[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 😮
Please remember that the “Bella Goth (Jane Doe) Case” is NOT about Bella’s personal story, but focuses on how Ajay Loner and Erin Beaker handle the situation. STM is a psychological drama, not a fringin’ soap opera 😮
I’m glad you enjoyed 2.07(A) 🙂
While waiting, do check out my other episodes, sims stories and quizzes on the [STM Site].
– What will Bianca Monty find out about the emergency evacuation of Antonio Monty & his kids?
– How is the first day of work for the new gardeners of Specter Yard?
– How can Kent Capp‘s dream be interpreted?
Most canon sims are NOT toddlers at the start of the game, but can you identify the toddler versions of them? 😛
On the quiz page, press the big green “Play” button to start the quiz. Enter the first and last name of each sim. English version canon or STM / PVCS fanon versions of the names will be accepted as correct.
As this is a pictorial quiz with a limited set of well-known answers, the Toddler Quiz is definitely easier than the STM and PVCS quizzes, which contain mainly tricky inference questions 😉
As these Quizzes were planned and prepared months in advance, my current machinima production schedule is not affected by these. 😮
So I hope you enjoy the Strangetown Toddler Quiz, and stay tuned for more Toddler Quizzes of other canon neighborhoods, which will come during the waiting time for 2.07(A) to be completed.
(Thanks to Vpetmad & Sims2Player for testing the Toddler Quiz in advance 🙂 )