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« Reply #50 on: September 06, 2010, 05:23:43 PM »
Such a beautiful wedding, Pam!  Hopefully they make a beautiful nooboo together.  ;D

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« Reply #51 on: September 06, 2010, 06:02:49 PM »
This is the part I'd like to know more about. Does she already have the Collection Helper, or did you use the mercury collecting quest?
In china there is the Telescopic Metals quest which highlights and labels all metals - including plutonium

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« Reply #52 on: September 06, 2010, 08:32:56 PM »
I forgot about that one, thanks.
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« Reply #53 on: September 07, 2010, 12:42:06 AM »
This is the part I'd like to know more about. Does she already have the Collection Helper, or did you use the mercury collecting quest?

Carina does have the Collection Helper, but it was mostly the Telescopic Metals adventure that I used.  I ignored all the silver and gold, and picked up the Platinum, Mercury, and Plutonium (or Palladium, whatever it is).  I just never completed the adventure so the tags were in place for most of the 15 days.  I smelted it while in China to avoid any possible deterioration in value while returning home.

Update:

Nectarine is working diligently toward her qualification to eat Ambrosia.  She has completed her Physical Perfection Lifetime Wish by reaching level 10 in both the Athletic and Martial Arts Skills.  She has purchased the supermarket and Crystal Springs, and has done all the necessary upgrades to the property.  It's similar to how I did Stoney Falls, except it has a separate adult area with chess and foosball.  She has received her three unique Lifetime Rewards:  Fertility Treatment (lol), Fireproof Homestead, and the Body Sculptor.  At the moment, she's working on the challenges from the Athletic skill journal.  She works out in her private locked gym almost every hour that she's not sleeping or fatigued.  I'm using the Good Pacing tone so that she can get the most hours out of her workout.  I'm not quite ready for her to have a child yet, even though Carina is available for all of the child rearing with her Family Oriented trait.  I want her to get closer to her goals first.  She has 12 days until she ages to Adult, so there's plenty of time.

Christopher is 90 days old and will die any time now.  He still paints and fishes.  He's going after Vampire Fish for Carina to feed to the Omni Plants to make more fertilizer for the garden.  Kenny, Nectarine's husband, doesn't have very useful traits:  Can't Stand Art, Absent Minded, Athletic, Light Sleeper, and I don't remember the last one.  His Lifetime Wish is to be a Superstar Athlete.  I let him join the Athletic career, but I don't put a lot of effort into him.  I'd like to see him reach his LTW so he'll have a larger tombstone, but mostly he's just needed to father the third generation.  Indigo has reached level 3 in her Science career.  Carina gardens and cooks.  My strategy is to keep her as she is without maxing anymore skills or buying anymore Lifetime Rewards.  I want to keep as many things open for future generations as possible.

My primary challenge, other than getting Nectarine ready for immortality, is to train up another painter to capture her Adult and Elder portraits.  She herself is the next painter after Christopher dies and she can't do a self-portrait.  I'll probably have Indigo or Kenny get up to level 5 in Painting just to take care of Nectarine's portraits.  Maybe Kenny because he can't stand art.  That could be an interesting experiment.  Christopher is also the photographer, but it won't be difficult to have someone else take her photograph.  I'm keeping an eye out for a better camera at the Consignment Store, too.  I haven't planned a sculptor yet.  It just hasn't been a priority for me.

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« Reply #54 on: September 07, 2010, 01:09:10 AM »
I'd like to see him reach his LTW so he'll have a larger tombstone 

I didn't know they get a larger tombstone if they complete their LTW!  What interesting things you learn here.
 
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« Reply #55 on: September 07, 2010, 02:09:54 AM »
I am having the same problem, Pam.  I'm gonna have to get my heir's spouse to level painting to paint his portraits even though he is going to be the family artist.

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« Reply #56 on: September 07, 2010, 02:13:23 AM »
I didn't know they get a larger tombstone if they complete their LTW!  What interesting things you learn here.

I think it also depends on how many lifetime happiness points they get as to whether they get the medium size or the large tall tombstone.
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« Reply #57 on: September 07, 2010, 04:44:53 PM »
Pam, I LOVE your wedding scene! So pretty! Are you planning to use the same area for future generations' weddings? :)

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« Reply #58 on: September 07, 2010, 04:58:23 PM »
Loving the story so far, Pam!  I agree with you in the wish that Indigo had been born first, but Nectarine is quite lovely too!  Can't wait to see her baby (or maybe twins, with your luck)!

Oh, and about the tombstone size: a sim does not have to have completed his or her LTW to have the largest tombstone.  I read a long analysis of this somewhere once upon a time but unfortunately I can't provide a link.  However, I can confirm based simply on Billy Caspian in my current dynasty (though he has passed) that it's just lifetime happiness points that affect tombstone size -- he did not complete his LTW (which was Master of the Arts, and I didn't get him a single point in guitar) but had a huge number of lifetime happiness points and still got the largest tombstone.  However, a LTW is of course worth tons of lifetime happiness points which make it easier to get a larger tombstone, though the LTW is not absolutely necessary. :)

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« Reply #59 on: September 07, 2010, 06:48:16 PM »
Yeah I have had LTHP contribute to large grave stones.  :)
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« Reply #60 on: September 07, 2010, 09:21:59 PM »
@Kiwala:

Thanks for the clarification about the tombstone. 

I won't use the exact location for future weddings (I've already deleted all the decorations), but hopefully they will be just as nice.  The wedding dress will definitely be used again.  Nectarine will probably have twins because I bought her the Fertility Treatment Lifetime Reward.  I'm trying to manage those carefully to make sure I have enough unique rewards for the entire Dynasty and I figured early would be the best time to use that one, while there's plenty of room in the house for extras. 
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« Reply #61 on: September 07, 2010, 09:30:21 PM »
Ah, I found some of the info from the post I spoke of regarding tombstones at Aarin's Spectacles, a Sims 3 blog (I won't link it, as I'm not sure if it's allowed...plus there are plenty of mods/cc etc there), and this is from her FAQ:

"What determines my sim's tombstone size at death?
- Tombstone size is purely dependent on lifetime happiness points. The game counts both spent and unspent points towards your total. You cannot edit the tombstone after your sim has died. They get what they get when they die.

NUMBERS AND TYPES OF TOMBSTONES:
LESS THAN 75,000: small, flat, on the ground
75,000-150,000: small, standing
150,000+: large, standing"

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« Reply #62 on: September 09, 2010, 03:40:18 AM »
The whole family is currently in China on a 20 day vacation.  Nectarine has achieved her Lifetime Wish and all the related journal challenges for the Athletic skill.  Kenny will soon have enough Artistic skill to paint Nectarine's Adult and Elder portraits.  Nectarine has a big wish to complete a Martial Arts tournament, so she's busy with that.  She also makes best friends with most of her contenders, so she won't have a problem with the six unique best friends requirement.  Her Charismatic trait and Chrisma skill are priceless for this part.  She won't need the Long Distance Friend reward because she's already got the skill challenge to have 20 friends, so her relationships won't decay.  Besides, the Long Distance Friend reward is one of Carina's unique rewards, so it's off the table anyway. 

Carina has a lovely garden in China and runs around collecting metals and gems.  Christopher paints and fishes almost all the time.  He's on a nighttime schedule right now so he can catch lots of Deathfish.  He's even got some Perfect ones!  Indigo is working on handiness and guitar.  She also likes to fish.  With all of her crazy traits (Insane, Excitable, Snob, Good) she has quite a selection of Friendly interactions.  She's fun to play for that reason alone.  Kenny earned enough happiness points to have a Mid-Life Crisis.  He no longer hates art and is not flirty.  He's family oriented and a car enthusiast instead.  His truck is named Pinky.  Yes, it's an actual pink truck.  That's his favorite color. 

Both Nectarine and Kenny have a wish for their first child.  They'll get on that as soon as they return home.  It will probably be twins because of Nectarine's Fertility Treatment reward.  It's a good one to be unique while there's still room in the house.  Besides, y'all know how I love the nooboos!  :)
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« Reply #63 on: September 09, 2010, 06:22:14 AM »
I've got a couple of screenshots to share.

Here is Elderly Christopher catching his Deathfish:



Here's Nectarine totally whomping Wei Pei:



Look at Nectarine's face.  I don't think I'd want to go up against her like that.



This is Nectarine's new husband, Kenny after a makeover on his hair and facial hair.  Doesn't he look a little like Justin Timberlake?



I am so ready to get back home and back to the normal routine.  Nectarine needs to wrap up her Martial Arts tournament pretty quick now.
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« Reply #64 on: September 09, 2010, 11:43:45 AM »
Pam how did you manage a 20 day vacation?  I haven't done the vacations much, just run to France to learn the nectar skill and grab a scooter, etc.  I thought you had to do all those challenges do lengthen the vacation times?  Not so??

Your dynasty is coming along really nicely! 

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« Reply #65 on: September 09, 2010, 12:07:19 PM »
Pam how did you manage a 20 day vacation?  I haven't done the vacations much, just run to France to learn the nectar skill and grab a scooter, etc.  I thought you had to do all those challenges do lengthen the vacation times?  Not so??

Pam probably just gave every family member the Prepared Traveler reward. Then again, the Dreamweavers have a vacation home in China which means someone has a high VISA level = more days too.

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« Reply #66 on: September 09, 2010, 01:49:00 PM »
I bought her the Fertility Treatment Lifetime Reward.  I'm trying to manage those carefully to make sure I have enough unique rewards for the entire Dynasty and I figured early would be the best time to use that one, while there's plenty of room in the house for extras. 

My plan for using up that LTR is to get it after my sim has had their one child, when they aren't going to be "trying for baby" again.  One nooboo at a time is plenty for me, thank you very much!  (remembers the Baby Boom challenge and shudders)  ;D
 
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« Reply #67 on: September 09, 2010, 02:05:41 PM »
Can you get a high Visa level without doing all the cave things, etc.?  Frankly I have no interest in going through electricity and fire traps and all that.  I hate it in fact but my daughter told me I had to if I wanted to buy a vacation home.  I want the vacation home but don't want to do those crazy tombs or whatever.

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« Reply #68 on: September 09, 2010, 02:19:39 PM »
Not all adventures involve tommbs but most do.
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« Reply #69 on: September 09, 2010, 02:24:16 PM »
Can you get a high Visa level without doing all the cave things, etc.?  Frankly I have no interest in going through electricity and fire traps and all that.  I hate it in fact but my daughter told me I had to if I wanted to buy a vacation home.  I want the vacation home but don't want to do those crazy tombs or whatever.

It depends on where you are.  France has a lot of adventures that involve fishing, cooking, nectar making and talking to people.  I've gotten visa 3 there without doing tombs. 
 
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« Reply #70 on: September 09, 2010, 02:32:34 PM »
Hey, that is great news Schipperke.  France is where I want to be anyway.  I guess I will try to get a house there then.  The kids just love all those adventures but I sure don't.  I have never liked fried Sims!  LOL 

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« Reply #71 on: September 09, 2010, 09:40:45 PM »
Yes, all but Kenny have the Prepared Traveler lifetime reward.  Christopher has level 3 Visa.

It's definitely possible to get to level 3 Visa without doing tombs, especially if you have the Opportunistic reward.  Your Sim will get more toward the Visa points with each adventure he completes.  There are plenty of adventures that involve finding gems, metals, and insects.  Plus some to bring fish, talk to Sims, etc.  Even on the adventures that end up in a tomb, you can do the pieces leading up to it for the Visa points.  Sometimes there are 2 or 3 pieces that involve talking to the locals or something before actually going into the tomb.  Do those and then cancel the one that takes you into the tomb.

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« Reply #72 on: September 10, 2010, 11:08:46 AM »
Yes, all but Kenny have the Prepared Traveler lifetime reward.  Christopher has level 3 Visa.

It's definitely possible to get to level 3 Visa without doing tombs, especially if you have the Opportunistic reward.  Your Sim will get more toward the Visa points with each adventure he completes.  There are plenty of adventures that involve finding gems, metals, and insects.  Plus some to bring fish, talk to Sims, etc.  Even on the adventures that end up in a tomb, you can do the pieces leading up to it for the Visa points.  Sometimes there are 2 or 3 pieces that involve talking to the locals or something before actually going into the tomb.  Do those and then cancel the one that takes you into the tomb.

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Don't forget that having the Ambitious trait will also get more toward the Visa points.  So Opportunistic reward and the Ambitions trait will get you to level 3 Visa level in no time at all.

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« Reply #73 on: September 12, 2010, 01:43:09 AM »
I'd like to see him reach his LTW so he'll have a larger tombstone, but mostly he's just needed to father the third generation
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting!  :)

What?? I've noticed the big tombstones, but only in the graveyard which I didn't put there and in buydebug. So does it go by how many skills are maxed, or specifically the only way to get a big one is complete the LTW?

EDIT: I just read the rest, DUH I had a blond moment lol Please forgive me!

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« Reply #74 on: September 12, 2010, 02:41:48 AM »
Nectarine got pregnant immediately after returning from China.  As I mentioned earlier, I gave her the Fertility Treatment as one of her unique Lifetime Rewards.  I realize now that I could have planned it differently so that I don't end up with another set of twins.  Maybe I unconsciously blocked it from my mind because of my nooboo infatuation. ;D  Either way, Nectarine gave birth to twin girls named Periwinkle and Chartreuse (continuing with the color theme).  Periwinkle came first and will be the immortal candidate.  I gave her the Neurotic and Easily Impressed traits.  She will hopefully grow up to be the family sculptor.  Chartreuse will be like her Aunt Indigo and will get whatever random traits come up when I roll for them.  She was born with Excitable and Artistic.

Christopher is 92 days old.  He spent some quality time with Carina and the new granddaughters.  When the time comes, he'll be the first of the family to pass and Carina will miss him dearly.  They've built a wonderful family together.

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