I'm really glad you found another copy, @FranH -- what a close call!
I've decided to institute some rules in my Pleasantview-Strangetown to help limit population and thus encourage me to play it longer as there will be fewer Sims to manage over time. I'm using ACR, and try for baby is only allowed if someone in the household has a locked want to have a baby. Also, try for baby has to be autonomous (not selected by me) unless there are very special circumstances (like I really, really want them to have a baby). Otherwise, the only way to get pregnant is through risky woohoo. So far, this seems to be working out well as only the Burbs have had a second child, and Lazlo and Erin had their twins of course. Everyone else seems to be sticking to one and done. Even Cassandra and Don! (She actually wanted more children but didn't get pregnant--maybe Don went and got snipped without telling her?)
I've also decided that male alien hybrids can get pregnant. This makes sense to me since their fathers gave birth to them. Female alien hybrids, however, have a very small chance of getting pregnant (i.e., only through risky woohoo). I made this rule after Dina and Mortimer had their son (who does not look alien), but I figured that since Mortimer was a mad scientist, he had access to advanced fertility treatments. But the game laughs at me because Nina, Lola, AND Chloe all got pregnant by risky woohoo. Nina had Don's son and had to flee to Strangetown. Lola met General Buzz through work--she consults with the military on how to deal with the alien experiments--and they started dating. She got pregnant first, then they decided to get married. They had a daughter who does not look alien. Chloe got pregnant on a date with the townie Abhijeet Cho. Chloe has been crashing in the Grunts' downstairs office since Lola and Buzz got married as she has no money and only a low-level criminal job, but she really needs to find a new living situation because she's not only pregnant but she and Buzz absolutely hate each other.
I've ended up loading Arbor Valley instead of Pleasant Valley and ended up adding a few items to both the service center and homestead.I'll be controlling the population increases in most of my towns by making TFB only non-autonomous in ACR and forcing me to manually direct them to do it when they were supposed to have a baby.
I rarely ever create Sims but I got a little tired of replaying the premades so I decided to create myself, my brother, his RL girlfriend and my RL friend. My brother didn't help me much in regards to his personality so I made it how I saw him *insert evil sibling laugh here* I'm really happy about how the Sims came out. They don't look like us but they sure do look unique!
I've played us for a while now and so far, my simself got married to Florence Delarosa and we both had an alien child each, of course my alien baby had green skin, no nose and human eyes and Florence's baby got all of the alien features with green skin.. Such luck! My brother got married to his RL girlfriend and have 4 children which isn't like him at all but shhh, it's my game! They're so adorable. My RL friend got married to a downtownie and they had 3 children. He was rather upset his sim version didn't marry me but I assured him that the sim world is full of endless possibilities, that there are parallel universes where he and my simself might get together.
I do regret that I created us in an Uberhood though. I'd have preferred just Strangetown because it seems to be a fitting place for me and my family. Thankfully, I loved how I created my Simself, family & friends so much that I've exctracted us all in SimPE and I'm going to clone them to keep them forever. I just need to note down all of the personality and interest points! :p
I thought it might be fun to update what's been happening with my Pleasantview-Strangetown families, starting with the two most iconic families, the Goths and the Pleasants. This is probably going to be long, so I'll put their stories under spoiler tags.
Living in Goth Manor were Don and Cassandra Lothario, Mortimer and Dina Goth, and little Alexander, of course. Darren Dreamer confessed his love to Cassandra on the night of her wedding, after she'd already said her vows, so it was too little, too late for him. Don and Cassandra had a daughter named Laila, and then Mortimer and Dina had a son named Sancho. Sancho shared Alexander's bedroom, and Laila had a nice bedroom outfitted in the attic. Cassandra wanted more children but didn't get pregnant again. I suspect Don was taking precautions behind her back, since he also had a secret child with Nina and didn't want any more children. Shortly after Mortimer married Dina, Bella was discovered wandering in the desert, still her same age and with no memory. Mortimer had her secretly committed, and no one in the family has contact with her except Don, who got in touch with her later.
Don and Dina's affair continued on the sly. Alexander grew up very smart and studious; he took the Knowledge aspiration and eventually went to college. Mortimer passed away. After that, Don and Dina's affair inevitably came out into the open. Cassandra became enemies with Dina and was so furious with Don she had a brief revenge affair of her own with Darren. Cassandra eventually lost her furiousness and tried to repair the marriage, but by that time Don was over it and even refused her attempt to woohoo. A stalemate developed between the three of them. As Mortimer's widow, Dina considered herself the rightful heir of Goth Manor and the family fortune and wouldn't leave. But Cassandra thought she was the rightful heir as she was actually a Goth by blood and wouldn't leave either. And Don didn't want to give up his comfortable setup--he just had a hot tub put in!
So they all did their own thing. Cassandra brought home a coworker who was also estranged from a cheating spouse, and it was only natural that they would turn to each other for sympathy, so she started a relationship with Loki Beaker. Don continued to woohoo with Dina and see other women. Around this time, he contacted Bella in the asylum--first just to talk through all the craziness he was living with, but eventually he got close to her (by this time, he was actually older than she was), and they fell in love. For her part, Dina focused on her career and lived her best life. When Alexander returned home from college, she took it upon herself to educate him in the ways of woohoo. Alexander eventually moved out to marry Jill Smith, but I'm sure he never forgot Dina was his first. Dina also went on a dream date with Ripp Grunt, leaving him with a want to get engaged to her, and she woohooed in a photobooth with her coworker, the recently widowed Dirk Dreamer. She's just moving into elderhood and doesn't seem to be slowing down at all.
The kids became teens and basically did their best to ignore the adults in the house. Laila was Romance like her father and had two teen boyfriends: Benjamin Burb and Ricky Cormier. Benjamin was quite a bit older than her, but it soon became clear that her feelings for him ran very deep. She called him often while he was at college, and then he called her frequently after she went. Sancho had the Pleasure aspiration and just focused on having fun. Away from their parents at college, the two were finally able to discover their own identities. Laila switched to the Fortune aspiration, and Sancho switched to Family. When Laila graduated from college and moved back home (Sancho still has a year or so to go), the first thing she did was remodel her bedroom to suit her new, very expensive tastes, but the second thing she did was invite over Benjamin, and they immediately rekindled their romance. Unfortunately, Benjamin's life had some complications while Laila was away that they will have to deal with, but that's a story for another time.
Of course Daniel had his affair with the maid, Kaylynn, and was caught by Mary-Sue. But rather than kick Daniel out, Mary-Sue--who is icy cold when she's angry--came up with a plan to take control over the situation. One Saturday while Daniel was at work, she sent the twins shopping. Kaylynn was cleaning, and Mary-Sue asked her to come out back to see something. What she showed her was the cow-plant she had bought on the black market. After the plant devoured Kaylynn, Mary-Sue drank her lifeforce and knew her revenge. Unfortunately, Daniel saw this just as he was returning from work, but he never said anything, either out of fear of Mary-Sue or not wanting to bring ruin on the family. Mary-Sue got rid of the cow-plant and let Daniel know he could stay as long as he behaved himself.
That wasn't really possible for him, although he tried. He ran into Bella Goth before she was committed--he had no idea who she was--and started a romance with her. He also started one with a townie, Brandi LeTourneau. After Bella was committed, Mortimer began calling Daniel, warning him to stay away. Brandi, who was a nurse at the asylum, mysteriously died at work, and whether that was engineered by Mortimer to threaten Daniel or by Mary-Sue to get another of her rivals out of the way, the message got through. Daniel is, after all, a coward at heart. He stayed more or less faithful to Mary-Sue after that, and they have both been successful in their careers, with Daniel becoming a Hall of Famer and achieving permanent platinum as an elder.
Lilith was estranged from her family, and when she went to college, she never came back. She remained close to her grandmother, Coral Oldie, and ended up living with her as an adult and inheriting her cottage. Angela moved back home from college and started seeing Dustin Broke again. They got married, and Dustin moved into the Pleasant house, achieving his dream of marrying rich. Angela started a career in Culinary, and Dustin remained a househusband. Oh, every now and then he thinks about finding a job, but he's devoted to Angela and is really happy just looking after her every want and hanging out with Daniel or his brothers. Angela and Dustin had a son named Steven who looks exactly like his father. He is a teen now with the Family aspiration.
So although this family has its dark secrets, on the whole they have managed to stay together (if you forget about Lilith, and it seems that all of them have) and find happiness.
My epic battle trying to play with a new windows11. All my folder have been transferred to a new machine - TWICE1 This has caused a lot of damage to my CC. I re-downloaded some of my favorite custom populated hoods: two of them showed up with families on their lot - but the house was gone! Well, OK, I didn't like the houses anyway. Right now I'm stressing over the failure to get a camera mod - I've installed 2, neither works. Oh well, after not being able to play sims SINCE AUGUST! I'm happy I can play with my toys. Pleasantview "twist" is fun. But I just had eye surgery and can barely see this screen.Going to play Sedona anyway - got all 4 men and their 8 toddlers in one house...such fun chaos...
I've switched back to the modern game, and I did a naughty before I could even start-I didn't rename the folders, so the game loaded up a completely new instance, and boy was I ticked off at my own stupidity!
It took me about an hour to correct my mistake because in the process I deleted my damn folders in my modern game for downloads, etc, so I had to find all my backups (which I did have, thank heavens!) and put them bacj in.
I came back in tonight to the site so I can download some small trailers because I have a new idea for a neighborhood, "Whispering Pines" and I need them to work the neighborhood.
I love creating new neighborhoods because it's so demanding of my abilities to put them together.
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