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Book of Talent *UPDATED 02/09/2009*

by treeag Posted 17th Jul 2008 at 4:35 PM - Updated 24th Mar 2009 at 3:42 PM by treeag
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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.
A shiny new (okay, a dusty old) book that can teach your sim many skills to the max. The sim will not actually open and read the book though, I made it as a 'static' object. You just need to click on it and appropriate pie menus will show up.

It sits in hobbies/knowledge section and it costs 5 simoleons. I was considering to make it free but hey, knowledge DOES cost something (an arm and a leg sometimes, but I guess a couple of simoleons work just as fine )

Features :

-Skill >> Cooking, Mechanical, Charisma, Body, Logic, Creativity, Cleaning.

-Hidden Skill >> Dance, Painting, Pool, Meditate, Writing, Study.

-Badges >> Cosmetology, Sales, Flower Arranging, Toy Making, Robotery, Cash Register, Stocking, Gardening, Fishing, Pottery, Sewing.

-BV >> Gestures >> Mountain, Island, Far East.
-BV >> Massage >> Acupressure, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue.
-BV >> Dance >> Fire Dance, Hula Dance, Slap Dance.
-BV >> Misc >> Taichi, Teleport, Sea Chantey, Dragon Legend.

-Toddler >> Talk, Walk, Potty, Nursery Rhyme.

-Pets >> Come Here, Play Dead, Roll Over, Shake, Speak, Sit Up, Stay, Use Toilet.

-Hobbies >> Cuisine, Arts, Film & Literature, Sport, Games, Nature, Tinkering, Fitness, Science, Music.

-Misc Skill >> Parenting, Fire Safety, Anger Management, Lifelong Happiness, Physiology, Couples Counseling.

-AL >> Magic skill, breakdance.

For the pets function to work, you need "boolprop controlpets on".

All related wants should be satisfied.
Should be compatible with any game combination, but let me know if you have a problem.

Big thanks to toke for flipping the mesh for me It's been bugging me for a while now.


- Fixed memory problems for the rest of the skills.

- Added memories.

- Cosmetic change - Changed the book's position from standing up on its spine to laying down. (Thanks to toke)

- Skill gaining will now properly satisfy related wants.
- Talent badges functions will now properly satisfy related wants.
- Study parenting will now available for those with AL but without FT.

- Study parenting, magic skill and breakdance pie menus will no longer show up for kids and toddlers.
- New AL bookcase skill pie menus will no longer show up for toddlers.
- Changed the glob file from bookglobals to paintingglobals, maids should no longer put away the book.

- Added study parenting from FT.
- Added skills from AL.
- Vacation mementos now get unlocked along with the skill.

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

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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. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 6:45 PM
i really like this, thanks!

May good fortune rule over you,
peace lie in your heart,
and the stars watch over you
#3 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 7:06 PM
There was an earlier book which was fine until the maid came... She put it back into the bookcase and it was gone. I hope that this one survives the maid's visit.

Imagine a world without hypothetical situations
#4 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 7:06 PM
My sims always wanted to learn more with books, this looks pretty good! Thanks,
Test Subject
#5 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 7:16 PM
thanks so much. this will eliminate a few other hacks i have and have it all in one is gr8. thanks again.
Field Researcher
#6 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 8:24 PM
Sounds pretty neat thanks for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 8:27 PM
i need one of these! thanks alot!
Test Subject
#8 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 9:44 PM
thank you so much! I've been trying to find an easier way to get talent badges!! =D
#9 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 9:57 PM
I used to dutifully skill everything the hard way, but after several years of playing TS2, I feel like I've done enough of that to last me awhile. Thanks for this!

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Top Secret Researcher
#10 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 10:11 PM
This is awesome! I remember having a similar book earlier, however, the site went down, and I was afraid to put it in my game. I like this one better though. Nice texture on the book too. :D

Does this use the repository technique? Because I recolored the maxis books (I had thought that when you recolor the book covers, the icons that are used when you write custom novels would be in the custom novel mabobber) they showed up using the design tool, but after installing IKEA, they were no longer recolorable, unless I used the design tool while they were reading in bed. However, it is no problem if it does not use the repostory technique.

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#11 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 10:12 PM
Finally my sims will be able to make a nice flower arrangement lol. Thank you this is great.
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 10:42 PM
This is really great! I was just wondering if it created the memories when Sims max skills or gain a talent badge? I'm just curious XD

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#13 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 11:03 PM
*-* so cool! and thank you for the bv and badges thing!!! it makes this more original besides it takes centuries to get a bagde ¬¬ but now not anymore =) thank you for this !!

Test Subject
#14 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 11:12 PM
This is awesome! I used to spend the first sim week maxing out everybody's skills so this is AWESOME! because, well, I love my sims to be super smart and when they go to college, blah, who wants to study?! lol Thanks for this!!!!!

Take care :)
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 11:16 PM
Been searching for something like this ^^ Thank you so much :B
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 12:11 AM
o_o I love you, thanks so much! <333

Let the music smother me
Whole weekend recovery
Dancing on a Friday night
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 1:33 AM
This is great as is...just wondering if the parenting skill is also included. Thanks for making and sharing this.
Test Subject
#18 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 2:42 AM
Perfect Thank you so much. I love this.
Test Subject
#19 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 2:43 AM
Thanks! This will be great.
Field Researcher
#20 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 2:46 AM
#21 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 2:51 AM
Will the "want" still be satisfied when "learning" this way? And yes, I would like to know too if it is made for FT too like study for parenting. Anyway, great hack. Thank you.
Test Subject
#22 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 4:46 AM
woooot ! wooooooot !

It's Us Against The World.....
Test Subject
#23 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 6:06 AM
That's great! Thanks a lot!!!!
Test Subject
#24 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 10:06 AM
this is awesome! :D

at first, i thought it wasn't working, because my sims didn't do anything, but then i checked, and it was working >.<
Test Subject
#25 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 12:30 PM
I really nice looking book! I hope it will do good in my game :D

Just one thing about the Hobbies thing... When you chose one of the hobbies does that hobby then bring that Dululung song and is white glowy or not?
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