I decided to start another challenge in addition to my legacy challenge. The drifter challenge is a ‘starting from scratch’ challenge, where you take a completely empty game world and slowly build it up over several generations. Each generation lives in a certain location and has certain challenges to complete before the next heir becomes a young adult. Oh, and you can only control a single Sim! You can check out the full rules of the drifter challenge over on the Sims forums.
My name’s Megan, and I’m a drifter. This is my story.
I couldn’t stay at my parents’ place after I graduated high school. I had to get out on my own, see the great outdoors, enjoy some quality alone time. Plus they had a problem with my so-called ‘kleptomania’. So I left home with nothing but the clothes on my back and headed to this place called Oasis Springs.
I must admit, when I first heard about Oasis Springs, I thought it sounded perfect. The government’s running this programme to try and develop the area. They were giving away plots of land for nothing. Well, not nothing… I had to sign a contract stating that I would spend the rest of my life in the area. A bit weird, sure, but free is free. Anyway, there’s a town nearby where I might be able to find some work. How bad could Oasis Springs be anyway? But as the bus rolled through the empty streets I started to have my doubts. There wasn’t a single house in sight. The place seemed to be filled with other drifters, with no homes to call their own. This did mean that no one looked at me twice when I got off the bus with no luggage or possessions to speak of.
Even though Oasis Springs was a little more remote than I had originally thought, I had no money – I spent the last of that on the bus ticket – so I had no choice but to make a go of it. I would settle here and eke out a living, somehow. I picked a little plot of land overlooking the river. I would have pitched my tent there, if I had one. I realised, belatedly, that I probably should have swiped some supplies or money from my parents before I left. I started wandering along the dusty road, and met quite a few people. They were friendly enough, but friendship wasn’t going to earn me any money or give me a roof over my head. Not when these people didn’t seem to have any more than I did.
I started exploring the area near my patch of land. I managed to catch a few fish, which I sold for a little cash. The place turned out to be quite rich in minerals, so I picked up what I could and sold that too. There were some wild plants around. No one seemed to mind when I picked some lemons and a couple of flowers and planted a little garden back on my plot. By the end of the day I was able to afford a bush to mark my new home, and I’m ashamed to say I peed in that bush.
I couldn’t find anything to eat that first night, so I went to sleep hungry. There was a bench nearby my lot, so at least I didn’t have to sleep on the ground. I should have worn warmer clothes.