The Mendoza ISBI

Idiots do it their way


Chapter 4.10 The Big Move

Hello dear readers, hope you are all well.  Let’s kick things off with the results of the heir poll.

Gen 5 heir poll

I can announce that with 50% of the vote Susan will be the next torch holder

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So last time Susan and Romana became teens, Koi became an adult and Magrat mourned the loss of her beloved Melon.

We kick things off this time with Magrat retiring.


Magrat: Hello, I would like to retire.  Being Empress of Evil doesn’t have the same edge anymore.

Susan: Dishwashers broken, again.


Magrat: *polite clapping & Confetti*


Grim: Welp I’d better go prepare for another reaping.  Be seeing you soon Magrat Mendoza.

(Her lifebar is full 😥 )

Melon: You will have another piece of Melon soon my love.

Well that’s comforting


OMG I love this girl! She is at level 4 in athletic already.


Susan: Go bother someone else, you’re making me loose my grip.

There are some glitches that just make me laugh! XD

Susan: It’s not funny from this angle. 😡


Aww mother & son bonding. ❤

Rory: So mum, how about letting me have another go at driving

Koi: No

Rory: Come on, I promise I won’t run any old ladies over this time.

Koi: That ‘old lady’ was your grandma.

Oops (I failed at getting a picture of this but just picture Magrat standing in the middle of the bonnett of a car! I was laughing too much to concentrate on pressing C)


This was such a great moment.  Grim playing with Seymour.

Grim: So we meet again.  Ate anyone interesting?

Seymour: No one that suits my delicate palette.


But what really put the icing on the cake was this.

Seymour: So what do you taste like?

Grim: I don’t have time for your childish games. *returns to wherever he came from*


Susan is not the only only skilling.  Martha now has a point in guitar and a point in drums.

Magrat: My grandkids are so talented. ❤

Melon & Magrat Grandchildren

Speaking of grandkids, this is how many Melon and Magrat have. Only one got Magrat’s skin colour, so sad. Guess the yellow skin genes are not as strong in my game as they were in Tam’s! XD


Romana: What do you mean no one voted for me. I demand a recount! 😡

Uh oh, someone is not taking the voting results well.

Romana: *glares*

*leaves room slowly*


Lucky: Wow, this far into the chapter already and this is the first picture you have of me?

Well, all you are doing currently is solving cases which is repetitive and would make for a boring chapter.  You still have a long slog before you get anywhere near completing your LTW.  You have another 15 cases to solve before Susan grows up.

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Proof that Magrat does leave the rocking chair on occasion! XD Also proof that Lucky does take a break from solving cases every no and then.

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Koi: What’s going on? Why is the house void of furniture?

Lucky: Well we are moving to a new town so most of it has been packed up.  I sold the rest.

I wanted to make the move before Martha became a YA and she is 3 days away from that so yeah we are moving.

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So with everything all packed up. Oh and I am taking 24Hourspar, Giggles, Ready Brek & their two children with us.  There is just too many other family members to take all of them. I need room in the new town for all the lovely handpicked sims I plan to drop in it.

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So with one final look at the Lucky Palms house we are off.

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Romana: Where in Llamas are we?

Welcome to Roaring Heights. So pretty ❤

Lucky: We appear to be on a beach.

Yes, this is your new home.  Wait hang on a bit.


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Tada! Yes I took the plunge and built a house from scratch.  I am really happy with it. 😀 I did have to resist using the awesome two level apartment I usually use when playing this town.

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This is the back.  There will be a nice barbeque/relaxing area on the lower deck eventually. I did have one all nicely done but the game crashed.

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All the gnomes make the journey across.  I have a couple of new ones by the looks of it.  I haven’t named them all yet as I am too lazy.

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All the pictures and paintings are intact as well.  I sold the personalised items so everyone now has a flower or a pot paint instead.  You may also notice the row of rocking chairs.  I took inspiration from other ISBIs such as this one for the basement.

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Before I kick out the hangers on I let Martha have some bonding time with her mother.  I used her one teen move to initiate socialising.

Martha: So did you enjoy the trip?

24Hourspar: It was ok but I am glad to have my feet the ground again.

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So after an epic water ballon battle bonding session I move the spares out.  (The other two teens are Ready Brek’s kids Whitney – renamed Wesley and Jan)

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Ready Brek: Well it was nice to get some face time again but all good things must come to an end.

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Magrat: Ah this is much better.  I can see myself spending many hours here.  (spoiler: She does!)

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Koi meanwhile has taking up drinking.

Koi: I have to deal with getting older somehow.

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Rory and Susan were still chucking water balloons at each other long into the evening.  Little creepy how a paparazzi showed up and kept snapping pics of them.  Nice outfit though.

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Lucky rolled a wish to learn fishing so hear she is, fishing.

Lucky: Got to make the most of living on the beach.


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Yay someone found the megaphone! XD


Susan: Oh I think I just wet myself.

Koi: *evil cackle*

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OK on to nicer things.  It’s Martha’s birthday!

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She doesn’t look all that different but I see a lot of Lucky in that face.

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So after a quick makeover Martha is the first to fly the nest.

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Martha: What?! I’m not the heir?

No you only got one vote.

Martha: You are kidding me, right?

Sorry Susan is just more popular than you.  Never mind though there will be a butt load of shiny new sims moving to town soon that you can get your claws into.

Well, that’s it for now.  I have to finish the house and repopulate the town so it may be a while before the next chapter but I will get a house tour up soon and an update on the new residents of Roaring Heights.

If I haven’t grabbed your sims yet and there is a sim you would like added there is still time.  Let me know in the comments section below.

Torch Holders: 3

Every birth: (+5) 15 x 5 = 75

Heir/Spouse Portrait: +5  8 x 5 = 40

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+25) 3 x 25 = 75

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll/deans list: (+5) 4 x 5 = 20

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 2 x 20 = 20

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 1 x 10 = 10

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 41 x 5 = 185

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Fires: (-5) 4 x 5 = 20

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 24 x 5 = 120

Total: – 65



Liebster Award

OMG I got nominated! Huge thanks to Autumnrain, author of I Hope to be Surrounded by Idiots & The Simple Life for nominating me. I always so my stuff as inferior compared to all the amazing blogs I have read so this means a lot, thanks. 🙂

OK, here are the rules


The Liebster Award is a chain award to help blogs that have a few followers get more. So win win!! 😀

1.) Post the award on your blog

2.) Thank the blogged who presented the award and link back to their blog

3.) Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to

4.) Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.

Right then nominations, this was so tough to narrow down. I wish I could nominate everyone.  Anyway here goes.

1. Different Winters by LilyShadowWriter –  I just couldn’t leave this off the list.  I absolutely love this and has to be one of the best DITFT stories I have ever read.

2. Cabernet ISBI by Loralie0512 – An amazing berry ISBI full of colourful and hilarious sims.  Really makes me laugh.  This is definitely one not to miss

3. The Moustachacy ISBI by Malin – I am so behind with this one but I absolutely love it.  The use of the moustache theme is a great touch.

4. A Stormborn Legacy by Undergroundedgar – This is such a great story. I just love the creative way she has used witches powers.

5. Rouke Epic Legacy by somebodysangel13 An Epic Legacy from the creator of the Malhoney WYDC. This one is so entertaining, I can’t get enough.

6. Light the Way to Heaven By Blamsart – One totally awesome story.  Honestly as soon as I found it I was completely hooked.  I read this every free moment I had till was caught up.  The way the story and the characters intertwine through the generations is inspiring.

Now on to Tam’s (Autumnrain’s) Questions:

1 What inspired you want to start a challenge?

I remember the first stories I read were the Chimeree Rainbow Legacy by Mariah and Alissa by Daisie.  After reading those and then stumbling on to so many more I just felt like I should give it a go.  It sounded like a fun thing to have a go at.

2 What inspired you to write a blog about it?

I do know where I first had the idea to start the Mendoza legacy.  It was after reading A Legacy of Thieves by Gem.  It was a different concept that I hadn’t come across before.

But apart from that I just wanted to share my love of simmy idiots with the world. Simples.


3 When do you have your most creative moments?

It varies, most of the time when I am writing these little sparks of creativity just happen.  I found that when I used to make jewellery too.  I find my most creative moments happen while I am being creative.

Oh and then there is that other time…but I don’t think you need to about hear that.  Not a mental image you need. XD

4 What do you like to do other than play the Sims?

You mean there is life outside of the Sims? Surely you jest! But seriously I love baking, which is great except my boyfriend just wants Chocolate Fudge Cake all the time! XD I have a cat, rabbit and two lizards that require a lot of attention but they are totally worth it.

5 What is your favourite quote?

Expect the unexpected.  It might seem childish but I first heard this in a anime called Cardcapter Sakura. I think it is very apt for the sims though, especially in an ISBI!


6 If you could pick between a million dollars or a year of nightmares, what would you choose?


7 What do you like most about your writing style?

I write as it comes to me. I have always found it easier this way.  This is why I am no good at proper stories. I suck at planning these things out, I just want to get stuck in.

8 If you could change one thing about your story/challenge what is it? And would you ultimately?

I often ponder if I should have just started the Mendoza Legacy as a ISBI right from the start but ultimately I am glad I did try the thief legacy and the change does not seem to have been received badly by those who read it.  In the end no one is perfect and it’s like anything else in life, if you don’t try something how do you know if you will like it or not.

9 What is your favourite item in TS3? Yep, you have to pick just one!

Oh this is so easy! It has got to be the cowplant! I love that thing.  😀

10 What is the weirdest thing you have misplaced when you just weren’t paying attention (ie. Oven Mitts in the fridge)?

Oh my there are so many it’s hard to pin it down to just one.  I guess the most recent one was the little cup for the washing detergant.  Instead of it being in the washing machine where I usually leave it, it was upstairs in the spare bedroom.  Why I left it in there I will never know.  Will I do it again? Probably.

11 Who was the first Sim you’ve ever made in CAS in TS3. Did you base them on anyone? 

It was so long ago when I made my first sim in sims 3 that I just can’t remember. It wasn’t based on anyone though I do know that much.

Ok so now I have to come up with questions for my nominees.  

1. Is there anything that has happened or hasn’t happened in your legacy/story/challenge that you regret?

2. What do you love most about writing your legacy/story/challenge?

3. What got you started playing sims?

4. Do you have a favourite sim from your legacy/story/challenge?

5. If you could take one thing from TS3 and make it real what would it be and why?

6. What was your favourite film as a child?

7. If you wasn’t writing a blog about the Sims is there anything else you would write about and why?

8. What do you like to do when you aren’t playing Sims.

9. Would you start a new legacy/story/challenge when your current one is done and would it be TS3 or TS4?

10. What is your favourite expansion?

11. And finally cats or dogs?

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Winterton Adoptacy Future


If you haven’t read chapter 4.4 yet this will contain spoilers so go and read that first.






If you have read the last chapter you will know that something awful happened. 😥


Danablu had a jet pack accident and unfortunately died.  Now in my original understanding of the rules this meant the immediate end of the legacy. 😥

However, upon re-reading the rules I noticed this passage.

‘If the bloodline is cut short by death, the challenge ends immediately.’

Now originally I took this to mean if the heir dies so does the legacy but then I started thinking.  Technically the bloodline is not dead as Danablu adopted Harmony before his death.  Plus Brie and Ricotta are still around.

I do not want this legacy to end so I am leaving it’s fate in the hands of you dear readers.  Vote in the poll below and help me decide what to do.  Here are your options


1) In a Game of Thrones approach Harmony becomes the next heir even though she is still young.  We move on to Generation 5 and the legacy continues.


2) Brie & Ricotta are technically Gen 4 spares.  Even though they have moved out I am pondering bending the rules and bringing one of them back to take Danablu’s place as Gen 4 heir.  If this happens Amilia will be kicked out.

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3) This could be considered as cheating. I either use one of the methods available in game to revive Danablu (including MC) or add him back to the household as a ghost and carry on with him as the heir.


4) Or if you are not one for bending the rules chose the option to end the Winterton Adoptacy for good. 😥

Now it’s up to you.  Vote wisely.


Generation 5 Heir Poll

Well it’s that time again.  Here is a reminder of the choices, vote for your favourite.

Voting card Martha Voting card Romana Voting card Rory voting card Susan



Chapter 4.9 Your Hunger is Amusing.

Hey there, another chapter coming your way.  Generation 5 is getting close now, there will be an heir poll after this chapter.

Last time Magrat reached the top of the criminal career and achieved her LTW on her own!! Rory grew up and other stuff happened.


Lucky is out doing her PI job.  She is actually on hold with someone.

Lucky: I hate hold music.

You and me both.

Suddenly the camera pans home and this happens. 😥


Melon: Mum? Is that you?


Death: OK which one of you wants the honour of joining me in the netherworld.

Melon: It’s not me, take her instead!



Melon: PLEEAASEE don’t take me away.

Death: Get up, this is embarrassing.


Melon: How about a mind meld first?

Death: *sigh* Is it too much to ask for them to just go quietly.


After all that Grimmy hung around and chatted online for a bit.



Bye Melon.  I’ll miss you.  (the megaphone is the only thing I could think of that related to his final career in the director’s branch of the film career)


Anyway on to happier things.  Susan & Romana’s birthdays. Romana is up first.

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Not bad, I can see a little Lucky in her but not bad

Magrat: How can you all celebrate when my beloved Melon is gone.


Susan is next.


Sadly this is the only picture I have of her before makeover.


Speaking of makeovers here is Romana as a teen.  Her new trait is Loves to Swim.



This is Susan as a teen. Her new trait is Dramatic.  I had to get a doctor who pattern in there somewhere and since her fav colour is blue it is more suited to her.


I always find it cute when the dog licks the sim when they are getting brushed.  This is the first time I have managed to get the picture right when it happens. 😀


Lucky was working out for an opportunity. Her athletic daughter decided to join her, in her swimwear.


In other news Emmie the pit monster claims another victim.  The ghost for this death btw is always drowning, even the pop up is for drowning. Lazy EA, lazy.


Oh yes, I discovered Martha has a hidden trait.


She’s an imaginary friend.  I think she inherited it from 24HourSpar.


I let her walk around the house like it for a bit but that face is so creepy so I changed her back.  You won’t be seeing her like this again, probably.


Magrat: I think you should do your bit and help with the cleaning.


Yeah that didn’t go over well.  These two are not on good terms anymore.


Lucky’s latest case involves this guy, Russell Tanner.  First she questioned him.


Then she dusted his home for prints.  I was disapointed that the family was actually home as I noticed Lucky had the option to break in.


Finally she had to go through the garbage.

Lucky: Can’t I have an assistant to do this bit.


Martha: Grandma, why so sad?



Magrat: I miss Melon. *sob sob*

Martha: There, there. It’s ok, You’ll see him soon.

Not sure that’s the best thing to say. :/


Seriously she does this all the time.  I felt she should keep the mourning moodlet but no I wish I hadn’t


This is just Martha setting a prank.  Nothing more to say, just liked her face here.


Rory: Aw English Lit is hard. Why does it have to be Shakespeare. Why can’t it be something I actually understand like Iron Man.

Romana: You are comparing Shakespeare to a comic?! I can’t even look at you right now.


Ooh someone found the guitar.  She actually stuck at it long enough to gain a skill level. 😀


Susan is cooking breakfast when there is a ton of leftovers in the fridge.

Susan: I don’t know how long that stuff’s been in there.


This makes perfect sense, the hydrophobic one wants to play in the waterfall.


Koi is still playing with the kids toys.  It’s cute to watch so I haven’t packed them away.


It’s Lucky’s first stakeout. How’s it going.

Lucky: Well I seem to be nicely camouflaged so my target shouldn’t see me.


And just were is your target?

Lucky: Well, you see…

No one turned up. 😦 Stakeout failed.


This is what happened on the second try.

RB: Hey sis, what are you doing?

Lucky: Don’t talk to me, I’m on a stakeout.  Move or you’ll ruin it.

Stakeout failed, again. 😦

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Um Susan won’t your parents catch you. They were both right there?

Susan: Relax, my target is closeby.

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Rory: Ah the perfect spot for some solo gaming.

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Whoopie Cushion: *Pppphhhhhhhhhfffffffffffttttttttt*

Rory: What the heck!

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OMG I love these kids. ❤

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Romana: Hungry now.

Magrat: I find your hunger amusing. *evil cackle*

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Yes, I forgot Koi’s birthday.

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She looks the same but is now going through a mid life crisis.  No problem with that, I don’t have to fulfil your wishes.

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Magrat: Listen there’s this film coming out at the weekend that I can’t miss.  Could you hold of on reaping me till after then?

Susan: Is she really making a deal with Grim?

Death: Listen lady, I already let one member of this household live way past his expiry date.  I am not doing that again.

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Stakeout try 4.

Oldguy: Is it just me or does that bush look oddly like a woman.

Teen: Never mind that. Just get this over with, I’m tired.

Lucky got what she needed, reported it to the police now I just have to wait for the appropriate time to do the second stakeout.

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Did I mention I love these kids? Martha is working on the car.

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Martha: This presentation is great, I should take some notes.

Ok that’s it.  Here are your choices for heir.

Voting card Martha Voting card Romana Voting card Rory voting card Susan

Heir poll will be up shortly.

Torch Holders: 3

Every birth: (+5) 15 x 5 = 75

Heir/Spouse Portrait: +5  8 x 5 = 40

Life Time Wish Achievements: (+25) 3 x 25 = 75

Each Sim that gets on Honor Roll/deans list: (+5) 4 x 5 = 20

Every 100,000 Simoleons : ( +20) 2 x 20 = 20

Each sim that reaches top of Career : (+10) 1 x 10 = 10

Accidental Deaths: (-10) 0

Social Worker Visits: (-15) 0

Passing Out: (-5) 41 x 5 = 185

Each Sim that failing school:  (-5) 0

Fires: (-5) 4 x 5 = 20

Fights: (-5) 0

Self Wettings: (-5) 24 x 5 = 120

Total: – 65