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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #100 on: June 14, 2019, 12:05:41 PM »
Moustache man looks like he can't believe his luck at being invited to join the club.  Shockingly (and I mean, for real), there is an empty bar behind him.

I like what you did with the front fountains and the landscaping around them.  If they were the reason for these updates, all the better.  I also spent some time admiring your roofline, that's one of the hardest parts for me to get right.  I recently learned how to make Mansard roofs and now I am thinking of all the houses in my saves that could look so much better.

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #101 on: June 14, 2019, 01:05:20 PM »
I can entirely relate to figuring out roofs! The regret is real! Initially I made some clumsy big houses with a basic hipped roof, and figuring out mansards (which was a roof type in Sims 3, back in the day, and I was frustrated they weren't in Sims 4, but now I understand why) sort of unlocked being able to make this type of house. There are some old saves that I went back to and made a better roof for.

I was actually recently looking at some speedbuilt houses on YouTube -- not something I often do -- but there was a fancy-ish house with nice looking dormer windows in a mansard roof. Maybe something I can incorporate here, or in the future. Unless it's CC. If that's the case, I just can't be asked. For anyone curious who might also read this, the two living floors here are medium height, the tallest walls are actually in the roof. I wanted the nice steeply angled roof and mediums weren't steep enough.

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Edited to add two pics. Windows either side of the door have changed. Arched windows aren't right in a 17th century building. I think the ones I've used are right for the job. And I really like the mono-piary. I've never used any of them, because I never know how. But I like them here, accenting the door. Leading the eye.





That last one is the most up-to-date picture of all, and my desktop background too. Some light snow started falling on a cold autumn night. Sawyer nearly froze to death upgrading the rocket. But didn't! Good times!
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Sims Eugenics II - Roland *doesn't* die
« Reply #102 on: July 04, 2019, 04:35:55 PM »
Read on. Roland really doesn't die. What a relief.

Giancarlo did die, but in style. Maybe his pants were too tight after all? Is it worth it? But Roland was totally fine at the same time. In case you were worried how it affects Roland.



Katherine aged up to elder, cake has that effect. I am partial to cake, but now I am wary of its consequences. After consideration, I shall still eat cake. Roland did *not* have cake. You love Roland. You don't want him to die.



A big thing I wanted to do was remodel the inside. The interior layout of the house has never been great. And since the greenhouse was removed, there's been an awkward empty space on the right of the dining room. And the upstairs, which should be for bedrooms, had never been fully used, and one of the downstairs bedrooms was a mess of inefficiency.

I love Sulani. I do. But this house? This 64x64 piece of glorious, imposing, majestic, simming? I miss it. Look at those gardens! You can't do this on Sulani. However, my beachfront mansion with those nice red galleries made me think of applying what I learned there to this house. Maybe the layout could be improved. That is Giancarlo walking out the front door, so he hadn't died yet when the revamp was happening.



The red circle is where the kitchen is. I really liked the couch, and fireplace, and that stays. The yellow circles are much improved bathrooms. It's so useful to have them close to the entrance.

Flanking the entrance are glorified passages like I have in my beachfront Sapphire Shores house. On some of the pedestals are golden frogs from trips to the jungle. And those red passages really do look good when the sun shines through the long windows, and... bonus... they're juice bottle shaped for sims who love their juice! The house, after all, is called Windmilles & Wine. To get the everything to fit, some walls adjacent to the big entrance pillars had to be pulled forward, and stuff happens, and... here's the house now:



"But!", I hear you say, "That's cheap wood paneling!" (You're quite right, it is.)

But no! It's not! (Seriously, it really is.) It's a fluted marble column. Fluted. Marble.

Not long after moving the kitchen, I wanted to add more light to it. So I did. Instead of cold stone flags, that's "bowl of Cherrywood' flooring, which is one of my favourite. The Dine Out oven fits now, along with the ever-present Yum Cooker, and it's fun to collect those experimental meals and photos. A house like this should have the facilities to make all the foods, and now it does. Ah, the indoor grill is fine. No worries.



Mr Roland Ramsey. Cringe. He has no history. No skill. No talent. I moved him in -- he's an elder -- and set about making him into an Awful Man. Cringe again. (I did too well in making him creepy.) We needed a pollinator, and now Giancarlo had left the house there was room to move one in. The last one was a blue alien with dark hair, so I wanted a change. Mr Roland was edited in CAS to make him blue-eyed and blonde. And come on, when else can any sim wear that outfit and that hair and moustache? He's a sim I have difficulty liking. By design! Sawyer had been a YA for a while, and it was time we got the next heir. She was chosen, poor girl, because her angry brows and mouth had preserved more from the founders (well, just Persephone) than her sisters.



A lot of light in the kitchen. Sadly this is an autumn and winter chapter, and it's been dull and cloudy most of the time. I really want to see the house and gardens in the spring, which we haven't seen yet. But that kitchen, of a sunny morning, should be delightful.





Like I said, Mr Roland Ramsey didn't die. Almost a pity!



I'll add another chapter tomorrow. I've got the pictures ready to go, but 16 pictures at once is too much to digest as a reader. I'm conscious of you.

Sawyer's baby...
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Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - In which we are Disappointed
« Reply #103 on: July 05, 2019, 12:11:28 PM »
Mr Roland Ramsey continues being not dead in the most unpleasant way. He's taken a re-traiting potion and is now self-absorbed, self-confident, and flirty.



That's Nancy Caliente, who somehow had become an elder without having children. We don't want the Caliente house to become vacant. The magic of CAS can reset a sim to a younger stage, but it won't put them at day 1 of being YA or A. So, for that reason, Roland offered Nancy a cloned age-away serum. (And children.)

The two dogs both became elders, and were put up for adoption to a good home. Even before that, and when there was space in the house, we tried to have puppies but it seemed to be glitching. But with no dogs, there was space. When Teppei was found outside in the cold, and I still had cheats enabled from aging Nancy down, I added him to the household to nurse him back to health. I can't help it. And the family do have that nice home vet clinic.



He's an Abyssinian. Lacey, the most well-raised and youngest of the daughters, is the designated vet. She's a long range conservationist. We haven't yet set foot in Sulani, so how much the islands can be improved by spreading the word (to her family) to save the planet... I guess I'll find out.

Soon, Teppei had a friend.



Honey is a Siberian. She was rescued in the early hours of Winterfest I think, and was in the home clinic being repaired as the rest of the house was decorating the tree and cooking a feast. It would be heartless to see sickly cat pixels and not want to help.

They have different ears and different fur, and I'm thinking kittens, but right now the house is full.



Even found time to build a snow friend. --No Father Winter babies because he's a pear, and if you really want a child to inherit that trait, you sacrifice being picky and shallow about how the father looks. You just have to take what's on offer. And... no. Not this time. But I do like collecting traits, and maybe the next generation father... so with that in mind Sawyer was eating strawberries for a girl. And the girl was born on Winterfest.

More of the new kitchen.



And, brace yourself, here's the new face of Windmilles & Wine... Kaitlynn!







I'm also just getting tired of that brow and mouth. Variety, game! Please! No, she's not angry. That's her neutral face. *Deep sigh.* I feel it's more resilient than Vlad's Nose was. Kaitlynn might rebel against her family name and most identifying features and change 'em as soon as she becomes a teen. She got her father's colours, and her mother's shapes.

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In other news:

1. Roland has a bad reputation. Really? How? Why?



2. Katherine is dead.



3. Roland doesn't care.



4. Cat Friend Honey has a Simstagram account.



5. Cat Friend Honey also ran away the day Katherine died, and Kaitlynn needed a hug.



6. And spring has sprung. Somewhere in there is an emotional, angular toddler.


Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - in which a man wears sunglasses indoors
« Reply #104 on: July 07, 2019, 08:06:13 AM »
Well, I've been building again. So you -- both of you -- suffer through some joyless commentary about How To Not Care That Your Palace Has a Yum Cooker.

Firstly, Roland has died.



He wasn't long for the world, and at the time of his happy shuffle off this mortal coil, has fathered 14 children*, with more on the way. When I aged him back to the start of the elder stage with Age Away, he was only 2 days younger than Katherine. There was actually some rushing to get through his... business.

Kiera and Lacey witnessed his end without getting any sad moodlet. Maybe related to his bad reputation?

Sawyer had a whim for a hot tub, and her wish was granted.



(Also, note the cheap wooden paneling fluted marble columns that are also at the back of the house.) That was the hot tub solution, that looks nice enough to my eyes with the Sulani... thing... over it. The colour did change later when I changed the non-slip mats with wooden ones from Spa Day.

Inside, I got tired of the lounge and changed it for no better reason. And I really like those base game cuttlefish sofas. Those are glorious. Softer curves, not stick thin like the Cozofa and Comfultimate Sofa.



Yes, that's a kava bowl on the bar for a kava party that's not yet happened. I'm thinking that the Beach Life aspiration is a far more interesting way to be stress-free than buying the Carefree trait, and something my teen sims will routinely do.



Toddlers need fireplaces. Even in my beachfront house, which never gets cold, there are plenty fireplaces for this reason. It's a reliable way to keep a youthful Kaitlynn happy.

So Honey was going to have kittens...



... but just stood there and didn't. I reset her, and that instantly prompted the dialogue to name a cat, but none was forthcoming. Not being emotionally attached to either Teppei or Honey, and having nursed them to health, I have moved them into the Whitman household across the road.

Dining room:







I don't know who the stranger is or how he got in. (The gaudy golden zebra carpet has since been changed.) I have these short moments of rebellion when the over-the-top-and-hey-its-only-sims feeling comes over me. But it doesn't quite work. I'm also just using some underused furniture for the sake of change. Those are Get Together chairs. There's been a wave of purple through the house of late.

Kait as a child still has the huge mouth, but her brows seem okay? Dare we hope? When she's grown up, she's probably on the cusp of being stunning... but isn't.

Nobuya is a new sim to the household. Another single, male, elder. And being the elder, and not irresponsibly flying backyard-built rockets into space (seriously kids, not okay - do not take life lessons from the Sims), reads to Kait. He's the father figure she needs. Also, Mr Roland Ramsey is dead, and... y'know Sims. He's not going to be quite as available to every female sim as Roland was, because Roland did quite well.



Mum and not-dad and daughter playing chess so she can hurry up and do homework!



Sawyer had a makeover. Given... everything about her... she is looking, dare we say, attractive. That short knitted dress thing does a good job of disguising the pot-belly body shape, but the hairdo and makeup is what I'm most proud of. Her unusual and not-entirely-human skin / hair colour combo is hard to work with.

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A scenic digression. There was a thunderstorm, and I set about trying to get some lightning pictures. In getting these, 114 extra screenshots were taken (and since deleted). Patience is a virtue.









*Roland's final count is 20 children.
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Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Nobuya dresses inappropriately
« Reply #105 on: July 11, 2019, 04:47:07 PM »


That's the same storm that concluded the previous post. It lasted for nearly two days. At least the aliens had the good sense to arrive at the front door in that weather, which is a nice touch. If they really must abduct my genetically superior* sims, it's a Comfort to me that they don't get too soaked.

*this is presently Disputed

I think it was Kiera being zapped and jolted, which I'm sure mattered a great deal to her, and was surely put on social media.



That's her at the top of her art critic career. She and Lacey, the long range environmentalist (which, when I put it that way, reminds me of Bleak House) are at time of writing finished their careers. Sawyer is the chosen heir, so Kiera and Lacey are each to be shuffled out to a big house of their own. 

The gold zebra rug has been replaced by that one! More Class! But keen eyed readers will probably not be drawn to the carpet but the unique looking gallery sim who is obviously in the save for the purpose of exciting children. Yes. Entirely true. How much you (or me) will see of her or that family is an unknown, but I do find these eugenics experiments help me keep interest.



Some self-explanatory scenes of life around the chateau:






--the very pale blue sim is a child of a previous blue alien pollinator man. They're not the best looking bunch. I love the Celebrity Home trait and the tourists and paparazzi. I'm a big fan of Get Famous. At the moment, none of the household sims are famous at all. There's always someone feeling like an imposter (don't we all?) but in that house, the volume of happy moodlets crushes any embarrassment. Usually. Not always. You've gotta be careful.   




--Sawyer drinking Age Away, because I like her. I have thought of turning her into a vampire to keep her around. She also got some cosmetic surgery to fix her Persephone mouth. Because I can.


--a very hastily assembled Island Living bedroom upstairs.



A cutaway-walls picture to show anyone interested the dining room and kitchen. That was a sunny summer's morning. The last day of summer. I think moving the kitchen there was a good choice.

Kiera has moved out, and into the Spencer-Kim-Lewis house. The last descendant of that family is a sickly blue man, and I had a thought bubble (not really - that's just polite fiction) blue Kiera would certainly produce blue children. Perfect. But although she's gone, she has unlocked the cravat and beret:



Nobuya committed fully and grew a moustache to complete the look. There's no way he was giving that up for tropical beach wear. We're in Sulani for the first time so Sawyer can finally get through her Beach Life aspiration, and buy 3 coconuts. And... Lacey was a level 9 conservationist who had never been to Sulani, so it was about time.

Then, back home, Sawyer hosted the most genteel kava party. Exceptionally orderly.



Sawyer ate one coconut, because that was a life goal (come on girl, aim a little higher), but the other two were planted here, framing the hot tub. 



Unfortunately that picture is 11:30pm on the last day of summer, so that little bit of growth of the right-hand tree soon disappeared. But in spring and summer, there'll be cute little palm trees there. I'm looking forward to that. Future generations will not have to buy their coconuts either.

Lacey makes use of the new pool lounger. Tough life.

Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - How do you solve a problem like Yesenia?
« Reply #106 on: July 12, 2019, 07:29:51 PM »


No, she's not created in CAS by me. No, I haven't put cas.fulleditmode on to improve her. --But I've learned from using the Tapatalk app that the first picture shows up, so I figure I'll lead with her. And it worked! You've totally been drawn in.

And I'll explain later.

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There's a lot of text, and a lot of housekeeping in this one. A good place to begin is with Sawyer's genealogy.



Cornelius and Persephone, top right. Mila Munch is part of the family tree! And Wolfie! We didn't have long with him, but Kath and Lacey did inherit his eye colour. Wow, Ahilac is Kaitlynn's great grandmother. So, while diluted, we do have an alien bloodline. And Ahilac's golden hair did pass on to her son, and to the twins. 

I was rereading this whole saga earlier on, and my ideas of what the "finished house" might look like were sadly inadequate compared to what its looks like now. This is my favourite save. The gardens and the blue-ish roof, and the other families... it's good fun.

What that genealogy doesn't show is the history of pollinator sims. Sadly some houses have died out - in Windenburg only the Fyres remain. I tend to focus more on Willow Creek and Oasis Springs, because that's where classic names like the Pancakes and Goths and Landgraabs are, and it's where I've got descendants of this family. The first pollinator was J Huntington III. The second was a blue alien man. The third was Mr Smith, in my brief interlude with the Ahilac / Chadwick house. The fourth was Roland Ramsey.



The man above is... can you guess who he's descended from? He's Ellis Holiday. Probably a grandson of Summer, but the family resemblance is still there. He's not one of the half-aliens, his father is Mr Smith who was even more prolific than Mr Roland Ramsey.

We went back to Sulani, now Sunday, and the first day in autumn, to find things beach-combing for Sawyer's aspiration. A part of me thinks that a long-haul flight back to Brindleton and school for Kait at 8am is unrealistic, and the other part of me agrees.

Lacey completed level 10 of Conservationisting the following day. That's the purely decorative camera she got (lying on the coffee table), which was new to me, but still cool and I wanted a picture.



Lacey -- nice, but not a child of both Giancarlo and Katherine -- has been moved off, pregnant, to Admiral's Wreckage. This is not as bad for her as it sounds, because now it's my Vacuous Green house with different walls, roof, and two palm trees in the larger front garden. And her conservationist canoe. She really should live in Sulani. Now she does. I'm tired of all these pale Caucasian sims, so she found a handsome dark-skinned man and is going to have the most beautiful descendant in the family yet, no doubt. Kiera is more frightful looking, and her kid will be blue. As for the heir that matters, well, Kait as a toddler really frightened me with those angry brows, and I think we're still a generation or two away from normality in the big house.

So the current household, has shrunk down to only 3 sims. Nobuya, Sawyer, and Kait.



... and Roland the ghost. That is the *best* outfit for a ghost.

Guess the family #2:



That's... Randolph Goth.

Problem: So the Great Pollinator Plot of 2018 was to move one of Alexis or Rosalind, the Green Twins, into a nice house on the Oakenstead lot. But the game had other ideas and moved in the lovely, normal Flint family. Generations of pollinating later, and that house is in danger of dying out. There are 6 sims, all men.

Solution: find a suitably interesting female sim, otherwise unneeded. Move said female sim into the Windmille. Acquaint her with most becoming of the male species in Flint house. Ensure child is female.

This is why we're visiting the Goth house. You might remember J Huntington III devilishly romanced Bella. (You might not. There's a lot of other things to remember. What if you forgot how to make tea? Exactly. J's escapades had long been forgotten by me too, so don't worry about it.) Anywho. Bella had a daughter -- success -- and that daughter, had twin daughters: Yesenia and Mackenzie. Mackenzie happened to be the one Mr Roland Ramsey... got to know... and there is a young Goth toddler from that union. A girl, in fact. So her sister, Yesenia, is simply not needed to keep the Goth name alive. And, why shouldn't the Goths, such a staple of The Sims, not be the ones to expand to a lovely house in Oakenstead? Exactly. So we embarked on a slightly morally dubious adventure to get Yesenia to move in with us, only to palm her off to some other house with 6 men she doesn't know.

And Yesenia got a makeover to look... like a Goth. This is just something I normally do. Brand recognition. I also normally makeover a Pancakes girl -- jeans, green tank top -- to look like Eliza, or a Pancakes man to look like Bob, a Landgraab girl in an white top and orange skirt to keep the connection to Nancy. And so on. Randolph really should visit, and be turned into Mortimer.



And here she is, bringing class... or something.

You might notice she's not very pregnant with any Flint baby. The slight flaw in the plan... turns out the Flints are all her half-brothers. So now we have Yesenia. Yup, she totally still has Bella's figure.





The library got a long-overdue update.



I don't think that computer suits that desk at all well, and it'll be swapped with a laptop. There's a lot of Vampire decor items here -- the floor, walls, chairs. It reminds me to get a sim through the business career for those nice high-backed chairs.

So I'm not sure what to do with Yesenia - for now, she's a lifeguard. But to keep the Flints from dying out or a nice house going empty, I'll have to find another lucky girl, unrelated to them.
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #107 on: July 14, 2019, 04:34:31 AM »


It's only been about one sim week, but an extraordinary amount of story has happened that I took pictures of, and feel can't just be skipped over, and must be uploaded here. But today (or not, if you read this in the Future) is Wimbledon, the cricket world cup final, and Silverstone.

I rather fear it'll take longer to organize the screenshots and write them up than it took to play... :) This is the save that most engages me at the moment, and y'all suffer as a result.

And it's 45 pictures. So about 3 updates.
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Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Nobuya goes fishing
« Reply #108 on: July 14, 2019, 06:09:20 AM »


Behold, Sawyer's other outfit. She's a favourite. I'm trying to remember why she was on the phone. I know she quit Space Rangering, and is now a Culinary-ist. But I'm pretty sure that only happened a few days later, after the holiday. I'm inspired by Carl's recent guide to the snagglefluster to have Sawyer be a mixologist and unlock that drink recipe. I've got it before, but a long time ago.

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So here's Max and Jacques playing chess for his childhood aspiration. Luna paints to pay the 12k bills we can't afford.







And that's why we can't afford to pay the bills. On the plus side, the bills would be far worse if... we could afford to furnish anything. That's the cheapest chess table and cheapest chairs, because there's literally about 12 simoleons in funds.

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This is exactly what it looks like: a pollinating visit to some houses to keep them alive. This is the Vlad's Nose house, which the Gonzalez family moved into. One of the amazingly well-named residents is Gonzalo Gonzalez.







The other stop was the Gupta house, which is the tiny 20x15 Babs L'Amour house I showed some pictures of on the building thread. It occupies the exact same lot in this save.





I think basements can go deeper now, though I've not tried. This is B2. I see the ice skating rink as a space efficient pool replacement. A pool would take up space on two floors. This also raises fitness.

Back at the big house, Yesenia eats spoiled food.



Well... she can still learn the recipe. I'm not going to make another serving of it when we already have some. She'll be right. Don't worry. My sim kids eat dirt all the time.



Um... do we have a tour guide? She has an earpiece and everything. They're undercover (sorry, couldn't resist) spies! The happy madness of the sims. What a picture. 

So, rereading this thread reminded me we really should get on with completing the Jungle Adventure relic collections. As it stands, the family have all but 2 of the artifacts, and only 3 frogs.



So here we are, entirely unprepared. Had to wait until 12 noon, last Saturday in autumn, for Yesenia to come back from bay watching, and then immediately left for Selvadorada. It can help to have some levels in archaeology first if you want to progress smoothly on that aspiration.

Rather fortunately...



... there are, after no doubt many years (even decades), some excavation sites left behind my my last jungle adventure when we were just establishing these sites to complete the aspiration. What luck. This meant Yesenia and Sawyer could work on them together and be an archaeology double team. Kait tagged along because she's a kid and can't be left at home, and because she's going to age up to teen on Monday, I'd like to get in some last bit of conflict resolution parenting from Nobuya while the others were digging. 

You might not need so many pictures from this jungle tour, but it's such a pretty world. The lamp in the foreground! Haze! Probably not pollution!



Oh, Nobuya is rubbish at fishing. I didn't promise expertise.

Sawyer and Yesenia left base camp behind and head into the jungle... at least they've found some different gear... and also a third excavation site. I totally* knew about that. Absolutely. This is Planning.



*not even a little bit
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Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Ahilac is out!
« Reply #109 on: July 14, 2019, 08:41:47 AM »


And we're still in the jungle.

Regular adventuring occurred. Normal stuff, like Sawyer, in her bikini (autonomous swimming in a tiny 'pool') actually giving parenting advice to a skeleton. Because Sims.





The final purposeful stride to the treasure room. Sawyer picked up a 2 day blessing, and Yesenia got a curse. After robbing the temple of priceless relics, we didn't even travel back to the Selvadorada town, but went straight back home. Monday morning. School and Astronauting. It's only at that point there was a notification that Yesenia had a curse that had to be cured by cooking up bone dust (thankfully we had some) or she'd pass it on.

She doesn't seem very cursed.





But curing it (I assume you don't just cook bone dust, but add some veggies?) did seem to give her a lift. Quite. Now it's that blessing that continually passes on from sim to sim. Which is really quite cool.

Later that day, and after pointlessly having Kait go to drama club, it was time to age her up. I thought of throwing a party. A Social Event. I never do those.



Well, it turns out I sometimes do. Younger me was a very exciting devil-may-care, life-on-the-edge sort of man, clearly. I had done a gold birthday already. Shocked by myself, I thought I'd do a costume party instead. That's Mackenzie Goth, Yesenia's sister. You can tell.

So this is Winter. Monday. Two days before Winterfest. And the cog has already turned in my head. I will not long tolerate an odd looking Kaitlynn, she's going to be aged up to YA, and we're definitely going to have a magical Father Winter's baby.



Kaitlynn as a teenager. How have we not moved past this? Really? Is that fair? I don't think it's fair.

In other news, Ahilac showed up uninvited. Not because we don't like her, but I know she wasn't invited. So let's not assume that's a costume. Okay, I'm sure she says that's her "costume", but who believes that.



She's been in jail, she's on the run. She broke out. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I really think the orange suits her. She looks good. In the revamp of the house not-American Gothic was moved. I love the spoof sim paintings, but for so long I was frustrated because the name of that one escaped me. 

I'm sorry. That's all. I'm sorry.



You've seen her, and can't unsee her.

If we look for a crumb of comfort, I think the wide cheek bones have gone now. So she's not going to be a teen long, but I wanted to get as many of the positive character traits for her as possible. She is, after all, a top-notch toddler, gold scout, every kind of gifted. She's the best sim the family has had.

Winter scenes:





Yesenia's aspiration when she moved in was the City Living one. She's obviously thwarted by not living in an apartment, but we did the first few goals. Some nice, and different scenes. There's a huge variety now in the game. She learned a few new recipes which I'm always a fan of.

On Winterfest, as last Winterfest, we rescued some stray cats between the eating and decorating and waiting for Father Winter.



There are a few mounted fish in the entrance hall because it can be a convenient place to practice a speech or acting, and the dead fish can apparently make you confident.

And, at about lunch time, Kaitlynn aged up to YA.



She got 4 of the 5 good character traits, only missing emotional control. She spent most of the morning volunteering to raise her empathy. And she was an A student, mostly because of being top of her class as a child. She had 1 day of high school.

And here comes the next part of the plan...



He looks pear-ish. I reckon those shoulders are quite narrow under that massive coat. But regardless, that's the luck of the draw. The child will be a boy. Alternating genders. I had a spliced strawberry / carrot plant in the family inventory, and that would probably be enough carrots to guarantee a boy, but I wanted to plant one of them and grow a plain carrot plant. Before the revamp of gardening when you got 10 harvestables on a plant, splicing them together was fine because you'd still get plenty of each. Since the revamp, plants aren't balanced by growth time but by output, and you might only get one or two carrots a day, so I'd rather have a separate carrot. But, despite being indoors, the planter was having none of it saying it was too cold to plant. But at least we had some carrots.

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Next time: a visit to Lacey in Sulani and her kid, some death, and Wayne
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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« Reply #110 on: July 17, 2019, 02:17:43 PM »
Having waited some days, I had better update this. I've been learning about the Sulani Mana trait, and that might change the plans I had for this family.

So, Father Winter has visited and the already-young adult Kaitlynn is pregnant. When I was playing this last week, I admit thinking to myself I'll shuffle her out the house, and possibly to the Flint house as the female sim that place needs. That might still happen. So she hasn't embarked on any long, 10 level career, but I wanted to unlock the few decor items from the diving part time job. Yesenia is unlocking the lifeguard rewards.

With diving in mind, and needing to purchase some gear from a buoy, we visited sister Lacey.





And... that's her child. I was, and am, all kinds of shocked. He or she is not full of the joys of life, just at the moment.

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Flashback. I'm trawling through my screenshots folder to find a picture of the father to see if I should be as shocked as I am. And here he is:



He's an elder, so hair colour was an unknown...  and I'd not have expected red. Katherine, Lacey, and now this kid, have kept Wolfie Munch's eye colour. But still, the kid is unrealistically pale. I should rename him / her something Irish.

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So that's the Vacuous Green house transplanted into Sulani, and then tweaked a bit. That was the catalyst for going back to the original house to make some of the small changes there as well (the floor is great -- building thread). It's a nice house. I think I prefer the red brick actually. But maybe we need to see this in the sun.



It's the middle of the night, and not a long visit. Back at the ranch we're trying to grow Carrots for Kait, and needed to be home at 5am. But it was good to see Lacey's kid -- when I've named him / her something Celtic I'll let you know. Promise.

Nobuya, in an effort to grow more carrots, has taken the weather control machine down from the attic (he didn't need help, he's a man) (which is to say he didn't ask) (because he's a sim, and I just dragged it) (with a mouse) (but not a real mouse) (a computer mouse) to get around the "but dude it's too cold for carrots" error.



What can I say, I like the weather radar screen.

Here's the remade library again, now with our resident Goth for scale.



And I think the laptop looks better there. And makes more sense. Because Sims is all about sense. That's the Charm.

Gorgeous sunset in Brindleton Bay. I'd never noticed it before. The red glow on the horizon. 



That's Sawyer in the hot tub because it was gently snowing and... I was curious. Would she complain about the cold or not? She didn't. I don't think. Not at this point. Hey, my sims are well looked after! She might feel the brutal cold as she runs inside later, but I'm not showing a picture of that, and therefore it didn't happen! Everyone is happy!

I said *might*. All hypothetical.

Then Nobuya died.





Even Grimmy looked around to see who in the house was deeply concerned. And answer came there none. Literally no one showed up. Okay, it's a big house, but Kait? This is is your sorta-kinda-father figure, dead, in the snow. It's poetic and everything? Still no? We're both disappointed in you Kait. Me and the other one. Yeah. How does that feel?

But... I wondered if we had got the "Hello Darkness my old chum" achievement in this save, so Yesenia was sent out to take selfies with Grim.



Which was entirely appropriate for the level of Emotional Distress on display.

The maid dies, and now you care? You go outside, in a blizzard, freezing cold, pregnant... for the maid you never talked to.



These deaths all happened a few hours apart. Early morning and late morning on the same day.

Kait actually started the diving career at level 3, and instantly unlocked everything, but I did feel she had to turn up for work as a diver at least once. And this is that once.



Kait looking at Kath is like looking in a mirror. Almost. The cheeks are less severe on Kait. Less likely to injure her pillow.



New Year's Eve, and because of the resolution to raise a skill, Kait decided to bake. And she maxed baking that day. From 0.



And, why not have a picture of the Goth girl turning to the dark side of the force! I do really want a gold relic. Many years from now, or tomorrow night. (I'd be surprised if I've got anyone singing along to The Road to Eldorado, but stranger things have happened.)



It's been quite a mad winter in the chateau. But here we are, in the early hours of spring, with the next lucky heir to the angry eyebrows...



... Wayne Wildingham! Yeah. Can't wait. At all. To see his naturally beautiful face.

It's not the poshest name. We'll have to Bring Back The Posh another time. I had fleeting, vague plans of an eventual Union between young Wayne with Yesenia (how great would this be as an actual Goth family home?), but now I've learned of (and experienced) summoning Sulani Elementals and the hidden trait they have that passes on. That's interesting gameplay. It's a Point of Interest.

How do you solve a problem like Yesenia?
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Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #111 on: July 17, 2019, 08:42:39 PM »
Random thoughts on the last 5 or so updates: (I just got caught up)

I like the lighter, brighter kitchen.  It can be a challenge to get good lighting in sims houses, especially after Seasons.  I understand that cloudy/rainy days shouldn't be as bright as sunny days, but I think the developers went a tad overboard.

Having the benefit of reading several updates at once, I got to see Kait age from toddler to YA in a short (to me) time frame.  The final result was...better than I expected, given her toddler brow/cheeks.  The pencil thin eyebrows she got as a teen weren't doing her any good, but I see you fixed that pronto.  I can't wait to see little Wayne's face. 

Father figure Nobuya-- I kinda liked him.  I felt all the emotion at his death that I didn't feel for Roland.

Yesenia makes a lovely 'Goth for scale' even if she hasn't found her purpose in life yet.  Or maybe she has.  I'm sure you've got a plan.

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« Reply #112 on: July 21, 2019, 06:39:40 AM »
The plan was really only figured out after testing in another save. Yesenia was really brought in with the Flint house and it's 6 men in mind, and that's a real oversight on my part. But now there is a plan, and this is the plan in action.



Sawyer spent some of her formative years without my special guidance, and has some undesirable traits. Not that glutton really impacts anything, it's just... undignified. That trait was swapped for Child of the Islands. We've got a re-traiting potion on the shelf, ready to clone without having to spend another 5k. This is why the science career is so useful.



And having summoned the Sulani Elementals, much effort was put into befriending the two menfolk. We have some charismatic sims, but no celebrities with the "besties" introduction. So it was a combination of charisma, the "incredibly friendly" trait, and starting a popular club gathering. Mayhap the female readership would swoon over the fitter man on the right, if he were alive and still shirtless, and he's the guy I went for first. Unfortunately for Yesenia -- she's the other half of the plan -- to move in a ghost you have to pretty much fill the relationship bar, and Sawyer introduced herself to the man on the right before the group gathering started.

Mileage seems to vary, but both in this instance, and in my test in another save before the latest patch, I've been able to move-in a Sulani Elemental during the very first summoning. And when I've done so, I've *not* needed ambrosia. They've been added to the household as opaque, solid, non-floaty, living sims.





And just like that, Yesenia and Enele Faamoana tried for baby immediately because she (poor thing) (but we're going to get a Goth girl!) is destined for Wayne. So in a way it's true there was no messing around, but yes, there was also some messing around.

Spring in Brindleton Bay is often fairly cold and bleak.



It basically just carried on snowing, but the plants grow regardless. Enele hadn't seen snow before, and got the moodlet for that. At least this spring snow was a gentle introduction to Weather for him. I'm very pleased with my palm trees.



In keeping with the new jungle surroundings, the hot tub broke into a green and bubbly phase in sympathy. And because you can mold a hot tub to your whims and have it do what you want, but not your cat, you can fix it.

Enele did have a cloned Slimify Serum before this makeover. I tend to give male sims that (obviously) sexy I-just-can't-be-asked-to-shave-every-day stubble.



Kait was offered level 5 in the writing career, and she accepted. She's got a good reputation. Don't be bad, be good. That's the motto. She didn't have the slightest bit of writing skill, but by the time she was on her 4th book, she had maxed the skill. This is the newly remade inspiration room that hovers above the kitchen. Every wall is in a different variety of that wallpaper.





I did toy with the idea of moving Kait to the Flint house, but no. She's part of the lineage and must stay. And I do like the desk that Journalism unlocks. She also has an... exasperated sigh... angular toddler to raise.

Yes, that's our carrot and strawberry Nooboo Selection Kit (or NSK) at the end of that passage. I like pretty houses to a point, but functionality is important too.

We've unlocked all the lifeguard bathing suits and towels, and with nothing more to unlock, Yesenia was invited to be a level 5 musician. She too duly accepted.



She heads out to work as Enele comes home. He's in the business career because I want the high back chairs.

Wayne hatched into a toddler. This is about a day before Yesenia gave birth.



CAS pictures are coming later, but this is the initial shock. Switching genders has not helped, the angry brows and unnatural mouth survives! You know what that means? More generations! Roland's eye and hair colour lives on though.

His mother's eyebrows are quite angular.



But also not so bad that you don't notice her mouth. Which I changed. I literally just clicked on the mouth type she already has.



I possibly should have taken pictures of Wayne now, but I forgot about him. True story. But then I thought it made very little difference, and Yesenia would soon give birth, and I'd age that mighty descendant of House Goth up to toddler immediately so we'd have little age gap between the kids.



Meet Miss Aili Goth.

A search on the Internet -- it's great, check out the internet after you've read this -- says it's a Finnish name meaning blessed. Not bad considering Mini Goth's dad is really a god-brought-to-life... whose-sole-purpose-is-now-to-get-furniture. Which is not so much a blessing, but also kinda Scandinavian.

CAS pics of the toddlers!




Not swoon! But also Swoon! Aili could turn out alright.

Eventually the snow melted, and we have green palm trees. I couldn't just share the wintry trees.



Sawyer is still in the mixology branch hoping to get us Snaggle Fluster, but she has days off, and when the toddlers are asleep or messing with food, she finds time to be well. And not unwell.

And finally, a minor update in front is that the money trees are now in lovingly hand-crafted garden pots. Most by Sawyer, who maxed handiness a while back. Some are by Yesenia to raise her handiness. She's a musician, so I also want her to have handiness at level 8 to make hand crafted violins and guitars.



And the gardens look good in spring.
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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« Reply #113 on: July 26, 2019, 05:14:11 AM »


Just because that's a cool picture.
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Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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« Reply #114 on: July 26, 2019, 04:06:57 PM »


See? He eats food. He's special. Are you special like Wayne? Really?

The blonde daughter, (yeah, a sim who is not Yesenia... what's with that? is that even allowed?), has got us the Quaint My Cottage writing desk.



It could go in the inspiration room upstairs, but I think it fits here nicely too.

Raising the toddlers proved somewhat of a challenge. Both of them are Clingy! I usually go with angelic, but clingy says it gives a boost when they're being directly taught. We've got 4 adults (although that's always debatable) to raise them, so I was giving it a go. If I fell way short of Top Notch, then I'd learn something. But from another save and another toddler, it seemed like the clinginess was very much worth it for the skilling boost.



This room was not ideal. The reading [*insert kiddo's name] to sleep often glitched out. Too small? Not enough pathing options? Getting this screenshot only happened after removing other chairs that seemed to confuse the parents. But even after this, wonderful, singular moment of reading, it was still unreliable. I felt Wayne and Aili were losing valuable Imagination. The brief issue with toddlers having things get stuck in their hands is solved, but it did get me to use high chairs to feed them. High chairs were (probably still are) placed in the passage outside. You'd do it too! Maybe not. But if you did I'd not judge. So, we have two families, really. The Wildinghams and the Goths. But, unless I can be asked to actually change the name of a sim, this is going to be a Goth house. And we've made peace with that. We're fine.

On a slight digression, the Flint Problem was solved. Baby Ariel seems a wasted sim that just sits in one's "households" and never ages. From what I've been reading about hidden traits, she has one, just for her. But if you cake her up to YA, no worries. So off stage, she moved in for a day, acquainted herself with a red-haired Flint, and moved out.





That happy group of Pictures is because I thought the weather machine sitting outside ruined the view, and we have unused space in the roof. No, there's no door or stairs. The only way there is to teleport.

The wormhole generator lives there too. Pity the unlucky alien who decides to escape their homeworld, and travels through this wormhole. (Because they'll be stuck.) (Obviously.) I should put a desk with a guest book for them to sign before they turn around and go home.

House Goth:


Then, Enele, Sawyer, Kait in the library that you tire of seeing, but are too polite to say anything about! Thank you! Don't mention it. (Really don't, I might be fragile.) I think I took this screenshot to replace the earlier one -- after all, we only need one to see the nice desk. But as I forgot that plan, you have both! Double. This is great. It's like the other time. Which was also great. Very, very... great.



Moving on.



My rule is still that alien abductions are Great and must be Documented. That's Kait being floated up to the heavens. As I write this, my brain cog wonders -- also wanders -- whether a baby by alien abduction of an Sulani elemental -- like Enele -- would still pass on the Sulani Mana trait? My gut feel is that it will; that you could get a 100% alien born with that trait.

Final day of toddler skilling.



I think having to split attention between two Noo Boos slowed them down, and had actually resigned myself to Happy Toddlers. When the "1 day left" mark was reached, all skills were level 4, but it really seemed like reaching Top Notch was a long shot, but the family would obviously still try super hard to make it happen.

Trying Super Hard is recommended, because Wayne, on the cusp of exhaustion, finally learned how to think. And then he went to bed, alone, because now there was no reason to even try failing "read to sleep", and he aged up without cake.

But! I'm getting ahead of myself.



At just the right time of day, weather permitting, three pedestals catch the sun in a most disarming way. The size and shape and window spacing is different to the similar galleries in my Sapphire Shores house, but these have I dunno… antechambers? Is that right? There's still pet food hiding, just out of view there. Oh grief, I need to fix the mirrors and walls. I apologize. But behold, mistakes.

And the sunset, when looking at the sun, looks like this.



Somehow I don't think I've had a sunset picture yet, or am I only noticing them now because they got prettier since the Island Living release?

And here is Wayne aging up to a Child. Not a nooboo, just a boo. Just a fright. But a Top Notch fright.



Again, like with his mum, the brows don't look too severe at the child stage. They might look quite angular when he grows up. We'll see. Aili sleeps peacefully in the background because she too is Top Notch, and didn't cut it quite so fine as Wayne.



We were baking that cake for Wayne, but... yeah. Sawyer's mixology continues. She's level 7 or 8 when I saved, so Snaggle Fluster here we come. I like the movement in that picture. Basically I'm including this because the door is open. It's the little things.

A fierce look from Wayne as his Beloved gets the birthday cake he didn't. I don't think the hair is helping him look genteel.





And that's the future of the house. Those weird kids. On the left, outgoing Wayne: a Father Winter's Baby. On the right, bookworm Aili: a descendent of The Elementals. I'm just going with the first random trait. If anything bad comes up, well, it's either too bad, or I'll re-trait them as young adults.


Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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« Reply #115 on: July 26, 2019, 09:52:00 PM »
If I have the choice, I make all my toddlers clingy.  I used to make them independent so that I didn't have to potty train, but the clingy toddlers really do learn faster when helped.

Based on Wayne's toddler brow, I don't have much hope for his teen/YA forehead.   But I do have hope for the next generation based on Aili.  Although, if I want this story to continue, maybe I should hope for the brow and wide mouth to live forever.   ;)

Very nice sunset picture. 

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« Reply #116 on: August 03, 2019, 07:00:16 AM »
@BallerinaHippo I'm glad to have my ideas about clingy toddlers reinforced. Confirmation bias and all that. :) I guess the usefulness of that trait will depend on the household, how many adults are around, but I'm very impressed with it.

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I haven't simmed as much this past week, but I did dip into this family to see if Aili had all her Sulani Mana powers as a child. This was in fact earlier the same day Carl put up a video of the same thing.

But of course, things happen. This is the weekly episode of Kait floating up on a Beam of Happiness.



The aliens really like her. It's probably a book club or something. It's quite a regular thing.

Enele reads to the kids.



First aspiration is always Whiz Kid, as I've said umpteen times before. When they do homework for the first time, I want it to count toward that.

And Kait's book club has finished as the sun rises.



The very Aspirational children pursue knowledge and wisdom aspirationally.



The screenshot is strategically framed to include the globe, unlocked by some efforts of some sim, currently escaping my memory. I'm just worried about the Disappointment it must cause. Surely some sim will mistake that for the subtly hidden Juice Holder. Only think! (That's actually general life advice, here in a sims story: only think. I'm not saying only to only think about Juice. Other things too. Deep. You thought you came here for the pictures of marble hallways.)

So here is Aili being maybe a little bit irresponsible with her powers. You have much to learn, Aili. And red dresses in your future too. But also learn.





Not that we're short on Simoleons, but a tree that's not perfect would be letting the side down (you're not allowed to remind me of the Yum Cooker). Everything at Windmilles & Wine is supposed to be top-notch. And it's really useful, if you have many plants to improve, that a child can start contributing to that.

Next up, volcano bombs. I've had them before on a lot with the volcanic activity trait, so I know what's coming, but I've not summoned them before. I feel like little Aili is channeling the Dark Side of the force, and happy Wayne is... the light on the dark side of me. (Bonus points if you're singing. But we've switched from Star Wars to Batman.)





The camera angle is to show the fireball against the sky. And here it is:



And now the question is... what do we do with it? They can be made decorative, and it's not like we need the crystal. This would be super useful for a scientist sim making all the inventions. I remember tearing my hair out trying to get crystals once upon a time. Everything was a MySims trophy. But this would be reliable. In this case, however, we've gone decorative:



Gah. I've just realised my missed opportunity to write, with similar dexterity and grace "also decorative" for Yesenia. No, shame, she's more than that. She's not the Great Mind and skilling machine that Kait is, and having produced the kid with the special trait she has served her purpose... okay so the way I've written that makes it seem that she's really just decorative and dumb... but... given the genetically difficult sims that otherwise live here, she's a worthwhile distraction. And she plays the violin really well. Better than me. Absolutely.

So, Enele can summon garden sculptures too. The plan is to replace the rather less exotic plant pots with these. Something to mark Island Living. And if it doesn't look good when completed, it's easy enough to swap it back.





We have that pirate ship in storage, and pay a delivery man to bring it around when we have children in the house. And it's hard to move (that's why you get a delivery man) (he delivers things) so it just stays there in front of the house until it's not needed any more. To the left of the ship there are now two volcano bomb garden decorations. -- No Yesenia. Now that we've got another lump of rock as decoration, she could go inside. Oh I'm being too facetious. I'll be nice to her next time.

That reminds me, I promised to mention the name of Lacey's rather surprisingly red-haired child. I don't know.

Minutes later, and now I do. She was... Star. Not a great name. She is now... Portia. (Yes, Merchant of Venice. One of my favourite feminine names -- and partly because it's made up by Shakespeare -- is 'Jessica', but that's the literary train of thought that got me to Portia.) She still has the wide cheek bones, which is from Cornelius originally.



Below, Kiera's children: Darrell and Kristie (what is it with the 'K' names? Seriously?).




Look at Kristie's eyes! Green! Gorgeous, and she's not a megamouth shark* either. Kiera is oddly blue with a little bit of alien blood in her, and the father of these kids (I think they're twins) is a half alien. So we knew the children would be colourful, but the eye colour is unlike either of her parents.

*real thing
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Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

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« Reply #117 on: August 29, 2019, 05:13:07 PM »
Hi. Mostly pictures. Enough for two posts.

You'll see some remodeling at the back of the house -- the fountains and pool area. And you'll see that more volcanic bombs were summoned at the front. And the lounge had a change.

Apart from that, there's not much to say and the pictures don't always need running commentary. At the moment, we're grinding through the childhood scouting badges and aspirations of Wayne and Aili. It's something I've got down to a fine art, and I like hitting those targets and getting all the traits, but it doesn't move the story on. Regardless, I do take a lot of screenshots because it so happens that sometimes the kitchen catches the sun in a charming way. In the 30+ pictures I've got ready to go, none are major plot points. This is just a relaxing, scenic tour though about 10 sim days in this save. 







I recognize Ahilac, but not the two with hats on.

*5 minutes later*

The woman sitting across from Enele is Aspen Patel, a descendant of Zoe Patel. There's a few Patels in the save with that narrow face. I can't figure out that man though.





That's Mackenzie Goth, Yesenia's twin sister. Who is obviously not as Goth, because where's the red dress?



-That's the maid who Expired, rather inconveniently I must add, last winter.



-New lounge. And no, I'm not sure of the colour balance. I wish there were other paneling options. But I love the sofas and the gold scatter cushions.





A large part of me wants to rip out the hot tub. Absolutely. But I like it and I don't know where else it would go. The back is not as clean, and elegant, with the hot tub there. That's the reality. I'm looking at that picture above and rearranging shapes in my mind.






-That's Kristie, Kiera's daughter mentioned at the end of the previous post. Now a teen. We were visiting to make friend with children as part of the Social Butterfly aspiration. Wayne and Aili did both befriend her younger brother, but we rather hoped for two kids as friends. Alas, a lass had grown up.









I've got a similar number of pictures that I'll probably post tomorrow. There's a new household member...
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Guest Stars
« Reply #118 on: August 31, 2019, 05:31:57 AM »


Yes, you've noticed the cold dog. But behind the cold dog, there are more "decorative" volcanic bombs. Hey, it's the Sims, so you can do this, but it's not really the kind of thing that a grand estate would have lining the path. That said, some of those big houses have somewhat eccentric inhabitants... so you never know!

The dog was added to the household, because we like dogs. CAS told me she, Maxie, was a Bedlington Terrier. Yeah right. And given that her appearance and breed made no sense anyway, turning Maxie into another English Setter doesn't bother me in the slightest.



Sawyer is now a level 9 mixologist, and we want the Snaggle Fluster. I kept Maxie's "loyal" trait, and because she keeps close to her human friends she finds her way into many pictures, and it's great. She's beautiful.





The Green Man is Jayson. Yes, a blast from the past. He's a descendant of Alexis (she was green too, you might remember her face, it scarred you, and you've not really forgiven me, and you're reading this out of some trauma bond with Alexis) and Don Lothario. The brunette is Mindy Holiday, probably a granddaughter of Summer. This is the charm of such a save. You get these Guest Appearances.



Another Relative, now a teen, is Portia. Lacey's daughter from Sulani.



I thought it might be fun to get Portia into CAS to show what she looks like. And then she got a bit of a Sulani makeover, because that's where she lives.









Note the Sleeping Hound.



I love the colours of that one.



The treefish above the fireplace. That was caught by the youthful Wayne doing his scouting badge. It's the first and *only* fish he caught. In case someone is wondering, this was at the fishing post closest to the house. In Brindleton Bay. I haven't ever completed the fishing collection, so I don't make an effort to get the rares. This was cool for me. I'm not sure I've ever caught a treefish. So I had to show that off.









-- Aili's legs sticking out from under the piano. I found it amusing. That's what matters. Her mum is going for musical genius (after the long, and tortured grind of writing 4 songs) (I know, right?) and was tutoring her. Maxie isn't so sure...
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #119 on: August 31, 2019, 04:18:07 PM »
I caught up on this fabulous thread of yours yesterday, dearest Lord of Lavishly Luscious Landscaping.
Your attention to the smallest detail of even roofing and shrubbery continue to amaze me.
I've been away so I struggled a bit with all the names, but I do remember your founders in this house and, of course, the lovely Ahilac.

You mention untoward events occurring while you're off playing other households. Could you change your Auto-Ageing setting to "Active Household Only"?
Or do you prefer the thrill of completing all 4 child aspirations plus scouting in several days?

What a pleasure observing all the changes in this house, both outdoors and indoors, as well as its residents,
Incidentally, did you move Portia into an existing house or build her a tropical paradise?

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #120 on: August 31, 2019, 05:39:24 PM »
Glad to see you back. ;p You taught me style and to be braver with patterns. Oh yes.

Portia and her mother, Lacey are on Sulani. Admiral's Wreckage. I'm pretty sure I've included a picture of that somewhere. It's my Vacuous Green house, almost untouched. So she's fine.

I'm not really playing houses rotationally. That was a one-off, and just wanting a change of scene, because I wanted to play with a house that worked and I was frustrated with the chateau at the time. Since the remodeling -- the kitchen, the red galleries, the upstairs bedrooms, the gardens -- it's on the same level of enjoyment as my other houses. But for a while it wasn't quite right, and the chore of thinking about what was needed to sort it out, was demotivating. So that generation -- Kiera, Sawyer, Lacey -- were not very well raised kids. No toddler traits, no child aspiration traits. Kaitlynn is amazing. She's got top-notch toddler, gold scouting, all 4 child "gifted" traits, and the current generation of kids, Aili and Wayne, will also have a full set. Apart from hoping for breeding out the Persephone mouth, the current goal is to breed in the Sulani Manna trait. Until the magic stuff hits, it's the only inheritable "bloodline" trait.

I've got one save with auto-aging only on the active household, but that's the exception. I find the seasonal game of keeping some original family names alive to be engaging gameplay, and you get a funny looking Pancakes or Caliente who'll show up as a tourist.

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A recap for anyone else reading, and to straighten it out in my mind too:

1. Cornelius Wildingham (blue!) + Persephone Davenport (green!)
2. Scarlett (blue!), Alexis (green! Moved in with Johnny Zest, but he produced no daughters, and her line actually continues through a child with Don Lothario. Current female heir: Alicia), Rosalind (green! hitched up with Gavin Richards, had a remarkably normal looking daughter. Current female heir: Carolina)
3. Katherine (married Ahilac and Chadwick's alien, green, blonde, fashionable son Giancarlo)
4. Sawyer, Kiera (really strangely blue!), Lacey
5. Kaitlynn
6. Wayne -- he is destined for Aili Goth. She's the daughter of a demigod, Enele, and Yesenia Goth. Yesenia was moved in by mistake. And then we made a plan for her.

Kiera, the blue sister, has two children, Darrell and Kristie. They are all blue, and live at the Spencer-Kim-Lewis house, because blue Kiera married a blue Spencer-Kim-Lewis man.
Lacey has two children, Portia and Joelle. They live in Sulani. The father is absent in the sense that he's not alive. He was a random elder, and apparently a red-head.

Yes, Ahilac is still one of the stars of the show, though she is off stage. She has children who have died of old age. She's a YA, a spy, and Wayne's great-great-grandmother.

Actually one of Ahilac's descendants had a child with one of Alexis' green grandsons. Jayson is the other one of those grandsons -- we saw him visit as a tourist. He has a twin brother Matthew. Look, the green men are useless to me in keeping the family name alive, and the only daughter in the Alexis family line is not green. But in one last effort to keep the skin colour from Persephone in-game, Matthew has fathered a child in Ahilac's household, Arielle... sigh... who is not green. The green is over.

So many interesting sims, and a rambling, large family tree. And the joys of playing with aging on.
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - current descendants of Ros and Alexis
« Reply #121 on: August 31, 2019, 05:49:36 PM »
Carolina Davenport, young adult, great-granddaughter of Rosalind:



Alicia Davenport, teen, great-granddaughter of Alexis:



--That's pollinator Mr Roland Ramsey's hair and eye colour.
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - house fixing
« Reply #122 on: September 01, 2019, 09:13:14 AM »
Regarding the above, I had no idea about what genetic traits had been passed down until I went looking for those sims now. The Persephone mouth is quite a dominant trait.

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Yes, house fixing:



Well, I think we all knew there was too much brown, and I've gone back to a similar wall pattern as before in the lounge. Those walls I had before might look okay with a thick carpet, in a library maybe, but I'm against putting carpet in that lounge.

And while I was fixing that, I ripped out the hot tub which was ruining the back view.



I kept the hot tub in the family inventory, it's fully upgraded after all, and idly thought "well, it could go in the roof...".

Behold: stairs to the roof. And I know I don't show much of the bedrooms, let alone the upstairs bedrooms.



And here's the room that was built for the hot tub.






Originally, I had the hot tub and massage table swapped, but for Reasons, I couldn't center the massage table in that 4x3 space because of the adjacent door. Somehow, the hot tub fits in there with no pathing issues at all. The TV is one plucked from the gym. Sims go to watch it all the time (and I'm sure they still will), but in the gym they'd get energized by the environment. You end up with the case of an elder who wandered in to watch TV, and then start a strenuous workout and nearly dying. And they'd just stand and watch the screen like... like sims, with nowhere to sit. So this is better all round. They can hop in the tub.

Lacey came to visit Sawyer, and it's just a chance to take screenshots of the upstairs.




Aili and Wayne are back from school. Monday afternoon in winter. They're 4 days from aging up to teens(!), have finished their scouting badges, and for this final week in grade school will already be starting in Drama Club. We haven't had a properly famous sim yet in this house.



After school, there's only 30 minutes before drama, so there's not much time for anything, other than a quick dash to the bathroom or fixing one need. And even then, most of the 30 minutes is taken up by walking. When the drama teacher asks why Wayne was late he can say, quite legitimately, "but sir! I was just walking to and from the front door! blame the man who built my house!" Sure, it's a lot better now with two bathrooms, one either side of the entrance hall, but once you've showered and head out to the edge of the lot, it'll take a while to get there. 

I know she looks like a waitress, but Kaitlynn is now a level 10 journalist.



I'm not quite sure what to do with her now.

Having completed scouting, the children get a lot more parenting. They've both been given journals now, and Enele claps wildly. I enjoy how thoughtful Wayne looks.



Yesenia looks stunning. She's returned from the void as a level 9 instrumental wonder.





But she's also the parent that's done the most parenting.





Winter has come.
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Sims Eugenics II - Teen Wayne
« Reply #123 on: September 04, 2019, 06:59:08 AM »
Decisions, decisions. Do I skip forward to the bit you want? The bit I want? Do we skip over the fluff in the middle?



While I ponder that, and talk about other things, admire the adorable family skating. We left the lot, mostly because Kait said she was at work, but she wasn't. And I wanted to clear that bug.

Question: Stephen (Hi, I have a real name - not just something absurd from a line in a Victorian era musical), why was Kait at home when the game said otherwise?

Answer: Because she got one of the chance cards to get Fame, Glorious Fame, for being a bit notorious and getting fired.

Kait was already level 10, and as I said last time, I didn't know what to do with her. So it was an easy choice to make. She has a good reputation (my sims are all basically angels), and if you put a fame point in that section you can donate things to fans. Turn simoleons into fame. One thing the Windmilles & Wine family are not short of, with 8 perfect money trees, and every single sim "shrewd", is Simoleons. They might not all look human, but you take what you can get! Pros and cons! And I really like fame system, and really like the "easy street" perk.

So Kait got fired, got famous, and that produced the minor glitch that lead to the skating scene. Which is heartwarming. I love Yesenia's red because it stands out (in game, she's been moved out of red, because teen Aili is now the red Goth girl), and the Father Winter hats, and the lights, and so on.

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I'm being nudged to do a 10 gen dynasty, and I've been mulling over ideas for that while I play this save, and if I do, pursuing Fame might be my strategy because maxing a career becomes trivially easy. When you know you're only in a house, and everything it has, for 1 generation at a time (though, sure, you can visit) it changes up what I'd do first. I started this save with the GTW science for Persephone, because I think the cloning machine and serums and disease-curing shower are too good to avoid, and it's a fun career that's also best done with a small household. I always miss the shower in saves that don't have one. That still pulls me to science. A famous scientist? Hmm. 

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Kait signs an autograph for Father Winter. Yesenia's withering glare, and slightly raised eyebrow is too good.


The new chairs Enele was in the business career for. I know they're probably envisioned as desk chairs, but I like using them for chess. They're not entirely right, but they're the closest thing. Imagine Emma and Mr Knightely. Would they have flimsy chairs at a chess table? No. And nor would you. 



*That's Lacey, some sort of family relation, playing with Aili.

To easily see how many 5 star celebrities I have in a save, I've taken up placing any walk of fame tiles on the second path. She's all by herself for now, but is joined fairly soon. Place your bets.


Kait getting one of the Impossible Selfies.


And of course we come back to our demigod and Volcano Specialist playing with fire, and it scared him.



Nice work Enele. A juice mixer was more useful than you. Seriously? Volcanic bombs with your bare hands? Never mind.

In the last hours of childhood, Aili was producing some videos. I think it's a more interesting way for kids to raise charisma. I always want charisma and logic, it's useful in many careers. Though in the real world, some people seem to get by without logic. So here the sims departs Reality. Sometimes I think the Sims 4 is unrealistic. Look, we're all friends here, and say it quietly okay. But... yeah. Hashtag Suspicions. Sure, we've all seen homemade rockets in the garden. That's normal. But logic ain't. And my logic is Flawless. Or it ain't. I don't know any more.



In the background, the blue confetti cake is already on the table. But that's an aside. I like movement in a picture, and when a sim walks through a doorway, I'm often pausing and spinning the camera around. Enele's I'm-hashtag-Posh-now jacket is a highlight. Lovely.



Who cares. Moving on. It's just a jacket. You can literally give it to your better sim. Who can put out a fire and not gawk at it.

What we want is Teenagers. (As a write that, I catch myself and doubts beset me.) First up, Wayne. Who is not Hashtag Posh.





So -- real exasperation -- do we pack this in now? Surrender? Admit defeat to the Mouth of Persephone?

... or do you want to see Aili?
Various Forum Adventures:

Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

It is a little thing of my own. I call it "Heart Foam". I shall not publish it. Farewell! Patience, Patience, farewell!

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Re: Sims Eugenics II, or, The Mouth of Persephone
« Reply #124 on: September 04, 2019, 11:13:53 AM »
Oh my word, teen Wayne's mouth of Persephone. I had so much more to say but that final image leaves me speechless.

Besides your Master Builder skills, you know so much about playing your sim households to maximum effect.
And, wow, you are all over the Fame System (which I haven't even touched yet). Indeed, you should be starting a Power of 10 Dynasty! *nudge, nudge

I smiled at seeing the massage table in a rooftop room. My landscaping sucks so I have no compunctions.
You'll usually find my massage table in the front lawn somewhere for that last-minute pre-work mood-boosting massage. Now I feel ashamed of myself.
Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous screenshots of The House!

 

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