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.
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.
He had been to prom with Riley and she asked him to go steady, to which he replied YES.
Enjoy these last pictures of Rugged Harbour.
Biking on ice is dangerous, Hartigan!
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.
Goodbye beautiful lighthouse. 😦
Fred & Wolf spam
Mischa trying out a gingerbread man.
Hartigan and some guy.
Hehe, snow powder on the gingerbread man.Or insane amounts of frosting.
Last hours of being 17.
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).
I think we’ll lose the Miami Vice outfit.
But he can keep the hair.
There you go.
Doing it proper.
We’ll see about that. I hope so!
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.
I wanted to get right on with the proposal, but Riley had a job in the military already, so she was at work.
Hartigan is supposed to make wine and moonlight as a mixologist, so he hasn’t got much to do in the mornings.
The neighbours were home at least.
And Mischa somehow mastered skating when I wasn’t looking.
Behold, the ice prince/ scientist!
spam because lol
I must have never paid attention when he was skating at festivals.
I let him continue until he was really cold.
And it was getting dark.
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.
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.
Anyway, mama needs a drink.
And then Hartigan proposed and was turned down..
He swallowed his pride and kisses were had and given.
And they moved their business to a melting igloo.
Stephanie has some really weird reactions to stargazing IMHO.
Maybe she saw a UFO.
Babies were made, and after that everything went downhill. Especially for Riley who HATES BABIES. Yikes.
Mischa is getting old.
A little sad, but he has done his part in this challenge so it’s OK.
I never gave him a new outfit because he seemed comfortable in this one.
Find the parrot.
weeeee look at her go
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.
Mischa is a mad scientist now. He’s not that mad, though.
Stephanie chilling somewhere where the teleporter mis-teleported her.
Hartigan tries the proposal thing again. That’s his future mother-in-law though.
So, Hartigan is about to begin a classic bathroom proposal…
And then the CAT DIED!! OMFG!!!
No kidding, Sansa.
So everyone was plenty sad and the wedding was naturally off. Again.
Rylie popped, still in her army cap.
Hartigan tried to get her in the mood for a wedding again with some sandwiches. Because who doesn’t love sandwiches.
Well, it worked on his mother-in-law!
Euphemia: *eats Hartigan with eyes*
All these failed attempts at marriage made Hartigan drink heavily every night. With his shirt off.
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!
Attempt at proposal number 3 (yes he already tried twice, once he was turned down and once there was a cat funeral.)
Actually, this time we just added her, so strike that proposal.
And right after the baby was born (a boy), it disappeared from the portrait panel. Shortly after, Riley disappeared too.
For some reason, i still didn’t quit the save right away, so enjoy Mischa with the “scientific” ray gun.
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.
Hartigan continued to drown his sorrows in really bad liquor.
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):
So back rubs were given.
Rings handed out.
And to speed things up, there was a kitchen wedding.
BUT before that ring slipped on Rylie’s finger, she went into labour and goodbye save. AGAIN.
We interrupt this misery for a picture of Mischa. Hi Mischa!
Fourth attempt! A little earlier in the save this time, so the romance wouldn’t be interrupted by labour.
“Wanna get married?”
“There you go!”
“OMG THIS IS SO ROMANTIC!”
Well, for now.
Why get married right away when you can woohoo first?
Super romantic! So much mood!
Afterwards, I decide to seal the deal. And in the middle of the kitchen wedding, she’s looking sick.
AND RUNS TO THE TOILET
So fucking romantic I can’t even.
To make things even better, Mischa is there because Euphemia is throwing a party, and apparently he HATES Rylie’s dad.
I didn’t even know that. So they have a huge fight while Rylie is puking her guts out.
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.
Funny Face: not sure if want sonorific bed
SO CLOSE YET SO FAR AWAY
LIKE THIS WEDDING AND BABY
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?
Now can you take your burning loins and GIVE ME YOUR FIRST BORN!
Riley popped minutes after. They got married in the corner of the bar.
At least it’s not the bathroom, right?
AND IT WORKED! Now hopefully the birth will work as well.
Hartigan moonlighted (moonlit??) because that’s totally romantic on a wedding night. Rylie is fist dancing with some other army broad.
Eh.. what is this, show and tell night?
Great conversation starter, Hemlock Sr. A little desperate perhaps.
Rylie wants to meet a vampire, so off she goes.
Turns out it’s her great-grandmother.
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.
Pretty much the last picture I took in Rugged Harbour. I’m going to miss that lighthouse so bad.
At this point, I don’t even know where this was taken.
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.
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.
Which is probably why most of the screenshots I took in Blue Bayou are from explosions.
I needed to blow shit up.
I began trying to size down the town to minimize lag, and spent QUITE a few hours building a custom festival grounds.
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.
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.
Nowadays, Hartigan seldom puts down his glass.
“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!”
“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!”
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.)