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Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:10:46 AM »
Tri-State Super Parent Challenge

Goal
This challenge is actually 3 mini challenges in 1 -- you'll be creating 3 different games: one for a Human, Alien, and Vampire families. Then, it's a mad dash to have the parents complete the Super Parent Aspiration as quickly as possible.

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

Specific Challenge Rules
  • This challenge requires the Get to Work expansion as well as two Game Packs: Vampires and Parenthood.
  • The Toddler Stuff pack is banned.
  • For your first game, create 2 YA Sims of the same life state (Human, Alien, or Vampire).
  • Alien abductions are okay for this challenge.
  • Adoption is banned for this challenge.
  • You may age up infants, toddlers, children, and teens whenever you want to.
  • Your first game ends when both parents have completed their Super Parent Aspiration.
  • For your second and third games just rinse and repeat and play different life state families with those parents also completing the Super Parent Aspiration.
  • This challenge ends when you have finished all three separate games with the three different sets of parents all finishing their Super Parent Aspirations.

Scoring

Here is a helpful Spreadsheet to calculate your minutes for your scores. (Thank you, Lena)

Human. Stop playing when both Human parents have achieved their Super Parent Aspirations. Look at the Simology tab and note the days to age up as well as the time of day. Plug in the info in the spreadsheet to get your total minutes.

Alien. Stop playing when both Alien parents have achieved their Super Parent Aspirations. Look at the Simology tab and note the days to age up as well as the time of day. Plug in the info in the spreadsheet to get your total minutes.

Vampire. Stop playing when both Vampire parents have achieved their Super Parent Aspirations. You'll have to keep track of how long you've been playing as your vampires won't age. Plug in the info in the spreadsheet to get your total minutes.

Total. Add up the Human, Alien, and Vampire amounts for your Total.

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, 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                              Human     Alien     Vampire     Total     
GlazeyLady                            54515027508015558
christinal3106                            52895349538516023
LenaLJ                            56365711548416830
lesleyj42                            65936326648319402
Minnie Mouse                            79616416732021697
Eighty8Keys                            920511609798428798
Makenziegma                            121458041981430000
MissZoef                            16780109271117138878
Tuija                            15286136071187940772
WriterJunkie                            20947105131103342493
Ginj                            18618148371051443969
Whimsical Peanut                            2054015763967545978
Metropolis Man                            19587159291284548361
MysteryGem                            27439206041344661489
sdhoey                            20550226162020563371
CynKuy                            34661226902521782568
coolsim9999999                            43382267831779187956

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 10:59:27 AM »
In reading through the scoring section under "Vampires," it says "...note the days to age up..." Aren't they immortal? I don't think the simology tab shows number of days to aging up for vampires.



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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2017, 12:12:42 PM »
In reading through the scoring section under "Vampires," it says "...note the days to age up..." Aren't they immortal? I don't think the simology tab shows number of days to aging up for vampires.

You're right. We changed the rule to reflect that. You'll have to keep track of their age on your own.
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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 01:37:05 PM »
score:
Human      43,382 minutes    
Alien         26,783 minutes
Vampire    17,791 minutes

Total        87,956 minutes

Thanks a lot for this nice challenge.

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 02:38:45 PM »
Awesome challenge!  I've never played Sims 4 aliens or vampires, so it was fun to have a reason to explore them.

Scores:

Greta Humana     15286
Boyntone Aliene   13607
Boyntoni Vampiri  11879

Total minutes:     40772

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 09:03:31 AM »
Love the names, Ouija. You're at the top :).

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2017, 02:00:33 PM »
Scores:

Human: 20947
Alien:    10513
Vampire:11033

Total: 42493



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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 01:27:02 PM »
Can we use the Toddler Stuff pack?
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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 01:29:50 PM »
Can we use the Toddler Stuff pack?

For clothing and hair, yes. But we usually don't allow gameplay items from packs that release during a challenge.
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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2017, 01:33:03 PM »
Can we use the Toddler Stuff pack?

Hmmmm...I am not disagreeing with you, Marian, but the problem is we did not specifically ban that Stuff pack in the rules, and I wonder if other finishers used it?

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2017, 01:56:02 PM »
Hi Metro and Marian,

I didn't use the Toddler Stuff pack, which came out on Thursday, August 24.  I just looked at the dates that the three of us on the leader board, so far, finished, and everyone finished before the pack came out.

I just wanted to help with the date information.

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2017, 02:11:47 PM »
I haven't bought it yet anyway. 
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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2017, 03:26:57 PM »
Okay, good -- well, just to be clear then, I'll add that pack to the bans list in the rules. Thanks.

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2017, 10:50:39 AM »
Thank you for another fun challenge! I've never really played with the Vampires before and it was quite fun!

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Human 16780
Vampires 11171
Aliens 10927

total: 38878

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2017, 01:24:54 PM »
Super fun challenge! Hadn't play with Vampires at all before this challenge.

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Human 9205
Aliens 11609
Vampires 7984

Total: 28798

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2017, 03:40:43 PM »
I didn't think I could get any to finish the aspiration so I'm happy I got all three.

Human   34661
Alien      22690
Vampire 25217

Total      82568.
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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2017, 01:01:11 AM »
This was an incredibly fun challenge! :) I hadn't played much with the Parenthood pack till now, so I really enjoyed diving in and learning all about the character traits and stuff.

Human     7,961
Alien        6,416
Vampire   7,320

Total       21,697

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2017, 07:16:57 PM »
Loved this challenge and it helped me re-ignite my interest in the Sims. Without any practice I don't think I did to badly I could have done better. Each time I played it I was quicker. However not to disappointed in my results. This was a lot of fun and I finished in two days. Thank you very much!!!

Human: 12145
Alien: 8041
Vampire: 9814
Total: 30,000

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2017, 10:18:13 PM »
Man, I put a lot of time into this one as far as practice goes.  There are a few places I lost some time, but overall, I am really happy with my effort here.  Although, I am sure someone will do better.  Anyway, what an awesome challenge.

Human - 5289
Alien - 5349
Vampire - 5385
Total - 16023

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2017, 09:56:29 AM »
score:

Human      20,540 minutes   
Alien         15,763 minutes
Vampire    9,675 minutes

Total        45,978 minutes

Thank you Lena for the spreadsheet!!!

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2017, 12:25:30 PM »
Long learning curve on this one, given never having played vampires or parenthood before.  Anyhow:

Human:   18618
Alien:      14837
Vampire: 10514

Total:      43969

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2017, 06:29:30 AM »
This challenge ends in a few days. You need to post your score before the challenge ends late Sunday night. Good luck to everyone finishing up.

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2017, 02:16:01 AM »
This was fun ---

Humans -    27,439
Aliens -       20,604
Vampires -  13,446

Total --   61,489

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2017, 05:16:18 PM »
All done...not a very great effort for me. Oh well. :)

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Alien -- 15,929
Vampire -- 12,845

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2017, 05:19:07 PM »
Just got done, close to the top but not close enough :)

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Alien 5711
Vampire 5484

Total 16830

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2017, 08:15:39 PM »
Barely finished but I got it done.

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Alien: 22616

Vampire: 20205

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2017, 08:38:02 PM »
My parents finished as follows:

Alien 6,593
Human 6,326
Vampire 6,483

Total: 19,402

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2017, 09:18:29 PM »
Got crazy busy after the humans and aliens; barely finished with the vamps!

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Alien       5027
Vampire  5080

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2017, 06:16:23 AM »
This event is now closed. Thanks to all participants. It was a nice opportunity for players to strut their parenting chops as well as give a chance for some of us (myself included) to play different life states. Big grats to GlazeyLady for the win...she swooped in at the 11th hour for another feather in her cap. Great job. :) Everyone is now free to talk strategy.

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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2017, 09:34:23 AM »
Aw, so close.  I thought I may of had that one, but congrats to @GlazeyLady for her win.  I also wanted to say how fun this challenge was, and it was a nice change of pace to have a parenting type challenge without a full house. 

Anyway, my strategy was evolving.  I had so many questions before I started, and so many more came up as I was playing.  I had never played with aliens or vampires before, but it turned out strategy was pretty much the same for all three life states. 

My first thought was it would be a lot better if they could have twins.  On my first practice run, my humans did manage to have twins, but not the aliens or vamps.  It is so unreliable, I knew that I couldn't depend on that for strategy.  As, I played though, I realized one child is better anyway.  The most time consuming part of the aspiration is helping with homework for 4 hours.  At first, I just had one parent help them with their homework and it takes 1 hour.  I knew if they could get a B, that they would have extra credit as well.  I found out if a child goes to school with a completed project and very focused they could get a B in one day.  That was great to know, and it did help the time by sending the kid to school the next day, getting the B, and then There would be 2 hours that homework could be helped.  Although, that still wasn't the fastest way.

While I was doing the alien practice, my kid and his dad kept talking autonomously while his mother was helping him.  I noticed that his homework took longer to complete, so that's when I knew.  Of course, what makes everything take longer in sims 4, multitasking.  So, when i used that strat, I had one parent helping the kid with homework, one parent sitting at the table beside him, and I just kept queuing up social interactions for the kid and the other parent that wasn't currently helping him.  So, by doing it that way, I could get about 6 hours of homework help out of just one homework.  That completely took away any need of getting a new homework.

So, this is exactly what I did.  When the game first starts, I made a club with both parents in it.  The only club activity I put at first was friendly interactions.  Then, obviously, I had that parents try for baby.  It happened the first time for the humans, but the vamps and aliens took twice.  Then you have 3 days until you can have that baby, so I used that time by maxing the parenting skill.  First, they read the parenting books.  Then I just had them talk to each other and every couple interactions, I would have them give parenting tips social.  The first night they slept, and I added sleeping to club activities.  When they woke up, they had enough points for rally the troops.  They only other perk I bought was a parenting skill boost.  I did find that rally the troops really wasn't very beneficial for the vamps though.  Also during that time, I had a caked baked.  As soon as the baby was born, it was aged up to toddler.  Then the toddler was aged up to child.  I gave the children the good trait because it gives you a third of the bar to empathy.  The first thing I had them do was play with the doctor set and queued up all of the praise playing with the doctor set as I could with both parents, that got that discipling your child 5 times milestone done, and helped with the empathy.  Then I cancelled the playing, and had the child do homework like I described above.  Once one parent had their 4 hours, I would switch to other other parent for the remaining 2 hours.  At that point, the child went back to the doctor set, fill up the parent's queue with praise, then cancel the playing interaction. Then, start playing again, filled the parents queue again, and empathy was filled.  Then, it was time for teen, so the cake had candles put on it again for the child to age up.  I gave the teens the neat trait because it fills up manners a third.  First, I finished the last two hours of homework for the parent's aspiration, then had them praise him about homework just like I did the doctors set by queuing praise, then cancel, start homework again, and queuing it up until responsibility was in range.  Lastly, I put a bunch of tables in the yard, and had the teen set them all.  While the parents were running around praising him or her for setting the table.  So, they were finished around midnight or 1 early Thursday morning.  I kinda messed up on the vamps because if they already have full parent mode when that part of the aspiration is there, it won't complete, so you have to wait for the moodlet to go away to get it to come back again.  I lost a hour there.  I also lost a hour from the vamps and aliens not getting pregnant the first time. 

So, I am really looking forward to reading what glazeylady did.  I'm still really happy with my score because if I didn't do all the practice I did for this, I would of been somewhere in the middle probably.  I pretty much stuck with the character values I chose, and didn't really experiment with that, so that may of been where I could of saved more time. 


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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2017, 10:47:38 AM »
Like you, @christinal3106, I did a lot of practicing on this - almost too much as real life got very busy for me and I had to lock myself away on Sunday to finish.  But I was on a completely different track regarding the homework - thank you for sharing that tip - I never would have thought of that.  I focused on getting that requirement met by helping other kids with homework - Since there was no rule against adding to the household, I got my sim pregnant immediately and then moved them in with the Villareals - I picked them because I love that house, because it's easy to get a lot of Mansion Baron Satisfaction points there, and because of the 3 kids.  My sims could help Luna, Hugo and Max with homework prior to being at that step of the aspiration, and when they got to that step, the previous homework help counted.  It basically let me complete that requirement before my sim babies were born.

I used the Ley Line lot trait, kid's radio, kid's tv, fertility massage and Fertility reward to try to get multiple births, but ultimately I do agree that multiple kids wasn't all that critical, although I did find that the traits didn't always give both twins the same head-start on a value, and sometimes, even with everything else the same, one kid learned faster than the other.  I also used clubs with Rally the Troops and the Parenting Boost.  I used Comradery Boost as well - in my testing my sims learned Parenting faster when Very Happy than when Very Anything-else.  I had reading as one of the club activities, so the only things happening in the house were either specific to the Parenting aspiration, and reading.  Oh, and Hugo baked 3 cakes because someone always sneaks off and eats a slice from at least one and then you don't have a cake ready for candles when you need it!

I changed Jacques aspiration to Super Parent and had him achieve that before my sim's babes were born.  Max achieved 3 traits, completing Super Parent for Jacques.  My sims were at Level 10 Parenting before the births.  I limited labor by clicking on the bassinet and then on "Have Baby" as soon as my sim went into labor.  Then I used the Super Efficient Baby Care action to fill needs, aged them to toddlers and then immediately to children.  I gave them the Neat trait to boost Manners, added them to the club, rallied the troops, and locked the kids, the parents and Jacques in a room.  Keeping Super-Parent Jacques nearby gave quicker gains to the kids.  Once it was clear which child was going to get the Manners and Conflict Resolution sooner, I stopped teaching the other and let the parent who wasn’t teaching focus on getting into Full Parent mode using interactions with the other child and with Luna and Hugo.  When Manners and Conflict Resolution were complete, I aged the child to a teen, giving the Perfectionist trait to boost Responsibility, and then had him/her work on a School project while being encouraged by a parent with Jacques playing games on the computer nearby.  By the time Responsibility was high enough, aging him/her up with 3 character values was the only thing left for the Super Parent Aspiration for both parents.

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2017, 11:06:18 AM »
Congratulations on winning GlazeyLady 8).

Great strategies GlazeyLady and christinal3106!

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« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2017, 11:16:15 AM »
Wow great strategies @GlazeyLady and @christinal3106 :) Never thought about that homework thing or moving the sims to a house of NPC's.

Congratulations on winning @GlazeyLady

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« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2017, 12:32:33 PM »
Congratulations, @GlazeyLady!

My only contribution to the question of how to get 4 hours helping with schoolwork is that working on a child's project counts for that. Curious to see the other strategies.
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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2017, 02:34:23 PM »
@MarianT Working on a school project does not help with the 4 hours of homework.  That is something I checked as well.  I also didn't think of moving in with other people.  That is something I have to keep in mind for the future if it is allowed.

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« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2017, 02:40:06 PM »
@MarianT Working on a school project does not help with the 4 hours of homework.  That is something I checked as well.  I also didn't think of moving in with other people.  That is something I have to keep in mind for the future if it is allowed.

That's odd -- it worked for me. Maybe it did because I had the parents work on the project after they helped with homework.
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« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2017, 03:00:59 PM »
Hmmm.. yeah that is interesting.  I might make a game to look into that.  Ok, so I did just go see, and it did in fact count for it.  I don't know maybe I didn't give it the hour.  @MarianT

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« Reply #37 on: September 11, 2017, 03:18:10 PM »
@MarianT Working on a school project does not help with the 4 hours of homework.  That is something I checked as well.  I also didn't think of moving in with other people.  That is something I have to keep in mind for the future if it is allowed.

That's odd -- it worked for me. Maybe it did because I had the parents work on the project after they helped with homework.
Working on school projects helped with my sims hours helping with homework, too.

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Re: Tri-State Super Parent Challenge
« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2017, 03:47:19 PM »
Wow, I didn't know that there is a club perk that boosts parenting skill.  Good to know for my next dynasty attempt. :o
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