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Last night I was about to become very righteously indignant.

I was cruising my regular stops on the cc trail and saw a new house on Simcastic Designs that made me stop. It looked JUST like a house I had built. From what I could tell from the pictures, it was exactly my house, just remodeled with different paints and a gutted interior. I was ready to be pissed.

Theirs <--> Mine

Before making a fool of myself, though, I downloaded it to make sure. Once I got it in game, I realized that they were not the same lot. First off, theirs was built on a 3x3 lot while mine was on a 4x4 lot. This doesn't necessarily mean anything since the lot adjuster makes it easy to change a lot's size, but there were more differences than just that. Their foundation is obviously set up differently than mine.

Ultimately, their creator probably just found the exact same house plan I did. So much for my righteous indignation. Oh well. Theirs has really pretty landscaping, and I do like a couple of things they did, but I think mine is laid out better inside.

Anyway, in other simming news, I've been working on plotting out what I need for the next Pseudo update. I've got probably about 25% of the pictures I need, but before I start shooting or reshooting anything, I want to make sure I know where I'm going with it all. I know where I want to get for fifth gen college, but I've been floundering figuring out what I need before I get there.

In the mean time, here's some Behind the Scenes/Picspam on Isla Lostundo.

As I said in the notes of the actual update, my goal with this was to play and create a story with only what I got during game play. No staging scenes after the fact. With Pseudo, I tend to let my sims dictate a great deal to me, but I've gotten into the habit of going back in and restaging scenes to get better pictures. I don't necessarily want to stop staging scenes with Pseudo, but I wanted to get back into the practice of working with what I've already got.

All four families are based on the families I had in the original version of Isla Lostundo, but already they're presenting me with differences. First off, Mari proved that she was failing as a family sim by having both her brother and daughter react negatively to everything she tried to do with them. Then there was the introduction of ACR.

This wasn't included in the story, but in addition to her affair with Lawrence, she also started making time with this butler who was dropped as a networking blind date. Family sims really are just romance sims in disguise most of the time.

The Hurle brothers have always been my favorites. In the very first incarnation of Isla Lostundo, Wheaton and Elsa were created as elders and the brothers were all adults. Wheaton and Elsa were the first in-game deaths I ever saw. In fact, Elsa went before I even realized what was happening. When I remade the hood the second time, I decided to start the family a little earlier since I hated seeing them go so quickly. Adam and Hoss have always supposed to have been twins, so I started them as teens and Joey as a child.

In both previous instances of the hood, Adam actually married Mari. I didn't play by rotation back then, so it was easier to catch a teen up to an adult and have them marry. Now that I'm playing the rotation a little stricter but letting the sims do more of what they want, I imagine the hookups aren't going to be as predictable as they used to be.

In fact, Hoss actually married Kia in both previous instances of the hood. In the second version, they were really rather ambivalent about each other, but I married them anyway. Of course, in the second incarnation of the hood, Kia actually preferred women to men, so she was more interested in her female lovers than her male husband.

This time, she definitely is all about the guys. Her relationship with Wheaton was all their doing. She was part of the welcome wagon and after that, they kept calling each other.

Honestly, Wheaton has more boltage with her than Elsa. He and Elsa only have one bolt and didn't take advantage of their ACR tokens until the last day I played their house. Part of that may have been because I didn't jumpstart ACR, but they still seemed rather cold with one another.

I wanted to emphasize several things about Wheaton – his coldness and his obsession with prestige as much as with wealth. I think that came across, but I had thought about adding this scene to the story as well. Possibly talking about how he had a non-reaction when Adam brought home a good report card.

Unfortunately, I couldn't stop giggling at this scene, because Hoss decided to do the same thing... from inside the piano.

I love it when my sims give me good stuff to work with. The whole jealousy issue between Adam and Leo over Tarise came straight from the way they acted in game. Tarise came home with Adam and Leo came home with Hoss. From that point on, Adam did everything he could to keep Tarise's attention on him, even though she was just as interested in talking with the other guys.

Well, almost as interested. Adam is the only one that's made her ACR token tingle. As interested as he was in her, she was just as interested in him.

With the new beta ACR, I'm leaving teen woohoo on in Isla Lostundo. The new version has some coding in it to make sims build up to some of the bigger interactions, so it's less likely that sims will jump straight into bed. Not a guarantee as you'll see when I talk about Kia, but with the teens especially, they have a progression of interactions they have to go through before they can get to the serious ones. Since I'm not posting to the exchange, I've got a little more freedom in what I can touch upon in a story, so I decided to leave it on and see what happens.

I really wanted to use this picture since it looks like Aiden is about to push his sister as a prank, but I decided to pull it for a variety of reasons. I still think it's amusing, though.

Okay, Kia. I think she's going to work her way through the neighborhood. She's got a LTW with the number 20 in it, so that's not really unexpected. What is unexpected is her fertility. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up with three or four kids with different fathers.

What was interesting about her fling with Rebe is that the moment she got woohoo out of him, she slid away, got out of the tub and went off to do something else. No cuddling with her.

They did woohoo a second time before she popped. They're not quite stalking one another, but they're not adverse to fooling around.

Of course, very soon, Rebe had a different lady to focus his attention on.

<3 for fake romance sims making good parents. I'm half tempted to find a way for him to take Eloise in to his house.

Speaking of which… CUTENESS.

And now cuteness with sadness.

I was a little worried about writing the Jackson's story from Tisha's perspective, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. As Rebe said in the beginning of the update, it sucks that kids have to be the victims of a war between adults.

As a side note, most of the kids were created in CAS by combining the genetics of their parents with the make a baby option. I just hit the button until I got something I liked. It was interesting to see how some of the faces blended together. Tisha and Leo both got their mother's nose. I'm actually not sure how much of their father is in there.

While I didn't do any staging of scenes, I did fiddle with a couple of things as a set up. For example, I always intended for Lawrence and Laurel to be at odds with one another, so I lowered their relationship score appropriately. I also had Lawrence deliberately invite Mari over to the house. Beyond that, I just let them go at it.

And go at it, they did. My god did these two fight. They stalked each other to argue and poke more than any sims I've seen. I thought about including this in the story, but I decided to stay away from physical abuse and leave Lawrence to just the verbal abuse.

An interesting note on this, but in the first incarnation of the hood, I didn't even make Laurel. She was part of the story, but she'd already left the family. In the second incarnation, I created her, but she left rather than throwing Lawrence out. When she caught Lawrence with another woman, she committed suicide. I felt horrible about that, so in this version, I figured I'd play things by ear. When it came down to it, I decided that there is no way she would leave her children.

Even if getting divorced pushed her over the edge.

I felt so bad for her. She clung to the fear of getting divorced, but she was miserable with Lawrence in the house. I finally said to hell with it and had her break up with him and have him move out.

As far as Lawrence is concerned, well, he has more than earned his Romance secondary aspiration. So far, he's actually got more woohoo under his belt than either of the Romance sims.

So, that's it for now. How is everyone doing today? :)

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Date: 2009-04-28 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dicreasy.livejournal.com
It's a good job you checked it out, but I do understand were you were coming from. Not long after I posted my first set of eyes on MTS someone posted a set with different colours, but the shading, man the shading looked identical.

Anyway picspam is always good, and it is nice to get to know a bit more about these sims. I like them and their complicated lives a lot already

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Date: 2009-04-29 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orikes13.livejournal.com
I'm glad I didn't fly off the handle. It would have been quite embarrassing. It's really scary how similar the facades of both houses are, especially from the front. I definitely like some of what they did with the plan, but I think mine is more playable. ;)

Ah, complicated sim lives... Such a little soap opera. :)

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Date: 2009-04-29 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauriempress.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing the picspam and bts info! I like these stories a lot. I can understand the confusion about the houses, they did look quite similar.


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Date: 2009-04-29 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orikes13.livejournal.com
I'm really happy with the response Isla Lostundo has gotten. It makes me grin. :)

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Date: 2009-04-29 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ndainye.livejournal.com
At least that butler was doing something half way productive. My play girls pretty much ignored the one they had, except for the rolling of wants to hire a maid instead.

While I do have a good portion of my plot laid out, I still feel that a good portion of what I write about is driven by what the sims do. There are things coming up that if the sims involved had been adverse to doing, I wouldn't be very willing to carry on with. Of course the reverse side of that is the knowledge that sims are very easy to manipulate.

I always love picspam, and peeks behind the scenes.

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Date: 2009-04-29 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orikes13.livejournal.com
If I remember right, I had to give the Butler a token before any ACRness would take effect. What was funnyis that when he got into his skivvies for some woohoo, he had an afro.

I think a lot of what I do is driven by the characters as well, but I'm finding myself a bit lost without some additional planning.

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Date: 2009-05-03 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katrisims.livejournal.com
Wow, the two houses really do look similar. No wonder it caught your eye. Glad it was a false alarm, though.

Yay for picspam again. It's fun to know that they actually have such soap opera lives in the game too and it's not just made up. It looks like a fun neighborhood! =)


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