Ever since Jade Elliot’s legendary Isle of Thyme I’ve been in love with the idea of running a real interlaced neighborhood in the Sims 2. Many a neighborhood I have started, just to grow bored with it and deciding to wipe it out and start fresh. My problem is that though I love to build, I can only do it for so long before I grow bored with it. Then when I switch to playing I feel like I messed everything up because the city wasn’t whole.
Then I came across the Build-a-City Challenge. Play while you build, build while you play! I had tried to do this on my own before, but things never just seemed right. This challenge lays out ‘requirements’ for advancing. I do believe it is the framework I need to stick with a neighborhood.
Though I am mostly following the rules of the challenge, I am not sticking to it strictly. For instance, I hope to have my ‘shopping district’ be an area on the actual neighborhood map, rather than a separate map all it’s own. Galloway Township has an industrial area, a rural area, a shopping area, even a university area all mapped out in my head, waiting to come to life.
So this is what it is, and I’m sure it will grow and change with time. I am amazed at the creativity that is out there, and I’m sure I’ll gather more great ideas to add to my own as I follow other cities through their growth. I hope you enjoy following the lives of my little simmies.