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Old 12th Sep 2017, 7:18 AM DefaultThe Schoulsburg Family #76
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Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm glad you think it's worth the wait. I had fun putting together the posters and have some other versions I made applied to art in game for my official story pics in the sims 2 story section since the election is relevant in the current plot. If you haven't read those I highly encourage it since it also contains lots more pics!

Today I bring you another family, one that I never expected to go far but the lineage started at the inception of the hood back in 2007.

FAMILY HISTORY
Schouldsburg is a small family but has a robust, quite meloncholy history. It all started with Emmeline Schoulsburg who came to Kashmire many years ago as an immigrant looking for better wages and work. She found a job opening as a live-in caretaker for the wealthy yet childless elder couple, James and Yvonne Carmichael.

Emmeline was a pretty young thing—blonde with big blue eyes—and good in the kitchen...extremely good in the kitchen. You know they say food is the fastest way to a man's heart well James Carmichael fell deeply in love with Emmeline after maybe the twelfth apple pie and they began an affair. Secret rendezvous and hushed words of adoration were small thrills for James and Emmeline but all good things must come to an end and that happened when Emmeline fell pregnant. Yvonne found out and kicked them both out of the Carmichael estate in her wrath and rage. She made James stay at the assisted living center in Isla Del Kashmire and she didn't care what happened to Emmeline or her bastard. Emmeline picked herself up and her shattered heart and rented a small apartment in Scandalica City while she worked from job to job as a restaurant cook. She often had to miss work to take care of her newborn daughter, Yvette and she missed James dreadfully but knew she wouldn't see him ever again if his wife had anything to do with it. Eventually he passed away in assisted living without ever having seen Emmeline's face or tasting her baked goods ever again.

A man named Casper Van Dien (yes, like the actor but not the actor) lived in the apartment a floor up and became friends with Emmeline. She invited him over to eat all her extra food she had made and he loved all her dishes. He even offered to watch Yvette during the day while Emmeline worked and insisted that delicious food was adequate compensation. He was in a local band with his brother and played night shows so had time during the day to kill. Eventually he and Emmeline admitted deeper feelings and he proposed to her. They moved into a duplex house in Isla Del Kashmire and Yevette grew up with Casper as a permanent father figure. Casper and Emmeline welcomed a new daughter together named Nelle and it was getting cramped in that one bedroom duplex with three people and the newborn.

Emmeline started gaining recognition for her original recipes and with her increasing cooking award money stash she and Casper were able to move into a proper house in the neighborhood. Emmeline loved her big kitchen and when she got enough recognition, she opened her own bakery at the end of Isla Del Kashmire's main street called 'Sweet Treats'. She, Casper, and her two daughters lived very happily for many years and she taught her recipes to them.

Unfortunately I cannot find any pictures of Emmeline in my vast archive, but I did find one of toddler Yvette and Casper the day of his wedding to her mother. He had picked her up to snuggle her in the apartment, purely ready to be her father.





Yvette Schoulsburg, despite never knowing her true father, always loved Casper as a real father since he had been in her life since she was a toddler. When Yvette was a teenager, she felt a bit jealous when Nelle came along because she was his true-blooded daughter but eventually softened and learned to adore her little half-sister and there was never a question of Casper loving one more than the other. The sisters looked nothing alike. Yvette had her mother's golden hair and icy stare while Nelle had heavy lidded eyes and Casper's dark locks.

Yvette found romance with Elm Calhoun in her teen years. She was sure he was going to marry her someday and they would be together. However, life doesn't always go as planned, Elm was interested in a great many girls in college and eventually lost interest in Yvette. Yvette found it hard to fill the hole where her heart had been. She started going after any man that would give her attention—even if he was already spoken for. This caused many of her friends to turn on her, because she was actively flirting or more with their boyfriends or fiancees! All Yvette wanted...was someone to love her again. She found herself in the same shoes as her mother after graduating college...pregnant and unwed. Telling the baby daddy was out of the question so she bore the burden alone. She moved back in with her mother, though this time, there was no convenient or attractive neighbor to help her with her romance issues.

Yvette was surprised when she bore twins named Fauna and Franz. She helped with her mother's bakery by making the baked goods and managing the store. She never found a second love and became quiet, secretive, and despondent. She lost hope and only found anything worth doing involving the bakery, which she took over after Emmeline's passing. Casper had died before that, and Nelle had moved to the country. So with all her family gone or dead, and all her friends that severed ties, Yvette only has her children now but her closed personality has made it hard for them to communicate. She does adore her cats though and they have given her well needed company in times where she is alone - there's old Lemoncake who's been around since she graduated college and then Dolce and Gabana who she adopted when Haley Paulson's cats had a litter of kittens.

The family has had financial troubles and all their revenue goes back into the business which leaves them notably lacking in wealth, which has proven to be another point of burden for Yvette and her children.






Fauna is a chatty, obnoxious sort of girl that lends into her blonde stereotype. She assumes things too easily and is impatient. She likes to self-indulge and pester her twin brother. She's not particularly close with her mother or brother and the friends she makes she can't seem keep because doesn't maintain the effort to stay in touch. However, she doesn't let this sad fact leak through and ruin her attitude.

She is naively optimistic and follows in the path of her mother and grandmother by making foolish romantic decisions that will later prove unpleasant for her. Fauna attends SSU and lives in an all-girls dorm. She likes to party and crash Greek Society parties.





Franz is basically the polar opposite of Fauna. He is rather quiet, anti-social, and would much rather prefer to be alone and read than to talk to people. He is a main character in my sims 2 stories. Franz is very tall and has a lot of toned muscle from constant lifting of heavy flour sacks at the bakery in his younger years. He is decent at playing the double bass. He managed to make one friend in his formative years and that was Reggie Orbinson, the mayor's son. Franz protected Reggie from bullies in grade school, and he went so far as to accidentally give one a concussion which made him fall back a grade due to missing so much school after being suspended.

Many people think Franz is stupid or slow because he takes his time to think of what he will say and he doesn't like to make eye contact. Franz dislikes most people, especially since many were mean to him as a kid. He is very sensitive about being referred to as a 'bastard' because he doesn't know who his father is and people judge him for it, something he can't help. It's hard to read his emotions as well, even for someone close to him. After he and Reggie had a falling out after a disagreement during the Battle of the Bands, he thought he would be a true loner but then Alanna Thackery became his friend.

Over the years that lead to being young adults, he learned to truly enjoy her company and learned maybe people weren't so awful. He has a strained relationship with his sister because she likes to pester and provoke him and he and his mother don' really communicate but he does love her and he loves his family's bakery because it's the only sport of history his family has in Isla Del Kashmire since his grandmother was an immigrant. He currently attends the Community college in Isla Del Kashmire and is working on a degree that will allow him to pursue a culinary career because he knows his grandmother's recipes and his desire is to take ownership of the family bakery.


THE FAMILY BAKERY
Sweet Treats, the business Emmeline started contains a full kitchen and an upper area that can look into the kitchen where customers can browse cheesecake, pies, cookies, and more. The business interior format has changed over the years, for example, when Nelle was helping out, she made flower arrangements and sold those in addition to her mother's baked goods which made for a good Valentine's day special. However, once Nelle left, the bakery stopped selling flowers. Franz and Fauna had after school jobs at the bakery in their teen years. Franz still works there and mans the cash register. The displays next to the cash register turned into a counter to display ready-made treats, they also had a coffee stand for years but hardly anyone bought it so it recently was sold and counters were put in to display more baked items like bread and to sell pre-made cake mixes Yvette had put together.

Here's some old pics of when the bakery was just starting out:

Entrance


Kitchen


Upper Half Floor





Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

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Old 12th Sep 2017, 10:10 AM #77
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Oh I loved reading about the Schoulsburg Family.

I am rooting for Franz I am sure that he will great when he becomes a Celebrity Chef and as well as taking over Sweet Treats when he is able to do so.

I liked your pictures. Your Sims are very good looking and I like how you dress them.

I love running Businesses and now that I think about I am surprised that I have not yet featured one of my several Sims that has five Businesses at Level Ten. I am going to try to remember to take puctures and write about some of sim's businesses. My favourite Sim that is a Business owner has to be Chloë (Smith) Davis and so when I get to her household in my rotation I will certainly focus to some degree on her five Businesses. There are several other Business Owners and I will have to make a point to spend sometime on those households too.

In a previous thread I was lamenting that I did not have a Slot Machine, well I have them now along with Texas Holdem Poker Tables, and so I made a Casino...I need to make sure to show that one when I get to the owner's house.

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Old 7th Oct 2017, 3:26 AM DefaultMayor's Family Night #78
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I'm glad you liked it @lordtyger9 and thanks for your consistent commenting, at least I know someone is reading this thread, haha. Franz only wants to take over the bakery and being a celebrity is something he probably wouldn't like. If he did rise that far, it would by name only and he would live a very private life away from the public eye. His sister might cash in on his fame though, she'd be the type to do it. I'm glad you found a working slot machine, I actually use one and the Texas hold em poker table in the casino in my game! It's not a business but a community lot that I built for a resort contest two years ago and now use it as a story setting.

THE ORBINSON DINNER

I checked back in on the Orbinson family after taking pics for my next story chapter involving the Mayor's son, Reggie. It was a holiday weekend and so they had a family dinner. Well what happened in game was that I had Lawrence Orbinson invite Reggie over and Reggie asked if he could bring a friend. However, Reggie really doesn't have any friends so it wasn't surprising that he brought his elder sister, Victoria. As soon as I saw them approaching I brought in Evelyn Jane as well to make it a family affair. Anyway here are the pictures I took:


Noelle busted out a salad since their cook was off for the holiday. Noelle knows how to cook very well but the Orbinson's have a butler so she doesn't really need to.


Evelyn Jane is disgusted at Reggie's tables manners. He's an Orbinson, he should have more etiquette! However, Reggie has a lot on his mind and anyone will be able to see what he's so grumpy about when I update Nest of Vipers on Sunday.


Everyone's done eating by the time Victoria drops the news that she needs an extra 5,000 simoleons to pay for all the flowers at her wedding. Her family is wealthy but 5,000 for JUST flowers is a bit steep.


Lawrence needs a drink after writing that check.


They call for some music and it's a good thing Evelyn Jane and Reggie are classically trained musicians. They pick up their instruments and fulfill their parents' request.


Of course, Victoria who is a bride-to-be and must be center of attention at all times butts in and does some dance moves. She trained in the dancing arts as a girl.


Lawrence and Reggie shoot some billiards upstairs but even though Reggie asks, Lawrence isn't going to fork over 5,000 more simoleons. He's not Daddy Warbucks or the Monopoly Man for Plumbob's sake!

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

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@Charmful I like reading your posts, also you take good pictures and I definitely like how you dress your sims.

Also I went and read several of the most recent chapters of Nest of Vipers. I particularly like the red sequened dress Leona is wearing, it is very nice.

Your writing is interesting and my favourite character is Franz, I really hope that he suceeds some how. I also like Leona, and I am kind of suspicious of that Manager and the contract. Edric i am not as suspicious of, I kinda of think he is not likely to be evil toward Leona. I am also interested in what the "Boss" has in mind for those two girls. Like I said your writing is interesting.

I am looking forward to more in both threads.

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Oooh, what does Reggie need the money for, I wonder?

I love the way Victoria has to perform!

Great pictures, @Charmful !
Old 17th Oct 2017, 7:06 AM DefaultThe Kapitha Family #81
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@lordtyger99 Some of my sims can be quite fashionable. I like to get a few outfits for them per each age group that fits into their style, suffice it to say my CC folder is stuffed with clothes. I'm thrilled you read some of the story and thank you for your thoughts on it! I love Franz to pieces, honestly. He was one character from Battle of the Bands that didn't get as much time as the others but Nest of Vipers puts him in a more central position of the story. You are probably the first person that has said they like Leona - she can be a little blinded by her ambitions to the point people around her get the shaft so she has some flaws there but I think you are on point with your assessment of the manager and Edric King. So keep reading to see what else happens over there (i'm more consistent posting that than on this thread anyway)

I don't have my game on tonight but I will see if I can dig up a link to that red sequined dress you said you liked that Leona wore.

@simsample it's always a pleasure to see your comments! Reggie needs money for...well...gambling purposes but he didn't get it so if he's making any bets it's on his own dime now! He didn't really need that much, he was just being snarky because his father caved into the demands of his precious princess of a daughter aka attention hog, Victoria.

Without further Ado, here is another staple family in Kashmire as old as the hood itself...

The Kapitha Family

This family is about as old as the Orbinsons in terms of game play and they have established themselves as either great cooks or apt business people. The Kapitha core family consisted of married couple Javier and Calypso, their two teenage children Tibby and Rayon, and then a child named Ori. They had a son named Fernando as time went on. They have a family home in the center of Isla del Kaashmire that is inherited but any family member can come claim use of it if needed, no patriarchal or 'first born' rules needed to move in. Sometimes they even double up.

Javier was a very successful businessman and Calypso was a stay at home mother that later dabbled in the culinary career when her children were all school-aged. I can't remember if Javier made it to tycoon levels of business-ing but he definitely had a big corner office on an upper floor of a building in Scandalica City and was in charge of many things. Business things. Javier retired and played golf everyday like a true executive. Grim took him around 2012 when he sauntered off into the afterlife with a mixed drink on the arm of some hula girls.

Calypso was a fashionista, one of those mothers that nowadays would browse pinterest and take cute pictures of her sleeping tots and post it all artistically on Instagram if sims had such social media luxuries. Luckily for her kids and their futures, she did not. She was BFF's and work out buddies with Delilah Cosgrove so she had an 'in' to the high society of Kashmire. Calypso liked status so BFFs with a Cosgrove and wife of a very top ranking businessman was her idea of paradise. She passed away shortly after her husband and that made room for Fernando to move in and claim her room. I don't really have any available pics of her, since she died before I moved to the PC so it's all in my Mac's archive. But she had fabulous flowing black hair and piercing green eyes that no one has inherited to this day.

TIBBY


Tibby was kind of a handful; she started hanging out with Josalyn Louis in high school but was smart enough not to be pulled into the Misguided Mistresses syndicate like Josalyn was. She was room mates with Josalyn for awhile until Alejandro Garcia proposed to her and she moved out. She met Alejandro Garcia in High school; he was this hot new thang in her class and she decided to pounce on dat handsome booty and Josalyn probably encouraged her too.

After seeing the negative effect the syndicates had on the region, she and Josalyn had a falling out and Tibby joined the IDK police department where she was a SWAT Team Leader until her retirement. Yeah she liked action in any capacity and definitely was not a desk job lady. She and Alejandro had two children – Seychelle and Jag (Jagadish). Her brother, Rayon and his wife moved in with Tibby for a bit, at least their children had time to become friends before she kicked Rayon out because it was getting too crowded and she couldn't stand Olivia's health freak sermons. She never really got along with her sister-in-law in the short time they were forced to live together. Olivia was kind of uppity and Tibby disliked that characteristic, as it was something she saw in her mother all the time.

Tibby was the only sim in the history of Kashmire that died and was resurrected by Grim. She happened to get too low on hunger when she was pregnant with Seychelle and collapsed right as she got to the fridge. Alejandro was beside himself in grief, went to the dark market underground and paid the psychics' guild top dollar to have her come back to him. Though, her mind seemed a bit off, and she forgot that she ever loved him. It was a bit of a rehabilitation to make her remember her love for him, which broke his heart all over again but it was worth it, eventually she remembered and rejoined the police force. Damn, Alejandro would go to the 7th ring of aspirational hell for Tibby Kapitha. Tibby is still kicking it with her daughter's family at her place. Alejandro has since passed but Tibby didn't call Grim (as that practice is illegal) and she plans on joining him at some point in the near future.

RAYON


Rayon married Olivia Garcia, sister of his brother-in-law. Rayon pursued a path in the culinary arts, his wife also had interests in the same career so they would always test recipes on each other and give feedback. Together they had one son named Anton. Rayon lived with his sister's family for a time until she kicked him out, and by that time the Kapitha family home had some vacancies so he just moved down the street--he and his wife were instrumental in planting the garden and orchard at the Kapitha ancestral home used for their fresh prepared plates. He and his wife are also kind of heath nuts. Rayon worked as a sous chef for many years but has since retired and now works as a cook in 'Calypso's Cafe' with his own hours. He also puts himself in charge of family dinners most nights but sometimes has to fight Olivia for the privilege.

ORI


Ori went off to La Fiesta tech and was engaged to a woman (NPC) named Sierra Jalowitz. He was about to graduate university when he and Sierra disappeared*. He was thought dead when by some miracle, he was found after half a decade later wandering in the desert with no memories of his past. Sierra was never found and Ori was hassled by the police on what had exactly happened but it was in vain. Ori was sent back to live with his parents and his memory never fully recovered, though he could function enough to have a job as a restaurant manager at the restaurant started by his younger brother and his wife.

He also was able to buy the home of Martin Calhoun in Isla Del Kashmire after Martin's passing. His old friend, Aviva Sanchez starting hanging out with him, thankful he was okay and back in town. They were pleasant company and after a night of drinks and sympathy woohoo, Aviva became pregnant. They decided it was best for her to come live with him when there was a bun in the oven and they have an amiable relationship while it's not really 'love' - they act like they are a couple and raise their son, Angelo, together. They are just like best buds and remodeled the house together and play pool together. Neither of them see themselves falling in a deep sort of love with anyone so it's a situation and they are content with it, and now they are too old to actively look for anything more since they have each other. Ori likes to blog about conspiracy theories, especially considering his mysterious 'missing' years.

FERNANDO


Fernando Kapitha was a smarty pants as a child, always going around spouting 'Did you know this?' and 'Fun fact!' about whosits and whatsits. He was good friends with other smarty types his age like Gina MacKenzie and Jillian Wellington. He had a thing for Gina in his teenage years but it wasn't reciprocated. He was kind of lonely because there was such an age gap between him and his siblings and they were well out of the house by his teenage years. He's not necessarily an 'oops' baby but more of a 'Calypso wants just one moooree?' kind. Fernando Graduated from Academie Le Tour and came back to live in the Kapitha family home with his elder brother, Rayon. Fernando met and married a woman named Yasmine and they have three children—Laika, Shreya, and Shalin. He and Yasmine opened a café restaurant named after Fernando's mother and Rayon and Olivia enthusiastically work as cooks while Yasmine manages and Fernando does marketing. Ori is also acting manager on their days off-it's a real family affair!

ANTON


Anton Kapitha, Rayon and Olivia's only child, is a shrewd businessman of little words who was recently promoted to a business tycoon. He lives in Isla Del Kashmire with his chatty and outgoing wife, Melody ('nee Hart) and his two twin children—Roderick and Rosaline. He's unique in a sense because he doesn't say much but people still flock to him so his socialization meter is always in order. He was known as a silent deal closer for most of his career before becoming a tycoon, self modeling after his grandfather's success. He has a very muscular build and Melody constantly refers to him as her 'hunky husband'. They have a very endearing, loving relationship and she knows his silences are just his way of being speechless for how in love with her he is. Anton enjoys reading the newspaper, working out, painting little pictures of flowers, and of course he's very in love with his family despite his silent nature. He was also really camera shy and didn't provoke any snapshots of interest during his younger years, so I don't really have any pics of him from before he graduated. Dude didn't really come out of the woodwork until he snagged Melody's attention...which I am still puzzled on how he managed to that (THANKS ACR?!) but it ended well for both of them.

Anton and Melody actually have a cute MTS picto-history together, long gracing the couples thread and then later the family thread with their lovey-dovey antics (including engagement and wedding photos). Here is a place you can start if you are curious to go down that reverse rabbit hole to see their past together.

RODERICK


Roderick Kapitha is a little scamp. If he's not creeping up and burping into someone's microphone then he's showing off his acrobatic skills, and he doesn't have much tact because he once did it in front of a school mate that was on crutches. I can tell that he's going to be one of those annoyingly talkative guys in high school that won't get the hint his friends are trying to end the conversation. He might pick up skateboarding too. He's not too rebellious yet but he gets his sense of humor from his mother. He inherited the rare 'golden eye' gene but that will described in more detail on her grandmother's family post, otherwise he took the opposite genetics of Rosaline with complexion and hair--gaining the paleness of the Harts and the dark brunet locks of the Kapithas.

ROSALINE


Rosaline Kapitha is the more responsible of the twins. She has her father's complexion and her mother's hair and eye coloring. She takes care not to scrape her knees riding bikes or climbing trees and has a first aid pack with her wherever she goes, inspired by her mommy's medical profession. If Roderick is being to peskery, she has like a million cousins she can turn to for better playtime experiences. (She literally has 11 cousins on her mother's side, 4 in her age range at least). Rosaline dislikes cheaters immensely and would rather throw the board game or cards across the room than tolerate someone cheating at the game and winning. This rigid dislike poses a lot of screaming and messes between her and her brother because sometimes he does it just for the reaction.

LAIKA


Laika Kapitha is Fernando and Yasmine's eldest daughter. She loves to play, and probably is the only one can that get one up on Roderick, who is technically her first cousin once removed since her first cousin is Anton but they all refer to each other's kids as cousins despite that. She enjoys helping her mother and aunt garden, becoming more in tune with nature. She is begging to go camping one of these days and if her family can find to take off from the restaurant they'll make it to the real woods and do so. For now she just has to be content sleeping in a tent in the back yard for a 'camping' experience.

SHREYA & SHALIN



Shreya and Shalin are...oh no not more twins!! When did the Kapithas get so much twins? They are just toddlers so not much is yet known about them besides they really like grabbing the family dog and cuddling it hard. They play with toys? I guess Shreya favors the wobbly rabbit while Shalin goes for the little xylophone. Their nursery is now in what was once their grandparent's bedroom and they kept getting haunted by Calypso's ghost as infants, waking up and screaming so Rayon did to his mother's ghost what his sister did to him and kicked her out...or at least gave her a resting place with all the other stiffs in town. So who knows if this paranormal-ness has rubbed off on the impressionable twins? Future ghost hunters maybe? Or dog trainers they way they keep manhandling the dog.



House and Business

HOUSE

The Kapitha homestead is centrally located in Isla Del Kashmire and has a very distinct orchard out back. The house is three stories--4 bedrooms; 5 baths; two patios and something I built back in the day before I had an inkling of what good and structural home design was but I have tweaked it over the years to try and make it less monstrous. Like, I don't even know what's going on with that driveway.



THE CAFE

Calypso's Cafe is the business Fernando started (actually Yasmine convinced him, she's a regular business-minded gal and married into the right family for such an endeavor) and not exploit the cooking talents of his brother and sister-in-law--more to bring a fresh food option to the hood. Like where else are people going to eat? Banan-o-rama Bowl? Please that stuff is greasy and Beli Deli might have more healthy options but don't kid yourself, they import their ingredients from out of town and they don't have bathrooms so only go on a full bladder. Don't get Fernando started on the uppity bourgeoisie stuff that Le Cafe or Mocha Chip serves, which are his Cafe's direct competition but they are just glorified coffee shops that offer paltry food with their caffeine. Go local with Calypso! Fresh fruits from their orchard plus they source all other ingredients en mass from Skye's Farm, can't get more local than that! Calypso Cafe is a mid level rated business between 4-6 stars.



Thank you for reading, and bearing with such a long post! More to come someday! Hopefully soon-ish... (I spent like three to five hours on this post total )

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*The first time I accidentally put an occupied lot in the bin (2009) and after a few minutes of cursing, took it out again to find him gone. Then I got the simblender (2011) and found out I could fish him out of the ether to exist again(2013). Couldn't find Sierra though...

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

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Oh, poor Ori! I wonder if Sierra can ever be found?

I really like this family, especially Rayon and Tibby!

The family home is really interesting- what an unusual house! I especially like the double height windows.

Great pictures and lovely stories, @Charmful !
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I like to have a lot of clothes too.

I like the The Kapitha Family a lot, there are a lot of great pictures too.



The Kapitha HOUSE looks odd, but I think I like it.


I like the THE CAFE's exterior and the interior looks good too.

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Old 18th Oct 2017, 9:46 PM #84
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You have a well-thought-out overall concept, with the subhoods and how each family operates as well, that I only wish I could manage for myself.

The hoods are beautiful and the family stories are compelling. There's way too much for me to comment on everything individually.

I do have a soft spot for Franz, though, because he and I are a lot alike. I love to cook, especially to bake, and am quite shy and private. So, I'm rooting for him to do well with the bakery and to find someone special who appreciates him.

Did you have many townies/dormies in your game, or did you start with certain founding families and have them intermarry so the playables would be "your" Sims? I know that Ori married an NPC (dormie? or campus employee?). Do you use aspiration rewards to extend the life spans of your Sims? Did you have certain things in mind for your Sims, or do you randomize things like Aspiration or LTW or careers?

Can't wait to read and see more!
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@simsample - Thanks for dropping a line! I tried to see if Sierra showed up as an option when I went looking for Ori in the ether, but at that time I did not see her. Considering Ori is now an elder, I doubt Sierra would still want to be with him considering she'd be a fresh adult and he has a child with another woman. Some women might not mind but I feel the window of opportunity has come and gone. Sierra is a cold case now I actually used the Kapitha house as a base for another family home but made different rooms within it, and it looked a lot better. Kapithas got the weirdo one, but they call it home.
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@lordtyger99 - Haha, the interior of the house is a lot more sophisticated than the exterior. I don't have the heart to bulldoze it like I have many other ones I build back in the day. At least it's old enough to be considered haunted by ghosts of older family members. I did try looking for that red sequined dress, many google searches later I am not bale to find it, and I can't even see the package file name in sims when I go to CAS and have it tried on. So it leads me to believe I got it off an international site like myBsims or Luxewood.
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@Cher64 - Hi there and thanks for your lovely comment! So glad you had a chance to read about my hood and I know there's a lot so way to get through it! *sigh* I'm not even halfway through all the families and their histories yet. I guess that's I get for playing the same one for 10 years.

I enjoy it when people can relate to sims as characters, that's why I try to mix it up a bit when I play them. You're in luck if you like Franz because he's featured in my sims stories and there's a whole lot going on with him in there that hasn't been noted in this thread to keep spoilers at bay. He's quiet, finds solace in reading and baking but there's a darkness in him and what won't he do to protect those that he loves? He'll have definitely have his struggles and romances to come in Nest of Vipers.

Concerning your questions:

Over the years and still to this day I have a rather segregationist attitude toward NPCs and my custom sims/ born in game sims but it's been getting better. A vast majority of my sims are custom ones that come from families I created. As far as townies/dormies go - I never really touched them the first few years. I wanted to create a neighborhood of 'my sims' since sims 2 is my sandbox. So I made a handful of families in CAS in order to have welcome wagons that were more likely to be sims I had created, and my sims were more likely to meet my other custom sims when visiting community lots or at school and work. I continued to make sim families or single sim household when I needed more options for sims friends and romances.

The first families weren't founding families; they don't get credit with finding Isla Del Kashmire or anything but they are just considered 'Established' and naturally have longer histories and more generations of offspring. (on a side note the Orbinsons, Kapithas, Calhouns, Hillenburgs, and Sanchezes are the oldest surviving families and I know this because they all have maxis eyes genetics from before I started downloading genetic CC, and every family I made thereafter have some sort of custom eyes)

Anyway, so my integrated NPCs are very few and far between. Ori Kapitha, as you have mentioned was engaged to Sierra Jalowitz who was a dormie NPC before that lot bin accident and I never found her again but was willing to have her be a part of 'my sims'. There's only a handful of NPCs or sims shipped with expansions that I have integrated into play. I use a lot of NPCS/shipped sims for my stories as background characters or supporting characters but don't actively play them. I don't usually allow sim children and teens to be friends with NPCs either, same with my sims who bring co-workers home - everyone just gets sent home after a joke or two. I do find it fun to catch walk-bys and use the gussy up mod on them to change their looks and clothes. One of the reasons I never touched NPCs in the beginning is because they didn't have custom content but now I can do that so my attitude of my sims intermingling with them on serious levels has lightened up.

I used to use the aspiration reward to extend lifespans as needed. This day and age I maintain any age timelines with the simblender by reducing age. This is handy if I want to keep adults as adults while their children go to college, also helps me keep each generation in more or less the same time stream because I don't play in strict rotation and can get carried away playing one family for too long and it throws them out of sync if their ages ahead of all their friends.

The only things I have in mind for my sims are story plots at the moment, and this only effects the active sims of those stories. The rest just writes itself through playing them. I may embellish their lives a bit in writing but everything usually has a truth to it, inspired from the gameplay. I don't have any ultimate plans for each and every sim. I might have an idea or trope I want to play out for example, to have a sim go into the family business but then they turn around and get a lifetime aspiration of something else career-related and I think 'yeah I could make that happen!' and then go against what I originally planned and it makes things so much more dynamic with that kind of flexibility. However, my goal isn't to make every sim get married, reproduce, and reach their end of life with a perma-plat. There are some lucky ones I actively try to meet that goal for them while others don't achieve their dreams. I do try to NOT make them die miserable though. If they are, it's just because their obligations of their daily lives got in the way of aspirations. It's quite realistic in that sense.

Sorry for the long reply but you had some great questions!

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Archival Content - Newspapers

So while I continue to chip away at collecting pics and writing more long Iliad-length posts about the other families, I thought I would post some old stuff that's kind of neat. I made a series of newspaper articles from a contest two years ago and there's some familiar names and faces you've read about already. The contest was Making Headlines and the host would give a series of prompts for us to pick out and create a newsworthy article about. I picked out what prompts could best be used with what was happening in my hood at the time. So here's some of Kashmire's old Newspapers for your reading pleasure.

POLITICAL SECTION








SPORTS SECTION








ARTS & LEISURE







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Here were the bonus newspaper ads I put together for a law firm, sporting contest, and psychic hotline.








Hope you got a kick out of the old newspapers!

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

Old Yesterday, 7:06 AM #86
lordtyger9
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I think that most houses that have been inhabited by a family for generartions should have a bit of remodeling over the years. I do like to remodel Maxis basic designs and then I some times do more remodeling as time goes on and the money permits.

Oh well I appreciate you looking for the Dress for me. I have an idea how it must be to try and find something when you have playing a long time.

I generally do think of my Sims as characters, because before I started playing Sims I played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons and other role playing games

I liked looking at Kashmire's old Newspapers and then reading the text. It was a nice touch.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
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but satisfaction brought it back.
Old Yesterday, 4:13 PM #87
Cher64
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@Charmful, I appreciate you giving such detailed answers. When I'm finished with the challenge I'm playing, I want to (re)start a hood. It was a very large hood and I didn't use subhoods. After reading about Little Carping and the way you've set up Kashmire, I've been rethinking that. I'm also interested in ideas as to how people play long games because that's what I'm hoping to do with my new one. So, thank you for taking the time to really answer my questions.

I also plan to be faithful about backups, because I've lost a hood or two after several years of play.

Some of my play is similar to yours. I don't like to involve the Maxis NPCs or townies/dormies in my game. In fact, I now use mods that keep those things to a bare minimum. It's not as big a deal since I discovered default face template replacements, but I still prefer to play my own Sims only. I've also, so far, never had an overall plan for a hood or its inhabitants. It's fun to let them surprise me.

The newspaper stories are terrific, and give a lot of life to your Sims and their lives.

Don't feel bad, Illyana, I don't like water in my ears, either!
Old Yesterday, 4:57 PM #88
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Charmful any chance you have a clothing folder from BBKZ from TSR? When I googled sequined dress I got a hit from that creator with a very similar dress and upon further perusal of her 48 pages of female clothing stylistically it's very similar to the clothes your female sims wear. That's my best guess.
Old Yesterday, 4:58 PM #89
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Wow, great newspapers! Interesting to read too, you have a great imagination and your sims have a rich history!

Very interesting to hear about the way you play- similar to me by the sounds of it, sometimes going with the sims' wishes, sometimes making plots for them, sometimes letting accidents happen! I don't share your reluctance to using NPCs though- I've always given them a makeover with the alt sims surgery plugin for SimPE, so have them looking just as I want them to!

Great update, I've also been reading your story archives too!
 


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