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Extra Family in Egypt
« on: December 02, 2009, 08:37:38 PM »
Hey All! I need your help. After I lost everything from those horrible useless patches I had to start over. I created a family in Riverview, and another in Sunset. I've been playing the family in Riverview for a while now. I just switched over to Sunset, where last I left my family they were on vacation on Egypt on their Honeymoon. Lara and Harrison Ford. You know, brave, adventurous, etc.

Now in my head, I had all of this planned out. IE; the dynasty, how they were going to make their family fortune etc. Well, I go back into the Sunset game, where now, all of a sudden Lara has a daughter with some guy in Egypt! HOW is this possible?? I am frankly a little irritated at this point. The father also has the last name of Ford! Now, I can't figure out which house the daughter is in. I had to pause the game to look for last names etc.

So apparently, if you switch to another game, the first game just starts making up storylines? Has this happened to anyone else? What's worse - is that one of the daughter's traits is looser!

I do not like this sam I am! Not ONE BIT!  >:(

Am I now correct that if you have 2 games, the other one will still progress even if you are not playing it?? That makes absolutely no sense to me at all! What the heck??  ???
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009, 09:07:15 PM »
First, take a deep breath and make yourself a glass of warm milk. Now drink that milk mmmm isnt that nice? now that we are calm lets discuss-
What most likely happened was either a gliche or your sim cheated while you were controlling the other one. I have heard about this kind of problem before; in order to prevent future problems I would recomend saving before the vacation and then keep a close eye on them.
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009, 10:41:23 PM »
Here's the thing - They only just arrived in Egypt. (We arrived, I saved then quit) So I guess I am back to my original question: If you have 2 games, and you play one and not the other, does the other progress without playing it?

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First, take a deep breath and make yourself a glass of warm milk.

Warm Milk.. LOL  ;D after the day I had, I'm thinking of spiking the milk, or getting rid of the milk altogether and starting an IV line!!  If you work for the Federal Gov, you should be allowed to keep at flask in your desk for "Emergency Preparedness"... that's all I'm saying!! LOL ;) :D
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2009, 10:58:26 PM »
No, different games won't progress while you're playing others, as long as you are sure you made separate games and not just households in the same game.

Also, you cannot save and quit while on vacation.  It reverts back to the save prior to going on vacation, as when you load the game you can only load into the town in which their original home is, NOT the vacation location.  So either send them home early using their cell phones if you get tired of playing mid-vacation, or make sure you finish the vacation naturally and save after returning to the real town.

Out of paranoia, I just went and checked my different saved games.  They are still where I left them.  I guess what you could also do is maybe put a backup copy of your favorite games in a separate folder in case?

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009, 11:25:55 PM »
you cannot save and quit while on vacation.

I can do that. I save in the middle of vacations all the time.

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 12:23:15 AM »
you cannot save and quit while on vacation.

I can do that. I save in the middle of vacations all the time.

So do I.  I've never had a problem saving during the vacation and it starts right back up at the same point when I come back.

So I guess I am back to my original question: If you have 2 games, and you play one and not the other, does the other progress without playing it?

No, that's not what it does.  Your story doesn't progress unless you're playing it, with the exception switching the active family in the same town/game.  But I've heard of this mess about having a child that nobody knew about pop up suddenly.  I don't know if it's a glitch or if it's supposed to be some kind of storyline thing.  I wouldn't like it, either, especially if it's supposed to be a child of the mother.  I could almost accept it if it's the husband's kid because you could slip an unknown mother into things somewhat easily.  But no, if your female Sim had been pregnant, you'd have to know.

Sorry I don't have any real advice for you.
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 03:29:04 AM »
Strange, every time I try to save while on vacation I get the "error 16" corrupted file stuff, so I don't do it any more.



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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009, 03:35:55 AM »
The error 16 is part of a huge bug that came out in an update just prior to the release of World Adventures.  EA has put out an update to correct it, so you should probably download it.  If it continues to be a problem, you can use "Save As" and it will work fine.
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2009, 05:39:54 AM »
I do use save as when it happens now, but I have all the updates and it still happens.

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2009, 12:15:32 PM »
I finally figured out what my particular prolems are with the 'error 16 code'.  If I play a family that I created prior to WA and the newest set of patches, I have to use save as...  to get them to save.  If I play a sim/family that was created after the set of patches/WA then I can use Save.  So that 'error 16 code' patch only works on my new sims/families.

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2009, 05:03:16 PM »
I finally figured out what my particular prolems are with the 'error 16 code'.  If I play a family that I created prior to WA and the newest set of patches, I have to use save as...  to get them to save.  If I play a sim/family that was created after the set of patches/WA then I can use Save.  So that 'error 16 code' patch only works on my new sims/families.

Do you have all of the updates to fix the error 16?  I'm able to play my pre-WA families and save with no problem once I got the patch to correct it installed.
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2009, 11:10:21 PM »
Pam, I added WA and the latest patch only, which was the one for fixing the error 16 code.  I had watched you all discussing all the things that happened with the patch right before WA and so decided to wait to update until I actually got WA and then only do the last patch from there.  I have what I have and do alright, so no biggie as far as I am concerned. 

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2009, 12:02:48 AM »
Oi what a mess! I went back into that weird version of my game, and found out the following:

The imposter my sim apparently had an affair with died. She had the "heartbroken" moodlet, and apparently "witnessed" the death. Now, I had saved them at the camp ground when I had last left them. No urn anywhere. Yet, both of them were at the camp ground when I went back into the game. The other "Ford" apparently was a flagrant philanderer, and also had a son who was married who had 2 kids of his own.

Here's where it gets even weirder - Lara's "daughter" was not in any of the houses. I visited every single one!! Yet, I was able to call her, and "invite over" - she was a child, not a toddler or baby. Now Lara's husband Harrison who was sleeping when I saved, was STILL in the tent. Now, I ask you - how on earth could one sleep through the wife having an affair, a pregnancy, then the death of the lover, AND the results of the affair grow up to be in the child stage??  ::) What is he, Rip Van Winkle??  :D

I was so mad I just deleted the game!  :o

Here's the last part which I guess is the "silver lining". So, I recreated my sims in Sunset Valley, moved them in etc. The husband learns the cooking skill, and makes dinner of "nice quality". I put the leftovers in the fridge, knowing full well in 6 hours I'm going to have to interveine and delete the bad food. Yet, that never happens. Food is still good a day later, yet, this is the very same fridge that my first Ford couple had...go figure!
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2009, 10:27:51 AM »
I have no Idea what happened in that game, but that's so cool! The only odd thing I've had happen to my sims is with this one single female. She hadn't been dating anyone or anything, she went on vacation and when she came back she was pregnant but there isn't a dad for the baby. I thought it was super mega weird until I read this.

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2009, 06:31:44 PM »
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she went on vacation and when she came back she was pregnant

Was she in egypt by any chance?? That's where Lara and Harrison were, at the base camp.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2009, 09:29:55 PM »
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Was she in egypt by any chance?? That's where Lara and Harrison were, at the base camp.
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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2009, 03:42:40 PM »
Gee Bogie74...I guess your game wants you to play a more dramatic story than you had in mind!  :o  Sorry you are being driven "insane" by the games goofy story progression/glitch, but I am totally intrigued by your dramatic tale, pic's ?  ;D

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Re: I'm so confused. My Sim's family apparently expanded on Vacation??
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2009, 11:56:18 AM »
I had something similar happen. The family that I was playing when I first got WA...both sims had the "fertility treatment" LTR and had a set of twins. Those twins grew up and moved out. The male twin, Dexter, is the one I started playing after that because I liked that sim better. So then I suddenly noticed two kids show up in his friends panel and I put my cursor over them to see who they were and come to find out.....they were his new sister and brother!  Apparently, his mom had another set of twins after he had moved out!!  And she was NOT pregnant when I last played that family! When they first showed up in his friends panel, they were babies....and then they progressed to kids. So it looks like his family story WAS progressing without him even though I wasn't playing that family. I wanted to invite the whole family over so that he could get to know his new brother and sister, but in Sims 3, it appears you only get the option of inviting one sim over at a time. Remember in Sims 2, you could invite the whole family over.

And the other thing that sucks, is that now that Dexter has moved out, his family home doesn't appear to be in the neighborhood anymore. He sees his parents and his older sister out in town and can call them, but their house isn't there anymore for him to go visit them. I really wanted to have him go over there and meet his new brother and sister.

It seems the story progression in Sims 3 is rather messed up!

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Now My Sim is MARRIED?!?!?
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2009, 08:03:20 PM »
Ok, so remember the other day when I found that my sim apparently had a little boy at some point while she was in Egypt?  Up until now, she hasn't even had a boyfriend!!  Well I decided last night to create a handsome male sim to put in the game in China and have her meet him and fall in love with him. I figured since she's completed so many challenges, it was time to settle down a bit.

So anyway, I had her meet this guy and they hit it off and I added him to her household in China because I want them to get married. Things are going well and I'm wondering why isn't the "propose engagement" thing coming up, so while I'm on his character, I hover over her picture in his friends panel to see if he's discovered all her traits and guess what?????  I find out that she's married to some guy in Egypt!!!!!!  OMG I don't know what to do? I don't even know who it is...but I'm thinking it might have been that fat Special Merchant that she had a couple of trips ago. I think his name was Sekhmet, but I'm not sure. He doesn't live in the household where the boy lives, so I have no idea where he lives and I don't know his last name to find his home. I need to go through my friends panel and see who this person is.  >:(

What do I do?  Do you think if I have her go to Egypt, she can divorce him? I don't like how the game just throws these crazy story progression things in without me knowing about it!

Maybe I'll have her go to Egypt, divorce the big guy, and kidnap her son and run back to Sunset Valley and marry the handsome guy and live happily ever after. LOL Think that will work?


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Re: Now My Sim is MARRIED?!?!?
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2009, 08:07:40 PM »
Yeah I think it will since your Sim can interact with him. This is an inexplicable string of problems you're having. I tend to play with story progression off so haven't had these crazy issues. It sounds like yet another zany bug and apparently it's unfixed. Sorry to hear the game is treating you so poorly lately.

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« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2009, 08:20:26 PM »
Well here's another twist to the story.....

Sekhmet isn't in my friend's list anywhere. I'm actually thinking that he was the old fat guy who was the Special Merchant on her first trip there and I think he died. You know how when you're at home, it will sometimes throw up a message that says, "So and so isn't getting any younger. Maybe you should visit them soon."  It seems like I vaguely remember seeing that for this guy. That would also explain why the boy is still living in that home. I think that Sekhmet's last name was Hawas and he probably died and left the boy to live with his brother and his wife.

If anyone can go to Egypt and let me know if Sekhmet's last name is Hawas....that would be VERY helpful. Then at least I'd know who he was. I know he had to be a local that EA created for the game, so all of you should have him. And if he's dead now, it's only RIGHT that Audrey go get her son to live with her!!  LOL

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Re: Now My Sim is MARRIED?!?!?
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2009, 09:00:34 PM »
OMG!!  :o This is EXACTLY what happened to me!!! Lara #1 ended up marrying this guy -even though she was on her honeymoon already - this imposter had her last name of Ford, and if you look at the relationship panel, you will see that he has a son named Hawas, married with kids of his own!! This imposter did NOT show up in the relationship panel at all...

I posted a topic on this exact issue!! The post was "My Sims family expanded on Vacation".. So now that I have had a chance to analyze all this, (super nerd that I am) I ask you this: did your Sim complete the "Plunder of Egypt" challenge??

I had completed the challenge- though, I tried not to cheat and use the Prima Guide - didn't realize it was the "bad" challenge - I had no negative traits - I believe Lara #1 had Adventurous, Brave, Handy, Athletic, & Artistic. She ended up with the heartbroken moodlet, because this guy died with her husband sleeping in the tent!

I will have to go back and read the thread because someone else posted that a Sim got pregnant in Egypt with no boyfriend/husband..

The common thread between your post and mine -same guy, same names, same relationship. The other person who posted the same results - will need to check. Perhaps if we could get input, then we could come up with a logical conclusion. Inititial findings are that this particular adventure is somehow bugged... if in fact your Sim completed it. I'm betting you did..

I've been taking a class this week on "motivational leadership" with my job. I have taken the Myers/Briggs test, and the funny thing was, this test I took this week showed that my strong suit was "analytical".. go figure from my posts!! ROFL!! Umm, heello... tell me something I don't know!  ;D



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Re: Now My Sim is MARRIED?!?!?
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2009, 10:09:14 PM »
Wow...that is all so crazy!  I can't remember if she completed that particular challenge, but she probably did because she's starting to get repeats now of the challenges as if there aren't any new ones. Do you remember how that challenge went? I don't even have the Prima Guide, so obviously I didn't use it. I do sometimes use game cheats, but usually not when doing challenges/adventures.

I'll have to go back and read your thread again. I remember seeing it before.

The weird thing too is that my sim was NEVER pregnant! And she certainly never had a relationship with this man that she's supposedly married to now! I wonder though....if he's not showing up in her friend's panel, will she be able to find him to divorce him? Or will she just be able to marry the new guy without any trouble? I'll keep working on their relationship and see if they can get married....but I don't know if she can or not. I did notice that she's not wearing a ring....but then I'm not sure how that works in Sims 3. I know that in Sims 2, if a sim was married, they had a ring on their middle finger.

The kid is definitely hers though because he looks just like her! I'm still thinking of kidnapping him. LOL Hey I won't have to be pregnant and go through the baby stage!  :D

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Re: Now My Sim is MARRIED?!?!?
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2009, 11:12:12 PM »
Geez, things just keep getting stranger and stranger!

So now my two sims that I'm playing are sitting on the couch in the vacation home in China and they are cuddling. Suddenly, I notice that my male sim.....the one I JUST created and moved into the city and had her meet TONIGHT......has a wedding ring on his finger now...that he did NOT have just a few minutes ago!

I was like YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! So I checked in his friend's panel and apparently, he's now married to someone named JinJin in China!!  I think he sparred with her at the Academy and that was the extent of their relationship.

This is really getting ridiculous. I'm to the point where I think I just need to delete these sims all together and start over. I just hate to do that when she's finally maxed on all her skills and has completed so many of the challenges.

I just do not understand WHY the game keeps making these relationship decisions FOR me and without me knowing about them. It's beginning to make me mad.  >:(

Edited to add: Well when I went to my female sims character and hovered over HIS name, it's saying that he doesn't have a partner. I don't know what's going on. I guess I'll keep working on their relationship and see if they can get married.


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Re: Now My Sim is MARRIED?!?!?
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2009, 11:22:57 PM »
This is really getting ridiculous. I'm to the point where I think I just need to delete these sims all together and start over.

Don't you dare! This is too funny and I'm enjoying this craziness. I'm just waiting for Susan Powter to materialize from one of her old informercials and yell at your Sims — STOP THE INSANITY!