[EDIT: Nov 18 2017] Started filming the major plot. Here’s a [preview screenshot]. Overall completion: approximately 35%.
Let’s recap the focus of this show:
Main Plot (at least 50% of airtime): The Strangetown and Veronaville premade characters’ brush with Hyde Dynamic Fringe Science. Addressed every episode.
Subplot 1 (approx 30-33% of airtime): Specter Yard Adventures – magic vs science. Addressed at least once every 2 episodes.
Subplot 2 (approx 17-20% of airtime): Jane Doe Case. In the past, I used to update this plot only once every few episodes.
But now, I’ve restructured the later episodes, such that a “thin slice” of this plot is addressed in almost every episode. So please be aware that the trade-off of having the Jane Doe scenes in almost every episode is that each update is significantly shorter.
After all, this show is called “StrangeTown Monty”, not “Strangetown Goth” and certainly not “Strangetown MoRty” 😉
[EDIT: Nov 14 2017] Original versions vs their STM makeovers, for 7 characters: Bianca, Antonio, Kent, Vidcund, Nervous/Nick, Ajay and Erin. I added these “before and after” pics to their relevant sections on the [STM Characters] page.
I haven’t had time to do much about the next STM episode during this period, but I have not forgotten about it. I know I say this a lot, but also remember that despite that, I’ve completed a lot over the years.
[EDIT: Oct 22 2017] I’ve started on the Jane Doe / Bella Goth scene, which isn’t the chronologically first scene in the episode. It wasn’t easy to select a preview screenshot which doesn’t contain spoilers, but [here is the one I decided on].
Partitioning the Jane Doe subplot over multiple episodes was one of the biggest reasons WHY I took so long to revise the scripts from 2.08(A) onwards.
With this, 2.08(B) is about 15-20% complete. My target is late December 2017 to early January 2018, but there is always a possibility that I may finish earlier. Thank you for checking my updates and staying subscribed! 😉
[EDIT: Oct 20 2017] It’s been a while. I was mostly busy with RL stuff, but I had also been working on the sets for 2.08(B). One episode every few months is the most I can manage, given how intricate this task is, and the fact that I also do other things during my limited leisure time.
My true fans would understand this, and appreciate lots more about the show than the relatively minor Jane Doe plot While this plot will indeed be addressed in the subsequent episodes, I’m looking forward more to the resolution of the main plots of the Veronaville natives in Strangetown, and the increasingly bizarre issues in Specter Yard 😉
Original Post: Sep 26 2017
While I finalize some set details for the new episode, before filming may start…
[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 😉
[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 🙂
[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? 😮
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 🙂
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…
Of course, simmers were not my primary audience for these two quizzes, but they are definitely answerable by anyone who looks at the correct pages on the [GTR98 Unofficial Site] or have [watched my races] 😉
June 17 2017: I’ve made a [NEW STM Quiz], containing plot material up to episode 2.07(B). It replaces the previous STM Quiz, and is tuned to be significantly easier.
I’ll be doing something similar to the PVCS 2015/2035 Quiz. You’ll see it sometime next weekend.
April 21 2017:[GODP #7] depicts the “most familiar scenario” of the Pleasant family. How would this version be similar or different to what is typically expected?
The STM Scripts are close to completion, so I can start filming 2.08(A) soon, especially when we’re up to GODP #11 or #12.
Thank you all for your continued support! 🙂
April 14 2017: The new [GODP #6] is slightly technical, but is nonetheless necessary. We’ll be returning to more familiar territory next week in Chapter 7.
April 7 2017: As promised, [GODP #5] is now available. How did Daniel’s new family turn out?
April 1 2017:
1. The remaining StrangeTown Monty (STM) scripts are about 75% sorted through. It’s not as easy as it looks! 😮
2. The production of the STM Machinima Series is officially ON HOLD…
until the full run of Goals of Daniel Pleasant (GODP) – 12 chapters – is completed. So read this story if you wish to see more of my ongoing work during this period.
As much as PVCS vs STM makes “what happens during a football match” accessible to simmers, GODP aims to familiarize simmers with “what happens in the career of a footballer and coach”.
To be clear, surprising as this sounds, football is NOT truly my comfort zone, because I don’t watch it week in, week out. But with Sims2Player, the correct co-writer and consultant for football jargon, the tales in the Sims Football Universe became possible.
GODP will return next weekend with Chapter 5, when Angela and Lilith are “old enough to talk” 😉
March 24 2017: How will Daniel get back into Mary-Sue’s good books? Find out in [GODP #4]…
There will be a one-week break before GODP #5 appears. But come back next week anyway, for I have an announcement scheduled for that time.
Scoop on Daniel and Jennifer’s first attempts at their respective love lives… 😮
That’s because Daniel Pleasant is a Romance sim. GODP’s dominant themes of football, family and romance are very different from my comfort-zone Knowledge-sim topics in STM 😉
There’s also an [Extra 1] to explain some of the football jargon.
March 10 2017:[GODP #2] is ready. Will young Daniel make a good first impression? 😉
March 3 2017: The first chapter, [GODP #1], is ready.
Goals of Daniel Pleasant (GODP) is a new upcoming Sims 2 screenshot story that focuses on Daniel Pleasant‘s career as a footballer, coach and family patriarch.
Will Daniel score the “goals” he wants in his footballing career and family life?
How far will “injuries” impact his life on and off the football pitch? Will he risk being “substituted”, or worse… endure the shame of being shown the “Red Card”?
Join Daniel and his younger sister Jennifer, as their tale begins in (Sims 1) Willville. Watch the evolution of the Pleasant siblings’ attitudes to family and football, as their lives change through the decades.
[EDIT: Jan 23 2017] The contest deadline is up, and nobody won. The answers will be revealed in 2.08 😛
I’m still confirming the script for 2.08 and the rest of the STM machinima series. This will take a while. Some of these scripts were written as early as 2012-2013. As the show has evolved over the years, major revisions are required for these scripts, before I can start filming 2.08.
[EDIT: Jan 12 2017] The Contest Deadline has been extended to Sun Jan 22 2017, 2359h UTC/GMT.
There have been some good attempts for the Contest, but none have hit the bullseye yet. See the [YT Comment Feed] and/or the [2.07 100% Announcement Post] for the attempts and my responses to them — at this time of writing, you’re still not too late 😉
Original Post: Jan 5 2017
As some of you have given me feedback about the STM 2.07(B) Contest being too difficult, here are some clues:
1. Consider the digits not by themselves, but in groups.
2. There’s a good reason why the numbers are arranged in THAT specific order.
3. NEITHER Sims / STM Fans NOR GTR98 fans have ANY advantage to answer this question correctly. However, Fringe fans may have a slight, but NOT significant advantage.
4. Think about the type of show that STM is…
If this quiz is REALLY so difficult… it is a great achievement indeed to be declared the winner 😮
What is the significance of the series of digits (everything except “555”) in Hyde’s phone number? Like everything else in STM, the correct answer is NOT as straightforward as it looks, so some thinking out of the box is required.
The FIRST viewer(**) to give the FULL specific correct answer, phrased to my satisfaction, earlier than Sun Jan 15 22 2017, 2359h UTC/GMT, will be publicly credited in the next episode, STM 2.08.
All answers are to be submitted publicly in EITHER:
(1) YouTube Comments of the 2.07(B) video, OR
(2) THIS WordPress Blog post: “2.07(B) – 100%”
Answers posted in the wrong places, ie. anywhere else, won’t count.
Please ensure that you submit your answer under a name/pseudonym that you are comfortable being credited as.
(**) I reserve the right to disqualify any answer which is not fully to my satisfaction, or from individuals who remain on my private blacklist. If I replied to any of your comments *within* the year 2016, it’s a good sign that you’re in the clear 😉