EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.03

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Welcome back to the Tripp family EPIC. Last time we spent time with Lindsey finding her husband and starting a family and ended with the birth of baby Lara. We also lost Francis, and the gnomes gave tribute to him. A quick review of our goals and we are off.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Cannot take assignments by mail until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • Spouse may work in the field the heir did not choose, or any other previously unlocked profession.
  • When the heir(ess) reaches the top of the archaeology or science career, the light bulb is invented and lights can now be placed. Phones may also be used, as well as telescopes and microscopes;
  • Sims may now use planes to travel to foreign lands;
  • Indoor plumbing has been invented, so dishwashers, toilets and showers may now be placed indoors;
  • Dryers of any quality may now be purchased, and you may now replace the cheap washer with an expensive one.

    Gen 3 Mini Challenge
    Choose one:
  • Discover all potions and inventions during this generation (scientist). +3 points (Not going for this goal)
  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

After some discussion with the boolprop group it has been decided that completely the archeology career involves not only maxing the archeology skill, but also completely the aspiration. So Lindsey has her work cut out for her.

When we first come into the house we see the Ferdinando is still mourning the loss of Francis. He also happens to be showing the loss of a pet, but he knows no pets.

As soon as I unpause the game Ferdinando decides to head out and mourn the first of his kind, EPIC spouse, and mourn the loss of Johnny. I’m starting to think Ferdinando is a sensitive sim.

Belle is getting older and spending time with sims she knows now before it’s too late. She is also working on maxing additional skills. Although really I should be having her painting since she’s at level 8, while ‘Nando is only starting.

‘Nando is a helpful sim while when he’s not crying over past family members of his new bride. He even gets started on some laundry right before Lindsey heads back to Selvadorada.

Lindsey’s newest task in her aspiration is to set up 3 excavation sites. So after picking out a house she heads to the market and scopes out the area. Luckily there is a dig pile right there and she can buy some supplies when the vendors show.

Since it’s late, I decided before I send Lindsey into the jungle that we would have a good night sleep in our vacation home, and a good meal and then she can head out the next morning. Wouldn’t you know it though, the next morning she finds a dig site right outside the house.

Just one more excavation site to go and then it’s all about gathering artifacts to bring home with us. She even leveled up again.

On our way to the jungle Lindsey searches one more time and we find our last needed dig pile to search for artifacts. Now we just need to gather as many artifacts as we can to hopefully get some excellent ones to authenticate.

After uncovering a couple of artifacts we head into the jungle. The first challenge sees us dealing with bees, which doesn’t turn out to be hard.

The next doorway we lose our machete, and no one had been selling machetes. So we will check out this place and then head back and just work our excavation sites….or so I thought until…..

We received a blessing, which gave us a new machete and turned Lindsey into a skeleton. How exciting! Let’s continue on through the jungle then! We find some rocks to dig up…..

We then reach the temple, but get snug by a scorpion and get poisoned. Not knowing for sure if the skeleton form will protect us or not we decide to trade in the skeleton dust we have for an antidote just in case.

Back at the temple, after gathering some more artifacts, Lindsey blazes through temple defenses…

Not wanting to leave the temple to find a bathroom I basically work Lindsey until she “has an accident” and then we use the waterfall in a bottle to get our hygiene back up. Works wonders and we are off again….

We reach the bottom in no time and gather our treasure. The first time I’ve been able to do this! So much fun!

As Lindsey gathers the last of the treasure we get notice that it’s almost Lara’s birthday, and she only has 4 hours left on this trip. It’s perfect time and so Lindsey heads home.

When Lindsey gets home her first stop is up to her daughter. She missed her little girl while visiting the jungle. What she does, though, is for the benefit of her daughters future.

Then it’s time for little Lara to grow up, and boy is she a cutie! Got her daddy’s hair and that makes me very happy!

Grandma Belle heads upstairs to start getting to know her granddaughter a little bit better. She seems proud of her daughter for having such a lovely daughter herself, or maybe she’s just nostalgic.

While grandma Belle takes care of little Lara, Lindsey heads downstairs to share her trip with her husband. She was in need of some social time, the jungle is a lonely place.

Belle begins to try and teach Lara to talk, but Lara has enough of that before too long so Belle reads her a story instead. Grandma’s tell the BEST stories.

Lara was getting super sleepy and it was getting late so it was time to finish up the story while going to bed. I’m going to miss having Belle around to help with Lara.

We give Lara a little bit of a make-over and she is just too cute. She also rolled the Angelic trait, which I forgot to mention before.

Francis decides to visit, and is apparently mad, and takes it out on the dollhouse first, thanks Francis, and then on the plumbing. You know, these aren’t actually hooked up to anything so you ghosts are magic to make them break!

All of that destruction seemed to have calmed Francis however, and peeking around outside we see someone else is watching over us tonight.

Kiana: All is calm here, all is right.

Francis comes to pay his respects to the gnomes. Belle finds him and she is delighted to see him. She asks him to spend the night with her, one last time. The bed feels too empty without him. He obliges, although Belle knows it can’t always be like this.

The family is feeling the bitter-sweetness of having the ghosts of their loved ones around to visit, but also missing them during the day. On that note we are going to go call this visit with the family and join them again soon.

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I have been playing sims since TS1 and even played a little bit of the PS2 version and the mobile versions over time. Once I discovered challenges for TS2 I never looked back. I love the sims, the families I've been able to make, and play through the years and connecting with people about them. I work from home doing Salesforce Data Validation for my company, have 2 cats I adore and have a million hobbies I feel like I will never have time to completely explore.

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