Kids Make Less Mess & Clean Less Mess

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This mod changes the autonomy of the "Make a Mess" and "Clean Up Mess" interactions from the Parenthood stuff pack. It was inspired by jackboog21's Less "Make a Mess" mod, which I had been using, but I still felt like kids were making too many messes for my preferences. I was also getting annoyed by how sim kids are just as eager to clean up their messes as to make them, which seems a little odd. So, I made this mod to take into account moods, traits, and responsibility value when determining whether or not a sim can autonomously "Make a Mess" or "Clean Up Mess". Now you should not only see these interactions less frequently, but when you do see them you will know it's telling you something about your sims' current feelings, personalities, or parenting, instead of just thinking, "Oh, just the kid making a mess again that they're going to clean up a second later".

Make a Mess

Default Game Behavior:

  • Child and toddler sims with a very positive responsibility value will not Make a Mess, any other sim can Make a Mess whenever, with only a 90 cooldown.

Modded Behavior:

  • In general, child and toddler sims will now only autonomously make a mess if they are Playful, Inspired, Angry, or Bored.
  • Sims with a very negative responsibility value can always autonomously make a mess, regardless of mood.
  • Sims with a very positive responsibility value will never autonomously make a mess, regardless of mood.
  • Sims with the Erratic or Slob traits can always make a mess, regardless of mood or responsibility value. A responsible Slob is still a Slob. Erratic sims are erratic.
  • Sims with the Neat, Perfectionist or Squeamish traits will not autonomously make a mess, regardless of mood or responsibility value, unless they also have the Erratic or Slob traits. Perfectionist Slobs can always make messes, but they can also always clean them up (see below). Neat and Squeamish sims can't be Slobs. Erratic sims are still erratic.
  • In order to "Continue Making a Mess" sims must meet the same criteria as above (Note: Some of the flour variant messes cannot be continued, this is a problem with the default game behavior, not this mod).
  • I also included the same increase to the duration of the cooldown on the interaction that jackboog21's mod did, so if any sim does make or continue a mess, they will have to wait twice as long before it's possible for them to make or continue another, regardless of mood, traits or responsibility value.
  • You as a player can still choose to tell any child or toddler sim to make a mess whenever you want, regardless of mood, traits, or responsibility value.


Clean Up Mess

Default Game Behavior:

  • Any sim, Child through Elder, will autonomously clean up messes.

Modded Behavior:

  • Child and Teen sims will now only autonomously clean up a mess if they have a positive or very positive responsibility value, or the Neat, Perfectionist, or Erratic traits.
  • Sims Child through Elder with the Slob, Lazy, or Squeamish traits will not autonomously clean up a mess, regardless of responsibility value, unless they also have the Neat, Perfectionist, or Erratic traits.
  • If a Squeamish sim does clean up a mess, they will now get an Uncomfortable moodlet for having to deal with a gross mess, like they do with other cleaning interactions.
  • You as a player can still choose to tell any sim, Child through Elder, to clean up a mess, regardless of traits or responsibility value.
  • Sims with the appropriate parenting skill and relationship can still influence or force any child or teen sim to clean up a mess, regardless of their traits or responsibility value.


Responsibility Progression

For most sims, those who don't have traits that make them act differently, this is how they will act based on their responsibility values, assuming they're in the mood for it.

Default Game Behavior:

  • Very Negative Value, will make many messes and clean them.
  • Negative Value, will make many messes and clean them.
  • Neutral Value, will make many messes and clean them.
  • Positive Value, will make many messes and clean them.
  • Very Positive Value, won't make messes but will clean them.

Modded Behavior:

  • Very Negative Value, will make many messes but won't clean them.
  • Negative Value, will make messes but won't clean them.
  • Neutral Value, will make messes but won't clean them.
  • Positive Value, will make messes and clean them.
  • Very Positive Value, won't make messes but will clean them.


Compatibility
Requires Parenthood Stuff
Made with patch 1.46.18
Overrides the following XML files and will conflict with any other mod that does the same:

 


S4_E882D22F_00000012_000000000002801F_superInteraction_MakeAMess_Start_Sim
S4_6017E896_00000012_0000000000029334_buffs_MakeAMess_Cooldown
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000027DFE_superInteraction_MakeAMess_VariantA_Continue
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000027E04_superInteraction_MakeAMess_VariantB_Continue
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000027E06_superInteraction_MakeAMess_VariantC_Continue
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000028497_superInteraction_MakeAMess_FlourVariantD
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000028498_superInteraction_MakeAMess_FlourVariantD_Continue
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000028516_superInteraction_MakeAMess_FlourVariantE
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000028518_superInteraction_MakeAMess_FlourVariantF
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000027DB6_superInteraction_MakeAMess_Cleanup
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000029287_parentingSkill_ForceTo_CleanUpMess
S4_E882D22F_00000012_0000000000029288_parentingSkill_InfluenceTo_CleanUpMess


Known Conflicts:
jackboog21's Less "Make a Mess"

Additional Credits:
Jackboog21 for the inspiration
Scumbumbo for the XML Extractor and also for helping me figure some stuff out to get this to work!


First Uploaded: 27 October, 2018
Last Updated: 20 September, 2019

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1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

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  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
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