EDIT: I just remembered I downloaded MORE LIGHT COMING THROUGH WINDOWS yesterday!
EDIT 2: All the direct links are now linked when you clicked on the photos. Open them in the window to read the text more easily.
Warning: this post is really, really lengthy. And if you are not interested in TS3 mods, you may safely skip it. And sorry in advance, but the text on some of the photos is really small.
This post is a little bit different (although maybe not, because I totally put off doing anything story-related once again). It doesn’t have anything to do with ndia – totally a shortcut my friend came up with that I sort of adore. This post has more to do with my previous tutorials – tips for taking photos and recategorizing CC. This one is all about my mods and what I do with them. I am pretty sure that the vast majority of you probably know most, if not all, about it, but this post has a different aim too, and that is to introduce you to the mods that I think are not that well-known. Unfortunately, I have no idea if I can do the table of contents without having a paid site, so I won’t do it here. However, all mods’ names are in bold and capital letters for your convenience.
Let’s start with the basics – my NRaas mods which I absolutely cannot live without.
This is my favorite mod of all time. It has so many options, but I will talk about what’s most important for me.
Firstly, the ability to edit your Sim in Master Controller’s CAS (Master Controller’s Integration module replaces your standard CAS with MC’s CAS, as well). This can be accessed by clicking on your Sim > NRaas> Master Controller> Advanced> Edit in CAS. Yes, I do know that there is a cheat (testingcheatsenabled true) which can be used to edit your Sim in CAS, but trust me – it’s nothing like the CAS provided by MC.
In MC CAS all the sliders are measured in numbers, which I think is really handy, especially if you want to be sure that you set the slider to default, which is number 0 – helpful especially for custom sliders. I do have butt and hips sliders and sometimes if I randomize a Sim in CAS, I get a man with hips and booty, which is not ideal. Also, the numbers do provide you with an option to copy parts of your Sim’s face that you want to transfer to another one. Let’s say your Sim has the perfect mouth, so you just screenshot the mouth sliders (for example with your phone if you’re lazy like me, lol) and set the sliders on another Sim to the same numbers. I sometimes randomize a face which is awful spare for one element and I do exactly that to get that one element from the awful face onto the better one. Another handy thing about MC CAS is it’s almost exactly like the one you enter when creating a family. It has this wonderful option:
Yes, you can choose any Sim from your library! And I think it’s especially handy to choose the same Sim as you are currently editing, just the different version of them. If you’re anything like me, your library is loaded with the same Sims in different periods in their lives. I can’t tell you how many Hailey’s I have. Or actually, I will.
And I know it doesn’t look like I have many custom Sims, but don’t judge a book by its cover. I have over 80 Sims saved onto my Google drive and they are still on my old computer. I practically saved every character I’ve ever had except Beatriz and Lane, whom I recreated. Jade is an EA townie, so I can get her back if I want. Oh, and besides the two doctors that I’ve had in my story – Maddie’s and Hailey’s.
Here are some handy tips Louise passed on in her comment below that I decided to add to this post:
– 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!
(…) I use the ‘show in compact’ form a lot (..)
Anyway, Master Controller’s CAS has even more advantages and these are the settings you can use to adjust it to your liking. They can be found by clicking on the Sim> NRaas> Master Controller> Settings> CAS or by how it was described by Louise above.
For me these two in the red frame are the most useful. I use nosemasks and contacts and stuff, so I totally need multiple make-up. It can be tricky to use in CAS, because you cannot try out what fits you without clicking on the cross to take it off all the time, otherwise your Sim gets all covered up by everything you choose. So I’d recommend you to first choose one thing you want, edit the color, choose the second and so on.
There is also a setting called Hide By Pack there. It allows you to disable some of the EP’s and SP’s in CAS, so that it loads faster. Myself, I don’t use these, but they can be handy if you have problems with your CAS taking ages to load.
There is also Category Changes option which allows you to i.e. have more clothes for teenagers. Louise drew my attention to this option when I made my recategorizing tutorial, but I don’t particularly use it since the teens don’t get enough time to shine in my story.
Now some more miscellaneous options for MC. Some of these require the Cheats module of MC, which I also have in my game. So what else do I like to use MC for? I will describe it directly on the photos. I think it will be easier this way.
Now these were the settings for when you clicked on the Sim who’s a part of your family. Now I will show you what else you can do with a Sim who’s not a part of your family.
And what about clicking on the lot? For when you click on the lot:
Another useful thing that you can do with Master Controller is reset your whole town. It takes a while, but this is how to do that:
Another mod I have is HOME OPENER which is mentioned above and this mod enables the open option by default on all the houses in your neighborhood, which is a great way for your game to get even more laggy, but I still can’t live without this mod.
The other mod that works wonderfully along with Master Controller is PORTRAIT PANEL. This mod makes it possible to play with more than 8 Sims as it divides the Sims you play into columns. If you do not have it, you won’t see all the Sims in all your family and you will need to continuously click space to change between them.
I added a bunch of random Sims to my household to show you what it looks like:
When you hover the mouse over the Sim’s portrait, you will be provided with their name, traits and relations to your active Sim as is shown below.
The arrow you see on the bottom is used for when you have so many Sims they do not fit in one page of portraits. You use the arrow to see another page of portraits.
Now that is a very complex mod and I almost do not touch it at all, but if I do, here’s what I do.
This is handy if you get fed up with notifications that this mod sends you. You can also turn them off altogether. It’s handy to have notifications of your relatives (blood option).
Now, there’s a possibility to make some of your Sims a caste and set the options only for this particular caste of Sims, but it’s pretty tricky and I don’t do that. Instead, I go to the lot of the Sims I want not to be able to access some features of SP. For this to work you have to access Story Progression by clicking on the lot (applied to all the inhabitants of the lot) or directly on the Sim. It was important for me, for example, that Maddie doesn’t get into any romances (or pregnant!) when I don’t play her.
Well, obviously SP has a lot of options that let you set up your game just as you want it to be. I won’t get into all of them, but I suggest you to check the interactions page on the NRaas site and press CTRL+F on your computer to find information about what you want.
The next mods I want to discuss are the ones that fix in-game issues. They keep track of stuck Sims all over your town. Each day at 3 am Overwatch gives you a pop-up informing you about how much it has done which is oddly satisfying. Error Trap stores information about your game crushes. You can put them on the NRaas forums and the people there shall help you understand what the problem was. I usually just delete these files, though, lol.
I think most, if not all, of you know what it’s about. Yes, I’m talking about the one who disables the stupid pixel censor. You can disable the toiler censor (which looks stupid, because your Sims just stand in front of or sit on the toilet in their clothes, but still better than the freaking pixels), disable the shower woohoo censor, as well as disable the pets woohoo censor – just for your entertainment of watching horses lag into one another, ‘cause why not. Now if you don’t have any custom skins (woot, who are you?! Just kidding), you will see mannequin bodies, but if you do, then yeah, you will see the beauty of your custom skins!
Now, were we talking about woohoo? Next mod I have is called Woohooer and this one is all about your Sims and their ways of entertainment. I admit that I mostly have this mod and its module called Kama Simtra, because it’s extremely fun to watch Sims gain the kama simtra skill, which cracks me up. Oh, and I do love the past-woohoo moodlets which are practically always bad, ‘cause your Sims do not know their way around.
Then Kama Simtra also introduces cyber woohoo, which is also super fun! You can make your own prostitute even, I tell ya. Not that I ever tried, but… Heather, why you dead? Oh, and I also meant to say that if you play around with settings too much you can make one hell of Sodom and Gomorrah of your game. I swear, it is possible for your well-behaved Sims to switch their habits from watching TV all day or getting stuck in random places to having sex with other Sims, mainly those they barely know and those who are much older than them. But still, I somehow love this mod too much to get rid of it. If you have both SP and Woohooer mods, overcoming EA limits for teen woohoo is pretty tricky, but not impossible, because you will have to set it up with both mods (first from the City Hall for teen caste and then from the Woohooer menu). I generally prefer to use poses for when I’m in need of it, because the animations look weird between Sims with different heights anyway.
This mod lets your Sims travel to any town that you have in your game, both custom and EA worlds. I am not particularly fond of this option (because traveling lags your game a great deal and you can pretend they traveled in the story), but I love the option to take your pets with you, for instance! That’s how I got Sam to travel with Heather. I can’t say I use this mod too often, but I still need to have it in my game.
Traffic takes care of the vehicles around your town. I am also in need of disabling the stupid ice cream truck. I cannot and refuse to live with it stalking me around, though if you’ve been reading my post carefully, you’ll notice that I mentioned resetting and/or deleting it. That’s right, I have so many saves that my settings often get lost and I forget about setting it up all over again.
Porter is awesome for moving your Sims to new town and I mean all your Sims, not just a few that fit into one family. There is a grand tutorial for it. I just wish it worked every time. Sadly, it doesn’t and a few of my Sims always have trouble. Then Master Controller comes in and I manually fix the family relations. It was a huge mess when I moved my whole clan to Starlight Shores. Wait, did you say new generation, meaning new town? *sighs*
Another mod called Dreamer is basically my guilty pleasure of a cheater. This mod makes it so that you can fulfil the wishes of your Sims which you haven’t promised beforehand. That’s for those times when you can’t handle too many wishes which you could grant, but there is a limit. I just love keeping my Sims happy *said Jowita, then proceeded to throw a lightning stroke at a Sim a few mods later*
I also have a mod called Sleep Freedom which allows Sims who do not have romantic relationship to sleep in one bed. Can’t say I use it too often, but it can sometimes be handy for the story.
If you remember me talking about service Sims at the beginning of this mod, I also have a separate mod for them. It’s called Register. I swear I don’t even do anything with this mod. I keep it in my game because I noticed that service Sims are less laggy with this mod installed and it prompts the game to assign them roles practically right away. You also get pop-ups which Sim got which role and if you couldn’t already tell, as a control freak, I quite enjoy the pop-ups which provide me with information.
This mod is mainly used by me for ghosts. And I’m not even kidding. With this mod, I figured a way to take perfect cemetery shots for the graveyard page. Here’s a mini tutorial:
- click on the grave, then go NRaas> Debug Enabler> Spawn Ghost. Warning: if you click on create playable ghost, the ghost will be added to your family and lose their grave (it will be in their inventory and you won’t be able to move it out of their there). So do not do that.
- tell the ghost to pose using Pose Player add-on (which will be discussed later in this post)
- click on the ghost and select photoshooting, then select pose from the list or type pose code. Do not take pictures with ghosts placed before their graves only. Once you unpause the game, all ghosts will run to one another and start getting disturbed by themselves, which, let me tell you, is extremely annoying.
- place the ghost before their grave by editing the cemetery in buy mod with testingCheatsEnabled cheat enabled
- do the same for all ghosts
- take pictures. I like to take a ton of pictures and then make gifs out of them, because ghosts have great animations which I do not want to lose.
Now I doubt anyone will find it helpful (why would anyone want to take pictures of ghosts before their graves? Only you’re such a weirdo, Jowita).
But, breaking news! Debug Enabler isn’t only for ghosts! It actually provides you with some really useful options, such as
performing lightning strokes on your oblivious Sims fixing and upgrading objects all over your house with one click! It also has an option called “fix invisible Sims” which I frantically click on whenever my Sims are invisible. It doesn’t really work on them, though. My best fix is to tell the Sim to shower. They will then magically recover their bodies. Actually, you can prompt a lot of useful story stuff with this mod, but I’m quite oblivious to all of that, so I go around wondering what number to type in the perform distant lighting stroke for it to hit the Sim or how many times it takes for your Sim to die (around 50 or less and your Sim will be hit two times in a row, which is enough for them to die). I killed a couple of Sims before Seth, just to make sure I got the hang of it.
Weeell, moving on… Congratulations, you made it out of the NRaas section of this tutorial! Let’s talk about cheats or how to make life easier for a cheater and mod-user. I will also let you know how to get rid of in-game extra effects that annoy you. Continue reading to find out all about my methods.
I am pretty sure I found all I could find about this. So I will present you with a few options.
Cheats + Annoying Game Effects
This is a mega pack which I think is a must for every storyteller. It practically handles every annoying effect there is. It’s called NO MORE ANNOYING EFFECTS! and I’ve found it only recently. It’s one of the main reasons why I made this post in the first place. I wanted to share it with all of you guys! This mod, however, doesn’t hide the skill meter. Pocci made a mod that does that, unfortunately the link on this blog doesn’t work. You will need to download it separately from THERE. To easily find it, change the view to list (upper right corner) and find the file called pocci_MOD_InvisiblePlumbBob_DR.package . It’s in alphabetical order. The link I provided first also has a download to hide the skill meter. When you do all this, you will most likely have it all covered up, but…
This is not the only method.
While I’m pretty sure I will stick with the mod for taking off the annoying effects, I figured I don’t really want the hidden skill meter and Invisible Plumbob ones for when I play my game and not just take pictures. What do I do, then? Well, I use BUILDER STUFF. This option does require a lot more work on your part and really, really basic knowledge about programming. On the site of this mod on MTS there is a tutorial on how to alter the given package. With this you can make both testingCheatsEnabled on and moveobjects on cheats be applied on start-up. HideHeadlineEffects, buydebug on on and moviemakerCheatsEnabled on, though, require testingcheatsenabled to work, though, so they can’t be enabled during start-up. I, then, highly recommend to alter the package, so that you can just type in the shortened versions of these cheats. I use tse on, hle on, mve on, mo on and bd on practically each time I play the game, because it’s quickly become a habit I acquired. Important: please remember that for this to work you have to keep both the original and tuning package in your game. I was a noob and took out the original package, which is why it didn’t work for me at first.
Another mod is the one which enables the testingcheats only, AUTO TESTINGCHEATSENABLED TRUE. However, this cheat can be enabled on start-up by using the method above or if you have Overwatch which I described above, you can make it automatic by clicking on the City Hall.
These are some of the other fixes I use. Now, I used to have a mod called TINY TEXTURE REPLACERS COMBINED which was a lot of the mods combined that removed the annoying effects. No More Annoying Effects gets rid of most of them, though, so I only kept those that I figured NME didn’t deal with, that is:
- CONCRETE PARKING BARRIER
- NO BUILD SPARKLES
- NO INTRO (which I think I will replace with NO INTRO WITH MAXIS LOGO soon)
- NO SIMOLEON EFFECTS WHEN SELLING PAINTINGS
- NO SLEDGEHAMMER FLASH
I also have a really handy mod called PREGNANCY CONTROLLER, which displays all the pregnancy information about a pregnant Sim, you can set the baby gender, percentage of pregnancy, force labor or force give birth with that. If you pollinate the Sim with this mod, the same Sim will become the other parent, so I recommend doing this with Master Controller. That’s how I cheated Hailey’s pregnancy all over with what babies will be born, what genders, how many, etc.
If you are not familiar with it, Pose Player add-on makes it possible for you to have your Sims look at the desired Sim/ object while posing. It usually comes back to default right after, so be sure to pause quickly after applying the effect, and it lets you pose your Sim just by clicking on the game provided Pose Player is somewhere around, which is really handy.
I also use OMSP for changing the height of certain objects/ Sims for some poses. In this tutorial I’ve mentioned how I get rid of OMSP’s that often sink into the ground in my game, because I’m so silly. I also occasionally use OMSP RESIZER and TIPSY OMSP. The resizer proved really handy to make a trash bag imitation if you remember the end of generation 4.
My lighting mod is called DREAM DIMENSION, I have the option of Lucky Palms water + no auroras. Many people’s favorite is a mod called BLUE SKIES. I cannot digest it as it’s just too light and surrealistic to my liking. Dream Dimension works great for me, though.
If you have a legacy like me, there is a very handy mod called NO MUTATED HAIR/ EYE COLOR and ever since I installed it, I haven’t had genetic troubles.
A mod I installed in the beginning of my generation 1 is called CHANGE AT HOME AFTER WORK. This mod prompts your Sim to automatically change out of their work gear once they come home. I was annoyed at Freddie and Maddie tending to the kids while wearing their cop attire and it really fixed the issue. I sometimes get so annoyed, though, that I change their clothes with MC before they even have a chance to change themselves.
SET THE TABLE & CALL TO MEAL is a life-saver for huge family meals. This mod lets the Sim to set all plates for the whole family on the table, then they all eat. This way you don’t have to deal with Sims and their ideas on everyone grabbing the plate by themselves and usually the ones who grabbed their plates first are done eating by the time everyone has grabbed a plate and you want to take a photo.
Then I have 3 tiny fixes by Ani. Two of them are somehow meant to tame my cheater ways. One of them is the NO FRIDGE SHOPPING mod which makes it so that your Sims cannot buy food using the fridge. It got me really annoyed at first, but it makes sense as I finally started sending my Sims to go shopping, which I discovered I’d never really did before installing this mod. Supermarkets finally have a purpose! Another mod is called WORKOUT COSTS MONEY and it makes it so that while your Sim works out at the gym, they have to pay for it and the more the longer they workout. I think it’s pretty realistic. The mod by Ani that I have is called HAVE COFFEE WITH ME and I need to reevaluate my choices because I haven’t yet used it. But this mod makes it so that you can use the coffee machine to have coffee with another Sim.
YOU’VE GOT A PACKAGE
Moving on, I have mods that, as silly as it sounds, make it so that your male Sims have “something” in their boxers. I do not have custom penises in my game and I do not want to have them, but I do have fixes for all base game and Master Suite boxers (these were uploaded by a person from Cmar’s site, so that they can be downloaded without registration).
When I played with dogs in one of my saves, I discovered the annoying habit they had of always waking up my Sims. They never really got enough sleep because of that! So I grabbed this mod that fixes that along with the one for having more starting funds.
Remember the person who created the wonderful No Effects? I also downloaded a couple more mods from them including FASTER PAINTING and LESS SERVICE from this dump, as well as BETTER BATHROOM. I highly recommend checking out the mods page on this blog. There are so many great fixes on there. I just linked the ones which work out best for my game.
Lastly, here is a list of some great children mods that I used to make my game more playable. It’s not always that you have children and toddlers in your game, but these mods make it more playable for when you have them:
- ‘NO STRETCH’ CHILDREN CAN SERIES (enables more interactions for children that they were previously restricted from doing)
- TODDLER INTERACTIONS (chat with toddler, explore around, have bottle, eat from bowl)
- TODDLERS EXTRA ACTIVITIES (eat snow, dance, play on puddle, play on sand, drawing on walls)
Now I will provide you with a list of other interesting mods that I do not have in my game. Some of them I had in the past:
- ADD ANY LOT SIZE
- ARREST INTERACTION
- BUYABLE AND DELETABLE IMAGINARY FRIEND DOLL and LESS/ MORE LIKELY TO GET IMAGINARY FRIENDS
- CIGARETTE MOD
- NO AUTONOMOUS GO TO HOME
- SCRIBBLING PAD
And because of this tutorial I spent even more time searching for mods and downloaded some more, which are still very fresh in my game, but I will link them below, as well!
- FACIAL AGE SLIDER – life-saver, I tell you. I finally won’t have to worry about changing my Sims faces to make them look older. And it’s by a Polish guy which somehow makes me proud!
- FLORAL PLATE REPLACEMENTS – I always loved how other people had them so colorful. Now I can join the club!
- MORE LIGHT COMING THROUGH WINDOWS – wonderful fix I haven’t tried yet!
- MORE/ LESS ATTRACTION CALLS AND LOVE LETTERS – I can’t tell you how many love letters my Sims get and it’s so annoying!
- NO AUTONOMOUS “CHECK OUT NEW OBJECT” – speaks for itself
- NO AUTONOMOUS GRADUATION – yes! I can’t deal with graduation cancelling all my plans and always getting in the way.
- NO BAD PHOTOS – finally! It always bothered me how you have to master the photography skill to take good pictures (then I discovered how to cheat skills). No more, though!
- THE PARTY POOPER – finally getting rid of extremely annoying party invitations, ugh.
Yikes, that was long! I hope you found this post helpful and maybe I told you about a mod or an option of the mod you hadn’t known about before. Anyway, that’s the end. Take care!