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The Sims 4 Random Sim Generator

by katrisims Posted 25th Jan 2018 at 1:34 AM - Updated 2nd Aug 2020 at 5:59 PM by katrisims
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Overview

Making a challenge sim? Want to make a new sim/family but lacking the inspiration? Want to select a random job for a sim, or a random skill? Whether they should be a supernatural? This download allows you to randomize sims and/or their properties quickly and easily using a graphical user interface. Simply open the randomizer in your web browser, select the aspects you would like to randomize, and you're set to go.

Note: This download is not an in-game download, but rather a stand-alone utility. It does not go in your Mods folder, and it does not automatically make random sims/families for you. It's more of an easy-to-use electronic die, if you will. It shows you the randomization results, which you can then take note of and use when making your sim/family.

The TS4 Sim Randomizer is based on The Sim Randomizer for TS2, which I made a few years back with Phaenoh's help. This is essentially the same tool, but for TS4. It uses a very slight adaptation of Phaenoh's layout from 2013, and it's uploaded with permission.

Update: February 9, 2018: updated for patch PC 1.39.74.1020 / Mac 1.39.74.1220, which added 10 new skin tones. The new version has a small code update to account for the increased amount of skins, and the skin icons are updated to match the post patch situation. The skins considered unnaturals are now numbers 27 through 35. Note: the new skintones were added in the middle of the swatch in the game, so if you use the old version of this randomizer, the numbers given in the icons no longer correspond to the order of the swatch. By redownloading, you can avoid this inconvenience, as well as randomize between all the skins currently in the game.

Update: May 12, 2018: updated for the Jungle Adventure pack, which added two new Aspirations and two new Skills.

Update: May 29, 2018: fixed a bug that caused the "previously existing" option within the gender preference feature to be disregarded and the gender selected always being female with this option selected.

Update: September 29, 2018: updated for the Seasons pack, which added one new career and one new skill. Added a new feature that allows you to randomize whether or not your sim has a tattoo. Thanks to Atreya for the suggestion!

Update: January 13, 2019: updated for the Get Famous pack, which added two new Aspirations, two Skills, two Careers (one teen ”Career” and one regular one) and one Trait.

Update: August 24, 2019: updated for the StrangerVille, Island Living and Moschino Stuff packs and the Base Game Freelancer career update. StrangerVille added a new aspiration and a new career, and Island Living added two new traits, one adult career and three teen careers. A Base Game update added one new career, Freelancer, which has three different branches (or ”trades”), while Moschino Stuff added one new branch/trade to that career. Note: I couldn't find separate icons for the Freelancer career branches, so the branches all use the basic Freelancer icon. If you opt to randomize careers with branches, the Freelancer branches can only be distinguished from the text.

Update: October 20, 2019: updated for the Realm of Magic pack and fixed an oversight in the Island Living pack updates. Realm of Magic added two aspirations as well as a new supernatural type, Spellcaster. Island Living also added a supernatural type, Mermaid, which I overlooked earlier when updating for that, so mermaids are now also added.

Update: February 9, 2020: updated for the Discover University pack. Discover University added one aspiration, two skills, two careers for adults (both with two branches) and two afterschool activities for teens, which are added in the randomizer as teen careers. The randomizer also has a completely new feature for randomizing a college degree, as those were also added with the pack. The pack also introduced a new life state, servo, but it isn't included in the randomizer as you cannot make a servo in CAS.

Update: August 2, 2020: updated for the Eco Lifestyle and Nifty Knitting packs. Eco Lifestyle added one aspiration, one career (with two branches), and three traits. Nifty Knitting added two aspirations, one skill and one career branch. Also a Tiny Living pack has been published, but to my knowledge it didn't add any randomizable features.

Installation and use

There is no need to install this download. Simply extract the .rar file where you want it on your computer, and you should get a folder with: a .html file, a readme file and a folder with images in it. To use the randomizer, simply open the .html file in your web browser (tested on Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Edge*).

When you open the randomizer in your browser, you have the feature selections on the left, and on the right are eight empty boxes for sims to be randomized.** You use the program by first filling in the features you want to randomize, and the pressing the "Randomize" button. The resulting sims will be shown as icons and associated text. You can either write down the results, or if you play in a window, keep the randomizer open when you start the game and make your sims.

* Note 1: The randomizer seems to work fine on Edge, but it's unlikely work on IE. I'm on Windows 10 so I can't test that easily. It might work as such, but the layout will probably break.

** Note 2: If your screen or browser window is small, the selections may be at the top and the empty sims boxes at the bottom. Unlike the original TS2 randomizer, this one is built to adapt to your screen size. It's prettiest on a big screen (in my opinion anyway), but at least it doesn't look completely broken when on a smaller screen.

Features and options

The following are the features and options of The Sims 4 Randomizer.



Credits

Thanks to Phaenoh, who helped me with the original TS2 randomizer a few years back, and created the layout used in this work — it's still basically the same trusty one!

Credit for the icons used is due to Maxis/EA. Thanks to TheSimKid for the The Sims 4 Ultimate Game Icon Pack, L'Universims for the 1000+ Game Icons pack, the Seasons Icons pack and the Get Famous Icons pack, and Hula-zombie for the Discover University icons pack, all of which made my work in making this download a lot easier. Thanks to 108sims for getting me the Jungle Adventure Icons and Atreya for the tip on the Seasons icons!

Thanks to The Sims Wiki, for providing information about the game where I didn't know it first hand. Any inaccuracies or mistakes are of course to be attributed to me.

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 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
TS4Randomizer.rar | A randomizing tool that works in your browser

Size: 2.99 MB · Downloads: 23,008 · 2nd Aug 2020
2.99 MB 23,008 2nd Aug 2020
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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Test Subject
Original Poster
#51 Old 14th Dec 2018 at 5:52 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Selarono
Just downloaded the new one for season, and I dont have any icons too. This is my third time updating this and I have used it many times, have always had the icons show up so I dont think its how I unzipped. Going to try and download again, but maybe this is an issue that others are having too?? Kind of hard to use this way.

Updated- Third download and they showed up. Didn't do anything different. Didn't change anything, same browser etc. Not sure why it didn't work before. I guess if you have the issue, just try re downloading.

Cant wait to get the Famous updated!! Thanks for sharing your hard work with everyone.


Hi Selarono,

Thanks for the info! I was aware of the problem I talked about above, with some unpacking programs putting the icons in the wrong place, but this one I hadn't heard about. It sounds like the whole thing didin't download properly the first two times, then. Anyway, thanks! Now if someone else has this problem I know to suggest redowloading.

Oh yeah, Get Famous. Ahem. Sorry you guys are having to wait so long for that. I was aware that there's a new pack that probably needs updating for, but real life has been pretty busy lately and also it's the dark time of the year and my energy levels aren't too great. I'll look into it in the weekend, if it's quick to update I might have time for it then, but if not the worst case scenario is after the holidays. Sorry and thank you for your patience! I'm glad you're enjoying the tool!

Katri
Test Subject
Original Poster
#52 Old 13th Jan 2019 at 4:12 PM
Update: January 13, 2019: updated for the Get Famous pack, which added two new Aspirations, two Skills, two Careers (one teen ”Career” and one regular one) and one Trait.

I'm sorry this one took so long! Real life has gotten in the way a bit and I've been lacking in energy, but here it finally is. It seems to be working alright, but if you notice anything odd, please let me know and I'll look into it. (If you're having trouble with the images, there's some suggestions earlier in this thread.)
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#53 Old 13th Feb 2019 at 4:45 AM
wow, this is awesome! i usually use number generators for traits/aspirations but this is so much better! thanks for such an awesome tool
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#54 Old 6th May 2019 at 6:57 PM
Thank you so much for making this utility. It's way easier than using a random number generator to make sims!

Quick question: when is this utility going to be updated for the Strangerville pack (which added 1 new trait and 1 new career) and the freelance career update (which added 1 new career with 3 different trades)?
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#55 Old 2nd Jul 2019 at 4:45 AM
Needs to be updated for Strangerville and now Island Living. No rush, but I love this tool so much! Keeps gameplay fresh, otherwise, I pick the same things over and over again lol.
Test Subject
#56 Old 13th Aug 2019 at 4:17 AM
Thanks so much, I love this. I was wondering though how do we get the skin tones? For example, if it says "Skin color 30", does that mean I just count from top to bottom and left to right? Same for eye and hair color? Finally, I should skip over the custom content I have right? I currently have 50+ skin tones.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#57 Old 24th Aug 2019 at 6:40 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by nycblkboy
Thanks so much, I love this. I was wondering though how do we get the skin tones? For example, if it says "Skin color 30", does that mean I just count from top to bottom and left to right? Same for eye and hair color? Finally, I should skip over the custom content I have right? I currently have 50+ skin tones.


Thank you, I'm glad you're enjoying this. Yes, that's pretty much it: I numbered the genetics from left to right and top to bottom for the lack of a better option. With lots of cc out there, it's unfortunately impossible to try to randomize for cc as well. If the cc places itself in between of the original game options in CAS, that's kind of unfortunate for the use of this tool, the counting can be a bit of a pain. I don't think there's a real workaround for that either, or I can't think of one anyway, I'm sorry. I hope you can still benefit from the tool all the same.

Katri
Test Subject
Original Poster
#58 Old 24th Aug 2019 at 6:45 PM
Update: August 24, 2019: updated for the StrangerVille, Island Living and Moschino Stuff packs and the Base Game Freelancer career update. StrangerVille added a new aspiration and a new career, and Island Living added two new traits, one adult career and three teen careers. A Base Game update added one new career, Freelancer, which has three different branches (or ”trades”), while Moschino Stuff added one new branch/trade to that career. Note: I couldn't find separate icons for the Freelancer career branches, so the branches all use the basic Freelancer icon. If you opt to randomize careers with branches, the Freelancer branches can only be distinguished from the text.

With that, we should be all up to date again! I'm really sorry that it took me so long! Real life has been getting in the way, plus I'll admit I've been avoiding the icon hunting too. Fortunately, after this break, it wasn't that hard after all. Again, I'm sorry for the delay and I hope you enjoy. I've tested this update on my machine, but if you find anything wrong, please let me know. Thank you!
Test Subject
#59 Old 2nd Oct 2019 at 5:40 AM
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Originally Posted by katrisims
Update: August 24, 2019: updated for the StrangerVille, Island Living and Moschino Stuff packs and the Base Game Freelancer career update. StrangerVille added a new aspiration and a new career, and Island Living added two new traits, one adult career and three teen careers. A Base Game update added one new career, Freelancer, which has three different branches (or ”trades”), while Moschino Stuff added one new branch/trade to that career. Note: I couldn't find separate icons for the Freelancer career branches, so the branches all use the basic Freelancer icon. If you opt to randomize careers with branches, the Freelancer branches can only be distinguished from the text.

With that, we should be all up to date again! I'm really sorry that it took me so long! Real life has been getting in the way, plus I'll admit I've been avoiding the icon hunting too. Fortunately, after this break, it wasn't that hard after all. Again, I'm sorry for the delay and I hope you enjoy. I've tested this update on my machine, but if you find anything wrong, please let me know. Thank you!


Thank you so much for the update! But I did notice that mermaids did not get added as a new Supernaturals option? Did that get looked over or do I need to try redownloading the mod?
Test Subject
Original Poster
#60 Old 20th Oct 2019 at 5:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by wolvishcub
Thank you so much for the update! But I did notice that mermaids did not get added as a new Supernaturals option? Did that get looked over or do I need to try redownloading the mod?


Oh, yes, that was an oversight by me, thanks for letting me know! Should be all fixed in today's update. (I was also seeing some mermaids in people's pictures, so while I don't have that pack, I started to think "hey wait a minute, am I missing something here?")
Test Subject
Original Poster
#61 Old 20th Oct 2019 at 5:22 PM
Update: October 20, 2019: updated for the Realm of Magic pack and fixed an oversight in the Island Living pack updates. Realm of Magic added two aspirations as well as a new supernatural type, Spellcaster. Island Living also added a supernatural type, Mermaid, which I overlooked earlier when updating for that, so mermaids are now also added.

And again, we should be all up to date! I've tried to check that everything works, but well, code can always be buggy. If you notice anything weird, please let me know.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#62 Old 25th Jan 2020 at 10:10 AM
This is brilliant! Thank you!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#63 Old 9th Feb 2020 at 8:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by orangebark
This is brilliant! Thank you!


Thank you, I'm glad you like the download!

In other news, at long last...

Update: February 9, 2020: updated for the Discover University pack. Discover University added one aspiration, two skills, two careers for adults (both with two branches) and two afterschool activities for teens, which are added in the randomizer as teen careers. The randomizer also has a completely new feature for randomizing a college degree, as those were also added with the pack. The pack also introduced a new life state, servo, but it isn't included in the randomizer as you cannot make a servo in CAS.

Again, everything seemed fine to me when testing, but if you notice anything strange, please let me know so I can try to fix it.
Forum Resident
THANKS POST
#64 Old 16th Feb 2020 at 10:29 PM
tHANKS!!!
Test Subject
#65 Old 14th Mar 2020 at 12:20 AM
Sorry if I'm being clueless but but when I try to extract the files, I get an error that says "No archives found" and that the archive is either in unknown format or damaged. I tried to extract other rar files to see if it was me/my computer and had no problems with them. But this one gives me that error.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#66 Old 8th Apr 2020 at 5:32 AM
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Originally Posted by juliekaye
Sorry if I'm being clueless but but when I try to extract the files, I get an error that says "No archives found" and that the archive is either in unknown format or damaged. I tried to extract other rar files to see if it was me/my computer and had no problems with them. But this one gives me that error.


Hi, I'm sorry you're having problems! And I'm sorry that I only now checked back and saw this message. That's a weird problem, the only thing I can think of is maybe it didn't download properly. I tried downloading it myself and it worked, so the upload should be fine. So maybe try redownloading?

Katri
Test Subject
#67 Old 21st Apr 2020 at 1:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by katrisims
Hi, I'm sorry you're having problems! And I'm sorry that I only now checked back and saw this message. That's a weird problem, the only thing I can think of is maybe it didn't download properly. I tried downloading it myself and it worked, so the upload should be fine. So maybe try redownloading?

Katri


That's ok, this is the first time I've come back to check! But no, I am still getting that odd message. Re-downloaded I don't know how many times. But I tried it on another computer just now and it worked on there! I got excited until I opened the file and my computer immediately froze. lol 2nd attempt SEEMS to be ok so maybe just a fluke. Thank you for your reply!! If it keeps working, this is gonna be great for my challenges!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#68 Old 2nd Aug 2020 at 5:57 PM
Update: August 2, 2020: updated for the Eco Lifestyle and Nifty Knitting packs. Eco Lifestyle added one aspiration, one career (with two branches), and three traits. Nifty Knitting added two aspirations, one skill and one career branch. Also a Tiny Living pack has been published, but to my knowledge it didn't add any randomizable features.
Field Researcher
#69 Old 4th Sep 2020 at 12:10 AM
Just a quick note - the Maker trait is missing, at least for parents. I searched and searched but it really isn't there. Not sure if it's hiding or what, but wanted to let you know!
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#70 Old 15th Nov 2020 at 2:41 AM
And a gentle nudge that yet more updates are needed lol.
Lab Assistant
#71 Old 13th Dec 2020 at 3:47 PM
This is really awesome. (of course the latest update totally massed up the skintone aspect, but whatevs). Is there any chance of being able to include the custom traits, careers, and aspirations that we have installed? Like, just something where we could manually add in those custom things we want to be included in randomization.
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#72 Old 22nd Mar 2021 at 2:35 AM
Hope everything is okay!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#73 Old 12th Sep 2021 at 10:43 AM
Ahem. Hi, all! I seem to have disappeared off the face of the planet once again. Sorry about that. I checked the thread today and figured I should at least reply to you guys.

Quote:
Originally Posted by WildIrishBanshee
Hope everything is okay!


I'm okay, thanks for your concern! The pandemic has kind of thrown me off, but at least I've been able to stay safe and healthy, so all things considered, pretty good. My main excuse is that I'm mostly a TS2 simmer, and I'm pretty sporadic about that these days, so this stuff seems to happen with this little TS4 project more than I'd like. Also, when making this download, I didn't expect so many updates and packs for the game at all, so I didn't perhaps have a realistic idea of the work in the future. In any case, sorry for the inconvenience!

Just yesterday I opened TS4 for the first time in an eon and noticed they've redone the hair color system again... I'm not sure if I have the spoons to redo the hairs at the moment, but I should at least look at the missing packs and (likely) missing trait. I can't promise a quick update, but I'll look into things.

Quote:
Originally Posted by igloolik
Is there any chance of being able to include the custom traits, careers, and aspirations that we have installed? Like, just something where we could manually add in those custom things we want to be included in randomization.


Currently, the only way to do that would be to open up the TS4-randomizer.html file and edit it with a text editor, basically code it into the randomizer the same way I do when I update it. That requires understanding of HTML and JavaScript, so it's probably too involved for most users. So at this time, unfortunately not.

A super user-friendly way (making a user interface to add the new items) would be beyond my skills I think, but I'm wondering if I could pull off separating the aspects into a text file that the user could edit... That might still be a bit difficult for the user, and since I'm rarely around users couldn't rely on me to help them debug the text file if it breaks. And the initial change would require a biggish overhaul on my part, so I'm not sure if I'll have the time and energy to do that, so I won't make promises on this. But it's a very interesting suggestion and I'll keep it in mind as a possibility. So thank you!

All in all, thank you for your kind messages! I'll look into getting the randomizer at least mostly back up to date, although I can't make promises about when it'll be done. Sorry again for the inconvenience!
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