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Sims 3: Oh, dear readers, I need help. STAT!

First, let me do a quick catch up on my Legacy Sims before jumping into my last play session.

Sims 3 Legacy challenge Luna and John

Luna Calhoun, my founder sim, married an aging rock star, John and had two girls together. Lacy Calhoun, the heir (first girl) is the older sister of Lisa Calhoun. Money was tight and since John had retired the family depended in part on the money he made selling his works of art, his paintings. Sadly he walked over to his easel one day to start creating a little grocery money but died before he could even pick up his brush. Lacy and Lisa immediately found part-time jobs to help Luna, a struggling journalist, cover the household bills. Their school work suffered a bit and that teenage angst was strong but, they went to work every day scheduled and graduated without any failing grades.

Lisa has simolean signs in her eyes, wants to live in an expensive house (yet still works part time at the spa!) while Lacy is a bit more driven. She’s made countless meals, read books, leaned new recipes, all in hopes of being a 5-star chef one day. She’s also the heir being that my founder sim, Luna, was female. It’s up to Lacy to continue the Calhoun Legacy! Problem was, she couldn’t find a single suitable mate. The guys she got along with best were already married. Others were werewolves or vampires. It was MADDENING! She thought she’d found Mr. Right but he cut out early, super early, on their date because she bored him too much. So she did the only thing she could do. She chatted up the (male) maid and within a very few sim hours, was married and pregnant! She had to work fast because her husband, Nickolas, was set to turn into an elder four days after the private ceremony.

Lacy loves her sons, Levi and Leroy. Her traits are great! She has the family trait, friendly, and her randomly selected traits are lucky, brave, vehicle enthusiast and althletic. Which of those traits allows her to have the option to heckle her kids or attack them with claws?? Makes no sense to me! Still, she’s a good mom with a little guidance from me. Nickolas is still cleaning the house but he’s an elder, well into his 70s. They only have boys and she needs a girl! Hope the plumbing still works.

Pumping out kids so fast is tiring, especially when you’re trying to hone your skill to achieve a job advancement on your return to work! They make use of a lot of babysitters so they can afford time to sleep. Nickolas called for a sitter before going to bed one night only, the sitter never came. He saw something on the floor and since he was doing a bit of house cleaning to stay awake long enough to see the sitter in, he walked to the door to pick up the special seed he’d seen on the floor. This is what he found.

Aliens have landed on my sims porch!

There stood this old looking alien, casually popping his back on the Calhoun front porch!!! I’ve NEVER seen this happen in all my years playing Sims. Nickolas, ever curious, went out to talk to this strange fellow.

Alien space ship parked beside the babysitter car

He, I believe, offended the poor lost alien and after confessing to being unemployed, the alien shot back to the sidewalk, transported to his space ship and flew off into parts unknown. That’s when Nickolas saw it. THE BABYSITTER’S CAR!!! Where was the sitter? The plot thickens!

It was about this time that I saw the babysitter. He’s unmistakable as he wears a hard hat only he was walking funny, stooped over and his arms were weirdly out. The stupid zombies in the yard had attacked and turned him before he could make it in the house. Still, he was there to babysit, having been hired for the job, and so he went in the house and upstairs to the nursery. Where he then proceeded to try and attack Lisa. Repeatedly! Like, every flipping second he’s wanting to attack her or Nickolas. I can’t interact with Zombie Sitter, I can only cancel his attacks and direct my sims away from him. They are safe as long as they are in their beds and since they’re all exhausted (yellow even) that’s where they need to be.

Except that would leave no one up to tend to the babies.

Nickolas couldn’t find a way to get Zombie Sitter out of the house so he called the cops. The cop not only lectured Nickolas on abusing the emergency system he fined him 500 simoleans! It’s like salt in a wound, people! Can’t just hire another sitter because the job is active (Zombie Sitter) and you can’t have more than one sitter at a time. Zombie Sitter isn’t taking care of the babies, he’s too busy trying to attack Lisa. I was so frustrated at the situation I saved and quit the session. I save OFTEN and already had one save in before I knew    the babysitter had been turned.

Babysitter is a zombie

How do I get Zombie Sitter out of my house? The last time this sitter was there he stayed an entire DAY! That’s crazy! Lacy is due to wake soon and she can take care of the kids but she’ll have to fend off Zombie Sitter at every move. UGH. Is there a way to remove someone from your lot that would help? This legacy challenge has proven far more challenging on many fronts, unexpected fronts. I want to finish it before Sims 4 comes out but, at this rate, I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Help!

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Giveaway: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

Giveaway poll results

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I asked you guys to vote on the next game in my Christmas in July giveaway. There were 20 votes in total and although it was a close race The Testament of Sherlock Holmes won the poll. There were a few times the results were tied when I checked, tied between Don’t Starve and Sherlock. I honestly expected Kingdoms of Amalur:Reckoning to win! Thanks to everyone who voted!

 

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes loading screen

I gave this game away in January (more detailed write up on what I think of the game in that link) and am excited to do so again. The game is that amazeballs! The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is a point and click adventure with incredible graphics, wonderful voice-overs and on point sound effects. Frogwares paid attention to so much detail in this game I was hooked from the first play and now, I think, I own all of the Sherlock titles. Here’s what the Steam store page has to say about the game.

 

YOU ARE SHERLOCK HOLMES, AND THIS IS YOUR INVESTIGATION!

Become the greatest detective of all time in The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, a twisting, turning investigation game set in a faithfully-reproduced London of 1898. Suspected in a case involving theft, fraud and double-crossing, Sherlock Holmes will undergo a descent into hell in what will doubtlessly become one of his most thrilling cases yet. You will find all the elements of a grand investigation: examine crime scenes, find the clues, follow the trails, interrogate suspects and unveil the mystery behind a great adventure, led by a breath-taking story full of twists!

 

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP3/Windows VISTA SP2/ Windows 7
  • Processor: AMD/INTEL dual-core 2 GHZ
  • RAM memory: 2048 MB
  • Graphics card: 256 MB 100% DirectX 9 and shaders 3.0 compatible, ATI radeon HD 2600 XT/NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GT or higher
  • DVD-ROM: 2X DRIVE
  • Hard disk space: 14 GB
  • Sound card: DirectX 9 compatible
  • Internet connection required for game activation
  • Controller: Keyboard & mouse or Xbox compatible

 

So how does this giveaway work?

  • You have to have Steam to play the game as I’ll be gifting the winner the game through Steam. There will be instructions in the email explaining how to download Steam in case you don’t have it already. Steam is a free download.
  • The winner will have to use a valid email address when commenting (not IN the comment itself, just in the input box you have to fill out TO comment so it’s kept private) so I can send the download link for the game. I won’t sell or give your email address to anyone, promise. If you’re signed in to WordPress when you comment make sure the email associated with your WordPress profile is a valid one that you can check.
  • You have to leave a comment on this post in order for me to enter you into a random draw to win the game.
  • Oh, and you need an internet connection to download the game.

- You don’t have to be my Steam friend in order for me to gift the game to you because Steam allows for people to send gifts to email addresses, not just through the client. If you want to add me as a Steam friend, that’s cool. Not required though.

- I will assign each person who comments a number and then enter the numbers in a Random Number Generator to determine the winner. Multiple comments from the same person won’t increase your chances of winning. In other words, if you comment 187 times you’re still only getting one entry number assigned to you.

This giveaway starts as soon as I publish this post (8AM CST on 07/21/14) and runs through (Midnight CST 07/24/14  ). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner Friday, July 25th and if I haven’t heard from them by Saturday night I’ll draw for a new winner on Sunday. Sound fair?

Comment below for a chance to win. Good luck!

*CLOSED* Poll: Pick the next giveaway!

I thought this might be fun (especially since I’m torn and can’t decide myself). Going to run a poll for two days and let you guys pick what game I give away next in my ‘Christmas in July Giveaway’. Vote for your choice below. The winning game will be posted Monday as the giveaway post. :)

(might need to click over to view the poll if you’re reader doesn’t show it)

 

The poll is closed now. We have a winner and it’ll be announced on Monday morning’s Giveaway post. (Will post a screenie so you can see the results.) Thanks for voting!

*CLOSED* Giveaway: The Adventures of Shuggy

Adventures of Shuggy level select screenshot

I picked this up over the Steam Summer Sale for .49¢ and, honestly, I thought I was getting a silly little game that I would play for a few minutes, just long enough to say I’d played it. I also may have misread the title and thought I was getting a Scooby-Doo game. Ahem. Anyway, what I got was a cleverly designed 2-D puzzle platformer with a quirky fun sense of humor and a crazy imagination! It’s the puzzle designs that make this game shine! Each room (the game has 100+ rooms) has a different twist on the mechanics for gathering the gems (your objective) making the rooms feel fresh rather than tired and over-used and though some are rather straight-forward and easy, other rooms will leave you scratching your head trying to see the solution to getting that last gem! Great mix of easy and challenging in this game. Smudged Cat Games, Ltd, the developer, has turned me into a fan!

I’ve had such a blast playing The Adventures of Shuggy I bought the game for each of my kids and one to give away here on the blog. My kids are grown, the youngest being 17 (she seems to think she’s 40) but this game would be great with younger kids, too. It’s fun, it’s cute and you need a bit of strategy skills to complete each world. Currently, I’m in the boiler room level, the 2nd ‘world’. Oh, and it allows for local co-op play, something I haven’t experienced yet myself. Maybe once my kids all have the game (only one has it so far) we can get a game going together.

Here’s what the Steam store page has to say about the game.

Shuggy has just inherited a castle full of goblins, ghouls, zombies, and robots. Help him clear out over 100 rooms to make his new home liveable again! Every room in the castle is different, letting Shuggy fly, float, swing, spin, change size, time travel and more as he explores the Dungeon, Boiler Room, Clocktower, Gallery, and Graveyard.

System requirements are for Windows based PCs.

System Requirements:

Minimum:

    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB Video RAM and at least Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 82 MB HD space

How does this giveaway work?

  • You have to have Steam to play the game as I’ll be gifting the winner the game through Steam. There will be instructions in the email explaining how to download Steam in case you don’t have it already. Steam is a free download.
  • The winner will have to use a valid email address when commenting (not IN the comment itself, just in the input box you have to fill out TO comment so it’s kept private) so I can send the download link for the game. I won’t sell or give your email address to anyone, promise. If you’re signed in to WordPress when you comment make sure the email associated with your WordPress profile is a valid one that you can check.
  • You have to leave a comment on this post in order for me to enter you into a random draw to win the game.
  • Oh, and you need an internet connection to download the game.

- You don’t have to be my Steam friend in order for me to gift the game to you because Steam allows for people to send gifts to email addresses, not just through the client. If you want to add me as a Steam friend, that’s cool. Not required though.

- I will assign each person who comments a number and then enter the numbers in a Random Number Generator to determine the winner. Multiple comments from the same person won’t increase your chances of winning. In other words, if you comment 187 times you’re still only getting one entry number assigned to you.

This giveaway starts as soon as I publish this post (8AM CST on 07/14/14) and runs through (Midnight CST 07/17/14  ). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner Friday, July 18th and if I haven’t heard from them by Saturday night (07/19/14) I’ll draw for a new winner on Sunday, July 20th. Sound fair?

Comment below for a chance to win. Good luck!

 

Editing to add: Giveaway is closed and a winner has been notified. Just waiting to hear from them!

Update on the Bioshock Infinite giveaway

Bioshock Infinite Monument Island

Congratulations, Braxwolf, on winning Bioshock Infinite! I wish I could have gifted this game to everyone who commented because it’s such an epically amazing game.

Check back on Monday (July 14th) for the second week of my Christmas in July giveaways!

Game ON!

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