This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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Title: Magical Guardian & Gnome of Protection
UPDATE August 4th, 2017
This update makes several improvements to student routing. For example, if a session is in progress seated around a table and there is a shortage of seating, Sims will stand rather than sitting on the floor.
Upgrade July 30th, 2017
1) This update increases the probability that a student will sit at the same table as the teacher and reduces the likelihood of a student sitting in a position that faces away from him.
2) The teacher and students now uses a more varied vocabulary, including Enthusiasms if FreeTime or any later EP is available.
Minor Update June 21st, 2017
This cosmetic update to the Gnome's catalogue display now shows that this object improves Logic Skill as well as Charisma.
a) To program a half-size garden gnome to act as a whole lot intruder alarm that would summon either a neutral elder warlock or a police officer to remove prowlers, selectable by menu option. Only one of these Gnomes of Protection is necessary to defend the entire lot, inside and outside.
b) To enable this gnome to automatically create (on community lots) and/or invite (on residential lots) an elder warlock to teach Logic skills, raise an interest in Crime, stimulate FreeTime Science Enthusiasm, increase Neatness, satisfy Fun and Social needs, and improve magic skill. If Apartment Life is not available or the user selects the "Disable Magic" menu option, then a police officer will arrest burglars and teach - magic skills are not applicable.
c) If magic is available and enabled, to direct the elder warlock - the "magical guardian" - to catch Burglars and other "Undesirables", or simply "Burglars Only".
d) To give the option for the warlock to cast spells that remove leaf piles and puddles from the lot. If Apartment Life magic is not available, the Gnome's menu options will remove all leaves and puddles with its own built-in "magic".
e) Even if magic is not available or not desired, to optionally protect any gnomes, flamingos and trashcans on a residential lot from vandalism.
f) To supply recolours for the basegame garden gnome.
The Gnome of Protection is available from both the Hobby/Knowledge and Decorative/Sculpture sections of the catalogue at a cost of §75. The mesh is based on and slaved to the basegame garden gnome.
1) Gnome of Protection - This is one gnome that is not going to be stolen or kicked around - and it will summon a guardian to protect the lot from burglary. This charmed statue can also control leaves and puddles, and reduce vandalism.
The guardian can teach Sims about the dark arts (i.e. criminal psychology), raising Logic skills, Crime interest, FreeTime Science enthusiasm and grade points, while satisfying fun and social needs. If the teacher is a magic user, such as the elder warlock who may be summoned by the Gnome, all in attendance will improve their neatness and comfort level, and students of the occult will increase their magic skill and shift to a neutral alignment.
If Apartment Life is installed and magic is enabled, an elder townie will be transformed into a fully skilled neutral warlock who will dismiss the intruder magically - otherwise, the Gnome will call in a basegame police officer. The warlock or magical guardian will optionally catch "Burglars Only" or several different "Undesirables" including the Basegame Burglar and Repo-Man; University Evil Mascot; Nightlife or Seasons Mrs. CrumpleBottom; and Bon Voyage Unsavory Charlatan. Only the burglar will win the current family a §500 reward when apprehended.
When a burglar is detected, the gnome acquires a red glow. If the intruder is some other "Undesirable", then the gnome projects a blue glow. This effect lasts until the interloper is removed. In cases where the guardian response is delayed - particularly if he was socializing on the lot - failsafe code will automatically remove the intruder.
If there is more than one Gnome of Protection on the lot, only one of them will respond to the trespasser. If there is more than one Gnome of Protection on a lot and they are each enabled to summon the warlock for teaching, there will be a delay of at least ten game minutes between the appearance of each instructor.
If puddles are present on the lot (including the chocolate puddles created by spills from the basegame candy machine) the warlock can be asked to cast the Aqua Deletus spell to remove them. If Seasons is installed and leaf piles are present, he can also use Folium Deletus to discard the leaves. The warlock has a gold badge in the SeasonsFishing talent.
Even without guardian availability, the Gnome can magically delete all leaves and puddles on the lot by selecting the "Dispel Leaves" or "Evaporate Puddles" menu commands.
Regardless of whether a magical guardian is available, the gnome itself will optionally protect basegame gnomes, flamingos and trashcans from being kicked, upset, salvaged from or stolen. In the case of gnomes and flamingos, this protection also disables them from being Viewed. Basegame gnomes may still be stolen, but potential perpetrators will typically be distracted to come and admire the Gnome of Protection instead of committing gnome theft. As a side effect, these Sims will gain just enough Niceness points to prevent them from stealing gnomes in the future. This transformation will be indicated by a starburst effect, centred on the reformed Sim. If you would prefer not to allow this personality shift, either select the "Permit Vandalism" menu option or do not place any basegame gnomes on residential lots that have the Gnome of Protection.
A Sim who has at least three points of Logic may teach using the Gnome, gaining Charisma in the process. Magicians who practice "Neutral" magic and moderately Charismatic Sims (those with at least three Charisma skill points) may do so autonomously.
The Gnome is college accredited for those majoring in Psychology, but regardless of what major they may be specializing in, attending a lecture at the Gnome will grant college credits to all those registered in university. The Gnome satisfies the "Practice Speech, "Read To" and "Be Read to by" wants. Teachers and students will dress appropriately to attend class. In the case of children and teens, those who are not magicians will dress in private school uniforms.
College and school progress is displayed at the beginning and end of each student's learning session. If a school student earns an "A+", additional study will earn Extra Credits which allow a child or teen to take time off without losing a letter grade, or can be saved for advanced placement in college (up to one half term for 1000 points). For students of magic, magic skill and alignment data is displayed at the beginning and end of a student's learning session.
Gnome of Protection - More Details
The Gnome of Protection is placeable on a Ravendancer Didactic Desk or Grandiose Reading Stand, an Opportunity Reading Desk or Opportunity Lectern as well as counters, desks, dining tables, end tables, shelves, on the ground, or in any of the special purpose crystal ball stands that have been made available. With the built-in recolours, it can be made completely invisible wherever it is placed, can share a tile with another object, Sims will step over it, and it is height adjustable if Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden is available.
Listeners will sit on dining chairs, living chairs, sofas or love seats if they are available. To use two tile recliners, Sims must directed to sit on them first before listening. If no seats are available, listeners will stand or sit on the ground instead.
If the Gnome (either directly or in a stand) is placed on a table, desk or coffee table with a dining chair behind it, a teacher will sit on the chair to talk to the clients (in the case of a coffee table, a sofa or carefully positioned living chair will also do). If there are other chairs at a dining table, the clients will join the teacher there.
If the Gnome is placed on the ground, the teacher will sit on the ground behind it, and all listeners except for elders with also try to find a place on the ground.
Sims who attend the session will listen to satisfy their Fun and Social motives, but if the teacher is a magician or moderately Charismatic, then Sims will continue listening until their needs or mood becomes too low. A magician or a moderately Charismatic Sim will be paid §50 per hour by each non-family member present. On owned business lots, any earnings will go directly to the business owner.
Teachers increase their Charisma at the same rate as when practicing with the basegame Teleprompter. In addition, Sims can "Ask For" or "Offer" Charisma speech lessons if the Gnome is placed on a Didactic Desk, Reading Desk, Reading Stand or Decorative Lectern.
On non-residential lots and dorms the teacher will appear automatically to begin a session, but this function can be overrode by selecting "Disable Auto-Invite" from the Gnome's menu. Alternatively, if an Opportunity Pack Lost Opportunity is placed on the same tile, all teaching functions will be disabled but the Gnome's protection abilities will still be active.
Qualified Sims who happen to visit or are invited to the lot will autonomously use the Gnome. On residential lots a qualified Sim will not appear automatically unless "Enable Auto-Invite" is selected.
The "Invite Teacher" menu option will call in a qualified Sim regardless of the Auto-Invite setting. If the instructor is already on the job, "Replace Teacher" will dismiss the current Sim and after about ten game minutes a new teacher will be recruited. If you no longer want an invited teacher at all, "Dismiss" will relieve the Sim of their duties and "Auto-Invite" will be disabled.
2) Basegame Garden Gnome Recolours - this set of recolours supports the surfaces subset of both the Gnome of Protection and the basegame Kozy Kitsch Gnome: Asparagus, Coconut, Forest, Gold, Grape, Grey, Indigo, Invisible (Built-In), Lime, Russet, Storm, Teal, Umber.
Technical Notes & Bloopers
I was surprised to discover that there may not be any premade elder townies in a given neighbourhood, so the Gnome of Protection will create one if required. In doing so, it will enroll the townie as a security guard in the Law Enforcement career then make the new elder friends with the other neutral magic users in the neighbourhood and acquainted with those in the current family.
This issue and many others made this one of my most complex projects to date, taking over six months - and 272 BHAVs - to complete. There were many setbacks along the way, providing not only frustration but a number of amusing distractions (i.e. bloopers) as shown below.
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