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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 29/8/15)
« Reply #76 on: August 30, 2015, 03:50:17 PM »
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...his sister was actually trying to reach through her stomach to pull the baby out

Ouch!  Also :D.

I love the name 'Grannapolis'.  In the unlikely event of an Annapolis turning up in the family, I'm totally stealing that :).

Do I detect Cycl0n3’s nose on both boys?

(Also, the finished version of the castle looks even better than the sneak preview  :D.)

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 31/8/15)
« Reply #77 on: August 31, 2015, 10:42:31 AM »
By all means, if you intend to pull a baby through your abdominal wall, do so in the presence of a doctor.

Well quite ;D

Stunning house and stunning toddlers!
The house is just amazing. I could totally live there  ;D

Thanks both (and Hazelnut) – I spent an inordinate amount of time on the castle, so glad the finished product looks okay :D

Do I detect Cycl0n3’s nose on both boys?

I fear so... :(



With Annie gone, Yves and Monts seemed to feel that skilling was the best way to cope. Each of them threw up wishes to max their current favourite skills: cooking for Yves, and charisma for Monts.





Pierre fell back on his usual hobby and played, but even pulling faces in the mirror seemed to remind him of his mum...



...in fact, the only thing that helped was trying to drown his sorrows – and Sacramento – in the bath.



(I kept catching Pierre trying to bath Sacramento – but usually I managed to cancel the action in time. It’s completely unnecessary as Sac’s bought himself a Pet Hygienator, but Pierre seems to find it enjoyable. Judging by the number of scratches Pierre’s been getting, I don’t think Sacramento agrees.)

Still, if there was one thing guaranteed to cheer them up, it was a birthday party:



Jackson (in yellow) has become my first Bot Fan, which is fine by me. Lincoln, however, has ruined a nice pair of baby traits by acquiring Mean-Spirited, which is the trait I hate most :(



With one twin being evil and the other mean-spirited, it was never going to be peaceful. Brave Lincoln never thinks much of Jackson’s evil plots, and he tends to fight back.



Jackson wanted to declare Lincoln a nemesis almost immediately, and the feeling seems to be entirely mutual.



This, naturally, makes life rather hellish for the adults in their lives (and their watcher). The trick seems to be to keep them separated. Sacramento is far more content to listen to Jackson’s plots than Lincoln, and as a budding Emperor of Evil, Jackson’s taking an interest in learning logic.





Lincoln isn’t really sure what he wants to do yet, so for the moment he’s taken to researching ways to harm his brother and then writing them down for posterity.





Yves escapes from his grandsons at work, and flatly refused to retire. One day, Grim was waiting after his shift.



His expression seemed oddly happy for a man about to have his soul reaped by a faceless ghost with a scythe. Is living with the twins really that bad? ???



The news of his death put a bit of a downer on the birthday party that was happening at home.



Pierre in particular seemed to be devastated, and keeps breaking down near family portraits.



The time finally came for the twins to get hormones and mood swings – oh joy.



Lincoln’s new trait is Unlucky, and Jackson is now Unstable. Real catches, these two...



They spent their birthday afternoon enjoying their newfound ability to fight each other:



And their birthday evening in time out.



(@KRae, I thought of you – this was only about half an hour after I left that comment about my sims never ending up in time out!)

Why do I get the feeling their teen years are going to be painful?

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 31/8/15)
« Reply #78 on: August 31, 2015, 11:20:35 AM »
Oh dear.  Whoever will you pick as heir?  :-\

As least the unstable trait means Jackson has a chance of replacing his bad traits with better ones.  Temporarily, anyway.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 31/8/15)
« Reply #79 on: August 31, 2015, 11:28:28 AM »
I got a case of the giggles when I read the teens newly gained traits. You need to find someone to marry one of these two? They look so dejected in time out.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 31/8/15)
« Reply #80 on: August 31, 2015, 11:58:22 AM »
Oh dear.  Whoever will you pick as heir?  :-\

As least the unstable trait means Jackson has a chance of replacing his bad traits with better ones.  Temporarily, anyway.

I got a case of the giggles when I read the teens newly gained traits. You need to find someone to marry one of these two? They look so dejected in time out.

Not often that the guy in the bunny suit can claim to be the most well-adjusted sim in the house... (Well, second most well-adjusted if you count the cat.) I have no idea how I'm ever going to marry off either of them!  ;D

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 31/8/15)
« Reply #81 on: August 31, 2015, 04:34:26 PM »
"Lincoln’s new trait is Unlucky, and Jackson is now Unstable. Real catches, these two..."  This made me laugh out loud... lol, so true! It's going to be interesting for sure!  ;D
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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 31/8/15)
« Reply #82 on: August 31, 2015, 05:36:28 PM »
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His expression seemed oddly happy for a man about to have his soul reaped by a faceless ghost with a scythe. Is living with the twins really that bad?

Apparently! I mean, look at the smile on his face  :o Nice to know you care, gramps...

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 1/9/15)
« Reply #83 on: September 01, 2015, 12:01:40 PM »
It's going to be interesting for sure!  ;D

I think so - just not in a good way.

Apparently! I mean, look at the smile on his face  :o Nice to know you care, gramps...

 :D In his defence, his life did mostly consist of telling them off.



If there’s a plus side to Jackson’s new Unstable trait, it’s that it gives him something to do besides beat up Lincoln.



Otherwise, I’ve gone back to the old standby of keeping them apart. Lincoln has been placed in charge of repairs and making all the new plumbing self-cleaning. He’s decided he wants to be an astronaut, although I’m not sure any self-respecting army would be desperate enough to want him in it.



Maybe it was the instability, but teenage Jackson vacillated constantly between good and evil. He always had at least two LTW suggestions among his wishes, but the most common were Emperor of Evil and International Super Spy. Whichever career he chooses athleticism and logic will help, so he’s been working on his athletic skill. (He can’t actually do International Super Spy as it was Annie’s LTW, but Perfect Mind, Perfect Body is free if he really does decide he wants to be an evil cop.)





Speaking of LTWs, all hail President Montpelier. First to congratulate her was a paparazzo in a very fetching outfit.



None of the humans in the family noticed so she had to be content with telling Sacramento. Let’s hope he doesn’t look too closely at some of the patterns on that uniform.



It’s birthday time again – and for the first time in his life Pierre got to have a birthday all to himself. Sadly, I am a horrible person and forgot to buy him a cake. Two out of three of his adoring family took the opportunity to laugh at his impending elderhood – although Monts would do well to remember that she’s not much younger.

(I’m not going to comment on Jackson and that chair except to say ouch.)



And the next day it was birthday time again.



Here’s the young adult Jackson. His new trait is frugal, to add to evil, loves the heat, bot fan and unstable. You really don’t want to get between this man and his energy-saving light bulbs. Ultimately he decided to leave law enforcement to the Blair Wainwrights of the world: he’s going to become the Dark Lord, preferably with an army of plumbot minions.



The real surprise is Lincoln. In addition to mean spirited, he’s become good. He’s the second Townsend to have that weird combination – Miraj also had it, and it was a pain in the neck. Miraj used to use it to lure his kids into thinking they were having a nice conversation, and then turn around and berate their ignorance. Knowing Lincoln, he’ll do something similar.



As has been pointed out, no woman in her right mind was going to move in with one of these two willingly. Which left a really obvious loophole. Jackson’s immediate thought was extortion – although kidnapping ought to work just as well.



Lincoln doesn’t have much in the way of scruples, but he wasn’t quite desperate enough to consider kidnapping just yet. Instead, he remembered a story his Uncle Pierre had once told him about a secret passageway hidden away beneath their dungeons. He’d never been desperate enough to go there before, but with the family's future at stake, he decided to have a look for it.



He found himself in a room full of what looked a lot like Boxwood, but felt much scarier.



Fortunately a conveniently placed floor switch produced fire, which wilted the shrubs sufficiently that he was able to escape into the next room.



He emerged into a room covered in keys. For a short while he wondered whether he was going to need to fly, but eventually noticed that one of the chests had silver keys on it, which matched the key panel in the room.







Lincoln had always hated chess – it was Jackson who was the criminal mastermind – but it turned out that this chess set required at least as much brawn as brains.



Much to his disgust, the next room contained riddles – he’d always been rubbish at those.



Still, with the threat of fire to motivate him, he eventually figured out which liquid would allow him to cross through the wall into the final room.



A quick conversation with a magic mirror later, and he found himself facing the answer to all his problems: the philosopher’s stone. What better way to bind some poor unsuspecting person to the household?



He still needed an urn, but kleptomaniac Topeka took care of that a long time ago. Welcome to the family, Lolita Goth. And, um, sorry about the housemates.





And that’s me outed as a massive Harry Potter nerd :D. Apologies to anybody who hasn’t read the first Harry Potter book and didn’t follow any of that – next chapter is back to your regularly scheduled simming.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 1/9/15)
« Reply #84 on: September 01, 2015, 12:59:03 PM »
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You really don’t want to get between this man and his energy-saving light bulbs.

*Giggles*

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As has been pointed out, no woman in her right mind was going to move in with one of these two willingly. Which left a really obvious loophole.

:D  Two, I think.  What about an insane (and preferably also evil) woman?

Loved the tomb - and Lolita's outfit :).

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 1/9/15)
« Reply #85 on: September 01, 2015, 01:02:44 PM »
:D  Two, I think.  What about an insane (and preferably also evil) woman?

I thought about that one - but they don't know any insane female sims  :(. Also, I'm not sure the insane trait alone would be enough to make somebody want to marry one of them.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 1/9/15)
« Reply #86 on: September 01, 2015, 02:39:52 PM »
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As has been pointed out, no woman in her right mind was going to move in with one of these two willingly. Which left a really obvious loophole. Jackson’s immediate thought was extortion – although kidnapping ought to work just as well.

Oh my  :o As a mystery buff, I am totally on board with this

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 1/9/15)
« Reply #87 on: September 01, 2015, 02:52:19 PM »
I loved this post so much, I can't even begin. It was all just that wonderful.

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« Reply #88 on: September 02, 2015, 04:38:18 PM »
Oh my  :o As a mystery buff, I am totally on board with this

Me too :D

I loved this post so much, I can't even begin. It was all just that wonderful.

*blush* Thank you ;D



Lincoln seemed absolutely determined to undermine my attempts to continue the legacy. I took my eye off him for one second to check on Pierre, and came back to find him yelling at Lolita:



Fortunately she’s a forgiving sort – and has traits that allow her to make romantic interests very swiftly (charismatic/hopeless romantic/great kisser). I got them to make things official quickly before she could realise what a very bad idea that was.







Just as I was doing a happy dance, Grim’s music started to play :'( Rest in peace, Sacramento. You were without question the sanest member of this household, and I’ll miss you.



At least he was kind enough to come out and haunt almost immediately.



The empty space in the family won’t be empty for long.



The leader of the free world became an elder, much to Lincoln's disdain. Interesting that the elder version of the uniform doesn’t have the Sacramento-print top.



Lolita’s been trying to take her mind off her new housemates by taking the chance to crack on with her lifetime wish, Golden Tongue, Golden Fingers. After making her reproduce with Lincoln, I figured that giving her the family guitar was the least I could do.



However, she’s going to have to take a short break:



This is Madison. She’s a light sleeper, and also evil – she’ll fit nicely into the madhouse.



And at home on the floor after a pathing error is her twin brother Salem, who is also a light sleeper and combines it with couch potato.



I really wish EA would fix the issue that makes parents take the baby back to the hospital after this sort of reset. Lincoln, you have a car, a limo, a broomstick and a bike, and Sunset Valley taxis are free –why would you walk back to the hospital?!



Once Lincoln and Salem got back home, and now that Lolita can fit in her wedding dress, the proud parents tested out the new wedding chapel.



Monts and Pierre seem to be losing it, judging by their choice of spot to view the wedding from.



Monts is delighted with her new grandchildren and never misses an opportunity to boast about them. Lolita was less than impressed – maybe she’d noticed that those photos look nothing like Maddy and Salem.



She’s going to need doting grandparents around to help, though: she’s expecting again.



At least the older ones will be somewhat mobile: they’ve aged up to toddler.



It took until generation 7, but I’ve finally got a sim with puke green hair, combined with Lolita’s grey eyes. Madison gets her colouring from Monts.



They were soon joined in the nursery by Harrisburg. Harry is eccentric, loves the heat, and either a baby or the imprint of a departed soul.



And Jackson has finally found somebody to try out his blackmail and bribery plot on. This is Jaime Avila, a repairwoman who deserves better. Jackson lured her in with the promise of diamonds and money...



...threatened her with death by flies if she didn’t agree to date him...



...and quickly sealed the deal before she could remember that that death only existed in Sims 2.



She certainly doesn’t seem very happy about the whole thing. Once Jackson went to work, I found her sitting and brooding into a flowerbed. Hopefully she’s plotting some sort of evil revenge.



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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 2/9/15)
« Reply #89 on: September 02, 2015, 05:20:48 PM »
Maybe it’s just my screen but Salem’s hair doesn’t look bad with the rest of his colouring and those clothes he’s wearing.

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And Jackson has finally found somebody to try out his blackmail and bribery plot on.

Oh Jackson, you’re such a ladykiller.  No, on second thoughts, I take that back.  He’s much too likely to take it literally  :P.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 2/9/15)
« Reply #90 on: September 02, 2015, 06:49:00 PM »
Subterfuge was definitely the way for these boys to go when obtaining a life partner. Those poor, poor women. Too bad, I have some girls in my legacy perfectly suited to them.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 4/9/15)
« Reply #91 on: September 04, 2015, 06:22:39 PM »
Maybe it’s just my screen but Salem’s hair doesn’t look bad with the rest of his colouring and those clothes he’s wearing.

You mean the manly lilac? ;) They do seem to go rather well.

Subterfuge was definitely the way for these boys to go when obtaining a life partner. Those poor, poor women. Too bad, I have some girls in my legacy perfectly suited to them.

I thought that when I was reading your story – shame they can’t meet, really.



With so many hands on deck, raising the twins was relatively straightforward...



...although I don’t think Salem liked Jackson’s contribution.



It got a bit hectic once Harry aged up, though. I’m really not a fan of the toddler stage, especially when there are three.





And Jackson’s started working on that Plumbot Army to make life even more difficult.



Fortunately the twins aged up to child before too long.



Salem is now shy. Maddy, in her quest to become even more obnoxious than her father, is now a technophobe.



Maybe Lincoln senses competition for the role of my Least Favourite in the House. Whatever the reason, he took his Mean-Spirited trait out for a spin. He hides that Good trait really well – his only positive relationship is with Harry, and that’s only because Harry’s too young to bully.



Still, he may be picking on the wrong child: this one’s even less nice than he is. At the moment she can only argue with him, but once she’s big enough I’m sure she’ll be delighted to beat him up properly.



He has found a use for being ‘Good’, though: it gives him new mean interactions.



While Madison gets some attention (even if it’s the bad kind), poor Salem gets ignored completely. Everybody seems to feel that he’s a big disappointment: when I thought somebody was finally being nice to him, it turns out that Monts was really reading him the recipe for Potent Personality Adjustor. I assume it’s a not-so-subtle hint: in this house, sims are not supposed to have nice traits.



To my relief, Harry’s taken a leaf out of Salem’s book and is also trying to bring shame on the family by being bearable. His new trait is lucky.



With a father, uncle and grandmother all queuing up to shout at them, and Maddy nearly as bad, I’ve got the kids busy skilling. Maddy is preparing to take over from Monts as the family portrait painter since she doesn’t like anything involving electricity. Couch potato Salem is learning to write, and Harry is lurking down in the dungeons trying his hand at inventing.





In the meantime, since the kids aren’t really using the toys, Lolita has stepped in to make sure the toys don’t feel unloved.



And then one of the few bearable Sims in the household left it :( Rest in peace, Pierre and Bunny Suit.



(I felt very bad for laughing at this while Pierre was busy dying, but Salem managed to cheer me up, albeit unintentionally.)



Now that there’s a free spot in the household, Jackson filled it with his new minion. This is Olympia – she’ll be taking Sacramento’s old spot as The Only Townsend That Doesn’t Drive Me Crazy.



See? Her first action was to autonomously be more useful than the rest of the household put together.



And I’m going to close on a mass birthday party, since both sets of twins aged up on the same day – Lincoln and Jackson to fully-fledged adults, and Madison and Salem to teens.



This birthday seems to be brought to you by the Pets expansion: Salem’s new trait is Animal Lover, and Madison’s is Cat Person. Given her Evil trait, Cat Person seems rather apt: I might have to get her a fluffy white kitten to stroke while she plots evil deeds.



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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 4/9/15)
« Reply #92 on: September 04, 2015, 08:25:24 PM »
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...and quickly sealed the deal before she could remember that that death only existed in Sims 2.

Lol  ;D

I love the name "Salem." It's one of the names I have on my list for my random town jump (the name theme is places).

RIP Pierre! I shall miss you and your bunny suit.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 4/9/15)
« Reply #93 on: September 05, 2015, 03:39:43 AM »
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Everybody seems to feel that he’s a big disappointment: when I thought somebody was finally being nice to him, it turns out that Monts was really reading him the recipe for Potent Personality Adjustor. I assume it’s a not-so-subtle hint: in this house, sims are not supposed to have nice traits.

Poor Salem.  I think he's my favourite of the kids at this point.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 4/9/15)
« Reply #94 on: September 05, 2015, 04:01:15 AM »
Harry as a ghost toddler was very cute. RIP Pierre.
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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 4/9/15)
« Reply #95 on: September 05, 2015, 10:51:29 AM »
I agree about Harry, just adorable. And, wow, some kids with decent traits. What's this sim world coming to.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 5/9/15)
« Reply #96 on: September 05, 2015, 04:28:55 PM »
I love the name "Salem." It's one of the names I have on my list for my random town jump (the name theme is places).

I must have watched too much Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but Salem makes me think of sarcastic talking cats :)

Poor Salem.  I think he's my favourite of the kids at this point.


I’m pleased somebody likes the poor kid – his family certainly don’t.

Harry as a ghost toddler was very cute. RIP Pierre.
I agree about Harry, just adorable.

Harry says thank you :)

And, wow, some kids with decent traits. What's this sim world coming to.

I know! Weird, isn’t it?



Monts found a very effective way to spoil the mass birthday :(



So when Lolita aged up the following day, nobody was really in the mood for more cake and she aged up naturally.



Aside from deaths and birthdays, the big news is that Jackson has become Emperor of Evil. Oh dear. He was very pleased and rushed home to tell his minion over a leisurely game of chess.



And with his LTW complete, they moved out into Providence’s old house. Being evil, Jackson won’t mind the lack of windows, although Olympia might.



Harry’s also had a birthday and joined his siblings at high school. He’s become a Computer Whiz.



Like his namesake, he’s very good at Quidditch.
 


He’s also continued with inventing, and is getting fairly good.



Incidentally, on my first attempt to get that screenshot the dungeon was still loading and Harry showed up opaque – this is what he looks like.



Meanwhile, Salem has taken up alchemy, although he isn’t very good at it and keeps creating noxious fumes instead of elixirs. He has maxed the alchemy career, though – not that that’s saying much.



Madison has selected Renaissance Sim as her LTW. Her favourite skill at the moment is befouling the castle with spray paint...



...although she’s also showing great talents at contortion.



Though it’s hard to tell, this is a picture of Lincoln becoming an astronaut and achieving his own LTW. He reset immediately after I took this, so I missed the 30K point screenshot.



While he's conned his boss into thinking he's an upstanding member of society, really he’s still a git and likes nothing better than insulting his offspring.



Speaking of his offspring, the twins’ young adult birthday rolled around. That weird yellow splodge in the middle is Harry attempting to stab Lolita using only his head.



Just as I thought Salem might make a nice heir, he rolled Hot Headed. I didn’t think much of any of his lifetime wish choices, but Fairy Tale Finder was the best of a bad bunch.



Madison, however, rolled Genius, to go with Evil, Technophobe, Cat Person and Light Sleeper. I think I rather like her :) She’s joined the Medical career, partly because she’s been working on her logic skill anyway, and partly because Lolita’s got a massive wish to see her reach level 5. I pity her poor patients.



She found herself a fluffy white kitten listed for adoption, and so Albany has joined the household.



She’s working hard on painting and street art. Her third skill will be either gardening or logic, depending on which she maxes first.



Salem continues to suck at alchemy.



However, he has managed to befriend a unicorn, although hasn’t persuaded her to join the household yet.



Lolita has become a Star News Anchor. She seemed rather pleased.



And Harry had his young adult birthday...



...and he’s got another good trait! :) He’s added Angler to Loves the Heat, Eccentric, Lucky and Computer Whiz. His LTW is the Perfect Private Aquarium one.



I’m not too sure who to select as heir now – although I don’t think it’ll be Salem. Any thoughts?

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 5/9/15)
« Reply #97 on: September 05, 2015, 05:17:33 PM »
I like Harry, though he seems a bit normal except for the whole ghost thing. The old head stab is a classic.

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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 5/9/15)
« Reply #98 on: September 05, 2015, 08:51:13 PM »
Team Harry *waves flag*
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Re: The Townsend Legacy (updated 5/9/15)
« Reply #99 on: September 06, 2015, 05:06:55 AM »
I forgot to ask after the last update:  did you pick that yellow body for Olympia because it’s Jackson’s favourite colour (I assume) or was it just coincidence?  As you can probably tell, I know almost nothing about bot-building  :-\.

OK, I’ve gone off Salem.  You’ve had enough of Sims in that family picking fights for no reason.  I just went back and checked his other traits.  They’re a really odd combination, aren’t they?

Madison would make a great Empress of Evil.  It’s a pity Jackson got there first.

Harry looks as though he’s got a split personality somehow: angler/loves the heat vs. eccentric/lucky/computer whiz.  Maybe he could stand outside, fishing with one hand and upgrading computers with the other  ;).  He’d make a good heir, apart from the whole ‘Ew! A ghost!” thing but on the whole I think I prefer Madison :o.  She just seems more interesting.

By the way, I love the name Albany for a white cat.