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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2011, 04:43:04 AM »
Pam, I've just posted my latest Dynasty Chapter and only saw this Thread after I got sent back to the Dynasty Board, since it was posted while I was away when you posted it, I didn't see it until then. I normally do my Title in Size 16 with a Line underneath and the rest of the Font at Size 11, is that okay or do I have to make my Titles smaller?
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2011, 02:48:24 PM »
Hi everybody! I was wondering if it was okay to post a legacy based on Pinstar's rules, only instead of random traits, using traits I picked? Thanks in advance.  ;D



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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2011, 02:53:59 PM »
Hi everybody! I was wondering if it was okay to post a legacy based on Pinstar's rules, only instead of random traits, using traits I picked? Thanks in advance.  ;D

Actually, a lot of people are revising a few of the rules to suit their taste, like this one. Unless it's a huge switch like dropping 2/3 of the rules, then it's okay to post your story on the Legacy board, to my knowledge. :)
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« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2011, 04:17:32 AM »
Hi everybody! I was wondering if it was okay to post a legacy based on Pinstar's rules, only instead of random traits, using traits I picked? Thanks in advance.  ;D
That is just how my Legacy works. Basically, any generational game that is not an official guide Dynasty qualifies as a Legacy.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #29 on: November 27, 2011, 05:56:00 PM »
Sorry to bother you!
    I'm planning on experimenting with putting the story shots/style into a format similar to comics. Is this okay? Each             
    post/chapter (I'm still working out how I would divide this haha) would be about 22 pages and 8.5" x 11". They would hold
    anywhere from 1-6 caps. Let me know!
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« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2011, 06:01:36 PM »
Sorry to bother you!
    I'm planning on experimenting with putting the story shots/style into a format similar to comics. Is this okay? Each             
    post/chapter (I'm still working out how I would divide this haha) would be about 22 pages and 8.5" x 11". They would hold
    anywhere from 1-6 caps. Let me know!
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Leto did similar to that here:
http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,6650.0.html

Maybe that will give you an idea.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2011, 06:14:46 PM »
Thanks Fan, I appreciate the link!



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« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2011, 07:38:59 PM »
Thanks Fan, I appreciate the link!
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2011, 05:38:19 PM »
Just a quick question - Are we allowed to link to a story hosted on wordpress or blogspot etc?

I prefer to use wordpress when I write stories of the Sims and I'm currently preparing to write a legacy but would like to know if I can use wordpress and link to the chapters here or would I have to write the chapters in the thread.

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« Reply #34 on: December 30, 2011, 05:51:28 PM »
Just a quick question - Are we allowed to link to a story hosted on wordpress or blogspot etc?

I prefer to use wordpress when I write stories of the Sims and I'm currently preparing to write a legacy but would like to know if I can use wordpress and link to the chapters here or would I have to write the chapters in the thread.
I'm pretty sure you'd be allowed as there are quite a few people who do that with their stories.
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« Reply #35 on: December 30, 2011, 06:31:21 PM »
I'm pretty sure you'd be allowed as there are quite a few people who do that with their stories.

Thanks - I did quickly look through about 10-15 stories on the board but they all seemed to be hosted in the thread, so I wasn't sure.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #36 on: December 30, 2011, 06:35:29 PM »
There are not many long running blog stories on the forum that we get links to. Simfulicious does her stories on blogs a bit I think.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #37 on: December 30, 2011, 06:45:33 PM »
Yes, I do sometimes use a blog for my stories.  It is definitely allowed.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2012, 01:02:17 AM »
Couple questions:

1. My first chapter is going to feature the apprehension of a burglar using what shows up in the game: a fight scene covered with a dirt cloud. Would this be appropriate for this forum? I don't plan on putting a big sign in front of the house saying: please come rob me or anything so burglaries shouldn't happen too terribly often.

2. I do play with a few mods mainly to fix things and keep my game running smoothly. Since I'm hosting my story on my blog and advertising to other forums names to those mods might come up. I know I can't name them here, but would it cropping up on my blog be a problem? I suppose I can just post it in here, but I'd rather just post links to the blog so I'm not redoing the images (changing url to bbc code and resizing them since they're bigger than 640x480, I believe).

3. The spouse for my Differences in the Family Tree challenge is Neone Clashe. Her LTW is to be a Master Romancer. Of her progress towards her LTW, how much can I include and not become inappropriate? I don't plan on getting super detailed, but I would also like to acknowledge that she's working on her LTW if I choose to go for it.

4. Also if I do end up reposting here since my chapters are probably going to exceed 25 with duplicate posts removed most likely, would it be fine to double post in those instances? My chapters are basically going to end where I think it is appropriate, not because I've reached picture #25. I have 66 possible pictures for Chapter 1.0 and I only played for 4 Sim days. I highly doubt my chapter will be 66 pictures long, but I'll probably still exceed 25. I'm still in the process of writing it though

I will respect the decision here and I'll be sharing the story here anyways (or at least as long as it doesn't take a turn for the mature side). I figure this is the best way to pay my thanks for the great neighborhood: to let the creators of the neighborhood know how it progresses for at least one save file of mine.

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2012, 01:06:36 AM »
Welcome to the forum Seera! I Can answer you're first question. Showing the burglar's capturing is allowed as it doesn't actually show the fighting.
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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2012, 01:08:33 AM »
3. The spouse for my Differences in the Family Tree challenge is Neone Clashe. Her LTW is to be a Master Romancer. Of her progress towards her LTW, how much can I include and not become inappropriate? I don't plan on getting super detailed, but I would also like to acknowledge that she's working on her LTW if I choose to go for it.

Technically anything up to WooHoo itself is OK, but WooHoo itself wouldn't be. However, I have seen some stories around where WooHoo/Try for Baby is featured, but I don't know if those chapters were posted before these rules.

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« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2012, 01:11:13 AM »
I've had pictures of sims woohooing all the time in my dynasty.

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« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2012, 01:38:09 AM »
Welcome to our Forum, Seera.

Let's see if I can address your questions.

1. My first chapter is going to feature the apprehension of a burglar using what shows up in the game: a fight scene covered with a dirt cloud. Would this be appropriate for this forum? I don't plan on putting a big sign in front of the house saying: please come rob me or anything so burglaries shouldn't happen too terribly often.

Showing the fight scene is fine.  The game censors it enough to make it appropriate for this Forum.

2. I do play with a few mods mainly to fix things and keep my game running smoothly. Since I'm hosting my story on my blog and advertising to other forums names to those mods might come up. I know I can't name them here, but would it cropping up on my blog be a problem? I suppose I can just post it in here, but I'd rather just post links to the blog so I'm not redoing the images (changing url to bbc code and resizing them since they're bigger than 640x480, I believe).

As long as the mention of mods isn't blatant or prominent and doesn't have links, I think it will be ok.  Also, just so you know, if you use our Gallery to upload your Sims 3 images, it will automatically re-size them to the correct size for the Forum.

3. The spouse for my Differences in the Family Tree challenge is Neone Clashe. Her LTW is to be a Master Romancer. Of her progress towards her LTW, how much can I include and not become inappropriate? I don't plan on getting super detailed, but I would also like to acknowledge that she's working on her LTW if I choose to go for it.

We can't really tell you not to write about something that is clearly part of the game.  As long as it's written in good taste and not terribly detailed or "dirty", it should be ok.  The only small concern is that it'll be infidelity in a big way.  But still, that's what the game allows.

4. Also if I do end up reposting here since my chapters are probably going to exceed 25 with duplicate posts removed most likely, would it be fine to double post in those instances? My chapters are basically going to end where I think it is appropriate, not because I've reached picture #25. I have 66 possible pictures for Chapter 1.0 and I only played for 4 Sim days. I highly doubt my chapter will be 66 pictures long, but I'll probably still exceed 25. I'm still in the process of writing it though

If you mean to deliberately post one right after the other for the sole purpose of having 66 images, I'd have to say no.  It becomes an issue of loading times and available bandwidth, so we have to stay firm on the limit of 25 pictures per post.  From my own personal point of view, I've often seen stories that have a lot of pictures just for one action.  For example, there will be 4 shots of romantic interactions.  Or perhaps 4 shots of working in the garden.  The extra shots really aren't necessary for the story and could easily be left out.  Also, the idea isn't to stop your chapter when you reach 25 pictures, but rather to use no more than 25 pictures to illustrate the chapter.  There's a fine line between the difference, but perhaps you understand my point.

I appreciate your concern for following the rules of our Forum, so thanks very much for posting. 

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Re: READ THIS FIRST - Rules for Stories
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2012, 02:22:31 AM »
I tend to leave a gap between updates, give people a chance to read the other one before posting another. If nobody posts in that time, I leave it till the next day or next few days and then I do post the following chapter. It doesn't hurt to delay chapters though. If for some reason you can't or haven't played Sims for a while you can still update your story until you catch up to where you are. Yay for Neone Clashe!  :D
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« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2012, 03:16:03 AM »
2. I wasn't going to post a page listing the hacks I use, but my main concern was in the comments if it came up. I mainly use the most common three so I doubt I'll have to explain it too often.

3. Don't worry, I don't plan on it getting dirty and I won't be painting an idealic picture of cheating. And it's first person from my founder's point of view so I don't I'll be able to get detailed with Neone, but I mainly wanted to know for future knowledge of where the fine line between what happens in the game and what's too much detail was.

4. Fair concern. Another problem of mine that will cause me to run into problems is I'll play way too far ahead and then have to play catch up. How much time needs to pass before I can post the next chapter if I host the story here? And what about if it's hosted on a separate site?

Actually, I think I just solved my problem. I'll just create a separate blog for a PG version of the story. That way I'll just have to change the words and maybe delete a few pictures. I've even done what I can to avoid the generation that would have probably pushed the story to be too mature for this site. Or at least that's my plan at the moment. But I'll definitely post occasionally on the goings on of the Sims in Union Cove.

I'm not so sure it's a yay. They had $87 when their son was born. And they hadn't bought a crib yet...

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« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2012, 04:35:43 AM »
The method samoht04 describes is a good one, but we don't really expect you to deliberately delay posting a new chapter just because nobody has posted any comments to help create a gap between posts with pictures.  Giving a bit of time for folks to read the chapter is a good idea, just so they don't feel so overwhelmed with updates.  However, I've been known to post chapters quickly because I have to write when inspiration hits and once it's written, I always want to go ahead and share it.

I think you'll use good judgement, Seera.  If you run into any problems, you can always post them here or even send me a private message. 
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« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2012, 01:46:47 PM »
I have a suggestion for your question regarding lots of screenshots, Seera. Although it is time consuming, what I do is I use Photobucket to make a collage and put two, sometimes four or even five or more, screenshots into one picture. Then I download the collage onto my laptop and upload it to the forum gallery so it is resized to preffered forum size. That way, you can show lots of pictures but it will still fit with the rules because that collage counts as one screenshot. :) That's also a solution for what Pam mentioned about the very common 'four pictures for romantic interactions'. When my sim proposed to her husband, I took four screenies then put them in a four-square-collage and uploaded it the way I described. :)

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« Reply #47 on: January 14, 2012, 10:21:56 PM »
In my personal opinion, the collages are harder to see because each image is small.  I'd rather see one good sized image of a proposal than four small images of it.  Sometimes it just seems like overkill when there are so many pictures of one thing, even if it's compressed down to meet the maximum image count for a post.
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« Reply #48 on: January 14, 2012, 10:38:37 PM »
I think that if you have 25 pictures in a chapter even that seems like too much. Usually a lot of them are unnecessary or they should be split into multiple chapters.
About updating: I don't update chapters on a computer (I always visit forum on itouch) but I always update the day that I upload the chapters pics to the gallery. That's pretty much every day I play the story file.

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« Reply #49 on: January 15, 2012, 08:06:21 AM »
In my personal opinion, the collages are harder to see because each image is small.  I'd rather see one good sized image of a proposal than four small images of it.  Sometimes it just seems like overkill when there are so many pictures of one thing, even if it's compressed down to meet the maximum image count for a post.

I dislike having my screenshots in the full size, anyway because my graphics are so horrendous.  :-[


I think that if you have 25 pictures in a chapter even that seems like too much. Usually a lot of them are unnecessary or they should be split into multiple chapters.


My average is 16, although the chapter I'm currently writing will definitely have the maximum 25. My chapters tend to be very action-packed anyway and all include things that need to be included, especially the longer chapters. I make a really huge effort, for example in my legacy after my second heir has her wedding, I will be playing the game by switching households every day and making my story from two households' point of view to go with my storyline. :) What I'm trying to say is that 25 screenies might not be too much, especially if there is no point in the chapter that seems a right place to break off and start a new one, which is very often for me.