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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2100 on: December 29, 2015, 02:44:21 PM »
@susiecue: Welcome, and you do bring up a good point about the wording.

Maybe a clause of "no other heir can max or SuperMax the same skill"?

That would be much clearer, I think.  Thanks!

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2101 on: December 29, 2015, 03:11:47 PM »
I've tried searching on this, but can't find anything, so thought I'd float it our here and see what input I can gain.  I'd like to have one of my decadynasty heirs max dancing as it becomes a viewable skill if you buy the stiff as a board, light as a feather floor and dance bar.  However, this would basically be the whole reason for me to buy this item and I don't know if dancing has any skill challenges.  The violin, for example, can be maxed, but has no additional skill challenges, so I wasn't sure if dance would end up being the same. 
Does anyone know if dance has skill challenges, and therefore, is worth buying for this challenge?

EDIT:  Think I'll also pose this query in general discussion as some people who have this content may not peruse this particular challenge thread.

SECOND EDIT:  My question was quickly answered.  Dancing, violin, and gambling all have no skill challenges.  Maybe I'll still get the content, but it's a bummer that my heir can't use it.  Maybe if it pops up BlackOps...?  That could be helpful...



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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2102 on: December 29, 2015, 04:48:52 PM »
@PeregrineTook: I've never seen ops for those skills...honestly don't think that EA really gave a darn about ops after a while for anything (considering how the ITF bug for ops never got fixed).
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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2103 on: December 29, 2015, 04:51:55 PM »
@PeregrineTook: I've never seen ops for those skills...honestly don't think that EA really gave a darn about ops after a while for anything (considering how the ITF bug for ops never got fixed).
Grrr, and here I thought I'd found a way to still make the dancing fit.  I already had a good pun in mind for that generation with the whole dancing thing.  Darn it!
Thanks for the input, Trip.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2104 on: December 30, 2015, 10:50:09 AM »
So, I've run into a glitch issue and worry that I may have to restart.  The aging glitch seems to have descended like an ominous cloud of oppression over Hidden Springs.  Three days into babyhood, my heir and spare for generation 2 still had 3 days until aging up, so I caked them.  The same thing happened as toddlers and now as children.  Then, I realized my first heir should have already hit elder and hasn't.  It seems my entire household is age frozen.  Then, I ran into one of the Shue children (who are children at the beginning of the game) in elementary school.  I'm in generation 2 and he's still a child.  Also, the baby brother of my first heir, born shortly before the move out is still only a toddler.  The young adult consignment store clerk has also never aged.  It seemed like there was aging earlier in the game, but it slowly disappeared as I kept playing.
So, since I'm in the town that time forgot, do I need to restart?

EDIT:  Some of the logic on why I worry that  may need to restart includes the fact that I've already gone past heir 2's birthday in game (by a couple of days, actually) and the concern that my adults failing to age means I won't be able to provide a tombstone.  I've tried the fixes I managed to find posted on the boards here, but it doesn't seem to have fixed the issue.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2105 on: December 30, 2015, 11:19:14 AM »
@PeregrineTook: Yikes. :(

Uh, do you know when the bug might have hit, and do you have a backup save from right before then?

Or do you have a save from before the move? I'd allow you to go back to that and then use a town move.
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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2106 on: December 30, 2015, 11:31:20 AM »
@PeregrineTook: Yikes. :(

Uh, do you know when the bug might have hit, and do you have a backup save from right before then?

Or do you have a save from before the move? I'd allow you to go back to that and then use a town move.
No.  I was an idiot and didn't do a backup file.  If I have to restart, at least I've only finished one generation instead of being 5 in like I was on my Life States (which was messed up by an error on my part, so at least this is a game error).



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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2107 on: December 30, 2015, 11:41:02 AM »
Crap. :(

Though for the Shue kids, the game mechanics might have pushed them to be homeless after their caretaker died. And homeless kids, even in a non-buggy game, don't age correctly.
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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2108 on: December 30, 2015, 11:58:39 AM »
Crap. :(

Though for the Shue kids, the game mechanics might have pushed them to be homeless after their caretaker died. And homeless kids, even in a non-buggy game, don't age correctly.
Okay, that's something I didn't know, but it makes sense, I suppose.
So, I'm assuming the answer is yes, I do have to restart my dynasty?

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2109 on: December 30, 2015, 12:04:33 PM »
I can't think of another fix, so...yeah.
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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2110 on: December 30, 2015, 12:17:32 PM »
I can't think of another fix, so...yeah.
Fair enough.  Thanks for the quick reply so I can get started sooner rather than later.  And I will create a backup file this time!!!

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« Reply #2111 on: December 30, 2015, 02:56:46 PM »
Be careful with the Young Again Potions. They have messed up aging on many a poor simmer. When I used Star Shue, she was aging normally but her brother never got past the child stage.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2112 on: December 30, 2015, 03:52:00 PM »
Be careful with the Young Again Potions. They have messed up aging on many a poor simmer. When I used Star Shue, she was aging normally but her brother never got past the child stage.
Good tip.  I imagine that's what led to the issues.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2113 on: December 31, 2015, 03:24:50 PM »
Has anyone completed this challenge with Seasons installed?  Having now tried with several children, achieving the honour roll in elementary school appears to be impossible with only 4 school days a week instead of 5.  (And, yes, I've tried tutoring.)

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2114 on: December 31, 2015, 03:36:26 PM »
@susiecue: A think @MarianT might had Seasons installed for at least a portion of her DecaDynasty (it started before the EP was released).

One tip is to make the seasons nine days long instead of seven, as then the holidays land on weekends.
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« Reply #2115 on: December 31, 2015, 03:37:41 PM »
I uninstalled Seasons from the beginning knowing that probably would be difficult. Without tutoring I do get kids on the honor roll in 4 days. I have them work hard the first two days. By day 2 they get an A. On the 4th day they get their third A day and reach the honor roll.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2116 on: December 31, 2015, 03:45:04 PM »
Regarding the honor roll for elementary, as long as I do tutoring on the day they age up to get them to an A, they make it to honor roll with no problem.  I also use the moodlet mobile and drive to a couple different spots with them so I have no need for food/bathroom/cleaning/sleeping breaks on the day I tutor them.
Hope that helps!

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2117 on: December 31, 2015, 04:05:25 PM »
@susiecue: A think @MarianT might had Seasons installed for at least a portion of her DecaDynasty (it started before the EP was released).

One tip is to make the seasons nine days long instead of seven, as then the holidays land on weekends.

I was wondering if it would be allowed to make the first season nine days long to move the holiday to the weekend then switch it back to seven days so that the holiday stays on the weekend.  I know this is tinkering, but it seems to me that all it does is make it fair for Seasons players, putting us on a level playing field with anyone else.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2118 on: January 01, 2016, 02:31:32 PM »
Regarding the honor roll for elementary, as long as I do tutoring on the day they age up to get them to an A, they make it to honor roll with no problem.  I also use the moodlet mobile and drive to a couple different spots with them so I have no need for food/bathroom/cleaning/sleeping breaks on the day I tutor them.
Hope that helps!

How would you already have a moodlet mobile in time for the first heir though?  I typically have 30K LTR points at most by then.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2119 on: January 01, 2016, 02:45:36 PM »
Regarding the honor roll for elementary, as long as I do tutoring on the day they age up to get them to an A, they make it to honor roll with no problem.  I also use the moodlet mobile and drive to a couple different spots with them so I have no need for food/bathroom/cleaning/sleeping breaks on the day I tutor them.
Hope that helps!

How would you already have a moodlet mobile in time for the first heir though?  I typically have 30K LTR points at most by then.
Valid question.  Depends on the LTW for you founder, really.  Some can be accomplished quite quickly, so that can play into choice of founder or who the founder moves in as a helper.
In my current attempt, I didn't have enough, so I just made sure the heir and the tutor had plenty of sleep the day before and then caked at the stroke of midnight.  All day tutoring time!

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2120 on: January 01, 2016, 05:57:29 PM »
Regarding the honor roll for elementary, as long as I do tutoring on the day they age up to get them to an A, they make it to honor roll with no problem.  I also use the moodlet mobile and drive to a couple different spots with them so I have no need for food/bathroom/cleaning/sleeping breaks on the day I tutor them.
Hope that helps!

How would you already have a moodlet mobile in time for the first heir though?  I typically have 30K LTR points at most by then.
Valid question.  Depends on the LTW for you founder, really.  Some can be accomplished quite quickly, so that can play into choice of founder or who the founder moves in as a helper.

I pick my sims for their genetics not their LTWs.  I'm shallow like that.  :)

After two failed attempts with Vallari Chandra, I'm trying with Gracie Loveland - and neither of them had LTW I'm likely to fulfill (more likely I'll change it by buying the relevant LTR).  On the plus side, Babycakes is such a needy cat that the Social Worker came to take her away.  Hopefully that social worker lives long enough to count as an NPC friend!  But I timed the pregnancy so that I think the kid will age up on Saturday.  If a whole weekend of tutoring (minus needs fulfillment) doesn't do it, nothing will!

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2121 on: January 01, 2016, 06:03:06 PM »
Regarding the honor roll for elementary, as long as I do tutoring on the day they age up to get them to an A, they make it to honor roll with no problem.  I also use the moodlet mobile and drive to a couple different spots with them so I have no need for food/bathroom/cleaning/sleeping breaks on the day I tutor them.
Hope that helps!

How would you already have a moodlet mobile in time for the first heir though?  I typically have 30K LTR points at most by then.
Valid question.  Depends on the LTW for you founder, really.  Some can be accomplished quite quickly, so that can play into choice of founder or who the founder moves in as a helper.

I pick my sims for their genetics not their LTWs.  I'm shallow like that.  :)

After two failed attempts with Vallari Chandra, I'm trying with Gracie Loveland - and neither of them had LTW I'm likely to fulfill (more likely I'll change it by buying the relevant LTR).  On the plus side, Babycakes is such a needy cat that the Social Worker came to take her away.  Hopefully that social worker lives long enough to count as an NPC friend!  But I timed the pregnancy so that I think the kid will be born on Saturday.  If a whole weekend of tutoring (minus needs fulfillment) doesn't do it, nothing will!
Hope that the weekend of tutoring gets the job done.  If not, pick your genetically preferred founders, then move in a helper with an easy LTW.  I like ones like heartbreaker, master romancer, swimming in cash (since the 30K point a founder can rack up by baby time will buy a lamp which will bring fortune which will fulfill this LTW as will a kleptomaniac stealing cars if you're lucky enough to have such a Sim in the household), or get a Sim like Nina Caliente who is 2 friends away from accomplishing her goal at the start of the game.  She's a nice resource that way.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2122 on: January 03, 2016, 02:53:08 PM »
Or a level 10 cook with the Culinary Librarian wish (with Pets installed), like Emmaline Rhoen or Carlotta GilsCarbo, whose wish will be fulfilled as soon as they move in.  Or, on the subject of Monte Vista, Gino Ferrari is very close to his 5-star chef wish, and would also get you the amazing fridge.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2123 on: January 04, 2016, 12:19:17 PM »
Hope that the weekend of tutoring gets the job done. ...

It did.  Younger brother was not so lucky though.  The family dog died on his aging-up day, and there was no way to keep his mood high enough while at school.  Fortunately, it's only the heir that has to meet this requirement.

That said, I still think that allowing Seasons players to choose which day of the week their holidays fall on would be the fairest decision.

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Re: The Sims 3 Townie DecaDynasty Challenge
« Reply #2124 on: January 04, 2016, 12:51:26 PM »
Hope that the weekend of tutoring gets the job done. ...

It did.  Younger brother was not so lucky though.  The family dog died on his aging-up day, and there was no way to keep his mood high enough while at school.  Fortunately, it's only the heir that has to meet this requirement.

That said, I still think that allowing Seasons players to choose which day of the week their holidays fall on would be the fairest decision.
I'm no moderator by any stretch, but I imagine their logic would fall somewhere in the realm of "your choice, your responsibility" in that you can choose to simply play it without Seasons to avoid that issue (and snow days as the good Lord knows how annoying those can be and I have sent multiple children to school while it was closed to ensure they make honor roll).  Of course, they'd put it more politely, but it's along the lines of using an item/career/etc. with known glitches.  You can do it, but you choose the negatives as well as the positives.
That said, I believe there is a tip earlier in this thread about setting your seasons to 9 days so that you will have holidays sometimes occurring on weekends.  Of course, I ignored this glorious advice and have my holiday every Thursday, but I like the routine of it and knowing for sure when to expect it, I suppose.
Finally, now that you've gotten heir one on the honor roll (and are therefore off to an excellent start), are you going to start posting your decadynasty?

 

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