Hey simmers! You should backup your neighborhoods. No really, go and do it RIGHT NOW. This has been a simming PSA.
If you don’t know how to back up your neighborhoods - Go to My Documents/EAGames/Sims2/Neighborhoods. Find folder for neighborhood (Custom neighborhoods start numbering with N004. Copy. Paste to an external source. There - backed up.) Downloads folder, same. Game goes corrupt, computer crashes, virus wipes hard-drive - get things fixed up, copy/paste stuff back in.
And whatever else you’re working on - back it up, too! Once a week, minimum. Writing projects. Budget spreadsheets. That stuff from work that you do at home so you can focus. The campaign world for your D&D game. Important e-mails. You’ll feel so dumb if, when your computer crashes, all that survives of the last five years is your game data. Best practice is to have an external harddrive and a program that does automatic backups of all your important data once a week so you don’t have to trust yourself to remember. And make sure the backup isn’t encrypted into some mess you can’t figure out how to restore just the bit that got corrupted. Copy/paste. That’s all you need.
Sound advice, especially about backing everything up. A few years ago my laptop died two weeks before the end of semester, which meant all my notes, research, and assignments (some that were due in a few days) were gone. Poof. I also lost my Sims games, but I was a little less upset about that than having to redo all my university work at a time that was already insanely chaotic. Flash drives are pretty cheap these days; it’s a good idea to keep one or two for backups only. It doesn’t take long to do and you’ll be so grateful you did if anything happens.
penig replied to your photo “And what does Kiera do, now that she’s an expectant mother? Why, keep…”
She’s gonna have bring her A-game when she starts playing against the kid.
And to teach the kid some valuable life skills in llama-related activities.
katzengirl replied to your photoset “Ferdinand: So we’ve been dating a long time, Didi, and I’m totally…”
She’s a romance sim, isn’t she?
She is, but she isn’t one of those multiple-lover-crazy Romance Sims. It’s just commitment she has issues with.
wreckstarz replied to your photoset “Ferdinand: So we’ve been dating a long time, Didi, and I’m totally…”
Cordelia please don’t break Ferdy’s heart!
I second this comment!
s655 replied to your photo
Can’t wait! Unfortunately I’ll have to… :( But at least we get to see pregnant Kiera doing the cute waddle around town through the next rotation. :D
taylors-simblr replied to your post “braxensims replied to your photoset “Family trees! Oh I love family…”
I’ve started having 3rd gen babies in my main bacc and everytime I just squee over them, like your parents were my babies and now they’ve grown up and had their own babies…I play a long game 4 days=1 year so I’ve had a long wait watching gen 2 grow
Oh my gosh, that’s a long time to wait. I can’t even imagine! But I’ll bet it’s totally worthwhile. I love that this game has been around for so long, yet we still get excited over babies…because babies!! :D
ajaysims replied to your photoset “Kiera: Salad? Almeric: What? You like salad! And it’s healthy. It’s…”
love their wedding picture in the background! awesome touch and something I tend to forget to do for my sims x.x
The family photos thing is something I’ve only recently started, but I love it. It only takes a minute to do now anyway, seeing as I’m taking a bunch of pictures anyway. I use this method to put them right in game so I don’t have to fiddle with recolouring or anything—super easy, and my favourite part is that I can do it without having to close down the game!
braxensims replied to your photoset “Family trees! Oh I love family trees. I did this mostly for my own…”
Great! I love family trees! :D
Me too! I find them so fun to both make and look over, in the game and in real life too!
penig replied to your photoset “As lawyer, Ferdy is now in charge of the law office, which Almeric is…”
That reporter is such a smug bastard. This is a venue business, right? Because lawyers charge by the hour?
That’s right! One of only a handful of venue places in town, but I think it’s doing the best out of all of them…which isn’t saying much. This lawyer needs to raise his hourly rates.
aondaneedles replied to your photoset “Kiera and Almeric barely made it through the door when Ferdy yells at…”
That is bound to be a really awkward family reunion (when/if they reunite)
Ooh yeah. But I really hope they do reunite.
penig replied to your photoset “Kiera: Ethan! Almeric: Who’s Ethan? Kiera: He’s our brother. …”
Oh, dear. Ferdy needs to get the hell past it. Kiera has a ball in her court.
Holding grudges runs in this family.
taylors-simblr replied to your photoset “Kiera and Almeric barely made it through the door when Ferdy yells at…”
Oh Ethan :( but, but maybe this means we’ll see updates on him? :)
Yep! He finally returned home from being a runaway and grew up in the last couple days of this round (hiding out of sight in his room the whole time), so now he’s moved out and ready to join in the next rotation. I can’t wait; I’ve missed the little guy!
ajaysims replied to your photoset “Kiera and Almeric barely made it through the door when Ferdy yells at…”
I thought you’d be pleased. :D
ajaysims replied to your photoset “Almeric: Oh. Kiera: Relax, they’re just gravestones. It’s not like…”
Trust Kiera to be different ;)
Kiera takes convention and laughs as she throws it away. It might be my favourite thing about her. :)
holleyberry replied to your photoset “Almeric: Oh. Kiera: Relax, they’re just gravestones. It’s not like…”
I know! I can’t wait! :D
seri-plays replied to your photoset “Kiera: So, now that we’re married… Almeric: Yes? Kiera: …and had a…”
so. cute. ;-; And such a touching and amazing quirky scene after this too, I love watching Kiera grow up!!
Oh thank you; that’s so nice of you to say. :) And I love it too. I feel like a stereotypical old mother, but I can hardly believe my little baby’s grown up so quickly!
holleyberry replied to your photoset “So what did Ferdy do while Kiera and Almeric were away? First he had a…”
I worry for Ferdie’s heart.
You and me both. :(
trulykristansims replied to your photoset “Family trees! Oh I love family trees. I did this mostly for my own…”
This is great! Thanks for sharing. =)
aondaneedles replied to your post “enkisstories replied to your photoset “Edward: Well look who’s moving…”
Happy to help! :D
braxensims replied to your photoset “Bad cropping, whatever. I think creating Sims is the most boring thing…”
When the families get complicated I add the Connections later on with the simblender, which has limits though - better to use SimPe.
ajaysims replied to your photoset “Bad cropping, whatever. I think creating Sims is the most boring thing…”
I create them unrelated and then use simblender to add the family ties.
penig replied to your photoset “Bad cropping, whatever. I think creating Sims is the most boring thing…”
I had to do this in Widespot. You make them in CAS with adults/teens/children and then set the age once they move in. Kind of a pain, but simple as long as you plan ahead.
Thanks for the suggestions. I wound up making them younger and then aged them up—it seemed the easiest way, and I’m not fussed about memories. Fortunately I only have one really complicated family, and I’m going to see what I can do with them in CAS, though I’m not getting my hopes up. Thankfully SimPE and the blender are there to help me out. :)