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*100th Upload and 1st Year Creator Anniversary* Sims Random Aspect Generators

by Phaenoh Posted 18th Jul 2008 at 8:12 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 3:29 PM by Nysha
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HURRAY!!! (we are celebrating with this post!) Today marks one full year that I have been a creator AND its conveniently my 100th upload.

Today is special to me because I can look back and see how much I've grown as a creator. My very first upload was a Bodyshop Copy and it was the most basic thing I can think of. Since then I have learned how to make textures for clothes that don't suck (believe me, my first attempts at recoloring the af Tracksuit were AWFUL) to my first dabbling with SimPE for my first clothing mod. Next came learning how to make decent looking realistic walls and my first attempts with object meshing. Those were both learned on the spot in MTS2's first creator challenge and I did well enough that I was our first winner as well.

For my next trick I figured out how to make default replacement textures for clothing and ran with that for a while. Next I got myself a copy of SC4 and figured out how to make a neighborhood terrain. That needed houses so I got busy with my Nana Series. Next came another creator challenge and I set myself to the task of learning to make both a hair mesh and a clothes mesh. Then keeping with genetics I tackled a huge eye set. Then Halloween rolled around and I had some fun with that. Then another creator challenge and I tackled creating a custom career.

To further round out my portfolio I through in a CAS Screen and some terrain paint. Then I decided I needed some more houses in my neighborhood and ended up getting Featured for my Katrina Cottages. I was speechless for days about that one. Then winter hits and I churn out another contest entry, this time a custom swing. Swings are the single most complicated thing I've ever run into, I stand in awe still of anyone who understand BHAVs.

Then I took up my Milkshape and started making conversion meshes, I learned quite a few things about the importance of aligning normals to be sure! Next up my OCD compelled me to do something about the disorderly state in which the Buy Mode and Clothing Catalogs were in and those two mods are my most popular downloads to date. Some more contests and miscellaneous mods and suddenly I'm asked to join MTS2 staff. As that had been my dream since the first day I cowered in phear of the mods in #create I said yes as fast as I could. Now slightly more than a month later, I'm celebrating my 100th upload and my 1st year as a Sims 2 Custom Content Creator. How's that for a year?


OK, so all that aside, what goodies did I bring to the party? Well, not to disappoint or anything, but there is nothing in this post that you can use in your game. I (with some help from my dad) have written two programs that will randomly generate sim aspects for you. What's the purpose you ask? Well, during my stint in starting up Medieval Veronaville (nothing much has happened there lately, rl to busy) I've had to create random families. First I had to roll a dice to see how many families I needed to create, then roll again to see how many sims would be in the first family. Then roll once for each sim for their age, gender, aspiration, and zodiac sign. Repeat per sim per family. As you can probably guess without getting out your calculator, that is an AWFUL lot of dice rolling. And don't forget to keep track of all those rolls and what each one was for. Lordy thats a lot! So, why not instead, use this spiffy program I've created that does all that for you in one click with nice easy to understand pictures? YAY! I have two versions of each program available, the official copy that was coded in Visual Basic and is complete with custom icons and an installer (yes, it writes to your reg files, but it also uninstalls completely) or the version that I coded in Javascript that will run in your web browser. To run that just open the .html file with a web brower (IE, Firefox, Safari) This version doesn't work nearly as well as the official version because, quite frankly, I'm not a computer programmer and my dad is!


The second program is for when a teen grows up. In the Legacy challenge you are supposed to roll for their aspiration but I believe you still get to pick their turn ons and turn offs. I've written a program that will random an aspiration, two turn ons and a turn off. In the official VB version the turn ons and turn offs are customizable based on the Expansion Packs you say you have. (Phae isn't that spiffy at Javascript to be able to pull that off, sorry!)


The last goodie I have for you today is a set of icons. What are they useful for? Well if you plan on writing your own sims program and need an icon for it, then its useful. What if you are tired of seeing 3 identical icons for your AnyGames when one is clearly your Medieval hood, one is a testing ground, and the last is Zombie Apocalpyse? Well, right click on their properties and tell it to change the icon. (The zombie turnon icon works quite nicely for the Apocalypse Challenge AnyGame) What if you are just so sims obsessed you'd like to change ALL your desktop icons into sims graphics. Well, thats a bit over the top, but YOU CAN DO IT!

Here's to another great year of creating at MTS2!
Enjoy!
-Phae

P.S. I hope you all now by now that I LOVE READING COMMENTS! Leave a note, (pretend its a birthday party!)

Additional Credits:
HP, Tig, fanseelamb, whiterider, Delphy, plasticbox, Echo, Canoodle, Lethe_s, Numenor, wes_h, Carmee_kitty, wndy_26, Sophie-David, Fresh-Prince, and all the other wonderful creators and friends who've welcomed me here at MTS2 and made this the best year my sims and I have ever had. THANK YOU ALL!!! <3

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Lab Assistant
#26 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 4:36 PM
Lol, I have tons of tons of "Random Sim Generators" that I have collected over the year while I played the game, but they where always missing something. I'll give yours a try when ever I get the chance. Congrats on your year (i have a ton of your stuff, too) & on your 100th upload, and good luck in the future.
Test Subject
#27 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 4:50 PM
Thank you so much!! Now it will be easier to make my sims for the challenges. All your work is amazing, I love it!

Congratz for your first year and your 100th upload
Forum Resident
#28 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 4:57 PM
"I LOVE READING COMMENTS!" ...
Well here is mine: Thank you for these useful tools and a totally different upload. I'm sure it was much work to do these tools and it's nice to share them here. I'm rather sure that I will use them for a test but as I only use test games and one single neighbourhood set up of my own and ...
"... my own little simmies haven't seen much action as of late ..." I will not set up a new neighbourhood after all the years.
In spite of all I said your work is much appreciated and I acknowledge it very much!
Congratulation to the celebration,

hexameter

PS. I didn't write such a long comment for a very long time and I don't comment very much. I hope you'll have fun with it.
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 5:26 PM
Thank you Phaenoh!

I've seen some generators out there, but they weren't specific enough. [Or they were TOO specific; they'd give your sims a weird name and odd apperances too...] They wouldn't generate entire families, or if they would, they'd only give ages. This is perfect! And I adore the icons, too! Thank you.

Oh, congrats on the 100th upload!
Field Researcher
#30 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 5:29 PM
COOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! I'm totally using the icons for desktop :P
Not actually evil.
#31 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 6:03 PM
*CatOfEvilGenius bakes Phaenoh a 100th Upload Cake.*
Congrats!

Please spay or neuter your pets. --- Cat Music Video! --- my meshes
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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Original Poster
#32 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 6:19 PM
WOW! This is absolutely the BEST way to start the day! Thank You everyone who has left me a comment already. You guys have made me really happy I'm having a hard time getting this stupid smile off my face. Can't say it enough, THANKS!
Lab Assistant
#33 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 6:24 PM
thank god for special people
Thank you so much for writing such an interesting profile. I would love to share your profile with a OCD friend of mind, that all he does is complain about his differences and not put them to use. Like myself I have an Anxiety disorder, I have put it to use in helping people. Like yourself give to others what they don't have to better their life.

Thank you for being an inspiration to all that read your thread and see what special people can do when they live (outside the box)

Happy creating,
Tricia

There are no short cuts to a place worth going!
Thankyou for your creative works of art.
They are well appreciated. AKA: Tricia
Forum Resident
#34 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 6:40 PM
Very cool idea, Phae. It adds an element of randomness that wasn't there before.

Happy 100th and here's to 100 more.

I'm no longer active here. My latest crestions can be found st:

http://blueheavensims.blogspot.com/?m=1
Instructor
#35 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 6:56 PM
Congrats, and thanks for all the cool stuff you're sharing with us.
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 7:33 PM
omg I feel so much better now that I'm not the only one digging out the fancy dice in order to play Sims.
My boyfriend thinks I'm a couple stops past Barking, but now at least I don't have to raid his d&d dice.

-Zenka
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni.
Test Subject
#37 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 7:35 PM
Thank you very much for all your work, I hope you've enjoyed it I use loads of your stuff, and these two programs will make it SO much easier to populate my new medieval neighborhood (I think that's a fairly common sentiment ).
Test Subject
#38 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 8:26 PM
This is wonderful! I don't own any dice so all I had was a piece of paper and some numbered pennies in a bag to make my families.. xD;
Thank you and congrats!
Demon Sheep
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#39 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 8:34 PM Last edited by fanseelamb : 22nd Aug 2008 at 9:44 PM.
Wow, you sure have had a busy year Sims-wise. That's quite an impressive portfolio, Phae! Ya know, one of the reasons I upload is to read comments too.... so it's good to know I'm not the only one.

Anyway, these are some pretty spiffy programs and I completely adore the icons. They're so cute!! I had to grab those even though I have no clue what I'll do with them. Thanks for everything, and congrats!!! *tosses confetti all over you*
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
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#40 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 8:40 PM
Hooray! I love these! I've never seen a teenhood transition ramdomizer before- great idea! Thankyou.

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Scholar
#41 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 9:05 PM
You truly have been amazing -- you've learned to do things that I thought only serious artists or real programmers could learn to do, and you've done them well. Thanks for all you've given us.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Field Researcher
#42 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 9:14 PM
Ohmygoshyouareamazing! <3 *puts party hats on everyone*

WOOOO PARTY! Let's dance! Put on your red shoes and dance the blues!

And wow I can't remember even seeing some of these icons before this haha.

*Ahem* THANK YOU! This will be marvelous! And wow you have done quite a lot! I enjoyed reading that little summary/backstory. You simply must keep creating! We need to have more parties! *wheels out a large cake*
Top Secret Researcher
#43 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 9:18 PM
Perfect for legacies! Thanks Phae, and Phae's dad!


Test Subject
#44 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 10:14 PM
This is perfect..I just restarted my clean pleasantview and need to make townies and new families! Thank you for you hard work, and thank you for sharing it with all of us!
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 1:50 AM
Definitely COOL!

That applies to you, your dad for lending a helping hand, and your phantastic uploads.

I haven't been rolling the dice (probably because I don't own any and haven't run across any while out shopping), but I find myself always choosing the same aspirations, turn-ons/offs, agonizing over everything. I did go out and buy a baby name book. Who can think of a good one when you need it? Grab the book, thumb through it, AHA, found one. Though I think I'll get another book, the one I've got has too many Americanized versions of names ("LaShaniqua - a combination of La and Shaniqua" "Shanikwa - a version of Shaniqua" Like I didn't know that!)

Anyway - way cool. Thanks for all your hard work and sharing it with the rest of us. Keep doing what your doing and we'll keep saying thanks, with mouths agape (small dribbles of drool at the corner), eyes wide, thinking "Wow, wish I could do that."

Albert - 2/14/1990-6/2007 He was no dog, he was my short, furry, four-legged, person. And I miss him.
Test Subject
#46 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 3:29 AM
Thanks! I like to roll my regular Sims' aspirations as well as my challenge Sims, so this will be great for me.
Lab Assistant
#47 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 3:54 AM
This is really cool. I can put my dice away.
Instructor
#48 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 4:54 AM
I really love this its exactely what i need! just one thing though would it be possible to make it so that it also randomises what hair and eye colour and skintone they have? So like black,brown,blonde,red or custom hair, blue,dk blue, green,grey or brown eyes and light, medium, tan or dark skin?
Top Secret Researcher
#49 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 6:31 AM
Congratulations and look how far you have came!!!
Thanks for creating all that you have and sharing you very talented work with all of us as I have enjoyed everything.
Cant say how much I will enjoy these programs and icon. THANK YOU
Lab Assistant
#50 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 7:16 AM
Congratz and thank you for your hard work to make my, and everyone else's, game playing more enjoyable! Can't wait to see what next year brings!
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