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This process uses MC Command - a mod for the Sims obtainable fromMC Command Center modules for The Sims 4-- a few console command cheats are used as well which are simple to type into the console window or to copy and paste from this document.
I have had some questions regarding the possibility of recovering tombstones without using MC Command. I did some trial runs and I don"t think it"s fully possible. I rely on MCC to reveal the hidden households, this is where the ghosts seem to be located when they aren"t roaming the lots. Hidden households are accessed though the mailbox using MC Command and when clicked will show a number of nameless ghosts which can then be added to a utility household for creating tombstones that can then be released, or placed depending on what you want to do with them. More details below. Some ghosts will show up in hidden households on occasion that have already been released via tombstone until they have been cleaned by the system. These ghosts cannot be summoned even if added to a household and just remain inactive and unaccessible.
Nameless Ghosts in Manage Household after Hidden households revealed
Use a space and edit the ghost
exit back out and the ghost will have a name
Underground Area for Utility Sim
It is a bit tricky knowing who can pick up a tombstone, depending on who the sim is that died and their relationship to who is picking up the stone. I went through a few saves, and backup copies working it out and suggest making a backup save before doing important steps with sims/ghosts that you don"t want lost permanently. The best option I discovered was to pick up the newly created tombstones with the utility sim after I had finished making them and travel to the home of the sim I play most. I then opened my inventory and left all the urns on her doorstep.
Utility Sim Delivering Summoned Urns
I then saved and exited to manage worlds, and loaded up my usual sim. The urns were waiting for me. Clicked each one, placed in inventory then went into Household Management, deleted my utility sim (I didn"t want her showing up with all the ghost ties from adding them to her family to summon/reanimate etc), changed the lot to generic, traveled to that lot with my usual sim, placed the tombstones, decorated and my graveyard is complete! My sims now have a cemetery for mourning their ancestors and I no longer have generations of ghosts haunting me and destroying my plumbing every night!
Regular Sim Collecting Summoned Urns
I kept the game paused for most of this to keep impact on my other families at a minimum Pictures are included to help illustrate as much as possible.
I"ve included his video here, it can also be found on Youtube, it"s a great demonstration of this page and I really appreciate his effort in making the video :)
Tombstone Recovery Walk-through
Control+Shift+C to open the cheats console
Type - "testingcheats on" (no quotes, you should get a message back "Cheats are enabled")
I shift click on the mail box before starting and select "Alter Needs", choosing "Fill Needs(household)" then repeat and choose "Disable household needs decay". This just keeps everyone happy while you manipulate things.
I have discovered you can add ghosts that are in your Household Management window so you can simplify this step. If you have ghosts without names showing (after using "show hidden households" at the mailbox in MC Command for example) and are uncertain who they are, give them a single letter then edit them and you will see their name, exit out and rename the ghost, delete them if not needed, or simply add to your utility sim"s family in the management window and skip the summoning step. You can do 7 at a time, run though all the steps, then unpause and watch as all involved fall in unison.
Click on the mail box and select the "MC Cheats..." buttonSelect Summon SimType the full name of the ghost you want to come to your lot, you should see a notification window response that SIM_NAME will be right over!Cancel the MC Command window and briefly unpause the game.. you should see the ghost appear on the sidewalk of your lotShift Click on the Summoned SimSelect "add to Family" Pause again if you want to keep your timers down on other lot
OPTIONAL I"ve been using The Plum Tree App to document my Sims family tree and have been using the time my sim is alive to get a screen capture of them. If you want to get a picture of them younger, enter the cheat cas.fulleditmode in the console window.
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Click on your simchoose "MC Command Center""Modify Household in CAS"make your changes,grab your screen shots(age them back to Elder before exiting)
Grimmie will come along, take your sim and leave you the tombstone/urn which you can collect with your utility sim and move to a location of your choosing.