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-Phae's Phone Book- Look Up Neighbors' Numbers!

by Phaenoh Posted 17th Jun 2011 at 7:54 PM - Updated 11th Mar 2013 at 9:50 PM by Phaenoh
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Update: Now recolorable! Thanks to Alraris for requesting it. - Sept 18, '11
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Well this is one of those 'took way too long' projects. Echo has been helping me out immensely with this since December. We had it almost done back in March when we ran into base game compatibility issues. After another 3 months of trying this or that or the other, I've figured out that its not likely possible to become basegame (or uni only) and to just release it as is. You need any EP above Uni to use this, it doesn't matter which though so I've not marked any of them as requirements so it won't get filtered out for someone who still could use it.

After that long disclaimer, what is it you ask. What has Phae been working on? Drum roll please! dadadadadadadad tata! A Phone Book!



A phone book! That's nothing new or special you say. Well, that's where you are wrong! This is a very special phone book. It actually does stuff! You can actually walk up to it, think about what you want, and then find one of your neighbors (any callable sim in your hood or connected subhoods) and add them to your relationship panel. You can then go give them a call if you want.



This little phone book is super cool for a couple different reasons, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. It can be found in the Small Electronics section (where the telephones are, for convenience) and costs you only $50. Upon placement you will notice the fantastic little low poly mesh (242f, 357v) I created from the in-game stack of phone books for child's booster seats and an open spell book. The texturing was meticulously done in Simlish, there are fun little advertisements splashed across the page, and the letter tabs match the ones on the side of the book of course. Small attention to detail is everything, no?

Click on the phone book and 'Look Up Number' appears. Clicking on it will direct the active sim to walk toward the phonebook, stop in front of it, play the animation of thinking and then 'aha', and then pull up a dialog box populated with every sim in the hood and connected subhoods that is callable and that you do not already know. Browse through the sim headshot photos or names list to find the sim you'd like to add to the relationship panel and click on them and hit the check button. That sim will now appear in your sim's relationship panel as 0/0 and a little thought bubble will appear over your sim's head with that person in it. The other sim will not suddenly know you however. They didn't partake in the activity at all, right? Once you give them a call or do anything else that changes relationship status, then your sim will be in there's, just like normal.

Cool, fine, but why do I want this?
Having the ability to add sims to your relationship panel is a good thing because that will allow you to call them. You can add extended family members or potential love interests that way without having to hope that they will walk by or you chance meet them downtown at the club. Maybe little junior has never actually met grandma in person, but this way they can have a relationship by phone at least. Or Don can look up the numbers to all the local hotties in town and set up some dates for the weekend. Whatever

Enjoy!
-Phae

P.S. REMEMBER, you NEED any EP above Uni or it won't work. The phone book will appear in your game but the interaction will drop straight out of your sim's queue if you don't have any EPs.



Additional Credits:
Huge Huge Huge thanks to Echo! She is always a source of friendly help, extreme knowledge, and this would not have gotten off the ground without her. Go click one of her thanks buttons or send her a nice Thank You PM.

HugeLunatic, maybesomethingdunno, and MogHughson for their help as well. You can read all about the trial and tribulations in the OW thread.

Credits to monique and her Relationship Panel which was my jumping off point before Echo pulled out and rewrote all the BHAVs I had originally borrowed. Her object works the opposite way, removing sims, until she added an add feature. My object has no way of removing any, so if you hate what you've done to your panel, I'd suggest using hers to clean it back up.

Finally credits to dizzy2 for his original Call Anyone mod that inspired this in the first place. I had his mod for a while but didn't like that it auto-loaded into the phone and pulled everyone all the time. Making a phone call took 5 minutes loading time at least! Ridiculous. That's why this is a separate object and not part of the phone network.

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Captain Louie
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#2 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 7:59 PM
I have been waiting to see this up! You put so much time into it, glad to see it finally got approved Need to get this version - my current one was the test, no texture ;D Thanks and awesome work!
Beautiful Dinosaur
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#3 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:09 PM
This is super awesome! Thank you soo much :P
Test Subject
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#4 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:12 PM
This is so cool, thanks! I needed something just like this to amass bridesmaids and guests for my upcoming wedding.

A question, the phone book doesn't list townies, does it? I imagine that'd be excessive so I'm guessing not...
Lab Assistant
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#5 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:18 PM
Swe-et! I too loved the Call Anyone hack, but it broke when AL came out and was never updated. I've been having to use the teleport feature in SimBlender to add a new relationship.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this! I'll be downloading this as soon as I get home. Did I say thank you?
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:20 PM
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Originally Posted by lostcomplex
This is so cool, thanks! I needed something just like this to amass bridesmaids and guests for my upcoming wedding.

A question, the phone book doesn't list townies, does it? I imagine that'd be excessive so I'm guessing not...


LC, looking at the preview pics, it has townies and witches, so I'm guessing anyone you can call, including callable npcs.

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#7 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:28 PM
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Originally Posted by lostcomplex
A question, the phone book doesn't list townies, does it? I imagine that'd be excessive so I'm guessing not...

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Originally Posted by dallasindc
LC, looking at the preview pics, it has townies and witches, so I'm guessing anyone you can call, including callable npcs.
You can call anyone who is callable, townies and NPCs alike, the only ones you can't call are some of the Police and Firefighters and Service NPCs which are uncallable to begin with. Have fun!
Field Researcher
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#8 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:32 PM
Very, very cool!

I love the ability to choose who I want on a given relationship/phone panel as opposed to Dizzy's *load-everybody* solution!

Very, very, very cool!!
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 8:57 PM
This is incredibly awesome! Thank you a million times!
Mad Poster
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#10 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 9:06 PM
This is something that the game definitely needs! I've got every call hack going and this is just icing on the cake! Great work, and thanks!
Undead Molten Llama
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#11 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 9:06 PM
Oh, yay! I always thought it was dumb that you can call anyone on a Uni campus but not in a regular neighborhood. This might get much abuse in my game, indeed. Thank you for all your wonderful stuffs! :D
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#12 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 9:35 PM
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Originally Posted by iCad
I always thought it was dumb that you can call anyone on a Uni campus but not in a regular neighborhood.
Really? Shows you how much I play Uni, I had no idea we had that feature!

Thanks for the great comments everyone! Really makes my day.
Test Subject
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#13 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 9:37 PM
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Oh it's so wonderful, so astounding, so beautiful it makes me cry tears of joy! This will prove very useful in my game, thank you many times over!!
Top Secret Researcher
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#14 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 9:54 PM
I couldn't see it in the pictures, are the names in the book simlish, too? Extra points for the simlish. Not that this creation would need them, it's amazing and will be useful so often! It's great I can choose who I want to add, like in real life I don't memorize the phone book before I decide who to call. Thanks very much!
Test Subject
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#15 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 9:59 PM
You have no idea how much easier this is going to make hooking up Sims in my game! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
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#16 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 10:03 PM
Wow, really cool idea. Love it. ^-^
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#17 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 10:04 PM
Well done! I like how much attention to detail you spent with the texture.

My Romance Sims will be very pleased (especially since some of them already have relationships with the Matchmaker, meaning that blind dates result in immediate drama ).
Test Subject
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#18 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 11:09 PM
Thank you! ^_^
Lab Assistant
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#19 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 11:46 PM
Thank you! This will come very handy for my Sims, especially my popularity and romance Sims.. XDD
Test Subject
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#20 Old 17th Jun 2011 at 11:48 PM
Thanks Phae! Thanks Echo! This is gonna be great! Mrs Crumplebottom at the BBQ! Oh...I know you can't interact with her but my outta control Sims need her scolding.
Wiki Wizard
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#21 Old 18th Jun 2011 at 12:01 AM
This is such a fantastic idea! This is something that I expected to be in the game from the start, and it's wonderful that you've been able to create it where they have failed Thank you
Lab Assistant
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#22 Old 18th Jun 2011 at 12:02 AM
This is a wonderful idea, something I will find VERY useful in my game! This is very realistic and helpful, also very well thought out. Great job and thank you so much!
Test Subject
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#23 Old 18th Jun 2011 at 12:11 AM
Amazing! I've always wanted something like this! Thank you!
Gone Fishin'
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#24 Old 18th Jun 2011 at 12:20 AM
What an awesomely brilliant idea! Go Team Phaenecho!!
Lab Assistant
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#25 Old 18th Jun 2011 at 12:33 AM
AWESOME. Now I don't have to resort to the silly little teleporter cat statue. XD
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