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If you ask me, pets get sick in this game WAY too often.
You can get them 'vaccinated' at the vet. That's supposed to keep them relatively healthy for 2 weeks.

(I have no idea why I am so bad at hosting parties)
I find parties with more people harder to get silver or gold on. About 4 or 5 people seems just about right for me to jump through all of the hoops required for a successful party. Incidentally, "dinner party" seems to only require you call everyone to a meal in order to get gold, so maybe try that?
 
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You can get them 'vaccinated' at the vet. That's supposed to keep them relatively healthy for 2 weeks.
Oh hey. Maybe that's why Pudding and Polly were at the vet early on.


Also, I should have selected some more rambunctious traits for Polly. Pudding is getting more spotlight time.
 

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Friday, 6th of Summer, Year 1 - Household 2

Household 2 fixed - Dirona Patrthom Squidley MikeRC Emrys Adam and Pudding.jpg


Beware the long nap of the law!

Emrys plays with her ferret while Pat grooves to the beat of his stolen microwave.
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Adam prefers the new-age sounds of the jukebox in the living room.
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There goes MikeRC again, trolling them forums.
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I guess he and Dirona DO have a lot in common.
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Squidley finishes off a painting, and that step of her aspiration.
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Playing with the ferret has made Emrys, well, playful. She takes that feeling to the roller rink.

Doesn't stay for long though, she comes back in to socialize, and Pudding has the zoomies.

Breakfast time!
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MikeRC flirted with Adam at breakfast. Adam flirts with everybody though. Still, it doesn't make Dirona feel very good.
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Squidley heads off to work. She's got that big case to crack, but as FNG, she's also gotta go on patrol.
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She makes nice with the townies.
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Dispatch, we got a predator stalking the streets out here...
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Yeah, and THIS guy certainly doesn't look suspicious. AT ALL.
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Bubble and Bhamv are seen having a cookout with an unidentified townie.
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Uuuuugh nobody's breaking any laaaaaws. How's a girl supposed to advance her career?! Squidley falls asleep on a park bench.
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She is awakened some time later by the sound of public fighting.
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Squidley writes everybody involved a citation and then heads back to the precinct.
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She puts out an APB on the suspect from her current case.
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The suspect is sighted at a local club. Squidley interviews people on the scene. Oh, Adam gets a promotion! Grats, Adam.
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Yeah, this guy swimming in the pool fully clothed is SUS AF. Squidley arrests him, and barely makes it back to the station before her shift is over.
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Good job, Squidley. That promotion gets closer every day.
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She arrives home to find it's business as usual. Everybody doing their own thing. Well, at least Patrthom is working on his logic for his aspiration.
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Squidley still misses HCGLNS.
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She gets a call from Sara - I have Squidley drag everybody in the household along with her.
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"So glad you came!"
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It's apparently happy hour at the karaoke place across the street from the festival. People immediately get distracted by that.

Wasabi and Dei kinda wonder what the heck they're even doing here.
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Sara is not impressed by the skill of the attendant mixologist. She's no Snuffles, that's for sure.
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Dei and Wasabi find their own fun.
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I nudge Squidley into remembering she came here to buy a shirt. Gas thinks... ehh, maybe he won't buy a shirt after all. Yellow's not his color.
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Squidley then gets herself a drink, too.
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Wasabi's tuckered out.
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Apparently Drawn Inward has been conscripted to do the grilling for this occasion.
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The Curry seems to be a little spicy.
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Squidley decides to go for a nice safe tofu dog instead.
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Most everybody else got stuck in Karaoke. Adam parties til he drops. Literally.

Why yes, Squidley DOES think she will have another drink, yes she does.
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By the time the whole affair is over, I think people have generally managed to have fun.

They get home around 2:30 and most everybody is exhausted. There's a bee-line for beds and toilets-and-then-beds.
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MikeRC doesn't make it.
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Pat and Emrys aren't particularly tired, actually, and they decide to do some tidying up.
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Emrys then indulges in some internet. Next to a sleeping Squidley.
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Pat gets back to chasing that logical dragon.
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Dirona's bladder wakes her up, but once that is taken care of, she goes right back to bed.
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Somebody online said something that made Emrys mad... so she unwinds by reading. At the foot of Adam's bed. She just doesn't like being alone, I guess.
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Don't know who the bald guy at the picnic table is, but the girl in pink with the beret is Miko Ojo. She's a sweetie. Be nice to her.
 

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Saturday, 7th of Summer, Year 1 - Household 3

Household 3 fixed - Kags Grue Mind Cog Drawn Vero Bubble181 and Polly.jpg


No, Kags doesn't woohoo in the forest in this one.

Man, nobody's doing what they're supposed to be doing! And Drawn Inward isn't even home (from the festival, I presume) yet!
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Alright, knock off all that slacking. Cog! Chess for Logic! Vero! Practice speech for charisma! Bubble, DANCE! Grue, you can stay on the computer but use it to write jokes! MD, you're actually fine, so keep running! Kags, we won't be sending you to the jungle today, so I guess you're fine to keep swimming.
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Drawn Inward gets home from the festival and unwinds with some Vidya. Bubble danced up an appetite, apparently.
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Mind Detective's getting old. He's close to his next goal for his fitness aspiration, but I have to be careful not to let him overwork himself - at his age, he could drop dead on that treadmill.
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Kags finishes her swim and snuggles Polly.
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Breakfast time. Whatever's on TV, even the cat is interested. I really dig what Vero chose for her dress here. Bubble gets back to the dance floor.
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Kags shows him how it's done.

Vero gets that charisma up to 4, and advances in her aspiration. Now, she needs 12 friends. She's already got 8. I send her around the neighborhood to meet more people.
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I have Vero come back home with 5 people who are almost, but not quite technically "friends" yet, in a bid to maximize her social dividends.
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Drawn Inward is actually getting to be a really good cook. I have him make a grand meal of the fish he caught last time.
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A little vidya to get the juices flowing...
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Bhamv and Bubble get in a shouting match.
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Vero tells everyone an enthralling story. They hang on her every word. And then she messes up the ending, much to her embarrasment. Darn, she's not scoring any social points this way. I guess she'll have to practice on the mirror some more, or maybe concentrate on winning friends one at a time.
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The fish is done, but Drawn Inward has broken the coffee machine. Grue decides he'd rather have a salad.
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2 hours later... OH GOD WHAT WAS IN THAT FISH
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Cog fixes the coffee machine...
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Bubble achieves dance skill level 4. That's two down, two to go! His next highest skill is cooking, which is almost 3. I set him to work making meals.
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Bubble breaks the fridge just by looking at it. "HOW?!" - Cog
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Cog takes out his frustration on the porcelain throne.
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I have Bubble whip up everybody a soothing batch of tea, and turn on some cooking shows so he's technically still learning.
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Then, hoping for fossils, I send Drawn Inward out to dig up random piles of dirt around the neighborhood. He finds two MySims action figures and a broken fossil. I guess the broken ones don't count toward his collector aspiration. It still looks pretty fancy though, so he puts it in the house on display.
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Kags thinks Grue's comedy routine is getting better.
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All that being funny sure works up a sweat. Grue takes a bath, while Polly watches from a discreet distance.
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To my surprise, everybody's asleep by 1 am.
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Bubble wakes up first, around 3:30. It's still a bit early to cook breakfast, so he advances his second-highest-but-under-4 skill, fitness.
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Polly wants some of whatever it is Bubbles is making.
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Not bad, if he does say so himself... one more meal should get cooking to 4!
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Cog probably sabotaged the fish just so everyone would leave the coffee machine alone long enough for him to fix it.

--Patrick
 

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That was the last update of year 1. Time moves fast for Sims, or rather, is "compressed," and one year sort of represents many in a sort of "dog years" fashion. All the teens become young adults, all the young adults become middle aged adults, and all the full adults are now elders. In the following year to come, we'll see the cycle advance again, and more sims will start to die off of old age (and the pets probably will as well, they don't live as long as people), and basically everybody but Bhamv will start to turn grey.

Man, I didn't think this shindig would have such a thanatopical flavor so quickly.
 
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Helpful tip: check the household inventory in Build Mode for skill and career reward items. Some of them give off emotional auras that increase skill gains. Inspired helps writing, painting, cooking, and music. Energized is good for fitness. Focused for the techies.
 
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That was the last update of year 1. Time moves fast for Sims, or rather, is "compressed," and one year sort of represents many in a sort of "dog years" fashion. All the teens become young adults, all the young adults become middle aged adults, and all the full adults are now elders. In the following year to come, we'll see the cycle advance again, and more sims will start to die off of old age (and the pets probably will as well, they don't live as long as people), and basically everybody but Bhamv will start to turn grey.

Man, I didn't think this shindig would have such a thanatopical flavor so quickly.
That's what happens when you don't adjust the speed at which time passes. :p
 
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I don't know how it works in 4, but at least in 3 you could adjust time scales, and the rewards given out for achieving goals and stuff were enough to keep you practically immortal.
 
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Also, breaking electrical stuff just by looking at it? Most definitely me.
Also also, man,I wished I looked like that in shorts!
 
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