Starting Over: Introduction

Challenge: Nothing Is Free


To Begin:
1. You need a completely empty world. Lots can be laid out if you want, but none of them may be built upon at all and any community lots must be set to “No Visitors Allowed”. How you obtain such a world, whether you empty out one of the premade ones or whether you have a custom one does not matter. I only draw the line at worlds that have a bajillion spawners for rare stuff all over the place – let’s keep it reasonable, okay? But it cannot have a single rabbithole, park, or anything like that – it must be empty. There also may not be any Sims living in this world.

2. You may make 1 CAS Sim in this world, and 1 only. You are never allowed to make any other CAS Sims. Gender, exact age, etc. are all up to you. Pets may not be created with them.

3. Move this Sim into an empty lot in your empty world, and that starts your challenge.

How to Play:
You’ll notice right off the bat that your Sim can’t have a standard career. With no rabbitholes, your Sim can’t get a rabbithole job – there isn’t even a school for your kids! And you can’t even register as self-employed and get a stipend without a City Hall. And while it’s possible to actually get yourself employed in a couple of the Ambitions professions in this state, there are certain requirements (see below) and most of them are pretty much impossible when you’re the only Sim in town anyway. You’ll have to find some other means of making money. (My Sim started a garden and her husband became an artist.)

You’re also going to have a hard time finding mates for your first few generations. I suggest hanging out by the mailbox, ordering pizza, or hiring a maid and hope someone of the appropriate gender shows up. (My Sim got robbed and married the burglar…) Kids may be biological, adopted, or created in some fashion – none of that is restricted.

If you want rabbitholes, other community lots, neighbors and the like then you have to earn them! Every additional lot has requirements of some sort. Most community lots require money and skills, and other residences require money and Sims to put in them. You can either build the lots yourself or place a house built by someone else, but either way they must be earned first.




“Meow! Meow! Meow!”


Waylan Steves finally woke up after hearing the fifth meow. He could hear water dripping from the ceiling and a rank stench suffocating him. After becoming more alert, he noticed the unusual surroundings.

“What is this security camera doing here?” He asked himself, getting closer to it. The security camera locked on his face, following his movements.
Waylan turned around and saw a fat Persian cat on the other side of the cell.

Waylan pushed on the cell door, but it wouldn’t budge. The cat stared at him and then towards the direction of the torch. That was when Waylan noticed something engraved on the top of his hand.

“What the hell is going on?!” He reached into his pocket and pulled out hit wallet. Nothing was in there except $400.
He walked over to the backpack and opened it.

Inside, he found a tent, rolled up sleeping bag, thirteen showers in a can, twelve bagels, a camera and a catnip mouse toy. The cat must have belonged to that skeleton over there, he thought to himself .

He grabbed the notebook and crouched down next to the lantern. There wasn’t much written down, but the owner referred to the cat as “Mushi”. Strange name for a cat.
Waylan grabbed the backpack and put the notebook inside. He also grabbed the lantern even though there wasn’t much oil left for it. He looked up at the torch and saw there was a strange hinge on it.

The cell door automatically opened.
“That was a little too easy.”
Waylan attached the lantern to the backpack and followed Mushi. He waked up the stairs and was greeted with a maze and narrow tunnels.

Mushi took the lead and Waylan followed, keeping a close ear for Mushi’s me0ws. Eventually, Mushi took him to a door with a small crescent shaped rock. Mushi nuzzled it and Waylan grabbed it, taking it with him.
Waylan continued walking down the narrow paths until he ran into what appeared to be a dead end. Mushi meowed and Waylan saw a stone plaque on the wall. The indent was the same crescent shape as the rock he picked up. He took out the rock and placed it inside the crescent indent.


He heard a “click” and turned around behind him. There was now a staircase and light shining down. Mushi raced up the stairs and called for Waylan to follow him.

Waylan followed up the stairs, but once he got back outside of the dungeon, the stairs disappeared behind him.

Waylan took a deep breath of fresh air and looked around.




Waylan knelt down and lowered his hand to let Mushi sniff it. Mushi was reluctant at first, but then nuzzled his fingers. Waylan took out the cat toy and gave it to Mushi. “Thank you for helping me out.”

Waylan spent the rest of the night setting up camp while letting Mushi relax.



“I hope you like fish,” Waylan said, tearing off a piece for Mushi. “I think we’re going to be great friends,” he said, scratching behind Mushi’s ear.
After dinner, Waylan took the notebook and began to write a story about his strange adventure and meeting Mushi. He didn’t know how he got in that cell or how Mushi found him, but he was thankful that Mushi saved his life.

After finishing the first chapter of his story, he changed into the night clothes he found inside the backpack. He crawled into his tent with Mushi following behind.

Little did he know that escaping the dungeon was only half the battle.




Skills: Fishing – 2 ; Writing – 1

Beings Met: 1 (Mushi)



Chapter 3 Introduction: Romance of all Romance

It was an average day for Mushi. Brady had been nice to him, and even gave him some of his baby food. Still, Mushi felt a little neglected. He couldn’t compare to Sammy and Aurora spent most of her time playing with Brady or painting.

Although the jealousy had gotten down a lot, Mushi still missed having someone to talk to that wasn’t the raccoon. Mushi trotted out of the nursery and polished his claws. He grabbed his favorite pink mouse to prepare to practice his hunting skills. Mushi then noticed something different…

Roberto wasn’t at the computer.

Mushi wondered back to the nursery. He saw a strange man with long hair. There were other people here? Someone other than the paparazzi?

Mushi couldn’t understand what was going on. There was a small cage in the man’s hand. That was when he heard the light meow sounds. That was when he saw her.

“I’m in love!” Mushi exclaimed. “What an angel!”
Mushi scooted over to the new member of the family. “Hi, I-I-I’m Mushi.”

“I’m Kiki. Want to play?”
“Sure, what game?”
Before Mushi could say anything else, Kiki pounced him. Mushi ran outside, but he got pounced again.

“Come on! You can do better than that!” Kiki laughed.
“Do I look like I’m physically fit for rough housing?!”
“Good point…”

Kiki let go of him and licked her paw. “What are you looking at?”
Mushi smiled. “You have beautiful eyes.”
“That’s the best you got? I heard that line this morning by this filthy raccoon.”
“You’re too beautiful to have trash like that come on to you.”

Mushi leaned in and attempted to caress Kiki’s ear, but she turned away.
“I-I can’t! I just met you!” She ran into the house.
Mushi chased after her. “Can’t you see we’re destined to be together?!”
“That’s what they all say!”
“I’m not like them!” Mushi exclaimed. “I love you!”
“How can you? We just met!” Kiki lowered her ears and looked away. “Every cat in my old world wanted me because I’m beautiful. Why should I trust you?”
Mushi sat next to her. “I will never hurt you. You are beautiful, but that is nothing compared to your kindness and energy.”
“Do you really mean that?”
Mushi nuzzled her. “Of course.” He pushed his favorite pink mouse toward her. “This is my favorite toy. I want you to have it.”
Kiki’s eyes swelled up. “It’s… beautiful….”
Before Mushi could respond, he felt a light lick his cheek.

Mushi blushed. “You know… there is a cat house out front….”
Kiki stepped back and clawed him. “I’d never!” She flicked her tail up and walked away.

Three sim days later…..


Since this was more focused on the cats, I don’t have any stats updates for the challenge. Brady did get to logic level 3, but other than that, the human sims took it easy this time around.

Winston Family 2.1: Epilogue of Chapter 2

Mushi watched the bundle of snot from afar. How could they replace him with something that can’t even groom himself?!

It wasn’t fair! Mushi had been the sole provider of the family since they moved, and now “Grandma” Mimi sent this little worm a doll and nothing for poor Mushi.
“I’m not going to let this little monster take away my family,” Mushi huffed. “I’m still the cutest!”

Mushi walked out and saw that Roberto was back at writing again. The poor man was never going to stop until he had his bookstore!

Mushi rubbed up against Roberto’s leg and purred.
“Not now, Mushi!” He grunted and went back to writing.
Mushi lowered his ears and walked off.  Maybe Aurora would play with him. He was the one that gave her that mouse the other day and she did scream in joy when she saw it. He was a little hurt when she threw it out the window though. How inconsiderate!

Mushi meowed at Aurora and placed his paws on her leg.
“No, Mushi!” She swatted him down.
Why was it that no one wanted to play with him? He was the cutest! He was the fluffiest! His eyes narrowed. It was due to that baby, wasn’t it?! That was why they didn’t want his attention. All they cared about was the baby’s needs. Was it true? Did Brady replace Mushi?

“Hey, fluffball!” Mushi cringed. He knew that voice.
He turned around and saw the raccoon with a huge smirk on his face.

“Didn’t I tell you to get lost?!”
The  raccoon walked over to him. “You better be nice to me. You’re going to need a friend for when you get tossed on the streets.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Now that your owners have a baby, they don’t need you. You’re washed up! You’re old news! You think that extra layer of blubber is going to keep you in this family?”
Mushi lowered his ears back. “What do you know about families?!”
The raccoon laughed. “You may be the only family here, but there are other worlds. I’ve seen cats like you get tossed out  all the time. That hunting skill will only take you so far before you keel over.”
Mushi arched his back. “Get out of here!”
“Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!” The raccoon trotted off.

Mushi remained in a horrible mood for the next several days. It was Brady’s birthday and Aurora and Robert stopped everything to have the stupid baby as the center of attention. Mushi looked up and saw a deer. He was still miffed at the raccoon and decided to take it out on the deer.

“Get out of here!” Mushi hissed.
The deer looked down and nuzzled Mushi, causing him to topple over. The deer raced off before Mushi could get back up.
“You better run!” Mushi called out, licking the dirt off his fur.

Mushi walked inside and saw that Brady was now a toddler. He was already attached to his doll that grandma Mimi gave him. Apparently, the doll was named Sammy.

Mushi walked over to Brady, already in a defensive position.
“Lets get this straight. I’m the cute one. You’re below me,” Mushi said.
Brady giggled and petted Mushi. “Kitty!”

Maybe you’re not such a bad guy after all, Mushi thought to himself. Maybe we can make this work.




Cooking: 2
Writing: 6
Handiness: 1


Sculpting: 2
Painting: 5
Cooking: 2


Logic: 1


Hunting: 7

Traits Gained:  Adventurous; Non-Destructive

The Founding Family: Winston Family

Challenge: Nothing Is Free Challenge

I would like to say that I made up these names on my own, but I just used the name roller next to the name.

Here is the family:

Roberto Winston


Computer Wiz

Lifetime Wish

Professional Author

Aurora Winston


Savvy Sculptor
Natural Cook
Born Saleswoman
Cat Person

Lifetime Wish

Descendent of Da Vinci

Mushi Winston (male)



I have placed them on a 30 X 30 lot. My first set of goals are to teach Roberto writing so I can open up the bookstore and Aurora sculpting so I can open up the consignment shop.  I am not focused on population just yet, but I do plan for their first child to learn logic and open up the hospital.

Aurora will also learn painting for extra money. Since she can’t open up more than one rabbit hole, it is just to have extra cash laying around.

This is what the house looks like so far:

I started working on the skills.

Roberto works on writing:

Aurora works on sculpting:

Mushi works on hunting:

After Roberto gets stressed, he goes and meets two paparazzi, Abraham Finkel and Artie Page.


Roberto Writing Skill: 1
Aurora Sculpting Skill: 2
Mushi Hunting Skill: 3
People (NPC) met: 2