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Monday, January 30, 2012

Pool Curve Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on pool corners, as requested. :)

First, you want to start with a square (or rectangular) pool. For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll start with a 4x4.

Then, we'll grab a concave pool corner and place them on the top sides of the pool. No need to play with the height or the width right now, just keep the default size.

After this step is completed, return back to the regular pool tool and fill in the gap until it looks like this. Voila! You've got a sorta curvy pool!

Now the convex corners are a little trickier, and not as versatile. They are best suited for creating more "modern" and funky shapes, and I haven't really found a practical use for them yet. For now, we'll just rotate and place them at the ends of the pool so you get the feel of what it looks like.

And of course if you wanted to, you could take the convex corners and put them on the top sides of the pool...

...and then drag upwards to create this!

So as you can tell, this is a very simplified tutorial covering only the basics. I would get more advanced, but it's not really something you can "plan out". It's pretty hit and miss. You just kind of experiment with the shapes and then think to yourself  "Oh hey, that looks kind of neat!"

Happy pool-making! :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Big Reveal...

...or not. ;)

For the past God-knows-how-long, I've been working on building a world from the ground up. I started off with a medium lifespan and a few closely placed shacks far away from the city, and now, due to their medical and scientific advancement, I can play on an Epic lifespan and my sims are now approaching the outskirts of the city. It's major progress! :)

This new blog documents the lives of the third generation; the descendants, the immigrants, and some other third thing. I've been working really hard on this, so I don't think I'll flake out. I hope I won't flake out.

Enough it is! Plum City Times

I hope you all enjoy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Johnny Gold: Back to da Valley vs. TWINSIES!

So, my return into Johnny's life wasn't too well-received, to put it lightly.

Johnny: "Wha? Where am I? I had a really long dream that I was gettin' down with virgins and woohookers and now I'm..."

At a trailer park in Sunset Valley.

Johnny: "You're lying to me. I don't believe it. This is just another one of those dreams..."

Suntan: "Grrrr...."

Johnny: "See? You gotta stop playin' around, Big C! You're freakin' out Suntan!"

Hmm, Suntan seems to like his new digs. At least someone appreciates me. *eye roll*

First thing Johnny wanted to do was join the Professional Sports Career. I'm not one to crush dreams, so I'm letting him. Soon after, he had wants like "take a class in athletic", "gain an athletic skill point", and "buy a pet bowl"; is my little Johnny growing up? :')

...Nope. *facepalm*

Johnny: "I was just tryin' to butter you up, Big C. I'm workin' hard, but you can only keep a party animal like me down for so long." *fist pumps*

You don't even know anyone!

Johnny: "So then make me some friends!"

Uh-uh. You make you some friends.

Johnny: "Okay, so now we're chillin' at the beach...this ain't so bad. Kinda like BlueVille. Oh hey look, there's a sim!"

Yes! There's a sim! Hang on while I edit him in CAS...

*fifteen minutes later*

Yes! There's a sim! Now go talk to him.

Johnny: "What, you're not gonna tell me to talk to him?"

I just did.

Johnny: "You know what I mean."

Nope. Your party, your friends, your actions. I'll tell you to greet him but what you do from there is entirely your decision.

Both: "Who the fram are you?!"

Ehmahgaw, TWINSIES!

Suntan: "Yeah...I'll just take this opportunity to chew on the furniture."

Agnes couldn't help but feel a little uneasy as Jared and Johnny stared each other down.

Agnes: "Oh no...there's two of them!"

Of course, to end the uncomfortable awkwardness between the two of them, I had Johnny greet the recently widowed damsel.

Agnes: "Hmm, this fellow looks familiar. Haven't I read about him before?"

Agnes: "So you're new here, right?"

Johnny: "Why yes, yes I am...if you're wanting to show me around." *wink*

Agnes: "Maybe later. But for now, I should tell you the Legend of Pleasantview."

Agnes: "...and it is often said by fortune tellers everywhere that Sunset Valley would collapse into a town full of loading screens, and a valuable goth will go missing."

Johnny: "Gasp! Not the goths!"

Morgana: "Oh Creator, again with those myths Agnes?!"

Suntan: "...I honestly don't know why I'm here."

Because you're cute! :D

Suntan: "Oh. Okay!"

Morgana: "I just wanted you to know that the sun will come out tomorrow and Sunset Valley is perfectly safe. So don't listen to Agnes' silly stories! Just smile and carry on knowing that you'll be dead by the apocalypse anyway!"

Agnes: " dear husband..." :'(

Jocasta: "Gosh, it's so crowded here! I hope no one smells my farts." 

Jocasta: "Keep it together girl...keep it together."

Keep it classy, Sunset Valley.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Monte Education Center

Not much has happened in my game outside of a meteor attack and a brief TSD update of Johnny Gold that I've been too lazy to move I thought maybe I'd spoil you all with a favorite building of mine. :)

It's called the Monte Education Center, and I made it to cater to the school-aged children since there are/were no schools yet. It even has a designated study room for those who need to brush up on skill points - no more hunting for the right bookcase! *dances*