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One Month One World One Year Challenge 2023

Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member
WELCOME to all new challengers and THANK YOU to veteran challengers continuing with a new teen this year! :)

I'm posting this in advance to allow time for challengers to create Sims and possibly develop backstories for them, if desired.

Have you ever admired those who start a New Year doing a one photo per day challenge, for example on DeviantArt? I had an idea pop into my head on New Years Eve 2020 for a challenge similar to those, only using TS4 screenshots. I put together something I hoped would work and called it the One Month One World One Year Challenge. I intended to post one screenshot of my Sim's progress during a gaming session per real life day with a short text summary and started on January 1, 2021.

Others joined me and a few had some very welcomed suggestions for improvements, which are continued welcome this year. The challenge blossomed to include stories of our challenge Sim's journey through life. This wasn't my original intention for the challenge, but I welcomed the addition and have loved every minute of it! It's helped us to get to know our Sims better than we might've not otherwise. Another BIG side benefit for me is the friends I've made along the way. <3

For this year's challenge, I won't be joining with my own Sim. However, I will be active in this thread to answer any questions challengers may have and update the main post as needed. I'll also read and comment on your challenge posts. Good luck everyone and remember, the main goal here is to have fun! :)

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  • One screenshot post per real life day in this thread with a short text summary.
  • One world per real life month - See monthly schedule of worlds in spoiler below. Optional: May change schedule of worlds to reflect your preferences.
  • Your challenge Sim MUST be a teen to officially begin this challenge and post in the thread.
  • After three real life months have passed, your Sim will age up to young adult for four months, adult for four months and finally, age up to an elder for December. Timeline posted in spoiler below. Optional: How long your Sim stays in each life stage, teen-elder, is at your own discretion. However, they are required to be at minimum a young adult to attend Uni in Britechester. *Note: If you own the High School Years EP, your Sims may be offered early graduation. If they take the offer, your teen is allowed to apply, enroll, and attend university or join full-time adult careers.
  • Begin Rags to Riches style on an empty lot with 0 simoleans.
  • Aging off Optional: May use long lifespan.
  • All unplayed residential worlds are off limits for any kind of travel. Exception: Newcrest may be designated a 'neutral' world to place venues for your Sim to use regardless of their current world residence. Optional: Newcrest may be used to replace a pack you don't own instead.
  • Sims may take a vacation to any of the designated vacations worlds. Rental lots in unplayed residential worlds are off limits.
  • Aspirations released with a world must be fulfilled first. May choose a base game or other pack aspiration not in the challenge to complete afterward.
  • Willow Creek, Oasis Springs, Newcrest and Magnolia Promenade may be used in substitution for worlds listed in the challenge for packs you may not own. In that event, choose one or two base game or other packs aspirations not in the challenge to complete per world.
  • Your Sim may marry and/or have children. Aging up children is at your own discretion.
  • High School attendance is not required. May use cheats to fulfill daily/promotional task requirements. *Exception: Applicable only if you do not own the High School Years EP or if you do own it, but have elected not to have your Sim live in Copperdale and do the aspirations associated with the EP in your challenge.
  • The beginning of each new month/world must start Rags to Riches style. Optional: Your Sim may keep personal possessions, sell the rest and bulldoze the house. They may use simoleans from this sale and accumulated household funds to build or download a house from the Gallery.
  • If your challenge Sim dies, it's game over. Optional: You may bring them back to life and continue or use another existing Sim in the household to complete the challenge.
  • Occult states and Celebrity statuses must be removed when progressing to the next month/world. Optional: May keep acquired lifestates/statuses. *Note: Vampires can't get a suntan, which is a Beach Life aspiration task.
  • If a new world is released with a new pack at any time during 2023, you have the option to swap the new world with another prior released world.
  • Give yourself a break and don't stress over days missed due to internet outages, vacations/holidays, real life work/responsibilities or sickness.
  • Extra story screenshots may be posted in the thread under a spoiler in addition to your daily post pic and short text summary. Strongly suggest a maximum of 20-25 screenshots per post.
  • May use satisfaction points to buy rewards. Exception: Money tree seeds are disallowed.
  • Lottery tickets are disallowed for purchase.
  • Beginning season, length of days and moon phases are your choice.
  • May turn off or cheat away/change all Eco Lifestyle features applied to worlds. Exception: Must be turned on while living in Evergreen Harbor.
  • May participate in all default Holidays, modify, delete and/or add your own.
  • May include a link to your preferred Blog site with additional story text/screenshots, in addition to your Daily Post Pic/Text Summary.
  • Mod friendly challenge! However, please use discretion when using them. Using a mod to fulfill an aspiration is disallowed. Exception: May be used to correct bugs and/or glitches.

Challenge Worlds, Base Game & Other Packs Aspirations List:
Challenge Packs Aspirations

January - Extreme Sport Enthusiast, Mt. Komorebi SightSeer
February - Leader of the Pack
March - Spellcraft & Sorcery, Purveyor of Potions OR Live Fast, Admired Icon, Goal Oriented, Drama Llama *Note - Challengers who own HSY not living in Copperdale this month may complete the Live Fast and Drama Llama aspirations at any time as a teen. Joining teens at high school is not required to fulfill them.
April - Academic
May - StrangerVille Mystery
June - Master Actor/Actress, World Famous Celebrity
July - Beach Life
August - Vampire Family, Master Vampire, Good Vampire
September - Master Maker, Eco Innovator
October - Complete Werewolf Initiate and pick 2 of the following; Emissary for the Collective, Wildfang Renegade, Lone Wolf, Cure Seeker Optional: Complete all aspirations.
November - City Native
December - Country Caretaker

Base Game Aspirations

Angling Ace
Best Selling Author
Big Happy Family
Body Builder
Chief of Mischief
Computer Whiz
Fabulously Wealthy
Freelance Botanist
Friend of the World
Grilled Cheese (Hidden)
Joke Star
Mansion Baron
Master Chef
Master Mixologist
Musical Genius
Neighborhood Confidante
Nerd Brain
Painter Extraordinaire
Party Animal
Public Enemy
Renaissance Sim
Serial Romantic
Successful Lineage
Villainous Valentine

Other Packs Aspirations

Archeology Scholar (Jungle Adventure GP)
Fabulously Filthy (Bust the Dust Kit)
Galactic Privateer (Journey to Batuu GP)
Hope VS Order (Journey to Batuu GP)
Inner Peace (Spa Day GP)
Jungle Explorer (Jungle Adventure GP)
Lord/Lady of the Knits (Nifty Knitting SP)
Outdoor Enthusiast (Outdoor Retreat GP)
Perfectly Pristine (Bust the Dust Kit)
Self-Care Specialist (Spa Day GP)
Super Parent (Parenthood GP)
Zen Guru (Spa Day GP)

Worlds/Packs and Age Up Timeline:
Beginning Age: Teen

January - Mt. Komorebi (Snowy Escape)
February - Windenburg (Get Together)
March - Glimmerbrook (Realm of Magic) OR Copperdale (High School Years) *Note: Those wishing to play both worlds may replace any world with Glimmerbrook later in the challenge.

April 1st: Age up to Young Adult

April - Britechester (Discover University)
May - StrangerVille (StrangerVille)
June - Del Sol Valley (Get Famous)
July - Sulani (Island Living)

August 1st: Age up to Adult

August - Forgotten Hollow (Vampires)
September - Evergreen Harbor (Eco Lifestyle)
October - Moonwood Mill (Werewolves)
November - San Myshuno (City Living)

December 1st: Age up to Elder

December - Henford-on-Bagley (Cottage Living)

Challenge End Date: December 31, 2023

Links to Challengers Day 1 Post and/or Blogs:

@LegacySims2017 with Dante Morningstar (Blog)
@Carebear92 with Riley Chatman (Blog)
@Ellupelluellu with Babs L'Amour
@SoulGal7 with Elfie Jingle
@permanentrose with Flora Evander
@lilypadmeulin with Amelia Whitmore
@Belalucina with June Kay
@DoloresGrey with Teddy Bear

Gallery & Other Links to Current Challenge Sims:

Babs L'Amour by @Ellupelluellu
Elfie Jingle by @SoulGal7
Amelia Whitmore by @lilypadmeulin
Non CC Flora Evander and CC Zip File by @permanentrose
Dante Morningstar by @LegacySims2017 Instructions for extracting Dante Morningstar below.
I have included the tray files and the mods/cc used. Extract the file. Put the files not listed in the Mods folder in Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Tray folder. You can rename the Mods folder in the .rar to something like Dante Morningstar and drop it in Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods folder. Or you can move over the files however you like. If you love collecting custom content, there might be duplicates in there. Add the Mods/cc from the extracted folder however you like. The features, game mods and hair folders will get your Dante Morningstar to look how he is supposed to look. The clothing you can add or remove at your own discretion. Wings not included. If you want those, please ask @LegacySims2017 for a link
Non CC June Kay by @Belalucina Link to CC below. Riley Chatman by @Carebear92
Teddy Bear by @DoloresGrey

Happy Simming! <3
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member
    So excited to start this with everyone! Here's my 2023 Challenge Sim!


    Amelia Whitmore
    Age: Teen:
    Traits: Loyal, Art Lover
    Beginning Aspiration: Mt. Komorebi Sightseer
    World: Mt. Komorebi
    Lot: 2-4-1 Wakabamori

    Amelia has always looked up to her great-grandmother, Nia Whitmore, but always wanted to accomplish something of her own. She's stubborn, bright, and curious, which can be good or bad depending on the situation, but she's determined to make as much of herself as her great-grandmother did, as Nia started a legacy that became very successful very quickly. She's not exactly a romantic, but surely there's someone out there whose calm nature will be the perfect opposite to her, and exploring the world will be a lot of fun.

    Her parents, Diane and Hephaestus, are both worried about her, but also proud of her for being so independent so early on.

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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member
    @lilypadmeulin - Fantastic, we have our first challenger! Thank you for joining the challenge again in 2023. :) Very interesting backstory, I'm looking forward to reading how Amelia does in the challenge. I'll put a link to your Day 1 post in the main thread once the challenge begins.
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    LegacySims2017LegacySims2017 Posts: 5,263 Member
    edited December 2022
    I'll go ahead and post as the second challenger. :smile:


    No backstory or anything right now. The first post, January 1st, gives a rundown about Dante Morningstar.
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    Dante looks like he'll be a very interesting challenger! I love his style!
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    EllupelluelluEllupelluellu Posts: 7,323 Member

    Babs L'Amour
    Age: Teen:
    Traits: , Goofy , Materialist, Attractive(from Romance aspiration in cas)
    Beginning Aspiration: Romance, will be Mt. Komorebi Sightseer
    World: Mt. Komorebi
    Lot: Kiyomatsu Point

    Download her tray files, only cc are lashes
    My love, my love, my fearless love, I will not say goodbye..
    Sea may rise, sky may fall, My love will never die..
    My heart, my heart, My drowning heart, Oh all the tears I've cried
    Oh I may weep forevermore, My love will never die..
    My Story:Villa Catarina
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    I can't wait to see Babs' story unfold!
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    Fantastic! Dante looks great and ready to go! Thanks for joining the challenge again next year, excited to read his story. :)


    Hello Babs! She's so cute how you've styled her. Thanks for her tray files! I'll put the link to her in the main post and download her. So, so excited to see how she does in the challenge. Thanks to you too for again doing the challenge next year! <3
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    Opps, missed you included a link to your blog, I'll update the main post to include it. :)
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    Carebear92Carebear92 Posts: 108 Member

    Name: Riley Chatman
    Age: Teen
    Traits: Loyal, Loves Outdoors, and from the aspiration High Metabolism
    Lot: 2-4-1Wakabamori

    Riley had a rough childhood, Riley and his parents never saw eye to eye. He couldn't wait to turn into a teen where he is capable of taking care of himself, like cooking his own meals, and going out making simoleons. Riley just started his teenage years, he decided to move out and be independent. He didn't care if it meant living off the land with the clothes on his back. He moved to Mt. Komorebi, he figured living by mountains will be nice and peaceful. He cant wait to meet the locals and see what kind of things they have to offer.

    **I will like to blog this instead that way i can easily find my previous post. If anyone has any instruction how to do so let me know.**
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    EllupelluelluEllupelluellu Posts: 7,323 Member
    edited December 2022
    I forgot to post Babs backstory,
    So if unfamiliar sim, she is
    the one in the middle in original S4 render,
    available by Maxis like that, YA,
    I only aged her to teen :P (and I have default replacement eyes)

    no other story, for now anyway :p
    My love, my love, my fearless love, I will not say goodbye..
    Sea may rise, sky may fall, My love will never die..
    My heart, my heart, My drowning heart, Oh all the tears I've cried
    Oh I may weep forevermore, My love will never die..
    My Story:Villa Catarina
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    Another guy for the challenge next year! I like him. :) If you want to blog your try at the challenge, that's cool. All you would need to do is pick a blog site, for example; Wordpress, Weebly, etc. Set up your blog and write your posts. After that, post a link to your blog posts here in the thread along with your daily post pic. I'll also post a link to your blog in the main post once you've set it up. As for how to set up your blog, that's totally up to you. I'm not really one to ask how to do that. However, there is a very informative thread on the Sims 4 Challenges, Stories and Legacies board with a wealth of information on blogging that might be helpful. I know it helped me when I set-up my Wordpress years ago. Here's a link:

    A Quick Guide to SimLit - Sims Story FAQ


    Thank you so much for posting Babs' origin for those who might not have known she is an original Maxis premade. <3
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    Hello! Riley seems like he'll have a great story to unfold!
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    Carebear92Carebear92 Posts: 108 Member
    edited December 2022

    So I'm using a old blog that i apparently made and it was just blank. lol so I'm going to use it hopefully it will go well. Let me know if that's done correctly
    Riley Chatman
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    Tumblr, I never would've thought of using it, clever! I have one myself but haven't posted anything on it in a long time. It's a lot simpler to use I would imagine than Wordpress. The link works, yes, thank you! I've updated the main post for you. :)
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    LegacySims2017LegacySims2017 Posts: 5,263 Member
    Karababy52 wrote: »

    Opps, missed you included a link to your blog, I'll update the main post to include it. :)

    Oh, and I got the SSL certificate added, so it's marked as safe for viewing.
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    Amelia has a couple of skills now, is it still okay if I upload her to the Gallery for everyone?
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member
    edited December 2022

    I don't think that'll be a problem. I'd suggest maybe putting a note in her Gallery description about the skills. It's pretty easy to remove traits, even without mods, if anyone wants her fresh from scratch. :)
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    Fantastic news about the SSL Certificate! \o/ Thanks for letting all of us know your blog is safe for viewing now. :)
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    SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 3,630 Member
    edited December 2023


    Elfie is a teen elf who has lived his whole life at the North Pole. He is a cheerful elf, as most elves are, and has a bit of a childish streak, which got him assigned to the Toy-Testing Team. Yes, this was the life because Elfie just loved to play and play and all the toys. Well, the testing part didn't go too well, and Elfie's quota was down one day...really down. An elder elf, named Grumpy, spoke to Elfie and told him that Elfie had to concentrate more on his work, and not be so playful all the time. Not be playful? How could he not? To help Elfie be more productive, Grumpy sent Elfie to...gulp...elf detention! No! How could this have happened?


    But maybe it was destiny that Elfie had been sent there because while he was there, he heard some gossip from his friend Decker, about some sims in the Simworld. These sims had lost the Winterfest spirit, and some were even downright angry and mean (even worse than that angry elf, Grumpy). From what Decker had told him, the naughty list was getting longer everyday with more and more names being added. And, according to his other friend, Jangles, it was getting worse. This ho-humness was starting to affect nearby towns. Elfie's other friend, Snowflake, had overhead the conversation and whispered that even Father Winter was getting worried and had refused to eat some sugar cookies this morning! Oh my gumdrops! This was terrible! They had to do something!


    And so, after elf detention, Elfie and his friends went to the reindeer barns. They decided that one of them had to help! But who? They decided to draw candy canes from a bag, and having drawn the smallest candy cane, (which he promptly ate), Elfie was chosen to go.


    Elfie had a year to visit all the worlds and try to raise everyone's Winterfest spirit. He knew he could do it, for if he didn't, it could mean the end of Winterfest as we knew it. So, with his elf friends cheering him on, Elfie headed to the magic portal and was whisked off to his first destination, Mt. Komorebi. Whoosh!



    I wanted to do something different this year. This is really the only story that I will write, as I will be trying to stick to the 1 photo per day with a few notes, and just do the challenge. I am not sure how long I will be able to do this, as I am waiting for my Immigration Travel Papers for Canada, so that I can look after my Dad there. So, I am just going to go with the flow and see how far I can get with this.

    I had actually made Elfie for another short challenge, but liked him so much, I decided to use him for this challenge. He starts with no skills, no simoelons and no friends.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Thanks to this simmer for creating this build (with the conveyor belt assembly line inside).


    Two of the three elf friends, I got from the gallery, and the third I created. Just changed the hair, names, clothing and aged them down to teens.

    Decker Halls & Jingle Belle (I changed her name to Snowflake) made by this creator.


    Elfie is available for download in the gallery, under Elfie Jingle Teen.

    Aspiration: Mt. Komorebi Sightseer
    Traits: Cheerful, Childish
    Likes: Green and Red colors
    Season: Spring - 28 days
    Age: Teen, Aging Off
    Lot: 2-4-1-Wakabamori (20 x 15), Mt. Komorebi
    Links to My Daily Posts By Month - Most Recent Month First
    January - Mt. Komorebi
    Jan. 1 - Arrival
    Jan. 2 - Making Friends
    Jan. 3 - I Want Candy
    Jan. 4 - Home Sweet Home
    Jan. 5 - Around The Neighborhood
    Jan. 6 - Night On The Town
    Jan. 7
    Jan. 8
    Jan. 9
    Jan. 10
    Jan. 11
    Jan. 12
    Jan. 13
    Jan. 14
    Jan. 15
    Jan. 16
    Jan. 17
    Jan. 18
    Jan. 19
    Jan. 20
    Jan. 21
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    Jan. 25
    Jan. 26
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    Jan. 31
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    Welcome to the challenge Elfie! :) Clever story you've developed for him. Good job! I've updated the main post to include a link to him on the Gallery for you. :)
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    I adore Elfie and his story! I can't wait to see where this goes!
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    I've uploaded Amelia but I'm having trouble sharing her, my EA ID is the same as on here. I'm really sorry, but could you help me out?
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    Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 5,952 Member

    I apologize for not responding earlier, I've been busy all day with holiday and blizzard preparations. Anyway, I've found Amelia and updated the main post with a link to her on the Gallery. Hope you had a great day/night! :)
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    lilypadmeulinlilypadmeulin Posts: 1,655 Member

    Thank you so much! I don't know why I always have trouble with linking to the gallery, but so it goes. Hope the blizzard and the holidays are kind to you!
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    permanentrosepermanentrose Posts: 3,789 Member
    I'm planning to join! Hoping I can keep up this year, at least with one photo a day haha. I'm logging into my game now and I've been working on getting a save together, so I'll introduce my challenge sim shortly :)
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