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SIM STORYTELLERS! Here's a new Challenge Series for you: 6 Degrees of Separation Challenge!  XML
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buckeygirl80


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Hey all! You may remember me, I'm the one who created the All My Wishes challenge, or "WISHACY".

Well, I've been working on a new idea for a challenge, and I'm ready to share it with you! Here goes!

6 Degrees of Separation Series/Challenge

I was trying to think of an idea of a fun way to play and story-tell with your sims, but without it having to be a "Legacy" as it seems most challenges are. But my favorite part of the whole legacy thing is the connectedness between each generation. Those who are creative story tellers usually like to tell an interesting an unique story with each generation, but it seems we're always limited to telling the story of the children of each heir/heiress. I think the story-telling aspect is one of the most enjoyable aspects as a reader of other people's legacies. So, how could there be a way to keep the creative story-telling aspect and connectedness without having "generations" to connect them? That's where I got my idea.

This is really not a rule based challenge. The challenge only lies in the creativity of the one telling the story, and deciding who should be the main character for the upcoming "degree" instead of a generation. Maybe a better word would be 'series' instead of challenge.

It works like this:

1. Choose a founder. It can be anyone, premade, or your own sim. They kick off the 6 degree story.

2. You tell a story with them, just as you would a legacy, but there is no rules as to what that founder "has" to do. They don't have to have kids. They don't have to get married. They don't have to complete a LTW. It's really all about a story with their life. It can contain as many chapters as you want. It can be a child, teen, adult. As long as it's ONE sim that is the main character of the story.

3. When you are finished with their story, you move on to the 2nd degree. Someone that is connected to your founder in some way. Maybe it's their best friend. Maybe a random aquaintance. Maybe a neighbor. It can be anyone, as long as they have made some sort of appearance in the story line of your founder. Shoot, it could even be the pizza guy! But he/she has to have been mentioned in the story somewhere before. Not just in a picture. But it only has to be a brief mention.

4. You start a new story with them. Of course, you can pull in elements and story bits from your founder's story, as a way to round out what happened previously, or you can totally go off on a whole new tangent, and leave all the previous characters behind.

5. Somehow, in the current "degree" you are writing in, you must reference the previous main character at least once. So, in the 2nd degree story, somewhere you would mention or include the founder.

As far as requirements, this is all there is. A mention of previous degree, a mention of future degree in each "degree" or story.

It keeps on going this way, 3rd degree, 4th, 5th, and then finally 6th. On the 6th degree sim, you could find a clever way to tie them into the founder's life or not, that's up to you.

Only ONE time in the challenge are you allowed to use a child of one of the main characters as a next degree. The whole idea is that it is different from a legacy.

There is a lot of freedom here as a story writer. You can really take the story anywhere you want, with any of the characters you want. I know we all have fallen in love with 'side' characters in our own and other people's legacies, and this is a way for them to be more than just a side story! Your 6 Degree Series could be one story, told from 6 different points of view, or 6 completely different stories, only connected by the 6 degrees. It's all up to you!

You could even collaborate with some of your sim-writing friends, and let them take a degree from your series and write it for you. Or you could swap degrees with someone if you get bored, and let them write one of your stories, and you write theirs. Then, when you return as the writer for the next degree, hopefully it would be fresh and new, because someone else wrote the previous story line, and you can use pieces of their story to spark creativity in your own.

That's pretty much it! Hope it sounds as fun and unique to you as it does to me! Feel free to post links to your 6 degree stories here, and ask any questions you like!

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camimh


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I love this as a jumping off point to spawn a story (or 6 lol). I'm doing something similar with my City Limits story in that there are 5 main characters that are related to each other but they cross paths for various reasons as they all live in the same city. In mine, a new/different character is the focus of each chapter as opposed to a whole story for each before the next comes in to play.

Anyway, good idea and I hope to see some new stories come from this! I love finding new stories to read

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itsjulie


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Well I never expected that

Good idea Buckey I really like it!!!! - I was thinking while reading this that this would have been a wicked idea for the kandice / chase / lex triangle i had in my wishacy

mmmmmmmmmm brain ticking

Are you going to be doing a 6 degree story???


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AlMeg


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I love it! I might just ahve to take a break from my wishacy and do one of these...one question though, when do you switch degrees? Is it whenever you want?

A wise person once said:

The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music.
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buckeygirl80


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HI Julie and AIMeg! Thanks for checkin it out! To answer your questions,

Julie- Yes, I'll be starting my own soon, but I promised myself I wouldn't start it until I've finished Generation 5 of my Wishacy.

AIMeg- You start the next degree when you've finished the previous one's story, or brought it to some kind of conclusion in some way.

Oh, and thanks too, Cami for checking it out! I'll be checking out your City Limits story!

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AlMeg


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I noticed you said we could continue on with the child onely once, but does the same go for neices and nephews, or uncles and aunts?

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buckeygirl80


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Nope, you can use a different family member like a sibling, aunt, etc as many times as you want.

Of course, each "degree" main character has to be a different person.

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Just a little bump for more eyes to see.

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Debbidoo


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Thisis unique. Just to be sure, each degree character can remain alive at the end of their story, right?
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itsjulie


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Buckey I have had an idea
This would actually be wicked for someone to run along side a wishacy or legacy
you know when you get siblings that you like that are not the heir.
You would not have to mess up your legacy by skipping houses - just copy the town for the "degree"'s point of view -

I really wish you thought of this when Kandice was in reign I could have had a field day

I might get down to trying this one of the days but i have my ugly wishacy to do when i have finished this last swan generation - plus i have been test driving for a while a new legacy / challenge idea that i have come up with to see if it is possible

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buckeygirl80


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Debbidoo wrote:Thisis unique. Just to be sure, each degree character can remain alive at the end of their story, right?


Yes, they sure can!

Julie- Yeah, that's true! You could take any of your spares and copy the file like you said, that's a fun idea!

hmmm.. interested to see what challenge you're working on..

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kirajmp


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A little late putting in my two cents. I really like this idea. I've always done legacies, and was thinking of trying something new when I finish my currents ones.
I have been mulling an idea for a follow-up to my garden legacy, when it is finished in another generation and a half. I was going to import the 10th generation heir in to start just another legacy, but this idea has promise for a different approach!

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buckeygirl80


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kirajmp wrote:A little late putting in my two cents. I really like this idea. I've always done legacies, and was thinking of trying something new when I finish my currents ones.
I have been mulling an idea for a follow-up to my garden legacy, when it is finished in another generation and a half. I was going to import the 10th generation heir in to start just another legacy, but this idea has promise for a different approach!


Hi Kira! I'd be so excited if you tried this out with your 10th gen heir! If you do, post the link here!

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Audren11


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Must. Make. Story. Now.

This is where one would put humorous images, amusing quotes, or links to interesting stories.
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berrypie27


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Its genius. Thats all I gotta say x]
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