Monday, April 21, 2014

Thrones - preliminary building

I built a bit last night, but the game froze and everything dumped. Ah well, begin again. I build for about 90 minutes tonight and this is what I have so far:

First floor, wide open space. This will be the common area: kitchen, dining room, living room, cyvasse (ahem, chess) tables, and a half bath.

Second floor, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a balcony.

 3rd floor, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

 Robb Stark's room (2nd floor) - grey and white, snowflakes on the walls because winter is coming, and direwolf puppies on the bedspread.

Joffrey Baratheon's room (2nd floor) - red and gold, pompous bed

Loras Tyrell's room (3rd floor) - green and gold with flowers

Theon Greyjoy's room (2nd floor, across from Robb's) - grey and gold with a look like waves for the Drowned God
Daenerys Targaryen's room (3rd floor) - frilly and girly because she keeps saying "I may be but a young girl" and it makes me nuts every time

Robert "Robin" Arryn's room (3rd floor) - clouds and babyish things as he's incredibly immature. He'll also be getting a dress-up chest and I'll laugh my face off if he dresses up like a knight!

Edmure Tully's room (3rd floor) - fish, for the house's coat of arms

Oberyn Martell's room (2nd floor) - traveler's bed because he makes his way to King's Landing and has done a lot of traveling anyhow, and everything else sand-colored for his desert people

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Game of Thrones Challenge for Sims 3

There are 9 great houses of the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) series. 2 houses combined to create a single heir, leaving just 8, the perfect amount for a full house for your Sims game. Play the 8 characters, hopefully falling in love with them all, and kill them off, 1 by 1, just like George R.R. Martin would, to see who wins the Game of Thrones.

This challenge is written without spoilers from any of the books or the TV show. Play it and blog it as a story for best results.

The 9 houses and their next-in-line for the throne:
  1. Stark, "Winter Is Coming", grey direwolf on a white field - Robb Stark, [this part is difficult without any spoilers], brave and a true friend, naturally good at what he sets his mind to, religion: the old gods (heart tree)
  2. Baratheon, "Ours Is the Fury", black stag on a gold background, combined with Lannister, "Hear Me Roar", golden lion on a crimson background - Joffrey Baratheon, notoriously cruel, enjoys hunting but isn't terribly good at it, utilizes his wealth to cover his flaws, religion: the seven gods
  3. Tyrell, "Growing Strong", golden rose on a green field - Loras Tyrell, lord of flowers, a tournament champion, homosexual, religion: the seven gods
  4. Greyjoy, "We Do Not Sow", golden kraken on a black field - Theon Greyjoy, raised with Robb Stark as his father's hostage, believe in getting what they want by killing the person who has it (paying the iron price), religion: drowned god
  5. Daenerys Targaryen, "Fire and Blood", a red 3-headed dragon on a black field - religion: the seven gods
  6. Arryn, "As High as Honor", white crescent moon and falcon on a sky-blue field - Robert "Robin" Arryn, a child whose father was murdered for knowing too much, overly protected by his mother and not exposed to others, spoiled, sickly and prone to seizures, acts younger than his years, religion: the seven gods
  7. Tully, "Family, Duty, Honor", silver trout on red and blue - Edmure Tully, father is dying and sedated on medication, uncle to Robb Stark as his mother's brother, fond of ladies/wenching, hot-headed and quick to make decisions, good-hearted, religion: the seven gods
  8. Martell, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", red sun pierced by a gold spear on an orange field - Oberyn Martell, "the red viper", hot-headed, bisexual, quick wit and a sharp tongue, religion: the seven gods (? I'm unsure)
Start your characters and dress them in their house colors. If you want to get started right away, I've linked created characters for you, but you do not have to use these. My created characters are at My EA Studio Page. Give them the personalities above and the features/traits below:
  1. Robb Stark - young adult, blue eyes and red-brown hair, perfectionist, loves the outdoors, good, dog person, brave
  2. Joffrey Baratheon - teen, blonde with blue eyes, mean-spirited, evil, snob, can't stand art
  3. Loras Tyrell - young adult, blonde and handsome, schmoozer, great kisser, commitment issues, charismatic, flirty
  4. Theon Greyjoy - young adult, dark features and handsome, ambitious,  family-oriented, grumpy, loser, unlucky
  5. Daenerys Targaryen - young adult, silver hair and purple eyes, ambitious, brave, commitment issues, excitable, frugal
  6. Robert "Robin" Arryn - child, pale and thin with brown hair, hot-headed, loner, overly-emotional
  7. Edmure Tully - adult, red-brown hair and a beard, clumsy brooding, athletic, family-oriented, heavy sleeper (almost a spoiler)
  8. Oberyn Martell - adult, sharp features and dark skin with dark hair, hot-headed, handy, good sense of humor, family-oriented, daredevil
Game Play:
  • Create your characters. Change personality traits from what I've listed if you find it fits the character better (you may disagree, or may have only seen the TV show, or have expansion packs that I don't).
  • Move them into an empty lot. Use Motherlode to add as much money as your Sims need for decorating and bill-paying; they're wealthy families anyhow. Make a house big enough for your 8 characters to have their own space (separate rooms or not), with a bed for everyone and whatever you feel they need to have.
  • You may choose to give your Sims jobs or not. You may choose their LTW, but it must exclude reaching a certain dollar value for themselves or their house as you'll plat them just in making their living space. They can go off-property and do almost anything you choose. 
  • The Sims must decline trips and vacations, anything that takes them away from the home area.
  • Do not add any Sims to the home lot at any time during the challenge - no marrying in, no procreating or adopting, no pets. Do not move anyone out before their death. I recommend you put Daenerys on birth control with a mod, also.
  • Play your characters any way you like for 3 game days. Lay the foundation for your story. 
  • Roll an 8-sided die (or use a random generator or choose numbers from a hat) to determine who dies first. No playing favorites! In the books, your favorites die; deal with it. Edmure and Oberyn are at a slight disadvantage by their ages.
  • Spend the next 3 days playing that character and making us like them, without giving away who dies next, then kill them (with a mod, not by some natural Sims means) at around midnight on the 5th day. (See Mods, below) Do play all the characters in your lot. *Optional change: If you don't use mods, save, go to Edit Town, Split Household, and move that character to the clipboard and delete him.
  • Roll again, and repeat. 
  • Link your story in the comments so we can all enjoy it. 
If you have Dragon Valley you may give Daenerys up to 3 dragons. No one else can have dragons.
I see no reason you couldn't do the same challenge in Sims 2 with some modifications.

NRAAS (I think this is the one that lets you kill a Sim), AwesomeMod (generally makes your game more user friendly). If you cannot kill off your Sim because you don't use mods, delete them from the split household, but don't move them to another house; you don't want them showing up in the neighborhood or still calling their friends in the house - except Joffrey, because nobody is going to call that jerk.

If you find errors in this post, please let me know.
If you find ways to improve the challenge, please let me know.
This has not yet been play-tested, so I expect that it will not work properly just yet. Please be patient and offer your suggestions as you play through.

More information on your characters can be found here for the BOOKS, and here for the SHOW.

If you have a character you made and want to share, link it in the comments. Same with houses, lots, etc.
I'd love someone to make a town with all the houses, centers to worship the 3 religions, a tournament area, and an iron throne. If you do, link it in the comments. I'd love to see/play it!

Unrelated to the challenge: 
I came across this Sim of Thrones blog that you might like about the various Thrones characters in Sims 3. If you like this idea, you may like this blog.
Sims 2 Game of Thrones opening and links to download characters HERE.
Sims 3 GoT videos. These are funny, "I should have made Greyjoy a cat."
GoT world for downloading HERE.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Klepto Challenge 01

The challenge for Klepto King (and the name of this character as I was feeling truly uninspired at creation) can be found HERE. Short version: never work, never buy anything, steal everything and accumulate wealth by age 90 days.

I made him teal in case he procreates. I want to see his kids around town. 

KK's features are: evil, kleptomaniac, mooch, schmoozer, and friendly. He loves mac'n'cheese (because he's a liquid gold digger, haha) and bought this unfurnished Sunset Valley home, the Monochrome, per the challenge rules. I hope you dislike him - I'll be writing him as a dude-bro.

His LTW is to become Master Thief, but he's not allowed to work. The challenge rules could use a little revamping, I think. Thus, he'll never get perma-plat. Also, there's nothing in the rules about catching bugs/animals, picking wildflowers, selling seeds, and several missing elements, so I'm exploiting that as I come across things, but not going out of my way for them. It does say that he can't plant, so I'm not doing that - we do not sow (go Team Greyjoy!)

KK decided to pop off to the gym (though I told him to poke around the criminal building) and instantly was smitten with this girl out front. He mooched a small amount of money off her and did some flirting.

"Got anything to eat?" "Oh, KK, I do. Take my juice box. I was going to have it after my workout, but if you're hungry, you can have it." "Cool. Later. Ugh, pear, gross."

"Hey, buddy. Got a couple of buck I could have? I need to get a soda. I got pear juice taste in my mouth, you know?" "Uh, I just have a dollar." "Okay, I'll take that. What's your name? No, never mind. I'm just gonna call you Buddy." "My name. Oh, a nickname? Are we friends now?" "Sure, Buddy. I'll even come over your house sometimes." "I never had a friend before!" [I swear this guy is retarded. You'll see.]

"Remember we met at the gym - you were working out and I was watching you? Wanna suck face?" "What about that guy?" "I don't wanna make out with that guy, baby." "Oh, okay." [Really?!?]

"You never seen a guy eat cereal in the rain that some girl had in her pocket? Keep your eyes to yourself or you'll be sorry." "I was just going to make conversation." "Well, who asked you to? Mind your business, gramps."

"Hey, my benefactor from the gym steps, Pear Girl. What's up, baby?" "Oh, I was just getting my mail. What are you doing here?" "I want to come in and hang out. You cool with that?" "Uh, I guess, sure." [Sims sure are gullible.]

Tonight's haul: 2 ceiling lamps and a table lamp. Afraid of the dark KK? Steal a bed! "Nah, I do what I do."

Well, you do what you do and you get to sleep on the park bench. "It's cool. I like it here. A street light right above me, you feel me? Safe and sound."

 "I'm in a bad mood. I think I'll kick some flamingos. Oh, that's the stuff! Yeah."

"Let's kiss, KK." "Whoa, no. Hey, Buddy, you're, uh, not my type. This guy, right, grammy? Sheesh." "But I thought you were my friend?" "Yeah, friend, not girlfriend. I'm not going to kiss you, Buddy. I don't kiss...boys."

[Look at grammy, she's like "I know, he's full on retarded, right? That stupid hat."]

Today's haul: curtains, an oil lamp, and a chair. No bed, still. More sleeping in the park. Idiot.

"Pear Girl, hey girl. I like your house." "Thanks. I work long hours but I get to decorate how I like it. Just me and my dog." "Yeah, yeah, whatever you just said. I could spend the night?" "No, I have to work soon. I work long hours, like I said." "Yeah, what you said. You take a nap and I'll see myself out."

Tonight's haul: a streetlamp (from outside Pear Girl's house when she booted him for napping in the spare bed), a chair, and 2 fireworks from the Summer Festival in the park where he spent the night.

"Hey, Pear Girl, I'll make us some mac'n'cheese before you go to work, okay? It's my favorite." "Thanks. But I'm off tonight." "Yeah. But I got somewhere to be, too."

He visits a 2 random households and the game lets him steal from both. Tonight's haul: a chair, 2 lamps, a sconce, and a toddler's xylophone. OMG, dude, you're killin' me.

Pear Girl was too tired to make out with KK and he feels the injustice of his life: sleeping on the floor while the dog is comfy on the couch. It's a hard life.

KK is napping in Pear Girl's spare bed. She let him spend the night, finally. He spontaneously kicked the dog off the couch before going to lay down in the spare bed and I laughed out loud!

"Hi, KK. I just came over to say hello. I'm married and just a tease. If you flirt with me, I'll get mad, but here I am anyhow." "Yeah, Rich Lady, I like your swag. You got some money I could hold?" "Oh, money I've got. Here, have this." "Yeah, good. You wanna make me pay for that?" "KK, you have nothing to offer me. I'll just hang around awhile for no reason and keep talking to you so you can't eat." "Bitch, get outta my house. It's mac'n'cheese time. I got leftovers from the other day. Hey, but come back later with more money, sweet."

Today's haul: a painting and a love seat. Finally, somewhere to nap! He got kicked out before he could swipe a 3rd item from that house.

Next haul: 2 curtains. Ugh!

[This is the girl he kissed in the park. Apparently, she's been turned.] "Damn, girl, when we made that phone date, you weren't all snarlin' and loping when you walked. And why'd you stop shaving your legs? Ugh, furrier than me!" "You don't think I'm pretty anymore, KK? Growl." "Uh, no, baby, you're fine as always, but, uh, things are different and you gotta tell a man when you make a change."

"Rub my belly, KK." "Uh, whatever you're into, baby. Hey, can I come over to your place?"

Tonight's haul: a poster, a set of paintings, and an alarm clock. To...wake him from his bed? This guy...

"What do you mean that's all for now? It was just getting interesting." Actually, no, not for me. You're boring me so far. You haven't even had one whoohoo. "Damn, gods, give a dude a break and let me get my swerve on in my own time." Fine. But I want to see teal babies in the neighborhood next time I check on you. "Ugh, fine. Stop sending me to hang out with retarded guys, then." Oh, c'mon, you're his only friend. "I know. He's alright, but still..."