Meeple Monopoly – Post 1.03

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Hello and we are back with the Meeple’s! Right now that is just Jewel Meeple, but she has a fiance in Alvaro Puckett who was almost her husband last time but Jewel got abducted AS the wedding was starting. So let’s see how things go this time.

We find Jewel finishing off the coast near her home. This location really is lovely and I feel like I should spend more time in some of these other hoods. Most of my families currently live in Sulani because I love that world so much, but Willow Creek is a very pretty place.

But let’s not waste any additional time this time around. We aren’t going to throw an official wedding party, but we invite everyone Jewel knows and greet a few people passing by and decide to hold the wedding.

The actually ceremony took place as darkness begun to descend upon Willow Creek and the lighthouse lit up the sky. None of our guests bothered to come out and look, but hey, that’s ok. It really just needed to be these two anyway. They need no one else.

So Alvaro was going to come with 20,000 simoleons, but we basically said “no thanks” to the money, even though it would have been great to have, it also would be against the rules. As it was, he still brought about 8,000 with him, which we cheated away. Jewel, as you can see, has built herself quite the little nest egg however, and I am very happy about that.

With Alvaro now a part of the family we gave him a mini make-over to bring a little more purple into his wardrobe. However, for the most part we leave his look alone as I like his facial hair and hair.

With most of the guess gone for the evening the couple hangs out with the remaining few sims who are still hanging out. We have rearranged a little bit, as you can see in the picture, putting the easel Jewel earned from work in the house and moving the other outside for now.

One of their guests would not leave the couple alone. They put up with him for a while and eventually he decided to leave. Alvaro had something to discuss with his new bride before they went to bed and prepared for their honeymoon.

Alvaro: Jewel, darling, I have something I need to tell you that I have kept from you.

Jewel: *skeptically* ok, what is it?

Alvaro: Perhaps you should down for this.

Jewel: Just tell me.

Alvaro: Perhaps it would be easier if I show you.

Alvaro: Remember how the last time you got taken up to a spaceship before we were able to get married and you saw all of those things. I know you were scared, and I wasn’t completely sure what was happening either, but…..

Jewel: You are one of them?

Alvaro: *sigh* Yes. That was my family. They were a bit upset that I hadn’t told them about you yet. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner.

Jewel: Ummm….ok. I mean, I was scared, but that was because I didn’t understand anything anyone was saying, but they didn’t hurt me or anything, just kind of walked around me looking at me and glowing a lot…..wait, you are glowing now!

Alvaro: I know I should have told you before the wedding, but you were so excited, I was scared you would think less of me.

Jewel headed off to get ready for bed while Alvaro patiently gave her time.

Jewel: So you are an alien, were you born in…..in….space?

Alvaro: No, I was born here. My earth father raised me, but never hid from me who or what I was. My family visited me often, and when father passed I was offered the chance to join them, but I wanted to stay here.

Jewel: You said earth father……

The two talked into the night and by the time they climbed into bed Jewel had assured Alvaro that she wasn’t going anywhere and still loved him.

The journey the next morning started much to early and by the time the couple reached their beach rental it was evening once again. Both were tired, but both were also excited to be on their honeymoon.

The night before they had talked so long they held off doing anything to consummate their marriage, but they took full advantage of their house on the beach to do just that before falling fast sleep with each other. Alvaro wore his disguise, or as he liked to call it, his human form, to avoid causing any sort of attention to be drawn to them for anything other than their honeymoon.

Alvaro, who wasn’t nearly as sleepy as Jewel, is up first the makes food for the couple. They eat it out on the deck enjoying the view that they were just able to glimpse in the dark last evening.

After both felt satisfied a quick cannonball of their deck into the pristine waters below found the couple enjoying the water together. There were lot of canoes out but the couple didn’t really notice any of them.

Then it was time to relax and enjoy their beautiful beach honeymoon by hanging out at the beach. They built sandcastles, relaxed and worked on their tans, and simply enjoyed the day.

That night they found a restaurant an island over from where they were that was easy to access and headed out for a nice dinner together. The atmosphere was wonderful, and while they didn’t want to splurge too much, the couple treated themselves to a nice fresh fish dinner.

After dinner the happy couple stood by the bonfire lit outside and cozied up together near the fire. They didn’t really need the warmth, as the night air hadn’t gotten that cool yet, but their passionate kiss warmed them up even more and their hurried back to the house.

The happy couple continued to enjoy their honeymoon by visiting the community center and going snorkeling. Jewel was starting to not feel so great however, so they spent part of their last time near the house.

It didn’t stop them from showing their love off for all to see. While waiting for some food to be ready from a food stand near the beach and a short walk from the house the couple made out on a bench.

Finding a more secluded spot they ate their dinner and talked some more. Their honeymoon was ending, but it had been a lovely time and made me realize I probably want to take couples on honeymoons more often now.

Jewel: Honey, can you come in here for a moment?

Alvaro: What is it my sweet, are you still not feeling well?

Jewel: My stomach is still pretty sour, but that is part of what I wanted to talk to you about. We are expecting!

Yep, one of those first woohoo’s of the honeymoon caused a little nooboo to already be on the way. It’s a good thing that Jewel had that nest egg set up since each baby of this generation is going to cost us a thousand simoleons.

The honeymoon wrapped up and the couple headed back home. I was able to give Jewel a little bit more of a make-over with the new make-up sliders and gave her a much less sever coloring across all of her outfits. I love those new sliders, and I’m excited to see who the nooboo takes after. But that will have to be the next update as that is where we are going to end this update.

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Meeple Monopoly – Post 1.02

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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!

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Meeple Monopoly – Post 1.01

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So, yes, this is yet ANOTHER new challenge from me. I know, I know, it’s a sickness. I promise I haven’t given up on my other challenges either, they will keep getting updates too. I just got super excited about the new pack and started some different things.

This is a Board Game challenge, which is basically an 8-generation legacy. Each generation is based off a property set in monopoly and one other board game. You can read more about it in the Rules link above which takes you to the set I’m using to play.

Let’s look at the requirements for Generation One.

GENERATION RULES: The Game of Life

Mediterranean Avenue & Baltic Avenue 
Generation 1: Purple
LIFE

  • What better way to start out on your sim’s life journey than with The Game of Life? But, unfortunately for you, life is hard, and this first generation will be no exception. Your sim may only enter one of the six careers that are shared by Life and TS4: entertainer, athlete, detective, doctor, business, & artist. They may never quit or change professions (but they may retire), and if they are fired you must get them back into that profession as soon as possible. Spouses and children may not be employed.
  • You MUST send your sims on a honeymoon/vacation as soon after their wedding as possible. If you have to sell the couch and microwave to afford the rental, so be it.
  • In The Game of Life, players receive a large chunk of money after the birth of each of their children. Well, real life isn’t like that, and for the purposes of this challenge, neither is life in the sims! Kids COST money. A LOT of money. So after the birth of every child, you must SUBTRACT $1,000 dollars from your sims’ household. You may do this via cheats, or by buying one or two expensive decorative objects that you MAY NOT SELL until the next generation takes over. Now just hope you don’t go bankrupt.

So we need a lot of money this generation. Since we can do any of the “Life” careers we are going to pick painting as it’s a great way to get money quickly.

Meet our founder, Jewel Meeple. She is going to take on this first generation of the challenge. Jewel wants to be a Painter Extraordinaire and she is Good, Materialistic, and Family-Oriented.

Since the rules state we have to do a standard legacy start, Jewel buys the newly emptied 50 x 50 lot in Willow Creek, buys the requisite suit of armor and now has 0 simoleans. Yes I could have let her keep 1800, but decided I needed more of a challenge here.

This rough start to life here in Willow Creek isn’t enough to dampen our Jewel here, and she heads out to start fishing. She even catches a fish right away, which, of course, is sold fairly quickly. We do need food, and most fish are not useful for food here.

Next thing Jewel does is make a collection run around her neighborhood. There are lot of snapdragons and rocks to dig. This gives her a couple hundred simoleons at least and will give her some food for dinner as none of the plants were fruit or veggies.

Jewel heads to the park in order to meet some people, see if we can meet any spouse potentials, and have some fun. She also collects a few more plants and rocks as well. Then she sits down for some chess with Dustin Broke, who gets up and leaves pretty quickly after she sits down.

After meeting just about every young adult she could come across Jewel heads over and buys some popcorn shrimp for dinner. It’s not the best meal she’s ever had, but it is food, and it’s better than starving so she sits in the park and eats.

There still isn’t enough money for even a tent after some of the other things she needed to do but Jewel did get a job as a painter. Now we just need to get her an easel. The bench isn’t the most comfortable spot for the night, but life should start looking up for Jewel soon.

The bench did save her from a visit from Vlad, who walked by her empty lot in this outfit. Since she wasn’t “home” but rather sleeping on a bench across the street he didn’t mess with her.

She gets invited out to the Hijinks festival, and since I know you can make some money she invites everyone she knows to go with her. While I know they don’t get as much money, she joins the Jokesters, who win and she had a good evening with a lot of fun to be had. Plus the earned money will be put to good use.

Between the collection runs, the festival, and eating the cheapest food we can find Jewel has managed to afford all of this. It’s not a great start but it is something and now she can start painting to hopefully get some more money coming in.

While she isn’t sleeping outside anymore, having to run to the pubic toilet whenever she needs to go and having almost nothing to her name is starting to weight on Jewel. She splurges on some fish tacos the next day at the park and then get a phone call that gives her about 1000 simoleons because she made the right choice apparently.

After another collection run, while Jewel was in the shower (which is why it isn’t yet in the house) I built this tiny little house for Jewel. She doesn’t have much money left now but at least she won’t be sleeping outside any longer. It’s got a whole two walls, the roof pieces making up the other two.

The bathroom gets rearranged a little bit after this picture, but Jewel now has a very cheep bed and the start of a small little kitchen. It’s pretty good for less than a week in town. Plus, no more running to the park down the street to use the bathroom.

Jewel celebrates her first meal in her new house by making a cheap salad to eat. She has no real seating so she sits on the cooler and ponders the easel. It’s good she is inside as well because we hear a storm starting to rage outside.

A few paintings later we are starting to get more than we are paying for canvases, which helps her paint a little bit more and we post a couple on plopsy in the hopes someone will buy one for much more than the canvas.

The house is getting a couple of decorations, and a brick path was added to lead to the main path through the neighborhood, although it is just some terrain paint, it looks nice. Jewel is well on her way to getting the money she needs to expand and keep growing this generation.

Jewel is in a good enough mood to invite over one of the young adult sims that she met at the park. I cannot remember his name right this moment, but they are hitting it off. He is an art lover and good I believe, although I could be wrong about that. He doesn’t seem to mind the small house.

After Jewel goes to bed he decides to paint, and he even completes the painting. This allows Jewel to sell it off for a decent price later and helps her pay for the loveseat she splurged on in the picture before. She also has managed to sell a painting on Plopsy for a decent amount.

Sadly, Vald visited again and this time he was able to get in a drink from Jewel and he apparently really enjoyed her. This leaves her super drained the next day and Jewel doesn’t get through the whole collection run before heading to work.

She came home and took a nap but was woken up by a phone call asking her out on a date. Of course she says yes and they head out. During dinner Jewel gets up the nerve to give him her very first kiss. I think these two will be fun together.

Before saying goodnight Jewel takes one more chance and surprises him by suggesting they make it official and become boyfriend/girlfriend exclusively. He might be surprised but says yes, and Jewel is super excited. Now she just needs to save up enough money for a wedding and a honeymoon as well.

It might be a little bit before they can afford to get married, but Jewel is super happy to have a boyfriend, and invites him over after work every chance she gets. She has managed to expand the kitchen a tiny bit, and is starting to sell paintings for a decent price now, which should help with the upcoming bills as well.

In the short time Jewel has been here she has come pretty far, managing to get a roof over her head, a small house built up, a job, and a boyfriend. We will probably be proposing soon, which will mean I have to learn his name, but that will wait until the next update.

So far I’m enjoying this challenge, and I really like Jewel. I hope you will enjoy it as well as we continue and I will see you next time!

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