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Sight Bonus: Quick Note & Photoshoot

Hey everybody,
Surprise! I bet you weren’t expecting a bonus post from me~ If you’ve peeped my new profile photo, then you may have also noticed that I’ve updated the layout/color scheme of my site; complete with a new header at the top. And because I’m obsessive, I went into the nitty-gritty details of re-doing the theme and re-edited all of my featured photos for my various pages, for no reason other than I clearly know how to waste time. SO here’s a comparison shot just because it’s so subtle no one will notice and I need my labor to be acknowledged, lmao XD

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I also prettied up & re-ordered the table of contents because I personally hated having to scroll down to update the new chapters so now it goes from newest -> oldest instead of the other way around; so when you press it, the new chapter names and release dates are right there in front of you.

The extras page that was initially just a drop down for the elite guide, sight world info and recap is now a proper page you can click. That is where you’ll be able to find posts like these bonuses and any other updates I choose to share that are too long for the updates page, hehe.

And now I have some other tidbits of into to share so bear with me…
*LENGTHY POST WARNING*

This past week, the lovely Lila and Louise posted photography tutorials for how they take their photos for their stories (which I’ve linked so you can check it out if you’ve missed them) and in their posts, they included mentions of lovely mods & CC – amongst other things – that I was perfectly content with admiring from afar, which if you recall my computer fiasco of ’17 (r.i.p) needs no further explanation.

I wasn’t eager to re-install any unnecessary mods or expansion packs (I’m currently playing with World Adventures and Seasons) because I know the game and its truckload of extras is what contributed to my last computer’s destruction. HOWEVER, whilst attempting to work ahead, particularly while taking photos of a certain ship with a terrible name *cough* Caislyn *cough* for the story, my game crashed a record 4 TIMES. Which, despite all my computer abuse, in the past has never happened before.

It only happened while taking photos for this particular scene that didn’t have any fancy setting or CC; so I figured either a) the universe is telling me to destroy the ship or b) my computer is in dire need of some cleanup so the game doesn’t ruin me again. I figured the first choice would bring me a small riot, so I decided to go with the latter.

From the suggestions I received from Louise a few weeks ago (thanks again!) I added some mods, like the master controller, overwatch etc. to see if that would help the game. Success! I finished the screenshot taking in peace, and surprisingly, the game was running quite excellently, even in CAS *knocks on wood* afterwards. So what did I do? I decided to push my luck since I’m a risk taker like that, which brings me back to the photography tutorials I mentioned at the start.

Long story short; I had a mod party and added the HQ/no glow and a few sky and camera ones ANNNDDD the result was quite beautiful. I’m not a pro photo taker by any means, and my computer became molten lava in the process, but it was worth it. I literally spent hours just taking photos. So shoutout again to Lila and Louise because they instilled in me a desire to take some shots.

I’ve spent three days this week alone just decorating things, downloading lots, and selecting outfits for the sole purpose of staging photos. I was pretty pleased with how everything looked so I shall now share; they are predominately the result of in-game lighting, not much tinkering on my end:

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Alright, now we are up to speed. I’ll just mention that I have no intention of significantly changing my story photos, just because, while I feel like a kid in a candy store with all the pretty-ness, I prefer my quick in and out basic screenshot taking and I don’t want to push my luck that far and have a laggy game.

So why mention all of this? Well, like I mentioned, I killed some time, and next week I have an event I have to go to so there’ll be no chapter. Sorry! I was going to work ahead this week but my photo rampage killed that. Hmmm, what else… I think that is it. Thanks for reading another one of my lengthy posts โค I shall part with an edited closeup of my new profile and Caislyn~

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Have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see y’all on Saturday!
Take care,
xoxo Amy

20 thoughts on “Sight Bonus: Quick Note & Photoshoot

  1. Thanks for the shoutout!
    Whaaat, you didn’t have Nraas before??? I’m glad the mods fixed up your game. They are truly lifesavers ๐Ÿ˜€
    The pictures look sooo good! I love how clear and vibrant they are. I noticed your new avatar before and I immediately thought of how nice it looks. Look at these cute Caislyn pictures that you are cruelly teasing us with! I especially like the wavy hairstyle with bangs on Aislyn.
    I feel you on the ‘kid in a candy store’ CC mania. The first time I discovered what CC was, I was incredibly excited, and again with mods. My game started to suffer when I kept on finding higher poly CC, lmao, but I think I’ve reached the peak of it now, so hopefully my game will remain okay!

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    1. No problem~ thanks for sharing your knowledge โ˜บ๏ธ Hahaha nope! Despite playing the game for nearly a decade, I had no desire to improve my experience it appears. I was aware of the nraas site and had like the bare minimum installed (like the descensor mod, and a few others, lol) I didnโ€™t think theyโ€™d make that much of a difference, but I was wrong ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you ๐Ÿ’“ she gets another haircut next chapter. Hehe~ I shall continue to tease for who knows how long. ๐Ÿ˜‡
      Beauty is pain as they say, in this case it is our computers who suffer, lol. But itโ€™s worth it ๐Ÿ˜† I hope they continue to survive the strain ๐Ÿ™

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  2. Thank you for the shout-out! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m really glad that the Nraas mods helped you out! โค The game is barely playable without them.
    And you photos look so lovely and cute ๐Ÿ™‚ โค I mean, yeah, Lila is right on you being evil and teasing us with these cute photos, but I expect it at this point ๐Ÿ˜› I'm cool.
    I hope you continue to have fun with all the nice photos you're taking โค

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    1. No prob~ thanks again for the life-changing tips! Haha it did, I donโ€™t know why I was so reluctant to install them earlier, when I saw the list of actions you could use them for, I was like โ€˜thatโ€™s a lot of stuff I donโ€™t needโ€™ – I was wrong ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Haha like I said, Iโ€™ve accepted the title ๐Ÿ˜‡ I shall continue to tease to my heartโ€™s content.
      Itโ€™s like Iโ€™ve rediscovered the game, lmao – Iโ€™m trying to refrain from being overly distracted. Thank you ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. I love your screenshots! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ You spend a significant amount of time in CAS and now that you have the NRAAS mods, you can make CAS load even faster by collapsing the extra outfit views when it loads. So instead of loading the three preset recolors, it will display one of each outfit. It decreasing loading time immensely. They are still there and if you click on an outfit, you can scroll through the presets, but letโ€™s be honest, how many of us use the preset colors in TS3. I rarely ever did! I miss it sooooo much in TS4. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    To do it just go into the settings on MasterController and scroll to CAS setting s and choose all of the ones that say show in compact form to true. Here is a link to the page at NRAAS that shows it… http://nraas.wikispaces.com/MasterController%20Interactions You can also choose to show your cc first. Because letโ€™s be honest, if we downloaded, we wanted to use it!

    Since you mentioned mods, thought I would share this tidbit. It was a game changer for me and I have ALL EPS and ALL store content in my game… so you can imagine…lol….

    And…. the Caislyn screen shots. You make me crave the next chapter even more! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Thanks โค๏ธ Yeah CAS is always a nightmare, but Iโ€™ll definitely do that – Iโ€™m into the world of mods now, I shall accept all of your teachings ๐Ÿ˜† Right? Some presets are so whack, lmao.
      Ooh, thatโ€™s even easier than I thought. I somehow had it in my mind that the nraas mods added a whole bunch of functions Iโ€™d never use, but itโ€™s the opposite. Oh my, the most I had was like seven expansions and a fair amount of store content at once and that was a struggle. I canโ€™t even imagine that level of content ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Haha maybe I shall be teasing for a lot longer, maybe not ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ’“

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  4. Your pictures look amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was in the same boat you were. I was so scared to download any mods, but I eventually folded, and started out little by little. I was amazed at how much it improved my game.

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    1. Thanks ๐Ÿ’“ Yeah, for some reason I thought theyโ€™d make things worse even though they are supposed to do the opposite, haha. Well, better late than never as they say โ˜บ๏ธ The difference in gameplay is crazy!

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  5. I have a lot of mods which I can’t imagine playing without. I even listed them all on my CC page. I don’t change Sims’ clothes in any way other than by Master Controller. If I tell them to change by the interaction, it takes HOURS.
    Yeah, I did notice your avi and thought it was so pretty. Lovely screenshots you have there, too. โ™ฅ Greetings from Moscow!

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    1. I only had like three before this, now Iโ€™m starting to pile them on. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I know, itโ€™s admirable how you keep everything so organized all the time. Haha, I have a feeling that will be me if I keep adding stuff. Thanks again ๐Ÿ’• Have fun!

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  6. I’m sorry I am so late to comment!! ๐Ÿ˜ถ
    Those pictures are so beautiful!! โค โค So when will our ship finally sail?! Hmm? (Nooo pressure though, lol! ๐Ÿ˜‚)
    And your new avatar looks amazing too! ๐Ÿ’•
    I can't even imagine how my game would run without NRaas mods, they're truly a gamesaver! I must agree with Audrey about the MC CAS compact mode (or whatever it's called, haha), CAS loads up so fast – when you have downloaded a cr@pload of cc clothing, it really makes a major difference! ๐Ÿ˜€ NRaas mods are so well made, you won't regret having them in your game!
    I really loved this update and I can't wait for your next chapter! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค โค

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    1. No worries! Thank you โค๏ธ Haha, who knows? ๐Ÿ˜ I really had like a few basic ones, and now Iโ€™m regretting hesitating for so long. Iโ€™m about to do that next time I play! I shall eagerly accept any advice yโ€™all have, mods have me excited to sim again, lol. Thanks!

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  7. Your site and pics look amazing! I agree with all of the above comments about the NRaas mods. Once I installed them in my game, I couldn’t imagine playing without them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• I couldnโ€™t resist incorporating the new shots somehow. Thereโ€™s no going back for me now, Iโ€™m hoping to make my mod free sim playing ancient history ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  8. I love the first hairstyle Aislyn wears in this post (other than the very very first one), it’s so cute! And those pictures are very pretty, but the filters made them even prettier! It just adds a soft touch to them, which matches Aislyn’s personality ๐Ÿ™‚
    These shots of Aislyn and Cailean are super cute, and I’m still waiting for the chapter where they are comfortable enough with each other to take sweet pictures like these!

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    1. Thank you! I shall be switching up her hair and style again in the upcoming chapter(s)~ I love staging couple shots, haha Iโ€™m also looking forward to reaching that point in the story too lol, soon… maybe ๐Ÿ˜‡

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    1. Haha Cailyn sounds like it could be a real name. Itโ€™s not the cai/ais portion of their names that bothers me but the fact that the latter syllable of their names sounds exactly the same so their ship name sounds like a mispronunciation of their regular names ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ Iโ€™ve decided to accept it though, next time Iโ€™ll pay more attention when assigning names, lol.

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