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|1st Jul 2016, 2:37 PM||The Tricou Challenge #1|
The door closed behind me, and I stood outside the lawyer´s office, puzzled, bewildered, and shuddering in the chilly autumn air, a piece of paper in my hand.
Bits and pieces of the conversation swirled through my mind, and I was trying to make sense of them. My father (I had a father? I never knew my father!) had left me an old mansion in the outskirts of town. He even left me a little sum of money. How considerate of him. And I had siblings, five siblings? I took a step down the stairs, feeling dizzy from all the information the lawyer had given me.
I looked at the paper in my hands. There, in accurately written letters, stood the address to my new home. I shuddered, not sure if it was just the wind. And started to walk, curious to see what my father had left me …
This is a rather simple, yet fun and demanding challenge, and the first I wrote up, so I am always happy about feeback, corrections, constructive criticism and ideas!
A little tip: Don´t read too many of the links, because they might spoil the fun!
The aim of the challenge is to befriend all six descendents of Jon Smith Tricou and resurrect all eight deceased Tricous that can be found on the Gothier Green Lawns and the House of Fallen Trees , plus Rainelle Neengia , who can also be found on the latter.
University to be able to resurrect Sims. If you don´t have the Uni EP, try out Marka´s suggestions in post 8
Nightlife, where this family was introduced
Make a Sim in CAS or use an existing Sim. That Sim isn´t so important, so you can put as much or little effort into making her or him as you want.
Send your Sim downtown and try to find one of the Tricou Teens , also explained below under Additional info and help at the very bottom of this text.
Befriend that teen, until you are best friends with him or her, then use the SimBlender (more info also to be found at the bottom) to move that teen in.
Use the SimBlender again to make that teen independent. This can be found under „Aging“, then „Set as Independent Teen“.
Let the teen move out and into the House of Fallen Trees in Downtown.
Decorate the house like you want to (use cheats if you like to make it more atmospheric), but once you are finished decorating, reduce the family funds to 500 - 1000 simoleons. I found the miles deep basement rather annoying, so I flattened that first.
The teen must get a job. You need a lot of money to resurrect all family members, so you better start soon.
Visit the cemetary in Downtown called Gothier Green Lawns. Pick up all gravestones that belong to the Tricou family and Rainelle Neengia and put them into the Sims inventory. Place them on the lot of the House of Fallen Trees. You might want to make a nice family graveyard for them (money cheating allowed).
The teen needs to find and befriend all other five Tricou teens that run around downtown. Once you are best friends with them, move them in, too. (This doesn´t have to be all at once, you can add them one after another).The other teens, once moved in, can also befriend their half-siblings. The goal is to have all six Tricou teens in the house. Let them all get jobs.
With the low wages the teens earn, it might take a while until they have acquired the money necessary to resurrect the first Sim. The first teen might age up during this time.
Use the Resurrect-O-Nomitron to resurrect the deceased Tricous. The process is explained under Recommended Mods/Cheats below at the very end of this text.
Start with Jon Smith Tricou, who is the father of the six Tricou teens. He knows the rest of the deceased family, so they can be resurrected later. I aged him down to adult via the SimBlender, so he can get a decent job and help raise funds to resurrect the others.
The challenge is done once all dead Tricous and Rainelle Neengia are resurrected.
There are various ways to play this challenge and achieve various goals. Use mods and cheats as you like. I recommend a few below.
I found that having limited funds makes for more interesting game play, so I did not use cheats to get more money, except for decorating.
Since the house can get a little crowded, I allowed the first teen to move out after Jon Smith Tricou was alive again, and after a while the other teens were allowed to have their own households, too. Make sure you have enough Sims in the house to get the funds for the resurrections!
Especially in the beginning, when you just have one teen in the house, it can get insanely difficult. The Tricou teens are all Pleasure sims, so their fun motives go down quickly. The ghosts that roam the house cause a lot of disruption.
At one point I was so desperate that I moved another teen into the house to help with money and company. Also my Sim who befriended the first teen invited him often and cooked meals for him.
The aim of the challenge is to have fun, so let that be your guidance.
I sometimes find it overwhelming to control large households, so I prefer playing the Sims in ISBI-style. ISBI is short for "I am surrounded by idiots", which is an unflattering but rather true description of what happens when you let Sims take care of themselves.
In an ISBI, you are only controlling one Sim. The rest is left to themselves. I play the ISBI in rotation, so on day 1, Sim 1 is getting controlled, and only Sim 1. All the other Sims in the household can do what they want. On day 2, Sim 2 gets controlled, the other Sims are left to their own devices, and so on. Only at the end of the day I check everyone´s motives, let them fulfill their basic needs, and not much else. This of course causes more chaos, but is extremely fun to play.
I haven´t finished the challenge myself, because I have a rather large neighborhood that I play in rotation, and it is only one hood among many, since I play a few themed games, so I have only resurrected three Tricous so far.
Find the description of my gameplay here: The Tricou Challenge - My Gameplay I
Additional info and help:
The Tricou Teens:
From the Wiki:
„The Sims 2 expansion pack Nightlife brought a sub-neighborhood, Downtown, in which "Downtownies" were introduced into the pool of Townies. Six of these downtownies created once Downtown is added to a neighborhood are teenage siblings, with the common link of Jon Smith Tricou (head of the extensive Tricou Family) as their father. While townies in The Sims 2 normally do not have family relationships, these six teens are exceptions to that rule.
The six teen downtownies have the Pleasure Aspiration and are decorated with items that ship with Nightlife. Their names are randomly generated when Downtown is associated with a neighborhood; the names listed in this article are only referenced in the game files.“
On the same page, you can also find images of the six teens, which is helpful in identifying them in game.
Orion and Tiave Tricou´s face templates are broken when they age up. I used the SimBlender´s plastic surgery to fix their faces after their birthday.
The late Mootilda warned to move the house into the lot bin, so leave it where it is. There are spoilers in that discussion, so you might want to read it only after you have finished the challenge.
If you haven´t played the House of Fallen Trees, skip the next short paragraph!
Reduce family funds: Bring up the cheat window by clicking crtl+alt C and type in familyfunds [family name] [amount of money] and hit enter. Example: familyfunds Miller 500
Unlock career rewards to get the Resurrect-O-Nomitron: If it has not been earned the regular way (by being in the Paranormal Career), bring up the cheat window by clicking crtl+alt C, shift+click on the newspaper, then select Career Rewards under Paranormal.
SimBlender - An extremely useful tool not only for this challenge, the Simblender allows you to change lots of Sims´s characteristics, like appearance, age, jobs, relationships. I could not play without it!
Inge´s Teleporter Cat - Another invaluable tool, it makes unselectable Sims selectable and vice versa, lets you move in townies, summon Sims and many more great features.
School Bus/Bring Friend & Homework Hacks - Children and Teens get homework only sometimes, very useful for that challenge.
You can find my experiences with the challenge here: The Tricou Challenge - My Gameplay
Hope you enjoyed this little write-up. I would be happy to hear your comments and experiences with the Tricou family!
|1st Jul 2016, 9:09 PM||#2|
Can we send all 6 teens to collage instead of making them independent teens.
|1st Jul 2016, 10:20 PM||#3|
Yes, of course! The main goal of this challenge is to have fun! So if you like to send them to college, do it!
|1st Jul 2016, 10:45 PM||#4|
I love the Tricou clan and renamed all the teens to there fathers name since there is no mother involved with them.
Be back with pics soon.
ADD Pics of what clothes they grew up in, they are having there first meal in collage.
|3rd Jul 2016, 6:09 PM||#5|
Ok after the first day of getting to know each other and doing some skilling plus going to class I sent them all to sleep for the night.
Once they all woke up and had breakfast I sent them all to do there term papers.
|4th Jul 2016, 2:08 PM||#6|
Thanks for sharing the images!
|14th Jul 2016, 3:39 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2016
You should put a note that this challenge is only for university expansion pack so people don't read it all and get excited and whatnot. Like I just did. I was all "Oh cool! I didn't even know I could resurrect sims!" Yeah I can't. lol
|14th Jul 2016, 4:23 PM||#8|
If you have one EP then check out the Sim Manipulator http://simmanipulator.forumotion.co...m-manipulator#7 it will allow you to resurrect any dead sim.
I have never tried the InSimenator Mod and it works with even the base game and it to can resurrect sims. http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...c,100226.0.html
|15th Jul 2016, 11:06 AM||#9|
Thank you Marka for finding these. I was not aware that the University EP is needed for resurrection. Could someone try these out and say if they worked? I will update my original post.
|20th Jul 2016, 10:54 PM||#10|
Join Date: Aug 2014
Love your story and the pics, Rebellina! I may just do this myself
|22nd Jul 2016, 10:38 AM||#11|
Thank you very much, Dezzy I hope it does inspire some people to play the Tricous, they are really fun!
|29th Jul 2016, 3:13 PM||#12|
Join Date: Dec 2004
Bit of a warning for those of you who want to use hacks to resurrect the Tricous instead - all sims whose graves were at one point on a community lot cemetary have relationships with everybody in the Unknown family. The career reward removes those, but some hacks may not. I don't think this actually causes any problems, as the relationships aren't even visible for the most part. I only saw the P.T.s from my Multi P.T. hack. Still, I ended up restoring a and using the career reward to be on the safe side.
|14th Sep 2016, 9:52 PM||New Start #13|
Well after losing all my data on my compute and my 6 external hard drives due to the ransom ware virus I will be restarting this challenge but with a twist.
I will run this challenge with the Pleasantview Epic Challenge http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=582636
Ok the first one is Don Kosmokos after a makeover to get rid of the makeup this is how he looks plus he will marry Frida Goth this time around.
1st pic Don Kosmokos (Tricou) (aka Orion Teens) http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Orion_Teens will marry Fridia Goth.
2nd pic Craig Gray (Tricou) (aka Tiave Teens) http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Tiave_Teens Will marry Agnes Crumplebottom.
3rd pic Opal Player (aka Kestrel Teens) http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Kestrel_Teens will marry Robert Crumplebottom.
I have Brian Burb who will marry (aka)Swan Teens once he mets her and I will add her ingame name here soon. http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Swan_Teens
(aka Loren Teens) http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Loren_Teens
(aka Patrick Teens) http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Patrick_Teens
Ok have sent 3 to collage and you can see there YA pics here in post #20 http://modthesims.info/showthread.p...stpost&t=582636
|20th Mar 2017, 4:31 PM||#14|
I started the challenge and moved all six teens in the house.
But I can't revive their father. If they call Grim, he just tells them they don't know anyone who died, so stop bothering him.
|3rd May 2017, 10:44 AM||#15|
Enebya, sorry for the late reply, I am still struggling with seeing replies to posts!
This is strange. Technically, they all should know Jon Smith Tricou and be able to resurrect him. Stupid question: You moved in the right teens? If you go into their relationship panel, Jon Smith Tricou should appear as their father.
Other than that, I have no idea what might be wrong.
|3rd May 2017, 11:18 AM||#16|
No problem, it's an old thread
Yeah, it was the right teens. They had Jon Tricou as their father and knew all their siblings as well. They just didn't know their father.
Maybe it's because I have the UC? Maybe something got lost there. I've had to reinstall since, but I might try again some other time.
|4th May 2017, 10:29 AM||#17|
I was going to respond that the thread is not that old, but then I saw it was from last July, and that, in the fast living internet times, is old :-)
I am not familiar with the UC, but this could be the reason, especially since you had the right teens. Weird their father appeared in the panel, and still they thought they didn´t know him!
Let us know if the reinstall helped with the issue!
|4th May 2017, 6:57 PM||#18|
Join Date: Apr 2008
I've never tried to bring back their ancestors - was afraid they were missing data. Always had to change their LTW.
|8th May 2017, 1:01 PM||#19|
Hi grammapat, at least in the regular game they are fine, except the borked face template for Orion. Yeah, and I did change some of their LTWs, too, because having 6 pleasure teens was just too much :-)
|24th May 2017, 7:23 AM||#20|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Ooooh this looks interesting xD I've been planning to start a vampire coven challenge soon and this might be a great crossover for that ~ it's strange, i've been playing the sims 2 for about a decade now, and never noticed that house in the downtown! That's part of why I love this game - there's so many little things to discover about it that it never gets old for me
|8th Jun 2017, 6:13 PM||#21|
I have lost this hood and will have to restart again.
So to this I have restarted with Tricou Gardens and they are all at Sim State at this time.
I will start taken more pics after they all get to the main hood.
|16th Jan 2019, 3:58 PM||#22|
After going through some rough times with my computers and power surges that went right through my surge protectors I have not only rediscovered I still had a copy of this hood plus I found a eariler copy on my Pleasantview challenge hood.
I have been playing this challenge now and there just about to the Jr. year studying away and when they hit Sr. year I will allow them to make some friends so they can have good jobs to make the money needed for buying the House of Fallen Trees plus resurrection of the rest of the family.
I will play all day today and they may get back to the main hood today but if not it will be tomorrow, maybe 2-3 more days of play and the challenge will be done.
|16th Jan 2019, 9:12 PM||#23|
Okay they have all gone back to the home hood and now live downtown in the old Tricous house, which I don't really like.
Here is what they look like ageing up to adult just before they moved back.
And they have all the dead just having to wait for about 60k more to resurrect all of the Tricous at the same time.
I will go ahead and resurrect Rainelle Neengia now and she will marry one of the boys, which one is up to her having the most bolts for. (May have to wait till I find one who knows her.)
Well that did not take very long once I got them back to the main hood.
All Tricous and Rainelle are now alive again and once all have gone to work and come home it will be time to move everyone out of this house and into there own homes in Tricou Gardens.
The lighting in this house really sucks and I can not wait to move them all out.
|17th Jan 2019, 2:21 AM||#24|
Well I have moved everyone to the main hood Tricou Gardens and moved John and his family all into one house with 6 bedrooms and will start them there.