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The Starving Artist Challenge Rules

The Starving Artist Challenge

If you don't like how quickly your sims get rich, or if you just enjoy really challenging game-play, then this one's for you! Here's how it works...

You create a household of any number of writers and/or painters and have them earn money only by opportunities related to their chosen skill. This is potentially a very open-ended challenge: the only aim is to survive, from generation to generation if you are playing legacy-style, or until your sim dies of old age if you want a shorter challenge.

This challenge really works best with painters, but I have successfully played it through with a writer, and I'm sure it could be adapted for musicians too.


The Household & House

- Create your household, consisting of 1-8 sims, in CAS. For each sim, you must decide which of the arts she/he will pursue.

- Move your sims in and build them their house. It should have only the cheapest and most essential items. Remember that the nicer your house, the higher your bills will be.

- Your sims may get married, move friends or spouses in, have children, and/or adopt pets, but the additional sims may only earn money on the same terms as the original sims (see below: Earning Money). Try not to move a rich spouse in - it's against the spirit of the challenge.

- If you move sims out, you may not use the 'Kick Out' option: you must pay for their house.


Earning Money & Surviving

- Once you have built your house, use the familyFunds cheat to reduce your household cash to 400 simoleons.

- Your sims may earn money only from opportunities related to their chosen skill. Writers can 'practice writing', but may not write books unless prompted to by an opportunity. Paintings may be stored in your family/personal inventory, used to decorate the house, or given away as gifts, but may not be sold. Artists earn money only by delivering their paintings to sims or rabit holes as part of an opportunity.

- You may not earn money by any of the following: jobs or professions; opportunities not related to your sim's chosen skill; selling any harvestables, relics, or collectables; selling wedding/attraction gifts.

- No money or mood cheats are allowed.

- You may redeem LTR points, but you may not sell any objects purchase with them. 'Inheritance' and 'No Bills Ever' are not allowed, and you may not wish for riches from the genie lamp.

- You may not use the 'Quick Meal' option from the fridge. If you are playing with free will on, I suggest turning the frige around to face the wall when you are not using it.

- If they can afford it, you may send your sims on holiday or to university, but home rules apply so you are not allowed to accept any adventures, opportunities, or dares not related to your sim's chosen skill if simoleons are part of the reward.
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Comments

  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited February 2013
    Reserved for FAQ.
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  • rsedorothyrsedorothy Posts: 1,898 Member
    edited February 2013
    Hmm! Early 1900c Paris. Picasso, Matisse, showgirl muses, poets, philosophers? I can see a lot of fun with your idea. :D
  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited February 2013
    rsedorothy wrote:
    Hmm! Early 1900c Paris. Picasso, Matisse, showgirl muses, poets, philosophers? I can see a lot of fun with your idea. :D

    That sounds wonderful! Yes, something like that would definitely be in the spirit of the challenge :mrgreen::mrgreen:
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  • ArtistByNightArtistByNight Posts: 9,906 Member
    edited February 2013
    These titles are scaring me.. :shock:
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  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited February 2013
    These titles are scaring me.. :shock:
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    Lol, it's ok...your avi will only starve by night :wink: :P
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  • ArtistByNightArtistByNight Posts: 9,906 Member
    edited February 2013
    GreenCats wrote:
    These titles are scaring me.. :shock:
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    Lol, it's ok...your avi will only starve by night :wink: :P

    *Slams panic button*
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  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited February 2013
    GreenCats wrote:
    These titles are scaring me.. :shock:
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    Lol, it's ok...your avi will only starve by night :wink: :P

    *Slams panic button*

    Haha, I'm just being silly. *reassuring hugs*
    You can still find me on my old My page (http://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/GreenCats), and see more of my game-play pictures and CC-free uploads at gcsims.com
  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited June 2013
    I've simplified the rules of this challenge a little. I hope you like it! xx
    You can still find me on my old My page (http://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/GreenCats), and see more of my game-play pictures and CC-free uploads at gcsims.com
  • jennytrujennytru Posts: 1,045 Member
    edited June 2013
    I'm intrigued... putting this on my to do list!
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  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited June 2013
    jennytru wrote:
    I'm intrigued... putting this on my to do list!

    Fantastic!! I hope you have fun :D
    You can still find me on my old My page (http://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/GreenCats), and see more of my game-play pictures and CC-free uploads at gcsims.com
  • alac13alac13 Posts: 162 New Member
    edited September 2013
    Hm this seems interesting! I think it should include music. Meaning you are allowed to only practice the instrument until you get an opportunity. I'm gonna try this one!
  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited September 2013
    alac13 wrote:
    Hm this seems interesting! I think it should include music. Meaning you are allowed to only practice the instrument until you get an opportunity. I'm gonna try this one!

    That's right! I've tried it with artists and writers but I'm sure you could make it work for musicians too. Just don't let them play for tips :-)

    Sorry for the late reply btw :oops:

    Do let me know how you get on xx
    You can still find me on my old My page (http://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/GreenCats), and see more of my game-play pictures and CC-free uploads at gcsims.com
  • alac13alac13 Posts: 162 New Member
    edited September 2013
    GreenCats wrote:
    alac13 wrote:
    Hm this seems interesting! I think it should include music. Meaning you are allowed to only practice the instrument until you get an opportunity. I'm gonna try this one!

    That's right! I've tried it with artists and writers but I'm sure you could make it work for musicians too. Just don't let them play for tips :-)

    Sorry for the late reply btw :oops:

    Do let me know how you get on xx

    I will! I only just started playing the Sims again after a little hiatus, but I want to jump in again. :)
  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited October 2013
    ^^Welcome back!! Have fun :D
    You can still find me on my old My page (http://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/GreenCats), and see more of my game-play pictures and CC-free uploads at gcsims.com
  • CosmalineCosmaline Posts: 21,992
    edited October 2013
    This looks interesting, might have to make a new save to test this out ;)
  • KirstyLKirstyL Posts: 974 Member
    edited October 2013
    I like this one. Looks fun.
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  • DweiathecatDweiathecat Posts: 1,005 Member
    edited October 2013
    I'm guessing while selling harvestables and collectibles are a no keeping them and eating them is fine... :)
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  • GreenCatsGreenCats Posts: 9,318 Member
    edited October 2013
    Cosmaline wrote:
    This looks interesting, might have to make a new save to test this out ;)
    KirstyL wrote:
    I like this one. Looks fun.

    Fantastic! Have fun :D

    I'm guessing while selling harvestables and collectibles are a no keeping them and eating them is fine... :)

    Thanks for asking :-) It's no against the rules so it just depends how tough you want to be on your artists 8)
    You can still find me on my old My page (http://mypage.thesims3.com/mypage/GreenCats), and see more of my game-play pictures and CC-free uploads at gcsims.com
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