Girl Meets Boy

November 22nd, 2004

After seeing how much fun Jen was having with the Legacy Challenge, I just had to try my hand at it. For those of you who don't know, very quickly, the object of the game is to "make a family the 'strongest' it can be over ten generations." In this sense, "strongest" means having wealthy and happy Sims (i.e. have as many platinum-level aspirations as possible fulfilled throughout the generations).

I created a female knowledge Sim named "Katrina Keene." I can't remember her stats off the top of my head (and I'm too lazy to boot up my game, but if you want to know her exact stats let me know and I'll post them later). I do know she's a Virgo, and she's extremely neat and very serious as well. Knowledge Sims are my favorite because they are the easiest to keep happy. Just have them earn a skill point and one of their aspirations is fulfilled.

The Legacy Shack

In accordance with the rules, I started Katrina out on an empty 5 x 5 lot (the largest lot available). That ate up a lot of Katrina's starting §20,000. As I remember, she had around §5,000 left to build a house and get some furniture. As you see in the above picture, I couldn't afford to panel the outside walls, nor could I carpet or paint the inside walls.

I furnished the house as well as I could (i.e. bed, bookshelf, chair, toilet, sink, refrigerator, stove, counter, a couple of bare bulb lights, and a single wee window) but I couldn't afford a shower. So, the next night when Katrina started getting stinky (thank goodness she is a neat Sim, I've noticed the sloppy Sims lose hygiene points more quickly) I had to sell her bed and bookshelf to buy a shower. After her shower, I sold it back and repurchased her bed and bookshelf. It wasn't until her second day on the job that I was finally able to buy her a shower to keep.

In case you were wondering, this house is located in the Pleasantview neighborhood. Pleasantview is currently devoid of any other families as I moved everyone into Pirate's Cove, so I thought it would be a good place to play the game as your Sim can only marry NPCs (non-player characters) or Townies. I have so many families in Pirate's Cove that if I played there, it would be difficult to meet any NPCs or Townies because my other characters would be stopping by all the time.

Katrina learns to cook.

The first thing I had Katrina do after the house (rather, the shack) was built was to learn to cook. I didn't want her to set a fire while cooking her first meal since I couldn't afford a fire alarm (which would summon the fire department automatically) nor a telephone (with which to call the fire department). But, looking back on it now, I should have figured out a way to buy a phone or the fire alarm and then set Katrina loose hoping she would set her stove on fire…that way she could have met a fireman. Oh well, perhaps a generation to come will marry one instead.

Katrina meets Kennedy...a possible beau?

As Katrina studied, I scanned the sidewalk ready to have her pounce on the first unsuspecting male Sim to walk past. The first male Sim to enter the lot was the newspaper boy Derek. He was too young so (after she checked the newspaper for a job) I had her continue reading. Soon after, Kennedy walked onto the lot and paused just outside her house. I canceled her studying and had her go greet him. They got along well enough and chatted for a while. I thought I would eventually have them get married.

Katrina and Joe hit it off right away.

But then, Joe came along. Katrina and Joe seemed to hit it off right away. I didn't have to "ride herd" on their conversation quite as much as I did with Kennedy and Katrina. By the end of Katrina's first Sim day, Joe and Katrina had a crush on each other. I wanted Joe to move in as soon as possible, but that would prove a little more difficult than I had thought. In fact, my impatience made them fall out of their crush. Oops! Sorry, guys!

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14 Responses to “Girl Meets Boy”

  1. Jen says:

    Cool!! I'm so glad you posted about your Legacy family. The pics are great and your renovated house is too cute! I wish I would have married Nia to a Townie instead of an NPC — they have diddly squat for money, which made it more difficult to get going.

  2. chattykathy says:

    okay, since i'm not doing the legacy challenge (but i'm so interested in the stories), i've noticed that you have to buy a 5 x 5 lot. i know you have to have 10 generations… but do they all have to live on the same lot? meaning, do you have to build multiple houses on the same lot? is that why the lot has to be so big? the reason why i'm asking is that Heidi was building a second home on her lot. i guess i could've asked her but i was just here so i thought i'd ask you! :)

  3. Lauren says:

    A very nice start. I always like your stories and updates. Building a family across several generations is how my daughter plays. I've asked her how she thinks she will feel when "her" Sim dies. Her family is now 2nd generation and she is the matrioc character. She said she'll feel sad but as long as her children are doing well, it will be fine. She's such a sweet kid. I think she's going to make a great mom in RL. Good luck with the challenge.

  4. Mieko says:

    Don't ever shut down your blog.
    Even if you snip your stories abit, I love reading about other people's sims…
    besides, I've had the game since september and haven't been able to play -because I need a differant graphics card…- so yeah, I get to watch OTHER people play.

  5. Janice says:

    hehe pretty house for a budget house^^ I'm currently trying out the Legacy challenge too. lol… took me about 3 or 4 days to get my sims to mirry a townie!

  6. Daniele says:

    Hi…I am rather new and have heard snipits about the legacy challenge…but I don't know anything more about it…where do I find more information or could you point me in the right direction?:?::?:

  7. Leslie says:

    Good job, I'd love to hear about your Legacy challenge! I think I will start my own challenge soon! :idea:

  8. Jade Eliott says:

    A nice read! You do not have to post three pages (or even two) to give us good stories! Short and sweet takes the pressure off of you. :-)

  9. PeophinGal says:

    There's a link to infomation to the Legacy Challenge info on the first page, just click: Legacy Challenge. (Hint its a blue word.)

  10. heidi says:

    Great! Another legacy challenge, it's so fun to see how everybody does their stories. I can't wait to see more! I need to post some about my legacy family again. I have two generations so far but it's so hard to keep everybody happy all the time…especially with children!

  11. Natou says:

    Ca à l'air mignon comme histoire… :wink: je pense que pas beaucoup me comprendrons, mais bon moi en meme temps je comprend mal l'anglais…

    A ce qui comprenne vous êtes trop fort!!!! :shock:
    Une française

  12. coolguy says:

    huh??:shock:wow and i thought i talked weird.:shock:

  13. Raiven says:

    How did you move yr SIMS fr one neighbourhood to the next? I thought they could only stay were they started out. Please tell. I have endless SIMS scattered all over the place and I would like to get them toghether.

  14. simister says:

    I heard about the legacy challenge and am so interested in doing it. I've just been playing NPC's without making a sim family of my own.I'm planning on taking the challenge, but when I think I can do it. My poor sim!!!

    Oh yeah Raiven, look in your sims 2 book on pages 8 to 11. It'll explain how to move your families closer together (or further apart) and how to load 'em into your desired neighborhood. :wink: