Hi. I joined a few days ago, and since I've left a few posts, I may as well introduce myself. I've played TS2 off and on for ten years now, especially when times are slow. I tried TS3 and TS4, but never took to those. In game play, I spend half my time building, which I find really relaxing, and the other half playing sims. I especially like having a sim create and build an business. I find that selling cars is by far the most profitable, followed by robot shops that sell servos, followed by carryouts of home made foods using fresh garden foods and selling crates of fruit and veggies. Restaurants only turn a small profit but I love playing them anyway, but only when I use Simological's Auto Restocking Sign which works for my game, even though I have all of them and the EPs through M&G.
I use a lot of hacks and mods in the game, around 130, and without these, I'd have lost interest in simming within weeks. I have a lot of custom content as most of do, which I keep very, very organized in subfolders.
I'm pretty good using SimPE, but lack the computer programming skills to make my own mods. When I first make a sim but before I play it, I find it extremely useful in tweaking the personalities, adding a third turn on and a few basic skill points in cooking and cleaning, and selecting the hobby preference since that's always random. Sometimes I'll add a badge or two if I want to jump start what the sim knows.
Another thing I do sometimes, when making a new neighborhood is make clones for the townies and exiting playables, eight at a time. I use SimPE to replace them, then delete these clones in the neighborhood character folder, go back into SimPE to those clones family folders and delete them from there, save, delete that family folder, then go back to Sim Description and delete the 'unknowns'. I then run Hack Conflict Detection Utility from Sim Wardrobe (this site is currently expired). That cleans up the game and avoids corruption.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't try it, or at least make a back up of your Nxxx neighborhood folder.
All this is time consuming, but I'll play a neighborhood on average 2 to 6 months, so it works out, and the pre-made playable sims and selected townies look good, are dressed well, and have custom hairstyles, eyes and skins.
I also use Mootilda's Hood Replacer, so if I want, my Strangetown can look like Belladonna Cove. This can be a little tricky with the houses and community lots because a house might end up in the ocean. You just have to move them to where you think they won't be in the middle of a road or in the water before you replace the houses. As for replacing the downtown, I like the haunted mansion house, so rather than make a custom downtown, I'll make the regular one and keep it - and the cemeteries/ graveyards since the relatives are buried there. All other community lots are bulldozed, b/c I prefer making my own.
So, that's a few things about how I play and a few things I know how to do. Thank you for all the things you do!
dcsimmer, proud to be a member of LeeFish since May 2016.