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Food and Dining Mods

by simler90 Posted 14th Sep 2019 at 6:04 PM - Updated 18th Mar 2021 at 11:15 PM by simler90
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Dining Group Mod: In an unmodded game, when a sim autonomously initiates the Be Seated interaction on a dining podium, the game checks to see if the sim is unselectable, if so the game then looks for other sims who are also waiting in queue to be seated, then the game puts up to three sims into the same dining group and makes them dine together. A sim will only group up with another sim if both sims have 5 and higher STR and 0 and higher LTR towards each other.

There are a few problems related to this feature. When the game checks all the other sims to see if they are waiting in queue, the game only checks for regular townies and downtownies. The other townie groups added by later expansion packs are excluded. In addition, the game does not allow sims to group up with currently unselectable, playable sims. This is why you will never see two currently-unplayed, but playable sims dine together in this game.

This mod makes it so that when the game checks for other sims, the game checks all townies (social group, vacation tourist/local, garden club etc.). In addition, the game also checks for currently-unselectable, playable sims. This means anybody who has 5 and higher STR and 0 and higher LTR towards each other may group up together, making restaurants much more lively places.
Tuning: The game only puts sims into groups of 2 or 3. If you want to increase this number, then open the mod in SimPE, select the resource called NPC - Form Group, left-click on the line that says "Local 0x0000 == Literal 0x0003", and change the bottom number from 3 to any number up to 8.
Resources: NPC - Form Group/0x7FDFFE55/0x0000205D

Restaurant Food Bar Drink Fix: I came across two very annoying issues with served food at restaurants and also bar drinks. When a sim is served a meal at a restaurant, and when they order a bar drink at a bar, there is a short interval between when the sim is served and when the sim starts eating/drinking. During that short interval, other sims are able to take the food/drink for themselves, because the game considers the food/drink not in use at the time. This mod fixes this issue, and prevents other sims from interacting with these objects during that interval. If the sim is not dining any more (if you cancelled the Dine interaction), or if you cancelled the Order Drink interaction, then obviously other sims can interact with the objects.
Function - Serve This Island Mix/0x7FDFFE55/0x00002054
Function - Serve This Table/0x7FDFFE55/0x00002020
Interaction - Eat - TEST/0x7F8834C8/0x00002008
Interaction - Eat - TEST/0x7F3C9675/0x00002003
Interaction - Have a Drink - Test/0x7F711E0D/0x00001003

Food Serve Eat Mod: This mod adds important checks to preparing, cooking, serving and eating food.
- If a sim is inside an apartment suite, they will only consider using objects within that apartment suite to prepare, cook, serve, eat or drop food. This prevents sims from wandering out of the apartment suite they are in.
- Sims will not serve meals for Servos, Plantsims, Social Bunny, Therapist, RC cars etc. If the serving sim is inside an apartment suite, the sim will only serve meals for apartment neighbours if the neighbour is within the same apartment suite.
Eat - _Entry/0x7F8834C8/0x00002013
Eat - _Entry - Retry/0x7F8834C8/0x00002061
Eat - Grab a Plate/0x7F8834C8/0x0000201C
Serve - Serve Tables/0x7F8834C8/0x0000201E
Sub - Drop Object in Hand/0x7F8834C8/0x00002026
Food - Eat - Cook/0x7F3C9675/0x0000200C
Food - Eat - Prepare/0x7F3C9675/0x00002008
Placeholder - Create by Count/0x7F25ECC9/0x0000101A
Get in Temp 0 - Next Available Sim/0x7F25ECC9/0x00001015
Sub - Sit - Start/0x7F095B41/0x00001012

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Mad Poster
#2 Old 14th Sep 2019 at 7:13 PM
I appreciate that you explain how to tune the mod to allow larger groups (I would want to make groups as large as six, personally ). Is it possible to tune the relationship value threshold? 5/0 seems really low to me! That's the equivalent of sitting down to dinner with someone you literally just met!
Edit: actually, I think I already have (at least most of) the functionality I want in nodinningwithscum from MATY. Though that one does seem to be just aimed at playable sims rather than townies.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 4:14 AM lovely. I can imagine my other playable family dine together. Thank you so much!!
#4 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 1:46 PM
Thank heavens for modders, who fix EA's oversights! What were they thinking of, not to update this to include other social groups? Thank you for doing so.
Test Subject
#5 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 2:02 PM
Great idea! I agree with Rosawyn, it would be great to make relationship requirment higher, even better if we could tune it ourselfs (with your instructions of course)
What always bugged me that if there were some family members of not-currently-playable family that they wouldn't dine together. Like it would be cool to see a married couple on dinner, or maybe a family dinner, friends/best friends. Is there any priorities set for that? So the game has priority to high level relationships, first family/romance, then friends, and only if there are none on the lot would form a group of lower relationship levels. If not, could you make them, if it's not too hard and you're intrested of course?
#6 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 2:50 PM
Default I don't see a "bottom number." Help?
I tried to tune your mod from 3 to 4, since most of my restaurants have 4-person tables. I got to the Local 0x0000 == Literal 0x0003 line okay, but there was a table of many numbers, and none of them looked like THE bottom number. I'm attaching a screenshot. Did you mean that we should change the "3" in Local 0x0000 == Literal 0x0003 to another number, or what?

Sorry for the confusion!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Test Subject
#7 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 4:49 PM
It's on the line called "Operands" the third number there - 03. Or you could click on the hummer and wrench icon and change number 3 in there, its the same thing i think. And yes, it supposed to change the 3 in the Literal. Also i think that you'll need to set it to 04, not just 4, unless you use the hummer and wrench button, then its just 4.
#8 Old 15th Sep 2019 at 8:06 PM
Originally Posted by SweetSweet
It's on the line called "Operands" the third number there - 03. Or you could click on the hummer and wrench icon and change number 3 in there, its the same thing i think. And yes, it supposed to change the 3 in the Literal. Also i think that you'll need to set it to 04, not just 4, unless you use the hummer and wrench button, then its just 4.

Thank you!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 16th Sep 2019 at 1:33 AM
This is wonderful. When my families o out to dinner it would be nice to see others interacting at the rest of the tables. The way it is, it seems like the whole town is full of antisocial or introverted sims. Thanks so much.
#10 Old 17th Sep 2019 at 3:07 PM
thank you
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 23rd Jun 2020 at 2:07 AM
I'm glad that the game will now check for all sims now but is there a way to incorporate or make it compatible with Pescado's 'no dining with scum' mod? Where a check is made so that actual friends are more likely to group up? Thanks
Test Subject
#12 Old 28th Jan 2021 at 8:53 PM
Top Secret Researcher
#13 Old 21st Feb 2021 at 1:07 PM
Thank you for this Dining Group Mod, I'm not aware that such a fix existed already, and it's so very useful.

All those lonely diners were so depressing and unrealistic.

Our local dictator placed my whole country under house arrest IRL, but al least my sims can freely dine out I guess.
Test Subject
#14 Old 18th Jun 2021 at 2:06 AM
I think the FoodServeEatMod made it so that my sim couldn't get their espresso after they ordered it? I had to have them order a second one and then they could pick up the one that was already on the counter.