4.0 Flight of the Starship Crescent Wrench: the Upgrade Quadrant

Flight of the Starship Crescent Wrench: the Upgrade Quadrant

Goal
You’re the captain of the U.S.S. Crescent Wrench. Your Starfleet CO has organized a challenge for you and other competing captains to form teams of 4 engineering Sims to upgrade all public facility objects in 4 different game worlds as quickly as possible: Sunset Valley, China, Egypt, and France.

General Challenge Rules
The General Challenge Rules always apply. If applicable, exceptions will be noted below.

Specific Challenge Rules

  • Create 4 Young Adult Sims.
  • You must play in Sunset Valley and have it include a consignment store, tattoo parlor, fire station, and junkyard.
  • You may not add to the household.
  • You need to be familiar with how to turn on cheats in the game. Here’s how to do it.
  • Play with testingcheatsenabled turned on.
  • You are allowed 1 kaching cheat for each completely upgraded building.
  • Starfleet Command is allowing you to use your ship’s teleporters whenever you wish.
  • In the event of any deaths from electrocution, you continue to finish the challenge with your remaining Sims.
  • This challenge ends when your Sims have upgraded all 4 worlds (down time while waiting for your ship to be refueled to leave for another world is NOT to be counted).

Please copy and print out the following list to ensure you upgrade all necessary objects.

Sunset Valley — Building (# of objects to upgrade):
Landgraab Sell n’ Swap (4)
Papyrus Memorial Library (14)
Central Park (4)
Le Petit Shark Pool Center (14)
Sunset Institute of Modern Art (4)
28 Hour Wellness Gym (16 total objects, but only 15 can be upgraded)
Barney’s Salon and Tattoo (7)
Community Fire Department (17)
Grady’s Junkstop (1)

Shang Simla, China:
Base Camp (14)
Camp Orchid (4)
Camp Peony (4)
Camp Lotus (4)
Camp Chrysanthemum (4)
Hot Springs (8.)
Resolute Fist Retreat (4)
Phoenix Martial Arts Academy (5)
The Scholar’s Garden (2)
Emperor’s Plaza (7)
Shang Simla Market, near Food Merchant (1)
Shang Simla Market, outside octagon building (4)

Al Simhara, Egypt:
Base Camp (7)
Camp Sun (1)
Camp Moon (1)
Camp Earth, in mountains behind Abu Simbel (1)
Lotus Oasis, up the trail from the Pharoah’s Oasis (3)
Al Simhara Market (5)

Champs Les Sims, France:
Base Camp (21)
De Goncalves General Store (4)
Alexis’s Relics (3)
Circle of Knowledge Bookstore (2)
The Catania Cafe (2)
The Rose Campground, near Eastern Hills Cemetery (4)
The Rose Campground, near Chateau du Landgraab (4)
Champs Les Sims Nectary (18)
La Gallerie d’ Art (10)

Scoring
Always treat your first day in a world as if you began work at midnight (i.e. count all hours on the clock). Please follow the example below as to what is exactly needed for your final post. Ultimately, it all boils down to minutes, but you also need to provide Week/Day and time you finish upgrading each world.

Here’s a great Scoring Spreadsheet that Gheez, my Number One, has come up with to make this easier for everyone. Thank you, Gheez!

Time References:
One Day = 1440 minutes
One Week = 10080 minutes (I’d be surprised if anyone takes a week in a world)

Sunset Valley — When you have upgraded all objects in all Sunset Valley buildings, pause the game, mouse over the game clock and note the Week and Day. Then jot down the time of day also.

China — When you have upgraded all objects in all Shang Simla buildings, pause the game, mouse over the game clock and note the Week and Day. Then jot down the time of day also.

Egypt — When you have upgraded all objects in all Al Simhara buildings, pause the game, mouse over the game clock and note the Week and Day. Then jot down the time of day also.

France — When you have completed upgraded all objects in all Champs Les Sims buildings, pause the game, mouse over the game clock and note the Week and Day. Then jot down the time of day also.

Total — Everything needs to be converted to minutes (see above references). It’s not that difficult, but if you want to leave it to me, I totally understand. I’ll walk you through an example.

Example: You finish Sunset Valley on Week 1, Day 4, 12:06 PM. You finish China on Week 1, Day 5, 7:30 AM. You finish Egypt on Week 1, Day 1, 10: 24 PM. And finally, you finish France on Week 1, Day 6, 9:51 AM.

Okay, for each town you now want to look at the above info and break it down into full days + the minutes that is added from the last day. So…

Sunset Valley:
3 full days = 4320.
12:06 PM = (12 X 60) + 6 = 726
4320 + 726 = 5046

China:
4 full days = 5760
7:30 AM = (7 X 60) + 30 = 450
5760 + 450 = 6210

Egypt:
0 full days
10:24 PM = (22 X 60) + 24 = 1344

France:
5 full days = 7200
9:51 AM = (9 X 60) + 51 = 591
7200 + 591 = 7791

Total = 5046 + 6210 + 1344 + 7791 = 20391

Helpful Guide Articles
Sims 3 Handiness Skill Guide

Challenge Begins: March 7
Challenge Ends: March 27

I’m pretty sure I overheard Admiral James T. Kirk say that if you do not do this challenge it could be interpreted as a violation of the Prime Directive. Or maybe he was saying something about being the Priceline Negotiator. Anyway…Engage!


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