Rosie Winter’s house has a bit of a laundry problem.
(I edited the lot to force delete all the clothing piles and track down the laundry basket. The laundry system is just dangerous as heck for inactive households.)
This stuff pack bathtub shows off its magical anti-water effects.
Charles! He spent about an entire generation with a corrupted headstone, so I’m excited to have him haunting us again.
Susie bonds with Victoria over video games. “No! Don’t go there! Don’t you see the monsters??”
Here are a bunch of adorable shots of Andria arguing with Charles the Evil Chicken that I lost in my screenshot folder until it was too late to use them.
Beware the trampoline. It will cut you off at the knees.
One of the biggest townie hangouts is the science observatory lot, which is just marked Visitors Allowed. I periodically set the camera over there to see the antics. It’s good to know that Sawyer and Abby still keep in touch.
“Hey, whatcha cookin?” asks Lancelot.
“Invisible pancakes. Can’t you tell?”
Here I discover that the steep roof of this lot is going to cause me screenshot troubles….
Avalon Gossip Column:
It turns out Sawyer knows how to have more fun than I gave him credit for.
Sean Flynn has found a new plaything. We don’t want to look too deeply into his and Forest’s personal life. Sadly, StoryProgression seems to have forgotten that Timothy is happily married to Sherman Mentary with two kids. Perhaps Timothy wasn’t quite so happily married, or perhaps Sean’s really horribly with his vampire mojo. Which one shall we guess?
Judith’s father, who has always been single and adopted Judith from foster care (read: adopted her as a newspaper girl who grew to teenagerhood and became too important to the active family to allow to fall into homeless obscurity), has found a sweetheart!
Emily’s Sample-Doctor’s ex-husband Greggory continues to fail at romance.
Java Weaver is a crummy educator. Since he’s a Coward, I assume he’s afraid of the children.
Chaim Sample-Erikson, OTOH, is a model police officer.
Here I discover that my NRaas Dresser mod resets the outfits of all the residents as soon as the actives arrive. My Dresser settings exclude clothes from the future expansion, so the first time I arrived, Emit looked like this.
Afterward, I tried changing the Dresser settings, and it STILL screwed up all the clothes on the future residents. I finally had to take the mod out. Hmmm… wonder if I put it back yet.
And here is why there was no exterior shot of the Bot Emporium. It’s never a bad time for the ice cream truck.
Sawyer got on a sassy autonomous tirade. I tried, but I just couldn’t come up with anything to use this for in the story. I think it was adorable.
When we returned, I reset Gamora’s flower walk style by removing her Plantsim occult and replacing it. This is how she turned out.
I really hate the female plantsim outfit. But apparently there are also 2-3 different plantsim hair colors, and she got a different one this time. I restored her old appearance in CAS.
Sawyer is shocked by the floating birthday party horn after he becomes an Elder.
When Greggory pulls Sawyer aside for a heart-to-heart about Emily, Sawyer got fresh insight into why they divorced in the first place.
Greggory is an incredible bore.
The kind who bores you to death.
Avalon Gossip Column
Jean Reacher, husband of Shannon Simsfan Reacher, is doing well in his new career in education.
Java Weaver, my simself’s bastard, may be a coward, but the school kids haven’t driven him away yet.
Sam Pistachio is nearing the end of her life, and she doesn’t seem to have done much with HER career.
Ah! Here’s someone who is doing well. Chaim is a lovely randomly generated police officer.
Looks like Greggory has a life after Emily after all!
Or maybe not. Greggory doesn’t seem to be much of a catch for anyone.
And then there’s this. Kari is the late-in-life daughter or Joanne Bookabet (Jo’s simself) and Ada Sample’s daughter Tomas. I believe she and Greggory may still be dating, but they hate each other.
This is just included for the awesome book title. I doubt anyone cares, but Dennis is descended from Charlotte Stemple, Charles’s immaculately conceived Chinese love child.
Here, Sean and Forest show that they have the same taste in many things, including other men…
The disturbing thing is that Timothy Weaver has been happily married with two kids to Sherman Mentary for a whole generation.
Paulette Callender protests with her vampire grandmother January in the kind of outfit that only a sim could love.
I fixed her. As a romantic prospect of Winston’s, it seemed like she deserved that much.
Xia dances the Smustle. She’s a party animal, even in death.
This chick got STYLE.
And Victoria, being the water lover that she is, goes swimming in the Art Gallery.
Yes, you heard me right.
That is the most awesome glitch I have seen in a while. It turns out that the art gallery, which I downloaded a long time ago and love, has a faux basement — the kind made by lowering the landscape, building the first floor, and then raising the land up around it. This was done to get a cool open air atrium in the basement lit by sun falling through the skylights.
Apparently, the post-Island Paradise game cannot handle this. Despite there being no actual water animated, anyone who walks down the stairs stars swimming.
I’ve screwed around with this quite a bit. I really like this lot, but I am starting to doubt that the bottom level can be preserved. Without the basement, though, it’s hard to figure out where one would put restrooms. So sad.
Avalon Gossip Column
Not a whole lot going on in town, or maybe I just am not recording much?
Sam Pistachio keeps the very best company.
I finally went digging in family trees to figure out who Gina Sample-Baerwyn’s baby daddy is. The father of Gina’s daughter appears to be none other than Ignacio Bookabet, who was the widower of Alice Bookabet. He apparently fathered Gina’s daughter at a quite advanced age. Now I’m sorry I didn’t look up who his parents were. I care about this crap way too much.
ETA: Ignacio the adopted son of February Callender’s brother Martin Luther and husband Tam.
While Edmund is out getting his wrist knawed on, the camera rushes back to the home lot.
Somebody is dying! What the heck??
Actually, it turns out to be a stray dog who wandered in the front door. Fabulous.
So how come this dog has a blue ghost, and I didn’t even manage to get Sky’s dog Riddle enough happiness points to get past the red ghost? What was this dog doing in life?
Dylan treated Grim with the utmost courtesy during his visit.
In fact, they really hit it off. They have a lot in common.
And here we have some kind of obscure failure of Icarus Allsorts’ Call to Meal mod, which I usually swear by for fixing the traffic jam that accompanies large meals.
Most of the party-goers route failed on the way to the cake, so I had Dylan serve them with this mod. After he set all the available table seats, he carried the cake into the ocean.
And swam. And swam.
His destination seemed to be this uninhabited island, which isn’t even on the lot.
I had to reset him. The poor cake was lost.
Avalon Gossip Column
Local C-list celebrity dirt bag Justin Mai has spent a generation filling up my notification queue with stories of refusing to pay his boyfriend, Abby’s high school flame Dion Callender, child support for their three children. Dion’s no pushover, either. Dion keeps reporting him to law enforcement. Justin has gone to jail twice for nonpayment.
And, at last, I got THIS notification
And after that he paid every time.
Way to keep up the fight, Dion.
Sawyer and Emily. Again.
New Sim-of-Interest Jake Paradis is now a professional athlete.
And Java Weaver is a… teacher? You know he’s a Coward, right? This will not go well.
Forest’s current boyfriend may be in for some serious trouble. “At his throat” may not be a euphemism….
Abby’s brother Stanley is a father for the third time! His partner is Jody Ursine-Sample, many-generation descendant of Adjo and Toya. Woo. They are living together but show no sign of tying the knot. Jody is a Showtime Magician. Maybe he prefers to stay unmarried for the sake of his performance career.
Sean Flynn stages his fourth or fifth coup attempt against Forest. It fails. Again. Maybe he should just give it up.
And this included just because it gave me the giggles. I think Java should probably not take off hi shirt.
Everyone’s favorite pastime at the moment. Why does the neighborhood go through these periods of compulsive air guitar?
Victoria tries a new way to get her broomstick to stop.
It’s no wonder that Andria was heckling the Simfest. It mostly consisted of the same magician being announced (Jody, Stanley Marmalade’s fiancé, with the fabulous stage name Tony Levitate Things). He’d then step up on an empty stage and route fail.
I think I finally reset something before Jody’s performance began. Well, I suppose it’s better than the traditional problem of completely empty Simfests. So many folks on the modding forum are looking for ways to get rid of all the Showtime performers in their towns. I *like* them.
I could list the problems with this picture all day.
What Dylan and Andria actually did in the Vault of Antiquity. Are you surprised?
Victoria gets abducted
By this really stylin’ alien.
Martial Arts for the toilet, a Sims classic.
I can never get over these great post-travel mashups.
I have never seen this snowman before, but it’s epic.
Avalon Gossip Column
I’ll start with Jasper Crumplebottom’s new love affair.
He has taken up with Dylan’s old friend, the former proprietress of the Nectary, Fawn Rockwell. She had to resign from the nectary when I decided she was awesome enough to move into town. Aging up to Elder seems to have deflated her great features somewhat.
There will be a child, as per Jasper’s visit to Sawyer. House Crumplebottom needs an heir.
New townies Jake Paradis, spare of the Paradis Legacy, and my lovechild with Tewl Langurd have both found jobs in town.
Java Weaver is a teacher. This is terrifying.
Newsflash! Justin Mai finally paid his child support! I guess being jailed twice taught him a lesson at last. That’s a lot of simoleons.
I’m not even sure which time this was, but I’m quite sure Sawyer earned it.
Inspired by her mother Shannon’s sudden career switch to Acrobatics, Joy takes up a new physical sport.
Which inspires her to write a new guidebook. It doesn’t appear to have sold very well.
Sean Flynn attempts coup number 4 or 5 against Forest. He fails.
It’s been entirely too long since we’ve had some Simantics. Mostly that’s because because I *really* want to pass the torch by the end of the year.
But, they’re stacking up, so here we go!
Victoria discovers a new, more effective way to work out, i.e. a glitch.
It’s good to know how to use store content I haven’t tried to place anywhere in this world.
Sawyer spent the interview with Emit Relevart trying to talk to him and route-failing.
For absolutely no apparent reason.
But it’s OK. Emit knows how to break the ice.
And then there’s this, which I will leave without caption because I can’t think of anything to say.
Edmund, being a Proper sim, takes protocol very seriously. Here he begins his date with Belle Girard with a military salute.
The best elixir moodlet EVAR
Everyone takes a break from the big protest to watch January Callender pass out from sun exposure.
Gamora and Whitney Ursine-Sample bond of the fact that they’re both Hot-Headed. This explains a lot.
After beating Whitney up at the salon, Gamora passes out.
Then Whitney passes out. It was another chance at bonding.
Avalon Gossip Column
Random pictures of Dragonwife’s son with Jian Wu so we can all drool for a little while.
I forgot his name. It begins with a B. Argh.
And, oh hey, here’s Sam Pistachio all old and wrinkly.
Last I checked on her, she was pregnant by Asriel Bookabet before he finally left the mortal coil. I don’t recall seeing the birth announcement. What happened with that?
She had TRIPLETS?
Oh, just twins.
Have a nice time, Elder Sam.
In major character news, Forest is now a partner in his own smuggling operation.
And Chaim got promoted! What a great randomly-generated police officer!
After breaking up with his young girlfriend Devon Marmalade, Jasper has now hooked up with Dylan’s old friend Fawn Rockwell.
If they make any babies, he’ll have to carry them.
Gina Sample-Baerwyn had a kid named Leona by an Elder who died shortly after. I’ll have to look up who. Gina, who is actually Evil, never managed to sustain a romantic relationship, so it’s probably better this way.
Justin Mai the douchebag spends another night in jail for treating his baby-daddy Dion Callender and their three kids like crap.
Hello, what’s this?
I’ve never gotten a prompt like this for an inactive.
I guess Shannon really hated being a bedpan cleaner, not that I blame her. I hope she likes showbusiness better. It’s a good thing her husband Jean is keeping his day job in the food industry.
Since Winston is pretty much destined to be an Acrobat, this may push her into a story role at some point.
I’m back to playing the Samples! I have a couple of posts worth of gameplay, but I think I need to play a bit further to see where things are going before I start posting again.
If you have some reading time, my ISBI is two more posts from heir poll. It’ll probably go up this week. Take a look: We’re All Mad Here.
And without further ado, a WHOLE LOT of Simantics that I was saving up until after the heir poll.
Freezer Bunny gnome takes his place on the award shelf. Er– is that a Santa Claus freezer bunny? Riding a mummy llama? I cannot track all the gnomes.
The best EA-generated name EVAR.
Can you find Edmund? Do you think there’s something missing from this lovely picture of broom flying?
What about this brother-sister chat over lunch?
Time to remove some of the vegetation at the park.
Hmmm. If THIS had happened earlier, I probably would have had Sawyer go for it. This is Sam Pistachio, Sam’s simself from The Dysfunkshinul Legacy.
Sawyer has gotten like two heartfarts EVER from residents of Avalon — as opposed to half the female residents of University, where he was apparently a woohoo god. Emily Doctor is one, and Sam seems to be the other. There might be a third somewhere who is married.
Even better, Sam clearly knows what she likes, since this is the scene where she discovered her attraction to him.
Even though Sawyer’s pretty set on Emily at this point, I feel the need to do something about this perfect pairing.
Java would be a great photographer if only he could get a little closer to the action. His professional colleagues urge him to “get down and dirty” with his subjects, but the mere thought of it makes Java shudder. The trouble is, he hates water and germs and is very easily startled. His published work is known to be distant at best, shaky at worst. “Ah yes, that one,” he says, referring to a blurry portrait. “A bug landed on my shoulder.” He confesses that he sometimes lies awake at night, terrified that his unsatisfied clients will burst in and murder him. “I prefer to experience the world from behind my camera,” he tells us. “Ideally, they will invent a lens with such a powerful zoom that I will be able to take photographs from my dinner table.”
You’re going to see his elf alter-ego wandering around Avalon very soon.
I think I should return the favor and create a bastard child of Sam and Sawyer. What do y’all think??
Continuing the theme of creepy things that should not be shared, WordPress blog stats seems to be much less free with the search terms it reports. That means I’ll probably get fewer reports that look like this:
Such an uncomfortable view into the seedy underbelly of the Internet there.
Oh, HERE’S why we had a line of sims peeing themselves in the background of Edmund’s tea party with Joy Reacher….
Mulberry Marmalade Saunders seems confused about what to do at the beach in the rain on the last day of Autumn.
Vickie sneaks out of the house to go to school. Because EA grounding is stupid.
Everyone hated on each other at Winston’s birthday party. Especially the party crashers. Gamora thought it was awesome.
Victoria got into a huge, drawn out fight with the ghost of her step-grandmother Xia.
I like this shot of her being angry.
Then she had a bit of a problem with her makeover.
Maybe it’s witchcraft.
Here, Vickie has a vertigo problem after using the LLAMA transporter.
Man, when teens vomit, they REALLY get personal about it.
And finally, I cannot seem to stop this problem:
OK, the last one was legit, just silly.
I purchased some broom upgrades for our family witches, and they spend almost all their time being snatched up and used by non-witches. I have set preferred vehicles several times.
I thought you needed to be a witch to ride a broom. You think there’s a mod for that??
Avalon Gossip Column
Warning, gentle readers, I’ve been hoarding updates, so this is LOOONG.
After doing nothing much more than writing books and occasionally schtupping a geriatric Asriel Bookabet for most of her life, Sam Pistachio’s life has gotten a lot more dramatic.
After sim-weeks of comparative bliss, Sam and Asriel’s relationship took a sudden downward turn. Bystanders began to see them having vicious fights in public places.
But apparently the woohoo was still pretty good, because it was several more sim-days before I got this one:
The last woohoo was apparently the best woohoo, though, because Sam walked away from that relationship pregnant. I don’t have a popup of the baby’s birth, though. I need to check on that.
Sam immediately jumped into the equally geriatric arms of the Xia Wu’s baby brother JC.
Asriel didn’t take very well to that at all.
Then Asriel and JC both died of old age. Beware, old folks, Sam Pistachio is on the make.
Before Asriel died, I discovered THIS about his career:
Say what? Wasn’t he a criminal for most of his life?
Sorry, Jo, the last original Bookabet has passed on. BUT! Asriel has a new baby in the works. He also has his much older son Timothy with my alternative-simself Zuzu Weaver.
Timothy and his husband Sherman seem to be doing pretty well. They got their own place.
Then they popped out a couple of kids: a boy and a girl in short succession. I’m particularly fond of their daughter.
But Sherman never DID get over the fact that Dion Callender dumped him to go to the prom with Abby Sample, as evidenced by the stream of stalking notifications I have been receiving all generation. This leads to some pretty intense fights with Timothy.
Dion, meanwhile, is busy as a single dad to the three kids he had with man-and-womanizing douchebag actor Justin Marmalade. He’s moved on, Sherman. He really doesn’t think about you anymore.
Police Chief William Pierce’s empire of corrupt law enforcement seems to be finally coming to an end. Looks like he got busted.
Argh. The Crumplebottoms simply will not breed on their own, and they owe it to their noble line to produce an heir to Chateau Crumplebottom. I may have to intervene yet again.
Matt Doctor Callender, the vampire sweetie of also-vampire January Callender, has been a criminal for two generations. Here he is getting promoted to Level 3.
Matt needs a new career. He must be the most inept criminal in the Forest Sample – Sean Flynn underworld empire.
Glitchy teen-lovers Rosalie Weaver (daughter of my simself Echo) and Janice Bookabet (daughter of Jo’s simself from the Bookabet Alphabetacy and grandaughter of Ada Sample) aged to adult and immediately got married. That’s a good thing for the glitch-twins they managed to give birth to in high school despite the fact that I emphatically do NOT support teen pregnancy in my game.
In the creepy May-November romance department, Janice’s sister Kari hooked up with Emily Doctor’s ex-husband, who is descended from Adjo Sample. It’s not going well.
Charlene Mai-Yo, who I believe is the daughter of Shanni Sample Crumblebottom’s second wife, has a dog problem. I’ve heard of a crazy cat lady, but this is ridiculous.
THEN we close shall close with the saga of Manisha Kapoor.
After getting kicked out of the house by her roommate Eloy Berg, Manisha rapidly courted, moved in with, and married the elderly Charlotte Stemple. Charlotte Stemple was born of immaculate conception from Charles Sample and a random Chinese townie in World Adventures.
It was not long before Charlotte passed to the Netherworld.
This left Manisha without a provider, so the next sim-day, she fell into the arms of Hunter Sample’s adopted son Ash. Ash is the biological son of Weston Mentary of The Simmentary.
Looks like Manisha has provided very well for herself.
I really don’t know where to begin with this picture, so I’ll just leave it as it is.
I think the guy in fuzzy slippers complaining about the dog is a paparazzi.
Andria proves she’s a nature fae yet again when she reaches through a stone wall to capture a light beetle outside the alchemy store.
Yup. Edmund tried to fix the stereo.
Abby can’t reach Winston’s bake stand in the theater because of a bar stool in the bookstore.
(Actually, there was a problem with the placement of the bookstore rabbithole rug that seemed to affect routing on the entire lot. I did eventually figure it out, and things got much nicer.)
This is what the smartphones from University look like in my game. Does this happen to anyone else?
Stray dog follows Abby to her wedding, but has some problems getting there.
Edmund decides to have a slice of Dad for Victoria’s birthday.
Gamora has trouble with a local LLAMA.
Random picture of Sasha Saunders, daughter of Beatrice Saunders and William Pierce (read: Buffy Summers and Spike). As far as I can tell, she’s a complete clone of Bea.
Here are Tomas Sample-Royale’s sort-of twins with Joanne Bookabet. I believe the one right is Janice, Rosalie Weaver’s girlfriend. The other one is Kari. They’re both teens in this picture, and they’re taking Janice and Rosalie’s never-should-have-existed twins to the park.
And we close with Sharon Leonard (daughter of Spock) and her husband, Dexter — My simself’s son! They have almost identical coloring, but thank goodness are not related.
Oh, wait what went wrong here?
Sharon’s getting out of here.
Avalon Gossip Column:
Jean Reacher has been promoted to Spice Runner!
Aminali Ibari’s son Danial graduated high school and followed in her footsteps as an actor. She’s making sure he gets some pretty good parts.
Chaim has been promoted to Desk Jockey! For a randomly-generated service sim, he seems to be well suited as a police officer.
I should have used this one in the story someplace. Chaim knows how to party.
Abby should have had one too. In the future, now that I’m comfortable with temporarily adding sims into my household, I may add do that to throw someone close to the family a bachelor(ette) party.
Chaim and Abby also adopted a little furry companion.
I think that’s a small dog, but it could be a cat. I hope Connery isn’t too jealous.
Asriel Bookabet is a grandfather! His son Timothy and Timothy’s husband, Sherman Ursine-Bookabet, had a baby girl named Priscilla.
Here she is!
Actually, I think that’s a picture of a boy, but I know it’s a kid of Timothy and Sherman’s. So I guess they have two kids.
Sherman apparently never gave his whole heart to Timothy, though. He never got over that one time in high school when Dion Callender dumped him for Abby Sample. He still stalks Dion in secret.
Asriel Bookabet’s still kicking, though. He has a torrid affair going on with Sam Pistachio. He has to be over 90 at this point.
Xia’s son Stanley Marmalade found true love with Jody Ursine-Sample (who is, I’m pretty sure, Adjo Sample’s grandson). Within days of confessing their love to each other, they went and made a baby — a little boy unfortunately named Chauncey.
Things didn’t go so well with Manisha and her roommate Eloy.
When she found herself homeless, Manisha conveniently fell in love with the elderly widow Charlotte Stemple and moved in with her. If you’re not playing the home game, then it’s worth knowing that Charlotte in the immaculately conceived Chinese love child of my flagship sim, Charles Sample. (i.e. StoryProgression auto-generated a Chinese citizen by mixing Charles’s genes with a local.)
Sean Flynn’s husband Lionel was fired from organized crime. It’s not clear whether Forest or Sean did the firing, but his “performance” (hur hur) was clearly insufficient.
Abby’s limousine literally runs over law enforcement.
Andria is delighted to burn a key lime pie.
Remember how the story said that Abby and Chaim went home after Gamora’s birthday party? Well, I lied. Andria got up in the morning, and they were still wandering around the house. She had to tell them to go home.
I can’t really convey how entertaining this was in still shots, but the Pierce-Ibari family car glitched out and froze in the middle of the road with the family in it.
So keep in mind that I’m panning the camera around a motionless car and sims who are frozen in time.
They’re all in formalwear. Must have been going someplace important.
I had to reset the car, which made it vanish, dumping everyone by the roadside.
Here’s William Pierce (in the back) with his longer-term girlfriend Aminali Ibari (far right), Aminali’s son Danial (far left), and William’s daughter Cortney Pierce-Hodgins (with late girlfriend Ariel Hodgins). William and Aminal’s toddler daughter Monique must be home with Uncle Anton.
Remember that inappropriate placemat? It turned out to be the transparent clothes glitch on a weird shirt from Into the Future. So it wasn’t bad CC after all.
Here’s a fellow in the park with a really unfortunate random accessory. Shouldn’t that thing be labeled swimwear only?
I fixed him. He was grateful.
Cross-pollination sighting! Here’s Joy (Simself) Reacher. I hope you like the elf makeover, Shannon :).
Joy’s mother, Shannon (Simsfan) Reacher, seems to appreciate a good brain.
And the feeling is mutual. Sawyer got this wish at the same time as the attraction popup.
I guess they know each other because they’re coworkers.
And here’s the crowning moment in today’s Simantics.
See if THAT doesn’t give you nightmares.
Avalon gossip column:
Sean Flynn mounted not one, but two coup attempts against Forest. Both failed. He’s stuck as a Super Villain.
Sean was apparently pretty pissed off because he turned around and fired his own husband, Lionel. Or maybe it was Forest who fired Lionel in retribution. Since they all three live together in a menage-a-trois that we probably don’t want to know about, that must have made for some tense dinner table conversation.
Fellow criminal vampire Matt Callender-Doctor got promoted to Getaway Driver. Again, I think. That vampire is two generations old and must be the most incompetent criminal ever.
Stanley Marmalade (Xia’s son with Plum) has found love with Jody Ursine-Sample! Jody is descended from Adjo Ursine-Sample (Sample spare Generation 3). I’m not sure what generation because the townies don’t have the same need to breed and tend to lag quite a lot behind my active family. He’s at least Generation 5.
Justin Mai was jailed for failing to pay child support to Dion Callender-Doctor for their three children together. After that, he sent his payments more promptly.
Raquel Mentary-Sword passed on. She left money to three people I didn’t even know she had relationships with (Abby, William Pierce, and Aminali Ibari) but not, interestingly enough, her husband. Not sure how we should take THAT.