Hey guys, thank you so much for all of the comments and helpful suggestions. It makes me feel really good to know so many of you enjoyed and were inspired by the Shanleys. I’ve been pondering what to do with them for the past few days, and I’ve finally come to a decision. Your feedback helped a LOT. For awhile I seriously considered starting a new Legacy with Zuzu Shanley, but I think what I’m going to do is just say goodbye to the Shanleys for good. I’ll definitely miss them, and they’ll always be one of my favorite families, but I’m ready to move on. To be honest, I hadn’t played them on a regular basis since 10th gen. I kept trying to revive them and renew my interest in them, but I wasn’t having much success, so maybe this was for the best.
I did look for deleted files — I had emptied my recycle bin after deleting the original neighborhood, unfortunately, so there was nothing there. Sigh. And I remembered I must have some packaged lots sitting around (duh!), but the latest one is from July 2005, around the time Ginger was born, so even if I installed that, it would be another “alternate universe” thing. I can’t imagine sending them to college AGAIN! And then not having Florida and Kamea be born. They turned out to be such cool kids. Plus it was the old house, so I would have had to rebuild their new house all over again, and that took a loooong time (the old house had a bad layout for Legacy play). I should have packaged that lot far more often, but I just didn’t play them very much. :-(
That fact really hit home when I glanced through the Shanley updates on my blog today and realized that it took me eight months to age Ginger and Ruby from babies to newly-graduated adults. Eight months! At that rate, it would have taken me the next four years to get to 20th gen. Yikes. For comparison, I got through the first 10 generations of Shanleys in just four months. The Ravelos aren’t faring much better — in five months of playing them, I’ve only gotten to 3rd gen. It’s hard to keep people interested in a Sims story when updates are so sparse, and readers tend to forget who’s who.
So what I’d like to do is streamline a bit. Since my gargantuan mistake got rid of the Sims involved in my “Intruders” storyline with Maude, that story will be going away. I hadn’t figured out how to make it work just yet anyway, so perhaps that’s for the best, too. I’m sorry I teased you guys with it before I had all the kinks worked out. I was just too excited and wanted to share it. Another lesson learned. Also, Maude’s Tales in general are still on hold, but I’m not putting Maude to pasture just yet — you’ll definitely hear from her in the future. She can’t keep quiet for very long.
The Cromwell House story was just something I did for fun to get out of my Sims Slump, and while I enjoyed writing about it, the gameplay beyond the first few days just didn’t hold my interest. So they will be joining the Chinchilla family in my “stories-that-never-got-beyond-one-post” graveyard. I deleted both of the Chinchilla and the Cromwell House categories, but both of those posts can be found in the “General” category.
So what does that leave? Well, I’m still enjoying the Ravelos, so as long as you guys are, too, I’ll keep playing them and writing their story. It’d be great to reach 10th gen with them.
And then there’s Annabel Island, with the Braytons/De Groffs. I know those stories aren’t as popular as the Legacy ones, but I love writing them, and as long as Sussi and Judie keep making such amazing Victorian clothing and accessories, I’ll never get tired of playing that era. So I’m going to keep updating with them and try to find a way to update more often, so it’s not so hard to keep track of what’s going on.
So that’s it for now — Ravelos and Annabel Island (if my game stops crashing long enough for me to play them, that is). Oh — and I have plans for an interlude of sorts once OFB gets patched, so keep on the lookout for that.
Thanks again to all of you for being awesome. It was great fun sharing the Shanley Legacy with you.