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Power of 10 - 9.48: All Good Things (5 Feb update)
« Reply #300 on: February 05, 2020, 10:29:08 PM »
9.48: All Good Things


Saturday, Week 51

Mocha: Is it true that you're going to leave me here to go to university, Elwin?
Elwin: Nah, I have zero interest in higher education if you can't live with me.
When I move out, I'll be moving to a new town and you're coming with!
Mocha: Thanks! That's a tremendous relief, you know!


Claude: You'll be a teen soon, which means you'll be able to start learning magic!
Elwyn: I can't wait for my teen birthday, but do I have to learn magic?
Claude: I'll help you do like I did so you'll be done ranking up as a teen. You'll surely find the spells and potions useful later.


Claude: I encourage Elwyn to introduce himself to all three sages.
This Sage of Practical Magic is the only one who isn't already an elder.



Sunday, week 52

Claude: Today, little Elwyn gives Cristal a make-over then we all spend the day at Ohan'ali Beach.
By all, I mean our household plus my parents, Bianca and Rico.


Watcher pretends like she's giving us a day off.
In truth, I suspect she wants Claude to fill up his Fishing Notebook before he moves out.
Sneaky!


My wife Averie loves it here. Of course, she does! She's an active sim!
But my mother Bianca and I must avoid maxing the Fitness skill.
That's why we never go in the water.


Elwyn: So, do you like children, Cristal?
Cristal: You mean, like you? Sure!
Elwyn: No, I mean, do you want to have children of your own?
Cristal: Well, I'm non-committal, so maybe I'd be better off just renting a child?


Claude: Bichaels are the height of absurdity!
Even my vampire friend Selma rides one these days.
Why doesn't she use Bat Form, Supernatural Speed, or Mist Form instead?


Grandpa Keanu passed away last week and Gran Carmen passes on Monday night.
We visit their home in Sulani to retrieve their urns.
Oh! Spellcasters have a unique urn which looks quite elegant.


My grandparents' gravestones also possess a unique design.
Our family cemetery now holds seven generations of the Pries dynasty.
That's everyone except my parents, Averie and I, and our son Elwyn.


Bianca: What I want to know is whether Elwyn plans to get married and have a family or not.
Will there be great-grandchildren in my future or what?
Claude: That's entirely up to Elwyn, Mother.
Technically, he is the last heir. He doesn't need to have children.


Elwyn: Papa throws a birthday party for Jethro and me at The Sand Bar.
We blow out our candles then get makeovers.
I'm erratic and paranoid, like our founder Erwin Pries.


You're laughing at my pants, aren't you? Don't lie to me!
When I chose them during my party, I didn't notice the purple and green stripes on the sides!


Jethro: I understand why I'm forced to carve pumpkins, Mom, but why you?
Averie: My costume says it all!

Elwyn: Unfair! Dad says I need to meet more people so I'm the co-host!


Elwyn: Hey, this "Fly Together" action is pretty cool!



Sunday, Week 53

Dad's been offering magical training to Cristal now and then.
It's not like my parents have much to do these days.
Oh yeah, Dad still has one last party left to finish his requirements.


I'm an Acolyte warlock now on my way to becoming an Adept.
Who knows how much use I'll make of magic after I move out?
But Jethro and I don't become young adults for 8 more days.

I'm patiently waiting for my birthday next week.
You know what they say about "All good things…"

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.48: All Good Things (5 Feb update)
« Reply #301 on: February 06, 2020, 12:23:34 PM »
Wow, I haven't never seen a spellcaster urn before. Not that I'm about to kill any sim just to have my own urn, but they are pretty.

A non-committal girl hangs around a paranoid, erratic guy. No worries, Mocha seems like a reasonably talented therapist. :) Elwyn could do a degree from home, and have the Cat Friend that way. But it's not ideal.

Well I'm terribly interested (terribly) (actual terror) to see where this goes. There's a lot or Erwin going on. I've decided I'll probably do Scarlet's 64-tile house on a 64x64 tile lot. A train wreck of landscaping awaits, but it's a thought that's captured my imagination. I do like your idea of starting Micro, and growing larger.
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 - 9.48: All Good Things (5 Feb update)
« Reply #302 on: February 06, 2020, 08:54:16 PM »
@Heart Foam
I'd never seen the spellcaster urn or gravestone, either. Haha, it's not like I let my sims die to check out cemetery stuff.
After giving them Potions of Immortality, I can't be bother to repeatedly CopyPasto Potions of Rejuvenation to keep the ancestors alive.

Oooh, Tiny Living on a huge lot. Will you use debug and add waterfalls and all that? I'm dying to try that in an unofficial challenge, possibly my next challenge.
The Micro House is so great for gardening! And maybe my next toddlers don't need their own room at all, hehe.
Looking forward to seeing which lot you choose for Scarlet! And thanks for reading!

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.48: All Good Things (5 Feb update)
« Reply #303 on: February 09, 2020, 10:37:22 AM »
How funny that everyone one is so bike-obsessed in your game!  Can't say I've noticed that in Tavi's Po10.  Weird.
Cristal's comment about just renting a child was the absolute highlight for me!  Fantastic spin on the non-comital trait!

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.48: All Good Things (5 Feb update)
« Reply #304 on: February 09, 2020, 12:37:19 PM »
How funny that everyone one is so bike-obsessed in your game!  Can't say I've noticed that in Tavi's Po10.  Weird.
Cristal's comment about just renting a child was the absolute highlight for me!  Fantastic spin on the non-comital trait!

The bike obsession is driving me up the wall, especially since the helmets are so unattractive. Haha!
I wanted a group family shot at the cemetery but did it happen? No, because the grandparents were off cycling and didn't arrive until later.  Or were they cycling to the cemetery?
All the bichaels became conspicuous after the heir moved from Glimmerbrook to Magnolia Promenade, so maybe it varies with the town?
As for Cristal, I haven't played a non-commital sim in ages  We shall see how she does because someone is moving out later today (irl).

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Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #305 on: February 09, 2020, 06:16:10 PM »
9.49: Ready or Not


Monday, Week 53

Dad's so competitive!
This morning, Mocha and I become good friends!
So, of course, while I'm at school, Dad makes Mocha his companion.

Mocha: Took forever! Your mother and I aren't even friends yet!


Jethro's been working hard on aspirations to buy reward traits.
Tuesday, I tell him not to bother anymore.  He can just take it easy.


On Wednesday, this alien lady and I become friends.
Once I move out, we can become good friends, I hope.


That same day, Mom announces that she can't mentor Cristal in magic anymore.
That can only mean that Cristal's reached the Master rank.

This is great news for me, cuz now I can let Cristal learn any potions we'll need later.
I'm not really into learning magic….


The news also excites Dad who decides to throw his last party.
He chooses the home of his good friend, Rohan Elderberry.

Why here?  None of us have ever stepped foot inside Rohan's home!


Dad will go down in our dynasty's history as the generation with the worst parties!
We could not complete "Listen to classical music," though we'd hired an entertainer.
Listening to the gramophone didn't count and the house lacked a piano..

When I'm the active heir, I'll only count gold-medal parties for my requirement!


Thursday, we make our first ever visit to Larry's Lagoon aka Foxbury Commons.
At the Robotics Workstations, I craft a computer circuit while Dad crafts a mechanism.

It takes me two tries to finish my circuit, because I get Dazed.


By the time I'm done with the computer circuit, I'm Seriously Friend.
How was Dad able to craft his mechanism without getting Dazed at all?

Also, I was hoping Dad could help me craft a utili-bot by making the mechanisms I need.
But nope! The robotic parts he crafts can't leave his personal inventory. Darn!


Mocha complains about the overall lack of attention he's been getting lately.
This is Mocha's first generation in a household without a Cat-Lover in it.
More of the same in my future household, Mocha!


Sometimes, I spot Cristal interacting with the garden over the fence.
I wonder what her Gardening level is now. Level 3?


On Saturday, Dad tries out the Gardener Bot he crafted. It's slooooooow!


Saturday's also the day I finish crafting a Robotic Arm.
My problem is that it won't come off now.
If I "change outfit" or "change sim," the Robotic Arm doesn't go away.


I take a shower, hoping that the Robotic Arm comes off before I step into the shower.
Nope!
Hey, stop trying to scroll down!


I give up trying to lose the Robotic Arm and ask Cristal for magical training.
Thanks to Cristal, I'm an Adept now.
I'm the last heir. How much magic do I really need?


No comment…



Sunday, Week 54

We spend Sunday at the Flea Market.
I've invited along Rangi Ngata, another new alien friend of mine.


Monday morning, we get the "Discover 10 aliens" achievement.
I'm pretty sure we haven't discovered 10 unique aliens.
What a bizarre achievement.
I mean, undisguised aliens are pretty hard to miss, y'know?


What's with Jethro constantly asking our parents for advice, then trashing his character values?
Mom's just got back from volunteering with Jethro, which she absolutely hates doing!

Being mean isn't all negative, though. Look, she has a positive moodlet from being mean!
To my surprise, though, Mom doesn't have a single negative relationship. Huh!


Averie: Why can't we simply enjoy being empty-nesters?
Claude: For one thing, Jethro will still be living with us, dear.
Plus, why would Elwin fixate on moving in a redhead if he wasn't thinking about having a kid?


Elwyn: Et tu, Brutus?
Rangi Ngata, you profoundly disappoint me!


Hey, there goes Dad!
I believe it's our first abduction since our founder Erwin's time.
Wonder what brought that on?
You think I shouldn't have talked smack about Rangi for riding a bichael?


I decide to host the teen birthday for Jetro and me.
It won't count toward my party requirement cuz I'm still living at home.
But a little party practice never hurt, right?


The party's perfect except I'm still wearing these ugly pants with the side stripe. *le sigh
And, yeah, I'm a young adult now!


I'm ready to move out to my new town.
The big question is: Does my new town feel ready for me?

Tune in next time to see how we roll during the last generation!





Claude's requirements: 10/10
   1. Career: Master of the Real 10
   2. Unique skill: DJ Mixing 10
   3. Earned 10,000 satisfaction points:  yes
   4. Earned $10,000: yes
   5. 10/10 good friends (including  2/2 non-human)
   6. 10/10 odd jobs
   7. 10/10 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 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #306 on: February 10, 2020, 07:42:21 AM »
Looking forward to seeing Mocha's new home!!  I mean...Cristal's new home...oh wait, Elwyn.  Yeah, that's the guy I'm supposed to be focused on.  Totally your fault for writing Mocha so well and for finding such a lovely redheaded spouse  ;=)  Seriously, though, so excited for you to get the final heir into the final house!  You're so close to entering the Hall of Fame again!!!  Congrats!!



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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #307 on: February 10, 2020, 04:48:52 PM »
Looking forward to seeing Mocha's new home!!  I mean...Cristal's new home...oh wait, Elwyn.  Yeah, that's the guy I'm supposed to be focused on.  Totally your fault for writing Mocha so well and for finding such a lovely redheaded spouse  ;=)  Seriously, though, so excited for you to get the final heir into the final house!  You're so close to entering the Hall of Fame again!!!  Congrats!!
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Hey, have you been reading my simming journal over my shoulder again?  ;)
Mocha asks me to ask you not to spoil the surprise! Hah!

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #308 on: February 10, 2020, 06:12:08 PM »
YAY! So excited for you. It’s the home stretch!

Funny story. The first time I saw “bichael,” I thought it was a weird typo. Then you wrote it several more times and I thought, “Surely oshizu knows how to spell bicycle.” Then I did a Google search and learned that it’s a meme. I’m normally up to date on such things, but now I feel old.  ;D

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #309 on: February 11, 2020, 12:15:47 AM »
Haha, I only encountered "bichael" and "micycle" last month though it's an old enough meme already, so you and I are in the same boat.
Then, because all of my sims are now on bikes (which I hope MCCC can disable for non-forum saves), I thought I'd keep using the term "bichael" until I got called out on it.
Silly, right?

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #310 on: February 11, 2020, 06:07:38 PM »
OOOhhh your so close.. I am missing my gameplay. School is killing me. I can't wait to see the next update and see where your alien and his "bicheal" are heading too.

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #311 on: February 11, 2020, 06:57:08 PM »
OOOhhh your so close.. I am missing my gameplay. School is killing me. I can't wait to see the next update and see where your alien and his "bicheal" are heading too.
LOL, my last heir isn't an alien. He's the dude that can't get rid of his robotic arm.
My heir Elwyn doesn't have a bichael. His spouse moved in with one in her inventory and I immediately sold it.
The last straw will be Vlad, Caleb, and Lilith on micycles. Speaking of, I haven't seen hide or hair of them for the past 4 generations.

You must be really busy now with school, work, and family. I bet Discover University isn't as fun when you have your own mountains of homework to do. :(

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #312 on: February 11, 2020, 09:16:39 PM »
OOOhhh your so close.. I am missing my gameplay. School is killing me. I can't wait to see the next update and see where your alien and his "bicheal" are heading too.
LOL, my last heir isn't an alien. He's the dude that can't get rid of his robotic arm.
My heir Elwyn doesn't have a bichael. His spouse moved in with one in her inventory and I immediately sold it.
The last straw will be Vlad, Caleb, and Lilith on micycles. Speaking of, I haven't seen hide or hair of them for the past 4 generations.

You must be really busy now with school, work, and family. I bet Discover University isn't as fun when you have your own mountains of homework to do. :(


LOL, I know he's not your heir silly girl. But I can't help but wonder his fate on the other end of his trip. LOL

Only your heir would get his robotic arm stuck. LOL

Discovering University doesn't bother me. At least I can click on her make her do it and no do it myself. LOL

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #313 on: February 12, 2020, 02:39:54 AM »
Lol at Averie getting mad when she has to help people! And Jethro making her do it because he keeps asking advice! When kids do that in my game I try to choose the option that will have a negative effect on responsibility because that one seems easiest to increase just by going to school on time and doing their homework. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for Elwyn, and I’m curious what it’ll be like marrying and having kids with a non-commital sim, that’s another one I always avoid.

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Re: Power of 10 - 9.49: Ready or Not (9 Feb update)
« Reply #314 on: February 12, 2020, 01:51:26 PM »
Lol at Averie getting mad when she has to help people! And Jethro making her do it because he keeps asking advice! When kids do that in my game I try to choose the option that will have a negative effect on responsibility because that one seems easiest to increase just by going to school on time and doing their homework. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for Elwyn, and I’m curious what it’ll be like marrying and having kids with a non-commital sim, that’s another one I always avoid.
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About asking advice, I usually pick Conflict Resolution but sometimes the chance card doesn't offer an easy-to-fix option. Looking back, I don't know why I bothered with character values for spares, haha.
I never dealt with Cristal's non-committal trait until she moved in, because Elwyn was too young to court her while she was uncontrollable. 
She's been easy to play so far.

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Power of 10 - 10.50: Starting the Last Generation (12 Feb update)
« Reply #315 on: February 12, 2020, 03:55:00 PM »
10.50: Starting the Last Generation


Wednesday, Week 54

It's me again, Elwyn, the tenth and final heir of this dynasty.
Cristal's now living with Mocha and me on our empty lot, Cliff Side Crest.

Since she's non-committal, I let her make each and every romantic move.


Cristal: Are you sure your parents don't mind us in their bedroom?
Elwyn: Did we want our first time to be in a bush or a tent?
Cristal: …
Elwyn: I didn't think so.


Cristal: I'm so happy you said yes to my proposal, Elwyn!
Elwyn: I'm just glad you asked.
Cristal: Yeah, if you'd have asked me, I would probably have rejected you.


I waited in front of the wedding arch for hours for my non-commital bride.
(My robotic arm must have clicked on the wedding arch 6-8 times!)
How outrageous that I'm not allowed to wear a tux on my wedding day!


Since caterers will now make cakes for wedding receptions, I hired my brother as our caterer.
When I "cut the first piece," everyone immediately began singing the birthday song.

Oh well! And we got a gold medal without having to flirt or kiss, either. Weird.
I'm earnestly hoping that this won't become the "glitched generation."


After our reception, we go on a date to Shimuzu.
The hostess there gets bent out of shape about the dress code.

It's not my fault my robotic arm is glitched!


Cristal: I don't think it's your robotic arm that's got the hostess so upset, darling.
She's bothered by you walking around the restaurant in your briefs. Everyone's staring at us!

Elwyn: Well, my formal outfit is a one-piece set so the robotic arm replaced the whole outfit.


Elwyn: The next morning we continue working on Soulmates while visiting different locations.


Before Cristal moved in, my parents had mentored her to Virtuoso rank.
But she doesn't know a single potion recipe or spell yet. She'll just learn a few.


Meanwhile, I'm over at Casters Alley buying us both wands and brooms.
Incidentally, I don't know a single potion recipe either, but I'll soon change that!


Returning home from the Magic HQ, we find that our home has been built.
It's late tonight, though, so I'll show you around tomorrow morning on Friday.
Promise!


Good morning! Welcome to our humble home.
This is the room which contains all of Mocha's "stuff."


It also has the stairs leading down to our micro home.
I've joined the Military career, so I've installed a listening device.
Cristal makes sure she can cook using only a corner counter.


I've managed to squeeze a computer desk and chair below the stairs.
Very handy for me, since my unique skill is Video Gaming.


Watcher made us a two-tile…what do I call this room?
It's not a bathroom, since there's no bath.
It's not a washroom, since there's no sink, either.
Even if the only place to "rest" is on the loo, do I call this room a restroom?

Anywaaaaay, Cristal tries the room out and both the toilet and shower work just fine.


Today's my first day of work, which starts at 7  a.m.
But at 6 a.m., I get a new daily task to "Spar."
Cristal's the only one around but I don't feel right sparring with my very pregnant wife.

I'm pretty sure I'll earn a promotion today, even without sparring before work!


Saturday morning, Cristal goes into labor halfway through my kava party.
She never did finish preparing that group meal!
I bring the party to a close and we rush home so Cristal can give birth.


We are very pleased to introduce our son, Marlon Pries.


There's a man standing on the sidewalk with fruitcake, so this must be the Welcome Wagon.
Watcher has warned me about the StrangerVille Welcome Wagon.
Our front gate is locked to everyone except the household. Hah!



Sunday, Week 55

I was a bit worried about marrying Cristal because she's non-committal.
Besides keeping me waiting at the altar for hours, though, she's been amazing!

Cristal's a lazy sim. I guess that's why she's put on a little weight lately.
Maybe she's better off not wearing those overalls?


I've been doing odd jobs most of the weekend, but Cristal completes Nerd Brain on Sunday.
She gives our Murphy Bed an insta-upgrade, so we won't be sleeping in that tent anymore!
Oh, and she also became friends with Mocha today. Mocha's supremely happy about that!


On Monday morning, I max my unique skill a little while before work.


When I return home from work on Monday, I bear both good news and bad news.
The good news: I earn my Level 6 promotion and enter the Covert Operator branch.
The bad news: Its career uniform is a one-piece outfit, so I'll be going to work in my briefs.  *sighs heavily


By the way, our son Marlon aged up this morning. Can you spot him amidst the unwelcome Welcome Wagon?
He had to wait until I got home from work for his make-over.

This Welcome Wagon arrived at our house two days ago on the day of Marlon's birth.
Can anyone teach me me how to get rid of them?




Up next: Expanding to a Tiny House and working on requirements




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

(For details on Elwyn's completed requirements, see his section in Meet the Pries Family, Part II.

Watcher's Comments
*Robo Arm: It's official. Elwyn is stuck with his robotic arm for the rest of this dynasty, since he was unable to remove it while living with his parents.
  Plus, he had to empty his personal inventory when moving out, thus leaving his robotic arm behind.
  @sdhoey  I checked EA Answers HQ about the robotic arm, and I am not the only one whose sim can't remove their robotic arm. LOL!
*StrangerVille Welcome Wagon: How do I get those infected sims off my lot?
  Do I need to let them into the house so they can put bizarre fruit into my (upgraded) fridge, followed by the men-in-black who will confiscate said fridge?
  I guess I could move the upgraded fridge into my inventory and temporarily place a new one there. I don't have time for the StrangerVille Mystery in this challenge! Grrrrr!

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Re: Power of 10 - 10.50: Starting the Last Generation (12 Feb update)
« Reply #316 on: February 13, 2020, 08:17:00 AM »
Wow, this is definitely seeming like your glitched generation!  "Happy Birthday" sung at the wedding, no ability to remove the robotic arm, a welcome wagon that won't leave...poor Cristal and Mocha!  Oh, and Elwyn too, I guess  ;=)
For the robotic arm, you should at least be able to change the outfits for his full outfits to swap into things with pants.  Would putting a fridge on the lot just outside the door to the house fix things?  They could put weird fruit in it and then leave, maybe?  Of they could just be there as a running joke throughout this final generation  ;=)  So glad that Cristal decided to have a baby after all.  Can't wait to see young Marlon grow into those glorious genetics!
In short, despite the glitches, and perhaps even because of them, really enjoying this and can't wait for more!

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Re: Power of 10 - 10.50: Starting the Last Generation (12 Feb update)
« Reply #317 on: February 13, 2020, 08:51:45 AM »
I love your shot of the unwelcome Welcome Wagon. Pippin's suggestion about the fridge sounds good. Marlon is a real cutie!
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Re: Power of 10 - 10.50: Starting the Last Generation (12 Feb update)
« Reply #318 on: February 13, 2020, 10:28:25 AM »
the house is so great, and entirely appropriate for StrangerVille. The welcome wagon terrifies me, am glad the family are locked up safe

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Re: Power of 10 - 10.50: Starting the Last Generation (12 Feb update)
« Reply #319 on: February 13, 2020, 11:01:56 PM »
Wow, this is definitely seeming like your glitched generation!  "Happy Birthday" sung at the wedding, no ability to remove the robotic arm, a welcome wagon that won't leave...poor Cristal and Mocha!  Oh, and Elwyn too, I guess  ;=)
For the robotic arm, you should at least be able to change the outfits for his full outfits to swap into things with pants.  Would putting a fridge on the lot just outside the door to the house fix things?  They could put weird fruit in it and then leave, maybe?  Of they could just be there as a running joke throughout this final generation  ;=)  So glad that Cristal decided to have a baby after all.  Can't wait to see young Marlon grow into those glorious genetics!
In short, despite the glitches, and perhaps even because of them, really enjoying this and can't wait for more!
Oh, two fabulous solutions, @PeregrineTook !
I will immediately place a second, accessible fridge on the lot. I guess Elwyn could exploit their presence by becoming good friends with them? (Probably a bad idea....)
And I will also switch Elwyn's formal outfit from a tux to separates. Sadly, the career outfit is beyond my control.

I love your shot of the unwelcome Welcome Wagon. Pippin's suggestion about the fridge sounds good. Marlon is a real cutie!
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It was a big surprise that the Welcome Wagon hasn't left the lot for 2.5 days now.
I shall try placing a second fridge above ground, although I also added 3 empty garden planters which they've ignored. As for Marlon, the new toddler hairstyles are great!

the house is so great, and entirely appropriate for StrangerVille. The welcome wagon terrifies me, am glad the family are locked up safe
Thank you for your nice words about the house! I knew starting out that this dynasty would end in StrangerVille, so there's a lot of time to plan! :)
I could have started in StrangerVille but, in this challenge, my sims are only allowed (my personal rule) to visit towns that were previously or are currently inhabited by dynasty households.
As you might imagine, StrangerVille with its lack of community lots does not make a very productive town for a founder.
Thanks for reading!

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Power of 10 - 10.51: Unwelcoming the Welcome Wagon (15 Feb update)
« Reply #320 on: February 15, 2020, 09:16:59 PM »
10.51: Unwelcoming the Welcome Wagon


Monday, Week 55

Cristal: Heyo! You remember me, of course.
I'm The Last Spouse as well as the lazy non-committal insider Mother of Marlon.

We seem to have settled into life here n StrangerVille after the first five days.
I look after Marlon, Mocha, and the garden.
My exotic Elwyn takes care of everything else.


My father-in-law Claude visits us often these days.
Marlon adores him and Elwyn's been consulting him about expanding our home.


Thanks to Papa Claude, we no longer live in a modified man cave.
Our underground space is smaller now but Elwyn has "A Room of His Own."


I'm grateful that most of our living space is above ground.
Did you notice that Marlon's the ONLY heir in this dynasty with no siblings?

We might just stay in our Tiny House for the rest of our virtual lives!


As for that unwelcome Welcome Wagon, their event just triggered.
When Elwyn sets our new trailer's door as the front door, the Welcome Wagon music begins.
He quickly locks the door for everyone except our household.
Ain't nobody got time for those weirdos!


By noon of the next day (Tuesday), Elwyn makes his four remaining good friends.
There's no longer a timer showing for the Welcome Wagon event.
Still, the weirdos remain standing on our mini-porch.
They've ignored our second fridge and extra garden planters in the yard.


Elwin doesn't work until 6 pm this evening, so we visit Papa Claude's house.
His two younger siblings are toddlers now, so….

Toddler Play Date!
Meet Kristopher (left) and his sister Justina (right).


At this age, our Marlon and his Uncle Kristopher look like brothers!

Elwyn leaves for work from the park, so I head home with Maron and our gold-medal swag.
Guess what? That pesky Welcome Wagon is gone!


Since Elwyn works nights, he throws his parties during the day.
Good thing Elwyn's such a talented party host!
Oh yeah, I have one more "role" in our household.
During parties, I tell the jokes while Elwyn does everything else.


Elwyn had always planned to craft a new robo-arm after moving to StrangerVille.
So he'd given me his first one while he was living in Magnolia Promenade.
Oh. Is that why he could never remove it?
Checking my personal inventory, I find his robo-arm and return it to him.

With his robo-arm in his inventory, he can click on it to "Remove robo-arm." Huh.
Next, he gets started making a new one…to keep things fair.


After he equips his new robo-arm, I confess that I tried equipping his first one.
Nope, only a robo-arm's creator can equip it. Right!


Anyway, my beloved is no longer sharing his briefs-clad body with the simverse.
Still, all that was way more trouble than it was worth!
I wish I'd noticed his robo-arm in my inventory sooner…


Whatever Marlon and Mocha are discussing, it can't be good.


Elwyn's off on Thursday and Marlon maxes all his skills early that morning.

We're hiring a nanny for Marlon so Elwyn can start partying for real.
First, a Dinner Party at home followed by an Incognito Party at Salty Paws Saloon.

 
The Sand Bar is where Elwyn hosts his seventh gold-medal party.
It's also where he completes the requirement for spending 2+ hours each at 10 community lots.


As you know, I am a lazy sim who gets tense from doing too many chores.
While carving a pumpkin for a Spooky Party, I notice that I don't need to be doing the carving.
Next time, I'm asking one of the guests to carve "my" pumpkin.


Friday night, while Elwyn's at work, his grandparents stop by for a visit.
Of course, they travel here from Glimmerbrook on their bichaels.
I remember Papa Claude saying that his parents own super-expensive Rocket Brooms.


Today's Saturday and Elwyn finally started putting together his collection since last night.
Of course, he places his woodworking table underground, where he feels "safe and secure."
But now that he can remove his robo-arm, he never remembers to equip it.


Elwyn works nights, so I decide to help with his collection, too.

By the way, don't you think I'm looking fabulous these days?
Honestly, I've never been so fit in my life!


I've been spending a little time each day jogging and doing yoga.
Do I gain weight easier because I'm a lazy sim?
Is there a way for me to stay slim without getting any more muscular?
To celebrate the new me, I got rid of my tattoo as well.



Sunday, Week 56

As I mentioned earlier, Elwyn has many more demands on his time than I do.
But he always tries to make time for his family, which includes Mocha.

Look at my handsome boys!


My erratic Elwyn brings home his Level 9 promotion tonight.
Wow, he might be able to max his career by Wednesday!


Elwyn and I get so caught up in crafting camping mascots, we forget Marlon's birthday.
His birthday notice has arrived, so let the party begin!


Marlon's birthday party just barely earns a gold medal.
Like I said, I tell my two jokes and Elwyn does the rest!

But what matters here is Marlon. Isn't he adorable?


Coming next: The finale, no doubt about it




Elwyn's requirements: 7/10
📌 1. Unique career: Covert Operator 9
✔️ 2. Unique skill: Video Gaming 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. 9/10 parties
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
✔️ 9. 10/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
📌10. 8/10-item collection

Watcher's Remarks
*Spooky Party: I had never noticed that "Request a Carved Pumpkin" social!
  You know Elwyn's last party will be a Spooky one so Cristal can test it.
*Robotic Arm: Ugh. That whole bit with the robo-arm and Elwyn running around in his briefs was extremely dodgy!
  Don't be an idiot like me. If your heir has a robo-arm equipped, be sure to remove it before emptying their inventory and splitting the household.
  (Can you tell I haven't played Discover University much? LOL!)
  In my case, I couldn't figure out how to remove the darn thing before moving Elwyn out,  so I had Elwyn gift the robo-arm in his inventory to Cristal.
*Career outfits: I was wrong. CAS must have changed while I wasn't playing.
  While giving Marlon his makeover, I noticed that there's now a Career option under the Style category.
  I didn't try this (because i was in the middle of dressing Marlon), but I imagine I could have changed Elwyn's career suit to separates. *sighs

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Re: Power of 10 - 10.51: Unwelcoming the Welcome Wagon (15 Feb update)
« Reply #321 on: February 15, 2020, 10:31:36 PM »
Oooh, you're almost there! Marlon will be great in another challenge. <wink> He's a real cutie.

Good info on the Robo arm. And, yes, lazy Sims do gain weight more easily.

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Re: Power of 10 - 10.51: Unwelcoming the Welcome Wagon (15 Feb update)
« Reply #322 on: February 16, 2020, 01:49:00 PM »
Cristal narrating things was a rather delightful delivery of the lazy Sim bragging about all three contributions she makes while the heir slaves away  :=)
I'm glad you figured out the robo-arm thing!  Cristal had the stand for it the whole time and was too lazy to remember, I guess  ;=)
Speaking of Cristal, as I've been doing this whole time, she is looking fantastic!!!
Looking forward to seeing you triumphantly storm across the finish line!!

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Re: Power of 10 - 10.51: Unwelcoming the Welcome Wagon (15 Feb update)
« Reply #323 on: February 16, 2020, 04:02:53 PM »
Oooh, you're almost there! Marlon will be great in another challenge. <wink> He's a real cutie.

Good info on the Robo arm. And, yes, lazy Sims do gain weight more easily.
@reggikko
Sooo close now!
I'd thought Elwyn was the best-looking sim in my dynasty but Marlon might beat him. :)
Now you don't have to repeat my stupid robo-arm mistake. And after all that, he hasn't worn it once (yet) while woodworking.
Thanks for letting me know about the lazy sim's inclination to gain weight. I didn't notice it at first because Cristal was pregnant, haha.

Cristal narrating things was a rather delightful delivery of the lazy Sim bragging about all three contributions she makes while the heir slaves away  :=)
I'm glad you figured out the robo-arm thing!  Cristal had the stand for it the whole time and was too lazy to remember, I guess  ;=)
Speaking of Cristal, as I've been doing this whole time, she is looking fantastic!!!
Looking forward to seeing you triumphantly storm across the finish line!!
@PeregrineTook
Cristal is incensed that you forgot her fourth household contribution: at every party, she's the one who completes the "Tell jokes (0/2)" task.
I've tried but she's never succeeded in making the toast, lol.
I'm also surprised at how quickly Cristal shaped up! In retrospect, I wish I'd taken a better "before" screenshot.  ;D
She suddenly seemed to look older then I realized that her overalls were hiding the weight gain...

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Power of 10 - This Is "The End" (16 February update)
« Reply #324 on: February 17, 2020, 01:14:21 AM »
10.52: This Is "The End"





Tuesday, Week 56

Elwyn: Things start coming together pretty quickly.
On Wednesday at 2 am, I bring home my final Covert Operator promotion.


I consider throwing a party to celebrate but, instead, Mocha and I take a quick trip to Brindleton Bay.
He aged Tuesday afternoon and needs one final Age-Down Treat from the vet clinic.


Mocha is the oldest living member of our dynasty!
He first joined us in Week 25 during the fifth generation!
As of today, he is 216 days old! He's ancient!


Thursday morning, I start a Spooky Party.
Naturally, we don't bother carving the pumpkins ourselves.
I request Mom and Cristal requests my brother Jethro to carve them.


Now that Cristal's free she hogs the bar, so the mixologist I hired can't mix drinks.
Meanwhile, Cristal won't tend the bar herself. *sighs
Unfortunately, Cristal can't be trusted to "free range."


I think perhaps she'd do well to carve a pumpkin after all.
You know, "idle hands are the devil's workshop" and all that.
But she ends up distracting my brother Jethro who abandons his unfinished pumpkin.


If you want to get something done, you've got to do it yourself!
After Cristal finishes her pumpkin, I sense her standing behind me smirking.
I barely complete carving the second pumpkin in time!

Anyway, there you go. I, Elwyn the last heir, hosted 10 gold-medal parties!


All that's left now is to finish off my collection of camping mascot sculptures.
As I'm heading downstairs, I notice that Mocha is sick.
(Why didn't I buy a Wellness treat last night?)
I decide to buy an exam table and treat Mocha's illness myself.

Mocha: You? Treat me? Using your non-existent Vet skill? *scoffs


Elwyn: O ye of little faith!
By the time I diagnose your 4th symptom, my Vet skill has soared to Level 5.
Now, close your eyes while I apply this anti-fungal spray!


Mocha: Wow, I can't believe you actually cured me!
Elwyn (internally): You and me both, buddy.  You and me both!


You're probably wondering why my collection's taking so long, right?
It seems like the more I craft, the lower their value drops.
I already have 10+ camping mascots.
I'm gonna craft for 3 more hours then I'll accept whatever I've got.


All righty. My collection is finally done, which means I've finished all of my requirements.
This dynasty is officially over!

Thank you, friends, for your company and support!




Elwyn's requirements: 10/10
✔️ 1. Unique career: Covert Operator 10
✔️ 2. Unique skill: Video Gaming 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. 10/10 parties
✔️ 8. 10/10 emotional whims
✔️ 9. 10/10 community lots for min. 2 hrs each
✔️10. 10/10-item collection (value: $43,947)

Total collection value:  $668,860.