Welcome to the beginning of my very first Apocalypse Challenge attempt. After the flushed toxic remains of Walter White’s last cook caused a drop in water pressure, the nuclear power plants in the area went into a critical melt down, devastating the region. Now Walter is tasked with restoring balance to a now desolate wasteland inhabited by blood thirsty zombies.
In short an apocalypse challenge is a stroll through Simming hell. There are 20 career dependent restrictions that must be lifted to complete the challenge. There is a catch, however. Only one set of restrictions may be lifted per Sim. I’ll be summarising a few relevant restrictions throughout this chapter, but if you’d like to see the full list check out the rules here.
Secret Agent (Villain) Restriction
When the meltdown took the life of his pet llama, the town mayor went a little insane, enacting bizarre zoning laws and mobilizing the region’s fire and police forces to enforce them while ignoring the suffering and other problems that a police force might otherwise be able to help with.
When starting the challenge I can only build in an 8×8 area and no objects can be placed outside these confines. We also can’t move or sell urns or release their spirits. So until we reach the top of the Secret Agent (Villain) career this is our apocalyptic home, complete with zombie proof stairs!
Tech Guru (Startup) Restriction
The world has pretty much given up on the city as a lost cause. A few humanitarian suppliers risk the journey in, but they only offer the most basic and meager of furnishings. The region used to be host to some high tech industry, but all of that is abandoned.
Only the worst version of any item may be purchased which leaves slim pickings when it comes to home decor. So at the moment Walter’s living with the bare essentials, can’t be too picky in a zombie apocalypse.
” Hey there friend welcome to the neighborhood!”
” Mortimer what happened to your face!”
” I don’t know man, one minute I was hanging out in my garden when suddenly I heard a huge explosion and a radioactive dust cloud spread over the entire neighborhood. And now I have a slight craving for brains, don’t know what that’s about.”
” We bought you some welcome cake! It’s mostly made of some wasteland sand and insect legs, enjoy!”
” Wow that is too kind you shouldn’t have… really.”
” Jesse you’re alive! Wait how did you get up those stairs they’re supposed to be zombie proof?”
” Do you really think zombies are too dumb and slow to climb stairs? That’s a bit insulting man.”
” Look Mr White I’m glad you’re doing ok and everything but look at me! This is totally going to ruin my street cred yo. There’s been word among the zombies that all we need is one sim and his family to lift the restrictions and everything will be normal again! You got us into this mess, so it’s on you to fix it.”
” So let me get this straight. The only way to reverse the apocalypse and save man kind is to reach the top of every possible career so that we are no longer restricted to the bare minimum resources? Sounds like a joke to me. And you’re the one that ruined the cook Jesse why is this my responsibility!”
” Do you really want the fate of the sim world resting with me dude?”
Good point there.
Tech Guru (eSport Gamer) Restriction
The backbone servers and fiber optic cables that used to bring the internet to the region were fried during the meltdown. Now power is scarce, electronics are faulty and computers are crippled in their functionality. Cell phone towers were taken out too, crippling phone functionality to the region.
Thanks to Walter, cellphones and computers can only be used to take/quit jobs and to complete daily tasks related to a job. There is also no TV or electronic notepads. So Walter takes a job as a dishwasher, hoping to lift the Culinary (Chef) restriction so we can actually buy kitchen appliances and feed the family.
Secret Agent (Diamond Agent) Restriction
The radiation released by the meltdown wasn’t just your normal, run-of-the-mill radiation. The resulting radiation has had some…unique effects on those who were near the explosion. Zombies. And not just regular zombies, but RADIOACTIVE zombies roam the major streets. It is unclear what makes them tick or what they are after, but it is not safe to travel between neighborhoods, lest the zombie hordes get you. The thread of zombies have made people paranoid about letting anyone into their homes.
Our second objective of finding him a future wife wasn’t as easy. Due to the zombie apocalypse no sims can leave their lot unless they are going to work. We can also not move any sims out of the household until this restriction is lifted. Which meant spouse hunting had to take place on the front porch.
” Hey there I heard ya’ll folks were lookin for some help with this here apocalypse trouble! I could lift that bodybuilder restriction for ya’ll I’m real strong-like.”
Not really what we’re looking for, but hey if time’s get desperate we’ll give you a call.
” This apocalypse is a major sausage-fest. Are there any women out there who haven’t been turned into ugly, disgusting flesh-eating zombies??”
” Ouch, we have feelings you know.”
” Hey slow down I wanna talk to you!!”
” No thank you, I’ve heard about you apocalypse families I’d like to be able to shower and watch tv some time in this generation thanks.”
Not even kidding, every time a potential spouse entered the lot they refused to speak to Walter and ran away. I mean I know it’s dangerous out there with all those zombies roaming around but give the guy a chance!”
” Finally a beautiful woman has wandered onto my lot! And you’re not a blood thirsty zombie, my luck is finally turning around.”
You might be able to make her stick around a bit longer if you can keep your hands to yourself Walter! Dude has no chill.
” Uhh, what are you doing?”
” It’s a tough world out there, I’ve got to keep my body in prime form if I’m going to survive this zombie apocalypse!”
” Look I know we’ve only just met but I think I have a plan to end all of this and I really need your help!”
” It would be nice not having to fight my way through a pack of zombies every time I want to leave my house. My name’s Noemi I’ll give you a call and we can hang out sometime!”
Writer – Journalist
The state of the region is terrible. The sanitation system is in ruins, medicine is scarce and the worst part is…the rest of the world doesn’t realize how bad it is. Rather than properly investigate the region, the major media outlets of the world have largely glossed over the town. The rest of the world doesn’t know how bad it actually is and because of this few seem eager to lend a hand.
Showers and bathtubs are restricted, which means Walter can only restore his hygiene by washing his hands in the sink. This is without a doubt one of the most frustrating restrictions so hopefully he can propose to Noemi soon so she can get to work at lifting this problem.
Culinary – Chef
The destruction in the region has cut gas lines and made the electricity grid very unstable. As a result, gas and electrical appliances can’t be relied on to cook and preserve food. The citizens of the area are forced to resort to more primitive cooking methods and living off the land to stave off starvation.
Until Walter reaches the top of the Culinary Chef branch we can not use refrigerators, stoves, ovens or coolers. Also because I don’t have Outdoor Retreat yet, we can only cook on the grill if I have a fish available in the inventory each time.
And because we can’t read any books to skill Walter can only improve his cooking abilities on the grill. Real gourmet stuff here at the Apocalypse household.
” I’m sure I can cook up a mean grilled cheese on this bad boy though.”
Citizens of the town remain as vigilant as ever against the impending threat of zombies. I swear townies are either sprinting past the house or pushing out a set on the sandy pavement.
” I smell so bad I can actually see my own odor.”
Walter was slowly starting to climb his way up the career track moving from dishwasher up to caterer. You’d think spending all day washing dishes would help with the low hygiene but it really doesn’t.
” Oh hey Noemi you want to come over now? Uhh yeah sure thing it’s not a bad time at all.”
I’d get to fixing that sink right now Mr, we don’t want all the disgusting filth to scare her off!
” Yay my shoes are all green!”
No joke, she walked right up into our house and headed straight for the rotting rubbish pile on the floor happy as can be. I think she’ll fit in nicely.
Even voluntarily took out the rubbish on her way out the door, serious apocalypse wife material right there.
” Well on my way to work, hopefully I can impress my boss today!”
Man I don’t know how he keeps getting promotions in this state. Seriously people the hardest thing about this challenge so far has been the whole no showers!
” A bill? But we don’t even have any utilities!”
Criminal – Boss
The one thing that wasn’t destroyed by the blast was the local mob. With law enforcement severely weakened and unable to maintain order, the mob has volunteered itself to ‘protect’ the residents. The upside is that burglaries are non-existent. The downside is that this ‘protection’ has a price – everything you made that week.
Whenever any bills arrive we have to pay them, then reduce the household funds to $0. Not as frustrating as not being able to shower but having little money will definitely make this a challenge.
” Oh Noemi you managed to fight your way through the hoards of brain eating zombies to come back to me!”
” YAWNN, get off the foot path and get a room.”
And get a room they did *cue lullaby*
” Well thanks for a good time byeee.”
Woah hang on a second missy! That’s the first green plumbob I’ve seen in days you’re not going anywhere.
” Noemi will you do me the honor of becoming my wife and help me eliminate this disastrous zombie apocalypse?”
” Oh Walter, yess!! I promise to love you no matter how stinky you get.”
And so Noemi joined the family! Her aspiration is to become a master mixologist which is great, having an expert bartender could definitely help aid the harshness of apocalypse living. She is good, creative, active and has an essence of flavor trait. Shame I couldn’t have her working on Walter’s culinary career restriction instead she would have actually been perfect!
The moment she moved in I made her get cracking on finding a job as a journalist so we can finally shower sometime in his generation. She is also only 15 days away from aging into an elder so no pressure or anything but we need those kids and promotions ASAP.
” Why are these hot dogs so green?”
” It’s just a side effect of the radiation baby, don’t worry it’s totally harmless!”
Wow I’ve never seen someone vomit out of their eye sockets before, hoping it’s a side effect of radiation poisoning and not some kind of exorcist bullshit.”
” Hey thanks for having me over, these green hot dogs are delicious.”
Sometimes the Goth’s just like to come into the house uninvited to hang out. Must be pretty boring out there in the wasteland.
” Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you ever need a sitter please don’t hesitate to call we love children.”
” Yes they are delicious… I mean gorgeous!”
” This bed looks pretty comfy, reckon we should try it out… if you know what I mean.”
” Oh god please don’t.”
Culinary – Mixologist
There is something in the water. In fact, there is something in all liquids that are made in the region. The radiation in the air seems to easily trickle into liquids making drinking anything a risky and unhealthy affair. Only the juices and liquids locked in fresh food seem to be safe, which is just enough to stave off total dehydration.
So Walter needed to gain some mixology skill points for his next promotion, and it couldn’t hurt to give Noemi a chance at completing her aspiration. However, due to the radiation in all liquids Sims may not drink any drinks made at the bar. They can’t drink Lifetime Happiness potions, brush their teeth or bottle-feed newborns.
” So we can make the drinks then we have to throw them out! This sucks.”
” I’m in my third trimester and you’re sending me to work? Surely there’s some sort of law against this.”
You’re in wasteland law now woman, ain’t no maternity leave here when we’ve got restrictions to lift.
” If that sink breaks one more time I’m going to loose it.”
” Hey I need some help over here I think my water just broke! Someone call an ambulance!”
Haha you think that hospitals still exist, silly Sim.
” Oh god wheres Walter!”
” Hey I can’t get out of the bathroom to get to my pregnant wife, please help!”
You have to use the doorknob it’s that little silver handle thing on the door right in front of you. This is a disaster.
Little baby boy Alexander is welcomed to the world with a big wafting cloud of Sim stink, better get used to it little one. I’ve decided to name each child after a famous historical figure who benefited the world in some way. Hopefully this little guy will follow in the footsteps of Alexander The Great, who united the people of Greece during his reign of power.
And it’s twins! This little guy is Lincoln named after the 16th president of the USA. Hopefully no one gets assassinated until we get a few more restrictions lifted.
This is where I’ll leave it folks. Will Walter and Noemi ever lift their restrictions? Will these babies survive to adulthood with all these blood-thirsty zombies around? Are my sims ever going to get to shower? Until next time, happy simming!