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gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
edited June 10 in The Sims 4 Lots
Since the quarantine I've had a bit too much time on my hands and I've decided to work on making a save file. I'm trying to work through one section at a time, so right now I'm rebuilding the spice district in san myshuno. I will be making new sims and adding backstories as well, which I'm gonna write about more on my blog. I will be also improving the pre existing sims since EA is always lazy with establishing their skills and relationships.

Right now I own every pack and when the new ones come out I will return and update any old builds to include objects from new packs.

Currently complete:
  • 18 Culpepper house
  • 17 Culpepper house
  • 19 Culpepper house
  • 702 Zen View

If you have any ideas for the save file, like families, drama, build ideas/inspiration let me know below. I tend to struggle a bit more with community lots.
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    Update: Renovated 20 culpepper where the Rasoyas live

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  • mattiemayhemmattiemayhem Posts: 47 Member
    oooo that's super cool!!! I've been wanting to do a save file of my own too. Filled with my ocs though xD no townies allowed!!
  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    @mattiemayhem i will be adding a bunch of my own characters, but I did not want to get rid of the EA sims. If anything I think they have a lot of potential, but EA got lazy with them, so I will try and do them justice by giving them makeovers and adding relationships/skills.

    However I won't be doing any of that until the end. i want to do all the building first so that I can release an 'empty' version of the save file to make it easier for people to fill it entirely with their own sims, and then work on the actual characters. I've got some stories written down and ideas for builds and such, but I'm waiting until new packs come out because i'd like to include the knitting pack in my community/arts centre etc.
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  • mattiemayhemmattiemayhem Posts: 47 Member
    @mattiemayhem i will be adding a bunch of my own characters, but I did not want to get rid of the EA sims. If anything I think they have a lot of potential, but EA got lazy with them, so I will try and do them justice by giving them makeovers and adding relationships/skills.

    However I won't be doing any of that until the end. i want to do all the building first so that I can release an 'empty' version of the save file to make it easier for people to fill it entirely with their own sims, and then work on the actual characters. I've got some stories written down and ideas for builds and such, but I'm waiting until new packs come out because i'd like to include the knitting pack in my community/arts centre etc.

    i get you! the knitting pack would be a great addition. i saw a really cool idea about building saves is to theme the towns. think about who will use what and where that might fit. idk if ur gunna stick to the OG way ea has laid out it's buildings or how u like to play, but i like roleplay areas since ea doesnt have very much functionality with public spaces. so things like, trailer diners in oasis springs, ritsy movie theaters/opera centers in the get famous world, business centers for skill building in san myshuno, warehouse dance clubs, definitely some updated club locations in general for get together xD
  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    @mattiemayhem i will be adding a bunch of my own characters, but I did not want to get rid of the EA sims. If anything I think they have a lot of potential, but EA got lazy with them, so I will try and do them justice by giving them makeovers and adding relationships/skills.

    However I won't be doing any of that until the end. i want to do all the building first so that I can release an 'empty' version of the save file to make it easier for people to fill it entirely with their own sims, and then work on the actual characters. I've got some stories written down and ideas for builds and such, but I'm waiting until new packs come out because i'd like to include the knitting pack in my community/arts centre etc.

    i get you! the knitting pack would be a great addition. i saw a really cool idea about building saves is to theme the towns. think about who will use what and where that might fit. idk if ur gunna stick to the OG way ea has laid out it's buildings or how u like to play, but i like roleplay areas since ea doesnt have very much functionality with public spaces. so things like, trailer diners in oasis springs, ritsy movie theaters/opera centers in the get famous world, business centers for skill building in san myshuno, warehouse dance clubs, definitely some updated club locations in general for get together xD

    I do want my save to have all the packs intertwined, which is why I'm waiting for the release of eco lifestyle to see what the new world will look like so I can take it into account when planning my builds. So far I planned out that I want there to be a restaurant in spice district that only serves spicy food. I want to get rid of the gym from the rich area in san myshuno and instead build a retail store with very fancy expensive outfits to fit the vibe of the area, and maybe have it be owned by the landgraabs. I have some plans for most neighbourhoods with exception of newcrest since its completely blank and I would need a thematic starting point.
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    update: i just finished watching the Livestream for eco-lifestyle and omg that IS a gamechanger, so I will probably have to spend some time just playing with it before I add anything to my save file so that I actually know how everything functions together. i will be putting actual making on hold, but I will try and spend this time developing stories for new characters and adding things to the save like clubs and stuff
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    Update on lots/apartments completed:
    Spice district: 5/8
    Fashion district: 2/6

    I also did one in Newcrest but I'm not sure if I will actually end up using it, since I'm thinking of changing the idea for Newcrest once Eco lifestyle comes out. I want to finish off the spice and fashion areas first, but I'm waiting for eco lifestyle to see if I want to include any stuff from the new pack in the community lots.

    Some screenshots from the apartments:
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    Another apartment completed for the fashion district. I'll probably work on the Karaoke Legends next.
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    since im in the process of starting to make families to fill up the places I built I've been wondering. How many places should I fill up? Because realistically I know that EA worlds are empty for the benefit of the player, but I want my save to be more lively. How many houses/apartments in the save should I leave empty for the people who would download it?

    and even then I'm undecided about how to deal with those empty apartments/houses. I will still get the basic stuff in, so it looks like a place you would move into, so like full kitchen/bathroom, but I don't know how much should I fill/leave empty.
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    Renovated Karaoke Legends' apartment
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  • shakerellashakerella Posts: 298 Member
    these all look great! you are a fantastic decorator!
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    All fashion district apartments are officially finished (not counting penthouse since it doesn't function with the same restrictions). the last apartment is for a spellcaster
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  • debjameswhitedebjameswhite Posts: 1,506 Member
    @gothiclolitapl This is such an interesting idea. Your builds so far look really nice. I'll be interested to see where you take this.
  • SomeChick1SomeChick1 Posts: 518 Member
    One of my favorite Sims storylines I played was a divorced couple that lived in the same building. The dad remarried and the kids had to go and spend weekends at his house but they were not fans of the stepmother at ALL. I had to give the kids the always welcome reward so they could spend the night but it was cool because no matter which household I played, you got to see the kids and other parent. I would "ground" them and lock them in their rooms. There were arguments and fights. Holidays with the non-custodial parent were so much fun. I deducted child support. The parents had an affair with each other and were caught. It was a dramatic mess. A testament to my own broken home, probably, but I had a lot of fun with this.
  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    SomeChick1 wrote: »
    One of my favorite Sims storylines I played was a divorced couple that lived in the same building. The dad remarried and the kids had to go and spend weekends at his house but they were not fans of the stepmother at ALL. I had to give the kids the always welcome reward so they could spend the night but it was cool because no matter which household I played, you got to see the kids and other parent. I would "ground" them and lock them in their rooms. There were arguments and fights. Holidays with the non-custodial parent were so much fun. I deducted child support. The parents had an affair with each other and were caught. It was a dramatic mess. A testament to my own broken home, probably, but I had a lot of fun with this.

    I love this idea. also if you have mc command you can go into the settings on the computer and turn on child support option so it's done automatically by the game for the ease of play. But I will definitely add some petty divorced couple drama
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    finished the last apartment for spice district:
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    At this point I've remade 11 apartments and it's getting a bit tiring. I might start making the families to fill up those places to give myself a break from building for a while. I will share like full backstories and stuff for them.
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  • illusieillusie Posts: 11,598 Member
    edited June 8
    Looks beautiful! I like your idea

    I love making sims and love to build, so feel free to take a look at my gallery. I haven't done much for the town you are working on now though.

    I have been working on building houses for Oasis Springs and Willow Creek. Which is almost done now. I'll probably continue with another town after that.
  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    illusie wrote: »
    Looks beautiful! I like your idea

    I love making sims and love to build, so feel free to take a look at my gallery. I haven't done much for the town you are working on now though.

    I have been working on building houses for Oasis Springs and Willow Creek. Which is almost done now. I'll probably continue with another town after that.

    I'll probably do the base game worlds at the very end, and I do have some specific ideas in mind like adding the alto family next to the landgraabs for some drama. my main concern after completing san myshuno will be newcrest because its completely empty so I have nothing to go off from and will need to make up everything from scratch. other than that I will probably work on del sol valley next because the builds in it are so ugly it should be illegal
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    edited June 9
    Finished 910 medina studios a.k.a the run down apartment. the eco lifestyle furniture was very useful when making this place:
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    On another note this was the only normal sized apartment in the fashion district, the rest of them are ridiculously big, so it will be a while before I post another one of those. wish me luck
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    My save may or may not have crashed as a result of the new update and although I put all my builds on the gallery, I don't tend to put the families I make up there, so I've lost all my sims that I've made for this save.
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    Update: I can't place 702 Zenview because it's not letting me delete or place any new walls and keep getting 'not expected to ops' message
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    And here's renovated 920 medina studios:
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    I made this apartment for a diva/celebrity and I tried my best to combine a more classy look with more modern elements across the place. I even made the sim for this apartment so I could have photos of her in the living room. i made her based off Jessica rabbit cause I thought it would be fitting
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  • debjameswhitedebjameswhite Posts: 1,506 Member
    @gothiclolitapl I love this apartment. I had actually stopped on the pictures in the living room thinking how great they were before I got to your comments about them. They're a great touch. Well done.
  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    I started working on 930 medina, the largest apartment in that building and honestly, I have no idea for what kind of family to make it for, so I was considering making it a 'blank' apartment so that if you download this save file you'd have a place to move your own sims into. it would be like a real life apartment so the kitchen and bathrooms would be fully made but there would be no furniture/decor except maybe a couple of things for realism. what do you think?
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  • gothiclolitaplgothiclolitapl Posts: 92 Member
    edited June 11
    change of plans, 930 medina studios is fully furnished, but I didn't furnish it with any particular sim in mind, instead, I made it very 'stylish' and neutral, kind of like a show house, which is why the furnishings and decor are more space compared to how I usually like to do my builds. it's 4 bd, 2bth and has everything your sims might need so when the save file is finished you will be able to move in your own sims in.
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