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Featured upload! Scribbling Pad

by Buzzler Posted 29th Oct 2010 at 2:27 PM - Updated 11th Jan 2015 at 5:58 PM by Buzzler
470 Comments / replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
2015-01-11 - Updated Commons. Affects Scribbling Pad, DouglasVeiga Dancer Servcer, Moar Interactions and Buy Takeout. If you use any of them, download the updated version, please.
2014-03-15 - Updated to game version 1.67.

Supported for game version 1.67.

scope of this mod
This handy little notepad gives your sims the ability to write novels, reports, etc. the old-fashioned way. You know, moving a thing called pen over a sheet thing called paper? It's way cheaper than a laptop, doesn't need a surface to be used and technophobes can use it without getting the heebie-jeebies.

The completion of writing processes is a bit unrealistic, maybe even for the Sims, as the effects show instantly just the same as when using a computer. I thought about changing that behavior so the sim would need to mail the pamphlets first or something. Basically, that would have required coding alternative versions of all the writing processes and storing them in the pad which is a place where that data simply doesn't belong (it belongs to the skill and career data). I couldn't bring myself to accept that, and to be honest: The mod already took enough effort as it is.

The scribbling pad is available for §20 in the buymode catalog under Entertainment -> Hobbies & Skills. That's where the chess tables are available.

The interface and usage is basically the same as for the computer. Of course only the writing interactions are available.

Not needed as I only used already localized strings.

possible conflicts
This is a scripting mod and as such the possibility for conflicts with other mods, no matter what kind, is next to non-existant. I can't think of any kind of mod which could possibly interfere with this mod.

Follow the regular installation instructions for packages. Seriously, if you do that, the mod will be functional. If the mod doesn't work for you, you didn't follow the installation instructions. Don't ask me for installation help or don't be pissed if I simply show you the way to the Package Tutorial.

It basically goes like this: Remove the package from your mods folder. But before you do that, please make sure that no sim is currently using a Scribbling Pad or you may become unable to load your savegame.

I support my mods. I appreciate bug reports. I don't support mods or custom content in general. It's not an issue with a mod if it doesn't even show up in the game.

Special thanks to orangemittens for helping me to figure out the animations stuff and tinting the pad black.

Might lead to a serious case of squished brain. Your game should be safe, though. Use for rocket fuel. Don't use for stomach ailment.

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.

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 6.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date 47.5 KB 104,144 11th Jan 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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Test Subject
#451 Old 13th Aug 2015 at 1:54 AM
Yeeeees! Thank you so much, I was looking specifically for something like this!
Test Subject
#452 Old 28th Aug 2015 at 2:37 PM
Awesome! :)
Test Subject
#453 Old 2nd Sep 2015 at 10:55 PM
Originally Posted by Sophie-David
How primitive - what a great idea!

Totes primitive.

Great mod, thanks!
Lab Assistant
#454 Old 24th Nov 2015 at 8:39 PM Last edited by simgamer18955 : 6th Dec 2015 at 8:35 PM.
Well EA released a new update
I was wondering if there are any issues with this mod in-game.
*EDIT Nevermind

"We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!"
- George Bernard Shaw
Test Subject
#455 Old 13th Dec 2015 at 6:22 PM
I can finally have my Sims pursue writing without buying a laptop that costs 2000 Simoleons. You are a genius, and I thank you.
Forum Resident
#456 Old 22nd Dec 2015 at 6:06 AM
Thank you, for making the game make a little more sense!
Forum Resident
#457 Old 23rd Dec 2015 at 4:27 AM
Ok, so I put it in and bought it through buy mode and put it on the table so my sim could use it. When I click the notebook the interactions menu pops up like it should, but then she doesn't do it even though she has a desk and a table to choose from. Is this a mod problem or a sim problem?
Test Subject
#458 Old 18th Jan 2016 at 10:05 PM
Thank you for this. I do have a bug report technically: four genres are unusable but show up as unlabeled buttons and will cause the writer to go on a never ending writing tangent that never results in a completed novel. One of those genres I recall is poetry. I also know that writing comics is completely separated out on the computer from the rest of the genres and does not show up either on the scribbling pad. I do have all expansion packs so all writable genres are available to me.
Test Subject
#459 Old 30th Mar 2016 at 2:52 PM
Thank you for this great mod, i love it. I am playing with actual schools instead of rabbitholes and your pad fits in perfectly. Only trouble i have is that my kids tend to take the scribbling pads with them. If you ever feel like working on this again could you maybe make an unportable version as well?
Top Secret Researcher
#460 Old 17th Aug 2016 at 7:12 PM
I believe there are strings missing of the University Life books. When I want to direct my Sim to write a book the pie menu comes up with three empty menu options to write about.

Lab Assistant
#461 Old 24th Oct 2016 at 10:26 AM
This is so awesome, thank you so much!
Test Subject
#462 Old 3rd Nov 2016 at 4:45 PM
Great! Perfect for technophobe writers. Thank you!
Test Subject
#463 Old 4th Apr 2017 at 9:21 PM
Just wanted to drop by now that I finally have an account. This is by far one of my favourite mods. I just love it! Thank you!!
Lab Assistant
#464 Old 16th Nov 2017 at 6:06 AM
Brilliant! Especially for the technophobes being able to use this. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!
Test Subject
#465 Old 17th Nov 2017 at 8:18 PM
Test Subject
#466 Old 24th Feb 2018 at 2:45 PM
This mod still works well with patch 1.69. Thanks!
Field Researcher
#467 Old 8th May 2018 at 6:11 PM
Where has this mod been all my life?
Lab Assistant
#468 Old 2nd Dec 2018 at 4:17 PM
I LOVE this! I'm doing the Midnight Sun challenge. Having this makes more sense than having a computer. I don't know if it's my imagination, but writing novels seems to be faster than on a computer.
Test Subject
#469 Old 22nd Feb 2019 at 9:29 AM
Thank you! This would be very useful my sims who are set in vintage and fantasy worlds! ^_^
Test Subject
#470 Old 15th Mar 2019 at 2:00 AM
This is very useful! Thank you!
Test Subject
#471 Old 2nd Aug 2019 at 4:48 AM
I preemptively send you Eva Drudge's thanks. I'm finally downloading this for her.
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