Aside: Whole New Worlds!

Yes, the latest Origin sale made me cave.  I finally made my first Sims-related purchase in…a year?  A while, anyway.  The only thing that stopped me from buying more items while they were so discounted was that the sale ended WHILE I was taking my shopping cart to checkout.  Turns out “ends June 16” means “ends 9am PST.”

There have been a bunch of complaints about technical glitches in downloading from Origin/EA, especially during this sale, so I was slightly concerned.  But the first world installed fine, so I’m hoping that the other one will not run into problems either.

So, what did I buy?  What can my Sims look forward to?  The Worlds Bundle, which contains Hidden Springs and Monte Vista.  Wheee!

I originally wanted just the Monte Vista world, obviously because of the Italian connection.  As one reader suggested, the Moodicis could move there eventually, perhaps to reconnect with the “old country.”  (Plot-wise, however, they still have unfinished business in Riverview, and some unfinished business that hasn’t even begun yet!  The delay in posting this week is due to “filming difficulties” regarding one of these loose ends.  Stay tuned.)

A pleasant surprise in this latest addition: one of the residents of Hidden Springs is Bert Alto, brother of Nick.  Heyyy!  I was not aware of this when I bought Hidden Springs, so this poses yet another possibility for expanding the Moodici story.  Hmmmmm…

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Spread Joy up to the Maximu[s]

It’s amazing what rich folks do.  This was one of the wedding presents Holly and I got from the Moodici family:

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It’s no farm like the one we used to have, but there’s a little grassy area that my folks will be able to turn into a garden in no time:

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My dad’s a little cam’ra-shy.  You’ll have to excuse him for not looking up and smiling.

Ma and Pa are staying here with us until we can get the farm back.  I don’t think Holly minds too much; she says Ma and Pa are pretty pleasant to be around.  Pa always takes time to compliment her on every little thing, like her cooking:

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She says it would have been mighty stressful back at her fam’ly Palazzo.  I don’t know everything that’s going on, but things between her and her Ma seem a bit…frosty.  It’s really none of my business.

What is my business is for me to do well in my Athletic career.  That and score a little extra stuff on the side.  You see, I ain’t told everyone yet, but I’m a Kleptomaniac, see.  Things just disappear when I’m around:

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Too bad that barstool I swiped was our own!  It might take me a lil bit to get the hang of this, but just you wait and see.  Soon I’ll be swiping enough so that Holly can have the pretty things she wants and Ma and Pa can get their farm back!

You see, some folks have way too much stuff in this town.

Take the Lessen home, for example.

Too many coffee tables (they got four in a lil pile in the living room!):

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Too much goo-gaws on them walls (why have all that wallpaper if you’re just gonna cover it up with a huge TV?):

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And too many cars (think about your carbon footprint, folks!):

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How many cars does one man need?  My folks are still riding around on lil bicycles!  Ma and Pa will love this:

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I’m sure Papa Nick will be happy ’bout this.  He’s a professional crook himself.  And he’s also into athletic-type stuff, so I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about.  He and Ma Vita, and Niccolo, still live over at their official Palazzo, just across the courtyard from us:

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Holly’s still a little nervous about living so close to her folks, but I think things will work out.  Living near family will come in handy once the baby’s born.  Oh, did I forget to mention that?  We have a lil one on the way!

Life is Just a Party: Wedding Special

As the families prepared for the wedding, the Moodicis invited the McDermott family to move in.  It’s only for a little while, to make sure that everyone attends the wedding.  We wouldn’t want the groom’s folks to miss this, would we?  I have witnessed Sims behave ridiculously when it comes to weddings, so a little oversight seems warranted.

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Holly’s midlife crisis dictated moving to a new house.  There are still not many developed lots in town, so all that was available was a simple, bare-bones house near the school.  The family had hoped that it would give them more privacy than staying at the Palazzo would, but those snooping helicopter news crews proved them wrong, as this aerial footage shows: 2014-04-25_00077

The house had been neglected for so long (or construction so rushed) that plants had started to grow through the walls:
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At least the green coordinates with Vita’s skilling bar and Holly’s moodlet and clothes. Nevertheless, Holly went outside to assess the damage and found the patio rather pleasant.

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Just beyond the fence flows one of the rivers, and the meadows around it are full of gems and butterflies.  It’s nice enough to distract Holly from the horridness of her burnt meal:
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That building to the left is the school.  Our lot is the one right next to the school.  You’d think that that would make it easier to show up to on time to school, but Niccolo actually missed the bus and we had to remind him to rush over on his own.  He made the honor roll, despite showing up late and with his Energy bar in deep red.  Both he and Marquis fell asleep during class.  Poor kids.  I remember days like that.

With the McDermotts here, we get to know our new family members a little better.

It turns out Maximus (the groom) is a Kleptomaniac and has a Lifetime Wish of Becoming a Superstar Athlete.  I think he and his father-in-law will get along quite well, as long as Nick can restrain himself from sneaking up on him and arguing at every spare moment.  At least they’ll have interests in common…except when Maximus goes into “farm boy” mode.  The urge to interact with plants often becomes so great that he (and his mother Ginny) must sneak off to the next-door garden to tend to the harvest:

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Maximus brought along his little brother Marquis, an Excitable Friendly Loser.  He is eating his tritip steak on the terrace.  Hey, what a coincidence; that was my dinner, too! 2014-04-25_00075

They have a middle brother, Travis, but he had moved out before the McDermotts joined the Moodicis and thus stayed on his own.  He promises to attend the wedding, though.

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…Hang on, I thought you guys were farmers!  You both have the Lifetime Wish of having the Perfect Garden!  How are you going to achieve that if you’re both away from the farm all the time?  Life’s short, guys.  Go grow some plants.

“We can’t.  When we moved in with the Moodicis, our family got taken over!  Must be those bandits.  They’ve been running around terrorizing the farming towns ’round here.”

Can’t you buy them off?  Just pay them to leave and get your farm back.

“Nope, no can do.  We was robbed on the way here.  Some more bandits.”

Why didn’t you mention this earlier?!

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A “meta” note:  So this is weird.  Remember how we invited the McDermotts to move in?  After they moved in, we no longer had enough funds to buy the farm back (meaning the McDermotts did not move in with the full funds they should have had).  I should’ve used Edit Town mode instead.  Hmm.

Don’t worry, guys, we’ll get you your farm back.  Or at least find some new land.  Or kick you out because I can’t handle four Sims much less a full house and we will eventually need room for Moodici progeny.

But for now, we have other things to worry about.  This is the eve of the wedding.

The groom is getting his beauty sleep…without his bride, sadly, because she’s off running around town doing stuff.  She particularly wished to visit the graveyard.  Chalk it up to her midlife crisis.2014-04-25_00087

Oh, she’s back home now.  Then she starts painting on the dark terrace and doesn’t stop until she finishes:2014-04-25_00098

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And then she heads to bed. Perhaps Vita is worried about the wedding. Next to her in bed, the groom’s mother doesn’t seem to share those apprehensions. The two mothers in bed, dreaming of very different priorities: 2014-04-25_00085

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The groom’s father, Luke, was also off running around town.  First he collected some seeds in the graveyard, where he ran into Holly, and then took a late-night cooking class.

The two little brothers, on a crazily shifted schedule, sit together on the terrace outside long after the adults have gone to bed.  Marquis chirps, “Hey, brother Niccolo!  It would be so cool once we’re related.  We could play football together all day!” 2014-04-25_00088

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Uh-huh.

“And we’ll suppress the free press.”  Wait—

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“We’ll muscle all the other Riverview families into accepting our business terms…”2014-04-25_00090

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O-kay…you gold-digging twerp.  Your family’s so poor only because you couldn’t protect yourselves from some lousy bandits!

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“Good night, Niccolo.”

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“Now good night.”

WEDDING DAY!

As dawn breaks, we catch a glimpse of San Moorco’s Basilica on the hill:

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That is where Holly and Maximus will get married.  Time to wrangle up the family:2014-04-25_00110

Hmm, I see that only Niccolo has dressed appropriately.  Just see that the rest of you change at the church or in the car, please?

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On the way to San Moorco’s, Holly rolled a wish to flirt with the first guest, Yuri.  That’s what you get for getting married in the middle of a midlife crisis.

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Lots of hearts fluttering to kick off this wedding.  Skip Broke saw Holly and Vita and was infatuated.  Too late for you, Skip!  Both ladies are spoken for.2014-04-25_00144

But mother of the groom Ginny probably wouldn’t mind: 2014-04-25_00145

Travis McDermott (younger bro of the groom) is also attracted to Vita.  Wow, I hadn’t realized just how much Vita has gained in charisma points since moving to this town.2014-04-25_00146

The parents of the bride take a look around the hall.

“Nick, this is nice, isn’t it?  Oh my, are you crying already?”
“No.  Allergies.  Look at all the pollen and seeds on the floor!  This is what you get for moving to a farming town!”

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Still, the decorators did a decent job.

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The view from the mezzanine as the couple and guests take their places:

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The magically and suddenly-appearing cake.  Oh yes, and the happy couple:

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Happy guests:

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Ginny and Niccolo, letting out sighs of happiness:

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Vita, nostalgically pleased with her own wedding ring:

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And Nick, glaringly happy:

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And this is where it went wrong.

The couple got up to cut the cake.

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And people froze.  The wedded couple froze.  Some of the guests froze.

One of the guests suspected that this sudden paralysis was brought on by some nefarious curse put on the cake by Madam Dictator.  I dunno.  Why would she ruin her own daughter’s wedding?!

After a few moments of confusion, a voice came on over the PA system:  “Ahem!  Ahem.  This concludes the rehearsal session of the wedding.  Please return to your seats.  The main ceremony will resume shortly.”

When the guests started taking seats, it was suddenly clear that Luke had somehow gone back to the house.  Luke!  Your son is getting married!  Get your gardening butt back over to the basilica!  Come on, pedal, man!

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The tension was too much for Holly to handle.  She went off to a corner of the hall and started playing the guitar.  She had the guitar case open for tips, but no one was really paying attention to this other than her mother.

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Okay, everyone’s assembled now.  Take a breath.  This time for reals, please.

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Hey!  What’s Charles the Maid doing here?  I thought he wasn’t supposed to be invited!

Holly:  “Whatever.  Can we just get through this, please?  I’m starving!!”

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Whoooo!  Cheer and applaud, everyone!  Applaud, and I’ll overlook the fact that barely no one is following seating protocol:

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Holly:  “Yay, cake!  Feed me!”

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It did not freeze this time.  Thank you, San Moorco!

Congratulations, Holly and Maximus.  (Meta note: That was quite possibly the most stressful wedding my Sims have ever had.  This helps to explain why this post was so long in the making.  The screenshots sat for a month before I felt up to putting this together.)

Maximus’ first act as a married man: work out in the church!

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Don’t you have a honeymoon to get to?

Nick felt a little overwhelmed by all this, so he stepped out to the terrace.

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“Wow, Nick, would you look at that view! We can see all of Riverview from here.”

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Nick seems to be viewing more of his dishy wife.  “Yes, yes, it is a great view.  And the bride was beautiful, too.  Congratulations, dear.”  2014-04-25_00178 “I just hope they’ll be happy.”

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Back inside, Niccolo wanted to ask Chelsea Broke to dance but she just stood there throwing rice in his face.  Is this considered a proper rejection tactic in Riverview?2014-04-25_00186

Chelsea and Charles the maid are two of the guests seemingly stuck at the wedding.  The glitch will go on.

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Show’s over, folks!  Go home!

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Just to wrap up the wedding, we had some late arrivals whose approach to “crashing the wedding” was rather literal:Moodici 2014-05-01_002 resize Moodici 2014-05-01_003 resize

Life is Just a Party

Leader of the Free World she may be, but Vita must still maintain a healthy level of campaign funding. Her campaign fund accounts were down in the dumps, so Madam Dictator decided to throw a fundraiser. The party drew all the riff-raff townsfolk once again to Palazzo Moodici.

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“C-c-congratulations on your daughter’s engagement, Madam Dictator! I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home. On the day of your campaign fundraiser. And may their first child…be a masculine child.”

Others are not so thrilled:

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“Dagnabbit! Missed my chance to get real rich quick! That McDermott sure is one lucky son of a gun.”

Right in the middle of the bash, Holly elected to have a birthday celebration. Scheduled for later that same evening was Niccolo’s prom. This family can’t get enough of lifetime milestones.

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“Fie to the ravages of age! My birthday shall be mah-velous!”

Hurry up and blow out those candles, Holly. And remember to make a wish.

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We were having a nice birthday celebration….

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…when some stragglers came in from swimming in the pool fountain:

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Scantily clad guests! Not in front of Niccolo! The boy’s still in high school. (Niccolo is the boy in the green jacket—you can see him take a pause when the bikini walks right in front of him!)

“Eh, it’s a free country.” Not if Madam Dictator can help it.

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Leery Holly: “Maximus, baby, I’m all aglow!”  Save it for your wedding night, Holly.

Yeesh, this party really is bringing the prude out of me. Or perhaps I was slightly exasperated as I’d had to restart the game because of a glitch (a painting disappeared when we were trying to hang it on the wall).

Perhaps it’s for the better.  Take 2 was more dramatic: one of the guests decided to die right after the cake.

It was one of the Spenster sisters, one of the elders of the town. As she died, Nellie was still mourning the recent death of her sister Lucille. Well, they can be together again, I guess. Behold the sparkles of death:

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The other guests feel mainly…inconvenienced by the death. “That Nellie! You’d think people would have the decency not to die at a Moodici party!” “Ugh! I can’t reach the cake! A woman just died behind me!”

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Poor Grim Reaper. He’d had trouble getting through security as he wasn’t on the “invited” list. He had to skulk around right outside the house to wait for Nellie:

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“Enough of this. I knew my scythe would come in handy one day.”

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“Heeerrre’s Grimmy!”

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Everyone mostly kept doing their own thing. Nick was late to the party and was still whooping when the Grim Reaper entered. Talk about inappropriate:

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“Come on, Dad! What did Nellie Spenster ever do to you?”

Nick’s not the only one behaving callously. Holly was still blissfully eating her cake. “Whaaat? You gotta grab a slice while there’s still some left!”2014-04-24_00035

“Hi, Mr. Reaper…uh…may we offer you some cake?”

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The grim incident of memento mori did not interfere with the festivities.  People loved Vita’s little get-together.  “Wow, what a party!  I’m donating $7,250 to your fund!” was a typical comment.  “Oh Vita dear, you sure know how to host a good murder mystery night!” “Do invite me the next time you sacrifice another villager!” The campaign fund grew by a total of over $48,000.

Ever the considerate hostess, Holly invited Grim to some pillow-fighting fun.

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I’ve commented on my other Sims blog about this, but the pillow fight screenshots tend to come out rather violent or graphic.  Maybe because the screenshots are devoid of the Sims’ squeals of glee? Anyway, Holly’s thought process here does not help the situation.

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Holly, you think this is romantic? Go take a cold shower. You might need it, judging from the green fumes around your torso.

Then, he was gone.

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Holly promptly entered a midlife crisis. Midlife crisis?! You sure it’s a good idea to combine that with getting married? “I don’t care! I want to move to a new house! I want to get a haircut! I want a new sports car!”

Whatever. Some of us have a prom to get to:

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Despite showing up with an abysmal hygiene score, Niccolo was crowned King of the Prom. He still got rejected for a dance, though. Maybe it was one of those joke prom king pranks…

Whenever a prom happens, the game likes to update you with pop-up notifications throughout the evening. I suppose it’s like live-Tweeting. Even in the Sims, there is no escape from Twitter. Here are some examples (and my “replies” to the “tweets”):

Niccolo also asked a loner classmate (male) because he felt bad for him, but the classmate threw a drink in his face.
“What, homophobic, are we?”
“I don’t need your sympathy!”

Niccolo also saw someone else wearing the same outfit.  Who knew cream-purple-orange-red was such a popular combo for a tux.

Niccolo has now fallen for Chelsea Broke. You thought the McDermotts were trash? The Brokes are actual trailer trash. That’s right. They live in trailers. I’ll show you a pic if we end up seeing more of the Brokes.

The students finally emerged from the prom. Apparently it was a no-food-served kind of prom:

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“Be sure to get home within the hour, or the police will cite you for staying out after curfew!” Hmm, so it seems that the limo has ditched us. Irresponsible. It takes a village, you know…

Fortunately, Niccolo made it home in time:

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“Ugh, what is that smell? Is it art? Has sis been painting with turpentine? Oh wait. That’s me! ”

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His parents Vita and Nick were having a private moment together when the criminal carpool showed up. Nick swooshed into his work uniform…
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WHAT THE HECK are you wearing?

“It’s my crisis vest!”

No it’s not.  You look like something out a cheap Miami Vice spinoff (not to say I’ve ever actually seen that show, but I think I’ve seen enough of it from the promo photos).

His future son-in-law hides and watches from the pool, no doubt too embarrassed to speak to Nick.

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At work, Nick got an “extra trinket” from a side job. Sure enough, there are some new goodies in the family inventory. Who says crime doesn’t pay? Life is just a party, and at least one of us is dressed to party like it’s Nineteen! Ninety! Nine!

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Aside: Told You the Maid’s Insane

Look what he did at the first party we invited him to:

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Guess who’s not getting invited to Holly’s wedding. I mean, see him flee from the loving couple (yup, that’s Holly and Maximus by the fountain):

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He simply jumped out of the pool and ran out.  The other guests, however, carried on and had a merry time at the party.

A Very Moodici Engagement

You might recall that, a while ago, Holly seemed a bit lonely:

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Her mother wants her to get married.  Her father wants her to get married.  And then she painted this:

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Okay, we get the idea, Holly.  Let’s find you someone.  I opened up her friends panel and just went down the list till we found someone eligible.  Prestige isn’t all that matters, no matter what Vita and Nick might want for their dynasty.  In any case, prestige isn’t really what you get from a peasant farming town like Riverview.  There are some nice farms here.  Why don’t you visit one?

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Maximus McDermott is one of Holly’s best friends.  Having split up from his terrible girlfriend at our suggestion recently, he’s single.  He’s the first son of one of the premier farming families in Riverview.  Why not him?  (A plus is that he has a Latin word for a name!  That would fit in with our Italian theme!  Yes, we are petty!)

His mom Ginny seems to like her so far:

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The key lime pie that Holly brought with her blends right in with the decor:

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So much green.  Just not of the sort that Nick and Vita like so much.

“But I could live with this.”

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You sure, Holly?  Sure the wallpaper isn’t a bit too much like something out of the Shining?

Take a closer look, Holly.  Really scrutinize this before you rush in:

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And make sure Max is aware of and prepared for the politics in this family:

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And don’t fall for every little bit of flattery:

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And check out his reputation in town:

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Town gossipers: “Look at that piece of trailer trash that just arrived!  The nerve!”

Holly: “He’s not trash!  Delete that trash talk!  I’ve made up my mind.”

Okay, here goes.  Holly rests her knee on the red cobblestone of the front courtyard.

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All Hail Vita

It started like any other day for the Vice President.  She went to work in her limo…

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…and emerged from City Hall as Leader of the Free World!  Lifetime Wish achieved!  But I suspect that instead of Hail to the Chief, or Hail Britannia, a more suitable fanfare for her would be the Darth Vader theme.

As Leader of the Free World, Vita can dress however she wants to for work.  She doesn’t give a toss about whatever the media will say about her wardrobe choices.

She’s got other priorities.  Making some important phone calls here:

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“Hello, Vinnie?  Hiya, I want you to go take care of someone…Several, actually.  Let’s see, how ’bout that Repo-Sim who took my valuable statue a few days ago…Whaddaya mean it’s not in your jurisdiction?  Hello?  Hello?”

“Yeah hi.  I’d like to order to go…Geoffrey Landgraab’s head on a platter…No, this is not a prank…Do you know who I am?  I’m Leader of the Free World!  Can you hear me now?  Hello?”

“Hi, Sunset Valley?  I’m buying your entire town…Why not?  Did the Landgraabs get to you?  Hello?”

Perhaps the reception is bad, Madam Leader.  Try again in a few moments?

Despite all her evil schemes, Vita’s really a nice lady, I swear.  While Nick still autonomously tries to Argue with everyone he meets, Vita’s default interaction now is to Debate Politics.

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Never mind that she’s still in her nightie.  See what we said about not giving a toss earlier?  She wears what she likes!

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Her husband Nick is still a Henchman, though.  It’ll be a while yet before he can be Emperor of Evil.

It doesn’t help that he got arrested for the first time:

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While the police were booking him, they confiscated his items.  Apparently they thought he would try to escape by using his High School Diploma!  Police incompetence, or is this a real security threat thing?  Can’t tell these days, such a scary world…

Believe it or not, she is ecstatic when doing her victory roar:

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I figured that we should get a nice family photo to commemorate Vita’s rise to power.  However, the children wouldn’t cooperate.  It seems that they want their parents out of the way.

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Be careful what you wish for, kids.  Don’t you know who you’re messin’ with?