Yeah that pretty much sums up how I organized everything too. I love spreadsheets.
You can make up any challenge you can think of any way you can put sims against each other and have a winner/ranking works. Endurance challenges, skill challenges, fights to the death.
Originally Posted by VioletPadfoot
Since I stole her idea, I'll answer.
As to how I'm handling things, I set up a spreadsheet ( I swear I use them for tracking everything in this challenge) with two pages. The first is the teens on the teen lot this round, and keeps track of how they finished in the challenges, ranked from 1st to how ever many sims are on the lot. Once all the challenges are over, they'll be assigned a total rank, based on how they did overall. The boy with the best score is paired up with the girl with the best score, continuing down the line until all sims of one gender are paired off. The remaining sims have their score transferred over to the second sheet, and will be used for the spares in future groupings (again going in order of score, but paring off the oldest sims first.) The only way a sim is not paired with a sim of the opposite gender that has the best score is if they are related. For instance, my current leaders for each gender are siblings. In that case, they marry the sim with the second best score. I'm fairly certain I had something more to this, but seeing as I've been obsessing over my Prosperity Challenge 'hood, and not my ToT one lately, I can't quite remember all my details.~VP
Thanks! <3 I tried going back and look for that post, but somehow I missed it.
Well, I managed the last rotation easily enough. But all the organization needed to get the hood ready for the Roman Era took a bit longer. However, now I have things sorted and ready to play. The rest of the post is just a summary of how things played out and what changes I'm incorporating, so don't feel like you have to read it if you aren't interested. Well, long story short, I've got things set up and ready to play.
Welcome to the Roman Age. I think one of the most interesting things about this challenge is the transition to new ages. I found these times to be highly creative as you build new lots, customize their clothing and home decor and imagine how the rules will be for your own game. I can't wait to see how things progress now that your Sims are Romans.
Pairing Sims -
I like the idea of creating special lots to match up the Sims. With over 150 Sims getting ready to transition to the next age I thought I would set up several lots and then do a kind of Bachelor show type challenge. I am finishing my Dark Ages and cheating to age everyone to teen or adults (since it took 3 months to do the last 5 day round) and I am imagining in the game that the King sent out a decree that all single women had to come to live in some villages he built. The serf's daughters will be housed on one lot, the baron's daughter's on another, and the duke's and king's daughter's on a third lot. Once there are 7 ladies on the lot, the King will send for the young men. He will send each one to a village that matches their rank. Then I will wait one day to see how the chemistry works out.
In the game story, this action of the King's has angered the father's of these young women since it has taken away their rights to arrange their daughter's marriages and the father's of the young men are mad because they don't get any dowry. The kings' actions will lead to a sort of revolution where each duke will declare himself king of his own lands. (England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Turkey), so when I start the High Middle Ages there will be more monarchies that will follow that set of the renaissance rules.
Want to see a fun medieval video made using Sims 2? I didn't make it but I really enjoyed seeing how the artist used custom content and the movie making of Sims to create a story. It is inspiring me to decorate more in my lots and to think about the stories that old medieval ballads tell.
I'm still playing this challenge and I like it - but I've found I don't like blogging about it. So I'll keep playing and forget about taking pictures and blogging and just report every now and then about my progress here.