Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Tuckers: Round 3 / Minus One, Plus Four

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Martin has moved back into the family home after graduation. His LTW is to Become The Law.

Monday, October 27, 2008

University: Round 2 / Too Many Hobbies

Of course, later I realized I should have named this post "A Plague of Plaques." Darn.

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Devan arrived on campus. Devan and Daniel were going to live in a small rental home until they could hopefully get into the Greek house. I see that they have both chosen their fall wardrobe from the Goopy Gilscarbo Collection.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Browns: Round 2 / Stacey the Stalker

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I didn't know in the last round, but this girl's name is Stacey Reiner. I think you get the idea that the phone rings nonstop for Daniel. This is sadly no exaggeration. Stacey who was once his girlfriend has turned into a psycho stalker.

The Hamiltons: Round 2 / The Girl That Disappeared

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Hooray, seeing eye pet! Wait, aren't you a little short for that job, kitty?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Webbs: Round 2 / Ice Cream, Donuts, and Cake!

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If you remember, Grace's four teens left for college in the last round. That leaves just the two of them, plus baby Wilson.

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That gave them more time to spend alone together.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Tuckers: Round 2 / Invisibility and Boredom

I'm cranky at the time of this writing, so just bear with me. It didn't help that when I finished writing, my cordless phone fell over and miraculously (in a bad way) posted before I saved the last third of the post. Now I'm cranky and re-writing.

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I think the Golden Anniversary Lifetime Want is my favorite. It's only a matter of waiting, and then picking up a phone.

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And then, Viola!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

University: Round 1 / The Fletcher Kids

These pictures are in no particular order after the first half dozen, because if I took the kind of time to do it right, then I would never write about this round. I should learn to blog as I'm playing. Anyway...

The last time we saw the Fletchers, the kids were all off to college. Let's go see how they are doing.

The Browns: Round 1 / Home Alone

It's been over a year since the disappearance of Daniel, Sr. and Deanna Brown. Little Devan doesn't remember them very well. It is presumed that they were killed on their second honeymoon in Europe, either in a skiing accident, or they may have been trampled at a "football" game by crazed soccer fans. No one really knows for sure.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Hamiltons: Round 1 / Pound Purries

Rose started out with no wants, but on the bright side also had no fears. Without any goals or ways to gain aspiration points, I had her do what I have most sim kids do - study cooking. That way she can bake all the muffins she wants without burning them. Eventually, her wants and fears came back, which was a relief.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Bauers: Round 1 / Similarly Different

Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!

This would look a lot more natural if they were lying on some grass - better yet, a bed. I love my husband, but I'm not about to snuggle with him on gravel and concrete. So yeah, if this were real life, someone would have to have pushed me down for me to be realistically lying on the hard ground. Scott would have to be under a car.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Webb(s): Round 1 / No Longer Lonely, No Sirree!

When Clinton Webb moved into his house, he had nothing - absolutely nothing. No money, no furniture. You get it - nothing. He realized too late that he had bought more house than he really needed and had nothing left for essentials. Even when Mr. Humble dropped off a free computer, he didn't have anywhere to put it or anywhere to sit. So, he was very glad to meet the paper girl, as it gave him someone to talk to and killed a little time.

The Fletchers: Round 1 / Growing Up and Goals

Finally it is the Fletchers turn. Beverly (red hair, red pajamas) is a popularity sim has a Lifetime want of owning 5 top-level businesses, so she opened a venue in their basement where other sims come for entertainment. Actually they usually come over and smustle themselves stinky out on the lawn. What was weird was that Beverly's Lifetime Want seemed to have changed auto-magically. I could have sworn the first time I checked she had wanted to be a Space Pirate. I thought maybe I was remembering wrong, but as it turns out, Beverly is just an indecisive sim who doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up.

The Tuckers, Round 1 / First Love or... Old Wrinkly Love!

The Tuckers arrived in Apple Grove and hung out on the sidewalk until I suggested they go inside and take a look around.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My New Prosperity Blog

I'm starting a sims blog on my new Prosperity Challenge neighborhood, Apple Grove. This is my current plan for playing the game until Sims 3 comes out - maybe even beyond, as I plan to finish this challenge. And really, I'm not sure about Sims 3 yet. I may hold off on buying it until I see what others have to say. Some aspects sound great, but I have some doubts about whether it will initially be up to the fun that Sims 2 currently is for me.
I'm going to wait until I've played and blogged at least 3 rounds before I start announcing updates. It has to be fun for me to blog just for my own entertainment, and I want to make sure I enjoy it instead of letting people down after a handful of entries. With past challenges/blogs it wasn't entirely my fault I quit as my neighborhoods tend to explode, especially with me running them. I now have a program to back up my game daily to avoid losing it.

I got sick of playing most other challenges even before they exploded, but I really missed playing the Prosperity Challenge when I lost that neighborhood. The play style of Prosperity is simple, logical and meaningful to me. I like that the rules aren't too complex haven't changed much with the added expansions. I wanted to play a big challenge with some structure, and I got sick of all the Legacy and Apocalypse rule changes.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Welcome to Apple Grove: A Place of Prosperity

This is my new Prosperity neighborhood. I chose to name my new 'hood Apple Grove. It has a nice country feel to it. The street names will all be apple-related. Eventually, I hope the residents will plant apple trees. I hope you will enjoy the families who have settled there. There are six families at the start: