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Sims 3 Happy Holidays Gift Exchange 2019 - Gifting is Done!

ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
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Holidays are wonderful times of the year.
People have fun and spread good cheer!

Do you know what ELSE spreads good cheer?
A Sims 3 homemade gift exchange, of course!

Interested? SIMtastic!!!
Please read on …

This is a SECRET EXCHANGE.
Please do not reveal your Buddy before the gifting period opens.

Certain communication will only be done via private messages so each Buddy will need to check their Inbox on a regular basis.


Checklist:
Be a Buddy! Use the Buddy Form Letter found in the 4th post.
Chat & ask generic questions in the thread.
For specific questions concerning gifts & such, send me a PM.
Follow the Rules (3rd post) & note the Important Dates (2nd post).
During gifting time, compliment & click the “Recommend It” button.
Above all, Have FUN!!!


Thank YOU
@MiaSkywalker for helping with custard-checking


BIG Hugs!
Addy


Index:
Important Dates
Rules
Buddy Letter Form
Buddy Letters
Buddy Gifts
Frequently Asked Questions
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  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    Important Dates
    Please add to your calendar!!!

    Sign Ups: Sunday, October 20 to Saturday, November 2 ending at 10 pm (EST).
    Late Buddy Letters will not be accepted!

    Buddy Names: Each Buddy name will be sent via private message and should arrive by 10 pm (EST) on Sunday, November 3.

    ALL check-ins need to be done via the thread.
    Do not send a private message or post on my Sims 3 My Page wall.

    Check-in ONE: Before or by the end of Tuesday, November 5.
    This lets me know that you received your Buddy name.
    If you haven’t received a name and need it re-sent, please let me know ASAP!

    Check-in TWO: Before or by the end of Tuesday, November 12.
    This is just a general check-in to let me know that you’re doing okay.

    If you need help with anything or foresee any problems, be sure to ask or mention this! General questions should be asked in the thread, but Buddy specific ones must be sent to me via private message.

    Check-in THREE: Before or by the end of Tuesday, November 26.
    Your gift should be almost ready to go at this time.

    VERY Important!!!: If you miss one of the above check-ins without letting me know beforehand, you will receive a private message. If you do not respond by the date listed in the private message, you will be eliminated from this gift exchange and won’t receive a gift. The person who had you will be asked if they would like to gift the Buddy you were assigned. The only exception against elimination is letting me know ahead of time that you will miss a deadline.

    GIFTING Time: Sunday, December 1 through Saturday, December 7.
    If you are unable to gift during this time, let me know ASAP!
  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    Rules

    Remember, this is a Sims 3 only gift exchange ~ NO Sims 4 gifts allowed.

    The rules have been categorized in the hopes that they’ll be easier to read.
    Be sure to check each spoiler tag!

    *NEW* REQUIREMENT to join: Be able to upload to your studio.
    If you haven’t uploaded anything within the last 3 months, now is a good time to check and ensure that you can. Create a simple sim and/or build a basic house then upload for testing purposes.

    Hello, Buddy!
    If you signed up for a previous gift exchange and didn’t give a homemade gift, you will not be paired up in this exchange. Sorry, no exceptions!

    B1. Join by posting a letter (see post 4 for the form letter that must be used!).

    B2. If you get a new store item or pack, please edit your Buddy letter AND post in the thread that changes were made.

    B3. Keep your Buddy Name a secret once you receive your name via private message.

    B4. Remember to check-in on the check-in dates! Checking in early is fine.

    B5. Regularly check the thread.

    B6. Asking a question if fine. Copping an attitude is not.
    Rude or mean behavior will not be tolerated. If seen, I will remove you at my discretion.

    B7. If something comes up (ex: personal, computer problems, etc.), please let me know ASAP via PM so arrangements can be made for your Buddy.

    Make Gifts!
    M1. No custom content is allowed. All gifts will be custard checked, no exceptions.
    Please refer to the FAQs post on how to start a clean, no CC game.

    M2. You must make at least one homemade gift for your Buddy.
    This is not something that is bought from the Sims 3 store.

    M3. Gift Guideline:
    *If making one gift, BUILD something for your Buddy.
    *If making more than one (not required!), one gift must be a build, but the rest can be additional builds and/or sims and/or pets.

    M4. Buddy Letters are suggestions and not a checklist of what will be gifted (or received!) during gifting time.

    Gifting Time!
    G1. You must gift and be gifted.

    G2. When a gift is being given, post a message in the thread.
    This message must include:
    Your Buddy’s name
    Gift number (very helpful to Buddy & host!)
    Link to the studio upload
    Screenshots showing off the gift.

    G3. In the gift message, it’s best to put more than 5 screenshots inside a spoiler tag to prevent page jumping as pictures load and help with page loading times.

    The way it works looks like this:
    [ spoiler ] pictures and accompanying text go here [ /spoiler ]
    Remember to remove the spaces before and after each bracket!

    G4. To keep things cozy, gifts will be given in this thread. Please do not make a separate gifting thread for your Buddy.

    G5. If you download or add a gift to your favorites list, please ‘Recommend It’.

    G6. Everybody loves compliments!
    Gifts take time & effort so be sure to let Buddies know what caught your eye.
  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    edited October 21
    Buddy Letter

    1. MUST use this form!
    It’s a guide to give your Buddy as much information as possible. Include any additional info you think would help them get to know your way of playing the game.

    2. The more details, the better!!!

    3. Your Sims 3 My Page helps me when Buddy pairings are being made, especially if I don’t know you very well. If you’d rather not put your link in the letter, please send me a PM with this information. Also … if your page is set to private, you need to send me a friend request or make your page public for the duration of the gift exchange.

    4. Remember, this is a guide and not a step-by-step wishlist.
    You might or might not get something that is mentioned here.

    As always, your Buddy is looking forward to creating something truly unique for you!


    Buddy Letter form:

    Username:

    Link to your Sims 3 My Page: (read no. 3 listed above!)

    I have installed the following Expansion Packs:

    I have installed the following Stuff Packs:

    I own the following Store Content:

    I own the following EA-made Worlds:

    Some of my favorite colors are:

    I really don’t like this color:

    I love to use items from this set:

    I prefer to play in this EA-made World:

    I enjoy playing in this custom world (please include link):

    I enjoy this style of build the most: (Examples: Craftsman, Victorian, Modern)

    I really don’t want this in my game:

    I would or would not like lots in the following sizes: (If you’re a fan of tiny lots, then here is a great place to mention that! If larger lots make your game lag while loading them, mention it!)

    I want/don’t want berry sims:

    I want/don’t want occult sims: (Be sure to specifically list those that you are fine with or mention which ones you don’t want to see in your game!)

    I want/don’t want pets in the household: (Like cats more than dogs? Prefer cute puppies to horses? Don’t want any critters? Mention it!)

    Do you want your sims and/or pets skilled up for you? If so, how much? (Example: A couple of points, but not maxed out)

    Are there certain skills you want skilled because you really like having them ready when you start with a new sim or household? (Example: A few points in Cooking would be nice so sims don’t burn the grilled cheese and can make more than a mean bowl of cereal!)

    Are there particular skill items that you really like having in a build? (Example: I love having sims that can cook, garden, paint and write so having those skilling objects would be awe-sim!)

    How do your sims travel around town? Taxi ... vehicle ... bicycle/scooter ... horse ... broom? (Mention your preference and whether you want a parking spot or two, garage, bike racks, stable, broom stand. Some sims prefer to put transportation in their inventory, if applicable.)

    Other: (Describe here anything that you’d really like that might or might not have been previously mentioned!)

    For example, a good thing to mention here is if you would like a holiday build. Mention the holiday, colors and/or traditions associated with it along with a brief explanation if it isn’t a well-known holiday.


    This text is to certify that I have read ALL the posts and will follow the rules for participation as well as pay attention to important dates.
    ~ end of form ~


    If you’re having trouble figuring out what to say in your letter, peek at the previous gift exchange for ideas.
    aMAYzing Homemade Gift Exchange


    Don’t worry. Have FUN!
    Your Buddy will <3 what you make for them!
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  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    edited November 7
    Buddy Letters

    60smusicluvr
    ciane
    GraceyManor
    Hidehi
    Jessabeans
    Kesminlix
    LMC6255
    Mmdrgntobldrgn
    MsPrissy88 quit on November 5th
    Mystik1978 stepped down due to family emergency on November 7th
    Puddinroy
    Rflong7
    SamelaRita
    suzses
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  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    edited December 10
    Buddy Gifts

    To: 60smusicluvr
    From: Your Buddy, Jessabeans

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 4
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 5
    Custard=checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 6
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS
    Story from ciane (containing the gifts you gave her)
    Story Post
    Story Post 2

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: ciane
    From: Your Buddy, 60smusicluvr

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 4
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 5
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 6
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: GraceyManor
    From: Your Buddy, LMC6255

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, Cc free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Hidehi
    From: Your Buddy, Rflong7

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS:
    Story from SamelaRita (containing the gift you gave to her)
    Story Post
    Story Post 2
    Story Post 3

    Story from ciane (containing gifts you made)
    Story Post

    Story from ADWilson (containing gifts you made)
    Story Post

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Jessabeans
    From: Your Buddy, Kesminlix

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    This gift includes 5 horse coat sets (they show up under the pet colors category in the studio) and when checked, don't come up as anything out of the ordinary in custard.

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS:
    Story from SamelaRita (containing the gift Jessabeans gave her during the May gift exchange event)
    Story Post

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Kesminlix
    From: Your Buddy, Mmdrgntobldrgn

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)
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  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    edited December 12
    Buddy Gifts continued

    To: LMC6255
    From: Your Buddy, suzses

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 4
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 5
    Custard-checked. Shows object TreeBuckHorn - TreeBuckhorn on these but when I installed each (one at a time) and took a look, nothing came through with either build.

    There is a Sim-created photograph hanging on the wall that is the culprit. One out of the 5 that her Sim hung on walls after taking pictures around town.

    A photo free version has been shared:
    Gift Message 5b
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS
    Story by GraceyManor (using the gifts you gave her)
    Story Post
    Story Post 2
    Story Post 3

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Mmdrgntobldrgn
    From: Your Buddy, Puddinroy

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS:
    Story by ciane (using gifts you made)
    Story Post

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Puddinroy
    From: Your Buddy, GraceyManor

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS
    Story by Mmdrgntobldrgn (using gifts you made her)
    Story Post
    Story Post 2

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Rflong7
    From: Your Buddy, ciane

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, Cc free. :star:

    Gift Message 4
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 5
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 6
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 7
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 8
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: SamelaRita
    From: Your Buddy, Hidehi

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS
    Story by ciane (using gifts you made)
    Story Post

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: suzses
    From: Your Buddy, SamelaRita

    Gift Message 1
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 2
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 3
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Gift Message 4
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    BONUS
    Story by ciane (using gifts you made)
    Story Post

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: ALL Buddies
    From: ADWilson

    Gift Message
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:

    Done being Gifted o:)

    ~*~*~*~
    ~*~*~*~

    To: Mystik1978
    From: Mmdrgntobldrgn

    Gift Message
    Custard-checked, CC free. :star:
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  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What is a homemade gift exchange?
    Each participant (Buddy) writes a letter mentioning things they would like or not like to have in their game ~ each Buddy then gets paired with another Buddy and secretly makes a gift or gifts for him/her (this can be a build, pet or sim) ~ during gifting time, the Buddies reveal themselves and share their gift for their special someone.

    What is a homemade gift?
    Something that is created while in-game and not purchased from the Sims 3 store is a homemade gift. A residential or community lot counts. A sim or pet needs more than simply being created in CAS, they should be taken in-game and given a bit of personality. Giving them a few skill points and/or place things in their personal inventory are just a couple of suggestions you might want to consider.

    How do I start a clean, no CC game?
    1 Rename your “The Sims 3” folder to something else. I often use “The Sims 3 old”.
    2 Start the game. Since it can’t find the folder, it will proceed to make a brand new one and that will be have the factory default settings. It doesn’t contain CC, mods or Sims 3 store content.
    3 Exit the game. Your folder will have the new folder labeled “The Sims 3”.
    4 Add whatever Sims 3 store content you’d like to use in the gift for your Buddy.
    5 Unless you’re familiar with mods and whether they create custom content, it might be best to not use them.

    MiaSkywalker has suggested another method that removes most of the CC from a game (CC can stick to a .sim file and will be transferrable through the Exchange).

    Her method:
    1 Remove or rename the mods folder.
    2 Rename the extension of all .dbc files in the DCCache folder to something else, like XXX.dbc.backup (Note: .ebc is store content and .dbc is CC).

    How do I post an image?
    Above the “Leave a Comment” box is a toolbar with formatting options. The one that looks like a picture is used to post an image. Move your mouse cursor over it and the message shows “Image”. Click on it and paste or type your image link location in the box. Image should be seen when “Preview” button is pressed.

    An alternate method also works: You manually type [ i m g ] paste-your-link-here [ / i m g ] without the spaces inside the brackets.

    To make the image clickable: You manually type [ u r l = paste-your-url-link-here ][ i m g ] paste-your-image-link-here[ / i m g ][ / u r l ] without the spaces inside the brackets.

    How do I post a link?
    Above the “Leave a Comment” box is a toolbar with formatting options. The one that looks like two interlocking chains in a link is used to post a link. Move your mouse cursor over it and the message shows “Url”. Click on it and paste or type your url location in the box (TIP: remember to remove the text that automatically appears before entering your information!). Press the “ok” button. Link should be seen when “Preview” button is pressed.

    An alternate method also works. You manually type [ u r l ] paste-your-link-here [ / u r l ] without the spaces inside the brackets.

    If you want the link title to be other than the link address, type in your changes to the wording that is located before [ / u r l ] without the spaces inside the brackets.

    If typing this manually, it would look similar to this: [ u r l = paste-your-link-here] type-whatever-you’d like-the-link-to-be-called[ / u r l ] without the spaces inside the brackets.

    Is CAP custom content?
    Looking over previous gift exchanges, this little nugget was discovered. TnT_Terry wrote, “CAP is NOT considered CC at all (it's an EA/Sims 3 program), but will definitely show separately in custard. Most importantly, when using patterns on any lot/sim/object it is always best to link to every pattern used because they don't always transfer with upload.”

    However, please note that there are Buddies who don’t want anything that shows up separately in custard so it is probably best not to include them.
  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    edited October 20
    ... and the thread is officially OPEN!!!
  • suzsessuzses Posts: 1,810 Member
    I've really been looking forward to this and hope we have lots join in. Will be dusting off my buddy letter today or tomorrow.
  • LMC6255LMC6255 Posts: 470 Member
    edited October 20
    Hello Addy, I am so excited!! :) I will be working on my buddy letter!! :) BTW, I am so glad you posted the house from your story, it is so lovely!!! <3
  • MmdrgntobldrgnMmdrgntobldrgn Posts: 6,575 Member
    Waves enthusiastically, have laptop will travel ...... have thumb drives/exchange for swapping between devices when not traveling ... plus I'm supposed to be back well before the exchange date.


    Question, can I just c&P my last buddy letter?
    Peace, GranMama Dragon
    Exploring life through imagination & satire since 1969.
    Save Game Often
    repair & clear caches Often
    S3 Studio
    S3 blog Story, lists of empty lots by world
    Behrooz
    S2/3/4 Randomnes
  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    @Mmdrgntobldrgn if looking over your letter reveals no changes, then by all means copy and paste the one you wrote last time!
  • MmdrgntobldrgnMmdrgntobldrgn Posts: 6,575 Member
    'ello just a few updates from the last letter o:)

    Username: Mmdrgntobldrgn

    Link to your Sims 3 My Page: (read no. 3 listed above!) https://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/Mmdrgntobldrgn (note fr's tend to end up in long limbo's)

    I have installed the following Expansion Packs: All***

    I have installed the following Stuff Packs: All***

    I own the following Store Content: All*** , but a few bonus items like the treasure hunt set

    I own the following EA-made Worlds: All

    Some of my favorite colors are: Not pastels! Blue's, green's, pink's, grey's, and black

    I really don’t like this color: Anything pastel, sorry but the 80s & 90s overindulgence of pastels really ruined it for me.

    I love to use items from this set: No one favorite set, I tend to mix and match, depending on what I'm aiming for, unless I'm showcasing something.

    I prefer to play in this EA-made World: Dragon Valley, although I've been branching out and revisiting other worlds like Hidden Springs, Lucky Palms, and Riverview, and Appolosa Plains

    I enjoy playing in this custom world (please include link): Almost any world by Rflong blog - http://myworlds-rflong7.blogspot.com/ s3 exchange - primary - https://www.thesims3.com/mypage/Rflong7/mystudio and older secondary - https://www.thesims3.com/mypage/Rflong13/mystudio

    I enjoy this style of build the most: (Examples: Craftsman, Victorian, Modern) Rustic, classic Victorian, classic modern's, tudor's, global influence's small to medium size without to much clutter/decor

    I really don’t want this in my game: Pastels ;) or at least no heavy dose's of

    I would or would not like lots in the following sizes: (If you’re a fan of tiny lots, then here is a great place to mention that! If larger lots make your game lag while loading them, mention it!) Depending on the game I'm ranging between the 20x30 to 40x40 lot's right now. I've noticed that sims get more done on smaller lots than larger if there's to much walk distance.

    I want/don’t want berry sims: I love berry/rainbow/whimsical sims, some of my sims are very unique in appearance, while others are very generic humanish looking. :)

    I want/don’t want occult sims: (Be sure to specifically list those that you are fine with or mention which ones you don’t want to see in your game!) I have no problem with occult sims, all sims regardless of anything (even pastel ones) are welcome in my game.

    I want/don’t want pets in the household: (Like cats more than dogs? Prefer cute puppies to horses? Don’t want any critters? Mention it!) I love pets, but tend to stick them in npc houses instead of the active house due to past problems. I think I'll be using one of my current games to explore if the pc (it's been upgraded) can handle pets now. Still haven't gotten around to fully testing pets and the upgraded pc.

    Do you want your sims and/or pets skilled up for you? If so, how much? (Example: A couple of points, but not maxed out) I'm good either way, for me half the fun is exploring the different trait's & LTW through a sim's lifetime. ... probably should skip green thumbs and the perfect garden ltw; I've played so many of those as a default it's not funny, lol. Even in s4 I find myself defaulting towards plant care ...

    Are there certain skills you want skilled because you really like having them ready when you start with a new sim or household? (Example: A few points in Cooking would be nice so sims don’t burn the grilled cheese and can make more than a mean bowl of cereal!) Up to the giftee, I really can go either way.

    Are there particular skill items that you really like having in a build? (Example: I love having sims that can cook, garden, paint and write so having those skill objects would be awe-sim!) Ditto the above - Up to the giftee, I really can go either way.

    How do your sims travel around town? Taxi ... vehicle ... bicycle/scooter ... horse ... broom? (Mention your preference and whether you want a parking spot or two, garage, bike racks, stable, broom stand. Some sims prefer to put transportation in their inventory, if applicable.) However they feel like.

    Other: (Describe here anything that you’d really like that might or might not have been previously mentioned!) I tend to play challenges and legacy style/themed challenges the most, especially challenges that take a sim straight from cas into the big bold world and they have to make their way from nothing to something. Challenges I've played most are: The apocalypse challenge, the renovation challenge, the looser challenge, random legacy, The "Nothing Is Free" Challenge, and the broke start challenge. I'm also not above blending multiple challenges into one. ;)

    Why so many different challenges ... it allows the greatest exploration of the game mechanics and seeing what our little simmies on free will will do of their own accord or how they can interact with their world. Example I recently discovered that your sim can escort an npc in labor to the hospital and get a bonus moodlet for the babies delivery, how cool 10+ years of playing and I just learned that about s3 game mechanics.

    For an idea of what some of how I play check out the blog links below or http://mamadragonssims.weebly.com/ (my current barely active blog, I've been putting in killer hours at work). Above and beyond everything else, I love a good backstory ... you could probably even get me to play a pastel sim ... that gives the why and how along with what the sim is hoping to accomplish in their life.

    The one thing I don't do/play is sims based off of rl people (despite a few honorary memorium sims I've made), I also don't feel the need to make over every townie/npc that crosses my path, I enjoy seeing the randomness that the game mechanics creates for outfits ... I've seen some really unique sims that would give rl punks a run for the money, lol.

    *** All on the desktop only some on the laptop, desktop is primary place of play, laptop is strictly for when I travel to my mom's to help out, which isn't very often.


    This text is to certify that I have read ALL the posts and will follow the rules for participation as well as pay attention to important dates. ~ Tuesday's will be tricky for me, but I can make it work. Mama D.

    ~ end of form ~


    Ps, As a general rule of thumb I try to stay away from using to much cfe (constrain floor elevation) & moo. Yes it allows for some great builds, but I sometimes run into lag issues when npc's try to route through/around/into something built with a ton of moo or cfe.

    Pps, If you think you can come up with some cool pastel sim's/items/accents tastefully done ... please no 80s pastel everything ... then as was done with the KP sweet stuff pack per a contest I ran ages ago then by all means go for it and get me out of my comfort zone and exploring new territory. o:)
    Peace, GranMama Dragon
    Exploring life through imagination & satire since 1969.
    Save Game Often
    repair & clear caches Often
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    S3 blog Story, lists of empty lots by world
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  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    First letter, yay!
  • MmdrgntobldrgnMmdrgntobldrgn Posts: 6,575 Member
    Ps, I need to edit the above or just leave alone ....... I forgot to edit out the Tuesday's being tricky part. Since May there's been a change in how we get our shifts. I now pick the shifts I want to work, which means if I want to be off by a set time I can be.
    Peace, GranMama Dragon
    Exploring life through imagination & satire since 1969.
    Save Game Often
    repair & clear caches Often
    S3 Studio
    S3 blog Story, lists of empty lots by world
    Behrooz
    S2/3/4 Randomnes
  • MiaSkywalkerMiaSkywalker Posts: 3,184 Member
    Oh yays, it's open! Can't wait to see who all joins. :)
  • tanubanuetanubanue Posts: 4,116 Member
    Happy to see the exchanges still going on.
  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    I feel the same @MiaSkywalker :)
    I am too @tanubanue :) I'm always amazed and humbled come gifting time when I see the results of Buddy Letters.
  • cianeciane Posts: 15,762 Member
    @tanubanue - Big hugs!!! So happy to see you here!! Love your avi too!
  • suzsessuzses Posts: 1,810 Member
    edited October 28
    Edited to add: TEST UPLOAD WORKS! (10/28/19)

    Username: suzses

    Link to your Sims 3 My Page: https://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/suzses

    I have installed the following Expansion Packs: All

    I have installed the following Stuff Packs: All except Katy Perry Sweet Treats

    I own the following Store Content: A LOT of it (almost all), probably less of the clothes than other stuff. Can pick up something you might use if I don't have it. A few sets I don't own and don't want are the casino/Las Vegas-ish stuff (except I do have the poker and roulette tables), through the looking glass (although I have a few small decor pieces from those), and futureshock.

    I own the following EA-made Worlds: All

    Some of my favorite colors are: I love blues and greens and shades in between, lavenders and purples that are on the blue side, as well as neutrals/earth tones. I prefer subtle shades, ranging from light to dark.

    I really don’t like this color: Any color is OK, but if it's in the red/orange/yellow/reddish purple family or anything else very bright or intense, I'd probably rather only see it in small doses that add a bit of a color pop rather than whole walls of it or flooring, etc. (Just in case you look back on what I've said previously, I had rather a red hate thing going for a while - I'm over it. ;) )


    I love to use items from this set: I use a lot of different things, but I always seem to find a spot for *something* from the Contemporary Comfort sets, the Bayside kitchen stuff, BahHaus. I like anything related to gardening/farming that comes from the store.

    I prefer to play in this EA-made World: I'm never sure what to say here. Basically, I don't play the built worlds. I have stripped versions of them that I build up myself. The ones I've been actively playing are pretty well built up. Appaloosa Plains and Sunlit Tides are two worlds I'd like to start new games in, so anything for them would be welcome. I'll use Sookielee's empty Appaloosa Plains. Not sure there's an unbuilt Sunlit Tides, so I may have to empty that one myself.

    I enjoy playing in this custom world (please include link): Again, I'm big on empty worlds. I enjoy the unbuilt versions of some of Rflong's and MySimRealty's worlds. I don't really have any going right now, though.

    I enjoy this style of build the most (Examples: Craftsman, Victorian, Modern): I like a lot of styles really, from Victorians to Contemporaries. Cape Cods have a special place in my heart. For a couple years, I've been rather into rustic and rustic contemporary type builds - I like them more on the sophisticated, eclectic side of rustic.

    I really don’t want this in my game: I guess those few mentioned excluded store sets above and overly huge and/or over-stuffed builds.

    I would or would not like lots in the following sizes: I like a variety of sizes. Small to medium are easier to find spots for on the map. I'm not really interested in having "just a house" on something like a 64 x 64, but would rather reserve those for farms/ranches or certain community lots.

    I want/don’t want berry sims: Don't want. I've seen some really pretty and interesting berry sims, but I don't play them.

    I want/don’t want occult sims: I play a few, but basically, I'm not really looking for more right now.

    I want/don’t want pets in the household: I love the pets. Dogs, cats, horses (and unicorns) are all welcome. Fish are fine, too. The other small pets are hard for me to manage, so I only occasionally put those in. If you're making a household, it's easier for me if I only have to deal with one or two pets.

    Do you want your sims and/or pets skilled up for you? If so, how much? A little skilling is fine if it fits the sim's (or pet's) background. I don't feel I have to start every sim as a blank slate. But, unskilled is quite OK, too.

    Are there certain skills you want skilled because you really like having them ready when you start with a new sim or household? A little cooking skill is nice to have right off the bat but isn't totally necessary. Otherwise, if it fits the sim's backstory, go for it if you like but don't feel you have to.

    Are there particular skill items that you really like having in a build? I tend to have a lot of cooking, gardening, painting, writing sims in my games, so anything that makes them feel at home is great. I always like to have an easel and chess set in my houses. On the flip side, sims that want to work out all.the.time drive me a little batty, so I'm very conservative about including any exercise equipment on home lots.

    How do your sims travel around town? Taxi ... vehicle ... bicycle/scooter ... horse ... broom? (Mention your preference and whether you want a parking spot or two, garage, bike racks, stable, broom stand. Some sims prefer to put transportation in their inventory, if applicable.) I'm OK with whatever you'd like to put in that fits your idea - or with nothing. It's not likely I'll be playing witches and need brooms, though.

    Other: While my sims do celebrate Snowflake Day, you don't need to put a lot of effort into decorating for it. It's a day, here and gone, and they'd be happy with just enough space for a Christmas tree and maybe a buffet table.

    I'm always interested in new "pretty" sims, male or female (young adult), to add into my games to play actively (either as a sim to start out with or to become romantic interests for sims I already have). Other interesting households to have about town for friendships, etc., are also always welcome - that can be anything from a family with a few kids for mine to meet, to elders to have a nice chat with when out and about.

    Mostly, I want my buddy to have fun and not worry too much about what I might or might not want. I'm sure I'll like your creativity and thoughtfulness the most.



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  • suzsessuzses Posts: 1,810 Member
    ^^ That's largely a cut-and-paste from last time. I did notice after posting that the transportation thing we had added in mid-exchange isn't part of the form, but I'll just leave it there if that's ok.
  • ADWilsonADWilson Posts: 6,041 Member
    Thanks for mentioning the transportation bit @suzses ... edited the Buddy Letter Form and will also adjust the Word document I used so things are consistent.
  • cianeciane Posts: 15,762 Member
    I had to test an upload first. Yay, it worked!

    Username: ciane

    Link to your Sims 3 My Page: https://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/ciane

    I have installed the following Expansion Packs: all

    I have installed the following Stuff Packs: all

    I own the following Store Content: all build/buy objects not part of bonuses nor branded content and all CAS items that are part of sets. (I do own some of the other, just not all.)

    I own the following EA-made Worlds: all

    Some of my favorite colors are: blue green to blue violet with soft crèmes and white

    I really don’t like this color: greenish yellow is my least favorite, though I do like light green and pale yellow too.

    I love to use items from this set: the Bauhaus windows and mid-century kitchen clutter

    I prefer to play in this EA-made World: I love all the worlds and try to rotate play among them.

    I enjoy playing in this custom world (please include link): The only custom worlds I’ve “played” are empty ones that I build in.

    I enjoy this style of build the most:I really do enjoy modern the most as I love taking something ordinary and giving it a twist.

    I really don’t want this in my game: I don't like big lots or lots with lots of stuff packed in them as they cause lag.

    I would or would not like lots in the following sizes: I am a HUGE fan of TINY lots! Larger lots make my game lag. So, if you’d like to challenge yourself with a 10x10 build, I’d love to play it! However, anything that is two stories or less on a 30x40 or smaller lot is fine.

    I don’t want berry sims: I play normal guy/girl next-door looking Sims.

    I don’t want occult sims: I play normal guy/girl next-door Sims, though occasionally I’ll play a genie or witch. I am NOT a fan of vampires, though I do like how fast they skill!

    I don’t want pets in the household: One cat or dog in the family is enough for me. Too many pets is more challenging as I'm a micro-manager.

    Do you want your sims and/or pets skilled up for you? Only if you want to play them a bit first! If so, how much? A couple skill points shows me that you enjoyed playing the Sim(s) to create a more fleshed out back story; so that would be awesome, but it's not required.

    Are there certain skills you want skilled because you really like having them ready when you start with a new sim or household? If they don't have any points, it's totally okay. However, a cooking point means they can gain skill as they watch the cooking channel. An athletic point means they can jog. A charisma point means they’ll build charisma as they chat with others. So, those are usually the first skills I work on.

    Are there particular skill items that you really like having in a build? Every Sim is different, so is every build. Put in what you’d like for the Sim(s) you imagine living there.

    How do your sims travel around town? Mine usually jog. (Mention your preference and whether you want a parking spot or two, garage, bike racks, stable, broom stand.) I do like room for a parking spot so I can have a vehicle to teach a teen to drive. So, I usually include a driveway; but not necessarily a car. :wink:

    Other: I LOVE reading Sims stories with nice pictures. Present your Sim or build with a little back story and pictures to match, and I’ll love it.

    This text is to certify that I have read ALL the posts and will follow the rules for participation as well as pay attention to important dates.
  • LMC6255LMC6255 Posts: 470 Member
    edited November 27
    Uploaded several lots and was successful! :)

    Username: LMC6254

    Link to your Sims 3 My Page: mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/LMC6254

    I have installed the following Expansion Packs: All, except Supernatural

    I have installed the following Stuff Packs: All

    I own the following Store Content: Venues: All except "Grim's Ghastly Manor", "The Gothique Library" and (I do not have the Golden Ticket Toy Store, just the Titanic Toy Machine)
    Sets: Buy/Build: Almost All, but I still don't have -- :( The Future Shock Loft, One with Nature, Waning Moon, Hollywood Regency Den, Back to Skool, Frontier Finds, ..
    Create a Sim Sets I do have: :) --Everyday Cool Summer Nights, Diva and Divo, Rag Time in the Big Easy, Homecomming, Faire Folk Attire, Jazz Age Wear, Everyday Kids Collection, Romanza Bridal Party, Tip of the Tots, Wild Wears, Jet Set, Rebel Just Because, Everyday Chic, Everyday Hot Summer Days, Date Night, Boho Men's Collection, Everyday Teens, Africa Inspiration clothing, India Inspiration clothing, Cante Captivating, Japanese Inspired Clothing, Fashionable Fitness, Speedy Styles, Steampunk Savvy, Goal, Happy Mardi Gras, wretched threads, Life is a beach, Sim Santas, Date Night, Street Couture, Street Couture Kids and Teens as well as clothing sets included in buy/build sets, compilations and worlds..
    Premium Content All, except The Hypnotizer, Door of Life and Death, and Lady Ravendancer Goth's Book of Spells..

    I own the following EA-made Worlds: All

    Some of my favorite colors are: I like all colors, I feel, color appeal depends on how it fits with the color scheme and style of the build and how it effects the overall aesthetic...

    I really don’t like this color: None, unless the colors are badly matched.. However, If colors don't match on purpose for creative reasons, go ahead, I love builds done with an artistic flair! So please be creative and have fun!! :)

    I love to use items from this set: I use items from all sets depending on what I am creating and how it looks within the overall town's scenic style where the built is placed.. I prefer to use store content, but I often will mix store items with EP or SP items so builds upload easier....

    I prefer to play in this EA-made World: Hidden Springs, Sunset Valley, and I have been trying out Aurora Skies

    I enjoy playing in this custom world : Woody Lakes thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=9258324
    Sunset Valley 2 thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=7016943
    Renaissance Gardens thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=9333770
    I also enjoy playing with many of the worlds by RFLong...

    I enjoy this style of build the most: (Examples: Craftsman, Victorian, Modern) It depends on which surroundings the build is in.. I have found builds I adore in every style, choose whatever style you are best at building and is fun for you!! :) I know I will love it!! <3

    I really don’t want this in my game: I don't like having to control a very large households, no more than three sims please!!

    I would or would not like lots in the following sizes: I prefer smaller lots, nothing larger than a 30 x 30 if it is a residential lot.. However, if the lot needs to be bigger because it is a special type of commercial lot, then go ahead and use whatever lot size you need...

    I want/don’t want berry sims: It is up to you buddy if you want to add berry sims, if you choose to, please just make the berry sim simply colorful, and human looking, (no plant people please).. If you would like to create sims (either human or berry) from another period in history (for example: sims wearing Tudor style clothing, or Space boots because of the style of the lot demands it) that would also be lovely! :) I have never played berry sims..

    I want/don’t want occult sims: No occult sims please! I prefer a realistic style of gameplay...

    I want/don’t want pets in the household Dear Buddy, It is up to you weather or not you want to add any pets.. However, I would be very grateful if they are low maintenance pets.. I do well with birds, fish or other small animals, dogs with the neat and non destructive trait, if it's cats please make them in pairs they keep each other company, please make sure they have all the pet essentials they require (pet-bed, scratching pole, litter box, etc.)... No horses, please, they require a lot of attention, :#

    Do you want your sims and/or pets skilled up for you? If so, how much? Just a couple of skill points would be awesome!! :) Pets do not need any skilling up, unless you want to.. ;)

    Are there certain skills you want skilled because you really like having them ready when you start with a new sim or household? I would be very grateful if new sims had a few skill points in cooking so they don't burn down the kitchen and a few handiness skill points would be very useful!!

    Are there particular skill items that you really like having in a build? It would be great if they had a kitchen with fairly good quality stove and fire alarm, also a computer and a bookshelf with some books for skill enhancement would be really helpful!

    How do your sims travel around town? Taxi ... vehicle ... bicycle/scooter ... horse ... broom? It depends on the lot, and the accommodations for vehicles.. I am happy with any mode of transportation.. I usually use either cars, scooter, motorcycles or bikes...

    Other: (Describe here anything that you’d really like that might or might not have been previously mentioned!) Dear Buddy, whatever you decide to create, for the Holiday Gift Exchange, I want you to know that I am very grateful for the time and effort you will put into making this wonderful gift for me!! I hope that whatever you decide to make that it expresses your sense of style and vision and that you have fun creating it!! I know I will love it!! <3

    For example, a good thing to mention here is if you would like a holiday build. Mention the holiday, colors and/or traditions associated with it along with a brief explanation if it isn’t a well-known holiday.

    I don't really have any holiday traditions or colors in mind, however, if you want to deck out the build out with Christmas cheer, then go ahead and enjoy incorporating any holiday build ideas that you may have!! My greatest hope is that we all have a wonderful time during this gift exchange!! :)<3


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