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[sticky post] Resources for Sims 3

Since slowly but surely people are starting to peek into Sims 3,  I thought I'd put this out here for you folks. A list of some of my mods, links and miscellanea that I use.

Links - the sites that I frequent for custom content of all sorts.

*Sims 3 Framework Made Super Easy- Before you get any mods, look here! This will make the modding Hell of TS3 sooo much less complicated!*

  • Mod the SImsStill probably one of the best sites for Sims 3 & 2 resources.
  • My Sims 3 Blog  A great blog that has links, preview pics and what not for content all around the net.
  • Sims 3 Updates- Another good website of daily links and submissions around the net.
  • SunsetSims- It's ran by MoreAwesomeThanYou's whole crowd so yeah, you're going to have to slog through negativity. It's the worst of the communities that I have to drag through. HOWEVER, it's also a good resource of pet specific mods that the other two seem to ignore, a little. Also, depending on your ethics, it's a link to 'free' versions of stuff that TSR has... as well as a link to Sims store content for free. (Which can be a little bit of a hassle to break the DRM on them.. but worth it if you're undecided on buying store content and would at least like to preview it.... or if you just don't want to pay money. I have issues with the latter, personally.. my conscience won't let me keep stuff for long, beyond previewing, and also.. you sacrifice the store actually patching and updating content for the expansions)
  • Equus Sims- I'm a humongous horse girl. This site is links and spiffiness to all sorts of horse related tack, mods, fences, horse colors, etc etc etc... I live on this site, half the time! Eventually I'll get involved in the horse related Sims-RP but for now, I just trawl through it for content.
  • SimsViP- a good sie for updates, news and info around the Sims 3 world.

Mods -The HAX0rz stuff for my game!
I used to swear by Awesomemod but two things make me refuse to use it any more... 1. If you want any remote teen to adult attraction, you get to deal with the pedobear/pedophile trait that your Sim gets slapped with and it makes for horrible hassles with gameplay. 2. I dislike the attitude of the MATY crowd... and therefore, refuse to acknowledge them, any longer.

Nraasis the home of all my mods! I love this guy. He's kind, he's helpful, he actually listens to his community and doesn't shit all over us if we ask 'stupid questions' Little wonder that Twallan's overtaken MATY for most suggested modder, it seems.

  • Woohooer Yep... an autonomous woohoo/rmance mod that allows everyone to get pregnant, everywhere, with minor tweaks. With all my gay sims? My population would die in my town if not for this mod. Kama Simtra is a fun little side mod to go with it if you want to 'level up your Sims woohoo skilz!" ;)
  • Maternity Morphs for Males & Teens- Because it's better than having floating heads for a few days? Despite the fact I use this mod, I'm really NOT into M-preg... I just don't like EA/Maxis kids, most times, and I like seeing the genetic game for everyone, not just straight couples (whom I have very few of)
  • NoCD it's exactly what it says... If you're paranoid and don't like the "OMG! Invasive login-launcher!" or if you just don't like using CD/DVDs for whatever reason (For me, I run it on both my lappy and desktop so I don't want to hassle with dragging the disk back and forth.
  • Overwatch- This is the mod I depend on to keep my game running smoothly. Cleaning up stuck crap when it gets stuck, turning radios and other stuff off that lag down your system. I recommend this to EVERYONE.
  • Master Controller- Just like Overwatch, if you have Sims stuck in your lot, flailing their way into red and just want to reset their butts to wherever they came from, reset all the objects in town to purge those stuck ones ... or you just go.. "Gee, I hate that skintone/outfit/hair/bikini/tattoo that Sim is using... I want to change it!" this mod is gold!  Get it, live it, love it! You will wonder why you ever lived without it!  This mod also contains a setting to increase your slider settings so you can get those really WILD Sim features!
  • Decensor- because damnit, barbie doll Sims don't offend me. I'm 43 years old. I don't need to hide my Sims for fear of MAH OFFENDEDNESS!
  • Story Progression- not one I use any more, personally, as I'm content with EA's progression now since they've patched the heck out of it to make things work right. (Yay! No more Sims moving out in the night and vanishing without a trace!) However, it does offer a few nice global features if you want to tweak things like whether Sims can just autonomously go get married, fall in love, have friends (why would you NOT want them to have friends, you mean people? :( ) or if you just want the world to age like TS2 does. (IE only the house you're using ages.)
  • SimPort rewards Unlocked - because damnitall, I can't ever seem to get SimPort to actually WORK! and the rewards are pretty!
  • KVR's Horse Trophies sit on Shelves - Seriously? What moron down there thought that we wouldn't want to put our horse trophies on the display cases? So yeah, this fixes that!
  • HL SciFi Mailbox override- The Cute little mailbox for Lunar Lakes for all! (must have the world to use this)
  • HL Resort Mailbox Override- For Hidden Springs' mailboxes to be used other places, too! (still must have the world to use this)
  • Barnacle Bay Mailbox override- For Barnacle Bay's Mailbox! Because mailboxes with ship wheels rock!. (ditto)
  • Deleteable Mailboxes- So I CAN use the cute little custom mailboxes from those places!
  • Shiftable Fog Emitter- 'Fog Emitters're fun, m'kay? This makes it so you can float them up and down for more fun! Plusfun tutorial on how to use said Fog Emitter!

Sliders - BUH BUUUH BUUH!!! the stuff that makes my Sims happily unique!

Skintones and Eyeballs!

Favorite Equine and Pet Mods!

Hopefully this'll help everyone who might want to get more mods, whatever into their game.

Comments

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pixelcurious
Jun. 21st, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! :D

You know, I read different things about how to install CC in S3 from various sources, some of which were outdated, and some just bizarre, and it turned out to be really simple - even simpler than downloading this framework business. I just made my own folders and put the resource.cfg in. I think it was eHow that explained it clearly.

The jmtmom post with her color sliders confuses me with all the crossed-out stuff and warnings and crap, so I haven't tried it, though the Teal color does look like what I want. I'll probably grab it anyway and just ignore the verbal chaos in her post - if it turns out to not work I can just take it out.

I'm glad you like the Tamo eyes! It was remisims that turned me onto them, via her Tumblr. I'll probably grab those Phobia contacts you mentioned. And maybe the freckles too.

Edited at 2012-06-21 09:10 pm (UTC)
furryjackal
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Well the framework IS the 'folders and resource.cfg' you just unzip it into the same spot. All the work is already done. But yeah, it's really all about that resource.cfg file. The framework just gave me folders from scratch.
Have you got a link to the eHow? I'd like to toss it on my list because I know that's the thing that intimidates people the most with mods for Sims 3.

And yeah, the stuff on GoS could stand to be cleaned up a lot. There's a lot of visual garbage in the posts. They don't seem to maintain the Sims 3 stuff as well as 2. :( Which makes me grateful for My Sims 3 Blog and others. They post the picture, tell you what it is, tell you where it's at... and I ignore the menutia on the site when I get there! :)
pixelcurious
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I know, it just seems easier to me somehow to create a few folders than to download something that creates said folders, fish it out of my downloads folder, unpack it, and run it... plus the time spent trying to figure out "what does this framework business do?" (especially since it wasn't crystal clear what was obsolete and what wasn't... I haven't had the benefit of a few years of playing the game).

I dunno, it's just a different approach. Different minds, different ways of learning and knowing! I will say, if I'd seen the link that you posted, before getting into the several different ones at MTS and elsewhere, it would have been clear to me. Yours is a good link. *thumbsup* I'd just already done the stuff it talks about.

The eHow post is here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5289206_install-custom-content-sims.html

GoS isn't alone in needing to be cleaned up, by far. I've found so much outdated info in the last few days! And steaming loads of dead links! xD
furryjackal
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the link you gave me is more informative, actually! It tells you the little details of WHY you're putting these things here versus a nebulous 'unzip this folder over here'. Which is fine by me, but I admit, that oblivious feeling I could be unloading God knows what into my game! HAH!

But that one explains all the different packages which is very important.
pixelcurious
Jun. 21st, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh hey, do you know, if you d/l a sim, do they come willy-nilly with all their CC, or can you exclude the CC if you want? Like if it's a skintone you're not impressed by, or whatever?
furryjackal
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
it depends how it's packaged. If it's a .sim file, it won't have the custom content. If it's a Sims3Pack it will.
pixelcurious
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thank you. That makes it easy!
gheez
Jun. 23rd, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Wow, what a fabulous list. I was over on pixel's LJ page, reading your comments and adding my own, liked what I read of yours and was curious about your TS3 sims so found my way over here to you. (Sorry, tendency to ramble uncontrollably.)

Also empathised with what you wrote about Awesomemod, I never used it for I felt that they weren't friendly people. Don't mind banter when it's more lighthearted and makes you laugh a little, but they can be cruel and rather childish about it over there on MATY, though I did love it when they shared TS2 CC finds that were laughable.

Anyway, will leave you in peace now. Going to lurk and look at your sims. Hope you don't mind.
jackals_sims
Jun. 23rd, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
It's nice to see others out there who enjoy Ts3 so definitely lurk and enjoy and I shall post more here. A lot of my Sims posts I sent primarily to my personal account because for ages I was sort of alone in the TS3 love so I just shared it with my one or two friends who enjoyed them.

I sincerely do love it even with the bugs and I even like Simport... when I can get it working, despite all the cries of hate.

I think I've sort of declared myself one of TS3's champions against the wave of hate it always gets! I always feel a little sad and lonely in the crowd of TS2 fans (I do like TS2, though)so having others lurk around is fun to share with!
gheez
Jun. 25th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing more. When I was rambling through, I discovered that you were the one who posted about Fiona - inspired by Shrek. I remembered that, she was so well done.
furryjackal
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Aww thank you! Yeah I haven't been posting many of my Sims because I just figured there wasn't enough interest in Sims 3 to warrent it. I'm glad some folks are enjoying them, though! I also have a Sims tumblr that I post to.
http://jackalssims.tumblr.com/
furryjackal
Jun. 23rd, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for that link, by the way. I'm going to browse it and register, now! :)
gheez
Jun. 25th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Hope you find it to be as friendly as I found it.
furryjackal
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I really am! So far they're pretty friendly! At the very least I'm enjoying lurking around the threads!
Thank you for giving me the headsup. Such a refreshing change from the constant TS2 is better, EA sucks they don't give us Seasons! SEASONS is the only thing! TS3 has no soul, it kills the sandbox, etc etc gripes that I see everywhere I go.
fitnessnsims3
Jul. 29th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! You are awesome!!!
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