Alas, despite my best efforts the dynasty ended before it even began. I getting ahead of myself though. So let me tell what happened that finally put an end to everything.
After Selena was born, Benjamin and Samantha took turns taking care of her. When Benjamin was at work, Samantha took care of her. When Benjamin was at home then Samantha would sneak off for some fishing while he would watch over the baby. Since there was an easal at home now it didn't really detract from his ability to raise the painting skill.
The days go past by relatively fast, without much in terms of achievements. Then before I realize it Selena becomes a toddler!
As always, no birthday party due to the lack of funds.
With Selena as a toddler I change the scheme to taking care of her. Instead of sneaking out for some fishing when Benjamin is home, Samantha continue to stay and teach Selena some necessary skills (like talking, walking, etc.) and once those are taking care of she would read books with her just so Selena has some basic skills later on.
Or so was the plan. While Selena is learning some skills I realize there is only one day left until Samantha becomes an adult! Benjamin's paiting skills aren't at level 7 yet, the required level to paint a portrait of another sim. It is almost level 6.
Benjamin is very tired but there is no time for sleep! In a pure desperation move I buy a cofee machine so he can keep working on his skill. From that point on he is pretty much chained to the easel, only allowed to have breaks for coffee or to go to the bathroom. He even misses work. Samantha misses her first real day at the Science facility too because of this!
This works to get the painting skill to level 6 but the bar just seems to go extremely slow towards level 7. Soon enough all his other needs go down to abysmal levels too, leaving his overall mood on the red. Only hours left until Samantha's birthday!
The skill bar keeps going up steadily slow... until he reaches level 7! There might be still time to salvage this! He starts to make the portrait of Samantha! He just needs to finish it before she becomes older.
It is too late however. As soon as he begins painting, Samantha becomes an adult. One of the requirements for the dynasty is missed just like that. And so the dynasty ends right there. They celebrate Samantha's birthday but for me it is the sign of defeat. The Fisher dynasty will only exist in dreams now.
Well, despite the dramatic words of that paragraph this challenge was pretty fun. 🙂
I learned a lot of things about how the game works, some that will be useful no matter the household and some that are more specific for the challenge, in case I decide to try it again at some point (I probably will!). Here are some of them:
1. Start with a more normal job/profession
As I mentioned in my previous post Fishing might not be the best way to start this challenge with. It starts pretty slow as far as money making goes. Any other non-self employed job will give a better initial pay. Plus if your dynasty founder is female it also pays for maternity leave something that self-employment does not.
The best option for a career is probably Science since it requires the gardening in the beginning, some handiness later on and at the top levels, fishing. Gardening and Fishing are skills that the founder will need anyway (unless the husband/wife already comes with that or you plan to make them get it) so the founder will already have some of the requisites for promotion. If you want to make things even easier you can also choose the Lifetime Wish "Become a Creature-Robot Cross Breeder" which is one of the promotions in the Science career. The only reason I didn't pursue it from the start is that was exactly what my first Sim pursued back when I started playing The Sims 3. Since I wanted to try new things with this challenge it wasn't an option for me.
2. Be more careful in selecting the future husband/wife
I don't think Benjamin was a bad choice as far as husband goes. In fact the reason I chose him was for his traits and initial skills. I just didn't consider though that all his initial wishes would be related to socializing (he has the Friendly trait) and handiness! That made it difficulty for me to satisfy his wishes quickly which turned to be a fatal mistake. Had I satisfied them fast he probably would have gotten the "Fast Learner" Lifetime Reward much earlier thus avoiding this end.
Another possible option would be to get some other Sim that has the Artistic trait or already begins with the painting skill to join the household. I mean, there isn't anything in the rules that states that the husband/wife has to be the one painting the portrait. It is just a good way of lowering overhead to an already very challenging beginning. A husband/wife only required duty is to make a baby. Everything else is left to the player's discretion.
3. Know the challenge rules by heart
I am of the belief that how strict people want to be with their own dynasty is up to personal preference. After all, it is their own private time and their own fun. Although I also thinks it does give me more credibility to one's dynasty if they can stick to all the rules.
On this one I let a couple of rules breakage slide because I was doing it mostly to experiment with new stuff while waiting for my usual mods to be updated. But whenever I get around to doing this challenge again I will try to not break any rule. If I do, then it is game over for that dynasty, no excuses.
Regardless of the ending of this challenge, I achieved everything I wanted with it. I had fun, I learned some new stuff and even found some new material to write blog posts about! 🙂
As far as Samantha goes, I decided to recreate her with some tweaks to her traits to make her more normal. Or as normal as a sim can be. 🙂
She joined with the sim of my first attempt at the challenge as a room mate at the same place in Appaloosa Plains. And yes, she will marry Benjamin again although this time I won't be mistreating him as much.
There just won't be any attempt at a dynasty. They will just live a normal, happy life. Or, again, as normal as a life in The Sims 3 can be!
Those adventures won't be blogged though. But I do hope you enjoyed these posts last few posts. 🙂