Monthly Archives: August 2014

Chapter 25: Souriez-Moi, Milord

Hello all.  My dad has been in the hospital this past week, for several unrelated but serious problems. It’s been very stressful worrying about him.  In some ways he is fortunate because of all the tests they were able to catch these problems early on, but now that he’s home he’s a lot happier.  I’m hoping he’ll take this as an early warning sign and start seriously thinking about retirement, or at least cutting back on work.

Anywhoo, let’s see check in on the Wolfe family did this week:

Week 15 – Day 105:

Should I explain the Ambitions careers?  It might be confusing otherwise.  Progress in each career depends on 3 factors.  In Serefina’s case, she has to build Athletic/Handiness skill, socialize with co-workers, and respond to emergencies.  So I sent her to hang out at the firestation on the weekend to meet some of her new colleagues: Harmony Ivy, Rufus Cooley, and Korey Jenkins.

Oh no, another competitor for Serefina’s heart!

Oh no, another competitor for Serefina’s heart!

Through exercise, she got promoted up to Soot Stripper, which sounds dirtier than it is.  Oh, and she has to keep fixing the fire alarm/fire truck or else she can’t go on missions.

Uh oh, floating hearts thingy!  That’s not good..

Uh oh, floating hearts thingy!  That’s not good..

For Niobe, she has to work on Logic skill, trap spirits, and do paranormal investigations.  Just by playing chess she gets promoted to Ectoplasm Cleaner.

Week 16 – Day 106:

Virgil’s 77 and Serefina has 19 days left.

It’s Cascadia’s big wedding day to Pascal.  I bought new chairs because I heard that Sims will use them during a ceremony.  Prometheus wanted to ensure the wedding was exciting, so he detonated some trash in the backyard.

Nothing says "wedding day" like the smell of burning garbage.

Nothing says “wedding day” like the smell of burning garbage.

For some insane reason, the game tried to give Cascadia 32 days off for getting married.  Why on earth would she need 5 weeks for a honeymoon?

“Hu hu!  I do!”

“Hu hu!  I do!”

Oh, so cute! I don't know why I'm shipping so much for them.

Oh, so cute! I don’t know why I’m shipping so much for them.

So what’s the story on Pascel Morel?  He comes with a Green Thumb, Workaholic, Unlucky, Light Sleeper, and Virtuoso.  His LTW was finished right away because he had the Nectar Cellar. Just like Cascadia! Oh, so sweet, they have matching LTWs!  I have no idea what to do with him so I put him in the Gardener career.

At first I was planning on them having a kid who would grow up in the legacy house (a cousin for the Ambitionists), but Spare-Spouses and Spare-Children can’t actually contribute legacy points. So scratch that, they’re moving out! .. Eventually.

This is about the time that I realize that there are 8 Sims living on the lot.  Again. Not 4, not 5, but 8.

I've made a huge mistake.

Virgil’s given a rather dangerous mission: he needs to sneak into City Hall and steal the Golden Llama from the mayor’s desk, avoiding guard dogs and laser spies.  This job pays out §8,000 which is pretty awesome.  Also I’ve been thinking of having Virgil retire but he’s earning §1,000 an hour at work, plus whatever artwork he brings home.

Oh, and Joe’s terrible ex-wife Stephanie Loera-Steel died.  Myahahaha! (She will not be missed.)

Day 107:

Wow, Gardener career is easy!  I sold like 25 bags of Money Tree and Pascal got promoted right away. Now he’s a Seed Sewer (level 7). I also thought Pascal would be able to revive my insane garden of barren plants, but apparently he can only revive dead plants. *sigh*

Squee!! Cascel or Pascadia?

Squee!! Cascel or Pascadia?

(Disregarding promotions), Today is the first day of Serefina’s and Niobe’s new careers.  The Ambitions jobs are better than the rabbit-holes because you get to see what’s going on, but they’re worse because there seem to be a lot of unresolved glitches.

For instance, Sere’s first firefighting mission broke immediately and she didn’t get any work all day.  Despite that, Sere gets promoted up to Fire Instructor. Also Niobe got to hunt some ghosts so now she’s a Spooky Noise Silencer.

Tristan apparently has been going to work shoeless, which is inexplicable.

Tristan apparently has been going to work shoeless, which is inexplicable.

Tristan’s journalism career has hit a rough patch. I hate the Lost-Friend moodlets he gets every time he writes a bad story on someone, so he retires.  It gives him a chance to continue writing that epic masterpiece of his. Man, this thing takes forever!

Prometheus is still working on his inventions.

Prometheus is still working on his inventions.

Day 108:

As I mentioned last time, I lost all of the neighbourhood addresses because I deleted the cache during a vacation.  I forgot to mention that it also reset some of the neighbours faces, hair, and skintones. I know Brie Ross was definitely affected, and also Zachery Ross.  I’m not 100% sure if things are back to normal or still wonky.

Zachery Ross, 2.0.

Zachery Ross, 2.0.

Anyways, it seems that Niobe and Zachery are hitting it off rather well, despite his unexpected face transplant and change of skintone.  It’s weird because normally Niobe hates everyone!

Autobots, let’s transform and roll out!

Autobots, let’s transform and roll out!

Serefina got her very first (or second) firefighting quest.  Man is the firetruck slow!!  I watched a concerned townie nearly outrun the unwieldy behemoth that is the city’s emergency response vehicle.  For her efforts she got the Firefighter of the Year award (it’s like an axe).

Serefina's promoted to Hose Handler. *titter*

Serefina’s promoted to Hose Handler. *titter*

Pascal also got a Hero Trophy for Gardening, which looks like a shield. You know, because selling bags of money requires a lot of heroism.  Also Joe’s got another grandchild, Seneca King-Tanner.  His family tree is huge, BTW.  They’re already like in their fifth generation.

Day 109:

Serefina gets promoted up to Firewoman.

Serefina gets promoted up to Firewoman.

I bought the Sunwest Graveyard and spent some time building on it, but then the game crashed.  Arrrg! And why does it need 2 Masoleums anywho?

Keri's a house-ghost.

Keri’s a house-ghost.

Have I mentioned that Keri’s ghost has been living in the house for several days?  Normally ghosts are gone in the morning, but she has been wandering around, sleeping in beds and playing with the Gnubb set.  I wouldn’t mind so much but she keeps making food!  The fridge is overflowing with leftovers but she won’t stop cooking hotdogs! Stop it Keri, nobody even likes hot dogs!

Beware of haunted appliances.

Beware of haunted appliances.

Speaking of ghosts, Niobe earned the Spooky Trophy.  Not that a punk-rock anarchist like Niobe would even care what The Man or The Establishment has to say about her.  She plays by her own rules! Unfortunately, her crush Zachery is now dating Jena Vasquez-Claremont.  That sneaky face-swapping manwhore!

You light one little stick of dynamite, and everything explodes!

You light one little stick of dynamite, and everything explodes!

Prometheus went to the scrapyard and detonated everything.  The explosion was a lot bigger than I expected, I think he nearly killed some of the townies.

Cascadia helping with the gardening.

Cascadia helping with the gardening.

Joe finishes his Cheese quest so now he can plant burgers and steaks.  Good for him!

Day 110:

“Yes!! Somebody's home is burning!”

“Yes!! Somebody’s home is burning!”

Serefina gets promoted up to Fire Sergeant.  Also Pascal gets promoted up to Progeny of the Harvest. Is that the right word, maybe it’s supposed to be Prodigy instead of Progeny.

After work Niobe gets promoted up to Séance Holder (level 5) and wins the Spirit Medal.  She has spirit, yes she does!  She also has no problem stealing Zachery back, and tells him to dump Jena.

I sent Tristan to the match-maker, but nobody gets a score better than 0.  Is Tristan the last gay guy in town?

“We gotta stand perfectly still.”

“We gotta stand perfectly still.”

Joe wants to have another child out-of-wedlock, and Carey is illegible, so he starts dating Rosalyn Lancaster-Tanner.

Day 111:

Abracadabra!, the magical laundry gnome.

Abracadabra!, the magical laundry gnome.

Tristan found a Magical Laundry Gnome.  To me it looks kindof like the Pedobear:

The Pedobear.

This darned alarm is eternally broken.

This darned alarm is eternally broken.

I am finding it impossible to keep the alarms at the firestation in good maintenance.  As soon as it’s repaired it breaks again, then I miss out on quests.  So I sent Tristan to try and help Serefina keep things working.  Also Sere gets promoted to Fire Captain (level 7).

“Take that, the moon!”

“Take that, the moon!”

Speaking of glitches, Niobe can no longer do the Poltergeist missions.  At first the haunted objects kept resetting her, but now the game doesn’t even generate the poltergeists.  Ugh, I am not enjoying this career as much as I thought I would.

Joe and Rosalyn get lucky inside that random wooden sarcophagus that Niobe carved, and I’m pretty sure I heard bells a ringing.

Day 112:

Keri likes to watch, apparently.

Keri likes to watch, apparently.

Prometheus gets his very first kiss with the infamous Dara Dent.  The attraction system says he doesn’t like her, but they look so cute together so what the hell!

Prometheus mugging for the camera.

Prometheus mugging for the camera.

I sent everybody over to the Amateur Olympics, and 4 people won.  That’s §8000 for almost no work.  I just can’t help but marvel at so much free money!

Let’s send the family back to China and see if Virgil and Tristan can finish their LTW.

 

Community death count: 106 or so

Legacy Score: 38. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 4 + Portraits: 9 + House: 7 + LTR: 15)

Theme song of the week: “Milord” by Vagabond Opera

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Chapter 24: Tuatha’s Garden… of Hell

Hello all!  This is the Civic Holiday long weekend, so I’ve been trying to catch up on everyone’s blogs.  Work is winding now; we were supposed to be finished on Friday but they asked me to come in next week.  My brain is going to be so grateful once this is over!  Imagine scanning barcode after barcode, 8 hours straight, that’s nearly 1,600 books a day.  O_o

Also, I keep meaning to mention this: This blog’s got over 500 views! Actually, now it’s over 600! So thank you to everybody who’s enjoying the story!

Ridiculous Photogenic Guy shot.

Ridiculous Photogenic Guy shot.

Vacation 9 – Day 1:

Tristan remembering his lost love.

Tristan remembering his lost love.

Yep, they’re in France again. Tristan is still working on the curse of the Dragon Cave from China, and he learns from the nectar merchant that James Vaughan (him again!) got in a fight with the big bad, Admiral Landgraab, when tried to rescue Anastasia Beaverhausen. Long story short, find the keystone in the Chateau.

Cascadia getting struck by lightning.

Cascadia getting struck by lightning.

Before marrying Pascal Morel, Cascadia gets to meet some of her future in-laws.  Apparently papa Gérard has passed on, but Edith is still alive and married to someone named Beau Saint James (who I believe is a woman).  Pascal also has a teenage sister named Celina.  Anywho, I sent Cascadia to Tuatha’s Garden which is apparently one of the toughest dungeons in the game.  There’s also this guide which I found most enlightening… especially since none of the pictures load.

Serefina makes a new friend.

Serefina makes a new friend.

Niobe’s on a quest to find that French Gnome in the Mausoleum.  Also as a side-effect of joining the Ghost-Hunting team, she’s also got the super-power of being able to Appease Ghosts, which Google says isn’t really that useful.  I guess if I’m ever bored with legacy ghosts I can use it.

Prometheus joking with some lady.

Prometheus joking with some lady.

Normally I make my Sims jog everywhere to work on their Athletic skill, but for Prometheus I’ve decided to let him fill out a bit instead.  I’m imagining him as an Inventor, and they don’t necessarily have the most active lifestyle.

Day 2:

Serefina met a French fireman, Gustave Petit.  They have matching Zodiac signs and he’s a Snob.  I’m not a great judge of handsomeness, but she gets the floaty hearts thing which makes me think they’re compatible.  It has me considering if she should drop Brady Davies and chose Gustave as her spouse.

Serefina meets a fellow fireman.

Serefina meets a fellow fireman.

Glitch Time: I saved here, and when I reloaded I had a lot of problems with the game crashing.  I’m still not 100% sure what the problem was.  I think it was because the NPC’s firetruck disappeared, or because somebody was excavating, or because an extra Scooter appeared in someone’s inventory, or something the script error called a “bogus item”.  😕 It was very tiresome.  I ended up deleting the cache files, resetting 2 of the family, and the NPC.

FYI: It is a TERRIBLE idea to delete the cache files on vacation. Why? Because when they went home all of the lots in the neighbourhood were unnamed.

Ew, how did Gustave's hair get so long..?

Ew, how did Gustave’s hair get so long..?

Tristan finished exploring the Landgraab Chateau, which is now 6 out of 6 French tombs!  There’s only one country left for his LTW: China.

“Now what?”

“Now what?”

Now that Virgil’s passed the torch onto Serefina and reached Erikson’s eighth stage of psychological development, it’s time for some well-earned rest. So he teleported to his island again for some nice relaxing relaxation. I totally forgot to show off his new tattoos last time. He’s got a broken heart on his chest for Keri, a skull because it’s bad-ass, and a Wolf for the family name:

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Niobe got to meet one of the French ghosts, Gertrude Lescot, who died from drowning.  Random fact, Gertrude doesn’t have any traits.

Glitch Time again: Cascadia’s still in Tuatha’s Garden, and there are several routing issues.  There’s 2 hallways that are just too skinny for a Sim to walk through, Virgil wasn’t able to teleport in there, but you need to step on a switch in order to move on.

Day 3:

I ended up editing Tuatha’s Garden so that Cascadia could finish it. Nothing cheaty that would make the dungeon easier. I basically had to reconstruct the two hallways so that they were wide enough to walk through, and then painted them to match. Very annoying.  She did find a lot of rare fruits on the way to the island though.

“Taste’s like Lime Kool-Aid!”

“Taste’s like Lime Kool-Aid!”

Most of the family were just doing random adventure quests, so I had them hang out instead.  Prometheus and Tristan, Serefina and Niobe are all friends.

Prometheus and Tristan hanging out.

Prometheus and Tristan hanging out.

"Have you ever seen a bird? Their arms are all like this!"

“Have you ever seen a bird? Their arms are all like this!”

However, Niobe and Prometheus are borderline-enemies now.

“I like trees.”

“I like trees.”

*Slap slap slap*

*Slap slap slap*

Glitch Time again again: Niobe actually found the French Gnome in the last 10 minutes of the French Adventure.  It was really lucky!  However due to some game glitchery (because I deleted the cache on vacation), I had to reload and lost it.  uh, so I had the gnome for like 5 minutes but now it’s gone. 😦

He looked like a little Napoleon.

He looked like a little Napoleon.

 

Legacy Score: 32. (Gen: 3 + LTW: 4 + Portraits: 6 + House: 5 + LTR: 14)

Theme song of the week: “Gethsemane” by Nightwish

Oh, that’s not good..

Oh, that’s not good..


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