Hey all, here’s another update on the Shanleys, my Wishful Living Challenge family. This one’s a little shorter than usual – I want to try doing smaller updates so I have a better chance of remembering what the heck happened and so it doesn’t take me forever to write it all up. We’ll see how that goes…I’m actually quite a bit past this point, so it’ll be a couple of updates before I’m all caught up. Anyway, onward and upward!
Last we left my generation 4 torch-holder/heir/crazy inventor Gibson Shanley, he was searching high and low for a pink diamond so he could build his third and final Simbot. Unfortunately, he wasn’t having any luck, which is odd for a Lucky Sim.
While he was taking a break from his search one afternoon, I had Simbot Franklin take the miner up to the schoolyard and do some drilling for gems. I thought it’d be cool if he could make a tunnel up there so the family could travel downtown more quickly.
All of that drilling didn’t agree with Franklin, and I found him shorted out in front of the miner. His needs weren’t low, so it wasn’t from exhaustion or anything. Therefore, I deduce that the miner electrocuted him. Naughty machine!
It’s a pain to have to fix ‘bots all the time, so I didn’t make Franklin mine anymore.
Gibby says: “Don’t try this at home, kids.”
Gibby repaired Franklin and sent him home for recovery. Now Gib was back to square one in his search for the elusive pink diamond.
Meanwhile, life went on as usual at 862 Bayou Gulch Road. Jules and Norris ran around looking like the Hardy Boys…
…until Jules aged up to teen, anyway. I started him on a strict skill-building regimen so he’d be all set when he moved out on his own. He learned to cook, garden, and deal with people, all while keeping his grades up and working on his athletic skill.
Jules’s traits: Brave, Genius, Perceptive, Charismatic
I was still hoping that either the Ghost Hunter or Private Investigator LTWs would roll up for him, but they hadn’t yet.
Verna became a teenager not long after Jules. She’s the spitting image of her Grandma Violet (only brunette instead of blonde).
Verna’s traits: Excitable, Easily Impressed, Frugal, Dramatic
With Verna, I was hoping one of the money-related LTWs would roll up, but none had yet. I eventually just purchased the “Change Lifetime Wish” reward for her. Thankfully “Swimming in Cash” was one of the options, so I nabbed it. It must be proportional to the family’s wealth, however, because instead of wanting §50,000 in cash, Verna wanted §195,000.
When Verna realized the family would have to earn about §45K in additional funds before her greatest dream could come true, she passed out on the kitchen floor. OK, not really. I just had her try the fake fainting thing that Dramatic Sims can do. Heh. Her brother Norris had almost no reaction, though. What’s the point of fake fainting if it doesn’t freak people out?
When a family member in an inactive household dies, Twallan’s Story Progression divvies up the items in that Sim’s personal inventory and distributes them among friends and relatives. Well, Gibby’s dad Benedict passed away, and Gibby inherited his guitar. It made me a little sad when I dragged it out of Gibby’s inventory and set it in the basement. *sniff* Rock on, Benny.
After many days of collecting and drilling, Gibby FINALLY found his last pink diamond! The cool thing is, he had the “Lucky” moodlet up, so it was indeed his lucky day. He ended up finding it while drilling at the junkyard. I had him send it away for the heart-cut immediately, and when it returned, Gibby started working on his last Simbot.
IT’S ALIVE! Gibby’s last Simbot was a male named Nikola, after the famous inventor Nikola Tesla. He’s a cool charcoal gray color, which makes it easier to distinguish between him and his brother Franklin. (Side note to other MST3K fans: he also reminds me of Crow’s evil twin “Timmy” in the host segments during Fire Maidens from Outer Space — he’s about 5 minutes in. :-D)
Nik has the Childish trait, so he likes to play with toys. Boats, in fact. Why oh why are Simbots drawn to water and aquatic items?? They all have a death wish, I tell ya.
Take Edison, for instance. She is Hydrophobic, as are all Simbots, and yet she regularly tries to play in the garden sprinklers. For a long time plants were blocking her route, so she couldn’t get to them and would throw a tantrum instead, but after a few plants died and were disposed of, Eddy found her way to the fountains of death.
She shorted out, of course, and I took the opportunity to reprogram her and give her some traits that would help her in her quest to become an International Super-Spy (things like Workaholic and Ambitious). Franklin did the honors, since his Handiness skill is almost as high as Gibby’s.
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