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Guess who’s back? Back again? The Charms are back! Tell a friend! Nanananananana…

No, this isn’t a joke or some horrible attempt at a cruel prank, I would never do that to you guys. That would be awful. It’s been four years but The Charm Legacy is coming back, revived and stronger than ever!

About a year ago or so, I was poking around my old laptop which kinda sorta still works… ish, and came across an old Charm save on that computer. My heart skipped a beat but I reminded myself not to get too excited. The file was probably too corrupted to salvage or it was a save that was way too old to be usable for a continuation, so I just made a mental note to check it out sometime later and left it alone. Then when I remembered I still had that file and went back to locate it again, I couldn’t find it. I told myself it was probably for the best; the Charms had been gone a long time, most of the regular readers had since left the Simming community and probably had forgotten all about the Charms by now and the save file was probably unsalvageable, anyway. I forgot about it for another year until recently when just on a whim, I decided to poke around my old computer again to see if I could find it, not really knowing what I was going to do with it. I just wanted to check it out, maybe get some closure because I feel like I never really had any for the Charms and four years later, that still kind of hurts a little bit.

I transferred the file over to my new computer and loaded up the game. Miraculously, it was a recent save with Morgan, Savannah, Miraj, William and Johnathan all at the same ages they were when the legacy was discontinued and apart from everyone looking really stupid because I don’t have any of the old CC that I used to, the file looked… well, normal! I was ecstatic and in disbelief at my good fortune because I have NEVER had good luck with this family. I knew what I had to do. I knew this was some kind of sign from the Simming gods that the Charms were meant to finish their story properly. I knew I needed to revive this legacy.

Just because I’m insanely paranoid after all the other problems I had, I took the family out of that Sunset Valley and put them in a brand new Sunset Valley. Again. I knew this meant there’d be a lot of old, dead characters walking around which is yes, a bit weird, but not nearly as devastating as losing the file again due to a glitched town would be. I wanted to play it safe. In fact, I played it so safe that I even got rid of the old house for fear of there being some kind of bug in it and downloaded a new house that was CC free for them to live in. I gave everyone makeovers that looked as close to their original looks as possible without using CC, too. My game actually has very little CC in it at all now but with all the expansions, stuff packs and Store content available now that weren’t around back when the Charms were still here, it doesn’t bother me at all.

I also brought over one other household with the last name Charm assuming they’re probably extended family. Not sure how they’re related yet, they were basically related to the whole town by generation five, but at least some extended family is coming back. Couldn’t salvage everyone, but I’m not too upset about it. I’m just counting my blessings and being thankful I still have the legacy household.

So that long explanation aside, after four years, The Charm Legacy is continuing. It’s a dream come true for me. I’m so excited to be able to tell their story again and I hope you are, too!

Happy Simming!

I know everyone was waiting on new updates during the summer and never got them. I’m so, so sorry about that. ): My uncle ended up keeping my laptop all summer and it never got fixed.

My parents bought me a new laptop just recently that plays The Sims 3 amazingly well (though I haven’t tried installing any expansions or stuff packs, yet) but I lost everything I had for all my other challenges I was blogging and playing about. Unfortunately, that means I’ll have to discontinue this blog, as sad as it makes me.

HOWEVER; I will not be gone for good! I’ll be making a brand new, fresh blog where I’ll play new challenges for you guys. I like playing challenges and blogging about them and I think a completely fresh start is a good way to start up that again. I will NOT be using any mods or CC this time around. It caused so many problems and took up so much space on my computer. Just vanilla flavour, but I hope you guys will still enjoy reading my challenges, anyway.

Here’s the link to the new blog: http://newreflections11.wordpress.com/

I’m sorry, but I hope you guys are still excited to read my new challenges.

(P.S: Who’s excited for Pets?! OMG HORSES! <3333)

I know, I know. You guys have already waited such a long time to read new chapters, but I’ve reached another bump in the road to preparation.

A while back, my Windows Vista completely crapped out on me. It was the middle of the school year and I had assignments due, so I was panicking. My friend had a copy of Linux on a disk and offered to put that OS on my computer instead. Desperate to have a working computer, I agreed. In the process of installing Linux, she wiped out my Windows partition so I could never get Windows Vista back.

Now, there are programs that will allow you to run Windows programs on Linux, but for some reason, I can’t get TS3 to run properly through those programs.

I hate Linux, anyway, and want to go back to Windows, so I asked my uncle if he had a copy of Windows XP or 7 (Vista can go die in a hole) and he said that he did. I’m free to go pick it up anytime he’s home, but I don’t have a full drivers’ license and I live out in the country, about 20 minutes away from his house. I’m going to ask my dad if he can pick it up, but if he can’t, it will likely have to wait until I get my G2 license, and I’m not sure when that will be this summer. Hopefully soon.

I’m so sorry, guys. I tried to get TS3 working on Linux. I really did. 😦

Hey you guys!

I am super excited to be coming back in May with brand new updates and to celebrate, the forum’s undergone some changes. It has a beautiful new skin created by our newest staff member, K’rinllend’hry (you can just call her Rin for short). She’s a wonderful friend of mine and she’s going to be helping keep the place all neat and tidy! Hooray! Stop by and say hello to her!

The forum also has a new forum games board for you to enjoy when you just want to hang out and chat and be silly.

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Hope to see you guys there! I’ll be spending a lot of time there, anticipating May. 😉

I’m so touched that all of you have continued to show your support for my Sims blog even through this extremely long hiatus period where I left without warning.

The good news is I haven’t forgotten about this blog and I will continue to update the Charms. I am determined to finish this legacy. The bad news is, that won’t happen until May when I am officially out of school and on summer break. I went back to university this year and it’s been an amazing experience. I’m really happy here and finally feel like I belong somewhere and that I’m actually doing something productive with my life. As much as I love being in school again, it’s left me with no time to update the Charms or this blog at all, and although I love this blog, my school work comes first.

So sadly, no updates to my blog until the summer, but I will try and be active on the forums anyway. I’ve been out of the Simming scene for a while and would love to get caught up on all the latest Sims community news from you guys.

Apologies,

Ashleigh.

“So are you excited for the new baby, William?” Margaret asked her son at the breakfast table one morning. Margaret was now in her third trimester and her belly was quite round and large. She had been having some complications with this pregnancy and so everyone was tense. Margaret’s live-in nurse helped her up and down the stairs and made sure she didn’t spend too much time up and about.

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So I haven’t forgotten about this blog and I still check up on it regularly. I had planned to get back to updating it at the beginning of July, and I have about a quarter of a chapter written, but I’ve hit such horrendous writers’ block.

Every time I try to hunker down and write, I end up staring at this page of text for an hour and getting down maybe a sentence, deleting more than I write. It’s awful. I know what needs to happen in the chapter, I just don’t know how to get it out. It’s so frustrating.

Anyway, I’m still around. Just struggling to finish this next chapter. I hope you guys aren’t too mad at me for neglecting it for so long. I’m trying.