STM 2.06(B) – The Patriarch 2 — 100%

[EDIT: Nov 9 2015] How many simmers guessed the “4th Racing Man” correctly?

Roadblocks have been overcome, so the results of my latest balancing act is finally ready. This is the middle part of my original long script of STM 2.06, and the overall longest episode so far. It also uses a significant amount of Sims 3 footage.

[StrangeTown Monty 2.06(B) – The Patriarch Part 2]

This episode focuses on the following Patriarchs:
– Feuding Fathers of Monte Vista & Roaring Heights
– Racing Men
– Antonio Monty

In the NEXT part, STM 2.06(C), we go back to Strangetown to see the conclusion of the sticky situation in Specter’s House…

Writing stories / making machinima is a balancing act between (what the fans want), and (what the author wants).

If there isn’t enough of (the part the author wants), there’s a risk of the author losing interest in the entire project, so neither part (not even “the part fans want”) gets produced.

In the case of premade Sims, all simmers start off with an identical sandbox. The CAS and non-canonical aspects are what makes one simmer’s show/story different from another simmer’s.

So note that [if I never did put the Racing Men in STM], the entire show might have been cancelled in early-2014. Aren’t you glad I’ve chosen an approach where I can maintain my interest in continuing the series?

As always, the show’s NOT over unless I explicitly say it is.


STM April Fools Update: Prank Gone Wrong

Curious Brothers: Pascal, Lazlo, Vidcund

[EDIT: April 8, 2015] [Two new STM Polls] are now available (one for major characters & one for minor characters) for the period before STM 2.06(A) appears – see the sidebar / menu tab of this blog, or click the link above to “STM Polls”. I didn’t have time yet to increase the episode completion beyond 30%.

The events described in the original post may or may not be obviously related to the subject matter of the new STM Polls, but all possibilities must be considered — how many times has this show surprised you…? 😉

[Original Post: April 2, 2015] The first week of April contains the highest rate of employee dismissals from Hyde Dynamic – mainly sims who think they are being so “smart” by executing a “watertight” April Fools Joke, but having it backfire on them when the target is not too amused.

Hyde has nothing against the Goofball trait or Joke Star Aspiration (Sims 4), or even a high Playful score. Despite giving off a serious vibe, he does NOT have the “No Sense of Humor” trait, or it won’t be possible for him to write STM.

In fact, Hyde enjoys well-constructed wit for (365 or 366 minus one) days in a year. Some sims/people with the Knowledge aspiration have a deep aversion to being made to feel like an idiot, causing a “double minus” to appear on top of their heads.

The “best” April Fool jokes are the ones that sound too much like the “real” thing, especially if it pretends to be an “official announcement” from a source that is “credible” for (365 or 366 minus one) days in a year. A joke’s “success” is gauged according to the number of people it fooled.

If the joke is initiated by a person, his/her history also plays a part in the interpretation of the “joke” at hand. A person who often speaks in a serious tone on serious subjects can ironically be the most devastatingly effective, because people are used to taking them seriously. On the other hand, when the person is known to be a drama king/queen, it is annoying not knowing whether they are serious or not this time.

In April 2015, Lazlo Curious was fired from Hyde Dynamic for “crossing the line at the wrong time” [compare this with STM 2.05(B), time 4:18].

Lazlo filed a convincing report that all the Top Beards believed, only for it to be exposed as complete boolprop later in the day, a waste of a full day’s productivity and profits. After multiple utterances of “What the Fringe”, Lazlo was told that he was Out, and may not respawn in the Nursery (Hyde Dynamic Horticultural Dept) on subsequent workdays.

Lazlo really should have listened to Pascal, his more sensible brother, who didn’t have a good feeling about that report. Pascal still retains his job at the Nursery. Vidcund was not involved, for he wisely stayed at the Secret Project Lab all day.

This incident is to be treated as an actual event in STM, between 2.05(B) and 2.06(A). Do you recall seeing a glimpse of Vidcund Curious “on leave” in 2.04 (time 3:40)? 😉