Welcome to my second legacy challenge here at GC Sims! The format’s going to be similar to that of my last one – just candid pictures from my game with some commentary/explanation/review. This time, I’ll be having each generation’s heir master three skills. Before we begin, I’d recommend reading the section at the end of my previous post, where I’ve briefly explained a bit more about what that means.
This generation we’re going to be in idyllic Riverview, taking a look at the handiness, sculpting, and cooking skills.
Our founder is Oasis Landing-born teen Arjan Archibilt-Patel. I don’t really have an in-universe reason why he moved out of his parents’ house. Maybe he wanted some independence to focus on his creations.
I chose the handy, savvy sculptor, and natural cooks trait for Arjan, and he rolled neat, loser, frugal, and night owl. He already has all but the last, which I’ll give him when he ages up.
I think these are a great bunch of skills and traits for our first generation: handiness is always useful; you may have noticed by now that cooking is one of my favourites; and I’d say that sculpting is possibly the most involved skill in the game. You could spend a whole (probably very boring) legacy just sculpting and still not have ‘one hundred percented’ it. I’ll get into a bit more detail as we go along and in the comments section, but just to give you an idea, there are almost a hundred unique objects to sculpt, and, when you’re attempting to unlock a new one, there’s no way to stop your sim often just creating something they already know instead. To make things more complicated still, the value range for any particular sculpture is determined by the number of times your sim has sculpted that object type, along with the number of times they have sculpted in a particular medium (clay, stone, etc.) and a whole host of other modifiers.
I hope it doesn’t take too long for the money from Arjan’s sculptures to start coming in – or at least for him to create some decent furniture – because once again I’ve made a starter that’s too big and so had to leave it almost entirely unfurnished.
Perhaps Arjan’s frugal trait will help us out too. I guess this is actually a great one for a founder to have. The first coupon he cut out of the paper was for a spa treatment that he definitely couldn’t afford, but I’ll keep an eye out for good deals.
I signed him up for Culinary School, thinking that vocational training would be more appropriate than high school for a teenager living alone.
On his way home, he stopped by saitouamy‘s gorgeous Farmer’s Market to see what produce they had for sale. Isn’t it lovely? I may eventually build an art shop for the town, but there is a consignment register on the lot, so for now I’m just going to have Arjan sell his sculptures here.
I need to learn the standard prices for the different fruits and vegetables so that our frugal teen doesn’t get a nasty ripped off moodlet. I think anything in the nine simoleon section is generally safe, unless it’s lettuce or something. Arjan obtained some strawberries and pecans in what he actually considered to be a ‘good deal’ (complete with +10 moodlet).
Back at the house, he made his first sculpture.
He doesn’t have a bed yet. My priorities may be slightly skewed.
The next morning, it was waffles for breakfast. I’d forgotten that pancakes are a level one unlock.
The waffles were only normal quality, but still set Arjan up well for his first day at school, where he met two new friends, Betty and Argus. That afternoon, he invited them to hang out with him in the park.
I noticed Arjan’s parents and sister were there too.
While Arjan was cooking hot dogs for everyone, Argus started yelling at poor Betty.
By the time the food was ready, it seemed like she didn’t want to be anywhere near him.
Over the next few days, Arjan really buckled down with his sculpting. After all, there were bills to pay.
He was at least able to make his strawberry pancakes. I’ve only just noticed that his stove has six hobs. Is that standard in the US, even for cheap ones like this? I’ve never had one with more than four.
He also created a clay potty! When we’ve got a bit more time and money, it will be nice to try to make higher quality versions of this for Arjan’s kids.
Friday arrived, and after a hard week of work Arjan was happy to be able to unwind with Betty at the Water Hole Juice Bar. He invited Argus and Betty’s boyfriend Bob too, but neither of them were in the mood to come out.
During his evening with Betty, Arjan had rolled a wish to cook her favourite meal. I always think that one’s cute. It’s a shame there’s no option to ask about sims’ favourites. Maybe you’re meant to watch the speech bubbles or something. I just cheat and check with Master Controller.
Betty turned out to be a fan of cookies, but those require a recipe book and Arjan doesn’t like to spend his money unless he has to. I sent him to the library to read a handiness book while I thought about what to do.
I remembered that sims can learn recipes from the cooking channel, and, since Arjan’s not very skilled yet, his chances of getting the right one would be reasonably high. But while I was in map view searching for somewhere that might have a TV, I noticed a grill-a-thon at the park, so sent Arjan to participate in that instead.
He had to spend 60 simoleons on ingredients, but in return won a prize of a thousand simoleons! With that kind of money in hand, I decided it would definitely be okay for him to splash out on one recipe book.
Now he just needed some eggs, which he was able to get the next day from the farmer’s market, along with some milk to turn into cheese. I’m avoiding the plants, because harvesting those would level up Arjan’s gardening skill, but I consider the chickens and cows fair game.
Betty loved the cookies!
Arjan invited Argus round to enjoy them too, but immediately regretted it.
Ah hah! We need one of these. (I’m not kidding: Arjan has a proper bed now, but has just been peeing at the gym.)
The next few days were really busy. Arjan’s brother and sister celebrated their birthday. He bought some bubble bath for diva Nico and a desk toy for genius Anika, both from the consignment store at a good price.
He also branched out into wood and ice sculptures.
A new girl, Laurel, transferred to the culinary school. She and Arjan instantly noticed one another, and that night she called him up and asked him to go to prom with him! He wasn’t able to get together with her before the dance itself because of her work hours, but afterwards he took her out for a meal at the diner.
The following day was Arjan’s birthday. His ice sculptures had all melted and sold for zero simoleons, but his wood ones had brought in a couple of thousand, so I was able to decorate the dining room to celebrate the occasion. (Having a nice fireplace is definitely more important than being able to shower at home, right?)
Arjan’s family all showed up to his party, along with Betty and Laurel, who had both aged up in the early hours of that morning.
As planned, I gave him the night owl trait.