Thursday, April 23, 2015

The McCann Legacy Chapter Two: Finding "The One"

The next day, Tim came over and told Kendra that he thought it was better if they were only friends. They simply didn't have enough chemistry together, it would seem.

Kendra: Is it something I did?

Tim: No. It's not you. We just have different goals.

Kendra: Oh. Okay.

Kendra headed down to the library again to see if she could hone her gardening skill while she waited for her plants to need tending. 

Kendra: Its just so slow!

Watcher: Be patient. It will come when it's ready and you'll have more to do than you can handle.

Since she didn't run into any of her young men at the library, Kendra decided to head down to the gym and see if she could meet anybody there. She found Cyrus and Ty working out on the treatmills, and decided to see if they'd talk to her.

Kendra: I like Cyrus. 

Watcher: His muscle is disturbing.

Kendra: But I like him.

Watcher: Then flirt with him!

Kendra flirted with Cyrus first. He accepted, but something about him made Kendra uncomfortable.

Kendra: I think I changed my mind. He looks like an overgrown child.

Watcher: Yes, I agree. Try Ty.

Next, she tried Ty.

Watcher: What do you think, Kendra?

Kendra: I don't like the mutton chops.

Watcher: Those can be shaved. 

Kendra: He's nice.

Watcher: Good, then take him home.

The chemistry between Ty and Kendra was the best she'd had, especially after she found out he was an alien. She invited him to move in with her. 

Kendra: What was that?!

Ty: I read your thoughts.

Kendra: Don't do that again!

After a makeover (in which Ty shaved, re-styled his hair, and changed those weird shorts), the pair take a date on the home lot.

The date went fairly well right from the start, with both sims interacting well with one another. Kendra quickly fell in love, with Ty coming in shortly behind her. 

Kendra complimented Ty, and he took it well. She liked that he was an alien, and told him so!

Kendra: I love that you're a Freelance Botanist too!

Ty: And I love that you're a Freelance Botanist too!

She told Ty unbelievable stories (which he loved).

Kendra: The fish was this big.

Ty: It will make such good fertilizer for our plants!

Sitting by the river, Kendra made her move that night.

They looked deeply into one another's eyes, and it was finished for the two of them. Their love was real! Ty asked Kendra to be his girlfriend shortly after, and they finished with a Silver Medal Date.

Kendra: Ty, I think I love you.

Ty: And I love your plants, Kendra.

After their date, Kendra made up some garden salad so that they'd have enough to eat for several days hence. They'd need it, since they would both be gardening a lot.

Kendra: At least the garden will supply our salads!

Watcher: You'll be selling your produce.

Kendra: What?!

Watcher: You have to make money to build your house somehow!

They finished their first evening as a couple by sitting on the bed to eat some supper and drink some juice. Tomorrow, the pair will work on their gardening skills, and Ty plans on getting a job at the Science Center.

The McCann Legacy Chapter One: Boys, Boys, Boys!

Kendra McCann arrived in Willow Creek the way that many others before her have done: With a minuscule budget and a large, empty lot. It's not the best start to a new life, but it's the one she's got.

Kendra: What do you mean, it's not the best start to a life? Look at all that green area! I can spread my garden out across it!

Watcher: Mayhaps, Kendra, but you're going to need a house, too. Preferably before the babies come!

Kendra: Oh. I hadn't thought of that.

As you can see, Kendra is inclined to thinking on the bright side, which is a good thing for her strong positive emotions, but may make her just a tad silly at times.

Several tasks must be completed in short order, so Kendra headed down to the library to work on the first few of these tasks. The most important was for Kendra to meet herself a man who would carry on the next generation.

Kendra chose to go to the library because she could start reading up on gardening before she started to set up her own at home.

Kendra: Or maybe it's because I like the flowers that grow behind the library.

Watcher: Well the more time you spend here, the more they'll grow! So get in there and meet a man!

Kendra: I'm more worried about the flowers than the men.

When she arrived at the library, none of the men in the place were eligible for her legacy, and so Kendra set about reading a book on gardening (much to her dismay).

Kendra: I'd rather learn by doing it, you know!

Watcher: I'm sure you would, but there's nothing for you to harvest or plant yet, and you don't have the extra money to buy seed packets. Hush up and advance your gardening level.

Kendra: But this is slow!

Watcher: Yes it is. So go meet a man! I think I see one over there!

The first man to strike the Watcher's eye is this gentleman. The wicked mutton chops aside, he was a good-looking man with a normal nose, and that made him eligible. 

Kendra: His shorts are weird.

Watcher: Yes, it is a rather strange combination of clothing.

Kendra rushed out to meet him behind the museum. It was a long job, but he waited for her to come and greet him. 

The man (whose name turned out to by Ty) rushed off right away, and Kendra had to chase him to the other side of the neighborhood (near the library) in order to pin him down and talk to him some more. She discovered that he is unemployed, single, and that he has three traits (one of which is self-assured). Before she was finished talking to him, he rushed off again.

Kendra: I don't think he likes me very much.

Watcher: We'll see about that. Look, there are some other men. Go meet them!

Kendra headed back inside, where she met Joel (who was playing chess with Liberty). She greeted  him but quickly found out that he was married, and so she would have to look to other pastures.

Kendra: Does it matter that he's married?

Watcher: Yes.

Kendra: Why?

Watcher: Because it takes about three times as long to court a married sim as it does one who is single, and so I'd rather you choose someone who's available instead of forcing someone to break up a good marriage.

Kendra: Fair enough!

Watcher: Moving on, then!

The next man she met was Cyrus, who, though not an especially attractive sim (he had very bulky muscles) seemed to be an eligible bachelor. 

Unfortunately, he also decided to leave right after Kendra introduced herself to him.

Kendra: Is it something I said?

Watcher: No, I don't think so. I think it might be a game glitch.

Kendra: A what?

Watcher: Never mind.

When Cyrus also decided to leave, Kendra decided to spend a few moments browsing the web, sure that another boy would soon show up for her to talk to. After all, she'd found plenty of young adult males so far, and there were sure to be more.

Kendra: I can't hang out at the library all day long!

Watcher: Sure you can. Suck it up, we have to find you a husband.

Kendra: But why?

Watcher: This is a legacy, remember?

Kendra: Yeah, yeah.

Not wanting to be cooped up indoors, Kendra headed outside to eat something. Without a fridge or stove at home, the food that had been left out on the table would keep her belly full, hopefully until she could afford to purchase the necessary items.

Kendra: Or grow them.

Watcher: Or grow them.

Then Tim walked behind Kendra.

Watcher: Quick Kendra! Quick! That one looks like Johnny Depp!

Kendra: Who?

Watcher: He's a human actor, and he's hot. Go! Quick! I bet he's an alien!

Kendra: A what?

Watcher: Just go meet him!

He was a handsome man, if a little bit silly. Kendra liked him.

Kendra: I think he's the one!

Watcher: He looks like Johnny Depp!

Kendra: Do you always compare male sims to human celebrities?

She flirted with him, and then asked him on a date.

Kendra: Let's go back to my place to chat.

Tim: I'd like that.

The pair headed back to Kendra's lot to enjoy some flirting with one another.

Kendra: You do resemble an attractive human celebrity.

Tim: Hmmm. Who?

Kendra: Jackie Deep.

Watcher: Pssst! That's Johnny Depp!

Kendra: Whatever.

A moment later, Kendra embarrassed herself when she attempted to ask a risque question. Tim left not long after.

Kendra: Was it something I said?

Watcher: You might have pushed just a little too far.

The date was a failure.

It was late, and so Kendra decided to put her seeds in the ground before heading off to bed.

Kendra: Why am I only planting Snapdragons?

Watcher: Because we're going to graft them to strawberries.

Kendra: Why?

Watcher: You'll see.

Kendra fell into bed exhausted that night. What would tomorrow bring?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The McCann Legacy: Generation One

Kendra and Ty on their first date!
Hi guys! I can be a bit of a talker, so I wanted to take some time to introduce you to the first generation of my Sims 4 Legacy Challenge (the McCann Legacy). 

The Get to Work expansion has added some interesting components to the game. One of these components is the ability for a sim to meet an alien in disguise. They are quite easy to detect due to what I believe is a game glitch. If you don't know about this (and hopefully it isn't just my game that's doing it!) you may be able to exploit it to find undiscovered aliens in your game.

After installing GTW, my townies only have two traits for each individual townie. For Legacy purposes, I have been assigning an additional trait at random (and adding it by cheating -- oops). Aliens, on the other hand, appear to have all three traits available (as long as I find them out before moving the sim into the home).

I didn't choose Ty because he was an alien. You will hopefully discover the reasons why I chose him as I write through the legacy. He turns out to be relatively attractive alien underneath his disguise (dark blue skin and alien ears), and I don't know yet how the children will turn out.

Both sims are Freelance Botanists. It will be interesting to see whether or not I can manage to get them both to complete this aspiration, as it will require a relatively large garden to get the evolution requirement to work for me. 

I'll post an introduction to the legacy some time tomorrow. For now, enjoy Generation One of my Sims 4 Legacy Challenge!

Kendra McCann

Ty Woodward

The McCann Legacy: Ty Woodward (Co-Founder

Ty Woodward, Legacy Co-Founder
Ty Woodward is the co-founder of the McCann Legacy Challenge (Sims 4). He is Creative, Self-Assured, and Ambitious. 

His Aspiration is to be a Freelance Botanist. He will be applying this aspiration to his career in Science.

Kendra and Ty felt that it would be best if one of them was bringing in some extra income while they built up the garden so that they could have some of the important things that help to keep a family going (such as beds, and toilets). For that reason, he will be taking the Watcher to work with him every other day to assist with promotions, and otherwise will attend on his own so that the Watcher can keep Kendra working on her garden.

Name: Ty Woodward
Species: Alien
Traits: Creative, Self-Assured, Ambitious
Aspiration: Freelance Botonist
Spouse: Kendra McCann


Maybe he has something to hide?

The McCann Legacy: Kendra McCann (Founder)

Kendra McCann, Legacy Founder
Kendra McCann is the founder of the McCann Legacy Challenge (The Sims 4). She is a cheerful genius who loves the outdoors.

Her aspiration is to become a Freelance Botanist

Kendra has decided not to work a job outside of home for the moment so that she can focus on beginning to build up the family's garden. Because the garden will supply the majority of the income for the family, she has begun her gardening career with Snapdragon Flowers and Strawberries.

Name: Kendra McCann
Species: Sim
Traits: Cheerful, Genius, Loves the Outdoors, Collector
Aspiration: Freelance Botanist
Spouse: Ty Woodward