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I've started coverage on The Sims 3 University Life Expansion Guides. So far, the following are completed. Check back over the next week to see more new content.
University Life Expansion Pack Guide
PlantSims & Forbidden Fruit
Jock Social Group
Nerd Social Group
Rebel Social Group
Social Networking Skill
Street Art Skill
Art Appraiser (Rebel Career)
Sports Agent (Jock Career)
Video Game Developer (Nerd Career)
Majors, Class Schedules, Performance Metrics and Graduation
Enrolling in University, Scholarships, and the Aptitude Test Mechanics
Union Cove Updated
Union Cove has been updated to support The Sims 3 Seasons and Supernatural Expansion Packs and no longer requires Pets. Follow the link to download and update your copy!
The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack Guide Updates
While not every Supernatural Update has yet been implemented, I'm working on covering big features in Seasons. We'll get to everything - eventually. For now you can expect an article every day or two, some faster than others. Here's the first for Seasons:
The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack - Features, Seasons, and Weather
Union Cove Released
I am delighted to share with the Sims 3 community a new World created by some of the best builders of our Forum. The beautiful town above is known as Union Cove, and it's a sight to behold. This is the most detailed world I've seen for The Sims 3 yet. It's fully balanced with an appropriate amount of spawners, and richly detailed with perhaps the most objects in a town, ever. We invite you to have a look at the new World. You can also download it free of charge with no hassle. Enjoy!
This was a secret on the forum. Several members have been running around with the rank of Top Secret for a long time. It is a special rank that gave them access to a hidden board, so they could create this work of art behind the scenes. I'd had the picture below running for a long time. It's actually the awesome "Carl's Castle" that Joria built for me for UC! A little patch of this new beauty was hiding in plain sight.
Build and Edit Section Opened
Head to the new Build and Edit section to learn about Building Houses, Edit Town, Lot Types, and little tweaks like making better pools and roofs. You'll also learn how to move and switch neighborhoods. Thanks to all members who helped make this section possible.
The beautifully built house in the screenshot above is Carl's Castle made by Builder Joria
About Carl's Sims 3 Guide, Walkthrough, and Forum Site
Born July 16, 2009, this Strategy Guide seeks to help Simmers from all over the world with detailed and informative articles, hints, and tips for The Sims 3 and its expansions. We largely favor a powergamer mindset, and shoot for making the most money, finding how it works, or doing things better and more efficiently. You'll find step-by-step instructions, and screenshots to help you accomplish things in the Sims 3. Collectively, we've written over 200 pages of content for the game. If you'd like to see a listing of every article we offer, have a look at our Sitemap. There you'll find a full list of articles, along with a search tool that will help you to track down the info you need.
We have a staff of 3, with Pam Marsden and Tom Schlueter helping Carl with guide writing and the forum. If you explore the guide you'll see we've had lots of help from our growing forum community. We have numerous volunteer moderators. To learn a little about our staff, visit the Staff section of our Sims 3 Forum. Many of our moderators have supplied walkthroughs or in-depth articles for the Guide.
It is an exciting time for us, because we find that our many hours of work will now be viewed by players with the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii versions of the game. I encourage you to tell me if there are large differences in skills or other game features as compared to what we have on the guide. If enough differences exist, a section of that article could be dedicated to listing those differences. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don't yet have an account, sign up at our forum to provide tips and tricks, suggestions, and corrections to the guide. You'll be helping me to improve something that has helped over 100,000 Simmers from around the world. The Sims 3 is far more complex than meets the eye, and without readers like you this guide wouldn't be nearly as accurate and helpful as it is today.
This is a list of the most visited, or otherwise helpful sections of the guide. We've created many in-depth articles and walkthroughs that are sure to help you improve at the game, or have an easier time making money. I encourage you to explore the guide, and if you should need help you can't find here, head to our Sims 3 Forum and ask! Our polite and friendly community loves to help.
The Sims 3 Seasons
The Sims 3 Seasons' ultimate addition is the new weather system. Seasons change and the weather can turn cold or hot, while brining on the rain, thunder, hail and even beautiful snow that coats the land. The new life state is the Alien.
The Sims 3 Supernatural
Supernatural features a whopping five new life states for Sims. Sims can be either a fairy, werewolf, witch, vampire, or be turned into a Zombie. This EP adds lunar phases to the game, and complements Seasons well.
The Sims 3 Showtime
Showtime lets your Sims perform as Acrobats, Singers, or Magicians. They gain levels in these new career options, allow them to earn more money and please the crowds. Showtime's unique life state is the new Genie.
The Sims 3 Pets
The Sims 3 Pets lets your Sims adopt or breed cats, dogs, and horses. Each of these pets has their own traits, and Sims can scold or praise them to improve their behavior. This EP also brings Unicorns, which are ridable just like horses though featuring some unique magical abilities.
The Sims 3 Generations
Learn about the new activities offered to the various age groups in this Sims expansion pack. You'll find in-depth information on the new imaginary friends and chemistry logic activity.
The Sims 3 Late Night
This guide will teach you all about making the most of this expansion. Learn about vampires, and how you can get your Sim into the hottest clubs.
The Sims 3 Ambitions
A Guide to The Sims 3 Ambitions expansion. Offers a summary of what's new, along with links to other articles about the new features you get with the Add-on. Read up on Inventing, Sculpting, and the new Professions.
The Sims 3 World Adventures
A Guide to World Adventures. This expansion focuses heavily on travel to France, China, and Egypt. However, it also adds new skills that players who dislike travel can employ. The info you find here may help you decide whether or not you'd want to buy this expansion.
Sims 3 Cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3
Owners of The Sims 3 on Console, either PS3 or XBOX don't need my cheat articles to get infinite money, or unlock karma powers. Instead head to my Xbox 360 and PS3 info page.
Sims 3 Information
Any article we've written that didn't fit neatly into another category of the guide is listed here. You'll find help with regular Sims 3, Ambitions, World Adventures, and Late Night.
Immortal Dynasty Challenge
This is one whopper of a Challenge, epic in scope. The link heads to the ruleset. You are tasked with trying to make eight generations of immortal Sims, whilst maintaining a collection of portraits and statues of each generation's firstborn. However, only Sims who have fulfilled the requirements may taste the divine Ambrosia.
Our Sims 3 Challenge Tournament, hosted by Metropolis Man at our Sims 3 forum. This is a summary of all challenges from the 2010 season. Here you can view the leaderboard for the tourney and find a list of links to challenges. Even if one's expired you can still shoot for the best score for your own satisfaction.
A strategy guide to the Careers in The Sims 3, along with Ambitions Professions such as firefighter. You'll find wages for each job level, information on what traits will help Sims to excel to the top of a career track, and other ways Sims can make money.
We've got every skill covered in The Sims 3, from the base game skills like Cooking, Fishing, and Gardening guides that vanilla players on PC or the PS3 and Xbox 360 console version can enjoy. Expansion owners will love your guides to more exotic skills like martial arts, or the consignment shop.
A list of all the Lifetime Wishes in The Sims 3, Late Night, and World Adventures. You'll learn what traits inspire the wishes, happiness point rewards for finishing them, and get help for completing in the form of walkthroughs.
Get help spending those Lifetime Happiness points with our Lifetime Rewards guide. Sims can get perks like never having to use the restroom again, making friends faster, boosting skill gains, and even get a collection helper to help them find gems and metals.
How to Play the Sims 3
I wrote this guide to help people who are completely new to The Sims 3. Here you'll learn some basic game concepts, and get ideas on how to play your first Sim.
Home Building & Design Ideas
Get help designing beginner homes and ideas to design better, more intricate homes, in this strategy guide written by forum moderator TommyT.
A full strategy guide to what every trait does in The Sims 3, World Adventures, Ambitions, and Late Night. Learn what wishes they inspire, and how you can employ them to help your Sims.
The Sims 3 Review
Want to know what I think about The Sims 3? Read my Review.
for School- you can not see the sims at school since that is also a rabbit hole. However if you order and download Sims 3 University expansion pack- which works almost exactly like Sims 2 College Life. Hope this also helps!!
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