Being a continual sufferer of re-startitus, I wondered what makes other people quit their games and start all over again?
Do you use the same lots? The same sims?
For me, I can be trundling along quite nicely when I suddenly get new ideas *oh, I should have done such and such* and think the best way to implement said ideas is by starting all over again... it's like a curse! I never get further than a couple of sim years (28 day seasons). I've never reached a 3rd generation.
So I will go back to my 'starter' save where I have set up all my favourite lots - sometimes I will change a couple of lots that I'm bored with or no longer like - and I will mostly play all the same sims in my rotation but with the new ideas implemented. I think I need to switch it up a bit this time!
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New packs add new features, I need to include them to my game.
It's also a good way to clean up the mess caused by the updates. For example the missing tables/chairs caused by Sharing is caring NAP.
Some fixes are only applied to a new game (Missing DJ booth in Windenburg, missing wallpaper in San Myshuno, ...).
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next reasons to restart would be
1. save breaking beyond repair
(less likely now that I don't use mods but still possible)
2. Wanting to make completely different story for sims ive already played
(but i have decided to redirect that passion to playing more sims rather than constantly replaying same ones so i am still very much preoccupied with just playing every sim through once for a while)
3. wanting to rebuild world/lots ive already built
(but ive also decided to just work on completing all worlds all lots in one save now rather than using endless hours on that one favourite lot)
I often restart because I wasn't fully committed to the story that was forming in my mind as I created a new sim or gave my simself a makeover for that save. When that happens, I know re-startitus is coming because I can't make up my mind what season to even begin in. Then there's the indecision about what world or what lot to start in. That's another sure sign re-startitus is coming.
Going back to my first point, not being committed the story, that is usually because I can't decide what career I want that particular sim to go for. I may start out wanting them to be...a scientist, but then I get the save started and suddenly think no, I want them to be a writer instead. No problem switch careers right? Not for me, because once I start rethinking that, then I start rethinking every other detail, and that brings my OCD into it...and re-startitus. When my OCD gets involved I will usually find something I don't like, normally it's something about the lot I don't like. It just spirals downward from there if I don't just start over from scratch.
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I have started playing rotationally with my main save which I've made into a story thread. That has helped put a lid on things. I have gone backwards to an old save point a few times, so I guess you could call that a mild case of acute re-startitus instead of my usual chronic form.
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Blimey, the game is rapidly closing in on ten years old...
I think I keep one really old save since the beginning though. It serves as the experimental save for all my untested whims and idea I don't want to bring into one of my played saves until I've seen the result.
My restartitis generally has me sometimes playing new Sims on the same save though since I like catching my new couple in the background doing their own thing.
Also, I've noticed that I kept restarting my Darknight Couple (based on Batman & Batgirl) way too many times. So now I'm just going to leave them married & parents to their little girl Robin; I'm even thinking of getting them to have another baby but this time a boy. However, I have to think of another name because having two Robins in one family is silly.
Another time I restart my game is because one of my favorite sims has died from hilarious so to get them back I make sure I don't save so I can just go back to the last save & prevent the death from happening.
FYI: I kind of figured it out how to prevent sims from getting to giddy so their mood doesn't turn into hilarious. I get them some inspired plaques & inspired potions. It seems to help them.
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The Blue Moon Jukebox
But I'd like to start a new save because I think a new save might work better. Not that my current save is super buggy. What can I say... the idea of a fresh new save is just tempting I guess I might also be tempted because everything is quite well in my current save and I have good plans how to continue and... maybe things are going too well and I feel like my job is done?
Anyway, I think I won't start a new save yet. Maybe later when I can move my main sims easier. I'd like to use existing sims for a new save, because it's nice to have something familiar to start with.
As for most of my other saves, if a story isn't working well or if I take a disliking to a sim I made, I don't start over with them. I either incorporate elements of those partly developed tales or characters into other stories or get rid of them entirely. Occasionally I'll go back to an earlier story premise once enough time has passed to let me see it with fresh perspective, but more often I move on to something new. After all, there are infinite stories to be made, and even if I live a thousand years I'd barely scratch the surface, anyway.
Because I can't; I keep all sigs turned off.
Still another time, a couple of kind-hearted players put me onto the way for my Rock Star to earn Accolades for his music! This was worth starting all over again. This save wasn't without it's troubles, however. Turns out the much preferred three-week season was behind the glitches in the Starlight Accolade Show, that sometimes just wouldn't happen. I reluctantly removed it and went to two-week seasons, instead, after starting all over again. Things were going well, but then MWS came out. I wanted my Rock Star and his wife to have the wedding I could never give them. I have that one saved, along with the one where he earned 17 Accolades. (For this one I'm waiting until the Road to Fame mod is updated.
The wedding finally happened, but again, not without glitches. The one prior they did the full slow dance for which I have pictures. In the current save, I've dubbed REDUX, things are going reasonably well. I'm up to Uni, although I've only written and posted through their honeymoon.
I've gotten this family (in the past) up to their six children before things went awry. All of these later attempts are just to get back to that point. Patches are my enemy despite making copies of the save and doing what we're told to do to safeguard it.
But, I'm having a blast!
Don't worry about your restarts. It's a lot like writing a book. If a chapter goes in the wrong direction, you simply rewrite it until you get what you need from it. At least, that's how I view it.
I could do that, too. I lost both Dirk Dreamer and most recently, Thorne Bailey. I never played them, but never expected to lose them, either. Drat the NS!
If I get bored then I rotate or add a new sim or a bunch of new sims. As pretty much every sim in the game is now one of mine there is a consistent look and feel across the game.
Now if this was an RPG or an MMO then I have a serious case of restartitus or way too many alts. In FF14 I have to force myself not to do alts because you can do everything on one character. In EVE Online, so many alts!
I love character creators, and well, this game is the top dog there
Shake dreams from your hair
My pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day and choose the sign of your day
The day's divinity....
The Ghost Song - Jim Morrison