2017. január 30., hétfő

Meet the Founders: Abby Merry and Keon Delaney

Meet Abby Merry, our founder. She was a young, aspiring painter freshly out of Art School when she came to inherit the family land from her favorite, childless aunt. The inheritance came whith a fancy name hinting at nobility, ‘The Von-Windenburg Estate’, complete with a suit of armor that belonged to one of her ancestors; furthermore a beautiful vintage lace wedding dress that Auntie herself wore to her own wedding ages ago, and a handwritten letter to the Heir, telling her to find love, start a family and make sure the Estate flourishes and the family name survives for at least 10 generations.

Abby with her inheritance.

It took her a while to spot the lettter, but when she read it, her eyes teared up and she vowed to honor her Auntie’s last wishes. She was eager to leave the bustling city behind to find a quiet place where she could enjoy the fresh air and take advantage of the beautiful scenery to work on her landscape painting skills; also, to start her own family with her soulmate by her side. The Estate was on a small island just off the coast of the quaint historical town of Windenburg and it was surrounded by exciting ruins from a long lost era, giving the lot an artsy vibe. The quality of the natural light was just amazing, the sun seemed to caress the land with golden rays of sunshine all day long, making it the perfect place to gather inspiration, to establish her own art studio, and maybe one day have a home-grown vegetable patch. Abby couldn’t cook to save her life, so she was hoping to find someone to complement her lack of skill in the kitchen, and she was sure that a house built on the Estate would help quickly master the domestic arts with its homey vibes.

No matter how much work Abby still has ahead of her, there’s always time for some selfies!

Aaahhh, the fresh mountain air is so invigorating!

Not to mention the salty breezes from the sea, and the sound of the waves breaking on the rocky cliffs…

Abby spent the first few weeks exploring her new home, collecting and selling anything she found to make money, and regularly visiting museums and art galleries to improve her painting skill.

She loved going to the gallery but she felt so uncomfortable from sleeping and showering on community lots!

She got a job in the Painter career as a Palette Cleaner and was quickly moving up the career ladder thanks to her talent and her hard work. She aspired to be a Painter Extraordinaire and to reach the top of her career in the Master of the Real branch, and dedicated all of herself to reaching these goals. Being a Muser helped a lot, and her efforts were rewarded with the Expressionistic trait, so now she is able to transform all kinds of emotions into paintings regardless of her actual mood. She also acquired the Creative Visionary trait which allows her to paint Masterpieces quite often. (This led to a quick rise of the household funds, so she could finally start making a real home for herself.)

An early version of Abby's kitchen/dining/art studio.

She even created her own club, named ‘Picture Perfect’, for sims who are creative, or at least have an appreciation for art. She started conversations whith random people at different museums in order to get to know them and find out if they were intersted in joining her club. Soon she had a bunch of artist friends who shared her interest in creating beautiful paintings, murals and photographs. They spent a lot of time together, mostly painting and viewing art, mutually helping each other to improve their skills. As their club evolved into a famous artists’ workshop, the members gained the strongest possible ispiring vibe, and enjoyed a boost in painting, photograpy, and creativity in general during the club gatherings. Everyone loved Abby and some people admittedly only joind the club to be able to hang out with her. She then completed her aspiration to become Leader of the Pack and became a Natural Leader.

One of the guys from the club was especially smitten with Abby. His name was Keon Delaney, and – thanks to her Observant trait – Abby quickly found out that he was Creative, a Foodie, and a little Hot-headed. It was just the perfect combination to match Abby’s tranquil and kitchen illiterate personality. Unfortunately he had horrible taste in clothes, an ugly beard and an even uglier bald patch on his head despite being a young adult (no pictures, sorry :D). Nothing that couldn't be quickly remedied though, and what really mattered was that he liked to paint and to cook, and his heart’s deepest desire was to become a Bestselling Author. He had a passionate soul and he wasn’t afraid to show his emotions. Abby was soon head-over-heels in love with him and asked him to be his boyfriend and even to move in with her not long after they met. Thankfully her feelings were mirrored by the love in his eyes.

Abby and Keon (post makeover, pre plastic surgery) 

Some more photos of Abby and Keon:

Ahem... you're facing the wrong way, girl! lol
Abby Merry

Abby in work clothes

Keon Delaney, co-founder of the Merry Legacy (post plastic surgery - isn't he delicius? :D)


Hi and welcome to my shiny new blog! :) This is my first attempt at playing a sims 4 Legacy Challenge (more or less) by the rules and to blog about my progress. I am way too old and way too sleep-deprived for both, so I have no idea what I’m doing. Also, English is not my native tongue, so please forgive me for any unintelligible ramblings.

About me: I’m 29, a daydreamer, a long time simmer, and currently a stay-at-home mom of 2 beautiful girls aged 3 years and 4 months. In the sims I prefer decorating interiors and giving makovers to ugly townies. I hate aliens, vampires and other supernaturals from the game’s previous incarnations (which is ironic because I otherwise love and mostly only read/watch fantasy and sci-fi books, movies and tv-shows), they just really irritate me in the sims. I absolutely suck at building from scratch and at landscaping. I’m a huge fan of the motherlode cheat. I’m an uncontrollable custom content-addict. I loved the gameplay in sims 3 and it took me a while to get the hang of it in the sims 4, but I’m starting to enjoy it now that I’ve come to terms with my sims being either lethargic, mad, aroused or hysterical all the time. I haven’t spent much time actually playing before, as most of my efforts went into decorating, but with this legacy I intend to finally develop some stories, too.

About the Legacy: I have tried to create a multi-generational story several times before in the history of the sims games, but all of my attempts died a quick death around generation 2. As I mentioned above, I can’t build a decent house, but I really like nice interiors, so I just motherloaded my way into some huge fancy house, got rid of all the furnishings, and gave my founders the prettiest, most expensive and most effective stuff. Needless to say, the game got really boring pretty quickly, as advancing in careers and building skills became way too easy. My other big mistake was to download a crazy amount of cc and thus causing my game to be unbearably laggy and to crash frequently. Getting tired of the endless loading screens and hours of gameplay going *poof* because I forgot to save before a crash happened, I re-installed the game without any mods and cc, and solemnly swore to keep it that way. Thankfully the new game packs and updates keep adding beautiful and interesting items, so I think I’m going to have fun trying to make the most out of the vanilla game and using creative solutions to give nice surroundings to my simmies.

Okay, so this Legacy starts with Abigail ‘Abby’ Merry, who most ingeniously got her last name from my own family name translated into English, and her first name from a character from a favorite book of mine. I admit I didn’t spend much time on her facial features in CAS, I just tweaked one of the premade sims a bit to my liking; I did, however, carefully plan her personality and her outfits. She is family-oriented (which is a must for a legacy founder in my book), she loves outdoors (very useful trait in the beginning, when the founder is just living on the lawn and makes money from collecting frogs and rocks), and she is creative (which will be the Exemplary Trait of this Legacy Family). Her aspiration is to become a Painter Extraordinaire.

Unfortunately in the beginning I barely took any screenshots, as I didn’t think that her spending the day creating painting after painting at the Gallery in San Myshuno and stuffing her face with free chips from various bars was worth documenting. Soon she started her own creative club for painters and photographers, and made friends with the like-minded sims, but I was creeped out by some of the townie outfit choices – so, still no screenshots. Then she found love, and I decided to give a makeover to her significant other (strictly his looks, not his traits, aspiration or age), and as their house progressed, too, I finally started to take more and more pics.

About the rules: I won’t stick to the Legacy Challenge rules very strictly, as I like to play my sims on a long life span and complete as many aspirations as I can with them in order to give them lots of interesting traits and a fully rounded personality. I will, however, keep a score sheet just for myself, in order to keep myself in check. I intend to experience some new aspects of the game and in order to do this I need to step out of my comfort zone by following the challenge guidelines. I will refrain from using any mods and cheats (except cas.fulleditmode to change looks, moveobjects and maybe the occasional buydebug to create more interesting backdrops). I will only use random townies as love interests and I will aim to discover all their traits in-game, but once I get to know them and decide to add them to the family I will probably force them to undergo some plastic surgery and a full wardrobe change. The lack of story progression really annoys me so I will probably add kids via household manager to my family’s side branches as I really love to see how the mixture of all the genetics plays out. I chose the extreme start option; the lot I’m playing on is the Von-Windenburg Estate. The lot has the following traits assigned in my game: Home Studio, Homey and Natural Light; which, as I come to think of it, might count as cheating, but I really just wanted to try the game’s every aspect and make the most out of all the new the possibilities added with the game packs.

My succession laws are the following:

  • Equality
  • Strict Traditional
  • Exemplar (Creative) and Living Will (I don’t know if this is acceptable per challenge rules but I will attempt it nevertheless)
  • Xenophobic

My plans: Since I’m a perfectionist and a control freak, I like to have some general directions planned out well in advance. I want to experience the full scope of the sims 4 game, so I will have each generations focus on a different theme. With the first genration I try to establish the bare basics of the Legacy house, and lay down the foundations for a really creative bloodline by creating a home art studio as the heart of the house. During the second generation I will do the landscaping and hopefully grow a nice garden. With the third generation or later down the line, when I get a sim with the foodie trait and/or a food aspiration, I will upgrade the kitchen to have the most fancy appliances. Through all the generations I will try to keep adding unique custom decorations to the house, like photos, sculptures, paintings and collections.

I think that’s all for now… In the next posts, I’ll start bringing some pics :)

If you managed to read through all of the above and got to this point: THANK YOU! You are awesome! :) I hope you will enjoy my blog as much as I am excited to write it.

Legacy Challenge credits to the amazing Pinstar @ http://www.simslegacychallenge.com/