Well, after banging my head against the wall repeatedly trying to figure out why two of my neighborhoods had ceased to appear in my neighborhood chooser menu (as I ranted about in this comment), I finally figured out the problem. I had thought it was an Open For Business problem, but I was wrong. This was completely and utterly my own fault (although I can point the finger at OFB for making me muck with things in the first place, grumble grumble).
So what happened? It all started when I went to play the Shanleys in Mt. Geneva. As the lot was loading, I received an error message about the Re-Nu-Yu Senso-Orb (apparently OFB has a problem recognizing that object?), so I clicked on “Delete” in the dialog box to delete the object. The lot loaded, and I played it for 10-15 minutes before it completely froze on me. I quit the game and tried to enter the lot again, but now I couldn’t even get in. I tried rebooting my computer, restarting the game, and trying to load the lot, but it continued to freeze on the family screen. I figured I must have mucked something up but good and decided to restore my Mt. Geneva files from my back-up, and then leave the Shanleys alone until I figured out what the problem might be. You know, maybe wait for a patch or something. I don’t know what I was thinking, actually.
Anyway, everything might have worked out fine, except that when I restored the files from my back-up…they were the wrong files. Somehow, when I created my back-up files, I had pasted the N002 (Strangetown) files into my N004 (Mt. Geneva) folder. I did the same for N003 and N005, so I must have been having a massive brain fart that night. I guess I was anxious to get OFB loaded, so I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. Big mistake. So that’s why when I started the game up again, both Strangetown and Mt. Geneva were missing from the menu. Apparently the game couldn’t reconcile having an N002 and an N004 folder BOTH containing N002 files, so it didn’t display either of those neighborhoods. Makes sense, I guess.
Well, after much searching and posting on MTS2 and pulling out my hair and futzing around with trying to restore neighborhoods, I figured out the problem. Strangetown would restore just fine on its own, but not Mt. Geneva, and when I tried to restore them at the same time, neither of them would show up. That’s when I did some looking and realized Mt. Geneva was full of N002 files. So what’s the bottom line here? Well, the good news is that OFB isn’t eating my neighborhoods, so I can feel free to go back and play the Ravelos and Annabel Island and not worry that the neighborhoods will go *poof*. Although I will be backing them up regularly since people are having problems with lots disappearing as well (as I did on my “clean” account).
The bad news? Mt. Geneva as we know it is gone forever. Yes, when I deleted it, it got deleted for good. And the most recent Mt. G back-up I had on CD is from January 2005. Back then, the Shanleys were just about to give birth to 6th generation. Patrick is still alive. Robi and Fiona are whitehairs. Vesta hasn’t been born yet. I know this because I restored that back-up and glanced at the neighborhood. I’m glad to have Maude back, and the Kilmans, but the Shanleys post Generation 5 are just plain gone. It makes me a little sad. So yeah, I’m kicking myself repeatedly right now. But…I’m ready to move on.
So what I want to know from you guys, my awesomely loyal readers, is this: do we lay the Shanleys to rest and say, “Well, it was a fun Legacy, R.I.P.” and that’s it? Or should I continue with them from old Generation 5 and see what happens? A sort of “What if” scenario? I’m really torn. Part of me hates to give up the Shanleys, but it would be weird going back to Gen 5 and pretending that Vesta, Tristan, Tebbany, et. al. never existed. But who knows, maybe it would be kind of fun. What do you guys think?