Out-takes, Gameplay and Storytelling notes, and other miscellaneous ramblings from behind the scenes at Richmond Sims.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Yeah, I've got a bug in my game....


I know I'm gonna go crazy tomorrow trying to figure out what's causing this... but it just cracks me up anyway :)




... meanwhile, since actual gameplay was impossible, I created a blog for my neighbourhood... this one will stay around for testing and experimenting purposes (I'm still getting the hang of this), but the 'real' one will be here: Richmond Sims.
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Intro

At the moment, this is a blog-to-be... my decision to start blogging my Sims2 neighbourhood, Richmond, was prompted by The Samantha Bradshaw Project, and I'm going to start the blog when Samantha arrives in Richmond.  It'll be her story initially, it will just happen to be set in the neighbourhood I know well through about a year of gameplay with it.  I'll introduce the residents as Samantha meets them, and gradually their stories will emerge, and continue once she moves on.

In the meantime, I might make a few general posts about the town, and about my play style, although probably not much, as I want to introduce it from Samantha's point of view.  So not much happening here, at least not until Samantha arrives.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Thomason/Go Family - Redwood City


Vivian Thomason
Age: Adult
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Marry off 2 children
Career: Social Worker - Domestic Violence Counsellor
Romantic: Partner - Tosha Go
Family: Mother Allyn Pitts, Step-father Ashley Pitts; Half-siblings Joshua and Ivy Pitts


Tosha Go
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Become Education Minister
Career: Education - Substitute Teacher
Romantic: Partner - Vivian Thomason
Family: Sister Angel Go

Centowski Family - Richmond




Alex Centowski

Age: Adult
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Become Game Designer
Career: Gamer - Guild Leader
Romantic: Married – Jane Centowski
Children: Janie, Kimberley, Christopher, Jacob and Kathryn (twins), Orlando.
Other Family: Parents Kyle and Willow Centowski; Siblings Kyla (twin), Rose Green and Lily Jung.

Jane Centowski
(Jane Stacks)
Age: Adult
Asp: Family
LTW: Graduate Three Children from College
Career: Stay at Home Parent.
Romantic: Married - Alex Centowski

Children: Janie, Kimberley, Christopher, Jacob and Kathryn (twins), Orlando.

Christopher Centowski
Age: Child
Education: Private School - weekday boarder
Parents: Jane and Alex Centowski
Siblings: Janie, Kimberley, Jacob, Kathryn, Orlando.

Janie Centowski

Age: Child
Education: Private School - weekday boarder
Parents: Jane and Alex Centowski
Siblings: Christopher, Kimberley, Jacob, Kathryn, Orlando.



Kimberly Centowski

Age: Child
Education: Private School - weekday boarder
Parents: Jane and Alex Centowski
Siblings: Janie, Christopher, Jacob, Kathryn, Orlando.

Jacob Centowski

Age: Toddler
Parents: Jane and Alex Centowski
Siblings: Janie, Christopher, Kimberly, Kathryn (twin), Orlando.


Kathyrn Centowski
Age: Toddler
Parents: Jane and Alex Centowski
Siblings: Janie, Kimberly, Christopher, Jacob (twin), Orlando.

Orlando Centowski
Age: Baby
Parents: Jane and Alex Centowski
Siblings: Janie, Kimberly, Christopher, Jacob, Kathryn

The Founding Family


Richmond started out as Pleasantview, until I moved in a CAS family who completely took over the story....  Most of my current playable sims are descended from this family.  I'll list them here as a way of explaining who is descended from which branch of the family and where some of the names come from.


James Green had a son, Chris.  Chris married Helen.

Chris and Helen Green had 5 children, Becky, Jamie, Gretchen (a), Ben and Serder (a).

Becky married Ashley Pitts. Children: Ashley and Jami (twins), Helen Cooke, Grace Gold.  After Ashley died, Becky remarried to Joe Graham.
Descendants - Pitts, Cooke, Gold, and London families.

Jamie married Sarah.  Children: Luke and Jenna. They divorced and Jamie remarried to Mary Sue Pleasant. Children: Susan.
Descendants - Green and Roseland families

Gretchen married Orlando Centowski. Children: James, Kyle, Douglas (a), Ruth Cadey, April Bertino, Sheila (a) Ruben.  After Gretchen died, Orlando remarried to Nancy McBride.
Descendants - Centowski, Cadey, Bertino, Ruben, Bonaccord, Beare, Kauffmann, Green, Jung families (yeah, there's a lot of them!)

Ben married Marisa. Children: Jamie and Alvin (a).
Descendents - Green families

Serder married April Hutchins.  Children: Cory, Chris and Aaron (twins).  Serder remarried to Brandi Broke.  Children: Helen.
Descendents - Green and Deppiesse families



Centowski Family - Richmond



Kyle Centowski
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Own two top level businesses
Career: Business Owner - Pearls of Wisdom Bookstore
Romantic: Married, Willow (Wade)
Children: Rose Green, Lily Jung (twins), Kyla Bonaccord, Alex Centowski (twins)
Other Family: Parents - Gretchen and Orlando Centowski; Siblings - James, Douglas, Ruth Cadey, April Bertino, Sheila Ruben.
Significant Friends: Ashley Pitts.

Willow Centowski
(Willow Wade)
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Graduate 3 children from College (fulfilled);
Career: Oceanography - Protector of Whales
Romantic: Married, Kyle Centowski
Children: Rose Green, Lily Jung (twins), Kyla Bonaccord, Alex Centowski (twins)
Significant Friends: Allyn Pitts


Gavin Newson
Age: Adult
Asp: Fortune/Family
LTW: Become Business Tycoon
Career: Employee - Pearls of Wisdom Bookstore
Romantic: Married/Seperated, April Green
Other Family: Mother - Gloria Newson; Foster Parents: Kyle & Willow Centowski; Siblings - Ginger Graham, Gabriella, Gallagher, Garrett and Georgia


Georgia Newson
Age: Teen
Asp: Fortune
LTW: Own 5 top-level businesses
Education: Public School
Family: 
Mother - Gloria Newson; Foster Parents: Kyle & Willow Centowski; Siblings - Gavin, Ginger Graham, Gabriella, Gallagher and Garrett (twin)
Significant Friends: Hope Kauffmann


Garrett Newson
Age: Teen
Asp: Family
LTW: Become Captain Hero
Education: Public School
Family:  Mother - Gloria Newson; Foster Parents: Kyle & Willow Centowski; Siblings - Gavin, Ginger Graham, Gabriella, Gallagher and Georgia (twin)
Romantic: Going Steady - Hope Kauffmann

2025:


Kyle and Willow's Family, Christmas 2024:



Back: Sam holding Noah; Rose, Cory, Vince, Lily, Remus holding Krysti, Kyla holding Cole
Centre: Corinne, Raine, Willow, Kyle, Janie, Kimberly
Front: Amber, Victoria, Kathryn (kneeling), Jane holding Orlando, Alex, Brandon, Jacob, Christopher (back)

Centowski Family - Redwood City


James Centowski
Age: Elder
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Have 6 grandchildren (fulfilled); Max 7 Skills
Career: Law – The Law
Romantic: Married, Marla Biggs
Children: Cherry, Hayley Kauffmann, Laine Cameron, Jamie
Other Family: Parents Gretchen and Orlando Centowski; Siblings Kyle, Douglas, Ruth Cadey, April Bertino, Sheila Ruben.
Significant Friends: Ashley Pitts.

Marla Centowski
(Marla Biggs)
Age: Elder
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Become City Planner (fulfilled);
Career: Retired from Architecture ( City Planner)
Romantic: Married, James Centowski
Children: Cherry, Hayley Kauffmann, Laine Cameron, Jamie

Jamie Centowski
Age: YA
Asp: Family
LTW: Have 2 grandchildren
Education: Student, RCT.  Major - Undeclared
Romantic: Engaged – Meadow Thayer; ex-girlfriend Angel Go
Children: Harrison Thayer Centowski
Other Family: Parents - James and Marla Centowski; Sisters - Cherry, Hayley Kauffmann and Laine Cameron.

Meadow Thayer
Age: YA
Asp: Family
LTW: Reach Golden Anniversary
Education: Student, RCT.  Major - Literature
Romantic: Engaged – James Centowski
Children: Harrison Thayer Centowski
Significant Friends: Angel Go

Harrison Thayer Centowski
Age: Baby

Family: Parents Meadow Thayer and Jamie Centowski



Older Pictures:

2024

Samantha Bradshaw





Well, Samantha's arrived in Richmond... here's how she looks in my game.



We spent a bit of time sorting out her personality, interests, etc... oh, yeah, and her gender preference, since Laura has already established her as straight, but my ACR disagreed :)  .  Anyway, she's worked out her priorities:



We went for a walk around a few community lots and met some of the locals...









I guess when you're fresh out of CAS there's not a lot to talk about, other than yourself.

Just for the hell of it, this is where I decided to have her scope the room... she has now distinguished herself as the first sim in my game, as far as I can remember, to make five men go glowy in one room! (No pictures of the event because it could gives some of my story away before I even start it :)  ).  Four were married, and the fifth made me go, holy crap...

I think she's going to have an interesting time here! :)

We passed most of the day exploring the town...




Not much happening here... even the DJ has walked off.



Oh, man, not another one!

 

I don't know if she even got the chance to talk to him... all her needs were low by now so I sent her home.  I left her happily cooking dinner, left the game running and went to do some r/l stuff myself... I figured she could take care of herself for a few minutes, but when I came back...




Excuse me, you did what?!?! 

Gordon = random townie guy she met about an hour ago.  Shouldn't you actually speak to him or something first??

As it turned out, he never actually came.  And she got sick of waiting in the rain...




Note to self: must buy more entertainment items for apartment... :)


Green Family - Bluewater Village



Ben Green
Age: Elder
Asp: Fortune/Family
LTW: Become Hall of Famer (fulfilled); Have 6 grandchildren
Career: Retired; formally Hall of Famer
Romantic: Widowed – Marisa Green; Married – Florence Green
Children: With Marisa - Jamie, Alvin (a)
Other Family: Parents Chris and Helen Green (a); Siblings Becky Pitts, Jamie Green, Gretchen Centowski, Serder Green; Foster Daughter Whitney Leive

Florence Green
(Florence Delarosa)
Age: Adult
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Max out 7 skills
Career: Business Owner - Just Flowers and More
Romantic: Married - Ben Green
Other Family: Foster Daughter Whitney Leive

Whitney Green
(Whitney Leive)
Age: Child
Parents: Ben and Florence Green
Education: Public School, Bluewater Village
Significant Friends: Katie Kauffmann

Older Pictures

2026

Ben Green's Family - Ben and Florence's Wedding, 2025


Back: Serder, Brandi, Ben, Florence
Front: Alvin holding Jason, Suzie, Daniel, Elle, Jamie




Roseland Family - Richmond




Susan Roseland
(Susan Green)
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Pleasure
LTW: Graduate 3 children from college
Career:Stay at home parent
Romantic: Married - Cyd Roseland
Children: Oliver
Other Family: Parents Jamie and Mary Sue Green; Half-siblings Luke and Jenna Green, Angela Broke and Lillith Green
Significant Friends: Helen Deppiesse

Cyd Roseland
Age: Adult
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Own two top level businesses
Career: Business Owner - Pawz Pet Store
Romantic: Married - Susan Roseland


Oliver Roseland
Age: Toddler
Family: Parents Cyd and Susan Roseland

Green Family - Richmond




Aaron Green
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Become Education Minister
Career: Education - High School Principal
Romantic: Relat
ionship - Marsha Bruenig; Married - Mari Green
Children: With Marsha - April; With Mari - Riley, Joel (twins), Marina, Jody (twins)
Other Family: Parents Serder Green and April Hutchins; Step-mother Brandi Green; Siblings Cory and Chris (twin); Half-siblings Helen Deppiesse, Allie Phoenix; Step-brothers Dustin Broke, Beau Broke, Ethan Broke.

Mari Green
(Mari London)
Age: Adult
Asp: Family
LTW: Become Captain Hero
Career: Stay at home parent
Romantic: Married – Aaron Green
Children: From previous relationship - Steven; With Aaron - Riley, Joel (twins), Marina, Jody (twins)
Other Family: Brother Randy London


Riley Green
Age: Teen
Asp: Fortune
LTW: Become Game Designer
Education: Public School
Family: Parents Aaron and Mari Green; Siblings Joel (twin), Marina and Jody; Half-siblings Steven and April
Significant Friends: Maggie Kauffmann


Joel GreenAge: Teen
Asp: Knowledge
LTW: Become City Planner
Education: Public School
Family: Parents Aaron and Mari Green; Siblings Riley (twin), Marina and Jody; Half-siblings Steven and April
Romantic: Going Steady - Maggie Kauffmann

Marina Green
Age: Child
Education: Public School
Family: Parents Aaron and Mari Green; Siblings Riley, Joel and Jody (twin); Half-siblings Steven and April


Jody Green
Age: Child
Education: Public School
Family: Parents Aaron and Mari Green; Siblings Riley, Joel and Marina (twin); Half-siblings Steven and April




Gold Family - Redwood City





Grace Gold
(Grace Pitts)
Age: Adult
Asp: Fortune/Family
LTW: Become Hall of Famer (fulfilled);Earn 100,000
Career: Athletic - Hall of Famer
Romantic: Married - Richard Gold
Children: Richard and Alan (Twins), Lewis
Other Family: Parents Ashley and Becky Pitts; Siblings Ashley Pitts, Jami Jakobsens, Helen Cooke; Half sister - Allie Phoenix

Richard Gold
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Become Education Minister
Career: Education - High School Teacher
Romantic: Married - Grace Gold
Children: Richard and Alan (Twins), Lewis

Vijayakar/Centowski Family - Twikki Island




Talin Vijayakar


Age: Adult
Asp: Family
LTW: Reach Golden Anniversary
Career: Entertainment - Stand Up Comedian
Romantic: Relationship - Cherry Centowski

Cherry Centowski


Age: Adult
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Become Space Pirate
Career: Law - International Corporate Lawyer
Romantic: Steady/broken up - Bill King; Married/Divorced - Kevin Beare; Relationship - Talin Vijayakar
Children: (With Kevin) Autumn, Thomas, Alana, David
Other Family: Parents - James and Marla Centowski; Siblings - Hayley Kauffmann, Laine Cameron and Jamie Centowski

Tarro Family - Richmond


Candice Tarro
Age:Adult
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Max 7 Skills
Career: Employee - Cafe Petite
Romantic: Married - Danny Tarro
Children: Clare and Ellen (twins)
Other Family: Brother Brandon Marsh
Significant Friends: Penny Tarro, April Bertino

Danny Tarro
Age: Adult
Asp: Family
LTW: Graduate Two Children from College
Education: Dropped out of SSU
Career: Employee - Cafe Petite
Romantic: Married - Candice Marsh. Ex-girlfriend - Ivy Pitts; 
Children: (a) Claire and Ellen Tarro.
Other Family: Mother - Ann Tarro. Aunt - Penny Tarro, sisters Anna and Belle Tarro
Significant Friends: Alan Gold, Anna Phoenix

Anna Tarro
Age: Child
Education: Public School
Family: Mother Ann Tarro; Aunt Penny Tarro; Siblings Danny and Belle Tarro

Arabelle 'Belle' Tarro
Age: Child
Education: Public School

Family: Mother Ann Tarro; Aunt Penny Tarro; Siblings Danny and Belle Tarro

Clare Tarro
Age: Toddler
Family: Parents Candice and (a)Danny Tarro; Sister Ellen Marsh

Ellen Tarro
Age: Toddler
Family: Parents Candice and (a)Danny Tarro; Sister Clare Marsh

Previous Pictures:

2025:

2024:




SSU - Pitts Family's House

The house where many of my SSU students live was originally the university home of Ashley and Jami Pitts, and Jami's then-boyfriend, Ashley's friend Randy London.  They were later joined by James Centowski and Marla Biggs, and eventually their younger siblings and other members of the Pitts/Green/Centowski family.  I imagine the house still belongs to the Pitts family, although many other students, relatives and otherwise, have lived there since.




Ivy Pitts
Age: YA
Asp: Knowledge/Popularity
LTW: Become Education Minister
Education: Student, SSU.  Major - Literature
Romantic: Ex-boyfriend -  Danny Tarro
Family: Parents Ashley and Allyn Pitts; Half-siblings Becky Kauffmann, Elle Green, AJ Pitts, Alicia Dreamer,Joshua Pitts, Vivian Thomason.
Significant Friends: Richard Gold, Anna Phoenix, Amaya London, Danny Tarro, Angel Go

Joshua Pitts
Age: YA
Asp: Family
LTW: Marry off two children
Education: Student, SSU - Major - Art
Romantic: Steady - Lora Toyonaga
Family: Parents Ashley and Allyn Pitts; Sister Ivy Pitts; Half-siblings Becky Kauffmann, Elle Green, AJ Pitts, Alicia Dreamer, Ivy Pitts, Vivian Thomason.
Significant Friends: Nicky Phoenix

Alan Gold
Age: YA
Asp: Knowledge
LTW: Become Media Magnate
Education: Student, SSU.  Major - Literature.
Romantic: Engaged - Julie Beckett
Family: Parents Grace and Richard Gold, brothers Richard (twin) and Lewis Gold

Lora Toyonaga
Age: YA
Asp: Family
LTW: Become Captain Hero
Education: Student, SSU.  Major - Criminal Justice
Romantic: Steady - Joshua Pitts

Nicky Phoenix
Age:YA
Asp: Popularity
LTW: Become Mayor
Education: Student, SSU. Major - :Political Science
Family: Parents Jimmy and Allie Phoenix, sister Anna
Significant Friends: Joshua Pitts, Dennis and Kevin Waters

Julie Beckett
Age: YA
Asp: Knowledge
LTW: Become Chief of Staff
Education: Student, SSU.  Major - Biology
Romantic: Engaged - Alan Gold
Significant Friends: Anna Phoenix


Angel Go
Age: YA
Asp: Popularity
LTW: 
Education: Student, SSU. Major - undeclared
Family: Sister - Tosha Go
Significant Friends - Meadow Thayer, Jamie Centowski, Marie Centowski

Previous Pictures:

2025-26



2024-25



Angel at RCT, 2024

Ruben Family - Redwood City



Sharla Ruben
(Sharla Ottomas)
Age: Adult
Asp: Popularity/Fortune
LTW: Become Mayor
Romantic: Married/Divorced - Cory Green. Relationship - David Cadey. Married/Seperated - Joshua Ruben.
Children: With Cory - Samantha (Sam) Green. With David - Melissa Green. With Joshua - Shane
Other Playable Family: Parents Samantha and Peter Ottomas; Brothers David, Tommy & Peter. Sister: Dee,

Shane Ruben
Age: Toddler

Family: Parents Joshua and Sharla Ruben; sisters Sam Green and Melissa Green.

Previous Pictures

2025




Pitts Family - Richmond




Ashley Pitts
Age: Elder
Asp: Knowledge/Family
LTW: Become Chief of Staff (fulfilled)
Career: Medicine - Chief of Staff (retired); Emergency Medical Technician
Romantic: Married/Divorced - Jordan (Alioto) Johnson; Married - Allyn (Thomason)
Children: With Jordan - Becky Kauffmann, Elle Green (a), AJ Pitts and Alicia Dreamer (twins); With Allyn - Joshua Pitts, Ivy Pitts (a).  Step-daughter Vivian Thomason.
Other Family: Parents Ashley and Becky Pitts; Siblings Jami Jakobsens (twin), Helen Cooke, Grace Gold; Half sister - Allie Phoenix
Significant Friends: James Centowski, Randy London, Kyle Centowski

Allyn Pitts
(Allyn Thomason)
Age: Elder
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Become Ecological Guru (fulfilled)
Career: Natural Science - Ecological Guru
Romantic: Married - Ashley Pitts
Children: From previous relationship -Vivian Thomason; With Ashley - Joshua Pitts, Ivy Pitts (a). 
Significant Friends: Willow Centowski, 

Previous Pictures

2025


Johnson/Beare Family - Richmond




Jay Johnson
Age: Adult
Asp: Family
LTW: Graduate two children from College
Career: Employee - Richmond Garden Supplies
Romantic: Relationship - Autumn Beare
Family: Parents Jordan and Matthew Johnson (a); Sister Lisa Johnson; Half-Siblings Becky Kauffmann, Elle Green, AJ Pitts, Alicia Dreamer.

Autumn Beare
Age: Adult
Asp: Family
LTW: Become Captain Hero
Career: Law Enforcement - Desk Sergent 
Romantic: Relationship - Jay Johnson
Family: Parents Cherry Centowski and Kevin Beare; Siblings Thomas, Alana, David; Half-siblings Isaac and Shannon

Green Family - Richmond





Green Family - Richmond


Cory Green
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Reach Golden Anniversary
Career: Employee/Manager – Pearls of Wisdom Bookstore
Romantic: Married/Divorced – Sharla (Ruben); Married – Rose Green
Children: With Sharla - Samantha (Sam); With Rose - Corinne and Noah
Other Family: Parents Serder Green and April Hutchins; Step-mother Brandi Green; Siblings Chris and Aaron; Half-siblings Helen Deppiesse, Allie Phoenix; Step-brothers Dustin Broke, Beau Broke, Ethan Broke.

Rose Green
(Rose Centowski)
Age: Adult
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Marry off six children
Career: Education - Elementary School Teacher
Romantic: Married – Cory Green; several previous relationships
Children: Corinne and Noah
Other Family: Parents Kyle and Willow Centowski; Siblings Alex Centowski, Kyla Bonaccord and Lily Jung (twin).

Melissa Green
Age: Teen
Asp: Family
LTW: Marry Off Two Children
Education: Public (ex-private) School
Family: Mother Sharla Ruben; biological father David Cadey; legal father Cory Green; half-siblings Samantha Green, Shane Ruben, (David's children)
Significant Friends: Thomas Beare, Julia McDonald.


Corinne Green
Age: Child
Education: Public School
Family: Parents Cory and Rose Green; brother Noah, half-sister Sam

Noah Green
Age: Child
Education: Public School
Family: Parents Cory and Rose Green; sister Corinne, half-sister Sam

Previous Pictures:

2025


Brandi Green - Richmond



Brandi Green
(Brandi Broke)
Age: Elder
Asp: Family
LTW: Graduate three children from college (fulfilled)
Career: Employee - Richmond Art and Gifts
Romantic: Married/Widowed – Skip Broke; Married/Widowed – Serdar Green
Children: With Skip - Dustin, Beau and Ethan; With Serdar - Helen Deppiesse

Older pictures:

2025


Serdar's family, Christmas 2025



Back: April Newson; Christine, Anna and Chris Green, with Jessica; Leo Depiesse; Aaron & Mari Green; Cory & Sam Green. Second/Sitting: Riley Green; Marsha Green; Helen Depiesse; Brandi & Serdar Green; Rose, Corinne & Noah Green. Front/Floor: Joel Green; Kody & Steven London (Mari’s son), with Stacey in front; Marina & Jody Green; Lizzie Bonacorrd.


Helen's Wedding, 2025



Aaron, Chris and Cory Green; their father Serdar Green; Helen Green Depiesse; Brandi Green; her sons Dustin, Beau and Ethan Broke.

Obituary - Serdar Green

Serdar Green 1950 - 2026
Serdar Green

Age: Elder
Asp: Family/Knowledge
LTW: Become Business Tycoon (fulfilled)
Career: Retired; formally Business Tycoon
Romantic: Married/Separated/Widowed – April Hutchins; Married – Brandi Green
Children: With April - Cory, Chris and Aaron (twins); With Brandi - Helen Deppiesse
Other Family: Parents Chris and Helen Green (a); Siblings Becky Pitts, Jamie Green, Gretchen Centowski, Ben Green