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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #50 on: May 06, 2018, 06:04:25 PM »
Frank and Marie Whimsy have been pretty busy in their last days.  Frank finished with 88 whims and 32 traits, while Marie completed 99 whims with 33 traits.

99+88 = 187
(32+33) * 10 = 650

Total = 837

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #51 on: May 06, 2018, 06:10:18 PM »
This was more challenging than I expected

Whims: 75 + 73 = 148
Traits: 8 + 8 x 10 = 160

Total 308



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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #52 on: May 06, 2018, 10:39:30 PM »
I actually finished a challenge!

Whims - 183 + 186 = 369
Traits - 21 + 21 = 42 x 10 = 420

Total - 789

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #53 on: May 07, 2018, 05:35:15 AM »
This event is now closed. Great job, everybody. This was a fun one, and as some mentioned when they posted their scores, much simpler than the last careers event. Grats to our champion, GlazeyLady. Everyone is now free to share their approach.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #54 on: May 07, 2018, 07:23:45 AM »
1st thing I did was have them join the Good Timers, since it's an open invite club that has rally the troops, meaning they never had to eat, sleep, or potty, leaving more time to focus on whims. I also gave them the soulmate aspiration, as it's easy to complete in less than a week, getting them a free traits and lots of points to buy more traits. I also spent some time having them eat Pho to develop Spice Hound and Chopstick Savvy. I had them move into 930 Medina since it was the nicest apt. they could buy. When they got whims to get jobs, I had 'em join CL jobs so they could work from home. In hindsight I wish I'd given them Family Oriented since that trait's constant whims to buy toys are cheap, easy, and timeless to complete.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #55 on: May 07, 2018, 09:07:35 AM »
Frank and Marie Whimsy moved into a cheap, unfurnished apartment.  They bought a wishing well, a desk, a chair and a computer.  Both wished for skills as often as possible throughout the challenge.  Right after his first wish, Frank searched the computer for vampire information and then purchased and read the first volume of the vampire encyclopedias.  Meanwhile, Marie changed her aspiration to Leader of the Pack, joined The Good Timers, started an event at the apartment, made friends with Bjorn, and convinced him to step down as leader.  She then added socialization actions to the club activities, changed her aspiration to City Native, and introduced herself to Arun Bheeda.  She switched to Friend of the World, and introduced herself to the other neighbors who made up the Welcome Wagon. 

When Frank reached level 4 in Vampire Lore, he bought an aquarium, filled it with guppies, then moved them to his inventory, turned them into plasma packs, and sold them for a profit.  He repeated that many, many times, to complete the Fabulously Wealthy aspiration.  Then he continued creating plasma packs, but I transferred them to Marie so she could sell them, also completing the Fabulously Wealthy aspiration.  They continued selling plasma packs until they had over $400,000.

They both purchased the Incredibly Friendly reward, and had the Popular Club perk.  They focused on the social aspiration tasks; mostly keeping Friend of the World as the aspiration - just switching to City Native and Leader of the Pack to complete specific tasks.  This got them whims related to socialization - meeting new people and making new friends.  They traveled around as needed to meet sims in different locations and to make friends with more than 20 sims.  With Incredibly Friendly and the Popular Club perk, they were immediate friends with everyone they met.  Then they moved to Yuma Heights, upgraded as needed to complete Mansion Baron, and immediately moved to Springscape.  They were at this point by around 10 pm on Sunday.

Once in Springscape, they started a group event with just watching TV as the club activity.  Marie switched to the Master Chef Aspiration, got inspired, and cooked 2 group servings of grilled cheese, while Frank worked on the Leader of the Pack aspiration. When they had enough points, they added the 7th and 8th club members.  When they got to 1000 points earned, Marie completed Leader of the Pack, and then removed everyone from the club, including herself, leaving Frank as the leader.  Frank added Marie and 6 others to the club, completing Leader of the Pack himself. They both had a whim to add a pool, so they built one, and made swimming a club activity.  As soon as a club member jumped in to swim, they build a wall around the pool, removed the swimmer from the club (to prevent needs from filling from Rally the Troops), and made watching TV the only activity again. Then they locked themselves in the bedroom and ate 3 grilled cheese each to open that aspiration.  They continued eating grilled cheese to fulfill that aspiration, coming out only when they needed to talk to others about grilled cheese in order to continue the aspiration.  When the only tasks left for that aspiration were eat a grilled cheese in space and talk to Grim about grilled cheese, they bought a spaceship, added Rocket Science to club activities, and chose to “Build together”.  They let the club members build the spaceship while they went on dates (Soulmate Aspiration).  They both got the Great Kisser reward, and easily maxed Charisma while completing Soulmate and fulfilling wishes to Kiss Marie, Kiss Frank and Kiss Someone.  Maxing Charisma finished out Friend of the World.  When the spaceship was complete, they each ate a grilled cheese in space.  When Grim came for the swimmer, they both talked to him about grilled cheese.

With both Fortune aspirations, Grilled Cheese, Soulmate, Leader of the Pack, and Friend of the World complete, they both worked on Chief of Mischief.  They both completed that early on Thursday, and then moved to Sandtrap Flat, which they bulldozed as they moved in.  I chose that lot because a lot of people walk by, and I was hoping for a lot of social whims.  I bulldozed it to try to get whims to buy things. 

Frank got a whim right away to buy a stove, and then started getting cooking whims, so I switched his aspiration to Master Chef to get some points from that and to hopefully spawn more cooking whims. I don’t know if that was the best choice because he was only 1 whim behind Marie when they moved in, but finished with 11 whims less - the cooking whims take longer to complete than the “buy this” and social whims.  He also got a whim to buy a cooking station, and then one to eat and learn an experimental dish.  So he hired Mila Munch as a chef, ordered an experimental dish from her, and ate it to meet that whim.  Marie got a whim to buy a bar, so I changed her aspiration to Master Mixologist and got some points through that aspiration and some whims related to it.  She got three whims in a row to make a drink, and filled all three pouring water into a glass.  The last day was about fulfilling as many whims as possible. 

They used club points to boost Charisma, Mischief, and Cooking, and they used lot traits of Convivial, Romantic, and Homey.

Starting traits for both sims were Cheerful, Good, Insider and Quick Learner.  Aspiration traits for both were Beloved, Companion, Melt Master, Natural Leader, Shrewd, Thrifty, and Tormentor.  Purchased rewards for both were Always Welcome, Creative Visionary, Entrepreneurial, Free Services, Frugal, Great Kisser, Great Storyteller, Gym Rat, Incredibly Friendly, Independent, Marketable, Mentor, Morning Sim, Night Owl, Observant, Savant, Shameless, Speed Cleaner, Speed Reader, Steel Bladder, and Stoves and Grills Master. In addition, Marie also purchased Beguiling.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #56 on: May 07, 2018, 09:19:35 AM »
...They both completed that early on Thursday, and then moved to Sandtrap Flat, which they bulldozed as they moved in.  I chose that lot because a lot of people walk by, and I was hoping for a lot of social whims.  I bulldozed it to try to get whims to buy things.

Brilliant. I remember another event where I intentionally did the "bear in the woods" living situation for my Sim just for this reason -- whims to buy stuff. Then, you do the sneaky trick of selling what you just bought to force the game to fire the whim again.



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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #57 on: May 07, 2018, 10:15:11 AM »
Oh man, I didn't know about that guppy plasma pack exploit. Sounds super OP, I'll have to try it some time.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #58 on: May 07, 2018, 10:27:21 AM »
Good job @GlazeyLady  I really didn't have much of a strategy.  Until early Wednesday morning, I was just rotating between my two sims completing whim after whim.  They just had their own club between the two of them.  When I looked at the scores, I realized that I should focus on aspirations more, so they both completed soulmate and friend of the world.  The whole time I was switching out aspirations to get as many points as they could get with the stuff they were doing anyway.  So, yeah, was happy I got this done though yesterday.  It was only a 5 day challenge, but was a long 5 days because of all of the pausing and micromanagement. 

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #59 on: May 07, 2018, 11:03:42 AM »
...They both completed that early on Thursday, and then moved to Sandtrap Flat, which they bulldozed as they moved in.  I chose that lot because a lot of people walk by, and I was hoping for a lot of social whims.  I bulldozed it to try to get whims to buy things.

Brilliant. I remember another event where I intentionally did the "bear in the woods" living situation for my Sim just for this reason -- whims to buy stuff. Then, you do the sneaky trick of selling what you just bought to force the game to fire the whim again.

Exactly. :) Or you keep rebuilding and bulldozing the coveted 1x1 swimming pool (otherwise an annoying whim, but sort of golden for this challenge).

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #60 on: May 07, 2018, 11:15:56 AM »
A couple of other things I forgot to mention:
  • When working on Chief of Mischief and needing Sims to dislike your sim, but your sim is Incredibly Friendly, use Rude Introduction to prevent starting at high friendship
  • When working on the Grilled Cheese aspiration, your sim has to eat 3 full servings to unlock the aspiration but after that, you can fulfill the "Eat x # Grilled Cheese" by having your sim eat a bite, cancel, eat another bite, cancel, etc. Each time the sim starts to eat, it counts towards the total.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #61 on: May 07, 2018, 11:21:47 AM »
@GlazeyLady @christinal3106 Congratulations, some great min-maxing (not sure if that`s a word) skills on your part.

I thought after completing just three aspirations for both Sims (did LOTP, FOTW and SM, too) I was pretty much done with completable aspirations, and spent the last two days just focusing on whims, while mining other aspirations for easy points (completed the first two tiers of FW, MChef and MMix; also bought kids` stuff for $1000 - things like that).

As for whims, apart from the bear in the woods scenario and cycling through aspirations to hopefully trigger new whims, I also utilized resetting club vibes when I got stuck with emotional whims that I could not / did not want to do. Towards the end, that was the only thing I could do, because both my contestants got fixated on 2 nonemotional whims that were impossible to do due to a bug.

I guess my main downfall was not thinking brave enough in terms of how many aspirations can be done in 5 days. Also, I am still learning a lot about the game, thanks to this forum and the guide mainly.

I just discovered this lately and this was the first challenge I have ever done, but it is a gold mine of fun. So great job everyone and a thank you to the team (sorry for probably butchering English here).

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #62 on: May 07, 2018, 11:44:40 AM »
I just discovered this lately and this was the first challenge I have ever done, but it is a gold mine of fun. So great job everyone and a thank you to the team (sorry for probably butchering English here).


Your English is awesome. And Rinkils, you really deserve a special round of applause for doing so well in your virgin event. Well done. I am assuming you'll post a score for the current Major and you'll earn a World Ranking since that event counts as two events.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #63 on: May 07, 2018, 11:57:04 AM »
I just discovered this lately and this was the first challenge I have ever done, but it is a gold mine of fun. So great job everyone and a thank you to the team (sorry for probably butchering English here).


Your English is awesome. And Rinkils, you really deserve a special round of applause for doing so well in your virgin event. Well done. I am assuming you'll post a score for the current Major and you'll earn a World Ranking since that event counts as two events.

Thank you very much. There are so many kind people on this forum. ;)
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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #64 on: May 07, 2018, 01:09:30 PM »
Reading through the strategies it looks like I accidentally did something good - my sims lived in tents and the lot was almost exclusively filled with Outdoor Retreat stuff, as if they were camping. They too spawned quite a few whims to buy things (which I then sold straight away), but the only reason I did it this way was because I was too lazy to build a house. Looks like laziness served me well for once :P

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #65 on: May 07, 2018, 02:29:01 PM »
Reading through the strategies it looks like I accidentally did something good - my sims lived in tents and the lot was almost exclusively filled with Outdoor Retreat stuff, as if they were camping. They too spawned quite a few whims to buy things (which I then sold straight away), but the only reason I did it this way was because I was too lazy to build a house. Looks like laziness served me well for once :P
A better name for laziness to build is parsimony, and should be considered a virtue for performance oriented play. Couple with Loves the outdoors to kill 2 birds with one stone. ;)

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #66 on: May 07, 2018, 02:38:09 PM »
A better name for laziness to build is parsimony, and should be considered a virtue for performance oriented play. Couple with Loves the outdoors to kill 2 birds with one stone. ;)

Absolutely. I miss Nutella. She was unquestionably on par with the best players and a big proponent of the bear in the woods living method and how it impacted "performance oriented play." No walls = less walking = more doing. Whatever doing that may be for a challenge.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #67 on: May 08, 2018, 12:10:56 AM »
Congrats @GlazeyLady  - getting your club to build you a rocket ship is genius!  And your plan to talk to the Grim Reaper about cheese sandwiches shows a level of commitment that I need to embrace in these challenges.

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #68 on: May 08, 2018, 12:43:02 AM »
Congrats @GlazeyLady  - getting your club to build you a rocket ship is genius!  And your plan to talk to the Grim Reaper about cheese sandwiches shows a level of commitment that I need to embrace in these challenges.


Thank you @SueDenim - I actually got the rocket idea from the 2017 Skills to Pay the Bills Challenge.  I had a club of painters creating art to hang on the wall to boost the lot value, and I had my sim building a rocket, with both painting and rocket science as club activities.  My painters had not been distracted from their painting by anything else, but as soon as I added Rocket Science as a club activity, they were constantly running off to help build the rocket.   And the only way I know to have a conversation with Grim is to kill off a sim; there are lots of ways to do that, but the easiest is swimming in a pool with a wall around it - once you build the wall, you just go on with whatever else you want to do, and it doesn't really take all that long - starving a sim takes much longer and everything else requires more work.  With drowning, you just have to remember not to leave the lot - if you leave the lot, the walled-in swimmer escapes.  But I do find that I can't quite bring myself to kill off the residents - the ones that are always part of a new game.  I had to fill the club with game-generated sims so there was no risk of killing off one of the sims that I "know".  ;)

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Re: The Bucket List Challenge: Whims before Grim
« Reply #69 on: June 18, 2018, 11:11:19 AM »
Congratulations on winning GlazeyLady!  Great strategy 8).
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