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Offline Metropolis Man

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Carving Out Your Niche
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:28:46 AM »
Carving Out Your Niche

Goal
As you could probably guess from the title this event is all about the sculpting skill — but, with only two weeks allowed how much money can your fledgling sculptor make? And though there is a little luck involved — how many different types of objects will you end up sculpting? It will be interesting to see how players pick up their chisels and pursue this one.

This event comes courtesy of Blackrosea (thank you for the idea!).

General Challenge Rules
The General Challenge Rules always apply. If applicable, exceptions will be noted below.

Specific Challenge Rules
  • Create 1 Young Adult Sim. Ghost life states are banned (including ghost elixirs and potions), but all other life states are fine.
  • Pets are the only allowed household additions (no Sims). Pets in CAS or adopting after going into Live Mode are both fine.
  • You cannot complete any sculpting opportunities (cancel any ones that fire) Non-sculpting opportunities are fine.
  • You cannot sell or consign any sculptures at any register.
  • You can only have ONE sculpting station on your lot.
  • Remember — no Midas Touch elixir.
  • A reminder that the moveobjects on cheat is for stuck objects only.
  • Traveling is banned.
  • If your Sim dies then you are done with the challenge. Post in this thread that you are DNF.
  • This challenge concludes at the end of 2 weeks (Week 2, Day 7, 11:59 PM).

Scoring

Money Made — Open up your Sim’s Sculpting Skill Journal and look down to the Money Made stat. Remember the restrictions: no consignment store sales, and no sculpting opportunities that pay simoleans. VERY IMPORTANT: As soon as your Sim finishes a sculpture and you get the information pop up in the top right screen, you must sell the sculpture in Live Mode with the piece on the stand. Entering Buy Mode to sell is not allowed.

Objects — This is your multiplier. Everyone starts with a multiplier of 1.00. For every different type of object made (go into Buy Mode and click on the object for the name) add .05 to your multiplier. IMPORTANT — A “Gloria” clay statue and a “Gloria” wood statue are still the same type of object because the name is the same. The same goes for Ice Sculptures of Sims — an Ice Sculpture of Bella Goth and an Ice Sculpture of Mortimer Goth do not have different names in the title. They simply say "Ice Sim Sculpture." So, it’s very important you keep organized and write down the names of all the different types of sculptures you make.

Total — Simply multiply your Money Made stat by your Objects multiplier for your Total.

Example: Let’s say your Money Made stat is $50,000 and you have also written down 40 different objects (all have different names) that you have sculpted.

40 X .05 = 2.
1.00 + 2.00 = 3.00
Total = $50,000 X 3.00 = 150,000

Ch-Ch-Changes
The team does not want to edit and make changes to the ruleset once this event goes live, but we may have to. This seasons’ events are shorter and the team has less time to test potential loopholes. If an exploit is brought to our attention or we discover something else we reserve the right to ask affected players to redo their effort.

Have Questions?
Please think hard before you ask in the challenge thread because it may be strategy. What you may consider an innocent question could cause another player to go — “oh, I did not think of doing that.” It’s always safer to PM everyone on the team (Metro, ratchie, Nutella, and Blackrosea) for clarifications. Thanks.

And the Winner is...
After this event has closed everyone is encouraged to discuss how they approached the event, but the winner especially is expected to do so in detail.

This Event is Now Closed

Player                            Money Made        Objects              Total
GlazeyLady87,6513.15276,100
Metropolis Man73,6542.90213,596
Blackrosea75,1462.80210,408
LenaLJ74,5402.80208,712
Lisa4695,6202.15205,583
christinal310676,0322.65201,484
mayayeti7285,6732.35201,332
Chare75,3802.65199,757
Femke8273,9102.60192,166
alyssa.cole68,6522.70185,360
MomOfMany67,0912.65177,791
sunshine_240661,6372.85175,665
Ynde62,6032.75172,158
CynKuy63,4402.70171,288
SassySimmer60,7472.55154,904
Kirstie65,0422.25139,840
CeresIn54,3102.55138,490
aalikane54,0252.45132,361
Genevive57,3682.30131,946
Turoskel49,1952.65130,366
joker58,3342.15125,418
ramblinghaggis49,1852.50122,962
Myzteree50,8002.40121,920
Ferretmania50,9932.30117,283
kearn7654,9002.05112,545
MarianT48,8862.15105,104
Tandrael48,2742.15103,789
rubywyld46,8322.20103,030
tirajm45,9802.20101,156
Carneia40,5912.4599,447
limsielou44,0622.2599,139
klop9046,9102.1098,511
tiffieleigh40,1662.4598,406
december2237,6782.4592,311
bored134,8672.6090,654
Brisayshi36,0792.4588,393
nikkiheat39,9232.1083,838
MischaMusic35,4402.3081,512
rokrchik37,8512.1581,379
Deklitch36,8612.2081,094
KRae36,1612.2079,554
Sarleenia38,0272.0577,955
bluebelle33,3782.2073,431
Tiamet31,7392.0063,478
SIMantics10125,5432.1554,917
TheGoat24,8472.1052,178
Shirin21,2662.3048,911
charliemaybe23,6211.6037,793

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 10:20:01 AM »
Awwwwww! I was really looking forward to this as I read through the rule set only to find the mixology task at the end...  I have a copy of late night but can't play it as I've lost the product key. 
I don't want to buy a new copy.  Does anyone know if there is any way to get the code?   I really want to play this!!!

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2014, 10:39:14 AM »
Awwwwww! I was really looking forward to this as I read through the rule set only to find the mixology task at the end...  I have a copy of late night but can't play it as I've lost the product key. 
I don't want to buy a new copy.  Does anyone know if there is any way to get the code?   I really want to play this!!!

Sx

Hmmmm...well if you did register your original code with EA, then I am thinking you'd qualify for a digital download. Not 100% sure on that.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2014, 10:55:40 AM »
@susiesue

Did you buy it digitally thru the origins store?  Or was it a hard copy of the disc?  If its digital, you can logged on to origins and redownload.  If it's hard copy, sorry you're out of luck. 

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2014, 11:58:04 AM »
Metro is right, I always buy the disc and register it at the sims site, they automatically show up in my games on origin as well after doing that. Of course if you didn't register it then you wont have that.

But if you did you may not even need to download it as your product key should be listed with the game on origin so you can just copy it from there.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2014, 12:53:16 PM »
Awwwwww! I was really looking forward to this as I read through the rule set only to find the mixology task at the end...  I have a copy of late night but can't play it as I've lost the product key. 
I don't want to buy a new copy.  Does anyone know if there is any way to get the code?   I really want to play this!!!

Sx

Just to notify everyone, in case they are confused.  Susiesue is talking about the Mission Impossible challenge, not this one.  This challenge doesn't require late night xpac.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2014, 06:39:42 AM »
Here's some more info on ice sculptures that I put in the rules for clarification —

IMPORTANT — A “Gloria” clay statue and a “Gloria” wood statue are still the same type of object because the name is the same. The same goes for Ice Sculptures of Sims — an Ice Sculpture of Bella Goth and an Ice Sculpture of Mortimer Goth do not have different names in the title. They simply say "Ice Sim Sculpture."

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2014, 11:40:46 PM »
Here's some more info on ice sculptures that I put in the rules for clarification —

IMPORTANT — A “Gloria” clay statue and a “Gloria” wood statue are still the same type of object because the name is the same. The same goes for Ice Sculptures of Sims — an Ice Sculpture of Bella Goth and an Ice Sculpture of Mortimer Goth do not have different names in the title. They simply say "Ice Sim Sculpture."

Just a friendly reminder: You may only count the sculpting of a Sim one time in your multiplier. You may sell the ice sculpture right away before it melts for the money unless you do the ice sculpture challenge and want to keep it.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014, 11:48:07 AM »
Having just registered in the forum and read the tournament rules I can see I'm a little late in the day here, but I'm hoping to join in this one! (I haven't had a sculptor Sim before either, so that could be interesting!) Despite having played Sims back when the first Sims game was shiny and new, I've never participated in this sort of thing, so hopefully I won't make an idiot of myself by asking too many stupid questions.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2014, 11:58:40 AM »
@sarkywoman — welcome to the forum and good luck in this event.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2014, 01:26:50 PM »
I just want to say that even when I've asked idiot questions, I've never been treated like an idiot.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2014, 03:32:44 PM »
Having just registered in the forum and read the tournament rules I can see I'm a little late in the day here, but I'm hoping to join in this one! (I haven't had a sculptor Sim before either, so that could be interesting!) Despite having played Sims back when the first Sims game was shiny and new, I've never participated in this sort of thing, so hopefully I won't make an idiot of myself by asking too many stupid questions.

Welcome to the forum sarkywoman.

Feel free to ask any questions you have. All we ask is, if they have to do with strategy, please PM everyone on the challenge team (Matropolis Man, ratchie, Nutella and Blackrosea). If you aren't sure if it is a strategy question, it is better to PM the team with the question than post it on the thread.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2014, 05:17:05 PM »
You are sorely tempting me, Metro! Sculpting is my favorite skill in The Sims 3.

One question - can we grant wishes that fire? I mean, can the Sim complete any wishes like Sculpt a Clay Sculpture? I know this is about the money and sculpting opportunities are banned but what about sculpting wishes?
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 #13 on: May 21, 2014, 05:24:34 PM »
You are sorely tempting me, Metro! Sculpting is my favorite skill in The Sims 3.

One question - can we grant wishes that fire? I mean, can the Sim complete any wishes like Sculpt a Clay Sculpture? I know this is about the money and sculpting opportunities are banned but what about sculpting wishes?

Wishes are fine EtnaFan666 :)

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2014, 05:46:57 PM »
Okay, I am going to try a test run of this challenge before the start date, just to try it out. It will be a good way to start weaning myself off of the testingcheats, it's only two Sim weeks long and only one Sim is allowed. (I don't have Pets, it's the only expansion I lack.) Wish me luck!  ;D
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: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2014, 07:48:03 PM »
Is it ok to remind players that they need to have the ambitions registration pack installed? Otherwise they will be sculpting a "missing object" box.

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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2014, 03:47:55 PM »
A questions, just cause I might be confusing challenges: in this one are we allowed to sell other things or only sculptures? Like the camera in the back pack?
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2014, 03:58:46 PM »
A questions, just cause I might be confusing challenges: in this one are we allowed to sell other things or only sculptures? Like the camera in the back pack?

Yes, that's fine to sell other things as it does not impact this rule...

Money Made — Open up your Sim’s Sculpting Skill Journal and look down to the Money Made stat. Remember the restrictions: no consignment store sales and no sculpting opportunities that pay simoleans.

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Re: Carving Out Your Niche
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2014, 06:29:22 PM »
_Annika_ that sounds like an exploit what you asked and should have come to the team in a PM. But, I will check on that and let you know.

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EDIT: Okay I did a little testing. WOW! That is an enormous exploit I was unaware of. I am now thankful _Annika_ brought it to our attention. So there needs to be a new rule added: Once you sell a sculpture in Buy Mode, that's it...no hitting the Undo button.

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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2014, 06:44:20 PM »
Sorry Metro, I knew that if it wasn't fixed then you would want to make a rule on that. Otherwise I would have sent you a PM because it has nothing to do with strategy. I expected that people might just accidentally resell sculptures and then scores would be strangely all over the place. I would have checked for you myself, but I don't have the game installed right now (although this challenge is right up my alley!)

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« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2014, 09:01:17 PM »
@Metropolis Man @_Annika_

This is already covered in the general tournament rules.

List of Exploits that are not allowed to be used:
♦ Selling items in buy/build mode, hitting the undo button and reselling them.

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« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2014, 09:54:08 PM »
@Metropolis Man @_Annika_

This is already covered in the general tournament rules.

List of Exploits that are not allowed to be used:
♦ Selling items in buy/build mode, hitting the undo button and reselling them.

Ah, I totally forgot about that. Thank you, Nutella.

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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2014, 10:25:12 AM »
Hey Metro, thanks for the answer! So, does the "Money made stat" say how much money it was made by sculptures only? I didn't know about that "Money made stat". Where is it found, in the skill book? Wow, so many things I learn everyday! That's why I love these challenges  ;D

Another questions, I started a test file but my Sim lasted so long to gain a level in the sculpting skill, he made like 12 sculptures and didn't jump to level 2! Since it was a test I just quit the game, restarted it and started a new one that seems to be working fine, but now I' confused: what happened and how can I avoid it?

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« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2014, 11:07:42 AM »
Hey Metro, thanks for the answer! So, does the "Money made stat" say how much money it was made by sculptures only? I didn't know about that "Money made stat". Where is it found, in the skill book? Wow, so many things I learn everyday! That's why I love these challenges  ;D

Sculptures only? That's pretty much the only way you'll be making money — opportunities would add to that stat but you cannot do sculpting opportunities in this event. Anyways, open your sculpting skill journal and then scroll down to the stats area and you'll see "Money Made."

Another questions, I started a test file but my Sim lasted so long to gain a level in the sculpting skill, he made like 12 sculptures and didn't jump to level 2! Since it was a test I just quit the game, restarted it and started a new one that seems to be working fine, but now I' confused: what happened and how can I avoid it?

I have no idea what happened and have not heard of that. Must have been a temporary bug.

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« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2014, 03:09:46 PM »
Another questions, I started a test file but my Sim lasted so long to gain a level in the sculpting skill, he made like 12 sculptures and didn't jump to level 2! Since it was a test I just quit the game, restarted it and started a new one that seems to be working fine, but now I' confused: what happened and how can I avoid it?

I would recommend you save your file quite often so if you run into weird bugs, you wont have to restart your whole file.  I save on one file name about 4 or 5 times, then I give it another name. As an example:TB sculpting 1a, then TB sculpting 1b, etc. This way you can PM the challenge team and ask if you can restart from a previous save etc.

 

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