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Offline Blackrosea

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #125 on: April 16, 2014, 01:09:21 PM »
Thank you everyone for the Congratulations. I am so excited that so many people participated in this challenge. I will have a detailed report for everyone soon :)

I will also answer some of the questions in another post that people were wondering about as well when I have a little time.

Great job everyone that participate. This is one of my favorite Professions in Sims 3.


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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #127 on: April 16, 2014, 04:41:23 PM »
If you eat the Maui Beans they don't make you nauseous and don't make you crash. I just waited till I was hungry before eating one so I didn't get the overstuffed moodlet. I only ever had the negative coffee breath moodlet. Yes, my energy bar was totally in the red almost the whole time. But because I was having a blast and fulfilling wishes all the time and making new friends by chatting up the ghosts, my overall mood was always in the green. Then once I fulfilled my lifetime wish at the end of Week 1, my mood bar was totally green (elated) for the rest of Week 2 even though my energy bar was red.

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #128 on: April 16, 2014, 06:38:39 PM »
Well this was a fun challenge for me. I love the Ghost Hunting Profession. I did about 30 test files, with 10 of them being completed all the way through. The others, I would quit when I saw it wasn't working out well. I tested a lot of different things and finally found a combo that worked for me. The jobs were mainly strategy based, the bingos with ghosts were purely luck. I captured a total of 316 ghosts. Along with the normal high amount of captures of kind, friendly, and frightened ghost, I was also getting a high number of Young Jealous ghosts. I never got any Evil Ancient, or many Ancients at all (except Kind, Friendly and a few Frightened). In my practice files in Moonlight Falls I never got that many. It might be where I was doing my practice file. I made a last minute decision to change to Sunset Valley for my final file Instead of Moonlight Falls. because I was not in the mood to deal with all the various "bugs and problems" I was having in Moonlight Falls. Moonlight Falls did have a lot of ghosts to scan for, so I never ran out of ghosts to capture at all.

Before I started my file I turned off the following expansions: Seasons and Into the Future (because of the bug where opportunities wont fire for you)

Dean Winchester had the following traits, LTW, etc.

Traits:  Genius
            Ambitious
            Bookworm    This trait and the genius in the library made leveling logic super fast, which with basil made leveling the profession super fast.
            Loves the Outdoors
            Brave
After I fulfilled my LTW (Paranormal Profiteer) I used the Midlife Crisis LTR to change Genius and Bookworm to Slob (no negative moodlet if i didn't shower) and Loner (for the Enjoying Solitude 15 moodlet you would get).

Lifetime Wish:  Paranormal Profiteer

World played in: Sunset Valley (this was a last minute decision because I was tired of the bugs and problems I was having in Moonlight Falls).

Simoleons I spent:

I bought the cheapest Lot I could find because I would not have anything on the lot (so no bills) and put my camera and my University kit in my family inventory. I joined the Architectural Design Profession job right away. Bought a Broom stand (put it in family inventory as well) and the fastest broom (speed 7) the Zoomsweeper Pegasus and a portable radio Purr Purr Purr Stereo. I also was able to get a Potent Skill Booster and a Wish Enhancing Serum from the Elixir Store. Later in the week, I bought a Invigorate and Potent Invigorate and used these on Week 2 Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Opportunities:

I received the Best Haunted House Ever Opportunity in my final file. I used 2 ghost worth 900 each and 3 ghosts worth 600 each. I had basil active so instead of getting 10,000 for the 5 ghost I got 11,000. In all my test files, I only got 1 opportunity. I placed my highest spirits in my family Inventory so they wouldn't depreciate and hoped I get lucky for an opportunity.

Service Rewards:

Ghost Hunting Key to Sunset Valley
Spooky Trophy
Ghost Hunting Spirit Medal
Ghost Hunting Paranormal Medal
Paranormal Memento
Ghost Hunting Bravery Ribbon

Bingos:

I used my service rewards for (2) Wrathful Young, (1) Jealous Ancient, (1) Evil Old, (2) Evil Ancient. These gave me 2 full bingo cards and 4 Kind across, 4 Friendly across, (3) Frightened across for a total of 139. I didn't get as many bingos on my final file as I did on my test files.

Playing my file:

I got the architect profession as soon as I landed in Sunset Valley. I bought a broom stand and the fastest broom. Also bought a portable radio for the library. Then I went to the laundry mat, put clothes in then "ran" across the street to the elixir shop. Bought a Potent Skill Booster. Went back to move the clothes to the dryer. Then went to the consignment store, bought a level 2 logic book on sale. Then went back to get my laundry from the dryer. Went to the grocery store bought 2 Sweet grass (to cure the sometime nauseous from eating herbs and coffee beans), 80 Maui beans (stay awake for 3 hours without crashing) and 60 basil (sometimes have to eat more than one to get them to take) for 10% more on opportunities (if I got any opportunities), and also increased job experience increase by 5%. Then went to the bookstore and bought a level 1 Logic book (So I didn't have to get up and put the book away all the time to eat basil or coffee bean) and a level 3 Logic book.

Then I went to the library and used the computer to join the Ghost Hunter profession. I sat in one of the red chairs in the main entrance and placed my portable radio on the coffee table and just read them, eating basil when the buff would wear off. My first lifetime Reward was the Strong Stomach (2000 points) so I could eat as many coffee beans and herbs I wanted without getting nauseous. I used the Wish Enhancing Serum when I was able to buy one in the elixir store at 5pm (the elixir store refreshes their available elixirs at 5pm everyday). When I got 10,000 points, I bought the LTR Multi-tasker to help with experience earned and the 5% from the basil my experience leveled quickly along with the library buff (If you are doing a chess challenge you want to level on a computer with Computer wiz because this gives you experience playing against other chess players in matches). At 5pm, when I started my first night of jobs (around level 7 of logic and Level 6 in my career) I drank the Potent Skill Booster Elixir which leveled my logic to level 9 and my career to level 8. I bought the Profession Simoleon Booster to increase the job payout of every job I did. After I finished the first nights jobs, I went back to the library eating basil and coffee beans until I maxed Logic on Week 1 Tuesday 5:45 AM and maxed Ghost Hunter career on Week 1 Wednesday 7:08 AM. I stood in the library for the added moodlets and just scanned for ghosts over and over. When I got my LTW completed, I bought Steel Bladder, Dirt Defiant, Mid-life Crisis (to change my traits since I didnt need logic or bookworm anymore), and then Opportunistic later in the day (just in case I got an opportunity)

All spirits I sold from inventory because I did not need any happiness points and saved on time going to the science lab to donate them since they are the same amount. Leveling the Ghost Hunter Profession doesn't give an increase in captured ghost value.

Then I just did jobs and looked for ghosts using basil and coffee beans. Right before midnight, I sell any ghosts I had in my inventory so they didn't depreciate. After you max Ghost Hunter Profession, your stipend each week wont get bigger, but if you level your job each new level, it will increase the amount paid for each job performed.

Things I learned with all my test files:

Even with the brave trait, my Sim would stop what they were doing when they saw a ghost. In Moonlight Falls it was irritating because the Goth ghosts would interrupt my Sim as he read in the Library if they got near him. Sometimes he would ignore them, but without the bravery trait he would stop every time they got near.

Doing the Ghostly Presence job was the most irritating and time consuming job for me. In my test file, I got many of this job in Moonlight Falls. I would go to the job, see how many ghost I had to find, if it was 1 I would do the job, if it was 2, i would try to do the job but if it was taking to long I would stop and just start looking for ghosts in the town. Based on the practice file I decided to use the following priority in my jobs for the night: 1) Spirit Invasion,  2) poltergeist invasion, 3) Angry Ghost Invasion, 4) Ghostly Presence if it was 1 ghost to find. I did not do any Paranormal Investigations based on the 5 or 6 hours it took to complete them. The Angry Ghost Invasion job I found out it was quicker to banish them then try to talk to them. I also noticed if my social need was low I end up getting  more of these jobs than the Ghostly Presence. In my final file in Sunset Vally, I only had 3 of the Ghostly Presence jobs, but a lot more of the angry ghost jobs. I never got a Paranormal Investigation in my final file. In all my test file I got a total of 3 of these. They took about 5 to 6 hours and I felt my time was better used scanning for ghosts


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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #129 on: April 16, 2014, 07:10:08 PM »
Wow, that is an amazing amount of information, Blackrosea. Thank you so much. It's pretty obvious that you did so much planning and so many test files (30!). Well done...congrats!

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #130 on: April 17, 2014, 09:11:58 AM »
Did you by chance test if evil helps you find evil spirits or anything else? I am curious if that would help and since you did many test files thought maybe you tested it.

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #131 on: April 17, 2014, 09:33:57 AM »
Man, I was mistakenly under the impression that we could not use herbs, coffee, etc, because that's been a rule in so many other challenges. My bad. I think for my own satisfaction I'm going to replay the challenge knowing that now, because I thought I was doing pretty good. :)
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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #132 on: April 17, 2014, 09:38:16 AM »
I'm thinking of replaying to test the evil trait theory. This is such a quick fun challenge, why not?

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #133 on: April 17, 2014, 02:54:10 PM »
Did you by chance test if evil helps you find evil spirits or anything else? I am curious if that would help and since you did many test files thought maybe you tested it.

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No, I did not test the Evil trait. I personally think they are rare ghosts. If you find out something, I love to hear what the result is :)

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #134 on: April 17, 2014, 02:57:22 PM »
Man, I was mistakenly under the impression that we could not use herbs, coffee, etc, because that's been a rule in so many other challenges.

We will always state if something is off limits. If the rule set does not ban something, and it isn't addressed in the 2014 Tournament General Rules, then please feel free to PM the challenge team with your questions if you are unsure of something.  :)

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #135 on: April 17, 2014, 07:14:10 PM »
The team must be sick of seeing my name attached to PMs, with the number of questions I have for them.

Anyway, thank you for sharing your strategy and information, Blackrosea. 30 test runs, impressive dedication!

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #136 on: April 17, 2014, 07:59:40 PM »
Dek it is always better to ask questions and you know on occasion we have an answer too  ;)

For some reason I have a block when it comes to coffee beans and elixirs in my head I know that they are legal in some challenges but I always forget to use them during game play.
Trust me I go over the rules with a fine tooth comb as all the challenge team does and I still miss things. This is why it is super important to read each rule set thoroughly. You can never assume that just because one set of rules bans coffee beans for instance that every set of rules will be the same.
If in doubt as Blackrosea has already said Pm the team. We might not know the answer straight away and we may need to spend some time going over things as a team but we will always gets back to you.

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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #137 on: April 21, 2014, 03:19:24 AM »
30 practice files is indeed impressive, but I have a question:
Does the Paranormal Memento really count as a Service Award?
It is not included in the link to the Wiki that was posted and therefore I did not count it as Service Award.
(To be more specific, I was a bit angry at myself for picking it up from City Hall and thus losing precious ghost hunting time)


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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #139 on: April 21, 2014, 11:15:00 AM »
I knew I had seen the Paranormal Memento somewhere in Wiki so I went check it out again: it's under "career rewards" not under "service awards". Oh… I also counted it for one of my bingos!
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Re: Ghost Hunter Bingo II: Let the Spirit Move You
« Reply #140 on: April 21, 2014, 11:16:36 AM »
30 practice files is indeed impressive, but I have a question:
Does the Paranormal Memento really count as a Service Award?
It is not included in the link to the Wiki that was posted and therefore I did not count it as Service Award.
(To be more specific, I was a bit angry at myself for picking it up from City Hall and thus losing precious ghost hunting time)

Yes, it counts Tigerbalm. Sorry you didn't count it. I waited until I got all my rewards at City Hall, before I went to pick them all up at once. I agree it is a time consumer :)

There is 7 rewards in all. I never got the Paranormal Investigation reward, so only received the 6 total.

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« Reply #141 on: April 21, 2014, 12:27:19 PM »
Oh, okay.
But would have been nice to know this before the end of the challenge.
I mean the words "Service Awards" are written in blue and underlined in the rules, so I thought this would be important and not mean "Service and Career Awards".

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« Reply #142 on: April 21, 2014, 12:50:31 PM »
Oh, okay.
But would have been nice to know this before the end of the challenge.
I mean the words "Service Awards" are written in blue and underlined in the rules, so I thought this would be important and not mean "Service and Career Awards".

My apologies. We should have lumped them together.

 

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