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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (2 Sep update)
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2019, 01:07:03 AM »
@oshizu :  Where to start?  Ok, first of all I LOVE Erwin and his bunker.  He looks so cozy there and while he wanted an above ground house it's always nice to have a bunker, just in case.  His house is adorable and....oh my goodness laying out a floor plan and FREE??!!  Wow!  I always learn something from you.  Back to Erwin, what a dude!  Meets an unflirty girl and the next thing you know, true love and a move in already!  I like finding the ones that are not "regular" prebuilts because they are always interesting and usually are quite attractive with only one slightly negative trait.  Being a stay at home Mom is perfect for her and will shortly be bringing in some cash.  Erwin will be able to sell potions he makes and don't forget all those dig sites at work!  I almost went with scientist but...considering what I'm building my story around, gardening was the one for me.  Can hardly wait to see what comes next.
@Heart Foam: Oh do join in!  Even if you are "living in the raw" there are ways to make even that posh and you are just the one to do it.

Thank you for your sweet comments, Joria.
Like you, I love "discovering" a random townie as a spouse prospect. I wonder where your Darjeeling will start out and who she will marry!

I don't build much, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of homes you and HeartFoam create for each generation!

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2019, 12:37:19 AM »
1.2: I'm a Family Man!

Erwin: As soon as my second week begins, Mia heads out with me to Sulani.
My last three odd jobs all take place there, and Mia comes along to fish.

In the early evening, we throw a small wedding party at home.




Much to my surprise, everyone I invited attends our wedding.
They're all the new friends I've made since moving here.


A gold-medal wedding party!
Mia says that means we get some free swag!


Mia: So that locked door leads to this basement? Why'd you bring me down here?


Erwin: I did some remodeling of my bunker with you in mind…
Mia: Wow, Erwin! You mean to say this is the only fully-furnished room in the house?


Mia: Yay, I'm eating for two! Erwin, why am I sitting next to some science machine?
Erwin: Uh, I temporarily installed a toilet down in my basement lab.
Mia: You mean, just for tonight? Just for me?
Erwin: *blushes


That night, we get another visit from that man in the black coat.
Mia, my dear, I believe it's time you start studying Vampire Lore.


On Tuesday, we get a notice about the Humor & Hijinks Festival in San Myshuno.
I've been trying not to stray from Oasis Springs, but I can't resist.
The festival would be a great opportunity for me to boost my Comedy skill!
Of course, my friends and I join the Jokesters.


I'm dismayed to run into my doppelganger at the festival.
Can you believe he even has the nerve to join the Jokesters, too?


He's confused about me, too, so I explain what's happened to me so far.
He's shocked to see photos of my new home, my wife, my new life.
Part of me would like to become good friends with him. What do you think?


Oh, please! He even has an attack of paranoia at the exact same time as me!

Diego: Whatever, they're both weirdos. Let's pretend we didn't see that.


Twin girls! I'm holding the next heir. I've named her Wynn because, you know, Erwin and Wynn?
Mia gives our second daughter the name Zoe.


Saturday, I try hard to complete my last two emotional whims but without success.
I'm just too blissed out over our daughters.
Even summoning a tragic clown does me no good at all.
Wait, I take it back. That there tragic clown is now my seventh sixth Good Friend.

(Watcher's note: I just learned Erwin's wife doesn't count as a good friend.)


Here are the girls on Saturday evening, right after they age up to toddlers.


That's the next heir, Wynn. She has my red hair and droopy eyes.


Here's Zoe. You can tell she's going to take after her mother.
*whispers: Too bad neither twin inherited my green eyes.


We're too poor to buy a fireplace for the girls, so I try my satellite dish instead.
FYI: Its Neighborhood Hive Mind: Happy Town setting doesn't affect toddlers.


Finally, an angry whim! I had to make a Red Hot Serum and drink it myself. *kicks trashcan


I've almost maxed my unique skill, Comedy.
It's such a chore to level but nobody will ever max it by accident, right?
This week, I mostly focused on my career and preparing the house for Mia and the girls.
There's still time to complete all my requirements--the twins won't be teens for 3 weeks.


End of Week 2
Spouse: Mia (Rodek) Pries/Unflirty, Materialistic, Foodie
Children: Wynn (heir) and Zoey (twin girls)

Move-out requirements (End of Week 2): 4/10
    1. Career: Scientist 6
    2. Unique skill: Comedy 9/10
✔️3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: 10,000+/10,000 sp
✔️4. Earned $10,000: $10,000+/$10,000
    5. 10 good friends: 6/10, 1/2 non-human
✔️6. 10 freelance gigs or odd jobs: 10/10
    7. 10 parties: 1/10
    8. 10 whims for 10 different emotions: 9/10 whims
✔️9. 10 different community lots for min. 2 hrs each: 10/10
  10.  Item collection: not yet



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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2019, 01:20:41 AM »
Oh, Erwin you romantic soul you!  Just for Mia you fixed up the bunker.  How sweet.  The girls are absolutely adorable.  I hope they are fun to play with.  Erwin seems over the moon about them.  THAT creepy vamp!  Grrrr.  I hope he doesn't bring any harm to the family. You are growing garlic, right?  I loved when Erwin met his doppelganger!!  I noticed an Erwin in my story as well so I guess that boy gets around.  I hope you spend more time with the "other" Erwin.  The paranoia shot was priceless.
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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2019, 02:04:07 AM »
Wow, you’re racing through these requirements! Are you trying to get them completed by the time the girls are teens then?

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #29 on: September 04, 2019, 02:51:08 AM »
Oh, Erwin you romantic soul you!  Just for Mia you fixed up the bunker.  How sweet.  The girls are absolutely adorable.  I hope they are fun to play with.  Erwin seems over the moon about them.  THAT creepy vamp!  Grrrr.  I hope he doesn't bring any harm to the family. You are growing garlic, right?  I loved when Erwin met his doppelganger!!  I noticed an Erwin in my story as well so I guess that boy gets around.  I hope you spend more time with the "other" Erwin.  The paranoia shot was priceless.

I still want Erwin to have his own lab plus bunker, but the money isn't exactly pouring in yet.
Yes, the twins are so cute. I love that the heir looks like Erwin while her sister resembles his wife Mia.
Actually, I was a little surprised when Vlad (and Caleb) showed up. In my Strangerville game, I started out by deleting every single non-Strangerville premade sim. I played two weeks without a single vampire visit. But you're right: Mia has already made the a bunch of garlic objects.
I've never seen Diego Lobo looking so handsome! Is it because he's standing next to the two Erwins?

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2019, 03:01:21 AM »
Wow, you’re racing through these requirements! Are you trying to get them completed by the time the girls are teens then?

Erwin is the founder so I don't have a real sense yet of how long it takes to complete all the requirements.
Also, he's in a rabbit-hole career so the time he can work on requirements is less than, for example, a work-from-home career.
I know now that he could have saved half of those community lot visits for later.

We haven't heard back from the Challenge Team yet about whether an heir can move out before their young adult birthday.
But since I don't know how to pace myself yet, I'd rather finish the requirements too early rather than too late, right?
There's another Power of Ten founder who's much farther along than Erwin is. ;)

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2019, 07:23:58 AM »
Going strong here I see. Nice following one of your stories again.
I will start my own attempt soon :)

Wrynn and Zoe, are darlings, just like your toddlers tend to be.



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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2019, 11:19:02 AM »
Going strong here I see. Nice following one of your stories again.
I will start my own attempt soon :)

Wrynn and Zoe, are darlings, just like your toddlers tend to be.

LenaLJ, I absolutely can't wait to see how you approach this dynasty challenge.
It's always such a pleasure to observe the workings of your simming mind. :)
Who will be your founder and where will you start? We all wanna know!

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2019, 12:48:16 PM »
You're coming along nicely, but I knew you would ace this challenge. I love the festival shots and how you worked the other Erwin into the story.

I am jealous of your twins and Wynn's red hair! Did you use the fertility massage? I've never been able to figure out the right timing for that.

How do you do those nifty check marks?

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (3 Sep update)
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2019, 01:32:28 PM »
You're coming along nicely, but I knew you would ace this challenge. I love the festival shots and how you worked the other Erwin into the story.

I am jealous of your twins and Wynn's red hair! Did you use the fertility massage? I've never been able to figure out the right timing for that.

How do you do those nifty check marks?

I used both On Ley Line and a fertility massage, while fervently praying that Mia wouldn't have triplets.
Before trying for baby, add the On Ley Line lot trait and keep it until delivery which must take place at home, not the hospital.
Mia hired a massage therapist several hours before her scheduled delivery time so she would have the massage's Fertile buff at the time of delivery.
The above timing has worked best for me. I'm not 100% sure about the hospital, but it has resulted in single births even with the lot trait and fertility massage so I opt for home deliveries.

Haha, I use those green check marks for my reading challenges, so I tried copy/pasting one from GoodReads to my dynasty posts and it worked.
I originally borrowed that emoji from a GoodReads friend, so feel free to do the same. :)

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1.3: Requirements, For the Wynn
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2019, 09:47:29 PM »
1.3: Requirements, For the Wynn


Week 3, Sunday

It's hard to believe that two weeks have passed since I initially moved here!
I started out with Comedy 6 and I finally max it today in the late afternoon.
Took me ages!


Monday

Why no, I'm not about to renew vows with my tragic clown buddy.
In fact, I'm waiting for a chess buff to wear off in hopes of feeling blue.
And here it comes! My 10th emotional whim is Sad: Complain to someone about problems.


Could Wynn be more adorable? I can't wait to get home from work this evening!


Thanks to Mia's garden, we can afford windows and a little landscaping at last!
The massage table retains its pride of place, as near as possible to this lot's entrance.
You think I need a privacy screen, do you?


Tuesday

Today I go to The Lab alone and come home a Level 7 Scientist.
Nobody's scoffing at where I place my massage table anymore!


Mia and I visit Desert Bloom Park for the second evening in the row.
While waiting for dig sites to spawn, I invite my doppelganger to join us.
Tonight, we become good friends.


Wednesday

Zoe (left) and Wynn (right), too cute in their matching jammies.


Erwin: Hey, Makoa, I'm so glad you have a wife and kids!
Makoa: What, you attracted to me or something? *raises an eyebrow

E: Nah, but my watcher thinks you're the best-looking premade in the game.
If you'd been single, I wouldn't be the founder of this here dynasty.
M: Uh, okay. Sure. Maybe next time.,,


Erwin: Hey, Makoa…
Makoa: Yeah? What now?

E: Thanks for becoming my 10th good friend, yeah?
M: Uh, okay. Sure. Maybe next time you can become my good friend instead…


We love playing with the twins!
My magnificent Mia and our sweet little Zoe!


In this corner, we have the Droopy Eyebrows Club!


Thursday

I've only used this Wishing Well twice so far.
Last week, I wished for a promotion and received a cash bonus.
This morning, I make the same wish and get a full promotion to Scientist 8!

The key, I believe, is to use the Well very, very sparingly.
Thankfully, I have no further use of the Well.


Arriving at The Lab, I ignore my work tasks for the first few hours.
Dig sites galore!


Did I tell you my second non-human good friend is this Invention Constructor?


Friday

In 24 more hours, my twin toddlers will be gone forever! *sniffle, sniffle


What are those strange lights? And that weird music!
Hey, what's going on?


You have got to be kidding me!
Eh, no biggie. I'm sure the aliens just want to chat about what's going on at The Lab.


Saturday

We celebrate the Spring Equinox today.
Wynn and Zoe enjoy the egg hunt most of all.


Darn it! We just can't find that twelfth egg!


In the evening, Mia and I invite our friends over to celebrate the twins' birthday.
The party's a smash!


Sunday

I feel rather sorry for my girls. Wynn has my droopy eyes which is fine, but they both have my odd jawline.
But it's what's on the inside that really matters, right?
They're both gonna be brilliant!


- - - -
Move-out requirements (End of Week 3): 7/10
📌 1. Career: Scientist 8
✔️ 2. Unique skill: Comedy 10/10
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: 10,000/10,000 sp
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: $10,000/$10,000
✔️ 5. 10 good friends: 10/10, 2/2 non-human
✔️ 6. 10 freelance gigs or odd jobs: 10/10
📌 7. 10 parties: 2/10
✔️ 8. 10 whims for 10 different emotions: 10/10 whims
✔️ 9. 10 different community lots for min. 2 hrs each: 10/10
📌10. 10-item collection:  8/10 items

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*As you may or may not know, I have disabled the Get Famous pack for my dynasty challenge.
*Erwin's "behind" on parties; he's been waiting for the twins to not be toddlers. Almost four weeks until the twins' young adult birthday, though, so maybe 2-3 parties a week?
*No need to rush; there's plenty of time to complete all the requirements! Still, I do worry the most about career promotions.

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #36 on: September 05, 2019, 10:49:52 PM »
Will there be an alien nooboo?

I LOVE the house. You did a fantastic job with it.

Congrats on maxing the comedy skill and the promotions. Comedy skill is my least favorite skill in the game. It just seems to take forever.

What is Erwin’s collection? I know you’re not doing those low value eggs! Or are you resisting the temptation to go for the big money items?

I think the twins look fine and I’m sure they will be fabulous when they grow up.

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #37 on: September 05, 2019, 11:26:33 PM »
I soooooo want Erwin's alienboo but I haven't seen that telltale tummy glow. Pretty sure the required 24 hours have passed since the aliens dropped him back home.
Haha, I kind of want to keep trying now with the satellite dish.

As you know, I prefer big lots and large households, but that house fits onto a 30x20 lot with room for an unsheltered garden on the side. The sheltered plants grow in a basement garden.
Um, I might use the same floor plan but build different exteriors for each generation. Lazy builder here.

Haha, I also hate the Comedy skill---you can be sure that no other sim will be maxing it!
Erwin's collection is wormhole generators. He can easily get elements from the chemical analyzer's Practice analysis interaction, but the uncommon metals/crystals are a pain.
He spams the Ask for Crystal/Metal socials at his co-workers whenever he can!
I also considered the Age-Away Serum but Erwin/Mia have been too busy to build a rocket ship yet. And then he would need at least 30 alien crystals (20 alien crystals + 10 xenopetrium elements); that's a lot of trips to Sixam. But that serum would be handy for household use, for sure!

Erwin needs to check if he can throw a dance party at home....

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2019, 01:47:33 AM »
I absolutely love your house!!  It's adorable and comfy looking, and....what's wrong with just copying that style etc. wherever you move to?  Great idea.
   Ok, so what's the rush?  Why is everyone trying to hurry up there their founder?  Are they worried about age extension?  No ambrosia? I imagine one could actually make and eat it since there is no "Have to be an elder" criteria for this one.
    I personally loved, loved, loved the nooboo pictures and felt there could have been more.  I'm enamored of the adorable little ones.  The more mature girls are just as adorable and I'll bet they are going to be almost as much to play and skill up.  Pretty as pictures too, despite his jawline.
   I've never seen a Sad Clown anywhere.  How did that come about?  Good plan on getting the sad moodlet done!  I'm stuck on angry one. 
    How does anyone take those awesome pics when an achievement is completed? I don't know hows and anyway it moves off my screen really fast.  Would love to be able to do it though. 
    I doubt I'd ever do the comedy route!   Way too hard for me and I'm always worried about getting hysterical and dying.  Kudos to Erwin, (and you) for maxing that skill!
    I loved Erwin with his doppleganger!  Cuteness!  And then the dialogue with Makoa!  I agree, he's handsome and would have made a great founder, but, sigh, he's already married and don't they have a kid?
   Ok, last note, I promise......favorite pics?  The one of the twins in the ball pen.  How cute can they be?
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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2019, 05:18:51 AM »
In fact, it's the same arch you used.

@Joria I think the Sad Clown is summoned by an interaction on the painting. The painting is somehow involved. I know that much.

And the girls in the ball pit is too cute. And the picket fence. I also really like the second abduction picture.

Oh the girls are lovely. It becomes more challenging to say beauty is on the inside when I'm looking at Wayne, so Wynn and Zoe have *nothing* to worry about. It's a shame you don't have a blonde alien by abduction to complete a set.
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« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2019, 08:34:47 AM »
@Joria I’m not sure how to take the achievement pics with the in-game camera or if you can even do it. I use Fraps for my screenshots. To answer your question, though, you have to be really fast! If I know it’s coming, I hover my finger over the screen capture key. Otherwise, it’s a matter of luck whether I get them or not.

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #41 on: September 06, 2019, 09:47:50 AM »
I absolutely love your house!!  It's adorable and comfy looking, and....what's wrong with just copying that style etc. wherever you move to?  Great idea.
   Ok, so what's the rush?  Why is everyone trying to hurry up there their founder?  Are they worried about age extension?  No ambrosia? I imagine one could actually make and eat it since there is no "Have to be an elder" criteria for this one.
    I personally loved, loved, loved the nooboo pictures and felt there could have been more.  I'm enamored of the adorable little ones.  The more mature girls are just as adorable and I'll bet they are going to be almost as much to play and skill up.  Pretty as pictures too, despite his jawline.
   I've never seen a Sad Clown anywhere.  How did that come about?  Good plan on getting the sad moodlet done!  I'm stuck on angry one. 
    How does anyone take those awesome pics when an achievement is completed? I don't know hows and anyway it moves off my screen really fast.  Would love to be able to do it though. 
    I doubt I'd ever do the comedy route!   Way too hard for me and I'm always worried about getting hysterical and dying.  Kudos to Erwin, (and you) for maxing that skill!
    I loved Erwin with his doppleganger!  Cuteness!  And then the dialogue with Makoa!  I agree, he's handsome and would have made a great founder, but, sigh, he's already married and don't they have a kid?
   Ok, last note, I promise......favorite pics?  The one of the twins in the ball pen.  How cute can they be?
Thank you for your comments, Joria!

* The house: it fills all the needs of a 4-sim household. The first floor has a living/dining area, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a toddler/children's bedroom, Focused room, and Inspired room.  The parents' bedroom and Erwin's lab are downstairs. I experimented building 30x20 homes/gardens before this challenge launched. No separate gym--I just plopped gym & yoga stuff in the yard.
*  Pacing: Erwin played somewhat quickly to give me a sense of how long each requirement takes. It's nice to get some out of the way so as to focus on other things, like raising the chillun. As in my 2016 IDC,  I prefer heirs to finish requirements a little early.
*  Screenshots: Haha, I'm trying to keep screenshots to 15 per update (1 update/week), but I can't seem to do it. I, too, cannot resist the toddler pics, haha! Also, Erwin!
    I feel Erwin, as founder, deserves special visual attention, lol.
*  Tragic Clown: as Heart Foam mentions, you can buy the Tragic Clown painting under Decorations/Paintings. Viewing it will summon a Tragic Clown to your lot and being around a Tragic Clown gives your sim a Sad +2 moodlet.
*  "Splash" announcements: We used to be able to press "C" to take the splash shots announcing maxed skills/careers, in-game achievements, and completed collections. This year, the devs removed the game's ability to capture the UI in screenshots. On a PC, hold down the Window key then press the PrtSc (Print Screen) key. And reggikko is right about the timing being trickier now--you need to anticipate the moment.  Can we rebind our keys in TS4?
*  Comedy: The ONLY reason Erwin's unique skill is Comedy is that he comes with Level 6 Comedy but doesn't have the Goofball trait. He gained another level at the Humor & Hijinks Fest.
*  Erwin & Makoa: Such a cutie! I originally thought of starting with a gallery sim of Makoa so I wouldn't have to be the one to separate him from his family, LOL! But I didn't want to start out in Sulani, so Erwin! I've been enjoying his traits, too! He always get a Happy moodlet whenever he's in his basement lab, lol! I hope to use Makoa as a founder for something someday but I would need to de-muscularize him as I'm not found of that Hulk look...

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #42 on: September 06, 2019, 09:59:37 AM »
In fact, it's the same arch you used.

@Joria I think the Sad Clown is summoned by an interaction on the painting. The painting is somehow involved. I know that much.

And the girls in the ball pit is too cute. And the picket fence. I also really like the second abduction picture.

Oh the girls are lovely. It becomes more challenging to say beauty is on the inside when I'm looking at Wayne, so Wynn and Zoe have *nothing* to worry about. It's a shame you don't have a blonde alien by abduction to complete a set.

Haha, my gardens are always surrounded by a fence so they can be partially roofed and, just as important, they can be locked to allow only a specific sim or household only. I wish I could allow houshold + hired gardener only.
By the way, I expressly included that first shot of the house with windows so you could smirk over the crass placement of the massage table. No smirk?
Believe me, I really want Erwin's alienboo. Or maybe I need to pretend I would hate an alien pregnancy so the game would give me one?

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #43 on: September 06, 2019, 10:14:36 AM »
That didn't raise an eyebrow so much as the haphazard outdoor dining. I'm really polite though, so I backspaced through my comment.   
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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (5 Sep update)
« Reply #44 on: September 06, 2019, 10:22:15 AM »
That didn't raise an eyebrow so much as the haphazard outdoor dining. I'm really polite though, so I backspaced through my comment.   

Lol! The Pries household doesn't have a permanent outdoor dining setup. Hey, we were only just recently able to afford windows and landscaping!
For this party, we moved tables/counter/seating out of the (Locked to Everyone) house and pulled some party stuff out of family inventory.
Okay, okay. I have been shamed into building a proper "party area." It will (can) not ever be on a par with Heart Foam awesome, but shall transcend the "grass + cheap furniture" look. ;) 
Just wait until the next update! *Confident moodlet

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What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (8 Sep update)
« Reply #45 on: September 08, 2019, 02:54:48 AM »
1.4:  Party Crashers


Week 4

Wynn, looking fabulous in her scouting uniform!


My wife, Mia, believes it's never too early to launch the spouse hunt.
This is London Bheeda who hails from San Myshuno. Yes, those Bheedas.
All we know so far is that he's Good.



Here I am, feeling erratic and paranoid after my Level 8 promotion.


Wanna hear about our accidental gardening discovery?
Our garden's sheltered area is smaller than its unsheltered area.
That prevents us from going overboard with growing plants we don't really need.

But, look what happens because our bee boxes are placed only five tiles apart.
Whenever Mia releases swarms to pollinate, that circled area gets pollinated twice.
(Haha, I'm sure everybody already knew that, except us!)


That's right! You're looking at an Extraterrestrial Explorer!
Today, I reached the pinnacle of the Scientist career.


To celebrate my final promotion, I phone in a dinner party.
A half dozen aliens show up uninvited, spoiling a perfect evening.


Oh, and I get abducted again while I'm tending bar.
Fortunately, my dinner party has already earned gold-medal status,
But, sheesh!


How touching!
Both girls befriend Original Erwin for their Social Butterfly aspiration!


Once the twins befriend a third child, they'll complete all four aspirations.
We hang out for hours at Desert Bloom Park, hoping a child will show up.
No luck!
Maybe the girls could "make friends" during school tomorrow?
What about chatting in the "kids' room" online? We're stumped.


Thanks to visiting the park last night, I can invent my last two collection items.
Tada!


The twins enjoy earning their scouting badges.
They only need the Keep Fit badge now.


We all dine at Villa Bovine for the Night on the Town holiday.
They really should offer more beverages for children, other than water!

Mia: Is that Eliza Pancakes at the corner table, cheating on Bob with Mitch Kalani?


While Mia mentors Zoe in logic, I push Wynn on the swings.


Not again! Last night, even Mia was abducted. She was NOT amused.


Zoe's been nauseous all morning!
At first, I thought it was from spending so much time swinging.
It turns out Zoe has food poisoning! I had her phone the restaurant right away!


I'm not sure if it helped but I had Zoe drink some medicine.
She's looking fine now!

By the way, I have a question for you readers. The girls have earned all the scout badges.
Do you think it's okay to have them quit the scouts?
The scout meetings disrupt our weekends, since I'm only off those days.


Next update: More parties! More birthdays! Uh, more birthday parties!

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Move-out requirements (End of Week 4): 9/10
✔️ 1. Career: Scientist 10
✔️ 2. Unique skill: Comedy 10/10
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: 10,000/10,000 sp
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: $10,000/$10,000
✔️ 5. 10 good friends: 10/10, 2/2 non-human
✔️ 6. 10 freelance gigs or odd jobs: 10/10
📌 7. 10 parties: 4/10
✔️ 8. 10 whims for 10 different emotions: 10/10 whims
✔️ 9. 10 different community lots for min. 2 hrs each: 10/10
✔️10. 10-item collection:  10/10

Gen2 heir: Wynn Pries (child stage)
Traits: Music Lover
Main bonus traits: Top-Notch Toddler, Scouting Aptitude

Watcher's Remarks
*Children: Completing Social Butterfly is not crucial for my heir, but if there's only two children in the world during this first generation,
  things will get worse during future generations. She will continue using "Make friends" at school. Does "Chat in the kids' room" on the computer help?
*The bees have done a terrific job of pollinating. After Erwin returned from Granite Falls in Week 2, the bees are often enraged, even after he and Mia do the bonding thing.
  This didn't happen in my previous rotational game last month. Why do the bees hate us in this save?
*With the bee boxes, I overlapped their "radius of effectiveness" by chance. Then, I noticed that those two particular planters affected were evolving much faster than the others.
Thanks for reading!

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (8 Sep update)
« Reply #46 on: September 08, 2019, 03:57:45 AM »
Once they have the gold scouting trait, I have my child sims quit immediately. For that reason.

I've never seen so many wormhole devices in one picture in my sim life. No wonder you're getting abducted so much. I'm trying to achieve abduction, so this might be a pain for Mia and Erwin, but it's serving as motivation. Those devices will help with museum value, right? Because that's taken Effort.

Your outdoor dining has become fancy! I tend to not have outdoor parties, but on a smallish lot, I think that's the way to go. I'm making mental notes of what works from everyone else's save. I like all the alien guests.

And good to know pollination stacks. I've kept bees, for the honey, to make honey cakes, and to eat, the honey, because honey, is food, and it's nice, it's honey. But not keep bees to pollinate much - the constant stinging!

The front aspect, all the decoration is so good. The path, the flowers. 
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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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (8 Sep update)
« Reply #47 on: September 08, 2019, 10:57:28 AM »
I think the devs must have adjusted population again in anticipation of RoM. Children and teens were hard to come by for me, too. I didn't have any problems with that in my Immortal Dynasty. I hope we're not back to having so few new Sims generate.

I love your outdoor party set-up. One of the many advantages to living in a desert town is that you can do that nearly year-round. The garden and house are both looking great. I think I need to make more of an effort with Francisco's house.

Awww, the girls making friends with alt-Erwin is so cute!

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (8 Sep update)
« Reply #48 on: September 08, 2019, 11:04:00 AM »
@Heart Foam
Thank you for the scouting feedback. I thought I might be missing something besides the little responsibility loss.
I thought abduction likelihood was caused by the satellite dish's Contact Alien option? I'm not sure. In the past week, we've had 4 abductions (Mia once) and two night visits by aliens.
Yes, the wormhole generators are Erwin's collection. Haha, I thought I could just buy the crystals then discovered, because I disabled Get Famous, that I have no "Order crystals" option.

Even in large lots, I prefer outdoor parties because the guests and hosts stay in one place (which reminds me I should build an outdoor bathroom).
Thank you for compliment on the front landscaping. I obsessed over that game House Flipper with the Garden Flipper DLC, in which we could boost a house's sales price by winning a garden competition (American, Modern, English, and Vegetable, I believe).
The front was easy because it's such a small space. I struggle with landscaping large areas, which is your forte!

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Re: What Pries Glory? A Power of Ten Dynasty (8 Sep update)
« Reply #49 on: September 08, 2019, 11:14:50 AM »
I think the devs must have adjusted population again in anticipation of RoM. Children and teens were hard to come by for me, too. I didn't have any problems with that in my Immortal Dynasty. I hope we're not back to having so few new Sims generate.

I love your outdoor party set-up. One of the many advantages to living in a desert town is that you can do that nearly year-round. The garden and house are both looking great. I think I need to make more of an effort with Francisco's house.

Awww, the girls making friends with alt-Erwin is so cute!
There are a half dozen teens in Erwin's world who, no doubt, will probably be YA already when the twins are teens.
I wonder if I should have avoided Erwin going to the park with the twins as toddlers? I vaguely recall seeing a few children at that time. Are they already teens?
For the (now-patched) Fill EMpty Houses, how long does my sim need to stay in a neighborhood to attract new households?
The only houses that have refilled are in Erwin's neighborhood. I confess: they are homebodies, lol.

Love your term "alt-Erwin" which shall be replacing Original Erwin. I kinda want my Erwin to give alt-Erwin an Age-Away serum.....

Wow, you are talking about Francisco's house! We need an update on the Lynxes!!!!