Best Friends Forever Scenario – Rags to Riches Edition (Sims 4)

How long will it take to complete the scenario with the extra goals added on? First part goes live tomorrow, Sunday May 29, 2022: Playlist link

Sharon is creative, an animal enthusiast and a freegan. Ashlynn in creative. They are on the gallery if you’d like to play along.

Best Friends Forever Goals & My Tweaks:

Our sims will be starting with nothing. Their lot is off the grid and they will have to pay 6,500 to connect to the grid (approximate starting value of their lot, which comes with some landscaping, but no home or amenities).

Ashlynn will also be joining scouts and have the additional goal that of completing all four childhood aspirations. She will also work on getting positive character values; at a minimum she will need to get her conflict resolution to be positive before she ages up to a teen.

Similar to many of my other rags to riches LPs, as an added challenge, I will not let my sims sell directly from their inventory/directly off the plants until they buy a yard sale table (street gallery for paintings). Some ways to make money to get the yard sale table are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).

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

No Skills, No Problem Scenario (Sims 4 Rags to Riches)

I’m going to attempt the No Skills, No Problem Scenario with my young adult sim Sebastian Meyers. He’s also going to do the parts of the Frog Scenario that don’t require skills & complete the curator aspiration (at a minimum).

How long will it take him to complete the scenario? Playlist link (first part goes live tomorrow, Sunday May 8, 2022).

Meet My Sim:

Sebastian is a creative freegan who is also an animal enthusiast with the bonus collector trait from choosing the curator aspiration. While he can’t learn any skills, as a spellcaster he can still learn magic. If you’d like to play along, Sebastian is on the gallery under my Origin ID MapleSimmer.

No Skills, No Problem Goals & My Tweaks:

Your sim starts with no money and had to have 400,000 simoleons before the scenario ends. While the scenario is active your sim will be unable to learn any skills. He’ll be starting on an empty, albeit beautiful, lot in Sulani (Key Point). I’ll be playing in the same save that my Plant-Sim Fern Pruitt is in, she’s just recently had her home moved to another lot in Sulani.

As an added challenge, I will not let my sim sell directly from their inventory/directly off the plants until my sim buys a yard sale table. Some ways to make money to get the yard sale table are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).

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

Frog Scenario Add On:

Here are the 8 of the 9 goals of the frog scenario, we will do seven of the 9 goals (we can’t fish while using frog as bait or make the frog hot pot goal not shown here, as those goals require skill in fishing or cooking respectively).

Written Summary of Frog Fanatic Scenario Goals Sebastian Will Do:

Catch a frog from a Log1 time
Catch a frog from a Pond1 time
Catch a frog from a Water Pump1 time
Breed 9 Frogs9 times
Catch or Breed 8 (of 8) unique Common Frogs8 Common
Catch or Breed 6 (of 11) unique Uncommon Frogs6 Uncommon
Catch or Breed 4 (of 6) unique Rare Frogs4 Rare

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Plant-a-Sim Scenario: Rags to Riches Edition (Sims 4)

I’m going to attempt the Plant-a-Sim Scenario with my young adult sim Fern Pruett; the twist? She’s starting with nothing (see note 💰 below) on an empty, albeit beautiful, lot in Sulani (Key Point).

How long will it take her to complete the scenario and will she have a home by the time it’s completed? Playlist link (first part went live today, April 17, 2022).

Meet My Sim:

Here is what Fern looked like before she became a PlantSim. She is creative, loves the outdoors and an animal enthusiast with the freelance botanist aspiration.

Details on Becoming a Plant Sim:

Here is the notification the game gives when your sim becomes a PlantSim. Keep in mind only non occult sims can become PlantSim. I tried with a spellcaster and when she ate the forbidden fruit, nothing happened!

Plant-a-Sim Scenario Goals:

Written Summary of Plant-a-Sim Scenario Goals:

Eat the ‘Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim” from your inventory 1 time
Have your PlantSim Talk to Plants 5 times
Harvest from a Perfect Quality plant1 time
Satisfy Water Needs5 times
Absorb solar energy from plants5 times
Photosynhesize by absorbing sunlight25 times
Care for Plants as a PlantSim99 times

💰 Rags to Riches Element:

  1. Note that while I am doing this as a rags to riches challenge, your sim is given 5 forbidden fruit and one starter package of vegetables. I am letting my sim keep them.
  2. No selling into inventory/directly off the plants until your sim buys a yard sale table. Some ways to make money are to do odd jobs (requires Island Living) or to sell items, including harvestables and fish, at the grocery and plant ‘shops’ (requires Cottage Living) or flowers to the plant shop (requires My Wedding Stories).
  3. For more Rags to Riches guidelines, see my blog post.

Note I have no target for money earned, this is just an added element to see how my sim manages after starting with no money or home, and only the items given to her for the Plant-a-Sim Scenario.

House 9 Drifter Challenge: Overview

House 9 of the Drifter Challenge is premiering on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 1 pm Eastern.

Playlist link

After living a sheltered life, our new drifter Isobel Driver, along with our secondary sim Izaiah Kuro (see poll), returns to her grandmother’s world & neighbourhood (Parched Prospect in Oasis Springs) to start her first day with nothing on the Vista Quarry lot, which is the neighbourhood the Roomies usually live in. 

Will they be up to the following challenges?:

  1. Disguise your home (example: underground lair that looks like a park above ground)
  2. Achieve level 10 of the Diamond Agent branch of the Secret Agent Career on The Drifter
  3. Achieve level 11 of the Villain branch of the Secret Agent Career on The Secondary Sim
    *Upon reaching Field Agent (level 4) of the Secret Agent Career, access to the following Lot type has been unlocked:  
    Gym Lots Those playing the full 24 House Challenge may now place a Gym Lot on Burners and Builders in Oasis Springs world
  4. Produce and raise The Heir to the Young Adult life stage
    -Select at least one of the following Traits on The Heir:
    Active 
    Vegetarian Trait (City Living no longer needed, this is now a base game trait)
    Adventurous (Snowy Escape needed)
    *When The Heir reaches the Young Adult stage, you must stop game play and save if you are continuing on to House 010

Additional Optional Goals that I will attempt with the Drifter & or secondary sim:

  1. Visit Batuu (based on optional goal from Vihisha’s blog post of completing one or more of the JTB aspirations)
  2. Complete the Nerd Brain aspiration (will use the Simvasion mod to fix the rocket fix issue if it doesn’t get fixed),
  3. Have both the drifter and the secondary sim complete the athletic aspiration, and
  4. Have our Drifter try to complete the Cottage Living aspiration (winning the fair is somewhat problematic, so at a minimum complete all other goals of that aspiration).

In this house we can control the Drifter & the secondary sim. 😊

Exceptions are as follows:

per Vihisha’s blog post as of Feb 19, 2022

(screenshot is from Vihisha’s blog post as of Feb 19, 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 Feb 19, 2022 (Note the club gatherings should say ‘Get Together needed’, not ‘City Living’. 😊 ):

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. I also host club gatherings at museums (for prior houses, I would hold club gatherings at gyms, for this house we will wait until that unlocks).

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Poll for Secondary Sim of Drifter House 9 (Sims 4)

Thanks to everyone who uploaded their sims for us to vote on for the secondary sim of House 9 of the Drifter Challenge! 😊

As a reminder, this secondary sim for House 9 of Drifter will will eventually marry my heir from house 8 of Drifter. Here is a screenshot with details of the House 8 heir.

Whichever sim is chosen, I will change one trait to match Isobel’s. 😊

Here are the sims uploaded to be included in the poll for the secondary sim.
I will add the Origin IDs after the poll closes in case you want to add them to your own game.

Iain Neuner by JantineSims
Idris Nuef by Eiandha
Isaac Neuf by TasheeJane
Izaiah Kuro by RoxyGrace
Ian Negen by SimmerDani

The poll is closed and Izaiah Kuro won!

Final Vote Results

Rosebud Revisited (Sims 4 Making Money Scenario)

I thought it would be fun to revisit the Rosebud Challenge now that there are a lot more ways to earn money in the game and scenarios, particularly the Making Money scenario has been added to the game! Playlist link.

I will be using my original Rosebud sims, the unskilled version, though they have been aged down to teens, so they are no longer married, and they have been made spellcasters and given minor makeovers. Since they are teens they only have two traits, you can see the traits I used for them in their screenshots. I am planning on having them become a couple again and to marry once they are young adults.

Jeremy Talbot
Eden Hope

Goals

To see how quickly they can have 1,000,000 simoleons, without cheats of course!

Rules

  1. Start on an empty lot with nothing (my sims are starting on ‘The Summer House’ in Windenburg).
  2. Start Off the Grid, repay the lot value to connect to the grid (in this case, 3,000 simoleons).
  3. Don’t sell into their inventory, either personal or household, until they have purchased a yard sale table and a street gallery (City Living is needed to have both of these items, customize this to whatever packs you have)
  4. Optional rules/goals if starting with teens. Don’t age them up to young adults until they have done the following:
    * become A high school students
    * earn the scouting trait (Seasons required)
    * have four positive character values (Parenthood required)
    * have a small home with a kitchen (i.e. they need to be able to bake the cake at home)

More Information

Note if you’d like to play along here is some more information re the challenge:

  1. You can play on any lifespan, or have aging off. I’m playing on a long lifespan.
  2. Apart from starting Off the Grid, you can choose whatever lot types/challenges you want and change them when you’d like. I will start with the Simple Living and Reduce & Recycle lot challenges in addition to the Off the Grid lot challenge.
  3. If you have Seasons you can do whatever you like with the weather/temperature options and the length of the seasons. I’m using 7 day seasons and will have all weather effects on unless there are too many thunderstorms/blizzards, then I may temporarily turn them off and then eventually turn them back on.
  4. Also with Seasons, feel fee to create custom holidays. I know I will!
  5. Whether or not you have a job is up to you. I’m going to go with the flow, if my sims get a job offer, I may take it. Freelance careers are also allowed. The goal is to find out how quickly you can earn the money any way you can without money cheats (to add money, they can be use to remove money).
  6. Feel free to renovate/replace/add community lots. Generally with this I only add things that are usually found on community lots in the game, one exception is I make my community lots toddler/family friendly. So I don’t build a shelter (i.e. a home away from home), but that’s the main restriction I follow.
  7. Overall if you have a pack that adds something to this challenge, feel free to use it if you’d like. That’s part of the fun of this, seeing how all the packs can help (or hinder), with the challenge.

If you’d like to play along with the same sims, let me know and I can upload them to the gallery.

Removing Money to ‘Connect to the Grid’

Here is the cheat needed to remove the money to connect to the grid.

Open the cheats console > control + shift + c (at the same time)
Then type: Testingcheats on or testingcheats true
Then type: Money # (where the # is the amount you want after the funds are removed.

Alternatively you can remove money without cheats. Two options I know of are:

  1. use manage households to move someone in and then move them out with the money you want removed or
  2. can use the option to gift the money away, though I’ve never tried this. 😊


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

Questions?

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Rags to Wellness (Sims 4 Spa Day Refresh)

New Let’s Play starting today, Sept 10. Playlist link

In this challenge we are going to follow our teen Lily Lombardi.

Lily Lombardi, Spellcaster Teen
Loves the Outdoors & High Maintenance

She will be starting with nothing on an empty lot and she has two weeks to see how far she gets in the following goals:

  1. Learning the wellness skill,
  2. See how much money she can make with the wellness skill,
  3. See how much of the three new wellness aspirations she can complete.

During the two weeks of the challenge she must follow these rules:

  1. She can only make money from wellness,
  2. She can harvest plants/fish to eat, but not to sell.
  3. As an added challenge her home lot must have Simple Living Lot Challenge.

I started without the Simple Living challenge on the Spa Lot I’m using but I will be adding it starting with part 3. This means she will no longer have access to quick meals on the spa fridge but she will be able to make food from items harvested the world/groceries she bought. A cooler has been placed so she has access to limited quick meals.

If you have any questions or want to share your own Sims game play with other Simmers head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary.

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

House 8 Drifter Challenge: Overview

House 8 of the Drifter Challenge is scheduled to return on September 2, 2021.

Playlist link

After living a sheltered life, our new drifter Hannah Driver, returns to her grandmother’s world of Willow Creek to start her first day with nothing in an empty neighborhood (lot is Parkshore, the neighbourhood the Goth’s usually live in). 

Will she be up to the following challenges?:

  1. As a minimum create a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom house worth at least 50k simoleons,
  2. Achieve level 10 of the Author Branch of the Writer Career,
    * She must adopt a baby upon her 1st, 2nd & 3rd promotions.
  3. All three adopted sims, as well as the Heir, must each complete one Child Aspiration, and
  4. Produce & raise the Heir to the Young Adult life stage.

Additional Optional Goals that I will attempt with the Drifter:

  1. Max the cooking & parenting skill, possibly knitting skill (optional goals from Vihisha’s blog post)
  2. Complete the writing aspiration, and
  3. Complete the Super Parent Aspiration.

Additional Optional Goals that I will attempt with each of the adopted children & the Heir:

  1. Become top notch toddlers (ie max the 4 needed toddler skills),
  2. Complete all four child aspirations,
  3. Get all Scout badges & earn the scouting aptitude reward trait,
  4. As teens all must be A High School students,
  5. Try to max either drama club or one part time career as teens, and
  6. They must have at least 4 positive character values when they age up to young adult.

In this house we can control the Drifter, the 3 adopted children & the Heir. 😊

Exceptions are as follows:

(screenshot is from Vihisha’s blog post as of Sept 1, 2021)

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 Sept 1, 2021 (Note the club gatherings should say ‘Get Together needed’, not ‘City Living’. 😊 ):

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. I also host club gatherings at gyms and museums.

If you have any questions or want to share your own Sims game play with other Simmers head over to my Facebook group, Sims Sanctuary.

Cottage Living Rags to Riches (Sims 4)

Kendrick Barker-Ito and Willow Fitz-Moon became best friends as children, just like their moms from my Snowy Escape Rags to Riches LP. They are now teens and similar to what their moms did as teens, they are now ready to embark on their own rags to riches adventure, for them it will be in Henford-on-Bagley!

Challenge Playlist (this will go live at 1 pm Eastern on Aug 7, 2021)

Cottage Living Create a Sim overview (this will go live at 12:45 pm Eastern on Aug 7, 2021) *

Goals for this Challenge:

  1. At least one, probably both, will complete the new aspiration. Note that Kendrick is the main sim who needs to complete this aspiration.
  2. Raise animals (a cow, a lama and chickens).
  3. Try to befriend both bunnies & birds & get at least one of each to help with the gardening.
  4. Complete some village errands.
  5. Complete and keep as many cross stitch patterns as they can (between the two of them).
  6. Buy/unlock as many animal outfits as we can.
  7. Willow will complete the Knitting Aspiration and we will try to unlock as many CAS knitting items as we can.
  8. Before aging up to young adults they both need to:
    • get a grade A in high school,
    • max the manual labourer career (part time), and
    • have at least 4 positive character values
  9. Hopefully these best friends will become something more and they’ll end up having a family together once they become young adults.
  10. Both will complete the fortune aspiration.

Note we will start with the following lot challenges:

  1. Simple Living (Cottage Living)
  2. Off the Grid (Base Game)
  3. Reduce and Recycle (Eco Lifestyle)

To remove the Off the Grid lot challenge they will have to pay a fee of 10,000 simoleons. We may remove the the Simple Living lot challenge once one of them maxes both the cooking and gourmet cooking skill, however they will still need to buy the ingredients except for seaweed (there’s currently a reported issue with that, see EA AHQ link).

Our sims becoming Best Friends Forever as children

Rules:

  1. To start with nothing with a goal to get rich (in this case to complete the fortune aspiration as noted above).
  2. To not use painting as a way to make money until they have at a minimum completed the first three tiers of the fortune aspiration (the only exception is if we decided to work on the painting aspiration before they meet this goal, they may sell their 3 cheapest paintings to the collector for the second tier of the painting aspiration).
  3. Generally to follow the rules from my Rags to Riches guidelines, one exception is that our sims will have part time ‘jobs’ as teens since that’s included in my goals noted above: https://maplesimmer.video.blog/2020/05/05/sims-4-rags-to-riches-guidelines/

Note the lifespan I’ve chosen is ‘long’.

Here are our sims and their traits:

Gallery link if you’d like to play with them: TBA

* Cottage Living Create a Sim Assets

By Age Group:

Screenshots of my spreadsheet breaking down Cottage Living Create a Sim content by age group:

Cottage Living Analysis of Create a Sim by Age Group

By Clothing Categories:

Screenshots of my breakdown of how create a sim assets are categorized in categories other than everyday (only done for the age group ‘teen and up’ 😊 )

Where to Contact Me:

If you have any questions or if you looking for a supportive group to share your sims’ adventures come join my Facebook group and share anything sims related, be it sim creation, sim builds and your sims stories or challenges! We also try to keep it updated with Sims news and it’s a great place to ask any sim related questions, including questions about the game, game updates & Sims gameplay challenges. 😊https://www.facebook.com/groups/maplesimmersimssanctuary

Homeless Decorator (Sims 4 Dream Home Decorator Rags to Riches)

My latest let’s play is a rags to riches with Dream Home Decorator. 😊

Our decorator is spellcaster Eileen Blake-Driver, who is the child from my Rags to Riches Discover University Let’s Play (‘LP’). She has recently aged up to a young adult; I thought it would be fun to use someone with some history from my other LP’s and Elaine has lots of history since her mom Dora Driver was originally born in house 3 of my Drifter Challenge (the twin of the heir Dominique) and her dad Noah Blake was from my Foster Child LP 😊 .

Eileen also has responsibility for her younger brother Colin, who is still a child, as their parents are out of contact in the jungles of Selvadorada. They thought they were moving to a small furnished home in Glimmerbrook, unfortunately it was unsafe and it took the last of Elaine’s funds to demolish it so they are now starting with nothing!

The first part went live on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Link to the playlist

Goals:

1) Become a Decorator and max the career.

2) After starting with nothing, build a two bedroom, one bathroom furnished home.

Rules:

1) In the first two weeks only make money from her job, photography (mainly selling photos from her job) and if she has time, from handiness.

2) After two weeks we will revisit this limitation and decide if we need to use other ways to make money to meet goal 2) from above.

Update, you unlock the ability to write design books in the Decorator career. Once you unlock this, feel free to also make money from books.

If you’d like to play along, Eileen and her brother Colin are on the gallery.

Ignore the alternate form of Eileen, that’s currently a visual glitch with spellcasters born in game. Unlike other occults (ie Aliens, Vampires & Mermailds), Spellcaster don’t have alternate forms.

If you’d like to see Eileen’s mom’s challenge, and eventually watch Eileen as a toddler and child, here’s a link to my Rags to Riches Discover University Let’s Play:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyPCBQSeZfrIrWL1uFuBK7FXQYL5IZ_Wl

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

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