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Sunrise/Sunset Season Offset (More Realistic Sun Times!)

by Gurra09 Posted 20th Nov 2014 at 11:14 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2015 at 1:53 PM by Gurra09
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Ever since I started playing The Sims 3 in 2009 I thought sunrise and sunset times in the game were not very realistic. This lead me to create the Longer Days Mod three years ago (hosted here at MTS: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=421863) but when the Seasons EP released I felt there was more to be done. EA had coded a sunset/sunrise offset that changed the sun times over the seasons but it just wasn't right. The default was still daytime between 6 and 18 in summer and then shorter days all the other reasons, which made no sense to me. So here's a mod changing the offsets, without changing the INI files.

There are two versions of the mod, and you should only use ONE at a time:

Stockholm
This version changes the sunrise/sunset times to a more realistic one, matching the ones in Stockholm, Sweden - which happens to be my hometown. I used the Stockholm sunrise/sunset data from 2013 for spring equinox, summer solstice, autumn equinox and winter solstice and applied these to the four seasons. This makes for these sunrise/sunset times*:

Spring - 5:30/18:00
Summer - 3:30/22:00
Autumn - 6:30/19:00
Winter - 8:30/15:00

Polar
This version changes sunrise/sunset times to reflect midnight sun and polar night, having these sunrise/sunset times*:

Spring - 6:00/18:00
Summer - Sun never sets**
Autumn - 6:00/18:00
Winter - Sun never rises***

* These are the sunrise/sunset times if the game uses INI files specifying standard sunrise and sunset at 6 and 18, if these values are changed the game will offset from the modified values.
** In-game this will work as such that the sun sets at midnight, then suddenly flips over to the other side of the world and rises the minute after.
*** In-game this will work as such that the sun rises at noon, then suddenly flips over to the other side of the world and sets the minute after.

If you wish to modify the package to make your own sunrise/sunset offset I have written a short guide on how to do it yourself, you can find it further down.

Requirements and Compatibility
This mod does not require the Seasons EP, but since all the changes are to Seasons related code it will do nothing useful if you don't have the EP.

This mod does not change any INI files and is therefore compatible with all lightning mods making changes to sky colours etc.

This mod makes changes to the SeasonsManager_0xda46c4abc19a24ff.xml file and is not compatible with any mod making changes to the same file.

This mod is made and tested with game version 1.57, and confirmed compatible for all patch versions up to and including 1.67, but should probably work with all patches down to the Seasons patch. I doubt they have made any changes to the XML since the EP release.

How to modify Sunrise/Sunset Season Offset mod to have your own times

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 Seasons
Built with Game Version: 1.57
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Gurra_SunriseSunsetSeasonOffsets_Polar.zip

Size: 1.3 KB · Downloads: 2,734 · 20th Nov 2014
1.3 KB 2,734 20th Nov 2014
Gurra_SunriseSunsetSeasonOffsets_Stockholm.zip

Size: 1.3 KB · Downloads: 7,686 · 20th Nov 2014
1.3 KB 7,686 20th Nov 2014
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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Field Researcher
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#2 Old 21st Nov 2014 at 5:37 PM
Wow, this is a cool idea! Thanks! :D
Test Subject
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#3 Old 21st Nov 2014 at 9:00 PM
I don't mind having Sweden sunrise/sunsets. Thanks! I know my cousin will LOVE this mod, because she LOVES PewDiePie and Sweden. :3
Test Subject
#4 Old 21st Nov 2014 at 9:46 PM
would it be possible for this to have an in-game menu to change the settings? i want to have each town be able to have different sunset and sunrise times without having to have several .package files that i have to swap out every time my sims go to a different town or i load a game that's in a different town.
Alchemist
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#5 Old 23rd Nov 2014 at 2:28 PM
Thank you for these. Especially the Polar one will come handy when I decide to play the "30 Days of Night" movie style.
Lab Assistant
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#6 Old 23rd Nov 2014 at 5:39 PM
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Originally Posted by kixleart
would it be possible for this to have an in-game menu to change the settings? i want to have each town be able to have different sunset and sunrise times without having to have several .package files that i have to swap out every time my sims go to a different town or i load a game that's in a different town.


I'm sorry but that's too advanced for me to mod. I agree that would be very nice to have though.
Field Researcher
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#7 Old 25th Nov 2014 at 9:51 AM
Downloaded it, tested it, it works like a charm, thank you! I always hated the default short Summer days, now the seasons are much more realistic.
Instructor
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#8 Old 25th Nov 2014 at 10:19 PM
Thank you! The Sims 3 standard/summer is about what we have in fall here, and that's always made me nuts.

Your default is a bit farther north than what's normal to me. I love that I can modify it to suit my sensibilities too. That was really considerate!
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 29th Nov 2014 at 9:52 PM
Thank you so much for this Gurra!
I've changed the settings for my world Barcelona, which is something I've wanted to do for a long long time, but I didn't know how to do it. And I think I will use the Polar one for my Greenlandic world Saaqartoq, it will fit perfectly
Test Subject
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#10 Old 4th Dec 2014 at 9:26 PM
Thank you very much for this wonderful, excellent working mod :D
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#11 Old 30th Dec 2014 at 5:36 PM
hello could do for version 1.67 thanks
Lab Assistant
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#12 Old 5th Jan 2015 at 6:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Celestecelestial
hello could do for version 1.67 thanks


This mod was made with 1.57, yes, but it IS working with 1.67. From the mod description:
Quote:
This mod is made and tested with game version 1.57, and confirmed compatible for all patch versions up to and including 1.67
Test Subject
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#13 Old 6th Jan 2015 at 10:54 PM
Thank you so much for the tuning walk through!
Instructor
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#14 Old 6th Feb 2015 at 8:33 PM
I've been playing in Aurora Skies and your Sunrise/Sunset mod is exactly what my game needs! So happy that I came across this, I'm really looking forward to seeing the improvements in-game : ) Thank you!
Test Subject
#15 Old 2nd Jun 2015 at 3:44 PM
Hi for some reason it stopped working dose it conflict with burntwaffles mod?
Test Subject
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#16 Old 22nd Sep 2015 at 9:51 PM
thank you
Scholar
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#17 Old 17th Jan 2016 at 4:28 PM
Thanks!
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#18 Old 6th Jul 2016 at 11:57 PM
This looks absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to use it in-game!