Montag, 9. Juli 2007

Introducing the Families

First up in my rotation is what will probably be the easiest family to play, since there's a full set of parents and grandma to play babysitter. Though the finances will be tight in the beginning, no doubt. Meet the Stevensons!

Seeing the family now, one wouldn't expect what a rocky start the marriage got off to. Michael and Cathleen married straight out of highschool after Cathleen announced that she was pregnant with their first child. Everyone thought that they were too young and it wouldn't last long, but being the family sim Michael is he just couldn't abandon his girlfriend and unborn child. To everyone's surprise, they pulled through and even had two more children before they could really afford it. But then they're planning a big family and thought that it couldn't hurt to start early. The only one who always stuck to them in their very conservative community was Michael's mother, who was thrilled to have grandbabies. As long as they didn't interfere with her having fun too much.
Sick of being looked down upon for their liberal views on life, the Stevensons grabbed the chance to hightail it out of their old town as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Hopefully in this community that was being built from scratch they could finally settle down and be the popular and well-liked members of society that Cathleen, especially, had always wanted to be.

Samantha: Pleasure, with a LTW of 50 dream dates.
Scorpio: 6 neat, 5 Outgoing, 8 active, 3 serious, 3 nice

Cathleen: Popularity, with a LTW of becoming a General.
Virgo: 9 neat, 2 shy, 6 active, 3 serious, 5 nice

Michael: Family, with a LTW of graduating 3 kids from college
Cancer: 6 neat, 3 shy, 6 active, 4 serious, 6 nice

Frederik: Child. Grow up aspiration
Cancer: 6 neat, 1 shy, 6 active, 7 playful, 5 nice

Hendrik: Toddler. Grow up aspiration
Virgo: 10 neat, 2 shy, 2 lazy, 5 playful, 6 nice

Sophie: Toddler. Grow up aspiration
Capricorn: 6 neat, 1 shy, 2 lazy, 9 playful, 7 nice

Next up are the Mitchells. Andrew had just bought his little cottage in the mountains that he intended to use as a retirement home, when his son asked whether his small family could come for a visit for a while. Him and his wife had been ill for ages, and they hoped that the mountain air would do them some good. Thrilled at the prospect of spending time with his family, Andrew agreed. Little did he know that the disease was more serious than everyone thought and the adults would die soon after their arrival. Of course Andrew instantly agreed to take his granddaughter into his care. He was the only family she had left, after all.

Andrew: Family, with a LTW of becoming captain hero
Scorpio: 6 neat, 5 outgoing, 8 active, 3 serious, 3 grouchy

Sarah: Family, with a LTW of reaching her golden anniversary
Sagittarius: 2 sloppy, 3 shy, 9 active, 7 playful, 4 grouchy

Darren was devastated when his wife of fifteen years left him for another man. Immersed in his studies, he'd failed to see the signs that their marriage was breaking apart. Deciding that it was time to start from scratch and leave all the bad memories behind, he packed up his daughter and quit his well-paid job in the city to move up here. He's decided to mostly keep to himself and concentrate on studying, though his teenage daughter will hardly let him get away with that.

Darren: Knowledge, with a LTW of maxing all skills
Sagittarius: 2 sloppy, 3 shy, 9 active, 7 playful, 4 grouchy

Arcadia: Popularity, with a LTW to own 5 top-level businesses
Sagittarius: 2 sloppy, 2 shy, 7 active, 7 playful, 7 nice

Siobhan had never intended on being a mother again. Heck, she'd never intended on becoming a mother period, but sometimes things just didn't go as planned, especially when you woohooed as much as she had as a young woman. She remembered her wild days with pride. Heck, and why should they be over just because she was getting older now? Still, she had a weakness for her only son, so when he'd asked her to take care of his triplets for two weeks while he and his wife went away on business she agreed. On the condition that they hire a nanny as well. She'd just be there to oversee the woman and make sure she did a proper job.
Somewhere along the line, the business trip must have gone awfully wrong, because her son and daugher-in-law disappeared without a trace. Now, three months later, Siobhan must come to terms with the fact that they might never be back and she's stuck with the kids until they grow up. What's more, she couldn't afford to keep the nanny on her small pension, and her son's life insurance refused to pay unless he was confirmed dead. Which might not happen for ages for all she knew. Grudgingly, she sold her old appartment and moved into a tiny house with the triplets, hoping that the extra money would last until they were grown.

Siobhan: Romance, with a LTW of becoming a hall of famer
Taurus: 5 neat, 5 outgoing, 3 lazy, 8 playful, 4 grouchy

Katelyn: Toddler. Grow up aspiration
Pisces: 6 neat, 0 shy, 9 active, 3 serious, 7 nice

Keira: Toddler. Grow up aspiration
Scorpio: 6 neat, 5 outgoing, 10 active, 4 serious, 0 nice

Keith: Toddler. Grow up aspiration
Pisces: 2 sloppy, 6 outgoing, 8 active, 0 serious, 9 nice

After his business went bankrupt, Henry was forced to sell his old house and start over. He was all the more determined to rebuild, though. He just didn't think that he could take it if he died poor. His daughter joined him at the new house, hoping to finally find the love of her life. She hadn't had much luck in that department so far. Maybe a change of scenery was exactly what she needed. Not to mention that someone had to look after her old man. In his old age he was prone to making overly hasty decisions, thinking that he didn't have much time left to fulfill his lifetime goal of becoming incredibly rich. She was going to keep an eye on him, no matter how little he liked it. Henry agreed because he thought he might need some help with the business. Besides, if she got too pushy he could hopefully just get her hitched (preferably to someone rich) and she'd be out of his hair.

Henry: Fortune, with a LTW of earning 100'000
Gemini: 4 sloppy, 7 outgoing, 8 active, 3 serious, 3 grouchy

Miranda: Family, with a LTW of marrying off 6 children
Aquarius: 4 sloppy, 4 shy, 4 lazy, 7 playful, 6 nice


aerisblue2000 hat gesagt…

Nice start to your challenge, although I think poor Siobhan's going to have a tough time of it. The rest of your families don't seem too intimidating, and all have a nice introduction as to why they'd just up sticks and move to the middle of nowhere. Good Luck with your first few rounds.

Sally hat gesagt…

Hi Ellie - I just discovered your blog. Nice families and great backgrounds. Hmm... 1 elder and 3 toddlers will be tough! Off to read the rest...