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Join our Screenshot contest for great prizes!

We all have favorite characters from movies and television shows, or even from a beloved book. So imagine your favorite character in the Sims world, and then create him or her!

Take a screenshot in one of your Sims games (Sims 2 or Sims 3) that best portrays your favorite character, using clothing, makeup and objects from TSR (or EA). Placing that character into a scene to match would be awesome, but it must be PG-13.

See complete rules here.

Good luck and have fun! :)

Island Paradise EP - Hands On Preview

Another EP, another Event...      Now that the game is loaded (like the new loading screen?) what can we expect from Island Paradise?

This is the penultimate Expansion Pack for Sims 3 with only 'Into the Future' remaining before we jump into the brave new world of The Sims 4 in the first quarter of next year. So let's 'dive' in, as that's what your Sims will be doing soon!

There were several other fansites at this, and other events held around the world, so information about what this EP contains will be plentiful after today I'm sure. So, as usual, I'll be trying to bring you some different material which includes lots of screen grabs of the new content in game in detail you probably won't see elsewhere (if that's your thing).

The Headliners

Here's the new icon for Island Paradise.

The EP offers some very different gameplay opportunities including the ability to own houseboats which are basically Lots that you can build on in just the same way you can on land, so the sky is the limit (don't try basements, that could end in tears). These can be driven around the game world between the many islands that make up the new world, Isla Paradiso. Sims can suffer seasickness on these and any other boat though, so care may be needed when creating seafaring Sims. Luckily there are 2 new Traits: Loves to Swim, and Sailor.

New activities include driving these boats around the islands, snorkelling and more importantly, diving. When Sims drop below the water surface they start to use the new Scuba Diving skill, looking for shells which are a new collectible item, treasures, fish and other underwater goodies (and baddies). Look out for sharks, as being mauled underwater is a new way to die!

If your Sim really likes the ocean they might want to take up the new Lifeguard Career, spending their days patrolling the beaches and saving lives, though they need to know when they are being duped as if our Lifesaving hero is a hottie, the victims may actually be faking it to get attention!

Mermaids

Mermaids are the newest addition to the collection of abnormalities that EP's tend to thrust on our perfectly formed Sims. These already exist in the waters of Isla Paradiso and befriending one might enable you to invite one into your household. If you aren't that lucky (or sociable) you could spend some Lifetime Reward points on some Mermadic Kelp to send your existing Sim spinning in a wet haze, emerging as a full blown Mermaid/man. I have to admit though, it looks a bit weird when Mermaids exit the water and switch their beautifully flowing tails for some scaly looking colourful legs and feet which I guess is needed if they are to spend time on land, but I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed there. You can drag your Mermaid into CAS and change their scale colours if you want to.

Mermaids are exotic sea creatures who have adapted to life on land. They differ from regular Sims in several important ways.

Mermaids can eat regular food but they prefer things that come from the sea, like fish and kelp. Kelp can be harvested on dive lots or purchased at the grocery store.

Mermaid skin dries out easily and requires constant hydration. Frequent baths, showers and dips in the pool or ocean are a must! If their hydration motive drops too low, Mermaids start to dry up and eventually become dehydrated. If a Mermaid is dehydrated for too long they'll get a visit from the Grim Reaper!

Mermaids' natural habitat is the ocean. They need to swim in deep water regularly or they will develop a salt water deficiency. Mermaids who do not swim in salt water regularly will eventually lose their scales and tails and turn into regular Sims.

The Sims 4 Announcement!

Having just taken part in a teleconference with EA I can tell you that The Sims 4 is due to be officially announced later today!

You can expect to see more juicy details spilling out onto gaming websites over the coming days. Rachel Franklin, Executive Producer at the Sims Studio, addressed everyone to announce Sims 4. Over 100 people are already working on the game which is being developed with "fans first".

Here's what EA say about the game: "The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans".

The game will be released on PC and Mac in 2014.

We'll keep you posted as we get more info. Be sure to share this news with your Sims fan friends by liking our Facebook post... this needs spreading to the world!

/Steve

Survey Prize Draw Winners

After thousands of participants in our 2013 Member Survey its time to give away some well earned prizes to our members!

Our first 2 winners are: stevihj and Cali95678
They will both receive a TSR Coffee Cup, TSR USB Memory Stick AND their choice of any Sims Expansion or Stuff Pack.

Our next 2 winners are: leigh89 and GirlWatcher
They will both receive a TSR Coffee Cup, TSR USB Memory Stick AND a 6 Month Subscription to The Sims Resource.

Our final 2 winners are: Prettypuddy and Hyuuga_Inesu
They will both receive a TSR Coffee Cup, TSR USB Memory Stick AND a 2 Month Subscription to The Sims Resource.

Thanks to everyone that took part. We hope you enjoyed your free downloads. The information we gathered has been used to update our Media Kit which is used to sell advertising space on TSR, which is what funds all the great premium creations we are sharing for free in our Today Only section and The Vault.

More Free Premium Downloads!

From today, the popular Today Only feature will be increased from 3 to 10 subscriber downloads. This means that every day you visit TSR as a free member you will have access to 10 different subscriber only downloads. You will see "pre-rolls", or video ads before these downloads to contribute to artist costs and to keep premium creations flowing in to the site.

We are keen to hear your feedback on the use of ads to provide more free premium content as we change the way we share premium downloads, so keep that coming in please. Feel free to use the comments section on this news post.

If you like seeing more and more premium content set to free, please help continue this trend by sharing this news with your fellow Sims players on forums, chats and social networking sites. Why not Like our Facebook Page and Share our news post about it with your friends? We have regular prize giveaways on Facebook for helping us to promote TSR.

If you like what you see then why not become a Subscriber? New and existing subscribers still have unique access to all of the 18,000+ Featured Artist creations using a faster, ad free site, 'quickview' downloads and of course the powerful download basket.

Artist news

We are happy to announce the following new Artists!

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

spacesims
- -April-

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- kardofe
- Victorian Carly
- ziapina
- Rennara
- Taurona
- Tomislaw

Check out their latest creations and look out for much more! Give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks :)

2013 Member Survey - Win prizes!

As we move towards making more of TSR free we are looking to advertisers to work with us in achieving what could ultimately be a completely free TSR. For this we need an updated Media Kit outlining our audience so that we can be best matched to effective ad campaigns.

Please help us by taking part in our 2013 member survey. It should only take a couple of minutes.

As a thank you for your help you will be instantly rewarded with access to 3 subscriber only premium downloads as shown below. You will also be entered into a prize draw where you could win Sims Expansion or Stuff Packs, TSR Mugs and USB sticks and TSR subscriptions.

Your personal information is never shared with other companies or agencies, the data is collated and published only as a general overview of our audience statistics when approaching advertisers.

Please be as honest and accurate as you can to make the results as useful to us as possible.

Go to the survey here, and thanks again for your time.

       

Minor layout changes

We have restructured the frontpage and download details page for non-subscribers. This is to give a better alignment for our ads and make room for a new format on the frontpage. The more successful we are with advertising, the more content we will provide for free so this is hopefully a positive change on all accounts.

The changes are minor and only involves a slight restructuring of where certain information is displayed, especially on the download details page which should now look more organized and be easier to read the description on.

Thank you for your continued support!

Vote for sim_man123!

TSR Featured Artists sim_man123 is in the running for an award at EA's "Inspiring Creativity" contest. If you appreciate his creations and want to give him something back then why not head over the Official Site and vote for him? His entry is under the name KrisLW35 in the Art categoty. There are 2 week left to vote and you can vote every day, so give Kris (sim_man123) your support and go vote fom him today, or every day!

Artists news

We've cleaned out quite a bit of inactive artists recently, and made room for new aspiring talent!

Please welcome the following:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Cleotopia

Sims 3 Select Artists:

Symphonie1213
- Kiolometro
- squarepeg56
- bluecoco

Check out their latest creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

Attention Sims website owners!

Do you host your creations at other Sims sites or file-sharing places such as Mediafire? If so, please be aware that someone with nothing better to do is reporting your content with a so called DMCA complaint and calling themselves "Thomas" or "TSR".

We know this must be irritating and upsetting for you but unfortunately, there is nothing we at TSR can do about it. The underlying problem is that anyone in the world can file such a complaint and simply put whoever's name they see fit in there, and the way Mediafire works they will remove the content first and ask questions later.

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

To celebrate the coming year we have set all remaining Sims 2 creations permanently free, that is over 9000 creations including all hairstyles from Newsea, Skysims and Cazy to mention a few. Enjoy everyone!

Merry Christmas!

We here at TSR would like to wish all our fans and artists a very Merry Christmas! This year has been a blast with thousands of fantastic creations from our talented artist community. We look forward to bring you more amazing creations in the year to come, along with a few big surprises along the way - stay tuned!

Enjoy your holidays here at TSR :)

Seasons Greetings From the TSR FA's

The FA's at TSR would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season. A Special Greeting to the Guys at TSR. Thank you for making TSR a special place to be!

Even more Sims 2 freebies!

We have set another batch of over 10000 items permanently free today. You will find tons of fantastic creations from all our Sims 2 superstars such as ulker, iLikeMusic640, Murano, *Bunny*, Jirka, MsBarrows, Shakeshaft, Dot, Liana, Simal10, Chazdesign, Cashcraft, Sims2sisters, Xandher, Cyclonesue and many others. 

Enjoy the free stuff »

Log in with Facebook!

A new and convenient login option has been added to TSR to allow you to log in quickly and conveniently via Facebook. The first time you do this, Facebook will ask you to allow the TSR App which links your account but will not be seen again. On future visits a single click of the FB login button will have you logged in and ready to download instantly.

Facebook login can also be used for creating new accounts if you are not yet registered, saving you the time and effort of going through the registration process here at The Sims Resource.

Enjoy!

Artist news

It's been a long time since last time, but here are our new artists!

Sims 3 FA:

- wondymoon
- Serpentrogue
- Jomsims

Sims 3 SA:

- Vidia
- Simdetails

 Check out their latest creations, write in their guestbooks and give them a warm welcome :)

TSR gets hands on with Seasons

Last week, TSR Featured Artist riccinumbers went to EA UK to get some playtime with the next Expansion Pack, Seasons. Check out her Blog to see what she found and to see her exclusive screenshots taken during playtesting.

Forums Down

As some of you may have noticed our forums went down today. This was not a problem with TSR rather a problem with our provider Invision. For the time being we are redirecting all forum traffic to the site, as soon as the forums have been restored we will direct it back to our forum.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

More sims 2 freebies!

We have set another batch of over 5000 items permanently free today. You will find tons of fantastic creations from all our Sims 2 superstars such as Murano, *Bunny*, Cashcraft, Windkeeper, Xandher, Cyclonesue and many others. 

Enjoy the free stuff »

Achievements Launched

Achievements have been 'on their way' since we launched Version 8 of the site and went some way towards replacing Kudos. There are several achievements which members can attain and most of them have 6 levels. They are displayed on your Profile Page and give visitors an overview of your activity on the site including which games you have created for, any Artist achievements, social activity and more.

You can also see a full list of possible achievements along with your current score and standing for each on your own Achievements page. More are planned so expect to see the list grow in time. We may also tweak some of the levels once we get a better picture of what people are achieving. This is a kind of 'version 1' of the feature so your feedback for improvements is welcome.

Sorry it took so long but we hope you enjoy this Kudos replacement.

Oh, while on the subject of Kudos we still get people asking where the free days went. These were becoming unmanageable and were replaced with the very popular Today Only feature, where 3 top quality Subscriber downloads are made available each day.
We also launched The Vault where we have now set over 360 subscriber items permanently free, with new ones added daily. I hope that helps clears things up.

/Steve

More sims 2 freebies!

We have decided to dust off even more of our old Sims 2 content and release it for free. Among the over 6000 creations set permanently free today you will find lots of great creations from Sims 2 superstars such as Windkeeper, Cashcraft, Xandher, DOT, Simtomatic, Shakeshaft, Spaik, Cyclonesue, Sunair and many others. Enjoy!

Go check out our free Sims 2 downloads here »

We are now on Pinterest!

Many of you are probably familiar with Pinterest already, but did you know TSR has it's own Pinterest page as well? You can go here and check it out right now »

We will be adding Pinterest buttons throughout the site shortly as well.

TSR announces The Vault + more

It's a great day to be a Sims 3 fan! Today we have released a new feature on the site called "The Vault". In short, we will begin setting our very oldest Sims 3 content free on a daily basis, a minimum of 1 set/creation per day, but on average many more than that. You can visit "The Vault" right here and check out what we have already set free for you!

You will see the best creation from The Vault each day in the daily Featured Items rotation on the index page, together with the three Today Only downloads, making sure you don't miss out on anything (they are conveniently branded "NOW FREE!"). You will also find the three Today Only downloads and two highlighted creations from The Vault on the first pages of Sims 3 sets, Sims 3 show all and Sims 3 featured items.

All Today Only and The Vault releases will from now on coincide with the normal publishing hours, meaning 9.15 am CET.

We will be testing out new forms of advertising when you download these now free items, so don't be surprised if you should stumble upon an interstitial or popunder while getting those freebies. We welcome your feedback on the use of additional ads in exchange for more premium downloads, which we are sure you will enjoy!

 

Artist news

It's time again for a new batch of artists. We have also done a big sweep among our inactive artists to make room for new and fresh talent. Please welcome the following artists:

Sims 3 FA:

- ung999
- Ray_Sims

Sims 3 SA:

- Alyosha
- mensure
- paigeedoll
- diogosalgado
- XxNikkibooxX
- evanell
- Arelien

Sims 2 SA:

- thesorceress
- karakratm

Give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks and check out their latest releases!

Sims 2 freebies!

We have decided to dust off some of our old Sims 2 content and release it for free. Among the over 5300 creations set permanently free today you will find lots of great creations from Sims 2 superstars such as Windkeeper, Cashcraft, Xandher, *Bunny*, Sunair and many others. Enjoy!

Go check out our free Sims 2 downloads here »

TSR University Graduates

As you might recall, TSR embarked upon a new 'University' project for people wanting to learn the dark art of creating objects for The Sims 3. Well, it has been a great success with our first candidates graduating with nice, new sets..

Please join us in congratulating them on their hard work and achievement! We now have a couple of openings in the university if you too would like a chance at learning to create. For more details, please see our University page

 

Last week of Summer Sale!

This week will be the last week where you can buy a subscription at our discounted Summer Sale prices. Enjoy!

Survey Prize Draw Results

To date we have had over 7,500 participants in our Member Survey 2012.

A huge THANKYOU to everyone that took part. We are building this information into our Media Pack for advertisers which will be live on the site very soon.

We promised prizes for 3 lucky winners so here we go with the first 3 randomly drawn from the submissions:

1st: apricotblossom

2nd: maya3112

3rd: ECB

Congratulations to them (emails are already sent out for you to claim your prizes).

Thanks again to everyone for their continud support for TSR.

Downtime - Creditcard Payments on June 29th

Due to the site problems caused by the power outages, all transaction information on the TSR accounts from credit card payments done on June 29th have unfortunately been lost. This means that the subscription days that have been added on the 29th, are no longer there.

After some investigation, it turned out not to be possible to link the payments again to the right TSR accounts.

All credit card payments (not the ones done through Paypal) done between 2012-06-29 04:00 and 2012-06-30 04:00 GMT have been refunded.

If you have done a credit card payment on that day, please start a new order in our Shop to activate a subscription on TSR.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience in this matter.

Downtime *update

What happened?

Due to the power outages in The United States Area, TSR's cloud server was down on June 30. When the server came back live, it turned out the database was damaged and needed to be replaced by a back-up from early in the morning of June 29.Unfortunately this has caused many problems on the site.

Subscriptions

Subscribers that started a subscription or have done a payment on June 29 are not working right away and need to be activated manually. New subscriptions will be activated as soon as possible. Subscribers have already received 2 extra days on their running subscriptions. For subscriptions that were running out this weekend, TSR has added a whole week, so they will be able to use their last download days also at the next weekend. 

Update: Most subscriptions have been activated now. If you started a subscription or had a renewal on 29/30 june and it's not been activated yet, please contact support about this, and include the transaction ID that you can find on your Paypal receipt and the email address you have used for your paypal transaction.

Submissions

Creations, stories and screenshots uploaded on June 29th are lost. If you have submitted something on TSR on that day, please check if anything you uploaded is still there. If not you will have to re-submit your creation. All download counts for Friday are unfortunately lost. Comments posted on creations and in guestbooks on June 29th are also gone.

Support issues

Support issues and submission messages sent on the 29th are also gone.Please send a new support issue/submission message if you have sent in an issue on June 29th and it still needs to be resolved.

Update: Due to the changing of the database, we have not received any support issues that were send in by email the past days (untill July 3rd, 11 pm Western European time). Please send in a new support issue if you have sent in an issue by mail and it still needs to be resolved.

 

If you have created a new account on June 29th, your account will be gone and you will have to sign up again for a new account if you want to log in on TSR.

If you have downloaded CC on June 29th, you will not see those downloads in your download history.

 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience.

Artist news

It's time for a new round of artist announcements! Please welcome the following amazing artists:

Sims 3 Featured Artists:

- Flovv
- IrishStar
- Onyxium

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Wimmie
- yvonnee
- Guardgian
- Lhonna
- Sonata77
- ruhrpottbobo
- hudy777-design 
- Wondymoon *new 

Sims 2 Select Artists:

- Angelkurama
- RamboRocky90

TSR Member Survey 2012

The TSR 2012 Member Survey is now live. You might have seen the popup when you logged in but if not, go here to take part in our member survey. You will be able to download one of Newsea's most popular hairs ever on completion of the quick 10 question survey. You will also be entered into the prize draw to win a MadCatz Illuminated Sims 3 Mouse, an Expansion Pack of you choice for The Sims 1, 2 or 3 and even a TSR Coffee Cup or USB Stick!

The overall data collected in this survey will be for the use of TSR to help dplan the future of the site and to develop our advertising media kit. No individual user information will be shared with any 3rd parties.

 

 

Download this hair free - Take the Survey now...

'Today Only' Updates

The 'Today Only' feature has proved to be very popular since our launch of TSR Version 8. From today, instead of offering one subscriber only Featured Artist creation for free, we will be offering three!

These creations will be sponsored by an extra advert, seen before download. This is part of our ongoing assessment of the way we serve the Sims gaming community. If players like to see more "freemium" content simply by seeing extra ads then we are keen to assess how much further we can go with this kind of content in the future.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. More ads, more premium downloads? Let us know in the comments box below.

For subscribers, the newly expanded 'Today Only' box on the index page will disappear (as they have full access to all of the premium content anyway).

Enjoy!

TSR v7 to close this coming friday

As the title says, the oldsite url will stop working this coming friday. We have left it open until now as an opportunity for those with kudos points to purchase free days. We feel it is now time to shut down the old site however so take this opportunity and purchase any remaining free days you can until friday (if you have kudos that is).

New contest launched!

The next Flip This House contest has started. Take part to win free access to TSR's premium downloads or content from the EA Store.

Read the full details on Degera's Blog and discuss the competition in this forum thread.

Good luck!

 

Problems with email

Email services are now functional again, we are very sorry for any inconvenience this problem may have caused!

Account Security

TSR members are being targeted in the community by people trying to cause trouble. Please remember that nobody from TSR will ever ask for your password for the site. If anyone approaches you on Facebook, Forums or Chat, claiming to be from TSR and asking you for your login details, do not give them out!

Passwords stored at TSR are encrypted. Staff, Admins and Mods do not have access to your passwords used, but not all sites work that way. We strongly advise that you use a different password on TSR to any other website, mail account etc. This is good practice for all sites, not just ours.

We take safety and security very seriously and are verified and certified daily by Norton Secured, powered by VeriSign (click the logo at the bottom of any page).

Safe Surfing Simmers!

Artist news

We have a new batch of artists to announce today. Please welcome the following artists to our teams:

Sims 3 Featured Artist:

- minicart

Sims 3 Select Artists:

- Majuchan
- Lolahh16
- Dux12
- rmm1182sims3
- sherri1010
- spacesims
- danielaoecksler
- tolina

Make sure you check out their latest and upcoming creations and give them a warm welcome in their guestbooks!

TSR University announced!

Have you ever wanted to mesh, downloaded the tutorials and just get lost? Do you have the desire to make Custom Content for your game and just do not know where to begin? 

We are now offering 3 slots for those willing to study and learn together with our best artists via Skype. All for free of course. Who knows, maybe you will be our next Select or Featured Artist!

Learn more on this page and apply now!

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