Creating a whole sim!

Have I mentioned that Ener Hax is amazing? After exclaiming over my personal build on Enercay Midkey, she gave me a chance to develop an entire sim on the iliveisl Estates.

Enercay Westkey was developed as a series of cays out of the eroding sand from the mainland

Enercay Westkey was developed as a series of cays out of the eroding sand from the mainland

The sim is in the southwest corner of the estate. To the north was high ground with a canal that emptied into Enercay Westkey. To the east was a sim with an extinct volcano as the central feature.

In designing Enercay Westkey I went with the ‘cay’ and created islands that dropped in elevation from the high points along the north edge to sea level long the two water sides.

I brought in lots of waterways between the parcels and shaped the sand-textured islands to appear as if they were created from erosion of the higher places in the estate.

Erosion control features

Erosion control features

With a nod to Ener’s post atomic theme of the estates I created makeshift erosion control barriers from posts, rock and grasses.

Evidence of ancient volcanic activity from the sim next door

Evidence of ancient volcanic activity from the sim next door

And because the extinct volcano on the next sim would have, most likely, created smaller islands around it of harder rock, I created a volcanic island in the lower southwest corner of the sim. The top has eroded now and sand washing from the mainland has caught in the rock and, over the millenia, a landmass has formed that serves to prevent the rest of the islands in the sim from washing out to sea.

The chance to work with a whole sim was fantastic and I’m grateful to Ener for giving me the chance to try out some of my ideas.
More photos

Now to be able to build a sim with custom homes so that tenants don’t come in and just flatten everything within the parcel borders!

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One response to “Creating a whole sim!

  1. trusting someone with your $1000 USD investment and subsequent $295 tier is a significant decision

    add to that an OCD-like love of terraforming and the experience from terraforming 18 of your own sims, plus a dozen others as university projects and you have quite a persnickety person

    meet me!

    so all that to say, Nickola is an absolutely amazing terraformer. she is a full-on creative contributor to sl and this is just one of her many, many talents

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