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    Gameplay

    ... Helpful information regarding the aspects and gameplay of The Sims 3

    Cheats

Cheats The game's cheats, with instructions and descriptions on how to use them.
Tricks Tricks and bugs that make the game more fun!

    General

Achievements Earn Badges by completing the achievements available on your Player Profile and Wall.
Aging Age durations and what not.
Books All the books in the game and what to do with them.
Bug Collecting Beetle, Butterflies and Fireflies!
Careers Career levels, options, pay levels, and skills.
Ghosts Info on what happens after your Sim kicks the bucket.
Gnomes Magic Gnomes are sly,conniving and sometimes magical creatures.
Investments How and why to invest in local businesses.
Lifetime Rewards What happens when your Sim splurges on that upgrade to their life.
Lifetime Wishes Your Sims need a Lifetime Wish.
Moodlets Your sims moodlets, and what causes them.
Mysterious Mr. Gnome Careful... he's mysterious!
NPCs A list of all the NPCs who make our Sim's life a little easier and the ones we could do without!
Rocks, Gems, and Metals Finding these valuable collectibles and making the best profit.
Swimmable Oceans Added with the Seasons patch, take a dip right there in the open sea!
Occults Supernatural and super-powered Sims!
Opportunities Opportunities to increase skill level, job performance, and earn extra cash.
Pregnancy, Baby Gender & Fertility Help on what to expect when your sim is expecting.
Professions Also known as "active careers", these are careers where the sims is active and not in a rabbit hole, for a lot of the time they are working.
Rabbit Holes & Community Lots What the heck is a rabbit hole, and what are the different types? Plus, community lots!
Skills
Traits A list of all the game's traits, with descriptions.
Toddlers What to do once they're out of the crib and eating their socks.
Worlds


    Base Game

Ambrosia The dish of life!
Athletic Skill Pumping iron and getting pumped. Heh. Pumped.
Business Career
Charisma Skill
Cooking Skill The foods your sims can cook, with ingredients, cooking skill, etc.
Criminal Career
Culinary Career
Death Flower The Death Flower and its plant.
Fishing Skill Fish, baits, and so forth.
Gardening Skill Plants, fertilizers, and seeds. Where to find them and what benefits they grant.
Guitar Skill Guitar Songs, Skills and More.
Handiness Skill A list of what available upgrades there are, and information on the Handiness skill.
Journalism Career
Law Enforcement Career
Logic Skill The logic skill and its use.
Life Fruit So what's this life fruit thing and what does it do?
Medical Career
Military Career
Music Career
Omni Plant The plant that can grow lobsters!
Painting Skill Painting and the painting skill.
Political Career
Professional Sports Career
Science Career
Sunset Valley The Sims 3 original world
Writing Skill A guide to writing a best selling novel.

    World Adventures

Adventures Exciting adventures for fun and profit.
Al Simhara
Ancient Coins OooOoo, Ancient Coins? What are they good for besides hoarding?
Base Camp Base Camp is your home base while vacationing.
Champs Les Sims
Collectible Relics Is it an Ancient Relic? Does it have a curse attached to it?
Common Relics So, ok. Your Sim bought some junk in the market. Is it pretty enough to collect anyway?
Gems Information about Gem collecting, cutting, transfiguring and more.
Giant Boulders You'll need Pangu's Ax from Shang Simla to break past them to get to the treasure troves.
Location Living Your Sim doesn't want to pay Import Duty but they want to keep their stash? Why not buy a vacation home? Here's what they need to do.
Markets Market-schmarket - Why does your Sim need buy stuff anyway?
Martial Arts Skill Shang Simla is the place to be to learn the best in Martial Arts.
Mummies BOO! Mummies!!
Nectar Making Skill What is Nectar? Why in the world would your Sim want to drink something they stomped on? Is it sanitary?
Photography Skill What? Sims can take pictures now? Are we their virtual reality?
Reset Tombs Can the Tombs be reset?
Shang Simla
Tomb Adventuring Doom or riches? Will your Sim trigger a trap or strike it rich?
Transfiguration How to merge gems and rocks with the large display cases.
Traveling So where does your Sim want to go and how do they get there?


    Ambitions

Architect Design the neighbour's dream home with this profession!
Consignments Sell your junk.. er... place the fine art you've created on sale at the local consignment store.
Education Career
Firefighter Battle conflagrations and rescue sims from heated situations.
Ghost Hunter Banish spooks and absolve woeful spirits. With a big shiny gun. Who you gonna call?
Inventing Skill Invent widgets and robots, then travel back in time!
Laundry Install a washing machine and dryer or clothes line.
Doctor Take a more active role in your sims' community's health with this expansion of the Medical career track
Private Investigator Track down stray... ...baseballs? Hide in the shrubs. Have a blast picking locks.
Skill Careers Use your sim's hard earned skills to make money and be recognized.
Sculpting Skill Mold, cut, torch, chisel and saw your way to the top!
Simbot It's alive!
Stylist Have at it beautifying or creating disasters on your neighbor's hair and makup.
Tattoos Make your mistakes permanent! Permanently Inkify victim sims who will pay you for your efforts!
Twinbrook Will you build your home high and dry or down in the mosquito infested swampyland where you will be precisely situated to drown if the dam breaks?

    Late Night

Apartments Get offa my....door stoop?
Bands Maybe if we play really, really loud people will think we are good.
Bridgeport The new hustle and bustle of Late Night in downtown Bridgeport. Live in penthouses pampered by butlers or in low-end housing along with the rest of the rat race.
Butlers Hire a butler to take care of your lazy sim's households.
Celebrities Just robbery, Miss Hilton? You'll only serve 5 days for that!
Film Career
Mixology Skill Bottoms up!
Vampires No, they don't sparkle…


    Generations

After School Activities Keep your offspring busy!
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties Currently engaged sims can throw a bachelor/bachelorette party!
Boarding Schools Get rid of your children and/or teenagers while securing them a good education!
Chemistry Creations Your junior Einsteins can now create new potions and blow themselves up safely at home!
Daycare Run a Daycare centre in this active career. Help your sim keep the kids happy and hearty.
Imaginary Friends A little bit creepy, a little bit cute.
Midlife Crisis When entering adult life a sim may experience a mid-life crisis on their birthday.
Pranks and Booby Traps Child and teen sims can play pranks on hapless victims..
Prom Send your sims off to the greatest high school social event of the educational lifetrack - the PROM!
Punishment Are your sim children being naughty? staying out late? Playing hooky? Now you can scold or ground them.

    Pets

Adopting Daww it's so cute, can we keep it?!
Appaloosa Plains Let your horses and unicorns run rampant all over town!
Breeding Pets When a mommy pet loves a daddy pet very much they'll want to start a family.
Equestrian Center The place to race, breed and exhibit your horses.
Fleas Yep, Now you too can catch pesky fleas from your dear pets.
Racing Skill
Hunting Skill Send your pets to find rare collectibles!
Minor Pets Lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, and more!
Unicorns

    Showtime

Achievements
Acrobat Acrobat career for athletic sims.
DJ Just the Sim to spin the decks at a party.
Genies Be careful what you wish for.
Magician Perform magic and illusions for your audiences.
Setting up the Stage Create custom stage setups before your shows start.
SimFest talent Shows for Magicians, Acrobats and Singers..
Simport Swap your sims with other players - send your sims on tours and host your friend's sims.
Singer Vocally talented sims can make it big!
Starlight Shores This is the showplace for all your ambitious, creative simmies to show off. Plenty of venues and stages.
Venues All the types of places to show off your Simmies' talents.


    Supernatural

Alchemy Skill Stalk the night, use your wand to cast spells, claw the furniture and more. You can mix dozens of elixirs that can turn Sims into zombies or transform them into gold. Share your enchanted brews with any friends who have The Sims 3! Hone your magical crafts and share the enchantment: Learn to cast spells and find rare ingredients to brew elixirs, so you can charm or hex your Sims’ lives. Send your magical elixirs to any of your friends’ games who have The Sims 3.
Beekeeping Keep your bees happy and make the very best honey possible.
Fairies Fairies are mystical and whimsical Sims that adore nature.
Fortune Teller Your Sims can hone their psychic abilities and build a career as mystic fortune teller.
Lunar Cycle Follow the phases of the moon? Looking for a little lunacy?
Moonlight Falls Explore the town of Moonlight Falls where strange things happen by the light of the moon. Discover what mysteries and abilities are revealed by the light of the full moon. Will your Sims freak out or become more powerful?
Supernatural Objects Discover supernatural items. Race around the arena on your broomstick, visit the gypsy caravan, or preen in front of your magic mirror. Even awaken the classic character of Bonehilda, the quirky skeletal maid. Tons of new enchanted objects.
Vampires Everything you want to know about the new shiny and dangerous vampires. The enhanced Vampire info is appended to the existing Late Night vampire page.
Werewolves
Witches
Zombies Mix a special elixir to create shuffling, brain-hungry monsters of your very own. Chomp on other Sims to spread the love and wreak havoc. Don’t fret, you can always concoct an elixir to change your Sims back.



    Seasons

Aliens Welcome mysterious visitors: New weather patterns aren’t the only things appearing in the sky! Befriend an alien visitor and use their UFO to abduct a neighbor, invade a community lot, or travel to the stars.
Festivals Join the fun with seasonal festivals: Sims can get in a snowball fight at the annual winter festival, get their faces painted at the summer festival, whoop it up at the spring dance, or bob for apples during the fall festival.
Holiday Greeting Cards During the various seasonal festivals stop in at the photo booth to take pictures by yourself or with up to 7 other sims. Each season has a different backdrop. Once taken, our sim will have memento greeting cards in their personal inventory that they can hang on their walls or placed on a counter..
Seasons Objects Let your Sims swim in the ocean on a hot summer day, bob for apples in the autumn leaves, test their snowboarding skill on the half pipe,play soccer, or welcome spring showers with a walk in the rain and a colorful umbrella. Delight your Sims with new activities for every season: Whether building an intimate igloo, carving a scary Jack o’ lantern, taking a plunge off the diving board, or setting off all-new fireworks, your Sim can always find new things to do throughout the year.
Online Dating Is your sim too busy to find a local date? Now there is online dating. Create a personalized profile, put in a picture of you that is 1000 times better looking than your real life self and meet up with other sims in the virtual world. Go shopping for just the right hottie. Just be careful if you lie.... Have that beauty potion available. There is one, isn't there?
Temperature Watch and sims switch to outerwear as the cold sets in, or swimsuits for the beach! Just be careful not to let them freeze or overheat!
Weather Experience the joy and challenge of changing weather: New weather effects and Sim reactions capture the power and beauty of nature! Sims can get a tan, be struck by lightning, or catch a cold!


    University Life

Classes Get to classes on time, and sleep through your lectures.
Cliques Is your sim a jock, a nerd, or a rabble-rousing rebel?
Mascot The mascot will arrive at your sims's home to deliver a goodie box full of things for University.
Majors Decide what you want to be when you grow up, then finish the required coursework.
Party Statue Available only as a preorder bonus, this statue allows a range of different themed parties.
Plantsims Returning from The Sims 2, Plantsims are especially good with the herbs introduced in University, as well as with gardening in general.
Science Skill Manipulate the natural world, improve your produce, and perhaps unlocked the secret of Plantsims.
Street Art Skill Paint up the town and get away with it, IF you are good.


    Island Paradise

Running Resorts Take a whole resort hotel under your stewardship, and make sure the guests have a great time.
Scuba Diving Skill Explore the ocean floor and discover hidden treasures!
Mermaids You can either entice or become a mermaid/merman
The Kraken Will the fearful Kraken drag you down with your ship or will you escape?
Lifeguard Are you just going to sit up high on your beach perch enjoying the admiration of adoring sims or go save that poor sim who's drowning?!
Houseboats Ahoy Maty! How does the weather fare beyond that inlet? I think I shall sail over and take a look for meself!
Resort Ownership Run your own vacation resort - make mega bucks or go broke!
Uncharted Islands Search through fog shrouded waters and claim ownership of uncharted islands.

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    Sims 3 Store Venues

Premium Content Additional gameplay content that is sold at an enormous premium!
Olympian Physique A place to excercise your lazy and or weightlifting sims.
Gothique Library Built by the very first Goth's that ever settled in Sunset Valley this hauntingly majestic library has twists, turns and surprises around every corner. Premium Content - Lady Ravendancer Goth's Book o' Spells
Regency Arcade Add some dash of class and a ton of fun to your Sims neighborhood with the Regency Arcade! This hangout offers a whole new level of fun for your Sims wrapped in a stylish Regency architecture theme. Premium Content-Classic Gumball Machine
The Lucky Simoleon Casino Come on down and give us all your money! You'll leave lighter and happier for having given to a good cause! Big dreams, but lacking the sufficient funds to see them through? Then come on down to The Lucky Simoleon Casino! Featuring slot machines and table games this stylish Casino is the means to turn your dreams into reality! So why not take a chance and cash in on the good times? It will only cost a few simoleons…such a small price to pay for the possibility of prestige, luxury, and wealth! Premium Content - Triple Riches Slots O'Jackpots Slot Machine and Hit 'em Harder BlackJack Table
Serenity Retreat Rejuvenate your body and soul with a relaxing sojourn to Serenity Retreat! Submerge in the tranquil waters, be enchanted by the lush gardens, or lay back, relax and enjoy a full array of massage options. Paradise never felt so good! Premium Content - Infinite Zen Massage Table and the Keep Me Clean Outdoor Shower
Stones Throw Greenhouse With the Stones Throw Greenhouse, you're sure to have the best harvest in years! The included furniture and clothing will get you in the right mindset for the cooler weather, and with the new greenhouse, you'll be able to grow excellent crops in a fraction of the time! Use your newfound leisure time to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labors. Premium Content -SwiftGro Gardening Station and the Plants vs. Zombies Sunflower
Al Fresco Market Take a sunset stroll, enjoy a meal in the open air, and buy the best produce around at the Al Fresco Street Market. Professional gardeners can come to the market and sell their fresh produce while children try their hand with the lemonade stand. Best of all? This venue comes with new harvestable plants: Eggplant and Lemon Tree! Premium Content - Humble Harvest Stands
Tiny Prodigies Early Learning Center a place to dump.. uh..leave your precious darlings while you are off traipsing around town. You’ve always known that your child is a little genius and now it’s time for the whole world to know! Bring your brainy tot to the Tiny Prodigies Early Learning Center where you can get verifiable proof that your child is better than the rest. They can teach themselves to walk and talk, as well as learn other important life skills earlier than ever before. You’ll be so pleased that you’ll want a bumper sticker that says “Your kid may be an honor student but mine is a Tiny Prodigy”. Premium Content - Head Start Playpen and Local Motion Toddler Walker
Le Cinema Plumbbob Enjoy your favorite TV movies in a classier setting at the Le Cinema Plumbob! This theater is the height of style with its art deco themed furniture, intimate screening rooms, and balcony bar overlooking it all! Whether you're enjoying a favorite old time movie or just having a drink with some friends, Le Cinema Plumbob is definitely the place to be! Premium Content - Barrier to Entry System and Large as Life Movie Screen
The Dukes of Bows Rennaissance Faire Good Morrow! Why spend your days toiling away at a profession when you can while the day away at the Faire! Eat, play, and relax in the sunshine at this epic outdoor venue. Make the world's sweetest music on the Fit as a Fiddle Violin or compete in the ultimate test of focus and strength at the Archer's Gauntlet. Only one true hero can be named the Duke of Bows!* *Duke of Bows is a fictional title, for only the most delusional Sims. Premium content - Fit as a Fiddle Violin and Archer's Gauntlet


    Sims 3 Worlds

Barnacle Bay Pirates Ahoy - An island nestled in the Simuyan Sea, Barnacle Bay is a vibrant vacation getaway with stunning beaches, campgrounds, parks, and a curiously modern downtown. First settled by pirates, fisherman, and artists - the world's inhabitants now enjoy relaxing at Smuggler's Beach and letting loose at The Wanderer's Watering Hole. Will Your trip be a vacation or a staycation? Available from EA store
Hidden Springs Nice town with plenty of space. Comes with Leon's Fountain of Youth - Available from EA store
Lucky Palms Dry red desert world suitable for a gambling mecca - Comes with wishing well - Premium Content - Wishing Well
Lunar Lakes Alien world with cool weird trees. Comes with the Tree of Prosperity - Premium Content - Tree of Prosperity
Monte Vista Italian landscape, with old architecture in an old walled town on the hilltop overlooking rolling hill. Comes with the Wood Fire oven and new foods - fresh-baked pizzas, calzones, lasagnas and bread - Premium Content - Wood Fire Oven
Riverview A rural landscape with quaint architecture and green fields. Available from The Sims 3 Store
Sunlit Tides A Polynesian paradise scattered around a volcanic reef lagoon. Premium Content - Steam it up Sauna and Gold gets the Infinite Zen Massage Table along with the Serenity Treat Venue
Aurora Skies Breathtaking scenery and vast, unspoiled nature awaits at Aurora Skies! This quaint coastal town features the very best in harmonious living: spacious land in an eco-friendly community, majestic waterfalls that come to rest on the banks of a geo-thermal lake, and hot air balloons that allow you to enjoy the multi-colored night sky. What harmony will you find at Aurora Skies? Premium Content - Hot Air Balloon
Dragon Valley A whole world full of diminuitive dragons which can cast fire, hoarde treasure, fulfill happiness or create curses and haunts. Dragon Valley, a land of myth and fantasy. It’s been years since any adult dragons have terrorized this peaceful town but it’s not yet time to rest. The elven Sims of Dragon Valley are working to ensure that their military is up to par, their citizens are prepared for disaster, and that the scientific techniques they’ve used to keep the dragonlings small stay intact. The skies may be clear for now, but beneath the surface a conflict is brewing between the Mithrilen and O’Connell families for control of town. It’s tradition vs. progress. On which side will you stand? Premium Content - Red, Green, Purple Dragons. If you bundled with Duke of Bows venue, you get the Black Dragon



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