This generation, brother and sister Daniel and Sonia Borges-Keaten and their cousin Muriel Elfman-Manon will be in Twinbrook, playing through some of the content from Ambitions. Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of this expansion pack; in fact, of those I’ve properly explored (all but Into the Future), it might be my least favourite. But I’ll try to keep an open mind and not be too grumpy!
This is Daniel. He’s artistic, perceptive, ambitious, charismatic, and dramatic, and will be tackling the architect profession. In my regular gameplay, I like to build very detailed, personalized homes for all the town’s families, and resent being called upon to tear down my hard work to create a gym in a house that is clearly too small for one or, worse, a ‘sanctuary’ for a ‘teen’ I know does not exist. My past experience with this profession has been almost entirely negative, but I wanted to give it another chance.
Here is Daniel’s sister Sonia. She’s eccentric, brave, a genius, and handy, and will eventually also be a daredevil. Sonia will be focusing on the inventing skill and also, once she’s graduated from high school, the ghost hunting profession.
Daniel and Sonia’s cousin Muriel is eco-friendly and a perfectionist. She also has the hidden ‘French culture’ and ‘can salute’ traits. She will eventually also be a savvy sculptor, born salesperson, and natural cook. For the first week or so, Muriel will just be attending school and running her own little bake sale. As soon as she’s old enough, she’s going to take up sculpting, and will also be the one making the trips to the Twinbrook Buy and Bargain Shop to sell Daniel’s paintings, Sonia’s inventions, and her own sculptures. I’ve never actually used the consignment store before, so I am looking forward to seeing what that’s all about.
Daniel, Sonia, and Muriel live with Muriel’s twin sister Salome, little brother Victor, and their parents Maria and Manon. Maria is retired and spends most of her time cooking and gardening, while Manon still works in the military career.
I built the family a house where Aerie Supply used to be, a +50 beautiful vista lot. It’s located in the swampier part of town, which is one of my absolute favourite locations in the game. The lots on the other side of the river are fine – they certainly make a convincing location for NOLA-inspired homes – but they just can’t compete in terms of lovely views or unique atmosphere.
As soon as they moved in, Muriel and Sonia got straight to baking and inventing.
Sonia’s first invention was a little whale toy. One of the kids will love this.
When she ran out of scrap, I had her dig around in the junk yard for spare parts.
Nraas story progression let me know that Naoise and his boyfriend Jules had just got married. I was completely delighted when a few moments later Daniel’s very first available job turned out to be to create a new bedroom for them in celebration of their wedding! Maria congratulated her brother, while Daniel went to work.
Here is an overhead shot of how he decorated the room. During the renovation, I took the incense burner Naoise had bought in China and placed it on the dresser. It was his after all, so I felt he should have it.
Decorating takes me a long time, and I don’t like to rush through too many jobs at once, so Daniel spent the rest of the day making sketches. Since he had no painting skill before he started, his profession performance filled up very quickly.
Muriel held her first bake sale. I forgot to check the baking report, but it still went very well. I am using Cinderellimouse’s Better Bake Sale Mod, which no doubt contributed to the success.
Daniel’s next job was for Caroline Alto, a sim I’d moved from Sunset Valley (along with a few other more familiar faces).
Caroline is percetive and artistic like Daniel, and there was an immediate connection between them. Unfortunately I think she might be evil, because in between giving Daniel flowers and complimenting his appearance, she kept scaring him and then cackling to herself about it.
After he’d completed the job, Daniel took Caroline out for dinner.
Romance was blossoming for Sonia too, with childhood friend Ra’ed. She asked him to be her boyfriend and he said yes.
Muriel had another bake sale. This time she read the baking report beforehand, and was able to set her prices to reflect the current popularity of different flavours.
Calvinotep’s wife Cristy offered Daniel a job.
Since he’d reached level five of the profession, he was able to measure the property before beginning the renovation.
Because Emily is a party animal and Calvinotep loves the outdoors, I added a bar and plenty of new windows in addition to the objects she’d requested.
Cristy liked the renovation and headed straight for the bar.
Maria and Manon came over and waited with Daniel for Calvinotep to return home and have dinner with them at his new dining table.
Sonia invented the floor hygienator. I want her to make as many of these as possible, in order to complete the Master Inventor challenge. Floor hygienators are really wonderful mood boosters, but before that challenge has been completed they can be unreliable and make sims feel sick.
Muriel and Salome had a birthday party.
At the party, Daniel showed his mum the progress he’d made with his portfolio.
Maria’s sister Breda asked her to move in with her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an inactive sim do this before. Since the house was feeling a little crowded, I accepted, and had Maria take Manon, Salome, and Victor with her.