The other occupants of the car were found bunks in the barracks or refugee quarters, while Vasyl moved in with his daughter and her boyfriend, Mark Yates. With Vasyl at home all day, Mark called the CO to say that they could now adopt a child, and the following morning Matthew Elliott showed up with a wild-haired little waif named Charles. Charlie and Vasyl love each other's company and spend a lot of time playing chess or tossing a football together, though Vasyl makes sure Charlie studies other subjects, too. Shortly after Charlie's arrival, Sandy fell pregnant, and baby Theodore has joined the household, so the two-bedroom ranch is a bit crowded these days.
I figured out why Matthew Elliott was so grouchy - he was in denial about his sexual orientation. He is now out of the closet and out of the barracks, living in family quarters with his fiancé, Amin Sims. They don't have a greenhouse, as there isn't enough glass to go around, but Matthew found a pond in the woods that had been hidden under snow and ice until the thaw. There wasn't enough room to cast a line, so he had to take a squad out there to cut down some trees, but Amin has since been back and caught a couple of fish. It's probably frozen over again by now, but at least they know it's there for the next time. Meanwhile, they've taken advantage of a convenient run of days off to adopt a lively little red-headed boy named Douglas. Oddly enough, Matthew seems to be getting on better with the women of his acquaintance now he isn't thinking he ought to want to marry them.
Alvin Futa became an independent teen and is now working fulltime at the hospital. He and his foster-father, David Fell, are both interns and not currently showing any sign of being interested in a promotion. Although David is a Family Sim, he is so shy around women that I'm beginning to wonder if he's ever going to marry; certainly it seems that Alvin might well marry first, as he is much more outgoing and has several female BFFs.
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Eric Curious has just grown up into a teenager, so Lazlo took him across the road for some shopping (Lazlo bought Eric some new clothes, while Eric bought a mobile phone and a handheld game console) and some bowling. Eric is very like his dad in both looks and personality, but Eric is Pleasure rather than Knowledge and so doesn't have Lazlo's occasional 'must learn new skill now' urges - he just plays more games. At some point I'll need to work out whether or not Eric is going to college - he doesn't want to study, but he often does want to go, and both his parents would love to have had the chance.
Meanwhile Eric's mum Kristen finally got the promotion she's been hoping for, and is now at level 9 of the Dance career. One more promotion to her LTW, so she's really looking forward to getting the last few skill points she needs before she's next at work.
Beau is single and living in the boarding house. He was dating Jane Stacks, who was also living there, but then she and two other boarding house residents died of a cold that was being passed around, which conveniently freed up some rooms for my graduates. Kaylynn also lives there since she quit being a maid and entered the culinary career, and Chase Pleasant and Gerry Caliente will live there as long as they are single. If Chase and Gerry save up enough, they may get a condo together as they are best friends. Of my other graduates, Emmaline Goth will surely have enough money to buy a condo, and Donald Burb and Fiona Lothario will likely get married and buy a house.
Of my other families, Dustin and Angela tried to have a second child for a long time but weren't successful. As soon as they gave up, risky woohoo kicked in, and now they have a new baby named Wanda, along with their teen son, Nathan. They bought a bigger house.
Dirk and Lilith seem quite content to continue living in the trailer park and not have any more children. Their son Michael is also a teen and is dating Lacey Lothario.
Nina had to get a job because Don is no longer financially supporting her, and she'll probably have to keep working well into her elder years. She misses Daniel. Her younger son Leon is a teen and is dating Meadow Thayer.
Darren is planning to throw a golden anniversary party for Brandi and is working on painting a masterpiece. Their daughter Olivia only just became a teen, and they have a younger child, Roddy. Hopefully, Brandi will live long enough to see them both through college.
Alexander and Lucy have two young children, Rhiannon and Ulysses, and are planning to have a third when they can find the time. Dina is still living with them. She got depressed because Don was no longer taking her phone calls and she was approaching elderhood, so she seduced Alexander one afternoon while Lucy was at work. Hopefully, it was a one-time thing.
As an elder, Don seems pretty content. His dotes on his daughters and is very proud of his young son, Sterling. He's taken up playing the piano and has given up all of his affairs. Cassandra never found out about his cheating.
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Rotation Teens Going to College YAs Graduating From College Net Gain in YAs compared to turn 85 86 1 6 -5 87 1 2 -6 88 2 0 -4 89 7 2 +1 90 1 6 -4 91 0 2 -6 92 3 1 -4 93 4 1 -1 93 4 (1) +2 94 3 (1) +4 95 3 (2) +5 96 1 (7) -1 97 4 (1) +2 98 8 (0) +10 99 7 (3) +14 100 4 (4) +14 101 6 (4) +16 102 7 (3) +20 103 5 (3) +22 104 2 (1) +23 105 4+ (4) +23+
Anyway, as of the end of turn 85, I had 20 YAs - it looks like the number will more than double by the time my recently newborn babies go to college. Because of the YA maternity hack, I actually have a total of 33 sims of various ages living on campus, though. Who knows how big that number will get.
Dustin rolled the want to flirt with Angela... He's married with a kid and the one bolt they used to have has disappeared. Absolutely NOT Dustin. Btw his wife Lucy, like his mom, works from home selling the flowers she makes.
Brandi's lifetime want to graduate 3 kids has been satisfied, even though only two have graduated so far. I don't know why but in her memories Beau has graduated twice. I don't know what's up with that but I hope Skip Jr. will want to go too.
Poor Nestor Goth had to watch his sister Nighat get into private school while he and his terrible grades are staying firmly in public school. He also has a fear of going to school occasionally, which tells me he's comparing himself to his sister and feeling pretty insecure right now. His aspiration is in the low green and he has been wanting to earn money for ages, but he won't tell me what job he wants. Maybe he'll convince his mom to buy him a computer so he can give some financial advice...
Everything was going great, Don proposed, then he went to call a taxi back home. Right at the moment when he was about to hug Gretchen, there comes Nina, slapping the crap out of him. I'm sure Gretchen started feeling suspicious at that point, especially since she's been in these women's place with Don in the past. But he had just proposed and his excuses were so convincing... Anyway, they arrived back at Don's apartment... It was a dream date, but after the deed was over Gretchen left, muttering something about needs. I guess she feels conflicted. Don's engagement memory is red so he's already regretting this...
Next morning, Crystal Wade was passing by. Don was already friendly with her so he asked her on a date. They stayed at his apartment, but after it was over he wanted a public woohoo so he called Jill Smith. When he came back home, Gretchen called him to ask him on another date. She must be feeling insecure. Don didn't appreciate the clinginess so after they came back he asked her to leave... He's not gonna marry you, Gretch. THEN the phone rang again. It was Calista Fuchs asking him on another date. Don was feeling very energetic but *I* was exhausted. Maybe he'll invite her tomorrow, but for now, the rotation is over for him (currently I play one day in each household)
Sigh... freaking romance sims!
I started out using the Prosperity Challenge rules and rolled three families, but after playing them for a season, I decided I needed to add in a few more families or there wouldn't be any diversity, so I added three more--plus Stella Terrano. I plan to use the other La Fiesta Tech graduates as my townies. Some jobs in town, like Town Manager and Police Chief, can only be filled by one person at a time, and may be taken by playables or townies, but the town also attracts a lot of artistic/hippie types who supplement their meager incomes with retail, restaurant, or hotel work.
So here's the town story. The "founder" and Town Manager is Glen Ades. He inherited the local grocer/newsstand business and a fair amount of money from his parents, who retired to Arizona. Glen very much wants to put Baskerville on the map as a tourist destination, and he's very concerned with appearances and avoiding scandal. His wife, Edie, helps out in the store sometimes but is not a motivated worker. She prefers to spend her time reading paranormal romance novels and she fantasizes about hairy, burly men who howl at the moon and might ravage her at night. They have four kids: Jennifer is at college; twins Elvin and Katlyn; and baby Gail.
Nathalie Amrich is a freelance investigative reporter who recently moved to town and wants to dig up dirt, any dirt, that she can write about and sell tons of books. She was almost immediately fired as town reporter because she wasn't content to write grocery-circular copy, so now she is freelance. She started an affair with Glen primarily to find out about any scandals, but now she thinks she might be in love with him, and he's certainly not going to leave his family. After she got fired, Glen hired her on at the store so they can have alone time together. He's probably not being careful enough about hiding this affair.
Gabriel Ajello also recently moved to town. He works as a paranormal researcher at the university, but he's really here to search for alien life. His wife recently disappeared, leaving him the sole caregiver for his son Junior, and he's convinced she was abducted by aliens. He's a bit of a neglectful dad because he spends so much time on his telescope. He's also started a relationship with Nathalie, which is a bit more casual for her than it is for him.
After I played them for a while, I started getting La Fiesta Tech graduates in the bin (thanks to the Story Progression mod, which is only controlling uni). I also made a YA named Octavio who was designated to be my werewolf townie. When they graduated, I saw that Stella wanted to get a job in Education. There is a school in town, and once Stella took all her fellow graduates' money, she had more than enough to buy it. She will just teleport in the school kids and let them free will there during the afternoons. Yes, she looks a little strange, but the official story is that she has a skin condition, although not everyone will buy that. I played her for one night, and she booty-called Octavio, which was pretty convenient. She has tons of werewolf wants. The town school will definitely be a place of suspicion, but Glen will do everything he can to cover up any oddities.
After Stella moved in and the werewolf sightings started leaking out, I had three more families moved in, who have only been set up in their houses as of now. Geraldo Barnacle is an elder natural scientist who works at La Fiesta Tech. He lives with his adult son, Roscoe, who's a bit of a hustler and wants to start a business. Herbert Bostelman is the ROTC recruiter at the tech school, but that seems odd to some people--is there another reason the military might be interested in Baskerville? He is divorced and lives with his elderly mother, Lillie, who helps take care of his son, Bobbie. Finally, Cole and Jacqueline Blaha are a young married hippie couple who moved into a small shack and have almost no money. They plan to sell junk out in the yard to finance all of their "hobbies."
This neighborhood has been fun to set up, so I hope I can stick with it and see how it grows.
I thought it would be fine, until two separate instances of "twirling around frantically waving while pregnant but not doing anything else" occurred and after having tried every single thing to stop the insanity did not work, had to dump the neighborhood.
That was a shame. I was hoping that it would work, but thankfully Tinsel Town is safe from harm!
I decided to do weddings a bit differently in this hood, and there can only be a home wedding if the couple are rich enough to set it up right. Otherwise, they have to have a civil ceremony at the town hall or have the wedding in the banquet room at the hotel. I set the banquet room up with a buffet, wedding arch, cake, and music, and had Gabriel and Nathalie get married there to try it out. It worked really well. They had guests in the other visitors to the lot who all watched the ceremony, ate, and danced. When they cut the cake, everyone got a piece, even the bartender and hotel clerk. This lot is not a "real" hotel--it just has a second floor with bedrooms--so they were able to go upstairs to the "honeymoon suite," consummate the marriage (they tried for baby but it did not happen), and sleep overnight. I was really pleased.
Elsewhere in my neighborhood, Jennifer Ades graduated from college and became an assistant teacher at the school. She is looking around for a husband, and there are plenty of eligible bachelors around, but the only man who she's really passionate about is Octavio the werewolf (three bolts!). It's a doomed love because she doesn't want to become a werewolf and go live in the woods, and he can't marry her because he's a werewolf and there are rules against that (my rules). Octavio also ran into my military guy, Herbert, at a community lot while in werewolf form, and Herbert hated him at first sight. He antagonized him all night until they got in a fight and Octavio beat Herbert senseless. The next night, for revenge Octavio sneaked into Herbert's house and attacked his mother. Octavio had better take care or there will be a mob after him.
My hippie couple ran the easiest business I have ever attempted: a yard sale. They held it on a Saturday, drank beer all day, and sold everything they had. They went from $60 in their bank account to over $3000. Jacqueline would often get distracted while running the register and wander off to read a book in the middle of a transaction, which I thought was pretty spot on, but they still got to Level 1. Now Cole is thinking about opening a permanent stall in the downtown flea market.
Vasyl died on the same day his grandson, Theodore, grew up to child. Poor Theo, not only did he lose his beloved grandpa, who had been his primary carer, but his birthday was completely overlooked as everyone rushed to see the hula dancers take Vasyl.
Otherwise, it's been a very quiet week at Northbridge. Nobody seems interested in earning a promotion, so it may be some time before another career is unlocked. I've deleted David and Alvin's chess table, in the hopes they might develop an interest in skilling again if they can't spend every waking moment at the chess board. Alvin, at least, is a Knowledge Sim, so now he's maxed out Logic he really should start wanting to study something else.
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Anyway, I modified the sentrybotshockscoach mod to ignore on-duty nannies even if they are doing something bad. Just need to test it.
Geraldo Barnacle dated and then married Lillie Bostelman (civil ceremony at the town hall), which makes sense because they are the only two elders in town, but it's still sweet. His son Roscoe started dating Stella Terrano, and when they got serious, Stella wanted to turn him into a werewolf. It turns out that the werewolves are products of alien experimentation. Who knew? She had Octavio turn Roscoe, but he was not too happy about the whole situation, broke up with her, and ran off to the woods. So now there are two werewolves prowling the edge of town.
I've been downloading some period approriate areers for my Pleasanview Epic Challenge game like fishing and domestic service.
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This new baby is going to have far fewer other sims around the same age as their older siblings - the year group leaving for university has four sims (Daniel, Thomas Grunt, Orion Curious, and Gabriella Newson-Loner), plus five premades from La Fiesta Tech getting played with them, while the sixth Ottomas will be alone in their year group, and the year above also only has one (Henry Nigmos-Smith). Though I suppose I may decide to add in some other premades as they get older.
At the Fraser household, Claire and Jamie had to take the day off from entertaining guests. Claire was allowed to go to work since she's a doctor. Jamie spent the day making Grandma's Soup, hot chocolate, and lighting fires for the kiddos. I spent the whole day trying to get the kids healthy and warm. There was a major snowstorm and it was hard to tell the kids they had to stay inside and rest, but they did it.
The Parkers took a financial hit since they couldn't open up the farmers market. Kaibab and his son Forrest tended to the greenhouse while Shenandoah worked on dog training - Forrest's puppy Gump just grew up and needs to learn some manners! They're hoping to breed Gump with their shepherd and former stray, Alia. Forrest wants to sneak out with his bestie Regina Romana and get his first kiss - it's tough having to stay home.
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@FranH -I would switch to just usiing the Pleasantview terrain template and starting with my own recrations and renditions of the Pleasantview ancestors in the 17th century when the town was first settled and slwoly add couples to the town as the town is built up.I'm about to start that with my own Pleasantview Epic Challenge starting with the founding of the new colony in the turn of the 17th century and slowly progressing into the modern times.I'm doing this with my own renditions of the ancestors and a few extras in a blank Pleasantview template instead of using the Pleasantview shipped with the game which is corrupt and is likely why it glitched out so fast on you.
I've been downloading some period approriate areers for my Pleasanview Epic Challenge game like fishing and domestic service.
It's not really the terrains that's making them impossible to play-there's a mod conflict somewhere that makes a pregnant woman twirl around waving and not progress in the pregnancy. It's happened twice to the same pixel, and I've removed a couple of hacks that might be making it happen..and hoping that it stops.
I use empty templates and clean houses-so it really isn't the setting-it's more likely a conflict somewhere else. But thank you for the advice. I do like to try to start with the earliest iterations of PV possible and this latest problem is very frustrating.
The Bakers had a quiet day due to the lockdown. They are fortunately mostly healthy. Evan's girlfriend, Brooke Jung, quietly hushed away her lover Anthony Perry while Evan and his son Bud were sleeping. Brooke loves young Bud more than she loves Evan. She helped Bud with his homework and taught him how to study. The poor kid needs some stability in his life after his mom left when he was a toddler and he doesn't even remember her. Brooke is staying for now, for Bud. Evan doesn't notice Brooke and he definitely doesn't notice her spending hours talking on the phone to her three bolter Henry Piccolo just like he didn't notice when his ex wife Sugar had an affair with Henry... history repeats itself.
In the downtown, Cliffrose Heights, the guests of the Blue Pool Motel do not seem to care about the illness spreading like wildfire. Henry Piccolo stopped by Sugar Baker's apartment unannounced. The last time they saw each other he refused to help her and claim her unborn child as his own. He thought he would check in on her and damn - he can't decide whether it was a mistake or not. She smooched him and he did not try to stop her. They became friends and fell in love again in only a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, Sugar's husband Anthony Perry invited over Brooke Jung for a booty call. What a tangled mess all of these Sims are in. Sugar gave birth to a baby girl, Cherry. Only I know who the father is - and I can tell you it is not Henry Piccolo. Anthony knew the whole time the baby wasn't his since Sugar was pregnant before they ever slept together. And now that Sugar cheated on him and he had Brooke, he decided to move out leaving Sugar all alone with her newborn baby. She wept after Anthony and it wasn't in complete selfishness. She did a really awful thing - cheated on a man who agreed to marry her and raise a child he knew wasn't his. Anthony doesn't know where he's going next, but he's definitely done trying to play the nice guy.
Reclusive Claire Basker, the only remaining member of the town's founding family--whose corporation still runs the hotel and some of the larger businesses in town--has decided to open up her beautiful home as a place where retirees can live out their golden years. Gunnar Roque, town manager, is one of the first residents. Rumor has it he may not run again in the next election.
Jennifer Ades Hart, wife of Matthew Hart, tragically died during her pregnancy with the couple's second child. [She took the secret of who Emmett's real father is to her grave.] Her younger siblings, the twins Elvin and Katlyn, graduated from college. Katlyn will take over running the Ades General Store, while Elvin has bought a farm to supply fresh produce to the store and was recently married to his high school sweetheart, Margaret Turner.
Gabriel Ajello claims he was abducted by aliens. Many in the town do not know whether to believe this outlandish tale--some think he is telling the truth, some think he is making it up so his wife Nathalie has material for a potentially best-selling book. There is no denying the new baby in the house, and although she hasn't been seen by many, those who have say she looks rather odd.
Cole Blaha has opened a second stall in the Flea Market offering face paintings and piercings. His first stall, which sells "Junk Ya Need," is doing so well that he can't keep stock in before it is sold again. Who would have figured Cole for such a businessman?
Finally, Herbert Bostelman, ROTC recruiter at La Fiesta Tech, dried mysteriously when fire rained down on him out of a clear blue sky. A passerby also perished in the flames before firefighters could arrive. Herbert was known to be investigating local schoolteacher Stella Terrano and rumors of werewolves, and he was good friends with Roscoe Barnacle, who was recently reported missing by his father. Was Herbert deliberately killed to keep him from finding out the truth? We may never know, but there will be many ladies in mourning around Baskerville.
I'm such a stickler for detail, now it's a complete recreation of Sims 1 in the families. I just hope and pray it doesn't blow up.
Beau Broke thought he was happy being a stay at home dad, but decided that he wanted to work, so got a job in Science, I want to say. Could be wrong, though. His wife, Emily, managed to reach the top of the Culinary Career and now just wants to relax by skilling. And their daughter, Paige, aged to a toddler and then a child, where she had a party and befriended Tommy Grunt and James Tribal. Lenny, the dog, also became an elder and developed a cute bond with Paige.
Skipp continued his ascent in the Political Career, becoming close to being the Mayor of Pleasantview. Ophelia made slow progress in the Education Career and wanted another baby, so she did inevitably fall pregnant. Their eldest daughter, Lily, aged up into a teen with the Romance aspiration, I think. Heather became a child and a little girl called Jasmine was born.
Matthew Hart, freshly graduated from college, got a job in Oceanography, I think. Sarah got a job in Military and fell pregnant with their second child, which she lost due to a miscarriage. Their son, Shawn, became a child, and Sarah fell pregnant at the end of the round after her and Matthew's wedding.
Lazlo continued to climb the ranks in the Law Career; he's having fun building new skills.
Bella Specter had no interest in getting further in her career, but has made some decent progress. She has become an elder now, and has no interest in dating again. Sebastian became a teenager with the Knowledge aspiration, I think. He is really into Marine Oldie and even had his first kiss with her. Paulina became a toddler, then a child.
Circe Beaker passed away in Platinum mood this round just after her daughter, Eris, left for college. She was invited over to say goodbye.
Jenny Smith also moved on this round in Platinum mood, leaving her adopted son, Joe, on his own. He could manage with him being a teenager, but Janet insisted on moving back in with him and Chris joined her. She was in her first trimester of pregnancy. Chris continued to progress in his career, while Janet got a job in the entertainment industry. They got married after she got her second baby bump, so she became Janet Smith-Dreamer. A day later, a boy called Jake was born. Joe finally made things official with Priscilla Goth, so they are now dating.
Buck continued to work, while Jill occupied herself with being a stay-at-home mother. Tommy got an A+ and Luna transitioned to a child.
Lola wasn't having much luck in finding the Law Career she wanted. Ratna continued to go to work, while Kristen worked her way up to the top of the Athletic career track. Erie aged to a teen with the Romance aspiration and has her sights on Ricky Cormier. She is distant with her mother. Chloe died during a thunder storm after coming home from work.
Johnny was still having terrible luck in finding an ad for the Music Career, so has taken it upon himself to tend the garden whenever it needs maintenance and clean the house. He hates it, though. Zidane got promoted twice, then got faced with a bunch of pitfalls relating to chance cards; he got demoted, then fined 15,000 simoleons the next day leaving the household with no money, and then lost a charisma skill point the day after that. He has maxed the fitness skill, though. James aged to a teen with the popularity aspiration; he enjoys painting and practicing his speech in his spare time.
Ripp wanted to get his job in the Slacker career back, so he did. He has reached Lvl 5 and is very content with it. Meadow got further in her Oceanography career and wants another baby, while Ripp is fine with the two they have, so doesn't want any more. She is holding out hope, though. Their eldest, River, aged to a teen with the Pleasure aspiration; she is beginning to think about dating. The youngest, Ren, aged to a toddler, where during that time he became close friends with Skipp and, I think, Johnny. He then aged to a child.
Isabelle is trying to be as good of a mother as she can for Amanda. She has made decent progress in the Architecture career and has continued her romance with Aiden. Amanda, in the meantime, has gathered quite the circle of friends with other children, involving Ren Grunt (her closest friend), Paige Broke (her second most closest friend), Tommy Grunt, Luna Grunt, and Paulina Specter. They played together most days and had a blast until curfew.
I have a couple more households left until the end of the round, but that's all I've played up to so far.
When a game is predictable, it's boring.
That goes for any medium that isn't life.
That's why The Sims 2 is my favourite sims game.
It has elements of unpredictability and everything feels more involved.
The Sims 4 is another story altogether...