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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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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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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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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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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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Play-Testing Switch Three – Normal – Part 3

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And.. we’re back with the Nashes! One last post before tomorrow going to see how the Ritchies’ fare in Switch Three. Bet you can’t wait! *wink*

Apparently, I left the game right at Seiji’s birthday. At least I remembered in time to give him a cake. And don’t ask about the shades. He apparently thought he needed them while swimming indoors. *roll eyes*

He’s not impressed with becoming an elder. Then again, who would be?

Jaiden’s turn for a birthday!

… Guess he outgrew the pink thing? … I see a potential for him in athletics.. poor guy must have had too much cake.

He doesn’t seem happy about it.. but at least he’s not alone, I have Sarah working out with him.

Phoenix takes her music seriously.

I promised Seiji that if he got to the top of his career (and he did) that I would let him work on his fishing aspiration. So this is me making good on that.

Later, I even let him go to Sylvan glade…

And keep him there long enough to need a moodlet solver. I wish we had porta-potties in this game! hehehe…

Finishing up Phoenix’s creative aspiration. I don’t plan to do any more aspirations with her, since Seiji is busy fishing..

… And Jaiden is busy elsewhere. I gave Jaiden the City Native aspiration to get the “home turf” trait, but I have no interest in actively working on the aspiration with Jaiden as a teen.

….. Now there’s a painting I’ve never seen before. Nice, Sarah. I had to laugh at it, though, it looks so funny.

Yet another painting I’ve never seen.

There is such a nice view from the “dining room” in this house. Seriously. I love the San Myshuno ambiance.

Sarah’s turn to be an elder.

Poor thing is sick on her birthday. That stinks.

Ainsley Priestly: Geek, Childish.. potential mate? Jaiden had the opportunity to bring home a friend from school, and I figured “why not?”

She has a very expressive face.


Love childish sims, they’re so funny. Apparently she carries around a triceratops in her pocket. (She actually left it behind when she went home.)

What a face she has. Love it. I really might have to think about getting these two together, depending on what trait she ages up into.

Linda Reis .. definitely not a potential Romantic Interest. LOL. Ok, so she’d come over three days in a row angry and kept tanking the relationship, and a “fight” option showed up.. so I indulged Jaiden and let her have it.

Jaiden wins!

Now he has a new enemy. I don’t let my sims make enemies very often, but I decided “why not?” this time.

Afterwards, Jaiden tells her to go and peacefully does his homework, like nothing happened. Too funny.

More fishing for Seiji. I could stay in Sylvan Glade all the time, it’s so pretty to look at!

Seiji doesn’t appear to be too into the game, he’s busy watching the TV.

Family time. Sorta. Everyone’s doing something different.. and Phoenix .. what is that face??

Seriously, Phoenix, you creep me out sometimes.

Sibling homework time.

Oh no, Seiji.. I was hoping he would hang on a couple more days.

No such luck. Poor guy. Wait.. what is that on Grim’s belt..?

Dead freezer bunny? Or rather, undead..? Too funny!!

Bye Seiji!

He didn’t quite have enough time to catch all his fish. But he got close! (These were taken a day or two before he passed on, just in case.)

This picture is to remind me that she finished her aspiration…. but it also reminded me that that little plaque on the wall means they collected all the City Living posters and completed a collection. First plaque I’ve ever gotten in Sims 4!

Anyway. She finished this.

And I switched to this out of curiosity’s sake, and bam another one completed.

There she goes with the faces again.

Being a teen doesn’t seem to agree with her.

Family time. Oh.. and somehow..? Jaiden never got the sad moodlet from his Dad passing. Everyone else did.. and he was home.. he just didn’t get it. I have no idea how.

Look who’s visiting.

Aww… Ghostie love.


And that’s my cue to post all the final stats.

Not bad, there, Sarah!

Lots of extra points..

Phoenix only had some 1,500 points so I don’t bother showing those off.

Final family and funds.. and now it’s time for a small house tour..

Overhead shots of the layout of the three floors. I didn’t change a whole lot from the EA configuration.

And that’s a completed Switch Three for the Nashes! See you tomorrow for the Ritchie’s turn.

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Play-Testing Switch Three – Normal – Part 2

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 I left you mid-apartment switch, so here’s what I was able to afford in the new one upon moving:


I didn’t take a picture of the pool area.. because I didn’t put anything down there yet.

Talking with daddy.

Mommy time!

Dad had to go talk to himself for work. Charisma is such a boring skill to level!

Bath time!

Happy birthday Sarah! She’s now an adult.

Caught these two playing and had to take a picture.

The picture in which I realize toddlers can watch TV so long as someone else turns it on. I had no idea! But apparently Jaiden had a wish for it, which led me to discover it’s possible. And it raises imagination. Cool!

Watching toddler videos. Too cute for words.

She made it!

All the way to writing level 10. I’m trying to complete her aspiration without writing too many books, because they simply don’t need that kind of income.

Yup.. they’re trying for baby again. (That’s the only time I take pictures of woohoo.. lol)


If at first you don’t succeed… after the sad moodlet went away I had them try again.

Success! Baby #2 is on the way!

Playtime with daddy this time.

Mom’s not feeling too well this time around. Poor thing.

He needed more logic.. there simply weren’t enough hours in the day.. so I gave him a sleep replacement potion and made him stay up all night to work on his skills.

Why is it my sims…

… insist on getting level 10 cooking while baking a birthday cake.. that’s like four times in a row that cooking was maxed on a cake. Very weird.


Time for Jaiden to age up!

With where I’m thinking I’m going with the next switch, he needs charisma, so I start Jaiden out with the social butterfly.. my LEAST favorite kid’s aspiration. (Where I was planning to go with the next switch eventually changes, so this was a moot point..)

Another sleep replacement. More skills to earn. Business is crazy to level.. and here I thought it would be something easy for Seiji to do on the side of raising the kids. Not so much on the easy, though!


Our new arrival, Phoenix. A baby girl.

Jaiden out making friends out of strangers.

And he finished it! Thank goodness that’s over with. And no cheating on my part!

Every day, after work, she writes her column, hoping for more job performance the next day.

… And she did it! Goal complete! Level 10 art critic! Yay!!!

Little Phoenix grows up.

Playing with mommy.

The nanny was there to take care of Phoenix, but apparently decided to help Jaiden out with his homework. Way to go, ignoring the baby.

With his promotion on the line, Seiji now needs a whopping ten skill in logic and 8 in charisma.. so he’s pulling all-nighters again.

Playing chess for hours on end..

.. finally pays off.

Jaiden comes home with an A!

Toddler playing baby blikbloc, which I think is just adorable.

Back to talking to himself in the mirror.. when I notice the great view out the window.

The did a really good job with San Myshuno’s looks, I think.

Aspiration #2 completed. It’s at about this point I realize he’s still got like 7 days to being a teenager.. and I start wondering if Jaiden can be the first child ever in my games to get all four aspirations. Wondering becomes trying, and I let him take some vacation days to work on the last two aspirations.

So cute! I just can’t take it!

Working on homework while focused.

Hooray, level 8 charisma.. now he just has to work hard to get to his level 10 promotion!

This just doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Sparks while in your bathing suit. Way to go, Jaiden.

Aspiration #3!

Phoenix grows up.

What a cutie she is!

Chatting with dad before getting back to skilling on the computer for his motor skill and last aspiration.

Phoenix working on her aspiration.. I don’t plan to work her too hard to get it, though.

Aww… so very stressed out..

… for the last time! Well done, Seiji! Now after I finish with Jaiden, Seiji can work on his fishing aspiration he’s wanted since he moved in. At least it gives me something to do!

Playing on monkey bars at the park into the wee hours of the night..

But he got it done! All four aspirations complete on the same kid. A major first for me.. and a great bonus for the future for Jaiden.

I figure this is as good a spot as any to take a break.. we’ll see you in part three! (posting tomorrow)

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Play-Testing Switch Three – Normal – Part 1

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So we’re back to the Nashes. Well, at least Sarah Nash. The rest had to be left behind. Before we do anything else, let’s see where she is for starting up.

First thing I do is get her a job, since I have to reach max level in the Critic career. It offers her a boost if I complete the work from home requirement.. and since I can travel in Normal mode, I go ahead and accept the boost.

Wasn’t thinking about it, but it turns out she gets her royalties from her licensed song from the last Switch. That will definitely come in handy!

Then we head out to the neighborhood.. we have posters to collect and eligible males to meet!

I swear she’s just talking, not slapping him! This guy seems like a possibility. Don’t know his third trait, but he’s a glutton and lazy sim. Not too bad traits, but could be better.

This one’s an outgoing bro.. unemployed but that’s easy to fix.

The friendly local librarian is also a possibility. Neat and Bookworm.

Working on her writing skill as per the requirements for her job. Since I can travel, the library is fair game. It’ll be a few days until she gets a computer of her own.

Geekcon happens right outside her front door, so we decide to participate.. and who else do we see there?

Hi mom! We chat for a while, then notice one of our possible males is nearby, so we go to chat up Seiji.

We find out his third trait is family oriented. Definitely a good thing. And he’s single! This one seems like a perfect match.

After Geekcon ends (and we don’t win anything), we invite Seiji over to talk and maybe romance a bit.

Everything seems to be going smoothly, so we angle for a first kiss.

Success! Since I already have a bathroom and a double bed, we go ahead and move him in. No hitches there, he was in a household all to himself and brought in 19k+ funds…. which we immediately cheat back to our 29 bucks. So sad, but we can’t keep his starter money!

While Sarah is at work, I send Seiji to the park .. he wants to be an angler and there’s frogs and collectibles to pick up at the park. We keep him there until he catches his first fish, then head home to pick up Sarah for a trip to the library.

Both need to use the computer – for Seiji I got a business job so he needs to fill out reports, and Sarah needs to write a column. I also have her write her first book, although we’re waiting until level 5 writing to publish it.

The proposal was a success! I had them get married right afterwards.

Look who we found out in the neighborhood – Mom! I was really out there to get food, but some socializing works, too!

Apartment switch time.. so cue apartment picture spam:

That wasn’t too bad. Here’s what I was able to afford in the second apartment:

Not much. But the nice thing about this apartment is there’s plenty of fun stuff to do outside. Flea Markets, basketball, plenty of snow globes and posters.. I like this neighborhood.

Seiji seems to like it as well. There’s not much for a business sim to do at this point in the game (I find out later this isn’t exactly true, he should have been working on logic and charisma) so I have him playing basketball outside.

Breakfast before we head out collecting. At this point, most days I’m having Sarah work from home so she has plenty of things to do.

More posters..

… Paying bills…

Skilling time. Writing and Logic, if you can’t tell by the picture.

Look who’s got a spiffy suit to work in. Nice, Seiji!

Seiji is at work and Sarah needs social, so we just talk to random people on the street.

Mom’s out and about again. She seemed to be getting a lot of attention from the walkers-by, too.

Time to move again. I decide not to have my family in this tiny apartment. I also went with a bright theme.. I think it looks neat. Cue pic spam again:

Pretty good, I’d say! Also, as you can see, I bought her some new traits. Will make it easier to get promotions and money.

Oh, and she’s at level 6 in her job so far.  I took the arts branch with her, I’ve played a couple levels of it before, but nothing into the top levels, so this should be interesing. I plan to have the heir when she’s at level 7, just to make sure I have time.

This is all I’m able to afford in the third apartment. Also note I did move the bathroom wall farther back, it didn’t need to be that big. I also rearrange the walls a bit as I decorate, you’ll see that later.

We even have  a separate room for a studio/office.

Yep! Baby on the way! .. And that means she’s at level 7 as a critic.

We invite Sarah’s sister Erika over and give her a key. (I revoke it very soon after because she is constantly over and leaving glasses of water everywhere in the apartment. It was very annoying.)

Yet another painting picture?

Yep! Level 10 painting. Don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Just for grins, I send her to the spice festival and have her try the curry challenge. Apparently she did well enough that she got a t-shirt, which marks a first for me.

After work every day, Seiji works on filing reports to keep the promotions coming. Often, he ends up with a focused moodlet.. I, personally, would end up with a “bored” one. LOL.

Meet Jaiden! Isn’t he adorable? I waited to move apartments until he was a toddler.. for some reason I don’t like moving when they’re babies because it tosses them in the family inventory.. poor things. Anyway.. waiting for him to be a toddler gave me ample time to save up for the next apartment, because it’s pretty costly. Cue apartment three spam: (I went with a powder blue theme.. I like it! Oh, and as I said, some walls were added.. like this one here in the first picture behind the workout gear.)

On the other side of the wall… the living room.

I also added this half wall between the living room and the kitchen.

Here’s a better picture of the wall arrangement when it was done:

There’s that level 7 job.. and as you can see, by the time we moved, she was just about ready to hit level 8!

Well, we’ll see you in part 2 (which will automatically publish tomorrow)!

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More fun with the Ritchie family!


Here’s the toddler cuteness pic I didn’t get to last time. Not sure about the hat and glasses, though, Alex… luckily you’ll probably be spending most of your time in your jammies.


“Honey.. One toddler isn’t enough.. I’m pregnant again!” Kobe tried his hardest to look surprised. It wasn’t very convincing.


Cute toddler spam. I just love when they do this in the bathtub. And cue more spam..

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What’s this a cooking pic?


Yup! Nicely done Athena!


Alex being cute again.


Time for Kobe to age up. He’s an adult now.

Cue even more toddler spam.. lol

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Somehow I never got a shot of Mason as a baby. He’s the one in the hat in this photo. Alex is in her pj’s so no hat. It’s a cute hat, sure, EA.. but do we have to have two of them in one house?!


The humor and hijinks festival finally shows up in town. I join the jokers, as usual, and they win. The toddlers stayed at home, so the adults had a good mini vacation. Shot off our fireworks at the end of the festival (for some reason, the fireworks stand never opened up so I couldn’t buy them earlier?!) for City Native aspiration, then headed home.


Proof that Mason has his daddy’s hair color.


Time for Alex’s birthday!


Aww.. what a cutie.


The protest I donated money to for the aspiration.


Again for City Native aspiration, have to paint a mural at my new art center (which you totally don’t get to see based on these two photos..)


The finished work.


First aspiration for Alex. Wonder how many she’ll get?


If you look closely, you can almost see another nooboo belly. Yup.. there’s more kids in their future. (I have to keep myself occupied, and it’s not like they don’t have enough room in this apartment.)


Welcome baby Shaun (a boy)!


More toddler cuteness.


Well done Athena! At least that’s done. Now I just have to wait for the Romance Festival to show up. (Unfortunately, we end up having to wait another whole week for it!)


Happy birthday, Athena! She finally follows Kobe into adulthood. In other news, she actually isn’t pregnant in this photo (hence, the birthday.)


Second aspiration for Alex…


And, finally, the Romance fest shows up!


Is that Alex working on her third aspiration?




Three kids aren’t an even number. Time for the fourth.


Alex’s birthday.. finally. Three aspirations done just in time!


Oh! How pretty! She looks just like her mom.. and the same hairstyle doesn’t help with that.


Mason gets his first aspiration.


Is that Athena eating Strawberries? Yup, it sure is. We already have two boys and the boy bedroom has no room for another bed. Time for a girl. I just hope this works.


Yikes.. I hope she’s not having twins! She’s HUGE!


Kobe walking through the house?


.. To remind me to post these. Nice masterpiece


.. And the final one he needs.


Don’t worry, Athena.. I know labor stinks, but this is the last kid. I promise.


Welcome to Tamara. Yep, the strawberries worked.


I caught Alex taking care of the baby.. what a good girl.


Kobe’s elder birthday.


And now it’s time for Shaun’s birthday, too.


Shaun.. what even are you wearing on your head…?


Sibling homework time.

Playing games for Shaun’s aspiration.

Look who grew up! Hi, Tamara!

Proof that Shaun’s a cutie under that turban.

A better picture of Tamara. Learning skills with mommy.

Mason gets his second aspiration.

Just in time to grow up.

.. Interesting. Apparently there was too much cake eaten.. lol!

Finally found something I needed to put out on the balcony. This is one of the few times I remembered to use it.

Why am I so excited about this bulletin board in the lobby? Because it means the last thing Athena needs for her City Native aspiration, the Geekcon, is coming next!

Finally a decent picture of Kobe.. while he teaches Tamara some skills.

Practicing for the competition at Geekcon.. programming skill is pretty high now so she shouldn’t have any trouble winning.

See? Goals complete!

Sorry about the walls down.. Still a good picture of Alex, though.

Tada! Way to go Alex!

Why the weird picture looking up the stairs?