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
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
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
Livvy to me, “Let’s make our land look something like this, baby!” Me, a dutiful husband in the making, “Okay, my love.”
Norelia Island is gorgeous in its natural beauty. Identifying as a Mediterranean island, Norelia 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 Norelia Island, share them to their Flickr group here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/noelia_island/
Day 4 – The Isle
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.
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 Street
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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*
*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*
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!