Bachelor Challenge Schedule:
- All sims get friendly introduction and 1 chat, then left to their own devices. No challenges.
- Group Date #1 – Poolside: 1 get to know each, no elimination; highest relationship wins private date and immunity
- Bachelor Interest Challenge – Swimming: 2 out first in danger of elimination, winner gets 1-on-1 time, eliminate 1 (9)
- Group Date #2 – Dominoes: no elimination, most relationship change wins private date and immunity, winner stays each round
- Family Matters Challenge – Cooking: 2 worst quality food in danger of elimination, best gets 1-on-1 time, eliminate 1 (8)
- Group Date #3 – Dance Club: 1 flirt each, no elimination, highest relationship wins private date and immunity
- Spontaneity Challenge – Bull Riding: 2 lowest scores in danger of elimination, best gets 1-on-1 time, eliminate 1 (7)
- Group Date #4 – Firefighter for a Day: no elimination, highest job performance wins private date and immunity
- Bachelor Trait Challenge (Brave) – Bracket Fighting: 2 lowest scores in danger of elimination, winner gets massage, eliminate 1 (6)
- Group Date #5 – Game Day: Variety of games, sim with highest total from all games wins private date and immunity
- Teamwork Challenge – Relay Race: 3 groups of 2, swim, basketball (5 baskets), archery (extreme), quick burst to Jesse, Last team finished up for elimination, eliminate 1 (5)
- Group Date #6 – Relaxation: no elimination, all join in hot tub, last left in gets cuddle, no immunity
- Important Person Challenge – Make Friends with Sadie: 3 lowest relationships in danger of elimination, eliminate 2 (3)
- Private Dates with Each – Roller Coaster Park: Compliment, hug, talk about feelings, confess attraction (plus challenge)
- Compatibility Challenge – Love Meter Test: 2 lowest love meter scores in danger of elimination, eliminate 1 (2)
- Final Dates: One 3 day getaway with each girl
- Final Elimination
Recommendations with the wisdom of hindsight:
- Don’t actually use a week between eliminations. Too long!
- Try the compatibility/love meter challenge early.
- A double elimination might be better earlier in the challenge.
- Use your bachelor(ette)’s personality and interests to come up with challenges unique to them.
- Don’t be afraid to test a challenge in game and, if it doesn’t work, go back and rework it. (I’m not talking about cheating). *Originally, the Bracket Fighting challenge was supposed to be a Lifeguard challenge where each girl would be a lifeguard for the day. Jesse would fake drowning and time the girls to see how long it took each one to autonomously rescue him. Due to game mechanics that was impossible.
- Most Important - Have fun! It’s your game and you’re playing for you.
Bachelor Challenge Set-Up Questions:
Q: How long did you set your life span?
A: For the challenge, it was set on Epic.
Q: Did you control the sims?
A: Other than starting the challenges or where otherwise indicated, no. The sims were all set on high free will and I just watched (and made up commentary).
Q: How did you move sims in?
A: I moved Jesse into the bachelor house, then moved the contestants into a different house together. They were all sent, at the same time, to the house so Jesse could use “Friendly Introduction” on them. Then I added them to the household using Master Controller.
Q: Were there any special rules for the house?
A: Sleeping quarters were off limits. Jesse could not enter any of the girls’ bedrooms and they could not enter his suite. Only exception to this rule were private one-on-one hours that took place in his private sitting room. Once the hour was over, the door was locked again to all sims. Also, any physical fighting would have resulted in disqualification. Luckily this rule didn’t have to be enforced!
Q: Did you use any special LTRs or things for your sims?
A: Jesse received the No Jealousy LTR but only once we got to the part in the challenge where he confessed his feelings for each of the remaining contestants.
Q: How did you do the confessionals?
A: Before the start of the “season” I sent each contestant a list of all the questions I was likely to ask throughout the show. When I wanted to do a confessional, I would send an ask/fanmail to the contestant’s creator and ask them the questions I was interested in. I tried to give each person enough time to think of the answers and get back to me without revealing who actually had been eliminated. So a lot of the contestants actually answered more questions than shown since they were kind enough to answer for both outcomes. I just used which was relevant.
Q: What if someone didn’t want to, or didn’t have time to, answer the questions?
A: If someone didn’t want to participate, I made up the answers myself.
Q: How did “Jesse Picks” work?
A: I set up a "pen" divided into 3 areas. 2 sections were blocked by gates that were locked to everyone but Jesse. Each girl up for elimination was teleported into a block. Jesse was then teleported into the longer section that attached to each gate. He then would choose which girl to interact with and go through her gate.
Q: Why did you do “Jesse Picks” instead of by relationship score?
A: For 2 reasons. 1) I thought it would be more interesting to let him do the choosing and be a bit more of a surprise. 2) I made the first couple weeks actual sim-length weeks and, by the 5th or so episode, practically every girl had a 100-score relationship with Jesse.
Q: Is there any CC you recommend for the challenge?
A: Master Controller, Relativity, and Mover were pretty essential. If you want to have the camera outline like I did for my confessionals, you can get it from Ginger Snap, who so kindly shared it!
Q: What was your schedule for the challenges?
A: See this post for the full schedule.
If anyone has any questions about how or why I did things or what I used, please, please feel free to send me an ask. If I get any, I’ll also update this list for future reference. :)
I made another terrain. This one will be getting used - it’s now a mountain vacation hood. It just needs filling up :3
What a pretty TS2 world!
Now that Jesse has finally chosen the woman of his dreams, the Bachelor House stands empty and in need of new occupants.
- Lot Size: 64x64
- Unfurnished: §262,599
- Furnished: §283,783
- Library File
*List of CC/Store items used is included but the items themselves are not. Basketball hoop was not present when saving the lot.
*My store content is not decrapped. If your store content is decrapped the items may not show up and will be replaced by the game.
*The kitchen has been replaced. The original kitchen was the French Country kitchen by Shino&KCR but, for a couple different reasons, I’ve switched them out. The island placement was a bitch to get right and I didn’t want to remove the kitchen entirely and lose that work. If you want to switch out the counters (you’ll need to use moveobjects) remove ONE at a time and replace it. Then delete the next, replace, etc so they snap into the spot they should be in. For the diagonal pieces, remove the MIDDLE section first, then the two to the sides. If you’re patient when replacing, it should be just fine.
*The sunroom is not truly weatherproof. I didn’t have a problem with this personally but feel free to add a roof between the porch roof and level below it and try out Inge’s glass floor tiles. I couldn’t get them to work but maybe I have conflicting CC.
*I used the Decorator’s Best Friend by misukisu for some object placement. It is not required.
*OMSP Resizer was used for the lion statues out front.
Feel free to use this lot however you’d like: for families, for your own bachelor challenge, whatever. Just please do not reupload it or claim it as your own.
-Emotions must be flying high right now, for both of you! We’re just going to snag you for a few moments for some questions. Josephine, how did it feel standing there, waiting for Jesse to reveal who his heart would pick?-
"Nerve-wracking, plain and simple. All the emotions of these past weeks boiled down into one decision… It was one of the most intense moments of my life."
-When Jesse turned to you and told you that you were the one, what were your thoughts? I can’t imagine what must have been going through your head.-
"I was so shocked that I wanted to cry. I knew Jesse and I had connected on our vacation together, but Meg is such an amazing person that I honestly couldn’t believe he chose me over her."
-Jesse, you didn’t seem to hem or haw, or even pause like you have in previous elimination ceremonies.-
"No, not this time. I’m sure of my decision."
-How did you know that Josephine was the one to choose?-
"Looking back, I think the answer has been staring me in the face for awhile. I’ve been falling for her since she helped put out those fires all the way back in the first episode. It all popped into place in Cape Garner though. She actually helped me build the bonfire! She’s warm, loves being outdoors just as much as I do, and I feel like although this was a competition, she’s been true to herself the entire time. What more could I ask for in a perfect match?"
-Stay tuned for a follow-up episode coming soon where we meet with all the contestants and find out how they’re doing after the show.-
Bachelor Finale Replies:
-I know this all must be very emotional for you but we’d like to get a few last words from you before you go. You made it to the final two. Surely, that must feel great?-
"I’ll be honest with y’all, I thought I’d be one of the first to leave so making it this fair is kinda surreal!"
-The emotions outside seemed pretty intense. How did it feel standing there, waiting for Jesse to reveal who his heart would pick?-
"My heart was literally in my mouth, I was so nervous. I guess a little o it is on Jesse’s shoes now too. It’s a little hazy though, I felt like I was in a dream. Hopefully I can block out throwing up on national TV."
-Jesse chose Josephine instead of you and now it’s time for you to say your final goodbye. I’m sure this must be hard.-
"I can’t lie, it’s the hardest thing I’ve encountered in my little life so far. But, you can’t force people to have feelings and I’m just not the right girl for Jesse. I couldn’t a lost out to a better girl though and I hope Jesse and Jo have a real happy life together."
Lol, vomiting aside, that dress is gorgeous, WCIF?
Her dress (and most of the others for the final 2 video I did) come from Rusty Nail.
"Meg, I’m so sorry. We had a wonderful time on our vacation but I need to follow my heart."
"Oh Watcher, I think I’m going to be sick." And she was. Right on his shoes. Jesse tried to console her, both for sending her home and her upset stomach, but Meg was having none of it. "I don’t need your pity," she quaked before bursting into tears.
-The producer would like to note that she ate some bad leftovers. She is not, we repeat IS NOT, pregnant. There has been no hanky-panky during the duration of filming and to suggest otherwise may result in a lawsuit for defamation of character. Repeat one more time. She is NOT pregnant.-
Thank you so much to awwnooboo for Meg. I’ve truly enjoyed having her. She’s been a really fun character to write and, here at the end, I had no idea who Jesse was going to pick but I would have been happy with either outcome. I’m going to miss her and am already trying to come up with ideas to get her to move to their town!
"Josephine, 10 women came to this house to try and win my heart. Instead, I come before you tonight hoping that I’ve won yours."
"You have Jesse, you have."
-As the audience knows, Jesse chooses who (and how) to interact with and that determines who stays. He chose to pick Josephine by “talking about his feelings” with her, which is a romantic interaction that comes with the Brooding trait. This producer was misty-eyed as it was so perfect!
"Now, for the hard part."
"I know this hasn’t been an easy road for any of us. We’ve all made friends and then had to say goodbye to them. You’ve both had to deal with the fear of being sent home and fighting to prove yourselves to me. And you both have. You’re amazing women and I’m honored that either of you consider me worth fighting for.
However, our road has come to an end and it’s time for me to choose between you. It’s been a difficult decision to make but I know it’s the right one.
The girl who has won my heart is…”
-I’m glad we caught you before you head off to make your final choice. Are you ready?-
"No! How can anyone be ‘ready’ to break someone’s heart?"
-So you don’t know who you’re going to pick?-
"I know who the girl for me is. But that doesn’t make it any easier."
-I don’t suppose you’ll give us any hints?-
"Absolutely not. They will be the first to know, not the viewers. And now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go change."
With elimination that evening, the household tries to relieve some tension and keep their minds off the big finale.
-Beating the competition into submission girls?-
Before long though, it’s time to get ready. Each girl takes her time getting ready in her room, making sure to look her best before they each head to their places.
-I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be a tough night for everyone.-
Finale staging complete. It’s coming to an end, very, very soon. (And now you can see the set-up style I’ve been using each elimination.)
Fuck me. I left the house for awhile. When I came back I went to plug my phone into my computer charger…which had been knocked off the computer and was dangling into what was left of my coffee. Beautiful.