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Mad Poster
#751 Old 8th Sep 2018 at 11:44 PM
Random question: what kind of cats and dogs, if any, do people think would work best for each of the Widespot families? Do you see a particular family as "cat people" or "dog people", or have any particular breeds in mind for particular families (or individual sims - perhaps one sim from a family loves Labradors and everyone else can't stand dogs?)? I would also be interested in what cats and dogs, if any, people think would work well for Peni's County family, who feature in Meadow Creek, if anyone has ever played them. I always recreate them so that they can live in Widespot instead. Oh, and the Ottomai!
Mad Poster
#752 Old 11th Sep 2018 at 7:41 PM
I give "farm" families a good, smart working dog, like a collie or shepherd. But poor, dirty, stupid Sims only adopt stray dogs; the big, dirty, bitey ones. Upper-crust families get beautiful, well behaved cats. I never let them get a pet just because they randomly roll a want for one. That play-boy doesn't REALLY want a puppy - maybe I'll just let one of his girl-friends leave him with a "woops" baby...serve him right. The only pets that work (how many do YOU know?!) are pure bred (show business?). If a really lower-class family want to pay attention to, and train, their big dog, AND they are really poor, their big dog could get a job in security.

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Original Poster
#753 Old 14th Sep 2018 at 4:37 AM
Well, obviously Rich Mann has a pampered, snow-white cat.

grammapat, all the working dogs I personally know/knew are service dogs. Who all live with the person they work for, because how else would they do their job? I basically don't use the pet careers, unless it's a challenge that requires them.

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Field Researcher
#754 Old 22nd Sep 2018 at 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by lauratje86
Random question: what kind of cats and dogs, if any, do people think would work best for each of the Widespot families? Do you see a particular family as "cat people" or "dog people", or have any particular breeds in mind for particular families (or individual sims - perhaps one sim from a family loves Labradors and everyone else can't stand dogs?)? I would also be interested in what cats and dogs, if any, people think would work well for Peni's County family, who feature in Meadow Creek, if anyone has ever played them. I always recreate them so that they can live in Widespot instead. Oh, and the Ottomai!


A bit of a late reply, but, in my mind: Lands and Beeches are dog people (big dogs for Lands, small ones for Beeches), Weisses and Harts are cat people. Manns are a difficult one - I think Rich was more of a cat person (but my Rich never had a cat), but his adopted son, Aden, is definitely a dog person. Junior's not really bothered either way. None of my Ottomai have ever had a pet, but if they did, I think they'd need both - it fits in with their chaos.

And Woody Weiss is the cattiest cat person who's ever lived! At one point he had six!

♫Cuz I don't have a home in this life, I have to roam. Got nowhere to lay my head, so I'll follow you instead, and set my gaze on the place I'm going to. Til then I'm homeless, but I'll roam with you...♫

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Inventor
#755 Old 23rd Sep 2018 at 3:35 PM
My pets are as random as the rest of my game. It's all inspired by random events in the game or issues that crop up in the way I play.

In the game, if sims roll a want or a stray happens by that seems interesting, I follow up and do what I can to let them choose and develop relationships.

As for how I play, at one point, I "got rid" of a lot of townies in Widespot by changing them to downtownies where there's no downtown attached.



In this case, though, one of the family bin sims (Cyd Roseland, now Cydney Rose, and Porthos) that I had planned to downtownify had a pet. I liked the idea of the sims wandering off "somewhere" on their own, but it didn't sit right with me to send the poor dog off on his own, so those two joined the community (turns out he's an old college chum of Nathan Gavigan and he's now joined the family in a poly relationship and Mary isn't sure which of them is the father...).

Anywho, these sims I had no intention of playing became important to the story in Widespot, because there was a random game-supplied dog that I didn't want to throw into the ether alone and the Gavigans were boring me.
Mad Poster
#756 Old 3rd Jan 2019 at 3:38 AM Last edited by lauratje86 : 3rd Jan 2019 at 7:50 AM.
So, I'm back again, still playing about with my Widespot head-canon. I have been wondering about maiden names for some of the Widespot sims, and I have also been coming up with parents/siblings for some of the older Widespotians :-) So far I have the following:

Daytona Beech has never been married, so Beech is her maiden name. Her parents' names were Lytham & Anne Beech. Hamilton's father was Basil Oldie (the older brother of Pleasantview's Herb Oldie), and Mary-Sue Pleasant and Tara Kat are Hamilton's half-sisters. Sandy Beech's maiden name is Shores. Her parents' names were Gulf & Adelaide Shores, and she has two brothers; Ephraim (older) and Lincoln (younger). Adelaide's maiden name was River. Sandy grew up in Widespot, but her brothers moved away when their parents had both died. The Shores household used to own the General Store, which they sold to Rich Mann when he moved to the area.

Valentine Hart was an only child, and his parents' names were Lion and Lotta Hart. His mother's maiden name was Love, and Demi Love (Pleasantview police officer NPC) & Sarah Love (from La Fiesta Tech) - I head-canon Demi & Sarah as sisters - are his first cousins once removed. Angel Hart's maiden name was Falls. Her parents' names were Fergus & Niagara Falls, and she has two younger siblings; a brother, Rock, and a sister, Wichita. Val grew up in Bigg City and Angel grew up in Belladonna Cove.

Homer Land's parents were Basuto & Naga Land. Beulah Land's maiden name was Hill. Her parents' names were Knapton & Beverly Hill, and she has three older sisters; Caitha, Churia and Coultra. Homer & Beulah both grew up in Bigg City and moved to Widespot when they eloped to get married against their parents' wishes.

Rich & Lana Mann were both only children. Rich's parents were Hench & Tilla Mann. Lana Mann's maiden name was Lakes. Her parents' names were Franklin & Kawartha Lakes. They both grew up in Bigg City and lived there until recently.

Skye Weiss's parents were Oldan & Adele Weiss. They died in a garden fire when he was still a teenager, and he lived on his own for four days before selling their family home, which was in Riverblossom Hills, and moving to university.

In my game I also make a CAS family for Sadie Wilkie (the cashier) and made her playable. I am considering changing her surname to Hawke for my next version of Widespot. In that case her parents would be called Chi-Leanne & Cooper Hawke, and Chi-Leanne's maiden name would've been Pidgeon. Cooper's parents' names were Rufus & Savannah Hawke, and he had an older brother named Black. Chi-Leanne's parents' names were King & Pink Pidgeon. Both of their families lived in Bigg City.

**ETA** Has anyone else come up with extended families, backstories etc for the Widespotians? I would love to read about them! :-)
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