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Re: Build a City Challenge Chat

Postby Seera » May 27th, 2019, 11:49 am

Avenie wrote:My play style is that anybody who wants to go to uni goes. And anybody who is the subject of another sim's want goes as well. I'm going to have to re-think this, because that essentially means that everybody ends up going, and I just don't enjoy uni enough to play everybody through it.


What I'm thinking of doing on mine is like setting a minimum number of skills that a Sim must have as well as minimal hobby enthusiasm. They must also pay to go to college.

For Sims that don't meet the minimum requirements or can't pay and don't want to take out a loan, they'll live on a lot with others like them with aging off for the appropriate number of days per rotation (after being aged to adult) and be told to learn skills and badges that would be appropriate for what they want to do in life. And find their someone special most likely.

That way I keep aging in sync, but not have to deal with sending every Sim to Uni.
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Re: Build a City Challenge Chat

Postby Lorinsv » May 27th, 2019, 1:01 pm

Yeah, I wish the Want to go to Uni wasn't so prevalent and momentous in the game :sigh:

I now have a rash of teens in Mesa Vista, and I feel like it's a copout on my part, but most will not be going to University, because that would be such a chore (for me), and I'm having a hard enough time wading through the challenge.

I like your idea of meeting some extra criteria for sending your Sims to Uni, Seera. It would be nice to have some mental justification for not sending most of my teens to Uni. (In retrospect, I should have resisted the instant gratification of buying Universities early on - BOOM, instant justification! :P)

I think following a child's Wants to do homework, get good grades and earn skill points, mixed with some Body/Athletic tendencies, as well as Aspiration and Personality considerations and perhaps the ability to afford, might help me decide who "should" go. I definitely want to send enough to fill the Uni careers, but that would be my main motivation for bothering with playing Uni.
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Re: Build a City Challenge Chat

Postby Avenie » May 28th, 2019, 11:58 pm

That's a good shout, both of you. I charge my sims for uni, and those who can't afford it take loans, but I've not really discussed that on the blog. I think I might just cut it down to sims who actually want to go, or have LTWs related to uni go (e.g. sims who want to be chief of staff. I don't want doctors without degrees).

I really like your non-university lot, Seera. That's such a good idea. I need to do something about aging, anyway, because my current system doesn't work that well.
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Re: Build a City Challenge Chat

Postby simsterlyrock » May 29th, 2019, 6:19 am

I use SimPE for aging. I make note of what day a Sim leaves for college, figure out how many days were left in the round, and subtract that many days from their age after they graduate. That works pretty well to keep ages in sync between Sims who go to college and Sims who don't.
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Re: Build a City Challenge Chat

Postby Seera » May 29th, 2019, 8:03 pm

simsterlyrock wrote:I use SimPE for aging. I make note of what day a Sim leaves for college, figure out how many days were left in the round, and subtract that many days from their age after they graduate. That works pretty well to keep ages in sync between Sims who go to college and Sims who don't.


That works if you have short sessions and/or play through Uni in one round.

I do season long rounds and only 2 years of Uni per round. So it takes 10 days for Sims to graduate. Unless I chop a large number of days off, I have an aging problem.

I have a mod that lets me force the doctors need degrees and removes the need for a degree to be an artist or actor. I've even gone farther and said you have to major in specific degrees to do it. So medical doctors who studied political science.

And I'll probably limit attendance to number of dorms present. So while number of teens in the neighborhood is low, everyone can go. But as my neighborhood grows, those who want a specific career will need to fight to earn a spot.
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Re: Build a City Challenge Chat

Postby simsterlyrock » May 29th, 2019, 9:27 pm

I play one week at a time (and have a mod that makes each season last a week) and play all of college at once since I have a mod that makes it shorter.
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