of below, along with notes from Bienchen from the forums post. There are a number that tweak or fix issues with the pack, you just need to choose the ones you want. They are all zipped so you need to unzip the ones you want. https://simfileshare.net/download/2993490/
This second link has mods by Zero that help with MWS wedding issues, though it seems to me that some/all of these issues are fixed by Carl’s mods and as I mentioned at the beginning of this section the mods that fix the wedding bugs will quite likely conflict. https://www.patreon.com/posts/my-wedding-fixes-63037455
9 lots in two neighbourhoods: 2 are empty (1 is a beach lot), 2 residential with families already in them, 2 empty starter homes, 1 wedding venue, which is a new lot type coming to base game, 1 lounge & 1 rental lot.
There are also 5 wedding venues on the gallery. All lots were made by game changers one of which works on the empty beach lot.
As stated previously, you can swim in the water.
Kids can play in the sand here, that doesn’t require Island Living.
You can also draw in the sand (new for this pack).
New collection ‘message in a bottle’
There is a lot of lore in the world and the two families have some lore between them.
The two sims in the trailer (Cam and Dom) are in the game and you can find them in Tartosa, but they are not placed on a lot in the world.
You can learn the lore by chatting with the locals after you’ve befriended them. Cam is a painter and will tell you scenic locations for painting. Dom is the town historian, and you can learn more lore from her.
Town square has a ‘city hall’ where your sims can get married immediately.
You can find kiosks here. Two for food (Indian and Chinese, there will be more options available if you have other packs), one for cake, one for flowers & one for wedding dress (the wedding ones can be done from menus too).
Lots of pretty places in both neighbourhoods to get nice pictures.
Formal clothes and hairstyles
Boutonnieres for males found under necklaces.
From their description, it seems like the veil is part of a hairstyle.
You use the ‘add wedding event option’.
There are 7 types of events under weddings, you will see 6 if your couple is engaged (‘Bach’ Party, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement Dinner, Family Gathering, Wedding Ceremony). The 7th one appears for sims who are already married – ‘vow renewal’.
They showed the wedding ceremony, and it is very customizable. You can set the activities, but unlike with social events, they are optional to do even if you’ve included them. It appears you can add as many activities as you want. I expect that all the ‘wedding events’ are equally customizable. You can also edit the event after you set it up and before the wedding happens (when you use the calendar).
Note that you need to ask the sim of honour, flower pal, etc. in the game vs just assigning it when you set it up. They may say no.
You can buy it online, at the kiosk or make it yourself (you need the gourmet cooking skill), from what I could see the cost was the same regardless of buying or making (despite them commenting re ‘budget weddings’ and making the cake yourself).
There are 9 different shapes and many different flavours/colours.
10 different types of toppers and many different colour/swatches of those toppers.
You can inscribe a message on the topping and keep the topper with message as a memento afterwards.
If you place the bouquet in the world a glass vase gets added.
You can make the bouquets if you have Seasons and it sounded like you got more options with the Seasons’ flowers
Slow dancing plus has additional interactions while slow dancing (kiss, flirt & chat)
Plus adult dancing with a child (as saw in trailer)
Group dancing like the macarena
(noticed that the sim gained the fitness skill when she started dancing, got to level 3 very quickly!)
Other Build/Buy Objects
Two tea sets that you can use. They have more interactions when you use them in a wedding ceremony
5 wedding arches
New bar with a bar back that has room for décor like photos and flowers.
New Buffet Table (Food that gets served is the same as what you see in the kiosk), toasting bucket and drink fountain (i.e. table and drink fountain are already in Luxury Party)
Aisle (short, medium and long), with flowers and with no sides that you can decorate.
Dance floor (three sizes)
Base Game Update
Formal outfits getting more swatches, girls dress in the holiday pack has more colours too.
SimGuruNick had a suggestion after the December 2020 update which may help if the problem is caused by your anti-virus. The suggestion is to manually adjust your GameVersion.txt (in your TS4 folder, found under Documents\Electronic Arts) to the correct version.