I'm a latecomer to the Sims 3 and to the legacy challenge. I've decided to try a legacy almost completely according to Pinstar's rules -- the only one I will ignore is the one about randomising the children's traits.
Before starting the game I slightly modified Sunset Valley, trying to make it more international. I built a Sim Fu Academy in town, and a Chinese restaurant (actually, a community hangout with a food register and juice bar) on stilts above the sea:
I moved into town two Sims I made after fictional characters, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy from "Pride and Prejudice", and sent them to test the restaurant. Christopher Steel is working at the food register.
I turned the empty lots at Pinochle Point into a Little France, with a nectary, a cafe and French-styled homes.
I also made Sim versions of "Poirot" characters Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Felicity Lemon and moved them into town. I also moved in some edited versions of Sims from Al Simhara, Champs Les Sims and Shang Simla. I love creating characters and releasing them into the game, and then seeing what story progression will do with them. It would be fun if, a few generations later, a Sim from my legacy marries a descendant of the Darcys or of Poirot, or a Sim who inherited the Chinese, French or Egyptian hidden trait.
(First chapter to follow soon)