High School Year Expansion Trailer & Blog Post Overview (Sims 4)

My Video Overview

Releases Thursday, July 28, 2022

Available for preorder now, no real benefit to preordering.

If you buy the pack by September 8, 2022, you get three bonus items:

Deep Dive Livestream for pack and base game update that precedes it: July 15 at 11 am Pacific on the Sims’ Twitch and their YouTube.

Link to reveal trailer

Link to features blog post

Link to ‘guided tour’ blog post.

Link to Luth’s forum post with all Maxis/SimGuru sourced information on the pack

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Surprise SDX & Expected Timing & Content of Jun 14/22 Game Update (Sims 4)

See my video overview here

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

Expected Timing

The usual time for game updates is 10 am Pacific, here’s a screenshot of when that is in a few time zones:

Link for when that will be in your own time zone.

What’s Expected in the Update

A) New Stuff:

1) New telescope

https://twitter.com/SimGuruNova/status/1536408680022675456
https://twitter.com/SimGuruNova/status/1536414213777657856
Link

2) Lunar cycles

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.

Screenshot from Livestream
Screenshot from Livestream
Screenshot from Livestream

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.

B) Bug Fixes from May 31 Laundry list

Laundry list link

How to Prepare

Basic Steps to Prepare for Computer Players

* Before you update:

1) Make a back up of your saves
2) Move your mods folder to your desktop

After you update:

3) Repair your game in Origin
4) Delete your localthumbcache file

* for more details see my tutorial video

⚠️Reminder: Mods & CC are automatically disabled with most updates⚠️

If you want to temporarily avoid the update, turn off automatic updates & go offline with Origin.

Forum Mod post tracking impact of Jun 14 game update on mods:

Note Luth is on vacation until Thursday per this tweet:

III) Random Tweets re Items in the Werewolves Game Pack (Jun 13/22):

New ‘night light’! (Link to tweet)

Information on the new ‘bus object’ (Link to tweet):

Link to my blog post overview of the Sims 4 Werewolves livestream.

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Highlights from the Sims 4 Werewolves June 10/22 Livestream

Link to their YouTube livestream and their Twitch vod.

Link to my highlights video.

Main Items Covered:

*Including Items Coming to Base Game

  • Create-a-Sim (‘CAS’)
  • World
  • Gameplay, including Lunar Cycles
  • Brief look at Build/Buy

CAS:

Regular CAS:

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.

Werewolf CAS:

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.

Some werewolf examples from the livestream

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.

World:

5 lots but large neighbourhood with various area.

Tweet with lot sizes (1)

and explanation of what’s in the world (2)

Gameplay:

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.

Werewolf Greg

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.

Build/Buy:

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.

Sundry Tweets from After the Livestream

Fated mate tweet :

Tweet re hunting food and vegetarian werewolves:

Link to The Sims 4 Werewolves trailer

Link to The Sims 4 Werewolves blog post

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My Wedding Stories Issues & Workarounds & Mods to Help the Issues (Sims 4)

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.

Wedding Ceremonies

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. ⚠️

Issues and Some Work Arounds:

I will try to link to individual EA AHQ reports, but here’s a link to the general bug section for Sims 4: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/bd-p/The-Sims-4-Bugs

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).

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

Ravasheen Cake a Break Mod:

Ravasheen has a mod for cakes, you can buy all cakes (for packs you have), they will be excellent and never spoil. https://ravasheen.com/download/cake-a-break-buyable-cakes/

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/

English Only Version of Bienchen notes for 20220228 Batch Download

Alternatively, these mods are all now located at Bienchen’s site, so you can pick and choose which mods you want to download. At a glance, I’ve found them either under My Wedding Stories category: https://deichschafblog.de/bienchen/hochzeitsgeschichten-my-wedding-stories/ with some more under her Miscellaneous Mods category: https://deichschafblog.de/bienchen/sonstige-mods-misc-mods/
and the food related ones under her Food category (wedding cake fix under :
https://deichschafblog.de/bienchen/rund-um-mahlzeiten-food-related/

Zero’s MWS Mods:

This first mod by Zero lets you use the mailbox to ask sims to fill roles in your wedding. https://www.patreon.com/posts/mws-pick-wedding-63105314

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

Mod Description by Zero

Chipped Sims Wedding Tweaks Mods:

Wedding tweaks and pets as flower pals:
Original: https://chippedcupanddustybooks.tumblr.com/post/677558371017162752/wedding-tweaks-pets-as-flower-pals-new

Updated, now lets you use small dogs: https://chippedscreationcorner.tumblr.com/post/677985837527580672/wedding-tweaks-pets-as-flower-pals-update

Extended Tartosa vendor hours: https://chippedscreationcorner.jimdofree.com/projects/gameplay-tweaks/wedding-tweaks/

Gameplay Improvements by MissyHissy:

Let’s you hold base game weddings at wedding venues (this is for base game, not MWS): https://www.patreon.com/posts/say-i-do-in-62680424

Lets you throw engagement and rehearsal dinners at restaurants, but there’s a limit of 8 sims who can be seated together (Dine Out limitation): https://www.patreon.com/posts/wedding-dinners-62988140

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My Wedding Stories Livestream Overview (Sims 4)

Link to my video overview

World of Tartosa

Tartosa Map
  • Based on Mediterranean
  • 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.

Clothes

Boutonnieres
  • Formal clothes and hairstyles
  • Boutonnieres for males found under necklaces.
  • From their description, it seems like the veil is part of a hairstyle.

Weddings

6 Event Options for Engaged Sims
  • 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.

Wedding Cake

Some Wedding Cake Options When Sims Make it With Gourmet Cooking Skill
  • 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.

Flowers

Kiosk for Buying Flowers & Bouquets
  • 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

Dancing

Interactions While Slow Dancing
  • 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

Types of Tea
  • Two tea sets that you can use.  They have more interactions when you use them in a wedding ceremony
  • 5 wedding arches
  • New piano
  • 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.
  • Wedding arches getting more swatches
  • Previously mentioned new lot type – wedding venue

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Sims 4 Stuff Packs

STUFF PACKS:
All stuff packs add 1 or more interactive items, as well as a lot of build/buy/CAS items. Sims 4 does have a lot of stuff packs as they seem to have replaced the store that was used in Sims 3 and compared to that, they seem to offer more for your money than it did. I find I use things from all the stuff packs, but here’s a summary I’ve written about them to see what might suit your play style the best:

Do your sims like to be outside?
Backyard Stuff: Adds a lot for outside, including a bird feeder (sims may get attacked, which makes them angry, when filling it, but it’s random), wind chimes, a water slide which can be a fun group interaction and a lemonade tray that sims can use to make lemonade and a couple of other drinks. It also adds 2 six-seater round tables with built in umbrella (so doesn’t work well inside).

Perfect Patio Stuff: Adds a Hot Tub (2 versions) plus a new BBQ, bar and matching kitchen counter/island as well as some more outdoor furniture and other outdoor inspired build/buy/CAS items.

Romantic Garden Stuff: Adds the Wishing Well which can add some randomness to your game as well as the interactive fountain (you can play in and sit on). I’ve added the wishing well to some of the parks in my game. It also added some more flowers if you like landscaping, as well as other outdoor items that are good for building outside.

If you like family play, both Kid’s Room Stuff and Toddler Stuff are good additions. I also find My First Pet Stuff to fit in well with family play:
Kid’s Room Stuff: adds the puppet theater that kids can do puppet shows in as well as build social skill and the void critter station which adds a new collection to the game. Since this is focused on kids, it also adds a lot of kid’s CAS items and, as the name suggests, build/buy items for kids’ rooms. 😊

Toddler Stuff: This gives toddlers some outdoor stuff to interact with and adds a lot of cute outfits (plus the toddler play date). The interactive items are a slide (which I’ve found helpful in building your toddler’s movement skill quickly), the ball pit and the tunnels, as well as a new dollhouse that works well outside. It also adds a lot of CAS items (hair and clothes) for toddlers since that’s it’s focus.

My First Pet Stuff: This is a controversial pack as it requires Sims 4 Cats and Dogs to take advantage of everything in the pack, though it can be used without it. It adds the rodent cage (with four types of rodents, Hamster, mini hedgehog, rat & the voidcritter Bubalos which you can interact with, and also introduces a new death type from the new Guinea Pig Disease (which you can also prevent by researching, then buying and taking the inoculation). Without Cats and Dogs, you can’t access the new pet outfits and the pet objects in buy mode become décor items, though the sims CAS items can be used, as can the rest of the build/buy items. I find the build/buy items to be quirky and mostly suitable for toddlers’ and kids’ rooms, which is why I think this is a family friendly pack.

I’ve not categorized the rest😊:
Fitness Stuff: This adds some fitness videos to your TVs, the climbing treadmill (I tend to add this to community gym lots) and earphones (which has been patched to give sims fun😊). It did add a lot of fitness wear which I use a lot.  I also frequently use the shower and tub that came with it since they are high stats (hygiene, reliability, etc.) for a comparably low cost.

Cool Kitchen Stuff: Adds an ice cream maker which I use to have my sims make Taste of Diet ice cream which can help your sims lose weight very quickly (I find it takes two bowls/cones).  If you have Dine Out, you can add ice cream to your menu (it comes with a lot of flavours). It also adds some nice décor items for decorating kitchens and it comes with quite a lot of CAS items for teen and up (I recently compared a bunch of stuff packs as someone was asking me which packs came with the most CAS items, and at that time this was near or at the top).

Movie Stuff: Adds the popcorn maker and some movies your sims can watch on any TV as well as a lot of boho CAS/build/buy items (I use these quite often when playing). Some people have created ‘movie theaters’ though there isn’t a specific lot type for movies.

Bowling Night Stuff: Gives you the ability to add bowling lanes to bars, nightclubs and lounges (i.e. there is no specific lot type for bowling). It added a 5-level bowling skill that kids and up can learn. I find it takes a while to actually bowl, but it did add a lot of mostly bowling inspired build/buy items to the game. I do use the CAS items quite a lot.

Laundry Day Stuff: This is the stuff pack that was made with input from the community. It adds laundry (as the name indicates) in the form of a washer and a dryer, as well as a wash tub that sims can use to wash laundry by hand and a drying line. If your sims use the wash tub to do laundry they will build their fitness skill.  There are also three types of hampers that you can interact with. The need to do laundry will only trigger if you add one of these laundry items to your lot and unlike in Sims 3, you only need one hamper to collect the laundry from anywhere on the lot (though it may get full very quickly, so you may want to add more depending on how many sims you have in your household. It also adds some nice build/buy/CAS items, including a round six-seater table.

Vintage Glamour Stuff: Gives sims the ability to hire a butler and a vanity table that sims can interact with to add temporary make up (this doesn’t replace the makeup given to them in CAS and I believe goes away when they shower, possibly when they sleep). It adds build/buy/CAS items in the theme of the pack, including 2 new double beds.

Luxury Party Stuff: This adds a buffet table and drink fountain as well as a few new recipes, sims with mischief skill can also be mischievous with the Drink Fountain. I find the buffet table can be useful for wedding lots and if your sims like to entertain a lot. It adds build/buy/CAS items in accordance with the theme (i.e. it adds more formal outfits in CAS 😊).

Spooky Stuff: Adds a new party (spooky party), a lot of costumes, which some people use for role play (pirate, fairies) a pumpkin carving table (builds handiness for teens and up, kids can also use) and an interactive candy bowl as well as a lot of build/buy items that suit the ‘spooky’ theme.

Moschino Stuff: Adds the new freelancer fashion photographer career, and the tripod, photo marks & a camera you unlock by maxing the career. It also adds two photography skill books and build/buy/cas items that suit the theme.  The tripod is a fun addition; if you use it, it means the photos will always be excellent (no more thumbs, blurry pictures or photo bombing gnomes), it gives you more poses, you can take up to 10 photos, you can change the pose and more freely change the angle of the photo you’re taking.

I have an overview video here: https://youtu.be/sXDleg-UmAk

Tiny Living Stuff: Adds the new lot type ‘Tiny Home Residential’, the murphy bed and the all in one television, bookcase and stereo.  The murphy bed adds the chance of death and a new ghost type if a sim is killed by the murphy bed.  At the time of release the murphy bed breaks every time it is used (see report on EA AHQ https://tinyurl.com/s2noys4 ).  There are also mods to eliminate the chance of death, among other things.

There are three tiers to the new lot type, ‘micro home’ which is 4 to 32 tiles, ‘tiny home’, which is 33 to 64 tiles, and ‘small home’, which is 65 to 100 tiles.  As the lot gets smaller the property gets more advantages; see screenshot.

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I have a couple of speed builds using the new lot type, including some ‘tips’ on how to add more space without increasing the number of tiles.

Nifty Knitting: This is the second stuff pack that was made with help from input from the sims community & the voted pack theme is ‘DIY Delight’. It comes with a new creative aspiration ‘Lady/Lord of the Knits’, the 10 level knitting skill which children can also learn (it will also help children’s motor skill at the same time if that has not been maxed).  As sims increase their knitting skill it unlocks additional things that can be knit, including baby onesies. When a sim completes the knitting aspiration they unlock the ability to knit a yarnie toy & the forbidden sweater and the ability to dispel the sweater curse.  It also adds Plopsy, which allows sims to advertise things they knit, as well as other things sims craft (paintings & woodworking sculptures {base game}, flower arrangements {Seasons}, candles {Eco Lifestyle}) for a small fee. For those with Parenthood, knitting also helps children and teens with their emotional control. 

Sims 4 Game Packs

GAME PACKS:
I think the Sims Team has done a great job with the game packs and I enjoy them all. I find they all add a lot to the game, but again whether it’s a fit for you depends on what you like to do in your game.😊

Parenthood:
If you like family play, then I would recommend Parenthood as it adds a lot to family play, including new interactions and with the use of the family bulletin board the ability to give curfews (but it’s for all the kids in the house, regardless of age, but it’s also optional). It adds new character values which toddlers through teens can work on and earn when they age up to young adult (manners, responsibility, empathy, emotional control and conflict resolution, either positive or negative depending on the actions as a toddler through teen). It also adds a new family aspiration (for parents/caregivers) and it makes it a lot easier for a sim caregiver to influence their children to do things, which is very handy if you are doing challenges that don’t let you control them directly (such as Drifter Challenge).  It also adds a lot of nice CAS/build/buy items which I use a lot.

While I use all the features from Parenthood in many of my Let’s Plays, including my Drifter Challenge & Foster Child Challenge, I have a completed Let’s Play that was specifically for the Parenthood Game Pack, here’s a link to playlist:

I also did a two part tutorial on the benefits of having positive Parenthood values and how to get them, here’s a link to the first part:

There are two vacation packs, Outdoor Retreat and Jungle Adventures.
My favourite game pack is Outdoor Retreat because I like to do challenges and it is used in a lot of challenges (more so than any other game pack) and I use it myself when I do Rags to Riches challenges as the tent, portable shower and cooler can come in handy for those.  I also like to use the cloud gaze/star gaze interaction to make my Sims inspired and if you do it with another sim it helps build their friendship very easily. The Carl Sims 4 Guide it mentions that it added three reward traits, one of which is ‘Incredibly Friendly’ (it costs 2000 reward points) which I often get my sims as it makes making friends so much easier.  This pack also comes with one new (nature) aspiration, one new trait and one new skill (the herbalism skill). I also like to use Granite Falls as a destination for family vacations and honeymoons. The world of Granite Falls comes with a rental neighbourhood with 5 rental lots, one of which is a camp site.  It also has the National Park and the hidden lot for the hermit that you access from the National Park.  The rental lots and the hermit’s hidden lot require the bb.enablefreebuild cheat to edit while your sims are on the lot. I do use the CAS/build/buy items, but I like and use build/buy items from most of the other packs a bit more (apart from some of the terrain plants, which I do use quite often from Outdoor Retreat.

I have a tutorial on how to find the Hermit, here’s a link:

I’m really enjoying Jungle Adventures and if you max the new archaeology skill that comes with the pack it can be a real money maker (as can exploring the temple). It fits well if you have Outdoor Retreat as the tent, portable shower and cooler can come in very handy when you are exploring, and you can also use the insect repellant and deodorizing cream you can craft with the herbalism skill. The vacation world of Selvadorada is very large, even more so when you include the jungle that you need to explore (and the areas are shown on the map with a ‘?’ as you always have to explore to find them). It also adds two new lot traits, two new aspirations (one knowledge & one nature), two new collections and a few more collectibles to existing base game collections (fish, fossils and crystals). It also works really well if you like to build your sim’s skills as certain skills (gardening, fishing, handiness, logic, rocket science and charisma, as well as the two new skills, archaeology and the local culture skill) help you do better when exploring the jungle and the temple. The CAS/build/buy items work well with the theme and I love the new display case you can use to display collectibles that came with this pack.

I did a Let’s Play exploring Jungle Adventures, here’s a link:

I also have a three part tutorial with some tips on Jungle Adventures, here’s a link to the first in the playlist: TutorialThumb10_JA_pt1_PrepFBhttps://youtu.be/guLUqy1ylHU

Spa Day:
Spa Day adds the new wellness skill and the items you need for it (yoga mat, meditation stool, massage chair and massage table). It comes with a few pre-built spas that you can add to any world, but you can also add the spa items to any gym, including existing ones in the world and the massage therapist and yoga instructor will come to those lots (so they function as both a spa and a gym). You can also have your female sims get a fertility massage which is supposed to increase their chances of getting pregnant (for a window of time) and increase the chances of multiples. I use the CAS/build/buy items from Spa Day quite a lot.

Dine Out:
Dine Out is great if you want to run restaurants and it can be fun to take your sims to restaurants, though dining can take a lot of time. You can own more than one restaurant and unlike retail stores that come with Get to Work, they can run when you aren’t there, though they are likely to lose stars. Your sims can manage the restaurant, but they can’t be the chef, host or wait staff, and neither can any of your household members. It still is challenging to try and get a 5-star restaurant. I use the build/buy/CAS items from Dine Out quite often, especially the décor items.

Vampires:
Vampires is great if you like vampires as they did a very good job with them in this iteration of the game. This pack also added the small world of Forgotten Hollow which comes with 5 lots, one is empty, 2 are occupied and 2 are unoccupied.

Vampires can level up in rank, and as they level up in rank they can add strengths and weaknesses. Only teens and up display their powers, and once they reach young adult they stop aging (or they stop when they are turned). This pack comes with three aspirations (family, knowledge and popularity).  It also adds the 15-level vampire lore skill and the 10 level Organ skill. If you don’t want vampires to ‘feed’ on your sims and night, locking the door can help, though I’ve had my sims mesmerized and come outside. I tend to have my non vampire sims learn enough vampire lore to buy garlic (and plant it at their doors) and to make garlic wreaths. I have also had my sims (vampire and non vampire) make a lot of money by maxing their vampire lore skill, planting the necessary ingredients and making and selling the cure and the draught of reconfiguration (you can sell it into your inventory, but the real money maker is if you sell it with a 300% mark up on the yard sale table, which comes with City Living and Jungle Adventures). The build/buy items add a lot of Victorian items, as well as wall/window decals & spider webs you can use to make houses look decrepit. The CAS items are also in keeping with this theme, though even so, I still find I use a few items quite regularly.

I have a Rags to Riches series that focused on Vampires, here’s a link to the playlist: ThumbV2RtoRPt01https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrLGL-akQpVx0_fUfpUekohM

StrangerVille:

StrangerVille is quite different from other game packs as it adds a story/mystery that your sims can play through.  EA has made it so that the ‘possessed sims’ are only supposed to be in the new world of StrangerVille that comes with the pack.  If you want to completely remove any signs of the mystery, you need to play through the mystery and the Strangerville Mystery aspiration has been added to help guide you through it (it’s found under the Location type of aspiration). That said, if you don’t want to play through the mystery, apart from having a few possessed sims in the StrangerVille world and some harmless strange plants around, there’s not much impact on game play until you start investigating.  The new world is quite large for a game pack; it has 11 editable lots and one special, not editable lot (unless you add use a mod).  It also adds the aforementioned  aspiration and a trait (paranoid) that fit with the theme of the pack.

The pack also adds the military career, which your sims can choose to work from home or go into work (then it’s like the other rabbit hole careers).  It also adds new build/buy/cas items, including laptops (2 versions, one entry level & one better quality) that can be dragged into your sim’s inventory and taken with you though it has to be placed on a table, desk or island counter to be used, sims are unable to use it in their lap.

I have a completed mini Let’s Play where one of my sims completed the StrangerVille Mystery if you’d like to check it out.  Th01StrVilleFBhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrLAVXnKQ86F6QvH67QCOsru

Realm of Magic:

Realm of Magic added the new occult, Spellcasters.  Sims can be created as spellcasters in CAS, in the game or they can be born as spellcasters.  There is no new skill but there are 24 spells from three different types of magic (Practical, Mischief and Untamed) and 15 potions sims can learn.  Similar to vampires, spellcasters rank up and as they do, they earn points that they can use to buy perks.  Unlike vampires, spellcasters do not have to choose weaknesses, but they can be cursed when doing magic, brewing or drinking potions since the spells and potions have a chance of failing.  A spellcaster can have up to three curses at one time, though there is a spell and a potion that can be used to remove them (though these can fail and result in more curses).

If a sim is born a spellcaster, they can’t use any powers until they are teens, though those born as spellcasters can have one of the three new traits that came with the game, weak bloodline, strong bloodline and ancient bloodline. These traits affect how quickly they rank up as spellcasters and how many perk points they earn as they rank up. There are also two new aspirations with this pack (one knowledge and one nature).

This pack came with the new world of Glimmerbrook which has 5 lots, 2 are occupied, one is a bar, one is empty (with a few trees) and the other is unoccupied.  It also comes with Magic HQ which you access through the magic portal in Glimmerbrook or through a spellcaster’s ‘glimmerstone’ which can be found in their personal inventory.

This pack adds CAS/build/buy items that fit with the magic theme, including a cauldron for making potions and even a few cooked meals, including mac & cheese.

I find making my sims spellcasters helps when them get to class on time as university students if you have the Discover University Expansion pack.

I have a Rags to Riches Let’s Play for Realm of Magic, here’s a link to the play list:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrKbCbCLyrF1HCoEaDe3pbrORoMR2RTh01FB

 

 

Sims 4 Expansion Packs

EXPANSION PACKS:

Get to Work:

As you may know, Get to Work adds 3 active careers (Scientist, Detective and Doctor) and the ability to run your own retail business which is of course a big feature. With the active careers you get the choice to go to work with your sim or just send them like it is a rabbit hole.  It adds aliens, and the ability to be abducted by them, with a possibility for males to come back pregnant with an alien baby (the bassinet gives you the option to send back to the home world, but this can only be done while they are babies). It adds the small world of Magnolia Promenade with 4 retail lots, the three work lots (science lab in one neighborhood and hospital and police station in another, these can be accessed when you go to work) and the hidden alien world Sixam.

The pack also adds illness; you can cure illness with medicine purchased on the computer and if you have Seasons, you can get the medicine on the phone under gifts. You can also help treat symptoms with tea, juice or rest, you do not go to the hospital to cure your illness. With the advent of the doctor career, this pack also adds the ability to have your baby at the hospital (you get a ‘birth certificate’ when you do; this also can be purchased in debug). You also get the 10-level baking skill and it also adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items.

I have a tutorial on how to get to Sixam, here’s a link: https://youtu.be/NbeqA9fhkrYTutorialThumb09_SixamFB

I have a completed Let’s Play that examines the Scientist Career and aliens, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrLodZ-82s9WtGPNUU22h0xJalienencth01fb

I also examine the Scientist Career in House 4 of the Drifter Challenge, here’s a link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrLRGiUSAmnfEKz_LnQ_RePx

Get Together:

I love the large new world of Windenburg and the variety of townies that live there that came with Get Together. It currently is the largest world of all the packs released with 27 lots in total, 3 of which are special (Von Haunt Estate, The Bluffs & Ancient Ruins). 10 are community lots and 14 are residential (8 have households, 2 are empty and 3 are empty starter homes & the final is a more expensive empty home). Two of the occupied residential lots are 64×64 (I usually move the sims to another lot and bulldoze the houses when I want to use them 🙂).  It also adds special nights at clubs; singles night, ghost night, alien night (if you have Get to Work), and knight night to name a few. This pack added a new venue type ‘cafe’ and the espresso machine to go with that (two types, one two part one for regular counters and one for the special cafe bar). 

This pack came with one new aspiration (Leader of the Pack, a popularity aspiration) and two new traits (Insider and Dance Machine).

The club system can be a powerful tool to help with skill building, among other things and it continues to be integrated into new packs and features as they get added. It can also be a useful to meet singles or just other sims with similar traits to your sims. I use the club system with my households of two or more all the time, which is what makes this one of my most used packs in my game.

The pack also added the 10 level DJ skill and the 5-level dancing skill. It also added 2 new woohoo spots (closet and bush) as well as a nice selection of build/buy objects I use frequently, not to mention the usual CAS items.

I have a tutorial video on how I use the Club System to help build skills; here’s a link: TutorialThumb02V2_GTClubs https://youtu.be/1RGHJakCv-U

City Living:

City Living comes with the city of San Myshuno with apartments and penthouses, as well as some new townies to go with this new world both of which are fun to play with. While you can edit the interior of the apartments, including moving any interior walls, you cannot build your own apartments, either in the city or in other worlds. I do find the noisy neighbours that you get with apartments can be annoying after a while, though if you are not opposed to using mods, I believe there is a mod that you can use to stop this.  You can also evict all your neighbours and make sure lots don’t get automatically filled to avoid that.

You can fully edit penthouses, but can not add basements to them.  I use the additional lot traits that came with the pack as I find some very useful (for example the ley line trait is great if you want your sims to have twins).

I like the festivals (Spice Festival, Romance Festival, Humor & Hijinks Festival, GeekCon, and the Flea Market) and the 10-level singing skill and karaoke is fun. The produce stands that pop up in the City are also handy to buy certain ‘plants’ from that you can in turn plant, though they are fairly pricey.  This is especially helpful since the gardening overhaul makes it harder to harvest plants in the wild, even more so if you have the Seasons expansion pack in your game.  This pack adds one new aspiration (Location: City Native). It also adds three new careers, Social Media, Critic and Politician. Your sims can work from home with these careers and all three careers have two different branches they split into. The build/buy/CAS items that came with the game are also very nice and I use the street gallery to sell paintings (you can have street sales in any world, not just San Myshuno) and the yard sale table to sell things too, both can be a great way to make money when your sims are ‘self employed’.

I have a tutorial on using the Street Gallery and the Yard Sale Table works the same way.
https://youtu.be/umA7R-Y2PS0

I did a Let’s Play on City Living; here’s a link to the playlist:CLThumbV4Ep30 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrLBcJQiK_8Qaqv0c-PJkWN4https://youtu.be/ZD_tNY_xyM4

Cats and Dogs:

Cats and Dogs adds the new world of Brindleton Bay, and cats and dogs as the name suggests. It also adds a new aspiration (Friend of the Animals) and a couple of traits (Cat Lover & Dog Lover). It also adds the ability to own and run a vet clinic as well as the vet skill to go with the clinic and a training skill to train the pets. You can’t control cats and dogs, and unlike in Sims 3 they take up a full slot in your household (in Sims 3 you could have up to 10 slots if 2 were pets). It adds some great CAS/build/buy items that I really like, though that pets themselves aren’t my favourite (I find the pet fears a bit annoying, dogs get dirty too much, taking walks takes forever, even short ones but at the same time I still add a cat or dog to most of my households ). Pets does tend to be a favourite expansion of the game, so if you are really into cats and dogs it’s probably a good addition to your game.

I have a couple of Cats and Dogs Let’s Plays which are now finished; here are the links: In the first one my sims buy and run a vet clinic, as well as complete the new animal aspiration and in the second one I explore Cats and Dogs in a family setting.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PyPCBQSeZfrKcWftBqLnBuZBxIxISdCTB
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrIpzmDKri5peVIbCFPnSfmy

Seasons:

Seasons adds ‘seasons’ as the name indicates, weather and the new calendar system with customizable holidays. It adds a gardening career which has two branches, which is like the City Living careers where you can work from home. There is no new world, but the existing worlds all got overhauled to allow for Seasons. It added the new 10 level flower arranging skill & new plants (mostly flowers but a couple that can be eaten). It also added more activities; skating rink (both ice/roller), swings, sprinkler, toddler wading pool to name a couple. It also adds the Scout after school activity that’s available for both children and teens; if they max it by collecting all the badges they will get a trait ‘scouting aptitude’ which is supposed to boost skill gain (*per the Carl’s Sims 4 site, it is a 25% boost). There were also three new NPCs added, Father Winter, the Flower Bunny and Patchy (you unlock by buying the scarecrow in buy mode and building a relationship with him). One of my favourite features is the Money Tree that you can buy with 5,000 reward points.  Once it matures it will produce ‘fruit’, which can be sold off the tree but not harvested, with a starting value of approx 8,000 simoleons. The pack also adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items that suit the theme of Seasons.

I have a Let’s Play on Seasons that is now finished; here’s a link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrJnPokdeR-gs9UuPlO3wBVY

Link to Carl’s Sims 4 site re: scouting: http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/expansionpacks/seasons/scouting.php

Get Famous:

Get Famous added the new world of Del Sol Valley which has three neighbourhoods; one with 5 community lots and the other two are residential, one with 2 starter homes and an empty lot and the other with 3 ‘celebrity’ homes.  It also adds the celebrity or fame system which can apply to all sims and across all packs, not just acting, and the reputation system which is separate from fame.  Your sims can either get a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ reputation and there are levels as to how good or bad it can be.  I’ve only played with the ‘good’ aspect but have noticed if you get to the second tier (‘great’) it makes it much easier to get golds on social events, your sims will get job offers starting at level 3 through 5, it helps make friends easier and your sim will get asked on blind dates. It also adds the 10 level acting skill, the 5 level media skill, the Actor career, two new aspirations (Master Actress and World Famous Celebrity) and one new trait that sims can be given when you create them (Self absorbed) and new lot traits (two for community lots and one for residential lots). Drama Club is a new after school activity that has been added for children and teens, though if you have Seasons you have to chose between it and Scouts even though they run at different times. This pack also adds two new aspirations (Creativity: Master Actress and Popularity: World-Famous Celebrity) and a new trait (self absorbed).

The pack adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items that suit the theme of Get Famous, including the new fish pond that can be stocked with three types of fish, including piranhas and sharks or with sprites.  It also adds a vault which is a new woohoo spot if you add enough money to it.

I have a Let’s Play on Get Famous that has now ended; here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrLfmRPZ6LLRZ4rHaMONfQ3I

GetFamousRtoRThumb01FBv1aMy Seasons Let’s Play, which is linked above, also takes a brief look at how Get Famous can affect existing families starting from part 39.

Island Living:

Island Living added the island world of Sulani which has three neighbourhoods with 14 lots in total, three that are community lots (one bar and two beach lots, which is a new lot type).  This pack added the ability to wade and swim in open water, which included some water lot types, which are unique to Island Living.  There are dolphins you can befriend, you can beach comb for treasure, collect shells and you can build sand castles.  This pack added three new lot traits (Oceanic Paradise which is locked to certain lots, Island Spirits and Volcanic Activity). It also added two new traits for sims (Child of the Island and Child of the Ocean) and a new aspiration, Beach Life which if you complete you earn the trait ‘Laid Back’; if sims earn this trait they will never become tense. There is also a waterfall on the island of Mua Pe’lam that sims can woohoo in.

This pack adds new jobs, one full time and three part time.  The full time career is Conservationist, and it has  two branches.  As a conservationist you can choose to work from home or go into work (as a rabbit hole), and one goal is to improve Mua Pe’lam.  There are two stages to improving Mua Pe’lam and you will notice a difference as you reach the two stages.  This pack also added three part time careers, lifeguard, which is available for teen and up and fisherman and diver, which are only available from young adult and up.

Island Living adds a new occult type, Mermaid.  You can create them in CAS or sims can eat mermaidic kelp to turn into a mermaid.  Mermaids can also eat the mermaidic kelp to revert to a normal lifespan.

The pack adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items that suit the theme of Island Living, including a new wedding arch, boats (aqua zip and canoes).

While Sulani is a residential world, not a vacation destination, if you have Get to Work, Dine Out or Cats and Dogs you can use those business options to buy a second ‘lot’ to use as a vacation home and I examine that in my Get Famous Let’s Play, which is linked above, takes a brief look at Island Living from a ‘vacation’ perspective.

I have a Let’s Play on Island Living that is currently ongoing; here’s a link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrIgFV1cYLNjFMhrXm-e0lvvIslLvgTh01FB

Discover University:

Discover University added the new world of Britechester which comes with three neighbourhoods; one for each of the two Universities added with the pack, Foxbury Institute and Britechester University (UBrite) and one for the town.  The two university neighbourhoods have three university dorms (new lot type) which can be changed to other lot types from the world menu (and the university dorm lot type can be used anywhere) and one ‘commons’ for the university.  The ‘town’ of Britechester comes with five lots, one is a bar, one is a library and three are residential, one of the residential lots is empty, the other two are occupied (one is occupied by the Pleasant twins from Sims 2).

This pack comes with one new knowledge aspiration (Academic). There are new lot types, including the aforementioned University Housing and two new lot traits.  While there are no sororities or fraternities with the pack, both universities have three organizations that sims can join if they attend the university.  There is also a secret society that any university student can attend if they get invited.

The university classes themselves are rabbit holes, though the organization events themselves are active.

This pack comes with two new skills, robotics and research & debate. It also comes with three new work from home careers (Law, Engineering and Teaching, all three have separate branches).  Getting a university degree will help you start ahead in the careers they relate to, which is specified up front when you apply. A sim can start anywhere from level 6 to 8 if the degree relates to it, where they start depends on their grade average and if they did a regular or distinguished degree.  A sim needs to complete 12 courses to do a degree and each term takes 5 business days (so essentially a week since there are no classes on weekends).  If a sim chooses to enroll a second time they will only need to do 8 or 9 courses for their subsequent degrees (from what I can gather, 8 if they did a distinguished degree and 9 if they did a regular degree).

Along with the robotics skill, this pack adds the new occult ‘servos’, which must be built and can’t be created in CAS.

The pack adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items that suit the theme of Discover University, including robotics station that you can use to build bots and servos, a high end laptop and the new Research and Development machine.

I have two Let’s Plays for Discover University, one is a Rags to Riches LP and the sim is attending Britechester, link to the playlist is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrIrWL1uFuBK7FXQYL5IZ_WlR2RDUTh01FB

The other is with my oldest child from Island Living and he is attending Foxbury, link to the playlist is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrKXp701duP9PfFlCc2qe9QHUniLifeThA01FB

Eco Lifestyle:

Eco Lifestyle adds a new world, Evergreen Harbor, which comes with three new neighbourhoods, two of which have small apartment buildings, previously only found in City Living. All three neighbourhoods also have a Community Space lot, the new lot type ‘Community Space’ that comes with the pack. This can be changed in game through voting to be one of three options, Community Garden, Maker Space and Marketplace. You can also vote on Neighbourhood Action Plans (‘NAPs’), which will impact your sim’s neighbourhood. Some will encourage your neighbourhood to become greener, others just encourage various actions. I have a blog post that goes over some of the current issues with the pack, and commonly with NAPs, the link is here: https://maplesimmer.video.blog/2020/07/18/n-a-p-issues-with-sims-4-eco-lifestyle/

This pack comes with two new aspirations, one creative (Master Maker) and one nature (Eco Innovator) and new sim traits, Maker, Freegan, Green Fiend and Recycle Disciple. There are new lot traits, that suit the pack theme, they are Reduce and Recycle, Natural Well, Geothermal, Eco Lot and Landfill Lot.

This pack comes with two new skills, fabrication (10 levels) and juice fizzing (5 levels). It also adds the work from home Civil Designer career (with two branches) and the freelancer Maker career.

The pack adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items that suit the theme of Eco Lifestyle, including the recycler, fabricator, candle making station, juice fizzer and items to help generate power (solar panels & windmills) and water (dew collector).

I have a rags to riches Let’s Play for Eco Lifestyle, link to the playlist is here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrJxIzjg9PG6lc0KB7nYnzVE

Snowy Escape:

Snowy Escape adds a new world, Mt. Komorebi, that has 3 neighbourhoods and is inspired by Japan. This includes the Yukimatsu neighbourhood which is a mountain neighbourhood for skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Yukimatsu also includes two vacation lots and the Onsen Bathhouse, which is a new lot type added with the pack. The latter is required for the new, special mountain climbing social event and once you reach the top of the mountain (ie complete the event), there is a lot there that you can freely build on but to reach it again you have to do the mountain climbing event again, as the lot is hidden from the world map. The sim leading the event will earn one of two traits, depending on how successful the trek was. It is perpetually winter in Yukimatsu, including while on the mountain climbing event, and the Seasons Expansion Pack is not needed for this.

The other two neighbourhoods, Senbamachi and Wakaba are not winter neighbourhoods and experience changes in Seasons if you have that expansion pack (and they are perpetually sunny if you don’t). The pack also adds the ability to hike in the Senbamachi and Yukimatsu neighbourhoods, but beware as your sims can get attacked by critters (which vary and there are deterrents and remedies you can get at vending machines found in the neighourhoods). Each neighbourhood also has its own unique festival and you can get information on the festivals and what critters are currently around at the information boards in the neighbourhoods. You will also get a pop up on your notifications when each festival starts.

The pack also adds a new collection, Simmi Capsules, which can be bought at special vending machines found in the neighbourhoods. Sims can also get Simmis when making a wish on a Forest Spirit and children can request them from Yamachan, a new festival NPC added with the pack.

This pack comes with two new aspirations, one athletic (Extreme Sports Enthusiast) and one location (Mt. Komorebi Sightseer) and two new sim traits (Adventurer and Proper). Both aspirations help to walk you through many of the things that come with this pack.

The base game update that preceded this pack release added
1) the ability to make lots in any residential world a rental lot so sims can vacation in any residential worlds if you add a rental lot to that world, and
2) sentiments which sims develop based on their interactions with others.

Snowy Escape builds on the sentiments added in the base game update by adding additional sentiments that suit the pack theme. The pack also added Lifestyles which sims can develop over time. There is supposed to be a limit of three lifestyles, however, they are extremely glitchy at the time I’m writing this (April 2021), so sims currently get more than three lifestyles and they don’t remove properly even when you use the methods given by the game (a reward potion & coaching, the latter which is accessed by the phone). As with many features added in later packs, lifestyles and even sentiments seem over the top and while they may be fun for one play through, I find they get very annoying with repeat game play, so I have turned lifestyles off in most of my saves (under game options, game play). Unfortunately we do not have the ability to turn off sentiments and there is currently a bug report whereby sentiments are applied with no reason and this includes the issue that toddlers get angry/hurt sentiments from their parents/caregivers giving baths that persist and damage their relationship (I try to limit this by having the toddler initiate these type of requests). Link to EA AHQ for this bug report: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/OPEN-Negative-Sentiment-Applied-Without-Reason/m-p/9751258#M163344

This pack comes with three new skills, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding (10 levels). Once you max the snowboarding skill your sim can record a video while snowboarding and upload it on a computer for daily royalties. Once they max the skiing skill sims have the option to teach skiing during day time hours and they will disappear for a while and then come back. Neither seems to pay that well, but it is another source of income. I prefer the snowboarding royalties as they do continue daily and you get 150 simoleons a day) and It also adds the rabbit hole SalaryPerson career (with two branches) which is said to have long hours. I have not played it yet as I prefer the work from home careers that most recent packs have been adding and this feels like a step backwards to me.

There are new ways to die with Snowy Escape. One is from a vending machine falling on your sim too many times (my understanding is that if they get injured from a vending machine, if they have it fall on them again while still injured they will die) and if they slip and fall while rock climbing, though my understanding is that this is more likely to happen on icy rock climbs found on the mountain expedition.

The pack adds a bunch of build/buy/CAS items that suit both the Japanese and winter inspired theme, including skiis and snowboards that unlock as you level up the skill.

I have a rags to riches Let’s Play for Snowy Escape, link to the playlist is here:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrKaEoTWy5RE4fRfW763JzGa

Sims 4 DLC (Downloadable Content)

I see a lot of people ask for recommendations on what pack to buy for Sims 4 so this is my introduction to the original three types and some sources for detailed information on the packs. I also have a brief write up on each of the packs currently available, which also link to my Let’s Plays, Challenges or tutorials for some of the packs. For those trying to decide, they will follow in separate blog points, which I also link here.😊

Expansion Packs: maplesimmer.video.blog/2018/10/25/sims-4-expansion-packs/
Game Packs: maplesimmer.video.blog/2018/10/25/sims-4-game-packs/
Stuff Packs: maplesimmer.video.blog/2018/10/25/sims-4-stuff-packs/

Keep in mind there are four types of packs, or DLC (downloadable content) for The Sims 4. The original three types are expansion, game and stuff pack with the fourth type, kits, being added in March 2021. I attach a screenshot from EA’s site summarizing the difference between the original three types of packs, as well as a link to their site. https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/about-packs

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Kits are seen as mini collections that focus on one thing and are considered very niche and they aren’t expected to appeal to everyone. Three different types of kits were released at launch. One focused on create a sim (Throwback Fit), one on build/buy mode (Country Kitchen) and one on Game Play (Bust the Dust). It was explained at the launch that going forward EA would likely just release one kit at a time.

The best pack for you, be it expansion, game or stuff pack and even kits, really depends on how you like to play. For example, someone who likes to play with families will probably prefer something different than someone who likes occult sims or from someone who mainly likes to build, etc.

If you want to see a detailed look at each Sims 4 DLC, I find the Carl Sims 4 Guide is a good source, this covers all expansion and game packs as well as stuff packs up to Vintage Glamour, so I’d recommend them as a source to look through to help you in your decision. http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/expansionpacks/

If you want to see what comes in each pack, ie cas/build/buy items, Origin will show you or you can look on YouTube for reviews as the reviewers usually show you what comes in the pack.