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-Phae's Phone Book- Look Up Neighbors' Numbers!

by Phaenoh Posted 17th Jun 2011 at 7:54 PM - Updated 11th Mar 2013 at 9:50 PM by Phaenoh
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Update: Now recolorable! Thanks to Alraris for requesting it. - Sept 18, '11
Echo has tracked down the 'stack underflow' bug and we've fixed it. Please redownload. Even if you didn't see the error originally, it will eventually plague you. Redownload the fixed version please. - June 29, '11


Well this is one of those 'took way too long' projects. Echo has been helping me out immensely with this since December. We had it almost done back in March when we ran into base game compatibility issues. After another 3 months of trying this or that or the other, I've figured out that its not likely possible to become basegame (or uni only) and to just release it as is. You need any EP above Uni to use this, it doesn't matter which though so I've not marked any of them as requirements so it won't get filtered out for someone who still could use it.

After that long disclaimer, what is it you ask. What has Phae been working on? Drum roll please! dadadadadadadad tata! A Phone Book!



A phone book! That's nothing new or special you say. Well, that's where you are wrong! This is a very special phone book. It actually does stuff! You can actually walk up to it, think about what you want, and then find one of your neighbors (any callable sim in your hood or connected subhoods) and add them to your relationship panel. You can then go give them a call if you want.



This little phone book is super cool for a couple different reasons, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. It can be found in the Small Electronics section (where the telephones are, for convenience) and costs you only $50. Upon placement you will notice the fantastic little low poly mesh (242f, 357v) I created from the in-game stack of phone books for child's booster seats and an open spell book. The texturing was meticulously done in Simlish, there are fun little advertisements splashed across the page, and the letter tabs match the ones on the side of the book of course. Small attention to detail is everything, no?

Click on the phone book and 'Look Up Number' appears. Clicking on it will direct the active sim to walk toward the phonebook, stop in front of it, play the animation of thinking and then 'aha', and then pull up a dialog box populated with every sim in the hood and connected subhoods that is callable and that you do not already know. Browse through the sim headshot photos or names list to find the sim you'd like to add to the relationship panel and click on them and hit the check button. That sim will now appear in your sim's relationship panel as 0/0 and a little thought bubble will appear over your sim's head with that person in it. The other sim will not suddenly know you however. They didn't partake in the activity at all, right? Once you give them a call or do anything else that changes relationship status, then your sim will be in there's, just like normal.

Cool, fine, but why do I want this?
Having the ability to add sims to your relationship panel is a good thing because that will allow you to call them. You can add extended family members or potential love interests that way without having to hope that they will walk by or you chance meet them downtown at the club. Maybe little junior has never actually met grandma in person, but this way they can have a relationship by phone at least. Or Don can look up the numbers to all the local hotties in town and set up some dates for the weekend. Whatever

Enjoy!
-Phae

P.S. REMEMBER, you NEED any EP above Uni or it won't work. The phone book will appear in your game but the interaction will drop straight out of your sim's queue if you don't have any EPs.



Additional Credits:
Huge Huge Huge thanks to Echo! She is always a source of friendly help, extreme knowledge, and this would not have gotten off the ground without her. Go click one of her thanks buttons or send her a nice Thank You PM.

HugeLunatic, maybesomethingdunno, and MogHughson for their help as well. You can read all about the trial and tribulations in the OW thread.

Credits to monique and her Relationship Panel which was my jumping off point before Echo pulled out and rewrote all the BHAVs I had originally borrowed. Her object works the opposite way, removing sims, until she added an add feature. My object has no way of removing any, so if you hate what you've done to your panel, I'd suggest using hers to clean it back up.

Finally credits to dizzy2 for his original Call Anyone mod that inspired this in the first place. I had his mod for a while but didn't like that it auto-loaded into the phone and pulled everyone all the time. Making a phone call took 5 minutes loading time at least! Ridiculous. That's why this is a separate object and not part of the phone network.

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#326 Old 11th Feb 2019 at 6:03 PM
okay, so, i'm not completely sure if your mod (which i, of course, really like and am grateful that you've created and shared with all of us!) has anything to do with the error that i've had 2 times in a row in only one of my households, 'cuz in other ones the phonebook seems to work absolutely fine (yet..?) and no issues have been noticed. But in that one house i've placed the object and when i made a sim "look up number" and started to scroll the list of other sims, my game just...crashed, which never happened before. So, i was confused. "The application has crashed. The application will now terminate." alright, i thought, maybe that's just a coincidence. Next time i played that family, i did the exact same thing, and no problem has occured, it let me pick a couple of sims' "numbers". But when i clicked on the phone and made my sim call to chat with another, that's when the game's crashed again...though i saved before calling, i guess, i knew it's coming xD
so, my question is: what is it? i want to figure out whether it's something wrong with the household (although, i believe there simply can't be anything wrong) or with your mod or with something else. i will really appreciate replies from anyone
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#327 Old 15th Apr 2020 at 4:37 AM
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Originally Posted by troubledkid
okay, so, i'm not completely sure if your mod (which i, of course, really like and am grateful that you've created and shared with all of us!) has anything to do with the error that i've had 2 times in a row in only one of my households, 'cuz in other ones the phonebook seems to work absolutely fine (yet..?) and no issues have been noticed. But in that one house i've placed the object and when i made a sim "look up number" and started to scroll the list of other sims, my game just...crashed, which never happened before. So, i was confused. "The application has crashed. The application will now terminate." alright, i thought, maybe that's just a coincidence. Next time i played that family, i did the exact same thing, and no problem has occured, it let me pick a couple of sims' "numbers". But when i clicked on the phone and made my sim call to chat with another, that's when the game's crashed again...though i saved before calling, i guess, i knew it's coming xD
so, my question is: what is it? i want to figure out whether it's something wrong with the household (although, i believe there simply can't be anything wrong) or with your mod or with something else. i will really appreciate replies from anyone


It isn't the household, it's the phone book. The same thing happens in my game: crashing galore. Remove the book and no probs. I have UC installed...as mentioned in a previous post, from AL onwards, this mod doesn't work.
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THANKS POST
#328 Old 23rd Nov 2020 at 5:03 AM
omg i was so sick of hoping that specific sims would magically walk by or show up at community lots so my sim could meet them. this is great!
Test Subject
#329 Old 9th Mar 2021 at 12:12 PM
I guess this still works for some people, but when I tried it, I had some kind of bug where the phone rang literally constantly, and it was basically everyone in town, calling one after another after another. I had to take the phone out of the house completely (it didn't seem to affect mobile phones, thankfully). Once I took this mod out, there were no more errors with the phone. Just a heads up for anyone who wants to give this a try. As other comments note, from AL onward, this causes all kinds of bad things in some (most?) games.
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#330 Old 20th Apr 2021 at 3:14 PM
This is one of my favourite Mods. Would it be possible to add dating functions to it so that it filters based on the sims Attraction/Chemistry/Gender/Zodiac etc. If not, do you know of any mods that do this? I'm fed up with the matchmaker and want to give my sims more of an option. Love your work!
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#331 Old 13th May 2021 at 6:13 PM
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Originally Posted by malohuevo
This is one of my favourite Mods. Would it be possible to add dating functions to it so that it filters based on the sims Attraction/Chemistry/Gender/Zodiac etc. If not, do you know of any mods that do this? I'm fed up with the matchmaker and want to give my sims more of an option. Love your work!
I use the Crystal Ball mod by TwoJeffs and it's awesome. https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=649066
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THANKS POST
#332 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 7:56 PM
This mod works great on Super Collection, thanks!
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