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"Surf's Up!" - New surfing interaction and set

by maybesomethingdunno Posted 8th Jun 2011 at 2:37 AM - Updated 9th Jul 2020 at 1:13 AM by maybesomethingdunno
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Is your visit to Twikkii Island lacking something? Are your beach bums tired of building sandcastles? Do your beach goers need a means to show off their abs? (Do your beach goers need a means to actually develop those abs?) Fear not! I give you something EA should have given us when they made Bon Voyage: Surfing!

This is a new, socialable self-interaction with a custom queue icon and custom animation. Surfing is available for Sims who are Teens and older (who aren't in the "showing" stages of pregnancy) and who are not Servos.

As you would expect, surfing is only available on beach lots and a Sim must have a surfboard in their inventory. (Surfboards make great gifts, by the way. ) Because I had to make changes to the wave effect object, I made a default override so that all beach lots should be ready for surfing. Bon Voyage is required.

  • The interaction itself (plus some additional, necessary files: the wave effect override, a cart object which holds the Sim and a routing NPC).
  • Surfboard object with 50 recolors! (42 are CuriousB colors and 8 are more of a "novelty" kind).
    Variety is the spice of life, after all.....and, well, recoloring can be therapeutic when dealing with BHAV-induced headaches. You can delete any you don't want. Beyond simply variety, it is also my intention that some of them will inspire others to make recolors which have better textures than mine. (These are split amongst the and files.)According to SimPE, there are 304 faces and 314 Vertices in the surfboard. The surfboard can be found in the "Exercise" area of the "Hobbies" area in the Buy Mode catalog.
  • Two wall-mounted surfboard racks: a 1-tile version and a 2-tile version. (Each has 252 faces and 288 vertices according to SimPE.) They can be found in the "Shelves" section of the "Surfaces" area of the Buy Mode catalog.
    June 9th, 2011 UPDATE: Surfboard racks have been updated so that they should no longer be lightning strikeable or flammable.Although Apartment Life is not required, each rack is shiftable for AL users and comes in 5 wood textures which match the Knock on Wood medium shelves. The 1-tile version is repository linked to the 2-tile version.The 1-tile version can hold up to two surfboards in a vertical orientation.The 2-tile version can hold up to five: up to two vertically (like in the 1-tile version of the rack) and up to three in a horizontal orientation. Whichever grid square over which you place the surfboard using the hand tool determines the horizontal/vertical orientation (i.e. the slots of each orientation are mapped to a grid square). Press "M" to toggle slot placement. Both versions have two recolorable subsets: the holding rods and the backing. I've included invisible recolors of the rods so they don't poke through the surfboard(s) mounted in the horizontal position. There's also an invisible recolor for the backing if you just want two rods sticking out of the wall. I also made special recolors that render either the left pair of rods or the right pair of rods invisible. If you intend to make recolors for the rods and wish to make similar "left side only" or "right side only" recolors, there is some information you should read (click the button below)...
  • July 16th, 2011 UPDATE: "No Surfing" sign. When placed on a lot, the "Surf" interaction will not appear on the Active Sim. An invisible recolor is included for the base and the sign. It can be found in the "Miscellaneous" subsection of the "Decorative" category in Buy Mode for $100 (the same as the Sim Crossing sign from which it is cloned).

Wipe Outs:
While your Sims don't need to worry about sharks or dangerous coral, Sims can still Wipe Out based upon a sliding scale of their Body skill. That is, a higher body skill will mean a lower chance of Wipe Outs. The probability of Wipe Outs can be edited in the BCONs if you so desire.

How to Surf:
Surfing is a self-interaction; you click on the active Sim and select "Surf." However, if there are other surfers present, you can invite them to join you for a mutual social and relationship boost. While there is no relationship-based requirement/rejection for an invitation, there won't be a relationship boost if the Invited Sim isn't "in the mood" to surf (but that won't necessarily stop the Sim who invited him/her from surfing without him/her). If there are more surfers than there are available waves, would-be surfers will congregate to the side and will cheer on the other surfers until the surfing space they want becomes free. Sims may cheer before they decide to actually enter the water anyway. If you maximize/100% a Sim's body skill while surfing, the custom "surfing" queue icon will appear in the expanded/"full text" version of the 100% Completed Skill memory for that Sim. This is a feature.

Surfers will gain body skill and Fitness hobby.
Also, surfing is fun! Under some circumstances, there is a slight chance that Sims may even show off while surfing. It's meant to be somewhat rare in the hope that it would show up unexpectedly and give some variety in animations without being obnoxiously omnipresent. (If it's too rare I'll adjust its probability.)

Please note:
  • You can only ask Sims to join before you actually start surfing through the Invite dialogue. While your Active Sim is surfing, you cannot simply click on a Sim who recently appeared on the lot to ask them to Join; likewise, you cannot click on a surfing Sim and select "Join." It must be done through the Invite dialog.
  • If there are other surfers available but you want to surf alone, don't add anyone to the list and just click the button with the checkmark. The button with "X" will cancel the action.
  • The relationship boost is only between the Active Sim and each individual Sim invited. (So, if Don invites Nina and Dina, only the Don-Nina and Don-Dina relationships will be affected...not the Nina-Dina relationship).
  • For technical reasons, the "Surf" pie menu option will not show up while the Sim is currently swimming; this is intentional. You may find it silly that a Sim already swimming in the ocean would have to leave the ocean just to get back in, but there are technical/logistical reasons. Just imagine the Sim had to get his/her surfboard.
  • Do not leave the lot with your Sims surfing. The NPC gets deleted when the lot is reloaded. If your Sim is surfing, he or she will be deleted with the NPC. In my tests, they will be reset by the mailbox.
  • Because of the override, I'll remind everyone to please scan your lots with Clean Installer to make sure nothing gets included that shouldn't.

Surf Shops:
Yes, you can sell the surfboards in an OFB shop. It's one reason why I created the surfboard racks. Just be careful to set the actual surfboards for sale and not the rack itself. With SilentLucidity's Angled OMSPs, you can also have surfboards leaning against buildings or fences or sticking out of sand dunes. The surfboard should show up in the neighborhood view.

Here are two video clips to demonstrate the surfing (Video One and Video Two). The videos may be a little choppy and, as I will address in more detail shortly, let me say that the interaction is not 100% perfect...

"HELP! I have downloaded everything but I still cannot surf?!"

WARNING This interaction is rather complicated (at least for me) and somewhat experimental. I've tried my best to extensively test it, but I can only do so much on my own. Right now the best way to see if it's ready for general consumption (after about a year or so of production) is to go ahead and share it. Please let me know if there are any bugs which aren't Known Issues (be as detailed as possible) or errors (post the error log). If you are uncomfortable downloading this right now, you can wait for any bug reports (although I'm seriously doubtful there would be anything devastating). Should you wish to remove this from your game, make sure there are no Sims surfing before you remove this mod. If you delete this mod and consequently get the appearance of a "Debug Super Duper Hug" interaction, try [Black_Spirit]'s fix, the "LBFRemovesocial" file, to get rid of it. (His "Deadly Neck Bite - Killer Vampires" interaction is not necessary to resolve the issue, just the aforementioned file.)

Known Issues:
-There are occasional timing issues in which the Sim may start surfing too soon, start surfing too late, surf too slowly (i.e. the wave overtakes the Sim), or briefly surf in the wrong direction (which is especially noticeable in the event the Sim performs a delayed or two sequential show-off animations). If someone knows a thing or two about BHAVs, I would love some advice on how to correct this. I've been content with the timing being an approximation, but perfection would be ideal if possible.
-Sometimes the timing of the splash sound effect on the paddling animation is a bit off.
-Possibly obsolete issue: Some time ago, I would occasionally find waves becoming stuck "in use". This doesn't seem to be a problem for me anymore. However, I have created a debug interaction to combat this on the surfboard racks should the issue reappear. The interaction is on the racks because you can't really click on the wave effect object. You must have debug mode enabled and must shift-click on a rack. The interaction will delete any surfing NPCs on the lot and clear the "In Use" flag for all wave objects after you confirm that this is what you want to do. If you use this debug interaction while any Sims are surfing, it WILL delete the Sims currently surfing. There is a prompt reminding you of this before it actually does anything so that you can back out of it if you want.
- June 13th: There seems to be a conflict with Inge's buyable beach portal(s) which causes an error. I promise I will be looking into a solution, ASAP (I've got so much work to do for Real Life at the moment so my progress with this is slow). For the time being, please remove Inge's buyable beach portal before going surfing. If you use the Portal Revealer, make sure the portals have returned to an invisible state before surfing. (Thanks to keef1973 for pointing out this issue.)

If there is anything else I'm forgetting, I'll update this thread. If there is anything wrong or needs to be tweaked, I'll update the mod.

Additional Credits:
-Echo: For the surfboard mesh, which is far superior to my attempts, as well as her help and tutorials. None of this would be possible without you.
-Inge Jones: For her portal revealer which was so vital in helping me figure out what to do with the ocean.
-CuriousB (Bagfran at LJ): For her macro (link). Beautiful colors!
-Leesester: Whose Emptied Bookshelf became the base for my cart object. I needed a lot of slots to work with and to play with; the bookshelf had plenty and was ideal for my purposes. (Before I started stripping away most of bookshelf, its size and height also made a great beacon/marker to let me know where the NPC was currently located. While humorous to see someone surf with an empty bookshelf, it truly was a godsend.)
-Anyone else who has helped but whose name escapes me now.

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

Sims 2 Bon Voyage
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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Surfing Interaction

Size: 184.5 KB · Downloads: 53,003 · 9th Jul 2020
184.5 KB 53,003 9th Jul 2020 | No Surfing Sign with Invisible Recolor

Size: 35.3 KB · Downloads: 28,005 · 16th Jul 2011
35.3 KB 28,005 16th Jul 2011 | Additional Surfboard Recolors

Size: 291.5 KB · Downloads: 40,645 · 8th Jun 2011
291.5 KB 40,645 8th Jun 2011 | Surfboard Racks and Recolors

Size: 442.0 KB · Downloads: 44,366 · 8th Jun 2011
442.0 KB 44,366 8th Jun 2011 | CuriousB surfboard recolors

Size: 655.5 KB · Downloads: 44,530 · 8th Jun 2011
655.5 KB 44,530 8th Jun 2011
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

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3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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Test Subject
#76 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 10:47 PM
This is amazing! Thanks so much for your hard work! My teen Sim is soooo thilled to be the coolest and ONLY sim so far to get to surf! He won't have any trouble being cool now!

P.S. I have had no problems with it at all! Great work!
#77 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 10:59 PM
I don't have Bon Voyage, so I really have no need to care about this download, but your work is so awesome that I couldn't possibly ignore it!
Test Subject
#78 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 11:15 PM
This is so exciting! It sounds like a lot of hard work went into making this. Was just thinking the other day that they missed out on a great opportunity with Bon Voyage to have some cool features like this. Thank you!
#79 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 11:36 PM
Much respect for your hard work !!
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#80 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 11:55 PM
Grangerpup: I refer to the surfboard GUID in a number of places. I would need to go back and add the checks for a special "child version" surfboard with a different GUID. Also, I made use of the "get on" animation from the exercise machines, which doesn't have an animation for children. (My understanding is that applying Adult animations to children can cause bad stretching.) The spin animation performed when changing clothes is generally okay in most circumstances, but it looks very bad when performed over the water (literally on top of the water's surface). The "get on" animation just seems more reasonable (like the Sims are climbing onto the surfboard) and that's why I chose it. The paddling animation is based upon the jumping jacks animation and probably would not be too hard to do since children do have a similar animation. In addition to making new custom animations, it may be possible that I would need to make adjustments to the slots depending upon the appearance of the positioning of everything. Maybe some day (perhaps sooner if someone made the "get on" animation for me ), but I'm afraid not any time in the near future. Sorry.

cameranutz2, iamsam32, slar, HGoGo, Pixelhate: Thanks.

HGoGo: EA definitely missed out on several opportunities with BV (and other EPs), but I suppose that's why we have a community of creators. :D

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#81 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 1:11 AM
Curse you! I so wasn't going to cave and get Bon Voyage. I so wasn't. And then you posted this. And I have to have it. Which means I have to buy Bon Voyage, which I just ordered on Amazon. So Amazon owes you a finder's fee or something. Can't wait to download and try this out. And congrats on the feature. It's sooooooooo well-deserved for all your hard (and, I'm sure, occasionally infuriating) work!
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#82 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 3:35 AM
Wow! Totally wow! hang ten! (or whatever the slang is. lol)
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#83 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 4:52 AM
O my goodness! My Sim actually just surfed!! Amazing work! Qapla!

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#84 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 10:18 AM
A fantastic addition to B.V. and a well deserved feature. I agree with icad a finders fee is due. Great work.
Test Subject
#85 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 2:58 PM
It looks like really great and interesting! :-) But i am afraid a bit to use it in the game. I mean about glitches, what maybe make wrong the game's most of parts. I hope that mod won't ruin the game!? So i am curious, i want to try it and use it, but i worry. I have more little modes in my Sims 2, but i am afraid, i am worry a bit more about bigger mods, like this.
Lab Assistant
#86 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 4:20 PM
As one would guess from my screen name, I am totally STOKED about this mod! Thank you SO much for uploading it! I can't wait to download it and try it out!
Forum Resident
#87 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 4:58 PM
Even though I don't play TS2 anymore, I just wanted to congratulate you on the feature. Well deserved, my friend! Awesome job!!
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#88 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 6:07 PM
Thanks everyone.

iCad: I see that my evil, evil plan is working! *rubs hands together*
Seriously though, I do not regret getting BV. I may not send all my Sims on vacations, but I still make use of much of what the EP offers.

he84: I do not know of any glitches this mod could cause. I have done a lot of testing, but I cannot test every possible situation or configuration of game environments. While I don't think there would be anything catastrophic (i.e. ruin the game), I put the warning as a precaution. Aim for success, but still prepare for failure just in case.

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#89 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 6:09 PM
This is absolutely fantastic! How do you do it!

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#90 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 7:29 PM Last edited by MizzGin03 : 11th Jun 2011 at 10:48 PM.
Absolutely freaking fantastic! My hood is surrounded by beaches and this adds so much more to my gameplay! Thank you so much for this, it's wonderful! And here's a pic of my YA Caleb Henderson testing it out for me (it works wonderfully!)

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#91 Old 10th Jun 2011 at 11:09 PM
Originally Posted by he84
It looks like really great and interesting! :-) But i am afraid a bit to use it in the game. I mean about glitches, what maybe make wrong the game's most of parts. I hope that mod won't ruin the game!? So i am curious, i want to try it and use it, but i worry. I have more little modes in my Sims 2, but i am afraid, i am worry a bit more about bigger mods, like this.

What you can do is put all of the files into one folder in your downloads folder, run your game, and see if it causes any problems. If it doesn't, then Hang Ten and break out the surfboards! If it does cause problems, simply delete the one folder and your game will be restored!

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Forum Resident
#92 Old 11th Jun 2011 at 1:20 AM
Did you purchase the board from hobbies/excercise and put it in your inventory? That's how it works

Originally Posted by 15pupmaus49
ohh-wow-wow-wow, thanks for creating, but I have probs to play this mod.
Everything is in downloadsfolder, testing in an empty game, when I click at the active sim I can't find anything like "surf", just the normal German pie menu.
Tested it in an own made beach lot and in Twikki Island maxis beach lot.
What I am doing wrong?

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Lab Assistant
#93 Old 11th Jun 2011 at 1:41 AM
wow this is unreal, thanx ur way cool..
Test Subject
#94 Old 11th Jun 2011 at 4:15 PM
This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!
Test Subject
#95 Old 11th Jun 2011 at 8:47 PM
Woooooow! This is TOO awesome! Wonderful job!

I'm super excited about this! :D
Test Subject
#96 Old 12th Jun 2011 at 2:57 AM
This is incredible! Thank you so much.
Test Subject
#97 Old 12th Jun 2011 at 4:41 AM
DUUUUDDDDEEE rad i love it being from wilmington NC kure beach!!! not great surfing there but before storms its pretty gnarly!!!
Test Subject
#98 Old 12th Jun 2011 at 10:21 AM
Thank you the answers! I think the deleting the files from the Downloads folder not really good idea to restore the game, if glitch(es) happened. Because if i save after surfing the game, maybe it's save with a little surfing memories, the surfboard(s) in his/her invertory. If i will try that mod, i will copy save in a new different folder from the C:\Documents and Settings\My username\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 folder. So i saved in safe the saved games and downloads then. If i have any glitch problems, i can restore with that.
Forum Resident
#99 Old 12th Jun 2011 at 10:56 AM
This is fantastic! Congratulations, you totally deserve this being featured!
Test Subject
#100 Old 12th Jun 2011 at 4:09 PM
Wow! This is AMAZING!! Cannot wait to load the game!!
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