Shades of Blue: 1.0 – Getting Started

With the completion of one challenge, it is time to start a new challenge.  This time I am play-testing the ruleset for the Officially Wacky Boolprop Challenge.  This playtesting is way overdue.  Way overdue.  The Officially Wacky Boolprop Challenge is an official game challenge of the Boolprop.net forums and it is also officially wacky.  This challenge runs for three generations but this count does not include the founders. So, basically, it is a four generation challenge.

Basic Challenge Layout

  • Create a single founder.  All of the traits should be rolled in some manner in order to obtain randomized traits.
    • I used createarandomsim.com to roll for traits and aspiration.  When I rolled active and clumsy it seemed like it a good roll, and then I realized she was a snob and wanted to be a joke star and I was convinced the random roll was perfect.  We will see how it plays out.  I made a lot of notes below, not a lot of pictures.  Mostly so I have something to refer back to as I play, and to keep me reminded of what I meant to do.

Xia Zaffre

  • Snob, Active, Clumsy + Gregarious
  • Popularity / Joke Star

Her name is pronounced ZEE-ah Zaf-fer.  Apparently zaffre is an artificial mixture containing cobalt oxide used to produce a blue color in glass and in ceramic glazes.  It seemed appropriate.

  • You may start on any size lot, with or without a pre-built house, that your Sims can afford either straight out of CAS or Gallery. Just make sure it’s a good enough size to stay on for the duration of the challenge for a family that’s going to average about five Sims if not more, as you cannot move away from this lot.  You may use whatever lot traits you want, as long as it doesn’t violate any other rule.
    • Xia moved into Potters Splay (empty lot) in the middle class neighborhood in Willow Creek.  She was going to start in the poorest neighborhood but I don’t like the layout of that neighborhood so I bumped her up a little.  This is a pretty area.  The house is downloaded from the gallery.  It is a 3bed/2bath shell uploaded by liamdixon1.  Lot traits are Convivial, Private Dwelling, and On Ley Line.  The rules don’t prohibit changing of the lot traits, other than On Ley Line since that is for a mini challenge.  I use Private Dwelling to cut down on the vampire visits.  That means Convivial is the only flexible trait.  It will be open to change as I need a different one for some reason.  It provides a boost to comedy and charisma which Xia will be needing for her career and aspiration, and how often does it happen that one lot trait covers both on a randomly rolled sim?  Yeah, exactly. 

An Army of Flamingos, you must have three flamingos on the lawn for every member of the household. If someone kicks them over you must straighten them back up every morning (between sun-up and noon) during “Roll Call”.

  • Xia moves into the house, lines up her flamingos and her gnome-guard.  She has enough cash to purchase a bed, shower, toilet, sink, fridge, stove, and five cabinets – and she still has §653 remaining.  As someone that generally starts on Twin Oracle Point in Newcrest using the basic legacy start, it seems like she is rich.  She has a house, the basics, and some cash.  The house does seem small after the Bladderstone’s house but she (meaning me) will adapt.  

Bonuses

All of these bonuses are one time only bonuses unless specified otherwise.  I must complete all three bonuses in order to earn the points for the given expansion pack.

  • I chose the three expansion bonuses that I will be including and attempting for this challenge.  The expansion bonuses that will still need to be tested are Cats & Dogs, Get to Work and Get Together along with the game pack bonuses for Vampires, Outdoor Retreat, and Jungle Adventure.

Base Game (9 points total)

  • For making a founder with a colorful skin tone and keeping the skin color in the family until third generation. (3 Points)
    • Xia is as colorful as she can get.  Hopefully her children can keep the color alive.
  • Achieving the initial (first teen/adult) aspiration for spares, and heir/esses. You can keep the spares in the household until their aspiration is complete. (3 Points)
    • Xia’s aspiration is Joke Star. I am doing the Matriarch mini challenge so there won’t be any spouses, not that they count for this task.  As I am also doing the Ley Line mini, there will be lots of spares.  I may also have lots of regrets.
  • For having a gnome to guard your flamingos. He must be accessible to be kicked. Watch for it and don’t lose that gnome! (3 Points)
    • My mom named the gnome Gnomingo Quince.  Well she chose Gnomingo.  I added Quince since he has 15 on his head.  Teamwork.

City Living (9 points total)

  • Have at least one sim per generation attend AND participate in each festival at least once. They must engage in the activities offered and be there for the most of the festival. (3 Points)
    • Humor & Hijinks (Monday)
    • GeekCon (Tuesday)
    • Spice (Friday)
    • Romance (Saturday)
    • Flea Market (Sunday)
  • One sim per generation must visit each food truck and eat all recipes. They must earn the hidden traits of Spice Hound and Chopstick Saavy.  (3 Points)
    • Chinese (Egg Rolls, Mapo Tofu with Pork, Sweet and Sour Pork, Sweet and Sour Eggplant)
    • Filipino (Siopao, Lumpia, Ensaymada, Pork Adobo)
    • Indian (Samosa, Bhel Puri, Curry)
    • Japanese (Ramen, Dango, Nigiri, Pufferfish Nigiri)
    • Mexican (Taquitos, Empanadas, Bean and Cheese Burrito, Chicken Burrito, Spinach Wrapped Veggie Burrito, Tomato Wrapped Veggie Burrito)
    • Moroccan (Brochette, Merguez, Tajine)
    • Vietnamese (Goi Cuon, Banh Mi, Pho)
  • One sim per generation must max singing and win a Karaoke contest. (3 Points)

Seasons (9 points total)

  • Every sim with ability to participate in holidays must complete each one that is scheduled.  (3 Points)
    • I set the seasons to 14 days.  I also added my custom holidays so each year has a total of 12 holidays scattered throughout.  There are three holidays in each season and they roughly correspond to standard US holidays: St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, plus two days to even up the holidays for each season.
      • Spring: St. Gnome’s Day, Spring Fling, Love Day
      • Summer: Founder’s Day, Hot Summer Days, Family Campout
      • Fall: Remembrance Day, Spooky Day, Harvestfest
      • Winter: Family Reunion, Winterfest, New Year’s Eve
  • By end of challenge, EVERY single plant type you have available to you must be perfectly grown on your lot. (3 Points)
    • Thankfully I have the entire challenge to complete this…
  • Children must earn all scout badges and become Llamacorn Scout. (3 Points)

Mini-Challenges

You may take on as many or as few of these as you like.

BoolProp Naming Scheme (10 Points)

Naming the first generation’s three children names that start with B, O and O. The second generation’s children would be given names that start with L, P and R. The third generation’s children would be given names that start with O, P and N (for .net, of course!). If twins are born they count as one letter, tough bananas! Name them both with the letter the one child would have been assigned and then you must have another child.  Additional children born/adopted whether intentionally or accidentally are considered outside the naming scheme and can be named whatever you want.

  • I almost crossed this one off as I just finished the Baby Boom which was three sets of Boolprop named babies.  The thought of having to come up with at least three more “O” names is daunting.  But I am going to start off with good intentions – and try not to use the same “O” names that I used with the Bladderstones.

One Bad Apple (10 Points)

Every generation one of your children will just plain be a bad apple. You get to choose which child it is at birth. Once chosen you cannot change it. A bad apple cannot be controlled until adulthood. You can not select your bad apple until they are a teen. You may not view their needs or skills, you may not view anything that you cannot already see with all of the interface fully collapsed. As a child and teen you cannot control them at all.  Having the Bad Apple be taken by a social worker or die before reaching adulthood causes you to lose this mini-challenge. You may purchase aspiration rewards that your Bad Apple has rightfully earned. Bonus bonus points if your bad apple earns negative character traits!

  • This is another one that I am tempted to cross off as I am not good at not controlling my sims.  But I am good at influencing them so I will try this one also. 

The Golden Trio (10 Points)

A generation of your choice must give birth to triplets. You may name each of the babies after a different letter in the naming scheme if you go for this, you are also exempt from the three pregnancy rule that generation. Additional trio rules apply. You must have each triplet max three skills of your choosing as a child, make three best friends (outside of the family), and complete the golden trio of getting an A in elementary and high school and reaching the top of their teen career as a teen. They must also each earn at least three positive character value if you have Parenthood installed. Trio = three. And no negative values. Additional children may be born after the triplets, the trio rules do not apply to them.

  • They definitely will be going to try for this one.  I will be using the On Ley Line lot trait so the first generation to have triplets on the first birth will be the generation of my choice.  Triplets born on any other birth won’t be eligible.  Once a generation has attempted the Golden Trio, it will not be available for later generations, even if they have triplets on their first pregnancy.

Matriarch (10 Points)

You must have your female founder and each of the heiress’ get her three pregnancies from someone outside of the family. You may not marry the father (or mother) or move them in. The heir must be female so strawberries are your friend.

  • My sims like strawberries and I tend to lean towards matriarchs.  Not moving in the daddies will be the challenge for me.  Doing the On Ley mini challenge at the same time will triple the challenge.  Of course, this is a new neighborhood so she will need to find where they grow here.  Of course, not moving the baby daddies in means I don’t have to worry about whether they fear commitment… and Don Lothario tends to make pretty babies…

Family Scrapbook (10 Points)

Every member of the family must have either their picture taken, portrait painted (paint from reference) and hung somewhere about the house. You can choose the age or do multiple ages, take group shots or individual pictures, it’s up to you. Your house must contain a picture of everyone that has ever lived in the house by the end of the challenge. Also, each generation, starting with the founder, must write one novel, to keep track of the family’s memories. In total four novels must be written: one by the founder and one by each of the three heirs (first gen, second gen, third gen).

  • Photographs and novels, yippee.  My favorite things.

On Ley, Not the Lonely (10 Points)

At the beginning of the challenge you must enable the On Ley Line lot trait, and leave it on for the entire challenge. You must woohoo and give birth on your home lot for the entirety of the challenge. Multiple children will only count as one pregnancy and each generation must still have three pregnancies. Each pregnancy will count as one letter if you are doing the Boolprop Naming Theme mini-challenge. Each child born during the challenge will also need to have at least one character trait (positive or negative) upon finishing their teen years.

  • “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” ~Yoda

Collector (10 Points)

Each generation one sim out of the 3 pregnancies must gather a full collection of anything in the collection tab that has at least 20 items in it. You can choose to do only three, one for each of the generations, or have the founder do one and get an extra 5 points.

  • They will give it a shot, should be possible.
    • Collections that include 15+ items: Frogs, Gardening, Trophies, Metals, Crystals, Fish, Insects, Experimental Food, Voidcritters, Elements, Fossils, Space Prints, City Posters, Snow Globes, and Ancient Omiscan Artifacts.

SUPER Mini-Challenges

Again take on as many or as few as you like.

Workaholics Anonymous (15 Points)

Top any 10 career tracks with any combination of household members!

  • My sims rarely top their careers – I doubt this will happen, but they will try.  Xia takes a position in the Entertainer career as an Amateur Entertainer.  Now she has to go find 5 people to be funny to – oh wait, she lives in a neighborhood – there will be a welcoming committee.  I normally start in Newcrest where there aren’t any neighbors so no welcome to the neighborhood.  But this is Willow Creek and she has neighbors.  
    • “Do or do not, there is no try.” ~Yoda

The one bonus you can do, regardless:
For finishing the challenge and posting it to the exchange/your blog/a thread/etc. (3 Points)

  • Yep, this is happening, right here. 


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