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World Adventures: First Impressions
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:14:23 AM »
I'm creating a new Sticky for many of us who will be taking delivery of the new expansion soon. I thought this would be a nice, organized way for players who have had a chance to dive into the new content to express their feelings — good and bad — about World Adventures. Let's keep this thread focused on new World Adventures stuff only and not questions/comments regarding the vanilla game. 

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009, 09:09:57 PM »
I can't say I am impressed as of yet.  I have already lost two families.  There is a saving issue that I am not quite sure of, can't even get on Sims3 forums.  Would probably get lost anyway.  I will say, the graphics are wonderful, but I can't afford to lose anymore families right now.  This is the first time I have really had any problems with any of the games.
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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2009, 09:52:03 PM »
So far I'm liking the expansion. I'm still in the dark as to whether or not I need the 1.5/1.6 update or if all that content is already rolled into the expansion. I'm off to bed in a little bit. If anyone knows the answer to that let me know.

My photographer got some basic skills in Sunset Valley (fishing/cooking) for 3 days and then called on her cell phone for a trip to Egypt. I immediately went to the bulletin board right in the Egypt base camp to tackle the first opportunity. I think it's called the Tomb of Discovery. I completed that Quest which led to another Quest. My photographer was exhausted, so I put her to bed and I'll tackle the 2nd Quest tomorrow. I'll have to remember to take more pictures and work on the photography skill in tandem with the questing so I do double duty. I've only had her take one shot. The questing is great for old seasoned role playing gamers like me.

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2009, 10:52:08 PM »
I cant say I am impressed as of yet, I have already lost two families, there is a saving issue that I am not quite sure of, cant even get on Sims3 forums, would probably get lost anyway, I will say, the graphics are wonderful, but I cant afford to lose anymore families right now.  This is the first time I have really had any problems with any of the games.

What do you mean you "lost two families?" 
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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 04:53:50 AM »
I've visited France and China so far, and I must say World Adventures is absolutely delightful!  I'm having some graphics issues, but it's the fault of my computer and not the game.  I'll be ordering a new graphics card in the very near future.

The Expansion Pack flows smoothly with the vanilla Sims 3 game.  I was very happy to find that I can play any of my existing families and not have to create new Sims.  My Legacy family was the first to go on vacation because I'm sentimental like that.  I took all five of them and it was a bit too much to control, so four of them went home early.  Now I'm just going to take one at a time for awhile.  It'll be good because each Sim in a family has specialities.  The cook will enjoy trying new foods and buying recipes, while the fisherman will love testing new fishing spots and catching new types of fish.  There's really a little of everything.

It's familiar enough that I don't feel like I'm learning a brand new game from the beginning, but there are plenty of new things that make it surprising and funny.  The expressions on my Sim's face while she tried to learn how to sing a song were priceless!  As was pausing to scratch her bottom while clearing rubble in a tomb. 

I'm very pleased and having a great time!
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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009, 08:09:44 AM »
I can't say I am impressed as of yet.  I have already lost two families.  There is a saving issue that I am not quite sure of...

I'm 99% certain that all of the tech problems players are experiencing with World Adventures are due to installing the patch and then installing the expansion. I know Pam did it this way. I wrote down a handful of the new features from the long patch list in the link I provided yesterday as to things I should look for in the expansion — they're all there and I never patched. The reason I'm not getting an Update notice at the Launcher is because the game obviously does not feel I need a patch. So, I think the thing to do is forget about the patch and just install the expansion on top of vanilla.

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 08:43:03 AM »
I agree Pam, it is wonderdul, but the error on saving has resulted in the loss of two families.  I went to The Sims 3 site and everyone else has the same problem, so I uninstalled the game and installed again and did not put the patch in and so far so good.  So at this point, I assume it is the patch, until it happens again and maybe it wont, but I do love the game and the game is smooth and runs well, so will just have to be on the watch. 
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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 08:50:52 AM »
So at this point, I assume it is the patch...

Unquestionably. Think about it. EA releases this enormous patch the same day as World Adventures. Why would they do that? Why would you need both? That patch is clearly intended for players who were not installing World Adventures. The problem is we had to come to this conclusion ourselves. There should be a notice right by the Update button — "Do not update if you will be installing World Adventures."

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2009, 10:39:51 AM »
OK so here is the start of my loves and dislikes- I am not posting any spoilers
Loves :
You can cancel the newspaper
the adventures themselves are a blast! I agree I love the RPG aspect combined with the sim aspect. 
New modlets, lifetime wishes , and traits
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new happiness rewards! 
Love new clothes and objects!
There are just so many layers to this EP and it came out at the perfect time just when bg was starting to get a little stale

dislikes- just one so far
 not much for the kids to do on adventures

Bring on the challenges!


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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2009, 07:46:09 PM »
Has anyone noticed that their food goes bad in the fridge too quickly since installing the expansion? I made some sushi around 5pm, put it in the 2nd tier fridge, and by 6am green clouds were coming out of the fridge.

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009, 08:09:19 PM »
Has anyone noticed that their food goes bad in the fridge too quickly since installing the expansion? I made some sushi around 5pm, put it in the 2nd tier fridge, and by 6am green clouds were coming out of the fridge.

Yes!  And I hate it!  I've got the most expensive fridge and leftovers go bad within a day or two.  I haven't decided if it's a glitch or a fluke or if they really mean for it to be this way.

Metro - We need to start having individual topics for things like this so they can be easily seen by others instead of all piling up into a generic World Adventures thread.  If you'd help me spread the word and split topics, I'd appreciate it!
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2009, 08:43:59 PM »
Yes!  And I hate it!  I've got the most expensive fridge and leftovers go bad within a day or two.  I haven't decided if it's a glitch or a fluke or if they really mean for it to be this way.

Let's pray it's a glitch. It's obviously not a fluke if both you and I are experiencing the same thing. It's awful. I count on that god meal bonus for breakfast and my photo tourney character is sometimes eating a breakfast that goes bad while he's eating it from when he cook it the night before. That's ridiculous.

Metro - We need to start having individual topics for things like this so they can be easily seen by others instead of all piling up into a generic World Adventures thread.  If you'd help me spread the word and split topics, I'd appreciate it!

There's plusses and minuses to both approaches, but whatever you would prefer, Pam, I aim to please.

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2009, 10:31:53 AM »
Do the folks here have any 'pull' or presence or what have you with EA dev/support to get bugs noticed or investigated?
Can we nominate someone to be loud and boisterous on the 'official' boards?

I'd also make this suggestion to keep these under control (shamelessly ripped off from other games that get buggy releases, and patch fixes)
A sticky for World Adventures Issues
Locked and modded first post that lists the bugs
  • food placed in refrigerators spoils faster than intended 11/17/09
then later it can become
  • food placed in refrigerators spoils faster than intended 11/17/09patch 1.8

And folks reply to have a 'bug' added to the modded Master list. Once the mod adds it to the master, delete the post in the interests of keeping it clean, short and to the point.
Just a thought, to try and keep forums, topics and threads under control. Yes, it's administrivia in the worst sense.... but it can escalate FAST if not wrassled into submission early. The 'fix' list for 1.6 was 5 pages long....

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2009, 10:48:18 AM »
Do the folks here have any 'pull' or presence or what have you with EA dev/support to get bugs noticed or investigated?
Can we nominate someone to be loud and boisterous on the 'official' boards?

Honestly, I don't know if it matters, RC. The official EA forums probably get 10 times the traffic as Carl's site and I'd be REALLY surprised if many people had not already complained about the food thing. Those of the forums that the EA developers look at. And at least for me, I try and steer clear of those forums.

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« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2009, 12:27:33 PM »
But I can't see the EA forums at work.... :-[
I only ask because of past experience with some games giving credence to some fan-sites as a source of good data from people committed to playing and having fun with the game without resorting to the "OMG! they broke the game!!" posts that have no detail. Things like EQ Traders for Everquest come to mind... one of their mods ended up as a developer for EQ.
I guess I was mostly asking if this was a private gripe session that any one official would ever see or not. Seems Not.
I shall bring some of my rant-&-rave there. I'm assuming they have some kind of a bug submission interface??

The second part of my post was just a thought. This may be too small to warrant that kind of Technical board/topic/forum. I liked this one best of the fan sites because it's so comprehensive and well written. It just might be easier in the long run to have 1 dedicated place to put bugs/issues.

Otherwise back on topic! Having fun in WA. I created an Athletic/Adventurous/Disciplined/Friendly/<something> to approach vacationing in China and pursuing Martial Arts. I'd have to confirm with a non-Athletic roll practicing Martial Arts and a non-Disciplined one playing out Professional Sports, but they don't seem to enhance each other, directly anyway. Playing with the Adventures given by the Adventure board or from the locals is fun, and the little dungeon crawls are a blast! I've not found much on the 'special' merchant in China I want. Doing the little random excavations and buying relics is giving me a fun little hobby as well.
It seems to have introduced a few unwanted and undersirable side effects, but overall I'm enjoying the new content a lot.

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2009, 06:04:50 PM »
Nice job creating the new WA section, Carl. I noticed it right away and threw a few obvious topics here.

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2009, 11:33:46 PM »
I've been pretty busy lately, but the few hours I've had to play thus far have led me to feel really good about buying this expansion. That is, even though I was kind of obligated :)

I was excited about Martial Arts, so sent my Sim to Shang Simla the first day after I made him. It was exciting to go to the new area, and while I fumbled around a bit I managed to get through the dungeon there, and complete a couple of quests. Unfortunately, only on my second trip did I earn enough points to get the Visa level upgrade. It feels exciting to gain that level, because the three days you're in a destination feels way too short.

Short, especially when I was also trying to learn Sim Fu. My third adventure was a 5 day stay and I did a chain of quests. I love the new adventure journal. It's cool to track my visa level and shoot for level 3.

I'm really happy with how it feels like most any skill you have from home can come into use in the travel locations. I needed charisma and fishing for two of my quests. Gaining lifetime wish points is also really exciting with all the new options. It's cool to know I can have a lot more time to spend adventuring with hardly hungry and steel bladder, and needs like energy and fun can now be helped, to boot!

I'm going to do some ranked tournament matches soon with him. It's really refreshing to have all these new things to explore.

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Re: World Adventures: First Impressions
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2009, 11:52:59 AM »
I'm having fun with my Gallo brothers that I created this morning to test out the new Nectar making skill and write an eventual walkthrough. They have identical traits — Green Thumb, Loves the Outdoors, Over-Emotional, Ambitious, and then Ernest got Natural Cook while Julio got the Handy trait.

Ernest has made a couple rounds of Goopy Carbonara and for some reason nothing has spoiled in the fridge yet. I don't know why.

Pam mentioned not having to water anything with the new patch and it's true. Really bizarre. A nice time-saver but a bit unrealistic. Maybe the watering comes in at a later growth stage since the brothers just planted their first seeds.

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« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2009, 01:24:22 PM »
Metro I am really looking forward to your walk through on nectar making.  I tried to start it but I got a little overwhelmed with all the other new stuff.  I think it would be really cool to do a legacy with nectarmakers.  Just to see how old your nectar can get kwim?

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« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2009, 03:06:09 PM »
Metro I am really looking forward to your walk through on nectar making.

Things are slow going for the Gallo brothers. They still haven't made it to France yet and I'm in the middle of week 2. But, both of them have almost mastered gardening and by the time they do eventually learn nectar making in France, they'll have some perfect grapes to use for their first round. I wonder how much nectar made from perfect life fruit will sell for?

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EDIT: Oh, my lord. I've made some incredible blunders in my first nectar-making journey. Time for a redo. Nectar is all about aging, so I need to get the brothers right over to France ASAP next time around. Carl, with Thanksgiving coming up I probably will not be able to get the walkthrough to you until the week after Thanksgiving. Hope that's okay.

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« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2009, 03:37:20 PM »
I looked into it and there are other types of grapes in France and you have to mix them with different kinds of fruit to get different outcomesl.  I might actually buy the Prima guide to keep it all straight.

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« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2009, 08:33:26 PM »
I sent my Christopher Steel to France to learn nectary and he took right to it.  He harvested some different kinds of grapes in a vineyard next to the nectary then went diving in a pool in the basement and came up with a very old vintaged "nectar" (cough, ahem). 

After going home, I used the basement tool, which is awesome btw, and he now has his own nectary going on.  He bought books on nectar making while in France also.  The process of making the nectar is hilarious.  He also is now growing his own grapes, 3 different kinds and on next visit he'll be harvesting more.

I am really loving this game, even though the start was rough.  It seems though patch 1.7 fixed the save error problem, unfortunately not soon enough to keep from losing my precious Brooke and her whole family.  Ah well, I've started over many times in sims 1 and 2 so this isn't any different I guess. 


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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2009, 08:41:10 PM »
I sent my Christopher Steel to France to learn nectary and he took right to it.  He harvested some different kinds of grapes in a vineyard next to the nectary...

What a great idea. I would have never thought of doing that.

After going home, I used the basement tool, which is awesome btw, and he now has his own nectary going on.  He bought books on nectar making while in France also.  The process of making the nectar is hilarious.

It is. How about that train whistle?  :D Crazy. I'm really curious about all of the factors that affect value — basement, ingredients, time, type of storage unit, etc.

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« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2009, 12:58:29 AM »
I really, really love this EP so far. So many different things to do. :)

I love how everything blends together. You will get adventures/opportunities that require you to go somewhere else; many of the "old" skills are very useful in the new locations; you can bring home new veggies to plant in your garden.

I'm playing a house with a traveling Sim and a stay-at-home gardening and cooking Sim, he's bringing home lots of things she can use.

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« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2009, 01:17:28 AM »
I'm playing a multi-Sim household, too.  They take turns traveling.  Right now, three of them are in China doing various things.  One fishes, another collects gems, and the third is working on Martial Arts.  They bring home something new every time, too.  I just built a separate nectar cellar/relic museum on the lot on Sunset Valley.  The lower level has the nectar making machine and nectar racks and the ground level has many display cases with statues and gemstones.  It's pretty cool.
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