So I've been kind of bored with sims lately, so I came up with an idea of a new way to spice up the game. Here's what to do:
1. Start a new game and make a family, the larger the better
2. Don't use any "Make Needs Static" or money cheats.
3. Set Free Will to High
4. Make sure aging is turned off for the active family, and story progression are ON, And Suppress Opportunities
5. Buy a house and fill it with items, and make sure to add a few skill items (optional)
6. Give at least one adult in the household a career (optional, but recommended for a more interesting outcome)
7. Set time to 3x and go do something else
8. Come back a long while later and see what has happened.
Post here if you have any crazy/funny/interesting stories about doing this!
I used to do this with TS1 and TS2,with a mod that make the fridge work like it does now or in TS1 instead of running out of food. The first time I tried this in TS2, I came back to find everyone in the house dead from starvation. OOPS! I used an autobill payer too so the repo man wouldn't take everything. I may try it for TS3. I forgot I wanted to do that.
There is a more challenge like way to do this called the "Asylum challenge" If anyone is interested. You play one sim and make the others non-selectable (or just don't click on them) You also are restricted from whatever traits keep them from electrocuting or burning themselves. You have to get your playable a full time job and then you just see if you can achieve a life goal before all the nonplayable sims are dead.
The problem is, that birthdays and opportunities will stop the game with a popup.
I tried it and it ran for 5-10 real time minutes. I used Twallans Master Controller ans Story Progression to avoid most of the messages and popups. I left the game to its own devices for 4 real time hours. Deleted the popups every 10 minutes.
But it was funny, to see the neighborhood growing rapidly. With Twallans mods you can force imigration and random sims will move into the town very fast. I used the shortest lifespan.
I have now 66 sims in town. I like that a sim has many friends and it's funny to see all the babys grown up to adults.
@VampireSim, yes, that's the point of suppressing opportunities. I've only tried this once before, and an opportunity stopped it after about 5 minutes. But you bring up a good point about birthdays... maybe aging should be turned off, for the people too lazy bummed to delete pop-ups after a certain period of time :-)