UGHUGHUGH.

Nov. 26th, 2008 09:16 pm
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I was playing my new legacy (almost ready to write the first chapter), and the (probable) spare had been born about 3 sim hours before my founder came home from work. My founder comes home from work, pays the bills, and I send him off to the energizer and then go to check on his son and adopted daughter, who were playing inside. Just as I do this, my computer completely freezes- no mouse movement, nothing happening, and it wasn't a mini-freeze (which is more like the computer saying "gimme a minute, this is exhausting"), it was completely stopped.

I hadn't saved since just before the birth- that's a birth, plus three sim hours of play lost. URGH. I probably shouldn't have been playing with all my settings on high for so long, I suppose, but... ugh. The only good point in this is that if I'm lucky, when I go back in I'll get a girl instead of a boy (which puts heirship into slight question, depending on where I go with certain plot ideas, but more importantly, I have a better name for a girl than I do for a boy).
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As I mentioned in my project list, I've been working on a new legacy recently- the Nox Legacy- and while it's not exactly plot-heavy, some scenes already have needed to be staged, and in one case, I had to exit without saving when shooting on another lot because of how I had to do certain things. I could've done it in a dummy hood, but I didn't see the point- I usually make a mess of that anyway, though I'll have to for the final scene I need to shoot.

Anyway, the thing is this- I've never done plot before. The Leo Legacy was pure commentary and the biggest plotty bit was Nala trying to convince me to give her an heir poll. My other current legacy is similar, mostly banter with the founder and general commentary-style so far. The only plotty legacy I've started didn't actually get written because I delayed shooting the scenes so long that I didn't even have the few necessary for the first chapter before the crash. I'm entirely new to staging scenes and making things look right when I do, though my fondness for decorating sim houses has helped a lot so far. So has my strong artistic side, and a few lovely animation and posing hacks.

I'm still nervous about how well I've done this, as well as how plausible the story I'm aiming for is.... But I've got a good feeling about this legacy, and I'm getting into it the way I did the Leos- I adore the entire family, especially my founder, and I can't wait to finish chapter one. Especially since I refuse to share pictures of the kids until I've written it.
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I've said numerous times that I'm not particularly good at sticking to just one or two projects at once, no matter what it is I'm doing. In the case of sims, well... I usually have four or five things going, plus a few neighborhoods for just playing. I tend to want to talk/write about whatever projects I have, and this usually means I end up writing a story for it, as well... And then not update because I'm working on something else.

So, I figure, I ought to at least try to keep track of what I'm doing by keeping a Project List in my LJ, with notes as to whether I intend to write anything soon or if it's even being written about (yet) at all. And... that's what this post is.

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I keep getting distracted. I was browsing the challenge list the other day because someone mentioned a challenge in a thread I was reading on boolprop.com and I was curious about it, and then the original sim challenge (I think- the one where you raise your simself from toddler all the way through life) caught my interest- so now I'm playing my simself's family in a new neighborhood, with simselves of my parents for the first time ever. I'm not actually following the rules of the challenge, honestly- it just got the idea of playing my family into my brain.

My father is a fortune/pop sim whose original LTW was to earn 100,000- he's he first sim I've gotten permaplat without cheating, ever, which makes me feel a bit pathetic since I've been playing long enough to get the hang of a lot of things in the game, just not the whole permaplat thing, since most of them are either ridiculously hard, ridiculously time-consuming, or don't roll up when I can manage them. My mother is a family/knowledge sim with an LTW of six grandkids- I can manage that at the rate I'm playing, I think. So far, my simself is a child still, but I'm playing almost nonstop because I love playing this. My simself has a baby brother now (thanks to ACR), and we have a servo, Bott, who was created to take care of him. Bott started out a family sim, and since I needed him platinum to change his aspiration (so I could keep him happy easier), I randomized his gender preference and got him a date- Joe Carr (Bott randomized gay), who he subsequently got engaged to and married. They'll probably move out once Shenandoah Ray (my simself's brother, blame my mom for the name, I asked her what she'd have named a son and that's what she came up with) is a child. Right now, the family (minus Bott, Joe, and Shenandoah) is on a Twikki island vacation, because I love Twikki island.

So, yeah, that's the (current) excuse for lack of updates on everything. I really do need to get back to playing the Legacy Haven or my legacy, but... not yet.

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