Last week, the Tam family moved to a new house, flirted a little, and played chess a lot.
The Tam family currently includes:
Scott: Knowledge/Family elder with a job in the gamer track and an arcade
Megan: Family/Knowledge elder with several bestselling novels and a library
Simon: Family/Pleasure teen
River: Family/Knowledge teen
Malcolm: Pleasure/Popularity teen
Derrial: Pleasure/Family teen
Hoban: Popularity/Romance teen
I mostly keep the Tam children skilling when they're not at school--it keeps them busy so I don't have to keep track of them all. This is River maxing charisma.
And Jayne becomes the last Tam child to max logic.
Shortly thereafter, he grows up in Platinum. He is Family/Knowledge like his sister River and wants to reach his Golden Anniversary. He's turned on by fatness and gray hair but turned off by underwear. I guess he doesn't mind if his future wife gets old and flabby as long as she isn't immodest.
I take the opportunity to snap a family portrait in front of the fireplace in the living room. Scott and Megan are 57, Simon and River are 24, Malcolm and Derrial are 21, Hoban is 16, and Jayne is 12.
That night, Jayne engages in some very shy flirting with Ivy Copur the Younger. (They have two bolts.)
On Friday morning, the arcade reaches Rank 10! Another slot in business is opened.
His last afternoon as a teen, Simon gets himself into plat by going on a date with three-bolter Meadow Thayer. His brother Derrial found her first, but who can argue with three bolts? Meadow doesn't seem to be arguing, anyhow.
After Simon, River, and Orlando age up, I make Orlando selectable and we have an engagement out by the pond. River's parents are very pleased.
Meadow is going to grow up with the younger twins, so while he waits Simon keeps himself occupied with a job as a Field Sales Rep. We need some business districts to boost our Sim Multiplier!
And it's back to the skill grindstone for the younger kids--here's Malcolm maximizing Charisma.
I don't make them work all the time, though. Sometimes they have midnight snacks of spaghetti and wonder if there will be enough rain for their new garden.
While her kids run around in six different directions, Megan has been sitting quietly upstairs hammering out novels. She sells her eighth on Sunday morning, netting $3054. Hoban the Popularity Sim gets to the phone before she does.
On Sunday afternoon, Megan's neglected library finally reaches Rank 3, thanks to a "projector" in the meeting room.
And a few hours later, Simon is promoted to Junior Executive. And we all breathe a sigh of relief that he and River will be moving out Monday morning. Eight Sims in one house is just too many.
Progress toward challenge:
Jobs opened: 1/2 Business, 3 Entertainment, 3/6 Science
Taxes collected: $2750/$26,720