My starting families were randomized as to size and ages of sims. I stopped whenever I decided I had enough sims to start with. Each sim was randomized as to aspirations, turn ons and turn offs, as well as certain features like facial hair, hats, glasses, and fitness level. Those things will mostly carry through their entire lives. When I created them in CAS, I made a male and female and accepted whichever skin, eye color, and hair color came up. I used those to create offspring, which I then aged up to the adults (or in one case an elder) I would be actually playing. I'm hoping that helped create some recessive genes.
The first is Ian Callahan
, adult male. He left a bad home as soon as he could get out and has lived on the streets since he was a teen. He's a Family/Knowledge sim and has managed not to be too hardened by his life on the streets. Recently he has found a job as Malcolm Landgraab's golf caddy and has saved enough to rent a trailer in the seedier of Arcadia's trailer parks. Sean Hunter
was married to Ilene just out of high school. They had two sons, Ricky and Kyle. Kyle was still a baby when Ilene was killed in a car accident. Sean is a Knowledge/Fortune sim. Though it was hard to do while being a single parent, Sean got through university with a degree in Economics. He is looking for a woman who will be a good mother to his children. Love would be a nice bonus, but not necessary.
Oldest child Ricky
has always helped Sean with whatever needed to be done, especially taking care of Kyle's needs. Ricky's a smart kid who loves to learn, and he's also sworn never to be poor again. He's also a Knowledge/Fortune sim.
has no direct memories of his mother Ilene. Sean couldn't bring himself to talk about her much and was gone a lot anyway. Ricky regularly shares his memories with Kyle and takes care of him while maintaining straight As in school and working a part time job after school. Kyle is determined not to struggle for money as his father did for so long and his primary aspiration is Fortune. Never knowing his mother and having a too-busy father, though, has left Kyle with a strong need for Family, his secondary aspiration.
Blake and Danna (Mansi) Linley
are high school sweethearts who married and have a teenaged daughter, Bree. While Danna is dedicated to her family and would like to increase the size of it, Blake was more interested in partying with Danna's brother Ezekiel (Mansi), who has moved in with them. Danna thinks Ezekiel can do no wrong, but she insisted that Blake stop going out partying with him all the time. Blake Linley
was a high school football star who got a full scholarship to university. He injured his knee in his second year and dropped out. When Danna threatened to leave him over the partying, Blake stopped going out with Ezekiel. He didn't spend that extra time with his family, though. He adopted his beloved dog Ginger and became obsessed with befriending every dog or cat he saw. Bree
is primarily interested in being the most popular girl in school, but she's a little shy and that makes it more difficult. She is also a good student since she is a Popularity/Knowledge sim. Ezekiel Mansi
moved in with Danna and Blake until he could find a job and support himself. Somehow, he's never actually moved out. His needs are simple and he's happy living there, hanging out with friends, and sleeping with as many women as possible. Gina
and Josie Lukas
are sisters from a small town who want more from life than they think a small town can provide. Both have a large thirst for knowledge and love or romance. Gina is a bit older than Josie, and wishes she had Josie's ability to go with the flow and not worry about consequences. The sisters are very close.Sarah Heber
has worked hard at menial jobs her entire working life and has little show for it. She and her family live in the house Sarah inherited from her grandparents. Her husband Gabriel died when their daughter Samara was very young. Sarah had always wanted more children, but put aside her own desires to care for Samara, and now for Samara's children, Ivana and Gabriel (named after his grandpa). Sarah will never achieve the financial security she craves, but her family has always come first. She loves having her grandchildren live with her, but is dismayed by Samara's priorities. Samara (Heber) Morgan
watched her mother sacrifice her own wants and needs to take care of everyone else and is determined not to follow in her footsteps. She loves Sarah, but doesn't want to be anything like her. Samara married Johnny Morgan and they had two children, Ivana and Gabriel, thinking she'd married a wealthy man who would take good care of her and the kids. Johnny seemed ambitious and like he was on his way up in the world. Johnny's family, correctly seeing that Johnny's main appeal to Samara was the family money, whispered poison in his ear whenever possible. His ambition was all for show and he ended up leaving Samara and the kids to mooch off his parents. He does pay court-ordered child support, but wants nothing to do with people his family considers trashy.Ivana Morgan
is the older of Samara's children. Her abandonment issues, along with observing her mother and grandmother, are leading her to want a man with a lot of money, but also all the time in the world to spend with her. She likes to be surrounded by friends. Gabriel Morgan
is Samara's younger child. Most of Gabriel's family is not around as much as he would like, and he feels that love and attention are more important than the pursuit of money that consumes too many people in his family. He wants to be loved by friends and girlfriends, and may be prone to inappropriate relationships.