Topless Tuesday Illegality

At the risk of my account being suspended, I ran through Linden Realms (LR) totally topless today. Well, really, I composed a shot (lighting, framing, animation, outfit) and took off the clothing layer covering my top and snapped a picture then dressed again. A total of about 10 seconds each for the three images I took. What might lead to the suspension (no Lindens read this blog, right?) is the fact that Linden Realms is a G-rated region. Residents under the age of 18 years can access this Second Life game. If I had been within anyone’s draw distance (and radar told me I was totally alone) I could be cited.

With all the cheating that happens in LR, especially of late, and the idea behind Topless Tuesday (women should be able to be topless wherever men may be), was I really violating the Terms of Service or was I staging a protest? The latter, I think, and will cite such if I am suspended (really, Lindens don’t read my blog, do they?). So here’s my picture:

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Despite my endowments, I would say that this is a minor violation. But you tell me. Which is more of a problem in LR – my being topless or cheating like you see in this video?

While The Lab is working on upgrading security in Linden Realms, one can readily spot speed boosters, flight enablers, jump enhancers, graphics card crashers (once they clear an area of competitors, they run to grab valuable crystals), bullies, and campers (these sit and wait for valuable crystals to rez). Talk to any of them (most speak Russian or Portuguese but might understand English or a language you know) and they admit they don’t get suspended when caught. And creating another free account to play is easy.

After thinking about it often, I don’t understand the camping strategy. In the hour it takes to for one green crystal to appear after one is grabbed (in the same spot you can memorize) a decent player can gather loads of lower value crystals for a higher total cash out value. Sure, you have to keep running rather than look at your computer every 58 minutes, but I still don’t see the pay out for campers.

Moving faster simply isn’t caught at this time. And if you are caught flying there is a way to avoid getting sent home by the security clouds so these methods would pay out more. All these add up to an income loss for Linden Lab (not counting the “skim” from cashing out for Real Life currency). I’d say a woman’s bare breasts are far less of a problem

So, Happy Topless Tuesday!!

Linden Realms Changes Coming?

Tyrah's Workshop in Linden RealmsLinden Realms Watcher: !! ARE YOU CHEATING? !!

No, I was just sitting in Tyrah’s Worshop in Linden Realms to think about what changes might come to this game now that PaleoQuest has been released when I was nailed by my own bug report. It wasn’t that long ago that I and Hexapoda Resident documented several cases of cheaters in Linden Realms sitting on rocks and trees and such so others would not bump them while they waited for high-value crystals. Not long after we reported it, LR Linden arranged for the Linden Realms Watcher to catch people sitting on objects, even ones out of the gameplay area, like you see above. Despite standing I was still sent home.

While I’m writing this, I’m using a ground sit next to a caged rock monster and being ignored by security. You won’t get booted from Linden Realms for this or for standing still. And as per my most recent test, you can sneak in some flying, too, if you know the trick. Of course, if you fly high enough for long enough …

You have been teleported home by the object ‘Death Volume’ on the parcel ‘Devil’s Canyon’

… a cute, angry, wind-blowing cloud or two will chase you and send you Home. If you want to play again, back to a Portal Park.

I expect some of this to change now that PaleoQuest is here. After I found (with Hexapoda’s help) that one could fly in the new game like one could in Linden Realms, I reported it and a change was implemented almost immediately. Before, flying high enough or fast enough would attract a Pteranodon to send you back the quest start. Since the change …

PaleoQuest No Fly Security:: Flying in PaleoQuest is not allowed. Please feel free to come back through the entry portal. Thank you.

… and you are booted to your Home spot within a minute. If you simply stand in place for about 4-5 minutes, you are sent back to the quest start:

LDPW PQ2015 Security Pteranodon: You are suspected of using a speed enhancer or you have been immobile for too long! Either way, I am teleporting you to the nearest Resurrection Circle, but not eating your collectible items this time.

It is nice to see The Lab has thought of speed enhancers in PaleoQuest as they are a bane in Linden Realms. I haven’t tested one in either game, but I do see them in use by crystal chasers in Linden Realms and have reported exact data to The Lab. In theory, my AO has a “movement enhancer” but it doesn’t speed up my running. It can make me fly faster and jump higher/farther, but I don’t use it.

I’ve been told on Deep Background (meaning I can’t reveal the source) that security changes are coming to Linden Realms and I suspect that they will closely resemble those introduced with PaleoQuest. This could be part of a rumored refresh coming to the nearly five-year old game. When the Grid Hunt was introduced in 2013, an attempt was made to tie Linden Realms game into an overall story involving Magellan Linden’s arch-rival the Evil Doctor Talpa. Not many people caught on, in my opinion, so I expect a stronger move to be made with a Linden Realms refresh.

Of course, if you look around Second Life at the many Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) builds in Our World (find most here) you’ll see the same theme while you have lots of fun.

PaleoQuest: The Pictures

PaleoQuest. The Evil Dr Talpa (remember him from The Grid Hunt?) is once again trying to destroy The Grid and Magellan Linden is rallying the Residents to defeat this evil mastermind. Welcome to Second Life’s latest game and it’s a doozey.

Since you can play the PaleoQuest game once a week (for a big prize – you can play all you want for fun) I visited today just do take a few pictures after completing the run yesterday. Click to embiggen them or see them in my PaleoQuest Flickr album.

PaleoQuest portal

You start at a Portal Park (like this one) and walk through the archway. On your first visit, you will be asked to allow the game to control various parts of your experience such as attachments, teleports, etc. It’s safe, so go for it. Pro Tip: Every once in a while the portal will announce that it is serving different instances of the game (1, 2, …) so if you want to go with your friends, all of you should go through at once.

PaleoQuest landing

After that, you’ll land in the .. um .. landing area.

PaleoQuest barAs seen in an earlier post, you can visit a bar outside the main building. Look for crates around the bar for some really swell gifts. If you see me at PaleoQuest, there’s a good chance I’ll be here if I’m not playing.

PaleoQuest Magellan statue

Don’t hesitate to explore. The build is really lovely and you can even see a statue (or several) of Magellan.

PaleoQuest lobby

Go inside the main building to view tutorials, check out the fabulous prizes, and generally learn what to do in the game, then head up the stairs to start the quests.

PaleoQuest game start

Pick up a tram for a ride to the first quest. While you wait you could grab a lovely beverage from one of the several vendors on the platform. In a hurry? Use the teleport pad. There is one at each station to take you to the next station. It’s all one-way so you’ll have to do some hopping or riding to get back to the start.

PaleoQuest Quest 1 Pyramid

Quest 1: The Pyramid – You need to scale a mountain, walk a tightrope, grab a precious artifact, and avoid the pteranodon before you really get going on the mission goal, all without dying (too often). Like all the quests, you can collect blue or pink “collectibles” along the way, but if you are interrupted at any time (i.e., if you die) you lose your whole collection.

PaleoQuest Quest 2 Nessie

Quest 2: Nessie – More dinosaurs, including a very famous one, can be found at this challenge. No two trips around the path from start to finish will be the same, but if you persevere you’ll make it. Turn your computer volume up and listen for dinos and you’ll stand a better chance of surviing.

PaleoQuest Quest 3 Pirates

Quest 3: Pirates – Probably the hardest of all the quests. This one takes patience, keyboard skills (lots of precision jumping) and time. You’ll find a variety of things and critters trying to kill you, but if i can get through, you can, too.

PaleoQuest Quest 4 Satellite

Quest 4: Satellite – Despite seeing this satellite from the tram station I actually had to look hard for it. I was dizzy and tired from the previous quests. Don’t feel that you have to power through in one day like many of us have done. Take regular breaks to stand and stretch and get a beverage or two.

PaleoQuest Quest 5 DNA

Quest 5: DNA Sample – Possibly the easiest quest and quite fun. It’s probably the cotton swab (an important part of Mole lore, if you’ve been to the secret Mole lab in Bay City [SLurl]) that makes it fun.

PaleoQuest tram

Once you have the sample, it is time to head back for your prize so hop on the tram (or use the teleport pad) and return to the main building.

Marianne McCann with her new friend

This is Marianne McCann with an ultra-rare prize. You can run the five quests once a week then claim a random prize, either common, rare, or ultra-rare. Dinosaur avatars, rideable dinos, cute plushies, and more await you. Once you’ve done this, go back and collect the red and blue collectibles then turn them in for cash (20 blue ones = $L1 and 20 red ones = $L2; Youc an cash in up to 200 items per week).

Yes, there are bugs in the game and not just the spiders that will eat you, either. I watched a guy calmly sitting on the tram when out of the blue he got electrocuted as if he had touched one of the many fences on the property. And since the LDPW Moles are involved, you know there’s plenty of humor in the build.

Sounds like a fun but rewarding challenge. Remember Magellan’s call to “Save the Grid!” and play today.

PaleoQuest Opening Day

This group of pictures is from my Profile feed and in mostly no particular order. I can’t identify everyone in the images but you are welcome to tag them in the post Comments. Click to embiggen. Eventually they are in my PaleoQuest album on Flickr.

PaleoQuest Opening Day 06

Yes! Magellan! This was actually my first pic with the Great Explorer. I had to chase him then quickly frame a shot … any shot … before he escaped again. Before I could hit the Post button he as through the portal and on to PaleoQuest. Kennylex Luckless is next to Magellan Linden. Abnor Mole is in a T-Rex costume. Ancient Mole is behind Magellan with the cool hat. Everyone else is a Linden or Mole.

PaleoQuest Opening Day 04

Patch Linden, Magellan Linden, Me, and Kennylex Luckless.

PaleoQuest Opening Day 02

Marianne McCann joins me, Patch, and Magellan.

PaleoQuest Opening Day 05 PaleoQuest Opening Day 03 PaleoQuest Opening Day 01

PaleoQuest

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

What can I say about Linden Lab’s new PaleoQuest adventure that Inara Pey hasn’t (see here)? Probably not much, so I’m just going to relax after my harrowing adventure in this new land and post a couple pictures of me with a Torley Surprise at the bar. I’ll write more on another day, but completing the five quests here* is really exhausting. On top of that, I got to hang out with Magellan Linden. Yes, Magellan Linden!! And plenty of other Lindens and Moles from the LDPW who all did a fabulous job creating this new part of Our World.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr.

Click to embiggen or see it on Flickr. I’m wearing one of the several free t-shirts available at the bar.

*By “here” I mean go to the Portal Park (SLurl or SLurl) and look for the PaleoQuest portal.