The upcoming Scenarios for The Sims 4 base game might have gone down like a lead balloon, but players of the game keep doing the most incredible things. From the modders like TwistedMexi to the CC creators like Ravasheen as well as the players who make things like the Fishy Save file – adding generational backstories before EA even thought about refreshing townies, players of The Sims 4 are awe-inspiring.
If you are not usually into playing with occults in The Sims 4, or even if you usually prefer building to gameplay, why not try something a little different?
It is Halloween, after all, and you might be surprised just how quickly this save file and the broader player-driven project behind it, draws you in. You might even say it is enchanting.
Let’s start off with the bigger picture. Retha Sim has been inspiring a community of players to create the most incredible magical, mystical and mythical worlds and Sims. Each month, players are encouraged to transform an existing Sims 4 neighbourhood into something magical, with the ultimate goal of changing the landscape of every world in the game and create the Sims who live there.
Simmers upload these creations to the official Sims 4 gallery, and Retha Sim then tours these builds over on her Twitch channel once a month.
Players do not need to own the packs of the chosen world – they can still
Willow Creek has become Gnome Creek, Oasis Springs is home to Oasis Space Port while Winderburg is Elvenburg, Sulani is Port Sulani, Brindleton Bay is home to Bewitchment Bay and Evergreen Harbor is transformed into Hazard Harbor.
Each world has its own backstory with themed build challenges (ahem, The Sims might end up calling them Scenarios) and the gallery is brimming with mythical Sims just waiting to move in.
Just how impressive this is as a community-driven project cannot be stressed enough – and that is before we even got to save file made by another Simmer, Nightlioness.
For some context, here’s a snippet from the vision for Gnome Creek (complete with a neighbourhood description) by RethaSim:
About Gnome Creek: In a sleepy corner of the world, tucked away between forests and fields, the Gnomes of Gnome Creek have managed to continue their somewhat sheltered and domestic life, away from the hustle and bustle of other neighbouring magical worlds.
Gnomes live close to the land and love working with their hands. Most still cook with cauldrons, although some bakers swear by enchanted witches? stoves or the wood burning kitchen stoves. When the weather is suitable, most Gnomes can be found in the garden; gardening, beekeeping or arranging flowers. Most aspire to a quiet and simple way of life, although some mechanically minded gnomes can be found tinkering away at the woodworking table.
Build Style: Cosy fairy tale cottages, burrows and toadstool houses and some Steampunk.
Magic: Some gnomes are spell casters, they practice mostly practical magic and white magic and some potion making.
Culture and values: Value nature and a connection to nature, resists modern technology and progress, delights in the every day. Seeks peace and aspires to the quiet life.
Skills emphasis: Cooking, Gardening, Flower Arrangement, Knitting (once released), Baking, Handiness
Additional supporting skills: Herbalism, Archaeology, Beekeeping, Fishing.
Each of the worlds transformed by the community #FantasySave has an overview and context as well as unique build style, diligently catalogued on RethaSim’s website. And that brings us to the save file made by Nightlioness.
This is a jam-packed Sims 4 Save with hundreds of Sims and builds, all living in the magical and mythical worlds that transform the game from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are a few screenshots of what you can expect.
Port Sulani, home to Pirates and merfolk with an off-the-grid culture and embracing of the island elementals.
And here’s a close up of one of the builds from Oasis Space Port, home to aliens and other intergalactic travellers, also seen below (with apologies to the original creators for the liberties I’ve taken with the addition of some Sims 4 custom content). With Simmers like these, who needs Batuu?