Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Toddlermania: Take Two

You may remember my last toddlermania attempt, Take One, which was an absolute disaster. Well, this time around it went much better, mostly due to the fact that I unknowingly used an illegal cheat. Under the assumption that the household mood enhancing cheat 'maxMotives' was legal with the -2 point per use penalty, I sailed through the challenge accomplishing more than I ever thought possible. It wasn't until I sat down to score it did I realize my mistake. So...though this is my second attempt at this challenge, it will not be my final attempt. I plan to give this challenge one more go, this time using only the boolProp method of maxing the adult sims motives rather than all sims in the house. I honestly did NOT know that this cheat was not legal until after I had completed the challenge, and though it is a wash due to this fact I still wanted to blog it for everyones entertainment. Hope that you enjoy Toddlermania: Take Two!

This time I gave my mom a break and decided to torture my friend and coworker Teresa. Let's meet her and the seven toddlers in her care.
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Meet Teresa. She is an extremely outgoing and personable sim with a fortune aspiration. I selected fortune for her as I heard the initial construction of the house including the purchase of several neccissary items would boost her aspiration score...no such luck. All she wanted the whole time was to earn money...sorry sister that is SOOO not happening!
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Teresa: Okay, what am I doing here? This looks awfully firmilliar...wait a minute! Seven cribs...fourteen training potties...SEVERAL skilling toys for tots...this is toddlermania isn't it? Why on earth would you do this to me?
Shaunna: *whistling innocently* Yup, this is toddlermania, and you are here because you agreed to it.
Teresa: I never agreed to anything! Youv'e got the wrong sim.
Shaunna: Oh, well take that up with the real Teresa...she is the one who got you into this.
Teresa: *grumble* Rest assured, she will be hearing from me!
Shaunna: Let's get on with this, shall we meet the toddlers?
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Patrek

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Dayne

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Myrcella

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Petyr

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Willem

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Lyanna

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Janei

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And here is the new and improved home. I created seven bedrooms for the toddlers on the left side of the home. In addition to the cribs, each room contained two training potties and a skill object. The rest of the house was an open layout with two doll houses and several more skill objects for the kiddies.
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Our adventure began and our welcome wagon arrived...
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And like last time, they were a great help. Especially servo Jeeves Cipriani (he also was a member of the welcome wagon in my first attempt).
Teresa: I really like that Jeeves. He saved us in points as I did not have to call in a nanny on the first day, although he did over do it a bit with the bottles...
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Teresa: My first order of business was to get to work potty training the tots. When we got into the house...they ALL needed it.
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Shaunna: But it looks like you had things under control...
Teresa: Might be hard to see, but I tried to get all of the kids working on a skill as I went around to do a round of potty training.
Shaunna: Good plan...what was next?
Teresa: Nanny time!
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Shaunna: Okay, good thing the nanny was on her way...then what?
Teresa: Well, I somehow managed (over the course of the entire challenge) to teach all of the toddlers to talk.
Shaunna: What? Thats impossible!
Teresa: You made it possible! You typed a cheat in...max something or other...whatever it was it made us all feel great! So, while the others were playing I had time to train the kids to talk each time.
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Dayne learns to talk
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Willem learns to talk
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Janei and Petyr learn to talk
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As well as Lyanna, Myrcella, and Patrek.
Shaunna: That's really impresive. I am proud! To think you resisted at first. Whats with your hair? It looks shorter in some of the shots?
Teresa: Yeah, it still wasn't easy! As for my hair...I got bored and decided to update it. Since these pics are from my whole time in the house some were taken before my new do and some after.
Shaunna: Oh, cool. So, what else can you share with us about your experience with the toddlers?
Teresa: Well, in addition to teaching them to talk I also had the chance to teach Patrek to walk.
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Shaunna: Nice job. But of all of this skilling...what else did you do while you were in the house?
Teresa: Plenty.
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Teresa: The maid came in handy, but seemed put off by the stench of the house. All I could do was laugh and tell her she would get used to it.
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Teresa: Bedtime wasn't bad. I got the kids on a schedule where three were up and four were down and vice versa. It really helped having them on seperate schedules.
Shaunna: Well, if you liked that technique, you can thank Ruby. She was the one who suggested we use it. She ended up doing it inadvertantly in her Toddlers, Toddlers Everywhere blog.
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Teresa: I let the toddlers play at the doll house every once in a while. I had a hard time giving each of them enough attention, but they managed just fine filling their social need by playing with one another.
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Teresa: And our maid became so efficient that the kids were reduced to fighting over the bottles! Poor Willem lost that time.
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Teresa: Before long it was time for the kids to grow up and I had not even had a single warning from the social worker.
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Teresa: I even got a few of them to grow up well!
Shaunna: Wait a minute...someone's missing from this shot...where's Lyanna?
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Teresa: Oh yeah, could not get her to the living room in time for her transition.
Shaunna: So over all this experience wasn't as bad as you had thought. I am glad to hear it. Unfortunately that max cheat that made you all so happy...wasn't allowed. So, it is no wonder it was such a breeze for you!
Teresa: What? Really? I had no idea anyone could get through without it!
Shaunna: Yeah, they can and they have.
Teresa: Guess that means youv'e gotta do this all over again.
Shaunna: Yup.


Scoring Information
Please remember that this score is not to be compared to others as the challenge is forefit due to use of an illegal cheat. Scoring is for entertainment purposes only.
MaxMotives cheat used: 4 (-8)
Nannies called: 5 (-10)
Toddlers learned to talk: 7 (+21)
Toddlers learned to walk: 1 (+3)
Total # of skills earned by toddlers: 59 (+29.5)
Bottles deleted in buy mode: 11 (-11)
# of Toddlers that grew up well: 6

Total Score: 24.5

7 comments:

ruby said...

Teresa: Guess that means you've gotta do this all over again.
Shaunna: Yup.

Oh you brave woman... one more time huh? Third time is the charm they say!! That was great, I love that you did it again. And I love that you're going to do it third time! I look forward to reading it!
The house looks great, I like your layout and the kids are adorable.

Rachel said...

Hey you made it through Shaunna, that's good, and i'm sure you learned some stuff too that will help you on the 3rd try. You can do it!!!!

lissabry said...

you did good Shaunna :) cant wait to see how the next victim..err.. volunteer fairs lol

Rubywyld said...

You must be nuts, LOL...I liked your layout. Whenever anyone gives a picture of the house layout like everyone does with the Toddlermania I always go to 'zoom in' and see it better as if I'm in game...I have to quit that! Nice Job. :)

Fairy D said...

Great job.
Very brave going for a 3rd attempt. I have to attempt it the first time. LOL!

Spinn said...

Thankyou for take two, I'm looking forward to take three, I think I need more advise on how to do this right.. I've made my first attempt this week, and it was a total disaster! I might blog it and make another attempt, but it was a trying experience.

Twoyys4me said...

Another great attempt! Sorry I missed this earlier.
Maybe next time you can try without cheats.
*shudder*.
lol.