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Originally Posted by Peni Griffin
One of these days I'll send the Travellers on vacation.
I have three iterations of them, and I find that the key to enjoying them is to accept upfront that Trent is neuroatypical, and may well have a nonstandard sexual expression as well. If you try to treat him like other sims who think and react in more mainstream simmy ways, he's frustrating as all get out; but if you think of him as being on the spectrum, or perpetually stoned out of his gourd, or something like that, it's easier to be patient with him.
He's doing very badly in Drama Acres, where he had a breakdown after Trisha left him for Julien Cooke. She's still fond of and concerned for him, but he's asexual and autistic, and she needed things he didn't have and refused to learn to get. He can hold down a job, but he's had a lot of public conversations with Professor von Ball, and seems to labor under the delusion that she's coming back - he rolls more wants for her now than he did when they were together, when I would eagerly get him to fill any wants he rolled for her, and they would immediately roll away to be replaced with wanting to go to Takemizu, gain a skill point he didn't need for promotion, or buy a hobby station he was never going to use. He also does things like crashing Trisha and Julien's son's birthday party and going around pounding his chest at the other guests. Tina, who is Popularity, has skipped University to keep an eye on him. She's Daddy's girl to the hilt.
Trent's doing rather better in Widespot, where I flat-out changed the turn-ons and beefed up the relationship as much as I could. He's not asexual there, and I don't think he's autistic, but he's squirrelly. He and Trisha live in an apartment and run a business - a bookstore/beauty salon/ice cream parlor - and have had twins. He and Mary Gavigan, in the same complex, are clearly in lust, and Trisha is ready to ditch Trent and grab Nathan if they ever go through with that, but this is my favorite iteration of Nathan so I don't think they will. This Trent is almost as idiosyncratic in his want-rolling as Drama Acres Trent, but he's more autonomously affectionate and has a longer attention span. Tina has fewer daddy issues in Widespot. She's Fortune, resents being saddled with twin toddlers, and doesn't get to work in the store as often as she'd like.
The Strangetown Travellers are hippies whose car died by the side of the road, so they set up housekeeping in their rundown trailer. They always wear sunglasses because they're perpetually stoned. Trisha is about as high as Trent, but she's still the practical one, getting a job while Trent does crafts and tends a garden to sell things at a roadside stand. Stoned Trent is easily the most functional of the three - he and Trisha have a reasonably normal woohoo life, he stays on task pretty well, and he's not quite as bad about not rolling wants for achievable things as the others are. Tina is Romance here, and has a good relationship with her mother, but she clearly still thinks it's her job to look after Daddy instead of the other way around, autonomously serving meals when he gets hungry and things like that.
Trisha is consistently the sensible one, despite being a thoroughgoing partier. She rolls wants for hobbies, people, parties, and occasionally even necessary skills. She is not very good at autonomously making friends, but can get people she doesn't know very well to show up at her parties, and this makes her happy.
Someday, probably in a megahood or something, I'll send the Travellers on vacation before I play them in the hood proper, and see how that affects them.
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