Friday, August 26, 2011
Chapter 60: Builder
"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.
"Oh, I don't know," Kamala backs away, "I really wanted to be married first."
"Then let's get married, right here, right now."
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.
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!
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