4.5 – So long, farewell

My poor Pollards really are on the back burner. I’ve lost interest in them, in part because the save is still throwing back weird glitches at me, and I think I’ve done enough to salvage it already. I’m ending it with Marion’s 18th birthday.

I’ll save them to the bin and perhaps continue as a random legacy, or just let Marion rest for a bit. I like her face, so I’d like to use her for something. Maybe even – gasp! – write a story. But I’m not making any promises.

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Here she is with her bluebird.

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“I’ve taken a bath today, you can kiss me now!”

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Done and done.

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“So are you a nice young man, besides being a blood sucking freak?”

“Of course, Mr. Pollard! And I mostly eat plasma fruit. Mostly.”

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Someone just maxed their career!

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Portrait of Marion.

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Seems to be missing a part. Maybe we’ll give it another go.

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Gnome fest.

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The witch gnome has an oddly sweet little face.

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Am I the only one who lets their sims read the paper? Not daily but often enough. I just like how it looks.

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Moonlighting is supremely dull.

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I don’t blame the bartender for giving up her place behind the counter so easily.

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Marion & her bestie.

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Spring festival moves

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I saw this sweet cat by chance, she’ll be the mother of Lirim’s kittens for sure. Lirim means Freedom in Albanian. Random, I know.

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With her sibling.

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Riley is being really annoying and picks fights with everyone (inappropriate trait).

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Oops-a-daisy

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She looks like she has a bad tooth ache.

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Amazing dress sense, as per sim usual.

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For a babysitter, you have a cute face.

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Ghostface killah

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Self-portrait is nearly done.

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Hi Fred!

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yep yep

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Time to grow up!

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Cake time!

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Should be no big surprises here.

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Nope, still gorgeous.

And that’s it for Pollard. It was a lot of fun until I had to leave Rugged Harbour.

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Oh, and this is Lirim’s son, Bondi. After the beach. Again, random.

Thanks for following Pollard! I’m still active on Absolutely Cuckoo. See you there. 🙂

 

4.4 – Cheers!

Aherm, sorry for disappearing on Pollard for a month and a half, buuuut..

Actually I have no excuse.

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Last time, the only generation 5 baby was born, Marion, and since this legacy would be fast paced – if I remembered to update – she also grew into a child. Mischa died for the umpteenth time but this time he stayed dead. He fulfilled his generation’s goal of bringing electricity and indoor plumbing to the household. He did not succeed in mastering potions however, because he was always singed. Always.

Stephanie didn’t have to max out her career as a musician (symphonic) but she did anyway. I’m not counting points for skills, just generation goals. And maybe gnomes. Because gnomes count.


They just do.

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Now where were we? Right, Funny Face found a friend.

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And Wolf found a relative.

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Hartigan is working on his goal of maxing mixology, and earning the ability to moonlight at all bars, clubs, and lounges, as well as level 10 of nectar making.

There’s just a technicality left from that goal since he maxed nectar a while ago, he’s sooo close to maxing mixology, and should be able to moonlight everywhere now, I just don’t have the shot from the lounge yet. In all honesty I don’t have all the bar types in Eltham’s Drift because it’s a small town and all those lots slow down the game, so there’s a dive bar, a local hangout, a poolside club and a vampire lounge. In any case, the lounge is supposed to have the pickiest staff, so if he can moonlight there, I win by default.

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Awkwarrrrd.

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Not the hippest crowd, but I can’t help loving scientist man, having fun all on his own in a corner. Also, this club is so bright it looks like a hotel lobby.

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Stephanie bragging about her mad conductor skillz.

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Aw noes! Stephanie goes.

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She had a long, good life – extra long because my save failed so many times.

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And poof, a new witch gnome emerged from thin air, just like that! I never got one before so I was a teensy little bit excited, even if Stephanie died. Rest in peace.

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Marion rescued a bluebird from one of the cats.

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Awkwardest shoulder hug everrr.

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Newspaper – who has the time for it?

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I think they bought Napoleon gnome from the consignment shop.

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One of the club guests went into labour, so Hartigan took her to the hospital. She drove her own taxi because why not.

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“Take” to the hospital means following stranger around like a little puppy.

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She managed very well on her own, thank you very much, and Hartigan got the “it’s a baby!” moodlet. I don’t recall the gender.

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Wifey Riley is aiming for life in outer space. She really doesn’t deal with people well.

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Funny Face

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Some party or other. Riley needed to invite her boss over for.. tofu dogs.

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Hartigan hits middle age. And why yes, Riley is inappropriate.. their relationship isn’t all that great actually. If I don’t watch her like a hawk she picks fights with everyone.

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And Marion becomes a teen.

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Still not sure what her traits are, sorry. I’ll get back to you. Genius and something.

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As mentioned earlier, she looks just like Riley but with Stephanie’s hair and dad’s pointy ears. Also dad’s eye colour.

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Romance with a babysitter isn’t happening, however.

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And Riley is middle-aged as well.

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YAY FOR FOURTIES!

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This proposal is seriously overdue. He proposed so many times and the save crashed and crashed, and then I forgot that they STILL aren’t married yet.

Spoiler: she said yes. Again. But they still aren’t married. Just engaged.

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So this is Fred. I’m so proud I remember which cat is which.

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So this is the…eer.. Squadron Leader Uniform. I had to look that up. It’s level 8.

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They key to successful army life is a really comfortable bed. And a hot tub.

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Look at Marion! Isn’t she precious?

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I may have to spam a little bit.

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For an only offspring I think I hit the genetic jackpot.

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She’s even prettier than Riley.

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“WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?”

Oh nothing much.

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general cat spam

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because snout in snow

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raccoon is stealthy

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It’s Christmas time in Eltham’s drift, and Hartigan invited the alien he met in the garden, LOL. I never thought he’d come.

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Not sure why everyone looks toward the door in shock and befuddlement.

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All these face one people, where do they come from?

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I’m guessing Riley’s co-workers.

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LOL that alien though

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I don’t know why I think that’s so funny, but I somehow never could picture an alien sitting cross-legged on the floor.

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Someone needs a drink. Christmas parties tend to do that to you.

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LTW done & done! Maxed mixology & owns a bar (The Chalk and Gown)

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Marion will have to choose between criminal & law enforcement/P.I career and whatever she chooses, logic is a good skill to have.

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So this is where Hartigan fulfills the goal of the generation.

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Impressed yet? (Btw this looks like a gay old school lounge, hence dancing men in the background)

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Well how about now?

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Nailed it.

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Still no burglar alarm *sigh*

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So stealthy, sneaking around with a huge umbrella in bright porch light. Because why use the back door, where it’s dark?

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DON’T TOUCH MY GNOME HEADSTONE! Don’t you dare!

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THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

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CAT! ATTACK HER! CLAW HER EYES OUT!

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The time machine? Really? Mischa worked hard on that.

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YEP.

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And then the cop came ( by phone call), and wasn’t completely useless!  Le gasp!

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Marion tries to persuade hot vampire guy to go with her to the prom, but she’s too late and mid flirting he’s off to the prom by himself.

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Well, at least he was still single afterwards.

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Marion! Really? This might decide your future path.

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Baked angel food cake, don’t you just love your guests when they bring that?

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Wolf passed on, but he lived two full lives, if you remember, he was given an elixir of youth at one point. So he was at least 70 years old combined – he was born while Thyra was still alive.

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Here he is as a kitten (lying down) with his sister Molly & mum Maggie. RIP

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Pregnant woman who is no longer pregnant threw a party, and Hartigan was obviously invited since he tagged along to the hospital.

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So this is the object of Marion’s affections, Raven Black. YES GAME CHOSE THAT NAME, and it’s hilarious. He has terrible vampire clothes, just terrible.

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And he rejects my baby!! Wait till I get my hands around his sorry little neck.

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OK so she’s surrounded by green cloud, so what? Stink is only skin deep!

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She tries all her tricks but what she really needs is a bath.

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Prom photo before I forget.

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Fred is old. 😦

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And we have an abundance of gnomes. The latest addition is the troglodyte gnome.

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Marion has a BFF, Selina. 🙂

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I don’t know when that happened exactly.

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*giggle* RAVEN BLACK! Can’t get over it.

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She also got a job and a promotion. Good girl.


 

So I guess now they can get cellphones & a TV! Also a video camera, but I’ve never used those, and workout machines and arcade games which I will probably not use either.

Generation 4 is ALL DONE!

4.3 – Merry … something

Oh hai! I hope you had/are still celebrating a merry Christmas, a joyous winter solstice or just general December glee.

Now where were we.

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Hartigan, Riley, Mischa, Stephanie, Wolf, Fred & Funny Face moved to Eltham’s Drift, built themselves a lovely boxy house and tried to live a happy, glitch free pixel life there.

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Hartigan experienced the local night life, from behind the bar.

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Riley took to drinking while pregnant. Let’s hope it’s a Virgin Mary.

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The emo gnome was emo.

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And Fred & Funny Face had a kitten although they’re cousins, because they weren’t cousins anymore after the move. I don’t remember what I called him unfortunately.

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HALLO.

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Pixel cats, better than hairy cats.

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Hartigan finished a really bad portrait of his mother.

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Sadly this will just have to do. It’s her birthday next.

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She’s close to fulfilling her LTW of becoming a hit movie composer.

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Yay aging! It’s great! You should try it!

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The general lack of enthusiasm. Aw, Stephanie!

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Generation 5 was born for the umpteenth time.

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It’s a….

GIRL! That’s right, the first of her gender type since my founder Thyra. She’s called Marion, like my aunt, RIP. My aunt Marion looked like Joan Crawford and she was a tough cookie.

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Marion is possibly going to become a private eye. Not sure yet.

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Fred & Fred Jr.

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Food, yes food is good.

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It’s an overcast life, it’s an overcast life for us

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Instead of sunshine we get fog..

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It’s an overcast life

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thank you, thank you kindly

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Keep on Raining!

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Grandpa Holds the Baby

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Fred Jr is about to grow up.

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Any second now.

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Wish he had Funny Face’s markings but oh well.

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All of the adults share the same bedroom now.

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Fruit for nectar.

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yes very cute

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Now why would I take a picture of a cat vomiting? Because I paid good LTH points for Never Nauseous! That’s why.

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Much good it did.

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Riley wants to become an astronaut. We’ll see if she manages.

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Toddler time! Flame fruit makes the best nursery lamp

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And she has black hair like Stephanie! Cool.

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And elf ears like everyone in the family! (still not over the elf ears, so it’s all good)

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Other than that, I think she’s mini Riley!

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mmm formula, the breakfast of champions

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The painting above the mantel piece is actually one of my mum’s. I think I made four different ones. I’d share them, but I suspect no one would be interested.

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tickle tickle tickle

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tickle tickle tickle

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“nuuuuuuuuuh!”

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Perpetually singed.

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spaaaaaam

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Marion spam

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I is cute.

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Srsly, I can’t caption poop.

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It’s a nice touch that the invented toys make a noise.

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yap yap

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Yeah I have nothing.

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Go Riley!

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Hehe, “totally safe and harmless institute of inventive creation and learning”

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Stephanie retired once she reached level 10.

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I think Hartigan pretty much has mastered all the bars, but I have yet to take a shot of them all.

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“Say granny!”

“Cookie!”

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Still working on mastering all the concoctions.

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“Say granny!”

“Bye daddy!”

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Stephanie has been wishing for a hot tub since forever, so I finally gave them one. Now she’s in it all the time.

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Adorbs.

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Mischa in the underworld.

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Fred Jr & Wolf

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Pie of cute

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I bet you see LOTS of stars in that weather.

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Hartigan’s drinks are a lot less crappy tasting nowadays.

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Look at him go!

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Woosh!

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That’s a mouthful.

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That too.

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The gnomes are so much fun now that they are so many, they always seem to play with each other and spend way less time by the record player.

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Retired!

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Now it’s only Riley who’s employed in the family.

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Aw Stephanie!

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Fun with puddles!

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Baby Marion is now little school person Marion.

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sparrrrrkles

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Why the sad face?

“You forgot my traits.”

Hm yes, sorry about that. Perceptive and genius perhaps. And one more.

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Five minutes after, it was time for Mischa to go – again. But this time it’s forever.

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He never mastered the chemistry set. Oh well.

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On top of everything, the sink just broke.

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Bye Mischa! Thanks for bringing us the light bulb, the stove and indoor plumbing!

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Poor baby, you never got to know your awesome grandfather.

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Maybe the third trait was lucky? I don’t recall.

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I’ll get better at taking notes.

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New baby gnome! I love the baby gnomes. The teens and elders too.

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Haaaaaaaaaalp!

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For serious!

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Party classics – help with homework.

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Even Funny Face found a new friend.

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She really is mini Riley! I’m glad she got to keep the ears.

Anyway, that was probably the most boring chapter of anything sim related I’ve ever written, but it’s all I’ve got, so. Better luck in January!

 

4.2 – Groundhog Day, pt 2

So last time I guided you through all of my fails trying to get Hartigan & Riley married and have a baby. They tried several times and finally moved to Blue Bayou, but I wasn’t really happy with that either.

So I reloaded the buggy Rugged Harbour save to start over from there, and then THIS happened:

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I was about to let Mischa fix the broken teleporter and I forgot he was already singed from the stupid chemistry set.

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REALLY?

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Aw man.

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Shittiest watcher ever.

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“Dad!?”

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OK, OK, I get it, you don’t have to rub it in, I fucked up alright?

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Now is not the time or place to lament the broken teleportation pad, Hartigan!

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It was a very fitting death for a scientist, and he was old after all, so I was about to go with it, but then that save crashed.

Next time, I didn’t let him fix the broken teleporter.

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So he had some fun with sparklers instead, celebrating life!

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They fed the omniplant robot toys. Pretty cute.

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I was unsure what to do next. I really wanted to take the chance to start afresh in a world I hadn’t played in before, but I’m picky, and I want something that could last for the rest of the challenge.

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And I really wanted Rugged Harbour to work out after all.

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I had to accept that it didn’t. So then I stumbled over the world Forever the Fifties, which I chose not so much for the chance of playing gnubb with Doris Day but more that the houses, the layout and landscape looked really pretty.

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I was so happy with how the town looked that I ignored the obvious lag. And I started downsizing again. Away with all metro stations, killed off some townies, deleted all the celebrity ropes and unnecessary cash registers. Away with all tourists, animals and most traffic.

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So I played for a while in Forever Fifties – they really should have given the town a more blog friendly name, by the by.

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Why would I even keep the pictures from my failed saves? I guess because of all the hours I put in. I rebuilt several community lots and built some from scratch that weren’t there. Never got around to take screenshots of them, sadly. One was actually really cute. *wistful sigh*

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I played there for at least a sim week.

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The family tree between Funny Face and Fred was broken when they moved, so I let them have kittens together. They are cousins really.

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The kittens didn’t survive the next move.

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Nor did the 7th or so baby.

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Every single time he was born with the traits Hates the outdoors locked in. Weird.

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I called him Mandrake, because why not. He grew up looking like the spitting image of Rylie, but with Mischa’s colours and ears.

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So why couldn’t they make it work in Forever the Fifties?

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Well… because of this, for one:

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If it were only once, but the errors kept coming, every day, several times every day. Not even glitchy old Rugged Harbour threw that many errors, not even after 4 generations. So that was a bad omen.

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Stephanie grew old and offered sandwiches to her carpool. *facepalm*

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Mischa died a second time.

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Right outside his workplace.

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But he had a surprise for Grim..

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I honestly forgot about that death flower he was carrying.

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Funny every time.

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He was pretty stressed out after that, naturally.

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I really wanted to make this town work. It was really, really pretty.

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Mandrake grew up there, even.

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But what’s one sim week, after all. The town was laggy as molasses. I had to move. Again.

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My trusted old friend Eltham’s Drift by neuroticrobotic, I have played so many saves in this town, it never lags and it’s just all around a beautiful place with a few premades (which I always keep, I’m more attached to them than some players are to the Goths probably).

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I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to play in something new and shiny (or old but untried) but I had zero energy to encounter lag again, so I chose Eltham’s Drift because I know it works and it has a lot by the sea.

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Still no bathroom in the house.

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And then.. Mandrake got buggy. It sucked, but I had to make Hartigan and Rylie have their baby an umpteenth time.

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So much poop!

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Bye, pretty face.

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I had to move them to Eltham’s drift AGAIN, this time without a kid and earlier in the save AGAIN. Also without the old house, because I’m afraid it was buggy too, and it didn’t really fit the new lot either.

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So I built them this beaut of a giant cottage. Yes, I’m a great builder I know. *takes a bow* At least it’s decent on the inside.

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Gnomes ready to invade the new garden.

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New house has four rooms, as per the rules, one for each member of the family. Hartigan, Riley, Mischa, Stephanie. Cats: Wolf, Funny Face & Fred.

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I didn’t bring the kittens, or rather, they weren’t born yet.

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You can start paying attention now, because it was the last move, WOOHOOO! Fourth time is the charm!

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Love the ninja music box. There should be a pirate as well.

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Stephanie: “It’s nice to be young again, at least.”

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Mischa is done with his generation goals, except discovering all the potions, which I’m working on, but since it almost always ends with an explosion and being singed for 24 hours or so, I’m not sure he has the time for it.

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Rylie is doing pretty good in her military career, and I guess Hartigan is about level 6-7 mixology and nectarology respectively.

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Stephanie is closing in on promotion to Conductor. Again…

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With only four rooms I didn’t want to use one of them as a bathroom only. Besides, I’m used to having a tub in the bedroom now.

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The only thing I’m not crazy about in Eltham’s Drift is the custom weather. The sky is almost always overcast, which in combination with actual Seasons weather sometimes makes it dark as night in the daytime.

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It hurt a bit to leave all those money trees and omni plants behind, but planting a new garden is fine, it’s not like they need the money.

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Eltham’s Drift has four bars, I think. One lounge, one club, a dive bar and a hangout. No sports bars, thank cod. I don’t like sports bars.

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EA really could have made good nectar recipes easier to discover. I use a cheat list all the time, because making “terrible” nectar with premium ingredients gets old fast. I’m not very good at maths, admittedly, but with 16 possible ingredients or so, 10 fruits to add and 50/50 almost never resulting in a good nectar, it’s just too tedious to try all the combinations. A very exact number, I know, “too tedious”. 😛

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FINALLY A NON-GLITCHY PREGNANCY.

Still not married though, so that kid will be born with the surname Gross. Poor child.

Stay tuned! Next chapter will be an actual chapter where time isn’t all wibbly wobbly.

 

4.1- Groundhog Day

Hola! It’s been almost a month, and why is that? My save got corrupted, like really really corrupted, and I’m not sure exactly when it happened. Errors where flying from everywhere, mainly Riley but she wasn’t the only one. Sims disappeared from the portrait panel, sims couldn’t be selected, backpacks stayed the same when changing selected sim etc etc. The worst error was sims completely disappearing – no reset sim/lot/town or reload from a previous point in game did any good. Rylie couldn’t have a baby in town no matter what I did. I had to move the Pollards to another town THREE TIMES, which saved the game (I think – still, errors can pop up later on, who knows). It’s been a PAIN, let me tell you. I was very close to just throwing in the towel.

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But we start a long time ago when Hartigan was still a teen. Not a long time ago for you, but for me that’s ages ago.

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He had been to prom with Riley and she asked him to go steady, to which he replied YES.

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Enjoy these last pictures of Rugged Harbour.

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Biking on ice is dangerous, Hartigan!

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Random shot of offending igloo. It’s possible that the igloo somehow borked Riley’s future pregnancy, but it could have been just Riley herself, some bad CC, the whole town somehow or woohooer mod – who knows? Errortrap showed errors from the igloo & woohooer mod, but I haven’t had that problem before with woohooer.

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Funny Face!

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Goodbye beautiful lighthouse. 😦

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Fred & Wolf spam

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Mischa trying out a gingerbread man.

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Hartigan and some guy.

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Hehe, snow powder on the gingerbread man.Or insane amounts of frosting.

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Last hours of being 17.

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The Feltons had a party – they are Dalia’s relatives – , so they went there to have his birthday (better lighting than in the park, for one).

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I think we’ll lose the Miami Vice outfit.

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But he can keep the hair.

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Graduation day!

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There you go.

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Doing it proper.

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Toss!

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We’ll see about that. I hope so!

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Rylie’s sister Sheila and an unknown vampire toddler. That’s the last you’ll see of them, unfortunately. But I get ahead of myself.

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I wanted to get right on with the proposal, but Riley had a job in the military already, so she was at work.

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Hartigan is supposed to make wine and moonlight as a mixologist, so he hasn’t got much to do in the mornings.

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The neighbours were home at least.

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And Mischa somehow mastered skating when I wasn’t looking.

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Behold, the ice prince/ scientist!

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spam because lol

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I must have never paid attention when he was skating at festivals.

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I let him continue until he was really cold.

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And it was getting dark.

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Hartigan finally managed to ask Riley out without being told NO. She did that like three times – all the women in this challenge have been really hard to woo.

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It still didn’t end well for Hartigan.

I swear this happens every time a Pollard boy tries to ask a girl out. At least Stephanie was polite enough to call the date “OK” when Mischa took her out. Riley, not so much. She’s actually kind of terrifying.

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Anyway, mama needs a drink.

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And then Hartigan proposed and was turned down..

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He swallowed his pride and kisses were had and given.

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And they moved their business to a melting igloo.

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Stephanie has some really weird reactions to stargazing IMHO.

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Maybe she saw a UFO.

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Babies were made, and after that everything went downhill. Especially for Riley who HATES BABIES. Yikes.

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Mischa is getting old.

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A little sad, but he has done his part in this challenge so it’s OK.

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I never gave him a new outfit because he seemed comfortable in this one.

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Find the parrot.

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weeeee look at her go

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Minutes before Rylie calls this date a suck fest. Again. Well, Hartigan knocked her up despite the fact that she HATES BABIES, so.. I guess I can understand her point of view.

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Mischa is a mad scientist now. He’s not that mad, though.

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Stephanie chilling somewhere where the teleporter mis-teleported her.

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Hartigan tries the proposal thing again. That’s his future mother-in-law though.

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So, Hartigan is about to begin a classic bathroom proposal…

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And then the CAT DIED!! OMFG!!!

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No kidding, Sansa.

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So everyone was plenty sad and the wedding was naturally off. Again.

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Rylie popped, still in her army cap.

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Hartigan tried to get her in the mood for a wedding again with some sandwiches. Because who doesn’t love sandwiches.

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Well, it worked on his mother-in-law!

Euphemia: *eats Hartigan with eyes*

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All these failed attempts at marriage made Hartigan drink heavily every night. With his shirt off.

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And although he mixed himself innumerous drinks, they all tasted terrible. In every single save. Lay off the moonshine, Hartigan!

Then followed an unreal amount of bad proposals, glitched weddings and borked deliveries. UNREAL.

Let me guide you through all of them!

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Attempt at proposal number 3 (yes he already tried twice, once he was turned down and once there was a cat funeral.)

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Actually, this time we just added her, so strike that proposal.

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And right after the baby was born (a boy), it disappeared from the portrait panel. Shortly after, Riley disappeared too.

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For some reason, i still didn’t quit the save right away, so enjoy Mischa with the “scientific” ray gun.

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LOL. For those of you who have seen Dart with the ray gun, well Mischa was the “sketch”. I realized in this save how funny it looks.

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Hartigan continued to drown his sorrows in really bad liquor.

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And they had an emo gnome. NO WONDER.

I realized Rylie & baby weren’t coming back, and then Mischa and two of the cats disappeared as well. So I quit the save.

Next attempt was the actual third proposal ( I thought maybe it was the “add” that was the problem, and that a real wedding would work):

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So back rubs were given.

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Rings handed out.

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And to speed things up, there was a kitchen wedding.

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BUT before that ring slipped on Rylie’s finger, she went into labour and goodbye save. AGAIN.

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We interrupt this misery for a picture of Mischa. Hi Mischa!

“Hi Watcher!”

Fourth attempt! A little earlier in the save this time, so the romance wouldn’t be interrupted by labour.

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“Hi girlfriend!”

“Hi boyfriend!”

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“Wanna get married?”

“YAHSSS!”

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“There you go!”

“OMG THIS IS SO ROMANTIC!”

Well, for now.

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Why get married right away when you can woohoo first?

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Super romantic! So much mood!

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Afterwards, I decide to seal the deal. And in the middle of the kitchen wedding, she’s looking sick.

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AND RUNS TO THE TOILET

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So fucking romantic I can’t even.

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To make things even better, Mischa is there because Euphemia is throwing a party, and apparently he HATES Rylie’s dad.

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I didn’t even know that. So they have a huge fight while Rylie is puking her guts out.

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GOOD TIMES

After that, Rylie promptly goes to bed, and the wedding is off. Again.

ATTEMPT NUMBER FIVE, even earlier in the save. Have some pictures of Mischa and a cat to clear your heads.

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Sonorific stove!

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Funny Face: not sure if want sonorific bed

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Sonorific fridge!

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SO CLOSE YET SO FAR AWAY

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LIKE THIS WEDDING AND BABY

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Are you ready for attempt number five? Alright. Here’s Hartigan and Riley on a real date, so no kitchen wedding this time. Classy, no?

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Now can you take your burning loins and GIVE ME YOUR FIRST BORN!

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Riley popped minutes after. They got married in the corner of the bar.

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At least it’s not the bathroom, right?

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AND IT WORKED! Now hopefully the birth will work as well.

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Hartigan moonlighted (moonlit??) because that’s totally romantic on a wedding night. Rylie is fist dancing with some other army broad.

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Eh.. what is this, show and tell night?

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Great conversation starter, Hemlock Sr. A little desperate perhaps.

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Rylie wants to meet a vampire, so off she goes.

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Turns out it’s her great-grandmother.

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And much belly rubbing was had.

Awesomesauce. Can I have my legacy now please. Avec bébé. That’s French for WITH BABY.

What happens then? That save crashed.Yes, it did.

I removed all the newest CC I had, hoping that it would help. Either way, I had to move to another town. There was absolutely no way that wedding & baby would be had glitch free. I also tried a save where Rylie didn’t move in before the baby, but afterwards – didn’t work either. AND I tried a super early save where Rylie wasn’t pregnant from the igloo at all but got pregnant in a bed later – and that didn’t help.

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Pretty much the last picture I took in Rugged Harbour. I’m going to miss that lighthouse so bad.

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At this point, I don’t even know where this was taken.

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They moved to Blue Bayou. To be able to move, I had to either wait for Rylie to deliver with errors in Rugged Harbour (for the umpteenth time) or cancel her pregnancy and try again when they got there. I cancelled.

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I chose Blue Bayou because Eight Cicadas mentioned it was really pretty, like a smaller Twinbrook. I always liked Twinbrook the most out of all the EA worlds. And Blue Bayou was really pretty, as advertised, and didn’t throw a lot of errors back at me either. Unfortunately, as soon as I moved the Pollards there I noticed some lag. Even with very few people in it.

I really, really need my towns to be lag free when I move there. Some lag after a few generations is to be expected, but right away? I was pretty crushed.

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Which is probably why most of the screenshots I took in Blue Bayou are from explosions.

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I needed to blow shit up.

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I began trying to size down the town to minimize lag, and spent QUITE a few hours building a custom festival grounds.

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That still didn’t help with the bar interiors in town, which I didn’t really like, and Hartigan will be spending a lot of time in bars.

I could decorate every single building myself, but it would take weeks.

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Then came the baby, and it was a girl. Or a boy. I don’t remember. I think Rylie gave birth about six times to the same baby.

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Nowadays, Hartigan seldom puts down his glass.

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“I want to live with a view over the sea! All of my family have lived by the sea! Half of our garden is a swamp!”

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“But the houses are so pretty, and there’s magnolias everywhere, and Spanish moss and PRETTY!”

“Our cottage looks really out of place here, and MUD!”

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I decorated like six starters, moved in other families and everything. 😦 But it just didn’t feel quite right. Maybe for some other save.

So I loaded up the cursed Rugged Harbour save again, determined to find the right town for them to move to.

TO BE CONTINUED

(If you’re completely confused by all of this, I don’t blame you. I am too. What sticks is that Hartigan and Riley are living together, but they are in fact NOT married yet. And they don’t have a baby either.)

 

3.7 – What’s cooking, good looking?

Welcome back, my few but dearly beloved readers of this so-called EPIC legacy!

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Stephanie leveled up her guitar skill, not to level 10 alas. I’ve probably mentioned this but I’m not going to hunt after the extra points from maxing the same skills generation after generation, I’m going for a mediocre EPIC. However, since this is her career skill she’ll probably want to max it.

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She’s still shy, so she hates playing for a crowd, yet throws wishes for it. Aw.

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As noted in the last chapter, Fred grew up with terrible markings.

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I’ve never seen that colour on a cat in my life, also haven’t seen SEAMS under the neck of a cat, and yet game constantly gives me exactly that. I’ve had a gazillion of cats since I got Pets who looked like Fred. Is it REALLY so hard to make the game create a decent looking coat two generations down the line?

*RAGE*

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I cheated and played with genetics. Thank Cod for play with genetics.

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Look how cute he is now!

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Hartigan tries out some drinks on his unsuspecting dad.

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Or maybe he knows what he’s in for, but developed an iron belly trying out samples on himself in the lab all the time.

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In which case, he’s fearless!

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Nuuuuuuuh you’re supposed to be on a school trip to the mausoleum, not chatting up some random vampire!

*kills random vampire with meteor because he’s been taking up a house for three generations now without spawning any offspring*

Don’t worry, we definitely have enough Hemlocks as it is. This was the most boring one. Just look at that outfit.

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After “school”, Hartigan visits Rylie.

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Or so he thinks, but she goes straight to work.

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Aw look at them itty bitty nieces and nephews to Wolf! The one with dots all over her head, I think we need her.

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Since Rylie wouldn’t grace the home with her presence, Hartigan had to do his homework with her sister Sheila instead.

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Enjoy your serious lab coat, because MAD SCIENTIST OUTFIT is coming soon!

Sooooooon.

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Yes I put rocks under the chemistry set because I didn’t like the look of the plastic thingamajigs beneath it. Questions? No? Good.

Btw it’s kind of nice that they can see most of the major buildings in town from their window, and still have a open view over the sea from the other side.

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RETURN TO YOUR ROCKING CHAIRS! Better still, to your graves. You all had your 96-133 years.

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Oh look, funny looking kitty grew up! *adds and teleports to household*

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I changed her name to Funny Face, because she has one. Also because there’s a Fred in the house, so Fred Astaire in Funny Face… oh well. Anyway. Love that film.

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“Hello niece!”

“Hello uncle!”

And great conversation was had all night long.

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Apparently the gnomes are worth points in this challenge. Not sure I’ll count them, but good to know.

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Looks like he tasted some good ole witches’ brew.

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Maybe not his finest moment as a bartender.

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Double umbrella, OMG what does it mean??

And make no mistake, it isn’t summer just because some idiots are lounging in the chairs.

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Prom is coming up, so NEXT STOP RILEY!

“If you don’t go to prom with me I’ll sever my head with this parasol!”

Said no one ever.

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“I don’t take kindly to surrealistic and implausible threats!”

But realistic and plausible threats are A OK.

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“Do you want to go to..”

“LALALALALALA IT’S RAINING ISN’T IT GLORIOUS IT MAKES ME WANT TO SING”

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Hartigan: “Do you want to go on a date with me?”

Rylie: “HELL TO THE NO! I’m going home to change clothes! I’m soaked.”

“You don’t say.”

“Then why do you even ask.”

“Because we’re young! And spontaneous! And we don’t care about a little rain!”

“I care. I’m getting a UTI soon.”

“Your argument is valid but still TMI.”

“Then don’t push it.”

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In another part of town Mischa is holding an alien baby. A 1/4 alien baby to be exact, but it has a really metallic cry so I guess it’s an alien.

“Why are you wearing a maid’s outfit, aren’t you like a little league coach or something.”

“It’s Halloween, dumbass. And I’m a doctor. You’re wearing camo yourself, if you haven’t noticed.”

“I only wear it because I’m cool and macho like that.”

“Uh-huh.”

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He/she is cute for a 1/4 alien baby.

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An alien in a hot dog costume, now I’ve seen it all.

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Someone finished a recipe book. :´)

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Aw, look how happy Stephanie is. Was it cookies?

“Maybe.” 🙂

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Funny Face & Fred the cousins. ❤

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SYMPHONIC PLZ!

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Aw, look who’s the newest member of the quartet!

I don’t even know why I “aw” over that.

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Yes, enjoy the rocking chair before the ghosts come out.

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THIRD TRY IS THE CHARM. Hartigan is over at Rylie’s house again.

Look at that little kitty go! weeeeee

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Kitty outing in Rugged Harbour

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Fred is Wolf’s son, and Funny Face is Molly’s daughter, so she’s Wolf’s niece and Fred’s cousin.

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WE SHOULD GO TO PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

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“We really should, you know. Go to prom. You and I. Together. As a date.”

“OK, fine, if it makes you shaddaaaahp.”

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That’s our girl. Semi-happy.

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Hartigan: “Let’s sit next to each other to seal the deal.”

Rylie: “What deal.”

“That you’re totally going to do the chicken dance with me at prom.”

“Will so not.”

“Will too.”

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Guess the Gross family have demon cats.

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At home, still single, still not a very good bartender.

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spaaaaam

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pooooouuuuuur

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drop it like it’s hot

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not a good juice

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you are so underage

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staaahp

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If you didn’t drink the entire glass, maybe you’d be able to hold on to the juice bottles.

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Mean parrot got a cage, congrats mean parrot.

Mean parrot: *aims for index finger*

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Pretty hole in window fog is pretty.

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“This is my “I have a date for prom” look”.

Oh, and here I thought it was your everyday all the time 24/7 pout never sleeps look.

Aaaand it’s prom pop-ups time!

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of course, but then again competition wasn’t fierce

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AND YET…

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

or yes please

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Look at you two all dressed.. down and.. uh.

Well at least it looks like you had fun with Riley’s doppelganger. Or the real her, and the doppelganger did homework. The world will never know.

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Third prom king crown in a row in this legacy. Having one friend and a girlfriend is apparently enough.

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Random images of Mischa with the mean parrot Aria.

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Even more random shots of the aquarium they installed generations before electricity.

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pet exposé

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WAFFLESSS PANCAAAKES CARBONARAAA!

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I don’t like the mad scientist outfit!

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Now THIS is a good mad scientist look! And Mischa could totally rock it.

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Stephanie hit level 8 today too!

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Go Stephanie! Not that she seems to care all that much.

And now for a few old pop-ups I forgot to post (quite a lot) earlier:

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Mischa manages to lock in TWO wishes to woohoo with wifey.

One for woohoo with wifey because darling wifey..

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… and one because wifey is famous! You’re with the band, Mischa?

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I thought this was funny/sad too. They threw a party for Stephanie at work. Party plus party animal? Really, game? Stephanie is shy and apparently she also just lost a friend.. regarding the party, she’s “amused”, heh.

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night night!

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oh deer

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We should feed you, deerie

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Can you say “overcrowded”?

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At least there’s always some ancestor to play with!

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At first I wondered if I was right in the head when I took this shot, and then I went ooooooh!

WALL PHONE! WALL PHONE!

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INDOOR PLUMBING! INDOOR DUCKIE!

Stop shouting.

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And we now have wall paper and a new wooden floor in one of four rooms, just because we can (since Dario). But I actually like the stone walls, so I’ll keep them in the other rooms.

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School is getting a little overcrowded, as well.

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And since absolutely zero snowflakes are visible in the air, it’s SNOW DAY. So there goes another school day. I usually send him bright and early to trick snow day, but since there are so many children now, there’s a line outside the door until 9 and beyond.

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Read book for work in bed. 🙂

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Bad Aria, BAD!

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He seems to forgive her, though.

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Mischa REALLY wants to max inventing, and it’s so much more gratifying than maxing chemistry, so we’ll stick to inventing for now.

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At the very least he can make a cow toy. The chemistry set is like “you worked all day, here’s a potion that makes you pee yourself!” Great.

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Upgrading the wine press for Hartigan. I wonder if I can dig a small wine cellar for the wine? Something that isn’t technically a room. After all, wine is supposed to age underground, right?

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Dramatic cat is dramatic.

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I kind of want Funny Face’s kittens more, although technically Fred is heir.

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That’s no face to make at your first hot meal!

“I’m not sure I like stuffed peppers..”

Me neither. It’s a weird dish.

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Even the ghosts are using the “new” stove!

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That strawberry pie is going straight in the bin.


YAY ELECTRICITY! The “Let there be light!” generation has been successful. The observant reader might find a lamp beside the bar before Mischa maxed science. It was part of the “Oups, I forgot Creature-Robot Crossbreader isn’t level 10” mishap last chapter, but it’s dumb to have a career life time wish that isn’t level 10 anyway!

At least they didn’t use the stove until Mischa actually maxed his career.

Next up: more mixology and more Riley!

3.6 – Hankering for a waffle

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It’s high time to see what the Pollards have been up to. Last time, Hartigan grew up to a child, and now I already have the intention of presenting him as a teen. Terrible, I know

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Tempus fugit. The elderly gnome in the last pic, Hermann, has gone to the happy gnome grounds..or wherever gnomes go to. Storybrooke perhaps.

What are the goals for this generation again? To invent the light bulb! And also to invent indoor plumbing, a working stove, a landline phone (not mobile) and..did I forget something? Ah, yes, the expensive washing machine, the dryer, planes and the telescope.

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the telescope was in fact invented in the 1600s.

My eyerolling work is done here.

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Hartigan found a little friend at school, so he went over to visit him. I don’t remember his first name, but they are called Wyck and the parents are both super nice to Hartigan.

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And this is what his friend wore to school.. I felt that he was a tad too young for the corporate country & western bald hooker look, so I changed it,

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Call me reactionary but I like this style better. He can always change it back when he’s 18.

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They played a game of tag and now they are best buddies.

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Hartigan is sad because of all the deaths in the last chapter (his granny Dalia, Maggie the cat and Delila the cat). His new friend tries to console him, but it doesn’t go down well.

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I don’t like the “chill, bruh” reaction. Wouldn’t it be nicer if they could hug? 😦

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Awkward hug coming up!

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The Wycks’ concern for Hartigan seems genuine though, which is very sweet.

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And unlike 99 % of other sim families, they made dinner for their guest.

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They were actually so eager that they made TWO dinners: mama Wyck one and papa Wyck another.

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Guess who’s becoming an elder? Wolf is!

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The saddest little sparkle.

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I’ll make you stay with us longer, kitty cat.

“Mao?”

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Mischa went to bed with invisible laundry.

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Simson passed away.

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At least he died in his favourite spot.

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Euphemia Gross had a party, and Mischa got to meet a cousin he never knew he had – Circe. Not sure if vampire or just blue in the face.

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They celebrated their newfound cousin..hood with a pillow fight.

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Pay attention to Rylie, because she’s very likely to become Hartigan’s spouse. I say this knowing how few children his age there are in town right now.

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She’s Euphemia’s youngest daughter.

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Lawdy lawd, are you 40 already?

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Seems like only yesterday you were 22.

“To me too! :(”

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Not a huge difference, is it.

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She almost looks like she’s about to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Apologetically, like she’s not entirely sure it’s going to work.

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Sad for the cats. 😦

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Have you honestly not met Gabriel the ghost yet? And are you two honestly heart-farting?

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*creak*

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What’s all this about, then.

“I’m so close to inventing the light bulb!”

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“LET THERE BE WAFFLES!”

Can’t wait for the waffles, actually. So freaking bored with salad and sushi right now.

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Hartigan is about to become a teen soon, so he plays with all of his toys before it’s too late.

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the cow toy…

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..and the whale toy..

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I don’t think the whale says wrooom wroom, Hartigan!

“That’s your opinion.”

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No nooboo making, since the EPIC legacy only allows one child per generation, until much later on.

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I think I have more or less decided that Hartigan will try his luck in the nectar making/mixology field.

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Which means this might be the generation where I fail the challenge, we’ll see.

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Come to think of it, shouldn’t all the Showtime careers be an option? I don’t have Showtime so it doesn’t matter, but since it’s the entertainment generation.

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I see the headlines: “Hartigan The Great Tortoise Tamer”. It hasn’t bitten him yet.

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Just like his father, he always looks serious. Sad, even. Not a great look for a future bartender.

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Rylie – grumpy or hot-headed trait discovered.

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That face.

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I hope she’s athletic or something, since I can’t really picture her as an actress. *already making plans for the wedding*

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“Kind of creepy to have your whole life planned like that, don’t you think?”

“Uh-huh!”

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“So, marriage huh? Want to kiss in the closet first?”

“Ew, no! Boy cooties!”

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A friendly hug is accepted, though.

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I like their house. It would be even nicer if they washed their dishes.

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Rylie: “We can kiss in the closet if I get to wear a moustache.”

“No thanks, I’ll wait a year.”

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Hartigan: “Just you wait , you’ll want to kiss me without a moustache before we’re 15.”

“Don’t bet on it.”

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Goodbye homework, hello huge ice cream tub!

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And it’s birthday time.

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and sparkles

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Made his hair a little darker, for some fake genetic variety. Still wasn’t sure what trait to pick.

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I tried out pretty much all the hairs, and I only liked this one. Problem is, Mischa had it too.

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Then came a crash and a new jumper.

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Stephanie is getting nearer the symphonic branch, which is where she wants to be.

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Simson love.

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I’m sorely tempted to give the pets a longer life span.

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Since they’re always around anyway, even after they’re dead.

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Cuties!

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Still no waffles!

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Sandwiches, I forgot sandwiches. Sushi, salad and sandwiches.

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Hartigan whips out the old nectar maker from buydebug, since he can’t travel yet (and probably won’t later). Totally not counting that as a cheat. I don’t see why you couldn’t buy a wine press locally.

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Then it’s time for some mixing.

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I’m not saying he sucked at it.

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But…

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I’m not saying he was great at it either.

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Wolf mastered hunting, got himself 5000 happiness points and spent the 20 000 he saved up on a Young Again potion.

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I’m happy that he’ll stick around a bit longer to know his kitten!

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What, kitten? Yes, he had one with a lady named Mipsy.

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Game called the kitten Fred, so that’s his name.

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“Son, those are some hideous markings!”

“Purr!”

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“Honestly, we have to do something about that.”

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“You look like you’ve been dipped in manure.”

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“PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST! I WANT!”

Dude, I’ve never had pancakes for breakfast in my life, so why should you?

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Look who fulfilled his LTW! And look who captured it! Moi! I always miss the shot with the numbers. And let me tell you, I came very close to buying tons of light bulbs after I saw this, and then I remembered: the Creature Robot Cross Breeder LTW is level 9 in the science career, not 10.

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BYE-BYE WAFFLES!

“No worries, I’ll get us that stove in no time!”

Before you’re old and grey, I hope.