Hey, all! I’m still alive and Simming — I’m just in a tangle of frustration at the moment. For one, I haven’t had as much time to play over the last few weeks, so development on Ely Corners has ground to a proverbial halt. Not to mention it crashed on me the last few times I played, which I suspect was caused by graphics issues/too much CC/probable lag from running Twallan’s Story Progression and other mods. But I don’t want to have to cull a bunch of the custom content that I use in Ely Corners or get rid of Twallan’s mods, so I’m pondering upgrading my system or getting a new one. Of course, either one of those will require a hefty bag of Simoleons. Where’s a money tree when you need one?
Another source of frustration has been my usual Sims-related-ADD. My interest in the Ely Corners project waxes and wanes, ebbs and flows, blossoms and wilts. Some days I’m excited about it, some days I’d rather scrap it and do something else. This always happens to me with projects, especially Sims projects. I can’t tell you how many towns/stories I’ve started, only to ditch them when I lost interest or ran into problems. The only thing I’ve ever actually finished was my Shanley Legacy back in TS2, and that was 6 (six!!) years ago. Geez louise.
Part of the ebbing of my interest in Ely Corners comes from just sheer frustration with the game itself. You can only try to shove a square peg into a round hole so many times before you start to question why you’re even bothering with it. Even with all of the wonderful mods and ideas from creative players out there, I still can’t make the game do what I want it to do. I could “fake” a lot of it, but I don’t want to play a “fake” game. I don’t want my Sims to be actors walking around elaborate sets that mean nothing to them. I hate rabbitholes but at least Sims can interact with them in a way that makes sense, unlike my Ely Corners town hall where people dance in the sheriff’s office and pee in the jail cell.
I know some of those things can be ironed out. I get great ideas all the time from reading Ani’s blog, and Twallan works tirelessly to add more functionality and flexibility to his mods. We’re getting there. But I miss writing stories. I miss being surprised by gameplay. I’m tired of having to tweak a hundred things every time I go into the game.
I don’t mean to be such a whiner, but you can see why I’m at odds with my hobby of choice lately. I’m not giving up, though. Well, not entirely. I’m taking a little break from Ely Corners to experiment with something much smaller. I’ve pared down my CC and am just going to play one house in Barnacle Bay. It’s that time of year when I’m yearning for sunshine and flowers and greenery, so BB satisfies that yearning somewhat. And the household includes Fran, whom I’ve missed. I’m eager to see what she gets up to in this new environment.
Anyway, sorry for the whining and lack of pics, but I just needed to vent a little. Hope you’re all having fun with whatever you’re doing. :)