Die, Die, My Darling

Who would have guessed?

School and working retail during the holidays sort of kicked my butt this year. So much so that I played some, forgot to write anything up, forgot that I forgot to write anything up for that part, and deleted those screenshots. Oops.

It was mainly that Mercury went to the future, we ogled the expansion pack features, and she found herself a husband after making out with him in a bathroom. Standard legacy stuff. They got married and we dragged him back to the present.

I still get a little (!!!) in my head every time I see a horse in the game. Horse!

Oh right, we have aliens now. They’re actually a thing in the game and I should maybe look into adding one to the family before the legacy’s over. And maybe a plantsim too.

But first we have to work on our generation things. Tantalum needs to get close to his boss so he can get back up to the job level he had before. Because he’s an ‘elderly’ ghost so the game is counting down until he’ll lose his grasp on the mortal coil or something.

He really needs those promotions.

 

… okay he just went to sleep and his boss is kind of a creep.

One, I had no idea this was a thing that came with Seasons. Or I did and completely forgot.

Two, vaccinations. They’re good. Get them if you can.

I’m sure I had something witty to say about the… oh!

Those newspapers! They’re going to get soggy because they’re not in bags.

… I think the delivery of that was better in my head when I took the picture.

Newsgirl: It’s not like you’re going to read it anyway. :/

True.

Tantalum: I feel like… I suddenly have enough lifetime happiness for something amazing.

Well, it’s a good thing you’re happy. Because your wife and child certainly aren’t.

Tantalum: I’m going to be a young adult again! I’ve got a new lease on life! Isn’t that amazing, Erin? Erin?

What a time to introduce Mercury’s husband.

I think his name is Felix??

… eh.

We’re pleased to announce that Mercury and … Felix… maybe… Mendeleev are expecting a baby!

But more importantly the lake outside is frozen and they can skate on it!!

Felix or whatever! Go outside!!!

Fog on the windows!!!!

But it’s actually not even Spooky Day in the game, so I send… him… to get pumpkins so we can decorate and all that.

Getting the most out of this expansion for as long as I can.

… maybe you want to put down newspaper for that?

He: I would, but all the ones we’ve been getting recently were soggy.

*shakes fist at newspaper girl*

Nothing much happened other than Felix (?) preparing for Spooky Day, since everyone else in the house is just kind of working on skills. So baby.

But not before a zombie dies outside.

It’s the ciiiircle of liiiiiife

So meet Bismuth. It’s a boy.

It’s a Simpson!

Jack hasn’t been assigned to skilling duty or spooky duty, so he’s on nooboo duty.

Jack: The baby’s bright yellow. This is what we get for feeding children synthetic green milk for generations on end.

Since the baby is a boy named Bismuth, I thought it was fitting for his imaginary friend to be a girl named Steven.

I had something witty but I forgot.

What’s-your-face! Get back to decorating the house!

I’ll end this on a sculpture Mercury made of a horse. She only ever sculpts horses.

This isn’t foreshadowing because we have absolutely no space for a horse.

We’re Back!

Okay so having a new job AND working on my thesis AND having to go and get the super-special CD drive before I can play my game = very delayed in posting. But we’re back!

Also my computer updated and now I can actually uninstall stuff if things go wonky. Probably. Yay!

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Mercury: I feel different?

Maybe because you are now officially our heir? Maybe because you are on a new computer and cats suddenly exist now? Maybe because the skin CC I had is no longer available so I had to switch to a base game skin?

Probably the last one.

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Mercury wanted to visit a cafe to celebrate. So she ran all the way there. No taxi? Nothing?

Then she got run over so it’s a good thing we have a spare.

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That $60 French Toast had better be good.

APPRECIATE IT.

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Couldn’t find anything else to do in France for the last few hours (no easels or sculpting stations) so thought maybe she could read.

But someone stole ALL THE BOOKS IN FRANCE.

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THALLIUM.

Whatever, time to head home.

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Thallium: If we merge together we can ALL be the heir!

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Unfortunately a lot of my CC didn’t make the switch. But fortunately, we were going to remake the house anyway since we’re starting a new generation.

Let’s just find somewhere to send the family while I fix up a house…

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… oh. I completely forgot that all my extra worlds are gone right now. Probably the only reason I could open the Mendeleev file on this computer was because the save file was in France or something. So all the buildings and stuff that came with the world are gone too.

So I guess we’re switching towns.

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Maid: I can’t believe I get to work for the Mendeleevs!

Not for long.

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So the idea behind this generation’s house is that I didn’t feel like building.

*EXCEPTION RAISED*

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So the idea behind this generation’s house is that I really didn’t feel like building.

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Thallium and Lead got sent out to make their own way in the world. We’ll see them later maybe.

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GUY ON A HORSE.

Dont’ fuck this up for me, horse.

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I neglected to assign beds and came to regret it.

Gold please go find a bed that’s not occupied by your adult daughter. The ghosts think it’s kind of weird.

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Jack I swear we haven’t even had this house for 24 hours.

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He puts it out handily while the firefighter watches.

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Firefighter: I’m kind of attracted to dead people so I was kind of hoping you’d all die.

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Since we know no one in town, I send Mercury to the festival to scope out potential partners.

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Then I saw there was an eating contest so I sent Mercury over there. Not for reasons just for fun.

Lead’s here too!

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And Lead wins!

Mercury: At least I won the contest that actually mattered.

Lead: I will jam a hot dog in your windpipe.

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Mercury finally met someone she was interested in when I sent her back the next morning, but unfortunately that someone was extremely old.

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And extremely taken.

Both of those things can be changed, though, so we’ll keep him in mind if nothing else turns up.

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Mercury, he’s kind of cute.

Mercury: And kind of a teen, maybe? He looks short.

Romantic options were available so apparently not. Mercury’s not into him but I’ll mark him down as having potential.

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Mercury: What if we somehow turned one of these horses into a sim…

Horse: Fuck off lady.

Oh wait! I have seasons installed so maybe we can do the internet dating thing!

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Lead has a profile up too.

What happens if we send a message????

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We got a message from this guy Barrington. There wasn’t a little ‘ooh you’re attractive’ message popping up but Mercury did roll a wish to know his sign.

Right before he had to head to work.

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Mercury: I like him. He’s got a nice ass.

I will… keep that in mind.

Upd8

Nice new computer! I decided to see what this baby can handle so I loaded up everything but Showtime and Island Life. Because the copy of Showtime I bought doesn’t work on this operating system and I didn’t feel like fiddling with Origin to download Island Life.

In hindsight, installing everything rather than going expansion-by-expansion was probably not the greatest idea. But we’ll manage.

The first thing is that I have to use an external CD drive now so I need a noCD mod just because the launcher will register there’s a CD but then the game itself is like “CD?? What CD?? There is no CD!”

And I can see it. My computer knows it is there. The game does not. Also if I exit full-screen I can’t go back without making the entire screen black.

So this is promising.

I figure that out (finally), make the game a little prettier, and then load it up again. Interactive loading screen. So far, so good.

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UM.

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Okay, so… can’t see anything in CAS? But the loading screen and CAS won’t matter too much while I do the legacy. So that should be fine.

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But this is unplayable.

Time to uninstall some expansions, then?

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… Except I can’t. Great.

I finally fixed it by setting all the graphics down and turning off advanced rendering. Although maybe that wasn’t the problem to begin with because turning the graphics back up a little bit didn’t break the thing. Who knows.

I’ve just kind of come to accept that this game is held together by bubblegum and wishes.

The game is now working and I’m going to play a bit in a non-Mendeleev file to make sure it’s not going to heck up on me.

Because if I have to uninstall an expansion I’m kind of screwed. I tried following instructions to manually uninstall the thing and I just got an error.

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Don’t you dare screw this up for me, you adorable little fuck.

Update

So the computer I got six years ago hit the point where, financially, it made more sense to get a new computer than it did to pay for repairs. Capitalism and planned obsolescence and all that.

I have moved my save files and mods and things to the new computer but I’m going to need to install the games again, which for a lot of them means digging around my room to find the physical disks.

So if I don’t post for a while that’s what I’m doing. 😛