Okay. Okay, this isn’t the usual content on here, but to be fair, I was still having trouble with focus when I started this project. I have since changed meds, and through the magic of lower side effects, I’m beginning to baby-step my way back into writing stories and articles. It’s still slow going, but I’m managing to scrape together the focus to make headway for a little bit most days. So this is likely to be the last Sims 4 Challenge for quite a while.
This one does pertain a bit more to fiction and writing than the Color Spectrum Challenge did, and it gives the player both a bit more wiggle room and a higher challenge than the last one. It is still based around 10 generations, each affecting the next, but each generation is based on a common character trope. Since tropes tend to have a fair amount of variance across genres and even within the same, you are provided with a few options to choose between here and there.
I had a lot of fun while playtesting this challenge. You can even find some of my families and the builds from that play-through on the gallery under Tekaran_Lady. (You may need to tick the allow custom content or modded items buttons. They don’t actually have any CC, but I had MCC Command Center, Wonderful Whims, and the Better Schools mods installed when I uploaded them. Why that automatically counts them as having CC, I don’t know, but it does.)
If you decide to give the challenge a shot, please let me know how it goes. Or if you post about your games anywhere, send links. I would absolutely love to see what you make of the challenge.
The Character Trope Challenge
Generation 1: Fantasy YA Protagonist (a.k.a. The Chosen One)
You were just a normal kid growing up in a small, rural town when one day, this weird, glowing spot opened up under your feet, and you fell. You passed out due to terror and a lack of oxygen while tumbling through what you can only describe as a directionless vortex of light. You woke to find yourself laying on the floor of an apartment so empty it didn’t even have interior walls!
Before you could so much as get up off the floor, your phone chimed with an incoming message from someone you’d never met before telling you to make sure you paid your rent on time. How you were supposed to do that when a search of what you had on you revealed only an unfamiliar textbook and your phone?
Determined to figure out how to get back home from this odd world where things were the same but also completely different, you scrape by as best as you can, learning as much as possible. Too bad this one jerk seems to be just as determined to make things as difficult as possible.
Traits: Good, Clumsy, and either Family Oriented or Dog Lover
Aspirations: Renaissance Sim and Big Happy Family
Career: Politician, Scientist, and Secret Agent
Generation 2: The Bitter Child
Your parents made sure you had everything you could ever really need growing up: love, food, shelter, support, a good education, etc. For a long time, everything was great, and you were quite happy. Then the constant comparisons began.
No matter what you did. No matter where you went. No matter how hard you tried, you were constantly compared to your parent. Did something really well? “You’re a regular chip off the old block, eh?” Struggled with something? “Ah, come on. This should be easy for the child of (Gen 1’s Name).”
It was infuriating. Why could no one ever see you as your own person?
Gradually you became bitter and resentful toward your parents and siblings, who never seemed to mind being seen as little clones. You began to avoid everyone when you could and snap at them when you couldn’t avoid interacting, counting down the days to when you finished school and could move far away.
You’d prove to everyone you could be even more successful and beloved than your parent, and you’d be a better parent to boot, making sure your kids never felt like they had to be like anyone but themselves.
Traits: Jealous, Hot-Headed, and either Gloomy or Self-Assured
Aspirations: Friend of the World and Fabulously Wealthy
Career: Pick One (Politician, Athlete, or Business)
Generation 3: The Rogue/Trickster
Even though few seem to get your sense of humor, your parent was always supportive of your pranks and adventurous spirit. You are you, and you can’t help being your authentic self, even if that self is sometimes at odds with the law.
Your parents seemed to have a charmed relationship and ideal, easy marriage, but you have always seemed to have a restlessness about you. “Itchy feet” your mother called it. Who knows whether your inability to commit to a single romantic partner for long is connected with your drive to always be on the move or not, but it’s led to some… interesting situations throughout your life.
Traits: Goofball, Kleptomaniac or Adventurous, and either Non-Commital, Evil, or Childish
Aspirations: Chief of Mischief and Serial Romantic
Career: Secret Agent or Criminal
Generation 4: The Cursed One
As much as your parent provided for and loved you, they couldn’t hide the fact they kind of resented you and your siblings a touch, which just seems dumb. It’s not like any of you asked to be born, after all, but you were figurative roots tieing them down. And if it was one thing they have always hated, it was being tied down.
If it weren’t for bad luck, you wouldn’t have any at all. That’s what some would say, but you figure it’s more a case of poor impulse control. Things cross your mind, and you just do them without thinking. Or, you are in the middle of doing something when it happens, and you lose focus and flub whatever it was you were trying to do. You try. You really do, but you just keep falling short of the mark no matter what you do.
Your whole life, it’s felt like you’re cursed. You’ve made peace with it, but you are also determined to break whatever “curse” has been placed on your family and help your children thrive.
Traits: Clumsy or Lactose Intolerant, Gloomy or Mean, and either Lazy, Slob, or Perfectionist
Aspirations: Bad Valentine and Successful Lineage
Career: Fast Food, Business, Critic, Social Media, and Freelancer
Generation 5: The Comic Relief
The old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” is rather laughable when you consider yourself and your parent. The two of you are about as close to polar opposites as you can get.
Then again, things didn’t happen by accident. You saw firsthand what a cycle of toxic behavior and festering bitterness over circumstances did to your parent and how hard they had to work to try and undo the damage. Things weren’t always great in your family, but you promised yourself early on that even if they never changed, the cycle would end with you. You studied psychology and applied what you learned in a type of self-therapy, and you took your angst and channeled it into music and jokes.
Lifting the spirits of others, first in your family and then in those outside your small circle, gave you a sense of purpose and filled you with joy.
Also, from the time you began to notice the problems your parent had, and more so since beginning to study and realizing the potential reasons for them, you have worried for them. They’ve resisted all attempts you’ve made to get them to seek therapy, sighting prohibitive costs and a lack of time. So you made the decision that you would “stay at home” to make sure they didn’t get themselves into too much trouble until they passed, got their lives together, or asked you to leave, whichever came first.
Traits: Loves Music, either Creative or Goofball, and either Family-Oriented or Childish
Aspirations: Joke Star and Musical Genius
Generation 6: The Lover
Your parents worked evening shifts for most of your childhood, so it was nice that you all lived with your grandparent. You and your siblings spent most evenings watching old movies with them, having them read from their novel collection to you, and listening to them talk fondly of all their past romances. Your parents made sure you all understood a lot of your grandparent’s past behavior wasn’t good. While you understood that, the wonder and fond recollections behind all those stories stuck with you.
You have always been expressive and more than a little extroverted. You love the arts, and your fondest dream is to have an epic love story like those in the books and movies you grew up with and live happily ever after with your one true love. If you can help your family and friends find theirs too along the way, so much the better.
Traits: Romantic, either Creative, Art Lover, or Bookworm, and either Ambitious or Jealous
Aspirations: Soulmate and Trusted Confidant
Career: Pick one (Writer, Painter, or Critic)
Generation 7: The Baddie
You’ve always known you were different than everyone else. They frittered away their days on meaningless drivel while you worked toward building the skills and connections you would need on your climb to the greatness you deserve.
So many others would be bitter and resentful of the borderline neglect you experienced when young, but you were grateful for it. Family outings, movie or game nights, and boring conversations would have taken up precious time better spent building your intellect and studying those around you to figure out how they tick. Foolish and frivolous they may be, but people can be handy tools.
Speaking of, you stumbled across the unpublished romance novels your parent wrote and stashed away for some unfathomable reason. They’re actually quite decent. It’s a shame no one is benefiting from their release. …Well, if they’re too self-conscious to do it, you may as well. Waste not, want not, right?
Traits: Evil, either Mean or Hot-Headed, and either Genius or Erratic
Aspirations: Public Enemy and Mansion Barron
Career: Criminal (You may switch to the Villian branch of the Secret Agent career after completing the Public Enemy aspiration.)
Generation 8: The Warrior
Your childhood was…interesting and more than a little traumatic.
Let’s face it, your parent was a garbage sim who saw your other parent, you, and all your siblings as nothing more than tools to get what they wanted. You spent far too long trying to rationalize it away. If you could just be stronger, do better, maybe things would get better.
Thankfully, you and your siblings had at least one good role model and loving adult in your lives in the form of your live-in nanny/tutor, who was far more of a parent to you all than your birth parents.
The twisted thing is, you thought this was all normal until you went to school and made friends with other kids in actual healthy, loving families. This helped you see the flaws in yours for what they were, a narcissistic tyrant making life miserable for those they claimed to love and only doling out crumbs of affection when in public and pleased with your performance.
With this realization, you became even more grateful to your nanny than ever before, since they provided you with as much love and support as they could and tried to shelter you from the worst sides of your parents. You swore you would grow up to be like them and do everything in your power to protect those you care about. You studied and disciplined yourself, building yourself into someone who could stand between evil and those who cannot defend themselves.
Also, you vowed that somehow, someway, you would find a great love for yourself and build the happy, healthy, loving family you, your siblings, and your nanny deserved.
Traits: Active, either Self-Assured, Ambitious, or Creative, and either Loves the Outdoors, Bookworm, or Gloomy
Aspirations: Bodybuilder and either Soulmate or Bestselling Author
Career: Pick one (Athlete, Police, or Freelance Writer)
Generation 9: The Sage
You grew up in a big and chaotic but loving family and traveled around a fair bit. Although you can’t complain about your childhood, you began to crave a far quieter and more settled life as you grew up. Yet, you could never shake the “itch” to learn as much as you can about anything and everything. Maybe that’s why you became obsessed with the aliens who migrated from their homeworld of Sixam.
They’ve always given off an air of being open with their knowledge, but they seem to all be masters of talking openly without ever actually sharing anything. Additionally, to public knowledge, no sim has ever been to Sixam or even really understands the technology they brought with them. You are determined to be the first to travel to Sixam and discover the secrets they’re hiding there.
While you have friends and enjoyed a few romantic dalliances here and there, you’ve never felt the urge to settle down. The process of gestation and birth creeps you out a bit, so you have never really wanted biological children of your own. Yet, it seems a waste to never pass on the skills and knowledge you have developed over the years, and you wouldn’t mind having some company now and again. So, you decided to adopt a child to raise as your own, whom you hope will one day continue your research.
Traits: Perfectionist, either Genius or Bookworm, and either Loner or Hot-Headed
Aspirations: Nerd Brain and Freelance Botanist
Career: Scientist and then selling plants, alien artifacts, and serums.
Generation 10: The Outsider
You were adopted by a virtual hermit from a completely different culture than the one you were born into. While they loved you and taught you all they could, their self-isolation made it so that they didn’t think about helping you integrate into this new culture whatsoever when you were growing up.
You had no way of knowing just how much this oversight would impact your life until you moved out on your own. The excellent education you were provided has proven your greatest boon, and being useful causes others to cut you a bit of slack for being “odd” they probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
Never one to back down from a challenge, you simply add learning to acclimate to the culture you were adopted into to your list of life goals.
Traits: Geek, either Loner or Outgoing, and either Bookworm, Insider, or Neat
Aspirations: City Native and The Collector
Career: Pick one (Doctor, Freelance Photographer, or Unemployed i.e. make money via skills and collecting only.)
A. B. England is a novelist, all around geek, avid crafter, and the home-schooling mother of two.
She is an autistic creator with a love of mythology, fantasy, and all flavors of science fiction.
Yekara Series Book 2
The Icarus Project
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Myth & Science Collection
Icarus Series Book 2
Sketched w/ Some Drafting
Yekara Series Book 3
Myth & Science Collection 2
Intent Only at this Time
Icarus Trilogy Book 3
Supers Collection 2
Intent Only at this Time
Yekara Series Book 4