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Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:47:26 AM »
Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert



Goal
A speed challenge to see how fast your starting two Sims can obtain a 5-star rating with a Restaurant and Vet Clinic as well as achieve two large perks for a Retail Store.

General Challenge Rules
The General Challenge Rules always apply.

Specific Challenge Rules
  • In CAS, create two Young Adult Human or Alien Sims. No changing to Vampires either.
  • You are allowed to use the Buydebug cheat to purchase a satellite to prevent abductions.
  • Placing EA/Maxis lots at the start of your file is fine, but the Manage Household screen is not allowed.
  • No adding to the household.
  • Do not talk to Jasmine Holiday during the skill boost event.
  • The challenge ends when your two Sims obtain simultaneous 5-star ratings of both a restaurant and Vet Clinic. Two large perks also need to be purchased for a retail store that will remain open until you achieve the previous mentioned 5-star ratings.

Scoring

Time. Once your two Sims fulfill the requirements -- both Vet Clinic and Restaurant at 5-star ratings and have purchased two large perks for their retail store -- pause the game, note the exact time and plug in the necessary information into Lena's spreadsheet to determine how many minutes were needed.

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. Its always safer to PM everyone on the team (Metro, sdhoey, LenaLJ, 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            Time
Rinkils                            8831
LenaLJ9222
GlazeyLady                            9788
HelenP10032
Nikitachi                            11220
Metropolis Man                            13535
mens0067                            15197
Tynynounours                            15938
fluffyj00                            16214
SueDenim19063
BallerinaHippo                            19461
simemie                            DNF
workingmum8                            DNF
IronicBeauty                            DNF
Nomac                            DNF
JocyMc                            DNF

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 06:49:23 AM »
This will be the first of two Majors this season. Majors are very important events for those of you seeking to rise in the ranks because they count as two events. So, they have the potential to really help you if you do well.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 09:41:14 AM »
Because Im scheduled for surgery in the middle of the mid-season major, I thought Id ask if the team thinks it will take twice as long as usual to complete since were given twice the time? Im going to have to do a lot of practicing for this one and Id like to try to get my official  file done before the surgery. I completely understand if you guys cant give an estimate, though.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 10:03:21 AM »
Because Im scheduled for surgery in the middle of the mid-season major, I thought Id ask if the team thinks it will take twice as long as usual to complete since were given twice the time?

Honestly, IMO, no, it will not take twice the time to complete. Look at the goal of what your two Sims need to do. Getting the vet clinic and restaurant up to 5 stars and then purchasing 2 large perks for a retail shop is certainly going to take some work, but having 6 weeks to finish this will be a luxury.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 12:20:14 PM »
Great, thanks. Looks like this turned out to be good timing after all!

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 03:49:25 PM »
@xyliajames Good luck with your surgery! Hope it all goes well for you.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 04:36:51 PM »
Thank you, @simemie. Its probably weird to say Ive been looking forward to a surgery but I am. I cant wait to get on the other side of it!

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 03:43:10 PM »
    There have been a couple questions on if all the requirements need to happen at the same time. So....

    • The challenge ends when your two Sims obtain simultaneous 5-star ratings of both a restaurant and Vet Clinic. Two large perks also need to be purchased for a retail store that will remain open until you achieve the previous mentioned 5-star ratings.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 11:02:00 PM »
I haven't really played much with retail, restaurants and vet clinics yet so I'm not familiar with how long it might take to get 5 stars and two large perks, but if your sims died before they managed it would it just be a failed challenge?

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2018, 03:05:15 AM »
What is meant by "two large perks"?  Are those the two perks that specifically say "large"  (i.e., "Faster Checkouts (large)" and "Faster Restocking (large)")?   Or do other perks count?

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2018, 06:59:41 AM »
What is meant by "two large perks"?  Are those the two perks that specifically say "large"  (i.e., "Faster Checkouts (large)" and "Faster Restocking (large)")?   Or do other perks count?

Correct. They need to say "large."

I haven't really played much with retail, restaurants and vet clinics yet so I'm not familiar with how long it might take to get 5 stars and two large perks, but if your sims died before they managed it would it just be a failed challenge?

Unfortunately, yes.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2018, 08:49:13 AM »
Do we have to build the restaurant ourselves or are we allowed to download one from the gallery?

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2018, 09:15:22 AM »
Do we have to build the restaurant ourselves or are we allowed to download one from the gallery?

Hmmmm, good question. Team, what do you think?

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2018, 10:19:15 AM »
Do we have to build the restaurant ourselves or are we allowed to download one from the gallery?

Hmmmm, good question. Team, what do you think?

I am okay getting the ones that are build by EA/Maxis

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2018, 02:59:27 AM »
Cats & Dogs is on sale right now if you (like me) had not yet gotten around to purchasing it.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2018, 11:19:03 PM »
Cats & Dogs is on sale right now if you (like me) had not yet gotten around to purchasing it.

Thanks for the heads up!  Now to learn how to run a vet clinic before this event starts...

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2018, 04:10:56 AM »
I'm afraid I still didn't get it :( Maybe because I've never played restaurants and vets before...
What does "simultaneously" and "remain open" mean here? Each of the three venues must be on their own lot, right? And we can't sell the completed venue to get the money back if we're done with one?
So, in the end, we must have three lots in possession?
But we can switch between them and work on all three goals at the same time, rather than completing one and only then buying another venue?

It just confuses me because, as far as I know, time diesn't fly on inactive lots. So, I don't quite get how a retail store can "remain open" while I'm working on another venue's rating because when I leave the lot, it automatically closes. Does "be open" here just mean "be in possession"?
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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2018, 07:37:31 AM »
Does "be open" here just mean "be in possession"?
Thank you!

Correct.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2018, 02:25:49 AM »
Hi,
just a couple of questions... it says here:
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Once your two Sims fulfill the requirements [...] pause the game, note the exact time
is there a way for me to see how long exactly my sims have been in existence or do I have to keep track of the weeks myself?

Also, the general rules state this is forbidden:
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Reloading a game or traveling/entering CAS to reset Whims - This is an exploit to force the game to spawn more Whims.
... but (unlike during the bucket list) it is okay to cancel whims in this challenge, right?  :D

Thanks.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2018, 06:38:47 AM »
Hi,
just a couple of questions... it says here:
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Once your two Sims fulfill the requirements [...] pause the game, note the exact time
is there a way for me to see how long exactly my sims have been in existence or do I have to keep track of the weeks myself?

Unfortunately, yes, you do. But, at least the spreadsheet automatically calculates your score if you know what week you finished in.

Also, the general rules state this is forbidden:
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Reloading a game or traveling/entering CAS to reset Whims - This is an exploit to force the game to spawn more Whims.
... but (unlike during the bucket list) it is okay to cancel whims in this challenge, right?  :D

Thanks.

Right. Canceling whims is fine in this event. But, the General Rules exploit no-no still applies. Good luck in this event, Nomac (and everyone).

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2018, 11:51:12 AM »
I take it by no adding to the household this includes pets? Gonna be interesting having sims that take care of others' pets while owning none themselves.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2018, 01:36:32 PM »
I take it by no adding to the household this includes pets? Gonna be interesting having sims that take care of others' pets while owning none themselves.

Yeah, pets do take up a household slot.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2018, 02:13:36 PM »
Can we have our sims become vamps, or is that considered life extension? Some people may need the extra time being a vamp affords them, so it'd be good to know. I myself likely won't need it, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2018, 02:16:35 PM »
Can we have our sims become vamps, or is that considered life extension? Some people may need the extra time being a vamp affords them, so it'd be good to know. I myself likely won't need it, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

No vamps, thus the following...

  • In CAS, create two Young Adult Human or Alien Sims.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2018, 09:50:47 PM »
Also, despite the title we CAN have them hold job in addition to managing the 3 businesses, yes? If not, then I'm already DQed lol.

 

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