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#101 Old 10th Apr 2018 at 7:58 PM
I really enjoyed this look at Julien's life. He was pretty busy for a day off! I laughed at how he sabotaged the rival restaurant, but I was surprised how much salmon was left to spoil. I expected more people would at least try it.
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#102 Old 15th Apr 2018 at 3:46 PM
Default One year anniversary.... so, party?
So, today's the one year anniversary of this thread. One year ago I was in the final exam season, thinking about sharing this hood after having been invited to this group, and then deciding to crank out a forum post for it. Motivated, I then made a post for the Day family, staying up till one in the morning to get it done. I've since been amazed at the reception this hood has received and it's definitely been a lot of fun writing these posts and updating the fanon pages for it on The Sims Wiki.

So, I'm not entirely sure what to do on this one year anniversary. I thought of doing something big, but I couldn't think of any, and it's not really that big of a deal, is it? I realize that this hood isn't available for public download, and in fact, nothing I have on here is available for download. The houses I've built and the Sims I've created probably aren't good enough to be uploaded to MTS, but that's fine; I can still share them. Which is what I've decided to do.

In this folder I have uploaded the appearances of pretty much all of the Sims that I have made in this hood. They have been cloned and sanitized using Body Shop, so they should be safe to use in your game. The links to download are also available on each individual Sim's fanon page. Appearances for Maxis-made Sims, Alec Bigfoot, and the Newbie Servos aren't listed, because, well, that's kinda daft.

Do let me know if any of the links aren't working or if one of the files are incorrect.

Now here's to another year of Simming with The Sims 2! In the past year or so I've learned quite a lot more about the game, specifically on storytelling and picture taking. I think my photos have been getting better now that I have the appropriate mods, am using the appropriate programs to their potential, and some in-game tricks (like saving camera positions) to make photography a lot easier and nicer. Even though The Sims 3 has its own bucket of goodies, I still must confess that I prefer storytelling and picture taking in The Sims 2. Also, I find that Sims in TS2 have much more depth and I feel more attached to them than the Sims I've created in TS3. Still, I'm enjoying the third iteration in the series, and perhaps I'll create a fanon for that too, who knows.

Hopefully you're all enjoying SimVille and the magic I've been able to create with it. This neighbourhood has been around since 2014, and it's the longest lasting hood I have. Hopefully I haven't actually corrupted it by accident or anything, so that I'll be able to play this for many more years to come. And, who knows how much longer I'll keep updating this thread? ...Although hitting the 365-day mark is a good sign, I suppose.
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#103 Old 1st May 2018 at 10:43 PM Last edited by k6ka : 2nd May 2018 at 1:58 AM.
Default Friday morning with the Days
Ah, so it's that time of the year again. School's out and while I do have another summer job, this time I'm staying in-town to work at an amusement park. Hopefully that means I'll be able to update this thread more often than I did last year!


Back to the Days, a family I haven't played in a while.

It's 1AM. Jaden, Bradley, and Ethan are sleeping in the boys' "bedroom".

Taylor was passed out on the living room couch.

Cody had spent the night gaming on the computer, but looks like it broke. Ah well. He'll have to call Beth Love over tomorrow to have it fixed.

Christian was the only other person awake in the apartment. I think I last had him clean the bathroom.

Cody decides to just call it a day and snuggles down cozily into his bed.

Christian went up to the roof to stargaze, lacking anything better to do. Isn't it amazing that he can still see so many stars in the city?!

This time Ethan was the other boy that was going to be staying up for the second half of the night (poor Jaden finally gets a break!). Two half-brothers passing the night quietly together... for a moment, at least.

Christian needs some shut-eye.

Ethan stargazes quietly on his own. He wonders what it's like out there in space, a vast, limitless void of nothingness.

At around 5AM, Jaden wakes up, still sore and uncomfortable from the stress of his poor grades and his lack of sleep. He takes a shower nonetheless.

Cody's sleeping in this morning after staying up so late playing computer games. The boys don't have much to eat, so they raid the fridge for cookies. Perhaps the sugar in the cookies will substitute for bread and cereal.

Christian sleeps until morning.

He wakes up to a very unhappy stomach.

There's some leftover pizza in Jaden's inventory. Like the Torres, Haiders, and Francos, the Day brothers save up every bit of leftover food for consumption later, especially on the days when Cody doesn't feel like cooking (which is just about every day) and there aren't any restaurant leftovers for them.

Cody wakes up at long last.

"Yes, the computer's smoking a little bit. I guess it found our relationship a little too hot to handle!"

A little brotherly bonding?

The school bus arrives. Cody waits for all of his sons to leave the apartment before he even sets foot outside his bedroom in his PJs.

Cody knows better than to tamper with electronics after that electrocution... but he mostly called the landlady to invite her over socially...

"Cody is such a dear..."

But as soon as Beth is out of earshot, Cody's on the phone with... someone else!

Oh, Cody... will he ever learn?

"I don't want to hear about your disgust for sumo wrestling LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!! Enough with that!!"

(Danielle didn't even live in the building; she was just a walkby that the landlady tried to strike up a conversation with)
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#104 Old 4th May 2018 at 7:51 PM
It was a smart move on Cody's part to call for repairs rather than try to fix the computer himself. I've had more than one sim get electrocuted that way. However, it seems he was looking for much more than just a fix for his computer. The boys are doing about as well as they can at taking care of themselves; I wish Cody would help them out a little more but he seems only able to think of himself right now.
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#105 Old 4th May 2018 at 9:08 PM
Ugh that Cody.. please even cook for your kids!!

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No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
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#106 Old 9th May 2018 at 10:19 PM
Default Midweek woes for the Cuevas
Julio came home Tuesday evening to his younger siblings playing outside on the street. He's unfazed by it—it's a common sight in the favelas—but today Julio wanted none of it. He went straight into the house and into his room, out of sight.

Isabelle had spent the better part of her evening cleaning her bathroom. Won't Cheryl be a good kid and watch a movie with her? No boys, no Julio, not even her hubby; just mother and daughter watching a chicken comedy.

Cheryl brought Tina Traveller home from school, but she seemed more interested in playing cops and robbers with Garrett than watching a silly movie.

On the other side of the street, Evan and Gallagher Newson had a one-on-one water balloon fight with each other. Waiting for a parent to say it's not safe... but life in the favelas was never safe, was it? The Cuevas parents are used to all of those dangers. And the Newson clan have enough on their hands already.

Julio bought dinner at work, but he's still feeling a bit peckish. Rather than reaching for a plate of his mother's leftovers, he grabs a protein shake from the fridge and downs the chocolate-flavoured, sugar-free drink with great gusto.

Julio's a bit tired and cranky.

Julio, I know you didn't have the best of days today, but that doesn't mean you can just go and yell at your mother while she's cooking—even if you're not going to eat it.

"What do YOU know of anything?! Do YOU know how I feel?! You're just living up there, watching us from above, and you don't even come down here to walk on this world on our level! You wouldn't be saying all of that if you have ever walked in MY shoes!!"

Julio, I know you're pissed at your parents for making you leave your friends behind. I'm not saying that is necessarily a good thing, but you can't just keep being so bitter about this forever.

"Yeah, that's easy for YOU to say!! I bet you've never had to move and leave your friends behind against your will!! Do you even HAVE a will?! Hmm?!? Why don't you play me with free will on?!?"

The dining table was quiet today. Thomas is tired after a long day at work and isn't really in the mood to talk. Isabelle, Garrett, Cheryl, and Evan don't have much to say. And of course, Julio's absent, but he wouldn't have talked at all at the table if he somehow was there.

At Garrett's insistence, the three kids clear the table and wash the dishes.

Thomas quietly brushes his teeth and gets ready for bed.

Dear Diary,

Julio once again didn't show up for dinner. I think he is still angry at us for moving... as usual. I am surprised that he has allowed his anger to hold onto him for so long.

I really do hope that things will change, that Julio will learn to forgive us and know that we didn't mean to separate him from his friends. We know how close Julio was to the people in the favela, and we really liked them too. I hope that someday we'll be able to get together the money to go back and visit them. I wish Julio would stop and listen long enough for us to tell him that we really do love him and we really do want to see him with his old friends again.

Alas, I have been writing down these hopes for many, many pages now. I have been praying for the same things over and over again, but nothing has turned up. I feel tempted to give up, give up and abandon God like He seemed to have abandoned me. But I cannot abandon my son.

"Did you guys hear Julio yelling at mom in the kitchen? Why do you think he's still angry after all these months?"

"It seems really strange that he's still mad at mom and dad after all this time. I think maybe we should just give him some money and let him go back."

"Good observation!"

"I can't speak for dad, but I don't think mom has given up on him yet. I think the best thing we can do is to be patient and not be cold to him. Julio's still part of this family, after all. He's still our eldest brother."

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#107 Old 10th May 2018 at 1:01 AM
I love these little stories
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#108 Old 10th May 2018 at 5:11 PM
It was nice to see Isabelle and Cheryl have a little time together, just the two of them.
If he hadn't been thinking bed, I'd have said Julio gave himself a thermal headache drinking his protein shake too fast! You got some great pictures of him with all his facial expressions. But maybe that attitude of his is why he hasn't made any new friends yet.
I loved the diary sequence. I'm totally going to steal that idea, and make actual diary entries for my sims. I also loved the younger kids sitting around talking and plotting.
#109 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 6:04 AM

I found your post quite amusing and I liked the bit with the Diary a lot.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
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#110 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 4:32 PM
Originally Posted by lordtyger9

I found your post quite amusing and I liked the bit with the Diary a lot.

Amusing? How so? I thought it helped make things a little more personal, what with Julio and I trying to converse with each other. Julio's going through some rough times and I don't blame him. I think he really could use someone who's willing to listen to him and let him vent.
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#111 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 9:48 PM
Default Tuesday Troubles with the Logans
It's Tuesday, and for Jake, that's his day off. Normally he's an early-riser and races his boys downstairs to see who can make breakfast first, but today he seems to have completely forfeited his victory.

"What do you think's up with dad?"

"Eh, I don't know. Wouldn't be surprised if he was hoping to go to another nightclub today."

"Do you think we should tell somebody about this?"

"Even if we did, what could they really do? Not much. Plus, dad told us not to tell anyone else about what happened."

"I wonder what's up with dad, Tucker. He's been acting up a lot these days."

Jake does not stir until 9am, an hour after his boys have left for school.

He seems hungry... for donuts and cookies and cakes and sodas.

First it was video games. Now it just might be food next. He prepares a group-sized batch of toaster pastries and gulps one down...

...then another...

...then another...

He's on to his fourth. Tucker looks up at him.

Stomach tight as a drum and full enough to skip lunch, he plays a snowboarding game as opposed to the soccer game he usually plays, just so he doesn't have to be reminded about his sagging work performance on the field.

Ryan comes home from school at one o'clock and is surprised to see the kitchen and the dining room a mess. His zero neat points means he isn't bothered by it, but he is still surprised to see that from his dad, since his dad is usually the one who nags the boys to clean up after themselves.

"Aww, and how's my favourite dog in the world doing? Did dad ignore you all day? Shame on him!"

After Ryan leaves for work, Tucker tries to get Jake's attention, but Jake's not interested in playing with the dog. All Tucker wants, however, is a feeding bowl that isn't empty.

Jordan comes home at three, sees a hungry and neglected Tucker, and shakes his head quietly. Where did his dad go?

Jake disappears into his bedroom afterwards and doesn't come out. When Jordan knocks on his bedroom door, Jake opens it and barks at him angrily for disturbing him. Jordan is quite shocked at this sudden change in attitude. He has never seen his dad this angry before, for no apparent reason! What was Jake doing in his bedroom that made him so aggressively defensive about it?

Jordan hides in his bedroom until his older brother comes home. Jake doesn't come out of his room. Ryan prepares some mac and cheese for them to eat.

Jordan tells him about it.

"That's strange indeed. I think dad's hiding something from us in his room. Dad has to work this Saturday; think we can sneak into his room and figure out what's going on in there?"

The conversation ends abruptly when Jake comes down, grabs a bowl for himself, and returns to his room without a word.

Nobody seems to be minding how the kitchen's getting really dirty. Someone better do the dishes before they get eaten by flies.

#112 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 10:00 PM
Originally Posted by k6ka
Amusing? How so? I thought it helped make things a little more personal, what with Julio and I trying to converse with each other. Julio's going through some rough times and I don't blame him. I think he really could use someone who's willing to listen to him and let him vent.

"Yeah, that's easy for YOU to say!! I bet you've never had to move and leave your friends behind against your will!! Do you even HAVE a will?! Hmm?!? Why don't you play me with free will on?!?"

I found that line and the picture that went with it amusing.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
Curiosity killed the cat,
but satisfaction brought it back.
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#113 Old 21st Jun 2018 at 1:17 AM
Default Sunday snapshots of the Newbies
After experimenting with playing games in higher resolution, I decided to try and run The Sims 2 in 1366x768 resolution, which is the resolution of my entire laptop screen. Adding to the challenge was that I play in windowed mode, so naturally the actual resolution was probably going to be a bit smaller than that. I set the taskbar to autohide itself after I launched the game, and to my delight, the window fit on my screen with even some room to spare. Irfanview worked flawlessly and didn't capture anything extra or unwanted, and the extra room meant that even if I accidentally dragged the game window down, nothing would get cut off and I could just drag it back up. I first tried this setup with The Sims 3, and when it worked beautifully I decided to try it with the other games I have, including SimCity 4 and Cities: Skylines. The increased resolution means larger screenshots, which means better images... surely.

I took a few experimental screenshots with the Pleasant family in Pleasantview, and when I liked how the images turned out, I tried it out in SimVille for the first time. Here's a couple of screenshots I took of the Newbie family in SimVille—that wealthy, prominent family that seems so eager to befriend total strangers, yet seem to treasure quantity more than quality in relationships. More friends is better for them... but can they make better friends?

Pancakes for breakfast started the day off well.

Alec and Julius were slightly off-key, but they sounded oddly wonderful together.

The key to every healthy relationship with a younger sibling is conversation, not lecture.

Even though the Newbies are extremely wealthy, Amar still goes to the Corner Stop to pick up groceries. Well, at least enough to fill half the fridge.

He had the other half delivered to his doorstep, but he mostly placed the order because he wanted to see the deliveryman.

Because walking down the stairs is just too slow and cumbersome...

Marco Polo in the pool cools off a hot day.

The Newbies kept Mayhew Shibata over for dinner.

Layer cake for dessert.

"Thanks for having me over, Amar! Not too many people order stuff here in SimVille so I don't know that many people 'round here."

"No problem, Mayhew! Do give us a call if you need anything!"

Window washing.

Tuning the music room piano.

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