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The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« on: May 01, 2016, 05:17:37 PM »
Hello!  There are many many challenges for Sims out there.  Our very own forum here sports two Dynasty challenges that are amazing.  They each have their own tips and tricks thread for folks to share things they have found.  The Apocalypse Challenge was created by Pinstar, the same one that brought us the Legacy Challenge and the Wonder Child Challenge.

The thing with the Apocalypse Challenge is that there are sooo many ways to tackle it.  In fact, the challenge comes from figuring out how best to lift each restriction and to time things correctly.

This thread is for those who are looking to share tips, get hints, or just to discuss strategy for this awesome, maddening challenge!

Note: Hey mods ^^  Sorry if this is in the wrong place.  I wasn't sure if this was the proper place or if it should go where the player-made challenges are, but thought this would be better.  If not, sorry!  And thanks for moving it to the right spot!

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2016, 05:20:21 PM »
One of the things I've been looking at as I'm doing a Wonder Child Challenge with the express purpose of making a founder to tackle the AC, is that I think i can deal with not having a stove, etc for a while.  But having a TV and computer and whatnot will drive me batty.  So my founder is going to tackle the Tech Guru eSport Gamer.  Saying that, I plan on having the founder's spouse take on Oracle so that I can then import someone with Gourmet Cooking skill, probably the Gen 2 spouse.  That's how I plan on doing that, but it might change between now and then.  How about you?



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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2016, 05:25:47 PM »
Good idea for the Oracle. I never would have thought of that. I always start out with the Culinary expert. Hmm...ideas, ideas.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2016, 06:14:11 PM »
Yeah, that's the problem, I have so many ideas! Lol

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2016, 10:05:45 PM »
First of all, great idea to start this thread and somehow it's already stickied!!
It's kind of like an Apocalypse Anonymous club for the obsessed and addicted, lol.


About Oracle, I read a blog in which a simmer lifted Oracle with the founder then imported a WC with the Homestyle/Gourmet Cooking skills to move in as his spouse.
The story stopped after 2-3 chapters, though. PM me if you want the link.

I hesitate to unlock Oracle too early, though I do plan to clear it in perhaps Gen3 or Gen4 so I can import my WC's twin brother.
Another simmer, whose blog JudesSims also read, lost interest in the challenge after unlocking Oracle and Comedian (can move in more than one sim per generation) because it stopped being a challenge.
So there's that, too.

There's only so much planning that can be done without playing. I think working with different WCs and restarting a lot is part of how this challenge works. At least, that's how I'm seeing it.
There can be no first and only perfect run...imho.  I agree that there's a lot of ways to do it, which is why this thread is fun.

About the chef career, I could have lived without a stove yet I LOVE having a fridge!


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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2016, 11:03:05 PM »
Yeah, but as we know, I'm a planning/documenting freak, so it's driving me a bit batty lol XD By the time I finish the challenge (if ever XD) I'm going to have sooo many planning sheets, it's ridiculous XD

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2016, 09:25:39 AM »
Hello...

My name is Caterina and I am an Acopalypse Challenge addict.

Note:  The Apocalypse Challenge seems so much harder in The Sims 4 then it was in The Sims 3.

I have a few tips:

Starting Neighborhood: 
     Do Not bulldoze all the lots in Windenburg near the Library and create Apocalypse homes for 7 of the 8 townie families, and then start your challenge on the 8th lot.  There are NO harvestables, collectibles, playground equipment, or public grills.  There are however public easels, chess tables, and a public bathroom.

Teenage Careers:
    Do clear the Retail teen job early.  This allows you to replace broken sinks and toilets whenever you can afford it.

    Do Not clear the Fast Food teen job early thinking that you can live on pizza.  You are not allowed to use your phone for anything other than job related actions until the associated restriction is lifted.




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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2016, 09:27:52 AM »
That's good to know, Caterina! Thank you.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2016, 11:59:42 AM »
Thanks for the tips, Caterina!  And welcome to the club! lol XD  I haven't tried the challenge yet, and I'm already addicted!  I entirely blame @oshizu for this btw, :P hehehehe Just kidding

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2016, 01:03:25 PM »
Hello Caterina! Welcome to the club, erm, thread.
 


I also have a few tips right off the top of my head (since I'm at work, hehe)
I'd like to do something more detailed later, though, in a more organized fashion.

Do's
  Design your own Wonder Child after deciding on the careers of your founder and spouse in advance. Just picking a different spouse can vastly drop the difficulty.
  Check out the available Wonder Children available for download on the Gallery. I've already downloaded 3-4 I want to use so I can plan ahead for children's careers
       This one's great because you can do it away from the computer when you want to play but should be working (I'm looking at you, Wolfie, lol)
  Make sure your Wonder Child has maxed the useful skills. Because you start with the lowest-quality furnishings, Handiness is a must-have and can also be mentored.
  Buy the Buyers Beware or Ornate Beauty Storage Chest!!!!! You can store all fish, fresh or foul, in the chest. How did I not notice this until two days ago? It's awesome!
  Plan pregnancies on a 4+2 schedule to avoid being fired for missing work or missing breast-feedings.
               The "Eating for Two" notice comes 24 hrs after conception and delivery comes exactly 3 days (to the minute) after that (4 days total); the infant ages to a child exactly 2 days later at the same time.
   
Don'ts
   Don't place a grill in your house. Once you place a 1x2 grill in your home, it's stuck there until you clear Bodybuilder.
   Don't let your eyes stray from Family-Oriented sims when you have a baby. They will (try to) autonomously bottle-feed a crying baby.
   


I'll stop here before I start obsessing...too late!  :P

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2016, 01:12:10 PM »
I also have a few questions about the challenge.

Is workout equipment banned?  I hope not because it's Sunday in my game and I want to buy a treadmill. It's odd that yoga and massage are restricted by the Bodybuilder career but working out and workout equipment aren't mentioned.

Darn it, I can only remember one right now. I'll ask the rest later.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2016, 01:12:51 PM »
I don't think so. I've been using a treadmill.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2016, 03:29:45 PM »
I don't think so. I've been using a treadmill.
Thank you for replying. I couldn't find anything either, but there are so many details I keep missing. It's great having extra pairs of eyes!

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2016, 04:10:48 PM »
I concur with Jude.  I can't find anything about it either, so I'd say you're good to go.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2016, 09:29:21 PM »
Is there a restriction on repairing objects? I found the restrictions for upgrading and replacing but I'm not finding anything that says I can't repair it.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2016, 09:52:35 PM »
Is there a restriction on repairing objects? I found the restrictions for upgrading and replacing but I'm not finding anything that says I can't repair it.

There's no restriction on repairing objects only, as you already mentioned on upgrading (Interstellar Smuggler) them and when they can be replaced (Teen/Retail).
Come on, @boomboomraccoon!  You know you want to!
Join the dark side and start your Wonder Child Challenge already!  ;D

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2016, 09:55:41 PM »
Thanks oshizu! I have my parents, now I'm just planning the founder's path. And since the AC Sim can be any age, I will probably play my founder past the end of the WCC to grab a few more boosts before applying the mind-wipe and sending them to DYSTOPIA!

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2016, 10:15:22 PM »
Thanks oshizu! I have my parents, now I'm just planning the founder's path. And since the AC Sim can be any age, I will probably play my founder past the end of the WCC to grab a few more boosts before applying the mind-wipe and sending them to DYSTOPIA!

Nice! Have you watched Pinstar's Let's Play series on the WCC? He played his WC until the end of her birthday party and got quite a few YA aspiration points and reward traits.
Following his lead, I started my sim's birthday party as late as possible, and had him working on aspirations until morning.
By party end, he'd finished all the Master Chef milestones except "Reach Level 8 of the Chef career," plus more.
In my case, I didn't play any more extra days because I wanted my WC to start the AC as a Day 1 young adult.  Just a personal choice, like everything else.

You're going to do a mind-wipe in your story? Awesome.
Looking foward to meeting your parents and their wonder child!

@Caterina I would love to see a screenshot of your Wonder Child, too!  :)

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2016, 10:58:57 PM »
In regards to the WCC, one thing I learned in my Baby Boomer Challenge while I was waiting out the weekend with a Whiz Kid child (so they can get the A in School) was that I can create a lot of food that is quick to eat and wont spoil by chaining up a ton of 'Make Health Potion' at the Science Table. Saves everyone time on eating and preparing food, and makes a second child incredibly useful in this challenge.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2016, 06:22:26 PM »
@oshizu I am not using a wonderchild in my current Apocalypse Challenge.  I have however uploaded two wonderful children to the gallery. #caterina  Also, I do not currently have a method of uploading pictures for the forum.  It's been a while since I have done that and I think things have changed since then.

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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2016, 06:40:26 PM »
@oshizu I am not using a wonderchild in my current Apocalypse Challenge.  I have however uploaded two wonderful children to the gallery. #caterina  Also, I do not currently have a method of uploading pictures for the forum.  It's been a while since I have done that and I think things have changed since then.

I just visited the Gallery in-game and found two Wonder Children who I think are yours.
Alexa Stark is gorgeous! Bella Johnson didn't have your #caterina hashtag but is she the second one you were referring to?  She is really, really cute!
I read your description of Caterina Fideli as well--seems like she's just waiting for the new Restaurant Expansion Pack! (not sure if it will be an EP or a game pack).
Thank you--I love seeing other player's sims!  :)

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« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2016, 07:08:34 PM »
I just checked and noticed that Bella didn't have the #caterina hashtag.  Oops. 

Caterina Fideli (which may or may not be my great-great-grandmother's name), ran a restaurant business in my Build-A-City-Challenge.

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2016, 07:26:11 PM »
I have one of these going, and I wanted to make it extra hard at the beginning and start with a fresh sim from cas.  I decided to tackle the Writing - Journalism career and the Entertainer - Comedian because if Journalism is lifted, I can purchase any skill book I want.  To make this possible, I had to search out two sims, Mortimer Goth or Gavin Richards because they are both in the writing career with writing skill.  Also, I chose entertainer because after it is lifted, you can move in as many sims to your lot as you want.  Therefore, my founder and Mortimer will have 5 kids, they will all lift the teen clears and die.  After that, I only have to have young adults working on clears in the house and no more babies, kids, and teens ever.  I just thought I'd share my beginning strategy.

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« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2016, 08:12:00 PM »
@christinal3106 
That sounds really intense, starting with a CAS founder. Your strategy would no doubt be the fastest since you'll only have one round of kids to raise, kind of a speed run, even.
You don't mention Oracle so your plan is to start out with housed YA/Adult townies for your clears--do you plan to by pass Wonder Children altogether?

I think I'm going to do this old-school, because I like seeing how kids grow up and turn out in a bloodline.
I'd be super interested in hearing how many days it takes you to clear all the careers. Do you have a blog? I would love to read how you're tackling this.  :D

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Re: The Apocalypse Challenge Support Thread
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2016, 09:46:26 AM »
@oshizu Unfortunately, I don't do really well trying to write stories etc. for my sims because it takes longer than the play itself.  I am kind of impatient in that way.  I see so many lovely stories though where the players really get emotionally invested in their sims, but I have the mentality, you are no use, die in a fire. 
Anyway, except for the initial lifts, I had not planned further than that.  But yes, I planned on moving in the sims around the neighborhood.  I probably would never download sims from the gallery to add to the game, I know it isn't against the rules, but to me it seems so easy to just download sims all buffed up, I would rather work them up personally.  Although, I have completed two wonder child challenges.

 

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