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Rake many mod

by st_d Posted 28th Mar 2019 at 9:56 PM - Updated 11th Jun 2019 at 7:30 PM by st_d
16 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 11 Thanks Posts
UPDATE May 22nd Added the ultra-OCD version, that gets the nearest pile first (however it's up to you to provide access paths, gates, etc.). If you've played with this mod a bit, you might have noticed that whatever pile you clicked, it was always going to start with the first one that ever fell from a tree. And since each tree builds one pile at a time, the poor Sim went from tree to tree. Still an improvement from you clicking from tree to tree, but not perfect. Now, at last, all's right in the leafy world. If i haven't recommended them already, there's a rake faster mod here on mts, and a get nearest compost pile over on insimenator. They're both compatible with mine, and overall will make a seamless gardening experience. Enjoy

Added the OCD versions that do check whether the pile is tidy before allowing the option to show. Alternative, not replacing, because everyone's allowed their preference .
One of the greatest frustrations of my rural Sims is that 8 available actions is simply not enough to add all the fallen scattered leaf piles, then follow up with Gather compostable material and who knows what else. Cue "Rake many"!

Very important: there are two now six versions of this mod, please download only one! If you have the Harry Potter spell replacement mod, get one of those marked _HP.

What does this mod do?
It allows Sims to keep on switching to the next and next pile of leaves until they're done (in spring? ), they're in a bad mood, or you simply cancel the interaction.

How does it work?
It first tests whether there are 2 or more leaf piles, thus allowing the menu option to show -- that's a new BHAV called Interaction - Rake Many - TEST. Because it does not test if the pile is tidy or scattered, this means that if you have one of each, yes, the option will show. I liked this and left it as such, because it means you can be in one corner of the lot and still be "aware" of the leaves in the opposite corner.
When clicked, it calls into action another new BHAV called Interaction - Rake Many, which does nothing more than switch to the next lead tile of a leaf pile (meaning that a scattered leaf pile is a 2x2 square of tiles, but only one of them is used to count how many piles there are), and then call Interaction - Rake on it.

Overriden resources:
- TTAs called [Pie Menu Strings] instance 0x00000001, in group 0x7FA3147D;
- TTAB called leaf pile with same instance and group ID.
The 2 new BHAVs are, well, new. No worries about them. Why didn't i just tamper with the existent Rake interaction? Personal preference: on every sticky or non-sticky note i've made about the Sims 2 in the past quite a few years, there's a mention of "rake many", but i never found it elsewhere, nor got round to it. Now that i have, it would feel like a pity if it was simply hidden inside Rake.

Expansions required
Because of the Cast spell.../ inside the TTAB, this mod doesn't just require Seasons, but also Apartment Life. If you don't have that expansion, it's easily fixed: remove the Cast spell line from the TTAs, as well as the pie menu option from the TTAB. Hobby enthusiasm gain is inside Interaction - Rake, which, again, i'm not overriding.

Known conflicts:
It does not conflict with mods of the "rake faster" type, which modify a single number in the Interaction - Rake BHAV. However, it does conflict with my mod that replaces spell texts to match Harry Potter style. So, if you have that mod, download the file here marked _HP, which, being alphabetically loaded after the spell mod, will prevail. However, making them into one is very easy, and i'm encouraging you to try it out: click below for instructions.

I hope this makes your Sims' autumns nicer

Additional Credits: SimPE as always.

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 2 Seasons Apartment Life
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stD_rakemany_ultraOCD_HP.7z | Latest version -- HP --

Size: 811 Bytes · Downloads: 309 · 22nd May 2019
811 Bytes 309 22nd May 2019
stD_rakemany_ultraOCD.7z | Latest version -- DOWNLOAD THIS

Size: 801 Bytes · Downloads: 1,147 · 22nd May 2019
801 Bytes 1,147 22nd May 2019
stD_rakemany_OCD__HP.7z | OUTDATED

Size: 745 Bytes · Downloads: 72 · 2nd Apr 2019
745 Bytes 72 2nd Apr 2019
stD_rakemany_OCD.7z | OUTDATED

Size: 736 Bytes · Downloads: 128 · 2nd Apr 2019
736 Bytes 128 2nd Apr 2019
stD_rakemany_HP.7z | OUTDATED

Size: 723 Bytes · Downloads: 96 · 28th Mar 2019
723 Bytes 96 28th Mar 2019
stD_rakemany.7z | OUTDATED -- Please download the ULTRA OCD version for best experience

Size: 715 Bytes · Downloads: 542 · 28th Mar 2019
715 Bytes 542 28th Mar 2019
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Test Subject
#2 Old 29th Mar 2019 at 12:27 AM
Finally! I've always wanted a mod like this. Thank you!!!
29th Mar 2019 at 12:48 AM
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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 29th Mar 2019 at 8:57 AM
I'm glad I checked the latest mods on MTS before loading up my game to play my farming family! This is a great idea for a mod, really helpful.
Test Subject
#4 Old 29th Mar 2019 at 9:07 AM
Only you can prevent forest fires.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#5 Old 29th Mar 2019 at 9:55 AM
Thank you everyone for the positive feedback, always brings a smile :D

saint_diana, true Ravenclaw, perpetually amused that Galadriel is Arwen's granny
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 29th Mar 2019 at 11:57 AM
I just switched to autumun in my hood and this will be a huge improvement!!! Thank you so much!
Field Researcher
#7 Old 29th Mar 2019 at 3:39 PM
very much needed
Mad Poster
#8 Old 30th Mar 2019 at 5:04 AM
How neat! I really love this. We've been needing this for quite some time.
Thank you so very much.
Test Subject
#9 Old 31st Mar 2019 at 8:28 AM
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!
#10 Old 31st Mar 2019 at 5:30 PM
So incredibly useful. Thank you very much!
#11 Old 1st Apr 2019 at 11:45 PM
Thank you for this much needed mod
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#12 Old 2nd Apr 2019 at 7:59 AM
i'm glad it's useful for so many ^_^

saint_diana, true Ravenclaw, perpetually amused that Galadriel is Arwen's granny
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 2nd Apr 2019 at 8:43 PM
extra version of mod
I've just run into a bit of a problem in my game -- nothing major, it doesn't crash or error, it's just plain annoying: having left the option available on tidy piles, when ALL of them are tidy and you're on a community lot, random super-neat Sims are going to do the rounds, taking out their rake, putting it back, moving to next pile and so on. Several of them at once. It drove me mad, so i'm going to add an OCD version , which tests for graphic state of the pile.

saint_diana, true Ravenclaw, perpetually amused that Galadriel is Arwen's granny
#14 Old 4th Apr 2019 at 5:01 PM
You have saved so many lives. Not all heroes wear capes.
Test Subject
#15 Old 18th May 2019 at 11:09 PM
Thanks this mod is very helpful
#16 Old 23rd May 2019 at 3:42 PM
Thank you