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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #75 on: June 14, 2011, 04:15:12 AM »
Just got the first IF in my game and after reading the posts can't wait to see how this goes. My sim automatically plays only with the IF. He won't touch the toy box or other toys unless I force him to.

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #76 on: June 14, 2011, 10:16:31 AM »
Just got the first IF in my game and after reading the posts can't wait to see how this goes. My sim automatically plays only with the IF. He won't touch the toy box or other toys unless I force him to.


If you want the doll to have the chance to be an IF and then turn real you want the child to play with the doll as much as possible. I had one child that played with the doll but still had other toys he played with and the doll remained a doll.

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #77 on: June 15, 2011, 03:56:30 AM »
Unfortunately the IFs had terrible traits when they became real and it was hard managing the house with so many kids running around. Think I'll wait to change them when they are teens and not when they are children.

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« Reply #78 on: June 15, 2011, 01:14:21 PM »
Is there more than one message that pops up about a toddler's IF doll in order for the relationship to be high enough for them to be interactable once they age up to child?  So far I've only seen a message that says that the toddler has developed a liking for the doll, and to keep playing with it.

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #79 on: June 15, 2011, 02:21:16 PM »
Yep, there's another one after it saying the child has a relationship with the doll the may continue in later life.
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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #80 on: June 15, 2011, 03:37:59 PM »
I prefer to name my own imaginary friends. It's much better that way. I named Samantha Goode's imaginary friend Rosie.  ;D The next one I'm naming either Pam or Carlos, or some variation of Charlie Sheen.

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #81 on: June 16, 2011, 03:23:52 AM »
In my current game, there are 6 kids and all have been given imaginary friends.  3 are kids and out of those 3 only 1 imaginary friend aged up, the other 2 are still dolls.
Anyway my sims is yet to find out their traits whenever the IF is left up to leading the talking they end up getting minus relationship, so I am sure it must be hot headed, mean or one of those nasty traits - what child has an imaginary friend with a bad disposition?  ???
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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #82 on: June 16, 2011, 02:02:26 PM »
I have an interesting situation and was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.

In my current dynasty my founder and her husband just had triplets.  I also had Agnes move in (for obvious reasons) and she married Chris Steel.  They also had a nooboo hours before the triplets were born.  So I have a full house - 4 adults, 4 nooboos.  Agnes is a few days away from elder, but even so, it is possible - maybe even likely - that all the kids will be teenagers before a space opens up in the house. 

Will any of my nooboos get an IF if the house is already full?  If some of them do get IFs is there any chance of the IF coming to life with 8 sims in the house or will they always stay dolls?  If they stay dolls but the kids have good relationships with them, will the IFs come to life when one of my older sims dies (even if this doesn't happen until the child is a teen or even YA)?

Any advice is most welcome.  If no one has run into this before I'll let you know what happens as I play my dynasty.  I'm a little freaked out at the thought of 4 adults, 4 children and 4 IFs - I really wasn't expecting triplets...   :o

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #83 on: June 16, 2011, 02:08:40 PM »
I got one family with 4 toddlers of which 3 have an IF.

The IF-less one did something odd earlier. He had a dream bubble bout his sister's IF, walked towards her and started playing with her IF doll while it was in her inventory. It still shows up there but cant clicked it, same like an item that is in use.
Ive seen him having dream bubbles about his siblings IF's before but those times they were on another floor of the house so he got the no route at the stairs (and went into a tantrum).

This is my first kid without an IF so don't know if this is normal behavior. If not i better keep an eye on him before he invents a PickPocket trait.  ;D

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #84 on: June 16, 2011, 02:19:06 PM »
I have an interesting situation and was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.

In my current dynasty my founder and her husband just had triplets.  I also had Agnes move in (for obvious reasons) and she married Chris Steel.  They also had a nooboo hours before the triplets were born.  So I have a full house - 4 adults, 4 nooboos.  Agnes is a few days away from elder, but even so, it is possible - maybe even likely - that all the kids will be teenagers before a space opens up in the house. 

Will any of my nooboos get an IF if the house is already full?  If some of them do get IFs is there any chance of the IF coming to life with 8 sims in the house or will they always stay dolls?  If they stay dolls but the kids have good relationships with them, will the IFs come to life when one of my older sims dies (even if this doesn't happen until the child is a teen or even YA)?

Any advice is most welcome.  If no one has run into this before I'll let you know what happens as I play my dynasty.  I'm a little freaked out at the thought of 4 adults, 4 children and 4 IFs - I really wasn't expecting triplets...   :o

It is possible to get IF's, they only take up space in the house once you make them a "real' Sim.  So you could have 4 adult, 4 kids, and 4 IF's running around.  IF's will grow up as your sim grows up, and once people leave (or die) it is possible to then make them real and play that IF as a real sim.  You can make them real at any point, my Young Adults made their IF's real. 

My Advice - let your toddlers play with them like crazy, let your children bring them to life (as IF's not dolls).  But you don't have to let them all out of inventory at the same time.  Once they have become an IF (not doll) you can return them to the childs inventory as often as you want, and they will turn into IF's when you take them out again.  It saved me from going crazy with 4 kids and 4 IF's running around (blocking doors etc)  I would bring one out at a time for them to play with.  when they go to sleep or leave the lot their IF turns back into a doll and then you can return it to the kids inventory.

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« Reply #85 on: June 16, 2011, 02:25:44 PM »
Thank you, cndneh!  I will definitely take your advice about not letting all the IFs loose at one time.  I micromanage my sims anyhow, but having to deal with 12 bodies at the same time - whether they are sims or IFs - is too much for me!  I was hoping for twins but was secretly thinking how cool triplets would be.  This is definitely a case of 'be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!'

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« Reply #86 on: June 17, 2011, 01:02:45 AM »
Thank you, cndneh!  I will definitely take your advice about not letting all the IFs loose at one time.  I micromanage my sims anyhow, but having to deal with 12 bodies at the same time - whether they are sims or IFs - is too much for me!  I was hoping for twins but was secretly thinking how cool triplets would be.  This is definitely a case of 'be careful what you wish for because you might just get it!'

I like to micro manage as well and I almost went insane when they were all out and about, I had triplets to worry about (much like you) an older sister and the parents, plus 4 IF's.  That lasted one Sim day before I started to grumble and curse at my computer.  hahahah!!!   Then I put all the IF's back in inventory and brought them out one at a time to play hopscotch, or seesaw.  I also lived in one of the small starter homes in Sunset Valley and there was barely enough room for the triplets.... thank goodness for bunk beds!

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Re: Imaginary Friends
« Reply #87 on: June 17, 2011, 01:06:11 AM »
I'm happy to report all my nooboos got their IF dolls the day after they were born.  I just played them to their toddler birthday and they all love their dolls - I have a feeling that they will make managing 4 toddlers a bit easier only because the kids seem to be quite content to play with the dolls if no one is paying attention to them. 

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« Reply #88 on: June 17, 2011, 04:10:49 AM »
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« Reply #89 on: June 17, 2011, 09:39:01 PM »
My toddler Sim who just had his birthday. He is now a school-child. Anyways, he was fond of playing with his IF when he was a toddler. I wanted the IF toy to also grow up, so I took the toy out of the inventory. For some reason when I took the IF toy out of the inventory, the boy cried. Then when I looked for the IF toy, it was gone! So I figured, perhaps he was not that close with the toy, that's why it disappeared. To my surprise, he picked up an INVISIBLE IF toy and began to play and sing with it !  ???  Unlike when he was a toddler, I can see the toy, but when he grew up,it became invisible. I know that adults cannot see the toy, that's why it is called "imaginary", but even when the prompt was at the child, it still remained invisible. How can I now return it back to the boy's inventory when I can't see it? This is so strange, is this really the case? How do I put an invisible IF toy back into the inventory when I can't see it? Thanks!

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« Reply #90 on: June 17, 2011, 09:45:14 PM »
See if it goes back to doll form by the bed when he goes to sleep or leaves the lot?
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« Reply #91 on: June 18, 2011, 03:13:44 AM »
The boy already sleeps in a regular bed and not in the crib, so I wouldn't know if it has returned. Do the IF really turn invisible when the child grows up? Or is this a glitch in my game?  :(

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« Reply #92 on: June 18, 2011, 03:49:22 AM »
The boy already sleeps in a regular bed and not in the crib, so I wouldn't know if it has returned. Do the IF really turn invisible when the child grows up? Or is this a glitch in my game?  :(

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« Reply #93 on: June 18, 2011, 07:33:46 AM »
Could some one summarize the steps to make an imaginary friend and what we should expect?  I have been trying to make one for some time without any success.

I got the doll.

My new toddler has been talking and singing to it and I got a notice that they were best friends for life.
Should the doll be in or out of the inventory?  In my first attempt I moved the doll in and out and the doll never aged and that sim is now a teen and the doll is still a doll.

My new toddler is not due to age up for a while should the doll be out of the inventory when this happens and do I need a cake for the doll?

When does the doll show some life?

Note that I am not at the stage to make the IF a playable sim.  That seems to be straight forward.

I would appreciate some feed back from some one who has successfully gone through the process.

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Re: Imaginary Friend recapitulation
« Reply #94 on: June 18, 2011, 08:53:43 AM »
I found this on Carl's site. Very helpful.
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Your toddler should play with the doll very often. Give it a name, and play/sing to it. You will see a message that it has become a very special toy to your Sim. This is a good sign that it will age up with them. When the toddler has a birthday, the process continues as a child.
-Again, if you want the bond to form between child and imaginary friend, you'll need to keep playing with it into childhood. That's fine as it fulfills needs. Have tea parties and sing/play with the toy as often as possible. You will eventually see a message that you should set the doll down, so it can look about the world. Drag it out of the inventory and your Sim's Imaginary Friend can now interact like a normal Sim with the child. No one else will see it, which can lead to some funny moments.
The Imaginary Friend can play, pillow fight, get your Sim a snack, and even clean up for the kid. Just treat it nice and build the relationship. Interact as much as possible. When you're super good friends, the option to Offer to Make Real will appear on the social interaction menu. If you have the Imaginary Friend Metamorphium potion, which any Sim can learn to make through Chemistry. If you didn't learn Chemistry, your child or older may get an opportunity to make the Imaginary Friend real. You'll need to collect a rainbow gem and deliver it to the Science Lab in order to do so. If you know for sure you'll want to do this, you can start looking for the gem early and hope to find it. Check the consignment shop from time to time as well. You never know what's on sale -- maybe a rainbow gem! I probably wouldn't mess with looking for a rainbow gem for days, I'd rather learn Chemistry instead. You're guaranteed to get one of these potions upon discovery.
I guess everytime your sim ages up, you take it away from your inventory and out it outside and wait, it should age up.

Sorry if I was no help, I don't have them yet.

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Re: Imaginary Friend recapitulation
« Reply #95 on: June 18, 2011, 09:06:45 AM »
With my first sim child, I played with the doll for hours and days and never got the "You will eventually see a message that you should set the doll down, so it can look about the world."   Message.

Does it make any difference whether the doll is left in or out of the inventory?  When aging up?


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« Reply #96 on: June 18, 2011, 09:10:51 AM »
You can take the doll out of the inventory when the toddler ages to child.  If the doll is sitting on the floor then pretty quick after the child ages the doll will age.  You can't use a cake on the doll, it is automatic to age up while the doll is alive.  Leave the doll on the floor, don't move it back and forth into inventory as putting it in inventory keeps it in doll form.  It can only come alive while it is out on the floor. Also have your child do a tea party with the doll.

After that if the doll is in inventory it will just be a doll.  If the doll is sitting on the floor somewhere it will come to life when your child is awake and home.  When the child goes to sleep or leaves the lot the doll will become a doll again.

Any point during child or teen years you can put the potion in your child's inventory and while the doll is alive the child will have the option to offer to make real.  At this point the doll becomes a real child member of the household, although not related to anyone in the household.

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« Reply #97 on: June 18, 2011, 09:19:11 AM »
That shouldn't matter, Athena - as an example, I had a Young Adult sim whose imaginary friend had grown up with her play chess with her friend before work. When the carpool came, she left for work, and the imaginary friend walked back to the bed that "belongs" to that sim (have you noticed that if you click on someone else's bed, "Sleep in Joe's bed" comes up as an option?) and turned back to doll form right next to it.
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Re: Imaginary Friend recapitulation
« Reply #98 on: June 18, 2011, 10:55:45 AM »
I've found that the timing seems to change randomly. Put of the 6 IFs I've had so far none have been the same.

I have the toddler play with the doll any time it's not sleeping, eating or learning something. At some point the doll, if out of inventory, will turn into an IF and then age up with the child. If the doll is in the inventory I've gotten the message that the doll  wants to come out and play. This happened once while the child was in school. I took the doll out of inventory, put it on the floor of the child's room and it turned into an IF when the child got home. I also found that the sex of the IF is random. Several of the IFs changed into the opposite sex of the child but I had one that had sort of a male name (Cosmo) and it became a female Sim. I'm experimenting to see if naming the doll with a specific gender makes a difference.

Also, even though I had each child play with them in the same way two failed to change and stayed a doll.


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Re: Imaginary Friend recapitulation
« Reply #99 on: June 18, 2011, 11:42:01 AM »
I am going to merge these two threads.
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