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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 6
« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2013, 01:16:35 PM »
I love Steven, even better with an afro =]
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 6
« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2013, 05:47:00 PM »

I like Dodo's features; very elegant. As for Steven's wardrobe . . . hm, maybe a light yellow or tan/khaki? Or a green/blue? Sometimes colorful sims can be infuriating to dress properly.



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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 6
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2013, 01:49:52 PM »
I love Steven, even better with an afro =]

He's quite the unique and interesting sim. :)

I like Dodo's features; very elegant. As for Steven's wardrobe . . . hm, maybe a light yellow or tan/khaki? Or a green/blue? Sometimes colorful sims can be infuriating to dress properly.

I'll have a go with those ideas. It may be a few chapters before you see any changes, however.

Chapter 7: The Rescue



Betabee: Hello Dodo. Who's this?
Dodo: This is Todd.



Dodo: He's my boyfriend as of today.
Betabee: You mean he's some guy you found outside the diner?



Dodo: Of course. And he's my fiancee now, so be nice.
Betabee: Ah, how quickly young love progresses.
Dodo: Well, I'm a lab tech now, so I'm free to do as I please.



I'll try and ensure all the spares have a chance at a family before they leave the house. Luckily this dynasty leaves a lot of scope for extended family trees. :)



Betabee: Ah, are you off already Dodo?
Dodo: Yep. I'd like to have a go at NPC life.



Dodo: Plus, there isn't room in the house for Todd and me and any family.



Betabee: OK. I'll check up on you when I can.
Dodo: Do.



Inspired by his sister, Steven also decided to move out to 'find himself'. He may return later on if story progression is unkind. Watch this space!



Betabee: Who's this?
Jess: This is Liam. He's my boyfriend.
Betabee: Ok, but you do know you can't go on NPC adventures like Dodo, right?



Jess: I know. And Liam understands. But we do want kids, so you don't mind If one or two spaces are filled?
Betabee: That's fine. Just leave space for the next heir.



Unfortunately, one of Susan's required best friends died, so . . .
Susan: Hello, random vampire. Here's a best friend elixir. Now please don't do anything silly like become vegetarian or start sunbathing for the next few weeks, ok? Bye-bye.



The family's finished buying up hidden springs, so I decided to remake a couple of bedrooms.



This is Jessica's room. . .




 . . . and these two shots are of Susan and Sebastian's new room.



Jess: Aww, nooboo!
Betabee: It'll be interesting to see whose features the baby gets.



Since Susan has limited time to max her job, I have come to despise weekends and holidays. Except when they mean Dodo invites Susan to a party, a good opportunity to check up on the family.



Dodo's clearly pregnant, unless she's gone for the NPC clothes very quickly.



Susan: NPC clothing person: Why am I wearing this? It doesn't make sense as an outfit and it's silly.



Susan: I mean, you gave Sebastian a cooler outfit.



Susan: Even Steven got a zebra outfit! (Which kind of suits him actually . . .) Frustratedly, Susan Riversong.



Sebastian managed to convince Steven to kiss someone, so hopefully he'll be able to beat the non-effective story progression.



Susan: Hey, I wonder what you're going to name my niece or nephew?
Dodo: We'll let story progression name it. It should come up with something totally random and unique.

Next time: Susan finishes her requirements . . . but how soon?

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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 7
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2013, 04:47:45 AM »
Hope to see Steven and Dodo's new families soon, I'll miss them. Yay, Jess is having a nooboo ^_^
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 7
« Reply #29 on: October 23, 2013, 10:03:25 AM »
Hope to see Steven and Dodo's new families soon, I'll miss them. Yay, Jess is having a nooboo ^_^

Steven and Dodo are unique and interesting individuals, I think I'll miss them too. I have saved them to my simbin, just in case they try skipping town.  :D

Chapter 8- Planet of Giants



Betabee: Sigh. . . I thought we could have avoided this.



Susan: I know. If it hadn't been for my borther and sister graduating, I probably could have managed to finish everything before this happened.
Betabee: Well, at least you've only got to finish your career off. And it's only one level left.



Later that day . . .
Susan: What are you wearing, Sebastian?
Sebastian: Well, I'm an undercover agent now. This is my intrepid disguise.
Susan: Oh, are the latest criminal masterminds planning to use the bistro as their secret base?
Sebastian: I should hope not- we own the bistro, right?
Betabee: It says so on the notes.



Susan: Anyhow, now I've finished with my career, I'm done with elderhood for now.




Susan and Sebastian start off the next generation . . .



. . . and Susan gets a new makeover to celebrate her finishing her requirements.



(also because I can't be bothered to copy her previous wardrobe exactly.)



Jess:OOOWwwwww . . .
Betabee: I take it the baby's on its way?



Soon enough, Polly arrived into the world.



One cake later . . .
Betabee: Jess, are you sure that's your baby? She looks nothing like you.
Jess: Erm, if the previous screenshot isn't evidence enough, check the family tree. Let's get her to a dresser.



Polly looks very much like her father (Liam O'Dourke), though the source of the black hair remains a mystery.



Polly's a smiley little girl with a strong love of lilac. She may (or may not) marry into the main family at some point- I'm currently undecided. She may also get siblings at some point, depending on house space.



Susan: So the next heir's on the way. Speaking of children, has my sister given birth yet?
Betabee: She has! It's a boy called Monte. I'll try to obtain screenshots when he's grown up a bit so we can see what he looks like.
And now, a succession of cute Polly screenshots.













Jess: Who's a pretty Polly then?
Polly: I am, but I'm not a parrot, so please dispense with the Polly-related jokes.
Betabee: That's disappointing. I had a load of geometry jokes to use . . .
Polly: Oh, fine. Just limit them to one a chapter, ok?
Betabee: Yay!



Time is passing for our founders.



It's sad to see Nick's lovely shade of brown hair go, but it lives on in his daughter and son at least.



Nick: So do we founders get watcher approved makeovers this time?



Betabee: Of course. Except I lost the Normalwear shot. Sorry!
Nick: Tut tut. I guess the forum readers will have to wait until next time to see it.

Next time: More birthdays, and the arrival of the second heir! :D

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Career: Law Enforecement (Forensic branch)
Best friends: Blake Greyson, Davy Cho
Skill challenges: Brushmaster, Proficient Painter, Master Painter
Blackops: The business of Decor, Broadway cameo, Deliver a painting to china, Hard core training.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 8
« Reply #30 on: October 23, 2013, 10:08:37 AM »
Polly's cute! I love how green her eyes are.

Can't wait for the new heir. :)
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 8
« Reply #31 on: October 23, 2013, 02:58:05 PM »
Susan is as beautiful as ever. Welcome Polly, those eyes are amazingly green - love them!
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 8
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2013, 06:52:30 PM »

Whoah, those eyes are super green! They almost look like a save preset or something, or are they the dad's?

Yay for Susan and the incoming next gen!

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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 8
« Reply #33 on: October 25, 2013, 01:00:24 PM »
Yay, all caught up.  I am stunned at how big a difference a lot of your sims experience physically between teen and young adult.  I guess you need time to grow into all those custom features :)

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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 8
« Reply #34 on: October 30, 2013, 11:55:33 AM »
Polly's cute! I love how green her eyes are.

Can't wait for the new heir. :)
Susan is as beautiful as ever. Welcome Polly, those eyes are amazingly green - love them!
Whoah, those eyes are super green! They almost look like a save preset or something, or are they the dad's?

Yay for Susan and the incoming next gen!

Polly's eyes are lovely. I think they're probably a save preset- I checked her father's eyes in a separate file.

Yay, all caught up.  I am stunned at how big a difference a lot of your sims experience physically between teen and young adult.  I guess you need time to grow into all those custom features :)

I think the genetic variation in hidden springs is brilliant so far- All the children so far in the house have been brilliantly unique and diverse, which I think is awesome. :-)

Chapter 9: The Time Meddler



We start with another birthday.



Sebastian: Sigh.
Betabee: What's wrong?
Sebastian: Oh, just feelings of impending death and suchlike.
Betabee: Will a makeover help you feel better?




Sebastian: Yeah. And I've got some aqua in there this time!



Nick finally retired from his journalist job. It means he can stay at home to help look after Polly, generation 2 and any other children (though house space may be a bit tight once generation 2 is born).



Speaking of generation 2. . .



Hey, it's another greenboo! Meet Barbara, everyone!



Barbara was quickly caked up to toddlerdom. (I really love that we can cake up babies in this dynasty!)



She looks a lot like her mother, with the same hair and skin colours. That eye colour is definitely one of the custom ones I saved earlier.



(Thankfully) Barbara's favourite colour is green, which works quite well with the skin colour (unlike white).
Susan: Oi! I heard that!



Next it was Jess' turn to grow old.




I quite like how Jess looks as an elder. I may age her down again at some point, since her alchemy and potion making skills are useful. Plus she may have more children somewhere down the line.



Barbara: So, is this where you show off a slew of cute pictures of me?
Betabee: Erm, actually we've got other stuff to cover in this chapter. Next time, ok?
Barbara: Okay.



Polly: So when do I get to have a birthday again? Birthdays are fun.



Jess: Once you've finished your toddler skills, darling.
Polly: But this is the last one, right?



Jess: Yep. It's cake time!



Polly: Soo many sparkles . . .



In response to questions about Polly's eye colour- It's another custom colour saved on my computer.



It's certainly not from her father- I checked Liam's eye colour in a new game, and this is what he looks like without the glasses. Polly definitely inherited his mouth.



Betabee: Well, that's your wardrobe done. The spare room is yours for the moment. I can do a redecorating if you want.
Polly: Nah, I'm fine with the fish theme for the mo. Thanks for the offer though.



Instead of remaking the spare room, I spent a bit of time redoing the living room.




I used this as a good opportunity to experiment with the new furniture and wallpapers from Island Paradise.



Finally, a shot of Nick's Normalwear to make up for the missing screenshot at the end of the last chapter. I think the waistcoat suits him quite well.

Next time: Toddler cuteness and extended family.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 9
« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2013, 01:18:30 PM »
Those custom eyecolors are just awesome, I love seeing deep blue and green eyes in my town :) Welcome, generation 2 and happy birthay everyone

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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 9
« Reply #36 on: October 31, 2013, 07:18:49 AM »
Happy birthday, everyone! I love how Liam and Polly's lips give them a permanent smile.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 10
« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2013, 05:24:44 AM »
Those custom eyecolors are just awesome, I love seeing deep blue and green eyes in my town :) Welcome, generation 2 and happy birthay everyone

I've always found most of the preset eye colours are too dull, hence the introduction of customs. I've got a few shades of purples saved there as well.:-)

Happy birthday, everyone! I love how Liam and Polly's lips give them a permanent smile.

It's quite an interesting feature- it'll be interesting to see how Polly looks with it once she's all grown up.

Chapter 10- Galaxy 4



Nick: Come on barbie . . . come to grandpa.
Barbara: No. I dislike the nickname barbie. It brings too many negative connotations.
Nick: *sigh*. Watcher, why don't you check out what the rest of the house is up to while I try to convince this one that walking is a good idea?



Forum: Steven!



Sebastian: Hey Steven. How's life?
Steven: Well, I still have a disturbing lack of love life. Does the watcher mind if I move back in?
Betabee: Not at all! Welcome back!



Steven: Okay. Now I've quaffed an elixir, I'm ready to go find the One! (and maybe move out the spare room . . .?)
Betabee: Sorry, you can't move out the spare room yet- we don't have enough bedrooms. You'll simply have to share a room with Polly for the time being.
Steven: Oh well. Can I begin my quest to find my true love now then?



Betabee: In a moment. But first . . .



Cassidy: I'll take a moment to retire to the corner before I pick my new outfits, ok?
Betabee: Fair dos.



Cassidy looks plain weird with grey hair, so we made the joint decision to fool the world into thinking she's just an adult with back problems.



Cassidy: I guess this will do. Can I go back to watching telly now?



We rejoin Steven in the library.
Steven: Hi, I'm Steven. And you are . . .?
Francisca: Francisca Vanderburg- I believe my brother's wife is your sister.
Steven: Hmm. Small world.



Steven: Do you ever get the feeling that, as a spare, your wishes and dreams are sidelined in favour of the heir's wishes?
Francisca: I get that all the time! My parents always used to dote on Sebastian, especially when he got into a Watched house, though he doesn't enjoy being watched at all.
Steven: I like you. Will you marry me and have my children? (Not necessarily in that order.)
Francisca: I'd love to. I always thought I would die childless because of story progression.



Their relationship advances quickly . . .



. . .to boyfriend/girlfriend. However, now Steven's moved in, we have eight in the house, so their relationship can't progress any further for now.



They do decide to start a family, though. Extended family FTW!



Susan: Barbara, would you please come here?
Barbara: Okay.



Susan: Why didn't you walk over before.
Barbara: You didn't ask nicely enough before. Nor did grandpa.



Susan: So, what do you want to do when you're older?
Barbara: I want to write. It seems like a worthy occupation, to record a lyrical stream of words for others to peruse and enjoy . . .
Susan: Yeah, she's going to be a writer alright.
Barbara: Or not to be a writer, but to question and challenge people through the medium of literature.



Barbara: A horse, a horse, my small amount of pocket money for a cuddle-sized pony!
Betabee: Aww, she's already misquoting Shakespeare.



Betabee: And that's the last of the toddler skills finished! To the cake!



But first, Steven becomes an adult. He may get youth potions/tattoos later on so he can spend more time with his fair lady.



Susan: I've already got enough LTHP for the right gravestone, so I guess no more toddlers for me.
Betabee: No, sorry. We don't have enough house space, anyhow.
Susan: Don't worry. One is quite enough, especially when it's this one. Besides, I can always go and visit my brother's toddlers, and have the auntie's joy of handing them back at the end of the day!



Barbara: Who thought of putting candles on flammable objects like cakes? You strange strange people . . .



Susan: Well, we can't extinguish them and make the place safe if you don't blow as well.



Barbara: Gosh! I'm wearing so much re I almost resemble uncle Steven!
Steven: *clears his throat in the background*
Barbara: Not that that's such a bad thing. Regardless, a dresser visit wouldn't go amiss.



The island paradise plaits go with the imaginative writer look I'm trying to establish.
Barbara: Well, plaits are useful for keeping the hair out your eyes when running away from angry treasure hunters.



Barbara has a wide range of clothing, reflecting her diverse and wide imagination.

Next time: childhood!
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 10
« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2013, 08:07:03 AM »
Welcome back, Steven! I'm happy you got him back, I think story progression would have given him a sad existence :[ Happy birthday to Cassidy and Barbara - her face before blowing the candle is priceless! Her ponytails really suit her well.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 10
« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2013, 07:24:19 PM »

Yeah, I don't blame Barbara; I wouldn't want to go by "Barbie" either. She's quite the precocious little tot! Also, Sebastian is a great looking elder, just adorable.

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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 10
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2013, 11:05:38 AM »
Welcome back, Steven! I'm happy you got him back, I think story progression would have given him a sad existence :[ Happy birthday to Cassidy and Barbara - her face before blowing the candle is priceless! Her ponytails really suit her well.

Steven's such a wonderful character- it would have been a shame to abandon him to story progression. :-)

Yeah, I don't blame Barbara; I wouldn't want to go by "Barbie" either. She's quite the precocious little tot! Also, Sebastian is a great looking elder, just adorable.

I think Sebastian looks like quite a cheeky grandpa as an elder, he's quite a fun-looking individual!

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My RL is quite busy at the moment- I'm currently trying to write a novel for Nanowrimo, as well as applying for a summer job and of course working on my degree. Therefore I have decided to put both my current stories on a temporary hiatus until things get less busy (probably sometime in the new year after my January exams). I'm not sure I could continue giving you the same quality of stories if I continued doing all these things at once, but these stories will resume, never fear! Thankyou for all the wonderful comments and for reading my stories so far.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty (on hiatus)
« Reply #41 on: November 09, 2013, 06:10:03 PM »

Sounds like a big project. Good luck!

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« Reply #42 on: January 26, 2014, 04:57:55 PM »
Another update about when I'm updating:

I'm going to try and post an update a week, either for the Scientias or the Riversongs (not two in a week as I did last term), depending on which I've been playing. These updates will probably occur Sunday evenings, so keep your eyes peeled (or check Monday morning!).

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The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty Chapter 11
« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2014, 05:07:46 PM »
Though you do get a new chapter tonight for being such good and patient readers! (and also because I've gotten the hang of photobucket . . .)

Chapter 11- The Myth Makers

And we're back!





Since Barbara is now a child and we have plenty of funds, the nursery has been remodelled into a bedroom more to her tastes. I don't anticipate any more children in the household for a while, and Steven and Polly are sharing the fishy spare room for now (unless I decide to remodel it, but not yet- it's a cool room! Suggestions for new spare room themes would be appreciated to give me remodelling inspiration).



Barbara: Auntie Jess, why do I have to learn maths? I'm probably never going to use it . . .
Jessica: You might want to look back on the difficulty of this as inspiration for your writing. All adventurers must overcome adversity, including maths homework.



Barbara's skill challenges will all come from writing, so she's starting off as soon as possible so she can (try to) get it done before adulthood.
Barbara: Don't underestimate my writing speed. I can totally win Nanowrimo!
(If you're interested, I lost Nanowrimo spectacularly after getting a really bad cold/fluey thing in the middle of november. I'll try again next year!)



In other news- after a quick inspection of the family tree, a visit to Dodo and company is arranged after seeing that Monte is now a child.



It's hard to tell in this picture, but I think Monte might have his mother's hair. I'll try and get a picture of him when he ages up to see who he resembles and suchlike.



I decided to feed Jess a young again potion before she got near the danger zone, since I'm planning on having her around the house for a good while yet.



Jessica: What in the world am I wearing?
Liam: You look lovely no matter what you're wearing, darling.
Jessica: Even so- Watcher? Dresser?




I think the larger hair suits Jess quite well.
Jessica: I agree. And thanks for the appropriately green outfits. It's so nice to feel young again. . .



Betabee: Well, this will make you feel old again. Polly's birthday has come around!



. . . well, that didn't go to plan.



Firefighter: Not another cake fire! What do they put on these candles? Petrol?



Barbara: So what made you decide to become a firefighter?
Firefighter: Well, mostly story progression, but I did also think it might be a good method of meeting women to date. It hasn't turned out too successfully so far . . .
Barbara: I think you can't trust cultural depictions of dangerous jobs since they tend to get romanticised and that takes away the grim reality of . . .
Betabee: Shall we cut to the second attempt at Polly's birthday before Barbara goes into English essay mode?



Polly: I wish for . . . a distinct lack of butt fires.



Polly: Meh. It's not too bad- the skirt's the right colour at least.



I've no idea where she gets most of her colouring. Her features are mostly her father's apart from the shape of her face, I think. She's quite a mix of her parents.



The lilac continues, as before.
Polly: But not in my room. Surely I should have a more individual room by now?
Betabee: Fine. I'll work on redecorating the spare room, but you and Steven need to talk about how you want it decorated. Suggestions for room themes the two of them might like should be left in the comments!
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 12
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2014, 06:25:02 PM »
Chapter 12: The Ark



We open this chapter with happy news- the extended family is extending!



Despite Toby not being a greenboo, he's still a very sweet kid- and as a fairy he should have a good lifespan despite the age settings. It's so sweet that faeboos sparkle . . .
Steven: Are you getting soppy, Watcher?
Betabee: I'm perfectly allowed to be a soppy individual, and it's my personal opinion that the world would be a better place if more people were gentle and soppy old lumps.



Barbara's teenage years arrived remarkably fast.



Barbara: Watcher? Why did you have to take a screenshot at this highly unfortunate moment?
Betabee: Sheer dumb luck.



Steven: Woot! My niece isn't just a stretched version of her child self!
Barbara: Thanks . . . I think.




Due to the amount of time Barbara spent in front of a computer screen as a child, it seemed appropriate that she obtained glasses to assist with her short-sightedness. She does seem to really ressemble her mother looks-wise.



Barbara: I thought I'd have gotten past the maths homework by now . . .
Polly: Calculus isn't so bad. It's just a set of logical rules to follow to arrive at a solution . . .
Barbara: But I can't remember all the rules!
Polly: You could try deriving them from first principles?
Barbara: I guess. But that would take ages and I'm not sure I quite get that either.
Polly: Hmm . . . We've got a long way to go with this, I fear.



A few days later, Steven's second child arrived.
Betabee: What colour is it?



Woot! A greenboo!
(Toby, I apologise in advance that you won't get nearly as much Watcher attention as your brother. But you'll at least have the consolation prize of having a nice long life, right?)



And so, child #3 is on the way! (I plan for Steven and Francisca to have about 6 children, then Steven will move out of the main house to be with his family.)



Susan: Ah, sparkles again. Can I have another youth potion?
Betabee: Erm, nope. You remember the moving requirements, right?



Susan: Oh. There goes my youth then. *sighs, then begins a midlife crisis*



Steven, on the other hand, is still required to extend is family. (Besides, if he aged and died it would break Francisca's heart. And think of the children!)



Steven: What is it with the sparkles ruining my hair? Do they have an intense hatred of afros or something?



Life continued as normal for the next few days, until the day before Polly and Barbara's prom night, which is when I recieved this notification.

Betabee: Well, what do you think, Polly?
Polly: I don't know Monte that well- we shared a few classes, but not much other than that. What do you think? Should I go out with my (sort of sister)'s cousin?
Betabee: I think it would be excellent to get dodo's side of the family to have more kids for the two of you to get to know each other better. Off you go!



And so, dear forum viewers, here is a good look at Monte Riversong, the son of Dodo and her husband Todd. He definitely has his mother's (and grandmother Cassidy's) hair. Woot!



Monte: I think you're a lovely person, Polly. Would you consider going to prom with me?
Polly: I'd love to. 





Polly: I'm glad I got the chance to spend time with you, Monte. It's so interesting to hear about growing up in an unwatched household.
Monte: Similarly, it's been brilliant to get to know you better.



Unfortunately, my obervance of their date was interrupted by the random death of a paparazzi. I returned to observing Polly and Monte. It was a short while before I noticed the other happenings on the home lot. . .



 . . . because I thought the music and so on was for the paparazzi, I remained blissfully unaware of Sebastian's ghosthood until I glanced at the relationship panel.



So while the family was mourning the death of the random woman on the front doorstep, none were aware of Sebastian's quiet and uneventful death.



Sebastian: Maybe it's for the best. Watcher, give Susan my love, will you? I'm off to greener pastures.
Betabee: I will. Farewell.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 12
« Reply #45 on: February 08, 2014, 10:07:17 AM »
Caring for the paparazzi's death more? What a family!

Congrats on Steven's greenboo and general pollination efforts. :)
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The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 13
« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2014, 07:14:06 PM »
Caring for the paparazzi's death more? What a family!

Congrats on Steven's greenboo and general pollination efforts. :)

Paparazzi are people too! Though I agree it's weird they would mourn Alice (the paparazzi) rather than Sebastian. Alice's death is more important than a member of your family dying?! What?! These sims are strange.
Steven is doing a stellar job, it must be said.

Chapter 13- The Celestial toymaker



Jessica: Ah, you must be the new paparazzi.
Paparazzi: H-how could you tell?
Jessica: My superior powers of deduction. I see by your ridiculously mismatched clothing that you must be an NPC, plus you've been lingering around the front door for a while now. Ergo . . .



Given Monte's attraction to a certain young lady, it was inevitable that he would visit the house sooner or later.
Barbara: So, what are your intentions towards Polly, dear cousin?
Monte: Erm . . . to take her to prom, I guess . . .? I hadn't thought that far ahead yet really.
Barbara: (giggles at her cousin's discomfort) Hey, don't worry about it too much, you numpty. Though I think you'd get brownie points with the Watcher if Polly married into the main family.
Monte: Hmm . . .



After finishing their homework, Monte spent some quality time with his gran . . .



 . . . while Barbara and Polly headed off to prom. (Monte went with Polly to prom, since all the notifications showed up, so we must assume he used a TARDIS to be in two places at once.)



Barbara: A victory for nerd-girls everywhere, methinks. Woot!



Steven's third child was born that night also. Quiana was born with normal skin colour.



We should take this opportunity to examine the development of the other two children Steven has fathered. Jarrett looks as if he will ressemble his father a lot . . .



 . . . and here's Toby as a teenager. (Steven's got some quite strong facial genetics . . .)



Polly returned from prom as Monte's girlfriend, and to a birthday cake.



Polly: Well, it could be worse. I really need a bigger headband though . . .



After fully equipping Polly with a clothing set any NPC would kill for, Polly's only remaining purpose in the house is waiting for Monte to grow up so they can marry and live a happy, un-watched life.



 . . . but in the meanwhile she's getting a job in science (LTHP for Jessica, even though she doesn't really need it.)



The Riversongs have reached a point where they are taking over the town- Polly's new boss is her future mother-in-law, Dodo. (She looks quite sad without the greeny-black hair of her youth.)



In other news, due to watcher oversight Nicholas has completed one of Barbara's intended skill challenges (the earning lots of writing money one) by being a bit too alive to not recieve royalties. Therefore, emergency measures of a guitar and tabcast have been introduced so Barbara's last challenge can be the learning all compositions one, which should be easy.



Speaking of skill challenges, Barbara is well on her way to writing 20 science-fiction novels, a few of which have been salvaged for the collection. I will provide a list of her works later on, since some of the titles may provide amusement. (if you're a whovian. they may be confusing otherwise)



Soon enough, it was time (the weekend after prom) for Barbara to have a cake and leave school behind.



Barbara: Woah . . . this hair reminds me of a time-travel novel or two.



Gah! Blinked! Barbara, you know what happens to people who blink at the wrong moment, right?



I tried to dress her in a journalist-y sort of outfit (since that's what she's going to do for a job), but I'm unsure how it went. Does she look a bit too much like Rita Skeeter? Especially in her normal outfit? Hmm . . .



Steven's kids update time! Our first glimpse of Quiana (seen here on the left). She's far cuter in-game.



And for your enjoyment- a glimpse of Jarrett as a child! He has his uncle Sebastian's hair.



It took a day or two, but Monte grew up very quickly after his cousin.



However, I don't have enough screenshot space left in this update to do their wedding justice, so you'll have to be satisfied with them on a date. (Yes, I know you're miffed, Polly. But it'll be on soon, I promise.)



And finally, another of Jessica's adult birthdays passed in the bathroom. (I really need to put up some lights in there . . .)

Next week: Love and Sadness.
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 13
« Reply #47 on: February 24, 2014, 02:46:38 PM »
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...by being a bit too alive to not receive royalties.

Nice phrasing  ;).  Glad to see I'm not the only one messing up the intended challenges.

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The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 14
« Reply #48 on: March 02, 2014, 05:54:45 PM »
Nice phrasing  ;).  Glad to see I'm not the only one messing up the intended challenges.

It feels a bit bad to be wishing for a sim to die faster, but at least this happened early on- it gives me more time to plan around it.

Chapter 14: The Crusade



We start with the news that Barbara's new boss is none other than her aunt by blood (and soon also her aunt by marriage!).



Polly: Hello Monte! I have a very important question to ask you . . .



Polly: Will you marry me? (at some point in the future when there's enough house space for us to move in together with a child on the way)?



Monte: I'd love to! Pick the date, and we can continue our little branch of the family tree!



Monte and Polly aren't the only romantic pair around the town.
Jarrett: Why on earth did I follow mum here? Eeewww parents are gross!



As for Barbara's love life? Well, after a quick trip to egypt for an opportunity (and to finish off a skill challenge) . . .



 . . . she started scouting out some of her co-workers.



Barbara: Ah, hello Charles. Mind if I interview you?



(Maybe we should make this a tip on general dynasty threads- the journalist's interview ability makes it oh so easy to find out traits and thus identify good spouse material.)



Given that Charles is an original townie, I guess I could have found out all this from the internet. However, my computer isn't good at running sims and the internet at the same time. Despite this, Barabara's investigative skills helped me quickly conclude that Charles and Barbara would probably be very happy together, what with the similar traits and all.




To whit . . .



Charles: Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? (glares in direction of watcher)
Barbara: All the time. Mostly because I'm in a watched household.



Barbara: Are you okay with living in a watched household? I'm currently the heir to a dynasty.
Charles: I guess so. I mean, it's not like I have that much experience of being in one.
Barbara: OKay. It's just, my mum didn't warn my dad before he moved in. I always go the feeling he resented the fact that he didn't know the facts.
Charles: Well, thanks for the warning I suppose.



Barbara: Would you like some flowers?
Charles: Ooh, nice scented flowers! Thankyou!
Barbara: I didn't realise they were scented . . .
Charles: It's far easier for werewolves to detect- these are a lovely delicate fragrance . . .



Barbara managed to finish off her final skill challenge of writing 20 books under the watchful eye of her boyfriend's pet kitten.



As promised, here is a summary of all the books Barbara has written. She may write more sci-fi books in future, but it's now of far less importance. Her job comes first for now!



The family collection is more-or-less complete. All it needs now is time so Susan's paintings can accumulate wealth so that it hits the money target (which should be easy enough).



Soon enough, another two of Steven's children arrived. He now has five children with Francisca, so will stop there (It would be very unfortunate if Steven were unable to marry his lady love because of house space issues. :-( )



Cindy was born a normal-coloured sim, but Katherine, seen here, is another greenboo! Huzzah!

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Jarrett is obviously an extremely bright young man to have a degree at his age. (Or the difficulty of exams has got a lot easier in recent years!)



After the recent incident with less than unique skill challenges, I decided to create myself a master spreadsheet of all the skill challenges available in-game to make plotting the next 14 generations easier. I'm using green writing for ones i'm counting, orange backgrounds for ones in reserve, and red backgrounds for invalidated ones (Nicholas! Grr . . .).

Next time: Yes, I didn't get onto all the stuff I said would happen next time last time. I guess next week's update is going to be quite busy . . .
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Re: The Riversong 4x4 Dynasty chapter 14
« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2014, 06:15:12 AM »
Still grinning at the book titles (particularly the Welsh quarry guide and So Long and Thanks for All the Hits)

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(Maybe we should make this a tip on general dynasty threads- the journalist's interview ability makes it oh so easy to find out traits and thus identify good spouse material.)

Questioning by police Sims is equally useful, of course :).

And Jarrett is a seriously accomplished baby ;).

 

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