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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #75 on: March 21, 2017, 03:55:19 AM »
Well done @Maddyjs and welcome to the forum and the tournament.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #76 on: March 21, 2017, 06:24:18 AM »
Thank you @ratchie ! I have been following the forum and tournaments for a long time but hadn't have time to finish a tournament until this one came along. :D

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #77 on: March 21, 2017, 06:51:19 AM »
Thank you @ratchie ! I have been following the forum and tournaments for a long time but hadn't have time to finish a tournament until this one came along. :D

Yes, you have indeed - I see you registered back at the beginning of 2015. Great score - I am glad you jumped in. :)Keep up the good work. You shoehorned your score right above me! Lol.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #78 on: March 22, 2017, 07:34:54 AM »

  The marriage no. 14 (Liberty Lee with a townie NPC) happened - completed at 2nd week, Tuesday 5:01 am. Did the calculation myself (first, added the seconds too by mistake, heh) had 12.781 in game minutes, a little better than i expected. :)

Score is 12.781 then, happy simming all. :)

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #79 on: March 22, 2017, 09:12:02 PM »
@Ginj, I removed your post. Talking about who you paired with whom would definitely be considered strategy.
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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #80 on: March 23, 2017, 06:22:10 AM »
Fervent apologies, Marian T.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #81 on: March 23, 2017, 06:25:46 AM »
If you have not finished this event, it's time to load up that romantic arrow and start shooting it around the neighborhood. Pew pew pew. :) This event closes in just three days (Sunday night). Good luck finishing up.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #82 on: March 25, 2017, 12:06:08 PM »
A final reminder to get those scores in by tomorrow night.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #83 on: March 26, 2017, 07:10:28 AM »
My 14th couple tied the knot on 12.11pm on Thursday of week 1, for a score of 6011.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #84 on: March 26, 2017, 07:45:21 AM »
Great score, Alex. Well done.

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« Reply #85 on: March 26, 2017, 03:21:51 PM »
Final couple were covered in confetti at 4.05pm of Saturday Week 1. Ye olde spreadsheet (for which I am very grateful!) tells me my score is 9125.
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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #86 on: March 26, 2017, 05:47:09 PM »
Waking up realising i forgot to write in my score, ups! That would have been a disaster.
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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #87 on: March 27, 2017, 05:12:47 AM »
This challenge is now officially closed. Everyone is now free to discuss strategy. Congratulations to Minnie Mouse for the win.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #88 on: March 27, 2017, 05:37:00 AM »
Congratulations Minnie Mouse.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #89 on: March 28, 2017, 08:42:59 AM »
Wow! I can't believe I won. Sorry guys, I would have posted earlier but for some reason I thought this still had another week. Congrats @LenaLJ on your score too - we were literally just a couple of interactions apart. That's super close!!

Anyway, here is my strategy. Sorry again for the long-windedness. I never know how much to include/exclude... :P

So I'll start with the matchmaking. Essentially, I had levels of priority for my matches.
  • Sims who had a prior relationship
    • By far the easiest to match
    • #1 Sergio Romeo and Sioban Fyres
    • #2 Joaquin Le Chien and Candy Behr
  • Sims who lived in the same household
    • Have some relationship (easier to ask on a date)
    • Easy to solve needs (higher success rate if the person you are proposing to has a green plumbob)
    • Less time required to find/befriend/get the date started
    • Also, after clearing this by the team (thanks @ratchie for putting up with my many messages), you can marry during the date if target is within your household, because the moving in pop-up doesn’t appear and interrupt the date.
    • #3 Ulrike Faust and Maaike Haas
    • #4 Eva Capricciosa and Pablo Rocca
    • #5 Marcus Flex and Jade Rosa
    • #6 Vivian Lewis and Dennis Kim
    • #7 Liberty Lee and Travis Scott
    • #9 Zoe Patel and Mitchell Kalani
    • #10 J Huntington III and Gavin Richards
    • #11 Akira Kibo and Miko Ojo
    • #12 Don Lothario and Katrina Caliente
  • Other couples I had pretested for compatibility (I tell you, Johnny Zest is determined to be a loner. Despite what I thought were compatible traits, I had NO luck with him in my practice runs)
    • #8 Summer Holiday and Salim Benali
    • #13 Nina Caliente and Caleb Vatore
    • #14 Mila Munch and Penny Pizzazz

My key to a successful date (aka the Sims Playbook ;) )
  • Get just enough friendship to have a pleasant conversation
  • Alternate flirt and compliment x2 or 3 to get a suggestive conversation
  • Ask on date
  • Perform “safe” romantic actions up through first kiss and ask to be bf/gf - at this point romance is usually around 50
  • Focus on friendship. Ask to cloudgaze is a good one for fast relationship boost - just make sure to cancel the action after it stops adding friendship points
  • After friendship is at about 50 (I didn’t see much difference in proposal success rate after that - not enough to justify the time it takes to get there, anyway), return to romantic actions
  • Get romance to nearly 100. Sims should have lots of good moodlets by now. Make sure opposing sim has a green plumbob (if in same household). Propose!
  • If proposal fails (this happened only 2x for me - far less than in my practice run, so I was pretty lucky), immediately apologize/smooth recovery/self-deprecating joke/whatever you can do to salvage the moment. Then go give yourself a pep talk or hide from everyone to get rid of the embarrassment moodlet.
  • Re-start a conversation with target, get as romantic as possible and then try again. 2nd time was the charm in both cases for me (even though it had only been a couple of hours since the 1st failed proposal)
  • Get married!! (during the date if the sims are in the same household - if not, use the “elope” action right before the date ends and the “exchange vows” action right after it ends). In almost all cases, my sims were married during or immediately after the date.

One last misc. strategy: If a non-committal sim was involved, I made sure they were the one proposing. Their fail rate didn’t seem any worse than the average sim, unless they were the ones being proposed to.


Thanks for another awesome challenge, team! It was lots of fun! :)

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #90 on: March 28, 2017, 11:54:29 AM »
Great strategy, Minnie Mouse, and congratulations on winning this challenge :)

I had my sims elope immediately after a date, too.  I was getting 2 couples married per Sim day or so for the first 9 marriages.  That brought me to Saturday of the first week.

However, then, Cassandra Goth had trouble finding someone to date, for some reason.  As she finally got married 2 Sim weeks later, Mortimer died during the ceremony.  I locked the couple into a bedroom when Grim showed up, so I could finish the marriage.

Next, Alexander Goth was old enough to get married after all that.  So, I had to wait a few days for him to get over his father's death.

So, after the 2 Goth YA's got married, I, unfortunately, tried to get 2 different marriages completed, and in both of those marriages, one of the Sims was unflirty, so it took a week for each of them to get married.

Finally, I found an easy young couple and they married the day after they met. 

However, after all those marriages that took more time to complete, it was Week 5 day 4 --- instead of the end of week 2 or the very beginning of week 3.

I still had a fun time doing this challenge.
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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #91 on: March 28, 2017, 11:59:48 AM »
My strategy was quite similar to Minnie's (I even made 8 of the same matches) with one major difference...I apparently spent way too much time building friendships (probably should have played around with that more in testing). That alone made it take more than two days longer to finish. It's crazy how much difference one strategy change can make.

Congrats, @Minnie Mouse ! Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #92 on: March 28, 2017, 12:09:40 PM »
My strategy was pretty similar to Minnie mouses and I was doing quite well until Maaike and Ulrike decided that they didn't want to marry one another costing me several hours and a change of plan. Also The lobo pizzzas nuptials took well over 6 hours for some unknown reason.

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Re: Cupid's Challenge
« Reply #93 on: March 29, 2017, 12:57:35 PM »
I chose the homes with more than one single sim so I could work on 3 or so couples at a time. They would all marry outside of the household. I would see if they first had any romantic interest which none did not even Sergio or Siobhan. Then I check for friends outside the house which was rare and lastly clubs they were in. I would call a club meeting to get sims over for my sims to meet. I would have one couple start a date and work on romance while the others built up there friendship to best friends. Then when someone married I would move out any previously married couples living in the home and move in any single sims from the other household that way I didn't have to keep moving house. I did one move outside of the original move. The only one who gave me trouble was Marcus Flex. He turned my sim down like two or three times luckily I didn't lose much time as I would just work on other relationships while they cooled down. Then one of my other sims just happened to marry his roommate so I moved him in and then just had him do the asking. As for Sergio and Siobhan I really have no idea what happened there as I did make a list of all the singles and any ongoing relationships which I found through the Sims wiki page. They were supposed to be boyfriend and girlfriend already which they were in a quick trial I did. However, on my official run they were the 4th couple I married so like day 2 and they had no prior relationship. 

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« Reply #94 on: March 29, 2017, 05:13:40 PM »
Like MomofMany, I stuck with one house throughout (Partihaus) and moved people in and out of it. I also used their club throughout (again, adding new members as the old ones were married off), as it starts off with the boost to romantic interactions and the flirty club vibe. I chose couples purely based on who showed up on the list of potential members, which resulted in some unexpected matchmaking – Summer Holiday and Geeta Rasoya hit it off especially well.

Maybe it was the club bonuses, but I had no issues with proposing to non-committal Sims – I paired off J Huntington III with Marcus Flex.

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« Reply #95 on: March 30, 2017, 07:16:16 PM »
Apparently I misinterpreted this rule:
Once you're finished with that house, click on "Manage Households" and choose another house.

I interpreted this to mean that you had to work one household at a time, and then move on to the next (as opposed to staying in one house and moving in single sims).  That led me to a somewhat different strategy - I thought that minimizing the number of households was important.  The most singles I found in one household was 4 (Calientes, Roomies, Partihaus) so I targeted those 3 along with Spencer-Kim-Lewis with 2 singles.

I planned to use Club extensively - to get sims to come where I wanted them to be; to improve the likelihood of romantic gestures succeeding; to keep Satisfaction high and eliminate the need to eat, sleep and run to the bathroom; and to get the whole group into a flirty emotion.  The other key part of my strategy was to get all the targeted partners of each household identified before switching to that household so they were already in the club - this was to minimize the amount of time between the last date in one household and the first date in the next household.

I started with the Spencer-Kim-Lewis household, took them all to meet Geeta Rasoya, added her to the club and went to the park.  I usually find Jacques Villareal sleeping on a park bench, so I planned to have Vivien go after him.  If he wasn’t there, she could set her sights on a gardener, who would likely be an elder, but, if not an elder, well, bonus for Vivien.  ;)

Jacques was there, so Vivien chatted him up and then went romantic while Dennis chatted up Geeta.  Eric and Alice chatted and flirted with each other to run up club points and also kept an eye out for anyone from the other targeted households to come by. Eric was the leader of the club Cupid's Cuties, so he needed to find a member of one of the other households to develop a friendship with - someone who would later be able to convince him to step down as leader.  He also kept an eye out for potential spouses for the upcoming household.  I planned to move to the Calientes second, as I thought there was a good chance of one of them showing up at the park for Eric to meet. 

As soon as Dennis got a romantic relationship going with Geeta, he asked her on a date.  He proposed during the date and they eloped as soon as the date was over.  As soon as that date was done, Vivien asked Jacques on a date, proposed during the date and eloped as soon as it was over.  By the time both dates were done, Eric had introduced himself to Cristopher Cruz, the adult gardener and added him to Cupid’s Cuties (partner for Katrina).  Geeta had invited her son Raj to Hang out at Current Lot, and Eric met and also added him to the group for Nina.  Salim Banali happened to be at the park, so Eric targeted him for Dina.  Nina Caliente showed up, so Eric met her, added her to the group, and raised that friendship bar enough that when I switched households, Nina would be able to easily convince him to step down.  Just as Vivien and Jacques were eloping, Annette Rocha showed up at the park.  Eric checked her marital status and then added her to the group for Don.  At this point, the group was Eric, Nina, Cristopher, Raj, Salim, and Annette, and I had targeted a partner for each member of the Caliente household.

At that point I switched households and Nina convinced Eric to give up the club leadership. She booted him out of the club, added Katrina, Dina and Don, and started a gathering.  Everyone chatted and flirted, and Don was the first to ask for a date.  As soon as the date ended, he and Annette eloped while Katrina and Cristopher started their date.  And then Nina and Raj, then Dina and Salim.  Most of the dates were at the park so the married sims could watch out for members of the next household and potential partners for them.  I planned on going to the Roomies third, but Paolo Rocca jogged by, so Nina took the opportunity to meet him and chat him up so that they'd be good enough friends for him to eventually take over the club. Paolo started chatting with Maria East, so Nina checked her out and found that she was single.  She added her to the club for Paolo.  Nina also met and added Dandre Benjamin and Daichi Isikawa for Eve and Jada. But when the Caliente household dates were done, she didn't have a partner for Marcus. 

I switched households, Paolo took over the club and went to meet Summer Holiday.  He brought her back to the Partihaus, and started a gathering, which brought Maria, Dandre and Benjamin all to the Partihaus.  The four couples chatted and romanced.  Paolo already had some relationship with Maria, so that was the first date, which was at the Partihaus (to provide opportunity for woohoo).  Paolo and Maria were married when Candy Behr came by, so Paolo introduced himself and removed Maria from the club and added Candy (he thought she was perfect for J. Huntington III). Marcus and Summer had the second date, and then Summer invited Mitchell Kalani over to meet Paolo and to be the next leader of Cupid's Cuties.  She invited Liberty Lee over to be Mitchell Kalani's partner.  Dandre invited his brother Ramiro over to be Zoe's partner, and Paolo added Liberty, Zoe, Mitchell and Ramiro to the club, ousting the married couples.  Then Paolo went to Ulrike Faust's house, met her, added her to the club, and brought her back to the Partihaus for Gavin Richards. 

I switched households, Mitchell took over Cupid's Cuties, and started a gathering to bring everyone together.  Chat-Chat, Flirt-Flirt, Date-Date, woohoo, propose, and then elope when the date ended.

Congratulations to everyone who finished this, and especially to Minnie Mouse and LenaLJ for coming out on top!