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PostSubject: Need some opinions please!   Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:21 am

HI. I didn't get any Sims Ep's for Christmas.. which is fine because I got money!.. and there's a sale at origin! Yay!   applause 
So I want to spend my money in the best way. I was thinking of getting one Ep and one new World or venue. And I was hoping some of you that have this stuff could share your thoughts on them with me.
For the EP I'm debating between Into the future and Island Paradise. I also don't have University..but I"m not as eager to get that one.
For the Venue I'd like to get one that has the Open for Business type of thing. I know there are a few that have different items that allow you to run a business of some sort, but which one is the closest to the actual Open for Business Ep of Sims 2?
Please let me know which ones you like and why. Sometimes someone will love an EP because they like one thing about it. Sometimes the whole Ep is great , sometimes they were wanting an EP that is like an old Sim 2 favorite..You know, what really makes you like your EP or venue?
I know that's a lot of specific info to ask for but I'm just not sure which ones to get and it's not like I often get a chance to splurge on my Sims .
I would also love the Dragon world or the Boardwalk. But I really miss OFB. So if I can get something that is even a little like that I'd go with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:46 am

Tough choices on the EP but I think IP first, then ITF when you can. Midnight Hollow is the world that the business came with. I haven't had time to play with the business and I don't particularly like playing MH because it's so dark but it is a cool world and a bit lighter when it snows.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:44 am

Oh gee......I love both IP and ITF.  You do get the resort option with IP, which is funnish.  I love the future stuff too.  I haven't really had time to game play much to really get the feel.  I think you get more options and  game play with IP but the Bots in ITF are just so awesome!

As far as the worlds I really like MidnightHollow but I love the vintage look of Roaring Heights....I don't the the roller coaster   stuff adds that much, unless you just love the look of them on the boardwalk.  I guess I would look at the objects, Create a sim content and build stuff that comes with each world and decide which one you like better .

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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:59 pm

It gets harder and harder with each thing they let out. I have always liked restaurants and used the bistro set in many houses in Stranda, it's also a mod available to make it more useful. Then the resort is quite fun and you can combine those.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:30 pm

OFB options in TS3 are very different from TS2. 
It's Business Time Industrial Oven only comes with Business as Usual Bistro which is now on sale for 1425 SP until 04 Jan 2014.  The Bistro venue comes with a few extra items but as far as a money maker is not really efficient.
You have to buy Midnight Hollow (2450 SP/Standard Edition) to get the Savvy Seller's Collection which is probably the closest you will get to OFB.
The trick is to own a lot that draws lots of Sims to make any kind of profit. I like to use the rugs in that set to get items for cheap for my active families. Many of us here seem to agree that although there are a lot of cool Sims and items in Midnight Hollow it is very dark.

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Island Paradise vs Into The Future .....
Lots of good stuff in both EPs and either would be a good choice.
Personally ITF has more play value with the Plumbots and futuristic gizmos and gadgets. 
The plus is ITF seems more universally adaptable to any EA or custom world.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Fri Dec 27, 2013 2:19 am

I'd agree with all of this - although ITF is extremely cool, and does add a lot of game play, it's also not very realistic, so IP is a better choice, and a stunningly beautiful world (that I haven't played enough of!) And yes, MH is fabulous, but too dark to play. I did d/l a mod to make it lighter, but all the colours are on the dark grey side, and it's frustrating not being able to see anything properly. But the Savvy Seller's is your best bet for an OFB type thing. Hope that helps - I have IP, ItF, MH, DV (which I think is also fabulous, but not for a realistic game!) but not RH yet, as I still have so much to do with the stuff I've got!
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:15 am

Thanks everyone! flower  Some good info there.
I'ts a shame about MH being so dark. I was wondering myself if there was a mod that could fix it. I love that kind of a neighborhood so it's really a shame if I couldn't use it. Butterfly Face, do you know where that Mod is at? I'd like to try it anyway.
And I think I'll go with IP. I was leaning towards that because I love the ocean and the ideas of mermaids is pretty cool. Love the idea of time travel too but I think I can wait for that longer.
And I will definitely go with MH for the OFB like stuff.. Even if I can't use the world I will still have what I want from it. A bit pricey. Sad But oh well. I really want that.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:35 pm

Midnight Hollow was too dark for me and many folks. I love both IP and ITF. I think you will be happy with either.

There are lighting mods but I was not willing to mess with that as did not like the world enough. When I want dreary I will play Spider.

Building the houseboats is very fun and I really like the dive lots. They are very, very beautiful.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:45 am

I just came over the other day someone had made different ini's as atmosphere mods to go with whatever world you wanted. Perhaps you can just change the colors and atmosphere with a weather mod?
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:53 am

Can't go wrong with either IP or ItF. Both are amongst my top 4 favorite expansions along with Showtime and Late Night.

Love the plumbots, the power chamber and the Legacy Challenges in ItF. I got IP on Black Friday and still playing / loving it. Love the resorts, the mermaids, the new gameplay where you have to unlock new islands. I'm still learning the game so there might be more I'll like about IP.

I also got University Life on Black Friday and I cloned a Plumbot's DNA and got a sim. Just thought I mention that if anyone that haven't tried it yet. You get a sim with a few plumbot abilities. They have Robotic Efficiency and it's a pretty awesome feature for a sim. A few things I've found out about it are as a child, my sim didn't have to do her homework and her grades goes up extremely fast. As a young adult, she gets promotions fast too with any job or profession she's in and also don't need to worry about skills.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:44 pm

Cool! I will have to try that!

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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:45 pm

I think I found the lighting mods over on MTS? It must have been, as I only ever use mods from there or NRaas - if it wasn't there, I got the link from there, iyswim. I shall have a hunt tomorrow to check for you! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:31 pm

You all can correct me if I am wrong, but I think I read that if you use lighting mods it will alter the lighting for the whole game and not just one world. That is one of the reasons I did not research it further. I like the lighting in the other worlds and so did not want to alter them just to lighten MH.


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"If all else fails and you still find MH too dark, try a lighting mod, you can find many with a quick internet search. Note though, it will override the lighting files in all worlds. Make sure you read the info on the particular mod you are downloading."
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:50 pm

@daisylee have you looked at brntwaffles?  It would appear he's made several different mods for different worlds including one for MH.

Here are the links:

MH

Other lighting mods

I got this info from the forums, where there are pic's posted of other simmers using his lighting mods.

Personally, I have never even heard of lighting mods until now!  scratch So I couldn't tell you from any personal experience if I would recommend them or not.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:02 pm

@Sierra24 wrote:
I also got University Life on Black Friday and I cloned a Plumbot's DNA and got a sim. Just thought I mention that if anyone that haven't tried it yet. You get a Sim with a few Plumbot abilities. They have Robotic Efficiency and it's a pretty awesome feature for a Sim. A few things I've found out about it are as a child, my Sim didn't have to do her homework and her grades goes up extremely fast. As a young adult, she gets promotions fast too with any job or profession she's in and also don't need to worry about skills.
Sounds like a cool challenge. I will put that on my list of experimental things.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:07 pm

@Mamajanaynay wrote:
@daisylee have you looked at brntwaffles?  It would appear he's made several different mods for different worlds including one for MH.
Here are the links:
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Other lighting mods
I got this info from the forums, where there are pic's posted of other simmers using his lighting mods.
Personally, I have never even heard of lighting mods until now!  scratch So I couldn't tell you from any personal experience if I would recommend them or not.
Thank you for the info.!    Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:35 pm

Thanks Daisylee and MamaJ,
I don't have any other worlds I'm playing right now. I was going to start a new world anyway So I'll save a copy of my old worlds and give the lighting mods a try. I'll let you know how it goes.
I'm having a little trouble with my PC right now so I haven't been using any CC or Mods besides Master controller but I'll see if I can do it.
I would really like to see if I can alter MH because other than being too dark it seems like a really cool world.I don't even mind if it looked like night all the time. Or was grayish. That might be kind of coo,l but it goes beyond that. I don't know what they were thinking. Suspect 
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:40 pm

Let us know how it goes.  Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:54 pm

@Friday, my favorite of IP and ITF would have to be IP. I just love the running the resort aspect and it fits so well with the store venue Business as Usual Bistro.

I have Dragon Valley, Midnight Hollow and Roaring Heights. I like MH because of the savvy seller items that came with the world and the titanic toy machine. I really haven't had that much of a chance to play RH, but what I have it seems okay so far. I like the fact that you can build your own roller coaster! Weeee!!!!  Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:11 pm

I don't have ITF yet, but I love IP. I think that's the one I'd go with. I have both MH and DV, I like DV better for playability, but there's a lot of cool stuff in MH.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:02 pm

I have to test my art deco house, so I downloaded the "blend-of-aurora-skies" mod with Aurora water. Should be interesting. Why don't they have a real name? I thought I was on the main page, but that's the only mod on that page, I thought there was more.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:56 am

The first picture is the default Stranda basegame light and the second is here


261213 Art Deco by Volvenom, on Flickr


261213 Art Deco with mod by Volvenom, on Flickr

I prefer the first one for my houses, it looks more natural up here, the second has a bit of green to it inside that doesn't look good with my house.
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:03 am

I agree, the first looks looks nice.

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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:42 pm

Cool house, and I like the first lighting best also.    Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Need some opinions please!   Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:35 pm

I like the first too... BW's lighting mods are so good!!!
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