This only vaguely ties in with The Devereaux
Legacy, but I've gotten a few PM's about where
I got the idea to turn Pleasantview into an
industrial type town.
I wrote this story in March of 2007, when I was
combining all of the neighborhoods into one
mega-hood. Of course, I did it in the worst way
possible, and it needed to be scrapped.
Current Pleasantview doesn't look like this.
In fact, there are only a few similarities between
this story and how I have Pleasantview now:
Looks, Frances having an inheritance, out of
town Pre-Mades, all of that is completely
But the idea stuck with me, and I ran with the
idea for regular game play, and thus into my
legacy story. So, essentially, when one of my
characters refers to 'Project Pleasantview,' they
are talking about this.
The funny thing is, the people who liked this
story wanted me to write follow up stories. I
always declined, as I had no desire to commit
myself to writing a series...
Yeah, A LOT has changed in the last two years.
The view is no longer pleasant in
Pleasantview. Gone is the green grass, the
huge estates, and spacious lawns. There won't
be any more rainbows arching gracefully over
the town, or any birds flying free over the
Instead, all that is left of this once beautiful
suburb is fear, caution, and a hint of despair.
Some people have been evicted from their
homes, as the homes themselves were
examined for suitability. Others have suffered
from a massive memory loss that made them
unable recognize their own friends and
Shop owners have lost their businesses and
are trying to regain what was once rightfully
What has caused this massive epidemic? Was
it aliens? Is it the end of the world? For
some...it may as well be. To get these
answers, we went straight the mastermind
behind the situation.
Zane, the Incarnation of Death, or more
popularly known as the Grim Reaper, has
given us his official statement.
"The Sims just need to relax and stop being so
paranoid," the Grim Reaper sighed in a
harassed manner, "there is no conspiracy and
it's not the end of the world. Well, unless of
course, it's their time. This was all a simple
project made specifically for ease of tracking
“I've gone high tech and I found that it was
just much simpler to relocate everyone in Sim
City into one central area. With a few
observations based on money, lot size,
independence, and the simple question of
what species they are, everyone from
Riverblossom Hills, Strangetown, Veronaville,
and any other off-shoot town got relocated
here to Pleasantview or one of it's suburbs."
The Grim Reaper went on to say, "Naturally,
with the more dense population, particularly
in Pleasantview itself, it might cause some
confusion, but in the end, everything will turn
When asked what happened to the
aforementioned towns, The Grim Reaper
informed us that they were slated for
demolition after all of the evacuations were
"It was all done very humane, and there were
only a few casualties, particularly in
Strangetown and Veronaville. A slight glitch in
the system made it so that those poor souls
were forgotten so unfortunately even their
bodies were lost in the rubble. Reparations
will be sent to their families along with my
"In the end, I feel that this was a good thing.
The bitter rivalries that were in the past will
stay in the past, as their rivals are forgotten.
Businesses will be more successful as there
are more people to frequent those
establishments. Inbreeding will, hopefully, be
at an all time low as there are more people to
couple with. This renovation should be
looked at as a fresh start for everyone."
*(Editor's note: A memorial service for the lost
Sims is scheduled to be held in the near
Many Sims are suspicious of the Grim
Reaper's benign intentions though, and they
fear the worst.
"Goths and Roths, living together, MASS
HYSTERIA!" a local transient, who was newly
transported into the Downtown Residential
District, shouts in between his asking for
When asked if he felt that is was immoral to
cash in on other Sims fears, his only response
was his angry shaking of his tin cup filled with
coins and simoleons. It appeared that many
Sims have donated, perhaps hoping to earn
some 'good points' with the powers that be.
Coral Oldie, shown here with her husband in
their modest home, is very unhappy with the
new changes taking place.
"These new people just don't do things the
way we're used to here," Coral stated.
Coral elaborated on that comment, "Their
clothes, hairstyles, and even hair colors just
aren't what was originally available in any
catalog that I've seen. These new people
might give our children ideas that this is
acceptable and start dressing the same way!
“I thought the young women already dressed
like hussies, but that was just downright mild
compared to what's out there these days. I
foresee dark times ahead, very dark times,"
she stated ominously.
We tried to get an interview with some of the
new residents infiltrating Pleasantview,
however we were ignored and the only
comment we could get was that someone
named 'Mike' got 'aggro' again. Apparently
these new people talk differently as well.
(Keith and I existed in the game way back when, too.)
So just exactly how are the Sims "sorted out"?
After doing some research, we found out that
everyone was given a questionnaire that had
only five questions on it:
1. Do you have a number after you last
2. How big is your lot?
3. Do you like living with complete strangers?
4. Do you like to garden extensively or fish?
5. What species are you?
After the questions were all filled out
everyone was given a residential assignment
in one of the following: Pleasantview itself,
Rolling Hills Estates, Pleasantview Downtown
Residential, Pleasantview Farming
Community, or Outcast Island.
Each residential area was also assigned a
college that students were able to attend.
Pleasantview, and it's farming district shares
Sim State University, Rolling Hills Estates
attends Academie' la Tour, Downtown
Residential attends La Fiesta Tech, and
Outcast Island will get specially flown out to
Outcast College, which has yet to be built.
So far, most people are satisfied with their
Mortimer Goth however is one of the few
that is not. Mortimer was both miffed and
mortified to find out that he wasn't
considered part of the upper class and he
wasn't going to be moved to Rolling Hills
Instead, his house was only moved a few
blocks down and placed right across the
street from the Roth family in Pleasantview.
"Apparently, though I have over $500,000 in
the bank, I'm only considered 'Upper Middle
Class'. It seems as though the term 'old
money' holds no bearing on the residential
sort. I just don't get it, my family and I have
been around forever it seems."
Mortimer claims though that his worry is
more for his son, Alexander, and his
"He's going to only get a sub-par education at
Sim State University. I wanted the best for him
and the best meant Academie' la Tour (inset).
Now Alexander's only destiny is to become a
cubicle dweller or at best, middle
management, for some no-name business
working nine to five. He might as well move
to Outcast Island now," Mortimer groaned.
Mortimer was slightly mollified though, when
the evacuation and demolition of
Strangetown brought his estranged wife, Bella,
"She's had a tough time of it, Bella has,"
Mortimer said, "with not only the memory
loss epidemic that's going around among the
outsiders, she can't even remember her life
with us prior to her alien abduction. She's
taking it all in stride as the kind citizens of this
fine town have welcomed her back with open
“She's even renewed her friendship with Don
Lothario, though I don't especially enjoy that
part in light of the entire situation regarding
"Mortimer has been so kind and
understanding, I fell in love with him. All over
again, I suppose," Bella stated.
Mortimer and Bella have since renewed their
It has been reported that Dina Caliente, the
former would-be lover of Mortimer Goth, is
less than pleased at Bella Goth's return.
However, neither Dina nor her sister Nina,
would answer their door, so they could not be
reached for any further comment.
Don Lothario (shown in this file photo) is one
of the few people who is actually pleased
with what is now dubbed as "Project
Mr. Lothario went on to say that he looks
forward to wooing the influx of new women
who know nothing about his Casanova
reputation, or about the "Goth Wedding
Scandal" which involved leaving Miss
Cassandra Goth at the altar (inset).
"I've got a way with the ladies," Don said,
"they just can't keep their hands off of me.
Can you blame them? Giggity giggity giggity."
Miss Goth, having suffered a nervous
breakdown shortly after being left at the altar,
now resides in the newly built Pleasantview
Sanitarium. Her doctors have advised that
due to her fragile condition, she would be
unable to make any statement, particularly in
regards to Don Lothario.
Mr. Leod McGreggor is also one of the many
that was drastically affected by the 'Project'. It
seems that a slight mix-up in paperwork has
transferred him from his former, spacious
farmhouse to his current small tin shack,
which apparently came with two 'critturs'
named Danny and Sarah. McGreggor
remains hopeful though, stating that these
things just take time.
"The thing that strikes me as a real slap in the
face is the fact that my old farm is right across
the street. I'm staring at it right now, and I can
see that it's empty. I can only hope that it
remains that way until things get straightened
An aerial view shows that, indeed, the two
residences are in very close proximity to each
Despite everything, though, McGreggor can
still find the proverbial 'silver lining' in this
cloud, due to the fact that he could have
been slated to live on Outcast Island in light
of a 'goat incident' he didn't wish to elaborate
"I have saved orphans, nuns, and a town with
my own bare hands. Ach, this is a clean slate
for me," was all he comment on the subject.
Other paperwork mistakes have also been
made, as in the case of Dread Pirate
Alexandra O'Mackey and Cyd Roseland. At
least this error turned out to be a positive
"It could have been much worse," Alexandra
said, "I could have been moved back in with
my ex-husband, Gabriel, instead on being
placed with Cyd, who is a wonderful man."
"She had me at 'Yarr'...she had me at 'Yarr',"
was all Cyd commented.
Titania Summerdream, however, is incredibly
upset at her placement on Outcast Island.
"I'm an elf, not some freak of nature like all
the others placed here! It's always winter!
What part about my name 'Summerdream'
says that I would even remotely like cold
weather? Oh, and don't even get me started
on the college that Puck is expected to
attend! Its motto is 'Abandon All Hope All Ye
Who Enter Here'!"
It has been reported that Ms. Summerdream
won't even socialize with anyone in the
neighborhood, but her attitude is just
attributed to the fact that she's an elf, and
they are, by nature, haughty and aloof.
Stella Zorbit (formerly Terrano, shown here
with her husband, Auron) was more upset at
the residential screening than at her actual
placement on the Island.
"Now I understand why humans get so upset
when they are probed," Stella wept.
“There’s always time for lube,” Auron
whispered to the camera as he consoled his
Thomas Farmer is confused about his
placement in Outcast Village.
"It's not that I particularly mind being placed
here, though the fact that it's always cold kind
of affects my crops, the sand under the sparse
grass is horrible to plant in, and my roof is
made of sod so it's cold, drafty, and it always
leaks. That, I can deal with. I'm not one of the
"What I DO mind is the fact that my
immediate neighbors are (file photos shown
left to right) a vampire, a creepy looking
animated doll, a couple of zombies, and
creature. My family and I are peasants.
“These types of creatures, by nature, are
drawn to attack people like us. With no
adventurers around to protect me and my
family, there is little I can do to fend these
abominations of nature off! My address being
changed from 'Farmer's Hill' to 'Random
Peasant Farm' doesn't really help, either!"
When Mr. Farmer's neighbors were
questioned, Raggedy Ann (the only one who
wished her name to be made public) insisted
that they were only trying to organize a
Neighborhood Watch, but Mr. Farmer chased
them off with a torch and pitchfork. By doing
this, the Neighborhood Watch has placed Mr.
Farmer himself on their 'to watch' list.
"I just don't feel safe knowing that he's out
there. People need to be warned," stated
The lower to upper middle class are not the
only ones affected by the drastic changes. It
would appear that the extremely wealthy are
as well. Frances J. Worthington III (shown at
his sprawling, inherited estate) has registered
complaints at every single office he thought
"Oh, sure, we have our own exclusive country
club, but we don't have our own shopping
district. That means I have to go downtown
and shop with the common folk. These
leather Gucchsim shoes were NOT made for
slumming!" he complained.
Will the dust ever settle in Pleasantview? Will
the old inhabitants learn to get along with the
new ones? We'll keep you updated as more
of this story unfolds.
(Special thanks to Modthesims2, InSimenator,
VariousSimmers, and The Sims Resource for
the Custom Content and houses featured).