Blog: The Baker Family – ‘New Romance’

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New Romance

Kyra woke up feeling very grumpy (she was hangry because I had a plan for the day and didn’t let her have breakfast). I interpreted it as her being a moody teenager, she’s a romantic sim and the absence of a delicious boyfriend in her life was making her frustrated. It was Saturday, so she decided to ask Malcom Landgraab if he wanted to meet up. She had met him a few times and he seemed interested, so she arranged to meet him at the EZ Freeze ice-cream parlour (I needed a place for my teens to hang out. CC-free version available on the gallery #EZfreeze #CoolKitchen #IceCream @Cinderellimouse). Danni wasn’t about to let her sister wander off into the desert outskirts with an almost stranger, so agreed to be her bodyguard!

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(Kyra has had a bit of a make-over, none of the game-eyes seemed quite right for her and I’ve been meaning to make some darker brown eyes for a while… so I finally made some! I also spent the last few days messing around with skintones/blushes/masks/overlays because… I don’t know… I have a lot of sims and felt like the skintones were starting to look a bit samey. I wanted a skintone with a bit more detail, and after a lot of messing, I finally settled on the one in the screenshots. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it on her, so I’m pretending it’s ‘fake tan’ so I won’t feel bad if I take it off her again!)

The girls arrived, excited to try the specialist ice-creams! But Kyra kept pouting and pulling grumpy faces, it was very funny, I think she was upset Malcom wasn’t paying her more attention. The girls grabbed their ice-creams (twin roses for Kyra and mint choc chip for Danni) and went to sit at the window with the view of the dinosaur.

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‘Where is he?’ Kyra grumbled looking around the parlour. Then her eyes rested on another delightful specimen and she pulled a flirty face (autonomously… the little minx! It was Felix from the Clausen family.).

Danni, who was more likely to fist-bump a guy than flirt, laughed and rolled her eyes at her sister.

‘What?’ giggled Kyra, ‘I’m not going to sit around waiting, I need a plan B!’

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‘He’s outside’, Danni spotted Malcom. Kyra stood up to look and sat back down: she wasn’t about to go running after him. He could come to her! Finally he came inside, but an old guy had sat down and was telling Kyra his life story. Kyra gave Malcom ‘HELP ME!’ looks until it finally dawned on him that maybe he should talk to her. Danni just sat there helpfully laughing at her sister’s predicament. 😄

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(At this point I gave Malcom a bit of a makeover too. I disliked that they’d made him into an evil criminal because I really liked the family in TS3 and found them very sweet. The Landgraab family can be a bit shifty, but I felt like Nancy broke the mould by marrying the humble Geoffrey, and Malcom is supposed to take after his father. In my mind he inherited the snobbiness and ambition of his mother, but the kind heart and geekiness of his father, and I edited his traits to reflect this. I also gave him a bit of a makeover to make him look less mean and a bit more like a posh nerd. Awwww… sweet!)

Kyra thought she’d give Malcom a taste of his own medicine (pun not intended) and started to ignore him, chatting to Michelle Clausen instead. Kyra and Michelle have always been very close friends in my previous games so I took the opportunity to build their relationship a little and it’s nice they hit it off so well! \o/ Malcom made me laugh by doing a muscle man pose as he took a selfie. Finally Michelle had to leave (where did everybody go?!) and Kyra turned her attention back to Malcom.

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I also spotted Lena Clausen leaving the lot with a little friend, they almost looked like they were holding hands and I was pleased she’d made a new friend all by herself! I’m looking forward to making her a little geeky kid’s club when we get Get Together.

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Kyra continued to act coy, sitting at the counter with her back to Malcom, but he quickly won her over. It’s obvious she really likes him because she gets all goofy when he flirts with her. Feeling a bit self-conscious with Danni watching, Kyra suggested they took their date to the local park. It was closer to home and safer than Oasis Springs, so Danni didn’t need to go with them, she reasoned.

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Kyra and Malcom arrived at the park and Kyra dutifully texted her sister. Now it was just the two of them they got all flirty! It makes me laugh how goofy she goes around him, it’s adorable! She’s such a softie!

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Little did Kyra know there was a spy in the park!

‘What are you doing behind that bush Michelle?’

‘Danni text me, she knew we were coming to the park and she wants us to keep an eye on her sister. I guess she’s just being over-protective.’

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But Kyra spotted them! ‘Come on!’ she laughed and pulled Malcom away to a park bench.

‘What’s wrong?’ Malcom questioned, ‘Are you embarrassed to be seen with me or something?’

Kyra blushed, ‘Yes… I mean, no, not like that!’

‘Would you even be interested in me if I wasn’t a Landgraab?’

‘Of course I would!’ Kyra cried angrily, ‘Is that really what you think of me!? I like you because you’re sweet, and funny, and… and…’

Malcom blushed, ‘…and?’

Kyra couldn’t say that she was already thinking how he’d be a good husband one day! That he was kind and funny and made her feel all squishy inside. That he’d be able to look after her: he was smart and ambitious and would get a good job and… be a good father. She couldn’t tell him that she’d already planned their wedding and thought what their kids would look like.

‘…and I’m going to marry you for your money and kill you in the swimming pool, mwa ha ha ha ha haaaaaaa!’ Kyra pounced on him and tickled him mercilessly!

‘Ok… ok… I get it, I’m sorry! I surrender! I surrender!’ he laughed, grabbing her wrists to stop her tickling him. Out of breath and smiling, he pulled her into a hug. ‘I’m sorry. Of course I know you’re not like that. I’m just insecure. It’s happened before, girls have paid no attention to me until they found out I have money, and then they suddenly they’re interested.’

Kyra thought back to the first time she’d met him. He’d been walking past while she was painting in the garden and they’d got into a conversation about art. She knew he was posh, she’d been able to tell that from his voice and his manner, and it would be a lie to say money meant nothing to her: money meant comfort. But she wouldn’t be with someone who she didn’t like.

‘Well… those girls are stupid,’ said Kyra resolutely, ‘You’re smart, and funny, and sweet… and if they can’t see that then it’s their loss.’

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Kyra was surprised at how insecure Malcom was. All this time she’d been wondering what he saw in her! She’d seen all those gorgeous privileged girls swanning around the neighbourhood with their designer clothes and private school educations (I hope we get these things! #SimWish). They probably had so much more in common with Malcom than she did, the goofy working-class daughter of a baker, and with his family name he could have his pick of the bunch! She was scared of meeting his parents, what would they think of her? She didn’t dress like them, talk like them, eat like them or walk like them. Would they look down on her? Would they try and stop Malcom from seeing her?

All these things were running through her head as she unconsciously walked around the pond with Malcom’s hand warmly wrapped around hers. He stopped and looked at her seriously.

‘Look, Kyra,’ he said softly, ‘I’ve been thinking…’

Was this it? Was he about to break up with her?

‘…we should make this official. Can I call you my girlfriend?’

‘OMG! Of course! Yes!’ cried Kyra ungraciously, jumping up and down. She hugged him tightly, then drew away with an embarrassed smile before instinctively plunging forward for a first kiss. ❤

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They said their goodbyes and Malcom walked away. He looked a bit uncomfortable in the trouser department. Tee hee hee.

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After Malcom left, Kyra marched over to Michelle. ‘Hey stalker!’ she called laughing. She didn’t even notice Felix this time! The girls spent the rest of the evening giggling together in the toilets and cementing their relationship. ^___^

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CC links:

American Diner set at Around the Sims: http://aroundthesims3.com/sims4/objects/room_community_01.shtml

Dunkin’ Brands Stuff by Oh My Sims: http://ohmycc.tumblr.com/post/126896625070

Ice Cream Set 1 by mrsimplelukkas: http://mrsimplelukkas.tumblr.com/post/125431670709/hey-guys-here-are-some-ts3-objects-converted-to

Ice Cream Set 2 by mrsimplelukkas: http://mrsimplelukkas.tumblr.com/post/125441000799/hello-more-ts3-objects-converted-to-ts4-i-hope

TS4 Download: Darker Eyes

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The dark brown eyes in the game are not dark enough for some of my sims and I’ve been meaning to make some more for a while. I finally got around to it and got a little carried away, making 9 colour options in total. Then I got even more carried away and made 9 more slightly brighter versions.

The eyes can be found under face-paint (you’ll find them easily, the thumbnails are very pink!) because I thought it was easier that way to apply them to existing sims like contacts, and it means I’m not clogging up your eye-colour tab. If you would like these as actual eye-colours just let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

I also hand-drew these using the original game eyes as a base rather than pasting a photo over the top, so they should fit with the game style quite well.

Colour options are:
*hazel
*brown
*olive
*green
*aqua
*blue
*navy
*lavender
*grey

and there are both dark and mid-tone package versions available in the zip.

Download from Dropbox HERE!

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(And yes… I am spelling ‘grey’ and ‘colour’ correctly in English-English. 😛 )

Crumpleton: Nature Most Unnatural

I’m trying to set up my town to be self-sufficient. I’ve installed Ani’s No Shopping from Fridge mod so that meals will only be available if the sim has the ingredients stocked in the fridge. If the sim does not have the ingredients they have to go and buy them. However, I want to avoid using the grocery rabbithole and have my sims set up a grocery store and farmer’s market. So it’s important that I play with the sims that produce food to sell. One of my main sim families has a farm, but the plants they grow are only trees, so I needed to set up a sim who produces all the other fruit and veg. That sim is Daric Ordhen from Dragon Valley.

(Note: he was going to be a fisherman but I found another sim who I wanted to assign that role to instead. But he has the ‘green thumb’ trait and a big garden so assigning him to the gardener profession worked too.)

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I thought he should be an elder (I like having lots of elder sims in Crumpleton to make the town feel like it has had people living there for generations, and to give it that sleepy English village feel) so I aged him up. He’s a loner, so I imagined he was happy to celebrate his birthday alone, I thought it was sweet that he cheered for himself. His new randomised outfit was surprisingly suitable too! But I changed his shoes to something a little less garish. I made his skin less green too. His face is so adorable with his small chin, big nose and saggy jowls. ^__^

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Daric pottered round his little house, making a small meal and washing up, happy to follow his daily routine.

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Daric wanted to work in his garden but it was raining heavily and he was feeling a bit sniffly. It was still early and the town was sleeping so he ventured to the garden centre where he volunteers. The greenhouse would keep him dry.

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Daric was pleased to see that his friend, the dancing sunflower, had given him some sunshine to fertilise the other plants. ‘Oh, you are a good sunflower! Look how well you have done.’ He had a little dance to celebrate. (All this seemed perfectly normal to Daric, who spends more time with plants than people.)

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Then it was time to fertilise, water, and shot words of encouragement to the plants before harvesting them. Daric had completely forgotten about his cold and didn’t realise how wet he was getting!

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The rain had stopped, and it was time for one of Daric’s favourite jobs: riding the tractor in the orchard! As he walked to the reliable machine, he picked up a few seeds, including an unusual glowing seed he had never seen before. Maybe it was some kind of pomegranate? Stashing the seeds in his pocket, he began working in the orchard, the pollen haze surrounded him, but Daric was in a happy haze himself and barely noticed. As the sun rose a huge rainbow appeared over the garden centre, it was almost magical!

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Daric began to feel really rather ill, perhaps he had inhaled too much pollen after all. He went to the clinic to see if he could get a shot. He generally avoided medicine, unless it was herbal, but he really did feel particularly strange (he had a wish to get a shot, so this is why I allowed it). He arrived at the clinic a bit too early, the doctors had not begun their shift and there was no pharmacist on duty, so he read quietly in the waiting room.

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Eventually the pharmacist, Doctor Khan, arrived and Daric explained his symptoms to her (Asha is actually an alchemist from the Supernatural expansion, but I like to think of it more like a chemist or pharmacist). He explained about the itchy skin, the sniffly nose, the fuzzy feeling in his head, the strange feeling in his stomach like something was growing…..

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Asha seemed concerned, she waited until Doctor Landgraab arrived for a second opinion. Geoffrey did some more tests and also seemed a it concerned, he wanted to give Daric an experimental new drug, but Daric refused! A shot was one thing… but he wasn’t about to trust some new-fangled scientific experiment!

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Reluctantly the Doctors agreed to give him a shot and some allergy medicine. Asha was still concerned and said she would try and work on a herbal remedy for his symptoms. (I was hoping Geoffrey could give Daric the shot but the option wasn’t available, so he had to go to the rabbithole rug hidden at the back of the building).

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Daric went home feeling uncomfortable, the shot had helped his sniffly nose but the uncomfortable feeling in his stomach was getting a bit painful. He decided to work on his garden a while to take his mind off it. Daric lives on the edge of Crumplebottom National Park, and is the park-keeper, his garden overlooks the park and I love the little path that leads down from his garden). He planted lots of new vegetables like cabbage, leeks and asparagus (from icemunmun).

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His stomach was really rumbling now and he was feeling very dizzy! Daric thought maybe he was hungry so made a green salad with herb sauce. Then… something strange happened. The rumbling stopped. The pain was gone. And through the haze in his mind, Daric saw…

…the green dragon.

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(Note: I was as surprised too! I didn’t place the dragon, it just appeared! The lot is from Dragon Valley so it must have had an egg hidden on it somewhere. But the timing was so perfect, and it fit the story I was going for which was that Daric spent so much time with plants, inhaling pollen, that something supernatural was happening to him! So… he had a dragon baby. 😄

I don’t ususally play with the supernatural elements too much, but Daric’s green skin, his love of plants, his loner trait, and the allergy moodlets prompted the idea and I couldn’t resist!)

Blog: Week 1 – The Baker Family, ‘My Words Fly’

I was very excited when Harriette’s work day finally rolled around: while she helps out in the bakery, her real job is in the writing career and I’d built her a copy of the beautiful Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris! I was so excited to have her working actively on the lot with Zerbu’s Turbo Careers mod!

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Harriette arrived feeling a bit nervous, the bookstore was busy with lots of intellectual types hanging out and discussing high-brow novels. It was Harriette’s first day working at the famous hang-out for acclaimed authors, her job was to manage the café: providing coffee, cleaning and serving food. (Note: this is what the mod encourages people to do at the first level of the writing career because you are a writer’s assistant. I can’t wait for the Get Together expansion so I can have a REAL coffee bar!)

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After a while Harriette felt a little braver and went to chat with some of the authors. They were so charming and friendly and Harriette felt accepted. She would be much less grumpy and frustrated at home, now that she had her sanctuary of books!

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Downloads!

Shakespeare&Co is available on the gallery! The version I uploaded is CC-free as always! Search for #Shakespeare or #BakerFamily.

I did test he lot before uploading, but typically when I started to play properly I found a few niggly things. I’d forgotten to add an oven to the kitchen, and once I did Harriette stopped using the available counter and took the chopping board downstairs. Silly sims! I deleted the counter and replaced it and that seemed to fix the problem.

Here is a little tour! You can see the bookshop/newsagents area on the ground floor, the café on the first floor, and the writer’s loft (including the bed from the real-life shop)! There is also space to expand if you wish, but these areas are not shown.

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I also made some CC for the lot which is available separately, if you want to add that yourself. I recoloured the Get To work windows and doors to make them a darker bottle-green, I made a sign for above the shop door reminiscent of the real life sign, and I made a new Shakespeare portrait picture. You can grab the file here!

I also added some CC in my game including the wonderful French Street objects by Sandy at Around the Sims 4 here, here and here!

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Enjoy! ^__^

Blog: Week 1 – The Baker Family, ‘A Cooler Kitchen’

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The bakery business was doing well, but Harold and Harriette wanted to try offering a few more options, so they bought an ice-cream machine! I was really happy to discover we can sell the bowls, cones, and cartons! But it’s a bit tricky getting the sims to put the bowl/cone down before taking a bite! Once they take a bite you lose the option to ‘set for sale’ on that particular item. It’s a bit fiddly to set up, but once the ice cream is in the fridge it lasts for 8 days before going bad, so you have plenty of time to sell it! And if you choose to restock it from the little sign, it restocks with a ‘fresh’ serving! My plan is to keep some of the signs in the kitchen so I can restock with fresh ice-cream whenever I need it!

Florence came over to help, they were expecting a busy day! She decided it was very important that she ‘taste test’ the ice cream!

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Kyra is flirty by nature, so when she was asked to talk to the customers, she used her own special sales technique! She’d met Malcom Landgraab the day before, so when she found him in the shop she turned on the charm! He seemed impressed with her enthusiasm and bought an ice-cream!

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Danni was still feeling unhelpful, and was more interested in continuing her gaming mission than helping in the store. And the crowds were too much for Harriette, who was quiet by nature, so she withdrew to work on her writing skill and read books.

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By the end of the day the shop was completely sold-out! Kyra regretted gorging on ice creams, concerned about her waistline she did some yoga before bed. (I love Kyra’s girly bedroom!)

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Harold had done something to upset Harriette, who was really annoyed with him! When Harriette stomped upstairs Harry hid under the bedclothes pretending to be asleep, which just made her more mad! She made him get up and I discovered he had forgotten to take the bins out. Poor Harry! He looked so sad! Harriette wouldn’t usually be so mad, but the busy days had taken their toll on her and she longed to get back to what she loved doing, which was working with books. Harry finally apologised and calmed her down, he understood why she was so stressed out and gave her a massage. He even made her apology love cookies! Soon they were their normal cuddly selves again. ^__^

I took so many screenshots because it was such a real-life type of situation, and their reactions were so good!

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It’s things like this that make me think, ‘How do people NOT love The Sims 4?’! Because I love things like this! They act so much more human than the sims in TS3 and really seem to have their own thoughts and character. My sims act the way they should act! And I get these whole storylines that occur 90% naturally in my game. I might prompt an action here and there, like having Harold make the apology cookies, but things like Harold hiding in the bed, Harriette getting mad and complaining about the bins, and Harold needing the toilet while she was in the bath all occurred autonomously. And their physical reactions and emotional responses are so entertaining to watch! I love how they do things differently depending on the mood they are in.

And yes, I know we still don’t have toddlers and there are things missing, or things that could be better. I feel frustrated about this too. But the more I play, the more I think TS4 is going to be the best series ever when it has more time to develop. In many ways it already is.

Blog: Week 1 – The Baker Family, ‘A Piece of Cake’

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Setting up the lovely Baker family was a bit tricky! Their story is that they live in a row of terraced houses and the house on the corner is their bakery. This is their bakery in TS3:

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Back in the TS2 Open for Business days they had the feature that allowed you to open a business on a home lot. With TS3 I used mods like OFB4TS3 to set this up. At the moment there is no way to have a home business in TS4, so I had to be a bit tricky. I built my row of terraced homes and furnished the Baker home, then I changed the lot to retail and built the bakery on the corner. I think we can all agree it looks better than the TS3 version! The Baker family includes the extended family of two grandparents and an aunt, so I moved the whole family into a separate lot, bought the bakery, and ‘moved’ the nuclear family to their home on the retail lot. I’m imagining the other home belongs to the grandparents for now, and when the sims automatically return there I pretend they are visiting the grandparents before sending them back to their ‘home’ on the retail lot. It’s also easy to call the grandparents over for help with the business, as I can control them (whereas if they lived on a completely separate lot they would be uncontrollable). This set up isn’t perfect, but it’s working ok so far, especially with the door locks (added in a patch) to prevent customers entering the private areas, and stop the family going into the ‘neighbours’ homes.

Anyhoo… Harold, Harriette, and their daughters Kyra and Danielle were ready to move in. Here is a little tour!

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You can download the sims and this lot from the gallery! #BakerFamily Everything I upload is CC-free as I remove my mods folder while creating sims and building. The CC you see is added later for my own use. ^__^

Harry (Harold) wakes up in the wee early hours of the morning to bake goodies for the day ahead. He’s a foodie and loves baking, so he’s always in a cheerful mood. Soon he has a few plates of brownies and sugar cookies to sell so he opens the doors…

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Customers flooded in, excited to check out the new yummy treats on offer! Harry panicked and called his mother to come and lend a hand!

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The girls were not too interested in helping out with the business, Kyra was more interested in gossiping with the local teenagers and painting (I think she has an admirer), and Danni played computer games before going for a jog.

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Nonetheless, Harriette, Florence and Harry tackled the restocking, selling and cleaning! It was hard work and they were feeling pretty tired at times, but by the end of the day they were happy the business had done so well!

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At the end of the day, the family sat down for a well-deserved meal. Harriette decided to have a nice soothing lavender bath soak and mud mask, but was interrupted by her husband who decided he needed a poo. Ah, sometimes art reflects life too well! 😄

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Crumpleton: A Few Loose Ends

It was an eventful morning for the Vanderburgs. In the wee small hours of the morning a burglar crept up to the house, but she had made a big mistake! Choosing to steal from a home inhabited by a police officer and judge is never a good idea! Sabastian was woken by the suspicious noises and his fellow officers were quick to respond! I followed the officer and the perp as they drove away, hoping to follow them to the police station where I could have Sebastian process her, but unfortunately the car turned and vanished. ;_; Typically, Renauld slept through the whole thing!

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The next morning, Catarina visited the Town Hall offices where she was hoping to secure funds to improve the library services. She had also arranged to meet Roxy there before her court appointment. But when she tried to speak to councillor Phillips he brushed her off, making some excuse about being late for a meeting and saying he would discuss it another day. Well, Catarina would just have to do her best with the existing funding then!

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(Time to use my newly built court house, woo!)

Renauld drove to the court house to sit Roxy’s trial. Catarina made sure she was there on time. It was only a minor offence, and taking into account Roxy’s mental health issues and impassioned defence statement, Renauld went easy on her. He charged her a small fine, which was the minimum punishment, but he felt bad as Roxy was already short of money and the fine would only worsen her situation. He also ordered her to attend a weekly counselling meeting with a social worker, hopefully that would do her some good.

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Troubled over Roxy’s situation, Catarina went back to the office and arranged the library service improvements. She contacted the local telephone company and encouraged them to upgrade the lines. Then she arranged to have the old tree at the library clipped so it no longer damaged the roof (I moved it back a bit). She even had a small unobtrusive extension built onto the side of the library to hold the bathroom facilities. Finally, Catarina visited the high school: she didn’t have much money left in the community fund but the school desperately needed new computers! In the end, Catarina used her own money to buy second hand computers for all the desks! It wasn’t the best solution, but it was the best she could do. Unfortunately, the students and some of the richer parents didn’t seem impressed! 😄

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Next time I play I will be choosing a different family. I played a little bit longer than I should have with the Vanderburgs, but they turned out to be quite interesting! I wanted to make sure they did their roles properly, attending the correct workplaces and such-like.

* You can grab my social worker mod here: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=552261
* I’ll hopefully remember to upload my law career soon, but you can find a great one here by Missy Hissy: https://missyhissysjobcentre.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/lawyer-career/
* I used Ani’s Tax Collector mod a lot here to transfer money between individuals and civic buildings, particularly the donation boxes. You can grab the mod here: http://nraas.wikispaces.com/Tax+Collector

News: The Sims 4 Get Together Announced

Earlier today Rachel Franklin announced the second expansion pack at Gamescom. Here is the trailer:

I’m so excited to be getting the Medieval/Tudor style world, I honestly couldn’t take anything else in at first! The name of the world is ‘Windenburg’ so I’m thinking it might be based loosely on Wittenberg in Germany? The buildings and ruins are beautiful!

I’m still gathering info but the pack seems to be based around social groups and activities, I’m interested in hearing more details! But some things I can see in the trailer include walk-in closets, football, a dj booth, a fiddle/violin, coffee shops [!!!], bonfires, beer, fire-dancing, new dance moves and social interactions like high-fives, and lots of new build/buy/CAS items.

It seems to have all the great social stuff from TS3 University Life, but it appears to have social groups like in TS2 Freetime. It’s an interesting mix and I’m looking forward to finding out more!

Crumpleton: A Close Encounter

The next morning, Ella nervously made jam sandwiches for breakfast, se would have to ask for money to buy more ingredients and look up a few recipes soon, she couldn’t keep making jam sandwiches for long! (Note: the combination of Ella’s low cooking skill and Ani’s No Shopping From Fridge mod mean there are not many options available yet.) She was surprised when Renauld invited her to join him for breakfast. Little did she know, the old man was feeling sentimental: Ella looked so much like his old friend, with the same delicate mannerisms. And having a young girl around the house reminded him of his own missing daughter.

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When Renauld and Ella left, it made me laugh to see Catarina looking at the sandwiches in confusion. She didn’t know her husband had hired a housekeeper! Sebastian was still in bed, so who had made the sandwiches?

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It was the day of the Spring Fair, so Catarina made her way to the park to check on the set-up. She was dismayed to find the rain had dampened everyone’s spirits, and nobody had bothered to supervise the arrangements. (Note: I actually hadn’t set up the spring festival yet. I wanted to make it part of my gameplay and make a sim responsible for it).

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By early afternoon Catarina had taken charge of the event, contacting the hot-air balloon supplier, the traders, the puppet show, the food vendors, and all the various people who needed prodding into action. She was pleased with the result! Even if the event was a total wash-out that day, hopefully the weather would brighten up for the remainder of the holidays. It made me laugh to see the newspaper vendor running home at the end of his shift.

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Catarina was invited to the Vicar’s house for tea, so she popped by the flower shop to buy a gift. She met the TS3 version of Adelia Clausen there, I love it when my sims bump into each other around town!

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Catarina then drove to the vicarage and met Vincentio Pantalone, it seemed the Vicar had also invited a few ‘troubled’ guests to the gathering, perhaps in the hope of introducing them to people like Catarina who might be able to help them. One of these guests was a young girl who gasped when she saw Catarina arrive. It was Francisca Vanderburg, Catarina’s missing daughter (although the vicar did not know this). Francisca quickly locked herself in the bathroom before her mother could spot her. (Note: all this was entirely coincidental, the invite and Francisca’s appearance. Francisca was already in the bathroom and I may have locked her in.)

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Catarina offered to help her friend Mrs Pantalone in the kitchen and everyone loved her meal. While the guests were sitting at the table, Francisca sneaked out of the house and slipped away before her mother spotted her!

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Catarina found Roxy Hunter eating outside in the rain, she obviously felt awkward at the party. She confided to Catarina that she was worried about her court summons the next day, and Catarina reassured her that she would meet her before to lend her some moral support.

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After a tiring day, Renauld suggested that Catarina join him at the country club for a relaxing evening.

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