Ok, so my old couple never had kids. Turned it on today, my old guy was lying on the bed with his ghost. Message pops up - guess what? He got a promotion! 2nd message pops up, he died. Wife mourns the dead, gets an email and gets married while still mourning! The new guy is 60 and she's 59 but they still tried to make a baby. Unsucessfully - guess I'll still wait it out and see if any orphans come along. I've got 3 games going & haven't seen any yet. :(

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Wow, Tina. That's quite a story! I had a wife and child die at an early age in one of my families. The husband was only 38 years old, but he never got another marriage proposal. Nor did he get to adopt a child. It was game over when he died after 20+ years alone. :(

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Angelines May 30, 2009 2:47 AM

A second red ball:

You can find another red ball under the bunk closest to the wall of the garden

Sorry if my English is not quite correct and thanks

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~Shauna~ May 30, 2009 8:03 AM

Angelines

What do you mean when you say bunk" and what do you consider a garden?

I would like a second red ball

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Saritta May 30, 2009 12:36 PM

What do I have to do to fix the door knob? And what do I need to fix the birdbath? I already bought the pump but they say that is too hevy to lift..

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Does anyone know the time frame between marriage proposals? I know it gets less frequent as time goes on but I just rejected my first one and I don't really feel like sitting around watching and waiting for the next one lol.

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Saritta - door knob/birthbath

For the door knob you need an adult grab it first out of the sandbox - he/she will bring it over to the shed and place it (do not praise the adult in the meanwhile). After he/she is finished, place an adult (can be the same, does not have to be the same) on the door mat (Welcome mat). He/She will get the key from under it and open the shed.

For the birdbath you need two adults same time.

Greetings, Kayleigh

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One time the remote control was missing, and it took me forever to find it. It was sitting on one of the walls, weird.

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Crystal J. May 30, 2009 3:30 PM

Ok, something really strange is going on... I bought a dog a while ago and he/she always did his/her own thing. Well today, I check in on my family and he is following my husband around every where. I have been playing now for about an hour and he is still doing it. Do you think this might be a glitch or something?

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Crystal J. -

That's just a random behavior of the dog. The cat will also do that sometimes.

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To Angela:

I haven't really timed the proposals, but it seems like it was an hour or two. You won't miss it if you shut down the game, though. It will be waiting in your email when you open the game.

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We're always adding new information to the walkthrough section, so please check there first for help. If you still have problems, post a question and we'll do our best to help!

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I have five families, and I picked the husband and wife for all of them but one. I picked the guy and left the game on all night and he picked his wife. Anyway she isn't on the family tree, has that happened to anyone else. That's my only family that has someone missing on the family tree.

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To Dazary:

That's very strange indeed. I didn't think the game would allow for a spouse without you accepting a marriage proposal. And I certainly wouldn't think that the spouse would be missing from the family tree. I suspect that's a glitch in your game.

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I can't find any bugs for the collection~ Help!

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To Gami

I have found bugs ONLY during the time it is raining...Good luck

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Pam -
To add to your list a lawyer max is $300

[Edit: Thanks! -Pam]

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~Shauna~ May 30, 2009 9:57 PM

Bugs

All the bugs I have found have been while its raining, so I never pass up a bottle of rain when it is sold in the store. Then when I have time I grab a child (children make the cursor move faster than adult) and go in circles till its stops raining

I got 2 glitchs in my game One of my spaces where my store items are stays empty. It is that way for all of my families.
And I got a crazy double cat (could have happen when I was messing around with mods) I'll post a screen shot of the double cat tomorrow Its crazy !!! you got to see it, going to bed right now Night all

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~Shauna~ May 30, 2009 10:07 PM

Oh, well .
Here is my crazy double cat.
Double Cat, Part 1

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Has anyone ever had triplets? I've gotten twins a couple times but never triplets. I'm on the third generation of five separate families.

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~Shauna~ May 30, 2009 10:36 PM

Another double cat So weird!!
Double Cat, Part 2

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~Shauna~ May 30, 2009 10:43 PM

Me again

One of my girls just married a man. I picked him because of his job. He is am online gold farmer....Never heard of such lol Let you know what his top pay is

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I have a hole in my front lawn. What's that? Can anyone tell me about it? Thanks!!

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anor - The holes in your lawn are probably gopher holes! They will fill up themselves.

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Shauna -

I did the same thing! lol I specifically picked one of my people because they were an online gold farmer - just to see what they'd end up making...But sadly they died without me doublechecking their salary... tried to bring them back...but no success.

Let me know what yours ends up with! :)

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To Jan:

I've just started the 7th generation on two of my families. And no triplets yet. :(

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Pam
Maybe it is a glitch. I thought it was strange that he had a wife when I went back to my game and then even more weird that she isn't on the family tree. It's just him and their four children. I wish she was on it, I really like her and their children are all very cute.

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danijoy May 31, 2009 1:07 AM

To Shauna:

The double cat is a glitch in the Dark Interface Mod that you downloaded. The same thing happened to me.
To fix it all you have to do it copy and paste the file: "pet_grid.png" from your back-up images file to your images file.

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zue-anne May 31, 2009 1:37 AM

I just bought a dog for one of my family 5 mins ago and the dog did not react with the children or any of my peeps. I expected the child could tickle or teach some tricks, but it does nothing but walking around by himself. I really regretted that I bought it.

Most of the kids have gone to college and it gets really spacy in the house, missing the children a lot and it will be ages before they can take the house because their parents are only 47 and 48.

This is my favourite family because they have the same colour hair all the way to the 5th child. And they were born accordingly: a girl, a boy, a girl, a boy, and a girl. :)

Family Tree

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danijoy May 31, 2009 1:52 AM

I intertwined the NEW TOOLBAR-MENU MOD by Lewanda with the Dark Interface Mod. Pretty cool. Check it out...

Toolbar Mod with Dark Interface Mod

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danijoy May 31, 2009 2:08 AM

I have slight problem.

I opened the shed and picture pieces started to show up.

I got all of the pieces except for one. It's been 3 weeks and no picture pieces have shown up since.
Has anyone had the same problem and does anyone know how to start the pieces to show up again?

Thanx Dani :)

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To Zue-anne:

The pets sometimes do cute things. I have two cats, a dog, and a turtle. It just wouldn't be a real family without a pet. :)

To Danijoy:

The shed door does indeed trigger the picture pieces, but they appear randomly like all of the other collectibles. You just have to be at the right place at the right time. It will come eventually.

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danijoy May 31, 2009 3:20 AM

Thanx Pam,

I'll wait to see if any pieces show up. I'm on the game 3-6 times a day. I'll let you know if any pic pieces come up.

<3 Dani :)

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I was wondering.. Sorry if it has been answered, but i want to get the upgraded version of VF. Do i have to purchase it or is it free to people who have already bought the game before a certain date?

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Keri - Ugraded version
I know for sure about BigFish Games: There you deinstall the game on the pc. Go to your BigFish account and choose "History". Download the game again.
But I do not know, how it is on other sides.

Greetings, Kayleigh

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foxyred May 31, 2009 6:32 AM

Just wanted to say that I'm loving this game. Been playing for about a month now and have 5 families, that keeps it interesting. My first family I have bought all of the upgrades, I've got all the 2nd level room upgrades which has really helped the family to earn money quicker. I've found that it helps to get the room upgrades as quickly as possible even before getting the other upgrades. I play first thing in the morning, when I get in from work quickly, and then at night before going to bed I check that they have enough food etc.

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How do you choose you child for the next generation? So far both the parents of my first family are still alive but I know that eventually I have to choose one kid to inherit the place. Now I'm wondering how to pick the lucky child. Offcourse I have my preferences. In this family (4 kids and a baby) the oldest always does her homework, take online tests, likes to read the newspaper and magazines. And then there are two who are constantly napping or wanting to go to sleep, it seems as if they have low energy levels from nature. And the other one always want to watch TV and rarely does anything else. So I think the oldest, with the best behavior, is more likely to have a good career. Does anyone have tips on this?

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BarbV -

When one of your parents dies the game will give you instructions on how to pick the next generation. I've never noticed how their behavior as children affected them as adults, though. I generally pick by preference for children and how much money they may make.

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i am trying to fix the hose and every time i try it said the man is "confused" and on top it said "too much water pressure" what am i doing wrong?

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BarbV, when one of your parents dies, you can continue playing the other one, or just go to the Family screen and click "New Generation." You can cycle through all your children and adopt one, like you adopted the parent.

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Yoav, just have one of your people get a drink from the sink. Then drop someone on the hose to fix it.

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Jessica May 31, 2009 12:58 PM

I have played 3 families now and I can not get any of them to have a baby... They all "Definately want kids"... I used the baby boost once on each of the females. They are "elated" and all of their stats are up. Two families have passed age 50 and can not have kids. Out of all 3 families, one family tried to have a baby one time.... I drop one on the other, they embrace, then I have them do something else. When they are finished with their other task, I try again. If I try to drop one on the other more than once, they argue.... Is there a glitch? How do I get them to have a baby???

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Finally started the 2nd generation, and discovered that the game counts people's age wrong. For the 1st generation, there are 6 kids, two of them were adopted at the age of ~3. So actually the 1st baby they made should be the 2nd youngest child. But when starting the 2nd generation the game ordered all kids according to when they came to the house, and listed their age in the same order. So the 1st baby became the oldest :)

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About pausing the game: once i paused the game and then quit. After i came back in 20 hours, the game is still paused (nice), the baby hasn't grown, but it appears that the parents suddenly become about 7 years older than before!
Do parents still grow old even when the game is paused?

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Cynne -

When the kids take over their age is random, so it doesn't really matter who was the oldest or who was the youngest. I had parents die when their last child (adopted) was six, and when I went to start the next generation he was suddenly 23.

As for when the game is paused, no, they are not supposed to age.

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Angelines May 31, 2009 2:19 PM

To Shauna
I want to say that you can find a second ball under one child's bed. The bed near the wall.
If you put two balls together in the house one disappears.

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To Keri:

You should be able to download the current version of the game from the site where you originally made the purchase. You don't have to pay for the game a second time.

To Jessica:

About having babies -

Your families won't have babies on their own and it sounds like you're not doing the dropping thing on two of the families at all. You have to keep dropping them until they try to make a baby. If they argue, just drop them again. It's not a glitch. Sometimes they go all the way to the bedroom, but just no baby comes. In this case, it will tell you that it's too soon to try again. So, just wait awhile and then try. When they just embrace, drop them again. Once it says they are trying to make a baby, don't interrupt them.

Your families in their 50s won't be able to have kids unless they get to adopt one. It becomes more and more difficult to have babies as they get older, and the female won't have babies at all after age 50.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you still have trouble. :)

To Cynne:

When it's time for the new generation, the children's ages get scrambled randomly. Their birth order and real age don't come into play.

When you put the game on pause, it should freeze time for everyone.

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How do you cure depression?

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~Shauna~ May 31, 2009 4:18 PM

To Jessica:

I have found that the easiest way to make a baby is to pause the game (space bar) and continue to drop them on each other till it say trying to have a baby) I had one couple, I know I had to drop them on each other a million time always argueing Eventually it worked and they had a baby

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~Shauna~ May 31, 2009 4:42 PM

Danijoy-
I have one suggestion about the picture pieces. Don't waste time getting the pieces I have 2 families that are in their 3rd and 4th generation and I haven't seen the pieces I need to complete the puzzle since the 2nd generation. I'm hoping I didn't miss my opertunity but they are just not showing up. Thank goodness the other 3 families have completed pictures. This is not a fact but it is a problem I am having.

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danijoy May 31, 2009 9:04 PM

The last puzzle piece finally showed up just a few mins ago. Took it long enough to appear. 3 weeks later.

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This is a screen shot of my family tree that doesn't show the mother. She has blonde hair also.

Family Tree Missing Mother

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Newplayer May 31, 2009 9:27 PM

So i just started like 2 hrs ago and figured most of this out but i do have one problem. right now i have 2 adults, an adopted orphan, and a newborn baby. The orphan is hungry and neither of the adults will cook. I drop them on the kitchen but it keeps saying "looking for snacks" i assume this is cause they have a pretty full "fed" meter i think. But the kid is going hungry, any ideas?!

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Katarina May 31, 2009 9:34 PM

The Red Ball:

I have three families and i can only get the ball in one. Is the red ball just random or am I just not clicking right?

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danijoy May 31, 2009 9:38 PM

Newplayer

Drop an adult on the kitchen table to prepare a meal. Then when they are done cooking, drop a child at the table to eat

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I just purchased the maid service clean up for my little people for cleaning outside and inside, and after they were done I had weeds in the yard and spots and socks on the floor. What happened? Was there a glitch in the program all of a sudden? Thanks.

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To Smilee:

About depression -

It helps to praise them a lot and give them treats. It also helps when you purchase upgrades. What is the situation? They become depressed when someone dies, but it get better over time on its own. I also had a single female who got very depressed until I finally accepted a marriage proposal when she was about 35. She cheered right up after that.

To Katarina:

About the red ball -

If you place the red ball in the hoop that it's in the pile of toys in the children's bedroom, you can pull it through that same spot of your other families. Just click where the hoop is and the red ball should appear.

To Newplayer:

About preparing a meal -

As Danijoy said, you have to drop an adult on the kitchen table to prepare a meal. Also, if you praise them each time they do it, they'll start doing it on their own. Also praise them when they sit for a meal.

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Hey everyone!

We just added a link to the list of careers and max salaries. It's not complete, but I think there's enough to be helpful. If anyone has some information to add, post it here and we'll add it to the list.

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nice job pam!!

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Board Game Designer - 300
Cake Designer - 300
Ceramics Designer - 285
Model Builder - 285
Paralegal - 285
Talent Agent - 690
Toaster Repairer - 210
Trail Mix Creator - 285
Translator - 300

I'll post more as I get them.

[Edit: Thank you! -Pam]

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Does the mom still do the whole career thing after she has a baby? All she wants to do is watch tv and carries around the baby all day. She is supposed to be a fruit packager. I've only gotten her to work 1 time. Now since she has had the baby I can't get her to at all. Help?

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I just had something odd happen. The dad in one of my families was sick with a sore throat and I treated him just fine. But then I did a doctor consult just because I have so much money and nothing else to spend it on. I've also read that a doctor consult can sometimes recommend baby boost. Well, the dad had an infection and needed penicillin, which I gave him. I didn't get the trophy for treating someone gravely ill, either. He's extremely weak and decided to go to bed. But he went to bed in the kids's room! Here's a screenshot:

Dad in Wrong Bed

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To Ashley:

The mother won't work while she carries the baby around. Once the baby is two years old and running around, she'll work again. You may have to drop her on her workstation a few times to reminder her.

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Ashley -

Once the baby reaches 2 years old she will put it down and go back to work.

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Pam -

Using the penicillin will only get you the "Not just a virus" trophy. For the gravely ill trophy you need to cure someone with the vancomycin shot.

As for using the penicillin, it does cure them but takes away all their energy. Let them sleep it off and they'll be back to normal.

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To grinnyp:

Now I've confused myself. I thought the vancomycin was the penicillin. The doctor said he needed penicillin, so I bought and administered vancomycin. I didn't get either trophy. I've already closed the game for the night, so I'll check the store tomorrow and see what I did. :D

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susanna123 June 1, 2009 4:40 AM

I am a newbie at VF. first babieS i had were twins, then triplets, then a singleton. Has anyone had this?

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Pam -

The penicillin is in a pill bottle on the bottom row, the vancomycin is a shot also on the bottom row. Vancomycin is more powerful, so would probably cure any illness that penicillin could also cure. However, you get the trophy if you use the correct medicine for the diagnosis.

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bitojoy June 1, 2009 7:01 AM

When a person has low energy (just above half normal energy) be certain you do not

give them camomile tea ..instead of letting them rest ..it kills them.


How sad - I was surprised to discover I really liked the little ones more than I thought!

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just love this site and reading all the stories about all your little families.

I wanted to share a story of my own...I have one family that I have been naming after all the characters from Gray's Anatomy...mother and father are Lizzy and Alex...first three children are Meredith, Christine and Miranda...was planning on naming the 4th child Derek if a boy and Callie if it was a girl...Well turned out to be another girl and was I shocked to see that the name that was chosen for her was Callie. Think Im spending too much time on the computer that its now reading my mind...LOL.

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I have been trying to get ending salaries, but been having trouble getting them to finish their jobs before they die (had 2 with just an inch left to go to finish level 7 and then they up and died). The one that I did get to finish was...

Fresh Pasta Maker - 285

I currently have 2 caterers, a day trader, a digital photo editor, a music critic, and a toaster fixer going... hopefully some of them finish!

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My characters won't check they're E-mail. I drop them on top of a computer and they both start working... how do i get them to check it? or is there a way?

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I didn't see it on the Careers and Max Salaries list, so I wanted to add that a Wood Sculptor has a max salary of 390. I also had a Picture Framer, and I think her max salary was 280.

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To bitojoy:

Are you sure that's what killed them? I've done that and it just drained their energy bar to zero, but they didn't die.

To ShhhQ:

It will get easier for them to max out their careers once you get the room upgrades.

To Ashley:

Do you have the email icon in the upper right corner? If you don't, there's no email to check and they would just start working on careers.

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I was on my ninth generation and didn't notice my only child was ill. They had the kid at 45 so both of the parents were old and got sick from the kid and they all died together while I was away. Had 93 of 100 trophies and was only missing three bugs and a picture piece to get 3 of the ones I was missing. This sucks so bad.

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I was looking at your career and salary page. I have a first generation travel writer who is at a Practiced (5) and is making 144. Just wanted to give you the info and I will give you an update when I get him there.

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Ashley -

Check which version you are playing. To do that go to the menu page and look in the lower left corner. You should see "Version 1.00.XX, LDW". Some of the earlier versions had a bug that wouldn't allow someone with an office career to check the e-mail when the e-mail icon was flashing. This has been corrected in version 1.00.05. If that is the case, you can go to the vendor where you bought the game and see if you can download and install the latest version.

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I just bought the water proof tape and put it by the hose but when I put my person on the hose or the tape they are confused. I want to restart but i am afraid that i will start at the 1st generation. Any help please. Thanks.

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ang - To repair the hose,

you need to relieve the water pressure first. Have one of the family members get a drink or clean something to open the kitchen faucet. Hopefully this will let them repair the hose.

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Thank you so much eileen. I will try that out. I love this site.

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Anonymous June 1, 2009 7:40 PM

Just check what the older children are doing, especally when they walk toward the kitchen it will say making a latte...also when they get in the fridge, I don't have any up-grades and I got all the "praising the praiser" trophies

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the careers and salaries! Keep it coming and we'll get that list completed in no time! :D

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Michele June 1, 2009 8:07 PM

I didn't see this one on there yet:

BBQ Sauce Creator Starting Salary $15

I'll update you when she maxes out.

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I noticed "Statistician" was blank. I don't know what the starting salary is, but the ending salary is 285.

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Art Critic starts at $60 a day.
Cake Designer starts at $90 a day.
Artist starts at $75 a day.
Is it possible that a job can have more than 1 starting salary? I have a programmer that makes $135 to start with, but your chart has $105 as the starting salary. I'll wait til he masters his job to check the final salary.

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:P Never mind. I'm out of it today. My programmer was a novice (level 2) when I adopted him. Artists DON'T start at $75, art critics DO start at $60, and I have no idea what cake designer starts at (haven't been paying attention to whether my guys started out as beginners or novices). Sorry for the confusion :(

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Artists begin at $60. Sorry I'm making so many separate posts; I really should have waited to combine them all.

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Statistician begins at $60, and Pastry Designer starts at $90.

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Guys, dunno whether u guys notice or not, but we could actually place the red ball in our tool tray.. dunno whether it is possible or just a glitch hehe.. check below screenshot..

Red Ball

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What happens to the younger children when the parents die?

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To Dachie:

When you're ready to start the new generation, all the children will be adults regardless of their age when the parents die. You will then choose one of them to take over.

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how do you get a pet?

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To Ali:

You buy a pet as one of the varied items in the store.

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Hi

I think i read all the comments (could be mistaking...) but I missed mentioning the following: if you pick a parent up and drop him/her on a child it will start tickling the child and the child will laugh very loud, it is a fun thing to see. If you repeat dropping the parent on the kid the parent will start telling a story, the other kids will gather and listen in on the story too. This doesn't seem to have any effect on happiness or anything but is just funny. Note: this doesn't work with mommy's who are nursing a little one.

Regarding the careers and salaries list: It's very usefull, thanks. I only have one master yet, a wine critic, he maxed out with 285. If I have more I will let you know.

Kind regards,

BarbV

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Hi.

I've been trying to get second red ball for ages and I think I just found the easiest way to get the second red ball.

First, you have to take your first red ball from the hula hoop and place it at the tool tray. Then, click at the hula hoop again, and tadaaa.. the second red ball will appear.

Here's the screen shot:

Second Red Ball

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Virtual-Maris June 2, 2009 8:31 AM

My 2nd generation family. And they are a `freaky` couple...!!! lol

Second Generation Family

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Haludek June 2, 2009 10:53 AM

Hi!
I have a question: if my couple dies childless will there be a possibility to start a new generation with one of their siblings? Or will that be a "game over"?

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Haludek -

Yes, if the couple dies without any kids at all (even orphans) then it is indeed game over.

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I finally got 2 of my guys to master their crafts.... they worked good until they got to level 7, then I had to force them to work. Today I opened the game and one of them got an offer to be brought up a level by a trainer for $250... so he maxed out! Then I changed families and the other guy on level 7 got an email that promoted him a level... so he maxed out. Funny thing is, now that they are level 8, everytime I open their family.. they they start running to the office and it says working on career. NOW THAT I DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THEM, THEY RUN TO DO IT!!!

One of them was a Day Trader starting at $105 and ending at $240 (but I see that is already listed). The other was a Digital Photo Editor who started at $60 and ended at $285.

I don't think any of my others will max out cause they are nowhere close to level 7 and seem to hate to work. AND all but one of my families has all the upgrades so thats not the problem. The family that can't afford the upgrades yet has a level 2 kitchen and a caterer that is currently at level 4 and he is my best hope at maxing currently.

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Hey all,

I was going through the postings when I saw that same of you have extras in your games from several screenshots; bed sheets, flowers the yard, and plants in the house. Is this a special download? If yes, can someone please post the link. Thanks a mil!

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