I began the week with a glitch. A pretty bad one; one which many other players have experienced since the latest update.
After Kirby and Leroy were wed, the game did not merge their households. After the first time it happened, I quit without saving. The second time it happened, the wedding party was funny so I kept it.
As you can see, one of the guests has died. And two out of three of the remaining guest are like, “Kewl party!!!” Also, Kirby is applauding. Yikes.
I then used testingcheatsenabled true to force Leroy into the family. (Someone later pointed out that you can also go to Edit Town and merge the households from there.)
But this created an additional problem. As you might remember last week, I ended on a poll asking for input on what should happen next. The majority of votes were for Kirby and Leroy to move into Leroy’s mansion. But not only was I unable to do this easily, I also didn’t know how much money Leroy had.
Instead, I decided to take a slightly different tack. I had just learned about an amazing user-created lot that I was itching to try. I downloaded and installed this lot, gave Leroy and Kirby enough money to buy it (plus a little more), and moved them in.
I now present you with the Sims 3 version of the Winchester Mystery House! (Which I have always wanted to visit in real life.)
Player amariswiccan spent I don’t know how many hours creating this faithful replica of the original. You can download it from the official site here. It is truly incredible. Here it is from the air.
Even the attic level is amazing.
There are so many rooms!
So. Many. Rooms.
The first thing they did, upon moving in, was find a nice little nook to sit down and read.
Completely opposite the house from each other. I don’t even really know where they were.
I’m grateful you can toggle directly to your Sim by clicking their thumbnail; otherwise I would never be able to find them in here.
The next thing I did, given the remarkable size of the property, was buy a Bonehilda to help out. And the first thing SHE did was… watch Leroy sleeping.
By the way, if you have never stood and stared at a smoke alarm while thinking about ghosts, then you are obviously not a Sim.
Now that they were moved in, I made good on my promise to give Leroy a makeover. One which included copious chest hair.
Turns out that Leroy is a witch. But one without much talent. This means that he can cast spells, but they go bad more often than not. Here he’s trying to upgrade the tub, but he has broken it instead.
In researching Sims 3 witches, I learned that their spells are more likely to go well if they have a cat as a familiar. So I created a cat, a black cat to be most suitable, and moved her into the house.
Like all cats, she thinks primarily about herself.
In a staggering display of creativity, I named her “Kitty.” I meant to think of a better name for her later. But every time the game gives me a pop-up notice that “Kitty has caught a case of fleas” or “Kitty needs to scratch something, maybe you should buy her a new toy,” I like her name a little bit more.
I placed Kitty’s things in the room closest to the front door, so that I could find them easily. It appears to be a ballroom. Kitty seemed to like it.
Leroy’s spells improved immediately. Here, he has successfully cast “Fire Blast” on some hapless random stranger.
Kirby was pregnant by this point, and he wanted to read a book on pregnancy. I sent him to the town library to read. But then I just couldn’t resist another Fire Blast.
By the way, the most unsettling part of this incident was NOT the fact that both Leroy and that stranger apparently thought the fire inside the library was awesome.
No, it was the fact that this stranger appeared to be sending a reproachful glance directly at me.
The next day I held a housewarming party. This lady brought grilled cheese.
I have not the words.
As soon as they entered the house, the guests scattered. I lost track of them quickly. But I did spot Leroy’s new father-in-law giving Leroy this skeptical look.
And this Sim peed his pants then passed out on the floor.
That’s how you know it’s a party, y’all!
By this time, Leroy had successfully transformed an apple into a poison apple. But I couldn’t convince anyone to eat it. He tried giving it to this lady as a gift, but she refused.
I wouldn’t trust a guy giving me that big fake smile, either.
Next there was a fire. Bonehilda put it out before too much of the Winchester Mystery House could burn. (Guilt!)
Finally it was time for Kirby to go into labor. It seems like she would have had an easier time if the game hadn’t given her Daisy Dukes and high-heeled knee-high leather boots as a maternity outfit.
Welcome baby boy Lars!
Is… is she looking at me?
Those gaping hollow eyes.
With Bonehilda taking care of little Lars, Leroy and I were free to wander around breaking stuff with magic. I mean, practicing his skills.
Finally his skills were high enough that he was granted the spell I had been wanting to use all along.
I literally clapped when it worked. Even though Leroy apparently was not impressed.
To apologize for Toadifying her, I had him magically upgrade the television. And for once, it actually worked.
I was so busy playing with Leroy that I completely lost track of Lars.
Hey, he’s a big boy now! And I see that he is sporting his mama’s pointy ears. Cute!