Announcements in Forum: Sims 2 Challenges
Virtual gardener
staff: administrator
Old 22nd Sep 2018 at 6:00 AM
Requests & Where are the forums? - A small guide
Am I posting in the right forum?
Sometimes, especially if you're new, the site can be considered a maze and trying to find the right forum to post things in can be difficult, but! We've got you!

  • The sims 2 - General - If you're wondering about something, wanting to discuss the game or just wanting to talk about gameplay... maybe even Bella Goth! We've got this very mysterious but popular forum... just like Bella Goth!
  • The sims 2 - Create forum- If you're posting questions on why your mesh exploded or why something isn't working and you're desperately looking for a way to fix it, we've got this not-so exploded forum!
  • The sims 2 - Where Can I Find...? - If you're posting any questions regarding Where you can find CC, we've got this amazing forum!
  • The sims 2 - Help - If you're posting any questions regarding what to if you have Glitches, your game crashes, or anything that interferes with your gameplay, you can check out this amazing forum!
  • If you're posting this awesome Challenge that you've made and want to share it with the community, you can check out this amazing forum: The sims 2 - Challenges (Note: Every challenge are looked over and moderated)
  • The sims 2 - Contests - If you're in the mood of running your own Contest(Yep this is not just a staff thing ), you can check out this wonderful forum!
  • The sims 2 - Stories - If you've written this incredible Story about your sims and wanting to share it, you can check out this very useful forum!
  • The sims 2 - Pictures - If you're feeling like sharing some hilarious Pictures of your sims or just sharing those adored moments, you can check out this picture-y forum!
  • The sims 2 - Movies - If you've made a youtube gameplay Video or maybe a machinima or even a tutorial, you can check out this picture-y forum!
  • All off-topic forums - If you're feeling to talking about something off-topic, computer issues, debating politics, sharing music or videos, introducing yourself, or wondering about the MTS toilet, there's a bunch of forums over here!
  • Upload Wizard - If you're looking for a way to upload your downloads, the wizard shall let you pass right here!
  • Creator Guidelines - If you're uploading things, also check out the guidelines right here!

What happens if I post it in the wrong forum?
Sometimes accidentally posting something in the wrong place just happens. Maybe you had a topic where it fits in more than one place and confused you on to where to post it. However, if that happens, out of love of course, we do move these threads to the right place. So if you're posting a Help related question in General just to get more views, unfortunately we'll have to move that one too for you

If it is an occurring thing however, and it's definitely clear that you know where your posts go but just keep posting it in a specific thread where it shouldn't go, we can give you a warning for forum abuse. Not only is it that the forums are being kept clean but also because this could annoy fellow members who also post and use the same forum!

What about requesting?
Requesting itself means whether you're about to post if someone could:
  • Make something for you
  • Update a specific mod
  • Fix a problem with a specific mod
  • Anything that sounds demanding-y

This, however in itself is not allowed unfortunately. And probably will never. Mainly because it has gone wrong plenty of times before and decided that requesting won't be a thing anymore. Therefore, any post that is being posted in any of the forums mentioned above WILL be deleted.

If requesting is an occurring thing, the same as with ignoring people's guidance in posting things in the forums, you will get a warning for doing so... Please don't try us :P

But... I really want that thing!

While posting requests here on MTS is against the rules, there are a few sources that you can go to:
  • Creators who take requests - Keep in mind that creators in this list have feelings (Yes they do!) so be extra nice! Also, Some of them might actually have forgotten to remove themselves from the list so always check their active days as well. This is NOT a requesting page however!
  • Some creators that do take requests - If a creator stated in their policy, their journal or 'about me' section that they do take requests (And really, only if they did. If not, do not message them to ask if they do). Then feel free to ask them. Also check their active dates as well.
  • The internet - Sometimes CC that you really want can be easily found by an easy google search. Else you can always use our Where Can I Find forum but as long as you don't request anything. There are also various sims sites that do have request forums so that might be worth a shot too!

NOTE: Do keep in mind that if you post anything 'request-y' related, your post WILL be deleted.

Use Descriptive Thread Titles!
Use a thread title that describes in a few words what you are discussing, so people know what the thread is about. However, don't make titles like "My sim just got himself a boat and got eaten by a Kraken, pics in the post!" and then having little to zero description. In this case you'd want to have "Sim eaten by kraken?!" or something in that content with a nice story in your description so it's much easier to discuss whatever happened in your game

No hate threads on specific games
That being for example: 'the sims 4 sucks! Who's with me?!'. in the sims 4 general forum. Or anything about any of the games. People usually talk about their favourite moments in their preferred games or discuss the gameplay, so making a thread like this is not only unnecessary, but just rude.

No file sharing/promoting your CC
There shouldn't really be a reason for you to upload files in the general forums (Exception for pictures of course). If you happen to be in a situation where you do share files, make sure it's not a reupload of anything, Store items, Someone else's or your Mods folder, or anything against our Site rules

You might have made some awesome CC for everyone to check out, though the best place for this would be to upload this through our Upload Wizard We're a download hosting site after all, no need to use the forums! If you made CC that you uploaded on Tumblr, Patreon, wordpress or any kind of link where you host your downloads, please do NOT use this forum for promoting. These sorts of posts will be deleted as they are considered as spam.

If you're just looking for a way to get feedback, and not necessarily putting it up for download that way, please check out the Creator Feedback Forum
Toaster Strudel Addict
retired moderator
Old 9th May 2018 at 6:00 AM
Now Accepting "Prompt Style" Challenges!
With the growing popularity of prompt style challenges in places like Tumblr, we've decided to broaden our challenge forum to include these type of challenges.

What is a prompt style challenge, you ask?

A prompt style challenge is something like the Outfit of the Day challenge, where you are given certain themes, or prompts, to create something. It could be a sim or a build. It could be a single prompt of a few. I would like to limit it to no more that a weeks worth of prompts per thread, if it's a daily prompt type. But as long as the prompts are different, there could be multiple threads of the same type. For example, two different Outfit of the Day challenges, with different prompts in each. If you make a new version of an existing challenge, please make sure it has a different title and prompts than the existing one(s). i.e., if you are making a second Outfit of the Day challenge, you could call it "[Your username]'s OOTD Challenge".

Example:
Quote:
Outfit of the Day Challenge

Here are 7 style themes, one for each day of the week. Design a look for your sim fitting into each theme.
  • At the Beach
  • Prom
  • On the Farm
  • Autumn
  • To the Future
  • Urban
  • Retro

Post your outfits bellow and let us see what you've come up with!


A prompt challenge could also be something a little more detailed. For example: A build challenge where you give a certain set of ground rules, like a theme, budget and lot size, perhaps even a description of a sim or family that the lot should be built for.

Example:
Quote:
A Home for Harvey Challenge

The challenge is to build a home for Harvey, a young sim just out of college. He only has $30,000 to spend on his new home including the base lot price.

He also has a few requirements:
  • Must have a stereo and a TV
  • Hates the color red
  • Needs space for entertaining

Build Harvey a home and show us what you've made!


These types of challenges could also be Maxis makeovers of lots or sims.

What are the rules for these new challenge types?

These type of challenges wouldn't require the same things as traditional challenges, like an end goal. (Though theoretically, the finished build or sim would be the end goal )

Your challenge is still not a contest. There should be no deadline or judging, that would go in the contest forum. This is just meant to share creativity. Any mean or judgemental comments about someone's creations will not be tolerated.

As always general forum rules apply and:
  • No atrocities. So it's... pretty sad that we have to say this, but: no challenges which focus around rape, child abuse, or anything else patently horrific. If you suspect your challenge may be patently horrific, consider whether telling your non-simmer friends about it in the pub would lead to bored looks, or to repulsed ones.
  • Age Appropriate. MTS is a 13+ forum. Challenges must be appropriate for the younger users as well. Topics that are exclusively 18+ (for example, drugs, drinking, over sexual, etc) will not be accepted as a challenge.
  • Credit adaptations. If your challenge is an update or alteration of an existing challenge, be polite and link to the original. *In most cases, Tumblr challenges take on a life of their own and break off into a million different adaptaions, so if you have gotten the idea from many places on Tumblr, like the Outfit of the Day challenge, credit is not required. But if it is something you've only seen once, please credit.
  • Type Intelligently. Please don't post in ALL CAPS LOCK or Like A Headline, l33tsp34k, lik u tink ur on ur cel fones txt msging, lIkE yOu tHinK tHiS lOokS cOoL, wildly abusing smileys, or with excessive punctuation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, have fun and let the creativity flow!
Toaster Strudel Addict
retired moderator
Old 12th Mar 2018 at 6:00 AM
Posting Pictures and Paypal
No content posted on MTS can have visible nudity, sexual content, or adult content, and instead must be posted on our adult site, Sexy Sims.

This means on MTS, you may not post:
  • Pictures that contains nudity, which we define as exposing the female nipples, or the butt crack/genitals of either gender, including semi-transparent stuff like a sheer bra.
  • Images of skintones with uncensored female nipples. Please blur or cover the nipples, butt crack, and genital area when taking screenshots of your skintones.
  • Posts relating to illegal drugs. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are okay on MTS though.

Why is this so?

The site is funded by ads and donations; these payments are made to the site Paypal account. Paypal have been known to close down Paypal accounts used to fund websites because of nude pictures on the website, even of pixel people. This is a risk we cannot take - no Paypal = no MTS.

Please see the Full Paypal TOU
Née whiterider
retired moderator
Old 10th Dec 2013 at 7:00 AM
Challenge Forum Guidelines
At present, this forum contains a lot of stuff which really shouldn't be here (and possibly shouldn't be anywhere), so these rules are intended to help you figure out whether or not your thread should go here.

Is your thing a contest?
If you want to run a competition where other players build houses, make sims, take pics or do something else simmy, submit entries before a set deadline, and then you and/or a group of judges give them scores and eventually announce a winner - that's a contest. Please post your contest in the Sim Contests forum.

Challenges should have
Sim challenges are a way of playing which is a bit different from normal play, which present a set of interesting and unusual challenges, and which you can do well or badly at.

We don't have "requirements" for challenges, so if you have a challenge which is missing one or more of the following elements but it still works as a challenge, that's totally fine. However, most challenges will have the following:
  • A backstory, or a specific set of circumstances which your sims must contend with.
    • Examples could be that a nuclear/zombie/misc apocalypse has occurred, and your sim is the only survivor; or that your sim has been brought up in a strict culture with certain rules which limit your sim's freedom.
  • Rules or restrictions that players have to follow.
    • For example, sims can't buy any food and must live off the land, only one member of the household is allowed to spend any money, you are not allowed to control certain sims, etc.
  • Goals or a self-scoring system.
    • For example, you gain 100 points for every generation of kids who all go to private school, you lose 50 points for every sim who dies of anything other than old age, your sim family must build a business empire of at least 10 owned community lots/rabbitholes, or your sim must reach the top of a certain career.
Some examples of great, very popular challenges could be the Legacy challenge, the Apocalypse challenge and the Asylum challenge.

You don't have to follow that format exactly, but any challenges which are patently not challenges will be archived.

A challenge is not a story
Challenges give the player a scenario, some rules to follow, and something to work towards. How the player and their sims get from scenario to goals is up to them. If your challenge is so specific that you're telling players what their sims should do, in what order, who they should interact with etc. - that doesn't belong in this forum. If you're enjoying the story in your own game, why not take a few pics to narrate it, and post it in the Sim Stories forum?

Other stuff
We do have a few other rules which you should bear in mind:
  • No atrocities. So it's... pretty sad that we have to say this, but: no challenges which focus around rape, child abuse, or anything else patently horrific. If you suspect your challenge may be patently horrific, consider whether telling your non-simmer friends about it in the pub would lead to bored looks, or to repulsed ones.
  • Age Appropriate. MTS is a 13+ forum. Challenges must be appropriate for the younger users as well. Topics that are exclusively 18+ (for example, drugs, drinking, over sexual, etc) will not be accepted as a challenge.
  • Credit adaptations. If your challenge is an update or alteration of an existing challenge, be polite and link to the original.
  • Type Intelligently. Please don't post in ALL CAPS LOCK or Like A Headline, l33tsp34k, lik u tink ur on ur cel fones txt msging, lIkE yOu tHinK tHiS lOokS cOoL, wildly abusing smileys, or with excessive punctuation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



With that said, enjoy!

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