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The Buchannon Sims 4 Legacy Challenge

Updated on April 24, 2015

Welcome to the Buchannon Legacy Challenge

Hello and welcome to my Sims 4 Legacy Challenge! This is not my first attempt (and I assume that it won't be my last, since I enjoy playing challenges), but this is my first attempt to share a documented Sims game on Hubpages. My goal is to share the story of my family with you through my own (simple) narration.

I've found that the easiest way for me to play through one of these challenges is to take the story one day at a time and to focus on moving slowly and taking a lot of screen shots to share with viewers.

While I call this a "story," it's mostly my guiding readers through the steps that I've taken to accomplish particular goals. I do not in any way consider myself an expert in playing this game, or even in the nuances of the game, but I enjoy a good challenge and have been playing Legacy Challenges since The Sims 2 and the introduction of lineages and family trees to the game.

The cover image above will be updated when each new chapter is released, and a link to the next chapter will be included in the caption to this image every time the story has been updated. Images are edited using photo editing software and are not always indicative of the quality of graphics in the game itself.

About the Buchannon Legacy Challenge

I'd like to start off on this page by introducing you to some of the basic ideas behind this particular legacy story. Those who are unfamiliar with the challenge should read below and consider visiting the official site (linked in the section about the Legacy Challenge, below) for more information about the way that the challenge works. If you're confused, refer to the challenge rules.

Like all legacies, this one starts with a single sim, created in Create a Sim. I chose to make a female sim with auburn hair and green eyes. Personally, I think she's quite pretty. You're welcome to tell me what you think in the comments!

Her stats are as follows:

  • Traits: Genius, Cheerful, Loves the Outdoors, Collector
  • Aspriation: Freelance Botonist

The rules for this challenge require that players select a series of "qualifiers" to select the "heir" of the next generation. This "heir" will be the one who passes on the family's genetics to their offspring, and whose offspring will bring in the generation after them.

I've chosen the following:

  • Gender Law: Matriarchy
  • Bloodline Law: Strict Traditional
  • Heir Law: Democracy

This means that the heir must be female and genetically related to the previous heir. You, dear readers, will be able to vote in a poll to determine which child of each generation will be the heir of the next generation!

The Buchannon Family Members

I've provided a series of images in the box below that will show you each of the Buchannon family members with a caption to tell you who they are within the family. Each generation will be made available in the Sims 4 Gallery once they have passed on (and not before).

You are welcome to download my Legacy Challenge Sims. Please comment if you choose to include them in a story of your own. All spares will be made available #legacyloves on the Gallery.

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Cordelia Buchannon: Buchannon Legacy Challenge FounderIshmael Leavitt: Buchannon Legacy Challenge Co-Founder
Cordelia Buchannon: Buchannon Legacy Challenge Founder
Cordelia Buchannon: Buchannon Legacy Challenge Founder
Ishmael Leavitt: Buchannon Legacy Challenge Co-Founder
Ishmael Leavitt: Buchannon Legacy Challenge Co-Founder

About the Legacy Challenge

The Legacy Challenge is a ten-generation challenge created by Pinstar in celebration of the genetic lineages introduced for The Sims 2. He has produced rules for each following incarnation of the game (each of which has featured the same family-tree lineages).

This challenge is simple and yet difficult to do well. A single sim must be moved onto one of the 50x50 lots in any of the game's three worlds (if you have the expansion pack). Without the use of any money cheats that sim must grow their dynasty from §1,800. The (utterly broke) founding sim must find and marry a "townie" or non-playable sim. Your founder's spouse may not bring in additional simoleans and the player must use a cheat code to deduct any money the spouse brings with him or her.

Points are accrued by achieving particular goals within the challenge, including building the largest and grandest house, upgrading appliances, completing aspirations, reaching the top of careers, and collecting things.

In essence, you earn points by playing the game, and playing the game well.

100 total points are possible in the Sims 4 Legacy Challenge.

The Sims 4 Premium Edition
The Sims 4 Premium Edition

The Sims 4 Premium comes loaded with additional features that aren't included in the basic game. If you choose this option, I recommend picking it up second-hand, as the price Amazon is asking is extraordinary. I paid $80 for the Premium edition of the game.


About My Game

I pre-ordered The Sims 4 and had it available on September 4th at Midnight. I've been playing it steadily since then and appreciate most of the game's features. While nobody is a fan of loading screens, I actually prefer them over the "open world" of The Sims 3. My review on Amazon rates this game as a five star game and I stand by my rating. As someone who has been playing The Sims since the original game was relatively new, I can honestly say that this one is the best in the series.

My copy of the game is the Premium edition, and you may at times see items included in this edition. For the most part I find them useless. The additional items are party items that I don't regularly use and which don't fit with my building style. If you find that these aren't worth the extra cash (and you probably won't see them in my game, either) then you can purchase The Sims 4 Base game without the additional content.

Note: The SimGurus regularly release free content for download. This is one of the things that makes the additional fee for the upgrade on the base game. Over time they have added ghosts (back) into the game, given us pools (back), added a holiday pack (for free), offered basements (again) along with an additional floor, and even given us knew decorative options (usually gnomes).

The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat  [Online Game Code]
The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat [Online Game Code]

I love this Downloadable Content for The Sims 4! This is a paid pack, offered at a reasonable price. Outdoor Retreat is this incarnation's answer to "Vacation" and "World Adventures." There's so much to do with this expansion that sending your sims on vacation is the least of it!


Outdoor Retreat

I pre-ordered Outdoor Retreat as soon as it was available to do so. Compared to the "stuff" packs for The Sims 3 (which sold for a similar price), this pack is incredible. It is the equivalent of some of the expansions for The Sims 3, and provides your sims with an opportunity to go on vacation. It also adds an entire new collection while providing new collectibles to existing collections.

Did I mention that there's a new hidden area and that the pack also has a new skill that comes with it? This is one of the best $20 I've spent on this game since I've been playing (roughly fifteen years).

If you're a serious simmer, you'll want to get this pack. It's enhanced my play considerably and provides new challenges for anyone who is determined to max all the skills or the collections. Plus, what sim doesn't want to go on vacation now and again?

See future chapters of my Legacy Challenge for screen shots.

Get to Work

The Sims 4 Get to Work is the latest expansion pack for the game, and I am currently enjoying playing with its features. Unfortunately, it is terribly bugged. While I will provide screenshots of my sims at work and earning money in the new professions (which allow the player to go to work with their sims, similarly to with Sims 3 Ambitions), I cannot yet recommend this expansion (and therefore am not providing a download link. You're welcome to surf through, if you like!).

This expansion is a combination of features from The Sims 2 Open for Business and The Sims 3 Ambitions and the concept is incredibly. Unfortunately, the execution is bugged.

I'll update you when the game is patched again!

© 2015 Becki Rizzuti


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