does the ball just pop up on the screen?

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To Resha:

Repeated applications of the baby boost creates a diminished affect. You should only administer it once per couple. You may have shot yourself in the foot if you gave it to them over and over. :(

Although the game says it matters whether the couple wants children, I have not found that to be the case. They have babies whether they want them or not. I often have six children, and never less than three.

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Makayla -

You need to put your mouse pointer/hand in that little area, click and pull. Keep clicking and pulling in that little area and the ball may pop out.

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Hi all,

I started today with a new family. All my families before had boys and girls. But this one only has girls (1 adopted, 3 own). And they are really cute, so I thought I share them with you.
My 4 girlies
I hope I can get them to make 6 girls.

Womenpower ;)

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Do all the children go to the next generation?

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Makayla -

Only one of the children goes to the next generation, the one you chose to inherit the house. The rest disappear into the ether, although you can still see their pictures in the family tree.

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To Makayla:

Please check the FAQ section located at the top of the page. Many of your questions are already answered in the walkthrough section with guides and the FAQ.

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Kayleigh -

One of my first families was like that, 5 girls and then I adopted a little boy because I thought dad was looking a little henpecked. :-)

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Thanks and sorry. I put it twice. I accidentally pushed back and couldn't see it!

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Crystal J. May 27, 2009 6:37 PM

Ok, I figured out how to get the first red ball in the tree.... Is there supposed to be 2 of them?

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To Crystal J.:

I've only gotten one.

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Crystal J. May 27, 2009 7:59 PM

Thanks Pam.... I think that I have completed all the puzzles. I opened the shed door, watered the flowers, completed the wall, and the floors. Does anyone know if I am missing anything besides the little stuff that has to be done?

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Crystal - That sounds like all the house repair puzzles. Did you get the trophy for making all the house repairs?

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To Crystal J.:

Did you do the bird bath?

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Crystal J. May 27, 2009 8:17 PM

Pam: Yes and the fountain too. And I was reading back on some of the other responces, and someone said they found the second red ball behind the house, in the tress, between the two flowers. I have tried for 15 minutes and get nothing.... So I dunno.

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To Crystal J.:

I gave up on finding the second ball. It's not part of the games or puzzles, nor do you get a trophy for it. The one ball I do have just sits in the kids room now. xD

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im asking this to anyone that has found a red ball(s)!i want more than one reply!what genaration did you find you first red ball?

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Hey y'all!

I tried some of the mods and got some nice changes to the house. Here are a few screenshots.

Black Living Room Furniture

Yellow Laundry Room

Master and Kids Bedrooms

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~Shauna~ May 27, 2009 9:55 PM

It is just not meant for me to make a screen shot. I press print screen and try to paste it to paint but paste is not highlighted. I'm going to try to find a program that will work. I really appericate all the help you have given me. (I named some of my family members after all of you that has given me so much help)
Like grinnyp, I have a family that has all the upgrades and items and so far I have 83 of the trophys (trying for all of them), but there is still a lot of stuff. My favorite is to buy everyone in the family matching outfits (it's so cute). All families have different personalities so each generation is different. I also love hearing cute stories and keeping up with the "regulars" progress and also helping other players as much as I can sort of like giving back because I needed so much help and there was someone always willing to help.

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~Shauna~ May 27, 2009 10:40 PM

YaY! I think I may have figured out screen shots!!
This is just a test... I took a shot of my family that wears the same outfits..

Here goes..
http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_shauna_matchingfamily.jpg

Hope it works If so I will be able to share cute or strange things that goes on

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~Shauna~ May 27, 2009 10:53 PM

This is a screen shot of a mod I found. It makes the background black and has little cute differences. I thought I'd share. I thinks it's really cute
http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_shauna_detailsmod.jpg

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shauna,
they're so cute i like the child and the adult with the white top with black skirts!
its so cool how you got all those people
to wear white and black!!!!

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What if your generation didn't have any children? can you still continue the next generation? I am on the third generation right now and my people just won't have a baby. They are 37 and 36 right now. Thank you!

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~Shauna~ May 27, 2009 11:24 PM

Oh you brought up a interesting detail. At first I thought the mod might have had a little bug in it, but as I was going through each of my people some say "definitely", "maybe", "would be nice", or "no way" I also have several that don't have anything in that detail and I never noticed it till now. She is just one of them. I guess she just goes with the flow LOL

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To Susan:

If there are no children when your couple dies, the game is over. But you've still got time. The wife can still have babies until she's 50, although it does get harder with age. There's also the possibility of adoption, which sometimes happens as a random event.

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To Shauna:

Actually, the thing about wanting kids doesn't show up until they are 18. The one in your screenshot is only 15, so it's blank. :)

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agree with grinnyp.. i have bought all the upgrades, but i still enjoy this game.. excited to see what'll every generation look like and crazy about the trophies n collections..huhu

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I'm just wondering, Is there an age limit? If someone reaches a certain age, do they HAVE to die? I have a 70 year old right now, and I'm just curious as to how much longer I can "keep" her.

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Shauna,

They're so adorable in the same cute outfits..!

oh, there's a background mod already? I better get one for myself..

Trinci,

I never keep my peeps until 70.. i juz start a new generation instead.. I keep her until 65 just for the trophies.. hehe

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Never mind, I guess I can't really experiment anymore. Anyway, just thought this was kind of cute (even though my couple was dying). http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_trinci_coupledeath.jpg

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OMG Trinci...they are dying together..how cute is that.. ;)

I'm waiting to get trophies for collecting weeds, socks and smudges.. but check this out..

http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_brown_sockfax.jpg

how am I supposed to pick up that lil sock on my fax machine? ;p it's been there for ages!!! ;p

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To Brown:

If you register for a free Casual Gameplay account, your comments will post faster because they don't have to go to moderation. :)

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Is there a way to fix the hole on the table in the workshop? Looks like there is a board missing.

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Thanx Pam.. I just register myself lol ;p

[Edit: Awesome! -Pam]

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Little, I don't think it's "fixable." I don't have much experience with that, but I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be there. (I don't see how you could fix it, anyway, since the upgraded workshop has it, as well.)
P.S. Pam, am I supposed to change the link for the pictures, or do you do that?

[Edit: I change it so that the image will be on the JIG server. What you're doing is perfect. Thanks! -Pam]

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Brown -

I had the same problem with a wrapper on my fax machine. Just wait until you get the random event that offers a full housecleaning (wrappers, socks, and weeds, it costs $50) and take the offer. It will then go away.

Thanks for the tip, Pam!

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~Shauna~ May 28, 2009 1:57 AM

I got one of the darn socks on my computer printer annoying

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Little -

That "hole" looks like a table saw setup, it's supposed to be there. Wish I could afford one in real life. :-)

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Hi there,

when I look at your screenshots, I see, that you all do have a lot of money - how do you do that?

When a couple dies, the money leaves also (that was a sad experience ;)). The next starts, with whatever they have. When I try not to buy too much food, they tell me they need diffrent kind of food.
Or get ill every few minutes (my last couple was over 60, did not work anymore and needed every few minutes medicine). I have a few of the cheaper updates as birdhouse, fountain, paintings - but no way to get a swimmingpool or even kitchen-, workshop- office update :(. When ever one of my adults is coming further then "Novice", sooner or later a message is coming, that all points will be taken away.

What do I do wrong? Is it, because I do not have that much time and only spend a few minutes to see how they are (but this of course a few times a day)

Greetings, Kayleigh

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i have tried to get the red ball but can't. i got it in my sons game, but can't with mine. is there something wrong with mine?

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Hi Kayleigh!

Check your version number. In the current version, you get to keep all the money when your couple dies. It was a very early version that took away the money. The most current version is 1.00.05 (located in the lower left corner of the menu screen).

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I love all the help offered here and especially love all the mods but i can't find them. Can anyone help?

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Thanks, Pam - but I do have 1.00.05 *sigh*
When I download again from BFG, will it keep my progress with the famlilies?

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Pejay -

I've found the best mods in the forums at the Last Day at Work website. Go to the page where they list all the forums and scroll down to the bottom. You'll see the mod forums there. Pick the one for Virtual Families and you're off!

As always, I caution anyone who uses mods in this game, back up your original image files before doing anything! If something goes wrong, you need those files to restore the game to factory settings.

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Kayleigh,

Yes, it should keep your progress. Maybe you got a buggy copy of the game. I'd suggest downloading it again and see how it works.

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Pam,
thanks a lot - it worked.
And they just died and left their money

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Just a question,
but when you start a new generation, and one of the parents from the old generation is still alive,
do they stay in the house?
or do they die or go somewhere else?

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Emz -

They go elsewhere, along with all the kids who did not inherit the house. You can still see their picture in the family tree.

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After picking the door knob, you can pick the key of shed door under the "WELCOME" mat.

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~Shauna~ May 28, 2009 10:49 AM

Got that darn sock too!!!

I'm loving these screen shot you guys are posting (the couples dying togeather awww)

[Edit: Sorry, we're only going to allow links to LDW for downloading mods. Thanks for understanding. -Pam]

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help!!!help!!!it says all my chirldren are week what do i do to fix it???

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Crystal J. May 28, 2009 11:59 AM

Hi all,

Ok, I have been reading some of the comments and I have seen a couple that tell you how to upgrade your house using a "mod". Well to let you know I am very confused on how to use or even get this "mod". Could someone please help me? Some of the screen shots are so cute!! Thanks, Crystal

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Makayla -

Check their details. If their health bar is low you should buy the doctor consultation in the store (it is expensive). If they give you a diagnosis then treat accordingly. If there is nothing wrong then all you can do is make sure they are well fed, give them multi-vitamins if they are available in your store, and make sure they get rest and exercise. If they are not suffering from an infection and if they are properly taken care of their health will rise.

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Crystal J -

A "mod" is a modification of the game's original image file. Some mods can do little things like replace the radio with a cute retro version or big things like redecorate your entire house. Be very careful with using ones that redecorate your house though, because your house is made up of a series of interconnected images, and some mods extend over two rooms. Some mods can be found at the Last Day at Work website. Go to the page where they list all the forums and scroll down to the bottom. You'll see the mod forums there. Pick the one for Virtual Families and you're off! You can do an internet search for mods in other places.

As always, I caution anyone who uses mods in this game, back up your original image files before doing anything! If something goes wrong, you need those files to restore the game to factory settings.

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Crystal J. May 28, 2009 12:50 PM

To Grinnyp:

Thank you so much!!! I am not to sure what there website is. I tried typing in lastdayatwork.com but it just gave me a serch engine page. Am I typing it in wrong? Thank you again..... Happy playing :)

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kk thx

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~Shauna~ May 28, 2009 12:59 PM

Ok here is how to use the mods:
FOR ALL WHO WANT TO TRY USTING THE MODS I HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO MAKE IT AS EASY A POSSIBLE. HOPE THIS HELPS!!!!
Start by goint to this link:

http://www.ldwforums.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/forum_summary

Then you need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. You will see a forum called virtual families mods. This is a screen shot that you need to click on:

LDW Forums, Part 1

After you are in the mod forum look for the post named "Instalation instructions for graphic mods"
This is a screen shot with an arrow pointing to the post you need to go to first It's very important you read this one first:

LDW Forums, Part 2

MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BACKUP YOUR FILES FIRST BEFORE CHANGING ANYTHING!!!
Then you are ready to give your game a new and improved look. Once you learn how to make mods you can google more mod sites.
Let me know if you need anymore help I'll do what I can.
Hope that helps.

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Crystal J. May 28, 2009 1:03 PM

OMG!!! I just wanted to let everyone know that I found the second ball. It was raining and I was moving around my screen looking for bugs... (I was over by the shed just inbetween the two flowers there) when all of a sudden, out popped the red ball. So now I have 2 in my yard! How cool is that?? :)

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Crystal J. May 28, 2009 1:11 PM

Thank you Shauna, that helped a lot!!! :)

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OMG I just had to share something hilarious that just happened...

I was trying to get my family to have a 6th child (unsuccessfully). When the Mom started to walk off, the Dad bent over on the bed. Got me curious on what he was doing, so I highlighted him and he it said he was watering the flowers.... then low and behold he picks up a watering can OUT FROM UNDER THE COVERS!!!! I followed him around and sure enough he took it and watered the flowers, by the fence! Then he took the can back to the shed and put it away... but never stopped for water.

So he had hidden a full watering can under the covers, while he and his wife tried to make a baby?

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fibrocat May 28, 2009 2:16 PM

Pam,
Thank you for your offer to help, I was so frustrated I filled their fidges and shut them off. I got my game through HP game console, wild coins (tangent). I went to that forum and noticed several people were complaining about not getting the upgrade.

Today when I decided to check on my families(3) as it loaded it said updating, however it seems like only one may have uploaded as when I shut them all down, no family had over $1000, and today my one family had $3500, and they all had energy, and there was more action in the yard and house, and they seemed to want to work more. The other two are the same tired, don't want to work.

What do you think? Also, these mods, when you say back up my files, do you mean to a cd, remember I am the computer dummy

Thanks Fibrocat

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Okay, I am having too much fun playing dress-up with my families. Here's my seventh generation family, sharing a nice family lunch on a rainy day.

Family Lunch

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Fibrocat -

If you look in your c: drive in the folder "Program Files" (if you are running windows) you will find the folder for Virtual Families. In there are several folders including one called "Images". This folder contains all the artwork that makes up Virtual Families, backgrounds, collectibles, people, store items, etc. What you need to do is create another folder in the Virtual Families folder called "Images Backup" and copy all of the files in "Images" into this folder. This will be your backup. Then you can download mods and put them into your "Images" folder. Do not put the mods into the "Images Backup" folder. The "Images Backup" folder needs to hold the original art images in case you need to restore the game to its original settings.

Hope that clears things up.

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Shhhq -

The same thing just happened to me! This time, though, the mother pulled a watering can out of the middle of the bed (insert your own joke here) and went off to water the flower pots down by the gate. I've never seen this before!

I managed to capture two screen shots:

Watering Can 1

Watering Can 2

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Crystal J. May 28, 2009 4:30 PM

Grrr!! This is really making me angry! I am trying to download mods to vf and I get as far as doing the back up files, downloading the mod from the site and putting it in my original folder, but nothing happens after that. What am I doing wrong? Please help....

Thanks, Crystal

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The whole making a baby thing can be funny. Earlier today, the husband got on the bed and started jumping and kissing, while the woman was still using the petals, and by the time she got on the bed, he was off. He was in the kids room looking for laundry when she had her baby, lol!

In one of my families, the wife is sixty five with an almost full health bar, perhaps she'll hit seventy.

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Crystal -

Which mod are you trying to install and what is the exact file name? The file name of the mod needs to match exactly the name of the file you are replacing, otherwise it doesn't work.

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I saw some of the recent screen shots and was wondering if maybe I downloaded an older version of the game. I bought it from Big Fish on May 26. The bars at the bottom and on the side are not see-through for me, and your beds look a lot different from mine. I also noticed that Details screen is completely different. Is there something I'm missing?

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Reiterating what Grinnyp said...

When you download the mod, you sometimes have to change its name when you put it in the images folder. Some of the mods come with the correct name, like MapX2Y1. But if it's named RedBedroom, you have to change it to the correct bedUpgrade for the images folder.

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To Angie:

What you're seeing are user-made modifications to the game, called mods. There's been a lot of discussion about them on this thread. You can scroll up a bit and read about them.

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Where is the page and post that had salaries in it? I could have sworn there was two of them. I am getting some master salaries compiled too to help get a list compiled here.

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Help...dumb here...I downloaded the MODs and nothing has changed when I go into my game...is there something I need to do

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Eazy, it's on page 8, I think. It doesn't matter what the name of the job is; the "pay curve" is the same as long as it begins a certain amount. For example, if two different jobs both start out with $15 a day, they'll both end up with $690 a day.

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Becky -

First, you need to quit out of Virtual Families. Do not try to install mod files while the game is running! If those are image mods, then you need to make sure they are named properly (see Pam's post of 5:15 pm) and then copied into the Images folder of Virtual Families. But only after you have created a backup folder for Images! If your images are backed up, then copy the downloaded mod into the Image file. It will tell you there is already one with that name and do you want to replace. The answer is yes. Then, when you go back into the game, your mod should show up.

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~Shauna~ May 28, 2009 8:04 PM

Just wondering, what is the highest generation you have reached with one of the families. I'm only at 4th, but I know there are alot of you way ahead of me, but I want to know where you guys are

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Shauna -

7th generation on my oldest family. 92 trophies. $140,000 in the bank. Right now I'm pondering how to make someone gravely ill so I can get trophy #93. ;-)

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:P Right now, I'm working on another family, seeing how old I can wait to marry off someone. I'm also curious if the ages of the people proposing increase as my person's age increases.

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Oh! Look at my turtle sleeping in the bathtub! First time the turtle has done anything cute.

Turtle in Tub

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That's adorable! All my cat does is scratch the sofa. :\

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I did some modifications and now my people can't take showers, I even copied my old bathroom and shower curtain in my backup file and put it back in my image file and they still can't take showers, can anyone help me. I would really appreciate it.

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Never mind, I fixed the problem, I just copied all of my images in my backup file and put them back in the image file. My people can take showers now. =)

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I have a couple that are I think in their 50s now. They both want children and I have been trying since they got married when they were in their 20s to get a baby. They always go try to make a baby but have never had one. Why??? I don't want the game to end, that's total crap since I have been fixing the house & stuff. What are the chances of an orphan coming along?? Thanks!

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I was wondering if the chime sound means anything, such as if a collectible has popped somewhere, because when it sounds I can't find a thing.

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Trinci -

Yes, it does. As your person ages the people who propose get older as well. Be warned, the older they get, the less marriage proposals.

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To Eazy and Trinci:

We're already working on a spreadsheet showing all of the careers, along with their starting and ending salaries. Trinci, I'm not sure your theory is correct about the pay scales being the same. While doing research for this project, I found three occupations that start at 45, but they each had a different ending salary.

Just be certain, we'll make sure the name of the career, the beginning salary, and the ending salary (maxed at level 8 Master) are all put onto the list. Once it's complete, we'll post the link to the spreadsheet as part of the walkthrough section.

Eazy, go ahead and post any of your ending salaries here on this thread and I'll grab them up and add them to the list.

Thanks to everyone who plans to participate!

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To Tina:

You still have a chance of adopting. The adoptions come along fairly often. I usually have at least one or two adopted kids in my families. And yes, they come when the couple is fairly old.

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Tina -

Adoptions are a random event, there is no predicting them. Sorry.

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To Trinci:

I'm not certain that your theory about the pay scale is accurate. I've had three people start out as 40 and they all three ended with dfferent salaries when they finished.

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Pam -

I think myself that the pay scale rule is constant for some and wildly variable for others. For instance, every person I've had that started at a $15 salary has always topped out at $690. Every person I've had that started out at $90 has topped out at $300. On the other hand, people who have started out at $45 ended up with top salaries that are variable. I don't know if we have enough data yet but that's my theory.

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I'm up to my sixth generation on a couple of families. One will die soon and then it will be 7th generation!

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sorry if this posts twice - my computer froze up the first time:

ok, first here's the pay info I have (sorry, but I've only kept track of ending salaries out of simple curiousity):

publicist - 270
dry fruit packager - 285
spice mixer - 300
online gold farmer - ?
dress maker - 285
pesto sauce creator - 690
programmer - 420
pastry designer - 300
rocket scientist - 300
personal cook - 420
jewelry maker - 690

and currently working on:
dental tool maker
fairytail writer
magazine editor
toy maker

I had a family where she was the rocket scientist and he was the personal cook. I found it highly amusing that he ended up making more than she did. I don't know, I guess I just picture 'rocket scientist' as one of the top careers out there!

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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I'll fix it for you KJR. No worries.

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Thanks! :)

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~Shauna~ May 29, 2009 10:27 AM

Ha ha KJR
I too thought I was going to be in the money when my person married a rocket scientist no way! A soup taster makes more money lol

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~Shauna~ May 29, 2009 10:37 AM

I have had many different things happen after I have given my person one of thoes imported candy. Just not I gave it to someone and immeditly he had a stomach ache. Was that a coincidence or is this candy bad news. (I haven't been paying close attention when I give it)

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@Shauna - tried it - my father had a "nature calling" issue two times in a row - he came out the toilet the first time, wanted to work on his career and middle of the way "nature was calling" the second time.
Maybe the imported candy is really not the very best choice ;)

Something strange happened earlier today to one of my couples, when they tried to make a baby. While he was still dancing on front of the bed, she stepped on it, had kind of fun with herself, had the baby and left to get a drink. While the other kids came in to get the present out of the closet, he was still trying to make a baby. I didn't want to interrupt him... you never know, wonders might happen ;)))

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To Shauna:

I had the imported candy cause a stomachache, too. It does random things each time you give it.

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My family lost the tv remote. How do you find it?

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Traci -

It's on the floor in the house somewhere. Once you spot it drop a family member on it and they will return it to the living room. Once place it can hide and be hard to find is on or near the table in the kid's room.

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I have a master video game designer who topped at $690. My master graphic designer is topped at $300.

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