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Opportunity phone call fix (and more)

by nikel23 Posted 27th Jul 2015 at 10:51 PM - Updated 14th Aug 2015 at 7:29 AM by nikel23
50 Comments / replies (Who?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 16 Thanks Posts
Overview
If you have Into The Future, you may have noticed that you rarely (or even almost never) receive any skill opportunity phone calls in your base world, apart from the celebrity opportunities (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE2eNrvWpvg). This bug is caused by having Into The Future itself, so if you don't have it, you don't need this fix.

I love opportunities. I really love it. A lot of people I know don't really appreciate opportunities because it's deemed as "unfit" for a sandbox simulation game and repetitive. But to me, the regular Sim's lives themselves are repetitive, and opportunities are a nice addition for a side quest for Sims to complete when I'm bored. Yes, some opportunities may repeat, but I can complete and cancel them anytime I want. Besides, many opportunities actually provide cool benefits that are part of the game as well, like Omni Plants, resurrecting a ghost, and new writing genres. Being prevented from experiencing these opportunities seems infuriating, at least for me.

Technical information about the bug


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I've removed the tag and reduced all the weighted chances of these opportunities to 5 to match the others. Only ITF skill opportunities are affected. This does not eliminate ITF skill opportunities, but rather, merely makes them have equal chance with the rest skill opportunities.

Bonus
I've included an additional separate mod, called "More opportunity phone calls.package". This mod increases the chance you will receive a phone call. By default, your Sim will get an opportunity phone call between 1-3 days. This mod changes the value so you will get an opportunity phone call every day, because I still think opportunities are quite rare. You won't get any phone calls while an opportunity is still going. I think not many people will want it to occur so often, which is why I decided to separate it.

Conflicts
Opportunity phone call fix.package will conflict with mods that modify Opportunities_EP11.XML. It requires ITF, or it will just do nothing.

More opportunity phone calls.package will conflict with mods that modify OpportunityManager.XML. The mod is for base game, so you can use it even if you don't have ITF installed.

Compatibility
This mod is made with patch 1.67. To use it, just put it in your Mods folder.

Additional Credits:
Huge thanks to the anonymous user who has helped me figure out what caused the bug. Screenshot was found from Google. Source: http://brontoforum.us/viewtopic.php?t=338&start=180

Type: Fixed

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

Into the Future
Built with Game Version: 1.67
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Nikel23 - Opportunity phone call fix.rar 13.7 KB 10,370 27th Jul 2015
Nikel23 - More opportunity phone calls.rar 1.1 KB 3,952 27th Jul 2015
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#26 Old 24th Aug 2015 at 4:55 PM
Thanks so much for this! To be honest, I'd never noticed that opportunities weren't appearing from phone calls but I DID notice that my Sims were constantly rejecting phone calls that they answered for some reason. Thank you!
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#27 Old 26th Aug 2015 at 10:12 PM
Yeah! Thanks soooooo much!
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#28 Old 31st Aug 2015 at 11:20 AM
Very useful, thank you.
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#29 Old 23rd Sep 2015 at 1:25 AM
Last time when i played TS3 i installed just as far as seasons and thus i got the opportunities by default. But now since i installed everything, including into the future, then as i understand i will run into this problem. I like opportunities as well. It's a nice addition to the game, such as fixing a television, cook your best meal, bring books to the school, etc. I've would definitely missed it. So thanks for this fix.
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#30 Old 6th Oct 2015 at 1:13 PM
This works. Thank you so much for the fix.
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#31 Old 18th Oct 2015 at 7:30 AM
Thank you! Thank you! This has been bugging me for months! Definitely sharing this.
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#32 Old 23rd Oct 2015 at 7:00 AM
Thanks for this fix
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#33 Old 9th Nov 2015 at 1:07 PM
Thanks...
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#34 Old 11th Dec 2015 at 3:48 PM
Doing God's work, son. Cheers!
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#35 Old 25th Dec 2015 at 2:22 AM
Thank you SO much for this! I purchased ITF a couple months ago, but didn't get it installed until a few days ago. I slowly began to realize that outside of date requests, my sim was getting zero calls. I looked everywhere for a solution, but didn't even dream that it was the expansion causing the problem. I am so glad that there are folks out there doing great work to fix what EA will likely never fix, as they've moved on to TS4. Thank you!
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#36 Old 14th Jan 2016 at 10:51 AM
Gosh -.- and I was wondering why my sims didn't get any opportunities anymore! Thanks a bunch!!!!
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#37 Old 8th Mar 2016 at 2:20 PM
Thank you, it really helps when playing as self employed and need a little money boost. You making this is highly apperciated.
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#38 Old 24th Mar 2016 at 9:37 PM
This is awesome I to love opps, it's nice, they're like little odd jobs. They bring more live into Sims lives.
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#39 Old 26th Mar 2016 at 5:27 AM
Is this mod patched to 1.69 and does it conflict with Nraas MC? Cause I only have NRaas mods and this mod and for some reason, my sims are only able to receive University opportunities and I can only force Uni opportunities with Nraas. I'm seeking help on Nraas as well, but they've never heard of that glitch. (ETA - I also only receive Uni opportunities calls too. My sims are in Riverview, not University).
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#40 Old 11th Apr 2016 at 6:27 PM
Thank you for this fix!
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#41 Old 11th Apr 2016 at 6:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuzieThompson
Is this mod patched to 1.69 and does it conflict with Nraas MC? Cause I only have NRaas mods and this mod and for some reason, my sims are only able to receive University opportunities and I can only force Uni opportunities with Nraas. I'm seeking help on Nraas as well, but they've never heard of that glitch. (ETA - I also only receive Uni opportunities calls too. My sims are in Riverview, not University).


I will be testing this mod with NRaas over the next few days and will post back how it goes for me and what I find out.
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#42 Old 20th Apr 2016 at 11:22 PM Last edited by NeVeRLiFt : 20th May 2016 at 4:07 AM.
The mod seems to function and work with NRaas but if you become a Celebrity all the opportunities seem to focus and go towards this and if you're not celebrity it was going towards my profession it seemed.
I will test some more and not have a job or profession and won't be a celebrity and see how it does.


edit: works fine for me after much testing
Alchemist
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#43 Old 14th May 2016 at 5:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SuzieThompson
Is this mod patched to 1.69 and does it conflict with Nraas MC? Cause I only have NRaas mods and this mod and for some reason, my sims are only able to receive University opportunities and I can only force Uni opportunities with Nraas. I'm seeking help on Nraas as well, but they've never heard of that glitch. (ETA - I also only receive Uni opportunities calls too. My sims are in Riverview, not University).

Can you specify your problem more? What kind of opportunities are you getting? What opportunities are you trying to force with MC? Where's your Sim, and what's his status (career, skill, celebrity)? Do you have any mods that may probably be related to this?

Just FYI, I've had MC forever and I've never encountered any problem with these mods together.

Just call me Nikel
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#44 Old 28th May 2016 at 4:26 PM
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#45 Old 18th Jun 2016 at 7:43 PM
I think this will conflict with a fix to the Laserharp opportunities that Chain_Reaction posted a while ago at NRaas, because it edits the same resource.
I can merge these two fixes myself, but maybe you'd want to include that fix in your version, too?
(As far as I remember the problem is that the LaserHarp has the same challenge like for guitar, i.e., play at 10 different opportunities to receive a rise in future tips, but it seems to be broken for Laserharp in the xml file.)
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#46 Old 21st Aug 2016 at 12:11 AM Last edited by Irsis : 21st Aug 2016 at 9:54 AM.
Dumb question, where should i put this mod? Packages folder or Overrides folder?
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#47 Old 13th Sep 2016 at 5:18 PM
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Dumb question, where should i put this mod? Packages folder or Overrides folder?
Package folder
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#48 Old 17th Jan 2017 at 8:24 AM
Thanks!i could use this when I want opportunites to happen.
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#49 Old 24th Feb 2017 at 4:45 PM
Thank you for this mod! I have been playing and not really realised that I wasn't getting many opportunity calls! It's only now as I'm playing a gardener sim, that I have noticed these are just not coming through! Thanks again! :D

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