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Aug. 31st, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Yay for Bradford updates!

*hugs Rosalie because she needs one*

I loved it. I can understand why this is going to be the last plot-heavy chapter. Funny thing is, I'm trying to proceed in the other direction. I'm giving up on the pictures and focusing on the story.

Now, more on the update. Bruce better mind his p's and q's pdq if he doesn't want to get worse than he's already got at this point. He was pretty lucky to be honest.

I was wondering if Rosalie might have stayed away from the get together to avoid seeing Howie, but it sounds like she's avoiding everyone.

Danny and Sakura's seen was touching. It is funny in a tragic way what they were teaching kids back then. I wondered if you were going to include the missile crisis in this update, but I guess it's still a couple years early?

Also, I love that Shirley is going to get her 2.5 kids. ;) And doesn't it always seem that as soon as you give up trying, it happens?

Steven, don't burn yourself out. It'll be okay, I promise!
Sep. 1st, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
IKR? It felt totally weird to be posting an actually chapter.

Yeah, Rosalie needs some hugs.

I’m glad you like it. I’m not saying there will never be plot ever again, but in looking this over, I realized that there’s not much of the main family and that I was not playing because I didn’t want to stage. Since I feel the spirit of the challenge is to document the family’s story, I need to do more of that.

Yes, Bruce is going to have to watch it. He did get off very lucky, but I figured I was making Rosalie miserable enough by having her world fall apart. She didn’t deserve to lose her social position too.

Rosalie was totally going to save face by hiding. She is very much one to flee in the face of danger rather than stand and fight it.

I’m glad you liked that scene. Duck and cover drills were pretty silly, when you look back. I may touch on the missile crisis but I haven’t figured that out yet. I do have a few years to go.

Yup, Shirley gets the white-picket fenced house with the 2.5 kids. All she needs now is a dog. Too bad I’m not a huge fan of the in-game pets. And yes, as soon as I adopted, the next ACR session she gets knocked up.

Yeah, Steven is too serious and devoted for his own good. His plotline is one I am going to move forward with, because it’s pretty well mapped out at this point. I hope people like what I have planned for him.

Thanks for commenting!
Aug. 31st, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
Actual update woo!

Steven's going to be just a little too old to be really hit by Vietnam, isn't he? It's the boys his sisters' ages who will be facing that conflict. Rosalie is not going to react well when her sons are drafted, not after what happened to Gilbert.

I feel bad for Rosalie here - she's a bitch, yes, but she honestly didn't know her husband was deceiving her, and after everything she's done for him and their marriage...it sucks. Also for Howard, because to have to tell a friend and cousin that? It sucks.

Aw, and another kid for Shirley and Walter! Yay! Ooh, not one, but two. :)

It is silly to teach that desks will protect you from nuclear attack when we all know they won't, but at the same time, I can understand why they did it. Kids...can worry. And if you make them believe they're in control, that it won't happen if they take the right steps, then maybe they won't have nightmares about nuclear bombs dropping on them. It lets them stop worrying long enough to live. Which is important too.

I'm not surprised Rosalie finally snapped. It was going to happen sooner or later, and with Bruce being confirmed as a communist...well, he was always going to be the target. I mean, she did bring this on herself, but at the same time, she didn't really know what would happen, and it's not like anyone is helping at all.

It's interesting to see the contrast between the three women, who are, interestingly, more the main characters of this chapter than their husbands and children - despite that Nick and Steven are the actual heirs. Alice got what she wanted, and she's happy with it. Shirley didn't get everything she wanted, but she knew going in that she wasn't going to, so while she's not fully happy, she's come to terms with not being able to do everything she wanted. But Rosalie...Rosalie got everything she thought she wanted and then found out that she didn't after all. It's a crushing blow for her.

Yeah, I don't see Steven as Pop either, but 20 best friends really isn't difficult, especially once you have BFFs. Family and dead sims count, as long as they were best friends when they died, and hitting best friends just takes time - but not anything crazy. And you can have 20 of them at once without them wanting to kill each other, unlike 20 simultaneous lovers, at least if they catch each other!

Yeah, plot is hard. I've been recently playing a megahood myself and I frankly prefer not having to write it all down or stage anything. Just playing is relaxing in a way.
Sep. 1st, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
Yay for updates!!

Steven will be past college when the worst of Vietnam comes, yes, and his sisters and younger friends will be the ones facing it. No, Rosalie would not be happy thinking one of her boys could be sent off to fight. But can you imagine how she’d react to a draft dodger? Oh, the fun I could have.

Yeah, Rosalie is the victim, even if she’s not the nicest person. She deserves better than what she got. And Howard is in between a rock and a hard place. It just suck all around.

Yup, they adopted! And then ACR goes and throws me a pregnancy at long last. Spoiler alert – Dwight now has 2 sisters. Poor guys waits years for a sibling and this is what he gets.

I get the basic rationale behind duck and cover drills, but looking back it seems ridiculous. The kids did need to do something so they could just be kids. I can only imagine how someone who had experienced a nuclear bomb’s devastation firsthand would react, though.

It really was only a matter of time before Rosalie snapped. Bruce would be the target, because he did take all she did for granted. Rosalie probably does more work than Alice or Shirley simply because she’s got twice the number of kids that they do, but the big difference is that Nick and Walter know enough to make sure their wives know how much they appreciate all they do.

It is a great contrast, and I didn’t realize how far it would go. You’re spot on about the differences between the three ladies. Poor Rosalie thought she was getting it all, but then she found out that it wasn’t exactly what she thought it would be. It was quite the shock to her system.

No, Steven is not Pop, but I must obey the dice. I think it will be a good thing to play out that LTW. It’s kind of fun to find something that I haven’t done even after playing the game for as long as I have.

Plot sucks at times, and staging for plots is the worst. I have a megahood that I’m fiddling with too, and it’s so much more fun. That made me realize I need to scale it back some. That, and it’s probably good to have the heirs and the main family feature, rather than all the various cousins and spares.

Thanks for commenting!
Sep. 1st, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Oh God, Rosalie is totally going to end up with a draft dodging kid, isn't she? She's got so many, one of them's going to run!

Well, nothing wrong with girls!

Yeah, she did choose to have eight kids, which means taking care of eight kids, but with Bruce not helping at ALL...

Yeah, staging is the sucky thing. Scaling it back isn't bad. And you're right about the cousins and spares not really needing to feature. That's one thing that I think killed some legacies - they liked their spares and cousins better, or they wanted to keep track of everyone, and it really just stopped being important at some point...as well as the hoods becoming too big to be easily manageable. We all have gone from one family to dozens, and that can be a lot of houses to play.

Still, I'll be happy to see anything of the Bradfords, whether it's staged or gameplay or not!
Sep. 2nd, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
The odds are defiantly not in her favor in regards to having a draft dodging kid, with (pauses to check generation 8 roster) 5 of her 8 being boys.

Nope, girls are good. If I decide to go plotty again, Shirley raising girls will make for good storylines.

Eight kids is a lot for anyone, and with no help from Bruce, Rosalie deserves sympathy.

Constant staging sucks, so I figure if I do mostly gameplay and then stage a few pictures per chapter, it won’t feel like such a task. There are spares that I love and will probably still be background fodder, but I should really keep the majority of the focus on my heirs and their descendants, I should be able to finish up the last 2 generations. I figure with the 60s coming up, I can plop some random spares off on “commune” style lot and not pay them too much mind, cheating them up in age every now and then.

I’m glad to hear that people (or you at least) want to see more Bradfords. With such a long unplanned hiatus, I was worried that people had forgotten about them.
Sep. 1st, 2015 05:16 am (UTC)
(This is partially relating to what you and Rose are talking about too, so I made it a more general comment)

One thing that gets me too, is that Calla doesn't seem to be helping Rosalie out. Is it because Rosalie hasn't asked or is there another issue that I've forgotten? I imagine that Cindy helps Alice out quite a bit, but Calla is getting on in years, and there is only so much that two women can do with 8 children, even when they're in school.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
(Feel free to jump in; I’m excited people are talking about the chapter).

No, Calla is not helping much. One piece of head-cannon that probably wasn’t as clear in the chapters as it possibly could be is that Rosalie didn’t agree with Calla’s parenting style, and therefore didn’t trust her mother do bring the children up “properly.” So at some point, Calla got told to “butt out,” and then decided to let Rosalie do things her way.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
I can see that. *hugs for everyone; except bruce*
Sep. 6th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
Wonderful to see an update!

I'm pleased Alice is there to support Rosalie. You've created such three dimensional characters in this legacy, everyone has their flaws yet can easily be related to as well!

My heart broke for Sakura, her response perfectly summed up how long lasting the effects of war can be.
Sep. 7th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
It was nice to finally be able to put out an update. :)

Alice may have her differences with Rosalie, but she will always be there to support her since Rosalie was one of her first friends upon coming to Simsfield. Aw, gee, I’m blushing. I try to make my characters are real as possible, and real people have flaws.

Sakura certainly has some unseen scars from surviving the war.

Thanks for commenting!
Sep. 15th, 2015 08:45 am (UTC)
Yay! An update! (Totally late in noticing)
I kept checking your feed once a month hoping you'd pick it up again. Just love your story and your update.

Can't wait to see who Steven is gonna end up with, he's probably gonna be as oblivious with woman as his dad was.

Yay for Shirley and Walter, I just love Shirley, would indeed be funny if she had a bunch of girls to bring up.

Totally agree with what was said above, your characters are so real. I actually made my partner read your story to understand why I loved it so much. :)

And I also totally agree with Rosefyre, it's great to read some new Bradford content again. I can understand how all the staging gets to be a drag. Hope you get to enjoy playing again. :)
Sep. 27th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
Totally late in replying to your sorta late comment. :)

Aw, I’m flattered. I’m glad that you thought it was worth continuing to check to see if I’d updated.

I have plans for Steven. I can’t say too much without spoiling a ton, but I think I can say that he’s not going to understand women any better than his dad.

I had to have Shirley and Walter have another kid. It will be interesting to see how Shirley copes with raising a daughter.

Aw, I try to make my characters well-rounded. I’m glad that you think I’m able to do so.

I was genuinely worried about the response I’d get (if any) after being “away” for so long. I’m glad that people missed it. I’ll do my best to not go so long between chapters again. Staging is a drag, and I’ll only do it if I find it necessary. I have been able to play some, and it’s enjoyable again.

Thanks for commenting!
May. 7th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
Just saw your latest post and went back in time to see if I had missed anything. Glad to see the Bradfords continuing! I keep playing the Penguinos on and off but haven't had the time or energy to write for awhile.

I feel so bad for Rosalie. I'm glad she's got a support system. I just hope that she learns to lean on it a bit and not try to continue on her own. I certainly like seeing her and the other ladies stand up to Bruce though. It's high time he learned how to be appreciative.

Yay for an adopted kid for Shirley and another baby on the way as well! Was that an ACR decision?

Oh Steven, poor kid. His parents would still be happy even if he brought how slightly less than perfect grades. I hope he learns to loosen up in college!
May. 8th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
No worries; it’s easy to get caught up in real life and miss updates. I get not having the energy to write. It’s what keeps holding the Bradfords up.

Yeah, Rosalie’s in a tough spot. She does have her friends and family, even though she isn’t good at reaching out to them when she needs them. Heh, that was a favorite scene of mine. Bruce needed to be slapped and Alice was more than happy to do it.

Yup, ACR finally decided to throw me a baby after the adopted kid showed up. It worked out okay, even if the baby will be younger than many of the generation.

Steven is putting crazy expectations on himself. Yes, Nick and Alice would just want him to be happy but he can’t see that just yet. College will be interesting for him, that’s for sure.

Thanks for going back to comment!
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