S9P1: Episode XXX – Where did all the ghosts go?

One night as I was playing the game something odd happened and I have yet to figure out how it happened. This was during the week of April 27. One of my active Sims died. This was Mike Dubois.

As soon as she realized what was happening, Mike’s wife Alice came into the room and pleaded with Death to spare her husband.

Her request was granted and Mike was restored to life.

Alice was very happy that her husband was back amongst the living and all was well. I then saved the game and called it quits for the evening.

When I resumed play the next day I immediately noticed that something was wrong. Mike Dubois was missing as an active member of the household. He was nowhere to be found. Upon further examination I found out that not only was Mike Dubois missing, but so were the four deceased members of household: Michael & Celia Dubois and Katherine & Mihai LeFey. Clicking on their urns provided only the option of “Destroy” or “Put in Inventory”.

On top of this all of the genealogies were messed up. For example, Morgan LeFey’s genealogy showed that he had no parents. All other genealogies were missing the portraits for the first generation.

I googled for this issue of missing Sims and I found a number of forum posts at the Sims 4 Forum (here and here). In both threads it was suggested by some that either the 26-March or the 13-April patch caused the problem. Others suggest that it caused by the “culling feature” whereby the game limits the population of Sims to 180.

I used the getpopulation mod to get the current population and it told me that the population was 140.

I searched around to see if there was any way to fix or prevent this problem. At MTS I found a mod called the No More Culling (V3) by Dark Gaia. However I am reluctant to use this mod, because I am not convinced that culling is the issue here.

Going into my archives I found a save from 21-April. Inspecting this save, which was from one week before I noticed the issue and one week after the 13-April patch, I see that everything appears to be intact. In this save, getpopulation says that the population is 131 and all of the genealogies look the way that they should.

Here is what the genealogies look like in the 21-April save.

Morgan LeFey’s family tree showing his deceased parents: Mihail and Katherine.

The descendants of Celia Dubois

The descendants of Ingrid Hoff

The descendants of Penny Clemens

The descendants of Trixie Le Zard

The descendants of Peggy Sue Stoney

The descendants of Julia Clemens

The descendants of Victoria Viernes

Now I am going to play from this save forward to see if the problem occurs again.

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