General warning: sometimes I swear.
Last time: Hayden got old, and Ruthie became a teenager! Eula got a crush on... I'm not sure, an air molecule or something. The kids each had a date or three, and Ruthie found herself attracted to jerkface Derek the paperboy. I made the Merrick house really awesome, and Titania felt that the thing that best summed up her reaching her LTW was the hot tub that they didn't actually own. Hayden's own LTW-reaching apparently didn't involve fantasy hot tubs. There was a fire! Many feathers were sacrificed on the altar of awesome fun times! And I realized the lot was full of
I do like how the house looks from neighborhood view... it's so... purple. (Even if the slope roof doesn't work right there.)
So I use the batbox to force an error on everything, and delete the invisible hot tub when its error comes up. Also the invisible electro dance sphere. Also? A piano. Apparently someone left one of THOSE, too.
Then I buy a visible hot tub because I'm curious why Eula kept trying to get in it. And she and Brandi proceed to get in and then start glitching their hilarious way through various interactions.
THE MADNESS RISES FROM THE DEEP! IA IA CTHULHU FHTAGN!!!
That was their first makeout.
Then I reordered some of the frames to make my own little horror movie:
Tsk, Eula. And you a Family sim!
No glitches here, although I did get a chuckle at how Brandi's hairspikes stick up through the water. She must use something industrial-strength to keep those things so stiff.
The next day, Eula invites over both of her girlfriends! I'm going to have her scope the room when they're both in it to determine who she likes better. This is an excellent plan which will not at all backfire.
Excellent. Once you get to college and show bolts with other YAs, we can make a final decision on who your ~~~OTP~~~ will actually wind up being. (Although if you start rolling wants to get engaged to the other one, I'll go along with you.)
Now run into the house while your dad gets rid of everyone! No drama plz.
I suddenly remember career rewards exist; Titania has the Slacker reward, and Hayden has the Science and -- for some reason -- Business rewards. So now there's a bunch of stuff cluttering up the living room and nursery until I find a better place for it. Eula is test-driving the lectern because she wasn't doing anything else.
I am here today to talk to you about speeches! Speeches are awesome.
Then it's one lass kiss for mom...
One last hug for her baby sister...
And Eula is off to college!
Which just leaves Ruthie, who likes to congratulate jerkface Derek on being hot. (Also: outdoor trashcan is back yay!)
Is this what love feels like?
No, that's what being bonked in the head with five pounds of feathers feels like. The two sensations are similar, but not identical.
I assume jerkface Derek also loads up his pillows with like doorknobs or something. For that extra punch.
Well, you know what they say. Women always fall for the jerks.
Oh, Ruthie... really? I mean, he's the kind of guy who you strike up a conversation with him about something he likes, and he glares at you like you just punched his grandma. (Which just angers him because he didn't get to it first.)
Why are you guys gossiping about Titania? Is she some kind of doofus who plays in the bathtub, or some other kind of doofus who comes into the bathroom to play Red Hands with the first doofus? OH WAIT
(Ignore Hayden's outfit; his job got messed up, so I cheated him back into the Science track at the college-hire level, and he's working his way back up. He should get some time running around in the mad scientist outfit before he retires and/or dies!)
Ruthie and jerkface Derek go steady, then immediately sit down to ~have a talk about their relationship~.
I don't think Ruthie's ever been on a date with anyone else, but jerkface Derek is just too perfect. He's extremely Maxisy, and his jerkfacing at everything + Ruthie's 10 Nice points = hilarity. WHO NEEDS OPTIONS WHEN YOU ARE A FAMILY SIM.
Protective father Hayden advises jerkface Derek to think about baseball.
Hayden: This doesn't look like baseball to me.
This just seems all kinds of wrong to me. Not least because he should really take off his newspaper bag before he does... whatever it is he's doing.
Should I ask dad about that... green-ichorous-blood looking handprint?
No, Ruthie, probably not.
I send Ruthie and jerkface Darren downtown for a nice date, and am rewarded with yet another point of datum in support of the theory that townies are dumb ("HAY LET'S ALL SIT DOWN ON THE DANCE FLOOR YES THAT SOUNDS GOOD YES"). I love how the townie in white jeans is like "WTF?"
Oh, and simultaneously there's another Hang Out party going on upstairs, and one of my playables has found the best place ever to plunk her ass. AT THE HEAD OF THE GODS-DAMNED STAIRS. I like how neither Goopy nor jerkface Derek can figure out how to, you know, step over her.
Mrs. Crumblebottom figured it out, though! She was upstairs, and somehow still knew that makeouts were going on.
Back at the house, and WHAT. WHAT IS THIS. JERKFACE DEREK IS AUTONOMOUSLY GIVING SOMEONE A HUG WHEN THEIR RELATIONSHIP LOOKS LIKE THAT.
He's obviously sucking up to his future mother-in-law.
Yeah, that is definitely not the expression of someone who's acting out of genuine affection.
A hug here, a compliment there, and I'm in the old bat's will for sure!
And on that heartwarming note, Ruthie finally follows her sibs to college.
Whoever gets to be heir will come back pretty much just in time to watch Dad kick the bucket. :/ Those two locked wants make the whole thing extra-sad, too.
Nice timing, jerkface Derek.
So! I decide the Merricks will go to La Fiesta, because all my other kids go to Le Academy De Fancy and I'm kind of bored of that setup. I build them a lovely dorm that's as southwestern-looking as I can make it with game content + what custom content I have (3.8 gigs, nearly half of it hair).
The approach is through an archway into a sunlit atrium...
...where seating and some welcome greenery are nestled around the spashing fountain.
Then it's just past the fountain to the front doors,
Leading into a hardwood-floored common room.
To one side is a full-service cafeteria;
to the other is a small computer lab;
and there are four full bathrooms located throughout.
Individual dorm rooms are reached via a pair of red-tiled breezeways.
BRB GETTING A JOB WRITING TOTALLY AWESOME HOUSING DESCRIPTIONS.
Here's the full floor plan. There are four single rooms taken up by the Merrick kids, and two double rooms, which means eight residents total.
Welcome to Yig Hall!
Um. Guys? I meant you. Welcome to Yig Hall.
I'm on a boat!
No you're not, Mark.
Pleasure (LTW: Celebrity Chef)
Turn-ons/off: stink and glasses/vampires
Romance (LTW: Woohoo with 20 sims)
Turn-ons/off: formalwear and beards/fat
Straight. (WTF beard turn-on?)
Family (LTW: have 6 grandchildren)
Turn-ons/off: perfume and black hair/swimwear
Family (LTW: graduate 3 children from college)
Turn-ons/off: makeup and hats/underwear
Edda immediately rolls up wants to go to class and do her homework, because she apparently missed the whole "Pleasure sim" memo.
Here is how the Merricks spend their first night in the dorm:
Mark is chatting up the local honeys. (The local honeys want to hug him after one conversation, one joke, and one failed flirt. And after the hug, they want to woohoo with him.)
Edda is doing her best to convince me that that whole "wanting to do homework" thing was just a fluke, and/or is trying to wash the stink of nerd off herself.
Ruthie is going around chattering with everyone (until they disappear behind a book and don't come out again for three days).
And Eula is... sitting alone, in a corner, doing her homework. Look, she WANTED to. And to do her term paper, AND to study. I am not a cruel sim-god. ...usually.
Eula's OTP appears to be gothgrrl Brandi, since she's got higher chemistry with her than with her other girlfriend, Elle. Brandi also appears to have a brunette clone living at Yig Hall. I can only assume that Eula's thoughts in this picture are something along the lines of "SCORE! There's TWO of them!"
Mark is the first to pick a major, the afternoon of their second day on campus. I assume the game biases Romance sims towards the art major, since I keep seeing that combo.
NO NO NOT PHYSICS I DON'T WANT TO LEARN ABOUT NON-NEWTONIAN FLUIDS I'M MORE INTERESTED IN OTHER FLUIDS IF YOU GET MY DRIFT
Maybe it's the ~~artist~~ in him that lets him appreciate a strange sight like this.
Huh. Eula has a Ruthie's-head-shaped hole in her torso. Cooool. +
After two days of class, Ruthie wants to declare Literature.
Edda will apparently settle for "anything but history oh god if I have to listen to a bunch of stuff about stupid dead people I will seriously go insane."
EULA WANTS TO DO HER HOMEWORK LIKE A NERD.
afjaklaflajfgh. STOP GIVING ME INVISIBLE THINGS THAT I CANNOT USE. Thank you for wanting to get in the hot tub, Edda; otherwise, I might not have noticed it existed. Mark's date Starla must have left it, since he's the only one who's had a date here yet.
So much for that mod to stop invisible gifts from spawning. At least it's possible to FIND the damn thing on a lot without a foundation, though. I'll just force errors on everything and clean up the hot tub, and that should... take care... of...
What the --
You're telling me she left a --
NOW HOLD ON JUST ONE
okay you guys this is seriously getting
NO, WISE *GUY* IS WHAT SOMEONE IS BEING HERE
This is the point at which I made sure the game was paused, then spent a good fifteen seconds laughing.
Best part? ANY AND ALL HOT TUBS ARE STILL INVISIBLE. I eventually found and nuked six, plus a still-invisible piano, two televisions, and a couple of pinball machines. Both of those two yellow-highlighted areas were full of invisible gifts, and there were hot tubs splayed all along the sides of the lot (for instance, surrounding the two electro dance spheres on the upper far left). AWESOME.
I nuked almost everything with the MATY stuck object remover, but I did keep this stereo. Making 9999001 simoleons from selling off glitch-spawned gifts would be awfully opportunistic of me; still, Starla obviously INTENDED to leave ONE gift, so I took the liberty of keeping the one that I thought would be the most use.
Also? Knocked out one wall from each of the double-occupancy bedrooms to create 9x9 areas outside what everyone is convinced are the front doors. NO MOAR INVISIBILLY PLZ.
The next day, Edda decides what she wants to do with her college career. Kind of. I guess she thinks politics aren't really a ~science~ but an ~art~, y'know?
I have her ask a guy out, then leave her mostly alone to see what she'll do. Answer: her date.
The llama cultist does not approve.
Unfortunately, Edda and Ben-Long-Looking Photobooth Sex Guy never get past Okay on the date, though I can sense one potential reason why. Look, BLLPSG, you're into both dudes and chicks, and that's fine! Hell, I'm the one who decided that my die roll for your sexuality had a 1/4 chance of making you bi! But here's the thing. EDDA AND MARK LOOK BASICALLY THE SAME. If you think Mark is so damn hot then you shouldn't be so reluctant to get kissy-face with Edda!
Meanwhile, Ruthie has decided she wants premarital hanky-panky with her beloved jerkface Derek
Oh, Derek, this is so wonderful! I really feel like we've taken an important step in our relationship!
Oh, good. He's a jerkface and you're a stalker.
There is, it appears, no privacy to be had around here. Thin dorm-room walls, I guess?
Eula goes on a date with her spiky-haired swainette, and they both roll the want for ticklings. I fulfill it, and they again simul-roll a want together (see hover).
Damn. That was some tickle.
Lady, you are WAY more pleased about this development than I am. (Jerkface Derek started spewing out invisible date rewards, including an electro dance sphere.)
Edda still can't decide what she wants to do with her life btw.
FINE. I'm locking that want, and may God have mercy on your soul. Except I'm technically your god. So, uh. May I have mercy on your soul.
And of course she re-rolled declaring art as soon as one of her other wants was fulfilled. I DON'T CARE YOU ARE DECLARING POLISCI.
Right now it's a lot more fun to make Eula happy.
CONGRATULATIONS EDDA MERRICK
YOU HAVE JUST WON THE AWARD FOR THE MOST META DIARY ENTRY EVER
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW
Dear diary: today I won an award for writing in my diary about my diary...
I'm still, a generation later, debating whether to download a no-censor-blur hack. On the one hand, the blur can block faces and such from some angles, which messes up picture-taking; on the other, I think some of my downloaded skins aren't barbie, and I really really don't want a faceful of pixelbits. First world problems, my friends.