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2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« on: December 16, 2019, 06:19:03 AM »
2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview

Welcome to the 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament! The 14-event tournament runs from January 6th to November 29th. With the exception of the mid-season Major and the Tournament Finale, 5 weeks and 6 weeks, respectively, all events will be 3 weeks. When an event goes live on a Monday the team will also post a preview ruleset of the next scheduled event to give players 3 weeks to practice. Here is a link to the official 2020 Sims 4 Tournament Events Calendar.

General Challenge Rules

Players are responsible for knowing and following the General Challenge Rules. The rules below apply to all 2020 Tournament events (Dynasty challenges are not Tournament events). Any exceptions will be noted in individual rulesets.

Participation and Practice
Participating in Tournament events is easy - just pick an event and dive in. Live events and/or events that are soon to go live have a thumbs up topic icon. Practicing before a challenge officially goes live is fine, but once you create your scoring file, that’s it—you have one attempt and cannot create a 2nd scoring file.

Starting Dates/Closing Dates
At the bottom of rulesets are official starting and closing dates. Playing your scoring file before the starting date or after the closing date is not allowed. You must submit scores in the individual challenge thread before the closing date has come and gone in your local time zone. Scores submitted after the closing date will not be accepted.

Creating Your Scoring Game File
Always create Sims in CAS (not CAS Storymode) from scratch, no gallery downloaded Sims or library Sims. All challenges begin in a fresh, completely unaltered town of your choosing. Missing community EA lots such as the spa, must be placed at the beginning of your file. You are free to travel and/or move to any neighborhood or town. Options - all default settings: Autonomy > Full; Auto Age (Played Sims) > Yes; Auto Age (Unplayed Sims) > Yes; Sim Lifespan > Normal. 

3rd Party Custom Content
3rd party Custom Content that alters appearance for CAS purposes is acceptable and can be used at the player's own risk.

Expansions and Game Packs
If an Expansion or Game Pack comes out less than 30 days before a Tournament challenge goes live, then that content must be disabled before you start your scoring file. But, if there have been at least 30 days after an Expansion or Game Pack, then you are free to use it (unless a specific ruleset says otherwise).




Banned Content for the 2020 Tournament

Cheats panel. You are only allowed to open the cheats panel for three things: a stuck Sim (ResetSim Firstname Lastname), a stuck object (Moveobjects), or preventing abductions with a satellite dish (showhiddenobjects).
Modifications (mods) are patches that alter some core component of gameplay and are never allowed, including your practice runs.
Tricks to reset Whims such as reloading a game or traveling/entering CAS.
Editing Non-Home Lots. Personal inventory items can be placed on a non-home lot, but this is the only allowed editing of non-home lots. 
Household Management screen. Do not click on this tab during any challenge. 
Inventory Exploits - removing and replacing inventory items to make Aspiration milestone progress.
Exiting without saving and/or restarting from an earlier save. In the event your challenge file is plagued by a bug, then PM the team with specifics.





The Honor System
The 2020 Tournament is about friendly competition and having fun. It attracts players of all abilities and competitiveness from casual first-timers to seasoned high-caliber veterans. We all want to have a good time no matter what we’re seeking to get out of the Tournament which means we all need to play honestly — no cheating and no exploits. If you discover an exploit then you must PM the team (Metro, sdhoey, MarianT, LenaLJ, and GlazeyLady) so we can quickly edit a ruleset. We have a zero-tolerance policy for cheating.

Submitting Scores
When you have finished all the requirements for an event submit your final score in the individual challenge thread and the team will update the leaderboard with your information. Remember not to comment on how you approached the event with specifics until the event is closed.




Prizes
**Champion. The 2020 Tournament Champion will be the player at the top of the World Ranking at the close of the Tournament Finale on November 29 and will receive a 2020 Sims 4 Tournament Championship Plaque and a $100 gift card (player's choice - Amazon, Steam, EA, etc).
**Runner-Up. One $75 gift card  (player's choice - Amazon, Steam, EA, etc) will be awarded to the runner-up.
**3rd Place. One $50 gift card will be awarded to the 3rd place finisher.
**Fabulous Fifty Club Winner. All players who participate in at least 5 regular events (or one major + 3 regular events) will be entered into a random drawing at the end of the year. The lucky player chosen will receive a $50 gift card. It's the team's way of saying thank you to those who dedicate a serious investment of time to get the participation component of their world ranking to 50%.




We hope the 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament adds new and exciting dimensions to your playing, and most importantly, we hope everyone has a great time. See you on the leaderboard — Metro, sdhoey, MarianT, LenaLJ, and GlazeyLady.

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 06:19:44 AM »
1/29 — added that players can use the showhiddenobjects cheat to prevent abductions.



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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2019, 06:22:18 AM »
Here we go for 2020 :). Make sure to read the rules for all events above carefully. Some bans have been eliminated in order to make things a bit simpler. We also changed the lifespan for all events to Normal.

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2019, 09:02:48 AM »
Forumer Teresa was not able to message the entire team with a question she had regarding the upcoming 20 Ways challenge. Is anyone else having problems messaging the team as a group option under My Messages?

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2019, 02:28:28 PM »
I couldn't find an option to message the team, only individual people, do you perhaps need to be a member of the team to do this?

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2019, 02:34:43 PM »
Not sure what is going on. Some players have messaged the whole challenge team with no issues. I sent Carl a Discord message so maybe he can shed light on this.

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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2019, 02:51:06 PM »
I couldn't find an option to message the team, only individual people, do you perhaps need to be a member of the team to do this?
@Versper
When sending a message, do you see a "Show membergroups" option between the "To:" and "Subject" boxes?
Clicking that displays three more options:
"Administrator, Global Moderator, and Challenge Board Moderator.

I think addressing the message to Metropolis Man plus checking the "cc" and "Challenge Board Moderator" boxes might send the message to the entire Challenge Team.
Not sure, though.



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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2019, 03:14:30 PM »
Carl is going to look into permissions and group messaging. There is always the old fashioned way of simply adding all team members individually: Send a Message > To > Metropolis Man, LenaLJ, GlazeyLady, MarianT and sdhoey.

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2019, 03:20:28 PM »
@Vesper see if you have the option to send to groups now, with the intended target group being Challenge Board Moderator. I'm aware the others will be available with this permission - just putting it out there that this is the intended use of this feature for anyone who sees this in the future. :)

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2019, 04:24:11 PM »
yes send to groups is now showing up as an option :)

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2019, 04:45:38 PM »
Thank you, Carl. :)

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2019, 09:00:25 AM »
I can see the Groups option now - Thanks!

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2019, 05:45:08 PM »
The team made the following decision to eliminate the line below that has a strike through it. Basically, for any event -- you choose your weather and season length and if you want holidays, etc. But, individual rulesets may ban certain things.


Creating Your Scoring Game File
Always create Sims in CAS (not CAS Storymode) from scratch, no gallery downloaded Sims or library Sims. All challenges begin in a fresh, completely unaltered town of your choosing. Missing community EA lots such as the spa, must be placed at the beginning of your file. You are free to travel and/or move to any neighborhood or town. Options - all default settings: Autonomy > Full; Auto Age (Played Sims) > Yes; Auto Age (Unplayed Sims) > Yes; Sim Lifespan > Normal; Seasons players > No Extreme weather. Do not start any holidays of your own and turn off any holidays on the calendar.

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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2019, 06:39:53 PM »
Hey I'm getting back into playing the sims. So it all started way back when with sims 3 challenges so I'm ready to losd up the computer and start enjoying this game again.

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Re: 2020 Sims 4 Challenge Tournament Overview
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2019, 07:53:24 PM »
Rachel, it's so awesome to see you back. Good luck in the 2020 season. :)

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2019, 02:19:11 PM »
I want to participate but kind of confused. Are you supposed to stream or record yourself doing this? Is there a sheet to keep score?

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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2019, 02:32:34 PM »
I want to participate but kind of confused. Are you supposed to stream or record yourself doing this? Is there a sheet to keep score?

Welcome angelD,

No, you don't have to stream or record. Each challenge/tournament will have a spreadsheet or Metro will explain how to tally up your score. 

Goodluck and again welcome..

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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2019, 04:34:49 PM »
Hi angelD, just to follow up on what Shannon said - take a look at the first challenge starting in a week, the Making Money in 2020 event. You'll see in the scoring section that Household Funds is what the team needs to add you to the leaderboard. So, you create your file, finish the event, and then post in that thread..."I finished with 202,304 simoleans." Or whatever it is. :) Then, I'll take that info and put it in the leaderboard.

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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2020, 06:58:45 AM »
Unfortunately, I followed the instructions above and do not have the option between "To" and "Subject" to message the group.  I even tried a couple different browsers.

I digress - I wish I would have known this tournament was a thing years ago!  I am always trying to search for new challenges to try so I am really looking forward to this.  I am, however, a bit confused about the initial 20 day challenge.  Maybe I'm just thinking too much into it, but are we talking about 20 Sim days or 20 IRL days?  Sim days go by so quickly, I feel like it has to be the latter.  Between taking care of all your Sim needs, how would you make any money at all?  That being said if it's 20 IRL days, I suppose those with the most free time will have the opportunity to make an obscene amount of money, where people who can't play daily won't stand a chance.  Either way, it's going to be fun to test the different money making methods.  Oh, and one more thing - do you just start with the usual household finances or do you have to start with 0 simoleans?

Thank you in advance for the clarification.  Again, I am really looking forward to participating even if I don't "win"!

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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2020, 07:50:19 AM »
Unfortunately, I followed the instructions above and do not have the option between "To" and "Subject" to message the group.  I even tried a couple different browsers.

I digress - I wish I would have known this tournament was a thing years ago!  I am always trying to search for new challenges to try so I am really looking forward to this.  I am, however, a bit confused about the initial 20 day challenge.  Maybe I'm just thinking too much into it, but are we talking about 20 Sim days or 20 IRL days?  Sim days go by so quickly, I feel like it has to be the latter.  Between taking care of all your Sim needs, how would you make any money at all?  That being said if it's 20 IRL days, I suppose those with the most free time will have the opportunity to make an obscene amount of money, where people who can't play daily won't stand a chance.  Either way, it's going to be fun to test the different money making methods.  Oh, and one more thing - do you just start with the usual household finances or do you have to start with 0 simoleans?

Thank you in advance for the clarification.  Again, I am really looking forward to participating even if I don't "win"!

Not sure why you cannot message the Challenge Team group in a PM. Possibly because you have not made enough posts -- it could be a perk to someone who has at least made 5 posts or something like that.

Anyways, on to your questions -- the big purple date at the bottom of the rule set, January 26, that's the latest date you would be allowed to post your score. I come in and close the event. But, the Week 3, Day 7, 8 a.m. time in the last line of the rules -- that's the time you hovering your cursor over the day box in the game to know when you have to stop your playing for that file.

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« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2020, 11:32:30 AM »
Thank you for your response, so it's 20 real life days, not sim days.  The deadlines for the save file are clear, and you didn't respond regarding starting household funds, but I suppose just the default 20,000 and use it how you will since there wasn't anything in the rules about setting funds to 0.  Thanks again!

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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2020, 03:51:16 PM »
Thank you for your response, so it's 20 real life days, not sim days.

Are you talking about the length of time of the purple dates? It's 3 weeks. Basically 20 days, yes.

...and you didn't respond regarding starting household funds, but I suppose just the default 20,000 and use it how you will since there wasn't anything in the rules about setting funds to 0.  Thanks again!

Oops. Yeah, I missed that. You start with the standard 20k. Are you not able to message individual team members?

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« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2020, 07:16:50 PM »
Thank you for your response, so it's 20 real life days, not sim days.  The deadlines for the save file are clear, and you didn't respond regarding starting household funds, but I suppose just the default 20,000 and use it how you will since there wasn't anything in the rules about setting funds to 0.  Thanks again!

Now I'm confused. For the first event (Jan 6-26), the game play is not every sim day the sim has to have a new job? So I am not bound to 20 sim days only? Just 20 real life days to complete the challenge? I can play the sim's life for more than 20 sim days for the challenge and have her/him not work a sim day and take a break? Or is it 20 different save files? Like the sims will have items and skills from previous irl day. So are we supposed to start on a new lot with starting funds every irl day?

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« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2020, 08:41:55 PM »
Thank you for your response, so it's 20 real life days, not sim days.  The deadlines for the save file are clear, and you didn't respond regarding starting household funds, but I suppose just the default 20,000 and use it how you will since there wasn't anything in the rules about setting funds to 0.  Thanks again!

Now I'm confused. For the first event (Jan 6-26), the game play is not every sim day the sim has to have a new job? So I am not bound to 20 sim days only? Just 20 real life days to complete the challenge? I can play the sim's life for more than 20 sim days for the challenge and have her/him not work a sim day and take a break? Or is it 20 different save files? Like the sims will have items and skills from previous irl day. So are we supposed to start on a new lot with starting funds every irl day?

You seem to be making this very complicated. Your Sim has to have a different way of making money on each of 20 consecutive Sim days in one scoring file. The challenge period happens to be 21 days in real life (starting midnight on Jan 6 and ending at 11:59 pm on Jan 26), but if you look at past challenges, you'll see that's a fairly standard length for tournament challenges. Unless the challenge rules say otherwise, you'll start with 20,000 simoleons.

@toriimarie, in case you didn't see my PM, your scoring file covers 20 Sim days.
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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2020, 01:48:25 PM »
I need to bring to everyone's attention a new general ban beginning with the 2nd event (Townie Skill-a-Thon)...

Household Management screen. Do not click on this tab during any challenge.

The ban is not effective for the 1st event of the season, but you will need to adhere to it for the remainder of the year. 

 

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