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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #50 on: April 15, 2018, 05:54:19 PM »
I'm glad to be of service to so many! I know orchids are inspiring, and I think roses are flirty. When I first tested and researched this I'm pretty sure lilies were focusing, but I've been testing that again and I can't see any effect now. :/

Let's all stay calm and not do anything rash to the cheery spring bulbs. 

@oshizu I think when those mostly 19th century authors do their random capitalization, it's for something sincerely Important and Serious (and it's exactly where I get it from, and from having friends who have the same humour as me). I can imagine a page of Dickens' strident social commentary where every sentence has some capitalization.

Your comment about the snob trait reminds me, and I should've said this before: everyone born in this house (so, the three girls) has been and will be given the snob trait. I think they would be snobs. Scarlett is going to go into one of the athletic careers. I know Wolfgang Munch is in athletics, so whatever branch he isn't, Scarlett will take. I don't like putting crystals (or tulips) in a home gym. To me it looks awkward. And there's a shortage of energized decor, and I don't mind making a hulking bodybuilder out of a sim that's already strange looking. It's all in service of the house. She'll also take over the archaeology from Persephone. Every generation is going to max that skill and aspiration because this snobbish-in-a-fun-way family does want those collections. I half thought of her as a stay-at-home sim for the sake of the gardening and training / walking the dogs, but an incomplete gym irks me too much.

@Tynynounours We might very well drown in money. But at the moment the house is 1/4 furnished, and without conscious effort put into painting and sculpting we'd not be able to pay the bills each week. In the future, if the family are making obscene amounts just in interest, then I've got a few ideas for what can replace the money garden. But the money garden itself is a creative thing. I'm hoping it's going to look cool... at night... Otherwise, I might try attach a conservatory somewhere.

@Shewolf13 It'll be great whatever you choose. :) I've found that going for jogs with the dogs is amazing for fitness. J did very well. We hope he made some girls. Only a short time before he has to move back to the Roomies. We're full, and no one in the house can get pregnant until he moves out again.

@FrancescaFiori That's a happy coincidence with the dogs. I didn't feel like going with any breeds I've had (and the Rhodesian ridgebacks in game don't have the beautiful colouring of mad, destructive, aristocratic Gamma) and a hunting breed seemed a appropriate for the estate. I don't suppose the game will make it easy to get more English setters without some CAS magic.

@BallerinaHippo It can be useful if you've got permanent monkey bars in the garden. Or outdoor gym? Otherwise, the pool makes sense. Today I've learned about a collection of plushies in Christmas crackers from Oshizu that I did not know was a thing. We all have different bits of the puzzle. Possibly no one has it all! I certainly don't.
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Sims Eugenics II - Chapter X
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2018, 05:39:46 AM »
Chapter X

Arg. There was a power cut in the real world when I was compiling and writing this, and so I have to start all over. And as that usually goes, it'll probably be more concisely written than before. No grammatical flourishes! None!

1. Wolfie as an English Setter. Cornelius on his utterly boring Device. Why you ask? He's ditching painting for business. Go him. Yeah.



2. The new kitchen. Don't expect it to stay this way. Seriously. Don't. The cooking station was because of a vague idea of learning and cooking experimental foods, but let's face it - who has the time? Gotta stay on the home lot so plants can grow.



3. Scarlett's YA birthday. Because sims grow old and die. There's literally nothing you can do about that except change a setting - it's under gameplay options.





The ridiculous man that Cornelius is, he baked a cake and then took a slice. Like... thanks. Are we supposed to shove the candles in horizontally? That's a bit mean. Just saying. So Scarlett had to make her own.

4. So the pink haired wonder just stands and paints. And Rosalind takes Wolfie for a jog. To frighten the locals with her face.



5. Zippo came back. Now we have to bath him. Hope he's grateful.



6. So Gavin invites Scarlett to Bears' Night... in the jungle... with no bear costumes in sight. Dude. Don't get a girl's hope up like that. What if she set her heart on being a bear? It's a disappointment. And this venue is supposed to be for holidays. So... you'll get home fine? Won't you Gavin?





Scarlett was so enjoying the evening she surveyed for dig sites.

7. J is back on the couch playing Density Effect. And the colours of the room are finally a bit more balanced and almost okay. There's a bar with matching dark blue cushions.



8. Persephone finished the Friday of the previous week perilously close to the level 10 promotion. Couldn't she have tried a bit harder? Anyway. We left the SimRay and Wormhole device at the lab, so she had to go back for that. And a tourist man caught fire drinking a rose serum. He was hot.



9. And she got home and ruined the front view of the house by putting the invention constructor down on the floor pattern thing to do the wormhole upgrade. There's no space in the focus room any more because of all her other clutter.



10. And as soon as she could she visited Sixam with Ahilac. Because she wanted protection. And someone to give advice on alien plants or push alien buttons.





11. Local aliens with pointy ears. Ahilac doesn't have pointy ears. Impostor.



12. Persephone vainly setting up scenic shots for herself, but failing to find any alien crystals. She's had enough practice simming, you'd think she'd be better at it by now. Seriously.



13. Aw. That'll perk me up. Dog on yonder Furniture.



14. Wolfie goes on yet another jog. Scarlett is a bodybuilder, so all this athletic skill is very useful. And I'm sure the dogs appreciate it.



15. The side of the house with dog and man. A door has been added, because a door was needed.



16. Scarlett had made the herbalism recipes she could, including the Sadness Alleviation Lotion. It cures moody teenagers.



17. Yuki Behr has been to the sauna. Maaike is next. Time is running out before Alexis and Rosalind will need household space to get pregnant, and to facilitate that J will have to be moved back to the Roomies.



18a. In preparation for the twins, and the lucky men destined to live with them, some changes were made to Slipshod Mesquite:



18b. ... and Cacti Casa:



19. Further preparation included Scarlett visiting the Munchies. That seems like a good plural of a singular Munch. This singluar Munch is Lucas, all grown up.



20. This singular Munch is Wolfgang, looking munch the same.



It's fine to cringe. I would cringe. It's such a low-effort pun. One cannot laugh!

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Next time: Gavin is lost and found, much romance, and an unexpected family reunion with Katrina Whitman... and her blue kids
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #52 on: April 17, 2018, 09:30:28 AM »
Your builds are always impressives. I'm not sure which one I love the most. The green twins are lucky.

Obviously Evil Cornelius would pick a slice of birthday cake. He needs Scarlett to be sad from a missed birthday so he can be happy being near her.

Rose serums seems dangerous.

Lucas Munch grew up well. In my games, he seems to always pick ugly hairstyles.

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« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2018, 11:12:55 AM »
I promise I won't get too attached to the kitchen.  Sorry you had power troubles.

The dogs are gorgeous.  I really like the shot with one of them on the couch and the other looking regal in the background.  They might take up two spots in the house, but it's worth it.   

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« Reply #54 on: April 17, 2018, 04:24:47 PM »
I'm also sorry to hear about your power outage. I missed your Serious Capitalisation in this udpdate. ;-)

Both of your newly placed homes for the twins are gorgeous, of course. By now, I'd expect no less!
I'm curious how both ended up in Oasis Springs.
Do you prefer the surrounding scenery for your two builds in those particular lots rather than that of the 40x30 lots in Willow Creek, Newcrest, or Windenburg Countryside?
I favor the Cacti Casa home for its luxurious pool and lush setting, even though that zone has no fishing spots.

Okay, I giggled that your sims have no time to learn experimental foods yet your sims go to Sixam and Selvadorada.
One of your household sims will choose the Chef career/Master Chef aspiration then proceed to insist on a collection of Experimental Food Photos! Just you wait!

Ohhhhhhh, Bears' Night without jungle bears. :( 
But then I perk up at realizing that Gavin invited Scarlett, not one of the twins. Does that mean what I think it means? o.O
But nooooo, Scarlett visits...The Munch as well? Hmmmm, will she have a child from each guy before moving in one of them?
Scandalous yes, but also very practical from a genetics perspective.

I look forward to learning what the mastermind is actually planning, lol.

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #55 on: April 17, 2018, 05:41:22 PM »
@oshizu Originally that Selvadorada themed house was in Willow Creek. It was a Holiday Home. Because puns. J should be moderately happy to move back there. Yo, Sixam is a need! Not just for the alien plants, but for the metals and crystals for the serums.

There is so little masterminding going on. Placing some of those other houses in the world has reminded me how awesome other houses are. I'm really quite dissatisfied by the internal layout and design of not-Vaux-le-Vicomte (which is Windmilles & Wine). At some point I want to gut the interior and have a long think about where rooms should go. Sigh. I still think the Vlad's Nose house is the ideal. And that can fit on a 20x30, if one doesn't care about the garden.

I can't really say whether I prefer them in Oasis Springs or not. They were chosen because these are the houses I have in the right dimension and orientation for those lots. Johnny's house is obviously stupidly out of place, but that's part of it's charm. (It's part of the charm of building a 300k Nookstone.) I've never played any family in the Cacti Casa neighborhood or lot. It feels like a golf course.

@Tynynounours Yes! I'm equally amazed by how normal he looks - given how abnormal randomly generated outfits and hairdos and starry glasses can be! The Cacti Casa is really closely based on a Sims 3 University dorm. The L-shape one is just because I can only manage decorated boxes, and thought of daringly placing two decorated boxes. The dining room got too big (because of the windows, and the carpet and whatnot) and was sticking out too far. So the external architecture - those pillars, the deck above, the arched passage thing - are all band-aids to make the box look more uniform. The top and bottom floor started out the same width.

@BallerinaHippo I'm glad you mentioned that picture of Zippo on the couch. :) That's the one I had in mind when I was enthusing about glorious, picturesque dogs. That's easily my favourite picture of the update.
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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #56 on: April 18, 2018, 11:56:48 PM »
--snickers-- I had to read it twice to get the pun at the end XD I think it's me though, since I had an issue at work the other day in sending an email and didn't notice I'd forgotten a word XD So yeah... chalk it up to me being slightly brain dead XD  Anyway, love Zippo on the couch! He's so cute.  And yeah, jogging is amazing for fitness.  Blakely takes Maxim quite often.  Love the houses too.  So jealous!



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« Reply #57 on: April 19, 2018, 12:32:50 AM »
Ah! Vaux le Vicomte! Now that's a pretty house. I had to look it up, but I 100% should have recognized it because it's the villain's house in Moonraker (though for the purposes of the movie's plot it's located in California and they claim it's been brought, stone by stone, from France. Because Supervillains.), which I just re-watched. Anyway, it's gorgeous and I'm angrier than ever that we can't do curved walls in The Sims.

Scarlett looks entranced with Wolfgang, and I'm delighted! Hooray for blue-eyed, blue-skinned babies! As for Lucas, there's one hair that looks great on him, and that's not it. Better luck next randomization, friend! And yes. Munchies. Absolutely.

I really enjoyed this tour through your neighborhood. Your builds are delightful. The twins should be quite comfortable when they move out.
Very much looking forward to seeing the offspring of Cornelius and The Maid!

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Sims Eugenics II - Chapter XI
« Reply #58 on: April 19, 2018, 06:06:41 PM »
@FrancescaFiori 100% should have recognized it? I'd have settled for 45%. Truly. I think in broad strokes I've got the proportion and the roof. What always bothers me is the wall texture. It's got the vampire bricks because I like the definition of the corners, but sometimes the smooth flat stone from Spa Day is a better approximation of the stone of such a house. I dunno. Both have pros and cons.

You had me singing along to Shirley Bassey. Which is all I remember from Moonraker. So Vaux is in that. I'm intrigued. My problem with the house is that I'm only building the two main floors. In the real house the kitchen with Mrs Patmore is no doubt downstairs. Gah. I shouldn't start on Downton. It went downhill after the main story arc with Matthew and whats-her-face was complete. The cast was too big. It became a parody of itself. So the question is where to put the kitchen.

I did build it with the dome at the back. I don't think that's appeared yet in a picture. I haven't slavishly stuck to the original house, and the dome is now gone. There's no point in a clumsy digital house. It has to look neat and balanced. It's it's own thing now. I like the simplicity of the terrace.

@Shewolf13 It was a very low-effort pun. I hope your spring cold is warming up.

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Chapter XI

We rejoin Scarlett in the amorous Clutches of Wolfie Munch. Ya know. It's just hard to resist! It was going to be Gavin, but that's a dreary name we cannot have fun with. And he's so clean-cut and sensible. Wolfie - who is in no way surprised at the turn of events this evening - needs more Help in not being a moody teen. We'll perk 'im up like Vlad. Well, no. No one can be as great as Yoga Vlad. 



Elsewhere (oh, yes, this is very much the Chapter of Lurve), J Huntington Three is out on the town again.





Cassy is sweet, but she ain't got that figure. As offensively sexist as it is, J would possibly love it. Does Bella have ribs removed? It's too narrow.

After the Goth house, one of the Bjergsens. Time was running out for J. This was his last hurrah.



And then the one I can't quite remember. Maybe Summer?



You might notice roses in each corner of the hedge, though they're not in bloom yet. They might give a flirty mood. I'm not sure any more, but they're there. If nothing else, they'll give an environment boost. Sometimes the person you're the bush with* is actually rather upset with you, for various reasons, and it's helpful to keep that angry moodlet buried under happy ones!

*to be clear, this is not encouraged... there's not much room in a bush

J's parting gift is a crummy chocolate cake. Oh the things he's learned from Bake Off!





It's their birthday. Pink-haired Alexis goes first. I hadn't really planned who would go first and who would get what man. I invited Johnny, and he came. But Gavin could not be invited to the lot. This is a problem. Here I am ready to have the green girls get Romanced and move out because we want to get to Scarlett's kids - she's been a YA for a week. Doing things other than woohoo. Which seems unproductive in a eugenics experiment.

So Johnny. You were added to the group - and it's nice to meet you by the way - for a reason. Do you wanna know what the reason is?



We can see the cog turning in the active Mind of Mr Zest. This is his "say what?" moment.

Ah. The Strawberry Problem.



Keen enthusiasts of Deductive Sleuthing will have figured out what's just happened. And you're totally right. The only strawberry bush we have is spliced, and it isn't ready to be harvested. (I'll get the hang of Simming one day, but today. Is. Not. That. Day.) So mild problem with planning. Alexis thought watering might help. Plants seem to like it, but has anyone ever asked -- like really, truly asked? Maybe not. Because plants. Mind blown.

Resident gardening sim Persephone - she's not Greek, she's a sim - had a total of 6 strawberries to give to The Cause. We'll see if that has any effect. We can't pick and choose the best time if there is such a thing to eat them because the household is now full again, and Alexis has gotta go.



Also maybe not how he saw the evening playing out.

"You'll soon get used to her looks", said [me],
"And a very nice girl you'll find her!
She could very well pass for forty-three,
In the dusk with a light behind her!"

(Before anyone asks, that's Trial By Jury.)

So that's one down, one to go. But where was Gavin? We went to Cacti Casa.



Nothing doing. No Gavin about. Trying to invite him to the lot didn't work. But what I really need from him right now was Prompt Woohoo. Alexis was already pregnant, and we don't want Ros falling too far behind. If I can't invite him to the sauna on my home lot... maybe I can invite him to a spa lot. (Belgium has the best Spa. - The one fan of motor racing out there will appreciate that.)

We've got Persephone, Rosalind (in need of a man... but not J or Mitchell), and Scarlett -- because Scarlett is the only one who actually knows Gavin and went on that disappointing date... Oh! I know where Gavin is! I know why we can't get hold of him!



Persephone makes the call.

And this is Cornelius' first trip to the jungle.



Scarlett wasn't part of the holiday group because she has to jump about in a short skirt later that day, and can't stay long. And I didn't think we'd need her. I fully expected to find Gavin wafting about. As a Wand'ring Minstrel, aye. In the jungle. I figured he hasn't left since the not-bear night.

We even loaded up the bar, but no Gavin was to be found. Things were getting rather desperate for Rosalind, but if we forget about her (it's not hard) and move on to more interesting people, we did find Katrina Whitman at the bar! And decided to migrate back to the rented villa with her in tow.



Gasp! I hadn't seen them before. I didn't expect this! There's Jax, Dexter, and Maurice.

More good news. I tried as a last resort to invite Scarlett to join the holiday so she could invite Gavin and see what happens. And here he is. Meeting Rosalind.



And then, the two blue kids aged up while they were there.



Cornelius - who does have max parenting skill after all - becomes all fatherly to Dexter, and Scarlett in the spa robe warns... um... one of the others... about the Perils and Virtues of Being Blue. You may remark how uncanny it is that I am acquainted with the name of her speech, but no, it's quite expected. I made it up. 

More of the Whitman kids. Sadly no girls. Girls are better. Men are a pain. (I say that merely as a strategic point, not and as a general rule too.)



The blue young gentleman seems to be paralyzed with fear after Scarlett's speech.

Ros and Gavin. Yes. Well. This is her equivalent of sexy. We'll go with that.





There seems to be an overpopulation of men, young and old, in this chapter who aren't quite sure what they've got in to.

Of course, while the family are in the jungle, the message pops up about a Romance Festival. And we're all about the romance just at the moment.



I've never had a quick Vegas-style sims wedding, so this is new for me too. I even had (I was in a very emotional mood at the time, apparently) Cornelius and Persephone renew their vows. Aw.



Then it was the turn of Ros and Gavin. Hey! She bought the t-shirt. Which, I think because she's pregnant, caused some minor issues like her legs turning invisible. Hence the close ups.





Success. What drama. We found Gavin. Both twins are sorted out, although the gender of their children is sadly being left to chance. But that was my own poor planning. If necessary, we'll get a street rescue moved in to Windmilles, and then move her on to a male descendant. But a female nooboo is much easier to manager. Here's hoping.

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #59 on: April 19, 2018, 06:29:35 PM »
I cracked up at the sight of Katrina Whitman's toddler with the black hair.
His angry (?) countenance is the spitting image of his father's!
Is that the same kid as a child in a green sweater and curly hair? It seems his looks have softened. That's a good thing, right? Or?

Strawberries: Go to San Myshuno's Art Quarters at dusk or later to find the produce stand. Buy all the carrots or strawberries you need there.
Sorry if that's old news! :/
Wow, Gavin was sure playing hard to get. How hilarious that you even went back to Selvadorada in search of him.
How bizarre that the festival t-shirt made Rosalind's legs disappear. Never heard of that one before!

Wooooo, all the second-generation girls are pregnant now!!! Oh wait, the Munchkins are still teens.
Wooooo, both twins are pregnant now!
Looking forward to nooboos and puppies!



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« Reply #60 on: April 19, 2018, 06:33:17 PM »
Well Wolfgang Munch still looks like a moody teen, that's all. That's what I hope to cure him of. But he's an adult.
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« Reply #61 on: April 19, 2018, 09:06:32 PM »
My, what an excursion to get Gavin! I cracked up at both his and Johnnie's faces XD All the Wolfies! Gah! Lol

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« Reply #62 on: April 20, 2018, 02:13:41 AM »
Thank you. :) I'm now 55% less embarrassed at my architectural ignorance.
Well, Gavin plays hard to get like nobody else. The man wants to be Pursued! To the ends of the earth, no less! Well, all's well that ends well, and even without strawberries I'm glad to see the twins happily married off and impregnated.
I see Katrina wears no less eyeshadow to the jungle than she does to maid. It matches her top nicely, though (and her children, for that matter), so I guess I'll let it slide.
That brow furrowing on the nearest toddler, though! That's impressive, especially for one so young. He is dis. pleased.
All hail the Chapter of Lurve! It was delightful, indeed! Very excited for the abundance of Wolfies to come!

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« Reply #63 on: June 15, 2018, 03:10:14 AM »
Our purveyor of all things architecturally Grande and Magnifique is dearly missed, along with your super-dry wit and endearing Capitalisation.
I hope that all is well with you @Heart Foam and that you will return, after your break, in time for the release of Seasons.
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« Reply #64 on: June 15, 2018, 11:04:15 AM »
Quite. Real life things suddenly commanded attention and time, and on the Sims front another save was more interesting - the house below to be precise. I got simmed-out.



I do have loads of not-uploaded pictures of this eugenics save though, and Windmilles & Wine got a redone dining room. And the upstairs for the relics was improved and so on. I can see from my screenshots folder I haven't simmed in about a month. There's a lot there.





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Sims Eugenics II - Chapter XII
« Reply #65 on: June 19, 2018, 12:04:14 PM »
Chapter XII.


Yes. I am rereading my story to remind myself of the people's names. Imagine my alarm! Who names these sims?! Yeah. I got over-simmed. The immanent arrival of Seasons makes me think that if I want to see yonder chateau in the snow, I should catch the story up a little bit. So where were we...

… right. The Chapter of Lurve. Everyone seemed to eventually get hitched.

The house is slightly emptier now. That means more time focusing on aspirations, and Scarlett - that's the blue one - apparently went in for Fitness. Jumping about in a short skirt is a phrase I used once. And it's nice to have other sims to mentor.



And we had dogs too! Neat! I really think this save is not bad! Going back to photos two months after the fact has it's reward. I'm stoked. The entrance hall does get remade into something fancier. Obviously. This family of snobs are all about being posh. Such a good plan having dogs. English Setters too. I'm fairly chuffed with my younger self.



Ahh! Plot point. Now I remember. We shunted the green twins out so there was room to get our fav (not really, she's heejous) blue Scarlett a nooboo of her own. And there was great husband hunting, and after consultation Wolfie Munch was decided on. And here he is.





He went straight to the makeover closet, and suddenly matured from his teenage personality. I kept the blonde hair and dark eyebrows because that's how he comes, and Scarlett has black hair. We don't want the nooboo to be predictable.



Scarlett had already waited quite a long time for there to be house space, so she did "try for baby" pretty much the next thing after giving Wolfie (the man) a makeover. Wolfie couldn't move in right away... because once again there wasn't space in the house as I wanted Zippo and Wolfie (the dog) to have puppies...





The dogs again in a slightly remoddled bedroom:



This bedroom was moved to the other side of the house, and the dining room was extended into this space, with a separate bar.

The dining room wasn't dreadful, and I like the colours, but I have far grander dining rooms in other houses, and I really couldn't abide such a small one in such a large house.



That's Cornelius aging up to elder. He was in the business career, which I hoped to get him through to unlock some of the nice office furniture. It's grand, solid, expensive looking furniture which rather suits this house. Does he make it to the top of the career?! Does he die first?! (He totally dies too soon.) Find out later!

I decided that he had earned a CAS plastic surgery adventure. He's still blue, but not the skinny pear he was. And because he's comically evil, he is totally shameless about that, and wears the Mad Scientist glasses unlocked by his equally notorious wife.



Persephone, the wife in question, was near the top of the scientist career. Sure she could've reached the end much sooner, but I was intent on completing a collection of all serums first. And they can't be done by a non-scientist. So there was no rush. She took days off sometimes to work on the serums at home, and to tend the garden (can't wait for the sprinklers in Seasons - just by the way). But eventually she decided to go back to the lab to do the cool Alien Party on Sixam.



And, joy unconfined, super-sim Ahilac showed up! And thankfully not in her alien costume.



Rather frustratingly, some party objectives couldn't be completed because of giant glowing mushrooms blocking the only access to the game cube and the piano.



I figured I could play computer games back at the lab... and I could put a piano there too... which explains this scene:



Persephone, however, wasn't quite done testing serums...





So the entrance hall got remoddled, and there are better and grander photos showing that off.

Persephone and a pregnant Scarlett in matching outfits. Just because. The symmetry. The cheek bones. It's all there.



More serum testing. I was testing the Age Away serum on some of the women who were romanced by J because I wanted them to live longer. I think this was the final day of Adulthood for all the original Young Adults. So... who knows. Of course the serums might fail, especially the untested ones. This woman at Geek Con is one of the Caliente girls.





Summer Holiday, who did have two daughters with J, Maia and Kiara, was another sim I wanted to test Age Away on. Maybe Persephone hadn't met her yet? Can't say. Anywho. Nice house! I found a corner of the main living room for the grand piano, and as well as a bar there's a art deco drinks trolley. And the puppies. I can tell you that one of 'em (the nice one) is Apollo. I think the other one was Paris. Apollo is the one we kept.

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I intend to update more later this evening. But I am in a banana republic, and the state owned electricity supplier - partly due to mind boggling corruption - might have to euphemistically "shed" some power from the grid. In normal English it amounts to 2-hour power cuts. If I am subject to "load shedding" then, such is life. If not, then a visit to Johnny Zest and Alexis awaits...
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 #66 on: June 19, 2018, 12:30:38 PM »
Welcome back!
It will be great to follow your household as you play around with Seasons! Yayyyyy!!!!
Wolfgang looks quite amazing after his makeover--you chose great hair for him and he does that jacket/scarf ensemble proud.
He has only ever been a good friend in my challenges, so you lead me to reconsider him for a larger role.

That double-woohoo shot cracked me up. Well, the dogs are not actually mating at that very moment, but they're at the scene of Scarlett's crime.
And you lucky simmer you, with your two mama-dog-lookalike puppies! Did you mean "the nice one" based on the puppies' traits or their behavior/misbehavior?
Will you keep all three dogs forever? That's a lot of precious household space! (I'm thinking on this very issue for myself....)

Cornelius is a shadow of his former self. I hardly recognized him with his not-angular face!
He does look very regal, with his mustache and all. The scientist monocle is a bizarrely fitting touch. I like it!

What are the chances of Ahiliac showing up at that once-in-a-lifetime Sixam bash?!?!?!
Looking forward to getting reacquainted with your house! :D (and that of Johnny and Alexis)

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Re: Sims Eugenics II
« Reply #67 on: June 19, 2018, 02:02:12 PM »
It was according to their traits. Apollo is a stubborn, friendly, sleuth. I think his sibling was a troublemaker and I don't fancy the high maintenance. Also, 3 dogs is too many. I put zippo and Wolfie and Paris up for adoption one after the other. Many long faces, and screenshots of that. So we've just got Apollo now, and the doggy bloodline will continue through him.

When Wolfgang moves in for good he got made over again with a relaxed rich guy nautical style.

I hoped Ahilac would show up. The fact she's in a 500k mansion and wasn't even born in Sixam doesn't matter. It seems like any pure alien Sim can be at the party.
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 - Chapter XIII
« Reply #68 on: June 19, 2018, 03:44:20 PM »
Chapter XIII.

This is another quick catch-up kinda thing. As I write it occurs to me that there are some nice interior shots of Ahilac's house. I think there are some exterior shots elsewhere on the forums, but I might take a current up-to-date picture and edit that in. You might think it's weird to see the inside but not the outside. You might be thinking of football. You might be thinking of continental drift. I literally have no idea. But for that singular specific thought about the exterior of Ahilac and Chadwick's house... I can do something about that.

Maaike, one of J's romantic conquests in Chapter X, is visiting to get a swig of age-reversing magic potion. I'm worried some of these sims will turn to elder and then die of old age when their kids are still kids. And then I think the household would disappear.



You've seen the grand piano on the other side of the room, and here's a big fireplace and chairs and dogs. Once upon a time I thought of two fireplaces in here, but it's not possible. It's a fairly awkward room to decorate because of the amount of doors.

Next, Scarlet practicing talking to herself because she wants to be insane like her mum and dad! That's so sweet!*



To the left of the picture you can see the beginnings of the study.

*It's actually to level charisma for her bodybuilding career. Being insane is not cool.

And rather, abruptly, you're now looking at the green twin boys of Alexis and Johnny in one of the bedrooms at Slipshod Mesquite. Drew and Kurt. Obviously girls would've been preferable, but no matter. If no girls are born to Alexis, then I'll have a fun time finding a street rescue girl for one of the green boys.



Cornelius, in a suit and without pink hair, is scarcely recognizable.



That's one of those pictures that feels like it should be in a caption contest. At least he doesn't wear the mad glasses to work. Yes, that's an outdoor grill indoors. Because it makes sense. You want to be able to cook all types of food in one place.

Johnny's house comes with a well established garden. In exchange for harvesting a few collectables she didn't have, Persephone thought watering and weeding was the decent thing to do.



Cornelius cooks and Alexis cringes.



And this is the rather spectacular dining room at Slipshod Mesquite which has windows on three sides, and two fireplaces on the other.



And fountains and stuff. It's quite nice.

So, from the back of the house, here's a series of pictures from the same angle of each floor. Starting at the top. Rocket bunker. Sadly the rocket got un-built when I plopped the house down.











Back at Windmilles & Wine, Summer Holiday gets her magic potion.



And then Grim Reaper showed up.



Yeah... behind that door Persephone was testing the Reaper's Friend serum. Nothing to worry about.

And the moment we've all been waiting for... Scarlett's daughter Katherine. Who is not blue!



And we got Scarlett to have a girl because the plan was always to bring Ahilac and Chadwick's child into the family tree, and he is a he. He is...



… Giancarlo. No kidding. Chadwick Suzuki (half alien), and Ahilac (100% alien) called their nooboo Giancarlo. Love it.

So we're in the library at Twin Oracle Point here. I briefly switched control to the Ahilac house to kill two birds with one stone. Ahilac went missing. If you remember when Gavin Richards got stranded in the jungle, well, the same kinda thing had happened to Ahilac. I wasn't able to invite her over, and it occurred to me she was stranded on Sixam after Persephone's office party there.

Giancarlo was destined for my main house, but we can't let Ahilac and Chadwick's house die out! So I wanted to switch to them to have them try for another nooboo. And switching to them brought Ahilac back.







Giancarlo was conceived at the end of the Vlad's Nose save, so it's nice to see that kid.

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Edit: Ahilac's house.



It's one many of you will have seen before but I finally figured out the diagonal roof, and it's now got a castle-esque tower.
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 #69 on: June 19, 2018, 08:55:37 PM »
It's nice to see your Sims and dogs and houses again.  Welcome back.  I  hope you have lots of fun with Seasons.

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Sims Eugenics II - Chapter XIV
« Reply #70 on: June 24, 2018, 03:17:03 PM »
@BallerinaHippo Thank you. :) I've messed around with Seasons and scratched the surface of the features in another save, but somehow a whole winter on the Oakenstead lot passed without snow. But that made me wonder if - weather machines aside - it'll snow here in Brindleton. So I have loaded up this family and had some fun. And who doesn't want to see Don Lothario's hot weather wardrobe choices...

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Chapter XIV.

Right. So. Gardening has changed. Updates and weather and Things have caused changes to the house. But! The events hereafter foretold are yet prior to all that. It makes even less sense to me when I read that back, don't worry.

The two initial Hounds, Zippo and Wolfie, and one of their Offspring, were put up for adoption because 4 dogs is too many.







Two aliens, and a Caliente - so basically three aliens - arrived, one after the other, to catch Zippo and Friends. So have a gentle sigh over that collection of pixels which was once another breed altogether, and was living in a jungle, and which died and ate and barked and did other doggy things.

No sooner had the dogs gone, than another Wolfie arrived. Mr Munch. It's not strictly necessary to have him around, but having both Katherine's parents around adds that sense of Danger and Jeopardy! Will she ask her mom (who has good parenting skill) for advice? Or will she just ask her dad (who has... less parenting skill), because he's totally going to let her eat dirt? 



Welcome, Mr Munch.

He soon got another makeover.





Luckily - this wasn't deep planning on my part at all - he's also in the athletic career. Frightful Scarlett is a bodybuilder, and Wolfgang is going to be a pro-athlete. Together they wll unlock all the cool gym stuff. So that's why he often goes for jogs with Apollo. I love using that to raise fitness and get energized. He is already an Adult, and will become and Elder before he maxes the career.

Of vast interest to both readers *waves* is the hatching of Katherine. Mother Scarlett is "unique" looking, and Mr Munch doesn't have the most neutral face either. So Katherine is a very interesting personage.





Yes. We're all thinking it. What a lovely smile Kate has. And she has quite the exaggerated brow. Even though I'm in the future a little bit, I haven't seen her yet as a teen, so that's going to be something to savour I'm sure.



The family are really still in the process of moving into the vast shell of this 17th century home. Funds are spent on bills or furniture as soon as we have any. To the left of the Grand Salon is the library. Persephone does have the amazing Instant Upgrade trait, but for fireplaces I prefer to just have the fireguard upgrade and not the autolight. Fireplaces switching on and off doesn't charm me, so I leave them lit and enjoy the glow. And live in Peril. Because. One must strive to use Peril more often.





So the toilet paper in the staircase is not a feature, it's an oversight. I only noticed it later. That place taken by the stairs was a bathroom. But the study is nice. I love those high backed chairs in that colour. Gorgeous. Persephone is still an adult, but then she had her aging delayed by two pregnancies. Cornelius has been an alder for some time already. Trying to get him through as much of the business career as we can. Persephone is a secret agent now. 

This is the only decent picture of the dome.



It's not bad. It was a bit of a pain to get it so seamless. Other things in the photo: the avenue gardens are fully planted now, and the painful process of grafting all the alien plants has begun. And there's a Outdoor Retreat stone campfire. Great. Not sure what was going through my mind.

Kitchen makeover. Gone is the professional cooking station that we're never going to get around to using, at least not in the early generations, and back is the trusty Yum Cooker! Stone flag floor, wood, fireplace. I do like this kitchen now. The purple couch, the homey and comforting bar stools. The dog.



The dog pops up in many interesting shots. Here, Wolfie multitasks.



And now the dome is gone. I think this is neater. The central mass of roof makes more sense now.



And the tree moved to the opposite corner, because I was already entertaining the thought of a conservatory being built on to the back of the house to the left of the pool. The dining room has also been rotated and extended, and been given more light - you can see the two large windows the ground floor. 

The other side of the kitchen:



The entrance hall.



Upstairs! This is the relic museum. Until now Persephone has had the archaeologist table in her bedroom, and clumps of dirt too, and that had to change.



The family are in a safe routine at this stage. Wolfgang studies his next opponents (who would absolutely give away all their tactical secrets online) and little Katherine causes Havoc. Her bassinet is still there in the living room.



The simple artistic idea for the money gardens:



So glow orbs can be grafted to fast growing morel mushrooms, and the spike fruit are grafted on to equally fast growing fireleaf. The contrasting height and colour especially at night when it's all ripe is Visual Interest. Seasons has caused me to delete this - sigh - huge endeavour. But no matter. 

More of Apollo taking Wolfgang for a walk!



And one of the cutest pictures so far. :) Katherine using the Large Dog entrance to the kitchen.



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In the next thrilling chapter: Cornelius is dressed for the occasion, Medium Kate, and a new house member who isn't very new at all, and will likely pop off shortly!
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 #71 on: June 24, 2018, 05:10:12 PM »
The shot of Scarlet and Katherine is simply terrifying. Katherine seems to take after her mother a lot, at least at that stage.

I'm not sure I'll have time to get used to Wolfie's new look.

And the garden is beautifull at night. I wonder what changes Seasons will make to this all.


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« Reply #72 on: June 24, 2018, 11:45:04 PM »
The Twin Oracle Point, Slipshod Mesquite, and Hound's Head homes are all looking grand and fantastic!
Oooooh, Alexis and Johnny had twin greenboos! I wonder if they will grow up to resemble green Zests?
Ahilac and Chadwick's son getting named Giancarlo cracked me up. Maybe Ahilac has always wanted to visit Tuscany?
Or maybe she saw that classic film "Swept Away" and has harbored a secret crush for Giancarlo Gianini ever since?
And wow, Kate! Now that Cornelius looks so conventional and glad that Kate has inherited all the family angles!

Love the floorwork in the entrance of Scarlett & Wolfgang's home.
Good decision on the dogs. Honestly, I found even two dogs a lot of work, except I lucked into a second dog with the Independent trait.
I like the Munchkin's latest makeover.
As for your lovely garden, why did you delete that because of Seasons? Oh right, because our plants have all become seasonal and greenhouses lining your approach would be unseemly.
(Origin and my game have been troubling me so much lately, I've haven't played more than a few minutes of Season so far, LOL!)
Finally, that shot of Kate entering through the doggie door is simply adorable. <3

Haha, a street rescue girl for the Slipshod twins? It sounds so much more humanitarian and compassionate than "an NPC rando," lol.
Oops, I didn't mean to write an essay. *coughs

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« Reply #73 on: June 25, 2018, 12:16:31 AM »
Wolfie has made quite the transformation from teenage troublemaker to Lord of the Manor.  It makes sense that he would stop bleaching his hair.

Toddler Kate looks like a not-blue mini Scarlett.  It will be interesting to see if medium Kate inherits any of her father's features.  And I didn't know that toddlers could go through doggie doors.  Probably because I never bother with the dog doors, but now I have a reason!

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Sims Eugenics II - Chapter XV
« Reply #74 on: June 29, 2018, 07:03:31 AM »
@Tynynounours  Season will cause many changes. Well, the general gardening update has changed plant values. Now it looks like obscene amounts of money are to be made in flowers, not alien plants. I liked the design I had, but with the plants only growing half the year it wouldn't be the same visual spectacle. Just not worth it. I dunno. I have so many unanswered questioned about plants and values and yields. Yes, Katherine has her mother's smile. :) 

@oshizu You've reminded me that the family really ought to visit Rosalind who has a daughter with Gavin. Ros is the forgotten one. But Alexis is sociable - she invites, and that's why we go. And then there's the Flint family that moved into a very nice Oakenstead which was destined for one of the green twins. Machinations on that front have already begun. Hopefully only one of the green Slipshod boys will need a (humanitarian, compassionate) street rescue, because I aim to grow a spouse for one at Oakenstead. We hope.

Not sure about green Zests, although that would be very cute and is to be hoped for. Their mother is surely going to pass along some of her strange looks.

@BallerinaHippo Wolfie is doing well! I had no idea toddlers could use the doggie doors, and was as amazed as you are. I think in most houses there's no point to the doors. But this is so big, and it allows the dogs to get straight to their food without a massive detour that it makes sense. I'd not have accidentally had this moment in a smaller house. (I've been testing gardening on a 20x15 lot. It could fit in the entrance hall + grand living room of this house. Madness.)     

I see I missed the start of your Sharebear legacy. I'll be catching up on that.

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Chapter XV.

Apollo returns! You missed his fluffiness heartily!



And three generations all together. Not long now before Cornelius bites the dust, and I can't say I miss his pink mohawk.



And here he does indeed expire. He was heading out to Business, but didn't make it there. He had an accident. And the gardener had just arrived too. 





I love the drama much. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely...

The gardener is less theatrical, and takes the proud man's death in his stride:



Presumably Alexis invited Scartlett over to mourn their father.



Neither seem too cut up. They might have had some personality conflict with their so-called "evil" father - hey, maybe that's just character defamation. People can be mean, and, apart from cheating on Persephone with the maid Katrina Whitman and spending the family fortune building Katrina a home in the same neighborhood (we'll have to visit that and her brood one day), what did Cornelius ever do to upset people? Was is it the maniacal laughter? Gah. Some people enjoy that. --And don't just roll your eyes and think "yeah, only other evil sims". Now there's a "right" way to laugh? just so some fragile folk aren't "offended". Nonsense, I tell you. No one likes the "evil" sims for who they are! ;p Anywho. Alexis and Scarlett don't seem too wounded. I can't say if the toddler is Drew or Kurt.

And who was walking by... but fan favourite Mr Donald Lothario. Ooooh.



There's Chadwick in the background with Persephone, too. My cogs were turning at this point. Zesty had failed to produce a daughter... and a space in the household had just opened up for a morally questionable gentleman. More of that later.

Katherine aged up as a Happy Toddler. I'm like you. I can't be asked to micro-manage my way to Top-notch Toddler.



And that's the freshly rotated and extended dining room. It feels grander now.

Persephone finished off the read-to-child goal which is always the first thing to do, so we can do the first homework while focused and have that count toward the aspiration.



After that was done, it seems like there was a trip to CAS for the purpose of this portrait. Of Katherine. Who is very like her mother, only not blue. But I do like Wolfie's eye colour! That's a win.



Finally the garden was mostly grafted, and hence the picture. Rather pleased with that. The only constant in life, and Sims 4, is change. So while this garden is no more, we look back on it and enjoy it or something. 



With Katherine's childhood and having a backlog of dirt clumps, we haven't been Adventuring lately - the plan was to go every weekend - but Persephone in her adventuring outfit is with her adventuring prizes, and Scarlett adventurously comes home from bodybuilding... adventurously.



Persephone then ages up to Elder. That's the same swimming outfit she had in the temple. Those were the days! I had the home club use the diving board as one of the activities so that the glorious pool gets used, which explains why they're always in their swimming gear. Um. In winter I think I'll change that.





Don Lothario strides purposefully across the hall. You may have noticed him - also in his swimming shorts - in the garden earlier. He is with us to romance Alexis and hope for a girl. Don makes good looking kids as we know. I think this time might be an exception. Also, Johnny's Age Away serum test didn't work. So he's not long for the world, and now that Don is in the Windmille, he's been aged back to the start of Elder. I've used Don a fair bit, so he's not destined to be a permanent member of the household. I always intended to move him in with Alexis. 

Yup. That floor pattern is gonna change a few times.



And one last shot of the glowing gardens at night. This is after all what I had in mind when I was laying out the beds in the early days.



And the entrance hall has changed again.  ::) At "Winterfest" we put the tree here, and a big red carpet that fits so nicely with the floor pattern. This floor is settled. It's not as busy, it's more neutral. Apart from the central swirl it's just black and grey marble.



This was Seasons prep. I kinda expected that outdoor gardening might not be the way to go, so I built a conservatory on - taking inspiration from another house. Those are dance floors as skylights. The glass roofs are great, but this is a fairly elegant solution too if you want a flat roof. Ignore the paintings on the outside of the house. That happened because of major remodeling. The vet clinic has swapped sides with a bedroom.



And then Seasons arrived. I wasn't sure we'd get snow in Brindleton, which is why I loaded this family up starting in winter.



And that's Wolfie as an elder already. :/

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Next time! Winterfest at Windmilles & Wine! Cas awfulness! A visit to the Flints at Oakenstead as plotting continues apace!
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!

Exit Bunthorne.

 

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