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"Surf's Up!" - New surfing interaction and set

by maybesomethingdunno Posted 8th Jun 2011 at 2:37 AM - Updated 9th Jul 2020 at 1:13 AM by maybesomethingdunno
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Is your visit to Twikkii Island lacking something? Are your beach bums tired of building sandcastles? Do your beach goers need a means to show off their abs? (Do your beach goers need a means to actually develop those abs?) Fear not! I give you something EA should have given us when they made Bon Voyage: Surfing!

This is a new, socialable self-interaction with a custom queue icon and custom animation. Surfing is available for Sims who are Teens and older (who aren't in the "showing" stages of pregnancy) and who are not Servos.

As you would expect, surfing is only available on beach lots and a Sim must have a surfboard in their inventory. (Surfboards make great gifts, by the way. ) Because I had to make changes to the wave effect object, I made a default override so that all beach lots should be ready for surfing. Bon Voyage is required.

  • The interaction itself (plus some additional, necessary files: the wave effect override, a cart object which holds the Sim and a routing NPC).
  • Surfboard object with 50 recolors! (42 are CuriousB colors and 8 are more of a "novelty" kind).
    Variety is the spice of life, after all.....and, well, recoloring can be therapeutic when dealing with BHAV-induced headaches. You can delete any you don't want. Beyond simply variety, it is also my intention that some of them will inspire others to make recolors which have better textures than mine. (These are split amongst the and files.)According to SimPE, there are 304 faces and 314 Vertices in the surfboard. The surfboard can be found in the "Exercise" area of the "Hobbies" area in the Buy Mode catalog.
  • Two wall-mounted surfboard racks: a 1-tile version and a 2-tile version. (Each has 252 faces and 288 vertices according to SimPE.) They can be found in the "Shelves" section of the "Surfaces" area of the Buy Mode catalog.
    June 9th, 2011 UPDATE: Surfboard racks have been updated so that they should no longer be lightning strikeable or flammable.Although Apartment Life is not required, each rack is shiftable for AL users and comes in 5 wood textures which match the Knock on Wood medium shelves. The 1-tile version is repository linked to the 2-tile version.The 1-tile version can hold up to two surfboards in a vertical orientation.The 2-tile version can hold up to five: up to two vertically (like in the 1-tile version of the rack) and up to three in a horizontal orientation. Whichever grid square over which you place the surfboard using the hand tool determines the horizontal/vertical orientation (i.e. the slots of each orientation are mapped to a grid square). Press "M" to toggle slot placement. Both versions have two recolorable subsets: the holding rods and the backing. I've included invisible recolors of the rods so they don't poke through the surfboard(s) mounted in the horizontal position. There's also an invisible recolor for the backing if you just want two rods sticking out of the wall. I also made special recolors that render either the left pair of rods or the right pair of rods invisible. If you intend to make recolors for the rods and wish to make similar "left side only" or "right side only" recolors, there is some information you should read (click the button below)...
  • July 16th, 2011 UPDATE: "No Surfing" sign. When placed on a lot, the "Surf" interaction will not appear on the Active Sim. An invisible recolor is included for the base and the sign. It can be found in the "Miscellaneous" subsection of the "Decorative" category in Buy Mode for $100 (the same as the Sim Crossing sign from which it is cloned).

Wipe Outs:
While your Sims don't need to worry about sharks or dangerous coral, Sims can still Wipe Out based upon a sliding scale of their Body skill. That is, a higher body skill will mean a lower chance of Wipe Outs. The probability of Wipe Outs can be edited in the BCONs if you so desire.

How to Surf:
Surfing is a self-interaction; you click on the active Sim and select "Surf." However, if there are other surfers present, you can invite them to join you for a mutual social and relationship boost. While there is no relationship-based requirement/rejection for an invitation, there won't be a relationship boost if the Invited Sim isn't "in the mood" to surf (but that won't necessarily stop the Sim who invited him/her from surfing without him/her). If there are more surfers than there are available waves, would-be surfers will congregate to the side and will cheer on the other surfers until the surfing space they want becomes free. Sims may cheer before they decide to actually enter the water anyway. If you maximize/100% a Sim's body skill while surfing, the custom "surfing" queue icon will appear in the expanded/"full text" version of the 100% Completed Skill memory for that Sim. This is a feature.

Surfers will gain body skill and Fitness hobby.
Also, surfing is fun! Under some circumstances, there is a slight chance that Sims may even show off while surfing. It's meant to be somewhat rare in the hope that it would show up unexpectedly and give some variety in animations without being obnoxiously omnipresent. (If it's too rare I'll adjust its probability.)

Please note:
  • You can only ask Sims to join before you actually start surfing through the Invite dialogue. While your Active Sim is surfing, you cannot simply click on a Sim who recently appeared on the lot to ask them to Join; likewise, you cannot click on a surfing Sim and select "Join." It must be done through the Invite dialog.
  • If there are other surfers available but you want to surf alone, don't add anyone to the list and just click the button with the checkmark. The button with "X" will cancel the action.
  • The relationship boost is only between the Active Sim and each individual Sim invited. (So, if Don invites Nina and Dina, only the Don-Nina and Don-Dina relationships will be affected...not the Nina-Dina relationship).
  • For technical reasons, the "Surf" pie menu option will not show up while the Sim is currently swimming; this is intentional. You may find it silly that a Sim already swimming in the ocean would have to leave the ocean just to get back in, but there are technical/logistical reasons. Just imagine the Sim had to get his/her surfboard.
  • Do not leave the lot with your Sims surfing. The NPC gets deleted when the lot is reloaded. If your Sim is surfing, he or she will be deleted with the NPC. In my tests, they will be reset by the mailbox.
  • Because of the override, I'll remind everyone to please scan your lots with Clean Installer to make sure nothing gets included that shouldn't.

Surf Shops:
Yes, you can sell the surfboards in an OFB shop. It's one reason why I created the surfboard racks. Just be careful to set the actual surfboards for sale and not the rack itself. With SilentLucidity's Angled OMSPs, you can also have surfboards leaning against buildings or fences or sticking out of sand dunes. The surfboard should show up in the neighborhood view.

Here are two video clips to demonstrate the surfing (Video One and Video Two). The videos may be a little choppy and, as I will address in more detail shortly, let me say that the interaction is not 100% perfect...

"HELP! I have downloaded everything but I still cannot surf?!"

WARNING This interaction is rather complicated (at least for me) and somewhat experimental. I've tried my best to extensively test it, but I can only do so much on my own. Right now the best way to see if it's ready for general consumption (after about a year or so of production) is to go ahead and share it. Please let me know if there are any bugs which aren't Known Issues (be as detailed as possible) or errors (post the error log). If you are uncomfortable downloading this right now, you can wait for any bug reports (although I'm seriously doubtful there would be anything devastating). Should you wish to remove this from your game, make sure there are no Sims surfing before you remove this mod. If you delete this mod and consequently get the appearance of a "Debug Super Duper Hug" interaction, try [Black_Spirit]'s fix, the "LBFRemovesocial" file, to get rid of it. (His "Deadly Neck Bite - Killer Vampires" interaction is not necessary to resolve the issue, just the aforementioned file.)

Known Issues:
-There are occasional timing issues in which the Sim may start surfing too soon, start surfing too late, surf too slowly (i.e. the wave overtakes the Sim), or briefly surf in the wrong direction (which is especially noticeable in the event the Sim performs a delayed or two sequential show-off animations). If someone knows a thing or two about BHAVs, I would love some advice on how to correct this. I've been content with the timing being an approximation, but perfection would be ideal if possible.
-Sometimes the timing of the splash sound effect on the paddling animation is a bit off.
-Possibly obsolete issue: Some time ago, I would occasionally find waves becoming stuck "in use". This doesn't seem to be a problem for me anymore. However, I have created a debug interaction to combat this on the surfboard racks should the issue reappear. The interaction is on the racks because you can't really click on the wave effect object. You must have debug mode enabled and must shift-click on a rack. The interaction will delete any surfing NPCs on the lot and clear the "In Use" flag for all wave objects after you confirm that this is what you want to do. If you use this debug interaction while any Sims are surfing, it WILL delete the Sims currently surfing. There is a prompt reminding you of this before it actually does anything so that you can back out of it if you want.
- June 13th: There seems to be a conflict with Inge's buyable beach portal(s) which causes an error. I promise I will be looking into a solution, ASAP (I've got so much work to do for Real Life at the moment so my progress with this is slow). For the time being, please remove Inge's buyable beach portal before going surfing. If you use the Portal Revealer, make sure the portals have returned to an invisible state before surfing. (Thanks to keef1973 for pointing out this issue.)

If there is anything else I'm forgetting, I'll update this thread. If there is anything wrong or needs to be tweaked, I'll update the mod.

Additional Credits:
-Echo: For the surfboard mesh, which is far superior to my attempts, as well as her help and tutorials. None of this would be possible without you.
-Inge Jones: For her portal revealer which was so vital in helping me figure out what to do with the ocean.
-CuriousB (Bagfran at LJ): For her macro (link). Beautiful colors!
-Leesester: Whose Emptied Bookshelf became the base for my cart object. I needed a lot of slots to work with and to play with; the bookshelf had plenty and was ideal for my purposes. (Before I started stripping away most of bookshelf, its size and height also made a great beacon/marker to let me know where the NPC was currently located. While humorous to see someone surf with an empty bookshelf, it truly was a godsend.)
-Anyone else who has helped but whose name escapes me now.

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 2 Bon Voyage
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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Surfing Interaction

Size: 184.5 KB · Downloads: 52,850 · 9th Jul 2020
184.5 KB 52,850 9th Jul 2020 | No Surfing Sign with Invisible Recolor

Size: 35.3 KB · Downloads: 27,913 · 16th Jul 2011
35.3 KB 27,913 16th Jul 2011 | Additional Surfboard Recolors

Size: 291.5 KB · Downloads: 40,522 · 8th Jun 2011
291.5 KB 40,522 8th Jun 2011 | Surfboard Racks and Recolors

Size: 442.0 KB · Downloads: 44,244 · 8th Jun 2011
442.0 KB 44,244 8th Jun 2011 | CuriousB surfboard recolors

Size: 655.5 KB · Downloads: 44,426 · 8th Jun 2011
655.5 KB 44,426 8th Jun 2011
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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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Bowties are cool.
retired moderator THANKS POST
#26 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 12:15 PM
WOW, this is amazing!!!
Top Secret Researcher
#27 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 12:40 PM
Wow, this is simply amazing! I add it to my favourites even though I don't have BV.
PS: You should add the "surf on empty bookshelf" as a bonus.
Test Subject
#28 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 1:03 PM
Thank YOU! It was my dream for many-many years! I'm so grteful!!!
Field Researcher
#29 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 1:09 PM
ohh-wow-wow-wow, thanks for creating, but I have probs to play this mod.
Everything is in downloadsfolder, testing in an empty game, when I click at the active sim I can't find anything like "surf", just the normal German pie menu.
Tested it in an own made beach lot and in Twikki Island maxis beach lot.
What I am doing wrong?
Test Subject
#30 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 1:50 PM
This is awesome, thank you
#31 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 2:17 PM
This is pretty freakin' amazing! Can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing with us!!
#32 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 3:48 PM
Really cool! I so have to try this when I'm done cleaning my downloads folder.
Field Researcher
#33 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 3:50 PM
OMG brilliantness! There's nothing really else I can say, except I'm so getting this. Then waiting for a better computer so loading times aren't an issue.
Test Subject
#34 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 4:00 PM
I can't download when I press it it shows oops
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 4:46 PM
Wow, thank you! I'm gonna install this and not tell my daughter--nice surprise for her vaca-simmies!
Field Researcher
#36 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 5:55 PM

Simply awesome.
Mad Poster
#37 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 6:45 PM
Very cool! I shall try it out immediately and let you know if I have any issues :-) Awesome idea! I never even thought it would be possible to add surfing into the game, but now that you have I am very excited to try it out! Thanks for sharing! :-D
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#38 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 8:36 PM
I was not expecting this many comments when I came back! Thank you for the kind words, everyone.

cheshirekat: I don't suppose a wooden recolor of the surfboard would work? Even then it may still be a stretch for medieval times. *shrugs*

MAB-2000: Surfers who Wipe Out intentionally return to the shore for a number of reasons. One of the most important reasons is the way the interaction must manage all that is happening "behind the scenes" which you cannot see. The interaction must do some preparation before it can start and it must do some things when the interaction is concluded. (This is related to my decision to disallow the "Surf" pie menu option from appearing while the Sim is currently swimming.) TS2 does not have moodlets. But if it did, I would say that the surfer would get an "Embarrassed" moodlet for the Wipe Out. They leave the ocean out of shame. I could not make them wash ashore as if swept up by the current, so instead they swim back. When I have more time, I can look again to see if there is anything I can do and how it might alter everything else. (This kind of change would likely involve more time than simply adjusting probabilities or fixing minor bugs.) Another important reason for surfers to leave the ocean after a Wipe Out is to provide an exit for non-selectable Sims to quit surfing. Otherwise, they would continue surfing until their motives became too low, which might take longer than you would like. I don't know why you are having trouble opening the surfboard with SimPE. I do not have any trouble opening it.

15pupmaus49: Does your Sim have a surfboard in their inventory? Are they a Servo? Are they Teen or older? Are they in the "showing" stages of pregnancy? Are they in a pool or already in the ocean? (The pie menu option does not appear if the Sim is currently swimming for technical/logistical reasons.)

layla1717: I suppose keep trying? Sometimes MTS has busy periods which put more strain on the servers.

Thanks again for all of the kind words, everyone.

I don't mind if you call me "MSD" or something for short.
Perhaps someday I'll have leisure time back...
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 9:34 PM
Wow this is absolutely amazing! i cant wait to put in
my game, thanks for share, nice work!
#40 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 9:47 PM
Wow, I'm super impressed. Even if everything isn't perfect, the fact that you put in a new animation in the game that should have there in the first place is super cool. Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#41 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 10:37 PM
This looks amazing and I can't wait to try it out. Thank you!
Captain Louie
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#42 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 10:56 PM
So. Awesome. T-T
#43 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 11:14 PM
You.Are.Awesome! This is so far out!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
#44 Old 8th Jun 2011 at 11:29 PM
This is incredible. I'm sorta speechless right now, so please forgive me for not being able to express my thanks properly.
But yeah, just, amazing work, I'm seriously impressed, looking forward to trying it out, just wow. Like I said, sorta speechless. Just, thank you so much, I guess!
Forum Resident
#45 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 2:46 AM
WOW! This is too awesome for words! Custom anims and everything! I got my hunk, Garmin, here surfin' for the first time! It's obvious he needs more practice tho, since he fell off his board only 2 seconds later. Will he be a pro if he builds his body skill?

This is so freakin' awesome, thanks again!

Please come check out my SIms 2 Story "Love Child" Caution: Must be 18+
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Original Poster
#46 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 3:51 AM Last edited by maybesomethingdunno : 9th Jun 2011 at 4:18 AM.
SparkleSim: Yes, the greater the Body Skill, the less frequently a Wipe Out occurs. *Is excited to see others' Sims surfing*

ETA: The Wipe Out probabilities are in spoiler tags for anyone who wants to know what the chances are. These chances can be edited in the BCONs. For example: if there was "X%" chance for a particular skill level and you want it to be "Y%", then change the Value on the line with the "X%" label to reflect the desired probability for that skill level. (Hint: You can refer to the Line number in the BCON for what skill level 0-10 goes with what probability.)

I don't mind if you call me "MSD" or something for short.
Perhaps someday I'll have leisure time back...
Top Secret Researcher
#47 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 5:39 AM
Oooh! I need to fire up my game! Thank you!
Field Researcher
#48 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 6:45 AM
Ah, geeze: the BCONs are even user-editable!!!

I could so totally kiss you right now that I don't even care what gender you are!!
#49 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 7:27 AM
Amazing it is!! Awsome job!!
Lab Assistant
#50 Old 9th Jun 2011 at 8:45 AM
This must have taken SO much work! I have to try it out. I play a fantasy/medivalish neighbourhood, but Terry Pratchett's Discworld has had Rock'n'Roll and football, so why not surfing?
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