TS2 (part 1)
5, 2004 - by Juliana Valentino, Simmerville Spokes Sim
scientists agree; the old Simmish Prophecy will come through this Autumn,
any hood accepting the future will be transferred into a new dimension!
Join us as Simmerville prepares for "Transformation TS2" - our biggest
have recently been observed in the north, not far from the Simmervillian
Forest. That is where we expect them to return the extra dimension that
aliens are supposed to have robbed from us when they stopped our aging
in the past. The recent observation might indicate that something will
happen really soon. Experts say this September, Maxoids even say September
17th. Simmerville takes no risk, we are ready to go through with our thoroughly
planned operation, "Transformation TS2".
Leaving the Old
All over Sim Nation Sims
will have to decide whether they want to accept the "Modern Times" (future,
TS2) or to stay in the good "Old Days" (also known as the "flat world").
hood, Simmerville, has accepted to be transformed, which means we will
welcome the new dimension.
this is not just a simple "yes, we accept". Everything as we know it today
will vanish, and all details that we like to recognize in the future have
to be recreated. This includes the hood terrain, houses, furniture,
clothing - yes even the residents! Such a major operation do require good
planning from the Hood Council and volunteers. On this page you can follow
the progress of transforming Simmerville, and perhaps your hood would benefit
from a similar plan. Short cuts are provided to the left.
STEP 1. Information
sure that all your residents are well informed on what will happen. Expect
some reactions as some will distrust your plan, and some might move away.
You might even want to run a voting process on whether the hood should
accept the new dimension or not. Although the dimension is returned to
Sim Nation in general, there are ways to ignore it or at least to delay
it. But your hood can not mix the Old Days and the Modern Times, you must
make a choice.
If your hood doesn't already
have a Hood Council, you should at least elect a committee of Sims staying
in charge of the local progress (and it's always good to know who to blame
if something goes wrong...)
Also keep in mind that you
might need a few Testsims to go through the progress ahead of the rest
In Simmerville the Hood Council sent a letter to all residents a while
ago, informing them that the entire Mazaloom district will get transformed.
They were told that each household must accept to follow our directions
during the full transformation process, or move out. It will not be tolerated
that a Sim follow some directions but not all of them.
Nobody has claimed to leave the hood. The FSAS organisation did protest
to the female testsims' job, but there is nothing they can do because there
are legal contracts.
STEP 2. Making
If you like to rebuild your
hood after the changes, you should take some notes on the community at
large. What kind of Sims lives there? What kind of interests? Which community
lots are the more popular, and which are not so good? Is any community
service depending on specific items that might not be available in the
future? (i.e. collecting local taxes, giving out welfare money, etc.).
Some local routines might need adjustments, and the sooner you are aware
of them the better.
All these kind of things
are important for the rebuild, especially if you like to recreate it all.
You might never again be able to check the current community details. So,
make notes on residents and what the situation in the hood is like today.
Note: This kind of notes
will also be valuable to any Sim who sometime in the future will write
your hood's history.
In Simmerville the Hood Council had several meetings already, and we are
working on alternatives to the money transfer systems, what kind of community
lots we want, and what parts of the hood is historical and should be preserved
for the future.
STEP 3. Testsims
needs to be the first to test out the new existence. Testsims will go through
the entire process ahead of all the others, and they should be the first
Sims to move in after the transformation. Some of their important jobs
will be to test Testville, the Immigration facilities, as well as the community
lots and houses as they are built. It might be a quite risky job, but these
Testsims might also become our future heroes!
TODO: In Simmerville
there are already 3 households that used to work as Testsims until we stopped
import. They were all contacted. We figured that we will need 3 test teams,
and that each lifestage ought to be represented by at least 1 Testsim.
We also posted an ad in SimCity Times, which seems to give a good response.
STEP 4. Recreation
that want to stay in the hood after the transformation, will need to be
recreated by a local Body Shop clinic. It is a painless operation, but
still quite touchy because their personal appearance might be slightly
difference. It's pretty difficult to base a recreation on a mini portrait,
and even if you got a good photo it's often hard to create a similar face.
some adjustments can be altered upon immigration (the CAS clinic), it is
extremely time saving to the total process that as many residents as possible
are happy with a new appearance BEFORE seeing the CAS doctors.
know that many hoods are not having a fully operative Body Shop clinic,
and might be looking for assistance. If your Body Shop clinic has free
capacity making it possible to assist other hoods recreating some of their
Sims, please register below and your service will be offered from this
article, including any restrictions you want (Note).
a free recreation of your Sim:
SHOP CLINICS CAN REGISTER HERE ]
|Mazaloom BS clinic
||Only adults and elders,
max 5 Sims per order.
Shop clinics listed above offer free Sims recreation. The Sim's photo (mini
icon) and a brief description is required. Your order will normally be
handled within 2 weeks. If they can not handle your order they will return
it to you.
TODO: In Simmerville
we had each adult recreated first once, then we had them all recreated
a 2nd time. Five Sims were even recreated by distant clinics. Each Sim
(adults and elders) has now got 2 (or even 3) recreations to choose from.
The alternatives will be posted as a community survey on August 15th and
anyone who knows that Sim can vote on which recreation they think is best.
Some Sims might of course choose either of the two alternatoves, but we
are sure that the voting might be to some help to most Sims.
This process is completed
when each adult Sim has chosen a recreation. You might like to recreate
children as well, but Simmerville has chosen to leave that job to the CAS
clinic in order to make sure that children gets their parents' DNA. If
there are many adopted children in your hood you might like to have them
recreated as part of step 4. In Simmerville they are few and they will
be recreated by the CAS clinic like the other children.
August 30 (Testsims August 15)
STEP 5. Individual
When a household wants to
go through with the transformation, it is utterly important that all details
are gathered before changes take place. We do not know if our memory will
be damaged by the recreation, and if so these note will be extremely useful
for looking up details when organizing the new hood. If you can't remember
a thing upon arriving Modern Times then you will be happy to know that
someone kept your notes!
Ask each Sim to fill out
a form, including name, age, personality traits, interests, skills, job,
finances, relations, and eventually a brief bio. Eventually, each Sim could
be allowed to choose 3 photos from their family album, which 3 current
friendships to keep in the Modern Times, as well as one item or interior
detail that is most important to them and they would like to find in their
new home if possible. Add more questions to the list as you like.
The oldest household member
should add information on any babies/toddlers, and details that concern
the entire household and not just one Sim.
In addition adults and elders
should choose their aspiration. When they arrive the CAS clinic after the
transformation they might be to dizzy or stressed to sort out such a thing.
To avoid misunderstandings, it's much better to provide the CAS clinic
with the information before the Sim arrives.
If the household wants to
move into a similar home, house plans must be enclosed.
make it easier looking up information later on, you should archive all
schemes in a "transformationTS2" folder, and each file name should start
with the Sim's last name (i.e. "valentino_juliana.rtf").
The SimCity Grand Transformation
Office promise to transfer any information to the CAS clinic, and information
will be provided to the Sim you assigned it for. The location of that safe
archive that can be reached from both the Old Days and Modern Times is
of course top secret (we don't want a burglar from the Old Days to get
there before we reach the Modern Times).
In Simmerville we will follow all points listed above. When it comes to
house plans we will claim families living in old houses that are part of
Simmerville's history to live in a similar house also for the future. Sims
living in rather new houses or not particularly functional houses will
be encourraged to order a completely new house in order to reduce the work
load after entering Modern Times. They will be able to order the house
while spending some days for training in Testville.
is the scheme that each Simmervillian is asked to fill in.
STEP 6. Closing
When leaving the Old Days
behind, Sims can still be at home, but the homes should be as tidy as possible,
and a few details might need to be sorted out.
Some households might need
several days to comlete this check list, especially if they have a huge
garden that is not well kept, if they grow vegetables, if their pets are
nursing off-spring, or simply in order to get fired from their current
It is important that a home
is closed as earlly as possible, because if the household spends several
days on this step 6, cleaning and watering will need to be redone.
The very last day in the
old home might be rather tough on most Sims. But it is important, mentally,
to go through this process in order to get ready for and accept the major
changes to come! Knowing they will never again wake up in the Old Days
might be hard on even the strongest individs. On top of this, none of us
will actually be able to guarantee anything concerning the future; Will
it be better? Will we ever arrive there safely? Time will tell! What we
know for sure is that not only the children will have problems falling
asleep that night!
In Simmerville it is required to go through the full check list. We sent
the list to all households together with the general information. We did
that because our residents might see consequences that leads to questions
or a different planning from them.
we have many families here it will take a lot of time to have each household
working their way through the list. Therefore we will start step 6 already
on August 15.
is a copy of the check list that was sent to all households.
This article continues...
We are now all set up for the transformation, click on to find out how
Simmerville is doing or to pick up some ideas for your own local "Transformation
PART 2 : Entering the Modern Times