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New Home, New Flame

(I’m streaming ahead at a brisk pace because I would like to get caught up with actual playtime.  I feel that my writing as I go back over old notes is just too static.  Hence, I’d like to get us caught up to “present time” in the legacy.)

A few weeks later Dale and Dagmar agree to a low-key wedding in their backyard.  Again, the friends are invited over and another party gets underway.  Dagmar refuses to get dressed up even though Dale puts on his sharkskin suit.  It’s a simple ceremony and the guests enjoy themselves by playing video games and watching the Pleasant sisters fight, even while Dale and Dagmar cut the cake.

wedding fight

Due to a job Dale is working on that requires him to stay in-town, the honeymoon involves a short limo ride and the bride and groom coming back to the house a little after midnight while the Slate sisters watch Calder.  The next day with Calder under control and the wedding out of the way, the two of them settle down and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Dale continues his con work but his jobs are getting bigger and, well, riskier. Even though he works hard he can’t seem to break into the next tier and the bigger jobs. Dagmar works with Calder and except for the occasional run to go play cards, she works on her novel and around the house.  (Throughout this time right after the wedding Dagmar continues to have a fear of getting pregnant again.  She is also continually wanting to make out and who-hoo with three other people.  I pretty much let her do what she wants but, somehow, she keeps it under control whenever a chance presents itself.  It would seem our Dagmar is a bit…. feisty.)

Finally, Dale talks with Dagmar and they decide to make the move after several years hard work.  It will be rough and they will be broke again. However, they agree that its a house they can grow into over time. They make the move.  The truck and many other items get sold but in the end, it’s worth it.  It’s a trophy of a house and something Dale has wanted for a long time.  Now, finally, he can have a house large enough to build a family, his legacy.  (Unfortunately, what he doesn’t know is that Dagmar is consistently having the fear of getting pregnant again.)

new house 02

(Hey, that picture should look sort of familiar…)

Things are tight, very very tight financially as they both work together to stay in the new house.  Calder loves the new house and is constantly having friends over after school to play.

Calder and friend

Though behind in schoolwork, he’s a gentle soul who is always asking to give hugs and to play with his parents.  Besides continually wanting to play video games, he has two other loves; reading the newspaper and cleaning.  Several times I catch him cleaning up directly after a meal or walking all over the house tidying up messes.

calder newspaper

As Calder approaches his teenage birthday, stress is high in the Harrison household. Dale and Dagmar are exhausted much of the time with both of them working and trying to live a spartan life in the new house. Calder takes up much of their free time leaving little else to go towards their own hobbies.  Stress levels increase daily.

Dale works through the day with the occasional night job and Dagmar works late into the evening with her cooking job. Though she likes working in the culinary field, her job is not progressing as fast as she would like and Calder is suffering from both of them being gone so much. His grades have suffered considerably and so she makes the decision to stay at home for the time leading up to his birthday party.  The decision is cemented when, while tired after a long shift past midnight, Dagmar makes a little mistake at home.

Dagmar fire


Idyllic Times

As the weeks progresses, Dale had two more dates with Dagmar, his cute young blonde mail courier. She seemed excited to be going on both of them since she surprised Dale with a massive make-out kiss right after arriving at his house. He grilled out for her and the rest of the evening was spent in his bedroom. Most of it was her idea and Dale was not one to refuse.   Dagmar certainly seemed to be, uhm, energetic about her time with Dale.DancingwithDagmar

The second date occurred at the bowling alley where they didn’t even get a chance to bowl. Dale pulled Dagmar into the photo booth for pictures and then, well, you can guess what happened next. The adventure became noisy enough they drew a crowd. After that, it wasn’t a good idea to go in and bowl so they went back to Dale’s to continue things. (And yes, that IS Lothario in the crowd that evening.  Take that, Don!)


Dagmar was more and more a presence in his life over those weeks. They would sometimes sit and talk for hours on end.  (I’m not kidding about this.  One time, after I had Dale talk to her, they talked for what seemed like forever in game.)  Eventually, it just seemed to fall into place.  He  thrived off her younger energy and their interests seemed to blend well.  On top of that, Dale couldn’t seem to get enough of her.  She also had no problems with his job and lifestyle, and, in fact, went along with it.

Dale couldn’t take it anymore and finally asked her to move in with him. Her response was a quick yes and the two of them seemed overjoyed.  She moved in immediately and it appeared the postal job had been going pretty well for her since their bank account soared.  It messed with Dale’s head a little bit but only for a day or so.

Things kept going smoothly for Dale, almost too smoothly.  Shortly after the move-in, Dale was able to purchase a truck and a new couch for the small living room. He also started making plans to expand the house though he was also eyeing the nice house by the water. He’d see how things continued with Dagmar.  They had a few cook-outs and got to know the neighbors more.  The Slates were a family just a block or so over and they seemed to hit it off.  Young Zen would wander over to play video games.  Lilith Pleasant would come over as well, staying much too late and bugging Dale about cool stories about his “gang” and his “jobs.”  Dale was smarter than to entertain her with the truth of his dealings.

hot dogs

The days rolled into  weeks which turned  into months.  The two talked more and more about marriage and children.    Then, one evening, Dale made a few phone calls, got a great seat at an expensive restaurant, and treated Dagmar to a night on the town.  After arriving home, Dagmar was overjoyed at how the evening had gone but still wasn’t ready when Dale popped the question.  She said yes immediately and, like that, the two were engaged.


Another year went by.  There were bug infestations, another fight with Don Lothario, and minor mishaps at work.  Dagmar stayed at home most times, happy to be away from the postal job and worked on her novel daily.  Having been turned onto poker by Dale, she spends numerous afternoons at the card tables and makes several friends there.  She also does pretty well, bringing in little bonuses to their bank account.  All in all, it was an idyllic life.

One evening after another date, Dagmar was pretty sure she’d heard the chiming of baby bells and, sure enough,  two days later she knew.  There was a little Harrison on the way.  She told Dale and they began their preparations.

Dale redesigned the house to make more room for the coming toddler but as he worked he realized something.  Looking at hte tiny lot and house he realizes they’ll need to move soon.  The current house is just not big enough.  He’s been eyeing the big two story house over by the harbor and he would love to have it.  He realizes it might have to wait till after the child is born and the wedding but he has every intention of making that house his one day.   What’s the saying?  “By hook or by crook?”  Yeah, he might have to make a few phone calls…

In the meantime, he’s got a baby on the way and he’s rather giddy about it.


Meeting the One

The day was a normal one for Dale as he went out to get the paper.  The night before on the job had seen some antics and Dale had arrived home completely exhausted.  I wish I had a screenshot of Dale passed out on the sidewalk after being dumped their by his ride home.  I imagined the night had been full of close calls, car chases, and some sort of fast paced caper.  Not being quite up to it, Dale had perservered and when it was all over had fallen asleep on the way home.  Laughing at the rookie, the other con-men had simply carried him out of the car and left him on the curb.   Around 3 AM, Dale had awoken and stumbled into his house and his bed.

He picked up the paper and noticed the female mail courier walking by, no big deal.   She dropped off some bills and then she stopped and waved at him.  Nothing planned by me.  It  actually took me aback.  Dale spoke back, greeted her,and then he started chatting.  Her name was Dagmar Bertino.  I noted the Italian name and the fact Dale was working as a criminal right off the bat.  Things became apparent VERY quickly between the two that they were hitting it off.  The two bolts showed up in the relationship panel almost immediately.


She then chatted with him and the double green plus icons kept happening.  Then Dale told her a joke and that went over well.  He went back inside, she followed.  Needless to say, a friendship developed immediately.  Dale, at this point, was already seeing Nina Caliente and one other character who you’ll be introduced to shortly.  Considering the oddity of what had just happened with the mail courier, I was intrigued.  A day or so later, after work, I had Dale ask Dagmar out.

The pictures below tell the story…


Dagmar confessed at one point that she knew a thing or two about the criminal element.  (Not kidding here.  She initiated a conversation about Crime.)  He confessed that he was working with a local ring and she didn’t seem offended at all.  In fact, the conversation marked up a few more green pluses.



I figured Dale was quite pleased that Dagmar gave the cards ago.  On top of that, except for Dale winning a decent amount of hands, Dagmar did pretty well herself.  Dagmar, it would seem, knows her way around a card room.  After cards, things progressed predictably…





By the time the date was over, their relationship scores were through the roof.  After the date and the rather *ahem* intense evening, Dagmar left early the next morning only to return with a large bouquet off flowers.

After a few random rolls (will describe these in an upcoming post) I decided Dagmar was the “One” for Dale.  However, I needed him to get a few more Simoleons in place and I wanted a few more days to go by to see what else might occur.

((Post-edit:  I was able to reconstruct some of the dating scenes with my current set-up for screenshots.  Unfortunately, for a few posts, the screenies will go down in quality.  But only for a few!))

Well, Foobar!

It would appear that, as I go back over the camera shots I’ve taken for the beginning years of my Founder legacy, I’ve managed to muss it up amidst all the excitement of playing the game.

I just discovered that all the shots I took were great if you’ve got a magnifying glass tied to the side of your monitor!  In my haste, I never checked the settings which were all set to low quality and small image.  Well, that’ll learn me!  I nearly started everything all over but I’m so far along I think I’ll just plow on ahead.   Also, instead I’ll offer up a quick recap of my Founder and we’ll pick the story up where the pictures get a little better.

Over the coming days, I’ll be posting about my play style, hacks, the neighborhood, and other assorted technical things.   Coming up first, however, is an overview of the founder of my legacy, Dale Harrison.  This will get us up to speed on what’s happened so far…