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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #50 on: March 05, 2019, 06:43:16 PM »
I should clarify that I actually waited around almost all day Monday to see if the suspect would go to work. It never happened and the option to confirm presence disappeared.

The best that I can tell is that it was my oopies as a previous unrelated (to the PI career) popped up for the science center and most likely conflicted with the case (also at the science center) my Sim was working on.

The 'confirm presence' cases just require you to visit the work lot in those sims hours of work..makes sense, after all you can't arrest someone who isn't there. They can be a bit of a pain if you have to wait over a weekend, luckily with my play through it was just a case of going to the work lot as it already was during business hours.
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #51 on: March 05, 2019, 08:28:05 PM »
@Deklitch  Go Bill! I've never completed the 100 jokes skill challenge! I just never think to use jokes etc when socializing my sim! Love the disgust in the completion case text where your sim thinks it's rather terrible that people consider a plastic lawn ornament as "Art".  ;D

Gotcha MrsFlynn, did think it a bit weird you got stuck on that lol
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #52 on: March 06, 2019, 07:09:43 AM »
Bill has now completed all the skill challenges of Charisma Skill - Charisma is at level 9. :)

Once Bill got the first few skill challenges done, I sent him to a house with a number of people (I chose the McDermotts, but the Brokes, the Shallows or the Ivanovichs would work). I greet each person in turn with the charming greeting. They jump to friend level. I then invite them to a meal at the restaurant (the more expensive one). They drive. I have the meal with them, and normally a number of other locals gather outside the restaurant. While I'm in having a meal with the first lot, I select the eat meal here with others and select everyone I can. Back and forth until you have the 10 Best Friends challenge met. Not even old Hunter 'Grumpypants' Cottoneye can resist the charms of Bill.

Oh, and he's now on his 17th case, at level 6 as a PI - Gumshoe. He's still at level 4 logic.

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« Reply #53 on: March 06, 2019, 11:47:52 AM »
I can add the small piece of, perhaps self-explanatory information, that the magnifying glass and fingerprint dusting kit disappear from your Sim's personal inventory when you quit the profession.
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #54 on: March 06, 2019, 01:42:34 PM »
Date: Week 3 Day 4 - Wed. 8:22am
Levels: PI Lv10, Logic Lv8 ; Handi Lv5 ; 15/35 cases done.
Funds: $37,185.
Misc. Info.:

Just got the art heist case again. Luckily it's a Wed. in-game. So it should go okay. *Fingers Crossed*

Most of the case is going well. It's Thurs. 3:14 am, so I'm having Calista do some low level police work till around 8am and then head to the science lab.

Suspect showed up around 9am and got 'em. Case closed and registered completed!! :)

Wha-hoo!! I'm actually thankful this case came back around and was successfully completed!!

This particular case isn't bugged, it was taking that unrelated science lab opportunity that glitched the case.
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #55 on: March 06, 2019, 04:59:52 PM »
Date: Week 4 Day 4 - Wed. 9:50pm
Levels: PI Lv10, Logic Lv10 ; Handi Lv5 ; 25/35 cases done.
Funds: $56,874.
Misc. Info.:

Ten more cases to go!! I had a previous hiccup with a case, but it came around again and fully completed this time.

Calista is finally receiving some of the awards she didn't get earlier? I'm thinking due to the hiccups I had in the game early on. Let's see we have two Keys to the City, two Mysterious Gnomes, Honor Trophy, Hero Metal and car.  It would have been 3 Gnomes, but sold one early in the game to help with living expenses at the time.

She had at one point the Hero Metal, but it disappeared ? Until just recently. Thinking the reset everything may have helped.

Did I mention something in the game made the car glitch and so after completing the case I reset everything just to be on the safe side.

I see Dek is going an awesome job!! :)

I almost forgot to mention, I gave Calista Inappropriate but in a good way to hopefully prevent prompting the go home when trying to go through the mail box, garbage and going inside Sims home when other Sim isn't home.

The game still prompted Go home for most things. Specially when I was trying to get her to break into a house when the family wasn't home. To complete that part of the case I had to have her wait till a member of the family was home.
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #56 on: March 06, 2019, 06:46:25 PM »
I had an issue for a time there of Bill not being able to do a thing ... I'd click on his target, it would remain there for a few seconds and then the task would disappear. I then deleted the case, and tried to send him home ... same thing happened. So I found him and told him to walk to another point on the property he was on ... same thing, I ended up resetting him and he went back to normal.

Also - I love Hunter Cottoneye's formal wear - black singlet and shorts and flip flops/thongs. At least he's dressed in black :D

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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #57 on: March 06, 2019, 07:12:22 PM »
I had a similar thing happen where Calista wouldn't talk to people in a couple of cases. Had to cancel the case and hoped they came back around. One of them did. The other hasn't come up again yet.

I've used Reset Everything via MasterController once, maybe twice in my game due to some hiccups. Silly game.

Static needs of course. ;) Dynamic needs are for the tougher Simmers *Giggle-Snort*

I keep getting distracted now that it's Spring in my game... Gotta catch 'em all. *Snicker* Sell some, keep some.

So yeah, if you finish the game before me Dek, that's okay!! Unless you get the oooh shiny flowers like I do?
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #58 on: March 06, 2019, 07:28:14 PM »
I think if I get distracted by anything it'll be the inventing skill :P He is eccentric

I play without seasons installed.

I don't think anyone has died yet, though someone has moved house (Brackenridge, I think it is, in with Billy Caspian

Also Bill has a romantic interest :D Elaine Joy ... she found him cute and apparently they had traits and starsigns that were a match. :) So I had him flirt back ... nothing improper, at least not with her father standing behind her, staring at Bill all the time ...
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Also all the eating out ... multiple times a day ... has seen Bill Christie put on a bit of weight :P He's obviously the Bustopher Jones of the Sims world :P "There can be no surprise that under our eyes he has grown unmistakably round"
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Oh and the kid who starts as a toddler Dimitri, isn't it? ... He's aged up to child and his fashion sense is ... interesting
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #59 on: March 06, 2019, 07:59:35 PM »
This only some-what relates to the IP thread, but wanted to ask about it anyway.



We found this dog barking in the Library the day before, as Calista had stopped there to question someone in a case. The next day, the dog showed up in her front yard. I quickly locked the doors from them just walking in. I've had that happen before.

I love pets in real life, but in-game not so much. I don't know if this dog has an owner or not. Is there a way to turn off or disable the "extra" pets and the pet adoption center?

I do have all strays turned off through Nraas Register > Animal Control. Still there's wondering pets.

Or is this a normal thing? I've been noticing this happening more and more in my game lately now that I've been playing more regularly again.
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #60 on: March 06, 2019, 09:08:30 PM »
Do you mean you want no pets at all in game?

If so, you can turn off pets using NRAAS>Register>Animal Control>set all animals to zero or just the ones you want or make the numbers very small. Is that just for strays?

And I think you can change the number of them overall in the world too---that may be under demographics---by species? maybe, then for horses, big and little dogs and cats.
Then change it in SP> Hhmm, not so sure about that process and I don't have it written down. I'll have to go check on that one.

Since I had no pets at all in IP due to the lag and glitchiness, I did allow pets in Riverview but limited it to no more than 3 in a household.

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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #61 on: March 06, 2019, 09:35:44 PM »
I've got the game set to no pets in the Options already, and as I said in my post I have it set in Register = All stray animals to zero.
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« Reply #62 on: March 06, 2019, 10:37:41 PM »
Date: Week 5 Day 2 Mon.
Levels: PI Lv10, Logic Lv10 ; Handi Lv5 ; 35/35 cases done.
Funds: $80,497.

Reached 35/35 cases done!! Wha-hoo!!

I feel like once I got a rhythm down, it was easier to get cases done without to much distraction. :)
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #63 on: March 06, 2019, 10:39:24 PM »
I dislike Pets almost as much as I dislike Seasons and don't have it running normally either. I remember no matter what I did, horses kept on annoying me with their antics when it was installed. And no, I don't like mods ... as Sheldon Cooper once put it I'd rather be disappointed in the order that George Lucas intended (replace George Lucas with EA) :P

And YAY Mrs Flynn! Well done!

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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #64 on: March 06, 2019, 10:55:13 PM »
How you doing in-game Dek? I saw your previous post from early this morning. Have you gotten to play since?

Oh, and he's now on his 17th case, at level 6 as a PI - Gumshoe. He's still at level 4 logic.
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #65 on: March 07, 2019, 01:23:52 AM »
No - work for me is happening and my boss doesn't appreciate me playing games while at work :D

But, close to end of work day :)


YAY end of work day is here ...

So, it's back to work for our PI
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Hmmmm ... Norman is home and this time in the shot!
Norman - I suppose you're checking her throat for clues, young man?
Elaine - DAD! *blushes*
Bill - No Sir, I'm kissing your daughter.
Elaine - BILL! *blushes*
Norman - Very well, don't mind me. I do want grand kids.

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Bill searched the database for the finger prints in the naked ring finger ...

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And it was Flat Bloke who tried to frame his 'friend' Dallas Shallow by losing it.

Surely if he needed money THAT badly, he could have just pawned it. But it got Bill a reward for the wall so yay for Bill Christie.

For the first time in this game I got a job to do for someone Shana Natcher (turns out she's a homeless townie). It was the flamingo one again. The case messages left out her name, and my interaction with her to get offered the case and to solve it were via phone.

Gotta love the messages of "No I haven't seen a flamingo. No I'm not looking for one." Got that one two out of three times that time.

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The Christie house with all of his interior rewards.

Bill went to the library to read up on logic. Reached level 5 logic and level 8 PI Career. He also picked up a Yomoshoto Evasion.
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PI Christie studies Logic and his stats at Saturday, Week 2
Level 5 Logic Skill (no skill challenges)
Level 9 Charisma Skill (all skill challenges)
Level 8 PI Career (19/35 cases solved)
22,544 Simeloens
LTRs - Observant, Profession Simeloen Booster, Opportunistic, Discount Diner
Rewards- Yomoshoto Evasion, Honor Trophy, Heroe's Medal, Task Board, Frosted Door. Also received charitable moodlet x2 and minty breath moodlet x1


To avoid double posting, I'm editing this post to update the fun I've had tonight with dear old Bill.

Firstly, he always remembered at PI training that they were told to make sure their cars wouldn't stand out ...
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He was also told he had to be good at logic
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and hacking
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and he'd have to conduct the odd stakeout ...
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Monday Week 3
Level 5 Logic Skill (no skill challenges)
SUPERMAXED Charisma Skill
Level 9 PI Career (20/35 cases solved)
22,544 Simeloens
LTRs - Observant, Profession Simeloen Booster, Opportunistic, Discount Diner
Rewards- Yomoshoto Evasion, Honor Trophy, Heroe's Medal, Task Board, Frosted Door. Also received charitable moodlet x2; minty breath moodlet x1 and Saw Great Game Moodlet x1
Also gotten messages that Norman Joy and Flo Broke are going with Grimm today :(

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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #66 on: March 07, 2019, 07:05:33 AM »
@Deklitch Nice and inconspicuous car, Mister Deklitch 8) It's very brave of you to play with both needs and aging on. You know, I really appreciate the "mature geek" aspect of you. Gotta love all those quotes and references of yours ;)

And congrats on surviving all the bumps, MrsFlynn. You've had so many. It must feel good to finally have crossed the finishing line all things considered :)
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #67 on: March 07, 2019, 02:59:33 PM »
@Nindigo oh I'm not that brave :) My needs are static. I've just got aging on.

Nearing the end of this

More deaths have occurred ... this one was Hope Carpenter - Sunday Week 4. Bennie Dean died shortly after.
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I believe Buzz is still alive, but ...
Bill - shhhhhhhhhhhh I'm on a stakeout - my 29th case. Mutant food, major problems involving pollies, cooks and more
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You may recall that Norman Joy tasked Bill with providing him a grand child a little while ago. Well, Maria Joy has been born and is being raised by her single mother, Elaine Joy. Bill wants to complete his final six cases so that Elaine and Maria can come and live with him.

Sunday Week 4
Level 1 Inventing Skill (because ... why not) LOL
Level 9 Logic Skill (no skill challenges)
SUPERMAXED Charisma Skill
Level 10 PI Career (31/35 cases solved)
39,115 Simeloens
LTRs - Observant, Profession Simeloen Booster, Opportunistic, Discount Diner
Rewards- Yomoshoto Evasion, Honor Trophy, Heroe's Medal, Task Board, Investigator's Keepsake, Key to the City, Frosted Door, 2 x festus stoves and every day there seems to be paintings, plants or similar items in the letterbox. Also received charitable moodlet x2; minty breath moodlet x1 and Saw Great Game Moodlet x1

Edit to Add: After a stakeout, you can go to a computer, choose the investigator career option and 'write a stakeout report', this can be done at 0 writing skill. On completion you get a one off payment of 250 simeloens; not a lot but every little bit helps. If memory serves, regardless of writing skill it is 250 simeloens you receive for doing so - I don't think that's on the 2nd post of this thread yet :)

Edit to Add 2: If you get the "Someone's Fishy" case to complete, you get to stakeout a sim's house at one of the stages. You also get a book and a service ribbon for completing the case. Book sells for only 90 simeloens :) BUT you don't get to write a stakeout report on it.

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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #68 on: March 07, 2019, 04:13:45 PM »
Woo! Congrats MrsFlynn! Thought your save might not make it there for a while!

So close now Deklitch and that car! Wow...lol
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #69 on: March 07, 2019, 04:50:11 PM »
This deserves its own post ...

On Wednesday, Week 4 at 4:17am, Bill completed his 35th case and became a pervasive private eye. Jebediah Wilson was his final client.
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So now there's only one thing for him to do ...
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Teach Maria to walk.


His final stats for this playthrough are:
Wednesday Week 4 completed LTW of Pervasive Private Eye
Level 1 Inventing Skill (because ... why not) LOL
Level 10 Logic Skill (no skill challenges)
SUPERMAXED Charisma Skill
Level 10 PI Career (35/35 cases solved)
44,006 Simeloens
LTRs - Observant, Profession Simeloen Booster, Opportunistic, Discount Diner, Body Sculptor, Fertility Treatment, Fireproof Homestead
Rewards- Yomoshoto Evasion, Honor Trophy, Heroe's Medal, Task Board, Investigator's Keepsake, Key to the City, Frosted Door, 2 x festus stoves and every day there seems to be paintings, plants or similar items in the letterbox. Also received charitable moodlet x2; minty breath moodlet x1 and Saw Great Game Moodlet x1
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Bill and his rewards (sans vehicle and stoves)
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Finally, a relative front on picture of Bill's face.
Elaine Joy is being incredibly difficult for Bill to woo at the moment to get her to marry him etc. But I will keep on trying and hopefully succeed.
Just realised ... that 'map' on the task board ... it looks remarkably like Sunset Valley
He kept on trying until eventually ...
She said YES!
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Elaine and Maria moved in with Bill ... Elaine's got 7 days to elder ... so no time to waste on efforts to expand the family.
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But why oh why are you sick, Elaine? You no longer have to work!
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Re: A Friendly Play Through-Investigator Profession
« Reply #70 on: March 07, 2019, 05:53:53 PM »
With this playthrough and my test game as well I have been keeping regular backups in case I needed to go back a save. So I knew I was going to make it to the end, I just didn't know how long it was going to take me.

Looking over Carl's PI Career page, I definitely didn't get all of the rewards for Calista's game. But it looks likes there's cases I didn't get either.

In my test game there were stray/wild horses getting into routing errors. Even though I have Pets turned off in options and via Nraas Register > Animal Control they were still there. However, I did reset Everything on my test game and that seemed to help. 

It's been an adventure that's for sure!! :)

Dek, Thanks for the reminder to put the $250 for stakeout reports in the tips post. I have that in my personal notes too. I'll have a looksee over my personal notes to see if there's anything else I can add to the tips.

Woo! Congrats MrsFlynn! Thought your save might not make it there for a while!
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« Reply #71 on: March 07, 2019, 07:15:06 PM »
Congrats Deklitch! And Elaine too I guess!  :)
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« Reply #72 on: March 07, 2019, 08:17:21 PM »
Well, I got one of the psychic cases for my PI and decided to see what would happen.

And sure enough it errored out both times I tried it and she immediately popped back to her home lot.

I wonder if that happens in all the towns or just in Riverview?

I'll be checking it out when we jump to our next town just to see what happens and I'll post my findings.

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« Reply #73 on: March 07, 2019, 08:24:16 PM »
Yes those psychic cases are definitely not working as intended. My sim didn't teleport anywhere but just could not get them to complete even though time was spent in the police station.
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