The Legacy Challenge is a set of self-imposed rules meant to change the way you play the game of The Sims 4. By abiding by the restrictions of the challenge and reaching for the goals of the challenge, you will find yourself getting a very different experience from The Sims 4 that you might have playing casually. The Legacy Challenge tasks you with creating a single founder Sim moving them in to a giant lot, and starting out in abject poverty. Your founder must build their house, build their wealth, and ultimately bring in the second generation to continue when they die. In this challenge you play a single family for 10 full generations. With less control over how your children turn out and more challenges thrown your way, the challenge asks the very important question. “What kind of Legacy will you leave?”
The first component is Gender. You must pick one of the following options:
- Matriarchy: The Founder must be female. Only girls are eligible to be named heir unless there are no female children, at which point boys become eligible for that generation.
- Strict Matriarchy: The Founder must be female. Only girls are eligible to be named heir. Male children cannot, under any circumstance, ever be the heir to the next generation.
- Patriarchy: The Founder must be male. Only boys are eligible to be named heir unless there are no male children, at which point girls become eligible for that generation.
- Strict Patriarchy: The Founder must be male. Only boys are eligible to be named heir. Female children cannot, under any circumstance, ever be the heir to the next generation.
Equality: The Founder may be of either gender. Both boys and girls are eligible for the title of heir.
- Strict Equality: The founder may be of either gender. However, only children of the opposite gender to the founder are eligible to be named heir. This repeats itself for the next generation (the next heir must be a different gender than the previous heir) so that each generation will have alternating-genders as heirs.
The Second Component is Bloodline law. You must pick from one of these options:
- Strict Traditional : To be eligible to be named heir, a child must be naturally born from their previous-generation parents and be able to trace an unbroken bloodline back to the founder. Adopted children may never be named heir.
- Traditional: Children who are naturally born from the previous generation are eligible to be named heir. Adopted children are ineligible to be named heir unless there are no naturally born children, at which point they become eligible for that generation.
Modern: Both Naturally born and adopted children are eligible to be named heir.
- Foster: Children who are adopted are eligible to be named heir. Naturally born children are not eligible to be named heir unless there are no adopted children, at which point they become eligible for that generation.
- Strict Foster: Only Children who are adopted are eligible for the title of heir. Naturally born children may never be heir.
The Third Component is Species Law. You must pick from one of these options:
- Xenoarchy – Heirs must alternate between human and alien
- Xenophobic – Heirs cannot be a different species from the founder
- Brood – Heirs must be carried in a pregnancy by the previous heir, regardless of the heir’s gender
Tolerant – The species of the child has no impact on their eligibility for heir status
The Gender Law, Species Law, and Bloodline Law serve as a sort of ‘qualifying’ round. If any law names a child as ineligible, then they cannot gain the title of heir. However, just because a child is eligible to be named heir according to Gender, Species, and Bloodline laws, doesn’t mean they WILL be the heir. The Heir Law category actually picks the heir.
The final Category is the Heir Selection Law. You must choose from the following options:
- First Born: The oldest, by order of joining the family, eligible living child is named heir.
- Last Born: The youngest, by order of joining the family, eligible living child is named heir.
- Living Will: The eligible child with the highest friendly relationship score with their previous-generation’s parent will be named heir.
- Merit: The child with the most fully completed aspirations will be named heir. If there is a tie, the child with the highest level in a single skill will become heir from among the children who are tied.
- Strength: The first born eligible child becomes heir by default… but the tile can be forcefully taken from them if an eligible sibling beats them in a fight. That sibling may have their title taken, (or taken back) if they lose a fight to another eligible sibling.
- Random: The title of heir is randomly selected from the pool of all eligible children. Every time the eligible pool changes size, The heir must be re-rolled using the new pool.
- Exemplar: At the beginning of the challenge, name a single trait. This trait must be one of your founder’s three traits.. Any eligible heir that has this trait will gain the title of heir. If a single generation has no children with this trait or more than one exemplar, follow the First Born rule.
Democracy: This rule may be used if you are displaying your Legacy Challenge in some public way. Either via Let’s Play, Livestream, blog or other format where people can leave comment. The heir is chosen by your viewers/readers from among the pool of eligible heirs.
There are several laws that can change who the heir is mid-generation. The title of heir can continue shifting until one of two conditions are met:
- The previous-generation heir dies or
- The current heir brings in an eligible child for the next generation.
Once one of these two events happen, the title of heir is ‘locked in’ on whomever currently holds it and will not change.
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