Just an aside here. I never bothered with premade sims in CAS in Sims2 because they looked, well, very base-game and not very interesting. But in Sims 3, I realized that the premades come with personalities. So I checked in on this nerdy young man who looks a lot like Tremendous Pandemic (and I had to go look up his name, it's been so long since I played that household). And look!
Nerdy Boy is secretly a villain, it appears. Also, he had Gold Digger as a potential LTW, which combined with his Commitment Issues and the game's greater difficulty with making friends would make for a hella hard LTW, I think.
Okay, on to Johnny Pandemic's household. Johnny's new (as of last update) LTW is "descendant of da Vinci" which means to max Inventing, Painting and Sculpting. He maxed Inventing ages ago, so now he's concentrating on Sculpting. He can now do ice sculptures, which is an excellent reason to use a chainsaw in one's underwear with no eye protection.
Not bad for a first attempt!
Ice sculptures are tricky things. You can sell them immediately at the store, but if you keep them in inventory, they melt (duh). I think there's an achievement where after enough of them, you know how to make them not melt. Fakey science!
That's no burglar - it's a costume party! I'm having Keno crash parties anywhere to build up his celebrity meter. His LTW is Rich and Famous, which requires $100k in cash (not a problem) and a full celebrity meter (trickier). I've been working on this since he first got the LTW.
Keno goes as Jason (Michael Myers? I never watched those movies so I don't know) and Johnny as a ninja (with BrainySpex!).
Sadly, sometimes there are just no celebrities available, but he tries.
I think he's the only teen there, too.
Johnny shows off his mad snake-charming skillz he picked up in Egypt.
It looks like Camo Lady just shoved a bouquet right up Burglar's face, doesn't it?
Some of the adventures require you to talk to/beg stuff from locals. The problem is that you can't do this until you're friends with them. I could understand that if, say, you're trying to talk up the local factory and how great it is for jobs. But "take this ancient document and get it translated" seems more like a money-based thing, you know? I don't know, I wouldn't think I'd need a close personal friendship with a translator before asking them to do their job.
"You said it, boss."
Hey, that looks keen. Even if they're roasting... what, cabbages? and hotdogs?
Yes, Johnny's in France again (Keno's left home alone, as a teen) and isn't that a creepy thing to see! It's someone sleeping on the next floor up, but for some reason the game made them visible.
Woman on right: slim-fast shake. Woman on left: quart of Chunky Monkey ice cream.
Sometime after that, someone broke the sink and flooded the kitchen. Playables are the only ones who fix things or call repair people, of course.
"Gasp! Johnny Pandemic has come to our small French bookstore!"
Johnny tried roasting onions and garlic over the fire pit. (It's random what gets chosen on the skewer.) They burned.
Blech! And he got the Bad Breath moodlet too.
Back home, Keno is about to hit adulthood. I wanted to send him to France, but he's still officially in boarding school according to the game.
"All right! Now I can really piss off my Dad!"
He looks eerily like Crash (which he should). Huge caterpillar brows again.
Oh, stop it. You look like a pimpin' cowboy now.
Hey, you could've looked like this!
Ponytail, soul patch, tweezed brows. Much better (and guaranteed to upset Crash if he finds out). Time to call up the boyfriend!
Finally, Keno and Don can get together as adults. Johnny, not wanting to get in trouble with Crash, makes a point of working with the chainsaw during Don's visit.
"You gotta really keep the teeth sharp for a good cut!"
(Toly asked if something was wrong with my computer because of the grinding noise)
It's a grownup sleepover!
(For fun, here's Keno in pajamas. XD
They've been waiting so long now, why not make it official?
Boy, that's... awkward.
Don accepts (I think I've only ever had 2 rejections in all the years I've played sims) and obviously the next thing to do is have a bachelor party, without Don present. Keno tries to only invite celebrities.
Johnny dresses up too.
That's Christal, Johnny's daughter-in-law (2-star celebrity) who keeps hitting on everything with a Y chromosome.
And here's the exotic dancer!
Of course Christal likes what she sees.
I keep getting the death notices on the phone. Or at parties.
This place really isn't set up well for parties, though. I forgot I was going to get a bigger house.
Partway through the party, Johnny forced an elderly celebrity to pump iron.
This guy is getting through his grief through art.
Looks like it might be time to wind up the party.
Ever taken pictures and later on, have no idea why you took them? That's not even Johnny's house. Keno is in pajamas again, or underwear, or something. What the heck.
"Hey! Mister 4-star Celebrity! Kissing booth over here!" Keno hit 4 stars just before adulthood. Then I realized that the Opportunistic perk doubles rewards from opportunities, including celebrity points. Keno is now racing from 4 to 5 stars. Once he hits 5 then he'll move out with Don.
Oh yeah, Don! I kinda forgot about the wedding. I decided to do the private wedding, and Don looks a little miffed about being forgotten for a couple of simdays too.
Well, they didn't forget forever, right? Anyway, Don moves in for the time being too.
It's time for a new generation of paparazzi, and two of them (one shown here) are Insane. They're always acting weird outside the house now.
There's another casino (yes, another one) and Don goes there just for fun one night.
It's a nice place.
Holy carp, that's good.
I'm amazed Crash hasn't sent a bunch of Family goons to beat the tar out of Keno, Johnny, and anyone else in the vicinity. Maybe he hasn't heard yet.
I moved the sculpting bay outside to free up space inside. Johnny hardly notices when he sets himself on fire any more.
Time to get those celebrity points rolling in. Beachy Keen has a really neat dance floor, including flames, bubbles, confetti and fog.
I realized that if Johnny's willing to eat roach-sized bugs (and he does) then a bigger lobster bug should be just fine.
This is really cute. He learned a couple of songs in France and sings them in the shower, or while waiting for food to cook.
Enjoy your crazy long run up and down the mountain, Don! It takes FOREVER to get to his job, or home from it, or getting arrested.
It's about time I got Don a makeover. His favorite color is lime, so all-green it is. And a haircut.
Aw, Burton looks so nice! That's Johnny's grandson. Only child, and apparently only because I made his parents get it on before they moved out on their own.
Johnny asks Keno to pose for an ice sculpture. It later melted. "Becuz I'm so HAWT!" Keno says.
Should've worn different clothing.
More dancing for celebrity points!
Oh hey! Crash sent them a wedding present! That they can't use... because they live in the tropics.
I wish I knew what caused these. Someone must've badmouthed someone else in the household.
Well... it's something, I guess. An attempt at being criminal like his dad?
Six more days? Jeez. That seems like a good return for a spa package.
Oh yeah, I forgot to list anything about Don (but I did take the pic, at least). So he wants to be a master thief! Maybe he's trying to sleep his way into the Capello crime empire and there aren't any daughters. He's also a Daredevil like Johnny; and a Klepto, which should mean random things will "appear" in the family inventory.
Keno tried to troll the forums and nobody fed the troll. Good job, internet!
Don got arrested on his first day of work. Granted, he was a decoy for the others, but this can't help on his resume.
While in jail, he makes friends (!) and decides to get a tattoo. Also to have a child with Keno. Don is a man of deep and varied passions.
There we go. That's better.
For some reason, the game wants him to go legit instead of being a criminal.
More to come!