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Less 'Musical Chairs', No Group Chat (V4 1.15.55)

by Shimrod101 Posted 10th Nov 2014 at 9:25 PM - Updated 5th Jul 2016 at 7:50 PM by Shimrod101 : New mod file
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The V4 mod adds a new file into the mod which gives sims a larger "surface bonus" score for using a dining table, bar or counter; in other words sitting at the table or other surface with their food or drink instead of moving around. The mod works much better now.

New V3 versions are here for the 1.15.55 update.

A new version of this mod prevents the Group Chat/Socializing from occurring. Maximum number of sims allowed in a conversation is set at two. If your sim is in a conversation and you click on some other sim nearby, the first sim is removed from the conversation to make room for the new one. All of the group chatting at your sim which is initiated by the inactives, queueing their chat upon your sim, is prevented. It is possible though for an inactive to steal your sim away from a conversation if you don't keep clicking on the sim you are speaking to; a new sim may chat upon your sim unless you keep the conversation going with the first one.

This alteration is made in this mod, as opposed to a new mod, because the setting is inside the XML called "chat", already used in this mod. Use one or the other of these two mods, not both at the same time. Otherwise all of the alterations are the same as in the original mod.

Original mod description:
This mod reduces the amount of moving around from chair to chair or place to place when sims are socializing with other sims. This is achieved by requiring the AI to score 3-4 times higher against any sim in order to push them to move from their current position.

Also the delay is increased before the AI will check any given sim, particularly seated, for desired movement.

And the radius around any sim for socializing with others is altered from 360degrees to 240, which prevents to some extent a sim craning their neck around to speak to a sim directly behind them; a sim directly behind is outside the new radius. Your sim will generally stand up and move to speak to that other sim, if you click 'chat' on the sim directly behind.

Also altered is an issue where the listener sim is required to look at the speaker in a conversation, but the speaker who will frequently be the active sim, is not required to look at the listener in the same fashion, resulting in my sim for example often staring in one direction and speaking to the other sims without looking at them when in a group conversation; he simply keeps looking at the first sim I clicked on. Now my sim, or the other speaker, is much more likely to turn their head from side to side to look at the other sims they are speaking to, one by one.

This mod uses these XML files:

Unzip the file and place the .package file in the Mods folder or subfolder.

Additional Credits:
Created with the use of s4pe by Kuree and Sims4Group, and the Sims4 XML Extractor by velocitygrass.
And the Sims 4 XML Extractor by scumbumbo.

      Social: Mods affecting social interactions and relationships between sims

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

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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 10th Nov 2014 at 9:35 PM
Thank you :)
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 9:49 PM
Good job, dear !
Forum Resident
#4 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 10:10 PM
thanks we need this!!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 10:15 PM
I'll admit it used to be kind of funny with how awkward this made conversations, but now it's just frustrating to see. Thank you for making it actually work in a way that makes sense.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 10:23 PM
Okay, now you really DO get my firstborn child. And I'm not talking about child-sim, I mean child-child. XD
#7 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 10:23 PM
Great! Just what I needed. I'm getting so tired of my Sims constantly walking around when conversing on a Friday TV night. I'll try it out!
#8 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 10:54 PM
Wow, thanks! This was much needed.
Maybe send a copy to Maxis too :p
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 10:58 PM
Thank you !
Test Subject
#10 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 11:53 PM
I was just talking about this problem on the forum, and bam! Here is the fix! Thank you, thank you! You are awesome!
Test Subject
#11 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 11:58 PM
Ba Bam! There it is....Thank you!!!!!!
Test Subject
#12 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 12:14 AM
I can't wait to get this into my game - Thank you!
#13 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 12:54 AM
So desperately needed - why Maxis couldn't have done this themselves, I have no idea.... You deserve all the gold in Fort Knox, Shimrod - thank you so much!!
Test Subject
#14 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 12:59 AM
Thank you SO much Shimrod! You are really incredible! This was one of the biggest issues with the game for me, I'm so happy right now!
Top Secret Researcher
#15 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 1:02 AM
Thank goodness. This was one of the most immediately annoying behaviors I noticed about this game.
Test Subject
#16 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 1:44 AM
Thank you! This was so annoying!
Mad Poster
#17 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 1:54 AM
You've answered my sim prayers with this release, I was just rage-quitting last night. I had a sim sitting on the sofa talking to another sim and was starting to get up and sit back down, start the get up and sit back down.

I don't have enough thank yous, appreciation, anything to say to let you know how much I appreciate your making my game less insane.
Test Subject
#18 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 2:26 AM
This is awesome! Now, is it possible for a mod to stop people joining my sim's conversation? I would truly be happy then! XD

Girl: I'm really enjoying this date!
Boy: Yeah, I can't wait to see you again!
Random Townie: Hi! :3
Girl/Boy: *Awkward Encounter*
Test Subject
#19 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 3:48 AM
awesome !!! this bugged me to no end
Test Subject
#20 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 4:47 AM
Thank you! This was truly needed.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 6:04 AM
Thanks so much for this! The musical chair thing is so exasperating! Kudos to You! :D
Test Subject
#22 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 6:43 AM
Oh my god thank so much for this! I keep trying to get my families to eat dinner together but they're forever changing seats and it takes them forever to just sit down and EAT!!!! Driving me mad x_x
#23 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 6:53 AM
Three words: "Mod of the year"... Oh wait, that's four.

Superior work!
Test Subject
#24 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 7:22 AM
Super! Vielen Dank!
Field Researcher
#25 Old 11th Nov 2014 at 8:55 AM
Thanks for making this, it works great, I do take my sims out often and they now actually interact with each other so much better because they are not moving around all the time.
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