Another update...already? Yes! I know it's soon but a lot of changes have occurred since I've continued to play.
A horrible glitch almost destroyed my whole world. What happened was that I went and grabbed a paper off a muffin that one of my Norns had just eaten while up near the learning computer having some time out. The paper had yet to disappear and he kept trying to eat the empty wrapper, so I glibly snitched it out of his hungry little paws and dove down to drop it beside the fireplace on the lower level. This is where everything went wrong. The paper vanished after a half second or so, but Mummy became frozen in place, unable to move! My 'hand' was curled around a non-existent paper wrapper, stuck and unable to move. I couldn't take care of my Norns like that!
Fortunately the mouse was still working so I managed to zoom up to the file bar and export each Norn before I would lose them. I wasn't sure if I exited the world whether I'd be able to get back in. So I opened the Emergency kit and started a new world, I imported Aurn, to allow me access to the CoBs injector...yet another blunder on my part again thrust the world into chaos! I attempted to inject the gardenshelf CoB, which had worked perfectly in my other worlds, yet this time it must not have wanted to share with the rest of the CoBs I had installed as an error message popped up, telling me that something had gone wrong.
I closed it and was surprised to find my game still open and running, without, or so I thought, any problems to show for the recent scare. I went along injecting everything I thought my Horsies would need before I would let them roam Albia again.
Alas! When I went to select Aurn so that the camera would zoom to him, an error message popped up alerting that SMALL FURRY CREATURES...had stopped working and needed to close.
Each time I tried to re-enter the game and select Aurn, who was my only creature in the world, the same thing happened, and I was also shocked to see that Aurn was non-existent, though his name was in the drop-down menu. Hurrumph...!
With sinking heart, I tried again. Emergency kit...New world, and this time, a copy of the baby version of Aurn that is saved on my computer. I copied it, pasted his file into 'Creatures' folder and imported the baby before I added in, one-by-one, the rest of my pretty ponies.
I must have been asking for trouble because something even worse, if that could be possible at this point in time...occurred. XP Upon importing Marlika she became stuck with her eyes sealed closed, unable to move except for left and right, unable to interact with others, yet still able to hear. It was one of the saddest most pathetic sights I've had to witness and It nearly broke my heart. I didn't want to leave her that way. So I copied her saved file, imported the child version...and what happens?! She fast-aged to adult and promptly dropped dead!
A horrible glitch, a death...I had to try one more time. There was no way I would give up on her.
I brought in a copy of her one more time. This time, I breathed a sigh of relief. She was being a picky eater and didn't want to move...but at least this time she was alive and well. She stood staring at her deceased clone, trying to pat and interact with her, unwilling to leave until Chrissie walked past her out into the garden in search of food, and then little Marlika followed, regaining her usual prep and joining the hunt for carrots.
Did everything finally settle down and go right for me now? No! I know it all sounds so bad that I have to be making it up - but really I was so upset and frustrated by this point that I wanted to pull my hair out! T_T Boohoohoo....I felt like crying.
I was having no luck with getting any new babies from my Norns and I had other concerns as well. Marlika grew up faster than her younger half-brother; at around 50 minutes or so she became a mature young adult, yet her little bro was still a child/teenager at 1:23 hours and minutes.
This had me worried. I thought that maybe he was going to stay a child forever and be unable to breed, yet later discovered much to my relief that this was not so. He and his father just take longer than the females before they reach the next stage.
Not to mention that their father was now a baby again! Strange occurrence that you don't get to see every day. Ahaha! XD
I wondered whether I could increase the amount of available Horse Norns and add some diversity to my world through the base game hatchery eggies. To my dismay, I had completely used up my supply hunting for Horses in the first world, thus it was completely...empty. You could almost hear the fleas rustling in the nesting hay. :(
I exited the game with the idea to replenish my stocks, hopeful this time that at least SOME of the unatched littlies would be Horse Norns if I had more eggs to choose from.
Always be sure to read the warning notices from that emergency kit, folks. It will save you much sadness and hair-ripping. XP
Performing this action of restoring my eggs supply with this kit and totally ignoring the notice due to plain weariness, I accidentally managed to delete all the Norns in the world and end up with a fully stocked hatchery - with no Norns to play with. Arrrrrrrghhh!
Needless to say, you could probably guess my reaction at this time.
But I've got to admit that I am completely and utterly...
...stubborn at times! Ahaha. When I have my heart set on something and I want it so badly, I won't give up.
I started a whole new world, refreshed the hatchery and hatched all the eggs to check for Horse Norns (There were none. ._.?? And all my Norns were mixed breeds of the originals, which I believe is a glitch that happens with some C1 games), then I went and imported yet another copy of baby Aurn, went and injected the items I knew had worked and were safe in the previous worlds, (or so I hope this time around. Nothing is screwing up so I think I finally have it right. I'll tell you what I have injected at the end of this post). I then copies and re-imported all my copies of Horse Norns which I had saved including a new Horse girl whom I had overlooked in the beginning named Arrianne. I'm so very glad that I thought to save copies of each and every creature. It really has been an (artificial) life-saver with this game. <3 :D
I discovered that having Aurn, Dawn, Chrissie, Blondini (Blondie XD), SweetHeart, Arrianne, Chocolate and Marlika all in the world at once caused the incubator to close. So I exported the infertile Norns (SweetHeart, Blondie) and the charmingly clunky machine opened it's door once again, giving me renewed hope.
Although, technically, it may seem like I'm starting all over from the beginning, I'm really not. It doesn't feel like it, in any case, because even though I have to do some things over again with younger versions, copies, of the originals, it is different for them each time, and I know they are still themselves, that Marlika is the daughter of Aurn and Dawn and that Chocolate is the son of Aurn and Chrissie, despite the fact that nobody but me will remember it.
I've been playing my Creatures game all afternoon and finally eveynorn has grown up and become young adults, even Chocolate - which allayed my earlier fears. I was so surprised because at first I thought it was Aurn running around up on the Grendel bridge near the cable car but it was actually his son! The peculiarity of Aurn being younger than his son and daughter also happened in this current world, since I had to start him over as a baby but he's finally all grown up for me too.
Unfortunately, I have had terrible trouble with breeding them. *sigh* It never seems to be the right timing, or somebody is crowded or someone is infertile due to stress....
Just when I was losing hope and becoming lost in despair again thinking that my dream of the next generation was merely that, something wonderful happened!
We have two brand new babies to introduce! One is still in Mama's tummy but the other has been laid and hatched naturally in the wild before I exported them to make a copy. <3 I'll show you all the screen shots and goings-on in my next posts. I can't wait to show them off and share some good and happy news with everyone after all of these disasters.
Blessings and Cheese,
P.S. These are the CoBs I currently have installed:
Juicy Apples - I love these! they grow on the Grendel tree and look so pretty and delicious. My Norns love scoffing them down. I also noticed that they seem to increase life force a little.
Hooch Shelf - somewhere to store things neat and tidy.
Moveable distiller - makes the hooch vendor moveable, which is useful.
Bridge over lovers' leap near the wishing well
Bananas (these grow on the unbanana-like tree above the wishing well near the lantana bush XD)
Safe bees and honey
Noodles Inna Pot Vendor
Beanie Norn toy
Super Speech toy
Choo Choo Train
Shelf beside the oven
I removed the Muddy Swamp Carrots and Honey Carrots as well as the garden shelf and a few other CoBs to make things less complicated. I also have yet to add the Grendel selector and friendly Grendel CoBs as I have been mainly focusing on my Norns and sorting out the chaotic into the organised and calm once more before I add any new things into Albia.
I'm going to add them in soon though, so wish me luck?