Q and A


This is the FAQ section. If you have any questions about CC I’ve used or my game otherwise you can ask them here in form of a comment. This space will gradually fill up. Make sure to check the comment section of this page before asking your question since if I’ve answered a question there I don’t see a reason to add the same answer to the post itself.

How do you re-size pictures?

  • I use Photoshop’s Batch Automation function. I can record an action and then PS can do the whole batch together, so that I don’t have to re-size 100 pictures one by one. Adobe released Creative Suit 2 for free download so you can download Photoshop CS2(Win/Mac) for free now on the adobe site!

Where do you download stuff?

  • Oh goodness. Tons of places. Usually when I want to take a quick peek at what’s been uploaded recently I check “My Sims 3 Blog”, there’s a link to the place in the sidebar. Also I often check ModTheSims and Club Crimsyn.

What’s AwesomeMod? Do you use it?

  • AM is a core mod that fixes tons of bugs and is generally awesome and something I can’t live without, so yeah I use it.

Do you use a Story Progression mod? / How do you get those pop-up notices of other sims in town?

  • I use Twallan’s StoryProgression for that and a number of other mods from him, because they are awesome much like their creator.

Which operating system do you use?

  • I use Windows 7.

How do you pronounce ‘Kerrin’?

  • Kerr-in

If I give you a download link to my sim/simself will you put them in your game?

  • Sure!

Will you make me a simself and put them in your game?

  • I’m not great at that so no.

How did you get freckles to pass down to your sims’ kids?

  • It’s a custom skin. You can get it from here OR if you have Late Night/latest patched game then here. Use your mouse scroll wheel in CAS to scroll through the skins to get to the custom ones.
    If you don’t get the mod the skin will still WORK, but you can only pick the skin for other sims in CAS if you scroll through the skins.

How did you get mixed gender multiples?

  • I think it’s Twallan’s StoryProgression mod’s doing. I have Random Genders for Twins/Triplets turned On.
  • You can also get them by inducing multiples(fertility treatment,kids tv/radio) then having a high level medical career predict the gender of the baby and once your sim has been told the gender eat the fruit of the opposite gender(3 apples for boys, 3 watermelons for girls) to get the second and or third baby to be the opposite of what you were told.

How do you get your sims to paint those cool paintings/how come your sims’ paintings look different from my sims’ paintings?

Which default replacement skins do you use?

  • For the bodies this set and for faces Aikea Guinea’s Slave skins. I changed them up somewhere in the middle there, but that is the combination that suits me.
  • As of 9.1(Skiptons) and 4.1(Shepherds) I use Joedy’s Bittersweet skin for both body and face. It works for all ages including babies and elders!

Which default replacement eyes do you use?

  • Up until and including chapter 4.0 of the Skipton ISBI(and Shepherd 1.4) I use Aikea’s first set. They’re the right ones not the multi-coloured ones.
  • From chapter 4.1(ISBI) and 2.0(Shepherd) I use amvalvo’s Glittering Darkness.
  • At some point I changed the eyes to Pavic’s replacement eyes.

How do you get freckles to pass down?/What freckled skins do you use?

How do you take your pictures?

I use the freecam mode(press Tab on your keyboard to get in and out of that mode) it allows for better navigation and you can see the full picture you’re about to take.

  • Use the qweasd keys on your keyboard (Q for lower, E for higher, W for forward, S for back, A for left and D for right)
  • Your right mouse button (this works as a more controlled version of the QEAD keys)
  • Mouse wheel (though +- on your keyboard work just as well to zoom). You can also CLICK on the mouse wheel and drag the mouse for change of angle.

I suppose it takes some getting used to if you haven’t used it before, but I’ve literally been doing this for years(ever since TS2 pretty much) so it comes so naturally to me. I also have a camera mod(go to modthesims.info and search in the the sims 3 section for “no drift”. I use Aikea Guinea’s mod).

Where do I put .sim files?

  • Place them in the SavedSims folder in My documents/electronic arts/the sims 3(Windows)

What do I do with .package files?

Will you upload this or that sim on thesims3.com?

  • Only if there is no CC on them but otherwise no. There is close to no harm in .sim form sims whereas if you download sims from the official site, they might have files attached to them that you do not want in your game. Just take the .sim file I’ve uploaded and put it in your savedsims folder.

But you haven’t uploaded this sim at all!

  • If you request a sim I will probably upload it. I’ve probably just forgotten or didn’t feel the need to. Ask away.

If something comes in .zip/.rar/.7z form, do I have to unpack it for it to work?

  • Of course!

How do I use this or that mod?

  • Read the fucking manual. I don’t make mods so don’t ask me about them. Asking me mod related question make me grumpy and rude. I don’t want to be rude to you so please just read whatever thread or site you got the mod from not me. I appreciate your cooperation.

What are your in-game graphics settings?


91 Responses to “Q and A”

  1. Tracy Says:

    Do you use a default skin tone replacement? Can you recommend one or a place to find some decent ones?

    • Mariah Says:

      Yes I do use default replacement skins; as I mentioned in this update I have kanno’s Moonlight skins. Get them from GoS. The link leads to the faces but there’s a link in the first post leading to the body skins as well :)

  2. Esther Says:

    Hello Mariah,

    Can I have the link to the default eyes you use? They’re so beautiful!

    Thank you!


    • Mariah Says:

      I have actually changed the eyes I use in my game recently(to this set), but you haven’t seen them yet.. so until and including chapter 4.0 of the Skiptons I use Aikea Guinea’s first eyes, also known as the very first replacement eyes ever for The Sims 3. Get them here or here(the right-most set, not the multi-coloured ones).

  3. Esther Says:

    Aww thank you! :)

  4. Megan Says:

    I’ve been reading your ISBI and I’ve noticed that after your sims get pregnant you are able to change their maternity clothing. How do you do this?? Thanks!

    • Mariah Says:

      I use Twallan’s Master Controller for that. Click on the sim > Nraas > MasterController > Stylist. Very handy!

      Link to Twallan’s stuff is up there in the post :)

  5. Esther Says:

    Could you maybe put my simself in your game? :)


    • Mariah Says:

      Sure :)

      I picked up the .sims3pack file but I saw you didn’t know how to save a sim as a .sim file. All you have to do is be in a mirror or cas and pick save in bin(it’s in the same options as Share) and then a .sim file is created in SavedSims :)

  6. Esther Says:

    Thank you! I’m going to try it right now!

  7. mackenziie Says:

    How do you get those different names in your game? Do you use a mod, or do you use SP to rename babies at birth?

    • Mariah Says:

      I use a mod, but it only works if you have AwesomeMod installed, so I don’t recommend it to people who just want different names.
      It’s this mod though in case you’re interested anyway.

    • Mariah Says:

      Oh thanks! Actually Queenie’s hair is Lotus’s retexture version, but nevertheless, you managed to remind me to link it :)

  8. Bella Marie Says:

    Just curious, what kind of computer do you have? My parents are getting a new computer to replace the ten-year-old one we have now and I want one that can play my Sims games well (my laptop isn’t the greatest place for Sims…). Also what kind of graphics card and the like do you use?

    • Mariah Says:

      I’m currently using an AMD dual core 2.61Ghz Processor, 4GB of RAM and an nVidia GeForce GTS 250 graphics card, the last of which I would recommend to anyone, it’s fantastic. It’s basically the only thing I’m not upgrading (as soon as I have enough money I’m upgrading my pc). I also have a cheap motherboard, which is why I need a new one xD
      After the upgrade I’ll have an AMD quad core 3.4Ghz Processor and 8GB of RAM. I’m also getting water-cooling for my processor to keep it nice and cool which means it’ll run better.

  9. Lisanne Says:

    How can you move sims to an other town and keep there family tree and things intact?

    • Mariah Says:

      I use Twallan’s mod called “The Porter” go here to find it :)

  10. Courtney Says:

    Where do you get all your crazy patterns from? I love them, and want some, haha.

    • Mariah Says:

      Most of the patterns I use are actually from the game itself. I have some from Plum on ModTheSims(the strawberry pattern on Santana’s teen dress). I don’t really go out downloading a lot of patterns. If you see a specific you want to know about, you can ask me and I can see if I remember where I got it. Sorry I can’t be more helpful at this moment.

  11. Cassie Says:

    Hi Mariah. I’ve read your Chimeree Legacy a few (5 ?) times and I have to say I’m a big fan of yours! But that’s not why I’m here.

    I’m here to ask you if you could make a Sims 3 account on the website. It would really help if I could actually download things off of there because all of your other links won’t let me download them.

    Could you maybe upload all the Chimeree’s, your simself, and Tobias, Lyra, Misty, Oz, Hunter, and maybe all the others? I know it’s a lot of work but I just can’t download any of them using the links you gave us.


    P.S. My member name on thesims3.com is MonsterHighRulez. If you ever decide to make one I’d be more than happy to be your friend.

    • Mariah Says:

      Hi, Cassie! I’m sorry you’re having problems.
      I already have an account on the official site, but I don’t upload there.
      Care to elaborate on your problem? Do the pop-ups just not come up? If so it’s probably your browser blocking the pop-ups, a little notice should come up when you try to download. Try going to your browser settings. It’s probably under Tools>Options. Go to privacy settings and if you have the browser set to block pop-ups, add Mediafire.com to the exceptions list.

      • Cassie Says:

        I don’t think it has anything to do with pop-ups. I think maybe my laptop just doesn’t like mediafire unless it is houses. Or maybe I don’t know how to make the right folder in my downloads folder so I can download your AWESOME sims. I can’t download mods either so maybe it’s just my computer. I know it would probably work better on a desktop, but thanks for you help anyway.

        • Mariah Says:

          I’m sorry, I’m so confused. I have no idea what the problem is here so I can’t help D:

  12. Bri Says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed your Chimaree legacy and was intrigued by one mod in particular – the one which updates you on the activities of your Sims in the non-active household as you play (i.e. tells you information such as: “suchandsucha Sim had a baby” “Thishere Sim got married”) in the form of a pop-up information graphic in the upper right hand of the window. I’ve tried multiple searches for it, but I’m unsure of the right terms to use as I search. Could you please tell me what this mod is? Thank you! :)

    • Mariah Says:

      Twallan’s StoryProgression. It even says so in this very F.A.Q.

  13. Cassie Says:

    Hi, Mariah. It’s me again. I’ve recently made my simself and I was wondering if you could put her in your Skipton ISBI legacy? Thanks. It would mean a lot to me. Here is the link ==> http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=5166341

    Thanks again.
    P.S. Still a HUGE fan of yours.

    • Mariah Says:

      By put her in the legacy do you mean you want her somewhere in the neighbourhood or you wanna marry in? :)

      • Cassie Says:

        Neighborhood would be great but marry in would make me so happy! But if you don’t marry her in then can you make her immortal? Thanks.

        • Mariah Says:

          Yeah I can make her immortal, no problem :)

          • Cassie Says:

            Pretty please marry her in? Just make her immortal until you do… please???

            • Mariah Says:

              I’m going to have a female heiress this generation though, just so you know :)

              • Cassie Says:

                Um… I guess I don’t really care but a boy would be better… Can you marry her in next generation so she can have babies and then i can see them. Thanks.

                • Cassie Says:

                  Hey. Before you get too far, I’m going to make an updated version of her. But I wouldn’t care if you change her clothes or hair style but I’m just not satisfied with her right now. I’ll tell you when I get a new one uploaded. Thanks. :D

  14. Cassie Says:

    I was just wondering if you’ll be doing another family tree for both of your current legacies ’cause I get more confused everytime I read a new chapter. It really helped with your Chimeree’s.

    • Mariah Says:

      I hadn’t thought of it, but I might just do it. I get confused sometimes myself :)

  15. Cassie Says:

    Does this look like Augustin to you? Found him on thesims3.com exchange. http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=5257888

    • Mariah Says:

      Maybe the hair and the eye colour but some of the facial features are totally different: eyes, nose. Thank you though, it was considerate of you :)

  16. Sbviaf Says:

    I’ve been looking for the leaf pattern you use a lot. I think you first used it here: http://www.koelsims.net/?p=350 in the living/kitchen and hallway. I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find it. Do you remember where you got it?

    • Mariah Says:

      Here you go :)

      • Sbviaf Says:

        Thank you so much and keep up the good work!

  17. Ava Says:

    Hi! I’m a huge fan of your stories(:

    I am quite new to mods and have a question– how do you use Master Controller to show the population by age group? and how do you use master controller to fix family trees?

    • Mariah Says:

      Hello, I’m glad you like my simmings!
      Here’s a small fact: I’m not an expert on MasterController.This isn’t even a thread on the site where you got the MC. However, I’m feeling generous so I will give you some links.

      Go to where you got MC and click on Interactions under Documentation (or just go to this direct link.)
      Population by age is explained in the first category: demographics. I didn’t even have to scroll down. Basically, click on a computer or a wall or the city hall and pick town – demographics -population. Voilà.

      Fixing family trees depends on what you’re trying to do. It has to be done manually as far as I know. Like if a sim is missing their dead mother you have to go to sim – advanced – family – add parent and then choose the categories(such as: type of sim – dead) and pick the sim out of a list. I think they also explain it within the link under Sim and then Family(there’s a quick link in the menu on the right side on that page) or also there’s a question about it in the FAQ(go here for that).

      Please make sure next time to read the documentation and or FAQs that are on the site with the mod :) Good luck and have a nice day!

  18. EmotedLlama Says:

    Hi–sorry if these questions have obvious answers I’ve missed (I know how much you dislike that), but I was wondering what replacement body hair/facial hair you use? Also, do you use a lighting mod? If so, which one is it?

    • Mariah Says:

      No lighting mods but I use KittyKlan‘s facial hair replacements and custom body hair by TummyZa(non-replacement) :)

  19. Kayla Says:

    Are you planning on uploading their current house? I know its the “kid friendly mother approved” but I love your makeover on it.

    • Mariah Says:

      I wasn’t planning on it. It would require me to go and change things up, like remove patterns and stuff. But I might. I’ll post about it on the front page if I do go for it.

  20. Sophia Says:

    Hey Mariah! I hate to bother you again, but we’ve gotten up a few more chapters and we took your advice about the bigger pictures, as well as your advice about freecam mode, not to mention we’ve customized the site quite a bit, and we’d love to know what you think about all the renovations and if you could offer you any more pointers. (major run-on sentence, woah.) Thanks so much!! :)

  21. Christina Says:

    Hello there, I’m currently reading your Chimeree legacy, and it is wonderful! When I’ve finished it I plan to come read the ones here. I hate to bother you with a specific request, but if you happen to remember it will save me hours more of searching (I’ve been looking on mysims3blog for about 3 hours now under male clothing) In 8.2 you changed Coke’s everyday clothing top to what looks like a sweatervest with the rainbow pattern, with an open v-necked white shirt underneath with sleeves rolled up below the elbows. I’ve seen a lot that looked almost the same but not the exact one. Do you possibly remember? I’m kinda desperate! Thanks so much! And thanks for posting your stories for us to enjoy, it is much appreciated.

  22. Mariah Says:

    Oh my goodness. I didn’t even have that piece of cc any more, but I remember it now and I want it back!
    FOUND IT! It’s from TSR.

  23. Christina Says:

    You are my hero!!!!!!!!! Thanks sooo soooo much!!

  24. Cassie Says:

    Hi Mariah. Sorry I ask so many things or comment with you like this but I have a question when you made Sub and Groz pregnant did you use nraas Woohooer? Also when you downloaded the file did you have to unzip it? Because I downloaded it and tried it out in my game and it didn’t work while it was zipped and I haven’t tried it while it was unzipped.
    Also I’ve seen youtube videos with people who have MC and when they click on their sim it says something like “NRaas” and when they click it they have options but do you have to enter a cheat like “testingcheatsenabled true” or are they just clicking?

    If you can help I will be very very happy because the youtube people most of the time don’t write back.

    Thank you so much for all of your help.

    • Mariah Says:

      Yes when I used Twallan’s Woohooer with Sub and Groz :)
      You ALWAYS have to unzip the .zip/.rar/.7z files. Nothing EVER works unless you unpack them. Maybe that’s why you’ve been saying my sims that I’ve uploded don’t work for you. You forgot to unpack? So absolutely unpack the files and delete your script.cache after you install mods(you don’t have to do it when installing sims, hair, clothes etc. just mods) or it will mess up your game.
      When you install the mastercontroller(make sure to unzip again or it won’t work) there is no need to type in a cheat just click on your sim or a computer and the Nraas menu will show up :) same with the woohooer and all other twallan’s mods.
      Make sure to always delete your script.cache file in the documents/ea/The sims 3 folder after installing a script mod(such as the mastercontroller and the likes).

      • Cassie Says:

        Thank you so much. BTW If I wanted to install Jupiter Chimeree would I get the free store outfit that she wears? Do you use any facial sliders or anything like that? Thank you so so much, Mariah.

        Ps. After reading all of the comments I’ve left you, I’m sorry if you may get annoyed at me or them. Sorry.

        Thank you again.

        • Mariah Says:

          About Jupiter: I don’t know. I don’t think anything she has on her gets attached, sicne it’s a .sim file. If you want I can upload the dress for you, since it isn’t available any more at the store?
          I use a mod to increase the facial slider scale as well as these facial sliders and these 1 and 2 body sliders. And of course some pointy ear sliders. EA put some pointy ear sliders in themselves too but I don’t think they’re as good.
          It’s all right :) if I didn’t want comments I’d remove the comment section.

  25. Cassie Says:

    Ok. Can you just please upload the dress, so I don’t get any of the mods. Thanks.

    • Mariah Says:

      Here’s the link. Let me know when you get it, so I can remove it ._.

      • Cassie Says:

        Ok. I tried to download it and it said I need to update my game but my game is already completely updated… Hmm. I honestly don’t know how to get it then.

        By the way, remember when I was “dumb Cassie who didn’t know a thing about handling custom content,” well she’s gone. I know how to use it now. :D

        • Mariah Says:

          I have this problem at times with sims3pack files. I think you can use the compresorizer to fix it.

          • Cassie Says:

            What is a compresorizer?

            • Mariah Says:

              Compressorizer isa program you can use to compress your CC files, but I believe people also use it to fix uninstallable sims3pack files. Here it is. I misspelled it in my first post(missed an s) oops.

  26. Lexi Says:

    I KNOW you’ve posted about this before, I just can’t for the life of me find it again. It must be hiding in the middle of an update, or it was a really long time ago.

    But how on earth do you get your beautiful screenshots into lovely paintings that we can then buy in-game? Because that would be amazing, and I don’t always have an artistic sim to help me out with getting pretty pictures around my house.

    Thank you so much, oh Great Mariah, in advance.

    • Mariah Says:

      Yeah I might have said it once in an update or maybe I didn’t. Either way:
      I followed this tutorial. In the tutorial there’s a link to Texture Tweaker which you need but it’s an old link and doesn’t work. Go here for that.

      • Lexi Says:

        I vaguely remember, but you mentioned it.

        Thank you so much. You are a god. A Sim god.

  27. Jennifer Says:

    Hello, I’m currently reading through the Skipton Legacy and I am loovvviing ittt! It really is fun to read. I’m also in love with two of the wallpapers you’ve used in the house but I’m not having any luck finding it on my own.

    if you are able to remember where you got them I would be much abliged. THANK YOU :)

    • Jennifer Says:

      Wow I totally bungled the html on that one.
      second wallpaper is this one

      • Mariah Says:

        Wow, patterns are the toughest things to keep track of. I’ll let you know if I figure out where I got them.

        • Mariah Says:

          Found one of them! I’m pretty sure the one behind Brennan is Lucky Flowers from TSR(it’s free). I must have gotten it with a house I downloaded, cause I don’t remember even downloading the pattern on it’s own. Either that or I have a different version, it does happen that the same pattern is done by multiple creators. I’ll keep an eye out for the other one!

  28. Jamjamjimity Says:

    Hi Mariah! I am in love with your legacies, and I was wondering if you’d put my simself into your game? It would be HUGELY appreciated :) http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=7232281

    • Mariah Says:

      Sure I can do that :)

      • Jamjamjimity Says:

        Squee! Thank you! Also, sorry if i’m being a little rude, do you know when your next update will be?

  29. Cassie Says:

    Hi Mariah! Long time.
    Anyways, I have 1 more question. What mod did you use to change the Chimeree’s maternity clothing? Because I have Woohooer, Decensor, and MasterController installed.

    • Mariah Says:

      Can’t you just change maternity clothing using a dresser though?
      I can’t even remember because I haven’t played vanilla in so long. But if not then MasterController->Stylist

      • Cassie Says:

        Thanks. I’ll see if that works.

  30. Kokoro Says:

    I was looking at your legacies, and found I couldn’t click on the Maguire Legacy or the Apple Alphabet Legacy. They both send me to could not load page error. I’m positive it’s not my browser, I went and double checked everything before clicking again.

    • Mariah Says:

      That’s because EA closed the sims 2 website. Those legacies are gone forever :( I need to remove the links :/

      • Kokoro Says:

        Oh, okay. That actually makes sense, I just didn’t understand what was happening. Another thing, you’ve made specific sims immortal (like your own simself) but how did you do that? I’m running Twallan’s Story Progression mods and Mastercontroller mods.

        • Mariah Says:

          Turn off ageing for specific sims in the story progression options. You should be able to click on a sim and pick nraas>story progression and look through the sim options, you should be able to turn off aging for that sim.

  31. scibi Says:

    So this is a pretty big stretch, but I was wondering if it would be possible for you to upload your entire .package folder somewhere? You just have so much great CC and I get insanely jealous of it whenever I’m reading your stories. :)

    • Mariah Says:

      hahaha no. People I download from usually say they don’t want their stuff shared elsewhere, I wanna respect that and also most of my packages are combined which makes removing individual items difficult, annoying, or impossible depending on your skill with mod tools. Go to this blogspot, most of my stuff I get from there.

  32. Shontel Says:

    Hi Mariah! I was wondering if you had the mod for children to stop asking for bedtime stories!? If you do can you give me the link? please and thank you! <3 and i love ALL of your legacies!

    • Mariah Says:

      I thought I had the mod but appears I do not. Here’s the link though, you have to make an account for the thread to show up and for you to be able to0 download.

      • Shontel Says:

        thanks mariah!!

  33. Alice Says:

    Hey Mariah! I was just wondering what hair you used for Glyn Skipton? It’s really bugging me that I haven’t seen it before

  34. Amanda Says:

    Hey Mariah!
    I just want to start off by saying that I love your stories and they are the only legacies that I find myself coming back to and reading over and over again. Now my question is, do you think it is possible to list all of the mods you have installed in your game? I am terribly curious as to what all you have installed. Thank you. A bientô!

    • Mariah Says:

      Hello! Unfortunately I’ll have to dig through some backups to see what mods I have there cause the game isn’t installed currently. I have A LOT of custom stuff. I can not list all of them if I wanted to cause I did merging of some items and I’ve lost documentation of what’s in there BUT I have most if not all hack-like mods separate from items like hair and clothing so I have those but there’s still a lot.
      I have Anach’s reaction remover so sims don’t react to supernatural sims so much. Lots of Bluegenjutsu’s mods. Like LOTS of them. NRaas mods. Twoftmama’s stuff! Shimrods. Honestly there is so much I can’t list them all here and I don’t even know if they’re all still available.

      • Amanda Says:

        Ok, I was just wondering because I have Nrass story progression and a couple of other Nrass mods and was wondering how you are able to do some of the things you have been doing in your game. Thanks for answering and I hope things are going well with you!

  35. Jadzia Says:

    I just finished reading your Skipton and Chimeree Legacies…they’re excellent and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I’ve downloaded some of your sims to play with in my game, which I’m looking forward to a lot. You’re a talented player – I love what you do with the clothing especially. You’ve inspired me to customize outfits for my sims, which is a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your game and your creativity and resparking my interest in playing again.

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