how about a status update?

So I suck at posting things like, hey, I am going to be missing for a while. Mostly because I never plan these things. They just sort of sneak up on me, and then I realize that I’ve been gone for months (oh hello November), and while I have shared on twitter, you don’t all follow me there, you could though if you wanted. I thought it was about time that I posted something here.

Onto the announcement, same old sort of one really, but basically I am taking a break, if it weren’t blindly obvious, but more importantly, I will return. I think the latter is always important to emphasize, seeing so many fall off without a single word. That is not the case here.

Long story of it, is that the move here resulted in chaos, heavy hearts from loss of friendships, and then a broken wrist, that’d be mine. I am now out of a cast, and into a brace, and able to type slowly, but I’m using all my muscle flexing abilities on NaNoWrimo as I often do in this glorious month. I am starting to play again though, so I aim for December to be back to updating and reading blogs.

Until December though you can catch me on twitter, or if you are doing NaNo, add me, and I’ll cheer you on too!


2020 elections for mayor

Finally, after years of waiting, I feel prepared to open up some polls and hold an election for the next Mayor of South Port and Millwood. Drawn heavily in inspiration from Carla, let the campaigning commence!

The first candidate is Finn McCarthy. He is married to Nicole and together they have seven children, and four grandchildren. Previously he worked as a Botanist at Eastborough University, but is currently providing childcare for his three granddaughters.

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Round 7 Summary & Round 8 ROS

Round 7 Summary

Round 7 Story Index Here.

Millwood & South Port Census Here.

Births: 3 (Wyatt Siew, Dahlia Prince, and Tillie Andersen)

Deaths: 0

Engagements: 1 (Lorelei Goss and Marshal Krouse)

Marriages: 1 (Gideon Prince and Eva Barthelet)

Break-ups: 1 (Luca Traver and Cassidy Banks)

High School Graduations: 4 (Lainey Grimsley, Hadley Millett, Lauren Schehl, Alice London)

College Graduations: 1 (Oliver McCarthy)

New residents: 2 (Gideon Prince, Erin Louie)

Total population: 86 (37 boys, 49 girls) (+6 growth)

Babies: 3
Toddlers: 6
Children: 17
Teens: 11
College: 6
Adults: 36
Elders: 7

Round 8 ROS
*Hobby Obsession. Sim gets sudden desire to craft obsessively from any three of the crafting.
*Wild Camping: Spend a week-end on a community lot, with a tent (couple, family… up to you…) (ATSSANDY)
*String of Burglaries: Burlgar comes (d4) nights.
*Week-end for two: You won a week-end in Champs-les-Sims, for two.
*Teen Slumber Party- Your teen suddenly wants to have friends over for the evening. Invite (1-5) sims over, convince them to stay the night, have mom or dad make snacks and if there are other siblings, allow them to be rude to or prank their sibling’s guests.
*Travel Around the World. It’s time to see the world. Travel to each vacation destination and earn all vacation rewards before returning home.

Notes: So happy to finish this round, started it June 16, 2012, and finished it a year later! Longest round yet, sheesh. June 20th, 2009 marked my FOUR year anniversary of blogging Millwood, and I want to say thanks to everyone who has read and commented over the years, your comments, blogs, and interaction have kept my passion for the game alive. ❤

Looking forward to sharing round 8 with all of you!

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Jefferson High School Renovations *lot tour*

Back in 2010, I was really impressed with my ability to build a high school, but it wasn’t long afterward that I started to really dislike it. Suddenly I found myself going from 5 students to 15, and the rooms were too small, and it was blatantly obvious that South Port/Millwood had outgrown their brand new high school. But I was discouraged at the thought to start over, and even more uninspired to renovate, until now that is.

I did not want to start over, but have been inspired by many of the high schools I’ve seen by Carla, and other simmers in passing, and more that I can’t recall who, so I doubled the size of my old high school lot and went to town.

Before (wow this was like ten terrains ago!)

And now: (I left the right side as it was)

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progress update

I have gotten all of my sims and lots saved from my corrupted neighborhood, and am working on cleaning them right now in the throw away hood. I ended up removing relations and memories in my corrupted hood, which made it possible to save sims in their houses, otherwise it kept crashing. The only thing I’m finding to clean up in the throw away hood is all their family ties, which I had not thought to remove.

I would say that I’ve hit the half way mark on this process, and I am hopeful that this next part will go quicker. I have to say though that unchecking family ties in clean installer is the most tedious thing I’ve ever done, as well as picking through custom content. If my problem in all of this is the downloads, and not the sims then I may have to remove downloads and start back over, but at least I will have clean copies of my sims, so it wouldn’t take as much time… but I would be devastated.

I am considering switching my schedule around, setting up Millwood, and starting there again. That way I can start playing and be back to blogging quicker. And after a month of bronchitis, I actually feel up to actually playing, so I’m going to try and make this process go quickly. I just hate that I wasted the 3 week Christmas break being sick, disappointing.

Here’s to the next post being a sim one!

Crashing Millwood and Cleaning it Up

I had grand plans of playing the sims during my 2 weeks off this month, and getting a lot of updates done. But it’s been wrought with crashing. It’s like a virus is just spreading amongst us TS2 simmers. I have gone through my downloads, and did fix an item that was causing crashing, but I am still having an issue.

I can put in folder Asparagus, and it will crash, take it out, and it won’t crash, put it back in, and it won’t crash, then a day later, crash. I can’t start new lots without crashing ether, but then it’s fine.

So I am done trying to solve, and am going to just clean it out and restart like I did when I got my last old computer. I had considered doing this back in October, just to keep it all clean and neat, but felt lazy. Now I regret that decision.

I’m going to work on extracting my lots and sims, and will likely drop all my unused downloads at that time too (kept in on my portable HD just in case), to clean out the files that I don’t use nor see. In my separating of downloads, I have found a few that had very questionable names that I have no idea what they even are.

So there’s my update, and these are the steps I’m taking again. I did this last time and these steps were from someone at N99.

Saving Sims on their Lots Safely
1, Package them on their lot.
2, install them into the throw away hood using clean installer (making sure you only install the family and the lot – no one that isn’t living on the lot)
3, use Simpe or Pescado’s Lot debugger (ffsdebugger) to clean up their memories (or use both).
4, re-package them on their lot.
5, install in your new hood.

I’m sort of grumbly over this, I had great plans of doing tons of reading on my sofa this week, and playing sims in there too… not time sucking saving and tweaking. Some days I sort of just hate the sims.

dealing with death in Millwood

Happy Fourth of July for USA readers!

I’ve been coming up with a system on how long residents of Millwood will live, and think I’ve gotten it to a point that I’m happy enough with it to share.

I always liked EA’s original idea that those that age up poorly will likely have less years to enjoy retirement. With Ethan aging to elder in just 2 1/2 years, I really wanted to get my idea ready for implementation.

I decided to roll for all my current elders, and am pleased with the varied results. I’ll be using Ethan as an example at the end to avoid spoilers of my current elders. His household will still get played at minimum one more time before his 60th birthday, so he still has time to try and make some healthy changes.

I do not want my elders living past 100 years old. Sure it happens in real life, but it’s not common, and I will say that it is very uncommon for Millwood residents. Shucks.

I’m doing this via the dice method, this die roll is handy if you don’t have dice at hand. The bottom row is a custom one so you can just plug in your number there and roll.

When someone turns 60 they are given a base number of 18 that can then be added to and subtracted from. If they lived a perfectly average, non-spectacular life then they will be able to live to 78 year old max if they happen to roll a d18. I think that is a nice average age.

If you’ve lived a good life, then there are opportunities to add to that d18. On the opposite side, if you made some bad choices, then there are penalties.

George McCarthy is looking fine at seventy-four thanks to his active wife, Mandy. If you are fit you get to add 10 points to your base score.

Average/Overweight – If you are average weight you neither gain nor lose points for it. If you happen to be overweight then you are penalized 5 points.

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