Catastrophe Theory: Before the Storm

Scientists in movies are always finding answers. But scientists in real life? Their job is to come up with questions they can't answer yet. Dolly's advisor (paraphrased) Never trust anyone who says they'll cure cancer. Cancer is a general term for life gone pathological, and anyone who says they understand how life works, let alone … Continue reading Catastrophe Theory: Before the Storm

The Liu Family: In Which Self-Discovery Becomes Self-Sabotage

The Lius are a happy family. They're a segmented family, where the individual members usually split up and do their own thing, but a happy one. Let's save some time and document all of Aileen's daily activities. Aileen is on the computer. Taking pictures of Aileen on the computer is not necessarily the most thrilling … Continue reading The Liu Family: In Which Self-Discovery Becomes Self-Sabotage

The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Hitting the Juice

Previously, we were launched into the middle of the story of the Liu family, which is very likely to immediately fall apart right after their introduction. We now meet the other half of this dual legacy: the best friends and social foils of the Lius, the Jeong-Espinosas. I'd remind you to focus on the details, … Continue reading The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Hitting the Juice

The Liu Family Makes a Tough Call

When we last saw the Liu family, we learned that I accidentally caused irreversible harm to one of my most treasured Sims, and started teetering on the verge of destroying two families at once. for heaven's sakes, keep it in your pants All we can do at this point is damage control. That is, someone's … Continue reading The Liu Family Makes a Tough Call

The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Everyone Grows Up Except Mike

When we last left them, Mike was being an asshole, Charlie was being weird about this one kid, and Claudia was drowning herself in juice. She's also pregnant. Other than queasiness and morning sickness, pregnant Sims have very few restrictions. Claudia runs around with the lil' bean nestled securely in the impenetrable barrier formed by … Continue reading The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Everyone Grows Up Except Mike

The Jensen-Liu Family: Aileen’s Life is One Big MF-ing Never-ending Party

SO SUCK IT, XIYUAN. You know what's more fun than getting a divorce? Getting a divorce, but having a set of two friends you're unable to divide up, and their stupid kids keep stupid getting older. She went out of her way to sit as far away from him as possible. Subtle. I like it. … Continue reading The Jensen-Liu Family: Aileen’s Life is One Big MF-ing Never-ending Party

Seven Days at the Von Haunt Estate

(Synopsis: This is a novella-length account of the courtship between my Sim, a recently outed divorcee, and Lord Shallot, an NPC ghost whom most players sympathize against.) DAY 1 Xiyuan walked up the steps of the Von Haunt estate. He had almost no information about the man he met that night---just his first name, Bernard---but … Continue reading Seven Days at the Von Haunt Estate

Xiyuan Liu/Lord Bernard Escargot Shallot IV: Vignettes from San Myshuno

(The events of this chapter take place either concurrently with Seven Days, or after. You’ll probably be able to tell which is which. This chapter is a lot shorter, a lot less bonkers, and yes, I am aware I have other Sims.) Settling In Xiyuan had no trouble whatsoever acclimating to his new life. This … Continue reading Xiyuan Liu/Lord Bernard Escargot Shallot IV: Vignettes from San Myshuno

The Jensen-Liu Family: New Beginnings, or at least Sleeping with New People

Let's see what Aileen is up to while her ex is being deliriously happy with his new fiancé. Shu's ready to age up, which can only mean one thing: there's about to be an extremely awkward party up in here and all his mom's friends are invited! This shitshow needs to be appreciated from its … Continue reading The Jensen-Liu Family: New Beginnings, or at least Sleeping with New People

The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Surprise!

With emotions, Sims can now distinguish between actions that cause them pleasure and actions that cause them pain. Each choice they make leads to a neatly categorized moodlet: happiness at a nicely decorated room, or a good meal; sadness at losing Don't Wake the Llama, or the death of a spouse. Sims (and their creators) … Continue reading The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Surprise!