Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Spacy Family Tree

I thought it might be fun to add some close ups of each family member and share some best/worst moments and some random trivia along the way.

Paloe Spacy.
Founder of the Apocalypse Challenge.
Lifted- Natural Science/Hopelessness

The only heartstopping moment I had with Paloe was when a chance card came up at level 8 of his career and he lost a couple of skill points.

Paloe had many great moments, I enjoyed watching him autonomously washing the windows and once he'd married Lucy there were so many Serenades I thought I was in a musical.

Random Trivia- Paloe Spacy is an anagram of Apocalypse.

Lucy Hurt.
married Paloe Spacy.
A Family Sim with a LifeTime Want to marry off 6 kids.
Lifted- Law Enforcement

Lucy was quite the devil as an Elder after Paloe died- I was often having to stop her flirting with her son-in-law Sheldon who'd been her best friend for ages.

My two best moments were when Lucy told Paloe she was 'A Captain Hero', and achieving her LTW- a first for me in that area.

Simon Spacy

Simon made our day when he came through and got to be a General.
It was more for Steve's benefit, but the ability to be able to send Sims to college appealed to me greatly as it shortened the teen life stage.
Something I didn't take the best advantage of early on.

Steve Spacy.
Lifted-Slacker/Alien Technology

Steve was very hard to keep happy as a Teen, aspiration wise. As a Fortune Sim he spun wants that I could not satisfy.
The best moment Steve gave us was being abducted by Aliens during week 5.
This made the rest of the challenge a lot easier as I energized everybody, constantly.

Soren Spacy

Soren was the least pretty of the Spacy boys.
I think his nose really did come from Lucy, she was terribly ugly as an Elder.
Thanks to Simaholic for pointing that out!

Soren was the first to achieve a 'double' of reaching the top of a career and fulfilling a Life Time Want at the same time.

Nickname- Beaky

Sadie and Sarah Spacy- my Identical Twins.
Sadie lifted Show Business. Sarah lifted Politics.

Sadie and Sarah were so hard to tell apart during their college years.
At times I almost made Sadie kiss Sarah's boyfriend and vice versa.

Sadie's one downside was that she was too playful to meditate and that made things a little harder to sustain a good enough mood for promotions before she got Perma Plat.

Seth Spacy
Lifted- Criminal

Seth is practically a clone of his brothers Simon and Steve.
Seth's worst moment was getting fired from his teen job.

Our best moment was Seth lifting Criminal.
Having to sell and buy back everything each week was a major pain.

Suzette Spacy
Lifted- Medical

Suzette became our second 'double'- top of career and LTW in one go.

Her worst moment was in college when that darned Cow Mascot came on to her Professor boyfriend.
For several days after the Cow stole Suzette's newspaper and kicked over her trash.
Suzette did slap the Cow around a bit at the time I guess.
I was quite shocked when I saw that the cow was male and not female as I'd considered Avri to be a feminine name.

Sheldon Shaikh.
Married Sadie Spacy.

Sheldon spent almost his whole life telling Dirty Jokes.
Best friend of Lucy at the time, I wasted no time in lining him up as a possible spouse once I found out he was a Hall of Famer.

Saffron Spacy and twin Sonny Spacy.
Saffron lifted Culinary, while Sonny lifted Business.

Saffron is kind of 'fish-lippy'.
and Sonny didn't get the best in looks.
He was however the only of Sadie and Sheldon's children to get his Grandfather Paloe's custom eyes.
It's kind of cool that he kept his HP glasses tho', as they aren't available to adults.
I almost made Saffron a Knowledge Teen as when she transitioned she had just 5 skills left to get to max out.
But I made her Popularity 'cos I thought it'd be a nice change.

Sapphire Spacy
Lifted- Artist

I probably had the most fun playing Sapphire when I found out that her LTW was to woohoo 20 different Sims.
The best I've managed through college before is 10, so I was really pleased to get 20.
Sapphire used lots of smart glasses with her last few Sims- the first 15 were pretty easy as they were all friends and having dates made the relationships go up really quickly.

I laughed so hard at Sapphire's sexy wiggle every time she went to flirt with someone.

Sindy Spacy

Sindy didn't get much of a look in as I was so busy playing Sapphire and her Romance wants.
She did escape to the Secret Society a few times and made lots of new friends.
Once Sapphire had left college the 'phone rang constantly with a 'Sapphire's not here at the moment you say' type message and I sold the 'phone 'cos it drove me crazy and Sindy had her own cellphone anyway.

This blog was in order of birth, rather than order of restrictions lifted.
Here's that list;

Natural Science/Hopelessness
Law Enforcement
Alien Technology

Having Snapdragons in and around the house helped the Sims moods an awful lot. I wouldn't say it was an unfair advantage as anyone who has OFB can and probably would use them.

Lifting Alien Technology was, for me one of the best Highs. To have smart milk, thinking caps and energizers helped so much with skilling and general mood.

I tended to concentrate on the skills the Sims would need for a particular career during childhood.

The worst part was not being able to send my Sim kids to Private School.
I used lots of 'play red hands' after school to get their fun metres back up.
The very worst part was the Criminal Restriction.

I had several strange glitches.
In the college house often times a Sim would be on the 'phone to a friend and next minute that friend would appear in the house next to the person on the 'phone.
Not having birthday cakes caused major headaches when Babies were becoming toddlers. Several times I had to wait over 24 hours for the interaction to 'help so-and-so with birthday ' to come back after the first attempt failed.
This was especially true when the Twins were transitioning, as they both chose their Mother to 'help with birthday'.
It was fun mostly and certainly very challenging!
To anyone attempting this challenge,
Good Luck!

Count Down with Woohoo

Sapphire settled back into her pillows and prepared for woohoo number 9 with Leonid.

Fellow Romance Sim Gunnar appreciates some casual woohoo too.

Sapphire gets some nice aspiration points for Woohooing with 10 different Sims.

Sindy finds someone that her sister has missed and has her first kiss with Abhijeet

and more....

No-one escapes the resident coach.
The YA's try to escape her by cancelling her out, but she just comes screaming back at them.

So Sapphire can't cook,
well you can't be good at everything...

Sapphire finds Prof Jan to be a suitable woohoo number 11

and Jasmine number 12

Avri the Cow Mascot is lucky 13!

Sapphire got a 'woohoo with 5 service Sims' want fulfilled here.
I guess any NPC is considered a Service Sim.
For Sapphire that's 2 Llamas, 2 Professors and a Cow.
I'm sure there's a joke in there, but it eludes me for the moment.

Avri gets moving as Sapphire makes way for the next 'guest'.

Friend and downtownie Meadow is number 14

Cheerleader Shenene cannot escape Sapphire's charms. She's number 15.

As Sapphire returns from a night on the town where she found some new friends and had one date she arrives to find sister Sindy being taken away by the Secret Society.

ooh gifts!
Sterling, who Sapphire had a dream date with downtown arrives at the same time as Shenene to drop some goodies off.

Sterling leaves a hot tub, and Shenene a classy vase.

The next night Avri pops round with his gift,

A state of the art TV.
These people know what makes a Romance sim tick!

Sapphire graduated with a 4.0 GPA (shocking but true) and an Art degree.
She has 72 hours before she leaves campus, and 5 more Sims to find and Woohoo!

Good job she has lots of aspiration points
we're smart-glassing it all the way from here.

Another fellow Romance Sim, Gilbert happily becomes number 16.

He was so impressed with his dream date that he brought a gift.

hmmm.. not really 'Romancy', but it'll be fun to spy on her future neighbours.

Gilbert brought a friend the first time he visited Sapphire, and Sapphire was quick to befriend this happy chap- he's Daniel and number 17 on Sapphire's list.

Sapphire's 2nd date with Sterling ended in Woohoo, making him number 18.

Simon Phillipine, a work buddy of Sapphire's dad Sheldon, was number 19.

Funny how he wore work clothes on the date, but normal clothing to drop off this super cool gift for Sapphire.

Sapphire saves the best for last and local Mr Big, Amar, becomes Sapphire's dream number 20.

and Sapphire still has 42 hours to spare before she has to leave college!

While we got the pop up that Sapphire had achieved Perma Plat, she never got a memory marker for it.

Maybe it fell under the bed.

Sapphire leaves college and can be very satisfied with the work she's done here.

but another 'Maxis- what were you thinking?'

Sindy takes a leaf out of her sister's book and spent her last semester having dates.
But with the same guy... :)
She got some nice gifts too and lots of bouquets.
What a fun way to pass the college hours.

All too soon it was time for Sindy to go home.
She graduated with a 4.0 in Physics.

Both girls arrived home on Saturday of week 12.
Sindy found a job in Paranormal straight away but doesn't start until Sunday.
We had her get into Platinum and then meditate.

She lifts Paranormal with Ease in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Sapphire found the Artist career on Sunday, and starts Monday.
She never moved out of Platinum, so we assume her missing the memory was a glitch.
She meditates to pass the time.

While Sindy works on finishing her Mechanical skill, Sheldon maxes out Creativity.

On Monday- beginning of week 13.

Sapphire became a Visionary and lifted the final restriction.
The pianos, guitars, drum sets etc would have been very handy early on!

To round the day off Sadie completes her 2nd LTW by becoming Chief of Staff.

What a day... what a life,
What a Family.

Week 13- 91 days total.
14 Sims.
2 sets of Twins.
All 16 Restrictions lifted.
36 friends currently.
bank account of 534,234 simoleons.

I think we're ready for Pets!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the Spacy's as much as I enjoyed playing them.
I'm going to put together another, much smaller blog with their pics, restrictions lifted and some random facts about this challenge.
coming soon!