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Genie Magic Points Unlocked (i.e. Less Cheaty Genies) (NEW VERSIONS AVAILABLE: 9-FEB-2014)

by icarus_allsorts Posted 2nd Feb 2014 at 1:04 PM - Updated 28th Mar 2014 at 8:31 AM by icarus_allsorts : New Versions Uploaded
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9 FEB 2014 (New Versions Available) : 2 New Versions (Flavors) available, see "Genie Power Shortage and Genie Power Failure Moodlets" section below for details.

9 FEB 2014 (IMPORTANT!) : Fixed the Magic Points Display interaction (previously it blocked non-Genie sims from interact with Genies).To those who downloaded the mod before this date, please redownload and I apologize for the error.

Did you know that Genies actually come with Magic Points to use their powers? I certainly didn't until I came across the OccultGenie XML file which stated that by default Genies come equipped with a full 100 Magic Points... but using each of the magical Genie interactions costs ZERO points, effectively rendering the Magic Point system on Genies, well, useless. I guess this is one more thing EA planned to but ended up not including in the game. (though it's basically an exact copy of the Unicorn Magic Point system in Pets). Sure, this makes playing with Genies much easier and probably more fun without having to bother about how many points you have to spend doing a certain interactions. But if you like the extra challenge or just find unlimited powers too cheaty, here's a mod that unlocks reboots the system by making each of the powers actually cost Magic Points.



Mod Overview

This is an XML tuning mod that makes the Genie exclusive interactions Summon Food, Magically Clean Sim, Make House Spotless and Sparkly, Banish Sim and Ensorcel Sim all cost Magic Points.
InteractionCostOverrided XML Resource
Summon Food20OccultGenie+SummonFood_0xc233961f15e4f0cf
Magically Clean Sim20OccultGenie+CleanSim_0xf9f6780aac88102a
Make House Spotless and Sparkly30OccultGenie+EnchantHouse_0xba2ea5b352a6bfd7
Banish Sim30OccultGenie+RemoveSim_0xf534005fff4c725f
Ensorcel Sim50OccultGenie+EnsorcelInteraction_0x356265101b2cf755


The 4 Hour and No Restoration versions of the mod also override the OccultGenie_0x272769f8a8c931cf XML


In addition I added a small script which adds a dummy interaction on all Genies that displays how many Magic Points they have left (clicking on it does nothing, it's just for display). Because of the nature of the script, this display interaction may not appear on Genies newly added to the family, but it should appear once you save the game and reload it or you just reset the Genie in question.




Genie Power Shortage and Genie Power Failure Moodlets

I didn't realize this when I first created the mod, but by default Genie Magic Points are automatically restored to full every 30 minutes in the absence of the Power Shortage or Power Failure moodlets. Since that still makes Genie powers rather cheaty IMHO, I've uploaded 2 new versions that also override the OccultGenie XML to change the time between the natural Magic Point restorations - a 4 hour version (to keep in line with the fact that both Power Shortage and Failure moodlets also last 4 hours) and an extra No Restoration version (where the time is extended to a whopping 100,000,000 minutes, which should be as good as an eternity in a typical game). Once a Genie gets the Power Shortage or Power Failure moodlet, Magic Points will still be restored as usual when the moodlets timeout. Note that you may need to reset any Genies in your game just once for the new changes to apply if you install the new flavors

What happens when your Genie runs out of Magic Points you ask? Well the Genie Magic Point system is basically the same as the Unicorn Magic system. Once a Genie's remaining magic points dips under a certain amount (60 by default) they will receive a Genie Power Shortage moodlet lasting 4 hours, after which their Magic Points will be fully restored to 100 again. If within those four hours the Genie manages to use up all of their remaining points, they'll receive the negative Genie Power Shortage moodlet, also lasting 4 hours at the end of which their Magic Points will be restored to full.

Since EA must have decided not to implement the system into the game, these moodlets were left in the game without any actual text or icons. So I just added the text and icons from the Unicorn Power Shortage and Power Failure moodlets to compensate (Pets is NOT needed to run this mod). Do note that both moodlets share the same icon, this as well as the moodlets' durations and strengths can only be changed by modifying the Buffs XML. Since that is a resource used in quite a few other popular mods, I've chosen not to touch it in this one.

To Translators

I've taken the liberty to copy the moodlet titles and descriptions from the Unicorn moodlets to the Genie ones in every game language (except Thai) since most of it applies in the Genie case as well (in all the languages I understood anyways), EXCEPT that the Power Shortage moodlet description refers to unicorns instead of genies. I've changed this for the English, French, Japanese and Chinese (ZN and TW) translations (but if you found I made a mistake, please inform me), for other languages, corrected translations for the moodlets as well as for the text "Magic Points: " on the display interaction will be greatly appreciated


Built and Tested on Patch 1.63, should work on higher and even lower patches down to Showtime.

Requires Showtime

Uninstalling: Should be safe to remove the mod at any time.

Additional Credits:
EA: For the original code



Download files

Filename Size Downloads Date
GenieMagicPointsUnlocked (No Point Restore Version).rar | Magic Points will only be restored when the Power Shortage/Failure moodlets time out

Size: 16.4 KB · Downloads: 711 · 9th Feb 2014
16.4 KB 711 9th Feb 2014
GenieMagicPointsUnlocked (4 Hour Point Restore Version).rar | Magic Points restored every 4 Hours on Genies without the Power Shortage/Failure moodlets

Size: 16.4 KB · Downloads: 870 · 9th Feb 2014
16.4 KB 870 9th Feb 2014
GenieMagicPointsUnlocked.rar | Default Fixed Version (Magic Points restored every 30 minutes on Genies without the Power Shortage/Failure moodlets)

Size: 15.4 KB · Downloads: 1,478 · 8th Feb 2014
15.4 KB 1,478 8th Feb 2014

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