I see the same question pop up in our Sims Community Facebook group all the time. “HELP! I want to start a new save but I don’t have any ideas for what to do! What are some good story ideas?”
People usually suggest the same handful of things like do this or that challenge, get a spouse then cheat on them, become a black widow, use mods to incorporate R-rated content and all these are fine. If they sound fun to you, then by all means, do that! It’s your game. It should be fun to you first and foremost before anything else.
But if you’re a little bored of these things, I highly recommend this fantastic Plot Generator by Reedsy. It has over 1 million different plot combinations, complete with a protagonist, a secondary character, and a plot twist to shake up your story! Just pick your genre and hit Generate and boom! You have a totally unique story that probably no Simmer has ever done before right in front of you!
Keep in mind this plot generator is designed for writers, not The Sims, so you will probably end up with a lot of suggested plots that aren’t exactly specific to anything in The Sims. This is where your own imagination and creativity comes in. Think about how you can make that story work in The Sims, even if in a more abstract or unconventional way. For example, a Simmer received the following prompt from the generator and asked me how on earth they were supposed to do that in The Sims:
I suggested a mechanical engineer with the self-absorbed trait and a servo. The servo turns up from the future and, in an effort to return them to the future before the opposing galactic empire seizes it, they learn to transportalate as a spellcaster which allows them to travel between timelines as well as locations. When they arrive in the “future,” the engineer is horrified to discover that the future is actually less advanced than their time. The opposing empires clashed and created a new dark age that lasts well into our present day and the servo is one of the last of its kind.
The Random Plot Challenge
Use the Reedsy Plot Generator and select your desired genre, then hit Generate. You can do this as many times as you like until you get a plot and characters that catch your interest.
Once you’ve settled on one of the randomised options, create your protagonist and secondary character in CAS according to the info provided. They don’t have to live in the same household. You don’t have to actively play both of them, but they need to both be part of your story. If your character is a teen or younger, you may create their families as well.
You may use cheats only to give the characters a house you think they would reasonably have based on the generated story. You can’t give an elementary school teacher a golden mansion, for example. They would most likely live in a small apartment or modest suburban home. After getting them set up, you cannot use cheats.
You must incorporate every aspect of the plot, including the twist, into your gameplay somehow. If something doesn’t fit with The Sims, find a way to make it fit somehow. The Sims is only limited by your imagination so stretch your imagination. You’re telling a story, not just playing the same old “get job, get promoted, buy a nice house, get married, have a kid or two,” obvious trajectory that the game gives you. Treat it like a story, not a video game.