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Let's Get Mystical
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:09:18 AM »
Let's Get Mystical

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Goal
Your Sim wants to discover all the blessings and curses of the 27 mystical relics that can be assembled from pieces found in Selvadorada. Your Sim will need to gather 9 Zazatotol heads, 9 Balampalsoh heads, 9 Totecallama heads, 9 Watcher bases, 9 Chaos bases, 9 Death bases, 9 common crystals, 9 uncommon crystals, and 9 rare crystals. All the crystals will have to be refined. Once a relic is assembled, your Sim will have to activate it on himself or herself to discover the relic's effect. Warning: keep some bone dust handy for the Curse of Death by Poison.




General Challenge Rules

Specific Challenge Rules
  • The Jungle Adventures expansion pack is required.
  • Create 1 Young Adult Human or Alien Sim.
  • No household additions allowed after leaving CAS.
  • You are allowed to use the Buydebug cheat for the sole purpose of purchasing a satellite to prevent abductions.
  • Cloning is banned.
  • This challenge concludes at Week 3, Day 1, 8 AM.




Scoring
Your score is the Total number of different relics you assembled and activated on your Sim. If you were able to assemble and activate all 27 before Week 3, Day 1, 8 AM then use Lena's Spreadsheet to calculate your time.

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 may 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.” It’s always safer to PM everyone on the team (Metro, MarianT, sdhoey, and LenaLJ) 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 is expected to do so in detail.

This Event is Now Closed




Player                            Total     
Rainbow Dash23
Elinoee21
Deveroux21
thekatie040921
sdhoey20
GlazeyLady19
SnuSnu19
reggikko18
SueDenim18
BallerinaHippo15
SoulGal713
Metropolis Man11
workingmum811
Nikitachi11
MarianT10
Darcoria10
december2210
MysteryGem8
JocyMc6
CynKuy1

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 06:58:36 AM »
Oh This sounds good. Just so you know, Lena's spreadsheet is giving an error message.  Thanks :)



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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 05:43:33 PM »
Well, looks like I'm not participating in this one. :( Hopefully I can hop back in for the next one.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2019, 06:50:46 AM »
@LenaLJ  -- the spreadsheet link is still giving an error.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2019, 07:06:51 AM »
Thanks for noticing me. It was the link that was wrong in the post here.
Everything is now up and running.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2019, 07:28:05 AM »
Thank you, Lena.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2019, 06:32:37 PM »
  • This challenge concludes at Week 3, Day 1, 8 AM.


A slight change in when you will stop this challenge file (and all future challenge files)...

@reggikko  brought to the team's attention that she has seen some minor variation in days for a Sim to age up. Lena also did some testing and saw this as well, so we need to have everyone playing the same amount of time. What we decided to do is basically two full weeks of gameplay, so it won't matter anymore if you start your file and age up to Adult in 10 days, 11 days, or 12 days. You'll stop your file at exactly Week 3, Day 1, 8 AM.



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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2019, 01:10:35 AM »
How can you tell when it's Week 3? Do you just keep track yourself?

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2019, 08:01:27 AM »
If you have Seasons and start a 28-day season on the 1st of Spring, it's the 15th of Spring. If your seasons are 14 days long, and you start on the 1st of Spring, it's the 1st of Summer, and if you're using 7-day seasons, it's the 1st of Fall.
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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2019, 10:05:54 AM »
Would just opening up the Household Calendar window be easier?

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2019, 02:28:39 PM »
When starting the game its Week 1, Sunday, 8 AM
Next Sunday would be Week 2, Sunday and so forth.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2019, 08:28:49 PM »
A last-minute ban added before this event goes live tomorrow --

  • Cloning is banned.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2019, 09:23:50 PM »
Ok, thank you Lena. I'll just keep track myself.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2019, 01:11:02 PM »
Can we play with StangerVille installed?

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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2019, 01:31:42 PM »
Can we play with StangerVille installed?

Yes.
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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2019, 01:32:31 PM »
Louisiana Smith found and activated 10 different relics, for a score of 10.
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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2019, 03:03:25 PM »
My sim assembled and activated on herself 21 different relics.

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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2019, 04:56:52 PM »
Dorothy was able to assemble and activate 10 different relics.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2019, 01:54:20 AM »
When you have the rule of no cloning -- that means no duplicates - correct? So no having several Totecalium Watcher Relics with the common stone, but you could have one Totecalium Watcher Relic with the common stone, the second Totecalium Watcher Relic with the uncommon stone and finally a Totecalium Watcher Relic with the rare stone. Would that be correct? Thanks :)

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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2019, 08:39:40 AM »
When you have the rule of no cloning -- that means no duplicates - correct? So no having several Totecalium Watcher Relics with the common stone, but you could have one Totecalium Watcher Relic with the common stone, the second Totecalium Watcher Relic with the uncommon stone and finally a Totecalium Watcher Relic with the rare stone. Would that be correct? Thanks :)

Yes, that's fine. But "no cloning" refers to the cloning machine that you can get as part of the Science career. You can't use that to turn your 1 rare crystal into 9, etc.
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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2019, 10:27:06 AM »
Ok, understand about the cloning. So are you permitted to have duplicate relics or not? Thanks :)

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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2019, 04:33:55 PM »
My Sim assembled and activated 18 different relics on himself.

I had some unbelievably bad luck with a couple of things that I'll discuss when the challenge is over. Overall, this was a really fun challenge because I've never done much with the relics.

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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2019, 04:46:18 PM »
Ok, understand about the cloning. So are you permitted to have duplicate relics or not? Thanks :)

@SoulGal7  There are 27 potential relic combinations. Each one may only be counted once.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2019, 09:22:42 AM »
Francisca assembled & activated 6 relics. 

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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2019, 02:15:00 PM »
My sim assembled and activated 8 relics.

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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2019, 07:17:28 PM »
My sim, Digger Jones, a distant cousin of Indiana Jones, assembled and activated 13 relics. I had lots of fun with this challenge.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2019, 10:18:08 AM »
My sim assembled and activated 10 relics.

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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2019, 11:24:24 PM »
I got the expansion pretty recently and hadn't had the opportunity to try it out much before, so that was fun!

My sim assembled and activated 21 relics, trekking the deadly jungle dozens of times in her 60's style bathing suit like a pro. Half through, I definitely wished I did a proper test run, but oh well.

Are we breaking ties in any way, since it seems like there will be a lot of them?

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« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2019, 09:01:09 AM »
Are we breaking ties in any way, since it seems like there will be a lot of them?

It would only matter if 2 players activated all 27. Then those players would use Lena's spreadsheet to figure out their actual time.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2019, 10:26:36 AM »
My Indiana Jones Sim assembled and activated 11 relics.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2019, 08:33:36 AM »
This challenge ends Sunday night, so get those scores in soon.

Good luck to everyone finishing up.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2019, 04:05:36 PM »
My sim finished with 21 relics activated.

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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2019, 08:55:44 PM »
My sim assembled and activated 15 relics on himself-- and lived to tell the tale.

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« Reply #33 on: March 30, 2019, 06:25:19 AM »
My Sim, Indiana Sims, assembled and activated on herself 23 relics.

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« Reply #34 on: March 30, 2019, 01:44:25 PM »
Holly Martin discovered, assembled and activated (on herself) 19 relics.

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« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2019, 01:52:10 PM »
Chen Lee discovered, assembled, and activated 1 relic.  This was interesting as I usually don't play this pack.  It made me stretch my wings and play in a different way than I normally do.
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« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2019, 02:09:10 PM »
My sim discovered and activated on herself 11 relics.  I haven't played with jungle adventure except as a casual holiday destination in quite a while, so this was fun.

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« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2019, 05:58:16 PM »
My sim discovered 20 relics and activated all on herself.

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« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2019, 10:41:02 PM »
Oh  man this one felt easier than a lot of the challenges, but was still such a rush for time!


Ultimately I was able to get 19 relics and activate them.
I couldn't for the life of me find more than a few of the cat relic tops and I was bummed about that.

Can't wait to read everyone else's strategies.

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« Reply #39 on: March 31, 2019, 07:47:34 AM »
@SnuSnu, I removed much of your post. The rules state very clearly that strategies cannot be shared until the challenge is over for everyone.
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« Reply #40 on: March 31, 2019, 10:47:10 AM »
My sim activated 11 relics. I won't lie here, I was hoping for a much better result. Oh well, I never have any good luck with 'chance' challenges. Off to the skills one - I am usually much much better in those! :D

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« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2019, 08:52:09 PM »
Arizona Smith finished with 18 relics.

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« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2019, 06:12:14 AM »
This event is now closed. Thanks to all participants. Grats to Rainbow Dash on the win. Everyone is now free to discuss strategy.

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« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2019, 10:36:46 AM »
...now that it's all over...
I get to say that the late breaking cloning ban threw me for a loop because until that point, cloning had been my strategy.
But, I ended up learning a lot more about Jungle Adventure in the ensuing scramble.  Thanks!  Fun challenge.

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« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2019, 10:51:47 AM »
I'm guessing for everyone with 18+ relics, the bottleneck issue was with those darn cats.  >:(

The only real strategy that I pulled was to initially raise my Selvadorian Culture skill before going into the woods--lets you avoid some bee/firefly nonsense and opens the secret shop from which you can buy watcher bases and one of the kinds of tops, along with need fillers for food and hygiene, plus infinite machetes. I also traveled back and for to El Selvadorada and home a few times to reload the market, since I didn't want to get attacked in the jungle. I did a new vacation for every excursion so I didn't have to wait for temple reloads.

The other thing once I realized the usefulness was to fill the Jungle Explorer aspiration, since at that point you had a chance to get multiple relic parts from simple treasure chests.

The only relic that I made sure to get was the skeleton one since then it freezes most of your needs (though it did scare me and said the effect had 4 days left when it only had 2, go figure).

I also just used my computer to buy the 18 common and uncommon jems, helped me keep track of which ones I had a lot better since they were color coded. I got plenty of rare jems from machete'ing through passageways and passing the scenarios. I mailed them all in rather than refining them myself.

If I did it again, I wouldn't even bother with archaeology; I would repeat my beginning strategy then actually prioritize for the Jungle Explorer aspiration, then constantly go into all the jungle doors and through the temples.

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« Reply #45 on: April 01, 2019, 11:15:39 AM »
Great strategy, @Deveroux

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« Reply #46 on: April 01, 2019, 11:25:22 AM »
The problem for me was getting rare crystals. Despite giving my Sim a nature aspiration for the Collector trait and giving him the Geek trait, I only managed to find 2 or 3 (I'm at work and my notes are at home) rare crystals. I even spent one day in the Scientist career just digging for crystals and only found one. I came just short of finishing Jungle Explorer--I should have prioritized that sooner. I also used the strategy of going home and then starting a new vacation to reset the temples, bought all of my common and uncommon crystals on the computer, and maxed the Selvadoradian culture skill early for the ability to purchase relic parts and machetes. Once I bought the common and uncommon crystals, I immediately sent them all off to be refined.


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« Reply #47 on: April 01, 2019, 05:04:55 PM »
The biggest problem for me was the Balampalsoh relics.  I only got one of those in my scoring run.  I also maxed Selvadoradian Culture right away (unlocking the secret supply interaction was worth it) and I bought my uncommon crystals on the computer.  I also figured out pretty quick that I needed to activate relics on myself as soon as possible because many of them give a cooldown period after you cure the curse.

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« Reply #48 on: April 01, 2019, 05:08:10 PM »
I PM'd Rainbow Dash, so we should hear her strategy soon. She is not a regular challenge participant so she may not be familiar with the protocol of the winner promptly posting strategy.

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« Reply #49 on: April 02, 2019, 01:54:26 AM »
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« Reply #48 on: April 01, 2019, 05:08:10 PM » I PM'd Rainbow Dash, so we should hear her strategy soon. She is not a regular challenge participant so she may not be familiar with the protocol of the winner promptly posting strategy.

I wasn't aware I had to post my strategy on the same day the challenge was announced officially closed, as it stands, that was the middle of the night for me so this evening was the best time for me to post. (It's early evening here). Sorry guys, time zone differences generally mean that I'm not usually around when a challenge closes but I'll try to be quicker in the future. I hope you all understand, I'll post my strategy soon.  :)

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« Reply #50 on: April 02, 2019, 02:30:09 AM »
Indiana maxed Archaeology quickly by being very focused every time she dug for treasure, using cereberries and fossils, upon hitting level seven of the skill she established every dig site she came across, I found a lot of relics that way. I worked on the Selvadoradian Culture skill too, but only when she needed to socialize, she eventually maxed it although not as early as I had hoped.

In between vacations I had her return home for very short periods of time to reset the vendors, jungle and temple, during those times she bought all common and uncommon crystals from the computer, sent them away to be refined and activated a few relics. I got some rare crystals by traveling through the jungle gateways.

My Sim almost never slept, showered or ate a proper meal, I assembled and activated all three Balampalsoh Death relics on her at different time so she was a skeleton for about half of the challenge, which took care of most of her needs. The rest of the time she took care of her needs on the go by using energy drinks, harvested food and waterfall in a bottle. I also bought her the Steel Bladder, Seldom Sleepy and Independent rewards as early as I could which helped with needs. I knocked out whims and milestones relating to the Jungle explorer, Achaeological scholar, Curator and Fortune aspirations to get those points. (She sent everything she found away to be authenticated and then sold them).

As for the relics themselves, I admit I got lucky, I found four whole relics, where the base and relic were already fused together. I activated all my relics in batches, I made my Sim stand by that statue in the marketplace, curse herself with a relic, then click on the statue for an instant cure, rinse and repeat. The relics that blessed her were the ones done at home, I always made sure to do the ones that turned her into a skeleton last, right before she headed back to the jungle, because it gives a blessing that last a few days.

I think luck had a lot to do with my success, although being a skeleton for most of the time certainly helped.  :) It's been really interesting to hear about other peoples strategies, there were a lot of ties so it was very close. I'd love to hear some funny stories, I have a few myself but I think they should wait, as this post is long enough as is, lol. This was a fun one, thanks @Metropolis Man :)

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #51 on: April 02, 2019, 04:21:06 AM »
Congratulations to everyone finishing the challenge,and especially to Rainbow Dash!

I didn't think of maintaining the skeleton blessing on my sim to fullfill her needs,it's a great strategy  :)
My sim also didn't sleep or eat at all,but I spent all my satisfaction points buying moodlet solvers (I didn't see which other rewards could be more helpful).
She had lot of satisfaction points:she completed the aspirations fabulously wealthy  and jungle explorer,and parts of archeology, collector and group aspirations.

I gave her the geek trait so that she could find more rare collectibles,the "loves the outdoor" trait and the jungle explorer aspiration.
My first goal was to fullfill this aspiration,because it gives a reward trait that makes sims find really more treasures (and relics!) in chests.

The only real strategy that I pulled was to initially raise my Selvadorian Culture skill before going into the woods--lets you avoid some bee/firefly nonsense and opens the secret shop from which you can buy watcher bases and one of the kinds of tops, along with need fillers for food and hygiene, plus infinite machetes.
I activated all my relics in batches, I made my Sim stand by that statue in the marketplace, curse herself with a relic, then click on the statue for an instant cure, rinse and repeat.
I did exactly the same.

I was always afraid of being blessed randomly while wandering through the jungle,because blessings sometimes last a few days and in the meanwhile you can't activate any relic...
So during the last 2 days I stayed in Selvadorada town and digged only there,to avoid the jungle blessings! But unfortunately I did not find anything interesting to me during those last 2 days.

I had no problems to find cat relics,and even had too many! I got all the cat relics except one because I missed a rare crystal. Same for the Llama relics.
Finding rare crystals was the most difficult part to me,and finding bird relics too (only found 5 bird heads).


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« Reply #52 on: April 02, 2019, 11:31:28 AM »
Congrats @Rainbow Dash! Awesome job!

I also struggled to get rare crystals, mostly because most of the gate cards needed one of those flowers, and I was only able to buy 3 of them. I didn't think of just going through the gates, resetting them, and going again - that was smart.

The only helpful thing I did that I haven't seen mentioned was using Rally The Troops for needs - whenever she came home and also at the Cantina, since you can start a gathering there.

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« Reply #53 on: April 02, 2019, 07:47:45 PM »
I was always afraid of being blessed randomly while wandering through the jungle,because blessings sometimes last a few days and in the meanwhile you can't activate any relic...

This 100%. Made me freak out when I had like 10 unactivated relics and not very much time, and I was very nervous whenever I opened a chest while unblessed.

@Rainbow Dash  Were you getting the combined top+bottom ones from digging? I only saw a couple from final temple chests, so I didn't know if archaeology could get you some too.

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« Reply #54 on: April 03, 2019, 12:22:58 AM »
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« on: April 02, 2019, 07:47:45 PM » @Rainbow Dash  Were you getting the combined top+bottom ones from digging? I only saw a couple from final temple chests, so I didn't know if archaeology could get you some too.

No, I only got my combined relics from chests and pop up chance cards from traveling through the jungle gateways. Actually, the very first chest I opened contained a Golden Balampalsoh Watcher Relic, I was stunned! Kind of made up for getting poisoned on the way there, lol. Archaeology doesn't give out combined relics as far as I know at least it didn't for me, I wouldn't rule it out though. I maxed Archaeology as I found more relics by excavating relics in dig sites I had established, having a higher Archaeology skill seemed to increase my odds too. It was also a good way to find more artifacts to sell for the Fortune and Mansion Baron Aspirations.

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Posted by: GlazeyLady
« on: April 02, 2019, 11:31:28 AM »
Congrats @Rainbow Dash! Awesome job!

I also struggled to get rare crystals, mostly because most of the gate cards needed one of those flowers, and I was only able to buy 3 of them. I didn't think of just going through the gates, resetting them, and going again - that was smart.

The only helpful thing I did that I haven't seen mentioned was using Rally The Troops for needs - whenever she came home and also at the Cantina, since you can start a gathering there.

Thank you. :) The Vendors hardly ever had the flowers when I shopped in the marketplace, I did find a few in chests though. I didn't think of using Clubs (Probably because I don't like them, lol), I only let Indiana socialize when she needed to as I wanted to maximize her time in the Jungle.

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Posted by: Elinoee
« on: April 02, 2019, 04:21:06 AM » I was always afraid of being blessed randomly while wandering through the jungle,because blessings sometimes last a few days and in the meanwhile you can't activate any relic...
So during the last 2 days I stayed in Selvadorada town and digged only there, to avoid the jungle blessings! But unfortunately I did not find anything interesting to me during those last 2 days.

Thanks for the grats. :) I felt the same way, Indiana was blessed and turned into a Skeleton by a chest she opened about two to three days before the challenge ended, luckily it only lasted for twelve hours, I avoided chests for the last day or so and only dug for relics during that time for that very reason, lol. It;s also why I cured curses with the statue because some of the cures can give your Sim a blessing and I didn't want that.

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #55 on: April 03, 2019, 01:04:36 AM »
Indiana's Aspiration was the Curator, her traits were Geek, Loner and Loves the Outdoors.

Some notes of interest:


When I was exploring the Temple, I did notice a pattern with some of the traps. For example when I selected the Tree option for one trap, the same choice worked on a couple of other traps in that Temple. In another Temple, I saw a picture of a skull on the wall and decided to activate the Skeleton trap, it worked twice. This pattern wasn't always correct but it seemed to be most of the time, I'm not sure if this was intentional by the developers or it was just chance, I thought it was interesting at least.

One of the reasons why I had Indiana develop her Archaeology skill (I forgot to mention this before) is because it's helps with deactivating traps, the higher the skill, the more triggers you can potentially rule out, it helps to narrow it down.

If you summon the Skeleton Servant in your home (Or Holiday home, it works there too) and go on vacation, when you return it will no longer be there and you can summon it again. And yes you can activate the same relic more than once, I tested this, it does have a cool down period but I forget how long that lasts.

Just some funny things:

Indiana got poisoned by the very first Jungle doorway she traveled through and didn't find any Bone Dust, luckily her immune system fought off the poison and she recovered naturally. She got poisoned a lot actually lol, if it didn't go away on it's own then I had it cured via the statue to avoid being blessed. (Some cures will give you a blessing the statue won't). She also got stung by Bees a lot.

In one Temple, she had to swim to the trap to activate it and then back to the deactivated door, that was kind of funny to watch.

Oh, and this happened:

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She had just traveled through a Jungle doorway and had gotten a combined relic or a crystal, I forget which and did a little victory dance, lol.  ;D

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Re: Let's Get Mystical
« Reply #56 on: April 07, 2019, 10:20:23 AM »
Congrats to the winner and also all those who participated. This was a wild challenge!

Digger Jones only got 13 relics, but I thought I would share my strategy anyway. Traits were geek, genius and self-assured. Aspiration was Archaeology Scholar. From my run through, I knew that there were certain skills that your sim needed to get through the traps successfully, so that is what I tried to do on Day 1 & 2. Digger worked on skills, such as fitness, fishing, collecting, charisma, etc. First reward traits I bought were Morning Sim and Night Owl. I got him a job as a scientist because I knew that getting the crystals was going to be a problem. So, had him go to work for one day, ask co-workers for crystals and dug up crystals around the building (which were a lot!). Then went home and sent the crystals away to be refined. While at work, he also worked on rocket science skill and gardening. Bought a cooler, tent and archaeology table and headed to Selvadorada. I actually had forgotten that you can purchase crystals through the computer, that was my error, but crystals weren't a problem for me, it was getting the bases.

Once in Selvadorada, worked on the Selvadoradian Culture skill and headed into the jungle and worked on Archaeology by excavating and exploring the temples. The best thing is when you are at Level 6 of this skill, you can Establish an excavation site. Then you can have your sim just stay there and excavate, and I did get relic bases and tops from doing this. At the traps, you can just avoid things, but sometimes you get a relic or a base from taking a chance or even a rare crystal. I was lucky that I got the Balampalsott top and it was not until nearly the end that I finally got a Death base to get my sim to transform into a skeleton.

Once in Selvadorada, got the Selvadoradian Culture skill maxed to access the secret wares from the vendors. Bought enough Totecallam tops and Watcher bases to complete the three relics right away. I then purchased enough Watcher bases for the other tops to complete those relics (now just to find those tops). Also maxed the Archeology skill. I bought need fixer potions to keep my sim going. I also found it was a lot easier to eat "raw" fruit and vegetables from inventory rather than taking out the cooler all the time.

I would say that finding the needed bases and tops is just luck. On my trial run, my sim had been blessed and turned into a skeleton, and then also found a Balampalsott top and Death base with rare crystal and lasted two days as a skeleton. At the end, I still had 2 Zazatotl heads with no bases that I could use.