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Field Researcher
#26 Old 19th Jan 2018 at 3:30 PM
I have trouble figuring out what to do with my elders, too. Once they have all their skills maxed out and have studied everything that can be studied, I tend to lose interest in them.Often I have them live with one of their kids and help take care of their grandchildren.

It can be a fun challenge to have a family support itself by gardening, or doing some of the crafts.
Lab Assistant
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#27 Old 21st Jan 2018 at 4:14 PM
I´m thinking about building some sort of special buildings with a store downstairs with an apartment upstairs for elders that wont live with their children. So that they can provide the hood with snapdragons and water wigglers. But have to build a test version first and see how it goes

After my realization that I had a lot of teenagers in different ages and some of them needed to pair up I made an excel-sheet with the teenagers name, age and who they were into if they had a love interest. Only two couples had such a big age difference that I plan to split them up, Regor Ny and Ellen Magnussim, not a huge gap, but five days make quite a difference in my hood since they spend eight "regular" days on campus. And Renee Svan and Isak Castaneda, four days. But I think some days together on campus will make all the difference and Regor and Rene already have some bolts.

And hopefully Andrew, Verner, Kaj, Samson, Castor and Pollux have a big chance of becoming gay/bi. I randomize that but it is very likely to become bi and equally likely to be straight or gay.

In the hood! Max Essex and Gunnel Battler went on a date and then Gunnels sister Blenda called and asked if Max wanted to hang out downtown, he said yes, not realizing that it meant that he was introduced to all of the family. It went okay, but mostly because Gunnel and Max spent all their time together and the others mingled among themselves. The Essex household is quite strained with two teens, one child, two toddlers, two adults and one cat but they manage, might have to rebuild it again (they already moved once) if dads wish of marrying off six children can be realized. It also means that Max actually have to marry instead of follow in his aunts footsteps as a true romance sim.

At the "first" Gratton household Cornelia threw two good parties in one day and soon she will fulfill her LTW of having 20 best friends (a first for me!). Alex Gratton was cheating on Amanda again (she is still on campus) this time with Johanna Girardet (lovely legacy heir with boyfriend, greek-house sister to Amanda). And he still have trouble finding a job within the slacker career. The household consists of Cornelia, mother, and Alex and Kevin- Her adult, unmarried sons. Silla and Gisela have their older red-haired men further up the street.

Nothing really interesting happened at the Battler household, their dog is still the breadwinner of the family but quite stable considering the household now have four teenagers and one dog. No parents.
Scholar
#28 Old 22nd Jan 2018 at 1:00 AM
What I do with my Elders is have them help with the children of the household, I usually have a number of them for the Elders to help with.

I like the idea of having Elders live together and having a home business. I would not have an Apartment as I don't think a home business would work very well then, rather just have a large house with the upstairs be the old folk's residence and the ground floor be the sales area, have the work area for the crafting stations on the ground level too I think.

Sell Flowers and Toys, and robots too I think. Also is there pottery that you can sell? Or any other crafting thing?

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Field Researcher
#29 Old 23rd Jan 2018 at 3:29 PM
Two parties in one day, that's quite an accomplishment. Cornelia should be a party planner.

I had a household where the cat was the breadwinner for a long time, until Lenny Kravitz finally stopped getting fired and starting making good money.

Another thing I've done with elders is move them into an apartment/retirement home. Then I'd have their grandkids come to visit and clean house for them. That way it helped build their relationships and the kids gained some skills.
Lab Assistant
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#30 Old 26th Mar 2018 at 9:23 PM
@lordtyger9 yes, the pottery enterprise I think would be really good for elders to do but perhaps not as interesting to buy for the rest of the hood

Now I have finished playing one semester of the university (this is SLOW when I only have a limited amount of time to play) and some semi-interesting things happened, Bella and Rene Swan went downtown for some sisterly bonding, sang some karaoke and gossiped.
Deneb Ny showed his shy side at the microphone, or just grumpy and not very high on creativity. Deneb and Roger Battler really have a nice household, when they moved to university I cast them to the same house as it was limited room at the greek house(and Deneb being on enemy terms with Rogers sister Veronica). Now they play a lot of soccer, make each other dinners and have double dates with their girlfriends.

Speaking of girlfriends, Bella Svan have some issues with remembering which twin she actually triple-bolt date, and that is Deneb and not Io. But it seems like they are aware that their flirting is sketchy since I only found them in odd rooms, and in the bathroom. ACR, what are you doing to the pixels?

Next semester (one day in hood=one semester) will Amanda the good witch and Bella Svan graduate (hurray!) but I need to figure out where they are going to move when they return to the hood. I will have some time until them as I have a lot of households to play and a limited amount of time.
Lab Assistant
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#31 Old 28th Mar 2018 at 3:56 PM
In the hood, the Girardet family are still trying to adapt since both Ophelia and Amin are elders now and Johanna is at campus. Ophelia wen on an outing with her girlfriends, all went well until Helena Dahl attacked Martina Hult (as expected). Helena was then kindly asked to leave the outing and the merriment continued. Mainly by gossiping in the hot tub. Mrs Holk (dont remenber her first name at the moment) later came by with an ugly panda chair so it´s still a bit unclear if it was a good evening or not.
Most of the time, when the Girardets are not at work or throwing parties, Ophelia paints and Amin plays the violin or the piano next to her. The animals in the household plays with each other and is not a great substitute to their daughter.

The Dahl household, with three pleasure sims and one responsible family sim, had a blast! Bit of partying, bit of dating, a walk in the outdoors with wasps coming after them on their way home, Gustav finally became a partner at the architecture firm (I slowed his career progress down) and a good time was had by all. Per-Adam Dahl became a teenager last rotation and found his perfect matchon the next birthday celebration at the party that the Holk family threw for Tom Holk when he turned to teeanger, Tom Holk and Per-Adam Dahl are dating. Its super sweet! Hopefully I can get them to stay together for all of their lives! Since none of them are family-oriented (fortune and pleasure instead) the actual family part might be limited, I need to build some sort of housing for the couples that probably wont get any children but where it is a lot of room for friends. Perhaps two couples living together in a shared housing? But now it is a long way in the future. Per-Adam also bravely put out a fire after he accidentally put fire to the grill on the patio.

At the Ny household a new star is on the rising. The only girl in the household, Cassiopeja, now has a good reputation due to a very successful date with Jon Magnussim and all around pleasant behavior. She also maxed out her hobby-interest in arts and crafts and still has two days to go until she leaves home for university. Sirius Ny went from child to teenager and I had such trouble with deciding his aspiration, I assumed knowledge at first since he is the youngest and have a lot of them in the family. But then I looked closer to his personality. He is serious, but also nice, neat, outgoing and active. So he instead became a family sim with a popularity secondary. Due to him being the youngest in a large family and therefore appreciating that.

Regor Ny went to university, where he soon will be joined by Tommy Hult, and I have no idea what to do with him. A middle child, no particular features, knowledge aspiration, gaming as a hobby.. He´s got a girlfriend much younger then him so I might pair him up with René Svan instead when she is going to university next rotation. Yay for that I guess?
Lab Assistant
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#32 Old 29th Mar 2018 at 8:35 PM
Wow.. Now I play a lot.

In the Hult household things are complicated but in a peaceful way. This day consisted of the five children going to school, Kari and Martina went to Martinas flower shop where Martina learned to make the snapdragon bouquet (hurray!) and I started thinking about what an excellent idea it would be to combine the flower shop with some of Karis potions as well. As a neutral witch she might be a combining link between the magical and non-magical parts of Ullerby.
Andrew Hult and Sirius Ny went on a date (two bolts) and was very sweet. I have mostly boys in the same age group so at least four gay couples will be in the hood (if they all couple up the way they are at the moment). Andrew and Sirius mostly spoke about their common favorite hobby (science), played basketball and flirted while Alfons and Blenda Battler lay in close proximity to the compost and watched the stars. And when it was time for Tommy to leave for university, it was evening and he did not have a care in the world for going but he did anyway, since Martina has a wish for three children with a university degree and he has to set a good example for his siblings. At university he grew up in a tuxedo so it was a bit more flamboyant then before. Sharing dorm with Regor Ny at the moment, they did not hit of well. Oh well. Not everyone can, to start with at least. Kari might know what to do, after all, she shared greek house with Martina and Helena Dahl. Some sort of spell might do?
And Gabriella Newson was invited home with Majvor! I am uncertain if the Newsons should move to their own house just yet, but I adore the Newsons and have waited for the right time for them to enter into the rotation.

In the first Essex (Gratton) household had a bit more of an eventful day then usual. Gisela (born Gratton)wanted to speak with her siblings (so she did) and then she wanted to befriend Martina Hult so the whole Hult family (not including the dog) was invited to the small house. Giselas husband Adam spent a lot of his time gardening and getting fired before he finally married Gisela (now he is a gardening stay-at-home dad) so the family funds have never been high. Since Gisela dated Mr Big and have a fortune aspiration this sometimes makes her grumpy and all is not due to her personality points. Gisela asked Marina to clean her house and when Dominic Ny showed up she asked him to tend to the garden, then she called for a party and invited her siblings Silla and Alex (Kevin was home with their mother Cordelia). So Marina and Dominic might not have shared the sentiment that the party was a great success, but the rest of the household guests seemed to find it agreeable enough.
After the party ended and everyone was ready for bed young Cornelius decided it was time to grow up to a child. I felt kind of bad for him until he grew up with blonde hair and black eyebrows, some sort of break in the hair mesh I guess. After it was fixed (he now has black hair as he is supposed to) the whole family went to bed and slept well until Adam decided it was time to go up and do some gardening at three in the morning. All to each own I guess. He is a bit odd.

At the Gratton (Castaneda) household everyone waited for the baby to arrive. Tobias Castaneda showed up at eight in the morning and stayed all day. Dominic Ny showed up at eleven and was also greeted with kind hugs. But they had to wait, the baby was in no hurry at all. In the mean time Edgar Gratton (born Castaneda, much older then Silla and father to her greek house sister Holiday) found a job in the slacker career and got promoted to work in a record store. He became unemployed after Maya Essex (that he also has an affair with) closed down Rock-a-Look and focused on her music career instead. It seems quite fitting that he also works with music now. But in the receiving end so to speak. Tobias and Dominic spent the day fishing and I hope they got at least one talent badge from it. And some big fishes to brag about. Silla mostly slept, tried to eat, made an evil clown in a box, and in the last hour of the rotation she finally went into labor and gave birth to baby girl Delia. Edgar and the newspaper boy were the witnesses.

The Holks have the flue. It wont go away. It is very hard to try and keep active sims in bedrest. They catches the flu as soon as they get rid of it. The dog Flinga grew up to and adult with a strange coat color and Lakshmi got promoted.

Maya Essex is well on her way to become a rock-god and her chihuahua Messiah is very demanding and it is adorable. And being a aspiring rock god one must start to build a reputation, she took a sweep in the local stores and community centers and greatly impressed some of the other residents with her rock riff in bathing clothes (300 for one hour playing is not bad) and brought herself a whole new wardrobe at Rock-a-Look (to good not to use). After selling Rock-a-Look to focus on her music her other.. activities.. also increased, and she now has five lovers at once, not the hoods record as Jesper Svan beats her with having six lovers. But he has the advantage of being a knowledge sim with a romance secondary.
Edgar Gratton dropped by, they sat in the hot tub but no action this time, it might be because of his newborn at home or the fact that Mayas transportation to work came when it did. It might be a combination. When she got home from work it was with a promotion and a notice that she had earned 100 000. A large chunk of that comes from selling Rock-a-Look, but it is still a big achievement from a lazy romance sim. She has 11 days remaining until she becomes an elder and I think she might have to take one of Reeves children in with her since their house is kind of crowded. Perhaps Max as he is also a romance sim. Or if Reeve all of a sudden would be against having a gay child, but I have not played with homophobia in my game and don't really see a reason to start now.

Having played a lot for the last couple of days, I still have six households to go of the rotation.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#33 Old 31st Mar 2018 at 11:05 PM
Just continuing

In the third Essex household, with Reve as the father, it was quite an eventful day. Max went on his second date with Gunnel Battler, at the local community center. Max also brought Samson and Ossian since he thought that they needed to get out of the house. They made out for the first time. Everyone agrees that Gunnel is to good for Max, but young love. What to do about it? I left Ossian to his own devices, only guiding him to say hello to their neighbors when they dropped by, and he was quite chill. Mostly hanging around, danced hula, thew a few darts, was polite.
Samson made food and got to know Cordelia Gratton a bit better, she is after all his cousins grandmother. They are not friends yet but they seemed to get along well until she tried to complement him. He did not approve. All the while he wished for his first kiss, and being a family sim I guess it is only fair. That's why the Ny twins in the appropriate ages was invited when they left the community center to go home. He had one bolt with one of them (Castor or Pollux I don't remember atm) and after he checked him out Castor (let's say it was Castor for simplicity) charmed him with a kiss down the arm (ACR) so Samson asked him on a date. It went quite well after a while, they were not friends before the date so that was one obstacle to overcome. But after the first kiss-cut scene (LOVE it when it happens!) it was a free sailing.
The twin sisters in the family, Dina and Reva, had a nice birthday party with all close relatives attending and Helena and Gustaf Dahl for ensured success (Martina Hult was not there so Helena behaved). Not all toddler skills was learned, but it is not always the case.
Deciding against for Max to move in with his aunt Maya (for now at least) Reve asked his brother Adam to take care of their cat. I'm not sure what Gisela will think of this but I am sure that Cornelius will be very happy, it will also give them a reason to invite Dina and Reva to the house so the cousins at the same day and age will get to know each other.
In order to ensure the sixth child, chimes was herd later in the night (I did not even think about adoption, unfortunately).

In the main Gratton house Cordelia, Alex and Kevin carry on in a quite care-free way. Cordelia mostly want to make friends and throw parties and being retired few things are stopping her. She might not have many days left as an elder so a big priority is for her to invite Gisela and Silla as often as she can. Kevin only have one promotion left until he reaches his LTW of becoming a media magnate so he mostly went to work and skilled. Alex is still out of luck when it comes to finding a position in the slacker career so instead he paints and was able to sell a masterpiece. During the afternoon the brothers went to the City (standard maxis, I have not made any improvements) where Alex met with the townie Jan Tellerman who he has a crush on, and being Alex he wohooed with her in the photo-booth (ACR). Kevin danced, went bowling and took over the DJ position for a while. Later in the evening Alex got a call from another townie claiming that Jan had such a good time that he wanted to go on an outing. Alex went and then everyone went fishing and had a nice time, but could have reached an higher grade if Alex threw modesty aside and flirted a bit more with Jan instead. To his credit, right after he flirted with Jan he wanted to call Amanda and then tell her an inside joke. But I am not sure that Amanda wants to stay with him when she get's to Ullerby from university. He still lives with his mother, has no job, get an income as an artist and three lovers (not including Amanda). Time will tell.
Field Researcher
#34 Old 2nd Apr 2018 at 7:46 PM
ACR can definitely add a bit of chaos to your game!

That was funny about the panda chair and not being sure if it means a good outing or a bad one.
I like your idea of combining the flower shop with potions.
I loved the Newsons when I played them. I'm glad you do, too.
Obviously Adam's real love is gardening and not working, so I'm glad he can stay home now with the kids and his garden.
I've had the hair glitch happen, too. I think it happens because the sim ages up with a certain hair, but that hair is not enabled for the age group. It seems like it always defaults to blonde.
Maya is just getting started. She might beat Jesper's record for lovers at some point.

You really got a lot of playing done. I enjoyed the update.
Scholar
#35 Old 9th Apr 2018 at 3:27 PM
@existerande I am back to posting as my Partner is out of the Hospital and she is home now.

Nice long update, you did get some playing done and I enjoyed reading about it.

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Curiosity killed the cat,
but satisfaction brought it back.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#36 Old 12th Apr 2018 at 7:15 PM
Thank you @Cher64 and @lordtyger9 for your comments I´m sorry to hear about your partner lordtyger9, hope you will be free from the hospital moving forward!

Now I have been playing and not posting again, so some things have happened

Thanks to my excel-document about the teenagers in Ullerby, I notices that Vilma Battler, Verner Magnussim and Kaj Magnussim did not have a partner so i had Bo Battler invite his boyfriend Uno Magnussim, together with his single siblings. Vilma and Kaj had three bolts! Since Vilma wanted her first kiss (family sim) she asked Kaj on a date. It went very well, they became friends and then some more. Vilma is three days older then Kaj but I think they will go to university together anyway, perhaps Castor Ny and Verner can be a couple? Anyway, the Battlers are a nice family to play, now with four teenagers. but they always invite their siblings from university home to help them study and to continue to build their relationships to each other. They have quite a few memories of "family parties". One of my favorite memories in the game.

The Castanedas are a bit of a struggle, Viola has not found her LTW wish job of within the law career, she is currently in politics and got demoted from a chance card. Tobias was within journalism but now he started within education instead. They have 12 days until they become elder, so they can still choose and develop some more. Currently Tobias develops his interest in food and Viola spend a lot of her time fishing, so that is a nice combination. Perhaps a restaurant in their future? I have never played one of those as a family business. Their son Isak is getting to know Ellen Magnussim a bit better (since my plan is for them to become a couple at university) at the same time as he canodles his girlfriend René Svan. During this rotation both Viola and Isak had some issues with the shower and sink, but they tinkered on! No Castaneda is calling the repairman!

At the Magnussim residence I had some interesting developments. Susanna (my least favorite sim as I have complained before) have the grilled cheese aspiration and it is going above my expectations! She went downtown and talked to people about grilled cheese, Gustaf Dahl actually seemed interested, but he is really nice. She later invited Jesper Svan home. He asked if he could bring a friend, Susanna said yes and he brought Maya Essex! Cute soon Maya and Jesper started to flirt and make out with Maya. Apparently my jealousy settings in ACR are quite generous, Susanna did not react on these advances on her beloved Jesper. She did however seem a bit sad to be left out since she wanted to talk to Maya and hug Jesper when they were busy with each other. Wh nschool ended almost all of the teens brought a friend home from school so it was a lot of sims on the lot but nothing above average happened. The main income for the family now is the arcade that is the gamin career reward.

The Svan household have some issues with the three dogs, one of the dogs is on negative relationship with the other two, this means that there is no puppies to be had for a while at least. Grandfather Svan is a free ranging ghost as I could not picture knowledge-sim Jesper to leave his grandfather at the cemetery when he could have him in the house. René wanted to throw a party (ehrm.. she at least threw a party) and invited Eva Dahl (her brother Edvins crush),Tom Holk, Isak Castaneda, Sirius Ny and Regor Ny. It went quite well, grandpa seemed to think so to.

That was one complete rotation! University next!
Scholar
#37 Old 12th Apr 2018 at 7:47 PM
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Originally Posted by existerande
Thank you @Cher64 and @lordtyger9 for your comments I´m sorry to hear about your partner lordtyger9, hope you will be free from the hospital moving forward!

Now I have been playing and not posting again, so some things have happened

Thanks to my excel-document about the teenagers in Ullerby, I notices that Vilma Battler, Verner Magnussim and Kaj Magnussim did not have a partner so i had Bo Battler invite his boyfriend Uno Magnussim, together with his single siblings. Vilma and Kaj had three bolts! Since Vilma wanted her first kiss (family sim) she asked Kaj on a date. It went very well, they became friends and then some more. Vilma is three days older then Kaj but I think they will go to university together anyway, perhaps Castor Ny and Verner can be a couple? Anyway, the Battlers are a nice family to play, now with four teenagers. but they always invite their siblings from university home to help them study and to continue to build their relationships to each other. They have quite a few memories of "family parties". One of my favorite memories in the game.

The Castanedas are a bit of a struggle, Viola has not found her LTW wish job of within the law career, she is currently in politics and got demoted from a chance card. Tobias was within journalism but now he started within education instead. They have 12 days until they become elder, so they can still choose and develop some more. Currently Tobias develops his interest in food and Viola spend a lot of her time fishing, so that is a nice combination. Perhaps a restaurant in their future? I have never played one of those as a family business. Their son Isak is getting to know Ellen Magnussim a bit better (since my plan is for them to become a couple at university) at the same time as he canodles his girlfriend René Svan. During this rotation both Viola and Isak had some issues with the shower and sink, but they tinkered on! No Castaneda is calling the repairman!

At the Magnussim residence I had some interesting developments. Susanna (my least favorite sim as I have complained before) have the grilled cheese aspiration and it is going above my expectations! She went downtown and talked to people about grilled cheese, Gustaf Dahl actually seemed interested, but he is really nice. She later invited Jesper Svan home. He asked if he could bring a friend, Susanna said yes and he brought Maya Essex! Cute soon Maya and Jesper started to flirt and make out with Maya. Apparently my jealousy settings in ACR are quite generous, Susanna did not react on these advances on her beloved Jesper. She did however seem a bit sad to be left out since she wanted to talk to Maya and hug Jesper when they were busy with each other. Wh nschool ended almost all of the teens brought a friend home from school so it was a lot of sims on the lot but nothing above average happened. The main income for the family now is the arcade that is the gamin career reward.

The Svan household have some issues with the three dogs, one of the dogs is on negative relationship with the other two, this means that there is no puppies to be had for a while at least. Grandfather Svan is a free ranging ghost as I could not picture knowledge-sim Jesper to leave his grandfather at the cemetery when he could have him in the house. René wanted to throw a party (ehrm.. she at least threw a party) and invited Eva Dahl (her brother Edvins crush),Tom Holk, Isak Castaneda, Sirius Ny and Regor Ny. It went quite well, grandpa seemed to think so to.

That was one complete rotation! University next!


Pretty much all of your Sims are doing well. I always try my best to get 3 bolts, 3 bolts is great.
I would say that running a Resturant can be diffiicult at the beginning, so be patient and get the Customer Stars up.

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but satisfaction brought it back.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#38 Old 2nd May 2018 at 4:19 PM
The greek house have had one fire, quite a few parties, Johanna Girardet maxed out her creativity, Amanda befriended Silla Gratton in order to get some information about her boyfriend (Silla did not provide) right before she graduated. She brought the house next to the Grattons since she did not want to move in with her boyfriend, his brother and his mother. Lets hope that Alex instead wants to move in with her instead of staying free and dating a lot of different people. Veronika Battler still have to struggle with her grades, but no longer on probation! Wonderful what a change in major can do.

A bit of drama also occurred in the Greek hosue. Silla Gratton (with a baby and husband at home) flirted with Io Ny who ought to know better since he is in love with Johanna Girardet and no teenage romance can really compare to a legacy heir, Johanna on her part flirted with Alex Gratton. And both of them should know better.

But what happened on one of the many parties is as big of a chock as when Kari and Martina Hult had marriage issues. The drama professor flirted with Ophelia Girardet and Amin was in the same room! And Ophelia accepted the flirt! Amin was furious and it did not matter that both Veronika Battler and Bella Svan had studied couples counseling, they refused to participate. I cant imagine what scene I will meet back at the grand house when the university rotation ends.

Bella Svan also graduated and moved in to the same house as Amanda, she did not want to live with her siblings in the hood and what better then to live with her greek house-sister. Perhaps it had something to do with that Jesper Svan lost a fight to Silla Gratton, also on her graduation party. It was probably Silla that started it, but nobody can tell for sure.
Field Researcher
#39 Old 4th May 2018 at 7:45 PM
So much is going one! I'm also curious what will happen when you get back to the grand house. Poor Amin; they had so little concern for him they did it all right in front of his face.
 
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