The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Jun. 13*

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The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Jun. 13*

Postby B. Scirocco » February 6th, 2021, 5:38 pm

Hi y'all, I've been working on a story for a while now; I found a farming challenge years ago on Modthesims that appealed to me: I've always liked Harvest Moon, and it looked like just the right amount of difficulty, between a regular legacy and an Apocalypse challenge. Now that I've gotten back into Sims 2 again this year, I finally thought, "why not do this for real?"
The challenge thread can be found here: https://modthesims.info/t/363053

Fair warning: I'm working on this sporadically, between various projects IRL, and I write slowly, so don't wait too eagerly for updates.
But with that out of the way, here you are:

Generation One (Founder): Geoff Ventis


Generation Two: Taran Ventis


Side Stories and Notes:
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers

Postby Lorinsv » February 8th, 2021, 5:48 pm

Hi there! I just read the first chapter and wow, this looks tough!

I'm playing Alijah's version of the Harvest Moon challenge in my BaCC and really like having a backstory for playing a different kind of challenge, although it isn't as restrictive/challenging as the one you're playing. The goal in mine is just to set up a thriving homestead, I don't believe I have to do five generations, but I may need to brush up on my rules to know for sure.

I'll finish reading the rules for this one and follow along. Good luck and thanks for taking the time to share a story on it!
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers

Postby peachy123uk » February 9th, 2021, 1:05 am

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That seemed a lot of hard work at the beginning, but it seems to get a lot easier with all the children at home to help.
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers

Postby nooboostar » February 14th, 2021, 6:08 am

Just found this and spent the whole afternoon binge reading it. I have to say this is a very interesting and ambitious challenge, and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for Geoff and his family. Thanks for the challenge link, by the way, I'll have a look at it later. Also, I hope you don't mind but I added you as a friend over on LJ. :)
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers

Postby B. Scirocco » February 17th, 2021, 7:44 pm

@lorinsv Yes, it got off to a difficult start, although the overall difficulty after the first harvest never quite spiked up to the same level again. I felt like I was doing an Apocalypse lite, what with no shower and limited food. And I did check out the Planter chapters of your BaCC; I was a little surprised to find that you'd been doing a challenge from the same thread. I apologize for not having more of a backstory, but I had a lot of trouble coming up with one--I'll try to focus a bit more on characterization if I do any other challenges in the future.

@peachy123uk It certainly was difficult at first; I had to try the first summer twice before coming up with a strategy that worked. But it did get a lot easier once the kids were old enough to help out--buying some nicer beds made a difference, too.

@nooboostar Glad you enjoyed it! I sometimes think I may have bitten off more than I could chew, but I intend to stick with it. And no problem, good to have you. :wave:

Thank you all for commenting! Chapter Eight is up now.
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Feb. 17*

Postby Lorinsv » February 17th, 2021, 8:42 pm

Oh, I didn't really create a backstory, Alijah's version of Harvest Moon kind of came with one. That's what I meant, when a challenge captures your imagination, more than just following a set of rules. I think quite a few challenges come with a backstory, which is what makes them appealing to me :) (Because I don't have much imagination on my own, I need whatever inspiration I can find!) I love reading other players' challenges, doesn't matter if they're observational or story-driven.

Gonna catch up with yours now :)

ETA:

I laughed at Geoff's conversation with Gwen Fuchs about TVs in Chapter 2!

I like seeing Maxis townies, although I prefer the women quite a bit over the men. Probably because they don't dress as dorky, and the genetics look a little less extreme on them.

I always have to use a reference guide for garden plants, I haven't been able to memorize it even after playing for years. I did not know watering plants frequently improved their health - great tip!

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Yikes, twins! Tough break, but it's nice you got your heir right away.

I wouldn't worry about posting lots of detail and dialogue, they can really bog you down, and sometimes you just want to play the challenge. I can totally relate!

Almost all my farmers and fishers end up getting fat. I've become rather a fan of chubby Sims :)

I don't think I've played with such a lack of objects that build Comfort. Thank goodness the challenge is getting a little easier by Spring/Summer Year 2, and hooray for a real house now! I like how carefully you plan the build to save as much money as possible. Still, things are pretty tough as far as the scoring is concerned.

Year 2 Summer/Fall: a well-deserved cushy bed and good progress digging out of the points deficit!

Does the crappy cheap stove have anything to do with burning food? Perhaps a burner or six :P is on the fritz

Year 2 Winter: I love elders with little kids :)

Year 3 Spring/Summer: kids growing up, worst of the hardship is over, and a positive score - yay!

Interesting playtest regarding selling platters of fresh food, thanks for sharing that too!
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Apr. 17*

Postby B. Scirocco » April 9th, 2021, 10:05 pm

Jeez, it's been a long time, hasn't it? But in response:

@Lorinsv: Thank you, I was a bit worried about the Pleasantview and Bluewater townies being too familar. And this challenge has been a learning experience when it came to gardening for me, too; I'd done it a fair bit already, but I never paid as much attention to things like harvest time and crop values before.
I was highly discouraged back in Chapter Four, but the difficulty's eased off a lot and almost feels like playing a regular family now. In hindsight, I kind of wonder if I should have prioritized buying nicer beds over trying to expand the house--although I wanted to ensure that there'd be enough room for everyone to come in from the cold or heat. If anyone else tries this challenge, he or she might be able to learn from my mistakes.
Oh, I didn't think about upgrading the stove; it's on my list for when the next harvest comes in (although I really could probably do it right now), so thanks.
I'm relieved to have gotten out of the points deficit; I'm now aiming for some additional point-related minor goals to keep things interesting.

Chapter Nine is up now! Enjoy!
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Apr. 9*

Postby peachy123uk » April 9th, 2021, 11:34 pm

Your pictures are not showing up for me.
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I have read it sounds, everything went well, i don't think using the juicer is cheating as it is in the game and you grew and harvested the eggplants. and we now have the third generation.
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Apr. 9*

Postby B. Scirocco » April 12th, 2021, 7:53 pm

My apologies, I don't know what happened. I had to redo the entire journal entry, but they should be showing up now. Thank you for letting me know; I could see them just fine when I was logged in, so I didn't realize there was a problem.
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Apr. 9*

Postby Lorinsv » April 15th, 2021, 10:41 pm

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Glad things are getting easier, but sad to see Geoff go. I approve of making eggplant juice for skills, they worked hard for their crops and the juicer.
It's amazing how fast the money starts building once you get over that first hardship hump.
I like the look of the Ventis family, just very nice and relatable.
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Jun. 13*

Postby B. Scirocco » June 13th, 2021, 6:54 pm

It's been a long time, hasn't it? But I finally uploaded a new chapter, so in response:

@Lorinsv: Yes, I was pretty sad to see Geoff go, although I think he had a pretty nice life in his golden years. And finally having a juicer has proven to be useful.
Yes, farming has proven different from normal gameplay; instead of getting a steady infusion of money from a job or business, it comes in spurts, which requires more planning. It's gotten easier to adjust, though.

@peachy123uk: I was pretty pleased to have the new kids arrive. And thank you, I feel less uneasy about using eggplants to skill now.
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Re: The Ventis Yeoman Farmers *Jun. 13*

Postby MommyIzz » June 14th, 2021, 4:42 pm

I haven't seen this challenge before, but it looks like a lot of fun. Hats off for keeping your founder alive before the first harvest! lol. Those motive skills can crash when they're living off the land like that! I can't wait to read more :)
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