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**Updated** Chateau du Graaz - A Brain-busting Adventure

by The Builder Posted 25th Jul 2011 at 8:06 PM - Updated 4th Feb 2016 at 3:31 PM by The Builder : Updating to a refined non-buggy version.
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Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery of Chateau du Graaz?

--- UPDATE ---
- In later versions of Sims one of the chests is not possible to open, stopping people from continuing the tomb.
- Includes slightly more clues
- Story slightly updated
- Minor puzzle-changes later in the tomb

--- General talk ---

Hi folks! Finally I have managed to complete my first tomb project. It would be, as far as I'm concerned, one of the more ambitious tombs in the community. Not because it's super big, but it contains puzzles that require actual thinking in contrast to the tombs we see in the game.

It starts off pretty easy, hopefully, and evolves into some more intriguing puzzles, which you sometimes need to engage with the environment to solve.

When it comes to designing puzzles/riddles, I have been doing that quite a lot for various occasions. However, the most challenging is to find an adequate difficulty level for the "audience", so to speak. So whether you find it too hard or too simple, I hope you will appreciate the concept. And please, leave a comment in the commentary section to let me know what you think. That will help a lot.

I will gladly help out if you get stuck (don't just give up!), and if it gets popular I can post a thread so that people can discuss solutions, so I don't get too much PM:s. This submission is really a shot in the dark, since I don't know if it will be liked or hated. But I sure hope for that all the hours spent to create this will be worth it!

--- Gameplay notes! ---
  • The progression isn't always linear, meaning that you sometimes need to return to rooms where you have already been.
  • For the story, and sometimes important notes, there are text plates distributed all over the area. Read those for hints and some intensifying atmosphere.
  • Pay attention to your visa level. This mission may require 3 days or more to finish.
  • Make sure you have no extra keystones in your inventory when you begin this adventure.

--- Story ---

This chateau belonged to Basile Graaz, an archiologist and professor in Egyptian mythology. The mansion has been deserted for about 20 years now, after all members of the family mysteriously disappeared. No one has dared to enter this cursed mansion ever since. Rumours doesn't only speak of deaths and evil curses, but of a great secret that has yet to be found.

--- Secrecy ---

Please don't have a look at the map if you don't want to get spoiled. Of course I know everyone will do that anyway. I won't blame you... You little gnomes!

--- Non-tomb version ---

You can now find a non-tomb version here.

Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price: Not Applicable
Tags: #tomb, #france, #mansion, #chateau, #french, #puzzle

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 World Adventures Late Night
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Size: 2.33 MB · Downloads: 15,579 · 4th Feb 2016
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Forum Resident
#2 Old 25th Jul 2011 at 8:29 PM
This looks like such fun! I have to get one of my best problem solver sims in there asap! Thanks!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 25th Jul 2011 at 11:00 PM
Wow!! you put a lot of work into this! Kudos! gonna try it out now
#4 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 12:51 AM
Thanks for the challenge. Also this is the quickest I've ever seen a upload get a star congrats!
Test Subject
#5 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 2:46 AM
Is there a residential version of this majestic mansion?
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 4:09 AM
I wish I had half you skills and you patience... Thanks for sharing
Forum Resident
#7 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 4:10 AM
thank you very much for this rare gem.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 7:04 AM
I would love to have a residential version :D
Test Subject
#9 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 7:47 AM
Yes, please, residential version! Thanks!
Forum Resident
#10 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 7:58 AM
>.< How'd you gnome that I'd look?
Cleverly done-- Thanks for sharing!
Test Subject
#11 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 9:20 AM Last edited by rosloan24 : 26th Jul 2011 at 9:21 AM. Reason: typo
Hi, I like your tomb, but I'm stuck at the beginning. Can you make a walkthrough guide for people who need one?
The Plutonite Prosecutor
staff: senior moderator THANKS POST
#12 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 11:37 AM
Really good and interesting.Will definitely download and would appreciate if you upload a residential version.Thank you so much for thus
Mad Poster
#13 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 12:57 PM
Love this idea, look forward to trying it out, thank you!
Forum Resident
#14 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 2:24 PM
Oooh! I can't wait to try it out! Thank you VERY much!
Test Subject
#15 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 5:04 PM
This looks REALLY amazing; I love the amount of detail you've put into it. Looking forward to solving this one!
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 5:27 PM
Thank you so much for this! It's gorgeous, I wish there were more tombs like this out there. This will also help loads with puzzle inspiration in the tombs I build. :D
Test Subject
#17 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 5:36 PM
Ooooh, this must have taken you forever! lovelovelove. thanks so much.
Test Subject
#18 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 5:46 PM
you should make a walktrough, im stuck on the puzzle area (the colour lamp) and the funny thing is im also cheating (using 2 sim) lol
Test Subject
#19 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 7:40 PM
I'm stuck where kupo754 is at. Please make to walkthrough.
Forum Resident
#20 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 8:22 PM
@kupo754 and rosloan24 I went down to the bathroom after that.. I'm stuck on the chess bit :/ It's like there aren't enough spaces to complete the move (I'm sure there are, I'm just being dumb..)
Test Subject
#21 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 8:22 PM
you should make a non-tomb version
Field Researcher
#22 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 9:08 PM
This is so cool.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#23 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 12:37 AM
I'm glad you all like it and hopefully all of you will be able to experience the whole adventure. My favourite part is the library. People that have been asking for advice, have been sent some hints via PM. Don't hesitate to PM me if you got questions, I love messages!

It seems like some of you wants a non-tomb version, which I will fix when I complete my current project.
Zombie Socks
#24 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 2:41 AM
The two-tile main staircase in the inner courtyard leads down to a tuscan-y looking room with bricks and flowers and two door on the right and left side. On the right, next to the door, the plaque doesn't say anything and I can't solve the puzzle inside. Is it supposed to say something?

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Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#25 Old 27th Jul 2011 at 3:07 AM
It's supposed to say "The Library" So nothing important on the plaque.

There are some hidden doors in the library. They are of great importance.
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