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Cat Herding for Dummies – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #7

With the Great Fire of Episode 6 behind us, it’s time to hunker down and make some cash.  But with everything breaking, hunger setting in and sneaky house guests that just won’t leave…  It’s a bit like… what’s that saying?  Corralling dogs?

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The Heat is On! – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #6

The countdown begins to the bills being due, and with only a handful of simoleons in our pocket can we rack up enough royalties to keep in business?  Maybe. If one of these Sims could finish writing a FRICKIN BOOK! What else could possibly go wrong!?

…Do you smell that?

Race To The Rent – Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #5

With only one day to get from a handful of simoleans to a whopping $671 to pay for the bills, it’s a race to write books! But with pesky neighbors, ghosts of authors past, and everything breaking – it’s gonna be a wild ride!

Write or DIE!!! | Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge Pt 4

Everyone is sleeping, eating, or having a lovely chat with death but no one is writing anything! How will we ever get to 1 million? Better question: HOW WILL WE PAY THOSE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF BILLS?!

Guuueesss Who? | The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge Ep 3

The money is getting tight, everyone’s miserable, and just when this challenge is looking bleak by the day 2 mark, who else comes a knockin’ but the Great Equalizer itself?  But for who?

Things are Starting to Clique: The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge Ep. 2

Cranky old men yelling at each other, women authors chatting in the kitchen, and no one is doing any work! As cash flows dwindle, will Bob save us all?

Challenge Begin… WRITE! – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge Episode 1

8 Sims, 1 house, 1 goal: To make 1 MILLION SIMOLEANS in 365 days. Who will survive… The Sims 4 Monkey Shakespeare Challenge!?

Victory to the Ironwoman!

Ironsally, lv85 Ironwoman

For those who don’t know or don’t recall a while back Psynister and I laid out the rules for the WoW Ironman Challenge.   We wanted to know how far you could make it without a single of piece of uncommon or better gear and without spending a single talent point.

The challenge has since garnered a lot of attention from many people – except me.  Sadly, Ironkerion the Undead Warlock has sat idle for quite a while.  It’s been hard to find the motivation to play him when you have someone who has demonstrated the true power of an ‘Ironman Warlock’.

Who do I speak of?  Well, that would be the wonderful warlock Ironsally!  Ironsally is Tome of the Ancient‘s entry into the Ironman Challenge, who just today has happily announced that her warlock has just reached level 85 wearing nothing but a cobbled together outfit of gray and white items totalling in a whopping average item level of 105.

Seriously, go over to Tome of the Ancient and give Ironsally a hearty congrats.  The entire journey from level 1 to 85 is documented on the blog wonderfully and better than anything I could ever piece together.

And of course if you are interested in seeing if you’re tough enough, you can always find the rules to the WoW Ironman Challenge here at the Land of Odd or over at Psynister’s Notebook.

The WoW Ironman Challenge

Ironman is clearly a Paladin. A Chaotic Neutral Paladin. But a Paladin nonetheless.

WoW is total EZ Mode now!

…How many times have we heard that statement?  How many times must we listen to how the World of Warcraft is no longer and will never be “hardcore” ever again.  Personally I’m tired of the argument myself.  Call me old-fashioned, but I’m nearly thirty so I’m entitled to my first old man rant now, dangit.  Back in my day (which considering people still do it, I guess that means…  Now?) if a game wasn’t hard enough, you didn’t complain on the forums. You MADE the game harder: time trials, pacifist clerics, and need we forget Final Fantasy white mage soloing?

This line of thinking sparked a single focused thought: “How far could you get in WoW without using  green or better items and not spending talent points?”  I was actually surprised when the whole thing started to build into a full-blown discussion between several people, including Psynister. Each contributing ideas of how to flesh out this concept.

The idea became to evolve and take form in what Psynister coined, “The WoW Ironman Challenge.”  The rules are simple:

1. Use only white/grey items.

2. No spending talent points.  No specialization at level 10. (Regular skill training is fine.)

2. No Primary or Secondary Professions other than First Aid.

3. No means of XP boosting (No Recruit-A-Friend, No Guild, and obviously no Heirlooms)

4. No consumable bonuses (food, potions, elixirs, etc) – Rogue Poisons are Okay.

5. No enchants.

6. No Groups. (Since clarification was requested: That means no dungeons, no Dungeon Finder, no battlegrounds, no anything that puts you in a group and no grouping up with people to quest or anything.)

7. No Death Knights.

8. No Glyphs

That only leaves the matter of what race and what class.  Naturally, one would choose the path of least resistance (maybe a troll hunter or something) or perhaps stretch to find the most difficult combination possible (Gnome warrior?) but instead I’ve decided to let you, the readers, decide who I will play in this contest of chutzpah.


In the case of a Class/Race incompatibility, preference will go to the class and the race will be the one with the most votes that can take that class.  The polls will close on Saturday afternoon (12pm PST) Thursday Night (9pm PST) (EDIT: I changed the time because 1. I think we got most of the votes we were gonna get based on last years Warchief Election, and 2. I really really REALLY want to get started on this project), so make your voice heard.  Will you make me suffer through utter brutality?  Will you let me slip down easy street?  Is there a class you really want to see this done with?  This is your chance.

I also want to make it clear that this is not a race.  I for one only play WoW some of the time.  I do have a job, and a life (and by life I mean many other video games to play), so I’m not going to barrel through this and pull my hair out.  This is simply a challenge mode to see how far this will go.  Will I make it to 85?  Will it become impossible to kill something by level 20? We will see, and you can expect to see updates of progress here on the Land of Odd as well.If you want to take the challenge yourself I encourage you to do so! Feel free to keep me updated with your own progress as I’m updating mine to you! 😀

UPDATE: In further discussion, I realize some details got left out. So here’s some extra details:  Yes, rogues can use poisons. They are a class specific thing.  No, you can’t use glyphs. 😛

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