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Drabble+: Olive's Wardrobe

Prompt: None (Inspired by this post.)
Characters: Ripp Grunt and Ophelia Nigmos
Wordcount: 232
Imagecount: 1
Warnings: reference to violence/death, sexual suggestiveness

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Discussion: TS4 Conversation Post

Inspired by the disjointed conversation of Tumblr (and worry about annoying people with lost of text posts while attempting to have one, and so on...), I'd like to try to have a conversation here. What are you excited for in TS4 from what we've seen so far? The return of rotational gameplay? The breastfeeding option? The awesome cat vest?! Are you worried about the sim count and lot limit? Do you love or hate the style? Or are you over it all already? Let's hear it! :)

I'm not around as often as I used to be, so please talk amongst yourselves here as much as you like! I do get windows of time to participate (usually with a sleeping, teething baby worn on me in a carrier, or when my toddler wants to watch "the YouTubes"), so I will jump in whenever I can.

Also, hi! It's been a while. :) I miss this.

Download: Smith Family Photos

While working on Chapter 36 of Strangetown, Here We Come, I decided the Smith household needed some family photos to cover the walls, so I created this collection of wall hanging recolours on a variety of meshes from the game (and one cc mesh). I was asked to share them, so here they are. Perhaps the Smith family in your game might enjoy they too. :)

The files are clearly labeled so you can easily delete any that you don’t want (and all of the images specific to S,HWC are grouped in one folder).




RIBBA and BILD frames from the Ikea SP
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What's that, you say? A teaser?



I`ll just leave this here for now. ;)

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I was involved in some discussion on Skell's Tumblr recently (here, here, here, and here) about some of the basegame premade sims and which face templates they were based on. Some of them seem fairly obvious, while others are much harder to pin down. Inspired by this conversation, I've been taking them into Bodyshop (which I've done a little before, and was often surprised by my findings) to get a little more scientific (results are here, here, and here), and I'd love to open this up to more discussion and analysis with a wider audience.

Here are my results so far:

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I will edit this as I get more/better information.

I've only included playable premade sims from the basegame. The ones with ??? next to them are once I remain a little unsure about in one way or another. I also welcome disagreement about the ones without any ??? next to them, if you have evidence or theories (which we can test) of a better match. Please dig in and do some Bodyshop work of your own (you can download them all here at at maxis_taste) to share here or just react and discuss however you like. I love talking about face templates. This stuff has always been really fascinating to me.

I'm thinking of maybe making some gifs out of my Bodyshop shots to include here when I get a chance. Flipping back and forth between the templates in Bodyshop really helps to illustrate some of the similarities and differences that are not as easy to see when comparing two images side by side.

Also, I'm still getting over the fact that I've only just realized that Ripp was based on face 1 (more on that here and here). How could I not see it before? Someone please tell me. How many times have I looked at his face? Thousands? Millions? Haha!

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Download: PlumbBottoms Cloth Diapers

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I posted this a while back as a followers gift on my tumblr, and now I'm finally getting around to posting it here. They’re PlumbBottoms cloth diapers, which come in 12 colours inspired by The Sims 2.
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I'm cross-posting this from Tumblr (with added details), because it's easier to discuss here.

I've been thinking about the unwieldy monster that Strangetown, Here We Come has turned into and how there are parts of the plot that I’m carrying on with that are relics of the entirely different story I set out to write initially (and it was not a better story, I assure you) or things I added on a whim or were otherwise overly complicated missteps. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. There are things I no longer have the time or inclination to resolve, but I do want to see the key story through to the end. And I could easily do that with a handful of key changes to the plot thus far.

So a retcon/reboot that doesn’t change very much (if any) of the core storyline with the Grunt family and the Smith family and the relationships of the main characters (and not much of the details around the main mystery in the alien plot): Yes/no?

Is this potentially a good idea that could save my story? Or is it a terrible idea?

I even have a built in method of doing this that makes sense in the story universe with the Cordials and their awareness of the multiple lives and storylines of all sims. All it would take is for a certain background character to pay them a visit and plead her case.

I'd do an update to clearly spell out the changes and leave all the past entries up as they are. And if I cut something any of you were hoping to see resolved, I can always tell you what I would have done with it (as long as it doesn't reveal anything I'm still planning to do another way). With that in mind, if there's a part of the story you're really wanting answers on, please feel free to let me know here. It may or may not save it from the chopping block. Like I said, most things will only change a little and not in ways that are essential to the story I've been trying to tell for most of the story's existence.

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