Thursday, 21 February 2013

Burb- Round 7- House 8

Welcome back to the Burb's!
In residence are;
Elders John & Jennifer, their daughter Lucy, her husband Carter (Broke) Burb, and their kids Donny, Bradley and Lowry.

It's party time at the Burb house. What's the occasion you ask?
Lowry became a child,
and Bradley turned teen.
He rolled Popularity and has a LTW to become a Celebrity Chef.
Lucy of course is trying to get 5 top businesses as her LTW. She is currently at her Galleria where she gained rank 9 and the Best of the Best Award.

After just the second session of the week Lucy got her 4th top business!
Back at home Lucy sold the Galleria to the community and locked her 'buy a community lot want' that immediately rolled up.
Carter had a wish to buy a vacation home and did so. He then had a wish to visit his new home.
This is Green Thicket Manor in Takemizu Village.
Lucy, Carter and the kids came along.
Jennifer & John stayed at home and Jennifer got her desire to be in the zone in music & dance. Love her spotlight.

John wanted to learn Fire Safety.
The vacationing family enjoyed meeting new locals,
Going on fun day trips.
and learning new techniques.
Spring was certainly in the air!
Donny was the only one of the party able to learn the secret art of teleportation.

Once the vacation was over Lucy had come up with an idea for her 5th business venture.

This is Master of Chi. Let's have a look inside.
In the relaxation area is a tea table and two mahjong tables.
and here is the studio.
Lucy starts her first session and soon has a full class.
Carter greets his family members. Brandi is here with Jules & Verne, and Beau brings along Brie & Cam.
The local residents seem to really like classes, some *cough, Campbell Goth* don't quite get it, but enjoy it nonetheless.
It took very few sessions for Lucy to rank up to level 9.
Meanwhile back at home Bradley had got to the top of his teen career. He keeps rolling college and is working on scholarships.

Lowry enjoyed catching up with her cousin Blade.
Donny had been going all out toward his LTW of 50 1st dates. He'd managed up to 20, but when it came to 21 the matchmaker gave him the same date a couple of times.
I think he'd run out of teens. :D
WOOP WOOP!!  Lucy did it.
Lucy is about 2 days from Elder at this stage!
She even took the time to share some secrets with the sim world.
But then it was time for her birthday.
She still has time for a cheeky wink.
The family pose for a nice picture.
just after which Carter grew up too!
They are a colourful kind of couple I think.
The week ends with Donny & Bradley going to college.
Bradley's wish was still there and Donny went because Grandpa John wanted him to, and I figured he'd dated all the teenage girls available to him anyway.
John- is currently 82 days old. His bar is very close to the end of his life but he's been happy blogging, gaming, planting, hunting bugs, hiking and his favourite pastime- entertaining for tips. Who knew? ;)
Jennifer- likes to play chess, blog about music/arts and crafts/games. Her 3 hobbies. She also likes to earn some cash and play chess as well as painting masterpieces.
Lucy- She finally got her 5th business in the bag. She's also the top of Entertainment career. She loves Tai Chi and is in the zone in Fitness because of it, as well as being in the zone in Film & Literature. She currently wants to reach the top of the Game hobby.
Carter- Sold a masterpiece, maxed body skill, juggled, played on couch, had pillow fights and parties and played pc games.
Donny- Had 20 1st dates so far. Worked on skills, met new people, lit the fire. Got a big aspiration boost for 10 1st dates. He's not unlike his (real) father Don Lothario really. :D
Bradley- Daily wishes to swim, play marco polo and skill as well as meeting someone new.
Lowry- loves to skip and tai chi- learnt homework help, skilling, making friends, she'll be a teen next time.
I think any business with multi-player entertainment (poker table/mahjong table/chess table) helps rank up quickly as sims make friends whilst playing which gives great star power boost.  The same with Tai Chi as it's a group activity. I enjoyed the last business only getting the idea when they learnt the skill on their holiday.
These kind of businesses are probably easier as they only require 'sales' skills. I'd say always have a cellphone as you can call any sims over to make up numbers if there aren't many visitors to the lot.
Next up it's off to Carter's big brother Dustin's house.


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Oldie/Hanby- Round 7- House 7

Welcome back to the Oldie Hanby house where in residence are,

Former maid Lucy Hanby, her son (fathered by Herb Oldie) Harry, his wife Christy (Stratton) and their twin daughters Hayley & Sally.
Lucy's initial wish was to tell an inside joke, she's such a riot.

Harry & Christy both had wishes to woohoo, and that wish is never ignored here in Pleasantview!

The twins become toddlers and they both have red hair. Lucy & Harry do as well of course and actually Christy Stratton is a 'true redhead'. I don't know why the game made her brown-haired, just to confuse us I guess. The twins have the usual toddler wants of skilling, being hugged/played with and talked to/read to.

While their parents are at work Lucy became head nanny unless it was her shift to work.

She uses the secret room (with the Mysteriously Mysterious bookcase) in this house to keep odds and ends but most particularly the ballet barre, which seems to draw visitors like flies in my game, so hah! They can't get to it here. :D
Lucy wanted a body skill, and so while the twins were sleeping got to it.

Later that day and after her shift she held a great party. She always wishes to meet someone new and loves to use her influence at the parties.

Harry is a fitness freak and loves to jog on a daily basis.
Even when he gets asked on outings he takes his party to the athletic hobby lot.

It might seem like a really good idea to have all your guests join you in the pool for a swim, but don't do it! There are only one set of steps and it took forever to get them all out. :D

Family sim Christy is happy making best friends, skilling and playing with the twins.

She had to hire the nanny on a casual basis for the odd shift this week.

But oh no! Christy forgot to feed the cowplant before she left for work...

She and Harry arrived home just in time to run to the garden but no action they tried would cancel out the nanny being gobbled up...

....and a few nights later her ghost appeared.
Harry is still trying desperately to master the art of the fire dance. He hasn't had much luck- he still mostly sets his pants on fire.

Saturday sees Sally & Hayley grow up, but wait, I think I recognise those noses! eek.

On Sunday Lucy invited her other son Alvin over and his wife Melanie and their household buddies Sophie & Ripley came too.

Lucy Burb was here visiting and was mightily impressed with Harry's six pack. (He'd influenced her to serve food- maybe she was concerned what the highly calorific grilled cheese would do to Harry, lol).

As Sunday night comes to an end, it seems that Christy has a little surprise of her own waiting for the next round.

A fun week at the Oldie/Hanby's.

Lucy- wished for parties, meeting someone new, making friends/best friends. Getting skills, training the toddlers to walk, then nursery rhymes. Also likes to birdwatch and hunt bugs and using influence at parties.

Harry- wished to go jogging, influence someone to serve meal, master fire dance, earn money, skill, talk about hobby, woohoo, go swimming, blog about fitness, have good reputation.

Christy- Wished to invite sim over, blog and talk about hobby, catch bugs, plant seed, woohoo, play with twins.

Hayley & Sally- usual toddler wishes. As kids, Hayley wishes to jump rope and skill while Sally wishes to improve her mechanical skills and jump rope.

I was reading some of Wen's old blogs when I discovered that Christy was a true redhead. I forget which blog it was now. Must change her hair colour in the game next time!