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Paradise Tossed: A SimTech Dynasty

For the past few months, I haven't been feeling like playing The Sims 4, so I thought starting a shorter dynasty challenge might capture my interest. It has!!!
After one false start in Willow Creek, I've decided to start my founders in Sulani.
Not only is it a gorgeous world, but Sulani will also allow me to avoid both hunting for custom content and extensively rebuilding/restyling lots in each era.

I don't plan on posting lengthy updates, only a summary update for each era.
(Edited to add: I ended up doing more than "a summary update for each era," but what's important is that I'm having fun, right?)
And we're off and running!

Index

The "Challenge Proper"

A Prologue of Sort

1. What the Heck? No Tech? (No Tech Era)

2. Flow with the Low (Low-Tech Era)

3.1. An Emerging Community (Mid Tech Era)
3.2. Midlife Crisis (Mid Tech Era)
3.3. A PeniTENT Camper (Mid Tech Era)

4.1. We're Fangtastic, and You? (More Tech Era)
4.2. Pele's Passion (More Tech Era)
4.3. Aleki's Affection (More Tech Era)
4.4.  We Can Work It Out (More Tech Era)

5.1.  High on High Tech (High Tech Era)
5.2. Work, Work, Work (High Tech Era)
5.3. This Is the End, My Friend



Extras (for if/when you forget what's going on or wish to see a progress overview)

Meet the Kahales
SimTech Challenge Stats
Kahale Homes through the Ages

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Paradise Tossed: Prologue
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2020, 10:32:51 PM »
Paradise Tossed: A Prologue of Sorts


Man: Darn it, woman! I can't believe you nicked a burger from The McTree.
How could you forget? The Powers-That-Be specifically warned us to stay away from The McTree.
Woman: Well, there was this red-haired dude and he said eating just one would be okay….

Man: You know what this means, don't you? We'll be kicked outta here!
We'll have to leave and settle elsewhere! No more lazing around, waiting for meals to fall in our laps.
Woman: That's so harsh!  It was just a veggie burger! *sobs

Man: Hey, don't cry. We'll get by. We'll make a fresh start and live our lives the way we want!
Woman (brightens): Yeah, but no burgers! Our new life will be clean and green!
Man: And lean….very, very lean.


One extremely arduous journey later…
Mina (right): It took forever but we're finally here!
Tuki (left): You'll see, Mina. We'll create a paradise of our own!

Mina: Do you think we should apologize to the readers for our tacky backstory?
Tuki: Surely they can understand our Watcher's impatience to jump right into our challenge?
Mina: We can only hope!
Watcher: Sorry, folks!


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Paradise Tossed: Meet the Kahales
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2020, 10:36:48 PM »
Meet the Kahales

Start of the No Tech Era

The Founders
*Tuki: Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Cheerful; Collector (Angling Ace)
*Mina: Loves the Outdoors, Family Oriented, Music Lover; Alluring (Soul Mate)


Start of the Low Tech Era

The Founders
*Tuki: Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Cheerful; Collector (Angling Ace)
*Mina: Loves the Outdoors, Family Oriented, Music Lover; Alluring (Soul Mate)
2nd Generation
*Makoa: Cheerful (Social Butterfly)
*Ava: Independent
*Mila: nooboo


Start of the Mid Tech Era

The Founders
*Tuki: Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Cheerful
*Mina: Loves the Outdoors, Family Oriented, Music Lover
2nd Generation
*Makoa (teen): Cheerful, Neat
*Mila (child): Perfectionist
*Latifah (child): Art Lover
*Pele (toddler): Independent
*Avana (nooboo)


Start of the More Tech Era

The Founders
*Tuki (elder): Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Cheerful
*Mina (YA): Loves the Outdoors, Family Oriented, Music Lover
2nd Generation
*Mila (teen): Perfectionist, Creative
*Latifah (teen): Art Lover, Cheerful
*Pele (child): Child of the Islands
*Avana (child): Neat
*Santos (child): Good

During the More Tech Era

The Founders
*Tuki (elder vampire): Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Cheerful
*Mina (YA vampire): Loves the Outdoors, Family Oriented, Music Lover
2nd Generation
*Pele (YA Vampire): Child of the Islands, Genius, Loves the Outdoors
*Aleki (YA, Pele's spouse): Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Romantic; Sulani Mana
*Avana (YA): Neat, Music Lover, Cheerful
*Santos (teen): Good, Bro
3rd Generation
Okika (toddler): Independent
Poke (toddler): Inquisitive


Start of the High Tech Era

The Founders
*Tuki (Elder): Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Cheerful
*Mina (YA): Loves the Outdoors, Family Oriented, Music Lover
2nd Generation
*Pele (YA): Child of the Islands, Genius, Loves the Outdoors
*Aleki (YA, Pele's spouse): Loves the Outdoors, Genius, Romantic; Sulani Mana
*Avana (YA): Neat, Music Lover, Cheerful
*Santos (YA): Good, Bro, Loves the Outdoors
3rd Generation
Okika (Child): Creative
Poke (Child): Cheerful

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Paradise Tossed: SimTech Challenge Stats
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2020, 10:38:11 PM »
SimTech Challenge Stats

*Link to my Google Drive spreadsheet (warning: contains spoilers)

Though I've added completion dates for each requirement, this is not really a speed run due to my critical mistake with the Outdoor Enthusiast aspiration.
Still, this is a thoroughly fun dynasty challenge and a great opportunity to try out new stuff!

No Tech Era (Score: +2, 2 total)
Max 5 skills
   1. Day  7: Charisma, Mina
   2. Day  9:  Parenting, Mina
   3. Day 11: Singing, Mina
   4. Day 11: Fishing, Tuki
   5. Day 12: Fitness,Tuki


Low-Tech Era (Score: +0, 2 total)
Max 5 Skills
   1. Day 15: Cooking, Mina
   2. Day 15: Gardening, Tuki
   3. Day 20: Violin, Mina
   4. Day 21: Wellness, Tuki
   5. Day 22: Guitar, Mina

Complete 5 Aspirations
   1. Day 12: Angling Ace, Tuki
   2. Day 13: Soulmate, Mina
   3. Day 16: The Curator, Mina
   4. Day 19: Friend of the World, Mina
   5. Day 21: Freelance Botanist: Tuki


Mid Tech Era (Score: +0, 2 total)
Max 5 Skills
   1. Day 24: Painting, Mina
   2. Day 26: Logic, Tuki
   3. Day 27: Flower Arranging, Mina
   4. Day 27: Handiness, Tuki
   5. Day 31: Herbalism, Mina

Complete 5 Aspirations
   1. Day 24: Bodybuilder, Tuki
   2. Day 28: Super Parent, Tuki
   3. Day 34: Big Happy Family, Tuki
   4. Day 34: Fabulously Wealthy, Tuki
   5. Day 36: Outdoor Enthusiast, Mina


More Tech Era (Score: +1, 3 total)
Max 5 Skills
   1. Day 40: Vampire Lore, Tuki
   2. Day 42: Selvadoradian Culture, Mina
   3. Day 43, Gourmet Cooking, Mina
   4. Day 44, Archaeology, Pele
   5. Day 48: Mischief, Tuki

Complete 5 Aspirations
   1. Day 40: Painter Extraordinaire, Mina
   2. Day 44, Vampire Family, Tuki
   3. Day 45, Archaeology Scholar, Pele
   4. Day 51: Renaissance Sim, Pele
   5. Day 64: Public Enemy, Tuki

Complete 5 Careers
   1. Day 53:  Athlete/Bodybuilder, Tuki
   2. Day 53:  Painter/Master of the Real, Mina
   3. Day 61:  Gardener/Botanist, Pele
   4. Day 70: Culinary/Chef, Mina
   5. Day 72: Criminal/Boss, Tuki


High Tech Era (Score: +0, 3 total)
Max 5 Skills
   1. Day 72: Writing, Pele
   2. Day 72: Piano, Mina
   3. Day 72: Programming, Pele
   4. Day 72: Mixology, Mina
   5. Day 72: Fabrication, Tuki

Complete 5 Aspirations
   1. Day 72: Mansion Baron, Tuki
   2. Day 72: Master Chef, Mina
   3. Day 72: Leader of the Pack, Mina
   4. Day 72: Musical Genius, Pele
   5. Day 72: Chief of Mischief, Tuki
   
Complete 5 Careers
   1. Day 78: Criminal/Oracle, Pele
   2. Day 83: Gardener/Floral Designer, Mina
   3. Day 86: Tech Guru/Start-Up Entrepreneur, Pele
   4. Day 87: Social Media/Public Relations, Tuki
   5. Day 96: Conservationist/Environmental Manager, Pele

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Kahale Homes through the Ages
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2020, 10:43:06 PM »
Homes of the Kahale Dynasty through the Ages


No Tech Era
The founders start out on a huge lot in Mua Pel'am.
They live in a basic hut with a triangular roof which offers a little extra shelter.



Low Tech Era
The Kahale family relinquishes their home lot to the native shamans, moving to Lani St. Taz.
They start out in a 6x6 hut plus garden, with the children sleeping in tents.


As the family grows, their home expands by an attached 6x6 hut, all enclosed within high fencing.



Mid Tech
Assuming leadership roles in the budding community, Mina and Tuki move their family to a hilltop overlooking Ohan'ali Village.
Here's their home at the end of the Mid Tech Era.
Obviously, it is an affordable knock-off ($16k unfurnished) of the original Chieftain's Villa residence.
To accommodate the large Kahale household, it has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms..
By the time the family can afford to fully furnish their home, the era ends with plans to relocate yet again.



More Tech Era
For this era, the family moves into a plantation style house, a popular architectural style for homes in Hawaii after the arrival of Christian missionaries from overseas.
Here's the photo of the house in Kauai, Hawaii, on which the Kahale home's exterior is modeled.


Here's what the house looks like when the family first moves in.
The smaller building on the back left is a greenhouse because...vampires.


After two weeks, we finally get around to some landscaping, which still is a work in progress.
It will probably not be finished before the More Tech Era ends.
And they plan, of course, to rebuild for the High Tech Era.



High Tech Era

Here's a photo fo the Kauai villa that served as the model for the Kahale home.
 

 And here's the Kahales' High Tech home, much larger than necessary but still functional.
 Actually, I'm finding that the larger the house, the more the sims drop their queues because I struggle to keep an eye on them all.
 

I'll add a view of the house later with night-time illumination.

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Re: Paradise Tossed: A New SimTech Dynasty (21 Aug)
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Paradise Tossed: What the Heck? No Tech? (23 Aug)
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 01:40:51 PM »
1. What the Heck? No Tech? (No-Tech Era)

Week 1, Sunday
Mina: After arriving in Sulani, we explored all three of its islands.
This morning, we both agree to make our first home on the largest plot in Mua Pel'am.
Tuki carved four pillars over which we thatched a roof.
Happily, the climate here is warm and mild, so we can live in the open air for now.


Wednesday
Tuki can't help but get distracted from his primary goals of Fishing and Fitness.
He's been gathering harvestables for our future children and slowly cleaning up the island.

He's been jogging and swimming to the areas that require clean-up.
"Swim here" increases Fitness, but I don't think "Jog Here" does. *sighs
However, he's right in one respect. We are the caretakers of our natural environment.


Friday
This afternoon, our firstborn child ages up to a toddler. Isn't he charming?
We name him Makoa because we love that name.
Well, also because we were caught off guard by his sudden leap from the bassinet.


Saturday
Don't get me wrong. It's deeply satisfying to know we're aiding Mua Pel'am's restoration.
Realistically, though, Tuki is falling behind on Fishing and Fitness.
Plus, he's not getting any younger!


Week 2, Tuesday
Our daughter, Ava, ages up to a toddler today.
As for Makoa, we've already received his birthday notice.

Yes, he's filthy. If only he could wade in that kiddie pool by himself!
We're waiting for him to age up so he can take himself to the waterfall for a shower.


Thursday
It's been such a busy evening!
First, I get a notice that Tuki's aged up to an adult while he's out swimming around.
Not long after, we're visited by none other than the Repo Woman.

She threatens to confiscate something, but I don't find anything missing later.
Guess we didn't have anything worth repossessing?


A few moments later, Tuki finally maxes our fifth skill!
Gather round, children! We're moving to the next island over!
Say farewell to the waterfall!



No-Tech Stats

Lot: Admiral's Wreckage, 50x50 (Mua Pel'am, Sulani)
Lot traits: Off-the-Grid, Convivial, Study Spot
Max 5 skills:
   1. Day  7: Charisma, Mina
   2. Day  9:  Parenting, Mina
   3. Day 11: Singing, Mina
   4. Day 11: Fishing, Tuki
   5. Day 12: Fitness,Tuki

The Kahales
Founder: Tuki (12 days to Elder)
Founder: Mina (11 days to Adult; pregnant/2nd trimester)
Gen2: Makoa (6 days to Teen)
Gen2: Ana (1 day to Child)
Gen2: Mila (nooboo)

Watcher's Notes
*General plan: I'm copying callycat's strategy of consecutive pregnancies by one founder.   
  (@callycat - Don't forget to get yourself into the Hall of Fame for completing SimTech twice!)
  I would like Mina to live as long as possible.
  But I won't duplicate callycat's magnificent feat of having one sim complete the entire challenge. Mina is enlisting her family's help.
*Lot choice: I initially started on Key Point but my founders spent so much time swimming over for the waterfall, dig sites, and harvestables.
  The founders restarted on the Admiral's Wreckage lot, which was a real time-saver.
*Toddler hygiene: I completely forgot about the Parenting social "Clean self."
  Hygiene can be (very slowly) restored by supervised wading in the kiddie pool.
*Maxing skills: Wow, Tiny Living for the win! Mina and Tuki started their first aspirations without completing.
  Mina's Soul Mate aspiration enabled her to buy both Morning Owl and Night Sim, but Tuki's Angling Ace only gave enough satisfaction to buy one of those two rewards.



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Re: Paradise Tossed: What the Heck? No Tech? (23 Aug)
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2020, 05:43:19 AM »
Oh, you've reminded me how much fun this challenge is :) Look forward to seeing how you get on!

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Re: Paradise Tossed: What the Heck? No Tech? (23 Aug)
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2020, 05:16:07 PM »
A great start to things! I like the look of your initial pseudo-tent a lot, and Sulani's a fantastic choice of setting.
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Re: Paradise Tossed: What the Heck? No Tech? (23 Aug)
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2020, 07:35:32 PM »
Oh, you've reminded me how much fun this challenge is :) Look forward to seeing how you get on!

Cal
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I very much enjoyed reading your strats for this challenge. Pretty sure I lack the patience to do all those careers with a single sim. :)
Thank you sharing all the details of how you played that one-sim dynasty!

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Re: Paradise Tossed: What the Heck? No Tech? (23 Aug)
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2020, 07:43:37 PM »
A great start to things! I like the look of your initial pseudo-tent a lot, and Sulani's a fantastic choice of setting.
Thank you, Deme!
I browsed lots of photos on "ancient Polynesian" homes online and was thinking: bamboo, tree bark, dried-grass thatching.
Then, I decided not go leaping into custom content building materials.
Sulani is a gorgeous world, isn't it? Hope you've been well during the lockdown.

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Paradise Tossed: Flow with the Low (Low Tech Era)
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2020, 01:38:00 AM »
2. Flow with the Low (Low-Tech Era)

Week 2, Thursday (Spring)

Mina: We're a family of five as we enter the Low-Tech Era.
We've moved to an empty plot of land in the middle of Lani St. Taz.
We hear the place is called "Journey's End."
Huh, who knows? Maybe our family will settle here for the next few eras.


Friday
At the end of the No Tech Era, Tuki and I were nearly done with our first aspirations.
Tuki needed to catch a fifth fish with bait for Angling Ace.
Meanwhile, I still had one more gold date left for Soulmate.
By Friday morning, our first two aspirations are finished.


That evening, Makoa tries making candles, which doesn't affect any of his skills.
Oh well.


Week 3, Sunday
Today, we celebrate our very first holiday: Spring Equinox.
What a surprise that we are able to summon gnomes to our home.

But There's No Place Like Gnome reassures me.
He says gnomes originate in medieval European folklore but they're a global phenom.
That's why could travel to Sulani.
And, anyway, they were dying to meet us due to that whole McTree scandal.
Okaaaay….


Monday
What a dismal day the long trip to Granite Falls!
But we couldn't leave before today because our fourth child, Latifah, was still a nooboo.


The weather's just as miserable in Granite Falls.
Our toddlers love the fireplace in the Ranger's Station.


Venturing into the Deep Forest, we come across The Hermit.
We are all deeply impressed with his home, especially his cooking area.
Such wondrous objects, the likes of which we've never seen before!


Tuesday
Since we're enjoying fine weather today, I want to show our current home.
With a fifth child on the way, we so need to double the size of our home.
Sadly, we lack the funds now to expand our home and to enclose it with fencing.

I had to enclose the children's tents with a fence and locked gate, however.
Tuki keeps trying to sleep there instead of in our bed with me. Hmmph!


Thanks to the gnomes, we can finally grow carrots.
Tuki is eager to have a second son to raise!


I only need three more friends to become a Friend of the World!
Leaving the young ones at home with Tuki, I travel over to Mua Pel'am.

Our former home has been transformed by local shamans into into a shrine.


As I stand before the steps leading to the main alter, I hear voices!
Over there to my left, I spot three new-to-me sims.
After I run over to introduce myself, I suddenly go into labor. Really?

Undaunted, I travel home with those three sims in tow.


Wednesday
They are nice enough to wait until I've delivered a little boy!
Who me? Of course, I didn't lock them inside our house.

When I make my 20th friend at last, it is just past midnight.


Friday
Once Tuki's cowplant matures, he will complete our fifth aspiration.
Standing in front of me is our firstborn, Makoa, who is now a handsome teen.

And, yes, I'm roasting beetles.
Since we've been spending so much time in Granite Falls, I'm now an aspiring Outdoor Enthusiast.
Summer is still a week away, though, so I'm sure I'll regret this decision later.
(mutters: "Tuki and his dumb cowplant!")


Saturday
This morning, our second-born, Ava, aged up to a teen, too.
She'd been clearing out the flies and roaches near our trash bin.
Then, right after we get the notice that she's within "Responsible range,"  she vanishes.

Tuki runs back there to look for our little girl. Where did she go?


Oh.
The whole family is now plunged into grief.
I still can't believe she's gone! What a shame you never got to meet her as a beautiful teen!


Week 4, Sunday
Yesterday, Tuki completed Freelance Botanist and maxed Wellness.
All that stands between us and the next era is my Guitar skill.

Luckily, today is New Skill Day.
I buy the Savant reward, too. No messing around!

The toddler? That's our second son, Pele. He looks so much like his father!


The sun's gone down yet I'm still strumming away on my guitar!

Our first son, Makoa, has been a great help with the garden.
Yesterday, we traded away most of our fruit, vegetables, and flowers.
We finally have our second hut and a fence enclosing our most of our property.


And we're ready to proceed to the Mid-Tech Era!
Neighbors, schools, merchants, iceboxes, taverns, guilds, and other quality of life improvements!
We have so many decision and options before us!




Low Tech Stats

Lot: Journey's End, 40x30 (Lani St. Taz, Sulani)
Lot traits: Great Soil, Homey, Reduce & Recycle

Low Tech Era
Max 5 Skills
Cooking, Gardening, Fabrication (candles only), Flower Arranging, Guitar, Herbalism,
Violin, Wellness, or any previous unclaimed skill (Comedy, Mischief).
   1. Cooking: Mina, Day 15
   2. Gardening: Tuki, Day 15
   3. Violin: Mila, Day 20
   4. Wellness: Tuki, Day 21
   5. Guitar: Mina, Day 22

Complete 5 Aspirations
Angling Ace, Freelance Botanist, Friend of the World, Outdoor Enthusiast, Serial Romantic, Soulmate, The Curator
   1. Angling Ace: Tuki, Day 12
   2. Soulmate: Mina, Day 13
   3. The Curator: Mina, Mina, Day 16
   4. Friend of the World: Mina, Day 19
   5. Freelance Botanist: Tuki, Day 21

The Kahales
The ages below are based on the Short Lifespan.
Founder: Tuki (2 days to Elder)
Founder: Mina (9 days to Adult; pregnant/2nd trimester)
Gen2: Makoa (3 days to Young Adult)
Gen2: Ana (died as a Teen)
Gen2: Mila (2 day to Teen)
Gen2: Latifah (5 days to Teen)
Gen2: Pele (0 days to Child)
Gen2: Avana (Day 1 nooboo)

Gallery Lots
*Shrine of Sulani (50x50 park) by Scheinheilig1603: A stunning build!!!
  I shamelessly added some objects to offer more park activities for the whole family.

Watcher's Notes
*Reduce & Recycle lot trait: I didn't expect clearing flies from a trashcan to cause death.
  My sims suddenly lifted in the air and was covered with black things. 
  No Grim Reaper, no urn/gravestone outdoors (I found the gravestone later in the family inventory).
  Needless to say, I won't be using that lot trait again in this challenge. *rolls eyes
*Freezing to Death: I was shocked to see Tuki turn blue from freezing to death while practicing yoga at Granite Falls. And he hadn't maxed Wellness yet!
  We immediately left Granite Falls and Tuki was fine after a bath.
  Oddly nobody else was freezing except him.
*Outdoor Enthusiast: I hate the "Sleep in a tent for 5 nights" goal.
  Why oh why did I choose that aspiration for Mina? *sobs
*Gnomes: I am interpreting "Low Tech" as the Medieval period and "Mid-Tech" as the Renaissance/Early Modern period.
  Since gnomes played a part in medieval European folklore and my sims are living in a more European than Polynesian house, I figure they can have gnomes, too. :)

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Flow with the Low (24 Aug)
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2020, 08:23:45 AM »
Poor Ava! To avoid flies and roaches, you have to empty the trash. You can just select “empty trash” and the Sim will disappear off lot for a bit. BUT, the better way is to sort out compostibles or recyclables. If the trash is very full, you may have to repeat this several times. This will create a compost, discarded food, or recycle pile in the Sim’s inventory. If you have a bug box, the compost can be fed to the bugs. Those piles also make great fertilizer, giving as much of a quality boost as expensive fish.

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Flow with the Low (24 Aug)
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2020, 12:27:10 PM »
Poor Ava! To avoid flies and roaches, you have to empty the trash. You can just select “empty trash” and the Sim will disappear off lot for a bit. BUT, the better way is to sort out compostibles or recyclables. If the trash is very full, you may have to repeat this several times. This will create a compost, discarded food, or recycle pile in the Sim’s inventory. If you have a bug box, the compost can be fed to the bugs. Those piles also make great fertilizer, giving as much of a quality boost as expensive fish.
@reggikko

Thank you for the detailed explanation. Sometimes it's interesting to just try out new stuff without researching everything beforehand.
I'd been using the "Clean up" (without a sink) and "Empty trash" actions to build the children's Responsibility since they "missed school" a few days.
(Edited to add: Since the children can't attend school in Low Tech, I've been using reggikko's idea to arrive in Granite Falls before classes start.
That way, their academic performance and responsibility don't drop, since the non-existent school thinks they're on vacation, not playing hooky.)

Ava died because I had her repeatedly try to clear out the flies and the roaches. I failed to take a screenshot because I didn't even realize that she was dying in the warm of flies.
After her death, her father did empty the trash (then I deleted the trash bin in an angy fit).
I appreciate your tip about using compost as a fertilizer (I'd only used it for bugs in a different save). Haha, I might try the Reuse & Recycle lot trait again later but play more carefully.
I still have much to learn about Eco Lifestyle--it's quite exciting. Thanks again.

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Flow with the Low (24 Aug)
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2020, 01:27:43 PM »
I figured you already knew most of what I typed. :)

I agree about discovering things without looking them up. I've been really enjoying that with Eco Lifestyle because it has so many small gameplay features that probably aren't noticed without extensive play. It's definitely my favorite expansion so far!

Once I got to low tech and access to the woodworking bench, I gave my heir two bug boxes that his dad "built." Taking care of the bugs builds responsibility and provides tasty (?) grubs. I need to get on the ball and post something, but you know how bad I am at that!

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Flow with the Low (24 Aug)
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2020, 02:05:25 PM »
Nah, I'm still pretty much an Eco Lifestyle noob. I've only played it a a few in-game weeks in my BACC, and just one in-game week on an Off-the-Grid lot in Evergreen Harbor.
I love the world and build/buy items in Island Living, but prefer the gameplay features of Eco Lifestyle.

Haha, yes, please post and share! We're all dying to hear what's going on in your No Tech and Low Tech eras. 😁
I always learn a lot from how you play!

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Paradise Tossed: An Emerging Community (Mid Tech)
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2020, 10:26:40 PM »
3.1.  An Emerging Community (Mid Tech Era)

Week 4, Sunday (Spring)

Tuki: As you know, we recently left the Low Tech Era and much has happened since then.
So, before we return to the Kahale household, let's look at what's happening in our world.
By the way, our Watcher will be adding some commentary in parentheses.


Do you remember that local shamans transformed our former home into the Shrine of Sulani?
The shrine's energy and the shamans' spiritual faith have drawn new settlers to our islands.

(Gallery lot "Shrine of Sulani," created by Scheinheilig1603)


The shamans urge me to take the initiative in building a Festival Plaza.
The new settlers and the shamans' followers also lend their labor to this project.
Here, we can come together to celebrate seasonal festivals and events.


Since the Festival Plaza's in Ohan'ali, Mina and I decide to leave Lani St. Taz.
Everyone's urging the two of us to take a leading role in our budding community.
For this reason, we feel it's important to live near the Festival Plaza.
I know the whole family will miss falling asleep to the sound of waves.

(This build is a cheap knock-off of the original Chieftain's Villa but for 8 sims).


The shamans look after our spiritual well-being.
Meanshile, here at Key Point Wellness, we can cultivate fitness and wellness.

(The Oasis Springs Shakers & Burners gym with a tropical restyle.)


To promote island arts and crafts, we've also built the Caldera Museum of Art.

(My 3-room rectangular build to satisfy the basic requirements of a museum lot.)


A new settler asks for help to build a restaurant on Sand Simoleon Beach.
As we enter the Mid Tech Era, all of us are pretty much living from hand to mouth.
Our living standards will surely improve, though, so we optimistically pitch in to build a restaurant.

(A tropical restyle of the Maxis-made Shimizu restaurant.)


We've been hard at work these days, gathering resources for various building projects.
Of course, we're also working together to build homes for new settlers.

An enterprising settler has noticed our efforts and built a community watering hole.
Bottoms up!

(My renovated Maxis Sand Bar, relocated to the Pier Perfection lot.)


Looking downhill from my backyard, I can gaze out over Ohan'ali Village.
When Mina and I first arrived at these islands, we were the only inhabitants.
How satisfying to see an emerging community of gentle, like-minded folks.


But Sulani isn't the only place that's evolving.
This is only hearsay, but travelers say Granite Falls has changed considerably, too.

Granite Falls was formerly a wilderness, besides the Ranger's Station and Hermit's Hut.
Now its largest area offers three grades of campsites.
First, there's the low-end "Bring Your Own Tents" campsite.

(The default "Campground" lot which I'd bulldozed for the Low Tech Era.)


There are two mid-range campsites that offer more convenience and diversion.
Both campsites remain rather affordable for the budget traveler.

(These are modified versions of the Maxis-made "Campground" lot.)


The last two campsites represent Renaissance glamping at its finest.

(Modified versions of the gallery lot "Lazy River Camping," created by Plekxl.)



Well, I'll see you later. I have to run!
Today, three of our children attend school for the very first time.
And I need to pay Key Point Wellness a quick visit before they leave for school!

Oh you noticed? Yes, we each have seven different outfits now.
No more nearly freezing to death in Granite Falls, we hope!





Rebuilding the Simverse

This process was much more time-consuming than I'd anticipated.

Sulani
I added back all of the default Sulani residential lots then placed three Maxis-made lots (Sand Bar, Oasis Springs gym, and Shimizu resturant).
Then, I edited all the lots to remove or replace anachronistic appliances or furnishings.
I built an extremely basic museum from scratch.

Windenburg
In this town, I only removed the jukebox and TV from the two bars.
I ignored Windenburg's gym, pool, library, nightclubs, and cafes because my sims won't be visiting them in the Mid Tech Era.
As for the gym, I decided to edit the Oasis Spring gym for Sulani because that seemed faster than editing the Windenburg gym for Mid Tech.

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Paradise Tossed: Midlife Crisis (27 Aug)
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2020, 11:29:59 PM »
3.2.  Midlife Crisis (Mid Tech Era)

Tuki: Well, we've survived all of the construction and remodeling of Sulani!
At present, we Kahales are a family of seven with a little one on the way.


In the Mid Tech Era, our lifespan has increased from Short to Normal.
Here's our current ages, with the difference from Short lifespan in parentheses.
Founders
*Tuki, 3 days to Elder (1 extra day)
*Mina, 9 days to Adult (no change due to pregnancy)
2nd Generation
*Makoa, 6 days to YA (3 extra days)
*Mila, 4 days to Teen (2 extra days)
*Latifah, 9 days to Teen (4 extra days)
*Pele, 1 day to Child (1 extra day)
*Avana (1 day to Toddler/1 extra day?)


Week 4, Sunday (Spring)
Tuki: You're probably thinking I chose the Bodybuilder aspiration to prove something.
Sure, I'm definitely an old geezer with a very young and beautiful wife.

Still, I do believe my choice is a sound one.
With maxed Fitness and Wellness, I'm already near my maximum body potential!
Also, the Long-Lived trait would give me more time with my family.


Tuesday
Except for once when I pulled a muscle, Bodybuilder was a breeze!
After less than an hour of an epic workout, I reach my maximum body potential.


Our trash bin's still causing trouble.
But now we don't live on a Reduce & Recycle lot, so we can't empty the trash bin.
Every few days, we have to sell off the overly full trash bin and buy a new one.


Wednesday
Mina can't make any progress on her Outdoor Enthusiast aspiration until summer.
In the meantime, she starts learning flower arrangement.


Maxing the Parenting skill is easy with so many children!
Possibly, I'll become a Super Parent on Makoa's young adult birthday in two days.


Makoa complains that he's tired of asking everyone about their negative moods.
Pull it together, son!
You're close to earning the Compassionate trait!


Thursday
Our youngest daughter has been a toddler for a few days now.
She was born not long after the death of our first daughter Ava.
We've honored the memory of Ava by naming this little girl Avana.


Mila ages up to a teen this afternoon. Such a beautiful girl!
She tries doing her hair like Ava did and the hairstyle really suits her.
Call us sentimental, but Mina and I don't mind that Mila looks so much like Ana!


In the early evening, I age up to an elder.
I don't have the Active trait, so I wonder how much time I have left.
The Long-Lived trait should give an extra 10 days or so, right?


Soon after, we make a quick trip to Granite Falls.
My goal is to learn how to craft the camping mascot sculpture.
Mina befriends the hermit to save a little time once summer arrives.


The final stage of Outdoor Enthusiast requires Mina to collect 15 insects.
We hope that's a cumulative count like with fish for Angling Ace.
Or does she need to reach the final milestone to start counting insects caught?


Strangely, Latifah notices two Hermits living in the Deep Forest.
Mina remembers having befriended the male Hermit during our last visit here.
What's going on?


Friday
Today Makoa becomes a young adult and, with his help, I become a Super Parent.
Since I've chosen Big Happy Family next, I need him to get married then bear four offspring!

First, he invites over Nani Kealoha.
One would never guess that she's the child of two attractive sims: Makoa and Lillian Kealoha!


Mina discreetly looks busy, sitting outside the door to Makoa's bedroom.
A good spot for checking out our son's choice in ladies!


Nani Kealoha, Olivia Spencer-Kim-Lewis, then Evie Delgato.
As soon as one shows signs of nausea, Makoa moves on to the next one.


Just between you and me, Makoa seems to like Evie the best.
But he marries Nani Kealoha because we are friends with her family.

Will three baby mamas be enough?
Makoa has the Fertile trait but I need four grandchildren.


Week 5, Sunday
Mina is really a fan of that rocking chair!
Let's go, Mina!  Summer has arrived!

It's time you get a move on with your Outdoor Enthusiast aspiration!
I betcha you'll take another week before you finish your five nights of tent sleep.




Mid Tech Stats (So Far)

Lot: Chieftain's Villa, 40x30 (Ohan'ali, Sulani)
Lot traits: Homey, Good Schools, Study Spot

Mid-Tech Era Requirements
Max 5 Skills:
Baking, Handiness, Knitting, Logic, Painting, Pet training, Veterinarian, Writing (journal) or any previous unclaimed skill
(Comedy, Mischief; Fabrication, Flower Arranging, Herbalism)
   1. Painting: Mina, Day 24
   2. Logic: Tuki, Day 26
   3. Flower Arranging: Mina, Day 27
   4. Handiness: Tuki, Day 27
   5. Herbalism: Mina, in progress

Complete 5 Aspirations:
Big Happy Family, Body Builder, Fabulously Wealthy, Friend of the Animals, Painter Extraordinaire, Super Parent, or any previous unclaimed aspiration (Outdoor Enthusiast, Serial Romantic)
   1. Bodybuilder: Tuki, Day 24
   2. Super Parent: Tuki, Day 28
   3. Big Happy Family: Tuki, needs 4 grandkids
   4. Outdoor Enthusiast: Mina, only half done

Watcher's Notes
*Glitched Trash Bin: This a known bug. I did google around but found no workarounds besides deleting and replacing the offending trash bin.

*Children: There are no grade-school or high-school teens in our simverse, except in our household. Why aren't households with small children moving in?
I guess my sims need to go hang out at parks on weekends.
Also, I should set one community lot to Teen Neighborhood, I guess.
Currently, about 80% of my simverse population consists of elders. Ugh!

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Midlife Crisis (27 Aug)
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2020, 03:53:34 PM »
It starts counting your bugs captured after you get to the 4th stage.  But I discovered you can pull the bugs out of your inventory and put them back in, and it will count them.  You can continue sleeping in a tent after you've come home, and that counts too.

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Midlife Crisis (27 Aug)
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2020, 05:35:01 PM »
It starts counting your bugs captured after you get to the 4th stage.  But I discovered you can pull the bugs out of your inventory and put them back in, and it will count them.  You can continue sleeping in a tent after you've come home, and that counts too.
@Brian_Z
I could swear that insects caught were counted retroactively in one save years ago, but not the last couple of times I finished Outdoor Retreat.
Thanks for confirming that!
Removing and adding back items to a sim's inventory is fine for casual games, but it's a rule violation for this forum's tournament and dynasty challenges.
At least my sim will have 5 days to collect 15 insects. Mixed blessing.

I've completed the Sleep 5 nights in a tent for at least 3 different challenges. It's been a slog every time.
Once I tried to complete the goal with a sim who had the Never Weary trait, LOL. Had to redo Outdoor Enthusiast with a different sim. :(

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Midlife Crisis (27 Aug)
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2020, 06:54:07 PM »
It starts counting your bugs captured after you get to the 4th stage.  But I discovered you can pull the bugs out of your inventory and put them back in, and it will count them.  You can continue sleeping in a tent after you've come home, and that counts too.

oshizu is correct. In official dynasty's and challenges that are for HOF or tournaments, they have to be found, not completing the goal in the manner you have shown. That would just be way to easy. :)

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Midlife Crisis (27 Aug)
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2020, 09:25:13 PM »
At least when you catch the lower value insects, you get 2-3 each time, so it may only take collecting 5-6 to get 15 total.

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Re: Paradise Tossed: Midlife Crisis (27 Aug)
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2020, 02:56:10 PM »
At least when you catch the lower value insects, you get 2-3 each time, so it may only take collecting 5-6 to get 15 total.

@reggikko
Outdoor Enthusiast took forever!
In spring, around 24 hours for the 4 spring herbs at Campground, then a week waiting for summer to arrive. Terrible timing on my part!
In summer, 3 days for the remaining 6 herbs at two places followed by the 5 tent nights.
(You were right, though. The insects took less than a day!)
Looking back, I should have just bit the bullet and let mother Mina do Serial Romantic, lol.

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Paradise Tossed: A PeniTENT Camper (30 Aug)
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2020, 07:34:31 PM »
3.3.  A PeniTENT Camper (Mid Tech Era)


Week 5, Sunday (Summer)
Tuki: Dismal weather greets us on our arrival at a mid-range campsite in Granite Falls.
Sadly, nowhere in the Campground area offers shelter from the rain.

A young lady strolls by and Makoa rushes off to chat her up.
But after becoming good friends with her, he gets distracted by something else and she leaves.
Focus, Makoa, focus!


What a relief when the rain lets up in the evening!
By the way, our second son Pele started grade school last week.
So far, Pele's  our only child who shares my darker skin tone.


Monday
The Campground area finally offers four different herbs for harvesting!
Once Mina picks them all, we travel to the National Park that same morning.

Have you met our youngest child, Santos?
Mina says that none of our kids resemble her, but perhaps Santos will.


We've allowed our children the freedom to do most anything they want.
They just need to stay on top of their homework and help with cleaning.

As a result, Mila can only learn two non-childhood skills: Violin and Singing.
Pele the Pineapple Bear can learn Logic, Charisma, and Violin.


Makoa spots his good friend again in the National Forest.
The rest of us have yet to meet her, but Makoa tells me her name's Alex Moyer.


Poor Mina!
She spends her whole time impatiently waiting for unidentified herbs to blossom!
Today, she's found over a dozen insects!
Let's hope her luck holds up tomorrow when she reaches the "Collect 15 insects" goal.


Honestly, Makoa has had the best time during this trip to Granite Falls.
He tries for baby with Alex four times!  That rascal!
And he has the gall to blame me and my aspiration for his shenanigans.
What can I say?


Okay, I take that back about Makoa having the best time here!
Santos and I have enjoyed spending so much time together.
With little else to do, I can give Santos my undivided attention.


Tuesday
After picking and identifying the last two herbs, Mina maxes our fifth skill.


With only two more insects to collect, Mina informs me she's going alone to the Deep Forest.
While we're chatting, who should stroll by but Baby Mama #4!
Looking good, Alex Moyer!


We arrive back at our home sweet home in the evening.
We got Mila's second birthday notice earlier today, so we celebrate her teen birthday.

When we check toddler Avana, we realize that we'd missed both her birthday notices.
Happy birthday to you both, girls!
So now Mila starts high school and Avana starts grade school.


We prepare an enclosed area with locked gate for Mina's tent.
We don't want toddler Santos or other family entering the tent and waking Mina.


Wednesday
Makoa received a carrier pigeon from Nani yesterday and another tonight from Olivia.
Makoa's now the father of two girls: Hana Kealoha and Yang Spencer-Kim.

Several hours later, he also gets a message from Evie Delgato.
It's a boy! She named their son Jerry.
(Huh! So much for Makoa's Fertile trait!)


Thursday
Makoa: It's so peaceful here after all the kids leave for school.
Tuki: You know you can't move out until I have four grandkids, don't you?

Makoa: Well, Alex Moyer did look pregnant on Tuesday evening. *counts his fingers
Tuki: You're right, son. We'll just wait on Alex until Friday.


Friday
Tuki: This evening has been so eventful!
First, Makoa gets a carrier pigeon from Alex, saying she's had a baby girl.
With that, I complete Big Happy Family.

Next, I switch to Fabulously Wealthy and immediately complete it.
Yes, I've been selling my camping mascots, the household's paintings, and our garden produce for a while now.


Just then, we notice that Nani Kealoha and her father have arrived, bearing gifts of food.
It's as if she knows that our Makoa is moving out tonight.

It's getting late and Mina needs to go to her tent and sleep.
Go on, son, ask Nani' if you can move in with her!


Saturday
Besides our neighborhood, our poor kids never go anywhere except Granite Falls.
So today, we go on an outing to a beachside park on Lani St. Taz.


Our youngest child, Santos, aged up from a toddler this morning.
Mina's delighted that he seems to look so much like her.

Well, so did Mila as a child but teen Mila not so much.
Anyway, all my boys are heartthrobs. Just genetics, I guess. *coughs


Today's best news, though, is that our kids meet other children their age.
Four or five children have shown up. Oddly, they're all boys.


We stay at the park until nightfall.
Time enough for our three kids to make three friends each.

Also time enough for Mina to wear herself out swimming around in the ocean.
She sleeps best if she's tired when entering the tent.



Week 6, Sunday
Mina wakes up refreshed from her fifth night of sleeping in a tent.
With Outdoor Enthusiast done, we've completed all requirements for the Mid Tech Era
Gather in the dining room, everyone!
We need to discuss the upcoming More Tech Era.


I guess our two biggest decisions are location and family.
What do you all think? Do we remain in Sulani or move elsewhere today?

And we currently have a seven-sim household.
Mila, you'll be a young adult in 4 days. Will you be staying or moving out?





Mid Tech Stats

Lot: Chieftain's Villa, 40x30 (Ohan'ali, Sulani)
Lot traits: Homey, Good Schools, Study Spot

Mid-Tech Era Requirements
Max 5 Skills:
Baking, Handiness, Knitting, Logic, Painting, Pet training, Veterinarian, Writing (journal) or any previous unclaimed skill
(Comedy, Mischief; Fabrication (candle-making only), Flower Arranging, Herbalism)
   1. Day 24: Painting, Mina
   2. Day 26: Logic, Tuki
   3. Day 27: Flower Arranging, Mina
   4. Day 27: Handiness, Tuki
   5. Day 31: Herbalism, Mina

Complete 5 Aspirations:
Big Happy Family, Body Builder, Fabulously Wealthy, Friend of the Animals, Painter Extraordinaire, Super Parent, or any previous unclaimed aspiration (Outdoor Enthusiast, Serial Romantic)
   1. Day 24: Bodybuilder, Tuki
   2. Day 28: Super Parent, Tuki
   3. Day 34: Big Happy Family, Tuki
   4. Day 34: Fabulously Wealthy, Tuki
   5. Day 36: Outdoor Enthusiast, Mina

Watcher's Notes
*Outdoor Enthusiast: I guess it's just as well as we got this aspiration done.
  A vampire wouldn't be able to get a full night's sleep in a tent.

*Premade Sulani sims: At the start of the Mid Teach era, I moved the Kealoha and Ngata households back into their original lots (modified for this era).

*"Beachside Park": I built this basic park on the 50x50 Sapphire Shores lot.

*Tuki the Edler: Our co-founder is 73 days old and has yet to receive any notices from the Grim Reaper, so he'll definitely be around in the More Tech Era.
  When I started this challenge, I hadn't anticipated that he would last so long.

*Decisions: I've absolutely obsessed over this SimTech Dynasty Challenge. It's been so much fun!
  I'll be taking a short break now, though, so I can decide how to play the More Tech Era.

Thanks for reading!

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Paradise Tossed: We're Fangtastic, and You? (7 Sep)
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2020, 04:23:34 PM »
4.1  We're Fangtastic, and You? (More Tech Era)


.Week 6, Sunday (2nd week of Summer)
Tuki: Today, we enter the More Tech Era.
Since our oldest child Makoa moved out, we've become a family of seven sims. Here we are.
Tuki: 73-day-old Elder
Mina  6 days to Adult
Mila: 4 days to Young Adult
Latifah: 9 days to Young Adult
Pele: 1 day to Teen
Avana: 9 days to Teen
Santos: 13 days to Teen


Tuki: So much has happened since the end of the Mid Tech Era.
Strangers "discovered" Sulani with their missionaries who drove away our shamans.
And then, a missionary family's relative replaced our Shrine of Sulani with a sugarcane plantation.

After the plantation's bankruptcy, its manager (a family friend) sold us his manor.


Up to now, our family's never ventured beyond Sulani and Granite Falls.
Everything we've wanted or needed, we could find in Sulani.
But today, we travel to Forgotten Hollow to seek a solution for my old age.


Today, I join the Athlete career with plans to enter the Bodybuilder branch later.
I overexerted myself this afternoon, while completing my "Work out" daily task.
But I'll be fine. After my next promotion, I'll have a new daily task: Mentor Fitness.


Mina's torn between the Painter and Culinary careers, but she chooses Painter first.
Her rationale? Painter Extraordinaire goes faster than the Master Chef aspiration.
Mina's second career will no doubt be Chef.


Monday
Our second son, Pele, celebrates his teen birthday just after midnight.
Handsome devil, isn't he?
I'm going start grooming him to become The Man of the House for when I'm gone.


Tuesday
Vlad had phoned to say my transformation to a vampire would take 2 days.
But I transform in the middle of the night, after about 36 hours.
And just in time, too. My age bar's completely full and sparkling!
Huh, I guess becoming a vampire doesn't reset an elder's lifespan to Day 1.


Olivia Spencer-Kim's been hanging around outside for hours this morning.
I invite her inside for a glass of tea and help myself to a drink as well.
Should I make a separate club for feeding? If only plasma packs were more filling!


Wednesday
Off to my first day of work!  My umbrella works as intended.


In Low Tech, we only reached Stage 1 of Mua Pel'am's environmental restoration.
I've tasked teen Latifah and little Avana to help with cleanup whenever they're free.

For some reason, none of us can get rid of these three spots of pollution.


Mentoring Fitness with my Patriarch trait has its merits and demerits.
On the plus side, my kids gain Fitness super quickly.
On the downside, both Pele and Latifah maxed Fitness after only two sessions.
Good thing I have more family to mentor, eh?


Friday
After dark, we head to Selvadorada for the first of many over-night trips.
Pele has been quite fascinated by Archaeology lately.
He asks if he can become an Archaeology Scholar and rename himself Indiana.
I tell him yes for the first question but the renaming is a definite NO.


Saturday
My wife Mina has been moping around for the past two days.
It seems as if many of our friends in Sulani are passing away around the same time.

As a result, our whole household is feeling Very Sad these days.
We console each other and suffer through our grief together.


Our youngest daughter Avana spends most of her free time on beach cleanup.
And her efforts have produced great results.
Mua Pel'am has reached Stage 2 of its environmental restoration.



Week 7, Sunday
Late that night, Mina maxes the Selvadoradian Culture skill.
She explains that gaining access to the vendors' secret explorer wares can be extremely helpful.
In fact, such wares are excellent for the Jungle Explorer (but not the Archaeology Scholar).

We only take overnight trips because, naturally, Mina and I don't want to miss any work days.


Monday
My good friend, Caleb Vatore, has been such a great sport.
He's come along on each of our overnighters to Selvadorada.
Whenever the opportunity arises, Caleb gives me vampire training.
Thanks largely to that, I become a Master Vampire and complete my aspiration.


While waiting for nightfall at home, I mix the Ultimate Vampire Cure "for everyone."
Strangely, I mix eight drinks although only six of the eight sims present company are vampires.
That's Mina and I, our three oldest children (Mila, Latifah, and Pele), and Caleb.


Tuesday
We celebrate double birthdays this morning. First, Latifah ages up to a young adult.
She asks to be cured of vampirism and to move uphill from us to Camp Caldera.

Avana is now a gorgeous teen. Who do you think she resembles more? Mina or me?


Back home, We make a quick stop so Latifah can move out, then we're off to the library.
To become a full-fledged Archaeology Scholar, Pele needs to write a book about it on a library typewriter.

And now that we've become a six-sim household, Mila makes her move.
She invites along Lewis Bheeda. He's one of a few young adults around and has nice traits.


Pele's book takes much longer to write than any of us expected.
By the time he finishes writing the last page, he's reached Level 7 Writing!

Mina breathes a sigh of relief! She has her heart set on Knitting as our fifth skill.


Just look at Mila and Lewis carrying on in public!
She shamelessly gives him a First Smooch right in front of everyone.
As her father, I'm not sure I approve of his red glasses and lime-green studs.


Wednesday
The next day, the two of them are still at it but in the privacy of her room.

I'm happy to report that Lewis agrees to make an honest woman of my daughter.
Good thing, too, since she tells me she's already eating for two!


Lewis is an Outgoing Bro, a Maker, and a Freelance Writer.
Mila is a Creative, Family-Oriented Perfectionist who stays at home.
And she's delighted to learn that Lewis aspires to become Lord of the Knits.
Wouldn't you agree that they are a perfect match?


Friday
Mina and Lewis are rivals in a race to max Knitting first.
Mina mutters how unfair it is that she works while he can stay home all day and knit.

They are neck and neck, with Mina only one Knitting level ahead of Lewis!
Oh, the suspense! (Hey, it's high time Lewis got a make-over, no?)


Unbeknownst to Mina and Lewis, I am working on Mischief in another room of the house.
And that, folks, is our fifth skill for the More Tech Era.

Mina and I really need to be better prepared for our work shifts.
Including days off, we're taking two to three days for each promotion. Ugh!





More Tech Stats (So Far)

Lot: Admiral's Wreckage, 50x50 (Mua Pel'am))
Lot traits: Homey, Study Spot, Good Schools

More-Tech Era Requirements
Max 5 Skills:
   1. Day 40: Vampire Lore, Tuki
   2. Day 42: Selvadoradian Culture, Mina
   3. Day 43, Gourmet Cooking, Mina
   4. Day 44, Archaeology, Pele
   5. Day 48: Mischief, Tuki

Complete 5 Aspirations:
   1. Day 40: Painter Extraordinaire, Mina
   2. Day 44, Vampire Family, Tuki
   3. Day 45, Archaeology Scholar, Pele
   4. In progress: Renaissance Sim, Pele
   5. TBD

Complete 5 Careers (as of Day 49)
   1. Level 8: Painter/Master of the Real, Mina
   2. Level 7: Athlete/Bodybuilder, Tuki
   
   
Watcher's Notes
*Careers: I would have preferred Tuki to join the Athlete career's Pro Athlete branch, but its daily task "Study Opponents" requires a computer.
   In More Tech Era, computers aren't allowed, making the Bodybuilder branch the only option.

*Pele: The elderly Tuki will surely not survive until the end of the High Tech Era.
  I want one child to help with requirements, so I'm starting Pele out early.
  Thanks to Tuki's Patriarch trait, Pele learns skills faster than his father, anyway.

*Eco Footprint: I started this dynasty with the Eco Footprint gameplay disabled.
  However, my sims recently got a message that their footprint turned Neutral.
  In two days, all of their magnificent plants have devolved to Nice. Grrrr.
  So I went around the removed Eco Living lot traits from every Evergreen Harbor lot.  Arrrrgghh!
 
*Lord of the Knits: Lewis won't be able to complete this aspiration in the More Tech Era.
 It requires selling items on Plopsy, but computers aren't allowed until the High Tech Era.
 I don't mind.  Mina and Lewis are my first sims who knit.