Although I said yesterday that I wasn’t going to start this…I did anyway. I figured I should capture my enthusiasm while it lasted. This shouldn’t be a long series or at least not a complex one, so hopefully it won’t be too bad that I started early.
The room challenge is quite simple. You set your sim in an 8×8 house and they can’t leave until they have completed the Mansion Barron aspiration. They can’t make friends and you lose points if their social needs get too low. Rules and scoring are on the Sims forum.
My first inspiration for this story was the Sidelines house basement (where Nova and Penelope’s rooms are). Due to glass walls overlooking a “garden” it feels like a sanitized outside surrounded by darkness. It feels like a space station. Ever since, I’ve planned to write a sim story set in space. The room challenge seemed the perfect way to have someone stuck in a small box.
Our ‘lucky’ sim is Amelia Echo.
She’s a quick learner, which is good because she’s going to learn lots of different skills to keep herself alive and happy. She’s also outgoing, not because it makes the challenge harder (although it does), but that seemed to be the type of child she would be. She grew up in a very small community (only 7 other sims on the ship), and she met a great many strangers every time they docked at a new station. In situations like that you learn to make lots of friends quickly.
In her teenage years she was learning to appreciate music of all kinds. Her dad was also a music lover so she has a huge collection to listen to. Soon after she became a teenager, however, the accident happened. Since I can’t play the challenge as a teenager that means that Amelia has been along for quite some time.
Thus, she’s entirely sane anymore. I picked the ‘insane’ mainly because I wanted some sort of stimuli to give her different moods for story telling, but it has the added bonus that she’s very chatty with her ‘friends,’ the easel and the light fixture, so her social isn’t going down much at all – at least not by day 2.
My personality inspiration for Amelia was Oswin from the Dr. Who episode “Asylum of the Daleks.” Oswin liked baking too although I don’t think soufflés have made it into the sims, yet and she wasn’t entirely sane either. Who would be in either situation?
Now, onto the ‘house’ which is technically a ship.
Although the ship is actually quite large, yes I build the whole thing, for this challenge I made a smaller version of the ship by cobbling together a few rooms for her to be confined in. In the story Amelia might leave her rooms from time to time, but don’t worry, in reality she won’t be. I did string the rooms together so they’d kind of match the layout of the real ship, but there’s some differences.
If you count squares, you’ll notice there may be slightly more than 64 squares in this build. However the extra squares (about 8 extra) were added to make the hallway a bit longer so it wouldn’t feel so different from the original. I don’t count the stairway out or the glass garden areas since she can’t get to them.
That’s all for the introduction. We’ll be diving into the story proper now.