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Picked upload! Buyable Aspiration & Career Rewards for Lot Builders

by Sophie-David Posted 14th Oct 2009 at 7:04 PM - Updated 6th Mar 2016 at 5:35 PM by Sophie-David : Updated with Windows 7 information
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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.
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
SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip | Description: The only file the majority of Sims 2 players actually need. The rewards patch for University and most combinations of EPs 3.2 KB 14,908 14th Oct 2009
SDcollectionPetsAndLater_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards collection file for Pets and later EPs, and Pet Stories 5.8 KB 6,182 14th Oct 2009
SDcollectionPrePets_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards collection file for the Sims 2 pre-Pets, and Life Stories 11.3 KB 3,632 14th Oct 2009
SDpatchBasegame_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Life Stories, Pet Stories, and The Sims 2 base game by itself 1.8 KB 4,432 14th Oct 2009
SDpatchCastaway_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Castaway Stories only 1.7 KB 3,305 16th Oct 2009
SDpatchNoUni_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for most combination of EPs, if University is not installed. 2.9 KB 3,190 11th Nov 2009
SDpatchSeasons_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Seasons, if neither FreeTime nor Apartment Life are available 2.9 KB 3,504 11th Jan 2010
SDpatchSeasonsNoUni_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Seasons, if University, FreeTime and Apartment Life are not available 2.6 KB 2,794 11th Jan 2010
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: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Installation of Patch Files

Please DO NOT install the patch files in the Download directory. Doing so would make them vulnerable to deletion, and possibly cause corruption of your game.

Select the correct archive file to extract, according to which game configuration you have:

The Sims 2 base game by itself, or The Sims Life Stories or The Sims Pet Stories - SDpatchBasegame_Rewards.zip

The Sims Castaway Stories - SDpatchCastaway_Rewards.zip

Seasons, without University and without either FreeTime or Apartment Life - SDpatchSeasonsNoUni_Rewards.zip

Seasons, with University and without either FreeTime or Apartment Life - SDpatchSeasons_Rewards.zip

Any other Sims 2 configuration, but without University - SDpatchNoUni_Rewards.zip

Any other Sims 2 configuration, if University is installed - SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip


Install the contents of the correct archive selected above into one of the following paths:

The Sims 2 in any configuration -
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

The Sims 2 Deluxe in any configuration -
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

The Sims 2 Double Deluxe in any configuration -
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

The Sims Life Stories:
- C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims Life Stories\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

The Sims Pet Stories
- C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims Pet Stories\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

The Sims Castaway Stories - C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims Castaway Stories\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

If you are using Windows 7, install to C:\Program Files (x86) rather than C:\Program Files. The drive letter may also need to be adjusted to suit your actual installation path.


Installation of Collection Files

The installation of the collection files is completely optional. If you are not using Bon Voyage or later EPs you could simply use the collection files to access the rewards, although personally I find it easier to work directly out of the catalogue. If you do wish to use these collections, please do the following:

For The Sims 2 Deluxe, The Sims 2 Double Deluxe or The Sims 2 base game by itself, or with any combination of expansion packs prior to Pets:
Install the contents of SDcollectionPrePets_Rewards.zip in
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Collections

For The Sims 2 Deluxe, The Sims 2 Double Deluxe or The Sims 2 with Pets or any of the succeeding expansion packs:
Install the contents of SDcollectionPetsAndLater_Rewards.zip in
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Collections

For The Sims Life Stories:
Install the contents of SDcollectionPrePets_Rewards.zip in
My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims™ Life Stories\Collections

For The Sims Pet Stories:
Install the contents of SDcollectionPetsAndLater_Rewards.zip in
My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims™ Pet Stories\Collections

For The Sims Castaway Stories:
Do not install any collection files, they are not used in this game.

Need more information?
 
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Top Secret Researcher
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#26 Old 1st Jan 2010 at 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by altoforensics
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.
Since you have all the EPs, please install the contents of SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip in
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
(the complete instructions are listed under the "Install Instructions" tab, but the above direction is all that you really need)
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THANKS POST
#27 Old 2nd Jan 2010 at 4:55 PM
thanks for the upload
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#28 Old 4th Jan 2010 at 2:09 AM
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Originally Posted by thesimsfanz123
thanks for the upload
You're welcome simsfanz!
#29 Old 4th Jan 2010 at 7:53 PM
Well, just an update to let you know that I have succeeded in getting the adjustable-height feature working, though I have no idea how. Apparently the game is kinda picky about when --and *IF*-- it will let me use that feature, and I simply hadn`t stumbled upon the correct combination of whatever is relavent. Then again, mebbe it just works better with M&G installed, too. ::shrug::

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#30 Old 4th Jan 2010 at 8:01 PM
Thanks! ^_^
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#31 Old 4th Jan 2010 at 10:06 PM
Good news, GOD!

You're welcome, altoforensics.
Test Subject
#32 Old 10th Jan 2010 at 2:23 AM
With this download in, the Bookshelf of Education is missing the extra skills learnt from books (Parenting etc). Also only cooking, cleaning, and mechanical skills can be gained from reading. When other logic, body, etc are clicked on, Sim goes to bookcase to select book then jumps back in a error. Happens whether Bookshelf of Education is from career or from buy mode. When Rewards file is removed, Bookshelf of Education operates as it should. All other career rewards operate as normal.
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#33 Old 11th Jan 2010 at 11:13 PM
Bug Fix for the Bookshelf of Education Career Reward
Quote:
Originally Posted by edwood
With this download in, the Bookshelf of Education is missing the extra skills learnt from books (Parenting etc). Also only cooking, cleaning, and mechanical skills can be gained from reading. When other logic, body, etc are clicked on, Sim goes to bookcase to select book then jumps back in a error. Happens whether Bookshelf of Education is from career or from buy mode. When Rewards file is removed, Bookshelf of Education operates as it should. All other career rewards operate as normal.
Thank you very much for this bug report, edwood. I have posted a bugfix for this problem - just follow the instructions under the Install tab as usual. Those who use Seasons with either FreeTime or Apartment Life installed will need this bugfix, but all other users need not update their files.
#34 Old 12th Jan 2010 at 6:24 PM
Re-::nab::

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THANKS POST
#35 Old 20th Feb 2010 at 10:00 PM
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!!
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#36 Old 22nd Feb 2010 at 12:57 PM
is the camera included? (I need that one on a lot)
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#37 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by charmsheart0559
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!!
You're welcome, charmsheart!
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Originally Posted by veerlehond
is the camera included? (I need that one on a lot)
Yes, the camera is included.
Test Subject
#38 Old 4th Apr 2010 at 9:23 AM
Do you think you could make one for Non-Buyable Items?
This download will come in handy thanks much!
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#39 Old 4th Apr 2010 at 5:38 PM Last edited by Sophie-David : 4th Apr 2010 at 6:54 PM.
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Originally Posted by kcrulz101
Do you think you could make one for Non-Buyable Items?
This download will come in handy thanks much!
Hi kcrulz101 - I'm not sure what you mean? Do you mean the game accessories that do not show up in the catalogue? I actually do have a complete basegame set that StephSim and I use but I haven't got around to releasing it yet. Thank you for the encouragement, I'm happy if you find this set useful.
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#40 Old 6th Apr 2010 at 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Sophie-David
Hi kcrulz101 - I'm not sure what you mean? Do you mean the game accessories that do not show up in the catalogue? I actually do have a complete basegame set that StephSim and I use but I haven't got around to releasing it yet. Thank you for the encouragement, I'm happy if you find this set useful.


Yeah thats what i mean, Thanks, This set comes in very handy.
Test Subject
#41 Old 22nd Apr 2010 at 8:15 PM
Is there a workaround to actually installing this? I'm trying to put the files in the file location but i get access denied when extracting them there. Which is odd because i've been able to place the scriptorium files in the same destination path (but in scripts) without being denied access.

I'm really hoping this isn't a problem due to the collection discs. i run the game on fun with pets which includes mansion and garden stuff pack and i also have the university collection disc. would i have to install the non uni one because i seem to remember there was something else (not this download) that told me i didnt have university installed or something similar to that.
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#42 Old 22nd Apr 2010 at 9:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Luckypup2122
Is there a workaround to actually installing this? I'm trying to put the files in the file location but i get access denied when extracting them there. Which is odd because i've been able to place the scriptorium files in the same destination path (but in scripts) without being denied access.
I think it would actually work in any Bin folder that is in your active game directory paths, if that's any help. Nonetheless "Access denied" suggests a file system problem. If you are in Vista you must be an administrator. Also, the game cannot be running at the time.
#43 Old 22nd Apr 2010 at 9:29 PM
I don`t have that problem myself, running XP, but I understand that it sometimes helps to extract the archives to another location, then move them into the correct directory with Windoze Explorer.

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#44 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 1:41 AM
OK so i extracted to my desktop download folder and copied from there to the C drive so it should work now since i didnt get access denied when putting the files in.

This only works for the careers that come with the expansion packs right? Custom Careers with Custom rewards won't work the same if i'm reading this right. Which is a shame because i have some careers with rewards that would really be great for selling in stores if i have the sims open up a shop after completing that career. Guess i'll just have to find similar oriented objects to download for those. Thanks for the help great job.
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#45 Old 25th Apr 2010 at 5:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Luckypup2122
This only works for the careers that come with the expansion packs right? Custom Careers with Custom rewards won't work the same if i'm reading this right.
Yes, that's correct Luckypup. This set was formed by individual edits of each game reward object, but I don't have permission to edit user objects. I'm glad you got the set to work!
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THANKS POST
#46 Old 28th Nov 2010 at 4:44 PM
can someone help me i want to know which one should i download i have university, open for business, pets and apartment life.
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#47 Old 28th Nov 2010 at 6:28 PM
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Originally Posted by shinestar12589
can someone help me i want to know which one should i download i have university, open for business, pets and apartment life.
You will need to install the contents of SDpatchSims2_Rewards.zip, most typically in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins. You will not need to change this installation even if you install more EPs later.

Optionally, if you want the collection files, you could also install the contents of SDcollectionPetsAndLater_Rewards.zip in the My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 folder.

Cheers - David
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#48 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 2:02 PM
Just great Thank you
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#49 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 4:29 PM
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Originally Posted by nich
Just great Thank you
You're welcome!
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