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Testers Wanted: Ask About Relationship Status Interaction (Updated 12/3/2006)

by syberspunk Posted 24th Aug 2006 at 11:28 PM - Updated 3rd Dec 2006 at 1:30 PM by syberspunk : v3.00 - added new feature: ask to scope room and tweaked acceptance code
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Ask About Relationship Status v3.00 for TS2PETS v1.0p0
Made by: syberspunk

I made this hack because it was a great idea and I'm glad *I* thought of it! ;D

It complements my 'Go Steady for Adults' hack but they do not require each other i.e. they are separate hacks and can be used separately.

This hack is a new interaction under the Ask... menu that allows sims to ask non PC or visiting sims what their relationship status is. This option should only appear if the sim you click on is a visitor, townie, or NPC and the currently selected sim (that you are controlling) is not already Going Steady, Engaged, or Married to them (because obviously they should know who they are going steady, engaged, or married to :P).

The package contains two files, the controller and the interaction. You need BOTH files for this mod to work properly.

Added Feature for v3.00

Sims can now ask others to scope out the room. The other sim has to have a decent relationship before the option appears (STR >= 20). They also have to be a visiting sim and not in the same family household. I wanted this feature so I can sort of play cupid with my playable sims for townies/dormies/downtownies. I highly recommend using twojeffs ACR mod to enable autonomous casual romantic interactions. Now you can use all your influence points to get other sims to flirt with each other and the ACR mod should help things further along. ;D

I have also tweaked the acceptance code for the relationship status option. This part probably needs more testing. It now has a random chance of accepting, with a default chance of about 40-50% chance, and factors such as outgoing, nice, Mood, STR, and LTR potentially boosting those chances up to 100%. I also added a dialog message where, if the sim is in a poor mood, they will tell you, so you can try to ask again later when they are in a better mood.

Added Features for v2.00

As requested, I have added a couple of new features:

1) A new interaction for an Ask About Gender Preference option. I figured it was a pretty personal question, so I've tweaked the acceptance. More outgoing sims will be more open and willing to answer this. If the target is not very outgoing, then acceptance will depend on how nice they are and their mood, with a bit of randomness thrown in. Please report back if you find the acceptance to be too low. I'm open to suggestions. Also, responses may vary.
2) I have also added a feature to report the sims that the target has a crush on or is in love with. This will only happen if the target sim is single. This seemed natural to me because if you are in a committed relationship with the target sim, they most likely wouldn't tell you who Else they are in love with or have a crush with. That should most likely make you jealous, and I didn't want to try and program anything more complicated involving jealousy. Besides, it would only be a surprise if you don't keep track of all your sims prospects. And you could always ask Before you get into a committed relationship with them while they are single. I've also tweaked the acceptance for the relationship status slightly. So shy target sims are less likely to answer unless are nice and in a good mood or they have a decent LTR with the asking sim.

The acceptance and report messages are loosely open to suggestions. That is to say, I am amenable to perhaps changing them around if a lot of people feel they need to be tweaked, and it falls in line with my own thoughts, AND if I'm not too lazy to do it. :P
Oh, and I decided to call it 'Gender Preference' as opposed to 'Sexual Orientation' to sort of make it more family friendly. You can easily change these things yourself using SimPE and editing the appropriate TXT files.

These new features need testing once again, so please report back if you have any problems.

NOTE:
This has been tested in OFB/FFS and works fine. It probably will work for NL as well, but I am not sure if it will work for the basegame or Uni ONLY. Please carefully read the compatibility section below for further details.

Future Prospects:
I am sort of half-assed looking into the possibility of getting the speech bubbles to show the double hearts and double rings icons for going steady, engagement, and marriage. I'd also like it for the face/icon of the sim they are going steady, engaged, or married to show up as well. If I ever figure this out, I may update this hack in the future. For now, you will only see the dialog boxes.


INSTALLATION:
This MUST be in your Downloads folder, typically found under:

C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\Downloads


Compatibility:

Note: I've tested this hack in OFB/FFS only, and it works fine so far. It should work for NL as well, however, since I basically cloned it from one of the existing Ask... options, I am unsure if it will work in the basegame or Uni ONLY. So if you are willing to test this out and report back if you ONLY have the basegame or Uni, please don't hesitate to provide feedback. I think it should work... but it uses some animations that were added in NL. I included the animation text file in the package, but I am not sure if that is sufficient for it to work in older games, or if something else needs to be added to make those animations available for older games, or if I will have to switch to animations that are available in all versions.

Please report back if you have problems.

This hack is compatible with most, if not all mods by MATY crew (Pescado, TJ, and CBoy), dizzy, and probably more. Again, up to you to help me determine any possible conflicts.


REMINDER and fine print (to cover my ass ) :
Remember to ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR DATA BEFORE INSTALLING NEW HACKS. By using this hack, you agree to absolve me of any responsibility or liability for any potential loss of or damage to your data. You have been warned.

HOW TO REPORT: Conflicts, problems, or errors
I would appreciate any constructive criticism and feedback that is actually helpful. With that in mind, it would be helpful, when reporting any conflicts or issues, that you include the following:

1) thorough but reasonably brief description of what you were doing
2) clear, comprehendible explanation of your problem
3) list of hacks that may be related to going steady or engagement/marriage
4) archived (.rar or .zip) of log produced by error


HOW TO PRODUCE AN ERROR LOG:
1) Open the cheat menu - Ctrl + Shift + C
2) Enable the debug mode - Type: boolprop testingcheatsenabled true
3) Hit Enter :P
4) Play as normal until an error occurs. If an error dialog box pops up, note the location of the error log and choose Reset. If the error pops up repeatedly, choose Delete and exit WITHOUT SAVING!
5) Post your error log here, preferably as a .zip or .rar archive.


Posts which do not include a clear description of what your problem is will be pretty much ignored. (i.e. posts such as "This does not work! I am taking it out! You suck! Nice try! etc.") I can't and won't help you if you don't explain what's wrong.

Please be nice when trying to explain your problem and I might be nice and help you.

:grouphug: Finally, my Thank Yous go to:

J.M. Pescado, twojeffs, dizzy2, and jase439 for being excellent tutors and providing excellent models in their mods. As always, thanks to those creators who've put out some excellent modding tutorials, Quaxi and co for SimPE, and dizzy2 for disaSim2, and the finally letters T and S, and the number 2, all of whom, without which this mod would not be possible.

Thanks to Avalika, but mostly thanks to myself for the great idea, glad *I* thought of it.

Thanks to curiousfire for providing the error logs with the bug in reporting crushes and loves.

If I left anyone out, I apologize in advance. You know who you are and you deserve my thanks.

Version History:
v2.00 - Added Ask About Gender Preference options and reporting crushes and loves for singles only.
v2.01 - Fixed Check tree primitive blocked completion error
v2.02 - Testing version with tweaked/lowered acceptance requirements for gender preference
v2.03 - Fixed bug in reporting crushes and loves

Here, the interactions show up under the Ask... menu.



As you can see at first, the sim reports that she is single.



After making her 'Go Steady' with another sim, I have the sister ask the same thing, and now she says who she is going steady with and their image shows up as well.



Here you see the sim reporting her gender preference.



Here is the option for Scope Room as it appears on the menu. My sim just asked a dormie to scope the room.



Here is the dormie scoping the room.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Nightlife
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
askrelstatus.zip 8.9 KB 12,832 24th Aug 2006
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

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4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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