Hey all, I hope you had a fantastic holiday season and are enjoying the new year so far. I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been working on Sims-wise lately. First off, an unfortunate happenstance: I won’t be posting anymore of Morna in Los Aniegos, because I started receiving an Error 12 whenever I tried to save her game. It’s likely that my computer doesn’t have enough memory to handle such a large world. It’s too bad, because what I saw of Los Aniegos was quite promising, and for that big city feel, I preferred it to Bridgeport. I guess I’ll have to save my Simoleons and splurge on some RAM!
So, saying adieu to Morna for awhile, I started up a project in an empty version of Riverview. I’ve never had any save problems in that world (knock on wood!), and I’ve always liked the countryside/farming community feel of it. Plus it’s an EA world so I feel better about mucking around with it and making it my own (I’d have a hard time refashioning a gorgeous custom world like Redcliffs for my own use — it just wouldn’t seem right to mess it up). With the in-game World Editor we can now delete and add lots, so I’ve been using that quite a bit, but I save often because sometimes deleting or adding a lot can really hose up the roads, at least graphically.
I’m going to build up my version of Riverview very slowly in small, manageable bits, starting with that little area across the river where the Brokes had their trailer park. Since the primary road there is Ely Road, I’m calling it Ely Corners for now. It’s my “founding” neighborhood, and where my first families will live. I’m basing all of the houses in Ely Corners on houseplans from my 1926 Sears Roebuck book (probably my favorite houseplan book ever, which won’t surprise those who remember some of my Sims 2 houses!).
I’m not sure who will be living in the Walton just yet, but I started decorating it as if it hadn’t been touched since the 1920s (except for maybe a fresh coat of paint in the dining room). I’m also going for more realism in my exteriors, so I deliberately chose slightly shabby textures, neutral tones, and sparse landscaping. Here’s another view of the same house:
I was having a grand old time decorating, but it was taking too long, and I thought I should wait until I knew who the inhabitants were, so I didn’t get to the kitchen or bedrooms. Here’s the dining room, however:
A view of the living room:
And one of the bathrooms:
Now we have one of the first families I created for Ely Corners — the Deshannons. The father of the family, Doug, is a writer and farmer/gardener — he will probably be growing a lot of the vegetables and fruits used by the other families in town. I’m experimenting with the Shop from Inventory mod by Ani (who also has a fascinating blog) because I want to try for an integrated economy of sorts. I probably won’t have any rabbitholes, either, if I can swing it. We hates the rabbitholes!
I’m trying to decide which faces/eyes I want to use, so I’ve posted two pics of each member of the family. The first pic uses Tamo’s eyes and faces, which are more Maxis-match, and the second pic uses Aikea Guinea’s eyes and faces, which are the ones I’ve been using since they were released. I like both and am having a hard time choosing.
Doug with Tamo eyes/face
Doug with Aikea Guinea eyes/face
Doug’s wife passed away several years ago, sadly, so he has been a single dad ever since. Here is his teenage daughter, Joann, who has no fashion sense and therefore allowed herself to be “styled” by her little sister, Gail:
Joann with Tamo eyes/face
Joann with Aikea Guinea eyes/face
Here is Joann’s twin brother, Kirby. He was the Gnubb champion at his old school, and when he’s not playing some kind of sport, he’s drooling over girls or cars. In other words, kind of your typical teenage boy:
Kirby with Tamo eyes/face
Kirby with Aikea Guinea eyes/face
(I didn’t get a good expression for Kirby’s second pic, so he has the Sims 3 zombie/robot stare going on)
And last but not least, we have Gail, my budding fashionista. Sims 3 kids look terrible, in my opinion — their sliders have no range, and it’s hard to make them look unique and non-freaky. I tried really hard with Gail, and since I’m playing on Epic lifespan I don’t have to worry about what she’ll look like when she grows up (and if I do decide to grow her up, I can edit her in CAS). I like how she turned out, but her mouth is still kind of weird. She has the same skin in both pics since I’m using Lady Frontbum’s Jack and Jill skins for my kids:
Gail with Tamo eyes
Gail with Aikea Guinea eyes
The Deshannons have been photographed in the Walton, but they’ll probably end up living in the house pictured below, which has a large sideyard for Doug’s garden.
Some of the community lots I’m planning for Ely Corners are a neighborhood bar, a general store (where Doug can sell his produce), and a museum of curiosities. I’m not sure how I’m going to do school — I need to experiment with that once I move a few more families in, but I have some ideas.
So what do you guys think — do the Deshannons look better with the Tamo eyes/face, or the Aikea Guinea eyes/face? Or would some mixture of the two be best?