Preparing for Strangerville, Part 2

Cora’s new home is done! And I’ve studied the Strangerville map and have a good idea where I’m going to put it, too. 😀

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You’ll notice the odd trio of wall art in the dining room. Almost like someone was trying to leave Cora a message about the history of the town… She sat down and made notes right away. 😉

The great thing about parallel universes is that I’m playing her for now in Oasis Springs, just while I wait for Tuesday, but I can easily transplant her home into Strangerville later. 😀 I’m just pretending she’s in a different part of Strangerville for the time being. Maybe she’ll wake up one day and her whole home will have moved location! Wow, part of the mystery, maybe? 🙂

Preparing for “Strangerville”

Like many of us Simmers, I’m really looking forward to next Tuesday! I totally love quirk in this game, and the Strangerville Game Pack looks like it has “quirk quotient” out the ying-yang!

I’ve decided to take my self-sim (or is that sim-self???) into the new world for a new adventure. After all, she likes quirk as much as I do, if not more! She flipping got together with Johnny Zest in a parallel life, after all! Not to mention the mad, mad late nights hacking into other computers, and battling jungle pests and thorns, all the red-button pushing she did as a scientist along with the many trips to Sixam… 😉

Well, looks like Sixam is tripping back to Sim-earth, and Cora wants – NEEDS – to be involved!

Despite my own personal hatred of all things that start with “exercise”, I do believe Cora is in for some of that, being as I’ll probably be putting her into the new Military Career. (Probably? Pffft… who am I kidding? She’s destined to get to the top o’ that one, too!) She’ll have to slog it out for many an hour on some kind of human body torture machine or another. The good side is that she’ll be far FAR skinnier than her Controller. 😀 The bad side is, she’ll rub it in. 😛

In preparation for Cora’s next adventures, I’m creating a new home for her. She’s going to live on the second floor of a building that once housed a bookstore. The store has been closed for years now, of course, but the old lady who inherited the building rents out the top floor. Right next door, luckily for Cora, is a “coffee shop”! Woot! Wait – hold the celebrations. It only looks like a coffee shop, it’s totally fake. 😀 Because, this ain’t about dining out, folks. Dis ’bout ALIENS. And their plant-babies. Yup. Dat’s wat dis ’bout….

* ahem *

I’m trying to copy the look of Strangerville as far as I can see it from the trailer. I feel it basically has an “old, small, mid-western US town” sort of feel, with some pretty traditional/classic architecture from the 19th century and a bit of desert/Western thrown in. Let me just point out that the build shown above is not yet complete. I’m going to leave some room for the new “stuffs” that come with the GP. 😀

For this play session, my premise is that Cora will be working “under cover” in the mililtary. Let’s face it, the woman is framming rich by now, but for this chapter of her life, she’s hiding that fact and has rented this run-down hovel of a place so she can “blend in” and get to know the locals – so that she can THEN get more intel on the Strangerville goings-on. 😉

I have a fire escape to build on the right of this building still, and possibly some kind of horrid courtyard/BBQ area out back on the ground floor. We’ll see how far I get tonight. Poor rich Cora is going to suffer just a tad – her kitchen cupboards and appliances are pure CRAP!

I think the rest of the apartment won’t be much better. Haaa! I gave her a break with a pretty decent tub and toilet, and might give a bit of a break with the bed (who can play properly with a sim who hasn’t had a good night’s sleep???), but everything else is up for grabs. 😉

I should totally add some lot traits like Earthquake and… something else bad. 😀

Dang, this is going to be just too fun.

Brandon Fallon and the Bedlington Boathouse

Another sim and house are currently underway in my Peace River save! Also, the first pet makes their way into the town. Meet Brandon Fallon and his dog, Beck.

Brandon is a single young adult. He moved to Brindleton Bay for the scenery – his passion is photography and he has set up his own studio in his home, hoping to run a business there one day. He’s a really pleasant kind of guy, makes friends fast, and wants to start a photography club with whoever is interested – once he settles in. 😉

The home he purchased is Peace’s Bedlington Boathouse and it’s placed just where the original is in Brindleton Bay. It looks just as traditional on the outside as the other homes in the Bay area, but Brandon prefers a more modern ambiance, so he has really re-done the interior to his liking.

There are a couple of rooms upstairs that will be left unfinished for now. Never know what life will bring, right?

I think any CC you see above will be by Peacemaker. I ended up replacing that CC dog bed with an in-game one as Beck wouldn’t lie down in it. Not sure what was up, but I’ll not link to it until I do more testing. 😉

Bob Tierney’s Home

The Tierney family lives in Peace’s “Talison House”, placed near the lounge by the waterfront area of town. You should really go look at Peace’s presentation of it at the link above, because the first day of spring in my save is not doing the street view any favours, what with all the leaves missing off the trees and the framming snow flying about. LOL

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As you can see, Gramps has indeed indulged Renee with her dreams for her room. Yes, an explosion of colour! After all, she is 10 years old. 😉 And truth be told… This all happened one weekend when Bob and Vanessa were away in Granite Falls to gather rare herbs for Vanessa’s cooking. Yup. Ol’ Melvin kinda snuck in under their noses and Renee had the time of her life shopping for and re-doing her bedroom! And he had the time of his life spending more of his left-over money!

Bob had to bite his tongue for about a week. Vanessa was more quickly forgiving of her dad. Eventually, Bob came ’round to seeing that it was what made Melvin happy and it certainly had made his daughter’s eyes shine to show off her new “creation”. He did have coffee with Gramps early one morning and explain that too much indulgence wasn’t a good thing. Gramps agreed.

Then he went out and bought a fancy pink journal for Renee two days later.

Neither of them have said anything about it. 😉

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Most of the CC is Peacemaker’s. The parquet floors are by the lovely … whoops! … Can’t say, cuz she doesn’t have them up on her tumblr yet. 😛 The carpet in the living room and master bedroom is my own and the carpet in Renee’s room is on MTS by mustluvcats.

Bob Tierney and Family

Back to Brindleton Bay we go! I’ve finished the second house so it is time to introduce the family who is living there.

Bob is Chloe Tierney’s brother. A bit older than Chloe and a bit of a jock. They’re kind of opposite, these siblings: she’s artsy-fartsy and he’s just… fartsy. You know. As guys do. That smug look on his face? Yeah. He’s a bit on the self-confident side. Hopefully that will help and not hinder with his athletic career.

He won’t mind working up a good sweat while working out, either. But he’s definitely a family man and his wife and little girl are the apples of his eye.

Vanessa is Bob’s wife. She’s creative, rather like her sister-in-law, but not with paint – with food! (Bob doesn’t mind that bit at all, btw.) She wants to become a master chef, but she’s also family and home oriented.

Renee is Bob and Vanessa’s only child. She has definitely inherited the creative trait from both sides of the family. She wants to be a famous painter one day. But she’s only 10yo, so there’s a lot of life to be lived and a lot of things to learn before deciding on that final career!

Yup, she’s 10yo and an only child. Truth be told, Vanessa was horrified by the whole childbirth thing and is really reluctant to get pregnant again. Bob would like to have more kids, though, and Vanessa’s not opposed to kids, just childbirth! LOL They have talked about adoption once or twice. Maybe that will be the only way Renee will get a little brother or sister?

And finally, Vanessa’s dad, Melvin Webber. Or as Renee likes to call him, “Gramps”. His wife, Charlene, passed away years ago, just after Renee was born. Poor Melvin was so lonely and started to not take care of himself very well, so Vanessa and Bob insisted he move in with them.

He’s a great help with Renee – she’s given him new life and the two are very close. He came from money and didn’t do a whole lot of anything in his life, except marry the love of his life and have two lovely girls whom he doted on. He tries to give some of it to Bob and Vanessa, but Bob refuses. (Besides, quite a bit of it was already eaten up with medical bills when his wife was sick.) So instead, Mel spoils little Renee as much as he’s allowed. 😉 He bought her a fancy electronic keyboard and she is now taking piano lessons from her Auntie Chloe. And you should see her room! Well, you will soon. Next post, in fact. 😉

Hope you’ve enjoyed meeting this family! I love writing about the people I’m creating to live in this town. It really helps to round out their characters and makes me eager to play them all!

Chloe Tierney in Dachshund’s Refuge

I chose a smaller house to start off my Brindleton Bay/Peacemaker venture: Dachshund’s Refuge. (Please head over to the Simsational Designs post to get a proper look at the exterior of this house. I started my save in Spring, like a dolt, and all the trees are missing leaves and it’s snowing. 😛 )

For this home, I chose to create a single, YA, female sim whom I named Chloe Tierney.

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Chloe is an independent gal. She’s a musician – pianst, to be precise. She likes fashion that’s a bit on the flamboyant side of life. Even though she’s a newb sim in the game and has no skills, I imagine her to be an accomplished artist already, someone who was a child prodigy and has a certain level of notoriety despite her young age. 🙂

She’s got all the qualities of a prodigy – Music Lover, Creative, Muser, Perfectionist. In my mind, she travels quite a bit with her musical endeavours and I think that she will be the Brindleton Bay piano teacher for all the kids. 😀

She inherited this home from her grandparents. The kitchen had to be re-done, but everything else was in pretty good shape. She has a mix of some of her furnishings and some of her grandparents’ older stuff – suits her eclectic style. She keeps a very tidy home – being a Perfectionist, she doesn’t like things out of place!

Take a walk through Chloe’s home – click on the first picture to bring up the whole gallery.

I like Chloe’s mix of older and newer, retro and modern. I can’t wait to play her! But I’ll have to, because I have quite a few more homes to go!

Next up will be Bob Tierney’s place. Bob is Chloe’s brother. He has a wife, a 10yo daughter, and an elderly father-in-law. Pics coming soon – but first I’ll have to finish their home! 😉

New Game Save: Peace River

I’ve explored Land Lubber’s as thoroughly as I can for now. I’ll do another post to finish that up since I created a sort of “Bring It On!” version that pretty much works, as well.

But for now, I’ve transitioned to a new “challenge” for me. I’ve recently downloaded each and every one of Peacemaker_ic’s Brindleton Bay homes and businesses.

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They are all amazingly gorgeous, as always. I mean truly, click the link and go take a look!

Since I’ve also recently stuffed my entire mods folder full of Peace’s CC, it seemed natural to create this pretty seaside town and fill it with my own sims to play in rotation (hopefully) a la Purzel. I set it up exactly as shown in his map in the post above and I’ve called the game save “Peace River” – obviously in honour of Peacemaker, but also it’s a real river and geographical area in British Columbia, where I live, so it seemed like a good match. 😀

The “challenge” in this is that all of the residential lots are unfurnished. Just shells. So as I make over the interior of each one, I’ll be moving in sims who will live there. That will hopefully help me with style, back stories, colours, and all that stuff as I finish and furnish these marvelous homes. 🙂

I’ll be posting some images of the families I move in and their homes’ interiors in the next while. I have one home completed, so I’ll get that up in a new post today.

I really love Brindleton Bay, EA did a great job with that world. I’m very excited to have it transformed with these lovely builds and even more excited to put some personal sims into the homes whom I’ll know quite well by the time I’m finished with all their decorating!