Since there’s not much going on in their household, play Xanthos and Liam turns into basically just cooing over baby Brion.
After playing the main house where nothing exciting happens, there is much excitement in the next house when the wolves have 3 pups! The problem? What do we feed them?!
Included challenges or variations: The Apocalypse Challenge Tiered Variant: https://modthesims.info/t/453459 (Emrys Brozek)
Cyjon’s Apocalypse Challenge Modifications: http://www.cyjon.net/node/95 (Entire neighborhood.)
Immortal Challenge *modified to fit with apocalypse rules: https://modthesims.info/t/525832 (Emrys Brozek)
The “Officially” Wacky Boolprop Challenge: https://www.boolprop.net/viewtopic.php?t=35 (Neesha & Malcolm V Zarubin)
The Homeless Challenge: https://modthesims.info/t/335033 (Valentine Patel) Callista’s Homeless Challenge: https://www.boolprop.net/viewtopic.php?t=3047 (Annabeth Ruggbyrne & Aleix Zarubin)
Survivalist Challenge: https://www.boolprop.net/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=3088 (Atticus Ruggbyrne)
The Vagabond Challenge: https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=3506272#post3506272 (Aiden Contender, Fenton Zanni, Petinua Jocque)
The Miserable Sims Challenge: http://sims2challenges.blogspot.com/2010/06/episode91-sims-2-challenges-miserable.html (Jacek Newsome)
The Asylum Challenge: https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?p=2269161#post2269161 + Simlogical Prison: http://www.simlogical.com/sl/Sims2Pages/Sims2_Prison.htm (Sebinah Newsome)
Toddler Asylum *modified: https://www.boolprop.net/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=3074 (Xabrina and Bijou Wise)
Agoraphobia Challenge?: https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=403616 **Originally written for Sims 3 (Xanthos Danders)
The Zombie Vault Challenge: https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=565239 **Originally written for Sims 3 (Bramble Newsome)
New Hopes Challenge- heavily modified: https://modthesims.info/t/610455 (Random rolls affecting the entire neighborhood)
The cart caravan idea was inspired by The Nomad Life Playstyle but barely resembles the original challenge- https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=615805&highlight=nomad Caravan Families: 1. Zarubin 2. Halfdanarson 3. Kilburn 4. Broke 5. Kettle 6. Kivic
Reviewing the rules I’m following for the challenge.
The Apocalypse Challenge Tiered Variant: https://modthesims.info/t/453459 Cyjon’s Apocalypse Challenge Modifications: http://www.cyjon.net/node/95 New Hopes Challenge- heavily modified: https://modthesims.info/t/610455
The plan was to only have sims who didn’t already have kids try for baby but the thing is Abbie had been wanting another baby since Julius was born. You may remember I had that mix up with the alien abduction mod that made it so that he could no longer father children after Oswin was born so Abbie went crazy trying to get abducted in hope of an alien pregnancy of her own. Anyway, with the mod settings fixed, Caius was happy to oblige.
Oswin was a little curious about where he comes from. He’s actually the half-brother of Xanthos and Xabrina!
A nice family lunch.
And Julius tells mom how excited he is to be married himself someday. Mom thinks he needs to slow down.
I guess it’s not all that important that he slow down. He is a teen now. He rolled family/knowledge.
Mom must be thinking why did she do this when she has a teen and another soon-to-be teen in the household.
Don’t you think you spend a little too much time up here, Oswin?
Dad burnt dinner.
But, mom was up in the middle of the night to grab some more.
Probably not the best idea.
Caius! Personal space dude!
After spending most of the night roaming the house she was just about to go to bed when she went into labor!
Everyone was very excited about the new addition, Vincentio.
And, while I watched these two, assuming Abbie had gone to bed I heard the jingle…
Y’all gotta be kidding me!!!
You did this to yourself, Abbie!
I know it’s far-fetched but I’d like to think he’s asking about the “cure” spread over Roasted and Stirred.
Julius sharing his concerns over Oswin’s computer obsession.
I actually played this family quite a lot while trying to get Abbie abducted by aliens. I have to say they’re one of my favorites.
Yes, he’s adorable but really did you have to go and try for another one?
Don’t act surprised. You know what you did.
Dad was finally off to work… I’d been messing with times and stuff… kinda hard to explain. Anyway, I was basically repeating his days off.
That outfit was so weird I had to see what his job is.
Hmm… where’s Oswin?
Uh, how long has he been jumping on Julius’ bed?
Long enough that he was about to pass out!
No, you can’t go outside and play ball. No kids outside, remember?
Oswin rolled popularity/family.
Julius: I want to get married as soon as possible!
Abbie: I’m too young for you to get married!
Abbie: I’m about to have another baby for cripes sake!
And then she slept most of the day away.
Oswin, who’d also gone back to bed after his birthday celebration was woken up to care for Vincentio. Diaper change…
So nice having teens in the house.
Mom was finally feeling well enough to do some toddler training.
And, after work, dad decided to trim the hedge.
Probably a bad idea.
Abbie was just coming downstairs in the morning when she went into labor.
Say what now??? There aren’t any twins in either of their families though!!
Julius was right there but she didn’t hand the first baby over to him.
Caius finally clued in on the excitement.
A boy and a girl. Rome and Jules… obviously after his parents.
Gosh, y’all got your hands full there. No more woohoo… ever!
Again, it’s good we have 2 teens happy to help out.
Although, running towards the fire with a baby wasn’t the best move.
Food’s food get over it.
And more Zanni…
Time for Caius’ little brother Antonio’s turn.
And his new wife Noelle.
Who, it turns out, is kind of a jerk.
Well, so’s the dog actually.
I’ve never really warmed up to Antonio. Then again, he hates one of “my” sims Neesha so I’m probably just holding a grudge.
He needed creativity for work and all he really wanted was to get more skill points.
It was weird (and boring) playing a two-person household.
Yikes, don’t pass out!
That is an umm… interesting work outfit.
What the heck are you doing?
Wash the dog!
(With my apocalypse restriction mods still in place the dog baths are the only baths available to purchase!)
They are so boring and work opposite shifts so they rarely see each other.
Well, I guess they make time.
(I’m a bad person. After Caius had so many kids I decided that unless Antonio or Noelle rolled the want for a baby they wouldn’t try.)
Messing with the dog too? It’s so odd both she and Antonio have nice points and yet both are kinda mean. Just goes to show personality isn’t everything.
One or both of them had the day off and they did a lot of dancing.
Time for another bath.
They were both at work and I was watching the dog during a thunderstorm and a tree was hit by lightning and caught fire!
No! Dang, you! I was high speeding. I didn’t even know they were awake until I heard the jingle. *sigh*
She was actually the dance hobby person.
They danced a lot. This was actually really cute.
And I felt bad but really I didn’t think they’d have kids! She was outside the entire time!
I should have kept her home from work since her belly should have popped soon.
The house was left in good hands. Err… paws.
No mischief will be done here!
Yea, didn’t see that coming did you? Like, 6 hours or more late.
They’re killing me with the sweetness.
Pop number two.
I think she agrees but for different reasons.
Again, I say, this sucks. And makes things very complicated for my plans.
When Julius was on the computer he was chatting with Leander.
Who just happens to be his cousin. Abbie’s brother Felix’s son.
And also two days younger than now-toddler Vincentio. Awkward!
I decided to re-name them all Zanni. Despite my attempts, I can’t get past my dislike for the Larson name thanks to Meadow.
Part IV coming soon!
After writing this I got to thinking. It’s crazy how I beat myself up all the time for shelving projects and yet when I realized there were a total of 95 chapters so far in this and, in my mind, there’s no way anyone would want to take that much time to catch up I can’t see any point in continuing to write it. As much as I say I’m only writing on the blog for me for some reason I had it in my head people would want to read the apocalypse story once it starts. I’d even had an idea for a challenge to do after the apocalypse! Which is completely insane. Can you imagine someone actually taking like 10 hours to read up to that point? My one 5 minute chapter might span several households and events but people would much rather watch a 25-minute video of like a day and I know that. I’m paying for this blog because it’s something I enjoy but it’s also disheartening that I’ve lost almost every reader since I quit playing Sims 4. I’ll publish this anyway because I put a lot of work into it.
Whenever someone asks about the apocalypse “story” that I’ve been working on I have a really hard time explaining it. Since it’s not just a new story. Not new sims. It’s a continuation of the Trailer Park Challenge or T-Park 2.0 story.
But, even then, I have a hard time explaining where they live. So, I’m going to quote the creator of the neighborhood, Sleepycat here:
The shaken Veronaville, Bluewater Village and Riverblossom Hills families live in the base hood, Shaken. The roasted Strangetown families live in the desert downtown, Roasted. The stirred Pleasantview, Desiderata Valley and Belladonna Cove families live in the lush downtown, Stirred.
Now, as far as I know, and I could be wrong here, I didn’t get the version she put out. But hey I could be completely wrong and she intended for half of the women to be pregnant… even grandmothers. Maybe that was part of shaking things up? The main way that things are different is last names. It took me a long time to figure out that the families always took the woman’s last name instead of the man’s. In other cases, sims married completely different people but still had children with the same names. Oh, and their hair colors were different. Usually, the opposite of what they were. Let’s take Romeo and Juliett for example:
You know Romeo Monty and Juliett Capp. I know Romeo Zanni and Juliett Scott. I thought it might be fun to pop into Veronaville to see what they look like with my default replacement CC.
Since I’ve never played them they’re still teens but you get the idea. Things are kinda swapped around. And it’s fun. I love looking through family trees of the sims from Shaken, Roasted, and Stirred. And gee, the funniest part about it is that I shook things up even more by marrying sims from all three!
So you see, when people ask about the neighborhood I can’t give a really quick answer. It’s complicated and I’m sure there are things I still haven’t figured out yet! I love it and the sims. Which, I know makes it complicated for anyone wanting to read about it. Or, nearly impossible? Looking at my spreadsheets it looks like I currently have 204 sims in the conjoined Roasted and Stirred Apocalypse. That isn’t counting zombies. And somewhere around 50 in Shaken. So, with 250+ sims in who knows how many households… yea.
And hey, it didn’t start out like this. I didn’t start messing with the neighbors until somewhere near the end of the first T-Park generation. And that was pure insanity. So many pregnant women! As far as I can tell, there must be a mod that allows unplayed sims to get pregnant on community lots. The only way I can do it personally is to take control of the other sim… but I didn’t even know that was possible until very recently. There are mods for practically anything I swear. Anyway, that’s beside the point. What was frustrating is now entertaining.
After all of the work I’ve put into it, I feel like the neighborhood is really “mine” now. Or, I suppose you could say I destroyed what Sleepycat probably put a ton of work into. I fear someday I’ll have to export sims and start new somewhere if I destroy it much more. But, before that, we have an apocalypse to deal with! I thought the easiest way to do this is to list everything and you can choose if you want, where to start… or not as it were.
I’d already done the Trailer Park Challenge in Belladonna Cove but I’m pretty sure I corrupted that save so I wrapped up the story and moved on to this new one several months later. Our founder was Drew Newsome who was a foster kid in the predecessor. I was going to say that all kinds of crazy things happen in the first generation but who am I kidding? Crazy things happened the entire time! Mostly, it starts with Drew completing the 20 loves lifetime want and then adopting 8 kids.
- So, if you wanted to start from the very beginning here’s the first chapter: TS2→ T-Park Po’ Livin’ 1.1: Shaken, Stirred, and Roasted
The second generation follows with Drew’s adopted son Mason who gets abducted several times and in addition to getting pregnant a few times, also gets turned into a plantsim and a warlock. He and his long-time fiance have one child of their own in addition to the 3 alien kids and 1 plantbaby.
- There would be a lot of sims you wouldn’t know at first but it might not be too bad starting here: TS2→ T-Park Po’ Livin’ 2.1: And So it Begins
In our third and final generation, Mason and Pearl’s daughter Nixie is supposedly the heir.
But since her plantsim brother stayed there as well and probably did more than her in the storyline it was almost like dual-heirs. Now, there are two very different starting points for this generation.
- Where Nixie takes over as heir and starts her relationship with Nate: TS2→ T-Park Po’ Livin’ 3.1: Romantical
- Where Nixie’s husband Nate dies: TS2→ T-Park Po’ Livin’ 3.4: My Ghost Dog Killed My Husband
You might be looking at the chapter titles and saying but they are only 3 apart. But they aren’t. After the first 3 chapters in the third generation, I started dabbling big-time with all of the neighbors and began the grapevine chapters. Like “I heard it through the grapevine.” There are 11 grapevines between them. Again, if you want to know who is who go for the first. If you’re just wanting to get to where the apocalypse idea starts, go for the second. I will note here that the grapevines continue within chapters after that regardless. I mean, I guess you could skip that part of the chapters as well.
In the third generation, we had way too many ghost dogs, a zombie dad, regular and alien kids, another plantbaby, a warlock, a witches curse… and more.
- In the final T-Park chapter, Neesha the “heir” aged to young adult thus ending the challenge and allowing me to begin working on the “pre” apocalypse in earnest: TS2→ T-Park Po’ Livin’ 3.27: It’s Over… Not the End
- If you’d like to skip the T-Park chapters altogether there’s the intro to the “pre” apocalypse chapters: TS2→ SRS (pre)Apocalypse Intro: All is Revealed (I will warn you, this would be confusing without reading at least part of the 3rd generation as it is continuing it.)
- A better place to start might be the timeline review since I go through everything that happened beginning with the 3rd generation as pertains to the upcoming apocalypse: TS2→ SRS (pre)Apocalypse: Timeline Review
My honest opinion? If you don’t want to read it all read the third generation at the very least. But really, I feel like the first and second generations were pretty darned crazy without any of the apocalypse stuff! But, I know that’s a lot to read. Regardless, here are the chapter indexes as well…
Tomas and Tatiana are one of those couples you probably barely knew before their matchmaking session. Although, Tatiana is part of one of my families… the easiest way to explain is that she’s related to Cosmo’s wife Raya. (The one who makes robots if you’re still confused.) They live with Tomas’ family as Tatiana’s twin brother Theodore lives in the family home with his wife.
As confusing as it is for those of us living in the future, for Tomas and Tatiana, they’d just gotten married.
Tomas’s mother Gem spent the entire day painting while her husband Dilan watched.
While Tomas and Tatiana were busy with other things.
I can’t imagine the piano plus radio music sound good together.
I believe both of them are thinking about Tomas’ horrible piano playing.
(Is it just me or is it really weird that they change into their everyday clothes the moment they give birth?)
Was it really that imperative that the dish was washed the moment your daughter was born, Tomas?
Anyway, meet Talyn Capp… sticking with the “T” theme their parents seem to have started.
“Do you think the zombies are gone yet?”
Seeing little Talyn aged up made her parents want another baby.
And, with another baby on the way, the new parents finally notice all is not right with the grandparents.
Next door, Tatiana’s twin brother Theodore, named after his cousin Theo (Raya’s father), and his wife Zoey (previously Vandermorgen) were getting settled with their newborn twins.
Penelope learning to talk with dad and Pheobe learning to walk with mom.
(I have a mod that lets them get out of the crib on their own.)