Unfortunately, most of my allotted Sims-playing time today was eaten up by floundering around the game’s various menus. Long story short: you only get one playable family per neighborhood. The Splines already occupied the one neighborhood that ships with the game. Luckily EA has made a second neighborhood available as a free download from the Store.
So here we are in Riverview! I was getting impatient, after having to re-create Helvetica three times. So instead of building a custom house, I bought her one of the pre-built houses, and opted to have it pre-furnished by the game.
These pictures are for Franz. Check it out! No more ominous blue mist drawing down the curtains at the edge of your property!
I find it rather disturbing, the way the fancy houses loom over Helvetica’s humble neighborhood.
The first thing Helvetica did was set fire to the kitchen while trying to make waffles.
But enough of these antics – time to find A Man for my little heir! I sent her across the street, just in time to catch her neighbors on their way home from work.
She hit it off with the neighbor guy, whose name is Odin.
Sadly, Odin hates children. So that’s not going to work.
I gave up telling her to chat with him in a friendly manner, and sat back to see what happened. They continued to chat for a little while longer. Then they sat down, whipped out some reading material, and proceeded to ignore each other.
I thought I’d send her out to a restaurant to scope out the Riverview dudes. Unfortunately, the restaurant is one of those “no looky” zones. As with their work locations, the camera doesn’t follow them inside. I could only park the camera outside and wait for her to finish, like a dog tied to a lamp post.
On her way home, she had a little more energy left, so I sent her to the trailer park behind her new house. This turned out to be – drumroll, please! – the Broke family! I haven’t yet figured out their relationship to celebrated Sims 2 NPC Brandi Broke. I figure they’re all cousins or something.
I had Helvetica introduce herself to the patriarch of the clan, Flat Broke. Yes, they named him Flat. Sigh.