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Posted 23rd Dec 2008 at 2:26 AM - Updated 14th Feb 2011 at 11:01 AM by MogHughson - Viewed 483442 times. Direct link to this thread
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*Updated 30th October 2009*When Sim children get off the school bus, after dancing around and telling everyone about their great grades (if indeed their report card is worth shouting about), they then find a place to put their homework down. If there's already homework lying about because they didn't do yesterday's homework yet, then the new homework gets put on top of the pile. However, I usually play my Sims as good academic children who do their homework everyday, so then they go looking for the closest desk to put it down on. Given the way I generally lay out my Sims houses, this is invariably the desk downstairs in the study which has a computer on it and thus is not somewhere they are then able to place the homework. They give up at this point and put the homework on the floor. This is even though there is a perfectly good desk upstairs in their bedroom. So then I pause the game, go into Buy mode, and move the homework onto the appropriate desk myself. Well - surely we can do better than this?
Enhancement - see section below
So this object is a desk locator. You place it on a desk or table and have your Sim claim the desk via the menu on this object. Then, next time they come home from school with homework, they will put their homework on their own desk (assuming no homework already on the lot that they stack upon in preference to finding a desk). You can also use it simply as a general location marker for homework to be dropped, by placing it somewhere that isn't sharing a tile with a desk or table, then the Sim will drop the homework on the floor nearby.
Using the desk locator
Place the desk locator on the desk or table in your Sim child's bedroom, or upon whatever desk or table you wish them to place their homework. The desk locator doesn't stop the desk or table being used for other things that other Sims need a surface for, e.g. bringing in the mail, or putting down the book they had been reading, but as long as the desk is clear when the owning Sim comes home from school, it will be used to place his homework on.
If you want this to work with a single tile table (or a two tile desk where you like to have lots of clutter as in the picture up above) you can use OMSP to place the desk locator on the corner of the table. So long as the desk locator is on the same tile as the table or desk, the homework should be placed there. Clearly if you put the desk locator on the only place things can be put on the table there will be no where to put the homework, hence the use of OMSP. Here is a little step-by-step description for those of you not yet familiar with OMSP
Another excellent idea suggested by melethana is to put the desk locator on a shelf above the desk/table - still on the same tile, but just not actually on the surface. This will also work.
This object can be found in Surfaces->Desks.
This object works fine with all EPs including Apartment Life.
The pie menu
Use the pie menu to claim the desk for this Sim. The photo frame will be updated to contain the graphic representing your Sim. You can only own one desk locator in the house at a time, so if you try to claim another one, the original one will be relinquished. You can claim a desk locator that someone else already owns, changing it to be yours, a pop-up dialog will check that is what you want to do before doing it.
Differences for Base Game Players
This object works with the Base Game without any Expansion Packs, however you don't get the update of the photo to show the owning Sim. This is because that instruction doesn't exist in the Base Game. Instead you get an extra menu "Who owns this desk" and the photo changes to show it is owned (just not who by). Functionally everything works the same way.
With this download it works for children's and teen's homework. Check out this additional mod which will make it work for University homework (assignments) too.
Is this a global hack?
Apart from creating this object (which isn't itself a global hack), I have also had to
There is certainly the possibility that this object could clash with other hacks to homework. It has been confirmed that this object works fine with the following homework hacks; JenFlower's HomeworkSometimesFasterFun; Twojeff's Homework Sometimes hack; Faster Homework mod; Auto Do Homework Mod and christianlov's Sim Control Tool II.
This mod does however clash with Inge's homework patch for use with her Reservable Desk and Ailias's Doing homework by all the family! mod.
The pertinent information for the owner of the other object is here.
Possible hack clashes
This object updates the following two BHAVs
Sub - Put Homework Down (0x7FF4DCC2)
Function - Surface (0x7FA815EA) - desk semi-globals
If your object also updates one or both of these, get in touch and we can see about putting them together if it is appropriate to have/use both objects.
I have made three additional colours of this object (included in the package) and thus it is also recolourable for your own colours if you want to make any more. Only the frame is recolourable though - since the photo inside the frame is controlled by your use of the object.
Custom Content by Me:
- Desk Locator
Quaxi for SimPEwiki
Creators of Wings 3dwiki
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.
JohnBrehaut1 for his OMSP objects - without which the 1x1 tables would not have been available for use with the desk locator.
melethana for the idea of using a shelf above the desk/table for the desk locator.
GeneralOperationsDirector for spotting and testing the fix for using desk locators for locating a floor patch instead of a desk.
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Expansion / Stuff Packs Required
You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed above installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.
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2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
Need more information?
The creator also recommends you check the following:
Check out the Univeristy Mod to allow use of this object with University Assignments.
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