TS2 (part 2)
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
is part 2 of Simmerville's ongoing operation "Transformation TS2". If you
did not come here from the Part 1 page, you might like to go there to read
We just completed 6 steps
of leaving Old Days (also known as the "flat world"). When we proceeds
with step 7, the 3rd dimension has been delivered, aging is back, and we
do hope that The SimCity Grand Transformation Office did keep their promise
and that we can still reach them to get access to all the information we
saved before leaving the old hood.
this part of the operation the Testsims are more important than ever. It's
now their job really starts as they will be first to deal with each of
the following steps. Even when we forget to mention it, the Testsims will
normally be sent ahead to test a featire or general conditions.
STEP 7. The CAS
Before a Sim can move into
any hood in the future, that Sim must see the doctors at the CAS clinic.
The process is actually an addition to the work done by the Body Shop clinic
(step 4). Thanks to the notes, the CAS clinic will know which recreation
to import, and what personality etc to go with it.
But, this clinic is a lot
more advanced than the Body Shop clinic. In here you will be choosing from
a lot more hairstyles and accessories, and although each Sim will be able
to change most of this at home, it will be recommended to at least find
a more decent hairstyle if the Sim is not comfortable with the first recreation
Children not already being
recreated will be created at CAS. According to the notes (step 5), the
older children will be given a rapid growth turning them into teens.
As part of the stay the families
will be set up, family ties will be defined, to make sure those who were
married in tOld Days will still be married when arriving the Modern Times.
Even out of household relatives will be registered, so it is highly recommended
to start with the families that cover several households.
In Simmerville we decided to split the Sims in 3 teams:
A. Testsims will be first
to be visiting the CAS clinic. As soon as they are ready they will go on
to the training center, Testville (step 8).
B. Families living in more
than one household will be visiting the CAS clinic next. This team will
be prepared in CAS while the Testsims are in Testville. These families
are the Mervils, Gobelins and Light/Parrot.
C. The remaining households
(the majority). This group will visit the CAS clinic while the B team Sims
have headed for Testville.
STEP 8. Training
All households should be
offered the obligatory stay in the Training Center hood before they move
into the main hood. So, one of the first things we will do is to reserve
a hood for this purpose, and start building small temporary homes that
the families can use during their stay.
This will be our first building experience in the Modern Times, and although
the constructions shouldn't be impressive, it might be useful to play around
a little just to learn about the building tools and possibilities.
A good thing about building after the transformation, is that a house is
not restricted to a certain address. Say you want everyone to live in a
similar house in your Training Center, then just build the house once,
and duplicate or reimport it as many times as you like. Each time you will
need to find enough free space to put it down. Later on, when you find
houses offered in catalogues, they can be placed exactly where you like,
as long as there is enough free ground. And if a household like to move
to another corner of the hood, they can actually bring the house! This
will of course be a nightmare to hood planning, because if you assign an
area for higher class families, you wouldn't allow a poor family to move
their little house in there just because there is a pree spot. Now, would
The Training Center hood should also have a low standard community lot
providing only food and gifts. This will give your construction team a
chance to check out the community lot features before moving on to build
them in the main hood.
TODO: In Simmerville the Training Center hood
will be called Testville (familiar to most Old Days Simmervillians). Testsims
that will be the first to live in Testville, will be testing out Builds
& Bills' "Simmerville Mega Starter 2B" or "Not2B" (2 stories/1 story).
This house will be a copy of the Mega Starter success back in the Old Days.
START: September 17
STEP 9. Skills
There are reasons to believe
that everyone entering Modern Times will have forgotten their skills. This
makes sense because the knowledge from a "flat world" wouldn't be of much
value in a three dimensional world. We won't be able to give each Sim the
knowledge level they are used to, but thanks to the notes (step 5) we will
know which kind of skills they used to have.
The same goes for in household
relations and their career. We can't reactivate those relations and job
levels, but we will know what they used to be.
At the Training Center the
goal will be to build skills and in-household relations as much as possible
in 3 days. Sims with the fortune aspiration might be glad to know that
the stay is of only of 3 days, because of the low standard. Building non-household
relations is not recommended because those relations will most likely be
reset when the household will be moving to the main hood, after completing
the 3 days of training.
The training is also meant
to include tasks like getting used to new elements like modern kitchen
equipment, tv and not the least - communication. A small shop will be near
While staying in Testville
the household must make arrangements for their new home in the main hood.
If the house is of historical value, it might already be built by the local
operation team. If there is no such traditional or communal aspect involved,
the household must have their main home constructed or look up any available
houses in the catalogues.
Sims in Testville will have priority only during the stay of team A and
team B. When team C will move into Testville, the focus of the operation
"Transformation TS2" will be at the mainhood, Simmerville.
Team A. Testsims will be first to stay in Testville. In addition to read
up and build relations, they will also test the community lot and test
more household items than the other teams will. They will be testing Builds
& Bills' "Simmerville Mega Starter 2B" or "Not2B" (2 stories/1 story).
After 3 days they will move to Simmerville to test and assist various aspects
of the local proccess.
Team B. The large families
and families living in historical homes will move to Testville as soon
as team A moves out. They will then move to Simmerville and family relations
accross households will be established.
Team C. The remaining households
will be moving into Testville as soon as team B leaves for Simmerville.
Their stay in Testville will drag out some, because of the more activities
going on in Simmerville.
STEP 10. Old
houses built (mainhood)
step can actually start when you start step 7, but the main focus will
be after the Testsims are done in the Training Center and move in to the
is when the all over planning is important, any adjustments to the old
hood will take effect now. Selecting the terrain and decide the location
of the community lots might be the most importent in the early process.
soon as the community lots have been zoned, step 9 should focus on three
kinds of builds:
Also note that in the Modern
Times the ownership to a lot will no longer be strictly connected to a
particular address, but more to the right to use that lot size wherever
it is located. This means that most any build can be relocated within the
hood. Even so, try to follow a plan when assigning addresses because it
might be hard to make all those pieces match if relocation is required.
Historical builds, both communical
It would make sense to start building those historical
housess that you planned to copy from the Old Days hood. Look up those
house plans and photos, and get started. Allow a few improvements, nobody
claimed the old houses to be perfect. This should be done as soon as you
get familiar with the building tools.
You can build temporary community lot facilities, or just leave most
of them as "under construction" lots. At this stage it might be important
that Sims moving in can buy food and gifts, and eventually some place to
hang out, but clothing, games, books and such is not important right now.
Sims moving in directly from the Training Center will not expect luxurious
stores on their first day. The exception is of course when historical builds
are on community lots.
Note that community lots should also include the builds and offices needed
by the Hood asministration. A Town Hall with offices and a large hall for
community events might become useful!
small homes for Testsims and others
This is least important because according to most contracts the Testsim
will not be in charge of demanding any specific standard, so they don't
need much of a house. Besides, you can always import the small houses you
built for the Training Center.
Step 9's main goal would be to complete the main structure of all all historical
houses before the regular residents starts moving in.
TODO: In Simmerville we have decided to reconstruct a few historical
communical builds from Old Town, as well as a couple residental houses
where families have been residing for many generations. Our intention is
to keep most of the old terrain because we expect Sims to like it better
if they can recognize the hood from their photos, diaries etc.
We will get our building practice from constructing the Mega Starter houses
in Testville, so when the Testsims move into Simmerville, they will still
need to live in Mega Starter houses. Besides, many testsims are poor families,
and those small houses might suit their budget. Most likely the Testsims'
homes will be grouped to keep this low status block separated from the
better quarters that will occur.
We plan to complete step 9 before team B leaves Testville (step 8).
START: September 20
STEP 11. New
houses built (main hood)
step will concern both resifdental homes and community lots. At this stage
about a third of the houses might already be erected and resided. You are
basically done with the main constructions of historical builds, perhaps
the fine tuning and indoor decore remains.
It's now time to pay attention to the households that do not qualify for
a historical house, as well as the community lots that are new compared
with the old hood. This can either be done by building house by house,
or you might import premade houses from other hoods or from the Web.
TODO: In Simmerville
we plan to have the remaining households (team C) move in according to
their networth. The wealthier households will request larger homes and
perhaps better locations, and will have our attention first. Note that
historical houses and all community lots are already located, so it might
be obvious what will be a "better" address.
We expect several households to start with a minimum networth, and they
will be offered smaller homes that we see as temporary, but hopefully better
than the Testsim quarter.
STEP 12. Security
We are not yet familiar
with the Modern Times' posibilities of saving personal information and
to back-up various data and information. This is a security routine that
is a must if you like to avoid loss of residents memory and communical
history if the hood gets invaded by bugs. It happened in Old Days, it can
Take some time getting familiar with the so called file directory system
of the technical side of your hood. Decide a propper routine for backing
up the data, and make it a habit to do so i.e. evey 5th year (or weekly,
according to the Human time reference).
This process should actually start on the first day after the transformation.
You will put down a tremendious load of work treating all residents at
the CAS clinic, training them in the Training Center hood, building old
and new houses in the main hood, besides building their relations. The
sooner you learn to back-up all the data, the better!
TODO: In Simmerville we had very bad experience
from the Upside Down Face Plague, and therefore the security subject is
close to our hearts. Most residents understand why we need to save their
private data, and only a couple Sims have refused to hand over their files.
CLOSE: November 15
After completing the local operation
"Transformation TS2", what would be more natural than to host a huge Hood
Celebration? Arrange for a great party and celebrate that we made it all
the way to the Modern Times! Make sure that the Spokes Sim do thank all
volunteers, bless the memory of any Testsims (or other Sims) who died during
the process, do something extra to cheer up the seniors who might find
it bothering that the Modern Times will also include their death!
No automatic conversion is known, the change is completely up to each
hood. These days many sims are having their new appearance recreated by
local Body Shop clinics. Each sim will need a new physique to enter the
The entire Mazaloom district will be affected by the new dimension,
and Simmerville's Hood Council strongly recommends all Simmervillians to
accept the recreation offer by our local Body Shop clinic and to follow
Simmerville. If we all take the huge step together, it will be easier for
each of us to go on with our new existence. A scary situation, maybe, but
less dramatic if we will bring our family, friends and neighbours. The
prophecy promises many improvements of the future but says nothing about
the past, so we can not guarantee anything to those who want to stay in
the current world.
Here is the local procedure as presented at the community event June
The Body Shop clinic has sent a request to all households. Fill in
as much you can about your personality, interests, skills and physical
characteristics, to make the result better. Remember that this is also
your chance to slightly change some details, like smaller nose, bigger
eyes etc. There will be no extra cost for such minor changes. Major changes
will not be accepted.
Our local Body Shop clinic will recreate all residents before September
10th. 5 Simmervillians will be recreated by distant clinics according to
the ongoing "Recreate a Simmervillian" project.
Fees are only §500 per adult and §250 per child.
When you enter the future you will find that you are unemployed. Most
likely you will not even keep your skills. We recommend that you choose
the same career as of today, but it is of course possible to switch careers.
Note that farming and breeding pets might not be an option.
If changes means a great loss of income, the local Social Security
system will look into a way of helping, but only for a limited periode
of time. Details will be provided on September 17th.
Your current friendships will not be recognized when you enter the
future. Make sure to write down the names of your 3 best friends and we
will make sure you get this information upon arrival. In this way you will
at least know who to contact to rebuild your friendships. Please be warned
that personalities might be slightly different, and your best friends might
be a little different, too.
It is important that teens, adults and seniors choose a personal aspiration.
The aspiration might make it easier for you to achieve skills and job promotions
according to your current interests and levels. You can choose between
FAMILY, FAME, FORTUNE, KNOWLEDGE, ROMANCE.
Simmerville will do anything we can to have a copy of your current
home rebuilt when you nter the new existence. Please make notes of your
current house layout as well as colours, furniture, and other details you
would like to keep. Interior as well and exterior. You will not be able
to bring anything with you, but after the converting to the new dimension
you have the right to keep the same standard and we will do our best to
reconstruct your current posessions for no extra cost. This is also your
chance to add smaller adjustments.
If you prefer a new home, just sell your current home before September
17th, and you will be offered a new house of your choice.
We are sorry that you can not take your pet with you to the future.
We do expect that pets will be available soon, but no guarantees. Mr. Pet
Trainer has agreed to collect all pets in order to have them placed in
far away hoods.
To-do list for September 17th:
* Turn out the light inside your home
* Empty all trash cans
* Pay all bills
* Close your phone by selling your phone(s)
* Fire the Maid and Gardener
* Leave your old house tidy and clean
* Go to the Community Hall at 70 Simmerville where we will all gather
for final instructions.