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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2016, 05:13:41 PM »
Week 3

Early in the third week, the news comes through that His Lordship has joined the criminal career.  Maybe he’ll achieve his lifetime wish before the end of the game.  Burl started work at the theatre shortly after he left but there haven’t been any pop-ups about promotions.  He seems to be concentrating on his personal life instead – he and Dixie are now engaged.

Back in the house, there’s a new skill that he’d probably have enjoyed: drumming.  I’d wondered how many drum kits to put out and settled on four – I can always buy more if necessary.



It isn’t.  Nobody appears to notice the drums are there, even when they have to detour around them.  Eventually, on Monday afternoon, Lea sits down behind one of the kits, picks up the sticks and plays for long enough to reach a high level two.



Several of the others stop what they’re doing to watch her but no-one’s inspired to join in.



And then we’re back to the invisible drums.

Finally, well into Wednesday afternoon, when it looks as though Lea is going to win by default, Sara  walks over to a drum kit…



…and plays…



…and plays and plays.



At midnight, and the end of the skilling period, I have to forcibly stop her.  By then, she’s reached a solid level three and become the new Head of House.

Being shy, she’s not formed strong relationships either way but two of the bars are slightly red instead of slightly green and so Jake and Georgie find themselves up for eviction.

The housemates may not have been impressed by this week’s skill but, with the kitchen and pool still available, several have made progress in cooking and athletics.







Sara’s enjoying the big TV and video games as much as Di did and only emerges from the HoH suite for food.



Otherwise, the level of interaction has noticeably increased this week. With Jake and Georgie unexpectedly nominated by Sara, I find myself concentrating on them in the second half of the week.  Jake is one of the keener hot-tubbers but is also starting to chat more on dry land, especially with Lea and Vish.



Georgie, surprisingly, is usually on the periphery of groups.  I’d have expected her flirty trait to push her into socialising but it’s not had that effect at all.  Maybe she’s just not attracted to anyone in the house.



Unlike India, who’s really started using her irresistibility.



I think she’s been flirting with Di as well.  Di’s certainly rolled a wish to kiss India and I don’t think she’d have done that without some encouragement.



Another Sunday evening, another vote…



…and Georgie becomes the first woman to be eliminated, by eight votes to four (although by a small margin in nearly every case).  She takes it a lot better than Voldemort.



“Hi…  Yes, I’m out…   OK.  Meet you at the gate in half an hour?”







Given all of the extra skilling that’s been going on this week, I’ve had a look at everyone’s journals to see what levels they’ve reached.

(Visible) skills at the end of week 3

Sara: athletic 4, cooking 3, drums 3, social networking 2
Lea: athletic 3, cooking 1, drums 2, handiness 1*
Georgie: athletic 3, cooking 2, social networking 1
Fluellen: athletic 2, cooking 3, handiness 1
Grim: athletic 1, cooking 1, handiness 1
Diana: athletic 6, cooking 2
Ro: athletic 3, cooking 2
Simon: athletic 2, cooking 2
Alys: athletic 1, cooking 3
Teresa: athletic 2, cooking 1
Sage: athletic 1, cooking 2
Jake: athletic 3
Vish: cooking 1

India is the only one without any skills, which is a major surprise compared with her previous existence.

*I’ve mostly been replacing broken plumbing and appliances but there have been a few wishes to fix leaky showers.  If it’s outside the skilling period for the week, I’ve granted the wish and directed them to do the repair.

Celebrity status

Jake, Terry, Di, Alys and India have two stars each; Fluellen, Sage and Lea have one.

Simon continues to change his personality, incidentally, with two or three new traits per week, although it’s mostly one slot that keeps changing.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 3
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2016, 05:27:26 AM »
Does this

Grim: athletic 1, cooking 1, handiness 1

*I’ve mostly been replacing broken plumbing and appliances but there have been a few wishes to fix leaky showers.  If it’s outside the skilling period for the week, I’ve granted the wish and directed them to do the repair.


mean that somewhere you have a picture of Grim fixing a toilet?

Nice to see Brian again :)

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 3
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2016, 07:00:33 AM »
Does this

Grim: athletic 1, cooking 1, handiness 1

*I’ve mostly been replacing broken plumbing and appliances but there have been a few wishes to fix leaky showers.  If it’s outside the skilling period for the week, I’ve granted the wish and directed them to do the repair.


mean that somewhere you have a picture of Grim fixing a toilet?

No, the toilets are all unbreakable.  I'm pretty sure it was a shower that he mended - I'm not confident in anyone's ability to cope with a broken hot tub or dishwasher.  He does clean the loos a lot, though.  I'll try to get a screenshot for you :).

Edit: Well, that was easy.  I opened up the game and Grim went straight into a bathroom-cleaning frenzy.


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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 3
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2016, 01:14:43 PM »
So a female eviction this time! Goodbye Georgie, haven't really seen much of you but you don't seem overly put out at having to leave.  Perhaps not your thing!

Looking at the skill list everyone (except Jake) has learnt cooking.  I guess the good stove has prevented them from setting the house on fire!

Love the screenshot of Simon and his plate of food.  Whatever his changing traits have been they haven't prevented him from enjoying his food and increasing his waistline in the process!

You appear to be having mostly good weather.  I have had to turn rain, fog and lightening off in all of my games because it just became ridiculous!  Am seriously thinking about turning off snow too but it would be such a shame because it is so lovely and I enjoy all the snow activities but in some of my games it just is too excessive extending through spring and autumn too.

Drums have never been a favorite in any of my freewill games either.  Guitar and piano always win if there is the choice. I actually enjoy bass the most.  I just love the goofy expressions sims do when playing it. 

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« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2016, 05:37:41 PM »
You appear to be having mostly good weather.  I have had to turn rain, fog and lightening off in all of my games because it just became ridiculous!  Am seriously thinking about turning off snow too but it would be such a shame because it is so lovely and I enjoy all the snow activities but in some of my games it just is too excessive extending through spring and autumn too.

If I do, that's because the Weather Gods are on my side.  Or possibly because I've switched all weather off now that they're definitely into summer :P.   I agree, the snow's great but it lasts way too long in Sims.



Week 4

The skill for Week 4 is science.  I’m hoping this will work out OK: I have seen Sims spontaneously use science stations a few times, and the big science project thingy is definitely regarded as a fun item.  My only slight reservation is that the only space on the lot that’s both large and flat enough to accommodate it is the area at the corner of the lot overlooking the city, opposite the pool.  So far, that part of the garden has been totally ignored by the Sims.  It kept its original picnic table and grill for the first week and has subsequently had a hopscotch court and a set of drums.  None of them has been used.

I needn’t have worried.  Soon after dawn on the Monday, Jake moseys over in an old-cowboyish fashion (and his combs) and switches on the blue magnatomic pulse array.



Plenty of others follow.



In fact, the science project becomes the biggest skilling hit so far, with at least one Sim using it almost all of the time.  I’d expected the Flower brothers to like it, and they do…





..but so do Sara, Grim and Ro.







Meanwhile, the science stations are completely ignored by everyone except Lea, who tries vainly to sabotage them.



And then, in the most astonishing development of the week, Lea decides that the science project isn’t really technology at all.



Of course it isn’t.  Technology is hateful.  This is wonderful!

And at midnight on Wednesday, the two who have to be stopped from further pursuit of their scientific research are Fluellen… and Lea.



And, amazingly, the Sim with the most skill points this week is Lea, who’s just short of level 5.

I’d been slightly worried about what would happen if technophobic Lea ever became Head of House: would I have to put all of the electronics into the family inventory and maybe give her a waterslide as compensation?



As it turns out, she’s fine – perfectly happy to read and listen to music while keeping everything that might annoy her switched off – although she also falls prey to the Curse of the Head of the House, repeatedly drinking coffee instead of going to bed, until she passes out from sheer exhaustion.



Lea likes most people in a quiet sort of way, but has hesitantly nominated Sage (again) and Vish for eviction.

Vish reacts by continuing to critique the artwork in the house…



…but also makes the effort to socialise a little.  Sage, on the other hand, takes to staring out of windows to an extent that I’ve only previously seen in neurotic Sims.



Maybe he really wants to be kicked out.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 4
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2016, 05:43:53 PM »
India and Ro remain the most interesting members of the household, especially when they’re interacting…









…although Ro has now been overtaken by Grim as India’s Least Favourite Housemate.





India is now also a shoo-in for the title of Smelliest Housemate.  Maybe it’s because her previous incarnation had had a steel bladder almost forever.  Whatever the reason, she keeps putting off going to the loo until it’s much too late – and doesn’t seem particularly bothered about showering after her ‘accidents’.



Despite this, she’s still an object of romantic fascination for several people within the household – and she doesn’t seem to have given up on evicted housemates, either.



Elsewhere in the household, the most noticeable effect of a week of science is a pronounced upturn in inkblot tests, throwing of rubber ducks and ignorance-berating.



At least it’s quiet underwater.



Since it’s now definitely summer and the invisibility cloak has been removed from that corner of the garden, this week’s voting takes place out of doors, where the science station stood a few days ago.



It would seem straightforward: the reluctantly chatty one vs. the window-gazer.  Never rely on Sims to be predictable: eight out of eleven vote to eliminate Vish.

Like Georgie, he’s OK about it – and he’s happy to be reunited with Nita.





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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 4
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2016, 07:19:03 PM »
Ro and India make the BEST faces!! 
I'm so loving this challenge and the clever way that you've "recycled" characters from previous stories.  Until it gets to the point that either Ro or India end up in the bottom two, I'll simply be enjoying each eviction with no specific strong feelings on the outcome.  Just enjoyment of more progress being made  :=)

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« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2016, 06:29:07 AM »
Another close call for Sage!  Hang on in there boy, people just don't appreciate yet how much you can "see" looking out of windows!

Great update.  So clever to think of using the science project machine.  It is always so popular at University and I have had a lot of fun with it in some of my games.  Wonderful screenshots yet again.

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« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2016, 02:06:02 PM »
Oh noes :( Bye, Vish!

Sorry :(.

Ro and India make the BEST faces!! 

They are pretty amazing - and seem to bring out the best (or do I mean worst?) in each other.

I'm so loving this challenge and the clever way that you've "recycled" characters from previous stories.  Until it gets to the point that either Ro or India end up in the bottom two, I'll simply be enjoying each eviction with no specific strong feelings on the outcome.  Just enjoyment of more progress being made  :=)

Thank you :).  I'm going to be very disappointed if/when one of them gets knocked out - the house will be a much duller place without their interactions.

Another close call for Sage!  Hang on in there boy, people just don't appreciate yet how much you can "see" looking out of windows!

Great update.  So clever to think of using the science project machine.  It is always so popular at University and I have had a lot of fun with it in some of my games.  Wonderful screenshots yet again.

Thanks :). Of course, I had to cheat slightly to get one.  I hadn't realised before that they can't be bought, even with buydebug.  I cheated Georgie's science skill up to 10 just before she moved out and then kept her reward for everyone else to use.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 4
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2016, 10:52:30 PM »
This is really entertaining, although I would have liked to see a little more of his lordship if only for my HP obsession. Great updates!

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« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2016, 01:54:18 PM »
This is really entertaining, although I would have liked to see a little more of his lordship if only for my HP obsession. Great updates!

Thanks :).  Sorry he went out so soon, although he was never going to be a really popular member of the household.



Week 5

Again, some of the Sims seem reluctant to leave the area after the elimination.  Sage stays behind to throw a duck at India…



…which she appears to find amusing rather than annoying, and then Grim keeps her out of bed for a little longer while he hits her with a glove.



One that looks disconcertingly like a dismembered hand, to me at least  ???.

And then week 5 begins – and I’ve made a few changes.  For a start, the coffee machine has been removed.  I’m fed up of Sims, and especially the Heads of House, drinking coffee instead of going to bed.  (I have no idea why HoHs should be particularly susceptible but it seems to be turning into a definite pattern.)  Also, from now on the pool will be blocked off and a mini-fridge substituted for the full-size one during skilling periods, to encourage them to concentrate on the skill they’re supposed to be learning.  From Thursday to Sunday, they can have them back.

The skill for week 5 is painting.  Or, more accurately, the skill is drawing.  The easels remain untouched until they are removed at midnight on Wednesday.  (And then two Sims wish to buy an easel on Thursday ::).)

Early on Monday morning, Lea discovers the drawing boards.



Amazingly, Jake picks up a sketchpad half an hour or so later (he’s the one who can’t stand art, remember).



He appears to be making a serious study of what’s in front of him: is it the way the tree branches are blowing about in the freshening breeze or a life drawing of the skinny-dippers in the hot tub?



Nope.  Is that a giraffe?

Ro is the next to discover the delights of drawing…



…while, deprived of their coffee, Flu and Lea nap in the seating area.

The ban on cooking during skilling periods looks as though it could become quite popular – it’s the perfect excuse for breakfasting on ice cream :).



Early on Tuesday, Simon has by far his worst episode to date – three traits replaced at once.  Although this could actually work out in his favour…



Sure enough, within a few minutes, he’s picked up a sketchpad.



For a while, it looks as though Alys has also taken up drawing (after all, she wants to become an illustrious author) but it turns out that she’s just found somewhere comfy to re-read Physically Fit to be Tied.



This week’s skill isn’t quite as popular as science, but most of the housemates have a go…





…although drawing can’t really compete with ice cream and rum punch pineapple juice.



And Alys, far from making progress on her lifetime wish, rediscovers the big mirror  :P.



As Wednesday evening approaches, Sara is in the lead.  She seems to be the keenest of this bunch to learn new skills.  But Simon, with his new (if temporary) artistic trait, isn’t far behind.  He keeps starting sketches but then abandoning them halfway through.  If only he could concentrate and finish what he’s started, he might overtake Sara.



And he does.  With a last fit of enthusiasm before the deadline, he gets halfway through level 3 of painting and becomes Head of House for the second time.

His opinions haven’t changed much since week 1: poor Sage is put up for eviction yet again. He’s joined by Ro.  Although Simon isn’t exactly the sanest of Sims himself, he seems to find her behaviour disconcerting.  Surprisingly, India is not nominated – her relationship with Simon was well into the red a few days back but they seem to have repaired it when I was looking elsewhere and it’s now definitely green.

Simon settles straight back into the Head of House’s suite – and, this time, gets seriously into gaming and the TV, even picking up another cooking point through watching The Great Simlish Bake-Off.  The rest are envious.



(And yes, that puddle on the floor is because India has had another little accident.  Not that she seems at all concerned.)



The nerd infestation continues to gather pace and, completely unexpectedly (I’m a neglectful watcher), India reaches level 8.  I had no idea anyone was even close to that level.  In fact, several of the others are at level 6 and Grim and Alys are the only non-nerds in the house.



(Not sure what’s going on with Terry and Grim in that screenshot, by the way.)

I briefly consider allocating social group traits randomly but then decide to continue with giving them traits they ought to possess already – and so India becomes flirty.

Sage rolls a wish to date Terry.  Sage, dear, I had no idea that you were so desperate for publicity!



I have to say his behaviour doesn’t exactly scream out ‘publicity hound’.  Staring out of windows is still his favourite activity.



In fact, he seems to be setting a trend.  Gazing out at the unfenced world is rapidly catching on as a leisure activity.





I was pretty sure this week’s vote would have to be indoors again – there’s been a howling gale for two days and I’m sure it’d be bucketing down if I hadn’t disabled rain.  But then, mid-afternoon on Sunday, the skies clear, the wind drops and the al fresco vote is back on.



It’s another close one.  Only India has a really definite opinion (and you can probably guess which way she voted ;) ).  Just as I’m thinking Simon will have to use his casting vote again, the last three swing it definitely in one direction… and it’s third time unlucky for Sage.

Sorry, Sage.  You’re a nice Sim but just a little too fond of berating the ignorance of Earthlings.

Well, at least there’s one Flower left to uphold the family honour.



That is, assuming they have any.  Given Ally’s behaviour, I rather doubt it. :P.



Sage hugs Flu, wishes him luck, and leaves.





And so, at the end of week 5, half of the men have left the house, while all but one of the women survive.  This isn’t at all what I’d have predicted.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 5
« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2016, 03:35:30 PM »
Nice send off for dear Sage.  By the way what was his Lifetime wish?

".....and then Grim keeps her out of bed for a little longer while he hits her with a glove.
One that looks disconcertingly like a dismembered hand, to me at least  ???." Loved this screenshot and agree with your comment totally.

Have to say that India is quite a character but I'm surprised that no-one has nominated her yet.  Is this because of her Irresistible trait perhaps!



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« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2016, 06:44:46 PM »
Okay, I was rater nervous there for a bit.  I'd hate to see my Ro leave so soon.  I'm counting on her winning, actually.
I find it so funny how little interest your Sims are giving to some of the skill items! 

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« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2016, 10:17:12 PM »
I think I'm leaning toward Alys and India come in second.

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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2016, 01:02:14 PM »
I love Simon's face when he's sketching - not sure whether it's adorable or terrifying  ;D

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« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2016, 03:07:44 PM »
Nice send off for dear Sage.  By the way what was his Lifetime wish?

Renaissance Sim (max three skills).

Have to say that India is quite a character but I'm surprised that no-one has nominated her yet.  Is this because of her Irresistible trait perhaps!

Maybe.  I think she's been very lucky - Di's been a close friend since the first week and the others who've been HoH like her.  It will be a different story if Ro or Grim becomes HoH.  She was also lucky in the timing this week - a few days earlier and Simon would definitely have picked her.

Okay, I was rater nervous there for a bit.  I'd hate to see my Ro leave so soon.  I'm counting on her winning, actually.
I think I'm leaning toward Alys and India come in second.

I really have no idea who's likely to win, which is part of what makes it such fun to play.

I find it so funny how little interest your Sims are giving to some of the skill items!

Me too.  I'm beginning to think it's some kind of rebellion: I normally spend so much time pushing my Sims to skill that they're happy just to loaf around and laugh at me when they're left to their own devices.  Although it's also a little worrying.  What if they have a week like the Islanders did with gardening, when nobody gets a skill point?  I could extend the skilling period but then, the Islanders had six days and still didn't get anywhere.  I suppose I'd just have to carry on without a Head of House for a week and try again with a different skill.

I love Simon's face when he's sketching - not sure whether it's adorable or terrifying  ;D

I know.  Like his dancing.  (And the towel makes it worse :D.)

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« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2016, 02:56:35 PM »
Week 6

This week’s skill is guitar.  Since the drums weren’t exactly a raging success, I’ve given each of them a guitar and put it in their personal inventory.  Let’s see how that works.

Simon’s suffering from the Curse of the HoH again.



Why won’t they sleep in that bed?  I’ve checked and there aren’t any access problems.  They just don’t like it for some reason.

It’s Monday evening before anyone notices they’ve acquired a guitar and gets it out to see what it’s for.





Even after Di gives them a clue, none of the others show any inclination to try it for themselves.  Burl, why did you have to get knocked out so early?

He’s still in touch with the BB household, incidentally.  He regularly calls India for a chat and they’re still friends – in fact, she’s fonder of him than anyone apart from Di.  On the Tuesday evening, there’s a pop-up notification that Burl has learnt to play the bass – and there he is outside to prove it.



Of course, he’s chosen an amazingly unmusical lot to serenade.  No-one appears to notice he’s there and eventually he gives up and goes home.

In fact, it’s not just skilling that’s getting ignored – the kitchen/dining area’s turning into a complete tip.  Maybe it’s because they’re mostly living on pineapple juice with silly umbellas.  They’re just in too much of a holiday mood to bother to tidy up.



The end of Wednesday arrives and Di becomes HoH again.  Her one spell of guitar-playing took her to level 3 and nobody else has even a single point.  I’m so pleased about all the time I spent personalising guitars for everyone :(.



Di has warmed to Grim since her last victory: this time she nominates Jake and Terry.



It seems Terry missed the memo.  She can’t believe it when Jake tells her they’re this week’s nominees.   How could she be up for eviction?



Ah, it’s OK, though.  After all, she’s female.  Jake’s bound to lose the vote.



Although berating people’s ignorance…





…and showing that she finds their conversation boring doesn’t seem like the ideal strategy.

Jake’s not antagonising anyone but he’s not making any particular effort to interact with them, either.  He does have a brief and nerdy conversation with Lea, which ends with the customary duck-throwing.  Jake has fast reflexes – that’s the first time I’ve seen any of them catch the duck.



Lea is suitably impressed.

Mostly, though, Jake spends his time in the hot tub or working on his skills.  (So why didn’t he bother with the guitar, if he’s that keen?)





He’s become quite an expert diver.

As the end of the week approaches, almost everyone spends most of the day (and night) in the water…





…which means that Alys can read soppy romance novels in peace.



Eventually, even she joins the others in the pool.


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« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2016, 02:58:03 PM »
India finds a new way to wind up perfectionist Ro: throwing her freshly-made hot dogs on the floor while she’s cleaning the worktop.



“You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”



“Did you see that, watcher?”



It’s a pleasant breakfast the following morning.  Hot dogs make a nice change from pineapple juice and everyone's relaxed and chatty.



Then Ro remembers where those hot dogs have been.



Flu seems to have caught India’s bladder problem…



…but at least Grim’s happy.  He’s been wanting to mop up a puddle for days.



On his way to the shower, he meets India and they try to out-nerd each other.  Despite being officially the biggest nerd in the household, India’s definitely coming off worst.



Then she has an idea.

“How you doin’?”



Bad move.



Simon has another episode and changes two traits at once.





I think he’s getting tired of this.

Ro, on the other hand, is happy in her madness.





Sunday.  Voting day.  It seems appropriate to have the vote by the pool this week, since most of them have rarely been out of their swimsuits since Wednesday.



And Terry was right: Jake is eliminated, by seven votes to two (although it’s actually much closer than it would appear from just the numbers).

He stops at the front door to wave goodbye to the camera crew…



…and then runs off to be reunited with his loved ones.



There's a treat for Sally…



…and a whispered ‘I’ve missed you, boy’ to Sheriff…



…and then he rides off into the night.





Skill update at the end of week 6

Sara: athletic 5, cooking 4, drums 3, painting 3, social networking 2
Lea: athletic 5, science 4, cooking 2, drums 2, painting 2, handiness 1
Fluellen: athletic 4, cooking 4, science 3, handiness 2, painting 1
Diana: athletic 8(!), guitar 3, cooking 2, painting 2
Ro: athletic 5, cooking 2, science 2, painting 1
Simon: athletic 3, cooking 3, painting 3
Alys: athletic 2, cooking 4, science 1
Teresa: athletic 2, cooking 1
Grim: athletic 2, cooking 2, handiness 1, painting 1
Jake: athletic 5, cooking 2, science 3, painting 1

And India has a cooking point!  Which means that everyone except Terry has built on their skills since week 3.

Their celebrity status remains unchanged.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 6
« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2016, 10:56:55 PM »
Loved having so many shots of my lovely Ro!  Particularly enjoyed how she and her nemesis, India, had a hot dog battle.
Speaking of the nemesis, it was pretty nifty how India goes from nerd bashing Grim to hitting on him.  What a crazy duality she is!

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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2016, 04:43:37 AM »
Lovely shot of Alys reading on the bed - what beautiful skin colour she has!

Great shots of Ro and India in the kitchen and India and Grim berating each other.

You are allowing some of their wishes I presume (Grim mopping up the puddle) so they must be building up LTR's. Do you have a plan to use these?

Love the way you give each of those evicted their own special send off.  Goodbye Jake.  I enjoyed seeing you wearing your towel although the pink long johns were just a little hurtful on the eye and certainly did you no favours!

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 6
« Reply #46 on: May 17, 2016, 01:29:30 PM »
The end of Wednesday arrives and Di becomes HoH again.  Her one spell of guitar-playing took her to level 3 and nobody else has even a single point.  I’m so pleased about all the time I spent personalising guitars for everyone :(.

I feel for you :(. But I loved Di's guitar.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 6
« Reply #47 on: May 20, 2016, 01:01:38 PM »
Speaking of the nemesis, it was pretty nifty how India goes from nerd bashing Grim to hitting on him.  What a crazy duality she is!

This version of India is far more mercurial than the first incarnation.  She’d certainly hit on anyone and everyone but I can’t remember her fighting anybody apart from mummies.  She definitely had it in for them – but then, the first one she ever met cursed her.  I suppose that would tend to cause resentment :P.

Lovely shot of Alys reading on the bed - what beautiful skin colour she has!

I probably spent longer creating Alys than any Sim since and it wasn’t entirely because of inexperience.  She’s still one of my favourites.

You are allowing some of their wishes I presume (Grim mopping up the puddle) so they must be building up LTR's. Do you have a plan to use these?

I bought them all Simmunity as soon as they could afford it – the epidemic of sniffles was getting irritating.  I think everyone who’s left is also immune to both heat and cold.  I was originally planning to buy No Bills Ever with the first one who could afford it but haven’t actually bothered with it.  They’re getting a steady stream of celebrity gifts, which are helping with the cash flow.  I think they have enough money for the rest of the game and, if not, I’ll abuse Motherlode.  The other reward I might buy someone is Fireproof Homestead, although they've been lucky so far and not needed it.

Goodbye Jake.  I enjoyed seeing you wearing your towel although the pink long johns were just a little hurtful on the eye and certainly did you no favours!

Jake would never go anywhere without his faded old red flannel undies.  He might catch cold... although I agree that the towel suits him better :).

I feel for you :(. But I loved Di's guitar.

Thanks.  Grim’s was my personal favourite – it was the ITF guitar, recoloured to look skeletal.

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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother)
« Reply #48 on: May 30, 2016, 09:34:57 AM »
Week 7

This week’s skill is logic:  there are two chemistry sets on the big patio outside the main living area and assorted chess sets and telescopes scattered around the rest of the house and garden.

Alys seems shocked.



Come on, Alys.  It isn’t as bad as all that.  Is it?



Apparently it is.  (And, incidentally, I’ve just noticed that Alys has lost weight while she’s been in the house.  All the swimming they’ve been doing between skilling periods, presumably.)

I really don’t know why she’s fussing.  This lot have already proved perfectly capable of ignoring inconvenient skilling objects.  Of course, chess is supposed to be fun – but then, so are musical instruments and easels  ::).

And ignoring the logic objects proves to be equally easy.  The chairs are quite convenient…





…but that doesn’t mean they have to use them for the intended purpose.  As so often before, the housemates are perfectly happy to pick their way around skilling objects to get on with the important business of chatting or berating each other’s ignorance.



As a small distraction from the lack of progress in logic, Terry becomes the second person to earn a social group trait, again through nerd influence.  She becomes a supernatural skeptic, because it seems to suit a stage magician.

The end of Wednesday arrives without a single logic point being gained.  I was afraid of this.  So, OK, time for Plan B.  Di moves out of the HoH suite and isn‘t replaced.  From now until, um, whenever (Sunday morning?) they’re into extra time.  The first one to learn logic becomes Head of House.  After that it’s Rethink Time – and we’re probably looking at another skill.

Most of Thursday goes past as uneventfully as the previous three days.  At last, late in the evening, someone sits down at a chessboard and fails to pull out a book.



Di is clearly tired but she’s already shown herself to be one of the keenest learners in the house.  Can she stay awake for long enough to pick up a skill  point?



Progress is slow but she doesn’t give up.  Around her, everyone else retires to bed.  Di’s determined.



And, at 12.25 am on Friday, she becomes Head of House for the second consecutive week.



Unsurprisingly, Terry is up for eviction again.  She’s joined by Alys, who’s too quiet to have made much of an impression on her housemates..



As in previous weeks, living on fast food and alcohol fruit juice hasn’t exactly encouraged meticulous housekeeping.



And what’s the solution?  Tidying up?  Don’t be silly.



Obviously, you just eat outside and wait for someone else to clear up the mess.  (And, inevitably, the someone else turns out to be Grim.)

Alys thinks she knows who’s likely to be kicked out.



She follows her usual maxim: when in doubt, read.  (And she’s noticed that Jake and Vish’s room is now free, so that she can read in peace.)



The other resident bookworm was slightly slower off the mark but he’s appropriated Burl’s bed as a reading space.



On Saturday morning, India, who’s been pretty well-behaved so far this week, waylays Simon outside the bathrooms.



He doesn’t seem to know what to do with a blown kiss.



Then he decides.  He doesn’t like it.



India’s outraged.  Why can’t people cope with a bit of harmless flirting?  Well, two can play the ‘horrified rejection’ game.



As Simon slinks off in bewilderment, she tries out chat-up lines on Terry instead.


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Re: A Distraction (Big Brother) - Week 7
« Reply #49 on: May 30, 2016, 09:35:50 AM »
Sunday morning.  Terry’s making the most of her last day of persuading people to keep her in the house.  Alys is too hungry to bother.



On the other hand, maybe it’s not going to work out too well for Terry.



I’ve never seen Sara look that scary before.  On the other hand, Alys isn’t exactly winning friends.



Fortunately for her housemates’ noses, she does head off for a shower soon after this.  And then she invites Sara to play tag.



I’ve not seen her do that before in this game.  I suppose the loner and couch potato traits tend to outweigh her childishness.

Terry spends most of the day in the pool…



…but then her social butterfly trait kicks in and she initiates a group conversation with most of the others.



Voting time rolls around again.



As in the first week, it’s a tie, which means that Diana gets to use her casting vote.



And all that time in the pool has paid off.  Di now quite likes Terry, while she barely knows Alys.

So, while everyone else goes off for an evening out in the city, Alys leaves the Big Brother house with as little fuss as possible and moves into an obscure little house under the bridge.  It’s small and simple but it has everything she needs: a kitchen, books and a big TV.  Now she can follow the rest of the series in comfort.


 

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