The Barimen Legacy is a story that follows the adventures of a virtual family in the Sims 3 through ten generations. The blog, which found its beginnings on the now-defunct Sims3Legacy.com, is a variation of the “Legacy Challenge”. I do not play the challenge for points, so, therefore, take some liberties with the game for the sake of telling the story. While there is an ongoing storyline I plan to continue to evolve throughout all ten generations, none of the legacy sims have any sort of predetermined back story. Their personalities evolve as the game evolves, and the events you see in the blog will often reflect events that happen in-game. Obviously, some dramatization has occurred to keep things interesting.
I chose a sparse writing style and a purely narrative point of view to better let the images tell the tale. This can really become challenging when I have a very specific dialog I want to occur between two sims but have to find a way to convey the meaning of the conversation rather than the exact words. I think this gives each reader a chance to determine for themselves exactly what was said. Besides, we do this when playing the Sims 3 anyway, since all we hear is simlish in-game.
The heirs or heiresses to the legacy will be the first-born of each generation, falling to the next oldest child in the event of a tragedy. The legacy will fail if the entire family is somehow wiped out. I wanted a family trait I could use metaphorically, so I chose Angler [He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19]. This may have some significance later on in the legacy. I also have reserved the right to “re-roll” any time the Evil trait comes up in the family (it is honestly just a personal preference).
As for myself, I am a
forty fifty-something father of six kids with an eighteen-year span between the oldest and youngest. I am a programmer by profession and spend a lot of my time volunteering with Christ-centered youth organizations. I am unapologetic in my traditional beliefs on many topics. I am also unapologetic in my belief in God, and I strive to live my life in service to Him. Therefore, you may find religious themes and commentary on traditional values. If these offend you, this is probably not the blog for you.
I started my life-long hobby of gaming with Dungeons and Dragons when I was twelve. It has been the one thing I have always enjoyed. I played pen and paper games well into the ’90s (Amber Diceless, mostly) until my second child was born. Gaming nights just weren’t possible anymore. So my wife and I began to play video games to fill the gap. She’s more of a puzzle and word game fan and enjoys competing against others online. while I leaned more toward the RPG-type games. I began with the Sims but found a group of storytellers who contributed to a Star Trek themed PBEM. I did this for many years, but eventually got sucked into The Sims 2, and inevitably the world of MMORPG. I played City of Heroes for a few years, and recently, I’ve been playing Star Trek Online and Fallout 3.
I welcome feedback of all sorts, both good and bad. I visit other legacy blogs and enjoy reading some of the amazing content other writers have created. I just ask that if you comment, please do more than simply advertise your own blog.