Garland’s second day of work arrived, but again I had problems getting him to show up. This time, he got stuck riding his jet ski round in circles near the coast. I had to reset him, so of course the work opportunity vanished and there were no sims to save.
Tristan was having difficulties too. He’d reached level four of the scuba diving skill, but when I tried to lead him through the secret exit in Rocky Reef that would lead to the next dive lot, Davy Jones’ Locker, the entire lot got reset.
Fortunately, the next time I tried it was a success, and Tristan emerged in Davy Jones’ Locker.
He found a message in a bottle and opened a treasure chest.
I sent Freila to fish on one of the islands, just for a change of scenery.
That evening, I discovered another bug. My sims don’t seem to be able to invite their friends over individually to visit them at their houseboat. They would always say they didn’t feel like coming over, which I know is a possible response, but I tried about thirty times over the next couple of days with many different sims, and the answer was always the same, which suggests that something is not working as intended.
Since they couldn’t come to him, Garland went to see his dad and brother at their house. His Aunt Rosanna was there visiting them too.
On his way home from diving, Tristan discovered Beryl Shoals, the only hidden island that can be unlocked just by getting close to it. It’s ours now, so I’ll have to think about what I want to do with the land.
Freila graduated from high school. I thought this had already happened before she went to university, but perhaps not. She won the ‘most likely to be electrocuted’ award.
She and Garland took Rajan and Courtney on a double date to the community pool.
Garland finally made it to work without resetting or getting stuck, and everything seemed to be functioning properly. The first sim he saved was Jeannie and Mugsy’s son Erick.
Lots of sims needed his help that day.
Some even faked passing out to get his attention, although he always shot down their subsequent romantic advances.
Just as he was clocking out for the day, he and his friends were invited to a party at Marika’s house.
Talking to sims at the party raised Garland’s charisma skill, which gave him yet more work experience. Still, on his next day off I did send him on another run, partly because I don’t want to prevent him from doing things he enjoys, and partly to see what the experience gains are like at the higher levels.
It wasn’t nearly as ridiculous. After another day of running, he’d only risen from level seven of his profession to just below level nine, presumably because the higher levels of the athletic skill take increasingly longer to obtain but grant the same amount of experience.
I don’t mind that he’s earning a larger stipend now, and it’s not like there’s content exclusive to the lower levels on which I’m missing out; I just think it’s bad game design that sims with maxed out charisma and athletic skills will have to grind their way to their promotions, while ones straight of CAS will be able to fly up through the ranks to the top of the profession in a matter of days.
I have, however, been surprised by quite how much I’ve been enjoying exploring the dive lots with Tristan. He’s reached level seven of the scuba diving skill now, meaning he can explore Mermaid’s Grotto. It’s the prettiest one so far I think.
Tristan explored both caves found there, getting reset once but otherwise without problems.
He also got some gems and simoleons from a treasure chest.
There was another one on the lot too, but Tristan wasn’t yet skilled enough to open it. Maybe next time!