3rd Nov 2011 at 9:46 AM
Last edited by Liv Lukas : 3rd Nov 2011 at 11:42 AM.
Do any of your families have family heirlooms? Photos, or knickknacks or mementos? Or a book that an ancestor did? Perhaps a painting?
I've been building a new lot for a recently married couple and I kept some favorite paintings and knickknacks from the old house that the husband lived in as a bachelor. He has a retro old sofa that his new wife was not too fond of, but he got to keep it in his study. He also had some slightly risque pin-up art, most of which the wife tossed out, but he got to keep one in the hallway.
There was a lovely painting his sister made for him as a wedding present and another painted by a friend of the bride.
Little mementos and heirlooms passed down or moved from one lot to another when Sims move adds to the richness of the stories, I've found.
Also any ideas for cool heirlooms besides knickknacks, paintings and photos?
I pass on some of the more useful aspiration rewards. Since by my self-inflicted rules not all Sims can buy all aspiration rewards, this is usually the form family heritage takes in my game.
But beyond that, anything can be a heirloom: an instrument a family member was particularly fond of, a bed grandparents slept in, anything really. The only thing that matters is that the item is somehow connected to a deceased loved one. That's the stuff memories are made of, right? I usually make an entry in the family story about it, so that I'd remember it later on.
In my Mole/Una family (pre-computer melt down) the family was passing down a love note that Natasha had written for John after a few dates between them. Each generation only had one "heir" so once that sim became engaged they would get the love note. Usually placed high on a shelf or maybe on the fireplace mantle.
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Since the first CAS sims are only beginning to die off, there's nothing so far that I would call a family heirloom. If Mary Munny lives long enough for one of her grandsonsto move in with her after graduation and inherit the house, he'll keep her musical instruments and otherwise redo the whole place (because her taste is a little, um, florid). Whether he keeps all her photobooth records of inamorata will depend on how that particular grandson develops as he grows up.
Ernest and Sage Ann would prefer a more sedate hot tub than the Love Tub currently in their yard, but for story purposes it's a present from Mary made when they first moved in together in college. It's where they exchanged virginities, and where Mark was conceived. That thing's a permanent fixture now and will be around as long as the lot is viable.
The Onions and Hawkins Prime houses are heirlooms of a sort, the only remaining cabins left after the mining disaster. Moreover, the fishing hole in the Hawkinses' back yard is where Kitty was skinny dipping on a certain memorable day when Goz decided he wanted to fish in solitude while he brooded about the death of his first wife while she was pregnant. Kitty made him stop brooding and the rest is history. So that pond will never be filled in, regardless of how cramped the lot gets.
My University households still have date rewards, mash notes, and photos lying around from students the current inhabitants never met. It adds to that "furnished rental" ambiance. Now that I have access to crafting stations, I'll be having students leave their crude early efforts behind and taking the stations with them, too.
I tend to store baby and child-only items in the attics against the day a new baby arrives, so in a sense I have heirloom potty chairs.
I had a married couple where the husbond Max had painted a portrait of his wife Bianca - they were laughing a lot while it was being painted.
Later the Bianca died - and Max was really sad and missed her a lot a long time after her death, but it was like a comforting thing for him to
go and look at the painting of her. He looked for a while - then he laughed - exactly like he was remembering how it was when he painted it.
He would do this all by himself - I never asked him to do it. Max is now dead too - but his oldest son is now having the painting.
I have several paintings that I let stay in the families - letting the oldest child in the family inherit them.
I have also done the same with things they have created on the hobby-stations.
Every time a family is to move to another house I go through the house to be sure stuff like paintings - things they have created -
all things that are special are safely put into their inventories. I had one house once that went bad - there was nothing I could do
- so that way I lost some paintings that was valued a lot - such a shame.
Usually it's something that townies bring in when they move in for marriage, like a pitcher with flowers . It warms your heart, because it looks like a present to another sim, so it remans in the family household for many generations. Good for sims to have immortal flowers.
My fortune Sims pass down family portraits, especially wedding portraits and photo albums. Whenever a sim is married I have them painted in their wedding gown. When the couple ages I have a another portrait painted. I have simmies who love to take pictures. In one home there are so many pictures of the family, there's no room for the pictures of grand children. Thinking of building a family center just to display the family pictures. I wish there was a way to perserve the portraits like saving them to a file. I lost some great portraits when a hood went bad,
One of my families, the Charvats, has an ancestral arch that everyone marries under. They move into the clan estate (which contains portraits from the family through the generations), throw a marriage party, try for a baby on their first night, and move out and establish their own home when the season changes. It's a nice tradition. The estate is never abandoned, as it has permanent residents.