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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
305 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
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.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Size: 420.3 KB · Downloads: 131,307 · 24th Mar 2009
420.3 KB 131,307 24th Mar 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. 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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Test Subject
#101 Old 15th Sep 2008 at 5:11 AM
OMG thank you so much it is just what i needed. you are a genius. thanks so much.
Test Subject
#102 Old 15th Sep 2008 at 4:46 PM
You a great moder!
Test Subject
#103 Old 22nd Sep 2008 at 5:39 PM
I downloaded this but my sims wont respond to it, the prompt just seems to disappear. Am I doing something wrong
#104 Old 22nd Sep 2008 at 8:52 PM
Probably not. The creator has said that there are no animations; the relavent skill just gets increased without anything visible happening on-screen. Keep your Job/Skills panel open next time you try it, and see if they increase.
Test Subject
#105 Old 23rd Sep 2008 at 6:23 AM
hello, if you pardon my English is not very good, I do not often speak the language often, well my problem is: the book-release-save it in the appropriate folder, unzip it ... But when opening the Sims 2, "activate personalized content" does not leave the download, leaving all the others except the download of the book! please help!
Original Poster
#106 Old 23rd Sep 2008 at 7:38 AM
Sorry I don't really get what you're saying. You mean the book doesn't appear in your game, or in the CC dialog?
Test Subject
#107 Old 26th Sep 2008 at 5:28 AM
that the book does not appear in the game
Lab Assistant
#108 Old 26th Sep 2008 at 8:25 PM
It´s fantastic!
Super Thanks, thanks!
Test Subject
#109 Old 30th Sep 2008 at 2:38 PM
Absolutely love this book and I’m so very glad you changed it so that my neat sims and the maid will nog longer “dispose” of my object! Thank you so much
Test Subject
#110 Old 30th Sep 2008 at 8:05 PM
thanks for this, i didn't read it right but now i get it,thanks again
Test Subject
#111 Old 1st Oct 2008 at 12:13 AM

There is a problem. The book works fine, but when I select to get the magic skills nothing happens. Does the book turn the sims into a warlokk/witch or it only increases the magic skill points?
Original Poster
#112 Old 1st Oct 2008 at 2:08 AM
Only the magic points, of course. Hence the name "magic skill". If you want to turn the sims into a witch you can use this

Also, sometimes you have to study in the podium for the magic skill point changes to register. Just study for a second until the skill bar and spell lists update itself.
Original Poster
#113 Old 3rd Oct 2008 at 11:22 AM
Updated today All options should now satisfy related wants, including the main skills and talent badges. Let me know if you have a problem.
Lab Assistant
#114 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 12:25 AM
ugh. I love you and hate you for this. It'll make it actually possible for a sim to learn the parenting skill while they still have young children, but I know I'll want to use it all the time....
ooo, not to mention the possiblities for college.... I hate/love you!
Field Researcher
#115 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 2:02 AM
Question, the magic skills, does it unlock all of the spells or just raises the magic skill bar?
Original Poster
#116 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 4:20 AM
The spells too, of course What's the point of raising the skill bar without the spells? Pretty graphics? And actually if you bother to read 3 posts above you, you'll read this:

Originally Posted by treeag
Also, sometimes you have to study in the podium for the magic skill point changes to register. Just study for a second until the skill bar and spell lists update itself.
Test Subject
#117 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 9:24 PM
I tried to download the updated version but for some reason the folder is empty ..can some one help me figure out why I am not getting the file ..
Lab Assistant
#118 Old 9th Oct 2008 at 11:42 AM
Hey it doesnt show up in the game

Everything that has a beginning has an end

You have been bitch-slapped
Test Subject
#119 Old 11th Oct 2008 at 1:42 PM of talent update version!!!
i like that...thanx tree

*shy mode on
Test Subject
#120 Old 13th Oct 2008 at 4:36 AM
Awesome job! Thank you bunches and bunches! Now if only I could get my butler to stop putting it away... LOL
Lab Assistant
#121 Old 21st Oct 2008 at 2:20 AM
Test Subject
#122 Old 22nd Oct 2008 at 12:50 AM
This is about the smartest object I have ever run across. That you so much treeag!
Test Subject
#123 Old 25th Oct 2008 at 1:39 PM
I downloaded your book the first time, before the updated version and everything works great. When the maid or butler swipes it off the end table, my thoughts are, "No, you retard...." Anyway, to cure that problem I used "moveObjects on" cheat and placed it on a shelf. It works great up where they can't get to it (ha ha) and with Sims NOT having to touch or study the book, it works perfect for that. I'll update my version another time cause I loved your first one. Thanks again for saving us long, boring time skilling Sims and my game has approx 200 Sims in Belladonna alone.
Wiki Wizard
#124 Old 28th Oct 2008 at 8:33 PM
Sweet work, i love your stuff!

It's ok, we all laugh-snort occasionally!
Check out some of my other stuff here.
Test Subject
#125 Old 29th Oct 2008 at 2:33 AM
Knowledge is Free.
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