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On the “Downtown Series”

When play testing the downtown series, (which was done by 4 people) we had trouble with the Sims preferring to use the back doors over the front doors in some of the houses.  I noticed that I would have trouble with a specific lot, but when somebody else play tested that particular lot, they would not have the same problem.  I do not know what causes this confusion.  There is a theory that the Sims prefer the most expensive door, but that does not explain why one play tester would have the problem, yet the next one would not.

As a test, I moved one of the lots I was having this problem with to another location in my test ‘hood, and the silly Sims then used the front door as normal.  Go figure.  I have no clue what causes this problem.

However, in browsing through the Sims community in LJ, I ran across a possible solution.  If you use hacks, you might want to try Maty’s front door hack.  I have not yet tried it myself, but I do trust Maty’s hacks and will put it in my game soon.  Here is the link, they are in alpha-order so scroll down til you find it:
Front Door Hack.  (This is for the Apartment Life version of the hack.  For other versions, skim through here to find what you need.  Thanks to pne for pointing this out!)

If you don’t trust or use hacks and the sims using the back door is driving you crazy, try moving the lot to a different location in your ‘hood.  Even just a square over might make a difference.

Good luck, and please let me know how it works for you, whichever method you use to fix this annoying problem.

There are several more houses in the downtown series coming soon, so watch this space!

Guess what!

Twitter.  I haz one.

You can read my twitter updates in my left sidebar.

But I don’t know why you’d want to…. :)

Head’s up!

Watch this space!  If all goes well, I’ll be uploading about a dozen new houses before the end of the month.  First one coming up right away.

I have been asked if I will keep building Sims 2 houses after the Sims 3 comes out in a couple weeks.  The answer is YES!  I have not even installed Apartment life yet.  I have plans for some more houses, and a dorm.  I’d like to try my hand at an apartment building.  I have no plans to buy Sims 3 any time soon.  One, I can’t afford it and Two, I have no idea if my machine will handle the game or not.  It’s a new quad core machine, but I know very little about how that stuff works.

The question is, will I keep uploading them here, and will I keep this web site open.  That is up to YOU.  As long as folks keep downloading and using my houses, I’ll keep this site going.  If my thousands of adoring fans (OK, 2!) switch to Sims 3 an no longer need Sims 2 houses, then I’ll probably stop here, at least until I get Sims 3 and find out how that works.

Sound good?

Thanks,
Simcere

Now about that first house…

An idea

Do you use Simcere’s houses in your published stories?

I read and loved a wonderful story today by somebody who just found me yesterday.  She is planning to use one of my houses in her story in the future.  This got me thinking about making a page on this site of links to stories that use my houses. Maybe you could link back to me too.

You get: More exposure for your stories, and to read other stories that are too good to pass up!

I get: More exposure to my site and houses if you link back.  (Linking back will never be required, but always appreciated.)

What do you think? If you are interested, please give me a link in the comments so I can read your stories, and add to the soon to be built “links” page.

UPDATE:
I’m just finishing up a small series of 6 new houses built on small, 2 x 2 lots. These were meant for me to use in my downtown ‘hood, because the Maxis downtown houses are … er … lacking.  However, YOU can use them anyplace you wish.  The last one is still in building stage, the others are being play tested.  I’m hoping to have them posted in a week or two.

There should also be some more houses built already for the Anaraste series.  I say ’should be’ because they seem to be missing.  My desktop computer’s motherboard died, but don’t worry, I got a new one.  (Well, it’s a used computer, but new to me!)  Only part of the hard drive back up “took” for some reason, so there are things missing.  I thought the Anaraste series houses were on the laptop, but … no.  So, if I can find them, I will work on getting them play tested and posted too.  Hopefully, all the houses that are built as of now will be posted by the end of January.  If I find them or not, I will be building more for this series, so keep an eye out.

Play testing seems to hang me up the most.  Sometimes I post without play testing, but often that’s not a good idea.

Christmas was nice here.  How is your holiday going?

announcement

Due to a serious family emergency, all requests will be indefinitely delayed.  if you wish to have your requests filled elsewhere, I do understand.  However, please let me know, so that when the time comes, I won’t be working on a request you’ve already had filled.

I’m sorry for any inconvenience, and really wish it could be otherwise.

Thank you for understanding,

Simcerely

Some folks are just plain nice!

Everybody, please take a moment to thank pne  who volunteered his good time to go through this journal and properly tag the entries. It was very kind of him to spend his time doing that when he really didn’t have to.

I think you’ll find his improvements on the system will make it easier to find the perfect house you’re looking for in record time.

Thanks pne, your work is appreciated.

Website Changes

As you can see if you are reading this, the website is changing. I’m trying to make it into a blog-style website in which I’ll make a new post each time I upload a new house. I’m working with Wordpress, and working just slightly above my web building knowledge level, but that just makes it all fun and challenging, right? :)

So, the site is not perfect, still needs lots of tweaking, but it is usable. I will be spending the rest of the weekend updating the house bin. I have many houses that I’ve uploaded at LJ, but didn’t upload here, so I’ll be working on that.

Also in the works is a new series of houses. I needed something new for a custom ‘hood, so I’ll be sharing those as soon as I can.