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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2015, 07:07:22 AM »
Over the last month or so, I’ve been playing around with various challenges, including several false starts on ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’  Very false starts – only one of them got as far as the first birth.  I eventually decided I’d been going about it the wrong way (for me at least), concentrating too hard on the points and spending far too long in preparation, rather than just getting on with producing lots of kids.  I’m going to try to complete father clusters but otherwise not worry about the overall score.

I’m playing on medium speed, with the settings slightly tweaked to make the child and teen stages the same length.  (One of the attractions of the challenge for me is having kids who can just enjoy their childhood, rather than having to complete tasks and, with so many of them, it’ll be well worth buying all of the toys.)

All expansions are enabled, including the recently-acquired Into the Future.



So, on with the challenge.  Meet Alison Flower; flower child by name and nature, and would-be mother of many.



(Rather wonderfully, the game decided that she was a product of the School of Peace and Love.  Clearly it knows a hippy when it sees one.)  She popped into existence on an empty lot in Riverview…



…and hurried off in search of eligible bachelors.



She liked both Jebidiah and Jon but there was no real spark.  Given the strains she’s going to put on the marriage, she’d better get on really well with her husband.  OK, bear them in mind as future fathers and try someone nearer her own age.



Now that’s more like it.



“Yes, Hazel, he’s The One.”



So Alison invited Billy back to her half-built house and proposed.



A building site is clearly a much more romantic location than I’d thought.  He accepted…



…and, as the sun was setting the following day, they had a private wedding on the riverbank.



“Are you sure you’re OK with this?  A house full of other men’s kids?”
“Yeah, I see it as a test – if we really love each other, none of that should matter.”
“Oh Billy, that’s so romantic!”



“And anyway, as long as they leave me alone to paint, I’m fine.”

They spent their honeymoon in Shang Simla…



…and with the money raised from the sale of Billy’s car, their smelted telescopic metals and the Chinese books they’d ‘accidentally’ packed in their luggage (I really disapprove of that exploit.  Just not quite enough to turn down the easy cash :P), they were able to move from Alison’s cottage by the river into somewhere larger and more family-friendly.

         

(In fact, they ended up moving twice.  I’d deleted almost everything from Trade Winds but managed to miss a few hygienators lurking under furniture and had left the master bathroom unchanged, not realising that the plumbing would have kept its upgrades.  I’d flattened and re-dug the ponds, thinking that would get rid of the fish, but found that they’d spawned again.  Since I don’t want Alison to have any unfair advantages - like a pond full of deathfish :) – I moved them into a new, cleaned-up version of the house a few days later.)



After a day or two of romantic and artistic pursuits, both Alison and Billy had enough points for the No Jealousy reward.  It was time to make a start on that large family.



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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 10:42:29 AM »
About Billy, if you give him a computer, he probably won't care what Alison does. He'll be too busy making inappropriate posts and very little else.


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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2015, 02:27:16 PM »
About Billy, if you give him a computer, he probably won't care what Alison does. He'll be too busy making inappropriate posts and very little else.

At the moment he’s completely addicted to sculpting but I’ll certainly bear it in mind if he starts looking bored  :).

Another Hazelnut project? Yes please! Looking forward to this one.

Awww, thanks, Malley  :-[  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2015, 02:48:28 PM »
Starting a Family

Alison invited Jon Lessen over for a chat and discovered that he had become a witch since the last time she’d seen him.  Then she turned on the charm.



Jon, hopeless romantic that he is, was putty in her hands…



…and they quickly ended up in the shower together.  Out of nostalgia (or something), Ally took to spending a lot of time in the bathroom over the next day or so.



Rather sweetly, she had constant romantic wishes for Billy throughout her pregnancy – and he didn’t appear to be at all averse to woohoo with a rapidly expanding partner… but she was on her own, gardening, when the contractions started.  Billy was out completing an opportunity.



“Ow!  You mean I have to do this twenty-six times?  Where’s the get-out clause?”

Then, with remarkably bad timing, the sprinklers came on.



Fortunately, the sparkles started before much longer and Poppy arrived.  Alison was immediately besotted.  In fact, she was so lost in the joys of motherhood that she totally ignored the second baby who had unexpectedly materialised in the middle of her veggie patch.



Billy, who’d just arrived back home, was ordered to pick up and cuddle Primrose while a second cot and teddy were purchased.



As toddlers, both girls turned out to have inherited Alison’s green eyes and pointy ears, along with Jon’s hair colour (and, disappointingly, neither was a witch).



Ally continued to dote on her firstborn, constantly rolling wishes to play with Poppy or teach her skills.



Maybe she knew something I didn’t: Primrose could look scary at times.  (She has the friendly trait but it doesn’t exactly spring to the attention.)





Finally, after Poppy had learned all of her toddler skills, Alison seemed to notice that she had another daughter.



With the twins fully trained and about to age up into children, Ally went out in pursuit of Father No. 2.



Jebidiah Wilson had already become an elder, so there was no time to waste…



…or maybe there was, after all.  Jeb's eyes don’t look quite the way I remember.



Yep, brown border on the portrait.  Our Dr Wilson’s been bitten by a werewolf.



The twins grew up and started school…



…and began to develop their own interests.





(Honestly, Poppy's by far the keenest non-snobby Presider over the Royal Court I’ve yet come across.  Her childhood seemed to consist of little else.)

Ally was otherwise engaged.



“Really, Watcher-person!  Haven’t you got bored of the upchucking photos yet?”
"Nope.  Sorry."

And then she realised that it wasn't food poisoning this time either.



“Hazel, have you really not got anything better to do?"
(Watcher is tactfully silent.)

And, in due course, Lupin arrived.



( :( Another non-supernatural Sim with his daddy’s hair – and eyes, this time.)


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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2015, 03:26:50 PM »
What a fun challenge! Looking forward to seeing all the kids, and who fathers them. Good luck!



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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2015, 05:08:40 PM »
All of the kids are so cute. The first photo of Alison flirting with Jon was too funny. His face was priceless  ;D


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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2015, 03:43:46 PM »
What a fun challenge! Looking forward to seeing all the kids, and who fathers them. Good luck!

Thank you.  It'll either be fun or immensely frustrating.  Or maybe both at once  ::).

All of the kids are so cute. The first photo of Alison flirting with Jon was too funny. His face was priceless  ;D

I've had a soft spot for Jon (read: guilt complex) ever since my first gold-digger Sim locked him in the bathroom to starve to death.  And he does pull great faces :).

I'm not sure why, but the sprinklers coming on gave me the giggles.

Me too  ;D.  Poor woman.  It's bad enough giving birth in the garden all on your own without the sprinklers coming on.  At least they mysteriously fail to soak Sims - or to leave them ankle-deep in mud.

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2015, 03:56:51 PM »
They Grow Up So Fast

Playing on medium speed, the kids seemed to grow up ridiculously quickly.

Poppy and Primrose were soon teens…



…and Lupin became a child.



Alison and Billy were both now adults, despite his fondness for tattoos and her occasional visits to the salon for makeovers.  Ally’s garden was doing well but she wasn’t yet able to plant special seeds, and her fishing skill was still a long way short of being able to catch deathfish.  So Billy was prised away from his easel and sculpting station and made to learn alchemy, with a view to discovering the fountain of youth elixir and maybe a few other useful things, like wish-enhancing serum.  Fortunately, he seemed to enjoy that, too (and maybe had some kind of natural talent – he was my first alchemist to avoid accidental toadification).

Alison went out in search of her next victim lover.  Riverview seemed to be filling up with supernaturals, so maybe Fairy Dad could be next.  Unfortunately for my plans, George Dean proved resistant to her charms and Bob Newbie was more interested in frolicking with Constance Shelley in their tiny-ball-of-light forms.



Sherman Bagley’s transformation was less obvious, until Ally started talking to him and discovered his new interest in kelp.



She made a move…



…not entirely successfully.  Maybe dehydration was setting in.  Whatever it was, he got away from her and headed for the pool.  She eventually persuaded him that the shower would work equally well.



She didn’t seem entirely happy afterwards – maybe his scales were rough.  On the other hand, she was delighted with the result.



Gromwell was the first of her children to be born in the hospital, largely so that Billy could take her there and share the new baby moodlet.



The paparazzi were starting to take an interest in her activities but so far she’d manage to avoid becoming a celebrity, to my considerable relief.   The constant disgrace was a big factor in giving up on earlier attempts at the challenge.



There were more birthdays.  Gromwell became a toddler and definitely took after his father – apart from being yet another normal human…



…and the twins had their young adult birthdays and so, sadly, had to move out.



They both got jobs before they left: Poppy followed her father into music and Primrose became a scientist.  Sadly, story progression being what it is (or rather isn’t  ::) ) these days, neither is likely to progress beyond the base grade or to achieve her lifetime wish (Golden Tongue, Golden Fingers and Become a Creature-Robot Crossbreeder, respectively).

They left behind some souvenirs of their schooldays.  Poppy had quite a collection…



…and had also earned enough happiness points to buy her mother a magic vacuum.



Primrose, who’d somehow managed to miss Prom and hadn’t been to any after-school clubs as a teen, largely because she was helping out with the garden, left only her scout’s sash.



Ally had a wish to learn the athletic skill and, immediately after getting her first point, had the ‘Going Pro’ opportunity. Since she’d just rolled one of her frequent wishes to quit her current job, she went off to the stadium and signed up.  Bob Newbie was one of her co-workers but definitely wasn’t interested in being more than a friend.  Travis McDermott, though, seemed more of a possibility.



She lured him home and into the shower.  No chimes.  :(  And then he accused her of having issues and stormed off.



Lupin and Gromwell had a shared birthday.



Ally, still in the professional sports career, inadvertently became a celebrity as a result of talking to her colleagues: I hadn’t noticed that Tatiana Ivanov had acquired a star.  After work, she invited Travis over again.  Despite his earlier tantrum, he seemed quite happy to visit and even to join her in the shower again.  This time, there were chimes.



(To me, Travis’ work outfit looks more suited to rock music than sports  :D.)

Ally’s first celebrity disgrace followed immediately after.  I’m not sure how she was caught cheating, given that they were alone in the house, but the ways of Sim paparazzi are mysterious.  Since previous attempts had convinced me that the Above Reproach reward is completely useless, she bought a moodlet manager instead and started learning social networking as a way of repairing damaged friendships.

The following day was Alison and Billy’s first wedding anniversary.  They went to the summer festival together and spent their time eating snow cones, skating and getting their photos taken – although Ally kept having to rush off to the loos to throw up.  That night, the pregnancy was confirmed.



Ally spent most of this pregnancy hiding from the paparazzi, peacefully tending her garden and carving pumpkins.  For some reason, even though it’s perma-summer in Riverview, she decided that Hallowe’en must be approaching and wanted to be ready.  Or something.  Whatever the reason, carved pumpkins started appearing everywhere.



And then smashed pumpkins – it appeared that Billy liked wrecking jack o’lanterns as much as Alison liked creating them.

Ally’s fifth child and third son was born in hospital, like his older brother.  Again, the paparazzi were in attendance – and Alison was in disgrace again, for ‘having a child out of wedlock’, despite being married.



Welcome, Heath.  It’s a strange world you’ve been born into  ::).


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Oh, the sim paparazzi...they are mysterious and quite annoying. How they get their scoops, I have no idea  :o

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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2015, 12:41:07 PM »
Oh, the sim paparazzi...they are mysterious and quite annoying. How they get their scoops, I have no idea  :o

Nor me, but it's certainly infuriating.   >:(



International Relations

Lupin grew up and followed his father into the medical profession.



Unlike the twins, he had time to graduate in absentia before reaching the move-out deadline and was voted most likely to achieve his lifetime wish of becoming a World-Renowned Surgeon - sadly, unlikely to be true.





Alison ran into two of her grown-up children when she visited the library to continue her social networking studies – but the reunion was interrupted by Hannah Jones transforming into her werewolf form and soon they were all too busy fainting to catch up with the family gossip.



While she was in town, Ally met a Chinese tourist, Cheng Yang Chang, and invited him over…



…with inevitable consequences.



Her other children were growing up: Gromwell became a teenager and Heath, a toddler.



I hadn’t noticed Travis McDermott’s unusual eye colour until Heath inherited it.  I have no idea where the black hair came from, though.

Even before Gromwell had had time to sort out his new teenage look, he became the family’s first alien abductee.  At least he was too young to get pregnant.



I was hoping he’d just met another potential father but the alien was clearly female.



Alison went into labour while she and Billy were playing in the sandpit together.  As you do  ;).



Apparently, this counts as ‘taking the mother to hospital’  ::).



Orchid put in her appearance just before midnight…



…and was taken home to join Heath in the nursery.



As a toddler, she turned out to be the first child to have inherited Ally’s hair. She may even be a clone of her mother – Cheng’s genes certainly aren’t at all obvious.



Having had such a short baby stage, Orchid’s toddlerhood overlapped with Heath’s.  The two played together constantly (even though both had IF dolls) and were soon good friends.



I suddenly realised that Ally hadn’t asked Cheng to be ‘just friends’ before he’d returned to China, so she invited him to stay.  The poor man arrived to find her flirting with a French tourist.  She stopped chatting briefly to dump her Chinese lover and then turned back to her new interest.



M Boutillier was eventually rejected as French Dad, largely because Gromwell came home from school that afternoon with the opportunity to go to France and interview one of the locals.  Since he was definitely Ally’s favourite child of the current crop and his moving-out day was looming, it seemed right for them to take a holiday together.



Most of the first day was taken up by driving lessons.  Both had been holding wishes since Gromwell’s birthday but they hadn’t yet had time to do much about it.



With his licence duly earned, Gromwell drove around exploring Champs les Sims while Alison scouted out potential partners.



Yves Bernard, the nectar merchant, was the clear favourite…



…and she invited him to visit as soon as the holiday was over.  Their first shared shower failed to produce chimes and Ally was hungry and desperate for the loo, so she temporarily kicked him out while she attended to her other needs.  Then she went in search of her current flame…



…and found him in the living room, peacefully reading with her husband.  Oops!

With the French bun finally in the oven, Ally started looking around for the next father.  Riverview was filling up with EA clones and the remaining original male residents had either already contributed their genetic material to the Flower family or definitively indicated a lack of interest.  Billy’s newly acquired Map to the Stars showed a few one-star celebrities around town but a total lack of anyone more famous.  It was time to move on to somewhere with more variety.

They paused in their packing to let Heath celebrate a birthday…



…and then the Flowers decamped to Barnacle Bay.



To keep the family intact, I also moved the twins and Lupin (and his cat, Evil Genius).



A Sim second and real-life weekend later, the family’s new house appeared.


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Fantastic progress, how's Billy dealing with all the kids that clearly aren't his? Love the name of the cat!

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Fantastic progress, how's Billy dealing with all the kids that clearly aren't his?

Thanks :)

Billy's fine with the children - he's great with babies and reads quite a lot of bedtime stories, although Alison tends to take charge of the toddler training.  His relationship with Ally was also fine until she became a celebrity but has been hit by the repeated disgraces and is now in the red.  He still rolls frequent wishes to woohoo or skinny-dip with her, though.

Love the name of the cat!

I can't take any credit for that - Story Progression gave him the cat and named it (it's really EvilGenius without a space but I edited it slightly).  I agree it's a terrific name, though - and it really suits that particular cat.

I also have to admit to editing the house they moved into to make it more cat-friendly.

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« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2015, 03:26:37 PM »
Barnacle Babies

Moving to a new town meant that Ally had lost all of her charisma challenges.  She hurried around town putting that right, mostly by talking to Sims of a masculine persuasion.



The day after the move, Gromwell had his young adult birthday and had to move out.



Billy aged up to adult for the second time and had a midlife crisis…



…and Ally went into labour with her French baby.  For a while, it seemed as though she was the only member of the household who hadn’t noticed.



With no teenagers in the house to look after the little ones, Ally had to have this one at home – in the garden, for no apparent reason.





The day after Mignonette’s birth, Alison had her second adult birthday – and her first midlife crisis.



It interrupted an important flirting session.  Ally had joined the fortune-telling career shortly before moving towns and was eyeing up her boss, Shorty-John Inkbeard, as a possible father.  She’d have preferred his son Morgan, a four-star-celebrity fairy politician, but Morgan seemed to be spending most (all?) of his time underground and she wasn’t having much success in interacting with his wing tips.



Orchid became a child – and it became clear that she had inherited something from Cheng after all: the ability to sing annoying songs constantly.  And very badly.  I don’t think she has a future as a singer.



Billy had changed his lifetime wish from Master of the Arts to Renaissance Sim some time before.  He’d already maxed sculpting and alchemy and now he reached level 10 of painting and achieved his wish (with the added benefit of one of his bottles of wish-enhancing serum).





Mignonette had a birthday…



…and so did Heath.



From his mother’s point of view, it was possibly the most important birthday of all.



(Annoyingly, she had also taken wish-enhancing serum but I’d stopped and saved the game because I needed to sleep and didn’t notice when I started playing again the following day that the moodlet had cancelled.)

Heath became a decidedly surly teen.





Alison heard at work that Shorty-John’s wife, Victoria, had died – so she invited him over afterwards to try to console him.





I think she succeeded.  It probably didn’t much matter either way – the chimes for a successful conception coincided with a pop-up saying that Shorty-John was about to follow his wife.



And at last I’ve found a use for the irritating walking-stick gaits – they override the ‘stride of pride’ and stop everyone else from realising what’s just been going on  ;).



Things went quiet for a while.  Alison upgraded the new plumbing and established another garden, pausing only to vomit at regular intervals.

Mignonette aged up to child…



…and Alison gave birth to Daisy, the first of the Barnacle Bay babies.



As soon as she’d caught up with her sleep, she fulfilled a midlife-crisis wish to flirt with someone other than Billy (such a novelty!) by chatting up Alec Trebo.  Within hours, she was pregnant again – and I failed totally to get even a single screenshot.



Heath aged up to young adult and moved out…



…leaving his graduation awards behind.



And Daisy became a toddler…



..and acquired a little half-brother, Jonquil.





Some notes about names
  • Jonquil was, of course, named in honour of Jon Lessen, the First Father, and will henceforward be known as Jon.
  • Mignonette was going to be Minnie but she’s a snob (and became proper as a teenager), so she insists on her full name at all times.
  • With a requirement for 26 pregnancies, it’s traditional to name the kids in this challenge alphabetically.  Since I’m using flower names for all of them, I was never going to go through the alphabet in order: certain fathers required certain names – like Lupin for the werewolf’s kid.  While I do have names for every letter of the alphabet, some of them are pretty odd (Queen Anne’s Lace, anyone?  She’d have to be a snob.  And Upright Hedge Bedstraw would certainly be proper – and, almost as certainly, badly mixed up.)  On the other hand, I have two or three spare names for some letters, which wouldn’t get used unless Ally went in for twins and triplets in a big way.  So I’ll probably end up using most letters but having some duplicates – the priority will be suiting the name to the child (or father, anyway).

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I've had some luck getting sims back to the surface by inviting them over and asking them to play chess. They've come up and sat down at the table.

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Yeah, and most naming themes don't have much for letters like X. Not even weird names most of the time.

True :).  Although I might still use one of my X names - Q and U were definitely worse for this particular theme.

I've had some luck getting sims back to the surface by inviting them over and asking them to play chess. They've come up and sat down at the table.

I hadn't thought of that - I always seem to forget about the 'Ask to Join' interactions.  I suspect it's more likely to be the hot tub than the chess table, in Ally's case ;)  Given that Morgan's a fairy, he's going to be around for a while, so maybe he'll sort himself out anyway - although I tried resetting him twice, without success.  Since he's Daisy's half-brother it'd seem a bit weird for him to be fathering a sibling while she's still a kid.  I think I'm going to wait until she's grown up and moved out to try again with Morgan - there are several human Sims in town that I'd like to get into the family tree while they're still around, anyway.

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I can definitely see your point about running into issues with the name themes. I use regular names for my domination dynasty and I go in alphabetical order. Q? U? X? Umm, not much there that I like, thank you very much.

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« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2015, 01:44:34 PM »
I can definitely see your point about running into issues with the name themes. I use regular names for my domination dynasty and I go in alphabetical order. Q? U? X? Umm, not much there that I like, thank you very much.

K's not brilliant either.  Deciding not to stick with the whole alphabetical thing is quite a relief :).



A Family Reunion

Billy had joined the education career after the family moved to Barnacle Bay, in the hope that some of the unemployed inhabitants would join him.  Some did – but they were all female.  His only male colleague was his boss, Mack Vasquez.  Mack was an EA clone but at least he was a witch (I was still hoping for occult babies).



Not exactly by accident, Ally bumped into him one evening and asked what his sign was.  When it turned out not to be a swap, his fate was sealed.





Some time before this, I’d discovered that the celebrity gates appear to block alien abductions.



On that occasion everyone was asleep, so I just noted it down for future reference.  Then, just after Ally had waved goodbye to Mack, more frustrated alien noises came from the gate.  Ally invited him (?) in and they became friends.



Then, still wide awake from her earlier trip in the motive mobile, she rubbed the dusty old lamp that Billy had given her.  Since my game almost always produces female genies, I was expecting that particular occult father to be one of the more difficult ones to collect.  This time, though, I got lucky.



I even thought he had a proper genie-ish name for a moment but on closer inspection it turned out that Ali was actually called Al  :(.



The next morning, Alison threw a party to show off the new additions to the house, celebrate Jon’s first birthday and get reacquainted with her grown-up children.  Some of them were now considerably older than she was.  The twins had grown old and replaced their custom outfits with a weird collection of mismatched garments, although at least Primrose had retained her fondness for pale yellow.



(And, with an eye to future members of the family, I was delighted to see that Morgan Inkbeard had finally decided to come up for air.)

Lupin and Gromwell were both adults – and both appeared to have had midlife crises.  Lupin had grown his hair, which rather suited him, and Gromwell had done just the opposite, possibly in acknowledgement of his military connections.



Heath, who had acquired 'brooding' as his final trait, settled for showing off his smouldering looks.



Then it was time for the birthday boy to blow out his candles.



The guests cheered, while Billy pointed and laughed (as usual) and Alison beat a hasty retreat to the bathroom to throw up (also pretty much as usual).  The sparkles at floor level spun to a stop and…



…it’s a merboo!  I’d never even noticed that Alec was any different from usual.  (Mind, he and Alison weren’t exactly hanging around to debate the social niceties.)



A nose-picking merboo.  No wonder Billy was laughing.

Once he’d extracted his finger from his nasal passages, Jon crawled off to the dresser to pick out his new clothes.  (I decided I liked his hair and scales as they were.)



Rather unfairly, it was also Mignonette’s birthday but she missed the party by being at school.  She did get a suitably flouncy new dress, though.



With the house starting to fill up with children, it was usually someone’s birthday.  The following day, it was Daisy’s turn.



The teenagers went to Prom – and Orchid had her young adult birthday outside the school immediately afterwards.



Alison, who’d been waiting for them to come home and babysit the little ones, produced Rose outside the gates just as they arrived.



Orchid selected her young adult look…



…and moved out.  As the first member of the family to make it on to the honour roll at both primary and secondary school, she’d have been a good bet for valedictorian – if only the following day hadn’t been Leisure Day, which apparently meant that graduation was postponed.  She left behind a Prom photo but nothing else (her more popular younger sister was Queen).



Taking advantage of the seasonal celebration, Ally sent everyone else, apart from the babies, off to the Summer Festival…



…invited her best friend Mixxuchoo Yoth to visit…



..and you can guess the rest  :D.



(Yay! ‘Try for baby’ is an option.  It appears that Mixxuchoo is male.)


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A dude alien and a dude genie? Lucky roll of the dice there!

It really was.  I was assuming that it'd take several dusty old lamps to get a male genie, which is why Billy bought one as soon as he had enough LTHPs.  Now he can start spending his points on himself :).

I find it pretty easy to tell the aliens apart by sex due to how wildly different the male and female bodyshapes are, but all of my aliens tend to be elderly women so congrats on getting something different!

I find it quite difficult.  I thought Mixxuchoo was probably male but wasn't completely convinced until the 'Try for Baby' option appeared.  The body shapes don't seem that distinct to me - although, since aliens don't turn up often in my games, I don't have much experience to go on.  The females usually seem to be flat-chested and the bald heads and odd faces don't help - and their tendency to turn up when it's dark doesn't make it easier.  I think the alien who appeared in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep was probably also male but I'm not entirely sure.

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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2015, 01:48:33 PM »
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Billy had joined the criminal career once Mack had been selected as Education Dad.  His co-workers were all women, so it didn’t seem likely to be useful to Ally in the short term.  He seemed to be enjoying it, though, and had become quite addicted to working out.  He was keen to improve Alison's fitness as well as his own and training her was a way for them to spend time together without either trying anything romantic and creeping the other out…



…at least, until their game of hopscotch was interrupted by Alison’s latest pregnancy being confirmed.

There was another round of birthdays.  Rose grew up to toddler, revealing that she’d inherited Mack’s violet eyes and probably his hair colour – although, since he was already grey-haired when Billy first met him, it’s impossible to be sure.



Jon became a child and Mignonette, a young adult.



Her classmates voted her Most Likely to be a Millionaire, which she probably would have been if she’d not had to move out.



That left Daisy, still at primary school, as the eldest child in the family.  She didn’t seem to think much of being the Responsible Big Sister.



The alienboo arrived (my first  :D) and was named Sage.



His birth was immediately followed by the news that Primrose had died of old age  :'(.  RIP, Prim.

Not giving herself time to mourn, or even to recover properly from the birth, Alison called the next man on her list.



She’d met Kris Single on her very first day in Barnacle Bay but he hadn’t been the obvious choice for Service Dad, because of his age and his dislike of children.  (How can a Sim with that appearance and name, not to mention being a social worker, hate kids?)  Besides, I was holding out for Spot Dalmatia, as usual.  It seemed, though, that Spot wasn’t around any more – Orchid managed to set fire to the kitchen just before she moved out and a random fireman turned up.  Kris, on the other hand, was still very much alive…



…and, it turned out, very, very susceptible to Ally’s charms.



Life went on quietly for a day or two.  Daisy and Rose grew up some more…



…and Santa Baby made its presence felt.



The obvious name for this one would have been either Holly or Ivy but Alison decided she wanted another boy and I’ve been going along with her wishes.  So Kris’ baby was named Wintergreen.



In keeping with the recent rapid pace of baby production, Ally summoned her genie friend from his lamp as soon as Wintergreen was tucked up in his cot.  I think he suspected an ulterior motive for offering him his freedom.



As instructed, Ally froze and cooked the lamp…



…and then took it to the catacombs under the graveyard, where she was, of course, attacked by the zombie bears  ::).



After a quick wash and brush up, she summoned Al again.  The process of breaking his chains didn’t look comfortable.  For either of them.



Then, without even stopping to say ‘thank you’, he rushed off to play Gnubb.





As you’ve probably noticed, it’s now autumn in Barnacle Bay.  That surprised me, in fact  :-[ – because I’d left summer as the longest season, I’d forgotten that I’d changed the setting when they moved. (I’ll probably change it again, to equal-length seasons, the next time they move towns.)  That means that Wintergreen will, appropriately, grow up in winter.  He already loves the cold  :).