The Villaloboses (A) - Round 14


Vincente Villalobos, Elder Romance, 3rd LTW Have 50 First Dates

Taye Villalobos, Adult Fortune Sim, 2nd LTW Become Hand of Poseidon


Last round at the Villalobos house, Taye moved in with his Uncle Vinnie. Though he didn't know his Uncle Vinnie very well, they quickly formed a close bond. Vinnie, in his retirement, continued his womanizing ways, and Taye got a job in his chosen career path, quickly achieving his lifetime want of becoming a business tycoon. That wasn't the only victory in Taye's life, though. He also met a woman he found immensely attractive: Angelica Eich. Will Vinnie stick around for another whole round as an elder? Will he continue to get along with his nephew despite his nephew's uninterpretable desire to be monogamous with only ONE (admittedly beautiful) woman? We'll see.

Having achieved his greatest lifetime desires when he became a business tycoon, the first thing Taye wanted to do was quit his job. He was fresh out of college! It was time for him to start enjoying life a bit, and the whole job thing was really cramping his style.

His new true passion was oceanography, but he thought it might be fun to play professional sports for a while, if he could hack it. After all, he was still young, and all his time spent playing with the soccer goal in the back yard of his childhood home couldn't have hurt him too much, right?

Vinnie, on the other hand, was getting older and had achieved his lifelong desires. Sometimes, when he played piano, he could still feel the heat of the spotlight on him, even though his days as a music god were over.

His love of music didn't end with his piano, though. It was starting to infect the whole house. Sometimes, when none of his old girlfriends were available, Taye agreed to dance with him, just to make him matter HOW weird it felt.

Vinnie, forever motivated by his...well...nether regions, used his skill in his old age to his advantage. He was a frequenter of the local music and dance shop, always putting on his best clothes and playing beautiful addaggios for all of the lonesome ladies who might be in attendance.

The ploy always worked for Vinnie. Women seemed charmed by this cultured older man who could both cook them a five-star meal AND play them a concerto at the same time.

This method seemed to work well for Vinnie...

...VERY well.

Occasionally, one of his old flames would pop up looking to get revenge on "the new girl," but Vinnie was ultimately unharmed, and that was the important thing, to him. He'd never exactly been one to understand the jealousies of "love."

And apparently, his somewhat questionable methods of "wooing" seemed to still be effective.

Very effective.

Even when, in the midst of a date, Death showed up, it didn't hurt his romantic pursuits.

Vinnie and Taye cried heartily for the passing of Santiago's last puppy as he hopped to the giant doggie heaven in the sky.

Of course, Vinnie needed some serious comfort after that. Women liked a man who wasn't afraid to show his tender side.

Taye, somewhat surprisingly, seemed to follow Vinnie's lead in the aftermath of their loss...only he sought solace in the arms of his one twoo wuv, Angelica Eich, in a hot tub across town.

So, while Vinnie vascillated between meaningless sex and alcoholism to ease his pain, Taye made a life-altering decision.

He decided he wanted to begin his life with Angelica and promptly dropped to one knee right on the sidewalk in front of the Villalobos house.

She accepted, of course, and moved in to join the family. (Our first Silvervale sim to become a playable, YAY! :D)

Angelica's Stats:

She was a well-rounded and lovely individual for a criminal! Though being a criminal was a pretty good preparation for being a politician, she thought...

Unfortunately, the puppies-of-the-past seemed to be having a bit of territoriality about their new roommate:

Just for good measure, Pequito gave Taye a scare pay him back for bringing a stranger into the house.

Angelica, after recovering from being scared nearly to death, decided to put her energies toward making a career switch, and she lucked out by getting an entry level position right away.

Vinnie's most recent date conveniently left another hot tub so the soon-to-be-newlyweds and Vinnie+1 didn't have to share a hot tub for their romantic escapades.

Vinnie was delighted to have Taye and his new fiancée in the house. It made him feel less lonely, and while Angelica certainly wasn't hard on the eyes, he also found her intelligence and drive to be infectiously appealing. It was possible Vinnie may have found himself his first true female friend...and one he had absolutely no desire to bed, only to have the pleasure of knowing.

[[Author's Notes: YAY! Angelica moved in, and I can't wait for she and Taye to get married and start having gorgeous babies! As for the dogs... I have NEVER seen such a mass-scale haunting directed at one person in my history with this game. It really was like the dogs were angry that someone new moved into the house. ALL of those scares happened in a single night. Poor Angelica nearly dropped dead. If the ghostly doggies can't behave in the future, they're going to get shipped off to the cemetery to enjoy their dirt nap with Santiago, because I refuse to have vengeful ghost dogs in the house when I have a pregnant woman there. Recipe for disaster, that. Also, I wanted to share something I thought was really interesting. Check out Angelica's friends:

From L to R: Tabitha Devivio, Lindsay Wade, Vinaya Devivio, random townie, random townie, Julio Eich.

L to R: Taye, Vinnie, Mariko, Janet Devivio, random townie, Brad Devivio.

When I saw this, I remembered I moved all of the packaged Silvervale sims into a single lot when I was giving them makeovers before transforming them into townies. This turns out to have been an excellent decision because now I can summon via phone sims I NEVER see in my 'hood, like darling Julio, who has been in oblivion since the day I installed him...perhaps hiding in a dark corner of a downtown gay bar somewhere. Regardless, hooray! This made me happy. Few bloopers for you!

That's very fickle of you, Taye. // I'm sorry, Catalina moved out something like 80 years ago and is now the living dead in another house down the street. Really, get with the program. // Did anyone else know you can get a body skill point for this? O.o I had no idea. // Ooooh, shiny fuzzy! // Lol, twinz. The maxis premade dogs are fairly homogenous. ]]

Read More......

The Clearys (A) - Round 14


Colm Cleary, Elder Popularity Sim, 2nd LTW Have 20 Simultaneous Pet Best Friends

Tessa Cleary, Adult Knowledge Sim, 2nd LTW Become Education Minister

Neal Cleary, Adult Knowledge Sim, 3rd LTW Become Space Pirate

Tallulah Cleary, Teen Knowledge Sim, LTW Become Chief of Staff

Phoenix Cleary, Teen Romance Sim, LTW ?

Declan Cleary, Toddler Knowledge Sim, LTW Grow Up Well

Damien Cleary, Toddler Fortune Sim, LTW Grow Up Well


Last round at the Cleary house, Colm ate lots of grilled cheese and had to say goodbye to his beloved second wife, Michelle. The whole house was devastated by her death, and Tallulah acted out on her sadness by sneaking out of the house and getting brought home by the police. The house got an expansion in preparation for the birth of the Cleary twins Damien and Declan, and both Tessa and Neal reached TOC. At the very end of the round, Phoenix aged well into a teenager. Let's see how this family does in round 14.

The season started with Neal getting a supernatural visit from his mother, which actually pleased him, knowledge sim that he was. It definitely set the stage for the events that were about to follow...

Sadly, Death came for Colm one night...but he had a surprise up his sleeve! He had wished for the power to cheat death from the genie, and he was about to see if his wish was granted.

Death wants to play a game; at least it isn't chess.

Neal can't bear to look as his father embarks upon the game.

It wasn't exactly scientific, but "eenie-meenie-miney-mo" seemed like a good option in a game of chance.

And success! The genie had come through with his promise, and Death left very disappointed that day, going home empty-handed.

Guys? Hey, um... guys? You can stop crying now....

What was the first thing Colm did to celebrate his new lease on life? Well, a booty call to Christa Hu, duh.

He deserved a little celebration. After all, he'd just beat death!

Death was a persistent entity, however, and the next day while indulging in his favorite activity, gardening, Colm encountered his mortality again.

Again, he begged...and again Death granted him the opportunity to luck his way out of shuffling off the mortal coil.

This time, sadly, Colm wasn't as lucky. He chose the wrong hand, and his family had good reason to cry.

At least Colm got a lovely sendoff, though, complete with a cocktail and hula zombies dancing him into the afterworld.

Even the huge promotion Tessa brought home that night wasn't enough to alleviate the grief of the family. Colm had seemed larger than life in his time and nearly immortal. It was a sad reminder to everyone in the family that nothing lasts forever.

Colm's characteristic generosity and wide circle of friends was reflected in his enormous will, which left money in the hands of a whopping 22 residents of Rosebud.

The family laid him to rest next to his darling wife, Michelle, where the two of them could spend their afterlife together.

Unfortunately, the twins would forever remember their birthday as the day their grandpa dropped dead. Birthdays were supposed to be filled with happiness, balloons, and cake, not sobbing siblings.

Even through her grief, Tessa had one ray of hope: she and Neal were pregnant again. Even though her initial pregnancy had been an accident, Tessa was learning from Neal's large Irish family that there was little more important than the bonds of blood...something her parents never taught her in word or deed.

In an ironic mix-up of their names, it was Declan who grew up poorly, not Damien. He had some rage issues... "I HATE THIS MAKEOVER, AND I HATE YOU! THIS IS STUPID! I WANT MY GRANDPA!"

He and Damien had a decent relationship, and Damien tried to calm his twin by remembering to engage him in peaceful activities. The blowups were not attractive.

Neal took over his father's garden and felt closer to him by digging in the same dirt Colm had cared for so tenderly.

Meanwhile, Tessa grew larger and larger...

Tallulah and Phoenix knew what was coming as they watched their mother grow rounder through the passing days. They loved their family, but they definitely didn't want to be around for another cycle of toilet-splashing poop machines. It was time to take matters into their own hands, apply for private school, and then get the heck out of dodge to Sim State.

With almost no help from their parents, the two enterprising teens impressed the headmaster enough to gain entrance into Rosebud Academy for the final semester of senior year. It wasn't the experience they cared about so much as the bullet point on their college applications, and now they had it.

Unfortunately for the teens, Tessa's time for birth came before their time for college.

A baby girl was born, Norah, on a snowy winter night.

But that wasn't the only addition. Shortly thereafter, the Cleary family welcomed another little girl: Claire.

And then Charlie....

...and Rachael!! It was quadruplets for the Cleary family, and Tallulah and Phoenix nearly killed one another rushing to the computer to apply for scholarships.

They kissed their parents and siblings goodbye and hot-footed it out of the house to Sim State. Helping out with Damien and Declan had been enough!

Neal honed his gardening craft in a state of shock. If they were going to have four brand new toddlers in the house and two young children, they would be needing a LOT of food.

[[Author's Notes: Wow. Okay. So let me just start this commentary by saying that at the point in my game when I played this household, I had neither the More Than 8 Sims Per Lot hack NOR the trips and quads hack installed. I have since installed More Than 8 Sims Per Lot, but at the time this happened, I was staring in shock at my computer screen. I know it was a glitch, and I feared imminent destruction of my 'hood, but so far, nothing else seems to be glitchy. Tessa kept having "first" pregnancies. In other words, the full cinematic, no "second twin gets magicked onto the screen without all the hoopla" stuff. Each birth happened about a sim hour apart, and by the time she had her fourth child, I decided to end her pregnancy manually using InTeen. Otherwise, I think she would have just kept going! I quickly had to send the teens off to Uni because I couldn't handle a house with that many sims, especially when four of them are about to become toddlers, two of them arean't old enough to help out around the house yet, and both my grandparents are dead. I decided to keep the four that were born, and I don't *think* they're clones because of their skintones, but if their personalities turn out to be identical, I may have to rethink that. I've never killed off a sim toddler before, though, so probably they'll just stick around. I was totally depressed to lose Colm, but I have to admit, it was overshadowed by the weird BabyFest 2011. We'll see how things go next round. O.o If I don't lose my mind, it'll be a miracle!

He's probably a little young for the GC talk, Neal. Give him a few years. // LOLZ, VERY INSIGHTFUL OF YOU, DECLAN. // Awwww, even his carpool driver is sad to see Colm go. :'( ]]

Read More......