Posted in Shell Challenges, Sims 4, Sims 4 Builds

Half & Half Shell Launched!

As of tonight, Moving Walls is over, and tours were AMAZING. We had eight turn ins, and they were all really well done (and no, one was not mine – I got stuck on mine and didn’t finish it!) Remember, if you didn’t get yours done in time, you are welcome to turn it (or any shell of mine) in late, and just come to any stream, and I will tour it for free (i.e. no channel points needed) then.

But, on to the topic you all have been waiting for. The new shell challenge for June is now live! It’s called Half & Half Shell, and is tagged with #thrallshell5. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Due date is first Wed. of July, the 7th, at 5 PM EST.

Also, remember, there’s also my Junk House renovation live at the moment, tours are scheduled for June 16th. If you haven’t finished yours, and you read this.. change your hash tag from #onesim to #thrallonesim so it’s easier to find, apparently #onesim is pretty popular already.

Posted in Shell Challenges, Sims 4, Sims 4 Builds

Humpty Dumpty Shell Challenge Over, Moving Walls Begins!

Tonight was shell tours for Humpty Dumpty, and I have to say, you all really rose to the occasion. This was NOT an easy shell, so feel very proud of yourself if you even attempted it. I am absolutely blown away with all the amazing builds you did!!

For those who are curious, I do have the nightmare of a shell that this challenge came from on the gallery (search #itshellchallenge1). Feel free to download it and try your hand at the original shell! Anyone who completes a build on ANY of my shells after the “due date” can stop by my stream anytime and I will gladly tour your build for free live on stream. (So If you’ve been looking at any of my old challenges, or didn’t get done in time, feel free to give them a try!)

One last note on Humpty Dumpty: I also uploaded what I did with the original shell as a furnished house. It’s such a cool house, feel free to download! (under #thrallshell3)

And now for something completely new: I also uploaded the next shell challenge tonight: Moving Walls.

I hope this one isn’t as tough, but I still wanted it to stretch creative muscles. This is more of a build puzzle than a “put the pieces together” puzzle, so this is a great time to practice your building skills. Even better – there is no wrong way to put this one together. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

Posted in Shell Challenges, Sims 4, Sims 4 Builds

Two Shell Challenges!

So, I had a concept for a shell challenge come to me one night while trying to sleep, and I planned on doing it as my next shell challenge, but later, it occurred to me that not everyone is going to want to try it (because it is rather evil). So I made a second shell challenge that is just your “standard” monthly shell challenge. Posting both here (and on the sims forums) with rules and pictures of the shells in question. Hope to see some good submissions!

Thrall Shell Challenge 1 (#thrallshell1)

Full Rules:

  • Foundations ok
  • Terrain work ok
  • Adding platforms ok – but NO removing or changing height on the platforms in the initial shell!
  • Add roofing, windows, stairs or ladders, and an interior floorplan.
  • Leave my outside walls alone, but adding fences or half walls and balconies or porches to the shell is ok.
  • Adding additional buildings NOT connected to shell ok, but don’t add any full walls connected to the existing shell.
  • Basements are allowed.
  • Feel free to use a different lot, or move the entire shell wherever you want on a lot. (Do not change the orientation of the two floors in relation to each other, though.)
  • NO CC, budget, or pack restrictions.
  • Feel free to use debug or live edit objects as well!

Due before tours Sunday January 31st at 4PM EST on my twitch channel (IllusoryThrall). Also, if you have any questions, feel free to comment on this page, or on the sims forums in the topic I made for my shell challenges (here).

Download the shell here: https://ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/D834CAF44CA211EB804DD434B4652DF6

One of Each Shell Challenge (#oneofeachshell)

An advanced shell challenge. Standard shell rules with a major twist: you can only use each item ONCE. That means any item – column, window, door, chair, toilet, etc. Whether you then go for a color explosion or actually try to make a cohesive, matching house is up to you.

Full Rules:

  • Foundations ok
  • Terrain work ok
  • Adding platforms ok
  • Add roofing, windows, stairs or ladders, and an interior floorplan.
  • Leave my outside walls alone, but adding fences or half walls and balconies or porches to the shell is ok.
  • Adding additional buildings NOT connected to shell ok, but don’t add any full walls connected to the existing shell.
  • Basements are allowed.
  • Feel free to use a different lot, or move the entire shell wherever you want on a lot. (Do not change the orientation of the two floors in relation to each other, though.)
  • NO CC, budget, or pack restrictions.
  • Feel free to use debug or live edit objects as well!
  • And the kicker rule mentioned above: only ONE of each build or buy mode item can be on the lot. This includes landscaping items!
  • Addition: Wall paint and fences can be used on each wall side separately (so a whole wall, but not a whole room), roof patterns and trim (color) can only be used on one roof, each other instances needs a different color/pattern. As for floors, I tried to use each pattern/color in areas of four tiles or less. You get the idea.

Due February 13th by 4PM when I will stream tours on my twitch (IllusoryThrall). Giving extra time for this one, because it’s not going to be an easy challenge. Enjoy! Post with the tag #oneofeachshell Also, if you have any questions, feel free to comment on this page, or on the sims forums in the topic I made for my shell challenges (here).

Download shell here: https://ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/A9698DC94CA211EB8F50D434B4652DF6

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100DayCreativity – Day 9 Build

Day 8 Build | Day Themes | Day 85

Librarian/bookworm

  • Sim Creation: Make a sim who lives to read. 
  • For the Build: Build a house for your bibliophile – or a library room or venue. Think books. Lots of books.

Again, this build I did for two challenges. One, my 100daycreativity, and two, this is my submission for #bns144 (Build and Share 144 – A Winter Festival Miracle)

BNS 144 – The Brief:
*Due December 31, 2020.
*Chose a small lot (no bigger than 30×20). The cost of the lot is NOT included in the budget this time.
*The budget is $32,500.
*The house needs to have at least one bedroom and one bathroom.
*Include a kitchen and eating area, a living room area, and a book corner with a desk.
*Fully landscape the lot.
**Please take pictures in summer, but also include a few pictures of winter/holiday at least of the outside as well.**

Download here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/F8FB9659473611EB88276119CC9F00CD

Welcome to Bookworm Corner! This is a charity project for a local hero, a Literature Professor at the University of Britechester. It’s 1 bedroom, and 1 and a half bathrooms, and built with entirely donated materials, barely squeaking in under the budget for the build. (Shown in the second picture.) I adored this build, and had a terribly hard time getting things just right so that it still looked like a proper house but stayed in under the budget. Originally, the house had a garage and everything, but that made it too expensive and had to go.

the gallery description
Proof of coming in under budget.
front view
the front porch
back view of house
other side, back view
the foyer
from foyer into dining area
From foyer into living area
from living area towards kitchen
from front door, so you can see the coat closet
half bath #1
half bath #2
galley kitchen
another view of kitchen
the nook under the stairs using platforms – one of my favorite features
upstairs stair well
upstairs stair well #2
office/library #1
office/library #2
bedroom #1
bedroom #2
bathroom #1
bathroom #2

Winter-time pictures to follow:

Overhead pictures:

downstairs
upstairs

I will be uploading a teacher to go with this build, I just don’t have time to do it tonight, and it’s due within the next 25 minutes, so I’m kinda in a hurry here. *wink* I’ll see you guys next time (and next year!! – LOL)

Day 8 Build | Day Themes | Day 85

Posted in Shell Challenges, Sims 4, Sims 4 Builds

2020 Advent Manor Shell Challenge

So, I built a shell on my twitch stream and am opening it up for everyone to do. It’s a base game shell, and is on a 50 by 50 lot. I used Oakenstead in Willow Creek.

Rules: No changing the floorplan or outside shell of house. (terrain and landscaping is fine) No pack or budget restrictions, and using different fences or stairs inside is ok. Floors, walls, and interior colors are your choice. Changing Room platform heights is okay, but changing room heights is not (it’ll mess up the roof). Using a different style fireplace is also fine, but keep a fireplace at the locations where I placed one. Leave all doors and windows. Lighting is placed just to let you see what you’re doing, feel free to add or delete any lights. I will allow swapping out a window for a door in the back of the house if you choose to add a veranda or patio out back. No CC, but use of mods and cheats (TOOL mod, red shelf, move objects, debug, that sort of thing) to build is okay.

How to play:
1. Search out the hashtag of #2020AdventManor on the gallery, or under my gallery ID Wyldhawke.
2. Turn on the move objects cheat (bb.moveobjects on)
3. Download the 2020 Advent Manor Shell and place on a lot in any world you want.
4. Starting Dec 1, furnish one room per day until Dec 25. (There are 25 rooms not including the kitchen pantry.)
5. After December 25th, finish your build off with terrain paints and landscaping.
6. Upload your build to the Gallery with the hashtag of #2020AdventManor by December 31st. (Absolutely last moment to upload is January 1st at 4PM EST.)
7. I will tour builds on Friday Jan 1 starting at 4 pm EST on my twitch channel (IllusoryThrall). I will also post some highlight photos to my blog for those who are not into watching twitch streams.

I’m not 100% sure it needs move objects to place, but some of the pillars might disappear without it. Feel free to ask me any questions you have, this is the first shell I’ve done, so I’m just playing this by ear. I also posted this to the sims 4 forums at https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/984412/illusorythralls-2020-advent-manor-shell-challenge/p1, so that’s a good place to ask questions. If I have enough entries, I’ll continue tours at the same time on Saturday, but I’m not expecting it to be a problem.

Some tips: I designed it to have a butler suite in the front right of the build, just behind the drive through “carport”. The small room upstairs was for a linen closet, and there was also room for a sauna and a fitness room upstairs. The left area of the upstairs was for a master bedroom and bathroom. The sunken area by the room I meant for a kitchen is a “keeping room” (a living-room type area where you can gather socially to keep the cook company, apparently), and both the “great room” and the “foyer” are both open to the second floor. Obviously, all room choices are up to your discretion, there’s no need to use the room for what it was designed for!

Above anything else, have fun with this build!

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100DayCreativity – Day 8 Build

Day 8 Sims | Day Themes | Day 9

Valentine’s Day/date night

  • For the Build: Build them a place to get married or take their honeymoon. 

BUILD OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
CHALLENGE #143 – Fall Designer Showdown
FORUM ID: IllusoryThrall
ORIGIN ID: Wyldhawke
LEVEL: Unsure, this is my first entry. Please enter in whichever category you think fits!
SIMS 4 LOT NAME: Reef Finery
NEW LOT LINK: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/5FE23F54334211EB8D0DF8716E6D1AC6
LOT COST: 5,000
GALLERY COST: 296,416
TOTAL COST: 301,416
LINK TO ENTRY SLIDESHOW: https://illusorythrall.wordpress.com/2020/11/30/100daycreativity-day-8-build/
ENTRY DETAILS: Viviana and Noah Wainwright own the newly renovated Honeymoon in Paradise B&B in Sulani. Their cheer and friendliness makes every guest feel at home. Honeymoon guest house, family guest house, and four double bedrooms for rent. The upper floor is a home for the Wainwrights, with room for the kids to come.
CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM: Yes Please
CREDIT FOR CC/RECOLORS: None used
TWITTER TAG: IllusoryThrall
FACEBOOK PROFILE: None
TUMBLR LINK: None
SPACE FOR PICTURES:

Outside picture from lot front (build mode)
Outside picture from side 1
Outside Picture from front (live mode)
Outside picture from back (ocean side)
Outside picture from side 2
Another picture of the entrance of the B&B
Better shot of the outside recreation/wedding area
Walking up to the front entrance
Registration desk from front door
From registration desk into the recreation room
Rec room towards the registration desk
Games side of rec room
Registration desk – sorry for the sky, pgup wasn’t working at the time
Dining area past the registration desk
Dining area from the windows
Laundry room Pic #1
Laundry room Pic #2
From dining room towards deck door and kitchen
Kitchen Pic #1
Kitchen Pic #2
First floor deck
First floor half bath
Overview of first floor
The stairs to the guest rooms
Guest room hallway on second floor
Guest room #1 Pic #1
Guest room #1 Pic #2
Private deck for Room #1
Guest room #2 Pic #1
Guest room #2 Pic #2
Guest room #2 Pic #3
Private deck for room #2 (they’re all pretty much the same)
Guest bathroom #1 Pic #1
Guest bathroom #1 Pic #2 (Guest bathroom #2 is a mirror of #1, so I didn’t take pics)
Guest room #3 Pic #1
Guest room #3 Pic #2
Private deck #3
Guest room #4 Pic #1
Guest room #4 Pic #2
Floor 2 (Guest rooms) overhead view
Stairwell to the Wainwright’s residence on Floor 3
Wainwright’s Entrance hallway from front door
Wainwright’s Entrance hallway from bathroom door
Wainwright’s living area from kitchen
Wainwright’s living area from deck door
Wainwright’s kitchen from deck door
Wainwright’s dining area from living area
Grilling/family deck
Wainwright’s master bedroom Pic #1
Wainwright’s master bedroom Pic #2
Wainwright’s Kid’s room Pic #1
Wainwright’s Kid’s room Pic #2
Wainwright’s bedroom area deck
Wainwright’s bathroom Pic #1
Wainwright’s bathroom Pic #2
Floor 3 (Wainwright’s) overhead view
Deck outside first floor rec room looking towards the rental houses
Wedding area and front of honeymoon house
Entranceway for honeymoon house
Honeymoon House from front door towards kitchen
Honeymoon house from living area towards deck door
Honeymoon House living area from kitchen
Honeymoon House Bedroom
Honeymoon House Bathroom Pic #1
Honeymoon House Bathroom Pic #2
Honeymoon house private deck and hot tub
Honeymoon house overhead view
Entrance of Family Cabin
View from front deck of Family Cabin
Into the entranceway of the Family Cabin
Towards the front door of the Family Cabin
Towards the living and kitchen areas of the Family Cabin
Family Cabin Kitchen
Bathroom and bedroom doors
Family Cabin Living area
Family Cabin Private deck
Family Cabin Master Bedroom Pic #1
Family Cabin Master Bedroom Pic #2
Family Cabin Bathroom
Family Cabin Kid’s Bedroom Pic #1
Family Cabin Kid’s Bedroom Pic #2
Family Cabin overhead view

Thanks for checking out this build! I had SO much fun making it, although it was a very challenging undertaking. I won’t even count the hours spent on this challenge, especially considering this was the second shell I built for it. If you’re interested, the first shell I built is also on the gallery, here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/92B4D39D1FA311EB8CE3F8716E6D1AC6 And looked like the below pictures. It’s more of a colonial vibe, but as I was furnishing, I quickly became aware that there was no way I was going to get it finished under the challenge budget. I do plan to go back and finish the build, but it’ll have to wait for a day when I have the time to do it!

See you next time!

Day 8 Sims | Day Themes | Day 9

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100DayCreativity – Day 8 Sims

Day 7 | Day Themes | Day 8 Build

Valentine’s Day/date night

  • Sim Creation: Make a sim-couple. Make them match.. Or make them completely different, the choice is all yours. Remember, you don’t have to be completely traditional here.

Build N Share Sim – CHALLENGE #143 – Bed and Breakfast
FORUM ID: IllusoryThrall
ORIGIN ID: Wyldhawke
LEVEL: Unsure, this is my first entry. Please enter in whichever category you think fits!
HOUSEHOLD: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/3FF0FC7C334211EB8C64F8716E6D1AC6
LINK TO ENTRY SLIDESHOW: https://illusorythrall.wordpress.com/2020/11/30/100daycreativity-day-8-sims/
ENTRY DETAILS: Viviana and Noah Wainwright own the newly renovated Honeymoon in Paradise Bed & Breakfast in Sulani. Their cheer and friendliness makes every guest feel at home. Both try to have a casual but still professional look and they’re always ready with a smile.
CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM: Yes Please
CREDIT FOR CC/RECOLORS: None used
TWITTER TAG: IllusoryThrall
FACEBOOK PROFILE: None
TUMBLR LINK: None
SPACE FOR PICTURES:

Noah and his traits
Noah’s outfit composite
Viviana and her traits
Viviana’s outfit composite

Day 7 | Day Themes | Day 8 Build

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100DayCreativity – Day 7

Day 6 | Day Themes | Day 8 Sims

Techno music/dance/rave/nightclub

  • Sim Creation: Make a sim that lives for the music. Be colorful!
  • For the Build: Build them a house or a Nightclub. Make sure to have a place for the dancing and music – use DJ booths and dance floors if you have Get Together.

Not much to say about this guy other than that I had fun with him. He’s colorful, he’s loud, and he’s ready to party! Download here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/4CBF7C5314C911EB8DF91AE2A2C073C3

For some reason, I was feeling a bowling alley in a penthouse. With a DJ. Because why not? The Bumblebee name comes, obviously, from the colors I picked out. It turned out better than expected, and is a lot I’m likely to use in some of my games. Download here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/46F1F82714C911EB8DE41AE2A2C073C3

Looking at it in build mode
Was raining when we visited, so pardon the weather.
Looking towards the bar area
Towards the bowling alleys.
I tried to make little score areas so it actually looked right
Bathrooms are behind the wall dividers
A little live music stage
… How did I forget a mirror? Dunno, but it still works.
The roof
Bar area
Overhead view

Tomorrow I’ll be posting pictures of a bed and breakfast I built for two challenges at once, and it’s awesome. So there’s that to look forward to! I wanted to post this before that one, because it’s for the Day 8 theme, and I don’t like being way out of order. Although the day after that will be the post of the Day 85, which I jumped to for a Halloween stream and the creature Spark’d challenge… so that will be way out of order, but that’ll just have to be okay. 🙂

Day 6 | Day Themes | Day 8 Sims

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100DayCreativity – Day 6

Day 5 | Day Themes | Day 7

The Non-colors: white, black, brown, grey

  • Sim Creation: Make a monochrome sim in one of the above colors. If you’re feeling ambitious, make more than one of the colors.
  • For the Build: Build them a house/room(s) to match the color you picked.

This “day” has been sitting in my “to publish” list since before today’s platform update was announced. I hadn’t gotten around to publishing it .. and then the new pack and patch were announced, and all I could think was how much better the house would be if I updated it with platforms. So I put this on the back burner, and worked on later builds. So poor Han-Gyeol Park has been uploaded and waiting for his day in the spotlight for quite a while. Story-wise, all he wants is to get into a K-Pop band, or make it big on his own, and to that end, he left home early to try to get to his goals. Download here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/C513D8480CEE11EB8A43F0D5F16F4E6F

As per the theme, I was initially going for a grey outfit grouping, but I found the brown a lot easier to find outfits for. He has a definite Asian vibe, and can party hard, but also loves to relax and practice his Wellness skill.

This build is actually based on a shell I made more than a year ago, and never decorated. When I had to do a monochrome build, and I planned to go in an Asian direction, I immediately thought of it, and couldn’t get past it. I didn’t really want to use an old shell, but I was stuck without any other inspiration, and so I sat down to actually decorate it and make it into a haven for Han-Gyeol. I did a bunch of roof editing to add the curves, and replaced all the inside that had been started but never finished. I was amazed at how much I found that matched the black, white, grey theme I was going for, and it was pretty easy to put together. The landscaping, however, gave me fits. I’m not the best at landscaping at the best of times, but the outside of this home needed to be something special, and I definitely struggled with it. Then, as I said above, I found out about the new platform update, and put the whole build on “ice” until it came out, because this build really needed the floor height changes we can now do. Once we had the platforms, I had to half re-do the entire first floor to get the platforms just the way I wanted them. The whole build has been tested, and should work for playing. Download here: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/gallery/3836AE8323B311EB82601AE2A2C073C3

The house from the front
Side view and entrance
Back corner of the house
Sideways view of the front of the house
Close up of the front porch and door
The view from the front door
Turning to the right, looking up the stairs
The living area, looking from the back door towards the spa and side door
Looking from the living area towards the kitchen
Looking from the kitchen into the dining area
Looking across the dining area towards the master bedroom and music room
Master bedroom #1
Master bedroom #2
Master bath #1
Master bath #2
Music Room #1
Music Room #2
Looking from dining towards the kitchen
Laundry room looking from the side door
The downstairs half bath
The spa day/massage room #1
The spa day/massage room #2
Looking down the stairs into the first floor
The upstairs hallway
Girl’s room
Boy’s room
Playroom #1
Playroom #2
Upstairs full bathroom #1
Upstairs full bathroom #2
The backyard sauna #1
Backyard Sauna #2
Looking from the sauna door towards the house and gym
Gym door
Gym #1
Gym #2
First floor layout
Second floor layout
The home gym
Sauna from above

I have three more builds finished and ready to post, so as soon as I get those pictures edited and labelled, those days will be up, as well. See you soon!

Day 5 | Day Themes | Day 7