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Sims 3: The doll is ALIVE!

Sims 3 Leroy talking through Loco, his doll, to his little sister Lark

I talked about the dolls two of my sim kids were gifted when they were born in my last post. These dolls are like best friends to those kids and after a couple of hectic days of learning new schedules (Lark, the youngest, started school) and a teenage mood-swing, both Leroy and Lark hadn’t had time to play with their dolls. A message popped up saying something to the effect of the dolls being lonely and that I should get the dolls out of their respective packs and let them (the dolls) look around. Or something like that. I wish now that I’d paid better attention to the pop-up message. While the kids were asleep in their beds I opened their back packs and put their dolls on the floor of their bedrooms thinking the pop-up had been a reminder to me that the dolls were there. Out on the floor in their rooms would keep them in my sight and I’d remember to have them play a bit each day. Problem solved.

The Spring Festival was in full swing and Lisa, the kids aunt, was overly stressed (it’s hard working 3 hours a day at the spa, ‘Snark). She decided to have a bit of fun at the festival and had her face painted to look like a clown. When her face painting was done funky music started playing so I zoomed over to Lisa to see what was going on. She was shaking her leg, having just peed herself, right there on the sidewalk at the festival. This sim has class oozing from her pores, no? The funky music still played on so I sent her home to shower and get rid of her clown face. The music was getting on my nerves.

When Lisa arrived home to music grew louder. I didn’t remember hearing music when previous sims had had their faces painted but since both Seasons and Generations are still new to me I assumed it was a ‘new’ thing. Irritating thing, but new. Lisa jumped out of the shower, threw a little fit and jumped back in to wash the prank dye off. Leroy never misses a chance to prank a toilet, shower, sink, couch … he even set 50,000 frogs loose in the Principal’s office at school! Aunt Lisa is usually the victim of his pranks and, I believe, this is why she hates him so. Their relationship bar is halfway across on the left and all red. I was about to send Lisa to bed when I noticed this walking out of Lark’s room.

Sims 3 doll is alive!

 

That’s her doll, Patterns, up and walking around like a shaky robot! Even Lark was a bit taken aback by the sight of Patterns up and about.

Sims 3 Lark sees her doll walking

One of Lark’s randomly decided traits is no sense of humor. That limits her interactions with Patterns when Patterns is “real”. Lark has, however, gained the ability to tell others about her imaginary friend (Patterns). So far no one seems impressed but they really should be. Patterns will clean the house for Lark (though, it’s a hit and miss kind of job) and get Lark a snack if she asks. Leroy’s doll never did this! I’ve never seen this in any of my Sims games. It’s cute but … that music! I put the dolls back in their back packs after a couple of days and the music is STILL PLAYING! Arg.

Other than the doll being alive, my game is kind of boring right now. I’ve no attachment to Lacy (the kids mom) or her sister Lisa. They are total ‘meh’ and I can’t wait for them to turn into elders and die. I’m hoping that when Leroy graduates he can start a career as a Magician. Lark wants to be a singer like her grandpa. I hope she has far better successes than he did!

 

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Giveaway: Don’t Starve + Reign of Giants DLC

Don't Starve and Reign of Giants in my Steam Inventory

The last giveaway for my ‘Christmas in July Giveaways’ is Don’t Starve PLUS the Reign of Giants DLC! I haven’t played more than 30 minutes of this game so I don’t have a lot to say about it. I’d hoped to get in game time over the weekend but real life was BUSY! So, let’s see what the Steam store page says about this game.

Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic.
You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.
Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.

Key Features:

  • Uncompromising Survival & World Exploration:

    No instructions. No help. No hand holding. Start with nothing and craft, hunt, research, farm and fight to survive.

  • Dark and Whimsical Visuals:

    2D characters and odd creatures inhabiting a unique 3D world.

  • Randomly Generated New Worlds:

    Want a new map? No problem! At any time you can generate a new living and breathing world that hates you and wants you to die.

 

This game isn’t just for PC users. Here are the system specs, taken straight from the Steam store page.

PC System Requirements:

Minimum:
OS:Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Processor:1.7+ GHz or better
Memory:1+ gigs of RAM GB RAM
Graphics:Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
DirectX®:9.0c
Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
Sound:100% DirectX9.0c compatible sound card and drivers

 

Mac System Requirements

Minimum:
OS:Lion (OSX 10.7.X)
Processor:2.0 GHz Intel
Memory:4 GB RAM
Graphics:256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
Hard Drive:512 MB Free Space
Additional:Not recommended for Intel GMA Graphics or Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks

 

Linux System Requirements

Minimum:
Processor:1.7+ GHz or better
Memory:1+ gigs of RAM GB RAM
Graphics:Radeon HD5450 or better; 256 MB or higher
Hard Drive:500 MB HD space

 

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 07/28/14) and runs through (Midnight CST 07/31/14  ). I will then use the RNG linked above to draw a winner. I’ll email the winner Friday, August 1st 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 and DON’T STARVE!!!

Sims 3: Bring on the pain!

Sims 3 Nickolas dies

Reporting for the Llama Mama Newspaper:

Longtime resident and former maid Nickolas Calhoun the Klepto died peacefully in his sleep during the late night / early morning hours. His death was witnessed by his wife, Lacy Calhoun the Chef and the Grim Reaper himself. Lacy was overheard saying that if the snow hadn’t been so deep outside she would have thrown a party on the front lawn. Lacy could not be reached for comment but the staff at the Llama Mama Newspaper are sure Lacy was referring to a celebration of life for her beloved husband and not a wild and raucous celebration of her new-found freedom. We think.

(I forget the name of the Sim newspaper)

The staff at the Llama Mama Newspaper are too kind, however, because as soon as Nickolas kicked the bucket she not ONLY popped up a wish to throw a party to celebrate her being single (seriously) but she left with her sister, Lisa, on a two day vacation Lisa won. His body wasn’t even cold yet!!

I didn’t know sims could “win vacations” or that you had no say so over the matter. They just up and left for two whole days, leaving teenaged Leroy at home. Alone. With the baby and the dog. The pop up for the vacation message said that my teenagers were capable of looking after themselves while the adults were gone and that proved to be true. I will admit to a slight freak out when I heard the baby cry after Mom and Aunt Lisa left, however. I’d forgotten about the baby, Lark.

Nickolas did a great job. He picked up a part time job at the Spa right before his father died. The father he mourned and mourned and mourned (just saying. Ahem, Lacy). He not only cooked and cleaned, took care of his little sister’s needs and called for a babysitter when he had to go to work, he also took time out of each day to play with Lark.

Sims 3 Leroy talking through Loco, his doll, to his little sister Lark

When Leroy was born a message popped up informing Lacy that someone had gifted little Leroy with a doll. When he was old enough he renamed his doll “Loco” and played with Loco daily. The bond between Leroy and his Loco is a truly beautiful sight. Lark, also, was gifted with a doll just like her big brother’s. Her dolls name is Patterns. The two of them playing with the doll did wonders for their relationship! They didn’t know each other well at all before the doll play but now they are nearly best friends! Leroy is deserving of mad respect, being so sweet and playful with his baby sister when he was so deep in mourning their father’s death, his mom running off to go have fun AND their faithful and well loved dog, Nugget, dying.

Oh, that’s right. The darn dog died less than a day after Nickolas did! How cruel is that???

(And this is where I remember why I don’t name my sims after family members. Even I was upset when Nugget died and paused the game to go and hug my own Pug, Nugget.)

Nugget, My Pug

D’aww, wook at dat face! You’d never guess Nugget, my Pug, considers himself to be a GuardPug and refuses to allow strangers in my house!

Leroy may be a prankster, often getting scolded and *grounded for hiding whoopie cushions under couch seats, causing toilets and sinks to over flow and  rigging the showers with dye, but he’s the best big brother you’ve ever seen! His little brother, Levi, was sent to boarding school (really hope that doesn’t break the Legacy rules) to make sure Leroy’s love for pranks didn’t rub off on Levi. He calls Levi almost daily to check up on him! Leroy may not have come from the best genes with an old maid kleptomanic for a father and a mother who clearly has her priorities mixed up, but he’s rock-star-solid for his family and loves them dearly.

 

*Did you know that if your sim child gets grounded and dares to go to school they not only have to sneak out of the house to do so but they get punished when they get home? All because they left the house? Leroy lost his TV privileges because he went to school! And my (real life) kids thought I was harsh!

Oh, and while I’m at it, the Zombie Sitter from my previous Sims post reverted back to being human when it was time for him to go. It was sudden and he bolted from the house so quick he didn’t even take his car. His car sat out front for a couple days before disappearing. He left in a cab. How’s that for weird!

Update on the (July) Testament of Sherlock Holmes giveaway

Congratulations, Wen, on winning the third week of Christmas in July, the giveaway for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes! Amazing game!

Giveaway poll results

The poll was a close race between the Sherlock game and Don’t Starve. So, next week I’m going to do a giveaway for Don’t Starve that includes the Reign of Giants DLC. I’ve played a little bit of Don’t Starve and have to admit, I didn’t get it. Well, I get that it’s a survival game where you have to gather and craft your way to surviving but I didn’t get the appeal. I only gave it a few moments (30 according to Steam), though, and hope to get in a bit more play time this weekend so I can do a better write up for the giveaway.

Check back Monday for the last week of my Christmas in July giveaways!

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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