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Featured upload! Scribbling Pad

by Buzzler Posted 29th Oct 2010 at 2:27 PM - Updated 11th Jan 2015 at 5:58 PM by Buzzler
462 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 21 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
updates
2015-01-11 - Updated Commons. Affects Scribbling Pad, DouglasVeiga Dancer Servcer, Moar Interactions and Buy Takeout. If you use any of them, download the updated version, please.
2014-03-15 - Updated to game version 1.67.


compatibility
Supported for game version 1.67.

scope of this mod
This handy little notepad gives your sims the ability to write novels, reports, etc. the old-fashioned way. You know, moving a thing called pen over a sheet thing called paper? It's way cheaper than a laptop, doesn't need a surface to be used and technophobes can use it without getting the heebie-jeebies.
The completion of writing processes is a bit unrealistic, maybe even for the Sims, as the effects show instantly just the same as when using a computer. I thought about changing that behavior so the sim would need to mail the pamphlets first or something. Basically, that would have required coding alternative versions of all the writing processes and storing them in the pad which is a place where that data simply doesn't belong (it belongs to the skill and career data). I couldn't bring myself to accept that, and to be honest: The mod already took enough effort as it is.

usage
The scribbling pad is available for §20 in the buymode catalog under Entertainment -> Hobbies & Skills. That's where the chess tables are available.

The interface and usage is basically the same as for the computer. Of course only the writing interactions are available.
translation
Not needed as I only used already localized strings.

possible conflicts
This is a scripting mod and as such the possibility for conflicts with other mods, no matter what kind, is next to non-existant. I can't think of any kind of mod which could possibly interfere with this mod.

installation
Follow the regular installation instructions for packages. Seriously, if you do that, the mod will be functional. If the mod doesn't work for you, you didn't follow the installation instructions. Don't ask me for installation help or don't be pissed if I simply show you the way to the Package Tutorial.

deinstallation
It basically goes like this: Remove the package from your mods folder. But before you do that, please make sure that no sim is currently using a Scribbling Pad or you may become unable to load your savegame.

support
I support my mods. I appreciate bug reports. I don't support mods or custom content in general. It's not an issue with a mod if it doesn't even show up in the game.

credits
Special thanks to orangemittens for helping me to figure out the animations stuff and tinting the pad black.

disclaimer
Might lead to a serious case of squished brain. Your game should be safe, though. Use for rocket fuel. Don't use for stomach ailment.

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

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 6.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Buzz_ScribblingPad.zip 47.5 KB 97,281 11th Jan 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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1978 gallons of pancake batter
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#26 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by QueenDoris316
at first when I click it in the buy catalogue my game crashed but I deleted and re-downloaded it and it works fine (so far)
I'm a little surprised. Ok, you guys can't know that I uploaded this mod to the submission queue before LN and the related patch were released. But the initial upload post clearly stated that the mod was written for the pre-LN game. Know your game version when you use mods, guys! For your own sake!

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
Inventor
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#27 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 11:01 PM
Cute! Very retro-journalist. Not everyone saves their ideas to drafts in their phone.
Lab Assistant
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#28 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 11:26 PM
A long time ago I was thinking that someone should make somthing like this, good work!
Lab Assistant
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#29 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 11:41 PM
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I was waiting for someone to make this!
Test Subject
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#30 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 11:42 PM
Thank you!!!
Top Secret Researcher
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#31 Old 29th Oct 2010 at 11:51 PM
Great idea, and wonderful execution. Now I'm inspired to make a technophobe writer.
Test Subject
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#32 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 1:19 AM
You are my hero. I saw something like this for Sims 2 on the front page, and it gave me nerd rage because we didn't have it for Sims 3. You've made me a happy girl. :D
Test Subject
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#33 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 3:28 AM
Thanks so much!
Forum Resident
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#34 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 4:02 AM
So cool man. Thank you very much.
Scholar
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#35 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 5:13 AM
All my technophobe sims (especally those who also love to write!) thank you.
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 6:27 AM
I love the idea of this mod, does it work for late night?

In the mood for some sims movies?
Theorist
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#37 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 6:39 AM
Yes! I knew something like this would eventually come out!

Awesome work :D
Test Subject
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#38 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 7:19 AM
where you downloaded her hair?
Lab Assistant
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#39 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 8:35 AM
Thank you! I saw a similar item for TS2 and thought: Well, this would be great for TS3 as well. And then you did it!
Test Subject
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#40 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 8:44 AM
very cool
Field Researcher
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#41 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 8:51 AM
Excellent work! When I initially downloaded it I thought it was an iPad and was surprised to see its paper. Works great!
Field Researcher
#42 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 9:03 AM
I chose the Refine Writing Skill, and set it to write until the skill improved. My Sim has been at it for half a day now and no progress is showing. The bar remains blank.

Have a bright platinum diamond day!
Deb
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#43 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 9:07 AM Last edited by Buzzler : 30th Oct 2010 at 9:54 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doons99P
I love the idea of this mod, does it work for late night?
The code is compatible and works with the update. I just installed LN an hour ago and didn't do much real testing (already found an issue or two with my mods, though not this one), but I don't see anything that might bork the functionality of this mod.

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Originally Posted by Katarina.zinha
where you downloaded her hair?
I'm a link. It's far from perfect, tends to clip at least a little, and looks weird with light hair colors. Don't say I didn't warn ya. BTW: Check the TS3 Hair Gallery. It was made for questions like that.

Quote:
Originally Posted by simdebster
I chose the Refine Writing Skill, and set it to write until the skill improved. My Sim has been at it for half a day now and no progress is showing. The bar remains blank.
I just tried it and can confirm the issue. I will look into it right away. Stay tuned. Fixed.

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
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#44 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 2:09 PM
Brilliant thanks for sharing.
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#45 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 3:03 PM
Buzzler! You rock my world! Thank you so much!! I really thought it would take much, much longer when you said you had other things you were working on. This is awesome!!!
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#46 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 3:32 PM
Fandabbiedozie, I love playing technophobic sims, but hated that they couldn't write.
Field Researcher
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#47 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 4:22 PM
My love for you necessitates the use of language not allowed on this site.

So I'll just say thank you.
Test Subject
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#48 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 4:31 PM
What a great idea! Thanks a lot.
Field Researcher
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#49 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 4:51 PM
You're my hero. I like to play period worlds, where at least I have succesfully avoided cars and buses but the laptop seems to be unavoidable. If only you could add the ability of sending mails!
Field Researcher
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#50 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 6:22 PM
Wow! That was fast. Thanks Buzzler.
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