Hello, YouTube. When you put your play out there for others
to see, you sometimes get some odd comments about how quickly you make money. Truth is, I don’t normally seek to play optimally
because I’m pretty old school with The Sims. I enjoy following a routine and going with
different skills as a backbone of my play. Getting rich should take time, because otherwise
I find my Sim in a big house with nothing new worth doing. I’d intended to explore what skill is the
best money maker in the game by pitting them against one another, and when I mentioned
I knew Flower Arranging is up there several people reminded me to try out the digital
sketch pad. This thing came came with the Style Influencer
career in a free patch. It’s found in misc electronics in sort by
function. I knew the sketch pad completed paintings
quickly and discovered that when it came out. It’s really obvious on speed 3. But, I forgot about it as other content came
and didn’t really go back to test it. I compared the sketch pad against regular
painting and found it’s about 40% faster than normal. But, see, there’s something else about it. The end result goes in your inventory, which
means that if you pause before your Sim ever touches the thing you can queue up about 7
paintings and have them all complete. In about 3 hours. I immediately wanted to see how far I could
take this. I set up a Sim that has the Dance Machine,
Perfectionist and Loner traits to give me some big advantages. I gave her a tiny house with everything in
one room, so that she wouldn’t need to walk for 10 minutes to reach the toilet. It’s a disgusting environment for sure, and
I’d hope it’s well ventilated but she’d probably be immune to the smells. God help us if we have company. Anyway, the first thing I set out to do was
not actually paint at all. I got her focused and worked on woodworking. I’d remind you that with just about anything
that puts the final product in your inventory, you can queue up multiple items and have them
all go there.. just can’t do it once the Sim has started. Getting to level 4 handiness w as really fast. Only after I’d done this did I realize I should
get out the lot traits to give my Sim every advantage I could. I picked celebrity home to stop idiot Geoffrey
Landgraab from knocking at my door when I’ve never met him, home studio for obvious reasons,
and Study Spot. If that last one seems odd realize it’s telling
a whopper of a lie when it says it modestly improves skill gains, it’s 25% for all skills. The fact I can just slap this on with no points
or anything required is just… (groans). As for why I took the Dance Machine trait.. Disco nap is absurdly powerful. It gives more energy recovery than even sleeping
– 0.5 per minute vs 0.31, and on a comfortable bed it’s boosted by about 30%. Were it not for Playalot telling me, I wouldn’t
even know about it as I thought it was just a renamed activity. It’s not even mentioned in the description
of the trait. I did a string of large classic paintings
to see how long they take, and also work on the first tier of the painter extraordinaire
aspiration. Perfectionist slows it down a bit, but she’s
making good paintings straight away. They take about 50 minutes each compared to
up to 90 for an easel painting. I upgraded the sketch pad, which is definitely
new to me. I mean I’m upgrading and electronic at level
4, which is weird, and then there’s also the idea of of me opening a tablet and somehow
replacing its CPU with a screwdriver. This is a really unbalanced reward as it takes
another 30 or 40% off the time it takes to make a painting. Now I need to do some emotional paintings…
and the sketch pad is for some reason not set up to do that. This is why I have a regular easel. Other moods get in the way, but I use research
pick up lines to get flirty. Only need three, but they take a few hours. Selling them gets me to the third rank of
the aspiration and it’s only Monday. Now just to quickly stop by the museum, view
3 paintings to check it off. Now I just need to make 10 excellent paintings. Something of note is, for loners being a troll
is wildly appropriate. Troll the forums gives them some fun and enough
social to get through the day and never actually need to talk to anyone. I guess this explains the lovely comments
held for moderation on every channel (laughs). To help me get to 10 excellent paintings I
hang all the paintings I’ve made, which gets the room up to +2 decorated. The upgrade to the sketch pad makes this trivial. Every single painting I make is excellent,
because why not. All difficulty has left the building with
the click of a couple buttons. This knocks out the third milestone of the
painting aspiration. Now I want this build to take advantage of
everything, so I hang all the paintings on that wall you noticed out back. Yeah, it’s there just for this one reason. I sell them and get my first celebrity rank. I can’t do this from the inventory for some
reason. Anyway, this gives me a perk. I’m actually looking for rank 2 celebrity
for a reason and I’ll get to that. While I’m making those 10 paintings I buy
my first reward trait – Creative visionary. The last rank needs you to make 5 masterpieces,
and they don’t come quickly until you’re level 10 painting. But this helps a lot and I finish that pretty
quick. Bath soaks, excellent meals, eating harvestables,
browsing art on the computer, it’s all keeping my Sim Very Inspired really frequently. Once I’ve hit that fifth masterpiece, I am
set. I have 30 large classic paintings to hang
on the wall out back, so switch aspirations around to fabulously wealthy and mansion baron
to get some free satisfaction. Selling these nets me around $23,000 Simoleons. Yeah… For about a day’s work. Yet I’m not even max level yet, so we are
not quite there. Overnight, Vlad pays me a visit because not
everything could go well for my Sim. This is the only challenge the game throws
at me during this week and it’s trivial because I just sleep it off. Whether I want to or not (laughs). Now for another exploit of mechanics. Ok so selling all those made me a 2 star celebrity,
and with that comes a fame quirk. Oh no. Well, since my Sim ONLY eats Excellent quality
meals I stand at the fridge and stuff her face with grilled cheese until she gets the
refined palate quirk. I know each time I eat there’s a chance, and
it only takes a few tries. There’s no penalty to this quirk for me, in
that I can just choose not to eat bad food and… somehow Excellent grilled cheese counts. Even from the fridge. Now, I’m sure the rich appreciate a nice melty
sandwich now and again but, the thing is it comes with a +3 happy for 6 hour moodlet that
will make it easy to stay very inspired. Every time I grab leftovers cold from the
fridge. Oh yes. Refined palate (laughs). If you thought the initial sell of 30 paintings
was good, you haven’t seen much yet. I buy the Marketable Reward which boosts sell
values by double on average. Yeah.. It can go to triple. Once my Sim hits level 9, she can now do high
quality surrealism paintings and won’t get much further benefit but does need some more
rewards. I get out the incense so that when she drops
to happy I can trigger inspired at will. I set it in the middle of the floor in an
effort to prevent fire hazard to her or something else, though I’m not sure it’s quite far enough
for that. Anyway, at long last, I’ve finished the aspiration. Over the course of 24 hours, my Sim makes
about 30 Surrealism paintings, all of excellent or higher quality and all boosted by marketable. I’m sitting on only 32k and by the time I’m
done selling them all on my wall to gain fame, the stack is worth a whopping 89,000 Simoleons. So, when one can make $89k in a day, on only
the 5th day of play, things have probably gone awry somewhere. This feels a lot like the experience I had
with Realm of Magic, where I managed to master caster in only 1 hour of play. This took only 1 hour 10 minutes and in total
my Sim bagged $279,000 Simoleons by day 8. So yes, random rude people I know how you
play. Thankfully, you can choose how you play The
Sims, and I tend to prefer a slower pace. The goal of this was to investigate money
making, so I’ll say directly, even if Flower Arranging benefits from Marketable, it can’t
do this. While it can really reliably make a base value
of $6k flower arrangement it’s not going to be able to compete with the sketch pad. It is however extremely consistent and that’s
why I chose it for my Let’s Play. Now that The Sims 4 has all the packs players
frequently ask for, University, Seasons and all that… I seriously hope that the developers will
look at money in the game. Nah, you don’t need to cut down on what we
make necessarily.. but the simple fact is, and I’ve complained about this in other places…
there are not enough high value items to buy that are worth caring about in this game. Gameplay objects that give Sims unique benefits,
or add some fun, but cost a lot in order to give us a reason to care. If they can’t think of any, let me build up
a rental empire and collect weekly cash from the goths or from owning the local museum. Yes, it’s just a way to make more money but
passive income is always nice and it certainly takes time to get to where you own everything
in the game. I’d suggest a real estate system as a side
attraction in some pack or a free update because it doesn’t take a lot of coding if you do
it in a simple way, but letting us decorate and get perks and such for our business could
be fun and worthy of a pack. I just want some things to cost tens of thousands
and hundreds of thousands so that at times when I choose to play this way, I can make
use of this money. Otherwise I’m done with the game in a couple
Sim weeks. A mansion can only get so large, and in fact
playing in a mansion is stupidly inefficient. With that amount of money made all you have
left to work on are relationships and we all know how deep the relationships are. Anyway, this was a fun experiment. I’m pretty sure that because of this sketch
pad that painting does win the highest money maker award. At least in the beginning. Being a spellcaster and duping money trees
is probably the most profitable activity possible it’s just not ‘highest money making skill’
because it’s not attainable by only leveling a skill. We are very very close to 50k and that’s pretty
exciting! So, share this if you liked it. I’ll resume my Let’s Play soon but want to
brush up on mood management, skilling and all that because I want to share little strategies
while I do it. All right, well – Thanks for watching and
have a great day!