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(UPDATE: 5-JUL-2016) Set The Table & Call To Meal

by icarus_allsorts Posted 21st Sep 2014 at 2:02 PM - Updated 4th Jul 2016 at 7:47 PM by icarus_allsorts : Mod Update
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Updates

5-JUL-2016: The number of servings left in a group meal is now displayed in the interaction name.

8-OCT-2014: Removed the seemingly unnecessary block EA put against teenagers and children from eating specifically single servings of Mac And Cheese, Autumn Salad and Waffles (seriously, if anyone can even come up with a plausible reason for why these 3 particular recipes are labelled as "adult only" in game do share). Thanks to iforgot for calling this to attention.


Mod Description

This a script mod that replaces the "Call To Meal" interaction on group servings with a custom version that has the performing sim set the table with individual portions of food BEFORE summoning sims to eat.

Just click on any group serving of food and use the Call To Meal... interaction which now allows you to manually choose the sims you want to be dining. The sim will pick up the group serving, go to the closest table(s)/surface(s) best accommodating all the sims and automagically serve individual portions, one for each sim at the available seats at the surface. The selected sims will then come and dine at the table, each at their own individual spot, which is hopefully better than having them all swarm to the same group serving to grab a plate at once.

Notes
  • The shortcut interactions to call the household/guests/every sim on the lot still remain, and they will now act like the interaction described above. If there are not enough servings left to feed everyone selected, hungrier sims should be prioritized by the interaction.
  • When manually choosing sims you are limited to how many servings are left in the plate/bowl. Also remember to select the performing sim from the list as well if you want the sim to actually participate in the meal and not act as just a waiter.
  • If there isn't a surface on the lot that can seat all the selected sims at once, the serving sim will attempt to find and serve the closest next best one (i.e. one that can seat most of the sims) before finding a different surface to seat the remaining sims, and should continue to do so until either all the sims have an allotted seat or there are no more suitable surfaces left on the lot (note that bars and bubble bars are completely ignored but island counters with stools can be considered). If there are servings left over the sim will just put the group serving down and the remaining sims (if any) will go to it to grab a serving like usual.
  • I did mention "automagically" didn't I? The sim will route close enough to the table when serving it, but don't expect any fancy waiter-like animations since I wasn't sure how + was too lazy to implement that thought it best not to have the sim attempt to go that extra effort only to spectacularly route fail somewhere as I could imagine them doing.
  • Interaction can be performed by sims aged child and above.
  • Butlers should automatically be pushed to serve meals in this way after cooking a group meal.
  • Lastly, all things being said, sims will be sims after all so don't be surprised if not all your sims successfully come to the meal as expected, they could very well be still be busy sleeping or peeing or still managing to find some way to bump into one another on the way to their seat (though at least in testing this happens much less frequently than if they were going for the same group serving)

End Notes

Built and tested on patch 1.67

Base game compatible

This is a script mod that will not conflict with any tuning mods. The original Call To Meal interaction is completely replaced with the custom one though so you won't be able to use that one even if you wanted to.


Additional Credits:
To the Jones' for S3PE and to everyone who's supported my modding so far

Special mention to the people on the NRaas forum The mod was basically born from the suggestion to have Sims 2 style dining in the Sims 3, though honestly I've not played the Sims 2 long enough to know if this even comes close to whatever the dining experience then was. I do hope some of you will still find some use for it as it is anyhow.

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

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.67.2.024
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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icarusallsorts.ServeMeals.rar | Update: 5-JUL-2016

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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#2 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:07 PM
I am loving this! Thank you.
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#3 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:12 PM
Absolutely brilliant. I've gotten around the lack of this interaction by having sims repeatedly take dishes from group meals and manually setting them at table, but I'm so glad you made this. It'll save SO much time. Thank you so much for all of your thoughtful mods.
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#4 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:20 PM
Another brilliant mod Thanks
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#5 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:27 PM
Oh. Oh, my gods. Thank you. Thank you for this! Your mods are always so useful.
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#6 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:29 PM
Thanks!
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#7 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:41 PM
What a great idea, it makes so much sense and plays out perfectly.
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#8 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:52 PM
You are amazing; I was just thinking recently that I wish there was a mod like this hence all the new eating and dining mods that cropped up/found new popularity. Can I ask you a question; where did you come from!? Jk ;-p thanks
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#9 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 2:54 PM
Brilliant, hopefully an end to the kitchen door sim-jam
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#10 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:06 PM
This is really awesome! Thanks!!
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#11 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:07 PM
Cool! Thanks :)
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#12 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:15 PM
Love this! Thank you!!
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#13 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:15 PM
Another beautiful mod! Now my sims can sit at the table as a family once again. I've missed that. Thank you so much for this.
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#14 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:19 PM
Another brilliant mod. Maybe the routing won't be so difficult for them now. Thanks so much!
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#15 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:20 PM
Oh.my.Oz. I've been looking for something like this since sims 3 came out all those years ago. I always wondered why it wasn't included. Anyway thank you so much for creating this. :D
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#16 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 3:56 PM
Oh no you didn't.
This is like THE mod I've been looking for since I have TS3, I really preferred the way meals worked in TS2, thanks to you I can have it now in TS3, which means no more massive foot stomping and shouting in front of the plate. Thank you so much, you're like a savior for all those who play large families.
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#17 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 4:06 PM
Sweet~! :D
Scholar
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#18 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 4:36 PM
Icarus, you mind-reader you! Its like you know exactly what we want in our games without us saying it! This is great! Thank you so much
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#19 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 4:55 PM
Icarus the Great strikes again!
Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 5:12 PM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Field Researcher
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#21 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 5:30 PM
Oh, this is fantastic! You always make such great mods, but this one particularly shines!
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#22 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 5:46 PM
Thank you, thank you! This is one of the features I have missed most from TS2. It makes my game almost perfect.
Lab Assistant
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#23 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 5:55 PM
Thank you so much for sharing this mod!
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#24 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 6:40 PM
Thanks so much for this! Now my sim families can really have sit-down meals together. Another great mod that is really appreciated!
Field Researcher
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#25 Old 21st Sep 2014 at 6:46 PM
This was something this game has needed forever. I remember we used to be able to do this in Sims 2. You make the absolutely BEST mods. Thank you!
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