9. Skills and relations (Training Center)
There are reasons to believe
that everyone leaving Old Days and entering Modern Times will have forgotten
their skills, jobs and relations. This makes sense because the knowledge
from a "flat world" wouldn't be of much value in a three dimensional world.
Thanks to the notes (step 5) we will know which kind of skills/relations/jobs
they used to have.
The stay should be limited,
so the material standard can be low.
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
You will need to find a way
to rank your households because all of them can not procceed to the Training
Center at once. In Simmerville the land owners and the wealthier families
are first in line, but it would have made even more sense to start with
the smallest households because their experience will make it easier for
the larger households.
Skills and interests
We won't be able to give
each Sim the knowledge level they are used to, but reading up on their
favourite subjects will give them a good start when moving into the main
If possible each household
member should learn at least 1 point in each skill category that the Sim
used to have skills. Then, if the Training Center stay allows it, the Sim
should go on studying the skill categories that used to be very high. Note
that Sims will now get cooking skills also from preparing the food and
No Sim should be allowed
to improve skills compared to the old skills.
After the Transformation
even toddlers and kids can learn some skills. It will give them a better
start in life.
Interests might be even more
important than skills at this stage. Interests will affect relation building,
and should therefore have the Sims' full attention. Magazines can be bought
at the Community Lot, and it's recommended to at least read up on previous
top interests. The other interests can be maintaned over a lifetime.
At the Training Center the
goal will also be to build in-household relations as much as possible during
the short stay. The point of this will be to re-establish the Sim-to-Sims
levels. A son who adored his mother but disliked his father should basically
rebuild a similar relation. A married couple very much in love would need
to rebuild a strong relation. A married couple on the edge of a divorce
should build (down) a similar relation.
It will not be possible to
reach the exact same relations, but to work with the tendency. Most likely
will the household members' personality help with the process.
There is no use in building
relations with best friends living in different households. When leaving
the Training Center they will only remember in-household relations.
Adults will most likely
restart the same career that they used to have. Note that they will need
to start on the ground, even if they used to be on top of the career. After
the Transformation some careers will no longer be available. It might be
a good oportunity to anyone to switch career. Just pay notice to the Sim's
aspiration and family situation.
Also note that due to ageing,
a older Sim will not be able to reach high on the career ladder. There
will simply not be enough time. If it is very important for you that some
locals have their top jobs as moving into the main hood, you can temporarly
stop the ageing in that house. This can technically be done in any house
at any time - even in the main hood, but we recommend it only for specific
New is that there will be
special job offers for teens and elders.
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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 online catalogues.
When arriving the Training
Center each household will get §20000. If you made notes about their
previous networth, it will be a good time to pay them what they lack. The
technical banking commands are "kaching" for §1000 and "motherlode"
Move in Sims to the Training Center. Fewer households at the time means
less time wasted on greeting neighbours that they will forget when leaving
the Training Center hood anyway. Look up the notes on each household and
suggest what skills, interests, jobs and relations they should work on.
Decide how long the stay should be, 3-5 simdays should be enough.
10 : Historical Houses (Main Hood)
here to send in your brief results from this step]
We did not pay much attention
to this step. Instead we concentrated on moving the households into
the final hood as soon as possible and having everyone reading up
on skills and interests there, while getting their homes on track
and building relations that would not be reset.