Month: July 2015

Generation 1.1 – Love Story

We were both young when I first saw you.

07-18-15_6-27 PM-2Lillian was fishing at the park when she met Wyatt. It was one of the precious few days she had off from work and she had decided to unwind by the river. Lillian had been living outside and working hard to save money for a house. She’d been promoted to Caterer at work and, though she loved cooking, she was exhausted by her long hours and disappointed by her meager salary. Fishing had quickly become necessary relaxation in Lillian’s stressful life.

When a handsome, dark-haired stranger cast his line beside hers, Lillian’s heart skipped a beat. Though she wanted a family, Lillian had wisely decided to put off dating until she was more financially stable. She didn’t want some white knight to rescue her from poverty, nor did she want to move her future husband onto her empty lot. Still, Lillian thought, it doesn’t hurt to look.

After spending some time sneakily glancing at the man beside her, Lillian introduced herself. She didn’t want him to think she was creepy. Within a few minutes of talking with him, she was smitten. His name was Wyatt, he was also broke and he lived with seven roommates. Wyatt was currently employed as a musician despite having no love of music and no real talent for it. He had a good sense of humor and his goofy jokes put Lillian at ease. Plus, he was very easy on the eyes. Lillian couldn’t resist his scruffy beard and gentle smirk.

After their first meeting, Lillian thought about Wyatt constantly. She spent much of her free time hanging around the park, hoping to catch a glimpse of her new crush. He always seemed to be around. Lillian wondered if he was secretly hoping to see her, too.

One day, during one of their frequent walks through the park, Lillian decided to find out if Wyatt reciprocated her feelings.

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As it turns out, Wyatt did feel the same way about Lillian.

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He really, really did.

From that point on, Lillian and Wyatt were inseparable, or at least as inseparable as two people could be when one of them worked as much as Lillian. Her hard work paid off, though, because with her next promotion Lillian was able to build a small house.

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Lillian had accomplished her first goal: she had a roof over her head. She knew what she had to do next. She invited Wyatt over to see her new place. Then, in her tiny, unfinished kitchen, Lillian asked Wyatt a very important question.

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It’s a love story, baby, just say yes.

Generation 1.0 – Feeling Good

It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day.

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Lillian surveyed her new property. The real estate agent had told her it was called Oakenstead. A good, strong name, she thought. It’s a good lot. Her sparse belongings looked a little silly laid out on the grass, but she didn’t mind. Some combination of naivety and cheerfulness allowed her to be optimistic, even now, as she was homeless, jobless, broke and alone.

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It was optimism that had led her to Willow Creek. A survivor of the foster care system, Lillian had been awarded a small amount of money from the government. It wasn’t enough to buy a house, but it allowed her to buy a big, beautiful piece of land. It was an aspirational purchase; Lillian had always dreamed of having a large house and enough kids to fill it. Right now, she lacked both the house and the kids, but she was confident she’d get them someday. Lillian could never understand people who didn’t chase after their dreams. She was more than willing to take risks and work hard to get what she wanted. That’s why, just moments after arriving in her new town, Lillian set out to find a job.

Luck was on her side, as the job hunt was as easy as making a few quick swipes on her smartphone. She even found work in the industry she was hoping for, albeit not in her desired position. Another of Lillian’s dreams was to become a renowned chef. She got hired as an assistant dishwasher, which she supposed was close enough. She decided she’d woo her employers with her fabulous cooking skills and be promoted instantly. The only problem was that Lillian didn’t have any cooking skills.

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Lillian spent her first few days in Willow Creek reading cookbooks at the library and practicing her cooking at home. While she wasn’t immediately promoted to Head Chef at work like she had hoped, she did eventually earn a spot as Head Dishwasher, which came with a nice little bonus. Since Lillian’s home was right on the water, she also took up fishing, which was a fun hobby that occasionally brought in some extra cash.

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It didn’t take long for Lillian to get settled into her new life in Willow Creek. She had always kept a mental to-do list of the things she wanted for herself. She knew she had found the right place to live and was on her way to the right career. Her next goal was to find the perfect man and have a bunch of kids. With the way her luck had been lately, Lillian didn’t think she would have any trouble in that department.

07-10-15_9-35 PMIt’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good.

Introduction – Welcome to the Coin Legacy Challenge

This blog will document my attempt at Pinstar’s Legacy Challenge in the Sims 4. The Legacy Challenge asks the player to follow a young, poor, single Sim as they live their life and start a family. The player then follows this Sim’s descendants for 10 generations, observing how their family grows and changes over time.

My legacy will follow the Coin family, beginning with my founder, Lillian Coin. 07-13-15_4-44 PM

As per the Legacy Challenge’s rules, Lillian will move into a large, empty lot with very little money. She will know nobody in her new hometown of Willow Creek and be essentially homeless, as she will lack the funds to build a proper home. Lillian will attempt to find love and have children, one of whom will eventually earn the title of Heir and become the new focus of the Legacy Challenge.

The Legacy Challenge rules allow for players to choose certain parameters, called Succession Laws, which I will list here in case anyone is curious. For the Gender Law, I have chosen Equality, which means offspring of either gender are eligible to become Heir to the legacy. My Bloodline Law is Modern, meaning both adopted and biological children are eligible to become Heir. Finally, my choice for the Heir Law is Democracy, which means I will allow others to select each generation’s Heir. To accomplish this I will post polls here, allowing readers and random internet passersby to vote for their favorite Sims.