The seasons generation has arrived, and it’s wonderful to be able to turn on weather and feel my sims’ world become so much more rich and dynamic. I don’t really know yet how I feel about the expansion pack as a whole, because I originally installed it at the same time as Island Paradise, and their features have got kind of mixed up in my mind. But I have read through the relevant wiki pages a few times, so I have an idea of what I should be having my sims try out.
I have about sixty pictures so far, just for the first summer (don’t worry – I’ll spread them out over a couple of parts!), but I imagine I’ll run out new features to explore fairly quickly and this generation will end up being quite a short one. [Update: It actually ends up being the longest.] My plan is to spend a sim year in Moonlight Falls, before travelling around a little bit to play through each of the seasons in a different world. I’m using Nraas Tempest to simulate a climate as much like Washington’s real life one as possible, which means that both summer and winter should be quite mild, and it will be nice to be able to experience more extreme versions of both in, let’s say, Sunlit Tides and Hidden Springs. (I’d love to use Aurora Skies but it’s got that weird sea level issue that makes the snow look really ugly.)
We only have two heirs this generation, two of Oakley and Seraphina’s kids, Selina and Spencer Holcomb-Bean. They are both still fairy-werewolf hybrids, but their wings aren’t showing in these first headshots because I took them in a different neighbourhood, and hyrbids get stripped of their secondary occult status when you move them via the library. You can easily restore it; I just forgot to.
Selina’s traits are athletic, daredevil, natural cook, loves the cold, and hopeless romantic.
Spencer’s are athletic, loves the heat, loves the outdoors, gatherer, and genius.
Spencer’s girlfriend Shanon Cummings-Durelli has already moved in to the family home. Her dad was George Durelli from Starlight Shores and her mum was the genie Mimi, who temporarily joined our household during the Showtime generation. Shanon has inherited Mimi’s genie powers, and her traits are athletic, flirty, vegetarian, snob, and genius.
Selina and Spencer’s mum Seraphina managed to make her way to the top of the professional sports career, in spite of a bug I’ve only just found about that prevents sims winning any matches in multi-purpose rabbit holes. Her wife Oakley and mum Janessa sadly both passed away very shortly after I posted the last part, and her dad Stan returned to the netherworld to be with his wife. Seraphina’s traits are the same as they were at the end of the last generation – supernatural fan, grumpy, night owl, athletic, and gatherer.
I didn’t bother building a new house, since we’re going to be moving around a bit anyway. Here’s a couple of proper shots of the old one. I didn’t show it to you during the Supernatural generation because it was nowhere near finished.
I’ve created a little greenhouse to prevent the harvestables from going dormant when winter comes. Spencer has been using it to grow some pumpkins for Selina to use in her favourite meal, pumpkin pie. (Mimi can of course conjure up any dish, but Selina still likes to cook just for fun.) There are also some cheese and egg plants, which Gabriella planted before Artur, Donella, and she moved out.
I’m using the SwiftGro Gardening Station from the store, which keeps all the plants watered and is good for identifying any seeds Artur finds about town.
I spent the first day of summer just settling everyone into their routines. Spencer went out to find some space rocks; I’m hoping he’ll be able to build up a complete collection.
Selina signed up for online dating. This isn’t a feature with which I usually bother, but I imagine might every now and then if I didn’t have Nraas. Apparently some sims lie about their traits, so Selina will have to be careful. I haven’t seen much of that yet, but I have noticed quite a few blank trait slots or slots occupied by hidden traits associated with lifetime rewards; I’m assuming that’s a bug. Selina tentatively sent out a couple of messages to like-minded sims.
I have someone check the weather forecast each day – in the newspaper, because nowhere in this huge house could I find space for a TV. Showers were forecast for the following day.
As predicated, it rained through the night and well into the morning.
But that was okay; I still had quite a few bits and pieces to get set up around the house.
Selina got some replies. Ali was so mean! I’m fairly sure he’s married, anyway.
Selina accepted the request from Sophie Rodgers because they share the athletic trait. She arranged to meet her at the public pool in case the rain continued, but by the time they arrived the clouds had cleared.
Sophie turned out to have a boyfriend already, but they still had a nice time splashing about in the pool. Maybe they can just be friends.
Spencer and Shanon took advantage of the now blue skies to head to the summer festival for a game of football.
Spencer got a spray tan.
When they got back home, he settled in for a whole night of searching the galaxy through his telescope.
Selina got quite a few more messages over the next couple of days. Gregor’s reply was pretty funny!
Everyone has day jobs that correspond to their lifetime wishes – Selina is in the army, Spencer is a scientist, and Shanon is a police officer – but they all have early starts and are done by 2 or 3pm, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the summer festival in the afternoons.
Look whom I spotted!
Everyone had a go on the roller skating rink. Fortunately, Nraas Hyrbid makes occult sims skate properly like everyone else. (Werewolves still gallop around, but only in their wolf form, which actually makes sense.)
Despite quite a few wobbles, no one fell over.
Well, none of my sims anyway!
Selina noticed a vampire she’d been messaging on the dating site, Emmanuel Van Gould–Wolff. He’s a hopeless romantic, like her. Looking at his parents’ wiki pages, I noticed they’ve been dating since they were teenagers – maybe that’s where he gets his faith in love!
Annoyingly, he’s also a couch potato, which conflicts with athletic, but Selina and he were too keen to show off their teeth to one another to spend much time arguing about the merits of exercise.
She invited him out to see a movie, choosing the one with the most romantic-sounding title, but he must have hated it because he left half way through, complaining about what an awful time he’d had.