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Lifetime Want Chooser

by Lamare Posted 7th Jul 2022 at 5:12 PM - Updated 8th Nov 2022 at 6:53 AM by Lamare
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Summary
This object lets you manually choose a lifetime want for your sim. No cycling one by one, just pick from a list! Has an option to ignore restrictions and choose an LTW that isn't normally available to a sim of certain aspiration. All known lifetime wants are updated and have slightly changed prerequisites to consider interests and hobbies, as a side bonus.

Updates
15th August '22: Reach Platinum Lifetime Aspiration LTW is no longer showing up in chooser's list for those who don't have this LTW. Also added adjustable height for plant models.
27 July '22: Shapeshifting, Rerolling and Support for future wants
11 July '22: Fixed a pre-FT compatibility issue and a minor thing in conditions for werewolves

What you get
  • Custom object that lets you choose a lifetime want and looks like a dream catcher decoration.
  • Changed preconditions for original and a few custom lifetime wants. Random LTW will be a bit more personalized, but should you not like it, new restrictions are easy to overcome with the Chooser, anyway.
  • Optional update for Life Stories careers lifetime wants (only if you use them, ignore it if you don't).

What you need
  • Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden, or Ultimate Collection, otherwise consider yourself a tester. Free Time or Bon Voyage probably good, too. I worked on compatibility with lower game versions, potentially anything after Night Life, but I have less confidence in those. Reports appreciated!
  • Look through Supported wants below and make sure you don't have any unsupported custom lifetime wants. If you have extra ltws that are not updated for the chooser, it won't work as expected (those wants may pop up instead of chosen ones).
  • Look through Conflicts below and make sure the Chooser loads after any conflicting mods, if there are any. Run a conflict detection program to double check.

How to use LTW Chooser
Buy the dream catcher for 5 simoleons in General/Miscellaneous (where most hacks hang out).
You have four options.
Choose LTW from Personally Available - from a list of wants that your sim may normally roll and meets requirements for (aspiration and so on). Chooser runs all checks before showing you the list.
Choose LTW from All (Ignore Restrictions) - from the whole list of lifetime wants you have in your game, original and custom, even those that don't match aspiration or already fulfilled. Use your own judgment when choosing, since not every want is suitable for every sim.
Reroll LTW - random lifetime want will be assigned to your sim.
Shapeshift - changes object model from dream catcher to various plants.

Supported wants
You don't have to have all supported wants in your game, the chooser won't offer you what you don't have.
  • 37 original from all packs
  • 50 of mine from Set 1
  • 4 of University careers - Artist, Show Biz, Paranormal, Natural Science
  • 2 of Life Stories - Game Development and Entertainment (my edits of them)
  • 2 Rio's - Firefighting and Social services
  • As of July, 27th it supports any unlisted LTWs if they are specifically updated for it.
If you're a modder who wants to make compatible lifetime wants, see the tutorial at the bottom of this page.

Changes to wants
These changes affect random rolls and the list of personally available wants.
Common rules:
  • Grilled cheese sims normally get only Eat X Grilled Cheese Sandwiches lifetime want, unless they also have another aspiration. Note that sims do not automatically reroll Grilled Cheese ltw after completion, this is by maxis design.
  • Reach career top type of wants are available to elders if they already work in those specific careers.
  • All wants updated to work with the Chooser.
Specific conditions:


Conflict resolving
Will conflict with other mods that override the same resources and change LTWs' prerequisites.
  • AnyLTWforallaspirations and its edits. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Pescado's ltwvariety and its edits. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser. Both our mods change prerequisites of maxis original lifetime wants from various packs.
  • Nopke's noPetsLTWs. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Cyjon's Wealth LTWs. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Cyjon's Free Time LTW Fixes. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Alexx58's Expanded and Reduced LTW. The Classic version doesn't conflict, but the one that changes prerequisites does. Remove it or let the Chooser load after it and see how it works. If your version also has University career LTWs and you decide to remove it, get the separated Uni LTWs from my 50 LTW bundle. If you'd like to customize your LTW values, see this tutorial.
  • My ltw_support package from custom lifetime wants set. Ignore it, I purposely included some needed functions in both packages, in case someone uses only one of these projects.
  • Rio's Firefighting and Social services career LTWs (from here). Make sure the Chooser loads after Rio's files, specifically the check trees - CT_Firefighter and CT_SocialWorker files - my file replaces them with chooser-ready versions. You could also disable Rio's CT_ files by changing ".package" file extension to ".OFF" or something like that (this is what I do instead of deleting, when I think I might need the files one day).
  • Pescado's Life Stories career lifetime wants (uni_ltws file). If you use them, get my edited versions from this thread. Then, if you use custom LTWs from me or someone else, edit the WantTuning package in your downloads to add these wants to the list (never edit the package in program files). If you don't know what I am talking about, leave the original Pescado's package in your Downloads and let my update load after it to override some things. If you don't use these wants from Pescado, don't download my update and ignore this paragraph.
Make the Chooser load after all conflicting mods, otherwise it will become useless.

Troubleshooting
  • If your sim gets a wrong lifetime want instead of what you chose. 1. You have an LTW that is not supported by this mod. Let me know, and I'll add it. 2. There's a conflict with a custom LTW or a mod that changes maxis wants' conditions. Make sure the Chooser loads last, and it should work as intended.
  • If your sim gets no lifetime want (blank panel) after choosing a custom want. Most likely, you have a custom want, but it's not listed in the WantTuning package (UI Data), or that package has a mistake in it that prevents the game from reading it correctly. Go look. If not that, you probably have a bad copy of this UI Data resource sneakily hiding somewhere and conflicting with your good UI Data resource.

Technical details
  • The model is a clone of in-game dream catcher decoration, stripped of specific EP requirements. Maxis made textures and mesh. 440 faces, 435 vertices. Additional models available through shapeshifting interaction directly reference in-game objects.
  • Nice list you see when choosing pulls icons and descriptions from memories for convenience, but doesn't do anything with the memories.
  • Overrides check trees of all supported lifetime wants (see list above). BHAVs: CT - Test - Lifetime Want - ... in group 0x7F739728. This is to make those wants work with the chooser.

Recommended mods
  • veetie_InterestAgeMod - makes sim's interests more varied when randomized, despite their age. For example, it gives adults a chance to have high interest in animals or toys.
  • ltw_icons_fixed - resized and edited icons for lifetime wants and some memories from Pets, Seasons and Free Time, to reduce visual glitches.
  • Medieval Default Career LTWs - complementary replacements for careers at Plumb Bob Keep - icons and descriptions of lifetime wants and corresponding memories.

Credits
Rio for Firefighting and Social services lifetime wants.
Pescado for Life Stories career LTWs. (I didn't know how to contact him, MATY wouldn't let me register, so if he sees this and has objections, well, I'm sure we'll figure something out. In no way this was an attempt to appropriate any part of his work.)
All the wonderful people behind SimPE, unluac, PhotoScape, Sublime and other helpful tools, tutorials and wikis.
Especially Adidas and Dizzy for the Lua notes.

Tutorial on making custom LTWs compatible with the Chooser
This is for modders who make their own LTWs and want them to be picked up by the Chooser.
Upd 4th August 2022


Type:
      Global Mods: Mods that change the way the game works without requiring any user intervention.

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

This is a multi-part download:


You only have to download LTW_Chooser - the chooser itself
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LTW_Chooser.zip | the chooser itself

Size: 87.9 KB · Downloads: 9,258 · 15th Aug 2022
Download
87.9 KB 9,258 15th Aug 2022
update_to_LS_ltws.zip | only for those who use Life Stories lifetime wants

Size: 9.6 KB · Downloads: 1,483 · 7th Jul 2022
Download
9.6 KB 1,483 7th Jul 2022
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Mad Poster
#51 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 3:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by TadOlson
I would play it safe and remove those other things before installing this and it looks like it fixes many of the want issues anyways.
@grammapat -I've been wanting the same thing because I always ated getting lifetime wants for careers when starting out a new town where nobody will be taking any jobs because the population in the new town is going to be very small for a long while yet.


Yes, for lots of reasons, I almost never leave LTW alone. And since I have my own "logic" as to what a Sim should have, I have mods that let me pick (the hard way, without THIS mod), that reduce the number-related LTW (as, have 30 best friend pets). So I need this one, plus one that reduces those numbers. Also: when a Sim ages to teen IF they are going to college they get an aspiration of Friends or Romance. Then before they leave college I change their LTW - they've grown up, made made friends, decided if they are gay, probably found a mate, and have decided on a career (LTW).

Stand up, speak out. Just not to me..
Mad Poster
#52 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 3:32 PM Last edited by grammapat : 11th Jul 2022 at 4:30 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
@grammapat, let's see.
- Boiling oil "wants & want tuning" - are these custom wants? I can't find info about this mod.

==
Not custom wants, it changes the way LTW will automatically come up
"unitws" is actually a package to change the amount or number of items required in the LTWs like "have 30 children". And the full name of the package is
"ltwnumbertweaks+unitws.package"
What I will do is remove everything, install this one. Then go on a hunt for mod that changes the LTW numbers.

Stand up, speak out. Just not to me..
just a girl
Original Poster
#53 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 4:55 PM
First and Hopefully Last Update
Fixed a pre-FT compatibility issue. Thank you @trambling101 and @annegirl1321 for your reports! Let me know if it still gives errors.
Also fixed a minor thing in conditions for werewolves (interest requirement was applied to them and it shouldn't, they should be allowed to want to raise puppies and befriend pets regardless of interest).


@kaligi, Squinge's mod and uni_ltws_sns both have Uni LTWs. Since Pescado's mod also has Life Stories lifetime wants and you want them, keep it and remove Squinge's. If you keep Squinge's mod, Life Stories lifetime wants might not show up in your game (depends on load order). Make sure to get uni_ltws_sns for M&G, or at least for AL: http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/samples/ts2/ (I don't see an M&G directory there, but there is AL). Cyjon's mods won't be compatible with the Chooser, you'll have to remove them. Put my two files from here in the same folder with uni_ltws_, rename my files using "zz" in the beginning to ensure the right load order, and that should do it!

@grammapat, but if you remove everything you'll loose Uni lifetime wants! Also, you already have a mod that changes LTW numbers, you might be able to keep it too. The mods that tweak the numbers (as, have 30 best friend pets) won't conflict with the chooser. University lifetime wants also won't conflict. The mods that change the way LTW will automatically come up (what I call prerequisites) WILL conflict. If some mod has a feature that conflicts and a feature that doesn't, and you'd like to take advantage of the one that doesn't, try the load order dance: rename the chooser to zz_chooser or something and let it override conflicting mod. Hope that helps.
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#54 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 6:33 PM
@Lamare thank you
Field Researcher
#55 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 8:07 PM
Love this thank you! I've only used the choose from all option so far, but it worked great with my altered LTW mod (amount of lovers/children to college etc. lowered), I just made sure this mod loaded last
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#56 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 9:31 PM
Do you plan to add the University careers lifetime wants in a future update? Or do I need to download mods that already exist?
just a girl
Original Poster
#57 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 9:35 PM
@Nostural, I do plan to upload them, but to use the chooser, you don't necessarily need them or any other wants.
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Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#58 Old 11th Jul 2022 at 11:07 PM
Now this is exciting!

Thanks for sharing!
Mad Poster
#59 Old 12th Jul 2022 at 1:02 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sillysoraya
Love this thank you! I've only used the choose from all option so far, but it worked great with my altered LTW mod (amount of lovers/children to college etc. lowered), I just made sure this mod loaded last

What mod do you have that alters LTW amounts? I can't find one I like.

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Mad Poster
#60 Old 12th Jul 2022 at 1:13 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
First and Hopefully Last Update
Fixed a pre-FT compatibility issue. Thank you @trambling101 and @annegirl1321 for your reports! Let me know if it still gives errors.
Also fixed a minor thing in conditions for werewolves (interest requirement was applied to them and it shouldn't, they should be allowed to want to raise puppies and befriend pets regardless of interest).


@grammapat, but if you remove everything you'll loose Uni lifetime wants! Also, you already have a mod that changes LTW numbers, you might be able to keep it too. The mods that tweak the numbers (as, have 30 best friend pets) won't conflict with the chooser. University lifetime wants also won't conflict. The mods that change the way LTW will automatically come up (what I call prerequisites) WILL conflict. If some mod has a feature that conflicts and a feature that doesn't, and you'd like to take advantage of the one that doesn't, try the load order dance: rename the chooser to zz_chooser or something and let it override conflicting mod. Hope that helps.

==
But post #57 you said Uni LTW would be available --yes? I'm looking for a mod the change LTW numbers. And I wondered about "renaming" - so I would ADD "zz" to the string of numbers and letters that is the "name"? Sounds like your thingy lets me choose any, from a list of ALL (except of course my many custom jobs). And I have been known to change aspirations, personality, and interests! If only I could find a mod that lets my total slobs, with no skills, few interests, and practically no personality, be HAPPY being filthy!

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Field Researcher
#61 Old 12th Jul 2022 at 10:45 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by grammapat
What mod do you have that alters LTW amounts? I can't find one I like.

I use this one here, and slightly amended a couple of them myself in SimPE
https://modthesims.info/d/283220/lt...05-02-2009.html
Then just renamed this LTW Chooser with zz at the front and all worked fine!
just a girl
Original Poster
#62 Old 12th Jul 2022 at 4:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by grammapat
==
But post #57 you said Uni LTW would be available --yes?

True. But before that you should keep your file with Uni lifetime wants, so that your sims don’t loose memories about them if they have any.
About the “zz” I meant renaming the package file to affect load order if you have a mod that conflicts.
Test Subject
#63 Old 12th Jul 2022 at 11:06 PM
Thank you, I've always wanted a mod like this! Is it possible for you to make a version that uses just a normal plant instead of a dreamcatcher?
Alchemist
#64 Old 13th Jul 2022 at 12:13 AM
1) What are the 50 custom LTWs?

2) Is it going to be possible to install the 50 new LTWs without the LTW chooser or the check tree modifications?
just a girl
Original Poster
#65 Old 13th Jul 2022 at 5:15 AM
Hey, @kestrellyn
1) You can see the list it this document here, where some awesome people help translating them.
2) Yes.

@lumanaera, and what would be a normal plant according to you? It is possible, yes. I'm not promising, but I'll keep in mind this idea.
Test Subject
#66 Old 13th Jul 2022 at 9:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
Hey, @kestrellyn
1) You can see the list it this document here, where some awesome people help translating them.
2) Yes.

@lumanaera, and what would be a normal plant according to you? It is possible, yes. I'm not promising, but I'll keep in mind this idea.


a normal plant to me would be something like the Frost de Fleur Bud Vase (base game), BLADET 3 plant pots with 1 tray (ikea home stuff), No-Fuss Ficus (base game), or the Rubber Tree Plant (base game). you don't have to do all of those but i would like a plant that i can stick in a corner of any house or put on an end table in any house if you know what i mean
just a girl
Original Poster
#67 Old 14th Jul 2022 at 5:01 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lumanaera
a normal plant to me would be something like the Frost de Fleur Bud Vase (base game), BLADET 3 plant pots with 1 tray (ikea home stuff), No-Fuss Ficus (base game), or the Rubber Tree Plant (base game). you don't have to do all of those but i would like a plant that i can stick in a corner of any house or put on an end table in any house if you know what i mean

Got it. I will consider making it a shapeshifter.
Mad Poster
#68 Old 14th Jul 2022 at 8:31 PM
i expected to be able to find the actual mod for more custom LTW, but no. IS there such a thing? But they would not be available with this (or something else,like the Blender).

Stand up, speak out. Just not to me..
just a girl
Original Poster
#69 Old 14th Jul 2022 at 9:08 PM
@grammapat, there are very few custom LTWs out there (Rio made two). The Chooser is compatible with all LTWs that are known to me to this day, the full list is in the Supported wants section of this thread. My new set is in progress, I'll be uploading it in a week or two.

I will have to update it for each new want, hopefully there won't be too many of them
Test Subject
#70 Old 15th Jul 2022 at 10:26 AM
I think it'd be nice if it also had a randomizer function, such as "Randomize (among currently available)" and "Randomize (all LTWs)." That way we can still in a way have LTWvariety while using this mod by just randomizing by all LTWs once for each sim. (Ignore this if this is already a feature and I hadn't noticed somehow!)
just a girl
Original Poster
#71 Old 15th Jul 2022 at 3:06 PM
@airigh, the game randomizes sim's LTW by itself, the chooser doesn't stop that. If you mean an option to reroll, I could make it, although people probably have plenty of hacked objects that do that.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#72 Old 15th Jul 2022 at 11:53 PM
Thank you!! Been wanting a mod like this for a long time!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#73 Old 16th Jul 2022 at 7:27 PM
I've been needing a mod like this for thee longest time! This literally came at the right time because I got frustrated and lost interest in my game because I couldn't give my sims the LTW I wanted for them. Thank you so much!!!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#74 Old 17th Jul 2022 at 6:23 AM
This mod is just so unbelievably awesome!!!! I love it so much!! Thank you so much for your hard work Lamare!
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