The Landgraab family is a wealthy dynasty that, in The Sims 3, resides in Sunset Valley; and lives in Bluewater Village in The Sims 2. The family name is occasionally spelled "Landgrabb", mostly in The Sims. Which spelling is used depends on which game or expansion pack introduced the object or place or Sim that uses it. Landgraab Industries is featured prominently in both building names in SimCity 3000 and brand names for objects in The Sims. Most of the family's wealth appears to come from property and real estate (In SimCity 3000, they are associated more with residential property building, a role which resurfaced in The Sims: Bustin Out when most of the town seem to fail paying their rent.) In other Sims games, they are more associated with commercial property, giving the Landgraab name a literal meaning of "grabbing the land".
The Landgraab fortune, or at least a sizable part of it, presumably dates back to a historical figure named Gregory Landgraab, who does not appear in any known version of the Landgraab family tree. If The Sims 2: Seasons is installed, a chance card for the Adventurer career reads as follows:
Around the turn of the century, Gregory Landgraab, a humble school teacher, suddenly came into a great deal of money and became one of the wealthiest landowners around. This was never explained, though many theories suggest foul play and the Ministry of Adventure has tasked (name) with solving the case, once and for all. After a great deal of research, (name) believes one of two people will have the answers he/she needs: Spencer Oswald, the Landgraab's accountant or the local fortune teller, the gypsy. Who should (name) bring in for questioning?
In The Sims, The Sims: Hot Date and The Sims: On Vacation, Admiral Landgraab is mentioned as another historical figure with an extensive background. Wren's Fens National Park on Vacation Island is described as one of his first colonial acquisitions, an Admiral Landgraab nutcracker can be bought on Vacation Island, and some items refer to him. His portrait, which is available in buy mode includes a short bio. Admiral Landgraab's first name is not given, and his relationship to the Malcolm Landgraab IV of Bluewater Village and the Landgraabs of Sunset Valley is unknown. It is likely that he lived after Gregory, as that would give the family time to gain prestige, but that is not definitely known.
His exploits are much further elaborated on in The Sims 3: World Adventures. Despite being his descendants, the Landgraab family has no easier time navigating his chateau in Champs Les Sims. They also get no bonuses for doing it.
The Sims 3
In The Sims 3, the Landgraabs are seen living in one of three mansions (the other two being the Goth mansion and the Alto mansion) and are already very wealthy. Nancy is a Landgraab by birth, born to an evil father and snobbish mother, and followed the family legacy by becoming vice president of the business district. At one point before the game, she married a modest, artistic doctor named Geoffrey, who took his wife's name for its privileged status, and they had a son named Malcolm, a smart child who Nancy is attempting to make a proper heir. However, it is stated that Nancy is too busy with work and publicity to dote on Malcolm, so although he is friends with his parents, he has a better relationship with his father than his mother and constantly dreams of being a doctor every time his father gets a promotion.
It is unknown how he is related to the other Malcolms in The Sims: Bustin' Out and The Sims 2, but his parents do not fit into the family tree given in The Sims 2. So, while Malcolm III might have been a child during the Sunset Valley time frame, he would not be this Malcolm. (However, it is possible that he could be the Malcolm in The Sims: Bustin' Out and/or The Sims (console).) Regardless of their relationship to the rest of the family, they are very well off. They live in a large home and have §75,000 in household funds.
It is also mentioned several times in The Sims 3 that Nancy's family, the Landgraab family, helped start the town. It says in the family bio that "Nancy's family more or less founded the town", while the description of Sunset Valley states that "before Pleasantview, the town was founded by the Goths and built up by the Landgraabs". They have a business feud with the Altos, and are enemies with them, though young Malcolm and Holly Alto have no quarrel with each other.
The Landgraab family is "old money", so it is likely that they inherited their money from the earlier generation of Landgraabs that founded the town. However, it does not specify who exactly founded the town. It is possible that Admiral Landgraab, being the earliest mention of the Landgraab family from The Sims, is the town founder. However, he is not listed in the Landgraab family tree for The Sims 3, so Kermit Landgraab and/or Kitty Landgraab would be primarily who bulit up the town since The Goths founded Sunset Valley and Pleasantview.
If a Sim is level 10 in the Thief branch of the Criminal career, he/she can get a random event mentioning a Magnus Landgraab, the event reads:
(Name) was scoping out another job when he noticed that Magnus Landgraab was getting a delivery of expensive solid platinum induction coils for some nefarious purpose. Using his/her incredible skills he/she managed to snag one of these coils for free money. Magnus will never notice, especially since his plans never work anyways.
From the description of the event we can conclude that Magnus is male and a thief or evil inventor whose "plans never work".
In addition, if your Sim is in the Law Enforcement career. Level 10, another random event will mention: Magnus Landgraab tried to take over a small nation today, but (Name) was able to exploit his ruthless attempt using logic and cunning.
The Sims 3 (console)
The Sims (console) and The Sims: Bustin' Out
In console versions of The Sims, a Malcolm Landgraab is the richest man around who gives the main character real estate opportunities (fixing up each house he/she lives in to sell at a higher price), and later marries their mom.
His children are Dudley Landgraab and Mimi Landgraab, both slackers, party animals and heirs to his vast fortune. In the sequel, The Sims: Bustin' Out, they divorce and Malcolm goes into a rage of repossessing everyone's money and goods before the player stops him. Depending on the player's choices, a senator named Malcolm Landgraab can be killed as part of a government conspiracy. In the final stage, "mom" chases Malcolm Landgraab out of his own mansion. It is unknown how this Malcolm is related to the Malcolm in The Sims 3, though it's possible that they could be the same person.
The Sims 2
In The Sims 2, the Landgraabs are mentioned in the first expansion pack, University. One of the dorms at Sim State University is named "Landgraab House", and the Secret Society there is known as the Landgraab Society. The connections, whether past or present, between the family and Sim State are not mentioned.
In Open for Business expansion pack, Malcolm Landgraab IV is introduced as a bachelor in a very large mansion in Bluewater Village. His family tree reveals exactly who his parents and grandparents are, but only dates back to Malcolm II and not Malcolm I. Malcolm Landgraab IV owns Club Dante and the Electronics Supercenter in Bluewater Village. While he is rich, most of his money is tied up in the house and its furnishings. The neighborhood view shows that his initial net worth is around §197,000, but he starts out with around §28,000 in funds.
The Sims 3 Store
In Lunar Lakes, the Landgraab household consists of elder scientist Christina and her three clone-children, young adult Chris and teens Chrissie and Christa. While they live in a large and expensive house, they start out with §10,000 in funds.
Landgraab: as in "land grabbing", which is an illegal method for businessmen to earn more land assets by taking land in possession of poor people who cannot afford to make a deed from lawyers.
Malcolm Landgraab , II, III, IV: We will establish our estate upon
Mom: is a biological and/or social female parent of an offspring
Marion Landgraab: (form of Mary) "bitterness","rebelliousness", "wished for child" or "drop of the sea"
Margaret Landgraab: "pearl" or "precious" (Greek).
Dudley Landgraab: (dude)is an individual, typically male, or the place of the dead, a burying-ground
Mimi Landgraab: faithful guard strong opponent bitter, as in a bitterly wanted child, - the star of the sea
Buckingham: In the 7th century AD, Buckingham, literally "meadow of Bucca's people"
Blair Buckingham: (Celtic) "a plain". From a surname.
Virginia Buckingham: (Latin) "chaste". According to legend, she was a Roman woman killed by her father so as to keep her a virgin-- (Latin) "chaste".
Note: There are two possible versions of the Landgraab family tree. Neither of these versions has been confirmed by the producers, but in both "The Sims: Bustin Out" and "The Sims 3", there is one Malcolm Landgraab who is around the same age as Mortimer Goth. He is only a child in "The Sims 3", making it canonically possible for him to have Dudley and Mimi as children. One other possibility explored is that he is Malcolm I (see "?" box) and had Malcolm II later in life, although he would have to have been two generations older than Mortimer Goth, which would not be canon. One of these family trees suggest that Mom Landgraab is the mother of Mimi and Dudley Landgraab, while the other suggests that she isn't.
- Malcolm Landgraab I (Deceased)
- Malcolm Landgraab II (Deceased)
- Marion Landgraab (Deceased)
- Malcolm Landgraab III (Deceased)
- Margaret Landgraab (Deceased)
- Blair Buckingham (Deceased)
- Virginia Buckingham (Deceased)
- Malcolm Landgraab IV
- Geoffrey Landgraab (Deceased)
- Nancy Landgraab (Deceased)
- Kitty Landgraab (Deceased)
- Kermit Landgraab (Deceased)
- Queenie Landgraab (Deceased)
- Chester Landgraab (Deceased)
- Malcolm Landgraab (Possibly deceased in The Sims 2)
- Hannelore Landgraab
- Adrien Landgraab
- Malcolm Landgraab (Nintendo DS)
- Bambi Landgraab
- Dudley Landgraab (Deceased)
- Mimi Landgraab (Deceased)
- Mom Landgraab (Deceased)
- Admiral Landgraab (Deceased)
- Christina Landgraab
- Chris Landgraab
- Christa Landgraab
- Chrissie Landgraab
Throughout The Sims games, the name "Landgraab" is mentioned at many points, often in passing, and often along with a brief mention of some business or corporation that is (or was) affiliated with the Landgraab Dynasty in some way. Listed below are a few of the businesses that have been associated with the Landgraabs, along with several notable accomplishments:
- Llama World (amusement park, closed)
- Landgraab Mall (downtown lot in The Sims Hot Date)
- Club Dante (business in Bluewater Village)
- Electronics Supercenter (business in Bluewater Village)
- A Landgraab Games is mentioned in a painting that comes with The Sims 2: Pets expansion pack.
- Bluewater Real Estate Office (business in Bluewater Village, no longer in Landgraab possession).
- Wrightway Toys (mentioned on on the chance card for the slacker career, as a golf caddy, for Sims 2 base game...the chance card states that he was golfing when he got a cell phone call that his purchase of this business had been confirmed, making him the wealthiest man in SimCity. As a celebration, he gave out $50 to his employees, including the player who received said chance card.)
- Possibly Founded/Owns Vacation Island (unconfirmed, but possibly built up by Admiral Landgraab)
- Founded/Built up Sunset Valley in The Sims 3
- Shiny Things Inc. (ex: The Shiny Things Inc. fridge from the original The Sims) is described as "The Brainchild of Malcolm Landgraab". Shiny Things also created a stove, a barbeque, the original Servo robot, a modern fireplace, a dishwasher, and many other appliances and electronics)
- Landgraab Industries was mentioned in SimCity 3000, and first mentioned in The Sims in the description of a cheap wooden coffee table from a Sims expansion pack. Also, the science lab in Sunset Valley is connected with Landgraab Industries.
- An Admiral Landgraab appears to have created nectar, the Sim equivalent of wine. However, in truth, it appears that he took the credit for someone else's work in this case.
- In The Sims: Bustin' Out for console, a Malcolm Landgraab, possibly the same who was a kid in The Sims 3, terrorizes the neighborhood repossessing property as a sort of repo man. The player is given the task of conquering Malcolm and at the end of the game, takes his mansion.
- At Sim State University, the secret society is known as the Landgraab Society, and there is also a dorm named Landgraab House. Both could have, in theory, been connected to or built up by a Landgraab at some point.
- Magnus Landgraab is mentioned in an opportunity for the International Super Spy job as having attempted to take over a small nation[confirmation needed].
The Landgraab home
The Sims 2: Open for Business
In The Sims 2: Open for Business, Malcolm Landgraab IV lives alone in a huge mansion overlooking the town. The house is large by Sims-standards, and features a large office and balcony, a hot tub, and indoor swimming pool. Oddly, the house has no television, even though Malcolm owns an electronics store. There is also a strange, empty shed to the left of the house. Its size and placement are just right for it to be a garage, with the addition of a driveway, a garage door, and, of course, a car. Also worth noting is that there are several blank white walls on the upstairs portion of the house, and while they are painted an "off-white", the player might prefer to revamp the second floor to match the rest of the house's interior. The house has very expensive furniture, many of it new mission-style furnishings that are featured in Open For Business. It also has hedges and a few rosebushes to the left and right of the entrance, and some trees and bushes in the back. Malcolm would do well to hire a gardener or butler[TS2:AL], especially if Seasons is installed.
The Sims 3
In The Sims 3, the Landgraab family lives in a luxurious mansion on 10 Summer Hill Court, in the town of Sunset Valley. Judging by the house and where they live, it is quite obvious that they are wealthy.
An elegant home on the most exclusive circle in town, this stately manor resounds with grandeur. Four fireplaces, a massive kitchen, formal and informal living areas, a large custom pool, two car garage, and elegant neoclassical landscaping round out its elegant features.
House Funds: §117,578
Lot: 60 x 60 3br 4ba
In The Sims 3: World Adventures, Sims can travel to Champs Les Sims, home to a giant tomb known as the Landgraab Chateau. Unlike most tombs, this tomb is rather unconventional in the sense that, since it is set in a huge mansion rather then an actual underground tomb. Most of the dungeon is actually above ground level. Since players also explore a basement underneath the chateau, it is one of the largest tombs in the game.
Furthermore, it is very hard to get into, due to the fact that its original inhabitant, Admiral Landgraab, was very paranoid and filled his large estate with booby traps. In order to fully explore the house, players will need to fulfill several Adventures in France that will give them keystones, and one keystone is only obtained by doing an Adventure in China to explore the cellar area. It should also be noted that Pangu's Axe is required to explore a small underground part behind the house, near the groundskeeper's shack.
Those who hope to complete the tomb should keep in mind it is impossible to complete in one trip, and may take (depending on Visa level) multiple trips to round out exploration of the chateau.
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles
In The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles, a man named Guild Lord Demetrius Landegraab and his son Dacian Landegraab first appear in the quest "The Incident". Trendony is at war with Aarbyville, and Demetrius is the ruler of Trendony. In the quest, Dacian runs away with the Aarbyville pirate heiress Misty. Later, during a different quest, he is found hiding in a camp in the forest. It is unknown whether Demetrius and Dacian are related to the Landgraab family due to their names being spelled Landegraab instead of Landgraab. Landegraab could be the medieval spelling of Landgraab which would mean that the Landgraab fortune could be traced back to medieval times. Also it is possible that Demetrius and Dacian are the earliest known ancestors of the Landgraab family.
|The Landgraab Family|
| Kermit - Kitty|
Chester - Queenie - Admiral Landgraab
Geoffrey - Nancy - Malcolm II - Marion
Malcolm - Mom - Malcolm - Hannelore - Malcolm III - Margaret
Dudley - Mimi - Malcolm IV - Adrien
Malcolm - Bambi