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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #100 on: May 09, 2013, 04:32:58 PM »
My advice would be to stay away from such a story line.  Thank you for asking first.  :)

Alrighty. =) Still want to keep the character, so I'll edit the story to be more of a 'she learns that she doesn't have to be the "typical" woman' type of thing before I post it.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #101 on: May 09, 2013, 09:57:37 PM »
Hello, Pam.

I want to ask you something. It is okay to create a tragic story? Well, I do have more idea for these kind of stories instead making a happy one and I really love writing this one. I just want to know, if this kind of story was approved. What kind of restriction for making one kind of the story like that?

I want to create this kind of story in the future and I appreciate if you can tell me what do you think. So, I can still stick to the rules. Thank you again, Pam.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #102 on: May 10, 2013, 01:29:35 AM »
Hello, Pam.

I want to ask you something. It is okay to create a tragic story? Well, I do have more idea for these kind of stories instead making a happy one and I really love writing this one. I just want to know, if this kind of story was approved. What kind of restriction for making one kind of the story like that?

I want to create this kind of story in the future and I appreciate if you can tell me what do you think. So, I can still stick to the rules. Thank you again, Pam.

As long as there is no violence, sexual content, or adult themes, it should be ok.  A story can be sad without being violent.  Perhaps you can send me a private message with more details. 
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #103 on: July 02, 2013, 07:22:58 PM »
Hello, I was just wondering if an ISBI challenge story would fit in the Legacy board? Or is an ISBI legacy not allowed on the forums? :)
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« Reply #104 on: July 02, 2013, 08:54:25 PM »
Hello, I was just wondering if an ISBI challenge story would fit in the Legacy board? Or is an ISBI legacy not allowed on the forums? :)
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An ISBI challenge would be allowed on the forums but since it isn't a legacy you would post it in the miscellaneous stories board.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #105 on: July 02, 2013, 09:55:05 PM »
An ISBI challenge would be allowed on the forums but since it isn't a legacy you would post it in the miscellaneous stories board.

Ok  thank you :)

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #106 on: July 02, 2013, 10:48:17 PM »
Hey guys.  There is a rule about using acronyms and I have no idea what an ISBI is.  Can one of you please spell it out?
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #107 on: July 02, 2013, 10:48:41 PM »
Hello,
I'm pretty new to the forum, though I've been a lurker and admirer for awhile. I wanted to start my own story, but I had a few questions first. I've read the rules, but I just want to be sure I'm not violating any others when I write my story.

1) It seems to me that a "story" is different from a "legacy", am I right? Am I wrong in assuming that a legacy is a form of challenge with more specific rules and a story is more free and less restrictive, with no definable objective? I understand that you can turn your legacy into a story, but can I just write a story for my Sims without the legacy aspect?

2) Is it appropriate for me to use mods (i.e. Twallan's mods) and custom content (i.e. custom skins, hair, make-up, clothes, objects, etc.)?

3) I understand there is no WooHoo or violence allowed, however, if my Sim happens to have a bad interaction that leads to a fight (I might be confusing Sims Medieval and TS3 here. I have both, so I can't remember if there are fights in TS3) is that permitted? Are WooHoos permitted if it's just the Sims under their covers or in the underwater cave or photo booth? I'm not quite clear of what the extent of censorship is here. I obviously won't be giving any graphic descriptions, but what is permissible for a screenshot? If the action is part of the game is it permitted? I don't have any violent or sexual mods, so I would only have what is already in the game.

That's about it. I just wanted to get some clarification before I start writing anything. I apologize if my questions have been asked before or if they seem "noobish". I'm new to the forums and am just trying to catch up. Thank you.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #108 on: July 02, 2013, 10:56:43 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

Legacies can be stories, too.   The difference between a legacy, a dynasty, a project or a miscellaneous story is the reason behind the story.  A legacy, dynasty and project are all in regards to very specific challenges which all have very specific rules and reasons.  The object of a legacy is to get to 10 generations and there are variations on the rules of how to get there with a points system.   A dynasty is very specific challenge that is exclusive to Carl & Pam's Forum that covers one of three rulesets with specifics for each generation played that must be met or it's a failure. 

As for just writing a story - that is fine.  If it's not for a specific set of rules then it would be under miscellaneous and we have many wonderful writers who do this.

You can use mods and CC all you want just remember to not to talk about the CC openly and take it to PMs if anyone asks as per the forum rules.

Woohoo is a part of the game.  Most violence is not and even then it's very lowkey.    As for screenshots, you can hint at stuff all you want.  Just remember there are younger members and we keep it family friendly.  Think of it this way -- If you had a young child, younger sibling or family member - would you want them to read your story? 

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #109 on: July 02, 2013, 11:48:32 PM »
Ricalynn-

Thanks so much for the prompt reply. It was very helpful. I understand it's a family-friendly site and I really don't have an interest in doing anything racy, just something like a screenshot of the underwater cave with the heart-shaped petals coming out during Woohoo is what I was thinking. It seems like that is acceptable, which is good because I already posted a screenshot of that in the Island Paradise screenshot section before asking. :) It's just the cave with petals around it, pretty family-friendly. I look forward to submitting a story. Hopefully, I can figure out a legacy, but I think it's best I start with a story for the sake of learning. Anyways, thanks again. You've been very helpful.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #110 on: July 03, 2013, 12:30:26 AM »
Hey guys.  There is a rule about using acronyms and I have no idea what an ISBI is.  Can one of you please spell it out?

I didn't know either, but it looks like it's short for I'm Surrounded By Idiots - it appears to be a challenge that was created during The Sims 2 and was somewhat adapted for The Sims 3 by others. Here's a recent link to another unofficial forum that explains the rules. It seems rather intriguing.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #111 on: July 03, 2013, 07:34:49 AM »
Ricalynn-

Thanks so much for the prompt reply. It was very helpful. I understand it's a family-friendly site and I really don't have an interest in doing anything racy, just something like a screenshot of the underwater cave with the heart-shaped petals coming out during Woohoo is what I was thinking. It seems like that is acceptable, which is good because I already posted a screenshot of that in the Island Paradise screenshot section before asking. :) It's just the cave with petals around it, pretty family-friendly. I look forward to submitting a story. Hopefully, I can figure out a legacy, but I think it's best I start with a story for the sake of learning. Anyways, thanks again. You've been very helpful.

Just to clarify another point: any one of the things Rica mentioned above can have a story to go along with it, if the player so desires. If you'd like to write a story about what's going on in your Legacy, go ahead! If you ever decide to try one of our Dynasties and want to document your progress, go ahead! The different boards are there to split up our stories into distinct categories. (We have a lot of talented writers here, and sometimes it's hard to keep all their stories straight  :P)

Yeah, I took a look at the screenshot, and anything like that is fine. The game itself usually censors all of the really racy stuff, thank to the Teen rating, so screenshots are usually safe.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #112 on: August 08, 2013, 03:49:06 AM »
Question: If we wanted to write a story - not a legacy, dynasty, or any challenge with rules - but it's an adaptation of another story like a book/myth/show or just follow a household to a nondescript point, how could we go about that?
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #113 on: August 08, 2013, 06:56:48 AM »
Question: If we wanted to write a story - not a legacy, dynasty, or any challenge with rules - but it's an adaptation of another story like a book/myth/show or just follow a household to a nondescript point, how could we go about that?

That would go on the Miscellaneous Stories board. 
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #114 on: September 28, 2013, 04:54:59 PM »
I didn't see anything posted about this. If an answer does exist out there, and I just missed it, sorry about that! But anyway are the only stories and legacies allowed here ones that have been posted directly into the threads? No linking to stories written on blogs, for instance? Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #115 on: September 28, 2013, 08:44:56 PM »
I didn't see anything posted about this. If an answer does exist out there, and I just missed it, sorry about that! But anyway are the only stories and legacies allowed here ones that have been posted directly into the threads? No linking to stories written on blogs, for instance? Thanks in advance!

No, blogs are definitely fine here. There aren't that many of them out there, but if you want to host your story on a blog, go ahead!  :D

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« Reply #116 on: September 28, 2013, 09:14:20 PM »
No, blogs are definitely fine here. There aren't that many of them out there, but if you want to host your story on a blog, go ahead!  :D

Just remember though, that if you are linking from here to a blog, it must not contain adult content.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #117 on: September 30, 2013, 05:26:28 PM »
I have a question regarding posting my story. I have a really hard time understanding how to upload and write on the forum (it may seem silly I know) but I was wondering am I allowed to post lets say a tumblr link to my story so if people were interested in reading it they can? Or should I just strictly stick to some how figuring out how to post this on the forum?

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« Reply #118 on: September 30, 2013, 08:08:06 PM »
I have a question regarding posting my story. I have a really hard time understanding how to upload and write on the forum (it may seem silly I know) but I was wondering am I allowed to post lets say a tumblr link to my story so if people were interested in reading it they can? Or should I just strictly stick to some how figuring out how to post this on the forum?

Thanks so much
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« Reply #119 on: October 22, 2013, 12:44:24 PM »
I have another story writing question and this was the best place I found since I didn't want to clutter up the Misc Story forum with a question. But as it's not related to rules, it feels a bit off topic. Feel free to point me to a better thread if there is one for talking about the craft of writing Sims stories.

My question is this:
Are there any resources about the Sims World? (Their world from their point of view, e.g. world-building stuff.)

I'm planning to write a story, but there's a lot of in-the-know type knowledge. I've been reading the stories here (some of them are amazing!) and I plan to read more, so I'm learning about things like nooboos and Watchers as I read. But if anyone knows of an introduction to what Sims are like from their point of view that would help speed me along.

I can make it all up (and plan to for what I don't know), but I don't want to pretend my Sims are human. I like the Sims World and would like my stories to be set in a place with bins and sparkles and other things I haven't run across.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #120 on: October 22, 2013, 06:08:18 PM »
Welcome to our Forum, raerei.

May I ask how long you've been playing Sims 3? I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for and that information will help.
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« Reply #121 on: October 22, 2013, 06:42:15 PM »
raerei, you might find this glossary helpful. The Watcher comes from Sims Medieval. Many of the terms have been used by writers in their stories and then picked up by other writers. One thing I'd advise is to post a question on a story thread if you don't understand a term that's been used.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #122 on: October 22, 2013, 07:40:58 PM »
Thanks for the welcomes!

I've been playing TS3 for 117 hours according to steam and I was a major TS2 player for the past few years. But I started Sims2 as 3 was just coming out, so my focus until recently was on the older game. None of my friends play, so I've been playing solo in a bubble. I've only been connected/aware with the greater Sims community for about 2 days. (When I ran across the stories written here and got hooked.)

I'm familiar with the mechanics and actions of Sims and how to write, but reading the stories here it feels like there's an semi-accepted "Sims" world that many writers choose to write in. One that doesn't quite follow our world and our world's rules. But follows the oddities of Sims and how they live.

Since I'm a world-builder at heart, I was wondering if anyone had written about this world and what was unique in it. A tourist guide perhaps of Sim culture. Just curious.

I'll keep reading the stories though, and glean what I can from there. And definitely will check out the glossary.

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« Reply #123 on: November 17, 2013, 09:00:23 AM »
I'm a little bummed after reading this.  i've been working on my story for days and came today to share it with others only to read this and realise my story is not really acceptable.

1.  It involves teen/adult romance.

2.  There's mild sexual content.

3. The entire series starts with cheating. 

It amazes me that cheating would be considered inappropriate here?  Most of my Sims cheat on each other on a daily basis so it's weird that stories aren't allowed to be based on this.

I don't have stories about bunnies and rainbows and to be honest, most of the stories i've read here have contained some of the above.  So to clarify, are we really not allowed to post any stories that have any type of drama at all?  No fighting (happens a lot in game), no sexual content? (the whole point of a legacy is to make a baby?), no cheating? (Why?)

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« Reply #124 on: November 17, 2013, 09:11:08 AM »
It's not that you can't have a story without conflict. (That wouldn't be much of a story at all) Having a story involving cheating is fine, and I can think of a number that do feature it. The sexual content is probably fine, too. Just remember that this is a Teen-rated game, and the forum reflects that. Don't go all graphic or vulgar with the sexual content, and you'll probably be okay.

I'm not sure about the teen/adult romance, though. Maybe a moderator could say something about that.