NEW SCENARIO ADDED (02/08/2017)
Echoes of Time
[rules updated Jan 23, 2017]
The purpose of this challenge is two-fold: fandom and variety. For fans, this is a great opportunity to roleplay as a Time Lord. For non-fans, this is a challenge that forces you to use 36 traits on one Sim that will change appearance yet still keep their skills, reward traits, relationships and aspiration points.
Time Lords are a time-traveling race in the Doctor Who universe (click here to learn more
). When they are mortally wounded or in the brink of death, a Time Lord can “regenerate” to cheat death.
In Sims 4, you will regenerate at the moment of aging rather than death. There is a limit to this regeneration. In the Doctor Who universe, the limit is twelve. For this challenge, the limit is eleven regenerations, totaling twelve Time Lords with differing personalities each.
Create a new game, then design your Time Lord. They can be any gender, color, voice and walk. However, they cannot be a special type of sim (ghost, alien, vampire, etc.).
Their age must be set to Adult. You cannot choose any other age. If you want to roleplay as an Elder, change their hair to gray and add wrinkles in “Skin Details”.
Next, choose their traits. Choose wisely as these traits cannot be used again in the future. Next, choose any aspiration except for Fabulously Wealthy. During the course of the challenge, you cannot change a chosen aspiration. The only time you can change aspiration is when you are regenerating (more on that later).
To name your Time Lord, think of a profession, a title, an object or anything. Whatever you choose will be their Last Name. For example, if you chose engineer, then their last name is “Engineer”. If you are having a hard time thinking of a Last Name, go to http://timelord.namegeneratorfun.com
Now that you have your Time Lord’s Last Name, set the first name as “First”. With the example above, your Time Lord’s name should be “First Engineer".
Click the Game Settings, and modify the settings as follows:
- Auto Age (Played Sims): Active Household Only
- Auto Age (Unplayed Sims): Checked
- Sim Lifespan: Normal
Once done, save your First Time Lord in your Gallery and click Play.
In the Doctor Who universe, the TARDIS is a vehicle that travels through time and space. It stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It is a box that’s smaller outside but bigger in the inside (click here for a video explanation
You must move your Time Lord in a 50 x 50 lot or larger. If the lot is occupied, you must evict and bulldoze it. This will be your Time Lord’s permanent lot, which means they cannot move out from it.
Since your Time Lord is using their knowledge of Transdimensional Engineering, you can use money cheats (kaching, rosebud and motherlode) and lot modifications (bb.moveobjects on and bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement). For a harder challenge, you can opt out of these cheats.
Build your TARDIS underground. The TARDIS will be your home, and it should contain all rooms, necessities and luxuries. You can only have one access point to your TARDIS, meaning you can only have one doorway leading underground--just like a bunker.
You can disguise the access point to your TARDIS. It can be the traditional “blue box”, a home, a diner or anything. The only limit is your imagination, so go wild!
If building is not your strong-suit, you can download the "Abandoned TARDIS" in The Gallery. Simply search for "Abandoned TARDIS" and place it in a 50 x 50 or larger lot. You can also download other simmer's TARDIS, but you must delete any collectibles included.
You have three objectives to complete: skills, collections and aspirations.
Your Time Lord must master 19 skills and complete 6 types of collections. You must keep the collectibles on your lot, not in the household inventory. You can put them on display or stash them in a room. Any duplicate or extra collectibles can be sold to avoid clutter.
Your Time Lord must complete Level 3 or Level 4 of their chosen aspiration.
During the course of the challenge, you cannot change aspiration. The only time you can change aspiration is when your Time Lord is undergoing regeneration (more on that later).
However, you are allowed to work strategically on skills and objectives related to future aspiration.
REWARD STORE RESTRICTIONS
During the course of the challenge, you will gain a lot of aspiration points. However, you are limited at what you can buy and when you can buy them.
Youth potions and reward traits are strictly limited to the regeneration process. You cannot buy these except in regeneration.
All other potions are purchasable at any time.
In the Doctor Who universe, a Time Lord regenerates when they are mortally wounded or in the brink of death. (click here to learn more
If you have three to zero days remaining as an Adult, you must begin the regeneration process. There will be a notification for your birthday to remind you so don't forget!
Only youth potions are allowed to reset their age. No Essence of Life (from Cowplant) and no Ambrosia (from cooking). If an expansion/game/stuff pack has an item or activity that resets your Time Lord’s age, you cannot use that item or activity
If you do not have enough points to purchase a Youth Potion, open the cheat console by pressing and holding CTRL-SHIFT-C. In the console, type in testingcheats on
and then type sims.give_satisfaction_points 1500
Once done, follow these steps for the regeneration process:
- Buy and drink the Youth Potion from the Rewards Store.
- Buy one Reward Store Trait. You can skip this step if you want to save Aspiration points for the next regeneration.
- Open the cheat console. To do this, press and hold CTRL-SHIFT-C.
- Type in testingcheats on
- Type in cas.fulleditmode
- Hold SHIFT, LEFT-CLICK your Time Lord and then CLICK "Modify in CAS"
- WARNING! If you changed your Time Lord’s age in CAS, all reward traits and purchased traits will be deleted. If you accidentally switched their age in CAS, cancel the edit and return to Step 3.
- In Create-A-Sim, randomize the look of your Time Lord. You are allowed to tweak their appearance, voice, gender and walk. They should not look like previous Time Lords.
- Change their first name to the next number. For example, if you are changing the “First”, then you must change their name to “Second”.
- Pick three new traits and a new aspiration for your Time Lord. You cannot reuse previously picked traits and aspirations from past Time Lords. To keep track of what you had picked, download this sheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bqdZr10NQN5TLwD1HoL9_XprrwM6qcRE3_RNQpy4Kfg/edit?usp=sharing or this text file: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-Uml7LDhHL9kobP9nT7p7rcp6xA9X_p_61zdivlLmpI/edit?usp=sharing
- NOTE: At the Twelfth Time Lord, if the remaining traits are conflicting, such as having Good and Evil traits remaining, then you are allowed to choose one trait from the First or Second Time Lord.
- Save the Time Lord in your Gallery. If you want to share, add the hashtag #timelordchallenge.
- Press Done
Total maximum score for the whole challenge is 36 points. The scoring revolves around Aspirations, Skills and Collections.
Collections (12 Points)
- 2 Points for each completed Collection. Limit to 12 points.
- Seasonal Collections (e.g. Easter Eggs) do not qualify and will not be scored.
Aspirations (12 Points)
- 1 point for each Aspiration with Level 3 or Level 4 complete. Since you will go through 12 Time Lords, the limit for this score is 12.
Skills (12 Points)
- 1 Point for 8 Skills maxed
- 2 Points for 9 Skills maxed
- 3 Points for 10 Skills maxed
- 4 Points for 11 Skills maxed
- 5 Points for 12 Skills maxed
- 6 Points for 13 Skills maxed
- 7 Points for 14 Skills maxed
- 8 Points for 15 Skills maxed
- 9 Points for 16 Skills maxed
- 10 Points for 17 Skills maxed
- 11 Points for 18 Skills maxed
- 12 Points for 19 or more Skills maxed
- Skills that has 10 levels qualify for points. Anything less are not counted.
- 1 Bonus Point for each Scenarios completed
- 1 Bonus Point for having a painting of each of your Time Lords
- 1 Bonus Point for completing 650 whims
- 1 Bonus Point for maintaining a lot value of 500,000 simoleons
- These points are supplementary. Bonus points cannot be used if your score is already at maximum.
- Minus 1 Point for each Potion of Youth purchased with sims.give_satisfaction_points cheat.
Having a companion is not a requirement, but they enliven the challenge and keep your Time Lord company. They can be any age and any type of relationship status except as enemy. If a relationship diminishes to negative, you must move that companion out.
There are two ways to gain a companion: you can befriend them and ask them to move in, or you can add them in your household via “Manage Household.” If that sim has a family or roommates, you have the option to bring them in or leave them out.
Since your companions are normal sims, they do not follow the reward store restrictions. They can purchase traits and potions at any time. However, they cannot purchase Youth Potions for themselves or for your Time Lord.
Children can be born or adopted in the household. The parents can either be your Time Lord or companions. The children are considered companions and therefore cannot regenerate.
Companions can be moved out from your TARDIS at any time. To do this, go to Manage Worlds and click Household Management. From there, click "Transfer Sims between households," create a new household and move out your companions. You are allowed to use the cheat freerealestate on
to place them in an empty or vacant lot of your choosing.
You can play other households within the universe of your Time Lord. They can be your past companions, created sims or downloaded sims from The Gallery.
To switch households, go to Options Menu and click Manage Worlds. It is advised that when switching households, do it when your current household is not at work or school. This way, when you return to it, your sim will not be out from work or school, which negatively affects their performance.
Companions that were moved out from your Time Lord’s household can continue their story. They can start a legacy or face new challenges and adventures. It is entirely up to you. Your Time Lord can visit and remain in contact with their past companions.
From The Gallery, you can add Sims that are historical figures or futuristic people. Move them in their era-specific lot. Don't forget to credit the Sim Modelist! These Sims can also be Played as a household.
Also from The Gallery, you can download historical and futuristic lot to simulate time travel. Place them in your neighborhood and make sure to assign a lot type. Don't forget to credit the Sim Architect! To start, here are some useful hashtags: #alien #future #wildwest #desert #gothic #medieval #asian #greek #prehistoric
When playing other households, do not accept a birthday party invite from your Time Lord.
Doing so would risk aging your Time Lord.
When interacting with your Time Lord, you cannot alter or change their status (i.e. change them into a vampire or manipulate their look).
If your Time Lord accidentally dies while playing another household, you can revert to a previous save file. Also, you can recover your Time Lord from The Gallery. This recovered Time Lord will retain all reward traits and skills, but will lose any progress made since the regeneration.
Scenarios are optional
mini-challenges that further expand the universe. Most of them are inspired by existing challenges in the Stories and Legacies section, and also some Doctor Who episodes. Each scenario has a specific theme, era, characters and goals.
You can switch anytime from a Scenario to your Time Lord, and vice-versa. Since Scenarios are household specific, you can have multiple Scenarios in your universe.
Completing a Scenario will give your Main Time Lord one bonus point, and there are no limits on how many scenarios you can complete.
Below are links for each Scenario:
When you finish the challenge, you can still continue beyond your Twelfth Time Lord.
If you decide to extend your play, all traits will be open for use again. However, you should still adhere to the rule of using traits only once, or you could randomize the traits every regeneration.
The extended play will not be scored, but it is an opportunity for further roleplaying and completing all aspirations, collections, skills and achievements available in the game.
Have fun! Allons-y!
Q: Do I need to be a Doctor Who fan to do this challenge?
A: Nope! You can play this challenge even if you don’t know Doctor Who. I’ve set the challenge to be inviting for non-fans. Even if your story or gameplay is not canon, it is interesting how non-fans interpret the mythos of the Time Lords.
Q: Do I have to keep score?
A: You don’t have to. You can play the challenge without worrying about collections and skills. But you should still adhere to the regeneration rule since it’s the heart of this challenge.
Q: Can I use mods?
A: Yes you can, so long as it does not give you an advantage if you are keeping score. If you are not keeping score, you can use any mods so long as you still follow the regeneration rules.
Q: Can I use cheats?
A: The only cheats allowed are the ones stated in the rules. However, if you are not keeping score, you can use any cheats available in the game so long as you still follow the regeneration rules.
Q: Why is my Time Lord getting tense from a trait he/she doesn’t have?
A: The game still recognizes the trait your past Time Lord had used. To fix this, purchase the reward trait “Carefree” for 3,000 reward points.
Q: Do I have to finish my TARDIS at the start of the challenge?
A: Nope. You can expand it as you go on.
Q: My collections suddenly vanished! What happened?!
A: This occurs when you move out a companion that had contributed to the collection. Not to worry. As the rules state, you should have your collections in your TARDIS so you can drag and drop them in your inventory to reclaim them.
Q: I’m roleplaying with historical and future-looking sims, and they are interacting with one another in a park/library/lounge/etc. What gives?
A: It’s possible that your Time Lord had accidentally opened a wormhole that allowed differing timelines to interact with one another. That’s one possibility, but you can make your own story on why different eras are clashing with one another.
Q: What is the meaning of life?
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For anyone curious, here's an older version of the rules: