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Picked upload! (UPDATE: 5-JUL-2016) Set The Table & Call To Meal

by icarus_allsorts Posted 21st Sep 2014 at 2:02 PM - Updated 4th Jul 2016 at 7:47 PM by icarus_allsorts : Mod Update
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.



Updates

5-JUL-2016: The number of servings left in a group meal is now displayed in the interaction name.

8-OCT-2014: Removed the seemingly unnecessary block EA put against teenagers and children from eating specifically single servings of Mac And Cheese, Autumn Salad and Waffles (seriously, if anyone can even come up with a plausible reason for why these 3 particular recipes are labelled as "adult only" in game do share). Thanks to iforgot for calling this to attention.


Mod Description

This a script mod that replaces the "Call To Meal" interaction on group servings with a custom version that has the performing sim set the table with individual portions of food BEFORE summoning sims to eat.

Just click on any group serving of food and use the Call To Meal... interaction which now allows you to manually choose the sims you want to be dining. The sim will pick up the group serving, go to the closest table(s)/surface(s) best accommodating all the sims and automagically serve individual portions, one for each sim at the available seats at the surface. The selected sims will then come and dine at the table, each at their own individual spot, which is hopefully better than having them all swarm to the same group serving to grab a plate at once.

Notes
  • The shortcut interactions to call the household/guests/every sim on the lot still remain, and they will now act like the interaction described above. If there are not enough servings left to feed everyone selected, hungrier sims should be prioritized by the interaction.
  • When manually choosing sims you are limited to how many servings are left in the plate/bowl. Also remember to select the performing sim from the list as well if you want the sim to actually participate in the meal and not act as just a waiter.
  • If there isn't a surface on the lot that can seat all the selected sims at once, the serving sim will attempt to find and serve the closest next best one (i.e. one that can seat most of the sims) before finding a different surface to seat the remaining sims, and should continue to do so until either all the sims have an allotted seat or there are no more suitable surfaces left on the lot (note that bars and bubble bars are completely ignored but island counters with stools can be considered). If there are servings left over the sim will just put the group serving down and the remaining sims (if any) will go to it to grab a serving like usual.
  • I did mention "automagically" didn't I? The sim will route close enough to the table when serving it, but don't expect any fancy waiter-like animations since I wasn't sure how + was too lazy to implement that thought it best not to have the sim attempt to go that extra effort only to spectacularly route fail somewhere as I could imagine them doing.
  • Interaction can be performed by sims aged child and above.
  • Butlers should automatically be pushed to serve meals in this way after cooking a group meal.
  • Lastly, all things being said, sims will be sims after all so don't be surprised if not all your sims successfully come to the meal as expected, they could very well be still be busy sleeping or peeing or still managing to find some way to bump into one another on the way to their seat (though at least in testing this happens much less frequently than if they were going for the same group serving)

End Notes

Built and tested on patch 1.67

Base game compatible

This is a script mod that will not conflict with any tuning mods. The original Call To Meal interaction is completely replaced with the custom one though so you won't be able to use that one even if you wanted to.


Additional Credits:
To the Jones' for S3PE and to everyone who's supported my modding so far

Special mention to the people on the NRaas forum The mod was basically born from the suggestion to have Sims 2 style dining in the Sims 3, though honestly I've not played the Sims 2 long enough to know if this even comes close to whatever the dining experience then was. I do hope some of you will still find some use for it as it is anyhow.

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: 1.67.2.024
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
icarusallsorts.ServeMeals.rar | Description: Update: 5-JUL-2016 7.7 KB 45,230 4th Jul 2016
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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#201 Old 8th Aug 2016 at 1:00 PM
Its great :) it looks like real life! thx a lot
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#202 Old 14th Aug 2016 at 2:38 AM
This has to be one of my favorite mods of all time for Sims 3. It was awful getting them to eat at the same time. Now I just call the sims I want to the table and they sit down and eat. It is awesome! Thank you so much!
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#203 Old 14th Aug 2016 at 11:02 AM
BRAVISSIMO! et Merci!
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#204 Old 27th Aug 2016 at 3:05 PM
love it cant play me game without it
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#205 Old 6th Nov 2016 at 1:07 PM
This is a great mod! It works perfectly in my game. Thank you so much!! :D
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#206 Old 16th Nov 2016 at 12:02 PM
I just love this mod because I don't need to "force" my sims to sit on the chair again so they could eat together. Thank you! ^_^
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#207 Old 2nd Dec 2016 at 11:04 PM
I am SO super thankful for this mod! Just watched it in action, and I cant ever play without it again. What's even better, is that not everyone is home, and I thought he would serve at the long dining table, but he served at the small round table in the kitchen, that perfectly fit the family members who were home. They hardly ever use that round table, so I'm a happy camper right now.
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#208 Old 5th Jan 2017 at 6:29 PM
"Removed the seemingly unnecessary block EA put against teenagers and children from eating specifically single servings of Mac And Cheese, Autumn Salad and Waffles (seriously, if anyone can even come up with a plausible reason for why these 3 particular recipes are labelled as "adult only" in game do share). Thanks to iforgot for calling this to attention."
Thank you! THANK YOU! It was driving me mad! I thought its some mod that messes this up so i tried it without mods but they still could not eat... Blessed be the second i thought about pressing on this mod! I even tried retuner to find if teens/children are not in age categories allowed, but could not find the dishes separately. THE JUSTICE IS RESTORED!
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#209 Old 17th Feb 2017 at 10:13 PM
Thanks for the recent addition of the number of servings--it's really useful.
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#210 Old 30th May 2017 at 5:08 PM
thak you
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#211 Old 24th Aug 2017 at 8:50 PM Last edited by pandabb : 24th Aug 2017 at 9:28 PM.
Hi, I wanted to use this mod, it worked the first 3 or 4 times and now it just makes my game crash D: My sim was serving mac&cheese, and when I started picking people up to eat, it'd crash when I select the kid in my family... That food being in the list of the EA block (I wasn't even aware of lol) could it be the reason it crashes? I don't get why though... So I'll just avoid the concerned food for now but this aside this is such an awesome mod, no more people whining to get to the fridge or big plate, thank you!!!

Edit: nevermind your mod had absolutely nothing to do with it your mod is 100% awesome :D
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#212 Old 29th Aug 2017 at 12:35 PM
Thank you soooo much! It always bothered me not being able to set the table like you can in Sims 2~
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#213 Old 27th Sep 2017 at 12:47 AM
Well... On one hand, this mod does indeed make it easier to serve group meals without everyone stepping on eachothers' toes, which is especially good for larger households. However, I don't like the fact that it's a replacement interaction instead of a separate one. In real life, at least in my family, it's normal for each member to get their own plate and load it up with as much food as they want before sitting down. So, my only complaint is that I'm stuck with one interaction and can't have both.
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#214 Old 12th Jan 2018 at 5:25 AM
I've sometimes mistakenly though my TS2 game suddenly had the world opened up after starting to use this Mod because mealtimes looked more like the TS2 mealtimes.I love being able to make this game seem more like TS2 which is the other version I love.
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#215 Old 26th Jan 2018 at 7:48 PM
thank you
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#216 Old 8th Feb 2018 at 4:23 PM
I can't thank you enough for this. Mealtime sucked in Sims 3. Everybody fighting for their place in line, elbowing each other to be the first, wolfing down food. lol This makes it more like Sims 2 when the whole family could eat together at the same time.
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#217 Old 15th Feb 2018 at 4:34 PM
Its about God Damn time someone came up wit this. Idk if someone has already tho lmao.
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#218 Old 23rd Feb 2018 at 5:20 PM
Thank s a lot!!!
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#219 Old 3rd Mar 2018 at 4:33 PM
I really wish this allowed me to choose between replacing all the interactions and adding one, it makes it super hard to play with and I've had to uninstall it. I love the mod but it's such a pain to not be able to work with it smoothly.

It would be nice if I could have it as call to meal and set table for....including guests, household, and group. Also the serving number was always wrong.

Jade Elizabeth (Alundra)
Just call me Al
See Hunaki La
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#220 Old 21st Apr 2018 at 10:22 PM
Works PERFECTLY! Thanks so much :)
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#221 Old 23rd May 2018 at 4:42 AM
Gonna try this out tomorrow as I just found this mod and it's late.
I am from a large family so I love to play large families. It always bothered me that they would line up cafeteria style.
Than k you so much for bringing families back together.
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