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Power of 10 - 8.444: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #275 on: January 25, 2020, 03:56:08 AM »
8.44: Virtually Virtuoso




Monday, Week 47

Claude: No, we're not practicing Tai Chi!
Mama turned Averie into a spellcaster last night.
Ever since, my parents offer Averie and I magical training.

I reached the Acolyte rank last night.
This morning, we get a notice that Averie's an Acolyte now, too.
Oooooh, her family name's Sumner, not Summer.


Why is it called a Potion of Immortality if it doesn't make a sim immortal?
Before moving to Glimmerbrook, Mama had given Morgyn Ember two potions.
A Potion of Rejuvenation and a Potion of Immortality.
After aging to an elder, though, he passed away this morning.

His replacement is Loario Turei: erratic, good, child of the ocean.


Grandpa Keanu invites me to his home to peruse his collection of magical tomes.
He has two spell books that I can read.

Sulani has to be the most beautiful place in our simverse.
Where I'm going ain't great, but I'll make the best of it!


Whenever I brew a potion, I invite Averie to join me.
Probably not an efficient approach at all.
From now on, I'll just let my parents train her.
If only she could reach Adept rank by my next birthday.


I mistakenly spoke an untruth last week.
On the day Mama moved to Glimmerbrook, she was a Master, not a Virtuoso.

Since I've become an Adept today, I have a whole week to reach Master before my birthday.
Piece of cake!


Claude: You lucky dawg! You're quitting your second part-time job already?
Pablo: Yep, I got less going on than you do, bro. You need to focus on one thing at a time.

Ckaude: Sez the guy who hasn't learned a single spell or potion recipe.
Pablo: I said this!


Gah! Our watcher's such a magic noob!
Why didn't she tell me about experimenting?
Free magical ingredients from experiments will be so useful after I move out!


Yeah, yeah, I know. It does look like I'm doing Tai Chi.

It's Friday morning and everyone's feeling down in the dumps.
Great-Gran Kahlua passed away earlier this morning.
Seriously, Potion of Immortality is such a misnomer!


Yes, sir. I do realize it took me four evening shifts to earn my Level 3 promotion from Level 2.
And I'm deeply grateful for your $358 promotion bonus.
But, all due respect, sir, as much as I love the uniform, I must tender my resignation.


On Saturday evening, I achieve my goal of becoming a Master warlock!



Sunday, Week 48

This morning, I discover Mocha infested with fleas.
Due to this incident, I learn two very important lessons:
Lesson 1: Thanks to Wellness treats, I will never take Mocha to the vet, ever.
Lesson 2: The CopyPasto spell doesn't work on Wellness Treats.


After divesting Mocha of his fleas, I travel to Magic HQ and visit all three sages.

As you can see, I've learned every possible spell!
But I'll wait until after I've moved out to learn the remaining potion recipes.
That way, I'll get to actually keep my sample potions.


Next stop is the yoga studio.
My plan is to show Averie my romantic commitment by helping her learn Wellness.
There's a problem with active sims, though.


While I take back-to-back yoga classes, Averie never gets near a yoga mat.
She spends the whole time doing sit-ups and push-ups in a bathrobe.
Sheesh!


Our visit to the Flea Market gets cut short by a phone call that Great-Grandpa Kengo passed away.
Great-Gran Kahlua passed away after I removed her from the club to make room for Averie.
And I just removed Great-Grandpa Kengo from the club yesterday.

Would the Potion of Immortality have kept them alive if they'd stayed active club members?


After all the crying, we go dance it out at Narwhal Arms.
Everyone's glad to be able to dance freely since it's usually a banned activity at home.
Of course, it's banned! Otherwise, everyone's constantly dropping their queues to dance!


While I'm dancing, I notice Mama has followed Grandpa Keanu upstairs.

Keanu: Carmen and I have no desire to live forever. And we don't wish to live without each other, either.
All we want is to spend a little time with Claude's kids, our great-grandchildren.
Bianca: I know exactly how you feel, Papa. I'm sure Claude understands that, too.


On Monday night, Mama discovers that she can no longer offer Averie magical training.
Does that mean what I think it means?


Because Averie aged up not long after my teen birthday, she probably doesn’t have any high-level skills.
I don't have the patience to have her help me with a gazillion school projects, either.

Mama insists Averie should at least max the Logic skill. 
I'll let Mama take care of that while I get ready to move out.


At long last! Today is my very final day of high school!
And all my efforts have paid off.
Look, I'm virtually Virtuoso!!


Our birthday party at the Sand Bar starts several hours before it's time to blow out our candles.
My final traits are Music-Lover, Creative, and Perfectionist.


What a great feeling to be a young adult, finally.
When we get a party task to "Have an adult make a toast," that adult is ME!

Pablo, I can't believe you dropped your queue!
Go blow out your candles right now!


Claude: Something else happens that makes me feel like even more of an adult!
Averie (mutters): I can't believe he wanted to do it in a bush! In.a.bush!

Claude: I end the party and then, while still at The Sand Bar, I make the phone call to move out.


Whaddya say, Mocha?
It ain't much, but it was either here or Forgotten Hollow.

Don't worry, though, we're gonna make it a sweet home. Our final home, in fact.
Just you wait and see!





Claude's requirements: 0/10
 1. Career: not yet
 2. Unique skill: not yet
 3. Earned 10,000 satisfaction points:  6,110/10,000
 4. Earned $10,000: $4,729/$10,000
 5. 2/10 good friends (including  0/2 non-human)
 6. 0/10 odd jobs
 7. 0/10 parties
 8. 3/10 emotional whims: Tense, Embarrassed, Sad
 9. 0/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
10. 0/10-item collection

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*Not much really happened in this update, except that Claude reached almost-Virtuoso rank much faster than his mother Bianca did.
*Still can't tell if there's a link between the Potion of Immortality, active club membership, and death.
  But Kengo stayed in the family club and lived an extra week longer than his wife Kahlua did, which is odd. Right?

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Re: Power of 10 - 8.44: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #276 on: January 25, 2020, 11:40:40 PM »
I haven’t even touched any of the magic stuff. You always get so much done in your dynasty! Color me impressed.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Claude gets up to. Was that a vampire aspiration I spied? Was that just a placeholder to get the Knowledge aspiration bonus or are you going for a Vampire Spellcaster?






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Re: Power of 10 - 8.44: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #277 on: January 26, 2020, 12:51:53 AM »
I haven’t even touched any of the magic stuff. You always get so much done in your dynasty! Color me impressed.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Claude gets up to. Was that a vampire aspiration I spied? Was that just a placeholder to get the Knowledge aspiration bonus or are you going for a Vampire Spellcaster?

I'm still exploring Realm of Magic and Claude had run out of things to do during his second week as a teen.
Also, I didn't want to have Claude spending time on magic after moving out.
I'm glad I waited to have a spellcaster heir. This way, Claude is only my 2nd heir to learn all the spells.

The game doesn't allow vampire/spellcaster hybrids.
Master Vampire's just a placeholder aspiration until Claude moves out. I know he won't accidentally completely any of the Master Vampire tasks.

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Re: Power of 10 - 8.44: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #278 on: January 26, 2020, 11:21:19 AM »
Well, without giving spoilers, I ran into some potion of immortality issues as well, but we'll just leave it at that.
So excited to see the new house and all the fun new adventures Mocha has!!  Oh, and Claude too  ;=)
Also, the Tai Chi comment was pretty great and on point!

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Re: Power of 10 - 8.44: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #279 on: January 26, 2020, 04:06:53 PM »
Haha, I spent hours building an absurd little house yesterday so, I guess, I'm eager to share it.
My whole problem with university is that Mocha must stay behind.
I hope Claude's new town will be sunnier than Glimmerbrook, which seemed dark a lot of the time.

As for potions of immortality, I don't have the dedication to keep directing my sims to make the rounds with the Potion of Rejuvenation.
I'm okay with the fact that several non-household sims got to enjoy an extra young adult stage. *shrugs

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Re: Power of 10 - 8.44: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #280 on: January 27, 2020, 03:41:54 AM »
I love the screenshots of them doing magic, I think it looks cool, much better than just flicking a wand.

My whole problem with university is that Mocha must stay behind.

Mocha only has to stay behind if you want to go in dorms. I’ve got Kit at university at the moment but I sent him straight to his empty lot, so he’s got a dog. Looking forward to the next generations whatever you decide!

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Re: Power of 10 - 8.44: Virtually Virtuoso (25 Jan update)
« Reply #281 on: January 27, 2020, 12:57:44 PM »
I love the screenshots of them doing magic, I think it looks cool, much better than just flicking a wand.

My whole problem with university is that Mocha must stay behind.

Mocha only has to stay behind if you want to go in dorms. I’ve got Kit at university at the moment but I sent him straight to his empty lot, so he’s got a dog. Looking forward to the next generations whatever you decide!

Oh, I didn't realize that a uni student need not live on campus. When I read the new rule, I had the impression that the heir had to move to campus first then only move to their own lot from the DU world....
I'll need to think about that....I'd been planning on my last heir going to uni.



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Re: Power of 10 - 9.45: Micro Managing (27 Jan update)
« Reply #282 on: January 27, 2020, 02:31:57 PM »
9.45: Micro Managing


Thursday, Week 48

Averie: Hey, so I've moved in with Claude!
Mocha: *coughs
Averie: And the marvelous Mocha!
The first thing we do is head back to the Glimmerbrook house.

We have some things to do before building our new home.
Like getting engaged, for instance.


Before Claude moved, I was already a Virtuoso with maxed Logic.
My in-laws are the best!

After confirming I'm eating for two, I read a magical tome.
I'm waiting for Claude to bake our wedding cake.


Two wedding cakes, in fact.
The first one looked so yummy, he couldn't resist taking a piece.
He phones in our wedding party a little later than planned.


Through sickness, in health, and mean streaks.
I haven't spoken a mean word in weeks. Ever since I met Claude, in fact.
May our love and happiness last forever!


Gah, it's only my first trimester and I can barely walk!
I should have waited until Claude was closer to finishing the cake before taking my pregnancy test.
Darn Claude and his sweet tooth!


By that evening, our new home in Magnolia Promenade is done.
Compared to the other Pries homes, we want a more modern vibe.


It's a 32-tile micro house. For now, the nursery is Claude's studio..
The outdoor bathroom stall is for guests and service staff.

At first, I could only sleep on the left side of the bed.
After a few hours of tweaking, though, I can finally sleep on the right side.
Our new best friend is the Alt key.


There's a side patio and play area under the overhanging roof.
There and in the stall, we've covered the ground with terrain paint and rugs, which don't increase the tile count.


In the back corner, our cauldron sits on a small hillock.
We love our new ICYA storage, which is so handy!
It lets us store magical ingredients separately from our other stuff!


Friday morning, I sell a third painting which earns me $10k total.
Then, I'm off for my first day of work in the Painter career.


Averie: Once Claude's gone, I go fishing with his grandparents.

Did you know we're a unique household within the Pries dynasty?
Claude's the first heir without a work-from-home career.
And we're the first household to live on a Tiny Residential Lot.


We celebrate Claude's first promotion by going on two dates.
First at the Stargazer Lounge, then at the Spice Festival.
Oof! It's not easy giving a passionate kiss in my second trimester!


We're trying to get as much done as possible before Tuesday.
That's when our future nooboo ages up to a toddler.

Look at that! All three sages in the same room!


Yeah, I know. The rocketship really spoils the look of our lot!
But Claude and I both want to finish Nerd Brain.
Those insta-upgrades are too sweet!


Claude: Saturday, I travel alone to San Myshuno to buy produce.
Averie surprises me by showing up on a bicycle we don't own.
Why doesn't she use her broom?

Wow, the broom and wand I bought last night at Casters Alley are gone!
I get home to find that the completed rocketship has disappeared, too.
Also gone are all the magic ingredients I bought last night in Cssters Alley. Why?



Sunday, Week 49

Averie: One perfect little baby boy, please!


Patchy: So Averie had twins after all? Why are they outside?
Keanu: There's no room for two bassinets indoors right now.

Nanny: Tell me something every nanny doesn't know already!
Your watcher's notorious for leaving bassinets in random locations of high family traffic.


I'm pretty impressed with the mini-kitchen!
Who knew I could prepare meals with just a corner counter-top?


Mocha: You know who's not impressed? Me, that's who!
Look at my stuff thrown against the wall next to the bathroom stall!
Just because a house is cramped and gives lots of buffs, that doesn't mean it's hygge!
But don't take my word for it--ask a Danish friend!


Averie: Whoa, I never knew that Mocha was such an expert on "things hygge."

Claude maxes his unique skill, DJ Mixing, in two evenings.
His bonus traits and our micro house surely helped a lot.
And I'm sure his Music-Lover trait didn't hurt, either.


The toddlers have arrived!
Elwyn, the last Pries heir, is a charmer. No surprise there!
He also has the Sulani Mana and Ancient Bloodline traits.


Younger brother Jethro wears a diabolical expression.
Good grief! What can he be up to?


Oh, of course! Jethro is harassing Mocha!
Hah! As if Mocha would stoop to Jethro's level!


One last shot of the twins sitting angelically on the Murphy Bed's sofa.
Egads, this house is cramped!


Coming next: Checking out toddler skilling in a micro house!




Claude's requirements: 4/10
📌 1. Unique career: Painter 6
✔️ 2. Unique skill: DJ Mixing 10
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: yes
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: yes
📌 5. 2/10 good friends (0/2 non-human):       
📌 6. 2/10 odd jobs: Coconut Milk Real Milk?, Kava Exaggeration, 8 more.
📌 7. 1/10 parties:
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims:
📌 9. 4/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each: Central Park, Stargazer Lounge, Spice Festival, Magic HQ, 6 more.
📌10. 0/10-item collection

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.45: Micro Managing (27 Jan update)
« Reply #283 on: January 27, 2020, 02:44:38 PM »
I am mega-impressed by your micro-house!
I don't know whether I'm hoping Jethro grows to be less of a trouble maker to make your gameplay easier or to hope that he gets more mischievous to ensure that many more funny moments in updates  :=)
Weird about the stuff disappearing!  Did it ever reappear?

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.45: Micro Managing (27 Jan update)
« Reply #284 on: January 27, 2020, 03:48:22 PM »
That's an amazing micro home. I've studied it closely. The outdoor dining is the way to go. Do you have space for toddler beds? The nursery looks like it's 3x2. I'm realizing I wasted too much kitchen space when I did my micro. Kitchens are the spaces that can really get downsized.

The boys are lovely. :) Jethro seems like he wants to cause trouble. I can't guess at the origin of those names if there is something.
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Re: Power of 10 - 9.45: Micro Managing (27 Jan update)
« Reply #285 on: January 27, 2020, 09:05:38 PM »
I am mega-impressed by your micro-house!
I don't know whether I'm hoping Jethro grows to be less of a trouble maker to make your gameplay easier or to hope that he gets more mischievous to ensure that many more funny moments in updates  :=)
Weird about the stuff disappearing!  Did it ever reappear?
The stuff never reappeared and so my sims had to buy and build a second rocket ship. Losing the potion ingredients hurt more, since the selection randomly varies.
Haha, speaking of trouble-maker, I'm wondering now about keeping a certain female sim as a future spouse for my last heir, Elwyn.
You know who I mean, I'm sure.

That's an amazing micro home. I've studied it closely. The outdoor dining is the way to go. Do you have space for toddler beds? The nursery looks like it's 3x2. I'm realizing I wasted too much kitchen space when I did my micro. Kitchens are the spaces that can really get downsized.

The boys are lovely. :) Jethro seems like he wants to cause trouble. I can't guess at the origin of those names if there is something.

Haha, the nursery was large enough for one toddler bed, but not for two!
Since the household can manage fine without the garden and friendship boosts,he'll be remodeling to a 64-tile Tiny Home. 
We just want the skilling boost for the toddler phase.
In the current house, Averie is worth her weight in gold! As a neat sim, she can mop up messes on "non- tile floors," like  the outdoor patio.

As for the toddlers' names, Elwyn after the founder Erwin.
Jethro was originally named Extra, but I relented and renamed him when he aged up to toddler. *sighs

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.45: Micro Managing (27 Jan update)
« Reply #286 on: January 27, 2020, 09:14:14 PM »
Wow, you're getting close to finishing. I agree with you about micro vs. tiny -- you don't really need the gardening and friendship boosts, but skilling for toddlers is a boost. Outdoor everything is the way to go, which is why these would be great for Oasis Springs and Strangerville. Windenburg, not so much. Glad you switched to Jethro for your spare.
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Re: Power of 10 - 9.45: Micro Managing (27 Jan update)
« Reply #287 on: January 30, 2020, 11:01:09 PM »
Wow, you're getting close to finishing. I agree with you about micro vs. tiny -- you don't really need the gardening and friendship boosts, but skilling for toddlers is a boost. Outdoor everything is the way to go, which is why these would be great for Oasis Springs and Strangerville. Windenburg, not so much. Glad you switched to Jethro for your spare.

Thanks for your comments, @MarianT
I've tried all three sizes now and love how quickly toddler skilling can be achieved with even a Tiny House!

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Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #288 on: January 30, 2020, 11:29:51 PM »
9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips




Tuesday, Week 49

After the twins become toddlers, we enlarge the house.
We simply move the left wall further left and the back wall further back.
Our home's tile count has doubled to 64 tiles. We live in a Tiny House.


The interior layout's changed quite a bit.
Now, the nursery  fits two beds and there's a 2nd bathroom and a studio.

After the boys' next birthday, we may further remodel to a 100-tile Small House.
Maybe move a bedrooms to the basement?


It's great having more indoor space now!
And we've moved all of Mocha's things into the house, too.


I'm off today, so I do a couple of odd jobs.
Almost failed the Last-Minute Beach Party job!

When my Kahlua Pork finishes roasting, Grandma Carmen races to the BBQ pit.
I barely manage to mail the meal off before she grabs a serving! Sheesh!


We host a Toddler Play Date, inviting my two younger sisters.


Jethro examines a vegetable potsticker with a discerning eye.


The twins are learning their toddler skills with amazing speed.


As the play date ends, I run into that lady I'd met before at Sulani's Sand Bar.
She makes the funny squeal and arm-flapping move characteristic of merfolk!


I invite her back to our home and we become good friends.
She doesn't admit she's a mermaid, though, until much later.
Arihi Kawalai'a is my first non-human good friend!


On Thursday, I start a Dinner Party which earns gold just before I leave for work.


Friday morning, the four of us enjoy hunting for eggs.


It sure is a good thing that we brought Mocha's bed inside the house!
What a terrible fate to be left outside to sleep. Right, Mocha?
Mocha: ZZZzzzzzz…


I'm glad my boys have a chance to spend time with their great-grandparents.
Elwyn is constantly seeking out his Great-Gramps Keanu for a chat.


By the time I leave for work on Saturday, I have eight good friends.
My second non-human good friend is Selma Simmons.
As you can see, she's a vampire.


The rest of my new good friends: Carlos, Rohan, Roland, and Dr. Rosalie.


My father drops by Saturday morning, wearing a ridiculous helmet.
Where is everyone getting hold of the bichaels?

What's the point of Virtuouso rank if he's abandoned his broom?
I hear Watcher muttering that she wants to disable travel by bichael.


Mocha: Happy now?


Saturday evening, I earn a promotion to Level 8 Master of the Real.
My promotion bonus includes the Deluxe All-Season Easel.
And that means I'm ready to start my collection of paintings!


The boys' toddler stage lasts eight days total.
Their birthday arrives in four more days, but they maxed their skills yesterday.
So, we no longer need the skilling boost of a Micro or Tiny House.

We add a basement and now live in a 100-tile Small House.
The perks aren't much but it's good practice building small homes, right?



Sunday, Week 50

After work, I invite Cristal Hubbard to the Flea Market to deepen our friendship.
She's a lazy, non-committal insider and a young adult.

After she's my good friend, I give her a Potion of Rejuvenation.
She's not bad as spouse option for Elwyn, if I can remember to keep her in the young adult stage.


My Kava Party at Sand Simoleon Beach is a success!
Thankfully, I'm able to make three kava toasts without a hitch!
Why are toasts sometimes so impossible yet other times so easy?


We throw a birthday party for the boys at Municipal Muses.
They both earn the Top-Notch Toddler trait and Elwyn becomes Erratic.


Elwyn and Jethro aren't identical twins, are they?
I believe Elwyn resembles me, while Jethro resembles Averie.
For now, anyway.


It's a new day!
The boys sign up for scouts then become BFFs.
Enjoy your day off from school, boys!





Claude's requirements: 5/10
📌 1. Unique career: Painter 9
✔️ 2. Unique skill: DJ Mixing 10
✔️ 3. Earned 10k satisfaction points: yes
✔️ 4. Earned $10,000: yes
✔️ 5. 10/10 good friends (2/2 non-human)
📌 6. 7/10 odd jobs
📌 7. 5/10 parties
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
📌 9. 8/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
📌10. 0/10-item collection:

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #289 on: January 31, 2020, 02:05:18 AM »
‘It sure is a good thing that we brought Mocha's bed inside the house!
What a terrible fate to be left outside to sleep. Right, Mocha?
Mocha: ZZZzzzzzz…‘

Lol! And Mocha was so upset about his things being outside last time! That skill boost sure is powerful, but did you have any problems with the folding bed? I’ve been watching youtubers reviews of the pack and it seems very easy to die.

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #290 on: January 31, 2020, 08:00:17 AM »
Mocha is so the real star of the show.  I'm so glad you brought him on board and kept him around  :=)
Elwyn is a handsome little guy.  I'm definitely interested to see how the genetics show up for him in his teen years.
The house is so cool!  Great usage of the space. 
Cristal is a rather lovely option.  Thanks goodness for those potions of rejuvenation!

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #291 on: January 31, 2020, 01:21:21 PM »
Both boys Top Notch? Was it hard? ;p Arg, it's such a good boost for toddlers that I miss it when it's not there, but a 64-tile house with kids is tough. I think you've done it right, expanding to tier 3 when they're children. And the double happiness can't be underrated as it keeps sims in a "very" mood so much easier.

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #292 on: January 31, 2020, 05:38:43 PM »
Lol! And Mocha was so upset about his things being outside last time! That skill boost sure is powerful, but did you have any problems with the folding bed? I’ve been watching youtubers reviews of the pack and it seems very easy to die.
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He's such a silly creature! When I placed all his "things" against the outside of a side wall, he stood there with the most sour expression on his face!
Also, Mocha seems to prefer sleeping where the action is. I almost never see him sleeping in his bed unless most of the sims are nearby.
How is Kit enjoying his pupper?

Mocha is so the real star of the show.  I'm so glad you brought him on board and kept him around  :=)
Elwyn is a handsome little guy.  I'm definitely interested to see how the genetics show up for him in his teen years.
The house is so cool!  Great usage of the space. 
Cristal is a rather lovely option.  Thanks goodness for those potions of rejuvenation!
@PeregrineTook
If cats could earn fame, Mocha would be a super-ultra-mega-star! LOL!
Two more sim-weeks until Elwyn grows into his "teen face"; I can't wait!
The first floor of the 100-tile Small House is still rather cramped.  I had to lock the doors to the master bedroom downstairs or everyone would all just be sitting on the bed all the time to eat, read, and so forth!
Cristal's traits are just okay, but her default outfit is PERFECT for Elwyn's future lifestyle!

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Both boys Top Notch? Was it hard? ;p Arg, it's such a good boost for toddlers that I miss it when it's not there, but a 64-tile house with kids is tough. I think you've done it right, expanding to tier 3 when they're children. And the double happiness can't be underrated as it keeps sims in a "very" mood so much easier.
During my Rival Dynasties Challenge, we were earning Top-Notch Toddler in 4 days with lots of "Second Wind" and frantic micro-managing.
Such a breeze with a Micro or Tiny House. I'm completely sold!
By the way, the longer Inspired/Focused/Happy Mood boost is a problem for birthday parties.
With two hosts & two birthday boys, I could only reach "Compliment birthday sim 3/4," because Claude was inspired and couldn't give a Heartfelt Compliment.
Can a YA/Adult do a "compliment outfit" social on child? o.O

I might have been able to manage a 64-tile house with 2 children if I got rid of the painting studio.
Howevah, the child and teen stages are each 2 weeks long in my P10. I need to have something for the twins to do, lol.
You shock me! Isn't the combination of Top-Notch Toddler and Scouting Aptitude enough of a skill boost for your kiddos? ;)



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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #293 on: February 01, 2020, 03:54:58 AM »
Yeah, I saw the studio was taking up space. And big career reward items.

Well, how much skilling is really enough? Just to push skilling a bit further, I had my well-raised sim (top notch, all the gifted, gold scout, quick learner,  but not a savant) drink a CelebuSerum and Potion of the Nimble Mind on that Mid-nowhere save. She was unfortunately very confident, and chose painting on a digital pad which requires inspiration. She hadn't touched painting before, was in the wrong mood, but got to level 7 as the potions ran out. Which is about 4 hours.

I hadn't thought of the Birthday Party Conundrum. And those moods stay around so long. That's useful info.

I saw that on the gallery Maxis has put up a half-dozen or so tiny houses. Ones that were in the trailer. I got most of them, probably not to play, but to look at and think about. And pad out Newcrest.

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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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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #294 on: February 01, 2020, 01:05:35 PM »
You're so close! It's too bad child and teen take such a long time, but you'll get there before you know it. I'm very curious about what Elwyn's "lifestyle" will be.

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.46: Tiptoe Through the Tulips (30 Jan update)
« Reply #295 on: February 02, 2020, 06:31:37 PM »
Yeah, I saw the studio was taking up space. And big career reward items.

Well, how much skilling is really enough? Just to push skilling a bit further, I had my well-raised sim (top notch, all the gifted, gold scout, quick learner,  but not a savant) drink a CelebuSerum and Potion of the Nimble Mind on that Mid-nowhere save. She was unfortunately very confident, and chose painting on a digital pad which requires inspiration. She hadn't touched painting before, was in the wrong mood, but got to level 7 as the potions ran out. Which is about 4 hours.

I hadn't thought of the Birthday Party Conundrum. And those moods stay around so long. That's useful info.

I saw that on the gallery Maxis has put up a half-dozen or so tiny houses. Ones that were in the trailer. I got most of them, probably not to play, but to look at and think about. And pad out Newcrest.

I've had that issue twice: not being able to "Compliment birthday sim" because one of the children's parents was not Happy.
I guess if the kids were teens, we'd have the "Compliment outfit" social?

And why, pray tell, are you padding out Newcrest? Do you think we need a separate thread to share our Tiny Living builds?
I almost started one the other day...

You're so close! It's too bad child and teen take such a long time, but you'll get there before you know it. I'm very curious about what Elwyn's "lifestyle" will be.

I never seem to get the 13-day child/teen stages anymore, always two weeks each.
Haha, Elwyn's the last so I want to really enjoy his generation.
Maybe even have a kid to be a future founder of something...

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Power of 10 - 9.47: Claude's Almost Finished, Almost! (2 Feb update)
« Reply #296 on: February 02, 2020, 07:14:10 PM »
9.47: Claude's Almost Finished, Almost!

Erratic Elwyn.



Wednesday, Week 50

Claude: Elwyn and Jethro have been working on aspirations and badges.
By Friday, they bring home A's and complete Whiz Kid.

I've lost my studio, but the boys gain a larger bedroom.


On Friday, I also max my Master of the Real career.
The lighter work schedule will give me more time to paint.


I complete my tenth odd job today, too.


Elwyn: Have you already met my new friend, Cristal?
You're probably thinking she's too tall for me.
But if you look really closely, she's standing on a curb.  See?


Elwyn: Don't take the whole "spouse option" thing too much to heart, Cristal!
Cristal: Yeah, who knows what will happen? You may turn out to be obscenely wealthy but outrageously weird.
Elwayn: Awesome, right?


Claude: Elwyn is making progress like a champ!
Elwyn: No more scout meetings for me!


Claude: Yes, you've guessed correctly.
This was once our once-oh-so-spacious master bedroom, now crammed with all my Inspired+ career rewards.

So far my paintings have been mostly worth less than $5,000. What's the deal?
C'mon! I can't quit my job until my collection's finished…


Saturday night, I throw a party at the Oasis Springs Dust Bowl.
It must be this dynasty's worst-ever Incognito Party.
On the plus side, this is my tenth 2-hour community lot visit.
Sadly, we don't meet a single new teen.



Sunday, Week 51

My Sunday brunch party goes a little better.
Thankfully, I'm done with parties now until the boys' birthday next week.


I'm still busy with my painting collection downstairs.
Whenever Cristal tries her hand at painting, Averie mentors her.
But art doesn't exactly seem like Cristal's wheelhouse, does it?


Our cheeky little Elwyn asks Cristal to be his BFF.
When did they find the time to get to know each other so well!?


Thursday, Averie paints her first large Surrealism painting.
She is a neat, mean, and active, while I'm a creative, perfectionist, music-lover.
Don't forget that I'm also a Level 10 Master of the Real.

And yet, Averie creates the most valuable painting in my collection, worth $16,992.


Saturday morning, I complete my completion of paintings!
Because I'll be hanging them all around the house, I've made this temporary room to share them with you.
So here's my collection all in one place, worth $110,090.

All I need to do now is throw three more parties. I'm almost home-free!


After Averie and I eat ambrosia, I give Cristal her second Potion of Rejuvenation.
I know Averie and I could reset our ages with the same potion.
But I prefer ambrosia because it consistently works.


Our son, Elwyn, is excited to notice that Cristal has green eyes.
Our dynasty founder, Erwin Pries, also had green eyes but they were never passed on.
Elwyn seems to be counting his chickens…


Only four more days until the twins' teen birthday.
That's great news because they've pretty much run out of things to do.

Maybe we'll buy some tents and spend a few days in Sulani.


Coming next: Teen birthdays, three more parties, and maybe a little magic (or maybe not)



Claude's requirements: 9/10
✔️ 1. Unique career: Master of the Real 10
✔️ 2. Unique skill: DJ Mixing 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. 7/10 parties
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
✔️ 9. 10/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
✔️10. 10/10-item collection: Paintings.

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.47: Claude's Almost Finished, Almost! (2 Feb update)
« Reply #297 on: February 02, 2020, 09:38:37 PM »
Standing on a curb! Hilarious. 🤣


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Re: Power of 10 - 9.47: Claude's Almost Finished, Almost! (2 Feb update)
« Reply #298 on: February 03, 2020, 09:28:25 PM »
Oooo, the green-eyed redhead.  Cristal just isn't playing fair.  If she doesn't like aged-up Elwyn, I think his poor, little heart might break!

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.47: Claude's Almost Finished, Almost! (2 Feb update)
« Reply #299 on: February 03, 2020, 09:36:08 PM »
Standing on a curb! Hilarious. 🤣

When I looked, I wondered why little Elwyn looked shorter than usual....

Oooo, the green-eyed redhead.  Cristal just isn't playing fair.  If she doesn't like aged-up Elwyn, I think his poor, little heart might break!
@PeregrineTook
I guess we could be looking around harder for spouse options but, without visiting Selvadorada, Cristal seems pretty nice with her very random traits.
Those green eyes, though....

 

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