So, I’ve been playing the beta of 7 Grand Steps. The best way I can describe it is as a family simulation, where players must guide their family through the various ages in the hopes of not only surviving, but finding happiness and success. Previously, I had written about the first four generations of the Bob family as they struggled to get out of the fields and move up the social ranks.
Welp, in my game of 7 Grand Steps, the Copper Age is over. I’m ready to move onto Bronze. However, I thought it would be interesting to create and show off a family tree, showing what the 13 generations I played through look like. I say 13, despite the 14th generation children being born, as the Copper Age ended once Panya survived floods, the Challenge of the Age, and went on to be crowned a queen.
Without further ado, I present the 7 Grand Steps Bob family tree. As you read, I’d like to note that this is a matriarchal family. The first generation Selk and her husband Khet, only had daughters, and Lilis’ son Neter was born too near the end of her life to be properly prepared as an heir, so I decided to see if I could have a dynasty continue with women in charge. The genders of family members whose histories were lost to the ages is indicated after their names.
As mentioned in my preview, Kapes was the first member of the family to move beyond fieldwork. She became a potter. As you can see, it influenced the size of her family. With Selk, Lilis and Kanika’s generations, they were always struggling and it seemed opportunities for children never came up. Especially so with Kanika and Ebo, who didn’t have a loving marriage.
I noticed once the Bob family became potters in 7 Grand Steps, it increased the family size. Even though Nidaba and Tahirah didn’t have loving marriages with their husbands, they had huge families. I also noticed two other interesting things in those generations. In both, despite my best efforts to treat all children equally, there was intense rivalry. Nidaba and Tahirah’s brothers both seemed to go out of their way to make trouble for their sisters both when they were young and after they grew up. In the case of Nidaba, shortly after she began her adult life, her brother stole her inheritance. It was quite different from the relationship Tem had with her brothers. Though there were some issues when they were kids, her brothers Etan and Ahmose often gave her extra tokens when they were all grown.
After the Bob family moved up to scribes, I noticed that the parents’ relationship started influencing the size of the family again. Rehema was the first scribe in the family, moving up to the third rung on the 7 Grand Steps wheel. Rehema and Panya had marriages of convenience and security, and it showed. Each only had two children, despite multiple attempts on my part to make them have more. However, Khythopia and Selma’s marriages were both happy and, as you can see, it showed. Actually, I like to consider Selma’s daughter and son, Kissa and Kaweb, twins. They were both “born” on the same turn and their names even matched.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Bob family’s Copper Age saga ended when Panya was about middle age. She had just completed a goal, one that was going to uplift her family to the outermost rung, when the Challenge of the Age appeared. A 12 day flood hit the area, and through a series of smart decisions, Panya and her family survived. Once they reached a new settlement, she became a community leader and eventually became the area’s first queen.
If you want to learn even more about Mousechief’s 7 Grand Steps, stop by GamerTell over the next few weeks. We’ll be interviewing Keith Nemitz and doing a review of the finished game.
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