If you’ve been following this blog for a long time, you may know that I choose Sims 2 aspirations based on zodiac signs using the default Maxis system (where every zodiac sign corresponds to a certain aspiration). I liked this system because it mimicked the default game behavior.
But as I was creating my custom neighborhood, it bothered me that distributing the zodiac signs evenly resulted in an uneven distribution of aspirations. There would be more knowledge and fortune Sims than the others.
First of all, I need to give credit for this idea to my reader Tamara, who posted the system she uses in the comments of my custom neighborhood tutorial post on creating residents. I loved it so much that I wanted to adopt it (slightly modified) for my game.
Tam also credits her system to kidhedera at pillowfort, so thank you kidhedera for the idea! I’m using the idea of creating an evenly distributed zodiac/aspiration system, but I’m making changes to suit my preferences, which I’ll explain below.
My Original System
I’ve used a very simple system of choosing Sims 2 aspirations for years. This system was based on the default Maxis behavior. When the game generates a new townie or NPC, it will automatically assign an aspiration based on zodiac sign.
Here’s a chart showing the original pairings:
As you can see, this doesn’t include Pleasure Sims. I mostly didn’t play with them unless I had too many Romance Sims in a generation (and then I would make some of them Pleasure). In the default game, Pleasure Sims share a zodiac sign with Romance.
Another problem (in my opinion) is that there are three zodiac signs associated with Knowledge and Fortune, but only two associated with the other signs. This means if you want an even number of signs in your ‘hood, you’ll end up with an uneven number of aspirations.
This may not be a problem for some people, but it bothers me! I like things to be even, especially when I’m starting out with a brand new neighborhood. That’s why I thought the system presented by Tam/kidhedera was so amazing. It solves this problem!
My New System
I honestly don’t know why this never occurred to me before, but I’m glad I haven’t created the Sims for my custom ‘hood yet. Now I have a chance to use this new system on them!
There are six total aspirations in The Sims 2 – Pleasure, Family, Romance, Knowledge, Fortune, and Popularity. When the game was released, there were only five aspirations. Pleasure was added with the Nightlife expansion. This is why it’s not really included in the original system.
Because there are 12 zodiac signs and six aspirations, there exists the opportunity to assign each aspiration to two zodiac signs. Here’s what I’ll be doing from now on:
Here are the changes I’ve made to the default system and why I made them.
(Note: I know not everyone believes in astrology in real life, and that’s okay! I personally find it very fascinating, but that doesn’t really matter. I am only using the common archetypes to help me choose the best aspirations for my Sims.)
Changed from Popularity to Romance.
Although Aries is one point more outgoing than Gemini, I still think of them as more of a Romance sign (my cheating ex was an Aries, so maybe I’m biased). As a fire sign, Aries is passionate, motivated, impulsive, bold, and brave – which in my opinion are traits suitable for a proper Sims 2 Romance Sim.
Here’s the in-game description:
Dynamic and confident, most Aries never shy away from the opportunity to strike up a conversation with anyone. However, they can be somewhat impulsive and quick-tempered.
Changed from Fortune to Pleasure.
Capricorns have 8 points in the Playful category (the same as Taurus). To me, this makes them better suited to the Pleasure aspiration than Fortune. They are traditionally Earth signs who love order and discipline. They are practical and responsible, but also enjoy life’s finer pleasures and love to joke around.
Here’s the in-game description:
Armed with a dry wit, Capricorns can often be found telling a good joke. Also being very practical, they strive for order and discipline.
Changed from Fortune to Popularity.
In the zodiac world, Geminis are known to be expert conversationalists. They love socializing and are quick-witted, expressive, and playful. (Being married to a Gemini, I can attest to this being true.) Playful and intellectually curious, Gemini is constantly juggling a variety of passions, hobbies, careers, and friend groups. To me, this sounds much more like Popularity than Fortune.
The in-game description also sounds more like Popularity to me:
Youthful and lively, many think Gemini have enough energy for two. Also energized by conversation, it isn’t surprising to find them bouncing from one topic to the next at parties.
Changed from Knowledge to Fortune.
I had a hard time deciding what to do with Sagittarius. Based on the in-game description and personality points, I wanted to make them Popularity. They definitely shouldn’t be Knowledge in my opinion. So, I compromised with Fortune since I needed another sign for this aspiration.
I definitely think Fortune fits better than Knowledge, however. Sagittarius has 7 playful points and 9 active, which to me seems like they enjoy getting things done. Here’s the in-game description:
Jovial and carefree, Sagittarians are also blessed with boundless energy. Unfortunately, this combination can make them restless and careless.
Changed from Romance to Pleasure.
I am a Taurus and I’m not even close to a Romance Sim. (Did I just refer to myself as a Sim?) Anyway, Taurus is Pleasure through-and-through. We are loyal, trustworthy, sensual and romantic (just not in a Sims 2 way). We love food, pleasure, and beautiful things. I just think Taurus is much more suited to a Pleasure aspiration.
Even the in-game description points towards Taurus being more Pleasure-oriented:
The typical Taurus is strong-willed and determined. That can often mean determined to have a good time.
All other signs remained the same, as I thought they were well-matched already. Now there are two signs for every aspiration, which makes things more even (exactly how I like them).
Sims 2 Aspirations
So, just to recap and make it easier to see, here’s the list of my interpretation of Sims 2 aspirations with their corresponding zodiac signs:
- Pleasure – Capricorn and Taurus
- Family – Aquarius and Cancer
- Romance – Aries and Libra
- Knowledge – Pisces and Virgo
- Fortune – Sagittarius and Scorpio
- Popularity – Gemini and Leo
Feel free to use this system for choosing your own Sims’ aspirations or simply use it as inspiration to come up with your own! And if you do something different, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment down below and let me know how you choose your Sims 2 aspirations!