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More magic and a birthday



Kari Holmerak Scrolls continues to meditate on the mysteries of the universe, in order to progress in her Deification. This branch of the White Arts is probably named after the Socratic tradition that "the one who needs the least is closest to the Divine", for the immediate effect after a meditation session is a moodlet that slows down the decay of the need bars. At the highest levels, you may even lock them in place, eliminating worldly needs entirely, if you so desire. You can do this for each need, if for instance you still would like to eat.

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Because magic



"Yes, she does that from time to time. That's why we don't have any hanging lamps in this house."

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We have only scratched the surface of the magic systems, so hopefully we will come back to this in future updates, if any.
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Magic, sorcery and a toddler

There's a new family in Willow Creek:

From right to left: Kari Holmerak, Sorceress (Triplis' mod). Annika Scrolls, Spellcaster (Realm of Magic). And their daughter Liisa, who is both.

(In the mod, max-level White Sorcery actually has a final spell that allows the sorceress to create life inside herself or others. In this case, since we just started out, I used the magic of Create-a-Sim.)

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Next time, if any, we may delve into the magic systems. Maybe?
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It's been a long time

I'm still alive, long may it last. My newish computer on the other hand, was corrupted to the core. I'd blame Morgoth, Dark Foe of the World, but actually I later read that it was because of a Windows 10 update. With most other computer stuff, you update to make things safer. Not so with Microsoft: They push out updates without testing them against even mainstrema machines like my HP Pavilion. As a result, I had to reset the machine to out-of-factory condition. Luckily I have a large hard disk attached to my router and a piece of software on each computer that backs up the computer in the background. Only not this computer, or at least there was no trace of it on the backup disk. This one I definitely blame on Morgoth.

I even had an unfinished update on Amanda growing up and her robot Boyfriend 2.0 getting a new more humanoid shape. But none of that matters now. They will live on in our memories, at least for a while.

After that, I did not play The Sims much for a while. Eventually I took up again Sims 3, but I have mostly just been playing my self-sim trying to improve the life of the villagers by means of magic, teaching work-related skills, giving kids tablet computers, and writing books.

I tried Sims 4 Eco Living. It is not bad. It doesn't fix the base game though, which is bad.

Curretnly trying a Sorcery mod recommended by Carl (the guy with the best Sims guides.) It is fun for a while at least, so I should write about it maybe.
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Sims 4, random bugs and tricks

University: Doing homework or reading textbooks in the university library gives a boost to the speed of finishing them. But! If you get an invitation that would require you to leave immediately, the book you were using will be lost. (Public locations are reset for each visit, so going back you will not find it again.) You can get new homework books for §1 at the automatic kiosk in Britechester / Foxbury (looks like a column a little taller than a sim, kind of futuristic, should be visible from outside the cheap student apartments.) Actual textbooks however are hideously expensive, so don't accept invitations when reading those unless you are rolling in money. (Which admittedly isn't that hard.)

Magic: The Delicioso spell can conjure a single plate of somewhat random food (the selection is fairly limited) but it can also be used to refresh food that has gone bad, including food that should not have gone bad like cookies.

Get famous: Selling paintings from the inventory does not give fame points, selling them from a wall or from the easel does. Using the Digital Sketchpad instead of an easel means the paintings go straight in the inventory, so if you want fame, drag them to a wall first. (My experience so far is that fame is not worth it because of the quirks.) If you do want fame, Digital Sketchpad is still the way to go, since you can make more paintings in a shorter time and also can queue them up before you start.

Sickness: Even if you cure a sim with medicine, they may already have passed it on to other family members, who will then infect the first patient once the medicine moodlet wears off. But if you give medicine to sims who are not sick, they will get a dazed moodlet instead of the energized. If only there was a way to find out who was sick even if they did not show symptoms at the moment... Try to let the whole family drink orange juice. Those who have the cold will get a cross moodlet "combating a cold with home remedies". You can now cure them with medicine.
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Gretta and Mass go to University



"In college with my big sister" sounds like one of those Japanese comedy anime that are not entirely family friendly unless you're Japanese or Scandinavian. Luckily this is not anime but The Sims 4, so what could possibly go wrong when putting two co-dependent siblings in a dorm room together?

I guess that depends on what you mean by "go wrong"...
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All in all, this expansion badly needs some way to tune down the automatic socializing, and it would probably not give me the "tense" and "uncomfortable" moodlets. As it is, however, it does. But I endure it for your sake, noble reader. You deserve to know the truth!
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Servo familiares



The Ulveskaret family shares a quiet breakfast together. In the background Boyfriend 2.0, the family Servo, is fixing the broken computer. Servos are immune to electrocution, so they are ideal for all kind of electric repairs. Also for making more Servos, although you may have some doubts about the long term effects of that...

In our previous visit to Ulveskaret, we saw Amanda make a Servo. Today we will talk more about our new metallic overlords family member.
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This has been a public Servo announcement. Next time,hopefully, the plan is for Gretta and Mass to finally leave the nest.
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Ulveskaret: Study@home & making the perfect boyfriend



Gretta was accepted into the Distinguished Fine Arts studies at Britechester University, but decided to take the first two semesters from home until her brother was ready to go to university too. The had after all been inseparable since he was a toddler, so it seemed like an easy decision. Also, she could do homework in her sleepwear, what is not to love?

(I may have been too hasty about the "no visible changes", she seems to pack on pounds more easily now that she is an adult. Not that anyone is complaining. At least not anyone who is not Gretta.)



She also does her term papers on the home computer. Students these days do that, and in fact even their doctorate thesis. Meanwhile their parents see it and think junior is just surfing on Facebook all day. Or so the rumor goes.

Meanshile, our newest teen has more extreme ambitions...
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We did not see Mass around, but he is actually getting less addicted to his older sister and getting better along with Amanda. But the plan is still to send the two oldest off to campus next week.
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Extra! Extra! Kid skills mods!

A talented modder from Indonesia has not only opened a number of skills for kids, included biking and robotics, but even made some suitable furniture. Not sure if this is a first, but it is the first I've heard of, and seems really well done.
Here's a YouTube video by a friend of hers demonstrating it, also with links to her download and twitter if you too want to follow her.

https://youtu.be/jsKsSgYqOuc

I only regret that my sim kids are all grown up for this generation. Must resist urge to have more...

Shame on EA for not having this in the first place. Didn't your mom teach you to cook, and bake, and sew? Didn't you have school kitchen and crafting classes at your school?