Tutorials on selected topics

  • Tutorial

    Changing traits of an existing Sim

    How do change the traits of my Sim Normally it’s not possible to change your Sims trait. Sometimes, circumstances can make it necessary to change them though. Missing Traits …. Procedure You have 3 possibilities to change your Sims’s traits Lifetime reward Midlife-Crisis Collect enough points and buy the lifetime reward Midlife-Crisis to choose new traits. With Cheat Open the Cheat-Console with ctl-shift-c Type testingcheatsenabled true in the bar at the upper side Click on the Sim while holding down the  SHIFT-Key. There should be an option Add traits. Click on it to change the traits. Open the Cheat-console with ctl-shift-c…

  • Store & Exchange,  Tutorial

    Preventing of Ingame-Store-Pictures

    Introduction Patch 1.29 extended to the ingame store. Besides the already introduced functionality, the user now sees offers for selected items directly in build/buy and CAS mode. On top of that around 250 MBs worth of pictures is downloaded to your computer without your knowledge. Luckily there is a way to prevent both from showing without having to close the Internet connection. The pictures are being loaded into the folder  [user data directory]\FeaturedItems. Make that folder read-only so the pictures can’t be written. If you don’t have that folder yet, simply create one. The ingame store should work as intended,…

  • Tutorial

    Resetting the game to factory settings without reinstalling

    Many problems can be pinpointed on cc or corruption in your user data. There’s an easy way to reset your game to factory settings without going through the ordeal of reinstalling the whole thing. Path can be different depending on your OS: Make a backup of  theSims3 folder in Documents\ElectronicArts to an external drive. Rename your theSims3 folder in Documents\ElectronicArts to Sims3_Backup Start the game or the launcher (All your save games will be gone, your options will be reset to factory settings and all your store cc will be gone. Not to worry, it’s all still there in that…

  • Custom Content,  Launcher,  Tutorial

    How to find a certain download in your Launcher

    Problem When you download houses or Sims from the Exchange and other sites, a lot of stuff is coming with those. The bigger the file, the more extra CC is included with the download. Those can be faulty or you just don’t like them and just want to get rid of them. Most of them will be in your launcher and you will need to uninstall them. Unfortunately they are not always easy to find. Solution The best method is to check everything first. Check them with Custard and get rid of everything you don’t want. You can also do…

  • Tutorial

    Combine Package Files to reduce Lag

    Introduction A lot of package files lag your game and you will end up having very long loading times. The game does not seem to care that much how large the files are but does care about the number of files. Procedure Package files can be combined manually or by using a tool. Manually There is a method to combine them, instructions can be found here: Tutorial – Combining Packages to Ease Lag and Load Time or here: How to Merge CC Files to Decrease Lag and Make the Game run faster Guide Using CC Magic For a while now…

  • Custom Content,  Launcher,  Tutorial

    Remove Sims3Packs

    Introduction Removing Sims3Pack files from your computer is a simple task but it can become quite time consuming. If you want to remove a lot of downloads it can happen that the launcher acts up and you have to start over checking items and to find one specific download can become quite difficult. Because of this, it pays to pay attention on WHAT you are installing in the first place. Especially houses and sims can contain a lot of other downloads. Further Reading Sims3Packs to Packages How do I install Custom Content/ Mods ? How to keep a Sim but…

  • Custom Content,  Tools

    Convert Sims3Packs to Packages

    Introduction A Sims3Pack is actually some sort of container/archive for package files (similar to files inside a zipped archive). To get to the files that are within a Sims3Pack, you have two options: Install the file through the launcher as usual and find the extracted files in the DCBackup folder afterwards (sort by date for easier find, they have cryptic names) Use Delphy’s Multi Sims3Pack Extractor. Multi Sims3Pack Extractor Installation Installation instructions can be found in the Overview page of the tool Usage Copy all sims3pack files that you want to convert in a folder of your choice (in the picture…

  • Tutorial

    Bypass the Launcher

    Introduction Sometimes the launcher doesn’t work right or there are other reasons why you don’t want to use it. Luckily it’s possible to start the game directly. To  bypass the launcher double click on the following files and/or create a short-cut to it on your desktop: Alternatives AnyGameStarter 3Booter Further Reading Game Help:TS3 Bypassing the Launcher

  • Tools

    Delphy’s Dashboard

    Introduction ? The Dashboard by Delphy has the purpose to find corrupt package files and, if possible, fix them. The tool has 3 main purposes: Shows all downloaded package files in a certain folder. Dashboard tells you if those are corrupt (red) like the ones that cause blue lots and monster sims, Sims 2 files (iron blue), duplicates of other cc files (yellow) and files that conflicts with other you have installed (ochre) Shows info on the cache files and gives you a simple way to delete them (File – View – Cache Info) Shows you which version of the game…

  • Tutorial

    Turn off Automatic Updates

    Introduction Every now and then, EA graces us with a patch. Since there are many issues with those and some people just want to wait with patching because their favorite mod isn’t update, it’s wise to turn off automatic updates. Fortunately, EA lets us do this. Steps Start the launcher Click Game Updates Remove the check mark Automatic Updates If a patch is already out and you don’t want the launcher to automatically patch but did not remove the check mark, turn off your Internet connection, start the launcher, remove the check mark and then turn the Internet back on.…