Painting Collection Challenge (The Sims 4 Rags to Riches)

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I’ve done a lot of painting in The Sims 4, but generally have my sims sell the paintings, so I came up with this idea to try and have two sims get as many different paintings and display them. To make it harder, your sims are going to start with nothing!

I will be doing a short Let’s Play of this challenge, I’ll be covering the goals and rules noted here in my video premiering on at 7 pm EST, Sunday, December 4, 2022.

Set Up/Rules/Suggestions:

  1. Start with two sims (can be aged teen and up, whatever you want, relationship between them is also up to you). If you want to add a third, non painting sim to help with collectibles/yard sales, that’s up to you, but they can’t be used for painting.
  2. You can turn aging off or use a normal or long lifespan. I don’t recommend using a short lifespan.
  3. Your sims start with nothing. You can make ‘seed’ money for painting via Odd Jobs (Island Living), Errands (Cottage Living), finding/selling collectibles, etc., though the focus should be on using painting to make money. Of course painting tends to be an easy way to make money, though possibly not as easy because you can only sell duplicate paintings. (Since the sims start with no money, if you wish, you can start using the ‘Making Money’ scenario as a way to set the funds to zero. If you do, completing the scenario won’t be part of this challenge.)
  4. You can use easels on public lots, etc. before your sims have enough money for an easel.
  5. Start on an empty lot that is at least 40×30, though it can be bigger. This is so you have room for your room/building to display the paintings. Re the empty lot, that means no buildings, but if it’s a lot that has a little landscaping, including a pond (but no fishing sign until your sims can buy it), that’s fine.
  6. You can sell any duplicate paintings, the rest must be kept and displayed in some manner on your lot. You can choose which duplicate to sell (i.e. I recommend selling the more valuable versions of the paintings to help keep your bills down).
  7. You can use a household club, but you can’t have non household members join and paint. Only your two painting sims can paint.
  8. You can buy your sim any reward traits they can with their reward points. I recommend the ‘marketable’ reward trait to increase the value of your sims’ paintings once your sims have the points for it.
  9. I don’t recommend using any of the following to boost the painting skill, as some paintings are only available at lower skills, so you don’t want to rush through maxing the painting skill:
    • a tiny residential lot (though you can use to boost other skills once your sims have already maxed the painting skill),
    • using a club perk to boost the painting skill, and/or
    • using the Natural Light lot trait.

Goals:

  1. Keep any painting that is different (i.e. ‘unique’).
  2. At a minimum have at least five of every type and size, however you need to keep any unique paintings that your sims paint so hopefully you’ll end up with more than five of each type. This includes all emotional paintings and the figure paintings if you have DU.
    • Types of base game paintings that come in three sizes are classic, pop art, impressionism, surrealism, realism & abstract. (so since there are 6 types, that’s a minimum of 6×5=30 small, 6×5=30 medium, & 6×5=30 large for these six types of paintings)
    • Landscape paintings are just one size (so minimum 5 of the these).
    • Emotional painting types: flirty, confident, playful, sad, angry & focused & only come in one size. Note that focused paintings builds logic skill, and logic skill is what unlocks the different types of focused paintings, so at least one of your two sims must build their logic skill. (so minimum 5×6=30 of these)
    • If you have Discover University (“DU”), try to get at least five different types of figure paintings (per a Sims Sanctuary Facebook group member, there are 9 different types). (5 more of these)
  3. Have your painting sims do a large paint by reference of each other. (2 more paintings)
  4. The minimum total different paintings you should have are 127 (30+30+30+5+30+2) if you don’t have DU, 132 if you have DU.
  5. Put all the paintings you’ve collected, including the paint by reference of each sim (i.e. two paint by reference paintings), on display in a separate room, possibly separate building (i.e. ‘art gallery’), on the sim’s home lot.
  6. Upload your lot (or room with all the paintings) to the gallery once you’re done and use #MSPaintingChallenge when sharing. Share your progress & pictures in the group*, including how many different paintings in total and by type that you got.
  7. Have both sims both complete the painting aspiration.
  8. Have both sims complete the fortune aspiration. To do that, both your sims will need to have earned 200,000 and have 50,000 in household funds. Note that any funds earned by selling through the street gallery, which requires City Living, get attributed to everyone in the household, which can make it easier to complete this aspiration.

General Rags to Riches Guidelines:

Link to my updated Rags to Riches blog post:
https://maplesimmer.video.blog/2020/05/05/sims-4-rags-to-riches-guidelines/

*Contact Me:

If you would like to share your gameplay of this challenge, or if have any questions head over to my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/maplesimmersimssanctuary or my discord, https://discord.gg/aJaX7Pca8A

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House 10 Drifter Challenge: Overview

House 10 of the Drifter Challenge will be returning this Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 3 pm Eastern.

Playlist link

After living a sheltered life where we couldn’t even control her directly, our new drifter Jackie Driver is returning to the first neighbourhood of the Drifter challenge started in (Bedrock Strait in Oasis Spring). She will be living in Pebble Burrow, a 30×20 lot. This is the neighbourhood where Johnny Zest usually lives in a new save!

Will she be up to the following challenges?

  1. As a minimum create a 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home worth at least $50k Simoleons – include a pool and a designated personal workout area.
  2. Achieve level 10 of the Fitness Skill
  3. Produce and raise the Heir (see my notes on this*)

There are some optional goals for house 10, the ones I plan to complete are:

  • complete the Bodybuilder aspiration
  • max the Wellness skill

If it fits in with the house, I may try maxing one of the SE skills (rock climbing, skiing or snowboarding).

Note that I will be adding goals from House 11 to this house, so here are the additional goals that will be required, note House 11 also requires you to raise an Heir:

  1. In addition to the house requirements noted above, it will also need to include a designated party space.
  2. Complete the Master Mixologist Aspiration.
  3. Achieve level 10 of the Mixologist branch of the Culinary career.

Optional goals for house 11 I’ll be attempting are as follows:

*Re the heir, usually the goal is to raise the heir to the young adult life stage, however, with the changes to life stage lengths that came with the July 26, 2022 game update, I plan to end this house when either A) all the goals are complete or B) the heir ages up to a teen, whichever happens second.

In this house we can control the Drifter. 

Exceptions are as follows:

per Vihisha’s blog post as of Oct 26, 2022

(screenshot is from Vihisha’s blog post as of Oct 26, 2022)

The ability to leave your home lot is limited, usually you need 1,000 simoleons and where you can travel to is set by house. Here is a screenshot of the details, again screenshot is from Vihisha’s blog post as of Oct 26, 2022 (Note the club gatherings should say ‘Get Together needed’, not ‘City Living’. ):

As part of house 10, we are able to place a spa or an Onsen on the Pique Hearth lot (where the Pancakes usually live). I will be placing a Spa there.

Some exceptions or amendments that I do re places that can be visited is that I include Bars and Lounges as ‘Nightclubs’ as they act similar to Nightclubs. In prior houses I have hosted club gatherings at museums & gyms, however gyms are now unlocked & I will continue to visit museums for the Painter Extraordinaire aspiration & for dates (I find museums are a great place for dates as other sims don’t interrupt as much).

Link to my Overview of the Drifter Challenge.

If you have any questions or want to share your own Sims game play with other Simmers head over to my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/maplesimmersimssanctuary or my discord, https://discord.gg/aJaX7Pca8A

Aliens Stole My Parents Scenario (Sims 4)

This scenario requires you to start with a family with one teen, one child and at least one sim who is young adult and over. They are able to start with a home, however my twist is that they will be starting on an empty lot and only the 500 simoleons the aliens left them.

Playlist link

I am doing the scenario with the Cope family, two young adults and their two children, i.e. one teen and one child. Gallery link

Scenario Goals:

Recap of the goals shown in the screenshots:

  • Have 15,000 simoleons (the aliens take all but 500 simoleons)
  • Raise Child’s grade to an A
  • Raise Teen’s grade to an A
  • Complete and aspiration with the Child Sim
  • Group Cook Together
  • Have the Teen Sim get a Part-Time job
  • Hire a Nanny

Additional Goals:

As I mentioned, my sims will be starting on an empty lot, so their additional goal will be to build a home. Extra goals will be to furnish it with all the basics needed for a sim to live and to still have 15,000 after doing that.

Notes on Starting Grades:

I’ve noticed while playing that if you choose the option to start with a new household, your teen and child will start as C students. However if you start with a household already placed in the world, the teen and child start as F students. I wasn’t aware of that when I started this scenario, so my teen and child got the easier start by being C students. I expect they should be consistent so have created a bug report for that. If you notice the same thing, head over to EA AHQ and add a ‘Me Too’ to the report.

In Game Families that Meet Scenario Guidelines:

In case you’re curious, I took a look to see what existing families can be used for the new Aliens Stole My Parents scenario. This is across all packs released to date, and can easily be seen by looking in other families in manage household, but I thought I’d share.

Are there any families here that interest you to try the scenario out with? I tried playing the Goth household just for fun, though in my renovated version of their home, after I removed the garden plants I had added and a few other skill building items. I shared the results in my Facebook group.

  • Willowcreek – Goths (harkens back to the lore of Bella being abducted in past Sims)
  • Windenburg – Bjergsen & Munch (two families)
  • Mount Komorebi – Ito
  • Tartosa – Laurent
  • Copperdale – Prescott (however, I would avoid this family as playing this household removes the mom as principal!)

Note there are a couple of households with more than one teen and a child, or one teen and two children, but they don’t fit the scenario.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Rags to Riches?: High School Years Edition (Sims 4)

Meet our teens, Hermione Driver (Genius & Bookworm) and her younger twin siblings, Hugo (Creative & Overachiever) and Harry (Good & Active). Their younger brother Herbert, who is still a child, will be joining them once they have a home. All four sims were born in House 7 of my Drifter Challenge.

Playlist

Goals:

  1. To complete two of the four aspirations that came with High School Years (Goal Oriented and Admired Icon). We will take a look at the other two aspirations (Drama Lama & Live Fast) and attempt to do the first tier of both if we can.
  2. They all need to max the new 5 level entrepreneurial skill.
  3. Each sim will complete a different after school activity (i.e. the four new ones that come with High School Years, Cheerleader, Football Team, Chess Team & Computer Team) and they will also all max one of the two new part time careers that came with the pack (Video Game Streamer & Simfluencer, between our sims, both careers will be covered).
  4. To build at a minimum a three bedroom, two bathroom home.
  5. To see how much money they can make after building their home!
  6. We will also try to examine the other new aspects that come with the pack including prom, social bunny and Trendi.

Rags to Riches Rules for This Challenge:

They will start with nothing on the now empty 30×20 Hillside Haven lot that usually has a rental property on it in Copperdale.

Since selling paintings directly helps the entrepreneurial skill, they will be able to sell those directly without a street gallery, however, for other items they first need a yard sale table. They can sell paintings on a street gallery, I just won’t require it.

They will earn money from odd jobs and their part time careers to get the ‘seed’ money needed to get the yard sale table & do some painting.

For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord

Common Issues Since the July 26, 2022 Game Update (Sims 4)

Updates as for Aug 2 Game Update & Video

Video Link

Link to Aug 2/22 update notes: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/news/update-08-02-2022

Link to EA’s Mod Policy: https://help.ea.com/en/help/the-sims/the-sims-4/mods-and-the-sims-4-game-updates/

Link to Sims4Studio: https://sims4studio.com/board/6/download-sims-studio-open-version

New bug reports referred to in video:

Aging Settings Broken: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/Aging-Settings-Broken/td-p/11668082 Sims Greyed out When Travelling for Festivals: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/Sims-greyed-out-for-quot-Travel-with-quot-option-for-Festivals/m-p/11692219#M224695

Original Post After July 26/22 Update:

There have been a number of issues with the game since the July 26, 2022 game update and I will try and summarize some of the more common ones here.

The biggest issue is with aging, both on the long lifespan and short lifespan. This issue is so big EA has a message about it on your main menu, this appeared on July 27:

They are recommending you back up your saves and temporarily play on a Normal Lifespan. I recommend avoiding any saves where you currently play on Long or Short Lifespan. Also, while turning aging off is one option, make sure you change the Lifespan to Normal before turning off aging, otherwise there are reports that the issue persists.

I did a separate video on the long term issue and how to use the no aging option.

I also did a video on how to recover your save for those who play on computer. Unfortunately that’s not an option for console.

Link to Bug Report for the Aging Issues:

  1. Issues with Long Lifespan but there is a little discussion of the issues with a Short Lifespan too. Note sims get days added if you play on a Long Lifespan, they seem to get days removed, i.e. they become younger, if you play on a Short Lifespan

Other Non Mod Related Issues Since the Update:

Here are some other issues I’ve seen noted on EA AHQ with links to their bug reports. If your issue isn’t here, I recommend going over to the Sims 4 Bug Section of EA AHQ and looking for the issue you are experiencing.

Here’s a screenshot of a Tweet by SimGuruNick re the first issue noted here:

  1. Wants/Fears: Sim wants to ask a relative to be GF/BF Note EA Cade has responded to this report to say the Sims Team is looking into this. SimGuruNick has also tweeted (see above screenshot) to say they can reproduce this and are working on it. I have uploaded a room to the gallery with 5 want refresher potions so you can use that to get rid of wants you don’t want and not use any reward points (each want refresher potion is 200 reward points).
  2. Lifespan duration for teens and adult sims changed on Normal Lifespan Now 21 and 33 days respectively, normal lifespan, I’m wondering if this is by design.
  3. Sims turning into celebrities since update
  4. Most sims greyed out when trying to travel
  5. Excessive use of cell phone while walking
  6. NPC roles not filling regular positions I was playing in Henford-on-Bagley so noticed that there.
  7. Sim resetting when queueing livestream (no HSY Pack) This impacts Sims in the Tech Guru career & Social Media career. LittleMsSam has released a mod to fix this, see her Random Small Mods.
  8. Child sims can’t quit afterschool activities
  9. Elders can’t retire Carl’s Sims 4 Guide has a mod (free Patreon) that fixes this.
  10. Traits from other packs don’t have wants associated with them
    Note this doesn’t have a lot of Me Too’s but I did also see this Twitter response from SimGuruGeorge re wants and packs.

10. Elders can’t retire. Carl Sims has a mod for that now. His Patreon link (free)

Bug Template to Use When Making Reports on EA AHQ

You should be prompted to use this template, however if you aren’t, then just copy and paste this and fill in the details.

Product: The Sims 4
Platform:
Which language are you playing the game in?
How often does the bug occur?
What is your current game version number?
What expansions, game packs, and stuff packs do you have installed?
Steps: How can we find the bug ourselves?
What happens when the bug occurs?
What do you expect to see?
Have you installed any customization with the game, e.g. Custom Content or Mods?
Did this issue appear after a specific patch or change you made to your system?

Mod Issues

Most mods broke with the game update so make sure to check all your mods to see if they broke and if they’ve been updated. Many have already been updated including MCCC, UI Cheats, Twisted Mexi mods, Wonderful Whims and LittleMsSam mods.

As of early on July 28, 2022 here is a statement re Kawaii Stacie mods:

One common issue I see mentioned is not being able to change your hair colour in Create-A-Sim, my understanding is this is caused by the More Columns mod by Weerbesu which has been updated.

There’s a Sim forum post that tracks what broke, what’s been updated and what’s fine which is a great source to check.

Another source is Scarlet’s mod tracking list, this includes mature mods, the Sims forums don’t allow mention of mods that increase the games’ rating.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord. Either I or other members will try to answer any troubleshooting questions and I also have some guides that can help in my Facebook group. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram

Honeymooners & Proud Parent Scenario (Sims 4)

Now that the No Skills, No Problem scenario is done, I’m going to do the Honeymooners and the Proud Parent Scenarios with Sebastian and Fern.

Honeymooners Playlist

Proud Parent Playlist to be added when we get there!

Scenario Goals:

Honeymooner Scenario Goals:
Proud Parent Scenario Goals:

Proud Parent goals will also be added once we get to that point.

Additional Goals:

Along with the scenario goals, I’ll also be working on the following goals with them while doing these two scenarios:

  1. Have them complete the frog collection.
  2. Have at least one of them complete the following aspirations:
    * Country Caretaker
    * Freelance Botanist
    * both Spellcaster Aspirations
  3. Have both of them complete the following aspirations:
    * Painter Extraordinaire
    * Soulmate Aspiration

Please let me know if there are any other goals/aspirations we should try and work on with them.

Gallery:

I’ve put their current version, i.e. as of the end of the No Skills, No Problem Scenario Let’s Play, on the gallery, if you’d like to play along with them. The home they move into during the first part is also on the gallery, this includes their garden & collectibles. There is also a mostly unfurnished version of their new home on the gallery. Both versions are modified micros, i.e. the core is on 32 square tiles, the rest is unconnected walls with roofs covering them.

Contact Me:

If you have any questions, need troubleshooting help or want to share your own Sims game play with other friendly Simmers please head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary or my Discord. I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

My Wedding Stories Issues & Workarounds & Mods to Help the Issues (Sims 4)

I thought I’d create a post that has information on issues and workarounds/mods to help with wedding ceremonies in the new My Wedding Stories game pack.

Wedding Ceremonies

My Wedding Stories has a lot of bugs and doesn’t seem to work properly. That said, I’ve been able to hold a successful wedding ceremony, even without using mods, see my video here to see that in action (and to see some of the issues 😊 )

If you’d like to see it, part 1 shows my set up of the wedding.

Here’s a link to my video where I show how weddings turn out with the use of some of the mods I mention in the mods section below. 😊

⚠️Note if you use the TOOL mod, there was an update for it to be compatible with the new world without the update you can’t see the new word. ⚠️

Issues and Some Work Arounds:

I will try to link to individual EA AHQ reports, but here’s a link to the general bug section for Sims 4: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/bd-p/The-Sims-4-Bugs

Sims can’t get married with an officiant: If your sims can’t get married if they try to use an officiant, the action will hang. Cancel/reset your sims and choose either say vows or say vows and kiss. Do not choose an option with an officiant. I recommend not asking anyone to be an officiant at all, I noticed that my sim of honour, etc. didn’t stick when I asked a sim to be an officiant. I think this may be the EA AHQ report for this issue: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/MWS-No-way-to-activate-the-officiant/m-p/11316525#M208162

Wedding cakes will spoil, even if they are put in the fridge. See mods (one by Ravasheen & in Bienchen’s mod batch) linked in the mod area that can help with that. Alternatively, if a sim with the ‘fresh chef’ trait makes the cake, it will never spoil. You get this trait by completing the chef aspiration, or you can use the cheat ‘traits.equip_trait Trait_FreshChef’ to add it to one of your sims, just make sure cheats are on (‘testingcheats on’ or ‘testingcheats true’, don’t include the quotes for any of the cheats noted here).

Cut the cake doesn’t work, unless you place it in the middle of a round dining table (thanks to Bienchen for that tip). Feeding cake to your spouse will also complete the tradition.

Guests don’t show up in wedding attire (this has a bug report on EA AHQ). Carl’s mod, linked below, can help with this or alternatively you can use Bienchen’s mod, also mentioned below (you need to choose one or the other as they conflict).

Only one sim can walk down the aisle, action will freeze if you try to get two sims to walk down together. I recommend only using one sim to walk down the aisle, or I have had luck sending two sims ‘up’ the aisle. Carl’s mod helps with this too.

Can’t walk down the aisle with a wedding bouquet. EA AHQ report. I just recommend not using a bouquet when you walk down an aisle, or if you can/do use mods, this is also fixed with Carl’s mod.

Issues with doing a toast: If you want to do a toast, have your sim request someone else to toast, this will complete the tradition.

Can’t toss bouquet: I have had success throwing the bouquet when you specify who is to catch it. If you are having problems, try resetting the sim who is doing the bouquet throw.

My Wedding Stories Laundry List:

Note that EA released a My Wedding Stories Laundry List on March 3, 2022 which listed some of the things they are working on and hope to have in a game update soon, though this will follow an already planned update that will precede it. I expect the planned update will be for the release of the next unnamed Kit. See my video on that.

Mods to Help With My Wedding Stories:

Note choose which wedding fix mod you want to use as they will conflict with each other. So either use the Carl Sims wedding fix mod, Zero’s wedding fix mod, or the appropriate Bienchen mods.

Carl Sims Wedding Fix Mod:

Carl Sims has released a new version of his mod that adds base game weddings pack if you have the pack, among other things. Here’s the link if you use mods (you need both files and script mods need to be enabled, the latest version was released Feb 28). Just place these mods directly in your mods folder, they do not need to be unzipped. https://www.patreon.com/posts/wedding-stories-62954976

Screenshot with details on what Carl’s mod fixes (the final version has all the fixes in the prior versions).

Details on what Carl’s mod fixes (the final version has all the fixes in the prior versions)

TwistedMexis Dual Wedding Systems Mod:

If you just want to add base game weddings back, TwistedMexis has what he calls a ‘light weight mod’ that let’s you do that. Now available to the public. https://www.patreon.com/posts/63098728

Ravasheen Cake a Break Mod:

Ravasheen has a mod for cakes, you can buy all cakes (for packs you have), they will be excellent and never spoil. https://ravasheen.com/download/cake-a-break-buyable-cakes/

Bienchen Batch Mods that Includes Mods that Help with MWS:

Bienchen has released some mods to help with My Wedding Stories issues – available as a batch download. The batch download also has a notes file to explain what is there. I took all the english notes and compiled them into a document, which I’ve also included a screenshot of below, along with notes from Bienchen from the forums post. There are a number that tweak or fix issues with the pack, you just need to choose the ones you want. They are all zipped so you need to unzip the ones you want. https://simfileshare.net/download/2993490/

English Only Version of Bienchen notes for 20220228 Batch Download

Alternatively, these mods are all now located at Bienchen’s site, so you can pick and choose which mods you want to download. At a glance, I’ve found them either under My Wedding Stories category: https://deichschafblog.de/bienchen/hochzeitsgeschichten-my-wedding-stories/ with some more under her Miscellaneous Mods category: https://deichschafblog.de/bienchen/sonstige-mods-misc-mods/
and the food related ones under her Food category (wedding cake fix under :
https://deichschafblog.de/bienchen/rund-um-mahlzeiten-food-related/

Zero’s MWS Mods:

This first mod by Zero lets you use the mailbox to ask sims to fill roles in your wedding. https://www.patreon.com/posts/mws-pick-wedding-63105314

This second link has mods by Zero that help with MWS wedding issues, though it seems to me that some/all of these issues are fixed by Carl’s mods and as I mentioned at the beginning of this section the mods that fix the wedding bugs will quite likely conflict.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/my-wedding-fixes-63037455

Mod Description by Zero

Chipped Sims Wedding Tweaks Mods:

Wedding tweaks and pets as flower pals:
Original: https://chippedcupanddustybooks.tumblr.com/post/677558371017162752/wedding-tweaks-pets-as-flower-pals-new

Updated, now lets you use small dogs: https://chippedscreationcorner.tumblr.com/post/677985837527580672/wedding-tweaks-pets-as-flower-pals-update

Extended Tartosa vendor hours: https://chippedscreationcorner.jimdofree.com/projects/gameplay-tweaks/wedding-tweaks/

Gameplay Improvements by MissyHissy:

Let’s you hold base game weddings at wedding venues (this is for base game, not MWS): https://www.patreon.com/posts/say-i-do-in-62680424

Lets you throw engagement and rehearsal dinners at restaurants, but there’s a limit of 8 sims who can be seated together (Dine Out limitation): https://www.patreon.com/posts/wedding-dinners-62988140

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any questions or want to share your own Sims game play with other Simmers head over to my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/maplesimmersimssanctuary or my discord, https://discord.gg/aJaX7Pca8A

#MyWeddingStories #GameBugs #MyWeddingStoriesIssues

My Wedding Stories Livestream Overview (Sims 4)

Link to my video overview

World of Tartosa

Tartosa Map
  • Based on Mediterranean
  • 9 lots in two neighbourhoods: 2 are empty (1 is a beach lot), 2 residential with families already in them, 2 empty starter homes, 1 wedding venue, which is a new lot type coming to base game, 1 lounge & 1 rental lot.
  • There are also 5 wedding venues on the gallery.  All lots were made by game changers one of which works on the empty beach lot.
  • As stated previously, you can swim in the water.
  • Kids can play in the sand here, that doesn’t require Island Living.
  • You can also draw in the sand (new for this pack).
  • New collection ‘message in a bottle’
  • There is a lot of lore in the world and the two families have some lore between them.
  • The two sims in the trailer (Cam and Dom) are in the game and you can find them in Tartosa, but they are not placed on a lot in the world.
  • You can learn the lore by chatting with the locals after you’ve befriended them. Cam is a painter and will tell you scenic locations for painting. Dom is the town historian, and you can learn more lore from her.
  • Town square has a ‘city hall’ where your sims can get married immediately.
  • You can find kiosks here.  Two for food (Indian and Chinese, there will be more options available if you have other packs), one for cake, one for flowers & one for wedding dress (the wedding ones can be done from menus too).
  • Lots of pretty places in both neighbourhoods to get nice pictures.

Clothes

Boutonnieres
  • Formal clothes and hairstyles
  • Boutonnieres for males found under necklaces.
  • From their description, it seems like the veil is part of a hairstyle.

Weddings

6 Event Options for Engaged Sims
  • You use the ‘add wedding event option’.
  • There are 7 types of events under weddings, you will see 6 if your couple is engaged (‘Bach’ Party, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement Dinner, Family Gathering, Wedding Ceremony).  The 7th one appears for sims who are already married – ‘vow renewal’.
  • They showed the wedding ceremony, and it is very customizable. You can set the activities, but unlike with social events, they are optional to do even if you’ve included them. It appears you can add as many activities as you want. I expect that all the ‘wedding events’ are equally customizable. You can also edit the event after you set it up and before the wedding happens (when you use the calendar).
  • Note that you need to ask the sim of honour, flower pal, etc. in the game vs just assigning it when you set it up. They may say no.

Wedding Cake

Some Wedding Cake Options When Sims Make it With Gourmet Cooking Skill
  • You can buy it online, at the kiosk or make it yourself (you need the gourmet cooking skill), from what I could see the cost was the same regardless of buying or making (despite them commenting re ‘budget weddings’ and making the cake yourself).
  • There are 9 different shapes and many different flavours/colours.
  • 10 different types of toppers and many different colour/swatches of those toppers.
  • You can inscribe a message on the topping and keep the topper with message as a memento afterwards.

Flowers

Kiosk for Buying Flowers & Bouquets
  • If you place the bouquet in the world a glass vase gets added.
  • You can make the bouquets if you have Seasons and it sounded like you got more options with the Seasons’ flowers

Dancing

Interactions While Slow Dancing
  • Slow dancing plus has additional interactions while slow dancing (kiss, flirt & chat)
  • Plus adult dancing with a child (as saw in trailer)
  • Group dancing like the macarena
  • (noticed that the sim gained the fitness skill when she started dancing, got to level 3 very quickly!)

Other Build/Buy Objects

Types of Tea
  • Two tea sets that you can use.  They have more interactions when you use them in a wedding ceremony
  • 5 wedding arches
  • New piano
  • New bar with a bar back that has room for décor like photos and flowers.
  • New Buffet Table (Food that gets served is the same as what you see in the kiosk), toasting bucket and drink fountain (i.e. table and drink fountain are already in Luxury Party)
  • Aisle (short, medium and long), with flowers and with no sides that you can decorate.
  • Dance floor (three sizes)

Base Game Update

  • Formal outfits getting more swatches, girls dress in the holiday pack has more colours too.
  • Wedding arches getting more swatches
  • Previously mentioned new lot type – wedding venue

If you have any questions or want to share your own Sims game play with other Simmers head over to my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/maplesimmersimssanctuary or my discord, https://discord.gg/aJaX7Pca8A

Drifter House 9 Secondary Sim

I’m looking for an secondary sim for House 9 of Drifter, he will eventually marry my heir from house 8 of Drifter, screenshot with details of the House 8 heir, Isobel Driver, is below.

His goal in house 9 will be to max the Secret Agent career, Villain branch (11 levels). I’d like him to be a spellcaster and a genius. If you’d like to create him, please share him to the gallery using #MSH9DrifterSpouse Please don’t use the following kits:

  • Modern Menswear,
  • Fashion Street Kit or
  • Carnaval Streetwear Kit (which just released the day of this post 😊 )

This sim needs to be unplayed and not in any career.

There are also traits I don’t like, including evil, kleptomaniac, non committal, hates children & jealous (if you use traits I don’t like and your sim is chosen, I’ll be removing those traits).

Deadline is 1 pm Eastern, this Sunday, February 6. I’ll take any sims that have been submitted and do a poll to vote for which one should join Isobel in House 9. Thanks! 😊

I also attach a screenshot of the House 9 goals for those interested.

Link to rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-009.html

If you have any questions or want to share your own Sims game play with other Simmers head over to my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/maplesimmersimssanctuary or my discord, https://discord.gg/aJaX7Pca8A

Mini Occult Baby Challenge (Sims 4)

Since we had some interest to do some type of challenge in the Sims Sanctuary Facebook group I thought I’d write up a shorter challenge that combined the interests I saw mentioned on our poll. As a result this challenge will have three elements and you can participate in whichever part you prefer, up to all three parts.

  1. Gameplay
  2. Create a Sim
  3. Build

I thought it would be fun if those doing the gameplay challenge used the sims and/or builds created by those who participated in the Create a Sim and Build Challenges, though this of course is optional.

If you’d like to share your sims and builds for others to use during the challenge, please have them on the gallery by Friday, January 21, 2022 using #minioccultbabychallenge . If you upload without the hashtag, put your Gallery ID and details of what you uploaded for the challenge on our Facebook post about it.

My overview of the challenge will be on my channel on Saturday, January 22, 2022 & the gameplay start of the challenge starts Sunday, January 23, 2022. This is when I plan to start my Let’s Play on my channel with the sim in the above screenshot. See section 4 for some decisions I’ve made re the optional aspect of the challenge as well as some additional challenges I’ve added. Playlist link

1. Gameplay

While the create a sim and builds will come first, the gameplay drives them so I will start with the details about that.

You will start with a human sim, i.e. non occult sim, who has the ability to get pregnant.

Goals for the sim who has the babies:

  1. Either:
    A. Have six pregnancies with occult sims in your game, preferably one of each type of occult that you have, but that’s your choice.
    OR
    B. Try up to three times per occult sim to have a baby of that occult type. Note that at the time of creating this challenge there are four occults (see point 4) if you have the packs they come with, that could be up to twelve pregnancies. If you don’t have all the packs, or prefer not to play with certain occults, still try to have four pregnancies that result in an occult baby, with the same cap of 12 (edited to add this would be 15 if you added werewolves to the mix as of Jun 2022) pregnancies (see below screenshot after point 5 for more clarification).
  2. Similar to 100 Baby, your sim will have a different partner for each pregnancy.
  3. In addition to step 1, your sim will have one final pregnancy with your choice of the following:
    * Father Winter (Seasons required),
    * an Island Elemental (Island Living required, a sim needs the Child of the Island trait to call them) or
    * any Townie (i.e. any sim that comes with the base game or any pack vs a randomly generated one, some base game examples are Mortimer Goth, Geoffrey Landgraab, Don Lothario. Some examples of townies that come with packs are Knox Greenburg (Eco Lifestyle), Paolo Rocco (Get Together)).
    Note if you wish, you can have your sim become an occult of your choosing before this final pregnancy.
  4. Here are the occult offspring possibilities at the time of writing this challenge if you have the required packs:
    * alien or alien hybrid (Get to Work). My understanding is that full aliens are rare with only one alien parent UNLESS your sims is abducted & has a full alien, so both alien and alien hybrid count towards the goal. If you use MCCC you can use the setting to allow both genders to get pregnant from abduction.
    * vampire (Vampires)
    * mermaid (Island Living)
    * spellcaster (Realm of Magic)
    * edited to add werewolves (Werewolves, new game pack released Jun 2022)
  5. Some optional added challenges, 1) give each child who moves out starting funds of 20,000 and or 2) start your sim with nothing (i.e. no simoleons on an inexpensive, empty lot).

More clarification re option B :

Note re aliens/alien hybrids: Link to a very helpful post by a member of the Sims Sanctuary Facebook group with more information on aliens/alien hybrids.

Goals for the children:

  1. Keep a baby for one sim day (this is changed from the 2 days shown in my introduction video, but consistent with my saying a minimum of 24 hours in that video).
  2. At a minimum toddlers must reach happy toddler (level 3 of all skills) plus level 3 of potty before aging up.
  3. As a child complete the creativity aspiration, become an A student & have learned to say sorry from their parent (i.e. conflict resolution has to be in a range to earn).
  4. Put all the pictures they draw as a child and at the end of the challenge have a wall with all of the base game pictures each child drew (this is the ‘collection’ of this challenge).
  5. As a teen become an A high school student & learn at least two more positive character values (for three in total). At this point you can move the teen out or you can age up to a young adult, your choice.

There are no other rules, so for example:

  • Aging settings can be as you wish (ie short, normal, long or off).
  • You can hire any service providers, including nannies.
  • You can use a randomizer for traits for the babies or choose the traits for yourself. If you want to randomize the traits you can use the in game trait randomizer or use something like the Sims Legacy trait randomizer.
  • Whether or not your sim has a job is up to you.
  • You can use the option to start with no money, start with starting money or use cheats for money.
  • You can choose and change the lot traits/lot challenges whenever you want.
  • You can use a regular lot, a micro lot or a haunted house!

The challenge ends when the child (or children) born in the last pregnancy meet the requirements to age up to young adult (A high school student & 3 positive character values).

2. Create a Sim Challenge:

  1. Create a non occult sim who will be able to have babies and/or
  2. In a separate household create some occult sims that can impregnate others.

Challenge Criteria:

  1. Each sim will need a minimum of one outfit per different outfit category.
  2. Optional added challenge:
    * occult sims should be made with base game + the pack the the occult is from
    * the non occult sim should be base game + one pack of your choice.

These sims need to be shared to the gallery. The challenge version shared to the gallery needs to be made without custom content, preferably using #minioccultbabychallenge in the description. If you do use custom content feel free to do a version with custom content and show screenshots of both so we can see the differences!

3. Build Challenge

Create a starter home that will be used for the baby challenge.

Challenge Criteria for the home:

  1. The gallery version must have a value of 18,000 simoleons or less and be on a 30×20 lot. When you are building the lot value will be included in the value, so take that off when tracking the cost. For example, Asphalt Abodes in Newcrest costs 2,000 simoleons, so if you were building there, the value of the build on the lot can be 20,000 (18,000+2,000). See my blog post on the cost of empty lots for the base game for more information on starting lot values.
  2. Must include items for toddlers – at a minimum one toddler bed, one potty, blocks, bookshelf & a teddy bear.
  3. Must include items for the creativity aspiration – at a minimum one creativity table & one instrument & a toybox.
  4. Optional added challenge: Make it a limited pack build, i.e. base game plus up to one of each type of pack (i.e. stuff, game & expansion pack, no kits) in the furnish and decoration. You can either pick the packs or use a randomizer. See below for exception.

Note: This can be any residential lot type – regular, micro (including ‘modified micro’) or haunted house.

As with the sims, the build needs to be shared to the gallery. The version shared to the gallery needs to be made without custom content, preferably using #minioccultbabychallenge in the description. If you do use custom content feel free to do a version with custom content and share screenshots of both versions for fun.

Exception to the limited pack, you can use functional items from any packs as long as they won’t be missed if a person doesn’t have the pack. For example, if you don’t use Seasons as your expansion in your build, you can still add a thermostat as it won’t be missed by someone who doesn’t have Seasons.

4. Additional Goals for my Let’s Play

Note that these are additional goals I will be setting for myself to try and accomplish during my Let’s Play, if anyone else wants to add these or create their own goals, I’d love to hear how it goes:

  1. I’ll be doing the optional start with nothing.
  2. Each child leaving the household needs 20,000 simoleons to take with them. Apart from one child, the rest will be teens when they leave the household (after they’ve completed the required goals).
  3. My sim will have to complete the following aspirations:
    * serial romantic
    * friend of the world
    * parenthood aspiration
    * fortune aspiration
    She can also work on other aspirations at the same time.
  4. Keep track and count each unique location for woohoo/try for baby.
  5. She will do a minimum of 6 tries for baby with occults.
  6. Depending on how long the challenge takes, we may try for a baby with Father Winter and an Island Elemental. Before she does this she will become a spellcaster.
  7. I’m doing a mix of choosing my traits & using the Sims Legacy Trait randomizer (it’s a mix because some traits will be banned, some examples of traits I will not use are evil, goofball, kleptomaniac, hates children).
  8. Toddlers need to max all skills before aging up.
  9. Children will:
    * join Scouts
    * at a minimum complete at least one other childhood aspiration, in addition to the
    required creativity aspiration.
  10. Aging will be on long.