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I am currently playing the Long Dark (again). It is so calming... (Sun, 26 Jul 2020)
I am currently playing the Long Dark (again). It is so calming and relaxing. It is a great game to play during higher temperatures, because it takes place in the wintry Canadian wilderness and it feels really chill(y). It’s amazingly beautiful and has a unique graphic style! Want to know more about it? It is a survival game, so it’s all about resource (and inventory) management, dealing with the harsh weather and staying alive. You can collect things in the world like tools, food and materials. You can gather, hunt and fish, collect processed food and drinks that were left behind, chop wood, learn to make fires that keep you warm, mend clothes and tools, craft new tools and clothes, hunt small or large game (or even hunt a bear, if you find a suitable weapon) and cook. Through careful exploration, you will find new tools that make life easier. Sometimes, you need to treat ailments like food poisoning or injuries like wolf bites (wildlife can be aggressive). It is a very slow-paced game, with a few moments of adrenaline spikes in between when you encounter aggressive wildlife (there is also a mode without aggressive wildlife). They help to not get stuck in a rut. If you want, you can set your own goals and challenges or do the challenges the different game difficulties and modes provide. The UI provides neat features such as statistics and diaries with editable notes where you can write about your day or make notes of the contents of your secret stash you hid away. You will encounter lots of options for stashing stuff. Deciding what to keep and what you leave behind (and where) will become a daily decision, as your ability to carry stuff around is limited (mostly by your patience, as you walk slower the more overencumbered you are). There is a skill progression system that concerns skills such as firestarting, sewing, cooking, gun wielding and several achievements and badges to be earned that may make surviving on the harder difficulty levels a bit easier. As you move from shelter to shelter to survive and explore the fictional island of Great Bear, you will discover plenty of regions and new maps with lots of interesting sites such as abandoned houses and other buildings, caves and landmarks. The regions provide different difficulty levels and weather conditions to keep things interesting. This game has hundreds and hundreds of hours of playtime in store! The Long Dark has a survival mode in which you play your own way without a story framework, and a story mode in which you are guided by quests and dialogues and a few cutscenes. Throughout, the story, you will find out why the region is mostly abandoned and what is up with the beautiful but eerie auroras that light up the night skies. The (indie) developers are really enthusiastic and passionate about their game and the game is getting content updates and improvements several times a year, both for the survival mode and the story mode, which currently has 3 finished episodes (two more to come). The developers are also raising money for social projects and donating money to social organizations, which makes me feel even better about supporting them!
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Ways To Help (Fri, 05 Jun 2020)
Ways To Help: nolan-sims: I may be an EA Game Changer & am required to post content for Eco Lifestyle, but it doesn’t feel right to do so at this time. There are SO many more important issues going on that I want to spend my time highlighting. So, in the meantime, please take a moment to look this over. Sign petitions, donate, speak up, educate yourself & those around you. Be the change you want to see in the world. This is a really helpful website. I already signed a bunch of petitions and read through them, I was shocked and horrified by these accounts and I felt terribly sick, which is nothing compared to what the victims and their families and friends must have felt and still feel. Signing these is the least I can do.
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savvysweet: OK, Lets Discuss a topic that has been something... (Fri, 05 Jun 2020)
savvysweet: OK, Lets Discuss a topic that has been something that has been on my mind in recent days. Recently @grimcookies made an intriguing and informative video on the darker skin-tones and how they need to be fixed and how makeup doesn’t look as good on darker skin tones in the game. I suggest watching that video for a bit more insight. The sad truth is, The Sims darker skin-tones aren’t made very well. They look very ashy and have no vibrancy. When the sims game initially came out in 2014, The game had little to no range for darker-skinned people, and the shades that they did have were very bad. In February of 2018, The Sims added a few more darker shades which brought the total to 10 medium to dark shades. Those additional shades that they added, on the four darkest shades, a small patch of discoloration surrounds the nose. The existing makeup in the game also doesn’t look quite right on those new tones. For instance, adding lipstick creates an out of place line around the edges of a Sims’ lips.  @escapingpotplant​ made fix to the additional swatches a few years ago HERE Representation matters! We deserve to accurately show and represent ourselves. This game has shown growth in many areas but we still have a long way to go. It has been 6 years since the release of this game and we are still waiting for more representation. We shouldn’t have to rely on CC to get the representation that we deserve. For a game that prides itself on inclusivity I think that there should be a color-wheel for the sims skin-tones. There already is a color wheel for PETS in the game and I think that Sims should have the ability to do so as well. I want to start a petition to get more skins-tones that accurately represent us and our diversity. If you want to sign you can click HERE But until then, here are some links that could be helpful If you are looking for accurate representation for your sims: @xmiramira  Melanin Pack, Melanin Pack 2, Baby Melanin Pack @peacemaker-ic The Other Side Skin-Tones @pyxiidis Stuck on You Skin-Tones @siminspring B-Natural Medium DarkPhenomenal WarmPhenomenal Cool @disorganaized Cloud Skin Tones, Cumulus Skin Tones I hope those links help people. It is hard enough that as black people we don’t get accurately represented in the media. But this game is a LIFE simulation and I think we should be able to represent our life in an accurate way. If you want to sign the petition for a color-wheel/ more skin-tones please click HERE! We can be the change we want to see!  In the face of so much oppression and injustice against black people, we may feel powerless and small and think we can’t do anything meaningful to help and promote change, but we all have the power to show solidarity through our voices and actions. Putting down a signature is a small step which can lead to big changes. Let’s use it to make our favorite games so much more enjoyable for black gamers by signing this petition! Black simmers absolutely deserve to feel fully represented in a life simulation and we all can do our part to make that happen. It is not about which sims game you play or how you play it, your voice has a huge influence on how future games will be created. Video games are an important representation of our cultures, our lifestyles and values. They should include a wide variety of equal representations. They could be so much more than mere representation of the status quo, yet they often fail to even reach that. Game designers and studios need to step up their games and do a better job of representing and honoring black lives and cultures. You have the power to use your signature to show them how much this matters. Show your solidarity by signing this petition. Use your voice, shape the future, it just takes two minutes!
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mwthesims3: Remember the AI @potato-ballad-sims shared last year... (Mon, 27 Apr 2020)
1- My Simself 2- Leleco (for a billboard sign in Cosmópolis) 3- Stevlana Sholpo (Boroughsburg) 4- Robbie Rotten (Nº 1 Sim for testings) 5- Dona Lúcia (for a billboard sign in Cosmópolis) 6- Patriarch of Bankenshima's clan (thinking on his name) 7- Harold Sholpo (Boroughsburg) 8- Koko Vandergouden (Boroughsburg), or at least it was supposed to be her 9- Rick Hudson (Boroughsburg) 10- Alexis Kat (Boroughsburg) mwthesims3: Remember the AI @potato-ballad-sims shared last year here on Tumblr, that was able to make photo portraits look like oil paintings, named… AIPortraits? Well, it’s now down, but there’s a successor named AI Gahaku! Just like the older one, it uses a database composed by several (mainly european) portrait paintings, has varied results (some are good, other are goofy) and works w/ Sims made in The Sims 3! It also has no watermark, but the size is half of its predecessor (as AIs usually prefer lower dimensions for the pictures, less work) These are the results I got from 10 different Sims (only edition was to put the originals and the results side by side) AI Gahaku
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Photo (Thu, 23 Apr 2020)

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cassandracalin: It truly was a busy week. I’ve been... (Tue, 21 Apr 2020)
cassandracalin: It truly was a busy week. I’ve been binge-watching GrayStillPlays and discovering more YouTubers who torture their Sims in creative ways. If you have any channel recommendations as well, please share them below!
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Medieval Queen Dress (TSM conversion edit) for your female... (Tue, 21 Apr 2020)
Medieval Queen Dress (TSM conversion edit) for your female sims! Finally, a new creation for the sims 3! I took this TSM conversion by the Sims Room and edited/fixed it up. I added morphs (yep, pregmorph too!), fixed some seam issues, made it moar recolorable (there are three different default presets each with a different mask for maximum flexibility) and added proper LODs. Download at my website! TOU: Please remember to give credit if you use it in your uploaded sims/houses/creations, don’t reupload separately, don’t make money off of my creations, ask if you want to make edits. Thanks!
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After talking with @galadrielhs-simblr on medieval sim attire... (Thu, 09 Apr 2020)
After talking with @galadrielhs-simblr on medieval sim attire for ts3, I became aware that there are several The Sims Medieval conversions which have neck mismatches and other problems, like missing morphs. So I decided to fix this one. It’s my favorite medieval gown. I used a conversion from SR (I only found the initials of the person who converted it here - if anyone knows more, please let me know). It was very interesting to do - I haven’t done any mesh editing in quite a while. I slowly remembered what I had to do in TSR, Mesh Toolkit, Milkshape and Blender (so many shortcuts have changed in version 2.8x!) and even remembered to use Balancer Lite for the LODs. Matching all the seams on the LODs too was a pain, but I can’t have a mesh without them! It was a good way to remember the mesh editing process :-) I also edited the texture to make everything recolorable. It turned out beautifully, so I’m thinking of sharing it with you all, if anyone’s interested?
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Photo (Wed, 08 Apr 2020)

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@ktarsims tagged me for a moodboard thing (thanks!). I’ve... (Wed, 08 Apr 2020)
@ktarsims tagged me for a moodboard thing (thanks!). I’ve actually never done one a moodboard before (I know, shocking). I searched for Simlicious + core + aesthetic and chose 10 pics instead of 9 (I just had to fill that gap and already arranged everything twice). What came up was very flowery and romantic. I chose images that spoke to me, put a slightly pink-hued filter over the whole collage to pull them together and here we are! 💖 rules*: Look up (your name) + core + aesthetic on pinterest. Get 9 pictures and put them into a moodboard style. Tag anyone you want to do this! I’m not great at that tagging people, so if you want to give it a shot, feel free to do so!
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Status update (Fri, 03 Apr 2020)
 Configuring my new PC takes much longer than I thought, but I have my Sims game stuff sorted out :) I can create new patterns and my ts3 CC testing Any Game Starter profile is active and working. Though I wanted to cut out some CC and had to switch some hairs around, so some of my models got a little upgrade. (I ended up putting all hairs back in after all, because I need to sort through them in a different profile instead of just taking out a bunch without knowing how they look, but oh well.) I also stumbled upon a beautiful flower texture on which I had worked on in the past but then forgot about, so I finished it. Really lovely daisy petals. And those glitter stripes are so much fun! Sims 4 is also working, new CC and all. I found a lovely surprise in my paypal account today - I am very grateful to the kind person who donated for my website the other day - thank you!!! I’m almost halfway to covering my website costs this year. Oldies but goodies! Since I do not have any old patterns in my testing save, I haven’t actually seen my published patterns for quite some time, so I installed them all in my new sims 3 play savegame. There are some gorgeous patterns that I totally forgot about in there - for example, I really enjoy having the rainbow-colored woods from my wood pattern collection #2 in my game! That wood collection is one of my favorite collections I made. It’s also interesting to see how I developed my skills over the years and I think my patterns have definitely increased in quality. (Some old ones actually make me cringe, but that was to be expected. If anyone ist still playing ts3 in 5 yeas, maybe I’ll have overhauled a few of the older ones by then LOL) I’m especially proud of the quality of the patterns I am currently finalizing! I think you’ll love them.
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Oh, such a pretty shooting star!…I start a new sims 3... (Thu, 02 Apr 2020)
Oh, such a pretty shooting star!… I start a new sims 3 save in Isla Paradiso (just a spur of the moment thing) and this happens the day my sim moved in. This is only my second meteor I witnessed so far. Unless the first time, which took place in broad daylight and roasted several sims, this one merely scared my new sim Fleur ;)
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it’s frustrating! (Sat, 21 Mar 2020)
I’ve run into some trouble with my new PC. Turns out some parts are missing for my case, which I bought second-hand (seemed like such a good idea at the time - but the seller promised to resend the missing pieces, so fingers crossed). Also, I got a seemingly random system crash while sorting my bookmarks in my browser, wich turned out to be a really big deal - my brother’s old graphics card, which I wanted to use to pass the time before better graphics cards are being released at the end of the year, apparently decided to quit working. I wanted to avoid reusing my old graphics card, which is just too ancient and would totally bottleneck my new system, so I just bought a 2-year-old model with money I kinda wanted to save for a better one. Plans rarely work out as planned… Well, the card should work fairly decent for my equally ancient 23″ full-hd monitor, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue and buys me more time to save more money for a really cool, BIG monitor and potent graphics card to match. Well…someday. I decided to treat myself to the Sims 4 University addon, seeing it on sale, to take my mind off things. I’m still playing my family with single mother and teenage daughter (and 6 cats - they breed like rabbits!) with a lifespan setting on maximum, so it’s going to take a while of playtime until I really get to that. My teen is working on getting all badges for the scouts extracurricular.  Also, it’s time she had a romantic interest, as she is constantly asking people about wohoo… I play sims 4 so rarely I still have a lot to discover. Which is good :)
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Too much free time on your hands? Build your new gaming PC... (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
Too much free time on your hands? Build your new gaming PC yourself, and a month goes by like a breeze. That is if you do it like me and do extensive research on all components, hunt for the cheapest prices for weeks and watch tons of build guides on youtube :)
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Denim, glitter stripes and a mottled jersey :) 😊I am almost done... (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
Denim, glitter stripes and a mottled jersey :) 😊 I am almost done with the regular fabrics - after that, there are lots of knit patterns waiting to be reviewed! I’m really enjoying the process so far and the satisfactory feeling of getting things done!
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I love those plain old natural fiber textures. I just finished... (Mon, 16 Mar 2020)
I love those plain old natural fiber textures. I just finished off a bunch of them,  fine, grungy, coarse, thick… And I also have some colorful textured fabrics for furniture. I established a nice routine to finalize my patterns. I install a few of them (not more than 10 at once) and check them in-game, notice what needs to be done and immediately tweak them. I then close the game and load it again to see the edited results; rinse and repeat. I open and close my game at least 8 times on an average pattern session – luckily, I have a tiny world installed with just 4 lots on it that loads pretty quickly in just a few minutes. Whenever I consider them finished, I put them into a special “finished” folder. So far, I’ve got 54 pattern files in there :)
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Moar patterns 😊 I have always been quite smitten with the... (Sun, 15 Mar 2020)
Moar patterns 😊 I have always been quite smitten with the pattern on the bed and there wasn’t much to fix, but I tweaked the channels so the colors can be adjusted more easily. I also tackled a moss-stitch pattern, wich I upgraded to horizontal and vertical versions (previously, only a vertical version was made). I’m still tweaking the snowflake knit pattern to look best on clothes - gotta find that sweet spot where the designs are not cut off in weird places. It will look better on some clothes and worse on others, depending on where the clothes UV’s are placed on the texture maps, but I’m trying to optimize it for standard EA pullovers.
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So I’ve been poking around in an old harddrive and found this... (Sun, 15 Mar 2020)
So I’ve been poking around in an old harddrive and found this “gem”, a sims 2 recording, from 2006. It’s called “bad manners”. Since the original video had Skillet’s “Under my Skin” blaring all over the sim’s noises, my 20-year-old self had the glorious idea to look for *ahem* fitting replacement noises and dub it. I loved how gross Sims 2 could be. It was simply the best iteration in terms of detail and humor. Although I’m not really into bathroom humor, it still made me laugh, so I thought why not share it.
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Pattern ProgressFirst pic:I found an interesting pattern that... (Fri, 13 Mar 2020)
Pattern Progress First pic: I found an interesting pattern that featured irregular layered fabric strips, which can also be adjusted to look like paper. I also made the shadow adjustable, so it an be a subtle or more pronounced effect. It’s interesting as a wallpaper :) Other patterns include the striped linen fabric (applied to the chair), a structured heavy fabric that’s good for furniture or rugs (on the floor), a stripy herringbone pattern (on the duvet) and a very subtle grainy fabric pattern that can be adjusted for a pronounced or subtle effect (I applied it to the bedding). On the headpiece of the bed is the corduroy pattern I have shown before, recolored to look a bit different. Second pic: I edited a previously rather plain lace pattern to have awesome 3d effects! I also digged deep in my pattern folder and found a knit pattern that I made by hand (I colored all the knit stitches that made up the design - very time consuming work I did back in 2012!) I wasn’t satisfied with how it looked previously, so I made some adjustments and now have 3 different sizes and a design I’m happy to share!
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windermeresimblr: Her main difference is the hair color and the... (Sat, 07 Mar 2020)
windermeresimblr: Her main difference is the hair color and the nose. (Yes, I forgot to zoom in enough, urgh.) I’m extremely proud of how I macgyvered the look of a lace overdress over a plain, long-sleeved dress. (And technically speaking, black and white was considered Regency half mourning. In addition to the Victorians’ lavender/mauve, grey, etc.) How you, too, can have the effect of a sheer lace overdress/other article: Download @simlicious‘ lace patterns. Apply the lace pattern you like on the item of clothing you have chosen, which hopefully has an underlayer and an overlayer.  Copy or note the hex code for the underlayer portion’s color. Go into CAS and select the lace pattern. CAREFULLY adjust the backing color to match your underlayer color. Some adjustments may be required. Adjust your other colors to play off the underlayer more appropriately.  If you want to add false sleeves, there’s a variety of options–these are by OneEuroMutt, as they don’t add a false neckline. Wow, the dress looks great! I’m really glad you found such a good use for my pattern :) I actually had things like this in mind when making them - layered see-through looks and also skincolor shining through for transparent sleeves and such :)
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