Happy New Year - Part One





January 1, 2025


Samantha Bradshaw is 25; Andrew Goss is 25; Cory Green is 48; Rose Green is 34; Serder Green is 74; Sam Green is 16



Happy Holidays, 2024


December 2024-New Years Day 2025

(Lots of pictures, not many words, just a quick cruise around Richmond to see how some of these guys spent the holidays... )

Lucky



Joshua Ruben is 41; Sharla Ruben is 46; Melissa is 15


Thomas Beare is 15; Julia McDonald is 16


December 2024

Between the Present and the Past - Part Two


Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is  54; Alex Centowski is 32; AJ Pitts is 35.

November 2024

(Sorry... slightly delayed due to the fact that I had to write it twice, Blogger ate the first version)

Between the Present and the Past - Part One





Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is  54; Alex Centowski is 32; Ashley Pitts is 65.


November 2024



Going Well





Penny Tarro is 23; Danny Tarro is 18; Anna is 9; Arabelle is 5
Ivy Pitts is 18; Anna Phoenix is 18; Alan and Richard Gold are 18; Candice Marsh is 19; Ellen and Clare Marsh are 1; Brandon Marsh is 22.


October 2024


Something Else






Serdar Green is 74; Brandi Green is 69; Cory Green is 48; Rose Green is 34; Sam is 16; Melissa is 14; Samantha Bradshaw is 25; Andrew Goss is 25; Helen Green is 34; Leo Deppiesse is 25


October 2024

Extra – Remember Together



October 2024


Kyle Centowski is 56; Christopher Centowski is 9.



Being Human

October 2024


Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is  54; Alex Centowski is 32; Jane Centowski is 35; Lily Jung is 33.
Alex and Jane's Children: Christopher is 9; Janie is 7; Kimberly is 5; Kathryn & Jacob are 4.


The Important Part



October 2024


Kyle Centowski is 56; Cory Green is 48; Rose Green is 34; Samantha Bradshaw is 25

Light Surrounding You


Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is 54; Cherry Centowski is 36; Talin Vijayakar is 28


September 2024


Different Roads - Part Three



Sept 2024

Samantha Bradshaw is 25; Serdar Green is 74.


Different Roads - Part Two




Sept 2024

Samantha Bradshaw is 25; Serdar Green is 74.

Different Roads - Part One





Sept 2024

Samantha Bradshaw is 25; Serdar Green is 74.



Finding Your Feet


September 2024

Angel Go and Meadow Thayer are 18; Tosha Go and Vivian Thomason are 22

Someone Else's Happiness






Kevin Beare is 39; Heather Beare is  36; Autumn Beare is 18; Jay Johnson is 19; Thomas is 14; Alana is 11; David is 7; Isaac and Shannon are 1

The Sum of All Your Choices



Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is 54; Cherry Centowski is 36; Talin Vijayakar is 28

Growing Up - Part Two


July 2024 

Roman Bonacorrd is 29; Remus Bonacorrd is 32; Kyla Bonacorrd is 32; Helen Green is 34; Leo Deppiesse is 25; Dee Ottomas is 31; Samantha Bradshaw is 25; AJ Pitts is 35

Warning: Long! :)  I really should have split it in two, but I couldn't find a natural place for the break.  R/L stuff means I might not post another update for a week, so you could always read it in bits :)


Not Even Close



July 2024

Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is 54

(Note: this takes place before/simultaneously to the previous update - because having rearranged my posting order, that's the only way I can get around the fact that the characters in the two updates are closely related, but each seem to have no idea of the dramas the other is experiencing.)

Growing Up – Part One



July 2024

Roman Bonacorrd is 29; Remus Bonacorrd is 32; Kyla Bonacorrd is 32; Krysti and Cole are 4; Brandon is 3.

Going Home - Part Two

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July 2024


James and Marla Centowski are 60; Jamie Centowski and Meadow Thayer are 18; Kyle Centowski is 56.



Going Home - Part One


July 2024


James and Marla Centowski are 60; Jamie Centowski, Meadow Thayer and Angel Go are 18; Cherry Centowski is 36; Hayley Kauffmann is 34; Laine Cameron is 33.

Extra - A Good Day


June 2024

Kyle Centowski is 56
 


Facing the Changes

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June 2024

Dee Ottomas is ; Kyla Bonaccord is ; Remus Bonaccord is ; Roman Bonaccord is 29; Krysti Bonaccord is 4; Penny Tarro is 23; Danny Tarro is 18; Samantha Bradshaw is 24; Andrew Goss is 25; Helen Green is 34 .   (*Whew!*)


Extra - "We Need to Talk"

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June 2024

Ashley Pitts is 65; Ashley James (AJ) Pitts is 35;  Karen and Lynne Pitts are 2

In case you were wondering how Ashley's phone call to his son went....



Unintended Consequences – Part 3

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May 2024

Ashley Pitts is 65; Kyle Centowski is 56 

Unintended Consequences - Part 2

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May 2024

Lily Jung is 33; Vince Jung is 30; Willow Centowski is  54;  Alex Centowski is 32; Jane Centowski is 35, Steve Kauffmann is 34; James and Marla Centowski are 60.

Lily’s Children: Raine (Kauffmann) is 8;  Victoria is 6;  Amber is 9mths.

Alex’ Children: Christopher is 9; Janie is 7; Kimberly is 5; Kathryn & Jacob are 4.


Unintended Consequences – Part 1



May 2024

Lily Jung is 33; Vince Jung is 30; Willow Centowski is  54;  Alex Centowski is 32; Jane Centowski is 35 .

Lily’s Children: Raine (Kauffmann) is 8;  Victoria is 6;  Amber is 9mths.

Alex’ Children: Janie is 9; Kimberly is 7; Christopher is 5; Kathryn & Jacob are 4.



Starting an Education




April 2024

Remus Bonaccord is 32; Kyla Bonaccord is 32; Roman Bonaccord is 29; Dee Ottomas is 31

Note: Chronologically this takes place before the previous entry, but I found the story flowed better overall, if I let Samantha and Cory jump queue :) 


Personal Matters


April 2024

Samantha Bradshaw is 24; Cory Green is 48

What You Have to Do


April 2024

Kyle Centowski is 56; Willow Centowski is 54; Ashley Pitts is 65; Allyn Pitts is 60; Cory Green is 48; Rose Green is 34.


Brightest Star


March 2024

Penny Tarro is 23; Danny Tarro is 17; Anna Tarro is 9; Arabelle Tarro is 4; Roman Bonaccord is 29

Broken Wheel




February 2024

Kyle Centowski is 56; James and Marla Centowski are 60; Jamie Centowski and Meadow Thayer are 17; Ashley Pitts is 64; Allyn Pitts is 60; Joshua Pitts and Lora Toyonaga are 15; Ivy Pitts and Danny Tarro are 17


Storybook Families


February 2024

Samantha Bradshaw is 24; Serdar Green is 72; Brandi Green is 69; Cory Green is 48; Rose Green is 33; Helen Green is 34; Roman Bonaccord is 29 (Sam is 15; Corinne is 7; Noah is 4).

Friday


February 2024

Samantha Bradshaw is 24/Cory Green is 48/Autumn Beare is 17

Pearls of Wisdom




December 2023

Samantha Bradshaw is 24/Cory Green is 48/Rose Green is 33/Autumn Beare is 17

Welcome to Richmond



December 2023
 
Samantha Bradshaw is 24/Cory Green is 48/Rose Green is 33

Ummm... here goes :)

So here I am about to make my first 'official' entry.  In r/l, however, Samantha Bradshaw arrived in Richmond over a month ago, when my gameplay reached the point when I wanted to start writing... I started creating unpublished blog entries at that time, knowing that I could tweak the necessary details according to the circumstances of her departure from Kayton.  It turned out that there was a lot to tweak.

After conferring with Billy I learned that Samantha leaves Kayton at Christmas - I had her arriving in April!  Rather than have to explain away a four-month journey (steamship, anyone? :)  ), I re-wrote a little of my hood recent history, and the hood had an unexpectedly long winter as we re-lived the subsequent months.

I've also discovered that, although I've maintained that my hood story will be very gameplay-driven, these first entries are actually probably 75% storytelling.  I've got to introduce the characters and relationships.  As I've been playing this hood for over a year, I also need to work in enough of its history for the story to make sense... without the entries getting bogged-down and boring with so many introductions.  The story starts in the wake of one major event and the build-up to another random event-induced one (which is why I started at this point - plenty to write about :)  ).  And, of course, there's Samantha, the 'ROS on legs' to work into all that.  And I have to work all this in under pressure of time - normally, it won't matter how long it takes for me to complete a round, but Samantha needs to move on to the next hood in reasonable time and we need to get through a lot if her story will play out the way I imagine it.

I usually play in rounds of two sim-years, July to June two years later.  Its December 2023 Richmond time when I start blogging, and I have decided that, due to all of the above, I'm just going to abandon my usual round for the first 6 sim-months or so, call this an 'introduction period' or prologue and focus only on the sims directly related to Samantha's story and the ROS (which are interrelated).  When I get to June 2024 in the story, I'll just pick up the second half of the round, since the major stuff will be settling down by then anyway, call it a half-round or something, then get back to business as usual.

I've realised that the intro focuses heavily on my older sims, partly a consequence of who is affected by the random event... in some ways that is appropriate for the introduction, too... these older sims are the foundation of the hood, as you meet them, you'll meet their families too, and the younger characters will take over with their own stories, as we get back to the round proper.

So, yeah... here goes! :)

About Richmond

Around 75 sim-years ago, the Green family moved to Richmond.  At the time, the family consisted of Chris Green, his wife Helen, and their two children.  Chris's father James also lived with them.



Soon after, the couple had another biological son, and adopted a son and daughter.  In the years that followed, these five siblings grew up and established their own families in the growing town. All but two of the five siblings have passed away now, and their eldest children are entering into old age.  They and their families form the majority of my playable sims.

In and Around Richmond

(Work-in-progress but I'm posting it anyway, because the draft view doesn't give me a good enough idea of how it's going to look... I can just as easily edit it from here... I'm also still experimenting with graphics/camera settings so the pictures are likely to change a few times before I'm satisfied :)  )