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At one point Appaloosa Plains was a sleepy ranching township, its only claim to fame being a garish tourist trap that drew in the occasional passerby. However, a recent influx of city slickers has turned the area into a bustling hub of activity. They keep arriving with their stacks of Simoleons, retrofitting the town with modern amenities while eagerly believing they've acquired their own slice of country paradise. The clash between the old and new is readily apparent, with some elderly die-hards clinging to the remaining vestiges of life as they knew it. Will the town come together in the new era of prosperity, or will the generational clash leave a clear line drawn in the sand?
Appaloosa Plains is a world that was introduced in The Sims 3: Pets. The world was first mentioned as "a quiet country-side town with meadows and woods to explore." Appaloosa Plains in the past was a cowboy ranch town in the Midwest, on the edge of the highway. As time progressed, the town has degenerated into a bit of a neglected ghost town before finally turning into a large township. The town is named after the Appaloosa breed of horse.
Appaloosa Plains is centered around pets and pet-related activities, with most households owning at least one pet. The countryside theme of the world can be seen from the abundance of ranch-style houses with barns along with its hilltop, riverside location.
The Bedlingtons are just the sort of new money the residents of Appaloosa Plains frown upon, having come to live in the country with no real respect for the land. Bertram is rarely seen out of his tweed button down vest, with Buckley close at his heels. Along with his wife Patricia, they love the beautiful outdoor vistas found along the river's edge, but as they enter the twilight of their lives they care little for any manner of preservation. Were their eyesight better they may notice the angry glares of neighbors as they zip down the driveway in their gas guzzler, even if it's doubtful they'd give someone else's considerations a second thought.
The Bird sisters always seem to be above the daily squabbles of the other townsfolk. Slightly aloof and ever mysterious, their charm and porcelain doll appearance earns them many eager suitors. Oriole's fascination with other's knick-knacks has landed her in trouble on numerous occasions, but Alouette's work at the local paper generally keeps the family's name clean. Can this odd couple continue their troublesome ways or will their luck eventually run out?
If you ask Vera Blackburn about dog obedience she'll bluntly tell you, "There's no such thing as a bad dog, merely a bad owner." It's hard to argue with her approach when you find yourself cut off mid-sentence with a snap of her fingers and a fire in her eyes. The years haven't been kind to her complexion - some say the wrinkles were sealed in place from her harsh demeanor and ever present frown. Those who get to know her though will discover the love she has for her canine companions, and may pick up some useful tricks to use on their own pets along the way.
Vallari is living the good life, unfettered by the rigors of such things as "responsibility", "basic decency", and "fiscal responsibility" - all those topics her mom used to nag her about. Well her mom isn't around now, and she's free to seek thrills and pursue hot fads as she blows through the family fortune. She thinks of her day job at the spa as simply a means to meet a wealthy and handsome client - preferably single.
Chuck Hobble has had enough of scrambling to book gigs and spending every night in a different dusty motel room. Bumps, lumps, thrills and spills have all contributed to the aches in his bones. Nobody said the life of a rodeo cowboy would be easy, but settling down as a minor celebrity in a town like Appaloosa has its perks. He moved in with his long time friend Johnny, a Country songwriter who shares the pains of losing a family due to a life on the road. When they aren't busy swapping stories of groupies, they tend to their horses in their now peaceful existence.
"Dangnabbit, NO this land is not for sale!" - These are the first and last words any politician or businessman will hear when they pay Tate Curley a visit. As a descendant of one of the oldest settlers in town, Tate finds himself sitting on a prime piece of real estate right along Main Street. As outside pressure increased, Tate and Esme became introverted and guarded, building walls to keep unwanted visitors out. If someone could only find a way to break through their gruff exterior, a veritable encyclopedia of the town's history and stories of the old west await.
As a fresh face in the midwest, Honey is discovering a whole new meaning to country singing! This talented songbird hit a rut in writing her new album and thought some new scenery would break the block. Southern gentlemen and southern charm have inspired writers for generations, but life in Appaloosa Plains has taken on a style all its own. With things so good, will she become the town's newest permanent resident?
As great descendants of the indigenous occupants of Appaloosa, the Fox family respects the land - and their privacy. Having reclaimed a large plot of land down in the flood plain, they prosper from the fertile soil that has built up over multiple generations. Now they run the most prosperous ranch in town and take great pride in their hand built home. They're certainly self-sufficient, but it wouldn't hurt them to broaden their social circle either.
The townsfolk give Ms. Lionheart a wide berth should they see her approaching. Not that there's a problem with her that anyone can pinpoint per se, but she is a little... shall we say... eccentric. With her colorful leopard print hat and garish feline apron, the local teens have dubbed her "Old Kitty", a name she'd no doubt give them a good drubbing for should it ever be said to her face. As the last remaining member of her family, she lives out her days with her four cats, and that's just the way she likes things.
Gracie is a free spirit, but she reigns it in for her day job. Don't be mistaken, she loves working with the kids at Crestview School and takes satisfaction from the opportunity to help shape their lives. But is there more to Gracie than meets the eye? When she's not busy grading papers she dreams of a glamorous life in modeling and finding the right man to sweep her off her feet.
The Marshalls are madly in love, have a beautiful home, and successful careers. What could go wrong? A glossy exterior hides their secret pain - try as they might they've been unable to have a child. Crib, toy box, and highchair sit unused, and so the Marshall's bide their time and mask their emotions by adopting all the pets they can handle. Puppies, kittens, foals - anything they can nurse and cherish, they welcome into their home. Will they one day be able to have the final addition that would make their family complete?
Sofia felt trapped for years - trapped in a loveless marriage, and trapped in the concrete jungle of the city. She made the decision to take her life back by kicking her husband to the curb, and uprooting her moody teenage son for a fresh start in the country. Flush with cash from the divorce, she purchased a horse to help charm to posh country crowd. Now that she's a cougar on the prowl, will young Cruz be able to adjust to his new family and make friends in a brand new town?
The Millers are one of the most well-liked families in all of Appaloosa. They've built a reputation as trustworthy humanitarians with their strong family values and unending generosity. As fate would have it, they live right next door to the Riffins - certainly a bunch that could use a helping hand. As Quincy and Jacquie keep a watchful eye over their young neighbors, will the seemingly innocent Maisy take her own special interest in Calvin Riffin?
The Singleton brothers are self-made millionaires, striking it rich by cashing in on the tech sector just before the dot com bubble burst. With lots of money and lots of free time, they decided to head west - Midwest that is. They haven't exactly had a lot of success raising horses (but what city slicker does?), but they figure if they keep throwing enough money at it something will eventually click. Between Rodney's book smarts and Booker's charming looks, they're ultimately bound for success in anything they take on.
Having moved to the mainland from Hawaii a few years back, the Parrott family seems like an exotic bunch to the country locals. Their troubles are effectively masked by their neighbors believing their mannerisms stem from cultural differences. Kanoa leads a busy life, routinely commuting to the city on business - and perhaps more. Jazlyn however appears to have become meek and downtrodden over the years; can she find the strength to take back her life and come into her own?
Imogen had it all - as a young beauty pageant star she was at home on the stage! The world grew up with her year after teenage year on the hit show, "As the PlumbBob Turns". And she blossomed into adulthood with a breakout role in "Simsylvania", playing the love interest between two clans of werewolves, oceans apart in Transylvania and Pennsylvania. Alas, her world came crashing down around her as an unexpected pregnancy led to some unfortunately botched plastic surgery. As the heiress to the silver screen, she's remaining incognito in the countryside until all her problems blow over.
Gavin Pinkerton is slowly adjusting to life in the country. As a long time plastic surgeon to the stars, business was booming in the glamorous city of Bridgeport. One small slip of the scalpel and a medical malpractice lawsuit later though, Gavin found himself desperate for a change of scenery. Being the town doctor in Appaloosa isn't quite the fast paced high pressure life he was used to, but perhaps the countryside has other charms to offer. For the time being though, he plans to lay low and hope his tarnished reputation doesn't catch up to him.
The Riffin family - what's left of them that is - has suffered through extraordinary hardship. Clement and Clarissa were loving parents, living off the sweat of their brow and working the land until an unfortunate farming accident left the children orphaned at a young age. As the oldest, Calvin quickly shouldered the responsibility of holding the family together. With their parents watching over them from beyond, and some helping hands from the townsfolk, the Riffins endure and move on.
Benjamin - handyman by day, eligible bachelor by night. He lives alone with his pup Ralston, but by no means is he lonely. The women of Appaloosa appreciate his skills and there's nothing subtle about the number of house calls he makes for "broken" appliances. Will he ever find a reason to settle down?
Barrington and Juanita fell madly in love in a whirlwind romance that swept through the town of Appaloosa like a twister speeding across the plains. Juanita was visiting home after her big win on the reality cooking competition Dishes to Delicacy, a show that takes minimum wage dishwashers and turns them into master chefs. She immediately caught the eye of Barrington, the high school coach turned administrator of Appaloosa's new world class stadium. These two rags to riches stories simply clicked, and with the expected pitter patter of tiny feet, it can't be too long before wedding bells chime throughout the town!
This eclectic group has decided to pool money together to rent their own home on the range. They come from all walks of life... Benni is the southern belle with modern flair. Zac is the local bad boy - line cook by day and biker by night. Hailey is the typical girl next door who wants nothing more than a pup to call her own. Kenji is the junior archeologist who can't wait to get a closer look at the dinosaur dig on the edge of town. The one thing they all share is a love of animals, but the landlord has a very firm policy of no fur allowed. Until they can change his mind, it looks like they're stuck with a feathered friend.
These Sims are pre-made, but homeless when Appaloosa Plains is first loaded.
A dinosaur is located on the edge of town. Dogs can collect bones and search for treasure here. The pose of the statue is based on a T-Rex at Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, California.
As noted by Rebecca Sherin, the geography was based on Arizona's Sedona, but with a "splash of Kentucky green!"
The number of minor pets spawned in Appaloosa Plains has higher cap than other worlds.
There are new rabbit holes, and the old ones look completely different in Appaloosa Plains.
The XML in the world file carries preset celebrity data for Sims in Appaloosa Plains. So when Late Night is installed some number of residents of the world have celebrity status.
The beach, Adventure Landing, is named after a waterpark/arcade in Jacksonville, Florida. It also has the same address of the Adventure Landing location closest to Jacksonville Beach. Graham Nardone (aka SimGuruGraham), a producer for The Sims 3: Pets, once worked there as a gameroom manager.
All deceased Sims in Appaloosa Plains are red, in clothing, skin, and hair. Additionally, all of them have the same favorite color: orange.
Appaloosa Plains is one of the locations where postcards can be obtained from in The Sims 4.
Sims in inactive households can get stuck just outside the Newton Cemetery in between a hedge and a "no llamas" sign. The Sims will be unable to move, stomping their feet there until the player deletes the corner of the hedge closest to the sign in Edit Town mode or uses the resetsim cheat on the Sims who are stuck.