TS4 Download: Auto NPCs (Barista and Stall Vendor)

Updated 4th Dec 2016!!! Added Barista, Vendor and Bartender options for Gyms and Spas. Remember to only choose one package for each lot type.

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It frustrates me that some objects in TS4 only auto-call NPCs on certain lots. I was so disappointed that City Living food stands would stand empty on park lots. 😦

Previously I was able to create mods to make it free to hire vendors, and bartenders and baristas. However, I still wished that the NPCs would auto-attend the lot because it breaks the immersion to have to keep calling them in manually. After MUCH playing around with the files, and many failed attempts, I was finally able to call some NPCs in to certain lots.

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For the vendors, you can place multiple stalls on one lot but only one vendor will be auto hired. They seem to choose which stall to open at random. If you delete a stall, they will go and open another. The vendors will auto tend any type of stall though: food; tea; swag; produce.

The baristas and vendors are called to the lot in overlapping shifts, so you should see a new NPC arriving to replace the one that is leaving. The barista/vendor will be called even if you do not have a barista bar or stall on the lot.

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The Files:

I’ve included all the files in one folder but you must only install ONE of each lot type. So you must only have one ‘Park’ venue for example. Therefore, you need to choose whether a barista or a vendor suits each individual lot type better. So far you can auto call an NPC to Park, Museum and Library venues.

You could have:

* A food vendor at the park.
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* A cafe in the library.
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* A gift stall at the museum.

If you want to automatically call a vendor you also need the vendor BASE file. This is because the baristas were already set up to work ON lots, but the vendors did not have a corresponding file. I created my own tuning for this.

This mod will override the ‘lot zoning’ for library/park/museum venues and will conflict with any other mod that also overrides these tuning files (this is why you must only choose one file per lot type). The vendor base is custom tuning and should not conflict with anything else.

To summary:

* If you choose a VENUE + vendor file, the BASE vendor file is required.
* If you only want the VENUE + barista files you do not need the BASE vendor file.
* You can only choose ONE file per lot type!
* You can mix and match files so you could have a cafe at the park, and a stall at the museum (as long as you don’t have two of the same lot type).

* You can also use this alongside my hire NPC’s for free mods (links above). So if you did want more than one stall on a lot, you can use the free vendor mod to hire additional sims.

I hope that isn’t too confusing! I tried to explain it as clearly as possible. XD Obviously Get Together is required for the barista, and City Living is required for the vendors. I made the mod with both packs installed.

I’ve also been looking into other role sims such as the musician buskers and the living statues, and while these sometimes work they have not been consistent. I decided they needed more work. The vendors and baristas, however, have been running like clockwork in my game and after several hours of repeated testing, I have found no issues.

Happy Simming!

Download Here! (Remember to only install ONE of each lot type!!!)

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The Thompson Family: Snap Happy

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Gemma was so excited! It was the weekend and she was going to visit a park she’d never been to before! It had a SPACESHIP!!! She ran to find her big brother.

‘Karl! Karl! Are you coming to the park with me!?’

‘Of course!’ cried Karl dramatically, ‘I wouldn’t miss the chance to go… TO SPAAAAAAAAACE!’

Gemma made and excited squeal noise and hopped up and down, ‘TO SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!’

‘But first,’ Karl whispered conspiratorially, ‘I need to go and catch Dave and convince him to return to his home planet of Goobleflumblegorb.’

He actually just needed to go and have a shower, and he was going to meet Gemma at the park later. But Gemma grinned and nodded eagerly, and he went off to pretend to catch the monster under the bed.

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William had to go to the office that afternoon, but wanted to send some time with his daughter first. So he took Gemma to the park and agreed that Karl could come and take over alien impersonation activities when he was ready. Another boy was there with his little sister and William got chatting to him. He seemed nice and William thought he seemed like a good friend for Karl.

The two girls started playing naturally with each other. William felt pleased that there were other nice kids around for his children to play with. It was always difficult when children had to move house and start a new school.

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Karl arrived and his dad introduced him, ‘Hey Karl, this is Felix, he’s interested in photography too.’

‘You’re interested in photography?’ Felix asked him as he sat down.

Karl laughed nervously, a little embarrassed about his Dad’s pushy parenting. ‘Umm.. yeah. Well, I want to be an architect, so I sometimes photograph buildings and sculptures and things. It’s just a hobby.’

‘Hey, that’s really cool,’ enthused Felix, ‘I don’t have any kind of specialised subject, I just see things that I think are beautiful and want to capture them on film forever.’

‘You use film?’ Karl asked surprised.

Felix laughed self-consciously, ‘Well, not usually. I normally just use my digital. But I think old cameras are kind of cool, I have a couple that I found in antique shops and the flea market in San Myshuno, and I tinker around with them a bit. There’s something more… real about capturing an image on film than on a microchip, you know?’

‘Yeah, I get it,’ nodded Karl, ‘I like old buildings. It feels like people used to invest real money in old buildings in the past: sculptures, and carvings, and decoration. Now it feels like most modern buildings are done as cheaply as possible. Everything is laminated or veneered.’

Felix looked at him thoughtfully for a moment. ‘I have to admit I like the clean lines of modern buildings. The simplicity of them.’

‘I do too,’ insisted Karl, ‘my own style is quite clean and modern, but with the care and attention to detail of the past. Look…’

Karl thumbed through his photos on his phone and showed Felix some of his projects.

‘Hey, those are amazing!’ Felix enthused. ‘I’d love to live in one of those apartments! You know, there are some cool sculptures around Windenburg, maybe we could grab something to eat and I can show you around. Got your camera?’

‘I do!’ Karl called to his sister, ‘We’re going to go exploring!’

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They arrived at the restaurant but Felix had a phone-call and had to dash off, he apologised and said they should meet up again soon. Karl spent some time taking photos of the sculptures around the area, Felix was right, there was so much to photograph! There were boats too, Karl loved all things nautical and got some great pics of the sea at sunset. Gemma was happy exploring and throwing coins into the fountains.

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[I had waaaaaaaaay too much fun taking photos around Windenburg!]

It started to get late and Karl took Gemma for something to eat. These two are so sweet together! Karl joined Gemma in colouring in place mats and they designed fairy castles together while they waited for dinner. Afterwards, Karl couldn’t resist taking a few more shots of Windenburg at night before they headed home to bed.

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The Thompson Family: SHENANIGANS!!!

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William got up early. He had been up late, talking with his wife about her day at work. He was concerned by what she had told him and had been unable to sleep. He rolled out of bed, and tucked the covers around his wife’s gently snoring body to keep her warm. Slipping out of the room stealthily, he planned what he would make her for breakfast.

Willow usually cooked, so William had a bit of trouble finding everything he needed. He knocked over some pans and had to grab them to stop them clattering on the floor. ‘Shhhhhh,’ he whispered to the mottled cast iron skillet. It took him three tries to light the old stove, and had to keep an eye on the small blue flame to make sure it wasn’t going out.

Things were not going well. The eggs got stuck in the pan, and William could smell burning. OH NO!!! HE WAS ON FIRE!!! Panicking he grabbed the extinguisher (thank goodness he’d insisted on getting one!) and managed to put the fire out before the heat got through his clothes to his skin. Willow heard the noise and rushed to the kitchen to find her husband hopping around with water and burned egg flying everywhere!

[Me while playing: ‘No, no, no, no, no! Oh no! Put the fire out! Please don’t kill my Sim or I’ll be crying for a week!’]

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‘Oh no, William, are you ok!?’ Willow approached her husband gently.

‘I’m fine… just a little singed,’ William replied in relief, ‘I was trying to make you breakfast in bed, but I think the kitchen hates me.’

Willow laughed, ‘Oh you silly thing! Go and get in the shower and I’ll clean this mess up. But first… let me take a selfie.’

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William got cleaned up and ate the breakfast that… ummm… Willow made. The things his wife had told him had worried him: it was concerning that in such a small suburb that someone high up in the police force could be so corrupt! He knew he needed to investigate this.

He grabbed his notepad and made his way to the police station. He was concerned that he might get his wife into trouble, it wouldn’t look good if a police officer’s journalist husband was poking around at her workplace! So he was careful not to let on that Willow was his wife.

At first he tried to speak to the receptionist, but she was tough, and didn’t want to reveal anything about the case. He tried to ask her for her personal thoughts on corruption in the police force but this seemed to make her angry.

‘All I can confirm is that we arrested an elder female yesterday on charges of fraud, corruption, and attempting to bribe a police officer.’

William scribbled this down and took a seat in the waiting area. He wanted to observe the place for a while, but everything seemed normal.

[I sent William to the police station using Zerbu’s Travel to Special Lots mod]

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His colleague Gunther invited him to a book group in Windenburg and William thought it was a good opportunity to discuss the case with him. The coffee shop was full of intellectual Sims and William felt at home there. He chatted with some of the others about what they thought about the way the area was being run, and although nobody had any specific information, they all seemed distrustful of those in power.

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William was gazing thoughtfully out of the window, sipping a grande-single-shot-mocha-frappucchino-with-whipped-cream-no-sprinkles when he noticed a shifty looking character walking through the village square. He wasn’t sure what made him follow the man, maybe it was his journalistic instinct, but he watched him as he walked into a closed off area by the viaduct… and vanished!

[Eagle-eyed readers might recognise this shifty character from my Banditos family blogs]

William cautiously ventured into the area. Perhaps the man had gone through the chained gates? He shook them gently but they were locked. He glanced nervously down at the water below, but there was no sign of the man. Perhaps he had gone down the sewer system? It was a mystery, but before he left, William inspected the trash can for clues. Nothing.

But William could smell something rotten in the state of Windenburg, and it wasn’t just the trash.

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TS4 Download: Hire Market Vendors for Free

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I was really happy to find we could place the City Living market stalls on our own lots. I was less happy to find that I had to pay $100 to hire a vendor. I don’t know about you, but when I visit a park and I fancy a burrito or a cup of tea, I don’t expect to pay for someone to tend the stall!

So I made a quick tuning mod to change the price from $100 to $0. This works for all market stalls including: food; tea; produce; and swag. City Living required… naturally!

This is an Override mod, as such it will conflict with any other mod which incorporates the following file:

* si_MarketStalls_HireNPC 143546 00000000000230BA

Download Here!

TS4 Blog: The Nakamura Family – The Black Rock Restaurant

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The Nakamura family had just moved to back San Myshuno after many years living in Japan. Natasha had been offered editor-in-chief position for Vague magazine, and had transitioned from the Tokyo office to the flagship in San Myshuno. Hiroshi was always looking for new opportunities and left his existing successful restaurant in the hands of his highly skilled team, deciding to move with his wife and start up a second innovative restaurant in a new city. Nora hadn’t had much say in the matter, but found herself caught up in the move. However, she was excited! She’d been to San Myshuno many times before, as it was her mother’s birthplace, and she felt as at home there, as much as she did in Japan.

They were not short of money, and soon found a spacious modern apartment overlooking the Uptown area. It was pricey, and required a huge deposit, but Natasha insisted on living in only the most desirable area.

‘As soon as your father get’s his business up and running we will have no money troubles at all.’ Natasha sang, carefully reapplying her red PLASMAH! lipstick.

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Hiroshi soon acquired the perfect property for his new venture. A local celebrity haunt had recently fallen into bankruptcy after a scathing review in Vague magazine, and many complaints from the neighbours about ‘noise pollution’ and ‘questionable behaviour’ of the guests. When the property went to auction, only the Nakamura family could afford to pay the asking price.

Hiroshi was a ball of creative energy when he was excited about a project and he invested heavily in getting his new restaurant built quickly. Bringing over some of his designs and his trusted project manager from Japan. The restaurant was ready to open to the public within a matter of weeks! He named it Black Rock because the grounds were decorated with volcanic rocks from the surrounding mountains.

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If only he could have brought some of his staff over from Japan too. But he needed his best staff back at the old place to keep it running smoothly while he was gone. He’d built that business up from nothing, and he could do it again! He spoke to the recruitment agency, but the sims they suggested were a rag-tag bunch. Hiroshi chose the best from the bunch carefully. They had little experience, but he had always invested heavily in training and would have them up to scratch in no time (but he took the puffer-fish off the menu for the time being, just to be safe).

Hiroshi wisely decided to do a test run before the big opening night! Vague magazine were covering the event [naturally] and he didn’t want anything to go wrong. So he called in his new staff and gave them a pep-talk.

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His wife talked to her contacts and pulled a few strings, and they found two couples that would be willing to have the special privilege of being the Exclusive First Customers [aka ‘guinea pigs’]. This included two members of the aristocratic Goth family, and two trendy celebrities from Golden Plumbob Studios.

Hiroshi was quick to welcome the stylish Lady Goth who had flawlessly observed the dress code of black, white or red. Such a beautiful woman reflected well on his business and he was keen to impress her.

[Basically, I was fangirling a lot at Bella and instructed him to fawn over her. I was just excited that they happened to be the first customers, and that her dress matched the decor. XD]

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His new staff were a little bit hopeless, so Hiroshi had to go and schmooze the guests a little: offering them free dessert and drinks. And even though his staff were hopeless, he could see they were doing their best and he offered them lots of encouragement to keep them motivated. At the end of the evening his guests were contented. Hiroshi congratulated his team on a job [sort of] well done, and gave them all a small wage increase. From past experience he knew that a successful business was built with happy employees, and was happy to invest in more training if that was what it took!

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Feeling fairly pleased with how his test run had gone, Hiroshi retired to his office overlooking the city and contemplated what his next move would be.

[I shamelessly stole this idea from Weealbet.]

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*salesman voice* And hey! If you like the look of the Black Rock Restaurant and you want to add it to your game, you can find it on the gallery!

blkrk

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