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[NEEDS INPUT] Book Of Life doesn't summon or resurrect

by KyreRoen

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[NEEDS INPUT] Book Of Life doesn't summon or resurrect

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Product: The Sims 4
Which language are you playing the game in? English
How often does the bug occur? Often (50% - 99%)
What is your current game version number?
What expansions, game packs, and stuff packs do you have installed? Everything but My First Pet Stuff, Realm Of Magic, Discover University, and Moschino Stuff.
Steps: How can we find the bug ourselves? Use both "Summon [Insert Sim Name Here]", and "Restore Life" with the Book Of Life.
What happens when the bug occurs? "Summon" does not make the selected ghost appear. The ghost will endeavour to put away the Book of Life into a bookshelf or chest, cancelling the resurrection process.
What do you expect to see? "Summon sim" should make the corresponding ghost appear, whilst "Restore Life" should make the sim read the book, then return to life.
Have you installed any customization with the game, e.g. Custom Content or Mods? Not now. I've removed them.
Did this issue appear after a specific patch or change you made to your system? Neutral/Not Sure 

The former does not work AT ALL ("Summon Sim), whilst the latter ("Restore Life") has only worked once in quite a few tests (by myself, and another simmer). The only time the latter works, is if there are no viable storage containers on the lot. 

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@KyreRoenYou can summon the selected ghost with the book of life, but you are missing a step, before they can be resurrected they need to be added to your household as a ghost. Now a playable ghost can read the book of life and it will say resurrect.

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@Sid1701d9 My apologies if my wording made it seem like I did, but let me reiterate: another sim using the Book of Life (bound to the deceased before her death) cannot summon the sim's ghost. The "summon Sim" command does not work at all in this regard. As for the resurrection, when added to the household, the ghost sim endeavours to put away the book directly after completing the reading of said book, which cancels the resurrection process.

  1. Sim A binds book to sim B.
  2. Sim B dies.
  3. Sim A tries to "summon" Sim B...nothing happens.
  4. Sim B shows up on lot within the normal ghostly parameters (sans the "summoning").
  5. Sim A befriends Sim B again, and invites to household.
  6. Sim B has Book Of Life in inventory, and "Restore Life" option is selected.
  7. Sim B completes timer on reading, then immediately beelines for the nearest storage (Bookshelf or chest), and puts away Book of Life.
  8. Sim B is still a ghost, and Restore Life process disappears with no impact.
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@KyreRoen Sounds like the same as the one that's currently going on with the spellcaster resurrection:

Going to leave this separate.

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@crinrict The workarounds for resurrection (with the BoL) are:

  • Move all storage to an unrouteable space for ghosts (so a basement or attic with no stairs), and resetsim after the resurrection is done (otherwise they'll be holding an invisible book in one hand indefinitely).
  • Save the rooms with storage (or move them into one room and save it), delete them, then resurrect, and restore room(s).
  • Transfer stored items into sim inventories, place storages into household inventory, resurrect sim, then place everything back. It is easier to first transfer items to sim inventory, than to just chuck the storages into household inventory without doing so first, as the latter option will separate everything within the household inventory, making for more tedious replacement.
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