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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰

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!

“Imperial” Carpeting

Named in honour of PurplePaws’ TS3 carpet tiles. Mine is not the same thing – the “dots” in the pattern are darker than the main colour, not lighter. But hey – they’re dots. πŸ˜‰

I made this carpeting to be one of my new “basics” in the game. I’ve diffused the pattern just a bit so that it’s not quite totally realistic, but has a tad more realism than the Maxis carpets. It might lean toward the “more realism” side. πŸ˜€ But at least it’s not photo-perfect. πŸ˜‰

In-game shots of four of the colours, no added editing as far as lighting, etc.:

Aqua: dusty

Blue: grey

Brown: dark

Yellow: straw

Here are all the colours included:

Colour Gallery

** Download at Sim File Share **

Installing: If you need help installing CC, Carl has a great tutorial here.

Patterned Berber

In my quest to make over my Brindleton Bay homes, I decided I needed some better carpeting than game stuff. However, it’s really hard to find for TS4, let me tell you! What I want is the PurplePaws carpets that I had in TS3. However, those kind don’t seem to exist (at least on places I’m willing to download them from).

Which spun me off into a sideline of making my own carpet flooring! (ADD, much?)

Now, these are NOT like PurplePaws’ yet. But they turned out nicely enough for me to share. πŸ™‚ I mean, if I’m going to go to the effort, I may as well share in case anyone else can use them, too!

Patterned Berber

Gallery:

CC Credits: Windows, curtains, sofa, some walls, and chair by peacemaker_ic.

** Download at Sim File Share **

Installing: If you need help installing CC, Carl has a great tutorial here.

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. πŸ˜› )

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜‰

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.

BrindletonBayLotsByPeacemaker_ic

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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚

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!

Trying to Push the Limits

I’ve finished another week with a new sim and a few tweaks to the challenge to supposedly make it “harder”.Β  Sure she was unhappier more often, but it always seems easy to get through.

The tweaks I tried were:

  • using the cheaper tent – made no difference
  • giving the lot the Creepy Crawlies trait – which just meant she got attacked by bees, bats, and spiders a lot. Downed the mood, but it wasn’t over-come-able
  • giving the lot the Cursed trait. Never played with that one before. Basically, about twice in her year, she became dazed. And she got angry a couple of times. That’s it.
  • gave the sim the traits of clumsy, materialistic, and vegetarian. She got sad and sick whenever she ate fish, and a small negative moodlet a couple of times over not buying new stuff. That was it.
Lightening!

The new lot in Willow Creek

So all in all, they weren’t such horrible things, just slight inconveniences. I got tired of spiders falling all over her, and bees in the middle of winter was just… wrong. πŸ˜€

I’m thinking about removing the fridge altogether. That way, surviving on fish is a bit harder. Mind you, it’s pretty easy to survive on fresh vegetables. Kind of a pain to eat so many times a day, mind you, but easy.

I’m also thinking of taking out the tent. Just making a fake shelter that doesn’t afford another way to get fun up. It seems that if they have appropriate clothing on, shelter doesn’t matter, which is also a bummer.

And the last thing I’m going to test next, speaking of clothing, is not allowing them to wear their “hot” or “cold” clothing. That alone will make the biggest difference. My sim could stand in a blizzard for hours and sell flowers and not freeze to death!

To do that, I’ll have both the summer and winter clothing choices in all-red or some bright colour that I don’t use in the other outfits. That way, if they auto-change, I can change them right back. LOL I’m sooooo mean…

Let’s see if this fire pit really does have enough of a warming effect. πŸ˜‰

Land Lubber’s TS4 – Basic Challenge Rules

Land Lubber's TS4 Basic Challenge Rules

Well, folks, Cora made it through one whole year, so it’s time to post some rules!

I’ll paste the rules right here in this post, but they are also included in PDF form below and in the ZIP file that has my base empty world for you to use (also below).

Goal

See if you can live off the land for 1 year (28 Sim days) through all four seasons and survive! You will have very little in the way of shelter and amenities, but you must keep all of them in like-new condition and pay all your bills. Can you do it?

Go fishing (to sell and eat), gather plants from the wild and then grow them on your lot (to sell and eat). Try to avoid lightening, heat waves, ice, and freezing. Earn enough money to pay bills and replace any damaged goods. Good luck!

Setting Up:

  1. You can play with any and all EP’s, SP’s, and GP’s, but you will absolutely need the following:
    • Seasons (for, um, seasons…)
    • Get Together (for fire pit, tent, camping shower, and β€œpee bush”)
    • City Living (for the yard sale table)
  2. The worlds in your save game must be completely empty. All of them. Not lots, no sims. Yours will be the only lot with a living soul on it. (Townies will still be generated and will walk by your lot and purchase at your yard sales.)
  3. If you need an empty base world, you can download my game save below. Instructions on where to put the file are included in the download package.
  4. It goes without saying that mod cheats are not allowed if they make gameplay easier!
  5. You can create any kind of sim you like. But there are some restrictions:
    • Traits that may help in this challenge are not allowed! Those would be:
      • Loves the Outdoors
      • Vegetarian
      • Loner
      • Genius (gives random Focused moodlets which improves gardening skill)
      • Geeks (better at finding collectibles)
      • Or any other trait you feel would give you some kind of advantage to living off the land
    • Aspirations that help in this challenge are not allowed! Those would be:
      • Food (gives you Essence of Flavor, ie, better food)
      • Knowledge (gives you Quick Learner trait)
      • Nature (gives you the edge of finding better collectibles)
      • Or any other aspiration you feel would give you some kind of advantage to living off the land
  6. Pick as many suitable “hot” and “cold” outfits as you like (the game allows you up to 5 for each category).
  7. If you want a bit harder of a challenge, pick some negative traits. “Queasy” makes it quite tough to fish, so that’s an interesting one. Any trait that throws a bad moodlet once in awhile will certainly add to your fun.
  8. In order to be able to fish and grow plants so you can store up food for winter, you should choose Spring as your starting season for the game.
  9. You can make your own lot or download mine from the gallery (called Land Lubber’s Dock Den or look for #landlubbers). I made this lot at Dock Den on the island in Windenburg, but you can place it anywhere you prefer to try this challenge.
  10. If you’d rather make your own lot, this is what you need:
    • Any size lot you want
    • You can’t use any positive lot traits. If you want to use some negative ones for a bigger challenge, go right ahead. LOL
    • Mailbox
    • Tent (Cabin-in-a-Bag)
    • Firepit (Rocks of Fire) and 4 chairs. Chairs should preferably the rocks (A Hard Place) or stumps (Stumpy Chair) for aesthetics
    • Trash can or recycle bin (lot kind, not house kind) (recommend Trashe Cann because it’s so nicely rustic)
    • 1 Bush to “fertilize” (such as The Anything Goes Party Bush)
    • Camping shower (The Shower Tarp!)
    • Yard sale table (Come and Get It Street Store)
    • Fridge (The Schmapple Fridge) surrounded by fence – the “cold room” to store fish for eating in winter
    • If you like, you may add shrubs and flowers for aesthetics. You could add trees, but you might need to rake some leaves in the fall! Your choice. πŸ™‚
  11. Move your sim onto the lot, even if you have to use the “freerealestate” cheat. Once there, open the cheat window again to turn on testing cheats (testingcheats true) and then take away all their money by typing “money 0“.

Game save set-up:

  1. Gameplay: Full autonomy, auto age = yes, lifespan = normal, max sim count = 80
  2. Set all weather to include thunderstorms and blizzards.
  3. Set all weather to include thunderstorms and blizzards.
    Season length = 7 days, unless you want it more challenging, then 14 days is fine. I wouldn’t recommend boring yourself with anything longer than that! LOL
  4. Sorry to say that the Calendar and Holidays are pretty useless in this challenge. Who has time to plan ANYTHING or celebrate stuff when you’re merely trying to survive??? Delete all the holidays.
    • However, let it be known that the day you age up in the year will forever be unavoidable. πŸ˜‰

You are now ready to start!

Basic Challenge Rules

Earning Money:

  1. Your Sim must never take a job of any kind. After all, the world is empty! Who would employ them?
  2. No collecting of anything other than plants and fish are allowed. Plants are only collected to re-plant, eat, or use for bait. Fish are collected for eating or fertilizer or using for bait. Don’t dig at dig sites or try to find frogs.
  3. However, whatever you fish up out of the water is fair game for eating or selling in your yard sales or growing in your garden.
  4. You may not sell anything out of inventory. You can only sell them by holding yard sales on your lot.
  5. You may hold as many yard sales as you need or as you can in a day. No restrictions here!
  6. Earning money in the challenge is for the following purposes:
    • Paying your weekly bills
    • Paying for replacements of whatever is on the lot if it gets destroyed somehow.

Survival:

  1. Your Sims’ main cooking and heating source come from the fire pit located on the lot.
  2. Your sim may only eat roasted fish over the fire (no marshmallows or hot dogs or other quick meals – keep an eye on those sneaky snackers!). They can also eat any fruit that they either find or grow.
  3. The fence is around the β€œcold room” so that your sim does not autonomously go for a β€œquick meal”. But you can drag fish from the inventory into the fridge so they last longer, and as long as fish are in there, you can “roast fish” over the firepit without having access to the door of the fridge.
  4. If your first Sim perishes, you may start again but you must use the same lot and leave the ghost intact.
  5. If anyone else perishes on your lot, you must leave the gravestone intact where it appears and not move it for the remainder of your year.

Gameplay:

  1. You must not build shelter (actual walls and a roof) for 1 year (28 days). You must live with what is on the lot (see Setting Up)
  2. Reward traits and potions are forbidden. Yes. All of them.
  3. You may fulfill whims and aspiration milestones as they come up, just don’t spend any of the points. πŸ˜‰
  4. Cell phone usage is not allowed. There is no cell service where you are. πŸ˜‰ If your sim starts playing a video game, stop them as soon as you notice and get them to do something else.
  5. Other sims may visit the lot, but you are not to move anyone in. If a visitor helps clean or repair something, you should thank them kindly! LOL If they kick over your garbage can, well, your response is up to you. πŸ˜‰

Losing:

  1. You must never lose water or power because of not paying bills. If that happens, you’ve technically lost the challenge.
  2. You must also have everything on the lot back in new condition by the end of Day 28. If you don’t, you have technically lost the challenge.

Winning:

  1. You have succeeded if, on Day 29, you are:
    • Alive
    • Have all items on the lot in new condition
    • Have paid all the bills throughout the year

Here are your downloads:

Land Lubber’s Basic Challenge Rules (PDF)

Empty Base World, Instructions, and Rules

I hope you have as much fun with this as I’ve had! I have a few ideas for harder challenges. I’ll test them out and post variations as I can.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment below. Also, feel free to share a link to your own Land Lubber’s adventure! I’d love to see how you all get on with it!