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Off the Grid - Tips & Tricks Compilation!

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  • BluegayleBluegayle Posts: 2,661 Member
    edited August 11
    @phantasmkiss I haven't received any bills.


    I have updated this to say since update I have received a bill.
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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    @GalacticGal I was reading the thread and found this:
    Trying to play with this lot but I have some questions:

    1. My sim still has bills. I didn't question this at first, but then someone said we're not supposed to have bills with off the grid?
    2. My sim seems unable to put out fires. Is this is a problem specific to off the grid?

    I haven't had time to play lately, so I'm getting my fix with a few minutes here or there in the forums! Do off-the-grid Sims get bills or not?

    I don't know yet. Others have said no. But my young couple aren't quite ready to tie the knot.
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  • AnisaerahAnisaerah Posts: 21 Member
    I got bills in my last off the grid save, but they were very low, even when I had a small house built.

    The trait isn't working for me on my current save, though.
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    Anisaerah wrote: »
    I got bills in my last off the grid save, but they were very low, even when I had a small house built.

    The trait isn't working for me on my current save, though.

    I would suggest you do a 'repair' game. My Sims are living off-the-grid, too, and so far no bills of any sort.
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  • SilentKittySilentKitty Posts: 2,927 Member
    Anisaerah wrote: »
    I got bills in my last off the grid save, but they were very low, even when I had a small house built.

    The trait isn't working for me on my current save, though.

    Hmm... I haven’t experimented much with this trait yet. Can it depend on how much stuff you have on the lot or the inventory?
  • EmmaVaneEmmaVane Posts: 6,411 Member
    You can make herbalism recipes on grills too. They don't get stuck so you can queue multiple herbalism actions.

    However, if you do make them on a stove an extra dose is produced - this is what gets stuck on the hob. Moving the stove into the household inventory separates them, but means you have to go into build mode after each potion.
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    Today, while playing in my off-the-grid lot, I learned that although it wouldn't allow my Sim to clean the toilet, (she threw up, twice) it would allow her to upgrade it to auto-clean. So nice to have a fresh toilet again. :) Happily, she had the parts needed in her inventory.
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  • AbsafraginlootlyAbsafraginlootly Posts: 18 Member
    Beware allowing your Sims to become energized. Whenever i have a sim become energized they stop being able to use the shower, i think it's because the 'Speedy shower' option replaces the ' quick and tepid' option much as it usually replaces the normal shower option but sims can't select anything but 'quick and tepid' on an off-the-grid lot.
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    Beware allowing your Sims to become energized. Whenever i have a sim become energized they stop being able to use the shower, i think it's because the 'Speedy shower' option replaces the ' quick and tepid' option much as it usually replaces the normal shower option but sims can't select anything but 'quick and tepid' on an off-the-grid lot.

    :open_mouth: Again, thanks for the heads-up! At least one of my Sims is now no longer complaining of the brackish water, which I found hilarious.
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  • JojoMOMSTERJojoMOMSTER Posts: 598 Member
    edited July 31
    My SIM is autonomously cleaning a plumbing fixture. Does this mean if it's "their idea" they can clean objects off grid?
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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    My SIM is autonomously cleaning a plumbing fixture. Does this mean if it's "their idea" they can clean objects off grid?
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    I don't know about that, but I have found out through playing that if your Sim upgrades the toilet to self-clean and the sink, too, then it's clean again! Yay. I make sure anytime they fix things that they scavenge for parts. If they don't have enough of what they need, I will send my Sim to a public spot, with his own portable computer, then he can get online and order what he needs.
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  • BlkBarbiegalBlkBarbiegal Posts: 7,123 Member
    Bluegayle wrote: »

    Sorry a long shower lol but I did watch the hygiene go up to just make sure. Gotta love walking through a wall of flies and the first thing you do right outside the outhouse is dig for shells. :o

    But I love the sound of the ocean in the video.
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  • JojoMOMSTERJojoMOMSTER Posts: 598 Member
    edited July 31
    Thanks @GalacticGal , I was just wondering if this was one of those weird backdoors like the toddler can ask for a bath but the player selects the tub it’s blocked, meaning players interactions are affected but SIM actions are not blocked. I guess another question would be: Could they wash a counter if they decide themselves to do so? My SIM can’t afford a house yet so no counters right now.
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    edited July 31
    Thanks @GalacticGal , I was just wondering if this was one of those weird backdoors like the toddler can ask for a bath but the player selects the tub it’s blocked, meaning players interactions are affected but SIM actions are not blocked. I guess another question would be: Could they wash a counter if they decide themselves to do so? My SIM can’t afford a house yet so no counters right now.

    By the way that does work. Just tried it out in my game. His auntie showed up out of the blue and while his mother, her sister, was busy entertaining the newcomer, Joseph managed to soil his diaper. He's just a toddler and still in training. But, his hygiene went south, of course. I had her change his diaper, but that by itself didn't fix his hygiene. So, I had him ask for a bath. The tub itself wasn't working. I changed it for that do-it-yourself version and had him ask his mother under the toddler help menu for a 'bath'. Again, yes it was grayed out, yet suddenly Mama was carrying him over to the tub. Yay. He's almost as fresh as a daisy again. LOL

    Now, if I could just get his auntie to go back home …
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  • AbsafraginlootlyAbsafraginlootly Posts: 18 Member
    My SIM is autonomously cleaning a plumbing fixture. Does this mean if it's "their idea" they can clean objects off grid?
    YMYaqyC.png

    I don't know about that, but I have found out through playing that if your Sim upgrades the toilet to self-clean and the sink, too, then it's clean again! Yay. I make sure anytime they fix things that they scavenge for parts. If they don't have enough of what they need, I will send my Sim to a public spot, with his own portable computer, then he can get online and order what he needs.

    I've been getting upgrade parts by using bb.showhiddenobjects and typing upgrade into the search in buy mode. It costs the same as buying it from the pc so its not as if your cheating out of the cost. I did initially try putting upgrade parts in a retail store so sims could go in and buy them, but when I realised I'd have to log into the family that owns it every time to restock I decided it was simpler to just buy them in buy mode each time.
  • shokoroseshokorose Posts: 28 Member
    There are so many things that should work but don’t in off the grid. I hope the game devs are working on it. I really do love the off the grid game play. No constant tv, computer play, radios, and playing phone games is so relaxing I’m actually starting to that irl (except for playing Sims, of course.) my main gripe is the water issue. Humans and can survive without electricity but NOT without water. Maybe there could be someway to get at least a limited amount of water to change wash tubs etc. or a way to bring water from another location. I finally decided that I would do what frontier sims would do. On Saturday night I turn of the off the off grid lot trait and let them all take a bath, cook some fancy meals, order upgrade parts from a laptop, etc. then turn it back on. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than nothing :)
  • shokoroseshokorose Posts: 28 Member
    I also discovered that the digital keyboard will play music if you want that for a party, but it sounds pretty corny like a ballpark organ.
  • MilkMommyMilkMommy Posts: 7 New Member
    Actually, mermaid sims are wonderful on off-the-grid simply for the fact that they can just swim in the ocean and not need showers.
  • shokoroseshokorose Posts: 28 Member
    Does the mailbox need electricity? I haven’t received any letters or packages yet.
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    shokorose wrote: »
    Does the mailbox need electricity? I haven’t received any letters or packages yet.

    No. It just takes someone to send something to your Sims. My Sim couple got mail when their infant aged up to toddler. All three, as they have had them in rapid succession. :open_mouth: I know, I know. I now have three toddlers, and she's preggars again!
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  • JojoMOMSTERJojoMOMSTER Posts: 598 Member
    Well folks, it came to this:
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  • JojoMOMSTERJojoMOMSTER Posts: 598 Member
    edited August 3
    All Lighting that works with Off-Grid Lot Trait

    Table Lamps:

    Little Light 20
    Night Owl Toy Night Light 28
    Lightbringer Portable 44
    Light in a Bottle 48
    Blooming Lights 48
    Glass, Wax, and Wood 48
    The Definitive 52
    BightDark Triplet Totem Candles 60
    Candle's Crib 68
    Illuminating Silouette 68
    Smoreworthy Candles 100
    Wick-er Whims Candle Bowl 100
    Happy Holiday Floor Lanterns 80
    Bow-tiful Candlelight 80
    Candlelit Fall Leaves 80
    Candlelit Holly Branch 80
    Forest of Lights Menorah 80
    Seven Principles Kinara 80
    Pine Fresh Candles 80
    Log Display LV-486 80
    Four Festive Candles, ho. ho ho! 92
    Diya 96
    Illuminated Kava Bowl 100
    Canopy Candle 100
    Lightbringer Vista 104
    Modern Field Lantern 112
    A Story of Three Candles 116
    Of Fire and Ice 136
    Spooky Candelabra 126
    Aglow Aramatic 144



    Floor Lamps:

    Loti Lotus Lantern 68
    Rangoli Ground Candles 72
    Illuminated Pillar 80
    Two Thousand Onces of Gold Under the Sea 92
    Metal Scalloped Lantern 116
    Holey Moley Divider 120
    Cross My Heart and Hope to Bali Ha'i 124
    Cluster Fire by 'Is it Still too Dark? Co.' 132
    Gilded Flame Floor Lamp 136


    Wall Lights:

    Gothic Candle Wall Sconce 100


    Ceiling Lights:

    Small Victorian Candle Chandelier 144
    Large Vaulted Victorian 148
    Medieval Castle Chandellar 120
  • Mariefoxprice83Mariefoxprice83 Posts: 6,115 Member
    Just started to play with this. The 3 senses oil lamp really ought to work with Off-the-Grid.

    It would be great if we could have a special filter for everything that works with the trait.
  • AliSim19AliSim19 Posts: 51 Member
    So glad I came to this thread - found the answers to so many problems my poor off grid sims were having!

    @Mariefoxprice83 I agree, a filter would be really useful
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 14,254 Member
    edited August 3
    I just discovered a workaround for baking a birthday cake when playing off-grid. My Sim's husband (since I use the RTF mod) has become a hit on Simstagram. He has two Obsessed Fans who are often leaving tiered cakes, a pile of trash and a plate of Ambrosia. While my Sim has been able to sell the Ambrosia at §2500 a plate! He hasn't been able to snag the cakes (three of which were left across the street from his new house.) That was my first resolution to my problem. Instead, I sent his wife to Val's Bar & Grille to bake the cake. She did so without incident and was even able to pack it into her inventory! I was wary this wouldn't work, because I discovered my Sims can't order stuff at a public spot unless they bring a portable laptop with them and use that. But, she got the cake she needed in time for the party. :)
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