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Modding and Troubleshooting The Sims 3

Premium Content: Missing Accessories

The second most common problem when dealing with Premium Content from  the Sims 3 Store is missing accessories. Accessories are special objects that your sim uses to complete animations. Premium content that uses special animations with new objects require accessories for your sims to be fully animated. Here are some examples of accessories for premium content:

  • Ladle (spoon) for the Magic Cauldron
  • Needles for the voodoo doll
  • All food and prepping tools for the Deep Fryer/Ice Cream Maker/Teppanyaki Grill/Wood Oven/Chocolate Fountain
  • Chicken feed and Charles the Evil Chicken also baby chicks (Chicken Coop)
  • Cards and poker chips for the Poker Table/Roulette Table
  • Coin from the Wishing Well
  • Megaphone and Magnifying Glass from the Garden Station
  • Ball for the basketball hoop
  • Lemon and Purple Eggplant objects (harvestables)
  • Hot stones and needles for massage table
  • Powder bottle for Changing table
  • Binoculars and champagne glass for Hot Air Balloon
  • Ticket for the ticket machine
  • Fruit from the Tree of Prosperity
  • Sunlight from the Plants vs. Zombies Sunflower
  • Bow from the Violin
  • Arrows from the Archery range
  • Baby Dragon that hatches from egg from Dragon Valley
  • Fully repaired car from the fixer upper car from Roaring Heights

Why are Accessories Important?

Without their matching accessories, some premium content may not work properly at all. Other times, the animations might just look silly. For example, the magic cauldron works fine when the ladle is missing, but the sim looks silly stirring without a spoon. On the other hand, if the sunlight from the Sunflower is missing, your sim will not be able to use the object at all. Additionally, sometimes a missing accessory will cause a large white box to appear at the object, with the text “Missing Object…” which will look rather ugly in game. This can happen with the blackjack, poker and roulette table, as well as several other objects.

Why Do Accessories Go Missing?

There are two causes for missing accessories:

  1. The Launcher did not properly install the accessory (this is a very common problem).
  2. The Sims3pack has been decrapified (which could mean an illegal download).

It is very common for the launcher not to properly install accessories when installing sims3packs. I do not know why this is, but it has been an issue since the very first premium content objects that used accessories in their animations (More Magic! set/Magic Cauldron/Voodoo Doll). When the Magic Cauldron was first released, the official forums was flooded with complaints from people who could not see their ladle when using the Magic Cauldron. Although most people seemed to have a working ladle, there were many people who did not.

How To Fix Missing Accessories

Luckily, fixing missing accessories is really easy. To fix missing accessories:

Simply reinstall the sims3pack until the accessory shows up.

Yep. It’s that easy. You don’t need to uninstall first. In fact, I don’t recommend that at all. Just re-install the sims3pack several times in a row. It could take 3 or more tries to get your accessory to show up, but this is the best  (and least painful) way to do it.  If you want more specific instructions, try re-installing 2 or 3 times and then start your game and test the object.

If you’ve decrapified your sims3pack, you will need to find a fix so that the object will show up properly in your game. Keep in mind that, even when using a fix, your Launcher still might not properly install the accessory. You may need to re-install the sims3pack until the accessory is installed and make sure that your fix is updated.

Related Reading:

DCBackup, ccmerged.package and Your Premium Content Items

PS This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time, I just didn’t have the time. Sorry for the delay!

May 28, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Mod: No or Less Autonomous Ice Cream Maker and Deep Fryer

These mods significantly alter the hunger advertisement for the Ice Cream Maker and Deep Fryer Premium Content objects from the Sims 3 Store. The hunger advertisement on some interactions were way too high.

NoteYou MUST have the Ice Cream Maker and/or the Deep Fryer from the Sims 3 Store in order for these mods to work. They will NOT add the item to your game. 

Requirements:

  • Again, this requires the Ice Cream Maker and/or the Deep Fryer Premium Content Items from the Sims 3 Store to be installed in your game, or it will do absolutely nothing.
  • No other Expansion or Stuff Packs are required for this mod, ONLY the store item.
  • Built with patch 1.34, but will likely work for any patch level that can run the Ice Cream Maker/Deep Fryer.

Conflicts

  • These mods will conflict with any other mods that alter any of ITUNs  from the Ice Cream Maker/Deep Fryer from the Sims 3 Store.
  • These mods will conflict with TwoFtMama’s Ice Cream Maker/Deep Fryer mods, available at the Naughty Sims Asylum.
  • You can use Delphy’s Dashboard to check for conflicts if you’re not sure about something

Flavors

Ice Cream Maker

Deep Fryer

Less Autonomous Ice Cream Maker Use Less Autonomous Deep Fryer Use
No Autonomous Ice Cream Maker Use No Autonomous Deep Fryer Use

Downloads Available at Simlogical

Personally, I prefer the Less Autonomous Flavors.

Please comment here or PM me at MTS if you have any problems with this mod. If you’d like another flavor of this mod, don’t hesitate to ask.

Additional Credits:
Peter & Inge Jones for S3PE

June 17, 2012 Posted by | EA Premium Content Mods, Mods | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recommendation: Asian Hot Tub Fix at MATY

If you have the Japanese Inspired Living Compilation from the Sims 3 Store (also available in the December 2011 Compilation Set),then you’ve probably noticed that the Infinite Flow Hot Tub has broken animations. There is a tube out of which water should presumably flow, but nothing happens. You can see that the hot tub is using the wrong animation by looking very closely at the base, where the wall with the tube meets the tub.

In this case, the hot tub was assigned the wrong script class. It should have had the same script class as the celebrity reward hot tub from Late Night. The Thermal Sanitarium from the Future Shock Living set also uses this script class. Just changing the script class was enough, however, because the animation didn’t line up with the tube, it had to be scaled to the correct position. This is where kissing_toast comes in! He was able to move the animation so that the water would flow out of the tub and look all pretty and nice like.

Infinite Flow Hot Tub Fix by kissing_toast at MATY

Of course, the Infinite Flow Hot Tub isn’t the only broken hot tub from the store. The King and Queen of Steam from the Viva Las Vegas Bedroom set also has a broken animation. I waited with posting this recommendation first to see if using a different script class and making a few adjustments would work, but apparently it’s not going too well. You can check out the thread at MTS if you have any ideas.

Get the Asian Hot Tub fix here, courtesy of kissing_toast at MATY.

March 19, 2012 Posted by | Recommendations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cow Plant Mod: Only Paparazzi can Eat Cake & Occult can Eat Cake Redux

This mod has been updated for patch 1.38.

29 July 2012 – UPDATE : PLEASE RE-DOWNLOAD Nona_CowPlant_EatCakeInteractionMod !

About 29 July Update: Please READ! Please RE-DOWNLOAD Nona_CowPlant_EatCakeInteractionMod.zip!

  • This mod no longer requires a custom Eat Cake ITUN resource.
  • If you want custom tuning for the Eat Cake interaction (Safe active sims, more attractive to paparazzi, safe service sims, etc.) use my Cow Plant Tweaks mod.
  • If you had tuned the Eat Cake ITUN to your liking, I apologize for the inconvenience. Please download a flavor of Cow Plant Tweaks mod and make any necessary changes to have the tuning you prefer.
  • This is hopefully the last major update for this mod, unless it is somehow broken in a future patch.

About
This is a new and improved pure script mod version of my previous Cow Plant scripted object mod. This script removes the occult check on the Eat Cake interaction, unlocking the Eat Cake interaction for Occult sims. It can also be configured to allow only Paparazzi to Eat Cake, and can also allow only Vampires or only Paparazzi or Vampires to eat cake. This mod is also available at MTS.

NoteYou MUST have the Laganaphyllis Simnovorii (aka The Cow Plant) from the Sims 3 Store in order for this mod to work. It will NOT add the item to your game. 

Requirements:

  • Again, this requires the The Cow Plant Premium Content Item from the Sims 3 Store to be installed in your game.
  • This mod will no longer crash your game if you install it without installing the Cow Plant, because EA has added the Cow Plant code to the core. However, the mod will be entirely useless if you do not install the Cow Plant.
  • No other Expansion or Stuff Packs are required for this mod, ONLY the store item.
  • Built with patch 1.34, but may work for any patch level that can run the Cow Plant (this is untested).
  • This mod will work for Cow Plants installed through the launcher, Cow Plants installed as package files, and de-crapified Cow Plants.

Conflicts

  • This is a pure script mod and has little chance of conflict with other script mods, core mods or tuning mod.
  • This mod will not conflict with any other Cow Plant tuning mods.
  • The tuning available with my Cow Plant Tweaks will work for this mod. Simply choose the flavor you like best and put it in your mods folder alongside this one.

Extra Configurations
Use only one configuration.

Configuration Description
Nona_CowPlant_Config_OnlyPaparazziEatCake Use this alongside the mod if you want only Paparazzi to be able to use the Eat Cake interaction.
Nona_CowPlant_Config_OnlyVampireEatCake Use this alongside the mod if you want only Vampires to be able to use the Eat Cake interaction.
Nona_CowPlant_Config_OnlyVampireORPaparazziCanEatCake Use this alongside the mod if you want all Vampires — and also Paparazzi — to be able to use the Eat Cake interaction.

Download: Nona_CowPlant_EatCakeInteractionMod

How to Install
1. Download the Nona_CowPlant_EatCakeInteractionMod file and put it in your Mods\Packages folder or wherever you keep your mods.
2. Optional: Download one of the three configuration listed above in Extra Configurations and put that in your Mods\Packages folder,
3. Optional: Further tune your Cow Plant by downloading one of the tweaks available here: Cow Plant Tweaks (MTS)

 

Additional Credits:
Peter & Inge Jones for S3PE, Buzzler, Twallan & MTS modding forums.

Many thanks to twallan for the tuning injection.

March 15, 2012 Posted by | EA Premium Content Mods, Mods | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Recommended Mod: Buzzler’s Baby Swing Tuning

A lot of people really like my premium Content mods, and for this I am grateful. I am very happy to make stuff that other people would also like their game. Unfortunately, I can’t write script mods, so some mods and fixes for Premium Content are out of my reach. One such mod is tuning for the infamous Baby Swing that let’s your infants and toddlers sit inside all day and night without every needing anything at all. Fairly unrealistic, amiright? Well, Buzzler fixed this for us by taking a look at the script and adding the XML tuning for us! Yay for Buzzler.  Honestly, this is kind of old news because Buzzler published the mod in February, but maybe someone stumbled upon this post and finds it useful anyhow.

Thank you, Buzzler.

You can download Buzzler’s Baby Swing Tuning at ModTheSims.

March 4, 2012 Posted by | Recommendations | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment