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Use loose books rather than getting a new one off the shelf

by kestrellyn Posted 23rd Apr 2018 at 3:12 AM - Updated 24th Apr 2018 at 4:43 AM by kestrellyn : Compatibility
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Sloppy sims will discard books when they are done using them, and then never touch the book again except for when you direct them to clean up. This quickly results in houses becoming carpeted with loose books that are completely ignored by sims. This is especially a problem in dorms, where unselectable sloppy dormies will quickly pile books up on every available surface.

This hack doesn't force sims to put books back on the shelf (possibly in violation of their personalities), but it makes the loose books actually useful by directing sims to use them every time you have them interact with a bookshelf. That way, the number of loose books doesn't grow out of control, and eventually the books will be picked up by neat sims who will put them back on the bookshelf.

Books that are not in either the same room as the bookshelf or the same room as the sim will not considered as options.

If you are studying skills that are not normally available from bookshelves using the Seasons Education career reward bookshelf, the sim will still always go to the bookshelf because for some reason directing those actions at a loose book always results in the book disappearing without even an error, even if it is a golden book.

This hack probably conflicts with other hacks that modify existing bookshelf interactions. It modifies the "Read Book", "Read to", "College Study", and "Study" interaction BHAVs in the bookshelf globals group (0x7F327BCE), and also an unused Maxis BHAV called "Read Book - Book closeby?" which may have been from an abortive attempt by EA to implement something similar.

Game Compatibility: This hack should work with all game configurations, but make sure to get the right file:

If you have Apartment Life or Free Time you want bookshelfhack-AL.

If you have Seasons and either Seasons or Bon Voyage is your last EP you want bookshelfhack-Seasons.

If you have neither Seasons, nor Apartment Life, nor Free Time either file should work.

If you have Seasons and Mansions and Garden Stuff but NEITHER Apartment Life NOR Free Time I don't actually know which file you should use because I don't have M&G. You can find out by downloading one file and trying to study one of the bonus skills from the Education bookshelf (Logic, Charisma, etc.) in debug mode, and if there are no errors that is the correct file to use. If you identify the correct file for your game configuration, I'd appreciate if you could leave a comment about it so I can update this description. The only bad thing that will happen if you download the wrong file is the bookshelf will throw an error.

(I'm sorry if this is confusing. It's all because EA changed the interaction indexes for no good reason.)

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

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#2 Old 23rd Apr 2018 at 10:13 PM
Mansion & Garden runs on the same engine version as Apartment Life, so the AL version is needed for M&G users. Very useful mod, one of those I didn't know I needed till I saw it! Keep 'em coming, really enjoying your content :D
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#3 Old 23rd Apr 2018 at 11:40 PM
That's what I would expect, but I would just like to be sure! The change seems pretty arbitrary to me, it doesn't seem to be an improvement or something like that.
#4 Old 23rd Apr 2018 at 11:45 PM
Half of what Maxis does with updates seems to be to annoy modders :P

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#5 Old 3rd Jun 2018 at 1:53 AM
Great idea.
#6 Old 29th Jun 2018 at 6:02 AM
I'm glad I came across this! Gonna try this out soon, thank you for making this
#7 Old 10th Jul 2018 at 12:26 AM
Thanks for this!! I always hate it when they get new books off the shelf when there’s one right in front of them
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#8 Old 18th Aug 2018 at 12:32 AM
Yes! I started playing a Dorm where none of the sims would put away the books, but grab a new one out of the bookshelf each time. This may cut down on them doing that. Thank you!
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#9 Old 29th Oct 2020 at 6:03 AM
Thanks!I took the AL version as I'm playing UC and have all of the expansions.This should help inmy homesteads with the small homes the sims build for themselves in my BACC as the town gets started.