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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #200 on: November 25, 2019, 08:28:48 AM »
Congrats on grad school! The Midnight Sun Challenge was the first one I ever tried in TS3 and it was even done on a crummy 2011 laptop (like crummy by 2011 standards). You have to spend only five generations in a tiny island world and the only thing that could tax your performance is the one vacation you're allowed per generation to find a spouse abroad. (I opened up travel to regular worlds with NRaas Traveler to make spouses more fun) But you gotta study too. ;)

And now that you mention a best part, is it a sick party basement? There's some Bridgeport mansion that has one and I want to believe it's yours now.
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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #201 on: November 27, 2019, 07:58:09 PM »
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Congrats on grad school! The Midnight Sun Challenge was the first one I ever tried in TS3 and it was even done on a crummy 2011 laptop (like crummy by 2011 standards). You have to spend only five generations in a tiny island world and the only thing that could tax your performance is the one vacation you're allowed per generation to find a spouse abroad. (I opened up travel to regular worlds with NRaas Traveler to make spouses more fun) But you gotta study too. ;)

And now that you mention a best part, is it a sick party basement? There's some Bridgeport mansion that has one and I want to believe it's yours now.

Thank you so much, Trip! The Midnight Sun Challenge does sound like fun. I'll add it to my list of possibilities. :)

It might be a sick party basement...maybe...but only maybe.



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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #202 on: November 27, 2019, 08:19:39 PM »
Chapter 74 – Fiery Flamingo

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While he’s downtown ghost hunting, Derick also goes dumpster diving. It seems he has a fondness for this activity, for reasons I can’t figure out. In any case, the first thing he picks up (and only thing, before I realize what he’s doing and stop him) is a backyard flamingo. Naturally, I have to give it a coat of paint before it can grace the Kindle entrance.

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Harvey does not approve of the fiery flamingo. Yeah, I think that Good trait is good and gone now.

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Fortunately, we have another Good sim in the house. Derick, out of the Goodness of his heart or possibly in defense of his secret stupid hobby, sets the flamingo upright again when Harvey’s not looking.

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The family is settling in nicely to their home outside Bridgeport. We brought along Clover’s old martial arts board breaker thingy, and Rose goes out there almost constantly to add to the growing pile of space rock gems.

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I keep a close eye on Aria and Mario after they move out. Before long, I spot Aria heading into town with her new baby in her arms––a boy! His name is Zackary. Isn’t he cute? Oh wait, he’s just a generic bean right now. We’ll see what he looks like soon enough.

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If he even makes it to toddlerhood, that is. Aria, inside the steering wheel is NOT the correct place to put a baby while driving. Isn't this an old bug that was supposedly fixed a hundred years ago or something?

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Harvey’s gotten a bit bored since achieving his LTW. In an attempt to stay relevant, or something, he goes out looking for some other musicians his own age. He happens upon the glamorous Aria Trill, who somewhat begrudgingly agrees to be in a “band” with the crazy old man in the speedo.

And what about our lovely heir, you ask? She has something special in mind for her hubby tonight.

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Derick: “Uh, Dawn? Why are you standing out here in a…wait, is that your wedding dress?”

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Dawn: “It sure is. The forum didn’t get a chance to see me in it. I also thought maybe you’d like to see me in it one more time…”
Derick: “I-I can’t say that I wouldn’t! I only wish I was wearing something more suitable…”

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Once again, Derick gets sucked into a woman’s skirts. But this time, he’s not being tackled––well, I guess he is, in a way…

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Somewhere in between kisses, Derick scurries off to change into his wedding suit, and Dawn contracts a bug wherein her kisses are not reciprocated and her arms go all twisty.

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Derick: “Um. Sweetie? That’s not…I’m over here. That’s not my mouth. Hello?”

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Eventually, they figure out how kissing works again, and enjoy some gentle foreplay under the light of their very own streetlamp.

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Then they head for the bedroom, with the goal of bringing in the next generation of Kindles. Harvey provides a drumroll for his daughter’s exciting endeavor.

Dawn: “I really wish you wouldn’t, Dad.”

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Alone in their pink bedroom, Derick and Dawn give us a nice replay of their wedding night. This is as close as I can get to showing you the actual wedding day. I am sorry.

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The next morning, Dawn feels mysteriously ill, possibly because she thrusts her whole body through a stained glass door on the way to the toilet. But that’s just a hypothesis.

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Harvey pays a visit to his eldest daughter and her husband that day. It’s time he met his first grandson. He walks in to find Mario being a very good dad to his new son.

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…He also finds Aria being just as insane as ever. Good to know, I guess.

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I love this scene. Mario and Harvey sit side by side on the couch and watch Aria argue with herself for about five minutes, their heads turning in unison as they watch her gesticulate wildly.

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Just as you totally did not expect, Dawn finds out she’s pregnant after arriving home from work wearing this rather silly hat. The next generation is on the way!

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And who but Dawn Kindle spends her pregnancy striding around the big city in hot pink heels? (Well, a lot of people in Bridgeport, maybe.)

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Calder is a lucky teen––he gets to go to his second prom, and this time, it’s the big city prom. He’s only met one kid at school, a fella named Bronson Littler. And at prom, the two of them get together and go steady! Bronson is the one who initiates, kissing Calder right on the lips in the middle of the dance.

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This is Bronson. He’s a cute one, and has a mean sense of style. He also happens to live just down the road, which is convenient. (He and Calder actually started flirting a couple days before prom, so it wasn’t ENTIRELY out of the blue.)

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On the way home from prom, Calder ages up. I think he’s a few days ahead of his new boyfriend, unfortunately.

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Oooohh, look at this looker. Calder is straight-up beautiful. He really takes after his dad, except…he’s somehow even better looking? Anyway. Calder becomes, very excitingly, a Light Sleeper. I guess that’ll work well in a city like Bridgeport. He’s also an Artistic Virtuoso, a Coward, and a Mooch. His LTW is Golden Tongue, Golden Fingers.

That’s all the time we have, folks. Next time, we’ll meet a new Kindle or two!

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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #203 on: December 03, 2019, 07:56:53 PM »
Chapter 75 – Sunny Days

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Look who’s back, everybody! I know, it’s incredible. Somehow, by some mysterious magic, Blaise Kindle is haunting the house in Bridgeport. Don’t look at me, people. I had nothing to do with it. 8)

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Oh wow, Justin is here too! Naturally, he’s in his swimwear whilst doing his haunting. I don’t know why that makes sense, but somehow, it does.

That’s only at night, of course. During the day, Dawn, um, waddles around the city looking for people to interview. She’s forced to take off work for her pregnancy, but thankfully she’s moved up the ranks enough to actually write her own articles, so she can stay busy during her downtime.

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Dawn: “Oh hey, sis. What’s up.”
Aria: “Hey.”

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While she’s out meeting the locals, Dawn captures the attention of the paparazzi. Oh. Turns out she (and all the other Kindles) have been celebrities since, like, their Sunset Valley days or something. The stardom has just been passed down effortlessly through the generations. Dawn is famous for no reason! Yay!

After she's had her fun, she finally gets around to some interviews.

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Dawn: “So, Ms. Strummer, have you heard any interesting gossip around the city lately?”
Suzy: “Oh, have I! Apparently someone new is in charge of the city’s criminal network––a bit of a hick, they’re saying. She’s old and kinda crazy, and she just goes around with her spooky red glow trying to tell these city slickers what to do when all she knows how to do is milk a cow! Isn’t that wild?! Apparently she has a very countryside accent––kind of like yours, actually…”

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Calder celebrates his graduation surrounded by classmates he only went to school with for, like, one day. He graduates with highest honors and is voted Most Likely to Be a Rock Star. (I enjoy the chaos that is happening just outside City Hall when Calder emerges. Ahh, Bridgeport, how I love you.)

Dawn, quickly becoming an astute and persistent reporter, takes advantage of the crowd to get another interview.

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Matilda Smart: “I’ve been having this recurring dream where I marry into a legacy family––I think the guy’s name is, like, really old-fashioned, Cleary or Claude or something––and the wedding happens in a bar, and my husband has an empty drink glass stuck to his hand the whole time! Isn’t that weird?”

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With so much strange gossip floating around, Dawn has lots of work to do at home.

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She doesn’t get far before the labor pains hit.

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Derick: “Hey babe. I just swam for three hours and put on several pounds of muscle. Check it out before I change out of my speedo.”
Dawn: *unintelligible scream of pain*

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Derick: “Oh, you’re having the baby NOW?? Why didn’t you say anything?!”
Dawn: "..."

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A few hours later, Dawn and Derick leave the hospital with their new daughter, Sunny.

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It’s been a while since there’s been a baby in the house for Desert Rose to bond with. Yes, I said bond with, Rose!

Rose: “What are you staring at? I’m not doing anything! I’m just taking the baby to the nursery! Leave me alone!”

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Rose: “Ahhh, forget it. Come on, sweet thing, turn out those pockets!”

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*sigh* Rose is Rose, as always.

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Calder somewhat makes up for his mother’s evil deeds. He’s a very attentive uncle. (And a very beautiful one. Whew!)

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He’s constantly going over to cuddle his niece.

Speaking of uncles and nieces…let’s check in with our favorite aunt and nephew! Aria's son Zackary has aged up to toddler, so let's go see––

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*jaw drop*

I can’t believe it. Zackary inherited Harvey’s red hair! As soon as this happens, I am immediately afraid that Aria is going to have all the red-haired babies, and Dawn is going to get stuck with the tried-and-true black or orange. (Both of which are lovely colors, but…you know, things get boring after a while.) In any case, Zackary is ADORABLE. Congrats, Aria and Mario!

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Rose goes over to meet her eldest grandchild and gives him a good scare. All Kindles need a good scare from an Evil family member if they are to grow up properly, you know.

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Granny Rose even starts teaching little Zackary to walk. Look at his little flame onesie!

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Back at home, baby Sunny is getting lots of attention. Seriously, it’s kind of hard to get the family to do anything other than nuzzle her and play with her.

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I love watching Derick as a dad. It really suits him. He happily cares for Sunny while Dawn continues writing for work in the background.

Now that he’s a young adult, Calder doesn’t have a lot to do. He’ll be moving out once his boyfriend, Bronson, is aged up, but for now, he’s just kind of puttering around, working on his charisma for his Lifetime Wish. That is, until he finds a certain secret door unlocked one night.

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He ventures down a long stairway into the basement of the house, where no other Kindle has ever gone before. There, he finds his destiny awaiting him.

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The dimly-lit basement stage becomes Calder’s hideaway in these long, boring days before his departure. If he’s going to be a rock star (and max charisma and guitar), he has to start somewhere.

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The ghost of Blaise bookends this chapter. Did you know that you can’t see ghosts when they’re underwater? Spooky.

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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #204 on: December 03, 2019, 08:46:03 PM »
Supposedly kids have a 50% chance of inheriting a grandparent's hair color, which is kind of absolute insanity (I've seen families where most or all kids get a forgotten hair color because 50% is a big chance) but might bode well for you. I dunno! You didn't age up the baby for the chapter ending after all. 😔
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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #205 on: December 03, 2019, 11:48:15 PM »
Yeah, Harvey's hair lives on! So far in just a spare, but he's such a cutie, I'm not complaining. But fingers crossed little Sunny gets it too. As far as grandparents passing on their hair color, in my TJ game, the turquoise hair from IP now has 3 gen 9 kids with it! All spares of course! Even though the mother and grandmother have it for the heir family, all four of the heir children have dark hair too, like their father and the grandfather. Just my luck of course!  And Calder....woohoo, he is gorgeous! If I didn't already have Leonard in the 2nd gen heir spouse spot in my Farmacy game, I'd be begging for him! I still may! He does have Harvey's genetics! And I never knew that you couldn't see ghosts under water. Even my Adam, who Loves to Swim, has never jumped in the pool.