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Sims Sunday: Sparkle Food!

It became a race against the clock. Would I fulfill all the terms of the Immortal Dynasty challenge before Khloe died of old age?


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And would we be able to grow some Life Fruit in time to make the immortality-granting Ambrosia?

Khloe had to max out all the skill challenges for her chosen SuperMax skill (Logic). This meant inviting over the next ranked chess opponent, and playing game after game of chess.


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And finally, she had to tutor children for 20 hours. I didn’t realize at the time that you could tutor the kid who brings the newspaper (oops). So I adopted a kid just for her to tutor it.


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Olivia seems to realize that she serves no other purpose in this family.

Finally, without a day to spare – she was 92 days old – Khloe finally earned her serving of Ambrosia!


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Money is still very tight. You have to buy a property and fully upgrade it, and also buy a building.

At the same time, I was getting tired of having them sleep on the lawn. I felt like Olivia should at least have her own room, and eventually I was going to need to find a wife for Grayson.

I decided on a compromise: three cabins surrounding a central services plaza. Like a rest stop on the interstate!


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With Khloe having fulfilled her generation of the challenge, I moved on to focusing on Grayson. Since the game had given him the “Natural Cook” trait, I signed him up for the Culinary career, chose Cooking as his SuperMax skill, and picked the Culinary Librarian Lifetime Wish.

It’s all cooking, all the time for our doughy pal, Grayson!


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I didn’t get a snap of Grayson as his Lifetime Wish was fulfilled. That’s because I was tracking ALL of the recipes. I didn’t realize that the Lifetime Wish only tracks the recipes shipped with the base game. This meant that his Lifetime Wish was fulfilled when his skill journal said he had learned only 78% of the recipes available.

Oh well – easy points!

That was going pretty well, so I decided to focus on finding him a lady friend. His high school pal Francisca finally grew into a young adult, so I invited her over.


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He’s so bashful!


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But not too bashful to invite her to stay the night. And then guess what happened.

They really fell head-over-heels for each other. The next morning, he proposed to her right in the middle of the service plaza.


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And, hey, why waste time? His weekend was almost over, anyway, so there wasn’t time for a party. I sent him to the far edge of the property.


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Then I had him call Francisca over.


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They had a lovely private ceremony, with the Sim Ocean in the background.


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Meanwhile, Olivia had her birthday over at a friend’s house. No one noticed.


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Time to get busy starting the third generation! Soon, Francisca was ready to announce her pregnancy.


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And I finally caught the “Thumbs up” reaction!


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“Good job, honey.”

While all this was going on, Khloe and Bart were feeling their way around the edges of their estrangement. It turns out that spending your entire life dedicating yourself to improving your skills is a good way to ensure that your husband is basically a stranger to you by the time retirement rolls around.

I wasn’t able to get a “Reminisce” out of them. Couldn’t even get close to a “Woo Hoo,” even though they both had that as a wish. The best I could do was a “Chat.”


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The baby’s coming! Quick – everyone panic! PANIC!!!


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And welcome baby boy Bentley!


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Khloe and Bart were handy to have around for child care. And Bart got to flex his painting muscles again, after Grayson grew from “Young Adult” to “Mature Adult.”


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Wow… I think each portrait is actually uglier than the last.

Olivia spends a lot of time dancing alone in the service center. No one notices.


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Grayson’s success is an excellent illustration of the strategic benefit to choosing integrated skill/career/Lifetime Wish. He finished all the skill challenges for the Cooking skill by cooking this, his 75th dish.


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And was rewarded with a serving of Ambrosia!


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I’m really quite pleased with getting Grayson to Ambrosia well before he turned into an Elder. (He still had 10 days left!) But it’s mostly due to the ease of the various Cooking challenges.

(Too bad I can’t choose the same challenges for each Sim!)

8 comments to Sims Sunday: Sparkle Food!

  • Slager

    …GRAYSON’S PANTS. Matched with his dad-ish hairstyle and Rubenesque figure, they’re hilarious.

    It seems like it takes a lot of dedication to do a challenge like this. I can’t even play long enough without getting distracted by something else in the game (“I’ll be a FIREFIGHTER now”). So… hooray!

  • Erika

    I’m finding that the first generation is the hardest. Not only do you have to do all your work on the heir, but you also need someone to learn how to cook, garden, and fish so that you can make Ambrosia.

  • Juliet

    Wouldn’t it be easier to make one fisher, one gardener, and one cook to make the ambrosia now as you at least have 2 immortals?
    And maybe also 1 painter for the portraits?

  • Maybe Khloe and Bart would have found something more interesting to chat about than smoke alarms and disco balls(or even Woo Hoo) if they’d taken their shoes off before getting into bed…

  • Erika

    It definitely would, Juliet, but you have kind of a bootstrap problem at the beginning.

    You can only add to the household by marriage, you can’t go to Edit Town and move someone in. So basically you have to start with your founder Sim (who has to hit all the qualifications before they can have Ambrosia) and their spouse (but you have to find and woo them first, and then you have to teach them fishing, gardening, and cooking).

    Only one Sim from each generation can become immortal. And you cannot move any “extra” Sims out of the house, or kill them off.

    So while it’s tempting to adopt a bunch of kids and teach them to do stuff, you’re going to be stuck with them for life… and it can cause problems with the number of slots. Since you can only have a max of 8 Sims per lot.

  • gabes

    I agree that Graysons pants are terrible! hahaha Does each person have to make ambrosia? or is there a bunch in the fridge sort of thing? Congrats on the early immortality. Frankly, I can barely wrap my head around this challenge, let alone do it! especially with this buying and upgrading lots thing.
    You have entered the jedi realm of sims methinks.

  • gabes

    I just reread the rules and this one makes me feel sorry for Olivia
    •No Sim may ever be moved out of the household by any means. Spouses and non-immortal offspring are to live a full and natural life and their eventual death can never be expedited in any way

    Does that mean she can’t get married and leave:(
    esp as it would be hard to have extra people if she did and had kids and stuff

    is it sad i am feeling sorry for a sim…..

  • Erika

    I feel kinda bad for Olivia, too. She is doomed to serve as a live-in housekeeper and child care provider until she dies alone of old age.