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This is a gameplay story blog for The Sims 3.

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Welcome, welcome!  This is my attempt to play TS3 ‘prosperity style’.  After much fighting and number crunching, I’ve finally arrived at a point where everything makes sense (kind of).  I’ll be tweaking things as we go, as there are just some things you can’t iron out until you actually play, but if you want to know how this process went, you can check my Gameplay Notes category over at Different Views.  I’ll be updating it to reveal how things work.

Despite the fact that I’m not actually doing any sort of challenge, I did follow the rules.  I randomized the amount of households and ended up with four.  I then randomized the number of members within each household, and then randomized the ages, genders, and traits of each person.  I got a nice little mix of people, so it should be fun…

Oh, and if you’re already snickering over the name then you are also familiar with video games (or you remember that the city in my TS2 hood was named ‘Aperture’).  This was on purpose.  I love the name and I couldn’t come up with anything I liked better.  At least I didn’t let my husband slip in a “Freeman” family.  I actually didn’t let him name any of my starting families due to what he did last time… slipping in little references that took me a month or so to get.  Sigh.  He will probably go back to naming the rest of them, though… God help those poor sims!

Anyway, on to the starting families…

The McMaster Family

The McMaster family is composed of the matriarch, Sheila; her son, Patrick; his wife, Noreen; their son, Philip, and finally Sheila’s other daughter, Kelly.  That’s their dog Laddy and they have a horse named Old Roy.

I actually built their terrible house.  They live in Aperture Valley, out in the country.

I was amused that my randomization ended up with me having a family that mirrors my O`Hanlon family from the TS2 hood.  They were also the first family I rolled.

The Cosaro Family

The Cosaro family is pretty simple–Dominic is on his own.  He does have his dog, Lola, to keep him company.

They live in a townhouse on the outskirts of Aperture City.

Dominic ended up looking a bit like my Yu family from my TS2 hood after a few generations.  This is all accidental, I assure you… but then again, my mind does have certain patterns it follows.


The Novak Family

The Novak family consists of the patriarch, Oskar; his daughter, Camilla, and the twins Stefan and Paula.

They live in an apartment in the middle of Aperture City.

My husband snickered when he saw this family because of their last name.  He exclaimed, “like that guy from the office!”  I had to think about it for a minute before realization sunk in.  Darn it.  I used a random name generator for all of these!  At least this family bears no resemblance to any of my TS2 families…

They have a cat, but cats don’t like photos and so she was missing for it.


The Belrose/Martel Family

The Belrose/Marten family consists of patriarch Emanuel Belrose and his grandson Luis Martel.

They live in Aperture Valley in a small little house in the center of the village.

They have two separate last names because the toddler belongs to Emanuel’s deceased daughter.  This was also a nice way to add another last name into the pool!

This family also has a cat, but again, cats hate photos.

Whew, that’s all the families.  The only family I am really worried about is the last one, as having an elder and a toddler can be dangerous.  Yikes.  The randomizer was not kind with that one!

Also, how annoying is it that everyone looks the same color?  Stupid outdoor lighting!  It’s pretty on everything but the sims themselves.  Oh well, I promise they are a diverse bunch… you’ll just have to wait to see them individually (and indoors.)

2 comments to Introduction

  • Fun! I’m jumping in here right at the beginning! Got you all added to my phones feed so I can keep up! I have to say Dominic is my favorite! He’s a good looking guy! I hope things will work out with Emanuel and Luis, and that he doesn’t kick any buckets anytime soon. Looking forward to
    Reading about everyone!

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