I’m still on vacation but haven’t been doing a whole lot of building lately—partly due to a busy travel schedule and partly due to my game and/or Internet connection being a pain in the ass. But in the absence of new Sim houses I thought y’all might like some more real-life architecture. So here are a few recent pictures I took in Bhaktapur, Nepal. You can look at my Instagram for more (but it’s mostly just pretty buildings, as you might expect).
aoibhel replied to your photo “This is incredibly frustrating. Quoining and edging won’t place on…”
Apparently shift clicking will work, but I’ve had no luck.
I’ll have to try that anyway next time I load up my game. In any event, they really ought to add something like that in a patch.
friesoffrance replied to your photo “This is incredibly frustrating. Quoining and edging won’t place on…”
I noticed that sometimes the different sidings edge in different places. Like the siding with brick edges more often than just plain siding….
I’m seeing that too. Perhaps some clever modder will fix the ones that don’t work properly.
peacemaker-ic answered to your photo “This is incredibly frustrating. Quoining and edging won’t place on…”
I don’t think so. The stupid part is, some of the siding walls don’t do this -_-
Yeah I saw your picture. In that case it looks like it was someone’s fuck-up rather than a feature. :P
This is incredibly frustrating. Quoining and edging won’t place on corners that don’t have one tile of space between itself and another corner. You can see the stupidness to the left of the door and on the right-hand corner.
Perhaps a later patch will do this, but right now can I really not manually place walls with edging/quoining?
Inspired by this beauty.
(…I’m having troubles with the roof though… the second story looks awful with the walls down, and the left half of the roof doesn’t even disappear!)
Wow, it looks great! That one is one of my favorites, for sentimental reasons :)
So I’ve just started vacation, spending about a month in India and Nepal. It’s just a personal trip, bumming around and visiting family, so I’ll probably still be playing. But Internet access is not always reliable and I don’t know how much I’ll feel like posting, so this is a “just so you know” that things might be slow around here for a few weeks. I’m still here though, checking messages and of course seeing what all of you awesome people are up to!
cylasims3smallhomes reblogged your photo and added:Interesting observations. From builders I have…
After messing around in the game for a few hours, it does seem to me that Build Mode was deliberately made to be more accessible to people who didn’t necessarily enjoy building in the…
this pretty much sums up my feelings. the game is still fun, still ridiculously playable, and incredibly accessible—but i’ve gotten an idea, opened the game up to try to build it, discovered i couldn’t, and closed it down again about ten times in the last couple days. every session i discover something new that i can’t do. as much as i understand and appreciate what the new system does for people who suck at building, it’s shitty that builders got so shafted this time around.
but that said, there’s still a chance we’ll see added functionality in later updates. both ts2 and ts3 threw in build mode conveniences that weren’t in base game that were pretty exciting, so there’s definitely precedent. fingers crossed!
also despite my complaints i’m still never going back to ts3 because ts4 is just runs too goddamn well. i’ll take not being able to do something because it wasn’t built in over not being able to do something because THE GAME RUNS LIKE A FLOPPY FUCKING BONER AUGH TS3
Yep yep, remaining optimistic about possible building goodies added in future patches. And you’re right that the game is ridiculously playable. I’m not even mad about the build stuff, because I’m having so much fun just playing the game as it is.
THE GAME RUNS LIKE A FLOPPY FUCKING BONER
AHAHA. Actually super accurate though…
Update to Boot Camp?? You don’t need to update anything with Boot Camp; it’s already on your Mac. I can help if you’re having issues but not on anon—I don’t want to spam other people’s dashboards with asks.
Haha, thanks. I may share something later, but I’ve been pretty pleased with the pre-existing lots this time around. I think I will have to start a new empty save and get some more room for building. The only thing I’ve made so far is the house I posted a picture of, which I did for my first Sim so I could start playing, and it’s nothing special.
..that house you linked looks amazing! o_0
Thanks! I’m fond of that one too. I built it for a recent generation of my legacy family.
That’s what I do! I have 2 neighborhoods to just build lots on. I wish the build mode didn’t have it to where everything had to be a foundation if you’d already selected it (like the wall heights). I still love it though.
Yes, I agree. It’s extraordinarily convenient to add and remove foundation with the slider, but I also wish we could have a foundation-less shed or playhouse on the same lot as a home with foundation.
as someone who hates build mode and plays only for CAS, I actually agree and feel bad for ppl who love build mode :P I’m glad you’re still taking a stab at creating though
Yep even with the few areas I’m critical about, I’m looking forward to experimenting more with the build stuff. And besides, I’m having SO much fun with the actual gameplay so I’m not disappointed with the game as a whole. If I was more into CAS and Sim-making I’m sure I would be having 10x the fun though!
tomboytechnology answered to your photo “This is the first and only thing I’ve built in TS4, and I have mixed…”
Even with the lack of current free lots I know I’ll be downloading other’s builds, just because they look better than some of the base stuff
Makes sense. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the pre-existing lots in TS4 though; the ones I’ve looked at it weren’t as bizarre as the ones we got in TS3.
i really hope you do build and share a few cause your houses are always amazing
Thank you! If/when I make something to share I will mention my name on the Gallery, as that seems to be the usual way of sharing lots at the moment.
Opps! Just kidding, ahaha. Hers are defaults! Those are the ones I always use so far. :D TSR just updated with a TS4 section, though.
I like missparaply’s recolors the most! I haven’t found a decent default replacement though :(
Thanks for the link! They don’t seem quite as Maxis-match as I would like, but good tip about TSR :)
cylasims3smallhomes reblogged your photo and added:
Interesting observations. From builders I have…
After messing around in the game for a few hours, it does seem to me that Build Mode was deliberately made to be more accessible to people who didn’t necessarily enjoy building in the previous games. That’s mostly a good thing: building in TS3 is not intuitive at all, and there were lots of things that should have been easy but required fiddling about with CFE to accomplish. I think that there are a lot of people with TS3 for whom building is not the primary draw, but who still want nice houses for their Sims, and were frustrated by the hoops you had to jump through just for attics, or friezes, or higher foundations, etc. So I see TS4 Build Mode as a solution for that, and I think that’s a good thing.
But on the other hand, as someone who has always spent more time building than playing with the Sims, some of those changes feel like they’re taking away options that should have been there for people who cared to use them. For instance: I like being able to change the wall height, but I want to add height to just my first floor so that the roof sits higher too. And I like that siding automatically adds edging, but I want to be able to place those manually in the middle of a wall section to create exterior patterns like this. I could do that in TS3, but apparently not TS4.
Re: the number of lots and feeling like it’s not worth building stuff to share: Yeah, that’s disappointing to me as well. I really like sharing my builds for TS3, but it just doesn’t seem like that would be very useful in TS4. (I should note, though, that the relatively small number of lots doesn’t bother me at all while actually playing the game.)
But I’ll emphasize that there are many fantastic new features in Build Mode that I am very pleased to see—for instance, the ability to add little decorative details like spandrels and roof trim is a huge plus in my book. I may start bulldozing and rebuilding some/all of the lots in my game. I might be less conservatively enthused after I’ve tried building more and in more styles.
This is the first and only thing I’ve built in TS4, and I have mixed feelings about Build Mode so far. I don’t like the system of dropping down rooms and pulling the walls to manipulate them. I feel like it wants you to plan the layout as you go, but when I build I always think about the exterior first and do the layout last. It just feels awkward to do it backwards. I also really miss the numbers that count out the walls and room sizes, because I use those when thinking about window and door placement; it’s annoying to count them out myself. But I haven’t yet explored the entirety of the Build/Buy catalogs so I’m sure it will feel less awkward once I’m more familiar with it.
What I really like are the options for different foundation heights and styles, the spandrels, shifting window height, variable wall height, color and thickness options for roof trim, different trim and roof patterns for individual roof sections, and just the roofing system in general. Being able to move whole rooms is also very handy: this house originally ended at the right edge of the porch, so I moved the whole thing over a couple tiles to make room for a new kitchen. Speaking of kitchens, the single thing I was most enthralled with was definitely the options for counter and cabinet styles! Just behind that was a combination of related features: you can build around Sims and they automagically move themselves with the room, you can enter Build Mode from Manage Worlds without going into Live Mode, and depreciation doesn’t take effect until you exit Build Mode. Awesome!
I have to say though, I don’t really see much point in building stuff to share. There are so few empty lots to begin with, and not even that many lots in general. It doesn’t seem like people will need new lots to fill the world, like it was in TS3.
Miscellaneous notes: can I manually place wall treatments with siding/quoining? I tried one wall style with quoining that didn’t properly add itself to some of the outside corners. Why don’t the windows all have one and two-tile orientations? Not as in the width of the windows, but whether they are oriented on one or two tiles. Unless I’m missing something?
pixellarious replied to your post “What Mac do you have and what windows have you installed?”
I just answered an ask here, if that helps.
No I’m on Mavericks, but that doesn’t make a difference. This chart tells you which version of Boot Camp and Windows will work on your Mac. The models from 2010 onwards support Boot Camp 5, which means you could install Windows 8. Mine only supports Boot Camp 4, so I had to use Windows 7.
I have all expansion packs and I don’t usually keep track of what EP items I use while building. If you don’t have all EPs you may have to replace missing objects.
Maybe. I have mixed feelings about TS4 Build Mode so far, but I haven’t yet explored all the build/buy items anyway and I’ve only built one house. I’m occupied with playing for my own amusement at the moment.