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2017 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« on: December 19, 2016, 06:39:28 AM »
2017 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview

Welcome to the 2017 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament! The 15-event Tournament runs from January 2nd to December 3rd (anyone can jump in the Tournament at any time throughout the year). Two events will kick off the season on January 2nd — one Minor event (ending after three weeks) and one Major event (ending after six weeks). Two more events will start in February once the first two events ends and the same cycle continues through the year. Here is a link to the official 2017 Sims 4 Tournament Events Calendar. Rule sets will always be posted 2 weeks before starting dates.

General Challenge Rules

Players are responsible for knowing and following the General Challenge Rules. The rules below apply to all 2017 Tournament events (Dynasty challenges are not Tournament events). Any exceptions will be noted in individual rule sets.

Participation and Practice
Participating in Tournament events is easy - just pick an event that is currently open (live events have a thumbs up topic icon) and dive in. Practicing before a challenge officially goes live is fine, but once you create your scoring file, that’s it—you have one attempt and cannot create a 2nd scoring file. You may never use any mods while practicing for an event. All mods or programs/utilities that allow you to look at code to gain information must never be used once you begin practicing for a challenge.

Starting Dates/Closing Dates
If you look at the bottom of a particular rule set you will notice official starting and closing dates - these dates are large and are in purple. If the event is a minor event you have three weeks to finish. If the event is a major event, then you have six weeks. Playing your scoring file before the starting date or after the closing date is not allowed. The only time reference you need to remember is your local time/date. You must submit scores in the individual challenge thread before the closing date has come and gone in your local time zone. Scores submitted after the closing date will not be accepted.

Creating Your Scoring Game File
All challenges begin in a fresh, virgin, completely unaltered town of your choosing. Unless a particular rule set lays down restrictions, you are free to travel and/or move to any neighborhood or town. Options - all default settings: Autonomy > Full; Auto Age (Played Sims) > Yes; Auto Age (Unplayed Sims) > Yes; Sim Lifespan > Short. Always create Sims in CAS from scratch. • Cannot use gallery downloaded Sims • Cannot use cloned/twin gallery downloaded Sims • Cannot use saved Sims from your library • Cannot use saved Sims clone/twin from your library.

3rd Party Custom Content / Modifications
3rd party Custom Content that alters appearance for CAS purposes is acceptable and can be used at the player's own risk. Modifications (mods) are patches that alter some core component of game play and are never allowed. Programs and utilities that allow you to see the game code such as ILSpy are also never allowed. Remember, no mods or code utilities can be used during practice.

Cheats and Banned Content
You are only allowed to open the cheats panel for two things: a stuck Sim or a stuck object.

ResetSim Firstname Lastname. You may only use this cheat in the event of a stuck Sim. This cheat is case sensitive, so make sure to type your Sim’s name correctly).
Moveobjects. You may only use this cheat for a stuck object.

The following content is banned in all 2017 Tournament events:

All 13 Plumbob Reward Lamps (from owning Sims 3 base game and expansion packs).
Reloading a game or traveling/entering CAS to reset Whims - This is a exploit to force the game to spawn more Whims.
Editing Non-Home Lots - Anything from personal inventory that can be placed on a non-home lot is allowed. But, going into buy/build mode F2/F3 is not allowed for non-home lots. 
Life Extension - anything that lengthens pre-Elder life stages is prohibited. Pregnancy falls into the life extension category, but in certain Tournament challenges - most obviously Baby Boomer - pregnancy will be allowed.

Exiting without saving to avoid a mistake or an unfortunate occurrence (i.e. burglar or fire) is cheating. Restarting from an earlier save is also cheating. In the event your challenge file is plagued by a game-breaking bug, then PM the team with specifics. We will then make a decision as to restarting from a previous save or simply allowing a complete restart.


Some Aspiration Milestone have you finding collectibles, etc, and these can be exploited by having items in your inventory already as the Milestone becomes active with you then removing and replacing the items to make progress on the Milestone. This falls into the category of cheating. Whims related to collectibles can also be quickly finished via the inventory exploit, so please do not do that.

Strategy Discussion
Do not discuss any strategy pertaining to a given event once that event’s rule set is posted. Asking questions like "Can I do x?" may seem innocent, but may in fact put that idea in someone else's head if they had not thought of doing that. So, please, PM the team. After an event closes you are free to discuss strategy for that event.

The Honor System
The 2017 Tournament is all about friendly competition and having fun. The Tournament attracts players of all abilities and competitiveness from casual first-timers to seasoned high-caliber veterans. We all want to have a good time no matter what we’re seeking to get out of the Tournament. Allowing everyone to have a good time means we all need to play honestly — no cheating and no exploits. If you discover an exploit then you must PM the team (Metro, Nutella, ratchie, MarianT, and LenaLJ) so we can quickly edit a ruleset. We have a zero tolerance policy for cheating.

Submitting Scores
When you have finished all the requirements for a given event submit your final score right in the individual challenge thread and the team will update the leaderboard with your information. Remember not to comment on how you approached the event with specifics until the event is closed.

Prizes
**Champion. The 2017 Tournament Champion will be the player at the top of the World Ranking at the close of the Tournament Finale on December 3 and will receive two Sims 4 expansions (courtesy of Carl) as well as a 2017 Sims 4 Tournament Championship Plaque and $50 Amazon.com gift card (courtesy of Metro).
**Runner-Up. One $100 Amazon.com gift card will be awarded to the runner-up (courtesy of Nutella).
**Fabulous Fifty Club Winner. All players who participate in at least 5 events will be entered into a random drawing at the end of the year. One lucky player will be randomly chosen for a $50 gift card. It's the team's way of saying thank you to those who dedicate a serious investment of time to get their participation component of their world ranking to 50%. (thanks to reggikko for this prize idea)

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We hope the 2017 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament adds new and exciting dimensions to your playing, and most importantly, we hope everyone has a great time.

See you on the leaderboard — Metro, ratchie, MarianT, and LenaLJ.

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Re: 2017 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2016, 11:42:14 AM »
Information on the World Ranking has now been posted and linked in the General Rules for next year. We are offering more prizes, including a new random drawing at the end of the year. :)



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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 10:36:17 PM »
Are lot traits and club content banned this year?

The first two challenges look great, btw. And I'm really looking forward to trying out the short lifespan. Should be fun! :)

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 06:59:09 AM »
Hi Minnie Mouse. :) The team is loosening up quite a bit with restrictions this coming year. Notice the fewer bans in the General Rules. So, the answer to lot traits and clubs - you are free to use both. Good luck in the upcoming events. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 11:52:08 PM »
Ah, ok. More strategies to choose from... this should be interesting! Thanks for the quick response!

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2016, 12:39:23 PM »
Just to make sure, am I allowed to post my gameplay to YouTube after the event in question ends?

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2016, 12:55:00 PM »
Just to make sure, am I allowed to post my gameplay to YouTube after the event in question ends?

Absolutely. That would actually be pretty cool to have video walkthroughs after I close an event.



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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2016, 01:08:47 PM »
Just to make sure, am I allowed to post my gameplay to YouTube after the event in question ends?

Absolutely. That would actually be pretty cool to have video walkthroughs after I close an event.
I'm not very good at these, but I'll definitely post the ones I do!

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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2016, 11:14:07 AM »
The first two 2017 season events go live in just about 24 hours, so take a look at the General Rules one more time, as well as both rule sets to make sure you are clear on what to do. Good luck, everyone and Happy New Year. :)

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2017, 01:06:36 PM »
Hey, everyone - I just wanted to remind those with questions regarding the current challenges to please PM the entire team and not just me. Yes, I am online many times throughout the day, but the whole team needs to be in the loop because someone may have a differing opinion and force others to think about something they did not think of. Team members are: myself, Nutella, LenaLJ, Trip, MarianT, and ratchie.

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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2017, 10:36:07 AM »
One player recently PM'd the team on the issue of pregnancy and the general Tournament rule concerning life extension, so I clarified things:

Life Extension - anything that lengthens pre-Elder life stages is prohibited. Pregnancy falls into the life extension category, but in certain Tournament challenges - most obviously Baby Boomer - pregnancy will be allowed.

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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 03:41:11 PM »
I have a tea maker that is spoiled but when I click it the option to empty is grayed out saying it is still brewing! It has been two sim days. Is that considered a stuck object?

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2017, 04:12:54 PM »
I have a tea maker that is spoiled but when I click it the option to empty is grayed out saying it is still brewing! It has been two sim days. Is that considered a stuck object?

Sounds bugged. Can you just replace it?

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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2017, 07:39:13 PM »
I could but I didn't want to have to Since money is a factor for the challenge?  :)

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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2017, 02:23:38 PM »
When does practice file time for the February challenges begin 8)
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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2017, 02:44:36 PM »
When does practice file time for the February challenges begin 8)

I always post rule sets two weeks before they officially go live. So, that translates to me posting the next two on January 30th.

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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2017, 03:17:34 PM »
Thanks a lot Metro.  I can't wait to participate again :).  I forgot about the 2 week start date before rule.
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2017, 10:06:51 AM »
Just a heads up that Nutella has stepped down from the Challenge Team and needs to take a break from Sims 4. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank her for her years of helping the team out. She is a competitor of the highest caliber and always offered solid suggestions for the many rule sets we have offered over the years. Thank you so much for everything, Nutella.

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« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2017, 10:08:55 AM »
We will really miss you Nutella as both a friend and challenge team member.

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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2017, 11:51:25 AM »
Nutella has shared many brilliant gameplay strategies with the forum and we have all benefited from them greatly.
I've missed her presence on the forum but wish her the very best in whatever she's doing.

Is it selfish of me to hope that the break is only temporary?

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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2017, 03:13:09 PM »
I am going to put out a request here for a little extra help in the next week or so - Nutella stepped down from the team a few days ago. Marian just messaged the team and a severe storm knocked out power to her house and she may be without power for a week. And the cherry on top is I am leaving for a week to help my mom who just had knee replacement surgery. So, the bottom line is - the team needs questions answered for the Dynasties and Tournament challenges. @oshizu, @Ricalynn, @sdhoey - I am looking at you guys. :) But, if anyone knows the answers to Dynasty/Tournament questions and it seems like something has gone unanswered for too long - then please step in and try to help. Thanks so much.

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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2017, 03:29:38 PM »
@Metropolis Man

I am happy to help out where and when I can for the week, together with Ricalynn and sdhoey.
Best wishes for your mother's successful knee replacement surgery.

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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2017, 04:05:14 PM »
@Metropolis Man

Oh wow, Well, I'm always home at most and at my computer. It will be an honor to help you out along with Rica and oshizu.  I hope everything goes well for mom.

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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2017, 04:16:51 PM »
I can handle tourney questions but Will be super grateful for any help with dynasty questions. Just to be aware that I am in the uk so might not be available at all times.

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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2017, 04:29:55 PM »
@Metropolis Man

*shows up like a summoned servant*  Yesssss.   You got it boss man.  Happy to help and yeah I don't know the challenges very well but I know the dynasties pretty well (I think.)

Speedy recovery with your mom and a safe trip.  Thoughts out there for Marian and anyone else that's been getting the storms for the weekend.
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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2017, 05:48:48 PM »
Thank you so much, everyone. *super big hugs* :)

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« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2017, 09:14:31 PM »
When you calculate the new ranking after more challenges are closed, if a player has participated in more than 3 challenges, does a low score get dropped -- or how does that work?

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« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2017, 05:36:07 AM »
When you calculate the new ranking after more challenges are closed, if a player has participated in more than 3 challenges, does a low score get dropped -- or how does that work?

Thanks a lot 8)!

Lowest score gets dropped once you participate in more than 10 events.

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« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2017, 10:17:56 AM »
Thanks a lot, Metro!  Doing over 10 challenges this year is my plan 8)!
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« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2017, 10:21:02 AM »
Mine too Coolsim.

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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2017, 11:15:02 AM »
Yeah, it's kind of buried in the World Ranking thread after the actual listing of players...

The second component is Participation. Everyone who submits a score in a challenge receives a 10% participation bonus figured into their ranking. So, there’s a 10-event cap at which point a player receives 100% of the Participation component. If someone participates in more than 10 Tournament challenges, then a player’s best finishes will be used to compute the World Ranking.

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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2017, 11:54:20 AM »
Thanks, Metro :).  I think I may have read that at some point, but it was really far down the page, I think.  That's O.K.
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« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2017, 12:26:54 PM »
Thanks, Metro :).  I think I may have read that at some point, but it was really far down the page, I think.  That's O.K.

It is...intentionally. One has to turn on their geek alert button to settle into the math. Lol.

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« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2017, 01:59:30 PM »
O.K. Metro.  I will press my geek button :P --- lol.  I just saw all the stuff in this thread from March.  I  hope your mom's knee surgery went well.

I know this is about 6 weeks late, but that's for all your help @Nutella!  Good luck with whatever your future plans are :)!
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« Reply #34 on: April 25, 2017, 04:09:30 PM »
Is this the right thread for posting challenge suggestions?

* Nicked Knick-Knacks
I loved last year's Kleptomaniac challenge. What about combining the kleptomaniac trait with a retail shop, where two YA sims could only sell what they swiped?

* Teen Survivors
Now that teens can form their own households and we have the Teen Hangout lot trait, a challenge that revolves around teenagers would also be fun.
Like a Short lifespan spin-off of the Runaway Teen Challenge?

* Vampires vs Vampire Hunters
Inspired by the Rival Dynasties Challenge, what about a challenge that had us counting vampires turned versus vampires cured?

I'd also like to say that I love challenges like last year's cooking challenge which involved not only cooking but also gardening, fishing, and even (ugh) insect collecting.

Admittedly, none of my three are very interesting ideas but I thought I'd throw them out there.
The tournament has been so great in letting me experience new forms of gameplay. A big thank-you to the Challenges Team!

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« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2017, 05:40:02 PM »
@LenaLJ

Happy birthday! I hope you are having the most fantastic day and that it marks the beginning of a great year for you!
Thank you for all you do for us who love the tournament challenges.
The time and effort you spend to share your scoresheets are very much appreciated.

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« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2017, 06:26:26 PM »
Happy birthday, Lena :).

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« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2017, 09:42:33 PM »
Happy birthday, Lena 8)!
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« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2017, 04:32:53 AM »
Thanks guys, it was a lovely day yesterday :D

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« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2017, 02:14:52 PM »
The next two Tournament challenge rule sets are basically done. I was going to post them on Monday -- that would be two weeks before the events go live, but I can see some of the top players wanting to test this or that a bit more than usual given the nature of both events. So, I am going to post both rule sets today. Please remember the overriding feeling of the team -- generic, non-strategy questions are fine in the thread, but any specifics need to be PM'd to the team. Thanks.

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« Reply #40 on: June 09, 2017, 05:38:54 AM »
IMPORTANT: Please avoid Jasmine Holiday for EA's week-long boost. This goes for Dynasties and Tournament challenges.

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« Reply #41 on: September 27, 2017, 05:47:17 AM »
New Challenge Team Member, sdhoey.

I decided to bring on another Challenge Team member, so I wanted to give sdhoey a warm welcome to the Challenge Team. With Nutella no longer around and with ratchie sort of being hit and miss the last couple of years and the fact that Trip does not get involved in the Sims 4 Tournament, I wanted another voice for the Challenges. So, welcome, sdhoey. She loves the community that has been established and joined way back in 2010. She is both a Dynasty and a Tournament participant which is key for me because I want any Challenge Team member to be comfortable in answering both types of questions. 

Thank you, sdhoey, for your willingness to help out.

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« Reply #42 on: September 27, 2017, 01:24:47 PM »
Thank you for the warm welcome Metro. I want to Thank you for the chance to give back to this Community. It is a great place and I have made some wonderful friends over the years. This community has also taught me a lot about playing the game in a way I never knew. I hope I can give back as much as it has given me.

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« Reply #43 on: September 27, 2017, 06:13:13 PM »
Congratulations to the Challenges Team for gaining a new member and to sdhoey for being the chosen one.

Shannon, you've always participated in every single tournament challenge and you are also THE most prolific storyteller on this forum.
Hip-hip-hooray!!!

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« Reply #44 on: September 28, 2017, 01:19:24 AM »
Congratulations sdhoey 8)!
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« Reply #45 on: October 07, 2017, 04:41:07 PM »
When does practice file time for the Finale begin 8)?  I'll bet it's October 9.
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« Reply #46 on: October 07, 2017, 04:44:51 PM »
When does practice file time for the Finale begin 8)?  I'll bet it's October 9.

That should be right. It's usually 2 weeks before the end of the longer challenge. I'm very curious to see what it is. :)

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« Reply #47 on: October 07, 2017, 05:27:38 PM »
Thank you very much reggikko!  I'm excited to see what the finale will be this year, as well :).
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« Reply #48 on: October 08, 2017, 06:57:42 AM »
When does practice file time for the Finale begin 8)?  I'll bet it's October 9.

Hehe...correct. The team is basically done with looking over the rule set, and I will be posting it tomorrow so everyone can get in some practice time.

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« Reply #49 on: October 08, 2017, 08:03:05 AM »
Cool.  Thanks so much for letting us know Metro!  I can't wait to start practicing 8).
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« Reply #50 on: November 13, 2017, 10:20:45 AM »
Next year I definitely foresee a challenge called It's Raining Cats and Dogs. :)

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« Reply #51 on: November 13, 2017, 10:26:51 AM »
Next year I definitely foresee a challenge called It's Raining Cats and Dogs. :)

You need to get out of my head. *bamgs head* I was just pondering last night this would work.

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« Reply #52 on: December 05, 2017, 06:55:32 PM »
I am going to toss out a simple request for some help. The team's first idea for the 2018 season is a vampire event. At first, the idea was a speed challenge to complete all 3 vampire aspirations, but then we thought given the Finale was solely based on aspirations it was too soon for that type of event. So, the idea is to require all players have their vampires (1 Sim only) get each power and flaw. That means they'll have to reach the Grand Master level and accumulate enough points to buy the powers, plus they'll have to gather ingredients for the Draft of Reconfiguration.

What we need to know is how long (give or take a few days) in Sim time this will take because if it's 3 or 4 Sim weeks, then it may be too long and players will get bored.

Thanks for any help.

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« Reply #53 on: December 09, 2017, 05:04:33 AM »
I am going to toss out a simple request for some help. The team's first idea for the 2018 season is a vampire event. At first, the idea was a speed challenge to complete all 3 vampire aspirations, but then we thought given the Finale was solely based on aspirations it was too soon for that type of event. So, the idea is to require all players have their vampires (1 Sim only) get each power and flaw. That means they'll have to reach the Grand Master level and accumulate enough points to buy the powers, plus they'll have to gather ingredients for the Draft of Reconfiguration.

What we need to know is how long (give or take a few days) in Sim time this will take because if it's 3 or 4 Sim weeks, then it may be too long and players will get bored.

Thanks for any help.

you mean to have all powers at once or have had each of them at least once? because if it's the latter then it will be a bit shorter. I am only asking to know how to test it  ;D

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« Reply #54 on: December 09, 2017, 05:31:17 AM »
you mean to have all powers at once or have had each of them at least once? because if it's the latter then it will be a bit shorter. I am only asking to know how to test it  ;D

cheers,
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The team modified this a bit over the last couple days, so I think we're all good. But, thank you for the offer to test. I am posting the ruleset Monday for everyone to do their own practice runs.

 

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