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.

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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

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.

Drifter Challenge (Sims 4)

Information on the Drifter Challenge:

The Drifter Challenge is a challenge created by the lovely Vihisha Tak’Nai and if you plan to do all, or most of the challenge, you start with both Willow Creek and Oasis Springs empty, ie you delete all the lots from those two worlds (one exception, if you have Dine Out you can add one restaurant to the museum lot in Oasis Springs).

The challenge can be thought of as a generation challenge as well as a building challenge, with each generation, or ‘house’, starting with no money on an empty lot and each ‘house’ having its own set of goals. As you meet certain goals over the generations, or ‘houses’ as they are called, you can also start adding certain community lots (which you can build, download from the gallery or add back the original lots if you’ve saved them in your library).

The only way I’ve ever managed to play for multiple generations is when playing the Drifter Challenge.😊 I find it to be a great way to examine a lot of different elements in the game, and you can skip any generation you do not want to do. Alternatively you can just do any house as a stand alone challenge; each house’s rules explain how to start each house, both if you are continuing or doing it as a stand alone challenge, along with the goals and rules for each house.

As an added challenge for most houses you can only control your main sim, ie the ‘Drifter’, apart from a few exceptions, one main one being aging up on a cake (and before we had the ability to assign beds, claiming beds was allowed). However, there are some houses where that varies and you can control more than one sim.  In all cases each house always indicates who can be controlled.

Here’s a link to the main page if this challenge interests you; this further links to the different ‘house’ rules.   https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/

If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or to head over to my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MapleSimmer/

Alternatively, you can come join my new Facebook group and share how you do in this challenge, or in anything sims related, be it sim creation, sim builds or your sims stories &/or challenges! It’s also a great place to ask any sim related questions, including questions about Drifter or other challenges, that either I or other members can try to answer. Sims Sanctuary

I have been doing this challenge on my YouTube channel and I am currently on House 6; as I start individual houses I will add links to each playlist and a summary of the goals for each house here. 😊

House 1:

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House 1 Playlist

Starting Lot:            Agave Abode, Oasis Springs (20×15)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (newly created)

After starting with nothing in a mostly empty world, here are the two challenges facing our drifter Alicia Driver:

  1. As a minimum, build a 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Home worth at least $30k Simoleons (after Depreciation) and
  2. To produce and raise an Heir to the Young Adult lifestage; this Heir will become the Main Sim in the 2nd House Mini-Challenge.

Link to house 1 rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-001.html

House 2: 

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House 2 Playlist

Starting Lot:            Crick Cabana, Willow Creek (20×15)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house)

After living a fairly sheltered life, our new drifter Bella Driver starts her first day with nothing in an empty neighborhood.

Here are the four challenges facing Bella:

  1. Marry and then Move in a ‘Working Sim’ (e.g. Mail Carrier, Gardener, Pizza Delivery, etc.)
  2. As a minimum, build a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Home worth at least $40k Simoleons (after Depreciation)
  3. Complete the Outdoor Enthusiast Aspiration, and
  4. Produce and raise an Heir to the Young Adult life stage; this Heir will become the Main Sim in the 3rd House Mini-Challenge.

Note we can’t go to Granite Falls to work on the Outdoor Enthusiast Aspiration until our heir is a child.

Link to house 2 rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-002.html

House 3:

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House 3 Playlist 

Starting Lot:            Sultry Springside, Oasis Springs (30×20)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter * (heir from prior house)
(*main exception is directing non controlled sims to ‘eat cake’ on the cow plant, see goal 4 below)

After living a fairly sheltered life, our new drifter Charity Driver returns to her grandmother’s world of Oasis Spring to  start her first day with nothing in an empty neighborhood.

Here are the challenges facing Charity:

  1. To max both the fishing and gardening skill.
  2. At a minimum, build a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Home worth at least $40k Simoleons (after Depreciation)
  3. Complete the Angling Ace Aspiration,
  4. Raise a cow plant and collect five unique essences, and
  5. Produce and raise an Heir to the Young Adult life stage; this Heir will become the Main Sim in the 4th House Mini-Challenge.

Link to floor plans used as a basis for Charity’s house: https://www.houseplans.com/plan/2576-square-feet-3-bedroom-2-50-bathroom-2-garage-mediterranean-adobe-southwestern-sp123432

Link to house 3 rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-003.html

House 4:

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House 4 Playlist

Starting Lot:             Riverside Roost, Willow Creek (30×20)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house)

After living a sheltered life, our new drifter Dominique Driver returns to her grandmother’s world of Willow Creek to start her first day with nothing in an empty neighborhood.  She is fascinated by aliens, since her grandfather was abducted late in life and came back pregnant with her aunt Bridget.

Here are the challenges facing her:

  1. To max the scientist career (if you don’t own Get to Work (‘GTW’) you can instead max the astronaut career).
  2. At a minimum to build a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Home worth at least $50k Simoleons (after Depreciation)
  3. To achieve level 10 of the Rocket Science skill
  4. To travel to space and bring back 3 unique Space Rocks or Aliens *If you own GTW, items acquired from Sixam count
  5. To Befriend and Move In a Co-Worker (*If you own GTW, you may befriend and move in an Alien instead, so this will be my goal)
  6. Produce and raise an Heir to the Young Adult life stage; this Heir will become the Main Sim in the 5th House Mini-Challenge.

Sims have been added to the world from the following creators (*Origin ID at time they were added):

EuphorialQueen
ndsmith1689
gamersims101
mistycleo
nikinicole1234
Siriusly_Black20 (uses CC eyelashes)
Mewsage86
KristalSparrow
Lisabeesims
Rogueokie
and The Smith Family by Maxis

Link to house 4 rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-004.html

House 5:

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House 5 Playlist

Starting Lot:            Arid Ridge, Oasis Springs (40×30)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house) and Secondary Sim (newly created)

After living a sheltered life, our new drifter Emmeline Driver along with our secondary sim Edward Quin, returns to her grandmother’s neighbourhood in Oasis Spring to start her first day with nothing.

Here are the challenges facing them:

  1. Max the painter career (Lvl 10) for both sims:  (Drifter: Patron of The Arts branch Secondary Sim: Master of The Real branch)
  2. Achieve level 5 of the Photography Skill on either Playable Sim
  3. Complete the Photography Treasure Hunt  *A completed collection should yield a total of 10 photos with all items and colors used only once
  4. As a minimum create a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom home worth at least $100k Simoleons (after depreciation)
  5. Produce & raise The Heir to the Young Adult life stage; this Heir will become the Main Sim in the 6th House Mini-Challenge.

Treasure Hunt Items:

  • Hats (hats & masks)
  • Hair (hair, facial hair & eyebrows)
  • Makeup (all locations)
  • Accessories (glasses, gloves & all jewelry)
  • Tops (all types)
  • Bottoms (underwear, swim bottoms, shorts, & pants)
  • Skirts (all types)
  • Full Body Outfits (all types)
  • Socks (socks, tights, or accessory leggings)
  • Footwear (all types)

Treasure Hunt Colors:    Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Black, White & Brown

Link to house 5 rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-005.html

House 6:

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House 6 Playlist

Starting Lot:            Oakenstead, Willow Creek (50×50)
Controllable Sims:  All Sims, starting with the Drifter (heir from prior house) and Secondary Sim (newly created)

After living a sheltered life, our new drifter Fleur Driver along with our secondary sim Felix Juno, returns to her grandmother’s world of Willow Creek with the goal of building a mansion after starting with nothing* ; how will they fare?

Here are the challenges facing them:

  1. As a minimum create a house worth at least 350k simoleons, must include a total of 8 beds (at least one needs to be a double)
  2. Complete the Mansion Baron Aspiration**
  3. Produce & raise The Heir to the Young Adult life stage; this Heir will become the Main Sim in the 7th House Mini-Challenge.

(* Three starting options:
Standard – start with 100k, Difficult – start with 50k, Extreme – start with nothing)

**Upon completing Goal 2, access to the following Lot type has been unlocked: Nightclub Lots Those playing the full 24 house challenge may now place a Nightclub Lot on Blue Velvet in Willow Creek world

Link to house 6 rules: https://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-006.html

House 7:

House 7 Playlist

House 7 has two parts, the first part is an elimination, ie bachelorette, challenge.

Starting Lot:             Oakenstead, Willow Creek (50×50) for bachelorette part of the challenge
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house)

Please see my blog post with details on this house and the bachelors: https://maplesimmer.video.blog/2021/02/03/house-7-drifter-challenge-overview-meet-our-bachelors/

The winning bachelor will join our heir from house 6, Gabrielle Driver in the second part of this challenge.  In the second part, Gabrielle will have the following goals for her house:

Starting Lot:            Springscape Lot, Oasis Springs (30×20)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house)

  1. As a minimum create a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house worth at least 40k simoleons
  2. Complete the Soulmate Aspiration
  3. Produce & raise the Heir to the Young Adult life stage

In this house we go back to being able to only control the Drifter (exceptions noted on my blog post). 😊

Link to house 7 rules: http://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-007.html

House 8:

House 8 Playlist

Starting Lot:            Parkshore Lot, Willow Creek (40×30)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house), three adopted sims and the heir (first born).

  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.

Please see my blog post with more details on this house, including optional goals I’m adding for me to do & exceptions noted re non controllable sims.: https://maplesimmer.video.blog/2021/09/01/house-8-drifter-challenge-overview/

Link to house 8 rules: http://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-008.html

House 9:

House 9 Playlist

Starting Lot:            Vista Quarry Lot, Oasis Springs (30×20)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house) and Secondary Sim (newly created).

  1. Disguise their 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
  4. Produce and raise The Heir to the Young Adult life stage**

*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

**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), or Adventurous (Snowy Escape needed)

Please see my blog post with more details on this house, including optional goals I’m adding for me to do & exceptions noted re non controllable sims.: https://maplesimmer.video.blog/2022/02/19/house-9-drifter-challenge-overview/

Link to house 9 rules: http://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-009.html

House 10:

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Starting Lot:            Pebble Burrow Lot, Oasis Springs (30×20)
Controllable Sims:  Drifter (heir from prior house).

  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*)

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.

*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.

I will be doing a blog post with more details on this house, including optional goals I’m adding for me to do & exceptions noted re non controllable sims, I’ll add the link when it’s available.

Link to house 10 rules: http://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-010.html
Link to house 11 rules: http://thedrifterchallenge.blogspot.com/p/drifter-house-011.html

While there are 24 houses in total, this is going to be the second last house of this challenge for me. I will be finishing with House 24, which will also include goals from House 13 & as mentioned above, we will hopefully be starting it during the heir’s teen life stage.