The Mendoza ISBI

Idiots do it their way


Chapter 2.2 Not what I expected

Hi, welcome to another chapter, things start to get a bit more interesting now. YAY! I am so glad I changed this to an ISBI It is a LOT more fun to play.


Maya: I agree, I like my life. Woo!

Why the confetti? You know you have to clean that up right?

Maya: I’m just living in the moment.

No, you just won 100 simoleons on the lotto.

Maya: Yes and I’m having the time of my life!


Maya rolled a wish to go jogging so I sent her into town.  While out she ran into this guy just standing around on the central reservation.  I was suprised to see he was the same Nolan Parsons that was previously a paparazzi.  He is now a proprietor.

Nolan: Hey baby.

Maya: Uh hi.  Aren’t you that reporter that likes to hang out on my lawn?

Nolan: I’m different now, I changed for you.

Maya: Wow, no one’s ever done that for me. *is in love*

I had no part in Nolan’s change.  Previous traits I knew of his were Loner and workaholic.  When Maya met him here his trait panel was blank.


Maya: Can I keep him?

Nolan: um, help

Ok why not, he does seem to like you more now.

Maya: YAY! I got myself a man!

Nolan: I am still here


Maya: Marry me and be mine forever?

Nolan: OMG the shiny!


Nolan: Sorry it’s just too fast.  I want to get to know you first.

Maya: *is crushed*


Maya: OK time for plan B.

My thoughts exactly.

Maya: So I get you won’t marry me yet but how about going steady and moving in with me?

Nolan: *pauses to consider options*

Maya: Come on I haven’t got all night. I have to work in the morning

Nolan: OK why not.  Sure lets do this.

*does a happy dance*

Nolan welcome card

So I gave Nolan a makeover, he looks a lot better now.  See what I mean by complete personality change!

For his first non controlled move he then spent the next 2 sim hours in front of the mirror.

Nolan: Man I look good.

Yes, great now how about those needs that are dropping?

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Nolan: Not to worry, I’m on it.

OMG he put himself to bed! :O

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The next morning Nolan finds the laptop in his inventory and whips it out to play chess. Aw look at him skilling on his own.  Shame it isn’t the skill he needs for his job in the culinary track.

Nolan: Just be grateful I am being productive.

Very true. No fails from this one…Yet.

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Here he is heading out on his first day of work.  Make me proud!

Nolan: I’m just working on not getting wet at the moment.


When the pair of them get home from work I decide it’s time to work on making an heir.

Nolan: I am hungry for you.

They head for the shower and shortly after I hear a joyous tune.

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Nolan: Well that was fun, hey what’s this?

That is the Gnubb set Maya wished for.

Nolan: Cool I bet I rock at it.

Bunnies: Help us!

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Nolan: *gets whacked on head* OW how come I suck so bad at this?

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It could have something to do with how low your energy bar is?

Nolan: It’s this game, there is no problem with me.

You keep telling yourself that.

He did put himself to bed again.  We’ll see if he can keep that up

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This by the way is Maya’s idea of fun.  Every time her fun bar is low she works out!

Maya: Keeping fit is fun!

Yes but you do that all the time!

Maya: Well I am a legacy heir, I have to make sure I look good.

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You don’t look that good here.

Maya: Give me a break the sink just broke.

Then fix it dear heir.

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Maya: Maybe later time for work.

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Nolan: Who made all this mess?

:O He cleans! OMG he cleans!!!

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He even took the trash out. :O

Nolan: A clean home is a happy home.

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GlamPap: Wow he’s quite the catch.

Hands of missy, he’s taken. Also what is with the way this paparazzi is dressed.  She looks more like a celeb!

GlamPap: What so I can’t try and look good?

Not when you are trying to get your claws in Nolan.

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Maya fixed the sink when she got home and gained a handiness point. You go girl!

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Later on she woke up and threw up. YAY baby number one is on it’s way.  Um, the toilet is free and is only in the next room.

Maya: That’s too far.

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Nolan continues to impress me by cooking his own breakfast.  He burnt it but at least he didn’t burn the kitchen down.

Nolan: We all have to start somewhere.

Isn’t it a little dangerous cooking dressed like that.

Nolan: When you have a body as good as this why cover it up.


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Maya rolled a wish to grow ingredients for Autumn Salad so I sent her to the grocery store.

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She planted what she brought in her garden.

Maya: The ground is eating my hand!

No you just buried it.

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I will end with this lovely picture of Maya discovering she is pregnant.  (Note to self: change her pregnancy wear)

Torch Holders: 1

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+15) 0

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 0

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll: (+5) 0

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 0

Fires: (-5) 0

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 0

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 0



Chapter 2.1 New Beginnings

Hi! I know it’s been a long time but the Mendoza’s are back, well most of them.  As I mentioned before this is now an ISBI (I’m Surrounded By Idiots) legacy.  I am sure most of you already know how this works so I won’t go into great detail about it.

An ISBI challenge/legacy means I can only control one sim per generation.  All the rest must be left to free will.  There will be a few exceptions to this such as sending the sims to the dresser or mirror when a makeover is needed or getting them a job.

One final thing I hope you like the new banner and background.  The background is in Maya’s fav colour Aqua. (if your reading this after her gen is finished try to imagine it!)

OK I think that will do for introductions, lets meet our Generation 2 heir.

Maya welcome card

This is Maya, she doesn’t always look like that.  When she smiles she looks rather pretty but as you can see she is a coward and hates outdoors so she is not happy here.

Maya: I could have told you that.  Now build me a house already, I refuse to sleep under the stars.

It was good enough for your mother.

Maya: Well not for me. Get building.



Maya: Not bad, not bad at all.  *rushes inside*

I had to take the picture in build mode due to it being night time and therefore very dark. Also I allowed myself a budget of 10,000 simoleons to build this.  I used cheap options in regards to fixtures and fittings. I think I getting rather good at this house building lark. (I still fail at remembering to take pictures, I forgot to take a pic of the inside)

Maya: Never mind, they’ll see it soon enough.

You are definitely Jacklyn’s daughter.


Blimey she’s only just moved in and the paparazzi are here already (she is a level 1 celeb BTW).  This guy is called Nolan and he doesn’t look that bad so I send Jacklyn out to say hello.  She has already put herself to bed so naturally she goes outside in her underwear. (only in the sims!)

Nolan: Why do I get the nobodys, when will they give me a proper celeb to stalk.


Maya: Hi I’m Maya, What are you doing on my lawn?

Nolan: Oh I’m just here to watch your every move through your windows and photograph you.

Yeah because that’s not at all creepy.

Maya: I think you should leave.

Yeah they didn’t really get on she’s a party animal and he’s a loner.


The next day Maya heads off for graduation.  I didn’t realize I moved her out before that happened.  That’s how interesting I find it, but then since I live in England the whole concept of graduating from high school just seems a bit odd.

Maya: Are you still here?

Nolan: *pretends not to hear*


Maya: Well I’m bored what’s next? *rolls wish for party*

Oh yes I am now doing this fun little rule where I have to fulfill any wish the torch holder rolls so I guess it’s party time.


I invited her family and the few friends she has.  I don’t know who the shaggy guy next to Maya is, I didn’t invite him.

ShaggyGuy: I just want to feel loved.

Susannah: This is a nice house but you know you could have used more of your parents money and built a nicer house.

Maya: I know Auntie but this is what I wanted.


Guess who rolled a wish for Pizza.  Atta girl, can’t beat takeaway pizza, yum.

PizzaGirl: I have an idea why not come get the pizza as soon as I ring the doorbell.

Maya: Yeah, sorry about that.

She did try but everyone kept getting in her way.


Apollo: This pizza makes me feel like singing.

Maya: Please don’t.

Everyone else: You in my way I can’t get to the pizza.


Maya decides to confront the party crasher and tell him to leave.

Maya: This is a private party I think you should leave.

Miles: You heard the lady.

He is so protective of his baby sister.  He is always watching out for her. He actually joined in on his own, how sweet.


Maya: And then Miles punched him in the gut like this.

Susannah: yay!

Um, I don’t think that actually happened.

Everyone on sofas: Maya move we can’t see the telly.

The blonde on the sofa is Maya’s twin Mia. She is so pretty.


Aw look it’s nice to see the family doing something together.

Apollo: Shush they’re getting to the vote.  I want to see if this freak gets through to the next round. (reference to Britain’s Got Talent which is currently airing in UK)


I an attempt to find Maya a man I send her to the love day festival.  I don’t think this guy is right though. He looks like one of the guys from Three Men and a Baby.

Maya: Has this guy ever heard of personal space


After leaving the dance floor Maya runs into Miles who introduces her to his friend Javier.

Javier: It is nice to meet such a beautiful lady. (for some reason I imagine him with an exagerated Italian accent. Kind of like that guy from the simpsons.)

Maya: (I know he means well but he really isn’t my type)

I hear you.


So with no eligible batchelors at the park Maya spends the afternoon playing horseshoes with her brother.

Maya: YES I’m winning!!Screenshot-54

With Love Day over I get Maya a job in Business that she wanted.  Here she is on her first day.  Doesn’t she look happy.

Maya: *rolls wish to go indoors*

*wish fulfills in carpool*

That makes no sense to me but oh all easy LTR points.

I think I shall end it here.  Next time the madness truly begins.

Torch Holders: 1

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+15) 0

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 0

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll: (+5) 0

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 0

Fires: (-5) 0

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 0

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 0

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Updated downloads and generation two

Hi there, I know it has been a while since I did anything to this legacy and I am sorry for leaving it for this long.  As I mentioned before I didn’t get on well with the thief legacy and wanted to change it to something else.

I think the main reason the thief legacy didn’t work for me is due to all the restrictions and rules.  For me playing the sims is about the freedom you have to create whatever you want and putting restrictions on what you can and can’t do spoils it for me.  This is why it has taken so long to decide where to take this legacy next.  I have looked at many challenges and legacy ideas and read many stories relating to them.  Many I chose not to do because the list of rules about what you can and can’t do were stupidly long.  One challenge/legacy stuck out as a good and fun thing to do while still allowing the freedom I love.

I can now announce that from Generation two this will be an ISBI challenge.  I believe this will test me on letting my sims do whatever instead of controlling their every move.  I will be keeping a tally at the end of every chapter.

Jacklyn’s children have all grown up now, here’s what they look like.


This is Miles I think he looks a bit like Jacklyn

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This is Zak and Apollo. I think Apollo (in green) looks a LOT like Tobias.

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And finally the youngest Mia & Maya.  Mia is the blonde one and Maya the dark haired one. Aren’t they all a handsome bunch.  The download page will be updated to include their YA forms

Edit: The download page has been updated.