2. Notes & plans
The transformation would
be a great oportunity to make some desired adjustments. This is the time
to plan such adjustments - being minor or major.
Even if you like your old
hood to look the same 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?
All these kind of things
are important for the rebuild. Remember that you will never again be able
to take notes on details from Old Days. So, make notes on the hood and
population and what the situation in the hood is like today (household
details will be gathered in step 5). How about making an album showing
the hood before transformation?
This kind of notes will also
be valuable to any Sim who sometime in the future will write your hood's
Also community services might
need adjustments. 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.
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
here to send in your brief results from this step]
We made notes on which lots (residential and commercial) that were
historical. It was important to us to assure that the new hood include
some elements of history and tradition. We named some community lots after
local historical Sims and the 4 locals who died in the Alien attack earlier
We decided to let go of the idea to recreate the hood with a similar street
and lot structure according to the old hood. Instead we made the ranking
that is based on grade of the lots' historical value and the households'
networth, and after the community lots and a few historical houses has
been placed in the hood, the households will pick a lot according to their
wishes and what kind of neighbours they want.
The new hood will have both high class and low class areas, mainly
determinded by the size of the lots.