A Few New Sims

Let me introduce a few new sims that I created via CAS genetics experiments.  A CAS genetics experiment is where I pair some random male and female sims (created by me or downloaded from the exchange) and cycle through their possible offspring until I come up with an attractive, interesting result.  It’s great fun to see all the possibilities, which often exceed my expectations, both to the positive and the negative.

This is Alina Bryant.  She may not be the most beautiful female sim, but I think she has an interesting, quirky look.  Download her here.

And here is Miles Smith.  It’s not easy to generate a handsome male sim in CAS, even if both parents are attractive.  It’s almost like there’s a directive in EA’s code that drives the males to look as ugly or strange as possible.  Fortunately, every now and then you get lucky, as I think I did this time.  Download Miles here.

Finally, here’s Meg Bryant.  Even as a tiny thumbnail in the generation screen, she caught my eye.  I think she’s just gorgeous.  I went ahead and uploaded her to the Exchange despite my intention never to do so again because I felt like I just had to show her off.  She’s gotten a decent number of recommendations but not that many downloads, so I don’t know if she’ll escape the culling.  In case not, download her here.

Seaside Lofts

I’ll be the first to tell you that I am not a pro builder by any stretch.  In the Sims 3, I have built maybe one or two houses from scratch, added on to a few more, and created a church.  That’s it until now. 

I bought High End Loft Stuff a while back and have a rich, young 3rd generation sim, so I thought I’d finally put it to use by finding her a nice modern loft.  I’m sure there are many good ones out there, but the notion came into my head to simulate a Sims 2 Apartment Life style experience by getting a lot with multiple lofts, condo-style and moving multiple sims onto the lot.  I couldn’t find anything like that, so I decided to make it.

As I started, I noticed that EA added the ability to create diagnonal foundations and walls.  Silly me, I assumed that because it was easy to do so, it would be easy to design and furnish the interiors and exteriors of diagonal buildings as well.  Perhaps it would be for a more experienced builder, but I really struggled.  I didn’t know that you couldn’t do diagonal stairs as well.  Getting objects to fit up against walls properly was a big challenge too.  I had never used moveobjects before, but it’s my best friend now!

Anyway, it’s been a lot of hard work for me, and I know it’s not perfect, but I personally love it, and I thought it might fit a niche for others too.  I have playtested it quite a bit, and the only play issue I’m aware of is that sims can’t dance or workout using the upstairs stereos.  However, there are a couple of stereos outside and they have no trouble using the TVs downstairs.

About the lofts:  Each loft is 1 bed, 1 bath with an open floorplan.  Each has an oceanview with floor to ceiling large glass windows.  The side of the loft that faces the street is largely window free for privacy (and contrast).  They share a center courtyard with a fire pit, barbeque, foosball table, etc. and a pyramid style pool facing the beach.  The lofts are furnished largely with HELS objects, but I did use some additional cc:

Dresden’s Velvet Kitchen

Einfach Simlisch’s City and Town Build Windows and Doors

Stylist Sims Nissa Living Room

Simcredible Designs Distant Vapour Wallamp and Mirror

You can download the lot at my EA page.  Here are some images to give you an idea of the layout and functionality:

 

The Bernard Sisters

To go along with my first published story, I’m releasing its “stars,” the Bernard sisters.  Glory and Veronica are like day and night, quite literally.  I created them shortly after the Sims 3 was released.  They are much as I created them, but I’ve updated their clothing and styles a bit, since the selection was extremely limited in the beginning.  Enjoy them!

 

Click here for Glory.

 

Click here for Veronica.

And if you’re interested, read their story here.

Friends…Enemies…Sisters

                                                                                                                             

Chapter 1

Meet Veronica and Glory Bernard, sisters who have recently relocated to Sunset Valley to make a fresh start.

                                                                                                                            

Although they are sisters, they tend to see life through very different perspectives.  Veronica, as you can see, dwells on the negative.

                                                                                                                            

Whereas Glory never fails to find the silver lining in life.  It annoys Veronica to no end.

                                                                                                                            

Veronica is soon scouting the new neighborhood and finds out that there are a couple of single brothers living right next door.  She seems to make a decent impression on Connor Frio.

                                                                                                                            

But she is immediately more interested in his brother, Jared.  He looks more like a bad boy, and Veronica likes bad boys!

                                                                                                                            

It looks like Glory and Connor have hit it off.  They find they have a lot in common, including their goodhearted nature.

                                                                                                                            

Although she would never admit it, Veronica is jealous of her sister’s look and physique.

                                                                                                                            

She decides to hit the gym in an attempt to outshine her sister.  Unfortunately, the gym hits back.

                                                                                                                            

She spies the perfect excuse to “take a break.”  Jared has arrived at the gym.  She is pleased to discover that they have more in common.  Thank goodness, it doesn’t look like he’ll nag her about “being nice” the way Glory often does.

                                                                                                                            

After Jared has to leave, Veronica’s in high spirits.  She decides it’s time she made her first enemy.

                                                                                                                            

Veronica’s an expert when it comes to infuriating people, so it doesn’t take long before she goads the woman into fisticuffs.

                                                                                                                            

Glory is using her time perhaps a bit more wisely, continuing to get to know Connor Frio.

                                                                                                                            

Jared was prepared to dislike Glory based on Veronica’s description of her, but he’s entranced the first time he really takes a look at her.  Perhaps his sibling rivalry with Connor lends a bit more interest to her for him as well.

                                                                                                                            

Connor’s not really the competitive type, and he steps away graciously to give Glory the chance to speak with his brother.  He’s lost women to Jared in the past due to his passivity, but he has a feeling that Glory is not like the others and won’t be swayed by Jared’s tough-guy swagger.  Whether or not Glory is impressed, there can be no doubt that Jared is taken with her.  He knows they’re opposites, but hey, opposites attract! 

                                                                                                                            

When Veronica gets home and heads over to the Frios, she’s not delighted by what she finds.  “Poor Connor is all alone up there, Glory.  Don’t you have any consideration for his feelings?”

                                                                                                                            

Glory is horror stricken at the thought and rushes off to find Connor.  However, Jared isn’t pleased by Veronica’s interruption and finds an excuse to head out of the house soon afterward.

                                                                                                                            

This puts Veronica into a bad mood, and she stalks outside after Jared and kicks over his trash can as he drives away.  That’ll show him!

                                                                                                                            

By contrast, Glory couldn’t be in a better mood.  Things are going very well for her and she shows her charitable nature as she donates to feed the homeless of Sunset Valley.

                                                                                                                            

It’s a beautiful day.  She and Connor meet at the beach, and  they’re soon deep in a good conversation.

                                                                                                                            

And Glory, with her generous spirit, finds an opportunity to give Connor a nice, relaxing massage.

                                                                                                                            

Connor is happy that Glory has expressed her fondness for him and relieved that she has no interest in his brother.  He feels free to start their romance.

                                                                                                                            

A few days later, Connor asks Glory to move in!  However, it will be  just as platonic roommates (unless/until she wants more).  Since they already spend so much time at his house, he figures why not consolidate costs and get together more easily.

                                                                                                                            

Glory’s pleased that Connor is true to his word.  He keeps a gentlemanly distance and gives her his bedroom.  Connor will now bunk with his brother.

                                                                                                                            

Veronica wasn’t exactly invited, but the sisters have always kept together, so she moves in too.

                                                                                                                             

Jared is not entirely thrilled with this whole turn of events when he gets home.  But life goes on, and they all manage to get along with each other for the most part and focus on their respective careers and social lives.  As you can see, Jared is an aspiring chef.

                                                                                                                            

Connor has joined the newspaper staff as a reporter.  He hasn’t had much luck in tracking down a big story yet though.

                                                                                                                            

Glory has gotten a job in politics.  Veronica thinks she looks dowdy these days, but Glory feels like she’s finally doing something mature and responsible and should dress accordingly.  She hopes to truly change the world one day.

                                                                                                                            

It’s probably no surprise that Veronica has entered into a life of crime.  She definitely prefers the sexier outfit that goes along with the profession.

                                                                                                                            

Veronica is bored and decides it’s time to meet more neighbors.

                                                                                                                            

Well, this is interesting.  Pauline Goddard seems to have a girl crush.

                                                                                                                            

Look at how they’re staring at her…  This would creep anyone else out.

                                                                                                                            

But since Veronica seems cool with it, Hank decides to go ahead and proposition her.

                                                                                                                            

“You mean go to bed with you?”

                                                                                                                            

“I mean go to bed with both of us.  If you can handle that.”

                                                                                                                            

“The question is if you two can handle me!  Look, seriously, you’re cute and all, but your wife… not so much.”

                                                                                                                            

Scorned, Pauline walks away crying.

                                                                                                                            

Veronica  is actually interested in Hank – I mean, look at those muscles – until she learns that he’s in law enforcement.  They soon get into a heated argument which doesn’t end with anyone between the sheets.

                                                                                                                            

Irritated, Veronica decides to swipe their deck lounger.  That’ll show ’em.

                                                                                                                            

Maybe it’s karma, but later that night, one of her heists does not go so well…

                                                                                                                            

Her accomplices manage to get away, but Veronica is hauled off to jail.

                                                                                                                            

With Veronica away and his brother out canvasing the neighborhood for a story, Jared can’t resist trying to get close to Glory again.  Call her naive, but Glory really believes he’s just being friendly.

                                                                                                                            

Surprise!  Veronica’s out on bai thanks to Connor, and she’s none too happy to come home to find Jared and Glory in what looks to be an intimate situation.  She really lets loose on Glory, who, of course, denies any wrongdoing.  Jared is taken aback by their intensity.  Maybe pursuing Glory just isn’t worth the possible loss of life and limb Veronica implies he might suffer…  We’ll have to find out in the next part of the story.