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Re: With a Twist-McCloud Kids Gotta Skill, Dec. 16
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:15:07 PM »
Ok, I had this crazy idea.  Typical ID rules, PLUS no buying anything that you couldn't get from the kiosk in Granite Falls, or via the computer.   Everything from build mode is ok.  Anything you get from job related ploys is ok.  Anything you build or gather is ok.  The ONLY items you can buy in buy mode are a mail box, a trash bin of your choice, a child art table and child science table.  Stealing is ok if your Sim has klepto.
In other words, anything you can do other than go into buy mode is ok.  Just follow the normal ID rules plus this little twist.  I'll be posting what I've done so far soon.
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Re: With a Twist
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2016, 06:16:01 PM »
  Links after the *** will be listed with the most recent one on top so it is all reverse order.


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Gotta Skill Chapter 54

McCloud Kids FTW  Chapter 53

Dem Bones Chapter 52

Farewell Dear Dax Chapter 51

First Visit to San M Chapter 50
Bridget Chapter 49
Another Good Day  Chapter 48
Preggers Chapter 47
News![url=http://Chapter 46
[url=http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=26316.msg452997#msg452997]Soul Mate Date] Chapter 46
[url=http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=26316.msg452997#msg452997]Soul Mate Date
Chapter 45
A Scary Moment Chapter 44
Birthdays Again Chapter 43
Dina Comes to VisitChapter 42
Pollinating Newbie Chapter 41
To Heal a Broken Heart Chapter 40
Heartbreak Chapter 39
Don's Farewell Chapter 37
Double Wedding  Chapter 36
He Proposed Chapter 35
Happy Times Chapter 34
Deep Woods Chapter 33
I Do  Chapter 32
The Big Question  Chapter 31
It Was A Dark, Dark, Night Chapter 30
First Date
Tastes Like Chicken Chapter 28
New Old Man Chapter 27
Teens No More  Chapter 26
Changes  Chapter 25
Portraits Chapter 24
Vacay? Really? Chapter 23
Don's Day Chapter 22
Venkat's Daughter Chapter 21
Aging But Not Too Old Chapter 20
Get Down Tonight Chapter 19
Gone Fishin'  Chapter 18
Celebrate August3 Chapter 17
A Fond Farewell[/url Chapter 16
[url=http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=26316.msg448614#msg448614]Lady in Waiting
Chapter 15
They're Still Watching Chapter 14
Skillin' and Chillin' Chapter 13
The Debbil Made Me Do It  Chapter 12
Just Another Day  Chapter 11
Twin Adventures  Chapter 10
Surprise April 21  Chapter 9
Gym-nastics  Chapter 8
House Tour  Chapter 7
Wedding Bells  Chapter 6
Wedding Plans and More  Chapter 5
She Said Yes  Chapter 4
Girl of My Dreams  Chapter 3
Where Am I?  Chapter 2
Prologue- Mists of Time Chapter 1



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Re: With a Twist
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2016, 06:16:54 PM »
Stats and Thoughts/Plans

First of all, I copied Rica's format for stats with slight variations.  Thank you, Rica for a great way of keeping track without a spread sheet!  (I don't do spreadsheets)!

The following is a big "maybe".  I'm hoping to be able to follow my thinking/planning in this but as I've said before, I'm not a good strategist.  My thanks to my "mentors", Playalot and NJ for all their help, not to mention great stories. 

As you may notice, I'm more or less planning careers based on the rewards in order to build a bigger, better, house without the use of buy mode.  Although I've temporarily plotted out some careers, etc. I may switch things around depending on need and where we're at. I've already obtained several items thanks to the Connections ploy and the careers my helpers have, (OOOPS, was that a spoiler?), but there are many things I'll need or want that I may, or may not get via cloning.  Taking no chances, I will look for the following via career rewards:

1. Rocket Ship and cool chair  this is a maybe  Astronaut career

2. ZenXercise  Machine  Body Builder Career lvel 6 so it's doable for my favorite helper Don Lothario  Done 

Also treadmill from the Professional Athlete branch. Done

3. Business career offers the best office/library stuff ever at lvls 7-10, desk, office chair, guest chair and bookcase

4. Complete kitchen from Culinary chef (founder) and bar from mixologist, (spouse)
   Done

5. Cloning machine, Wormhole generator, Satellite dish, Sim ray from Scientist career
possibly from helper or heir Also gave several focus items such as overhead lights and rocket statue. Done

6.  Possibly the punching bag from Criminal Career  or one of the Astronaut sections

7.  Bed and easels from Painter Career Done

8.  Sofa, huge tv and gaming thing from Tech Guru career Sofa and Game pad done

In my stories I often put bits of things from shows I watch on tv, movies, books I love, skills I have, performers I like and music I like.  Just letting you see a bit of my personality and to see if you caught the references.

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Founder: Kieran McCloud
Traits: Foodie, Loves the Outdoors, Kleptomaniac

Spouse:  Dina Caliente
Traits: Active, Ambitious, Romantic

Helpers:  Don Lothario (pollinator par excellence, artist, Athlete career)
              Venkat Eastman (reluctant gardener possible pollinator, unemployed)
              Austin Naylor (reluctant fisherman, possible pollinator, Scientist career)

[X ] 1 Career: Culinary (Chef)  Maxed lvl10

[X ] 2 Aspirations:
1. Master Chef  (done)
2. Leader of the Pack (done)

[X ] 3 Skills: (Maxed)
1. Cooking
2. Gourmet Cooking
3. Handiness

[ X] 4  Unique Rewards:
1. Hardly Hungry
2. Stove and Grill Master
3. Instant Fun Potion
4. Always Welcome

[ X] 5 Gold Medal Parties: (COMPLETED)
1. Date,
2. Wedding,
3. Dinner Party
4. House Party
5. Birthday Party

[X ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF)
A. Aislyn McCloud
B.Airynn McCloud
C. Dina Caliente McCloud BFF
D. Don Lothario
E. Donnel Rosa
F.  Jessica Najera

[X ] 7 Emotional Whims: (COMPLETED)
1. Hug Someone (Happy),
2.Tell Self Deprecating Joke (Embarrassed),
3.Make A Drink (Inspired),
4.Ask on Date (Flirty)
5.Tell Unbelievable Story (Confident),
6.Take A Shower (Tense)
7. Upgrade and Object (Focused)

[X ] 8 Museum Pieces: 8 Camping Mascot Sculptures Value $12,000 Portrait by Don Lothario AND Aislyn McCloud Value $2,769

2nd Gen: Aislyn McCloud
Traits: Creative, Art Lover, Cheerful

[X] Child Aspiration(s): Completed
1. Artistic Prodigy
2. Social Butterfly
3.  Whiz Kid
4.  Rambunctious Scamp

[X] A in Grade School
[X ] A in High School

[X ] 1 Career: Artist - Patron of the Arts branch (no buy, need the bed) DONE

[X ] 2 Unique Aspirations:
1.Painter Extraordinaire DONE
2. Outdoor Enthusiast DONE

[X ] 3 Skills:
1. Painting, Maxed lvl 10
2. Violin  (completed as child) Maxed lvl 10
3. Herbalism Maxed lvl 10

[X ] 4 Unique Rewards:
1. Creative Visionary
2. Marketable
3. Steel Bladder
4. InstaLarge

[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
1. Date
2. Wedding
3. Birthday
4. Incognito Party
5.

[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

[X ] 7 Emotional Whims:
1. Happy: Hug Someone
2. Inspired:  Play an Instrument
3. Focused: Create Mathematical diagram on an easel
4. Confident: Practice Speaking in a Mirror
5. Sad: Cry It Out
6. Flirty:  Kiss Someone
7. Energized:  Send energized text

[X ] 8 Museum Pieces:  Portrait by Don Lothario  Value $1,611
Eight Masterpiece Paintings Total Value:

Twin Sister: Airynn McCloud
Traits: Creative
Child Aspirations: Completed
1. Social Butterfly
2. Artistic Prodigy
3. Rambunctious Scamp
4. Whiz Kid

Grade School: A
High School: A
Career: Writer

3rd Gen: Bridget McCloud
Traits: Cheerful, Geek, Loves the Outdoors

[ ] Child Aspiration:
1.Whiz Kid
2.
3.
4.

[ ] A in Grade School
[ ] A in High School

[ ] 1 Career:  Scientist

[ ] 2 Aspirations:
1. Nerd Brain
2. Curator

[ ] 3 Skills:
1.
2.
3.

[ ] 4 Rewards:
1. Focused Potion
2. Speed Reader
3.
4.

[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
[ ] 7 Emotional Whims:
[ ] 8 Museum Pieces:

4th Gen:
Traits: Creative, Music Lover,

[ ] Child Aspiration:
1. Artistic Prodigy
2.
3.
4.

[ ] A in Grade School
[ ] A in High School

[ ] 1 Career: Writer - Journalist Branch (need the bookcase)

[ ] 2 Aspirations:
1. Best Selling Author
2.

[ ] 3 Skills:
1.Writing
2.
3.

[ ] 4 Rewards:
1. Inspired Potion
2. Great Story Teller
3. Professional Slacker
4.

[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
[ ] 7 Emotional Whims:
[ ] 8 Museum Pieces:

5th Gen:
Traits: Outgoing,
[ ] Child Aspiration: Whiz Kid
[ ] A in Grade School
[ ] A in High School
[ ] 1 Career: Business Management Career Branch
[ ] 2 Aspirations: Popularity Aspiration, undecided which one
[ ] 3 Skills: Charisma, Logic
[ ] 4 Rewards:
[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
[ ] 7 Emotional Whims:
[ ] 8 Museum Pieces:

6th Gen:
Traits:
[ ] Child Aspiration:
[ ] A in Grade School
[ ] A in High School
[ ] 1 Career:
[ ] 2 Aspirations:
[ ] 3 Skills:
[ ] 4 Rewards:
[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
[ ] 7 Emotional Whims:
[ ] 8 Museum Pieces:

7th Gen:
Traits:
[ ] Child Aspiration:
[ ] A in Grade School
[ ] A in High School
[ ] 1 Career:
[ ] 2 Aspirations:
[ ] 3 Skills:
[ ] 4 Rewards:
[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
[ ] 7 Emotional Whims:
[ ] 8 Museum Pieces:

8th Gen:
Traits:
[ ] Child Aspiration:
[ ] A in Grade School
[ ] A in High School
[ ] 1 Career:
[ ] 2 Aspirations:
[ ] 3 Skills:
[ ] 4 Rewards:
[ ] 5 Gold Medal Parties:
[ ] 6 Good Friends(1 Unique BFF):
[ ] 7 Emotional Whims:
[ ] 8 Museum Pieces:
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Re: With a Twist - Mists of Time
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2016, 06:17:40 PM »
The night was dark.  Darker than one would think when thinking about night.  No moon.  Stars hidden by the forest, thick with trees.  No heavenly light shone down.  It was a perfect night for plans and plots.  Even a perfect night for ..................

"Come sisters, come!  The time is right.  We must gather and work our will or all will be lost!"



"Cut your blathering Githa Ogg!  Nought will be lost.  We're all to be immortalized by yon eld fule, Pratchett be the name. "

"I've brought the tea, and some grog.  Oh, and the herbs and wossit you wanted."

"Magrat, ye best have it all.  Eye of newt?  Frog sweat?  No?  How many times have I got to tell you witches don't do "tea"?  We do potions and spells and brew."



"Leave off Esme.  She's done her best.  What brought us here tonight?  Our Maisy is needing me at home."

"Gather round then.  Magrat, light the fire.  Githa, you're the hope for the future to come, so over here then."



"It's time.  By the flame and the forest.  By the wind and the rock.  By the past and the future.  By water and earth.  We summon thee."



The flames of the fire roared higher and higher till the thought of a major forest fire was definitely on the minds of the three gathered below.  Magrat never did get these things sorted right, Esme thought.  What were the three of them doing in the middle of the night, in the wind and cold, when they all should be snug in their beds?  Her old bones and white kitten, You,  just wouldn't let her sleep.  It was time for sure.  Time to wake a Watcher.

"Well, that's it then.  Spot of grog before we go?"



"You did well, Magrat.  The eye of Newt was a nice touch."

"Thank you, Granny.  Tea?"

"Aye.  And a bit of yon cake as well."



The mists rolled in, and out of them a voice could be heard.  No, not THE Voice.  Just a very irritated voice.  This was NOT how this story was to begin.  It was all supposed to be all spooky and mystic.  There was to be hills full of wild mountain thyme growing all around the blooming heather.  There was to be savage rampaging and burning of cots and a desperate mother calling out for her child to be saved.  There was to be.....ah.  Yes.  And so there was.  I was there.  I took the child, the one who should not have been born.  Vengeance had been called for.  A family betrayed.  A dynasty lost. 

As the years rolled by the child grew and passed the tale down to his child who passed it down to his.  On and on through the generations and seasons.  Someone would come.  Someone would finally be the right one.  The one to heal the wounds.  From poverty to wealth the new dynasty would be forged.  Immortality would finally be achieved and all the pain, betrayal and loss forgiven and forgotten.  If he were worthy.

W:  You gotta be kidding me!  This guy is it?







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Re: With a Twist
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2016, 11:45:08 PM »
Oh my... you are so very very brave... and I can't WAIT!!!

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Re: With a Twist
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2016, 10:59:48 AM »
OoooO!  This should be awesome!  Can't wait to read!

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Re: With a Twist
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2016, 03:00:34 PM »
Yes! Looking forward to seeing how you play with no buy mode =D
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Re: With a Twist-Mists of Time April 7
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2016, 02:43:39 PM »
Cool prologue!  Right up my alley, I love that sort of thing.  I like your writing voice, and the old fashioned speak they used!  hehe.  I'm with Nettlejuice - interested to see how it goes.  I look at my sims and figure they'd be pretty miserable having to earn their luxuries.  Then again, they are spoiled.
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Re: With a Twist-Mists of Time April 7
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 03:03:45 PM »
Fangirling so much! Nanny Ogg is my favourite Discworld character. I love the set up and what a hottie you have as the founder.
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Re: With a Twist-Mists of Time April 7
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2016, 05:09:29 PM »
So much to love in your prologue!
And the founder is very cute/adorable in a way that is new to you!

So many fabulous stories on the forum now--I wish I had my own reserve of moodlet solvers!

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Re: With a Twist-Mists of Time April 7
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2016, 05:29:30 PM »
Ooo!  What a handsome gent!

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2016, 04:44:30 PM »
Thank you everyone!  Right now I am on try number SIX!  It took me that long to figure out I had to prioritize and what those priorities might be. DUH!  Smacked head for forgetting the obvious.  The difficulty I have with any game play is I get distracted and wander off on another track, losing Sim time that should have been spent on the main focus.  I like to gather things.  I like to garden.  I like to fish.  I like to go to the library.  I like to introduce myself to people and figure out if they'd be worthy of my story.  etc. etc. etc.  Finally I said, "NJ would NOT be doing this!"  (NJ is my hero as far as strategies go.)  Plus, I really want this to be a story and not just the same old stuff I always write.  I'm not a writer so this part is even tougher than the strategy part!  I'm a builder, not a writer.  A builder with no money and no chance to use build mode!!!  Worse, a player who forgets to take screenshots during important, non-staged moments.  Yikes!  Soooooo, so far here's what I got.........
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The mists rolled away slowly as the rising sun warmed the lush landscape.  The air smelled so good, so fresh, and the sounds of bird song and rushing water could be heard.  Somewhere in the distance the gentle tolling of a buoy let all know where the shallows and hidden rocks were.  A sound just sweet and mellow, blending in well into the peaceful ambience.  In a sweet smelling grassy meadow, a young man was just awakening.  It must just be a dream he thought.  No one sleeps in a field of flowers when they've a busy day at work to begin.  Stretching, he rose, rubbing the sleep from his eyes.

"What the frell!?"



"This can't be real.  You gotta be kidding me!  Where the heck am I and how did I get here?  Must be some misbegotten joke of those bozos I live with.  When I get back and get my hands on them!......Wait a minute.......WHERE am I and WHERE is back?"

"It's ok, Kieran.  Everything is ok.  It's just the ........"

"Oh my Plumbob!!  Now I'm hearing things as well.  That's it.  I cracked up.  Off my nut.  Round the bend.  Nutsoid city."

"You're fine.  You are NOT crazy.  You......."

" Oh no, you don't!  This is some prank.  Show yourself! When I get my hands on....."

"SHUT UP!  If you'd just shut it for a few microts I'd be able to explain."

"Right.  Now the voice is telling me to shut up.  Ok, I'll play.  Shutting.  Now explain if you can."

(heavy sigh.... I just KNEW this wasn't going to be easy......Why do I get myself in these messes?....Ok, first of all, as I said, you are NOT insane and this is not your family or friends' idea of a joke.  Well, in a way it's sort of a joke, but it's a cosmic joke.  It all started many eons and many generations of McCleods ago.  There were clan wars, betrayal, a child that should not have been born, all kinds of stuff.  Anyway, the Witches of Lancre got together and decided enough was enough.  It was all interfering with what was going on in their Discworld and they needed the timeline cleaned up.   Just before the last battle, when your entire clan was wiped out, they called up someone they call the Watcher.  That's me.  Really, I was supposed to be the Kelda of a clan of WFM, that's Wee Free Men, but they found someone else for the job, turned me into a Big Job and set me to Watching your entire past, present and future.  Lemme tell ya, it's no picnic.  I've spent eons watching your group."

"Yadda, yadda, yadda.  Can you just get to the point, as in what is happening with ME?"

"Patience, Jack Axe, patience!  I'm getting to it.  So for hundreds of years your ancestors tried and tried to remove the curse that has been laid on your family.  That child that wasn't supposed to be born?  He was given into the hands of the McCloud family, in an entirely different world.  Sounds the same, but spelled differently from the original, in the hopes that the child would survive and spawn a new generation whose duty would be said curse removal.  So far, after many tries,  no luck.  So me boyo, now it's your turn.  You get to be the one to do the job with my help.    You get to be the curse breaker and restore your line to fame and fortune and immortal life.  Got it?"

"Got what?  Show yourself!!!  Crivens!!  I'm supposed to listen to some disembodied voice telling me I've got to be some sort of hero who will right the wrongs of generations and ..........wait.......what was that about immortal life?"

(even heavier sigh)  "Ok.  You and me, we're a team.  I help you as much as I can, but you get to do most of the work.  There are rules you have to follow, eight of them as a matter of fact, and no deviating from them or breaking them.  You will have to find a spouse and have an heir, and this must continue on for eight generations.  When the final generation has successfully met the conditions and followed the rules, the curse will be broken.  You can find all the rules clearly stated in a place called Carl and Pam's the Sims Forum. Read them and follow closely.  If you refuse to do all this, you will wind up in a Sim bin and probably will never be heard from again.  Got it?  Oh, and there is one itty bitty but ever so crucial extra clause.  You can't even buy anything, except for a trash bin, a mail box if one is not provided, and a few child items, an art table and a science table, maybe a stuffed animal and/or a doll house, all from buy mode.  Enough to be the $1,000 you have to spend for one of the spots in the family aspiration.  No furniture though, except for a bassinet.  You must earn, steal, or somehow finagle your way to financial excellence, a marvelous mansion and a family museum as well as following the eight rules.  And you get to start right here, in this big empty field, and right now.  You've got a small amount of cash so if I were you I'd get busy."

*reads forum rules*  "I just don't know.  I guess I really don't have much of a choice.  Ok, first of all, a better place to live other than an open field.  No one wants to marry someone who doesn't even have a place to sleep."

Picking up his phone, Kieran dialed up a day of vacation.  Rules said he could spend his money buying stuff in Deep Woods, or maybe in one of the stores in the Magnolia shopping area, so it was time to begin.  The last thing he remembered was his shipmates in Barnacle Bay and the rough life he had there.  Guess it's time to rough it once again, but this time HE would be in charge, and no stinkin' pirate boss to tell him what to do.  Maybe, considering that "Watcher" person was invisible, he could get away with a lot she'd never know about.  The taxi arrived promptly and off he went.



"Ok, as vacations go this is kinda weird but not so bad.  A little fishing, gathering some veg, maybe make a coupl'a sculptures.  I can do a lot in a day if I put my mind to it.  Yep.  This is not going to be so bad.  Bonus, no pirates yelling "aaaarrrrrgggghhh" at me and demanding more grog."

Back home once again, Kieran planted the vegetables he had gotten and surveyed his little domain.  Not too shabby after all.  A couple of bushes for bodily functions, veggies starting to grow, a few beds and tents.  Yep, it was looking good.  Of course he was darned near broke, but he'd manage.  After all, a good thief can always make a living when he needs to.



Next, make some friends and find a wife!

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2016, 05:01:37 PM »
Joria!  This sounds like a lot of fun.  I'm not sure I could do it which just makes you a hero in my book.   

Kieran is a very handsome founder and I'm sure with you behind the wheel he'll have no trouble finding him a good wife.
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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2016, 05:16:59 PM »
Oh wow!  Sooo cool!  Loving this so much, Joria!

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2016, 05:59:35 PM »
You need to take that back---you certainly are a writer. Loved the opening paragraph!

Is Kieran modeled after a sim you played in TS3? (You mentioned Barnacle Bay...)

Ooooh, you made him a klepto!  This is going to be so much fun, Joria!  ;D

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2016, 07:09:14 PM »
Love the name Kieran.  Seems like you're quite the writer to me.  I was kind of surprised to get to the end, look back and see only 3 screenshots.  Captivating!
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Re: With a Twist-Girl of My Dreams April 10
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2016, 02:19:06 AM »
"Kieran.  Kieran.  KIERAN!!!  WAKE UP!  No time to be reading the Wilderness Digest dude.  You've got to get a wiggle on."

"For pities sake, Watcher, give a guy a break why dontcha?"

"No time.  One of my jobs is to keep you motivated and moving.  Now, have you got your priorities sorted?  Next step is what?"


"Yes, everything is sorted.  Well, sort of.  I'm not a strategist you know.  Just a poor ex-very-reluctant-pirate/slash/slave/slash/whatever they needed at the moment.  Actually, I'm kinda glad you rescued me.  You know I was shanghaied, right?  Out and about in a really nice sea side town and the next thing you know, out cold and waking up on the smelliest sea going vessel ever.  Then, off to Barnacle Bay where I was supposed to marry some captain's witch of a daughter.  So you really saved my bacon.  I owe ya one."

"Good.  Pay back starts with you finding a wife and making friends, not necessarily in that order.  If I were you I'd head to the town library and read up on how to make friends.  It's called Charisma for Dummies or something like that.  Should make it easier since you have zero great personality traits."

"On it.  I'll just visit this bush for a sec and be gone."

True to his word, our hero hopped a cab and was off to do some reading at the local library.  No library card or pass required!  It was a pretty cool looking house sort of place.  Even had a kiddie area and a place for a quick nosh if you brought along some food.  Watching him read was an exercise in patience.  Did the Watcher pick the right guy?  Was that goofy grin just his smile or was he as simple minded as he looked?



"Aha!!  So that's how it's done!



Maybe it was the musty, dusty, smell of too many books in too small a space but most of the folks there, and there weren't very many, didn't seem all that friendly and definitely were NOT wife material.  After a quick break in the rest room and a bit of grilling hot dogs in the park, he decided this was not the place to find what he needed.  Next stop, the new gym in town.  It had space for his tent, a place to cook and everything a young man, or woman, might need to be able to survive on a jobless budget.  Plus, most of the attractive young ladies would show up sooner or later and he could work some on his abs. 



The gym was actually quite a surprise.  It really was set up in such a way that any would could really stay there indefinitely.  Bonus was it was teeming with some very lovely ladies, some of whom seemed just exactly his type.  Lots of blondes, and for now, he was definitely into blondes.  He got invited to join a yoga class, whatever that was, and so joined in.  Why not?  Might be a chance to meet the girl of his dreams.



That cutie in the hallway definitely was worth checking out.  Unfortunately, she had some rather negative traits.  Nothing dreadful in the normal way, but not perfect.  Too bad.



"Watcher I do not appreciate you taking pictures of me in that silly pose.  Lay off!"

*snickers*  "At least you're on the right track hon.  Keep looking.  I want you finding someone before the night is out."

The blonde didn't work.  Nice girl, very pretty but two kleptos in one family could be a disaster.  The red head was a really sweet girl, although she had the habit of stalking folks.  Her traits were great and she wasn't bad on the eyes.  Unfortunately, she was married to a guy named Bob Pancakes.  Whoever named someone "Pancakes"?  At least she was willing to join his club.  Oh, did we not mention that?  Clubs are very important in this story.  At least if you want things to move along.  Kieran and Eliza spent some time watching clouds and getting to know one another.  Nice to have some friends already.



After a quick shower, he spotted what had to be the sweetest little strawberry blonde ever.  She was sitting by herself in the lounge area, looking kind of helpless.  Kieran sauntered over and sat down, introducing himself very politely.

"Hello there.  My name's Kieran.  Kieran McCloud.  New in town and just getting to meet folks.  And you are?......."

(What, is he some kind of perv?  I mean, approaching me wearing nothing but that towel!  Should I respond?  Guess it's safe enough.  Some pretty big guys in here that would help me if needed.)  "Dina.  Dina Caliente.  Nice to meet you, Mr. McCloud.  I'm sure you're going to love it here.  Do you have a job?  Know anyone else?"



"No job yet.  I need to get connected first.  Yes, I've met a really nice guy.  Trainer.  Name is Don Lothario.  Do you know him?"

"Donnie?  He's our room mate.  Yeah, he's pretty cool.  My Mom and sister have the hots for him but he doesn't want to settle down.  Plays the field."

"That's not for me.  I'm the serious, meet the right girl and get married type.  Say, have you been cloud gazing lately?  Would you like to join me?  I mean, if it's ok.  I'm pretty harmless and I'd love to get to know you better."

And so they did.



Later that evening Don invited him out and about, get to know the town and folks there.  They took some time to visit the local pub together and talk things over.  Don was a very good listener and had some great ideas to share.

"Thanks for joining my club Don.  I think we'll have some great times together.  Oh, and did I tell you I met the girl of my dreams?  She's gorgeous, sweet, a good cook, and a bod that just won't stop.  I'm in love.  She's the one for me so don't be surprised if I invite you to a wedding soon."



"So who's the lucky lady?"

"Funny thing.  She's your roommate."

"WHAT?!!!  Not that hot headed red head?"

"No.  Strawberry blonde one.  Dina is her name.  I am well and truly smitten."

"Oh!  Yeah, Dina's all right.  Actually they all are.  I tell ya Kieran, nothing like living in a house full of women to make you want to stay single.  I mean, I like women, heck, truth be known, I LOVE women.  Just not on anything permanent.  You sure you're gonna do the right thing?  I mean, it's a pretty serious commitment and it's for life."

"Exactly what I want.  You see, I've got this "voice" that bosses me around, and......"

"A Watcher?  You're a Watched Sim?  DUDE!  I know all about that kind of trouble.  Well, good luck to you, my man.  I'm here for ya if ya need anything."

"Thanks, Don.  Well, think I'll head back and set up my tent.  Need a good night's sleep.  See ya tomorrow, dude."

Kieran grabbed a midnight snack of a grilled cheese sandwhich he had made earlier.  It was still pretty tasty even cold.  Then, it was off to sleep, another hard day facing him tomorrow.



"Night, Watcher."

"Night, Kieran.  You did good."

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2016, 03:29:14 AM »
Ahahahahaha! Loved his chat with Don. I really love how you bring them to life. Truly!

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2016, 04:17:09 AM »
Brilliant @Joria . You  are SO brave attempting this with even more restrictions; Can't wait to see how you get on, I hope it works!  Totally love the shot of Kieran in that silly pose  ;D

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2016, 05:16:03 AM »
Ah, Joria, you give me too much credit. Even with my strategies I have failed so often  ::) The McCleods/McCloud sounds so familiar, I may have to go digging through the TS3 stories. So pleased Eliza didn't meet Keiran's requirements and yes, Dina, you know how much I love her <3 I'm in the same mind as her when at the gym, soo many times I've almost bumped into someone in a towel as they're getting ready for the sauna, lol.
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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2016, 05:19:54 AM »
Another delicious chapter to savor!

Lol, I know you love those "I-could-camp-here-indefinitely" type of places! Which spa is that? I always use Perfect Balance but it doesn't have a kitchen. :-(
Is Kieran modeled after a TS3 sim? (Sorry I asked you that once already and I'm being persistent.)
He's very cute! I'm hoping he finds true love!

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Re: With a Twist-Where Am I? April 9
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2016, 08:30:39 AM »
ohhhhh!  He's befriending Don!!!!!  I'm so excited!
Don's about to exit my story, so I'm so pleased I'll get to watch him in a "friend" role again.  Rare to see him in a role outside of "lover"!  hehe.

I like Dina.  I was going to pick her for Luke, before I spotted that cute mail girl.
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Re: With a Twist-Girl of My Dreams April 10
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2016, 07:58:28 PM »
Joria!  This sounds like a lot of fun.  I'm not sure I could do it which just makes you a hero in my book.   

Kieran is a very handsome founder and I'm sure with you behind the wheel he'll have no trouble finding him a good wife.

For some reason he actually came out more masculine looking than most of the guys I create.  Mine always look too girly.  Thank you for the compliment, but yes you CAN do it.  You're a far better strategist, a great builder and a funny and fantastic writer.

You need to take that back---you certainly are a writer. Loved the opening paragraph!

Is Kieran modeled after a sim you played in TS3? (You mentioned Barnacle Bay...)

Ooooh, you made him a klepto!  This is going to be so much fun, Joria!  ;D

Well, thank you.  I have a serious problem with telling stories and grammar, unless they are children's stories.  I'm good at those.  Once wrote one about a cockroach who wanted to be painter to teach kids they could do or be whatever they wanted.  It was fun. 

No, Kieran isn't modeled after a TS3 Sim.  But if you see any of my future Sims named Thyme, then yes, they are.  The klepto trait isn't all it's cracked up to be.  So far he can only pinch useless decorative items where as in TS3 you could steal really good stuff.
Another delicious chapter to savor!

Lol, I know you love those "I-could-camp-here-indefinitely" type of places! Which spa is that? I always use Perfect Balance but it doesn't have a kitchen. :-(
Is Kieran modeled after a TS3 sim? (Sorry I asked you that once already and I'm being persistent.)
He's very cute! I'm hoping he finds true love!

The rules for ID say you can modify Maxis generated venues, so I added a few things to parks, spas, gyms.  I think the gym I used was the Lux one.  It already had a sort of kitchen so it just needed a bit of tweaking.  I took the counters from the first floor and put them upstairs, (otherwise your Sim goes all the way down to mix the food then all the way back to cook and all the way down again to serve!), and there is plenty of floor space for a tent either in the hall way between the showers and sauna or up where the seating area is.  I also added a toilet and shower on the landing on the top floor.  There are never enough it seems.

Ah, Joria, you give me too much credit. Even with my strategies I have failed so often  ::) The McCleods/McCloud sounds so familiar, I may have to go digging through the TS3 stories. So pleased Eliza didn't meet Keiran's requirements and yes, Dina, you know how much I love her <3 I'm in the same mind as her when at the gym, soo many times I've almost bumped into someone in a towel as they're getting ready for the sauna, lol.

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Ah, Joria, you give me too much credit. Even with my strategies I have failed so often  ::) The McCleods/McCloud sounds so familiar, I may have to go digging through the TS3 stories. So pleased Eliza didn't meet Keiran's requirements and yes, Dina, you know how much I love her <3 I'm in the same mind as her when at the gym, soo many times I've almost bumped into someone in a towel as they're getting ready for the sauna, lol.

I personally kind of like Eliza but her snobby walk is annoying.  One day I'll off Bob and see what she can really do.  As for Dina, I was surprised how gorgeous she is with a decent hair do!  Even without make up all you have to do is change her hair and voila, instant babe.  She's also very sweet, unlike the other Caliente girls.  (Sorry Colt, I know you adore  "Red".)  I don't think I did a McCloud in TS3.  Instead I did a Thyme dynasty and failed it 7 times.  sigh  It really was my favorite.  Remember the remodel of the abandoned nectary I made for them for a vacation retreat in France?  I loved that build.  Here's the link if you all want to see.  Abandoned Nectary Remodel[url]

Oh wow!  Sooo cool!  Loving this so much, Joria!
Ahahahahaha! Loved his chat with Don. I really love how you bring them to life. Truly!

Thank you!  I'm always honored when great writers like what I'm doing.  Don is one of my favorite all around Sims.  He's a perfect idiot pollinator, a great spouse, and a really good friend.  We'll see more of him in this story.

Love the name Kieran.  Seems like you're quite the writer to me.  I was kind of surprised to get to the end, look back and see only 3 screenshots.  Captivating!
ohhhhh!  He's befriending Don!!!!!  I'm so excited!
Don's about to exit my story, so I'm so pleased I'll get to watch him in a "friend" role again.  Rare to see him in a role outside of "lover"!  hehe.

I like Dina.  I was going to pick her for Luke, before I spotted that cute mail girl.

Thank you.  Don is my personal favorite and much better than the new guys they came along with Windenberg.  I'm happy you are liking the writing.  Now if I can just stop myself from just narrating the pictures!

Brilliant @Joria . You  are SO brave attempting this with even more restrictions; Can't wait to see how you get on, I hope it works!  Totally love the shot of Kieran in that silly pose  ;D

Kieran makes the best faces!  Some Sims are just fantastic with their facial expressions, others just bleh.  It took five tries before I felt at all like posting anything.  I love the challenge of the no buy but it can be distracting.  I just want to go fish for stuff and find new ways of getting stuff without buying.  My dynasty is a bit behind because of it.

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Re: With a Twist-Girl of My Dreams April 10
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2016, 11:56:22 PM »
Your confidence in me is always appreciated.  A tip for little Kieran - being a klepto seems to be attached to the mischief skill and the higher it was, the better stuff I was able to nab on my Sim that tested it out (failed legacy founder!).  So hopefully that means you'll be able to get more interesting things.  I think the funniest thing my girl grabbed was one of those stone foundation ruin sections from The Ruins in Windenberg but she failed her legacy before reaching level 10 mischief.  Not sure you'll ever be able to get the really big items like we did in TS3.  I got one of those signs once from the pool.  Wasn't worth a lot but it was bigger than the tchotchkes I got everywhere else.
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Re: With a Twist-She Said Yes April 13
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2016, 04:16:09 PM »
"Are you sure about this?  It's pretty dark along here.  Sure you know where we're going, Don?"

"Yeah, I'm sure.  It's fine.  Just follow me.  You know I'd never let anything hurt you, right?  Over here...."

"In this BUSH?  You gotta be kiddin' me."

"Nah, honey, it's fine.  It just looks like a bush.  Trust me, it will be fun."



The sounds of laughter and loud, rockin' music filled the air.  Even in the dark passageway, full of undergrowth and broken down walls, the sounds of a really good dance party could not be diminished.  Somehow it didn't matter at all.  Don had other things on his mind.  Not unusual for the town Lothario.  Don loved women all right, every single woman he could manage to get his hands on.  He was a magnet for every female in town. Like moths drawn to flame, they all were lured by his bright light, and he was always prepared to brighten the glow.
  Anyone passing by would have wondered why that particular shrub was shaking and rustling.  Was it a person in disguise?  There were some pretty weird sounds coming from it that your average, every day bush never seemed to make.  A passerby would not have known that a shrub could giggle and moan and would perhaps, rush on by never giving it another glance lest something came pouncing out of it.  Surely it must be decorated up for some holiday or party, else why the glowing red hearts?  It couldn't just be the flowers, could it?



  "Move along.  This is not the bush you seek.", popped into the unwary travelers head.



"Ok.  Coast is clear.  You can come out now."



*giggles*  "Oh, Donnie!  You were right.  It was fun and not just a shrub at all.  Can we do it again?"

"Errrrr.  Not right now.  They'll be missing us from the party.  Let's go."



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"So, I' got this club thing goin' on, and your wife, Liz, is in it.  She thought you might be interested as well.  Waddya say?"



"Geez, I dunno.  I got a pretty busy schedule what with work and everything.  I dunno.  Maybe a club would be ok.  So, why me?"

"Well, we need a place to hang out, cook up some great meals, use a computer, work on some woodwork projects.  You know, standard need to meet the Watcher's requirements thing, and Liz said your place would fit the bill.  I know you're a stand up guy and all so we didn't just want to horn in without you bein' a part of the fun we'll have."

"Watcher eh?  *sigh*  I might as well cave.  No getting around them watcher types.  Ok, I'm in."

"Great!  Now, if you'll excuse me I've got a girl to impress.  Why not come and join the rest of the club at the gym?  Never hurts to work off those chef acquired calories."

" Nah.  I'm married.  No need to impress the wife.  Besides, I've got work in a few minutes."

Shaking his head at the lack of care for his own body,  Kieran dialed up a cab and took off for the local gym.  Even if Dina wasn't there it wouldn't hurt for him to push the limits for a bit either.  He was pretty fit, yet slim, and he intended to stay that way.  No overly muscular beef cake for him, but a good cardio work out never hurt anyone.
   After a pretty intense work out, Kieran spotted Dina walking up the sidewalk.  He quickly ducked into the shower and got cleaned up.  No one appreciated a sweat stinky guy and he definitely wanted to be at his best for what he planned on.

"Hey there, Kieran!  Been working on those abs I see.  Lookin' good."

"Uh, yeah.  Don has been mentoring me.  I don't want to get all muscle bound or anything but I definitely want to be fit.  I, uh.....I kind of plan on a big family some day and that means being in the best shape possible.  Actually, that's something I wanted to talk to you about."

"Me?"

"Yeah.  I'm really attracted to you, you know.  You're smart, you're pretty, you laugh at my jokes, you've got a really great personality.  So........."



"Dina Caliente, would you do me the great honor of becoming my wife?  I promise to always cherish you and whatever children we may have, and to take care of you and give you as good a life with me as possible. Will you take this ring I offer and my big shining heart to go with it?"



*squeals, tears up and leaps*   "YES!!!  Oh, definitely yes!  No watched Sim has ever asked ME to marry them."

"Mind the towel! Mind the towel!"



"So, you knew I was a Watched Sim?  You know what it all means and you still want to marry me?"

"To be honest, I'd marry you no matter what.  You are the strongest, kindest, sweetest man in the Simiverse and I've fallen hard.  I love you, Kieran McCloud."

"I don't know what I've done to deserve this, but you've made me the happiest man ever."



While Dina rushed off to tell the girls in the locker room, Kieran dialed up all the girls he had dated briefly to let them know the good for him, sad for them, news.  Of course, Don was happy for him but we just know he was shaking his head at the idea of such a dude getting caught with the ol' ball and chain.  Just one more call to go......meanwhile in the background, Bella Goth was gushing over the whole romantic thing.  How often does one get to be a ring side witness to a proposal in a gym?



Watcher:  "You done good, Kieran.  You're well on your way.  Now, plan a nice wedding, work on those skill and, oh yeah, pick up a few helpers too.  You'll need them.  Yep, you done good."


















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