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Anonymous
June 16, 2005 2:12:30 AM

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I downloaded the whole package from their site, not just the base
package, for Univ. I had the pre-Univ version and liked it a lot, even
though it was not as elaborate as this new version.

Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frustration. Even though I have the
complete set of workers in some houses (maid, housekeeper, gardener,
chef, etc.) they often just sit around and watch TV or lounge in the hot
tub when there are messes to be cleaned up or dinner to be made or
hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
yaking with my guests than with actually WORKING.

Anyone else have this issue? Sometimes I even use the magic mirror
cheat to make them do things they should autonomously do themselves.
But if on the way to the kitchen to cook, they, say, pass the hot tub or
the wall TV, the command to work disappears and they slack instead.

Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.

--
--Cuth
Anonymous
June 16, 2005 2:12:31 AM

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"Cvthbert Gvrdlestone" <chgvrdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> I downloaded the whole package from their site, not jvst the base
> package, for Univ. I had the pre-Univ version and liked it a lot, even
> thovgh it was not as elaborate as this new version.
>
> Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frvstration. Even thovgh I have the
> complete set of workers in some hovses (maid, hovsekeeper, gardener,
> chef, etc.) they often jvst sit arovnd and watch TV or lovnge in the hot
> tvb when there are messes to be cleaned vp or dinner to be made or
> hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
> yaking with my gvests than with actvally WORKING.

Maybe they formed a vnion?
Anonymous
June 16, 2005 2:19:05 AM

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Cuthbert Gurdlestone wrote:

> I downloaded the whole package from their site, not just the base
> package, for Univ. I had the pre-Univ version and liked it a lot, even
> though it was not as elaborate as this new version.
>
> Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frustration. Even though I have the
> complete set of workers in some houses (maid, housekeeper, gardener,
> chef, etc.) they often just sit around and watch TV or lounge in the hot
> tub when there are messes to be cleaned up or dinner to be made or
> hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
> yaking with my guests than with actually WORKING.
>
> Anyone else have this issue? Sometimes I even use the magic mirror
> cheat to make them do things they should autonomously do themselves. But
> if on the way to the kitchen to cook, they, say, pass the hot tub or the
> wall TV, the command to work disappears and they slack instead.
>
> Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
> suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.
>

Isn't there supposed to be a manager that comes with them who whips them
into shape?

Read about it, didn't like the idea, personally.

-georg
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Anonymous
June 16, 2005 3:34:25 AM

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georg wrote:
> Cuthbert Gurdlestone wrote:
>
>> I downloaded the whole package from their site, not just the base
>> package, for Univ. I had the pre-Univ version and liked it a lot,
>> even though it was not as elaborate as this new version.
>>
>> Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frustration. Even though I have the
>> complete set of workers in some houses (maid, housekeeper, gardener,
>> chef, etc.) they often just sit around and watch TV or lounge in the
>> hot tub when there are messes to be cleaned up or dinner to be made or
>> hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
>> yaking with my guests than with actually WORKING.
>>
>> Anyone else have this issue? Sometimes I even use the magic mirror
>> cheat to make them do things they should autonomously do themselves.
>> But if on the way to the kitchen to cook, they, say, pass the hot tub
>> or the wall TV, the command to work disappears and they slack instead.
>>
>> Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
>> suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.
>>
>
> Isn't there supposed to be a manager that comes with them who whips them
> into shape?

Not with a whip, but yes, there is. She's usually watching TV with the
rest of them. All she does is tell them when to go to bed!

Sheesh!

--
--Cuth
Anonymous
June 16, 2005 9:36:21 AM

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On Wed, 15 Jun 2005 22:12:30 GMT, Cuthbert Gurdlestone
<chgurdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote:

>Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
>suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.

Yeah, the DMA Sims thing is a good idea, and well done considering the
circumstances, but inherently flawed because of it's complexity and
that it's not made by Maxis... that, and the fact that they are always
the same people, no respawns, can't fall in love with them, and that
it makes my game crash, is why I decided not to buy the VIP package.

And I still haven't given up hope that Nightlife will supply us with a
butler, and a nanny that doesn't make a million exceptions...
June 16, 2005 1:46:43 PM

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>
>Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frustration. Even though I have the
>complete set of workers in some houses (maid, housekeeper, gardener,
>chef, etc.) they often just sit around and watch TV or lounge in the hot
>tub when there are messes to be cleaned up or dinner to be made or
>hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
>yaking with my guests than with actually WORKING.
>
>Anyone else have this issue? Sometimes I even use the magic mirror
>cheat to make them do things they should autonomously do themselves.
>But if on the way to the kitchen to cook, they, say, pass the hot tub or
>the wall TV, the command to work disappears and they slack instead.
>
>Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
>suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.

I haven't had this problem, I only hired the cook and the housekeeper.
They still use the hot tub and watch TV, but not if there is any work
to be done. The exception is when there is something to be repaired,
they have to be influenced to do that.

You could also try the cook from variousimmers, she will do everything
including the kid's homework.
June 16, 2005 1:55:05 PM

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On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 05:36:21 +0200, Guardian Pegasus
<nobody@nowhere.com> wrote:

>On Wed, 15 Jun 2005 22:12:30 GMT, Cuthbert Gurdlestone
><chgurdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>>Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
>>suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.
>
>Yeah, the DMA Sims thing is a good idea, and well done considering the
>circumstances, but inherently flawed because of it's complexity and
>that it's not made by Maxis... that, and the fact that they are always
>the same people, no respawns, can't fall in love with them, and that
>it makes my game crash, is why I decided not to buy the VIP package.

Remember that the DMA sims will only work as advertised if you have no
other hacks in the game. My Sim fell in love with the manager, they
even had a baby.
Anonymous
June 16, 2005 6:11:52 PM

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Yes, so I went to making my own maid, creating her own apartment using
the apartment stuff at simlogical, and that works really great, in fact
I just added the macro program from variousimmers and can now choose
'macro clean' and she automatically goes through and cleans the whole
house.
Anonymous
June 16, 2005 9:01:40 PM

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I just moved the babysitter in with Nina Caliente and the kids, and I
can't say I'm terribly impressed by her. Honestly, I'm thinking the
Nanny did better work, although thankfully Nicole doesn't prank as much
as the nanny. But, baby is screaming, leaving trails of flies
everywhere, and Nicole decides that it's time for a bottle.

She's my first worker NPC since installing the dma pack so not sure if
it'll happen with other workers yet.

~*~
vecki
Anonymous
June 16, 2005 9:19:31 PM

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"Cuthbert Gurdlestone" <chgurdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:42B0A7CD.9000500@earthlink.net...
> I downloaded the whole package from their site, not just the base
> package, for Univ. I had the pre-Univ version and liked it a lot, even
> though it was not as elaborate as this new version.
>
> Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frustration. Even though I have the
> complete set of workers in some houses (maid, housekeeper, gardener,
> chef, etc.) they often just sit around and watch TV or lounge in the hot
> tub when there are messes to be cleaned up or dinner to be made or
> hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
> yaking with my guests than with actually WORKING.
>
> Anyone else have this issue? Sometimes I even use the magic mirror
> cheat to make them do things they should autonomously do themselves.
> But if on the way to the kitchen to cook, they, say, pass the hot tub or
> the wall TV, the command to work disappears and they slack instead.
>
> Grrrrrr....You can't get good help these days. In the future, I might
> suggest that their ability to use the hot tub and watch TVs be disabled.
>
> --
> --Cuth
>

I prefer the one by christianlov from modthesims2. It's a stove (and
various other mods) that brings in an NPC that cleans, cooks, answers the
phone, does homework, etc.
Anonymous
June 17, 2005 5:46:51 AM

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On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 09:55:05 +0200, Strider <xxxx@xxx.xx> wrote:

>Remember that the DMA sims will only work as advertised if you have no
>other hacks in the game. My Sim fell in love with the manager, they
>even had a baby.

Have you tried asking them to move in?
Anonymous
June 17, 2005 6:09:00 AM

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vecki wrote:
> I just moved the babysitter in with Nina Caliente and the kids, and I
> can't say I'm terribly impressed by her. Honestly, I'm thinking the
> Nanny did better work, although thankfully Nicole doesn't prank as much
> as the nanny. But, baby is screaming, leaving trails of flies
> everywhere, and Nicole decides that it's time for a bottle.

Yeah, well, mine usually decides it's time for a dip in the pool.

Funny thing is, in the old version, before I installed Univ., she did a
decent job of caring for kids. That's why I had such high hopes.

--
--Cuth
Anonymous
June 17, 2005 6:19:30 AM

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meanornerywench wrote:

> I prefer the one by christianlov from modthesims2. It's a stove (and
> various other mods) that brings in an NPC that cleans, cooks, answers the
> phone, does homework, etc.

I'm checking this out, thanks. For the barista, what does the
instruction mean, "You need the collection file with which you can place
a community item in residential lots"?

--
--Cuth
Anonymous
June 17, 2005 2:10:03 PM

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The Barista uses the espresso coffee bar which you can only have on
community sites - at least in the straight game. You need to either make a
home lot with community objects pre-installed (i.e. before you move the
family in) using the changeLotZoning cheat or you need to find - or make - a
collection which makes the community coffee bar available in buy mode on
your home lots. There's a tutorial (and I believe several collections)
available at Mod the Sims 2.

Best wishes
Maxon


"Cuthbert Gurdlestone" <chgurdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:42B23331.7080905@earthlink.net...
> meanornerywench wrote:
>
> > I prefer the one by christianlov from modthesims2. It's a stove (and
> > various other mods) that brings in an NPC that cleans, cooks, answers
the
> > phone, does homework, etc.
>
> I'm checking this out, thanks. For the barista, what does the
> instruction mean, "You need the collection file with which you can place
> a community item in residential lots"?
>
> --
> --Cuth
>
June 17, 2005 3:42:47 PM

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On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 01:46:51 +0200, Guardian Pegasus
<nobody@nowhere.com> wrote:

>On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 09:55:05 +0200, Strider <xxxx@xxx.xx> wrote:
>
>>Remember that the DMA sims will only work as advertised if you have no
>>other hacks in the game. My Sim fell in love with the manager, they
>>even had a baby.
>
>Have you tried asking them to move in?

Yes, but of course moving in and marriage have no effect, which is
mentioned in the DMA NPC info page http://www.valdea.com/?page=1. It
doesn't crash the game though.
Anonymous
June 17, 2005 5:40:50 PM

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On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 11:42:47 +0200, Strider <xxxx@xxx.xx> wrote:

>Yes, but of course moving in and marriage have no effect, which is
>mentioned in the DMA NPC info page http://www.valdea.com/?page=1. It
>doesn't crash the game though.

It crashes my game both when they proposed marriage/move in, or fall
in love or get a crush :-\
Anonymous
June 17, 2005 6:50:31 PM

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Cuthbert Gurdlestone wrote:
> I downloaded the whole package from their site, not just the base
> package, for Univ. I had the pre-Univ version and liked it a lot,
> even though it was not as elaborate as this new version.
>
> Anyway, I'm experiencing a little frustration. Even though I have the
> complete set of workers in some houses (maid, housekeeper, gardener,
> chef, etc.) they often just sit around and watch TV or lounge in the
> hot tub when there are messes to be cleaned up or dinner to be made or
> hedges to be clipped. They seem more intent on having a good time and
> yaking with my guests than with actually WORKING.
>
> Anyone else have this issue?

Oh yeah...check over on the binaries group to see what my DMAs are doing
while the bosses are at work.


---
Michelle
(SeaShel)

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Anonymous
June 17, 2005 10:36:09 PM

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Maxon wrote:
> The Barista uses the espresso coffee bar which you can only have on
> community sites - at least in the straight game. You need to either make a
> home lot with community objects pre-installed (i.e. before you move the
> family in) using the changeLotZoning cheat or you need to find - or make - a
> collection which makes the community coffee bar available in buy mode on
> your home lots. There's a tutorial (and I believe several collections)
> available at Mod the Sims 2.

Thanks. How does one use the changeLotZoning cheat to do this and are
there any adverse effects of using the cheat?

--
--Cuth
Anonymous
June 18, 2005 7:16:28 PM

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It's just a cheat which goes:

changeLotZoning community/residential/dorm/secretsociety/greek (delete as
appropriate)

You type it in when you are in the lot, save and exit and when you next try
to enter the lot you should notice that it's now whatever you changed it to.
HOWEVER, it will only work in (pre-)build mode - if you have sims already in
residence on the lot, you can't use it, so don't try. It's a game cheat, so
it's less likely to screw up your game (i.e. the game is designed to work
with it).

What you can do is this:

1. Place a new residential lot and enter it.
2. Go into the lot and use the changeLotZoning community cheat.
3. Save and exit.
4. When you get back into the neighbourhood screen you should now see a
blue-coded community lot - that is if the cheat has worked, enter the lot.
5. Place the things you will need from the community buy catalogues (in your
case the coffee machine although one I like to use is the pay phone for
blocks of flats and dorms and also the rubbish bin (trash can, if you're
American)).
6. Use the changeLotZoning cheat (changeLotZoning residential - get the
capitalisation right as the cheats don't work for most people if you don't).
7. Save and exit.
8. When you get back to the neighbourhood screen, you should see that the
lot has now become a green-coded residential lot. When you go back into the
lot, you will then have the residential buy catalogues available to you.
9. Finish building your place and voila: a residential lot with community
lot objects installed.

I tend to prefer this method, even though it is a bit fiddly, because the
collections method involves a custom hack using SimPE and while many hacks
are now stable I prefer to avoid things the game isn't specifically designed
to handle. It just minimises the risk or corruption.

Best wishes
Maxon



"Cuthbert Gurdlestone" <chgurdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:42B3181B.6050206@earthlink.net...
> Maxon wrote:
> > The Barista uses the espresso coffee bar which you can only have on
> > community sites - at least in the straight game. You need to either
make a
> > home lot with community objects pre-installed (i.e. before you move the
> > family in) using the changeLotZoning cheat or you need to find - or
make - a
> > collection which makes the community coffee bar available in buy mode on
> > your home lots. There's a tutorial (and I believe several collections)
> > available at Mod the Sims 2.
>
> Thanks. How does one use the changeLotZoning cheat to do this and are
> there any adverse effects of using the cheat?
>
> --
> --Cuth
>
Anonymous
June 19, 2005 3:49:59 AM

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So, far, I've done it several times with no ill effects but only on campus
to create a dorm. Get the uni commercial tools at home collection from
modthesims2 and you can use the commercial items at home or in a home on
campus. http://www.snootysims.com/sims2cheats.php for the cheat and the bar
and coffee bar are here:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=48729&highl... .
Hope this helps.


"Cuthbert Gurdlestone" <chgurdlestone1154@earthlink.net> wrote in message
news:42B3181B.6050206@earthlink.net...
> Maxon wrote:
> > The Barista uses the espresso coffee bar which you can only have on
> > community sites - at least in the straight game. You need to either
make a
> > home lot with community objects pre-installed (i.e. before you move the
> > family in) using the changeLotZoning cheat or you need to find - or
make - a
> > collection which makes the community coffee bar available in buy mode on
> > your home lots. There's a tutorial (and I believe several collections)
> > available at Mod the Sims 2.
>
> Thanks. How does one use the changeLotZoning cheat to do this and are
> there any adverse effects of using the cheat?
>
> --
> --Cuth
>
Anonymous
June 19, 2005 9:55:27 AM

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Maxon:

Thank you for that excellent and clear explanation.

--
--Cuth
!