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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 7th 2009, 11:21 pm

LOL - Inacio reminds me of Owen Wilson in that picture where he's looking at the camera.

I think your idea sounds like a lot of fun! Maybe we should all try it, sometime. I'm up for it. Gold

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 8th 2009, 11:16 am

I'm rather ticked off. I had a nice response going to Ari and Hunter's posts and lost it somehow.
Hate when that happens. Grrrr...

Ari, I'm glad you've had so much time to escape into the wonderful world of Sims lately. It's a great break from reality and often times needed when you're feeling pulled in six billion directions.
Looks like you're having lotsa fun with this challenge. I can hardly keep up ... don't know how you do it!

You've got quite a few attractive Sims in some of your fams. The shot of granny with the younger fella's hand on her boobage is hilarious. I love it! Great capture.

I enjoyed seeing all of your screenshots and reading your witty commentaries, as always.
Thank you for sharing.

Hunter, why does Mail Order Spouse sound familiar to me? Have you ever shared that project with me before?
Are you going to add it to our Challenge section to see if anyone is interested?
I go in spurts with wanting to participate in different Sim projects and challenges.
Since I hardly get to play anymore, I worry how much time I can invest in one!

PS Yesterday was the first time I've been able to load up my game just to PLAY in forever.
Here's what I was up to most of the day, if anyone's interested.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 8th 2009, 11:31 am

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Hunter, why does Mail Order Spouse sound familiar to me? Have you ever shared that project with me before?
Are you going to add it to our Challenge section to see if anyone is interested? Here's what I was up to most of the day, if anyone's interested.

I think at PTS I brought it up in response to challenges you guys were doing over there.

I think at some point I will bring it to Basic. It is a fun challenge and provided me with many funny moments......although awful for my poor, lovely Lady Sim. LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 8th 2009, 4:52 pm

Cute pictures, Ari! It looks like your sims are progressing well.

You should definitely post the mailorder bride challenge in the challenges section here. I have a few sims that could benefit from it. Actually I'm kind of doing something similar at another sim forum. It's a type of forum where you post as a sim. One of my sims, Jesse found his wife there and moved to another player's neighborhood. Now his sister Suzanna is visiting him and Jesse and his wife are trying to fix her up with a nice young lawyer they know. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 9th 2009, 12:13 am

I'm definitely going to do the "Mail Order Sim" in the challenge section.

It will probably be a little while - but then maybe I'll get on one of creativity feasts and just pump out the project in a day. It really is fun - as are most.

I love what you Ladies are doing. It's always entertaining to see what goes on in other people's games whether they're challenge motivated or not.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 9th 2009, 11:29 am

I look forward to you posting your challenge, Hunter. It sounds like several of us are already interested.

Thanks, guys! I am having SO much fun with this challenge. I'm not playing the challenge by the rules, but what I'm doing is still interesting and different for me. I've never played on rotation before, and it seems like all the interesting things always happen at the end of the rotations, dang it Giggle , so it keeps me coming back for more. Also, I'm playing all chance cards because it keeps things more realistic, and has made life more interesting for some of my families. Some mods I left in, though, are 'always ask before bringing home schoolmates' which, if you think about it, is realistic because the kids should ask permission before dragging their friends home, anyway. I almost always say yes, because I like them to get to know one another. The only time I said no was when the Ellis family had the flu (twice!) and I didn't let the kids bring friends home so I wouldn't spread the flu around. I'm also keeping in the kids automatically do their homework. Everynight at 7, the kids all stop what they're doing and sit down with their homework. But they don't always finish it - if their needs are low, they quit. Oh, and I have a mod so kids don't always have homework. When they're doing well in school, they don't have to do homework everyday - makes sense. And ACR - because it makes the game really interesting when sims decide to woohoo or try for baby on their own. They don't try for baby unless they're married.

Alright. First up was to finish the rotation on the Cambridge family (#6). Jude grows up into a cute kid. I changed his hair, though.


Alannah does not get along at all with Rhett from the Ellis Family (#4).


Then to the Kelley Family (#7). They adopted a dog for $399. She was half trained to potty outside, and she's never gone indoors. She got a job right away, in the medical profession. The pay was poopy to start, only $107/day, but Ciara managed to train her to shake which earned her a promotion. Now she's making over $200/day. Still not much, but the bonus money bought the family a video game system (crucial for upping fun because the little tv just doesn't hack it), and an upgraded bed for Daisy. Every time she gets a promotion, I'll buy her a better bed. But she's still choosing to sleep on human beds most of the time, lol. Also, the piddly money is keeping the family afloat. In this picture, the poor thing was so exhausted she fell asleep as soon as she got out of her carpool.


Off to Family #1 - The Balduino Family.
Clara isn't very nice. Here she's picking on Shauna Kelley, now a teen.


And then I realized what was missing out of Rhode's life. He's gay. I'd always had a feeling, and it seemed logical that he and his BFF, Andrew Cambridge, should get together. Rhode was previously crushing on Andrew's sister, Alannah, but it just didn't feel right. And when I looked through the neighborhood girls to see who Andrew should end up with, none of them felt right, either. As soon as I had Rhode flirt with Andrew, they fell immediately in love, and it felt very right for them. Interesting, too, because although Rhode had high daily/lifetime scores with Alannah, they still weren't in love, though the numbers said they should be. It was meant to be. Here they are, falling in love, while Clara continues to pick on poor Shauna, making her cry.


I gave the family a double bed, and it wasn't long before Inacio got lucky with his girlfriend, Renee.


Off to family #2 - The Halsten Family.
Marcos got demoted for making a bad decision at work. He's in the Intelligence career, and got demoted to the first position again. He took it pretty hard, being a fortune sim.


Blake got to stay home from school twice during the four day rotation because of the snow.


Marcos got promoted back to second level, then got demoted again because of another bad choice on a chance card. So the poor thing is still making only $225/day. But the family is surviving okay - he had gotten some promotion money in the past.


Meanwhile, Hannah gave birth to her second child, a boy named...something. I forgot to roll the random dice in CAS, so he'll probably be a clone of his big brother, Blake. And Hannah is pregnant again. Their house is small, but hopefully, with bunk beds, they can all fit well enough. I don't want to move them because I like their little place.

Now to family #3 - The Brennan Family. So. Sick. Of. This. Family. And I figured out why. I don't like Quincy and Ivan. They bored the poopoo out of me. I thought about killing them, but that's too much work. So I made them move. Then I gave Indy a makeover - the red combover just was not working for him. Now that's better!


I also put some work into his love life. He's not getting any younger! After a whirlwind romance with a cute townie girl, they got married. They tied the knot and then complained about the cheap lights I put out by the arch, lol.


Lucy got fired, poor dear. That's okay, though, because she'll be able to get a job in architecture, her dream job.


I nearly lost Sebastian. I hadn't been paying attention to his age meter. Right at the end of his life bar, he managed to take a couple of swigs of elixir of life so he could stick around longer. It's too soon for him to go, now that I'm actually enjoying this family. If the Grim Reaper had been on time, he would be gone right now.


And Lucy is pregnant! So on their next rotation, we'll get to meet a new addition to the family.

Okay. Time for Family #4 - The Ellis Family. The last of the children grow to teens. We have Dustin


Johannes (he rolled romance - ugh)


And Madisyn. She's a beauty.


Dominick has more time to think of his romantic life, and he's crushing on the maid.


The family got robbed. It's been awhile since I've gotten robbed.


The pretty lady cop (who I think is an elf) lost the fight. At least the thief didn't have a chance to steal anything. I thought about setting Dominick up with her, but he only has one bolt with her. He has two with the maid, so I'll keep him with her.


This family has had the flu twice, now. Damn Alannah Cambridge keeps coming over and kicking over the garbage can since she hates Rhett.

I visited the Brody Family (#5) for a short while before I was too tired to continue. Grandma gets lucky!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 9th 2009, 6:56 pm

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He's gay. I'd always had a feeling, and it seemed logical that he and his BFF, Andrew Cambridge, should get together ... As soon as I had Rhode flirt with Andrew, they fell immediately in love, and it felt very right for them.

This is exactly what I just finished posting in Sugah's Sim Antics section, AF. It's a feeling I get that makes being gay RIGHT for a certain Sim. I never know when it's going to happen, but when it does, the couples usually fall in love immediately like yours did.

This cracked me up:
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Meanwhile, Hannah gave birth to her second child, a boy named...something.

Lord, you're singin' to the choir, honey! I can't tell you how many times I have forgotten the names of my Sims, even if I've played the same family all freakin' night!

This was a hoot, too:

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The Brennan Family. So. Sick. Of. This. Family... They bored the poopoo out of me. I thought about killing them, but that's too much work.

Lastly, Madisyn's a beauty. What a lovely Sim!

Thank you for sharing your Sims adventures with us. You are making some major progress with this challenge!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 9th 2009, 7:12 pm

Ari - Girl you are too funny!

The Ellis family.......they are GORGEOUS!!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 10th 2009, 11:12 am

Thanks, guys! I already have my favorites out of all the kids, and I'm not sure what to do about the others I'm not really interested in. Hey, Em - are we supposed to play all the families - the ones that move out, too? I think we are - that's how your neighborhood grows. I just realized, if after all the kids grow up, move out, and select spouses - that's a lot of freaking families!! It would take me forever to get through a neighborhood rotation at that rate! And I'm not really into all of them, so...not sure what's going to happen. And I can't believe that all the kids that started this challenge as teens are going to grow up on the next rotation. That's wild.

My rotation with the Brody family (#5) continues. Granny gets lucky again! Here she is doing her sexy walk, lol.


Brielle sort of walked in while her mother and her boyfriend were having a private moment. Awkward!


Aw, that's a happy lady. She invited Ricky to spend the night, then I just figured I'd move the guy in. She's going to end up with him, anyway.


Brielle turns into a pretty teen. I forget what she rolled. Probably popularity. That's what half the stinkin' hood is.


One of the first things Ricky does is set the kitchen on fire. Nice going, stud. He moved in with only $2,000, so the family still has to work hard to earn their living. Since Mariele is a family sim, once she and Ricky get married she's going to want to start a family, so they'll need to expand the house.


Off to the Cambridge house. Jude grows into a teen. He rolled knowledge.


Alannah gets a makeover. I got tired of her old look, and figured she could use a new 'do since she's almost an adult.


Now the the Kelley house (#7)
It was tough at their place for awhile. Daisy wasn't feeling well and skipped work. The animals will do that if their needs are too low. Look how cranky she is. I felt bad for her, but she's the only source of income. I had Ciara get a job, since Shauna is now a teen and can stay home to look after the sibs. But teen jobs pay little.


One of the things I can enjoy now that I have a better graphics card, is the weather. I usually turn it off because it slows down my game so much. But I've left it on this whole time. This kind of cracked me up. The penguin came to talk to the snowman, and the game thought he needed snow on his flippers and head. It also puts snow on the insides of the window sills - weird, lol.


Another robbery! Not the tv! This family is the most hard up in the hood!


Thank goodness the cop gets him. The family was only reimbursed $200 for the tv. Lucky for them, they had some job bonus money in their account and could afford to replace it.


Just a pretty shot of Ciara. Did you know she was an elf? And she's almost all grown up.


Brett grows into a teen. He rolled family.


Crystal grows into a teen. She's gasp out loud gorgeous, in my opinion. She was THE most annoying child. She was constantly pestering the poor dog when she was trying to sleep and just generally getting in the way. I had her do all the bathroom cleaning just to give her something to do. And now she's so very pretty. Too bad she rolled popularity. Dang it!


I start today's play with house #1 - The Balduino Family. Rhode will grow into an adult today. I'll probably move him out and have Anthony Cambridge move in with him after he grows up.

I think I'm just going to play the ones that interest me. Otherwise, I'll be playing too many sims. If I try this again, I'll do it with fewer families (like 3), so when the kids grow up there won't be quite as many to rotate among.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 10th 2009, 2:08 pm

Granny gets lucky again (and does her sexy walk)! Giggle TOO FUNNY!!!

You truly do have a lot of good looking Sims in some of these households, Ari.
Are you still enjoying this challenge as much as you were initially? I DO know you have your faves to visit, obviously.
How far do you think you'll take it and forgive me if I've forgotten, what's your personal, ultimate goal?

Thank you for sharing, as always. I enjoyed your screenshots.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 10th 2009, 9:50 pm

I've played on a rotation before. I had a neighborhood of about 15 families that I played one day at a time. I'm not being really strict on the rotation for this challenge. Since I only have 2 it's pretty easy to keep track of, I'm just playing for as long as I'm able at a time and then I try to alternate between families. I'll try to keep them fairly even though.

Poor Daisy. The pet pay, even on the first day, doesn't sound that bad. My elder Delia was only making $45 a day before she got fired. I might have to buy that family a pet, if I think I can handle the extra family member. I used to have the "no job discrimination" hack that allowed elders to get adult jobs, but I guess I don't have that in my downloads anymore. I wonder what happened to it?

Rhode and Andrew even dress alike! I guess it was meant to be. :)

You have such pretty sims, Ari. I like the skintones and eyecolors you're using.

I'll have to read the rules again, because I had a question about something too. I forget what now. I remember for sure that it said no killing sims on purpose, but I think you're supposed to continue playing all of the sims too. I wouldn't force that rule though if some of the sims bore you or get too many to handle. If it makes it less fun, don't worry about it. I can't believe how fast your kids are growing up. I'm so jealous of how much you accomplish. I have my game running all afternoon and like only 3 days pass. You're rolling right along!
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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 11th 2009, 12:13 am

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You have such pretty sims, Ari.

Yup Agreed!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 11th 2009, 11:42 am

Thanks, guys!

Sugah - I am still enjoying my families quite a bit. I don't really have an ultimate goal. I think the main point of the challenge is just to expand your neighborhood and play the families equally, so they grow up at the same rate. I haven't simmed this much in a very long time.

Em - Oy - how on earth does that family survive, especially now that Dalia has lost her job? Elder pay is as bad as teen pay. And elders have the same crappy work hours as teens, don't they? So they couldn't both work because one of them needs to stay home with the youngsters. Daisy helped keep the Kelley family afloat. It was very hard, but they managed and are finally starting to pull out of the hole, especially now that all the kids are teens, they can all work and contribute.

Yeah, it was funny. Rhode and Andrew popped up in CAS with the same teen outfit - it was definitely meant to be.

You know what? You're right. We aren't supposed to kill sims on purpose (except placeholders). Good thing Quincy didn't get electrocuted when he was trying to repair the computer (like I was hoping he would). However, I have no desire whatsoever of playing Quincy and Ivan. Would it be considered killing my sims on purpose if I, say, put them in a house together without a smoke detector? I mean, I'm not actually killing them, right?

I'm using Lovebottle's Jealousy Eyes as defaults. And Yumedust's eyes made townie friendly - so all new townies use them. I'm also using Pooklet's Compulsion geneticized skins, so all new townies and babies born in the game could get one of those skintones or one of my Louis defaults. It gives me a nice wide variety. The pooklet is almost too smooth for the males, though.

I've been making a lot of progress on this only because that's all I've been doing, lol. I have difficulty working on projects when the kids are home because it saps my patience when I can't concentrate. So I play, instead. I probably won't get much done when life returns to normal next week. I'm still in play mode, though, and I'll need to put some work into my projects. Sigh.

I started with Family #1 - The Balduino Family. Rhode grows into an adult! He moved out into a small house, where he'll wait for his love, Andrew to grow up, too.


Family #2 - The Halsten Family. Hannah's third baby is born. Another boy. His name is...uh...Noah.


Firstborn Blake turns into a teen. He's adorable! I need to change his eyebrows, though. I've already set him up with Crystal (in pic above). They have natural double chemistry, so they're good to go.


Second born, Tyler, grows into a child. I'm relieved that his personality is different from Blake's. They look a lot alike, though.


Family #3 - The Brennan Family. Lucy and Indy have their first baby. A little girl named Kendra.


Indy is progressing in his job - his dream is to be a professional party guest. I'm going to try hard to make it happen, because he's a pleasure sim, and I really hate pleasure sims, lol. That way he can be permaplat. Lucy finally found a job in architecture.

Family #4 - The Ellis Family. The family is finally doing well. Having 7 teens working brings in a nice chunk of change. They've all risen to the top of their adventuring career, and make $125/day. Dominick got demoted (he's in the military). Now might be a good time to have him work at his lifetime goal of reaching the top of the criminal career track. Or not. He's so darn cute in his military uniform, I might just keep him as is.

Dumb Madisyn got herself sprayed by a skunk. She did this all on her own, while I was busy in the house. It's a busy 8 person house, so I can't keep an eye on everyone all the time. Then she sat there waving her arms at me, complaining because she stunk. Uh, duh.


Dominick got quite a shock (literally) when I had him try and repair the workout station. Pissed me off, lol. I tried to get a sim electrocuted by fixing a computer, but it didn't happen. So I figured fixing this was safe, right? Wrong.


He survived.


I had one of the kids call emergency from downstairs. Luckily, none of the kids ran up to panic about the fire. Dominick was trying to extinguish the flames, but the fireman arrived and saved the day.


I thought it was about time for poor Dominick to have a little action. Poor guy is halfway through his adulthood and has done nothing but work his butt off to provide for his 7 kids. I have no intention of moving her in or getting him married. Things are crowded enough.


Family #5 - The Brody Family.

Ricky! You're not gossiping about grandma, are you?


Ricky: No, honest! Me? Gossip about sweet little granny? Of course not.


Ricky: Okay, I totally was.


Ricky and Mariele are now engaged. I was hoping she would roll up a want to get married, but despite my best efforts, she didn't. I should probably let them get hitched and start making babies, because she's halfway through her adulthood. Ricky is at the beginning of adulthood, so I should probably give Mariele some elixir to even up their ages a little. Because if I don't, Mariele will die of old age way before Ricky - and that's just sad.

Brielle is getting romantic with a townie teen.


Lorette Brennan (family #3) came by. She and Lilja do not get along. If this continues, we'll have an old lady catfight on our hands! Wushu LOL


That's it for now. I've got to stop taking so many pictures, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 11th 2009, 1:05 pm

An old lady cat fight! Giggle Too funny, AF!

I've had Sims get electrocuted (but survived) when I thought they had plenty of mechanical points to fix something. Not sure why that happens sometimes either. Glad your fella survived the shock!

I'm so glad you're getting to just play and have fun for a change.
So often, we get caught up in our numerous individual projects, we often don't find or take the time to play.
I, for one, wish I could load up my game more for pure pleasure!

I'm enjoying your families as they progress. You're doing great! Send Flowers

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 11th 2009, 1:21 pm



Let me get my refreshments!!!

Bring on the Grandma Catfight!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 13th 2009, 4:24 pm

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Em - Oy - how on earth does that family survive, especially now that Dalia has lost her job?

I've only played them for 4 days so far, so they haven't had to buy groceries or pay bills yet. They're still living off of the initial $20,000, plus $2000 they got for selling the satellite that squashed their poor mother. lol Hopefully that wasn't against the rules, but "death by satellite" is always fun to pick. Plus one of the kids brought home some money from being in a school play or something like that. I'm going to try to get Dalia and Jasmyn both jobs, ones that are one different days as much as possible. I don't think they could even afford to buy a pet at this point.

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Would it be considered killing my sims on purpose if I, say, put them in a house together without a smoke detector? I mean, I'm not actually killing them, right?

Who's to say if it's on accident or on purpose. I'd say putting them in a dangerous situation and seeing what happens wouldn't be the same as cheating to kill them, locking them in an empty room or taking away the pool ladder. If you send them to fix electronics when they have low mechanical skills or tak away the smoke detectors, I'd be willing to look the other way... Shush
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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 13th 2009, 9:53 pm



I've murdered Sims before.............Arrest me!!!!

I say go for it!!! LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 14th 2009, 7:44 am

This is too funny........ Squee

I was totally gossiping about Granny......That killed me.

I wonder what a Granny Cat-Fight looks like and entails?!!?

Keep up the good work!!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 14th 2009, 10:52 pm

My dear Ari you do have a freaking awesome sense of humor! I'm so glad you are enjoying your game, and you definitely have some really nice lookers, HOT!!!

I must admit that reading about your game play felt like I was reading a foreign language, dang, I guess I don't know my game as well as I thought, ROFL! LOL Who am I kdding I don't know my game play AT ALL!!! ROFL

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 15th 2009, 11:54 am

Thanks, everyone! I'm having SOOO much fun with this.

I apologize for the lack of pictures. Now that the kids are back in school and life is back to normal Bull , I have less time to play, and don't want to take extra time to post pictures. But I have a couple, and I'll fill you in on what's been happening lately. I'm still very into this, and it's pulling me everyday. I guess I won't get any work done on my projects this week, lol!

It took me forever to decide which teens to pair up. Several of them had excellent chemistry with townie teens, but I decided I would rather have them pair up with each other. For one thing, it makes for fewer families to divide myself between, and also, I'm sort of having trouble getting into the few townies I did put in my families. But I finally made some decisions, after changing my mind about four times and much agonizing over it, and mostly everyone has a mate/prospective mate. Some of the kids I'm simply NOT interested in, and I'll move them all into a house together so they can maintain their relationships with their family. I'll visit them occasionally and age them with the SimBlender, so they age along with everyone else. Life's just too short to play sims I don't like, challenge or not.

Family #1 - The Balduino Family
Clara grew into a pretty adult (I don't seem to have a pic). I had Inacio move out, and decided (finally!) to pair Clara up with Johannes Ellis. Unfortunately for Johannes, he will not meet his LTW of woohooing 20 different sims, because I just don't feel like it. I might even change his aspiration (are we allowed to do that, Em?). Johannes will move in with her after he grows up.

Family #2 - The Halsten Family
The family continues to grow. Hannah had twin girls on her last pregnancy, and is now too old to have more children. They ended up with 5 all together. Marcos finally got lucky with some chance cards and got at least two promotions, so the family, for the first time, actually have a cushion of a couple thousand in their account. For the longest time, they only had a couple hundred to draw upon.

Here are the twin girls, Sloane and Deanna.


Blake, their oldest child, is midway through his teens and I have (finally!) paired him up with Rebecka Brennan. They are both knowledge sims, and after tweaking, have triple chemistry. Blake will move to her house after he grows up.

Family #3 - The Brennan Family
Indy was my first sim to reach the top of his career (slacker) and go permaplat. This is good because he's a pleasure sim, and they're so darn annoying. I adore Indy. I'm having trouble connecting to his townie wife, Lucy, though.

Here's a funny pic of Indy writing in his diary and being all paranoid because his infant daughter, Kendra, is in the crib behind him. Dude, she can't read what you're writing, yet. Get over yourself.


Sebastian died :( I was so surprised because I thought he had a few days left.


Lorette went into aspiration failure. And she's getting really old, so she doesn't have much time left.


Lucy blew the entire family fortune on a bad chance card. It said she was docked a day's pay, but the next thing I know the maid is complaining because the family couldn't pay him and he was stealing my mirror to make up for it. They had $44,000! So I was kind of peeved, to say the least. And I wanted to kill Lucy even more, even though I'm the one that made the choice. Oh well. I promise not to kill her (though she annoys me). I turned her pregnancy chance OFF because I don't want them to have any more kids.

Rebecka has grown up and found a job in dance - her dream job. When her boyfriend, Blake, grows up, he'll move in. Her little sister, Kendra, is nearly a teen, and I'll probably set her up with one of the Halsten boys, either Tyler (2nd born) or Noah (3rd born).

Family #4 - The Ellis Family
I have moved Dominick and Karena out. I never attached to Karena. The rest still live in the house (except Rhett, who married Ciara Kelley). Eva and Hal are now adults. Eva is romance, and I had no one to set her up with. But I might let her stay romance, and have a few lovers. Her LTW is to be a Rock God, so she'll work on that. Hal will move in with Brielle Brody when she grows up. Johannes will move in with Clara Balduino, and Dustin will eventually move out and marry Crystal Kelley. And Madisyn will hitch up with Jude Cambridge. Confused yet?

Family #5 - The Brody Family
Marielle and Ricky tie the knot.


And then later, cheats on his wife on his own while she's at work. I must admit I was quite surprised at this. I had him invite over a friend so he could keep his friendships up, and I guess he was horny and his wife wasn't available, so he hopped into bed with her. I'm disappointed in him. I thought since he was married, something like this wouldn't happen.


And it didn't seem to bother anyone. Marielle came home from work while the girl was still there (no longer in bed), and Ricky kissed up her arm while Marielle stood right behind them and nothing. No jealousy. So...I'm not sure what I want to do with that family. I might set Ricky up (by inviting his new lover over while his wife is home) and wait for him to slip up, and then kick him out. Poor Marielle, though. She doesn't know, and her LTW is to reach her golden anniversary. She's a family sim, and they didn't even have any kids together.

So why did I let him cheat? Or why don't I take out my ACR mod? Because I absolutely love it. I like sims taking more initiative over their lives and deciding when or if to have children. And I just LOVE drama. I love the unexpected randomness. Sometimes (like when Ricky cheated) it's like watching a soap opera. Talk about entertainment!

Grandma Lilja has spent so much time at the chessboard that she maxed out her enthusiasm in games.


Brielle will be an adult soon, and is set up with Hal Ellis. I'll either move him into her house, or have them both move out together. Kind of depends on what I decide to do with Ricky.

Family #6 - The Cambridge Family
Alannah grew up. Her younger brother, Andrew, also grew up, and moved into a little house with Rhode Balduino. Those two are now family #8 on the rotation.

Alannah doesn't have a husband. She has a lover, but since her LTW is to reach the top of military, I may not ever get her married. Not every woman needs to get married and have children. I think that's why I tend to get burned out on Sims is because I play every family like that, but now I'm playing them all differently. I'm going to let the family sims have the big families, and put a limit on everyone else, so I don't have a bunch of kids in each family.


I felt so bad, though, because I got her fired on a chance card. But I decided to play all chance cards because it makes their lives (and mine) more interesting.


She's temporarily in the Oceanography career while waiting on an opening in Military. She continues to work on the skills she'll need to reach the top of military.

Her little brother Jude is nearly an adult. He will eventually get married to Madisyn Ellis, and they'll live in this house. I may move Alannah out into a small house if the couple decide to have children.

Family #6 - The Kelley Family
Shauna grew into an adult, and I moved her out with Brett. Don't know if I'll play them or not.

Ciara got married to Rhett Ellis, and is currently expecting her first child. She's a family sim, so they'll probably have a big family. It was so cute that they both happened to have matching formal wear. I did not set that up.


They kept their dog, Daisy, and she continues to work. She's at the top of her career, and is bringing in $636/day. She works 3 days a week. The family gives her kibble of life to keep her young. She's a good dog.

Ciara's little sister, Crystal, still lives with them, but is only days away from being an adult. She will get together with Dustin Ellis - they'll both move out of their houses and start their life together somewhere new. I like these two, so I'll continue following them.

Family #8
We now have an 8th family. Rhode Balduino (from #1) and Andrew Cambridge (from #6) have moved in together. These two were SO made to be together. They're both pleasure sims, and they both have a LTW of having 50 dream dates. What are the odds of that? It doesn't say 50 different sims, just 50 dates - so I'm hoping that means they can have 50 with each other, and become permaplat. I put them both in the same career (entertainment) so they can have more time together. And I know they dress the same and do their hair the same, and I should probably change one of them, but they're both just so darn cute I don't know which one to change. They're engaged, by the way. I have no plans for them to adopt a child, unless one of them rolls up a want.


I'm having a lot of fun with this. I really wish I would have started with fewer families, though, so I could watch the neighborhood grow at a slower rate. I'm kind of afraid of having a hundred families who all need my attention, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 15th 2009, 12:24 pm

I don't know if you're allowed to change aspirations of sims or not. I don't remember seeing anything about it in the rules. But I say if it works better for you, go ahead and do it.

I can't believe Ricky just up and cheated on Marielle like that and she didn't even seem to care! I haven't seen that in the game yet, because I haven't played much since I installed ACR. I think there might be an option to encourage spouses to be faithful, but it's more fun this way, just to let them loose and see what happens. I love the drama too!

That's cool that you're letting some of your sims stay single. I have a habit too of making all of my sims get married and have babies. I feel really bad if they live their whole lives without having kids to carry on the next generation. I guess I don't mind letting them die of old age so much as long as they have at least one kid to carry on their legacy. I should probably try to get out of that rut too and see if it makes the game more fun.

That's so funny how Rhode and Andrew continue to dress alike. They're two peas in a pod, aren't they? I don't think I'd change either one of them.
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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 15th 2009, 6:52 pm

LOL What a hilarious lot of Sims you have there Ari.

I have downloaded ACR - but have not yet installed it in my game. I think I'm too afraid of it as I've worked hard to perfect San Tranquility Beach to my liking. I love all of the families I've created there.

Your families are so interesting and entertaining Ari. Do you plan on LETTING Marielle catch Brody in the act? There should be some good fireworks there!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 16th 2009, 7:10 am

Thanks, guys!

Em - I understand that about having kids carry on the family name. But I'll still be doing that, too. In the Cambridge family, Alannah will most likely stay single (unless I change my mind later), but her little brother, Jude, will have at least one child with his intended, Madisyn. Those two are way too beautiful not to procreate, lol. So I want to make sure at least one sim from each family has at least one baby. In my case it will be easy, because most of the families had more than one child to begin with.

I've not seen an option to encourage a sim to stay faithful, I just thought it was something already programmed into the mod when a sim is married. Apparently not, lol. Marielle didn't actually catch him 'in the act' (yet), but she did watch as he kissed up his girlfriend's arm and didn't seem to care. According to her token status, she's supposed to be pretty jealous, so we'll see.

Hunter - I'm still not sure. I don't know if I want to let things go or set Ricky up on purpose. He's kind of a jerk, lol. He comes home from work with Andrew Cambridge and Rhode Balduino a lot, since they're in entertainment, too, and gossips all the time about everyone. He tends to argue with others a lot and pick fights.

I don't blame you for being a little afraid of the mod when you have worked so hard on a neighborhood. I'm pretty sure you can turn it off for a neighborhood by choosing 'static' options. You can set the whole neighborhood up from one lot, rather than jumping from lot to lot to change the settings. You might want to check into that.

I really like it, though. It continues to surprise me.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 16th 2009, 2:48 pm

Wow! This is so much to keep up on. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed (which doesn't take much for me, lol).

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Some of the kids I'm simply NOT interested in ... Life's just too short to play sims I don't like, challenge or not.

Here, here! Well said, m'lady. I concur!

This tickled me:

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Dude, she can't read what you're writing, yet. Get over yourself.

I can't believe a freaking $44,000 dollar bank account was completely wiped by Lucy's bad chance card.
Holy crap! I didn't even know that could happen in the game. I usually ignore the chance cards, as I've never been a gamblin' girl by nature. Jeez, that kind of loss sucks BIG TIME, AF.

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And then later, cheats on his wife on his own while she's at work. I must admit I was quite surprised at this.

No kidding! I didn't know this was possible. EGADS! How random and unexpected is THAT?
Definitely keeps things more interesting. No doubt about it.
(Do I understand you correctly? This random stuff is because of a hack you have in your game?)

I am SO GLAD you've had quality time playing this challenge, Ari. That's awesome.
It's obvious how much you're enjoying it. I know, for awhile there, you just couldn't get excited about playing the game.

Thank you for sharing all of your Sims adventures and screenshots. I enjoyed your witty commentaries and pics, as always.

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PostSubject: Re: Ari's Adventures   April 16th 2009, 10:03 pm

Oh man! I can barely tear myself away, lol! It's almost like the old days where I sleep, eat, and dream sims. I'm enjoying it a lot and hope it lasts for a long time.

I have a mod called Autonomous Casual Romance. That's why sims are hopping into bed so easily. After Ricky's uh...indiscretion, I've been watching my sims carefully around others they are attracted to...just in case.

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