My guide to mods – which mods I use and how

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.

Hello, guys.

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.

NRaas mods:

MASTER CONTROLLER + ITS CHEATS AND INTEGRATION MODULES

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And what about clicking on the lot? For when you click on the lot:

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

STORY PROGRESSION + ITS POPULATION MODULE

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.

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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).

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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.

ERROR TRAP + OVERWATCH

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.

DECENSOR

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!

WOOHOOER + ITS MODULE KAMA SIMTRA

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.

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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.

TRAVELER

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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

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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

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*

DREAMER

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*

SLEEP FREEDOM

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.

REGISTER

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.

DEBUG ENABLER

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).

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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:

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.

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As for some more miscellaneous mods I have, there is of course POSE PLAYER and POSE PLAYER ADD-ON, which I cannot live without.

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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.

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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).

NO PETS WAKING UP SLEEPING SIM, LESS ICE CREAM TRUCK AND MORE OR LESS CAS MONEY

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:

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:

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!


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!

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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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