Monday, July 2, 2007

A Surprise Ending

We left off at the last entry with a bunch of pictures of the Hoosiers gaining gardening badges. Well, it was tuff getting the pictures of the fishing badges for some reason. The icon would not appear for me every time. But here are a couple of pictures where I did get a good shot.

Here is Enola getting her silver in fishing.




Yep, if I could manage it, all Hoosiers that were older than ten stayed up 24/7 workin' the garden, and fishing. No rest for the weary. hahaha....well...I did allow a few dates and such so the kids could stay in a good mood. The Wishing Well got a good workout every day conjuring up friends and loves for them.




Here is Olivia getting her silver in fishing.




More silver clinking. April gets her silver in gardening.




Whoops! What's this? Marcella has aged to elder. This is when I start thinking I should do a produce count. But wait....this day there were lots of birthdays!!!




Darin steals April's tunder and ages whilst she is blowing out candles.




And here is April all growed up, wearing a fine outfit from H&M Fashion. She is a fortune Sim, like her daddy.




Next is May. She has a crowd looking on. My challenge hood is getting full. In this picture are challenge Sims from the Kitty Litter challenge (she had a kid with Bo Bosser, another TSR Challenge. That is her son, Scented Litter in the gray vest with orange sleeves) The blonde boy to the left in the gray sweatshirt is from Toddlermania.




This is May, a Romance Sim. Oohh...looks like snow is getting the the door behind her. She is also modeling H&M Fashion clothes.




Nyland, on this same night, grew to child. At least he didn't grow up in pink jammies like his older brother Noel did. hehe




May didn't get her silver until she reached teen-ager hood.




Olivia is emptying out her inventory of fish to give to her mother. At this point, I am pouring the contents of everyone's backpack into Marcella's so I can do a final count. heh




Uh-oh! Who passed away??? I had the volume turned down, so I didn't even know Grim came.




Awwww....Goodbye Lucy. The hard working dog who never asked anything from anybody but an occasional pat on the head. No one in the house even came out to the sidewalk to mourn her passing.

Alrighty then. That is how I end this. Time for a tally of produce and fish. I will provide the type of fish, how many and how much the Hoosiers got for them, collectively. Keep in mind these numbers reflect only HALF the fish they caught. I will point out at this time that no one managed to get a gold in fishing.

FISH

  • Blue Catfish......................22....................$1,430
  • Jumbo Blue Catfish..........9.......................$1116
  • Large Mouth Bass...........17........................$561
  • Jumbo " " ...............16.......................$976
  • Rainbow Trout.................9.........................$783
  • Mounted " " ............1.........................$116
  • Jumbo " " ............6......................$1,326
  • Boots..................................13.......................$195
TOTAL ..............................................................$6,503


PRODUCE (All items were picked in mouthwatering condition, unless noted)

  • Apples............................15.........................$330
  • Bland Apples...................4...........................$32
  • Oranges..........................26........................$286
  • Lemons...........................11........................$209
  • Cucumbers.....................33.....................$1,122
  • Eggplants........................44....................$2,200
  • Peppers........................230.....................$4,140 (yeah, got carried away with 'em)
  • Pole Beans......................38.....................$1,368
  • Tomatos.......................317.....................$5,389
  • Tasty " " .....................69.....................$1,656
  • Strawberries.................28.........................$952
TOTAL.............................................................$17,684
Fish Total..........................................................$6,503

GRAND TOTAL.............................................$24,187

The challenge is officially over. As for point totals...I do have everything written down that I did. I don't understand how to score it. If someone knows, leave a comment here and I will do points. Thanks everyone.

ASimWen



Strategy, And Lot's O' Badges

Alrighty then. I have been playing this challenge for a couple of RL days now. I thought I would write a few words about what is working for me strategy wise.

The biggest nightmare I came across was how to count all the produce. What to keep, what to sell. Well, the rules call for selling off half of everything. That seems simple enough, doesn't it? Pfft. I quickly realized that I could not keep anything in the backpack, and the juicers don't hold enough. I needed to be able to store the produce that the Hoosiers were keeping. Why couldn't I keep anything in the backpack? Because of continually adding to it. For instance:

In the first entry, Marcella harvested tomatoes, apples and pole beans. She sold off half of everything. When it came time to harvest those things again, Marcella still had the first harvest in her backpack. Gad. I quickly visualized keeping a sheet with lots of pluses and minuses on it for everybody in the house, ya know, keeping a running total of inventory so I could correctly sell off the right amount of produce. I almost thought the challenge was not going to be worth my time.

Then I hit on it. MoreAwesomeThanYou has a handy dandy thing called The Fruitbowl of Awesomeness. Thank you MATY. The Fruitbowl of Awsomeness holds 500 pieces of produce. So. After a harvest was done (by anyone) half was sold off, then all remaining produce in that Hoosier's backpack was dumped into the Fruitbowl of Awesomeness, so the backpack would be back at zero count. :) Made what could conceivably be a real turn off on this challenge, not so bad.

Now then. To accurately keep track of everything that was being sold off, I keep the Excel scorecard minimized the whole time I am playing so I can just do the data entry as I play. Easy.
Also, much of the fish looks the same in the backpack. What I did, was have everyone give Marcella their fish as gifts. Then I could get a correct visual on what to count. She would sell half, and store the rest in the fridge. *Whew!*

On with pictures now. I love large sim families. That is apparent in this blog. Read on.




Enola and Olivia are working together in the garden. Enola gets her silver.




And Noel gets his gold. Way to go Noel!

It is time for the twins to grow up.




Hello May! Wow....better get rid of those mittens and that sweater! It is summer time!

And in the middle of birthdays....




Olivia gets her bronze. Yay Olivia!




And here is April. Pretty girl!




Here is a piece of advice. Don't get so wrapped up in playing you forget about the bills. haha In this case, the Repo Man took two outdoor lights. Not a big loss, but made me feel stupid. heh




Enola grows to teen. She is a pop sim. YAY! One of the easiest in the world to keep happy, especially if there is a Wishing Well on the lot.




Right around this time I realize the one apple tree the Hoosiers have is not producing very well. And my love for Pepper Punch (energy boosting juice) is not being met. After all this time, Marcella has still only had the one harvest off it, the eight bland apples. So the Hoosiers purchase two more trees for the orchard.




Olivia gets her silver.




At this point, I go ahead and add enough green house space for the twins. I add on two more sections.




Plus an upstairs is added. Not bad for one wage earner, heh? Oh yeah...there is Lucy. She works too. Notice the grill for grilling fish is right outside the door. :)




Time is taking a toll on Lucy. She has been working at the top of her Showbiz career for some time, bringing in about $2,100 a week. She is now an old lady. Her money has really helped the family. Good dog! No, she can't retire. heh




Whoops! Did I click the wrong woo-hoo option??? heh Surprise. I did remove Risky WooHoo before I started this challenge, so I did click the wrong option. Ah well.




The twins are grown to child. This is May. She looks sturdy to work the fields! heh




And here is April. :) She will bring lots of money to the family working her greenhouse.




By now Darin is the Education Minister. How he got his Gold in gardening whilst walking around in the house I will never know. I guess it was a delayed action in the game.




April gets started the night of her birthday on her greenhouse.




Heave-ho that fertilizer, May!




Marcella talking to the nice tomatos before they are picked. NOTHING is harvested that is not in mouthwatering condition. The challenge calls for fifteen point bonus for each plant that is harvested when thriving. Thank goodness for the excellent scorecard, or I would never be able to keep track.




Enola gets her Gold. By now, there are 4 gold badges in the house.




The sixth, AND FINAL Hoosier is born. A boy, his name is Nyland. So the Hoosiers have four girls, and two boys. I bet Nyland will be spoiled rotten! But, when it comes to gardening, NOBODY gets it easy!




Errrrr.... OUCH! That is Olivia, who by now has grown to teen, peeking at Noel the hard way. Heh, thought I would include it, a funny picture. Olivia is a pop sim.




April gets her bronze.




And May isn't far behind.




Here is an over the top shot of the greenhouses.




Nyland is a toddler! Lookin' good!




Olivia gets her gold. There are now 5 Gold gardening badges in the house. Lots of plant talkin' goes on.




Did you know the sprinklers could break down???




Marcella and Noel enjoying a talkin' and harvesting session together. Noel has taken on a steady girlfriend to keep him in a good mood for energizing. He is going steady with Delanta Dwyer, the required child from the TSR Challenge, Love Thy Neighbor.




Speaking of TSR Challenges. Do ya'll remember Kitty Litter??? This is what I did with her. Not only was she a werewolf as per the challenge rules, she was also a plant sim. Ha. She showed up downtown whilst Noel was on a date with the Dwyer girl.

This is where I will end this entry. One more entry after this one...THE END of the challenge, and more comments about strategy.



Saturday, June 30, 2007

What Is It? / The First Harvest

ASimWen here. I will not go into everything The Sims 2 is. It is a PC video game. If you wish to learn further about that, Google it.

As for this short blog, it my attempt of a challenge called Cream of the Crop. I am using The Sims 2, hereinafter referred to as TS2. I got the idea to do the challenge from Rachel, the list owner of the TS2Challenges Group list at Yahoo. The rules can be found posted within the group at Yahoo, or you can find them by searching the Challenges section at the official website, The Sims 2. The point of this challenge is to profit $20,000 off the sale of produce and fish.

So let's get started. We start with a couple, Darin and Marcella Hoosier. Hmmm. Hoosier? Well that is what a person from Indiana is called. It also means "dirt farmer". I gave Darin and Marcella two dogs, Homer and Lucy. Thought those two would pull some simoleons in. Ok, here we go.




Darin is a Maxis face template. Yup, I rolled the virtual dice in CAS for him. I did give him custom content hair, and I chose alla his clothes. He is wearing a smart plaid sport shirt, rolled up pants, and sandals. Hm. His outfit came from H&M Fashion. I just can't get enough of that stuff pack. I love it. I made him a fortune sim. His wifey Marcella, well, I didn't tweak her face. I don't know where it came from. CAS made her a redhead, so I kept that....but with CC hair. I chose her skintone, took a look at the faces in CAS, and there she was. I must have downloaded her from somewhere. She is barefoot, yes, she is the one staying home to work the gardens and have Darin's babies. Barefoot - n- pregnant. She will be happy, she is a family sim. hahaha Her shirt is something cute and outdoorsey looking for Seasons. It has butterflies all over it. Yes. :) Here are closeups:






See the house in the background behind Marcella? It ain't much. I will show pictures as it expands.

On with it....




Here they are planting their first garden. They saved a couple of simoleons by attaching their greenhouse to their house. They were able to build a bigger one than the rules called for, for the first greenhouse. There is reason for the larger greenhouse which you will see later on. They planted tomatos, tomatos, tomatos. They also started with one apple tree.




As I like my simmies to have money, Darin hopped on the loaned computer to find a job. He wanted a job in Adventure. Wah-Lah! Guess what the second job of the day was? Adventure. He nabbed it up.




As per the Cream of the Crop challenge, Darin and Marcella must have a minimum of two children. Marcella gets pregnant the first night in their new house in the desert. Yup, they are farming in the desert. I think they will do all right.

Darin got fired from his job in the Adventure field his first day. I am so brainwashed with the Prosperity Challenge, I chose not to ignore the chance card Darin received. At any rate, I made a bad choice, and Darin was fired. It turned out all for the better, Darin next got a job in the education field. Magic book case, here we come! haha




The tomatos are doing great. Marcella is being diligent at tending the plants, and she has been great about spraying her sickly apple tree. Sickly? Yes. she hasn't put out a lady bug house yet there. She has managed to purchase sprinklers for the greenhouse, and a composter. So far, she is up to a bronze badge in gardening.




The happy couple celebrates Darin's new job by...taking time out for a little 'alone' time. Gosh Darin, you have silk jammies on, but live in a house with a dirt floor and no wallpaper. hahaha!




It is time for Darin and Marcella's babe to be born.




Awwwww! It is a boy named Noel. His blonde like his daddy, and has his mamma's pretty brown eyes.




In celebration of Noel's birth, Darin adds a room onto the house, and siding. He also wallpapered the inside, and put down carpet.




Marcella gets the first crop of apples off the tree. Hum. The apples don't look good. They are gray. That is because Marcella never put a ladybug house out there to protect the tree. The tree was 'sickly' when the apples were ready to be harvested. Marcella picked 8 "Bland" apples.

The Challange calls to sell half of everything that is harvested. So, Marcella sold four of them.




Marcella also moved her apple tree inside the greenhouse. It immediately became healthy, but still went dormant when winter came.




Ah. It is Noel's birthday. That means that Darin will be building another greenhouse soon to give to Noel to work.




Strapping young lad isn't he? Looks like he has his dad's touseled hair.




The tomatos are ready to harvest. There are 10 plants altogether.




Marcella picks 117 Tasty Tomatos. That means she sold off 57 of them.

So, let's go over the numbers. Bland apples sell for $8 apeice. Tasty tomatos sell for $11 apeice.

4 apples X $8 = $24
57 tomatos X $11 = $627
Total First Harvest = $651

That leaves $19,349.00 to go. HAHAHA!!!




Woah! What is this? Time for a second child, and Marcella also got her silver badge in gardening at the same time. Notice the half door that leads to the greenhouse. Just a nice touch. By now Marcella has planted her second crop of vegetables in her garden She planted two plots of everything. Tomatos, strawberries, pole beans, peppers, oranges, eggplants, and cucumbers. Aww, looks like Lucy is getting a nap. By now she is on the second level of her job in ShowBiz. Homer was sold off because he would not go to work. Lazy dog. He was a liability by doing nothing but laying around and using up simoleons eating dog food.




Marcella and Darin date often to keep aspirations up. The energizer is coming in extremely handy so Marcella can go, go, go! And Darin can get his much needed promotions at work. The Hoosiers need the bonuses so Darin will have the money to build Noel a greenhouse.




Ah. Darin has just been promoted to High School Teacher. He has just earned the bookcase. So skilling to promotion for him will no longer be difficult and time consuming. He is not moving along very quickly for his gardening badge. He has yet to get a bronze.




Ah. The second child has been born. Her name is Enola.




Yes Marcella, you got pregnant again right away. You need lots of little Hoosiers to work those greenhouses!




Noel has had a birthday. Little does he know what is in store for him...a lifetime of servitude workin' in the fields. haha Ok so this meant Darin was gonna have to build a second greenhouse. Now mind you...money is still kind of tight. So far the Hoosiers have not broken$7,500. They keep buying things like pesky beds for the kids, and had to add on a room to the house when Enola was born.

Here is where that large greenhouse comes in.




Here it is before Darin built Noel's greenhouse. As you can see, the Hoosier's house is really built around it.



Here it is after Darin put away his tools. Each room in the greenhouse has the required 12 squares called for in the Rules. After a while money will no longer be an issue, but early on you have to watch the pennies.



Noel gets busy that night fertilizing and planting. Tomatos. ha.




Enola has grown to toddler. Awwww...she's cute! Hope she has a strong back to work the gardens. hehe




The Hoosiers welcome Spring by adding a lemon tree and an orange tree to their orchard.




Darin finally gets his bronze. Noel got his the second time he worked his greenhouse. Apparently children earn their gardening badges rather quickly.




Marcella awaits the birth of her third child harvesting her garden. Her pole beans have come in.

12 Tasty Pole Beans She sells 6.

6 X $24 = $144.00



Marcella and Darin have another girl. Her name is Olivia, a redhead like her mother.




Enola grows to child, but does not start her garden right away. She grew up needing sleep and food.




Marcella is the first to get the gold in Gardening. Of course. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Hoosiers dig a pond on their property.




It will yeild lots of fish. More points toward the Challenge.




And shortly after that, the Hoosiers gain admittance to the Garden Club. That adds points to the Challenge.




The next Hoosier to get a badge is Noel. Way to go!




Enola began working her greenhouse the next day. This is how I built it on:




There are now three sections. I anticipate two more greenhouses will be built, a total of 4 children.




Olivia has sprang into toddlerhood. She must have a CC hair. She is bald as a toddler, heh. Her mother has red CC hair, so Olivia is doing the same.




The fourth, and last, Hoosier is on the way.




Marcella has the ability to talk to plants now. She can talk them right up to the top level of 'thriving'. This orange tree was merely 'healthy'. But Marcella wants the best oranges possible for her family. And they are more points in the challenge. She talks the tree up to thriving, then harvests.




MMMmmm! Yummy! In RL, I LOVE citrus. I begin every day with fresh oranges or grapefruit.




The men folk are making use of the pond. Where Darin is behind on the gardening badges, he was the first to get a fishing badge. Way to go!




Noel has aged to teen. I rolled his aspiration, he is a family sim like his mother. He looks none worse for the wear after toiling in the greenhouses all his childhood. He made it to a silver gardening badge by his teenaged years. And yes, he did his homework every day! haha




And Olivia has aged to child. Yup, CC hair. lol Shortly after Olivia grew up, the 4th Hoosier was born.




GAH. So much for 'one more Hoosier'. It always happens when you don't expect it and are not planning it. hah. Two girls!




April and May, named after Spring, the growing season. Finally, one of the children inherited their dad's darker skintone. lol

Well, all the Hoosiers are born. This is good a breaking point as any. Seems like Marecella and Darin are moving right along.