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Age Duration Resetter

by CtfG Posted 11th Oct 2006 at 10:54 AM - Updated 2nd Apr 2008 at 11:53 AM by CtfG : Update BV & FREETIME info
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Description:
When changing a sim's age group through a cheat or cheat object like SimModder, the sim will age, though the remaining days in the new age group will not change. They remain the same as they were in the former age group. So if you cheat an adult into a child, the child will have 29 days to live in this age. The Age Duration Resetter fixes this for all age groups. So with this object installed, there is no more need to save the game, exit it, start SimPE, fix the remaining days manually and re-start the game.

Note: I know that there are a lot of hacks / objects out there which allow to change the age group, but as far as I have seen and read, none of them corrects the amount of days for the new age group. If despite all my checkings here on MTS2 such a hack should already exist, please post the link here so I can check for myself and, if necessary, pull back this hack. Thank you.

This object hack requires only the original game, but will (hopefully!) work with all EP's.


Features:
- Reset Age Duration:
When used, the object corrects the total days for the actual age group and sets it to: 4 days for
toddlers, 8 days for children, 15 days for teenagers and 29 days for adults. Elders and Young
Adults are not changeable through this hack; the remaining days of elders is determined by their
mood when they age into elder, and young adults only exist on the university campus where their
age is measured in semester hours. I didn't want to mess with that
- Age me to...
This converts the active sim to the selected new age group. Simultaneously, the age duration will
be reset to the standard value of the new age group, so the player hasn't to do this manually.
"New" children and teenagers will be registered to public school automatically, but their school
grades will not be touched. To modify these grades, I recommend Merola's Multi-Function
painting or "The InSiminater".
- Show Secondary Skills & Stats
Please read paragraph "Update 2006-11-06" for details


Known problems:
After changing the age group, TS2 needs a few seconds to register all new values. Please allow the program a few moments before you change the age of the active sim a second / third / n-th time. When selecting an age group brings you immediately back to the main selection, just wait a moment before you try it again.


Conflicts:
Uses its own registered GUID, so there should be no conflicts with other mods / hacks.


Installation / Uninstallation:
- To install, extract the file CtfG_ResetAgeDuration.package into: "My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads " and start the game. The object is available in Buy mode, category Decorative / Sculpture. It's the orange flamingo with an asterisk.
- To uninstall, simply delete or remove the above file from your Downloads folder.


Update 2006-10-28:
I re-created this object to make it base game compliant. If you have only the base game TS2 with no EP's installed and you want to test this object, please be so kind to post any results here. This will help me to identify problems which I couldn't detect because I have EP's installed. Thank you.


Update 2006-11-02
Pets-compliant: Yes. No further modifications necessary.


Update 2006-11-06:
As requested in another thread (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=201546, post #13), I added the function "Show Secondary Skills & Stats" to this object. This function is part of the next update of my TeenStar PC, but since this PC is only useable by teens and children, the new function makes more sense here. It is accessable for all age groups from toddlers to elders, and also for cats and dogs (one never knows what it might be good for). If additional skills / stats should be displayed, please request here, and I'll add them as soon as possible (see screenshot #7 for a display as it is now). The action is immediate, which means it can be executed without interrupting / ending a running interaction.


Update 2007-03-29
This hack works with SEASONS. No modifications necessary.


Update 2007-04-24:
It seems that under certain circumstances AND with Free Will turned ON on a lot, that the Age Resetter was sometimes used autonomously by family members, resulting in some mysterious aging. This is fixed now. Please re-download if you ran into this kind of problem after installing this object. My apologies for any inconvenience.


Update 2008-04-02
This object works with EP6 BonVoyage and EP7 FreeTime. No changes necessary.
The functionality, though, is now also implemented in the "TeenStar PC" (new name: PC Omega 3000), so if you use the PC also, you can remove this object from your downloads folder.

Vironin




Conditions & Disclaimer:

1.
This object and all related files are given to the community "as is". During my tests, no problems showed up. However, I cannot guarantee that all functions will work under all circumstances and/or on all computers. Use all files and mod-options at your own risk!

2.
This object shall not be re-posted to any other site. It is (and shall be) available ONLY through http://www.modthesims2.com. If you downloaded this zip-file or any of its contents from any other site, please inform me by sending a private message to CtfG on modthesims2. Thank you.

3.
Feel free to recolor this object and post any recolor to modthesims2, but please include a link to the original object you recolored. Every modder likes to take at least some credits for his/her work, and pretending that you created this mod from scratch will be very bad for your reputation and karma, and it will also have a negative affect on your christmas gifts. Guaranteed.


Have fun with this mod!

CtfG (on MTS2)

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
CtfG_ResetAgeDuration.zip

Size: 58.7 KB · Downloads: 17,331 · 11th Oct 2006
58.7 KB 17,331 11th Oct 2006
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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38 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 36 Feedback Posts
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Test Subject
#2 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 11:20 AM
really good idea to finally have this option in one object without having to use boolProp, thanks so much : ]
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 11:55 AM
Thanks!
Alchemist
#4 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 1:52 PM
Good one, thank you. I noticed that and tried to balance the "error" of the agesimscheat through other cheats/hacks, but your hack will put all the cheats together in one single item. Thanks again and ciao.
Forum Resident
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11th Oct 2006 at 2:03 PM
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Lab Assistant
#5 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 2:38 PM
Very good Idea, Thank you very much for all of your hard work...
Test Subject
#6 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 3:16 PM
There actually is a way within the game to age Sims with the correct number of ways. It's how I've always done it when I needed to age someone:
-boolprop testingcheatsenabled true
-shift-click on the Sim
-go to "set to birthday"
(you can turn off boolprop here if you'd like)
-their age bar will fill up to one day left in the age group
-then click on them and go to "grow up"

It's extremely convenient. :]
Instructor
#7 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 5:17 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Solowren
There actually is a way within the game to age Sims with the correct number of ways. It's how I've always done it when I needed to age someone:
-boolprop testingcheatsenabled true
-shift-click on the Sim
-go to "set to birthday"
(you can turn off boolprop here if you'd like)
-their age bar will fill up to one day left in the age group
-then click on them and go to "grow up"

It's extremely convenient. :]


Yes, but does your method go backwards?

Well done, Ctfg, but please don't take offense if I don't use this. I like my sims at their present ages (most of them, anyway...).

Contemplating making Golden Sun stuff for TS2.
What just happend?
retired moderator
#8 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 5:27 PM
Very good and very useful. Thank you.

Life is for LIVING so, LIVE it and have Fun

Please use "spell check" when posting!!!
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
Test Subject
#9 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 5:58 PM
I've been looking for something like this! Thanks!

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Field Researcher
#10 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 7:59 PM
Cool hack. Thanks for sharing.

I'm going to stop modding the sims 2.
Forum Resident
#11 Old 11th Oct 2006 at 8:55 PM
Simply: Well done!!! Thanks!
hexameter
Test Subject
#12 Old 12th Oct 2006 at 12:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Proxian_girl
Yes, but does your method go backwards?

Well done, Ctfg, but please don't take offense if I don't use this. I like my sims at their present ages (most of them, anyway...).


Nope, it doesn't go backwards, unfortunately.

Even boolprop has it's limits, it seems. xD
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#13 Old 12th Oct 2006 at 9:28 AM
@ jmtmom ("Will this make it possible to add or subtract days from a sim in their current life cycle?"): --- No, it's a cheat for the Maxis' cheat, so to speak. To manipulate the actual days lived, best use Merola's Multi-function painting or a similar hack. You can find it at http://www.simchaotics.com.

@ Solowren ("There actually is a way within the game to age Sims..."): --- As Proxian_Girl had already stated (bows to Proxian_Girl and thanks), this method does only one work in one way, not backwards. And switching off boolProp on a lot... Well, for some reasons, in most german game versions the testcheat can be switched off only in the neighborhood view. This cheat has indeed some limits, and it sometimes is responsible for visitors showing up around 10:20pm.

@ Proxian_Girl ("...please don't take offense if I don't use this..."): --- Why in all the world should I be offensed? *laughs' This hack is nothing but an offer. As the Irish say: "Take it or leave it" . Yes, of course you are right; most of the times I too like my sims at their present age. I found situations though, especially connected to teens having children, when the child of the teen goes to college, and suddenly the teen parents grow into young adults, too, and they still live on their residential lot. Mostly for this (until yet not cleared problem) I created this hack to convert the unwanted young adults back to their teen stage.
Test Subject
#14 Old 17th Oct 2006 at 2:46 AM
Wow!
I have been looking for this object.
Thanks mann..

SBS
A.K.A
Sabri Bin Salim
Instructor
#15 Old 23rd Oct 2006 at 5:29 PM
I downloaded and thanked for it anyway.

Contemplating making Golden Sun stuff for TS2.
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 25th Oct 2006 at 12:42 AM
Great idea, ive been using the hacked still life painting until now but that just increases/decreases life by 3 days at a time and so isnt always convenient. I like this very much.

By the way do you know of a way to overcome the schoolwork problem - i changed an adult into a child and doing this causes the childs school grade to be so low that the social workers comes immediately and takes them away. The only way to do it so far as i know is to make the adult a toddler first then a child (which had the effect of making their life only 4 days long - though your hack will 'cure' this problem).

I wanted to make an adult into a child because i was making futurama where Fry is an adult and the professor is an elder but the professor is infact Fry's great great...great nephew but the game wont allow a younger sim to be an older sims elder, lol, if you get what i mean. Anyway.. i love your hack, thanks for sharing.

Quote:
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. (Winston churchill)


Thanks to all you hardworking modders.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#17 Old 25th Oct 2006 at 12:53 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by willowsmum
(snip...) By the way do you know of a way to overcome the schoolwork problem - i changed an adult into a child and doing this causes the childs school grade to be so low that the social workers comes immediately and takes them away. The only way to do it so far as i know is to make the adult a toddler first then a child (which had the effect of making their life only 4 days long - though your hack will 'cure' this problem). (snip...)


1. Get Merola's Multi-function painting. It's a three-part object. When you click on the left side of the painting, you'll get the option "School", and in there you'll find "Grade up" and "Grade down". With Grade Up, you can adjust the school rating to the common C for kids / teens.

2. Convert the adult to child ONLY after 3pm or before 7am, or best on Saturdays / Sundays when there's no school. This avoids any punishment / rating drop.

3. Also with Merola's painting, you can send the newly made kid to public / private school. Or get my Teenstar PC

Hope this helps.
CtfG
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#18 Old 25th Oct 2006 at 10:37 AM
The problem with my objects not showing up in the base game is kind of solved. Please read here:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=193604, post #23.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#19 Old 28th Oct 2006 at 6:20 PM
All:

I just uploaded a new version of the Age Duration Resetter. It should now be compatible with base game only installations. Furthermore, the object now contains the options to age the active sim to a new age group, be it forward or backward. Please check the included Readme file for further informations.

Thanks for your patience with a new modder, and thanks for not flaming me for all these bugs I implemented

CtfG

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Space Pony
#20 Old 12th Nov 2006 at 6:28 AM
This rules! Thank you!
Test Subject
#21 Old 12th Nov 2006 at 7:40 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CtfG
Update 2006-11-06:
As requested in another thread (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=201546, post #13), I added the function "Show Secondary Skills & Stats" to this object. This function is part of the next update of my TeenStar PC, but since this PC is only useable by teens and children, the new function makes more sense here. It is accessable for all age groups from toddlers to elders, and also for cats and dogs (one never knows what it might be good for).


That option doesn't appear to be there I just downloaded it a few days ago too, after the update was announced.
It looks really cool too, I would really like to see that information on some of my sims.

"Look, I don't need this, I inhaled my favorite whistle this morning."
--Simpsons
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#22 Old 12th Nov 2006 at 11:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HunterGreen
That option doesn't appear to be there I just downloaded it a few days ago too, after the update was announced.
It looks really cool too, I would really like to see that information on some of my sims.


I just re-uploaded the file, just to be sure. Please try again. If you still get the .package version from October 28, clear your browser's cache and then try the download again.

Let Teens Live Alone With TeenStar PC
Let Teens Adopt A Baby/Toddler/Child
>>> Check my profile page for further hacks <<<
Test Subject
#23 Old 17th Nov 2006 at 6:28 PM
great download ^^ i was just wondering though, how do you actually get the secondary skills bar to appear?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#24 Old 20th Nov 2006 at 9:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragon-fire
great download ^^ i was just wondering though, how do you actually get the secondary skills bar to appear?


It's the primitive function 0x0024 called "Dialog". I played around with it for some time to discover several of its secrets

In detail (technical stuff):
- Create / Modify a Text List, name it "Dialog prim string set" and give it the instance number of 0x0000012D
- Enter as many text lines into it as you need / want
- Create a Behaviour function, add the command 0x0024 and modify it as you need / want. Byte #5 is the most important; it determines the kind of message display. Depending on this, all other Bytes need to be set correctly, while Byte #2 is the link to the Text List.

Hope this helps

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Let Teens Adopt A Baby/Toddler/Child
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Test Subject
#25 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 5:42 AM
Some of my Sims have been randomly aging backward or forward since I installed this mod. Is there anything I can do to fix it?
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