get ready for AstroLOVE!
25, 2003 - by Bimbo Nobrain Loveless
The Sims AstroLOVE project
is scheduled to open on November 1st. Scientists from all over Sim
Nation are invited to join the project by discussing the progress and the
testsims' relations. Forum and Polls opened today!
Sims Science has done it
before, many of us followed their SimLOOK project that lasted for a full
year. This time their project is based on astrology and it opens up for
involvement in a different way. I met Claire Brybrey, leader of the Sims
Science, at her office.
I guess it has been some
busy days, Mrs Brybrey, only 1 week until the project starts?
- Yes, we are practically
exhausted, but in a good way. Running a project that appeals to your interests
will never feel tiresome or be too much a work load
on us, the scientists, but you can imagine how our families suffer. They
hardly see us at all. It's been some hard days on the testsims as well,
they moved into the house a week ago, while the house is still hardly equipped.
They are of course not allowed to interact socially which brings their
social needs into the red, but the minute this project starts they will
get a pill to recover. They are still wearing their own clothes as the
project uniforms are still in progress. I think they look forward to getting
started, just as much as we do, and all out there who are waiting, too.
The AstroLOVE project
opens in just 1 week. Today you release a few elements in order to involve
scientists from all over Sim Nation. Please tell us about it!
- AstroLOVE is very different
from the SimLOOK project that some of you might recall. This time we, Sims
Science, will stay completely in the background leaving the comments and
opinions to scientists and individuals that are visiting the project's
web page and forum. Most of their communication will take place in the
web forum, and if anyone wants to write a more detailed report we will
be happy to post it on the web page, too. We will provide them with weekly
news, and we actually expect a high activity in the project's forum.
Another aspect is the daily
commands that will be given to one of the testsims in the project. Scientists
and others will be voting on what testsim should be given what command.
In this way the audience can affect on the project in a much more direct
way, still without too much influence on the all over situation. These
commands will definitely make a difference, but it will be hard to predict
The polls are organized
in a special way, aren't they?
- Yes, when visiting the
project's main web page you will see only one of several polls. You must
reload the page to see a randomly chosen poll. Normally there will be just
2 polls alternating, but there will also be added short term polls, like
the current 3rd poll that will decide what sources for fun there will be
in the house, closing in a few days.
Scientists outside Sims
Science are invited to write reports and to post comments in the forum,
but what kind of information will they access?
Good question! We plan a progress of 2 simdays per week, and news will
normally be provided weekends. On the web page scientists will find a brief
illustrated weekly report from the house, plain facts without comments.
In addition each testsim will have a profile (opens in a few days) that
will provide all available information on the testsim including barometers
on friendships and mood. These barometers will be displayed as graphs showing
the changes not only the current level. Scientists can of course request
more details but must do so in the forum for all other scientists to see
Will there be any award
to the scientists?
- Not really. Being a scientist
myself I know that being able to work with a project is a good thing. But
there are a few ways to get noticed as a scientist; we will run small contests
where the winner will decide a daily command alternative. Reports being
published will be awarded with §500. Finally, during the project we
will accept new members to join Sims Science, and anyone contributing to
the AstroLOVE project will of course be one step ahead.
What are you working on
- Well, with only one week
to go there is a lot of tasks to be handled. I mentioned the uniforms that
are not yet delivered from Gobelin Fashion, we just received some room
design suggestions from Prisilla Lake of Greymount's "Home & Garden".
The testsims are currently reading up on their skills and interests. And
there are work to do with the web page profiles. We will be busy for the
full week, it seems.
Is it true that you will
be moving to Simmerville?
- No comments.
Thank you, Mrs Claire Brybrey.