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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 3 March)
« Reply #200 on: March 07, 2013, 04:09:58 PM »
What a beautiful house! I'll be downloading for sure!
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook
« Reply #202 on: March 10, 2013, 06:36:37 PM »
Epilogue, Part 4: Living in the Past - Will

After a relaxing, sun-soaked break, Chris and Will flew home to flaunt their tropical tans.  Ed decided to stay in Sunlit Tides.  He swore blind that he was going to retire and take it easy but Chris was privately convinced that he wanted to do something about the criminals who seemed to be running the island.



Ever since the day when Fluffs had joined the household, Louisa had been curious about something.



Emily had said that her sisters had also had dolls that became imaginary friends, while her own Patches remained just a toy.  Until then, Lou had thought that Gran Emily was an only child like herself.  Why had she never mentioned her sisters before?  Now that Grandpa Will was back from his holiday, Louisa wheedled the story out of him.



“Wow!  That’s so cool!  I mean, that’s awful!  They just disappeared without a trace?”
“Yes.  Emily told me some time ago that Leonora had been working at that dodgy warehouse at the other side of town.  I think she may have got involved in something illegal and been… silenced.



“The last time we saw them was when they came over to visit and Emily painted their portraits.”
“Well… what if you went back to rescue them?”
“Back?”
“Yes, back.  As in, back in time.  I know it sounds silly but I built a time machine.  Look!



“Dad, didn’t Mum make one as well?”
“Yes – but she only used it once, before you were born. She said the controls got really heavy once it started moving through time and she couldn’t stop it.  She was trying to find out about the accident that killed her and her sister but ended up centuries in the past.  She always talked about improving the design but never got around to it...



"Great-Grandpa, if you’re desperate enough to try this, it might be a good idea to ask your mother for help.  Some serious weight training could be useful.  I have some ideas about improving the leverage on the controls but the stronger you are, the better.”



“Lou, I think it’s time to bring Mum back – and I was planning a surprise for her.  In fact, two surprises.  They could be very useful for this scheme of yours.”



Joe and the four inventors worked long hours down in the basement.



Eventually, they told Will that the machine was ready.  Emily wanted to go with him but he insisted on taking the risk alone.  He wanted to know that at least one of his daughters was safe.



Even with the improved controls and his new muscles, Will struggled to hold the machine on course.  Finally, it juddered to a halt.  Where – when – was he?





“Dad!  We weren’t expecting a visit so soon!  And you’re not a ghost any more!  What’s happened?”
“It’s a long story – but it can wait.”



“Both of you, hurry up, please.  I don’t want this thing to go home without us!”






Juan and Lacy had invented a homing device that would take the time machine back to its starting point automatically, so the return journey was relatively easy – just as well, given Will’s state of mental and physical exhaustion.

Emily ran down to the basement to welcome them back.  Two plates of ambrosia and a bottle of Izzy’s finest nectar were waiting in the dining room.



After a night of explanations and hugs, they all drove to the science lab.






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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook
« Reply #203 on: March 10, 2013, 06:37:09 PM »
Living in the Past - Izzy

Izzy was also determined to right past wrongs – but first she had a promise to keep.

"Bob-Andy, I didn’t forget… and now it’s time."



“I thought I should talk to you first.  It might be a little awkward to explain all of this to Mary.
“I was going to buy her old house for you – but friends of mine are living there now.  In fact, their son is our granddaughter’s boyfriend.  So I had another idea.  You remember my sister Georgie?  She’s living in Appaloosa Plains now and she keeps moaning about the lack of decent restaurants.  She says there’s a café and a steak house but nowhere to get proper food.  You said that you and Mary always dreamed of owning your own bistro.  Why not open one there?”

Izzy left him to think over the idea and went back into the lab to revive the rest of the family.



Then they all went back home for ambrosia, youth potion and several hours’ sleep.

Lincoln Baker woke up to find an oddly dressed purple-haired girl watching him.  Things progressed rapidly from there.



So the Bakers (plus one) moved to Appaloosa Plains…



…and Georgie found somewhere that served her favourite stir-fry.





With her obligations to Bob-Andy discharged, Izzy was at last free to pursue her own dream.  She had never forgotten Benjamin Ezell, her high-school sweetheart.



She’d met him from time to time after she reluctantly dumped him and he’d always been so sweet and so interested in her.  She’d even bumped into him at the library when she was pregnant with the twins.



When she passed him on her way to return her book to the shelf, she couldn’t help glancing to see what he was reading.  It was a pregnancy book!  Even when she was having another man’s babies, he was still concerned for her.  Even though she knew it was probably wrong, she’d invited him back to the house and they’d talked for hours.  Why was she bound to these stupid rules?



Later, she'd put that little indulgence down to pregnancy hormones and had tried to keep her distance but she was aware that Ben was staying in touch with the family.  Joe had told her about the man who’d had a long chat with him at the bistro the night after he graduated and had encouraged him to work hard and achieve his goals.



Then, on the day of Joe and Macy’s wedding, Izzy happened to glance at the obituaries in the Twinbrook Tribune.  Ben had died the previous day.  For a while she was far too busy being the mother of the groom, and then the grieving not-exactly-widow, to do anything else but a few days later she managed to slip away to the cemetery and collect Ben's urn.



And now, after so many years, she could finally bring him back.





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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 10 March)
« Reply #204 on: March 11, 2013, 12:03:18 PM »
Awww, I'm glad that turned out well for everyone involved. Happy endings are my favourite.
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 10 March)
« Reply #205 on: March 12, 2013, 01:54:19 PM »
Thank you.

It's odd, Izzy really was completely smitten with Ben.  She kept rolling romantic wishes about him well into adulthood - and he really was reading Baby Incoming at the library that day :).

Will and Tina were right back to their old form as soon as she was revived.  They've hardly let go of each other since.  I had so many sweet screenshots to choose from.

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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 10 March)
« Reply #206 on: March 12, 2013, 05:50:25 PM »

Aw, how sweet! It's nice that Izzy finally gets to enjoy love. And the house, by the way, is just fantastic! I love the floor plan, especially the staircase in the center with two in the center going up and two on either side going down. I'm gonna have to use that sometime, because I always struggle with where to put stairs!



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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 10 March)
« Reply #207 on: March 12, 2013, 06:38:00 PM »
Thank you.  I love your dojo, by the way :).

That's one of my favourite ways of doing stairs in fairly grand houses - sometimes with a triple-width central flight if I'm going really over the top  :P.  In the original house there are also plain stone stairs directly under the central flight, leading down to the second basement (and then a spiral staircase down to the mausoleum level).

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« Reply #208 on: March 20, 2013, 04:30:57 PM »
Epilogue, Part 5: Changing Lives

With her new fiancé duly revived and rejuvenated and now catching up on his sleep, Izzy went in search of another significant male in her life.  Marmaduke was officially Emily’s cat, of course, but he’d chosen Vicky as his person while he was still a kitten.  After she moved out, Izzy became his BFF.  Now she called him over and placed a plate of ambrosia in his favourite spot, the patch of weeds by the pond where he’d so often lain in wait for prey.





Will had decided to move his family out of Twinbrook.  No matter how many times Lee the evil genius pointed out that his ‘rescue’ had probably caused their disappearance in the first place, he was still convinced that something more sinister than a temporal paradox had been going on.  Even though several generations had passed since Lee and Kate had vanished, he felt it would be better to start afresh in a new town.



Emily joined her parents and sisters for their first few weeks in Sunset Valley, ‘helping them to settle in’ but really just enjoying being with her reunited family.



Chris had offered Steward another chance at life but he’d refused.



“Your mother’s potions again, Christa?  No, thank you very much.  I turned them down once before and I see no reason to change my mind.  There is altogether too much drama in this house.  I just want peace and quiet.”

And so, at his own request, she’d replaced his tombstone in the cemetery.

Now that Fluffs and her three sons were all starting new lives elsewhere, Chris felt it was time to think about her own future.  She might no longer be a ghost but she certainly had unfinished business…



…and when she’d finally won the tournament, there were plenty of tombs just begging to be explored by someone with her talents.



“Mum, I’m worried about Sam.  You know how self-conscious he is about his skin colour. You weren’t there when we all ate the ambrosia but I don’t think I’ll ever forget his expression when he first saw how green he was.



“Then, yesterday, he walked in when me and Tavares were talking about moving and I could see he hated the idea.  I think he’s worried about getting teased at his new school.  The people here are sort of used to the odd Gooles but in a new town…”
“Well, you could come with us to Hidden Springs.  I hear that green skin is nothing remarkable there.  I’d love it if we could all live there together.”
“But Mum, I really want to go to Starlight Shores.  From what Uncle Tom says, it’s the perfect place for me to get started in the music business.  You know it’s what I’ve always wanted. I’m beginning to feel that I’m never going to get a chance to do what I really want.  Everything has to be for the family.  I mean, I love Sam but I didn’t want to have a kid so young and I really, really want to be a rocker.  I sort of feel it’s my turn to be selfish.  Does that make me a horrible person?”
“Louisa, love, there’s no need to rush into anything.  Why don’t we all wait a few days… or even weeks or months?  There’s no great hurry.  We’ll work something out.”



“Tavares!  Thank you for you did to that computer.  The graphics are amazing!  If all this technology had been around when I was young the first time…
“Well, anyway.  From what Em says, there’s no future in architectural design and I was thinking about a career change.  I love graphics tablets and Photoshop – so much more versatile than paint and canvas.  Would you like to go into partnership?  Website design – or maybe games?”
“Yeah, that could work OK.  Brilliantly, in fact.  Me coding and you doing the artsy stuff.  I can really work anywhere – Twinbrook, Hidden Springs, wherever.  It’s all online anyway… Hang on a minute…
“Sorry, Macy!  I really need to go and talk with Lou and Sam!”



“So Dad says I can have my own computer with a webcam an’ everything an’ I can talk to Mum every day if I want an’…”

They bought two adjoining houses in Hidden Springs – one for Lou (when she was there), Tavares and Sam and a matching smaller one for Joe and Macy.  Lacy and Juan moved in across the road.



To his surprise, Sam soon made a lot of new friends, some of them nearly as green as he was.



Lou rented an apartment in Starlight Shores and started on an endless round of gigs… which she loved.  Audiences seemed to like the whole spooky ex-ghost thing.





She chatted to Sam online every day…



… Tavares divided his time between them…



…and whenever the life of an aspiring rock star got too overwhelming, Lou went back to Hidden Springs to chill out with her family.



“Hello, Fred.”
“Hi, Mum!  How’s it going?”
“The project?  Very well.  I’m getting the rooms sorted out and Deirdra was fixing the garden… although she’s a little preoccupied at the moment.”



“So, have you found any there?”
“Yes, three.”



“Three?  What a star!  I brought one back from Sunset Valley and Georgie says she’s found another, but three… ?!  Why don’t you bring them with you when you come to the wedding?”
“Have they fixed a date, then?”
“Yes.  Izzy’s finally convinced that she’s spent enough time on the treadmill to be able to get into her dress…”



Extract from the Twinbrook Tribune:
Miss Isabella Goole and Mr. Benjamin Ezell were married in a quiet ceremony in the garden of her family home, currently being converted into…







The newlyweds (and their cat, of course) moved to a small house on the outskirts of Riverview.





Riley went with them.  Izzy was the only person he trusted even vaguely and he’d heard that the perfect house had just come on to the market there: miles out of town, plenty of defences against all of the people who were out to get him and with most of the living space tucked away underground, safe from the hated outdoors and (shudder) water.  Paranoid, lui?





As little Siobhan Google grew up from toddler to child, the remodelled house approached readiness.



Deirdra and Brian realised that they wanted more children, probably a lot more – which led to a problem.  It was a large house but there was only so much space.  They decided to move into Hal and Ed’s old home next door.  Of course, when Deirdra’s second pregnancy resulted in twins, the Googles began to feel cramped and started considering another move... but that’s another story.



And at long last Emily and Deirdra were ready to fulfil Ana’s last wish.

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“Finally, I have a particular legacy I wish to leave to Twinbrook.  I have been so happy here.”
“Another legacy?  Apart from your medical work?”



“Yes.  Christabel and Emily gave me the idea, although it was only something they said in passing.  I think it may appeal to you.

"What I would like to do is to give a home to orphaned child ghosts.  Emily may have rescued Charles but that poor little Wilhelmina is still stuck in the cemetery without company of her own age.  I imagine there must be similar cases in other towns.  I would like to found an orphanage for child and teenage ghosts, where they can grow up surrounded by their own kind and, if they wish, eat ambrosia and become fully human when they achieve young adulthood.”



“Hello, everyone.  Welcome to the Anastasia Goole Memorial Home.”




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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 20 March)
« Reply #209 on: March 20, 2013, 06:38:02 PM »
Awwe, that seems like a perfect legacy for a former immortal that wouldn't die turned to a matriach of a ghost family now that she has her eternal rest. ^^

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« Reply #210 on: March 20, 2013, 06:41:54 PM »
Someone needs to look out for the little ghosts of Simnation. What a touching tribute to Ana. :)
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« Reply #211 on: March 20, 2013, 07:57:51 PM »
Oh Goodness, I loved this chapter SO much.  I always have such an impulse to buy Hidden Springs when I see screenies of it, but I hear it's a crash nightmare.  I love all these resolution chapters so much.

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« Reply #212 on: March 20, 2013, 08:19:56 PM »
Oh Goodness, I loved this chapter SO much.  I always have such an impulse to buy Hidden Springs when I see screenies of it, but I hear it's a crash nightmare.  I love all these resolution chapters so much.

You'll see more Hidden Springs shots once I finally finish figuring out the background/setting for my Life States Dynasty if you end up reading it^^

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« Reply #213 on: March 21, 2013, 04:34:13 AM »
When you revealed Ana's legacy, I teared up. What a beautiful thing. Such a great idea! I just love it. The concept is very close to my heart. I loved reading Little Men when I was growing up, and it was my dream to open a home and school for neglected children. This is such a lovely and appropriate way of doing that. I like the resolve of everyone else in this chapter. Ben's wedding outfit was amazing! Wow! Lou's compromise was nice too. I'm so glad little Sam could find a place to be where his green skin would not make him an outcast. And the genie/Imaginary Friend family is beautiful! This story makes me so happy inside   :D
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 20 March)
« Reply #214 on: March 21, 2013, 12:20:02 PM »
Awwe, that seems like a perfect legacy for a former immortal that wouldn't die turned to a matriach of a ghost family now that she has her eternal rest. ^^

Someone needs to look out for the little ghosts of Simnation. What a touching tribute to Ana. :)

When you revealed Ana's legacy, I teared up. What a beautiful thing. Such a great idea! I just love it. The concept is very close to my heart. I loved reading Little Men when I was growing up, and it was my dream to open a home and school for neglected children. This is such a lovely and appropriate way of doing that.

Thank you.  I'm glad you all liked it.  It wasn't part of the original plan but I have been working towards it since about halfway through, when I noticed how often Wilhelmina managed to make her way into the story.   Kid, the former teenage ghost,  is helping out, of course.  His resurrection got cut from this update because of limited screenshot space but he and Emily are happily reunited (and his back did appear in one of the wedding pics :) ).

Oh Goodness, I loved this chapter SO much.  I always have such an impulse to buy Hidden Springs when I see screenies of it, but I hear it's a crash nightmare.  I love all these resolution chapters so much.

I love Hidden Springs.  I've not played there much but the first two generations of my second attempt at the Household Skills Project lived there with no problems at all.  The Dynasty lot is miles out of town, though, and the central mountain gets in the way a bit, just like the lagoon in Sunlit Tides (which is also beautiful).

Ben's wedding outfit was amazing! Wow! Lou's compromise was nice too. I'm so glad little Sam could find a place to be where his green skin would not make him an outcast. And the genie/Imaginary Friend family is beautiful! This story makes me so happy inside   :D

Thanks :D.  Ben likes red, so a red waistcoat and tie seemed like a good idea.  Not sure where the pinstriped trousers came from but they seemed right.

I will probably carry on playing Brian and Deirdra - the family has been exported.  I'm intrigued by a couple who are both family-oriented with commitment issues (I mean, what?!)  Add to that her goodness and his rebelliousness and I want to see how their relationship develops.  Their other traits are photographer's eye (Brian), green thumb (Deirdra) and clumsy (both).  I also want to see their kids.  So far we have Siobhan, who's an imaginary friend, Patrick (the twin with the ginger hair and conventional skin colour) who is a genie - or maybe only five-sixths genie, since his fun bar is green - and Michael, the purple-haired blueboo, who is either an IF or a normal Sim.  (I'm not sure about the genetics of genie-IF crosses.)

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« Reply #215 on: March 21, 2013, 03:08:49 PM »
Five-sixths genie? Ha! I've never heard of such a thing, how intriguing! You're right, that combination of traits seems particularly odd. I would be interested to see what they get up to!
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« Reply #216 on: March 21, 2013, 03:48:02 PM »
Five-sixths genie? Ha! I've never heard of such a thing, how intriguing!

I'd guess it's a glitch but still fascinating.

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« Reply #217 on: March 24, 2013, 11:01:54 AM »
Will you be turning the Anastasia Goole Memorial Home into it's own story?
I would love to read a story that that! ;)
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« Reply #218 on: March 24, 2013, 02:06:03 PM »
Will you be turning the Anastasia Goole Memorial Home into it's own story?
I would love to read a story that that! ;)

It's possible but I have quite a few other things I want to do first.  Sam or one of the Google kids might well feature in one of them.

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The Ghosts of Twinbrook: Afterthoughts and Out-takes
« Reply #219 on: March 27, 2013, 04:02:08 PM »
Of course, the trouble with having a particular story in mind when you’re playing a challenge is that you inevitably end up with some screenshots that don’t fit the storyline.  So here is a random-ish selection of oddities, bloopers and things that just didn't work at the time.

A Serious Ghost Problem

Well, actually, there are quite a lot of problems with playing a family of ghosts.  All that “Ew!” business makes medical clinics and autograph sessions almost impossible and just meeting a new Sim takes twice as long as normal.  Also, they keep creeping up behind people and scaring them.  I'm not sure Macy did but she was my only good Sim ghost.  Evil, rebellious and hot-headed ones do it a lot.

There’s the whole transparency thing, especially when they're small.  Take a ghost toddler out in bright sunlight and there’s a risk of losing them.



And then there’s the drifting between levels.  To start with, this was only happening with the NPC ghosts but later on the spiral staircases all kept glitching and everyone started taking shortcuts – with the result that Joe’s top and bottom halves celebrated their adult birthday on different floors of the house.





Ana was clearly used to this sort of thing…



Even after they became human, they sometimes reverted.





Assorted oddities


                                                                         Vicky mourning her wok

Seriously, what is that?  It certainly looks nothing like Steward, who had just died – and I hadn’t noticed any cooking mishaps.

Because I knew she’d eventually be leaving the family to make room for the last generation or two, Vicky didn’t get age-frozen but took regular doses of Young Again potion instead.  Clearly, it tasted awful.



Incidentally, Chris ended up doing the same.  She did have Age Freeze but it stopped working after two or three weeks.  The game knew she’d taken it, so she couldn’t use spare LTHPs to buy any more.  I initially thought it must be another ghost problem but all of the others were OK.  So Chris took Young Again again whenever she approached elderhood (and she had a midlife crisis every single time she aged up to adult :( ).

On the subject of face-pulling (which I was until I got distracted), the prize for Best Labour Face goes to Deirdra Ogle:



Somewhere around generation 6 or 7, the game started producing townies with rhyming names.



On the left, we have Dane Spain (father of Tavares) and on the right, Mason Cason.



Apparently, this is Will’s main squeeze (and the camera never lies).



Imaginary Friends Turned Not-Quite-Real



While Lou was skilling at the library, these two turned up.  I noticed their names were Cosmo and Rags Goole but it took me a couple of days to remember whose imaginary friends they were.   In fact, they belonged to Lee and Kate, Emily’s triplet sisters who had disappeared three generations earlier.  I was going to work them into the story but found that none of the active Sims could interact with them.  They also appeared (in doll form) among Emily’s friends, although I don’t think she'd ever met them.  Ana clearly knew something was going on and wasn’t at all happy about it:





Bloopers


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Joe and Macy dancing together after their wedding wasn’t quite as romantic as it appeared in the story.  Macy wasn’t clumsy but appeared to be a terrible dancer anyway.  Poor Joe had his toes trampled repeatedly.  His friend Chet Gilliam was not impressed.



When Tavares temporarily joined the household to take potions and produce Sam, I moved Will next door.  Since he was the hot-headed one, it seemed sensible (the first time he met Vicky’s boyfriend Alonzo, he leapt on him and beat him up).  Unfortunately, I’d forgotten that it was Will who had the Fireproof Homestead reward and the inevitable happened...



Fortunately, brave Emily was around to put it out but by the time the excitement was over, Tavares’ ghost potion had worn off.  It was just as well that Ana had a few spares.  Still, it gave them all a new topic of conversation for the next few days.



And, of course, Vernon’s real first reaction to meeting his beloved wife in ghost form was this:



(The ghost orphans were worse – Wilhelmina Leaf and Davey Moans are both cowards.  It was hours before they stopped passing out and I could get some screenshots of them looking happy to be there :).)



Grimness

Any multi-generation game is going to feature Grim quite a lot.  He hung around chatting for a long time after several of the deaths - he seemed particularly excited by all the new conversational opportunities provided by Seasons - and once spent most of a day reading in the town library.  These are my favourite Grim pictures, though:

Answering the phone (it was a notification that a family friend was about to die of old age, which you’d really think he would have known already)...



...and cooking burgers at the Performance Park after taking three of Ana’s friends (which led to her finally getting the Oh My Ghost! opportunity after several weeks of waiting).  Apparently, he’s not a natural cook:







Ana Madness

It’s only right to finish where all of this all began, with Ana.  It probably didn't show in the story but she was the maddest Sim I’ve played in a long time.









And that really is...

THE END

Edit: or not, as it turns out.  Sam went on to live out his life as co-founder of a 4x4 dynasty.

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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook - the bloopers reel
« Reply #220 on: March 27, 2013, 04:42:28 PM »
Hurray for the Gooles! That last picture was absolutely hysterical! It's my favourite insane pose :P 

(just noticed, when writing Goole, I automatically put a 'G' before the 'L' to make Google. LOL!)
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« Reply #221 on: March 27, 2013, 04:54:16 PM »
Brian and Deirdra's kids are called Google.  Well, what else do you do with Goole + Ogle?  ;)

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« Reply #222 on: March 27, 2013, 08:36:09 PM »
Did Ana have the Insane trait? I can't recall now...
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« Reply #223 on: March 28, 2013, 10:32:15 AM »
Yep.  Insane and absentminded.  She kept forgetting to tutor the kids.  She was also family-oriented but it really didn't show.  She started off as best friends with all of the heirs from the enforced tutoring but soon went down to mere acquaintances from creeping them out repeatedly. Emily, who stayed best friends with the whole family throughout the game, was the only exception.

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« Reply #224 on: March 30, 2013, 07:48:39 AM »
Just read the entire thing through and it was amazing! I have to say the backstory was just outstanding and is probably the best backstory I have read! Congratulations on finishing!  :)
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