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Lifetime Want Chooser

by Lamare Posted 7th Jul 2022 at 5:12 PM - Updated 8th Nov 2022 at 6:53 AM by Lamare
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Summary
This object lets you manually choose a lifetime want for your sim. No cycling one by one, just pick from a list! Has an option to ignore restrictions and choose an LTW that isn't normally available to a sim of certain aspiration. All known lifetime wants are updated and have slightly changed prerequisites to consider interests and hobbies, as a side bonus.

Updates
15th August '22: Reach Platinum Lifetime Aspiration LTW is no longer showing up in chooser's list for those who don't have this LTW. Also added adjustable height for plant models.
27 July '22: Shapeshifting, Rerolling and Support for future wants
11 July '22: Fixed a pre-FT compatibility issue and a minor thing in conditions for werewolves

What you get
  • Custom object that lets you choose a lifetime want and looks like a dream catcher decoration.
  • Changed preconditions for original and a few custom lifetime wants. Random LTW will be a bit more personalized, but should you not like it, new restrictions are easy to overcome with the Chooser, anyway.
  • Optional update for Life Stories careers lifetime wants (only if you use them, ignore it if you don't).

What you need
  • Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden, or Ultimate Collection, otherwise consider yourself a tester. Free Time or Bon Voyage probably good, too. I worked on compatibility with lower game versions, potentially anything after Night Life, but I have less confidence in those. Reports appreciated!
  • Look through Supported wants below and make sure you don't have any unsupported custom lifetime wants. If you have extra ltws that are not updated for the chooser, it won't work as expected (those wants may pop up instead of chosen ones).
  • Look through Conflicts below and make sure the Chooser loads after any conflicting mods, if there are any. Run a conflict detection program to double check.

How to use LTW Chooser
Buy the dream catcher for 5 simoleons in General/Miscellaneous (where most hacks hang out).
You have four options.
Choose LTW from Personally Available - from a list of wants that your sim may normally roll and meets requirements for (aspiration and so on). Chooser runs all checks before showing you the list.
Choose LTW from All (Ignore Restrictions) - from the whole list of lifetime wants you have in your game, original and custom, even those that don't match aspiration or already fulfilled. Use your own judgment when choosing, since not every want is suitable for every sim.
Reroll LTW - random lifetime want will be assigned to your sim.
Shapeshift - changes object model from dream catcher to various plants.

Supported wants
You don't have to have all supported wants in your game, the chooser won't offer you what you don't have.
  • 37 original from all packs
  • 50 of mine from Set 1
  • 4 of University careers - Artist, Show Biz, Paranormal, Natural Science
  • 2 of Life Stories - Game Development and Entertainment (my edits of them)
  • 2 Rio's - Firefighting and Social services
  • As of July, 27th it supports any unlisted LTWs if they are specifically updated for it.
If you're a modder who wants to make compatible lifetime wants, see the tutorial at the bottom of this page.

Changes to wants
These changes affect random rolls and the list of personally available wants.
Common rules:
  • Grilled cheese sims normally get only Eat X Grilled Cheese Sandwiches lifetime want, unless they also have another aspiration. Note that sims do not automatically reroll Grilled Cheese ltw after completion, this is by maxis design.
  • Reach career top type of wants are available to elders if they already work in those specific careers.
  • All wants updated to work with the Chooser.
Specific conditions:


Conflict resolving
Will conflict with other mods that override the same resources and change LTWs' prerequisites.
  • AnyLTWforallaspirations and its edits. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Pescado's ltwvariety and its edits. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser. Both our mods change prerequisites of maxis original lifetime wants from various packs.
  • Nopke's noPetsLTWs. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Cyjon's Wealth LTWs. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Cyjon's Free Time LTW Fixes. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Alexx58's Expanded and Reduced LTW. The Classic version doesn't conflict, but the one that changes prerequisites does. Remove it or let the Chooser load after it and see how it works. If your version also has University career LTWs and you decide to remove it, get the separated Uni LTWs from my 50 LTW bundle. If you'd like to customize your LTW values, see this tutorial.
  • My ltw_support package from custom lifetime wants set. Ignore it, I purposely included some needed functions in both packages, in case someone uses only one of these projects.
  • Rio's Firefighting and Social services career LTWs (from here). Make sure the Chooser loads after Rio's files, specifically the check trees - CT_Firefighter and CT_SocialWorker files - my file replaces them with chooser-ready versions. You could also disable Rio's CT_ files by changing ".package" file extension to ".OFF" or something like that (this is what I do instead of deleting, when I think I might need the files one day).
  • Pescado's Life Stories career lifetime wants (uni_ltws file). If you use them, get my edited versions from this thread. Then, if you use custom LTWs from me or someone else, edit the WantTuning package in your downloads to add these wants to the list (never edit the package in program files). If you don't know what I am talking about, leave the original Pescado's package in your Downloads and let my update load after it to override some things. If you don't use these wants from Pescado, don't download my update and ignore this paragraph.
Make the Chooser load after all conflicting mods, otherwise it will become useless.

Troubleshooting
  • If your sim gets a wrong lifetime want instead of what you chose. 1. You have an LTW that is not supported by this mod. Let me know, and I'll add it. 2. There's a conflict with a custom LTW or a mod that changes maxis wants' conditions. Make sure the Chooser loads last, and it should work as intended.
  • If your sim gets no lifetime want (blank panel) after choosing a custom want. Most likely, you have a custom want, but it's not listed in the WantTuning package (UI Data), or that package has a mistake in it that prevents the game from reading it correctly. Go look. If not that, you probably have a bad copy of this UI Data resource sneakily hiding somewhere and conflicting with your good UI Data resource.

Technical details
  • The model is a clone of in-game dream catcher decoration, stripped of specific EP requirements. Maxis made textures and mesh. 440 faces, 435 vertices. Additional models available through shapeshifting interaction directly reference in-game objects.
  • Nice list you see when choosing pulls icons and descriptions from memories for convenience, but doesn't do anything with the memories.
  • Overrides check trees of all supported lifetime wants (see list above). BHAVs: CT - Test - Lifetime Want - ... in group 0x7F739728. This is to make those wants work with the chooser.

Recommended mods
  • veetie_InterestAgeMod - makes sim's interests more varied when randomized, despite their age. For example, it gives adults a chance to have high interest in animals or toys.
  • ltw_icons_fixed - resized and edited icons for lifetime wants and some memories from Pets, Seasons and Free Time, to reduce visual glitches.
  • Medieval Default Career LTWs - complementary replacements for careers at Plumb Bob Keep - icons and descriptions of lifetime wants and corresponding memories.

Credits
Rio for Firefighting and Social services lifetime wants.
Pescado for Life Stories career LTWs. (I didn't know how to contact him, MATY wouldn't let me register, so if he sees this and has objections, well, I'm sure we'll figure something out. In no way this was an attempt to appropriate any part of his work.)
All the wonderful people behind SimPE, unluac, PhotoScape, Sublime and other helpful tools, tutorials and wikis.
Especially Adidas and Dizzy for the Lua notes.

Tutorial on making custom LTWs compatible with the Chooser
This is for modders who make their own LTWs and want them to be picked up by the Chooser.
Upd 4th August 2022


Type:
      Global Mods: Mods that change the way the game works without requiring any user intervention.

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

This is a multi-part download:


You only have to download LTW_Chooser - the chooser itself
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LTW_Chooser.zip | the chooser itself

Size: 87.9 KB · Downloads: 9,167 · 15th Aug 2022
Download
87.9 KB 9,167 15th Aug 2022
update_to_LS_ltws.zip | only for those who use Life Stories lifetime wants

Size: 9.6 KB · Downloads: 1,471 · 7th Jul 2022
Download
9.6 KB 1,471 7th Jul 2022
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 download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 6:14 PM
Not you releasing this one week after I had to click one by one through every ltw for every single sim in my Uberhood Well stuff like this happens but for future generations I'll be prepared. Thank you so much for sharing this, this is awesome!
Test Subject
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#3 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 7:43 PM
Amazing? Astonishing? Revolutionary? I can't seem to decide what to call this, but I know well enough to be sure about this: THANK YOU!
Mad Poster
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#4 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 8:04 PM
Thanks for fixing another major game issue as I often had to change the lifetime wants anyways when the one assigned just didn't make any sense and would've been impossible when they're the first couple in a brand new town.
Lab Assistant
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#5 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 8:28 PM
Thank you so much. This makes setting up hoods way less annoying.
Test Subject
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#6 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 8:53 PM Last edited by Nostural : 10th Jul 2022 at 9:57 AM.
Thank you, this is amazing!
Can’t wait for your Set 1 of 50 new custom lifetime wants to come
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 9:09 PM
This will save so much time and be more accurate when trying to set up a sim for a special purpose. Thanks so much!
Top Secret Researcher
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#8 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 10:39 PM
There is a Lifetime Want catcher!
Field Researcher
#9 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 11:37 PM
This looks awesome but I play on Super Collection for Mac so I don't mind testing it out. I also have Squinge's New Lifetime Wants (Uni) for EP6. This is safe to have as I have replaced my WantsTuning right?

Call me Seth!
just a girl
Original Poster
#10 Old 7th Jul 2022 at 11:58 PM
Hey @trambling101
Cool, let me know if it errors out, I might be able to find a solution. And yes, you can use it with Squinge's mod. WantTuning is for wants to show up in game and doesn't concern this chooser directly, so don't worry about it.

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Thank you for kind words, everyone!
Needs Coffee
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#11 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 12:51 AM
This is something I have always wanted. Amazing, thank you.
Test Subject
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#12 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 1:56 AM
I have been wanting something like this for a long time! Thank you so much!
Link Ninja
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#13 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 7:32 AM
hot damn this has been on many a modding wish lists over the years. well done! bravo! everyone is gonna be on this like a hot cake.
Test Subject
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#14 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 10:21 AM
This is an excellent idea Lamare, thank you for implementing it!
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#15 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 11:14 AM Last edited by MoominMariah : 9th Jul 2022 at 9:25 PM.
Thank you for making this, I have always wondered why every other mod would make us cycle through, instead of just showing each ltw. Super cool mod, thanks for making this!
Field Researcher
#16 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 1:18 PM
This is amazing, will be a time saver! I'm extremely excited for your new LTWs!!! However, would it be possible to make a version that doesn't alter the prerequisites? I am really enjoying using Rio's edit of Greater LTW Variety & Sanity (Career LTWs unlocked for all aspirations). Would it just not work if that mod overwrote this one? Thanks
Mad Poster
#17 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 3:23 PM
I've managed to trace the link for he interest age Mod down and it's HERE
Test Subject
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#18 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 5:58 PM
Works great, thank you!!!
just a girl
Original Poster
#19 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 5:58 PM
@BellaDovah, if any LTW-prerequisites-altering mod overrides the chooser, it won't work, because it's those same resources that I use to make it work. So, nope, not a chance What I could do is make a version that removes aspiration requirements from career lifetime wants. What about interests and other things?
I personally find that differences based on aspirations, personality, etc. is what makes sims unique. If anyone can have anything, they're kind of all the same. This is why I added more restrictions, not less. Also, with 90+ LTWs it's nice to narrow down the list for a specific sim, but maybe you won't feel that way. Anyway, I'm open to making another version, since I give you no choice but to remove all those other prerequisites-altering mods you may have gotten used to.

@TadOlson, thanks, I forgot to link it.
Field Researcher
#20 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 6:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
@BellaDovah, if any LTW-prerequisites-altering mod overrides the chooser, it won't work, because it's those same resources that I use to make it work. So, nope, not a chance What I could do is make a version that removes aspiration requirements from career lifetime wants. What about interests and other things?
I personally find that differences based on aspirations, personality, etc. is what makes sims unique. If anyone can have anything, they're kind of all the same. This is why I added more restrictions, not less. Also, with 90+ LTWs it's nice to narrow down the list for a specific sim, but maybe you won't feel that way. Anyway, I'm open to making another version, since I give you no choice but to remove all those other prerequisites-altering mods you may have gotten used to.


Ok thanks so much for the information, that's totally understandable. The reason I liked Rio's edit is because it did introduce lots of different restrictions, it just untied them from aspirations but introduced factors such as personality and interests which is really cool. Tbh I think I could just use the unrestricted Menu but since I keep a close eye on their personality and interests anyway I could probably make a good decision on what I think they 'should' be limited to without actually needing any forced limitations. So yeah thanks for including an option that ignores all restrictions
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#21 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 8:22 PM
Omg thank you so much, it makes gameplay so much easier
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#22 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 9:23 PM
Thank you so much!
This is really awesome, i really thank you for doing this, it's really a game changer for setting up neighborhoods!
Test Subject
#23 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 9:41 PM
You have no idea how long I'd been wanting a mod like this!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! <3
Instructor
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#24 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 10:44 PM
Super excited to try this. Thanks Lamare!
Theorist
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#25 Old 8th Jul 2022 at 11:58 PM
Brilliant!
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