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Earlier this week, I discovered my old storytelling folder from my original neighborhood, Isla Lostundo. Scanning through the pictures, I got nostalgic for those old sims.

Ah, the good old days.

Actually, calling it my original neighborhood is a bit of a misnomer. Marina and I talked about this a bit last night. When I started playing Terra Lostundo and the legacy, I already had about nine months experience with the game. Even the version of Isla Lostundo I have pictures from isn't even my original hood.

I got the game in March of 2006 on a whim when I bought my new computer. I figured I would play for a month or so and then get back into some RPG. I started out playing Strangetown. Within a week, I'd bought the Prima Guide. Within a month, I'd already added Nightlife and Uni. I'd also started my own custom hood, Isla Lostundo.

I played that for a while, but then in June, the hood died a messy, messy death. I'd mucked around with SimPE without knowing what I was doing (I deleted characters via SimPE) and I downloaded populated lot. One day I logged in and my sims no longer had faces. Yeah. I learned my lessons the hard way.

So, I started out from scratch. I uninstalled and reinstalled and then remade Isla Lostundo. In many ways, I treated it like a prosperity hood without really knowing those rules. There were four founding families.

Clockwise, we have...

The Sawyers. Rebe Sawyer, playboy Romance sim, who took in his younger sister Mari and her out-of-wedlock daughter Holly.

The Jacksons. Lawrence Jackson had a strained marriage with his wife Laurel, but they had two children already. Leo the angsty rebel and Tisha, the little girl who just wanted everyone to be happy.

The Kates. Three siblings growing up together without their parents. Kia just wanted to have fun and get to (intimately) know as many people as she could (twenty at least), so that left most of the work to her money-minded sister Tarise. Tarise had her own issues, so their younger brother, Aiden mostly raised himself.

And finally, the Hurles. Wheaton had married Elsa for her family's money to bolster his family's fading name, but by surprise he found he actually loved the woman. Together they'd had twins, Adam and Hoss, and then a few years later added Joey to the family.

See, even before I was writing a story, I couldn't help but add PLOT to my game.

(And yeah, anyone who's familiar with Lost will see my obsession at that time.)

Unfortunately, I was still a newbie player in many respects. Pretty much all of these sims were either standard Face One or some minor variation thereof. I played the hood for quite a while and got to about the third generation (depending on how you counted) before I got bored. I didn't play rotations with any sense of order, since they were all face one, the genetics were fairly boring, and I let most of them have babies whenever they wanted, so I ended up with about 80 playable sims and I just couldn't keep up. (Not to mention I added at a couple more families to this mix without really thinking it through.)

I tried starting a legacy in there, but I found the other families more interesting. Eventually I took a break for a couple of weeks and when I came back, I created Terra Lostundo (so original!) and made Taylor.

Even though I don't really have the time, I had the urge this week to recreate Isla Lostundo once more. Basically with the whole 'Knowing what I know now...' type of mentality, I recreated the four founding families.

What I'm going to do with them? I have no idea. But they're there and I'm a little curious to see where they go from here. Maybe I'll just play them when I need a break. Maybe I'll do some sort of story with them. Maybe I'll never log into the hood again. :)

(Don't worry about the Pseudo Legacy. It's going nowhere. In fact, I shot a scene for the next update last night. It's coming along.)

So, would you be interested in hearing more about old Isla Lostundo? Or just new Isla Lostundo? Or both? Or should I get back to work? ;)
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