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Making a challenge sim? Want to make a new sim/family but are lacking the inspiration? Want to select a random job for a sim, or whether he/she should become a supernatural?
This download allows you to randomize sims and/or their properties quickly and easily using a graphical user interface. Simply open the randomizer in your web browser, select the aspects you would like to randomize, and you're set to go.
Note: This download is not an in-game download, but rather a stand-alone utility. It does not go in your Downloads folder, and it does not automatically make random sims/families for you. It's more of an easy-to-use electronic die, if you will. It shows you the randomization results, which you can then take note of and use when making your sim/family.
The Sim Randomizer is based on the Random Aspect Generator programs by Phaenoh on MTS and is uploaded with permission. It updates as well as expands Phaenoh's original upload(s) with new features.
Installation and use
There is no need to install this download. Simply extract the .rar -file where you want it on your computer, and you should get a folder with: a .html file, a readme file and a folder with images in it. You only need to open the .html file in your web browser (tested on Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer 10).
When you open the Sim Randomizer in your browser, you have the feature selections on the left, and on the right are eight empty boxes for sims to be randomized. You use the program by first filling in the features you want to randomize, and then pressing the "Family+" button. The resulting sims will be shown both as icons and as text below the icons. You can either write down the results, or if you play in a window, keep the randomizer open when you start the game and make your sims.
Edit: A useful tip from Figs: if you are having trouble with the icons and the text overlapping, you should be able to fix it by decreasing the "zoom" setting of your browser. Thank you, Figs!
Features and options
The following explains the features and options of the randomizer in detail.
Which expansions do you have?
This should be rather self-explanatory. Select the expansions that you are playing with, to get correct randomization results. All expansions are selected by default.
Number of sims
There are two options: #sims and Random (1 to 8 sims). With the first option, you can select the number of sims to be randomized by typing the desired number in the text field. The minimum number of sims to be randomized at once is 1 and the maximum is 8 – the biggest default family size in the game. If you try to feed in a number that is smaller than one or bigger than eight, the program will use the values 1 or eight, respectively. With the second option, you can choose to let the program decide the number of sims for you: you will be equally likely to get any number of sims between 1 and 8.
The next three options have to do with restrictions on the family members.
With Min 1 adult or elder, the program will ensure that the family has at least one adult or elder by forcing one of these ages on the first sim randomized. This means that you can only get families that you can make directly in CAS.
With Min 1 teen to elder, at least one sim will be a teen, an adult, or an elder. If you get a family whose oldest sim is a teen, you cannot make such a family directly in CAS, but playing such a family is possible. If you want to use this option, you can make the family with an extra adult or elder, who will then either move out or die.
With Allow all, you might end up with families consisting of only toddlers and children. In usual gameplay, this option is of little use, as a family of toddlers/children cannot survive without getting taken by the social worker. The option is rather thought of as potentially useful if you think of the results as, say, story characters rather than just sims. Or if you happen to have hacks that allow these kinds of families.
Note: These restrictions apply regardless of what your family size is. For example, if you have restricted the first sim to be an adult or elder and only chosen to randomize one sim, this sim will be an adult or elder.
Randomize adult properties for young sims?
Several aspects of sims aren't yet relevant to young sims: supernatural creatures, aspiration, secondary aspiration, career, turn ons, turn off and gender preference. (See the sections for each of these features to find how they are randomized.) If you tick this box, these features will be randomized even if the sim is not yet old enough to have them, so you know them in advance. Naturally, only aspects selected will be randomized, regardless of whether this option is selected.
Here you can select the genetic aspects of the sim that you want to randomize, and a couple of related options. All genetic aspects are selected by default.
Each of the five options – toddler, child, teen, adult and elder – are equally likely. Young adults are not included, as they cannot (in an unmodded game) live together with the other agegroups.
The two options available in the game, male and female, are equally likely.
Each of the vanilla game skintones (S1, S2, S3 and S4) are equally likely.
Each of the basic choices of red, blond, brown and black hair are equally likely. If you select the Grey for elders -option, the program will force elders to have grey hair. If you do not want your elders to go grey, or want to know what color a sim's hair was before it turned grey, do not select this option.
The game has five options: grey, green, brown, light blue and dark blue. All of these are equally likely.
With personality, you can choose between two options: zodiac and points. If you choose the former, the randomizer will select one of the 12 zodiac signs at random. In CAS, you can either select the zodiac and let the game give you the default points, or select the zodiac and tweak the points inside the zodiac.
If you choose the latter, the randomizer will give you a pointwise personality with 25 points, the amount required by CAS, and the game will tell you the zodiac. The personality is randomized by assigning each of the 25 points given to a randomly selected trait (the traits being neat, outgoing, active, playful and nice). The personality is given as numbers in the format neat/outgoing/active/playful/nice.
Here you can select visual aspects to randomize, with related options. All aspects except the supernatural creature -aspect are selected by default.
The fitness level has two options: normal and fat, as in CAS. By typing a number between 1 and 100 in the text field % chance of fatness, you can select the chance of getting a fat sim. The default is 20 – that is, on average 20 out of 100 sims will turn out fat.
Again, two options: glasses and no glasses. Similarly to the above, you can define a chance for getting a sim wearing glasses (% chance of glasses). Defaults at 20.
Whether or not the sim wears a hat. Again, you can set the % chance of hat, which defaults at 20.
By selecting this aspect, you can randomize whether your sim should be a supernatural creature. Like above, you can select a target chance for getting a supernatural (% chance of supernatural), and in addition, you can select which supernaturals you would like to include, from zombies, vampires, werevolves, plantsims and witches.
The randomization works as follows. First, the program determines whether or not your sim is a supernatural, using the % chance of supernatural -option. If not, your sim will be displayed as a human. If yes, the supernaturals you have selected will be each given an equal chance. That is, if you've selected all five, the chance of a sim being a zombie (if he/she is a supernatural in the first place) is 1/5.
Note 1: if you select a supernatural that is not possible with the EPs you have, this supernatural will not be included. Note 2: Do remember to select your supernaturals: if you tick the supernaturals box but don't actually select any supernaturals, you will always end up with a human sim.
Here you can select aspects relating to your sim's ambitions, and some related choices.
This is the primary aspiration of the sim. The basic aspirations available are five: family, knowledge, fortune, popularity and romance. In addition, if you've selected the Nightlife expansion, the pleasure aspiration is also included. This feature has the option Include Grilled Cheese, which also includes the grilled cheese aspiration – but only if you have Nightlife selected, as this expansion is required.
The secondary aspiration of the sim. The same rules apply as for the primary aspiration: pleasure will be included if you have Nightlife, and grilled cheese if you have Nightlife and have checked the Include Grilled Cheese option. This aspect will only be randomized if you have selected the Freetime expansion.
This aspect is your sim's career, as randomly selected from those available according to your EPs. Whether you interpret it as a career the sim must maximize, one he/she must work in for at least for a moment, his her career ambition or something else entirely is up to you. This aspect has the additional option to Include Uni Careers, that is, the careers that came with the University expansion. These careers will not be included by default, because if your sim is an adult or elder and has not attended college, they will not be available to him/her in a vanilla game. If you select this option, it may be good to also select the Randomize adult properties for young sims -option (see: General options above), as this would allow these careers to show up for young sims who can go to college and actually get these jobs. If your adult/elder sim ends up with an impossible Uni job, maybe their career ambition is frustrated?
Selecting this aspect will give your sims random skills. You can set the Max # of skillpoints, that is, the cap value for skill points. For instance, if you use the default value of 50, this means that a randomized sim can have at most 50 skill points. The randomization works so that first the program randomly decides how many skillpoints your sim will have in total. The number can vary between 1 and the maximum you set. (If you select a maximum greater than 70, the program will assume you meant 70.) After this, each skill point in turn will be assigned to a randomly selected skill trait from the seven skills: cooking, mechanical, charisma, body, logic, creativity and cleaning. The result will be displayed as text in the form cooking/mechanical/charisma/body/logic/creativity/cleaning.
A random hobby for your sim. Whether you want to make this as your sim's One True Hobby, a hobby that he/she must maximize or simply a hobby he/she will do activities in (or something else entirely), is up to you. A hobby will only be randomized if you have selected the required Freetime expansion.
Here you can select aspects related to who your sim is attracted to.
Turn ons and turn off
By selecting this aspect, you can randomize your sim's turn ons and turn off. They will only be randomized if you have Nightlife or higher, and if you have some of the latter expansions, the appropriate additional turn ons/offs will be available. (With Bon Voyage or higher, you get skill and job related turn ons/offs, and if you have Bon Voyage or higher and the appropriate expansion, you get creature turn ons/offs.)
By selecting this aspect, you can randomize your sim's gender preference. This is implemented with the options readily available in the game: straight, gay, bi and a. You can set the ratios of the different preferences using the % straight, % gay, % bi and % a -text fields. This aspect also includes the option Previously existing. You can select this option if rather than randomizing a brand new sim you want to randomize the gender preference of an existing sim. In this case, you need to specify the sim's gender, as it is used in the preference calculations and displaying the result if your sim ends up straight or gay.
Note: Despite the %-signs on the user interface, the program does not in fact force you to sum the total of your ratios to 100, but will use whatever the total of your ratios actually is. It is thus up to you to make sure the ratios are what you want them to be. Example: you want to increase the percentage of gay sims in your neighborhood, so you set the % gay field to 15 instead of the default 10, but do not lower the number for another orientation. This means that your total is now 75 + 15 + 10 +5 = 105, not 100. This is just fine by the randomizer, which will now take the probability of your sim being gay to be 15/105, but this may not be what you intended.
The original Random Aspect Generators , which inspired this download, are by Phaenoh . I'd like to thank Phaenoh for the kind permission to base my work on these generators, as well as for the very useful feedback and help with the layoyt in particular. Thank you!
You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Simply extract the .rar -file where you want it on your computer (not in your Downloads folder), and you should get a folder with: a .html file, a readme file and a folder with images in it. You only need to open the .html file in your web browser to use this program.
23rd Sep 2013 at 5:34 AM
Last edited by Figs : 23rd Sep 2013 at 5:47 AM.
Thanks: 851 in 5 Posts
This works great! The only thing I have to say to other people using this is that depending on your browser settings the icons might cover the words. However, this is easy to fix by going into your browser settings and decrease the "zoom". I have chrome with bookmarks and I had to decrease the "zoom" setting to 75%. Other than that, everything reads clear, and the options are understandable. Thanks for a really sweet utility, definitely useful!
Just to add, this is the first randomizer that I genuinely like because it covers the majority of aspects related to CAS.
This is great! I have my own (rather complicated) way of randomizing most stuff when I create new sims, which I've developed over time, so I won't be using this for most things but I can't tell you how much I love being able to randomize sims' personailities by points instead of by starsign! That was the only part of my system I wanted to change but I couldn't figure out how to do it myself, so thank you so much for sharing this Randomizer with us! :-)
The only thing I have to say to other people using this is that depending on your browser settings the icons might cover the words. However, this is easy to fix by going into your browser settings and decrease the "zoom". I have chrome with bookmarks and I had to decrease the "zoom" setting to 75%.
Thanks for the very useful tip! I think I'll add this to the main post so as many people as possible see it.