Sims 4 Riches to Whatevs Fishbowl Legacy

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Junior spending some quality time with his cell.

Now for something completely different!

Inspired by my Twitter feed I downloaded Sims 4 on the new compy and even picked up the new expansion. CrankyB challenged me to finally work on a Sims legacy, something which I’ve never managed to complete before. Mostly because I don’t like seeing my little Sims die, for some reason I feel like I have to keep them going.

So this time around I figured, well I’ll do a legacy but I’ll set one up that I won’t mind watching as their little time marches on. My pick? Well our commander in grief and his fams. Granted though the youngest I named Junior, and he gets some help along the way because kids are kids.

Now this is just a parody and meant to be fun, while also taking the edge off of recent events. So before anyone gets out the pitchfork let me just say “here’s some cake and funny screenshots.” So if you enjoy humor, I submit my Sims 4 family for your entertainment, they’ve been nothing but a blast for me.

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The fams getting into their fresh new penthouse!

So meet the Trumps, the beginning of my Riches to Whatevs Sims 4 Fishbowl legacy.

What the hell is a fishbowl legacy? Pretty simple, all you have to do is let your sims roam free. You can do things here and there to nudge them in the right direction, but for the most part you just put them in a house and let ’em go. Most legacies last about 10 sims generations. So I’m going to see how long I can watch them go.

Also for the Riches to Whatevs, that part, I cheated about 100k simoleons to get them into a high rise in the rich part of town. After all, they are the Trumps. Whether they can make enough to keep themselves living the high life is more or less up to them. I’ll help them here or there along the way, but for the most part what they do is up to them.

Mr Trump

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Pops in bunny slippers having a heated discussion with the potty.

Meet Mr. Trump. His traits are, Materialistic, Snob and Mean. It seemed appropriate at the time.

His current aspiration is to have the biggest most beautiful house, because he always has the best things. This means that he’s also business savvy, which should go a long way in helping him pay the rent on the fancy high rise they live in.

As for career, he’s currently working on the political career track that comes with the Sims 4 city expansion. I wanted to try it out and considering recent events, it just seemed laughably obvious.

Here is the run down on SimTrump:

  • He enjoys grilling burgers for breakfast,
  • Arguing with his toilet,
  • Playing with his cell phone and
  • surprisingly enough programming.

Yep, he’s the only Sim I’ve had that has spontaneously started learning programming on his own. That was pretty awesome.

Meet the Misses

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Junior is training early for his boardroom adventures while Moms shoots some hoops.

Mrs. Trump is Family-Oriented, Ambitious and Unflirty.

For her I picked the City Native aspiration that comes with the city expansion just to try it out. This gives her the Home Turf trait that makes her happier when she’s in her ‘home neighborhood’. I like that idea since she can be pretty sad when she’s unemployed or not around her family.

The misses is pretty fun as well. She spontaneously joined a protest. Granted I asked her to watch it and then canceled the action once she arrived to see what would happen. But I was surprised to see her picketing in her heels and fancy duds.

Here is the general rundown for the misses:

  • She enjoys grilling in the morning
  • Basketball surprisingly enough
  • Hugging her family, a lot
  • and Bubble baths (sometimes on the deck of their penthouse)

It’s a thing apparently.

While she was going to be a stay at home mom at first, not being employed was making her pretty moody so now she’s trying out the Social Media career. I probably should have had Mr Trump working on that one, but this is just as fun.

Little Junior

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Pops is picking up programming while Junior enjoys some quality ducky time. Who doesn’t enjoy quality ducky time?

Junior is a fun kid, proving that the AI for children in the Sims 4 makes them downright adorable. Here he is in his room having some quality duck time while Dad works on programming.

Junior is still in the child life phase for the simmies in Sims 4 and I almost forgot to make sure that he had some fun toys to play with. Now he has a dino, a toy box and a ducky to go along with his cell phone and computer.

The rundown on Junior:

  • surfs kid friendly websites,
  • plays computer games,
  • dances a lot,
  • watches kid tv,
  • And loves eating burgers out of the fridge.

So my first generation is on the go. I do have to decide if the penthouse will be used through out the generations, or if I should see if they can come up with enough simoleons on their own to move out into a big family mansion. This would give them enough room to keep heirs and spares under one roof.

I suppose it depends on the traits that Junior ends up with. I’ll go with letting him get one trait from Mom, one trait from Dad and one completely random trait.

I can honestly say that this is a big challenge for me because I usually spend my time in Sims games building or micromanaging my sims. Honestly though this mostly hands off approach has lead to some rather interesting adventures and I’m looking forward to seeing what my sims are up to next.

Well until next time, don’t forget to get out and play.

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Taking a Break

2016-11-29_123375928 As much as I enjoy BDO I’m going to step back from it for a few weeks. Maybe I’ll get back and try the new grind channels or maybe I’ll find a new shiny, who knows.

For the time being I’m spending more time with CrankyB and zee little one. She’s almost 16 months old now and she’s all over the place. It’s an adventure taking care of a toddler, but it’s so worth it.

We might end up in Diablo 3 for a bit, do a little bit of the Seasons. Beyond that though we’ll probably take a break from the MMO grind. CrankyB has several games in his back log that he wants to catch up on. Personally I love watching him play Hitman and seeing all the trouble he gets into.

He wants to have a few more rocket launcher duels in Saints Row, but I can’t say I’m feeling it. That and I don’t have it loaded on the new machine.

All in all though it might not be a bad idea for me to just play some games that I can shut down and walk away from. With everything I need to do, that sounds really good right about now.

As much as I’d love to take a peek at Legion, I’m not sure I want to start another MMO again for a while. That and when you’re not there at launch there’s always so much that you miss. Who knows really.

For now I’m taking it easy. Until next time, enjoy whatever you love, but always remember that moderation is actually a good thing.

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BDO: Trading and Crafted Costumes

2016-11-12_398445870 Ask anyone in my guild and they’ll tell you that I’m a sucker for dressing up my characters in BDO. I don’t even dress myself this well in real life.

I’m currently working on trying to get the latest costume in BDO, but I need to fish up a bunch of laundry for that. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’m trading like a mad woman to make enough silver for gear I’d be fishing for them 24/7.

I’ll get it eventually though, it’s just going to take next to forever.

As it stands I’m also debating on taking up farming again to get the components I need to make extraction crystals for my Ranger’s bow. Those would be quite handy indeed.

One at a time I’m working on getting enough amity with the trade managers I use regularly so that I can get more tries when trading. That saves a bunch of energy when you can get up to 7 tries. As long as I don’t do any smuggling I should be able to keep up that amity which is a big bonus.

My Calpheon Crate business is also moving right along, though I did nerf myself a bit by pulling the cp from Shakatu. Thing is I kind of needed it for storage and to expand my trade network in the old kingdoms. Having some of the higher paying imperial delivery areas unlocked has been awesome.

It is however a bit of a balancing act between setting up crating activities and doing imperial delivery. Doing one means you’re not doing as much of the other. Imperial Delivery is a lot more active and if you have time it’s grand. Crate trading is handy when you don’t have as much time as you just have workers boxing up trade items then you haul them off to make silver.

Though it helps if you also process the goods yourself, and that can mean spending your mornings or evenings at the bank doing processing.

For me, doing the Imperial Trading is a lot more fun because I’m always on the move. In the end I’ll probably stick with that, but who knows.

Well until next time, keep haulin’.

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BDO: The Witch Awakening aka Amaze-balls

That’s right folks the BDO Witch awakening has been leaked. Here it is in all it’s glory.

If you don’t mind, I’ve got some short girl grinding to do.

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BDO: When it All Comes Together

BuildingItUpAt the moment things are coming together in BDO. Well aside from the fact that I really need to put some more levels on the Witch, but I’ll get to it.

She’s sitting at 51 and I’m working on getting her geared up. At the moment she has pretty much what she needs, I just need to buff it up. Everything needs levels from her armor to her horse.

It’ll happen slowly but surely.

So far the Witch has been a pretty handy addition to the guild as well. It makes scroll nights go pretty fast even with less than a full group. Disco balls also go REALLY fast. But that’s probably due more to the 55’s we have hitting them more than my DPS. On the bonus side though the heals alone are saving us all a ton on pots.

GrimFire is also fitting into RP in the guild since a combat medic is something the guild could really use. RP wise they have fighters and staff, but there’s not really a healer so that’s a good fit.

I’m also setting up an infirmary to add a little bonus RP to the server. I’ll be in the same place my guild hangs out but at least it’s something to do. The nice thing about having a medic around is that people get a chance to RP out a wounded character getting treatment.

All kinds of chaos can happen in and around an infirmary.

Once I get that going I plan on working on a journal for GrimFire. So far she’s becoming an interesting character.

Well it’s time to get back to fishing so I can make enough to get my armor repaired. So I can blow it out again and build up failstacks.

I love how even failing in this game is a thing.

Until next time I’ll be boozing and fishing. Have fun!

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BDO: Still Hooked

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At this point it’s safe to say I’m pretty hooked on BDO.

I love the AFK features, the leveling isn’t bad at all, the open world pvp isn’t as bad as I thought it would be and I finally have a class that I like.

The only problem is that the Ninja and Kunoichi will be released in the NA/Euro version next week. I would like to play this class but honestly I’m thinking that I’ll want to finish building up my Ranger first. I still have a long way to go in completing the armor and weapon upgrades just for that class.

While I will be able to swap the armor back and forth, I’ll have to start at zero again with the weapons unless I farm up some serious cash and just outright buy better weapons. Honestly at this point that sounds like a much better option. Mostly because my level fu with weapons is beyond awful. I have some of the worst upgrade luck ever. I mean really, it’s beyond bad.

There is also some other time sinks I would have to work around like figuring out how to play the class, deciding how I want her to look, and yes adding on the levels.

While it would probably be worth it to at least try out the class, I’m still on the fence about whether the combat style and costume customization will be quite right for me.

Until I decide I might as well keep working on my Ranger. She’s managed to hit 50 and I really should start working on dailies and scrolls. Not to mention finding a guild that won’t make me cringe when I log in.

Yes I have a level 50 character with no guild.

Thing is that getting into just any guild is easy. Getting into a guild with people that you actually want to spend time with, that takes a little more time and effort.

I plan on spending a LOT of time in BDO. There is still a lot that this game has to offer. I also want a stable guild with fun people in it to share that experience with.

Since I have zero interest in BDO’s pvp scene, that narrows down the list a bit. I’m not a fan of PvX guilds since they end up going where the wind blows and it’s usually no where near where I’m at. A PvE guild probably wouldn’t put up with my horsing and constant search for the occasional RP hotspot.

I would like to find another RP guild like I had in Fallen Earth way back when. I just have no idea if I will ever get back to that place where I could just log into the guild, maybe get into some RP, maybe go grind, but always just have folks to chat with.

Maybe one day I’ll find a guild like that again. Who knows?

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BDO: Breeding Journal 1 The Beginning

My first two horses bred were level 19 grey tier ones. I based that off of the horse breeding calculator found here. Including my first tame Spooky.

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Father
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Foal (Son) Aurthur
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The Mom Spookie

It’s not much but it is a start.

If you are interested in breeding at all take a look at the breeding calculator and Brank’s videos on horse taming. He’s a positive guy and has some good ideas. The videos are great if you need to get started. Dulfy also has a great resource on getting into taming and breeding if you need something with less video.

As of the date this post was written these links are accurate. I can’t guarantee that they will still be active at later dates, but for the moment they’re good.

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Life is Feudal: Your Own – Server Number 3

Messing around on our own server.
Messing around on our own server.

We are still playing the peasant simulator Life is Feudal:Your Own and surprisingly still having fun with it.
We’ve decided to run our own server at this point because after swapping server then suffering a rogue server wipe for ‘reasons’ we decided that it was time to avoid letting our building projects rest in the hands of others and just start our own server.

So far it’s been a blast. We have a launchpad settlement built for people to come by and supply or to live out of  if the choose.

I modeled the village layout after Duskwood in World of Warcraft. As you can see it does not have a monument. We are playing on a password protected server and we only allow friends on. That means we’re not too worried about setting up and maintaining claims. Honestly this is fine by me since claims are really for public servers and just ruin the aesthetics of a settlement anyway.

Unless you love the way the monument looks, but that’s just a personal preference really.

Moving to a private server has been a boon. We can play how we want when we want and we have control over the server settings.

No more of this 0.8 terraforming speed that means you only get 8 stone per tick from a stone quarry. This was seriously the terraforming setting on Aski when we built the Abbey. It was tedious to say the least.

Though I could understand why the admins on the Kingdom of Aski didn’t realize that the server settings were tedious since they were mostly playing in GM mode. The game is a lot less of a hassle when you don’t have to wait 10 minutes to complete an action and you can instantly build things as opposed to having to go through all of the steps to make it happen.

In Life is Feudal if you want to build a house you’ll need to get all of the components. If you need wood you’ll first need to get tools to obtain the wood, then use the tools to process the wood into whatever the building plan requires and then you can complete the structure. If it takes stone or metal, then you’ll need to quarry or dig stone and mine and process the metal. If the house requires doors and windows you’ll also have to go out and make glass and pick enough posies to grind into flux for steel and even mortar.

Safe to say it’s a process.

When you have enough time it can be a rewarding venture. When you have a full time job, a house, a baby and other real life obligations it gets to be a bit much. Then lump on top of that the farming aspect of the game where you take care of animals and farm. For things like leather and rope it helps to have a farmer. If you want food that doesn’t suck you’ll also want to farm.

Just being a farmer can be a full time gig. Doing it in regular mode also becomes a serious pain in the fact that you’ll have to offload your stuff all of the time and you have to wait 4 in game days for your crops to mature. In the meantime you have to make sure you muck out the animal housing and feed your critters or they’ll die and you’ll lose their resources.

This game can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. That can be a boon or a bust depending on how you want to play the game.

Honestly I like it, but I don’t think I could enjoy playing on a tougher rule set server for the time being. Mostly because I just have so much else to do. That and you know, roads don’t build themselves.

Speaking of which I need to go and do that other stuff now. Until next time!

 

 

 

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LIF:YO – Humble Beginnings

screenshot_009-00007 Fun news everyone! The end of the world happened. Well the end of the world known as The Kingdom of Feyrith. They were having trouble with their hosting provider and decided to switch hosting. The downside is that they couldn’t migrate the data due to issues with the hosting provider’s policies so now we have a brand spanking new world to tame.

This means that we’ve moved server to The Kingdom of Aki. The people are still awesome and this hosting provider seems to have better equipment as well. All of which are a bonus.

Now we just have to rebuild our medieval abbey in it’s new location. Which is actually a pretty cool thing since this time we’ll be building it from the ground up.

So far we just have the ground cleared and some of the smithing essentials buildings. Our Danish friends have been an enormous help and it has been a blast playing with them too.

Now there’s a bit more work to do and we’ll need to start getting the buildings erected including housing, the church and the farming buildings. Such fun right?

Well until next time I’ll probably be out setting up traps in the hopes of making new chickeny friends.

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Having Fun in Guild Wars 2

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“Dinner”

We’ve recently had some of our friends join me and CrankB in Guild Wars 2. Even my Mom has gotten back into the game. Currently she’s working on her Druid. I kind of sold her on the slightly more mage-like aspect of the Drood.

Since her only level 80 character is a Ranger, it works for her. Now before you say anything my Mom does have other gaming obligations, a full time job, pets and a home to take care of so she doesn’t really need nor have time for an army of alts.

Our Danish friends however are having a blast discovering the little fun aspects of Guild Wars 2 and those awesome features that made the vanilla game a cut above the average annoying MMO.

In fact two of our friends had quit playing MMO’s all together because they were tired of the grind, the inventory management and the the typical back and forth bull that goes along with playing MMO’s.

  • They like the crafting system that gives you xp and levels pretty darn quickly through discovery. Especially when a guildy is donating materials.
  • They also like the fact that you don’t have to go back and forth to NPC’s. Honestly that was one of my biggest selling points of the game.
  • They LOVE the fact that you can send things to your bank from your bags. That makes obtaining crafting materials SO much less of a grind.
  • They also like the fact that the game has FUN elements to it. Well at least the base game. BEFORE they sold out to the “challenge” and “raid” morons.

Take Dinner here for instance. In Nageling not only is there a giant that can even one shot level 80’s, but there’s a chicken that runs around called Dinner. If you find him you can catch him and run around with a chicken.

There’s quests where you can corral cattle, catch chickens, smack bad chickens with a shovel (they’re just fine by the way it doesn’t kill them) and you can even blow up stumps.

Honestly Diessa Plateau is one of those zones in GW2 that was just done right. It’s full of fun easter eggs. I mean really, whoever planned out and designed that zone should have been given a medal, and a pizza trophy. Oh and whoever came up with the Mighty Ouou. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about.

Even the events in GW2 don’t get old. Sorry Rift but the tears opening and then closing them in exactly the same fashion every single time. Well it gets really, really old.

Even if a zone gets taken over and you have to clear it out, it’s still not as interesting as taking back the Harathi Hinterlands from the centaur.

There you have an actual story, actual goals, real bosses and a real challenge. Not just tab target, button one, tab target, button one, tab target…. Well, you get the picture.

Right now in GW2 we’re all goofing off.  CrankyB and myself are remembering what the game was like when we started and a lot of the times we’re reminiscing about the olden days.

In the mean time we’re also looking at the future. What things we want to do now.

Chances are we won’t do any raiding. To me it just doesn’t sound fun and I’ve never been a raid fan anyway.

We might look into getting a guild hall, we might not. Really the guys enjoy watching the chests try to eat the Charr Lionsguard in Lion’s Arch. Which honestly I can’t blame them, it’s funny as hell.

I won’t be grinding masteries, I won’t be grinding the meta events in the convoluted new content, I’m just going to stick to the game that I know and love.

Though I will be enjoying my Chronomancer. It’s so much fun!

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