I visited a Ghost Town today. It’s been running since October last year and is a joint venture between MadPea and Firestorm Viewerto use as an introduction to new players. It’s quite dark and atmospheric, although you might want to play with your Environment Settings changed. I played using a Fixed Sky and the Funky Funky environment. But it’s always fun to just have a play around!
The story is quite self-explanatory, and you’ll be provided with an experience request for MadPea if you haven’t already given permissions in the past. If you have then you’ll get a new HUD attach itself to the top-left HUD slot and away you go. Basically, you’ve found your way to the last home of a serial killing fisherman called Big Jimmy. He killed 20 people and you’re going to play at being a ghostbuster.
Don’t worry about crossing the streams though, all you need to do is take a picture of them using your super, magic camera (which, for some unknown reason, pretends it’s a video camera). Once you’ve collected all 20 ghosts you’ll be given a key to the secret treasure room which has prizes by MadPea (obviously!), Sn@tch, LaPointe & BastChilde, Junk and more!
MadPea Ghost Town
Prizes (found in the Prize Room at the end!)
[SYS] is one of my favourite designers on the grid. Systi Cisse, like Photos Nikolaidis of A:S:S, creates some amazing clothes. With more than a nod to the Alternative and Cyber crowd she was the first designer that I found who had created a mesh skirt for men. And, even better, it was a contemporary, modern design, rather than being made for a fantasy setting!
I’m neither trans nor do I use an opposite gender avatar. (I have no issues with those who want that experience, it’s just not me.) But I do have an issue in both RL and SL with gendered clothing. In particular the idea that a skirt emasculates men. Women can wear trousers with a minimum of fuss, but men can’t wear skirts.
Anyway, moving away from my equality and diversity rant, [SYS] don’t subscribe to this belief. The main question seems to be “does it look great?” and the answer for everything that I’ve bought up to now is a resounding Yes!
I was convinced that I’d written a piece about [SYS] before, and then when I looked I realised that I hadn’t. So I’m doing this one the opposite way around, I’m going to write a focus piece on Comox and then link in the main [SYS] piece later.
I went for a trip to Men Only Monthly which is always a nice place to visit for some new ideas. [SYS] had a stall (she also has a small store in the Men Only District) to promote the new range of trousers and vests, Comox.
The trousers are great. For only L$290 you get a detailed, beautifully textured pair of trousers, with flaps and other interesting details strewn around them. Unfortunately I don’t think that they work very well with full length tops, but bare-chested or cropped/open tops work quite well.
Speaking of tops, I’m not sure about the vest. There’s some clipping issues with the trousers and the alpha texture provided doesn’t completely cover the torso, meaning that some poses cause further clipping with the body. But it’s only L$190 and it’s fitmesh so theoretically the clipping issues should be less than standard mesh clothing. Like the trousers, the fabric and patterns are beautiful though, so I’m sure that it’ll go with lots of your other clothes!
Neither of them are currently showing on the Marketplace, so probably best to go and visit the [SYS] Mainstore. The Comox set itself doesn’t appear in the store so you’ll need to click on the LM giver in the Events hut at the landing zone if Men Only Monthly has been reset by the time you visit.
Back to the clothing labels for a bit of a change from FF2016. Phunk is a great little geeky boutique, selling some amazingly fun clothes (including the Geek Chic suit below which has a colour change HUD to allow you to make your suit as mismatched as you want it to be!) They also sell the comic-book themed shoes that I wear with my RSC Comic Book suit.
You’ll also see that they have a Dark Mad Hatter suit (main picture below), which was the reason that I started shopping here. This suit matches my own RL Mad Hatter Costume from Hallowe’en 2015! Again, they’re another really well-priced store that remind me of RSC. If you liked Rachel’s stuff then head over to Phunk quickly!
(And for anyone who’s interested, here’s my Hallowe’en costume from last year):
Lucentia was another of the FF2016 lands that fell into the traditional fantasy style. Using perspective tricks and filler buildings in a similar way to DRD, Through The Looking Glass (who sponsored the sim) were able to make a village that felt busy, bustling and bigger on the inside.
With the stunning centrepiece of the jewel in the middle of the harbour and the little wooded areas to the side to sit in, it was a nice place to shop and relax. The classical style architecture made it feel more “real”, as if it could have existed in times gone by…
Serenity was the Elven style town in FF2016, with a wide and open feel. The waterfalls were beautiful and the buildings screamed Elven architecture. Built in stone with trees dotted about it lived up to its name, feeling peaceful and calm. Ideal for shopping!
I have an admission to make, I only made one trip to Otherworld during FF2016. But it was absolutely worth it, a beautiful sim that gave a feeling of sci-fi and fantasy at the same time. As a dyed in the wool Whovian and a bit of a geek it was perfect. Dark stone counterpointed with the bio-luminescence of the flora, ancient structures that look aged to perfection. It was a beautiful, peaceful and serene place to visit the day that I went.
I tried to visit Sapphire Mirror Lake for a couple of FF2016 events, but both times my computer just fell over. So I ended up having to visit on a quiet time. The lake had another alien feel with plenty of colour. But this made me feel more like the old style Second Life, back in the days when we used standard prims to make pretty things.
The colours everywhere were eyecatching, on the thin border between tasteful and tasteless, beautiful and hideous. It was definitely memorable!
Before reading this piece please read the update that I posted in November 2016 about the service that I received from Brii.
Brii is a huge fashion megastore, with hundreds of pieces for sale. Granted, like most of SL, the men are squirrelled away (and in the new store we’re right at the far side). If you visit the new look inworld store then make sure that you turn left and keep walking. And it’s a long walk since flight is disabled.
Why do I say poor names? Because they have outfits called George and Frank. But it’s worth it, there’s a wide range of stuff, from suits to smart casual, fantasy and steampunk to beachwear. Most of it (if not all) is mesh and well made, and it’s reasonably priced too.
The statue of Cinderella kind of gave me the impression of what to expect from Dangarnon. A once beautiful town, picturesque and clearly a powerful port in years gone by. Now fallen on hard times, another part of the Faire Lands that just gave me goosebumps as I visited for FF2016. Here’s some of my pictures from it – and because of this I found DRD who I’m definitely going to be visiting in a future post!