The Sims Wiki:Newsletter/12 November 2011

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You’re thinking hard about big-time issues today, but something is keeping you from reaching that breakthrough you know is coming. It might be that you’re not focusing on the right details.

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How to: Create a basic Script Mod for The Sims 3

By Andronikos Leventis, writer of The Mod & More Column

OK, time for some actual modding! This is a simple walkthrough for creating a Script Mod for TS3. It’s pretty simple, so don’t expect it to alter gameplay much.


(Note: This tutorial is written for Microsoft Windows)

  • Windows XP SP2 or higher, Windows Vista SP1 or higher, Windows 7 + Microsoft NET Framework 3.5 or later

Step 1: Finding GameplayData.package

The file that contains the appropriate resources for TS3 mods is called “GameplayData.package”. By default, it is located in “C:/Program Files/Electronic Arts/<the most recent TS3 you installed>/Game/Bin/Gameplay/”. Now, please note that when we mean the most recent TS3 EP you we are talking about release date. Let’s presume you installed World Adventures after Late Night. You are still going to use the Late Night GameplayData.package. ‘’’If you have Generations or after, just open the one in “C:/Program Files/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Game/Bin”’’’ So, open Sim3PE and open the file (“File>Open...” or Ctrl+O).

Step 2: Locating what you want to edit

It should be a chaos. Until you sort things out. Check the box “Sort”. Select “Value” at the “Preview” section. And select both boxes (“Names” and “Tags”) when it comes to “Display”. Now, sort by name, as you do on any other application. Much better, right? Now, I am going to open a resource. I will take “GrimReaper_(Strange number que) as an example.

Step 3: Exporting and editing

With your resource selected, select “Resources>Export>To file...”. Select where you want to export the file. I selected my desktop, for instance. Now it is where Notepad++ comes in handy. You should have an .xml file. Go ahead and open it with Notepad++. For the ones of you that know some things here and there about HTML, that should be ‘’‘too simple’’’. For the ones who don’t:

  • Green means comment. Read these.
  • Blue means tag. You edit things inside it.
  • Red means value. You edit whatever is inside the “=” mark.

OK, so edit whatever you want to edit.

Step 4: Importing and saving

Back to Sim3PE, select “File>New”. Create a new .package file. Now select “Resorces>Import>From file...”. ‘’’DO NOT DO THAT IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE!’’’ Now save your .package file. I saved it into my desktop again.

Step 5: Installing

Presuming that you have already installed custom framework for The Sims 3 (If you haven’t, dowload this tool here. Read the description first). Move the file in your /Mods/Packages folder. Enjoy your new Script Mod!

An apology

I would like to apologize for the lateness and sub-par quality of this month's newsletter. Due to the editor being absent without a word to suggest where he is, Andronikos, DanPin and myself decided to make a newsletter for this month. If you have any queries over this month's issue, feel free to contact one of us and we hope that our usual editor will be back soon.

From The Editor

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