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Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the My Sim Realty F.A.Q.  Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions.  If you are unable to find your answer on this page please feel free to email us!  The sims is a finicky game and even though our lots and worlds do not use any custom content, sometimes issues arise with installing nonetheless.  Please consider a donation to My Sim Realty as each individual world takes hundreds of hours to complete - every amount is appreciated!

All of our downloads - especially worlds - represent hours of time and dedication!  Would you show your support and appreciation with a donation?  Every amount is appreciated and helps with site costs!






Sims 3 Questions
1.  How do I install or uninstall a new world / lot?
2.  Where do I put a save file and what is one anyway?
3.  What are all of these reserved lots for?
4.  Where can I find new lots for my world?
5.  I am having technical difficulties with a world / lot.  What should I do?
6.  What is a BETA world?
7.  Will you share your CAW files?
8.  I really like a world but there is just a minor change I'd like to make.  What should I do?
9.  Can I upload pictures of your worlds for a story?
10.  Can I upload your lots / worlds to my site?
11.  Where can I learn about new and upcoming worlds?
12.  Do you take world requests?
13.  I installed my world but it is not working!
14.  I downloaded a houseboat but cannot place it at the port.  What do I do?
15.  Can I still use a world if I do not have all of the listed expansion packs? 
16.  How do I place and install custom content rabbit hole rugs?


Q.  How do I install or uninstall a new world / lot?
A.  To install either a new world or new lot, simply download, unzip and double click the simpack file.  They will automatically start the launcher and install into your game.  To uninstall a new world, you must open the game launcher and click the installed content tab.  Find the new world and click to uninstall.  You also must delete the file found in your downloads folder in C:/....Documents/EA Games/Sims 3/Downloads.  You must do both steps or the game will recognize it as still being installed!  If you install and are still having issues, check out these tips...


Q.  Where do I put a save file and what is one anyway?
A.  A save file is your new world with sims already in place and ready to go.  Not all worlds have a save file, though I am working to change that.  Save files are not required but if you would like your world populated, this is the way to go as I do not use mods to place sims.  This folder needs placed in your C:/...Documents/EA Games/Sims 3/ Saves folder after you've installed the world.


Q.  What are all of these reserved lots for?
A.  A hard lesson learned with some of my first worlds was that extra space and lots were needed for future EPs.  For example, when Late Night was released, it added the ability to have over 5 different lot types!  Since each of these types need its own lot, I have intentionally placed several lots in newer worlds for future EPs.  These lots are decorated so they blend in, and are designated as reserved so that a) you know there is nothing in that lot and b) I can find the empty ones easier.  These are only found in earlier versions of worlds. 


Q.  Where can I find new lots for my world?
A.  If you bookmark the world's individual page, new lots and updates will be posted on there.  There will also be a designation in the details of each lot on the homepage where new lots are listed. 


Q.  I am having technical difficulties with a world / lot.  What should I do?
A.  Please do nothing as I like to fix the things that have issues, especially things within a world that cannot be changed without CAW.  First you can email me - please include in your email what all you have done, what specifc issues you are having (screenshots work great) and what world you are in.  Also make sure that you look at the troubleshooting here in the F.A.Q. first.  If you do not want to email you can also leave a post or message on the Facebook page.


Q.  What is a BETA world?
A.  A BETA world is a world that is functional and well on its way to being completed, but isn't quite completed.  I release a BETA version of the world so that others can test out the lots and roads and everything while I put on the finishing details.  It gets worlds out much faster if everyone takes it for a test drive so I can be free to complete the lots and details.


Q.  Will you share your CAW files?
A.  Some worlds currently have their CAW files available but not all.  I ask very politely that you not use the CAW files to reupload or claim as your own work.


Q.  I really like a world but there is just a minor change I'd like to make.  What should I do?
A.  You should email me and propose the idea!  It wouldn't be the first time that I have made an edit to a world and uploaded a new version of it.  In fact, I love feedback about worlds!  This does not mean that it will be done.  There are quite a few changes you can make in game with the editor. 


Q.  Can I upload pictures of your worlds for a story?
A.  Of course - it is an honor to be featured in a story!  A link to My Sim Realty would be nice but is not necessary  :)


Q.  Can I upload your lots / worlds to my site?
A.  No, my lots and worlds are great right here at MSR. 


Q.  Where can I learn about new and upcoming worlds?
A.  On the Facebook page I will post pictures, polls and BETA versions of new worlds that are coming out!  You also will get notification when anything is new for download and if any updates have been made. 


Q.  Do you take world requests?
A.  Yes and I love getting them!  Don't be afraid to include details or links to pictures that inspire you - I love new ideas!  This does not mean that I will do it - but I love being inspired by other people's ideas and often such an idea is what was the starting point for many of my worlds.


Q.  I installed my world but it is not working!
A.  The Sims 3 can be a pretty finicky game.  Here are some tips to try if you are installing a world and it is giving you issues.  If trying these methods do not work, please feel free to email for further assistance!

    1.  Do you have any CC installed?  Some CC will not play nicely with worlds.

    2.  Do you have all of the necessary expansion packs installed? 

    3.  If you installed off of the website, please try uninstalling, restarting your computer and download again from the  
    Sims 3 website from my studio under SimRealtor.  Sometimes this works.


Q.  I downloaded a houseboat but cannot place it at the port.  What do I do?
A.  This is quickly solved by clicking on the port and adding a houseboat of any size.  From there you will be able to plop down any houseboat from your library (make sure that if it is a community lot that you designate it as much). 


Q.  Can I still use a world if I do not have all of the listed expansion packs? 
A. 
This is only going to be answered with 100% accuracy by trying.  But often times you can still use a world even if you do not have all of the listed expansion packs as the game will just swap for a similar object.  Worlds that have bridges will require that expansion pack to work properly.  Depending on your computer's specs, you may or may not be able to load the world. 


Q.  How do I place and install custom content rabbit hole rugs?
A.  In order to use the rugs for custom universities, resorts and rabbit holes you need to modify your game to accept these packages.  So first step is to follow these directions.  Once you have completed that step, you simply place the rug files into the new "packages" folder.  Each rug will have some basic steps for it to function. 
    - First you need to place the door that sims will "go through" for the rabbit hole.  Make sure you do not place anything on the sides of these doors. 
    - Next, go into "Buy Mode" and select the rug that you need for your rabbit hole.  Place it in front of the door.
    - Right click on the door and lock it so sims do not get stuck. 

Your rug is now in place and ready to function!  There are a few more steps and pieces of information below if this would be a resort tower rug or the custom university rugs. 

Resort Rugs
1.
  You can have these rugs on the same lot as the actual rabbit hole towers, they do not overwrite EA's.  They work so that you can have an open resort without having those big bulky towers!  This is lovely because you can then use the enormous upscale tower in your resort without it taking up so much space.

2.  Each rug tower will function as the EA ones.  So, the very basic beach tower cannot be upgraded and nor can the rug.  The spanish tower rugs and so on which have upgrades will with the rugs as well.  You will want to Shift + right click on the rug to make these selections.  If you want to have spa treatments available you can choose that.  You can also have multiple rugs on the same lot. 

3.  If you are building your own resort, I have discovered that these rugs are best placed on a first floor.  If you place them on say the 3rd floor, you are able to see them on the 2nd floor. 

4.  If you remove the resort rugs and do not place a resort tower back on the lot, when you go back into the game the resort will close. 

University Rugs
1.
 Each of the rugs will need to be placed for each building.  Once you have placed these rugs, you will need to restart your game.  When you restart you will then have the option to "enroll."  This also applies if you drop a custom university from your library and into your world.

2.  When you have restarted, you can enroll your sim into the University by either clicking on the Administration rugs or the map tags.  If you use the phone or the computer, the game will send your sim to the EA neighborhood university. 

3.  When your sim has completed finals, it may appear that your sim is no longer enrolled over the weekend and goes to having no job.  Your sim will be enrolled again come Monday.  After your second set of finals, you need to review your sims progress.  They may not have obtained enough credits to graduate and they need to be enrolled for one more semester. 

4.  In order to have these rugs work properly, you will need the Nraas Careers mod installed.  You only need the base one and not the additional tweaks to it, though we do recommend like the Homemaker career! 







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