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The Relationship Decay Mod

by mgomez Posted 18th Sep 2014 at 2:50 AM - Updated 26th Sep 2014 at 8:21 AM by mgomez
467 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 8 Thanks Posts
Important Update
  • 23 September 2014: A new version of the mod has been released. Please download it and replace the older version with this one. The following is a list of changes I have made:

    - The game would reset all relationship decay values to their original values whenever you planned an outfit or traveled. This little annoyance was corrected by completely rewriting the mod's code to account for the mess this made.
    - The mod is now much more efficient.

About This Mod

The Sims 4 has taken a page out of The Sims 2's book by making it spectacularly easy to become a social outcast. Many people were complaining that relationships decay too quickly, so it was about time a mod was made for this.

I have made a mod that comes in two different flavors (by popular request, the second flavor has been added). The first flavor of the mod ("mgomez-noreldecay.zip") will eliminate relationship decay completely. A screenshot below shows how the relationship between Darla Parker (my guinea pig sim family's daughter) and Alexander Goth played out after two weeks of completely ignoring the poor boy. "noreldecay" will not decay romantic relationships, either (in other words, choose wisely whom you romance).



The second flavor of the mod ("mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip") will allow you to configure relationship decay as a percentage of the original decay rate hard-coded into the game. You can see a screenshot of it in action below.

ATTN: This mod saves your configurations so you don't have to type them ever again. Just set it and forget it!



Usage

There's a readme.txt in "mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip" in case you want to use that mod. If you're lazy and don't want to open the file to read it, here are the commands you need to know:
  • friendship.decay [percent] - Slow down the decay of friendship at a certain percentage compared to the original decay rate.
  • romance.decay [percent] - Slow down the decay of romance at a certain percentage compared to the original decay rate.

Set your relationships to decay slower by typing any value below 100. 100 is 100 percent of the normal decay rate exhibited by The Sims 4. Similarly, you can give yourself an extra challenge by raising the decay rate above normal. To do that, just type any value above 100 (even 1,000 is acceptable!)

I dare you to type a negative value. Try it!

Download & Installation

This mod comes in two flavors, so you'll have to choose one to download. Do not install both, or "mgomez-noreldecay.zip" will take precedence (it will override whatever you do in "mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip").

To install this mod, copy the zip file (do not extract it or ninjas will come to your house!!) to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.

When in your game, go to your Options menu (the three dots on the top right-hand corner), and navigate to "Game Options > Other". Fill the box next to "Script mods" by clicking on it.

Lastly, make sure you enjoy the heck out of this mod!

If the mod isn't working

Clarification: If TS4 is ignoring the mod, that could happen for a couple of reasons:

1: You may have extracted the files in the ZIP. To install scripted mods, the PYO files must remain inside of the zip file at all times. No extraction is necessary. Plop the zip file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.
2: You have not yet enabled scripting mods. In this case, go to your options menu (the three dots) and navigate to Game Options > Other > Script mods. The box next to "Script mods" should be filled.
3: You are not using the latest update of The Sims 4. In order for this mod to work, you need to be using at least the September 9th patch. There was a bug in the game that completely ignored non-replacement script mods. This mod is one of those (i.e. it doesn't replace an entire in-game module).
4: If you have the 9/9 patch and it's still ignoring the mod, restart your game without any mods (including Resource.cfg), stop the game (again), put the mods back in, then start it again (in short: Start Sims 4 with an empty mods folder, then start it with mods again). This was a problem that really annoyed me when I was developing, but it so happens that Sims 4 retains behavior from before the 9/9 patch if you don't do this.
5: There could be a conflicting mod with this one. Try the game with only this mod loaded and see if it works. Post which other mods you run here so that I may test them and find out how I can make them compatible, if there are any compatibility issues.

I hope this helps!!

Related downloads

Motive decay mod (Hunger, Fun, Energy, etc.)

Additional Credits:
scripthoge - injector.pyo in mgomez-noreldecay.zip

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 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip | This mod will allow you to configure your own relationship decay rates for both friendship and romance separately.

Size: 5.9 KB · Downloads: 70,578 · 18th Sep 2014
5.9 KB 70,578 18th Sep 2014
mgomez-noreldecay.zip | This mod will eliminate relationship decay entirely, for everyone.

Size: 2.6 KB · Downloads: 131,352 · 19th Sep 2014
2.6 KB 131,352 19th Sep 2014
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 File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\

Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
 
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Field Researcher
#301 Old 18th Apr 2015 at 11:26 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Francesrdguez
Is This mod compatible with April 13th patch??


From what I see, it messes with the careers that were given to use in the Get To Work expansion.
Test Subject
#302 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 7:19 AM
still works for me, no issues.
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#303 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 7:23 AM Last edited by dedreav0531 : 19th Apr 2015 at 7:58 AM.
Deleted the clientDB.package and re-installed it, seems to work fine. I'll see if it still works after I save and exit.

EDIT: Works now for me since I deleted that file and let the game create it again.
MTS2 Hot Pepper
#304 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 4:28 PM
every single sims interaction is having a long a pause after and before the result is showing up like "++" or "--"
I' inspecting all CC and mods and now I know it goes from 1 of three pyo mods
slow time
motives decay
this mod

Currently playing Sims 4 full collection. (and fixing my mods folder)
Field Researcher
#305 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 8:35 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ailias
every single sims interaction is having a long a pause after and before the result is showing up like "++" or "--"
I' inspecting all CC and mods and now I know it goes from 1 of three pyo mods
slow time
motives decay
this mod


It might be this mod or the game itself because I don't have the other mods listed and I'm having the issue.
Test Subject
#306 Old 22nd Apr 2015 at 12:56 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Herois_Varterral
Would be a great mod for me if only it didn't disable cooking (by that I mean it would spend my money whenever I try to cook and the action would just be ignored)


That has nothing to do with this mod, that is a base game bug, a lot of people has had that problem since the December patch.
Test Subject
#307 Old 22nd Apr 2015 at 4:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Herois_Varterral
Would be a great mod for me if only it didn't disable cooking (by that I mean it would spend my money whenever I try to cook and the action would just be ignored)


That's an unrelated issue, happened to me and it's a known problem with TS4. There is a resolution I found googling.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#308 Old 23rd Apr 2015 at 9:54 AM
thanks
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#309 Old 25th Apr 2015 at 1:42 AM
Thanks for this fantastic mod! I'm playing a big legacy family at the moment and they never have much time for each other. :p
Test Subject
#310 Old 29th Apr 2015 at 7:07 PM
I first downloaded and install this mod incorrectly, it didn't work. Okay, so I delete it and reinstall it following the exact directions provided. It still doesn't work, in fact it seems to destroy relationships even faster than before. I made sure I downloaded the correct DL. It's not conflicting with any other mod I have, i checked. Game is up-to-date, also.
Test Subject
#311 Old 2nd May 2015 at 5:29 PM
hi, i just downloaded the mod and i tried everything but it wont work, two questions
1- does the ''done! you have modified......'' need to appear, because it tells me NOTHING
2-I put the file in the mods without extracting, and i read the instructions too many times
what do i do pleasee helpp
thanks already
Lab Assistant
#312 Old 5th May 2015 at 9:02 PM
Okay, May 4 patch apparently "fixed" some issue relating to relationship decay on the active lot. I guess it just wasn't happening, though with this mod installed I never would have noticed that. At any rate, now that they've "fixed" that, is this going to affect this mod? I suspect that they did alter some of the same files, so I'm guessing this will probably need an update. Is this mod still being updated?
Test Subject
#313 Old 8th May 2015 at 6:23 AM
can someone please tell me if this is being updated i am losing half the day calling ppl to keep friends
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#314 Old 10th May 2015 at 12:45 AM
Would love if is updated!
Lab Assistant
#315 Old 10th May 2015 at 10:06 PM
MGomez made this and several other really great (IMO) mods, but as far as I can tell, he hasn't been on MTS since February. It's looking like these may all be abandoned at this point. (Though I'm really not sure.)

I'm rather uncertain if they're working or not.
Test Subject
#316 Old 17th May 2015 at 7:35 PM
Default Same here :\
Quote:
Originally Posted by renad
hi, i just downloaded the mod and i tried everything but it wont work, two questions
1- does the ''done! you have modified......'' need to appear, because it tells me NOTHING
2-I put the file in the mods without extracting, and i read the instructions too many times
what do i do pleasee helpp
thanks already



I am having the same issues ...if you found a fix or solution to this, please post back.
Test Subject
#317 Old 20th May 2015 at 1:29 AM
As of the luxury party stuff pack and may 19, its not properly working
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#318 Old 21st May 2015 at 11:00 AM
'mgomez-relationshipdecay' isn't working May 21, 2015.
but mgomez-noreldecay is working well.
using Get to work, Camping pack
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#319 Old 31st May 2015 at 10:40 PM
with 1.7.x the customizable version doesn't work - commands don't do anything (unknown command)
Lab Assistant
#320 Old 10th Jun 2015 at 5:05 PM Last edited by Zer0_ : 10th Jul 2015 at 11:41 AM.
It's just a guess, but maybe if you put this cfg file in your download folder along with the mod it will start working.. changing the value inside the file from 30 to anything else should change the rate of the relationship decay.. I'm not sure which one of the two values is for friendship and which one for romance.

This works only for the scripted version of the mod (first one in the main download page) and is needed since the in game configuration from command line stopped working and the mod cannot generate the cfg by itself anymore.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: 7z mgomez-relationshipdecay.7z (163 Bytes, 840 downloads)
Description: File .cfg
Test Subject
#321 Old 11th Jun 2015 at 12:26 AM
DLed NoDecay, hope it works well :D
Test Subject
#322 Old 11th Jun 2015 at 11:58 PM
Is this mod still working now with all the updates?? My sims relationships seem to be decaying again >.<
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#323 Old 14th Jun 2015 at 6:08 PM
Cool! Really useful; so tired of everything decaying, especially as a legacy dedicated player.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#324 Old 16th Jun 2015 at 8:16 PM
Thanks for taking the time to create this mod. Your efforts are appreciated.
Test Subject
#325 Old 21st Jun 2015 at 10:46 AM
Don't use this mod. 2 huge bugs:
1) After installing this mod game's settings regarding sim lifespan and auto aging resets, but doesn't show that in the option menu. This can be fixed by changing the settings and applying again.
2) It removes all the bonus traits acquired through satisfaction points or completing aspirations.

I deleted this mod and instead will use the cheat to add Beloved trait to my sims. Unfortunately it only affects friendship and not romance.
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