January 27th, 2010



I've been playing a Sims 3 Adoptacy lately. I know I am not quite the first to make that, but there seems to be very few. Obviously this is a pretty narrow interest, since much of the fun of a Legacy (not to say Prosperity) challenge is to see the genetics unfold through the generations. On the other hand, this comes with a price. There is a disturbing uniformity in the Sims 3 mainstream, with very pretty founders who then go hunting for the perfect sperm donor (that Stiles guy seems to be excessively popular).

Anyway, Adoptacy. It is all about throwing the line out in the gene pool and see what comes up. Even my founder was random made, except the body sliders and skin tone which I altered to fit the backstory. Pictures later, I hope. I take pictures very sparingly (this machine sucks in that regard) so I will probably not post an update until the founder dies or the next generation starts adopting, whichever comes first.

The Adoptacy is pretty much what you'd think. No biological babies allowed. In addition I have the following rules for the Doomed Adoptacy:
1) Single parent. The founder and heir cannot marry or have a live-in lover.
2) Family trait: Unflirty. That kind of goes with the terrain, I guess. But it reduces the number of other traits available. If there for some reason is no offspring with the family trait in one generation, the story wraps up there.
3) Trait restrictions: If allowed to pick traits due to good parenting, the following restrictions apply.
--a) Age up to child: Must pick a trait from the adoptive parent. Small children are impressionable creatures.
--b) Age up to teen: Must take unflirty. This is where our "family values" (morality) comes into action.
--c) Age up to young adult: Must take a skill-related trait. This is the age where we focus on becoming a productive worker.
--d) Exception: If child fails to do homework and the game picks a teen trait, Unflirty must be picked as young adult, or the offspring expelled.
I considered rolling for traits within each group but decided instead to actively pick different traits, at least in the first generation.
4) No cousins. Uncles and aunts are allowed to stay in the house if they have the family trait. But only the heir can have children, and only by adoption.