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The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Snorkelling

LIFE DREAMS AND LEGACIES QUEST – BEACH: SNORKEL HIRE KIOSK – TEENS AND ADULTS SIMS – PRIZES: SEAL THEMED ITEMS AND 5LPs

Once you complete the Life Dreams and Legacies Quest you will be able to use orbs to build the Beach, once the Beach is built you need orbs to build the snorkel hire kiosk before your teen and adult sims can complete this hobby.

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Once built a teen or adult sim can click on the first pool:

  • Snorkel in Tide Pool (costs S100 each time)- 1 hour

When you start you can only use the first pool,  you need to find all 6 different items in the tide pool to complete the first two row in the snorkelling collection to unlock the second pool which is the lagoon, you then need to find the 6 items in the lagoon to unlock the final pool which is the reef option, find the last 6 to complete the collection

  • Snorkel in tide pool (costs S100 each time)- 1 hour
  • Snorkel in lagoon (costs S200 each time)- 2 hours
  • Snorkel at reef (costs S300 each time)- 6 hours

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NOTE: only one sim can do this hobby the first time, once you unlock all 3 pools 3 sims can complete this hobby at once

Once you complete the collection for the first time you can use the pools in any order but you will still need to do each option to find the different items to complete each row

OPTION  FIND TO UNLOCK:
TIDE POOL
  • Purple Anemone
  • Pink Pearl
  • Message in a Bottle
  • Yellow Coral
  • Ruby
  • Pink Starfish
  • Silver Coin
  • Ring
  • Red Crab
  • Emerald
  • Red Anemone
  • Green Coral

IN THE LAGOON

LAGOON
  • Silver Coin
  • Ring
  • Red Crab
  • Emerald
  • Red Anemone
  • Green Coral
  • Blue Crab
  • Gold Coin
  • Chest
  • Pirate Jug
  • Gold Pearl
  • Red Starfish

IN THE REEF

REEF
  • Blue Crab
  • Gold Coin
  • Chest
  • Pirate Jug
  • Gold Pearl
  • Red Starfish
You can now complete the collection!

After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head to find one of the snorkelling collectibles in that row. You still level up in this hobby but the hobby level up percentage isn’t important as the snorkelling collectibles don’t unlock depending on your level, when you finish two rows of snorkelling collectibles you will unlock the ability to find the items in the next 2 rows using the next pool.

The table below shows you the level up reward that your sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

 LEVEL  TITLE 1st TIME LEVEL UP REWARD
1 Splasher
2 Aquatic Investigator 250XP
3 Diving Guppie 500XP
4 Half Human, Half Fish S750
5 Deep One 10,000 Town Value
6 Aquatic Mammal 1LP

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?

 

The completed snorkelling collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

The first time you complete this hobby every two rows you complete you unlock a new pool to find more collectibles, for the other rows you will earn XPs. After the first time you will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 18 of the collectibles

The rewards for completing this collection are inflatable seals, beach towels and 5LPs:

  • The first time you complete the snorkelling hobby you unlock inflatable seals which can be found in the pool items section and beach towels which can be found in the outdoor furniture section

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  • From the second time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 5LPs

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

Find all hobby posts here

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The Sims Freeplay- The Beach

This is a guide to the beach, once you complete the Life Dreams and Legacies Quest you will have the ability to unlock the beach.

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Building the beach requires orbs, 2 bronze and 2 silver sporty orbs.

This post explains how you earn orbs

Once you unlock the beach you unlock the Seashell Collecting hobby that toddlers and preteens can partake in.

There are two other hobbies at the beach, Surfing and Snorkelling, these both require orbs to build the kiosks to start these hobbies:
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There is also a swimming kiosk which also requires orbs to build, it is basically a swimming pool in the sea, so you use it the same as you would at the swim center or a pool at home, it also has a diving board.

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Other things at the beach include:

  • Sandcastles
  • BBQs
  • Lifeguard chairs

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  • Beach towels

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  • Poolside recliners

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  • Picnic Table
  • Park Benches
  • Stereo

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  • Toilets

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  • Shower
  • A pier
  • Fishing rod (at end of pier to do the Fishing hobby)

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I think that is about everything, I really like the beach, I definitely think its worth the amount of time it takes to earn all the orbs! If you want detailed information on any of the hobbies please click on the links above!

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The Sims Freeplay- Loading Screen Tips Explained

Each time you open the sims freeplay the game takes a few seconds to load, during that time you get some on screen tips about the game and this post is just going to explain in detail what each of them mean.

 

  • Keep sims needs satisfied to make them inspired

Each sim has 6 needs that have to be fulfilled (the bar needs to be fully green)

  1. Hunger- fridge/ plate of food
  2. Bladder- toilet
  3. Energy- bed/ coffee machine
  4. Hygiene- sink/shower/bath
  5. Social- phone/interaction with a sim or pet
  6. Fun- several things such as watch TV, check emails (but for adults and seniors I plant bell peppers)

When a sim hasn’t had their needs satisfied for a while they will be very grumpy, housebound and won’t go to work

To inspire a sim you need to fulfil at least 4 needs fully and for the other 2 most of the bar will need to be full.

You can tell when they are inspired because the cupcake will be greyed out and your sim will sparkle.
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  • Use cupcakes to instantly make sims inspired

Next to your sims needs bars there is a symbol of a green cupcake, to inspire a sim straight away (without having to fulfil their needs) you can click on the cupcake and spend 5LPs to instantly inspire that sim. The cupcake will be greyed out when they are inspired.
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  • Inspired sims earn more XP and simoleons for completing actions

This is especially helpful to know when baking and gardening, you will earn more simoleons and XPs when your sim is inspired! So I usually grow beans at night after inspiring all my sims as they will earn S1260 and 928XPs instead of S840 and 620XPs.

They will also get more XPs when completing any action, such as having a catnap they will get 99XPs when inspired instead of just 66XPs.

  • Use higher star rated objects to complete actions faster

All items have star ratings, the higher the star rating the quicker you will complete a task. Some are only a few seconds quicker while others are several hours quicker:

  • Sims earn more XP and simoleons for actions completed at their own house

I think this is a good tip for earning more XPs that not enough people know, make sure they do actions at their own houses, as you can see from the picture below for longer actions it can really make a difference: 

  • Use lifestyle points to instantly finish actions
  • Low on simoleons? Use lifestyle points to instantly finish gardening

To do this, click on the sim you want to speed up, it will show you what action they are doing and how many LPs it will cost to speed it up (in the case shown below it is 8). Just click on the USE LPs symbol and the action will be complete.
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TIP: The amount of LPs it will cost depends on how many hours are left so as you can see above it is 8LPs because it will take 8 hours 59 minutes. If you have a task that takes 2 hours 30 minutes I would always wait half an hour until the time left gets to 1 hour 59 minutes so it will only cost you 1LP instead of 2.

  • Use lifestyle points to instantly finish construction of houses, workplaces or businesses

Same goes for speeding up constructions, just click on the place you want to finish building and click the USE LPs symbol.
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  • Complete tasks to earn lifestyle points

Certain weekly tasks once completed reward you with LPs but you can also get 3LPs for completing 75% of your weekly tasks, this post explains that in detail
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  • Cats are great at finding simoleons and lifestyle points

Once you have brought a cat from the pet store it will wander around the house and then an exclamation mark bubble will appear above its head, click on that, it will pounce and find simoleons or LPs.

  • Dogs can dig up simoleons and lifestyle points

Once you have brought a dog from the pet store it will wander around the garden and then a shovel bubble will appear above its head, click on that, it will dig and find simoleons or LPs.

  • The more expensive the cat or dog, the more treasure they will find

This one is not always guaranteed but the higher the star rating (price) the more simoleons and LPs they should find.

3 star dogs are definitely more likely to find LPs than 1 star dogs.

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  • Careers are a great way to earn simoleons and XP

This post will explain how to get a sim a job if you are unsure

  • Sims who get promoted at work earn more simoleons and XP

To get promoted you just need to keep sending your sim to work

NOTE: they don’t get fired or demoted if they miss work

All promotion amounts can be found in the individual career posts on this page

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  • Skill up in hobbies and careers to increase your chance of winning at the competition center

The higher level you are in a career or hobby the more chance you have of winning first prize at the competition center, I will explain how it works for those who have never used the competition center before:

When you click on the competition center (as shown in the picture below) it will appear with a competition (I had the archery hobby) it tells you how much you will get for each placing:

  • 1st place- 3LPs
  • 2nd place- 1LP
  • 3rd place- S1000 and 1000XPs
  • 4th place- S500 and 500XPs

Then you can select a sim- always go for the sim with the highest level in that hobby/career (it will tell you what level your sims are at)

For example: Zack is level 6 in archery so I would definitely use him over Hayley who has never done archery before (level 0/6)

NOTE: your sim must not be busy for them to partake in a competition, they will appear greyed out if they are busy.

Once you have selected your sim they will be busy competing for 24 hours, once the time is up you will need to go back to the competition center to see where they were placed.

If your sim is level 6 then they should come first but they don’t always!

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I rarely use the competition center if I am being completely honest, its a good way to make a few extra LPs but it does mean your sim cannot do anything else for a whole day.

  • Purchase lights from the home store to illuminate houses at night

You can either set lights to be off, on or auto lights, that turn on when a sim enters the room but turns off when they go to sleep or leave the room.

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  • Use your inventory to move furniture between houses

If you have an item you want to move to a different house, you can easily do it by using your inventory, I am going to show you how I moved the preteen bookcase but it will work for any item you can store!

  1. Press the buy mode button (furniture symbol)
  2. Click on the bookcase, click the grey rucksack (inventory) button, the bookcase will then be removed from the house
  3. Go to the house you want to place it in and click the buy mode button again
  4. Find the inventory section
  5. Then the tab where the item will be found (preteen bookcase will be in preteen section)
  6. Click on the bookcase and position where you want it in the new house, click the green tick to place it
  • No time to sleep? Buy a coffee machine

A coffee machine is a quicker way to increase your sims energy need than having a nap. Coffee machines can be found in the kitchen section of buy mode.

  • Earn big XP bonuses for reaching relationship milestones

Reaching a new relationship stage between two sims earns you extra XPs, this is what adults who become friends will receive:

  • Becoming Acquaintance- 100XPs
  • Becoming Friends- 150XPs
  • Becoming Good Friends- 200XPs
  • Becoming Best Friends- 300XPs

If you would like to know what other relationship bonuses are, they can be found in the relationships post

 


  • Earn pocket money by sending preteen sims to school
  1. On the careers tab (where you give your sims jobs and send them to work) you will see for preteens it says ‘not enrolled’
  2. Click the mortar board (academic cap) symbol
  3. The sim town elementary enrolment pop up will appear, click enrol
  4. On the careers tab it will now show your sims grade at school and the mortar board symbol will pulse when you can send them to school.

As their grade increases they will earn more pocket money


  • Unlock special content by improving your preteen sims grade at school

The first time you send a preteen sim to school they will unlock items every time they improve their grade

NOTE: They start at level 3: C (I don’t know why they don’t start at level 1!)

Level 4: C+ 2+2 is 4 poster

Level 5: B Planets poster

Level 6: B+ Science project

Level 7: A Einstim poster

Level 8: A+ Model UFO

Level 9: A++ School Certificate

Level 10: A+++ Spelling Bee Trophy

  • Purchase packs from the Online Store to collect VIP Points and unlock awesome Perks

Anything you buy with real money now gets converted into points (the more money you spend the more points you earn) and the more VIP points you have, the higher level VIP you will be, earning you more perks!

All VIP Perks are explained in this post

  • Collect VIP points to get Time Extension Tokens and never miss out on a limited time prize again

If you run out of time on a quest or hobby you can use a time extension once unlocked from VIP 3 to add more time (each time extension adds 24 hours to a quest or hobby) NOTE: you can only use each time extension once and they don’t replenish so choose wisely!

  • VIP players get Rainbow Cake Slices that keep Sims inspired for 24 hours

Rainbow cake keeps a sim inspired (their needs won’t decrease) for 24 hours (this is explained in more detail in the VIP perks post mentioned previously in this post)

  • Exclusive CAS (create a sim) items are available for VIP players

New clothes for your sims can be found in the VIP exclusives section of the wardrobe once you reach VIP Level 4

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  • Want more Sims in your Sim families and Sim Town? Become a VIP to unlock those Perks

From VIP Level 5 you can have an additional sim living in each house (5 instead of 4) and from level 10 you can have an additional sim per town no longer restricting you to the 34 sims limit

  • Complete the Extreme Home Takeover quest to get the Architect feature: Go to work at the Real Estate Agency, then tap the sign next to the mailbox! 

Once you complete the Extreme Home Takeover quest you can send a sim to work as a real estate agent a sign will appear at the front of your houses:

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Click on the sign to submit your house for a chance for all other players to be able to build it! You will find chosen houses in the architect tab when you click to build a new house. This post explains submitting a house in more detail

I hope that clears a few things up and will help you make the most out of the game!

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The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Storyteller

VACATIONERS GUIDE TO THE OUTDOORS QUEST – CAMPFIRE – TEEN, ADULT AND SENIOR SIMS – PRIZES: TENTS, DEER MEADOW, CANOE AND 3LPs

TIME LIMITED HOBBY – TIME: 7 DAYS – TIME LIMITED PRIZE: CAMPFIRE

Once you complete the Survivalist hobby, open the bridge and clear the area (check out my guide to the campgrounds post for more information) the 7 day time limit will then start straight away, your teen, adult or senior sim needs to complete this hobby in the time limit to unlock the campfire:

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When you first begin this hobby and click on the storyteller chair you will only get one option:

Tell a comedy story- 3 hours 30 minutes

You will need to find 3 different comedy stories to unlock the romance story option, once you find all 3 romance stories you unlock the action stories to find those 3, once you have those 3 you unlock the last option which is scary stories, when you find those 3 different stories you will complete the collection:

  • Tell a comedy story- 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Tell a romance story- 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Tell an action story- 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Tell a scary story- 6 hours 30 minutes

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NOTE: once you complete the collection for the first time you can find the stories in any order but you will still need to do each option to find the different stories to complete each row

TIP: only one sim can complete this hobby at a time, you can send another sim to a neighbours town to complete this hobby (if they have unlocked the storyteller chair!)

 OPTION  FIND TO UNLOCK:
COMEDY STORY
  • Slapstick
  • Parody
  • Stand Up Routine
Boy Meets Girl, Happily Ever After and Romantic Tragedy

USING THE TELL A ROMANCE STORY OPTION

ROMANCE STORY
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Happily Ever After
  • Romantic Tragedy
Kung Fu, Sci-Fi and Superhero

USING THE TELL AN ACTION STORY OPTION

ACTION STORY
  • Kung Fu
  • Sci-Fi
  • Superhero
Zombie Story, Monster Story and Ghost Story

USING THE TELL A SCARY STORY OPTION

SCARY STORY
  • Zombie Story
  • Monster Story
  • Ghost Story
You can now complete the collection!

After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head to find one of the story collectibles in that row. You still level up in this hobby but the hobby level up percentage isn’t important as the story collectibles don’t unlock depending on your level, when you finish a row of story collectibles you will unlock the ability to find the next genre of stories in the next row.

The table below shows you the level up reward that your sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

 LEVEL  TITLE 1st TIME LEVEL UP REWARD
1 Spinner of Yawns
2 B Movie Narrator 250XP
3 Worthy Entertainer 500XP
4 Captivating Teller S750
5 Master Tearjerker 10,000 Town Value
6 Memorable Performer 1LP

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?

 

The completed storyteller collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

 

The first time you complete a row you will unlock a new genre of stories to tell, further times you will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 12 of the collectibles

  • If you complete this hobby in the time limit you will unlock the campfire which can be found in the outdoor decorations section and costs S20,000. You can turn it on/off, roast marshmallows for 5 minutes or warm up for 10 minutes

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The rewards for completing this collection are tents, deer meadow, canoe and 3LPs:

The first time you complete the collection you unlock the tents, deer meadow and canoe at the campgrounds (even if you do not manage to complete the hobby in the time limit)

Tents
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Deer Meadow

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Canoe

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Check out my Guide to the Campgrounds post for more information on these prizes

  • From the second time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 3LPs

 

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

Find all hobby posts here

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The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Survivalist

VACATIONERS GUIDE TO THE OUTDOORS QUEST – SURVIVALIST GEAR – TEEN, ADULT AND SENIOR SIMS – PRIZES: SUSPENSION BRIDGE, LOOKOUT POST, BIRD FEEDERS AND 3LPs

TIME LIMITED HOBBY – TIME: 7 DAYS – TIME LIMITED PRIZE: PICNIC BASKET

Once you complete the Vacationers Guide to the Outdoors Quest and clear the area (check out my guide to the campgrounds post for more information) the 7 day time limit will then start straight away, your teen, adult or senior sim needs to complete this hobby in the time limit to unlock the picnic basket at the campground:

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Your teen, adult or senior sim needs to click on the survivalist gear at the campgrounds and select:

  • Explore- 2 hours 30 minutes

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TIP: only one sim can complete this hobby at a time, you can send another sim to a neighbours town to complete this hobby (if they have unlocked the campgrounds!)

After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head to find one of the survivalist collectibles. Every time your sims explore their survivalist hobby skill level up percentage will increase, once you reach 100% you will level up, there are 6 levels. You need to reach level 6 to be able to unlock all of the survivalist collectibles, once unlocked you will be able to find them.

The table below shows the level up percentage:

This may change in future updates

 LEVEL Explore
1-2 50%
2-3 37%
3-4 25%
4-5 12%
5-6 6%

For example you would need to explore 17 times to reach level 6 from level 5

The next table shows you for each level what survivalist collectibles you unlock (so you can then find those ones too) and also the level up reward that a second and future sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

 LEVEL  TITLE 1st TIME LEVEL UP UNLOCKS 2nd+ TIMES LEVEL UP REWARD
1 City Dweller Water Collection and Food Gathering are unlocked in the hobby collection
2 Weekend Camper Medicinal Herbs and Tinder are now unlocked in the hobby collection 250XP
3 Decent Explorer Kindling and Fuel Wood are now unlocked in the hobby collection 500XP
4 Off Road Hiker Animals and Snakes are now unlocked in the hobby collection S750
5 Trailblazer Insects and Compass Navigation are now unlocked in the hobby collection 10,000 Town Value
6 Wilderness Maven Map Navigation and Star Navigation are now unlocked in the hobby collection.

You can now complete the collection!

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NOTE: only the first sim completing this hobby needs to get to level 6 to unlock all the collectibles, future sims will be able to find any collectible even if they are only on level 1 in this hobby

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?

 

The completed survivalist collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

The first time you will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 12 of the collectibles

  • If you complete this hobby in the time limit you will unlock the picnic basket, this can be found at the picnic area at the campgrounds, the option is have a picnic- 10 minutes and two sims can do this at one time

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The rewards for completing this collection are the suspension bridge, lookout post and bird feeders and 3LPs:

  • The first time you complete the collection you unlock the suspension bridge, lookout post and bird feeders  (even if you do not manage to complete the hobby in the time limit)

Build the suspension bridge to unlock the next area of the campground to clean up and then you can start the Storyteller Hobby!

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Check out my Guide to the Campgrounds post for more information on these prizes

  • From the second time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 3LPs

 

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

Find all hobby posts here

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