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2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« on: January 01, 2018, 08:33:06 PM »
We are working on putting together the building challenge for Jan/Feb. We'll give more information in this thread soon.



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2018 Building Challenge 1
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 07:49:46 PM »
Building Crisis Hits Newcrest
Needed desperately 4 bedrooms homes with many extra features for the estate-savvy purchaser. The Plans have been approved by the Newcrest Council all that is needed now are builders talented enough to rise to the challenge.

Build Challenge #1 Details:
http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=29420.msg474210#msg474210
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 01:33:29 AM »
This first challenge sounds so great!
I've never ever built a house from a RL plan before, so I'm excited by this chance to exercise my underdeveloped building skills!

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 01:51:20 PM »
Some price clarification: It is the price you see when you upload to the library/gallery. This price can be seen without having to complete the upload so you can check your price as you build. Don't worry and confuse yourself (and me!) about the lot price, just make sure that the 'upload' price (Cost of Final Build ) is what the challenge budget is or lower.

This is why, this year, we are asking you to only build in build mode instead of live mode. As stated in the rules once your final build has been saved to YOUR LIBRARY then if you want live mode pics for the forum post then you can move in a sim and snap away.

Do not save your house to the Gallery until MrsFlynn and I have given the 'ok'. Until then keep it safe and secure in your own Library.  :)
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 09:49:40 PM »
Just a friendly reminder: please have your screenshots of your builds in jpg format.  :)

Why we prefer photos in .jpg format.
http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=25154.msg427387#post_DIS4

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http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=25154.msg427387#post_JPG
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2018, 08:19:50 PM »
May I request clarification of what the February 14 "Due Date" means?

Is it necessary to wait until Feb 14 to submit the screenshots?
Or can the screenshots be submitted anytime after January 9 but up to and including February 14?

Sorry for what obviously is an uninformed question.

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2018, 09:12:20 PM »
Start date means, the starting of the challenge.
Due date means photos due no later than the date given. Which is Wed. Feb. 14th, but participants can enter when ready up til that date.
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Screenshot Tips
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 02:49:31 PM »
General camera tips:

To get a closer shot you may need to change your camera view in the game settings. Using the Sims 3 camera style you can get a much lower angle.

To change to the Sims 3 camera style go to the Options menu > Game Options > Game Camera - then check The Sims 3 Camera.

Use the mouse, it's scroll wheel and arrow keys to get photos. Press the scroll wheel down down while moving the mouse to rotate the camera, scroll in and out to zoom in and out.

Or by keyboard - Turn on Sims 3 Camera mode in game options, hold the Ctrl key and click and drag to tilt and turn the camera around to your liking.

Use the scroll wheel or up/down arrow keys to get a closer view, once you get to the angle you want.
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2018, 09:37:24 PM »
The rules for the first challenge require the outside to look as like the plans as possible.  Does this include color?  Or just style?

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2018, 09:39:19 PM »
Building Challenge Idea 2018
Build a College

Unlimited budget for this challenge. 
The story could be that the business people who are building the college have enough money to spend any amount on the college.


Tim, a high school senior beginning to apply to college, is timid about starting college as a freshman. He would like to go to a new college that is almost done being built. He doesn't know which style campus he would like to attend. So, any building style is fine. He would like it to be a smaller college that would fit on a 50X50 (in case some people don't have the right packs) or a 64x64 lot.

Requirements:

-Dorm rooms
-Classrooms/lecture halls
-Dining hall
-Quad/Grassy area with benches
-Bookstore
-Library
Small administration building which can include additional classrooms.
-Landscaped areas
-Sport area with some seats (not a full stadium)
-name a college sports team with a college mascot (optional)
-view of water, desert or city
- a train stop
-a small ice cream parlor
-activity center /dances/fun --- no alcohol, except for seniors who have turned 21 --- so, it needs a senior class area.
-nice main entrance
- some parking
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2018, 03:22:07 AM »
The rules for the first challenge require the outside to look as like the plans as possible.  Does this include color?  Or just style?

Color and style for this challenge.
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2018, 03:23:49 AM »
Thanks @coolsim9999999  for posting your ideas. As re: our PM discussion no 100% promises but MrsFlynn and I will do our very best to incorporate everyone's wishes, ideas and hopes!  :)
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 03:40:46 AM »
Thanks so much Play!  You guys are awesome.  I'm sure it will be another wicked fun building season --- no matter what ;D.
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 05:19:20 PM »
@Playalot

Thanks!

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Challenge reminder -
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2018, 09:42:20 PM »
Just wanted to post a reminder for the challenge. We've got a week till the due date = Feb.14th

Build Challenge #1 Details:
http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=29420.msg474210#msg474210

Just a friendly reminder: please have your screenshots of your builds in jpg format.  :)

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http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?topic=25154.msg427387#post_DIS4

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 02:03:38 PM »
First of all, I want to say how excited I am to see the entries for the first challenge on February 16th!

Secondly, as a simmer who exclusively plays dynasty challenges and tournament challenges, I would personally prefer building challenges that contribute to that kind of gameplay.
The #carlsguiderdc offerings consist mainly of 1-bedroom starters so I'm really pleased with the first challenge.
These are the types of lots I would love to tackle in future challenges, not in order of preference, to add diversity to #carlsguiderdc selections.
* More mid-range houses
* Cottage
* Beach house
* Toddler park (the only one dynasty challengers can download at the moment is MaxisCreator_01's Park and Play)
* Spa resort
* Restaurant
* "Glamping" rental for Granite Falls that accommodates toddlers/pets
* Cafe
* Vet clinic
Okay, so I realize I'm not being very imaginative or original at all, but I'm mainly thinking it would be fantastic for building challenge participants to create lots that we, as members of this wonderful forum community, could legally place in both our challenge games and for-fun games.
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2018, 02:21:29 PM »
@oshizu I would love to do a toddler park one!!

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2018, 09:46:29 PM »
Thanks @oshizu  I can say that some of those suggestions are already on the discussions table, so to speak but we only do a few competitions during the year due to time constraints and all that so don't get your hopes up for all!  :)
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2018, 09:50:55 PM »
Thank you for your response. I wasn't asking for all of them, hehe.
I just made a quick list of possibly fun-to-build-and-use lots off the top of my head.

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2018, 08:44:57 PM »
I have an idea to share as well. More Than Meets The Eye - the idea is that the outside of the house is vastly different than the inside.

Examples: looks like simple country cottage for a sweet grandma but on the inside, a high tech villain's lair.  Another example, a warehouse on the outside but a cozy family home on the inside.

To help people along, there could be two contrasting idea lists to pick from: outside look and inside look. Or people can make up their own :)

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2018, 10:24:21 PM »
Quickly, do you submit your entry to the gallery at the end date of the challenge (Feb, 14) or do you wait for approval first?

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2018, 10:37:09 PM »
After the winner has been announced for this challenge. That will be Mon. Feb.27th probably in the evening, pacific time.
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2018, 07:48:19 PM »
@deenahax  thanks for the awesome ideas! As always no promises apart from we promise to try to include everyone's ideas!  :) I do really love this though.

So many great ideas from so many of you! What a fab community.  :)
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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2018, 04:34:03 AM »
Thanks MrsFlynn for the clarification. Going back and rereading the building challenge rules and set up, I really like how it has been structured to be fair and official, well done.

As for future ideas, not sure if this would be much of a challenge, but I would love to see more venues in accordance with the themes of the stuff, game, and expansion packs.
i.e. Laundromat with 'Laundry Day Stuff' (and base game items), Daycare with 'Toddler Stuff', Vampire lounge/den with 'Vampires' (of course), Clubhouses with 'Get Together' etc. Or just more base game venues would be great too.
I'm always in need of more unique playable venues that are not overly stuffed with items from multiple packs or "cheats" that make some of the objects difficult to interact with.

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Re: 2018 TS4 Building Challenges Discussion Thread
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2018, 10:46:44 AM »
Just in case anyone is wondering, I'll be putting up the challenge poll sometime in the later afternoon or evening - pacific time.
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