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#7751 Old 18th Nov 2022 at 7:46 PM
I was just congratulating myself yesterday on only having three deaths so far in my Pleasantview, all of elders who died naturally of old age (which is unusual for me because I have several mods that make accidental deaths more likely), and then I played at lunch today. Most of the drama occurred in the Pleasant household.

Previously, Angela and Alvin had had twins. Mary-Sue had become CEO and is about to top the Business career, which will accomplish her LTW; then she plans to retire. The house was getting very crowded, though, with three kids crammed in one bedroom. Daniel and Mary-Sue had mended fences, so he was welcome to visit the grandkids when he wanted, and he came over for the twins' birthdays. Mary-Sue brought Dirk (her son-in-law, married to her estranged daughter) home from work, and then proceeded to woohoo with him during the birthday celebration. It's quite a thing to disgust Daniel Pleasant, but Mary-Sue managed it. Alvin had the flu all this time, and Mary-Sue also caught it, but I thought Angela was healthy. This was during my last rotation at this house.

This time, Alvin went off to work before I could stop him. Mary-Sue and Angela both had their hands full all day with toddler twins, and they both had the flu. I was planning to hire a nanny and send all three to the doctor when Alvin got home, but Alvin collapsed in the driveway when he arrived. Mary-Sue did manage to hire the nanny then, but she and Angela had bad needs, and the twins were also in bad shape, which the nanny couldn't keep up with, so I was trying to take care of all of them. Angela went to the bathroom and that's where she died. Kevin also caught the flu, but Mary-Sue called an ambulance for them both, and they were cured. So the kids lost both parents in one day and now have only their elderly grandmother to take care of them. This does take care of the space problem, though, as Kevin can now have his parents' bedroom.

Meanwhile, Daniel was living with Bella but decided he could no longer handle her. Her mental health wasn't good and she was prone to doing whatever she felt like, flirting with any guy she met, and so on, so Daniel asked her to move out. Fortunately, Bella had reestablished a relationship with Cassandra by this time, and Cassandra agreed to take her in and finally get her proper medical care (not with Don, though--she planned to take Bella to a specialty clinic downtown). Daniel then got sick himself and went to the doctor, and Don told him that he needed to retire for the sake of his health, so he did. This was when tragedy struck, and he lost his daughter and son-in-law. He called Mary-Sue and managed to repair their relationship enough so that he could move back in with her and help with the grandchildren--trading one responsibility for another, but you do what you have to when it's your own blood.

So yeah, I lost both Alvin and Angela. Now I have the rather interesting situation of two elders trying to raise a child and twin toddlers, all while Mary-Sue is still climbing to the top of the Business career and maybe, possibly carrying on some sort of weird revenge affair with her son-in-law. Ah, Pleasantview.
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#7752 Old 20th Nov 2022 at 11:01 PM
Pleasantview had a fun day today as my Jankowskys managed to get to the service center and earned 20000$ playing pinball before having to head back home.They worked on skilling both at the service center and at home.There's none days left before summer arrives and they plan on starting on the service center's building first before their home as it's smaller.They found the service center deserted as expected since they're the first colonial settlers in the area.
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#7753 Old 21st Nov 2022 at 1:42 PM
I started another round in Orchard Isle in the DeLaPole household, where Fergus and and his sister Abigail were still mourning the loss of Fergus' wife Imelda and wishing to resurrect her. And as if the game had listened to them, there was the matchmaker with the genie lamp for Fergus! So you'd think their Watcher would smile benignly and let them resurrect a sim she herself liked so much, right? Wrong! There is always a chance of zombiefication with the genie lamp and I just couldn't stand the thought of having Imelda brought back as a zombie, or Fergus and Abbie seeing her like that. But my first thought was to give my two remaining DeLaPoles a longer life and Fergus the power to cheat death. Fergus got to wish first, so he will probably be with me for a lot longer, but poor Abbie! She was busy dating Goopy when Fergus had finished his wishing, so I thought I'd just give her that dream date she wanted before she rubbed the lamp and I didn't even think to look at her age bar or the time of day. Pretty much as soon as the dream date state was reached, the reaper came for Abigail and she wasn't even in platinum yet, because she hadn't had time to register the dream date . Fergus still has one wish left and if he rolls the want again, I'll let him resurrect one of the two women in his life.

After Abigail's death, I kept Fergus happy by having him see old friends and make new ones. He's been talking to his step-grand daughter Suzy a lot, and he invited her over to give her her personal keepsake from Imelda, a rearing horse statue that used to stand on the dresser in Imelda's room back when she still lived in the O'Rourke house. Suzy now wants to give someone a gift as well, so maybe she can make a nutritious meal with her six cooking points and gift it to the constantly hungry Fergus who only has one. If fresh food points didn't exist he'd soon use up his cheat death wish!

Apart from that, there was a promotion in the show biz career and a gardening skill badge achieved. His own business had to wait while he took care of his needs after his big loss. Next on Orchard Isle will be Michael O'Rourke's household, where he will finally get to age to elder.
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#7754 Old 21st Nov 2022 at 7:01 PM
I've been having so much fun with my semi-integrated Pleasantview that I spent some of the weekend making a semi-integrated Strangetown. Strangetown is supposed to be the opposite of Pleasantview: small, isolated, few community lots, and limited career prospects focusing on military and science research. (Pleasantview doesn't even have the military career because there is no military base there.) In Strangetown, many Sims (especially those without college degrees) will have to find ways other than jobs to make money. I did move in all the townies, but there are only two in Strangetown to begin with. I thought that by having both neighborhoods going, it would give me some variety, since they will have somewhat different gameplay rules.

So Strangetown needed a convenience store, and I thought Ajay Loner would be the perfect guy to run it. On his second day there, I made a discovery due to my inexperience with playing businesses: owned businesses need a phone and a sprinkler/smoke detector! Of course, enforcing regulations off-base would be lax in Strangetown, but poor Ajay paid the price when he went to microwave a cup o' ramen for his lunch and set the tiny breakroom on fire. Fortunately, the door was locked so no other Sims could get in there, but Ajay was trapped, poor thing. This was when I made my second discovery: when a business owner dies with no family, the business passes to their closest friend. Which is how Lola Curious came to own the general store on my second day playing this new Strangetown.
#7755 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 12:04 AM
Dipped my toes back in after an accidental break. When I thought of my sims, Batty Neighbour was the one who came to mind, and according to my rotation-list I still hadn't played his household this round, so I went to visit him and his son Froggy. Froggy made friends with Tyra Tinker, brought her sister Rosmarie home after school and also got called by the youngest Tinker, Irma. Batty won an SSX-contest at the library he owns.

Cappuchino Neighbour's home-owned salon that he took over from Brahe Neighbour reached level 9. He also found the time to ask anybody and everybody to play catch inbetween makeovers. One of the makeovers of a townie that's been his trusted client since forever failed, but the guy still gave him a tip. Then again lipstick smudged over half his face isn't that far off from how he usually looks.

I am Error.
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#7756 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 1:08 AM
I've gone into my Pleasantview game just a short while ago today and made a few small changes to the service center like marking out the start of the building going up on the lot soon.I also checked in on my only family already living on their homestead in Pleasant Valley.The Jankowskys will need to pack away the pinball machines to avoid overuse as they are only supposed to use in dire need.
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#7757 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 3:15 PM Last edited by sturlington : 24th Nov 2022 at 4:56 PM.
There have been some career changes in Pleasantview.

Bobbi Broke, recently graduated from college, had trouble finding a job, so her brother Dustin--she has built a good relationship with him over the years even though she was only a baby when he left for college himself--gave her a secretarial job in his law firm. Apparently, one of her duties is to act as go-between for Dustin and Gordon King. She frequently calls Gordon's husband/protege, Jim, and after he talks to her for a while, he sends Dustin a little cash.

Beau Broke also had trouble finding a job in his field, and in fact has been searching for quite a while. He finally found an opening, but just as a lab assistant, and on his first day, he got demoted to test subject. Perhaps science isn't the right profession for him. Beau was recently married to Holly Copur, and now they are expecting their first child.

Police Chief Marisa Bendett was caught taking bribes and fired. As senior officer, Kaylynn Langarak got the promotion. I'm not sure the police will be any more effective under her watch. As it is, the burglars are pretty much waltzing out with their stolen loot under the responding officer's nose. Kaylynn has been dating Fire Chief Jimmy Phoenix, but neither of them seems in a rush to take their relationship to the next level.

Abhijeet Depiesse became an elder, so he retired and sold his flower shop. He and Benjamin have moved into the retirement home to live the good life on Abhijeet's money.

John Burb also became an elder and wanted to retire, but first he needed to find someone to replace him at the newspaper. Mackenzie Tellerman (wife of Orlando) was working for Abhijeet but got laid off, so she thought she'd take a chance and apply for the job. She and John got on like a house on fire, so she is Pleasantview's new reporter. (It's a pretty small newspaper.) I hope this is the life change she's been looking for, as raising three children has really taken its toll.

Lilith Dreamer decided to take her father's old job as coach at the school, although principal Andrea Hogan started her at a much lower pay level than Daniel got. There are two other positions open at the school: Alvin Futa's job as science teacher has not been filled, and Ricky Sims recently got fired from his position as music and arts teacher (he probably tried to flirt with Andrea and got on her bad side). Andrea is getting up there in years, but with Alvin gone, there isn't anyone senior enough to challenge her for her position.

The Animal Services position also still hasn't been filled since Angela's death. Strays are running wild in Pleasantview, digging holes and getting into fights on the lawn. I wonder if crime and wild animals will be big issues in the next mayoral election.
#7758 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 4:50 PM
I want to play a neighborhood with a desert appearance. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on terms of how to decorate it. I don't want to put 'too green' stuff on there.
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#7759 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 5:23 PM
Deserts in the long view are minimalist landscapes; only up close and personal does the vibrant life there become evident.

Digging through the plants in neighborhood view doesn't reveal much in the way of desert vegetation, but that's all right, because desert vegetation is sparse and spiny. it will spring up anywhere water is available, so if there's any low spots that will collect runoff or any visible water features in the map, concentrate the green stuff there. Joshua trees and yuccas or agaves appear as neighborhood deco in the game, and those are suitable. Like more readily recognizable and spiny forms of cactus, these can store a lot of moisture in their stems and leaves. If you want palm trees, which don't store water as well, they should be clustered around the more obvious water concentration points. You could make a decent oasis out of the pond and some palm trees, but oases attract everything and should look readily accessible to the concentrations of sim habitation. If you have smaller ponds in your CC, consider using them to stand in for stock tanks - artificial ponds created by drilling down to the aquifer so ranging livestock will have reliable water.

Water towers are necessities in dry climates; in addition to the big one that generates the pig balloon, look out for small ones that might be used by individual households or businesses in the middle of nowhere. The clear atmosphere of most deserts attracts astronomers and communication lines, so observatory domes and radio towers (which can double as oil derricks!) may be used in moderation. Agriculture in arid areas takes the form of ranching, so the highways will tend to be fenced. Mineral production is common in deserts, not just oil wells and metal mines but quarrying limestone, gypsum, and gravel, so consider how you might simulate those.

In certain seasons and after rains, you'd be astonished how many wildflowers spring up; but they tend to be visible for short times only so use the various wildflower decos sparingly.

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#7760 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 5:57 PM
A large wind farm would also not look out of place in the desert.
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#7761 Old 24th Nov 2022 at 7:14 PM
@CatMuto The EA desert plants really tie the desert to being in North America, but I kinda like them anyway. And there are undoubtedly custom plants to download. What I'm looking for are some decent red rocks or maybe a default, so that the Maxis grey rocks don't look out of place. I have mesas in my desert hood, it's a bit sparse at the moment- and still mostly vanilla- but I've attached some pictures. I really like the 'Crop Circles' decor by TheNinthWave- I think it's more like a desert geoglyph and it looks great from lot view as well as hood view. It's cloned from the water tower so the pig shows up occasionally, and the red flashing light too (but that's aliens over the glyph, right? ). Criquette also has a lot of great hood deco like vehicles and buildings that would look good in a desert.
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#7762 Old 25th Nov 2022 at 1:49 PM
Here are four snapshots from my playsession: two from my vacations testhood and two from Orchard Isle.

The testhood is where my most prolific bathtub pirate , Trial Tester, lives with her huge family. I can't really say no to some of my sims, so she ended up with six kids and two bigfoot family members and married the tourist guy she always hooked up with. The pictures are from her oldest son Fox' honeymoon, where he and his wife Aditi (captured ducking a snowball) succeeded in meeting a bigfoot and bringing him home - which concludes my bigfoot experimenting for now and lets me move on to the next vacation locale. Aiken Bigfoot here is the gentlest Bigfoot I've played, I really like him!

On Orchard Isle I played the second O'Rourke household, with Michael O'Rourke, his young fiancée Yara Fossum, and their twins Alva and Axel. Michael (who has been life elixired a couple of times) finally got to age up to elder. He wanted to join the gardening club and two of the nice young ladies there (the ones who dress the same - all by accident, though it looks like a fitting uniform!) kept swooning over him. They gave him a membership without problem since they definitely thought he had a green thumb...

... while Michael himself definitely thinks he should be thumbing the green. He did some hard work at O'Rourke's Orchard, but in between that hard work he squeezed in a few dream dates with the evil witch, Saskia Selbu, who now wants to get engaged to him. If I were Michael I'd be a bit more careful! Yara and Michael got two days each to do what they needed and wanted to do, and Yara spent hers painting first masterpiece, making friends with the good warlock and carrying on her affair with her college boyfriend. Apart from all this, Michael and Yara were good parents and taught the twins all the toddler skills minus a nursery rhyme for Alva. The twins age up next round and I want Michael to bond a bit with his older set of twins before that - there was simply no time to have them over this round.
#7763 Old 25th Nov 2022 at 8:09 PM
It was time for twins Brahe Neighbour and Copernicus Smith to grow up to elders, so they each held a gathering in quick succession. Brahe started at her house, inviting over Copernicus, their dad and aunts, and her former roommate and best bud Cappuchino for crisps and champagne.

Next, it was time for Copernicus. I thought he and Cappuchino hit it off at Brahe's because they had the same formal wear, but it turned out they were also besties so he invited him too, as well as Brahe, their dad, his oldest sons who live with their mother, and his old friends (and his wife Jill's cousins) Chap and Rosalina Curious for cake.
Copernicus' and Brahe's father, Piel-Divina Neighbour, passed away shortly after, but I did manage to get one last photo of Copernicus and him together as elders.

Modesty Neighbour (Cappuchino's mum) and her husband (former townie Gary Walton) also passed away from old age. The grim reaper tried to take Modesty's cousin Broadway too, but he pleaded for his life and won.

Jason Larson became Jason Blikkasho as he married his lover and former roommate Cricket.

I am Error.
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#7764 Old 25th Nov 2022 at 11:14 PM
Well, in Real Life, today is Black Friday, which quite a few UK shops have latched onto. Which I think is a bit odd, seeing we don't have Thanksgiving in the UK, and I thought Black Friday was what American retail businesses called the day after Thanksgiving, because business was always so bad that day. So some of them started to sell stuff cheap that day to try to drum up business, and since then it's really caught on . . . even in places like the UK, where they don't do Thanksgiving . . .

However, in Veronaville we do do Thanksgiving. But we don't do it until the 30th, because that's the day I started to play Veronaville. So, because today is "sort of" Black Friday (even if it's really the Sunday before Thanksgiving), Malcolm Landgraab IV and his protégé Marion Hutchins have gone down and opened up the Electronics SuperCenter. (For some reason they've taken Gilbert Jacquet with them.) And they're planning to set some of the prices "ridiculously cheap", and see if it works for them too. And I say, "Good Luck to them!" . . .

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It seems that Sim Sample's influence is starting to spread beyond Lacuna Delta; I think I've spotted one or two Sims around the place starting to wear black PVC. In fact I think I overheard Malcolm saying to Marion that they'll stop off on the way home at one of the big fashion shops, and he'll buy her a black PVC dress. Which at the very least should mean that she won't have to wear her Bunny Girl outfit all the time.

All this gets me to thinking, "How would Malcolm himself look in black PVC?" I think he might actually look rather good!! It might be just what's needed to revive the fading image of Club Dante. Any thoughts?

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#7765 Old 25th Nov 2022 at 11:36 PM
I've had to do a huge cleaning up in my game after fiding a few things broken like Scriptorium and reinstalled it before checking my build walls in the game.I went into Pleasantview where a work team got started in the service center construction to get the building started.It looks like a constriction team is getting busy working on the building as the ship that brought the Jankowskys over got deayled in departure by story weather out at sea.
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#7766 Old 26th Nov 2022 at 12:08 AM
Originally Posted by AndrewGloria
It seems that Sim Sample's influence is starting to spread beyond Lacuna Delta; I think I've spotted one or two Sims around the place starting to wear black PVC. In fact I think I overheard Malcolm saying to Marion that they'll stop off on the way home at one of the big fashion shops, and he'll buy her a black PVC dress. Which at the very least should mean that she won't have to wear her Bunny Girl outfit all the time.

All this gets me to thinking, "How would Malcolm himself look in black PVC?" I think he might actually look rather good!! It might be just what's needed to revive the fading image of Club Dante. Any thoughts?

Well, I asked Sim Sample, and of course he said it's a great idea and that everyone should wear PVC- he uses the couture of Knightskykyte himself. However, in a recent survey*, the preference seemed to be for glitter over PVC, so perhaps that would be something to consider too. Although, glittery outfits seem something of a rarity! I personally think Malcolm would look great in PVC, as it might draw attention away from his eyebrows.

*Okay it was 13 years ago, but really have fashion tastes changed that much since then? Sim Sample's certainly haven't.
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#7767 Old Yesterday at 1:02 AM
I ended up loading my Pleasantview town earlier today and couldn't get live play in though I got started on a second homestead for the next couple though that's all for now.I also saw more progress on service center construction while I was there at that lot.I tested out a utility collection downloaded from here.I also got another section of wall up at the service center's contstruction site.
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