Log in

No account? Create an account
22 March 2011 @ 10:45 pm
Byrnehold Legacy Chapter 1.0: Introductions and Silly Faces  

Join me, friends, as I travel uncharted territory playing The Sims Medieval's first legacy! As you may have guessed, this game is not capable of following legacy rules entirely. However, where possible I will fake genetics and aging with each new Ambition kingdom (ie, generation). I'll be focusing largely on the royal family, however, as this is a game about all the kingdom's heroes, we will also follow their lives throughout the generations. This is the story of the Castle Byrnehold and it's inhabitants.
Part One: Introducing Her Royal Highness

Presenting Lady Adalveig of Byrnehold, a young woman straddling the world of Viking and delicate lady. Her traits are Earthy, Morose, and Whale Ate My Parents. In her spare time she enjoys strolling through the woods to murder bears, and flashing her sword around.

Immediately, our young Lady is accosted by a bandit while...picking flowers. I'm sure she didn't pick that up from her father. She fights back, however, not some helpless damsel.

Bandit Trip Attack!

After defeating the brigand, our Lady performs the obligatory Viking Teabagging ritual.

Adelveig gets home to her castle for the first time? and is informed several suitors have come to visit her, and that she should speak to either the "hunky" Bard or the "cash-loaded" Merchant. Pajama Pants here doesn't look that hunky to me...but our Lady begins weeping into the stranger's arms, telling him the terrible tale of her fathers' demise in the belly of the White Whale...all the while flirting awkwardly as her advisor suggests.

Oh, whoops. The advisor meant Creepster over here. 

...Adelveig opts not to bother.

And instead wanders the castle, ranting at her servants about the White Whale.

She heads to the Physician to take care of a small injury, and scowls at the local populace for NO DISCERNIBLE REASON.


An overseas visitor from her homeland drops by, and the two girls swap the latest pillaging gossip.

After her new friend leaves, Adelveig decides to wander the town, scowling and being stalked by, I kid you not, "Vladmir".

She's already in a bad mood, and this bandit tries to snatch her purse?



Aw, she's crying at the sea. I guess she was just trying to catch a whale. ;(
Part Two: A Bard, A Spy, and A Witch Walk Into A Bar

I'll be making fairly short posts just introducing the characters to start with. Once all the Heroes are introduced and explored a llittle bit, I'll focus more on their interactions. 

And here's...uhm...whats-her-face. She's got the traits Insecure, a Hopeful Orphan, and Good. Seriously, what was her name? :|

Whats Her Face likes doing kung fu moves when she does her magic.

But looks a bit cuter and more serene when she's flooding the town trying to get more water in the wall. 8D

She's shy, but she met a nice dancer for The Medieval Village People who made her feel a bit better about herself. And gave her a funny looking piece of wood. :]

This is Giacomo. Can you guess what his traits are? That's right! Licentious, Vain, and Chivalrous.

And here's his half-sister, or cousin Cas--neither of them are entirely sure which it is. Adelveig's hired her on as the royal spy. She's Cruel, Adventurous, and Greedy.

Girl, you gonna get STONED in that outfit!

Cas doesn't like Giacomo very much.

She spends her nights getting in sober brawls and eavesdropping in the tavern...

...and spends her nights dreaming about poison, apparently.

Cas and the local constable are great friends.

Cas hates children. This is perfect, because she's greedy, and the tears of children are liquid gold.

Cas gets along well with Her Majesty, however, and sometimes seeks her advice when the tears of children give her indigestion.


It appears Cas' stomach is so distressed, she's even ignoring a potential fight to the death so she can stalk off to take her anger out on an unsuspecting servant...

Like this one?

And this one! (And countless others I got tired of editing screens for.)

Whelp, folks, there you have it. Patching together a legacy story is proving to be difficult work because of how very different the game is. I'm still figuring out how things work, and will try to squeeze in Hero time with each other in between quests. Harder than it sounds! This game definitely keeps you working.This is my first legacy, so if you have any tips or feedback, I'd appreciate it, just please don't be rude. :) And I am always happy to take questions about the game, though I would prefer if you posts those in the sims_medieval community.
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on March 24th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I'm so tempted to buy Sims Medieval now.

Though I'm not sure how you can write a legacy with it (I've heard that children don't age?), I really like this so far. ♥
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad to see at least someone enjoys it. :)

I am really enjoying it so far--I've written up a bit of a detailed "first impressions" post here:


But long story short I think it's great, so long as the player isn't too set on the things that have been cut out.

How to write a legacy in Sims Medieval: lots of work! It's not technically possible--you're right that children don't age. I haven't finished a playthrough/Ambition yet (you complete a sort of over-arching quest/goal and then I think the game ends), so I don't really know what happens when the game ends. I'm told there's free play, but frankly I like the structured gameplay.

Anyway, what I'll be doing is faking genetics and aging somewhat, for the sake of a story. You can make characters look pretty old or pretty young, and you can create them from copies of existing characters, so it is possible to alter them for time/genetics. It's a lot more work than in TS3 or TS2, and it's really all just faking a legacy, but I think the way the game respects a character's personality and choices also helps. I think in legacy stories there's a lot of "added on" story that really isn't in the game, but the game takes care of the animations and the genetics. TSM feels like it's the complete opposite. :)

Tip, though: If you do get it, I don't suggest buying a limited edition. It looks like the limited edition stuff is just pre-made from items/patterns already in the game, as far as I can tell.
(no subject) - siouxpergirl on March 24th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - periodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
flowne_lytehartflowne_lytehart on March 24th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
The graphics are kinda... odd to me, but I'm just used to the Sims 3, I guess. XD

I'm really tempted now to check this thing out. Did you have to create everyone at once? Or over time do new people join your kingdom or something that you can customize???
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Hiya, Flowne! The graphics were in general pretty much Sims 3, but with more detail/realism and they were more modeled. I'd definitely recommend you give it a try, although keep in mind it is very different! There is a lot less micromanagement of basic needs, for example--instead you are managing your profession's tasks as well as quests. It's also not sandbox mode, and of course as mentioned above, legacies aren't technically possible (as far as I know so far--I haven't finished a playthrough, but I'm asking my friends).

As for your question, the process goes like this. First you create your monarch, and you play them for a while. As your monarch completes quests, he/she can order buildings to be built. If these are related to a profession, you can now create one Sim of the relevant profession. This process takes a while, I only just an hour or two ago finally got every Hero sim created.
Fine For Now: [Sims] Ronnieprettysouls on March 24th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
This makes me want the game even more..
I hate being broke, and I hate that the collectors Edition doesn't come out for another week in New Zealand. So even if I wasn't broke, I'd have to wait another week.

I love the post though, keep it up (:
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for the encouragement and comment, it's appreciated. :)

Ugh, I know how you feel. I'm also pretty broke--I'm only getting to play because I was lucky enough to pre-order when things were a bit better. I wish you the best of luck. :(
(no subject) - prettysouls on March 24th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - periodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
BCbrilliantcat on March 24th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm impressed that you're doing a legacy with this! I love the game so far myself and I'll be following this to see how it progresses.
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind comments! Much appreeshe. :) I'm glad to hear others like the game--I guess I always want EA's games to do well, just because I feel bad for EA's developers always getting the hate because of their company's shitty administration. xD

Have you completed an Ambition/kingdom playthrough yet? Curious what happens then, what the carry over is.
anothersimsfan on March 24th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
The screenshots look great, and I'm definitely going to keep reading. I really, really, really wish I could play this on my computer. :(
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! Good luck with your computer? :( Why won't it play?
(no subject) - anothersimsfan on March 28th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
sunset_nymphsunset_nymph on March 24th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't expect The Sims Medieval to be such a nice game! I think I'm gonna buy it!
My fav character is the witch, she looks cool!
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 24th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
I hope you like it if you do buy it! Just be aware that it's very different from traditional TS--less Needs micromanagement, more structured, more focus on quests, more "roleplay" and personality, no aging, etc. However, I'm loving it (even though it cut out some things I've always loved in TS3/2) because it makes up for it in a huge way, imo.
My Strength Will Make You Cry: 2NE1-♥ Bomclaudiasharon on March 24th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
This is great! Can't wait for more. :)
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
chickadeeleechickadeelee on March 25th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
This was really fun to read and see. I now want to buy the game to play around medieval style! Not knowing anything about the game, it looks intriguing!
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you~! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I would love to hear and see anyone else's experiences with the game. :)

If you are thinking about getting it, just be aware that it's very different from TS3. Babies grow into children but stop there, no build mode, the gameplay is more quest-based, and you can't carry your old kingdom over when you start a new ambition (but you can free play or edit finished kingdoms from previous ambitions). I personally think the gameplay, personality, and roleplaying makes up for it, but just be aware. :)
these sims aren't very fancy: WELL I'M A KING SOfancysims on March 25th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
I REALLY LOVED THIS. I admit, medieval is not typically my thing, unless it's done light-heartedly with comical tones... and you did just that! I THINK. I suck at defining, but I love what you are doing and I am hooked and that is all that matters.

I think I love the queen. I'M PRETTY SURE I ALMOST SPIT MY DRINK WHEN I READ THE "WHALE ATE MY PARENTS TRAIT" but it's very endearing on her... I hope she finds the whale...
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's really appreciated. :) I know, I love the whale ate my parents trait! I've found another Sim that is practically a clone of my Queen and has that trait. o_o;
Ashleevegetasbubble on March 25th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
did you use the in game camera? cause these look a lot closer than mine did when I took shots.
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yup. Some of them are cropped to get rid of irrelevant backgrounds (the more cropped, the lower quality they actually look, though, so you can kind of tell, especially in one shot in my next post). It just takes some getting used to and a lot of positioning, and it also depends on where the Sims are at. Aside from the occasional weird camera spot outside, though, angles and positioning aren't limited outside.

You probably already know that, though--I'm guessing the real difference is I made use of the, er, I'm not sure what to call it--where you right click? I think where you physically drag the camera forward for a closer shot, instead of just zooming in.

Hope that helps. ^_^; The camera is really, really tricky in this one. :(
(no subject) - periodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
OH MY LYLE!legendarysims on March 25th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to do one of these as well, and I'm irked at the lack of angles in the game. But you made your pictures look so good! Jealous? YES. XD

It sounds really cool though!
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I was constantly dragging my camera closer and adjusting the angle...much harder in this game, but possible to get good shots. Just not possible to get perfect angles indoors. :(
Nichola/Paparazzipaparazzi_x on March 25th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm half and half about getting this game. I'd play it but I wouldn't buy it. Hmm. How are you finding it so far?
Legacy-wise I'm loving it and I can't wait to see more! :D
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 25th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D

I'm personally loving it, but there are a lot of things missing in the game, like generations/aging, build mode, and an easier camera. But I'm finding I enjoy this a lot more than other Sims games, but I know for a lot of people, not having free play constantly or easy legacies is a gamebreaker. So I guess it comes down to, is there anything in TS3/2 you would die without? I thought I'd die without (easy) legacies/generations and build mode, but personally, I'm finding the gameplay and being able to create interesting characters with a lot of personality makes up for that.
(no subject) - paparazzi_x on March 25th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
scorpiosims: Bea Cosmoscorpiosims on March 26th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
It looks like a cross between the sims and world of warcraft xD I'm liking what I'm seeing so far. Do you know if there's a list of traits and flaws anywhere? I've searched and found flaws but the 'whale ate my parents' isn't listed... Interesting that you can make a new hero with each building, I'm guessing you could have one of each hero type if you wanted then?
periodic_toxicperiodic_toxic on March 26th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Yup, you can opt out of making a hero for each building but the general idea is that you have one of each. And then you choose who you want to play the quests with. Most quests play one hero at a time, but there are quite a few that let you play two at a time.

There's a list of traits and flaws here, Whale Ate My Parents is just a trait. :)

toxic_moxietoxic_moxie on March 26th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
I really want to buy medieval now! I love the idea of a medieval legacy can't wait to see more!:D
Tarina Jchene_sims333 on March 26th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)