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Hello all, since I wasn't originally a member when I started this challenge for myself and once I joined, I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to post, there will be several links in this posting; I will try to keep them as organized as possible for you. I have read the rules a few times just to make sure I didn't miss anything and that this was the appropriate place to show how I am playing The SIms 2 currently and that another group was not more appropriate.

It all started with an idea that since I currently have a lot of free time, it would be a good time to slowly reacquaint myself with The Sims 2 game that I have not been playing for a very long time (over a year). The first thing I did was write up a list of things I would like to be able to say I have "mastered" in the game with just the base game because I find with all of the eps installed my Sims die quickly; I feel this is because new options were added before I had master the old ones and I really wanted to be able to work my way up in the game.

For my list of things I would like to accomplish in the game before I install University, please click on this link.

Next I set up my neighborhood and after a couple of false starts, was able to make some progress finally. I am playing these families rotation style with a new Sim (or Sims) added every three Sim days. I am posting the links in the order they were posted to my blog as that should make more sense than reading them from newest to oldest. I keep the blog pretty PG and it is primarily G so it should all be safe.  The pictures are all displayed as jpgs and in the medium image size LiveJournal has available for their ScrapBook uploads.  The number of images vary from post to post, but I try to keep it under 50 and prefer under 40 if possible.

First Rotation: Davis

Second Rotation: Davis and Gindorf

Third Rotation: Davis, Gindorf, and Stuart

Forth Rotation (most recently posted): Davis, Gindorf, Stuart, and Yasadhara

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Edited to correct spelling error


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Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
i think this is really interesting. it's always been fascinating to me to see the different way people approach this game.
i'm far too lazy to do anything like this!
Sep. 24th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you, I also like to see the way other people play the game, it inspires me to be less controlling of my Sims.

As I mentioned above, right now I have a lot of free time, and I probably will for a while (medical issues). I can't spend large amounts of time on the computer every day, but when I do get computer time, I like it to be Sims related.
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Sounds pretty interesting. It's kind of similar to how I went along with my first legacy. I started it when I only had the base game, and I decided to go through the whole alphabet after I hit generation 10, so it's been with me as I've installed the EPs that I play with now.

I collected platinum graves from every aspiration, and I've done the "Have 10 Children" want, several sets of face templates used for townies, all sorts of things. It sounds like your list is similar to a variation of the "Build a City Challenge," at least in regards to building up your hood. There are a few threads on MATY where some people discuss how they keep variety in their games, too. Like doing dice-rolling for all sorts of things, including whether to build a new community lot that rotation.
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Interesting, I have read the rules for the Build a City Challenge and may try it once I have built up to a couple of eps or so. I had not thought of dice-rolling for whether or not to build a community lot, of course, since building is one of my weak points all of the Sims are still going to the one community lot I added at the beginning of the neighborhood. I keep thinking I will build one, maybe since the next rotation will be #5 I might do it then.

I will have to look through the MATY forum and see what other ideas might inspire me; thank you.
Sep. 24th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
If you need ideas for community lots, you can look through my Manhattenton hood stuff (mostly the mini-Tours, though some of the legacy updates obviously have comm lot visits) to see--I built everything in that hood except for an amusement park lot from MTS2. A few things won't translate because of EPs, but there are bars and ways to make some restaurant analogs in base game. If you don't mind the shameless plug...I love building so I post about it a lot!

I was just looking through plasticbox's Backdoor Lane lots on MTS2 the other day, because I like having small condensed places to stick legacy heirs in my less managed hoods, and there were several unique small community lots in that series. I think most required at least NL, but they seemed simple enough to rebuild if you wanted to look at the pictures and use the idea.

In general, I think community lots got quite a bit more interesting with NL for obvious reasons. I don't even attach downtown subhoods any more, but I have a small nightclub lot I built that I put in most of my neighborhoods for a quick multi-purpose lot...most of the fun nightclub stuff came with the EP.
Sep. 24th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll have to give those a look when I am a little more awake.
Sep. 25th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
This sounds like the idea that beatdoc16 had about a few weeks ago. Her idea was to start with a base game pre-made hood and master all the things that came with the base game, which would unlock University. Then you master all the new things that came with that EP, which in turn unlocks the next EP, Nightlife. And you keep going like that, mastering each EP based on the new interactions and options that came with them. In addition, there are side challenges to unlock the SPs, so you have to complete a task or fulfil a particular want or LTW in order to unlock an SP.

Sounds like a really fun way to play. I kind of tend to pick and choose bits and pieces out of each EP that I use so experiencing everything that came with each EP and really getting to know the game sounds great.
Sep. 25th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
That does sound like what I am doing, though I should not be surprised that someone thought of this before me since there are so many Sim player. I will have to see if she has documented much of her efforts to see if there is anything I am missing from my list.

I think a lot of people find the few things per ep that they really like and then tend not to stray to far away from them, that is a normal response. I have two nieces who are just now getting into the game (base game only) starting in August and our plan is to get them each a different ep for Christmas based on their interests (one asked for the pet ep as soon as we handed her the base game) but I want to make sure we don't add too much for them to handle in the game too quickly since I know what kind of problems I have had when I added eps before I really understood the previous ones (and they are 8 and 5 so age is also a factor).
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