1st TS4 Expansion!

open-for-business

We’re now less than 2 weeks away from release (so it’s pretty late for me to be reporting on this now) but I’m honestly impressed with what we’ve seen so far. This pack seems to take the best aspects of TS3’s Ambitions and TS2’s (and by proxy, TS3’s store content that came with Midnight Hollow) Open for Business and puts them together.

Oh and did I mention aliens are back (and all that implies)?

That’s not all either, soon everyone will be able to build basements in game (yay!), up to two of them! That feels like less than we had in TS3 although the number of above-ground floors we can build is being raised by one so they’re essentially doubled the number of levels possible in the game (whether we own the EP or not).

At just under 2 weeks, let’s see if I can hold myself together or explode from the anticipation of waiting on both this and the new TF2 comic (oh Valve time… you so crazy!)

Reviewing Sims Games & Expansions

Since I recently acquired a copy of the original sims (complete collection), as well as the sims 2 ultimate collection when EA decided to give that away for free. In short, I now have the complete series (sans some store content and the Outdoor Retreat game pack), I decided to start doing some playthroughs and reviews. I realized I also started a couple for TS3 expansions and never posted those, so I’ll be reviving and finishing them all.

We’ve Moved!

Since this blog was just sort’ve sitting around on blogger, I decided to migrate it to WordPress (a service I use more frequently anyway). You’ll have to excuse some of the technical bugs we’ve been experiencing (ie: pages turning into posts and having to be deleted/recreated), I’m hoping this is a temporary issue and will correct itself.

Sims 4 and huge updates!

Hey guys, it’s been a loooong time since I’ve been able to post here, but I assure you I’m not dead yet!

Let’s start with the basics here, I finally managed to acquire a copy of Sims 4 (the premium edition was harder to come by as some retailers only carried a few or thy ran out’ve stock online. I ended up going with Amazon and my order shipped within a couple of days even though I was told it could take up to 10). Also, mods have been coming out at an alarming frequency and CC is not far behind, as Sims 4 CC is now easier than ever to create yourself!

If you can get your hands on Sims 4 Studio. it’s fully integrated with Blender (no more Milkshape) which is completely free to download. No trial, no expiry date, no worries!

That’s where my own plans come into play. I have plans to start producing my own Sims 4 content, and now that there’s a tool that plays nice with Blender, I can! Other than that, I plan on busting out some nice Graphic T-Shirts as you can never get enough of those!

But in the meantime, here are some Sims 4 Studio Tutorials by Youtube user Patrick Toutant! These cover texturing/recolouring and meshing (making your own 3D models).

This tutorial requires the Blender 3D software, found here. Sims 4 Studio can be found here, and there’s a support forum along with it.

You’ll need a graphics program for editing textures, as well as a plugin for the software you’re using.

Photoshop DDS Plugin (Assuming you have a copy of Photoshop)
Gimp Plugin | Gimp
Or alternatively, you can use Paint.net which has native DDS support.

In terms of Sims 3, I’ll continue to work my way toward making cc for that game, albeit it’ll probably take a bit longer since I’m still looking for the Blender plugin that can handle Sims 3 meshes. I want to avoid Milkshape as much as possible as a 30 day trial really isn’t enough for me to wrap my head around most software.

Sims 3 Store: Now & Then Century Manor

Back in April, we got a hint at an upcoming store set which was supposed to tie into the Mansion & Garden theme along with the Bohemian Garden. Although we ultimately lost the L-shaped staircases from this set due to a serious bug when the staircases in the Prism Art Studio are used (considering the bugs we’d get otherwise this being labelled as any kind of big deal must mean it did some pretty creepy stuff).

The Now & Then Century Manor gives us a few interesting build items like roof decor, broken and boarded up windows/doors (we also get new and broken versions of everything needed to create a screened in porch), modular grand staircases, and beautiful stained glass windows (whoch may actually be recolourable! Huzzah!). There’s also two versions of the venue. One looks really old and dilapidated (Now) and the other is really pretty and well kept (Then). I like this idea as it really fits the theme of the set well and puts both the Now and the Then set items to good use.

Sims 3 Store: Upcoming Mansion & Garden Content

Remember when we got the L shaped stairs with the prism art studio? Well, you’re going to love this, part 2 of the bohemian garden series is coming in may, and you only need to take one look at that photo to realize what that means!

I’m super excited for this one, as I’ve been lurking the grand staircase thread on the ts3 forums for some time!

Nrass Mod Updater

While Twallan may have moved on, his site is still being worked on and I was surprised to find that a program for updating Nrass mods was recently made available! (Images have been borrowed from the Nrass site).

Setting Paths

Main Interface

You can download the program here, and there’s even a tutorial for using it! Unfortunately there’s no Mac version at this time so if you’re running TS3 on that, you’ll have to continue using mods the old fashioned way.