Date Posted: 3rd Nov 2011 at 4:49 PM
Because Warwickshire is already so big and complex, it may be difficult at first deciding how to set up your neighborhood. For this reason, I am reworking the introduction to the challenge and providing more guidance about neighborhood and character development.
Don't worry, however, the challenge remains open to a great degree of latitude in player decision making. The changes here simply give a bit more structure to how to go about making those decisions--in the hopes that this will ease some of the anxiety associated with the very overwhelming task of starting a new neighborhood from scratch.
There is a new randomized method for character creation. The first step is to roll for the Monarch--which may now be a male or female. Here are the results of my first trial at this:
Roll #1: Determine Monarch's Gender: 1, 3, 5: Male; 2, 4, 6: Female. I rolled a 6: a Queen!
Roll #2: Determine Monarch's Age: 1: Infant up to 6: Elder. I rolled a 1: the Queen is an infant (!).
When this is the case, the next character to create will be a Lord Chancellor to oversee the affairs of state until the Queen comes of age.
Roll #3: Determine Monarch's Zodiac: she is an Aries, it turns out.
Roll #4: Determine Monarch's Aspiration: she rolled popularity--for when she gets older, I guess.
Now, I rolled to create the Lord Chancellor.
Hmmmm .... wonder how he'll oversee the raising of this little Queenlet?
Next, I rolled to determine how many family members to create in the household: 6 as it turns out. A new chart determines how each family member will be related to the monarch.
1st Member: Servant
2nd Member: Sibling
3rd Member: Aunt/Uncle
4th Member: Advisor
5th Member: Cousin
6th Member: Servant
So, the whole household is:
1. Queen-to-be Mary, infant
2. Lord Chancellor, Lord Walter Cumberland
3. Anne White, Serving Maid, a child--she will be the Queen's companion and playmate
4. Katherine Wislet, the Queen's older half-sister, a child; she is the child of the King's
first marriage, but not eligible to inherit the crown. She may be jealous ...
5. Lord Arthur Grangerford, the Queen's uncle, an adult. Being the closest male relative to the Queen, he will serve as Regent until she comes of age. Wonder if he'll be willing to step aside in fifteen years' time ...
6. Annika Rochester, a child, who will someday become the Queen's Lady in Waiting, and her closest, most trusted advisor.
7. Edward Grangerford, the Queen's cousin and son to Lord Arthur Grangerford. He is a teen, 12 years old. Rather mean and spiteful. He thinks his father should be King ... and that the line of succession should fall to him. He may become dangerous someday.
8. Martha White, Anne's mother. She is the housemaid for the royal family. She is a Cancer, and a Romance sim. Could be she's looking for a new husband ...
I really like this method so much more for creating families than going into CAS and coming up with the same old stodgy arrangements I always produce on my own.
Of course, this royal family will need some blanks filled in: the first and most gaping of which is the need for more adult servants and advisors, a royal cabinet, etc. But these are posts that may be filled by other created sims which are either playable or townified. And there are no limits on creating servants for royals and nobles--the point of the challenge is to have a well-established system for your sims to try to ascend up through, so don't worry about having lots and lots of playable characters and families right from the start. Just don't overwhelm yourself with too many playables ... you might want to only create what you absolutely need to tell the story and get started.
Geesh! I wish this royal family was the one I was playing and not just an example.
Still, King Harold has been wanting a war with Westsea: maybe this is their royal family?
More later on adding new subneighborhoods. I am planning a War expansion for Warwickshire to allow for conquest and empire building!