Dianna Winter Gets a Job

The first Sims 4 expansion was released earlier this week. It’s called “Get to Work” and the primary focus of the pack is the addition of active careers: Detective, Doctor and Scientist. I’ve been looking forward to playing the Detective since it was announced as I’m a fan of murder mysteries. Well…none of the Sims I am currently playing suited how I wanted to play Detective. It didn’t suit Marina or Rebecca’s personalities, and I didn’t want to play with it in a multiple Sim household just yet. This is a career-is-life sort of situation. So…I made Dianna Winter.

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Dianna did take a couple of selfies, but I didn’t take photos of the selfies for you…so you don’t get to see her face just yet. 🙂 Dianna moved to Willow Creek from far away. She has no friends or family. She purchased a cheap but furnished home.

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On her first day, she explored her neighborhood, did a bit of shopping, met some people, and watched some TV. She met Amanda and they had a good conversation.

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She met Preston Stiles. He was cute, despite his apparent lack of ambition (he’s a pizza delivery specialist).

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Dianna started her new job as a cadet.

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The building was big and intimidating.

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She was assigned to a senior detective to help solve a case.

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When she arrived on scene, she was instructed to take photographs, collect samples, and search for evidence.

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It was a vandalism case. She took about a dozen samples, a handful of pictures, took a report from a witness and dusted for fingerprints.

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She learned how to analyze a sample, but turned the rest over to the senior detective.

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While the senior detective was continuing to work on the case, she was instructed to process criminals- mug shots, fingerprints, searches, etc…

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Oh, look, the selfies! She posted them on her wall that night. Her house was pretty devoid of decor.

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With the exception of this monster that she purchased when she was visiting the shops.

The following day, she patrolled for awhile, and then assisted in the arrest and processing of the vandal.

Sims 4 News, New Content, Achievements Unlocked!

Sims 4 News

I know there are quite a few non-simmers that read this blog (and I find that awesome, by the way) and  you likely will not be up-to-date on happenings in the Sim world. So here is quick update!

Yesterday was a big day- the 15th anniversary of the Sims franchise! The perfect day to release an update on the next expansion. Coming in April, the newest Sims expansion will allow us to follow our Sims to work if they choose one of the new careers: detective, doctor, scientist, photographer or store owner. This expansion appears to combine the best aspects of two popular Sims expansions: Sims 2- Open for Business and Sims 3- Ambitions. We’ll be able to help our Sims solve crimes, heal the injured, and run cafes. This isn’t what I expected, nor what I had hoped, but it looks AMAZING. Sim fans everywhere seem very excited and blown away by the trailer. Who needs toddlers when you can be a DETECTIVE.

You can see a trailer and some still images here.

New Content

In addition to that fabulous news, we also received an update with some new content. Content included Valentine’s day objects and attire as well as a family tree function. You can observe a new shirt on Marina in the last post. Family trees were present in past Sims games, and it was something clearly lacking from this version. Legacy fans all around the world rejoiced! Some players prefer to play a single family line over many generations and family trees are essential for that. These family trees appear to be much larger and more detailed than previous versions.

Achievements Unlocked

I’ve completed 2 new achievements! I’ve unlocked “whimsical” for which I had to complete 100 whims across all my Sims. And I achieved “in game” for which I had to have played (or maybe just keep the game open) for 24 hours. I’ve completed 3% of the achievements. You can view the whole list by click “scoresheet” at the top of the screen.

Martha reaches her goal of 5 fights

You can find more Amanda & Martha posts here or click the “Amanda and Martha” tag.

Amanda just returned from her trip to the great outdoors where she got a crush on a bear and quit her job.

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The following evening, before Martha left for her job as a petty thief, Amanda made her dinner and they chatted about Amanda’s trip. Their chat was interrupted by a knock on the door…

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Whoa…it’s bear man…or Johnnie.

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They stayed on the porch until late chatting, and gazed at the stars together. Amanda tested the waters a little with some very, very minor flirting…and it was not shot-down, perhaps there is hope?

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While Amanda went to bed, Martha remembered she had the night off from being a thief, so she decided to work more on her goal of becoming a public enemy. She decided the nightclub would be a good place for this- as they are open late. She chose her victim- that guy :::points to photo above::: I can’t remember his name. She rudely introduced herself and then began causing some mischief.

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She invited him to a fake party (hence the hat) and gave him some fake bad news.

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She upped the game by trying to scare him. He stuck around for all of this! He was either in a self-loathing mood, or found her amusing.

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Martha has a goal of getting into 5 fights. She already had two from early in the week, so she decided to make it three…

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And then four….and the guy still didn’t leave after that, so she made it five. He left after that.

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This attractive lady, Jami, was amused by Martha. And introduced herself.

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She was impressed by the fighting (there was a fight talk bubble, but I missed catching it with the camera). Her and Martha chatted for quite some time. She was amused and impressed by Martha’s confidence and extravagant plans for the future (Martha was riding a confidence high after all the fighting).

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Martha showed off her muscles and Jami was amused, and maybe impressed.

 

 

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Martha was feeling terribly confident still, so she tossed out a very bold pickup line, and it worked. I think they’ll be arranging a date soon. I think they are quite charming together.

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Martha ended the night (it was about 6am) by telling jokes at the night clubs microphone.

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There was NO ONE there, but at least she got some practice.

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She arrived home just as Amanda was leaving her for her new job in the world of business!

 

 

Marina: Day 10

This is part of my “Community Sims” series where readers of this blog help create the Sims I use. Check out the rest of the posts here.  And please, feel free to vote in the most current poll to help me design the next community sim (#3, we are working on his hair, see below)!

So far, you have decided that Marina should pursue the maximum level of gardening achievement and become friends with Travis and Summer. You also decided she should not pursue a relationship with Travis just yet. She is allowed to pursue three of her own whims per day, regardless as to whether or not that match our goals for her. She spends time cooking one decent meal a day, but the rest she just grabs something quick like yogurt or cereal. You decided on her day off that she would garden and read (for work).

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Today was my day off. The first thing I did was tidy up the house- the dirty dishes had been building up.

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After my shower, I mopped up the bathroom floor- a leaky faucet had caused quite the mess.

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Then it was out the door for me- whew, my garden really needs some TLC!

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I spent the rest of the day weeding, watering, and harvesting.

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For dinner, I tried making a taco casserole- it came out pretty good.

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After dinner, I caught up on some reading.

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Before bed I was feeling a little lonely, so I spent some time talking to my plants. Sure, they don’t answer back, but I think they like the company!

Amanda Goes to Camp

If you didn’t read the first post on Amanda and Martha, please go here.

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Amanda received a promotion to Head Dishwasher, but she was very gloomy and considering quitting her job. Perhaps it’s her non-committal nature, or the title of Head Dishwater, or the no boyfriend situation. Either way, I decided she needed to go on vacation. Also, because some new vacation-related DLC was released while I was away.

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She went to Riverside Retreat for some fresh air.

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The ranger stopped by to welcome her and give her a warning about bears in the woods.

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At the park, you could rent a cabin like Amanda did, or you could rent a campsite area and pitch a tent. All areas had firepits, fishing holes, and areas to play horseshoes.

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The campfires seemed to scare away all of Amanda’s troubles- she was very tense and gloomy when she arrived.

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We put her into a more appropriate outfit. Even after all the fresh air and change of pace, she still wanted to quit her job. So, I let her call work from camp.

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Her first night she tried to make some friends around the campfire, but nothing really came of that.

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Even after she cooked them all some delicious cheese burgers.

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Anyone for some night fishing?

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In second morning she checked out the camp information kiosk and supply shop.

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And then went for a run around the camp since she was feeling energized.

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While wandering through the woods, she was startled by a bear. However, the ranger wandered over and didn’t seem afraid, so Amanda investigated.

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This was actually a man in a bear costume! At first, Amanda was a little weirded-out by this, but he was a very friendly bear.

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They chatted for a long time and became good friends. They laughed over jokes, shared interests and really connected.

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By the end of the afternoon, they acted like close friends- perhaps there was something more there?

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Amanda exchanged cell phone numbers with the bear- whose real name was Johnnie. Over the course of the next few days, Amanda would chat on the phone and text Johnnie often.

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When not exploring the woods or participating in campfires, Amanda spent her time reading in her cabin.

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Eventually, she got up enough courage to ask Johnnie to hang out with her at her campsite.

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And he did come over. Unfortunately, he was in a very bad mood. Amanda tried to cheer him up with a flirtatious joke, but that just made everything all awkward.

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She eventually made him feel better with some jokes about monkeys and a few heartfelt compliments. They had an excellent remainder of the day exploring the woods together. At the end of the night, Amanda confessed she was attracted to Johnnie, he responded kindly, but not in-kind. It was a friendly but awkward situation again.

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The next day, Amanda spent much of the day by herself, reading. Until she decided to go sit by the campfire. A very pale man named Dwight joined her. Dwight was being a huge flirt, so Amanda thought perhaps this was her chance, and flirted back. Alas, she just ended up embarrassing herself again- Oh, Amanda!

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She spent her last day hanging out with her new friend, Meg. Now, Amanda is headed back home to start a new career- in business!

 

Marina: Day 9

This is part of my “Community Sims” series where readers of this blog help create the Sims I use. Check out the rest of the posts here.  And please, feel free to vote in the most current poll to help me design the next community sim (#3, we are working on his hair, see below)!

So far, you have decided that Marina should pursue the maximum level of gardening achievement and become friends with Travis and Summer. You also decided she should not pursue a relationship with Travis just yet. She is allowed to pursue three of her own whims per day, regardless as to whether or not that match our goals for her. She spends time cooking one decent meal a day, but the rest she just grabs something quick like yogurt or cereal.

Also, one extra note here. It seems Marina lost her voice last post! The post was not in the first person, and I do apologize for that. I try to be consistent with these things, but it had been a long time since I had played and posted.

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Today was better than average. I started off my morning with some cereal while watching television. I was in the mood for sports this morning. I like the energy in sports.

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I watered a few plants, and then went to work.

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At work, I received a promotion. Fantastic news (especially since I haven’t really been trying to get a promotion, honestly). I suppose I should start improving my writing now. 🙂

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I took a quick dip in the pool after I got home from work. Swimming is so much fun.

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For dinner I made a delicious, if I do say so myself, grilled cheese sandwich.

Then it was off to bed! I have tomorrow off!