Sims 4 Legacy Challenge – Four Birthdays and a Funeral

I’ll tell you one thing, life is never boring in the Mirage household.

After the last play session and post, I moved on to the Trips’ birthdays and decided to throw a relatively large bash, at which point I discovered that nobody in the family seems to know any women, or at least not any young ones. (Presumably they’re all busy mobbing Handsome Noble over in Oasis Springs…) The invite list was depressingly full of men and grandmothers, though Baccarat was at least able to invite Stacy Holden, the older woman he’s been hoping to get off with for weeks. There are no romantic interactions when one party is jailbait, sadly — though apparently it’s fine for siblings to get all nasty with each other, and it’s also ok if you’re in the same age bracket. (The incest thing may have been patched. It’s not something I’ve tested out.)

Bacc and Poker bday

Baccarat and Poker age up

Holdem, proud dad that he is, baked a hamburger cake per the trips’ request (health? we don’t need no stinkin’ health!), and they each took turns blowing out the candles and making wishes in order of birth-canal exit. Baccarat went first, followed by Poker, and finally Canasta, who from her grin seemed to think all the men were invited for her (never mind that half of them are family) — and who knows, as events turned out maybe she wasn’t wrong.

Canasta raining menI’m not entirely sure what she saw in the bowl Holdem was using to make the next cake (at 8 cooking skill, he was the caterer for the party), but it can’t have been pleasant.

Candles CanastaSo far, things were as normal as they can get when you’re having a triplets birthday party which — you hope — will end with two of them moving out happily ever after. Poker isn’t romantically-inclined much at this stage and doesn’t really mind where he lives (as long as it’s got gym equipment), but Canasta can’t wait to move out and start her own family (the adult aspiration she got when she aged up to teen).

Speaking of which, adult traits were as follows: Baccarat – Self-Assured (a new one for me); Poker – Glutton (ditt0); Canasta – Bro. So Elise has managed to pass her Bro gene onto two of her children, though admittedly two of them also got Holdem’s Creative leanings (which is now in its third generation).

Anyway, that’s when things started getting a little out of hand. Baccarat FINALLY managed to get Stacy away from where she was making eyes at Ratscrew (who isn’t that way inclined and was a bit bemused by the attention), and one thing fairly rapidly led to another. Baccarat may have trouble making up his various minds — he still doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life other than live off his parents’ inheritance — but once he does decide, he’s inexorable. Stacy didn’t stand a chance.

Baccs first kiss

From first kiss… LURVE ROCKET, baby!

…to LURVE ROCKET, baby!

Especially seeing as God (me) thought she was perfect for the family too. Baccarat did spend some time getting to know her before he made her see stars, and she’s an Art Lover, Music Lover, and Good — hell, it’s like she’s Parcheesi and Gordon rolled into a single package. It’s almost enough to make one wonder what romantic hound-dog Gordon might have gotten up to before (or during!) his marriage to ‘Cheesi… Plus she’s pretty, which is not a bad thing considering the increasing ugly-quotient Baccarat seems to be displaying. Maybe it’s just that he’s always scowling at something.

While Bacs was busy getting it on in the 50,000-mile high club, Canasta was busy finding someone adequate enough to move out with. She didn’t really catch his name (he was someone Poker met somewhere and who got invited to the birthday party to round out the numbers), but he seems nice enough. Or maybe she hit him over the head when nobody was looking.

Canasta finds love


At any rate they also ended up getting it on; and, just like Holdem and Elise, apparently her own bed wasn’t good enough. First time had to be in Mom and Dad’s bed. This is a vaguely disturbing trend in the Mirage children, but since the parental bed is now the $10,000 ultra-comfort-massage-foam-coffee-maker model, maybe it’s understandable. Fortunately nobody walked in on them (this time).

So I’m trying to juggle Baccarat and Canasta getting amorous with relative strangers, and at the same time, Slapjack — for the first time in his already relatively long life — has met SOMEONE ROMANTICALLY INTERESTING TO HIM!11oneone!! This deserves emphasis, since he truly has never shown the slightest interest in anyone. Sadly I apparently didn’t think to get a screenshot of it, but you can just make him out talking to the lady in question in the Baccarat space-lurve shot. She was the hired bartender, and I do hope his relationship with her doesn’t get bug-nixed before I can find out her name and he can make plans to see her again. Like I said, there must be something in the water in this town.

Slaps and bartenderWhile all THAT was going on, right around the time at which Baccarat and Stacy were starting to get to third base (so before the rocket), tragedy struck inside the house. Everyone was busy enjoying their hamburger cake when…

Salmon mousseHoldem noticed at once and is either genuinely sad for the poor lady or worried that she’ll die on his beautiful black-and-white cake (which he made for Ratscrew’s birthday that was planned for the same night but didn’t actually happen). Tanner Aaron is crying like a diva and stepping on her head. Ratscrew just kept munching on his hamburger cake and looking both sad and bemused, and Canasta apparently didn’t see (or want to see) what was going on right behind her while she chatted up whatsisface. In fact, she hustled him into the den right after that for some TV and couch-canoodling.

Holdem tried to plead with Death, once again with absolutely no effect. Mr. Reaper doesn’t much like the Mirages, it seems, though admittedly the deceased wasn’t a member of the family.

Reaper party

…And then everyone went back to socialising as though nothing had happened. Apart from Holdem, who insisted on going out to grieve over a relative stranger every 5 minutes while baking his cakes; I’d placed her gravestone in the family plot, because it seemed rude just to leave her urn in the middle of the kitchen and she didn’t appear to have any relatives present. There seems to be something about cooking that causes Sims to grieve above and beyond the call of duty, to the point where I eventually sent her spirit on just so the guests could get some food made.

Did I mention that Baccarat is like the unstoppable object once he’s decided he wants something? This happened right after they came down from space-sex, which apparently was pretty good (+4 happy mood!) because Stacy accepted at once.

Bacs proposes to Stacy

And that’s where I had to stop. I’d hoped to get Poker and Canasta out of the house by the end of that party (I was sort of figuring Poker would move to wherever Canasta’s going), but one admittedly good woo-hoo in her parents’ bed isn’t quite enough even for Canasta, even if she does really REALLY want to start a family RIGHT NOW. So she and, er, Whatsisface, will have to get to know each other a little better. Tomorrow should work for the move, then.

Baccarat is engaged but fell over asleep before he got a chance to move Stacy in, and Elise put her foot down in any case and insisted on a wedding first. (Not to mention a move-out on Poker and Canasta’s part.) Slapjack met a lovely woman who disappeared while he was taking a leak (the party ended and she went home, and he’d ordered about a dozen Salty Ferrets just so he could keep talking to her), but he’s hoping against hope that he got her digits in his phone before she vanished. Holdem is devotedly mourning someone I’m not sure he even knew, though people keeling over in your kitchen is understandably quite upsetting. And Ratscrew just thinks the cakes were good and that he wants a really, really, really low-key birthday. Maybe no birthday at all, though it would be a shame to waste the 5 cakes sitting in the fridge…

Oh, last but not least, Slapjack painted a picture of a place Sims 3 fans should recognise. I thought that was a cute touch.

Slaps paints Sunset Valley



Sims 4 Legacy Challenge – Gardens and Cake

‘Tis the season to be blowing out candles, apparently. Just as appliances seem to go into cascade-kaput mode, so the Mirage family are all maturing at exactly the same time. Must be something in the water.

It started with Elise having a low-key birthday just with Holdem (though that was followed by some spaceship woohoo we won’t talk about). She just passed into adulthood, and I didn’t think there was a great deal there to mark. Besides, everyone else was asleep; Elise and Holdem both have jobs with late-night schedules, so they’re often mooching about in the quiet house by themselves, which suits loner-Elise just fine.

Elise adult

After that, everyone decided they should age up pretty much on the same damn day, and I don’t mean just the triplets. Seems Slapjack and Ratscrew also want to celebrate right-the-hell-now, so I obliged and had Slaps bake himself a strawberry cake, then celebrate quietly at home with the family — with the exception of Holdem who was busy being James Bond and bringing home gold-plated bacon, by which I mean the $4000+ Simoleons he earns every time he goes to work.

Slapjack quiet adult bday_2Ratscrew reached the pinnacle of his Space Ranger (Astronaut) career and now brings in almost as much for almost 20 hours less work a week – he’s earning $11,816 a week for 28 hours compared to Holdem’s $12,780 a week for 45 hours. And since Elise earns over 6k/week (and that’s about to go up when she hits level 10 of her career, next time she goes to work) and Slapjack earns $4,200 for a measly 15 hours (he’s also about to hit level 10) even without selling most of his paintings, the Mirage family is basically rolling in cash. Gone are the days of living without walls, sinks, counters and other mod cons. In fact, I just bought the top-of-the-line 10-grand bed and the 13-grand cooker, just to be using up some of the $80,000 the family had lying around.

Parcheesi would be proud of her boys, and I’m still a little miffed my chance of bringing her back into the family as a ghost got bugged.

But life goes on, if not for Parcheesi. Slapjack just aged up to adult while his twin Ratscrew will age to Elder, because Slaps took a potion of youth and Rats didn’t. He considered it as his elderhood started to loom, but he feels he’s had a pretty full life and he’s not sure he wants to live forever, or even for that much longer. Neither does he want to have Derek hanging around as a ghost — they did get it on, ghost-style, the other night, but it was all a bit weird for Rats who seems to be fairly square despite being a super hot-shot space ranger.

Rats gardening

Gardening at night

In fact, he looks rather sad most of the time these days. He works out, gardens, explores the galaxy and hangs out with his peeps, but it seems that with his soulmate gone (who was a bit shallow and not that interesting, but who am I to judge) he’s lost most of his joie de vivre. I expect he’ll have a quiet elderhood and ask the others not to plead for his life, so he can join Derek in the great beyond.

The trips are due to age up inside the next couple of Sim-days, and they’ll probably throw a large bash — assuming the game hasn’t killed all of their non-household relationships. As it is, half the household now barely knows the other half, and socialisation efforts don’t seem to be doing much to mend what seem to be permanently-broken relationships. I don’t see how it can be anything other than a bug, because the Mirage family was actually pretty tight-knit for being so large and they do a lot of socialising with each other. Oh well.

Tune in next time for the great triplet birthday-now-get-out-and-find-your-own-place PARTAY!

Rats mourns Derek


Sims 4 Legacy Challenge – Playing The Field

One thing the Mirage boys have aplenty, it seems, is charm — even when they’re insane, apparently.

Baccarat set out for the park to meet some wimmin, and meet some he did… But because the game is doing weird things to my Sims’ relationships — mostly by resetting them to zero, even for people who have lived in the same house for years and chat with each other daily — he can’t even remember the name of the girl he liked best. Bummer.

Weighing options

Choice number two is apparently a bit older than Baccarat (which I cunningly deduced from the fact that she has three traits and so must be at least a young adult), but Bacs has always liked older women so, y’know, it’s cool. Plus she looks SO MUCH like Mom did at that age! Wait, is that weird?

just like elise

Sims 4 Legacy Challenge – And Then There Were Seven

If this Legacy Challenge has taught me anything, it’s that playing multiple Sims isn’t as fearsome as I used to believe it was. Maybe it’s easier in Sims 4 — I’ll have to load up Sims 3 and try that out sometime — or maybe the Legacy Challenge provides enough structure (and randomness) for me to be able to handle it.

Whatever the case, after going to seven Sims upon the birth of the trips, I went one step further and brought Ratscrew’s husband Derek into the household, because why not, and incidentally picked up the 8-Sim household achievement. Yay, I guess (I’m not really getting fired up by the cheevs in the Sims…). To be honest, one reason I did it is because Derek had aged to Elder and I figured it wouldn’t be for very long — in which I was absolutely correct.

In the space of the last few playsessions, the trips aged to teens, Baccarat apparently still a bit bemused that his siblings haven’t conveniently died off. But he likes them well enough, most of the time, even if they’re clearly lesser beings.

Baccarat to teenager

I’m not entirely sure about Baccarat – so far he’s the heir I’ve liked least, though admittedly he’s only the second one. Where Holdem quite clearly took after both his parents, Baccarat seems to want to take after his mother (and perhaps Great-Aunt Solitaire, everyone did say she was batshit crazy), as his teen trait ended up being ‘Bro’ — a trait I have absolutely no idea what to do with. I’m pretty sure Elise hasn’t given a bro-hug since she joined the Mirage family, mainly because there aren’t any other bros in her life. (Speaking of which, once the household grew to 5+ people, it got really difficult taking anyone out anywhere… Maybe that’s just me.) And Baccarat just doesn’t strike me as the sports-watching, partying, beer-guzzling type; but perhaps he is, somewhere under insanity that makes up the rest of his personality. I’ll be interested to see what his adult trait will be.

His teen (and therefore adult) aspiration was fun to get though, because I’ve not tried it before: he picked up Freelance Botanist. Actually, I guess that means he’s taking after his paternal grandfather a little bit, so maybe it’s not all Mum’s family in there after all. I’ve been making really good money from selling some of the perfect fruit and veg the family’s been growing, and hopefully that will compensate for when my current breadwinners (all 4 of them above level 7 in their career) aren’t there anymore.

As for the other trips, I’m trying not to get too attached to them because I will most likely kick them out as soon as they hit college age (I still have to figure out how one does that, but do it I will). While it was interesting to play eight Sims for a while, I’m pretty keen to go back to a smaller household — too many Sims and the experience starts to feel very fragmented and scattered, even though I’m doing my best to allow them to do what they want at least some of the time. Incidentally, Poker picked up Creative and Bodybuilder as his trait/aspi combo, and Canasta got Perfectionist/Big Happy Family. I’m seeing some interesting family lines developing, and in that respect I’ll be sorry to see the younger trips go, but I really can’t be doing this 8-Sim household thing all the time.

Relief from that just came in the form of Mr. Reaper, who once again refused to listen to the Mirage family’s pleas and took Derek anyway. RIP Derek, we hardly knew you. (Well, Ratscrew knew him very well, and they did have a lovely romantic relationship while it lasted.)

Derek RIP

WoW – (Not) Hatin’ On The Patch

It’s a longstanding MMO tradition to wail, gnash one’s teeth and tear one’s hair at major game patches (I remember doing it in Asheron’s Call), but for the most part — brace yourselves, this might be a challenging concept — game designers actually know what they’re doing and game changes are almost always very sensible. More to the point, they’re based on a lot more data than single players (or even all players) can see.

So patch 6.0.2 came out this week, in preparation for Warlords of Draenor which launches in a little under a month. It includes — aside from probably the longest patch notes I have ever read — a great many changes, most of which I approve of heartily. One of them is the stat-squish, which was long overdue. Others include all sorts of class changes, which is probably what will occasion the worst of the above-mentioned wailing and gnashing. Me, I like them. I’ve played my hunter, my drood and my warlock so far and while they all feel a little different, it’s not BAD-different and it’s not all that different either. For the first time in two years it feels like my hunter might want to switch to marksmanship spec now and then. (For those who don’t know, I don’t dungeon much, if ever. I solo and I duo, I bimble around, I play alts. I’m not requesting comments on the playstyle, just letting newcomers know what it is.)

The new Reagents tab in the bank is the shiz, as expected, and crafting straight from the bank is even shizzier. Losing 95% of the market for large-ass crafting bags (which two of my characters can make) is less awesome, but not something I’m going to weep too hard over.

MementoThe new character models… On the whole, I like what I’ve seen. My hooms do look a little confused (as has been mentioned by others), the Nelf baby-fat faces are kinda fugly, and I haven’t really looked at any others yet (though the undead females other have posted look frankly adorable). My major gripe with the new models I’ve tried out is that there are only about 3 non-ridiculous models for each race, so we’re all going to end up looking the same anyway.

I’m starting to look forward to the expansion, which I quietly preordered a while ago. The only downside is that it drops 2 days after the EQ2 expansion goes live for us special folks (by which I mean the paying players), but having too many games to play is always a good thing.

I unintentionally ended up levelling the warlock in the last couple of days, and she raced from 77 to 86 in less time than it takes to say “greased lightning” — almost too fast. Hell, I’m two-thirds of the way to 87 already even though Pandaria is supposed to be a bit slower. (And it is, but it’s marginal.) Rest-XP is the greatest shiz of all, of course. Which means that when WoD hits, I’ll have several characters to choose from when it comes to levelling through the content the first time. Eh, who am I kidding? It’ll probably be the Hunter… or the Druid. Feral still rocks my socks.

EQ2 – One Isle To House Them All

I’ve been playing EQ2 again for a couple of months, and things sure have changed in the 4 years or so since I last played. Basically I seem to play 12-18 months every 3 or 4 years, which makes EQ2 probably my most-played game in the last 10 years alongside WoW.

Many, many things have changed since I last played EQ2. We now have access to tradeskill assistants, and with the recent Grandmaster spell patch thingy (which I haven’t really read but know is important) and the impending expansion, Altar of Malice, all my crafters — which is basically all my characters bar one — are busy coaching their assistants and making minor items for them. I thought they were supposed to assist me, but whatever.

They can’t be placed in guild halls (we haz one; two, actually, if you count the guild Feiruza — previously Fairuzax after the server merge and formerly known as Fairuza — is in, but I’m the only one logging in there at the moment and can’t afford the status cost on a weekly basis). But they CAN be placed in houses, and as I discovered it doesn’t even have to be your own house, just one you’re a trustee in.

EQ2 researchers

So all my assistants are now in the prestige house I got for Toccata with the Station Cash I had left over from last time. It’s actually a prestige island, and I love it, even if I haven’t actually done anything with it other than plonk assistants down. The reason for moving them all to one location is that you can portal there straight from the guild hall, and portal straight back – which is handy for Feiruza who isn’t in the same guild.

I’m relearning the game, trying to get Feiruza to 280AA (currently at 237, I always did neglect AA) so that she can level past 90, and trying to get my new beastlord, Ysharros, to whatever crafting and adventuring levels I have time for. Most of the other alts are under level 40, but they’re all 95 in the class that matters, which is crafting. Currently I’m only missing a 95 sage (on my other account, which I haven’t resubbed, so she can’t go past 92) and a 95 jeweller (Ysharros is working on that).

I’m also playing around with tiles and stairs and generally making a mess of the alts guild hall, which still had Frostfell decorations up from 2009 until  I took them down a few days ago…

EQ2 guild hall messI haven’t even got involved in the Nights of the Dead event yet, because work and Sims 4 and WoW 6.whatever patch and lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

If you’re in EQ2 and fancy a chat, my primaries are Feiruza, Toccata and Ysharros, all on Crushbone now (Lucan d’Lere as was…). I play mostly US-Mountain daytime, because my evenings are spent in an adapting-to-new-medications haze. Apparently getting lots of sleep is good for you – which is just as well, I’m getting 8-10 hours a night. I should be stunningly gorgeous real soon now!