There is three parts to the SetUp:
- The Neighbourhood
- Your Founder
First of all you need to start with an empty save-file. You can either do it yourself (remember to not remove the special lots in Windenburg) or download it here. Second you need to choose what world to play in (4½ so far) and then what part of the world to play in. First of all, choose one of the neighbourhoods available (Willow Creek, Oasis Springs, Windenburg or Newcrest). All have its own advantages. But Oasis Spring is very much the archetype of an Apocalyptic City .
You can choose to keep the choosen neighbourhood inhabitants and housing (Its not that you will actually get to see their houses for a long, long time) if you want to. But there are some severe restrictions: Only single Young Adult and Adults are allowed! So either you split the Pancakes up or else you delete everyone and start from scratch (MC Command Center has a command that alloes you to remove all sims but your active sim!). Dont worry about an empty neigbourhood! The game will fill it out eventually! You can also use the “adoption-method” (See below), or place sims out from the Gallery. NB! This is the ONLY time you are allowed to do so before the Management restriction is lifted! If you want to, you can move Sims in to be your neigbours, but it is not necessary. What you need though before you start is at least 30 homeless, non-played Young Adults or Adults male or females . You can either have the game setting on “Move in into Empty Houses” or let the Mod MC Command help you move them in after a week. The choice is yours. If you want to, bulldoze all lots in your chosen “hood”, if you like to build an apocalyptic town from scratch, or let the neighbourhood be as it was with exception of the Founder Home (Newcrest is the exception of course). Don’t forget to leave some room open for ccommunity lots. You will not be allowed to visit community lots like the library etc from start, but you may still want to make room for them! After you have lifted some of the restrictions you are allowed to place some of the commnity lots (A Museum after you completed the Patron of Arts for example). You are free to place community lots wherever you like, even in you chosen Network! Here you can also choose how immersive you want your game to be. To what extent have the apocalypse set its tracks on the homes of other sims? Is it the true Outlands or a broken Suburbian?). It is all up to you and your imagination!
The Adoption Method
A tip I got from another player: You sit down your sim in front of the computor to adopt a child/baby, but cancel the adoption. The game will still generate 9 different kids with a single parent! Then it is easy to edit out the children and voila you have 9 new random singles.
Choose your Apocalypse Lot
Now it is time to choose your Network area. A network in the S4AC is the Founders Lot + the lots around it to which your Founder can go to without causing a loadscreen. Choose your Home Lot amongst the Network and buy it. Money will not be an issue so it is OK to choose any lot. But when you have chosen your lot your family may never move away. So choose carefully!
If you start on Easy or Hard: Build your starter home after the schematics and restrictions set under the Painter – Master of the Reals career.
- Only 8X8 and nothing outside it
- Only 2 floors allowed
Furnish your Home
If you are playing on Easy or Hard: You are allowed ONE of each as long as it is of the worst quality kind. When you home is furnished reset fundings to zero
- Refridgerator (Cooler if you have Outdoor Retreat)
- Lights (The simplest one)
Create your Founder
Decide if you want an Easy, Hard or Nightmare start.
- Easy: Choose what career you want to start with, then create (or download) a #Wonderchild of your liking suited for the choosen career. Create your house after set restriction (See above)
- Hard: Create or download a #Wonderchild of your liking. Randomly choose career by rolling a dice (random.org is good). Roll a number between 1 and 20 (Naturalist may not be lifted at start). Locate your career at the Restriction Index. Build your house and reset the money to 0. Open command console with ctrl-c then enter ‘Testing Cheats on’ without the quotes and hit enter. Then ‘Money 0’ without the quotes and hit enter
- Nightmare: Create a fresh Young Adult, randomly choose your career by dice rolling. Buy your lot and reset your fundings to 0 as above.
Looks are btw all up to you! CC allowed!
Now your setup is done and it is time to start playing!