8. Builds (Training Center)
All households should have
an obligatory stay in the Training Center hood before they move into the
main hood. The Training Center stay will give each household a chance to
gain some of their previous status.
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 (or whatever
term will be valid) as many times as you like. Each time you will need
to find enough free space to put it down. A house can be turned 90 degrees
just like furniture. Just make sure the mailbox approaches the street.
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 you?
For the Training Center you
might not need to worry about the hood layout or the better and worse parts
of the area. This kind of things will be more important when you plan your
main hood (Step 10).
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 how the community
lot features work before building them in the main hood.
If your operation includes
few households you might not need to build a separate training center but
move the Sims into temorary houses in the main hood and from there improve
the builds as the residents get familiar with everything. When the operation
includes many households grouped into several teams (Simmerville's operation
includes 4 teams) running the Training Center will allowing Sims to start
building skills and contacts before they move into their permanent home.
Locate a (custom) hood, build at least 1 small house that can be duplicated,
and build at least 1 community lot. Step 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be ongoing
simutanously for as long as there are more Sims/teams to arrive the new
STEP 9 : Skills & Relations (Training Center)
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the operation pregressed we found that a complete training center would
be too time consuming. A negative side effect was that Sims moving in via
the training center would need to reetablish contacts from scratch at the
time moving into the final Simmerville hood.
of this, the training center was used only by households that needed
to build their past before moving into the final hood. One example
is the Mervil family that has a long history that we wanted to include
in their family trees. The household consists of Mr Mervil and his
2nd wife, a house keeper and a gardener. There are also the two adult
sons living by their own. When Mr Mervil moved into the training
center he was married with his 1st wife and the two sons were teengers.
Also Mr Mervil's dead parents (elders) were included in that household.
During the stay at the training center the elders died, and Mr Mervil's
father now haunts the house), sons grew up to adults and moved out.
Simoltanously, elsewhere in the training center hood the housekeeper,
the gardener and Mr Mervil's 2nd wife to come, all lived with their
parents and siblings eventually. Then the history was repeated, Mr
Mervil's 1st wife hired the housekeeper (her cousin) before she died,
then the housekeeper hired the gardener (they had built a good relation
already), and finally Mr Mervil's 2nd wife moved in as they got married.
Before the house was transported to the final hood the two sons moved
back in temporarily, in order to keep their family relations. If
the two households were transported separately they would still keep
their family trees, but not being able to recognize relatives in
the new hood.