DIY Career Repair Centre, plus how to make careers EP ready (beginner's tutorial)
It recently came to my attention that a number of well written careers are not properly made up. It can be extremly frustrating to find a wonderful career that ins't EP ready, or is overwritng one of your favourite Maxis careers. Without the creator's permission, you cannot change them. This leaves people in a bit of a sticky state. I have decided therfore to create a simple, easy to use tutorial for fixing your favourite careers for your own use. It covers Guid and Group ID fixtures, and EP readiness . I hope that at least 1 person find it useful
In order for a career to not overwrite anything, the guid and group ID need to be changed. Let us take an example of a career where these values have not been changed.
The Group ID-
Open the career, click on Object Data in the Resource Tree. Look to the right and look at the file's group.
If the group reads 0xFFFFFFFF, good. If not, you need to change it (whilst it is true you can create a Group ID from your guid, it is unwise to do so). Go to the top of the SimPE screen, and click 'Fix Integrity', then ok. You may need to search to find the 'Fix Intergrity' button. Save the file.
Click on the file in Object Data and write down the name of the file found in the filename box (highlighted). Next, click the text that says 'get GUID' near the bottom of the screen (also highlighted).
A screen should pop up. If registered, re-name the career and click 'Register Object'. If you are a new user, register and follow the same procedure.
If you want, rename the career in the filename name (this isn't nessesary however). Commit your changes and save.
Your career will now no longer overwrite Maxis careers
Making a career EP ready
OK, time to explain how to make a career EP ready...
First stage is to open your career in SimPE. In the Resource tree, there should be a set of titles with a number next to each of them. Check the first number.
If it's 108, celebrate with a wild party- the career is already EP ready.
If it's 104, mourn for a day or two- you need to make it EP ready.
First stage is to work out what base your career came from (i.e. what career path did you edit?). For example, all my careers are based on the slacker career. Sometimes this will be available in the Object Data page-
First, I am one who forgot do the GUID thing and I must say THANKSSSSS for taking care of checking that and I am very sorry if I overwrote someone else's career, sorryyyy
Second, I have a problem! Can somebody tell me? How to assign my custom careers to my sims? I am sooo stupid that I lost the paper where I usually write down cheats and now I don't remember exactely how to do it and I cant try the new career I've done
Thank you so much for this! I've been trying to create careers and could not figure out why Clean Installer kept highlighting my careers in red but other custom careers it didn't. The "fix integrity" hint certainly fixed the problem. Superfly, you are my hero!
This is my last chance to this career which I can't make it work.
This is a career based on chance cards, everything depends on chance cards so the promotion happends depending on the answer to the chance cards which are supposed to always appear with a chance of happening of 100%.
There are more surprises but these are the career's backbones:
1 Travel agent (promote by skills points)
2 Holidays (chance card: Fancy a trip? -> yes level 3, no stay in 3)
3 National trip guide to SimVillage (chance card: Fancy holidays? -> yes level 4, no stay in 3)
4 Holidays (same as 2)
5 National trip guide to SimBeach (same as 3)
6 Holidays (same as 2)
7 International trip guide to Simgland (chance card: Fancy a trip? -> yes level 8, no level 9)
8 International trip guide to Maxis Islands (chance card: Fancy being director? -> yes level 9, no back to 6)
9 Travel angency director (chance card: buy the agency? -> yes level 10, no back to 1)
10 Travel agency owner
Is a travelling guide career so the idea is, my sim goes to work (trip) and spend 20 or 18 hours working, while working a chance cards appears to say it will have holidays as returning from the trip and its answer makes it promote or not. Holidays is a level of the career so having holidays means promoting. While in holidays my sim has to pop around the office to check if there is a trip scheduled, that means it goes to work for just 2 hours and a chance card tells her/him if wanna go on a trip or stay at home for some more days. All rules like that but the first level which works as usual (by skills points).
The problem I found was: Chance of happening 100% doesn't work. I test everything and for me, with a 100% the chance card never happends. If I use a 99% it happens some times but just for holidays levels, keep not appearing for travelling levels.
Can anybody help? Superly? this career is starting being fustrating.
Here it is SuperFly. I can get the career to show in game, but no matter what lvl you hire in at or get promoted to, it always shows different when you check your job. Ex: you hire in at lvl 1, but are actually at lvl 4. I'm not sure what I did wrong. I used the bidou career tool in conjunction with SimPe.
The answer to your problem is that the career has 14 levels. I had this problem when creating careers with less/more levels than average- for some reason, the game puts levels 11 to 14 at the start of the female career tract. There isn't any real way to fix this, so I'd advise you take out some of the levels that you do not need.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate
Thanks SuperFly. When I was editing the career, I started getting some plugin errors in SimPe. I just rewrote the career, using only 10 slots. I will let you know how it turns out as soon as I test it. I accidently deleted my graduate sim
9th Jul 2006 at 7:42 PM
Last edited by tacadv : 9th Jul 2006 at 7:44 PM.
Reason: Left something out
Ok. The lvls now work fine. However, I have run into 1 other prob. I could not get my chance cards to work. I currently have 3 for testing. I went back into the file and found 1 was at 100%, 1 at 15%, and 1 at 85%. I reset them to 100%. They still do not work. How do I fix this? These 3 cards are not vital, but are important.
Thanks, I hope it will help me fix careers I've downloaded that don't work properly, although they're really good ones (or would be without the bugs), so they'd actually deserved to work fine. Maybe I'll be going to try an own career later myself (haven't a idea yet).
And I have looked everywhere I can think of for an answer, but nothing. It's just the display that isn't showing correctly. It doesn't work when your sim is searching for work (by paper or computer) or if you get a promotion. All it says is "there is an opening in the secretary career for a." Or "You got promoted to.!" If you look at the sim's jobinfo, everything is there. The problem is just in the "popup windows".
Ok, I hope I've managed to get myself understood. Sorry for the weird english.
I know there are others who have the same problem, but there are no answers yet. I would be so happy if you could figure this out. I'm such a newbie at all of this. Thanks!
Here is my career:
*Everything changes. The only thing that does not change, is the fact that everything changes."