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Montage of Batman, Lara Croft and my characters from The Sims 3 and Everquest 2

Until recently my usual tendency with games was to binge on them. That meant playing a single game to the exclusion of any other games. This had the advantage of having a higher chance of me finishing said game, which considering my ADD and history of unfinished games is a big deal. The downside is that there is a high chance I will instead burn out of the game and only coming back to it months later when I don't remember anymore the controls or what I was going to do next. Not the best of positions to be in.

I decided then to try something different. Instead of just playing one game to the exclusion of all others I'd instead try to mix things a bit, playing a bit of one game then playing a bit of another the other night, just mixing things up to see how it goes. Initially I did it with Batman: Arkham Asylum and Tomb Raider. Then decided to add The Sims 3 to the mix. So far it has been working well. I found that Batman and Tomb Raider are excellent games for this style of playing games as I can just finish a zone or getting to a certain story point and stop for the night, feeling fullfilled. I also keep getting a nice progression through both games. The Sims 3 is a lot more tricky. Since there is always something I am planning to do, to build or to see how the game reacts to it I just find it harder to find a good point to stop. I have to actually make take a look at  the clock and decide to stop rigth there otherwise I will keep playing without noticing how much time has passed. :p

Now I am thinking about adding Everquest 2 to the mix just to see how a MMO would work with it. I am also wondering if having a rotation of more than 3 games would work out well  for me. My concern is that I might ran into the same issues with The Sims 3, of always having something to keep me busy on it, that I will return to my bingeing tendencies. If it does I will have to come up with a better way to do this. We'll see how it goes!

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Alas, despite my best efforts the dynasty ended before it even began. I getting ahead of myself though. So let me tell what happened that finally put an end to everything.

After Selena was born, Benjamin and Samantha took turns taking care of her. When Benjamin was at work, Samantha took care of her. When Benjamin was at home then Samantha would sneak off for some fishing while he would watch over the baby. Since there was an easal at home now it didn't really detract from his ability to raise the painting skill.

...continue reading "[The Sims 3] Death of a Dynasty"

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As I kept musing about my options on what to do next, both Samantha and Benjamin got a wish to get their first child. It was a good time as any other so I decided to accept it. Besides it would give 5,000 Lifetime Reward Points once the child was born, exactly the amount that Benjamin needed to get the "Fast Learner" Lifetime Reward.

So, off they go to Try for Baby. It works in the first try as the success tune plays out. Turns out this is the first time the whoohoo too!

What can I say? Building a dynasty is busy work. They will have time for fun and love later. Well, Samantha probably will. I am not so sure about Benjamin.

Anyway, I also decided to make better use of Benjamin's traits and skills. So I made him quit job in business to go work as a fireman. My hope was that it would make it easier to complete his wishes there as well spend any time not taking care of emergencies with training on his painting skills. It turned out to be a pretty good choice. I mean, just look at him, he is a natural at it!

In reality it was Benjamin's stuntman working on this shot

...continue reading "[The Sims 3] An heir is born!"

After a husband was secured I thought it would be smooth sailing for a while. Oh, how wrong I was! I am getting ahead of myself though. So let's start from the beginning.

Due to the wedding, Benjamin got two paid days off. Since it happened on a Thursday morning that gave him four days without other obligations to work on his painting skill. The first point he got from a painting class. Then another two just by practicing on small portraits in the fireman station. He pretty much spent all those days there. He also got a couple opportunities related to handiness since that was the highest skill he had, prior to his marriage. Not the kind of opportunities I wanted but the money from it was good.

Meanwhile Samantha kept working on her fishing skill. By the time the events of this post ended her fishing skill was level 7. It is finally starting to pay something decent, about $200. Still lower than a regular job but better than what she was earning in the beginning from her catches. She also got a fishing related opportunity that netted the family another $1,000.

...continue reading "[The Sims 3] The calm before the storm (or how I am pretending to be calm when I am actually panicking)"

Having taking care of most of the basic needs to found her new dynasty, Samantha just needed one more item to ensure that was an actual dynasty. She had to find a slave lucky guy willing to be the co-founder of the Fisher Dynasty. His job will be to paint portraits of Samantha (maybe even some sculpture or photography) as she ages as well as becoming a chef to cook the ambrosia. Of course, he also needs to help generate the baby. In return he gets... uh... his name immortalized as the guy who helped Samantha start everything and a place in the family's future crypt.

Looking through the list of candidates leaves only two good potentials: Kenji Midden and Benjamin Schmidt. The other possible candidates are all of the wrong age, already taken, have bad traits or complicated personal histories with other locals. I decided that Benjamin would be the victim lucky guy to be part of this venture. So as soon as the opportunity appeared, off went Samantha to pay him a visit, at the earliest hours in the morning:

Nice to meet you. Do you want to marry me and start a dynasty for the ages?

...continue reading "[The Sims 3] Looking for love (or similar fac-simile)"

So it begins my attempt at building a Immortal Dynasty in the Sims 3. Besides being a way to play the game while waiting for my usual mods to update for the latest patch/expansion, this also serves as a way to experiment with some things that I would either not do with my main household or that it would probably be done very far down the line. It is also a pretty good way to understand better the mechanics of the game as it requires a lot of planning ahead instead of just playing it by the ear as I usually do. 🙂

Alright, now to meet the founder of this Dynasty...

The future queen of an empire!

This is Samantha Fisher. Guess what will be her job and SuperMax skill? 🙂

...continue reading "[The Sims 3] The beginning of a dynasty"

So, just to break the silence a bit here is a relatively short post.

Avatar Blogger Month

This is a cool challenge that I found about while visiting the blog Ravalation. It was started by Vanessa Blaylock of iRez and the idea is basically for avatars who blog to write 30 posts in 30 days throughout June. If the idea sounds interesting to you but you feel like it is already too late to join, don't worry. It is just something for fun so if you feel like joining now you can do so and just make the posts throughout the rest of the month. Or just extend it a bit beyond it if you feel like doing so. 🙂

For more information you can check this page. On this other page you can find a list of all the participants.

Myself I was going to participate but then I had a bad case of foul mood and now I just don't feel like I would make any good posts for it. Instead I am thinking of doing something else for the remainder of the month...

The Sims 3 - Immortal Dinasty Challenge

Another expansion for the Sims 3 will be released very soon. As usual there is already a pre-patch that adds some of the upcoming functionality to the game. While waiting for my usual mods to update I  decided to take on a challenge: The Immortal Dinasty!

The basic gist of this challenge is to create a brand new Sim who then will have to complete a series of requisites before they are allowed to eat ambrosia thus gaining immortality! After that the Sims' firstborn must also complete a series of requisites to earn their immortality. This goes on until the 8th generation.

Before this post  I had a very short lived attempt at it so I am not going totally clueless. With that attempt I made some accidental right things as well as a couple of fatal mistakes that prematurely ended it. Still I don't know if this new attempt will suceed or not. In any case I hope it makes for some interesting blog posts at least. 🙂

Other news

I finally enabled the option to receive blog posts via e-mail. You can find that option in the sidebar to your right. Still looking for a good option to do the  same for comments though!

I am pondering about what to do as far as update notifications goes in Twitter though. So far I have been using my personal twitter account for it but since I barely use it I just would feel bad to spam people with blog post notifications. The only reason I just didn't do one just for the blog yet is due to silly cosmetic concerns of mine and Twitter's character limitations even for names! This will teach me to give pompous, long names for my creations!

Anyway, I will keep looking at these issues and let you people know when I come with a satisfactory solution.

Now, to finish this post off, I leave you with this!

I enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=
I enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=
enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=
enabled updates by e-mail for anyone who would like to receive the blog posts that way. You can subscribe to it via the sidebar to your right. I haven't found a similar option that I like for the comments yet but I am looking into it. Same thing with twitter but in this case it is more due to stumbling on some silly cosmetical issues. I blame it on Twitter character limits and my penchant for big, pompous names. I could use my personal twitter for it but I use it so little that it would easily turn into spam for  the blog which I'd rather avoid. We'll see! - See more at: http://shardsofimagination.com/content/avatar-blogging-month-and-other-news#overlay-context=