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Chapter 1: Burl
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 03:19:32 PM »


This is Burl.  In a previous life he was the founder of an Immortal Dynasty.



Now he’s moved from Sunset Valley to Hidden Springs and gone down in the world.  Quite a lot.  In his previous existence, he was briefly poor, until he met Agnes.  Now he’s really skint – and his personality has taken a turn for the worse as well.  He’s now inappropriate, a slob and a mooch.  He’s not all bad, though – he’s kept his love of the outdoors and has become a virtuoso.  He’s going to try to supermax guitar (just to get it over with).  He’s done it before but it took him several lifetimes, since music was a hobby then, not a way of life.

In keeping with his new traits and status (and because I wanted to play with some of the new stuff from Showtime), he’s grown his hair, swapped his neat beard for stubble and acquired a scruffy new wardrobe.



His new work outfit fits in perfectly with the rest.



He’s bought a newly-built log cabin but won’t be living there for a while, because most of his money has gone on a tatty old guitar and a sleeping bag.



For now, he’s living in the town square, mooching food from passers by (if he licks the plate as well he can get a full meal), sleeping under the stars and having sponge baths in the men’s loo.



He’s also spent a couple of nights at Redwood Heights Luxury Lodge, to enjoy the free showers, comfortable beds and video games on a wide-screen TV.  It’s too far from the theatre to visit often but the view from the top of the hill is worth the long taxi ride.



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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 03:28:16 PM »
Hazelnut, I've moved your other story to the Graveyard as you requested.  Good luck with this one!
 
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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012, 03:52:13 PM »
Great beginning! I really like Burl, and I love Hidden Springs! Good luck with this one, hazelnut.  :)

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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 03:35:57 AM »
Hazelnut, I've moved your other story to the Graveyard as you requested.  Good luck with this one!

Thanks, Schipperke.  (I wasn't sure whether just putting the request in the title of the thread was enough or whether I was supposed to PM someone.)

Great beginning! I really like Burl, and I love Hidden Springs! Good luck with this one, hazelnut.  :)

Thankyou.  I actually prefer Burl with his scruffy look.  The first incarnation never looked quite right as a young man - because I knew I'd have him around for a long time, I created him as an elder in CAS and then aged him down.  I was going to turn him back into 'proper' Burl when he reaches elder this time but I think I might stick with the long hair instead - it suits a rocker, anyway.

Hidden Springs is beautiful.  This is the first time I've played there, apart from a quick test game to look around the town.

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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 03:59:41 AM »
So sorry about your other game good luck Burl,he sounds absolutly lovely  :o.

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012, 04:38:27 AM »
I think the way you assigned traits here is genius, carry on.
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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 03:24:38 PM »
So sorry about your other game good luck Burl,he sounds absolutly lovely  :o.

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The thing is, I'm still very fond of him, even if he is rather revolting now  :P

I think the way you assigned traits here is genius, carry on.

I don't know about genius but his traits are very useful.  I'm beginning to think there aren't any really bad traits in the game, just some that are less obviously good.

Urgh, I'm turning into Pollyanna...

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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 03:28:26 PM »
I agree I think that all the traits can be useful in some way. That is one of the reasons I like to randomly roll the dice for traits as I think you get some great personalities out of it.

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Chapter 2: A Quiet Life
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 03:38:50 PM »
Burl’s been living a remarkably quiet life for a rocker: no wild parties, no smashed-up hotel rooms, not even a whiff of tabloid scandal (although things might be different if I had Late Night).  He moved into the house after two weeks, although the furnishings are minimal and he still prefers to sleep outdoors.



I had a surprise when he went out to collect his post – as well as the expected bills and his guitar skill certificate, there were two books.  He appears to have inherited the other Burl’s book club membership.  Since he has no time for reading, it’s a useful extra source of income.

He’s met a few female NPCs: the postwoman, a paper girl (a bit young but maybe she’ll age up in time) and two pizza deliverers.



He even had a pillow fight with one of them while I was distracted, wondering why his new Observant reward wasn’t working.  The answer was, of course, that Ria Gade is a traitless Sim.

He still spends most of his free time in the square, performing and playing for tips.









He’s been slower than Lea to progress through his career, since his performance bar got stuck for a couple of days and then he took some unpaid time off to complete opportunities – but he’s now reached the point where the money’s really starting to come in, from work as well as tips. Since he now has the tour bus for transport and he aged up to adult without a midlife crisis, there's more than enough to buy a better guitar.



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Re: Household Skills Project, take two
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2012, 03:42:18 PM »
Way to go Burl I have my fingers crossed that you supermax guitar.

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Chapter 3: Time for a Change
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2012, 05:18:27 AM »
Towards the end of week 5, everything happened in a rush.  On the Thursday morning, Burl completed the Money Maker challenge.  The next day, he was called to the coffee shop to Raise the Fun(d), which turned out to have been his tenth opportunity.  I missed the moment when he became a Guitar Star, because I had the camera on the theatre, trying to stop him being late for work.  On the way home from the theatre, he stopped off at the bookshop to buy Flamenco Fever, the one piece of sheet music he hadn’t been given as payment for an opportunity – and on the Saturday morning, he finally supermaxed guitar.



Then, to finish off a perfect few days, he started Sunday by achieving his lifetime wish.





House 1 summary

Skill: guitar

Burl (founder)

Traits: Slob, mooch, inappropriate, loves the outdoors, virtuoso
Career: Music (Rock)
LTW: Rock Star
Supermaxed guitar
Building/property: The Enchanted Grill, aka Hogan’s Deep-Fried Diner
Unique rewards:  collection helper, inheritance







With his tasks completed, Burl called the limo and left his little log cabin for somewhere larger and altogether more outrageous.  Somewhere with a comfortable bedroom,



a luxurious bathroom (which he’s already messed up in his slobby way),



a hot tub with a view,



a private stage



complete with elevated walkway for those long guitar solos above the adoring masses (or trees, in this case)



and an overall design guaranteed to annoy the neighbours.



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Re: Household Skills Project, take two (updated with chapter 3)
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2012, 06:22:45 AM »
Congrats on the first move, and the guitar house is AMAZING! Well done!  :D

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Re: Household Skills Project, take two (updated with chapter 3)
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2012, 04:41:52 AM »
Thanks.  In the previous attempt, I was going to build a guitar house next (the insane twin was going to be heir and take up guitar after she moved).  Then I realised it would also suit an inappropriate rock star :)  It was fun to build, although getting the music to look right took a while.  The main living space is rather bare at the moment but the plan is to have lots of non-skill-building fun things, like a pool table and arcade games.

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Chapter 4: Housewarming and Spouse-Seeking
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2012, 04:36:24 PM »
With a new house to show off and his elder birthday starting to loom, it was time for Burl to throw a party.  And to invite four people in particular.



Marcie Goddard, the paper girl: sweet but still a teenager.
Ria Gade, pizza deliverer, aka the Woman with No Traits: arrived and promptly offended absolutely everyone.  She’s out.



Krissy Schell, the postwoman:  an adventurous, dog-loving savvy sculptor.   A distinct possibility.
Then there’s…



Oh.  Burl seems to have made his mind up.  The woman he’s inappropriately snogging is Jamila Pearson, the other pizza deliverer.



Kyle Anderson: Kissing!   Didn’t think the lad knew how.



Kyle: Now hold hands…



Kyle: That’s right.  But I still think Blake Grayson’s prettier.



Until the party, I hadn’t decided what the skill for this house would be – charisma was the favourite, since it would be so easy for Burl to max.  Jamila’s natural cook trait has changed that: the second skill will be cooking again.  This was the first Burl’s specialist subject, so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

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Chapter 5: A Whirlwind Romance
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2012, 03:40:18 PM »
Immediately after the party, Burl invited Jamila over again and asked her to a) go steady and b) move in.  She turned out to be exactly the same age (rather a surprise, since he was a young adult and she was an adult when they first met), with the traits natural cook, childish, neurotic, clumsy and unlucky.

Since they were both only a week from elder, they obviously had to move quickly – but not before makeovers.  Jamila restyled her hair, plucked her eyebrows and had a complete new wardrobe to suit a childish Sim with a love of aqua.  Burl just bought a new suit and washed his clothes.

Then Burl called the limo and took Jamila to the Hidden Gardens to ask her an important question.







Later that day, they visited Redwood Heights and Jamila Pearson became Jamila Wood.  (You’ll notice that Burl might have a new suit but he still can’t button his shirt up properly.)









The Lodge was offering an attractive wedding/honeymoon package, so they stayed on for a while.



Soon, Jamila realised she was pregnant…



…and hurried home to tell Burl…



…who was very excited and wanted to feel her tummy immediately, even though the baby was only a couple of pixels at this stage.



Two days later, Linden arrived.  (Burl appears to have had a sudden attack of camera-shyness.)





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Re: Household Skills Project, take two (updated 3 August)
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2012, 05:08:38 PM »
Welcome, Linden! Jamila is a pretty sim!

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Re: Household Skills Project, take two (updated 3 August)
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2012, 04:07:37 AM »
Welcome, Linden! Jamila is a pretty sim!

Thanks.  Yes, she is - another case of a good-looking NPC.  I think all four of his possible choices for spouse were attractive (when they weren't pulling faces, anyway) but Jamila is probably the prettiest.

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Chapter 6: Adding to the Family
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2012, 04:29:32 AM »
Burl and Jamila aged up to elder on the same day that their son became a toddler.





Although they both spent a lot of time with him, he was short of younger company.   The only neighbours were also elders, so there were no local children to invite round to play.  So they decided to add to the family by adopting a little girl, Ebony.



She’s good, family-oriented and technophobic.

Linden (a heavy sleeper – his other baby trait was friendly) had been sleeping in the living room, but that wouldn’t work for much longer and Ebony needed her own space. So they added a basement level to the house, with a playroom, two children’s bedrooms and a laundry room.  (A guitar with a basement?!)

Then Jamila rang the animal shelter and adopted a puppy.



Because she was such a little scrap, they named her Farthing – which didn’t suit her quite so well when she grew up into a big dog two days later.



Life in the Guitar House was quite hectic for a while, with homework, toddler skills and dog training, as well as learning cookery – but before long it was birthday time: first Ebony



and then Linden.



Ebony acquired the ambitious trait and Linden became a dog person.

Now both children were at school, Burl and Jamila had time to improve their cooking abilities.



Soon, both reached level ten and Jamila achieved her Culinary Librarian lifetime wish.



Which means they can now enjoy their retirement together.





Linden was intended to be an only child (and a girl, until Burl threw up a wish for a son).  He could just about have grown up while his parents were still alive, using the ‘one early cake’ option to age him up to young adult almost as soon as he became a teenager – and probably accepting a random fifth trait.  Adopting an older child has made things much simpler, though.

There’s a strange kind of symmetry here: in the Wood Dynasty, Ebony was the second immortal and Linden was her mortal sibling.

Eb was the family sculptor and a Renaissance Sim (her other skills were gardening and guitar).   She was also my biggest headache: possibly because she was a Renaissance Sim, she was always trying to sneak into temporarily unlocked rooms and learn forbidden skills.  She’d picked up a few points in both painting and cooking by the end – and, inevitably, it was Ebony that the game picked (three times) as her great-granddaughter’s next ranked chess opponent, despite never having played before.  So she ended up with a couple of levels of logic, too.

The original Linden was born because Burl and Agnes wanted a second child and I realised that having a Sim in the house whose traits I could pick but who wasn’t tied to Dynasty heir restrictions could be very useful.  He was also a Renaissance Sim, who supermaxed both painting and sculpting and maxed logic (so that he could tutor the next generation’s spouse in painting).  He worked first in the forensic career and then swapped to medicine when he had an opportunity at level 7 or so.  I think he had a happy life overall (he certainly racked up plenty of happiness points) but he kept falling for co-workers who turned out to be married – and straight.

I’ve always felt guilty about Linden – it was bad enough turning Agnes into a Dynasty slave but deliberately raising her son as her successor was worse.  I did revive him after the Dynasty was completed and he married a resurrected Christopher Steel.  (That game remains my only one with a gay Chris – and one with a taste for younger men.  He was single for most of his life but then paired up with one of Linden’s schoolfriends.)  Linden has also been cloned several times and has had a variety of happy existences.

Still, there’s an odd sort of justice in there now being a Linden who’s heir, with an Ebony who exists largely for my convenience.

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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2012, 04:13:56 AM »
Wow. Where to begin? The naming theme, the guitar house, the curious way things worked out to give Linden a second chance--marvellous. I am very much enjoying this. Learning so much from you. How did you do the music? It looks so cool! Also, I love how you introduced the house piece by piece and thus were able to spring the design on us.

I don't know about genius but his traits are very useful.  I'm beginning to think there aren't any really bad traits in the game, just some that are less obviously good.

Urgh, I'm turning into Pollyanna...

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Re: The Woods (Household Skills Project, Take 2 - updated 6 August)
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2012, 02:39:24 PM »
Thanks, Rosa :)  This comment made me so happy :)

The music is a combination of the smallest fence (Fee Fie Foe), recoloured, and various flattish flowers, like this:



I'll upload the house to the Swap Shop if I can get it to work (my internet's almost nonexistent at the moment, which isn't helping.)

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Chapter 7: Beginnings and Endings
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2012, 05:01:52 PM »
All of the Wood immortals planted a tree when they completed their ambrosia requirements (the first Linden also planted one when he completed his lifetime wish).  I’ve decided to continue the tradition with this Wood family, so Burl and Jamila celebrated the completion of their tasks by choosing their trees: an oak for Burl (it doesn’t really fit in Hidden Springs but it’s what the other Burl had) and a fantasy mushroom tree for Jamila (which really doesn’t fit but is suitably blue and childish).



They didn’t spend all of their retirement relaxing – they also amused themselves (and me) by teaching Farthing tricks. It’s not something I’d done before this game but I'm enjoying it.  The animations crack me up – the Sims look so silly trying to demonstrate tricks and the dogs look so puzzled.













Linden became a teenager a day early so that he’d have the whole weekend for driving lessons.  He also started learning to cook.



He will be the one to supermax cooking, so his new trait is natural cook and he’ll be concentrating on practising rather than reading skill books like the rest of the family.
He also took advantage of being old enough to phone the animal shelter by adopting another puppy, Tami.



The next day, Ebony aged up to young adult, a week early.  Burl and Jamila were 87 now and I didn’t want to take any chances.



Eb graduated as valedictorian and was voted most likely to have a big family.  She won’t be having any children for a while, though – she’s intent on becoming a CEO.  Her final trait is schmoozer, which ought to help.



Burl and Jamila both made it through day 90 safely but two minutes after midnight, Burl got out of bed for no apparent reason.  Then the reason became obvious…



A week later, Jamila did exactly the same thing.



RIP, Burl and Jamila.  You got the family off to a good start.



I've uploaded the Guitar House to the Swap Shop.  It's a slightly modified version, with the store content removed (and without the basement).  I've put Lea's house from the first attempt on there as well.

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Chapter 8: Mostly About Dogs
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2012, 11:12:54 AM »
I’m skipping through this generation quite quickly, because it’s very similar to the Cook house in the previous attempt – although with added dogs.  So this is more of a news bulletin than a proper chapter.

Tami grew up into a small dog.  The animal shelter had described her as a mutt but she seems to be a sort of Twinbrook Poodle.



She’s cute when she’s playing, though.



Linden finished high school as prom king, valedictorian and most popular.



That’s Ebony’s prom-generated romantic interest wearing the other gown.  I’m not sure why it took him so long to graduate – maybe he had to repeat some classes.  They broke up shortly after this picture was taken, when they discovered that most of their traits conflicted.

Linden’s final trait is hydrophobic, simply because I had to use it sometime and the family won’t have a house with a pool until they’re allowed to learn athletic.  His lifetime wish is Celebrated Five-Star Chef, so he got a job at the bistro as soon as he aged up.

The animal shelter, which had been looking like a refuge for female animals, finally had an adult male Chow available for adoption.  Because he looks so much like a big teddy bear, he’s called Hundred Acre (or HA for short). He introduced himself to Farthing and it was love at first woof.



Farthing: I want a white wedding!
HA: There’s such chemistry between us!

Farthing may not have had her wedding but she certainly had a honeymoon…



…and a few days later, she was proving that human Sims don’t have a monopoly on labour faces.



Farthing had twin puppies, both male.



Hungry twin puppies.



The older twin was born piggy and clueless.  Linden named him Pecan; the younger one, who’s hyper and adventurous, is Pogles.  It’s a pity neither of them inherited their mother’s friendly trait.  Linden was so distracted by the howling and the cuteness going on under his feet that he neglected his cooking…



…and at this point I realised I’d forgotten to buy them a fire alarm.  Fortunately, Ebony was on hand to call the fire brigade, who arrived before the whole house went up in flames.

A few days after this, Ebony achieved her lifetime wish



and the next morning…



This may look like a man in his dressing gown holding a plate of dim sum, probably because that’s what it is.  But it’s also Linden finishing cooking his 75th meal and becoming my first Sim ever to become a World-Class Chef before reaching level 10 of cooking (he’d finished the fifty dishes for Star Chef while he was still at school).  Ebony is the exact opposite: she reached level ten having only cooked once – a single batch of gourmet pet food.  After work that evening, Linden stopped off at the library to read his first cookery book and supermaxed an hour or two later.



Ebony made it to Power Broker on her adult birthday and planted her tree: a small black gum tree, which was the nearest I could find to ebony.



Then she threw herself a birthday party (with a mostly male guest list).



The following day, Farthing and Hundred Acre had their third puppy, a female named Sitka (birth traits: adventurous and clueless).



Ebony decided to throw another party, inviting all the people (i.e., potential husbands) who’d seemed interesting last time or that she’d not got around to talking to.  Top of the guest list was Theodore Seals, who’d turned up uninvited to her birthday party with his relative (brother?) Kip, a colleague of Linden’s.



As it turned out, Eb spent most of the party talking to Theo.  It’s not every day you meet someone who’s a natural performer, photographer and sculptor.  By the end of the party, they were best friends and would have been more if Ebony hadn’t suddenly found herself incapable of most romantic interactions.

After work the next day, she met him at the library and the romantic interactions worked.





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Re: The Woods (Household Skills Project, Take 2 - updated 19 August)
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2012, 06:30:21 PM »
Aww, puppies! I can never handle more than one at once. You have three! Congratulations to Ebony for achieving her LTW and Linden for becoming a World-Class Chef! I like Ebony's tree as well.  :)