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Featured upload! TS3 Apartment mod - Updated for patch 1.55 - 1.63/1.67

by ani_ Posted 17th Mar 2013 at 12:13 PM - Updated 8th Nov 2014 at 8:08 AM by ani_
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Please note. I no longer support these mods. Instead all my mods can now be found at Nraas.

10.06.2014:
No changes needed for 1.67

20.10.2013:
No changes needed for 1.63
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21.06.2013
File Name: ani_TS3ApController_1.55.zip

Update for patch 1.55

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1.4.2013 - Testers needed for v2
FileName: ani_TS3ApController_v2_TEST.zip

Changes:
- Minor pets can be added to a household and they shouldn't die when not in the active household.

Bug Fixes:
1. Roommates should only get 1 set of roommate interactions
2. This version should fix the bug that no sim is active when switching household.
Note about bug 2: I was able to make the above bug happen in my test hood, and the reason for this was that the sim who should have been active, was still a roommate and I think this happened because I didn't check if a sim was already a roommate or not, before re-assigning to be a roommate. So if you had 3 households, and you kept switching between two of them, the third would be made a roommate multiple times. Adding a check to only handle the roommate part if the sim is not already a roommate fixed the multiple roommate interaction bug and seems to fix this one as well.

Bugs in V2:
- If your minor pet is a bird, and he is in your sims inventory and you switch to this household, and put the bird into the cage, he will be on the branch diagonaly But you can just put him back to your sims inventory and then put him back to the cage and he'll be ok.

Please note, v2 has been only tested in my test hood where I would create situations that would let me test the changes/bug fixes.
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EA and apartments

When EA announced we are getting apartment in UNI, I got really really excited. I should learn to take any EA announcement with a pinch of realism but the optimism in me always thinks of the best, even when it's EA we are talking about

What does this mod do
This mod will let you simulate having multiple families on one lot but without having to have all of the sims active at all time. If you then set up the lot to look like apartments by using either EA's uni locked door feature or the MoDoor, you can play 1 household as multiple families.

The short instruction for using this mod:
- Merge the families you want to have living in apartments
- Add the apartment controller into the lot (Kitchen -> alarms) and go back to live mode
- Click on the object -> Family -> Create Family.
- Enter the required information.
- Family Name: This will not change the household name. It's just what you want to call this apartment family.
- Family Funds: How much money does this family unit have. The amount will be reduced from the combined household's family funds.
- Rent: Rent is paid at Monday at 9:00. Only the active family pays rent. If you don't want to pay it, keep it at zero.
- The members: Who lives in this family unit.

After you create your families. select Family -> Set Active Family.

The family you select as active will be controllable, the other families are turned to roommates until you decide to play them.

And you are done

Here is also a video showing how the mod works. Sims shown in the video are by sixamsims.




The interactions - Family



- Create Family: Create the apartment family.
- Edit Family: Edit the family information. You can only edit the inactive families, if you want to edit the current active family, you need to switch to another family for a moment.
- Set Active Family: Which family you want to play.
- Delete Family: Select a family from the list to delete. The sims will turn into controllable sims, and their funds will be added to the active families funds.
note: The sims made active by deleting a family are not combined to the currently active family. They will just be active. So if you switch families, these sims will stay active until you re-asign them to another household.
- Show Active Family Info: Show some basic information about the active family.

The Interactions -> Settings



- Reset Lot: Combine all apartment families back to one single household. Deleting the controller also does this.
- Stop EA Roommates: When testing this mod, I noticed that EA's roommate advertising was active after exiting the game. Even though I didn't activate it (I guess having roommates on the lot activates it). This mod will automatically, when added to the lot or when the game is loaded and you have this mod in your world, turn advertising of roommates off. But, just in case it fails, you can use this interaction to turn it off. This interaction will stop advertising for roommates, but it will not kick out existing roommates like using the phone will.

Things to note:
- Ageing: If you are using a mod to have TS2 style ageing, you will need to manually turn off the ageing of the apartment residents you are not currently playing. You can use Buzzler's ageing mod to do this.
- Pets: Pets can be roommates too but you need still to take care of them. If you don't want to feed them when they are not in the active apartment family, you can buy them the aspiration reward "Bottomless Pet Bowl" so you don't need to take care of their feeding. I currently don't recommend having pets in apartments because the EA doors don't let you give them a key. If you lock the door for some sims pets can't use it. For cats I'm currently the animated cat door , but for dogs I don't know is there anything similar for them.

- Babies: When a baby is born, they will be normally added to the list of active sims but until you assign then a family they will not belong to any apartment family and will always be active.
- Death: If a roommate dies, they will be removed from the list of apartment family residents.
- None Active Families: This mod will turn the families you are not currently playing into roommates. So if you have any mods that effect how roommates operate, it will effect these sims too.
- Family Limit: There is no limit on how many apartments you can have. If you are using a mod that lets you have more than 8 sims on the lot you could theoretically have an apartment complex of 30 sims. But, because all the other households are visible and their residents are going on with their daily life, for computer performance, it might be best to keep the apartment limit to low. I plan that I wouldn't exceed 4 apartments/lot.
- Other stuff: Because you are still actually handling one household, there are a lot of quirks you will need to learn to live with. Here are a few example what I noticed.
- When doing laundry my active sim wanted to put her laundry into the neighbours basket. So I had to relocate both baskets so my active sims basket was always the closest to her.
- When the neighbors put leftovers into the fridge in their apartment, my sim was able to grab a plate from her fridge in her apartment.
- My sim had to call the babysitter when she was trying to leave the houe because the neighbors had left to work and they had a toddler. So I had to make the mom take unpaid vacation so my sim didn't have to take care of the toddler.


Bugs:
- If the active sim dies and he is the only one in the household, You will need to switch to another family, make them click on the apartment controller and select a valid family. Then you can go back and play the other apartment families on the lot.
- If you stumble upon the bug that roommates become part of the active household when you load your game, you can always re-select the active household and they will become roommates again. This doesn't happen in my game, but if it's an issue with other players I'll have to make a fix for this.

I have used this mod in my game for over two full sim weeks without problems. I did however destroy one of my test hoods while developing this mod. If you decide to use this mod remember to backup your game before installing.

When updating your game for a patch or new EP/SP it's safest to reset all your apartment lots before patching.

Improvements for the future:
- Better UI.
- Do something with the bills so the active family doesn't have to pay the bills of the whole apartment block.
- Do something with pets so they don't need taking care of when not in the active family.
- Do something with minor pets so they will survive and not die of old age and neglect when not in the active family
- Maybe add the option to automatically turn off the ageing of the inactive families
- Add the possibility for the player to choose what day and time the rent is paid.
- Make the "Stop EA Roommates" interaction lot specific, instead of world specific as it now is.
- Try making an apartment room marker so only the active households apartment is visible.
- Do something so the active family doesn't need to take into consideration other apartments babies or toddlers.

Compatibility:
- This should not interfere with any other mods because I don't override any resources.
- This mod should work without uni but you do need patch 1.50 because that's where the code for roommates came with.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ani_TS3ApController.zip 261.3 KB 28,924 17th Mar 2013
ani_TS3ApController_v2_TEST.zip 267.5 KB 10,250 1st Apr 2013
ani_TS3ApController_1.55.zip 267.5 KB 29,279 21st Jun 2013
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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#26 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 8:01 PM
Very impressive!
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#27 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 8:39 PM
You rock! Thanks for this mod as well as your other ones!
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#28 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 8:59 PM
Marry me please
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#29 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 9:07 PM
Thank you so much. Thanks! Love it.
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#30 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 9:28 PM
Wow, what a clever idea! Looking forward to trying it out, thank you!
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#31 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 9:40 PM
[QUOTE=ani_The uni doors are used just so you can lock your neighbors out of your apartment. You could also use the MoDoor mod but it's currently not updated to 1.50 and I don't think it works if you have patched to 1.50. When it's updated, I hope it will work with this mod because that doors is better than what EA made. [/QUOTE]

I'm the beta tester for MoDoors. Although the Modoors are not officially updated for 1.50 yet, they still work with patch 1.50 on residential lots. I still use them. If you are not comfortable using them, then use the EA locking system, it does do a good job for apartments, but yes MoDoors is better Together with this mod, I have the apartments I want :D
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#32 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ani_
What ever family name you decide to give them when creating the apartment family, will not change their real family name, it's just a name so you know what family lives in what apartment when switching between them. The name can be the same.


I'm not sure what LN apartment stuff you are referring at. The uni doors are used just so you can lock your neighbors out of your apartment. You could also use the MoDoor mod but it's currently not updated to 1.50 and I don't think it works if you have patched to 1.50. When it's updated, I hope it will work with this mod because that doors is better than what EA made.

reinmag: lovely to see you here


This is what I was referring to:

http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php...ms_3_Apartments

But by your response I'll assume the answer is, yes, you have to have the University Life expansion to use this Mod. I'll hopefully be getting it next week, so.. I'll wait til then to install it.

I am not bigoted for race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or age... I do, however, have a big problem with stupidity, and stupidity knows no boundaries.
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#33 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 11:38 PM
I love you.
Thank you so much!
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#34 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 1:10 AM
So, could I use this mod purely to stop the EA roommates from moving in when my sim lives in an apartment lot?
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#35 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 1:34 AM
Thank-you so much for this; it's just beyond cool! (And thanks also for adding the video. It was really helpful.)
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#36 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 7:09 AM
WOW thankyou
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#37 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 7:47 AM
Now I can play multiple families. This so cool and awesome. Thanks ani
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#38 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 8:32 AM
Wonderfull! Does it work with the Master Controller? Best regards and thank you :-)

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#39 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 9:50 AM
Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg!!!!!! Thankyou Sooooooooo Much I Have Waited For This Mod For A Long Time!!!!! :
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#40 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 6:41 PM
Hi Ani, I have been waiting a long time for this great mod. Thanking for your work and for sharing.
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#41 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 7:11 PM
Thank You!!!!
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#42 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 7:45 PM
This mod is AWESOME! You had a great idea :D
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#43 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 11:46 PM
*bows to you* Thank you so much!!! I've been waiting for this for so long!!! Now I can have extended family living together but not *together*. You are amazing. Thanks again.
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#44 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 4:24 AM
Thank you so much! This is a magnificent mod and is *exactly* what I needed for a story I'm doing. Thank you!!!

I am having an issue that no one else has mentioned: After switching between households I no longer have the icons to switch between sims living within the same household. I have a plumbob above the active Sim but I am not able to switch to another member. I am also using Master Controller and Awesomemod. Perhaps there is something I'm doing wrong?
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#45 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 6:03 AM
Gosh Ani. Don't you understand how I feel right now? You have made me the happiest girl alive right now! Thank you so much for this mod! ♥
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#46 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 6:28 AM
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Originally Posted by kiyasmom
Thank you so much! This is a magnificent mod and is *exactly* what I needed for a story I'm doing. Thank you!!!

I am having an issue that no one else has mentioned: After switching between households I no longer have the icons to switch between sims living within the same household. I have a plumbob above the active Sim but I am not able to switch to another member. I am also using Master Controller and Awesomemod. Perhaps there is something I'm doing wrong?


Could you please clarify? For example: You have apartment household A, and B. A has 2 sims and B has 3 sims.

When you switch to A, household B sims became inactive and are dropped from the list of sims currently in the household, and the only one now visible are household A sims and you can't switch between them?

I have both MC and awesome, have you updated them? Could you please try without any other mods, maybe something is conflicting.
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#47 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 3:36 PM
I have a question... I use Selector and I'm wondering if after creating an apartment lot with 2 different families living there and one of them is my active family, could I right-click on a Sim from a completely different family (that maybe just lives in a normal house for example), switch to their family (like selector lets you), play them for a bit and then right-click on one of the previous Sims living in the apartment lot and have everything still be intact?

Basically, I want to know if the apartment system will "hold/stay in place" with the two families still living in their separate spaces, and be considered two different families etc. if I switch to a different household in the neighbourhood. Or will the families in the apartment disband/merge into one household..? Or, what happens?

Awesome Mod by the way! Thank you for creating this. ^^
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#48 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 5:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ani_
Could you please clarify? For example: You have apartment household A, and B. A has 2 sims and B has 3 sims.

When you switch to A, household B sims became inactive and are dropped from the list of sims currently in the household, and the only one now visible are household A sims and you can't switch between them?

I have both MC and awesome, have you updated them? Could you please try without any other mods, maybe something is conflicting.


Thank you for the prompt reply. I spent some time last night after this posting removing mods one at a time to see what the conflict may be without positive results, but

The issue I'm having is Household A (3 sims) and Household B (1 sim/1 dog). I will play with household A and "Toye" has the plumbob. She doesn't have a sim panel and there is no icon of her in the lower left side of the screen. Nor anyone in her household. I can direct her to do things, but I can not see her motive levels and I can not switch to another in her household. I switch to Household B and the plumbob is over the dog (Starla). I can direct her to do animal things, but I can not switch to her master (no icon in the left corner) and I am unable to see her motive panels.

This is an amazing mod though so I'll try a fresh game without any mods and see if that was the problem. This is the first issue I've had since installing Uni on release day, so it could very well be an issue with the game itself just deciding the glitch out.
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#49 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 6:02 PM
I will download and try! Sounds amazing!
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#50 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 6:13 PM
I dont think you know how much I NEEDED THIS in my sim gaming experience!! Thank you soo so so much! <3
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