Hello and welcome back to the board game challenge with Jewel Meeple! So last time Jewel worked her way into a very small little house and found herself a boyfriend. She is working as a painter/artist. Let’s check in.
Jewel’s boyfriend, Alvaro Puckett, is over again and keeps Jewel company while she paints. She’s getting pretty skilled and he seems to like to watch her. Yes I have finally learned his name, since he appears to be sticking around.
Alvaro further endears himself to us by cleaning up after Jewel. Jewel isn’t a slob, but she also isn’t always the most reliable about doing her dishes. I really need to get a sink in the kitchen, but we are going to need a little more room in the house first.
Jewel heads out for an evening job, I would have liked Alvaro to go with her, but sadly you still can’t do things like go jogging together, at least that I know of. If you have a way PLEASE let me know!
Once Jewel is back from her jog they decide to go enjoy the evening together. It’s a warm evening and looking out over the water is quite peaceful. Alvaro even offers to give her a massage, which she readily accepts.
The time is right, and the mood is set, and the location is lovely, so Jewel drops down to one knee and proposes to Alvaro. He wasn’t sure what was happening at first, but gladly takes the ring. He is now the future Mr. Meeple (he is taking her last name) and will be the stay at home dad to any kids they have.
Now that there is going to be a wedding Jewel starts getting more serious about her morning or evening jogs. She’s got to look great for her wedding day, which will be small affair, they don’t have THAT much money, but a beach honeymoon is also in her future.
Life for Jewel, over the next couple of days proceeds pretty much like normal. Jewel paints paintings, and has gotten up to level 6 in painting. She frequently begins to paint all on her own.
She cooks herself food, something she isn’t great at yet, but she is learning. I do really like the new food from snowy escape, it is pretty fun to have for Jewel to make and tends to be decently cheep.
She also makes the collection runs. We haven’t done the full circuit for a while, choosing to stay closer to her home lot instead of around the entire neighborhood, but there is still plenty to gather.
I don’t remember ever seeing this particular painting before, in fact Jewel starts painting a lot of pictures I don’t remember seeing before. It actually makes me ask if there were new paintings, but apparently I just haven’t seen these. It’s fun to have enough options that I still haven’t seen them all.
Jewel finally gets herself another promotion and is on her way to the top, eventually. She is also selling paintings on Plopsy more often and for about double what they would sell to a collector for, which is great. Her little nest egg is going up, although the kids that will be incoming after she is married will probably drain that fairly quickly.
Alvaro asks to come hang out with Jewel, who of course says yes and greets him with a kiss. I am, once again, very thankful for getting Jewel into this little house as it has saved her from a lot of icky weather. Alvaro, however, is not having a good day.
This makes Jewel, being the loving girlfriend she is, sad. So she decides to paint about it while trying to cheer Alvaro up. All the cheering up makes her playful, so she paints about that as well. Having successfully painting some good paintings makes her very confident. So she paints about that too, and while her painting session for the day comes to an end, she finishes off with a landscape painting. Never had a sim get through the needed emotional paintings that fast and it such rapid succession.
The next night I decide it’s time. Jewel has some money saved up for the honeymoon as well as enough to pay bills a couple of times and hopefully enough paintings listed on Plopsy to afford kids. Jewel invites everyone she knows over, buy’s the cheapest wedding arch she can, places it in a lovely location on her lot and prepares to become a Mrs. In her formal wear the ceremony begins, but wait…..
What are these strange lights? Jewel walks away from the arch and into the alien lights, and Alvaro pulls out his violin.
Alvaro: *singing* …and then she walked away. My wife to be went up in space for all the world to see. Will she ever come back down, will I ever see her again? My wife to be went up in space and left me to wait and see.
So what do you do when aliens take your wife to be, and she was the only playable sim on the lot? Well you hang around an wait for a while, chatting among yourselves.
Then you might move the “party” inside and chat while still waiting. Jewel was gone for a long time. Most of the guests eventually left having said it was getting late. I can’t fully remember how long sims are usually gone, but it certainly did take a while.
Around midnight Jewel was finally brought back to earth, and the few stragglers that were still hanging out talking were there to see her arrive dazed and a little bit out of sorts.
Alvaro was, of course, still there. He had been sitting on the cooler waiting to see if she would come back. When she did she told him the craziest stories about what had happened, and all he could do was give her a big hug.
The wedding will have to wait for another night, as that has been quite enough excitement for one update. It was a pretty crazy ride, and while I know this is certainly a shorter update, it feels like the right place to stop. Next time we will have a wedding, I hope, and a honeymoon.
I also forgot to mention last time, I have instituted a small “extra” rule for myself with this challenge. Since I started this after snowy escape came out, and that means we have vacation lots now, I looked through the worlds and made a breakdown of what “worlds” I feel like are likely close enough for a day trip and which ones likely require a more substantial (read stay at least a night) trip. If they want to travel to any area in their “group” they can without restriction. If they want to travel to an area outside of their group they have to take a vacation to that area. Each “section” has multiple vacation homes, restaurants, libraries, parks, nightclubs and/or bars, etc. So they should have everything they might need in any given group of neighborhoods. I determined and formed 6 groupings across all the different expansions and did my best to take things like climate, general foliage, coastlines, etc into account. So we’ll see how it goes. Anyway, thanks, as always, for reading!