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Postal System for the Sims - Greetings Cards

by MogHughson Posted 11th Jan 2010 at 11:39 PM - Updated 22nd Aug 2010 at 6:27 PM by MogHughson : Changed from "In testing" to "Finished" - all the initial bugettes seem to have been ironed out now.
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*Updated 22nd March*
Couple of bug fixes - see section below

Even though Sims have a mail box on every lot, I personally think there is a huge gaping hole in the game because there is no way to send cards, parcels or letters to your friends. I imagine that those people who play Historic hoods could really do with this since they won't use computers and can't remotely improve relationships by sending e-mail to their friends, but also even in modern day times it's just nice to receive (snail) mail.

This mod allows Sims to purchase boxes of greetings cards and send those cards to other Sims. It consists of a community lot rack from which the boxes are purchased, and the boxes themselves. However, the main part of this mod is to provide an infrastructure for anyone to make greetings cards to be sent using this system.

An important note about cards to use with this system
Of course this mod on its own is completely useless. You must have some greetings cards in your download folder for it to do anything. Check out the Related Pages tab for available Greetings Cards that you can download. Or you can make your own (see below).

There are two versions - which should I use?
The first version of this mod was discovered to clash with various mailbox hacks - some of which are so prevalent, people don't even know they have them, so the code from the mailbox has been moved. If you were having problems with cards not being delivered to the recipient, please re-download. The original version is retained as an alternative in case the new version also has a clash - be a shame if it worked for you before and now didn't! You cannot use both at once, they have the same name to try to prevent that.

In all cases, if you redownload please delete the package entitled Mailbox.package (which was in the first version) from your download folder.

You must download the greetings-cards-system-Mog-20091223.rar and one of
  • greetings-cards-delivery-Mog-20100114.rar
  • ALTERNATIVE-greetings-cards-delivery-Mog-20100114.rar
in order for this system to work.

Deliberate Quirks!
These quirks don't have an impact on the basic functioning of the postal system.
  • When writing the card, currently I just briefly generate a homework object - aesthetically it's not perfect, but functionally it is fine, and at least it looks like they are writing on something. I will look into replacing the homework object with something in a later update.
  • Children can't use these objects (the rack or the card box), nor can they interact with the Mail Box, but they can be recipients of cards which a family member gets out of the Mail Box for them.

So how do I use it
Firstly on a community lot, or any business where there can be a working cash register (i.e. owned business or apartments with the Apartments and Shopping on the same Lot! mod, or home businesses), place your Greetings Card rack (found in Shopping->Miscellaneous in the community lot catalog with all the other shopping racks, and Miscellaneous->Miscellaneous in the residential lot catalog) at a cost of $500, in a prime position in your store.
  1. Have your Sim visit the store and direct them to Buy Greetings Card.../card type*
  2. Your Sim will take the box to the nearest cash register to purchase it for $30.
  3. Once purchased, the box of greetings cards will be placed in the Sims inventory to be brought home.
* Where it says Card Type this will indicate whichever types of cards you have in your downloads folder. This mod is capable of spotting a number of pre-determined card types which are listed below. Any of those which are in your downloads folder will be shown on the pie-menu.

Next, once your Sim returns home, place your purchased box of greetings cards in a room containing a table or a desk. It can be placed anywhere in the room - no need to be on the desk or table in question. Once used, the Sim will use the table or desk that is closest to the box.
  1. Direct your Sim to use it, by choosing to Send card type Card, or Send Many card-type Card. This menu will show you the card type this box contains to help you remember.
  2. You will then be presented with an address book where you choose the person to send the card to. This dialog will also remind you of the card type you are sending.
  3. Your box of cards has an assortment of designs in it, so when you come to send the card to another Sim you will be presented with a choice of all the different designs of your card type to choose one specific design to send to this person. Different designs will likely have different greetings messages in them as well.
  4. Once written, the card, inside its envelope, will be ready for posting - if the interaction is cancelled at this point, the menu on this envelope will provide a way to post the card later if you prefer.
    • If there is no space on the desk or table to place the written card or stack of cards, then a location nearby (on the floor) will be found instead.
    • If you are using the Send Many interaction, then a stack of envelopes will appear instead of a single envelope and you will go round again to step 2. Once you have written all the cards you want to write you can choose the cross on the address book dialog, or on the choose card dialog to end the interaction and at this point the stack of envelopes will be taken to the post box.
    • If you empty the box of cards, the Send Many interaction will automatically end and the stack of envelopes will be taken to the post box.
    • If you cancel the interaction before the stack of cards is posted and start writing more cards using the Send Many interaction, say from another box of cards, maybe even a different type of cards, the same stack of envelopes will collect up all your cards and they can be taken to the post box with one trip once you are finally completely finished.
    • Note: You can send one card using the Send Many interaction if you wish, perhaps useful for sending one card from each box, a Christmas card and a Birthday card say, before taking a trip to the post box.
  5. If the interaction is not cancelled however, the Sim will automatically take the card (or stack of cards) to the post box.

The sender will get a social boost and a small increase to the Short Term Relationship with the addressee.

Once posted, the card is immediately in the postal system (I decided not to make it wait until the mail carrier arrived to collect it). At (or anytime after) this point, if you switch to the lot on which the addressee lives, the card will be delivered the next time the mail carrier arrives (remembering that no mail is deivered on a Sunday):
  1. Your Sim has some mail - a greetings card from the other Sim.
  2. When retrieved from the mail box it is placed in the inventory of the collecting Sim.
  3. The card can then be placed on any surface to be viewed by anyone.

The recipient will get a social boost and a small increase to the Short Term Relationship with the sender everytime they view the card. No-one else gets any boost from viewing the card, although anyone can view it.

Expansion Pack Requirements
This mod requires you to have either NightLife or an Expansion Pack beyond NightLife. It will not work if you have only the Base Game, or the Base Game + University EP. If you have no EPs beyond NightLife you must download the NIGHTLIFE-ONLY-Pescado-style-anticrash-Mog-20100201.rar or your game WILL crash with this version.


Greetings Card Types
This mod can currently detect the following pre-determined card types. If you want to have any other types added to this mod so that you can make your own cards of this type, please let me know. It is a very simple change to update the mod to cope with new card types. The numbers next to each card type will be meaningful if you decide to make your own cards.



The original version of this mod clashed with a very prevalent mailbox hack so the code has been moved. If you suffer from this clash it results in the cards not being delivered to the recipient. I don't know of any other mods that this mod clashes with, but there is always the possibility. The pertinent information for the owner of the other object is here.


Cheers
Mog

Update History
16Jan2010
  • Provided alternative version to avoid mailbox mod clashes
  • Added translations - see section below.
  • Added additonal card types, "Fanmail", and "Friendship"
  • Fixed autonomouse browse interaction on rack so object in hand wasn't a video game (leftovers from cloned object!)
17Jan2010
  • Correction to translation - oops, I put some of the Portuguese translations in the U.S. English by mistake!
25Jan2010
  • Corrected texture in Landscape (long-card) template package.
22Feb2010
  • Added translations - see section below.
  • Rack now works on owned businesses - holds 10 card boxes before restocking is required.
  • Send Many... menu option now available.
  • New card types "Congratulations", "Wedding Anniversary" and "Sympathy".
  • Just after upload I spotted a reset on canceling a request to write a card - fixed and reuploaded. Ain't that just always the way?
04Mar2010
  • Changed catalog categorisation so that the shopping rack also shows up in the residential buy mode - so you can easily use it in a home business without having to use the Game_Help:Change_Lot_Zoningwiki cheat to grab community lot items - as requested by joninmobile.

22Mar2010
  • Fixed bug where card boxes bought from an owned business were not initialised and did not display the Send pie-menus when brought home.
  • Fixed bug where Post interaction was not pushed onto the Sim's queue when the writing of the card was finished.

Additional Credits:
Quaxi for SimPEwiki
Creators of Wings 3dwiki
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.
SIMale for the Simlish Font.
tunaisafish for all the advice that produced this tutorial.
HugeLunatic for fixing my mesh when it was hovering above the surface it was placed on!
Everyone on the Creator Feedback Forum who helped me design this, with particular thanks to Gwenke33 and GeneralOperationsDirector.
Very big thanks go to lientebollemeis and joninmobile for spotting the clash with mailbox hacks.
Pescado for the idea and know-how for the NightLife AntiCrash package.


Language Support
This object is fully translated in the following languages thanks to the much appreciated assistance from the following native language speakers.
  • First Batch in 16Jan update
  • Dutch (provided by leesester)
  • Italian (provided by Numenor)
  • German (provided by Scissor Look)
  • Swedish (provided by satinn)
  • Finnish (provided by kagemusha)
  • French (provided by pixelhate)
  • Polish (provided by Beata125)
  • Portuguese (provided by ABCRic)
  • Second Batch in 22Feb update
  • Spanish (provided by -_Elyon_-)
  • Russian (provided by Love321)
  • Danish (provided by Sims2pigen)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (provided by Nandonalt)
If you are a non-English speaker and would like to help me produce a version of this object containing your language strings - please go to this thread to provide translation assistence. Credit will be given.

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 Nightlife
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
NIGHTLIFE-ONLY-Pescado-style-anticrash-Mog-20100201.rar | REQUIRED for NIGHTLIFE only users. Your game WILL crash without this.

Size: 279 Bytes · Downloads: 6,939 · 22nd Feb 2010
279 Bytes 6,939 22nd Feb 2010
ALTERNATIVE-greetings-cards-delivery-Mog-20100114.rar | The code to deliver the card at the recipient (known to clash with mailbox hacks)

Size: 860 Bytes · Downloads: 6,875 · 16th Jan 2010
860 Bytes 6,875 16th Jan 2010
greetings-cards-delivery-Mog-20100114.rar | The code to deliver the card at the recipient (won't clash with mailbox hacks)

Size: 588 Bytes · Downloads: 15,301 · 16th Jan 2010
588 Bytes 15,301 16th Jan 2010
cardtemplates-Mog-20091223.rar | Templates for you to use to make your own greetings cards

Size: 35.0 KB · Downloads: 8,617 · 11th Jan 2010
35.0 KB 8,617 11th Jan 2010
greetings-cards-system-Mog-20091223.rar | The Greetings Card Rack, Box, Stack and Card Globals

Size: 141.9 KB · Downloads: 19,098 · 11th Jan 2010
141.9 KB 19,098 11th Jan 2010
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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\
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Instructor
THANKS POST
#2 Old 11th Jan 2010 at 11:58 PM
Brilliant idea, and I will definitely use it for my old-fashioned hoods. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
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#3 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 12:45 AM
I realized I was holding my breath when I saw this mod listed. I thought "don't get excited, it's going to be for Sims3." I'm so psyched that I can use it. Thank you so much--I think it will really transform my game.
Unsocialized Homeschooler
THANKS POST
#4 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 12:53 AM
Yes! It's ready.
Great job, Mog!
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#5 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:01 AM
I've been waiting for a mod like this since TS2 came out 6 years ago. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
#6 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:05 AM
This is really awesome. Thank you.

A quick question, does recieving a card boost the relationship, kind of like a phone call would?

Thanks again!
Instructor
THANKS POST
#7 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:18 AM
I've been wondering when this will be up. Finally! You did a wondeful job, enhancing the game like this. I look forward to making recolours.
Banned
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#8 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:48 AM
You truly, never cease to amaze me Mog! Awesome work. I truly appreciate all your hard work and talent. You are simply the best game modder. Period. I mean in both games, sims 2 or sims 3, you are the best! .
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:52 AM
Brilliant! Thanks you SO much for making my game even better (which, I didn't even know it *could* be!) !!!
Lab Assistant
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#10 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 3:23 AM
OMG, this is wonderful! How clever and creative! I adore this. Thank you very much!
Lab Assistant
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#11 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 3:26 AM
What a really wonderful addition to the game. I will be watching for updates!
Alchemist
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#12 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 3:35 AM
This is terrific!

Do you know about Chris Hatch's hospital mod on BackAlleySims? He's made a card system for that which is similar, but different to this one. And linked to the hospital system, of course, rather than being universal.

Thanks for another excellent mod.
Test Subject
#13 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 4:14 AM
Does sending a card affect the relationship between the giver and receiver? I read all the text and couldn't find whether this affects the relationship in any way.
Mad Poster
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#14 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 4:18 AM
Wow..I've never seen such a clever idea! This is a great mod!
Test Subject
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#15 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 5:28 AM
Looks really really awesome! Can't wait to use these in my game!!!! Thanks!
Banned
#16 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 6:52 AM
I'm sorry, but I can't find where you recommended some greeting cards. Maybe I'm missing something. Are the only greeting cards available right now for this, your Christmas ones? Because I'd really like to use this not just for Christmas, but don't know what to download. Thanks so much for reading Mog.
Inventor
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#17 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 8:09 AM
Can't wait to try this Sims 2 addition. It seems to be a great job (again!).
Alchemist
#18 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 9:19 AM
You say that to use this mod you have to download the Christmas greeting cards as well. That's for the Christmas cards but what about all the other types of cards. Do we have to download something to let them work as well?

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Miss BHAVing
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Original Poster
#19 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 10:11 AM
Yes, the sender and the recipient both receive a small boost to their Short Term Relationship, and a social boost as well. Essentially identical to sending an e-mail. I have updated the text to note this.

Currently the only cards that are available are Christmas Cards, since it's only been up for one day - the only person who had time to make cards was me since I knew about it in advance . I have plans to make lots more but was only going to make one set of cards until I knew it was accepted. Keep an eye out for more to come soon. Any requests for the next ones to make, let me know. Also, of course you could have a go at making your own. The template is there and there are very few steps to follow to make your own cards.

Cheers
Mog

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Alchemist
#20 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 10:36 AM Last edited by lientebollemeis : 12th Jan 2010 at 12:50 PM.
I have an ideas for a valentine card. I like the picture of Elvis with teddy bears when he sang that song in the film Loving You. Maybe that's something to inspire you
This upload is really great. i will check the site soon for more. Thank you so much for all the things you already made. They're really great!

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Field Researcher
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#21 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 11:13 AM
You always come up with the most wonderful ideas. Thank you for this lovely creation :D
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 12:01 PM
The sims 2 is such a awesome game and wonderful people like you just keep making it even more awesome, I would like to thank you for all the time and hard work you put into this, your awesome too. Many thanks
Alchemist
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Alchemist
#23 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:04 PM Last edited by lientebollemeis : 12th Jan 2010 at 1:17 PM.
It was really really hard to do, but I made a ValentinesCard with Elvis :D
I hope it will work in my game.
Can you give me some advance in how to install?

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#24 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lientebollemeis
Please can you simplify your tutorial to make cards yourself. I was stuck at step 2 than step 3 and now step 4. I really don't have a lot experience with this SimPE but I think the tutorial is a bit to hard too.
What were you stuck on? Do you think screen-grabs would help? I can make pictures to go with each step. I expect perhaps a link to the getGUID process might also be useful; Anything else that would help? I really want lots of people to be able to make cards :-)

Cheers
Mog

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Alchemist
#25 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 1:19 PM Last edited by lientebollemeis : 12th Jan 2010 at 1:42 PM.
I was just changing my post :p
Maybe it was because I never worked with SimPE before and English is not my mothertongue. The combination of the two made it hard for me.
Step 2: I couldn't press Fix Integritty but apparently I had to open the file first
Step 3: I couldn't change the name but apparently I was looking at the wrong place in the program where to change it. (I didn't know where I had to look to change it)
In step 4 I had to "put in the number representing the card type from the table above". The number for me was 10 or A in hex. I typed A but it didn't work. I chenged Hexdecimal into decimal and I typed 10. Then the tutorial says "Commit your changes to the OBJD." Well I didn't find the Commit button because I didn't know where to look for it. But eventually I found it.

I found a way. But it was most of the time that you say click on this go to there, but I didn't know where to find it. It was a bit searching and trying I had to do.
I made it :D
I hope it will work in my game. Shall I sent you the package I made to try it too?

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