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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2013, 10:31:00 AM »
Just offhand, other than a Private Investigator, what other professions are rich in opportunities? I've gotten about 8 from PI, and I know there's a few more, but I keep getting the one to Study, or repeats of old ones.

The PI profession has loads of ops.  At least it used to have, although some of them are long-winded and/or involve stakeouts, which seem to be buggy recently.  Ghost hunter has three that I know of.  I don't think the other Ambitions professions have any.



Some thoughts on Hidden Springs, having played my first four generations there:

  • There are no combined rabbitholes, which is good.
  • The town has a reputation for being laggy, although I didn't find that at all.  The file did get pretty large, though - with all the glitches that usually implies.
  • The Lodge was very useful at the start.
  • There's a lot of unroutable terrain.  Frustratingly, this includes a number of spawner locations.  There was a special seed spawner just up the road from the lot I used but almost all of the seeds were inaccessible.
  • I chose it as my photography town, having found out the hard way in the Life States that only the default diner registers for the photo.  Unfortunately, I failed to notice that there's no beach so you still can’t complete the  ‘Around Town’ collection :(.  I'd recommend Sunset Valley or Riverview for photography (possibly also Lucky Palms but I don't own that one so I'm not sure).

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2014, 12:07:06 PM »
Here are a few things to watch out for and some loopholes:

  • Job comes before marriage. My first heir in my test run was into Film but married an ex-vampire and the next thing I know, five days off and she's three days to true adult!  :o If I hadn't sent her to University she would have never gotten her requirements done, but she still turned into an elder because she didn't top her career until she was old! Marriage gives you two days of honeymoon leave so be careful not to get married until you are sure you can top your heir's career!
  • As I said above, University and travel is great if you need the time to do skill challenges. Unless you have a Level 3 Visa and your own vacation house, you should stick with University since you get two weeks and a weekend free of classes. The classes can be a pain but unless you are going for a degree(my first heir didn't need a degree but got one in Business anyways), you can just have minimal classes and spending the rest of the time doing skill challenges or going for a Social Group trait slot. My first heir surprised me by getting Poseidon(she was doing the mixology challenges) on her second day of college. When she got back to Bridgeport, she was able to focus on her career and top it eventually, and she was soon able to have a baby with William Fangmann, her husband. ;)
  • Don't be afraid to double up on careers if you have the time. University(see a pattern here) will help get your heirs a heads up by skipping ranks. I plan on my second heir attending a full term of Fine Arts with extra credit so he can start at Rank 4 instead of bottom-rank and then he can speed through his remaining promotions. But since he's contributing to the collcetion, he'll spend his college years doing the Alchemy skill challenges and then he'll top Alchemist and then Culinary. While this locks out Culinary for other heirs, I have my remaining heirs planned out so it's not a big deal to lose one career since I have all these professions and self-employed careers.  ;D He'll get the two culinary career rewards and the four elixirs for the collections.
I play The Sims 4 for fun, so I don't care if I never end up being interviewed for the Dynasty Hall of Fame; people who play for keeps burn out too easily and don't enjoy playing the games, so I am going to not sweat the details.

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2014, 12:22:37 PM »
EtnaFan, did the skill challenges your sim completed at University stick? I've heard about skill challenges completed at University not transferring over when your sim returned home, but that was all the way back on patch 1.50 and I'm wondering if things changed.

Good tips, though. Marrying before you finish a rabbithole career is already something to struggle with in an immortal dynasty. Cut the time in half and the forced days off are a recipe for disaster.
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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2014, 02:46:48 PM »
My solution for rabbithole jobs and marriage is to marry very young and then start the job. No time off that way. I completed this without any travel EPs by being a slave driver.

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2014, 02:46:20 AM »
EtnaFan, did the skill challenges your sim completed at University stick? I've heard about skill challenges completed at University not transferring over when your sim returned home, but that was all the way back on patch 1.50 and I'm wondering if things changed.

Yes, my first heir completed the Poseidon mixology challenge in Uni and it still lists as being completed even after returning home to Bridgeport. You're probably running on an early patch, I have the most recent(1.67). Those early patches were EVIL - I couldn't play Barnacle Bay with Patch 1.43 because it had tons of bugs. :(

So far my first heir is almost completed with her requirements. She still needs 15 recipes for Professor of Drinks(she's got all of the recipes from Brightmore, the Grind and Eugi's and most of the recipes from everywhere else) and four more promotions(she is in Film and just got into the Acting branch, which meant three day weekend - and she called over her boss but wasn't able to ask for a promotion - the option didn't show even after she got max job performance!).
I play The Sims 4 for fun, so I don't care if I never end up being interviewed for the Dynasty Hall of Fame; people who play for keeps burn out too easily and don't enjoy playing the games, so I am going to not sweat the details.

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2014, 04:38:03 AM »
For those who are planing to use photography in Lucky Palms, the diner in Lucky Palms doesn't register, tested it quite a few times.
It won't pose a problem for me since I wasn't planing on using the challenge requiring completed categories, I'll just get an extra from somewhere else.

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #31 on: April 10, 2014, 01:32:27 AM »
I haven't tried this yet but if you are using a gardener and want to complete the skill challenges, then grow all the herbs because nearly all of them are available at level 1, and you can complete the Master Planter challenge.



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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2014, 06:51:36 AM »
For those who are planing to use photography in Lucky Palms, the diner in Lucky Palms doesn't register, tested it quite a few times.
It won't pose a problem for me since I wasn't planing on using the challenge requiring completed categories, I'll just get an extra from somewhere else.

Any diner that isn't the generic rabbithole diner object used in Sunset Valley doesn't register. Barnacle Bay and Twinbrook have the same issue, as well as any town with the diner in a combined rabbithole.
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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2014, 02:31:12 AM »
I've had this issue with the spa in some towns - the camera doesn't register the spa as a subject. Also, after Patch 1.63, the Nectary subject no longer exists - trying to take a photo of the Nectary gives you the Hotspot subject instead. :(
I play The Sims 4 for fun, so I don't care if I never end up being interviewed for the Dynasty Hall of Fame; people who play for keeps burn out too easily and don't enjoy playing the games, so I am going to not sweat the details.

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« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2014, 06:41:03 AM »
The Nectary bug has been around since Late Night. The trick is to get it on your first day ever in France, before 5PM.
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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2014, 08:37:13 PM »
When moving to the new world, make note of the household name, since familyfunds uses that and not necessarily the family's last name.

My household started off as the Wind household - later, after the two CAS founders married, I gave them hyphenated names. When I moved to the next town, the familyfunds cheat worked for the Wind household, and not the hyphenated last name of Wind-Padilla.

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« Reply #36 on: April 25, 2014, 08:57:42 PM »
As far as I know, the game never changes household names, no matter what happens to the surnames of its inhabitants.
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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2014, 04:11:15 PM »
I'm shocked no one mentioned orb of answers yet. Gives LTHP and money.

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2015, 01:16:15 AM »
Yes, did that for my Domination Dynasty - the couple rolled the orb until it gave a yes answer and they threw wishes to be worth more than $300000. Unfortunately, my protest moodlet for double LTH faded just as I used the Midas Touch and I lost double Lifetime Wish happiness points because they were fulfilled before I found out that the moodlet was gone. :(

The Orb wishes are still there, so I can still cash in if I can get a dusty lamp.
I play The Sims 4 for fun, so I don't care if I never end up being interviewed for the Dynasty Hall of Fame; people who play for keeps burn out too easily and don't enjoy playing the games, so I am going to not sweat the details.

"With great ability comes great taking into account of one's actions!" - spoken by an NPC in Lego Marvel Superheroes

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Re: 4x4 Dynasty Hints & Tips
« Reply #39 on: July 23, 2015, 11:05:32 AM »
I mentioned this in my 4x4 Witness Protection, but thought I would repeat it here. A sports writer makes an ideal moving heir. They get so many large wishes that my writer had accumulated over 200k in LTH points by moving time and was making over 70k per week in royalties.

 

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