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: 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

Completed: Goals of Daniel Pleasant (GODP)

Pleasant Family Early 1980s: Jeff, Diane, Daniel, Jennifer

**StrangeTown Monty (STM) is NOT cancelled.**


June 23 2017: The [NEW PVCS vs STM 2015/2035 Quiz] is ready. Like the STM Machinima Quiz last week, it replaces its previous iteration, and is tuned to be significantly easier.

I will be opening a new blog post in the coming weeks, hopefully sooner, to announce percentage updates on STM 2.08(A). The scripts are feasible, and the show goes on ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you everyone who has been catching up on my updates, and/or reading/watching my work! ๐Ÿ˜€

For those of you who want Bonus Points: Simmers who are familiar enough with the Hyde Dynamic (GTR98) Racing Men, you MAY stand a chance at the [Racing Men to Home Track Matching Quiz] or even the [Racing Men to Car Numbers Matching Quiz].

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] ๐Ÿ˜‰


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.


June 9 2017: This three-month series is completed today, with [Extra 2: Bloopers & Lots] and the [GODP Quiz].

This quiz is easier than my previous ones. In fact, I am working on creating new quizzes for both the STM Machinima Series AND PVCS vs STM 2015/2035, to make them easier ๐Ÿ˜›

So watch this space for the new quizzes, as I return to creating the STM Machinima episodes.

Thank you to everyone who had been reading and/or commenting faithfully on the entire GODP series ๐Ÿ˜€


June 2 2017: Daniel does a great deal of soul-searching in the concluding chapter, [GODP #12]. How will he act as a result of the strong moodlets after the 2035 Match?

Next week, we’ll have GODP Bloopers and the GODP Quiz.

I will continue making STM 2.08(A) after that (yes, I have already started… a little.)


May 27 2017: In [GODP #11], we step into Daniel’s private thoughts during the 2035 Match. What does he think of the younger generation of players, especially the son of his old age?

The concluding story chapter, #12, will be available next week.


May 12 2017: In [GODP #10], what “cards” or “injuries” may there be, as Daniel and teen Lucy Burb handle TWO toddlers over 90 minutes? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I’ll be having a one-week break, so GODP #11 appears in two weeks’ time. Meanwhile, keep reading and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

May 5 2017: In [GODP #9], we find out why the Pleasant house was so quiet in the previous chapter… and how peaceful Daniel’s new life is.

Thank you to everyone who has been reading and/or commenting. It’s always heartening to feel the support even for the smaller projects ๐Ÿ™‚

April 28 2017: In [GODP #8], Daniel races against the clock… can he make it? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Veronaville Polls have been added today, so go [vote for what happened in your Sims 2 game] ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚


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! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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” ๐Ÿ˜‰


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.

March 17 2017: I’d never thought I’d ever use such a line to introduce a [new chapter: GODP #3]

Scoop on Daniel and Jennifer’s first attempts at their respective love lives… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

The characters in GODP are the same as the ones from PVCS vs STM 2015/2035. You may wish to read at least 2035 Chapter 1 “PVCS Families” to get acquainted with this world ๐Ÿ˜›

New chapters will appear every 1-2 weeks, and will run concurrently with my planning of the next phase of **StrangeTown Monty (STM)… which is NOT cancelled.**

GODP is co-written by Sims2Player, the cowriter of PVCS vs STM 2015/2035, and a most valuable consultant for football jargon ๐Ÿ™‚

Congrats to all simmers who guessed correctly in the “mysterious Pleasantview character” Poll ๐Ÿ˜‰

See you next weekend for the first chapter! ๐Ÿ˜€

2.07(B) Contest CLUES; Surprise New Extra for PVCS vs STM

[EDIT: Jan 23 2017] The contest deadline is up, and nobody won. The answers will be revealed in 2.08 ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


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 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Please post your [responses in the correct post] by the same closing date ๐Ÿ˜‰


Here’s a surprise [new “Extra” for PVCS vs STM]. Have YOU tried recreating any Sims characters in OTHER video games? ๐Ÿ˜›

Merry Christmas, STM 2.07(B) Contest over New Year weekend

[EDIT: Dec 27 2016] STM 2.07(B) is more than 90% complete.

If it continues to go well, the new episode, and its associated contest, are very likely to appear over the New Year Weekend, as planned ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜€


Original Post: Dec 23 2016

STM 2.07(B) is about 80% filmed and edited.

See [Preview Screenshot 3] – everyone knows such a scene is “inevitable”, but not necessarily how it turns out…

There will be a CONTEST based on the new episode over the New Year weekend. Please be sure to tune in to STM 2.07(B) as soon as you are available…

and answer the question in that Video Description as precisely as possible, over public comments on (the YouTube video) OR (the upcoming WordPress post “2.07(B) 100%”) ONLY.

The first viewer of neutral/good standing, whose answer is phrased to my satisfaction, shall be credited in STM 2.08.

Till then, prepare yourself to enjoy this holiday season, for 2017, and for this little contest over the New Year weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Loner Household & the Windmark (Beaker) couple wishes all Sims Fans a Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

Ajay Loner & Erin Beaker as Santa & Mrs Claus, James & Susan Windmark on the couch, Jane Doe by the Christmas tree

This exact scene is extremely unlikely to be in 2.07(B), but it does give some ideas… ๐Ÿ˜‰

STM 2.07(B) – Progress %

[EDIT: Dec 16 2016] The show is about 60% filmed and edited.

No new screenshots today, since spoilers should not be included ๐Ÿ˜›

As 2016 draws to a close, there’s a decent chance that I MAY be able to complete the episode in time for a Jan 2017 release. Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled…


[EDIT: Dec 4 2016] The show is about 45% filmed and edited.

Here’s another shot: [Preview Screenshot 2].


Original Post: Nov 22 2016

Filming for STM 2.07(B) has begun. This part will also be short, because the original entire 2.07 was never a long episode to begin with.

Here is [Preview Screenshot 1].

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I’m glad you enjoyed 2.07(A) ๐Ÿ™‚
While waiting, do check out my other episodes, sims stories and quizzes on the [STM Site].

STM 2.07(A) – Breaking Point (P1) – 100%

Surprise! It’s 100% done ๐Ÿ˜€

– 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?

[STM 2.07(A) – Breaking Point – Part 1]

This part is shorter than usual, as I originally planned to do 2.07 all at once.

If you haven’t tried the Sims 2 Toddler Quizzes, do have a go.
[Pleasantview] [Strangetown]
[Veronaville] [PVCS vs STM 2035]

Unlike my previous quizzes, which are trickier because of open-ended inference, the Toddler Quizzes have a finite set of well-known correct answers.

Sims 2 Toddler Quizzes

See [this other post] for STM 2.07(A) updates. The show is going on, fellow simmers.

Continue reading this post for Toddler Quiz Updates.


[EDIT: Sep 22 2016] This next quiz features any significant non-premade sims / premade unborn babies who appeared in AldoHyde’s Sims Universes.

[Identify the Toddler – PVCS vs STM 2035 + Racing Men]

You ARE allowed to view the family pictures in Chapter 1 and 2 for this quiz, since you are likely to find this one more difficult than the premade sims quizzes.

For Racing Men, entering their “car surnames” alone will be accepted as full correct answers, if you don’t remember their first names ๐Ÿ˜‰


[EDIT: Sep 15 2016] There will be a 4th Toddler Quiz coming soon.. likely next week.

You may want to look more carefully at the pictures of the PVCS vs STM 2035 teens and other premade unborn babies

as well as the more “prominent” Racing Men – especially the ones who TALK in the Main STM.


[EDIT: Sep 9 2016] Here’s the Veronaville edition of the Toddler Quiz.

It may be easy to differentiate between a Monty and Capp toddler, but is it as easy to tell EXACTLY which canon character it is? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

[Identify the Toddler – Sims 2 Veronaville]

I hope you enjoyed these quizzes, while waiting for me to finish this next marathon of STM 2.07(A) ๐Ÿ™‚


[Aug 30 2016] I hope you found last week’s Strangetown Toddler Quiz entertaining and challenging. This week, try the Pleasantview version.

While many of you simmers may be more familiar with Pleasantview characters, you may find the Strangetown quiz easier, because the Strangetown characters look more obviously unique ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

[Identify the Toddler – Sims 2 Pleasantview]

Note: Bella Goth is counted as a “Pleasantview sim” in these quizzes.

Click “How to Play” on the Quiz page for more clarifications.


[Aug 24 2016] If you are familiar with Sims 2 canon characters, you may want to attempt the following Quiz:

[Identify the Toddler – Sims 2 Strangetown]

Most canon sims are NOT toddlers at the start of the game, but can you identify the toddler versions of them? ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

As these Quizzes were planned and prepared months in advance, my current machinima production schedule is not affected by these. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )