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When you send your Sim out on tour, he/she disappears into a rabbit hole building for a period of 12 hours. After that time expires, they'll receive a payment to their household funds immediately. Once another person on your friends list accepts your tour request, you'll receive a report on how well the show went. There is also a chance that they'll receive some of the objects that were thrown at them (except for fruits/vegetables) at this point. Your friend does not have to be online at the time you send your Sim on tour, and you do not need to be online at the time they accept the tour. SimPort requests remain active for 24 hours, or until accepted. You can only have a total of 4 SimPort requests active at any one time.
Completing or accepting a tour gives you a "stamp," which is essentially a marker that shows that you sent or hosted a performer of a certain level or higher to perform at a specific venue. Each performance profession has 15 tour stops that you can make, and each venue has 9 tour stops to accept, for a total of 90 stamps. These stamps are applied across all games, so you'll only have to unlock them all once.
It's a great way to unlock some new content. It offers new outfits and stage props to buy for obtaining stamps. Going on a tour also offers a great deal more job experience than simply performing in your own town. Hosting a Sim will also add some simoleons to your household's family funds.
You and your friends will only receive an in-game notification when a request is made available and when you log in to a game. Aside from that, the requests will only show up in the SimPort window.
Tips: Your SimPort progress is only stored on your hard drive, so it's a good idea to back this file up every once in a while in case something catastrophic happens to your game or PC. It's located in a sub-folder titled with a long string of numbers inside your Downloads folder, and is named "PassportData.package". Also, certain mods that recover missing Sims will recover your Sim if the process occurs while they are on tour. You still get credit for the tour, but it creates a situation where your Sim has two cellphones when they return. If you send a Sim on tour, you should temporarily disable the recovery function, and re-enable it upon their return.
This connects you directly to your player wall on the Sims 3 official site. It works like Facebook in that you and your friends can post status updates and share memories, as well as see any recent achievements that have been completed. Through this panel, you can communicate with your friends in real time as you play the game.
There is a tab in the right hand corner of your game screen where you can make instant updates to your wall. When your friends make an update to their walls, you will also receive an in-game notification in the same place. Under these updates will be a text window where you can reply to their updates without opening up the Player Wall panel. Through this process, you can effectively communicate with your friends while you're all playing the game. The Wall panel is useful for seeing what happened before you logged into the game to allow you to catch up if you desire. On this panel, you'll also find a button that will allow you to share a memory from your scrapbook or search for a new friend.
What it is: It's a useful resource for getting questions answered without minimizing your game window to do a web search. It's also fun to chat while you're playing the game and to share your accomplishments and congratulate your friends for theirs.
What it is not: An instant messenger. There's no way to have any sort of private conversation this way.
Tips: There is content to unlock by posting a lot of memories, however posting a lot of memories in rapid succession could be interpreted as spamming by other users. There are two ways to avoid problems arising from this. The first is to simply be patient, and only post significant memories. The content will come. However, if patience isn't one of your stronger suits, set your wall to private while you're posting memories so your friends are not distracted by your notifications. You can easily change them back when you're done.
Another feature that was added by the Showtime patch is the new Achievements system. The Achievements system gives you e-badges for accomplishments in the game. These range from very easy to very difficult. Like your SimPort progress, your Achievements span all your games, but unlike your SimPort progress, your Achievements are not stored exclusively on your computer. There is a file in the folder with your PassportData.package file related to Achievements, but it only stores your offline achievements so your game will update your player profile the next time you're online. While you do not need Showtime for many of the Achievements, there are some that you won't have access to if you don't have it installed.
Each Achievement tells you exactly what you need to do to complete it, and the Achievements panel has several filters where you can display the different Achievements by category, difficulty, completed, incomplete or all. EA says that new achievements will be added from time to time, and the categories may even be expanded as they release future expansions. They also said that there would be rewards for completing Achievements, but as of this writing it was unclear as to what they were.
What it is: It's a good way to challenge yourself. Some of these require specific circumstances which are not always easy to fulfill, requiring a certain amount of effort by the player.
What it is not: Easy. Some of these Achievements are very difficult, and if you prefer a more causal play environment this may not be for you.
Tips: Complete the easy ones first. Some of these you'll complete accidentally as you play normally, so getting them out of the way first will make it easier for you to filter out the completed ones in order to find the ones that will require a bit more effort. Click for a Full List of Achievements
This panel shows your official site profile. It allows you complete control to change your "My Story" information, register games and alter your privacy settings. In the window at the bottom, it filters your wall to display only the entries you have made. There is also a button here to allow you to share a memory from your scrapbook.
What it is: A very efficient way to access your profile and change information and settings while you play.
What it is not: A place to post personal information. You shouldn't put anything in your profile that could allow someone to steal your identity.
Tips: If you add people to your friends list, it can be good to post at least a little something here about yourself. If you know someone from another website, this would be a good spot to identify yourself by listing your user name if it's different from the site in question. Some people are understandably a little wary of adding people with empty profiles and/or people who might be complete strangers.
This is where you can view the list of people you've added as friends on the official Sims 3 website. These are the people you'll be able to communicate with while playing and will be able to SimPort with. From this panel you can view their profiles and walls. While viewing their profile you can post directly on their walls, or remove/block them if you feel the need to do so. You can list your friends in alphabetical order or reverse alphabetical order, and you can filter your friends list to show all of your friends, your recently active friends, pending friends requests that are awaiting approval/denial, or friends you have temporarily blocked. There is also a button to find random friends or search for people you know. This search can be filtered to only include people who have Showtime installed.
While you will receive in-game updates on what your friends post on their friends' walls, you will not be updated on any response unless that person is also on your friends list. You can occasionally see some one sided conversations taking place, and this could be a bit confusing.
Blocking a friend automatically removes them from your friends list.
What it is: A way to manage your friends list and quickly view their profiles.
What it is not: A race to get the most names on your friends list. There are no Achievements or rewards for having more names on your list than everyone else.
Tips: Remember that the more friends you have, the more in game messages you'll be receiving about their updates. If you find that you're getting more updates than you can handle and comfortably play the game, you may have more people on your list than you need. This problem can be solved by turning the social features of or by reducing the size of your friend list.
This panel shows the latest news updates from EA. While this is where they'll list all the new Achievements they implement, it would not be unexpected to find other important news articles here as well.
What it is: A way to keep yourself informed on the latest Achievements.
What it is not: Interactive. Aside from a button to "Like" a post, there isn't much else you can do here besides read.
Tips: This feature is quite straightforward, but you can check this panel every now and then while you have the interface open to keep yourself up to date on the latest achievements.
Turning The Social Features On and OffEdit
The social features are engaged by default, so turning them on for the first time is extremely simple. At the main menu, you will be prompted to log into your Sims 3 official site account. Simply enter your e-mail address and password. There have been some minor issues logging in, but this is fixed by making multiple attempts at it. If you're faced with this, you should completely clear your e-mail field and completely retype it. Once you're logged in you'll remain indefinitely logged in on that computer so you'll only have to do this once. However, if you're playing on a computer that is not yours or regularly used by other people to play the game, you should log out in order to protect your account. There isn't much that someone could get from your account in this state, but your profile information can be changed, posts can be made to your and your friends' walls, and your friends list can be tampered with.
Understandably, these features do not appeal to all players. If you do not wish to use the social features there are a couple ways to turn them off.
If you like the features, but want to disable them temporarily, one way to achieve this is to simply log out from the main menu. You will play the game offline, and your Achievements will be stored so they can be updated the next time you log in.
If you want to permanently disable the notifications, there's a new panel under options titled "Online" where you can set all of your privacy settings and disable the social features. To disable the social features, simply uncheck the box next to "Disable Online Notifications." You will still be able to post to your wall or upload memories as you see fit, but you will not receive in game updates from anyone else. Since you'll still be logged in, your Achievements will still be updated as you complete them. Likewise, your friends will still receive notifications from you, but you will be unaware if they respond unless you check your player wall panel.
However, it's not recommended that you play strictly offline if you want to avoid the social features altogether. While this might seem effective, your Achievements will never get updated, so if something happens to that file, you'll lose all of your progress. You also have to log in to access the Sims Store to download new content. The Sims Store panel also accesses your purchase history, allowing you to download things you've already purchased after a reinstall more easily than by accessing your purchase history on the official website and using the launcher to install it.
- There was initially a glitch where SimPort was allowing unwanted custom content to be transferred to the host's game. This has been confirmed as fixed.
- It is possible to have a Sim from SimPort move in with the active household if the player gets their relationships high enough. However, this can lead to a glitch where the game still thinks the SimPort Sim is in town, and the player won't get the reward anymore.