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« Reply #100 on: April 14, 2010, 04:57:52 PM »
Just to answer Eftyen: Have 5 different types of cuts and you'll get the skull cut. Also, have more tiberium than any other gem to fully ensure that the skull is tiberium.
Actually, Carl describes the process of skull cuts with the example of tiberium in his guide.
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« Reply #101 on: April 15, 2010, 05:01:58 AM »
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« Reply #102 on: May 03, 2010, 08:49:56 AM »
Have another couple of small money-making options, applicable to your regular travellers to WA destinations.

    Once you have unravelled all the tomb challenges, on the return visits there's not a great deal to be found in the tombs.  Just money bags, a few relics ... and those piles of ancient coins, that keep mounting up in your 'secret bank account'.  You've already bought all the stuff you need from the Special Merchant, so the total just keeps rising.  Use 2,500 ancient coins to buy a 'Sultan's Tabernacle' tent ... and then sell it immediately for §50,000.  Don't leave it in your inventory - it depreciates by §5,000 if you take it home with you, and it goes on depreciating.

    On return trips, just concentrate on excavating all those dig-sites that show up with the Tears of Horus.  Non-stop work will gather in 100 relics in a few days.  Then take them home, stick them in a chest, and use to make up the §3,500-§4,999 load on the Carter XL [you may find it helpful to have a calculator handy].  "Plant" the resulting Tiberium in the usual way to grow into the large spire cut worth around §40,000.  Our explorer has just planted 12 small Tiberium made using assorted bits of relics from 3 days' digging.  That's the best part of §500,000 for 3 days' work!

Now - has anyone discovered anything really useful or valuable to do with a Dive Well?  The sarcophagus is "a bed", and a pushable statue is worth §1,000 [but depreciates].  But why the dive well?

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« Reply #103 on: May 03, 2010, 02:23:51 PM »
I guess I'll jump on painting instead of waiting for someone to volunteer. If someone still wants to get info on painting later that's fine and we can just combine results.

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Oh, can I join you with the painting challenge? One of my sims has painted since she could hold a pencil and I have collected almost all the paintings she has made since. At least al the brilliant and masterpieces (and at the end all the normals to at the moment I saw that some normals can increase per day even more than one masterpiece). She has painted over more than 450 paintings now and the the highest values are beyond $7000,- now. I've already included the number of the paintings in the paintings name itself, so even if you want me to name them by number, that will be possible. Tell me how you want to do it. Just keep on painting I asume?

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« Reply #104 on: May 03, 2010, 02:30:03 PM »
Tell me how you want to do it. Just keep on painting I asume?

To be honest, I'm not giving this thread a whole lot of attention lately, but by all means, if you want to submit some info on painting that would be great. Just paint for x number of hours and sell everything you paint and that will give you an hourly rate. Thanks for the offer to help.

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« Reply #105 on: May 03, 2010, 02:36:11 PM »
You get a significant boost to writing speed once you have read 50 books, too.

I didn't had tested it yet, so I ask you: will reading more than 50 books speed up the writing even more?
Also: will reading mostly typical genres (like 50 masterpieces, if you have them) also impove the speed or royalties when your painter write a book himself in that genre?

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« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2010, 02:37:36 PM »
I didn't had tested it yet, so I ask you: will reading more than 50 books speed up the writing even more?

No. I remember Swede telling me it's a 50 book cap.



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« Reply #107 on: June 19, 2010, 02:45:17 AM »
Hey all.  I didn't have the energy to read all 11 pages of this topic, so I'm not sure if someone else mentioned this.  The single most profitable activity is collecting, and it's not even close.  Specifically transfiguration of the metals you find.  In one of my saved games, I have a compendium ingot worth over 50 million simoleons.  I could add 7 copper ingots to it and get an increase in value somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 million.  If I spent an entire game day searching for metals, I could easily make 20+ million in profit at this point.

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« Reply #108 on: June 19, 2010, 06:57:10 AM »
Hey, Rhubarb. Yeah, transfiguration is well known to be the king money maker.

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« Reply #109 on: June 19, 2010, 08:43:51 AM »
Can't remember if I've said this before, but I got $15.000.000 by selling high quality nectar at the consignment store after aging it up to over $3000 per bottle.
So combining World Adventures with Ambitions will definitely make a moneymaker.

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« Reply #110 on: June 19, 2010, 09:03:52 AM »
Awesome, Leto. Yeah, I didn't even connect nectar and the consignment shop together. This year's event was fun, so that will be a nice new possibility for next year's nectar challenge players to shoot the profits up even more.

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« Reply #111 on: June 24, 2010, 04:27:11 PM »
Awww!  You high rollers have got me made in the shade.  Here I was so happy at finding a lazy way to make money.  Slow, but steady.  First I used the old transfiguration thing, taking an entire Sim day fluctuating back and forth between setting up for transfiguration and making nectar in my two machines.  (Really MUST upgrade to unbreakable!)  With the cash I accumulated I planned another massive collecting trip with the entire family doing the work, one mule to keep all fed, (and works on skills in between meals), but when I went to my phone I noticed "check out real estate".  So I did.

Bought Summerhill Park, Stoney Falls and one other fishing hole.  These places were closed but I really didn't know what that meant.  I was just a little bored and wanted to landscape/improve places.  After adding some very basic amenities to my "campgrounds/parks", it said I'd done enough and it was now open and let the simoleans roll in.  That made me check Summerhill which was my first, and accidental, purchase a week ago.  Netted $7,000 Simoleans with no effort involved except walking over to collect.  I still plan on making that cash cow trip for gems and minerals, but I definitely am going to start buying up all the property I can.  A slow steady income and my Sims will never have to work again unless they want to.
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Re: Ranking the Best Money-Making Activities
« Reply #112 on: June 25, 2010, 01:08:54 AM »
Selling the restored furniture and electronics from the dump is pretty profitable.

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« Reply #113 on: June 25, 2010, 03:55:48 AM »
Selling the restored furniture and electronics from the dump is pretty profitable.

Nice! That way you could create somehow your own second hand business. But how are you able to restore those items? If I grab one for at home all I can do with it is replacing it for the same working item, for the normal amount of money.

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« Reply #114 on: June 25, 2010, 04:00:55 AM »
Nice! That way you could create somehow your own second hand business. But how are you able to restore those items? If I crab one for at home all I can do with it is replacing it for the same working item, for the normal amound of money.

At the moment I call the repair person, who charges 50 simoleons.
Would be cool if we could sell it through the consignment store, but we have to sell it back to the game.  :'(

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« Reply #115 on: June 25, 2010, 10:05:21 PM »
The best part about calling the repair person is that it's a flat fee, not an hourly one or a per-item one.  50 simoleons for all that repair work doesn't even put a dent in the profits.

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« Reply #116 on: June 30, 2010, 08:01:41 PM »
Two things I've noticed (if mentioned previously I'm sorry!) I did see Leto said something about nectar, but this is different (I think) but I put some nectar-racks in my basement(duh lol) using the Shift+Control+click, made it buyable, put (!!!) in it and bought a few. I aged it for a few weeks, Then I sold it at the consignment Store, it's like over $80,000 simoleans at first but I sold it and I got over $300,000 for it. I'm posting a screenshot for proof.

Another thing I noticed, you can buy paintings at the consignment store for $5 dollars. They don't appreciate so what's the point? Well, the game I'm playing right now I have aging ON (gasp!!) and when the artist dies, it jumps in value, than consign it, and if you have the suave seller it sells for more! For example, I bought a painting that Gavin Ly painted for $7. He just died so now:

and since I have the suave seller LTHR, it will sell for over $1,000! So for $7 I now get over $993 profit!


EDIT: SWEET! I wasn't sure how much more, so I had my female do it (cause my man has a ton of stuff consigned and I didn't want to cancel) and I got $1824 in profit! Yeehaw!



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« Reply #117 on: July 01, 2010, 04:10:41 AM »
But Esther, I thought that the art from a artist who died don't jump in value anymore. That it was somehow a miscalculation of the Prima Guide.

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« Reply #118 on: July 01, 2010, 01:10:58 PM »
Stop tormenting me ... just give me a functioning Consignment Store  >:(

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« Reply #119 on: July 01, 2010, 02:01:07 PM »
But Esther, I thought that the art from a artist who died don't jump in value anymore. That it was somehow a miscalculation of the Prima Guide.
I was playing yesterday and it was jumping! I showed you that screenshot, and it was taken yesterday! When I play in a little bit, I'll keep watching but as of last night it did.

It definitely jumped. I know I'm not seeing things! I usually put all the paintings in one treasure chest, then when I get the message they died, I take it out and put it in my inventory than after midnight, it's definitely more valuable then it was before midnight!


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« Reply #120 on: July 21, 2010, 06:13:38 PM »
Hmmm...so you buy the person's paintings...then wall them in and fire up the grills. Sounds like a new form of entertainment for my black widow.

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« Reply #121 on: July 27, 2010, 05:06:37 PM »
I have so go to learn how to make as much money as you Esther!
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« Reply #122 on: August 03, 2010, 08:50:11 AM »
I was playing yesterday and it was jumping! I showed you that screenshot, and it was taken yesterday! When I play in a little bit, I'll keep watching but as of last night it did.

It definitely jumped. I know I'm not seeing things! I usually put all the paintings in one treasure chest, then when I get the message they died, I take it out and put it in my inventory than after midnight, it's definitely more valuable then it was before midnight!



Okay! Then maybe I could consider the mistake about not aging up paintings after dying as a false alarm or some bug that has been fixed.

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« Reply #123 on: August 04, 2010, 06:22:00 PM »
Wow, that money score on guitar is gut wrenching.  Lol, at what point do you just stick your Sim in a corner and hash out a motherlode every few hours?  You'd probably be making less, lol!

Although I do gotta say, best money/time ratio is without a doubt photography.

Data: Base sim, lvl 10 photography.  Trait: Photographer's eye.  Skill challenges completed: photolog, shutternut, architectural eye.

Simply put, the benefit of photography is you're not logging simoleon scores by the hour, but by the minute.  It is the least time constrained money maker possible.

Scenario:  Vacationing Shang Simla.  first thing in the morning, from the vantage point of my balcony: boom, Dragon Cove (4,300); boom, Academy (2,200); boom, chinese garden (2,200); boom, my jade figurines set (1,800 - I keep them set out on a coffee table on the balcony). 10,500 simoleons in the scope of about ten minutes.

Now the kick-back, of course, is that this will be my most lucrative ten minutes of the day.  My 10,500 in ten minutes does not equate to 63,000 in an hour.  And while the day WILL offer me a few more good cash-ins, from just buzzing around home and town (Chinese Market, Vase set, etc.), y revenue stream  for the day as pretty much plateaued at this point.

But the back drop to all this, is if you don't try to force yourself beyond the plateau, point blank your Sim is only working 10 minutes a day.


Oh, sweet irony, deliver me from coincidence.

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« Reply #124 on: August 05, 2010, 02:11:40 PM »
Nice info you are sharing danefaith. Newby or not, you are showing that you know what you are talking about. Eighterway, welcome to the forum.

 

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