Lifetime Rewards - The Sims 3 Ambitions
Long time fans and Sims gamers will be familiar with the concept of Lifetime Rewards because there was a similar system in The Sims 2 -- but in that system the only way to obtain points to bank was to successfully complete the various ambitions and goals of your Sims. Doing so banked points in the family bank and allowed the player to purchase objects that were very useful, like the Money Tree or a dispenser that held the Elixir of Life that could literally take years off of your Sim and extend their life in whatever stage that they were in when they drank it.
The system that is in The Sims 3 is a little different but basically the same, though in place of mythic objects your Sims instead can obtain special abilities and devices, kit that makes their lives better and abilities that do the same! The trick to obtaining them is to bank points, and the trick to doing that is to complete goals, and keep your Sims in a perpetually great mood!
-- Increasing Your Point Bank --
If you played the previous games you may have an imperfect understanding of the Happiness Points system and Lifetime Rewards as they exist here -- previously you needed to complete goals and challenges in order to increase your bank to buy rewards -- and you can still do that and you should, but in addition you also gain bank whenever your Sim's mood meter is in the upper bubble and your Sim is elated, as when that condition is met the bank is metered and constantly increasing, even when your Sims are sleeping!
The trick to maintaining heightened mood is in maintaining your Sim moodlets -- basically that means paying attention to things like Hunger, Bladder, Energy, Social, Hygiene, and Fun, and keeping them in the green as much as possible! Obviously you have limited control over Energy, but the others you have near complete control over, and so you should exercise it.
Maintaining the majority of the moodlets in the green and not allowing any to ever go red (and trying to avoid any going yellow) is the best path towards keeping your Sim's overall mood in the upper bubble and thus continuously gaining points in your bank.
The Collection Helper makes Collector a new Profession
-- Interest-based Goals --
As your Sim develops its own interests you will notice that the goals that begin to pop-up that you can accept relate to those interests. For example playing Chess will prompt logic-based goals as well as cause logic-based opportunities to appear every now and then. The opportunities are only good for money, but the goals pay off in points to bank, and are an activity that you should seriously be pursuing as you play. Ideally you have already figured out that the Lifetime Rewards you really want to be working towards before you start your play -- for example in Ambitions the following are very desirable:
-- No Bills Ever
-- No Jealousy
-- Fast Learner
-- Long Distance Friend
-- Office Hero
-- Entrepreneurial Mindset
-- Profession Simoleon Booster
In addition to those, depending upon your other Sim's slacker-based career choice you may also want one or more of the following:
-- Extra Creative
-- Acclaimed Author
-- Ambitions Specific Rewards --
Reward points are banked for each individual Sim and NOT the household, so you will be selecting the rewards that you want on an individual Sim basis, meaning that selecting one reward for one Sim does not automatically give it to all Sims in the household... But they will benefit from some of the rewards anyway since they apply to a Sim in the household, so for example if one of your Sims has No Bills Ever than all of the Sims in the household enjoy the benefits of it.
Care should be taken in planning out which rewards you choose, especially if you have created a main Sim that will be your primary and additional Sims that are really more expendable than permanent, since you will want the really valuable and work or travel-related ones to be on your main Sim just in case one of the others ends up being killed... There is no sense in doing all of that work for nothing.
The following rewards are specific to Ambitions:
The following 7 rewards are specific to The Sims 3: Ambitions Expansion, and are not available to you unless you have that expansion installed:
-- Artisan Crafter (20,000)
Artisan Crafters create higher quality inventions and sculptures that are more valuable when sold.
-- Efficient Inventor (10,000)
Efficient Inventors are able to tinker and create more inventions with less scrap.
-- Entrepreneurial Mindset (10,000)
Sims with an Entrepreneurial Mindset earn experience more quickly and tend to reach the top of their careers more quickly.
-- Fireproof Homestead (30,000)
The Fireproof Homestead guarantees your Sim's home will never again catch on fire.
-- My Best Friend (40,000)
A SimBot joins the family with Best Friend relationship status to the Sim who chooses this lifetime reward.
-- Profession Simoleon Booster (20,000)
Earn larger weekly stipend and more Simoleons for every profession job completed.
-- Suave Seller (15,000)
Suave Sellers are able to sell their goods for a higher price at local stores and the consignment store.
New awards recognize your Sims alternative accomplishments
-- Additional Sims 3 Rewards --
In addition to the above rewards there are also the default rewards from the Base Game as well as the rewards that were added for the other expansions, and we are listing them below by game in case you also have those expansions installed as there are some rewards that you may find useful!
-- Base Game Rewards --
The following 31 rewards are specific to the Base Game, The Sims 3 (regardless of which version of the Base Game you have):
-- Acclaimed Author (30,000)
Earn bigger royalty checks for every book written... Assuming you're a writer.
-- Attractive (15,000)
Whether it's the pleasing scent or charm, people will suddenly like you more.
-- Body Sculptor (15,000)
The Body Sculptor Device will give you the exact body shape you desire within a few percentage points.
-- Bookshop Bargainer (10,000)
Books at the Bookstore will carry a hefty discount, resulting in great savings for you.
-- Change Lifetime Wish (10,000)
Picking a Lifetime Wish is a monumental decision that leaves some Sims overwhelmed. In case the wrong Wish was chosen, here's a mulligan to set things straight.
-- Collection Helper (40,000)
The Collection Helper is an invaluable tool that helps collector's identify collectibles as well as find them in Map View.
-- Complimentary Entertainment (5,000)
You'll be added to the exclusive list at the community theater and can get into all upcoming events free of charge.
-- Dirt Defiant (15,000)
Personal hygiene concerns and frequent bathing rarely trouble the Dirt Defiant!
-- Discount Diner (5,000)
Restaurant meals will be on the house. Tips and taxes included.
-- Extra Creative (30,000)
The finest paintings are created by those who are not only creative, but extra creative.
-- Fast Learner (15,000)
Learn and improve skills faster than a galloping llama!
-- Fast Metabolism (5,000)
Watch your body shift and change before your very eyes with a fraction of the effort! A more immediate new you!
-- Fertility Treatment (10,000)
Increase your chances of conception! Twins and triplets are also much more likely.
-- Food Replicator (50,000)
The Food Replicator speeds up meal prep by duplicating dishes... More or less.
-- Haggler (15,000)
Store clerks will fear the sight of you and throw discounts at your feet to expedite your passing.
-- Hardly Hungry (25,000)
Your body achieves such a perfect state of balance that you hardly ever feel hunger or thirst.
-- Legendary Host (5,000)
Everyone will show up to the party and have a great time -- it'll be legendary!
-- Long Distance Friend (20,000)
Friends will never become Distant Friends, even if you ignore them for a while. They know you're good for it down the line.
-- Mid-Life Crisis (20,000)
Not happy with who you are? Pick new traits to become the Sim genetics failed to create.
-- Moodlet Manager (60,000)
The Moodlet Manager eases the mind and removes troubling thoughts... Most of the time.
-- Multi-Tasker (10,000)
Become better at your job and homework without any additional effort on your part!
-- Never Dull (10,000)
Sims love listening to you talk and will never get bored when you repeat social interactions!
-- Observant (5,000)
Discover the traits of others twice as quickly!
-- Office Hero (5,000)
Your inter-office conversations will be more effective than ever! Co-workers will love hanging out with you.
-- Opportunistic (10,000)
Earn greater rewards and bonuses for finishing Opportunities!
-- Professional Slacker (5,000)
How cool would it be to be able to watch TV and slack off at work without the boss caring?
-- Speedy Cleaner (5,000)
Eliminate household grime and villainous soap scum doubly quick!
-- Steel Bladder (10,000)
Peeing is for Sims with lesser wills (and bladders).
-- Super Green Thumb (20,000)
If you want to grow the best, most vibrantly delicious and organically superior plants, you simply must go Super.
-- Teleportation Pad (75,000)
The Teleportation Pad reduces your transportation costs by 100%... Within a reasonable margin of error.
-- Vacationer (15,000)
Feel free to take the occasional day off. Nobody at work will notice!
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