EA Has Surprised Me

I am currently boycotting EA Games for many reasons, not the least of which is my last customer service interaction with them. I installed Origin today, though, because I already had a couple of games acquired through it and figured that was the easiest way to find out if they ever got ported to Mac (unlikely though that may be).

When I logged in, however, the number of games in my library was three times what I expected. Is this related to that terrible customer service experience, or something else? Continue reading

Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard – New Link, Suspended Indefinitely

Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard 2.00

Greetings, all. It’s been a while since I made any mention of this thing. Last time I did so was in a response to a comment. 4shared now requires a signup to download the file; I said I would get it back on Google Drive and promptly forgot to do so. I have done so. The sheet is now available here. Hopefully the link will work for everyone.

That said, I have decided that I will never give EA my money again. I also plan to refuse any gifts of EA products. This means I will not be playing any more Sims games than the one I have, and the current version, 2.00 (good up through the Showtime expansion), is the last to come from me.

At some point, someone commented asking me for permission to update the spreadsheet since I wasn’t. I granted that permission, but have no link to share with you guys. If someone knows where to find the version being upkept by someone else, please tell me so I can spread the word.

PyroFalkon’s Sims 3 Socialism Challenge

PyroFalkon's The Sims 3 Socialism Challenge

My friend PyroFalkon is a huge fan of The Sims. He was the one who introduced me to the Legacy Challenge, which has taken over how I play The Sims. He has created a new challenge which he calls the Sims 3 Socialism Challenge and is currently beta testing it in Let’s Play form on his YouTube channel.

I’ve enjoyed watching it and since much of my blog traffic is drawn to my Legacy Challenge scorecard spreadsheet, maybe some of you will like the Socialism Challenge, too. Today I’ll talk about the rules PyroFalkon has set up and my thoughts on how things have gone so far. Continue reading

The Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard Spreadsheet v2.00

Well, it’s been forever since I updated my Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard Spreadsheet. This new version is usable with every expansion up to and including Showtime.

On the Aspiration Rewards Worksheet, I included the Young Again Potion and the Age Freezing Potion for completeness, even though I think they violate the spirit of the challenge. I did not include most of the Pets aspiration rewards because they are usable on pets only and pets are not bloodline.

Sorry it’s taken so long. The spreadsheet (.xls) can be downloaded from 4shared. The newest version of the spreadsheet can always be accessed from here, though as of this edit (August 4, 2013) the spreadsheet is on indefinite hiatus because I am boycotting EA.

The MacEpic Legacy: Movin’ Up

It’s been a while since I played The Sims 3, and a while since the MacEpic family got any love. I’ve played since my last update, though I didn’t report on what happened. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things, but here are the basics.

I went ahead and had Frederick and Elisabeth have another child. It’s another boy, and I named him Jack. I currently have no plans for a specific Lifetime Wish for him. He’s in elementary school now, and is already a Genius, Insane, and a light sleeper. He may be hell to raise, and I may feed him to the time stream rather quickly. His brothers, on the other hand… Continue reading

Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard Spreadsheet Link Fix

Someone was kind enough to let me know that my Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard Spreadsheet download link was in fail mode. Since I can’t figure out what the problem is, I’ve moved hosting for the spreadsheet to 4shared. (Edit: There’s a new version.) My apologies to anyone who’s been frustrated by the busted link.

Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard Spreadsheet v1.2

The newest version of my Sims 3 Legacy Challenge scorecard spreadsheet is here, updated with the new lifetime wants and rewards from Ambitions.

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Lifetime wants and aspirations from the expansion packs are now highlighted: orange for World Adventures and blue for Ambitions. Because of the latter, the overall color scheme is now green.

The new sheet can be downloaded via Google Documents via 4shared. (Edit: There’s a new version.) It is an .xls file with no macros in it. Although I crafted it in Office 2007, it uses only basic formulas, so there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues with older versions of Office or with OpenOffice. If you do have any problems, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Edit: Due to problems with distribution via Google Docs, file sharing is now via 4shared.

The MacEpic Legacy: Two Deaths, a Marriage, and Three Births

The death of Zelda MacEpic. (RIP)

Sorry, lady, you overworked yourself.

I’ve actually gotten quite a bit of Sims 3 in, even though I’ve been busy with rehearsals and work and school. It’s easy to play 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there… and harder to chronicle things as I go in the process.

Zelda MacEpic perished as soon as she got off work one day. Literally. I failed to get 100,000 aspiration rewards points for her. However, she fulfilled her primary function — giving birth to the heir. I was so close to getting her Lifetime Wish granted, though. Very sad.

I made Frederick go pick up her grave and move it to the graveyard. I was too busy having Kevin perform experiments on everything in sight, trying to get as much use out of his science career as I could before he kicked it. I managed to set things on fire three times in one day doing that, but no one died as a result. In fact, in two of the instances, we got the fire put out before the firemen arrived. Continue reading

Sims 3 Legacy Challenge Scorecard Spreadsheet v1.1

I’ve updated my Sims 3 Legacy Challenge scorecard spreadsheet to include an Aspiration Rewards worksheet. When you purchase aspiration rewards, you can no longer see how much they cost you. The new sheet allows you to type in how many times you’ve purchased each reward for the Sim in question (since two can be purchased multiple times) and calculates how many points you’ve spent from that information. Another field allows you to enter the number of points you’ve yet to spend so the sheet can calculate the total points accumulated.

I also made some aesthetic changes. I darkened the section headings so I could use the original light blue color to highlight data entry fields.

The new sheet can be downloaded via Google Documents. (Edit: There’s a new version.) It is an .xls file with no macros in it. Although I crafted it in Office 2007, it uses only basic formulas, so there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues with older versions of Office or with OpenOffice. If you do have any problems, please let me know by leaving a comment.