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One Month One World One Year Personal Challenge

Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
Have you ever admired those who start a New Year doing a one photo per day contest? I have, but I've never tried it. I had an idea pop into my head on New Years Eve for a challenge similar to those, only using TS4. So I put together something on the fly and I hope it works out. I'm calling it the One Month One World One Year Challenge. It's a work in progress, but one thing will always stay the same. I will post one photo of my Sim's adventures during a gaming session per real life day for 2021.

Basic Rules/Guidelines: *Note - Work in Progress, subject to change. Updated January 10, 2021
  1. One Photo post Per Real Life Day on the forum in this thread
  2. One World per Real Life month *Note - See schedule of Worlds in spoiler below
  3. After every three Real Life months has passed, my Sim will age up. *Note - Timeline posted in spoiler below
  4. My Sim will start out Rags to Riches style. *Note - Optional: May use 20K starting funds and your Teen may take odd jobs and/or have a part-time job.
  5. Aging off until it's time to age up.
  6. The first World will be Mt. Komorebi, progressing backwards in time as packs were released, with one exception. The last world will be Sulani where my Sim will retire as an elder. *Note - Newcrest may be designated a 'neutral' world and venues placed there for your Sim to use at your discretion. Optional: You may use Worlds in any order, but I suggest Britechester (if you own the Discover Univerity EP) as the World to live in when your Teen ages up to a Young Adult so they may attend University to fulfill the world aspiration.

    Vacation worlds are not used in this challenge as your Sim can't properly live there without a Mod, only rent for up to a week at a time. Optional: Sims may take a vacation if they have enough simoleans. However, rental lots in residential worlds should not be used until the world where they have been placed has been previously played.
  7. Any aspirations released with a world will be the priority aspiration(s) to be fulfilled first. If none are available, a base game aspiration will be chosen. May also choose a base game aspiration if you have finished aspirations that came with a world where your Sim is currently living. *Note - May also aspiration hop if you wish to build Satisfaction points. I just prefer to do only the aspirations for the current world one at a time.
  8. My Sim may marry and have children. Aging up children is at your discretion. If I plan to continue the challenge, I will make sure the 'heir' is at least a teen before the end of the year. A Teen 'heir' may carry on the challenge starting in 2022 and begin with any aspirations not fulfilled. IF, I actually make it that far! :o
  9. My Sim will begin as a Teen. Optional: Your Sim may be a Young Adult instead for 6 months before aging up to an Adult. The only cheating allowed will be during the Teen lifespan if they are in danger of flunking school and could be taken away. This cheating entails buying school projects and/or increasing their grade. But these two things should only be done after all vacation days have been taken, their grade has dropped from low performance or a warning is given. Optional: Teen may go to school
  10. The beginning of each new month/world may start from scratch Rags to Riches style. Optional: My Sim may keep any personal possessions they want, sell the rest and bulldoze the house. They will then use simoleans from the sale and accumulated household funds to build or download from the Gallery a new house in the new world.
  11. If my Sim dies at any point, it's game over unless a spouse or offspring is available to bring them back to life. Optional: Oldest child or Spouse may continue the challenge. OR You may bring back your Sim by not saving or using a prior save to continue the challenge instead.
  12. Occult states may be removed after they have left the world where those aspirations were fulfilled.
  13. If a new world is released with a new pack any time during 2021, I have the option to swap that world with another prior released world. If that happens, any offspring will continue with the exchanged world in 2022 first.
  14. I'll give myself a break if I miss any days due to internet outages, vacations/holidays or sickness. In those cases, I'll try to post one photo for every missed real life day the next day possible.
  15. Extra photos may be posted here in a spoiler at the end of the daily post or in the Last Screenshot or Favorite Screenshot threads. But the main One Photo Per Real Life Day for the challenge will always be posted here along with a (hopefully) short synopsis of the prior night/day's gameplay session progress.
  16. Rags to Riches Teens may use cell phones at your discretion.
  17. Autonomy Off *Note - Optional: May use any Autonomy setting you wish
  18. May travel to other worlds for Festivals, Dates, Parties, etc. But, only if invited. *Note - Optional: Only allowed if the world where the activity is happening has already been played.
  19. Any Satisfaction points earned may be used to buy and use any reward traits, with the exception of the Money tree seed.
  20. While teens do not participate in the Lottery, YA, Adult and Elder lifespans are not allowed to buy a ticket either.
  21. Beginning season and the length of days is your choice. I started in Summer with a 14 day season length.
  22. May participate in all default Holidays, (except Lottery) modify them, and/or add your own. I might modify Harvestfest before it happens to remove the Gnomes part of this holiday. This is optional for anyone else trying the challenge.
  23. Other participants may post their Daily posts here in the thread, or a link to your preferred Blog site.

Aspirations Progress Chart: - Credit to @mcrudd (Thank you!)
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Worlds and Age Up Timeline: *Note - Subject to change if any new Worlds are released with new packs:
Beginning Age: Teen

January - Mt. Komorebi
February - Windenburg *Note - I switched around Windenburg and Evergreen Harbor so Tessa could have an aspiration Teens can complete.
March - Glimmerbrook *Note - I switched around Glimmerbrook and Britechester so Tessa would be a Young Adult when she lives there and can attend University.

April 1st: Age up to Young Adult

April - Britechester
May - Strangerville
June - Del Sol Valley

July 1st: Age up to Adult

July - Brindleton Bay
August - Forgotten Hollow
September - San Myshuno

October 1st: Age up to Elder

October - Evergreen Harbor
November - Choice of; Oasis Springs, Willow Creek or Newcrest if not designated a neutral world.
December - Sulani, retiring after completing the Beach Life aspiration

Challenge End Date: December 31, 2021

Links to My Daily Posts by Month:

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

Links to other Simmers Day 1 Challenge Post and Blogs:

@SoulGal7 with Sakura Li
@Hermitgirl with Roxanne Newbury
@Skeilah with Bryon Ellison (Blog)
@Ellupelluellu with Melody Connors
@Kanindota with River Funke-Towne (Blog)
@permanentrose with Jules Warner
@lilypadmeulin with Jenny Proserpin
@AnnoyingTiger with Astrid Scott & Pumpkin (Blog)

Here's my Sim for the challenge and the Day 1 Photo:

Essa Ellington aka Tessa Tyler aka Vanessa Varela - Teen

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Traits: Genius, Loves Outdoors
Beginning Aspiration(s): Extreme Sports Enthusiast and then will do Mt. Komorebi Sightseer, if there's enough time left in the month.
World: Mt. Komorebi
Neighborhood: Senbamachi
Lot: 6-4-1 Hanamigawa (Premade house/lot bulldozed)
Household Funds: 0
14 Day Seasons: Beginning season - Summer (Wednesday)

January: Day 1 Notes (they're long, but I'll try to keep notes going forward much shorter):
Tessa has been fishing to earn simoleans so far, but she was gifted a Simi (Iggy Fabulous) by forest spirits worth 100 simoleans. She used the public restroom in the Bamboo forest and I happened to see them so she ran over and made a wish. She's been buying food from a vendor since no harvestables were available yet. So far she's found one plant each of the following; mushroom, pear, snapdragon, strawberry and chrysanthemum. Only the chrysanthemums are in season and have grown so far. She harvested 3 seeds and planted them.

She also bought a package of starter fruit seeds when she was hungry and the vendor was closed. The package contained 3 grape seeds and 6 plantains. I had her plant one of the plantains and eat the rest. She'll save the grapes for Fall along with all the other plants available in the world for that season. Tessa also fished up a Bonsai bud and planted that too.

She was too busy to greet the Welcome Wagon and now the neighbors don't like her. :D Oh well. She met a teen male Sim (Kyoshi Ito?) while fishing and got to know him a little by cloud-gazing, but then had to run off to go pee. I'm sure she'll see him again. She's good friends now with a YA, my Super Sim Josh Hunter, who was fishing when she arrived one day. She asked him to mentor her since he is Level 10 in fishing. She has the 'Impressed' sentiment for him now. She's at Level 5 in fishing so far.

Her first purchases besides the starter fruit package was a poo hoo bush and a portable shower. She's been sleeping on a bench near her lot. The next goal is to get her a bed. So far she's carrying a C in school and has been doing her homework everyday. She has 3 vacation days to use at some point.

The only thing she's done for the first aspiration milestone so far is buy a remedy or deterrent from a vending machine. I think it was a bug spray. Whatever is the first cheapest thing offered for 20 simoleans. I don't remember. I'm hoping she'll have shelter before the first thunderstorm. I don't see one on the calendar so far, so I think she has awhile before that happens.

I'm open to suggestions for changes/modifications or additional ideas for this challenge if anyone would like to share them! You can post them here in the thread or send me a PM. Thanks and if you try this challenge yourself, Good luck!. Have fun! :)

Happy New Year and Happy Simming! <3
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Comments

  • KanindotaKanindota Posts: 100 Member
    This sounds hard and easy at the same time :lol: and I'm here for it. I would like to do this, but I'm learning I can only do one save at a time at least until my laptop can take more damage space. I don't have all the packs yet so until I get a complete set and I'm not finished with my current challenge, then I'll go through what I have.

    This is such a fun and novel challenge! I'm bookmarking it to visit it when I'm back on these forums. Happy New Year to you too!
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    Thank you! I completely understand about only doing one save at a time. I had an old laptop I used to play for the first four years of TS4 which was severely underpowered. Have fun with the challenge you're currently playing and let me know when and if you try this one. I didn't post this thinking anyone else would try it, but happy to read it's inspired you and maybe others to perhaps give it a try as well in the future. <3
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 2
    January - Day 2: I will survive...

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    *Notes: (long again, sorry o.O)
    Tessa was invited to the Romance Festival by Kyoshi Ito to buy a T-shirt. I told myself the only way she could go to any festivals was if invited by another Sim. So off she went! Of course there was a celebrity there, my own Sim - Adam Lambert! She asked for his autograph and he graciously agreed! Yay! Back home it appraised for 3200 simoleans! o.O Of course she sold it. While there Tessa harvested some plants too; Lily, BOP and more Chrysanthemums. She planted 2 lillies, 3 BOP and sold the rest. She bought a t-shirt and had a chat with Kyoshi, finding out he has Adventurous and Romantics traits. The Adventurous could come in handy later when she needs a partner to climb the mountain.

    Between the funds from Adam's photo and a few high priced Simis she took a chance to buy, Tessa had a little over 5K in simoleans to build a little house for herself and finally get a bed. She also splurged on a laptop so she could buy climbing equipment and for other general uses such as getting focused by browsing Simpedia before going to the mountain. I thought she could use a yoga mat for that too, but her house is too small, so settled for a chess board instead.

    Being a teen it was inevitable she'd get some silly moods/phases. She got the Breakout Mood and the 'I vont to be alone' Phase on top of it. A little jog to clear her mind did the trick though and she was back to her cheerful self. Fishing has been going alright, but it's a slow way to build funds. To help with that, Tessa read Volume 1 of the Vampire Encyclopedias and learned how to convert fish into plasma packs. Those go for 50 simoleans a pop. Now all those goldfish and minnows will actually be worth something.

    Two days before the end of Fall, Tessa finally made it to the mountain and is on the second milestone of her aspiration now. I gave this day's photo the above title because she didn't do so well. She fell off the small rock wall and got embarrassed. When I sent her to go snowboarding, she stopped at the foot of the bunny hill to cry, but then went up to the top anyway. As you probably guessed, she fell off the snowboard too and hurt her back. She got up though and looked up with that look of sheer determination on her face as she moved away. She didn't cry this time.

    Back home Tessa went for a hike through the Bamboo Forest and encountered Kodama who gave her a 12 hr. tranquility blessing and as a bonus, while she knelt at the trailhead to do her homework, she saw some more forest spirits and was blessed with 50 simoleans from them as well. The next day she spent some time working in her garden, making a group meal since she'd run out of salad and then got a notice the Spice Festival was in town. Kyoshi again invited her, but I couldn't click on it fast enough for them to go together. I still sent her though where she harvested plants and tried the Spicy Curry Challenge. She lost. Oh well. The Festival of Lights was happening at the same time too, but it was getting late. However, I did get a very pretty screenshot of the paper lanterns floating down the canal by her lot.

    I have so many great screenshots I'd love to share, but this is supposed to be one photo per day. I'm thinking I might put some extras in a spoiler at the end of these posts, or maybe I'll just post them in another thread? Hmmm...

    Anyway, thanks to whomever reads this and Happy Simming! <3

    EDIT: Decided to include a few extra screenshots. Hope you like them! :)

    Extras:
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  • EllupelluelluEllupelluellu Posts: 1,897 Member
    Great pictures! :smiley:
    Those who have seen your face, draw back in fear.
    I am the mask you wear, it's me they hear.
    My spirit and your voice, In one combined.
    The Phantom of the Opera is there... Inside your mind..
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    @Ellupelluellu Thank you! I appreciate it so much you took the time to let me know you like them. BTW, though I haven't said anything about them, I've been enjoying seeing your screenshots as well. Such a beautiful family and seem so close. Your Veera (I think that's her name?) is such a good/loving Mom, and gorgeous! I love how she takes the time to play with her children and take them on vacations, etc. I hope everything goes well for them now that they have Dad, a dog and cat in their lives. You've got almost a full house now! o.O I'd go crazy trying to take care of that many Sims/Pets. I have a feeling you'll do great though. I look forward to seeing more of their adventures together. Oh, and I love their house, you're a very talented builder on top of everything else! :)
  • EllupelluelluEllupelluellu Posts: 1,897 Member
    Thank you :) Yes , Veera, and it is much more easier now when only one toddler in the family :) I added pets because I never played with them before, first time for everything :)

    I did bookmarked this when I saw you posted it, sounded so interesting challenge in that other thread :)
    Those who have seen your face, draw back in fear.
    I am the mask you wear, it's me they hear.
    My spirit and your voice, In one combined.
    The Phantom of the Opera is there... Inside your mind..
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 3
    Cool, I've played with a very few pets in my households, but it was fun when I did I hope they're fun for you too! :)

    You did? Aww, thank you, made me smile. :) So far it's been fun and interesting, hopefully that continues to be true the farther along I get with it. :)
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    edited January 3
    @Karababy52 - Ooh! I just saw this. I Will re-read and try to give it a go. Is it on normal lifespan?
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 3
    @SoulGal7 I'm playing it with aging off for everyone and will age up my Sim every 3 months as stated above in the 'rules'. You could try it with aging on though, but you'd need more than one Sim to play an entire real year doing it that way. I think even on Long, they'd most likely age up and pass away before you got to the last day of 2021. Could try making it a legacy type gameplay with heirs taking over where the previous one left off and see how many heirs you need to get to the end of the year. Possibilities are endless! :) Let me know if you do decide to try it!

    EDIT: Or, you could even just start out playing with a YA you've created and turn aging off without aging them up for the entire year. *shrugs* I just thought it would be interesting to age up one Sim every 3 months starting with teen and ending as a retired elder in Sulani. Like I said above, I just thought it up on the fly on New Years Eve, so I'm open to suggestions for improvement. :) I didn't think anyone else would actually try it, but I think it's cool a couple have said they might.
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 3
    January - Day 3: I can fly so high...

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    *Notes
    Spent most of the night remodeling her house, again, since she had around 6K in simoleans this time. The garden and plasma packs from fish are really helping her income!

    I'm a little concerned about her school performance. It went down in the red to poor and then she dropped to a B. o.O I had her do a school project thinking it would help, but the bar didn't budge. I cheated to give her an A again and it raised up to average at least.

    Tessa reached Level 3 by climbing the small wall and can now climb the medium wall. I didn't have her try right away though because she fell again and was sad and also embarrassed from the poor school performance. She cried again and then went jogging to clear her mind. After that it was getting late, so she did her homework at a picnic table under the moonlight instead. A townie walked by behind her with a judgmental look on his face and I wondered, "Who do you think you are Dude? How dare you!?" It was the Dad of that boy she's friends with. Uh oh...

    Homework done, I spied a Simi machine and had her buy one. I can't resist those things! :D It paid off, she got a golden Buddy for 250 simoleans! Yay! \o/ She bought another one and it got stuck. Shake, shake, shake...only worth 25. Pfft! Let's try one more time! (it's always just one more time, right?) Jackpot, a golden Yamachan for 250. That cheered her up! To celebrate, since she was hungry anyway, she bought a Black 5 burger from a machine for a late dinner, and ate it (without a plate Eww!) back at the same picnic table.

    I felt bad for Tessa that she keeps falling and crying so decided to buy Skill Books 1 & 2 for both Snowboarding and Rock Climbing. I also added the Peace & Quiet, Geo Thermal and Natural Springs lot traits. While she was reading, she had the option to do a Surge Emotion, so she chose Centered (focused) for 12 hrs. Wow, her skill bar was flying up so fast after all that! Tessa reached Level 4 in both before stopping for the night.

    The next day there was a thunderstorm, and she was out of food. I didn't think to have her take a thoughtful shower to get inspired, she took a regular one, so now what? I sent her to the mountain in hopes the weather would be better there. It was Sunny! Woo Hoo! She needed to do a high intensity Snowboard or Skiing on the Intermediate hill and since it was right there, I had her try that first. You've probably guessed by the Pic of the Day how she did. The look on her face made me so happy. She stuck the landing too! <3

    Lastly, hey since she was on a roll, why not try the Medium rock climbing hill, right? o.O It was scary watching her, I thought for sure she was going to fall again, she slipped several times, but made it to the top! Double Yay! :D Since she still hadn't did some cloudgazing to get inspired so she could cook and fill her fridge, what better place to do it than the top of that hill. :) I sent her home after that and ended my play session for the night.

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  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    @Karababy52 - Got it- aging off and one more question. One photo one day - it is just one sim day that you are playing at a time and post one photo from that day?

    I have added another restriction for my sim, that until they get to a certain pack, they cannot go to another world. So, if my sim is invited to a club. etc. in Windenburg, they will not go, as that 'world' isn't 'LIVE' yet. The only exception I am going to do is that if they are invited to a 'Base Game" club, activity, they will go, as you need the Base Game to add any packs.

    Created my sim and will start to play her first day today.
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    edited January 21
    Meet Sakura Li
    A teen in Mt. Komorebi
    Aspiration: Mt. Komorebi Sightseer
    Traits: Adventurous, Loves Outdoors - Bonus Trait: Home Turf
    She has zero simoleons, starts at 2-4-1 Wakabaromi in Wakaba Neighborhood
    Spring, Sunday

    January (Sunday) DAY 1 : Swimming in the Wakaba River Near the Falls

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    Sakura checked the info board and swam in the Wakaba River (1 item done on Mt. Komorebi Sightseer & 1item done on Extreme Sports Enthusiast Aspiration). Was late getting to the Welcome Wagon and now has some negativity with Megumi & Noaki Ito. She was able to get some green with Kiyoshi Ito, though. She got a fruit cake, and she hates it. There are not very many collectibles and all she found was parsley. She did her homework. Went to Yukimatsu, did one snowboard run on the Bunny Hill. Did one cautious climb on the small rock climbing wall nearby. She is starving, I don't want her to eat the fruitcake or she gets the uncomfortable moodlet. She heads back to Wakaba to the Hazakura Lounge. Grabs chips, then plays some piano. Earns $10 simoleons in tips. She introduced herself to 10 sims. She is exhausted and sleeps on a couch there.
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  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    edited January 21
    January (Monday) DAY 2: Sakura is Sick but still does her school project

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    Not a good start to her day. Her needs were mostly in the red and she was late for school. When she got home, she had a school project. She had 500 aspiration rewards, so used them to purchase a moodlet fixer. Ugh! I hate to do that, but it was the only way she was going to get anything done today. She finished her robot project & gained some programming skill. She plants the parsley that she collected yesterday. She is scratching a lot and I see that she is sick. She sees Yamachan in the town center and gets a selfie with him. Then heads to Yukimatsu and there is a thundersnowstorm! She sees Kiyoshi Ito and they do their homework together. She does another climb up the small rock wall and gets level 2 in rock climbing. She and Kiyoshi then take a sled ride down the Bunny Slope. Kiyoshi becomes her first friend. She heads back to the Hazakura Lounge, grabs chips, uses the facilities, plays piano, and reaches level 2, has $16 simoleons to her name. This is slow going.
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  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    edited January 4
    January (Tuesday) DAY 3: Travel to Senbamachi and a Walk in the Bamboo Forest

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    When she gets home from school, Sakura collapses on the lot from exhaustion. She heads over to a bench and naps a bit. She eats some left-over chips in her personal inventory. She travels to Senbamachi and goes for a hike in the Bamboo Forest. She doesn't have enough simoleons to purchase any deterrents, so I hope for the best. She encounters some forest spirits! Yes! And they give her a confidence boost. She finds some collectibles! She is still in the red, so she travels to the Onsen. She uses the facilities, I force her to eat fruitcake in her personal inventory and she does her homework. There is a Bits 'n Bobbles vending machine there and she purchases a deterrent. The cheapest one is $20 simoleons, but I read them & go for the one to help with electric shock (called neuro calming skin salve - I think this was $40 simoleons). She completed Part 1 of the Extreme Sports Enthusiast Aspiration. She showers and falls asleep in the onsen. And yes, after sufficient rest, Sakura cured the illness. She has $121 simoleons.
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  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 3
    @SoulGal7

    I replied to your post about not going to other worlds until it's been played earlier this morning and updated the rules, but for some reason my post got lost? I don't know where it went. o.O Anyway, I love that idea, it makes sense! It's too late for Tessa since she's already gone to the Romance & Spice Festivals, but I'll stick to that from here on out. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Love your Sim for the challenge, she's so cute! Sounds like it's slow going for her so far, but she'll get there! Bummer she got sick. :( Don't worry about using a moodlet solver. I try not to use them either, but sometimes you really need one. I figure if they have the reward points, they're allowed. The only one I'd hesitate buying is the Money tree, but that's up to you. So are you switching back and forth with the two aspirations? I've just been having Tessa stick to the Extreme Sports Enthusiast until that's finished and then she'll do the other one. She has all month to finish both anyway. I'm wondering what I should do if she completes both before the month is finished. Maybe I'll allow her to start another base game aspiration or something. I guess I should slow down a bit playing eh? :D Thoughts?

    I haven't seen any thundersnow yet, you're so lucky! :D Plenty of blizzards on the mountain, but no thundersnow yet. Is she just playing for tips on the piano for her income so far? Haven't tried any sledding yet either, thanks for the reminder that's an option. :)

    What are your plans for the mountain climb event? Did you know everyone going (you need at least one other Sim) need to be Level 6 in rock climbing to climb the last part to the top with the tallest walls? I'm thinking I'll have to move someone in with her so I can help them get to that skill level before she does that for her aspiration.

    EDIT: Forgot to answer your question about the one photo per day. I intended for it to be one photo per real life day, not Sim day. I've been playing more Sims days at a time per day, and then choose one of the screenshots I've taken that night to post the next day. Does that make sense?
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  • EllupelluelluEllupelluellu Posts: 1,897 Member
    edited January 3
    @Karababy52 , lovely shot, Tessa at snowboarding (day3) :)
    @SoulGal7 , Sakura did managed to cure her illness , or did I missed something? (day 3) :)
    Those who have seen your face, draw back in fear.
    I am the mask you wear, it's me they hear.
    My spirit and your voice, In one combined.
    The Phantom of the Opera is there... Inside your mind..
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    edited January 21
    @Karababy52 , lovely shot, Tessa at snowboarding (day3) :)
    @SoulGal7 , Sakura did managed to cure her illness , or did I missed something? (day 3) :)

    @Ellupelluellu - Yes, Sakura cured that illness. She fell asleep in the onsen and I guess she needed the rest. lol

    @Karababy52 - Right now, I am switching back and forth between Mt. Komorebi Sightseer and Extreme Sports Enthusiast. I have also had her switch to Friend of the World, when meeting new sims, and joke star for the tell jokes to 5 sims. The piano was in the lounge build, and since I started in spring, the only harvestable I could find in Wakaba was that parsley. She played (badly) for tips on the piano, and I changed to the Musical Genius Aspiration to work on that. When she collected the parsley, I was on The Curator, and when she planted and watered it, I was on freelance botanist. She grabs chips at the lounge for food...lol...other than that horrid fruitcake that is in her personal inventory from the welcome wagon. She has 8 parsley plants planted. I bought her one piece of wall to display some photos that she took. This is the other way she is making simoleons, but most of those photos are poor quality, worth $1 or $2 simoleons.

    Maybe one of the rules should be that no-one can move in until they have a house built. She is a long ways from that right now. Are they permitted to get a job? Maybe a part-time job as a teen? What do you think?

    As for the mountain expedition, she has become rather close with Kiyoshi Ito, but he doesn't have any rock climbing skill it seems. But apparently, I read in an article on the premades that he has some sentiments towards Naori Nishidake. I was actually thinking of a 4-team trip, but unless Kyoshi gets some rock climbing skill, that won't work. So, Jenna and Kado Akiyama both have rock climbing skills (4) and (5) respectively. I have gone on "travel with" with them, but when you get to the wall, there are no interactions for "all" to climb. So....suggestions here would be great :)

    If I've done this wrong, let me know, I can always start again as it's still early in the challenge.
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  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    @Ellupelluellu Thank you! :) I love how it looks like she's got her fist pumped in the air in victory.
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 4
    @SoulGal7

    Ah, okay, that's another good idea. I thought about doing it, but I guess I was trying to make it harder on Tessa by sticking to the one aspiration and then switching to the other afterward. My personal choice, you can do it however works for you. It's a pretty open challenge in a lot of ways. Although, I'm a little bummed I didn't switch around now since Tessa is Level 9 in fishing already. But then, there's only one fishing spot, so she wouldn't have been able to progress past the first milestone anyway.

    Another good idea that I've done in the past with Rags to Riches Sims. Or I set some kind of simoleans goal for them, like I did with Tessa. She had to have earned 5K before she could build a proper house. However, she did live on the lawn beforehand with a fridge, portable shower, poo hoo bush, a counter and a folding chair. She also had 4 wall pieces under a roof so the fridge wouldn't break if it rained and for general shelter from it. It wasn't enclosed though, just two back pieces and one on each side of those with the roof suspended above that.
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    Very unrealistic and looks odd, but she needed shelter from the rain, it was raining A LOT! o.O I guess I could've just had her hang out at the Onsen when it rained. That would be an option or the lounge, the bar etc. if you didn't want your Sims to build until they had the simoleans to do so.

    I'm not opposed to part-time jobs for teens. Rags to Riches without a job is just my preferred way to start all my challenges/saves. Sakura could've even started out with the 20K if you'd preferred playing that way. It just makes it a lot easier. I usually try to be as tough on my Sims as I can when playing Rags to Riches style, but I have been a bit easier on Tessa, for instance letting her convert fish to plasma packs. That's actually a bit cheaty I think, probably should've waited until Forgotten Hollow was played eh? I didn't plan this out too well. :D

    Yeah, Kyoshi just has the adventurous trait, but I don't think he has any climbing skills. I did the same thing with him, Tessa brought him to the Onsen with intentions of climbing together. But when I put them in a group, there was no option to 'climb together.' Bummer... I wonder if they added that as a club activity. That might be an option to get other Sims skilled up for the mountain climb. Need to look into that. Other than that, the only other ways I can see is what I mentioned, moving a Sim in and skilling them up that way. I'd say you could play other potential team members in their own home (if they have one) to skill them up, but I don't think I'd personally want to do that.

    I don't think you've done anything wrong, like I said, it's a WIP and I'm open to suggestions as well. For instance, you're sending Sakura to school? I might end up doing that too, but it takes up SO much of their time during the day when they could be doing other things to progress. That's why I prefer to not send Tessa and just cheat up her grade if it gets too low.
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  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    @Karababy52 - Yep, she is going to school. I did have her take a vacation day already, though! lol I don't have either the Vampires or Spellcaster packs. But that's not a problem with the plasma packs. Whatever way you can earn simoleons, right? I will see how she does in a week and then perhaps get her a part-time job if need be. Just checked and clubs have under Outdoor Activities - Go hiking, Go Rock Climbing, so that might work.
  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    January - Day 4: You're my best friend!

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    *Notes
    A couple big changes in Tessa's life happened last night. First, cheating to get her performance up, just wasn't working very well at all, so she's going to school now. She wasn't too happy about wearing that uniform, but I think she looks cute in it! It didn't go so well though, as I suspected. Yes, her performance went way up, the school project she'd done days before finally counted for one thing. But, she was angry from a bad day, needed fun, her garden needed watering, weeding and had bugs since she didn't have time to do any of that or harvest before she left for school. By the time she took care of all that, she was hungry and tired. I didn't send her the next day since it was Friday anyway.

    Tessa spent her day mostly just reading her Rock Climbing skill book, she reached Level 6 so I had her go try out her new skills on the medium wall at the top of the mountain. She did okay at first, but then fell, again and hurt herself. That was a good thing though, seriously! It's one of the milestone goals to endure an injury, it was filled instantly. I'd forgotten about that goal until that happened. \o/ That was enough for rock climbing. Tessa headed back down the mountain and I noticed a lot of other Sims hanging around, more than usual, including kids! One of the Festival's was happening and I didn't even notice. Opps! Tessa bought a Simi and it was another Golden one worth 300! After that, she bought a Tri-colored Dango to eat and then went home.

    Now, I had a decision to make. How was I going to get any team member(s) she needed at the proper Rock Climbing level without cheating? In my eyes, moving someone in seemed the best option. But who? She really only had two options, both good friends; Kyoshi Ito - Teen, or her fishing mentor, Josh Hunter - Young Adult...

    I chose Josh for a number of reasons. Some of you may know he's my absolute favorite Sim I've ever created. I put him in my custom template save three years ago and haven't played with him at all since then. He's somewhat of a 'Super Sim' with a butt load of Level 10 skills and many completed aspirations Not all of them, but quite a few. Almost all base game and aspirations from packs released before I stopped playing with him in the Apocalypse challenge when he died.

    I miss him, I miss playing with him and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. It also helped that Kyoshi almost never came over to visit, but Josh was there every, single, day. Kyoshi would call asking her to Festivals and to hang out though, Josh never called to ask her to Festivals, or hang out, obviously, he didn't have a house. The biggest thing against having Kyoshi move in for me was then I'd have TWO teens with the need to cheat or send to school with no time to do much of anything else. Whereas, Josh is a Young Adult, no school! Plus, he doesn't sleep because of reward traits. I could get him up to Level 6 in record time. My plan is to either have him move out back to live with his two brothers after they climb the mountain, or let him stay until Tessa ages up to a Young Adult, then move him out.

    While Tessa is at school, having Josh there will give me something else to do as well. He reads the skill book and afterward, I have him work on some of the skills he doesn't have yet. They do stuff together too, watch movies, or just talk and joke around. He's her BFF and Snow Bro now too. They're getting very close with a Deep Connection sentiment for both. I built Josh his own bedroom before I found out he doesn't sleep, but oh well. He also had a job, which I had him quit, don't want him bringing any income into the household. Plus he has the Fresh Chef trait, any food he makes is the highest quality and never spoils. So, they will eat only what they've made themselves to get around that.

    I had thoughts of perhaps hooking them up once Tessa ages up, but since he's got all those skills, I don't think it's a good idea. Seems cheaty. So they'll stay just very, very good friends. Josh will be more like her cool big brother. <3 After they've climbed the mountain, I'll let him have full autonomy too and only control him to get those skills he needs. At least that's the plan anyway. When I left them for the night, Josh was working on making a video game, since he's reached Level 6 already in Rock Climbing and Tessa was sleeping. It's only Tuesday now, but once it's the weekend, they'll make the climb. Wish them luck!

    I'd love to hear any thoughts y'all have on this. Let me know what you think. Thanks! :) So sorry for another monster post, I'll try to make the next one shorter. No promises though, I tend to, uh, like writing a lot if you haven't noticed. :D

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    Yes, I need you, thank you!
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  • Karababy52Karababy52 Posts: 4,011 Member
    edited January 4
    @SoulGal7 Ah, I figured you were sending her when I saw her in her uniform in those screenshots. That's cool, a lot easier that way, as I found out. o.O Okay, good, glad you don't think converting fish to plasma packs is too cheaty. Tessa isn't fishing much anymore anyway since her garden is bringing in a good amount now.

    That's great there's an option for hiking and rock climbing as club activities! If you've read my notes for today, you'll see I went with my original idea though, for a number of reasons. One of them I didn't mention above is also, how do you get them the climbing equipment without cheating? They have a much lower chance of making it to the top without having that from what I've read. Anyway, I'll be interested to see how it goes for Sukura if she decides to start a club and do it that way. Maybe it will be alright without equipment and I'm just being silly, who knows! :D Headed offline now, it's way past my bedtime. o.O I'll reply and comment in the challenge thread when I get up since I see you posted another chapter there! Yay! \o/

    Have a great day! <3
  • SoulGal7SoulGal7 Posts: 2,250 Member
    @Karababy52 -I may have to go with the move-in scenario. I was thinking I would test the clubs out in another save. Perhaps if two were going, the main sim could purchase 2 rock climbing equipment packages and then the rock climbing equipment could be gifted to the person you are going rock climbing with. Just a thought on that one. I still have to see if the Clubs part will work properly. lol
  • HermitgirlHermitgirl Posts: 8,678 Member
    edited January 4
    I've been following this thread and want to try it. Some questions:

    I want to know if you can aspiration hop? Like if you start with the Mt. Komorebi Sightseer aspiration can you switch around as you are able to collector, fishing, gardening, friend of the world ect... I might do it anyway and just use the challenge as a guide.

    Also I get that you age up your sim every three months and that's good but how do you do children? If your sim has a child as a young adult or even adult I'd guess you need to have your child be a teen by the time they are elders. So just age them as you feel they reach certain milestones or stick to the every three months (mom has child as young adult... child, toddler, as an adult the toddler becomes a child, as an elder the child becomes an adult?) Or maybe age them slightly faster so they can be a teen when the the main sim is still an adult?

    Do they have to finish an aspiration or if they don't do they fail?

    Any suggestions on season length? A month seems too long in comparison to how fast they are aged so I might go with the quickest or 14 day seasons.


    I already play on doing them exactly in order of release. I kind of like guides more than challenges so either way I'm going to do something close to this just to have my sim live in every world and actually bring up kids (not a big family player I need a push). Also I know real life will get in the way of me playing or posting daily so I'm going to go by when I can play and just count the months within the sim game.

    edit... Okay wait so we play them for 3 real life months before we age them up? Der sorry I got confused. I'll just have to keep track.
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  • EllupelluelluEllupelluellu Posts: 1,897 Member
    edited January 4
    @Karababy52 , Great pictures :) Needles to say I love the color of her outfit :joy:

    One question, you mentioned there is one fish spot in the SE world ? And it is showing in your pictures aswel. Where is it? I have tried to find if there are any and so far haven't found any :) I must be blind :D
    Those who have seen your face, draw back in fear.
    I am the mask you wear, it's me they hear.
    My spirit and your voice, In one combined.
    The Phantom of the Opera is there... Inside your mind..
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