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We have a brand new Simmer feature, Bex has Nerdyth in the studio this week, why SolieSims invited Nectar in Newcrest to stop by from the gallery so we could get to know them better. Star brings us a brand new look at some of the latest Spark’d story submissions, we’ve got a plethora of Simmer’s Digest related challenges for you this week, our CC queen, Lady Sweet tart puts the spotlight on GopollsME a brilliant CC CAS creator, HipHipRenne has another brilliant building tip for you, and we wrap up the episode with your Sims 4, Sims Mobile and Sims Free Play news
Bring the Outside in
Building in Sims Mobile forces even the most architecturally talented players to be extremely creative. To build feature walls, striped walls, or interior structures, mobile Simmers must use the tools available to build the homes of their dreams.
On October 19th, the Sims 4 development team officially announced their newest expansion pack, Snowy Escape, The ice-blue render which accompanied the announcement revealed Sims snowboarding, rock climbing, and sledding to their pixelated hearts’ content.
Simmers everywhere embraced the news and buzzed about the pack’s possible contents. A towering tell-tale pagoda in the render’s background suggested an East Asian-inspired world. Indeed, SimGuruGraham later confirmed a new area called Mt. Komorebi. “Komorebi” is a Japanese word with no direct English translation. Loosely, the word describes the way light “escapes” or filters through a tree’s leaves on a sunny day. The reference heavily implies a new Japanese-inspired world.
Today, October 20th, the official Sims YouTube channel premiered the first Snowy Escape trailer at 8AM PST/11 AM EST.
Create a Sim Assets
This fresh new expansion comes with a slew of new clothing befitting the snowy theme. Namely, players can expect:
A few months ago, Simmers participated in an official Sims 4 survey. This survey asked players what they most desired in upcoming packs, and a snowy retreat complete with equally chilly activities topped the list. In addition, players entreated EA to include more diverse, less Eurocentric worlds and build items.
Snowy Escape delivers on this promise. Builders will be pleased to receive:
It wouldn’t be an expansion pack without expanding existing game play. Snowy Escape promises the following additions:
What are you looking forward to in this expansion pack? Tell us below in the comments!
Stay safe, stay warm, and happy Simming!
Snowy Escape: The Basics
The official Sims team revealed the newest Sims 4 expansion pack, Snowy Escape, on October 19th, 2020.
While the Sims 4 news cycle is generally predictable, involving a steady stream of off-hand hints and guru-generated clues in the weeks before a new expansion release, the days before the newest expansion pack release was eerily, in Pixelade’s words, “air-tight.”
There were no light-hearted hints this time, only a near stony silence from the Sim gurus.
However, all this changed early October 19th, when the official EA Twitter account broke its silence.
The newest pack art reveals not only Sims engaging in such snowy weather activities such as snowboarding and sledding, but also hinted at Asian-inspired architecture. Behind one of the Sims, who points at something in the distance, is a pagoda, the iconic type of building endemic to Chinese, Korean, and Japanese culture!
Sim Guru Graham later confirmed that, behind the scenes, the Sims team collaborated with Game Changers James Turner, Deligracy, Lil Simsie, and Simlicy to create this much-anticipated pack. He also said that players will experience Mt. Komorebi, a new world, October 20th at 8AM PT/11AM EST.
Simmers were quick to drum up excitement for this pack. Earlier this year, the Sims team rolled out a survey which asked players what they desired in future packs. A snowy getaway neared the top of the list alongside more diverse architectural representations.
Some Simmers, however, insist that the features of Snowy Escape should have been imbedded in the Seasons pack.
However, over all, player reception has been warm.
Snowy Escape: What to Expect
A few weeks ago, a few Simmers were quick to notice a brand new, snowy area on Lil Simsie’s screen. After screenshotting, the players informed the rest of the community that the next pack would involve snow. Back then, Simmers were largely wary of this idea and dismissed it as a deep fake.
The official unveiling confirms this accidental leak as truth. So what can we expect from this new pack?
Look forward to
-New, Asian inspired architecture like pagodas and curved, intricate bridges.
-New snow day activities such as snowboarding and sledding
-New, cold weather outerwear
-New environs which include mountains and mountain tops
-New activities which involve mountains such as rock climbing
And much more!
What are your hopes for the newest expansion pack? Tell us below! Keep it locked here for detailed updates and a closer look at the upcoming expansion pack!
Stay safe, stay warm, and happy Simming!
The Sims 4 team has officially kicked off the spooky Halloween season with a new round of Sims Spark’d!
As usual, Simmers can choose to participate in one of three categories: stylist, builder, or storyteller.
This challenge is all about crafting a new creature, “never seen” in the Sims universe before. Simmers must use CAS, build mode, and their own creative storytelling skills to create this creepy creature’s appearance, their abode, or their story.
What story will you tell?
Sims Mobile Vignettes
While a few of the key ingredients of a house are fairly obvious — bedrooms, a living space, a bathroom, and a kitchen— it can sometimes feel difficult to pin down just what combines to create a /home./
We’ve already discussed the power of clutter, which makes a house feel truly “lived in,” but another component of an authentic-looking home is well-placed vignettes.
In literature and film, a vignette is a small, but descriptive story that gives further insight into a character. In interior design, a vignette is a small area of a home that you stack interesting pieces into that please the eye or tell a story. This is often done with shelves, but any part of a home that tells a story, that exists mostly for decorative purposes, can reveal more about the people who live in the home— or in this case— about your Sims.
How to create a vignette
✔️Consider the season: gather seasonal plants or flowers and place them together on a shelf or in a yard. Felisha offers a great example with her pumpkin patch.
✔️Consider mood: Players can easily set a gloomy or creepy mood with a cluster of gravestones. Felisha does this too in her yard.
✔️Fill space: Empty corners are fabulous places for vignettes; stack bits and bobs on top of accent tables or crates for a farm house look. ShellyBee Sim does this with the Wumples vignette set.
✔️Keep it simple: No need to overcrowd each time! One lone item out of place can a tell a story all its own.
What are your favorite nooks in your home? Post them below in the comments!
The beginning of a new month brought a series of expected and important changes to the Sims Community. Sims Freeplay finally revealed their gamut of candy-colorful events, Sims Mobile rolled out their newest Treasure Hunt game mechanic with promises of a Sweet Treats event to follow soon afterward, and Sims 4 began its first round of complexion-correcting patches with a few added surprises, surprises.
The Sims FreePlay
After weeks of waiting and wondering, FreePlayers finally received the list of new events that would occupy them during October. In addition to an October 5th "Share your Care" live event that endows the participating player with living care bears, rainbow colored doors, striped flags, and lollipop-growing hedges, FreePlay will also offer players a combination of new and old fan-favorite events.
October 6th brought the Downtown Developer 3 event, though this rollout was not without hiccups. Players soon discovered they could not build what they needed for the event, and Gurus soon investigated and corrected the issue.
On October 12, the beloved "Ghost Flustered" event will return. This event awards players with fantasy skin colors such as red, green, blue, and more! Stay tuned on the Simmer's Digest website for exclusive walkthroughs to help you with this event.
A second season of Influence Island begins on October 16th, this time offering a collection of sleek kitchen cabinets, stoves, and mini-fridges alongside a few bedroom pieces like beds, sofas, and fireplaces. SimChase season 20 initiates October 20th, and it brings a host of Halloween-themed items like bare, monstrous trees, moon lamps. jack-o-lanterns, the coveted trick-or-sweet bear and much more.
Daring Dos, a hobby event that awards the player female hairstyles, returns to the game October 29th, and Simmers can expect a new maternity event on that day as well. If this were not all, the paperboy will deliver twice the rewards between October 28th and November 7th.
The Sims Mobile
While the Sims Mobile had already unveiled their new Treasure Hunt event, which began September 28th, the developers also released blog notes that further described what Simmers can expect in the coming weeks. Developers made a large improvement to the LlamaZoom mechanic: task cards that used to ask for “any relationship, career, or hobby event” now only ask for “any event.” This means Eco Workshop, Treasure Hunting, and Sweet Treat events now count toward standard and long LlamaZoom task cards. In addition, the likelihood of these "any event" cards increased in this patch.
Sims Mobile developers also noted that the Foxbury Institute Sweet Treats would begin October 12th and offer players the following items:
-Foxbury Lobster mascot costume (body & head) for male and female Sims
Royal Box Prizes:
Sweet Box Prizes:
-Dorm room bookcase
-Energy drink wall poster
-Stack of books
-Tracksuit pants for female Sims
-Cardigan for male Sims
A curious Wumples event triggered in-game October 4th, offering players a jail cell toilet and soap shelf. (No, we aren't kidding.)
There will be another Wumples event come October 18th that offers players some much needed menswear.
Lastly, the patch added new items to Eco Workshop. Players can now craft soft launch loyalty rewards such as a suit of armor, a bear outfit, and a plush men's lounge robe. Players can also craft a few items from an older illamanati quest: suits, a frilled shirt for women, and a sweat suit top.
Naturally, this half of the update came with new purchasable packs: the "Keep it Kitsch" and the "Back in Business" pack.
Available from October 11th for $6.99 USD, "Keep it Kitschy" offers players:
-Exquisitely delicate decanter
-Fernando the Flamingo
-Art Deco Print
-Beautiful Beaded curtain
-Tropical neon light
-Malt Shop Jukebox
"Back in Business" will trigger in-game October 18th for $9.99 USD. It offers an all female wardrobe which includes:
-Enterprising Individual Suit
-Terrific Tartan Pants
-Patterned Pencil Skirt
-The Business Blouse
The Sims 4
Meanwhile, Sims 4 unleashed a patch of their own October 6th. This patch, meant to correct existing, splotchy skin tones, opened to mixed reviews. Game Changers and YouTubers alike pointed out that the color around Sim noses, eyes, and mouths is still inconsistent. This color correction accompanied a surprise free base game update to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In a pop-up Twitch stream, Sim Gurus shared that the skin tone update would include a few CAS and build items to celebrate Hispanic culture. Bright jerseys and jackets bearing the butterfly, a symbol of peaceful migration, can now be found in Create-a-Sim. Simmers can also enjoy brand new grills, fresh cultural grill recipes, and lovely murals in build-buy. Many Simmers are still eagerly looking forward to hints about the next Sims 4 expansion pack, and they are lifting their eyes to December, when Maxis has promised new skin tones and skin tone sliders in an upcoming patch.
That's it for for now, but keep it locked on the Simmer's Digest website. We keep you informed day and night!
Stay safe, wash your hands, VOTE, and happy Simming.