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« Reply #50 on: October 10, 2014, 06:30:23 PM »
Carl, Great job! Thank you for all of your hard work! This is a great site. I sincerely appreciate it!  I will help you out as much as I can.

It's great to be able to interact with a sims community and also extremely helpful. It makes the game so much more fun when I can come here to get help if I'm stuck rather than stress over it for days.  ;)

If you ask me, EA should be paying you for how much your site adds to The Sims gaming experience!

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« Reply #51 on: October 13, 2014, 05:18:11 PM »
That's some huge praise! I'm content with my relationship with EA though, since they made a game worthy of.such a community. Thanks for letting me know how you feel. It made my day :D

It's been hard to give the site my attention lately, but I got to play some today. I stopped by here to say that I'll have video gaming and charisma out tomorrow. Ambrosia is coming after, then the two cooking skills. After those, I'll probably try to polish off the skills since the list is nearly done.

Expect Pam to release Teens soon,  and some more aspiration works from Metro. I gotta tease that I got to see the new Dynasty in progress and it's looking great!   :-X

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« Reply #52 on: October 15, 2014, 08:23:07 PM »
I'm happy to make your day! You deserve it. This site is a HUGE undertaking.

I have a few items that might be useful for your fishing guide. I had been having a really hard time catching goldfish so I''m taking my family of 7 all around both towns to figure it out. Here's what I've learned so far:

Goldfish: My sims have only caught Goldfish in the Oasis Springs Park Pond (never in Willow Creek Park Pond), and it has always been after they ran out of bait. You mentioned in your guide that the "lower" level fish may be harder to catch when your sims are level 10 fisherman because there are so many more fish options. Well, maybe a a great to get around that is to fish without bait to get the more common fish.

Guppy: I was having almost an equally difficult time catching Guppies until, as with the Goldfish, my sims ran out of bait and kept fishing.

Catfish: I was not catching very many catfish until I tried using Dragonfruit as bait. It works very well.

Red-Tailed Black Shark: Tetra and Minnow make great bait for this fish.

Piranha: Very hard to catch. I've only had success using Treefish as bait. I did try Koi and Catfish as mentioned in your guide, but they never worked for me. Of course, it doesn't mean they won't ever work.

No Bait: I've caught quite a variety of fish and miscellaneous items without bait, including Betta, Bass, Salmon, Minnow, Trout, Cowplant Berry, Stringvarius violin, Goldfish, Guppy, Tetra, the Future Cube by Paltry Predictions, Inc., and, of course, plenty of "normal" quality apples and pomegranates.

Using flowers and herbs for bait doesn't seem to work any better than simply no bait at all.

Potential Bug: The first time I caught a Piranha, which was hard to do, it didn't register in my collection, and it was the last fish for me to complete the collection. It didn't register until I caught a second one, and then I finally got credit for completing the collection.

My sims have been skipping work and school for the last 3 sim-days to just fish. I'm trying to put together a good list of which bait works for which fish and where; however, I'm actually finding that in The Sims 4, bait is less relevant to which fish you catch than it was in The Sims 3. However, that does make it harder to catch the full variety of fish, since it is based more on odds than choice of bait and location.

I don't think anyone is worried that you don't have "enough time" for the website! I'm sure you also have to work for a living, which has to take priority!

I'll look for the guide on teens. Teens are much more fun now. I was a bit surprised that they now have their own version of "WooHoo" (Mess Around). The "Promised To" interaction is kind of fun; however, it must not be a very "strong" promise. My teen's "promise" to her boyfriend naturally wore off when I neglected to have them spend enough time together over about a week.

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« Reply #53 on: October 15, 2014, 09:01:26 PM »
Potential Bug: The first time I caught a Piranha, which was hard to do, it didn't register in my collection, and it was the last fish for me to complete the collection. It didn't register until I caught a second one, and then I finally got credit for completing the collection.
This is a bug that happens no matter what fish you catch last.  Restarting the game solved it for me.

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« Reply #54 on: October 18, 2014, 04:20:38 PM »
I've wanted to keep building guides, but it's been tough lately. A lot has happened and I'm going through a period of depression. I'm working out to help that, solving problems, and trying to get myself back in the rhythm. I hope to resume next week. I'm sure some of you can relate, and rather than make up some illness to explain the slow pace, along with my absence, I'd rather admit that I'm one who has this problem too. I always keep hope, because I know I always feel better eventually.

@Lindsay thank you for the information, especially baits. I will surely add your tips to the Fishing Guide soon!

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« Reply #55 on: October 20, 2014, 04:39:43 AM »
I'm sorry to hear you are unwell Carl. I hope your depressions lifts very soon.
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« Reply #56 on: October 20, 2014, 07:37:21 PM »
I'm feeling a little better, thanks. Glad to be productive today :)

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« Reply #57 on: October 31, 2014, 10:29:00 AM »
Question for Carl about the information in the guide about the Cowplant.

I have tried milking the cowplant several times now and it has yet to yield a Youth Potion for me. I have gotten other potions instead - mostly related to the mood of the sim that gets eaten. I have gotten focusing potions, and happiness potions and some of the other potions but never a youth potion. I was wondering if the information about the cowplant producing a potion that adds days to your sims' life was just assumed based on how it worked in TS2? Or, have I simply been unlucky not to get a youth potion?

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« Reply #58 on: October 31, 2014, 12:21:51 PM »
Hey Carl, just wanted to say thanks for the guides.  I've been using them along with my own notes for about a month now and they've always been both helpful and spot on. 
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« Reply #59 on: November 02, 2014, 08:40:52 AM »
Question for Carl about the information in the guide about the Cowplant.

I have tried milking the cowplant several times now and it has yet to yield a Youth Potion for me. I have gotten other potions instead - mostly related to the mood of the sim that gets eaten. I have gotten focusing potions, and happiness potions and some of the other potions but never a youth potion. I was wondering if the information about the cowplant producing a potion that adds days to your sims' life was just assumed based on how it worked in TS2? Or, have I simply been unlucky not to get a youth potion?
I'm not Carl, but I see the answer to your question in Carl's gardening guide.  You must have just missed it.  I'll copy and paste the paragraphs here for you.

"When a Sim is swallowed by a Cow Plant by going for the Cake, one of two things will happen. The first time they take the cake, they'll get spit out, upon which case they will leave the cow plant feeling disgusting and unnerved; an emotionless husk. There will be a Drained Moodlet that lasts two days. Milking the Cow plant will give you an essence that will give your Sim whatever Emotion that Sim was feeling at the time. According to Forum Member Reubenhood, death only comes if a Sim already has the Drained moodlet that comes from being spit out, so a second encounter with the Cow Plant will kill the Sim.

When the Sim dies, the Cow Plant can be milked to get an Essence of Sim's Life. Drinking this will extend the Sim's lifespan by putting them back to the beginning of the current life stage. It's better to save for when your Sim is close to aging up, as you'll get more days out of it."


In summary, you won't get the potion you're looking for unless the Sim going into the cowplant dies by going into the cowplant twice within a short period of time.  Otherwise, you'll just get what you've been getting.

 


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« Reply #60 on: November 09, 2014, 08:50:45 PM »
Sorry I missed that question! Thank for answering, ClayMask.

dethdukk, you're very welcome! I love helping and hope to refine the guides to be more specific on the mechanics as I go. Nothing has got the attention gardening has, so there is definitely room for improvement on all the released pages. I will not be lacking something to do for many months.

Romance will be out as soon as I can tear my attention away from Civilization. I have been working to redesign my main site that links everything together, and that's not quite done yet, but close. I've just now finished the notes I need for the main Beyond Earth Guide I want to write, so should be able to get back to Sims very soon. Nothing else I make on that game will take as long as this one has (affinities, for those interested), and life has been less distracting lately. I should be more productive in the near future. I still think I have time to meet my goal of 50 pages on Sims 4 by December. :)

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« Reply #61 on: November 12, 2014, 09:51:08 PM »
I just want to say to guide readers that I will be back and updating more regularly when I am able. I've had a lot of technical problems lately that have prevented me from writing. I wouldn't want anyone to think it was disinterest or that I was focusing on another game. Getting a good Sims guide written is what is most important to me right now! I am actually putting the Civ:Beyond Earth project on hold for a while, having not started it yet there is no commitment.

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« Reply #62 on: November 23, 2014, 12:42:35 PM »
Looks like Collectibles are up next, then information on Weddings and other types of Parties. I have probably 20 pages to go to finish the base game coverage, and maybe some extra misc articles to fill in gaps in information. I'm taking the better part of this week off for Thanksgiving, some time with family and my girlfriend, and will resume writing heavily in December. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans. To those of you who have to work on that day, I am sorry that our society is getting worse and worse about saving money and forgetting family values and decency.

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« Reply #63 on: January 18, 2015, 03:34:05 PM »
Not all families, Carl.  Love you so much.
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« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2015, 04:52:25 PM »
@Joria Aww, thank you :)

I just stopped in here to work on the list, as i hadn't updated it in a while.

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« Reply #65 on: February 02, 2015, 05:31:28 PM »
Hey wasn't sure exactly where to post this... the guide:  Sims and Gameplay (http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/tutorials/sims.php) is missing the length of the Teen age.  I believe it's 13 days on normal?
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« Reply #66 on: March 12, 2015, 05:20:54 PM »
While I can still think of about 10 pages I can make, I've been bogged down with other things for some time. I want to get a building section created eventually, but it seems like something that should wait a bit for efficiency's sake because of how new features are being added to the game (like the upcoming basements feature). It kind of feels like it's still being developed, but it's not a bad thing because they are doing an excellent job bringing in new features some people thought should have been included at launch and we know how budgets/time constraints can affect game development. I love how they are doing patches and the extra information I'll need to incorporate into the site because of that.

I am taking a break from Sims 4 site development for a while (again) to pursue other thing. I need some self improvement and to work on other sites. I still love my Sims and will get back to that in due time, but do not want to burn myself out on the game at any point as I did with TS3. I'll still release something once in a while to make the site more 'complete'. It's just a matter of what I want to do and what I'm capable of doing. I look forward to the Expansion this April and the upcoming Summer with all the new people who will join us here on the Forum. It's a little slow lately, but it's just that time of year and the old game's declined in popularity while the new one continues to rise. The Expansion, for me as a writer and free-spirited person, gives me broad choices on pages to create and the enjoyment that brings me. I like chasing whims and writing on something based on how I feel and with a lot of options available to me. Now that we've published so much, I feel constrained.

My work is going to be featured in the Sims Magazine app that can be found on the app store for both iOS and android. I'm not sure when the first Sims 4-era piece is released, but I've given them work on both Careers and Outdoor Retreat for publication. It'll be great to see it in a magazine, whether it's print or not. I'll let people know when that magazine is released, because it will be something a lot of you guys will want to check out. I'm sure they will secure some great interviews in the future.


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« Reply #67 on: April 04, 2015, 01:23:54 PM »
Just wanted you to know I'm always praying and thinking about you.  Take some time to renew yourself once in awhile.  We all love you and appreciate the millions of hours you put in to the guides you create.
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« Reply #68 on: April 08, 2015, 05:51:58 PM »
Your support matters a lot to me @Joria and I thank you.  I do feel a lot better than I did then, but succumb to stress and other issues like anyone else I guess. I have the option to push hard and focus on one thing a lot, but it doesn't mean I always should. I did find some peace there, so all is well now, just behind on writing!

I will resume writing on the base game as summer approaches and try to polish off my to-do list. It's exciting building a new site with an established following, and I'm grateful to everyone who has continued to come here, share their thoughts about the game and even help me with the guide by providing little tips :)

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« Reply #69 on: May 12, 2015, 03:59:05 PM »
I just updated the gardening guide with a tip from a player that I received a while back. She made a guide to combining plants in an efficient way so that you can complete the collection and simultaneously have one of every plant growing on a fast-blooming plant. It can be downloaded here. Thanks to charlottecupcake for this list :) In the document you will see the total amount of grafts you need to collect, and where to graft them. This has been refined a few times, and she's done a really great job with this.

We also found that Mixology can actually make a lot of money. Not sure if I just missed this, or they updated them. Prices scale with drink quality/level and can be sold through your Sim's inventory. The price list is updated

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« Reply #70 on: June 04, 2015, 01:55:17 AM »
- Add info about hidden skills, at least a list of them. (areas where your sim will start getting better result after a while, by repeating an action over and over, but there's no in-game indication)

- Does "Go to Work!" in Daily Task & Promotion Requirements after reaching lvl10 in a career, means that I can force my sim to work more hours to get more $? If so how do I do it?

- Is somewhere a list of all of the Items with auras sorted by aura?

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« Reply #71 on: June 08, 2015, 06:05:52 PM »
- Add info about hidden skills, at least a list of them. (areas where your sim will start getting better result after a while, by repeating an action over and over, but there's no in-game indication)

- Does "Go to Work!" in Daily Task & Promotion Requirements after reaching lvl10 in a career, means that I can force my sim to work more hours to get more $? If so how do I do it?

- Is somewhere a list of all of the Items with auras sorted by aura?

1. There is actually no hidden skill this time around. The only skills that is not available to common player is called Reaping and it is related to Grim Reaper. I have my suspicion about the singing skill though but all my level 10 guitar could sing perfectly in Outdoor Retreat. Even the new career in Get To Work only have job level that influence the success rate of their respective career related interaction.

2. There is actually no way to force staying late in normal career unless there is some specific chance card that we haven't yet come across since even in Sims 3, there is no option either to intentionally stay late. For Get To Work Expansion yes we can stay late and earn more money by cancelling the timer icon right at the jobs objectives. It will ask you if you want to stay late or leave job early.

3. Do you mean somewhere in game? I don't really know about his though.

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« Reply #72 on: June 08, 2015, 06:13:06 PM »
- Add info about hidden skills, at least a list of them. (areas where your sim will start getting better result after a while, by repeating an action over and over, but there's no in-game indication)

- Does "Go to Work!" in Daily Task & Promotion Requirements after reaching lvl10 in a career, means that I can force my sim to work more hours to get more $? If so how do I do it?

- Is somewhere a list of all of the Items with auras sorted by aura?
The only hidden skill I can think of is skill at specific video games.  You can get better at individual video games by playing them, but you need to keep playing them often to keep the skill.

There is a list of items that cause emotional auras, but it is intermingled with other ways of obtaining these moods.  It's here:  http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,21776.0.html


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« Reply #73 on: June 10, 2015, 01:21:54 PM »
The only hidden skill I can think of is skill at specific video games.  You can get better at individual video games by playing them, but you need to keep playing them often to keep the skill.

There is a list of items that cause emotional auras, but it is intermingled with other ways of obtaining these moods.  It's here:  http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,21776.0.html



Doing homework has a hidden skill related to it as well.  I also believe that fighting/practice fighting may have a hidden skill, but I haven't tested this. 
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« Reply #74 on: June 10, 2015, 05:12:00 PM »
Isn't dancing a hidden skill? It sure seems like there are levels of it.

 

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