Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lot tour: ZZE Greek House

I apologize in advance for the fact that this post has about 50 pictures. And the formatting went kind of wonky partway through, though I'm gonna blame that one on Blogger.

The ZZE Greek House is located at 80 Crumplebottom Drive at Sim State University. As you all probably know, that house is the same as the Craftsman's Pride house located in the bin in the base neighborhood.

This is what ZZE Greek House currently looks like on the outside. I apologize for the gridlines. It also occurs to me that there really should be windows on the west wing over there; it looks weird the way it is now.

For the inside, I will first give you floor plan pictures.

The ground floor. From left to right, top to bottom: Greenhouse #1, pool, greenhouse #2. Then the hot tub room, a bathroom, the party room, and the eat-in kitchen.

The second floor. Women's dormitory and men's dormitory. Then the all purpose room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom.

The attic. It's all one big funny-shaped room except for the bathrooms up near the top. (The areas with grayish wood are under the roof and not in use.)

And just for the fun of it, here's the roof. The gridlines are almost helpful here because you can see how the attic area fits under the roof.

Now for the real tour. Imagine that you are a Sim, approaching this house from the sidewalk. In fact, you can imagine you're Random Blonde Girl there. (I have no idea who that is; she's not one of mine.) You will see the usual mailbox and garbage can by the curb. Farther on you will see a telescope and a red sports car. The telescope is mostly annoying, but it is useful as a holding area for Sims just getting back from class. (They come from beyond the sports car and go straight for the telescope and occupy themselves until I notice them and give them something else to do.) The sports car keeps my students from clogging their wants panel with "Buy a car" and allows them to fulfill that pesky Woohoo in Car want. (Why they want that when there are two perfectly serviceable beds just upstairs I'll never understand.)

If you go up the stairs you can see to the right in the above picture, you will come to a very boring, narrow porch and thus to the front door. Here it is.

If you turn to your right as you come inside, you will see a burglar alarm, an archway leading to a dining area (we'll see more of that later), and a flight of stairs.

If you then turn about 90 degrees, you will see the back wall of the room, with a door and some windows. That archway on the far right is the same as the archway on the far left in the previous picture.

This room is empty on purpose; it is used as a mingling area when the college students have parties.

If you turn a little more, you will see a door that leads to the bathroom, the Greek letter, and the stereo with a CD rack. 

Move just a little to the left and you see what is normally an open space in front of the stereo. Right now one of the ZZE residents has her cosmetologist's chair set up there. Just behind the chair is a door leading to the pool area, which we will see later.

There's not much to say about the front wall here. I think that's Sim State Dormitory across the street.

So, let's turn back to the left and go through that archway we saw in one of the above pictures. This takes us into the eat-in kitchen. Here all you can see is Maggie Landgraab sitting around in her pajamas at 3 in the afternoon, plus the chimney of the empty rental house next door.

If you go around the end of the table, you will be able to turn and see the kitchen area. You can also see that people sometimes do their assignments at the dining room table.

If you continue around the table, you can see the fridge more clearly (It looks like a fridge. Very exciting.) and the larger of the two archways that lead into the living room.

Between the two archways is a beige wall that just begs for a painting or something. 

And back to Maggie. From this angle you can see the telephone, which is almost always in use.

Next we'll go back through the living room to the downstairs bathroom. This bathroom used to be the kitchen. Yeah, it was seriously tiny. (I am reasonably certain that I left the walls as-is and just took away the arches and added doors.)

The door you can see in this picture is not the one leading to the living room. It leads to the pool area.

On the left side of this picture, you might barely be able to see the other side of that door. You can definitely see the dresser (which is down here so students can change into and out of their swimsuits more conveniently), the hot tub, the juice keg, and the trash can.

Same room, different angle. As you can see, there is a bar next to the juice keg. I don't know if drinking and swimming is the best idea, but let's pretend.

If you go through that gap in the wall, you come to the pool. There really are ladders leading into the water; they're just invisible for some reason. 

Here's another view of the pool area in which you can see more clearly how it connects to the rest of the house--there's the gap leading to the hot tub area, and then a door leading to the living room.

To get to the back yard, such as it is, you go out through this set of doors.

Down the stairs to the left is a greenhouse.

Mostly students grow tomatoes here, because those are easy to grow.

Down the stairs to the right is a similar greenhouse with orchard trees. They go dormant during winter even inside the greenhouse, which is silly.

If you go back inside and up the stairs, this is where you end up...a sort of landing between the two stairways, with a couple of doors and a random newspaper lying around. There are also, obviously, some easels.

Just beyond that second set of stairs is another door and then the lounge area--TV, video game console, bookcases, lots of comfy places to sit--and the exercise area.

A slightly different angle, from which you can see the chess tables.

The last segment of the room is dedicated to musical instruments of all sorts. You can see here the fourth and final door that leads off of this room.

Through the door off the music area is this room. It occurs to me that those windows should have some dark drapes. They let in altogether too much light.

That bed came with the house that Beata Riedmayer-Landgraab and Malcolm Landgraab bought some 40 years ago. Joan and Edith Riedmayer brought it with them when they came to college 35 years ago. Their daughters--Sarah Pons and Ingrid Riedmayer--have probably both slept in it at some point in the last 7 years.

Here is another angle of the room, in which you can see that there is a little panhandle on the room and another door hiding on the short wall.

That door leads to a bathroom. It is kind of boringly white.

If you turn around in the tiny space, you can see that there are two doors at the one end.

The door on the left brings you here, to a bedroom that is the mirror image of the Goth Room in terms of shape but very different in terms of decoration.

See? That bed was purchased by the original residents of ZZE shortly after they set up this house. Sarah's parents, Greg Pons and Joan Riedmayer, usually slept there. Sarah doesn't like to think about that, since this is the most comfortable bed in the house and if she thought about it like that she wouldn't want to sleep there.

The Blue Room opens out onto that landing at the top of the stairs. If you go through the other door off of that same landing, you come to the men's dormitory, which is also blue.

 There are four single beds in this room, but you can't see more than three in any of the pictures.

The room is also equipped with a dresser. And some more curtainless windows.

And a painfully bare wall. There used to be a bathroom there (Jack-and-Jill style, like the bathroom between the Goth Room and the Blue Room), but I got rid of it after one play session because I couldn't see it well from my preferred angle of play. (It was hidden by the stairs.)

If you go around those stairs and through the door near the lounge area, you come to the women's dormitory. It is the mirror image of the men's, but painfully pink instead of blindingly blue.

These dormitories were established during the reign of the Whitfill Brothers. (I think. I could be wrong.) At that time, there were 4 men and 2 women living in ZZE House, but 4 beds were put in the women's dormitory anyway. (You can only see 3 here, but trust me. There are 4.) In the most recent college round, there were 6 women and 2 men. Whoever didn't get a bed in the dormitory took one of the doubles.

The women have a dresser too, filled with the clothes of a generation of ZZE members.

And they have a blank wall where a bathroom used to be too. We're equal opportunity poor decorators around here.

If you go back out of the bedrooms and up the stairs, you find the attic, a room full of odd nooks and crannies, ancient furniture (that desk and bookcase were brought by Edith and Joan as well), and robot crafting stations.

Just to the right of the desk (to your left if you're sitting at the desk) is a mirror also brought by the Riedmayer twins and a mini-fridge of more recent vintage. Plus a trash can, because there's no point having a "if you want a bag of chips but don't want to go down two flights of stairs" fridge if you don't have a corresponding trash can.

If you look further into the little cranny that houses the fridge, you see that there is a door.

That door leads to a bathroom which is pretty boringly white.

This bathroom is rarely used, but in a house that usually has 6-8 occupants it can sometimes come in handy to have more than 2 bathrooms.

Directly opposite this bathroom is another bathroom. I didn't take pictures of that one because it really is exactly like and very boring.

Looking over the stair rail from the other direction one sees toy crafting benches blocking some perfectly good windows.

To the right (from the perspective of someone sitting at the Goth desk) is a long narrow space with lots of crafting tables...students can practice flower arranging, sewing, or pottery making.

In the opposite wing is the computer lab. In real life it would be utterly impractical to keep computers up here, since it gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter, but Sim computers don't mind. The Sims get blue sometimes if I make them do their term papers in one sitting in the wintertime, but that's not anything a workout at the treadmill won't fix. >:)

So, there you have it. A sprawling, overstuffed manor that has nurtured a full generation of college students. It's not the prettiest, but they're all rather fond of it by the time they leave.


  1. Thank you for this fun and interesting tour! I have not been playing any Greek House in a while, but my next stop will be at college to see how Cedric Cooke (Julien Cooke's half-Alien son in my game) is doing; he'll move in with a group of students from all over the neighbourhood. That always makes for an interesting mix of people :-)

  2. I'm really starting to get into the whole college thing now. It's fun to have the kids from all over the neighborhood thrown together in one crazy, crowded house. I might actually be sad when I have to break them into two households. (I probably should have split Week 6's college batch; 8 students almost killed me. But in Week 7 I think I'm only supposed to have 5 or 6 students. So I'm waiting to split until Week 8, when my calculations indicate I'll have TWELVE new students. I wouldn't play that many even with a Lot Full of Sims hack.)

    It's especially fun when you get a little bit of history, like, "Hey, my mother went to college with your brother!" (That's actually going to happen in Week 7; Alexis Kules and Lauren Whitfill are both scheduled to go to college.)

    I still wish it didn't last so long, though. I mean, really. When you only live about eight weeks normally, you don't need twenty-four days of college!

  3. I know what you mean about college time being way too long! They should have made it possible for Sims with very good grades to skip one or two semesters...
    Playing 8 students per household is something I have done many times, and I truly enjoy it - it is the best way to make college less boring, because there is always something going on, such as Sims falling in love on their own accord although I had other plans for them, or someone needs to be "persuaded" to write their term paper, etc.
    I have just finished playing Cedric Cooke's first "year" and will post it on my blog in the next hour or so.

  4. I love the Greek House, especially the eat-in kitchen, and the outside of the house. The pink room is a little too... well, pink... for me, but the rest of the house is perfect. I've never been into playing college, it is usually that part I want to skip and I only play it to earn the ability to lock two wants at once. But this house looks like a lot of fun to play :)

    1. I'm thinking of knocking off a few rooms next time I play it. I probably won't have 8 sims in here again if I can help it because it runs too slow that way, and as everybody knows college is slow enough as is. :)

    2. IRL, I don't like pink either.