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More sensible badge gain

by gummilutt Posted 6th Aug 2017 at 3:13 AM - Updated 7th Aug 2017 at 2:36 AM by gummilutt : Typo
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For some reason, some of the badges are much harder to get than others. The cashiering badge gets a lot of hate for being slow, but the cosmetology badge is just as bad. Zarathustra mentioned on the forums that it takes a lot of makeovers, and come to think of it, it does take an awful lot. I crunched the numbers, and in an unmodded game it should take 111 makeovers to get a gold badge. 111!! It's ridiculous. No more!

What this does
In Maxis code, it takes an exponential amount of makeovers to increase badge level. With no badge, it takes 12 makeovers to get a bronze badge. It then takes nearly three times as many for the silver (31), and almost six times as many for the gold (66). Why Maxis, why?

This is a global mod that increases the gain from each makeover, so that Sims don't have to give quite as many to get a gold badge. It comes in two varieties. To understand how they differ it may be helpful to know how badges work. There are four levels, no badge, bronze, silver and gold badge. A Sim is awarded a bronze badge when they gain 333 points, a silver badge when they've reached 666 and a gold badge when they reach 1000.

Both versions cut the required number of makeovers down to one third of the original 111. Only use one version.

Maxis Match
In this version, gain rate continues to be higher the less experience the Sim has just like Maxis has it, but the rate is increased for all levels.
No badge - 48 points per makeover, total of 7 makeovers required
Bronze - 28 points per makeover, total of 12 makeovers required
Silver - 20 points per makeover, total of 17 makeovers required

Inverted
In this version, gain rate gets better the more experience the Sim has.
No badge - 20 points per makeover, total of 17 makeovers required
Bronze - 28 points per makeover, total of 12 makeovers required
Silver - 48 points per makeover, total of 7 makeovers required

I made this version because to me, it makes more sense that they find it easier to improve their skill once they've learned the basics. With this version, it will take a Sim longer to get a bronze badge than it does in an unmodded game, but it will be significantly faster to get the silver badge so over all you will see less failed makeovers.

How to edit
In my usual tradition I am including instructions on how to edit this, in case you want different numbers than what I offer here. Requires SimPE.


Compatibility
Requires Open for Business. Compatible with all EPs and SPs released after OFB.

Conflicts
None that I know of. Will only conflict with other mods that change badge gain rate of cosmetology.

Does not conflict with joninmobile's No Bad Makeovers.

Credits
Zarathustra for the idea
Pescado for his smartercashier, that I looked at to see how he increased the speed of cashiering badge

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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GummiFasterCosmetologyBadgeInverted.zip

Size: 254 Bytes · Downloads: 1,513 · 6th Aug 2017
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Forum Resident
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#2 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 3:44 AM
I downloaded the Inverted Version. It makes perfect sense! Thank you for this
Link Ninja
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#3 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 9:38 AM
Wow I never even realized it took so much for cosmetology. I never had a sim get a badge in this one, I have tried but none really excelled and now I know why.
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#4 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 1:52 PM
YOU ARE WONDERFUL!
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#5 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 4:08 PM
Thank youuuu ♥
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#6 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 7:48 PM
The Prima Guide (I was randomly reading it last night) says these badge gain speeds are based on the level of corresponding skills. Did you not find this to be true, and/or does your mod affect that?
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#7 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 9:03 PM
Just curious if this is just for cosmetology or if it changes all of the hobbies?
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#8 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 9:31 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaenoh
The Prima Guide (I was randomly reading it last night) says these badge gain speeds are based on the level of corresponding skills. Did you not find this to be true, and/or does your mod affect that?


Prima Guide contains more lies than facts It may be true for some badges, I haven't looked at all of them so I don't know. But for cosmetology skills have no impact. The only thing that affects gain rate it is badge level, in both original coding and mine, as listed in the upload post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Selene1212
Just curious if this is just for cosmetology or if it changes all of the hobbies?


No other badges are affected, only cosmetology badge

If you have questions on how to use SimPE or WW, you're welcome to PM me.
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#9 Old 6th Aug 2017 at 10:21 PM
Awesome, thank you! I have a Sim who has a home cosmetology business and this will really help. (I love the inverted idea, makes sense to me!)

@Phaenoh - I have noticed that my Sim seems to gain more points with higher Cleaning skill for Cosmetology, so there may be *some* truth to it... Mind you, I have not done any extensive testing or anything.
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#10 Old 7th Aug 2017 at 12:17 AM
This is great! Thankyou.
Meet Me In My Next Life
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#11 Old 7th Aug 2017 at 2:11 AM
@gummilutt This is great one question please will this "conflict" with this mod here ?http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=353100
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#12 Old 7th Aug 2017 at 2:33 AM
@Simonut No, it doesn't conflict with that mod Thank you for asking, I will add it to the description.

Goldenbtrfly, I assure you cleaning skill does not help I have both gone over code thoroughly, and tested it in game. A 0 cleaning skill Sim with no badge gets 30 points per makeover, and a 10 cleaning skill Sim with no badge gets 30 points per makeover. I suggest anyone who wants to be sure try it themselves, you can use Monique's computer's study badge function to see how many points they get. I am the first to advocate that one should not take a modders word for absolute truth, so be my guest!
Meet Me In My Next Life
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#13 Old 7th Aug 2017 at 5:51 AM
@gummilutt Thanks for your reply back, that good to know.
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#14 Old 7th Aug 2017 at 4:12 PM
Thanks gummilutt! Esmeralda Garvie in Baldrair Bluffs and Miriam Hunter in Buewater (now a suburb of Veronaville) should be pleased: this should help them to get their home salons open for business faster. I've gone for the Maxis Match version, so they cam get their bronze badges and start charging customers sooner. I think they both need the money.

I don't know what they'll say when I tell them they've been wasting their time studying cleaning; I fear Miriam might make her children clean the house in future!
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#15 Old 7th Aug 2017 at 8:38 PM
Gummilutt, thanks for the additional info on the cleaning skill. It's funny, because my Sim actually IS using Monique's computer to study both cosmetology and cleaning. I should have known the Wikis and Prima Guides would be wrong. Eh, it's OK, as I still feel in order to be good at cosmetology she should be neat (cleaning) and creative! It's just nice to know it's not absolutely needed.
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#16 Old 8th Aug 2017 at 12:44 AM
Fantastic, must-have mod! I went with the Maxis-match because I want my Sims out of the No Badge level ASAP. Besides, I was thinking that when a cosmetology student is learning, he/she learns a ton of stuff in those first two years. Then, after they are out in the working world, that is where they learn to fine-tune their skills, taking them from Hairdresser to Hairdresser of the Stars!
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#17 Old 9th Aug 2017 at 3:56 PM
YES YES SO MUCH YES THANK YOU
Top Secret Researcher
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#18 Old 11th Aug 2017 at 4:27 AM
Thanks for this fix.
Theorist
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#19 Old 27th Aug 2017 at 1:30 PM
My new hood doesn't have a hairdresser yet but I'm sure that mod will be handy.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 24th Sep 2017 at 4:06 PM
Finally! Thank you so much!
Top Secret Researcher
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#21 Old 24th Apr 2018 at 11:31 PM
I think I like the Inverted best as the Logic makes more sense
Mad Poster
#22 Old 19th May 2018 at 1:25 AM
Gummi, Esmeralda Garvie in Baldrair Bluffs would specially like to thank you for your help in getting her Gold Cosmetology Badge, which she was awarded today.
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