Manners Maketh Man

I log into Second Life and my fiancée goes, “Why are you dressed like Clark Kent?” Mind you, the previous day I was getting my outfit ready for this Kingsman inspired post and I was shocked that Livvy’s first thought was Clark Kent! I gasp and reply back with bewilderment (and a little offended that my outfit was not obvious enough), “What?! I am dressed like a Kingsman!” “A what?” she questions, clearly having lived under a rock for several years. My brows flatline and I just stare at her. “You’ve not seen Kingsman?!” I thought everyone has seen it! It’s the hip modern version of James Bond! But you, my wonderful readers, surely have seen the movie, yes? Nod yes and everything will be okay.

MadPea made this awesome iSpy gacha set for Man Cave and the -first- thing I thought was Kingsman. So, of course I had to go with the inspiration, right? The set pays homage to the more classic spy whose kit is more low-tech yet cleverly lethal, which is why I immediately thought Kingsman/James Bond.

There are 18 Common and 2 Rare items in the MadPea iSpy gacha set. This set also includes a fun little puzzle that, when solved, gives a special prize and brand new achievement!

There are quite a few wearable and animated prizes that will definitely be a fun surprise for any aspiring agent such as the 15py handgun, blade cane, grappling hook, poison pen, and jet pack!

The 15py handgun comes in black, silver, or steel and fires shots! Just attach the handgun to your avatar and enter mouselook. Click to shoot and a bang of light fires from the weapon.

The blade cane is actually my favorite. Sleek and stealthy, this cane has two animations cycle through while standing with the cane. Then, for some fun action, click on the cane for an epic battle pose animation which will deploy the blade at the end of the cane!

The grappling hook is pretty neat and functions similarly to any other weapon. Attach to your avi, go into mouselook, and click to shoot out a hook!

The poison pen is rather cool. When clicked, the pen activates a poison cloud, perfect for those sticky situations for a lethal ambush with an innocuous looking writing utensil. I keep this in my pocket at all times.

The Jet Pack will raise your avatar and lower it by using PgUp and PgDown, respectively. When pressing PgUp, the Jet Pack turns on, allowing you to fly all around with unlimited fuel! Then when pressing PgDown, you’ll lower until you hit the ground and the Jet Pack will automatically turn off.

Kingsman | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Featured: MadPea iSpy gacha set & MadPea Bow Bells Boozer gacha set

Glasses: MadPea iSpy Spy Glasses (modded) by MadPea from the MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave
Cane: MadPea iSpy Blade Cane by MadPea from the MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave
Pen in chest pocket: MadPea iSpy Poison Pen by MadPea from the MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave

Hair: Stealthic – Narcotic (Browns) by Stealthic Resident
Jacket: [Deadwool] Peak suit (royal) – jacket – blue pin by Masa Plympton
Trousers: [Deadwool] Peak suit (royal) – trousers – blue pin by Masa Plympton
Dress Shoes: [Deadwool] Penny loafers by Masa Plympton

Pub Decor (all from the MadPea Bow Bells Boozer gacha set) found at MadPea Main Store:
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Pub RARE
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Jukebox RARE
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Pub Bar RARE
Various MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Ale Bottles
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Beer Mats
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Table
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Small Stool
MadPea iSpy 15PY Handgun- Silver
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Hanging Wall Decor Flag
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Tall Bar Stool
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Water Jug
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Cash Register
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Cockney Slang Quiz Box
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Beer Pumps

iSpy MadPea Gacha Set | Mine & Yours

This was my was desk as a Kingsman/spy, getting ready to crack the MadPea iSpy code. I had everything I needed to work out the puzzle and success! I cracked the code. Now it is your turn – can you crack the code?

Credits:

Featured: MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave

MadPea iSpy Decoder Machine RARE
MadPea iSpy Agent Desk
MadPea iSpy Agent Chair – Chestnut
MadPea iSpy Martini Set
MadPea iSpy Cigarette Case
MadPea iSpy Blade Cane
MadPea iSpy 15PY Handgun- Black
MadPea iSpy Camera
MadPea iSpy Poison Pen
MadPea iSpy Sovereigns
MadPea iSpy Garotte Watch – Black
MadPea iSpy Garotte Watch – Brown
MadPea iSpy 15PY Handgun- Silver
MadPea iSpy Secret Book

Following items are from the International Set Decorative Goods Gacha by Arscene Dubrovna
* S O R G O – Leather Gloves
* S O R G O – Passports Pile A
* S O R G O – Pile of Euros Stack
* S O R G O – Plastic Warped Stack

Habitat

I saw JIAN’s Panther Chameleon habitat at Collabor88 and was in total utter awe at how gorgeous it looked with its lush green scenery for this amazing chameleon. The detail is phenomenal, and the textures are absolutely beautiful. The habitat is rezzed decor (12 LI) and the chameleon is animated with my favorite animation of it shooting its tongue out. Honestly, as soon as I saw this habitat, it was an impulse buy that I absolutely needed. Even if the habitat wouldn’t really fit anywhere in my house, it’s one of those things where I’d -make- it fit with the house somehow because it is just too cool not to have out.

I wanted to feature this chameleon habitat in a different way from how it is intended (by using it as an actual environment/backdrop) but also really highlight the complete beauty and mystique of this product. In daylight, this habitat is breathtakingly gorgeous. In darkness, this habitat takes on a whole other living form.

Jian Chameleon Habitat | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Backdrop: JIAN Chameleon :: Habitat (modded) from JIAN Panther Chameleon set by JianSL Resident @ Collabor88
Snake: OtherSkin Creations – Animals Hope by Kaleidos Resident
Tattoo: Ghost’Ink ::ARES Complete : ( Black ) RARE by Rockberry Fairlady

Pose: Made by me 🙂

She said “Yes!”

Originally written by Caleb… but commandeered by Livvy (green text)

As soon as 2018 came, I asked Livvy to marry me (finally). Being the clever boyfriend that I am, I made her think we’d be spending our New Year’s together very casually (but also cozily in each other’s arms), just enjoying each other’s company as the clock strikes 12. Being that we were online most of New Year’s Eve together, I literally had to set up my proposal scene right in front of her. Thank goodness for AFK time!  (Livvy here: Yes finally … I have been waiting for this slow day to finally come to a head and happen.  But only because I love him so much, and I feel like queen of the world when he is with me.  Mind you this is our 2nd time dating.  Time was not a good factor on our side and we have grown and learned so much to finally come back to this day and be so incredibly happy!) 

My plan was to have our own fireworks display on our land, which is something we normally do anyway like on the 4th of July. So, again, totally inconspicuous. But what she did not know was, I planned to have my proposal show up written like fireworks in the middle of the lit sky when I was setting off in world fireworks.  (Ohh this is story to be told!)

Throughout the day, I distracted her with shopping adventures and a total season of Stranger Things. I had never seen Stranger Things on Netflix yet and after the first few episodes, I loved it. So we binge watched the entire season that night lol, which worked great with my planned proposal because Livvy would not think anything of it. We were comfy in our sweats, cuddling in front of our camp fire, Netflixing and actually ‘chilling’ like normal people.  (Mind you his Christmas present to me was the gorgeous dress I am wearing below, and it threw me off that I was not to wear this for my Happy New Year fireworks! This made me very curious as to what was going to happen.  And watching all 8 episodes of Stranger Things was so totally romantical, because its our thing to watch shows together.  The fact he was so into this one just made me smile the whole time ♥)

When midnight came, I exclaimed, “HAPPY NEW YEAR, BABY!” And she did the same as I proceeded to set off all the fireworks I had set up earlier. These were a mix between my MadPea Fireworks I had from 2016 as well as my {damani} – Fireworks deLuxe from back in 2014 lol. While we were smiling and celebrating our first New Year together, I turned off the transparency of my written proposal in the sky to let it finally be shown. The proposal said, “Will You Marry Me, Livvy?” in all cool sparklers effect to sort of blend in a bit with the fireworks.  (What he is leaving out here is that I didn’t actually seeee the message at first.  It was a blur in the sky, and I thought I broke my av for a moment so I zoomed in, thinking that I could totally fix it .. but that didn’t happen so I zoomed way out and it came clear what the message was and it confused me a bit because I was so not expecting this.  I hit the escape key and back to my av my camera flew and there was Caleb on one knee!!!!)

Will You Marry Me, Livvy | Mine & Yours

We have been on voice this entire time and when I heard her give notice to the image that was coming in for her, I got down on one knee, waiting for her to finally realize what was happening. I was proposing to her and I started saying the following to her on voice:

Livvy Fhang, I met you in 2014. Started dating you in 2015. We went our separate ways but found each other again in 2017. While together, you have made me an incredibly happy man with you back in my life. Ever since the day our paths crossed again, I’ve been smiling ever since… and incredibly in love with you. 2018 is here and I want us to start our new chapter together. I’ve been waiting for this day – this very day… the first day of the year, as I want to start the new year with you as mine in every way. Livvy… will you do me the honor of letting me be your husband? Will you marry me?

(He totally made a typo in that proposal … but I am not going to share it because it should be perfect the way he wanted … even if he wasn’t nervous, I still say he was, that voice that he loves to think was sooo confident I could hear the slight shake, but shhh, he was all man when asking me everything)

While I was telling her how much she has meant to me and how happy she has made me, I could hear the happiness in her silence as she listened. Yes, her silence has a voice – just like how you can hear someone smile… or choke back feelings of elation… or even tears of happiness. I was beaming the entire time and then as I finished my words, a resounding, “YES!” from her lips. My goodness how happy it made me to hear her say that… and how happy it made me to hear her happiness as well.  (I mean I waited a really long time to get this question from him.  Then again he is so slow with things, always wanting them perfect.  Though we were a bit backwards in how we did this.  Most of our plans were already planned minus the asking part.  Which most couples dont do until asked?  But we arent your average couple, we are us and we know how we tend to work, it was a matter of time before it happened anyways.  And he did it in the most perfect way.  I am just impatient and always will be. How he deals with me and still put a ring on it … amazes me! 

I love this woman so damn much (I love you too, baby). I can’t wait for so much many more moments and memories to share and create together. Happy New Year, indeed! We’re engaged! (And I am not letting go for one moment, you are stuck with me!)

Caleb and Livvy Are Engaged | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Decor:

MadPea Fireworks by MadPea
{damani} – Fireworks deLuxe by Damanios Thetan
.:revival:. tree trunk spring plaid by Momentous Resident

Will You Marry Me (fireworks effect text) by me
Livvy’s Pose made by me
Caleb’s Pose made by Redd Columbia from -RC- Proposal Set

On Caleb:

Tux Jacket: [Deadwool] Peak suit (tux) – jacket – ivory by Masa Plympton
Tux Pants: [Deadwool] Peak suit (tux) – trousers – ivory by Masa Plympton
Dress Shoes: [Deadwool] Penny loafers by Masa Plympton

On Livvy:

RING: *AvaWay* NEVA_RING #1__M RARE By Avaway
Collar: .::Supernatural::. Jenna Collar Black Silver by Sombria Baily
Necklace: Cae :: Rhew :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Dress: S&P bride dress Maitreya RARE by xxsaltandpepperxx
Hair: TRUTH / Tinsley by TRUTH HAWKS – Group Gift
Head: LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Scarlet by Mallory Cowen
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

 

MadPea’s Magical Christmas Hunt Experience & Prizes

The MadPea Christmas Hunt is coming to an end on December 28th (today), and what a wonderful ride it has been! I’ve got some awesome sims and amazing prizes to share with you! Unlike my previous blog posts about the MadPea Christmas Hunt, this one is more a reflective written journey that is filled with my personal experiences and feedback.

I wish I could say I did the MadPea Christmas Hunt every day to show you all the neat places I visited through the entire duration of the hunt. But truth-be-told, between RL Christmas gatherings and SL Christmas gatherings, I was a busy body! However, during my free time, I did visit a few places to take some pictures and here was my magical Christmas adventure:

My MadPea Magical Christmas Hunt Adventure

Day 1  – Malaika Park

Malaika Park | Mine & Yours

I came across this serene and cozy winter sim called Malaika Park. “Welcome to Winter At Malaika Park!” I am greeted. To my pleasure, this beautiful, open ice skating area with a cute cozy winter lodge up above overlooking the lovely scene is also open to rez! A photographer’s dream as I start to rez poses and light prims. But then as I was busy setting up, I saw my love playing around with her skates and zipping by. How beautiful and natural everything was. Immediately I just start deleting all my equipment and snap natural shot of Livvy in the background skating with the entire sim for her as a playground. It was a gorgeous sight in its purest form, as intended – natural. This place was a hidden gem for me and I’ll be bringing my family here for some more ice skating and sledding fun.

Day 2 – Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland | Mine & Yours

A crowd favorite, Winter Wonderland at The Forest sim is a lovely delight. With snowy paths with the familiar crunch upon steps to jingling in the distance and bells of the trolley. Sigh – such cozy paradise! I absolutely love this place. There are so many spots to explore and take pictures, but my favorite image was seeing the trolley go through a tunnel of Christmas lights. There’s just something so endearing and familiar about that image that I had to capture it.

Winter Wonderland owners Alexis Wilson (lexxihudson Resident) and Mark Wilson (exde Resident) even provide vacation lodging for those who would like to stay to enjoy the winter beauty of this wonderland. Each cabin includes a private hot tub, picnic area, bbq and firepit. There are five rentable cabins on the sim, and there is already a waitlist! The sim will stay winter season until end of February so I hope my family will be able to stay here for a week before the season turns to spring/summer camping.

Day 3 – Norelia Island

Norelia Island | Mine & Yours

Livvy to me, “Let’s make our land look something like this, baby!” Me, a dutiful husband in the making, “Okay, my love.”

Noelia Island is gorgeous in its natural beauty. Identifying as a Mediterranean island, Noelia Island was a welcomed warm paradise after visiting snowy sims after snowy sims. But the lush, enchanting green meeting deep, majestic blue is something Livvy and I both love very much. This photo above is merely a small corner of what this island has to offer, but this very exact spot drew me instantly. What a perfect view with the perfect woman in my lap. This spot right here is my secret oasis.

If you also took pictures at Noelia Island, share them to their Flickr group here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/noelia_island/

Day 4 – The Isle

The Isle Toys | Mine & Yours

The Isle was a treasure trove for toys. Toys galore! All clumped in one witty spot – The Grinch’s Stash. Very cute and such a visual delight for all MadPea Hunters involved, no wonder this place was a top favorite! However… this area was not why I chose to feature The Isle. It was the alluring landscape surrounding The Grinch’s Stash that made me fall in love with it.

The Isle | Mine & YoursThe Isle 2 | Mine & Yours

Home to S Δ j i Δ h (Sajiah Viper), The Isle is enchanting and magical. This charming sim could have been easily overlooked, but slow down – take your time and look around. What beauty surrounds you! No edits involved, this was how I saw The Isle, and it was breathtaking.

“Though in ruins, the heart will always call it home.” – Sajiah Viper, The Isle

Because this is a personal home, I am uncertain how long this gorgeous place will remain open to public. However, Sajiah was very kind in allowing me to photograph and feature her home in this blog. You can also check out Sajiah Viper’s talented photography here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sajiahviper/

Day 5 – End StreetEnd Street | Mine & YoursEnd Street 2 | Mine & Yours

End Street is advertised as a hotel and voyeur adult hangout where there are “Free hotel rooms and wifi.” Truth be told, I just like how the scene looks. The questionable hotel rooms decorated with kinky adult furniture definitely add personality to this shady street, but I like it. It is intriguing and confusing at the same time, but I love the edgy raw-ness the place exudes. Beautiful is a subjective word. I think End Street is beautiful in its own way.

So that wraps up my MadPea Christmas Hunt traveling adventure! It was a lot of fun for me, and I absolutely loved taking these snapshots whenever I saw something I wanted to capture in the moment. I’d love to see or hear about other people’s favorite sims.

My Personal (positive and negative) Feedback – Changes MadPea made from their last hunts:

1. No more competitive cash 🙁

For this hunt, it seems that the Top 5 Hunters (generous) cash reward from the Halloween Hunt has been done away with, as well as the daily cash reward for the Top 3 Hunters we saw in the Summer Hunt. Instead points were given out.

1000 Points to 1st place
500 Points to 2nd place
300 Points to 3rd place

Top 3 Team White MadPea Christmas Hunt | Mine & Yours
Holy cow! I had no idea that I ranked for team white until I was scrolling the website to fact check hunt info for this blog post!

I’m a bit disappointed in this change because as far as we know, there is a hard cap as to how useful points can be in the hunt system, especially for those who already have enough points to redeem all prizes. The incentive for points does not seem really enticing, especially if the top hunters are already racking up a lot of points already. The points to prize ratio is, at face value, not worth compared to the amount of effort it takes to be in the top three places. To put it into perspective, the starter (least expensive) prizes are 500 points. 3rd place winner wouldn’t even be able to snag an extra starter prize if they wanted to. I’d suggest MadPea gift cards or credits instead.

2. Cute Variety of Hunt Items

The Summer Hunt and Halloween Hunt items (seashells and apparitions) were dull compared to the cute toys for the Christmas Hunt. I feel this makes the hunt more of a visual treat, as it is a nice surprise to see all sorts of adorable enchanted toys going crazy. The different kinds of robots are my favorite. They are so adorable and nicely made that I wish I could have them as toy decor under the Christmas tree or for stocking stuffers!

3. Hunting Gear

This time around, we can ride in style as we hunt! All hunters can purchase optional Christmas sleighs that spread a little magic as you hunt for the enchanted toys. At the back of the sleigh will be a number that represents how many toys you have captured, and once the toy is found, it will appear at the back of your sleigh! The sleighs are also texture change so you can wear your team color, if you wanted to. There is also a magical candy cane wand that interacts with the toys as you find them.

HOWEVER… Raise your hand if you had the Effective Liberating Flight Squad (E.L.F.S.) in mind from The Santa Clause movie with Tim Allen? *raises hand* No optional outfits this time around, which was a bit of a bummer. I would have loved a cute jumpsuit with cute Christmas badges and motifs sewn on it, as well as a cute jet pack. So instead, I created my own not-as-cute-as-I-would-have-liked look with various accessories. Unfortunately that means I wasn’t decked out in MadPea products like last time, which is a shame because MadPea makes some really awesome stuff.

4. Radar

I loved the Halloween Ghost Hunt radar – it was compact, visually appealing, and fit the theme. This one I am on the fence about. Let’s start with the new.

  • Favorite Button – This seems to function only as a voting button to vote for your favorite sims, letting MadPea collect all hunter’s votes when the ‘favorite’ a sim. Then, top 10 sims selected by all hunters so far are placed here on their website. Initially, I thought it would also store locations of your (personal) favorite sims, eliminating the need to create Landmarks. Unfortunately, that function does not exist (yet!).
  • Counter that tracks each type of hunt item collected – This seems to be more for the achievements that can be obtained for the more hardcore MadPea players wanting to rank in the MadPea Player Portal. Check your standings here.
  • Window Toggle to display prizes that have been unlocked – An interesting addition to the HUD. It seems this notification window pops up instead of pushing group notices through. It is nice to see right on the screen what prizes have been unlocked. Though I wish there was a scrolling option to see more of the unlocked prizes besides just the most recent one.

Missed Opportunities:

  • Favorite Button – Would love if the HUD could store a hunter’s personal favorite sims so they can come back to the sim at the click of a button.
  • Hunt HUD Radar size – It seems minimizing the HUD’s real estate on the screen was not an intention. This thing takes up quite a bit of room when opened. The horizontal bar that stays at the top of the screen is clunky. I’d rather the section that displays the numbers be an expandable cartridge, similar to the existing window toggle for the prize display window. Having the numbers take the room and always be displayed on the screen makes me feel more like a goblin at Gringotts Wizarding Bank than an elf.
  • Underwhelming HUD visual design – Compared to the Halloween Hunt Radar, this Christmas one feels rather lackluster. For a magical celebration such as Christmas, I don’t feel much holiday spirit when I put this HUD on.
  • Skipping location option – Would be nice to have the option to remove a location from my random TP list. I am not sure how the scripting or algorithm works, but I kept getting the same three sims over and over again that I intentionally wanted to avoid (even though I had a lot of other sims I have not visited).

5. Awesome Prizes!

I loved the prizes this time around. I felt like there was something for everyone. Even if all of the prizes did not appeal to you, I am sure at least one of them would have been a great addition to your avi or home (especially during the Christmas season!). If you haven’t already, check out my other posts here and here to see what some of the MadPea Christmas Hunt prizes are. All prizes are also showcased on the MadPea Christmas Hunt Website as well as their Facebook page.

MadPea Toy Factory | Mine & Yours

I wanted to end my coverage of this awesome MadPea Christmas Hunt with their final prize: The Toy Factory. It is 99 LI. Featuring one furnace with a door you can open or close. The fire within can be lit with a simple click. Two functioning conveyors operate at the crank of each lever. The MadPea Christmas Hunt Toys then rez and move down the conveyor belt similar to that of an assembly line.

If you are like me, you would immediately be thinking something along the lines of this:

[real-time reaction below]
Caleb: … It rezzes the MadPea Hunt toys!!! I’m just gonna take the toys out of the conveyor belt prim and rez them all along the assembly line!
*edit linked parts, copy toys over to inventory*
Caleb: SUCCESS!
*proceeds to rez all the toys out one by one*
Caleb: So cute! I can’t wait to place these all out an-
*notices the toys start disappearing one by one*
*realizes the toys are temp rez and no mod*
Caleb: NOOOOOOOoooooOOOOoooo

TLDR: MadPea Toys in the Toy Factory are temp rez. Foiled!

Santa’s Toy Factory Credits

Featured: MadPea Toy Factory by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)

RO – Santas Workshop – Stu RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
RO – Santas Workshop – Flu RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)

09 Action Holly Jolly – Mini Who Car RARE by MarilynMonroe Munro (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
10 Action Holly Jolly – Griswold Advent RARE by MarilynMonroe Munro (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
04 Action Holly Jolly – Santa Mail by MarilynMonroe Munro (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)

SPELL : An invitation Letter by lakua Arriaga (part of the Witchcraft & Wizardry gacha set @ The Chapter Four)

JIAN Christmas Tree 2017 Decorated by JianSL Resident
JIAN ’15 Holiday Decor :: Wreath (Wall) by JianSL Resident

floorplan. north pole toy co. by Tegan Serin

Various toys from the – Kalopsia – Vintage Toys Set by Isabeau Baragula
Various toys from the <:*BoOgErS*:> Kid Clutter gacha set by Zen Zarco (from March 2015 Arcade)

Thank you to MadPea for putting on a wonderful hunt for us all to participate in, making the holiday season so much more enjoyable! Also, big thank you to all the sim location participants who placed out toys for us all to gather. This Christmas hunt would not have been successful without your generosity!

Merry Christmas From Us!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

A really quick post for you all this beautiful morning. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday so far, and plenty more celebration ahead! Wanted to share this amazing MadPea Christmas Hunt prize that would be perfect if you have little ones to celebrate Christmas with. Our daughter ran down Christmas morning from her room, jumped on our bed to wake us up and made a mad dash to the Christmas tree to find this amazing and official certificate from Santa Claus. The look on her face was priceless, and she was beaming from ear to ear. We loved it so much that we had to take a family picture to celebrate what an amazing child Nessy has been the whole year!

Christmas Morning | Mine $ Yours

Featured: MadPea Christmas Certificate of Good Behavior by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)

Tip: Scaling down through stretching will not work if you want the certificate to go smaller (I think it is the name plate that has been sized down to the minimum SL dimension already on one of its sides so you cannot go beyond that when linked together with something else. Instead, use a resizer script that ignores minimum dimension restraint that will conveniently help you resize the item as a whole.)

MadPea Rustic Starlight Garland by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
MadPea Christmas Countdown Calendar by MadPea (Group Gift)
MadPea Christmas Trivia by MadPea

Our Christmas Tree Area:
Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) by Kriss Lehmann
The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Twinkle Lights RARE by Colleen Desmoulins and Nardya Rousselot  (from the 2015 Monochrome Christmas gacha)
*AF* Christmas Tree 2016 (modified) by ArtizanMesh Resident
*AF* Snowden Peaks – Gift Boxes by ArtizanMesh Resident
Silence. – Velvet Ruffle Tree Skirt – Red RARE by MadelineLumin Resident (from the Tannenbaum 2015 gacha)
{what next} 10 Christmassy Gift Boxes – Decor by Winter Thorn
dust bunny & O.M.E.N . Sleigh Bed & Pup by lxlNoel Resident & DamascusVera Resident
O.M.E.N – Waiting for Santa Paws – Dream Pup – RARE by DamascusVera Resident (from the Waiting for Santa Paws gacha from the December 2015 Arcade)
<:*BoOgErS*:> Santa Bear Arcade Christmas Gift 2014 by Zen Zarco
:CP: Winter Isle Countdown by Isla Gealach
<:*BoOgErS*:> Carol Bear Green by Zen Zarco (part of the Boogers Arcade Bears for December 2015 Arcade)
<:*BoOgErS*:> Carol Bear Yellow by Zen Zarco (part of the Boogers Arcade Bears for December 2015 Arcade)
<:*BoOgErS*:> Carol Bear Red by Zen Zarco (part of the Boogers Arcade Bears for December 2015 Arcade)
BackBone Winter Bar Cart Full by Ruvio Cortes
{anc} NOEL. : frilled furrug / milk 2Li by aki69 Resident (from 2014 NOEL. gacha)
The Story of Snowpine Point by Anya Ohmai

In the Living Room:
MadPea Holiday Stocking – Full Pack by MadPea
:CP: Winter Isle Sofa by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Fireplace by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Framed Picture Large by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Deer by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Hanging Star Chain by Isla Gealach
Fireplace Garland by AzaleaBluebell Resident

Pose made by me 🙂

 

Also wanted to share a little memory a week before Christmas when we visited Santa on our land. He set up a little cottage area for him to stay at when Nessy went to visit him. She had received his letter, as Santa wanted to check up on Nessy before Christmas just to make sure she was still on track for staying on the Nice List. Merry Christmas, everyone! Stay warm and enjoy the company of loved ones around you this beautiful holiday season <3 From us to you, Merry Christmas.

Visiting Santa | Mine & Yours

MadPea Santa’s Mailbox by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
MadPea North Pole Light by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)

01_8f8 – Granny’s Winter Cottage – Granny’s Cottage RARE (modified) by 8f8 Resident (part of the Granny’s Winter Cottage gacha from the December 2014 Arcade)
JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 13. Elf Pup Wanderer from  by JianSL Resident (part of the Santa’s Samoyeds gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 5. Decorated Puphouse RARE by JianSL Resident (part of the Santa’s Samoyeds gacha from December 2017 Arcade)

07 -Sorumin- HO-HO-HO GACHA -Deer stand- by Nastasica Resident @ Limit8 (part of the HO-HO-HO gacha set)
05 -Sorumin- HO-HO-HO GACHA -Deer eat- by Nastasica Resident @ Limit8 (part of the HO-HO-HO gacha set)

dust bunny . winter decor . peppermints by lxlNoel Resident @ Tannenbaum
dust bunny . winter decor . merry christmas sign by lxlNoel Resident @ Tannenbaum
dust bunny . string lights . colored . by lxlNoel Resident @ Tannenbaum

.LeLutka.Spirit.Tree. by Thora Charron (Group Gift)

{what next} Flakey the Snowman by Winter Thorn
RO – Sleigh Bells – Sleigh RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Sleigh Bells gacha from December 2015 Arcade)
RO – Sleigh Bells – Presents RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Sleigh Bells gacha from December 2015 Arcade)
– Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Sitting – Brown by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Santa’s Bag of Toys by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Puddle Duck – White by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Rocket – White by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Standing – White by Isabeau Baragula
dust bunny . present pile by lxlNoel Resident
dust bunny . vintage sleigh . with gifts by lxlNoel Resident
Alouette – North Pole Destinations Sign by Scarlet Chandrayaan

Pine Cone & Fir Twig Wreath w wood ornaments by Pamela Galli
Kalopsia – Wood Sign – Joyeux by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Wood Sign – Noel by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Watercan Tree by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Old wood chair – Dark/Red by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Old wood chair – Light/Green by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Pile of Gifts by Isabeau Baragula

hive // fir tree set by TheHiveStore Resident

MadPea’s Magical Christmas Hunt Teaser

It’s that time of year – Christmas is here (and so is MadPea’s Magical Christmas Hunt)! We’re not alone in our mad scramble to spread holiday cheer both in RL and SL, but Santa seems to have found himself in a bit of madness as well! And we, as the helpful MadPea elves that we are, need to find all the enchanted toys scattered all over the grid to *drumroll* SAVE CHRISTMAS! \o/  /o\  \o/ Okay, don’t mind me – probably had a bit too much of that Rum and Bourbon Eggnog.

MadPea’s Magical Christmas Hunt for Enchanted Toys will be the last hunt MadPea Productions puts on for 2017, and I am confident it will be the best one yet. As you all know, I am a massive fan of the MadPea hunts. They are simple, straightforward, eventful fun for two weeks. Tons of exploration, plenty of collaboration opportunities, and good ol’ fashioned competition – MadPea hunts are not “just any kind of hunt.” Only costing 100L to participate you are rewarded with heaps of great gifts/prizes.

What kind of awesome gifts? Well I am sure you’d like to see for yourself here on their official Facebook page!

MadPea Christmas Hunt Promo | Mine & Yours
Can you guess that I am on Team White? 🙂

Credits:

Elf Ears: UNISEX[MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season 5 by kikunosuke Eel
Santa Hat: *ARGRACE* Winter Gift 2016 / Male by rika Oyen
Jacket: .:PARKER:.-MIYAZAKI JACKET.white. by Piter Redstar
Pants: .:PARKER:.-MIYAZAKI PANTS.white. by Piter Redstar
Jetpack: ~Isil~ T-5 Hummingbird Jetpack (1.1) [customized] by Isilmeriel Resident
Reindeer Slippers: MadPea Reindeer Slippers by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
Candy Cane Wand: MadPea Magical Candy Cane Wand – Red by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt, purchased separately)

Pose made by me 🙂

Decor:

North Pole Sign: MadPea North Pole Light by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
Hanging Elf: Mutresse-Wrecking Ball-Naughty Elf by Eeky Cioc (part of the Naughty Elf gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
Log Deer: MadPea Rustic Deer by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
Decorative Christmas Ornaments: MadPea Outdoor Christmas Ornament – Merry; MadPea Outdoor Christmas Ornament – Christmas by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
SnowCouple: MadPea Minty the Snowboy; MadPea Berry the Snowgirl by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
Santa’s Workshop: RO – Santas Workshop – Workshop RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
Lamp Post: RO – Santas Workshop – Lamp Post by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
Reindeer Pups: JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 7. Reindeer Pup Companion; JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 12. Reindeer Wanderer by JianSL Resident (part of the Santa’s Samoyeds gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
Santa Pup: JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 9. Santa Pup Companion by JianSL Resident (part of the Santa’s Samoyeds gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
Sleigh: MadPea Christmas Chariot – Red by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt, purchased separately)
Toys in sleigh: RO – Sleigh Bells – Presents RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Sleigh Bells gacha from December 2015 Arcade)
– Kalopsia – Santa’s Bag of Toys [modified] by Isabeau Baragula
Snowy trees: hive // fir tree set by TheHiveStore Resident
Christmas Tree: PILOT – Christmas Village 2 – Town Christmas Tree RARE [modified] by Kaz Nayar (part of the Christmas Village 2 gacha from December 2014 Arcade)
Clock Tower: PILOT – Christmas Village 2 – Clock Tower RARE [modified] by Kaz Nayar (part of the Christmas Village 2 gacha from December 2014 Arcade)

The MadPea Christmas Hunt – How It Works

Here’s a brief breakdown on how the MadPea Christmas Hunt works. For $100L, you can purchase a MadPea Christmas Hunt HUD at the MadPea Toy Factory that grants you ability to hunt for enchanted toys that have been placed out gridwide from December 14th to December 28th. This Enchanted Toy Finder HUD will also randomly assign you to a team – Green, Red, or White. To find these toys, the HUD acts like a compass/radar that leads you to them.

There are three types of toys that you can find for points – Robots, Stuffed Toys, and Wheelies. There is also special kind of hunt item (A chimney! – now wouldn’t it be funny if you get stuffed down the chimney if you found this one?!) that will give an instant prize instead of points. Robots last for 72 hours and are 50 points each. Stuffed Toys last for 48 hours and are 25 points each. Wheelies last for 24 hours and are 10 points each. With these points, you can redeem some fantastic prizes that can be found here.

As a team, unlock prizes (more than 30 total!) the more toys that are captured. Each unlocked prize gets better and better (and most likely bigger too), so you definitely want to be gathering as many toys as you can find! Pick and choose which of these fantastic prizes you want with the points you have accumulated. Everyone has two weeks to work together, as a team, to unlock all the prizes.

To learn more about the MadPea Magical Christmas Hunt, go here: http://www.madpeagames.com/christmas-hunt/

PRO TIP: You can change teams (only once) at the very beginning of purchasing a hunt HUD before you have found any toys. So if you are hunting with friends, you can all choose to be on the same team color. Again, this is a one-time courtesy that can only be done at the very beginning.

Used with permission from MadPea Games. Copyright 2017 MadPea Productions.

The MadPea Christmas Hunt has already started! What are you waiting for? Let me give you my Top Reasons Why You Should Be Joining The Hunt:

1. Prizes – It is only Day 4 of the whole two week MadPea Christmas Hunt and teams have unlocked quite a few prizes already! Each of these prizes are of high quality, perfect for the Christmas season. Awesome prizes – need I say more?

2. Competition – Race for points and unlock more prizes as a team entity. The friendly competitiveness opens up so many opportunities for engagement and interaction among not only the teams, but with each individual MadPea hunter as we all embark on a gridwide adventure together. Those who are individually competitive are also recognized, as the daily top 3 hunters from each team are shown on the MadPea Christmas Hunt Scoreboard website here.

3. Community – While going sim to sim, hunting for toys, everyone I have met have been incredibly nice and supportive, even if they are essentially on different teams. Though each time color is competing against one another, we are still collectively working towards a common goal of collecting more points to unlock more prizes. In that sense, I love the feeling of a supportive and cooperative community the MadPea events seem to carry without fail.

4. Dynamic Gameplay – Each day’s hunt will be different. The toys are scripted to only last for a limited amount of time (24, 48, or 72 hours), making the hunt a lot more dynamic. Toys may disappear from where you may have last found them the day before and may reappear at a completely different location on the same sim. New toys are being placed out daily at different sims, making the hunt a constant mystery of where the HUD will take you next.

5. Exploration – This is what I find most exciting. I love seeing where this hunt will take me next as it fuels my drive to keep hunting for toys every day. I love seeing new places and experiencing what sorts of treasure they may offer. Note that a lot of these places these toys on this hunt will appear in some sort of commercial setting, but if you are a shopper like me, I love seeing what new products are out there that I may not have known existed before. The noncommercial sims are the ones I love most though – those are the ones I can explore and take neat pictures of, celebrating the creativity of the sim’s decoration.

6. Professional – Like I have said in my previous MadPea Hunt reviews, MadPea is the golden standard of a professional business in SL. Trust that the experience you are participating in has been tested over and over again to ensure that each participant has a good experience. You will be well taken care of by MadPea staff as well as a very a large MadPea community at your fingertips for prompt assistance.

ALL OF THIS FOR JUST $100L!!! This is not your normal freebie hunt – this is a fun and dynamic two week experience with amazing prizes that you’ll actually want and top of the line customer/hunter support.

Used with permission from MadPea Games. Copyright 2017 MadPea Productions.

Usually I clump the informative aspect of the hunt in with my personal experience such as showcasing several neat sim locations I have visited, but that forces me to put the single blog out later (maybe a week in) after I have spent some time doing the actual hunt and documenting my experience. Now, I am splitting the informative and personal posts up so I can get the information out quickly for readers to have more time to actually do the hunt. Then, my personal experiences and feedback can come anytime later, so check out my follow up post for the MadPea Christmas Hunt Experience that will come next week!

#SecondLifeChallenge – Let’s Chat Over Some Coffee

Let's Chat Over Some Coffee | Mine & Yours

So it has been several years since I have participated in a Strawberry Singh weekly challenge (#SecondLifeChallenge). This is a great one to dive back into since I’d be curious how differently it might be in the next year to come. To check out Berry’s challenge, go here.

1. How long have you been blogging or vlogging about Second Life?
In terms of consistency, I’ve been actively blogging since July 2017. So I guess you can say I am a baby blogger. lol what’s funny is, I created a previous blog back in 2016 – spent weeks coding it to look just the way I liked it and getting all set up on its own host with its own domain (go big or go home, right?), but only ended up doing a small handful of blogs before I became demotivated. The lack of drive was not blog-related, however, and was more about things that were happening around me in my SL/RL that kept me down. I am in a much better place now though with an amazing and supportive girlfriend (who has been blogging for YEARS and has such a fantastic work/blog ethic that inspires me) and two loving daughters who make being an SL dad so utterly enjoyable.

2. Why did you start blogging or vlogging?
I like making realistic scenes to celebrate whatever I am featuring, and capturing a specific moment that tells a story. It allows me to be creative in the story of what I want to present in an image. In a sense, it is a sense of being in control despite the fact that I am allowing my creativity to run wild. The pictures I take are personal, relating to me as a person in some way. There has to be some significance behind the blog for me to take the time to create a scene, take a picture, edit it, and then write about it. And time, for me, has always been a precious commodity.

3. How many times a week/month do you post?
I probably post 2 blogs a month right now, but the goal is to do at least one post a week. As stated in the previous section, time is limited for me. I am always making a deliberate choice what to be spending my time on, taking into account the cost of time spent vs the benefit of it. So, when I do post a blog, it’ll definitely be of quality and of significance.

4. Do you keep track of how many hits or subscribers you have?
No, not at this early time and stage.

5. Which electronic devices do you use to blog/vlog with?
My desktop.

6. Do you monetize your blog or vlogs? If so, do you mind sharing how much you make approximately? (You don’t have to answer the second question)
No, I do not.

7a. What has Second life blogging or vlogging taught you?
That sometimes I am too ambitious for my own good/limitations/time restraints lol. I’d have this big ideal and once I start executing it all out, I realize that it’s taking more time than I can realistically commit too. Blogging is still teaching me that, but I am learning as I go 🙂 Blogging has definitely helped improve the way I take pictures and edit them, making the final product much more rewarding.

7b. (A spin off from #7 and my own question) What do you hope Second Life blogging or vlogging will teach you?
I do know that I spend probably triple the time Livvy takes to put out a blog, as she is seasoned and experienced, while I am still relatively new. I am hoping that with more practice, blogging becomes a lot more intuitive for me, and that with a practiced hand, I can create scenes faster, take pictures faster, and edit them faster. Of course, like all bloggers, I’d like to constantly get better at editing photos in Photoshop as well.

8. Do you feel like Second Life blogging or vlogging takes away from your real life?
It does not because I do not let it. My RL will always come first because that is where my past, present, and future is. Every weekday, I spend 1.5 hours driving to work (that is California traffic for you, but I do live 50 miles away from work so I guess that doesn’t help either lol), work 8-9 hours, drive back home for another 1.5 hours, take care of some house stuff, make dinner, and then plop into SL for two hours to spend with the SL family before going to bed. I am able to spend more time in SL on the weekends, usually Sunday as that is my relax day while Saturday is my errands and chores day. With that time, I can work on blogging a bit when I am not doing family SL time. I think it goes without saying that making sure my girlfriend and kiddos are happy first comes before blogging.

9. Do you have a mission statement for your blog or vlog, if so, what is it?
It’s a blog I share with my girlfriend, Livvy. And really, the blog is a published platform for us to just express ourselves whether it is just being creative, sharing an experience, or celebrating an awesome product. Livvy and I are two different kinds of bloggers which makes our blog rather unique and comprehensive. She likes showcasing the fashion, including everything from hair, accessories, clothing, shoes, and even the pose. I, on the other hand, like decor and events (not really shopping events but more interative events such as hunts). Sorry, gentlemen, but men’s fashion does not usually excite me. You can ask the girlfriend.. I am mostly shirtless and barefoot, changing only my pants. If not that, then I’m dressed up in some sort of suit. I am strange, I know.

10. Share your top 3 tips for new bloggers/vloggers.
I am new as it is lol. But here’s some tips anyway.

3. Establish a realistic blog schedule in regards to its frequency.
2. Engage, interact, and support people in the SL community or in out of world social platforms like Facebook, Plurk, and Flickr.
1. Have fun with your blog and be proud of your creation.

Bonus Question:

What kind of blogger/vlogger are you?
I’m the type of blogger that likes to highlight or feature a specific creation or event. Whatever it is I am featuring, it’s gotta be the hero of the image/blog. I try to steer away from creating product mosaics that clump a lot of creations into a single image. Instead, I’ll specifically choose select supporting products that can help complement the hero of the image/blog. I also like to tell a story through my blog, as each photo I post has special meaning behind them. There’s always an inspiration behind it that motivates me to put the time and effort into posting, so I like writing it out in the blog post.

Enchanted Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you all had a great time dressing up, trick or treating, partying, or just plain ol’ relaxing! Today, we took our lil’ girl, Nessy, trick or treating at two neighborhoods – Havenhollow and Orchard Heights. At Havenhollow, the neighborhood was quiet yet eclectic, each house a fun surprise to trick or treat at. There was even a haunted area to explore that was vast and wide! At Orchard Heights, there were houses after houses, sim after sim of residents giving out cool treats.

Afterwards, we came home and surprised Nessy with some delicious enchanted Halloween sweet treats! Chocolate Oreo cake! Candy corn cupcakes! Pumpkin cream puffs! Livvy may have taste tested all of these before Nessy did, but I don’t think Nessy knows! I think she was just so overwhelmed at how delicious everything looked as I filled the table practically to the brim.

Earlier, I picked up this amazing group gift from DISORDERLY that was filled with awesome Halloween/Fall sweets. Let me tell you, this freebie is amazing! When I saw the announcement about the set, I was already prepared to shell out at least L$300 for it. But because this gift was free (since the group is free), I wanted to support the creator and show appreciation by buying a few of her items. To complement the set of Halloween Treats, I went to N21 and played the Fancy Halloween gacha there a few times. I set out the ones that matched the decor best and tucked away the others for now.

I am so in awe and appreciation of this group gift (Nessy definitely was!) that I had to share it with you guys. Definitely show Rogue Falconer (the creator of DISORDERLY.) some love and appreciation for her kindness and hard work!

Nessy Eats Enchanted Treats | Mine&Yours

CREDITS:

Featured: DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Group Gift by Rogue Falconer

DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Candy Corn Pile
DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Cookie Pile
DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Creme Puffs
DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Cupcakes
DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Stuffed Pumpkins
DISORDERLY. / Halloween Treats / Treat Cake

There are single versions of the Creme Puffs and the Cupcakes if you ever wanted to arrange the puffs or cupcakes in a certain way or even attach to your hand. To see Rogue’s amazing Halloween Treats set up, check out her Flickr post HERE. Her post will also give you a slurl to her in-world store.

Complementing decor:

DISORDERLY+MoonAmore / Fancy Halloween / Pumpkin Bell Jar by Rogue Falconer from the DISORDERLY+MoonAmore / Fancy Halloween gacha @ N21
DISORDERLY+MoonAmore / Fancy Halloween / Candlesticks / Gold by Rogue Falconer from the DISORDERLY+MoonAmore / Fancy Halloween gacha @ N21

SPELL : Enchanted Apples {Rezz me} by lakua Arriaga from the SPELL : Once Upon a Time … gacha
dust bunny . caramel apples by lxlNoel Resident from the As The Leaves Turn gacha
{what next} Witching Hour Punch V2 by Winter Thorn from the {what next}Witching Hour Treats Table – Full Set
{what next} Witching Hour Treats Sign by Winter Thorn from the {what next}Witching Hour Treats Table – Full Set
{what next} Witching Hour Treats Table by Winter Thorn from the {what next}Witching Hour Treats Table – Full Set
[LJ] Gothic Luncheon #04 – Choco-Banana Ghosts by Tala Laval from the [LJ] Gothic Luncheon gacha

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM NESSY, LIVVY, AND ME! Can you guess what we dressed up as? 🙂

Happy Halloween 2017 | Mine & Yours

All poses made by me 🙂

MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt Experience

MadPea has done it again, and this time even better! I cannot wait to tell you guys all about MadPea’s newest hunt – MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt. Ever since MadPea’s first hunt back in July (the MadPea Summer Hunt), I have been eager to experience the next one up their sleeves. MadPea did not disappoint with this one, and the experience has only just begun! As the hunt continues through its two week duration, I am sure there are more surprises and fun festivities along the way just like their previous one.

MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt Promo | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Jump Suit: [Signature] Horror – Plumber Suit by Raph Dirval
Proton Pack & Gun: MadPea Ghost Hunt Proton Pack & Plasma Gun – Team Purple by MadPea
Belt: [P.0.E] – Krieg Belt by Darksider Alex
Scanner: ~isil~ Portable Scanner 1.3 BLACK by Isilmeriel Resident

Pose made by me 🙂

The MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt – How it works

Here’s a brief breakdown on how the MadPea Halloween Hunt works. For $100L, you can purchase a MadPea Halloween Hunt HUD at the MadPea HQ that grants you ability to hunt for ghosts that have been placed out gridwide from October 19th to November 2nd. This Ghost Finder HUD will also randomly assign you to a team – Black, Purple, or Orange. To find these ghosts, the HUD acts like a compass/radar that leads you to the apparitions.

There are three types of ghosts that you can find for points – Poltergeists, Shadows, and Ghost Orbs. There is also special kind of ghost that will give an instant prize instead of points. Poltergeists last for 72 hours and are 50 points each. Shadows last for 48 hours and are 25 points each. Ghost Orbs last for 24 hours and are 10 points each. With these points, you can redeem some fantastic prizes that can be found here.

You can bet that these prizes from MadPea are of great quality. If you remember from my last review of MadPea’s hunt, the rewards were definitely the initial incentive, but for me this time around the adventure is what keeps me coming back every day to see this hunt through.

To learn more about the MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt, go here: http://www.madpeagames.com/halloween-hunt/

TIP: Apparantly you can change teams at the very beginning of purchasing a hunt HUD before you have found any ghosts. So if you are hunting with friends, you can all choose to be on the same team color. This courtesy can only be done once.

Used with permission from MadPea Games. Copyright 2017 MadPea Productions.

MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt made some changes from their last hunt – What are they?!

1. Top 5 Hunters (and the awards)!

Holy cow, you guys are going to love this one. Only the top 3 hunters were awarded for the Summer Hunt with 1st place taking home $5K, 2nd place gets $3k, and 3rd place gets $2k.

Guess what the new awards are now.

1st place – $10K (money, money, moneeyyyyyy!)
2nd place – $5K
3rd place – $2.5K
4th place – $1.5K
5th place – $1K

2. Hunting Gear

The Summer Hunt came with a cute seashell collecting bucket upon purchase of the hunt HUD. This time, there was no cute little container to hold your collected ghosts in. However, there are these amazing proton packs that come with a plasma gun available for purchase. Trust me on this – these packs are amazing. Originally I came to the MadPea sim to start the hunt dressed in my own gear with a Ghostbuster’s proton pack. That pack was immediately swapped out with this amazing (and superior) MadPea Ghost Hunt Proton Pack & Plasma Gun – Team Purple. As an added surprise, the Proton Pack and Plasma Gun both interact with the ghosts when you find them on the hunt, making what used to be a nonexistant visual experience to be an exciting treat!

3. Radar

This time’s hunt features a radar that visually confirms if a ghost is above or below you with arrows pointing up or down. Last summer hunt showed colors to indicate the same information. Up and down arrow indicators do a more straightforward job of indicating ghost location. FYI – a solid rectangle bar means the ghost is located at the same level/height as you are standing.

Used with permission from MadPea Games. Copyright 2017 MadPea Productions.

Why MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt is so fun?

1. Prizes – It is only Day 4 of the whole two week MadPea Halloween Ghost Hunt and teams have unlocked quite a few prizes already! Each of these prizes are of high quality, perfect for the Halloween season. Each unlocked prize will get better (and most likely bigger) the more points they take to redeem. Pick and choose which of these fantastic prizes you want with the points you have accumulated.

2. Competition – You’ll be randomly assigned to a team (black, purple, or orange), racing for points and unlocking more prizes as a team entity. I love the friendly competititiveness of having teams race for points. This concept opens up so many opportunities for engagement and interaction amoung not only the teams, but with each individual MadPea hunter as we all embark on a gridwide adventure together. This hunt is not only great for those who are competitive in a team setting, but also those who are individually competitve as the top 5 hunters for the entire hunt will win a big cash prize.

3. Community – While going sim to sim, hunting for ghosts, you can tell who is participating in the MadPea Halloween Hunt even if they aren’t wearing the MadPea group tag. Everyone I have met have been incredibly nice and supportive, even if they are essentially on different teams. Though each time color is competing against one another, we are still collectively working towards a common goal of collecting more points to unlock more prizes. In that sense, I love the feeling of a supportive and cooperative community the MadPea events seem to carry without fail. Even if you are hunting alone, there is that sense of community still because there is usually always another MadPea hunter at the same place.

4. Dynamic Gameplay – Each day’s hunt will be different. The ghosts are scripted to only last for a limited amount of time (24, 48, or 72 hours), making the hunt a lot more dynamic. Ghosts may disappear from where you may have last found them the day before and may reappear at a completely different location on the same sim. New ghosts are being placed out daily at different sims, making the hunt a constant mystery of where the HUD will take you next.

5. Exploration – This is what I find most exciting. I love seeing where this hunt will take me next. The surprise of where this hunt can take me is what fuels my drive to keep hunting for ghosts every day. I love seeing new places and experiencing what sorts of treasure they may offer. Note that a lot of these places these ghosts on this hunt will appear in some sort of commercial setting, but if you are a shopper like me, I love seeing what new products are out there that I may not have known existed before. The noncommercial sims are the ones I love most though – those are the ones I can explore and take neat pictures of, celebrating the creativity of the sim’s decoration.

6. Professional – Like I have said in my MadPea Summer Hunt review before, MadPea is the golden standard of a professional business in SL. Trust that the experience you are participating in has been tested over and over again to ensure that each participant has a good experience. You will be well taken care of by MadPea staff as well as a very a large MadPea community at your fingertips for prompt assistance.

ALL OF THIS FOR JUST $100L!!! This is not your normal freebie hunt – this is an invaluable and dynamic two week experience with amazing prizes that you’ll actually want, a chance to win lots of money (for being the best ghost hunter – gotta catch ’em all!), and top of the line customer/hunter support.

 

My Halloween Ghost Hunt Adventure

Day 1 began with an unexpected visit to [Deadman Inc.] which is a very beautiful sim and seems to be someone’s home! Well, thank you for the kind welcome as I go hunting for ghosts at your lovely sim. This place is quite lovely and a great place to take pictures at, though I am not sure if it is usually open to public outside the hunt! The picture on the left is one I took at Deadman Inc. while the photo on the right is a visit to another home. To my surprise, I was greeted by a looming figure right outside the window where my ghost had appeared!

Day 2 was a fantastic and leisurely stroll on the beach. I would say this is a typical beautiful day here out in sunny Bundy Reef (insert evil, creepy laughter). Lots to see and explore on this “Dead Island”-ish sim. The picture on the left is one I took while searching for a ghost nearby and was distracted by a glowing blob. As I got closer, a zombie started chasing me and insects emerged from the glowing mound – yikes! On the right is actually a neat quiet area I found on a nicely decorated store sim (even though it is still under construction) owned by Baccyard & Witchcraft. Two separate stores share this sim and I love how it looks. At first, I thought it was an RP’ing sim and not a store sim!

Day 3 I came across an amazing haunted sim called Island of the Dolls. I loved exploring this place so much that I almost forgot I was supposed to be hunting for ghosts! Both of these pictures show some creepy moments I took while exploring this place. So far, this is my favorite place to visit so I definitely recommend you checking this sim out!

Day 4 was an interesting adventure! I came across this escape room experience that was totally unexpected! In order to find the ghost for the hunt, you have to figure out a way to escape the madness you were just plopped into. I definitely took my time in checking out every detail of this escape room to see what creative surprises were behind every door. Can you Escape the Madness?

Baywatch’s Turtlewatch

Once those famous drum beats and keyboard melody start for the Baywatch’s theme song I’m Always Here, you know exactly what show is starting on the TV. And just as iconic as the theme song is for Baywatch is also those slow-mo run scenes with the hunky studs and beautiful bombshell lifeguards. So Ella and I decided to make our own slow-motion Baywatch run scene on the beach, starring a group of incredibly sexy HEXtraordinary turtles. We were running so slow that the group of sea turtles nearly passed us by!

Today was a great day for a nice slow-mo run though. At first, Ella’s hair was blowing all sorts of crazy since the morning breeze was blowing faster than our slow-mo running pace. We finally got good stride and were able to get a decent shot together. Can you believe this is our first picture together ever?! I’ve known this Australian menace for years (we shared the same SL family back in the day) and we finally grabbed a photo together. Now she can send me all the Tim Tams and that awesome fluffy creamy pastry pie that she showed me, but I forgot what it is called and I learned the hard way to never google “Australian cream pie”.

P.S. The fluffy creamy pastry pie is actually called Pavlova.

P.S.S. How can you not have that Baywatch theme song stuck in your head now?!

Baywatch | Mine & Yours

Turtlewatch | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Hair: Vango. Colin by Norman Millar
Swim Trunks: BlankLine Men’s swimwear_Gianni [Red] (part of the Epiphany July 2017 gacha) by Kureha Resident
Wet skin Applier: Izzie’s – Wet Body & Face by Izzie Button
Whistle: No. LifeGuard OutFIT_Whistle by CheerNo Destiny
Lifeguard rescue can: Kalopsia – Life Guard Torpedo (holdable) (part of the Kalopsia – Lifeguard Station) by Isabeau Baragula

Decorations:
Kalopsia – Lifeguard Station by Isabeau Baragula
*HEXtraordinary* Sea Turtle – Beach Roamer (Rez) by Corwin Lacourte

Pose made by me 🙂