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Chat With Makin' Magic Associate Game Designer, Jenna Chalmers

Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 23:20

Thank you to everyone that showed up at our chat event with Makin' Magic Associate Game Designer, Jenna Chalmers. We have posted the chat transcripts for those of you that couldn't make it.

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MaxisKitty (Sep 25, 2003 6:00:19 PM)
Hello and welcome to the Sims chat with Jenna Chalmers! She is a designer on the Makin' Magic expansion and ready to answer questions you have about the upcoming game.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:00:58 PM)
Hi all. Thanks for coming Happy

Scary69 (Sep 25, 2003 6:01:30 PM)
Can only certain Sims use magic or they all have to use magic???

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:01:30 PM)
All Sims have magical power inside of them. But before they can really use their magic, you must add a "wand" to their inventory. You can get them a wand from new objects like the "Wand Charger"

Iamabbw (Sep 25, 2003 6:02:33 PM)
Will the dragon count as a family member like the dogs and cats?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:02:33 PM)
No. The dragon is an independant spirit. He is not a full-fledged family member.

Zsky2 (Sep 25, 2003 6:03:47 PM)
Hello, what will making rollercoasters in Makin' Magic be like?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:03:47 PM)
We wanted to give you pieces to play with...so that you could build your own rollercoaster...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:04:37 PM)
you will have various track pieces....and also larger "ride" pieces.

nathan7056@aol.com (Sep 25, 2003 6:04:54 PM)
how do you live in magic town.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:04:54 PM)
Magic Town has three residential lots.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:05:20 PM)
In order to move there, it will cost you simoleons and magicoins....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:05:36 PM)
you earn magicoins by performing magic in magic town.

kitkatbarish (Sep 25, 2003 6:06:05 PM)
What are some of the new skins?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:06:05 PM)
Personally, i LOVE the new skins in this pack...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:06:36 PM)
in create-a-sim we did a bunch of stuff from different periods of time...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:07:24 PM)
in addition, there is a spell called "Shed Your Skin" which lets you completely change the look of your sim for a limited period of time.

Irishlass (Sep 25, 2003 6:08:49 PM)
If we have The Sims: Unleashed, will out pets be able to do anything magical?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:08:49 PM)
If you have Unleashed, you will have an extra spell to cast on you pet. Wink

NiGhT_PhOeNiX (Sep 25, 2003 6:09:26 PM)
will there be breeds of dragons? or differnt colors of the dragon?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:09:26 PM)
When you buy the dragon egg....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:09:44 PM)
you have to take proper care of it.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:09:53 PM)
depending on how well you do....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:10:15 PM)
you will get a well-behaved dragon.....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:10:34 PM)
or...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:10:38 PM)
not Happy

Iamabbw (Sep 25, 2003 6:10:53 PM)
Can sims get attacked by the bees from the beehive?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:10:53 PM)
yes.

skppy1225 (Sep 25, 2003 6:11:50 PM)
What are MagiCoins used for?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:11:50 PM)
Magicoins are use for buying some of the magic ingredients for spells and charms as well as buying lots in Magic Town.

pic620 (Sep 25, 2003 6:13:21 PM)
I like my old house can i move my old house to magic town?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:13:21 PM)
No sorry. Just like moving to a new lot in the old neighborhood, you can't take it with you. Happy

AlmoANDKelbel (Sep 25, 2003 6:14:26 PM)
Will every family have their own spell book?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:14:26 PM)
No. The family shares the information in one spellbook.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:14:47 PM)
This is helpful in unlocking all the information in the spellbook.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:15:33 PM)
it would be a pain to have each family member have to unlock it all.

buschnut (Sep 25, 2003 6:16:40 PM)
What are the bubble-like lizard toys in some of the sreenshots?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:16:40 PM)
That is the kids "charm maker"....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:17:05 PM)
Kids use it to combine ingredients and make spells.

vampiress_kittycat (Sep 25, 2003 6:17:58 PM)
Who are some of the new characters we will see ?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:17:58 PM)
Magic Town has lots of new characters...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:19:01 PM)
for example you buy some of the ingredients from a Fairy and others from a Vamipress

siggyb2too (Sep 25, 2003 6:20:26 PM)
Are there any spells for kids and their grades? Mine are ready for Military School. :(

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:20:26 PM)
There is a spell where the kids can send a "clone" to school in their place....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:20:53 PM)
which i guess means they could stay home and study Happy

shortcakejermz (Sep 25, 2003 6:21:39 PM)
will there be ghosts in magic town?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:21:39 PM)
One of the stages, the "spook show", has a spell that musters up some ghosts....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:22:10 PM)
if your skill is high enough....you may even get them to dance for you. Happy

ShrimpandSeafood (Sep 25, 2003 6:22:51 PM)
Does every mixture of ingredients make something?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:22:51 PM)
No. You will have to use your spellbook to learn how to mixthe ingredients.

Zsky2 (Sep 25, 2003 6:23:23 PM)
I have seen some mushrooms in the screenshots, can sims pick mushrooms?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:23:23 PM)
Yes they can. Mushrooms are a magic ingredient,

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:23:42 PM)
all you have to do is figure out how to get them to grow Happy

MaxisLucky (Sep 25, 2003 6:24:05 PM)
What are the recommended system specs? Win 98/XP/2000 450 MHz processor or faster with 128MB RAM 1.3 GB free hard drive space

rymndchn (Sep 25, 2003 6:24:38 PM)
Are the spells that children can make, different to the ones that adults make?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:24:38 PM)
Yes. They have some similar ones...and unique spells too.

Guest (Sep 25, 2003 6:24:56 PM)
Do you keep MagiCoins in your inventory?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:24:56 PM)
Yes.

Guest (Sep 25, 2003 6:25:49 PM)
What happens if one of the family members move out....how do they get the spells?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:25:49 PM)
Each family member holds their own spells in their own inventory.

ShrimpandSeafood (Sep 25, 2003 6:26:08 PM)
Will the Genie from Livin' Large get updated with Makin' Magic?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:26:08 PM)
Nope. The genie is magical enough as he is Happy

The_Gunman (Sep 25, 2003 6:26:23 PM)
Hello Maxis Jenna,Will there be any spells to make more money?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:26:23 PM)
Of course!

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:26:51 PM)
Rain of Riches will create tresure on your lot that you can sell or enjoy...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:26:59 PM)
of course, if it backfires.....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:27:06 PM)
you get....Rain.

GeishaGreen (Sep 25, 2003 6:27:19 PM)
Can dragons cast magic spells?

Rtraf (Sep 25, 2003 6:27:28 PM)
Can children use magic to make a play mate?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:27:28 PM)
Yes. They sure can!

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:27:50 PM)
wait Happy

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:27:56 PM)
Dragons. no.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:28:01 PM)
Kids yes Happy

GeishaGreen (Sep 25, 2003 6:28:42 PM)
What use are the pink flamingo ladies?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:28:42 PM)
They will help entertain your guests.

SimStash (Sep 25, 2003 6:29:02 PM)
About how many spells are in the game?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:29:02 PM)
Oh goodness....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:29:08 PM)
two.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:29:12 PM)
just kidding

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:29:21 PM)
there are tons!

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:29:44 PM)
depends also on what you count....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:30:09 PM)
some people will enjoy the backfire as much as the positive outcome...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:30:18 PM)
so thats like two speels for the price of one Happy

cameron (Sep 25, 2003 6:31:10 PM)
Can you make a living off of magic? Or will you still need a job?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:31:10 PM)
Magic does not replace your career...but since you can create money, you may not be interested in going to work any longer....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:31:35 PM)
like the kids...you can send a clone to work in your place...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:32:00 PM)
Even though you don't *need* a job...you will still want to work on those skills...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:32:13 PM)
especially logic, mechanical, and cooking.

MMfan (Sep 25, 2003 6:32:35 PM)
Can dragons eat toadified sims?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:32:35 PM)
Would we do that... Wink

thesiddog (Sep 25, 2003 6:33:21 PM)
I know this is off topic but...Your name is Jenna Chalmers, I saw a building in Sim City4 called Chalmers Inc. or something like that. Was it named after you?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:33:21 PM)
Yup. lots of the building in SimCity are named after people at Maxis.

equusgirl (Sep 25, 2003 6:34:00 PM)
Hey MaxisJenna, what's the dragon like? And how do you make it a nice dragon?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:34:00 PM)
THe dragon is SUPER cute. Make a nice dragon by taking good care of him before he hatches!

Irishlass (Sep 25, 2003 6:34:44 PM)
I've heard there's a spell that can make you famous... is this true?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:34:44 PM)
Yes. if you have Superstar, you can give yourself a fame boost!

Aa ServoPro.com visit ronalchn (Sep 25, 2003 6:35:37 PM)
Do gnomes and pink flamingos who are turned into garderners and hostess' permanent?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:35:37 PM)
No. It is a temporary change.

winie143 (Sep 25, 2003 6:36:50 PM)
Will the sims get to plant new things in their gardens?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:36:50 PM)
There is a new "vine plot" you buy in build mode...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:37:36 PM)
then you can purchase a grape or elderberry sprig in Magic Town and come home and plant it.

MMfan (Sep 25, 2003 6:38:52 PM)
Hi MaxisJenna,are there spells to teleport a sim?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:38:52 PM)
There is an "ability" you can earn that gives you the power to telepot yourself around the lot....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:39:00 PM)
Very helpful!

Guest (Sep 25, 2003 6:39:31 PM)
do nice dragons look different than mean dragons?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:39:31 PM)
Yes, they are a different color.

shortcakejermz (Sep 25, 2003 6:40:36 PM)
whats the use of the snakes, i saw some in the screeshots

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:40:36 PM)
The snakes are a backfire for "Shed Your Skin"....get it? ;-P

Irishlass (Sep 25, 2003 6:41:58 PM)
Is there a spell that you can cast to conjour up food?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:41:58 PM)
Yup. Its called "Horn Of Plenty"...but if it backfires....watch out for plenty of horny toads

Qwertyuiop2k11 (Sep 25, 2003 6:43:02 PM)
Jenna how in the world do you keep up with all these questions? :P

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:43:02 PM)
YOu should see all the ones i Can't keep up with Happy

SEKhorselover (Sep 25, 2003 6:43:24 PM)
How many dragons can you have in one family?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:43:24 PM)
Lots

Qwertyuiop2k11 (Sep 25, 2003 6:44:02 PM)
Can you make your Sims live in a haunted house?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:44:02 PM)
We did alot of new cool creepy architecture...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:44:22 PM)
stairs, windows, doors...wallpapers...etc///

jfade (Sep 25, 2003 6:44:34 PM)
What types of vines can they plant?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:44:34 PM)
grapes and elderberries

gamegirl815 (Sep 25, 2003 6:45:23 PM)
what do u mean by "ability"?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:45:23 PM)
as you cast more and more magic, things start to grow on your lot...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:45:42 PM)
one of the things that might grow is a "magic crystal"...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:46:25 PM)
these crystal have the power to bestow you with magical abilities...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:46:49 PM)
like being able to teleport yourself or put out fire ...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:47:08 PM)
which is particularly helpful if you have a "bad dragon" Happy

SiMan (Sep 25, 2003 6:47:40 PM)
Does the skeleton have a difference with the robot of livin' large?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:47:40 PM)
well...for one....its cheaper...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:48:19 PM)
but the skelton maid doesn't perform all the services the robot does either.

Poisoned Kandy (Sep 25, 2003 6:50:08 PM)
can two dragons have babies.....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:50:08 PM)
No. sorry.

Joe_The_Coffee_Man (Sep 25, 2003 6:50:28 PM)
In the screenshot there is a machine, and it looks like you put your mood crystal thing in it. What does this thing do? Is it a mood changer?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:50:28 PM)
Hmmm....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:50:41 PM)
i think you are think of the "charms"

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:51:09 PM)
the magic charms you make are in the shape of the "plum bob"

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:51:28 PM)
they are different colors for different charms

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:51:49 PM)
(the plum bob is the green thing above the sims head)

anamo52 (Sep 25, 2003 6:52:42 PM)
do you need unleashed to have the pet dragon?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:52:42 PM)
Nope! You don't need Unleashed. You buy the dragon egg from the Vampiress in Magic Town

Bronco907 (Sep 25, 2003 6:53:00 PM)
what does the butter churn and the gargoyle bench do?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:53:00 PM)
BUtter churn is a skill object that makes....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:53:06 PM)
butter Happy

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:53:21 PM)
butter is also and ingredient

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:53:50 PM)
the gargoyle bench makes gargoyles....kinda like the gnome workbench...

Guest (Sep 25, 2003 6:55:14 PM)
Makin' Magic looks much more detailed than the other packs. was there a different art team for this one?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:55:14 PM)
Some of the art team members were the same. But much credit goes to Bob King who drove the art for Makin Magic.

Adam Lachlan (Sep 25, 2003 6:55:59 PM)
MaxisJenna, the previous Sims games have come with excellent music. What is the music for Makin' Magic like?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:55:59 PM)
The music for this pack is some of my most favorite we've ever done

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:56:31 PM)
its kinda gypsy carnival-y...kinda european circus-y

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:56:55 PM)
hard t o describe.... but VERY cool

MMfan (Sep 25, 2003 6:57:00 PM)
Are there 'marry me' spells?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:57:00 PM)
Yup.

Bronco907 (Sep 25, 2003 6:57:33 PM)
Can only one person ride the rollar coaster at a time or can many people ride at a time?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:57:33 PM)
yes.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:57:49 PM)
One sims per car....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:58:11 PM)
but once the car leaves a particular section, the next car can start...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:58:35 PM)
so more than one sim can be on the entire coaster at a time.

Matt (Sep 25, 2003 6:58:52 PM)
Do you need to have Unleased to plant that garden thingy?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:58:52 PM)
nope

ShrimpandSeafood (Sep 25, 2003 6:59:29 PM)
Whats your favorite objects Jenna?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:59:29 PM)
I like the new skill objects....the spinning wheel and beehive and stuff...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 6:59:59 PM)
i also love the new kitchen collection and the new bed is beautiful!!!!!

ShrimpandSeafood (Sep 25, 2003 7:00:39 PM)
What does the spinning wheel do?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:00:39 PM)
Makes Golden thread. (and is a mechanical skill object)

MaxisLucky (Sep 25, 2003 7:01:02 PM)
We're getting to the end of the chat - We'd like to thank you all for coming and particularly our guest Maxis Jenna.

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:01:25 PM)
SHall we take one more?

MaxisKitty (Sep 25, 2003 7:01:46 PM)
send in your best question

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:01:51 PM)
heh

ShrimpandSeafood (Sep 25, 2003 7:03:02 PM)
Can you make a spell that will make this chat last longer? Happy

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:03:02 PM)
i wish Happy

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:03:16 PM)
ok... ONE more Happy

Qwertyuiop2k11 (Sep 25, 2003 7:03:58 PM)
Can you make a spell so we can have a chat every week? :P

MaxisKitty (Sep 25, 2003 7:03:58 PM)
we will be having chat events every thurs at 3

MaxisKitty (Sep 25, 2003 7:04:14 PM)
spell granted Wink

Qwertyuiop2k11 (Sep 25, 2003 7:04:47 PM)
Will there ever be chats like this for TS2 or SC4?

MaxisKitty (Sep 25, 2003 7:04:47 PM)
yes

Matt (Sep 25, 2003 7:04:55 PM)
when will it be released?

MaxisLucky (Sep 25, 2003 7:04:55 PM)
We have not announced a release date for Makin' Magic yet. Stay tuned to thesims.com for announcements!

Always_Smile (Sep 25, 2003 7:05:03 PM)
over all, is Making Magic the best Sims game out of all of them?

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:05:03 PM)
To be honest, i had TONS of fun making this expansion pack. ...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:05:24 PM)
The new location, skins, objects, music....

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:05:46 PM)
i LOVE the look of the stuff we did for this pack...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:05:58 PM)
plus the new gameplay...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:06:32 PM)
collecting the ingredients and mixing the spells...

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:07:22 PM)
This is my favorite pack we've done!

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:07:41 PM)
Thank you guys soooo much for your great questions!

MaxisJenna (Sep 25, 2003 7:07:55 PM)
I hope we can do this again sometime!

MaxisLucky (Sep 25, 2003 7:08:54 PM)
Thanks for coming everyone. Look for the chat transcipts posted on thesims.com soon!

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