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The Suggestion Box - Challenges & Dares

Hello, everyone.

We've decided that it would be a great idea to have a post where you can leave comments about suggestions for challenges and dares. If you look at the list of tags on the community main page, there's one called "suggestion box." If you think of an idea later, it'll be easier to find this post again.

So please comment to this post with your ideas about themes, challenges, or anything else you might like to try.

cindyanne1 has already contributed a couple of great ideas. Here they are:

1) take a pre-made family to three generations (grandchildren of the Maxis originals) and see what results
2) asylum challenge where you use Maxis premade characters instead of creating them in CAS

Thank you, cindyanne1!

3) simgaroop suggested drabbles or short stories involving randomized combinations of Pleasantview sims
4) engram_au suggested decorating contests using some of the Maxis houses left in the lot bins


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Sep. 4th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)

Those are pretty good suggestions.

Hmmm... you could randomly assign the members who are up to the challenge a few Pleasantview sims, so they could write a short story/drabble or just take some pics involving them.

The twist would be to assign sims that are not "together" all the time (like Alex Goth, Mary-Sue Pleasant and Dirk Dreamer) so the challenger would have to think of a way to relate all of them in the same story.

I hope this made sense :P
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Yes it did, and it's a good suggestion to mix the sims into unlikely combinations.
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
It makes sense to me, and I think it's a great idea!
Sep. 4th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
That would be really cool.
Sep. 4th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I like the sound of those 2 challenges.

One thing that I've really enjoyed doing in the past was redecorating the base game lot bin houses and updating their landscaping, etc, with Maxis-only content. So maybe we could have a dare where everyone shows off how they redecorate Tidy Tudor, etc? I know not everyone is into house decorating, but it would probably work OK as a weekly dare rather than a full-scale challenge.
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
We actually do have something like this in mind. But you're right, we shouldn't overlook the lot bin houses. We were thinking of one already placed.
Sep. 4th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
Either would be fine, really. I was just thinking that the bin houses are probably more easily accessible to everyone (unless they've been deleted). The already placed houses might have sims living in them and thus harder to access without evicting the family or without spawning clean hoods. I guess whatever house gets used could be packaged up so that anyone who can't access theirs for whatever reason can install it and play around with a fresh version.
Sep. 4th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
If we use playables' houses at all, we would provide clean unoccupied versions for people to download. I'm well aware of the problem of trailing character files and other game trash. I wouldn't want to bork anyone's game. We'll provide more details later.
Oct. 24th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Dare: 007?
I'd like to suggest four possible "fashion victims" for the 7th dare (that is if you are going to another "a sim or two needs a fashion change" type dare this month).

The four possible victims:

Ripp Grunt

Buck Grunt

Nervous Subject

Lazlo Curious
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Dare: 007?
We've moved onto Veronaville for November, but this is definitely worth coming back to in a later dare.

And you can post your own makeovers of these guys at any time, no matter what the Neighborhood of the Month is.

(Sorry to respond so late to this comment. I'm not getting email notifications for some reason.)
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Story Prompt Idea
Maybe there could be a challenge like this:

You pick names of Maxis Sims at random (the amount of names you pick is up to you). Then you set your mp3 player or ipod on shuffle (or fast-forward or rewind through a tape cassette or CD) and press play at random. Then, you write a short story involving the characters' names you picked based on whatever lyric happened to be playing when you stopped shuffling/rewinding or fast-forwarding. Or, you could write the story based on the entire song, if you wished. This might work for any Maxis neighborhood.
Aug. 2nd, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
It looks like it's been a while since any suggestions have been posted here, so if there is another suggestion box post, I missed it.

I don't know if this has been suggested before, and it doesn't look like it has been done before either, but I could be wrong as I have not been around all that long.

For some reason (when reading a spoiler for the upcoming season of "House"- which has really started to suck, btw) I thought of doing a photo shoot of maxis premades put into the places of actors in my favorite TV shows. Example: Vidcund Curious in the place of Captain Kirk in Star Trek, Loki Beaker as House, Lazlo Curious as "The Doctor", PT9 as Archie Bunker (LOL!,okay, so I'm running out of ideas. I don't watch a lot of TV) and so on...

I just thought maybe some others might find this a fun dare idea (or basis for a dare).
Nov. 22nd, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
So since I've been caught up in the squee of yuletide and mtyg_discuss, I had a thought: What if we did a Secret Santa exchange for The Sims, but instead of exchanging Sims or custom content, we exchange stories? I know a lot of us here, if not all of us, are writers.

(I'm suggesting it here instead of [Bad username: simsstorytellers] because I'd want it to be specifically with Maxis Sims, so it'd be like a fanfic exchange.)
Nov. 29th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for you suggestion. :)

I really think it could be a fun idea, but unfortunately I'm not planning to do anything in the comm for the holidays. One, for personal reasons I won't have enough time to worry about it, and two, between Nano finishing now and many other holidays stuff starting in other forums and communities (like SS, advent calendars etc) I wouldn't like to add more and then not having enough people participating.

However, I do honestly think it could be an awesome thing to try, just for another occasion. I'm not sure how the comms you mention work, but I've seen a lot of fic/drabble exchange for other fandoms. We could also do something with prompts, like in sims_anon but without the kinks!
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Don't worry or feel bad, cause I so was not thinking for this year. :-) (It's already November, there really isn't time to do it properly)

And those comms are just secret Santa exchanges, just with fic.
May. 3rd, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)

Time Warp - Making over the premades for a different era

Song Lyrics - matching the premades to a song

Gender Bender - Gender flipped makeovers

Maxis Movies - Making up movie/tv/book premises that might exist in the Maxis world (or the ones in the game like mime cat)

Supernaturals - a little similar to last years October theme, but making over the premades as any kind of supernatural creature
May. 3rd, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! You always have the best ideas. :)
I especially like Gender Bender, that could be so much fun to do!
Oct. 8th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
How about a "wife swap" type challenge? Families A and B exchange one member. Or swap only children. Or only houses- the Goths get to live in the Curious house with the aliens flying overhead and ten thousand staircases, the Curiouses get to sleep with the ghosts. It could be set up as a reality show, or an alternate universe, or anything.
Antony Wolff Mahon
Apr. 8th, 2018 08:05 pm (UTC)
Bring back a Sims 2 PS2 game for next gen consoles.
Me and me friend had so much fun playing The Sims 2 on PS2, running around with the analogue and such. It would be great if there was a remastered with online co-op or a new concept similar that of The Sims 2 PS2. Other then that, I love the sims.
Jonathan Sherman
Apr. 8th, 2019 12:09 am (UTC)
Is there anyway maxis could colab with Sony and get c.c. on the PS4?
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