Hey all, thanks for your comments and feedback on my last post! I’ve decided to go with the Tamo eyes and skins. The Aikea Guinea ones were great, but it was time for a change.
Progress on the homes and families in Ely Corners is moving slowly but steadily. This past week I worked on a new family and their home, and also began a new home for the Deshannons (I decided that Doug is no longer the townâ€™s farmer).
For the new family, I was inspired by Velvetâ€™s jazz paintings and baufiveâ€™s Salvaged/Antiques set, so I created a jazz musician/music teacher/recording engineer/coffeeshop owner (Sims have to play mutiple roles in Ely Corners, since itâ€™s such a tiny town) named Jerry Dufreyne, and his wife, a sculptor/painter/collector named Bianca. They have one child, a boy named Kitt, but I have a feeling theyâ€™ll have another kid at some point, since Jerry is Family-oriented.
Kitt Dufreyne (I keep wanting to call him â€œErnieâ€ for some reason)
I didnâ€™t go with a 1920s Sears home for this family, since I thought the jazz paintings and antique furniture would look cool in a more â€œindustrialâ€ space. So they live in a renovated schoolhouse from about the turn of the century (not exactly industrial, but it has that vibe). I still havenâ€™t worked out the chronology/history of my town, but in my mind, the schoolhouse was probably a town hall of sorts at first, back in 1900 or so when the town was just a few farmhouses and a general store.
The old schoolhouse/town hall â€“ now the Dufreyne residence
In that last pic you can see Jerry playing his stand-up bass outside. It bugs me that if there isnâ€™t enough space in the house, Sims will just drag their instruments outside and play in the yard. In their underthings.
I do like that instruments are portable, because itâ€™s nice to have street musicians and such, but if I place an instrument in a house and not in inventory, I wish it would just stay in the house. Anyway, minor grump.
What really caused a problem was that Jerry dragging his bass outside glitched him, apparently, because after putting it away, he couldnâ€™t move.
I ended up using the â€œmoveobjects onâ€ cheat to put him back into the house, but he kept having routing issues. Later on, when he was playing his bass outside again, I saw the Deshannons across the street and thought I might as well have Jerry meet them. Well, he got stuck again and couldnâ€™t even leave his lot. He had contracted Sims2-itis!
As you can see, Bianca could leave with no problem. Poor Jerry!
I switched over to the Deshannon house, using the â€œMake Active (Dreamcatcher)â€ option of Twallanâ€™s Story Progression, which is awesome because you can just click on another lot and make them active without having to go through all of that Edit Town rigamarole.
The Deshannons werenâ€™t at home but were standing around in the lot next door, which I had designated as a local watering hole because I planned on putting the pub there. Since thereâ€™s nothing there, however, they all just stood around looking like ninnies.
After I made them active, they came to life a little bit but were still on the empty community lot. I thought making Jerry inactive might cause him to reset or something and quit having route failure, but he kept on waving and shrugging across the way.
I ended up moving the Dufreynes out of their house, deleting that version of them, and then moving the binned copy of them back into the house. I also deleted the stand-up bass, so Jerry is no longer a bassist, at least not at home (Iâ€™ll probably put one in his recording studio/school/coffeeshop). Instead, he plays piano, because even though theyâ€™re also portable, Sims have enough room to play them indoors. Yay.
Here are just some random pics from playing this fun family (I kind of like that my Sims donâ€™t have any jobs or school for the moment).
In this first one, I had seated the family in the living room so I could snap some pics, but they were all startled by the doorbell ringing. I donâ€™t remember ever seeing a whole family freak out about the doorbell beforeâ€¦it was weird. Well, Bianca stayed calm, but Jerry and Kitt practically jumped out of their skins.
Since I havenâ€™t worked out school yet, hereâ€™s Kitt practicing his writing. Since there is no computer in the house, heâ€™s using Buzzlerâ€™s Scribbling Pad. I like that it looks like heâ€™s doing homework! In the background, his dad is studying up on Handiness.
Hereâ€™s Bianca sculpting a chair in clay. I turned what would have been the dining room into her studio since the sculpting station takes up so darned much space.
My Sims eat a lot of â€œQuick Mealsâ€ when Iâ€™m just messing around with them like this, because cooking takes too long, so here are Jerry and Kitt eating cereal for breakfast. I think Jerry is longing for a fancier mealâ€¦sorry, buddy.
This is just a random â€œdecoratingâ€ shot of the living room (and the TV room beyond):
Iâ€™ve been killing off paparazzi and tourists when they show up, using Twallanâ€™s Master Controller, because I donâ€™t really want any Sims in town that arenâ€™t mine (although Iâ€™ll have to relax that rule and allow mailmen/paper delivers, I think). Iâ€™ve installed Shimrodâ€™s No Tourists/Paparazzi mod, so hopefully no more will generated. I am being a total control freak with this town! I also killed the magician that showed up, as he has no reason for existing. I found an interesting note about magicians â€“ apparently EA had plans for them which didnâ€™t pan out, but they left them in the game anyway. Perhaps theyâ€™ll serve a purpose in a future patch/expansion, but Iâ€™m not really holding my breath on that one.
And here is my snooty rich family, the Chapeltons, just standing around that empty community lot. At least they brought books to read. Even the mailman has joined in. I really need to build that pub so my poor inactive families will have something to do when Iâ€™m not playing themâ€¦
Thatâ€™s it for nowâ€¦Iâ€™m working on the Deshannonsâ€™ new home, so Iâ€™ll probably post that in the next day or so. And I need to build the Chapeltons’ homes (there will probably be two or three of thouse). And the pub. And the recording studio/coffeeshop. Andâ€¦Iâ€™ll be busy with Ely Corners for quite some time.