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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #75 on: July 28, 2019, 04:57:40 PM »
It has been a heckofva long time since I've played The Sims 4 and even longer since I've been on this forum! Island Adventure reignited my love of this game and these challenges keep me playing. I've been kind of a silent member here for over 10 years! At least! Thanks for keeping these running. They keep things interesting.

Ivy Le finished in 3453 minutes!

Friends 621
Tips     486
Fish     495
Chess  707
Fitness 1144

I think I'm going to do some research and try again for a better score. :)

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #76 on: July 29, 2019, 04:12:38 AM »
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Posted by: MxRainbow« on: July 28, 2019, 04:57:40 PM »I think I'm going to do some research and try again for a better score.

Hey, good to meet another Rainbow and to see even more new people jumping into these tournament challenges. :) However, I'd like to point something out in case you didn't see it.

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Quote from: Metropolis Man on July 20, 2019, 03:34:37 PM Welcome to the forum, techiechick. Just to save you from potentially wasting time, there are no second attempts in the Tournament challenges. When you post a score, that's what is put on the leaderboard. You can practice as many times as you wish, but actually posting a score means you're done.

Nice score but we don't get to try again for a better score, everyone only gets one attempt at a challenge once it goes live and once it does no more practicing. Feel free to practice for Baby Boomer though, that one hasn't gone live yet. :)

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #77 on: July 30, 2019, 02:36:33 PM »
My sim took 1,392 minutes to get level 5 fitness, 767 minutes to make 5 friends, 815 minutes to win 5 chess games, 661 minutes to earn $50 in tips, and 664 minutes to catch 5 unique fish.

Total:  4,299 minutes

I was surprised how quickly I was able to play through this one, although I did run into some annoying snags.  Congratulations to the top scorers!  And thank you to the challenge makers for another fun one!  Now to get ready for Baby Boomer...

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #78 on: July 31, 2019, 03:33:40 AM »
Hi challenge team,

Did you receive my PM?

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #79 on: August 01, 2019, 07:36:47 PM »
This challenge ends Sunday night, so get those scores in soon. Good luck to those finishing up. :)

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #80 on: August 01, 2019, 09:13:24 PM »
My sim, Dorothy Gale, completed all five challenges with a total of 6,057 minutes!

Thanks a lot team for another great challenge 8).

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #81 on: August 02, 2019, 06:09:05 PM »
the challenge times for my sim were

fish 185
tips 309
fitness 430
chess 469
friends 80

for a total of 1473 minutes

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #82 on: August 03, 2019, 06:42:16 AM »
I suspected someone might come along and beat my score but it was nice being at the top for so long, pity it didn't last, I'm a little disappointed in myself, I think I could have done better, but oh well. :P

I realize I forgot to post my individual scores for each challenge so here you go.

Chess: 395
Fish: 170
Tips: 220
Friends: 347
Fitness: 373

No need to post the total amount as I've already done that. Playing in this challenge was great fun, I loved it and would love to see if I can beat my record, if this challenge makes a comeback, hoping to see this one become a tournament regular. ;)

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #83 on: August 03, 2019, 10:42:14 PM »
The times for my sim were:

Chess 726
Fish  384
Tips  426
Fitness  1360
Friends 153

Total of 3049 minutes

Super short and sweet, but a lot of fun. Would love to see this one back again in the future.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #84 on: August 04, 2019, 03:58:54 AM »
My sim finished with a total time of 1865 minutes, now onto finding time for my all time favorite challenge.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #85 on: August 04, 2019, 06:41:07 AM »
My Sim completed his 5 challenges in a total of 1969 minutes.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #86 on: August 04, 2019, 09:36:24 PM »
Whew, that was fun. I really liked how it was broken up in a way that made it easy to practice parts of the challenge instead of having to do the whole thing over and over again. I like short-term optimization challenges.

I did worse in my final run than my practice, though not by too much (apparently, my Sim decided that the only non-practice round was a great opportunity to go fishing for kitchen upgrade parts). Those high scores are dang impressive though, I couldn't come near it.

Tips: 383
Fitness: 589
Fishing: 605
Chess: 481
Friends: 250

Total: 2308 minutes

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #87 on: August 05, 2019, 06:01:52 AM »
This event is now closed.

Very good participation in this challenge. Congrats to the thekatie0409 on a big win. Everyone is now free to discuss strategy.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #88 on: August 05, 2019, 11:39:33 AM »
My sim started out with the cheerful, self-assured, and loves the outdoors traits. He had the friend of the world aspiration, which is important for the friend challenge later. He moved into Newcrest.
On day 1 he headed to Willow Creek for the fishing challenge. He bounced between the 2 fishing spots on the Crick Cabana lot to catch the 5 unique fish.
After resting and filling needs on the home lot, he did a quick cloud gaze and headed to get some tips. Being inspired allowed him to level up a little faster; I don't know if this helped with getting tips or not.
With aspiration points from fishing and playing music he was able to get gym rat and a moodlet potion. He filled his needs and headed to the gym in San Myushno, because it had the bracing breezes trait. The moodlet solver was for when he pulled a muscle, then he could drink it and get rid of his uncomfortable buff without wasting much time.
After filling needs, he headed to the library in Windenburg for the chess challenge. I picked this lot because it had many chess tables near each other. He started challenging residents to chess matches. He lost to Jaques Villareal but beat Mila, Clara, Bjorn, Dominic and Candy.
The making friends challenge was the main part of my strategy. After completing the gym task my sim had enough points for the incredibly friendly trait. With this trait and with the friend of the world aspiration, any friendly introduction resulted in an instant friend. We traveled to Oasis Springs, first stopping at the Roomies house and befriending Gavin, then befriending Katrina, Nina, and Don at the Caliente house, and finally Johnny Zest at his house. This allowed him to make 5 friends in 80 minutes.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #89 on: August 05, 2019, 12:59:00 PM »
Great job @thekatie0409 and @Rainbow Dash.  I didn't know that Incredibly Friendly combined with Friend of the World would make instant friends, so thanks for teaching me that.   :)

I loved the flexibility in this challenge.  Here's what I did:

My sim was a cheerful, active, genius.  I chose a knowledge aspiration for him to get the quick learner trait, but changed it later.  He moved onto the Pebble Burrow lot in Oasis Springs.

I started with chess in Oasis Springs.  First, my sim visited the Landgraabs.  He used their chess table to Ponder Moves for the focused moodlet, then played and won against Nancy, Geoffrey, and Malcolm.  Then he went to the Oasis Springs park and waited for two more residents to show up.  While waiting, he pondered moves again.  Then he won against Zoe Patel and Mitchell Kalani.

After the mandatory rest period and fulfilling needs, he went to the gym in San Myshuno for the fitness challenge.  I switched to the Bodybuilder aspiration to pick up some points.  He did two workouts on the treadmill while asking the gym trainer to mentor him.  This got him to level 4 fitness, but he couldn’t do another workout after that because of the pulled muscle moodlet.  I had him take a brisk shower at the gym, but he still couldn’t workout. Then I remembered the basketball hoop.  He was able to do the “Dream Big” interaction 3x and that was enough to get to level 5 fitness.

Rest and filling needs.  The next day, he woke up feeling focused (from his Genius trait) so I decided to do the fishing part next.  I switched to the Angling Ace aspiration and went to Newcrest.  I got lucky with this one because it only took 6 catches to get 5 unique fish.

Another rest period, then my sim went to the Willow Creek park to earn tips.  I switched to the Musical Genius aspiration, had him cloud gaze for just long enough to get inspired, then he stood up and started playing guitar.  I left him right where the game drops you at the Willow Creek park because there are always a lot of people walking by that spot.  They hated my sim’s playing, but tipped him anyway.

Another rest period, during which I bought the Incredibly Friendly trait.  I had enough points just from switching aspirations (as noted above) and doing simple whims during the rest periods such as “dance to stereo music” or “watch TV.”  I went to Windenberg to make friends.  First, it was Eva and Jade.  Then Jacques, Joaquin, and Dominic.  If a friendly introduction wasn’t enough to be instant friends, it only took a few more interactions.

My totals for all the parts of the challenge were:
Chess, Oasis Springs, 546 min.
Fitness, San Myshuno, 363 min.
Fishing, Newcrest, 165 min.
Tips, Willow Creek, 252 min.
Friends, Windenberg, 266 min.
Total: 1592 min.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #90 on: August 05, 2019, 04:46:10 PM »
I did myself up a spreadsheet in which I listed the residents by world. I didn't want to spend time making friends or playing chess with people not of the world I was in for that part of the challenge. I did fishing in Newcrest, Tip Making in San Myshuno, Gym in Windenburg, Best Friends in Willow Creek and Chess in Oasis Springs.

Windenburg was my Sim's home base, and I did the challenge there last. I didn't know the tricks around making friends, or trait lots, or whims, or aspirations, as demonstrated by my score, but I did kind of invite myself into the Pancake house and befriended the two pancakes and then Goth house where I made friends with the family (except for Mortimer). I purchased the Observant trait, probably based on my experience with the Sims 3 observant Lifetime Reward.

Chess, from what I remember involved me going from house to house in Oasis Springs, firstly houses with multiple people to play chess in their houses and then ones with singles (for houses with chess tables). I should have investigated that pre scoring file, because it turned out that few had chess tables at home. So I went to a park and waited and waited and waited some more as people wandered around.

For fishing, I investigated the fishing spots in Newcrest to find a place with a couple of them within easy reach of each other pre game and went into one. From memory, she caught enough of two or three of the fish to stock her home pond in Sims 3 before she managed to get her five different types of fish.

Tip making, I just went into a park in San Myshuno and played the guitar.

Looking at my sim (and it seems that level 5 fitness was her last challenge) I used satisfaction points on purchasing instant hygiene reward potions. But that didn't help with her pulled muscles and she picked up a couple of them.

It was a fun challenge and I did learn a lot form it. Congratulations @thekatie0409 and @Rainbow Dash and thank you challenge team.

Edit to Add: Following is a screenshot of the spreadsheet I created. As I said, I wanted to know which Sims lived in which town for the friend making and chess playing parts of the challenge.
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I only did Oasis Springs, Willow Creek, Windenburg and San Myshuno because I figured that would be all I would need for this challenge. I also only focused on the sims with houses, not homeless sims. I also thought, let's see which of the home worlds is oldest on average. To do that, I gave sims a score on a 7 point scale, where 1 is nooboo and 7 is elder. I listed the residential sims in the world by family grouping and then went through and assigned them the number 1-7 based on age. I added up the scores, divided it by the number of residential sims and extended it to 1 decimal point. Homeless sims weren't included because for the friends and chess challenges I thought "sims with houses should be who I focus on". I checked the spreadsheet when sims were going by, if they weren't on my list, they weren't approached.

Results were
Youngest with an average age of 4.8 and a resident population of 26 was Windenburg.
Next with an average age of 5 and a resident population of 14 was Willow Creek.
In third place with an average age of 5.1 and a resident population of 15 was San Myshuno.
And bringing up the rear with an average age of 5.2 and a resident population of 12 was Oasis Springs.

Of course, my boss would tell me "it's a blunt instrument, round to the nearest whole number - in which case they all average out to Young Adult - which makes sense.

I found it interesting that the lack of elder residents in Oasis Springs didn't bring them down, and that despite having the most elderly residents (2), Willow Creek came in 2nd place.

I'll be interested in extending that to the residents of the other worlds at some time to see how that impacts on the above figures.

Can you tell that statistics and numbers in general fascinate me? In high school, when most of my classmates were playing sports or watching movies, or hanging out or fishing, or whatever, I was on my computer creating spreadsheets for imaginary competitions. I would work out the roster of games, the scores of the games, and then do up a table with for and against and points for victories. I am an accountant for a small business who does online surveys of clients and their staff in terms of corporate culture. I love nothing more than working with the ratings when it comes to the time for report writing to the clients to explore what has gone up and gone down and producing graphs and tables and so forth. Yes, the kid who spent time creating spreadsheets in high school for fun is doing that for work now. Who'd have thought it. :P

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #91 on: August 05, 2019, 05:47:27 PM »
Congrats @thekatie0409!

Tips: Oasis Creek, at their gym
Fitness: San Myshuno
Friends: Windenburg
Fishing: Newcrest
Chess: Willow Creek

I don't have too much to add, but I liked my chess strategy: I went to the Spencer-Kim-Lewis house in Willow Creek because there are 5 of them and they have a chess table upstairs. That way, I didn't have to take any chances with people not being there, and I could just queue them up and not waste time moving around.

For fitness, instead of getting a moodlet solver, I brought the level 1 and 2 fitness books with me so that she could read the appropriate one if she pulled a muscle.

I took the Quick Learner aspiration trait to help with the fitness, but taking the Friend of the World aspiration seems like it was more effective, good thinking! I got the Incredibly Friendly reward trait, but it still required a bit of talking to get them to friend level.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #92 on: August 06, 2019, 03:01:23 PM »
Congratulations on the win, thekatie0409! Especially the super-fast friend making.

So far I only shared my total, which was composed of:

Chess - Willow Creek - 621 minutes
Fitness - Newcrest - 599 minutes
Fishing - Sulani - 460 minutes
Tips - San Myshuno - 188 minutes
Friends - Oasis Sprins - 101 minutes

My Sim had the active, loves the outdoors en family oriented traits.
For chess, and later friends, I made the mistake to go to the park first. In both cases, I changed my mind quickly and went to a residential lot. There are too many non-residents in the public places (especially from Sulani, it seems).
I also noticed (during practice) that the people of Willow Creek are much more into chess than those of Oasis Springs.

The community lot I placed in Newcrest was a gym, with the fitness-boosting lot trait added. When my Sim pulled a muscle, I had him swim (lapses are greyed out, but you can still click 'swim here'). This built fitness skill, but quite slowly. I remembered the existence of moodlet solvers only as the moodlet was disappearing.

I wanted to do fishing in Sulani, since it is pretty central to that world. I'm not sure it was any advantage, though.

When playing guitar in San Myshuno, my Sim had the advantage of the great acoustics lot trait, which helped him skill faster. The main thing is that it was quite crowded, though. Sims will already give tips even at level 1.

I also collected some aspiration points. My Sim had quite a few wishes to buy something, and since buying and selling was not restricted, I indulged him. This, and switching between the aspirations, gave me enough to buy Incredibly Friendly.
This gave a good boost for making friends. Bragging about family was enough to do the rest. After four friends, he also had a good reputation, which was enough to get that fifth friend upon a friendly introduction.

Finally, I never had an unplayed vampire bite my Sims before (probably because I have someone awake in the household at most times). So of course this happens while playing a tournament challenge... So I had an extra long rest period between fishing and tips to allow the uncomfortable moodlet to pass.

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #93 on: August 07, 2019, 08:06:33 AM »
First of all, congrats to @thekatie0409 for beating me and winning this race, that was impressive!

Hey guys, thanks so much for the congrats, I've been sick and stressed and I won't lie, I was really hoping to hold onto that first place, I didn't get home until late tonight, so here's my strategy at last.

My Sim's traits were Quick learner, cheerful, loves the outdoors and materialistic, all chosen for quick happy mood boosts, I stayed away from any traits would give them an emotion I didn't want. I was originally going to take Gregarious instead, I wish I had now, I think that might have been a mistake on my part. I think I didn't switch to the correct aspiration in one of the challenges, so I fell short of buying Incredibly Friendly, something I was hoping wouldn't cost me the win but sadly it did. I did however, take Gym Rat for the fitness challenge.

Chess: I thought about doing this challenge at the Spencer Lewis Kim household but decided not when I saw their only chess table was on the third floor, I didn't want to waste time waiting for Sims to climb three flights of stairs. So I did this challenge at the Goth household instead, where they have two chess tables on the first and third floors. After a quick Ponder Moves to get focused I beat all of them and had my last match with Bob Pancakes at his house.

Fishing: This was done outside my Sims house in Oasis Springs, I surprised myself by beating my time in my practice run, my Sim turned out to be a natural Angler although I think that being focused and getting lucky helped out.

Tips: This one tripped me up as I ran into something unexpected, the GeekCon festival stole my spot and I had to move to another, grrrr! >:( I chose the Casbah Gallery in San Myshuno instead as it also had the Great Acoustics lot trait I wanted, a quick cloud gaze got my Sim inspired for quicker skill and bigger tips. A Celebrity showed up and started posing for photos right in the doorway where I was standing playing guitar. At first I was annoyed but in worked in my favour as the fans would tip once they were done going crazy over the celebrity.

Friends: I chose Sulani for this one as Sims from other worlds don't visit there so I knew I would only find locals, my Sim hung out at the The Sand Bar and socialized with all the patrons that turned up.

Fitness: I placed the Burners and Builders gym in Newcrest and gave it the Breezing Braces and Sunny Aspect lot traits, I purchased Gym Rat and made my Sim drink an energized potion. Don Lothario was a Gym Trainer and mentored my Sim the whole time.

I rushed through this one and if I had paid a little more care would have been able to afford the reward trait I wanted and would remembered about the festivals too. So I know I can do better but I'm still proud of my efforts. :)

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Re: The Simazing Race: 5 Worlds, 5 Challenges
« Reply #94 on: August 24, 2019, 02:06:03 PM »
Although I didn't win, I was really proud of myself for my preparation. I did 2 run-throughs and both times, it took forever to make friends. So, my first goal to get with my aspiration points was the Incredibly friendly trait, which gave you instant friends. Second, in my run-through, the fitness skill was a killer, so I decided to have my "real" sim, Danica Racer have the Bodybuilder Aspiration. With that comes the ability to "drink energy juice" which helps at the gym. So, Danica Racer had the Bodybuilder Aspiration, and genius, music lover and outgoing for her traits.

Fitness: Her residence with some bare essentials was in Newcrest. I gave her a bed with comfort 10. I downloaded a Maxis built gym, Luxe Health Club and a Maxis built spa. The spa had tubs so that if a sim had sore muscles or was stressed, they could soak in the tub. She then headed over to the gym and worked on that fitness skill. She found the fitness instructor and asked them to mentor her, which increased the fitness skill faster.

Chess: Went to the Willow Creek Library and sat at the chess table. Pondered moves and when a pre-made resident of Willow Creek walked in, Danica challenged them to chess. There is a bathroom on site, and other sims bar-b-q by the water out back, so great location. She was really lucky and won the games very quickly. Just lost one, but then won the next one.

Fishing: Went to Oasis Springs and fished at 3 different sites there, then went to the secret fishing spot at the back of the lot. Danica was incredibly lucky and fished out not one, but two violins which is what I was hoping would happen. This took a bit longer because she was catching some other items, like cowplant berries, and not fish, and sometimes caught duplicate fish. But she finished and I was really happy with her time.

$50 tips: Headed to the art museum in San Myshuno, and played the violin she had fished out in Oasis Springs. She just played her heart out and in no time at all got those tips. She didn't need to fish out a violin, as there are some available on the 3rd floor, but I thought this was going to be her lucky instrument, and it was. The bonus here was that this lot has a lot trait of "Great Acoustics"

5 Friends: At first I was going to head to Sulani because the islanders are friendly, but then changed my mind and went to Windenburg to the South Square Cafe, where the Avant Gardes also have their club meet. This was a very popular spot and because I had purchased the Incredibly Friendly Trait, I had 5 friends in no time.

I really liked this challenge a lot. Congrats to the winners :)