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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

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Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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Sims 2 Random Aspect Generators.rar

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Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#51 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 7:37 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! Glad to know I'm appriciated here!
Originally Posted by Fearless Butterfly
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?
I had thought about that but then decided it wasn't practical as families tend to have the same skin tone, hair color, and eye color between them. Why not when you are starting to make your family hit the random button in CAS and then stick with whatever the game randoms you for the parents. (I highly advocate the 'Make Baby' button to make the genetics correct, but I'm kinda obsessive.) You can of course change their facial structure so they aren't fugly! Enjoy!
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 7:52 AM
WOW! Just...WOW!

Test Subject
#53 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 9:42 AM
hello! thank you for this great upload, I would like to use the icons on my desktop, but I dont know where to put them! can somebody help me please?
Top Secret Researcher
#54 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 12:08 PM
congrats on your 100th upload, phaenoh! all these stuff rocks, but i like the icon pack most!!!! thanks!!!
#55 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 1:45 PM
Congratulations!!! on your 100th Upload
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 2:56 PM
Congratulations on your anniversary!
Thank you so much for these programs, they will be very usefull! I have just started to create a whole new neighbourhood, but haven't found the time (or the wil) yet to create family's to actually start playing! *bows down*
and just in time too, my vacation is starting today and it's pouring outside!

again, congratulations, you have indeed grown a lot and learned so much!
Thank you for all you have done for us here at MDS2!
Field Researcher
#57 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 3:56 PM
Happy anniversary I've got a lot of your things in my game and I love the randomizer. Thanks for sharing your work!
Forum Resident
#58 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 4:16 PM
Congratulations on one stellar year! Here's to many more!!
Test Subject
#59 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 5:39 PM
Happy anniversary and thanks so much. Maybe now I won't have to keep stealing all the dice from the yatzee game! *loses dice easily *
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 5:46 PM
This rocks. Not only do I no longer have to feel like a complete freak for constantly rolling dice when I play a computer game - now I don't have to! This is going to save so much time whenever I make a new family (which happens pretty often.) Thank you so much.

Oh, and congrats on your one-year creator anniversary!
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#61 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 6:08 PM
Originally Posted by Tschibberli
hello! thank you for this great upload, I would like to use the icons on my desktop, but I dont know where to put them! can somebody help me please?
You can put the icons anywhere you like on your computer, but you have to be able to find them again to change the desktop ones. When you right click on an icon you would like to change, click 'Change Icon' then browse and navigate to whereever you put them after you downloaded them. Then pick the one you want and click Apply.
Test Subject
#62 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 6:23 PM
Awesome! This is so useful. Waaaay simpler than using a dice, faster, completely better! Thank you!!
Test Subject
#63 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 10:37 PM
These are great! Thanks so much!
Lab Assistant
#64 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 11:48 PM
I have to say I love the one for generating the asperiation and turn-ons for teens. I hate picking out turn-ons/offs just because I use the same ones over and over, and get no variety. Now I will--thank you!

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.” George Bernard Shaw

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Field Researcher
#65 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 12:07 AM
Thank you thank you thank you!! :D

And congrats on 100 uploads and your 1 year anniversary! :o

Thank you for putting me in the credits! -is touched-

And I love my new "spiffed up" desktop! Alec helped me pick out the icons for each.

Thank you thank you thank you!
Forum Resident
#66 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 5:16 AM
#67 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 5:38 AM
I have no idea really what it will do but I'll try it out. Congrats on the year and the 1000th upload too.
Forum Resident
#68 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 11:29 AM
Oooo this is going to be veeery helpful! thank you and congratulations for your 100th upload!
Lab Assistant
#69 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 12:03 PM
Happy B-Day! Thanx for all your wonderful creations and sharing the with us! Love your work
Criminal Mastermind
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#70 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 12:55 PM
Excellent work you've done over the year! Happy 100th Upload and Year! I've followed some of your work with the houses, neighborhood terrains and a couple mods for teen and adult female jumpsuits (not sure if they're called that) conversion to Athletic Wear.

I need to clarify something to make sure I understood correctly how this program works. This program applies the random aspirations, turn ons and offs to new Sims or applies to all Sims (new and old - existing)?

The installation isn't going to be a problem for me, but I do want to know beforehand what to expect from my game or the program generating the aspirations, turn ons and turn offs for the Sims I have or will create after I install this program.

Once again, way to go, Phaenoh! Looking forward to checking out what new stuff you come up with the next time I come 'round to MTS2.
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#71 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 4:41 PM
This program has absolutely nothing to do with the game itself. Nothing in the game will change because you download this. All this does it generate pretty pictures for you to look at (or write down and then use to make a new CAS family or set turn ons and turn offs).
Criminal Mastermind
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#72 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 11:18 PM
Ah, I see.. Okay, thank you for the response. I assumed the program would affect the game by randomizing the aspirations, turn ons and turn offs for both new and old Sims.

But anyways, great stuff!
Top Secret Researcher
#73 Old 20th Jul 2008 at 11:34 PM
congratulations and thanks for all your work!

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Field Researcher
#74 Old 21st Jul 2008 at 2:35 AM Last edited by TashaFaun : 21st Jul 2008 at 3:04 AM.
Phaenoh I was wondering if it would be possible to get a copy of the icons as jpegs? If not its cool just thought I would ask Thank you again! My desktop is enjoying all the new icon-y goodness.
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#75 Old 21st Jul 2008 at 3:11 AM
The icons are already available as .pngs thats what I started with. I don't remember where I got them from however, either somewhere here (modding resources perhaps?) or at MATY. I've had them for a while now. They old.
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