Aliens Stole My Parents Scenario (Sims 4)

This scenario requires you to start with a family with one teen, one child and at least one sim who is young adult and over. They are able to start with a home, however my twist is that they will be starting on an empty lot and only the 500 simoleons the aliens left them.

Playlist link

I am doing the scenario with the Cope family, two young adults and their two children, i.e. one teen and one child. Gallery link

Scenario Goals:

Recap of the goals shown in the screenshots:

  • Have 15,000 simoleons (the aliens take all but 500 simoleons)
  • Raise Child’s grade to an A
  • Raise Teen’s grade to an A
  • Complete and aspiration with the Child Sim
  • Group Cook Together
  • Have the Teen Sim get a Part-Time job
  • Hire a Nanny

Additional Goals:

As I mentioned, my sims will be starting on an empty lot, so their additional goal will be to build a home. Extra goals will be to furnish it with all the basics needed for a sim to live and to still have 15,000 after doing that.

Notes on Starting Grades:

I’ve noticed while playing that if you choose the option to start with a new household, your teen and child will start as C students. However if you start with a household already placed in the world, the teen and child start as F students. I wasn’t aware of that when I started this scenario, so my teen and child got the easier start by being C students. I expect they should be consistent so have created a bug report for that. If you notice the same thing, head over to EA AHQ and add a ‘Me Too’ to the report.

In Game Families that Meet Scenario Guidelines:

In case you’re curious, I took a look to see what existing families can be used for the new Aliens Stole My Parents scenario. This is across all packs released to date, and can easily be seen by looking in other families in manage household, but I thought I’d share.

Are there any families here that interest you to try the scenario out with? I tried playing the Goth household just for fun, though in my renovated version of their home, after I removed the garden plants I had added and a few other skill building items. I shared the results in my Facebook group.

  • Willowcreek – Goths (harkens back to the lore of Bella being abducted in past Sims)
  • Windenburg – Bjergsen & Munch (two families)
  • Mount Komorebi – Ito
  • Tartosa – Laurent
  • Copperdale – Prescott (however, I would avoid this family as playing this household removes the mom as principal!)

Note there are a couple of households with more than one teen and a child, or one teen and two children, but they don’t fit the scenario.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Rags to Riches?: High School Years Edition (Sims 4)

Meet our teens, Hermione Driver (Genius & Bookworm) and her younger twin siblings, Hugo (Creative & Overachiever) and Harry (Good & Active). Their younger brother Herbert, who is still a child, will be joining them once they have a home. All four sims were born in House 7 of my Drifter Challenge.

Playlist

Goals:

  1. To complete two of the four aspirations that came with High School Years (Goal Oriented and Admired Icon). We will take a look at the other two aspirations (Drama Lama & Live Fast) and attempt to do the first tier of both if we can.
  2. They all need to max the new 5 level entrepreneurial skill.
  3. Each sim will complete a different after school activity (i.e. the four new ones that come with High School Years, Cheerleader, Football Team, Chess Team & Computer Team) and they will also all max one of the two new part time careers that came with the pack (Video Game Streamer & Simfluencer, between our sims, both careers will be covered).
  4. To build at a minimum a three bedroom, two bathroom home.
  5. To see how much money they can make after building their home!
  6. We will also try to examine the other new aspects that come with the pack including prom, social bunny and Trendi.

Rags to Riches Rules for This Challenge:

They will start with nothing on the now empty 30×20 Hillside Haven lot that usually has a rental property on it in Copperdale.

Since selling paintings directly helps the entrepreneurial skill, they will be able to sell those directly without a street gallery, however, for other items they first need a yard sale table. They can sell paintings on a street gallery, I just won’t require it.

They will earn money from odd jobs and their part time careers to get the ‘seed’ money needed to get the yard sale table & do some painting.

For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord

Pre High School Year’s Game Update (Sims 4, July 2022)

Video link

After the Update:

Link to Update Notes: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/update-07-26-2022

Link to Forum Post Tracking Mod Impact: https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/1001789/broken-updated-mods-cc-july-26-22-sexual-orientation-high-school-etc-patch/p1

My video on the Aging Bug after the update, this goes over what it is and how to work around it & link to EA AHQ bug report.

Expected Timing

Game updates usually go live at 10 am Pacific, therefore based on that here’s when the update is expected in some time zones:

Link for when that’s expected in your own time zone.

How to Prepare (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

Note mods and custom content will be automatically disabled. This is a big update so mods are expected to break.

Luth always has a good mod tracking post over on the forums. I’ll add a link when it’s available. Here’s a link to the Werewolves tracking post to start, it should also link to the new one once it’s available.

For more details see my (Maple Simmer) tutorial video 

What’s Expected

What’s New:

1. Body Hair – for arms, legs, torso (chest) and back. It’s supposed to be available for both genders.

High School Years Expansion Pack adds the ability to shave, this also includes facial hair.

2. Ability to set your Sims’ Sexual Orientation:

From gender settings which is available for teens and up
Note the default settings are what the game currently goes by, just didn’t show before and now we can change and set it as we wish. Existing sims will keep default settings unless we change them.

EA Blog post with more detail

3. Wants and Fears (replaces whims),
There are three want slots and three types of wants – long term, short term & situational.

Wants are supposed to be based on traits & desires.

We will also get one fear slot.

Similar to whims, we still earn reward points from them.

4. New Phone UI & More Phone Skins

5. Curved Rooms

Three curved room sizes.

There is a sort function for doors and windows that should work better with curved walls and it’s sorted based on size of curve.

Can’t free build with curved walls, work similarly to current curved porches.

James Turner has a good video where he did some building with curved rooms

Bug Fixes:

Per the Jul 19/22 laundry list:

https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/laundry-list-july-19th-2022

I did a separate video on the laundry list.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord. Either I or other members will try to answer any troubleshooting questions and I also have some guides in my Facebook group. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Honeymooners & Proud Parent Scenario (Sims 4)

Now that the No Skills, No Problem scenario is done, I’m going to do the Honeymooners and the Proud Parent Scenarios with Sebastian and Fern.

Honeymooners Playlist

Proud Parent Playlist to be added when we get there!

Scenario Goals:

Honeymooner Scenario Goals:
Proud Parent Scenario Goals:

Proud Parent goals will also be added once we get to that point.

Additional Goals:

Along with the scenario goals, I’ll also be working on the following goals with them while doing these two scenarios:

  1. Have them complete the frog collection.
  2. Have at least one of them complete the following aspirations:
    * Country Caretaker
    * Freelance Botanist
    * both Spellcaster Aspirations
  3. Have both of them complete the following aspirations:
    * Painter Extraordinaire
    * Soulmate Aspiration

Please let me know if there are any other goals/aspirations we should try and work on with them.

Gallery:

I’ve put their current version, i.e. as of the end of the No Skills, No Problem Scenario Let’s Play, on the gallery, if you’d like to play along with them. The home they move into during the first part is also on the gallery, this includes their garden & collectibles. There is also a mostly unfurnished version of their new home on the gallery. Both versions are modified micros, i.e. the core is on 32 square tiles, the rest is unconnected walls with roofs covering them.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Explore the Night Scenario – Rags to Riches Edition (Sims 4)

I’m attempting this scenario with three spellcaster sims (an engaged couple Felicia Flores & Jax Story and Jax’s father Ellis Story). The twist is they will be starting with nothing. Will that slow them down in completing this scenario? Playlist link

Meet our Sims:

Gallery link TBA (they’ve been uploaded, the gallery isn’t working for me, but you can find them under my gallery ID MapleSimmer).

Scenario Goals:

Unlike many scenarios, which rewards satisfaction points, the reward for this scenario is supposed to be the Seldom Sleepy Trait.

Rags to Riches Element:

Our sims will be starting with nothing. Their lot is off the grid and they will have to pay 6,055 to connect to the grid (starting value of their lot, 2 Olde Mill Lane, which comes with some landscaping, but no home or amenities).

Similar to many of my other rags to riches LPs, as an added challenge, I will not let my sims sell directly from their inventory/directly off the plants until they buy a yard sale table (street gallery for paintings). Some ways to make money to get the yard sale table are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).

There’s no goal for what they need to finish the challenge, however one of the goals is to make and drink coffee. I will require that they do that on their own lot, so they will need to either connect to the grid or have a power source to do so, as well as the counter and coffee pot at a minimum.

For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord

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.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord

Best Friends Forever Scenario – Rags to Riches Edition (Sims 4)

How long will it take to complete the scenario with the extra goals added on? First part goes live tomorrow, Sunday May 29, 2022: Playlist link

Sharon is creative, an animal enthusiast and a freegan. Ashlynn in creative. They are on the gallery if you’d like to play along.

Best Friends Forever Goals & My Tweaks:

Our sims will be starting with nothing. Their lot is off the grid and they will have to pay 6,500 to connect to the grid (approximate starting value of their lot, which comes with some landscaping, but no home or amenities).

Ashlynn will also be joining scouts and have the additional goal that of completing all four childhood aspirations. She will also work on getting positive character values; at a minimum she will need to get her conflict resolution to be positive before she ages up to a teen.

Similar to many of my other rags to riches LPs, as an added challenge, I will not let my sims sell directly from their inventory/directly off the plants until they buy a yard sale table (street gallery for paintings). Some ways to make money to get the yard sale table are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).

For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord

No Skills, No Problem Scenario (Sims 4 Rags to Riches)

I’m going to attempt the No Skills, No Problem Scenario with my young adult sim Sebastian Meyers. He’s also going to do the parts of the Frog Scenario that don’t require skills & complete the curator aspiration (at a minimum).

How long will it take him to complete the scenario? Playlist link (first part goes live tomorrow, Sunday May 8, 2022).

Meet My Sim:

Sebastian is a creative freegan who is also an animal enthusiast with the bonus collector trait from choosing the curator aspiration. While he can’t learn any skills, as a spellcaster he can still learn magic. If you’d like to play along, Sebastian is on the gallery under my Origin ID MapleSimmer.

No Skills, No Problem Goals & My Tweaks:

Your sim starts with no money and had to have 400,000 simoleons before the scenario ends. While the scenario is active your sim will be unable to learn any skills. He’ll be starting on an empty, albeit beautiful, lot in Sulani (Key Point). I’ll be playing in the same save that my Plant-Sim Fern Pruitt is in, she’s just recently had her home moved to another lot in Sulani.

As an added challenge, I will not let my sim sell directly from their inventory/directly off the plants until my sim buys a yard sale table. Some ways to make money to get the yard sale table are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).

For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Frog Scenario Add On:

Here are the 8 of the 9 goals of the frog scenario, we will do seven of the 9 goals (we can’t fish while using frog as bait or make the frog hot pot goal not shown here, as those goals require skill in fishing or cooking respectively).

Written Summary of Frog Fanatic Scenario Goals Sebastian Will Do:

Catch a frog from a Log1 time
Catch a frog from a Pond1 time
Catch a frog from a Water Pump1 time
Breed 9 Frogs9 times
Catch or Breed 8 (of 8) unique Common Frogs8 Common
Catch or Breed 6 (of 11) unique Uncommon Frogs6 Uncommon
Catch or Breed 4 (of 6) unique Rare Frogs4 Rare

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord

Plant-a-Sim Scenario: Rags to Riches Edition (Sims 4)

I’m going to attempt the Plant-a-Sim Scenario with my young adult sim Fern Pruett; the twist? She’s starting with nothing (see note 💰 below) on an empty, albeit beautiful, lot in Sulani (Key Point).

How long will it take her to complete the scenario and will she have a home by the time it’s completed? Playlist link (first part went live today, April 17, 2022).

Meet My Sim:

Here is what Fern looked like before she became a PlantSim. She is creative, loves the outdoors and an animal enthusiast with the freelance botanist aspiration.

Details on Becoming a Plant Sim:

Here is the notification the game gives when your sim becomes a PlantSim. Keep in mind only non occult sims can become PlantSim. I tried with a spellcaster and when she ate the forbidden fruit, nothing happened!

Plant-a-Sim Scenario Goals:

Written Summary of Plant-a-Sim Scenario Goals:

Eat the ‘Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim” from your inventory 1 time
Have your PlantSim Talk to Plants 5 times
Harvest from a Perfect Quality plant1 time
Satisfy Water Needs5 times
Absorb solar energy from plants5 times
Photosynhesize by absorbing sunlight25 times
Care for Plants as a PlantSim99 times

💰 Rags to Riches Element:

  1. Note that while I am doing this as a rags to riches challenge, your sim is given 5 forbidden fruit and one starter package of vegetables. I am letting my sim keep them.
  2. No selling into inventory/directly off the plants until your sim buys a yard sale table. Some ways to make money are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).
  3. For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Note I have no target for money earned, this is just an added element to see how my sim manages after starting with no money or home, and only the items given to her for the Plant-a-Sim Scenario.