When loading up CAS you will be prompted with whether you wish to "create your sims story" or not.
Clicking on "No Thanks" brings you to the "old" CAS.
Clicking on "Okay" well brings you to the next screen. Choosing the Age of your sim.
After selecting the Age of where you want your sim to start out at, you will be prompted by a series of questions. Your answers will determine your sims:
All 3 traits
Note: You can skip any question you don't wish to answer.
Once you are all done your sim will appear as a male or female where you will be prompted to give them a name, change their gender, clothing and of course you can change their body/facial features as well.
You will also get a look at the story you have created for your sim.
Once you have decided on a world and picked out a place for your sim to call home, your starting out funds do change from the way it used to be.
Side note: Choosing to add more than one sim to the household you will get the option of creating their story as well with the exception of creating a child through using genetics, you will not be able to create their story.
I plopped a newly created Sim down in Glimmerbrook, in CAS I opted to not do the story telling and just created her from scratch giving her my own set of traits. Once I got her settled into her new home I went in search of the portal. You'll find it at the waterfall to the right of the empty buildable lot.
I then sent my gal to the portal. When clicking on the portal before entering, you will be given a pop up message to either continue or go back. Of course, to become a spellcaster she had to go through it to enter the Realm of Magic.
There are several different portals off the main floating land mass. One is to the garden area, not much to do there as you can't enter the destroyed garden center. One goes to the dueling battleground. If another spellcaster offers to challenge you in a duel, this is where you'll go. And one to where you can buy your magic wands, familiars and brooms.
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Gaining experience as a spellcaster, your sim can choose which path they want to pursue by choosing to learn spells and cast magic from the three schools of magic. Untamed, Practical or Mischief. My sim choose to follow and learn Practical. Here she has learned to spell of Repairio and Scrubaroo
My sim go on good with the Sage of Practical Magic (she eventually ended up having his child and they are now living happily ever after) here they are dueling in one of the rooms at the school of magic
Here she is at the Duel Battleground challenging a friend
On that note, I can say that I have spent many hours/days playing this particular pack. It seems to have held my attention a bit longer than any of the other packs ( I have all ). I can say that after having my sim marry a Sage from the Magic Realm, he no longer is a "Sage", but he has kept his level which is Virtuoso. Their son inherited the bloodline and will be able to practice magic once he grows up. For more information on offspring and bloodlines go here.