My guide to mods – which mods I use and how

55 thoughts on “My guide to mods – which mods I use and how”

  1. This is such a fantastically informative and well-thought out guide! The Nraas website should totally link here, because I think some people feel overwhelmed by just how much freedom of choice those mods give, but you’ve broken it down beautifully. Thank you for sharing this great resource.

    I love the personal touch too, that this is just you talking about how you make these mods work for you.

    I completely forgotten that I had the no intro mod installed, or that the intro was even a thing. And I had also forgotten that MC Edit in CAS is not something that you get in a vanilla game. Wow, imagine doing without that! We are definitely spoiled 🙂

    What I’m most excited about, though, is that, thanks to your post, I have learned about the ‘Status’ menu in MC, which I don’t think I’ve ever clicked on before. I like to know sims’ favourites and things like that, and I’d been looking them all up separately! Who knew they could be viewed so easily all at once! (Well, you, obviously, so thanks again for sharing.)

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    1. Ah, thank you so much! I’ve been stalking NRaas FAQ pages and such and exploring things on my own for a long time now. It was confusing to me, but I don’t think it is nearly as much confusing now. I used to have my game in Polish so I had to figure out how badly the person translated particular option and find them on NRaas wiki pages. It is so much easier now. And I can’t say how thankful I am that there are actually advanced and intermediate options in English. Can you believe someone from my country was so dumb to have translated them both to advanced? So I had advanced options two times and I could never figure out which was for which, then I learned the second advanced was for setting skills. So silly!
      I think the interactions pages that NRaas provided us with are not that good. Yes, they are good for when you want to find something, but myself, I’m all for seeing things, which is why I had to include practically everything on photos here. I find it hard to imagine without seeing everything, that’s why I hardly, or I can’t at all, use tutorials without pictures. I prefer YouTube and at the very least tutorial with pictures. I have to see the whole process, which is why I presented it in my own tutorial.
      I can’t help it, when I don’t write about my story, I go into me mode and you just hear me talking and describing. I felt almost as if I was in front of the computer having a whole monologue about my mods.
      Oh yes, we are so dependent on them! We are so spoiled. I remember when I moved on to my new computer, I didn’t have my short cheats set up. I got into game, opened the cheat console and first thing I did was type tse on. Imagine my amazament when the cheat console said there was no such thing! I felt so tired having to type the whole cheat, when I used to do that before having this mod and I never complained!
      Yay! I think I stumbled upon status by accident, but this is a really handy feature. Gives you the option to stalk your neighborhood, which I always adore. Control freak much!
      No problem, I’m glad I could help! Don’t know if there’s someone who doesn’t know much about NRaas still, but just in case, here is my take on it.

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      1. That one looks great too! Think I’ll pass on it because I build a lot of the time and like to know how my builds will look in unmodded games, but it would be great if the game had these settings by default. What I’d really love are the light/shadows cast by windows in TS4. They’re so pretty!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this awesome guide! I barely use any mods — just the basic Nraas — because I don’t play, so this was very interesting to read. There are some unheard-of mods in here that I will definitely try, like the Pregnancy Controller. I’m amazed by how many different mods people have made!

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    1. I’m glad that it was worth sharing! Some of these are really important for storytelling, not just playing, I think. I barely play too, but when I do, it’s so that my game doesn’t stay in one place without everyone aging. Pregnancy Controller is super cool! I definitely recommend it.

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  3. This is super cool, there are some options in here that I hadn’t thought of using or didn’t use in the same way 😀 And now I’m really eyeing up that age slider mod. I still don’t want my baby Carlo to become an elder, so this is like a very good option… I use the no mutations like you, though I don’t play, because it also affects ‘Play with Genetics’ in CAS, and that’s where my babies are born hahaha 😀

    May I add a few things I found with MC? 😀
    – You can shift+click a slider in CAS and get a textbox so you can type the exact value you want. Really useful if you just can’t get the exact value (happens to me a lot)
    – You can access the MC CAS settings while you’re in CAS by right clicking the ‘…’-button in the corner. It changed my life!

    Anyway, this was super helpful and informative 🙂 There’s so much good stuff out there and it seems like you can always dig up some cool stuff, Jowita.

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    1. I’m glad that there were some options that were new to you.
      I stumbled upon that age slider yesterday and although I haven’t tried it yet, it sounds really awesome. There’s this aging mod with hair graying etc. linked somewhere in the description of this mod, but it seems huge and just too much, so I don’t think I’ll use it.
      Oh no, you do it all in CAS 😛
      Sure! Maybe I shall edit my post with your suggestions so that it’s even more informative. I think I heard of the slider thing, but I don’t really use it plus I forgot. I didn’t know about the three dots thing. That’s a life-changer, thank you!
      Ha, ha, yup, you can definitely tell how much time I spend digging up stuff about the game on the internet.

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      1. Ah yeah, I’ve seen ageing mods before, but it’s a little complex for me – also I don’t play the game, so eh 😛
        Feel free to do that ❤ The one with the '…' seriously changed everything for me, and I've rarely seen it mentioned anywhere. I use the 'show in compact' form a lot (otherwise it takes ages to load CAS, lol), and it's a game-changer to not have to go in-game to turn it on.
        We all get great benefit from you digging up stuff. I know I use your CC list quite a bit too, so thanks for all that work 🙂

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      2. Yeah, same for me. I rarely play the game, but I sometimes do just so that everyone ages up. And I got Hailey almost to the top of her career with my playing. I cheat a lot, though, ’cause I’m too bored to pay close attention. Hailey really raised the kids well because they all got A’ s without me interfering.
        Yeah, my CAS takes quite a while to load, too, but I mainly just wait and check my phone while it’s loading. 😛 So awesome! I will need to remember that.
        I’m glad that me and my obsessive organization here can come of use. 🙂

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  4. Thank you thank you thank you for making this post!! You taught me about what a few of those Master Controller options mean and they’ll definitely come in handy. I’m considering a lighting mod too, the one you recommended sounds great 🙂 This was very useful!!

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad that it was helpful! 😀
      I’m glad that I taught you some new things. BTW, I don’t think I mentioned that the integration module replaces your standard CAS with the MC CAS. I shall add it.
      I’m so glad that it was useful. I started using my lighting mod in the beginning of generation 3 and it made all WA worlds look super good, in my opinion. I also think it works brilliantly on Bridgeport. And made that Aurora Skies waterfall look dreamy. 🙂

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  5. Whoa, thank you sooo much for this awesome guide! It must have been so time conauming to make it..!
    I swear by the Nraas mods – I think I have each and every one of them! The one I don’t currently use is SP, because it does make the game lag a little and honestly, I couldn’t care less about what other sims outside of my household do, hehe. I no longer play the darn game, it merely exists for me to take pretty pictures 😁 I also erased Ani’s fridge mod, because I couldn’t be bothered to send them shopping when all I wanted was to just take a pic of say, a serving of lobster thermidor, lol! It *is* an amazing mod though.
    As soon as I get home though on Monday, I plan to download all of your linked sliders – I was terrified of sliders until now but also really, really wanted to give them a shot 😉
    Oh, and the pose player add-on. I still don’t have that, if you can believe it! 😶
    Thank you so much for sharing this! ❤ ❤

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    1. I just edited the darn post, because I wrote it in such a rush, it had a TON of mistakes, grammar and such, but I couldn’t be bothered to reread it yesterday when I posted it. I also added Louise’s suggestions in there. It was really time-consuming. As if I actually had time taking care of preparing myself for the gen ending, I got myself to do more work, ’cause why not.
      I don’t have every NRaas more there is, some of them are useless for me and some of them are kind of outdated and they make my game crush. By the way, I heard of Register and how it is helpful for picture-taking, but I really don’t want to take the time to figure it out.
      I need SP, because my Rosenthal clan is all over time and I want to see what they’re up, but it is recommended to turn it off once in a while so your game doesn’t lag too much. I’ve recently turned it off.
      The fridge mod is amazing. You know what I do? I proceed to teleport my Sims in front of the supermarket every freaking time, ’cause they take so much to get there by car it’s annoying. I do play the game occasionally so that my whole town can age up.
      I linked my sliders and more on my CC page. I think you might make use of it. I only use the body sliders, though. If you want more, Louise linked a whole page of different sliders on her Resources page. You should check that one out if you’re interested. I also use a ton of Vasilla’s freckles and as of recently, moles.
      I hadn’t had that for a long time, because I somehow thought it was outdated. I’m so glad I have it now. And I won’t take it out like ever!
      I’m glad it was useful. 🙂

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  6. This was a great idea! I’m pretty well versed in the mods I have but I did learn a thing or two. I figure I will be back to this post once or twice more for links.

    The one thing I hate about the home opener mod, is you can no longer click on a front door to have them visit. The option just isn’t there anymore. Now I haven’t explored settings in the mod yet as I haven’t had it that long. I got it for my fun game where I am bopping between many houses to populate the town and I wanted to be able to see in them whenever I wanted without switching house holds.

    Thank you for doing all this work.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad there were some things new to you.
      It’s easily fixed with the Home Opener mod, because all you need to do is close the house. The option will be there instead of open when you enter the NRaas menu. Then you’ll be able to visit the house.
      No problem. Always happy to help. 🙂

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      1. I only ever see NRAAS pop up but I will check it out. Since I am on an island with one home, I never needed it before and my fun game is over for me. But for next time I will see what it can do. Thank you!

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      2. So I will describe it further. You need to click directly on the house, preferably a wall, or on the ground of the lot, then go NRaas> Master Controler> Close. Hopefully I could help. Yeah, and I think you can disable some locations of the NRaas menu in the settings, but I’m not too bothered by them myself.

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      3. All I did to compensate was to have my male sim teleport directly into the home. It was where I wanted him anyway. I played where he knocked up all the women in the town. He had so many girlfriends…..It was fun and the third time I had done it. it’s a great stress reliever watching him woo the women and finally get them into bed. After they are preggers, I buy them all the child stuff they need and even renovate their homes to make room. Motherlode Motherlode Motherlode. hahahahahaha.

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  7. Thanks so much for this post! I’ll definitely be book marking this. So happy to see these overrides for the windows, as well. That’s always been such a problem for me in ts3 is not having enough natural light through the home. I’m still such a noob when it comes to mods in this game, always happy to see some guides!

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  8. But what if I do want a man with hips and booty?! 😛 jk
    I actually don’t have anywhere near the amount of mods you do, but this may be because I /cough/ don’t play the game and just pose my sims xD But I think some of these will still be handy for me, so thank you!
    Sadly the pose player add on doesn’t work for me. It just gets stuck in this endless loop of selecting a pose that doesn’t work. Some people had the issue and commented about it but they were never resolved :/

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    1. Lol, yeah, but with this slider it looks weird. Though it could be good for trans Sims maybe?
      I occasionally play the game so that my whole family ages up accordingly.
      I’m so sorry. I haven’t had Pose Player add-on for a long time, but I don’t remember why I hadn’t had it previously.

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  9. As someone who’s just discovering the beauty of mods aside from the basic few I’ve had, this post is gold and one I shall definitely bookmark to keep coming back to. This was so organized and easy to read, there was a lot of stuff I forgot I even had – like the no intro and no build sparkles – and a lot of things I’ve never heard of or thought to use. Like the pregnancy controller is going to come in verryyyy handy down the line. A quick clarification I have is that since I use the ‘hideheadlineeffeects’ cheat whilst playing to hide the plumbbob/skills meter/thought bubbles, the no more annoying effects is basically a way of removing those without having to type in the cheat? Since you mentioned that they don’t work on startup, that’s the bit that I just wanted to clarify. I’m probably oversimplifying, but they essentially do the same thing right? Omg the ‘fix invisible sims’ is something I didn’t know there was a solution for because whenever I accidentally forget to take them off the OMSP they disappear and I had no idea how to bring them back without removing them from the household and re-adding them through ‘edit town’ XD You’re a life saver! Haha, like I said, I don’t doubt I’ll probably come back to this a million times 😀 ❤ Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Okay, so there were a few factors that got me to prepare this mod. Mainly, it was because I discovered a great list of useful mods for TS3 on WP and I stumbled upon No Effects. I wanted to share it with everyone. Then I saw you talking to Louise and the fact that you were still new to some mods, so I figured that there were people in our community that are not as familiar with mods as I and many others are. I basically rely on them for everything, so…
      I was hoping that it’d not be too much. This post was getting so long and I worried that I was a mess. Actually, this version is better because I corrected some grammatical mistakes that I made and were there when it was freshly published. As you see, my free style writing is – or at least is in my opinion – different to my story writing as I go much more loose and practically perform a monologue. Now due to so much YouTube my knowledge of some expressions is better in speech so I make really silly mistakes, confuse prepositions or confuse similar-sounding words. Maybe it is actually good that I do not make typical foreigners’ mistakes?
      I stumbled upon Pregnancy Controller through Kymber’s custom content page and I’ve been loving it. It’s really a storyteller’s must have in my opinion!
      Soo, I see you have gotten a bit lost here, eventually, so I am going to try to clarify that and get things straight, hopefully.
      Hidehealineeffects cheats hides the Plumbob AND thought bubbles AND skill Metter.
      No effect mod is nearly described in the original post which I linked. Apart from many annoying effects, it hides thought bubbles. But thought bubbles ONLY. Now, the author of this mod made a separate file for hiding the skill meter which is linked in the same posts. Pocci made the Plumbob hiding mod which is linked in the post, but the link doesn’t work, so in my post I linked a mega archive from where you can download their mod. To have your game with practically Hidehealineeffects on start-up, you have to download these three mods and each of them is responsible for another thing. Then combined is the key here. These mods will however make it impossible for you to switch headline effects back on in game. Then you confused this method with the other one I mentioned.
      Enabling the Hidehealineeffects thing on start-up is not possible since this mod requires testingcheatsenabled enabled first to work. The mod that allows you to type in mods you want on start-up enables them all at the same time, so hide headline and any mod that needs testingcheats first to work just won’t work. I recommended the option to use the other option this mod provides you with to type cheats abbreviations, for example hle on for this one. BUT this is completely personal which works best for you. I prefer keeping my skill meter, for example, because I occasionally play the game and want the option to be able to see that.
      Now what you want is enabling the effects completely without having to type in the cheat and for this to work you will have to download these three mods – Pocci’s Invisible Plumbob, No Effects and Skill Meter one. This does not work the same as typing hle on (if you read the author’s note, you will see that the skill meter hider doesn’t work on everything) and shouldn’t be confused with making the hle on cheat automatic. The main difference is that when hle on is automatic you can also always disable it in-game and as long as you have these mods in your game, you won’t be able to get the effects back when in-game even if you wanted. Uppefilly it makes sense and I cleared that up for you!
      Ha, ha, yup. As I’ve said, fix invisible Sims never works on my Sims, only the neighborhood ones (mainly deer), but the best method to the madness is having your Sim takes a shower. Works every time for me, when they changed outfit to naked, they magically reappear! So I do recommend doing that.
      I am so glad this was helpful. I have no plans to take it down so come back as mamy times as you want. You’re always welcome.

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      1. Haha yup, I’m definitely still getting the hang of these 😊 I didn’t notice anything off with your phrasing or explanations – everything was super clear 👍 It’s expected that non story posts will differ in writing style since it’s you addressing us directly and not via any characters ☺️ I remember you mentioning the pregnancy mod before now that I think about it (maybe you linked it in one of the chapters Hailey was pregnant, or I spotted it on your excellently organized CC page) but I TOTALLY forgot about it, haha. And now I’ve rediscovered it right in time for where I am working in my story and can’t wait to use it.
        Ohhh okay, that clears it up – I kind of got confused when I was reading the authors explanation as well. Props to people who have the time to create things that simplify the game play experience, especially for story telling. You cleared it up perfectly! Thank you! 💕

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      2. Well, good luck, I hope this post helps you with understanding how these mods work better. 👍 Yeah, so Bee tends to look closely into my posts and I’m always a bit worry whether or not I used the right phrases and if it doesn’t sound weird. This post was much worse when I first published it, though. I believe it’s clearer now.
        Pregnancy Controller is super handy! Believe it or not, I calculated how many percent pregnant is 7 months pregnant and then I typed that percentage in to get Hailey the right belly. 😂
        My CC page, though. I keep updating it all the time, but there are definitely things there that I overlooked. I wholeheartedly recommend it! 💖
        Yeah, these mods are not hideheadlineeffects, but they can be close to a great replacement as they cover up mods of what it does. These people are so helpful! I’m glad that you understood my explanation. I was trying to make it as clear as possible.

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  10. This is a terrific post! I use many of these mods and won’t play without them. I like your explanations of what they do because I really haven’t explored them too much. Thanks so much, Jowita.

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  11. I have a lot of these mods, because you recommended me them, and thank you so much for that, because without them my game would be very abysmal. They are making our games easier, better and prettier (thank God some people are doing them).
    I think you know what mods, on this list, I have in my game, so I won’t be writing about them. I don’t need Home Opener (because I open the houses in another way) and Traffic (because I don’t have Pets so I don’t have a problem with ice cream truck, but I wish my sims buy ice creams from this truck). I also don’t want to have Dreamer Sleep Freedom and Reggiester, because I think I don’t need them. And I’m still very upset because Woohooer and Traveler don’t work in my game. I want my sims to travel to other cities and gain woohoo skills. Well, apparently, not all dreams come true.
    And thank you for remind me about some mods, which I should have in my game. I mean No More Annoying Effects (because this is wonderful), Pose Player adds-on (I should have this mod a long time ago). I’m thinking about Pregnancy Controller, but maybe I will download it when my sim will be pregnant, and No More Mutated Hair/Eye Color and Facial Age Slider (it would be useful). I will definitely download mods for kids, because they are great (and I thought about them ealier, but I need kids). And I have No Autonomous Go Home (because my sims, without this mod, annoyed me so much).
    So, I hope my game will be fixed soon, because I have some mods to download.

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    1. I know, these mods totally broke your game! Mike was right!!!
      Ah, I still don’t know why Woohooer and Traveler don’t work in your game. It’s frustrating. I wonder if reinstalling will help with this issue too?
      Yes, I’m so glad that I reminded you of some of these mods. Now you know where to go to if you forget again. All links provided. 🙂
      I hope you will be able to fix your game!

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  12. I am not sure this never showed up in my Reader. But at least I am here now.
    And thank you for another great tutorial. I was always so terrified to use too many mods, but after playing around with Master Controller I can’t see how I was able to life without it for as long as I did.
    You are so detailed with each and every explanation you provide. Side question though: is your game in English not Polish?

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    1. You’re here! 🙂
      I have a lot of mods in my game and somehow it is still running properly. I can’t imagine it without all my handy mods.
      Thank you 🙂 Yes, my game is English. I used to switch from English to Polish and back with the language changer on my old computer. I installed it from scratch on the new one and I think I prefer it in English. The game has a handful of translation issues, even mod scripts were translated to mood scripts. In English MC there are advanced and intermediate options. In Polish MC there are advanced too times. It was just a lot to bear with. Not to mention I had to search through Simswikia to find out some names and stuff that was different to Polish.

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    2. Another obvious advantage is you can easily search through the FAQ’s and find the options you need without trying to figure out how the crazy translator decided to call it in Polish!

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  13. wonderful blog… your so good at doing this Jowita, I wouldn’t have a clue how to do something like this with so much information in in.

    its funny… when I look at the screen shots you’ve done here… the first thing that comes to mind is, wow! you’re game looks so much more tidier than my game, but I think it must be one of them things… like when someone else make you a sandwich… it always taste better, if you know what ii mean… its just the way my silly mind thinks. lol 🙂 thank for this post Jowita 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Darren. I spent a lot of time scrolling through NRaas FAQ’s and finding things out on my own.
      Ha, ha, yes, I get what you mean. Someone else’s game always looks better. It was lots of work to do this tutorial.

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