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Re: Power of 10 - 6.33: Nighty Night, Newcrest! (7 Dec update)
« Reply #225 on: December 07, 2019, 07:10:04 AM »
Wow, Carmen was a good find. Though, Houda's evil trait is more comic than a real hurdle. But Keanu wouldn't want an evil sim. I'd probably have chosen Carmen. But I'm shockingly non-picky in some saves. It's "oh, he needs a girl? Okay, here's a random elder who has had no life, I'll age her down. She'll do." Carmen's traits are so coincidental that she could look like Persephone and it would be worth choosing her still.

I really like the Newcest sunset with the rocket woohoo. I have no idea what world to go to next, but your house here reminds me very strongly of a house I never really finished or played in. Hmm.

The final days of teens trying to get the good character traits can be full of jeopardy. I feel the tension.
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Re: Power of 10 - 6.33: Nighty Night, Newcrest! (7 Dec update)
« Reply #226 on: December 08, 2019, 03:53:21 PM »
Geez. Turn my back for two months and you nearly finish the challenge! (Just kidding, of course.) I'm now all caught up and wow, I love all of your heirs and spouses. Spoiler alert: My next heir shares a name with one of your heirs. Hint: It isn't Kahlua. ;)



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Re: Power of 10 - 6.33: Nighty Night, Newcrest! (7 Dec update)
« Reply #227 on: December 09, 2019, 03:04:09 PM »
@Heart Foam
We could have lived with an Evil sim and dealt with Houda's "lesser genes"  as well.
But Carmen having both red hair and the Cat Lover trait is just too much of a coincidence. The Insider trait has zero impact on gameplay, it seems to me.
Ugh, Devin with his constant "Ask for advice" was so annoying!
Really? A name like Keanu and you couldn't guess where he'd be moving? :)

@reggikko
The Pries dynasty still has four generations of requirements to complete. That is hardly "nearly finished," haha.
I'm sure you'll catch up in no time.
As for your next heir's name, I didn't consider that until too late. None of my remaining heirs' name go with San or Santa, though, so I think we're safe. :)

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Re: Power of 10 - 6.33: Nighty Night, Newcrest! (7 Dec update)
« Reply #228 on: December 09, 2019, 03:37:07 PM »
@oshizu Oh, I was thinking out loud about my own trivial dynasty thing. Sulani is a spectacularly pretty world. I definitely associated Keanu with Sulani, and even with Canoe Reefs. I've had a phone call chance card force a teen to take a hit to a trait while in school, age bar bubbling, leave school early -- do homework to recover lost responsibility from leaving early -- then volunteer or whatever. When teens clearly have such great character... can't they stop asking for advice?!

I think insiders might get tense if they haven't been in a club gathering for a while.

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The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
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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Power of 10 - 7.34: Starting Out in Sulani (12 Dec update)
« Reply #229 on: December 12, 2019, 10:04:48 AM »
7.34: Starting Out in Sulani


Saturday, Week 36

Keanu: Now that Carmen's moved in, we got some stuff to do, Mocha. Later!
Mocha: Really? All that cash and you just throw my stuff on the sand?
Keanu: But Carmen and I have so much stuff to get done!
Mocha: Oh please, just build something basic for now.


Keanu: Happy now? No windows yet, though.
Mocha: This will do. Thanks for putting my stuff inside.


Keanu: Don't go falling off the lanai in back!
I'll get it fenced up before the little ones are born.
Mocha: You already filled my food thingy, so I'm all set.


Carmen and I start on Soulmates at Desert Bloom Park.
In the middle of our second date, we notice the park's swarming with kids!

Might as well introduce ourselves real quick, right?
Salome Pineda and Ellie Crum both have desirable traits.


All six kids have black hair. What's up with that?
Cory Connolly and Juan Esteban are both evil.
But Jonathan Villanueva and Adrian Castillo have good traits.

Also, our simverse seems to favor Latinx kids. We don't mind at all.


At the Gardens of Lost Healing…
Carmen: I wish you would have proposed to me instead.
Keanu: Watcher probably figures I'm more desperate to get married and less likely to refuse.
Carmen: Oh yeah, I get that.
Being a lonely spinster selling supplies in Selvadorada trumps marrying you any day. *rolls eyes
Keanu: Love the ring, by the way.


Carmen: Seriously, though, I'm glad you chose me.
Keanu: We're going to have an amazing life together!


Carmen: Connections?
Keanu: Right!
Carmen: Hey, can we dress like this all the time?
Keanu: I'm not sure. Let's check later after we're done with all our errands.
Aren't these our party outfits?
Carmen: Well, I'm game if you are!



Sunday, Week 37

What luck! We arrive in San Myshuno's Art Quarters so Carmen can buy produce.
There's a vendor nearby who sells me a complete collection of snow globes!


Carmen: Are you sure we should be here, Keanu?
Keanu: Watcher adds a brand-new world and we're not allowed to visit? No way!
Carmen: Well, I must confess that I'm profoundly curious.


Carmen: Keanu tells me that we should both become spellcasters.
Okay. That's easy for him to say with his maxed charisma!


Keanu easily befriends all three sages and starts learning potions and spells left and right.
He is especially buddy-buddy with that Morgyn Ember, who even teaches him magic.


On the other hand, I struggle to get close to the sages.
All three reject my many requests for magical guidance. *sighs

The other two sages are unemployed, but Simeon has a part-time retail job. How bizarre!


At last, I manage to befriend Simeon and learn a little from him.
To add insult to injury, Keanu has the option to become BFFs with Morgyn.

Keanu (whispers): How cool would that be if Morgyn were my BFF?
But Carmen would blow a fuse, so Morgyn and I are just good friends.


Keanu: On Tuesday, I bring home my second promotion and branch to Marine Biologist.
And I got a notice that the environment of Mua Pel'am is improving as well!


Carmen perhaps needs to start using sunblock when she's outdoors.
While giving a fertility massage, I notice that her back and legs appear quite dark.
Mocha: I swear she hasn't been sunbathing while you're at work!


Carmen goes into labor in the middle of a second fertility massage.
Twin girls, just as we'd hoped!
Incidentally, my mother Kahlua also had twin girls recently.


That time we spent in the Magical Realm has left us a bit behind.
Every Pries garden so far has had a dozen dragon fruit plants.
Ours only has eight so far.


On Thursday, I work from home so I can learn how to complete my daily tasks.
Takes me awhile to figure out how to "Patrol the ocean near Mua Pel'am."
"Survey ocean wildlife" was a bit tricky, too.. (Yes, I had to google them both.)


I even buy a cauldron and do a little experimenting.
But magic is definitely not my thing.
Carmen and I only wanted to give the girls a little magical boost.


Their birthday notices arrive that night.
As toddlers, they're identical twins and they're both spellcasters.


My trio of beautiful girls.
I gave Bianca big hair like her mother, so I can tell the twins apart at a glance.


My great-grandpa Camilio passed away recently and I didn't even get notified.
In fact, he's vanished from my relationship panel (but not my family tree).

After picking up Great-Grandpa's urn, we stop by the vet clinic.
Mocha aged up to an elder this morning.


Great-Grandma Beatriz and Great-Grandpa Camilio are finally reunited!


Whew! That was a busy week and we still lack two more dragon fruit plants.
I know the twins just became toddlers, but I can't wait to see what they look like as children.
Next, we will (seem them as children, that is)!




Keanu's move-out requirements: 2/10
     1. Career: Marine Biologist 8 (Fisheries Specialist)
     2. Unique skill: DJ Mixing 3
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: yes
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: yes   
     5. 5/10 good friends (including 2/2 non-human)
     6. 5/10 odd jobs
     7. 0/10 parties
     8. 8/10 emotional whims
     9. 5/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
   10. 0/10-item collection: Buried treasures?
   
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*Neither Keanu and his heir will be going all out with spells and potions.
  It's too much extra work, considering each house/household is only played for one generation.
*No idea why but my game was extremely buggy these past two days. (I blame today's patch! I only updated Sims 4 after posting this chapter.)
*This is my first time playing a sim household that lives in Sulani.
  My only Sulani experience so far has been those odd jobs.  So excited to be living in Sulani!

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.34: Starting Out in Sulani (12 Dec update)
« Reply #230 on: December 12, 2019, 12:13:28 PM »
Ooh, Realm of Magic! I find I use scrubaroo a lot. Wow, Mocha has lived through so much by now.

The open dining room is the way to go. And Carmen suits Sulani so well. And the girls are so beautiful. With all the fertility massages (and I never use them) is there a big risk of triplets?
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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

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.34: Starting Out in Sulani (12 Dec update)
« Reply #231 on: December 12, 2019, 08:47:07 PM »
I doubt if we'll bother much with spells and potions.
Only, I wanted the next heir to be born from spellcaster parents since she'll be moving to you-know-where eventually.
Mocha moved in during the first week of the fifth-generation, so this is his third house though it somehow feels much longer.
I love lanais--my Wonder Child house on the Dock Den lot had one years go.

About triplets, since Keanu and Camen have such great genes, I was rather hoping for triplets.
Carmen (but not Keanu) bought the Fertile trait.When she went into labor, she did not have the On Ley Line moodlet though that pink/blue crosshairs thing appeared on the floor.
She also had no Fertility Massage moodlet--I imagine Carmen dropped queues for her massages. She did it once to Keanu who gave her a second (incomplete?) massage.
Then she hired a massage therapist. Darn it!

In seven generations, I've witnessed seven twin births but only one triplets birth, all on the home lot. Founder Erwin's hospital birth resulted in a single.
Carmen's the first to buy the Fertile trait before trying for baby.
The first few days after a move-out are hectic and I sometimes forget to note the exact time of the Eating for Two message (labor is exactly 48 hrs later).
If I really want triplets, the pregnant sim gets multiple fertility massages until the massage moodlet appears.



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Re: Power of 10 - 7.34: Starting Out in Sulani (12 Dec update)
« Reply #232 on: December 14, 2019, 05:31:15 PM »
Finally caught up!  So excited about this awesome family of lovely redheads  ;=)
The characters and writing are exactly the sort of brilliance I've come to expect from you, oshizu!  Can't wait to see what's coming up next!!

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.34: Starting Out in Sulani (12 Dec update)
« Reply #233 on: December 15, 2019, 04:29:56 PM »
Finally caught up!  So excited about this awesome family of lovely redheads  ;=)
The characters and writing are exactly the sort of brilliance I've come to expect from you, oshizu!  Can't wait to see what's coming up next!!

Haha, "brilliance" is definitely not the word I'd use but thank you for reading! :)

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Power of 10 - 7.35: Karma's a Beach (15 Dec update)
« Reply #234 on: December 15, 2019, 04:48:18 PM »
7.35: Karma's a Beach


Saturday, Week 37

Keanu: The twins have been a handful since they became toddlers two nights ago.
I hope you don't mind a refresher on the names.
Jaida's name slipped even my mind--I had to consult my notes.


Carmen and Bianca hold a Big Hair Convention at the bathtub.


This has been a five-day work week, from Tuesday through Saturday.
I'm happy to report that I've earned a promotion every day this week!

After work, I spend a little time with the twins. Sometimes I squeeze in an odd job.
Next,  I clean Mua Pel'am a few hours then do my daily task.


My parents have been a great help with the girls.
Thanks to them, Carmen has a little time each day for cooking.


The toddler stage is a busy time for the entire family.
Except Mocha, who feels he's not getting enough attention.
Maybe I should invite over the grandparents more for Mocha's sake.


So, yeah, all those wastebaskets represent a Pries tradition.
We save six trash-filled wastebasket for each toddler.
A scout can quickly empty six wastebaskets to earn the Good Deed badge.

Well, yeah, I guess they could pick up and drop the same pile of trash, too.
We Pries people believe that emptying trash builds character!


The shallow-water buoy for surveying ocean wildlife is so far away!
Since my Wellness is maxed, I've started skipping the canoe and teleporting instead.
It's hard to believe that I'm already a Level 9 Marine Biologist!



Sunday, Week 38

In the late afternoon, I host a toddler playdate.
My dad Kengo arrives with my younger sisters Shari (left) and Daniela.

Wow, I'm the only 7th-generation Pries with red hair!


Playing with Bianca to complete a party goal.


Taking a selfie with Grandpa Rafael.
I look a lot like him, don't you think?
Hmm, I wonder if Bianca will inherit my cleft chin?


No playdate is complete without toddler hugs!
By happy coincidence, Jaida and Daniela are wearing the same outfit.
So cute!


Yep, it's a gold-medal playdate!
I love me a toddler playdate! No toasts and no complimenting costumes!


Seiji the Cat Lover: That bad, Mocha?
Mocha: Omg, you don't know the half of it!
Seiji: But isn't Keanu's wife Carmen a cat lover?
Mocha: Hah, you could've fooled me! She hasn't even noticed my food thing need refilling!


Kahlua: What is that on the floor next to you? A baseball bat?
Keanu: Yeah, Mom. Nothing wrong with a little protective parenting, know what I'm saying?
I got two little girls to protect from all those unscrupulous boys out there!


By the way, did I tell you that my unique skill is DJ mixing?
Until I'm better at it, I'm only practicing at home for now.
But just wait until I take this show on the road!


On Tuesday, since I don't work, I throw a dinner party.
You can see that both Grandpa Rafael and Auntie Chai are elders now.
Those little boys from the park aged up to teens, so I invite them, too.


Adrian Castillo has that look our watcher loves. (Or is it dat hair?)
He's a paranoid vegetarian; our family has no problem with paranoid sims.

Jonathan Villanueva isn't as handsome, but he's a creative perfectionist.
Considering Bianca's future course, Adrian's the best option at the moment.

Wait a sec…are they too old for Bianca, though? Let's see.
*Boys: 11 days (teen) + 24 days (YA) = 35 days
*Twins: 2 days (toddlers) + 13 days (children) + 13 days (teen) = 28 days
Dang, that is a little too wonky, even for our family!

Maybe we'll meet some nice teens after the girls' become children?
(Just in case, though, I become good friends with Jonathan.…)


It's Wednesday morning, so the twins have two full days to continue skilling.
Bianca's right on course to become a top-notch toddler, I believe.
Her sister Jaida isn't too far behind.


I can't tell if the girls are just lazy or very clever.
Instead of playing in the ball pit, they repeatedly ask each family member to play.


Mocha: It's not hard to tell whenever the sims are wrapping up an age phase.
Suddenly, they have all kinds of time for yours truly.

Yesterday, Keanu and I finally became companions.
And today, I become companions with the resident cat lover. About time!


And awwww, lookie here!
I'm even friends with the next heir, li'l Miss Bianca!


Keanu: Birthday party at the Shrieking Llama Bar!
When I moved from Newcrest, Watcher added an outdoor grill here.
So, we should be able to ace this party!

I invite Morgyn and Simeon, but not the mean sage.


Bianca blows out her candles just after midnight.
Carmen has pathing issues, so I have to help Jaida age up, too.

My problem is that I can't get rid of a pesky Sulani Breeze (Playful) moodlet!


The twins remain identical, don't you think?
Bianca aged up with straight hair, while Jaida had that awful Mickey Mouse hairdo.
A quick trip to a dresser fixed that!


We were only able to earn a silver medal.
Due to my playful moodlet, I couldn't "Compliment the birthday sim" at all.
After Carmen paid her compliments to each twin, we ended up two compliments short.

It was still a great party and the twins got to meet two of the sages.





Keanu's move-out requirements: 3/10
📌 1. Unique career: Marine Biologist 9
📌 2. Unique skill: DJ Mixing 7
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: yes
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: yes
📌 5. 6/10 good friends (2/2 non-human)   
📌 6. 8/10 odd jobs
📌 7. 3/10 parties:
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
📌 9. 7/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
📌10. 0/10-item collection:   
   
Watcher's Remarks
*I wasn't paying attention and don't know where the "Sulani Breeze" moodlet originates. Keanu occasionally gets this moodlet for "honoring the island," so I assume it's linked to his Child of the Islands trait.
I never saw this moodlet while he lived in Newcrest.
*The timing for when the game spawns NPC children and teens seems to vary with the generation.

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.35: Karma's a Beach (15 Dec update)
« Reply #235 on: December 16, 2019, 01:36:39 PM »
Bianca and Jaida are so pretty! You've done well with the Pries genetics. You're such a high achiever when it comes to skills and what-not. I'm much more lazy and generally don't bother with skilling up spares and spouses any more. Great update, as usual!

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.35: Karma's a Beach (15 Dec update)
« Reply #236 on: December 16, 2019, 05:50:58 PM »
Oh my goodness, Mocha is such a scene stealer!  Even in a household with multiple lovely and strong character, that cat just grabs my attention!  Love how you write him!
I'll enjoy getting to know our next heir a little more now that she's hit child age and will probably have more of a voice.  That tends to be about the time that they get more personality for me, anyway.  They tend to be lumps of adorableness that become far less of a burden once they can walk and potty on their own  ;=)
Looking forward to the next installment!

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.35: Karma's a Beach (15 Dec update)
« Reply #237 on: December 16, 2019, 10:17:03 PM »
@reggikko
All sims are attractive at the toddler and child stage, I think. As for the twin girls, I'm hoping they become teens who resemble their mother who's a knockout.
Yeah, I realize my efforts to skill up spares are a waste of time. On the other hand, I love having useful spouses who can prepare ambrosia and mentor the next generation. :)

@PeregrineTook
I'm not sure what's happened to Mocha in Sulani, but he's looking a bit frumpy lately. Maybe he's put on weight? Maybe he would benefit from a recoloring? I don't know.
Toddlers are adorable but raising them are a complete chore! Thanks for reading.

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.35: Karma's a Beach (15 Dec update)
« Reply #238 on: December 17, 2019, 02:17:13 AM »
I'd totally go int cas.fulleditmode to see where Mocha's sliders are.

Jaida has one of my favourite child hairdos. :) I immediately thought she should have Adrian. Similar letters in their names.
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Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
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Re: Power of 10 - 7.35: Karma's a Beach (15 Dec update)
« Reply #239 on: December 17, 2019, 02:27:37 PM »
I'd totally go int cas.fulleditmode to see where Mocha's sliders are.

Jaida has one of my favourite child hairdos. :) I immediately thought she should have Adrian. Similar letters in their names.

The Power of 10 rules don't allow the use of cas.fulleditmode. All I could do, really, is use Change Sim to play around with Mocha's coat.
I guess I could make him furless to see if he's gained weight.  Thank you taking my thoughts there!


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Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #240 on: December 18, 2019, 11:27:44 PM »
7.36: Convos with Carmen


Friday, Week 38

Hey there, I'm Keanu's wife Carmen.
You may recall that I only met him a few days before his YA birthday.

In two weeks, Keanu will probably turn over the narration to a teen Bianca.
So, this week, Watcher says I'll be guiding y'all through a week in our life.


Keanu has that Hawaiian name but he's not really Hawaiian.
In fact, many of his ancestors hail from Selvadorada, like me.

But we both love living here in Sulani.
We've gone so native that even tourists ask to take photos with us.


You've met the twins, of course.
The next heir, Bianca, has the shorter, straight hair.
They've joined scouts already but don't start school until Monday.


Thanks to the girls' Gift of Sulani, I'll no longer spend hours fertilizing each day.
They're both born spellcasters, too.
Keanu and I have made little magical progress, but hopefully Bianca can do better.


And last but not least, there's Mocha.
He has the best personality: affectionate, friendly, and talkative.
He is the perfect companion!


You've probably heard that I used to make a living selling exploration supplies.
Well, now, I live in a luxurious home with an ocean view.

That third-floor room? Keanu says it's for his collection…


We're all so proud of Keanu!
Before even leaving for work this morning, he earned his final promotion!
He considers staying on as Master of Marine Affairs, but quits after all.


And while Keanu's off doing his last odd job…


The twins become ever more popular Social Butterflies.
For her 2 adult friends, Jaida befriends her grandparents, Kahlua and Kengo.

Bianca's a bit more ambitious and has me invite Morgyn Ember over.
And now they're friends.


In the evening, Jaida and I stay home while Keanu takes Bianca to the Magical Realm.
Keanu phones to say that Bianca's too young to learn magic yet.

Bianca does introduce herself to the other two sages.
Then they visit Casters Alley where Keanu buys her lots of stuff she can't use yet.


Freddy Nicholson seems to be a new teen in our simverse.
Watcher mumbles something about Freddy being a great fit for Bianca.
Because his jealousy would keep Bianca on her toes.

If you ask me, Watcher just likes the way he looks.
We'll just need to wait for Jonathan and Freddy to gain their third traits.


Keanu's working hard on his collection of buried treasures.
It's a thankless job.
Personally, I think he should just claim Fitness as his unique skill.
At this point, he's at DJ Mixing 7 but Fitness 9.



Sunday, Week 39

Keanu's got that pesky Sulani Breeze moodlet again.
If it's gotta be two days long, couldn't the moodlet be more useful?
Now he's at risk of hysteria for the next 48 hours.


When I swim out to see how Keanu's doing, I catch him loafing.
The good news is that he's completed his collection.
More like given up on it, according to Keanu.


Oddly, the girls can't earn their Outdoor Adventurer badge fishing anywhere in Sulani.
We visit Magnolia Blossom Park so they can go fishing.
And while we're there, they play on the pirate ship.


Back home from the park, Keanu discovers four of his buried treasures are missing.
He spends two more days scuba diving to replace the glitched items.
Displayed in that third-floor room, his collection's worth $8,150.

By the way, he maxed Fitness while replacing his lost items. He's made that his unique skill.


Keanu's mother warned us she struggled with the kava party during her generation.
That's why Keanu decides to throw one while the twins are still in school.
No problem at all with the kava bowls this time.

I manage to befriend that sage Morgyn.
Meanwhile, Keanu becomes good friends with the bartender and the sage Simeon.


We're shocked when "our" Jonathan arrives at the bowling alley, but not alone.
He's wearing matching bowling shirts with a pretty girl who glares at Bianca.
What's up with that?

In other news, Keanu and I discover a quick way to identify teens.
If we click on a sim but see no Parenting option, they're not a teen.

Mocha looks absolutely thrilled to have come with us.


Bianca declares Jonathan a bore and wants to meet Freddy Nicholson.
Once he arrives, Keanu gives him a makeover and the closet reveals some nice surprises.

Not only does Freddy clean up extremely nicely, but he's also a spellcaster like Bianca.
But, let's just say that Bianca's not a fan of that Jealous trait.


Bianca (internally): I might as well befriend him since I need to boost my Charisma, anyway.
However, I'm not done shopping around by any means!

Freddy: Exactly how old are you, Bianca?
Bianca: Um, I'll be a teen next week.


Keanu hosts two more parties.
He's in no rush to throw the rest of them this week, he says.


He does make his tenth good friend during the Incognito Party.

Morgyn apparently got a day job and couldn't attend our party.
I was surprised when Keanu told me Morgyn works as a scientist now.
Maybe the sages need to unionize for higher wages?


After that late afternoon Incognito Party, Keanu heads for the Magical Realm.
He phones me from Casters Alley, saying he's bought tomes and a better wand for Bianca.
He also searched all the HQ's bookscases for free magical tomes.  Or so he says.

Keanu seems extraordinarily attached to Morgyn.
Is it just a typical master-disciple relationship? Or should I be worried?


After returning from the Magical Realm the next morning (!!!), Keanu resumes cleaning Mua Pel'am.
The environment hasn't improved at all for a while.

Once the island reaches its optimum state, baby turtles will hatch on this shoreline, he says.
He's at a loss for what to do besides his daily cleanup.


While he's off on his cleanup campaign, Bianca completes all her aspirations as well as scouting.
She earned her Keep Fit badge surprisingly quickly.
I wonder if swimming around works more efficiently than swinging?  Hmmmmm.

Just six more days to go until the twins' teen birthday!


Up next: Teen birthdays, part-time jobs, and…a few surprises




Keanu's move-out requirements: 9/10
✔️ 1. Unique career: Marine Biologist 10 (Master of Marine Affairs)
✔️ 2. Unique skill: Fitness 10
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: yes
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: yes
✔️ 5. 10/10 good friends (2/2 non-human) 
✔️ 6. 10/10 odd jobs
📌 7. 6/10 parties
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
✔️ 9. 10/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
✔️10. 0/10-item collection: Buried Treasures ($8,150)
   
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*Before visiting Magnolia Blossom Park, I got a save error and had to save from Manage World.
 When I reloaded the game the next real-life day, Keanu's collection was missing 4 pieces.
 As if collecting buried treasures wasn't already time-consuming enough.
*Those matching bowling shirts crack me up every time!

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #241 on: December 19, 2019, 04:37:46 AM »
So much seems to have happened. Such a fun chapter. Mocha sleeping at the bowling is a favourite.

I second sages unionizing for better pay. I think I've got a save where it was / is also Morgyn who had another career. I'll have to check if any others sages do. Hmm. If a sage can end up as a scientist, then Father Winter -- similar kind if title with no career attached -- might end up as a doctor or something.

Yes, swimming might be good for the Get Fit badge. I know Aidan and Scarlet swam a lot of laps and it felt a little faster than usual. I often have the kids dance which seems to take forever.

I love the house and the openness. (I don't adapt to Sulani well, I don't make the lot green and lush enough. I've been planning houses and need gallery help.)

Can you use a 5k retraiting potion on anyone -- thinking of you, Freddy -- if the jealous trait is undesirable? I hope Keanu maxing fitness as his unique skill doesn't impact anyone later on.
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The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
Vlad's Nose story
Sims Eugenics II - the big chateau one
Vacuous Green house (I totes like this one)
Island Living Beachfront Mansion

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #242 on: December 19, 2019, 07:18:47 AM »
Just on my catchup trip right now.
You have gotten so far. Congrats.
Bianca is a very pretty one, is she going to move to the land of magic when she gets older?

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #243 on: December 19, 2019, 01:36:19 PM »
So much seems to have happened. Such a fun chapter. Mocha sleeping at the bowling is a favourite.

I second sages unionizing for better pay. I think I've got a save where it was / is also Morgyn who had another career. I'll have to check if any others sages do. Hmm. If a sage can end up as a scientist, then Father Winter -- similar kind if title with no career attached -- might end up as a doctor or something.

Yes, swimming might be good for the Get Fit badge. I know Aidan and Scarlet swam a lot of laps and it felt a little faster than usual. I often have the kids dance which seems to take forever.

I love the house and the openness. (I don't adapt to Sulani well, I don't make the lot green and lush enough. I've been planning houses and need gallery help.)

Can you use a 5k retraiting potion on anyone -- thinking of you, Freddy -- if the jealous trait is undesirable? I hope Keanu maxing fitness as his unique skill doesn't impact anyone later on.
In my save, Morgyn's a scientist and poor Simeon has a retail job. I haven't checked L. Faba's career.
It's a bit of a pain, though, because it means that my sims won't always find the sages at the MR HQ.

For the Keep Fit badge, dancing takes forever. I prefer the swings.
This time, however, I'd created a Summer Solstice holiday and had the twins "swim around" until completing the Water Fun tradition (or whatever that's called).
It felt like they earned Keep Fit points and Motor skill much faster than with swinging.

My Sulani house has the least landscaping of any P10 house so far; it could look lusher. I achieved 5k in landscaping by only using the Island Living hedges. Hah!
Oh yeah, there are a few palm trees, too. Maybe I'll do up the front yard now that the kids don't need the playground stuff.

I'm not planning on using any retraiting potions for this dynasty. We're good with maxing fitness.
My spreadsheet has a list with all 10 of my dynasty's careers and their skill requirements. The last 3 heirs won't be choosing a career requiring Fitness 10. :)
I wanted Keanu to be a party animal (not the aspiration) with his Dancing Machine trait and DJ Mixing, but we don't leave the home lot enough, LOL!





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Re: Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #244 on: December 19, 2019, 01:44:39 PM »
Just on my catchup trip right now.
You have gotten so far. Congrats.
Bianca is a very pretty one, is she going to move to the land of magic when she gets older?
Thank you for reading, @LenaLJ !
I'd initially planned to finish this dynasty by the end of 2019, but now I doubt whether I'll even be finished by late January.
Still having a blast, though!
I have a personal rule for my P10: my dynasty sims can only travel to towns where previous dynasty households lived plus the town of the next heir.
The only exceptions are Magnolia Promenade (fishing) and Sulani (odd jobs).
The Fill Empty House feature still isn't working in my game (my simverse has only 1-2 occupied houses), but I only need to edit a few community lots whenever an heir moves out.
So, about Glimmberbrook, yes. I only bought and installed that pack after my current heir moved out but before he entered Live mode.
I wish I could have waited longer. By the time Biana moves to Glimmerbrook, it will probably be a ghost town. :( 
Didn't the devs release patch notes this autumn that claimed Fill Empty Houses now works as intended? 

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #245 on: December 19, 2019, 04:17:23 PM »
Hmmm, interested to see how things develop (or not) with a certain teenage spellcaster.
Jaida is a cutie.  I know Bianca is getting all sorts of spotlight, as the heir should, but it needs to be mentioned that the spare is adorable!
It's been fun watching the time in Hawai'i Sulani, but I'm definitely excited to see where the family heads next!

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.36: Convos with Carmen (18 Dec update)
« Reply #246 on: December 20, 2019, 11:17:10 PM »
@PeregrineTook
The Pries heirs have a habit of changing their minds about who they will marry at the last minute, so Bianca is still "window shopping."
Haha, Jaida and Bianca are identical twins with different hairstyles.
Sulani has become my favorite place to live though I would perhaps choose a different lot (Admiral Wreckage?). Still so much I have yet to learn about Sulani and Island Living.
On the other hand, like you, I am eager for Bianca's YA birthday, her move, the new house, her choice of spouse, and all that.
Sadly, future heirs will all be living on 30x20 lots. *sniffle, sniffle

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Power of 10 - 7.37: Mocha's Musings (21 Dec update)
« Reply #247 on: December 21, 2019, 12:10:06 PM »
7.37:  Mocha's Musings


Saturday, Week 39

Mocha: Howdy! Best Narrator here!
Of course, I'm not snoozing on the bathroom floor!
I just have a mild (catnip) buzz on, if you know what I mean.

Ain't gonna lie. We're just killing time until the twins' teen birthday.


Check me out! Don't I resemble one of those Japanese "beckoning cats"?
The little statue is placed in shops and restaurants to beckon good luck.
And you know that's me all over:  Mr. Bring On the Lucky!


The morning starts out with Keanu's Grandpa Rafael dying.
Keanu pleads with Grim and offers a death flower.
But Grim just stands there for the longest time with his back turned.


Then, Grim suddenly turns and raises his arms, resurrecting Rafael.
I swear, that Grim just loves basking in the spotlight.
He's such an attention hog!


Keanu gets a big surprise when he goes to zap Freddy with a Scrubaroo spell.
He can actually ask Freddy for magical training. Wow!


Bianca still isn't sold on the idea of a jealous spouse.
But Freddy looks awesome when he's casting spells.
If only he'd get Cat Lover as his third trait…




Keanu's looking pretty good, too, with his new wand.
But doesn't he have more important things to do?
Like cleaning up Mua Pel'am and throwing four more parties?



Sunday, Week 40

Mocha: Everyone's always talking about what Bianca wants, but what about you, Freddy?
Freddy: Thanks for asking, Mocha. There are 3 things I really desire.
A family and home of my own, that's two, and to become a powerful warlock.
Mocha: So you're looking to get married, huh?
Freddy: More than anything else, Mocha, but everyone's afraid of my jealousy.
I just need to feel secure about being loved, y'know?


Mocha: Dismal turnout at Guys Night at Elixirs & Brews..
Seems like all the guys who show up at this Glimmerbrook bar are spellcasters.
But Keanu can only request magical training from Simeon and Freddy.
So, I wonder if visiting this bar spawns spellcasters.


Thanks to Freddy and Simeon (but mostly Freddy), Keanu's an Adept now.
He makes a quick shopping trip to Casters Alley to buy tomes.

Oops, he bought some tomes for spells too advanced for him to learn.
Oh well, maybe the tomes will benefit Bianca.


On Monday, Keanu goes around cleaning up Mua Pel'am as usual.
While beachcombing for trash, he finds a Heart of Sulani worth $1,200.

I guess he'll be updating the value of his collection until the very last day.
His collection is complete, but he'll continue to swap in higher-value items.
That's totally legit, right?


Even more important, we're notified that Mua Pel'am has been fully restored!
Everyone's so happy that Keanu could achieve that before Bianca moves.
That calls for a celebration for sure!


That same evening, Bianca's great-grandfather Rafael passes away.
Rafael's dearly beloved Seiji had died a few days ago, so we retrieve their urns.
Rest in peace, Rafael and Seiji!
I'll never forget that you were the first who adopted and loved me! *sniff, sniff


A Kava Party to celebrate the restoration of Mua Pel'am!
Carmen makes the first toast!

Adrian became a young adult this week; he's probably too old for Bianca.
But yesterday, we met a new teen named Carlos Manning.
He's a Music Lover like Bianca and a Child of the Ocean like Keanu.
Not bad, not bad.


Keanu's distraught from losing his World's Best Grandpas, Rafael and Seiji.
But he pulls it together to make a second toast.

Note that the bowler dude Jonathan is still a teen, while sage Simeon's an elder.
Hey, might the sages be grooming Freddy to replace Simeon!?


Of course, Keanu remains vigilant against filth and wrongdoing in Mua Pel'am.
Everyone's thrilled to spot sea turtles swimming near our back deck!


If not for that Beach Life aspiration, this family doesn't even need suntans!
Carmen forgets to apply sunblock and gets sunburnt.  Ouch!
Keanu finally manages to gets a tan but feels depressed that it took so long.
It literally took him until nightfall to get that tan!


The night of the twins' teen birthday party arrives at last!
Keanu throws them a party at the Salty Paws Saloon.
That Elixirs & Brews bar is much too bare and dreary.

Lately, Keanu's been dealing with a different two-day moodlet from honoring the islands.
How many different ones are there? Fortunately, he's done working or it would spoil his job performance.


Right, you're probably thinking: "Oh, another sim who loves the outdoors!"
Well, yes, but not for the reason you're imagining.
You see, Bianca's planning to become a green witch.
She'll learn spellcraft as well as herbal and medicinal arts.


Bianca ages up wearing an exceedingly unfortunate fashion combination (left).
Jaida ages up wearing Keanu's hairstyle and the Island Living make-up.
Hey, Kahlua! Your daughters are in dire need of an immediately makeover!

And while the twins get their makeovers….


Jonathan: I'm a creative perfectionist. What about you?
Carlos: Hey, those are excellent traits. I'm a music-loving child of the ocean.
Jonathan: Yours are great, too. Your traits match Bianca's the best, I bet.
Carlos: You think so? Oh, and I noticed that you're a teen like me!

Adrian (whispers): So, I'm a paranoid, vegetarian bookworm.
And I'm a young adult already.  My traits completely suck, right?
Freddy: Eh, I'm neat and jealous. Our traits hardly matter, Adrian.
You and I, we're way better looking than those other two! And we have better hair!


Mocha:  I know Keanu invited all four guys but how did they end up sitting out back together?
Are they comparing notes or something?

Anyway, that's Bianca on the left in green, and Jaida on the right.
Keanu struggles to make a birthday toast as usual, but the party finally ends.


Back home, the twins get ready for their two weeks as teenagers.
Since it's Friday morning, they've signed up for Manual Labor jobs.

Next time, Bianca will probably be taking over as narrator.
So, let's you and I meet again after she moves to her new home with whoever.





Keanu's move-out requirements: 9/10
✔️ 1. Unique career: Marine Biologist 10 (Master of Marine Affairs)
✔️ 2. Unique skill: Fitness 10
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: yes
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: yes
✔️ 5. 10/10 good friends (2/2 non-human)   
✔️ 6. 10/10 odd jobs
📌 7. 8/10 parties: #7 Kava Party, #8 Birthday Party (teens)
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
✔️ 9. 10/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
✔️10. 10/10-item collection: Buried Treasures
   
Watcher's Remarks
*I realize that all this Island Living stuff is old hat to everyone.
  But I took an 8-month simming break until mid-August, so this is my  first time playing Sulani. :)
*I'm worried as heck that my sims will miss seeing the baby turtles hatching.
  Maybe the twins should take Retail jobs instead.

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Re: Power of 10 - 7.37: Mocha's Musings (21 Dec update)
« Reply #248 on: December 22, 2019, 11:43:35 AM »
Island Living isn't old hat for me! I've not yet fully restored Mua Pel'am, so you're in fact ahead of me. It's such a beautiful world, I just wish we didn't have to choose between beachfront property or basement levels. The turtles swimming at the back of Key Point is motivation. I want that. :)

The spouse hunting has become an audition! I like Adrian for his hair, but not for his traits. Carlos is a bit pale. He'd need a tan. Is he narrow? He looks rather narrow. Bianca must have first choice, and I'm really looking forward to whatever children she has. Leaving Sulani will be hard though.

Various Forum Adventures:

The Dynasty of Original Townies Dynasty
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: Power of 10 - 7.37: Mocha's Musings (21 Dec update)
« Reply #249 on: December 22, 2019, 12:50:03 PM »
The girls are so pretty that they even looked lovely before you saved them with your makeovers  ;=)
I always enjoy having those moments when Mocha narrates.  I so rarely use pets.  Maybe I should do a pet generation in my Po10?
The guys out back comparing notes was priceless!!  And Freddy's perspective that looks and hair matter more than traits was so delightfully accurate!!  Loved it!
Can't wait to have Bianca take over the narration and see the next developments for the household!