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More sensible "Can my friend come over, too?"

by kestrellyn Posted 21st May 2020 at 12:50 PM - Updated 2nd Feb 2021 at 4:16 AM by kestrellyn
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You know how when you invite sims to come over, they sometimes say "can my friend come, too?" and then if you say yes they show up with someone else? In theory, it's great when the person you invited brings one of their friends over, because then you can maybe introduce someone new to the rest of your family and maybe it's someone you want to build relationships with. But in practice it is terrible, because the invited sim always brings over really inappropriate people, like their mother, or their professor, or a teenage townie they haven't talked to in 30 sim years, or a dormie they used to date in college. And since the game doesn't tell you who they're inviting, you never know when you should be saying no.

I've decided to fix this so it's functional, to whit:

With this hack, there are some restrictions on who can be invited over in this manner.
  • The "friend" must be in the same age stage as the invited sim. For this purpose, young adults are not the same age stage as adults. No more bringing your professor with you to do bubble at the frat house! If you're still friends with your professor after you've graduated, you are free to invite them over to engage in normal adult socializing, as long as they aren't old enough to be your mother.
  • Under no circumstances will sims invite their parents over, even if they are the same age stage.
  • This includes the logic improvement from phonehack, wherein the friend is required to actually be friends with the invitee, and not just some rando who merely doesn't hate their guts.

In addition to these requirements, the dialog will now tell you the first name of the "friend", such as "Can my friend Joe come over, too?" That way, if they've still manage to choose someone unsuitable, or if they are trying to invite their spouse to their extramarital affair or something, you can be sure to say no.

For those of you who like the ability to tune things in SimPE, I've included a BCON resource called "Tuning - Invite" which has a number that you can change to change the percent chance that any given invited sim will offer to bring a friend - by default, this is 30%, which is what it is in the unmodded game.

Game compatibility

This should be compatible with all game versions.

Hack compatibility

This might conflict with hacks that change which friends can be invited over in this manner, and hacks that change or add dialogs to phone calls. It does not conflict with Cyjon's Nicer Phone Messages, however. It is compatible with phonehack, but must load after it. If you don't have phonehack, don't worry, you don't need it.

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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Top Secret Researcher
#26 Old 24th May 2020 at 8:53 AM
Thanks for fixing this!
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 25th May 2020 at 4:02 PM
Very nice mod For Dutch, you could change the question "Mag ik iemand meenemen?" to "Mag ik mijn vriend $NeighborLocal:1 meenemen?"
(So: iemand -> mijn vriend $NeighborLocal:1)
Original Poster
#28 Old 26th May 2020 at 12:25 AM
Thanks, I added it!
Test Subject
#29 Old 26th May 2020 at 2:47 PM
Thanks! <3
I'm happy it in Dutch too :D.
Test Subject
#30 Old 27th May 2020 at 12:59 PM
This is a great fix, thank you!
Test Subject
#31 Old 3rd Jun 2020 at 5:09 PM
Love this mod a lot, hey you will not know any causality to visit other sims? one that is good
#32 Old 6th Jun 2020 at 6:35 PM
really good idea, I really dislike surprises in TS2...
Field Researcher
#33 Old 11th Jun 2020 at 1:59 AM
You are a saint for this
Test Subject
#34 Old 17th Jun 2020 at 4:53 PM
#35 Old 21st Sep 2020 at 9:24 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing. I truly like this mod.
Test Subject
#36 Old 25th Jul 2021 at 7:34 PM
Brilliant, thanks!
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