Wednesday, 25 February 2009

More of the high school

Still working on the high school, so I haven't really played properly. I'm due to play Pascal and Mina next and will probably get on that tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are some more pictures of the school:

The stairs, leading to the completely empty second floor. There's a classroom on the left and a workshop on the right (robot and toy crafting stations in there).

Hallway with the library at the end, and classrooms on either side. There are pupil tokens visible here but I plan to move them to the attic (and thank you, simstate, for the tip - I used SimCategoriser to recategorise all the tokens and controllers and it worked beautifully!).

Classrooms - the first two pictures are different sides of the same room. I wish I could find desks that are closer to the ones we had at high school (that I can almost guarantee have not been replaced) but no dice! That's okay...a very minor quibble.

Now onto the library:

Quiet study/reading area.

And computer area. Duh.

I've barely touched the outside but this is more that what I do normally, so I'm posting a pic anyway (gah, visible grid!). The basketball hoop is against the wall in the background.

Indoor gyms are quite foreign to me, so I'm not adding one. In Australia, they seem to be reserved for expensive private schools and I don't even know how many of those schools have them. The Catholic schools I went to did all their PE lessons outside. So the kids in Sullivan will have to do the same.

I'm still not quite sure what I'll put on the second floor. They really need somewhere to eat besides the vending machines but I don't know if I'll be able to get the cafeteria lady to spawn. Hmmm...if it's an owned lot, would she even need to spawn? I should be able to just hire someone to work the stove. That will be another experiment.


  1. I love what you're doing with the highschool! I know some other simmers have done it, too. I couldn't, too much work... but I totally love reading about you folks that do. It's an excellent way for teens to interact.

  2. I remember doing PE on "the quad" with all the studious year 12s scowling at us from the windows.

    I like the posters you have in the classrooms - they look very authentic.

  3. I love how your school is shaping up! I wish I had your patience to build everything yourself - I end up just renovating the maxis buildings or downloading - the school looks real cool.

    About the indoor gym - how about an indoor pool? We had one in my school (real life) and that was one of the things I loved about going to school for before! You could hold swimming meets or something!

  4. Thanks everyone! I always used to look at other Simmers' schools and wish I had the patience for it, so I finally just figured I'd just give it a go and see how I went.

    Goodness, I build hardly anything myself! In Sullivan so far, it's been the farmer's market, the creek, the aquatic centre and the school and I think that's about it! There are some fantastic schools out there for download but a lot of them are either too big for my liking (this lot is 5x3) or are a bit awkward to play. So I had to build, really.

    Indoor pools are another thing that are very much a posh private school thing here. The ground floor is on a foundation anyway and I don't believe you can put pools on a foundation without a lot of wrangling.

    Claire, are you another Aussie? Or a New Zealander?

  5. Carla, you have a knack for decorating buildings so that they look realistic. One of my favorite lots of yours was an office building. It reminded me of some of IT offices I've worked in. Keep up the good work!

  6. Snarky, thanks! I've only used the office building once since then but it's nice to know I have it if I need it!