Full FAQ / Sticky Intro

Aldo Hyde is a Sims 2/3/4 Machinima Director, Author, Critic, Game Guide Writer & Hyde Dynamic Racing Man.

He is best known for the StrangeTown Monty (STM) Sims 2 Simlish Machinima Series, a scientific conspiracy & psychological drama; its spinoff Sims screenshot stories: PVCS vs STM Football 2015 / 2035 Matches, and Goals of Daniel Pleasant (GODP), and StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC) / Olive Specter’s Timeline (OST).

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STM 2.09 – 2.12: The Last Lap

[STM 2.09 – Identity] is the first of the four “last lap” screenshot chapter episodes of StrangeTown Monty, which take place in the main STM universe.

Expect the next three episodes to appear on the front page of the [STM Blog] in the coming months.

View my full video announcement here:

New Story – StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC)

[EDIT: July 16 2018] With today’s release of [OST #4: Elder Guardian], the STSTC / OST series is finally complete.

As I have larger non-Sims projects awaiting my dedicated attention, I’ve decided to finish StrangeTown Monty (STM) over the next few months. The final four chapters, STM 2.09 – 2.12 will be made in screenshot chapter form.

You can expect to read STM 2.09 around the second week of August 2018. Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚


[EDIT: June 11 2018] Who will Olive Specter get close to in her next phase of life in [OST #3: Midnight Hollow]?


[EDIT: June 3 2018] Who is next on Olive Specter’s “list” in [OST#2: DJ Spectra]? These chapters may explain the slight differences in the behavior of her ex-husband zombies… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


[EDIT: May 25 2018] The first chapter of the STSYC Prequel, Olive Specter’s Timeline, [OST#1: Early Years] is up today. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

[EDIT: May 19 2018] Olive Specter’s Timeline will quite probably appear next weekend, as I am busy.


[EDIT: May 4 2018] Another STSYC Extra, [StrangeTown Families Timelines] is available today.

This part also contains the authors’ interpretation of the background of Lola and Chloe Curious-Smith (Singles), as foreshadowed in STSYC #3, when these daughters of PT9 first appeared in the story.

“Olive Specter’s Timeline” will appear in 1-2 weeks time. Ideally, I hope to finish it before the World Cup starts.


[EDIT: Apr 29 2018] The STSYC Bloopers are up today. Which episode produced the funniest bloopers? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another minor extra will appear next, before “Olive Specter’s Timeline”.


[EDIT: Apr 20 2018] [STSYC 10B: New Beginnings] marks the completion of the official chapters of StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy.

The [STSYC Quiz] is also available today, and should only be attempted after reading both 10A and 10B. You may also vote on which ending you prefer.

Next, we’ll have the STSYC Bloopers and at least one minor Extra. The MAJOR Extra, “Olive Specter’s Timeline”, is a short prequel.


[EDIT: Apr 13 2018] [STSYC #10A: New Challenges] is one of the plausible endings of the story. Read the notes at the end of the chapter for details about the post-STSYC production timeline.

Even if no updates appear on YouTube or elsewhere, new chapters will always be announced on the front page of AldoHyde.com and/or the individual series pages of the STM Blog.


[EDIT: Apr 6 2018] STSYC #10 will likely appear next week, because I am busy this week. Meanwhile, you still have time to vote on the polls!


[EDIT: Mar 31 2018] [STSYC #9: Ultimatums] and its [associated trailer] are available today.

I may or may not make videos for the closing chapters and bloopers, but you will always see updates here on the AH Blog.

Please remember to VOTE on which STSYC victim deserves most to return. The other “ST” polls are based on [your own gameplay]. Both of these polls are relatively new, only started in March 2018.


[EDIT: Mar 23 2018] With the release of [STSYC #8: The Third Battle] and its [associated trailer], STSYC #6’s two-week record as the most intense chapter has been surpassed.

While the Battle of StrangeTown poll is closed (how many simmers guessed right?)… two new polls about “Victims” and “Nervous vs Ophelia” are newly opened.


[EDIT: Mar 13 2018] [STSYC #7: Liaisons] (and its [associated trailer]) is the short cooldown after the intensity of the previous chapter. Will the StrangeTown residents use their short rest period in the best possible ways, before things get even crazier?

The “Battle of Strangetown” Poll is based on events from STSYC #5 and beyond, so vote now!


[EDIT: Mar 7 2018] This is officially the most intense screenshot chapter I’ve ever made, especially if I think it’s crazier than PVCS.

Presenting [STSYC #6: The Second Battle], and its [associated trailer].

As we are still at the midpoint of STSYC, there is a strong possibility that a future chapter would get crazier than this one.


[EDIT: Feb 24 2018] [STSYC #5: Two More Teams Join the Fray] and its [associated trailer] are available today.

I will be taking a one-week break from all my Sims projects, so STSYC #6 will only appear two weeks from now. Production on STM will resume after all STSYC chapters are complete, and STSYC is about halfway though now (not including Extras). Thank you for reading, watching, checking my updates, and staying subscribed! ๐Ÿ™‚

[EDIT: Feb 22 2018] I’m still in the process of illustrating STSYC #5. I expect to finish in a few days’ time.

[EDIT: Feb 16 2018] I hope it’s clear by the plot of STSYC #4 why I didn’t want to make STSYC as machinima. I want this side story’s chapters out as quickly as possible, so a screenshot story is the way to go.

[EDIT: Feb 15 2018] [STSYC #4: The First Battle], and its relevant [short trailer] (NOT simply a “notification video”) are now available.

[EDIT: Feb 3 2018] [STSYC #3: One In, One Out?] is now available.

So is the [notification video for #2 and #3 on YouTube].

[StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy] is an alternate universe of STM. Both of these projects are still ongoing.

[EDIT: Feb 3 2018] [STSYC #2 – Pizza & Family Gatherings] is available today. The screenshots for this chapter are relatively easy for me, since I’m used to making machinima. Have fun reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

[EDIT: Jan 29 2018] Since I decided not to be too ambitious with STSYC, the first chapter and trailer video are up today. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

[STSYC #1 – The Pleas]

[STSYC Trailer]

[EDIT: Jan 25 2018] The pre-production writing of the Specter Yard Conspiracy (SYC) is going extremely well. As I am doing some experimentation with the challenging and complex screenshots, the series can be released ANYTIME in Feb 2018. Stay tuned… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Be prepared for the possibility of another hiatus for the STM Machinima Series, because I want to complete SYC first. It hasn’t been easy for me to seriously consider this possibility, but my priority is to complete as many Sims stories as possible, so it makes sense for me to target the “easier” projects first. Have YOU tried making machinima? It’s difficult! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The real-life World Cup football season in June 2018 would likely be a month-long full hiatus of ALL my sims projects.

I will NOT cancel STM, as long as I am alive to finish it, because I know there are simmers who enjoy it. You guys are awesome to appreciate the complexities within the show. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Meanwhile, do check out this mini-series by another simmer. How does the perpetrator’s modus operandi differ for each of the base game towns?

[Death of Pleasantview]

[Torment of Strangetown]

[Drama in Veronaville]

Isn’t it interesting how sims in the family bin are conspicuously missing? Maybe it’s a good thing for them to be “exempted” from scenarios like this… and be given the positive spotlight elsewhere in [other sims stories] ๐Ÿ˜‰


Original Post: Jan 13 2018
I have reviewed the script for STM 2.09, so filming can start soon. I will create a new post specifically for 2.09 updates when it’s time.

So now that you know that the STM Machinima Series is NOT cancelled

It is my pleasure to announce my next Sims screenshot story. Though co-written with Sims2Player again, this time, the main theme will NOT be football…

Instead, Strangetown faces a major crisis, and the premade residents have to defend themselves on their own ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

In a crisis like this, nobody without strong emotional attachments to Strangetown would want to be within a mile of the danger zone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So Strangetown can expect NO outside help from other premade towns like Veronaville, or CAS characters from Hyde Dynamic, or anywhere else. Despite this being a “pure Strangetown story”, there will still be “vibes from the STM universe” in this new tale.

StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC)

StrangeTown: Specter Yard Conspiracy (STSYC), coming Feb 2018

The situation in the STM Machinima series is called the “Specter Yard Case”.
This new tale features a completely different issue in Specter Yard ๐Ÿ˜›

So stick around for STSYC, and STM 2.09 ๐Ÿ™‚
Thank you for reading, watching, checking my updates and staying subscribed!