EPIC Tripp: Crossroads – 5.06

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We are back with the Tripp family today for some more EPIC fun. Last time we lost Lara, our most successful sim in this challenge so far, and Frank grew up into a teenager. The family celebrated Winterfest and everyone worked on their jobs and aspirations.

Generation 5 – Crossroads: Criminal vs Law Enforcement

  • If heir(ess) chooses the Criminal career track
    • Every child born afterwards will need to be given the Evil trait, until a future heir(ess) (generation 9) reaches the top of the secret agent career.
    • Once heir reaches top of criminal track, couples can have as many children as they want, because they’re used to breaking the law anyway.
    • Proceed to Generation 6-b

So to start off, we are still working on the goal of having Abby reach the top of the criminal career so we can start having multiple children. That is basically the last time we have to take care of for now so let’s get right into seeing what happens this time.

Since I didn’t show it at the end of the last update here is Frank with a bit of a makeover. Apparently I caught him closing his eyes but this is his basic look.

Zygo teaches Frank some of the nessecary knowledge needed in order to help keep the garden in tip top shape. Frank is going to miss Zygo when he is gone, although I’m not sure he’s interested in learning about the garden.

Zygo did return from work with the final promotion though, so way to go Zygo! I didn’t think he was going to make it, but this is level 10 for sure.

Miranda and Abby take a day to go see if we can hunt down some more collectables. So a quick visit to Strangerville is in order.

Miranda stops and buys a Bizarre Fruit that we can use to plant in the garden and Abby works on her Collection aspiration by searching out the frogs. We also collected the few metals that are around.

I know the picture is super dark, but Zygo with his bees is just such a fun sight, especially with his science outfit on still. He looks truly like the mad scientist.

This girl is actually the Day of the Dead Celebrator this time when Zygo gives the sugar skull offering. They stargaze for a bit and Zygo gets the skull, but it’s one of the ones we already have. We only need 3 more.

The next day is Love Day I think. So of course the girls celebrate with loud horns and lots of confetti. Abby also works this day, I believe, and we are hoping for a promotion.

Out in the garden, with a fairly gloomy afternoon already underway, Zygo is ready to go join Lara. He was kept alive quite a while to get through the science career and he is now left to go be with his love. Zygo managed to complete his career (science), he maxed 2 skills (gardening and logic) and completed 4 aspirations (The Curator, Mansion Barron, Fabulously Wealthy, and Freelance Botanist.) All of that left him with 12 traits and we spent much of the rest of his points on potions to stock in the fridge.

The family has a wishing well now, and Abby goes out and wishes for a promotion. She, instead, gets a bonus. That’s ok, she should be in range to get the promotion tonight as it is.

Miranda works on mentoring Frank on the guitar. This is all she needs to complete for her aspiration, but they only last 2 of the 3 hours. Frank is still sitting at a B in school and needs to finish his good deeds badge for scouts as well.

Because there are still 3 temple treasures we need to find, and we want to extract an element we are missing still, Miranda works on building up some archeology skill by uncovering artifacts Lara brought home through her many adventures.

However, it is time for a new gig. Luckily Miranda is able to attend this one. So she gets started with practicing her acting. Everyone seems to give her a wide berth, so potentially they have heard how she came to be at this talent agency, that she knows “the boss”.

Miranda was not allowed to bring her old make-up artist and costumer with her so she takes some time to get to know the new wardrobe person she will be working with.

The make-up artist feels less competent since he’s applying the makeup and fixing her “hair” through the costume head. Miranda isn’t impressed with him.

The performance goes well, but Miranda isn’t thrilled with the idea of being in a costume with no one knowing it’s her, however, and vows to talk with Abby.

Abby, for her part, is now The Brains of the operation. She has close ties to the boss is in a great position to pull additional strings for Miranda in the coming days.

Frank, the somewhat forgotten son in this update, works on his fitness. I know it looks like he’s almost being forced into doing this, but he chose this task himself.

Abby and Miranda head to the Hijinks festival as it is the perfect place for Abby to complete her mischief requirements for work and she even maxes the skill. Now it’s just about time. Abby is primed to take over the position of The Boss.

Frank gets started on his school project. It’s a robotics project and he wishes he could have his grandpa Zygo there to help him with it. He eventually gets through it, but it takes a few working sessions.

The girls head out to get some sun on one of the super nice days this season. Miranda is a little less conservative then Abby. Of course Miranda isn’t entirely sure what her next gig’s wardrobe will entail yet and she’s not about to have tan lines showing.

Miranda offers to mentor Abby on the guitar. Frank hasn’t wanted any more mentoring and is going through a distant phase, so really doesn’t like being around his mom’s right now.

That’s enough to complete her aspiration. She then gets through the 2 Fortune aspirations and settles on doing the Spellcaster aspiration now that we have RoM. That means she is going to need to make a trip at some point.

Abby was up using the microscope when I got this notice. That means the final picture from the microscope prints has been found. They are hung all around the house, mostly upstairs in the study area.

The family sits down that night to watch a movie together. Everyone needed some social time and it was a nice time for the family. These guys may be mean and/or evil in a lot of ways, but they are still family.

Frank, I realized, is near dropping his grade from a B to a C. He really was the forgotten son this round. So Abby sits down and helps him with his homework, and Patchy is there to offer moral support as well.

Abby comes home that night, however, promoted to the boss. I apparently never caught a picture of it, but Frank also finally finished his last scouting badge and became a Llamacorn Scout.

With the criminal career topped, the girls celebrate and we will see if a new life is brought into play. If so, we are going to eat so many strawberries so we ensure there is a little girl heir to take on the family. Frank has done well, and he will grow up soon, but that feels like the perfect place to leave you. I hope you join us next time for more fun!

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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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