How to Replace Townies in "The Sims 3"

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When it's time to gain some family friends or marry off a sim in "The Sims 3" and its expansions, many players use townies, computer-controlled Sims the game generates. Once a townie or group of townies become controllable by human players, the computer replaces the townies. Unlike in "The Sims" and "The Sims 2," your created Sims can develop relationships with the townies. Some possess various career skills and friends of their own. Including a townie into a family can help the household's overall goals. For example, the townie's friends number will stack with how many the family already has.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Click the avatar of a sim in the house. Click a phone. Call a townie. Identify a townie by the name -- one you did not make up nor one of a premade family. It helps to know the last names of the families in the neighbourhood, visible from the neighbourhood screen. Talk to the person or invite him over.

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    Click the townie if he comes over to the house to interact with him. Select the various types of questions through the menu to find out his job, hobbies and other characteristics. The type of interactions available depends on the status of the relationship. For example, if a romantic connection exists, you can kiss or hug.

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    Interact with the townie until the option to move in or propose appears when you click him. If the townie accepts the proposal to move in, he joins the household. If he accepts a wedding or union proposal, after the wedding he will move into the household.

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    Repeat the steps with other Sims until several townies live with Sims.

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    Travel around the public areas of the game. Where you can go depends on the expansions that are installed. For example, "Late Night" allows Sims to visit club locations. Walk up to the new townies that the computer automatically generates and talk to them.

Tips and warnings

  • Computer-created characters your Sims meet while on vacation in "The Sims 3: World Adventures" are replaced the same way townies are. You can develop a relationship with the characters you meet on vacation the same way you would with townies.
  • Because the other households progress through life even if you aren't playing them, some townies may marry into or move in with those Sims without your knowledge. Check on the other houses through the neighbourhood screen to see if anyone has moved in or out of houses.

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