Being rich gets boring, which is why I recently set myself a poverty challenge recently by wiping out all $4 million my family had in cash, not to mention the value of their multi-million home and its contents. I made them start over again from scratch with an empty plot of land and not a single Simoleon to their names. Hilarious!
If you have the Ambitions expansion pack, then your Sims can now join the firefighter career. Furthermore, it means that all the towns in your game can now be edited to include a fire station. The fire station is where your firefighter Sims goes to work. It can also be the place for your Sims to sleep at night, if that is how you wish to play the game.
Last time I talked about the mechanism by which your Sim can be turned into a zombie. This is different from the way that townie NPCs get turned into zombies. Townie NPC zombies spawn on your lot in the middle of the night, and they turn back into regular Sims at dawn. But if your Sim gets bitten by a zombie, they can be turned into one for life.
Zombies aren't just hilarious midnight garden raiders: they can also be a little bit dangerous. After much anticipation, this weekend I was finally able to see the Zombie Bite at work.
A big part of game play for the Sims 3 is raising kids. When the Sims are first born, there is not a whole lot of things for them to do. However, once they get to be toddlers, you can get very busy trying to make the most out of their toddler years—or days I should say.
As toddlers, Sims can learn quite a bit. An adult Sim can teach the toddlers how to walk, talk and use the potty on their own. With the right toys, the toddler Sims can get a head start in their logic and guitar skills. Then there are also things that toddlers can learn through reading books like painting, writing and logic.
Edit: This article details my experience with Bonehilda. Apparently there is a lot of variation in behavior among Bonehildas - check the comments for another Simmer's experiences, which were very different from mine.
Having trouble keeping up around the house? If you have the Supernatural expansion pack, Bonehilda can give you a hand! Sort of. Bonehilda began as a service NPC in the Sims 1 Makin' Magic expansion pack. She returns to The Sims 3 with a very similar set of advantages and drawbacks.
I mentioned the peashooters recently, but I should probably have started with the zombies. (Talk about burying the lede! Then digging it up and sending it out to shuffle around your neighborhood! Okay, I have probably taken that joke about as far as it can go.)
If I were a developer at EA, I would be both pleased and somewhat perturbed by this phenomenon. I have talked to a lot of different Sims players, and the same basic story crops up over and over: "I loved Pets when it came out, but I was so sad when my pet died that I haven't created a new pet since then."
In my Sims 3 game, Bruce Chan was the male Sim that I made specifically for Vicky Lee to wed. In the process of creating him, I was determined to make him into a martial artist. Therefore, I picked some traits that would help him to achieve the lifetime wish of becoming a Martial Arts Master.
Out of all of the available traits in The Sims 3, the one that has the ability to help a Sim to master Sim Fu the fastest is the disciplined trait. So of course, I made Bruce Chan disciplined. I also gave him the athletic trait so that he would be able to get faster and stronger at a faster rate when working out at the gym.
With the most recent update prior to the release of the Supernatural expansion pack, all Sims players now have the ability to send each other gifts. This is true (so far as I know) even if you do not have Supernatural or Showtime (the expansion pack which introduced a major social element).
If you pre-ordered the Supernatural expansion pack, you - like a lot of other players - including myself - might be hunting around Build and Buy mode, looking for the special Plants Vs Zombies content. This included the peashooter, immortalized by PVZ and now available to help fend off zombie attacks on your Sims 3 property.
I was lukewarm about this expansion pack at first. But I have to admit, I have become more excited about it as its launch date approaches. (Surely this has nothing to do with the fact that I broke down and pre-ordered it during a weak moment a few weeks ago. I just love Plants Vs. Zombies, and I really really want those pea shooters!)