STM 2.08(A) Status Updates & Related Reflections

โ€‹Sims 2 Estranged Misfits / Black Sheep: Lilith Pleasant (Pleasantview), Ripp Grunt (Strangetown), Kent Capp (Veronaville)

[EDIT: Sep 6 2017] 2.08(A) is approaching 90%, with this [preview screenshot], and an imminent release sometime next week… mid-Sept, if all goes according to schedule.

Meanwhile, you may want to check out this [List of Sims Quizzes], containing various Sims canon and STM-related quizzes made by me.

Since there are so many quizzes now, it makes more sense to dedicate an entire page to them, instead of listing multiple image buttons on the side/menu bar
(now there’s only one image button for this quiz page, a handy shortcut for all). This list will be updated whenever I think of new quizzes. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

[EDIT: Aug 26 2017] 2.08(A) is into its [3rd scene – preview screenshot], with the overall completion rate around 70-75%. At this rate, there is an excellent chance for the episode to appear in mid-September ๐Ÿ™‚

[EDIT: Aug 15 2017] Made some progress on the second scene at [Specter Yard – see preview pic], so the overall episode completion status is approximately 50-55%.

If all goes well, 2.08(A) MAY possibly be released around mid-September 2017.

[EDIT: Aug 8 2017] Been busy over the past weeks… I haven’t even uploaded any RACES :/ But I’ve gone too far into the STM episode to back out now, so stay tuned for more updates.

[EDIT: July 18 2017] STM 2.08(A) is now about 35% complete, with new picture previews of [Bianca] and [Kent]… is this just another regular work day at the HD Lab? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Original Post: July 4 2017
While I was busy doing GODP for the first half of 2017, I had been revising the STM Scripts, and even filmed two of the scenes of the upcoming 2.08(A). However, now I am not satisfied with one of the scenes, and will have to redo it :/

So, as of July 4 2017, the completion status of 2.08(A) is 15%.

STM is such a long-drawn project, because I am not in the mood to do filming/editing everyday, as these tasks require strong Focused and/or Inspired moodlets.

However, there are relatively few (6) episodes left, I will try my best to complete them. All the scripts from 2.08(A) to 2.12 that I’ve reviewed, are feasible both as machinima and as screenshot stories.

(The latter will be my last resort, IN CASE I no longer have the hardware and/or the time to finish *all of them* in machinima form. I will try to produce *at least 3* of them as machinima episodes, and the rest as screenshot chapters. I guess this is better than leaving the story “unfinished”.)

I have been on this STM project for so many years, and I want to BOTH complete it AND do it justice. I am grateful to the fans who checked my updates, believe in me, and stayed subscribed all these years. How could I have made it this far without you? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


โ€‹Sims 2 Single Fathers: Darren Dreamer (Pleasantview), General Buzz Grunt (Strangetown), Antonio Monty (Veronaville)

We must acknowledge that Sims 2 is an “old” game (2004-2008) by 2017 standards, and that among the active simmers today, a substantial portion of them MAY no longer care about Sims 2, since they may be more likely to play Sims 3 (2009-2013) or Sims 4 (2014- ).

In 2017, stories written about Sims 2 premade characters may possibly be in even less demand than ever before. I’m not sure how many simmers feel a greater affinity towards Sims 3/4 premade characters than their Sims 2 counterparts.

Anyway, simmers generally care more about pure gameplay than using the game as a storytelling engine. Some of them who use it as a storytelling engine may only care about their own custom-made sims.

At least that’s what my short experiment in writing GODP has shown me. Simmers are less likely to want to READ than WATCH something, even if there’s Pleasantview in it. I’m not going to go into this neighborhood popularity debate all over again, as I understand that I am hardly a mainstream sort of writer.

Some authors may have started off writing fan fiction, then moved on to greater things. After many successful years of STM, it is highly possible that I may choose to branch out into non-Sims fiction writing in future, as the potential audience for
such written works is much larger. Not to mention the chances of finally being PAID (financially) for the hard work and effort I put in to my stories, especially if there’s enough fan support

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Sims 2/3/4 Machinima Director, Author & Critic.

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