EPIC Tripp: Sports & Entertainment – 4.04

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It’s time for another Tripp….to visit the EPIC Tripp family. Ok, sorry, bad pun time, but it was fun for me. Ok guys, we are working on generation 4 of the EPIC challenge and here is what we are still working towards.

Generation 4 – Sports & Entertainment

  • Once the heir(ess) has reached the top of the entertainment, acting, or athletic career – televisions, cameras, and arcade games are able to be purchased and used, as are workout machines.

So really it’s all resting on Lara’s capable shoulders right now. She needs to reach the top of the Athletic career and then our goals are met. We also are working hard this generation on collection building. So let’s get to it.

We start with aliens visiting Lindsey. This is less scary then when they took Zygo, since she can’t get pregnant, but still. They seem to be visiting quite a bit lately.

Abby is working on her logic skills and great-grandma Belle comes to join her. I am wondering if Abby will get through multiple aspiration as well. She certainly is skilling up decently quickly, but with trips to the jungle coming up she might not.

Abby is quite the social little girl really. Since she is a vegetarian I’ve had the adults eat the last of the fish and meat dishes so they can start to cook exclusively veggie options for Abby. I don’t know if Patchy would approve or not. The garden will be nice to still have though.

Since Abby needs to be read too for a couple of house, grandpa Ferd obliges her. It takes a couple of books but then she has reached that milestone. Ferd is still working on the Fabulously Wealthy, but probably isn’t going to make it. We are about 50K off still.

Lara continues to work on the Rocket. Her nerd brain aspiration has been completed, but if we get the rocket fully upgraded we have the chance to get some of the other collection items we need.

She has, at least, maxed out her rocket science level now. That is excited, as she is the first sim to do that so far in any of my games. It’s fun to have the rocket ship.

Cleo is over visiting again and takes the trash out for us. Why thank you Cleo, that is very nice of you. They might not be friends according to the friendship panel, but she is over all the time and has been since she was a kid. I like Cleo.

The whole family sits down for a meal, and even Francis comes out and joins them. I do really like this little family they have right now. They are getting more and more successful all the time.

Abby gets up to autonomously hug her dad. It’s so cute when they do things like this all on their own. I love these guys!

The next day we take the family back to Oasis Springs. With the forgotten grotto opened we send Zygo in to collect things, and Ferd and Abby in to go fishing. Ferd makes some good catches this day, and the collection at home is growing.

Lara and Lindsey head back to the jungle. Lindsey would like to find that final vase she has been searching for her whole life. Lara would like to get the jungle adventure aspiration done. First she does a spot of fishing to catch the jungle fish though.

Doing all this excavating with her mom causes Lara to max out her archaeology aspiration. She still needs to max the Selvadoradian Culture one, however. Perhaps her dad and assist.

Back at the house Lindsey gets a start on uncovering all the dirt clumps that look like they could hold the vase we need. We aren’t authenticating, we can just send them out for that. I just want to know if they are vases.

Lara heads back out on her own, uses a gem on a totem she put together herself and gets through all the milestones. The only thing left for her to do is to get that culture skill up. She’s at level 4 of 5, so it shouldn’t be too hard. It’s now WinterFest though so they head home.

Where a horrible and unexpected thing happens. This shouldn’t have been TOTALLY unexpected, but I thought they had 1 more day. You can see Ferd in the living room, and Lindsey on the beach. They went at EXACTLY the same time. Laid down at the same time, everything.

I rush Lara out to plead for her mom. She wails and wails, but ultimately is denied by Grim. This is going to put a big damper on WinterFest. Lindsey and Ferd’s gravestone are moved to the garden to join the others.

The family comes together long enough to decorate the tree and ask for a gift from Santa. The traditional singing happens, but no one even wants to open presents. They just all go to bed early.

We did, however, get notice that we completed the collection. It’s placed with the rest, and the reward plaque you can see is up there by the display cabinet. At least that’s one fully completed.

It’s now Zygo’s birthday, so he makes himself a honey cake. Technically he made himself 2 honey cakes because he grabbed a piece of the first one before I was able to get candles on it. Zygo is officially an adult.

Abby works hard and completes her Whiz Kid aspiration. Way to go Abby! She starts on the Rambunctious Scam one next, without me remembering she needs to be playful and play on a playground. We’ll see if she makes it.

Lindsey isn’t gone for long, she is out haunting already and Lara is pretty glad to see her. I need to see if she can get more information about Selvadoradian Culture from her.

Lara has gotten into the Selvadoradian dancing, just like her mom had. She’s already pretty dang good, but being a dance machine that isn’t too crazy.

Abby works on her creativity and motor skills respectively. She is doing pretty well on both an I would love to have her get close to maxing out another one. I also have her working on her scouts badges.

Lara has upgraded the rocket enough to visit Sixam, so she goes and does a big collection run. I think I get all of the plants that she can get, we hit it at just the right time.

Spring Fling is here, which means it’s time for egg huts and chats with the flower bunny. Everyone had a good holiday and we didn’t push it on the finding of the eggs, but we got about 6 of them.

I also happened to be Lara’s birthday. She is also now, officially and adult. She is over 1/2 way through the athletic career, and has taken some time off for traveling and other things, so now it’s time to focus her on completing it.

Zygo completed two aspirations, getting the collector one finally done and then nearly instantly completing the mansion barron aspiration as well. He is now working on the Fabulously Wealthy one, but all of this let him buy another money tree, and a couple more traits.

This will end another update with the family. Abby will be a teenager soon and we will see how she starts doing there, and if she rolls a trait that determines which path she will take. She does have an A in school at this point, and is just working on those scout badges.

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EPIC Tripp: Sports & Entertainment – 4.03

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Hello, long time no see, ok well not really. It was just a couple of day ago, but welcome back to the Tripp’s. This family has been doing really well and at the end of the last entry they had moved into a new house (keeping the 5 fully enclosed room’s rule.) We also had little Abby born and grow into a toddler.

Here is what is left for our goals this generation. There really isn’t much, but it will be nice to have some of these other items unlocked.

Generation 4 – Sports & Entertainment

  • Once the heir(ess) has reached the top of the entertainment, acting, or athletic career – televisions, cameras, and arcade games are able to be purchased and used, as are workout machines.

The exciting thing about this next generation, and for Abby, is she will have to make a choice. Maybe she will roll something in her traits that makes that choice obvious, but maybe not. We’ll have to see.

We start this update with the knowledge that moving to this new house, and the fact we bought some extra columns at the old house, has put Ferd over the edge of yet another aspiration. His next aspiration is Fabulously Wealthy. I will note that because I decided to not do the mini challenge regarding not using aspiration points, both Ferd and Lindsey got a life potion. I’m hoping to send Lindsey back to the jungle for the final vase if we can ever find it.

We offered another sugar skill and got this fabulously looking fellow as our celebrator. Eventually he gave us a skull. I believe that gives us 3 unique ones.

Then this happened! Yep, Zygo got taken by aliens. The good news is, he didn’t come back pregnant. Thank goodness, we do not need an uncontrollable toddler in this family.

After Zygo’s encounter he reads little Abby to sleep. Abby has been working hard on all of her skills, even though I haven’t taken very many pictures of her doing it.

Ferdinando comes home with his final promotion in the painter career. He maxed painting a while ago, but still was working on his career goal. He has now retired to help take care of Abby and finish his later years away.

Abby is a cute little girl, but doesn’t always get the attention she would like. Everyone is so busy working on other goals she spends a lot of her time jumping from babbling at the bear, to playing dolls, to the slide, to the potty, over and over again.

Ferdinando is really bonded with his bees. He can now send them out to bring presents home for him. So we do that and end up with a couple of postcards, and an element that we didn’t have before.

Lara gets another promotion and has finally reached the branching path of this career. She is going to go into the sports side and not the body builder side of this career. The problem with that is, she is supposed to study opponents, but she can’t without a TV or computer.

This night grandpa Ferd reads little Abby to sleep. I know you aren’t seeing much of her as a toddler, I’m not completely sure why I didn’t take very many pictures of her. I’m still getting a feel for the house.

We realized we hadn’t added gems to all the totems, so Lindsey gets to work on that. We need a few more gems before we can really get all of them done, but they are all put together just waiting for the gems now.

Lara and Zygo are very much in love. I do wish they could have more kids, but sadly they cannot. That doesn’t mean they can’t have fun together though, and they do, frequently!

This is the day I apparently had Lindsey and Ferd drink their youth potions. This gives you a nice look across the dining room into the music and collection area. We still need that one final vase, but are getting close to many collections.

Ferdinando is busy fishing and building up their collection. He has gotten many of the IL fish so far, I think they need 5 more maybe. They still need lots of others though too.

Zygo has also been working hard on bonding with the bees so he can continue to keep them happy once Ferd has passed on. Luckily that won’t be for awhile, but we are getting quite the stock of honey and are starting to sell a lot of it.

Lara is working on her logic skill. It’s the last thing she needs for her Nerd Brain aspiration. So she plays chess and her grandpa Francis visits with her. I love that so many of these family members are able to get to know their ancestors.

Grandma Lindsey takes over playing with Abby. I know I said many of the people are busy with their own stuff, but it doesn’t mean Abby is neglected. This gives you another good look across the kitchen but in the opposite direction.

Up on the terrace Zygo works on the microscope. We are attempting to see if we can get the plant pictures. I’m not sure if there is anything related to specific plants or anything, but we’ll keep trying.

Little Abby gets herself some fruit and eats it on her bed. She has almost maxed out most of her skills, and this good because her parents will be taking a trip soon right before her birthday.

Before that though, grandma is back on the case of helping little Abby with her movement. This house has so much space to allow for the toddler stuff to all be in one corner of the house, it’s so much easier.

A new day and another trip with Zygo to work. This day he worked on analyzing metals and crystals, and has also updated the frost gun to a transformation gun.

All this hard work is helping him head up the ranks further. I know he isn’t speeding along at his job yet, but we are getting pretty consistent work out of him.

This day Lara also maxed out her Nerd Brain aspiration. She has decided to do the Jungle Explorer aspiration, which means she will be heading back to the jungle soon.

Family dancing and eating are a great past time, and little Abby has all her needed skills to grow up. Before she does though I want to send Zygo and Lara to the jungle to see if we can find the last 2 fossils and the final artifact needed.

So off they head. They search and they excavate, but they don’t actually make it that far into the jungle on this trip. It was a fast trip and sadly, no new fossils and then elusive “common” vase are no where to be found. Once Abby is a child I’ll send Lara and Lindsey back.

When we get home Abby wakes up in the middle of the night and grows up. She is sad because we forgot her birthday, which also to happen to co-inside with HarvestFest, not our best holiday this time. Sorry Abby, you will be ok.

She gets a little make-over and looks a LOT like her dad in my opinion. She is rather pretty though, and she rolls the Vegetarian trait. Of course she does! She also gets the Whiz Kid aspiration, but did manage to get Top-Notch Toddler as well. Life so far is starting out pretty well for Abby, minus the forgotten birthday.

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EPIC Tripp: Sports & Entertainment – 4.02

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Hello all. Welcome back to the Tripp’s and this crazy EPIC. Last time we started on Generation 4 of this 10 generation challenge. That means are getting close to being 1/2 way through it! That’s wild to me, and means I might actually finish it! Whoo! I started in July of last year, so while I know there isn’t likely anyway I can finish it within a year, I can probably finish it sometime this year.

So let’s gets started by taking a look at our goals for this generation.

Generation 4 – Sports & Entertainment

  • Your heir(ess) has a choice between the Entertainment, Acting, or Athletic career.
  • The spouse may work in the field the heir(ess) did not choose, or any of the previously unlocked professions.
  • Once the heir(ess) has reached the top of the entertainment, acting, or athletic career – televisions, cameras, and arcade games are able to be purchased and used, as are workout machines.

So really there isn’t much to do here, just unlock the career and work on getting points for the mini-challenges. I decided to “abandon” the Doing It The Hard Way mini-challenge. I could keep going, but the points added (+10) do not outweigh the points gained by things like money, and money trees require aspiration points. So here we are.

Lara is working on eating strawberries. We want to keep that matriarchy alive.

Lara: An oracle came last night and said I would have a girl.

An oracle? Wait….was it a female ghost, kind of see through, hair in a bun on the top of her head?

Lara: Yeah, that sounds about right.

That is your….let’s see here, she would be your great-grandmother. That was Kiana. Just eat the strawberries still, please.

I am not sure why there is a 1/2 eaten, spoiled, sandwich sitting in front of Lara. She is getting huge, so maybe she was just REALLY hungry, but I’m pretty sure there is good food in the fridge!

Lara continues to work on the rocket. She is a nerd brain and needs to get this baby upgraded and lunched a few times. I’m kind of excited, since I’ve never tried to go to space yet.

Ferd finally finishes up his aspiration. It’s very exciting for him, and for us. He’s officially moved off of the painter extraordinaire and onto Mansion Barron. That does mean we need columns. Why are they in love with columns? Who has 20 columns anyway?

Lara wakes up in the middle of the night to let us all know, it’s time. The baby is coming. She is huge so we are hoping and praying for only 1 baby.

They head out into the “hallway” where Zygo is freaking out. I don’t always get pictures of the dad’s panicking about the labor. Lara seems so laid back about it all it’s so funny to see him this worried.

A relatively short time late the newest Tripp is born. She clearly has her dad’s skin tone, which is super excited to me. Yay genetic diversity in this family! She is given the name Abby.


Abby is named after Mary Abigail (Abby) Wambach. She is a well known US Soccer player, 2-time gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and part of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


I don’t know if I have ever listed why I have named all of the kids the way I have, so just for fun, here’s a quick breakdown.

Kiana – Founder and just a fun name. Gardening career.
Belle – Kiana’s daughter, named after Bluebell’s which grew in Kiana’s garden. Music career (violin)
Lindsay – Belle’s daughter, named after Lindsey Striling, famous violin player. Archeology career
Lara – Lindsey’s daughter, and named after Lara Croft, video game female archeologst. Athletic career.

So hopefully you see the pattern, whatever career their mom was in I try and find a famous or well known name associate to name her daughter. Ok, enough side tracked stuff.

While the bay was being born, Lindsey was out in the garden offering a sugar skull to one of the tombstones. This little kid was actually the celebrator. I believe he gave us a new skull.

I decided to follow Zygo to work the next day. I have a lot of things I want to find or get, but also want to see if we can get Zygo up his career, even though it doesn’t unlock anything for us. It’s kind of fun.

In fact he earns a promotion that day. Way to go Zygo. It’s not that we need the money at this point, but every little bit that he can progress through is that much more we can try and use later.

I follow him again the next day and he invents the freeze ray and has to use it on a co-worker. He also spends time just chatting with his co-workers as well.

Back at home Cleo has come over again and the girls spend time out in the pool. I was finally able to get them a pool since we unlocked plumbing and it will be good for building fitness.

Before anyone was likely ready for it, little Abby grew up into a toddler. She is so cute! She rolled the Independent trait and she got a little bit of a make-over, but I think I mostly left her alone.

Lara gets busy teaching Abby how to use the potty and since Abby is independent she will be able to do this a lot more all on her own I have learned. It’s pretty nice.

I took the family to one of the parks, since Lindsey had gotten to level 10 of handiness, it meant they could get into the grotto. It did take a few tires to get down there, but eventually Zygo made it. He found a few things, spent a tiny time fishing and then went home.

We will end this update with the family moving into a new house on Sulani. I decided we needed a larger yard, a bigger house, a new location and so here we are. You can see they have stayed at 5 rooms (2 enclosed bedrooms, 1 enclosed bathroom, and then the large room downstairs and the large room upstairs.) I actually add one more partial bedroom upstairs at the end of the hall with a half-wall entrance for a child, as the toddler room is downstairs.

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EPIC Tripp: Sports & Entertainment – 4.01

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Hello and welcome back to the start of Generation 4 in this EPIC challenge. It’s very exciting that we are already up to gen 4, and hopefully we will continue to be successful.

The teen that Lara met at the romance festival is name Zygo, and he is a teen for a couple more days, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t get the relationship built up yet.

Lindsey has been working so hard on finding the final artifacts. She has one left to find. A vase. It’s a common vase, so you would think we should be able to find it. The family has been passing around the blessing of the ancients and apparently even ghosts can get it.

It was apparently the day for male ghosts to haunt as both Francis and Johnny were out together. I guess we were hosting guys night at the house.

Lara needs charisma and logic for either her aspiration or career. So while she is also jogging each day she is trying to get these other skill upgraded as quickly as possible.

Ferdinando is working his way up the career ladder and he is getting closer and closer to maxing out his painting career. I hope he can do it soon.

Kiana comes out and takes time to meet and get to know her great-granddaughter.

Kiana: She is lovely.

Yes, she is. She and her mother have brought us forward so much

Kiana: Indeed, this house has changed so much.

Zygo calls and asks if Lara wants to come to his birthday, and since that means he is turning into a YA we say yes. He comes over with a caterer. So apparently, we are where he’s hosting his party.

Happy Birthday to you Zygo. Lara is very happy to have Zygo as a YA now, and they are flirting, dancing, and kiss the rest of the day way.

Lara asks Zygo on a date and he readily accepts. The date goes swimmingly and they are soon agreeing to being boyfriend/girlfriend.

Lara decides it worth trying and drops to one knee to ask the most important question she has asked anyone. Fingers crossed.

He says yes, of course. He has been smitten with her since the romance festival. So we invite over Cleo and Zygo the next day to have a quick wedding at the family home.

Here is a look at Zygo after a bit of a make-over, although we didn’t change too much. He is going into the Scientist career. He is Outgoing, Child of the Ocean and Squeamish. Which means we have another squeamish sim, and he gets sad at the mounted fish. This could be fun.

One of the first things Zygo does is head out to the microscope and starts working on getting a breakthrough. Which he does shortly after.

With so many things getting unlocked it was time to make some adjustments to the yard again. We have added a pool and set up a space for the rocket. We also added the rest of the garden boxes for what will hopefully be our expanded plants soon enough.

Johnny’s after life must be getting to him from time to time, as he decided to take a bubble bath, and put some cucumbers on his eyes. I find this quite funny.

Lara and Zygo wasted no time getting pregnant and Lara shares the news the next morning. He is surprised, but happy about the news.

Lara gets started on building the rocket, as she needs to upgrade and/or launch in about 5 times to meet her nerd brain aspiration.

Then, a very quick trip to the jungle is had as we still need that final vase. Sadly, this trip didn’t result in finding that vase either. We went through about 7 of them, but no such luck.

Zygo, even though I missed the noticed, got a second breakthrough and decides to celebrate. I hope the bar doesn’t become a primary place for him to go.

Then, I might not have been ready, but it was time for another set of birthdays. Lindsey and Ferdinando were growing up again. They were now elders and each have about 9 days left. I shall miss them dearly.

Lara, however, comes home with a promotion. It sort of cracks me up that she looks like a “cheerleader in trouble.” as the sentiment might go. I’m happy that she is already gaining some promotions.

With that last look I think we will call this update. Lara and Zygo will have their baby next time, and we will hope it’s another girl. Lara is slowly working towards her aspiration, as is Zygo. We still need that final vase, so another trip back to the jungle will probably happen soon.

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light Wrap

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It’s so hard to believe that it’s time for the next generation to take over in our EPIC. So, let’s take a quick look at what has happened in this generation, and take a quick peek at what will can expect for the next generation.

Lindsey was in the self-employed archeology “career” and Ferdinando had gone into the painting career to finally reach that goal. We did not, to the best of my understanding, break any rules this time, which is very exciting. This is what we were trying to for this generation.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Your heir(ess) has a choice between the Science career and becoming a self-employed Archaeologist.
  • Only the archaeologist is allowed to travel to Selvadorada and only for work-related purposes, until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • 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
  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

So Lindsey started as the only person able to travel, but after getting to level 10 in archaeology, that’s when we started to take mail orders. After discussing what marked the “competition” of the archaeology career being completing the aspiration, we did that and unlocked multiple things. We also, right at the end were able to complete the mini challenge as well.

As for the other mini challenges that we have been working towards from the beginning, have we managed to keep to them so far? Here is the list we are working with.

Selected Mini-Challenges

Roll the Dice: Give yourself 5 extra points if you randomize traits of all children for the whole challenge (minus the required traits following the crossroads). You can still do this mini-challenge if you choose to have a passed-down family trait, as long as you roll for all the rest of the traits besides the family trait.

“Every family has one…”: This mini challenge is in addition to the Roll the Dice challenge. Give yourself 1 point for each sim who rolls the Erratic trait.

“No well-behaved woman ever made history.”: Can you make your challenge into a Matriarchy? Must use strawberries to try and give birth to girls so each generation can have an heiress. The use of mods to tamper with gender does not count! 10 points

Gnome Mania: Give yourself one point for each gnome on the family lot by the end of the challenge. Additionally, give yourself one point for each TYPE of gnome the family has collected. These are the gnomes you will receive during HarvestFest so do not cancel the holiday!

Hoarder: An extra 10 points for each completed collection the family has ON the lot at the end of the challenge.

Doing it the Hard Way: Give yourself 10 points if you did not use any aspiration rewards during the challenge.

Creature Comforts: 3 points for each type of creature which joins your family’s household at any point in the challenge (Ghost, Vampire, Alien).

DIY: No handyman may be called at any time during the challenge; all broken appliances, plumbing, and electronics must be fixed by someone in the household. No maid or butler may be hired. Nannies are not allowed, but daycare is – you have to work, after all. 5 points

Love the One You’re With: 5 points if all spouses are found within the town and not created for the heir(ess) in CAS.

So far so good. I was a little worried about the DIY with having Patchy, but after discussing it, it was determined he was more like a ghost, in that sometimes he helped out with other things, but wasn’t “hired.”

So what is coming up next? Let’s take a look at the next goals:

Generation 4 – Sports & Entertainment

  • Your heir(ess) has a choice between the Entertainment, Acting, or Athletic career.
  • The spouse may work in the field the heir(ess) did not choose, or any of the previously unlocked professions.
  • Once the heir(ess) has reached the top of the entertainment, acting, or athletic career – televisions, cameras, and arcade games are able to be purchased and used, as are workout machines.

As mentioned previously, Lara will be going into the Athletic career. I’m not sure what her husband will do, but perhaps the Science career, since we have that one to complete still. It will be fun to have TV’s once this is completed.

POINTS (SO FAR):

-5 for each restriction broken (-15 total) – I totally did this twice with the rooms, and then realized I had broken it once at the very beginning with food.

1 point per $100,000 the family has accrued (+2 total) – we managed to get a lot more money during this generation with selling so many artifacts.

1 point per each skill maxed per generation (by any family member) (+10 total)
Gen 1:
– Kiana: 3 (Cooking, flower arranging, and gardening)
– Johnny: 0
Gen 2:
– Belle: 3 (Cooking, piano, and violin)
– Francis: 0
Gen 3:
– Lindsey: 3 (Archaeology, Handiness, Selvadoradian Culture)
– Ferdinando: 1 (Painting, he also has Selvadoradian Culture, bu it can only be counted once.)
Gen 4:
– Lara: 0

Toddler Skill Points (5 Max per toddler)
– Belle: +5 Points (1 for Happy Toddler, 4 for maxed skills)
– Lindsey: +5 Points (Top-Notch Toddler)
– Lara: +5 Points (Top-Notch Toddler)

Mini Challenges:
– Gen 1: No fridge +3 Points
– Gen 2: $1000 busking +3 Points
– Gen 3: Complete all totems +3 Points

Chosen Mini Challenges:
– Roll the Dice: +5 Points (if I keep to it)
– Every family has one: 0
– No well-behaved woman: +10 Points (if I keep to it)
– Gnome Mania (Types): +10 Points
– Gnome Mania (Total): +17 Points
– Hoarder: 0
– Doing it The Hard Way: +10 Points (if I keep to it)
– Creature Comforts: 0
– DIY: +5 Points (if I keep to it)
– Love the One You’re With: +5 Points (if I keep to it)

Finishing the Challenge: 0

So there are a lot of points still left to get if I can get some collections done, some creatures brought it, and more money showing up, but I feel like I’m doing pretty good so far. I probably need to push to finish more

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.08

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Welcome back to what is likely the last post (although there might be one more) for this generation of the EPIC challenge. It has been a wild ride with these guys, and last update Lara grew into a teenager having completed 2 childhood aspirations.So let’s check in on what we have left to accomplish before Lara grows up into a YA.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

Gen 3 Mini Challenge

  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.

These haven’t actually changed, but we are getting very close to them. We are also getting very close to completing a couple of collections. So let’s see how we do.

Since Lara, I have decided will be going into athletics she begins the routine of jogging each morning. She is likely going to be the sim that maxes out fitness.

Frances was out haunting and decided to do some laundry while there. I have them blocked off from the bathroom in the hopes they will leave SOME of the plumping alone, but it really hasn’t worked.

After her job Lara sits down to do her homework. She got an A in elementary and we are going to try and get her an A in high school.

We decided to try out some bee keeping, especially now that the garden is consolidating some, but that we keep adding a few plants here and there. Frances heads out to check on the bees and tend to the garden.

Lindsey is getting very close to making handiness, and has upgraded nearly everything. She needs kitchen parts for most everything else.

It must have been a Monday as Lara has a project to work on. She dutifully sits down to work on it and get it done. Once she gets an A we are taking the family back to the jungle to find relics.

Having finished most of the upgrades Lindsey starts to work at the woodworking bench to gain additional handiness. I discover all the fun things she can actually make.

Family meal time, with Ferd still in his bee keeping outfit. Lara’s face looks to me like she is getting ready to ask him either way he is still in it, or why he’s trying to eat in it at the very least.

Then it’s dancing time for the girls. Lara being a dancing machine means she really enjoys dancing, and her mother has always enjoyed it as well.

Ferd, meanwhile, gets back to painting. We are also very close to maxing out his painting skill, so I would love to get that done as well.

The mornings begin to get a little routine. Lara takes a jog, Ferd heads out to bond with the bees and then paints. It’s pretty standard now.

We are still needing lots of fish for that collection and no one has managed to max fishing yet. Since Lara has been so quick to pick up skills, I figured I might have her try and get started on that. Cleo asked to come over also, so she joins in for a spot of finishing. Somehow these two are still “acquaintances” which is surprising with as much time as they have spent together.

These three probably sit down more as a family to eat together then nearly any of my other families combined. It’s really quite sweet, and it’s almost the start of the holidays, so the jungle will probably wait.

Belle comes out and decides to play around with the lump of clay. I have never just had my sims play with it, but occasionally they will just pick it up on their own. Belle makes a teapot.

Working hard the next day we get the notice that it has happened. Lindsey has managed to max the handiness skill. That means we can mark something off our list!

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.

It took us until Gen 3 to get it done, but we buy a thermostat, and we’ve been having pretty hot weather in the summer around here lately. With Lindsey mastering it, it’s time for Lara to take over the repairs and get some skills herself.

Frances, who you may remember, was never the best at painting decides to try his hand at it again in the afterlife. It didn’t get a whole lot better.

It’s HarvestFest again and the gnome are all over the place this time, including blocking Lindsey’s ability to finish the grand breakfast she had started. I was able to move them eventually, but we are getting quite the collection of them. I have accidentally bought a couple without meaning to thinking I was in my family inventory pulling them out, but oh well.

Lindsey decides it’s time to head back to the jungle. We’ve got 5 days until Winterfest, and she can potentially find a lot of relics and/or artifacts in those days. That is the last task she has for her generation.

Heading into the jungle after stopping for supplies, she wants again gets herself a blessing of the ancients and becomes a skeleton, although not nearly as pretty of one.

She then also find an egg, which holds an alien…..which is this.

I have to admit, I laughed that I found a pink whale in the jungle, even if it is an alien. Luckily, the jungle excursion was a success, and Lindsey found many of the relics. She needed 1 bird head, a death and a chaos bottom though.

It’s almost Winterfest and Ferdinando has provided us with a gift of a promotion to the branching level.

Lara is very close to her A, and Lindsey does need to go back to the jungle again, so Ferd helps Lara with her homework, and she is close to completing her scouting badge.

Happy Winterfest from the Tripp family. It was a nice holiday, lots of decorations, Father Winter hanging out with Lara, and traditional singing around the tree.

The little live pink whale opens it’s eyes when we get it out of Lindsey’s inventory, and I guess it’s kind of cute.

Ferd is still working on finishing up his aspiration and get to the top of his painting career, so he continues to paint, and Lara is able to complete her scouting badges.

The day after Winterfest Lara comes home with the needed A and is a few days away from growing up. So the family heads out to try and find the final relics needed.

We managed to get the final pieces we needed and when she get home, Lindsey works on putting together the final totems.

We have a completed collection now. Very exciting that we completed this mini challenge before Lara grew up.

  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

Ferdinando finally reaches the final goal we had during this generation. Now he just needs to complete the masterpieces needed to complete the aspiration.

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.

This means we can paint our walls and carpet our floors if we want to. The house has been wood and stone for so long, it feels weird to be able to do something different with it.

It’s the Romance Festival, and Lara grows up tomorrow, but is up and not tired, so I decide to go ahead and send her down there. She sits down and a teen boy sits next to her, and they become romantic interests before we even send her home.

Back home after a bit of sleep it’s time for Lara’s birthday. It’s here where we will pass the torch from the most successful generation to date in this family, onto Lara.

Happy Birthday Lara! We will see you on the flip side where we start Gen 4.

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.07

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We are back with another update to EPIC Tripp. During the last update the current generation 3 didn’t accomplish much yet (other than Lara already reaching her aspiration), but made a lot of strides towards completing many of our requirements. Here is what we are still working towards.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

Gen 3 Mini Challenge

  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.

So let’s get started. I have Ferdinando in the painting career, so he is in charge of maxing painting. He’s getting close, at a level 7 I believe. That means that Handiness has fallen to Lindsey, since she already completed her “career.” So when things break, which they do a lot thanks to ghosts, it’s Lindsey that gets to fix them.

Lara needed to read with an adult for 2 hours for the Whiz Kid aspiration, and while I doubt she will make it, I wanted to at least give it a fair shot, so Ferd is more than happy to read to his daughter.

Then it’s back to painting for Ferd. Also, Lindsey keeps slowly working through all the dirt clumps and artifacts she brought home, and keeps getting sent.

After Ferd leaves for work Patchy wakes up and does his gardening “chores” that he chooses to do for the family. He then comes up to see what Lindsey is doing and talk to her for a bit.

Next on the aspiration checklist is for Lara to play some games of chess. It provides some fun for her and she enjoys playing. She seems to breeze through these aspirations, there might be hope yet.

Patchy is then seen cleaning up for us. I had no idea he could do this and I now am starting to feel like this is a little cheat-y and I think I probably just lost the DIY points without meaning to. (After conferring about it, it was decided he does not break that mini-game….much like having ghosts do not.)

Lara is back to playing a couple of games of chess with her mom and that gets us another thing completed for her Whiz Kid milestone. She is still only at around level 5 mental though, so I still doubt she will make it.

Francis comes out this night and spends time admiring his daughters hard work. He never really got to the see the fulfillment of his aspiration as Lindsey didn’t take a traditional career.

Lindsey and Ferdinando spend time together eating dinner and then Patchy joins them for some activities at the stereo. Ferd paining, Lindsey and Patchy dancing the night away.

Lara meanwhile does her homework (probably while focused) and then gets started on making some potions. She is not high enough to make emotion potions yet, at this point, so she experiments instead.

Johnny comes haunting again and Lindsey is able to sit down and talk with him. He always looks so sad to me, even when he isn’t sad.

Ok, Lara is hanging out enough with this girl I think I need to learn her name. I believe it’s Cleo, but I’m not sure. They do some cloud watching after school. Which they have to wrap up a little early because the family is going on an outing.

Ferd needed to look at painting in the museum, so the family took off to a museum right up the street and looked at some paintings. I could almost imagine Ferd explaining things about them to his wife and daughter.

Back at home, Lindsey is working on her handiness by upgrading things around the house. The washer broke, and so she fixed it and then worked on upgrading things. We need kitchen upgrade parts to do much more.

I get the first notice that it is almost Lara’s birthday. She needs to make 3 emotion potions, and get to level 10 in mental. I’m starting to think she could potentially make it.

Our dear sweet Belle comes out this night. I do miss you Belle, would love to do another challenge with you sometime.

Belle: I may not be here, but I am also not gone.

No, you are not. It’s true. Thank you painting that for us.

I could also listen to you play all night.

Belle: You never came to see be play before.

Not cause I wouldn’t have, I’m not allowed there.

Belle: But I thought you were everywhere…..you traveled with Lindsey to the jungle.

Yes, that is true, but there are certain places or buildings I do not get to see.

Belle: Hmmm, I see. I shall play for you then.

Thank you Belle for the lovely playing last night. Come back anytime.

Belle: Yes, you are welcome. So yes, Lindsey, you see there are places the watcher doesn’t see.

Lindsey: Really? Watcher, you can’t be everywhere?

Nope, she’s right. I can go most places, but often time it’s jobs. Like I can’t follow Ferd to his job.

More upgrades means more handiness for Lindsey. I think she is up to level 8 now, so just a couple more levels to go and we can have thermostats. Which means I could move if I wanted to.

I get the notice that it’s Lara’s big day while she is hard at work at the science bench. I take a look, and she only needs 2 more levels of mental to complete the aspiration. She is focused and should make it.

HOLY COW, right as her age bar starts to bubble, she does it! Lara actually completed 2 child aspirations. I have NEVER come even close to this. Great job Lara!!!!!

Lara comes down and starts setting the table while Lindsey begins to whip up something special to celebrate this big day.

Every Tripp girl grows into a teenagers with a strawberry cake and Lara is no different. It’s always special to make the cake out of their very own strawberries.

Happy Birthday Lara!

The family sits down and enjoys some cake together. Now that Lara is a teenager we are likely to send Lindsey back off to the jungle to see if she can get any more relics to make totems with.

Frances comes out that night as everyone was starting to head for bed and celebrates the continued success of his family in his own way. (He also nearly drops it a couple of times.)

Before crawling into bed, Lara goes to get a bit of a make-over. It is official, she will be going into the Athletics career. She will be a smart athlete though, having the bookworm trait. She is also a dance machine, and got the aspiration nerd brain. I LOVE HER!

This generation has been so successful and had done very well so far. I’m excited to see how they do in these final “years” before Lara takes over, and am very excited to see how Lara does in the future.

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.06

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Well hello and welcome back to our EPIC with the Tripp family! We have been very successful so far this generation and are just down to 3 main goals before it’s over. Let’s look at them.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

Gen 3 Mini Challenge

  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.

SO, I realized today that I have been thinking relics were artifacts, whoops, so I do need to go back to the jungle to find relics, I do not feel nearly as worried about uncovering all of the artifacts if I run out of time.

So what is going on with the Tripp’s this time around, well to start off it’s Love Day! Lara makes some Love Day crafts, she is working on getting some scout badges done quickly.

Then it’s date time for Lindsey and Ferdinando. They are probably the most involved with each other couple I have had. Belle and Francis loved each other very much, but they were mostly happy watching each other do what they loved to do. Kiana and Johnny also loved each other, but it really was more of a relationship of respect.

Back at home Lara gets to do her one Love Day request and gives her dad a bluebell. He’s not overly impressed honestly, but hides that from his little girl. If they allowed it, these two would probably have more kids.

They sit down for a meal before planning a family outing to the library. Lara has to use the forbidden device for 4 hours.

She gets through that milestone without a problem. Turns out she will have to come back and use this device again to finish up the milestone, sadly.

Some good news, Ferd gets himself a new promotion and we have Lindsey head back to the jungle to find more artifacts and relics.

There wasn’t a lot of note in the jungle this time, although she did get a few gems dropped by sloths on her way to the temple. The temple went fine, although Lindsey was super ready to go home by the time she reached the final treasure chamber.

But some relics were found and we were able to make 2 totems, and had found another complete totem. That gives us 4 of the 9. We are on our way! We hold 2 more heads I believe, so just need another llama and 2 birds I believe, plus all the bases.

Ferdinando is up to painting level 7. He is getting so close to being able to max out this skill. Belle was at level 8 when she passed on, and Ferdinando isn’t quite an adult yet.

Lindsey has managed to find multiple artifacts and fossils. We even found a few that we did not already have before. We might actually finish a collection or two this generation!

So I never saw anything saying this wasn’t allowed, and since we have finished with the garden career I decided I would get a Patchy for the garden. Ferdinando is doing all of the gardening with Lindsey is squeamish and always gets a little freaked out when trying to help.

Ferdinando manages to talk, joke, and generally build up “friendship” with the scarecrow until he starts laughing at Ferd’s jokes.

Apparently that was a good thing because we unlocked a costume I didn’t know was a thing. That is kind of fun, not that we will likely use it anytime soon.

Back inside it’s birthday time. Both Lindsey and Ferdinando are growing up into Adults today. I think this is the first couple I’ve had that are aging up at the same time. How sweet are they?

I think this is also one of the first times the entire family celebrated together! Go Tripp’s, generation #3 for the win! You guys are awesome. After celebrating in their own way…..*ahem* Ferdinando comes down to help Lara with her school project while Lindsey caught some sleep.

That night another first that I have seen happened. Johnny and Kiana came out and haunted at the same time. Johnny was angry when he first came in, but Kiana calmed him in no time. I miss you guys.

Patchy wakes up and helps tend to the garden. Watering, weeding, etc. It made it so much easier for Ferd to just go harvest the plants. There was also a new plant in the bunch. Lindsey brought home a black bean from the jungle.

Then it happened, 5 days from growing up, probably the fastest I’ve ever seen, Lara has reached her milestone. *high fives self* Great job Lara. She chooses the Whiz Kid as her next task, I doubt she’ll finish it, but you never know.

This picture I just had to take because it’s just sort of funny. We have a visiting cowboy, who appears to be an elder who dyes his beard, Patchy, and then Lara all gathered around the table. Lindsey and Ferd were working on fitness.

A happy kid heading to bed with her grandma right behind her. Hi Belle! I miss you also.

I cannot remember what all Belle did, but she did break the sink….*glares a Belle’s ghost*

Belle: What? It’s as mom said, it’s helping. Lindsey is already at level 7 in handiness….far closer than any of the rest of us have been.

Yes, but it’s not because you are constantly breaking things!

Belle: *shrugs* Be that as it may.

So she heads downstairs to reach a book. I’m surprised she didn’t grab an instrument.

She does, however, wait long enough in the morning for Lindsey to wake up. She gives her daughter a hug, and I will forever miss that serene face of hers. Belle might have been hot-headed, but music seemed to keep her in a serene state of happiness.

That feels like a lovely place to end this update of the Tripp’s. It feels like we have accomplished so much in such a short time already. I’m so happy with this generation so far, and ready to see what else they can achieve this time.

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.05

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Welcome back to the EPIC Tripp!!! Last time we had a very fun update where we unlocked all kinds of things. So let’s take a look at what is left now.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Cannot take assignments by mail until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • 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

So only the relics and totems are left! However, there is something I have been neglecting to mention that we still need to complete as well.

Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.

Yep, some stuff from Gen 2 still hasn’t been done. Neither painting nor handiness has been maxed out yet, which means we are still without thermostats and the ability to live in anything but a wood wall/stone floor house. We might have electricity and indoor plumbing, but still haven’t figured out how to drywall.

So last time we lost Belle, which was hard on all of us, and Lindsey completed the Archeology tasks needed to unlock everything for this generation. Lara was a toddler and cute, and Ferdinando worked on painting. Let’s see what is going on now!

I think Kiana is sad about her daughter as well. This is a picture of 3 of the 4 generations that currently exist in our EPIC. Founder Kiana, Lindsey, and Lara. We’ve come a long way.

I keep re-organizing things in the house, but Ferdinando sit down with Lara for breakfast.

Ferdinando: She keeps asking me why…..incessantly.

She is a toddler and she is trying to learn thinking. Just go with it for now.

Lara decided she was tired of playing with her dolls and wanted to read instead. Moving the reading corner appears to have caused the family to use it. I think Lara is the first sim to sit on a cushion…and man is she cute doing it!

Ferd works on getting us a new sugar skull after giving Francis (I think) a sugar skull offering. Those EPIC spouses have to stick together. These Day of the Dead outfits are just too fun.

Before I knew it it was time for Lara’s birthday. She had managed to get all of her skills learned and was a Top-Notch toddler. I wasn’t sure about that last imagination point, it seemed tough for her to get, but we got there.

Happy birthday Lara!!! A toddler no more.

So that hair just had to go on her. Didn’t like the look, so a quick makeover was done and I do believe I’m likely to put her into athletics. She just seems sporty to me, and hey with your mom being an archeologist that makes sense.

So we gave Lara the motor aspiration, Rambunctious Scamp. This seems like it will fit her well. She also rolled the Bookworm trait. She is a good girl and gets started on homework right away.

Lara is probably one of the most social sims I’ve ever had. She asks to invite a friend over after school, which I of course said yes too because no one has asked for that before. This little cutie came home with her.

Lara’s poor friend had a really bad day and is very sad. She even goes upstairs and talks to Lindsey about it. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a friends parent about what is going on than your own.

Francis is out haunting and grooving all at the same time. I think he even left all the plumbing alone. Thank you Francis.

Lara decides to bring her new friend home with her the next day again. I have a feeling these two might actually become good friends. Perhaps they will work together, who knows.

Lara is by far one of my most active children. Lindsey and Belle didn’t spend nearly this much time climbing around on the monkey bars, but Lara loves to monkey around on them.

After a bunch of fun, she sits down and does her homework. Who wouldn’t want this kid? I love her so much! Keep being this good at things Lara, it will help us!

Johnny is out for the first time in a little while and starts to clean up the dishes. He gathers them but then just sets them on the counter. I mean, thanks I guess?

The guy Ferd made friends with to get the sugar skull comes by now and then to chat with Ferd. I’m not sure Ferdinando is all that thrilled with the situation as he just continues to work the garden.

Apparently I missed all the cute pictures of it, but since Lara needed to play on a jungle gym Lindsey and Ferd took her and her friend to the park. It got late enough that Lindsey made some grilled fruit for dinner.

Back home you can see the start of our artifact collection forming along the wall, and Ferd helps Lara with her homework for the day. I believe she is already up to a B.

At night Kiana comes to talk with the plants. She loves that there is still a garden, it is part of her legacy, along with the girls who live here. But the garden was her life until Belle came around and provided her the life she set Belle on that continues today

With that picture I think we are going to call this entry complete. This is setting up to be the most successful generation we have had so far, and I’m excited to see what else they are able to accomplish. I do need to send Lindsey back to the jungle soon to get more artifacts though.

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.04

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Last update we had baby Lara grow up into a toddler and Belle dealt with missing Francis and his ghost visiting. We also saw Lindsey reach the end of the temple. So let’s see what we have to continue working on.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Cannot take assignments by mail until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • 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

The ghosts are starting to become quite a pain on the outdoor plumbing. It’s hard when you wake up in with a great need to use the bathroom and they need to repair the toilet to be able to use it. Hopefully when we get indoor plumbing it will get better.

The girls of the house sit down for breakfast. This is a day for studying for Lindsey and Lara. Lara needs to work on her toddler skills, and Lindsey is working on her archeology.

Lara gets a start on her movement with the slide. Getting the movement up is super important so she can go up and down the stairs as she would like. When we build a new house I want the toddler room downstairs.

Lindsey heads upstairs to start uncovering the artifact she brought home. There are so many in her bag and we need to hopefully find and authenticate 5 excellent ones.

Belle starts helping out Lara with her potty skill. This also needs to get to a level 2 where she can do it on her own.

Then Lindsey reaches a huge milestone for her. She has maxed her archeology, which also was needed to finish her archeology degree. Now we just need to finish up the aspiration and we will have unlocked multiple things.

Johnny visits and I am a little mad at him. Why does playful mean you need to destroy you sweet great grandchild’s dollhouse that she was going to use the next day?

After doing all of the work on the artifacts Lindsey needed to have some fun. She turns out to be a pretty decent dancer, but I learned she was dancing some Selvadorada dance. It was cute.

It’s Winterfest time again and the family gathers to sing around the tree, which has started becoming a tradition for this family.

The tree is decorated with a tree skirt and ornaments with garland. No lights, since there is not electricity hooked up here yet. Even little Lara got involved, by watching.

Decorations are put up on the house and the family waits for Father Winter to show up. A grand meal is created, skills are practiced, naps are taken. Basically it’s the best holiday.

When Father Christmas shows up presents are opened and everyone got something that they want, and that is a great thing, since that is not always the case with this family, and everyone feels like it was a great holiday.

Lara spends a lot of time with her grandma Belle, so her parents can focus on their aspirations. Since Belle and Francis didn’t get through handiness and painting ‘Nando and Lindsey are going to need to focus on it.

Lindsey manages to finally uncover and authenticate the final excellent artifact she needed. Now all she needs to do is give a good archeology talk and write a skill book.

Belle doesn’t have many day left, but she gets energized and decides to work out on her own. I’m a little worried about it, but she does great.

I know we haven’t shown it much, but ‘Nando spends a good amount of time with his daughter as well. He doesn’t read as good of a story and mom or grandma, but he’s a good substitute.

Lindsey is able to give a good archeology talk and all she is down too needing to write a skill book. She talks with her grandpa, Johnny for a bit outside.

Lindsey buys a journal and working on her writing skill until she gets to at least level 2. She just has to write a good skill book, and hopefully, level 2 will be enough. So, she heads to the library, where the forbidden devices live. Success!

Lindsey has officially completed the requirements for the archeology skill. She has maxed her archeology skill, completed the archeology aspiration, maxed the Selvadoradian Culture skill, and has reached the bottom of the temple. Not all of those were required, but we did them anyway. That means:

  • 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.

On the way home we get a notice to says Ferdinando has also gotten a promotion. This has been a great day for the family.

With the unlocking of indoor plumbing and lighting it was time for the house to get a makeover. We cannot move away from the wood walls and stone floors yet, but everything looks much brighter. We will leave one tub and toilet outside so we don’t run into people fighting over the bathroom.

Belle is getting so close to the end of life and she heads out to spend time with the gnomes. Not sure what caused Belle and Francis to commune with the gnomes so much, but maybe it’s because they tended the garden so well.

A moment of cuteness as Lara plays with her toys to build up her imagination. She is almost through all her skills, just needing an imagination skill and a thinking skill.

Then it happened. I was having Belle work on upgrading the new washer/dryer and the game called attention to her. I’m not ready!

Death initially spawned next to Lindsey, who was busy trying to to authenticate a new artifact. I decided to have Lindsey try and beg for Belle. We are ready to be without her!

Sadly, and for the first time, begging with Death failed. Lindsey has a high relationship with her mom, so I’m not sure what caused it to fail, but maybe Belle was just ready to be with her parents and Francis again. She is placed next to Francis.

You might see a glimpse of Kiana between the trees, there to welcome her daughter to this side of life. I will miss Belle, her beautiful violin playing, and her occasionally hot headed outbursts. I think that is a good time to end this update. I will hopefully have more soon.

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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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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.02

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Welcome back to the Tripp family and our EPIC. We are currently in Generation 3, the Let There Be Light generation and I am so excited to get to having light bulbs and indoor plumbing.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Your heir(ess) has a choice between the Science career and becoming a self-employed Archaeologist.
  • Only the archaeologist is allowed to travel to Selvadorada and only for work-related purposes, until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • 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
  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

As Ferdinando and Lindsey has planned Ferdinando showed up late one night, Belle and Francis were already in bed, but Lindsey invited him in and up to bed for the night.

They didn’t think of anything else but being with each other that night, and they would introduce him the next day.

Johnny spied them heading up though, but he just danced the night away, after breaking the plumbing.

As dawn started to rise, he went out to do some tree trimming.

It was then time to start to get to know his grandson-in-law to be. So he and Ferdinando talked. In Ferdinando was surprised to see a ghost, he didn’t show it.

Maybe he was nervous and just wanted to make a good impression on his soon to be in-laws, or maybe he just really likes to clean, but Ferdinano did the laundry.

A family meal was had, which Belle got up from to start playing some music.

And why might she have started playing the piano you might ask?

Belle: She is going to be married.

Yes, it was time for a wedding. Do you like your son-in-law?

Belle: He is good for Lindsey. I think he will do just fine.

Francis: *sniff sniff* My baby girl…..

Lindsey is then feeling sick, and knows what that probably means. When he arrived, their tryst meant the challenge continues. She ate some strawberries as her mom told her, who of course, learned from our sage, Kiana.

Kiana: I sense a new baby, a little girl, is on it’s way.

Well, again, we can’t be sure it’s going to be…..you know what, nevermind, yep, that’s exactly what’s happening.

Kiana: *nods* Yes, then place needs my help again. They should have a clean house to bring a baby into.

The next day goes by very normally and uneventfully, expect the reminder that Francis time is almost up. Still, a meal was had together.

Belle mentored Lindsey on the piano, and actually completed her aspiration. Her new one is to be fabulously wealthy.

Frances and Lindsey talk while Lindsey tries her hand at painting.

We also give Ferdinando a bit of a make-over. His last name is Nunez, and he is an Insider, Creative, Child of the Islands, and gets the aspiration Painter Extraordinaire, and a career in painting.

The next day is going to be HarvestFest, and Francis last holiday more than likely, so Belle and Francis spend some quality time together that night, reminiscing and strengthening their love.

Ferdinando starts working on paintings. He needs to max this skill, and thus this career so we can change these walls!

With HarvestFest comes the new gnomes. I check on if they are fixed or not, I bring the old gnomes out of inventory. They are, luckily, all still appeased from before, and Francis heads to appease one of the new bunny types.

Then the gnomes all disappear, and when I search for them, I find them gathered around Francis’ bed. Is this a gnome send off?

Francis tasks Lindsey to make the grand meal for the day, and while sitting at the table giving tips and pointers, the gnomes appear again, gathering around the place that Francis spent the most time, his kitchen.

It causes Lindsey to have all kind of fun getting to the stove, but she weaves through them and gets there. The family, and the gnomes, celebrate HarvestFest.

Lindsey talks to her dad and about the baby, and he gets to feel the new little one kick before heading out to tend to the garden.

It’s in the garden that we hear it’s the end. Lindsey and Belle are both sleeping, but Ferdinando comes down to mourn the man he just met, but who raised his beautiful, confident wife and who will never meet his grand-baby while alive.

The gnomes, apparently sensing it was done, gather around Belle, seeming to dim their halos just a bit.

Belle heads down to her husbands grave, and strengthens his connection to this world, hoping she will see him again soon. She also spend a little time talking with her mom and dad too.

Johnny arrives just as some of the worst of the grief hits Belle, and offers her his unwavering support and love.

The night passes quietly, HarvestFest was a success, but also very sad. The family will miss Francis, and while he didn’t manage to max his career, or max out any skills, or complete his aspiration, he will still be missed, but the family that loved him.

Where life ends though, there is always a beginning as well. Lindsey starts putting away laundry the next day and feels the first pangs of a contraction.

She heads upstairs, where we have moved the bassinet into Ferdinando and Lindsey’s room, and after a little while, baby cries are heard. It’s a new little girl, thank you Kiana, Lara.

Belle, out working in the garden, hears the cries and knows everything for her family will be ok. They will continue to move forward.

Though she normally would play her feelings, the idea of picking up the violin, or playing the piano is too much for Belle, so instead she paints.

It’s a lonely painting, but the family won’t be able to mourn forever. With little Lara here, Lindsey will have to make time to head back to Selvadorada soon if she hopes to finish her goals, and she will need Ferdinando and Belle to help with Lara.

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EPIC Tripp: Let There Be Light – 3.01

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Welcome back to our EPIC and to the start of Gen 3. If you have been following along up until now, then welcome back. If you have just found us then welcome, but you may wish to check out the previous 2 generations, the Garden of Eden and the Sound of Music generations, to catch up on what has happened so far. Let’s look at our goals for this generation.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Your heir(ess) has a choice between the Science career and becoming a self-employed Archaeologist.
  • Only the archaeologist is allowed to travel to Selvadorada and only for work-related purposes, until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • 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
  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

As was mentioned previously, Lindsey is going to become a part of the of the archeology “career.” So once she has had her birthday off she goes to Selvadorada to get started. She initially arrives and having picking a place to stay she stops by the bar, that also has the markets.

In a dream she had on the way, she lost her machete right away and became poisoned and died in the middle of the temple while trying to solve the puzzles.

(Just as a side note, she didn’t die in the picture above, but I did have to restart her jungle adventure.)

After chatting up some locals she decides to head to the jungle with the provisions given to her at the start. (I know, bad idea, but I didn’t know.) She cleared the first path, and unlike in her dream, didn’t lose it right away.

She was able to dig up some dirt piles, but being nervous about what the dream warned her about, she did not continue very far into the jungle.

Instead, she headed back to the markets so she could stock up on additional supplies that should make it easier and safer for her to get through the jungle.

She was meeting many locals and instead of traveling back out into the jungle that day, decided to try and uncover the things she had located during the trip she took.

Some marvelous finds had been had and she went to bed that night excited to get to the temple the next day. Which she did, in fact, do. After finding a pool, she traversed a slightly different path, and even found a skeleton “caretaker”.

From back at home we received some very exciting news from Belle. This means, we can have radios now! YAY

That evening Lindsey spent time talking with the locals, and really hit it off with this gentleman.

They even did some star gazing together. He is another blonde, and would bring in some interesting new genetics, but I don’t know yet.

After a while, Lindsey and our “mystery gentleman” just hung out with others at the bar that evening. There were many people around Selvadorada, and many of them young adults.

It was time for Lindsey to head home, however, but she uncovered many things to work on her archeology skill with back at home. Now that they had radios, Francis was dancing and Belle was able to make progress on her aspiration.

Lindsey diligently works on uncovering the different artifacts she brought home with her. I believe she is already up to a level 4 or 5 in archeology already, having studied the books when she was younger.

Kiana pays us a visit, and decides to try her hand at the piano. She heard her daughter practicing for years, but she cannot make it give her the same sounds.

Kiana: She has a gift, my daughter.

Yes, she does, but she also practiced very hard.

After uncovering all the different artifacts she brought home Lindsey decides to give word working a shot. We still haven’t maxed painting or handiness in order to change the walls, or get a thermostat.

Belle continues to work on painting, and while she is at a level 8, I believe I’m going to have Lindsey’s husband join the paining career, so they should be able to get it done this generation.

It was time for Lindsey to head back to Selvadorada. She continued to learn about the culture, having maxed that out this trip, and while at the market, met additional locals.

This is Ferdinando and all traveling through the jungle was lost once Lindsey met him. The spent the entire day together. Cloud watching, star gazing, chatting and getting to know each other.

Knowing her trip was short, Lindsey went for it…..

Both of them had to head back to their homes for the night, but Lindsey felt like she floated back to her rental. Hoping she would see him tomorrow, and sure enough, at the bar the next morning, although he wasn’t in his hat, was Ferdinando.

She invited him back to her place where they had a swim, and a little more fun throughout the day.

Lindsey had to leave the next day, it was a short trip, and while no archeology was done, although she did dig up some new fossils, she was hoping to leave with more than she came. So after spending the morning together……

It is a yes!

Plans were quickly made to have Ferdinando come out to Oasis Springs, where he could meet her parents, and they could get married and have a life together. She couldn’t wait to get home, where things were very similar to how she left them.

But she was rushing home for a reason. It was a very important day and Lindsey didn’t want to miss out.

Happy Birthday my lovely Belle. I cannot believe you are an elder now, and Francis, who was much older than Belle initially, is nearing the end of his life. Will he live long enough to meet his son in law? Will Lindsey get back to Selvadorada to finish up her archeology tasks?

These are questions that I think will need to happen next update. So I hope you enjoyed this update, and will join us again soon as we work towards having light blubs, and indoor plumbing….I’m so excited!

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EPIC Tripp: Sound of Music Wrap

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As hard as it is to believe, Lindsey Tripp, our generation 3 sim is ready to take on the next leg of this challenge. So with that it’s time to take a quick look back over this last generation and see how we are doing.

We’ll take a quick look at the rules for this generation, and take a sneak peak at what’s coming up for Lindsey. I also forgot to take a look at the points for the last generation so we will do that too.

Belle was in the music career and Francis took the culinary career, which was also unlocked this generation. I believe I managed to keep the rules this time, although we did have a bit of a snafu early on with rooms being “separated” that I shouldn’t have been a couple of times.

Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Heir must choose between Music or Painting careers.
  • Spouse may work in any of the listed jobs the heir did not choose, or culinary or gardening.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Once heir reaches the top of the music or painting careers, radios are able to be purchased and used.

    Gen 2 Mini Challenge:
  • Make at least 1,000 simoleans by busking. +3 points

The first two bullet points were easy and already explained. We are still working on painting and handiness, and Belle is still working on finishing up the final promotion in music. That should come quickly at the beginning of the next generation. We did manage to meet the mini challenge, however.

Now I gave myself a whole set of mini challenges for this challenge as well and I haven’t taken a look at them to see if I’ve kept to them or not, so I think I should take a quick look there as well.

Selected Mini-Challenges

Roll the Dice: Give yourself 5 extra points if you randomize traits of all children for the whole challenge (minus the required traits following the crossroads). You can still do this mini-challenge if you choose to have a passed-down family trait, as long as you roll for all the rest of the traits besides the family trait.

“Every family has one…”: This mini challenge is in addition to the Roll the Dice challenge. Give yourself 1 point for each sim who rolls the Erratic trait.

“No well-behaved woman ever made history.”: Can you make your challenge into a Matriarchy? Must use strawberries to try and give birth to girls so each generation can have an heiress. The use of mods to tamper with gender does not count! 10 points

Gnome Mania: Give yourself one point for each gnome on the family lot by the end of the challenge. Additionally, give yourself one point for each TYPE of gnome the family has collected. These are the gnomes you will receive during HarvestFest so do not cancel the holiday!

Hoarder: An extra 10 points for each completed collection the family has ON the lot at the end of the challenge.

Doing it the Hard Way: Give yourself 10 points if you did not use any aspiration rewards during the challenge.

DIY: No handyman may be called at any time during the challenge; all broken appliances, plumbing, and electronics must be fixed by someone in the household. No maid or butler may be hired. Nannies are not allowed, but daycare is – you have to work, after all. 5 points

Love the One You’re With: 5 points if all spouses are found within the town and not created for the heir(ess) in CAS.

I did randomize all of Lindsey’s traits, so that is still going strong. So far no one has rolled an erratic trait but I’m sure it’s coming at some point. So far so good on the matriarchy. I have plenty of strawberries, so hopefully we can keep to that. I am still collecting gnomes, and working on other collections as well. So far no aspiration rewards are being used (although that is very hard sometimes.) I have managed to do everything DIY and both Johnny and Francis were just from the neighborhood, not created by me, so it looks like we are on our way to meeting these for another generation.

Let’s take a quick peak at what the next generations goals and requirements will be.

Generation 3: Let There Be Light

  • Your heir(ess) has a choice between the Science career and becoming a self-employed Archaeologist.
  • Only the archaeologist is allowed to travel to Selvadorada and only for work-related purposes, until reaching level 10 archaeology.
  • 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
  • Discover all relics and assemble all totems (archaeologist). +3 points

As discussed in prior entries, even though I realized later science would have also made sense for Lindsey, she is going to be an archeologist. I’m not sure what her spouse will do, likely painting so we can get the painting skill maxed finally. This generation we get electricity and indoor plumbing, which is very exciting!

POINTS (SO FAR):

The thing I forgot last time was to look at points. Whoops! So here we go:

-5 for each restriction broken (-10 total) – I totally did this twice with the rooms, but I don’t believe I have broken others.

1 point per $100,000 the family has accrued (+1 total) – the family has only just reach $100,000. I expect this to go up a fair amount this next generation.

1 point per each skill maxed per generation (by any family member) (+6 total)
Gen 1:
– Kiana: 3 (Cooking, flower arranging, and gardening)
– Johnny: 0
Gen 2:
– Belle: 3 (Cooking, piano, and violin)
– Francis: 0
Gen 3:
– Lindsey: 0

Mini Challenges:
– Gen 1: No fridge +3 Points
– Gen 2: $1000 busking +3 Points

Now the other mini challenges will be counted at the end, as will the ending bonus. So not a super high score so far, need to work on maxing some more skills, but for only 2 generations in I feel like I’m doing ok. See you for the next generation.

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EPIC Tripp: Sound of Music – 2.10

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Generation 2: Sound of Music

  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the painting skill, walls and floors may be any material. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Starting with the sims of generation 2, if the heir or spouse masters the handiness skill, thermostats are unlocked. If this generation doesn’t complete this, it will be up to future generations to gain the necessary skill.
  • Once heir reaches the top of the music or painting careers, radios are able to be purchased and used.

    Gen 2 Mini Challenge:
  • Make at least 1,000 simoleans by busking. +3 points

It feels like forever since I have posted here, even though it hasn’t been that long. I realized pretty quickly that I am basically at the end of Gen 2, so we are going to wrap up Gen 2 this post and then we will do the wrap-up and see how Gen 3 starts. We are still working on our final few goals for this generation.

So I had an incident in the middle of playing this round that caused me to have to replay the beginning part of this round. Not everything happened EXACTLY the same as the pictures, but the general “beats” happened the same. So let’s get started.

We start with some mother-daughter bonding over a game of chess. Belle was clearly just home from work as that is her performance dress.

Belle is still working on getting the money for busking, so she heads down to the busking set up at the part and gets herself another $220 simoleons. That means she needs just under $300 to complete this goal.

Belle: Really? More playing in public???

Yes Belle, but you play so beautifully and you love to play.

Belle: Yes, but you know I’m not a “sim” sim.

Belle does get tense from “stranger danger” every time she is out doing this, but one more trip should do it.

Back safe in her home she is working on maxing that piano skill. She is so very close to reaching the top of the career I need to get this done.

Francis helps Lindsey with her homework. I sort of drop the ball a little later on his mentoring, so he isn’t likely to finish an aspiration.

Francis: Especially since Lindsey wants to be an archeologist. There is no job for her to max with that.

That is true, but still, I feel bad. I really thought you’d make it through this one.

Lindsey is getting a headstart on her “career” while still in high school as well by purchasing some archeology books and reading up on archeology. I think she is going to be very successful.

She also sits and has a nice conversation with her grandmother, Kiana, who is out frequently and while she and Johnny tend to break the plumbing items outside, they are very helpful in other ways.

Kiana: We do it to help.

Do what to help, break stuff? How does that help?

Kiana: It forces the family to learn handiness. They need temperature control at some point.

Francis continues to work on his aspiration by helping Lindsey with her school project. Lindsey is close to getting an A in high school.

Belle did it! She has maxed 2 skills, violin and piano. All she needs is the next promotion.

The firepit is still a very “fun” thing for the family to do. It gets decently hot here so it is surprising to me how much time they spend around it, but as long as they enjoy it and don’t overheat.

Francis tries his hand at gaining more painting skills. He isn’t doing the best at it, perhaps we need to leave this to Belle.

I believe this is New Year’s dinner and all the family makes resolutions that they each reach, but that do not count due to something with an update that is being worked on.

For the first time in a while, we have a visit from Johnny. Who does very helpful things like replacing the wash water. I believe he also went and grabbed a load of laundry as well.

The ghosts “helped” during the night by breaking both the toilet and the bathtub, which makes more a tense morning for the family.

THANKS ghosts!

Kiana: They are learning fast.

It was time for Belle to reach the last money she needed from busking. Instead of going to the park the whole family headed to the nearby bar. There was food, bathrooms, and fun for all while Belle played her heart out.

However, with the final tip from customer number 15 we reached our goals. $1016 has been made by busking!

  • Make at least 1,000 simoleans by busking. +3 points

Then a moment I knew was coming but still wasn’t ready to have happened, and almost had forgotten was happening, Francis came home from work and grew up to an Elder. How is it possible already???

He was always older than Belle, but still. The family sits down to a nice dinner to celebrate, although Francis will mope about his forgotten birthday (cause I didn’t get a cake done.)

It’s hard to imagine, but it was also time for the next generation to take over. Lindsey’s birthday is at hand. Belle is a sliver away from her final promotion, where we get radios. I’m so excited to have radios finally, and maybe Belle can finish her aspiration.

Our generation 3 heir is now a young adult and we are ready to take on her challenges. Belle has managed to max out 3 skills so far, cooking, piano, and violin. She is very close to getting that final promotion she needs to unlock the radios.

Lindsey gets compassion and responsible traits from her choices as a child. She was 2 badges away from maxing her scouting aptitude, one day I will complete that. She is going to be going into archeology. Francis, unfortunately, is not going to reach his first aspiration, so we may change it. I forgot one of the final things is for a child to max a career.

I will cover a few more things in the wrap for this generation and we are ready to start Gen 3, the Let There Be Light generation.

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