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13 December 2012 @ 09:34 pm
What's been going on and some Sims. Barnacle Bay 4  
ARG, I hate that LJ is changing everything like the look of our profiles and post pages. But luckily you can switch it back which I did right away. I didn't even look at the new version long. I know I hate it already so I switched everything back as fast as possible. I hope they won't force that on us, but that makes taking those screen caps a few months back worth it because now I'll have proof of what it was like before the change.

cheezey, actipton80 and silvolf I sent out your gifts and/or cards today. Actipton, yours will come as two separate things. The gift and the card. The gift probably won't have my name on it because I ordered it online. But it's something I also own that I know you'll like and find amusing. I hope it makes it on time but they said between the 20th and the new year which could be any time. I hope it's not that long. Only a few people left to go on my list. Hurray. I'm out of stamps now.

I've been playing Sims the last few days but it's not going so great. It's just boring and I can't wait to switch to another family that will be more fun. Because I'm a J, I can't let it go though and need to accomplish certain goals before switching over. One of them being I want Des to reach level 5 gardening so she can plant her pumpkins. But winter is about to start in my game so that may not even happen. I wanted to play as Owen during the fall for all the Halloween stuff. And I totally missed Halloween, called Spooky Day in the game because for some reason Des didn't get enough sleep and wouldn't do what I told her to. Then she was glitching and falling through the floor and couldn't get to where I was commanding her to go. I also wanted her to be close friends with Owen and Cope but it's been hard getting the meter with them to fill up. It's been even worse with my birds. I don't know how to become best friends with my birds. I can't get past acquaintance with them and it sometimes drops into the red. Gosh you guys think it's hard to get to know me and make friends with me in real life? Ha, these birds are worse than I am and very unforgiving. I know Silvolf was having trouble with this next thing and now I am too. I don't know how to go on a date? Chris and Des had a wish to go on a date. I had one ask the other and they were going. I chose to go to the pirate restaurant and picked, "Go with Date." But nothing happened and the wish is still in their inventory. WTF?

So the main goal is reach Gardening level 5 for pumpkins. I wish plants grew though the winter. I don't know who I'll switch to after that. I'd like to play as Owen and try to develop the friendship with Des more on that side since he's been rather hard to get on his good side for an extrovert. But, playing as one Sim only is also not as fun. The Scabs would probably be a blast but I haven't wanted to really use them. I should probably stick with my plan of playing as Solan and Davon. Oh I also want Solan to be good friends with Des. I've started working that relationship a bit. But starting from zero with Des is also hard because I have made her true to myself in real life. It's difficult to become her friend. Chris know because he tried with some of his Sims. Des doesn't like other girls.

I may not play and just keep creating more characters because I really want to get rid of all the NPC's. I don't like seeing characters I don't recognize and I don't feel like getting to know them either...hehe there's that difficult to make friends with me thing.

So anyway, pic time.

Des met Cope at the Fall Festival. They had a nice conversation about science and work since they work together. Then Des nailed him with a water balloon. In the game throwing a water balloon is a friendly act. I didn't know that. I would have thought they'd get mad but it becomes a game and I guess helps the friendship. I'm not sure yet. Ophidius looks on. I don't know why he joined the science career in my game instead of the business one but he has moved up the ranks fast and passed Cope who joined there first. Ophidius is ambitious and Cope is not.

Cope teases Des. Curly walks by.

He's so happy to be dodging them.

Beautiful Matrix moment. He must have gotten good at avoiding projectiles from High school.

Now he's ready to retaliate.

Des takes an invigorating elixir to st stay awake longer. Thanks cheezey.

Ophidius insults Cope's son Max.

This is a wild parakeet that landed in the front yard. I have never seen birds or butterflies in this game anymore except when my cat is hunting. My cat is a level 6 hunter and she sucks. I don't know how she can be level six and lose almost every time. This parakeet beat her up. She always ends up catching garbage instead of her prey. And now Des has a wish to catch a bird. I'd LOVE to have her catch a bird but again I don't see any. How is she supposed to catch one? This parakeet is the only bird I've ever seen in the wild.

Des is working hard to try to make friends. She now nails Owen with a water balloon. She couldn't resist especially since he was wearing shorts in late Fall and we could see our breaths. Must be that fire inside of him. I don't know how he wouldn't feel that. I'm surprised you can have a water balloon fight in the Fall.

Someone smashed Des's first pumpkin so she's making a second one. Sasha is really amused by the pumpkin carving.

Finished cat pumpkin!

Chris plays in the bird room.

Another alien came. This time a male. He's ugly.

He abducted Chris. I missed everything because I was scanning the map for birds and seeds.

Chris driving his truck. That blue building is Thanatos's house. Funny thing about that. I downloaded that house and it totally rocks. But it came with one major flaw. No furniture. So I only added the necessities. I made a bedroom, an office, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. There are lots of other rooms all still empty. I just don't have time to decorate it. I could but that would be a job in itself.

Davon and Solan's house.

Savanah met a young wild horse. They chatted for a little but the horse didn't like Savanah at first. He says No Cats!

So that's been the most exciting things from two days. So really other than the alien thing nothing exciting.
Current Mood: blahblah
actipton80actipton80 on December 14th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
I was hoping you had gotten the package I sent today. That's fine about mine being two things. The thing I sent you is something I don't have, but I want one and may have to buy myself one if I don't get it for Christmas. I also put a card and a little something extra in your package too.

I hope game-Des gets a parakeet. The animals and pets are my favorite part of your posts about Sims. I agree about the alien being ugly.
Des: Thank Youthagirion on December 14th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
OH yes actually I forgot to mention I got it. Thank you. I put it under the tree and will open it on Christmas. I'm curious what it is. I wanted to get you more actually but this time I didn't know what to get for you. But I think you'll like this.

D'oh! Yes I got her a parakeet named Phage. I don't know where my brain has been lately. I have been very absent minded the last few days. I will get pics of her and her parakeet. It looks just like the wild one that was outside. They are all green. I wish you could customize birds like you can dogs and cats. I'd recolor him yellow and blue.

Hum, if I switch to Davon and Solan they probably won't have any pets. Solan will probably get an aquarium again. Davon, maybe I'll get him a snake. Owen? No pets. The Copes have two parakeets. I'm glad you like the bird stuff in the game with Des.
actipton80actipton80 on December 14th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
You can open the package if you want, if only to get the Christmas card out. Your present itself is wrapped in a gift bag inside the box.
Des: Darwin My Budgiethagirion on December 14th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know that. I just opened it. Aw thanks for the card. I Love your drawings. My Darwin, a gourd and a nepenthes. Hehe, you did great with the nepenthes. They are so cute. I was able to feel the gift and I think I know what it might be but I hope I'm wrong. I tried not to feel it too much and it's under the tree now.
Calzephyr: Mr. Jillcalzephyr77 on December 14th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
The screencap of Cope dodging water balloons is really cool! I never thought of the Sims as a way of collecting reference picture material :-)
Des: Huh?thagirion on December 14th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm so glad I was able to capture that. Well I don't know about references, but I do love to put all these pics together into a story to share here. I think they will get better once I switch to a more interesting family. Some of my characters aren't totally right. Cope for one isn't because the hair for him is not in the game. But his hair is so unique that I doubt it will ever been in any game. The closest one has ever come was Saint's Row 2 like in my icon. I did a little bit of Photoshop work on some of the screen caps and made it perfect. Oh if only I could have done that in the game.
suzidragonlady: Altair jumpsuzidragonlady on December 14th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
Same here conerning the LJ stuff. D'aww I somehow even regret that I renewed my paid account in October.
I will not leave LJ but I think I will not pay for it if they keep doing such bad changes. I'm afraid that this "switch back to old" thing will not stay forever...

Seems like you have a lot of fun with Sims. ^__^ Enjoy it!
I have looked at the games but they are nothing for me I just enjoy action rpgs and any games that take part in another period of time (like the AC games) or be complete fantasy more. XD I have enough stress with my current reality in 2012 no need for a second one.

Oh concerning ACIII did you have any funny glitches so far?

Edited at 2012-12-14 07:17 am (UTC)
Des: Solan in The Sims 3thagirion on December 14th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one that feels that way about not paying anymore. They have gotten worse but it's amazing that despite getting worse they are still the best journal site which tells you a lot about all the others. We're stuck and it's too bad we don't have another option. They don't even make news posts anymore because they don't want to hear so many complaints.

Yes, I love it. You don't have to play with yourself. In fact I'm almost done with Des and Chris because I'm sick of it. Yes it's the very same thing. But if you have your own characters, like that guy you use in SKyrim, you can put them in this have a your fantasy. It's more fun. Keep watching these posts and you'll see my stories will get better once I start to play with Owen, Cope, Davon, Solan etc. I have added characters from my favorite cartoons and TV shows too. I even have The Three Stoogest in black and white. It's a very funny game. I think you would like it and I definitely recommend it. Oh there's also an expansion called Supernatural that has witches and you can make potions or have fairy characters if you really like the fantasy. I have World Adventures and you can travel to China and learn Karate, France and Egypt and explore dungeons and look for treasure like an RPG. That's actually my least favorite expansion. I was so disappointed with the Egypt thing. I really wanted to take Solan there. But it's worth it for China and the martial arts. I wish they had more countries though. And there's one, I forget which that if you have an inventor character you can travel back in time. I will probably do that with Cope.

Yeah, I had a few funny things mostly with deer. There was a deer that was frozen and I could walk around him over and over but couldn't kill him. Then there was a deer and a soldier stuck and frozen. They kept registering as enemies and it looks like they were in a fight and I couldn't get them to go away. Other really funny things happened too but now I can't remember.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Kurtz and Silvolf hugsilvolf on December 14th, 2012 09:15 am (UTC)
I agree about LJ. I tried posting with the new look once and it was annoying and stupid. It used to say "Switch to New Version" but now it goes to the new version all the time and I have to switch to old. I know they're gunna force it on us.
Great Sims pics! I got mine to go on a date to the park but nothing happened in the way of granting the wish. I ended up taking them home cos Kurtz was insulting these women (I had a hand in that hehe!) and Razz was tired even though she was playing her guitar. But they went home separately. I didn't know how to get them to go home together. I want them to see a movie as a date. That would be nice. One of Kurtz' wishes is also to go on a great date with Lara. Does your game only seem to make Sims of opposite genders talk to any one of your Sims? Females talk to Kurtz and males talk to Razz. I want them to make friends of their own genders though. I tried to get Razz to be friends with a lady but it didn't work. Yet in my other game, Bill is friends with a little boy and Razz wants to make friends with a girl from work.
Haha I deleted an annoying Sim as well. I didn't know you could delete in game characters. I want to make more of my own characters and have them in the game.

I forgot to say, I only have one town to choose from. The fantasy trees are default.
It's a shame you missed Chris's encounter with the ugly alien.
Des: Owen in The Sims 3thagirion on December 14th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
I hate how LJ is getting worse and worse. I really hate it because I love this place. Like I told Suzi, it's still the best despite but I don't like not having other options. I think I'll start putting up those screen caps I made on Flickr so they are there for the record. I did that with Youtube for both changes. I want people to know what it was like when it was good. No you can be friends with sims of any gender. You just have to find one that you'll get along with.
Yeah, you can delete characters and evict households. I don't know why you haven't placed the downloaded characters into the town yet. It's more fun with familiar characters walking around. You should definitely make more so the game is more fun for you.

I haven't played that first town in a long time. I forgot there was a house with funny trees like that.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Kurtz and Razz Simssilvolf on December 14th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea to put up the pics of how it used to be.
I only play for about two hours per night and it's taken me a while to learn what to do. I've been concentrating on my families and not much on the rest of the town. I will put the other characters in. I have Owen and Cope and his house so I'll put those in and some of your other characters. I was assuming you had to play with them if you put them in and someone said while you make another house active, your own family can do what it likes. But it will be fun to put them in and see when I meet them! I'm planning on making Corey, Jedd and Larval. That's all my own human characters lol! I don't have many. I hope I can find some long man hair for Larval. I can't wait to make him.

I put the trees in the yard of the house. When I bought it, it was just a house on a plot of land. I only had one choice for a town. I'm guessing you have to buy others.
Des: Davon in The Sims 3thagirion on December 14th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
No you don't have to play with them. They are NPC's unless you select their household. Though I do recommend selecting them long enough to place them into a job. Don't bother with their wishes. Just got to the buildings get the jobs, save and get out then go back to your main families for whatever game you're playing. The reason I recommend that is because sometimes they won't get jobs and be unemployed or could get the wrong jobs. Like I don't know why Ophidius went into science instead of business. Though sometimes for fan characters it can be funny. Like I didn't set Gilligan and he ended up as manager of the science building. Des and Cope work for him. But no, you don't have to play them. You can place them and leave them. You don't even have to switch families. I have the directions for that written on the post I made about codes I would be saving. I still need to make Owen's house. I need to draw it first because I only have a vague idea of what it looks like.

Some towns come with expansions packs. I think Wold Adventures came with Riverview. The only town I had to buy was Barnacle Bay because I wanted the pirate theme. But other than the ship restaurant and the funny street and building names I haven't noticed much pirate stuff.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Kurtz and Razz Simssilvolf on December 14th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ah ok! I'll put some in tonight then. I want to at least make Larval, though I need to look out the ref pics for the other two. Lol Kurtz had a wish to go into the Military for some reason and my Mum who I made in the other game wanted to go into Law Enforcement XD I'd love to build a house from scratch but I'm awful at building things. I play Minecraft but I can never build in it, just go exploring and killing things.

I'll see if there's any more towns since I got the Pets pack. It's weird, I can't play by putting in the Sims 3 disk anymore, I have to put in the Pets disk.
Des: Davon in The Sims 3thagirion on December 14th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
They get funny wishes about jobs sometimes.
Making houses is hard. I'm dreading making Owen's house and worse, remaking my house that I lost. I wish I had uploaded that to the exchange.

Pets didn't come with a free town I don't think. I forget where most of my towns came from. Yeah, whatever the newest released CD you have is will be the one the computer will want you to insert. Mine is Seasons and that's what the logo shows.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on December 14th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
It's almost like that alien sneaked in when you were busy doing something else.

I like how Des wouldn't do what you told her to after she didn't have enough sleep :)
Des: Malcolm - I Hate Being Right All The Timthagirion on December 14th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I missed it but saw the first one when my dog chased her off. I definitely like the female aliens better.
Well that was very annoying. Since I'm god in this game I went into the control menu and physically moved her into the bedroom where I needed her to go and forced her to do my bidding hehe. The game was glitching with her too.
Cheezey: Bushy Simcheezey on December 14th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
If you're not already doing it, you can have Des chat with co-workers at work and it will automatically make the co-workers friends after a while. I use that a lot because building relationships can take so long for sims. Getting the charisma skill makes it easier, but it also isn't in character for everyone, so I understand if you don't want to do that.

Making friends with birds takes forever. I did it with my super-me sim, but she had a moodlet manager and had high charisma skill (I used her to max all the skills) and she spent a lot of time playing with the bird, and teaching it to talk.

That's funny Chris got abducted. Did he get pregnant from it? There is a chance that men will get pregnant from alien abductions. Women never do, though. It's funny that way. If he did and you don't want the baby, though, you can choose to send it back to its homeworld when it's born.

I think the water balloon fighting can be done in any season. My sims have the option all the time. I wouldn't want to do it in winter, though. I'd think they'd get cold fast.

Oh! I forgot to add, on the date thing, sometimes the game is funny about group outings/dates when everyone lives in the same household. What you need to do to go on a date with Chris is have both of you go to a lot together, so you get the group icon thing on your portraits on the side, and then do some romantic interactions so it turns into a date. Just flirt or kiss or something. It will then change to hearts and say something like, "It's just Des and Chris now. Hope they have a great date!" Then make sure they fill their fun meters while they're out, and while they're still off the home lot, use the interaction to say goodbye or end date or something (it's either under default or friendly) and if they both had a good time, they should get credit for a great date.

Don't send them home or let it expire on its own, because sometimes it won't consider it a finished date and the wish will never fulfill.

For the fun thing, usually going to the bistro will do it if they eat together, or if they go to a lot with a bar or hangout and have them play foosball or games together. Dancing together if the place has music also fills fun fast. Strangely, going to a movie doesn't work too well on that.

Edited at 2012-12-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
Des: Owen Painedthagirion on December 14th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'll have to do that then. I've done it once in a while. Cope works there and I want Des to be friends with him. I need to get the long distance friend thing eventually so I don't have to keep talking to them after all that hard work. Chris made friends with a lot of the scabs then Lucky got all pissy and said they weren't friends anymore because Chris hadn't socialized with him. Ugh, I hate that. Yeah, Charisma is something I what for those that have it so that they stay in character. Des wouldn't have that so it will be hard for her.

Oh no, why did they have to make birds so difficult? I'll keep at it. I don't like that they bite so much. And there's not meter that I've seen except when teaching them to talk. But that's for their skill I think. I wish it showed the friendship meter filling up. I fall a little into the red with Lorena my amazon, but she's not that important. She's the one I stole on accident. But I want to get them a pigeon too so I'll have my macaw, my parakeet and my pidgy.

EDIT: I hit Send too soon. That's what happens annoying friends ring my door and distract me early in the morning. I need to have another chat with him I see. Maybe I should have opened the door. Now I'm rather grumpy.

Anyway, yeah that was so annoying about the alien. That did happen. The baby looks like it teleported into his arms since it came out of nowhere with green lights. Ugly too. Yeah I did a very fast, "Return to Sender".

Oh that's the problem. I think I've always initiated the date from within the house. Thanks for letting me know. I'll make them into a group first, if I remember how, then have them go to a dinner. I hadn't considered the fun meters and definitely will have them do something they like. I'm looking forward to Spring so I can have Owen try for Dance King.

Edited at 2012-12-14 01:43 pm (UTC)