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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
113 Comments / replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts, 12 Thanks Posts
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 15,207 14th Oct 2009
SDcollectionPetsAndLater_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards collection file for Pets and later EPs, and Pet Stories 5.8 KB 6,294 14th Oct 2009
SDcollectionPrePets_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards collection file for the Sims 2 pre-Pets, and Life Stories 11.3 KB 3,707 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 4,510 14th Oct 2009
SDpatchCastaway_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Castaway Stories only 1.7 KB 3,379 16th Oct 2009
SDpatchNoUni_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for most combination of EPs, if University is not installed. 2.9 KB 3,257 11th Nov 2009
SDpatchSeasons_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Seasons, if neither FreeTime nor Apartment Life are available 2.9 KB 3,586 11th Jan 2010
SDpatchSeasonsNoUni_Rewards.zip | Description: Rewards patch for Seasons, if University, FreeTime and Apartment Life are not available 2.6 KB 2,859 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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Test Subject
THANKS POST
#51 Old 15th Mar 2011 at 6:14 PM
It's gr8 but it totally kills the meaning of Aspiration and the rewards for it, I'm downloading it and I may use it...
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#52 Old 15th Mar 2011 at 6:31 PM
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Originally Posted by maky135
It's gr8 but it totally kills the meaning of Aspiration and the rewards for it, I'm downloading it and I may use it...
Yes it can - but its entirely up to the player how these are used. In general I still work for the rewards in the usual way - unless they form part of a theme such a mad scientist's lab or a high-end castle library. EA themselves did stock some of their lots with reward objects - such as in the University secret societies. This project simply allows everyone to have that creative option in lot design.
Lab Assistant
#53 Old 10th Jul 2011 at 8:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Sophie-David
Yes it can - but its entirely up to the player how these are used. In general I still work for the rewards in the usual way - unless they form part of a theme such a mad scientist's lab or a high-end castle library. EA themselves did stock some of their lots with reward objects - such as in the University secret societies. This project simply allows everyone to have that creative option in lot design.


Thanks so very much! Since I have all expansions and stuff packs, I thought I was completely out of luck, but now the teleprompter (with invisible recolour) is about to become the pulpit in my First Community Church of Plumbob. It really is all about the theme, isn't it?
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Original Poster
#54 Old 10th Jul 2011 at 4:21 PM
Yes indeed - you're welcome!
Lab Assistant
#55 Old 3rd Sep 2011 at 2:56 AM
I'm having trouble getting these to work for me. The buyable aspiration rewards are working fine, but the career rewards are not. They are not showing up anywhere in the catalog, including where they should under the hobby tab (recreation, miscellaneous, and all were checked).

I'm not certain which version I need, either, but my 2 best guesses were both tried with the same issue. I have all EPs up to and including Bon Voyage. I do NOT have Freetime or Apartment Life.

I have tried the first one listed, for most players and combos of EPs. I have also tried the Seasons with University one. I am installing in the correct place in my Bins subfolder.

Could someone please help me out?

PS: I have a hack that allows the career rewards to be bought with aspiration points. Could this be conflicting? If so, that should maybe be listed as such.......
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#56 Old 3rd Sep 2011 at 4:02 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by hweldon81
I'm having trouble getting these to work for me. The buyable aspiration rewards are working fine, but the career rewards are not... PS: I have a hack that allows the career rewards to be bought with aspiration points. Could this be conflicting? If so, that should maybe be listed as such.......
I would suspect that the career rewards for aspiration points hack would almost certainly conflict with this one. But if you remove the other hack you will know for sure.

The correct patches would be found in SDpatchSeasons_Rewards.zip. Sorry for your trouble, and I hope this helps.
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 3rd Sep 2011 at 4:54 PM
Thanks for responding. I removed the other hack and this works fine.

Sorry for not thinking of that until I was posting here. My apologies for whining to you. I'll just need to alternate between using this and the career rewards for aspiration points one.
Top Secret Researcher
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#58 Old 3rd Sep 2011 at 5:46 PM
No problem at all - I'm glad you got it sorted out.
Test Subject
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#59 Old 17th Sep 2011 at 6:52 PM
Thanx! Now I don't have to cheat to get them! :D
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#60 Old 17th Sep 2011 at 7:24 PM
You're welcome Hecubus.
Test Subject
#61 Old 27th Nov 2011 at 12:20 AM
It says I can't save the file in the place you told me to save it. Is this a known error...or..?

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#62 Old 27th Nov 2011 at 1:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Erin2341
It says I can't save the file in the place you told me to save it. Is this a known error...or..?
If you are running the game under Vista or Windows 7 you would need to be logged on as an Administrator to save to any folder in the Program Files (x86) directory. On my Vista laptop with Double Deluxe installed the correct path is C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins. If you are still having trouble, have a look through this thread for further information - or post again.
Test Subject
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#63 Old 29th Mar 2012 at 6:18 PM
This is so great! Thank You very much
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#64 Old 30th Mar 2012 at 3:40 AM
You're welcome.
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#65 Old 8th Aug 2012 at 5:21 PM
Thank you for this!
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#66 Old 8th Aug 2012 at 7:32 PM
You're welcome DayDreamer.
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Test Subject
#67 Old 25th Apr 2013 at 2:38 AM
I don't know if I'm doing something wrong here, but I'm running Windows 7 and I don't have the folder you're telling me to send it to. I can go C/Program Filesx86/EA Games/TheSims2/TSData and then I only have the option of Config, CSConfig, or Sims3D. I had a look under the AL folder, which has the right sub folders but when I try and extract it it says "Access Denied".

I have no idea what I'm doing and really don't want to go poking around in folders I shouldn't. Is there a solution?
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#68 Old 25th Apr 2013 at 6:00 AM
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Originally Posted by jenncoll321
I don't know if I'm doing something wrong here, but I'm running Windows 7 and I don't have the folder you're telling me to send it to. I can go C/Program Filesx86/EA Games/TheSims2/TSData and then I only have the option of Config, CSConfig, or Sims3D. I had a look under the AL folder, which has the right sub folders but when I try and extract it it says "Access Denied".

I have no idea what I'm doing and really don't want to go poking around in folders I shouldn't. Is there a solution?
To avoid the "Access Denied" message you need to be logged on as an administrator, and also, the Sims 2 cannot be running at the same time.

Also, when you extract the files, just extract them to an ordinary folder first, then use Windows Explorer to copy the files to the correct destination. I'm fairly sure the files will work in the AL directory if the basegame directory structure is not visible for some reason.
Test Subject
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#69 Old 23rd May 2013 at 9:05 PM
HUGE TY!

now i can build an evil lair for my sims to torture... eepp i mean, Entertain his guests >:D
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#70 Old 24th May 2013 at 3:11 AM
You're welcome - I think.
Test Subject
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#71 Old 23rd May 2014 at 3:57 PM
finally no unlocking of career rewards. hehehe
Test Subject
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#72 Old 11th Jul 2014 at 9:14 PM
Thank you ! :)
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#73 Old 12th Jul 2014 at 4:56 AM
Thank you for the encouragement.
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#74 Old 29th Jul 2014 at 7:37 PM
Hi, I have been using this mod for years - very useful for speciality lots. I have all EPs and SPs installed except for M&G and Family Fun Stuff. However, today I had an issue trying to access the Surveillance reward. I have never tried to use it before.

I have all objects available in the expected places except the surveillance. The catalog is the only place the reward shows and it has a custom star, and I cannot pick it from the catalog or place it.

See picture:



Help appreciated.
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