Patch repair: A quick update!

Written by Ella

Game patch 1.102.190 released on October 31, 2023 had a small but significant impact on a couple of the Basemental Mods, specifically the larger adult mods. But don’t worry – Basemental Mods are resilient, and the issues have been promptly addressed to ensure a seamless gaming experience.

The recent game patch not only caused some issues with Basemental Mods but also introduced an exciting new feature: Discovery Quests. These quests are a fresh addition to The Sims 4, offering players an opportunity to explore the game in a whole new way. Discovery Quests are all about uncovering the hidden gems and nuances of the game, helping players discover the rich tapestry of gameplay that The Sims 4 has to offer.

With Discovery Quests, you can embark on various in-game adventures that guide you through different aspects of your Sims’ lives. They act as your virtual tour guides, pointing out key elements of gameplay and helping you learn about the features and activities that are essential for a fantastic Sims 4 experience. Whether you’re interested in your Sims’ finances, their needs, skill development, smartphone capabilities, aspirations, or the world beyond their home, there’s a Discovery Quest for you.

Moreover, what makes these quests even more appealing is the possibility of claiming in-game rewards upon completion. The developers have introduced a system where you can earn valuable rewards for your Sims, ranging from Simoleons to potions and even satisfaction points. As you progress through each Discovery Quest, you’ll not only gain a deeper understanding of the game but also reap the benefits in the form of in-game assets to enhance your Sims’ lives.

For instance, you can take the “Scoring Simoleons” quest to explore various ways your Sims can earn money and earn some Simoleons of your own. “Navigating Needs” helps you understand the different needs your Sims have and how to keep them happy, while “Skillful Sims” teaches you how to help your Sims gain new skills and level up their lives. “You and Your Phone” explores the vast capabilities of your Sims’ smartphones, and “Lifelong Aspirations” delves into the world of Sims’ aspirations. “Always on the Move” lets your Sims experience new worlds beyond their homes.

Intrigued by these quests and want to get started? You can access the Discovery Quests settings in the Game Options, specifically under Tutorials & Tips. This new feature promises to be a delightful addition for players seeking a more structured and guided experience in The Sims 4, making it easier for both newcomers and seasoned players to explore the game’s intricate details.

But that’s not all that came with the recent update. The patch also introduced a context-aware profanity checking system for all Gallery Uploads, Comments, and Player Bios in all languages supported by The Sims 4, and quite a few bug fixes. You can read up on the full patch notes here.

 

So, whether you’re excited about the new Discovery Quests or appreciative of the efforts to maintain a friendly gaming space, this latest game patch has something for everyone in the vibrant world of The Sims 4.

new patch and a couple of kits

Written by Ella

Hello, Simmers! The Sims 4 is continually evolving, and The Sims team recently released a new patch that contained a bunch of bug fixes, accompanied by two exciting kits that should bring fresh experiences to your Sims’ lives. 

The Latest Patch – Gameplay Enhancements:

Base Game

The latest patch brings numerous improvements to the game. Duplicate items in the Gallery have been resolved, ensuring you find unique content without clutter. Comment reporting now works as intended, enhancing your Gallery experience. Favoriting items will display correctly, even after restarting the game. Additionally, parenting experiences have been refined.

Gallery Server

The Gallery experience gets better with trending hashtags returning to help you discover exciting content. Download and Favorite counts now display accurately. Gallery search, both in-game and via the web, has been optimized, making it easier to find and engage with the community.

City Living

Creative book writing Sims can now submit book copies to the literary digest via the mailbox, adding depth to their careers.

Growing Together

Fundamental skills will no longer reset to level 1 after maxing them out. Additionally, water-based activities are now more enjoyable, as groups of Sims can play together in splash pads and water emitters.

Introducing New Kits – Fresh Gameplay Experiences:

  1. The Poolside Splash Kit: Embrace summer with The Poolside Splash Kit! Transform your Sim’s backyard into the ultimate pool party spot. This kit introduces new pool accessories, vibrant swimwear, and dazzling pool designs for a splashy and stylish experience.

  2. The Modern Luxe Kit: Elevate your Sim’s home with The Modern Luxe Kit. Discover sleek, contemporary furniture and decor items, perfect for crafting a luxurious, upscale living space. Your Sims can now live the sophisticated life they’ve always dreamed of.

So, update your game, explore these enhancements, and dive into the new kits to elevate your Sims’ lives. Happy Simming! For detailed patch notes, check out the official patch notes.

Some Mod Creators you should know

Written by Ella

In the world of The Sims 4, players have the ability to customize and enhance their experience through a vast array of user-generated mods. These mods can range from minor adjustments to major overhauls, adding new gameplay mechanics, objects, or even entire worlds to explore. However, while many of these mods contain mature or adult content, it’s also important to highlight the creators who focus on producing safe for work (SFW) content.

So, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the amazing creators who contribute to the rich and diverse community of The Sims 4 mods. They have brought joy to many players’ hearts and allowed them to take their Sims 4 experience to new heights.

🌟 LittleMsSam: A household name in the modding community, LittleMsSam offers a treasure trove of gameplay-enhancing mods. From “SimDa Dating App” to “More Buyable Venues,” her creations add depth and realism to our virtual lives. Explore her creations here.

🎨 Frankk: Infusing both artistry and practicality, Frankk has gifted the community with the “Language Barriers” mod. This unique creation adds depth to the Sims’ interactions, mimicking language struggles and breakthroughs. Discover more about this fascinating mod and his other creations on his portfolio.

🏡 Ravasheen: Elevating interior design to new heights, Ravasheen expertly infuses her creations like “Pet Toys” and “Cozy Clutter” with functional gameplay elements. These items not only beautify spaces but also enhance Sims’ lives. Delve into her enchanting designs on her website.

🍔 IceMunMun: For culinary enthusiasts, IceMunMun’s food-themed mods, from gourmet grilled cheese to herbalism, add a flavorful twist to the Sim life. Explore her mouthwatering offerings here.

🛋️ Lot51: Infusing elegance, Lot51’s creations encompass the “Modern Rugs” and “Comfy Living” sets. Additionally, Lot51 has developed a valuable tool, the TDESC Browser, designed to simplify mod management for fellow mod authors. Dive into their world of aesthetics and utility on their page and explore the TDESC Browser in more detail here.

These SFW mod creators, though a small handful of a much larger pool of extraordinarily talented minds, showcase that creativity knows no bounds. Let’s applaud their contributions to The Sims 4 community, as they collectively make our virtual worlds richer and more exciting. Support their hard work by exploring their websites and integrating their mods into your gameplay.

Your Sims will undoubtedly thank you for it!

Horse Ranch EP: First impressions

Written by Ella

The Sims 4 recently  released its newest expansion pack, Horse Ranch, and it’s every horse lover’s dream come true. The expansion pack brings a whole new level of customization to the game, allowing you to breed, train, and care for horses in a new region filled with countryside scenery and trails.

The Horse Ranch expansion pack adds new interactions for Sims and horses, such as grooming, training, and riding. Players can customize their own horses by choosing colors, patterns, and even their traits. All of these horse attributes will determine how well they perform on various types of terrain and in competitions.

The new region, Chestnut Ridge, located on the outskirts of the city, is filled with beautiful landscapes, rolling hills, and vast meadows. It is the perfect place to build a ranch and focus on your horse breeding and training. You can also take your horse on a trail ride throughout the countryside, or compete in horse competitions and earn rewards.

Aside from horse-related features, the Horse Ranch expansion pack offers new clothing options and hairstyles for your Sims to wear while they’re galloping through the countryside. The expansion pack also includes new furniture items for your home that will help turn your house into an equestrian haven.

One of the most exciting features of the Horse Ranch expansion pack is the introduction of horse breeding. Sims can breed horses to create purebred foals with traits that make them better suited for various types of terrain. Once the foals are born, players can train them in various skills like jumping or endurance, and then sell them to other Sims or keep them for their stable. Breeding successful horses can also lead to fame and accolades for your Sim, increasing their social value within the community.

The Horse Ranch expansion pack brings a refreshing level of customization to The Sims 4 and adds a whole new dimension to gameplay. With so many new features and interactions, players can explore and experience the thrill of equestrianism within this virtual world. 

In conclusion, the Horse Ranch expansion pack is a great addition to The Sims 4 franchise. Whether you’re a die-hard horse lover, or just looking for a new way to engage with the game, the Horse Ranch expansion pack offers an enjoyable and immersive experience. From breeding, training, and competing with your horses, to exploring the beautiful countryside and bonding with your animals, this expansion pack has something for every horse enthusiast.

Wait, wait - back up: Prepare for updates!

Written by Shunn

If you’ve ever felt a little panic when you see UPDATE REQUIRED, you are not alone. If you are a mod user, how will you prepare for updates?

Upcoming Sims 4 expansion packs often brings a lot of gameplay changes as well as backend script and tuning changes. While Simmers anticipate the arrival of new features, mod developers are also expecting… to have their mods broken by these expansion packs and subsequently  have to spend the hours/days post patch in repair mode to get their mods working again.

Definitely get excited by expansion packs, but also get your Mods folder ready so you don’t do irreparable damage to your saves after the pre-expansion patch drops.

  • Consider manual updates over automatic updates. In the EA game Launcher, you can toggle Sims 4 automatic updates ON or OFF. This will give you time to back up game saves and check if your favorite mods are compatible with new updates.
  • Back up your game saves! You can find them in your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\saves. Put the slot files (ex: Slot_0000001f.save) in a separate folder on your Desktop or a flash drive. If your favorite family crashes with an update, you won’t have to plead to the grim reaper for your save file.
  • Delete the localthumbcache.package from the Sims 4 folder. This file might be holding on to old versions of mods or custom content that are no longer compatible and will cause issues with your game. In fact it is recommended to delete this file after making any changes to your Mods folder.
  • Move all your mods and cc from your mods folder into a temporary folder on your desktop. Most mod creators make post-update announcements on their website or Discord. Sims VIP also maintains a Broken/Updated mods list you might find helpful. Move mods from your temporary desktop folder to your Mods folder when you know they are compatible.
  • It is highly likely you need to re-download a lot of mods. Be sure to delete old versions of mods from your Mods folder when updating to the new and repaired versions.
  • Check the creator’s website or Patreon for announcements or to download the latest version. Some mod creators also have a Discord channel where you can check for post-update announcements and join the conversation about mod changes.

Are you on Discord yet?

In case you never even heard about it, Discord is an instant messaging platform. Users can communicate via voice calls, video calls text messaging, media and files in private chats or Discord servers. The servers are basically persistent chat rooms and voice chat channels which can be accessed via invite links.

Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux and in web browsers. As of 2021, the service has over 350 million registered users and over 150 million monthly active users.

Now that we got the wikipedia copy-pasta out of the way, why should you be on Discord? 

Mainly due to the Basemental Mods Discord Server, where you can get real time support, chat with likeminded people and get instant announcement regarding mod updates and other news.

What are you waiting for?

  • Consider manual updates over automatic updates. In the EA game Launcher, you can toggle Sims 4 automatic updates ON or OFF. This will give you time to back up game saves and check if your favorite mods are compatible with new updates.
  • Back up your game saves! You can find them in your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\saves. Put the slot files (ex: Slot_0000001f.save) in a separate folder on your Desktop or a flash drive. If your favorite family crashes with an update, you won’t have to plead to the grim reaper for your save file.
  • Delete the localthumbcache.package from the Sims 4 folder. This file might be holding on to old versions of mods or custom content that are no longer compatible and will cause issues with your game. In fact it is recommended to delete this file after making any changes to your Mods folder.
  • Move all your mods and cc from your mods folder into a temporary folder on your desktop. Most mod creators make post-update announcements on their website or Discord. Sims VIP also maintains a Broken/Updated mods list you might find helpful. Move mods from your temporary desktop folder to your Mods folder when you know they are compatible.
  • It is highly likely you need to re-download a lot of mods. Be sure to delete old versions of mods from your Mods folder when updating to the new and repaired versions.
  • Check the creator’s website or Patreon for announcements or to download the latest version. Some mod creators also have a Discord channel where you can check for post-update announcements and join the conversation about mod changes.
Want To Translate The Mods?

If you are interested in translating mods but don’t know where to start, here is a nifty little tutorial for you. Courtesy of MizoreYukii.

Once you have finished translating any of Basemental’s mods, be it one of the smaller ones like Eco Hacks or the larger adult themed mods head over to the Basemental Mods Discord Server.

Once logged into the Discord Server, please contact any member of the Support Team to gain access to the channel specifically created for translators. We will take it from there to ensure your translation is featured directly on the website.