LaShawn and Cyd went for the poor couple's aspiration boost, took themselves upstairs upstairs to their almost-private room, and had a home date. Now LaShawn's feeling a little queasy...
I gave Cyd way too many things to do with this household - a wife who wants six children, a dog breeding line, a farm, a pond, and the ambition to open a toy store. The house and yard are always filthy and so is someone in it. The bathtub is in the kids' room, set apart by a Great Divide; the sidewalk out front is always covered in dog mess and the verge is always weedy; and I doubt very much that Gordon or, in her turn, Isabel will be able to keep up with their homework to my usual standard. Thanks to the catfish they have over $600, which should cover their bills, and thanks to Gordon keeping all his other fish, and conscientious putting back of leftovers, they may not have to buy groceries till spring. They should, just barely, have enough space for the new baby, assuming they can afford a bunkbed when Isabel grows to child. But I'm never bored playing it, I've got to give it that.
They are living with Ellsworth's sister, Mathilde, who since her divorce, has been rather grumpy. She and Ashlee have had a big falling out and are now enemies. However, Mathilde has made fast friends with Ashlee's daughter, Hyo, from a one-night stand premarriage. Ashlee gives Hyo lots of attention when she thinks about it, which isn't much, but Mathilde is always around to help with homework or make some spaghetti. Hyo really looks up to her step-aunt and wants to follow in her footsteps when she grows up.
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I chase time with this dope rhyme and it's fine
Encouraged at this sign that the problem was not due to anything specifically wrong on the lot and would respond to straightforward troubleshooting, I quit the game, made a copy, ran Hoodchecker just to be sure, and put the copy into game setup with only the essential mods. I recently added a bunch of CC, including some mods, so theoretically I shouldn't have to do the 50/50 in its entirety, only test the recently added ones; however, many of them - like the packing station - were transferred from a different game setup, where they worked just fine, so it's not as simple as sorting them by date modified or created and only testing those mods. And of course if there's a conflict, one-half of the conflict could be something that's been in the retro setup for ages. I got interrupted before I got very far last night, but I should be able to tediously wade through the chore sometime today.
This is why playing elder couples can be fun.
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This is the Weiss family, Byron & Mallory retired to the Island several years ago after Byron's successful car dealership got bought out. Mallory had spent her whole life raising her children and never felt like she had enough time to persue her own hobbies. They were so happy to leave all their troubles behind and finally relax. Not too long after, their daughter Connie moved in - supposedly to help them with everyday chores and anything else they may need now that they're late into their elder stage... though she was almost never around to help out - she much preferred sleeping through the day and staying out all night. Of course, they ended up looking after her when Connie found herself pregnant after a fling with one of the locals on the island. The result - Triplet daughters! Not long after the triplets were born, tragedy struck - Connie sadly passed away (Haven't yet decided how, childbirth maybe? Drowning while swimming intoxicated?) and Byron & Mallory were left to raise their triplet granddaughters. It's been a few years, they're not getting any younger and the triplets are getting into everything. Their son Callum has since moved in - He was hoping moving to the Island would be like one big long vacation, but he's quickly realising he needs to be more solid than just the "fun Uncle character". In time will he step up, or follow in his older sister's footsteps and avoid his responsibilities?
As a side note, I absolutely love the triplets faces. I was kinda worried about them being born in game in case Connie and the Father's faces didn't quite mash together right... but they're freaking ADORABLE
Some photos of Connie. Connie never really fitted in with the Island's more traditional values, she enjoyed naked sunbathing and putting dish soap in the fountains.
The triplets - Reid (Blue/white), Coral (pink) & Oceana (Orange/blue)
Reid is the "tomboy" of the family, she's quite sloppy - a trait she got from Connie. She's also super outgoing. I already know she'll be splashing in rain puddles...
Coral is her mother's double. She's the oldest of the triplets and likes to think she's in charge
Quiet Oceana is so different from her outgoing sisters. She's shy and very serious. I see her being a total book worm.
With their Uncle Callum. He loves playing with the girls but changing diapers is completely out of the question!
Ophelia Nigmos and Tank Grunt have enrolled at Brainania, which hasn't done anything weird yet. Tank may well transfer to Quadington, though, as Brainania is a bit too pretty for his tastes, plus he certainly doesn't want to attend the same university as Ripp.
Johnny Smith had a lousy birthday party - twice! I was distracted the first time and didn't get him to the cake, so exited without saving and tried again. Everybody seemed happy enough, eating, chatting and dancing, but for some reason it still ended only one step above a disaster. Sorry, Johnny! Parties are really not my thing.
Pascal Curious has given birth to a little girl, whom he named Zoe Anne after his two grandmothers.
Ajay Loner is anything but a loner, having welcomed no fewer than ten Sims into his home the day he arrived. He wishes he knew who peed on his floor, though, because he'd rather not invite that Sim back again!
General Buzz came home to an empty house, and eventually found a notice advising him that Ripp and Buck had been taken into care following allegations of abuse. He didn't make things any better for himself when he called the social worker and yelled at her, saying he was trying to turn that waste-of-space pansy, Ripp, into a real man, and he had never, ever raised a hand to Buck. The social worker merely concluded that young River Smith, who had told his teachers what he had seen while visiting Ripp, had if anything understated how bad the situation was. Ripp and Buck have been placed with Pete and Jenny Smith (no relation to River), who have plenty of room for them, and are settling in nicely.
Anyway, Blossom had a want to invite Michelle over. Why would she want to do that? Well, she’s a busybody, and she values family more than anything, so she figured if she got Michelle over, she could help Camellia and her sister mend fences. But Blossom is also so naive, bless her heart. Michelle accepted the invitation, walked in the door, and immediately said or did something inappropriate with Foster. Camellia saw this, slapped her sister silly, and told Foster to get out, that he had used up all his chances. His parents’ divorce and a subsequent kitchen fire (which used up most of their cash for remodeling) sent Sanford into an aspiration spiral, and he started flunking out of high school, although for some reason he did not lose his afterschool job. Blossom then wanted to invite Foster over, I guess to try to fix the chaos she had caused, but she didn’t have to because Foster strolled in every evening around dinnertime anyway. This inevitably led to shouting matches and fistfights between him and Camellia. Then Blossom wanted to see some family, so she invited her son, Porfirio, for dinner. Foster was there, of course, and after dinner, Camellia dragged Porfirio (who is married, btw) up to the bedroom for some revenge woohoo. So yeah, things are a mess there now.
College enrollment was coming up for Sanford, and he had neither the grades nor the scholarships to get in. Camellia knew that if he failed to go to college, it would send him completely over the edge; they might as well lock him up in the insane asylum for life. With their cash depleted, she made the difficult decision to sell every nice thing they owned to scrape together enough money to bribe Sanford’s way into college. It worked, and he grew up well, but now the Beakers have lost pretty much everything.
Throughout all this, Destro could be seen sitting on the couch with a book or watching TV, studiously ignoring the fights and temper tantrums raging around him. Somewhere in there, he became an elder as well. Maybe now with Sanford in college and Foster and Camellia divorced, he and Blossom should downsize to a quiet condo for their retirement years. And he really should keep Blossom away from the phone.
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...
Both Buck and Nervous had good, long lives. Buck stayed married to Guy Wrightley and was blissfully unaware of Guy's occasional infidelities. He was an extremely successful lawyer and in his elderhood, he purchased three townhouses where the extended Grunt family could live. Besides Guy and Buck, also living there were Buck's half-brother, Hal; his niece, Laurette; his adopted son, Odis; Odis's husband, Gunnar; and his granddaughter, Brittanie. (Sadly, he remained estranged from his adopted daughter, Ashlee.) On his last day, Guy threw a great party and invited even more Grunts over. Both he and Buck died within minutes of each other at the party, which was a roof raiser.
Nervous had a long and loving relationship with his husband, Irving Curious. He never really needed anyone but Irving, though they did have an adopted daughter, Alyse, whom they loved very much. Nervous was retired from the military, and Irving had reached the top of the Gamer career. They lived quietly (aside from Nervous's not-infrequent fights on community lots) and for each other. I'm going to miss him.
In my current hood, Sims are just getting married, having children, or both -- that's it. I'm playing with Story Progression, so jobs, friends, and aspiration levels are being taken care of by that. All I do is help Sims contribute to the hood population in 1-day rotations. Even with SP, some sims need encouragement with getting married or having children.
I have given up on playing a Wants Based game style, as it has bored me to beyond tears. And Challenges are too long for me to care about, so I probably will play like this for the rest of my Simming days. Not having the pressure of making sure my sims wants are fulfilled or producing 10 generations of heirs is making me enjoy playing the game again .
In the wee hours of the morning, Tina got up again and borrowed the car to go, first to Belle's Boutique for new school clothes, and then to Sandra's Salon for a senior year makeover. Alas, the game froze during the makeover, but I have no reason to think it's another glitch. My computer just stops working sometimes. I suspect it overheats, because we can't get the cover off to clean the fans and they've got to be clogged with cat hair.
At this point she had eight hours left on campus and figured she might as well go out with a boing. She threw a graduation party, inviting all her friends, including, of course, all her boyfriends and her fiance. I wasn't expecting this to solve her "being engaged" problem because I thought Hi had a static anti-jealousy potion, but it appears he didn't. They haven't broken up yet but it shouldn't be long. Jacob Martin isn't pining after her anymore either, presumably, though who he'll find to marry now I can't imagine. Clovis attended the party in his underthings. A good time was had by all, except possibly Hi, who - having been caught cheating on Helen by her sister Daisy - was constantly being poked, shoved, and finally attacked outright. It was a pretty swell party, all the same.
Helen will have to move in with Daisy, now, which could be awkward as she and her husband are in a three-bedroom apartment with JoAnn and Dot, both of whom have also dated Hi. Daisy has been trying to get pregnant, so maybe she and her husband will just move out and Helen can have their room.
Helen's departure leaves the sorority with only three members, one of whom, Jules O'Mackey, has just graduated and has no reason to wait around, as she's engaged to David Ottomas and he has a house all ready for her. Fortunately Dulcie de Leche and Sue Casa's friend Mary Ann Joseph has agreed to pledge.
Deneen started dating Ernie Beaker, but there wasn't a whole lot of passion in that relationship. (Ernie was adopted by Erin Beaker and is one of the Ottomas twins; Camellia is the other Ottomas twin, who was adopted into the Grunt family. It's rather off-putting whenever they are together because they clearly are strongly attracted to each other--they don't know they're twins, but I do, so I try to keep them apart as much as possible. Also, Ernie looks like the guy who played football without a helmet.) Still, there weren't a whole lot of other prospects in Strangetown, so eventually Deneen and Ernie decided to get married.
Deneen really wanted another baby, but she and Ernie never could get pregnant. They did take in the poor, neglected twins of Peter Sims after their mother died and Peter was committed. (The boys both came in with a wish to resurrect their mother, so that will likely be their lifelong ambition.) However, that didn't fulfill Deneen's want to have another baby of her own. She was nearing elderhood and getting a bit desperate. There was this townie guy who came over sometimes in the afternoon while Ernie was at work to scratch the itch that Ernie couldn't, so Deneen decided to throw all caution to the wind and try for baby with him. What Ernie didn't know wouldn't hurt him, right? Well, Ernie did know that he was infertile, so when Deneen popped, it was obvious the baby wasn't his. That was a betrayal he just couldn't take, so he asked her to leave. Deneen had nowhere else to go but Hal's--where her now-adult daughter is also living--so things have really come full circle for her, as she's once again unmarried and pregnant and living with her brother.
And that's when I did the stupid thing. I decided the hood was irreparably broken and deleted it, and then I Googled to see if other people had had the same problem. Turns out it's a known issue with Maxis premade hoods and Inteen, and the solution is to spawn the biological clock (in my defence, one of the first things I tried was spawning Ripp's clock, and it didn't work). So I had to redownload the hood and start over. This time, I spawned all the Grunts' clocks right away, and they aged normally, so I don't know why spawning just one didn't work for that one Sim.
On the bright side, at least now I know Brainania wasn't the problem, Johnny Smith can either have a third shot at a birthday party or go to university, the new download doesn't have the family bin Sims, and General Buzz won't lose custody of Ripp and Buck because I used the SimBlender to give Ripp a low positive relationship with his father and older brother (I really don't like all that slapping a teenager around, even if it does offer a storyline). He did make a bad call at work, though, and has been reduced all the way down the ranks to Recruit. Poor Buzz, I think he might have preferred a dishonourable discharge to being suddenly subordinated to junior officers he's used to commanding!
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As for Buzz, the worst isn't the junior officers; the worst is having to take orders from Sergeants and Corporals. Sims military discipline is terribly harsh. Gloria got a dishonourable discharge for an offence that might have got her a reprimand in another army. I suppose Buzz should be thankful that it wasn't the firing squad.
We never really see Buzz at his best in Strangetown; nobody could say that he's an outstanding success as a parent. But I believe he's a good soldier -- someone you'd be glad to have with you under fire in a foxhole in No Man's Land. Buzz reached the rank of General on merit. He has a very strong sense of duty. He'd like his epitaph to be "He did his duty."
She has been through a lot, maybe I should make her playable and move her in to a nice place somewhere.
In Tinsel Town, John Swanson, while believing he was in love with his stepmother, (and wanting to get engaged to her), reconsidered the idea and figured out that it was probably not a good idea.
He thereupon became fixated on another woman-Suzanne Lloyd, who's been a good friend of his for a while. He invited her to visit him on a very thin pretext, which she did. They ended up on the couch in the usual position.
He promptly fell in love with her, and over lunch, proposed to her.
Both he and I were surprised when she accepted.
Although it is rather telling that Suzanne is not in love with him, but perhaps she's just trying to find a father for her son, who came over to visit as well. John and he get along well enough, so it's possible their marriage might work.
Then again, one of John's traits is that he's emotionally disturbed, and he might be in need of psychiatric help. It does not bode when when he inherited the tendency from his mother, Asherah Swanson. He has never gotten treatment for his condition.
There's no telling what will happen next with him, although it does bear watching very closely.
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"Get out of my way, young'un, I'm a ninja!"
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Originally Posted by AndrewGloria
Commiserations BlueAlien! And commiserations to Buzz too! I think the best policy in The Sims 2 is to always make abefore deleting anything.
Nah - it was intended as a test hood, because it's so easy to replace if it goes kablooey. And so far the test results are positive: Brainania itself didn't do anything weird, like buildings being unclickable (which happened previously), and last night I played through a rotation of Land Grant University and it worked! No vanishing Sims! I don't know if @Peni Griffin remembers the trouble I had with it a couple of years ago, that we eventually concluded was due to McAfee shredding the files, but I've been wanting to play it, and afraid to, ever since, so I'm super happy that it's working now. I just have the uninhabited version of Quadington to go, and if that behaves itself I'll keep playing Strangetown with all three of them, and start adding them to other hoods instead of endless repetitions of the Maxis universities.
Originally Posted by simsample
Ooh @FranH I detect drama ahead for those sims!
I fear that as well, SimSample! John has the 'insane' trait (inherited, no less) in his makeup and I didn't realize it would manifest this way. I'm going to have to keep a watchful eye on him.
And in case he doesn't behave, there's always a hospital for the mentally bereaved open for him to live in for a time, if need be.
A bit of his back story, though-he's the only very young man in the neighborhood, and he grew up being alone in his age group all of his life. His mother ran off to marry someone her own age after she divorced his father, and she just left him to his own devices-I had prod him to get through college successfully-and he's still not employed, nor does he want to be. Being given his own house and money before he graduated did a subtle number on his ambition, although I wonder if his mother didn't plan it that way to keep him from completely failing. She does call him regularly, and checks up on him, but she has her own family to take care of, as well.
A rather difficult young man to play, and perhaps Suzanne is up to the task of keeping him balanced and happy. I just hope she realizes the job it will entail!
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It didn't take long for Connor to find his second wife: Natasha Beaker, daughter of Destro and Klara Vonderstein. They met, and it was an instantaneous three bolts for both of them. Natasha's own mother was a werewolf for a little while, and Natasha had wanted to be one for most of her life. Connor was happy to turn her. It just made them hotter for each other. They got married and immediately had twins. The girls were born werewolves: totally sloppy, playful, and active, one with one nice point, the other with none. They spent their childhood beating each other up. Connor also got abducted by aliens and had another daughter, Tambra. Poor girl--she is painfully shy, extremely neat, and very nice, and she does not fit in with her family at all. She spends her waking hours cleaning up their trashed house and goes to bed as soon as she possibly can after everyone changes. She cannot wait to grow up and get away from her insane family.
Isaiah Gavigan started senior year and got an after-school job in the Adventurer career. He still dreams of college (after all, his girlfriend Tina will be going), but he knows it's not practical and it's time to start saving. Patricia Wan's daughter Myra grew up Sunday night and will start school Monday morning. Patricia threw a party for her, but only knows so many kids, so she's mostly meeting grownups. Patricia hopes she'll be more sociable than her stepdaughter Frances, who is obsessed with her dog Missy, never brings anyone home from school, and has exactly one friend, about whom she rolls no wants at all.
Ripp Grunt has also finished high school, but he's waiting until Buck becomes a teenager so his brother isn't left with a nanny after school.
General Buzz was told that he was fired, and when he got home he found he'd been reduced to Recruit. However, it seems the politician who demoted him read AndrewGloria's description of Buzz as a man totally devoted to duty and decided to reinstate him, because Buzz is still a General after all! He has asked me to express his thanks to AndrewGloria for his intervention.