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The Relationship Decay Mod

by mgomez Posted 18th Sep 2014 at 2:50 AM - Updated 26th Sep 2014 at 8:21 AM by mgomez
467 Comments / replies (Who?) - 11 Feedback Posts, 14 Thanks Posts
Important Update
  • 23 September 2014: A new version of the mod has been released. Please download it and replace the older version with this one. The following is a list of changes I have made:

    - The game would reset all relationship decay values to their original values whenever you planned an outfit or traveled. This little annoyance was corrected by completely rewriting the mod's code to account for the mess this made.
    - The mod is now much more efficient.

About This Mod

The Sims 4 has taken a page out of The Sims 2's book by making it spectacularly easy to become a social outcast. Many people were complaining that relationships decay too quickly, so it was about time a mod was made for this.

I have made a mod that comes in two different flavors (by popular request, the second flavor has been added). The first flavor of the mod ("mgomez-noreldecay.zip") will eliminate relationship decay completely. A screenshot below shows how the relationship between Darla Parker (my guinea pig sim family's daughter) and Alexander Goth played out after two weeks of completely ignoring the poor boy. "noreldecay" will not decay romantic relationships, either (in other words, choose wisely whom you romance).



The second flavor of the mod ("mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip") will allow you to configure relationship decay as a percentage of the original decay rate hard-coded into the game. You can see a screenshot of it in action below.

ATTN: This mod saves your configurations so you don't have to type them ever again. Just set it and forget it!



Usage

There's a readme.txt in "mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip" in case you want to use that mod. If you're lazy and don't want to open the file to read it, here are the commands you need to know:
  • friendship.decay [percent] - Slow down the decay of friendship at a certain percentage compared to the original decay rate.
  • romance.decay [percent] - Slow down the decay of romance at a certain percentage compared to the original decay rate.

Set your relationships to decay slower by typing any value below 100. 100 is 100 percent of the normal decay rate exhibited by The Sims 4. Similarly, you can give yourself an extra challenge by raising the decay rate above normal. To do that, just type any value above 100 (even 1,000 is acceptable!)

I dare you to type a negative value. Try it!

Download & Installation

This mod comes in two flavors, so you'll have to choose one to download. Do not install both, or "mgomez-noreldecay.zip" will take precedence (it will override whatever you do in "mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip").

To install this mod, copy the zip file (do not extract it or ninjas will come to your house!!) to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.

When in your game, go to your Options menu (the three dots on the top right-hand corner), and navigate to "Game Options > Other". Fill the box next to "Script mods" by clicking on it.

Lastly, make sure you enjoy the heck out of this mod!

If the mod isn't working

Clarification: If TS4 is ignoring the mod, that could happen for a couple of reasons:

1: You may have extracted the files in the ZIP. To install scripted mods, the PYO files must remain inside of the zip file at all times. No extraction is necessary. Plop the zip file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.
2: You have not yet enabled scripting mods. In this case, go to your options menu (the three dots) and navigate to Game Options > Other > Script mods. The box next to "Script mods" should be filled.
3: You are not using the latest update of The Sims 4. In order for this mod to work, you need to be using at least the September 9th patch. There was a bug in the game that completely ignored non-replacement script mods. This mod is one of those (i.e. it doesn't replace an entire in-game module).
4: If you have the 9/9 patch and it's still ignoring the mod, restart your game without any mods (including Resource.cfg), stop the game (again), put the mods back in, then start it again (in short: Start Sims 4 with an empty mods folder, then start it with mods again). This was a problem that really annoyed me when I was developing, but it so happens that Sims 4 retains behavior from before the 9/9 patch if you don't do this.
5: There could be a conflicting mod with this one. Try the game with only this mod loaded and see if it works. Post which other mods you run here so that I may test them and find out how I can make them compatible, if there are any compatibility issues.

I hope this helps!!

Related downloads

Motive decay mod (Hunger, Fun, Energy, etc.)

Additional Credits:
scripthoge - injector.pyo in mgomez-noreldecay.zip

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
mgomez-noreldecay.zip | This mod will eliminate relationship decay entirely, for everyone.

Size: 2.6 KB · Downloads: 139,933 · 19th Sep 2014
2.6 KB 139,933 19th Sep 2014
mgomez-relationshipdecay.zip | This mod will allow you to configure your own relationship decay rates for both friendship and romance separately.

Size: 5.9 KB · Downloads: 74,048 · 18th Sep 2014
5.9 KB 74,048 18th Sep 2014
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.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) 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.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
 
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Test Subject
#2 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:07 AM
There is a perk that does this
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:08 AM
Thank you for this mod! The required friends for career thing will be easier with this
Lab Assistant
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#4 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:09 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by generalm13
There is a perk that does this


Yes, but some people feel that it detracts from the gameplay to try to achieve that one, since it involves endless invitations and fast-forwarding through social interactions for the upteenth time. This mod will allow people to slow down the game, relax, and enjoy a fireside chat once in awhile without the pressure of eventually being forgotten.
Test Subject
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#5 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:11 AM
Thank you so much! I was hoping someone would make a mod like this.
Lab Assistant
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#6 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:13 AM
I can definitely see the need for this! I can't believe how quickly friendship decays. =)

Is it possible to make a version that slows the decay down rather than stopping it altogether?
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:18 AM
Nice :D
Field Researcher
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#8 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:22 AM
Thank you!! :D
Test Subject
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#9 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:26 AM
Thank You!!! :D
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#10 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:27 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KismetRose
I can definitely see the need for this! I can't believe how quickly friendship decays. =)

Is it possible to make a version that slows the decay down rather than stopping it altogether?


Maybe. I am making it a priority to refine this mod and update it, then split it into different versions depending on the decay settings you want. This is a bit inefficient, but I may do an upcoming mod that adds pie menus and imitates the famed Nraas mod from The Sims 3. It's ambitious, and I can't promise anything since I've got very heavy work obligations. My money's on another modder doing this before I have a chance to, at which point I would be happy to use their mod!
Test Subject
#11 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:30 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KismetRose
I can definitely see the need for this! I can't believe how quickly friendship decays. =)

Is it possible to make a version that slows the decay down rather than stopping it altogether?


Yes, thank you so much for this!!! I, too, would like a mod that slows the decay rather than stops it altogether. Is this possible?
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:37 AM
Where's the .package file?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Janet
Where's the .package file?


There is none. You don't need to extract the zip file for this mod, since it's a script (PYO/PY) mod. Just plop the zip file into your Mods folder and enjoy it!

Furthermore, in the game, you will need to enable script mods. Do this by going to the three dots on the upper right-hand corner of The Sims 4's interface, then navigating to Game Options > Other. "Script mods" should appear there, and you should enable it.
Lab Assistant
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#14 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:55 AM
Thanks for this, it will certainly make playing the game less demanding as well as making and keeping friends easier.
Test Subject
#15 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 3:57 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgomez
Yes, but some people feel that it detracts from the gameplay to try to achieve that one, since it involves endless invitations and fast-forwarding through social interactions for the upteenth time. This mod will allow people to slow down the game, relax, and enjoy a fireside chat once in awhile without the pressure of eventually being forgotten.


Not only that, but there is a bug linked to it (I think it's called error 122) that makes it where you aren't able to load your game after getting the perk.
Test Subject
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#16 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 4:13 AM
Thank you so much! I definitely needed this. I was so tired typing Modifyrelationship [Sim full name] [Sim full name] 100 Friendship_Main or Modifyrelationship [Sim full name] [Sim full name] 100 Romance_Main every time to keep their Friendship (Green)/Romance (Pink) bar full.
Test Subject
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#17 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 4:18 AM
Thank you for this great mod!

Now I just need a mod to stop all jealousy. It's sad that Sims 4 is programmed to turn any relationship into a Romantic relationship from a single romantic interaction. You flirt one time with someone and they are forever a romantic relationship (there is no way to undo it - I even used the debug cheats mod and removed all of the romantic bits off the sims and they are still in the romantic category). Many of my good sim friends get jealous and throw a fit when I perform romantic interactions with my sim wife which is ridiculous! It is super easy to accidentally click on the wrong interaction and mess things up permanently.
Lab Assistant
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#18 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 4:19 AM
Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 4:25 AM
Brilliant, this mod will be very useful. I don't mind decay but Sims 4 decay is waaaaay too fast. (Not bad as original Sims without EPs, but still too fast) I'd love slow decay rather than stopping it but it'll do the job, no more worrying about losing friends

Thanks again :D
Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 4:26 AM
I've been wanting this so much! Thank you a whole big lot for making and sharing this mod with us :D
Test Subject
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#21 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 4:40 AM
i would also like an option to change the decay more like the needs decay mod has....like 70%, etc
Field Researcher
#22 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 5:01 AM
Oh wow, thank you. I'm so sick of my married Sims that need constant social stimulation with each other to keep up their relationship bar. I wonder, however, if you would consider making a tweak that removes deceased Sims from the panel so I no longer have to stare at their dead faces? :D

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.
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Test Subject
#23 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 5:16 AM
Thank you for this mod
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#24 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 5:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ktb0513
i would also like an option to change the decay more like the needs decay mod has....like 70%, etc


Working on an update right now. Many are asking for it, and I feel obliged. Expect this within a day or so.
Lab Assistant
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#25 Old 18th Sep 2014 at 5:45 AM
Thanks a lot. You made it what Maxis is unable to comply with the "beloved" trait. Thanks a again!
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