How The Sims 4 Get Together’s Clubs Let Sims Break the Rules

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At gamescom, we revealed The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack*, coming this November. It adds the new European-inspired World of Windenburg, fun group activities, new Skills, and a brand new feature called Clubs that allows Sims to totally break the rules of the game.

Sims have autonomy in The Sims 4, which is a fancy way of saying they do their own thing when you let them. First, they’ll try to do whatever they physically need (like eating or sleeping), then, they’ll do what their Traits tell them to do (like being Flirty or Mischievous). Clubs allow you to create new rules for Sims that supersede the logic they typically follow.


Getting Together

When you create a Club in The Sims 4 Get Together, you can pick their preferred hangout location, choose what they wear when they get together, and decide who is allowed into your Club. However, Clubs are much more than just groups of Sims – they’re groups that will follow a set of guidelines set by you, which works extremely well with a simulation-driven game.

Should the Fitness Crew meet at the Gym, or work out in the middle of the town square? Should Sims in the Child life stage be allowed in? Should only children be allowed in? What about their outfits? Typical workout attire, or formal wear? You can encourage them to be mean to the Romance Club, or get romantic with the Misfit Club.

But here’s where it gets really cool: once your Sims are together with their Club (or what we refer to internally as a Club Gathering), they can act against the things they’d typically do if the rules of the Club dictate it. Characteristically peaceful Sims might start a brawl if they’re in a Fight Club, and shy Sims could end up being amorous if their Flirty Club encourages it.


These rules will only supercede behavior when your Sim is in a Club Gathering.  When we first started out, we wanted the Club rules to apply all the time. We quickly realized that if this was the case, Sims’ lives would be overrun by Clubs and the Sims normal behaviors would never shine through. They’d also run into problems with rules from different Clubs if they clashed, keeping them in a constant state of conflict. What if my Sim is in one club that loves to watch TV and another club that hates it?

Besides spending time on making sure the rules worked, we also burned out a lot of markers doodling on the whiteboard to make sure you were able to quickly figure out who around you was in a Club. The result is fairly simple, and lets you hover over Sims to learn their name and which Clubs they’re members of, and quickly scan an area to see which Clubs are having a gathering, and who is the leader of the different Clubs.

Taking Control

On that same note, we wanted to make sure those different Clubs were just that: different. We aspired to let players do anything and everything with Clubs, which actually led to a potential problem… how the heck do we even display all those choices? We have hundreds of interactions in the game, and sorting through all of them would be overwhelming. When we hit moments such as this, we fall back on our instincts as Sim players, gamers, and storytellers. We began creating hypothetical groups, normal and strange, and realized that we could group many of the choices into these different buckets and let the Sims dynamically choose specific items within that category.


For example, instead of saying “This Club likes to Kiss, Flirt, and use Pick Up Lines,” players will instead say that the “Club likes to Flirt,” which encompasses all those things. You can still get more specific, choosing targets for your rules if you’d like. Want to make a Club that likes to Fight and be Mean, but only to members of a specific other Club? You can do that!

Your Clubs can have 10 rules total (5 encouraged rules and 5 discouraged). We’re still tinkering with that number, but we think we found the sweet spot. If your Sim had 20 things they were trying to do, you wouldn’t be able to tell that they had a unique behavior. At that point, they just look like… normal Sims. This number lets you create unique Clubs that’ll lead to Sims doing things that will stand out and read as different and interesting.

Your Clubs, Your Rules


We want players to create Clubs for anything and everything they love doing in the game. From making a creative club that enjoys painting or music, to a Service Club that hilariously comes over to your home to fix and clean things. Players will be able to create any Club that fits their play style, and play any way they like – we think that the way these Clubs change the day-to-day gameplay of The Sims 4 creates incredible possibilities.

Thanks for letting us share a little more information on Clubs, and we look forward to telling you even more about them when we get closer to the release of The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack in November!

Want to learn more? Check out more details on The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack and learn how to make an amazing bathroom in The Sims 4.


How to Create an Amazing Bathroom in The Sims 4

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Don’t Forget the Towels!

If you’ve opened up The Gallery, you’ve likely seen some amazing creations, from absurd mansions to mind-bending homes. And we often see the same question: how do they do that?! Which is why we started Builder Tips, which gives members of the community a chance to teach you how they build the amazing things you can find on The Gallery.

Today, we wanted to start with one of the most important rooms in the house: the bathroom! We invited popular builder Zita1966 to write up some tips on creating an amazing bathroom in The Sims 4. Below is her guide!

Thank you for the invite, I am truly honored. Even though I do consider myself as a very versatile builder, I do like to build my bathrooms to be easy accessible and playable. Most of all, they need to look realistic, like in a real life house.

I created the above bathroom in these easy five steps:


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5 Fantastical Ice Cream Flavours to Create in The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff

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More Than Vanilla

The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff* released this week, and brought with it a variety of items made to upgrade and outfit your Sim’s kitchen. It also includes new gameplay by way of the Ice Cream Machine – a perfect treat for any foodie Sims looking to create decadent desserts.

There are 30 different flavors to create, many of which you’re likely familiar with. Vanilla? Yeah, it’s in there. Chocolate? You’d better believe it. Orange Sorbet, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Rainbow Sherbet? Obviously. But besides the flavours you’d expect to find at your nearest freezer, there are some that are a little more… outstanding.

Dragon’s Breath proves that ice cream doesn’t have to be cold! Well, that’s not entirely true – it’s still cold, it’s also just a little… hot. Like, make your Sim’s mouth burn hot. Like, they might mistakenly catch on fire if they eat it hot.

Haunted Mint is the spookiest of the ice cream flavors in the stuff pack. Yes, you read that right: spooky. As the name suggests, Haunted Mint is indeed a ghostly treat. Sims that eat it not only get a buff, but they might be visited by an apparition after they finish their snack. Boooooo!

Twin Roses is so full of flavor, your Sims might just get Flirty after they eat it. Well, that’s how older Sims react, at least. Children that try Twin Roses end up Happy, instead, proving that the ice cream is the perfect treat for everyone.

Plant Matter is one of those fancy schmancy ice creams made from “natural” ingredients. Sims that eat it will have a desire to relax in the water – plants need water, after all. Also, ever hear the term “you are what you eat?” That applies here, too, so… uh… watch out for leaves.

Chilling Mocha might not actually give your Sim a brain freeze, but it’ll do the next best thing: let your Sim give others a freeze. After chowing down on the Chilling Mocha, your Sim might get a special one-time-use Interaction called Chilling Touch which does just what it sounds like. (Warning: There’s also a chance your Sim will turn blue after eating it. Just FYI!)

There are other weird flavours to make and try in The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Pack  – have you tried any yet? If not, your Sims are missing out on some truly sweet treats!

Excited to check out The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff? Learn more about upgrading your kitchen with Half Walls – and here are some tips on Creating a Perfect Pool, because we’re not going to tell your Sims they can’t swim after eating.