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Play-Testing Switch Four – Extreme – Part 2

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Welcome back to the Ritchies’ trip through Switch Four. I left you hanging on an empty lot. As you can see, that’s no longer the case. Because I had quite a lot saved up, and moving in only costs 9k, I had some 67k to spend building a shell and picking out some starter furniture. As I mentioned, as soon as I saw the blank lot my mind achieved the same state.. blank. Being that this is a downtown house, I wanted a modern look to it.. and I can only think of one even close to modern house I’ve built in all of my sims career. Not a style I gravitate towards.. so I googled images of modern homes.. picked one I thought I might be able to duplicate.. and started building. A lot of trial and error later, we finished on the above house. Yes, I even did some minor landscaping because matching that was a key part of matching the photo. Being that I don’t want to mess with photo permissions and all that, I’m not showing the photo, but it’s pretty close. Partitioning the inside out into rooms.. was interesting.. and I ended up with a large portion of the downstairs that I had no idea what to do with. I think I’ll end up putting a pool there. Mostly, I went with an open plan. The wall configuration is also subject to change.. but here’s what I have so far:

As you can see, the downstairs is pretty bare. I also had to scale the left side of the house out from the inspiration picture, simply because there just wasn’t enough room for bedrooms and the hall with it scaled like the photo. I like it so far.. we’ll see how it goes, though. As-is it’s looking like a 2 bedroom 2 bath with a very open plan and a pool downstairs. I just have the very basics in for now, I’ll furnish as the heir, Devin, grows up.

Devin always seems to be angry for one reason or another. Spare me the woes of an overly independent toddler! LOL

A masterpiece..

And Tricia completes her fifth aspiration.

I always have to laugh when they come home in weird outfits from a work promotion.

Devin, being independent as usual.. wanted to get his own lunch.

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Happy birthday, Tricia!

.. And Happy birthday to Devin, too!

He’s so proud to be a kid, now.

He’s got a best friend for his social aspiration, now.

And I forgot someone’s birthday. Sorry, Tracy.

Lots of work….

… But it’s worth it…

… Because now he’s got a long life ahead of him.

Poor little Devin. I worked him so hard.

… Getting to this aspiration.

I’m busy trying to get Tricia angry for one of her work at home tasks.. and the person she invited over died from being too angry without Tricia even getting the slightest bit angry. Sigh. That task took forever.

… Busy working on the physical aspiration for Devin.

Coming home from work one day gives Tricia enough money to get this aspiration complete.

I have them working on physical tasks to take up time. There’s only so much I can do getting Tricia ready for work. She doesn’t work that often, so it’s taking a long time to get her her promotions.

A dark photo, but one that signifies…

.. Devin getting his second aspiration. Two more to go.

..Working on the next aspiration…

… still working. At least this house has a nice view being right on the water.

I bought some wellness items for something for something for them to do. It keeps them out of trouble.

And the final picture of Devin playing chess..

… Because he finished his third aspiration!

Tricia taking care of her family..

.. And getting a maxed skill at the same time.

… Just barely in the nick of time…

… he got the fourth aspiration.

.. And it’s birthday time.

Never tried the friend of the world aspiration.. so I figure it gives me something to do other than the next Switch.

.. And he grew up cute! Yay!

Dark photo.. but..

he’s now max in his career! Way to go, Tracy!

This is me giving Tricia something else to do…

.. And another maxed skill!

Yay for birthday!

.. She’s growing old gracefully.

Another weird outfit?

… Finally got her career goal complete. For some reason, I found this side of the Social Media career much much harder to max, but at least I got it done.

Another birthday… Tracy is now an elder. (Don’t mind the dirty counter..)

Devin is making his own birthday cake. Over the last few days, I did some work on his aspiration, but mostly just wasted time getting to his birthday.

…. And time’s up!

Doesn’t he look proud of himself?

And now.. Tricia’s final stats:

… Nice… five maxed skills.

.. And just barely in time.

I didn’t really push for money, because they didn’t really need it, but here’s what they had at the end. And a quick house tour:

Goal(s) complete! See you in Switch Five!

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Play-Testing Switch Four – Extreme – Part 1

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First we check on our heir:

Since we already have a boyfriend.. we need to earn some money fairly quickly so he has a bed for him and we can move him in.

Turns out that missing trait is active. Definitely still an okay trait mix. Since he’s a key holder, he spends a lot of time over at our apartment, so we have plenty of social time before we can move him in. My first priority was getting a computer.. then a bed and bathroom so we can move Tracy in. With the posters, and the song she licensed right away, it doesn’t take too long.

I was able to afford the basics.. but lights were going to take a while more. Also note that Tricia is sick and “wearing” stripes.

Making out for a whim..

.. Then proposing.. it’s a yes! Hooray!

I finally am able to afford lights. Pretty sparse apartment so far, huh? At least they have the basics.

Romance Festival comes around, and I switch her back to the City Native aspiration to get the “kiss someone at the romance festival” checked off as well as harvesting the flowers that are always there.. they’re good to sell.

Most of my time is spent either fixing things from the gremlins or feverishly working to earn followers so she can get some promotions. It’s hard to get them initially and takes a lot of spamming computer actions. Tracy has a job in the Athletic career, but I still haven’t decided whether to leave him in it or switch him to painting. Depends on how things go in the next apartment, I guess. With the income from her licensed lyric, posters, and job promotions, I manage to scrape enough to build in the apartment and furnish it to value. I apparently was so busy trying to earn money and followers that I didn’t get around to taking many pictures. So here’s their crappy apartment pics:

Just enough to make it through. I didn’t buy a workout machine because of the basketball hoop outside. For the next apartment I’ll need to buy one for Tracy, though.

Only level 5, but she’s close to a promotion, so it won’t take long to get to 6. Here’s what I was able to afford in apartment two:

Not much! But at least the basics.

It’s at about this time that I notice Tracy is one of those bugged immortal sims. I try out the traits.remove_trait on the three traits that he could have: isWeirdo, isCityRepair, or isStatueBusker. The statue busker one fixes him and I have to cheer. First time I’ve been able to fix one of these sims. He’s now seven days behind her on aging.. but at least he’s aging.

A semi dark breakfast in their new apartment.. if you can call it that.. since there’s no walls yet.

Since she’s set on the next promotion, I buy her an easel to earn a little money on her days off. Since she’s already at level 5 painting skill from murals as a teenager, it makes money pretty quickly.

Tracy talking to himself in the mirror for a promotion. He needs Charisma. By this point, I’ve figured I might as well keep him in the job he’s in instead of changing.

Working out at the gym for his aspiration (I changed it from Friend of the World – there’s no way I’m working on that while trying to do this challenge, too!)

I finally am able to afford walls and paint and flooring.. so here’s what we’ve got so far:

I will probably convert the workout room/study/studio to a living room before moving out.

More painting. I’d like them to move on pretty quickly. At least, it would be nice. I’m worried about the haunted trait bringing more broken appliances. I take photos as I finish rooms this time around.. so here’s the kitchen and the kid’s room:

We’re moving out in the morning.. and we get our first ghost.

She’s mean to them, but thankfully doesn’t break anything that I’ll have to fix before moving (I like to have the apartments in clean, working order when I leave. Here’s the bedroom (not trying for baby.. just happened to be getting their fun up before bedtime while taking pictures) and the living room (converted from the workout room) and bathroom:

And finally, the layout picture:

That was fast.

She’s at level 6 now! And here’s what we were able to afford in the next apartment. Based on size alone we’ll probably be here for a while, and the kid(s) will likely be born here. It’s a huge place!

Several days later, I’ve gotten the framework of the apartment done and even painted walls and floors.. and it’s mostly furnished.. so I take the plunge.

What plunge? That baby one. 🙂

Successful on the first try!

No ghosts, but things still break. Sigh.

I remember to take a picture on the way back from the museum for her aspiration.

Welcome baby boy Devin! I was sorta hoping for twins, but a single is just fine. I can always have another if I feel like it later.

Such a great place to paint from.. and you choose to paint THAT.

At least you’re done skilling the painting now. More masterpieces to come!

And that’s what I was waiting for before moving. Devin grew up adorable. But then, toddlers are always adorable. Cue apartment spam:

And because I forgot to get the layout shot I had to go back in game:

I like the way it turned out.

Just about to get out of level seven…. And this is what I move into:

Hooray? I immediately draw a complete blank. So here’s where I leave you for part 1. I’ll post the rest of testing after I’m back from vacation (April 1st).

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Play-Testing Switch Four – Normal – Part 1

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Welcome back to the Nashes. First off.. let’s meet our heir. I took him on a trip through CAS because I hated his clothes.

That being hungry makes the first day rather interesting..

And back to zero funds! With that.. we’re ready to go!


He looks awful happy to be able to buy food. Luckily the posters were already spawned, and we were able to get those and the snow globes.

We also meet a couple of eligible females…

…but I figured let’s check out ones we knew from when we were a kid. I really like Bridgette, here.. and she’s got good traits.

Seriously, she’s adorable. Then I remember the teen I almost got Jaiden together with and her very expressive face, and I invite her over next.

Turns out Ainsley aged up into the “unflirty” trait.. not exactly high on my list of desirable traits.

After spending the rest of the evening at the library raising up our writing skill and getting some followers on his brand new social media account.. he comes home to crash on the only furniture in his apartment. A decent bed. Not great .. just decent.

Bright and early the next morning, luckily the food stall is open .. and we order the next meal he hasn’t learned yet.

…Turns out it’s a bit more than Jaiden bargained for.

After work he needs fun, and I figure basketball for a fit sim like him… so he goes and tosses a few balls at the hoop.

… I had no idea that was a thing. OMG… I laughed so hard I nearly cried. (and yes, I am easily amused by my sims!)

Giving up on the basketball thing (fun is WAY too slow on that!) I send him back to the library, and this time remember to take a picture. Turns out some reading club is there monopolizing the books.. good thing I don’t need books. Just this handy dandy computer… I get him enough skill points and followers to be primed for a promotion the next day.. because we seriously could use the money.

Point in fact… we’re showering at the gym because we can’t afford a shower.

I decide to take the plunge with Bridgette. They seem to have quite a spark between them, because it was crazy easy to get the romance going.

Bridgette is at work…. and look.. we can’t afford a shower, but we do have a computer.. and our first dirty dish.

The romance festival just happens to be this evening, so while waiting for her to get home from work, we ask the guru what she thinks about the match.

Ha! Nice! I’ve only gotten negative responses before this. .. With this knowledge and Bridgette finally home from work… I have Jaiden pop the question.

They’re so happy! It’s just too cute. Since there’s that handy arch right there… we have a heat of the moment wedding and get to watch fireworks.

And with that.. I can officially introduce Bridgette. They’ve actually known each other since they were kids.. they just never got to be friends until they were adults.

Fun fact: she moved in with her $1 homework from grade school still in her pocket.

The next day before work I send her out poster hunting.. and spend that $1 on the fountain.. hey it made her happy!

And I find out what the catch is with this apartment. When the Gremlins attack.. they break EVERYTHING. Not just random things.. no.. EVERY SINGLE THING that can be broke, is broken. She gets through fixing the bathroom fixtures we’ve finally just been able to afford (and are already broken).. and I send her to fix the oven. So far so good….

ZZZZT! .. guess the fridge and the computer are just going to stay broken for a while because we can’t afford to pay a repairman. Finally, after Jaiden gets home from work, they can afford a repairman.. who doesn’t show up, but the game says he did… nothing is fixed but I get charged anyway. ARGH.

I send them to bed… buy a second computer with his daily wages (he got a promotion, too)… and settle in to wait for morning. And…the Gremlins hit again. Two nights in a row. What the heck, game?!

So I’m watching them sleep after the Gremlins hit.. and a repairman just shows up randomly and start fixing stuff.. when I don’t really have the money to pay him. I swear I totally didn’t call him, he just showed up. He fixed everything, left with a nasty note about his missing $23 and that was that.

Hurry up and make money so the Gremlins don’t have time to come again!

… I end up getting enough money by hurrying them through money making stuffs (mostly work/promotions/posters.. and a keyboard Jaiden found in a snow globe box that was worth $900..? Didn’t know that was a thing!).. and I get them out of there before anymore mayhem happens.

Cue apartment spam. I like how it turned out.

Although looking back I should have updated the bedroom and bathroom walls.

Level 6 already! And this is what we’re able to afford in the next place.

With these walls so dark it’s hard to see, though… I might have to change those walls.

Our first ghost. Angry.. but somehow breaks nothing.

I hate needing charisma for his job. Such a useless skill, imo.

Now programming.. that’s useful. It even makes some decent money with hacking once you get high enough level in it.

The next ghost was not so kind…

.. so , since they’re still up, I send Bridgette over to fix it. Note that the shower behind her is floating.. it’s about to be broken too.

… Thanks, ghostie.

Ghost number 3 is again harmless. Another while of writing/programming/working… and I’m able to move them. I have a few snags while finishing the apartment, however, as I have to delete some counters in the kitchen to get back within value.

Those counters on the left get cut back due to funding, so this screenshot isn’t 100% accurate, I just forgot to take another one.

Still level 6.. but he’ll be level 7 by the next day, so that’s okay. Here’s what I was able to afford in the next apartment:

I.E. Not much. Had almost 10k but always needing two computers is a bit of a headache. Just about everything purchased will eventually need replacing to make value. Also note in the above photo I got rid of the third bedroom and turned it into two offices by taking a little space from the second bathroom. Being that this post is already pretty long, I’ll save the rest of apartment three for the next post! I’ll post the rest of testing after I’m back from vacation (April 1st).

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Drifter Challenge House 007 Part 2 Chapter 1

House 007 Part 1 Day 9 < | >

First thing.. we check on the goals for this part of house 007:

House 007 Part 2 Building Goals: 
Have a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom (minimum) house worth at least 40k
House 007 Part 2 Generational Goals: 
Complete the Soulmate Aspiration
Have a Young Adult heir

Second, we have some set up to do:

They’re now back in their house…

And the options are set to aging again.

Third, let’s check on our Playable/Main sim – Ariana:

And we’re ready to go. Being that we start right after the party in part 1.. it’s 9:30 pm and both of them are feeling pretty good. That’s not going to last forever.

I have them become best friends.. but I hold off on the wedding.. because, for a change, I’d like to give my sims a real wedding… I think. We’ll see how long that resolve lasts. (it lasts)

The very first day takes forever. There’s nothing to harvest, and no money for anything.. so I spend the day inviting over the Part 1 contestants and telling them Ariana wants to “just be friends”.. that way it’s not awkward later on. At least, I hope that’s how it works out.

What are these filthy sims so happy about?

Finally having a bed to woohoo in! (And yes, I actually took a picture of a non-try-for-baby-woohoo.. but that bed was a major milestone in drifter land.. lol)

Gardening together. At this point, I just had whatever planted that I’d found, not the best (for money making) ones.

Two things.. finally having enough crysanthemums to plant… and WOOT! Shower, toilet, and sink! We’re living the high life now!

See? .. For some reason, the beginning of this house really seems to be moving in slow motion.

More family gardening…

Hark! A house! .. Sorta.

..Okay, that’s a little better. At least it looks like a house now.

… And it begins. Yay for handiness skill!

The part I hate of gardening.. the interminable evolving.

We have a little nest egg saved up.. it’s time for their wedding!

Aww.. they’re so cute!

The guests are mostly milling about .. for some reason they don’t like the chairs I set out. Oh well. Pooh on them. (If you’re looking carefully at this pic.. there’s two things I’d like to point out. One, the cake is already ready (Ariana made one, not the caterer).. and that most the guests are past house members during the contest. Remember? I told them I didn’t want to be romantic anymore.

Such a pretty place for a wedding.

<cheers>!!! Time for cake.

… She looks so excited, right? (not)

Aww… and they didn’t even smear it over each other’s faces. I always thought that was the best part of weddings.

Notice Vincent lurking? Apparently this made him upset.. and Sean, too. Clearly they were hoping she was kidding about the “just be friends” thing.

Vincent being a creeper again. Oh and see this mixologist? I had to hire him separately, the first one I hired with the party never showed up. Waste of money!

.. Vincent is still creeping. But the wedded couple is so cute! (And yay for fancy flaming drink!)

Cousin Cole is clapping because they’re kissing? Not really, but it looks like he wants to!

Then my camera is rudely zoomed away…..

Oh no… not Kelsie!

Everyone (except Trent if you look closely.. he was napping on a bench by this point of the party) has to come watch.

And they stay to mourn for Kelsie.. who they’ve probably never met. Where’d Grim go?

Drinking. Seems fitting.

… Here’s when I noticed.. Grim leaves puddles like the ghosts do. Too funny.. and they’re completely black, too.

Even the entertainment and mixologist and caterer (useless caterer..) are over there mourning.

Finally.. everyone’s back to work. See that caterer in the background?? She’s just NOW making a cake. Fail.

A perfect wedding.. despite Kelsie. My first one!

Back to gardening and saving money.

I was so annoyed at her having this two day sadness I had her take a moodlet solver. Trent (because he was sleeping, I guess) didn’t get the moodlet, so he felt just fine! I had to make the sad go away!

Time for the first date as a married couple.. we send them off to the diner. And .. wouldn’t you know it..

… but they have admirers. Sigh. I finally use the “go away” mean moodlet so they can stop making the conversation awkward. We’re TRYING to have a DATE here, dudes.


.. Per her wishes!

.. Nice moodlet!

Early one morning the two of them find their new toys. An easel for Ariana (I got tired of her having nothing to do but stand around when she’s done collecting and gardening.. but I didn’t want to have her gone for a job.) .. and a handiness bench for Trent. Don’t know whether I can sell what it makes, but it’ll at least give him something to DO rather than go nap on a bench. Oh, and by this point, I’d bought them a better bed, in the hopes that he’d forsake his bench. (he did.. eventually)

Wonder if he remembers what those roses meant in Part 1? I sure do!

Second date.. sent them to Ice 9 (the club I built in house 6)..

.. So the lot traits are helping the conversation.

Vincent is there again.. but at least this time he’s ignoring them instead of creeping.

After the date goals are over, I have them dance for a while.. then send them home.

Another couple days of saving money.. and I had around 7.5 k.. garden is now making 2.5k+ per harvest, and it’ll only get better.. so I figured I’m pretty much set on getting funds .. and I’m far enough along in the aspiration… so..

Yep! Trying for baby! I’m going to leave you here.. make you wonder if they’re preggo or not.

Oh, and why am I saving up? Because I built a shell I want to just plop down on the lot for them soon as they can afford it. (It’s about 25k) .. and this is what it looks like. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out what I was going to do with this house, I really had no ideas.. so I did a google search for colonial houses, and picked the picture of one that I liked the best. I got pretty close to what it looked like, too.

See you next time for the baby(ies?)!! – I did buy her the fertile trait!

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Drifter Challenge House 007 Part 1 – Day 9

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Today’s goals:

House 007 Part One Day 9:
2PM: Schedule a party on the home lot
When party ends: Evict the contestant with the lowest relationship 
score then offer the final contestant a rose, ask to be boyfriend, 
then propose to them.
When this is done: Pause game play and move to part 2 of house 007

Again, we’re to follow Ariana’s whims. I’m happy to say this is the last day of Part 1. Now we just have to get a winner. The two contestants are completely tied up at this point, so it’ll be interesting to see how the day plays out.

We start out the day with more ghost watching.

Ever feel really creeped out when you wake up? … Crying Taylor decides this is the bed to cry in…

I laughed really hard when I realized Taylor’s watching the Sims of the Dead zombie movie. Too funny.

Vincent is first up with some pressing business for the bathroom – then he heads for breakfast.

Aww.. Taylor.. you broke it.. what are you still doing out at 6:20 in the morning!?

Breakfast with a ghost?

Then Taylor finally leaves at 7 AM.

Trent gets up about 7:30, and I simultaneously notice that the stereo is broken. Fixed! Both contestants seem to be in a good mood – both are inspired. .. Wait.. there’s a broken shower, too. Sigh. Well we know what Taylor was up to all night.

By the time Ariana gets up, the two boys are having a conversation in the kitchen. On opposite ends of the island.. nice, guys.

While Ariana eats, Trent comes up with a big hug for her.

And Vincent’s watching Roaring Vice… he must like that movie, because I know he’s already seen it!

Her romantic trait makes her flirty .. and she wants to be funny with Vincent and do something romantic. A dirty joke works for both.. then she wants to kiss someone, kiss Vincent, and woohoo with someone.

Trent is.. walking around in the gym.

Make out with Vincent and Hug someone. By this time her “flirty” mood changes to “very flirty” and “woohoo someone” turns into “hot tub woohoo” .. isn’t that where we had all those problems already?? Well.. we queue it up. Hopefully this works out!

Trent is standing just on the other side of the wall, making me nervous. Then he finally decides to go watch the big screen.

At least this time the woohoo was great.. and they didn’t get caught. (Still an hour and a half until party time.. and Ariana seems to have run out of wishes. She wants to take a cold shower, watch romantic TV.. and buy a toy. We nix the toy buying and “be friendly with Vincent” pops up. We fulfill that.. and “woohoo with Vincent” is next. Really? we just did that?!

Well, I send them off to take care of that whim, watching carefully.. as Trent goes back in to watch another movie. He’s obsessed. With the two of them flirty and he just happy.. this is going to be one interesting party. I fear it could go south rather quickly.. but how is the question. After the woohoo, she wants to compliment Vincent, then “get to know” him. Sweetie, I think you know him well enough already!

Anyway.. it’s party time.. I choose a black and white bash. Haven’t done more than one or two of these, and never been too successful at it, so that should be interesting. I thought a formal party would be fun for the end of this, though.. so here goes nothing!

First thing we do is have two sims play chess.. and she wants to flirt with Vincent. And Trent walks in on them… making it an awkward encounter.

There’s a goal to make Zebra Fizzes so I go order some of those.. and find out the Mixologist is Kelsie! Aww.. that’s awesome. Then Vincent takes a negative hit in the relationship department when Trent autonomously blows her a kiss.

And again. Poor Vincent. I knew somethings like this was going to happen, I just figured it would be Trent that took the hits.

Turns out.. Trent is sick, too. And is striped like a Zebra.. so does that count as black and white? LOL. The only thing I don’t manage to get for the party goals is “make shrimp cocktail” .. the caterer seems to be missing.. and there’s no way Ariana can make that. So we go without. It’ll still be a silver party. Vincent has to go to the bathroom, so he leaves Trent and Ariana alone in the dining room for a bit. I find it funny that she’s still wishing for Vincent through all this.. now she wants to “flirt with Vincent”. I’m not sure he’s up for that, sweetie. But I’ll try when he’s done in the bathroom!

Aha.. found the caterer. Not doing her job, of course.

I flirt with Vincent.. and Trent sees. So Trent takes a hit, too. And the whims dry up.

Caterer still not doing her job. She didn’t cook a single thing for the entire party. Why did I hire her?

All she wants is to not be sick using tea. So I go make her a cup of tea.

Trent is now sad, too… so romance with him might be rather difficult.

Then she wants to cloudgaze with Vincent. Okay then. It’s not going to repair the relationship, though.

.. And then I notice that the party ended. Time for scoring.

It’s obvious just by looking at the relationship panel who won. And it’s totally NOT who I expected!!

After kicking out Vincent (who leaves past a half-dead garden… sorry, plants, it was a weekend and I couldn’t take care of you!!)

I get the two of them “in the mood” with a couple of flirts… and…

I offer the final rose to Trent, who accepts.. he looks so happy! She rolls an “embrace Vincent” which I nix.. and then.. I can’t believe it.. but she starts rolling wants for Trent! She wants to woohoo with him and chat with him. Locking those in, I quickly finish out this part of the house.

Ask for boyfriend.. accepted.

Propose (I am so not sure this will work)…

…it’s a yes!

And that.. my friend, ends Part 1 of House 007.. see you in part 2!


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Play-Testing Switch Three – Extreme – Part 3

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Welcome back to the Ritchies’ attempt at Switch Three!

Both girls come home with A’s .. yay!

Which gives Brenna her aspiration.

Picture of stressed mom…

… Because she’s finally at level 10! Hooray, goal completed!

Didn’t know you could make a rack of lamb in sims… now I do, and it looks delicious.

I’m not sure when she got this.. so I’m adding it in here.. I think it was sometime around here, but I could definitely be wrong.

Happy Birthday Zayne! (Despite the fact that he looks like he’s got a duck face.)

At least he’s resigned to getting older!

Brenna works on her homework while Tricia works on her motor skill for the aspiration.


Mom working off a few extra pounds while Brenna eats dinner.

Playing a very buggy game of darts.. neither would stay playing for very long. I gave up.

They played topple the llama instead. And had a great time!

Working on that logic skill!

Getting the potions needed for the aspiration.

Another Aspiration complete!

Watching TV with Dad. I put some of the trains out in this room, with a thought that maybe Zayne likes model trains. A silly notion, but I kept the trains.

More homework.

Brenna getting her monkey bar crossings, while Tricia takes some time to play.

Good job Brenna!

That masterpiece was the last one needed..

Well done, Zayne!

As for the girls, Brenna got three aspirations done, and Tricia got all four. My second sim to do that.. both while testing Switch Three.

Please age up well….

Oh my gosh.. I love her. She’s absolutely perfect.

Brenna’s turn.

Awkward, skinny, and geeky. Sorta glad she’s not the heir!

Playing chess for logic points. I gave her the City Native aspiration, but at this point I hadn’t decided to actively pursue it… so I was just getting skill points for her school grade.

Brenna got the bodybuilder aspiration, so I send the two of them to the gym for her workout session.

Ordering food for City Native. Apparently she doesn’t seem to mind spicy food too much!

We spend some time going through her childhood friends, looking for a possible future husband material. No such luck with this one. So we start looking at the ones who haven’t aged to teen yet. (Nothing in the rules prevents me from aging up townies to match her age!)

This one goes first.. Tevin is his name.

Selfie pics.

And chatting. I’m not sure I like his traits though.. so we try another one.

This is Hayden. He’s an adorable child…

And a slightly awkward teen. We quickly nix that idea.


And homework. Yuck.

Brenna working out at home.

Tricia still working on logic because I’m bored. (LOL)

Then we go out meeting walker-by teens. This one is angry and we give up on him pretty quickly.

So we give a key to the best candidate we have so far. Plus, it fulfills her aspiration.

Dad filling the fridge and leveling his two cooking skills. He’s so close to having the skills needed to pass level 9 of his Chef career.. I just don’t know if he has the time.

Cookies! Everybody likes cookies.

This alerts me to another aspiration being finished..

By Alex coming home from work.

Well done! So that’s where all the money’s been coming from.

Setting off fireworks at the humor and hijinks festival.

A painting I’ve never seen.. it’s kinda interesting.

Ooops.. Sorry Alex. See that cake she’s baking? It was supposed to be her birthday cake, but apparently I was too late and she spun up all by herself.

Awww.. poor Zayne. No mastering the cook career for him.

I just thought it funny that Brenna and Grimm are standing in the same position.

Zayne’s final stats:

Level nine.. and ready to level with some more performance.

Tricia working on her Art center mural.

Grim is apparently into art, too?

Hi again Zayne!

We finally find a great potential mate.. one of Brenna’s friends from school. His name is Tracy, and I love his genetics. His traits are so-so (good and clumsy), but there’s definite sparks between the two of them.


They look so cute together, too.

Brenna and Alex having a chat.

Might as well learn to cook now… you’ll be using it enough later in life.

Oops.. cut your finger there, huh?  Hehe. Learning cooking stinks.

My first time having sims messing around in the closet.

Too cute.

Can you tell I like these two as a pair? I apparently took a ton of photos .. lol.

And that’s the other thing Tricia’s been doing other than spending time with her boyfriend….

Leveling Singing. She even has two choices of song to license for funds at the beginning of next Switch.

… And… It’s TIME!

Brenna goes first..

Then Tracy… then Tricia.

Happy birthday for everyone!

And final stats for the house: (Tricia’s will be shown at the beginning of next Switch, so I’ll leave them out here.)

She was certainly busy!

Goal complete..

Still lots of points left over…

Brenna’s stats

.. and points.

Since I forgot to get a shot of their family funds, here is what they’ve got.

Finally, some house shots. I didn’t take shots of some rooms because they’re small and tough to get shots of.

House value is above what it needs to be…. and that’s all she wrote. We’ll see you after Switch Four posts on 3/26!

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Drifter Challenge House 007 Part 1 – Day 8

House 007 Part 1 – Day 7 < | > House 007 Part 1 Day 9

Today’s goals:

House 007 Part One Day 8:
6PM: The last contestant leaves to go on a scored date with the 
main sim to any available travel location.
When date ends: Offer a rose to the contestant that attended and
return home
11PM: Evict the contestant with the lowest relationship score
12AM: Bedtime

Again, we’re to follow Ariana’s whims…. and today’s date is for Vincent, so she should be happy about that. Today is also the last date before tomorrow’s final party. (in other words, we’re almost done!)

Before we do anything else, we have a bit of ghost-watching to do:

Talking to the plants.. they’ve probably felt really neglected.

… And again with the teapot. Silly ghostie.

Vincent is first awake and he heads straight for breakfast. Sean is up right after him and follows suit.

Trent is last but not least, and is in a far better mood today, it seems. We’ll have to wait to see if that lasts. Oh, wait! Trent feels dizzy.. the poor guy is sick.

While Ariana gets her morning shower, the boys chat, dance, and watch TV.. not necessarily in that order. Then, it’s breakfast time for her.

Trent sure loves those fishies.

Ariana wants to compliment someone and then hug.. and tell a joke. Sorta plain jane whims there.. but that’s probably a good idea in this house. (Things are pretty volatile with the relationships up so high.. one wrong move could easily tip the scales.)

Another hug, while Vincent plays games..

..and Trent is again watching a movie in the theater.

After some chatting, she rolls a whim to “get flirty” .. so I send her and Vincent (who she was already chatting to) outside to talk. Hopefully the other two are too busy to get involved!

They quickly get flirty (Vincent first, then Ariana) and she immediately rolls a whim to woohoo with him. Already? .. Okay then.

Then she wants to be funny to him. Can do! Then she keeps wanting to donate to charity. Boring. LOL.. and she wants a cold shower? Who wants that?! She’s so weird sometimes.

How about this one… watch romance TV. Can do that one… which starts up a conversation with Trent and Sean. I try to keep cancelling the autonomous romantic socials that keep popping up.. but I’m sure I’m going to miss one and there’s going to be heck to pay if I do… So far so good. We let her take a potty break before the date.. but I have a feeling getting Vincent alone to ask him is going to be tough.

Then, inexplicably, the other two leave Vincent alone in the family room. Score! Bonus..

…she wants to make out with him. Okay then.

What are the other two doing? Well, Sean is watching the cooking show on the big screen.. he has watched so much of it he’s now level 2 of cooking. Silly guy. Trent is.. heading to chat with Sean. Good, they’re both occupied.

Time to ask for the date.. and it seems Vincent is complaining of a fever. LOL Too bad, it’s your turn now! As I had planned earlier, I’m sending them to the Von Haunt Estate.. another place I haven’t really been to.

They need to sit and chat.. and looks like the closest place to do that is in the maze.. so I do some chatting, then head for the maze.

Vincent apparently knows a shortcut, because he has to wait on Ariana for a while.

She wants to “Get to know” Vincent. With both bars completely full, you would think she already knows enough! We oblige her anyway.. and then she needs to do joking and deep conversations for the date.. those done, she rolls whims for hugging someone and woohooing in a bush.. and just woohoo in general. Guess she knows what she wants! (She’s also nauseous from being sick, apparently. Poor thing.)

Birdies fly out of the bush when you climb in.. I never noticed that before!


Hug for whim time… She’s already on a date and she rolls “schedule a date” right after the hug. She’s clearly confused. Cue date spam..

Then she’s all “embrace Vincent,” “Make out with Vincent”, and my favorite “Do something Romantic.” This date is taking forever! She runs out of whims for Vincent and starts hoping to buy toys and schedule another date. Then it’s “ask someone to go steady” .. sorry, no can do, Ariana.

Then, finally, the date is pretty much over so I offer the rose and start working our way out of this crazy maze.

(At least the ghosts didn’t bother us way out here!) Another legendary date!

Scoring.. doesn’t take a rocket scientist.. there’s one clear loser.

Sorry Sean.. 😦 But the other two are completely tied. Something’s going to have to happen tomorrow to change that or they’ll go into the end tied.. and I don’t know what happens then!

I kick Sean out, sadly… and wonder what will happen tomorrow.

Vincent is.. AGAIN in Ariana’s bed. He clearly thinks he’s won. We make him go to his bed. Bedtime for everyone!

.. Except Taylor.

Bye Sean!

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Play-Testing Switch Three – Extreme – Part 2

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Welcome back to the Ritchie’s trip through Switch Three. The twins are now toddlers, so as soon as Dad gets home they’re moving.

Mommy’s busy.. so the kids go “wandering”….

…turns out toddlers can use elevators! Where exactly are you two going?

They finally wander back home after having gotten into no trouble except for terrifying me by wandering out of the apartment…. and dad gets home so it’s time to move. Cue apartment spam:

… Not too bad. We spent more time here than I planned, but both kids are safe.

.. And we’re almost to level 8 of the career. Here’s what I was able to afford in the next apartment:


Yep… I was even able to fully build and paint and everything. But now it’s way past time for the babies.

So we put them to bed the cutest way possible.

A cute shot of mom getting some sleep while Dad plays with Tricia. And yep.. I know them by the color of their outfits.

Mom’s birthday. She’s now an adult…. just in time to move again. I had so much saved from waiting for the kids to grow into toddlers that I only had a little more to save. Cue apartment spam.

I really like the way this one turned out.

She’s at job level nine…. so close, and yet still so far.

I saved up what I thought was a nice nest egg…. since the next apartment is so expensive…. and I was greeted by this horrifying sight:

After building floors and the outside wall (which gets changed before long).. and buying the very little I’m able to afford:

I can’t even afford stairs. It’s sad. So they’re lawn living. I figure I’ll add the stairs after the kids.. are.. well, kids. So they don’t have to climb stairs while they’re toddlers. And I have time to save up.


The twins are way too cute at this stage.

I then send Dad to get his museum art viewed. It takes a few moments… and he’s right back home to care for toddlers.

Birthdays. The important one, the heir.

She grew up way cute!

And yes, Tricia is trying to sing in the background of this shot. It was pretty bad, I assure you.

Why do I like the looks of Brenna more than Tricia? .. Hopefully they grow up good to teen.

Now that they’re kids, I go into build mode and try to partition out the house. After several false starts, this is what I came up with. The floors aren’t done, but the walls are.

Checking the value..

… Yikes. I have a long way to go.


The twins are best friends now! Now, cue social butterfly for Tricia spam:

Tada! Now we can get back to the business of living.

Creativity is next.. for both of them. (Actually, it’s first for Brenna, but let’s not quibble facts)

(Brenna is the one on the violin)

And she finishes! Her sister has to play catch-up now.

Mom’s busy writing.. gotta make money to finish the house. (Although I think, once again, I go overboard on the money making.)

Homework time!

Aren’t they cute?

Creative time in the downstairs studio (yes, I decided to not reprise the pool that is there on normal mode)

And the kitchen/dining area is finished. I had to take shots of it because I like it so much.

And.. because I forgot the night lights.. Tricia decides to make friends with the monster. Silly girl.

Well, we’ll see you next time.. when the girls turn into teens and we finish the house. Hopefully.

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Drifter Challenge House 007 Part 1 – Day 7

House 007 Part 1 – Day 6 < | > House 007 Part 1 Day 8

Today’s goals:

House 007 Part One Day 7:
6PM: The second contestant leaves to go on a scored date with the 
main sim to any available travel location.
When date ends: Offer a rose to the contestant that attended and
return home
12AM: Bedtime

Again, we’re to follow Ariana’s whims.

Trent is, again, the first one up, and he’s Angry. He immediately starts his day by kicking the trash can..

… and just walking away like nothing is wrong.

Then he goes to get a drink. Drinking away your problems, huh, Trent? He follows that up with taking the cup upstairs to wash it and use the bathroom. Then he takes a bath.. I must be bored because I’m literally just following him around the house.

Yay! Vincent’s up and is eating breakfast. He looks exhausted, but he’s not. He does like to complain about the mess that the kitchen is in, though. Trent comes stomping in with trash.. and I check, and it looks like he just picked up the pile outside and left the trash can lying there.

Then all the boys pitch in and get the kitchen in order.

*shocked face* Trent literally just took the food out from under Sean’s hand and walked off with it to eat it. I didn’t even know sims could steal food! LOL!

(And don’t worry about Sean, he headed back to the fridge to get something else.)

Trent spends his breakfast time  complaining/sniping at his friends because he’s angry. I’m afraid to know what those relationships are going to look like by the end of the day.

I finally get Ariana up and have her take care of needs. She starts out the day with wanting to “kiss someone” and “kiss Vincent.” Sigh.. here we go again! Meanwhile, the boys are having a conversation in the kitchen.

Trent goes to watch TV, Vincent to watch the fish, and Sean goes to hug Vincent (while thinking about Trent?).. weird interaction, but okay….

Vincent then goes to chat with Trent, who has some moodlets over-riding the anger for a while, and is happy to converse… looks like they’re talking about vacuum cleaners. (I have a private chuckle seeing the same maid as was horrified at the hot tub woohoo from yesterday is here today again.)

With all the ghosties using the tea brewer, it’s all stinky, so while she eats I have her empty it. Now the fun begins. I try “calling over” Vincent to see if he’ll leave his conversation with Trent so I can isolate him for his morning kiss. No need to antagonize Trent further. It works!

Kissin’ in the kitchen. Now she wants to make out with Vincent and schedule a date. I lock both in.. because both are possible. Now to try to find a room where other guys aren’t at.

Sean and Trent are talking/drinking in the “family room,” and I figure upstairs is probably a good bet. Better than outside, at least.

I have them make out.. and then she wants to cloudgaze with him.

Okay.. easy enough.

(Trent is in the movie theater.. apparently he liked that from yesterday.. )

…and Sean is monopolizing the TV in the family room. “Ask Vincent to be Boyfriend” no.. no can do. Flirt is next.

And that I can do. Then she wants to woohoo with him. Sigh.. isn’t that what started all the trouble yesterday?

.. Okay okay.. here goes nothing. (It’s really disconcerting to do a “woohoo with and see three possibilities. Clearly my sims lean toward monogamy under my control.) Luckily, the other two seem pretty occupied.

The next whim is be friendly with Vincent. She sure likes this guy, I’m tellin’ ya. And then the same thing again. I have her “talk about dreams” and her thought bubble is a grave? That’s a little creepy.


Then, like the previous days, we hit a dry spell. I’m afraid to have them all get together for an activity because it’s likely to go all wrong. (By this point, they ALL have high romantic relationships with her! Trent, currently has the lowest, and I think I’m going to have him be the date today.) Finally a flirt with Vincent pops up and we can do that.

I find Trent cleaning up the broken dishwasher’s mess.. so I quickly replace said dishwasher… and decide it’s his turn to chat with her.

I have them chat…

…then start flirting.. all the while carefully watching the door for other folk. Man, this sneaking around thing is stressful!

Sean.. is still watching Cooking channel.. which I find funny. And Vincent decides to go hug him.

Finally, we get another whim pop up.. and of course, it’s to talk with Vincent.

Then she wants to flirt with him.. sigh.. not here, you silly man! I have them go to the dining room next door. Sean still seems oblivious… and Trent is watching another movie. (Actually, it looks like the same one he was watching earlier. haha.)

Vincent autonomously kisses her (luckily the other guys are still preoccupied!)… and it’s getting to be time for the date.. so I break off the conversation with Vincent and go to track down Trent. Vincent immediately runs to.. some basketball. Okay then.

Trent is accepting her flirts, so I figure the date should be a “go” today (as opposed to what happened yesterday!).. so we talk for a few more minutes before asking at 6 PM as per the rules. I send them to the Ancient Ruins. I don’t think I’ve actually been there before in game, so this should be fun. First thing I do is look around. There’s a couple of benches, a bonfire.. and a bush. We’re set. LOL.

And nobody is going to interrupt us here! If Trent is to stand a chance against Vincent’s max relationship, he’s going to have to really accept everything for this date.

One of the tasks has to be “get playful” .. sigh this could be difficult. But we’ll try! She also rolls a whim to woohoo in the okay then. He just doesn’t seem to want to get playful.

Once it gets dark, other people start showing up, but we’re still going for the bush woohoo. They’ll just have to deal. LOL! (One of them is Thomas! haha)

Then he has to pee, so we let him use the bush for that.. and I go start up the bonfire.

.. And have them “dance together”. I continue to try to get him in a playful mood, but he just seems stuck on flirty. Finally, I give up.. and he goes to take a nap on a bench. Poor guy, he’s been up since ten til 6AM. The whole thing ends after that with a “legendary” date, and I send them home.

Oops.. almost forgot the rose! (again)

THEN they can go home. I send everyone to bed.. right as a ghost pops in. Who is it?


Guys, I have no idea how this is going to end, because both Trent and Vincent have both bars completely full. What happens if there’s a tie?! I guess we’ll just have to see!

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Play-Testing Switch Three – Extreme – Part 1

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And now it’s time for Alex Ritchie’s journey through Switch Three testing. And we start with the header photo of her mom playing tunes in the street. Which I see quite a lot in the first bits of this challenge.

Before starting, let’s see where Alex is.

I change this to the Writer aspiration.. this is here to show her point total.

Oh that hygiene is going to bite me in the rear, I just know it.

And she’s uncomfortable to boot. Great start! (sarcasm)

Again, I spend the first day or so running around meeting every Young Adult male I see and picking up every poster that spawns. The first thing I buy? A computer. What? Yep. Computer. She needs to be able to do her daily tasks for her Critic Career, after all.

.. And that’s how you make one filthy, miserable sim. At least she’s not too miserable to work on her writing skill.

A couple more days, and she even affords lights! Most of her money is coming from posters, though, as I have a thing for not publishing books until they’re at level 5 writing so they aren’t self-publishing. They make more money off of them if they’re sent to a real publisher.

So, now that I have a semi functional apartment, it’s time to think about the spouse again. I invite over the “first choice” from my days of hunting young adult males and proceed to work on the friendship.


Everything goes well.. once they’re friends, I start with the flirting.

First flirt.. accepted.

Next four flirts.. fail. I couldn’t begin to tell you why. So, I send him on his way and invite over my second choice male, Zayne.

This one’s all for the flirting.

First kiss…

… Boyfriend.. I can’t tell whether he looks overwhelmed or surprised. But it’s a funny screenie no matter which one he is!

And proposal. I quickly get them to elope and take a screenshot of his traits for you guys.

They’re both foodies so I’m going to have to watch their weight. I put him into the culinary career right off the bat and get him started cooking in our “kitchen”. No stove yet, but that’s okay because both of them would probably burn something (starting with themselves!)

After a couple days of this, I relent and give them a stove to actually cook on. Still no fires. (knock on wood!)

While Zayne is cooking, I send Alex out to explore the spice festival. Or, to at least try the challenge (failed it.) and to harvest all the spice festival plants for selling. Who does she run into? Mom, who’s busking yet again. We stop to chat with her for a while.

I take this next picture just in case I lose my main sim. I didn’t have enough to replace or hire a repairman, so I was stuck with repairing it on my own. She succeeded, but had me nervous the whole time she was working on it.

What followed was days of working, collecting posters, and writing/cooking. For both of them. (Although he doesn’t have writing skill, just her. Finding things for him to do when he’s not cooking becomes a problem that I solve later.)

Not too long after, I finished this apartment… so cue apartment pic spam.

I like the way it turned out. Simple yet functional. I didn’t finish out the kitchen with upper cabinets because I was already at value and was afraid of going over. It still looks alright.

Feels like this took forever! Waiting for writing to start making her money was really tough, so a lot of this apartment was furnished with poster money.

She’s already at level 6! Man, it’s fast leveling the job up for the Food critic!


This is all I’m able to afford when starting out here. Pretty sparse, but then I moved pretty much when they hit value in apartment one.

Got the kitchen mostly done and it’s time for Zayne to hit adulthood.

He doesn’t seem impressed with the process.

And now you see what I have Zayne doing since he can’t cook ALL the time. He needed a hobby, and we needed money, so this works for both.

Way to go, Alex! She’s just started to make decent money from her writing, so this is a nice bonus.

What’s that mean? Hopefully baby’s on the way. Although being that this apartment is “on the ley line” makes me wonder if it will be “babies” instead. I decided to have the nooboo early to see if the trait works.

It’s official.. she’s pregnant!

I didn’t know they got confetti at a job promotion? That’s new to me! She’s now level 7 in her Food Critic career.

It was about here that I discovered exactly why I don’t like moving with babies in bassinets. It can bug them out so they never cry or need anything, and they end up getting taken away without a single warning. Being that I didn’t know that would happen, I reverted to a previous save and vowed not to move until they were toddlers.

Meet Tricia and Brenna. The one in the black, Tricia, is the heir. They’re so cute together! (part 2 releases tomorrow!)

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