Sunday, January 24, 2010

My ROS (and more) Files

Other simmers have been uploading their ROS files, so I decided to follow suit, but my ROS file is contained within a larger database and I'm including that as well.

My ROS (and more) File
You will have to download/view the excel file since formatting is screwed up via google documents. Sorry.

Don't care about replicating the formulas and just want to see the data in a funky formatting?
My ROS (and more) file-GoogleDocs Style

Guide to the DatabaseI only listed things that other simmers might be interested in. Some of the pages are works in progress or saved copies of other documents. They are hidden in my copy, but I'm not sure if they are hidden in your copy.

Yes, I am a proud excel whore, I love excel :)

  • AV Resident Data: My files on all my simmies including marriage, traits, networth, etc.
  • AV Trait System: My random generator for traits for Apple Valley Residents
  • Resident Random Generator: My older random generator modified from Life of a Sim
  • ROS: My ROS file that pulls three sims (from the Resident Data section) and the ROS
  • Hood Details and Census: My reports on the hood status including population stats, taxes, etc. Also included are calculators for child support and spousal payments.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Combined Terrain, Part 3, Townies

I'm very picky about my game and what goes into it. I used to play on a laptop and I wanted to ensure that I didn't spend hours waiting for the game to boot up. With AV, I create custom townies and use hacks to keep the numbers low.

I plan on having six sims in each of the five social group for a total of 30 adult social townies. They would be equally spilt bewteen male and female as well as skin tones and genetic diversity. I plan on randomly generating thier names, family ties, personality, aspirations and zodiac. Thier career level would be chosen based on thier social group.

--Low social class
--Careers (level 4 and below

--Low or middle social class
--Careers (levels 2-5)

--Middle social class
--Careers (level 4-6)

--Middle or high social class
--Careers (level 5-7)

-High social class
-Careers (level 7 and above)

This pool of social townies would be the main pool that my sims find thier mates once the family ties become too intermingled.

In addition to the 30 townies, I plan on having eight teen townies and eight children townies, again equally spilt and diverse, and a countessa or count.

When creating each townie I plan on giving them a bit of a backstory as well as relationships bewteen the townies (ie sibling groups, single parents, family groups, etc). I will also create six vacation townies for each vacation subhood (a total of four subhoods, one for each season which means 24 vacation sims) and six young adult townies to populate the college campus.

In all there will be 76 nonplayables for my sims to interact with and possibly find mates. In terms of the FSBS sims that frequently visit Apple Valley, they will be made into tourists. Accessable when needed, otherwise out of sight.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Combined Terrain, Part 2, Hood Decor

Once the buildings are created, I then start adding hood decor. This is what makes the hood come alive. In this view you can see the lighthouse, old pond and rocky cliffs. You can also see the farm fields and vast amounts of green space.

You can start to see Apple County come to life with it's urban center and rural area. The aerial view allows you to see to the far edges of the hood, such as Lady Starr, the waterfall and the trail along the coast. Let's have a closer look.

The Apple Dumpling Children's Park. The addition of the carasoul near the trail emphasized that this it the kid zone.

Here is the Simonian statue flanked by the visitors center and Alisa Crawston Park. The statue and courtyard are hood deco, so no up close and personal visits just yet. The information sign and entrance to the wooded area are also deco...I wish my sims could go back there.

We're now entering Apple Plains. The community garden is completed and ready for volunteers to come and plant the new seeds. Rural farm deco emphasize the small town feel.

A quick trip to Apple Valley Metro, or "The Metro" as residents call it. Some parts of the metro are not a sight for sore eyes, instead some residents wish that these areas could simply disappear. Maybe in the future they will, but right now Fiona has her hands full with other projects.

Here's a nicer area of the city, at least the recycling bins are clean and there's even a bus stop for those late night taxi cab rides for when the walk is too long. There are no cars allowed in Apple County, except for taxis, social services vans and emergency vehicles. Residents walk to their destination which allows for some creative city planning.

A view of Pierce University. The campus is pretty much self contained on one lot, but the students enjoy a view of the coast and Lady Starr.

On the other side of the island sits Li Yoo's baby. She hasn't revealed much about her plans for the bay, but residents are excited to see what she has in store.
How do you make your hood? Do you try to have the hood complete before moving sims in or do you allow the hood to grwo over time with your sims?


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