I personally don't have TS3, but from watching the Countdown to Doomsday Challenge on Youtube by Sofee
and GBabyChallenger, I have fallen in love with the challenge and want to convert it. The Sims 3 rules that these will be based off of is on mod the sims by MistyDW. () I am also extremely open to feedback and editing this challenge as time goes on. I am just now starting the challenge myself and will probably end up making changes as I find problems with gameplay. I would also like to convert the Doomsday Colony challenge as well at some point depending on how well this goes.
Changes are in Italics
5/9/16- no rules changed, just added a few hints and changed wording for clarity. Also added the link to my story.
5/20/16- just changed rule changes to being in italics as opposed to bold for clarity.
8/4/16- no rule changes, just took down the link for my story, as I am discontinuing it
2/25/17- it feels like forever since I've been here
. And this challenge is on the new challenge list!!!! Anyway, I added that sims cannot be vampires, edited the aging rule to include toddlers, and being able to age them up when you want, and some rules with City Living.
COUNTDOWN TO DOOMSDAY
The story goes...
When you come home from work on a beautiful summer night in Oasis Springs, You are starving and decide to treat yourself and make chocolate chip cookies. As you put them in the oven, you decide to turn on the news while you wait for the cookies to bake. When you turn the TV on, There is a late breaking news bulletin.
"This is Bob Newbie reporting to you live with breaking news in Newcrest. Just a few moments ago, Dr. Cedric Pennington, of Willow Creek Hospital, held a press conference regarding the discovery of a life threatening virus. Over the past 24 hours, twelve cases of this virus were reported at the emergency room. If you experience nausea or fever, report to your local emergency facility immediately. Until further notice, the town of Newcrest is considered quarantined and police officials are not letting anyone in or out. Channel 6 will provide any updates as information becomes available. Thank you and good evening.”
You stand in shock as the timer beeps on the oven. You take out the cookies, but no longer feel like eating. If they quarantined an entire town, this must be serious.You take a shower and sit down on your bed. You turn on the news once again to see if there are any new updates. You find that they are doing a special on the local park. You feel relieved as you drift off to sleep.
You suddenly awake to a loud beeping. You sit up in bed, still half-asleep. Bob Newbie is on again, but this time he is visibly shaken.
“This is Bob Newbie back with another report from Newcrest. Please be advised that a state of emergency has been declared in the town of Newcrest. A wide spread virus has devastated the town’s population with 37 cases currently reported. The virus has claimed 28 lives at the time of this broadcast and seven of the remaining nine are in critical condition. Medical and science teams have joined forces to combat the infestation threatening to destroy this once serene town. The disease is reported extremely lethal. Due to the risk of potential spread, Oasis Springs has implemented a mandatory curfew requiring all citizens to stay in their homes until further notice. If you believe you may have contracted the virus or if you need other emergency assistance, contact the emergency response service immediately. Thank you.”
After the last report, you could not fall back asleep. You rolled around in bed for hours until you decided to get up. You make yourself a cup of coffee and grab a cookie from last night. You sit down on the couch and turn on the TV to find another news report.
“Good morning, further events concerning the virus that ravaged Newcrest have unfolded. Marshal law has now been declared on the streets of Newcrest. The death toll continues to rise and citizens are resorting to desperate acts of crime to survive. Scientists at Future Labs inc. have reported that the virus is strongly believed to lie dormant in host sims who contain a genetic resistance to it. Anyone who comes in direct contact with the host becomes a carrier who must either develop antibodies to force the virus back into dormancy or their bloodstream is poisoned leading to organ shutdown and eventually death. The survival rate in humans is one out of every twelve infected. Scientists are calling it the “T-12 Virus” but those left in Newcrest have given it a very different name, “The Doomsday Virus”.
~Start out with as many sims as you would like. They all have to be young adult and human(if you have Get to Work/Vampires
). You can have kids later on if you would like. Just keep in mind that traits cannot be repeated in the household. If you get down to it, traits can be repeated as long as they've been used once before or the unused traits conflict each other.
~Move them into any lot in Oasis Springs. It can be a pre-existing house or an empty lot. For those who choose an empty lot, here's a heads up: you won't be staying there, so don't invest a lot of time in building. I recommend downloading a house from the gallery or moving into a a pre-existing house. You can use the freerealestate cheat if you would like.
~You can start off with as much money as you would like (no, you're not reading this wrong
), just make sure you have at least a couple thousand on hand.
~Sims are confined to their home (they can go outside as long as their lot is fenced in and they stay on their lot). This means no jobs and no school (just cancel the action for kids and don't get the adults jobs). I recommend having the entire lot fenced in, and have a locked gate.
~Age Span must be set to normal. However, feel free to age up babies/toddlers whenever you want. You must wait until you get the notification that it is the sim's birthday to age up kids, teens, young adults, adults and elders. You may age them up via cake, if you have one . If not, they will have to age up naturally.
(cue dramatic music)
~At some points in the challenge, you will have to roll a dice to see if you have contracted the virus. You can use a real 20-sided dice, an app, a website (I'll be using random.org) or picking out of a hat even. Just make sure there are 20 things that could be selected.
~The threshold will go up every couple days. Whatever that number is, you must get over that number to survive. If you roll a number under the threshold, you must roll again to see if the sim survives. The threshold for the second roll is 12. If you roll under 12, your sim dies. However, if they survive the second roll, they are immune to the disease (they don't have to roll) until a new strand comes out.
~If your sim dies from the virus, feel free to dispose of them however you wish. Options include putting them in a room and starve them, age them up to elder via cake and make them workout twice back to back (until that option becomes unavailable), feeding them to a cowplant (you can't use the milk) or drowning them. You can go the fire/electrocution route, but that's harder to set up when you need it.
~You need to roll a virus check if your sim becomes ill (if they survive, drink tea to cure them, don't order medicine since it's not available due to the virus). You also need to roll if your sim comes in contact with anybody outside of the household or if the day's events require it. Also, if your sim(s) are out and about during leisure hours and they eat/drink anything that they did not make themselves, you must roll as well. You don't know who made or if they are infected.
~Having the athletic skill will help you! For every level you reach, you get 1 point off the second threshold. For children, it stays at 12.
EXAMPLE: My sim is feeling ill, and the threshold is 5. I roll and I get a 3:(. My sim has a level 6 athletic skill, so I take 6 off of 12 to get 6 as my threshold. I roll again and get 8. My sim survives and is now immune until a new strand comes out.
~You DO NOT roll on the first two days
**Random last-minute notes**
~You can keep or sell any collectibles/plants you find. Just remember, you can't leave your lot to go collecting when it's not leisure hours.
~If you want an extra challenge, don't read ahead through the countdown. If you do, just make the choice that you would make in that situation regardless of the outcome.
~If a rule changes during your challenge, you have the option to keep the old rule or go with the new one. For example, if the rule about food changes (it probably will), depending on where you are in the challenge, you can keep or change the rule in your challenge.
~No ordering pizza, maid service, repair service, gardening service or anything of that nature. You don't want strangers coming into your house that could be infected!
~All babies born must be home birthed via the bassinet. The hospital is too busy with virus patients to delivery your baby.
~If by some crazy chance your sim is bitten by a vampire, do what you've got to do to get them back to the way they were, but roll with a threshold of 15, and no athletic skill bonus.
~Sims cannot order food in San Myshuno, however, they may do anything else in the city
(cue more dramatic music)
This will take 40 days (all of your original sims' young adult and adult life if they make it that far). There will be an event almost every other day. Sims are free to do whatever they like, but they must stay on their home lot and roll if something from ^^ happens.
THRESHOLD: 0 (don't roll at all on the first two days)
This day picks up from the prologue. You only know as much information as you got from the news broadcasts. Another broadcast comes on the TV just as you're calming down from being informed you must stay in your home.
*Note: This part is still "under construction" as I was having a hard time coming up with an alternative for having two hours and a half to go to the grocery store and bookstore. If you have a better idea, let me know in the comments and I can change it.
"This is Bob Newbie from channel 6 with another update. For emergency purposes only, citizens of Oasis Springs are allowed to order seeds, books, or anything they deem necessary to survive (build/buy mode will still be available, but don't go remodeling your house every week; only use it when you need to). After today, all stores will be closing. Thank you".
Once your first plant is able to be harvested, you cannot cook any meal that does not require plants, and you must use the plants to make the food. If you catch any fish during your leisure hours, you may make food that uses the fish you caught. This means no quick meals as well.
Later that evening another emergency broadcast was on, notifying everyone that cases of the T-12 virus had been discovered in Willow Creek, a neighboring community. While the virus has not been reported in your town, precautions will continue to be in place and residents should prepare for the worst.
~The first cases of the T-12 Virus have been reported in Oasis Springs. From this point on, you must roll if one of the four things requiring a roll occurs.
Citizens of Oasis Springs have requested time to leave their homes for leisure. Officials agree, but each neighborhood is being released for three hours. Your neighborhood is being released between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. During this time, you may go anywhere you choose. Just remember, if you touch anybody besides household members or eat/drink something you did not make, roll your virus check. Also, if you are back late, you may not participate in the next leisure release.
While the virus is widespread in the other towns, your town has kept it quite contained. As much as you have cabin fever, you realize that the restrictions are helping keep the virus contained. Because of how contained the virus is, you may order things today and cook freely with out having to have the plants/fish to make it. Now is a good time to do some pre-cooking or order some new books.
Due to public protest and the fact that the virus is fairly contained, citizens are allowed to leave their homes for three hours, when their neighborhood is released. Your neighborhood is free to leave between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Like before, if you touch anybody or eat/drink something you didn't make, do your rolls, as well as the rule about being late.
Despite their best efforts, town officials could only keep the virus contained for so long. The virus is now widespread in Oasis Springs. I guess they shouldn't have had the leisure hours (
Communication with Newcrest is completely lost (hence why it's empty).
With the amount of victims on the rise, public services are hard to provide. The new restrictions are the following...
*No power outside of 8:00 AM through 8:00 PM. Outside of these times, no lights, TV, computers, cooking besides grilling, or anything you would plug in. We are assuming you charge your phone/slablet, if you have it, during electricity hours. Hope you have candles (you can buy a few at this point if you didn't have any, but don't go overboard).
*Same goes for sewage/water. No flushing toilets, taking showers, using sinks/dishwasher, watering the garden or anything with water outside of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
A new strand of the T-12 Virus has been discovered. Sims that survived the virus are no longer immune.
You turn on the TV at 8:00 AM when the power comes on. A news report comes on. Your town is looking for volunteers to get help to citizens who need it. Volunteers may leave their house at any time today to deliver food to citizens. If you do not volunteer, you must stay in your home. If you decide to volunteer, just cook any kind of food (does not need to require plants), knock on someone's door and place the food on their counter. If there are any chores to be done (cleaning, fixing etc.) you may do them, but it's not required. If you touch anybody, roll your check. You are allowed to be outside your home do with that what you choose.
Because of public demand, you may order things today. But since supplies are scarce, you may order seeds/books, but cannot cook anything you want today. You must continue to cook with only plants/fish.
Power and water are now down to only 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Outside of that, you have no electricity/water.
*there is a bit of preparation for this day because of the difference in TS3 and TS4. Download a hospital or something like that to an empty lot in Oasis Springs. Make sure it is a residential lot however. You could build it too, but that might take too much time for a one-time use.
There is a vaccine being tested for the virus!! You take your entire household to try it out. Go to your "hospital" that you placed. Before you can receive the vaccine, you must be tested for the virus DO NOT ROLL
. The sim with the lowest athletic skill is possibly infected. They must stay in the hospital for 24 hours for observation. That's why it had to be residential (I've had issues in the past moving people into a non-residential lot). Move that sim into the hospital for a day and then put them back in the house. Also, if you touch somebody outside of the hospital lot, roll your check. Keep in mind that it was just a test vaccine, so it doesn't give you any benefits.