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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!

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

Operating System: Windows Linux Mac OS X
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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
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Sims Icons.rar

Size: 727.7 KB · Downloads: 5,460 · 18th Jul 2008
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Size: 384.7 KB · Downloads: 5,507 · 18th Jul 2008
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Sims 2 Random Aspect Generators.rar

Size: 519.8 KB · Downloads: 9,621 · 18th Jul 2008
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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\
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Field Researcher
#76 Old 21st Jul 2008 at 3:13 AM Last edited by TashaFaun : 21st Jul 2008 at 3:28 PM.
Hmm for me the file types are icons not .png

EDIT: Found them on MATY. Thanks for the tip!
Test Subject
#77 Old 22nd Jul 2008 at 5:31 AM
Awesome! No more rolling dice!

Thank you, thank you! And congrats on making staff!
Test Subject
#78 Old 23rd Jul 2008 at 5:57 PM
This is amazing! Thank you!

(May I also thank you here for the rest of your creations that I've also downloaded? They are great. I particularly enjoy your catalog mods. Also, I've been following like a hawk your Medieval neighborhood [I play medieval
Sims myself] and I've found many of your ideas interesting.]

It's great that you included the turns on and turns off, too! It's perfect.

#79 Old 26th Jul 2008 at 8:32 AM
Happy anniversary!
Wow - that's great! I made a little program for random aspiration, that couldn't do anything else so thank you very much for that awesome program! It will be much needed.
Field Researcher
#80 Old 26th Jul 2008 at 6:04 PM
Your second screen cap has a typo. It reads "Sims 2 Tansition to Teenhood Random Generator." I hope it's just the screencap and not the program. Figure it's something you probably want to fix, either way.
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#81 Old 27th Jul 2008 at 4:16 AM
If its in the screenshot, is in the program. I'll fix it next time I do updates, prolly when AL comes out. Thanks for pointing it out to me!
Test Subject
#82 Old 4th Aug 2008 at 2:02 AM
I hate having a die floating around my computer desk for when I'm playing my legacy family... these generators are AWESOME!!!
Lab Assistant
#83 Old 6th Aug 2008 at 11:41 PM
What is this "Apocalypse Challange AnyGame"? Sounds interesting.
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#84 Old 7th Aug 2008 at 10:11 PM
Test Subject
#85 Old 26th Aug 2008 at 3:27 PM
it's awesome...thanks!....great job!
Field Researcher
#86 Old 1st Sep 2008 at 2:22 PM
Congrats & all that.

I REALLY do love the programs because I'm one who tends to do things mostly the same so this will be really fun!

I noticed in the Family Generator that there is a lot of variety, however isn't there a requirement in CAS if you have kids that it's required to have an adult (elders do not qualify) be included in the family or you can't save? Or is this something that has finally changed? If this is too nitpicky, just ignore me. It's easy enough to just change one of the Sims to an adult. (I 'rolled' a family today that was just a single kid. I wish. lol)

Being OCD is great isn't it?
Doctor: Do you have any habits like washing your hands multiple times in a row, checking locked doors multiple times to make sure they are actually locked, or anything like that?
Me: No, not that I can think of.
Husband: Her blankets. Every night she has to have her blankets perfectly flat, no wrinkles, and one end always at the top or she won't sleep.
Me: I just have a very particular way of having my blankets... (and eating my sandwiches, and downloading every single thing I might ever need in any house and for families I've never made, and...)

I know it may be a small thing to you that the icons were added as well, but I almost literally cried. To most people it probably makes no difference whatsoever, but because I'm dyslexic it's on par to me as Numenor's lightening hack for epileptics, or the reversed game cursors for left handers that someone did. I tracked down the full set from MATY and now I can have unique icons for all my folders and whatnot on my desktop making it so I can actually find what I need without translating everything (reading and comprehending the text). It makes perfect sense to me to have the fire icon as the Trash Can, The T.V. for My Computer, the move out icon for my Sims 2 folder, and the Uni scroll as My Documents. There is no icon set that I better understand than the Sims icons, making this a MUCH needed addition to my computer. Plus I LOVE having unique collection icons more than I will ever use after I dumped the pngs from MATY into the collections folder.

Many, MANY thanks,

Test Subject
#87 Old 17th Sep 2008 at 11:20 PM
This is AMAZING!!!! I will no longer be thwarted by indecision! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
And congratulations on everything, all of your work is so awesome and falls into my "essential mods - download these first!" category whenever I have to reinstall my game :D
Test Subject
#88 Old 23rd Sep 2008 at 4:30 AM
Okay...I'm late, but happy 100th upload! I absolutely love your stuff. I've installed most of your default replacements.

I won't have much use for the random aspect generators, but the icons are awesome! Thank you for these!

Test Subject
#89 Old 24th Sep 2008 at 10:44 PM
bloody brilliant! thank you.
Test Subject
#90 Old 29th Sep 2008 at 10:18 PM Last edited by qwertyuiop123456789 : 13th Oct 2008 at 2:01 AM. Reason: Answered my problem
well, all i can say is the icons look wonderful (in the screenshots) but i can't use them, but congratulations on your 100th upload.

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Test Subject
#91 Old 30th Sep 2008 at 1:12 PM
This is fabulous! I actually lost my dice and even rolling an online die is a pain in the butt! This is wonderful! It's late, but happy anniversary and thank you for such an awesome program!
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#92 Old 1st Oct 2008 at 2:06 AM
Originally Posted by qwertyuiop123456789
But there is a flaw. I can't get the icons to work on my Windows Vista laptop! PLEASE HELP!! I really want the icons.
The icons work fine, the flaw is in the fact that you have Vista.
Field Researcher
#93 Old 2nd Oct 2008 at 4:13 AM
This is probably one of the best downloads I have come across, hands down. This is an awesome alternative to the 6 sided die that is required for the Legacy challenge. I have used the Random Aspect Generator at least half a dozen times for my Legacy teens and it works flawlessly. Thank you so much, you are brilliant.
#94 Old 8th Nov 2008 at 7:00 AM
Thanks for the icons!

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Field Researcher
#95 Old 8th Nov 2008 at 8:00 PM
Wow, I don't know how I missed this- thank you! And thanks for providing the link!

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15th Nov 2008 at 1:19 PM
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#96 Old 4th Dec 2008 at 3:38 AM
Do you have any plans to update these two programs for Apartment Life and maybe Mansion&Garden (although it's supposed to be a stuff pack, it isn't.) to include the witch turn on/off? And what other turn on/offs there could be after FreeTime?
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#97 Old 4th Dec 2008 at 4:40 AM
Yes I will eventually be updating this, but I have no idea when. Mansion and Garden is sold as a Stuff Pack but coded as an EP. After Numenor updates the AnyGame I will do testing to see if/how to include it here.
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#98 Old 4th Dec 2008 at 7:12 AM Last edited by Chaavik : 4th Dec 2008 at 7:13 AM. Reason: I'm stupid at 1:30 AM not to include M&G comment
All right, Phaenoh. Thanks for the heads up. I think there was only one turn on/off for Apartment Life, and that's the witch turn on/off. I haven't seen anything yet since I just got M&G and remembered to check back here for updates.

And yes, I did say that. Sorry for any misunderstanding! :D
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#99 Old 13th Dec 2008 at 7:18 PM
Awesome, thank you for sharing =D
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