Monday, November 30, 2009

Stay-Cation Lots: Mini Mountain, Takemizu, Twikkii + Apple Grove Cabins & Camping

Since I play a Prosperity Challenge, I had the desire to have my sims earn vacation memories. I've never had a sim yet earn all the memories, but a couple of them are close. What I found helpful was to give them a head start by creating some community lots that feature some of the things they could get on vacation. That simplified their time to allow them to do the stuff they can only earn on vacation like learning the different massages, going on disappointing tours, chasing the ninja around, etc.

This first lot is the Mini Mountain lot where your sims can pretend to be at Three Lakes.

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Watervista Palace

I haven't posted anything in a few months, but I thought I would give it a try today. Part of the reason I haven't posted is the frustration I feel with my dial-up internet. My satellite internet equipment got fried this summer by lightning, which was in a way a blessing. It was overpriced, and we didn't feel it was worth replacing. Dial-up is terrible, but much cheaper. It just makes it difficult to blog anything with pictures, but I'll survive.

Watervista Palace is a semi-secret lot in Belladonna Cove - the neighborhood that came with the Apartment Life expansion pack. I say it's semi-secret because you can actually see it. It's by itself over by some rocks and has its own little stretch of road. The lot is supposed to be Baba Yaga's hut, a witch of Russian folklore that lived in a hut on chicken legs with no windows or doors. Well, it's of little use to me in it's original state.

I remodeled this house for a MATY House of Fail/Phail challenge for November 2009. As you can see, it's a residential lighthouse. It has 5 bedrooms - each with its own bathroom plus an additional full bath by the nursery and 2 half baths. The double nursery is on the second floor. There are a lot of doors that can be locked to keep visitors somewhat contained. I have thoroughly playtested it for over a week, and it wasn't too bad to play with all the floors, IMO. With a few exceptions, most of the interesting stuff should happen on the bottom two floors. The cost is $72,195. I have all the EPs, M&G, Celebration, and Family Fun.

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