Hello friends and fellow Simmers!
Over the coming few weeks, since I seem to have nothing but time on my hands these days, I will be overhauling the original Prologue part of the story.
The reason is two-fold. First reason is a platform switch from Sims 3 to Sims 4 (with the pending release of “Get Famous” this story will be easier to tell from within the Sims 4) and for the sake of continuity, I really want to make the story fit better. The second reason is a little more of a content reason. After going back and reading the stories, I realize that I’ve made some (I won’t call them mistakes) decisions that I am not terribly happy with at this time. Fran, Penny and Charlie sound a little too “hick-ish” to me, and in rewriting I’d like to tone that back a little. The original prologue was set in Appaloosa Plains in the Sims 3, which I always believed (or played) to be a little farming community. That said, I didn’t mean to make my characters sound how they do. It was not my intention at the start to make their dialog as it ended up. So my rewrites will be cleaned up to reflect that. At this time, it looks like only chapter one of the prologue will be rewritten, however this might change in the near future if I think it’s necessary.
As it stands in game, Fran and Charlie are newly married, with Penny (Frannie’s mom) living with the happy couple. Fran and Charlie are how I last played them in the Sims 3, and I will continue their story from this point forward. I am not playing this even closely to a Legacy type challenge, as I had to use extensive cheats in game to get them to where the story leaves them. I have not inserted George, Dolly and their family into this version of the Sims, so any mention of the Farmer family (other than Fran and Charlie) is mainly from me and not the game. Basically, this will just be me, blending two of my favorite things… writing, and gaming. For now, I’m blessed to have the time and resources to do both.
After careful consideration, I have decided after all to continue playing the Farmer family within the confines of the Sims 3 instead of 4. I know I seem a little undecided on how to continue, but as of now, this is my final decision on the remainder of Generation One’s story as it comes to its logical end. Part one of the Prologue will be updated soon, as I am cleaning up my final draft to be uploaded. I am happy with the rewrite so far, and I hope you will be, too.
There are good things to come, so stay tuned!
If you haven’t read through Chapter Three, please do not continue with this until you do, as it contains spoilers.
Now that you have been warned (haha) I have a few thoughts on the content of chapters two and three. Between chapters two and three, a little time has passed, and that is for a reason: To save you from some pretty boring, nothing-is-happening-worth-writing-about stuff. That, and I wanted to move the story along a little bit, so I did some playing without necessarily taking notes and feeling the need to document every time they pick an eggplant or find a new seed, or go to the season festival. I mean, I wouldn’t want to read all of that humdrum stuff, and I”m sure you don’t either.
I also have a confession to make about the death of Penny Hutchins. She hasn’t actually died in my game yet, but my family is getting the characteristic bugs that start to plague my game, and I might have to save Fran and Charlie and move them to a different house, probably sooner than later. It makes more sense to me to have Penny kind of, out of the way, maybe? Is that cruel? I am also not into the summer /fall seasons yet, but from the past few days I’ve played and literally nothing fun happened, I feel pretty confident that my own little narrative will play out pretty close. Penny truly is on her last days, and she might leave the game on her own here before the game totally bugs out on me. I sincerely hope that does not happen, however, because I want to have that family tree retained on Fran’s side. I’m not sure how that would work if I had to save them and restart a whole new game, even with Penny’s urn/tombstone in her inventory. We’ll see, I suppose.
From here out, I do intend to follow my game play a lot more closely. I’m so excited to see what happens with Fran and Charlie after Penny’s demise. Will they finally get pregnant? Will Charlie stay stationed in Appaloosa Plains? Will Fran give up on her quest to be a mother?
Stay tuned to find the answers to all these questions!
Well, you have made it this far, and the Prologue has come to its conclusion. Charlie and Frannie’s story will continue in their new home, gifted to them by Penny. At Charlie’s insistence, Penny lives with the newlyweds and at her insistence occupies the smaller bedroom where Fran grew up. The rest of the story continues where the Prologue left off, the day after the wedding.
The Legacy Challenge, with its rules and score keeping, will not be followed strictly. Rather, because my founders are beginning life with a mother in law living with them, and because the game is already acting wonky and staying in one property for the duration of the challenge is likely not possible.
Though I am trying to stay as close as possible to actual in-game events, I am going to use some creative license, telling the story with some embellishments as I think would benefit the storytelling.
I hope you have enjoyed the story so far, and stay tuned for the continuing story of Charlie and Frannie.