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#651 Old 19th Jun 2017 at 2:31 AM
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
What did you do with Mortimer, Dina, Nina, Don, Darren, and the rest? Tell us every little detail of what happened with the Maxis premade characters in Pleasantview in your game.

I've made my Pleasantview, in a way, THE town (as in the central town) of my game. Mainly because it holds the more famous Sims of the entire gaming series. It's the only one of my neighborhoods with a business district (Bluewater Village) and a Downtown in addition to a University. I've also greatly expanded the town itself, adding more houses and businesses along the way. Like my other premade neighborhoods, each family is about 3-4 generations after the start of the game, starting with the youngest gen of that time. The Goths, Dreamers, and Calientes are the only families whose names still survive to this point; the rest, surprisingly, have direct descendants under other surnames. So... to the best of my memory (again), here are my Pleasantview families as of the date of this post:

Lothario - this name no longer exists in my town, but Don has direct descendants. He married Cassandra only for her money. He was kind of evil in my game, and he was involved in a conspiracy with Dina Caliente and her sister Nina (partially, it was mostly Dina's greed) to kill Cassandra, send Alexander away, and raise Anita (Don's daughter with Cassandra). Mortimer had died before Cassandra was offed. If memory serves me right, Don and Dina hired an evil Witch to erase Alexander's memories with 'Tabula Rasa', and having just become a teenager, he was sent out to the outskirts of town to survive on his own (that really tiny lot past the trailer park area where the Brokes lived). Don hoped that this would kill off the Goth line; if Alexander had no memories, let alone to take care of himself, he'd be presumed dead, right? Wrong. Alexander lived on his own without any memories of once being rich, he farmed a small plot of land, worked a job, adopted a stray dog for a companion, and fell in love with Lucy Burb. Long story short, Lucy and Alexander, along with Darren Dreamer, revealed the true intentions of Don and Dina, killing them off as revenge because Darren loved Cassandra, and she was Alexander's sister. Anita, reunited with her uncle, felt horrible that her father was such a greedy person. In this generation, Darren actually lived with Alexander and Lucy when they married and had their child.

Goth - read the above for more. Mortimer died, I had actually brought Bella back briefly. Cassandra married Don and had Anita, and after she was killed, Alexander had his memories erased before being sent out into the wilderness to die; he ended up surviving and learning his true identity. Now, 3 gens later, we have James Goth (Alexander's grandson) with his wife, townie Marisa, and their three children Trista and twins Cassandra and Alexander. They no longer live in the original house; they live in the HUGE Mediterranean mansion near the water. They have about $600,000... they could afford it. Why not?

Caliente - this family name still exists in my Pleasantview. The sisters became wrapped up in a conspiracy with Don Lothario to claim the Goth fortune for themselves. Dina was the worst, she was driven by greed and lust for power. Nina only assisted not just because she was forced, but because she actually loved Don. After Dina and Don were killed by Alexander in his revenge for his family, Nina was actually pardoned by Alexander and went to live her own life. She carried on the line; she had her own house, had a lover, and had two boys if I remember correctly. Currently, Don Caliente heads the family 3 generations later with his wife Jessita, a Witch and member of the Broke family, and their daughter, Tina-Maria. They also have a Servo that lives with them. Don's father actually founded Cali, Inc, a robotics company, and because of this, the Calientes have become one of the wealthiest families in Pleasantview.

Dreamer - the third family name that still exists. I forget who exactly married Dirk (I really think it was Sam Thomas, the Sim State student), but he carried on the line and the family actually split into the Swains (from Erik Swain, the student at Sim State) as well as the Dreamers. The Swains have all since died; the Dreamers are still around. Dirk's son went on to marry Tessa Ramirez; now, the family is headed by their grandson (I forget his name exactly), his wife Moira (a Broke), and they adopted one daughter, who I just sent off to college, and had one biological daughter, who just became a teen.

Broke - this family name lasted for another 2 generations; it more recently died out, as those descended from Dustin and Beau, in particular, married into other families. I broke Dustin and Angela up, and put him with Lilith. They had 2 sons if I remember correctly. I looked into their family tree just a few hours ago, and I saw Beau is the great-grandfather of the Custer brothers (more on them in a bit). Dustin has direct descendants still, but I forget which family. I don't remember what happened to Brandi's third son.

Pleasant - another family name that no longer exists due to marriage into other families. I broke Lilith up from Dirk, and paired her with Dustin. Dirk went with a college Sim. I also broke up Angela from Dustin, and in college, I paired her with Jimmy Phoenix. They had a daughter Sally, who is actually James Goth's mother in the family tree. As for Daniel's affair with Kaylynn, I didn't do much about it. I still treat Kaylynn like an NPC. MAYBE I will pair her with someone if they need a wife.

Burb - died out because Lucy married into the Goths. Lucy married Alexander, and James and his children are their direct descendants in name and blood.

Oldie - I moved them into the Pleasants and killed them off. I didn't have much use for them, really. Which is horrible, yeah, but it's true.

Some other families that have risen to prominence to fill in the gaps left by other families; some I have made, some I have taken from sub-neighborhoods:

Custer - this family name came from a townie, who is in turn descended from the Tricou family. The townie in question will be seen on the Sims Wiki as Orion Teens (his name is randomized, the name of the founding member of this family is Houston Custer, who actually just died of old age). He married the daughter of Anita Lothario-Broke, Cassandra. Their three sons all live in the same house on the wealthier part of town, as the eldest son (who just married a townie named Margaret) is high in the Business career track.

Jacquet - taken from Bluewater Village; consists of an elderly Gilbert, who married Florence Delarosa (also an elder), and given their age at the start and their looks (Florence was not very attractive, Gilbert was, but I wasn't taking a chance), they adopted 3 children, one of which just was sent off to University.

Gieke - created when I moved Chester from the Family bin into Pleasantview. First he was the roommate of the Larsons and worked in Jodie's shop when she had one. Then he married Amelia, a woman from a family I created, and they have two sons, one of whom I just sent to University. Both Amelia and Chester are now elders.

Jones - consists of professor Randy and his wife Marcia, a Witch. Marcia is descended from the Swains and the Dreamers. They have two sons, if memory serves me right.

Larson - consists of Jodie and her partner (I made her a lesbian), Allyn Thomason, and they each adopted a few kids. They live in the original Goth mansion and moved there when Jodie retired and closed her antique shop down, Jodie's Junk and Consignment. When her twin brother died, Jodie took in his children. One is out on his own and is married.

Larson (Sean) - Sean is the adopted eldest son of Jason Larson. He has a wife and they had a baby last I played. They live in the outskirts of town near the woods, where Alexander was left to die all those years ago.
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#652 Old 10th Feb 2018 at 12:10 AM Last edited by JoePlum123 : 23rd May 2018 at 7:58 PM.
About a year ago I began playing Pleasantview again. I've been playing on and off but here's what I did. (Before I start I'm letting you know I don't include college and pets because I just find it pointless and a waste of time)

Broke ~
After Skip's death, Brandi was majorly struggling to cope with the upbringing of teen Dustin, toddler Beau and unborn baby Broke (Sam). However, as the years passed, Brandi finally took the courage to try to find love again. She did, with Juan Reamon (a random townie). As Brandi not only wanted to find love, she desperately wanted another child. So, this relationship resulted in another baby - Jonah Broke. Whilst Dustin just ageing into an adult, there was a plot twist for the Broke family. All this time, it turned out Juan only had one aim in mind - to destroy the Broke family. He took away furniture and the last scraps of money the family had left and ran away, leaving Brandi and Jonah behind. Brandi was distraught and continued to have another breakdown and Dustin began to become 'the rock' of the family. Nowadays, Brandi is one day away from elderhood, living with Beau (mid teen),Sam (a very rebellious teen) and Jonah (toddler). Dustin recently decided to move out now that Brandi is back on her feet into the Pleasant household with Angela to start a family. Brandi has a fear of being unmarried before she reaches elderhood, but it's unlikely she will.

Burb ~
The Burb's have been one of my favourite families to play so far! A lot has happened. In the beginning, there was of course John, Jennifer and Lucy. The family was living happily, and the couple even decided to have another child because they could see Lucy was lonely. Surprisingly, they had twins! Charlotte and Georgia Burb. They are incredibly close and look identical to Lucy too. With three girls, you would think this would be an incredibly happy family but no, this is the Sims after all! Jennfier was getting bored of her 'mother life' and wanted the excitement back of when she was younger. So, what did she do? Had an affair with the local maid Remington Harris. It brought excitement into Jennifer's life and she secretly loved the rushing around and going behind John's back. Oblivious to what was really going on, Lucy, Charlotte and Georgia were all doing amazing at school, but John was getting a bit chubby and doing terrible at work. However, the truth finally came out one day whilst the girls were still at school. John came home early after getting fired from work to find Jennifer and Remington snogging in the living room and hell broke loose. As you can imagine, the marriage quickly ended, and the girls were devastated. Jennifer moved in with her brother for a bit but ultimately decided to get a house of her own with Remington. Very recently, Jennifer got unexpectedly pregnant AGAIN! But, she went through with the pregnancy and gave birth at a very late stage in her adult life to her fourth child Jacqueline. John still lives at the original Burb house (now an elder) with Lucy (adult), and the twins (teens). Lucy's thinking of getting an apartment of her own soon, and the girls seem to be doing fine. Also, John has a new love interest in Kaylynn Spitzig whose fairly younger than him, but not too young.

Caliente ~
In the beginning, there was Nina and Dina. Of course, they were both seeing Don without the other knowing but it got leaked and the two were furious with each other, and Don. Therefore, both girls ended their relationships with Don but not too long after, Dina couldn't help herself and got it on with Don again. This 'affair' behind Nina's back resulted in Dina becoming pregnant. Not wanting to become a mother, Dina was internally struggling into what to do. She ended up having the BABIES with Don and another set of twins were born, named Yasmin and Isaac. Nina didn't know who the father was until one day, the truth was revealed. Dina and Don decided they couldn't keep Don being the father secret forever, and Nina was furious but accepting to find out the truth. Before this though, Nina had a baby of her own to a townie named Ryan Wheeler. Aaron Caliente, the child is hideous but he's still here. However, in a tragic fire accident, Ryan died and Nina was devastated as she thought she had her life planned out. Now, Nina has a child without a father and Dina has moved out into the Lothario household with Yasmin and Isaac. The whole Dina and Mortimer ended pretty quickly with Dina getting exposed by Cassandra so Mortimer wasn't interested, oh well.

Dreamer ~
Darren was obsessed with Cassandra at the beginning of the game, and he wanted to get her heart. So, after the failed marriage with Don, Darren got what he wanted. After Mortimer's passing, Darren moved into the Goth household because he and Cassandra had TWINS (so many!) named Scarlett and Henry Goth. They look very much like Darren, not so much Cassandra. Anyway, Darren is living a happy life now (being an elder) but lets move onto Dirk. Dirk was doing extremely well at school, and even managed to get into private school. This ensured him to get close to Alexander, who would be his future brother-in-law. Him and Lilith were also doing pretty well, until he met Marsha Bruenig at school. Dirk and Marsha never got it on, but they did secretly like one another. Now, Dirk and Lilith live together in the Dreamer household and as a whole, Darren and Dirk are still living a happy life - Darleen would be happy for them.

Goth ~
I've already spoken about most of Cassandra's life, but there's a few extra details. At the beginning of the game, Don left Cassandra at the altar (shame) and Cassandra had a break down, but her family and friends were there to support her. She completely removed Don from her life and quickly found comfort in Darren. So, living a strangely normal and happy life, Cassandra now has the twins, Darren and Alexander by her side. Alexander has also lived a happy life so far, and has been much more of a social butterfly than you may have thought! Him and his brother-in-law Dirk are very close, like they have known each other their whole lives, but still no girlfriend. Mortimer sadly passed away near the beginning, never seeing Bella again (we'll get to her later) but his exit was rather depressing with the break up with Dina and never seeing his wife again. He also hated Don and never got to meet a grandchild, poor Morty. In the current Goth household there is Darren (elder), Cassandra (reaching the end of adulthood), Alexander (one day away from adulthood), and the twins Scarlett and Henry (children).

Lothario ~
Don was living his usual womanizer life; he was sleeping with Nina, Dina, Cassandra and Kaylynn. However, after leaving Cassandra at the altar, he only had three women on the go. But... something terrible happened. The reason Kaylynn hasn't been mentioned a lot so far is because she sadly died VERY early on in the game. Don went to work one day, and Kaylynn would arrive at the house to clean as normal. But, Don accidentally left something in the over before she came over! Kaylynn entered the house, unaware of the fire and couldn't escape It was truly devastating as I never got to play her despite Kaylynn being one of my favourite Sims. Don was extremely depressed as she was his true love, but of course, he couldn't show it because then his affair would be exposed. His house practically burnt down and he had to buy a ton of new furniture. Anyway, he has slept with a bunch of townies (and Angela Pleasant) here and there but has surprisingly only had one pregnancy so far, with Dina. Don is now living a 'happy' life with Dina and the toddlers, but he'll no doubt get bored and have many more offspring.

Oldie ~
The Oldie's lived a very peaceful life with the time they had left. Coral and Herb bought a small bungalow and recited there until they were reaching the very end of their lives. Herb was very old now, and they moved in with their daughter and family - The Pleasant's. Their family loved them, even Lilith who practically hates everyone. Soon, Herb died of old age in the night and Coral was by his side. Of course, Mary-Sue was devastated, but she knew it was only a matter of time. On the other hand, Coral's death was not so 'peaceful'. It was Angela and Lilith's birthday party and whilst there was a HUGE party going on downstairs, with lots and lots of guests, Coral was upstairs by herself when she passed away. No one knew where she was until Angela came upstairs to her room to get something (Coral & Herb had been sleeping here and Angela with Lilith). She found Coral's body and immediately told Mary-Sue. The party got cancelled (yikes!). But, although short, the Oldie's lived a good life in the time I had with them.

Pleasant ~
Daniel, Mary-Sue, Angela and Lilith were living a satisfactory life and the affair never got exposed (obviously) so Mary and Daniel lived happily together. But, with Daniel still secretly grieving over Kaylynn alongside his dissatisfaction with Mary-Sue, Daniel wanted more. He had a mini-affair with a townie named Shelby Barrett. She was kind of a prostitute as Daniel payed her, but he did love her kind of. Mary-Sue didn't get fired from her job and continued to bring in lots of money. Later, the couple both retired and lived a happy life together. Angela acted as the 'perfect' daughter in front of her parents, and the extremely favoured her over Lilith. Angela even went as far as beating up Lilith behind her parents back, and of course they believed whatever Angela had to say. So, she passed high school with perfect grades whilst Lilith only graduated with a D. Lilith was sick of her family and just wanted to escape and never see them again, so she simply left once she turned into an adult, leaving Angela and her dying parents behind. Angela felt extremely guilty and tried to amend their relationship, but Lilith didn't care about them anymore - she was out and living with Dirk. Daniel passed away at a very old age and Mary-Sue isn't far behind. Now though, desperate to give Mary-Sue a grandchild, Angela is pregnant with Dustin but it is a waiting game to see if Mary will see the baby or not.

The Bella Story ~
I really wanted to continue the Where's Bella? story line, so I did. The Goth's and almost everyone in the town have either never seen Bella or haven't seen her for years. But, someone in the town does know where she is and she knows everything. Being alien-hybrids, it just so happens Nina and Dina know just where Bella is. In fact, after being abducted by aliens at Don's deck, the aliens took Bella to Strangetown and she lived there with them for multiple years. But, the aliens found no use for Bella anymore, to they dumped her back in Pleasantview. Bella has lost all her memories and has no idea where she is or even who she is. Just by coincidence, Dina happened to stumble upon Bella and panicked. The Caliente sisters had been blamed for Bella's disappearance for years now, and Dina wanted her happy life to not be interrupted. So, Dina grabbed Bella, took to the the Caliente house and locked her in. Telling her she was Bella's sister, Bella believed her until she was locked away. This was around the time Nina gave birth, and being the kinder sibling, Nina showed Bella baby Aaron. Bella was very emotional and just wanted to know what was going on. Whilst Dina was at Don's house, Nina decided to let Bella go free and she drove her away from Pleasantview and told her nicely to never return. Nina told Dina that Bella must've escaped whilst she was at work, and Dina was furious and panicked. To this day, the Caliente sisters know that Bella is out there somewhere, but they don't know where and if she will return to Pleasantview.
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#653 Old 2nd May 2018 at 2:53 PM Last edited by LyleSnake : 2nd May 2018 at 3:08 PM.
Cassandra Goth: got left at the altar by Don Lothario (who didn't deserve her anyways) and then fell in love with her long time best friend Mary-Sue Pleasant. They got married and were so happy. Cassie built a good relationship with Lilith and didn't like Angela. Then Cassie caught Mary Sue cheating on her with Daniel Pleasant and moved back in with her family and took Lilith. She's an adult currently. After her dad died, she took on more of the motherly role to her brother along with Lilith. She was already doing this and was happy to do it. She taught Lilith to study (hopefully that will help her sucky grades!)

Mortimer Goth: got engaged to the Caliente girl who like him but died before he could get married. Built a good relationship with his two kids and Lilith before he died.

Alexander Goth: became a witch and has a lot of fun studying witch stuff. Has no time for romance between all of his studying but he does think Lilith is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. (Two teenagers attracted to each other living in the same mansion... What could go wrong?)

Daniel Pleasant: got caught cheating with the maid by Mary Sue and got kicked out. Moved in with his buddy Don Lothario and they had amazing parties. He was getting a lot of girlfriends but then realized that him and Don were perfect for each other. They fell in love and are engaged. But then Mary Sue fell in love with Daniel and so now he's stuck in a dilemma... Go back to the mother of his children, or stay with Don Lothario, a man after his own heart.

Mary Sue Pleasant: after catching her husband with the maid, she kicked him out and redecorated the house. She hates Lilith and doesn't care about Angela (mom of the year right? Ugh I'm so sick of this woman!). She then went on a dream date with Cassandra, her best friend since childhood, and they got married. Mary Sue didn't introduce Cassie to her kids before the wedding, and Lilith ran away right before it started. Mary Sue called the police AFTER the wedding to avoid making a scene (or maybe because she wanted Lilith to stay gone...). Then she and Daniel no longer hated each other and realized she missed him. They were kissing on the front step when Cassie came home from work and then Cassie moved out with Lilith. So now Mary Sue and Angela live alone in their big house.

Angela Pleasant: she's flying under the radar. She makes good grades and sneaks around with her boyfriend Dustin Broke. She's also rising in the Oceanography career track. (Honestly I find her so boring to play with)

Lilith Pleasant: (my favorite sim!) Sometime before the divorce, Lilith and Dirk went on a date and had their first woohoo. After her parents got divorced, her mother became insufferable, hitting her at the slightest infraction. When Mary Sue brought Cassandra Goth home to have a wedding, she wanted no part of it ("I'm not your flower girl!") and ran away. When she came home later that night, her mom hit her and yelled at her. Cassandra gave her a hug. That was when Lilith began to think of Cassandra as her mom. When Daniel and Mary Sue broke Cassandra's heart, Lilith (who is a nice sim when people treat her right) helped her feel better. She moved with Cassie to the Goth house and is loving having a family who is kind to her and interested in her. She's motivated to do well in school since the Goths value education, and even asked Cassie for help with her homework. She hasn't talked to Dirk in a long time, though.

Don Lothario: he has a kid by one of the Caliente's who he hasn't met. He left Cassandra Goth at the altar because he didn't want to be tied down. When Daniel Pleasant moved in, they both thought it would only be temporary. But then they realized how good roommates they are and made some permanent space for him. Don fell for Daniel quickly and *hard* too ("I've never felt this way about anyone before..."). Don flirted with Daniel frequently and eventually Daniel fell in love with him back. They went on a wonderful date at the community pool, and while there, the maid AND one of the Caliente sisters were there and gave both of them a slap. Don wants nothing more than to settle down with Daniel. He doesn't know about Mary Sue.

Caliente sisters: the fortune aspiration one got engaged to Mortimer but he died before they could tie the knot. She got nothing from his life insurance. The romance one has a kid by Don Lothario (can't remember what I named them). I redecorated their house. That's really it because I've been focused on Lilith and Cassandra.

Burbs: The wife died in a mysterious pool ladder incident and John is too depressed to be a good father. Lucy takes care of herself. She got good grades even after her mom died. She's nice to everyone she meets, but she's dying inside. John went to a widow's support group and met Brandi Broke. Maybe there's something there...

Broke family: Brandi is very pregnant with her third son. Dustin ditches school a lot to care for his brother, Beau. Brandi met Cyd (a Pets expansion guy with a dog named Porthos) and they're currently dating. She still lives in her trailer with her two (soon to be three) sons.

Dreamer: I made the dad get a job because he's not a very good painter. Dirk is a boring teen. He doesn't seem like a good match for Lilith, or anyone really. Now that Cassandra is available again, Darren (or was it Darryl?) might make his move...

Oldies: moved them into a cabin in the woods and never played with them.
Test Subject
#654 Old 6th May 2018 at 1:47 AM
I have been playing in Pleasantview a bit, and I did something very interesting with the Pleasant family.
Mary Sue: Got fired from her job, breakup with husband, and died in a fire.
Daniel: Married Kaylynn Langerak, got her pregnant.
Angela: Unfortunately died in a fire.
Lilith: Unfortunately died in a fire.
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