I have to come clean and say that this is not a true Legacy Challenge legacy Sims 3 family. I started before I knew all the rules of the Legacy Challenge. The official challenge seems to center around keeping your 10-generation Sims 3 family on the same lot for the entire time and building a mansion there. I’d rather show off my upward-climbing family by allowing them to buy their way up to nicer homes. I think it’s fun for them to move around in the community, and I’m pretty lousy at designing houses anyway.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the founding member of the Sample clan, the only Sim in this story who I created myself. Meet Susie.
I created Susie to be a bit of an avatar. She’s overweight and redheaded, though more readheaded than I am. I gave her some personality traits inspired by how I view myself. Yes, I named her Susie Sample as a gag, but after a while I got really attached to it. It seems to fit the bizarre, yet endearing, Sims 3 naming conventions.
Susie is charismatic, a party animal, a mooch, and childlike.
I’d like to think I’m not a mooch, at least.
I didn’t give her a fifth personality trait because I didn’t fully understand how the game worked. I thought I could let her choose any empty traits as she lived her life. This didn’t turn out to be the case. You or the game chooses personality traits at each Sim’s birthday until it is an adult. So she ended up stuck with only four traits.
Susie also has some skills after my own heart. She likes to tinker.
She’s also an amazingly good cook.
As sort of a path not taken, I gave her a musical ambition — Golden Tongue, Golden Fingers. My music has always been a side hobby, while programming took the forefront of my career. I figured that someone with the maximum number of friends and the best musical skills would be a wish-fulfillment alternate me.
She started out with the usual startup money and no bennies. Her original home was pretty shabby, but I didn’t get the hang of taking pictures until she had already moved out to the home you see here. How she got to this house, of course, is another story.
Interesting start! I'm not crazy about the idea of keeping a family on a lot for all 10 gens, cos frankly with all the glitches and errors that the Sims has, it's really not practical to do so. Anyway, I love the founder name! It rolls off the tongue. 🙂
Hee! Yeah, I didn't realize how much the glitches would be an issue when I wrote this. As of this writing, the Samples have moved into fresh copies of Sunset Vally twice!
Only twice? lol.
Actually I have no idea what gen you're on, but if I had to only move to fresh copies twice I'd probably be on gen 5.
Ha! And you're so right! Well, Gen 5 is about to age into children in current gameplay, but close :).
Lol! Well, seems like the Sims is pretty similarly stable (or rather, unstable) on our machines…
I'm going to read this from the beginning XD
Susie sounds like she has an interesting personality and I can't wait to see where this goes
Wow! At this point, that's a big undertaking. I'm pushing Gen 5 at the moment. You're awesome.
Thought Id let you know Ive started reading 🙂
You know, I always kind of wished that Pinstar had added some contingency to the Legacy rules that allowed you to move the family to another house. It made sense not to do so in the Sims 2 since it caused them to lose their relationships, but I don't believe that was the case in the Sims 3 (correct me if I'm wrong). I mentioned it to him a few times, but he likes keeping it all on one lot. Like you… I'm not much of a builder 😛
So hey, even if it's not technically Legacy Legal, great story so far! I plan on reading through the rest of the chapters!
Thanks you so much!
I do think that Pinstar visualizes a much more simple and restrictive legacy than I want to play. His legacy features a whole lot of restriction scenarios where you do the same thing for 10 generations. I'm pretty sure his target audience isn't folks like me who are taking the entire active life of the Sims 3 game to complete a single legacy.
And yeah, moving to a different house has no effect on your relationships. With the help of a mod, you can move multiple households to a different town without affecting relationships. I don't really consider that cheating.
But that's OK. I'm tracking my points anyway, and I think if I get to the end I'll have followed the rules about as well as most others who managed to finish. Ha! Maybe I'll deduct some points for "cheating" on the one-lot thing.
I've started a lot of legacies, but never had one last more than 3 generations on a lot without developing some glitchiness. I don't want to be trapped into one lot or playing traits I hate (or the same traits again and again) for years either.
It is neat that you made Susie like a wish-fulfillment you. She sounds like she'll be a really fun sim to follow.
I should start dropping my copy of Susie into my other games. I can think of so many more fun things to do with her now that I'm a seasoned player.
OK, here I am 🙂 I finally decided to read your story from the complete beginning. Yay!!!
It may seem crazy… well, I guess it is 🙂 I have been sneaking to your blog since the last summer, but never actually found time to read it (the number of posts just scared me off, haha). I still don't have enough free time to dedicate to playing and blogging about my own legacy (you already know that, don't you…) but having a ''never-ending'' Sims 3 story ahead, I thought it was about time to start reading 🙂 😉
Have a good day!!!
Good heavens! I'm so excited you've come to read!
But I do want to warn you that there are more than 300 posts on this blog. I started it in bloody 2010. I think that if I actually finish, it will be the longest-running completed 10-generation legacy ever blogged.
If you decide not to read the whole thing, I won't tell. That's why I put up the summary page :).
If you DO want to read it, I'll be thrilled. Just don't burn yourself out ;-).
If you gonna start reading a Legacy you have to start from the beginning! I am not sure if I am in awe or terrified (for my own sake) that you have been playing your legacy for 4 coming up on 5 years! Wow! I am sure I will have a blast reading it all!
/Anna – K.I.S.S
Hello and welcome! I'm intimidated for you too. I can't believe how long I've been doing this either. Then again, lots of people have been playing longer than I have. They just either finish their challenges faster than I do or change challenges. I just keep plugging along on this one.
I'm excited to see you! I'm also afraid you'll get overwhelmed at go away :).
Just started reading. I'm going to try to do a few chapters a day. I'm really looking forward to this!
It is awesome to see that you started doing it similarly as I am. My Founder represents me, what I think that I am really on the inside, and on the outside. Well, perhaps I made her look more unique, but whatever. 🙂