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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #75 on: April 13, 2013, 10:45:28 PM »
I usually playing a normal lifespan, because I am quickly bored when I set at long lifespan. Exceptional case is when it has something to do with story-making, usually I end up to Long or Epic or turning the age enable tp off.
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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #76 on: April 16, 2013, 01:57:15 PM »
Up until just recently, I have bounced back and forth between Long and Epic. I have tried Normal a few times, but it just seems so short, and I find that my sims are constantly skilling and working trying to stay ahead. They just don't get any time to relax on Normal! And I love the relaxed pace of Epic but it is so long when playing a multi-generational game, and I don't like using the cake to age my sims up early. I enjoy doing the little things in the game, like several others here. I want my sims to have a relaxed life and be able to enjoy the fruit of their labors.

One setting that I am experimenting with, which seems to be working well for me, is a custom setting with the sliders maxed in the Long lifespan (384 days total). It's a nice middle ground, allowing me to both relax and see a few generations go by. I have lots of time to play, being a stay-at-home mom and housewife, so there's no hurry for me. I do enjoy setting up a realistic lifespan sometimes based on real-world aging (1 sim day equaling three human months, to match the pregnancy scale, which works out to 312 sim days, or 78 human years), but I also like to keep the game balance. I wonder how far I can get in an alphabet legacy on my settings? :)

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #77 on: April 24, 2013, 05:37:40 PM »
I usually play normal but I've shortened the toddler stage and lengthened the young adult stage since those are my least/most favourite ages at the moment.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #78 on: April 25, 2013, 08:46:42 PM »
I've always played with aging off because after modifying every aspect of them in CAS and working hard to level their skills, it feels depressing for them to just die.
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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #79 on: April 27, 2013, 04:33:44 AM »
In the past I have played on epic but for the last year I've used a custom long setting, usually I put babies down to 2 days toddlers to 5 and leave kids and teens on default and lengthen the rest, but it's not very often that my original sim gets near elder before I get bored and start over.

As a rule my sims never get old and never die, so when I started a townie dynasty it was a whole new experience, the shorter lifespan and actually letting them go, now I'm trying the immortal one and I still find it hard letting them die, plus 7 generations of my founder sim being an old lady, and then all her descendants too, very different style of play for me but I'm actually enjoying it more than I thought I would. I still doubt I'd play like this outside of a challenge though, I like my sims forever young it makes me too sad when they die :(


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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #80 on: April 29, 2013, 04:18:07 AM »
I have the lifespan set to 3/5/14/14/40/40/28 for a total of 144 days, which mostly works for me. If my household has babies or toddlers, they usually get aged up
because these stages just annoy me to no end. Children and teens often get aged up as well, I just can't stand it when a Sim spends so much time trapped in a rabbit hole.

Cats have a lifespan of 54 days, dogs 47 and horses 64. If I ever do a horse-focused household, though, I'll have to extend that because mares need more time to build both a strong performance career and still be able to have a few foals.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #81 on: April 29, 2013, 11:01:38 AM »
Yay for weirdness, normal is over-rated. :p Glad to know i'm not the only one that makes it so they can count how old their sim is. I have my seasons (all 4) set to 8 days each, so with their year being 4 days my sims seasons last 2 years each for them lol. I have my sims ages as follows
Infant - 4 days - newborn to 12 months
Toddlers - 16 days - 1-4
Children - 28 days - 5-12
Teens - 24 days - 12-17 (I can't get it on 24 but it's on 25 so I use the Mastercontroller mod to age them up one day, though otherwise i'd just age them up 1 day before their birthday. Since I have all their ages written down anyway to the day, crossing off the day once it's gone, I see their ages stagger sometimes but MC fixes the problem right up. I probably qualify for ocd on this...i'm ok with that lol. So in my legacy I really can say my sims exact ages)
Young Adult - 88 days - 18-39
Adult - 80 days - 40-59
Elder - 60 days - 60-74

I even have the pets planned out accordingly. I even looked up how long it takes horses to grow up to figure out how long to keep them foals as well as how old they get on average, same with cats and dogs lol. Horses have a total of 25 years, cats 15 years and dogs 12 years.

Edit: I also have the moon cycle set to 8 days, just like each season, so it also lasts 2 years for them.


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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #82 on: May 08, 2013, 03:21:27 AM »
I've always played on normal, except a few times when my sister changed it to aging off and I would start to wonder why my sims weren't getting older. I've always really liked normal, but I've never played much with other lifespans.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #83 on: May 09, 2013, 02:26:43 PM »
I'm so horribly slow at reaching my LTW that I tend to play on Long with slight modifications: Babies 3 days, Toddlers 7, and Elders 20.  Those are the three ages I hate playing most XD

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #84 on: May 09, 2013, 06:00:40 PM »
I play with aging off, and I age them whenever I want :)

At first I played with normal, then epic, then long, then short, then medium, then normal, and now I'm here :)

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #85 on: July 08, 2013, 07:44:00 PM »
I like to customise my Sims' lifespan rather than playing with any of the presets, because I like some stages and not others. I always have Baby and Elder as the shortest life stages - baby is usually two days at most, and elder is almost never more than five. I normally have a long toddler stage because I quite like toddlers, the animations are super cute and I like to get as many skills maxed as high as possible with each life stage, so I always try to read all the toddler books, play with the blocks, play with the xylophone, yadda yadda yadda.
For teens, young adults and adults, I usually leave them at the default for either the normal or long lifespans.

I can't really play with the epic lifespan because I get bored too quickly - I rarely tend to change household, so if I get bored with one family, I end up quitting that game.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #86 on: July 08, 2013, 09:56:32 PM »
I use the normal lifespan.  But, I just hate to see my adult sims age and certainly not get old, so, I get the long life wish from the genie as quickly as possible.  Then I keep them young, while all around them age normally, by using ambrosia, occasionally, and a life fruit/flame fruit nectar mixture regularly.  They usually end up with a huge lifespan before I get bored and start again with a new family.
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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #87 on: July 09, 2013, 01:49:04 AM »
I normally turn aging off entirely. My reason being that I'm not a big fan of townies getting replaced, them almost never having kids or teens if I decide to add my own children to the household and give them friends, all that kind of stuff.

In the event that I play with aging on and I'm not doing a challenge, I'll play it on normal and feed sims young again potions until I can afford an age freeze potion. I also immediately cake up babies and cake up toddlers once they've learned the basics.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #88 on: July 14, 2013, 09:12:26 PM »
I play normal, but I shorten the time that they are teens and elders. I wouold get bored if I played a sim more than say 80 days.  :)

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #89 on: July 16, 2013, 08:50:43 AM »
I originally started with aging off and played until I got bored trying to do everything under the sun. Now I play a normal life span and just keep my sim young with potions/ambrosia and watch the world move on without her. Beyond playing a dynasty it breaks my heart to see them die, so I try not to let them go.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #90 on: July 26, 2013, 09:21:18 AM »
I've always played with aging off because after modifying every aspect of them in CAS and working hard to level their skills, it feels depressing for them to just die.
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I feel like I dont play this game so much as redesign it to my tastes- I spent hours in CAS working on the all the details of cheek, jaw, nose, of my sims and then usually I carry these chars from town to town, creating new stories for them- and they then try out each new expansion/features in whatever EP Im in.
Im pretty sure my time spent in build mode is equal to or more than my actual playing time lol

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #91 on: July 26, 2013, 12:45:27 PM »
I'm pretty stuck in the mindset of playing with a normal lifespan. I used to play on long, but I like seeing my sims grow up and grow old and even the long setting is too long for me nowadays.
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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #92 on: August 02, 2013, 01:27:06 AM »
My primary Sims, Adam and Lisa, are immortal young adults. I designed both of them, and they are there as my favourites to experience the game. Everything else is a distraction or an addition, and ultimately they might be serious about raising a family. I figure they are about 100 to 150 days old right now. I'm not very fast.

I made only them immortal though. When I have a child or teen, I stretch it out to about 20-30 days, because that is their purpose to me. To experience a different life state, so no need to rush. I have no interest in more adults. This allows me to keep story progression going, I enjoy the slow dynamics of it. Besides, I'd never get my reaper snowmen if nothing ever died on my property (I have a ghost cat that likes to visit me at night now, but without the obligation of feeding it so it's pretty awesome).

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #93 on: August 03, 2013, 02:00:20 PM »
Custom lifespan of 140 Sim days

Baby - 2
Toddler - 7
Child -  20
Teen - 30
YA - 35
Adult - 35
Elder -11

I came up with this because I find that normal is too short but long is much more time than I need.

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What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #94 on: August 03, 2013, 02:39:11 PM »
I like to play my non challenge games as:

Baby - 2
Toddler - 5
Child - 7
Teen - 10
Young Adult - 26
Adult - 25
Elder - 15

It still totals the normal life span of 90 days.

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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #95 on: August 03, 2013, 07:24:41 PM »
I usually don't bother with the lifespan setting. If I want my sims to live longer for whatever reason, I either use one of the potion LTRs, ambrosia, or make them a fairy.

I originally started with aging off and played until I got bored trying to do everything under the sun. Now I play a normal life span and just keep my sim young with potions/ambrosia and watch the world move on without her. Beyond playing a dynasty it breaks my heart to see them die, so I try not to let them go.

I've actually just started this challenge for myself. Created a sim to try to do everything there is. Reach top of all careers, max (and maybe supermax) all skills, get level 3 visa in all destinations, and even have a legacy, but hang around to see the end of it. Let's see how long until I get bored.
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Re: What Lifespan Do You Like to Play?
« Reply #96 on: August 08, 2013, 03:23:09 AM »
I usually play on a Long lifespan but I also usually end up with vampires so that was self sabotage when I got bored - they've maxxed skills, got all their job promotions, and for my first vampire, I gave her immortality so she's never going to die so I let her start a family and changed the settings back to Normal.

With my witches, I put them on Long lifespans again and my first witch was at the end of her Elder stage and had grandkids and a tragic early adulthood so my mom convinced me to use a Young Again potion so she could do over. It's pretty funny to see a Young Adult getting a pension.

Currently, for one of my human families, I'm using a Normal lifespan and I'm so sad! They die so quickly and it's like they can't just have fun - but I'm planning to change the lifespan back to a modified Long after I reach a certain point. It's within sight so I'm almost done!!
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