Saturday, 16 March 2013

Summers is ALIVE!

I received an anon message on my Tumblr asking if the Summers Legacy was still alive at all. The question is:


The Summers file isn't corrupt or anything at all, either. Everything's fine, except that I had briefly lost interest in the story. The game is fine, but I was growing lazy about storytelling, since I wasn't even doing it the same way most storytellers do where they plan it in advance. I literally just play the game and shape the story around that, and it was becoming tiring after just one generation. I took a break with the Arden Legacy, as well as multiple personal ones. 

I've been working on the new chapter in between Arden updates, school, and my own writing job. Then I became really upset with Damian's death, which effectively killed any inspiration I had. I'm posting this in advance because of the YJ season/series finale, along with deadlines for school and with my literary agent, that I will be planning to have the new Summers update up by the end of April, at the very earliest. 

Kudos to people who still drop by the Summers! You guys have no idea how happy it's making me that so many people are still visiting the blog even though the last update was forever ago. I worry that when updates start up again, I might drop the storytelling aspect, but we'll have to see. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Sims 3 Supernatural

The Sims 3 Supernatural has been released! Hurrah!
I'll most likely be getting it...soon.
As for whether there will be werewolves or fairies et cetera in the Summers Legacy, that will most likely come later. I'm already thinking of letting Lucia be heir just so I can marry in Lance and have some vampire babies. I was really partial to the idea of having Avalon as heir because I thought Avalon could give me a ghost-spouse but I'm really afraid that I will never be able to breed out the ghost trait and you can barely see what ghosts look like anyway. So ghost-babies will be kind of...i don't know, boring? I'll test it out on a separate game file and see. And then maybe some other generation we can have GHOST-BABIES.
I'm thinking of doing either a werewolf or a fairy legacy on the side because I am a total fantasy nerd and that's been my biggest dream since like, ever, to have my very own fairy/werewolf legacy. 
But I won't let that affect the Summers too much. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Generation 3 Heir Poll (?)

It was bound to happen that I mess up formatting. I forgot to split Chapter 2.5 so it's just this giant blob of text on the front page of my blog now, throwing all previous posts off balance, oh noooo. (EDIT: Wow I was complaining because last time I tried to edit a post from Blogger that I had made with Windows Live Writer, it became all screwy, but this time the editing went splendidly. So no one saw my big ugly post, thankfully)
I'm going to try and set up a poll on the blog to see who y'all think should be the heir for Generation 3. I have my own favourite so I will be casting my own vote into the poll. Multiples are allowed, in case you start liking another one as the story progresses.
I have narrowed down the contestants (?) to two Summers: Avalon and Lucia. Mainly because I am tired of having the purply hair Bryony had. 
So I have basically fleshed out two different paths the story can take:
   - She will represent the occult and creative side of the High Priestess
   - Marry either a GHOST or a GENIE
   - Join Ghost Hunter profession
   - She will represent the hidden issues, over-reliance on outside opinions, and individualism of the High Priestess
   - Marry a Vampire (Lance Engel, in this case)
   - Join Singer profession
I am personally voting for Lucia, because I have never played a Singer before and I've played plenty of Ghost Hunters. Also because I am worried I will never be able to breed out a Ghost or Genie gene, whereas I know for certain I can breed out Vampirism. 
Anyway, vote on the poll or vote here! Cheers!

Chapter 2.5: The One With The Strange Diseased Kid

   Hey guys, I was busy cleaning up my new apartment and was much too busy to even go on Tumblr, much less play The Sims! So no worries, I wasn’t about to run off and disappear again for like, a million years. This chapter was finished quite a while ago, but I didn’t upload it because I was gone all weekend for VANCON 2012 WOOOOOT!!! I had a photo-op with Richard Speight Jr. (swoon) and Jensen Ackles (double swoon) and generally had a great time with my friends, running around Sheraton and gasping whenever we saw Jim Beaver, because we ran into him a lot (not literally, thankfully, that would have been embarrassing).

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Chapter 2.4: The One Where Grandmama Dies Twice

   Yes, I know, I’m sorry for the spoilerrific title but it was too perfect to ignore; if I’m going to base all my titles off of Friends episode titles, I might as well leap for the gold, if that makes any sense. I could’ve had this update uploaded a day earlier, but alas, I was too busy gushing over Bane with some friends online for the past week or so. And then my cousin wanted to watch Inception with me and I FREAKING LOVE INCEPTION so a few days was spent where I just gushed about Arthur/Eames with my cousin, who did her best to ignore me because she ain’t having no BL shoved in her face.


Monday, 30 July 2012

Please spread the word!

Hello, fellow Simmers, today I am posting to spread the word of a stray dog that I saw yesterday night at Zhongxiao Dunhua (Taiwan). I don't know how many of you live in Taiwan but judging from my traffic sources, there's at least 10 of you guys. 
It is a black dog and is a mix; I'm not an expert but I would say it's an airedale/poodle kind of mix because of its curly fur and terrier looks. It's a puppy, I think, because it's fairly small and very energetic, friendly and people-loving, which all lead me to think it's more an abandoned or lost dog. 
I am unable to adopt it because I'm going back to Canada soon and my family here is not a fan of dogs; I can't take it back with me because I have a dog in Canada that doesn't play well with other dogs. I don't have the funds, means, or capability of taking care of another dog.
It's sad that Taiwan is so uncaring of its animals, especially stray dogs and cats, and I would love to raise awareness if I could, but I don't have the means, and no one would listen to someone who's not even a true citizen. If you see the dog I am describing, or any other type of stray in Taiwan, please try and take it to the shelter. 
I was unable to take the Zhongxiao Dunhua dog to the shelter because it wouldn't go near me for some reason, and I didn't want to chase it down because I was worried it would run out onto the streets and get hit by a car. 
I was going to look for it today but taking it to a shelter in Taiwan would only mean it might get euthanized considering Taiwan has very few no-kill shelters (the only one I know of is literally two cities away; much too far for me to go with a dog that's not even mine) and dogs at shelters only have 12 days. 
Please spread the word of not only this dog, but of the plight of all stray animals in Taiwan. I know we Taiwanese like to think we're more civilized than the Chinese, but really when it comes down to it, we're not all that different in how we treat the animal population. 

Friday, 27 July 2012

Chapter 2.3: The One With The Doomsday Machine

   HI! OLYMPICS! I’m in Taiwan right now, and I’m sad to say that there are no good channels for watching the Olympics, and I want to cheer for Team Canada, and not Team China or whatever team Taiwan will be focused on . So I constantly have BBC and CBC open now, which means that I can’t have my Tom Hardy movie marathon yet.
   Also, The Dark Knight Rises was so magnificent. But I watched it in Taiwan, where no one freaking cheers or claps or anything. It’s a freaking boring movie theatre, and a boring audience. I was the only one who gasped or made any sort of reaction during the PLOT TWISTS.
   On a Summers-related note, I’m slowly increasing the length of each update and cutting out more and more unwanted pictures. I just feel like people will be intimidated by the size of each generation, but now I’m worried people who be intimidated by the size of each update! Well, never fear. It’s just the pictures taking up a lot of space on each page and there’s actually not that much reading.


What is going on

   Every time I look through my traffic sources, I’m always really perplexed by two particular websites that constantly sprout up. One is a Russian search engine, and the other is a site selling cigarettes at airports or something. It’s odd because 1) I looked up all variants of the Summers Tarot Legacy using the Russian search engine to satisfy my curiosity, and nothing comes up, and 2) there is no link on the cigarette site to my blog, and I haven’t mentioned smoking or airports at all in any of my updates.
   It’s weird and strange. And I want to yell ‘U OK?’ to anyone who has accessed my blog from these two sources because obviously, whatever they were looking for isn’t this. Like, imagine if you’re wanting to buy some Marlboro for your airport or something, and then you find yourself at this pink monstrosity of a site.
   But really, my reaction every time I see those two URLs?



   On a less WTF note, are the chapter lengths okay? Each gen is kind of long, but that’s only because I don’t want to bore you guys with updates that are way too long, in case some readers are intimidated. I have decided on an heir/storyline I really really like, but I won’t tell you guys until it’s time to pick! So if you have a favourite, tell me!
   By the way, in my game I have sent Riley off to boarding school and I don’t intend for him to really ever come back to the main plot. It’s not that I don’t like playing male Sims, but it’s more that the High Priestess card is a very feminine card, which means the heir is going to be another girl, and so Riley doesn’t have a chance at being heir, like at all, so I sent him away to focus on the actual potential heirs. So, yeah, if Riley was your favourite for like, the two seconds he was featured in the story, that’s tough.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Chapter 2.2: The One With The Pyromaniac Unicorn

   You might have noticed during previous updates that I was debating between all of the fonts I have when using them in my pictures. I’m pleased to announce I have decided on TWO PARTICULAR FONTS THAT LOOK SPECTACULAR AND ARE QUITE EASY TO READ. Names of Sims will be MTF Cupcake, while traits and whatnot will be MTF Epic. I noticed after all the pics have been made that I still need to put a shadow border around the MTF Epic but other than that, it’s fine. I only chose MTF Cupcake because I like the little cupcake picture and since our founder is from an island made of cake, the Summers logo really should be a pastry of some sort. Or a unicorn. Or a unicorn with a doughnut on its horn. Something involving pastries and unicorns, that’s for sure.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Download the Major Arcana Summers!

Please read through the policy in the Downloads page before taking one of my Sims :)
These are the Summers sims from Generation 1 through 22.