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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #50 on: June 10, 2018, 07:39:04 AM »
I have no idea how the people who've already finished this challenge got the scores they did, I'm currently looking at last place and I haven't even finished yet. I'm getting dangerously close to my sims dying before I'm done. :(

No worries. It can be a bit daunting if you're competitive and wonder how in the heck players pull off their scores. Try and just have fun and play against yourself. Easier said than done, I know.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #51 on: June 10, 2018, 11:02:28 PM »
Final score - 9788.  Not my favorite challenge, and restaurants are not my best thing.  And no cruelty intended, but it would have been helpful if Geeta Rasoya had chosen some other restaurant to die in. 

Edit - Just to be clear, restaurants aren't my favorite thing, but I still think this was a really good challenge.  Most of us probably don't try to do this combination of different things in a single game, and I think one of the things that makes a challenge good is that it pushes us to play differently than we normally would. 

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #52 on: June 11, 2018, 12:33:30 PM »
My sims are a couple days away from death and no matter what I do I cannot get the vet clinic past 3.5-4 stars. If people hadn't already posted scores to this challenge I'd think it was impossible.

I'm going to keep playing just in case a miracle happens, but I think it's unsaveable at this point so I'm just going to call it and say I failed.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #53 on: June 11, 2018, 12:48:16 PM »
@simemie -- sorry to hear about that. Let us know if the miracle happens to show up. :)

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #54 on: June 12, 2018, 03:24:56 AM »
@simemie -- sorry to hear about that. Let us know if the miracle happens to show up. :)

No such luck. Seems to be that whenever there's a challenge that it's possible to fail, I'll find a way. :P

In all seriousness though, next week I'll post more about what I did and hopefully someone can see what went wrong. I'm sure I'll have a "duh" moment, but right now I'm stumped.

Anyway... good luck to those finishing up their challenges! :)

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #55 on: June 12, 2018, 04:55:59 PM »
I needed to knock this one out before my family heads to Florida for vacation in a couple days.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #56 on: June 12, 2018, 08:17:20 PM »
I needed to knock this one out before my family heads to Florida for vacation in a couple days.

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Hope you all enjoy your vacation! :)

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #57 on: June 14, 2018, 08:12:43 AM »
Good luck to everyone finishing up....this event ends Sunday night, so hopefully more players will post scores. My family is off to Florida for a little vacation, but I did task the team to update the leaderboard while I am away. I'll close this event Monday morning and update the World Ranking.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #58 on: June 14, 2018, 09:46:00 AM »
I'm hoping to finish -
but this is more than it seemed to be when I read it 9 weeks ago.  It'll be a push this weekend.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #59 on: June 14, 2018, 10:11:19 PM »
I need some motivation to do this challenge.  Anyone got any for me?  ;D

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #60 on: June 15, 2018, 05:05:30 AM »
I really need to get back into this. Wonder if I'll be able to finish this in a weekend?

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #61 on: June 16, 2018, 04:37:23 PM »
That was fun, not actually played with any of these features before so I really enjoyed it.

Finished on week 2, Sunday, 7.12am for a score of 10032 minutes.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #62 on: June 17, 2018, 05:29:34 AM »
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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #63 on: June 17, 2018, 12:56:34 PM »
I need some motivation to do this challenge.  Anyone got any for me?  ;D

I am sending you motivation while on vacation in Florida. Here it comes! *ZZZzzzzzzzaaaaaaappppp!* :) Good luck finishing up.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #64 on: June 17, 2018, 01:44:58 PM »
Unless I can get some mojo going, this one be a no go for me.  :-[

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #65 on: June 17, 2018, 04:01:57 PM »
I may end up DNF'ing this one.
I'm stuck at 4.5 stars on the stupid vet clinic from hell.
Really looking forward to finding out what went horribly wrong here.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #66 on: June 17, 2018, 04:07:06 PM »
I'm not going to make it with this one either -- my experiences with vet clinics have not been encouraging.
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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #67 on: June 17, 2018, 05:08:16 PM »
I finished up Week 1 Saturday 5:42 PM
That should give 9222 minutes.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #68 on: June 17, 2018, 05:29:27 PM »
Been away for awhile so thought I would give this one a try. Attempted the vet clinic twice but on the second round an old-man cat decides to croaked right after surgery. Then the next day some random old-man sim waves to the air and folds down and dies in the middle of the lobby. So both vets were stuck mourning for days and the clinic couldn't get past 4 stars.

The vet clinic was quite the challenge. I'll be very curious to find out how it was done.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #69 on: June 17, 2018, 07:00:03 PM »
FINALLY!!!

On Saturday afternoon of week 2, Beard & Harriet James had 5 stars in their restaurant ATB&B, 5 stars in their $#*&(&$-ing vet clinic Creatures Great & Small, and two large perks in their store Wisdom/Wonder.

I guess I now have to learn how to train pets.

Edit:  it was 19063 minutes

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #70 on: June 17, 2018, 07:04:33 PM »
I failed this challenge.  I thought I might because although I've had my sims use these venues they've never owned them.  I actually did okay with the store and the restaurant - by day 10 I had both perks and a 5 star restaurant, but my vet clinic was stuck at 4.  I tried absolutely everything and was getting all the positive little reviews above the customers heads but that rating just wouldn't flip to 5 for me. I played it for ages until it became just too frustrating.

Can't wait to find out where I went wrong, and major props to all those who've finished.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #71 on: June 18, 2018, 02:52:06 AM »
Awwww....sorry about that, workingmum8. Thank you for participating.

This event is now closed.

Just got back from vacation ---- looooong day with some botched flights involving the need to rent a car. So tired right now. I'll get to the world ranking after some sleep. But, thanks to everyone who participated. I wish a few more had given this a shot? Was it too much work, everyone? *scratches head at the low numbers*

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #72 on: June 18, 2018, 04:49:02 AM »
Awwww....sorry about that, workingmum8. Thank you for participating.

This event is now closed.

Just got back from vacation ---- looooong day with some botched flights involving the need to rent a car. So tired right now. I'll get to the world ranking after some sleep. But, thanks to everyone who participated. I wish a few more had given this a shot? Was it too much work, everyone? *scratches head at the low numbers*

I hope the traveling troubles were well worth it, after all.  :)

I am not sure about the low participation either. It seems to me that at least some players had problems knocking down the vet clinic. Personally, I think the vet clinic is a tiny little bit mistuned the way it works now in vanilla game. Many players (not just in this forum) had noted that. It can be almost impossibly hard to max the ratings, unless you employ some tricks, which may not be so intuitive (and which you perhaps should not have to employ). If I have a chance to sit down at a computer, I will post my notes on the vet clinic later today, if you are interested, along with general strategy. I am also looking forward to find out what other players did to tackle the vet clinic. Maybe there is a straightforward way after all.

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #73 on: June 18, 2018, 04:54:58 AM »
Hey.
I actually tried this, too, but while I managed to level the restauarant (despite my awesome cook dying early on) and purchase the required store perks, like so many of you I ran into an extraordinary amount of bad luck with the vet clinic.
It was glitchy, some pet would always be throwing up all over the place, I had a sim AND a pet die right there in the lobby - it was almost funny.
It was stuck at 4 stars for ages, and I just gave up on the day my sims would have died. I guess I should have posted that?
Sorry, here it comes: DNF.
Better luck next time.
Looking forward to the analysis of this one! ;)

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Re: Mid-Season Major: Self-Employed Expert
« Reply #74 on: June 18, 2018, 05:12:31 AM »
As you already know, I had problems with the vet clinic too and couldn't get it beyond bouncing between 3.5 and 4 stars. I did some googling at the time and a lot of info coming up was telling me it could be an ambiance issue - which it was sometimes because pets were making mess faster than I could clean it up, but as far as I could tell decoration was fine (I bought the premade clinic in Brindleton Bay). I had 6 robot vacuums that were set to run every 2 hours during the day, but they were unreliable and would miss the mess 50% of the time. I had my vets clean it between patients but there's only so much they can do.

As it happens though in the end of day summary sheet it often didn't label ambiance as an issue, except on the days in which it seemed like every single pet was being sick everywhere. Mostly it named quality of treatment and value of service as issues. I changed the options to the top quality treatment and knocked the price down to 75%, the lowest possible, and the quality of treatment was still an issue (the little info box in-game told me to increase quality and/or lower prices, and I did both to the max and it didn't help). As for value of service, I just diagnosed the pets and treated them, I'm really not sure what else I could have done. As soon as I knew the illness I treated it correctly and didn't waste more time diagnosing, I never administered the wrong treatment or anything. Perhaps I should have been treating them by eye without bothering with diagnosing? I haven't played the vet career long enough to know the illnesses by the symptoms I can see as well as their required treatments yet, so if I had done that I would have been giving wrong treatments all the time. I also did the "call a good pet" action after every single treatment.

Oh, and in the last couple weeks I had 3 pets die at the clinic which I'm sure didn't help ratings haha.

All that being said it was fun before it became frustrating and I hadn't had a chance to play with vets or restaurants before this, so thanks for this challenge. :)

 

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