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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #100 on: July 31, 2014, 01:08:46 PM »
@Tandrael — save as much as you can, but if your game constantly crashes it's definitely okay to go back to whenever you had a good save. So, I hope you can finish up today.

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #101 on: July 31, 2014, 04:06:51 PM »
Ugh...stupid mistake. I think I could have finished on Week 2, Day 6. That was the plan, but when a key requirement completed I looked at the list and realized I still was not done. Lol.

Oh well. I finished on Week 2, Day 7, 5:32 PM.

What a journey it's been everyone! Wow. Definitely a bittersweet moment for me right now.

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Re: The &quot;Honey Do&quot; List Grand Finale
« Reply #102 on: July 31, 2014, 05:34:39 PM »
What if the kid ages up before making the honor roll?

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Re: The &quot;Honey Do&quot; List Grand Finale
« Reply #103 on: July 31, 2014, 05:42:48 PM »
What if the kid ages up before making the honor roll?

If a Child or Teen would not be able to get on the honor roll, then it's DNF. Sorry. I know your file was buggy, but hopefully this last effort you'll make it. *fingers crossed*

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #104 on: July 31, 2014, 06:55:35 PM »
Week 8 Day 1.  It took Melanie Crenshaw *forever* to paint that masterpiece!

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #105 on: July 31, 2014, 07:01:49 PM »
Not going to finish in the 2 mins I have left before midnight rolls around in the UK. Good luck to all those finishing up!

It feels like the end of an era. Many thanks to Metro and the team for some fantastic challenges.

It will be a while I think until I get sims 4 so good luck with the new challenges that await you.

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #106 on: July 31, 2014, 09:48:19 PM »
Wow!  I can't believe the Sims 3 challenges are over!  I'm really going to miss them, but definitely looking forward to the new Sims 4 stuff!  Well, I wish I could've turned in an awesome score on this one and go out with a bang, but everything for one of my sims ended up taking way longer than I intended.  Unfortunately, I'm going to have to post this one as DNF.  But it was still fun to try.  Congrats again to the top scorers!  Thank you again to all the organizers for all your hard work on this forum and the guide!  It's been great!

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Re: The &quot;Honey Do&quot; List Grand Finale
« Reply #107 on: August 01, 2014, 01:00:05 AM »
Well I am going to be a DNF. My file is bugged again and I just can't finish in time due to fast forward not working. But I am going to finish it just won't be official. :(

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« Reply #108 on: August 01, 2014, 01:47:39 AM »
I had it all planed to finish in 2 weeks something, but my sims are in week 3 day 3 and still like half of the requirements are missing and I don't think I'll make it before midnight, so I guess I'm DNF.

I'm going to miss these challenges! They were great and all the people in the forum are really nice, thank you all for everything, team and many players that give a lot of feedback. I guess I'll go try to do the dynasties now... (*scary*)
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« Reply #109 on: August 01, 2014, 02:20:35 AM »
My computer crashed a few weeks ago.  I just got it up and running well enough to download the Sims 3 again two days ago so I DNF.  Truly enjoyed the challenges and love the forum.  Thank you.   :'(
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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #110 on: August 01, 2014, 06:55:34 AM »
This event is now closed. Great job to the champion, Femke82, and nice job to all participants. That puts a wrap on more than 70 Sims 3 challenges since the fall of 2009.

If you look at the top 2 scores you'll notice the close finish time. My guess (hehe) is that the very last thing these players were waiting on is the Teen getting on the honor roll (high school lets out at 2 PM). So, IMO that was the biggest thing to do on day one — get pregnant so you could get the ball rolling. The other main strategy for me at least was choosing business as the rabbit hole because you could work almost every day and get a promotion.

Everyone is free to share strategy now. My special thanks to Blackrosea and her daughter for this wonderful idea for a finale. I want to also thank ratchie, Nutella, and Trip for helping me out on a regular basis, especially with all the Dynasty stuff. You ladies are the best.

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« Reply #111 on: August 01, 2014, 08:39:27 AM »
Congrats Femke  :D

My timing was bad in this, I think I wasted too much with one if my sims thinking what she had left wouldn't take long then I got stuck on getting the perfect meal, she took forever doing that, after wasting ages and a lot of ingredients I double checked her skill challenges and silly me she hadn't done menu maven which is what helps meal quality  ::)

She also got off the treadmill half an hour before the time was up meaning I had to go through that again as well, everybody else was done days before her and was just lounging around taking it easy while she ran her socks off to get that last requirement.

I wasn't at all sure what would give a -40 moodlet before starting this but I discovered on my brief practice go when the old newspapers had piled up, the dirty dishes were buzzing with flies because the sink was broken and the counters were all filthy that a vile surroundings one does the job nicely  ;D


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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #112 on: August 01, 2014, 09:25:09 AM »
Congratulations Femke.

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« Reply #113 on: August 01, 2014, 12:04:53 PM »
Congrats Femke! And congrats all of you who could finish this challenge!  ::)

According to my plan the sim who needed to max a rabbit-hole career would gain a level everyday, he was workaholic and ambitious but most of the time he would get almost to the top of bar but didn't quite finish it so then he needed the next work day to get that promotion. He was also a schmoozer so he would invite his boss over to "ask for a promotion", I finally learned how to do that, but the weird thing was that if his boss did give him his promotion that day, the next day he wouldn't go to work even if I tried to send him I would get a notification that said something like "come back during working hours" but according to his schedule those were working hours. The game was very bugged per se, but I don't know if this is common in others' games.
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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #114 on: August 01, 2014, 01:20:46 PM »
My rabbit-hole sim A was neurotic and a workaholic, and he got a promotion every day or so. He also dabbled in alchemy and that was his maxed skill, for the skill boosters which were used consistently and also the many invigorating elixirs.
My perfect plant was basil for sim A. Green thumb helps with that because you can talk to the plant.

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #115 on: August 01, 2014, 03:08:34 PM »
I wasn't able to finish either July challenge, but wanted to say how much I've enjoyed playing this years challenges and can't wait to see what you guys do with Sims 4.  Thank you!!  :D

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #116 on: August 01, 2014, 05:20:59 PM »
I did wait a bit longer to get my sim pragnent. In my practice run I had sim A as the female, but that turned out to be not a very good idea. When she got pregnant she got days off from work, which makes it difficult to max out the career. In my final challenge file I played with sim A as the male. I took a lot of advantage of going to the library as much as possible to get skills boosted quickly. I got sim A to max out the logic skill very quickly and he was in the medical career. I also let him use the alchemy lab a lot and created sleeping potions, so that sim A had to sleep less and had more time to work on her list.

This helped a little, but it still took me forever to create the perfect (watermelon)plant (even with the green thumb trait) and to get the masterpiece painting. I really don't know how you guys got those things so fast :P I am really curious. The bestseller book I got in no-time and the perfect fish was also quite doable. the perfect meal (french toast) was also something that took me longer than I wanted. The last thing for me to complete was the net worth of 250k and at least 100k in household funds.

I must say I'm glad I did a practice run at first, because I wasn't able to complete it in my first attempt. So even though my score wasn't impressive I still managed to get it done :P :)

You'll definately see me again for sims 4 challenges! can't wait! during the month I have to wait for the sims 4 I'm probably gonna try a dynasty challenge. that will keep me busy for a while, haha.

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #117 on: August 01, 2014, 05:42:23 PM »
I am not going to discuss much strategy for mine, but I think the easiest way to get a perfect plant is to just grow a death flower.  Death flowers are always perfect.  I think my biggest problem is my dislike of alchemy.  It just seems like so much of a hassle to me.  It is obvious though it pays out greatly in the end.

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« Reply #118 on: August 01, 2014, 06:05:59 PM »
I chose to find a common seed to get the perfect plant, combined with gatherer. This is fairly easy when you know where the right spots are. The path leading up to Maywood Glen is the perfect spot to get all the seeds you need.
To level fishing quickly I bought bait for nearly all the types of fish, and once I had caught one, which gives you a huge boost the first time you catch it, I switched bait. At about level 5 I switched back to fishing for minnows.
For painting, it pays to know which paintings are masterpieces. Once she had levelled up, she ditched every painting that wasn't a masterpiece.
For cooking I was going to go for a bought recipe, because those seem to get perfect faster, but In the end I only needed to get to about level 5 or 6 with Natural Cook + Born to Cook, an upgraded top tier stove (part of the 3 unique upgrades) and cook 10 servings of Stew Surprise.
My sims spent a lot of time at the consignment stores, and any energy potions went to Sim B who had way more things to complete. While she was out of potions she ate coffee beans. While she was pregnant she ate Sweetgrass.

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« Reply #119 on: August 01, 2014, 07:59:37 PM »
Yeah, that would of been better.  I wasted a day getting to level 7 gardening.  I think my biggest mess up was with maxing the skill and working out for 6 hours.  I chose to level painting, and it seemed like it took forever.  What skill did you all at the top decide to max for sim B?  The working out was the last thing I did, and since my sims only ate coffee beans, I had to sleep for a couple days to get the 6 hours.  Probably lost a day or two there, too.

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« Reply #120 on: August 01, 2014, 09:37:46 PM »
I chose to level painting, and it seemed like it took forever.  What skill did you all at the top decide to max for sim B?

Painting as well. Sim B got 4 levels in painting, then she switched to writing until she unlocked children's books..stayed on that until she got the royalty requirement and then moved back to painting and consignment store selling for income.

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« Reply #121 on: August 02, 2014, 01:45:01 AM »
I am so happy I won! I really liked this challenge, it was a lot of micromanaging, I did make a few little mistakes, but in the end it didn't change the day I got to finish.

Like Metropolis Man already said, in order to get the teen on a honor roll at week 2 day 6, the starting sims must get pregnant right away.  I started my starting sims out as boyfriend and girlfriend, so I wouldn't had to work as hard to get my female pregnant. After that was done they got married, and after that my male sim got a job at the science centre. I knew the business career also lets you work every day. But I don't like that career much, so I tend to stay away from it. In science, if you get a promotion every day (even if you don't ask for one in the weekend), you can still get to level 10 on day6 of week 2. This is were I made a little mistake. My male sim was a workaholic so he worked from home in the weekend, but I couldn't track down his boss (and his boss didn't come to the house even after I invited him over). It still worked out as he got to level 10 of his career (and he also had the wish to get there, wich earned him more then 5000 happiness points, completing another requirement) on day 6 of week 2 at 1 PM. I uninstalled into the future because you have to get opportunities. Without ITF this wasn't a hard one. My male sim had only three skills (gardening, fishing and handiness (his unique skill)), so getting a skill opportunity wasn't hard. The career opportunity I got first, and the community event was a little harder. As I didn't do those events in most of my sims games I had to do a little researched. After learned that in moonlight falls (where I planned to do this challenge) there are only community events that require a pet, I switched to sunset valley and there I had free choice of community events. So for my challenge file I played in sunset valley and used the community event at the sport stadium (don't know how it is called in English, sorry). After completing my life time wish (swimming in cash, easy to do with all the gems and metals bought by my female sim and the use the gemgutter at the elixer store) I had my sim buy the collection helper (wich was worth 40.000 happiness points) and used that one to find him the seeds. He only needed to pick up the 4 that are required. Then he gave the collection helper to his wife so she could get the gem en metal worth >$250 (gem: moonrock, metal: palladium). My male sim also got fast learner as a LTR and he didn't used any skill elixers, he just studied gardening and handiness at the library and did his fishing on the weekend and after that during the nights (but not at the graveyard, just in town and at the sea). He made 2 of his 3 unique upgrades in the library, and used his third to complete his skill opportunituy. The spa package was just a 6 hour cut in his busy scedule, but money was not a probleme after finding a couple of tiberium at the consigment store. His enemy was made by trowing a potent twist elixer at another sims and then declare that sim as an enemy.

My female sim got pregnant the very first day, after that she went to the consigment store and elixer store to get a lot of gems, metals and elixers as possible. She also learned alchemy (as her unique skill) to make more skill elixers and invigorating elixirs. Both my sims (and the child after it was born) never slept until the last few days, when most of the requirement were done. After getting a few of the invigorating elixers my female sim took skilling classes in all the skills she would need (writing, fishing, painting, logic, gardening, cooking and atletic). She then trew all the skilling potions she had, but needed to gain a few more levels in logic to be able to tutor her child (she read a logic book until level 5 then discovered the star after the child was born and raised to child age). For the remaining of the time my female sim was making more skill potions and buying out the elixer store to get more ingredients. Only when she had a high level in the skill I would let her use the skill to finish a requirement. So she only caught 1 fish (with the right bait a low level fish will be perfect most of the time if your fishing skill is high), painted 1 painting (I new wich were masterpieces so didn't finish painint that weren't masterpieces), and made 1 meal (after getting level 10 in cooking and using 3 perfect fish caught by her husband, she got a perfect dim sum the first time she made it). For growing a perfect plant I had my female sim have the gatherer trait together with the green tumbs and the LTR green tumbs (don't know exactly how it is called) and she only had to re-plant her original plant once. For working out for 6 hours, after getting level 8 or 9 I had her get onto the treadmill all rested, fed and happy and just let her run. I had to stop her after 7 hours because she still wasn't tired, but I made sure to keep a good eye on the clock, so I wouldn't stop before the 6 hours were finished. For the -40 moodlet I used the tired! moodlet. When sims get really tired, that red moodlet is worth -40. Also the very hungry moodlet is worth -40, so I could have used that one if I wanted to. The best friends requirement were easy, just trow a friendship potion at them (I used multiple friendship potions or one potent friendship potion for best friends, and just a normal friendship potion if I needed a friend). I had the most trouble with the best seller book, I only begin writing after she had gotten to level 9 or 10 with elixers, but still had to write 3 comics before I had the bestseller (all the books were worth > $100 in royalties/week). If anyone has any trics in how to be sure to get a best seller, I want to know!

I only took my two sims on a date in the middle of week 2 (when my male sims had his one day off at wednesday) and during that date, they also made sure to Woo Hoo in 5 different places (I had to end the date and went to the theater to be able to woo hoo there), but the other options were at home after the movie and dinner. With all the money I had a business and property wasn't a problem, and that was the same for the new house, the net worth and household funds. For the child to get on the honor roll, I tutored her to an A before school started, so the child got on the honor roll week 2, day 3. After she got home she aged up to teen and got tutered by her mom to an A so the teen would get on the honor roll at week 2, day 6 at 2 PM. As that was the last of the requirements done, that was also my end time.

Sorry for the long talk, but I wanted to share my strategy. I really enjoyed these challenges and am sorry they have come to an end. I am still not sure if I will be buying the sims 4 as I don't think my computer can handle it, but I will keep op playing the sims 3 with all these challenges in mind. I might even try to redo some of the challenges some day.

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Re: The "Honey Do" List Grand Finale
« Reply #122 on: August 02, 2014, 02:52:19 AM »
Great strategy, Femke! Yeah, that gatherer trait is a godsend for this challenge. Talking to plants was also essential.

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« Reply #123 on: August 02, 2014, 02:58:49 AM »
Interesting read Femke, reading how you made your enemy reminded me I forgot to mention that about my sim, as soon as I read the rules for this challenge I knew I wanted sim A to be evil as you can just declare total strangers a nemesis after one mean interaction, fastest way I know of to make enemies without needing anything else such as elixirs.

I didn't even have to pick somebody he did that on his own in both practice and challenge, just sent him to the park and he went up and slapped a stranger both times, sometimes I love free will  ;D

My perfect plant was a lettuce, during my search for seeds I found an excellent lettuce seed so it didn't take much to bring it up to perfect. I used those to catch a perfect goldfish at the park and the rest to make autumn salad in my failed attempts at a perfect meal, in the end it was Sushi that worked for me.

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« Reply #124 on: August 02, 2014, 05:00:15 AM »
For future reference, meals that require cooking are easier to make perfect, because the fridge and the stove score seem to somehow be additive.