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MADPEA BURIED GAME ~ PART ONE

MadPea "Buried Game" starting point

MadPea “Buried Game” starting point

I always look forward to MadPea games, not so much for the prizes but for the challenge and the great resident community chat. The mad Peas are fun, entertaining, and helpful.

The games have great storylines, the prizes are above average, and the gameplay is usually challenging.

All of that is true for the latest offering, Buried ~ except the challenging part. Don’t get me wrong. The objects for which you search are downright hard to find, but not because the player has to decipher complex clues and solve puzzles. It’s because the graphics on the HUD are small and poorly defined and at the beginning there are no clues to let the player know what to look for. Listening to chat shows that this has led to great frustration for many players.

I enjoyed the game once I figured out the key to deciphering the HUD display. Although players have been chastised for cheating by using wireframe view as a search tool, I feel it is no more of a cheat than “camming” around locations.

That is game designer Kiana Writer in the background

That is game designer Kiana Writer in the background

So, on to my Buried experience. The first part of the game is good ole straightforward MadPea at it’s best.

Camp Bulletin board at start point

Camp Bulletin board at start point

Start by teleporting to the main island in the Pierus Camping area, once a public camping site and now home to super couple Lily and Joshua Morano. We know nothing more than that Lily went missing while researching a new book on geocaching and Joshua is offering half a million dollars for the first one to find her.

The Pierus Islands Camping Area

The Pierus Islands Camping Area

After a quick shopping jaunt to the camp store, I purchased a HUD/Tablet ($300L) and, following instructions, I boarded a small fishing boat and set out to explore the area.

The island environment is a joy to explore

The island environment is a joy to explore

With my usual middlin’ thoroughness, I circumnavigated each island before stopping to explore. There are things to find if you look. The islands are very beautiful, if dark and misty. There is a lot of gray.

Lily's Writer Studio Gazebo

Lily’s Writer Studio in the Folly

The first island to the north, Thelxinoe, contains little more than a shabby chic folly, obviously Lily’s writing studio. Josh has left it untouched, awaiting Lily’s return. Oddly enough there is a hatchet buried in the window sill. On the desk are two documents, a loving letter from Joshua and an unfinished letter from Lily, written in her native language, to her mother. Luckily my tablet’s equipped with a universal translator.

Faded Photographs, scattered now it bits and pieces

Faded Photographs, scattered now it bits and pieces

The Moreno’s beautiful home is located on Melete, the northernmost island. Josh hasn’t been able to bear being here and except for the dust, it looks like Lily just left. Books and pictures lie scattered about.

Arche is more important than it looks

Arche is more important than it looks

Avoiding the reefs, I swung south along the western coast line to the southernmost island, Aolde and then back north to Arche to explore Lily’s greenhouse. Lily is an avid natural gardener, having written a book on the topic, and evidence of her efforts fill the island.

Catching my breath before starting the search for Lily in earnest

Catching my breath before starting the search for Lily in earnest

After wandering around for a bit, I find the clue needed to start the search in earnest.

At this point the game changes from a sim-based puzzle to a grid-wide hunt through merchant sponsored locations. Although the C-Me application does tell the player to locate 25 C-Me Capsules, the player doesn’t really have a clue (pun intended) at to what to do next. The HUD is affected by lag and doesn’t always display properly. The “Help” diagram isn’t clear on what to do with the HUD, whether to press the display or the glowing green bar or bang your head on the desk. Many players are confused by this.

Continued in Part Two.

Bardic competition8th annual Elf Circle Bardic Competition.

RFL ~ A Personal Post

rfl 2014

Relay for Life of Second Life will be held this year on the weekend of July 19th and 20th, 2014. You can get information on events on their Facebook page.

By that time my real life partner will have had his first of 6 RCHOP chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with advanced Stage III Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on June 6, 2014. Treatment is expected to last through October, 2014.

My time in Second Life is nearly non-existent. My computer and blogging time are even less so. My purpose in posting, for the few who actually follow this blog, is to urge you to support Relay for Life wherever you can, in real life or in Second Life. Although sponsored by the American Cancer Society, RFL activities raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer in over 20 countries.

My mother had a hysterectomy in her 30s for cervical cancer. In her 70s she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died within 4 months. At 17 my youngest daughter contracted HPV and was treated successfully for cervical pre-cancer lesions. Research and funding are so important. Whatever you do to support cancer research ~ be it RFL, Susan B. Koman, Cancer Research UK, anything! ~ it is so very important. Your contributions enabled my mother to live a long life and gave my daughter a chance at one. Thank you.

 

The Book Meme

Rose Likes Pretty Picture Books 2007

Rose Likes Pretty Picture Books 2007

My answers to Berry’s Book Meme:

  1. Are you a bookworm? – Yes. Unequivocally yes.
  2. Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or electronic? – I will read the back of a cereal box. Seriously. However, I was gifted a Nook last year and have replaced trips to the library (always a hassle) with checking out E-books (no more overdue fines). Favorite authors and/or series of the light reading variety come in paperback. Some genres still publish first in paperback. I am slowly replacing worn paperbacks with hardbacks as available. Special interest books come however I can get them.
  3. Which book is your favorite? – That is like asking which child is my favorite (it’s Sophie’s Choice all over again) (but that’s not my favorite book). There are books to which I return time and again, but it depends on my mood at the time.
  4. Which children’s book is your favorite?Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. Actually that was my favorite to read to my children and I still repeat phrases from the book inappropriately. When I was a child, I did not read children’s books (I was a strange child). As an adult, my favorite children’s book is The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett. At least today it is.
  5. What’s the last book you’ve read? – On my nightstand now are The Mindful Way Through Depression, The Camino by Shirley McLaine, Murder in Belleville by Cara Black, When, Why …If by Robin Wood (Robin Sojourner in SL), and Each Day A New Beginning by Karen Casey (I read this yearly).
  6. Name your top five favorite writers:C.J. Cherryh, Barbara Hambly, Jane Yolen, Ursula LeGuin, Agatha Christie   or maybe Dorothy Sayers.
  7. Name a book that had a strong impact on you:Podkayne of Mars by Robert Heinlien. From my Goodreads review  ~ “Podkayne of Mars was one of the most influential books of my youth. She, along with Dr. Susan Calvin from I, Robot (the Susan of the books, NOT the movies *shudder*) by Isaac Asimov, is among the reasons I am a nerdy and former technoqeek (former because I just can’t keep up these days).”
  8. Favorite & least favorite book genres? – I do not like most “chick lit” although I enjoyed Bridget Jones’ Diary  Good classic fantasy (The Lord of the Rings series and world), not today’s cookie cutter “I am a secret fairy/werewolf/vampire princess/hunter/detective” waste of paper. Classic hard science fiction (Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh). Cozy mysteries (Aunt Dimity by Nancy Atherton) and classic 1920-40’s mysteries (Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers). Popular science because I have to keep up with my techie family (Death by Black Hole by Neil Degrasse Tyson). Philosophy (The Twelve Wild Swans by Starhawk) and medieval history (1493 by Charles C. Mann). Self-help books are my secret vice (Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach). Essays on creativity (Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry).
  9. Favorite & least favorite book-to-movie adaptions? – Least favorite ~ David Lynch’s Dune Favorites ~ The Lord of the Rings (film series) and Cloud Atlas.
  10. Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone? –I too like “purty” books mostly on landscaping (Brother Cadfael’s Herb Garden: An Illustrated Companion to Medieval Plants and Their Uses) or interior design (Celtic Design and Style in Homes of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales).
  11. Where do you usually buy your books? – Although I prefer local bookshops and used book stores, there are none (that’s right not a single one) in my area. Since I live 50 miles from the nearest Barnes and Noble, I shop a lot online at B&N mostly (because I get free shipping, 20% off, and frequently extra discounts). About once a month I “go to town” for supplies and a stop at the bookstore to drift among the shelves of favorites and new releases is a must-do.
  12. Do you go to the library? – Not as much since I got my Nook and use the online lending library. I used to practically live there, before I could afford to go to bookstores and BUY a book of my VERY OWN!
  13. How many books do you own? – Well over 3,000, most sadly in storage because I live in a smaller apartment now. It’s about time to go to the storage unit and rotate some out.
  14. If you were to write a book about Second Life, which topic would you focus on? A general How-To.

 

 

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In Response to Strawberry Singh’s 20 Question Blog Challenge  

Rose ~ 20131. When and how did you discover Second Life? – I discovered it on October 12, 2006. My best friend had moved away a few months earlier and told me about it so we could keep in touch without using all our phone minutes (remember when you had phone minutes or pre-paid cards!?!).

2. Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them? – I had tried WoW because my daughter, husband, and friends played it. I didn’t like it. Virtual Worlds to me was something still in the future. I had read William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, seen Johnny Mnemonic, watched TekWar and enjoyed the holodeck on Star Trek. I knew what a virtual world was and I wanted in.

3. Has Second Life met your expectations? – I had no expectations.

4. If you could teleport back to the first ten minutes of your avatar’s Second Life, what would you tell yourself? – Be careful whom you trust.

Rose as the Divine Miss M May 22 2009

Rose as the Divine Miss M May 22 2009

5. How long did it take you to master avatar flying and driving vehicles inworld? – Ask me again when I have. Actually, flying isn’t an issue ~ landing is.

6. Do you have a mystery alt? – Yep.

7. Is your Second Life avatar a reflection of you, or someone you wished you could be? – At first Rose was just plain Rose with no outstanding characteristics. Then I created some wild avatars and did some really strange things (wait for the movie). Over the years, I found I no longer needed those outrageous characters to experience Second Life and all my avatars have merged into Rose. Rose became the person I was before I fell ill and expresses the things I no longer can.

8. Is there an individual you met in Second Life that inspired you in your Real Life? How? – Farley Crabgrass ~ a wonderful man who encouraged me to write again and to come out of my shell. And Vanilla Jessop who encouraged me to teach and share my spirit.

9. Do you feel it is easier to create stronger bonds/relationships with people you meet inworld as opposed to the real world? – It is definitely easier to avoid people you meet online.

10. Did you ever imagine or believe people could fall in love with someone they never met before Second Life? – Yes. My daughter made a friend when she was 14 while playing an online game. At 16 we parents allowed them to visit for a few weeks over the summers. Though they both dated different people throughout high school they remained friends. Now she is 24 and they have been living together for 5 years. What I didn’t believe was that it could happen to me. And it didn’t. What did happen was that someone exploited my vulnerability and took advantage of me. That will never happen again.

11. How has your perspective of dating changed (or not) since you started playing second life? – What’s dating *grimace*?

12. How has your perspective of employment changed (or not) since you started playing second life? – I’ve worked with computers all my adult life. The opportunities offered by working with these amazing tools have always delighted me. Each new way to express oneself, to be employed I suppose, has been to me like a lotus opening. But then, I am an optimistic Utopian.

13. Name three things in both your lives that overlap each other significantly. – Writing, friendship, volunteer work.

14. If you could live your life more immersively in a virtual world, would you? (Kind of like the Matrix) – Yes, because I am currently constrained due to illness.

15. How do you think behavior changes for people if they’re inworld vs in real world? Why do you think that is? – I think people feel freer in a virtual world, because there is a layer of insulation between people. Sometimes this freedom is good, allowing for creativity, friendships and amazing kindnesses. Sometimes this freedom goes to people’s heads and they behave in a manner they never would if they had to look in the eyes of the person they are harming.

16. How has Second Life consumerism changed your perception of spending habits, the value of money, the need to be “bleeding edge” with fashion? – Nope. Well, maybe at first. But my Real Life habit of shopping around, looking for quality, sleeping on impulse buys has bled over into my Second Life spending habits. I am on a budget in Second Life, just as in Real Life. Also, there is SO much content in Second Life and prim limits dictate how much we can actually use at any given time. So why buy indiscriminately?

17. Do you think virtual worlds like Second Life drive and redefine human interaction or do they narrow and limit it? – “Drive and redefine” are not the terms I would use. Virtual worlds Widen and Expand human interaction.

18. If technology progressed tomorrow to allow you to send emotions to people the way you’d send text or voice messages, would it enrich your Second Life experience or infringe on it? – You can stand in front of someone, crying and suffering, and still not send your emotions to them. Technology has nothing to do with it. When you read a book or watch a movie, when a friend speaks to you over the phone about their grief, do you “feel” the emotion from them? It has to do with individual empathy, with listening and truly opening yourself to others. Not technology.

19. Name three skills you attribute to having learned or honed in Second Life alone. – Graphics, architecture, writing.

20. If your grandkids Google your Second Life Avatar’s name, would they be intrigued, disgusted, proud or something else? – I think they would be surprised. Children and grandchildren rarely see their parents as people, but as icons. Aside from that, I think they would be pleasantly surprised.

 

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