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Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« on: August 19, 2016, 06:17:58 AM »
Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?

Goal
Similar to last year's Look What's in Store for You, the team is offering players a chance to heat things up with the new restaurant content in the Dine Out game pack.

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

Specific Challenge Rules
  • This challenge requires the Sims 4 Dine Out game pack. You can purchase this here.
  • Create one human YA in CAS.
  • You may place the restaurant Chez Llama.
  • You may use the Buydebug cheat to purchase a satellite to prevent abductions.
  • No moving allowed.
  • No household additions.
  • No careers.
  • No marrying.
  • Your Sim will build and manage a restaurant that will always serve:
    **Drinks: Water, Coffee
    **Appetizer: Cereal, Yogurt
    **Main Course: Mac and Cheese, Grilled Cheese
    **Dessert: Chocolate Cake, White Cake
  • You're allowed a one-time transfer of $15,000 from household funds to your restaurant. Your restaurant should be your only source of income, so you may transfer funds from the restaurant to your household income. You are allowed to sell back the drinks that you have made while learning items to add to the menu.
  • You may decorate only with items from build/buy mode.
  • Each week, your Sim will have the opportunity to add a maximum of 7 items in each category to the menu. These have to be items that your Sim has made, either mixed as drinks or cooked, baked, grilled or made with the popcorn popper or ice cream maker. Each week at 8 am on Sunday, your Sim will remove the 28 items and begin to add 7 items in each category that haven't been offered before.
  • NOTE: It's unlikely that you'll be able to keep the same three employees throughout the challenge. Sometimes they'll get culled or they'll quit in the middle of a shift. Dealing with employee turnover is part of the challenge.
  • The game ends at 8 AM on the 7th Sunday. Make sure to keep track on a sheet of paper with marks for every Sunday.

Scoring

At 8 am on the 7th Sunday, find the resale value of your Sim's restaurant. That is your score.

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. 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, LenaLJ, Trip, and MarianT) 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                                 Restaurant Resale Value     
oshizu                            128885
lesleyj42                            98213
MissZoef                            97028
Ginj                            94510
sdhoey                            91463
rokrchik                            90632
Metropolis Man                            81654
Eighty8Keys                            60150

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2016, 10:28:00 AM »

Added to the Rules:

  • You're allowed a one-time transfer of $15,000 from household funds to your restaurant.




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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2016, 05:27:12 PM »
I have a question about the following rule:

"Each week, your Sim will have the opportunity to add 7 items in each category to the menu. These have to be items that your Sim has made, either mixed as drinks or cooked, baked, grilled or made with the popcorn popper or ice cream maker. Each week at 8 am on Sunday, your Sim will remove the 28 items and begin to add 7 items in each category that haven't been offered before."

Do you mean that you choose 7 items per catagory each week to serve to your guests? So that it remains 7 items per category at all times? And not add onto the ones you already have? Because you need to offer things that are unique?

I hope I asked my question(s) clear enough (english is my second language and although I have no problem understanding or using it most of the time, sometimes I'm unsure about understanding things correctly). Because it's a challenge I don't want to misinterpret anything  :)

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2016, 05:52:50 PM »
I have a question about the following rule:

"Each week, your Sim will have the opportunity to add 7 items in each category to the menu. These have to be items that your Sim has made, either mixed as drinks or cooked, baked, grilled or made with the popcorn popper or ice cream maker. Each week at 8 am on Sunday, your Sim will remove the 28 items and begin to add 7 items in each category that haven't been offered before."

Do you mean that you choose 7 items per catagory each week to serve to your guests? So that it remains 7 items per category at all times? And not add onto the ones you already have? Because you need to offer things that are unique?

I hope I asked my question(s) clear enough (english is my second language and although I have no problem understanding or using it most of the time, sometimes I'm unsure about understanding things correctly). Because it's a challenge I don't want to misinterpret anything  :)


Yes, it remains 9 items in each category each week -- the 2 that you'll always have plus 7 unique items.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2016, 10:39:03 PM »
Am I understanding this correctly - you have to make the food before you can offer it, and you can only place one restaurant, and you can only make experimental food after learning the recipe by eating it, and you can't eat it because your restaurant can't offer it - so you can never offer experimental food in the restaurant.  Is that right?

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2016, 08:31:48 AM »
Am I understanding this correctly - you have to make the food before you can offer it, and you can only place one restaurant, and you can only make experimental food after learning the recipe by eating it, and you can't eat it because your restaurant can't offer it - so you can never offer experimental food in the restaurant.  Is that right?

No. You're allowed to place the restaurant Chez Llama, which serves experimental food.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2016, 10:47:10 AM »
I really want to try this challenge and register just so that I can ask you this :).

Do we have to add 7 items each week? What happen when my sim cannot learn to make 28 new types of food in time?

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2016, 12:22:08 PM »
Welcome to the Forum, Isabelalabe! Yes, you can add less than 7 items each week.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016, 09:49:48 AM »
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Your restaurant should be your only source of income, so you may transfer funds from the restaurant to your household income.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2016, 11:21:28 AM »
Two more additions:

  • You are allowed to sell back the drinks that you have made while learning items to add to the menu.
    You may decorate only with items from build/buy mode.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2016, 09:15:44 AM »
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  • NOTE: It's unlikely that you'll be able to keep the same three employees throughout the challenge. Sometimes they'll get culled or they'll quit in the middle of a shift. Dealing with employee turnover is part of the challenge.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2016, 02:30:52 PM »
So the only way to get funds to build your restaurant, other than what is left over after buying a lot to live on is by selling back drinks you make while skilling?  Sorry if that is a silly question, I haven't played with the restaurant features at all really other than sending my sims to eat at one.

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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2016, 03:03:04 PM »
So the only way to get funds to build your restaurant, other than what is left over after buying a lot to live on is by selling back drinks you make while skilling?  Sorry if that is a silly question, I haven't played with the restaurant features at all really other than sending my sims to eat at one.

You're allowed to transfer $15,000 from household funds to your restaurant to build with. After that, you'll make money from running your restaurant.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2016, 10:34:22 AM »
Thank you MarianT, I had to go do a short trial run with restaurant stuff.. I was (am, LOL) pretty clueless with the whole thing...even took me a few minutes to figure out how to even pull up restaurant actions... 'oh yeah that register tab' .. :)

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2016, 01:18:42 PM »
I have a problem with critics in my restaurant. Every time a critic comes in, he/she doesn't get served. The food is ready in the kitchen, but my waiters won't bring it to the table. This only happened with a critic. Is this a known bug?

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2016, 11:07:54 PM »
Dine Out has definitely got some bugs. I have at least one, sometimes multiple tables, never get their food basically every time I open. It's really frustrating, but I haven't figured out how to fix it. In my case, it hasn't been critics specifically so I don't know what to make of that, but I feel your pain.


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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2016, 04:58:45 AM »
Dine Out has definitely got some bugs. I have at least one, sometimes multiple tables, never get their food basically every time I open. It's really frustrating, but I haven't figured out how to fix it. In my case, it hasn't been critics specifically so I don't know what to make of that, but I feel your pain.


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I have that problem too sometimes, that people don't get their food at all. I think it has something to do with recommendations. It happens more often when I give them one unfortunately. Dine out has a lot of bugs indeed

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2016, 07:31:31 AM »
Dine Out has definitely got some bugs. I have at least one, sometimes multiple tables, never get their food basically every time I open. It's really frustrating, but I haven't figured out how to fix it. In my case, it hasn't been critics specifically so I don't know what to make of that, but I feel your pain.


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I've read that one thing that increases restaurant bugs is using the cheat MOO (move objects on). I've not used that cheat, though, and I've occasionally had a table complain that they didn't get their food even when it's sitting there in front of them. All I can suggest is that you move the table a bit when that happens. It won't take care of the immediate problem, but might prevent the next occurrence.

@MissZoef. I've not had any trouble with the critic, so don't know what to suggest. If it's any consolation, the critic's opinion doesn't seem to have much effect on the other customers.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2016, 07:34:17 AM »
I haven't used MOO and I actually almost never do. The problem with the critics is different than with normal guests. Because the foods is sitting there ready to be delivered with the critics. With 'normal' customers I have the problem that they don't get an order made at all or that a part of the party arrives later at the table and complains about not getting food while it's in front of them. Since almost everyone has these problems it doesn't give you a disadvantage in the challenge at least.

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2016, 11:24:29 AM »
Sorry I need to vent a little. I feel like giving up this challange at the moment, because it is nearly impossible to run a proper resaurant with all the bugs :( I love the game pack so much and doing challanges as well, but I start making a loss in my restaurant now, because only about 3 people get served in an 9 hour shift! :O I follow all the tips on how to make sure that it doens't bug out. My resaurant is quite large and there were a LOT of customers. But nobody gets food.. So frustrating. I hope it goes better for you guys.

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2016, 11:54:11 AM »
Sorry I need to vent a little. I feel like giving up this challange at the moment, because it is nearly impossible to run a proper resaurant with all the bugs :( I love the game pack so much and doing challanges as well, but I start making a loss in my restaurant now, because only about 3 people get served in an 9 hour shift! :O I follow all the tips on how to make sure that it doens't bug out. My resaurant is quite large and there were a LOT of customers. But nobody gets food.. So frustrating. I hope it goes better for you guys.
I definitely empathize with you... my practice run was pretty disastrous, mainly for that reason (dishes just sitting in the window or never being made at all). I was hoping for bug fixes in the September patch but nothing there.

At this point, I even don't know if I'll be able to finish, actually. I had to send my computer back to the manufacturer for repairs (faulty screen - nothing to do with Sims, lol, although I was starting to lose motivation on this challenge). It's not guaranteed to be back till October 24th, and my old computer crashes frequently when I try to play TS4. :( We'll see what happens... Haven't decided yet if I will try to power through or just let this one slide.

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2016, 03:36:37 PM »
Sorry to hear that people are running into bugs with this one. Partial scores are okay if you run out of time and/or patience.
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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2016, 03:42:22 PM »
Sorry to hear that people are running into bugs with this one. Partial scores are okay if you run out of time and/or patience.

I just wanted to echo Marian's sentiments. I will also extend anyone who genuinely is having horrible bugs impacting their score one free restart. Maybe a different file would give someone better results. The challenge ends next Thursday so that's not much time, but it's the best I can do.

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2016, 09:39:19 PM »
Just want to make sure I am understanding this correctly: As far as I'm aware, new games always start on Sunday at 8am, so basically the first week will be spent only selling those 2 items from each category, correct? And the start of week 2 is when you get to begin adding to your menu.

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Re: Restaurant Wars: What's on the Menu?
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2016, 10:48:55 PM »
At 8:00 A.M. on the seventh Sunday, Gordon Simsay Jr.'s restaurant was worth 94510.

 

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