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: September 2012
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Alan Hsu, Assistant Producer, has given us this blog to tell us about Autumn in The Sims 3 Seasons. Enjoy!

Hi All!

I’m here to show off some of the awesome stuff that we’ve added into the Autumn season in The Sims 3 Seasons!  In this blog I will be highlighting some of the festival activities that happens during Autumn, a new harvestable, and the changes we’ve made to trees. I hope you will enjoy reading this as we’re having a great time developing this expansion!

Autumn Festival

First and foremost, during the Autumn season, there will be a haunted house at the festival where Sims can explore strange paranormal happenings, it’s a rabbit hole but still a lot of fun. Sims who are not brave enough have a chance to panic, vomit, or may even have a little bladder accident. Sims who are unlucky, or lucky depending on your point of view, may receive a “Cursed by the Witch” buff which temporarily changes them into a ghost when they leave the haunted house.

Once you’ve regained the courage that you left back at the haunted house, be sure to visit the pie eating booth. Here you can take on other Sims in a pie eating contest to determine who is crowned the festival victor. The winner is rewarded with an abundance of pie in their inventory, as well as bragging rights!

After competing in the pie eating contest, try your luck at the apple bobbing station. Here you can challenge up to three other Sims to find out who is the best apple bobber. The winner gets a nice buff to their mood as well as festival tickets whether they win or lose.  As mentioned in previous posts, you can trade in festival tickets for special objects which can’t be bought from the build/buy catalog.

We also added a couple special Fall seasonal foods which Sims can purchase from the concession stands. New foods include cinnamon donuts and yummy sweet potato fries.


Pumpkins are the new harvestable in The Sims 3 Seasons. They can either be purchased from the grocery store or your Sim can plant pumpkin seeds and grow their own. Once you have pumpkins in your inventory you can make delicious home-made pumpkin pies. But not any ordinary Sim will be able to make pumpkin pies from the get-go. Only Sims with a cooking skill of level five or higher can make this festive treat.


Here in Autumn, you’ll begin to notice that rainstorms occur more frequently and trees begin their own transformation.  The leaves of deciduous trees will begin to change color in this season. Some of the leaves will turn red, orange, or yellow dependent upon the type. As time progresses, leaves will start falling from the branches creating leaving the branches more and more barren. Eventually when Winter arrives all the leaves will fall off of the trees completely.

It’s not only stunning to watch these transformative effects, but quite fun as well! We added all-new gameplay where Sims can rake leaves to create leaf piles on their lot. We have three different sizes of leaf piles. The bigger the leaf pile you have the more interactions are available to your Sims.  While children and adults can play in the leaf piles and get awfully dirty, adults can have their own private moments by WooHooing in them! It’s pretty amazing how the leaf pile still stays in shape after this.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this inside look of the Autumn season.  Stay tuned for more dev blogs soon!

-Alan Hsu, Assistant Producer, The Sims 3 Seasons

Posted by: SimGuru_UK

Here is a special blog from Designer Alan Copeland introducing the Basketball Hoop premium item for the Level Up Collection, now available in the Sims 3 Store.

With the release of both Supernatural and the Rim Rockin’ Basketball Hoop, my dream of having a teen werewolf dunking contest can finally be realized.  

Little known fact:  You get extra air by sticking your tongue out.

Backboard clean-up in aisle 7.

Clearly, the Sim in the upper left is just the next guy in the queue to get schooled.

Under the leg?  Now he’s just showing off.

Posted by: SimGuru_UK

Hi Everyone,

It’s an exciting time at Maxis! The release of The Sims 3 Supernatural is finally here and we are anxious to hear all aboutthe unique new stories that you’ll create with your Sims in Moonlight Falls. I wanted to send out one last blog to thank everyone in The Sims 3 community for all your great questions, discussions in the forums and participation in our live events and demos. I also wanted to share a couple of unannounced secrets with you.

Over the past few months, you’ve heard from and seen several of our amazing producers and designers via blogs, forum replies, live broadcasts and Q&A posts. We really wanted to provide as many details as possible about the awesome new gameplay features in The Sims 3 Supernatural to be sure everyone had the chance to see just how different this expansion is from any other pack we’ve released for The Sims 3. We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last few months but I wanted to share two final surprises with you:

1.)   There is more than one way to make a Sim “croak.”  One of the more interesting magical abilities available to witch Sims is casting the“Toadification curse.” Casting this spell on any Sim will temporarily changethem into a ToadSim with an over-sized frog-like head and big beady eyes thatare constantly scanning for their next meal. Suddenly, the flies on trash cansand spoiled food look pretty attractive to Sims that carry this unfortunate curse. Those seeking the that fairytale moment can have their ToadSims ask fora kiss that will hopefully result in the curse being removed. A non-ToadSim can also offer up a kiss in hopes that it may cure them. However, they should use caution when doing so as it poses a potential risk.  There is always a chance that the “mood”won’t be right and the kiss could fail in a most shocking way.

2.)   Secondly, there is a new dance in The Sims 3 Supernatural and it is called “the Smustle” (aka – The SimsHustle). It’s a mix between the Hustle and Thriller. This fast paced danceseems to be a hit with Sims in Moonlight Falls. Don’t be surprised if you see agroup of zombies and werewolves doing the Smustle under a full moon. For those of you that were fans of The Sims 2, these wild gyrations may seem familiar.

Just one last thing before I sign off.  I was a huge fan of classic horror films, TVshows and mythical creatures as a kid, so it was really a dream come true to beable to research both the classic as well as the modern take on “supernatural”and apply the resulting creative ideas to The Sims 3.  As a matter of fact, I spent countless hoursas a kid drawing and sculpting strange, mystical creatures from my imagination.This hobby didn’t help my grades in math much, but it did lead to a passion that helped me get into the video gaming industry as an artist/animator many years ago. Even though I am not working as an artist anymore, you may not be surprised if I told you that one of my favorite things to do in TheSims 3 when playing for fun is to create funny and extremely unusual Sims. I’ve had a lot of fun using all the new Create A Sim options as they allow for somepretty interesting looking characters. I just had to share a couple of them with you.

Thanks again to everyone in The Sims 3 community! I sure hope you enjoy playing The Sims 3 Supernatural as much as all of us in The Sims Studio loved making it.

Happy Simming!

-Kari St John, Senior Producer for The Sims 3 Supernatural

Posted by: SimGuru_UK

In the mysterious world of Moonlight Falls, your Sims can choose to live as witches, werewolves, vampires and fairies or choose to be an ordinary Sim living amongst these supernatural characters. IHowever you choose, you will discover enchanting mysteries that are revealed by the light of the full moon and an all-new mystical world full of magic, mischief and mystery. From turning your rival into a toad to using the supernatural population control cheats to shape your world - you are sure to fall deeper in love with The Sims™ 3 with the addition of The Sims 3 Supernatural! This helpful Hints & Tips guide will hopefully help you to make the most of this exciting new world.

Creating the World you Want to Play
 Want to get rid of all zombies - this is one way to do it. Here is a cheat to control your supernatural population by adding or removing supernaturals. First open cheat mode by holding CTRL+SHIFT+C and type “testingcheatsenabled true”. Now go to the mailbox on your lot and shift click which will bring up some cheat options for your game. Select “Supernatural Population Control” and this will bring up the option to either add or remove supernatural Sims into your game. Clicking “Add Supernatural” will bring up the type of supernatural you want to add and turn Sims in the world into this supernatural type (except for the Sims in your household). The “Remove Supernatural” works the same way except it will remove all of the supernatural types you selected from the world (except if you have that supernatural type in your household).

Can’t Stand the Heat?
Vampires prefer to be outside when the sun is down so what do you do if you want to go outside and enjoy the sunlight? Without a healthy dose of sunscreen applied your vampire Sim you’ll receive a “Heating Up” moodlet. Create a Vampiric Sunscreen elixir using Bloodstone Powder and Valerian Root of course! If your Sim doesn’t take shelter soon they could pass out or even die. So just like real life, cover up! 

Reanimation Ritual 
Want another way to bring back people from the dead, as a zombie?  Visit the graveyard and use your level 10 spellcasting skills to bring your Sims’ loved ones back to life.  This spell is mighty powerful but be forewarned, there is always a chance of this ritual backfiring and which could end with your Sim turning into a brain eating zombie. 

Toadification Curse
Once your Sim reaches level four of your hidden spellcasting skill you’ll have the ability to turn other Sims heads into toad heads. Like most spells, there is a chance it will backfire and turn your Sim into a toad. Either way, it sure is fun to see a toad Sim snap flies out of the air with their long tongues. A kiss will turn the toad Sim back to normal. 

A Hunting We Will Go!   
One of the main benefits of being a werewolf is that your Sim can find anything from uncommon to rare collectables while they’re hunting. Can you find a rare truffle or the Glow Orb mushroom? You can choose to have your Sim hunt alone or in a pack.  What are you waiting for? Get started to see what you can find.

To Transform or Not to Transform
If you choose to play as a werewolf, the full moon will always transform your Sim into its werewolf form, but there are also a number of other things that cause this change.  If your Sim’s mood is too low they will receive a “Stressed Out” moodlet and if you don’t make them happy they’ll transform. As you develop your Sim’s hidden lycanthropy skill, you will gain more control over these forced transformations.

Fairy Auras 
When a fairy enters the room, they bring their auras with them. Your fairy Sim’s aura will affect the productivity and moods of other Sims within the area of projection. There are three different types of auras that you can emit depending on the level of your hidden fairy skill. The auras that are available are the Aura of Soothing, Aura of Body and Mind and Aura of Creativity.  Not only will these affect other Sims, but your fairy Sim will also reap the benefits.

Mirror, Mirror 
This mirror is more than a reflection; it can help your Sim in many ways.  When your Sim steps in front of this magic mirror a mystical face will appear, giving you the opportunity to ask questions or even get a magical makeover! There’s nothing like a healthy change to your duds and a new hairstyle.

Bonehilda is Back! 
One of the coolest things from The Sims 2 is now back in The Sims 3 Supernatural. Say hello to Bonehilda once again!  In The Sims 3, you too can have your very own live-in (or rather dead-in) maid. Bonehilda is a great worker and addition to your family. She’ll scare away any criminal and can even extinguish most fires. Just don’t expect to have any deep conversations with her.

Posted by: SimGuru_UK
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