For reasons best known to the folks at EA, they are no longer dishing out the Store content patches to anyone who is not running the current Origin version of the game. This would be mostly Steam and Mac players, but probably applies to those who are still using physical media installs, too. As best as I can tell from other players who have posted on the topic, the content patch stuff from a previous install can simply be copied into the \Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\ContentPatch folder to get around the issue. The link below is a .zip file containing the everything in the ContentPatch folder from an install of the game on my system before this became an issue. At the time the Store dished these out, I was playing a Steam installation on PC (Win10) and was patched to v1.67. I added them to my current Sims 3 installation (Win10, also) and have not experienced issues with them.

Just unzip the contents, place them in the ContentPatch folder, and all should be well (or at least not completely broken). And thus players step up where developers won’t.

There are upsides and downsides to having an email address that’s fairly easy to find. Downside: spam; upside: people with questions or comments.

I received an email from someone who had found the Beginner’s Guide to Daggerfall, found it useful, and asked whether I still played. I had to admit that it had been way too many years since I had fired up the game, so made it a point to reinstall it and spend some time wandering the Iliac Bay. Big mistake. There is way too much that I have forgotten in 20 years (yes, it has been about that long since the game was released), and way too much that I remember. My current gaming project (which had better be taking a back seat to Grad School) is to update the Guide and redo as much of it as possible in video format. There are a few YouTubers who have done or are doing Daggerfall “Let’s Play” videos, but since I’m not a Twitch kinda guy (at my age I’m not twitchy enough), but there are enough mistakes in the current crop to warrant a more reasoned voice of experience. Keep your eyes peeled.

As a side note, in firing up the game again, I find myself being relatively active on the Daggerfall subreddit ( Questions are always welcome

Six years worth of posts – poof and gone! My database is misbehaving and I didn’t make a backup. It’s not like there was anything exceptionally meaningful in there anyway (OK, I’ll miss everything that I wrote about Mass Effect 3), but it’s start over again and see what happens. Gotta love technology because I’ve run out of places to hide the bodies.