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Alright, I freaked out again.  And this time uninstalled the Sims 3 and reinstalled the Sims 2.  I am never going back!
I have started the Royal Kingdom Challenge (entirely from memory).  I currently have 6 families.
1st is the Royal couple, King Alric & Queen Anne Bronin.  They had 6 children before the Queen died in childbed.  Only 4 of the children reached adulthood (Princess Anne, Princess Orella "Ella", Prince Albert, and Prince Magnus)
2nd is the noble Cromwell family, Earl Zachary & Lady Arabella.  They had 6 children also before Lady Arabella died in childbed.  4 of their children reached adulthood (Lady Constance, Lord Viktor, Lord Hektor, and Lady Clarissa)
3rd is the noble Danneville family, Earl Walter & Lady Sarah.  They had 9 children before Lady Sarah died in childbed.  6 of their children reached adulthood (Lady Godiva, Lord Ragnar, Lord Archibold, twins Lord Hagan & Lord Henry, and Lady Floria)
4th is the peasant Brown family, John & Margaret.  John and Margaret are farmers who welcomed only one child before Margaret died in childbed. John married another Margaret, Margaret Joynes.  They had a daughter also named Margaret.  He married again to Carolyn "Caryl" Zarubin.  They had no living children and Caryl died giving birth.  John then married Trista Shaw.  They currently have 1 child a son named Saul.  This means John has 3 living children: Solomon, Margaret, and Saul.
5th is the peasant Smith family, Aiden & Catherine.  Aiden and Catherine are also farmers who had 2 daughters (Christiana & Adela) together before Catherine's death.  Aiden then married Jane who gave him 4 healthy daughters (Alis, Elaisse, Lynne, and Kinna) before her death.  By this time Aiden's eldest daughter Christiana had reached sexual maturity and was carrying her father's child.  Aiden married young Christiana and they welcomed another daughter (Catherine).  Christiana died giving birth to her 4th child (Catherine is the only who survived infancy).  Aiden then seized the opportunity to marry is next eldest daughter Adela who was already heavily pregnant with a bastard child whose paternity was unknown.  Adela died in childbirth along with her baby daughter.  Aiden is now an elder and barred from marrying a childbearing woman.  He has 3 surviving children (Elaisse, Lynne, and Catherine)
6th is the peasant Strong family, Joseph & Lia.  Joseph and Lia are farmers who welcomed only one child before Lia died in childbirth.  Joseph then married ?  She died before baring any living children.  Joseph then married his 1st wife's cousin, Mary.  Joseph and Mary had twins, Malice & Mary, who took their mother's life at birth.

 
 
Well, I haven't even made it to the 2nd era yet and I've already knocked out the 4 eldest males in the Emperor family (the Fu family)...Fu made it to 71 years old and died of old age while a fire burned in the kitchen.  That fire then claimed the lives of PlantSim Uelmy & Ermy (Fu's oldest son & his mate), and Uelmy's two eldest sons (Essn & PlantSim Ery)...leaving Ma (Fu's 70 year old mate) and Uelmy and Ermy's remaining children (Uatha, twins Eani & Eashi, Otaie, and newborn Mosl)...Mosl is the only surviving male Fu in the household...Fu & Ma still have two sons who live on another lot.
 
 
My 1st couple created for the challenge (Ugg & Duh) aged into elders.  I was so proud but also didn't really believe that any real neanderthals made it to 65.  Ugg and his eldest son, Ungers, died in the craziest fire that night.  Probably about a 7x7 square of their yard just burst into flames gobbling up Ungers.  I knew he couldn't be saved and anyone who tried would also be claimed by the flames so I told everyone to run inside (except Lala who was passed out in the cave).  But I was unable to save Ugg, who was standing 1 square from the conflagration.  So Duh was now a widow with a pregnant teenage daughter-in-law and a young granddaughter.  Lala gave birth the next day (of course to a daughter because of the dead parent rule) and we call the baby Uraye.  I figured that the next oldest son, Daimer, would usually inherit the woman so I moved him back in (the move-in money really didn't affect the game - he brought $7).  A Ceremony of Ownership was performed and now he and Lala are expecting a child.

I've had several generation 3 births now, 10 or maybe 11.  Even a plantbaby, Yaleo Oworo.  I don't really know what to do with Yaleo.  He will be an adult in 3 days but hes going to be the age of the generation 2 kids.  Should he be put on a lot and not interacted with or allow him to canoodle with the gen 2 kids?  Mod the Sims is down right now or I'd go look at the rules but I'm sure that plantsims were addressed.  I've decided to spawn a plantbaby every Monday.  I would like to download some sort of multiple ideal plantsims though for some variety and so they aren't all siblings.  Even though right now they are gonna be anyway because they will all have the same mommy, Yleri Oworo (my only plantsim).

Okay, gotta clean and cook while the baby is out with daddy.  No excuses to not accomplish real world tasks right now!
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elders, Duh & Ugg
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the fire that claimed Ugg and Ungers
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Yleri Oworo and her son, Yaleo
 
 
Last time I posted I was having an issue about what to do with my skin 2 kids (Hari & Tassh - sole survivors of the mixed skin Har family).  Well, they have gone the way of their parents and sister Cayna - FIRE!  As teenagers, both Hari & Tassh died in a cave fire.  Hari's bed burst into flames and Tassh paid the ultimate price trying to save him.  But I had decided what to do with them since I didn't have anyone to pair them with.

I'll start with the skin 1 families.  The Fu family has 4 living children (a daughter Fuma, and 3 boys Uelmy, Esamu, & Traic).  The Mo family died without any children making that line extinct.  So I created a new skin 1 family - a brother and sister (Erman & Ermy).  I have paired the only Fu daughter with the only Erm son (Fuma & Erman are married).  I then paired the oldest Fu son with the only Erm daughter (Uelmy & Ermy are married).  That leaves me with 2 unattached skin 1 boys (Esamu & Traic Fu).
Now the skin 4 families.  The Ugg family has 5 living children (2 daughters Unga & Adduh and 3 boys Ungers, Daimer, & Oo-Oo).  The Bo family consists of orphaned brother and sister (Bodba & Lala).  So I paired the oldest Ugg daughter with the only Bo son (Unga & Bodba are married).  Then I paired the oldest Ugg son with the only Bo daughter (Ungers & Lala are married).  That leaves me with 2 unattached skin 4 boys (Daimer & Oo-Oo Ugg) and 1 unattached skin 4 girl (Adduh Ugg).
Okay, then the skin 2 & 3 family.  The Har family had 3 children before mom, dad, and their middle child were killed in a fire.  That left an orphaned son and daughter.  But they died in another fire so afterward.  That makes the Har family extinct.  I created a new mixed skin family that consists of a boy and a girl (Erodu & Yleri Oworo).  I am not going to marry either of them to anyone.  But I am going to allow them to breed.  Erodu will mate with Adduh Ugg (who will also mate with Bodba Bo).  If the children are born with skin 2 or 3, then they will live with Erodu and take him name.  If they are born with skin 4 they will live with Adduh or Bodba (I haven't decided where Adduh will be living yet).  Yleri also will mate with the unattached males of skin 1 and skin 4.  Same rules apply.  Her children's living situation and class will be determined by their skin color.  If the child has her skin tone, I won't even bother investigating its parentage.  It is unimportant and I have silent pregnancy, so I won't know until morning sickness or the 1st pop.

I think this will be fun, but crazy to keep up with.  Also the Oworo family has the added hardship (besides raising children without mates) of living on the Har lot with 5 fire ghosts!
 
 
Well if you look at my summary of events page, you'll see how badly I'm doing.
I was having this feeling that it would be weird and inaccurate to have elder neanderthals running around - but Grimmy is quickly alleviating that problem.  Of my original 10 sims (5 paired couples), I have 4 left (2 couples).  1st I lost a skin 1 couple (Mo & Bah) while Bah was still pregnant with their 1st child.  Then I lost a skin 4 couple (Bo & Ba).  Bo died leaving Ba with little Bodba and heavily pregnant.  She acutally went into labor just as the Reaper left the lot.  Of course she died (pregnant with skin 4 Ugg's baby) when Bodba was a child and Lala was a toddler.  Then just this morning, my mixed skin couple (Har & Ca) died but their daughter (Cayna) did too.  So child Hari and infant Tassh were carted away.

I cheated cuz I couldn't stand that I only have 2 families left.  So the removed children are living with placeholders now.  Bodba still remembers his parents, but Lala doesn't so they aren't recognized as siblings anymore.  To avoid the same problem with the Har children, I had my placeholder adopt both of them.  The placeholders are not going to play with the children and avoid most interactions so the kids aren't too attached to them.  Cuz as soon as the oldest ones (the boys) are teens, the placeholders are gone.

My remaining couples are Ugg & Duh who have 5 children (twins Unga & Ungers, Daimer, Adduh, and Oo-Oo) and Fu & Ma who have 3 children (Fuma, Uelmy, and Esamu)

Two more sim weeks until elderhood!  Yay!