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Buyable Aspiration & Career Rewards for Lot Builders

by Sophie-David Posted 14th Oct 2009 at 7:04 PM - Updated 8th Oct 2021 at 12:49 PM by HugeLunatic : fix install instructions
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Title - Buyable Aspiration & Career Rewards for Lot Builders

Apartment Life & FreeTime Bugfix, January 11, 2010

For users who have Apartment Life or FreeTime as well as Seasons, this bugfix restores proper operation to the "Books First for Learning: A Bookshelf of Education". Please install the contents of either SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip or SDpatchNoUni_Rewards.zip as described under the Install Instructions tab.

Those who already use my Rewards patch under Seasons without either FreeTime or Apartment Life do not need this upgrade. From now on, new users of my Rewards patch under Seasons without either FT or AL will need to install either SDpatchSeasons_Rewards.zip or SDpatchSeasonsNoUni_Rewards.zip as described under the Install Instructions tab.



Apartment Life Upgrade & Non-University Bugfix, November 10, 2009

1) If you have Apartment Life installed, this upgrade enables the Journalism and Tiki Rewards to be height adjustable using the square brackets, as if they were wall mounted objects. In combination with "boolProp snapObjectsToGrid false", this allows these decorative objects to be "placed" on surfaces that are already occupied, as shown above. The Sim animations associated with these objects will track their height adjusted position properly.

2) If you use one or more EPs but do not have University, please install the contents of SDpatchNoUni_Rewards.zip in your Bins folder as described under the "Install Instructions" tab. This will prevent the presence of invisible and unavailable University objects from showing up in the catalogue. If you had previously installed the standard patch files, please remove SDsims2_AspirationRewards.package and SDsims2_CareerRewards.package from the Bins folder.

Purpose

With the introduction of Bon Voyage, players were no longer able to use custom collections to access non-buyable objects for placement in community or unoccupied residential lots. These files allow lot builders to once again include objects from the entire Sims 2 aspiration and career reward sets in their creations.

This project supports all configurations of The Sims 2 as well as the three Stories games. But note that these files do not add any objects that were not already included in the installed game. For example, players of the base game by itself will not see the career rewards from FreeTime, nor will Sims 2 users suddenly have access to objects unique to Castaway Stories - or vica versa.

Description

Like the previously used collection method, these object patches are made so that lots containing rewards objects may be created and uploaded without the use of any custom content. In other words, once these objects are placed in a lot they will stay there unless you choose to remove them, whether or not you still have these patches installed in the game.

These files do not alter or interfere with normal gameplay: aspiration rewards may still be bought with aspiration points and career rewards may still be earned in the usual way. In order to make the patches completely compatible, the career rewards show up in the catalogue with a price of zero, whereas the aspiration rewards appear to cost an amount in Simoleans equal to their cost in aspiration points. However, this Simolean amount is not actually deducted when the reward is bought: all the rewards are free.

All reward objects are made available in both community and residential lots. The aspiration rewards are categorized as Miscellaneous/Miscellaneous and the career rewards as Hobbies/Miscellaneous. Most objects also appear in logical secondary placements within the catalogue, such as in Decorative, Electronics, or Plumbing. Where appropriate, these objects are tagged for placement on OFB shelves. Lastly, I made the "Look At Score" consistent throughout the sets.

For convenience, collection files are also included in this upload. With the use of the patch files, these objects are now usable from their collections as well as from the object catalogue, even in the case of Bon Voyage and later EPs.

Notes for Castaway Stories Only

While the aspiration reward portion of the project works identically to that for The Sims 2, I was unable to configure the three Castaway Stories career rewards as buyable objects without disturbing their normal function. Therefore the career rewards included in the patch refer to the six normally hidden Seasons objects that were included in the Castaway game release. I have categorized three of them as requiring electricity to make their operation more realistic within the game environment.

The Castaway Stories rewards are located in the Fun section of the catalogue.



Installation of Patch Files

Please DO NOT install the patch files in the Download directory! Please refer to the Install Instructions tab for complete directions.


Terms of Use

Because the patch files must be installed in the Bin folder, I do not recommend including them in uploaded lots. It would be better to simply include the buyable objects placed during the lot creation process, but package the lot without the patch files themselves. Please include a credit and link to this page. It be would nice if you sent me a PM with a link to your uploaded creation, but this is not required.


Credits:

SimPE and PJSE
Microsoft Photo Editor, for collection icon creation
Numenor's AnyGameStarter, for development and testing
StephSim, for inspiring me to create these file patches for her Simtopia series.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
SDpatchSeasonsNoUni_Rewards.zip | Rewards patch for Seasons, if University, FreeTime and Apartment Life are not available

Size: 2.6 KB · Downloads: 3,639 · 12th Jan 2010
2.6 KB 3,639 12th Jan 2010
SDpatchSeasons_Rewards.zip | Rewards patch for Seasons, if neither FreeTime nor Apartment Life are available

Size: 2.9 KB · Downloads: 4,494 · 12th Jan 2010
2.9 KB 4,494 12th Jan 2010
SDpatchNoUni_Rewards.zip | Rewards patch for most combination of EPs, if University is not installed.

Size: 2.9 KB · Downloads: 3,917 · 11th Nov 2009
2.9 KB 3,917 11th Nov 2009
SDpatchCastaway_Rewards.zip | Rewards patch for Castaway Stories only

Size: 1.7 KB · Downloads: 4,194 · 16th Oct 2009
1.7 KB 4,194 16th Oct 2009
SDpatchBasegame_Rewards.zip | Rewards patch for Life Stories, Pet Stories, and The Sims 2 base game by itself

Size: 1.8 KB · Downloads: 5,420 · 14th Oct 2009
1.8 KB 5,420 14th Oct 2009
SDcollectionPrePets_Rewards.zip | Rewards collection file for the Sims 2 pre-Pets, and Life Stories

Size: 11.3 KB · Downloads: 4,451 · 14th Oct 2009
11.3 KB 4,451 14th Oct 2009
SDcollectionPetsAndLater_Rewards.zip | Rewards collection file for Pets and later EPs, and Pet Stories

Size: 5.8 KB · Downloads: 7,788 · 14th Oct 2009
5.8 KB 7,788 14th Oct 2009
SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip | The only file the majority of Sims 2 players actually need. The rewards patch for University and most combinations of EPs

Size: 3.2 KB · Downloads: 20,720 · 14th Oct 2009
3.2 KB 20,720 14th Oct 2009
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Disks: C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
UC: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#2 Old 14th Oct 2009 at 7:59 PM
This means everything to me. Thank you! Now I can make useable collage and work places again.
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 15th Oct 2009 at 10:27 AM
Fantastic idea ! Thanks a ton for sharing
Alchemist
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#4 Old 15th Oct 2009 at 11:48 AM
Thank you forever! One of the most useful downloads for me
Theorist
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Original Poster
#5 Old 15th Oct 2009 at 5:08 PM
Thank you Mendota, Guardgian and lamammaforever - I'm glad they will be useful.
Test Subject
#6 Old 16th Oct 2009 at 12:15 AM
Some normal aspiration rewards are slowly depleted (i.e. thinking caps, romance tubs, social glasses, etc. all eventually run out); does that happen to these as well, or do they last forever?
Theorist
Original Poster
#7 Old 16th Oct 2009 at 4:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by peristyle
Some normal aspiration rewards are slowly depleted (i.e. thinking caps, romance tubs, social glasses, etc. all eventually run out); does that happen to these as well, or do they last forever?
If used on a community lot the aspiration rewards are fully recharged each time a Sim visits the lot. If used at home the aspiration rewards will become slowly depleted with use, as they normally would.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#8 Old 18th Oct 2009 at 12:35 AM
This is very useful, thank you!
Test Subject
#9 Old 19th Oct 2009 at 10:19 AM
In the collection I can only access the drafting table and the ballet bar that I know of, most I cannot choose although they show in the collection catalogue. I can access none of the aspiration rewards. The icons are greyed out. This was on a residential lot. Great idea though, just not working quite right for me.
Theorist
Original Poster
#10 Old 19th Oct 2009 at 3:21 PM
Default Rewards Not Accessible from the Collection Files?
Quote:
Originally Posted by ladymiriam
In the collection I can only access the drafting table and the ballet bar that I know of, most I cannot choose although they show in the collection catalogue. I can access none of the aspiration rewards. The icons are greyed out. This was on a residential lot. Great idea though, just not working quite right for me.
Are you certain that you installed the contents of SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip in
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins? The zip file contains SDsims2_AspirationRewards.package and SDsims2_CareerRewards.package - these two patch files must be located in the Bins folder for the collection catalogues to work properly.
Test Subject
#11 Old 19th Oct 2009 at 4:05 PM Last edited by ladymiriam : 20th Oct 2009 at 11:51 AM.
I am certain I put them in the right place-I wrote the path name down. I just extracted them without opening them. I have both collections visible so I have them somewhere anyway. It's like when you use the Collection Maker and in the collection, if something isn't a stand alone object ie something in the object catalogue also, it show up as grey but when you try to click on it you get a wee banging sound and it doesn't show up. I will double check when I can but it's probably something I've done wrong if it's only me. Thanks for replying so quickly, I appreciate it.

edit: H:\games\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins is where the two files are located on my PC. I think this where they should be. I can get the ballet bar and the drafting table and none of the asperation rewards.

edit: my partner tells me this is not the right place, so I will try again
Theorist
Original Poster
#12 Old 20th Oct 2009 at 4:32 PM
ladymiriam - I notice you have all EPs installed. Do you see a total of 13 aspiration rewards listed in the catalogue under Miscellaneous/Miscellaneous, and 26 career rewards under Hobbies/Miscellaneous? (The career rewards include the College Diploma) Your catalogue display should look very much like mine as it is shown in the four inline pictures that I posted.
Test Subject
#13 Old 21st Oct 2009 at 11:07 AM
hi,
I didn't find them in the catalogue, but they must have been in the wrong place. I'm actually trying to find the path you specified, c>program files etc. but my EA Games folder isn't in there. I'll have to look around to find the right folder. Sorry for bothering you. I'll get there eventually.
Test Subject
#14 Old 27th Oct 2009 at 8:44 AM
So this makes the reward objects from Castaway stories useable in the sims 2?
Theorist
Original Poster
#15 Old 27th Oct 2009 at 3:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeAmerica
So this makes the reward objects from Castaway stories useable in the sims 2?
No, EA does not want us doing that, and it is contrary to MTS policy. Neither does this patch add rewards that are not already included in the Sims 2 EPs that you have installed.

As far as Castaway Stories goes, the patch adds all of the aspiration rewards as well as the hidden Seasons career rewards that shipped with the Castaway Stories game. It does not make the career rewards that are unique to Castaway available because I was not abe to do so without altering their normal game function.
Me? Sarcastic? Never.
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#16 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 4:15 PM
I also had the problem where I could see the objects greyed out and were unselectable except for the ballet bar and drafting table.

I think what happened was I had just the Collection files. Not sure what I did the first time I downloaded. But this time I took the first two files, so now I have the collection and the files and they show up fine in the catalog.
Theorist
Original Poster
#17 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 9:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HugeLunatic
I also had the problem where I could see the objects greyed out and were unselectable except for the ballet bar and drafting table.

I think what happened was I had just the Collection files. Not sure what I did the first time I downloaded. But this time I took the first two files, so now I have the collection and the files and they show up fine in the catalog.
Yes, that makes perfect sense that if you just had the Collection files you would see that symptom of the greyed out - or perhaps invisible - thumbnails. I'm glad you got the installation sorted out and I hope you will find the set useful.
#18 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 10:11 PM
Very Interesting.

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Theorist
Original Poster
#19 Old 11th Nov 2009 at 2:13 AM
Default Apartment Life Ugrade and Non-University Bugfix
Please see the primary post for news of today's Apartment Life adjustable height upgrade and a bugfix for those who do not have University installed.
#20 Old 11th Nov 2009 at 9:01 PM
Re-::nab::bed.

I`ve got University, though, and have never been able to get the AL height adjustment to actually *work*, so I don`t know what good the redownload will do me, but thanks anyway. .

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Theorist
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#21 Old 12th Nov 2009 at 3:04 AM
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Originally Posted by GeneralOperationsDirector
Re-::nab::bed.

I`ve got University, though, and have never been able to get the AL height adjustment to actually *work*, so I don`t know what good the redownload will do me, but thanks anyway. .
Well that is curious about the adjustable height feature not working - does it work for you in a clean game with no custom content?
#22 Old 12th Nov 2009 at 8:34 PM
Dunno; haven`t tried yet: it wasn`t important enough to me to bother. ::shrug:: Perhaps I will try someday, though. Do you know of any specific CC that is a likely culprit? If so, I`ll check to see if I`m using it. Meanwhile, I`m having bigger issues with AL than not being able to height-adjust wall-mounted things.

"ooogie ooogie ooo ahga ooogie ooo ooo" [Sims 1 music I was listening to while typing this. ]

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Theorist
Original Poster
#23 Old 13th Nov 2009 at 12:50 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeneralOperationsDirector
Dunno; haven`t tried yet: it wasn`t important enough to me to bother. ::shrug:: Perhaps I will try someday, though. Do you know of any specific CC that is a likely culprit? If so, I`ll check to see if I`m using it. Meanwhile, I`m having bigger issues with AL than not being able to height-adjust wall-mounted things.
Sorry about your AL problems. No, I don't know of CC that might affect the height adjust because I haven't had a problem with it. I find the height adjust very useful for cluttering up the walls.
#24 Old 13th Nov 2009 at 7:30 PM
Ah well, thanks for trying. At least my AL issues aren`t big enough to make me uninstall it and go without. Yes, I am patched, and I`m using J.M. Pescado`s AL fixes package, too.

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Test Subject
#25 Old 1st Jan 2010 at 11:00 PM
Sorry for this, but I'm horrible at the somewhat technical jargon found on this site. I have all the expansion packs, which one do I need to install, and where should I put it? I'm sure you've said it in your instructions, but I can't seem to find where.
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