Upcoming LPs on YouTube

Greetings, Simmers!

As my Hunger Games (season one) series is coming to a close, I have decided to begin a few new series in the very near future.  (Check out my YouTube channel, SIMple Bliss!)

Hunger Games Season One: Kristen Stewart; Jack McFarland; Gordon Ramsay; Wanda Sykes; Scarlett O'Hara; Dwight Shrute; Tris Prior; Buddy the Elf

Hunger Games Season One: Kristen Stewart; Jack McFarland; Gordon Ramsay; Wanda Sykes; Scarlett O’Hara; Dwight Shrute; Tris Prior; Buddy the Elf

I have no intention of ending either my Amazon Challenge or my Performing Arts School Challenge any time soon, but the Hunger Games is being produced a LOT on YouTube by several LPers. Plus, I played several “seasons” of it over the past year, and, quite frankly, I am becoming bored with it. Thus, it is time to MOVE ON! ūüôā

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Amazon Challenge

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Performing Arts School Challenge

For the last week, I have been on the search for the perfect “farming” challenge. There are a few good ones on Mod the Sims, and I watched two YouTube series, one produced by Twitch and one by Mommie Simmer, that were very interesting.¬† In the end, I have decided to create my own “farming” challenge.¬† Well, actually, it’s part farming challenge…

I will be producing a challenge LP called Harvest Hippie: Commune Challenge.

This challenge will begin like most farming challenges, with a YA inexperienced farmer.¬† In Harvest Hippie, this sim must look the part of a “hippie” with a variety of traits that convey that persona.¬† I am working on a “tiered” process, through which the founding hippie must progress, all while adding members to his commune.¬† The commune must be self-sufficient from start to finish–no jobs, no careers, no professions–and all skills must learned through trial and error–no books, no classes.¬† Once I play through an experimental version, I will post the final version of the rules and begin recording the LP and uploading to YouTube.¬† I am anxious to get started!

In addition to the Harvest Hippie series, I want to do two more LPs…

First, I have an idea for one that is based on the 1961 movie, The Parent Trap, in which a young couple with twin girls gets a divorce and each parent moves to separate lots and raises the girls without ever having contact with one another.¬† Once the girls become teens, they are sent to the same summer camp.¬† They must first become enemies, then best friends.¬† When camp is over, they each go to live with the opposite parent.¬† The father has a new woman in his life, and the mother a new man.¬† The girls must harass their parents’ new partners until they are enemies with them.¬† Once the new partners are moved out, the girls must create opportunities for their parents to spend time together, and, ultimately, help them rekindle their former¬†romance.

The second one is less of a “challenge” LP and more of a story LP, but I¬†think there are going to be ways that I can¬†implement small challenges within it.¬† I love the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, so I want to recreate the characters and tell a simmie-version of that story.¬† I think the Sims 3¬†harvestables (for Lily’s father’s orchard) and the beehives (for August’s honey business) will help to set the scene for this multi-layered tale of a young girl’s search for answers about her deceased mother and about herself.

As I get these series going, I will post more detailed information and pictures of the sims and the lots I’ll be creating and using.¬† In the meantime, make sure to check out my existing LPs.¬† If don’t have a YouTube account, it’s easy to create one.¬† This way you can “like” the videos, subscribe to my channel, and share the videos to various social media sites.¬† Your support is always appreciated!¬† ūüôā¬† Click here to see my channel:¬† SIMple Bliss

 

Blogging…or lack thereof!

I don’t know why I don’t know why I don’t update this blog very often. I guess it’s partly because I haven’t really played The Sims 3 very much over the past 4 months. I did play Supernatural quite a bit when it first came out and the much anticipated Seasons had my attention the minute my husband brought it home from Best Buy for me, but I haven’t felt like building anything lately. I just get so immersed in my real life–not that that’s a bad thing! My job is taxing–rewarding, but taxing. I really just don’t feel like “working” on my Sims games when I get home each night, and the entire month of November was spent on numerous around-the-house projects and Christmas prep (I am a Christmas decorating fiend!). In fact, I usually only play the Sims on the weekends, and lately my weekends have just been too full.

Anyway, most of my holiday prep and entertaining plans are under control now, and I am ready to get back into the game and do some building. It usually takes something in RL to inspire one of my builds, but I have to say lately I’ve been vegging-out on YouTube videos made by fellow simmers building some beautiful, large houses.

Chrillsims3 has gorgeous time-lapse videos of all of his uploads. I can’t imagine all the effort that must go into his projects. Each house alone must take dozens of hours, but then the time he must put into each of his video productions is beyond me. I could never do that, nor do I desire to do that. (I did make a video once with the Sims 2, but I never posted it anywhere, and it took loads of work! I’d like to try it again just for fun, but all in all it just isn’t for me.) So, I am mesmerized by simmers who make videos for the rest of us to enjoy, and in my downtime that’s what I’ve been doing lately–even more than actually playing the Sims for myself. Mainly as a result of watching Chrillsims 3, I have to say I am inspired to try my hand at some modern builds again–modern is not my forte, though, so we’ll have to see what makes it on to my blog.

Nonetheless, Monte Vista is available in the Sims 3 Store now, and there is nothing modern there—and that’s O.K. with me. I have always loved all things Italian, and I am anxious to make Monte Vista my own. I purchased Monte Vista the moment it was released. The world is very pretty, but those EA houses never live up to their potential—Boooorrring!! So, I’m thinking I’ll be working on some “old world” builds in the next few months to make Monte Vista the world I’ve been aching to play.