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MaryMarsh

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Raising Unicorns
« on: October 28, 2011, 01:23:28 PM »
All the talk about unicorns has weakened my defenses and I've given in.

Meet my new Sims ... Art, Gwen, and their horses, Merlin and Morganna.


By marylcmarsh at 2011-10-28

And this is where they live.


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It's a perfect place to raise unicorns, don't you think?

Anyone care to guess the name of my ranch?

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Re: I've Given In ...
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 01:48:40 PM »
All the talk about unicorns has weakened my defenses and I've given in.

Meet my new Sims ... Art, Gwen, and their horses, Merlin and Morganna.

And this is where they live.

It's a perfect place to raise unicorns, don't you think?

Anyone care to guess the name of my ranch?


Wow!! How did you make that building? Looks fantastic! :D If it's possible, I'd like to get one. :D
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Re: I've Given In ...
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011, 01:51:50 PM »
I'll go out on a limb and say Camelot. You've got Art(hur), Gwen(evere), Merlin, and Morganna.

I've really been enjoying watching your ranching exploits!

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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 02:11:06 PM »
I'll go out on a limb and say Camelot. You've got Art(hur), Gwen(evere), Merlin, and Morganna.

Ding ding! Yes.

I wonder if EA imagined a barn door being used like this? The gatehouse makes a wonderful place to hide a mailbox and trashcan  ;D


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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2011, 03:18:55 PM »
Mary, did you catch season 1 of HBO's new Camelot series? I really enjoyed that a lot.

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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2011, 03:24:46 PM »
I thought it was showtime?


Great Castle you got there Mary.  I'm actually envious of your building skills right now. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2011, 03:38:14 PM »
I thought it was showtime?

Lol. We're both wrong. Starz had Camelot and HBO had Game of Thrones.



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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2011, 04:19:25 PM »
I've seen a few episodes of Camelot on Starz. Never saw Game of Thrones. I'm more of a Merlin fan. The Starz version is a little too gritty for me; I guess I'm fonder of the more romanticized versions. I'm secretly hoping someone will make a series or movie based on The Ranger's Apprentice series of books (though I'll never admit to having read one  ;) ).

Ricalynn ... I played with blocks and Legos a lot when I was little. LOL

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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011, 04:24:29 PM »
Now that you mention it, this would be a perfect situation to use that Castle Kit I bought from the Sims Store...

Although your keep does look rather nice without it.  ;)

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2011, 04:27:21 PM »
WOW to your building skills Mary.  I never would have thought of that but I love it.

If we're talking series made from books I'd want Pern and it's dragons [Ann McGaffrey],  But I too love Merlin. The new series is another attention grabber.

I've just realised I've been a total silly bean with my newest ranch. When I made the married couple to run it, I purposely gave the female the green thumb trait. Having finished building the jumps and race track I've just realised I've left no room for a garden. Duh! hehehe.   I do love the building, but I don't have Mary's talent for it. Congrats!

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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2011, 04:41:06 PM »
Having finished building the jumps and race track I've just realised I've left no room for a garden.

There's always room for a garden!  Create a small planting area around the edges of the house where landscaping plants would typically be.  That's what I'm doing with my ranch.  ;)

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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2011, 04:45:06 PM »
A castle like that definitely warrants a jousting field, with grandstands for people to watch of course! :)

I love your building skills Mary and your horse ranching exploits in the other thread.  I'm developing my own little ranch but I doubt it'll ever compare to yours!

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Re: I've Given In ...
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2011, 05:18:52 PM »
Arthrob ... my first Unicorn mare.


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Re: I've Given In ...
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2011, 05:21:17 PM »
I'm developing my own little ranch but I doubt it'll ever compare to yours!

Pfft ... if it makes you happy it's way good enough. I just have too much time on my hands.

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2011, 05:22:49 PM »
Love the Keep! At first glance I thought you had used the Castle kit from the store. Until someone mentioned that you didn't. I would have guessed but someone seems to have already said Camelot.

Oh and about the books being made to movies I second the nomination of Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern.

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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2011, 05:48:19 PM »
Thank you, Abraham! I didn't know there was a castle kit. I'll have to go look for it. I still want to elevate my keep and main building another couple of levels, but I've got to make some more money first. The peasants around Camelot aren't producing very well.  >:(

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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2011, 06:45:10 PM »
First Unicorn baby is a horse. Named her Moonbeam.


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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2011, 08:36:00 PM »
Thank you, Abraham! I didn't know there was a castle kit. I'll have to go look for it.

I have the kit.  It's a bit difficult to work with though.  The pieces are actually pillars, and you have to use "moveobjects on" to get them to fit together.  Plus, they don't cut away so they're really only useful for the exterior walls.  Even still, the effect is spectacular.

You can find the Castle Kit here.  There is also a matching furniture kit here but I think the Regal Set looks better and fits just as well.

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« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2011, 09:24:31 PM »
Thank you very much, Hosfac. I think after looking at it I'll stick with what I'm doing. I've got all kinds of ideas for things to build into the walls of my castle and the Castle Set wouldn't allow me the kind of latitude I want.

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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2011, 10:04:31 PM »
Awesome.  Nice job with both the castle and the concept.

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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2011, 10:53:15 AM »
I apologize for not being around as much; I'm leaving for an 8-day vacation Monday and I've been scurrying about getting ready.

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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2011, 04:22:13 PM »
Thank you very much, Hosfac. I think after looking at it I'll stick with what I'm doing. I've got all kinds of ideas for things to build into the walls of my castle and the Castle Set wouldn't allow me the kind of latitude I want.

I'll wager a few of those ideas include a painting studio and sculpting area.  A bunch of wood and stone sculptures, and some topiaries, would really spice that courtyard up.  Looking forward to seeing stories where Art and Gwen have kids and they are put in the prince costume from generations.  That will make for some nice screen shots.  Now I'm really wanting to get pets.

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« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2011, 08:02:57 PM »
Well, the entire fantasy thing just isn't me; so, I junked the castle and downsized (family and animals remain).

What I came up with is a Craftsman-inspired 3-bedroom, 3 bath bungalow, with full basement. It features a really elegant living room with fireplace, and dine-in kitchen, in addition to a formal dining room, and a den. Houses like this would have been common during the very early part of the 20th Century and some would have included a carriage house/stable for transportation before widespread use of automobiles, especially in more rural areas (like Appaloosa Plain).

The photo below shows the front of the house, with garage/stable in the rear (left). It's kind of bare at the moment, as I haven't done any landscaping.


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The next photo shows the rear of the house and carriage house (at right).


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The last photo shows the carriage house and a portion of the training area.


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Sometimes simple is just better and this arrangement seems more appropriate to a young family with a stallion and two mares.

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« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2011, 10:00:24 PM »
Bummer.  I would have loved to have downloaded  that castle after I got Pets.  Oh well.  Guess I'll just have to practice making my own.  New house still looks good though.

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« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2011, 10:38:09 PM »
The new house is really nice! You are a really good builder. Congrats on your Unicorn Baby!
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