I finally started one!
And Hi! How are all of you guys? What’s new? Am I slow-rolling? You betcha.
So for a long time now, I’ve had a huge itch to do The Monster Mash Challenge since they unveiled it at Halloween over on Boolprop. With my life lately being a hurricane of stress and anxiety, I took a bit of a rest from TS3 and my Zane legacy. TS2 is my relax game. While TS3 has to be my favorite, TS2 just relaxes me 95% of the time. I had actually started this challenge once before but my founder die during his first pregnancy and I was too frustrated/embarrassed to try again. UNTIL NOW!
I’m gonna pre-apologize for the really lazy tone this might have. I’m trying with this, but not….too…hard. Sorry guys. It’s really just me being a huge bum.
So let’s do the mash! Let’s do the Monster Mash!
This non-camera lookin’ chap is Mance Ripley. He’s a knowledge sim with….some kind points….I need to check.
*boots up game*
His stats are 5,5,3,8,4.
Anyway, his name was taken from the Game of Thrones character Mance Rayder. Which wasn’t for any reason other than I liked it. His last name was for Ellen Ripley and totally intentional. He’s badass(not really but go with it) and will encounter aliens and monsters!
Mance here is going to be doing a college start. Which I have no real idea what that entailed, so I kept to the basic rules of the challenge. This was mostly so he can become an artist later and get us that camera for the PORTRAITURE and BEFORE AND AFTER mini-challenges.
It still provided me with ways to feel like I was cheating within the confines of the rules.
While Mance wants to top Oceanography as his LTW, he really doesn’t get a say in it and he declares the major I want him to!
And what I want/the challenge needs is an Art Major! He’ll probably get to be in the Oceanography career eventually once we get the camera, but he has to do it with the Art degree.
While I’ll show a few exceptions, this is what most of Mance’s college life boils down to. His social life is limited and he doesn’t get to have much fun.
This is one of those exceptions. Since I started up with TS2 again, I’ve had crazy bad luck trying to find a vampire. It has been nearly impossible. The plan WAS to have Mance visit Downtown every few nights to see if we could find one without me wanting to punch a puppy calendar (because I would want to punch something cute, but I abhor violence against animals).
Mance immediately wanted to sing karaoke. But fate intervened.
I couldn’t have been happier to be wearing my headphones! It’s usually hit or miss if I’ll have them, but when I did, I found a vampire!!
And Mance literally followed it to the bathroom, or at least as far it he could because it turned out to be a Contessa.
You guys have no clue how damn excited I was to find this Contessa. I never canceled out an action so hard or so fast. Have a Kimmy Schmidt to express my sheer joy at this. This was like…three sim days into the challenge. I wasn’t expecting this until my heir/ess was a teen and I was freaking the hell out trying to find one.
Mance spent the rest of the night hanging out with the Contessa until they were friends. We aren’t going to need her for quite some time, but it’s a hell of a lot easier to call her every so often to keep the friendship up than to find another one.
Thanks to Mance doing his college work and fufilling a few other wants, we were able to afford this puppy. I love this. It’s the weather thingie. I really don’t remember the name and…I’m not looking it up.
But I adore this thing because it can change or extend any season. Now, before doing this, I SCOURED the rules about what I was about to do. There is nothing that says I can’t use this thing. The only Lifetime Rewards that can’t be used are life extending ones and passive mood booster. This is not a passive mood booster and…
The plan is to extend the current fall season for the duration of Mance’s stay. Mostly to keep me from wanting to punch that puppy calendar again.
It did eventually feel ishy, but…not technically illegal. Since it did start to feel ishy, Mance’s college time will be the only use of this strategy.
What I didn’t mention before was that I kinda got Mance involved in a phone relationship with Sim State(where he is) townie.
This is Jane Stacks. You might not recognize her because of my defaults. But since there is not explicit rules saying this is forbidden, I went for it.
I think they’re quite sweet together.
To the point where both he and I wanted to have him propose. Something that was a mistake many times over.
Firstly because she was having NONE OF IT!!
So, Mance socializes the crap out of her.
AND SHE STILL SAID NO!!!
You suck, Jane.
Yes, they aren’t super compatible. Mance is more into blondes, but still. This was his relationship panel when tried the second time!
More socialization later, she finally accepted. This was dumb on my part, but we’ll get to that idiocy later.
God, I’m dumb sometimes.
Speaking of dumb me things, I missed putting these in the right order. Since I’m lazy and it’s hot, here they are.
Mance does predictably well.
My TS2 college strategy has always been front load the work. Unlike in TS3, if you get the bar up within the first 24 hrs, you don’t get a penalty for working on other things and skipping class for the duration for the semester!
Can I do that for grad school?
And this is what he does the rest of the time. Nerd dance!
Do I know some people don’t like gifs?
Do I totally care?
Nope! My thing, my rules! WOot! This is what happens when you’re socially awkward and given moving pictures!
I’m also on some pain meds because I messed up my big toe pretty bad so I’m equal parts nauseated(stuff like this messes up my stomach) and loopy.
I missed almost all of Mance’s sophomore year except this.
As a reward/prep for the future, all of Mance’s grant money from the last two years is poured into a robotics bench.
We’re gonna want a servo for the STRANGE FRIENDS mini-challenges. As well, I’m tired of mascots. Meaning a sentrybot is in order.
Thanks to the perpetual fall, Mance is not only blazing through skills, but his badge work is easy-going.
My moral compass aches.
Mance also paints himself a portrait. As much as I want the camera, it’s not the worst time filler to have SOMETHING like this.
And no pictures were taken for the duration of Mance’s college stay.
Most of it was unimportant or skilling. Nothing really worth noting.
Mance: I look like Prince Charming and I finally get to speak!
Don’t get used to either of those things.
Before he departs for Desiderata Valley, I figured I would show you just how much he got done during his time at Sim State.
This is why perma-fall isn’t happening anymore. While it isn’t outlawed as a passive mood booster or life-extending thing, way too much got done.
Look at his outfit! It looks so dopey. It makes me so happy.
Anyway, he gets plopped down on the largest lot and is left with almost nothing.
This is all that Mance can afford. He was lucky the brick was only $5 a panel.
He doesn’t even have a fridge and we’re not even going for ALLOTMENT CHIC.
And with nothing but dork shorts and a bed, Mance starts digging. He needs a fridge and quick!
Usually, I sell maps because they’re worth a bit and my sims don’t travel often, but Bigfoot! We need a Bigfoot!
Thanks to the digging and the sale of the free computer, Mance was able to afford a cheap fridge, a cheap computer, desk, and phone.
And since there were no suitable jobs, Mance is back to digging.
Thanks to a phone chat with this lady and some previous reputation goodwill from college, she decides to send a sample.
To which I got very excited.
BLAM! And sold. Mance needs a roof way more than a tv.
So he gets a shack and a telescope in hopes of an abduction.
And the first night yields nothing. But we have time.
After searching through the help wanteds, the computer breaks and we can’t afford to buy a new one. Could Mance have attempted a fix? Probably, but we need a founder more than a computer.
If you have noticed a theme of “we need this thing more than this thing”, you are observant and also not looped out of you mind!
Mance invited Jane over in hopes of marrying her into the household.
Remember when I said he courtship and engagement was dumb of me.
This is the biggest dumb moment for me.
For some reason, I thought it was possible to marry a YA sim into the house. F-ING NOPE!
And I was not about to go back and pull Jane out of school because they kinda like each other.
Instead, the “smart” decision was to have them fight til they broke up…. this was also massively stupid.
But don’t tell past me, she might cry.
Once Jane leaves, Mance strikes out to get a new look and find a replacement spouse.
Well, at least he has decent duds now.
LOOK AT THIS GUY!!!
HIS FACE IS AN UGLACY DREAM!!!
What happened to you? Who hurt you so badly?
When he got home and we were able to replace the computer, Mance was able to snag a job with the Art career.
We got the camera! Woot woot!
After work the next day, I sent him out to spouse hunt. I snapped this because….giggles.
Look at his bum! The whole thing is giggle worthy!
And then I hit a glitch. It was huge, but I wasn’t in the mood to fool around with it.
And after deleting the lot, putting up a new one, and moving Mance in, he repeated the entire first hour of coming to Desiderata Valley. We did pocket all the essentials though.
The move left Mance with significantly less cash than before. So his shack is smaller.
Of course he has to stop to stuff his face.
GO BACK TO DIGGING PLEB!!
WOOO!!! Expansion time!
And we’re broke again.
Enjoy the overhead shot of the house. Including a bonus pic of Mance pooping.
Also, yes all that digging and finding took place before the welcome wagon showed up.
If you don’t know this woman, her name is Natasha Una. I’m not 100% sure if this is accurate, but she’s always been kinda the main face of Desiderata Valley. And I adore her. The minute she arrived to the new lot, Mance had a new spouse target.
Also I adore that hair default. It’s one of Poppet’s and it looks amazing on Natasha and Olive Spector.
Thanks to the procurement of the camera, after he got back from work and could afford a computer, he casually browsed the want ads and since he no longer needs to be an artist, I threw Mance a bone.
While it’s not really apparent, Mance is about a third to almost halfway through adulthood. He’s had bum luck with the telescope, which may have to do with attempting it without the FT perk, and he’s single.
Luckily, Natasha and Mance both seem on board to flirt it up.
Super duper on board.
But, alas, Natasha was only invited over for a quick meet up before Mance had to get to work.
This is Opal Contrary and if she wasn’t married and I’m not in the mood to break up 2 relationships, she would be our spouse instead. Unlike Natasha, who I remember adoring since getting Freetime back in the day, Opal was fresh and new. She’s lovely and it would have been neat to see her and Mance’s kid.
No reason they can’t be friends though!
Mance did eventually invite Natasha over again. There is a pressing need to get rid of his fiance.
Upon moving in, I was once again awash in guilt. The rules only state a legacy start no full legacy rules…I guess. If someone feels like I was cheating, I’m going to exclude any points gained for money. I know you can add +10 points for every 25,000 simoleans your black sheep’s family is worth. I’m foregoing that in favor of fairness. I just want her genes not her money.
Just know, I’m kinda dumb. I’m smart, but also super dumb.
Once Natasha moved in, Mance called up Jane and the couple waited in the yard for her.
She was not amused or happy.
Jane made the whole ordeal insanely difficult. She would not let Mance break it off and she just kept wandering the house after he told her to leave.
She reminded me of the beginning of one episode of New Girl where Nick brings home a girl who freaks out and starts stealing crap. Jane behaved about as well.
And here is where I’m going to cut the saga off for now. I have quite a bit of material that would enable me to go on, but I’m kinda feeling bad about my playing thus far. Be it perma-fall and Natasha’s money, I feel like a skeeze.
I hope this was somewhat palatable for you guys and I hope you aren’t too mad there was very few monsters and very little mashing.
I’ll see you guys next time! ❤