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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - Well, Where are our Driving Lessons??
« Reply #275 on: October 27, 2012, 06:08:08 AM »
The driving was hilarious, Great job Schip.
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - Well, Where are our Driving Lessons??
« Reply #276 on: November 19, 2012, 01:46:58 PM »
I need to apologize to all those who referred Sims to this treatment program, and to anyone else who's been waiting for an update.  The problem is, the Mission Highly Unlikely story has just been sweeping me along and I think I'm going to have to finish it before I can tear myself away and come back to this story and the Flowers Waiting for Grim.  I've found out that it's hard for me to go from one story to another because I tend to get so involved in what I'm doing.  This game needs a lot of micromanaging, making it quite a bit more time-consuming to play and write, and I don't want to do it until I have the time to do it justice.  So I appreciate your patience, and please don't give up on it.  I do intend to come back to it. 
 
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - Well, Where are our Driving Lessons??
« Reply #277 on: November 20, 2012, 07:46:31 AM »
It's okay, Schip! Enjoy your stories! We'll be here when you have time again!
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - Well, Where are our Driving Lessons??
« Reply #278 on: November 22, 2012, 02:01:36 PM »
Thanks for letting us know! I hadn't heard of the Mission Highly Unlikely story, so now I have something else to read! Definitely better to write the stories you want rather than hurrying with them.
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #279 on: November 26, 2012, 09:16:58 AM »
Stranger from a Strange Land

Late one evening, the residents are all in bed resting up from their busy day.  Ssttarr and Simgund are lingering over their dinner when a knock comes at the door. 

Ssttarr:  "Who could that be, so late at night?  You finish your dinner, I'll see who it is."

Ssttarr goes to the door to find a stranger standing on the doorstep.  She's never seen him before but she knows who he is.

Ssttarr:  "I know who you are!  You're - "



But the stranger says:  "No names, please!  I need to talk to Dr Simgund.  Is he available?"
Ssttarr:  "He's just finishing his dinner.  But I'm sure he'll see you.  Come in."



The stranger follows Ssttarr to the kitchen, where Simgund is just putting his plate in the dishwasher.  The stranger goes up to Simgund and speaks to him in low, urgent tones.



Simgund listens, then nods.  "Of course we can help you.  Come this way.  Ssttarr!  We need you in the group room, please!"

The three of them gather in the group room.  Ssttarr and Simgund listen attentively as the stranger explains why he has come.



"I'm sorry to intrude on you so late at night and without warning.  But I remember Mr Payne telling me you could help me if I ever wanted to change my traits.  Well, I'm ready to change, so tell me what I need to do."

Ssttarr:  "What you're talking about is a SWAP treatment."

Simgund:  "Yes.  SWAP is an acronym, from 'Sims With Awful Personalities.'  It is a self-help program started long ago by James Douglas to help Sims change their traits."



Ssttarr:  "It's not hard to change, but it will cost you a lot of happiness points, so you need to be very sure it's what you want to do.  Once you've had your SWAP treatment, it can't be undone.  The only way to change again is to spend more happiness points on another SWAP treatment."

Simgund:  "You can change as many traits as you want, just one or all of them if you want.  Have you decided what you want to do?"

At this point Incubus, who has been following the discussion with interest, feels compelled to point out:  "Life would be so much simpler for you Sims if you were more like dogs.  We don't have to get SWAP treatments - we just gain extra traits!  Too bad Sims aren't smart enough to be more like dogs."

Having put in his two cents' worth, the little dog settles down comfortably to chew on his bone.



Simgund continues, "Ssttarr and the residents and I have been following your adventures with interest.  In fact, we've been so engrossed in your story that the current treatment program is on hold so that we won't miss any of your updates.  I know there have been various suggestions made about your traits.  What do you think of those recommendations?"

The stranger says that he likes the idea of taking on a trait that he's already demonstrated he has.

Ssttarr:  "Yes, I thought that was a very insightful recommendation.  Let me guess - the trait you want to get rid of is your Slob trait, correct?"



The stranger agrees.

Simgund:  "Excellent choice.  I'm sure you won't miss it.  The rest of your traits aren't bad, really.  And what trait would you like instead of Slob?"



The stranger names a trait.

Ssttarr claps her hands, and Simgund says, "Yes, excellent choice!  And if I'm reading recent developments correctly, that trait will be very useful to you in your future life."  The young man wasn't certain, but he thought he saw Simgund wink as he said it.

So the decision is made.  The young man gladly gives up 20,000 happiness points to become the new person he was meant to be.

Then the young man says, "Thank you very much.  I feel like a new man.  You've both been most kind.  And I'm sorry, but I have to run - I don't want to miss my flight home."

Ssttarr and Simgund say goodbye to him and wish him luck with the next part of his journey.



And the young man walks out into the cool night air and hails a taxi to take him to the airport.



 
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #280 on: November 26, 2012, 10:17:04 AM »
WOW, I didn't see that coming. I really need to read more of schip's stories. Now where is off to??

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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #281 on: November 26, 2012, 11:33:53 AM »
I can't wait to find out his new trait, I didn't expect this at all!



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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #282 on: November 26, 2012, 11:57:24 AM »
That's just wonderful!
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #283 on: November 26, 2012, 01:08:12 PM »
This is where Nameless went! Awesome! But he still beter save his daughter....
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #284 on: November 29, 2012, 12:49:54 PM »
I know your MHU thread had a post about shameless self-promotion, but I for one LOVE how your stories overlap. :)
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #285 on: December 02, 2012, 03:33:12 AM »
I know your MHU thread had a post about shameless self-promotion, but I for one LOVE how your stories overlap. :)

I couldn't agree more, Alexrandia!! I also love the way Schipperke links the stories. I would also add that it isn't "shameless self-promotion"  to send us into another story. Dimension H writers do it all the time...They call them sequels and trilogies! We're just lucky we don't have to wait 6 months to a year before the next book comes out  ;D
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #286 on: December 02, 2012, 06:23:52 PM »
I also love the way Schipperke links the stories.

I think the cross-overs add depth to both stories, too.
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #287 on: December 20, 2012, 10:54:02 PM »
YAY!  I love insane sims! Can I  have a late entry, or should I wait?

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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #288 on: January 21, 2013, 10:41:44 AM »
I've been intending to get back to this story for a long time.  But the time keeps getting longer and longer, and I think it's time I stopped keeping people waiting for an update that never seems to come.

This story requires a lot of micromanaging, what with keeping track of everyone's traits and treatment goals, and there just isn't enough time for me to do justice to several stories at a time.  The Ben Oliver story (and the Mission Highly Unlikely story before it) have been so engrossing to me that all my time and energy seems to go into those stories. 

So because I don't think I'm going to get back to this story soon, and because I've been feeling bad about making people wait, I think it's time for Ssttarr, Simgund, and Incubus to go into retirement.  I apologize to those who referred clients for treatment - I know I've let you down, and I am sorry about that.  Perhaps some day the Treatment Centre might start up again, but for now I think this is what I need to do.

I'm going to move this story to the Completed Stories board, as we did complete one treatment cycle, and there may still be people who might want to read the story.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and leave comments here. 
 
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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #289 on: January 22, 2013, 04:47:00 AM »
I understand that you have other stories that take up your time. Don't feel bad, and maybe you'll open up the treatment center again after the staff had had their break.

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Re: The GO Treatment Centre - A Stranger from a Strange Land
« Reply #290 on: January 24, 2013, 10:59:06 PM »
While I am sad (as is Karin) that the story has to end for the time being, I look forward to reading your other stories!
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