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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2016

    Beginner Looking for Help with a Design using OpenOffice Base


    I am a beginner when it comes to database design. I learned Microsoft Access when I was in junior high, more than a decade ago. I have since tried to teach myself other things and while I understand many of the concepts, I find that actually putting them to use with the database I am trying to design is proving difficult. I am not looking to design a database to be distributed anywhere. It's for my own personal records. I am an avid Sims player. To that affect, I keep copious records of my Sims and my various games. Yes, I am a terrible geek XD Keeping the information in a spreadsheet is becoming very cumbersome. I thought having a database would make much more sense. Unfortunately, I tend to go- big with things. I am not sure if the design I want is even possible. I've been playing around with it for a couple weeks now and all it's doing is driving me a little batty. Which is why I've come here, hoping for some advice.

    What I want, essentially is for each Sim to have a record that contains this:

    Sim Name: First name, last name, married name (if applicable)
    Life Stage: List of stages Age: Days to age up (a number) Status: List of options Career: List, as well as whether they've maxed career
    Traits: Childhood, teen, young adult, bonus, reward, earned
    Death: List, if applicable Household: Name, town, lot, build
    Skills: List of skills, as well as whether they have maxed a skill or not
    Aspirations: List of aspirations, as well as whether they have maxed any. Also, completed aspirations give traits. I'd like the completed aspiration to automatically give the corresponding trait in the traits field
    Parties: List of parties, as well as what medals are earned
    Relationships: Friends, good friends, BFF's, Spouse/partner, Mother/Father, Siblings, Children (ultimately, would love to be able to insert a family tree, but not needed)
    Game: List of which games/challenges I'm playing, with added info for each game Type: List of options Uploaded to Gallery: Yes/No Saved to Library: Yes/No
    Short Bio: Text box of brief info

    This is the essential information I'd like. The issue I'm running into is how to organize the tables, and once organized, what relationships there are, if any. I've looked at it from a couple different avenues. I thought to go simple at one point, have a Sims Entity, comprising name, life stage, age, and status as columns. Then Accomplishments would be the next Entity using Skills, Aspirations, Parties, and Career as the columns. Relationships, Address, and Game would be the other Entities. But that doesn't seem to be quite what I needed either. Or if it is, I'm just having a hard time understanding how it works.

    Then I tried using tables using all the bolded titles up above as the entities, but then it seemed far too complicated. I find I'm having issues with some of the terms used so I'm unable to use the concepts I can understand for other databases and applying them to this one. I would be very appreciative for any opinions on how best to set this up. Thanks for the time and sorry for the wall of text.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Is more information needed? Or is this impossible for a database?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    out on a limb
    No its perfectly possible. But personally i dont know many whobuse open office for such tasks. Not saying it cant do it.
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2016
    It's the only program I have at the moment. I learned some of Access but I don't have it and can't afford to buy a suitable program right now. What would you suggest for it? Mind you, I'm feeling woefully lacking in this area, so any advice is appreciated.

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