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As Far As the World Goes: a Sims 3 graphic novel *UPDATED*

Postby Noctie » January 30th, 2015, 5:00 am

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As Far As the World Goes

Since I started playing the game in 2009, I've been inventing stories about my Sims, like many players. I have written those stories much later on, primarily for myself and in French since this is my mother tongue. I switched to English a few months later, with the hope that it would attract more people. I didn't really illustrate the text back then and the few screenshots are haphazard. Let's just say that I'm not too fond of my beginnings, the plots were convoluted (thank Story Progression...) and there was no red thread to speak of.
But I got more and more attached to the characters and the plot grew more intricate (you know how it goes...). When my WP media library started to get full, I created a side blog to post the continuation of the story: To the Edge of Time follows two of the main characters in a sci-fi setting.

With time, my style evolved from a fair proportion between text and images, to text limited to dialogues only, then to a full graphic novel style.
I've been very influenced by manga and Japanese culture in general. Meaning that, in my eyes, it is more interesting to get the reader to speculate on a character's motives rather than to explain the characters' feelings in full text. To achieve that, I try to capture the right expression or to choose the right angle for picture-taking. There are lots of meaningful silences in AFATWG.

So what is that story about? It started out as the story of a whole town, jumping from one household to another. Just like in real life, families are very different from each other. Some lead fairly normal lives. Others got caught up in bigger schemes. I try to keep the general style on the realistic side, but it's the Sims we're talking about, so there are inevitable references to the game's inner workings (like aging up for example :)), or to legacies, as some families have an heir, and globally all characters are descendants from previous characters. But apart from that, I don't follow any particular legacy rules.
The main story would be about the Golzines, the local mob family. Please note that there is a certain degree of violence and occasional nsfw content. Most storylines are connected to them in some way or another, the Golzines are the ones pulling the strings in the city. Their family also has a lot of branches, not mob-related although they tend to be influential. Minor stories are those of peaceful, quiet people. Or crazy, unusual people.

To be honest, it is difficult to summarize because there are MANY things happening at the same time, in different places, with different people.
Just know this: there is drama a-plenty, with a pinch of comedy, there are heaps of romance (because I need to move on with the generations of all those families, you know?), particularly forbidden love stories because that's my jam, there is action with guns and knives, there are vampires and one lonely werewolf, there are both mischievous and self-conscious witches, and there are morally grey characters that I try to make three-dimensional as best as I can.
And now, with To the Edge of Time, there is also science-fiction.

Because it is so long, there are handy "little" summaries, divided into parts for easier reference, but really, the story just goes on without breaks. :smirk:
If you want to catch up with the current story, I'd recommend you go through the summaries on this page.
For a quick catch-up instead, I'd recommend you check out the Tumblr character page or the main cast summaries on WP.

I also make character videos on the AFATWG Youtube channel. ;) Latest video trailer is right here (Fifth Part).

I hope this will tease you into reading AFATWG. Nothing would make me happier than getting a few more readers!
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » February 3rd, 2015, 6:15 am

No one has anything to say? :(
I'm open to any comments, even negative ones, as long as it's constructive! All I want is to improve and know better what you guys like!

I'm updating the story 1 to 4 times a week, so it's actually difficult to post updates on forums too.
This update was posted on Monday. This week I'm quite busy with RL, so there might not be more before the week-end at least.
But please do check out the blog! It might seem confusing, but I've tried to create plenty of summaries/guides/lists of various kinds to help you through it.

And if you're lost, just call me. :)
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby FluffyMao » August 2nd, 2016, 8:45 am

Hi! Didn't know you were here too! :D

I adore this story to bits! It's incredibly unique, with its comic book feel, and with also how varied the characters and story are. It's clear how much effort you put into this thing and its greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing your lovely story with us! :)
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » December 3rd, 2018, 9:30 am

@Fluffymao: Thank you!! I'm only seeing this now (2 years later, geez...) but if you're see this someday, well... your post made me very happy!

I was looking to update this thread since I've moved to a secondary blog but I see it's been moved to the Story Graveyard. ^^; How should I report this? I'm still alive, and the blog as well. :p
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Blamsart » December 5th, 2018, 5:50 pm

You just need to PM a mod (i.e.: Livvielove) to let them know it's still active. They'll move it back.

It most likely got moved as nothing was ever posted here to show sign of life.
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Livvielove » December 5th, 2018, 5:56 pm

Glad you're back to post here! I figured you were still updating it, but wasn't sure if you'd return to Boolprop to do so. Welcome back!

Edit to add: Yes, it looks like you got caught up in the last purge we did. It was a recent thing where we moved all stories that hadn't been commented on in over 2 years. Either way, should something like this happen feel free to PM me or another mod!

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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » December 7th, 2018, 2:03 am

Thank you both!
I'll make sure to post more often.
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Livvielove » December 7th, 2018, 12:00 pm

Don't sweat it about not posting, this isn't a regular thing at all! I did a forum reduction recently and as we reduced the number of subforms I simply put anything that had a last comment date older than 2 years in the graveyard with the caveat that it could be brought back at any time by just messaging me! It was literally the first time we'd done that in years so you just happened to come back RIGHT after we did it! :haha: Either way I'm glad I saw this, and I'm sorry it took me a few days to move it back! I'm usually more vigilant.

The last thing I'd want to give you is the impression that you HAVE to post. It's awesome if you do, though! I hope to see you around the forum, and if you have any further questions feel free to send me a PM!
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » December 8th, 2018, 3:48 am

No worries, I should've tried to keep my own thread alive. :grin:
And I know how frustrating it can be when people only post to showcase their work without actually participating, so I fully understand if you'd have wanted me to post more.

Ok, so for anyone who would be interested, I recently published a series of updates in 4 parts (because it would've been a rather long update otherwise, and then splitting it somehow reinforces the idea that time passes slowly for the characters, which is what I wanted to achieve).
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To put you in context: Sam and Ash have been accidentally sent to the future AND on another planet. They have been taken in by the Solarian militaries who are supposed to escort them back to Earth (or at least, Luna), but they have to wait until the weather conditions allow for a safe departure.
Thing is... Sam and Ash have exchanged gender during their trip to the future. And they have their own history... But to know what exactly happened between them, you'd have to read As Far As the World Goes. ;-)

I could make some quick presentations for the main AFATWG characters if that would help. Reading the whole thing can be a pain, especially because it takes a long time to get interesting. :oops:
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Livvielove » December 10th, 2018, 12:25 am

I say make them only if you want to, but don't ever sell your story short! It's very good. My French is very poor right now (I've been studying vigilantly for 2 months but have intents to keep following it through due to moving in the next few years), but your story motivates me to one day be able to read it and appreciate it fully in French.

Your summaries are good, your writing is good, and it's worthwhile to read through all of it. :) :yes:
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » December 12th, 2018, 4:11 am

Thanks for that. :)

In all objectivity, I really wouldn't say that the French part is the best one. It is thankfully quite short (comparatively... I only wrote in French until #152 and I'm currently at #749). That's why I recommend people to catch up with the summaries, although even so, the plot is twisted and there are lots of characters.
Since I started the graphic novel style as from #635, the story has been really picking up. :) There is really no need for readers to suffer through the beginnings, I would honestly prefer people to see what I'm capable of now instead of going back to my earlier fumbling.
When looking at my stats, I see that people almost always never make it through the first summary, and I fully understand that it's very long and that time is limited for everyone (that, and TS3 is no longer in fashion...). But I just don't know what more I can do to simplify things for potential readers. :/ That's why I suggested the character presentations. You'd only need a few of them to be able to follow the story now.

Anyway, enough rambling! So cool that you would learn such a difficult language as French! That's really impressive!
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » December 31st, 2018, 3:24 am

I posted a Christmas Special last week. :)

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To the Edge of Time - #749 Xmas Special

It is actually a flash back that takes place between #726 and #727, in the 5 years interval between those two updates. It felt so nice playing with my old cast again!
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Re: As Far As the World Goes

Postby Noctie » January 3rd, 2019, 2:18 pm

New update! We're back to the current timeline now. :)
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Re: As Far As the World Goes *UPDATED*

Postby Noctie » February 24th, 2019, 2:31 pm

It's been a while, but there is now a new update! ^^

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Re: As Far As the World Goes: a Sims 3 graphic novel *UPDATE

Postby Noctie » July 10th, 2019, 1:46 am

Phew, I finally managed to get a new update out! :bounce:

To the Edge of Time - #752 Just Lost Kids

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