Saturday, September 3, 2011

As the Romans Do

As promised, here is the link to my Random Legacy Blog, which picks up on the story of this legacy's Generation 9 spars, Hawke and Raven.
As the Romans Do: A Random Legacy

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chapter 61: Even Rocky has a Montage

My last gameplay session was ruined by several annoying glitches. It started with Wolf freezing up for no reason, mid-stride. I'd reset him and he be fine for awhile, but freeze again. Then, his architecture career refused to behave. First, if the client wasn't home when he taking measurements, he'd get the 'Go Home' direction in his queue, which would interrupt the measuring process. So, not a huge deal. The measurements help with the final score, but he can do the renovation without it. But, while doing the renovation, the money for the new items was being charged to my family, not the client. And, the checklist for the job requirements wasn't acknowledging it when I bought the required items. So completing jobs became impossible. In my final try to complete a renovation, I completely lost the UI when it entered build mode. I had to restart my PC to get out of the game.  I had an issue like that earlier in this game where I lost my UI and had to revert to an earlier save.

So, this neighborhood is pretty much toast. Since it's Generation 10, I'm calling this legacy complete. I have a few pictures of play before it died, and I've compiled a little montage of screenshots I've taken throughout the whole legacy.

I will be starting a new legacy very soon, continuing the story of this legacy's Generaion 9 spares, Hawke and Raven, in Brooklyn Heights. I'm currently in the process of populating that town. I will post a link to that legacy here when it's ready.

Cricket becomes a YA. He buys a small cottage and marries Jada Speeking. They take the name Speeking-Roman.

Her son and his wife are at it often enough; Phoenix figures she should have a grandchild by now.

Kamala is pregnant.

Cricket asks his brother for a renovation, he wants a new bedroom set for himself and his new bride.

Jada and Cricket get romantic while Wolf takes measurements.

After this, the game falls apart.

So, here's the montage of out takes:

Carey thinks Warm Gun should add hand puppets to the show.

"Do you have to do this in my bedroom?"

Foster plays with himself.

Hey! Knock first!

Gibson rages over the clogged toilet.

Darius and Autumn get frisky.

Meadow gets a tip from her father.

The time machine in the attic of Rex's museum. I was going to do a scene about Rex and Tamsin traveling in time, but it's not a very photogenic activity, and with all the world traveling they did, I just dropped the idea, and never mentioned the time machine in the attic. Until Generation 9, when it came into play. Then, I kind of wished I had included this scene so it wouldn't look like that time machine appeared out of nowhere.

Rex and Tamsin in China.

Darryl's creepy neurotic painting.

Demond attempts to woo Teresa Roth. Even though they were romantic interests at the time, she rejects him over and over. Later that day, I got an SP pop up telling me she'd married someone else.

"I was the best character in this legacy, you know."

Sheridan, the king of gratuitous beefcake. Fan service ahoy.

Tam and Rex. Rex lived a really long time.

"Still the best character."

Darius helps Thessaly with her homework.

Sheridan scowls.

Quinn! Is! So! Excited!

Aislin gets stuck in an elevator.

Trent sculpts. Aislin dances.

Rex loves the play room.

It's full of stars!

So, that's it.
All my goals for Gen 10 were ongoing. The 'Homemade' requirement was easy, as I already had a fridge full of homegrown fruits and veggies. I actually failed on the Social Bunny, as I went over a week without sending Wolf out on a date or outing. I forgot about it, actually.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chapter 60: Builder

Some emergencies are fairly minor. Though Phoenix has been promoted all the way to Fire Chief, basic maintenance and repair jobs at the station still fall to her just as they did when she was a lowly mechanic.

Other emergencies are life threatening and dangerous. Phoenix tries not to wonder why the old man was wearing a speedo and pirate boots when the roof collapsed on him, and just focus on freeing him before the fire kills him.

Cricket has a birthday. Just like his brother, he invites only friend to his celebration, Jada Speeking, who had her birthday the day before.

Cricket becomes a teen. Except for his eye and hair color, which he got from Fox, Cricket is the image of Phoenix's father, Trent.

There's no question about what comes next for Cricket and Jada, they'd been planning this since they were children. This would be their first kiss, if they hadn't passed that hurdle already in crypts during a school field trip.

"So, you're serious about Kamala?" his mother asks, her voice strained.

"You don't have a problem with the Ramaswamis, do you?" Wolf asks in return. His mother never showed any signs of prejudice before, so Wolf is a little puzzled at her attitude.

"No, no of course not," Phoenix says, realizing what her question implied. The only problem she has with the Ramaswamis is that her great-grandmother Chanda was a Ramaswami. But Phoenix can't tell her son that, she's never told anyone but Fox about where she's from. "I like Kamala," Phoenix says reassuringly, "You should bring her around the family if you're serious about her is all."

"She'll be here all the time when I marry her," Wolf answers, watching his mother's face for a response. Her smile is a  little tight, but it is a smile. He hopes this isn't going to be an issue for her. "Unless you want us to live somewhere else?"

"No," Phoenix says adamantly, "I want you, both of you, to stay here."

"I'm going to have the house wired for electricity," Wolf announces, hoping it doesn't freak her out. He's never understood why his parents live the way they do. They've never spoken about it, never had and anti-modern philosophy or beliefs he was aware of.

"Oh, of course. I always meant to do that, once we had the money. But I guess I just got used to living without it."

Wolf shakes his head sadly. His mother is so weird.

Wolf becomes a man, and immediately makes good on his promise to modernize the house. He likes the rustic aesthetic his parents have going on, so he maintains the style of the place, while adding electricity, showers and a real refrigerator and stove. He also gets rid of the mismatched dining chairs his parents picked up from who knows where.

When the work is done, he invites Kamala over to show it off.

He built a barn out front, part garage, because he wants a car, and part workspace, for both himself and Kamala.

She wants to be a nectar maker, so Wolf bought the necessary equipment and set it up for her.

The Romans invite the Ramaswamis over for a family dinner. Sanjay works in the music industry and can't make it, so Priya comes without him.

Wolf wastes no time letting his intentions be known to Kamala's mother. Priya quickly gives the coupple her blessing. "Sanjay and I have discussed this many times," she says, "We are happy to have you as a son-in-law."

With that taken care of, Wolf escorts Kamala to the final item on his tour of the house. He's created a space in the attic, a large master suite, just for them.

As a grand finale, Wolf presents her with a ring. Kamala pretends to be surprised, but she was expecting this from the moment she arrived.

"You will stay with me tonight, won't you?" Wolf asks.

"Oh, I don't know," Kamala backs away, "I really wanted to be married first."

"Then let's get married, right here, right now."

Kamala weighs her desire for a wedding party, which is really more about her parents than her own wishes, against her eagerness to start a life with Wolf, and decides in favor of doing it now.

And just like that, the couple is married and starting on their honeymoon.

The town holds a ceremony in Phoenix's honor, even giving her a key to the city. She's reached the pinnacle of her career, and has served Riverblossom Hills well. Though she's not yet an elder, Phoenix decides it's time to retire.

Her work, while satisfying, has caused her to miss important events like her sons' badging ceremonies. She wants to spend the remaining time she has left before becoming an elder just being with her family, fishing with her husband, and upgrading all the new appliances and electronic Wolf has brought into their house.

Having done such a great job on his family home, Wolf decides to make a career of it. He registers himself as an architect, and immediately gets called for an assignment the next day. He's just that awesome.

Did someone say Wolf was cocky? maybe just a little...

The house: First floor. The dining area was enlarged to accommodate a table for six. New fridge and stove, a TV and shower tubs in the bathrooms.

Second floor attic space: a master suite for Wolf and Kamala.

The barn/garage: New laundry facilities, space for two cars. And a room for nectar making.

Second floor of barn: Wolf's studio. Drafting table, easel, sculpting station and computer desk. And a display case for all the trophies Wolf is sure he'll be getting.

Exterior of the main house.

Wolf's first job is to create a study for Mechanicholas Treebeard.

Wolf cannot hide his horror when he sees how little space he has to work with.

Wolf does what he can with the space. The most important thing about working with clients is you have to bend to their tastes, even if that taste is for pink and green florals.

Wolf's next job is to create a nursery for Antoinette Wattson. He's barely on time for that; while she's inspecting his work, she goes into labor. As he's the only person on hand, Wolf escorts her to the hospital.

After a few hours of labor, they return to the Manor of Speeking with baby Nathan, and the new mother can continue the tour.

Jada can think of a lot of things she'd rather do with Cricket besides watching TV with him and his father. She uses all her mental powers to will Fox out of the room.

Finally, the parents disappear into their own room and Cricket and Jada have some private time.

"Damn!" Jada curses as she rises suddenly from the couch, "Stupid curfew. See you tomorrow, Cricket." The daughter of Sherlock Speeking cannot be caught outside after curfew.

Kamala helps Fox with the gardening, learning from a master. All her nectars will be pressed from the finest fruits.
With the new PC Wolf bought, Fox has discovered video games. While he's tending his plants, his mind is on killing the Archdemon before the blight takes over Ferelden.

Some people might be squicked out by this part of the nectar making process. Others might pay extra.

Phoenix didn't realize until recently how much she missed having showers. Fox discovers there are other ways to play while getting clean that don't involve the rubber duckie.

Challenge Notes:

Phoenix did manage to complete the Perfectionist goal before Wolf's generation took over. The last three electric items she needed to repair for that were the fire station laundry and TV, and a broken computer she ran into while handling an earthquake emergency. Yes, I made the two victims stuck under the rubble wait for Phoenix to fix a PC before rescuing them. She still got an A on that job.
I don't think spouses are included in Perfectionist, but Fox did all the challenges for fishing and gardening skills. Not that I was trying for those, but that's what he does all day, so it was bound o happen.
Both Phoenix and Fox achieved their LTWs (to max 3 skills). Phoenix maxed Handiness, Athletic and Fishing. Fox mastered Fishing, Gardening and Cooking.

Wolf also has the Renaissance Sim LTW. He'll master painting and probably sculpting and charisma.
His traits are Friendly, Loves the Outdoors, Charismatic, Perfectionist, Artistic.
Kamala's traits are Virtuoso, Loves the Outdoors, Absent Minded, Technophobe...I forget the fifth. She came with the LTW to max guitar and charisma. I probably won't change that or her traits.

I made Phoenix retire early because I don't want to do two ambitions jobs at once. It's trying enough to to manage the gardening, fishing and nectar pressing while driving Wolf around town on assignments.
The architecture career is proving difficult here, for various reasons. One is that RH features some very quirky houses, and very tiny lots. As any who has played this career knows, the assignments you get don't take into account how much space you have to work with. And the game does take into account how many beds there are, and if there's proper kitchen and bath equipment, and even if your assignment is to add a gym, if there aren't enough beds and other living basics, you fail. This is a problem for me because my neighborhood is currently overcrowded. The only empty houses are little one bedroom deals that no one will move into, and everyone is packed in tight in houses without enough beds. So every job is requiring I find space in the budget to add whatever is required, plus extra beds for everyone so I don't fail.
I have added new houses here and there, but most empty lots are 16x18. Since I'm only playing one more generation, I haven't wanted to take the time to build new little houses. And the ones I used in my previous RH were made by plasticbox, the lovely little Wee Barnoids. Which are great, but all use CFE to build split stairs, and are thus a pain to change in any way. And they are so tiny and tight, adding a gym or any other goofy assignment, would just be impossible.
The job for the Simbot was a fail. The house was built to meet a Simbot's needs. There's a pile of scrap, but no kitchen. The house is 6x6. To get past the 'You have to give me enough to live!!!' requirement would require I build onto the tiny house, which would entail so much relandscaping. I just gave up and blew it off.
Long story short, I hate my job.

On the plus side, Living in the Past is over. Yay, showers!