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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Lisa Gieke's and Maria Monty's Freshman Year

The "Famous Five Dorm" is our next stop. You can read the previous two semesters here.

In my last post, I told you that we were going to check on Maria Monty for her first year at college, and this is exactly what we are going to do.

She is not the only newcomer at this dorm: Lisa Gieke has only just arrived as well. Both Lisa and Maria have age-transitioned into different hairstyles than the ones I gave them as teenagers.

Maria does not look overly thrilled, does she!

Lisa is happy to have her old hairstyle back. Now she needs to change her clothes - it is winter here, and the bare midriff and sandals are not the best choice of outfit for this time of year.

As little enthusiasm Maria showed when she was still outside the dorm, as much she shows now after I gave her this new hairstyle - it is the first time I have noticed it in the hairstyle catalogue, and I think it suits her really well.

The other girls from last time are still around, too. Dora Dreamer has just begun her Senior Year, but unfortunately, the beginning of winter has her down with a bad cough.

Glenda Greenman, the only Sophomore at this dorm right now, is the first to finish her term paper this semester.

Remember how the 5-room-dorm seemed to be bugged last time I played here? It has not gotten any better: Of the two NPC students who took up the empty rooms, only one has left to make room for the two new arrivals. The other one does not show any signs of moving out.
Also, some of the chairs in the cafeteria can not be used although nobody is sitting on them; they show as "in use" when I try to move them without a cheat.
Plus there still is the persisting problem with the "stuck" fitness level - no matter how much the girls work out, they remain on the level they started out on.
I decide it is time to move, and since it is an all-girls-group of students now (not by choice, but by coincidence), I give them the former sorority house, long empty since the days when Heather Huffington & friends used to live there.

Why is there a police car parking in front of the house? I have no idea - was there a burglary last time when the lot was still lived in, or did the officer come to break up a noisy party?

Anyway, the police officer runs inside the house and as her name is Demi Love - another "relative" of Sarah and Christian Love! -, I have Glenda Greenman talk to her with the goal of befriending her so that she will eventually be able to move to New Maximiliania.
In the college phone directory, I find a student by the name of Ryker Love. One of the girls will befriend him, too.

Meanwhile, Lisa pays the bills.

Giselle Goth is the next one to finish her term paper; from now one until the end of the semester, I will control her only occasionally.

Maria plays the piano...

...much to Lisa's delight. So far, it looks like this group of girls and half-sisters are going to get along very well; no more fighting as before!

Glenda, eating leftover Chinese takeaway is not the best way to get rid of your puppy fat... if you actually want to, that is. (She does not show the want to "get fit", unlike some of the other girls.)

Dora finishes her term paper, too. She is still not well, and working at the computer for hours has given her a headache, poor thing.

Maria and Lisa, our two newcomers, are the last ones to finish their term papers. Maria has already decided on her Major: Politicial Science.

Giselle Goth cleans the stove; if I were her, I'd rather get rid of the smelly takeaway leftovers and half-empty drinks cans before doing that.

I have decided to let the girls make their own choice of the five bedrooms upstairs. I remember how I decorated and furnished them years ago to suit the personalities of their inhabitants! The one Giselle has chosen used to be, I think, Brittany Upsnott's room.

Lisa opts for the largest bedroom and the only one with a double bed - she isn't a Romance Sim, but likes her comfort after she slept all her life in a single bed at the Senior Residence.

Dora likes pink, and so the pink bedroom it is for her.

Glenda goes for one of the two blue ones, while Maria has the other one (not pictured).

Life with five girls is never dull. The Streaker seems to think so, too, but as usual, nobody takes any notice of him.

Not long before her first semester is over, Lisa decides on Drama for her Major.

One morning, I send Maria to repair the trash compactor. She is electrocuted but feels perfectly alright again after a nap and a shower.

With everyone on a different schedule, it is impossible to get all the girls together for a meal. Here, I have at least four of them at the breakfast table at the same time; only Maria is missing, as hers is the first class to start. "Do you want me to be one of the 20 best friends you're dreaming of, Glenda?" Lisa asks. Glenda is very happy about the suggestion, as her face shows.

The Campus Coach finally decides she has watched this bunch of girls steadily gaining weight long enough and puts in an appearance.

Upstairs, Lisa rather mops the bathroom floor on her own accord than working out.

The first semester is over, and our girls have all done well.

As with every start of a new semester, we have the usual skilling sessions going on. Glenda and Giselle are so eager to get started (and get it over with!) that they do not even take the time to change out of their sports outfits.

Now that Lisa has decided on a Major, she can hardly wait to write her Term Paper, it seems - this semester, she is the first to finish.

Dora has just written her last Term Paper ever!

Maria follows closely behind.

[The afternoon is chilly but sunny, and Glenda and Lisa spend some time outdoors, throwing a ball.

Later, Glenda sits down to write her Term Paper, with Giselle doing the same and keeping her company. Very soon, all five girls are on largely uncontrolled mode again.

It seems that not everyone plays the piano so well as to induce applause...!

Maria sticks to her wish of getting fit again and talks the other girls into joining her on a round of jogging through the neighbourhood one evening.

When they return, Dora becomes Glenda's best friend # 17 - only 3 more to go!

Since they moved from the small dorm to this house, the other girls have been able to change their  fitness levels again. Not so Glenda. No matter what she does, she remains with the extra pounds firmly attached to her hips and tummy, and the fitness bar not moving one bit. I don't really mind, as she never rolls the want to be fit anyway, but it IS strange.

On the day of the first snow, the girls give the house a festive look with the Christmas decoration they have found in the box room upstairs. They also put two poinsettias near the front door instead of the pink flowers and set up two Christmas trees outdoors.

Indoors, the usual fight between Cow and Llama mascot is going on - the first one since the girls moved here. As long as they do not start fighting again among each other, I can live with the odd mascot fisticuff!

The trees look pretty when they are lit up at night.

Lisa enters into the season's spirit and builds a snow man on her own accord when she returns from class that evening.

Glenda thinks of her half-brothers (this one is Pablo, they have the same mother - Jessica Greenman nee Picaso - but different fathers). Maybe it is time to invite the families of the students over for a Christmas party.

I swear I did NOT intend this to happen! When I lit the Christmas trees for the night, I was determined to turn the lights off as soon as the first student gets up before daybreak at 6:00 am, but they were all still asleep when the fire broke out, and the game was therefore on fast forward, the fire catching me by surprise!

At 7:00 and in full daylight, the girls come running out, and of course, the inevitable happens...

...Glenda and Dora perish in the flames. The fire stops burning after that. I was ready to save Giselle, as I thought "Not another Goth is going to die this way!", and I really want to keep the Goth family name alive in the neighbourhood. Thankfully, Giselle escaped what seemed a certain death.

She definitely is the most traumatised of this group of students, having lost her father and twin brother to a fire years ago, when she was only a teenager.

On a lighter note: Lisa's efforts have paid off and she has shed the extra weight she gained during her teenage years. The plate of spaghetti is well deserved.

The remaining three girls go to their exams and all return with good grades, but the sombre faces tell it all - they are still mourning the loss of their friends (and half-sister, in Dora's case).

Who is going to join them at the house for the next semester? How are the relatives of the unfortunate girls going to react to the news of the tragedy? What is going to happen with Gustav's Grocery, the first business Dora Dreamer owned? And who is now going to befriend Demi Love, the blonde police officer?

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Monty-Ottomas Family: Week 9

It is already Week 9 for this household, as they are played more often in one round than other households, due to their two surnames. If you want to read Week 8, click here

The few remaining members of the once large and influential Monty dynasty live in this relatively modest but welcoming family home. To be precise, it is not really their own family home, but belongs to the Ottomas family.

You do remember Peter and Samantha Ottomas, right? They were in our games from the start, I think; a growing family struggling with little income. All that has changed considerably over the many years since they arrived in New Maximiliania:
First, Peter's mother Dora found love once more late in her life and married into the wealthy Capp clan. She gave her son and daughter-in-law a generous gift of money to use on their modest house.
Then Peter worked his way up the career ladder and became Celebrity Chef (if I remember correctly). He and Samantha adored each other, and their family life was a happy one.
Eventually, the house became too small for all of them, and some of their grown-up children moved out. Tommy (portrayed as a teenager here)...

[...Oliver and Olivia all tragically died in a house fire at their new home, a large mansion elsewhere in town.
But this house is once more full to the brim with a mix of Monty and Ottomas:

Here is Romeo Monty, now 60 years old and on Permanent Platinum since he became Captain Hero 6 days from Elderhood.

His niece Maria Monty is a teenager who looks up to him for guidance a lot - she wants to follow in his footsteps and also become Captain Hero.

Maria is the half-Alien daughter of Mercutio (formerly Monty, with his back to the camera), Romeo's older brother and husband of Sharla Ottomas. Sharla is the younger sister of David Ottomas, here pictured with his wife Lilith (nee Pleasant).
David, Lilith and Mercutio are all on PP, so I largely do not control them. David and his wife are 67, Mercutio is 62.

Sharla, David's sister and Mercutio's wife, is the only non-elderly adult and the only one not on PP in this household. Her lifetime want is to have 6 grandchildren, but her own sons are still only teenagers, so it will take a while before that dream can come true.

On this Monday morning, Romeo makes omelettes for breakfast for the whole family without me asking him to.
It's been a while since I last played here (over 2 years in real life!), but I remember he is constantly thinking of having dates, falling in love and other romantic interactions, even though never about anyone specific.

Sharla and Mercutio have twin sons. This is Odell, who sees himself as future Media Magnate. While I was playing other households, he struck up a close friendship with Lisa Gieke, the girl who grew up at the Senior Residence when I made a mistake and let Tara and Chester Gieke adopt a child.

Orlando is the more sensitive of the two, it seems. He often retreats from the hustle and bustle of the busy household to be on his own. But it isn't as if he didn't love his large family - he wants 6 grandchildren when he gets old.

After breakfast, Romeo goes to work. "Captain Hero reporting for duty!" he smiles.

Hardly surprising, Lisa gets off the schoolbus with Maria, Odell and Orlando.

She has never been to the Ottomas-Monty home before and can't believe she is really having lunch with Lilith, the famous Rock Godess!
Maria tells her aunt that she will start college soon (she has only 2 or 3 days left before the end of her teenage years).

While I am watching someone else in this 8-Sim-household, I hear the "fall in love" sound and quickly check on Lisa and Odell. Indeed they have autonomously fallen in love with each other! They have 2 bolts, and if nothing (or no-one) comes between them until they are adults, they are very welcome to remain a couple.

The evening ends with most of the family gathering in the open plan kitchen, dining and living area downstairs. Maria and her adoptive mother are having a game of slap hands, while Romeo is slightly amused... his nephew Orlando's conversation on the phone with B'Elanna Beaker. "You sure you don't want to become engaged to me? I think you'd make a great addition to our family!"
B'Elanna politely declines; Orlando is far too young for her anyway.

Tuesday starts with Mercutio getting the dreaded blue screen from the comupter. Strangely enough, as soon as I make him stop playing, the screen looks normal again. Also, while Mercutio's action showed "play The Sims 3", he simply sat there, staring at the screen (very much like what a person would do in real life in this situation, I guess!). If it happens again, I will replace the item.

Orlando and Odell get up at 6:00, like every morning.

Under the shower, Orlando thinks of babies. He really does take the Family Sim thing seriously, doesn't he!

While the teenagers are all at school and her husband and big brother at work, Sharla does her usual round of housework. She has also been trying to befriend Christian Love over the phone and today successfully invites him over.

At 6:00 pm, Sharla turns into an elderly lady, unnoticed by everyone else - even Maria, who happened to be in the kitchen at the same time, was not looking!

Shortly before the day is over, I catch Romeo once again thinking romantic thoughts - and to my surprise, this time they seem to revolve around a specific lady: Arcadia Bradshaw, the repair woman who has been around earlier today!
Strangely enough, Romeo does not show Arcadia in his relationship panel at all, and he can not ring her personally, either. But when I make him call the repair service, she responds and says she'll be over "first thing in the morning".
Well... you know my "no Townies or NPCs" policy for New Max. But you also know I have made an exception to my own rule every now and then. If Arcadia proves to be "the One" for Romeo, I'll let it go ahead.

Maria ponders her best friends while watching her "uncle" David playing the guitar in the back garden.

On Wednesday morning, Lilith happens to bump into Romeo downstairs and, much to my dismay, I see that she is very much attracted to him. She does not "do" anything about her attraction, though, and I hope it stays that way.

Mercutio fondly watches his daughter, still fast asleep at this time of the day. Later today, he will have to say good-bye to her, as she will be leaving for college.

In fact, that is the first thing she does after returning from school that day: ring the college authorities and ask for a taxi to take her there.

When Arcadia Bradshaw appears in answer to Romeo's call, he does talk to her a little, but I discover he has only one bolt for her.

Maria boards the taxi and is gone - not for long! We are going to catch up with her soon.

It is Thursday, and once again Sharla has invited Christian Love. She is working hard on her friendship with him, hoping to be able to ask him to move to New Max permanently before the week is over.

Before dawn on Friday morning, Sharla does some gardening.

Mercutio greets Ramir Patel.

And finally, over a fresh batch of home-made burgers, Sharla and Christian become best friends.

Upstairs, I find a pensive Romeo musing about love and life. Most of his wishes at the moment are romantic ones, even though not about anyone specific.

He wants to have a date, and as money is no problem in this household, I have him spend 5.000 Simoleons on the Matchmaker.
She summons an NPC student named Lexie Hiatt - a three bolt match, yes, but a STUDENT?! I ask you! After a brief chat, he sends the girl on his way and she tells him that she is bored by him, the much, much older man, anyway.

Saturday brings the onset of autumn, and the house with its warm colours looks even warmer surrounded by the trees with their golden leaves.

It is also the day that finally sees Christian Love becoming a proper New Maximilianian, thanks to Sharla's invitation! He moves in - and out again very quickly, as he will take up residence at the Senior Residence where he will also meet his "relative" Sarah Love.
Christian is a Romance Sim with the LTW of woohooing with 20 different Sims - not impossible at his age, but definitely a challenge! He calls 18.000 Simoleons his own and has several items bought on community lots in his inventory. His current job (instantly to be quit) is that of Getaway Driver.
Well done, Sharla!

I realise that I have not yet sent the family to a community lot this week. Unfortunately, the trip to Hunters Park comes too late for Maria, who is already at college.

David grills hot dogs but on top of burning them (he stops cooking - I don't know what distracted him), it also starts raining as soon as he is ready to serve them.
The rain develops into a full-grown thunderstorm, and it also gets dar, which puts a quick end to the family outing. It also means the end of my computer time for the day.

When I started the game again today, this is how I found Sharla, clearing the table of last night's dishes - surrounded by a big swarm of flies. I know Sims can die of this, but it seems to be a graphics bug, as the flies disappear as soon as the dishwasher is closed.

The twins start their day on Sunday morning talking about football, still in their PJs.

Later, Gallagher and Jacqueline Newson come visiting on their own accord.

Romeo still (or again) wants to have a date (with no-one specific), so I have him try the Matchmaker once more. This time, Sandy Bruty appears. She is another 3-bolt-match for Romeo and, as far as I know, not a student. Well, we shall see how this pans out.

It was an interesting week, considering that I left all but one of the adults in this household almost all the time to their own devices. Many a leaf pile was burnt during the first two days of autumn, but no casualties followed.
The twins worked on their friendships and generally had a good time. I do feel a bit sorry for Romeo, and I am looking forward to playing Maria at college.