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Eat at tables [no longer maintained as of August 6th 2021]

by Shane Grey Posted 4th Dec 2019 at 4:35 PM - Updated 6th Aug 2021 at 8:45 AM by Shane Grey
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8/6/2021 : Hi everyone ! Given the number of mods out there doing the same thing as this one, and the small amount of time I can give to modding, I've decided I won't maintain this mod anymore. Feel free to do whatever you want with it.

So I was tired of my Sims not eating at the table when it was in front of them. I looked for a mod to correct this and I found Mental-Hygiene's.
But it hasn't been updated since Strangerville came out, so I made my own thing, updating this and voila.

With this mod, your Sims will prefer to eat at table, so they'll either sit in a dining chair or a bar stool if there's no chair available. If they're watching TV while eating, they'll still sit on sofas or armchairs.

I thought I should share it in a new thread so it gets more visibility, because since the mod wasn't updated, people stopped looking at the thread.
So here a new version, that I'll hopefully maintain with every game update.

Changes were made in the following tuning files. Any mod using the same files will probably conflict.

You've probably noticed that even with this mod, whenever your Sims are outside, near a picnic table, they won't use it. I was guided on this to find the solution. The solution is another mod, made by LittleMsSam, that you can find in her Random Small Mods on her Tumblr page. You'll need the "Auto Use Picnic Table When Eating". Basically, it overrides all picnic tables so they're considered as dining tables, and the mod works with that.

UPDATES : don't forget to delete the old files before adding the new. All versions are named differently.
2/6/2020 : No change needed for patch 1.61.15.
2/6/2020 : No change needed for patch 1.62
11/25/2020 : Thanks to LittleMsSam for maintaining this mod while I was gone. In the meantime, I got to take a look at my own version, and I may have messed the XMLs up at some point. Anyway, I got the mod working with the XMLs originally modified, but I have to say, I don't have a lot of time at the moment, what with lockdown, and classes to attend online all day. So this is not extensively play-tested. You can give it a go and let me know how it works for you, or keep LMS's fix, as you please.

Additional Credits:
Made with S4S
Originally from Mental-Hygiene
Tags: #eat, #tables, #table


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Field Researcher
#2 Old 5th Dec 2019 at 1:26 AM
"Oh look. A nice breakfast table. NOPE. I'm going to go stand by a tree in the backyard and eat."

This is so needed. Thank you.

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Test Subject
#3 Old 5th Dec 2019 at 8:31 AM
Would this mod conflict with a mod that makes eating go faster?
Field Researcher
#4 Old 5th Dec 2019 at 11:41 AM
Thanks with this mod I hope to see my Sims sitting down and eat at a table as normal Sims

"If a little is great, and a lot is better, then way too much is just about right!" - Mae West
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 6th Dec 2019 at 3:48 PM
Anyway you can fix sims not eating at picnic tables?
Test Subject
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#6 Old 7th Dec 2019 at 10:20 AM
Originally Posted by jay33721
Would this mod conflict with a mod that makes eating go faster?

I'm not using any mod of that kind so I don't know, but I'll check and I'll get back at you. ^^

Originally Posted by E-Double
Anyway you can fix sims not eating at picnic tables?

I'll see what I can do. That sure is annoying as well.
Test Subject
#7 Old 7th Dec 2019 at 12:32 PM
Originally Posted by jay33721
Would this mod conflict with a mod that makes eating go faster?

I don't have problems and Last Exceptions caused by that, so I think they do not conflict with each other
Test Subject
Original Poster
#8 Old 25th Dec 2019 at 1:15 PM
Originally Posted by Teknikah
Thank you, now my sims can act like normal people :D

Originally Posted by kuncen
Thank you so much, my household can dinner properly.

Mine will have a really great Winterfest dinner, at a beautifully set table :D
You're welcome, I'm happy to help. ^^
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