When Katie Anderson was a teenager, she and her parents moved into a house at the end of a quiet street in Willow Creek. It was a tiny two-bedroom house with no yard. Katie had a bedroom to herself, but she longed for more space.
There were three roommates living in the house at the street entrance, but no one her age. The two other houses on the short street were vacant. Someone eventually built a house on the empty lot across from the roommates, but no one moved in.
Katie enjoyed being out of the house. She went for frequent jogs around the neighborhood. She visited the public spaces on either side of her house. She met many people. She enjoyed sitting in the community garden around the corner. She spent her free time in the museum, the library, and the gym in Willow Creek’s commercial district. She was a good student, loved going to school, and made many friends.
Katie loved her parents. She really did. Unfortunately, she found them rather dull. Her father, Gerald, worked as a low-level technician at SpaceY. He spent his free time practicing chess. Her mother, Tana, was working her way through a business career and was always on the computer, filing some report. As a family, they rarely went on outings together. They never had any adventures.
Things changed drastically when Katie’s mother noticed something odd about a nearby tree – the tree which seemed to shimmer when the light hit it at certain angles. That indentation at the base of the tree trunk seemed almost like a door. It was a door! The door led to a passage, and the passage led to a hidden glade. The glade was full of magical lights and mysterious sounds. There were ponds full of strange, moving shapes. There was a glowing waterfall in the distance. For Tana, the mystery had been solved, and it was time to go home and cook dinner. For Katie, it was her first proof that there were exciting new worlds beyond the dullness of Willow Creek.
Katie would eventually know this magical area as Sylvan Glade.
Katie Anderson grew up quickly. Her mother would say: “I came home from work one day, and our teenager had become a young adult.” Katie moved out of her parents’ house, and moved into the house next door. (She thought her parents were dull, but she loved them and didn’t want to be too far away from them.) Katie’s new home was only a one-bedroom, but it was much larger that her parents’ home. Plus, it had a roomy yard. Katie took a job as a computer technician, but eventually found the work too dull. She took a new job as a scientist at a laboratory in the desert.
Katie’s life as a scientist was exciting. She created serums. She built a ray gun, a cloning machine, and a wormhole generator. She discovered something new every day. She used her coworkers, as well as nearby tourists, as test subjects. She would freeze-ray them. She would experiment with mind-control. (These were not malicious acts. It was all for the sake of science.) She contacted alien life.
Katie continued to work on the laboratory’s wormhole generator until, one day, she stepped through it and found herself on an alien world known as Sixam. Katie was not the first sim to visit the people of Sixam – that honor goes to a man from Newcrest. Katie didn’t care about coming in second, however. She was just thrilled to find even more worlds out there.
Katie’s job paid well, and she was promoted frequently. She improved her home. She built a rocket ship in her yard, and was soon exploring space. (Her parents were not too happy about the noise of lift-offs next door, at all hours of the day and night.) She built a small shed in the back yard, so that she could continue her experiments at home.
One day, Katie removed the back yard shed, and her neighbors thought that she had discontinued her home experiments. They failed to notice, however, that Katie had also built some stairs, leading down, next to her hot tub. She had secretly built a vast underground laboratory and was taking her work home with her. Under her hot tub, Katie had her own wormhole generation, her own cloning machine, and all the tools she needed to study alien life.
Despite her odd activities at home, Katie remains popular throughout the neighborhood. She has frequent house guests – most of whom are unaware of the secrets below the hot tub. He has a boyfriend. His name is Floyd Bruce. They get along well together.
Floyd is a nice guy, but Katie finds him rather dull. All he ever wants to do is hang around. Katie just can’t seem to escape the dullness.