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Offline Nimrod Mikkusu

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 23 Dec)
« Reply #50 on: December 25, 2016, 05:08:43 AM »
Yeah.  ::) DInasties usually take years to do.  ;) Same for RTJs and Legacies.

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #51 on: December 27, 2016, 05:49:44 AM »
Yeah.  ::) DInasties usually take years to do.  ;) Same for RTJs and Legacies.

Well, unless you're KRae or Alex, of course ;).



A Charmer – and a Crisis

Tyrone had his first cake and…

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…wow, this kid is full of surprises.  Where did that hair come from?  Seven generations of dark-haired rainboos and then I get a normal-skinned blond.

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Just random variation, I guess.

Tyrone was a charmer right from the start, even before he’d got most of his traits.  Everyone was keen to help to teach his toddler skills.

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Nice toddler-appropriate subject matter there, Angus.

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They also spent a lot of time talking about the finer points of ball games, although that did at least make a small amount of sense: they’re both athletic.  Ty obviously didn’t mind – it was Angus who had the honour of carrying him to his next birthday cake.

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As usual on this speed, childhood was a mad whirl of schooling and tutoring from Clare – although he did fit in time to make a start on one challenge for his as-yet-unlocked supermax skill.

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And when Tyrone finally got some time to himself to play with his toys, another birthday intervened.

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Back to the tutoring :(.

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He unlocked charisma halfway through his teens and got the celebrity challenge almost at once, while he was still at level 2.

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All of the immortals gathered to see the final member of the family grow up.

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Tyrone rushed off up to the walled town as soon as Clare had started on his latest portrait, to register as a lifeguard.

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While he was waiting for his first day on duty at the beach, he worked on his athletic skill.

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The actual baywatching bit turned out to be pretty dull.  He was the only person who seemed to use the beaches.

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He jogged up and down the sand and talked to the paparazzi when they finally caught up with him near the end of each shift.  If he could build his skills a little, the time wouldn’t be totally wasted.

With nobody else in the household doing anything much, the time seemed to go past even quicker than usual and Tyrone was soon having another birthday.

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And that’s where things went seriously wrong, although I didn’t realise it until later.  Ty finished his first career, supermaxed charisma and completed his remaining requirements – apart from one.  He hadn’t had a single opportunity as an adult.  The day before his elder birthday, he had a late career change and became a private eye like his mother – which was when the extent of the problem became obvious.  He couldn’t get any jobs as a PI.  He’d go into the police station or sit down at the computer and search, but no case appeared.  Ty was an opportunity-free zone.

It took a factory reset and a return to just after his adult birthday (thanks, Trip!) to cure the problem.



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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #52 on: December 27, 2016, 05:50:20 AM »
Ty became a level 10 lifeguard by working out at home on his day off and then joined the political career.  He spent most of the rest of the day chatting to Alessandra, who’d taken to haunting full-time.

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His first day as a podium polisher was uneventful but on the second he received two opportunities in quick succession.  (Yay!)  Then it was the weekend – and his elder birthday was looming again.  He concentrated on his skills, getting his last fraction of an athletic point on the Saturday and maxing charisma in the library on Sunday evening…

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…just before ageing up in the loos.

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Socialising with his colleagues at work following day earned him his tenth best friend.  As before, he supermaxed without completing his lifetime wish.  I don’t remember that happening with any of my other charisma Sims, although I knew the requirements were different for the Super Friendly challenge and Super Popular LTW.  After work, he walked over to the square and introduced himself to a few more people.

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Lifetime wish complete!  Even better, a charisma opportunity appeared while he was chatting.  All he needed was one more – but time was getting short.  The elder life stage is only 5 days on this speed – and the game was showing signs of bugginess again.

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That’s Gwynedd, who is artistic but has no painting skill points, continuing Clare’s portrait of Tyrone.  Weird.  I stopped her as soon as I noticed and moved the easel into a locked room, although it was very tempting to let her carry on and see what happened.  (How much would the painting be worth and who would be credited as the artist?)

Tyrone was asked to read There Is No ‘No’ and report back to work.

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He made a good start but was too tired to finish the book.

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Thank goodness for high-quality beds.  He was awake early and able to finish reading before the start of his shift.

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He returned home that afternoon…

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…and went straight to the replicator.

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Tyrone County became immortal at 25 days…

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…and the dynasty was complete.



Tyrone County

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Traits: athletic, friendly, loves to swim, good sense of humour, charismatic

Lifetime wish: Super Popular
Career: Lifeguard
Skill: Charisma
(He also reached level 10 of athletic)

Building: Good Guys, Inc.
Property: Landgraab Sell’n’Swap

Unique lifetime rewards: Long-Distance Friend, Lungs of Steel, Map to the Stars

Unique best friends
  • Latoya Olson
  • Sarah Way
  • Shannan Villegas
  • Lourdes Keene
  • Bonnie Staples
  • Charity Lynn
(All of his best friends were made in the conventional way, without the use of elixirs)

Unique opportunities
  • The Complete Circuit
  • Sprint to the Finish!
  • A Charming Experiment
  • Election Check
  • Lobster Crisis
  • You Really Mean “Yes”



The Immortals

Clare was the hardest-working member of the family, painting most of the portraits and also tutoring the younger family members for school.  She became a high-level nerd somewhere around generation 3 and gained the family-oriented trait, because she really ought to have had it already.  When she wasn’t busy painting or tutoring, she mostly stood around chatting with her descendants.

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She finished the game with supermaxed painting and maxed logic (plus Teacher Extraordinaire) and social networking.

Kerry supermaxed cooking as well as alchemy, mostly by finishing off dishes that the others had started to prepare.  She became neat as a result of nerd influence and spent most of her time making beds or doing laundry, when she wasn’t playing Gnubb in her nightie.

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Ross was undoubtedly the worst Sim gardener I’ve played.  He never ever tended the garden autonomously.  It was just as well that the combination of his completed challenges and the gardening station made the plants largely self-sufficient. Oddly for an outdoors-loving Sim, his favourite activity was sitting on the living-room floor, meditating in front of the ExtraordinAIRe-inator.

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Angus was the immortal who kept working for the longest.  Sometime during Gwynedd’s adulthood, I looked up from the sculpting room and found a burglar helping himself to food from the fridge.  Then I realised it was just Angus in one of his undercover disguises.

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He worked as a superspy well into generation 7, either chatting with his partner or sleeping through his shifts.  In his free time, he upgraded solar panels and wind turbines.

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Thanks to his efforts, the household bills stayed pretty low, just edging over 2000 simoleons in the last few weeks.  After retiring, Angus joined his father’s meditation sessions.  He supermaxed handiness, mastered the logic and athletic skills and autonomously completed the Body Builder challenge late in the game.

Gwynedd had the least to do after becoming immortal.  She whiled away the time chatting with Clare and critiquing the décor.

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Leicester supermaxed street art, mastered guitar, reached level 6 in both bass and drums and level 3 in piano.  He retired shortly after Wanda’s death, when he reached level 5 of the music career…

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…and spent most  of the rest of the game playing his guitar.

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Like her grandmother, Mona did very little once she was no longer the active Sim, dividing her time between watching Leicester and relaxing in the hot tub.

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Which brings us back to Tyrone.  He got to level 5 of politics before completing his requirements but was holding a wish to retire, no doubt to join his relatives in doing nothing much in his pyjamas.



The challenge was completed on week 23, day 4 and the museum value was an unimpressive §126,635.

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #53 on: December 27, 2016, 09:44:18 AM »
Excellent job!  Congratulations on a glorious success!

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #54 on: December 27, 2016, 10:09:55 AM »
Yeah! Congrats on finishing this!  ;D

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #55 on: December 27, 2016, 04:12:25 PM »
Congratulations! That was incredibly impressive! I'm still amazed at how jampacked the updates were, and glad you were able to finish it!

Edit: it's so cool to see how long the rainbow slider lasted! Really lucked out with it. Even if Ty wasn't a rainboo, he still looked unique next to everyone else. Congrats again!




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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #57 on: December 27, 2016, 07:56:49 PM »
Congratulations hazelnut! Can't believe someone pulled this off! And I love the festive decorations in your final screenshot. Hope you had a nice Christmas :) <3

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #58 on: December 29, 2016, 02:40:09 AM »
Thanks, everyone :D.

@KCNDreams: The persistent rainbow slider was one of the best things about the game.  I'm amazed it lasted so long just by chance, when all of the spouses had normal skin.

@KRae: No, not exhausting.  Iintense but fun.  The bugs were infuriating but that's true on any speed.  I really should have given up on the file early on when it became obvious that it was a particularly bad one, but I'd grown fond of Clare and Kerry.  I was trying to play a game on normal speed yesterday but gave up because it was so boringly slow.  Maybe I need to do something else for a while...

@Ausette: I suddenly realised I'd not used any of the Sims Christmas stuff this year, so decorated the house for that final screenshot.  Must have been a bit of a shock for the Countys - the house had been pretty minimal up to then.  They'd not even had curtains before ;).

And yes, we had a good, if quiet, Christmas.  Hope you did too :)

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #59 on: December 30, 2016, 01:14:34 PM »
It must be gratifying to have succeeded, it shows that it was well planned beforehand. Congrats!

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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #60 on: December 30, 2016, 01:28:45 PM »
I've been following along and just wanted to add my congratulations. This was a really cool and impressive challenge you set for yourself! I am in awe.


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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (updated 27 Dec)
« Reply #61 on: December 30, 2016, 02:44:46 PM »
Yeah! Congratulations!  ;D ;)


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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty (completed)
« Reply #63 on: July 08, 2017, 01:31:31 PM »
Sorry about the mixup with this getting sent to the Graveyard! Congrats on finishing and sorry about Photobucket being a greedy piece of crap. :(
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Re: The County Set – A Short Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #64 on: July 11, 2017, 02:40:24 PM »
All sorted out now.  And thanks again for moving the story to the right place :).

 

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