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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #500 on: April 21, 2013, 10:15:43 AM »
I was able to max the magician profession in my current dynasty with just Performance Park (Port-a-Party Mini Warehouse was autoplaced and I didn't bother to remove it, but I never used it for my magician). In an earlier attempt, I maxed the acrobat profession with the same resources.

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« Reply #501 on: April 21, 2013, 10:25:55 AM »
I'm planning to start yet another Immortal Dynasty. I have always abandoned my previous attempts after two immortals for lack of interest, time etc. To keep up my interest longer now, I'm planning to try some careers I have never tried before. One of them is mixology and I'm very grateful for the list of needed lots a few pages back. I might try also one of the Showtime careers, so I would appreciate your insight on the lots you need to succeed in these careers (the absolute minimum), thanks.

Sorry, but Mixology is not a career. As far as Acrobats go, wait until they have the career to start learning Athletic. It raises your performance.
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #502 on: April 21, 2013, 10:56:39 AM »
That's great, Trip. I was under the impression that you would have needed some other venues, too.

My bad, ombradellarosa. I meant the mixology skill, which I have never tried before.

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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #503 on: April 22, 2013, 12:08:44 AM »
If anyone's worried about their female heir losing too much time to maternity leave, consider having the next generation right away before joining a career.  As soon as the child is born they can get a job and start working, rather than having to wait four days plus any holidays or weekends before their next shift. 

Also, something I've observed while playing around with the sim finder app is that if the town doesn't have a sim with the selected traits the game will spawn a fresh one to order.  In limited tests I've done the app-spawned sims all appear to have shiny new age bars for their age category on the day they're summoned.  If things are timed right a future spouse might be met so that when the heir is ready to have the next generation the spouse will be near elderhood (or whatever age category is desired).  A more traditional way to track aging is to use the 'Throw Party' phone option - it'll indicate what age stage potential spouses are in, but the household must have met them first.  The portrait panel is semi-reliable for showing appropriate age portraits of townies, but all bets are off for homeless sims and any foreign sims.

And I don't recommend planning on elderly male sims for spouses - one of my heirs was eyeing a gentleman who decided to age up to elderly on her young adult birthday, then proceed to die of old age during the same party!  Something to consider when selecting a spouse (and one more reason to try and get that elder portrait painted and ambrosia eaten ASAP).

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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #504 on: May 07, 2013, 10:52:27 PM »

There are some blueprints that can be found with buydebug lighting squares/circles.   If you purchase the blueprint, you can destroy everything but the light and use it for the rest of the house as a cheap light source without having to worry about having lamps everywhere too!
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #505 on: May 09, 2013, 12:47:40 AM »
The best tip I can give anyone: be patient.  My impatience made me make a mistake that cost me my save file.  I encountered a glitch and rather than ask around, find out more information about it, I made a rash decision to uninstall and reinstall the Sims 3, hoping it would fix it.  Well... rather than fixing it, something happened to my saved files and I lost all of it.  This doesn't just apply to glitches of course, but to the actual game itself as well.  Don't panic, just stay calm and keep going.  Along with this, do research.  This site is a wonderful resource as are all the wonderful people here.  Use them liberally and don't let impatience ruin things!

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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #506 on: May 09, 2013, 01:17:50 AM »
Since it's come up a lot, these are the settings I recommend/use for the Immortal Dynasty. It took me awhile to figure these out.

Weather and Seasons
I turn all seasons on and set them to 7 days each. Since honour roll is unnecessary in this dynasty, the holidays every Thursday make for good skilling days. This allows for anniversaries to be celebrated as well.
I turn off rain and hail 1) because they annoy me 2) because the rain can cause glitches. I leave snow and fog on because of snow days. And because fog doesn't do anything and looks cool.
I put the moon setting on one phase so I don't get zombies and werewolves don't get age-stuck.

Demographics
I want to save the film career as an option later, so I don't opt the current household out of the celebrity system. But I don't want to deal with it until I have to, so I don't let story progression turn townies into celebrities. I leave all supernaturals and pets on as a matter of personal preference.


I must say, it feels much better to post this here where it might help people than telling my dad who knows nothing about The Sims.
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #507 on: May 09, 2013, 02:31:46 AM »
Build small. I had an awesome house where all the generations had their own flat - complete with bedroom, skill room, bathroom, kitchen... sometimes the flats spanned multiple storeys. It was a beautiful house (in my opinion), but it took forever to load. University for De Arbol came as a welcome break. I had to wait for about 10 minutes to load. And I've only just had Generation four be born. I also uninstalled some CC I wasn't using - I'll probably resetsim * and uninstall the rest, too.

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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #508 on: May 09, 2013, 10:44:53 AM »
Ve1o's Guide for a Rags' Dynasty

I personally have come to hate Agnes. Nearly each and every SV dynasty, she is there. Don't take me wrong, she is a great spouse and the majority of my favourite stories have Agnes. But just as a side note, yes you can do without Agnes. You can have a very poor and unskilled skill and go on with your dynasty.

For my dynasty, I chose the Alvi family and Zelda Mae to move in. And yes, I did it! My first generation just ate ambrosia :D!

And I honestly don't think its that much hard from any other, it just needs a bit more planning.

So here's some tips for a Rags' Dynasty.

1. Put off having nooboos. Rhea was an adult when she married and had Zeus. By then she had achieved her LTW, maxed cooking by then, plus two of the three skill challenges.
This gives time for the unskilled sculpture to get the 25 ice sculptures done. If your dynasty just has paintings, then its ok to have a nooboo right at the start, though be sure that he has the artistic trait.

2. Its ok to have unskilled sims, but it is best if they have a trait to help skilling. Iqbal was an angler and Zelda had green thumbs. That was invaluable! Some other under-appreciated sims I've noticed are the Sekemoto family (Yumi=cooking, Sam=artistic), Claire Ursine and the Working Friends(Monika=fishing, Tori=cooking)

3. Coffee, coffee and coffee; or make in potent invigorating potions.

4. Sell at the consignment store: sculptures, paintings, vegetables, fish...everything!

5. Building a house should be the last priority. First buy the venue and business.

6. Good beds or sleeping bags == a MUST

Is that all? Yes, perfectly! Its not impossible for a dynasty to go Agnessless!
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #509 on: May 09, 2013, 11:50:57 AM »
When I restarted for the umpteenth time it was just after the University patch so dumpster diving was available, that is a great thing when starting out if you choose to go the Agnessless route (which I did as there is no Agnes in Riverview  :P) I've not found a bed as yet while dumpster diving but I made it a point to buy decent beds as a priority, a lot of the other furniture I had came out of dumpsters though, even electricals like a microwave and cheap tv, then I struck lucky and found some tiberium so after a little more saving I knocked down my starter shed and built a proper house.

Also if you do move in a family with teens and have generations sign them up for art club so they learn painting and sculpting, it's a good head start especially with sculpting, plus it never hurts to have back up people in case of a disaster. I got lucky my sculptor lived to 110 and even did gen two's Young Adult sculpture but I already had my founder and her husband capable of doing them by that time, I had expected him to have to do my founders elder one but she just kept on going  ;D

It's surprising how quickly the money adds up though once you start going for those 25 ice sculptures, most of the initial money coming into the house was being generated by the sculptor, and it racks up a lot of LTH points with the associated wishes, useful for getting a motive mobile or moodlet manager quickly.

That was all done prior to me getting Supernatural, which I feel would have changed my approach somewhat, alchemy can make it easier than any Agnes I feel.

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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #510 on: May 09, 2013, 12:02:55 PM »
Yes for me too sculpting was a major money earner! Why, they practically survived on it! I haven't tried my hand on Alchemy as I wanted SV to be a 'normal' town. But for my Life States Dynasty, I'm going full swing!
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #511 on: May 09, 2013, 05:20:52 PM »
@ve10city: Well, beside her own skill I just need Agnes for a storytelling purpose and she was connected to Goth and Goth was connected to Bachelor ;)

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- Be strong when face error 12 or crash over time. Save often with different save name, especially when you don't have a good computer.
- Crash and error 12 related: If you wish to have a longer playtime, be sure to avoid makeover. Even one Sim day after do several makeovers can lead into disaster. I usually save the game after my Sim do makeover and never continue the game after that and choose to restart (quit) before I continue.
- Even a little interaction if you do that too much can lead into crashes and Error 12. Especially for children and teenager prank stuff. I believe that I just played less for one Sim day and tadaa... Oh, well.
- Avoid Stylish and Architecture profession except if you have a good computer...
- You're limited for what you can do (with a limited computer). Be sure just bought items that you're needed. That's why I can't build fancy house not only take time for loading the game that also can affect to crashes.
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #512 on: May 10, 2013, 08:41:26 AM »
The Edit Town stage is very important. If you are planning to SuperMax Martial Arts or Nectar Making, it is highly recommended that you place the allowed lots of the Nectary, the Scholar's Garden, and the Martial Arts Academy. Then you can get almost everything done without travelling and risking bugs. You'll still need to go to China to complete the Martial Arts tournament, but if you do everything else first you should be able to finish it relatively quickly.
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #513 on: May 10, 2013, 09:31:55 AM »
Just to follow up on what Eldridge said about the stylist profession. If you want to us it, try doing it in one of the earlier generations when the save file isn't so large. Also, if you plan on playing a stylist - do not recolor and save clothes, add extra clothes to your game (be them from the store or CC), add custom patterns or any of the things that will make CAS load slower. It will save you a lot of heart ache and annoyance.

Believe me I have done the absolute opposite of the tip I just gave you and it almost made me not finish my dynasty because play was so difficult during the last few weeks of the generation.

Similar tips about not adding things to your game when building your has has already been mentioned, I just want to add that this also includes the garden. Be it decorative plants of plants for gardening.

Another thing is to keep your sims inventories as empty as possible, just to avoid long load times and hoarding of objects in general.

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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #514 on: May 10, 2013, 09:59:52 PM »
One of my tips if your own a time crunch, is after your sim maxes their career, have them take 5 unpaid days off so you can wrap up the rest of your requirements. In my situation, my founder reached level 10 Science career (into elder stage) and took 5 days off. I did it because I was getting worried about the 6 Best Friends. It all worked out.
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« Reply #515 on: May 12, 2013, 05:16:44 PM »
If you have a male sim populating the town through impregnation, you probably want the kids to end up with good traits. At some point, especially later on, you're going to have a spare or immortal with no real purpose. Have them join the daycare career, so the generated toddlers will be delivered to your house for hours of training.
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #516 on: May 12, 2013, 05:17:50 PM »
If you have a male sim populating the town through impregnation, you probably want the kids to end up with good traits. At some point, especially later on, you're going to have a spare or immortal with no real purpose. Have them join the daycare career, so the generated toddlers will be delivered to your house for hours of training.

Or if you have University Life just use the Brain enhancer to program them the way you want them.  Which I learned the hard way can be boring if everyone has the same traits.  I like the generated bad ones.
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« Reply #517 on: May 12, 2013, 06:50:34 PM »
Or if you have University Life just use the Brain enhancer to program them the way you want them.  Which I learned the hard way can be boring if everyone has the same traits.  I like the generated bad ones.

I get bored if I'm picking traits, which is why I go with the daycare option. Random, but usually good.
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #518 on: May 12, 2013, 06:53:23 PM »
The brain enhancer machine is permanent with that effect? I thought it was temporary!   :o
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #519 on: May 12, 2013, 07:54:51 PM »
Personality Programming is 100% permanent. I've been using it a lot lately actually LOL. 
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« Reply #520 on: May 12, 2013, 07:56:17 PM »
Personality Programming is 100% permanent. I've been using it a lot lately actually LOL.

Hmmm.... The wheels are turning for a Dynasty of Ultimate Evil..... 8)
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Re: Completing an Immortal Dynasty Hints and Tips (Not Questions)
« Reply #521 on: May 12, 2013, 07:58:45 PM »

I had an evil dynasty.  :P  They were all insane too.
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« Reply #522 on: May 12, 2013, 08:09:19 PM »
I had an evil dynasty.  :P  They were all insane too.

Yours was funny Evil. Not my style.  :P
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« Reply #523 on: May 12, 2013, 09:18:36 PM »
Just keep it within the forum guidelines.  I haven't read your new one as a warning.  Truly evil has no place on this family friendly forum.
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« Reply #524 on: May 12, 2013, 09:25:40 PM »
Just keep it within the forum guidelines.  I haven't read your new one as a warning.  Truly evil has no place on this family friendly forum.

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