STM 2.06(A) – 60% – The Ones Who Saved STM

[EDIT: May 13 2015] Approximately 80%.

[EDIT: May 4 2015] STM 2.06(A) is about 75% done. There are likely to be three parts altogether, with 2.06(B) & 2.06(C) being my next Sims projects. Splitting my original long scripts may be my best strategy to shorten the interval between episode releases.

Episodes with a strong focus on the Grunt son(s) and/or Bella Goth have taken me the longest to complete, as I have very little emotional investment in these characters. For STM 2.06(A), it is the former.


[Original Post: April 23 2015] I am pleased to announce 60% completion for STM 2.06(A). It should be shorter than part B, assuming that I release the episode in two parts, instead of three parts. I hope to have it ready in May 2015. [Preview Screenshot #2]

2014 was a difficult year for me. But in terms of STM, it was the year of the Specter Yard Investigation, with a temporary focus on two of the Racing Men. It is fortunate for the show that my difficult schedule coincided with the episode featuring my custom CAS characters, or I would have found it very difficult to remain motivated to press on with production.

In other words, Xu and Ivanov saved STM from what could have been my breaking point to stop completely in 2014.

I feel this more, as STM 2.06(A) has mainly premade characters on screen. It is advantageous to write a story featuring premade characters, as more fans would be familiar with the characters, and may even try something similar in their own game.

On the flip side, it is common for sims storytellers to find less inspiration, or personal liking, for premade characters than those of their own creation.

CAS characters are more likely to be “personal” to the author, as players create their own sims for a variety of reasons. We do not often feel the same way about someone else’s CAS sims, as we do to our own. In a story featuring mainly premade characters, CAS characters throw in a slight plot variation to the otherwise identical sandbox that we share with other simmers.

I knew the Racing Men (1997, GTR98) before any of you simmers even heard of the Goth family (2000, Sims 1). Like Regan & Kent Capp, I was old enough to play Grand Tour Racing 98 at the time of its release, before some of you were even born.

That is the rationale behind the “Capp Siblings 1997 Video Games” scene in STM 2.05(B), which may be a parallel to the Grunt Brothers playing Need For Speed Carbon (2012, STM 1.08) and Sims Medieval (2011, STM 1.06).

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STM 203 Screenshot & Racing Updates

STM 2.03 stands around 55% complete, mainly due to Hyde’s overwork & the long time-out of his “Bella Goth Overdose” Moodlet. At this rate, a September release is unlikely. If we’re lucky, we’re looking at an October 2013 release.

Meanwhile, here’s a screenshot from the episode. It looks generic on first glance, but as usual, you should observe closely. This, together with “Capp Family 1988” form parts of the episode – yet that is not all. STM Season 2 contains more subplots than the more Bianca-oriented Season 1.

– In my Sims Universe, “Hyde Dynamic” is the science facility in STM, with Bianca Monty, Kent Capp & the Curious brothers among its employees.
– In the world of Watchers, “HydeDynamic” is simply a natural choice of a second username when Dr Hyde needs it.

I have split the AldoHyde channel into two: My NEW Racing stuff will be uploaded to: [http://youtube.com/HydeDynamic].

I did this only because I plan to upload many more Racing videos than I originally thought I would. You might notice that the songs I used in the Racing videos are similar to the background music of STM — there’s no way that these two projects are completely distinct.

There shall be NO bugging me for Sims stuff on my Racing channel or videos.

The Son of Capp Returneth (STM 2.01: 100%)

StrangeTown Monty Season 2 opens with the return of the Son of Capp into the Daughter of Monty’s life. How will the long separation affect them? Meanwhile, Nick Grimm (formerly Nervous Subject) seems to be freed from oppression, but will his “old personality” affect his ability to succeed in his new life? How will his ward, Ophelia Nigmos, respond to him?

I like it when my viewers think & analyze the story, rewatch the series for details, and if they wish, discuss it with me. We don’t insult a gourmet chef by rapidly gulping down his signature dishes, and demanding him to quickly cook another similar recipe.

I am pleased to have accurately estimated the release period. A six-week buffer is quite safe, assuming that my work conditions don’t change too drastically.

[StrangeTown Monty 2.01: Son of Capp]

“Racing Day” has been relaunched with my *new* INSTANT-Replay method.
[Switzerland 6: Full Rampage]

Computer Crisis: Recovery

My computer (the one with Sims2) recently crashed, and I did not hesitate to get a new one.

But I have yet to find the time to reinstall/patch ALL my Sims2 EPs & SPs. It gets trickier because I avert the intrusive S***rom on the latter EPs, and nuke all the default NPCs & townies, before I even put in my active neighborhoods.

I am pleased that the June 2012 version of my Sims games files are safely backed up. Technically, I can resume STM without any major disruptions ONCE I GET THE TIME to reinstall the Sims2 game.

These days, I’m on a rather heavy workload, which will persist for quite a while. If only I don’t feel so mentally exhausted when I actually have any time left… 😦

Expect Racing stuff to become a regular fixture on my YT Channel. SOME of the future racing videos may actually have subtitles, when bizarre things (sometimes orchestrated by me 😉 ) happen in between the starting and ending flags. Racing doesn’t offer as much storytelling possibilities as Sims, but you’ll never know with AH… 😮
I even dropped you a hint in STM #8.

Bizarre things also happen in my Sims Machinima. I put in more thought & effort into my Sims videos, so they appear less often, and we can all be glad when they actually appear. 🙂

If you happen to play your Sims2 on Windows 7, please leave a reply (comment) on this post about your experiences installing / patching / running the game, since I read that [it can be quite a nightmare].