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Lifetime Want Chooser

by Lamare Posted 7th Jul 2022 at 5:12 PM - Updated 29th Aug 2022 at 3:40 PM by Lamare
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Summary
This object lets you manually choose a lifetime want for your sim. No cycling one by one, just pick from a list! Has an option to ignore restrictions and choose an LTW that isn't normally available to a sim of certain aspiration. All known lifetime wants are updated and have slightly changed prerequisites to consider interests and hobbies, as a side bonus.

Updates
15th August '22: Reach Platinum Lifetime Aspiration LTW is no longer showing up in chooser's list for those who don't have this LTW. Also added adjustable height for plant models.
27 July '22: Shapeshifting, Rerolling and Support for future wants
11 July '22: Fixed a pre-FT compatibility issue and a minor thing in conditions for werewolves

What you get
  • Custom object that lets you choose a lifetime want and looks like a dream catcher decoration.
  • Changed preconditions for original and a few custom lifetime wants. Random LTW will be a bit more personalized, but should you not like it, new restrictions are easy to overcome with the Chooser, anyway.
  • Optional update for Life Stories careers lifetime wants (only if you use them, ignore it if you don't).

What you need
  • Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden, or Ultimate Collection, otherwise consider yourself a tester. Free Time or Bon Voyage probably good, too. I worked on compatibility with lower game versions, potentially anything after Night Life, but I have less confidence in those. Reports appreciated!
  • Look through Supported wants below and make sure you don't have any unsupported custom lifetime wants. If you have extra ltws that are not updated for the chooser, it won't work as expected (those wants may pop up instead of chosen ones).
  • Look through Conflicts below and make sure the Chooser loads after any conflicting mods, if there are any. Run a conflict detection program to double check.

How to use LTW Chooser
Buy the dream catcher for 5 simoleons in General/Miscellaneous (where most hacks hang out).
You have four options.
Choose LTW from Personally Available - from a list of wants that your sim may normally roll and meets requirements for (aspiration and so on). Chooser runs all checks before showing you the list.
Choose LTW from All (Ignore Restrictions) - from the whole list of lifetime wants you have in your game, original and custom, even those that don't match aspiration or already fulfilled. Use your own judgment when choosing, since not every want is suitable for every sim.
Reroll LTW - random lifetime want will be assigned to your sim.
Shapeshift - changes object model from dream catcher to various plants.

Supported wants
You don't have to have all supported wants in your game, the chooser won't offer you what you don't have.
  • 37 original from all packs
  • 50 of mine from Set 1
  • 4 of University careers - Artist, Show Biz, Paranormal, Natural Science
  • 2 of Life Stories - Game Development and Entertainment (my edits of them)
  • 2 Rio's - Firefighting and Social services
  • As of July, 27th it supports any unlisted LTWs if they are specifically updated for it.
If you're a modder who wants to make compatible lifetime wants, see the tutorial at the bottom of this page.

Changes to wants
These changes affect random rolls and the list of personally available wants.
Common rules:
  • Grilled cheese sims normally get only Eat X Grilled Cheese Sandwiches lifetime want, unless they also have another aspiration. Note that sims do not automatically reroll Grilled Cheese ltw after completion, this is by maxis design.
  • Reach career top type of wants are available to elders if they already work in those specific careers.
  • All wants updated to work with the Chooser.
Specific conditions:


Conflict resolving
Will conflict with other mods that override the same resources and change LTWs' prerequisites.
  • AnyLTWforallaspirations and its edits. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Pescado's ltwvariety and its edits. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser. Both our mods change prerequisites of maxis original lifetime wants from various packs.
  • Nopke's noPetsLTWs. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Cyjon's Wealth LTWs. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Cyjon's Free Time LTW Fixes. Remove it, if you want to use the Chooser.
  • Alexx58's Expanded and Reduced LTW. The Classic version doesn't conflict, but the one that changes prerequisites does. Remove it or let the Chooser load after it and see how it works. If your version also has University career LTWs and you decide to remove it, get the separated Uni LTWs from my 50 LTW bundle. If you'd like to customize your LTW values, see this tutorial.
  • My ltw_support package from custom lifetime wants set. Ignore it, I purposely included some needed functions in both packages, in case someone uses only one of these projects.
  • Rio's Firefighting and Social services career LTWs (from here). Make sure the Chooser loads after Rio's files, specifically the check trees - CT_Firefighter and CT_SocialWorker files - my file replaces them with chooser-ready versions. You could also disable Rio's CT_ files by changing ".package" file extension to ".OFF" or something like that (this is what I do instead of deleting, when I think I might need the files one day).
  • Pescado's Life Stories career lifetime wants (uni_ltws file). If you use them, get my edited versions from this thread. Then, if you use custom LTWs from me or someone else, edit the WantTuning package in your downloads to add these wants to the list (never edit the package in program files). If you don't know what I am talking about, leave the original Pescado's package in your Downloads and let my update load after it to override some things. If you don't use these wants from Pescado, don't download my update and ignore this paragraph.
Make the Chooser load after all conflicting mods, otherwise it will become useless.

Troubleshooting
  • If your sim gets a wrong lifetime want instead of what you chose. 1. You have an LTW that is not supported by this mod. Let me know, and I'll add it. 2. There's a conflict with a custom LTW or a mod that changes maxis wants' conditions. Make sure the Chooser loads last, and it should work as intended.
  • If your sim gets no lifetime want (blank panel) after choosing a custom want. Most likely, you have a custom want, but it's not listed in the WantTuning package (UI Data), or that package has a mistake in it that prevents the game from reading it correctly. Go look. If not that, you probably have a bad copy of this UI Data resource sneakily hiding somewhere and conflicting with your good UI Data resource.

Technical details
  • The model is a clone of in-game dream catcher decoration, stripped of specific EP requirements. Maxis made textures and mesh. 440 faces, 435 vertices. Additional models available through shapeshifting interaction directly reference in-game objects.
  • Nice list you see when choosing pulls icons and descriptions from memories for convenience, but doesn't do anything with the memories.
  • Overrides check trees of all supported lifetime wants (see list above). BHAVs: CT - Test - Lifetime Want - ... in group 0x7F739728. This is to make those wants work with the chooser.

Recommended mods
  • veetie_InterestAgeMod - makes sim's interests more varied when randomized, despite their age. For example, it gives adults a chance to have high interest in animals or toys.
  • ltw_icons_fixed - resized and edited icons for lifetime wants and some memories from Pets, Seasons and Free Time, to reduce visual glitches.
  • Medieval Default Career LTWs - complementary replacements for careers at Plumb Bob Keep - icons and descriptions of lifetime wants and corresponding memories.

Credits
Rio for Firefighting and Social services lifetime wants.
Pescado for Life Stories career LTWs. (I didn't know how to contact him, MATY wouldn't let me register, so if he sees this and has objections, well, I'm sure we'll figure something out. In no way this was an attempt to appropriate any part of his work.)
All the wonderful people behind SimPE, unluac, PhotoScape, Sublime and other helpful tools, tutorials and wikis.
Especially Adidas and Dizzy for the Lua notes.

Tutorial on making custom LTWs compatible with the Chooser
This is for modders who make their own LTWs and want them to be picked up by the Chooser.
Upd 4th August 2022


Type:
      Global Mods: Mods that change the way the game works without requiring any user intervention.

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

This is a multi-part download:


You only have to download LTW_Chooser - the chooser itself
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LTW_Chooser.zip | the chooser itself

Size: 87.9 KB · Downloads: 7,278 · 15th Aug 2022
87.9 KB 7,278 15th Aug 2022
update_to_LS_ltws.zip | only for those who use Life Stories lifetime wants

Size: 9.6 KB · Downloads: 1,245 · 7th Jul 2022
9.6 KB 1,245 7th Jul 2022
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
THANKS POST
#126 Old 24th Aug 2022 at 4:02 PM
Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#127 Old 27th Aug 2022 at 2:20 PM
I seem to be having some issues with this mod, LTWs are still randomised even when selecting a specific LTW in the chooser menu, and the "Choose LTW from all (Ignore restrictions)" option will bring up the menu listing all LTWs but when selecting an option, the result is still randomised and the chosen LTW will be from the list related to the sim's aspiration.
(TLDR; it's not letting me choose a specific LTW, chosen option ends up still being randomised from the pre-determined list of available LTWs for that sim)
Any ideas?
just a girl
Original Poster
#128 Old 27th Aug 2022 at 2:31 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by m0onhead
Any ideas?

Yeah -- conflict. You have another mod related to LTWs that gets in the way of this mod. Run HCDU+ or SiMidge, see what comes out.
Test Subject
#129 Old 27th Aug 2022 at 10:56 PM
What are the values in the "Choosing LTW Number Args" BCON of the chooser supposed to change? I tried changing them to my preferred values but when I give a sim a LTW using the chooser, the values are always the default ones. (I'd originally tried leaving in Alexx58's reduced LTWs and that also just yielded the default values. I've since taken it out.)

The default values for most of those wants are not realistic for my playstyle so I'd really like to change them, but I'm not sure how one is supposed to do that while also using your chooser. I assume it's supposed to be possible because of the way you named them.
just a girl
Original Poster
#130 Old 28th Aug 2022 at 4:01 PM
@batsandbabydolls
Those BCON values affect how the Chooser checks if a lifetime want should show up as personally available to a sim. But if you want to customize the actual LTW, you need to edit another thing, and I wrote a tutorial on this here: https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=669545
Test Subject
#131 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 3:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
@batsandbabydolls
Those BCON values affect how the Chooser checks if a lifetime want should show up as personally available to a sim. But if you want to customize the actual LTW, you need to edit another thing, and I wrote a tutorial on this here: https://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=669545

Okay, awesome! Thank you! Editing your WantTuning with that tutorial worked perfectly. It might be worth linking that tutorial in the mod description? Maybe in the conflicts area about Alexx58's Expanded and Reduced LTWs? I think it might be useful to other people who were using that before and want to start using this. (By the way, using them together didn't seem to cause any errors in my experience, but the values all came from your WantTuning instead so there probably isn't any point in having them both in.)
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#132 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 3:06 AM
Anyway, thanks so much for this! Trying to change sims' LTWs before was a nightmare and this is so much easier! And I love the changes you made to the criteria for rolling them randomly too. Maybe I won't feel the need to change them as often now that they're more personalized.
just a girl
Original Poster
#133 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 3:53 PM
Alright, I added the link. You're welcome.
Now that I think about it, it's strange that leaving in the Alexx58's mod didn't work. You must have another mod with UI Data/WantTuning, e.g. custom lifetime wants, that took effect over UI Data in Alexx58's mod. If that's the case make sure those LTWs are listed in your edited version of WantTuning, or they won't show up.
Test Subject
#134 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 6:09 PM
Thank you so much for creating this! Its so nice not having to use the sim blender anymore and constantly re-rolling forever until I get the desired LTW for my sims! However, I am having trouble with it and hoped maybe you'd have an answer, or if anyone else has this problem as well and could give me advice what the problem could be? I noticed that the LTWs from Uni ( Artist, Show Biz, Paranormal, Natural Science) aren't showing up in the LTW chooser. I tried to give Darren Dreamer the Artist career LTW, but it didn't show up. I haven't downloaded any custom LTWs, or anything, that I know at least, that changes or should interfere with the LTWs.
just a girl
Original Poster
#135 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 7:56 PM
@HeartStrings19
What mod do you use for Uni LTWs? Because they are pretty much custom, you have to download a mod that adds them.
Test Subject
#136 Old 29th Aug 2022 at 9:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
Alright, I added the link. You're welcome.
Now that I think about it, it's strange that leaving in the Alexx58's mod didn't work. You must have another mod with UI Data/WantTuning, e.g. custom lifetime wants, that took effect over UI Data in Alexx58's mod. If that's the case make sure those LTWs are listed in your edited version of WantTuning, or they won't show up.

Actually, I was just mistaken about whose mod I was using to change those values before. Their name isn't on any of the files I have but I'm pretty sure it's Squinge's. And that comes with a WantTuning package that modifies the same resources, so it makes sense to me that they'd conflict. Sorry for the mix up. ^^;
Forum Resident
THANKS POST
#137 Old 3rd Sep 2022 at 2:17 AM
I needed exactly this since 2 days ago! Rolling over and over was a chore especially when they repeat QUQ
Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#138 Old 23rd Sep 2022 at 8:46 PM
Default LTW Image Missing on Aspiration Meter
@Lamare
I didn't see this in the comment string, so if I missed it I apologize, but I've set up my custom lifetime want and everything seems fine except it's not displaying the image here. The LTW icon displays on the chooser and the career icon appears on the selected career, so I'm not sure what I've done wrong. If you could help me out I would appreciate that. Thanks
Screenshots
just a girl
Original Poster
#139 Old 24th Sep 2022 at 3:19 PM
@MadHatterMads
I take it you followed the tutorial by Rio-Sims and Palominocorn? Double check that you haven't missed anything. Does your LTW icon has group 0x499DB772? Have you referenced it in the XWNT of your lifetime want?
The Chooser displays the memory icon, not the LTW icon, so I guess your memory and its icon are fine.
Test Subject
#140 Old 26th Sep 2022 at 11:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
@MadHatterMads
I take it you followed the tutorial by Rio-Sims and Palominocorn? Double check that you haven't missed anything. Does your LTW icon has group 0x499DB772? Have you referenced it in the XWNT of your lifetime want?
The Chooser displays the memory icon, not the LTW icon, so I guess your memory and its icon are fine.


I'll double check! Thanks for the help!
Test Subject
#141 Old 2nd Oct 2022 at 8:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MadHatterMads
I'll double check! Thanks for the help!


@Lamare
I double checked the tutorial by Rio-Sims and Palominocorn and I don't think I missed anything. My LTW icon has the correct group ID, not the default and I referenced it in the XWNT of my lifetime want. The only thing I did notice is that I didn't use the check tree instance I made, and I don't see in the tutorial where I'm supposed to use it. Also in my name reference Editor on the plugin view the group ID is different than the one shown on the resource page of the same. Is that where my error lies?

Thanks for the help!
just a girl
Original Poster
#142 Old 2nd Oct 2022 at 8:41 PM
@MadHatterMads, message me your file and I will look at it. Or create a thread in the modding help section. We're kind of off topic here.
Test Subject
#143 Old Yesterday at 10:39 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamare
@MadHatterMads, message me your file and I will look at it. Or create a thread in the modding help section. We're kind of off topic here.

Will do thank you.
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