Sims 4 Legacy Challenge: Keeping up with the Joneses

It’s been a little while since my last Sims-related post here, but I’ve been busy trying out The Sims 4. You can check out my full review over at SA Gamer, but the short version is that I’ve been having a blast. It’s been five years since the last base game, and after all my troubles with The Sims 3, I’m really glad to have something new at last.

It wasn’t long after release that the legacy challenge was updated for the new game, so I decided to start a new legacy for the new generation of The Sims franchise. I’ll try and keep you up to date with their adventures every Friday. So, without further ado, meet Alexis Jones, the founder of my Sims 4 ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ legacy challenge.

Alexis Jones

Alexis is family oriented, cheerful, and a genius. She aspires to have a big happy family. As required by the challenge rules, she moved into a freshly bulldozed 50×50 lot in Willow Creek with very little cash to her name.

For the succession laws of the legacy challenge, I decided to be a bit more flexible than I was in my Smith legacy. I chose equality for my gender law, meaning both boys and girls will be eligible to become heirs. I chose traditional for my bloodline law, so I’ll try and make sure my heir has at least one ‘naturally born’ child to be the heir. Finally, the first born will always become the next heir (unless things go horribly wrong!)

The rest of the rules are pretty much the same as before: no cheating, no bringing millions of Sims into the household as a way to make money, the family home must always stay on the same lot, and so on. Traits for children are chosen using this handy trait generator, as there is currently no randomisation option for traits in the game.

For my legacy, I’ve also decided to use a random alphabetical naming system for children. That is, when a child is born, I’ll use the in-game name generator to find a name, picking the first one that comes up that starts with the correct letter of the alphabet. Each generation will be named for the next letter of the alphabet, hence my founder is name Alexis, while her children will have names starting with B.

Read Chapter 1 here!

5 thoughts on “Sims 4 Legacy Challenge: Keeping up with the Joneses

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  • December 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Oooh just saw this now (I know, terribly late). Interested to see how base gameplay is in the Sims 4. I managed to crash my sims game last week by downloading a broken hat or something. Had to spend the entire weekend debugging. Was surprised how terrified I was about losing the legacy family. I’m quite fond of them after all this time.

    • December 19, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I too am terrified of destroying my save… being very wary of mods and cc in Sims 4 after I ruined my Sims 3 legacy!

      • December 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        Whoops! What happened? Whenever I tried to load the community lot my game would crash and I couldn’t open my legacy family without first opening the lot. I had to resort to the 50/50 method of sifting through all of my cc until I found the culprit. So time consuming but at least I was able to fix it.

        • December 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

          My game was running super slowly, so I was trying out a variety of mods to improve performance. Needless to say, I ended up with a combination that crashed the game on startup! Fortunately it was close enough to the release of Sims 4 that I decided to wait for that 😉


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