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: 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

[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 ๐Ÿ™‚

[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? 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

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Sims 4 Veronaville Series

I’ve been watching this [Sims 4 Veronaville series by ReviSIMic].

The story focuses on canonical Veronaville characters, remade in Sims 4. Its pacing is more gameplay-styled, but has a machinima-style storyline.

As the Feud is in full swing, much of the dialogue contains insults and slurs. The F and S expletives are NOT censored, so this show may not be suitable for viewers who are not comfortable with swearing.

Otherwise, this series is worth taking a look at, if you want to watch a Veronaville story ๐Ÿ™‚


Stay tuned for more progress updates on 2.07(A) AND Toddler Quizzes in my other posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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™‚ )