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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #125 on: January 15, 2014, 09:59:43 PM »
I decided to participate at the last minute! 9:48 PM here.

My sim, Anne Handy, finished with 32 total upgrades ($32,000) and 22 unique upgrades ($66,000) for a total of $98,000.

I wish I had to decided to participate earlier, I could've used some practice first!

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #126 on: January 16, 2014, 12:02:58 AM »
Should've practiced more, can't wait to see the top strategies!

Uniques: 30 x 3 = 90000
Total upgrades: 52 x 1000 = 52000

Total: 142,000

Edit: I didn't realize the forum clock was a few minutes ahead of my own. If I posted too late, please disregard my score  :-[



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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #127 on: January 16, 2014, 03:45:32 AM »
Should've practiced more, can't wait to see the top strategies!

Uniques: 30 x 3 = 90000
Total upgrades: 52 x 1000 = 52000

Total: 142,000

Edit: I didn't realize the forum clock was a few minutes ahead of my own. If I posted too late, please disregard my score  :-[

It is ok Niana, you are fine with the couple min past for trying to post. I have done it once or twice in the past trying to post also. My forum clock is off as well.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #128 on: January 16, 2014, 10:00:41 AM »
This challenge is now closed. Congratulations to Elena on a great score and a special tip of the hat to the challenge team's very own Blackrosea for a fantastic score as well. Great participation in this first event of the 2014 season. Thanks, everyone.

Everyone is now free to share in detail how they tackled this event.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #129 on: January 16, 2014, 10:20:23 AM »
Great job everyone that participated in this challenge. I am glad to see so many entries in the challenge :)

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #130 on: January 16, 2014, 04:31:21 PM »
Can't wait to read some of the strategy that was implemented in this challenge! I didn't practice for this one and I didn't use any strategy. I just had my sim run around upgrading as many items as he possibly could! Also, I had my Sim do as many unique upgrades (that I knew about) as soon as he was at a high enough skill level.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #131 on: January 16, 2014, 04:55:54 PM »
Now that the challenege is over, I'm curious if anyone else had items that should have been upgradable but weren't.  For me, both the doorbell and the dartboard refused to offer their upgrades, though in my practice game when I tried out a witch, they were both 'magically' upgradable.  But since witch upgrades didn't count towards the skill listing, I dropped the witchiness for the scored run.  Those items even as a non-witch still didn't give me the upgrade option, though they're supposed to be upgradable.

Also, is the Whoowhoo 4000 supposed to count as an upgrade?  I was able to get the fire alarm upgrade, but upgrading the HP on the truck didn't register.

Look forward to hearing the master strategissts!
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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #132 on: January 16, 2014, 05:09:51 PM »
I went as a normal sim. I set up on the empty lot next to the Bunch house. I gave my sim a bedroll. I did not build a thing on the lot at this stage. Can't recall my traits at the moment off the top of my head, apart from the handy trait, I probably also gave him the bookworm trait. I also can't recall my sim's LTW. (I will check both when I'm next on my simming computer.)

I sent him next door to harvest fruit from the Bunch front yard (food), and then off to undertake a class in the handiness skill and then sent him to the library to read up further on handiness. After getting handiness high enough, I went and did what upgrades I could in the library, sleeping in the sleeping bag and eating the fruit as my needs dictated.

After I repeated upgrading items around town in other public locations (going for as many unique upgrades as possible), I joined the fire fighter career. I spent (wasted) time in the career, actually fighting fires, but it meant I became friends with people and was invited inside and could do quickish upgrades inside their house.

Once I had been around town and did all of the upgrades I could do without having to purchase items to be upgraded (and also was high enough in the Fire Fighter Career to do all the fire station upgrades), I resigned from the fire fighter career and returned my sim to my home lot and purchased what items I needed to do further unique upgrades - fireplace, stove, umbrella, dart board, bowling lane, water trough etc and did those.

I referenced http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Handiness in my planning and playing through of this challenge.

In other files in Sunset Valley, there had been two alien crafts in the parking lot of the police station. Unfortunately, they weren't there in this game file, so I couldn't try to do that.


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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #133 on: January 16, 2014, 05:11:35 PM »
My front door was also refusing to be upgraded. But once I bought the "inappropriate in a good way" LTR I was able to upgrade the doorbell at a townie house. As well as other objects there.

My main gripe is that I forgot that the fire extinguisher wasn't an object but that you had to click your sim in order to upgrade it...

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #134 on: January 16, 2014, 05:27:08 PM »
Re Front Door Upgrades ... If you have any bathroom objects in the room behind it, it can't be upgraded as a front door. I discovered that in one of my many immortal dynasty attempts with an all-in-one bathroom in the front 'foyer' area.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #135 on: January 16, 2014, 05:35:25 PM »
Re Front Door Upgrades ... If you have any bathroom objects in the room behind it, it can't be upgraded as a front door. I discovered that in one of my many immortal dynasty attempts with an all-in-one bathroom in the front 'foyer' area.

Ahh.. well that's one thing expalined.  yeah, I had a little one room place, just enough to put items in and my sim slept ouside on a rocking chair under a roof overhang to avoid getting overheated.  I was switching in and out doors trying to find out if *one* of them would work, to no avail...
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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #136 on: January 16, 2014, 05:45:42 PM »
My sim wasn't able to upgrade the firetruck either. Well, he upgraded it but it didn't register.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #137 on: January 16, 2014, 08:25:19 PM »
With my EPs I only had 22 possible upgrades not counting the food replicator and teleportation pad. I got all those so I'm pleased with that part of my score, but if I had been a little less scattered and made better use of my inappropriate trait , I think I could have done better with total upgrades, but never anything near 50 much less 74. How? Please tell me, how?

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #138 on: January 16, 2014, 08:58:14 PM »
Jingle Bells, my door-to-doorbells saleswoman went around making sure that everyone had upgraded doorbells, silent running dishwashers (not too many of those) and fireproof stoves and fireplaces, as these are the fastest upgrades available in Sunset Valley.

Her traits were:
handy (obviously)
loves the outdoors (mood bonus)
loner: (mood bonus)
slob: (no need for showers)
computer nerd: (faster computer upgrade)

She joined the firefighter career, and then promptly took 5 days off. She took a class in handiness, and then tinkered to level 3, adding a couple of bonus upgrades to her score. She stayed in the career until Sunday afternoon (day 1 week 2) and then quit, having done the extinguisher and alarm upgrades, and also getting her weekly pay.

I think I might have missed some possible upgrades, or there's a trick I missed, because some people had more unique upgrades than I thought was possible with the restrictions - for example the brain enhancing machine is banned, so no upgrades possible there. And the    PlasmaPunch Gyroscopic Conductor can only have one upgrade on it, instead of the two different ones. I didn't quite reach the LTHP for even the food replicator, so I decided to skip that and the teleportation pad, and go for pure upgrade count. I skipped one or two others, because they took too long I think. Basically if I could get more single doorbells in that time than a single unique upgrade could offer, then I skipped it. The scoring adjustment meant I got more unique ones though.

One important thing to know was which items have a 15 minute upgrade time. I read about it in one of the old challenges - the ranch toilet that came with pets is one of them. The bath/shower that comes with seasons, or the shower that comes with Mastersuite. There are a couple of fireplaces that do, too. Also, the kareoke machine only takes 15 minutes for singing synth, but the sim keeps upgrading. You can cancel after 15 minutes when one of the bars is full.

For time management, my sim napped in the rocking chair for fastest energy recovery, and ate lettuces when hungry. I left some of my unique upgrades to do during the wee hours of the morning when I had been kicked out of someone's house after 3am.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #139 on: January 17, 2014, 01:41:51 AM »
Handee Andee might have had some different ideas that what I am seeing posted so far. Especially amazed at how different my sims strategy was as compared to DeKlitch's sim even though the scoring wasn't much different. Maybe just a testimony to many different ways to play. Well, not feeling to badly about my 17th ranking out of nearly 70, but just surprised at with what a different take I seemed to use on this.... maybe I would have scored even better :o   but didn't feel to badly with my outcome.
Anyways, some of the things I found that helped Handee was:
1) My initial focus was on quickly earning the LTR's of:  meditative trance sleep followed quickly by dirt defiant and steel bladder. In order to need less sleep starting on day 2 I invested her first day in my fallback LTW that I know I can always earn in about a day....  Culinary Librarian...  LOL While I know this doesn't help with this strategy necessarily it did help provide her with more time in the long run. She didn't need much sleep and was granted extra hours in every day starting from day 2. Which was quickly followed up with less showering and bathroom breaks asap. I felt that just grabbing a quick tomato when needed was not very time consuming for eating and just bought them at 25 at a time.
2) Handee also became a fireman. However, she did not attend one fire. Despite this she somehow continuously earned promotions and was never in trouble at work since I would just remove from her to do list whenever it appeared. Being a fireman enabled her to upgrade everything around the fire station (I also did not get credit for the fire truck) and when she needed a quick social she either talked to a fireman or made a cell phone call to the mascot from universities.
3) Handee never did earn a bed. She took her bedroll with her wherever she went. However, she did buy a two bedroom house near the fire station. The function of her house though was simply as an upgrading and deconstructing building. I utilized what I could in the house to upgrade. Then I would sell promptly. Since there was no income except the fireman stipend she ended up with no house by the end of the challenge. After each item was upgraded, it was recorded and sold. Eventually there were not even walls left on the house so she could have money to buy items such as the expensive tattoo machine, hot tub, gyroscope, etc. Which were promptly sold after each was upgraded but continuously lost money due to the items never being worth what they were when first bought.
4) After upgrading as many unique upgrades at home by "working" her way out of her own house... Handee spent the rest of her time on number of upgrades by frequenting places just as the Karaoke restaurant and the library in which she could do multiple upgrades of items such as toilets and sinks.

This was definitely fun and I also put a lot of research into this pre-challenge. Thank you everyone for your great work on these challenges and helping us file any questions!!!  This is one of the best places on the internet!!!  :-)

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #140 on: January 17, 2014, 03:03:37 AM »
Just looked up what my traits were, they were handy, loves the outdoors, loves the heat, lucky and book worm.

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« Reply #141 on: January 17, 2014, 03:49:00 AM »
Reading what others did I can see a few things I forgot about, but other than that I didn't do much different, one trait I did give my sim though was insane, I found the social motive was what I had the most trouble keeping up in a quick practice run and it meant they could just talk to themselves if it got too low, my test sim was a fairy so he could carry a fairy bungalow with him wherever he went but I decided against that for the main challenge as it didn't make a lot of difference, carrying harvestables around and using a rocking chair seemed more efficient so I just used a human.

I still had my notes from last years handyman challenge so used that list to work off, glad I kept them now  ;D

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #142 on: January 22, 2014, 10:23:52 AM »
Two words: Carl's Guide. And past experience with actually doing something like this (seeing how many different things I can upgrade) for fun. Which is why I knew about the doorbell :)
I think my biggest fault was being nice and letting Emma do her business periodically, instead of making her hold it in until the end of the night. also, I had no mapped out plan for who's house I was going to hit first. So she went all over the place.

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #143 on: January 22, 2014, 06:21:23 PM »
I am so sorry about the big delay. I was busy last week, went out in the weekend and became busy again with non simming issues in the last few days:)

My strategy consisted of several elements:
Palmira Cyan ate coffee beans for food and sleep. She completed her LTW – Swimming in Cash – as soon as possible for its powerful moodlet.
She maxed the firefighter career and paid attention to all wishes related to handiness. This allowed her to obtain a teleporter. It helped her getting around town quickly and visit townies.
She mainly concentrated on upgrading their houses with custom doorbells, fireproof stoves and fireplaces.

Cyan made several mistakes:
She wasted precious time upgrading her home fire alarm. She forgot to upgrade the dishwasher outside the Alvi house.
She had no idea of the fantastic fast objects mentioned in Annika’s post - thank you, Annika!
And she also went to take the trophy from Town Hall although she missed the reward ceremony (I am not sure if that is a mistake!)

You can read a full account of Cyan’s handywoman weeks here.
Enjoy, I am off to finish up my file for 'perfect' this week:) but I'll regularly check up this post just to anwser any questions:p

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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #144 on: January 22, 2014, 06:36:58 PM »
Wow Elena, your full account of the weeks is amazing.  Very impressed.


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Re: The Royal Flush: Sunset Valley's Handyman Championships
« Reply #145 on: January 22, 2014, 07:10:56 PM »
@Elena — that was an amazing and very creative write up…to put it in a interview format was really slick. :)

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« Reply #146 on: January 22, 2014, 08:18:24 PM »
@Nutella: Thank you for your kind words and support! I am so sorry about the delay and hopefully it's not too late...
@Metro: Thanks again! I am so bad when it comes to writing, but I think I've learned a lot from you, the team, the guide and past challenges:p

Off to sleep now and hopefully I'll find time this weekend just to finish perfect and probably try out that max moodlets lol

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« Reply #147 on: January 23, 2014, 01:00:29 AM »
That was a very interesting read! I had no idea that herbs and coffee beans could be so powerful - I've never used them to that extent before. I had a slight inkling that that was what might have given you the edge. I thought it would save a few hours of sleep at the most - not no sleep at all! And I didn't know about the sweetgrass cancelling the nauseous moodlet. I didn't think it was worth trying for the LTHP for a teleporter, but clearly you prooved me wrong. I can't wait to try it out myself now!

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« Reply #148 on: January 23, 2014, 03:57:24 AM »
Really interesting read Elena, I loved the interview style, also a lot of useful tips and many things I didn't think about.


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« Reply #149 on: January 23, 2014, 04:25:44 AM »
Thank you for that awesome write up Elena :)

I know the reason I never do great in these challenges is that I don't have patience for doing research. I now also know it's because I don't know all here is to know about my EP's. But I love reading these kinds of write-ups and learning new tricks.