Refresh for Outdoor Retreat Ideas Featuring Old Favorites

redrogue60redrogue60 Posts: 1,849 Member
Now that we made some fantastic strides for Spa Day I hope that we can in turn make some significant inroads for Outdoor Retreat. Here is my list for Outdoor Retreat. Much of what is being suggested involves just a bit of pack-integration that is perfectly fine to be unlockable if you have all the related packs.

1st and foremost. IF Werewolves are introduced into the Sims 4, I think we should have a pack of Timber Wolves in Granite Falls. This is a callback to when you had to get nibbled by a wolf in Sims 2 in order to become a werewolf. The animal is fitting in this area. And seriously given the fact we already have dogs this won't be that hard on you.

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The Nibbling Wolf from Sims 2
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***Many people on this post have mentioned the Hiking System from Snowy Escape and bringing it to this zone as well. I say most emphatically yes! Group Hiking, Taking the Dogs Hiking, Hiking with the Kiddos. Yes to it all.


Activities & Features
  • Arm Wrestling
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  • Axe Throwing Station
  • Learning The Slap Dance & Chest Pound Gesture
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    Chest Pound Greeting & Meeting Big Foot
  • Bird Watching This would have been an especially fine thing to do in Cottage Living as well. Bird Watching is big in GB. Matter of fact the argyle sweater and skirt outfit would be welcome back as well.
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  • Backpacks
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  • Playing the Harmonica
  • Sleeping Bags
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    Sleeping Bags used in a Slumber Party
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  • Chopping Wood
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  • Hammock
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  • The Log Rolling Station
  • The Bigfoot
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  • Update a spot in the zone to make it a rock climbing spot
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  • Panning for Gold
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  • Update the Lake for Swimming
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  • Spelunking Cave - Based off of Snowy Escape
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  • El Bandito the Raccoon and the Stinky Skunk

  • Maple Syrup Collection
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  • Yurts for Glamping
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  • Moon Phases
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  • Fog
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Additional Recipes
  • Chicken Pot Pie Recipe - From Bon Voyage Three Lakes - If we don't have it already
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  • Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans
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  • Steak and Eggs
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  • Smoked Bacon
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  • Smoked Salmon
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  • Smoked Sausage
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  • Smoked Brisket
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  • Cornbread - Frankly I wouldn't mind if all the cornbread recipes applied to Baking. But I've been saying for ages that Baking should be UPDATED to a Base Game Skill and all the things that would be easier to find Baking to be found there.
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  • Tomato Cornbread
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  • Blueberry Cornbread with Honey
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  • Maple Syrup Snow Candy
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  • Maple Syrup Fudge
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  • Trail Mix
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Buy
  • Dog House in the Log Cabin Style - Because people want dog houses. They want cooler dog beds too
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  • Buffalo Plaid Pet Bed
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  • Cowhide Print Pet Bed
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  • Buffalo Plaid Dog Sweater
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  • Porch Swing - Different Styles pictured not just for Log Cabins
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  • Water Canteen
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  • Hiking Stick
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  • A Beary Good Friend Statue
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  • The Sims 1 Bear Skin Rug (Thank You Simmingal)
  • The Big Ol' Glory Tree Ring
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  • Cabinet or Medicine Cabinet for the Herbalism Remedies
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  • Cigar Store Indian
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  • The Heinmity Column
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  • Huuuuge Bill Statue
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  • The Mountain Man's Lighter Lamp
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  • Not Really Antlers Display
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  • Redwood Hot Tub
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  • Small Telescope
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  • Survival of the Fittest Chandelier
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  • A small Sims 1 - Vacation throwback
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  • Sofa in Cowhide Print
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  • Smoker - and please make it work with (snaps to counters and comes in colors that compliment) already existing Outdoor Kitchen grills and counters
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Build - Frankly the rental properties in Outdoor retreat are UGLY. The wall textures are just clapboard and not log cabin, which if we were trying to make something beautiful log cabin would have been better.

1. Log Cabin Wall Textures
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2. Beautiful
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3. Large Stone Fireplaces that we can place a TV above
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4. If you add cars and garages add a garage door this attractive
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5. Post & Beam Gables - Actually Gables in general would be great
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6. Front Door for a Log Cabin
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7. Stairase, Fence, Columns, Railings
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8. Ground Edging as seen here
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9. Log Cabin Windows (Thank you Mod the Sims for the Sims 2 pictures)
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10. Porch Screens
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Post edited by redrogue60 on
“All mushrooms are edible, but some only once.” Terry Pratchett

Comments

  • SimmingalSimmingal Posts: 4,527 Member
    edited September 2021
    Yessss to all of this
    but I want telescope like this
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    and with color option --->
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    aaand I also want
    • real bears
    •swimmable lake
    •world made liveable just like other worlds cause at this point of game vacation restriction is rather irritating

    we could also have bear rug as it has made appearance in few older sims games

    I'd especially love it with interactions
    Claire-The-Bear.jpg also especially fun in brown swatch

    and bear phase sims could be very sad when they see it in house

    oh and also that moose head
  • redrogue60redrogue60 Posts: 1,849 Member
    Simmingal wrote: »
    Yessss to all of this
    but I want telescope like this
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    and with color option --->
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    aaand I also want
    • real bears
    •swimmable lake
    •world made liveable just like other worlds cause at this point of game vacation restriction is rather irritating

    we could also have bear rug as it has made appearance in few older sims games

    I'd especially love it with interactions
    Claire-The-Bear.jpg also especially fun in brown swatch

    and bear phase sims could be very sad when they see it in house

    oh and also that moose head

    You know I forgot about the bear skin rug from Sims 1. It was quite a time ago. I concur
    “All mushrooms are edible, but some only once.” Terry Pratchett
  • catloverplayercatloverplayer Posts: 90,243 Member
    Good ideas here are mine

    Hammocks both single and double. Double hammocks for couples to kiss and cuddle.

    RV's

    Make the waterfall lake swimmable

    Boats that hold 2 sims

    Hiking like we have in Snowy Escape
  • Mak27Mak27 Posts: 571 Member
    Bear rug

    Wood chopping

    Axe throwing

    Log rolling

    Swimming in the lake

    Slap dance
  • RememberJoyRememberJoy Posts: 680 Member
    Based on the refresh we got from Spa Day, I think new animations will be kept to a minimum; all we got was a new nail painting animation. So taking that into consideration here's what I'd like to see added to an Outdoor Retreat refresh.

    1. Camping outfits for toddlers. Since toddlers didn't exist at the time this pack released, they have no camping gear of their own. I'd love to see outfits with little back-packs like the ones from SE and CoL, a little bear onesy, and hiking boots and flannel shirts.
    2. Unlock the world or allow insects to spawn in other worlds. I'd love to live in Granite falls, but if that is not possible for some reason, I'd like to be able to collect insects in all worlds so that herbalism can be more useful.
    3. More wildlife. They can even reuse the foxes and rabbits from CoL for all I care. Maybe if you befriend them they will bring you an insect, herb, or fish to help with your collection.
    4. Hiking. If they could implement the hiking system from SE to work in Granite falls it might make it more fun for groups to do together. They could even make different types of hikes that would produce different results: a foraging hike where they would autonomously gather herbs and insects, a relaxing hike that would relieve negative moodlets, or an exploratory hike where they may run into dangerous creepy crawlies but also have a chance of finding a rare or valuable item.
    5. Update or add new furniture options. Being the first GP, the BB and CAS are not as nice looking as more recent assets. I know they didn't really touch any of the old stuff in Spa Day's refresh, so I think our best bet is new versions of the originals.
    6. Gathering wood to make a fire. Sims would have to forage around for wood, and if they gather enough, they'd be able to create a fire on any open piece of ground, on or off lot. This is something both kids and toddlers could help with.
    7. A new activity. Be it axe throwing or archery, this pack could really use more for our sims to do. I'd personally like it to be something all ages could do together, but I'm not exactly sure what that would be.
  • EliteGirlEliteGirl Posts: 523 Member
    edited September 2021
    I also would like to see the bear skin rug, double and single hammocks, log cabins, panning for gold and the arm wrestling. I think the Native American statue might be controversial and stereotypical.I also would like the world of Granite Falls unlocked, so that way people can live there and enjoy the outdoors, the wilderness as long as they want.

    How about singing around the campfire with someone playing the guitar and being told scary stories? That could be an outdoor activity for all ages. I also like the suggestion of backpacks.
  • redrogue60redrogue60 Posts: 1,849 Member
    edited September 2021
    EliteGirl wrote: »
    I also would like to see the bear skin rug, double and single hammocks, log cabins, panning for gold and the arm wrestling. I think the Native American statue might be controversial and stereotypical.I also would like the world of Granite Falls unlocked, so that way people can live there and enjoy the outdoors, the wilderness as long as they want.

    How about singing around the campfire with someone playing the guitar and being told scary stories? That could be an outdoor activity for all ages. I also like the suggestion of backpacks.

    You can actually see such statues in many touristy places still. Maybe it might ruffle some feathers but who knows everything ruffles feather these days.

    As for the bear rug. I'll add it to my list so that it's seen immediately. It's the least I can do for those who promptly added their ideas to my thread.

    “All mushrooms are edible, but some only once.” Terry Pratchett
  • ArarineArarine Posts: 116 Member
    We also need a lot of new camping menu and this is opportunity for more woodworking. I see some add on cc for this pack. Would be great chance to make furniture to complete set. Also We need sleeping bag (and snowy escape futon is great too)
    Wish more Recipe/harvestable/gametable/woodwork/craftable
    Wish live in business
    Wish more interactive between sims and activity
    Wish a lot of refresh and update
    Wish more functional tea pot
    Wish Better resize
    Wish for another colour upgrade swatch
    Fix the bug please
  • mxHJDmxHJD Posts: 7 New Member
    Yes to all of OP’s suggestions! Only one to add - perhaps bring fairies back??
  • redrogue60redrogue60 Posts: 1,849 Member
    mxHJD wrote: »
    Yes to all of OP’s suggestions! Only one to add - perhaps bring fairies back??

    I actually thought Bigfoot and wolves are a better fit here. I would be very please to get Bigfoot for just this and add Timberwolves with Werewolves. I thought Fairies were a much better fit for Cottage Living.
    “All mushrooms are edible, but some only once.” Terry Pratchett
  • TuskorTuskor Posts: 11 New Member
    OMG yes to all
  • ChadSims2ChadSims2 Posts: 4,407 Member
    Making the lake open for swimming is my top priority for this pack camping without being able to swim in the lake is just horrible. Things like group hiking and summer camp system for kids are also things I'd love to see if this pack is ever refreshed.
    Sims 4 went from "You Rule" to "One of the stories we want you to tell"
  • Tellie86Tellie86 Posts: 36 Member
    edited September 2021
    I have been thinking a lot on how to update outdoor retreat.
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  • kad1116akad1116a Posts: 12 New Member
    I love it. Outdoor Retreat was the first game pack I believe and all of this would make it so must better. Plus bring back the bear rug. I'm not sure about move phases though as I believe it would of with werewolves and werewolves need to be fleshed out don't want it getting the Aliens or PlantSims treatment.
  • SerraNolwenSerraNolwen Posts: 553 Member
    There are a lot of interesting suggestions here! Some look a little ambitious, but it never hurts to throw ideas out there.

    Personnally, here are the things I'd want :

    Cross-pack functionality for the herbalism skill : Allow us to make sunscreen to prevent sunburn with Seasons, and make new recipes or update current ones so they can help with the creatures in Jungle Adventures and Snowy Escape, for instance.

    Updated world : I'd love for the world to be livable, now that we can put rental lots anywhere, and if it's possible, to make the lake swimmable (maybe with the addition of canoes or kayaks?).

    Extra activities, though those would likely require new animations (some more complex than others, in these suggestions). It could be things like archery, axe-throwing, "obstacle courses" (crawling under nets, climbing a more natural-looking wall, stepping on logs, swinging from a rope into water or some such) (this one might also fit in a Strangerville update, considering the military career), whittling (new woodworking items including some wooden toys and the ability to make some of the smaller items without the woodworking station). A new wind instrument would be amazing (harmonica or recorder). I'd like a portable telescope added.

    Extra build-buy assets (the pack was kind of light on those, and more furniture to build and furnish cool-looking log cabins would be awesome.
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