Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hoppes (R8)

Last time at the Hoppes residence, Jill Hoppes (finally) departed Silvervale for the great Sim beyond but not before the twins transitioned into teens. Marty grew up declaring a family aspiration wishing to graduate 3 children from college, Emmett grew up declaring a pleasure aspiration with a desire to become a game designer. Emmett also found a 3 bolt match in Victoria Pushard while Marty had a hard time finding a girl his own age. He did, however have a brief romp with a much older woman named Camryn Gergis. Serena earned her Impossible want of maximizing all skills and also earned her gold robotics badge. The family also added another member, a daughter named Lorraine. At the end of the round Serena and Amar switched careers, Serena to Education and Amar to Natural Science. Will the Marty be able to find love this round? How will Lorraine grow into her strange features? Lets see...

Hoppes (Lot 5) Monday-Saturday
Jar Card #261: Buy a Vacation Home

The week at the Hoppes house was not a good week. At Columbia's birthday party, Serena got into a small argument with her niece, Janet. Janet came by to steal the paper, still angry at her aunt

The sentry bot wasn't about to allow Janet to take the newspaper

During the fiasco outside, the boys were inside studying for their college entrance exams

The sentry bot, however, didn't stop just shocking Janet... it got a little trigger happy. Emmett was just finishing up reading when the sentry bot started going off

The sentry bot then made its way upstairs where Serena was relaxing before bed

Luckily Serena wasn't too shocked that she was able to chase down the bot and deactivate it while she went outside to tighten a few screws that had come lose

Marty and Emmet weren't getting along too well either, Marty would constantly tease Emmett about his relationship with Victoria, most likely because he was unable to find a girl (which really hurts for a family sim!)

The week wasn't all bad though, Amar and Serena both started bringing home promotions in their new careers

That evening was also Lorraine's birthday

She grew up into a very pretty and active child taking features from both of her parents

Lorraine Hoppes

Amar decided it was time for the family to take a relaxing vacation, with all the success he and Serena had been having at work they were able to buy a vacation home in Takemizu Village

The next day, the Hoppes arrived at their vacation home

After settling in, the family went and bought some far eastern clothes at one of the tourist pagodas

The Family looked great in their new kimonos and posed for a picture before embarking on their first tour

The family had a wonderful time on their tour of the bamboo forest getting up close to a lot of wildlife

The fun and relaxation the family enjoyed on the first day ended that evening though when their time away turned into the vacation from hell

When they got back to the house, Amar made a wish on the pagoda wishing well at the house. The wish made him break out in hives for the remainder of the vacation

Marty also made a wish which spawned a hive of bees that chased him around the lot

After Marty outran the bees the boys decided to dig for treasure, unfortunately all they found was the watermane

Hoping that the next day would be better, the family decided to take another tour, this time to a Far Eastern Market. Unfortunately they were left stranded by the tour guide

The exhausted family immediately headed back to the house in order to rest up. Emmett seemed to be having the worst time

Amar and Serena decided to unwind with some fishing in the small pond on the property while the kids rested

The relaxation was short-lived, however when the tree next to the pond got struck by lightning and caught fire

Luckily the rain put the fire out and nobody was hurt.

on the last day of the trip, the family decided, against their better judgment to take another tour. During the tour the tourguide gave them a map to a secret location in the Far East

Serena and Amar decided to leave the kids at the house and follow the map. At the pagoda they met a strange old man. He made them some tea and then taught them some TaiChi

After learning the basics of TaiChi, the old man told them a tale of dragons and heroism

When the family arrived home to Silvervale it was back to business as usual. Lorraine missed Alegra most of all

Marty noticed that there was a new girl at school named Sierra, she was really pretty, Marty asked her back to the house after school

Marty and Sierra hung out all afternoon and got to know each other a little better, Marty still hadn't worked up the guts to ask her out on a date.

While Marty was getting to know Sierra, Emmett and Victoria decided to go check out the Gaming hobby lot. Emmett must be taking lessons from Rachel's Sims because the first thing he did was give Victoria a nice big "I missed you" Noogie.

They enjoyed a nice game of Don't Wake the Llama

And Emmett impressed Victoria by winning a gaming competition that was going on

Even though Emmett and Victoria went to the gaming lot, it was Marty who managed to earn his gaming plaque later that night

The next day, Amar brought home another promotion

((I forget what he was booing at but this picture makes me giggle everytime I see it))

Marty finally worked up enough courage to ask Sierra on a date. The date went very well and Marty was ecstatic to learn that Sierra would be heading off to Sim State the same time he and Emmett were scheduled to go.

On Saturday morning the boys checked their scholarships and headed off to start their young adult lives at Sim State. Emmett left first thing in the morning

Then Marty left a little later

Scoring: 1 point for Marty's Games Hobby Plaque

Household Net-Worth: 181,801

((This entry seems pretty disjointed to me -- nothing really related or interesting happened other than the horrible vacation, I really thought I was going to lose Emmett after all his needs plummeted from the bad tour chance card -- Can sims die while on vacation? Marty was so close to maxing his games enthusiasm that he spent most of the round at the chess table. Here are some pics of him cheating while playing against Lorraine. Usually I don't watch when my sims are skilling so this is the first time I've seen a sim get caught cheating at chess... Lorraine's reaction is too funny

Anyway, both boys are very mean sims, especially Marty but usually I micromanage them so much they don't have a chance to noogie and pick on each other. I'm glad Marty found a prospective mate but I'm not sure they're right for each other -- Sierra is stuck on the grow-up LTW, I aged her up with Annatto Eich, so when they get to Sim State I will randomly roll her an aspiration and hit her with the batbox. The update for the Hoppes boys at Uni will be late in the round because I have 4 uni houses to play though so I'm spacing them out so I don't go crazy! Anyway -- we'll check on Janet, Ricky and little Vinaya at University next))

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Potential Doom?

So I entered the lot of Carla Devivio Sunday night and their toddler, Gibson was invisible and could not interact/be interacted with. He was still selectable and his needs still dropped. I tried everything I could think of (batbox, teleporter shrub, moving the family out and back in, installed a week-old backup) and nothing worked. Last night I did a system restore and re-installed the backup from last week. He was still missing. I then installed a back-up from the end of round 7 and the toddler is there... but that means I'm going to have to start Round 8 all over again. I'm guessing the character file got corrupted sometime since I started Round 8, every other lot seems to be working fine. I'm going to try some other stuff tonight and see if it works. If I can isolate his character file I can probably pop it into my more recent back-up and hopefully it works ::crosses fingers:: Hopefully my game isn't imploding... Wish me luck!

Update: I replaced Gibson's character file with the un-corrupted one in my June backup (the last time I played the lot) and it worked! Plus I didn't lose any lots that I played for Round 8 -- YAY!! I don't think my game is going screwy but it definitely worried me!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Devivio 1 (R8)

Last round at the Devivio's Brad found a mate in Tessa Ramirez. The couple's 5th child, Columbia transitioned into a toddler and the twins transitioned into children. Janet left for Sim State mid-week. Later on, Columbia transitioned into a child and Sofia found out she was expecting another baby. At the end of the week, Guy reached the top of the Business career track and maximized his lifetime aspiration meter. The kids also got into private school. Will Guy and Sofia have twins this round? Lets find out!

Devivio 1 (Lot 4) Tuesday-Sunday
Jar Card #36: Sell Lemonade

Soon after I opened the lot, Sofia went into labor

Baby #6 - Eddie Devivio - is born

This family is pretty close, they usually tend to eat their meals together

After breakfast, Guy headed off to his first day of work as a Business Tycoon, he was surprised when a helicopter came to pick him up instead of a car

Unfortunately the daily helicopter rides wouldn't last long. Guy made a bad decision at work, and had to plead for a job back at his old company.

That evening it was time for the Twins to transition into teens

Frank spun first declaring a fortune aspiration

Then Magenta transitioned declaring a pleasure aspiration

Here are close-ups of the twins after makeovers

Frank Devivio
Fortune - Earn 100,000

Magenta Devivio
Pleasure - Have 50 Dream Dates (yeah that's not going to happen, sorry sweetie)

Frank is a fortune sim, so he had the want for Cherish to get a job, so she did

Cherish did pretty well her first day on the job, she got a chance card which resulted in a promotion

Cherish needed to learn a few new skills to get her next promotion. Later on in the evening, Guy taught her how to speak

After the birthday party, Sofia went out to tend the trees and earned Nature Hobby Plaque

After School the next day, Pleasure Sim Magenta called over the matchmaker to see if she could get started dream dating

Magenta's date turned out to be a professor from Sim State -- not so handy now, she was trying to meet guys her own age, not crotchety balding professors!

Needless to say, the date just turned out to be OK, Those nerdy academics weren't her type anyway.

There was a lot to do around the Devivio house. Columbia convinced her dad to buy her a lemonade stand so she could practice being a business tycoon as well

In the evening, it was time for Eddie's birthday

After blowing out the candles, Eddie made went right for the spoiled milk on the floor

Despite the blue tux, Eddie is a girl

Eddie Devivio

Guy and Sofia wasted no time teaching Eddie how to walk and talk

The teens were a very gregarious bunch and frequently brought friends home with them from school. They would hang out in the living room and watch TV most days

One lovely young lady, Shelby Zaidi, caught Franks eye, he was surprised when she agreed to coming over and hanging out after school

Of course Brad had no interest in any of the younger girls his brother and sister were bringing home, he only had eyes for Tessa and he couldn't wait until they went off to Sim State together

Brad's other love was gardening and if he wasn't with Tessa, he could be found in the greenhouse. He spent so much time out there that he was able to earn his gold gardening badge

Later in the week it was Columbia's turn to transition into a teen

Columbia aspired to be a pleasure seeker like her big sisters Janet and Magenta

Here is Columbia after a makeover

Columbia Devivio
Pleasure: Have 50 First dates

Despite having completely different styles, Magenta and Columbia were like two peas in a pod, they were inseparable most of the time

While the girls pursued their pleasure seeking, and Brad continued to spend much time with Tessa, Frank decided to get a start on making some money. He found a decent paying job in the adventure career. They even paid for all of his Spelunking equipment, which was a huge bonus.

On Saturday evening, another birthday was in order, Eddie was transitioning into a child

Eddie Devivio

Family and friends stayed late into the night and eventually the cops showed up to break up the party

The next morning, Brad applied for his scholarships

And then headed off to Sim State ready to start his future with Tessa

Scoring: 2.5 points (1 point for Eddie, 1 point for Sofia's nature plaque, .5 point for Brads gold gardening badge)

Household Net-Worth: 123,019

((Well that wraps it up for another insanely busy house. True story: I knew a girl in college whose name was Eddie so I figured it was OK to pass on in this house, especially since I was out of female names from RHPS. I really enjoy Magenta's makeover, I think it's fitting of her namesake. Too bad she'll have to change aspirations in college because I refuse to do the 50 dream dates LTW. In contrast, I'm really looking forward to the 50 first dates LTW because nobody says they have to be good dates ::evil grins:: so it could lead to some really amusing posts in the future. I really don't like that teens get adult dates now that I have InTeen installed does anyone know of a way to change it? Well something that makes me sad coming up next round:

My CAS teens are turning elder!!! Guy and Sofia had a few hits of elixir in their lifetime, so I'll have to give a little to my other sims to preserve the age gaps. Guy and Sofia were my only CAS teens, all the rest were children and toddlers. Allan, Darren, Carla and Amar will turn elder in Round 10 /sad! Well we're off to the Hoppes' household next.))