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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Martina Martin's Freshman Year

After having spent a week at the Beaker-Bratford-Martin household, we are now going to spend one "year" at the Pinenut Plaza Dorm, part of Sim State University, where Martina Martin has moved.

Martina Martin (left) is part of a group of four newcomers at this dorm. The others are (left to right) Hailey Hart (daughter of Matthew Hart) and twins Prezioso and Pablo Picaso (sons of Jessica and Matthew Picaso).
The three NPC students in this pictures all move out to make room for the newcomers, but Tina Traveller, the (so far) only Secret Society member in the whole neighbourhood, stays of course. Her final year at uni has just begun.
Beta Beaker is in her Junior year. (Her Dad is Loki Beaker, Barry and Björn Beaker are her older brothers.)
Last but not least, there is Charlie Cho, a Sophomore. His parents are Etsu Cho and Hal Capp.
The semester is off to a fiery start when the dorm cook sets the cafeteria stove ablaze. The sprinklers are there for a reason - and I don't mean for providing entertainment to the Cow Mascot.
I can honestly not remember how this instrument ended up in one of the bedrooms. Did I put it there last time I played here? Or was it something that one of the NPC students added autonomously? Anyway, the synthesizer soon becomes one of the most popular objects in the building, with the students taking turns playing.
Beta and Martina have lunch together. Martina is glad that Beta, one of her many half-siblings, already lives here and can show her around.
Tina hacks her grades, something she has learned at the Secret Society.
Unfortunately, she has not learned when to stop, and is caught by the police.
The officer not only gives her a stern lecture...
...he also fines her 450 Simoleons and confiscates the computer. Not that it matters - there is plenty of money, and the computer is instantly replaced with a much better model. But Tina still has to write her term paper, and decides to do it the honest, old fashioned way.
Pablo rolls the wish to declare his Major in Physics, so Physics it is.
If it wasn''t for having to go to classes occasionally, all these students would ever do is to Hula!
Prezioso soon decides on the Biology Major.
Upon returning from class one afternoon, Martina and Prezioso fall in love autonomously. They have two bolts for each other.
As soon as a student has acquired the necessary skills to pass the semester successfully and written his or her term paper, I leave them pretty much alone. This leads to rather odd sleeping patterns, which means sometimes they are hungry when the dorm cook is not on duty.
Hailey and Martina talk about how much they enjoy being so grown up now and living the student life, while Pablo seems to only have eyes for Hailey.
When she finishes her meal, he finally approaches her and starts flirting. (He did that on his own accord. It took a few more flirty conversations and backrubs before they had pink hearts flying.)
Beta is the neatest of the seven playables here. Sometimes she goes from room to room and makes everyone's beds.
Half way through the semester, Martina declares her Major in Arts.
The Campus Coach keeps pestering the students. Here, Charlie and Tina are her victims.
Beta, Charlie and Tina have their exam some hours before the other four. Tina is now in her final semester.
Prezioso, Martina, Hailey and Pablo all pass their end-of-semester exams with good grades.
Now Hailey, too, wants to declare the Arts major.
Charley has to study some skills before it makes sense for him to write his term paper.
One evening, I find the students not dancing the Hula, but upstairs near the dart board for a change. Hailey is crying! What happened?
Beta has been mean to her younger half-sister! I keep catching her wanting (and often succeeding) to poke Hailey, and I have no idea why she does that. Poor Hailey cries every time.
The Campus Coach is back and transforms the cafeteria into a gym.
Beta has shown the wish to invite someone over for several days now, and since her father is the only one to have time when she rings, he comes over on his own.
Maybe Pablo wants to protect Hailey's sleep from being interrupted by Beta; he spends hours resting on the bed next to her while she is fast asleep.
Tina has just graduated Summa Cum Laude in Psychology. Will that help towards her new lifetime want of being Mad Scientist? (She is one of those Sims in my game whose LTW has mysteriously changed last round.)
She invites her mother, Trisha (the lady in the blue polo neck t-shirt) and friends Etsu Riley, Gabrielle Newson, Jacqueline Jacquet, Marcus Baldwin and Tessa Ramirez (not pictured) for her graduation party.
Meanwhile, the rest of the students return from their exams. Has Beta stopped harrassing Hailey? It looks as if she is waving to her in a friendly manner.
Soon, everyone - and I mean EVERYone - joins in the Hula. The party is a success, and Tina leaves campus for good, ready to start the next chapter in her life.
Who will take her place? There are now six playable students at this dorm, so there is room for two newcomers.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Beaker - Bratford - Martin Household: Update 24.04.2014

We've already been at this house during this round, when it was Barry Beaker's and Monica Bratford's turn to be played. Now we are back for the household members with the surname Martin.

Here are Monicaand Barry. They are 3-bolt lovers and on Permanent Platinum, so I rarely tell them what to do. Barry is pregnant, as you can tell.

Martina Martin still wants to become a Celebrity Chef; her lifetime want has not changed, like it has with so many other Sims in New Maximiliania. She is currently the only Sim in the household who is not on Permanent Platinum.

Her Dad, Jacob Martin, is still around, too.

On Monday, Monica has a toilet accident -just like Jodie Larson a few days ago. She usually is not too daft at taking care of herself, but when Barry is nearby, she forgets all else!
Things are still awkward between Barry and Jacob.

It is now summer, and Martina changes into this pretty dress which I quite like on her.
All three adults are rather neat, and take turns in cleaning and emptying the trash bin.
In the afternoon, Martina meets and greets Castanea Landgraab. This former PlantSim, daughter of Tybalt Capp, appears to be walking the neighbourhood quite a lot since she married Malcolm Landgraab a week or so ago.
As I said, things are still awkward between Barry and Jacob. They do manage to talk civilly to each other for a short while only, before...
...they start to argue again. Here, seconds before I took this picture, Jacob wanted to apologize to Barry but was turned down.
Jacob puts it all down to hormones (after all, he was once pregnant himself, and knows how Barry must be feeling!) and serves him an extra large plate of pork chops in spite of the unfriendly treatment.
Castanea talks about babies. Does this mean she wants a baby, too, now that she's married, or is it just about Barry's soon-to-be born little one?
On Tuesday morning at seven minutes past seven...
B'Elanna Beaker is born!
As you can see, Castanea has not yet left. She and everybody else flock to welcome the youngest New Maximilianian.
Monica happily does her share in looking after little B'Elanna.
And so does Jacob. Apparently, his animosity towards Barry does not extend to the baby.
On Wednesday morning, I catch Jacob thinking of marriage. No wish turns up, though.
Barry looks none too happy about finding Jacob in the bedroom he shares with Monica! Words are exchanged that would have better been left unsaid.
Martina flees the scene and shuts herself in her room to cry. She hates it when her Dad and Barry argue, and they argue a lot.
Monica tries everything to smooth the rough waters, and it looks as if she succeeds.
Barry and Jacob even spend part of the evening on the roof terrace together, stargazing with telescope and binoculars.
Monica loves Barry so much, she can not understand why the two men have not become friends from Day One.
Thursday morning before school, Martina spends some time playing with her little half-sister.
After taking the wrong decision with a chance card, Jacob is demoted. Brittany Upsnott comes home with him from work.
Jacob and Martina still react embarrassed every time they catch Barry and Monica in a romantic situation! I honestly wonder why they do that. Monica was never married to Andrew, Jacob's father and Martina's grandfather, and her relationship with Barry only begun after Andrew's death, so she was never unfaithful to him.
Martina has nothing against Barry. After all, through him, she now has a little sister!
It is still Thursday when B'Elanna grows up into a Toddler.
Her appearance is changed to better match her father. (Frankly, I was bored with each and every half-Alien child in the neighbourhood having black hair.)
On Friday, another half-sister of Martina's and B'Elanna's is paying a visit: Isabella Indie. Her hair is not black, either - thanks to Charlie Cho's free makeover.
Later that day, Barry invites his family over. He wants them to meet their latest member. Beta and Björn, Barry's siblings, are here with Circe and Loki Beaker.
Barry happily introduces little B'Elanna to them.
On Saturday, Martina has a good look at everything in her room.
Then she kisses her little half-sister.
Finally, she says good-bye to Barry and Monica - her Dad is asleep, I'm afraid - and leaves for college, where we will meet her again.
It is just as well she has left, so she does not have to witness what happens only moments after the above picture was taken, of Jacob once more apologizing to Barry.
Instead of accepting the apology, Barry attacks Jacob!
The older man has no chance against the physically much fitter Barry. I half expect Jacob to leave the place, but he sticks around.
He is still friends with Monica, and even cooks a meal for the household the same night.
Barry invites over his family on the Sunday for the second time this week. Erin Singles and Xander Roth come along, too.
Things appear perfectly normal, and nobody would have guessed that Barry and Jacob had their fists flying yesterday.
Will Jacob and Barry ever stop being enemies? How will their fighting affect B'Elanna as she grows up? Are Monica and Barry going to get married? Will Jacob ever get together with his three-bolt-love Erin?