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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 18/8/15)
« Reply #50 on: August 18, 2015, 01:51:57 PM »
@Malley, you’ll be glad to hear that Frank has been learning to cook from books, since that keeps his shoes out of the kitchen as much as possible. He has, however, started working at the Diner, so might be best to keep away from there.



Meanwhile, Annie is working on her athletic skill, not very successfully.



And Denver and Provs have split the gardening up between them.



Atlanta has found love in the form of the, um, unique-looking Arlo Bunch.



Augusta found something rather amusing. Could be the wall; could be the thought of kissing Arlo.



Atlanta got a wish to WooHoo with him almost immediately. My hand might just possibly have slipped onto Try For Baby...



It was only afterwards that Atlanta got a good look at Arlo’s face and imagined what his spawn might look like.



Well, too late to back out now.



Provs got the warning that she’d have to graduate soon and behave like a grown-up. She quickly began a string of pranks to compensate – most of which trapped Augusta. (Oddly, Providence remains by far her favourite child.)





And the Arlo spawn made her appearance. This is Juneau: she’s an outdoors-loving loner.



Annie and Providence’s birthday finally rolled around:



Provs has become Eccentric, and her LTW is Super Popular.



Annie is now a supernatural sceptic (despite the fairies, ghosts and vampires in her family tree). Since both that and her brave trait should help her in law enforcement, and she’s also a genius, she’s decided she wants to be an International Super Spy. She’s also going to be heir, partly because she’s got the slowest LTW, partly because she’s got good traits and Tally’s hair, and partly because 'Providence' takes a really long time to type.



To celebrate graduating, they immediately went off on holiday.



Providence ran around making friends with France:



Annie made friends with one person in particular:



They got home to find Denver doing some friend-making of his own with his old prom date, Lowell Bean.



Juneau had a birthday:



Mandatory toddlerspam – so far, she doesn’t look too horrifying:



And Denver decided to move out. I have no idea where he’s gone, as he reset and I couldn’t stalk follow him to the new place. He may be homeless, as nowhere is flagging up on the map. He can still be invited over, though. Lowell’s an NPC, so maybe they’re living together in Nomad’s Land.



And now that there’s space in the household, Annie and Yves can get married. Probably shouldn’t tell Annie that Yves is thinking about her sister.



I now pronounce you Mr and Mrs Annie :D


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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 18/8/15)
« Reply #51 on: August 18, 2015, 06:38:39 PM »
I'll be holding my breath every time Juneau ages up. Will the Arlo in her show up or not?



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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 18/8/15)
« Reply #52 on: August 19, 2015, 11:55:33 AM »
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It was only afterwards that Atlanta got a good look at Arlo’s face and imagined what his spawn might look like.

That was the best reaction ever. Hands down.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 18/8/15)
« Reply #53 on: August 19, 2015, 01:10:36 PM »
I'll be holding my breath every time Juneau ages up. Will the Arlo in her show up or not?

It must be sad being poor Arlo and praying that your kids look nothing like you!

That was the best reaction ever. Hands down.

Atlanta thanks you. Arlo doesn't. ;D

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 19/8/15)
« Reply #54 on: August 19, 2015, 01:18:24 PM »
At the grand old age of 94, Augusta decided to retire.



Providence also decided it was time for a change, and moved out.



Personally I would’ve picked something a bit more windowy, but I guess that’s her choice.



Atlanta had a rather nasty experience with some aliens.



After that, she decided that she and Juneau might be safer living elsewhere.



I’d moved them out because my computer was really struggling with the combination of the massive lot and the massive family. Turns out I needn’t have :(





As if orphaning her wasn’t bad enough, Grim then decided to beat Annie up with a pillow.



Maybe he felt that had been too much – I later found him in Tally’s old bathroom, looking thoughtful:



The free spots in the household didn’t stay open for long:





This is Pierre. He’s eccentric and friendly, and gets big brownie points from me for his favourite colour not being somewhere in the white/seafoam/aqua/turquoise bit of the colour wheel.



Annie went back to work for about three hours before the rabbithole spat her back out for another period of maternity leave. She’s done about four days’ worth of actual work so far.



She hurried home to put her feet up and relax:



Pierre and Frank had a joint birthday party.



Toddler Pierre, not dressed in aqua:



Annie just about had time to enjoy not having a baby in the house when contractions hit again. This time she decided to head to the hospital.



This is Montpelier. She’s friendly like her brother, but combines it with grumpy, which is one of the few traits I really don’t like :(



Also, notice the redhead in the foreground? Juneau’s just aged up to teen. She looks a lot better than I was expecting.



Have some Pierre toddlerspam. He’s a very happy toddler – Monts surely won’t be, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.



And speaking of Monts...



She’s big enough to be grumpy now. Good thing she's cute.





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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 19/8/15)
« Reply #55 on: August 19, 2015, 01:54:19 PM »
I feel you pain. I have an evil, grumpy toddler in my legacy right now. I pity her family (and me).

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 19/8/15)
« Reply #56 on: August 21, 2015, 11:33:09 AM »
I know she's grumpy, but that last photo just made Monty seem even more adorable  ;)



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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 21/8/15)
« Reply #57 on: August 21, 2015, 12:31:04 PM »
I feel you pain. I have an evil, grumpy toddler in my legacy right now. I pity her family (and me).

I don't mind grumpy toddlers so much - it's when they get big enough to get the 'Out of Sorts' moodlet that Grumpy bugs me. Combine it with some resident ghosts, so that they often get woken up in the middle of the night, and you've got a permanent -20 moodlet :(

I know she's grumpy, but that last photo just made Monty seem even more adorable  ;)

I love that pose :). I kept trying to get Pierre to do it, but he's boring a sweetie and got off the springrider when he was asked to.



I hit a run of birthdays – three in two days: first, Annie aged up to adult:



And poor Pierre seems doomed never to get a birthday to himself: this time, he had to share with Yves.



Pierre’s acquired a good sense of humour, so he'll be nicely set up to mock his parents' simultaneous mid-life crises. Hopefully he'll find their constant demands to divorce each other funny rather than upsetting.



The family have got themselves into a pretty good routine. Frank plays his bass...



Annie and Yves play chess...



Pierre plays games...



Annie ponders...



And Monts is grumpy.



But even the grumpiest of toddlers are still adorable.



Not everything is routine, though. They’ve decided to get a new member of the household. This is Sacramento:



He gets along great with the adults...



...but has a rather one-sided relationship with Pierre.



Frank also has a new interest, in the form of the nice little vampire next door. He’s heard rumours about her and his great-grandparents, but surely Holly can’t be that old?



Once he’d earned me a shiny new fridge, I decided it was time to kick him out. Once he’d reached the top of his career, Frank felt ready to start a family, and popped the question:



Holly agreed, on the condition that he bought some new shoes. Frank got changed, and they had a quick wedding in the garden – after nightfall, since nobody likes a crispy bride.



I tried to get a picture of the happy couple heading to their new home, but Holly moves far too fast. This is the best I could manage:



The next morning, it was time for Her Grumpiness to age up:





She’s become a Dog Person, but seems pretty fond of the cat anyway.



Speaking of the cat, he’s had a birthday too, which means he’s now big enough to be tormented with laser pointers.



And because Pierre never gets a birthday to himself, he aged up on the same day:



He’s now clumsy and is a little odd-looking.



For comparison, here’s the adult Juneau: maybe Arlo would have made a good spouse after all?! ???




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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 21/8/15)
« Reply #59 on: August 21, 2015, 02:55:56 PM »
Randomish thoughts on the last few chapters:

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It was only afterwards that Atlanta got a good look at Arlo’s face and imagined what his spawn might look like.


;D

I love thoughtful Grim on the toilet seat :D

I don’t think I’ve seen the chicken/egg pondering before  :D

And Arlo as the better choice in the spouse stakes?!  :o

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 21/8/15)
« Reply #60 on: August 21, 2015, 03:17:19 PM »
Actually, for having Arlo's genes, Juneau doesn't look half bad.

And Arlo as the better choice in the spouse stakes?!  :o

I know - surely it's got to be a glitch ??? :D

I don’t think I’ve seen the chicken/egg pondering before  :D

I hadn't seen it either until now, but Annie does it all the time.  I tend to avoid the Brooding trait, but it's turning out to be fun.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 21/8/15)
« Reply #61 on: August 22, 2015, 05:24:35 AM »
Finally all caught up! I'm just loving your story telling style, had me laughing! A lot! :)
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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 21/8/15)
« Reply #62 on: August 22, 2015, 10:52:20 AM »
Finally all caught up! I'm just loving your story telling style, had me laughing! A lot! :)

Thanks :) I'm glad you're enjoying it.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #63 on: August 26, 2015, 01:06:49 PM »
There may not be any toddlers in the house at the moment, but I still have minimal toddler spam. This is Samuel Alto-Townsend, Holly and Frank’s new sprog:



Back in the main household, Monts has had a birthday.



She’s added to her lovely personality by becoming inappropriate. On the plus side, she’s far prettier than her brother, if scarily thin. I don’t remember for sure, but from the look of her I think Annie must have been on the treadmill shortly before Monts was conceived.



She likes to pull faces while she does her homework...



...which apparently is front-page news in Sunset Valley:



In other news, Annie has become an International Super Spy after cracking a major crime ring at the gypsy wagon.



The promotion came just in time for her birthday. Since Pierre doesn’t get birthdays to himself, he got to share her party.



Pierre is now childish as well as eccentric. ;D.



He’s decided he wants to join Ghostbusters, and ultimately become a Paranormal Profiteer.



Yves became an elder the next day: I don’t think he was too impressed.



Monts was far happier about her birthday.



She’s become disciplined. Three of the five LTW choices required travelling and I hate Canine Companion, so she’s going to be Leader of the Free World. Can’t imagine Grumpy and Inappropriate will help with schmoozing dignitaries, but who knows.



I really wanted a male heir this time, but (1) Monts is far less odd-looking than Pierre, (2) she’s inherited Can Apprehend Burglars and he hasn’t, and (3) there is one more surviving original townie, and he’s male. Bit of an age gap now, but hey.

Before we start marrying off somebody who was a child at the start of this chapter, Pierre would like to announce that he’s maxed out his career through the magic of Entrepreneurial Mindset, basil, and playing chess, and he got to meet the mayor. He also got a nice shiny Neighbourhood Hero moodlet that matches his outfit.





Anyway, back to Monts.

I’ve considered and rejected Cycl0n3 Sw0rd as spouse several times (and he once woohooed with Tally), but since he’s managed to outlive all the competition, I got Monts to invite him over. I think his aging must have gone buggy, because he only recently aged up to elder, which is good going even for a fairy.



Since he wasn’t going to have long to fulfil his LTW, I wanted to get an early start on it. They had a quick private wedding and he became Cycl0n3 T0wns3nd.





And whatever glitch was messing up his age immediately fixed itself and his age bar jumped forward to a few days off dying. Typical. Presumably this is Cycl0n3’s R3v3ng3 for not marrying him in sooner.

First things first, he and Monts took care of that whole ‘producing an heir’ thing:



Once chimes had been heard, he quickly dashed off the France to buy enough time to knock out Chess Legend. Good thing that wish is so easy.



Once he got home, he drank a Potent Cure Elixir, then ran off to find Monts to tell her about his new Grandmaster status. She was very impressed.



And then this happened. He’d only been home five minutes, and his age bar had only just filled up :(



So when Monts found out that she was pregnant, it all felt rather bittersweet.



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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #64 on: August 26, 2015, 01:43:40 PM »
I l0v3d this. So how are you playing the whole lifestates thing. If she has a fairy will the child be cured or will you wait until young adulthood?

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #65 on: August 26, 2015, 03:09:45 PM »
I l0v3d this. So how are you playing the whole lifestates thing. If she has a fairy will the child be cured or will you wait until young adulthood?

I've been doing some experimenting, and I'm starting to suspect it's the lifestate the parents are in when the kids are born, not conceived, that affects the kids' lifestate for some reason: I've recently had a sim become a witch partway through her pregancy and then produce a witch baby. But if I get occult offspring, I'll probably cure them.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #66 on: August 26, 2015, 03:37:39 PM »
Cycl0n3 T0wns3nd. *giggle* I l0v3d this too ;) really fun. Poor old Cycl0n3 passing away so soon after being married though. Especially after waiting for so long for such an event. lol
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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #68 on: August 27, 2015, 03:23:11 PM »
For some reason, 'Cycl0n3’s R3v3ng3' completely creased me up.  In fact, it still does.  There's just something about the word R3v3ng3  ;D

Poor, poor Montpelier.  Pregnant and widowed at such an early age  :'(

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...enough time to knock out Chess Legend. Good thing that wish is so easy.

On Planet Alex, maybe.  I hate that LTW with a passion.  It always takes me ages  >:(

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #69 on: August 27, 2015, 04:21:21 PM »
My problem with that LTW is all the sims who are just too busy, more like scared to lose!

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 26/8/15)
« Reply #70 on: August 27, 2015, 09:30:50 PM »
Poor old Cycl0n3 passing away so soon after being married though. Especially after waiting for so long for such an event. lol

Poor, poor Montpelier.  Pregnant and widowed at such an early age  :'(

I know :( I'm not sure whether I feel terrible for hooking them up at all, or whether to be pleased that Cycl0n3 at least got to get his LTW before he snuffed it. Poor, poor T0wns3nds, either way.

At least you don't have to keep typing Cycl0n3 now...

True dat :)

My problem with that LTW is all the sims who are just too busy, more like scared to lose!

On Planet Alex, maybe.  I hate that LTW with a passion.  It always takes me ages  >:(

Have you tried playing it in France? There are only a few French sims with the logic skill (only the Fouchiers, I think), so Cycl0n3 cycled between two opponents (Henri and Eveline, who are now young adults - Estelle would normally be an oppponent, but she's died). Neither of them left base camp while he was playing the other one, so he didn't have to wait around at all. I may just have been lucky, though. I certainly had the usual problems when I briefly tried playing in Sunset Valley.


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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 29/8/15)
« Reply #72 on: August 29, 2015, 11:32:47 AM »
Monts spent a lot of her pregnancy hanging out with the ghosts. Perhaps she was hoping to run into Cycl0n3, but he didn’t come out to haunt. Tally did, though.



Then one evening the sounds of screaming filled the house.



Oh yeah, there were these screams too:



When Pierre realised that his sister was actually trying to reach through her stomach to pull the baby out, he decided it was time to rush her to hospital. They got there just in time – Monts gave birth just as they got through the doors.



Yep, it’s twins. Jackson is evil and loves the heat. Lincoln is brave and loves the cold. Neither of them is a fairy.

In Cycl0n3’s absence, the rest of the Townsends have joined forces to look after them and tend to end up queuing up in the nursery.



With the house so full, Monts and Pierre began to discuss building a larger house. Monts was so tired out raising two infants that she decided to leave the details to Pierre. Now, where might an eccentric, childish sim want to live?



In addition to a moat and gargoyles, it’s got all the mod cons:





A banquet hall



Library



Formal drawing room



And a home wedding chapel. This is a legacy, after all.



Pierre made his room suitably spooky:



And there are bedrooms for the brave at heart...



...for the teen who is far too mature for lions and spiders...



...and for anybody who hasn’t had enough of castles yet.



Underground there are dingy dungeons for brewing potions nectar and chemicals, and there's rumoured to be a secret passageway or two.



By the time I’d finished building it, it was time for the twins to age up. They’d had a week (my time) as babies – a lot of my sims’ whole lives are shorter than that.

Here is toddler Jackson:



And Lincoln – far closer to lots of bottles of chemicals than any baby should be:



The Townsend hair’s still going strong, and they’ve both got Monts’ eye colour. This time Monts felt up to doing most of the childcare alone, although Grannapolis occasionally mucked in too.



There were a couple of birthdays. First Sacramento.



And yet again Pierre didn’t get a birthday to himself.



And then Grim came to visit, this time for Annie :(



I think her family were sad, although looking at these pictures, I’m not so sure:



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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 29/8/15)
« Reply #73 on: August 29, 2015, 02:28:47 PM »
By all means, if you intend to pull a baby through your abdominal wall, do so in the presence of a doctor.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 29/8/15)
« Reply #74 on: August 29, 2015, 05:48:48 PM »
Stunning house and stunning toddlers! And Pierre's bunny suit *snicker*
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