I think I have something new in the works…

Okay, so I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do…

Why is the Bachelor challenge so appealing to me? It’s the creation of new Sims based on other people’s suggestions. I enjoy making random Sims. When other people give me ideas for those Sims, the Sims seem more natural…it increases the diversity of my population.

What else do I like about it? Organizing! If you read my regular blog, Crazy Cat Nerd, you are probably well aware of my need/desire to organize, over-plan, make binders, graphs, polls and spreadsheets (why do I not work in an office??).

Notice I didn’t mention the show, the romance, the drama, etc..? It’s not the theme of the challenge I enjoy, it’s the mechanics.

Downsides of the Bachelor? Contestants get eliminated. Yes, in some ways that’s fun, but I don’t think it is quite as fun for the creators behind the contestants that get eliminated or for the people who grow attached to a specific Sim. Also, it requires me to collect a bunch of Sims all at once- and not everyone is in the mood to fill out one of my surveys all at once, LOL.

I liked the Community Sim idea…where everyone contributed to create a Sim and helped shape its path. BUT…that played really slowly and I had the sense that people had conflicting views of how the Sims life was supposed to play out. While I like Marina and Rebecca just fine, they don’t seem to play as well as some other Sims. Of course, these initial Sims were also when things were just starting out…and mistakes were made with aging, etc…

With the Sims 4, we had the return of rotational game play as a possibility. In the Sims 2, they designed it so that it was easy (and expected) for you to play an entire neighborhood. In the Sims 3, each household required a separate save, so it was hard to play one cohesive town. The Sims 4  lends itself well to both options, provided you learn how to handle the aging controls and, ideally, play an entire neighborhood so that all your Sims age together.

Playing rotational style, with an entire neighborhood, means that all your Sims friends are families you play. We get to see both sides of the story and watch as the children grow up together.

So, I’ve started thinking…what if I do a rotational style game WITH Sims that folks submit via survey (or through the in-game library). ¬†I wouldn’t need all the families at once. I can slowly add in families are they are created.

The more I think about it, the more I like it. Stay tuned.

Bachelor #3 Update

I haven’t had much time to play, and I don’t have any photos yet, but here is what I’ve done:

– Modified a mansion to suit the Bachelor challenge’s needs

– Selected the contestants that will be competing for George’s heart!

– Moved the contestants, and George, in to the mansion

 

Here are the contestants:

Aria

Scarlet

Lisa

Frenchie

Cassandra

Tamina

Shana

 

We have a Winner! Meet your next Bachelor!!!

Finally after MONTHS of polling (we won’t be doing THAT again). We have chosen our next Bachelor!

Let’s see if we can find this lonely police officer with a heart of gold a partner!

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Think you can make the perfect girl (or guy!) for George? You are welcome to submit your very own contestant!

The pool of contestants for George’s Bachelor Challenge will consist of:

  • Unmatched contestants from Chauncey & Sebastian’s runs. Check them out here.
  • Descriptions of contestants that YOU submit by filling out a simple (but kinda long) google doc form. You do NOT need to have the game or even be familiar with it. I walk you through the process. Once you submit your form, I will take that information and make your Sim (subject to my interpretation of your answers). Then you can follow along and route for your Sim! You can find the form here.
  • Sims already created by readers who play the game. If you have a pre-made Sim (such as a Simself) you’d like to submit, go here. Note you’ll need to upload your Sim to the exchange and provide me a link.

Possible contestants so far: Frenchie, Tamina, Sara, Lisa, Asara-Bell, Astoria, Shana, Belle, Ally, Scarlett, Selina and Scarlet G.

I’m still accepting contestants and will do so for a couple days until I get things set-up and ready to go.

If you give a shout-out to the Sim you want to see in the challenge below, I will definitely make sure they take part in the challenge. I would rather cater to the folks who follow along with the stories. ūüôā

 

 

AFTER THE BACHELOR: CHAUNCEY & ANGELA‚ÄôS KIDS ARE GROWING UP! Part 2

You can read part 1 of this week with Chauncey & Angela here.

When we last left off, Bryan had gotten in trouble with Angela for smashing a dollhouse while dressed as a monster. And the kitchen caught on fire.

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It is Bella’s turn to transition into child! ¬†Bella is full of energy- she’s very excitable. She’s also a bit on the clumsy side- a bad (but adorable) combination. Unfortunately, she lacks a sense of humor, so has trouble laughing about it afterwards.

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This gnome creeps me out. We’ve stopped using this bathroom pretty much.

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Bella has an interesting sense of fashion….I’m not sure if she intentionally picks colors that don’t match, or if she is color blind. Maybe she’ll grow up to be a stylist?

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Angela recommended that Bella work on developing her skills. Bella took this to mean she should learn to play chess online.

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Angela transitioned from young adult to adult, and promptly fell into a midlife crisis. This crisis involved an entire day with a stylist trying to choose another outfit.

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Homework time!

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Angela has been on a cooking rampage. She’s been super determined to learn as much about cooking as possible.

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The Grimm’s were robbed! We called the cops, but the burglar ran right past them! Let’s not mention this to Sebastian (remember he fights burglars). Haha, we still can’t figure out what she took!

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Summertime seemed like a good time to improve the backyard!

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Bella has shown a lot of interest in painting. I told you, budding stylist, this one.

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We celebrated Bryan’s birthday with a pool party!

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We didn’t get rid of the good old slide, though.

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Time for Bryan’s transitioning into TEEN!

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And…

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DONE!

Let’s get a picture of the front…

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Ladies, say “hello” to your future Bachelor. Hmm…maybe he’ll grown into that nose…

Summary: Chauncey, Angela, Bryan, Alex and Bella

Lifestages: 

  • Chauncey- Adult
  • Angela- Adult
  • Bryan- teen
  • Alex- child
  • Bella- child

Lifetime Wishes:

  • Chauncey- Be a Star News Anchor
  • Angela- Raise 5 children

Current Wishes:

  • Chauncey- reach charisma level 8, write 5 best sellers, write 10 novels, have a child
  • Angela- improve cooking skill, have a child, woohoo with chauncey, see Alex age up well
  • Bryan- get a job, learn to drive
  • Alex- learn how to fish, take a class in fishing, preside over a royal court, discover a potion
  • Bella- take a class in painting, meet a vampire, attend a party, talk with Chauncey

Careers:

  • Chauncey- Editor-in-Chief (journalism 9)
  • Angela- awesome mom to three kiddos

Skills:

  • Chauncey- athletic: 2, charisma: 7, cooking: 3, handy: 2, logic: 2, writing: 8, photography: 1, alchemy: 2
  • Angela- athletic: 8, cooking: 7, guitar: 2, logic: 2 (skill challenges earned: menu maven)
  • Bryan- logic: 4, writing: 2
  • Alex- logic: 1
  • Bella- logic: 1, painting: 1

Current Goals and Happenings:

  • Current Season: summer
  • Both parents are good friends with all three children
  • Alex & Bryan are good friends, but they are not friends with Bella
  • Bryan has taken after his father and is writing a novel
  • Chauncey is currently writing a mystery novel
  • Right now, we are focusing on Chauncey’s career, Angela’s cooking, and raising the current three kids. A new baby is a possibility now that the other three are a bit older and Angela has had some time to recover.

Upcoming Posts:¬†Bachelor polling, I’m all caught up with what I’ve been able to play recently.

 

Decision Bachelor #3: Round 14

Welcome to Round 14 of the choosing of the third Bachelor. Getting closer and closer! If you’d like to have a contestant participate in the actual challenge, head over to Submit a ContestantРbe sure to do so soon! I won’t be able to wait very long after we’ve chosen the next Bachelor. I have a hankering for a Bachelor challenge. :p

Other Challenges: I played another week of Chauncey and Angela and that will be posted tomorrow and Thursday.

Results of Round 13:

Two Bachelors were in the bottom tier of the vote in round 13, and will be eliminated:

#7- Harry

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Job: City Council Member

Favorites: sushi, turquoise, classical music

Traits: inappropriate, bookworm, schmoozer, artistic, computer whiz

Lifetime Wish: to be a chess legend

Age: young adult

Location: Bridgeport (a bustling city with an active night life)

Hobbies: reading, chess, painting, going out on the town, video games, spending time with friends

Skills: charisma- 1

Children: none

and

#38- Jebidiah

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Job: Resident (medical)

Favorites: spaghetti, Irish Green, pop music

Traits: workaholic, neat, good, ambitious, genius

Lifetime Wish: to become a world-renowned surgeon

Age: adult

Location: Riverview (a serene little town nestled on a winding river)

Hobbies: working from home, reading medical books, playing chess, cleaning the house, donating, cooking, fixing things, working out

Skills: logic- 6, athletics- 2, cooking- 2, handiness- 2

Children: none

Round 14: Friends & Enemies

In this round, we ask the Bachelors how large their circle of friends is, and if they have any enemies. 

#4- Moe


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Job: Medical Intern

Favorites: spaghetti, orange, classical music

Traits: loves the outdoors, handy, workaholic, good sense of humor, angler

Lifetime Wish: to have the perfect garden

Age: young adult

Location: Barnacle Bay (a warm island once inhabited by pirates and fishermen)

Hobbies: outside activities (fishing, gardening, hiking), fixing stuff, working from home, telling jokes, sports

Skills: logic- 3, athletics- 9, fishing- 4

Children: none

Round 14: I have 5 people I consider friends, but I also have two enemies.

#21- Ace

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Job: Test Subject

Favorites: key lime pie, lime, electronica

Traits: insane, virtuoso, computer whiz, daredevil, grumpy

Lifetime Wish: to become a creature-robot crossbreeder

Age: young adult

Location: Bridgeport (a bustling city with an active night life)

Hobbies: playing video games, hacking, learning how to play different musical instruments, playing with fire, eating dirt, skinny dipping, riding mechanical bulls, doing extreme things, fishing in swimming pools, pretending to be an animal, talking about conspiracies, using a toilet as a chair, speaking madness, and eating fruit until I am full

Skills: none

Children: none

Round 14: I have four people I consider friends.

#22- Riley

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Job: Pastry Chef

Favorites: veggie burgers, grey, pop

Traits: family-oriented, friendly, frugal, good sense of humor, natural cook

Lifetime Wish: to become a five star chef

Age: adult

Location: Dragon Valley (a peaceful valley where elves and baby dragons roam)

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, being frugal, telling jokes, cooking, working out, playing sports

Skills: cooking- 5, athletic- 2

Children: Zoe (child)

Round 14: I’m only truly friends with one person, my daughter.

#23- Quinn

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Job: Investigative Reporter

Favorites: cookies, Irish green, kids

Traits: good sense of humor, excitable, genius, charismatic, friendly

Lifetime Wish: to become a star news anchor

Age: adult

Location: Dragon Valley (a peaceful valley where elves and baby dragons roam)

Hobbies: telling jokes, hanging out with friends, making new friends, playing chess, deep conversations, math, writing

Skills: charisma- 2, logic- 2, writing- 5

Children: none

¬†Round 14: I don’t have any friends, or enemies.

#36- George

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Job: Patrol Officer

Favorites: cheesesteak, Irish Green, Latin music

Traits: family-oriented, brave, good, athletic, friendly

Lifetime Wish: to have a large family

Age: young adult

Location: Riverview (a serene little town nestled on a winding river)

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, trying to make the world a better place, working out, playing sports, playing chess, tutoring schoolchildren

Skills: athletic- 2, logic-2

Children: none

Round 14: I have three friends.

 

Choose your top two! The entire bottom tier will be eliminated!

Decision: Bachelor #3- Round 13!

Decision: Bachelor #3!

Welcome to Round 13 of the choosing of the third Bachelor. So close! I’m so excited!¬†If you‚Äôd like to have a contestant participate in the actual challenge, head over to¬†Submit a Contestant– be sure to do so soon! I won’t be able to wait very long after we’ve chosen the next Bachelor. I have a hankering for a Bachelor challenge. :p

Other Challenges: Some assorted chaos has prevented me from playing much over the last couple weeks (mostly good chaos, so it’s okay). Also, a stupid, but adorable casual farming game on my tablet has been distracting me (it’s called Meow Meow Star Acres; it’s shockingly addictive). However, I’m hoping to find sometime during the upcoming three day weekend.

Results of Round 12:

Two Bachelors were in the bottom tier of the vote in round 12, and will be eliminated:

#56

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Job: Author

Favorites: fish n’ chips, grey, classical

Traits: absent-minded, bookworm, unflirty, loner, good

Lifetime Wish: to be a successful author

Age: young adult

Location: Sunset Valley (a sprawling suburb centered around a town park)

Hobbies: reading, writing, donating my time and money, enjoying alone time, a bit of gardening

Skills: gardening- 1, writing- 1

Children: none

and

#26

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Job: Snack Hawker (at the sports arena)

Favorites: sushi, purple, electronica

Traits: absent-minded, unlucky, neat, good, family-oriented

Lifetime Wish: to be a jack-of-all-trades

Age: adult

Location: Lucky Palms (an island oasis with a thriving entertainment and culinary scene)

Hobbies: spending time with family, donating money and time, making people smile, cleaning, fixing stuff, working out

Skills: handiness- 2, athletics- 1, charisma- 1

Children: Joshua (toddler) and Hanson (child)

Round 13: First Name Reveal!

In this round, we’ll reveal the Bachelor’s first names. Vote for your top 3 Bachelors below!

#4- Moe


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Job: Medical Intern

Favorites: spaghetti, orange, classical music

Traits: loves the outdoors, handy, workaholic, good sense of humor, angler

Lifetime Wish: to have the perfect garden

Age: young adult

Location: Barnacle Bay (a warm island once inhabited by pirates and fishermen)

Hobbies: outside activities (fishing, gardening, hiking), fixing stuff, working from home, telling jokes, sports

Skills: logic- 3, athletics- 9, fishing- 4

Children: none

#7- Harry

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Job: City Council Member

Favorites: sushi, turquoise, classical music

Traits: inappropriate, bookworm, schmoozer, artistic, computer whiz

Lifetime Wish: to be a chess legend

Age: young adult

Location: Bridgeport (a bustling city with an active night life)

Hobbies: reading, chess, painting, going out on the town, video games, spending time with friends

Skills: charisma- 1

Children: none

#21- Ace

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Job: Test Subject

Favorites: key lime pie, lime, electronica

Traits: insane, virtuoso, computer whiz, daredevil, grumpy

Lifetime Wish: to become a creature-robot crossbreeder

Age: young adult

Location: Bridgeport (a bustling city with an active night life)

Hobbies: playing video games, hacking, learning how to play different musical instruments, playing with fire, eating dirt, skinny dipping, riding mechanical bulls, doing extreme things, fishing in swimming pools, pretending to be an animal, talking about conspiracies, using a toilet as a chair, speaking madness, and eating fruit until I am full

Skills: none

Children: none

#22- Riley

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Job: Pastry Chef

Favorites: veggie burgers, grey, pop

Traits: family-oriented, friendly, frugal, good sense of humor, natural cook

Lifetime Wish: to become a five star chef

Age: adult

Location: Dragon Valley (a peaceful valley where elves and baby dragons roam)

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, being frugal, telling jokes, cooking, working out, playing sports

Skills: cooking- 5, athletic- 2

Children: Zoe (child)

#23- Quinn

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Job: Investigative Reporter

Favorites: cookies, Irish green, kids

Traits: good sense of humor, excitable, genius, charismatic, friendly

Lifetime Wish: to become a star news anchor

Age: adult

Location: Dragon Valley (a peaceful valley where elves and baby dragons roam)

Hobbies: telling jokes, hanging out with friends, making new friends, playing chess, deep conversations, math, writing

Skills: charisma- 2, logic- 2, writing- 5

Children: none

#36- George

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Job: Patrol Officer

Favorites: cheesesteak, Irish Green, Latin music

Traits: family-oriented, brave, good, athletic, friendly

Lifetime Wish: to have a large family

Age: young adult

Location: Riverview (a serene little town nestled on a winding river)

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, trying to make the world a better place, working out, playing sports, playing chess, tutoring schoolchildren

Skills: athletic- 2, logic-2

Children: none

#38- Jebidiah

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Job: Resident (medical)

Favorites: spaghetti, Irish Green, pop music

Traits: workaholic, neat, good, ambitious, genius

Lifetime Wish: to become a world-renowned surgeon

Age: adult

Location: Riverview (a serene little town nestled on a winding river)

Hobbies: working from home, reading medical books, playing chess, cleaning the house, donating, cooking, fixing things, working out

Skills: logic- 6, athletics- 2, cooking- 2, handiness- 2

Children: none

Choose your top three! The entire bottom tier will be eliminated!

Decision Bachelor Round #12

Decision: Bachelor #3!

Welcome to Round 12 of the choosing of the third Bachelor. We are getting very close now. If you’d like to have a contestant participate in the actual challenge, head over to Submit a Contestant.

Results of Round 10:

Due to a tie, only 1 Bachelor was eliminated during Round 11. Say goodbye to the unloved number 60 who only got 4% of the vote.

#60

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60) I like to fix things, trying to make the world better, playing chess, amateur astronomy, and hearing interesting stories about the lives of other Sims (Desk jockey;  Hot dogs; Clumsy; Yellow; Forensics Specialist; Adult; Twinbrook; Soul; No preference for the outdoors; grey eyes; perceptive; fat; black hair; no preference for kids; average motivation/romance/creativity/intelligence/bravery/neatness; handy)

Round 12: Summaries

Since we’ve eliminated so many potential bachelors, we have more space to work with. In this round, I will summarize their profiles thus far. Information will be condensed, but some new information may also be added. Choose the top 4 bachelors to move onto the next round. ¬†The bottom tier of Bachelors will be eliminated.

#4


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Job: Medical Intern

Favorites: spaghetti, orange, classical music

Traits: loves the outdoors, handy, workaholic, good sense of humor, angler

Lifetime Wish: to have the perfect garden

Age: young adult

Location: Barnacle Bay (a warm island once inhabited by pirates and fishermen)

Hobbies: outside activities (fishing, gardening, hiking), fixing stuff, working from home, telling jokes, sports

Skills: logic- 3, athletics- 9, fishing- 4

Children: none

#7

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Job: City Council Member

Favorites: sushi, turquoise, classical music

Traits: inappropriate, bookworm, schmoozer, artistic, computer whiz

Lifetime Wish: to be a chess legend

Age: young adult

Location: Bridgeport (a bustling city with an active night life)

Hobbies: reading, chess, painting, going out on the town, video games, spending time with friends

Skills: charisma- 1

Children: none

#21

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Job: Test Subject

Favorites: key lime pie, lime, electronica

Traits: insane, virtuoso, computer whiz, daredevil, grumpy

Lifetime Wish: to become a creature-robot crossbreeder

Age: young adult

Location: Bridgeport (a bustling city with an active night life)

Hobbies: playing video games, hacking, learning how to play different musical instruments, playing with fire, eating dirt, skinny dipping, riding mechanical bulls, doing extreme things, fishing in swimming pools, pretending to be an animal, talking about conspiracies, using a toilet as a chair, speaking madness, and eating fruit until I am full

Skills: none

Children: none

#22

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Job: Pastry Chef

Favorites: veggie burgers, grey, pop

Traits: family-oriented, friendly, frugal, good sense of humor, natural cook

Lifetime Wish: to become a five star chef

Age: adult

Location: Dragon Valley (a peaceful valley where elves and baby dragons roam)

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, being frugal, telling jokes, cooking, working out, playing sports

Skills: cooking- 5, athletic- 2

Children: Zoe (child)

#23

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Job: Investigative Reporter

Favorites: cookies, Irish green, kids

Traits: good sense of humor, excitable, genius, charismatic, friendly

Lifetime Wish: to become a star news anchor

Age: adult

Location: Dragon Valley (a peaceful valley where elves and baby dragons roam)

Hobbies: telling jokes, hanging out with friends, making new friends, playing chess, deep conversations, math, writing

Skills: charisma- 2, logic- 2, writing- 5

Children: none

#26

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Job: Snack Hawker (at the sports arena)

Favorites: sushi, purple, electronica

Traits: absent-minded, unlucky, neat, good, family-oriented

Lifetime Wish: to be a jack-of-all-trades

Age: adult

Location: Lucky Palms (an island oasis with a thriving entertainment and culinary scene)

Hobbies: spending time with family, donating money and time, making people smile, cleaning, fixing stuff, working out

Skills: handiness- 2, athletics- 1, charisma- 1

Children: Joshua (toddler) and Hanson (child)

#36

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Job: Patrol Officer

Favorites: cheesesteak, Irish Green, Latin music

Traits: family-oriented, brave, good, athletic, friendly

Lifetime Wish: to have a large family

Age: young adult

Location: Riverview (a serene little town nestled on a winding river)

Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, trying to make the world a better place, working out, playing sports, playing chess, tutoring schoolchildren

Skills: athletic- 2, logic-2

Children: none

#38

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Job: Resident (medical)

Favorites: spaghetti, Irish Green, pop music

Traits: workaholic, neat, good, ambitious, genius

Lifetime Wish: to become a world-renowned surgeon

Age: adult

Location: Riverview (a serene little town nestled on a winding river)

Hobbies: working from home, reading medical books, playing chess, cleaning the house, donating, cooking, fixing things, working out

Skills: logic- 6, athletics- 2, cooking- 2, handiness- 2

Children: none

#56

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Job: Author

Favorites: fish n’ chips, grey, classical

Traits: absent-minded, bookworm, unflirty, loner, good

Lifetime Wish: to be a successful author

Age: young adult

Location: Sunset Valley (a sprawling suburb centered around a town park)

Hobbies: reading, writing, donating my time and money, enjoying alone time, a bit of gardening

Skills: gardening- 1, writing- 1

Children: none