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Book changes

by gummilutt Posted 7th Oct 2017 at 3:27 PM - Updated 8th Oct 2017 at 7:10 PM by gummilutt
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As a book worm, it bugs me that reading is so inferior to watching tv, playing games, or even watching art, when it comes to increasing a Sims fun. Reading is and always has been one of the most enjoyable things in my life, and I've decided my Sims should get to experience them that way as well. As a book worm, it also bothers me that Sims put their precious books all over the place, including the floor. That is not how you treat a book! And even if you don't care about books, it gets pretty darn annoying when every dorm in game is plastered with books all over the place. So I've made two mods to fix these two book-related annoyances of mine.

Book Fun Changes - Requires FT
This is a of global mod that makes reading books from bookshelves more fun. I've set the fun gain rate to 200 per hour in all versions, which means a Sim could go from a completely empty fun bar to maxed out in one hour. This may seem a bit excessive, but the original gain rate was 100 which felt very slow to me so I decided to double it. This mod does not affect reading a book in bed.

This mod comes in two variations. One where all Sims find books equally fun, and one where only Sims with a playful score of 5 or lower find books more fun. Some of you may recall I already made mods that alter the motive gain from FT books, called Freetime Book Fixes. This new mod conflicts with my old one, and because of that there are six versions to choose from. Which one you should use depends on if you want fun to be higher for all Sims or only serious Sims, and if you want cook books, romance books and sci fi books to affect motives. See the table below to help you choose the one you want.

When making the FT books EA decided to give some of them additional effect on motives. Cook books will decrease hunger motive by 1/4 of the bar each hour, sci fi books will decrease hygiene motive by 1/4 of the bar every hour, and romance books will increase social by 1/3 of the bar each hour. I think this is rather ridiculous, which is why I made my freetime fixes mod back in the day. It offered a fun only version that removes all motive changes except fun, and one that offers more realistic motive changes. This mod conflicts with all the versions in that thread, and I have therefore made compatible versions for both fun only and realistic, and of course one version that does only changes fun and leaves the others as they were.

Only use one version.

Requires FT. I'm sorry for making this require FT. I know Sims can read before FT, but book code is very annoyingly set up, and changes a lot in different EPs. Including all of the different variations is simply too much work, and would have gotten overwhelming for me and for you guys. If someone really wants this and does not have FT, let me know what your setup is and if I have the time I'll make a version for you. You are of course welcome to pick apart what I did and try to make your own version for your setup.

Conflicts with my Freetime books fixed mods. It conflicts with all of them, doesn't matter which version of it you were using. As listed above there are compatible versions, so just remove your old version of freetime books fixed and replace it with the same version of this mod.

Conflicts with mrclopes' read books autonomously mood. We both edit the same BCON, he lowered fun and set social gain from romance book to 50 instead of 70. So if you want this mod you could load mine after the read books autonomously mod, and the only difference will be that you get my effect on motives rather than the ones mrclopes. Everything else in read books autonomously will remain unaffected by my mod.

Will conflicts with mods that affect the book motive bcons, and motive change bhav.

Essa for the "What have you done for your game lately?"-thread. Always fun to read what others are doing for their games, and share what you've been doing.
Lamare for giving me motivation to get this ready to upload, after I mentioned it in Essa's thread.

All Sims Put Books Away
This is a global mod that removes the neat check so that all Sims put books back in the bookshelf. However, this does not mean a Sim will always put books away. There are some situations where even a neat Sim would put their book down somewhere else, and these situations will still apply. But over all you will see a dramatic decrease in books on floor/surfaces with this mod since all Sims will at least try to put their book back in the book shelf.

Compatible with all EPs and SPs. Download the version that fits your latest released expansion pack.

No conflicts that I know of. Will only conflict with other mods that affect the routine when putting away books.

gdayars who made me realize maybe more people might want this, and who also made me realize books are annoying everywhere, not just on dorms.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Mad Poster
#2 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 3:52 PM
Thank you for these. It has always bothered me that my sims wouldn't take care of their books! You're the best.
Test Subject
#3 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 4:22 PM
Thanks for this. I always found it very irritating that the dorms were full of books.
#4 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 4:24 PM
I love this. Thank you! It always annoyed me about the books, and while I like the FT motives with the books, it seemed a bit much. "SeriousMoreFun-Realistic" was the one for me. ;)
#5 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 5:45 PM
Thank you for this! I too am a big reader and yet, the motive drops were annoying, I never had to take a bath after reading for several hours. (: This will be a great way for after school, low fun motives keeping kids from doing homework and more motives dropping if they work to raise fun levels.
Mad Poster
#6 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 6:33 PM
As I've got one of the motive improvers for reading, I don't think I need the motive one-but the 'put away your books' is definitely going in! There's seriously nothing more annoying and offensive than a pixel's house littered with books on the floor. They don't respect the power of the printed word!
Thanks for these!
Test Subject
#7 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 6:55 PM
Thanks, you're always providing us so much usefully mods! It's so amazing see how there is still people caring about improve a game so old and good.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 8th Oct 2017 at 1:30 PM
What a great idea. I play a lot of period neighbourhoods where my sims don't have TVs. Now my serious sims can have some decent fun with reading, and getting their film & literature hobby interests increased. As for messy sims leaving books all over the place, thank goodness that is now fixed...
#9 Old 8th Oct 2017 at 4:06 PM
Your mods are always very usefull. Thanks !
Mad Poster
#10 Old 10th Oct 2017 at 11:37 AM
This is great. Thank you also for being kind enough to include several options
just a girl
#11 Old 11th Oct 2017 at 11:37 AM
I didn't know books dealt with so many motives! Hunger? Like when you read about food? :-D
Your mod makes reading from useless to usable, and this is what I love the most. Thanks!
Mad Poster
#12 Old 15th Oct 2017 at 8:40 AM
I actually like my sims to dump a few books on the floor now and then (how else can I ever get a book to read to a toddler?), but making reading a book more worthwhile for my serious sims is something I can very much get behind! Thanks so much!
#13 Old 18th Oct 2017 at 5:55 AM
What a marvellous improvement on your prior realistic-reading mod! I love that there can now be disagreements about the attraction of different forms of entertainment:

"Turn off that horrible boring blather! I'm trying to read!"
"Excuse me, you think this is boring? Your book is boring!"

I'll have to pass on the putting-books-away mod though (this bookworm finds books everywhere to be comforting, if sometimes annoying for gameplay reasons) so thank you for making them separate.
#14 Old 20th Oct 2017 at 7:12 PM
I've haven't been playing any of my sims games for some time because my old computer was just too slow. Yes!! I have a new gaming computer now and I'm gobbling up your mods. Love them.
Forum Resident
#15 Old 8th Nov 2017 at 8:03 PM
I use GummiBooksnoNeatCheck-BV-MG and GummiFT-SeriousMoreFun-Realistic, but my sims now get a jump bug whenever I tell them to read a book. I tested it with several different households and sims. Removing the files fixes the jump.

I've included part of the error log behind this spoiler, let me know if you need anything else. HCDU is a pain to set up with the UC, so I haven't looked at it yet. I don't have any other mods that affect books or reading in any case.